Home Sweet Home

Welcome to the Home issue! As someone that has stayed in quite a bit lately with a new baby, the issue of home is especially near to my heart. Finding the space where you can really relax is a tricky thing. Luckily here in the Northland, we have plenty to choose from so there's something for everyone!

YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s 
10th Annual Challenge our Fashion

Professional athletes and YMCA Challenger athletes walked the runway on January 28. The event benefited the YMCA’s Challenger adaptive sports and social programs for kids with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities. It raised a net total of $151,402. Guests enjoyed dinner, auctions, the fashion show, and music by Dolewite.

March 2017 Around Town

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…

J&S Pizza

In the United States, it's hard to swing a stick without hitting a pizza place. In the Northland that's even more true with old favorites like Kelso's, Northern Lights and Ikey's around. But there's a new kid in town and they are putting the fun back in the pizza place.

Samsara Vintage Home

A 200-hundred-year-old apothecary cabinet from Mongolia, elm wood chairs from India, and cabinets crafted by Missouri Mennonites all vie for space within the same setting, an eclectic mix of old and new, the forgotten and recovered. Collectively, they represent Samsara Vintage Home, a unique trove of home décor treasures located at 12 East Street in historic downtown Parkville.

Shopping for the Right-Sized Home in the Northland

The real estate market continues to tighten in 2017. Prospective homebuyers have options within several price ranges on the market in the Northland; however, it is crucial to be prepared and decisive when shopping for a dream abode. Being forearmed with knowledge about what to expect for hard-earned dollars can help make planning and deciding easier.

The Nest

Pregnant. That's what the digital screen on the test said. One word but when it's THAT word, it means so much. We had been hoping and praying for that word and it was finally here. That's when the whirlwind began to get our house in shape for our coming baby girl.

From the Garden to the Party

Make every meal a special event by bringing the garden to the table. Serve your favorite dishes made from homegrown ingredients. Then allow guests to add their own herbal seasonings right from the garden or container.

Setting a New Pace

From the anticipatory hum of a purr to the all-out, pedal-down roar, there’s something about a Jaguar that makes your heart beat a little faster. With a growling engine and feline sleekness, the new F-PACE, a medium luxury SUV, is all Jaguar.

Endurance House

With a grand opening at the end of January, Endurance House is the only store of its kind in the Kansas City area, providing specialty running, walking, cycling, swimming, shoes, and gear, along with the support needed to lead a healthy lifestyle. Endurance House is a franchise out of Madison, Wisconsin, and with local couple and triathletes, Scott Sharkey and…

Run to Stop It

A civilized society must rise up and say “not in our city, not in our nation, not in our world!” These are the words of Phillip O’Reilly: husband, father, grandfather, and pastor of Rock of KC, a nondenominational church in the Northland. When O’Reilly learned that there is worldwide demand for children who are trafficked for sex with adults, he…

Trago: A Sip, A Bite, A Memory

Memories. That's what Trago, the new tapas restaurant in Kansas City near Liberty, is based on. Kandi Kerns, the chef/owner is capturing the feeling and essence of dining experiences long past and making them available for the hungry diner today.

A Very Northland 
Valentine’s Day

Dear Readers, I have to admit--I've never been a big Valentine's Day person. Sure, I love romance but I also don't want my husband to spend 500% more on flowers than he would in January or March, just because Cupid said he should. I'm more of low-key. If we go out, it will probably be to the White Horse Pub…

Take a Bite Out of Stigma: A Culinary Experience

ReDiscover’s 2nd annual Take a Bite Out of Stigma: A Culinary Experience had another record-breaking year! More than 400 guests savored delicious bites from Kansas City’s finest restaurants and participated in silent and live auctions. 
Proceeds support ReDiscover’s programs that provide behavioral health services to over 37,000 individuals each year.

