Happy Birthday to us!

That’s right, it’s our Anniversary issue once again! I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of learning about the great stories of the Northland since just after I moved to the area myself. It’s been a great crash course in the best places to eat, shop, and spend time with my loved ones. I’m a particular fan of the Waggin’ Trailz Dog Park and the Line Creek trail but those are just the tip of the iceberg.

The Northland is different than the rest of the KC metro area. Our publisher, Carey Welsch, calls it ‘God’s country’ and I’m inclined to agree! I don’t believe in pitting neighborhoods against each other but our easy access to the arts and culture Downtown and our bucolic residential areas and parks are the perfect blend of city and country. There’s not much that’s out of reach in the Northland and what we lack is rapidly being built (most likely in North Kansas City!).

In this issue, we are celebrating summer as well. School’s out and it’s time to have a little fun. There are so many places to do that but in this issue, we get to know three distinct destinations—Velo Garage and Tap House, We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym, and Chicken N Pickle. Between these three destinations, there’s truly something for everyone.

Thanks for reading along with me all these years. Thanks for writing me. Thanks for saying hello at the grocery store. It’s so nice to see people that grace our pages in real life. And please keep the ideas coming! This magazine is full of your stories and we want to keep it that way. Our Reader’s Choice awards are just one more way to do that. Visit RCNorthland.com to vote for your Northland favorites!

As we would have said in high school, stay sweet, Northland.

And have a great summer!