Reader's Choice 40

We asked and you answered. Our 2017 Readers’ Choice Award Winners are here! We received over 100,000 individual votes across 50+ categories, proving once again that Northlanders know where to go and who to ask for nearly everything. Congratulations to our winners!

Best Bakery

HyVee
8301 N. St. Clair Ave
Kansas City, MO 64151
| 816.505.1000
Hy-vee.com

At the Hy-Vee Bakery Department, we strive to please. We offer a variety of cakes, cookies, pastries and more. Donuts are fried fresh every morning and decorated with an assortment of delicious toppings. The S’mores donut and Maple Bacon donut are two of the customers’ favorites. We offer cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory Bakery featuring the Dream Factory Desserts. Customers may choose from individual slices or whole cheesecakes. Our decorators are top notch, and will work with the customers to create the perfect cake for their event. Our bakers are trained to make breads, cookies, pastries, desserts, and more. We also feature a catering service with delivery to local businesses, weddings, and households. Our decorators also offer tastings for brides and grooms to plan their wedding cake, cupcakes, or trendy donut cakes. Hy-Vee’s “Helpful Smile in Every Aisle,” extends to the bakery where we offer a free cookie to children, and take special orders for our customers. Our employees strive to create the freshest product every day, while giving the best customer service around.

Best Barbecue

Smokehouse BBQ

6304 North Oak
Gladstone, MO 64118
| 816.454.4500

Or

8451 NW Prairie View Rd
Kansas City, MO 64153
| 816.587.3337

SmokehouseBBQ.com

25 years ago, Smokehouse Bar-B-Que opened their doors in Gladstone, Missouri with one goal- Provide Kansas City diners with the highest quality barbecue, along with unparalleled service. Smokehouse Bar-B-Que exceeds that goal on a daily basis offering only the best hickory smoked beef and succulent chicken as well as savory seasonings, delicious sauces, and rubs.

Today, Smokehouse Bar-B-Que boasts three locations in the Kansas City area. Smokehouse Bar-B-Que has also received high praise for their delectable sides, including fresh-made coleslaw, smoky and sweet barbecue beans, and some of the smoothest, richest sauces you’ll ever taste.

Best Burger

Five Guys Burgers 
and Fries

118 Conistor St,

Liberty, MO 64068

816.792.0511

FiveGuys.com

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is a nationwide success story. Using only fresh ground beef for their patties and peanut oil for their fries, they focus on quality in each bite.

Best Pizza

Minsky’s Pizza

Liberty:

205 N 291 Highway

Liberty, MO 64068

816.407.9000

Barry Road East:

221 NE Barry Road

Kansas City, MO 64155

816.436.8818

Barry Road West:

7007 NW Barry Road

Kansas City, MO 64153

816.741.2737

Minskys.com

For over 41 years, Minsky’s has been Kansas City’s home of the best gourmet pizzas, calzones, hot sandwiches, fresh pasta, crispy salads, delicious wings, and tantalizing desserts. Our full bar is stocked and ready for your favorite sporting event. Or visit Minskys.com for carry out or delivery direct from our ovens to your front door. Eat Well. Live Better. Minsky’s.

Best Breakfast/Brunch

Corner Cafe

Riverside
4541 NW Gateway Avenue
Riverside, Mo. 64150
| 816.741.2570

Liberty
8301 N. Flintlock Road
Kansas City, Mo. 64157
| 816.415.0050
TheCornerCafe.com

A Northland staple, The Corner Cafe is known for generous portions of down home favorites like chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, and their monstrous cinammon roll.

Best Steakhouse

Hereford House

8661 N. Stoddard Ave
Kansas City, MO 64153
| 816.584.9000

HerefordHouse.com

Since 1957, Hereford House has been a Kansas City tradition for incredible everyday family dinners, business meetings and special occasions. Currently celebrating 60 years in business, Hereford House proudly hand selects its beef from the top 12% of all Midwestern premium grain-fed cattle, ages it to perfection for at least 21 days and hand cuts it daily in-house.  Other traditions and specialties include Grilled Oysters Rockefeller, Grilled Steak Salad, Hereford House BBQ Ribs, Cheddar Ranch Potatoes, The Hereford House 12oz strip with porcini mushroom seasoning and of course, the famous Prime Rib with signature rub, slow roasted to perfection. Hand-crafted cocktails, cold domestic and craft beer, and an outstanding wine selection round out the bar’s impressive selections. Rich with tradition and hometown value, it’s easy to see why Hereford House has been consistently voted Kansas City’s Favorite Steakhouse!

Best Latin Cuisine

Rancho Grande

Parkville

11015 NW Highway 45

Parkville, MO 64152

816.505.9097

Liberty

921 W. Liberty Drive

Liberty, MO 64068

816.792.4844

Tex-Mex favorites abound at this festive restaurant. Grab a margarita and dig into some tasty Rancho Grande dip as you gather with friends at Rancho Grande.

Best Sushi

Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse

7 NW Barry Road

Kansas City, MO 64155

816.436.4880

Enjoy sushi and hibachi grill at Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse.

