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Randy Reed

Building a Family Legacy

A Haunting in Belvoir

Adorn Style Show Dominic’s Casual Italian

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18| Feature Story Randy


10| Just Across the River

Webster House

32| Northland Haunts Belvoir Winery


DEPARTMENTS 06| Publisher/Editor’s letter 08| Events Calendar


14| Edibles & Cocktails: Dominic’s 24| Fashion: Adorn Style Show 2013 40| Health & Fitness: Energy!



42| Women’s Health: Breast Cancer 44| Live Life Well with Coach Kim 46| Oral Health: Bad Breath 48| The New Face of Aging 50| Finance: Rising Interest Rates 54| Home: Fashionable Homes Sell 56| NORTH Kids: Amazing Play 58| Movie Reviews 59| Art: Parkville in Art

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61| Recreation Guide 62| Restaurant Guide 64| The Last Word with Phil LeVota


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October 2013 Volume 1, Number 7

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oo! Can you believe it! It’s fall—time for pumpkin carving, bonfires and raking leaves. It is such a fun time of year with the promise of the holidays right around the corner. We have another fun issue for you. As you can see on the front, Randy Reed is our cover story. Many of you will know the name from his car dealership. Randy shares his journey to success, as well as his pride in having two sons in the military and what that has meant to his family. Our restaurant review highlights Dominic’s Casual Italian in Burlington Creek. If you have not stopped by Dominic’s before, this review will leave you wanting some amazing Italian food fast!


The fashion section of the magazine this month highlights the Adorn Fashion Show that was just held in September. Some beautiful pictures offer some of the best styles from the annual Harvest Ball runway show. Be sure to read the spooky story on the Belvoir Winery in Liberty. It is said to be haunted! It is a fun read and will get you in the spirit of Halloween. We also have a fun new business spotlight featuring Amazing Play in Liberty. Make sure to read this parents! As it gets colder outside, Amazing Play has the perfect solution. Go and see their inside fun zone! Lots of climbing, laser tag and games! For our “Just Across the River” section we chose Webster House to highlight. This beautiful house has a wonderful restaurant, as well as a magnificent collection of antiques and unique gifts. It is quite a treasure in Kansas City—and it is just in the Northland’s backyard. As always, please be sure to check out all of our fantastic contributing writers in the areas of finance, fitness, health, art, and movies. We want to thank you for your readership and support of NORTH. We have been thrilled with the wonderful comments from you our readers. Keep them coming! We also want to thank our advertisers. We truly appreciate your support. The Northland is a great place to live, work and play!

Allen E. Dillingham Publisher

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Kandie Erickson Associate Publisher Editor-in-chief


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October Calendar The Art of Masquerade Courtyard by Marriott at Briarcliff Thursday, October 3, 2013, 6:30 PM

A Dinner and auction to benefit Concerned Care

Please join us at The View at Courtyard by Marriott at Briarcliff on October 3rd for the annual auction fundraiser for Concerned Care Inc. The event will include displays of masks and art designed and decorated by the people served and staff, in addition to a silent auction and an exceptional buffet provided by Occasions Catering. The cost is $50 per person. For additional information or reservations, please contact Concerned Care at 816.474.3026.

The 3rd Annual Bill Cross 5K Walk/ Run for BackSnack will be held October 13, 2013 at Zona Rosa. The run is in memory of Bill Cross, former Mayor of Gladstone and a teacher, coach, administrator, mentor and role model for more than 35,000 area students. For registration information click is HERE: BillCross5k2013! For more information, please visit: Northland Childhood Hunger Fund Initiative: Website and/or Facebook Page ______________________________

‘How Long’ and ‘Without You.’ Cost: $25-$65 Phone: (816) 889-7320 Event url: _________________________________

The Haunted Orchestra Presenter: Liberty Symphony Orchestra Liberty Performing Arts Theatre

Saturday, October 26, 2013, 7:30 PM Join us as we kick off our 43rd season with a concert of creepy classics, including Saint-Saens’ Dance Macabre. Audience members are encouraged to dress in costume and pick up some treats following the concert. ________________________________

7th Annual Stand Up for Synergy


KC Improv Comedy Club

A Taste of Zona Rosa

Customer Appreciation Day

Zona Rosa Town Square

Eagle Animal Hospital - Riverside

This annual fundraiser benefits the Northland Symphony Orchestra and showcases the artistry of a variety of talented local artists as they exhibit their artwork ON violins and other musical instruments. The unique and creative instruments will be displayed throughout Zona Rosa prior to the evening gala. Guests enjoy cuisine from Zona Rosa establishments, live music and an auction featuring the one-of-a-kind instruments as well as a variety of other valuable auction items. For more information visit

Come join us for a howl’in good time with your family and pets. Barbeque being serves from Hawg Jaw restaurant in Riverside. Great giveaways and some exciting news.

Zona Rosa is pleased to announce one fabulous, funny and fantastic night of hilarity with the barely controlled comic chaos of Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy! This marks the seventh celebrity performance featured at

Saturday, October 5th, 6:00 PM


participation in the Annual Bill Cross 5K Walk/Run for BackSnack to help feed hungry Northland children.

Tickets are available at Zona Rosa Guest Services during regualr business hours. $45 per person/$85 per couple. Experience the culinary arts, visual arts and musical arts all in one evening! ________________________________

Bill Cross 5K Walk/Fun Run for BackSnack Zona Rosa Town Square

Saturday, October 13, 2013, 7:30 AM As you may know, the Northland Childhood Hunger Initiative Fund (NCHIF) has partnered with Harvesters to expand its BackSnack program in Clay and Platte Counties. Over the past two years, the NCHIF has helped Harvesters grow the program from serving 1,000 Northland children, to more than 2,800 every weekend during the school year. Unfortunately, our work is not done. There are more than 3,200 Northland children in need of a backpack of food for the weekend. That is why we encourage your help and/or

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Sunday, October 14, 2013, 11:00 AM


Peggy Kern Lecture on Women and Society William Jewell College

Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 7:30 PM Naomi Natale, founder and director of the One Million Bones project, will deliver the annual Peggy Kern Lecture on Women and Society on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. at William Jewell College in John Gano Memorial Chapel. The lecture is free and open to the public. One Million Bones is a large-scale social arts practice combing education, handson art making and public installations to raise awareness of ongoing genocides and mass atrocities in places like Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and Burma. _________________________________

Hinder Candlebox

VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino

Thursday, October 24, 2013, 7:00 PM The alternative/rock band Hinder was founded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA, in 2001 by lead guitarist Joe Garvey and drummer Cody Hanson. The group released it’s debut album in 2005 under the label of Universal Records. Hinder is known for their billboard hits such as ‘Lips of an Angel,’

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Synergy Services charity fundraiser. Stand Up for Synergy, which started in 2007 and has raised almost 2 million for Synergy Services, will attract a sell-out crowd of attendees on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Improv Comedy Club at Zona Rosa. The annual comedy event presented by the Zona Rosa Community Foundation raises funds for Kansas-City based Synergy Services. The charity’s mission is to end family violence through crisis response, shelter, counseling, advocacy and education. The comedy fundraising gala will offer sponsors a full evening of hilarity, including a private VIP reception, a live auction featuring one-of-a-kind items, dinner in the comedy club, and of course the feature presentation! Stand Up for Synergy seating is very limited. Companies or individuals interested in sponsorships should contact Synergy Services Stand Up Hotline at 816-505-4907 or email or visit for more details.

