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…

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.…

The First Year

By now, you're probably sick of hearing about my daughter, Iris. I know, I know, new parents are the worst, right? And although I will say that amidst all the coos and giggles, the wet kisses and cuddles, there were some real and sometimes hard lessons to be learned. My daughter just turned one, and so now I can consider…

The Ultimate Tailgate Party

Fall is in the air and, come October, sports are in full swing. Whether you prefer college football Saturdays—cheering on your favorite team, paying special attention to the various conference rivalries—or professional football Sundays—in front of the TV, keeping a close eye on your fantasy football team—everyone can use some tips to throw the perfect tailgate party, even if you…

Hammerhand Coffee Creates an Unforgettable Overall Experience- Served with Great Coffee

Sometimes the least likely of elements provide grounds for uncommon success; case in point: Hammerhand Coffee. Open less than a year, this eclectic, yet simple gathering place at 22 N. Main Street in Liberty, is already on the short list of elite coffee houses of Kansas City.

More than Morning Joe

Love coffee but need more variety? No problem! Everyone's favorite pick me up has made it into our favorite adult beverages too. Here are two tasty options available in North Kansas City. Cheers!

Fashion Says

Your style is as unique and free as your spirit. You go through your day with the flow and your clothing and accessories match your easy-going attitude.

Cruising With Max Groove

Max Groove, 66, slides into a banquette at First Watch in North Kansas City. His blonde-haired daughter Jazmine, 13, cozies next to him. She orders a stack of chocolate chip pancakes and he orders his usual. This father-and-daughter scene is heartwarming on the surface. Between bites of breakfast, Groove recounts a life that prompts him to break into laughter, express…

Express Yourself

Fun back-to-school looks to copy—without getting in trouble!

Em Chamas

A decade is a long time in the restaurant business--long enough to know how to do things right. That can certainly be said for Em Chamas Brazillian Grill, the Northland's own destination for perfectly cooked Brazilian barbecue. The passion project of brothers Sam and Nick Silvio, Em Chamas has set the standard for tableside rodizio service since 2007.

The Great Escape

Since White Heat was the first movie filmed on the island in 1934 to 2015’s Jurassic World, Kauai has been the stunning backdrop of more than 60 movies. Check out some of the views featured in the films, including waterfalls and the Na Pali Coast sea cliffs on a relaxing helicopter tour, or dive deep into a more intimate view…

An Unexpected Journey Leads to ‘We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym’

The birth of Cassidi Jobe’s first son, Parker, changed her life in ways she never expected. “There wasn’t a single part of my life that wasn’t impacted in one way or another,” recalls Cassidi. Parker’s life started out just like most others. He began crawling and uttered the unforgettable first words. At about 16 months, he stopped. He stopped talking;…

Chicken N Pickle

To say that Chicken N Pickle is a restaurant is to sell it short. According to Bill Crooks, (whose self-dubbed title is 'pickleball boy') it's really an entertainment hub. The complex, located at 1761 Burlington in North Kansas City, does hum with activity and while an adult beverage may be procured, it's surprisingly family friendly. Chicken N Pickle opened late…

And the Snow Flies

Andy Martinez is fast. Very fast. He's fast on dry land and he's fast in the snow and he has the medals to prove it. Although you may not have seen him at Sochi, he is still an olympian--a Special Olympian. Andy, who is autistic, is 32 years old and competes year round in a number of sports, from soccer…

This Daughter’s Dad Left A Legacy of Love and a Reminder to Live By

What difference does it make? If you’re talking about the difference dads make in the lives of their daughters, Susan Dawes, author, teacher, speaker, and counselor, will be the first to provide a list of differences dads make. Especially hers. “My father, Floyd Seibert, was very inspirational in my life by being committed to the dad and daughter relationship, as…

Celebrating 100 Years of Lions Clubs International

When Harley and Jackie Morlock moved to Smithville in 2006, one of their first stops was at Platte Valley Bank to open a new account. A clerk commented on Harley’s attractive ring, a gift from his wife in 1988. One thing led to another and within minutes, Harley and Jackie were committed to a dinner meeting the coming Tuesday, thus…

Hooked On Politics

Each night, approximately 35,000 people in the Northland go to bed with one thing in common. They all live in communities governed by mayors that are women. Mayors Nan Johnston, Jean Moore, and Kathy Rose of Parkville, Gladstone, and Riverside, MO, respectively, serve as leaders of their cities. Though they each traveled different paths to arrive at this same destination,…

Something Different for Mom this Mother’s Day

This year gather local ingredients and cook for mom!

Jane Bromberg Crafts Quilts Into Memorable Works of Art

Vibrant lime, purple, black, and white colors define the visual appeal of Jane Bromberg’s current project. The quilt’s bold aesthetic hardly resembles the traditional patterned quilts stereotypically associated with doting grandmothers in rocking chairs and hand-me-down keepsakes.

