Honing Their Craft

Makers. The term has an instant image attached--the artsy type making Etsy-worthy items in their kitchen after work. But those that we consider makers are those that create in any way. We caught up with three different makers to explore the ways that they are enhancing the Northland. 

Lyric Opera

Lyric Opera of Kansas City has been creating transformational opera experiences for more than 60 years. Lyric Opera currently performs in the heart of the city at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts with Tracy Davis-Singh as the director of production.    “I coordinate all members of the production team, from costumes and scenery to lighting and makeup,” says…

The Perfect Fundraising Recipe: Art Soup and Synergy Services Youth Resiliency Center

It’s amazing how something as seemingly simply as a bowl of soup can make the soul feel so good. When partnered with a great cause, it becomes a delightful embrace of the senses.

What are you working on?

Angela Walters started learned how to quilt from her husband's grandfather. The nine block quilt that they made together still covers her bed but her skills have definitely improved! Now, the owner of Quilting is my Therapy, a fabric, quilting, and notions shop on the Liberty Square, is well known for her free motion machine quilting. She not only quilts,…

February 2019 Around Town

Park University Names E-Sports Coach Park University, which became the first college/university in the Kansas City area to announce that it would offer a varsity e-sports program starting with the Spring 2019 semester, has appointed Ashley Jones as its first e-sports coach. Jones began her duties at Park on Jan. 7. Jones will oversee Park’s … Continued

Curating Creativity

February–it may be the shortest month but in the midst of the doldrums of winter, it can also be the month that pushes you to be the most creative! While I’m enjoying having a ‘real’ winter again, I have to admit that cabin fever has set in a bit. Luckily, I have a curious toddler … Continued

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

Locally Sourced

In an unassuming strip center just off of North Oak Trafficway, the best cuisine of Jordan is being served by husband and wife team, Mohamed and Kholoud al Bataineh. Queen Sweets and Bakery is known for their shwarma and mashawi platters, full of spice and flavor. Here, they share the secrets to their famous saffron rice. More than just a…

Harvest Ball 2018

Harvest Ball 2018 took on the look of a traditional 50s Prom. Guests dined and danced to tunes from the early days of rock ‘n roll and raised money for 21 grant recipients. With nearly $8 million in grants awarded in 32 years, Harvest Ball Society raises money and awareness that impacts people in need in Clay and Platte … Continued

January 2019 Around Town

BigWigs Selects Amy Patel, M.D., of Liberty Hospital The Susan G. Komen Foundation of Kansas & Western Missouri selected fellowship-trained breast imaging specialist Amy Patel, M.D., to participate in its BigWigs campaign. She is the medical director of Liberty Hospital Women’s Imaging. During the campaign through February 2019, each BigWig will raise at least $1,500 to … Continued

Stand up for Synergy

Norm Macdonald headlined this stand-up comedy benefit, raising over $425,000 to help Synergy Services in its mission to overcome family violence in our community. His stand-out performance was complemented with a cocktail reception, dinner and auction.

2nd Annual Prayer Breakfast for Classical Education

Borromeo Academy hosted their 2nd Annual Prayer Breakfast on December 7 with proceeds totaling $60,000. Mass began at 7:30 am, followed by breakfast where St. Charles’ Pastor, Fr. Don Farnan, and Borromeo Academy’s Principal, Ann Lachowitzer, shared updates on the positive growth. The event ended with a tour through Borromeo Academy classrooms, the new Fine Arts floor and … Continued

New Year, New You

Happy new year! 2018 was a great year for me personally and I can’t wait to see what 2019 holds. Here at Northland Lifestyle, January offers a chance for another twelve months of getting to know you, one neighbor at a time. Of course, most of us have some resolutions each year, many of them … Continued

Kansas City Illusion Synchronized Skating Teams: Together, They Are One

When these athletes are on the ice, they seem to be right at home. With 70+ athletes comprising six competitive teams, Kansas City Illusion Synchronized Skating Teams glide like poetry in motion. The only team sport inside of figure skating, synchronized skating combines the essence of singles skating with sportsmanship, commitment, and the invaluable support of a team. And while…

Drink your greens!

Each year, I tell myself the same thing--I'm going eat heatlhier, starting with getting more veggies in my diet. Every year, that resolution fizzles fast. But maybe the problem isn't the veggies but the delivery system! When you have a green smoothie, all you need is a straw and one hand to pack in vitamins A, C, E, and iron.…

Putting ‘personal’ back into patient care

Just about every health care provider hopes to be known for that “personal” touch, but one Northland surgery center seems to be delivering on that boast.

A Visit to Carriacou – Just What the Doctor Ordered

Travel is good for the body and soul. Numerous scientific studies from credible organizations prove that a vacation minimizes stress and depression, reduces risk of heart attack, increases creativity and overall levels of happiness.

All I want for Christmas . . .