Best Italian Cuisine

Cascone’s

3733 N. Oak Trafficway

Kansas City, MO

816.454.7977

Cascones.com

Open since 1954, the premier Italian restaurant in the Northland has been owned and operated by the Cascone family for four generations.  Our family’s origins trace back to Ragusa, a city near the southern coast of Sicily.  We respect our roots.  Customers enjoy classic dishes and attentive service in a comfortable space with modern décor.  Adaptation is also important.  Cascone family members young and old pay attention to contemporary tastes and participate in discussions to balance the restaurant’s traditions with fresh ideas. And the fine Italian food prepared by chef Victor Cascone is happiness served on a platter.

Best Tavern or Sports Bar

Nick and Jake’s

6325 Lewis St. Suite 110
Parkville, MO. 64152

816.584.8535

NickAndJakes.com

For real food and honest drink, Nick and Jake’s is the spot. Catch the game, have a few beers and enjoy a bar that feels like home.

Best Coffee Shop

Parkville Coffeehouse

103 Main St.
Parkville, MO 64152

816.216.6560

ParkvilleCoffee.com

Parkville Coffee is a full-service coffeehouse and small batch roastery located in Downtown Parkville, Missouri. We feature a full line of handcrafted moderately priced beverages, baked in-house pastries, lunch menu items, catering services, wholesale in-house fresh roasted coffee, and a wide range of retail items. The espresso bar area features an authentic Pavoni espresso machine. Whether you are in a hurry on your way to work, or have time to hang out in our unique and historic café, we will always provide you with a fresh roasted, fresh brewed coffee experience.

Best Wine List

Piropos

4141 N. Mulberry Drive
Kansas City, MO 64116

816.741.3600

PiroposKC.com

Piropos offers a “Taste of Argentina” which is very similar to American Midwestern flavors. Grilled meats, seafood, fresh salads and vegetables with a touch of Spanish, Italian, French, and other ethnic foods reflect the cosmopolitan nature of Argentinean dining. The food is simple, not particularly spicy. Strongly European in background and culture, Argentineans enjoy dining in a generally relaxed atmosphere where conversation and good food go hand-in-hand. Piropos Restaurant, on the hill in Briarcliff Village, offers a unique view, warm atmosphere and fresh foods prepared in the Argentinean style. Excellent service, a beautiful bar area guests are often surprised by the menu offerings at all price levels.

Best Fine Dining

Trezo Mare Restaurant 
and Lounge

4105 N Mulberry Dr,

Kansas City, MO 64116

816.505.3200

TrezoMare.com

Trezo Mare is a from-scratch kitchen producing all styles of handcrafted food with the emphasis on Italian cuisine, fresh seafood and hardwood-fired steaks. Executive Chef Robert Padilla creates seasonal menus four times a year complemented by seasonal flavors and locally sourced produce. Everything is made fresh daily including pastas, mozzarella cheese and breads.

Located in The Village at Briarcliff, guests are made to feel at home from the first moment they walk in the door. There is a variety of seating to choose from, including a cozy lounge with a fireplace, a main dining room complete with an open kitchen and an award-winning patio offering a breath-taking view. Employee owned and operated, Trezo is dedicated to providing a unique dining experience for guests with comfortable ambiance, great food and great people.

Best New Restaurant

The Peanut on 64th

6409 N Cosby Ave,

Kansas City, MO 64151

816.859.5005

PeanutKC.com

The Peanut serves the Kansas City community with the most delicious array of bar and grill food in the Metro area. We serve families, businessmen and women, people from all walks of life. We are a genuine neighborhood destination. A comfortable, friendly, affordable respite from the stresses of daily life.  We hope to see you soon.

Best Craft Beer

Rock & RUN Brewery

Rock & Run Brewery was created to bring the small batch craft brewing experience to the Northland. The owners wanted to share their love of quality craft beer with their neighbors in the KC Metro area. This concept is centered around a nanobrewery-sized establishment providing a warm, friendly, pub atmosphere to share quality beer and simple wholesome food.  With a new menu release and the grand opening of ‘The Lounge’, Rock & Run Brewery offers something for everybody. The Lounge offers a casual environment to relax, drink, and enjoy appetizers Thursday-Saturday 4pm-10pm, also available for Private Event reservations. Visit our website for a full menu, read about our Brew Club Membership, or to make inquiries into our Event Space.

Best Hair Salon (Women)

Ecklektica Salon

4159 N. Mulberry Drive
Kansas City MO 64116
| 816.587.4159

EclekticaSalon.com

Since Eclektica Salon’s creation, they have worked hard to research, study and deliver the best hairstyling techniques in the world to the Northland, and for their efforts, they have been recognized by L’Oreál Professionnel Paris as one of the Top 100 Salons in America. Eclektica is a beautiful place to get your look on … and also a great place to work in a creative field that invites clients to experience the highest level of beauty services. The atmosphere carries the classical sense of ‘salon’, a place for meeting, greeting, and discussing new ideas  and discovering new interpretations of beauty.

On the outside perspective, Eclektica’s mission is to let clients discover their Inner Beauty, and they support the community through Styling Shows and Makeovers that benefit women, children, and non-profits centered in the Northland. On the inside perspective of Eclektica, they provide opportunities for the advancement of professional, creative women. Their advanced education program takes Licensed Stylists from Apprenticeship to Master Stylist while increasing their technical expertise through advanced education. Your outer beauty is driven to paint a portrait of your inner essence. Your hair is the canvas. Eclektica interprets your vision.

