Fur Friends Forever

 Article Rachel C. Murphy | Photography Joel Schneider  They call dogs 'man's best friend' but as these Northlanders can attest, there's no gender to the camaraderie that our canine friends provide. We asked four Northlanders to introduce us to their furry friends and they willingly obliged. Meet the happiest citizens in the Northland!   Name: Shannon Bowman+Pita 

A Six-legged Team

 Article Rachel C. Murphy | Photography Joel Schneider  Anyone that has seen a cop movie knows that an officer is only as good as his partner. For Officer Kenneth Davis of the Kansas City Police Department, he knows he can rely on his partner. After all, he's man's best friend. Meet one of KCPD's K-9 teams!  Officer Davis has served…

Dogs bring peace to veterans still fighting their own war

 Article Matt Smithmier | Photography Provided  Nani notices Mike’s growing anxiety even before he’s aware of it. From the end of her leash, she gently leads him to a quiet spot in the room and leans her tall frame against his legs. He sits, and she climbs into his lap to comfort him.  Even before he left the Army, Mike…

From the Library of The Giffords

 Article and Photography  Shannon and Justin Gifford know a thing or two about children's books. With twin boys, Aiden and Ewan, almost 4, and Ava, 1, they spend a lot of time reading with their crew. Their shelves have variety but a few of them stand out as favorites for all. Here are their top three favorites.   1. Let's Play…

A Safe Home

 Article Rachel Murphy | Photography Provided  A room isn't complete without a treatment for the windows, for both practical and aesthetic reasons. When you have little ones around, whether human, feline or canine, safety comes first. Pets and babies can get tangled in cords and strangle themselves. Here are five options for keeping your loved ones safe, according to the experts…

The Little Lemonade Stand that Could

 Article Rachel Murphy | Photography Joel Schneider  What's more American than a kid opening a lemonade stand to earn some pocket money? That's what Gladstone resident Gina and her son, Jacob, thought when they decided to try their hands at small business this summer. After eyeing a lemonade stand at Sam's Club for weeks, Jacob's older sister surprised him with…

August 2018 Around Town

Park University Lights Up Mackay Hall As the fireworks finale of the Parkville Fourth of July Celebration came to an end, Park University’s historic Mackay Hall was lit up in LED red, white and blue lights to honor “Old Glory.” The lights, permanently installed by DuraComm Lighting, a Kansas City, Mo., based business, will allow … Continued

Little love can be awfully big

Kids and pets–two things that are particularly close to my heart! That’s our theme this month–the people and animals that make us smile each day. This issue practically writes itself because the Northland is such a family and animal-oriented area but I’m still happy to be able to steer the ship a bit!  Over the … Continued

Friends of Children’s Mercy Pickleball Classic

On June 7th, the Friends of Children's Mercy gathered for a little friendly competition for a good cause! The tournament raised money for the auxiliary of the hospital that engages a community of friends, neighbors, families and business partners committed to educate, invest in and nurture the health of all children. 

Valor Recovery Program open house

150 people celebrated the expansion of the Valor Recovery Program at Signature Psychiatric Hospital. 1105 Dr. Brian Barash and Lisa St. Aubyn, CEO of Signature Psychiatric 1070 Kimberly Barlow, Carmen Patty, Jill, Teresa Owens, David Strother 0150 Claire McCaskill office interns Emma and Kelly Reed and Eric Martinez

Patriot’s Outreach Golf tournament

On May 14th, the 3rd annual Patriot's Outreach Golf Tournament welcomed teams to The Duece Golf Club of Kansas City to raise funds for the organization's programs combatting PTSD.