October Calendar Spooktacular Zoofari

Kansas City Improv at Zona Rosa

DeRay Davis October 18-20

Kansas City Zoo

Tony Rock October 3-6

DeRay Davis is quickly killing Hollywood with his hilarious humor and persona. His film credits include Jumping the Broom, Semi-Pro, Old Dogs, Life as We Know It, Imagine That, License to Wed, School for Scoundrels, Scary Movie 4, Barbershop 1&2 and Johnson Family Vacation.

Saturday, October 26, 2013, 4:00 PM Come dressed in your favorite halloween costume and celebrate a kid-friendly Halloween the zoo way this year. You will enjoy the awesome activities of Boo at the Zoo as well as meet some of the creepiest crawlers, go on exclusive tours, and much more. Cost: $50; $40 members Phone: (816) 871-5701 _________________________________

Steve Vai

VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino

Sunday, October 27, 2013, 8:00 PM Virtuoso guitarist Steve Vai has lent his expertise to such diverse acts as Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth and Def Leppard, but it’s on his solo work that the Grammy-winning artist truly shines. His latest solo album, ‘The Story of Light,’ which was released in mid-August, features guest appearances by singersongwriter Aimee Mann and Beverly McClellan (season one finalist on ‘The Voice’). On tour he is accompanied by his band (who are also featured on the album), which includes guitarist Dave Weiner, drummer Jeremy Colson, bassist Philip Bynoe and keyboardist/vocalist Deborah Hensen. Cost: $24.50-$54.50 Phone: (816) 889-7320 Event url:

Being the brother of an established entertainer, Tony was able to successfully elude the shadows of his older sibling and step into his own limelight. Tony has proven himself as one of the most talented, well-respected entertainers in the business. After more than a decade of experience, Tony has proven himself as a skillful comedian, actor, and executive producer.

Steve Trevino October 10-13 Comedian Steve Trevino was born in Gregory- Portland, Texas on the Third Coast and now resides on the West Coast in Hollywood, California living the dream that he has had since childhood…being a stand up comedian. His professional career began in 1998 in Corpus Christi, Texas with none other than Carlos Mencia. Soon after that, Steve was off to Dallas with star in his eyes. It was there that his first big road tour came about with the Three Amigos Comedy Tour. And then came LA. Since moving to California, Steve has been on the road headlining Improv Comedy Clubs across the country. When at home you can catch him at the Hollywood Improv, The Comedy Store, John Lovitz Comedy Club & The Laugh Factory to name a few. Steve was also involved and on screen in Season One of Mind of Mencia. One of Steve’s biggest gigs was The Doghouse Comedy Jam in San Francisco with names like Carlos Mencia, Dave Attel, Dave Chappel and Jamie Foxx.

On the small screen, DeRay has appeared in HBO’’s “Entourage”, Comedy Central’’s “Reno 911”, Comedy Central Presents DeRay Davis, Comedy Central’’s “Premium Blend” and BET’’s “ComicView” along with numerous voices on The Boondocks.

Owen Benjamin October 24-27 Owen Benjamin started his comedy career in music. Growing up with an opera singer father, Owen has played classical piano since childhood. Owen was a regular on MTV’s PUNK’D, E!’s CHELSEA LATELY, Comedy Central’s LIVE AT GOTHAM, Late Show with Jimmy Fallon, he’s had his own special “Comedy Central Presents Owen Benjamin”, he’s a regular on Nick Swardson’s “Pretend Time” as well as over ten appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Owen feature credits include I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY and THE HOUSE BUNNY where he played Marvin the Butler. He can soon be seen in ALL’S FAIRE IN LOVE with Christina Ricci and BORN TO BE A STAR with Nick Swardson and JACK AND JILL with Adam Sandler. He has done stand up at the Aspen Comedy Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, a nationwide 18 city tour with Vince Vaughn and Kevin James as well as clubs and colleges across America. His unique blend of music and comedy makes his show a must-see.


W ebster H ouse

A Unique and Historical Gem

with Unexpected Treasures

Written by


Tiffany Killoren

If you plan on dropping by Webster House for an ordinary lunch, you obviously haven’t been there before. There is nothing ordinary about dining on fine cuisine and browsing for antiques in a historically significant venue. Built in 1885 as the Webster School, the Romanesque-style architecture greets you blocks before you actually arrive, its bell tower and weather vane guiding you to its location at 17th and Wyandotte. For those who don’t know its history, stumbling across a castle-like building in the Crossroads District may take you by surprise. It did me when I first visited. I distinctly recall standing outside my car, looking up at the building and asking my friend, “What was this place?” Just a stone’s throw from the Kauffman Center

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their books. Thanks to significant restoration efforts starting in 2000 to bring the building back to its original charm, the Webster House is honored by inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. More than that, however, it is a source of pride for the Crossroads District and a beloved venue for locals and visitors alike. And, that’s just the outside.

for the Performing Arts, a modern display of ingenuity and clean lines, the Webster House is its architectural antithesis of sorts. With a dark red brick exterior and arches well-known in Medieval European design, the Webster House’s school day history is still very much preserved. The building itself appears to greet all who enter and is to be taken seriously – a message particularly important for the children who once climbed its stairs and were expected to button their lips and open

Inside the Webster House, the individual rooms of the former school house are still full of life. Each room is a different treasure to explore; classic antiques, unique art work, jewelry, and china place settings are on display inviting you in to take a look. And by “take a look,” I mean casually browse each room and forget about the fact that you had planned a quick lunch. You can’t help but lose yourself in the fact that each room offers something different, and most importantly, not necessarily out of your price range. Rarely have I gone to the Webster


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House without buying something; my apple green tote and colorful beaded cuff bracelet are among my favorite finds there. Have I wanted to buy more? Absolutely, but the logistics of fitting an antique armoire into the back seat of my car has limited my purchase range. So, I limit myself to small things like the uniquely scented candles, and peruse the corner of the first floor devoted to all things baby because, well, I can’t resist looking at all things baby. Especially if items fall into the super-soft-stuffed-animal category.