Best Men’s Barber Shop

Gasoline  Barber Shop 
and Salon

10907 MO-45,

Kansas City, MO 64152

816.656.5390

Not your ordinary Daddy’s barbershop; nor just your Mommy’s typical salon!  Neighbors are claiming Gasoline is mix of a “high end” services with a comfortable,  laid-back atmosphere unique to the Northland. The whole family is covered from stylish cuts, color, and styling.  Gentlemen, remember the classic straight razor face/neck shave with the traditional “old school barber” hot towel service? Well, this is only the tip of the iceberg as entire families are raving about the diverse styling treatments they are receiving (from children to adult men/women alike).  Owner/Master Stylist, Rich, with over 20 years multi-generational experience, has established roots just west of The National on 45 Hwy and is transforming the salon experience.  Ladies and gentlemen can sip a draught while watching NFL’s Sunday Ticket, or relax with a glass of wine while color is processing.  Complete “Blow Out Bar” makes Girls Night Out easy.  Eyebrow tinting/waxing are also available to frame the face and complete your look.  “Kids Club Rewards” awarded with each cut/color (so kids are equally styled).  Walk-ins welcome but appointments strongly suggested.

Best Jeweler

Meierotto’s 
Midwest Jewelry

4311 NE Vivion Road
Kansas City, MO 64119-2838
| 816.453.1111

Dennis and Carol Meierotto opened their doors in 1979 in a small storefront consisting of only 800 square feet.  With a small staff of only three other people, Carol and Dennis sometimes worked until after midnight ensuring that customer orders were on time.  In 1986, they expanded to their location on Vivion Road with the help of several of their seven young children.  Their son, Tyler, worked through high school and college and gained a keen understanding of all aspects of the business.  Three other children, Emily, Jenny and Ted, joined the business over the years and now have each taken on unique roles.  Despite their children taking on larger roles and responsibilities, Carol and Dennis are still at the store every day.  There are plans now for a new, larger location scheduled to open in late 2017 that will offer several amenities and a larger selection of merchandise.

Best Pediatric Dentist

Shoal Creek Pediatric Dentistry: Dr. Scott Thomas

Barry Pointe Medical Plaza
9051 N.E. 81st Terrace, Suite 220
Kansas City, MO 64158

816.781.KIDS (5437)

ShoalCreekSmiles.com

At Shoal Creek Pediatric Dentistry we offer one of the most modern pediatric dental offices in the Northland and take pride in serving patients from the surrounding areas in Missouri such as Liberty, Claycomo, Pleasant Valley, Kansas City, Gladstone, and Smithville. We have worked hard to create a kid-friendly environment, from our office décor to our caring and professional staff, our office is designed specifically to provide a non-threatening environment where you and your child can feel safe and secure about the dental care they are receiving. Above all, we will treat your child as you would — with understanding, patience, and kindness.

Best Dentist

Byars Dental

9051 NE 81st Terrace #210,

Kansas City, MO 64158

816.781.8222

ByarsDental.com

Byars Dental is a dedicated, family-friendly dental office. Dr. Byars and his team are proud to offer comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages including regular preventive checkups as well as more complex restorative, implant and cosmetic dental care. By offering complete dental care utilizing modern dental technology, we provide our with patients a extraordinary experience that results in a beautiful smile. Our team works exceptionally hard to ensure your visits are comfortable, and we use the latest techniques, technologies and materials to deliver the best in high-quality care. Visit our practice today to achieve your picture-perfect smile!

Best Orthodontist

Braces by Billings

Parkville

8600 Tom Watson Parkway, Suite 101
Parkville, Missouri 64152

816.741.9007

Platte City

2000 Kentucky Avenue
Platte City, Missouri 64079

816.858.5687

BracesByBillings.com

Patients tell us that Dr. Billings and his team of professionals are friendly and comforting while they take the time to listen to a patient’s needs and concerns. It’s like becoming a part of a happy family that genuinely cares about what’s happening in your life! Everyone on our team is very experienced; they know the reasons “why” and understand the basics of “how” regarding braces and orthodontic treatment. Because they have had such wonderful experiences and terrific results, patients of Dr. Billings bring their children, and even their grandchildren, to him and his team for their orthodontic needs .

Best Chiropractor

Northland Spine and 
Rehabilitation Center

8002 North Oak Traffic Way Suite 112
Kansas City, MO 64118
| 816.569.5079

NorthlandSpineAndRehab.com

At Northland Spine and Rehabilitation, we believe that the doctor and the patient become a team for treating an individual’s chiropractic problems. Dr. Overly spends most of his time listening to understand your concerns and responding with the best treatment options for you. With the help of our professional staff, we also follow up to make sure that problems are resolved and your health improves. We want our patients to be informed about muscle, bone, joint and connective tissue concerns and treatments, because informed patients make better decisions about their health and well being.