Play the Part

What You Need to Create Unique Play Areas Perfect for Your Kiddos’ Unique Interests Nicolette Martin What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question we were all asked as kids—one that was so innocently answered with whatever our obsession of the week was. Maybe today your child wants to be … Continued

A Morning Indulgence

 Article Rachel Murphy | Photography Joel Schneider  Lazy mornings are part and parcel with summer fun. And what's more fun than an indulgent breakfast? If you're feeling industrious, whip up this classic recipe from the White Horse Cafe in Parkville, Mo. If you're feeling a little more lazy, stop in and have them do the hard part for you!   Smoked…

The Peaceful Patio

 Article Rachel Murphy | Photography Joel Schneider  If there's one thing that I love in the summertime, it's a cold glass of rosé, a nibble of strong cheese, and a bit of shade with a breeze. Luckily, the Northland is rife with beautiful patio spaces where friends can gather for laughs at dusk or the lone wolf can hide out…

A Summer Splash!

A summer splash indeed! As July hits, it seems like it’s been summer for years already but that won’t dull my enthusiasm! Our summer issue is all about what matters–our veterans, our families, and the places where we can enjoy them.  This issue also marks the seventh anniversary of Northland Lifestyle Magazine! It’s hard to … Continued

Splash into Summer!

 Article Rachel Murphy | Photography Provided  Sure, we all love a good pool day in the dog days of summer, but if you're young, a sprinkler will do! Luckily, the Northland has four great splash pads where kids can cut loose and get wet for free. And Mom and Dad, I don't think anyone will mind if you run through…

Cordial Craft

 Article Allison Swan | Photography Paul Versluis  Cordial Craft is Kansas City’s newest craft cocktail catering service specializing in fresh, made-to-order seasonal drinks using locally sourced produce. Brandon and Alyssa Burke, the bar-savvy couple behind the beverage business, traded their belongings for a motorhome and made the journey from California to the Midwest seeking adventure.   “Cordial Craft was started almost by…

Tiny Houses Hold Big Dreams for Homeless Vets

 Article Peggy Parolin | Photography Joel Schneider  The headlines abroad read, “The US Spends Trillions On Wars, But Veterans Sleep In Streets.”  Locally, retired Army Specialist Brandonn Mixon, co-founder of the Veterans Community Project, (VCP), works on moving homeless veterans off the streets and into tiny houses. He wants Kansas City to be an example of what can happen when…

July 2018 Around Town

Tradition Home Group Joins BHGRE Kansas City Homes Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes (BHGRE Kansas City Homes) announces that they have merged with the Tradition Home Group Team led by Shannon Stumpenhaus and Nickole Pittala.  The highly successful team of 10 agents and 5 professional staff were the #7 selling team … Continued

Global Orphan Project’s Feed 100K Event

On May 12th, more than 800 volunteers gathered to help the Global Orphan Project pack more than 100,000 meals for food-vulnerable children around the world. MannaPack meals are designed to quickly reverse and prevent malnutrition. For more information, visit GoProject.org. 

Kindest Kansas Citian Awards

Over 400 guests enjoyed a beautiful evening at the Kansas City Zoo, as they gathered to celebrate kindness at Synergy Services’ 28th annual Kindest Kansas Citian Awards. More than $180,000 was raised to support community education programs Synergy provides to teach healthy relationship skills and prevent family violence.

Callsign Brewing Founded by Veterans to Honor Heroes

 Article Pete Dulin | Photography Joel Schneider  Callsign Brewing originated as an idea by homebrewers, veterans, and longtime friends Steve Sirois and Morris Loncon that became a mission. The brewery and beers honor active, veteran, and fallen members of the military. Owned by Steve and wife, Chandra, they enlisted son Steve Sirois Jr. and friends Larry Walter, Steve Fry and others…

Mover and Shakers

 Article Rachel C. Murphy | Photography Trista Taylor  Alisdair Philp, PhD, MS, CGC, Kansas University Medical Center  Intro:

Summer Blockbusters

 Article and Photography Pete Dulin  Summer nights are made for hanging out late and catching up with friends, whether chilling on a patio or escaping heat and humidity indoors over a cold beer. The Northland has numerous dining, drinking, and entertainment options for a guy’s night out. Kick off the night at a craft beer taproom, such as Big Rip…