Ah, yes, after shopping your stomach reminds you that you actually came to the Webster House for its fabulous lunch or dinner menu. Armed with your purchases, you visit the second floor of the old school and are seated in one of the exquisite dining rooms, ready to peruse the menu. With farm-to-table ingredients from local vendors, the choice is about as difficult as the one you just faced on the first floor when you fell in love with two different chairs that would both be perfect in your living room. Fresh basil and campanelle pasta. Mojita and coffee rubbed ribeye. Butter poached lobster roll. These are not ordinary options, and you secretly want to camp-out for a 24-hour period to sample more than one. You can always come back for Sunday brunch and try the Deviled Eggs Five Ways (let’s be honest, it just sounds like a fun culinary adventure), or the crème brulee French toast because any combination of dessert and breakfast food sounds heavenly and must be sampled. A gem is valued both for its rarity and beauty; it is a bit of sparkle in an unexpected find. So describes the Webster House, a true gem for Kansas City by staying true to its historical origins and offering a unique opportunity for all who walk through its doors. The menu may call to you, but you’ll leave with so much more.

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Edible’s & Cocktails

Dominic’s C asual I talian written by


Missy Roe

You know you’ve discovered a great restaurant when you find yourself in the neighborhood and automatically try to find an excuse to stop in for a bite. Or you drive past and rack your brain for a reason you should grab a to-go order to share with someone, anyone you might be seeing later that day. I will admit, I have a few of those places in Kansas City. Most recently, I find myself coming up with almost ANY reason to eat at Dominic’s Casual Italian. It can be easy to miss in the recently revived development now called Burlington Creek. But it’s a place you want on your radar if you enjoy great food in a no-nonsense style.

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I will admit, I’ve become almost addicted to Dominic’s chicken spiedini. I happened upon it one day when I was starving for some lunch and turned into the old Tuileries complex thinking I would grab a sandwich or hit a fast food joint. Instead, I saw the green and red sign on the corner and decided to give it a try. Perhaps a “fast Italian” restaurant, as the sign indicated, didn’t set my expectations very high. But after my first bite of their luscious chicken in that bright and complex sauce, I was completely blown away. The marinara was incredibly fresh and fabulous. I remember inspecting it closely to see what kind of “secret ingredient” could make this red sauce so fantastic. But as you might expect, it was just the basics - but basics done right. Chunks of bright tomato, slivers of basil, and tiny pieces of minced garlic danced around my pasta shells. The meaty chunks of well-seasoned chicken coated with homemade bread crumbs were almost too much for one sitting. But don’t you dare think I didn’t finish every last drop! I took pictures, I tweeted, I even went back to the office and told my coworkers I had found an amazing new place for lunch.


Since then, I can’t count the number of times I’ve dropped in or used the convenient drive-thru for more amazing Italian. I soon discovered their salads were top-notch too. Fresh romaine and iceberg lettuce topped with a few olives, a big helping of creamy mozzarella, pepperoni slices and finished with a knock-out Italian dressing, it was the perfect pairing for my spiedini obsession. Better yet, the combo made for enough food that I could make two meals out of it.

Chicken Fettucine Alfredo

Dominic’s roots go back a couple of decades in the Northland. The Cuccia family started with pizza and in 1992, opened

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the first Dominic’s on North Oak where the McDonald’s now stands near Smokehouse BBQ. It closed in 2001, but patrons kept asking the family for more of their great food. Eight years ago, Dominic’s Fast Italian opened as a drive-thru only restaurant sharing space with a car wash. But that didn’t completely satisfy their fans. In response to customers asking for a sit-down venue where the food could be savored and enjoyed, the family opened the Burlington Creek location in March. Known as Dominic’s Casual Italian, this place serves up stellar food quickly, but in stylish and modern surroundings. The menu is large, so you might hope for at least a small line on your first visit so you can have time to decide. Orders are taken at the counter and your food meets you at your table almost immediately after filling up your drink and settling in. Pastas come out piping hot, enveloped in aromas of garlic and herbs. The lasagna topped with meat

Homemade Cheese Lasagna

sauce was a literal “tall order” 7 layers to be exact - piled high with ricotta, noodles, herbs and smothered in a thick, robust beefy tomato sauce. The bold spice of the sauce was balanced nicely with a lingering sweetness and served as a lovely compliment to the creamy lasagna. The chicken marsala is potentially rivaling my beloved spiedini as my favorite Dominic’s dish. The lightly breaded chicken is topped with melted cheese and served in an amazing wine sauce finished with mushrooms. Not too rich but full of flavor, the delicate sauce is a great option if you desire something other than the popular cream or tomato-based sauces. The delicious chicken is moist and juicy with a wonderful light crunch.

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The Cuccias will tell you their focus in on the sauces. And I will tell you the sauces are really great! Taken from family recipes, I’m hopeful that one day they’ll start bottling these beauties so I can use them at home. What I do know is that the family plans to open more Dominic’s locations. So whether it’s the 24-hour marinated chicken spiedini, the sweet rich creaminess of their alfredo, or the hearty meat sauce, I’m sure you will find a favorite “excuse” to return to Dominic’s. And with the crisp fall weather, this is the perfect time to stop in, or just drive through, and get a Catering Ad 9 x 4.625_Layout 1 4/30/13 2:50 PM Page 1 satisfying meal without any fuss.

Always in seach of that “perfect bite,” Missy Roe writes about food from her own kitchen, to Kansas City restaurants and far beyond. This passion for outstanding eats dominates her travels, social outings and family gatherings. Whether it’s the section of a burger where the toppings line up just right or finding the perfect fruit to top a slice of foie gras, Missy’s quest for divine dining is one she loves to share. Through her blog, Missy sizes up local eateries, writes about her culinary-focused travels and serves up ideas for home cooking.