 On the road with Diana Lambdin-Meyer  Diana isn't just an avid traveler--she's a travel writer, living the dream and make her travels work as a career. She and her husband, Bruce, have quite the collection of Christmas ornaments they have gathered from their world travels, making their tree unique. When she isn't writing for major newspapers, in-flight magazines, and Northland…

Lost Wax

If you're looking for a party, there's no other place to be this New Year's other than The View at Briarcliff. Why? Because that's where Lost Wax will be playing! The band, which includes a pool of 30 musicians, has been performing together since 1998 to play hits from all genres. On New Year's Eve, the lineup will feature seven…

Gather

It's been a whirlwind year and we want to say thank you for making it so worthwhile! 2018 welcomed a lot of new blood--Aaron Blair, our new publisher infused very welcome energy into the magazine. My newest addition, Indra Leimkuehler, has taken me back to the simple things--the beauty of a fleeting smile, the true value of uninterrupted sleep (Thank…

December 2018 Around Town

Linden Baptist Church Hosts Small Mall A Northland tradition will be revived at Linden Baptist Church on December 7 and 8. In the heyday of Antioch Shopping Center, every Christmas season meant that children had a chance to shop at the ‘Small Mall,’ a collection of affordable small gifts that children could purchase for their … Continued

Toddies and Tomes

With winter's early onset this year, there's nothing to do but curl up in a cozy corner and get lost in a book. Here are a few recent releases that will hopefully get you through until spring. And what makes a solo session with a book even better? A cocktail. Whip up a Louisburg Toddy, made with locally produced J.…

A Bit of Holiday Cheer

Happy holidays, dear readers! It’s the most wonderful time of the year around my house–I’m already behind on the baking but the shopping is going well and I’m anticipating lots of family time as the big event draws close. This year, I have even more to celebrate. My daughter, Indra Selene, was born on November … Continued

9th Annual Champagne and Chocolate

On November 3rd, guests gathered to celebrate the work of the Southwest Boulevard Family Health CARE, hosted by Lauren and Aaron Blazar. Guests enjoyed chocolate from the city's best confectioners as well as champagne. The event raised more that $100,000 to support affordable health care services for SBFHC. 

Celebrate: Imaging For Women’s Survivor Event

Imaging for Women hosted their 4th Annual Breast Cancer Survivor Celebration on September 21st at their Northland location. This yearly gathering honors their patients who have battled breast cancer and won, as well as the families and friends who support them. Guests enjoyed food from Chuy’s Mexican, sweets from Nothing Bundt Cakes, a pink champagne … Continued

Worth remembering

The small dents in her mom’s car represented much more than a potential repair bill.

One Fire: Three ways to spark!

Robert Girard of Wolfe Sweeney & Courtney sees a lot of beautiful homes in his line of work, but one of his most recent listings stands out. This home, featured on the 2018 Homes of Note tour to support the Symphony Guild, has many stand out features, but this mantlepiece is one of his favorites. Designer John Shackleford of Shackelford…

Do These Five Things

Christine Evans is not one to preach without practicing. The Exectutive Director of nonprofit Feed Northland Kids is making a difference every day. But do you have to be in leadership to make a difference? Not at all. Here are her tips for making a difference. 

(Not) Home for the Holidays

As we all tuck into turkey and all the fixings, we can assume a reasonable level of safety. But what if Aunt Marge drops a tea towel on an open flame or someone has an allergic reaction to the cranberry sauce? Without first responders like our police, fire departent and emergency room nurses and doctors, many would find themselves in…

A Side of Comfort

Sometimes a healthy helping of comfort food is exactly what takes your holiday to the next level! Northland home cook Susan Garcia has just the dish for that. Her corn casserole is a cinch to throw together and can be customized to any preference easily--vegetarian, vegan, or ominivore. It also doubles well to feed a large crowd. Try it out…

So very thankful

Happy holidays, dear readers! I’m thrilled to go into this holiday season with a new addition to my family, a new daughter, soon to be born as of this writing. Additions like this are big life moments but every year and every family is made up of myriad small moments that make each year special … Continued

Night of Hope Gala

Hillcrest Hope donors and supporters gathered for the annual Night of Hope gala, celebrating 40 years of generational impact for families in need in the Northland. The celebration of a generous community and the graduate families of Hillcrest Hope took place at the beautiful View at Briarcliff. Photography by Larry F. Levenson Photography.

November 2018 Around Town

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Ornament Revealed The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments and Crown Center will debut the 38th edition of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Ornament, “All Aboard,” which was designed this year by Hallmark Keepsake Artist Matt Johnson. Made with recycled wood from last year’s tree, the ornament goes on sale November 23 with all proceeds donated to … Continued

Learning to let go of the load

Stress on the job means something completely different when you wear a uniform. So, it’s not surprising that treatment for those who have experienced trauma on the job needs to be something different as well.