Don’t Skip Leg Day

 Photography Joel Schneider  David Bromberg knows that half the battle is making it to the mat. As a wellness coach and team lead at Cerner and a personal trainer and fitness coach at David Bromberg Fitness, he creates customized workouts for his clients that focus on their personal goals and fit into their lifestyles. While everyone can agree that Chris…

Embrace the Manliness

Happy June, everyone! Summer is here and with it the carefree days that we look forward to all year. It’s time to kick back, have a beer, and enjoy that porch swing or hammock that is too often neglected. And don’t forget, Father’s Day is June 17th! Speaking of fathers, our men’s issue celebrates quite … Continued

Like Father, Like Son

 Article Rachel C. Murphy | Photography Provided    Marco Rabello may have different childhood memories than most Northlanders. Rabello grew up in Sao Paolo, Brazil and brings the flavors of his childhood to his River Market restaurant, Taste of Brazil. This Park University graduate is passionate about giving diners a peek at what daily Brazilian cuisine is like, not just…

Choose Your Team/Your Flavor at Parkville’s Gourmet Popcorn Shop

 Article Diana Lambdin Meyer | Photography Joel Schneider  Popculture Gourmet Popcorn  6325 Lewis St., Parkville

June 2018 Around Town

Synergy Services Kindest Kansas Citian The Synergy Services’ Kindest Kansas Citian board, chaired by Brynn McCan (center), vice president of executive administration and human resources for Curry Real Estate Services, met to review Kindest Kansas Citian essay submissions for the 28th annual awards gala. The Kindest Kansas Citian awards support Synergy Services STOP Violence program. … Continued

Kids 4 Kindness Club makes homeless bags for teens

On March 25, 55+ Northland kids organized teen homeless lunch-bags at the Staley Farms Clubhouse. Through family donations, kids (2-12yrs) assembled 850+ bags for Harvesters Give Lunch program. Kids4Kindness does quarterly kid-driven projects to raise community awareness and shape kindness early. Kids4Kindness next project supports the Ronald McDonald House.

IMA Financial Group, Inc. Charitable Pickleball Tournament

On April 26, IMA Financial Group, Inc. hosted its inaugural Pickleball tournament at Chicken N Pickle. Approximately $30,000 was raised for area nonprofits, including $15,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City. Nearly 200 guests attended the event, including IMA employees, event sponsors and prominent members of the community.

Hermann, Missouri, is Flowing with Every Ingredient Necessary for a Memory-Making Girls Trip

 Article Judy Goppert | Photography Provided  Hermann, Missouri, is a lush piece of Missouri history, just a short drive or Amtrak trip away. Originally settled in 1837, this community of wineries maintains its quaint, unique feel with a never-ending array of activities to enjoy—namely, wine tasting! Wineries are all in close range of walking or the trolley or shuttle. There…

Movers and Shakers

 Article Rachel Murphy | Photography Joel Schneider  The Doctor  Dr. Ancy Maruthanal, M.D.

Me and My Shadow

 Article Rachel C. Murphy | Photography Provided  Traveling to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico  Fanny Packs - they should have never gone out of style!

A Spring Table

 Photography Paul Versluis  Almond Pistachio Tartlets with Apricots  Ingredients

Liberty Farm Equestrian Center Celebrates Equestrian Lifestyle

 Article Pete Dulin | Photography Joel Schneider    Rebecca Randles’ voice perked up as she spoke about Liberty Farm Equestrian Center, a 20-acre farm and event center with 44 horse stalls. Randles, a lawyer who specializes in child sex abuse cases, has owned the farm for twenty years.