Best Dermatologist

Kansas City Skin & 
Cancer Center

5810 NW Barry Road, Suite 100

Kansas City, MO 64154

816.584.8100

KCSkinCenter.com

Kansas City Skin & Cancer Center offers medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology, with Board Certified Dermatologists who trained at the top Dermatology programs in the country working side by side and as a team with nurse practitioners, physician assistants, estheticians and support staff to offer the best treatment and skin care possible. The Center sets itself apart by providing Mohs Micrographic Surgery—the most advanced treatment procedure available for skin cancer.

Because the Center has a pathology lab with a Board Certified Dermatopathologist onsite to review biopsies and discuss cases in person with the team, patients are able to receive the most accurate diagnosis possible. The Center is also the only dermatology practice in the region that offers Skin Type Solutions—a scientifically-derived skin-typing process that helps clients accurately identify which of 16 skin types they have. Once pinpointed, patients are given recommendations for an ultra-customized skincare regimen, and they can choose from more than 200 products approved by the system that will give them the most noticeable and clinical results possible.

Best Pediatrician

Pediatric Care North

8781 N. Platte
Purchase Drive
Kansas City, MO 64155

| 816.587.3200

PediatricCareNorth.com

From our roots as the first Pediatric practice in the Platte County area back in 1989, Pediatric Care North has provided state-of-the-art medical care in a personalized environment. Our practice treats patients from newborn through high school, and on to the age of 21.

Our 8 board certified physicians have all had specialty training in the field of pediatric medicine. We now have a staff of 3 board certified pediatric nurse practitioners and 4 board certified lactation specialists. In fact, Pediatric Care North was the first pediatric practice in the Kansas City metropolitan area to create a lactation support program where mothers and babies get the nursing support needed.

Over the years, our practice has expanded and grown with the Northland. We have maintained an atmosphere of personalized service while delivering excellent medical services to all of our valued patient families.

Best Family Physician

Clay Platte Family 
Medicine Clinic

5501 NW 62nd Terrace, Suite 100

Kansas City, MO 64151

816.842.4440

ClayPlatteFamily.com

Clay Platte Family Medicine Clinic focuses on a mission of “Partnering for Excellence in Healthcare”. While all members of the clinic base their behaviors on these words, Dr. James McDonald considers these partnerships to be the most rewarding aspect of his career. McDonald describes his greatest accomplishment as a physician being the intensity of the relationships he has formed with patients over the years. He prides himself on creating individualized plans that take into account individuals’ unique lifestyles. “Everything is based on the individual, not just a canned response,” says McDonald, “This is why we want an independent practice, we don’t want to not have the ability to customize care.

Best OBGYN

Northland Obstetrics & Gynecology, Inc.

A Division of Signature Medical Group of K.C., PA

2529 Glenn Hendren Drive, Ste 200

Liberty, MO 64068

816.781.7820

For 50 years, Northland Obstetrics and Gynecology has provided excellent healthcare to women in the Kansas City Northland. Since August 16, 1967 when Doctors Robinson, Slaughter and Triplett joined to form the original group, the practice has continued to maintain the tradition of providing university-trained, board-certified physicians who deliver healthcare services at the highest level. Northland OB/GYN now is comprised of seven physicians, three specialized women’s health nurse practitioners and a staff of 37 clinical and business associates. Our office is conveniently located in the Medical Plaza East just one floor below the obstetrical unit and connected to Liberty Hospital. Our physicians are skilled in minimally invasive surgery including da Vinci robotic surgery, pelvic reconstructive procedures and treatment of urinary incontinence. Fertility assessment, menopause management and hormone replacement therapy are offered as well as routine gynecologic services and normal and high-risk obstetrical care. We provide in-office fetal monitoring, ultrasound, bladder function and bone density testing. Many of our patients are second generation patients who are now trusting their care to the same physicians that their mothers chose. Northland Obstetrics and Gynecology is a tradition for women’s healthcare in the Northland area.

Best Optometrists

Northland Eye Specialists

1200 Landmark Ave
Liberty, MO 64068

816.792.1900

or

8660 N Green Hills Rd
Kansas City, MO 64154

816.584.1901

NorthlandEye.com

Over the years, the eye doctors at Northland Eye Specialists have created a nurturing environment where patients feel more like family and less like just another appointment. In fact, our doctors often care for four to five generations of a family at one time. From a child’s first eye exam and routine annual visits to treating diseases and age-related conditions, we care for our patients as if they’re our own friends and family.

Best Veterinarian

Eagle Animal Hospital

4825 NW Gateway Ave

Riverside, MO 64150

816.741.2345

EagleAnimalHospital.com

Eagle Animal Hospital, Inc. has been serving Northland pets and their families, from the same location, for over 70 years. We pride ourselves on the high-quality level of care we provide our patients and the exceptional service we deliver to our clients. We are a team of six Doctors and 32 support staff. Dedication and compassion are our primary motivators. Everyone on our team understands the importance of the human-animal bond and strives to enrich and deepen that bond, with exceptional levels of care and treatment. Eagle is a “one stop shop” for all your pet care needs. We provide unparalleled care for all stages of your pets’ life. Our new, award winning, 10,000 sq. ft. state of the art facility opened in August of 2015. This houses an expansive in-house laboratory, digital radiology, laser and orthopedic surgical suite, dental equipment, intensive care units, luxury pet boarding with dog park, pet daycare and grooming. All aspects of our practice are designed to make pet health care easy and accessible. You may even see our new mobile veterinary service van running around the Northland. Lastly a HUGE thank you to our clients and friends that help bestow this honor upon us.