Ban the Box!

Are you one of the masses that loves standing in line in the wee hours of the morning to snag a cheap TV? If so, more power to you. The life of a bargain warrior is a lonely one. But let me present an alternative--get up at a reasonable time, have a liesurely cup of coffee, and then go out…

22nd Annual Adorn Style Show: An Evening at Meierotto Jewelers

It was a memorable night filled with fashion, food and fun at the Adorn Style Show, hosted by Meierotto Jewelers. Money raised from the event will go towards funding grants for 22 Northland charities. Harvest Ball Society’s mission is to respond to the evolving needs of the Northland through inspired philanthropy.   

Where Chefs Eat

If you think that figuring out dinner every night for your family is tough, try doing it when your job is figuring out dinner (or breakfast or lunch) for your patrons--that's every chef's dilemma. That's why we asked three Northland chefs where they go when they just can't cook anymore. Their answers may be a godsend for those of us…

October 2018 Around Town

NKCH Welcomes New Medical Staff President Michael W. Farrar, MD, a cardiologist with Meritas Health Cardiology on staff at North Kansas City Hospital, is the hospital’s new medical staff president.   Dr. Farrar earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in 1979. He completed his internal medicine residency, for … Continued

Jasper’s Pumpkin Bisque en Cappuccino

Chef Jasper Mirabile loves the bounty of fall … especially Kansas City’s own Louisburg Apple Cider, which lends this pumpkin bisque a wonderful seasonal twist.

Food and Fall

Happy fall, friends! After what seemed to be an interminably long summer, I’m so happy to usher in the fall. No, I’m not a Pumpkin Spice Latte aficionado but I do love to feel a bite in the air, see the leaves begin to change, and warm up the kitchen with a pot of chili … Continued

Third Annual Fill The Bus Event

The third annual Fill the Bus event sponsored by Gary Crossley Ford was held on August 4. School supplies and cash donations were generously donated to Assistance League of Kansas City's Child In Need Program. Backpacks were donated by Attic Salt and First Student Transportation.  

A Day at the Orchard

For some, an apple is simply the punchline to an old proverb about healthcare or an afterschool snack. For others, apples are the culimination of a lifetime of work and the symbol of time well spent. Curt and Kristy Alldredge fall firmly in the second camp. As owners of Alldredge Orchards in Platte City, they have decades of experience cultivating…

The Road Less Traveled Ended in Cuba

Everyone has a “bucket list.”  I carry mine with me wherever I go, perhaps fearful of missing an unexpected opportunity. So it was with my impromptu visit to Cuba, the once forbidden isle.

Insta-Inspire

 Article and Photography  Fashion. We think of big cities when we think of the style makers--New York, Paris, Milan, and even L.A. But there is plenty of style right here in Kansas City as well, and you only need to go to Instagram to find it! We've rounded up our favorite style bloggers, the men and women searching out the…

STATES

 Article Rachel C. Murphy | Photography Stephen Shireman  Soccer (or football everywhere else in the world) is known as 'the beautiful game'. The finesse, the speed, the agility necessary to move the ball continuously for 90 minutes creates a ballet of athletic ability. No one knows this better than the members of Sporting KC, Kansas City's MLS team. Two of…

Herbert Harris: Raising Canes

 Article Rachel C. Murphy | Photography Ashley Elwell  Idle hands are the devil's workshop, or so the saying goes. Perhaps that works in proverbs, but sometimes idle hands offer untold opportunities as well. Such was the case for Herbert Harris. While recovering from back surgery in 2014, this paraprofessional in the Northwest Middle School and co-director of the Kid Zone…

September 2018 Around Town

King of Kings welcomes new pastor KING OF KINGS WELCOMES NEW ASSISTANT PASTOR King of Kings Lutheran Church proudly welcomes Rev. Daniel Clemens as Assistant Pastor and Erin, his wife. The installation service for Rev. Clemens was held on July 1, 2018 at King of Kings. Sunday Worship Services are at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 … Continued

Life with Style

We can all thank Vogue for making the September issue of any lifestyle magazine synonymous with fashion. And while I may not be Anna Wintour, I’m not immune to the pull of the changing seasons of both fashion and nature. So I hope that you enjoy our annual Style issue!  We are thrilled to see … Continued

Live Life Happy Day at Norterre

Liberty welcomed a new multigenerational community, Norterre, on August 3. Liberty mayor Lyndell  Brenton and Norterre CEO Steve Sheilds offered remarks followed by a monarch butterfly release.  

Food Styling 101:

 Article Rachel C. Murphy | Photography Joel Schneider  Chef Chervan Desaugauste knows a bit about styling. As the chef/owner of Mesob, an African/Caribbean fusion restaurant in midtown, he sends out beautiful plates full of flavor. But this Northlander also says that the days of sticking a random sprig of rosemary on for garnish are gone. Now plate styling is all…