February 2017 Around Town

In response to growing demand for private banking and wealth management services in the Northland, The Commerce Trust Company recently added a dedicated representative in its Parkville branch location. “We are opening an office in Parkville because we want to be more accessible to our growing client base in Platte County to help service them where they live,” said Andrew…

Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him and Her

Parabo Press: Inspired by small-batch print processes, Parabo Press is the perfect gift for the photo-taking woman in your life. Offering products from square prints, both black and white and color engineer prints, 14-month photo calendars, glass prints and hardcover photo books, there’s truly something for everyone. Parabo.Press

My Favorite Things

Top three items you can't live without: Water, phone and dark chocolate. 

Favorite spots in KC: The Plaza, Kauffman Performing Arts Center and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Stained Glass Creations Creates Art From the Heart and Lasting Memories

Dave and Valerie Phillips sometimes see the world through rose-colored glass, sometimes through blue, and other times simply a clear textured pane. As stained glass artists and owners of Stained Glass Creations, LLC, the Phillips are in the business of creating artwork that others envision, turning dreams into reality, and personal memorabilia into displayable conversation pieces.

Hugo Tea Delivers Adventure One Sip at a Time

In the modest front office of Hugo Tea Company, owner and founder Tyler Beckett adds heated water from a kettle into a clay teapot small enough to easily cup it in two hands. The teapot, etched on the side with Chinese characters, contains loose leaves of Da Ye Xi. The Chinese green tea has a smooth character and savory-sweet flavor.

Happy New Year!

How many of you are reading this on the treadmill at an overly crowded gym? Now is the time when hope springs eternal--new weights are purchased, Christmas gifts of workout clothes are donned, and we all brush off our knowledge of how to properly do a squat. Although most of those resolutions are aspirational rather than realistic, the renewed energy…

January 2017 Around Town

On November 15, Oakhill Day School celebrated the opening of its 2nd building at 6910 North Holmes in Gladstone, Missouri. In a student-centered morning celebration, the current Middle School Student Council led the ceremony by sharing what they love most about the new space. The Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce facilitated the official ribbon cutting that evening with special recognition…

Face it. Medical Spas aren’t just for looking good anymore

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new wrinkle in the usage of Botox. Not only can it improve your appearance, it can also offer relief to millions of chronic migraine sufferers. The good news for those in need is they don’t have to travel far to find a place that offers this specialized injection therapy. It’s as close as…

22nd Annual Champagne and Chocolate

Guests sampled bites from over 60 local restaurants, bakeries, and chocolatiers in the home of Jon and Kelly Lambert. This year featured an oyster bar courtesy of Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar and wine and champagne from Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant. Proceeds benefit Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care.

Wine and Wisdom with Guiliana Rancic

North Kansas City Hospital’s Club W hosted E! TV's Giuliana Rancic on Nov. 10 for their Wine and Wisdom series. She spoke about finding joy in the midst of life’s most challenging moments and connected with audience members.

10th Annual Stand Up For Synergy

Cocktails, music, dinner, art and amazing comedy from Paul Reiser made for a night out that 300+ folks who attended the tenth annual Stand up for Synergy will not soon forget. The night raised more than $300,000 to help the children, teens, 
women and families that Synergy serves.

Never Too Old to Stretch

Everyone is looking for the fountain of youth in body, mind, and spirit. Yoga teachers often hold classes that attract young and middle-aged students. Sadly, elderly men and women are often left out, especially those in assisted living establishments.

Liberty Hospital Foundation Reaches Out

Since opening in February of 1974, Liberty Hospital has worked to partner with the community it serves to improve the health, safety and well-being of patrons in the area. The Liberty Hospital Foundation was started in 1984 to provide financial help to continue these goals.

Soup is Good for the Soul

This is definitely the easiest and best way to make rich-tasting butternut squash soup, without having to peel and dice a large, awkwardly shaped vegetable. You start by cutting the squash in half lengthwise and roasting it in a hot oven. Scrape the roasted flesh from the skin, and simmer it with sautéed yellow onion, fresh sage, and a tart…

Stay on Track

We all know how New Year’s Resolutions go. Come January 1, we’re all about it. We’re eating healthy, joining the mass quantities of gym-goers everyday after work and convince ourselves we’ll finally stick with it this time. As the months go by, it gets harder and harder to stay motivated, but this health and fitness gear is so cool you…

Skills of the Past Thrive in the Present

Puffs of gray wood smoke rise from a small fire built in the bottom of a white oak barrel. Doug Bratcher of Bratcher Cooperage leans over the barrel and watches the orange flames below. Aromatic smoke, carrying the song and scent of an Ozark Missouri forest, wafts past Bratcher’s full white beard.