Best Dog Grooming

Eagle Animal Hospital

4825 NW Gateway Ave

Riverside, MO 64150

816.741.2345

EagleAnimalHospital.com

Eagle Animal Hospital and Pet Resort completed its new facility in August 2015. Our Pet Resort provides full-service pet boarding area with doggie daycare and professional grooming. We introduced a luxury level of boarding like nothing else in the Mid-West. Our themed luxury suites include raised cot beds, 32-inch televisions, 24-hour web cam viewing, daycare and complimentary spa bath. We also offer deluxe boarding in our indoor runs. Cats also get pampered during stays in our cat condos that have living room, bed room and bath room, as well as exercise time in the cat room where they can gaze out large windows. The Doggie Daycare is a great place for your dog to socialize and expend energy during your busy day. Daycare canines can play in our 1 acre outdoor space or if weather is not co-operating then we have a specially designed indoor space to romp and play. Alyssa our groomer is artful in her haircuts and care. Our “guest” care team very compassionate and lead by Rachel Berry who is in her 27th year of caring for pets with us. Thank you to our clients that put their trust (and votes) in our team.

Best Cosmetic Surgeon

Monarch Plastic Surgery

9501 N Oak Trafficway, Suite 202

KC, MO 64155
| 816.436.3262

MonarchPS.com

Our talented plastic surgeons and licensed aestheticians offer clients guidance on a wide range of topics. We proudly serve the residents of the greater Kansas City area, focusing on safely producing the highest quality of service. With an emphasis on progressive and leading-edge procedures, Monarch Plastic Surgery provides patients with the most advanced surgical and skin care treatments available.

Best Med Spa

Genesis Medical Spa of 
Kansas City

6410 N. Cosby Avenue

Kansas City, MO 64151

GenesisMedicalSpa.com

The word “Genesis” means “Coming into being of something”. Genesis Medical Spa of Kansas City evolved around the concept of enhancing and re-creating a person’s natural beauty. A wide array of services are offered including: aesthetician services, CoolSculpting, cosmetic injections, laser spa treatments, Vibraderabrasion and a weight loss program. Our laser spa treatments consists of: Cutera Titan, Laser Genesis, Laser Hair Removal, Laser Photo Genesis and Laser Vein Therapy. We also provide acne treatment/micro needling, Baby Foot Exfoliative Therapy, chemical peels, dermaplane treatments, facials, and upper body waxing with our certified aestheticians. Genesis Medical Spa incorporates a total wellness philosophy in helping our patient’s look and feel the best they can be.

Best Day Spa

The Spa at Briarcliff

4133 N. Mulberry Dr.

Kansas City, MO 64116

816.746.5333

Half day spa, half med spa, the Spa at Briarcliff focuses on whole body wellness. Its staff of professionals believe in treating the mind, body and spirit through each treatment. Within its 10,000 square foot, two story facility, clients can enjoy facials, manicures, laser therapy, massages, organic spray tanning and nutrition consultations. Other services include chemical peels, Botox, fillers, dermaplaning and float therapy.

Best Nail Salon

Maysy’s Nail and Spa

(Parkville location)
6056 NW 63rd Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64151
| 816.326.8880

(Kansas City)
230 NE Barry Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64155
| 816.321.1523

Liberty

1181 W Kansas St,

Liberty, MO 64068

Escape into serenity…Leave feeling fabulous after we pamper and indulge you. Relax and renew your body and soul as we pamper you like you should be treated. Maysy’s Nail & Spa opened in June of 2010. Our vision is to offer a variety of quality beauty services. Stop by and let one of our experienced & licensed nail technicians rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.

Best Fitness Center

YMCA of Greater Kansas City

NKC

1999 Iron Street

North Kansas City, MO 64116

816.300.0531

Platte County North

3101 Running Horse Rd.

Platte City, MO 64079

816.858.0114

Platte County South

8875 Clark Avenue

Parkville, MO 64152

816.505.2622

KansasCityYMCA.org

At the Y, children learn what they can achieve, families spend quality time together, and members build relationships that deepen their sense of belonging. A variety of opportunities that promote wellness in body, mind and spirit for all ages include: a large selection of group exercise classes; chronic disease programs such as diabetes prevention and a wellness program for cancer survivors; social and fitness activities for older adults; nutrition and weight loss programs; individual training; Kids Zone for ages 3 months through 8 years; swimming lessons and water safety; sports for youth as young as age 3; community events; volunteer projects to address neighborhood needs; and so much more. The Y has 14 locations in the metro, including three in the Northland. The Y partners with Platte County to operate Platte County Community Center North in Platte City and Platte County Community Center South in Parkville. In addition, the Y partners with the City of North Kansas City to operate the North Kansas City YMCA. As a nonprofit, the Y is open to all.

Best Kids’ Activity

Penguin Park

N Vivion Rd. & N Norton Ave.