May 2018 Around Town

Weston Family Clinic Introduces Juliet Women’s pelvic/vaginal health is one of the most talked about subjects in today’s health care. Their bodies change due to childbirth, menopause, surgical procedures or breast cancer therapies. It’s common for women to suffer from bladder leakage with sneezing, laughing, coughing and exercise as well as vaginal dryness, itching, burning, … Continued

The Future is Female

Is that just a catchy slogan or a prophecy? I vote for option B! Never before have women had so many choices–to have children, a career, or both? Follow your passion or follow the paycheck? Choose your own adventure is rapidly becoming reality for more and more women and it excites me for the future … Continued

Kobler Chiropractic and Acupuncture Mobile Unit Ribbon Cutting

Kobler Chiropractic and Acupuncture celebrated the grand opening of their mobile unit on March 27. Dr. Kobler works with wellness teams to help your insurance premiums stay low or become lower. This office contains everything his stationary office has, from rehab equipment and traction to a full-size adjusting table.

DIY Duotone Statement Earrings

Shake up your jewelry box with these handmade geometric earrings— perfect for yourself or as a gift for your best ladies Article and Photography Nicolette Martin Piece by Piece Use both your bent nose forceps and needle nose pliers to secure each end of the jump ring. Gently twist the jump ring to open the … Continued

Spay-ghetti and No Balls 2018

Spay-ghetti and No Balls was held February 24 at the Midland Theater. This annual event supports Spay & Neuter Kansas City, which is working to end pet homelessness through low-cost spay/neuter, wellness clinic and the provision of pet supplies and pet food. 

Sustainability is Key to Barham Family Farm’s Livelihood

The origins of the 100-acre Barham Family Farm in Kearney trace to the 1800s, more than a century ago when infamous outlaw Jesse James was born in the area. Three generations of Barhams currently run the farm, using sustainable practices to care for the land where cattle, chickens, and other animals are raised.

Check Iceland Off Your Bucket List

The first time I went to Iceland, I had to fly from KCI to Denver and then catch Iceland Air to Reykjavik. Not any more! With the announcement of IcelandAir’s new summer route out of KCI, we can all get there easier, cheaper and faster.

April 2018 Around Town

Tri-County Mental Health invites the community to join efforts to raise awareness and reduce stigma for children and families challenged with mental illness at its annual 5K run-walk. This year's Tri-County Heart and Sole 5K Run-Walk will take place at Zona Rosa for the first time on Saturday, April 28.

Opportunities are blooming!

What's that about April showers? If it means that Kansas City will be green again, bring them on! It's time to get out of the house and enjoy all that the Northland has to offer! 

Healing from the Ground Up

A walk in the woods or even just leaning on a tree at the bus stop—a regular connection to nature has been shown repeatedly to bring all of us better health. For those struggling with mental illness or substance abuse, one Northland nonprofit is making that healing interaction a daily reality.

Vegan Spring Street Tacos

Shane Wilson came to be a vegan slowly—he started by cutting meat occasionally from his diet, then transitioned into full-time vegetarianism. Then he met his wife, Tara, a vegan with a knack for baking. Now, this vegan household finds tasty ways to eschew animal byproducts while celebrating the best of the season, as he does with these spring vegetable street…

Eagle Animal Hospital Celebrates 72 Years of Care and Commitment

Eagle Animal Hospital and Pet Resort, one of the first animal hospitals north of the Missouri River, celebrates 72 years of care this year.

Gardener

Is an artist the same without their palette and brushes? Or a sculptor the same with a block of stone but no chisel? Gardeners are artists too and their tools are just as important. The experts at Family Tree Nursery in Liberty, Mis. have recommended the best tools for making your blank canvases into vegetal beauties. From kneeling benches to…

Tone + Texture

Decorate your space with handmade textures such as the modern, maker revival of 1970s macramé and year-round tropical feel of wicker. MACRAMÉ Made through knotting instead of weaving, macramé can add a unique touch in many various ways. Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill suggests incorporating it as nursery decor, plant hangers, wall hangings and modern fiber arts. WICKER According to Houzz…