Assistance League of Kansas City 30th Anniversary Dinner

Assistance League of Kansas City 30th Anniversary Dinner 8

ALKC celebrated their 30th anniversary at the Courtyard KC at Briarcliff on October 6. ALKC is an all volunteer organization whose mission is to serve children and adults in the greater KC area with philanthropic programs funded by proceeds from their thrift store, THE ReSALE SHOP.

December 2016 Around Town

December 2016 Around Town 2

Doubling its capacity to serve the area’s most vulnerable children, Synergy Services recently opened the doors of a new Children’s Center located at 2501 NE 46th Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. . .

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. . .

We may be a bit short on chestnuts but Jack Frost is finally nipping at our nose here in Kansas City. It’s the holiday season and I couldn’t be more excited! December is always a time of celebration with lots of parties, family gatherings, and shopping to keep us all busy. Sometimes we need a little reminder to slow down and enjoy the holiday season instead of letting it pass us by!

Estate Planning – Even When There’s A Will, There’s Not Always A Way

If you’re like most people, you spend more time planning vacations, birthday parties, weddings, and retirements than you do thinking about estate planning. It’s not especially fun, can be annoying for those that don’t like to plan ahead, and not especially uplifting as it requires thinking about your mortality.

Christmas Through Fresh Eyes

Christmas Through Fresh Eyes

I am a very traditional person. I don’t mean that I’m stodgy or old, but at the ripe old age of oh, let’s say 21, I knew how the holidays should happen. My grandmother should magically appear at our house (someone had to drive six hours each way to get her, but it wasn’t me). The tree should be set up in the corner of my parent’s living room. There should be Christmas Eve snack smorgasbord while my sister and I gorge ourselves and watch Merry Christmas Charlie Brown, The Grinch, and Frosty the Snowman. We could open one present but the rest had to wait for Christmas morning. I would fall asleep in the left corner of my parent’s couch until someone woke me to go to bed.

Celebrate the Season!

Celebrate the Season! 6

Dancing and singing and tubas, oh my! The Christmas season might be full of shopping and obligatory office parties, but there are also opportunities for the young and the not-so-young to take in a show, watch a ballet, take a picture with Santa, and sip champagne with some of Kansas City’s most talented musicians.

99 Hops House

99 Hops House 11

Let’s get one thing straight–I’ve never been a big fan of casinos. It’s not that I have anything against gambling, except that I’m bad at it. I really enjoy getting something tangible for my money. Luckily, at Argosy Casino, I can now guarantee that I can get a great meal with a fine craft beer. That’s a good bet.

My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things 16

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens … or is it more Oprah’s favorite things that you’re looking for? Either way, Kansas City, and especially the Northland, has a few of my favorite things. This holiday season, find what you’re looking for at the shop around the corner instead of just online. Here are some ideas for great gifts for everyone on your Christmas or Hanukkah list.

Tradition Rolls on 
at Weston Tobacco

Tradition Rolls on 
at Weston Tobacco 6

The rich, earthy aroma of tobacco smoke provides a clue about the Main Street location of Weston Tobacco, a retail shop located on the lower level of a corrugated metal building. At the end of a long, wide hallway, owner Zeb Hopper sits in a chair and leans over a table topped with a batch of loose, whole tobacco leaves and implements. He proceeds to carefully wrap the body of a cigar with a light tan-colored tobacco leaf to finish hand-rolling it.