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BUILDING Written by

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Ingrid Flaspohler

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Feature: Randy Reed



Unlike some auto dealers, you won’t see Randy Reed shouting at you from your TV about ‘crazy low financing,’ employing gimmicky sales tactics or wearing a loud, tacky suit in a desperate effort to grab attention and sell cars. Poised, polite and humble, Mr. Reed hardly fits the stereotypical image of the aggressive car salesman. His small empire of thriving dealerships in Kansas City, North and St. Joseph, however, attest that he is, in fact, a very good car salesman and a successful entrepreneur. The Randy Reed Buick, Nissan and Chevrolet dealerships, along with Randy Reed Collision Center, have endured a prolonged recession and even flourished in recent years to become one of the most successful dealerships, and among the most trusted names in the local industry. Randy Reed proclaims itself a ‘faith-based’ company, promoting high ethical standards, honesty and integrity in a business that is not typically associated with those values. Reed and his associates are leading by example and setting a new paradigm for the business of selling cars. Says Reed, “I was watching an ad on TV one time, and I thought, ‘what craziness is the car biz? Do I really want to get into that?’ But then I thought, ‘maybe that’s exactly what I want to get into, because I think I can do it better or different and be successful at it.’ We feel like we can be leaders and we can change the industry by our influence. That’s one of our mission statements: setting a standard for the industry.” A visit to Mr. Reed’s main office at the Buick dealership upholds this philosophy and reveals his priorities in life and work. In Mr. Reed’s’ office, a framed set of company values testifies to the way the company does business. Pictures of bald eagles and family photos show a patriotic bent and a dedication to family. Photos of two aircraft--a1947 Piper Cub

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Special PA-11 and a 1941 Boeing Stearman PT-17-and one of a young Reed, in uniform, standing in front of a plane, represent his former career as a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. Reed’s original plan was to attend Iowa State and pursue a career in farming. An appointment to interview at the esteemed Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, changed his course in life. Already a licensed pilot at age seventeen, Reed embraced the opportunity to attend the academy so he could enjoy his passion for flying planes. Reed’s time at the famously rigorous academy helped develop valuable life skills, preparing him for success as an entrepreneur. “The academy was good for me. It stretched me academically, I learned a lot about time management. I learned a lot about leadership. But mostly the academy was great because I met my wife there,” says Reed.

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After graduation in 1989, Reed again changed course by scrapping his farming plans and opting into the car business instead. At the time, a lagging agricultural economy made farming unappealing, so Reed chose an industry that seemed to fit his desire for excitement and challenge. “People used to ask me, ‘why did you give up flying and get into the car business?’” I would say that I wanted to get into something fast and exciting, that changes rapidly and is fast-paced. It was a joke [at first] but that’s truly what it’s turned out to be.” Reed opened his first dealership in 1989 through a partnership program with General Motors.

Seven years later he was able to buy them out, eventually expanding his business to the three dealerships and a collision center. Reed’s adaptable approach to life, and the skills learned as a pilot, proved beneficial in business as well. “Probably the biggest lesson from flying airplanes is that you’re always moving forward, you can’t stop, and you can’t go back. You always have to be thinking about where you’re going next and planning ahead. It makes you think ahead and teaches you flexibility. As soon as you brief the mission, step to the airplane, take off, everything starts to change. It’s a matter of improvising from then on to accomplish your mission. That’s a lot like business today. You can have great plans, but plans

seldom work out. So you have to make adjustments along the way to make things work, and that’s a lot like the car business,” Reed explains. While business is booming, Reed and his associates strive to maintain a family feel, as well as what they perceive to be Northland community values. Reed’s two sons, Trevin and Tyler, followed their father’s path into military service and may both end up in the family business, as well. Trevin recently resigned from the Marine Corps and joined the team, while Tyler, who has eight months remaining in the Army, is considering following suit. “If we can, we are going to try to be a multi-generational business,


and continue to try to grow and develop the company. We’ve really left it to them, to do what they feel God’s calling them to do. To continue to keep this a family feel, not so corporate, is one of the things we strive for,” says Reed. Even without his sons on board, the Reed companies already cultivate a family feel among their two hundred and fourteen employees. Reed tries to develop and support his team as employees and as individuals. He believes that the values by which they try to run the business, including honesty and teamwork, transcend into one’s personal life, as well. “Our mission statement is growing people, performance and profitability,” Reed explains. “We really want to grow people and their business skills, but also their life skills. If you do well at work then a lot of times you can do well at home. Those same principals apply. If we can help guys be better husbands, dads, brothers, I think that’s what we want to be about.” The Reed companies have leveraged their ethical and personable approach to business into a thriving and profitable enterprise, proving by example that profitability and integrity are not mutually exclusive, and that nice guys really can finish first. For Reed, it’s a simple principle based on the golden rule that drives this attitude. “I grew up in a little town in Iowa, and I always felt that in a little town, if you don’t treat people well, then your reputation gets bad, and then business is no good. You ought to go about the same approach in a big city. And do it the same way. I think the Northland is more conducive to that. We’ve got something special up here.”

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Adorn Style Show & Brunch Photography by

Brad Austin

The 2013 HBS Adorn Style Show & Brunch was held in the Grand Ballroom at Bartle Hall on Saturday, Sept 7. Over 700 guests enjoyed unique shopping at the Avenue of Shops, the creatively designed tablescapes, a delicious brunch, and a style show presented by professional runway models.

26 Scan this QR code to view all of the images from the Adorn Style Show.

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THE Gown Gallery

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Alaskan Fur Company

Her Majesty ’s Closet

Finishings for Her

La de da

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Bridal Extraordinaire


Nuance Style House

Design In The City

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Missouri Bluffs Boutique

Quotations: A Fashion Statement

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attended college in a typical Midwestern university town; bars advertising cheap beer specials lined its streets, grassy areas were covered by picnic blankets with students napping in the afternoon sun. On the far edge of town, away from the pedestrian mall and college-themed shop windows, sits an unusually large cemeter y surrounded by a cast iron fence. Once inside, you have to walk a ways before you find a notable grave monument towering over all others alone next to a tree. It is the sculpture of an angel, standing over eight feet tall, its wings outspread awkwardly, its face looking down. And, as if not formidable enough, it is completely black. Known by all the local college students as the Black Angel, the cemeter y’s most popular inhabitant is surrounded by rumors. So the stor y goes, the woman buried in the grave almost a centur y ago was so evil that the angel standing guard over her soul turned completely black. So the stor y goes, roses appear mysteriously at the angel’s feet and no photo taken -- regardless of angle -- will ever show her down-turned face. That’s how the stor y goes, anyway.   


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kansas City has its own stories, some spookier than others, and a few that make even this ghost-stor y veteran think twice before turning out the lights. Chances are, you know some of these places and have driven by without a thought as to what happens when the sun sets and the doors lock behind you.


When you think of a typical winer y, lush landscapes with elegant wine tastings and cheese plates fill your mind in a Napa Valley sort of way. The tranquility of a winer y seems in direct contrast to the restless energy that accompanies haunted locales with restless spirits. The Belvoir Winer y in Liberty strikes a balance between these two extremes, a portrait of grandeur and classic architecture that greets you with a feeling of something more. Something guarded by its brick exterior and hidden within its walls. Something that has a stor y to tell and wants -- more than anything -- for you to stand up and listen.