Kansas City, MO 64118

Play inside a 23-foot penguin and then slide down a 23-foot giraffe! Penguin Park is a Northland classic for old and young alike.

Best Family Entertainment

Chicken N Pickle

1761 Burlington

North Kansas City, MO 64116

816.537.1400

ChickenNPickle.com

As one of the newest additions to the North Kansas City community, Chicken N Pickle is quickly becoming one of the most sought after sports and entertainment venues in Greater Kansas City! At Chicken N Pickle, you can expect an incomparable experience that you can’t help fall in love with on your very first visit! Our one-of-a-kind pickleball-driven concept creates a captivating atmosphere that offers hours of social, yet competitive, entertainment the whole family is sure to enjoy! Our Boulevard Rooftop Bar, Game Yard, and beer gardens are extremely popular across all ages with TVs available throughout the entire property! Entertainment is not the only thing Chicken N Pickle excels at, our in-house Chef has perfected each and every one of our recipes with only the highest quality of ingredients! To top it off, we can’t help but brag about our list of craft beers from our local breweries to international favorites!

Best Roofer

Christian Brothers Roofing

6309 NW Kelly Dr,

Parkville, MO 64152

816.453.ROOF

ChristianBrothersRoofingllc.com

At Christian Brothers Roofing, we are a northland family-owned and operated company providing complete roofing systems. Our commitment ensures that we replace or repair roofs that will last and add value to the home. Our roofing systems are also built to lower utility costs through proper installation and ventilation. We use top-of-the-line materials that keep your roof looking like new for decades. We stand behind our work and our manufacturer’s products. Our staff is continuously earning certifications and learning about new products in the roofing industry and applications through continued education training.

We’re traditional in the sense that we believe in shaking hands and doing business the right way. We will visit with you to inspect your home first-hand and then deliver the estimate in person so we can explain the project tailored to your home. You can expect education about the roof replacement process, roof installation and care for your home. Christian Brothers Roofing Company is dedicated to giving our Kansas City area clientele dependable service at a competitive price using quality products.

Best Home Builder

Don Julian Builders

15521 West 110th Street
Lenexa, KS 66219
| 913. 894.6300

DonJulianBuilders.com

Don Julian Builders was formed in 1974.  The company’s primary focus is the construction of upper bracket custom homes in the $400,000 to multi-million dollar range.  The company has completed over 2000 custom homes throughout the metro area, totaling over $1 Billion in sales.  The company offers a complete home-building service which includes the services of a registered architect to design plans in-house and a complete in-house design services with access to two full-time designers/decorators in our company-owned and operated design center.  Over the years, the company has won over 400 awards for design, quality, and workmanship.  The Kansas City Home Builders Association has stated that Don Julian Builders has won more HBA awards than any builder in its history.

Best Home Remodeler

Artisan Construction

816.797.4346

KCArtisanConstruction.com

We are a local home remodeling company that gives high-quality with a custom touch on a reasonable budget. The owner, Chad Pfeffer, has grown up in the northland area went to high school at Parkhill high school graduated from Park University and continues to live in the Northland.

Best Painter

Slawson Painting

2414 Big Pine Terrace

St Joseph, MO 64503

816.262.6234

SlawsonPainting.com

Slawson Painting was founded in 1960 by Frank Slawson. In 1979, his son, Dave Slawson, became a painter. Dave continues to provide quality interior and exterior painting services to northwest Missouri. Dave’s projects have included everything from aluminum barn roofs to 23 karat gold gilding.

While most projects are conventional painting, Dave enjoys decorative, artistic projects. A recent job was a children’s church renovation. Designed as a city scene, the hallways were done as city streets, with classroom facades as individual storefronts. Each storefront was painted in a different finish, ranging from woodgrain, Venetian plaster, stone, weathered siding, to bronze. The common area centers around a clock tower, finished in a copper patina. All storefronts were aged with various glazes. The check in area was done in a fantasy outdoor scene, with dogs, cats, trees, and butterflies. Other recent projects include applying knockdown texture, refinishing kitchen cabinets, and interior and exterior painting.

Best Landscaper

North Kansas City 
Grass Pad Warehouse

11500 NW Barry Rd.

Kansas City, MO 64153

816.891.9100

GrassPad.com

The first Grass Pad opened as a sod farm on 700 acres in Farley, Missouri. No telephone, no running water, just two light bulbs, one outdoor privy, and an old dairy barn. People drove for miles to find the gravel road, the old barn and the 700 acres of lush green sod. Uncle had an idiot proof program to grow the finest sod. Customers wanted to know the secret so they could make their lawns lush and green like the sod farm. So, he wrote it on a yellow sheet so folks wouldn’t lose it. Now people knew Uncle’s secret they drove for miles to buy the finest seed and Uncle’s Idiot Proof Lawn Program.

Over the years, the Grass Pad has grown to five locations throughout the Kansas City area. A retail and wholesale distributor of premium quality turf sod, seed, fertilizer and nursery stock. The new mantra in the garden center business is about going upscale to high profile web sites and high-profit gift shop items. At the Grass Pad, we are still about dirt. We don’t sell aspirin, Cheerios, or underwear. We do sell truckloads of lawn and garden products plus free advice.