The Local Red Carpet: Film Festivals

It might not have been Sundance or Cannes, but when A-lister Don Cheadle walked the red carpet in Kansas City last spring, the cameras flashed, the microphones surged and the excitement literally crackled at the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza for the 20th annual Kansas City FilmFest.

Farm-To -Table, Local, And Organic…

Have you heard the latest dirt on farm-to-table food? It’s all about communication, partnership, and innovation. And Kansas City is right in the middle of all the action. Foodies and farmers depend on one another now more than ever. Foodies want to know the source of what they’re putting in their mouths. Farmers want to engender long-lasting and loyal relationships…

Flowers

Full of beautiful colors and bright blooms, spring is a flower lover's dream come true. Follow these simple steps to create a beautiful centerpiece everyone can enjoy this season.

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.

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…

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

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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.

A Night at Quebec City’s Ice Hotel

The cold splintered through my body like a machine gun spewing high velocity rounds of pins and needles in my direction. I was both in pain and exhilarated, screaming madly as I ran across the snow-covered ground in below freezing temperatures wearing nothing but my swimsuit and bathrobe.

The Battle for Grid-Iron Glory in the Kansas City Electric Football League

Weighing four grams and standing one-and-a-half inches tall, the pass rusher on coach Lynn Schmidt’s Kansas City Chiefs’ team does not look formidable. Yet, the miniature athlete buzzes through the offensive front line and sacks the quarterback. Opponent Kelley Newton, coach of the Oklahoma Sooners, switches off the electric current. Schmidt and Newton reset the field for the next play.

Restless Spirits 
Comes Home

A marketing expert and a science teacher walk into a distillery…. Okay—that’s not exactly how Restless Spirit Distilling came to be, but it’s close: Michael Shannon (the marketing expert) knew he wanted to own a business. The conversation started with his best friend; then talk turned to research and research turned to location scouting.

Shock Treatment Makes Your Worst Nightmares Come True

What could be more satisfying for horror movie aficionados than seeing the latest frightening flick? How about starring in one? Adam Roberts and Brent Miller, owners of the Screenland Armour Theater and Tapcade, have made it possible for your worst nightmare to come true with the opening of SHOCK TREATMENT.

KC Police Department Mounted Patrol Rides Tall

Normally, the public doesn’t interact with a Kansas City Police Department squad car as it patrols down a neighborhood street. Add a horse to the officer’s patrol and the dynamic instantly changes to the benefit of all.

Bees find a hive in Liberty

"Eat honey, my child, for it is good." 
 Proverbs 24:13 ~ Pure honey is a taste bud’s treasure. This sweet nectar has been a symbol of good throughout history. Honey has been used as barter since the beginning of time and in thousands of recipes because of its rich, sweet flavor.

Strike Up the Band!

Marching band is not just for under the Friday night lights, or Saturday competitions. Four Park Hill High School graduates have spent their summer touring with the Troopers Band Corp, a competitive World Class drum and bugle corp founded in 1957. The corp’s season lasts from May to mid-August, with three to four shows a week, and traveling across 15-20…

Codie Lea–Getting straight to the heart

ometimes a person's life unfolds in a predictable manner--the cheerleader marries the star quarterback. But sometimes, life takes a more circuitous route. Codie Lea is a fan of finding the path not taken and making something memorable along the way. That's how she came up with the idea for her art studio, Moxie Muse Designs and the paintings that give…

The Brewkery Brews a Hit With Lucky Elixir Kombucha

Kombucha, a Russian word that means “tea mushroom,” refers to a drink of fermented tea that dates back to the late 19th century. While sharing the same name, Russian fermented tea is entirely different from Japanese kombucha, a rich, salty black tea that uses kombu, or kelp. Kombu is also used to make dashi, a soup broth and cooking stock…

The Middle KC Brings the Best of the Midwest to the Northland

The Middle KC is located at 109 Main Street, Parkville, MO. Hours are: Mondays - Closed. Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. Visit them online at TheMiddleKC.com/ Northland shoppers looking for a Crossroads or Westport selection of local artisan products now need go no further than Main Street in Historic Downtown Parkville. The Middle KC put…

Green Dirt Farm’s Creamery Brings the Farm to Market

Follow the dog-leg bend eastbound on Welt Street in Weston and just before the intersection with 45 Highway, there’s a delicious reason to pull off the road at Green Dirt Farm’s Creamery. The sheep farm, founded by Sarah Hoffmann and known for its award-winning cheeses, opened a retail space and tasting room in early June. Inside, the Creamery is home…

Go North to Eat, Drink and Explore in St. Paul, Minnesota

As summer heats up, the cooler climes of the Upper Midwest make St. Paul, Minnesota, an enticing summer destination for families or a couples’ getaway. The 6.5-hour drive from Kansas City is a road trip that can be accomplished in one day. En route, stop at Van Dee’s Ice Cream Shop in Johnston, Iowa, north of West Des Moines and…