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The ground’s use as a winer y is just the latest chapter in a centur y-old book of histor y. Built in 1900 by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows--a fraternal organization devoted to helping those in need-only three buildings of the original complex remain. The Children’s Home, Old Folks’ Building, and the Old Hospital rise to greet you at the end of a paved drive through iron gates that remind you, in case you

had forgotten, that you are entering a special place: a unique place with one foot still planted firmly in the past. The former Children’s Home -- or orphanage -- now boasts a wine tasting bar, exquisite stained glass accents, and stylish banquet rooms. The children who once ran the halls and called this building home, however, are still a pronounced presence. From the banisters worn smooth

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from the touch of small fingers, to the subtle grooves in the wooden stairs made by single-filed steps, the energy of a time long ago is as palpable as the sweet tasting wine waiting for a sip in the parlor. Sometimes, and more often than you think, the children’s presence isn’t just felt; it’s also seen and heard. Jesse Leimkuehler, Chief Executive Officer and Operations Manager of the winer y, has become used to the grounds’ spirited energy. Although a skeptic years ago when they began renovations of the property, his journey to becoming a believer has

been filled with footsteps, unexplained voices, and sights that defy explanation. Although he tried to rationalize his experiences, he resigned himself to the fact that “there are things that can’t be explained away.” Take for instance the sound of running footsteps and giggles in the hallway of the third floor -- a floor currently under renovation, with blackboards hanging in old classrooms and tiny wall hooks waiting for coats and hats. Current staff have seen full body apparitions standing in hallway corners, heard the echoes of footsteps when they

were alone in the building, and have dealt with spirited pranksters (or, more aptly, prankster spirits) who like to play with the lights and make closing up shop a bit more difficult. Leimkuehler’s two young daughters have both had ghostly experiences that would leave even the most resolute skeptics at a loss for words. His youngest, two years old at the time, had been with him in a banquet room and walked into the hallway while he continued with his work. Leimkuehler then heard a female voice say, “Well, hello, little one.”


When he walked out of the room, his daughter was alone, looking up at nothing. Or, perhaps, she was just looking at something that only she could see. His older daughter once heard the voice of a little boy introducing himself, in what I choose to believe was a sweet attempt at making a new friend. Now six years old and somewhat used to the spirits’ activity, Leimkuehler says his daughter greets the spirits warmly when she enters a room just in case she’s not alone. There is an energy, perhaps a residual presence, that greets you at the door of this three-stor y building and accompanies you throughout your visit. I felt it; it was as real as the energy that fills a room of loved ones and as dense as the hot summer air. Leimkuehler doesn’t disagree. The spirits of this building are as real as the guests he welcomes through its doors for wedding receptions and winetastings. Just in case he had any doubts, the building’s spirits do their best to remind him that they’re never far. Most recently, he saw the apparition of a little boy in the corner of a room wearing a red shirt, knickers, and small brown boots. Even with all of his prior experiences, this encounter was enough to spook Leimkuehler and keep him on his toes.

The Belvoir Winer y is both serene and active. Walking its hallways is not unlike peering through a looking glass and wondering if anything is looking back. Although I was fascinated by the stories that surround the building, I prayed silently that I wouldn’t feel a tug on my purse by a curious little spirit of yester year looking for candy. I wanted the experience while I visited, but not the whole experience. At least not yet; maybe next time. Some people run from ghost stories like these, others listen attentively with a cautious ear, and still others seek these stories out with an interest toward investigating further. Elite Paranormal

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his role as evidence-gatherer and doesn’t set out to convince anyone of the presence of paranormal activity. “Nobody’s an expert in this field,” Garcia explains. “All of this is theory.”

40 of Kansas City falls into the last category, with seasoned investigators who walk into darkness that so many others fear to find answers and confront the things that go bump in the night. Rob Garcia, founder of Elite Paranormal of Kansas City, has investigated paranormal hotspots for over eight years. Intrigued by exploring the scientific side of the supernatural, Garcia and his team use high tech devices to detect electronic voice phenomena or instrumental transcommunication from the other side. After conducting over 150 investigations over the years, including five or six private residences in the Northland, Garcia and his team have collected a significant amount of evidence of the paranormal. He considers October 2013

Sometimes, however, the evidence speaks for itself. Although most of the cases investigated by Garcia and his crew are nonmalevolent in nature, darker energies have made themselves known over the years. He considers a private residence in Lawrence as one of the most spiritually active – and darkest in nature. Occupants contacted Garcia after hearing voices and being touched by unseen forces. Capturing numerous electronic voice phenomena throughout their investigation, Garcia considers this house on the top of his list for haunted locations. The owners eventually moved to escape their unwanted houseguests. Who can blame them? “There is a spiritual side to our universe,” Garcia says with a confidence built on firsthand experience and years of investigation. “It does exist and it can come into our physical world.” Just walk into the Tea Room at the Main Street Galleria and see, or rather feel it for yourself. Built in the late 1800s,

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this charming attraction in Weston also earns one of the top spots on Garcia’s list of active investigations. With reports of things mysteriously moving on their own and unexplained noises, Garcia and his team captured electronic voice phenomena and unusual fluctuations in electromagnetic fields during their investigation. Perhaps, as some believe, the spirits of the prior owners still roam the halls and are letting their presence be known. Or maybe the antique desk that once belonged to a Confederate Army Officer carries its former owner’s spirit with it like an ethereal memory. Then again, there will always be some who claim that it’s all just a clever trick played by overactive imaginations. Those who believe will always believe, and those who do not may never be convinced. There is an allure that comes with never really knowing. October is here, and the smell of pumpkin pie

and apple cider offers comforting warmth in a time of year that brings a chill to the air.  The seasons are turning and, with the fall of leaves, comes a fall in temperature and darker nights that bring us safely indoors.  Perhaps, however, there’s something more to that chill in the air than a change in seasons.  Perhaps that tap on the window isn’t just a tree branch and a sudden shiver shouldn’t be dismissed so quickly.  Perhaps, just perhaps, there’s something more out there.  Or, so the story goes.

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o you find yourself tired and lethargic during the day? If you’re like a lot of people today, you’re looking for more energy. People are constantly searching for the next pick-me-up and most turn to caffeine for their energy boost. Caffeine is

often abused, though, and can lead to irritability, sleeplessness, and upset stomach. Try these simple ideas to see how you can increase your energy naturally and feel great all day long.


Get a full night’s sleep: I know this one’s probably self-explanatory, but it is essential. Getting enough sleep will help set yourself up for an energyfilled day. Forget the night cap: Too much alcohol before bed will dramatically reduce your quality of sleep. Your body requires deep sleep in order to recover from daily activity and recharge for the next day, and alcohol can interfere with recovery sleep. Exercise: This is a great way to boost energy during the day. If you’re feeling sluggish, get up and move around. The things you do to lose weight - exercise, drink water, and avoid simple sugars – are things that will have a positive effect on energy level, as well. Eat breakfast: Jumpstarting your day with a healthy breakfast actually kickstarts your metabolism and keeps you full until your next meal or snack.

