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.

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…

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…

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,…