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…

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…

(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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

Illuminate at The Monarch Bar

The inaugural Illuminate event occurred on August 1st at The Monarch Bar. The event raised $42,000 for the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) through a silent auction. Co-chairs Beth Collings and Nicole Carr are already excited for next year's event. 

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

Movers and Shakers

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

A Spring Table

 Photography Paul Versluis  Almond Pistachio Tartlets with Apricots  Ingredients

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

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.

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…

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…

A sweet addition to the Northland

Alex Edwards knows the importance of a first impression as he recounts one of his father’s sayings: “You can only sell garbage once.”

Family Friendly, Fun, and Fashionable

The news of a second child on the way presented more than just a reason to celebrate for Beau Williams and Keely Edgington Williams; It presented an opportunity to relocate.

Pistachio Approved

Paulie Serrone, the wood worker behind Pistachio Approved, knows his way around a lathe. This hobbyist-turned-craftsman has transformed his garage into an incubator space that produces sleek and simple pieces of furniture that echo one of his inspirations, Frank Lloyd Wright. Paulie let us peek in his workshop and see what's on his palette!

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

St. Charles Borromeo Academy

How do you solve a problem like St. Charles Borromeo Academy? That's the question that was on the mind of Principal Ann Lachowitzer three years ago, as she took over the helm of a school that had a long history in the community but flagging admissions. The school, which was originally founded in 1949 and once boasted enrollment numbering in…

We’ll Always Have Paris of the Plains

Brock and Erica Schulte are a power couple. He is the bar director and cocktail whisperer at the newest Country Club Plaza institution, The Monarch Bar. She represents Kansas City's own favorite spirits producer, J. Rieger & Co. Together, they have a full life and loving family, making the most of all that the Kansas City area has to offer.…

Tyler Kingston Mercantile

The 7-foot cactus behind the cash register catches your eye first (sadly, it’s not for sale), but the competition for your attention remains fierce inside Tyler Kingston Mercantile.

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

Brain Balance Helps Kids Overcome Challenges

All kids face some degree of struggle in school, at home, and in life as they grow older. Some specific challenges may include academic issues, social or behavioral issues, inability to focus, tantrums, struggles with learning and more.

Reaching in the Northland

As the Northland develops, longtime residents can see the landscape change, grow, and, one might even say, stretch. When it comes to fitness, that's certainly true. While five years ago, there were only one or two yoga studios north of the river, now there are several thriving practices, all with a different flavor. To help you navigate the bendy world…

Baby, Please Come Home

Born on June 27, 2017, to Joel and Robin Schneider, Eliora became one of the Northland’s newest residents. While a full-term pregnancy usually falls between 38 and 42 weeks, Eliora was born at 21 weeks, six days. She is the youngest baby to be born and survive at St. Luke’s Hospital.

The Gifts that Give

Christmas. Hannukah. Kwanzaa. Solstice. No matter what your religion, December is a time of celebration, often with gifts. But how can we give while also giving back? Sure, there are lots of organizations that need your financial support and are worthy of it, but if you want to know that your gift is benefitting your town specifically, then you need…

‘Crazy’ name, crazy good

As it turns out – at least with bagel recipes – the 73rd time is the charm.

Kearney Culinary Academy

Kansas City’s food scene has gone well beyond just burnt ends for years, and we’re finally getting some well-deserved recognition. So there’s no reason the Northland shouldn’t be a part of that growing tradition. Opening this past summer, the Kearney Culinary Academy is whetting the appetite of area residents, who are excited to improve their own skills while enjoying some…

The Newest Wine Country

Looking for a new vineyard adventure? Head for the border, the Mexican border, to Valle de Guadalupe, just 90 minutes south of San Diego and 15 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean.

At Home with the Eans

Josh Eans is a man of few words. He's the antithesis of a TV chef—boisterous, loud, ego-driven. Instead, Eans prefers a laidback but focused vibe in the kitchen, where his staff for beer dinners at Happy Gillis Cafe and Hangout, which routinely sell out, works together like a well-oiled machine. The people that cook with Josh typically cook in other…

Repeal 18th

If you're looking for a craft cocktail north of the river, the pickings, just a few short months ago, were slim. Now though, the North Kansas City Armour Boulevard corridor is exploding with nightlife options. Repeal 18th is the newest and arguably, one of the most delicious. 

Reader’s Choice

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.…