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By Nick Bolton

Take a walk outside: If you find yourself getting tired during the day, stand up and move around. The important thing is to get the blood moving and the body will wake up. Reducing stress: Stress can play all sorts of tricks on the body, one of them being unnecessary fatigue. Try meditation or another relaxation technique such as massage. Drink water: Dehydration leads to fatigue and is easily avoidable. Keeping yourself hydrated is cheap and easy. Drink a lot of water and your body will thank you for it. Don’t forget protein: Protein provides a longer lasting energy source than carbohydrates because it takes longer for your body to break it down compared to carbohydrates. Plus, lean proteins prevent blood sugar spikes, giving you more steady energy. Every meal should have lean protein. Keep your carbs smart: Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred source of energy; the key is the correct types of carbs. Complex carbohydrates are best to keep your blood sugar levels even, and in turn, give you a more stable and consistent level of energy. Don’t skimp on calories: Be careful with crash diets and nutrition fads. Cutting too many calories out of your day too fast will result in a lack of energy. Start slowly and make it a lifestyle change. Having professional help will increase your chances of success and keep your energy up.

Vitamins and Minerals for Energy Iron: This helps with the production of red blood cells which are responsible for the transportation of oxygen in the body. This oxygen is then used to help produce energy. When iron levels are low, the blood doesn’t carry as much oxygen to the body’s tissue, leading to fatigue. Symptoms of deficiency: fatigue (especially on exertion), headaches, constipation Vitamin B12: This (along with folic acid) is needed to help make red blood cells. B12 is used in digestion by metabolizing carbohydrates and fats Symptoms of deficiency: fatigue, weakness, dizziness, sore tongue, memory problems, confusion, irritability, depression, moodiness, and paleness. Folic Acid (Vitamin B9): Another B vitamin that’s used to manufacture red blood cells. It’s common for people not to get enough folic acid because it’s easily destroyed during the cooking process. Symptoms of deficiency: Similar to Vitamin B12, including insomnia, shortness of breath, fatigue, and mental confusion. Magnesium: This is needed for the production of ATP--the main energyproducing molecule in the body. When magnesium is low, our body’s cells are not able to produce as much energy, leading to chronic tiredness. This is the most common nutrient deficiency in all people. Symptoms of deficiency: fatigue, irritability, muscle cramps, irregular heartbeat, insomnia, and high blood pressure.

Other Important Vitamins for energy production: Thiamin (Vitamin B1) Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) Niacin (Vitamin B3) Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) Biotin

Energy Foods include: Spinach Watermelon Broccoli Milk Potatoes Lean Meats Bananas Lentils Eggs Parsley Tomato Juice Green Beans Asparagus Liver Split Peas

NOTE: The information in this article is not intended to take the place of a personal relationship with a qualified health practitioner, nor is it intended as medical advice. If you have questions or are interested in a health and fitness plan, Nick Bolton offers his services both in person and online. Please visit or email him at

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Nick Bolton is one of Kansas City’s premier personal trainers. With more than 14 years of personal training experience, Nick offers an array of knowledge in fitness and nutrition to our readers. He is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, National Council on Strength and Fitness, and National Board of Emergency Medical Technicians. He specializes in all forms of training, from competitive athletes to everyday people. Nick is the founder of Firehouse Fitness where he offers his training services both on-line and in person. He works with individual clients, small groups, and large group boot camps in Kansas City. Nick is a published fitness writer and has been featured in local, national and international magazines and e-magazines. Email: Facebook: Nick Bolton Fitness

Women’s Health

Breast Cancer

The body is complex and interconnected, so all of these risk factors overlap and can influence each other. For example, you may have a genetic risk, but if you control the other risk factors your overall risk can be diminished.

8 Ways to Put the Brakes on Breast Cancer


Dr. Brenda Smith Dr. Smith, a well-respected Kansas City area obstetrician/ gynecologist, has been on staff at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City since 1990, as well as a partner in the medical practice Ferns, Matile, Smith & Perryman, M.D.s, P.C. She also was a member of the hospital’s teaching staff for 15 years. Dr. Smith performed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Saint Luke’s Hospital. She received her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kan., and her bachelor of science degree from Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo. Dr. Smith is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She also is a member of the American Medical Association, the Kansas City Gynecological Society, the Metropolitan Medical Society and the Missouri State Medical Association.

by Dr. Brenda Smith

Breast cancer strikes women 99% of the time. As a woman, a mother of two daughters and a physician who treats only women, I am mad at breast cancer. Ever since a young patient of mine with two children died in her early thirties of breast cancer, I decided to get fighting-mad and learn anything and everything I could to help prevent this disease in women. What I found out shocked me. Even as an OB/GYN I had no idea there was so much a woman could do to reduce her risk of breast cancer. I was alarmed that this information is not readily available to women and taught to every young girl. Since then, I have done my best to pass this information along to women and I am thankful to NORTH Magazine for allowing me yet another opportunity to motivate women to take charge of their health by practicing breast cancer prevention.

1. Arm yourself with the facts – what could put you at risk for breast cancer?

Everyone Knows Someone with Breast Cancer

2. Discuss your risks of breast cancer and discuss your prevention plan with a health care provider.

You have heard the statistics, I am sure. Breast cancer is the number one non-epithelial (skin) cancer for a female nonsmoker. Breast cancer is the number one cause of death for women between the ages of 35-54. The majority of women who develop breast cancer have no family history of breast cancer. Eighty percent of breast cancer occurs after menopause. These statistics make it clear-- breast cancer is common and could strike any woman. In fact, the informal statistic that have made the biggest impression on me is that it seems we all know someone with breast cancer; every time I poll an audience the show of hands is overwhelming. This firsthand experience is often enough to get most women involved in the fight against breast cancer. I hope that includes you.

Recipe for Cancer You can’t always evade the enemy; cancer cells are very clever. You can, however, learn to avoid what I call the recipe for cancer – conditions in your body that promote the development of cancer. Damaging your cellular DNA, constantly stimulating cells to divide and depressing your immune system are all conditions conducive to cancer. For women, there are four primary risk factors for the development of breast cancer: Genetic risk Hormonal risk Nutritional risk Environmental risk October 2013

Don’t just stand in line for a mammogram once a year! Mammograms simply detect breast cancer; you want to have a plan for prevention. Start by gathering information. Attend lectures, read What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Breast Cancer, go to and to educate yourself about the risks. Every woman is unique; what is it about your health or history that puts you at risk? Did you breast feed a baby? If you did, you have helped “mature” your breast tissue, so that it is less likely to be converted to cancerous tissue in the future. Have you maintained a normal weight after menopause. If you have, you’re reducing the amount of estrone in your body – an estrogen that can increase your risk of breast cancer.