Best Lawn Care

By The Blade

7014 NW Kerns Dr
Parkville, Missouri, MO 64152

816.505.0444

ByTheBladeKC.com

By The Blade started as a simple idea: a teenage kid with a lawnmower. Things grew, as they have a way of doing, and this summer job became a business venture. Then it became a way of life. Fast forward 20 years, to the recent grand opening of a new, outdoor design studio in Parkville.

“Outdoor living is a true sensory experience,” said Owner Patrick Vogt. “Our new outdoor design studio provides a one-stop-shop where our clients can see our designs, feel a variety of stones, countertops and landscaping materials, and even smell the flowers.”

By The Blade provides lawn, landscape and irrigation services for hundreds of families year-round throughout the Greater Kansas City area. And, for the last six consecutive years, has been selected as the Kansas City Symphony Showhouse’s premier landscape designer. By The Blade combines luxury living and superior outdoor design to create the perfect custom outdoor oasis for each client, offering complete design and build solutions using the finest materials. Landscapes, custom pools and swim spas, state-of-the-art lighting, fire and water features, irrigation solutions/rain harvesting –they do it all.

Best Plumber

Above and Beyond Plumbing

100 Main St
Liberty, MO 64068

816.716.1108

We are a local family business. We take pride in our work and workmanship. We have a combined 50 years of plumbing experience. Please don’t hesitate to get our knowledge and expertise involved on your next project.

Best Pest Control

ZipZap Termite and Pest Control

6601 Royal St C

Pleasant Valley, MO 64068

816.407.7378

For all your pest control needs.

Best Heating and Cooling

Buckner’s Heating 
and Cooling

8576 N Green Hills Rd

Kansas City, MO 64154

816.436.1244

BucknersHC.com

Roger and Jill Buckner started Buckner’s Heating and Cooling in 1983, focusing exclusively on new construction in the Kansas City Northland’s growing housing market. Over the years, the business has shifted to replacement and service of existing homes, as well as offering full support for light commercial customers. The company’s steady growth has been driven by a customer-first approach and the belief that the best advertisement is a happy client.

In January 2017, the company’s dedication to its Northland family was rewarded when they moved into a newly-built shop and showroom on Green Hills Road. The change has allowed Buckner’s to respond to customer needs more quickly and thoroughly than ever before and provides for continued growth for many years to come.

Best Architecture Firm

A3G Architects

15 South Main St.
Liberty, MO 64068

816.581.6333

A3GArchitects.com

A3G Architects was founded in 2009 by architect, Aimee Gray. A3G is a woman-owned, all female architectural and interior design firm with a broad range of experience including commercial, residential and historic renovation projects. Our projects are delivered using the latest 3D software. This allows our clients to visualize the projects using 3D images and interactive models. We take pride in providing creative solutions for our clients. As women, our listening skills allow us to hear our clients’ needs and turn their vision into a reality. Attention to detail, awareness of budgets, and commitment to schedule are necessities for a successful project.

One of our current projects, Tobacco Barn Farm, is a tobacco barn from the early 1900’s that has been transformed into an event space. This was a challenging structural project to maintain the building character while making it safe for the public. Another notable project that we are honored to be a part of is the Veterans Community Project. This includes the Veterans Village, which is 50 tiny houses with a community building and the Veterans Outreach Center, just down the block from the village. These building are helping to create a campus for homeless Veterans in Kansas City.

Best Realtor

Wolfe-Sweeney 
& Courtney

816.746.2777

WSC.ReeceNichols.com

Wolfe~Sweeney & Associates began in 2005. Russ Wolfe and Candi Sweeney started a Team and joined the Reece Nichols, Northland Parkville office. Lisa Schaltenbrand is an integral part of the Team, joining in 2006 to be their licensed Assistant. Kristine Courtney joined the Team in 2007 and recently became Partner, with the new name of Wolfe~Sweeney & Courtney.

“We have been the #1 ReSale Team north of the River for 12 years straight,” says Russ Wolfe. “Our focus is on resale homes, but we have the expertise necessary to help buyers maneuver through new home construction.” WS&C has exceeded over $200 Million in sales volume over of the past 5 years.

All four team members love living north of the river and know it well. They are involved in many charities, which benefit the Northland such as Harvest Ball, The Global Orphan Project, JDRF, Parkville Rotary, Parkville Police Assistance Program, Hillcrest Ministries, St. Therese’s Church, and many more. “We believe it is very important to be involved in the Community where you Live and Work”, said Candi Sweeney, “It’s our passion to give back!”

Best Interior Designer

Nell Hills

4101 N Mulberry Dr,

Kansas City, MO 64116

NellHills.com

Mary Carol Garrity established Nell Hill’s in 1981 in an old bank building in her hometown of Atchison, Kansas, naming the store after her maternal grandmother who was an early Kansas pioneer. Since its humble beginnings as a gourmet food shop, Nell Hill’s has grown to become one of the most popular home interior stores in the Midwest.