Gordon Dental Puts a Smile on Faces

A smile is a greeting that welcomes others before a word is spoken. Dr. John Gordon, who founded Gordon Dental in 1978, works with patients to change smiles and, in turn, change lives. Some people are self-conscious about their smile because of the cosmetic or physical condition of their teeth. Stains, crooked teeth, or other irregularities may alter self-perception. A…

Hurts So Good

Some people collect shot glasses when they travel. I collect massages. Whenever I go somewhere, I get a massage, not at the fancy hotel spa, although I've had a few of those, but in the small locally-run places. I've been rubbed down by blind men in Cambodia, stretched into pretzel shapes during Thai massages on the beach in Koh Samui,…

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…

December 2016 Around Town

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.

Assistance League of Kansas City 30th Anniversary Dinner

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.

My Favorite Things

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…

99 Hops House

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.

Celebrate the Season!

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.

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…

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.

Tradition Rolls on 
at Weston Tobacco

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…

Pure Barre

Thirty-plus barreistas attended Pure Barre Zona Rosa's first "Pop-Up" Class in the Zona Rosa Town Square. Clients got their LTB (lift. tone. burn.) in for the day in the fresh morning air! Pure Barre is a fast, effective way to tone and tighten your body. PureBarre.com.

November 2016 Around Town

Due to Golf Academy of the Northlands’ popularity, professional instructor J.T. Watson is joining the team as an integral part of their continued growth. This indoor golf practice and training facility is the only ‘year round’ North of the river – conveniently located in Parkville Commons. With the objective to achieve and maintain golf skills both on/off season, seasoned instructors…

Too Much to Do and Not Enough Time?

Have you ever looked at your to-do list and wondered how on earth you could ever find the time and energy to get even half the tasks completed? Lisa and Jeff Sevick are making it their business to ensure you get it all accomplished with The Missing Link, the company they created to allow you to have more time to…

Travel Edit

travel at top- Steps of Style blogger, Amy Dreyer, brings a few local favorites along with her as she hits the streets of New York CIty.

Adventure Awaits!

Every year, Northland Lifestyle features a 'Wild Adventure' issue. For many, that means exotic travel or adrenaline pumping feats of derring-do. And for some, that means striking out on one's own, bucking the status quo and making their own path. In this issue, we have a bit of both!

Crown Point Tavern

Although this may be the simple definition of the term gastropub, it has taken on a connotation of a trendy restaurant that surely features drinks served in mason jars and unironically bearded servers that resemble lumberjacks. Not true at the Northland's newest dining spot, the Crown Point Tavern. Instead, this new eatery that features a curated craft beer list keeps…

A Trip to Ecuador with Children International Changes Two Lives

Sometimes seeing really is believing. Matt Staub, founder of marketing agency Proxima, snapped hundreds of photographs and recorded video once he and members of Children International set foot in Ecuador. Staub and the Children International (CI) team made their way to the nonprofit’s community centers in Guayquil and Quito, as part of a nine-day trip. Located high in the foothills…

Having It All: The Great Adventure

Webster Dictionary’s first full definition of the word adventure is, 'an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks'. How’s that for vague? Ask a friend what that means and she might say trying a new hairstyle; another might say real adventure requires a chunk of money and a plane ticket to someplace unpronounceable.

Colleen and Jason Gerke

Jason and Colleen Gerke are living the dream of many--running their own winery, Jowler Creek Vineyard and Winery, in Platte City. With Colleen's background in viticulture and Jason's background in farming, this couple was made for the grape! After 11 years of winemaking, they've found some favorites and are sharing them with us this month!