Do you know how to do an adequate breast exam? Should you get a mammogram? If so, how often? What about ultrasounds, thermography and MRI’s? What method is most appropriate for you? Should you always avoid hormone therapy, or in your case, could hormone therapy even help to reduce your risk? 3. Seek genetic counseling if you are high risk. Do women in your family have a history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer? Are you Ashkenazi Jewish? Has someone in your family had an aggressive breast cancer at a young age? All women need a breast cancer prevention plan, but for some women with a family history of breast cancer the stakes are even higher. Get counseling at a specialized center like KU’s Breast Cancer Prevention Clinic to learn how to best manage your risks. 4. Realize that hormone imbalance is not just inconvenient, it can be a breast cancer risk. Suspect hormone imbalance if you are having symptoms such as breast tenderness, heavy cycles, or severe PMS. This could indicate estrogen dominance, a condition that increases your risk of breast cancer. I would also advise you not to “dabble” in hormone therapy. Hormones are powerful messengers in the body and should be used wisely. If you need hormone therapy, get advice from someone who is knowledgeable and has actual clinical experience using hormones.


5. Use the powerful tool of balanced nutrition to lower your risk of breast cancer. Just being overweight increases your risk of breast cancer as does alcohol consumption. Choose meat and dairy products with no added hormones. Use soy only in moderation from natural food sources. Increase your consumption of cruciferous vegetables and fiber. I can’t overemphasize how important nutrition is to reducing your risk of cancer. A poor diet leads to increased cellular damage, hormonal imbalance, and depresses your immune system, i.e. the recipe for cancer. 6. Evaluate your environment for substances that threaten the balance of your body and reduce your exposure to them. Think before you invite chemicals into your body. Chemicals often increase cellular damage, lead to hormone imbalance and depress the immune system - again a great recipe for cancer. I especially like to motivate women to reduce their exposure to the endless list of chemicals we apply to our bodies daily – choose safer cosmetics. Go to Also strive to reduce your exposure to pesticides by going organic with the “dirty dozen” fruits and vegetables (go to to print a list). 7. Exercise your body and exercise your mind to help reduce your risk of breast cancer. I like to call exercise “flowing.” When you exercise, blood is pumped into tissues delivering nutrients and taking toxins away, the lymph tissue is pumped by the muscles to expel the toxins it has collected, and energy is channeled through your body. It’s very important not to become stagnant. Your mind also helps to direct good messages that aid your body in functioning. Strive for 30 minutes of “flowing” daily and at least 5 minutes daily of delivering good mental messages to your body. 8. Spread the Word Let’s be the last generation that is illinformed about our bodies and how they function. Let’s be the last generation that is willing to blindly accept toxins into our bodies. If you learn something – pass it on to the other women around you. Let’s make “taking charge” of our health infectious. We can reduce breast cancer in our lifetime.

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by Kim Specker, Professional Coach certified (PCC) by the International Coaching Federation (ICF)


want from the relationship? If not, here is a suggested read to help you discover what a healthy relationship is comprised of: His Needs, Her Needs by Willard F. Harley, Jr.

hat if you could find a solution for a challenging relationship, overcome a false belief, or experience freedom from a lifelong, self-limiting behavior? Live Life Well with Coach Kim provides an opportunity for you to ask confidential questions and receive coach-like guidance, self-reflective questions or an introduction to additional resources. What life-changing question do you want to ask? All submitted questions will be addressed either in a reply or published in a future article.

How do you tell him what your needs are? What if you took him to a place that he enjoys? You intentionally enter his world and become engaged in what is important to him. •

Leave the talk about the kids, work and all of the other things that distract you from focusing on your marriage at home.

Try to have fun with this and enjoy the conversation about the two of you. Perhaps when you create a demonstration of love toward him, he will be more willing to answer the questions you have for him.

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Coach Kim, how do I tell my husband that I want our relationship to be like it used to be when we were dating? Here’s a question for you: Is it that you really want your relationship to be like when you were dating, or do you desire greater emotional intimacy than you are currently experiencing? Or is it that you want to reexperience the whimsical carefree time of life when there was no responsibility? When a couple has shared history, gained maturity, and possibly created children, these life events seem to overrule immature dating lust. The biochemistry of the body is different in a dating relationship than in a secure marriage. Your question provokes a deeper question. Do you know what your husband’s emotional or relational needs are? I ask this because when a spouse is able to meet a partner’s relational and emotional needs, they will be more likely to reciprocate the desire to meet the other partner’s needs. Do you know what your own emotional or relational needs are, so you can clearly share with your husband what you need or

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Keep it positive; ask him what he likes about your relationship and what he would like to improve. Hopefully, he will reciprocate the questions to you.

Coach Kim, I have come to the realization that I haven’t been the Dad I should be. I notice that I don’t really know my kids, and they don’t know me. I have a lot of guilt and disappointment when I think about what I have missed out on. What can I do now that I realize this? Dad, it is never too late to make amends in a relationship. If we were in a coaching session, I would ask, “What do you want to do with this new awareness?” Because I don’t know what you are willing to do to rebuild and restore the parent-child relationship, I will offer some other questions for you to ask yourself. •

What value would there be to you to share your new awareness with your children?

Would seeking amends offer you hope for a possible relationship?

What would be the possibility of offering an apology to your children for what you feel sorrow for? An authentic heart that seeks forgiveness goes a long way to restore a relationship.

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Oral Health

Good News About Bad Breath by Brenda Bailey, Ph.D. Everybody worries about their breath from time to time – like after a meal filled with plenty of onions and garlic. For some people, though, the worry never goes away. They buy mouthwash by the gallon and pop breath mints by the handful, but they still worry that their breath is bad. And they’re still afraid to get close to people – even the ones they love most. Help is on the Way If this sounds like you (or someone you care about), there are some things you should know. For starters, you need to understand you’re not alone. In fact, experts estimate a full 25% of Americans experience severe bad breath daily. Second, you need to know your bad breath isn’t a mystery. Today’s dentists know exactly what’s causing it. Finally, you need to hear the good news that help is on the way – in the form of safe, smart strategies that a dentist and his staff can use to put an end to your worries and let you enjoy fresh breath for life.


