March 2017 Around Town

Local Small Business Owner and Employee Nationally Recognized

Northland’s Precision Collision Centers’ Owner, Chris Jones, was recognized and featured by the national collision repair magazine, FenderBender.

It’s easy to see by reading the featured article, ‘Family Treatment,’ that FenderBender recognized Jones for his refreshing, selfless and humble way of running his two successful collision repair shops. The fact that a national magazine like FenderBender recognized and featured Kansas City’s small-business owner, Jones, says a lot about him as an owner and the way he expects his two Precision Collision Centers to be run.

Precision Collision Centers’ very own Bill Polzin, brought some color, in a big way, to Scottsdale, Arizona at the ‘World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions,’ Barrett-Jackson.

Polzin, Precision Collision Centers’ very talented painter, painted the silver 1962 Corvette Convertible that went across the prestigious Barrett-Jackson stage on January 21 and sold for $264,000. Even pro golfer, Bubba Watson, had an eye for the Corvette and placed a bid on it.

Synergy Services Closes the Doors of Thrift Store

Synergy Services has closed the doors of the thrift store it operated for 17 years at 6571 N. Oak Trafficway in the Gladstone Plaza.

“While the store provided a wonderful way to accept donations of clothing and household items to benefit our clients, it also required significant resources to operate,” says Robin Winner, Executive Director at Synergy.

Rather than continue to operate the stand-alone store, Synergy will partner with Hillcrest Platte County (HPC) which serves local homeless families and currently operates two thrift stores in the Northland.

Those that donated to the Synergy thrift store in the past are encouraged to drop off future donations to either of the HPC stores, which will provide Synergy clients with the clothing and household items they need. The stores, located at 6520 NW Prairie View Road in Kansas City and 1305 Branch Street in Platte City will accept donations of furniture, collectibles, clothing and household items (the exception being old TVs and baby cribs).

“We are excited to collaborate with HPC, and feel the partnership really maximizes efficiencies to better serve the community,” says Winner.

Liberty Business Donates Land for NKC School

The Star Development Corporation of Liberty recently gave the North Kansas City School District a land gift for a new elementary school.

Star President Tim Harris is a Winnetonka High School graduate who decided to donate 41 acres for an elementary school near Northeast 108th Street and North Eastern Ave., in Clay County.

District leaders said the location would save land-acquisition costs for a new school needed to meet growth in the area.

A groundbreaking for the new elementary school is being planned for later this spring.  The school opening has tentatively been said for the fall semester 2018.

Couples Massage Clinic Teaches Professional Techniques

Anyone can buy a gift certificate for a massage. But when you learn how to give your loved one a massage, every day becomes a spa day. Brett Schweisberger, LMT, will teach couples professional massage techniques at the Couples Massage Clinic from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 30 at Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes.

Schweisberger recommends these techniques for people to use on themselves, a family member, friend or significant other.  During the clinic, Hy-Vee Registered Dietician Megan Shamleffer will provide drink samples and discuss the importance of hydration.

A limited number of childcare spots are available for $1 for Gladstone Community Center Members and $2 for non-members. Tickets are $49 for Gladstone Community Center Members $55 for non-members

Register on-line at or in person at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes or by mail.  If you have any questions, please call 816.423.4200.

Kansas City Community Gardens Awarded $97,500 in Tax Credits

Kansas City Community Gardens (KCCG), a local nonprofit, was awarded $97,500 in tax credits from the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Missouri businesses (LCC through Corporation designations) who donate to KCCG are eligible to receive 50% of their gift back in credit toward their Missouri state taxes. KCCG is eligible to disburse tax credits for the next three years, through 2019. Tax credits incentivize companies to support nonprofits and community development. Businesses interested in learning more or donating to KCCG can contact Amy Eastin at, or Kathy Jenkins Hart at to donate to The Giving Grove program.

KCCG helps low-income households and community groups produce affordable, healthy food. This organization has almost 500 garden sites around the Kansas City area and serves more than 18,000 individuals each year. KCCG empowers people to grow produce in their backyards and at community partner sites by offering expert technical assistance, gardening and nutrition education, and affordable materials and tilling service, teaches children about growing and eating healthy food through their Beanstalk Children’s garden and Schoolyard Gardens programs, and plants orchards as part of their Giving Grove program.

Be Fabulous in Your 40s

For most women, turning 40 is a milestone. Today, women in their forties are embracing their fabulousness in fearless ways. Ancy Maruthanal, MD, an internist at Meritas Health North Kansas City and medical director of North Kansas City Hospital’s Club W, believes you start with what’s on the inside: your health.

Baseline tests become more important in your forties because they help you and your doctor monitor changes in your health over time. Doctors recommend focusing on three areas:

  1. General health. Ask your provider to order a cholesterol panel and a thyroid test. If you’re at risk for diabetes, request a blood glucose test.
  2. Eye health. Have a baseline exam at 40, and then follow up every 2-4 years.
  3. Breast health. Have a clinical breast exam done annually, and get a mammogram every 1-2 years.

One of the biggest health changes for women in their forties is perimenopause, the beginning of menopause. “Hot flashes can be the most debilitating symptom,” Maruthanal notes. “I recommend women get plenty of exercise to keep their energy levels up and help with sleep.” She also suggests talking with your doctor about medications that can ease irritability and hot flashes.

For more of Maruthanal’s insight, grab a girlfriend and make plans to attend “Live Healthy: Be Fabulous in Your 40s.” on March 23, 2017, NKCH Campus, Pavilion, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required. For details and to register, visit

Boutique Collective Opens at the Village at Briarcliff

The Village at Briarcliff welcomed its newest tenant on February 17th. Boutique Collective is a collection of six unique boutiques in one. Need Toms for Spring Break? Check out Mended Wing’s wide collection. Looking for great athleisure clothes with the warm weather? No worries, Fitwear Boutique has you covered. With March Madness approaching, Sideline Chic has plenty to offer with your favorite collegiate wear.  Whether you need a cute shirt that doesn’t break the budget from Ruby Rouge KC, gorgeous locally made jewelry from The Jeweled Gypsy KC, or a new, comfy spring dress from Anchora Bella Boutique, Boutique Collective offers a variety of women’s clothing, accessories, and shoes for any look or style!