Best Financial Institution

CommunityAmerica Credit Union

More than 10 Northland Locations

CommunityAmerica.com

CommunityAmerica Credit Union is a full-service financial institution with more than 200,000 member-owners nationwide. As of December 2016, CommunityAmerica had more than $2.3 billion in assets, ranking it among the nation’s 100 largest credit unions. Based on deposits, CommunityAmerica is among the top 10 Kansas City-based financial institutions. There are 28 CommunityAmerica branches in Kansas City, and one in St. Louis.

CommunityAmerica provides a full suite of financial products, including checking, savings, mortgages and a variety of loan products to meet consumer and business needs. As a not-for-profit financial institution, CommunityAmerica offers highly competitive rates on deposits, loans, and fewer, lower or no fees at all. Other convenient products and services include Sunday hours, a network of more than 30,000 ATMs, 24-hour online, mobile banking, credit cards and insurance.

Best Wealth Management

Equity Bank

877.328.4725

EquityFSG.com

Today’s investment climate offers unprecedented opportunities. At Equity Financial Services Group, our mission is to help clients take advantage of those opportunities by providing them with three key tools:

  1. A clear understanding of their financial goals
  2. A well-defined roadmap for achieving those goals
  3. Ongoing advice to help adjust their roadmap when their needs change

Our services cover all areas of financial management, from investment and retirement planning to risk management and estate conservation. We specialize in helping our clients develop a comprehensive, cohesive financial strategy that fits their unique needs and enables them to meet both short- and long-term objectives. Our Financial Advisors are available by appointment at any of our Equity Bank locations. INVEST Financial Corporation, member FINRA/SIPC. INVEST and its affiliated insurance agencies offer securities, advisory services and certain insurance products and are not affiliated with Equity Bank or Equity Financial Services Group. INVEST does not offer tax or legal advice. Products offered are: • Not FDIC Insured • Not Bank Guaranteed • Not a deposit • May lose value including loss of principal.

Best Insurance Agent

Deborah York, Farmer’s Insurance

5775 NW 64th Terrace #201

Kansas City, MO 64151

816.746.4443

Agents.farmers.com

We started our agency in 2006 with the belief that the right insurance is the foundation of a stable financial plan. We offer dozens of products to fit your needs including auto, home, life, specialty, and business insurance. If it matters to you, my agency insures it! Our priority is providing personal attention through our award winning customer service with a team that is ethical, professional and has strong family values. We proudly support our community through organizations such as The Parkville Chamber of Commerce, March of Dimes, NAWS and The Fraternal Order of Police. Our agency represents Farmers Insurance, a strong company that you can trust with a proven track record.

Best Private School

St. Therese 
Catholic School

7227 NW Highway 9

816.741.5400

StThereseNorth.org

St. Therese School, one of the largest schools in the Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph, educates and serves approximately 600 students. The largest ministry of St. Therese Parish, our school promotes students’ spiritual, moral, and academic development within the tradition of a Catholic community. We believe that each student has unique God-given gifts, and as a student-centric school, we offer a challenging and comprehensive curriculum which includes STEM+ education, after school enrichment classes, integrative technology, Spanish K-8, Sports programs, Music, Art, and Drama, taught by a staff of teachers and educators with 62% of our teachers holding advanced degrees.

St. Therese is also the largest parish in the diocese and with the school an integral part of parish life, students are encouraged to create and engage in service projects to serve the parish as well as the community at large.

So who are our students? Our school’s mission is make them ‘lifelong learners” with strong academic skills who continually seek knowledge, can apply critical thinking in problem solving, set goals and meet challenges, collaborate and listen to the ideas of others, and are active persons of Faith.

Best Retirement Community

Senior Star at Wexford Place

6500 North Cosby Ave
Kansas City, MO 64151
| 816.581.0458

SeniorStar.com/wexfordplace

Our community is filled with amazing stories about the lives of the residents, their families, those who refer them to us, and our associates at Wexford Place. Wexford Place in Kansas City provides lifestyle options that allow your family to continue creating those memories at home in a community where your family’s voice and legacy is heard, valued, and celebrated. At Wexford Place, we encourage our residents and our associates to embrace their own story in this world. We are an active, vibrant, and diverse community that allows every story to be told through the eyes of all who walk through our doors. Our residents, their families, our associates, and our caregivers find value in creating moments every day that help mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, and neighbors continue to write a story — a legacy — that is unique, personal, and full of purpose.

Best Philanthropic Organization

Hillcrest Platte County

P.O. Box 681298

Riverside, MO 64168

816.587.9037

HillcrestPlatte.org

Hillcrest Platte County (HPC) is a Christian non-profit organization that offers housing and supportive services for working adults and families who are homeless or insecurely housed to provide life-long independence. They do this through their 35 fully furnished apartments through out Platte County that they offer free of charge to homeless families. The community supports this organization because it is measurable. Each month families graduate the 90-day program and share stories of successfully paying off their debt, and developing a savings account and budget that will sustain them into the future. HPC recently added a young adult housing program to their services to address the homeless high school students in the area. HPC doesn’t take government funds and relies on the community support to operate this program. They have two thrift shops, one off of 64th Street and I-29 and one in Platte City, that accept gently used items. They have a pick up service for furniture and bigger items that can’t fit into a car. HPC’s biggest fundraiser of the year is being held on October 7th at Embassy Suites – KCI. For more information or to purchase a ticket call 816.838.7442.