The truth about bad breath Researchers have found that in just 10 percent of cases or less, bad breath is caused by an underlying medical condition like diabetes, reflux, sinusitis, certain kinds of cancer, and liver or kidney failure. Dry mouth, which can be caused by certain medications, can cause bad breath as well, because saliva helps keep your mouth clean. In an estimated 90 percent of cases, though, bad breath originates in your mouth where it is easy to diagnose and treat. Two main causes The two primary causes of bad breath are dental hygiene that misses the places where odors can grow and periodontal (gum) disease. You see, when food or plaque remains on or between teeth it attracts bacteria that produce bad smelling chemicals called volatile sulfa compounds. These compounds include hydrogen sulfide – the chemical that makes rotten eggs smell so awful. What’s more, food and plaque on teeth irritate your gums – leading to the gaps and pockets that are a primary sign of gum disease. These gaps and pockets then collect even more plaque and bacteria. Plus, your tongue (particularly if it has a rough surface) and your tonsils can also trap food and plaque and cause the same kind of problems. Gentle, effective treatment Fortunately, all these problems are very treatable. The first step is a thorough exam that includes a medical history, full mouth X-rays, examination of your tongue and tonsils, a gum exam and an oral cancer screening. Then, if needed, the dentist begins phase one: gum infection therapy. And, they will tell you everything you need to know to clean your mouth and tongue so effectively that bad breath doesn’t have a chance to return.

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Additionally, your registered dental hygienist can explain why the popular, heavily advertised mouthwashes and rinses you find at the corner drugstore can actually make the problem worse by drying out the tissues of your mouth. You also will be introduced to some better alternatives – including a new, highly effective, all-natural, sugar-and-alcohol-free rinse made from all natural herbs and essential oils. Enjoying fresh breath day after day really is that simple!

4 BAD Breath Myths Myth #1 – It’s something you ate Yes, some foods – like onions and garlic – can contribute to bad breath, but this kind of bad breath, while unpleasant, quickly disappears. When foods like these are digested, your bloodstream absorbs the strong smells. Eventually, they end up in your lungs and become part of your breath until the food is eliminated from your body. Myth #2 – Mints and mouthwashes can solve the problem A quick look at the variety of mints available at the check-out counter makes it clear people really hope this myth is true – unfortunately, it is not. Breath mints can mask bad breath for a few minutes, but once they’re gone, back it comes. Mouthwash isn’t any more effective and can actually make bad breath worse. Many can dry the tissues of the mouth, creating a climate where the germs that cause bad breath can flourish. Myth #3 – Nobody knows why some people have bad breath Wrong! Dentists and other scientists who’ve studied the problem know that in just 10% of cases, bad breath is caused by an underlying problem, like a sinus infection, diabetes, cancer, reflux or liver or kidney failure2. Dry mouth contributes to this 10%, as well, because saliva helps remove odor-causing particles. Because the mouth dries naturally during sleep, many people complain of having “morning breath.” There are also medications and other medical conditions that can dry the mouth. In the other 90%3 of cases, though, we know bad breath originates in the mouth. What’s more, we know exactly what the culprits are -- dental hygiene that misses problem areas and gum disease (periodontitis). Myth #4 – There’s not much you can do. Wrong again! Today, dental offices have the tools and strategies to help you beat bad breath once and for all. Treatment starts with a “fresh breath” exam that rules out underlying conditions and identifies problems like gum disease, cavities, and odor causing debris that can collect in the tongue and tonsils. When those problems are fixed, you will receive guidance you need to help keep them from coming back. Your dentist will be happy to put you on the road to fresh breath for life.

The New Face of Aging

By Sandra Doolin Aust, BSN, RN

How WILL 78 million people spend their decades of discretionary time, the bonus years? 50

“Hi, my name is Joe and I’m a workaholic.” It sounded like a meeting of WA, Workaholics Anonymous, and for Joe, it could very well have been. He went on to explain, “I’m 82 years old, I’ve worked since I was 14 years old and I’m scared to death to retire. My wife is gone, I have no family nearby and all of my friends are at work. I’m here to figure out a way to quit.” The twenty or so others in the room listened attentively and reassured Joe that they were there for much the same reasons. People whose entire identity has been wrapped up in their work, title or position fear many things including the answer to the question, “Who will I be when I’m not who I am anymore?” Joe was participating in the workshop Explore Your Future, researched and developed by the Intergenerational Center of Temple University. Through a partnership between Shepherd’s Center Central, Clay County Senior Services and MCC-Maple Woods this four session workshop series will be offered through MCC-Maple Woods Continuing Education Department beginning this fall. Visit for the schedule and how to enroll in this and many other dynamic and timely programs for people age 50 plus. Others have self-disclosed that they are in the workshop because they have known friends who retired with no plan for their next phase of life, and within a year or two, the friends died. One gentleman described it this way: “I’ve just been to two funerals of two friends, one retired two years ago, and the other one three years ago. They both quit work on a Friday and woke up Monday morning with nothing to do. They had no interests or hobbies, no reason to get up in the morning. Their marriages were shaky and the recliner and remote control became their best friends. They died of boredom, depression and no desire to take care of their health. So they got sick and

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died. That’s not going to be me.” One woman who was nearing her last day of work said, “I have worked for this company hardly ever missing a day for over 35 years; I’ve raised my three children by myself – their father left us 20 years ago; and for the past 14 years I’ve cared for my mother who was in very poor health and lived with me. She just recently died. I’m here because this is the first time in my life that anyone has asked me what I need, what about me?” Boomers do not even like the word retirement. To many, it connotes one who is no longer useful and will soon be forgotten. Taking advantage of an option to end his full career early, Bob Levy of the Washington Post said, “The day someone comes up to me and says, ‘Didn’t you used to be Bob Levy?’ I’m going to go home and cry my eyes out. My family says this will be good for me. Good for me maybe…if dangling me by my ankles out the window of a four story building is good for me. I don’t think I’m going to like this!” Others claim they “cannot WAIT until I don’t have to show up at work every morning of every day of the week.” They often declare something like one of the following: “I’m going to play golf every single day; I’m going to clean the attic, basement and all the closets; I’m going to join every bridge club I can find.” Whatever the anticipated joy of that singular pursuit which has eluded them for decades, it usually fades rather quickly. The next burning question, then, becomes the same as that famous old song which asks, “Is that all there is?” Richard Leider, noted researcher and author observes that there are four key components of successful aging: money, medicine, meaning and place. “’Meaning’ has to do with connecting to others and having a positive impact on their


lives. ‘Others’ can include family, friends, neighbors, and the local or global community. It can also speak to doing something that is important to you and brings you pleasure. We actually have more control over ‘meaning’ than we do over ‘money’, ‘medicine’, and ‘place’. Indeed, ‘meaning’ is the most fundamental of the four.” How does one find new meaning and purpose after being all consumed with work, raising a family and whatever else has occupied them for 5 or 6 decades? Leider suggests that “…if meaning is essential to a vital second half of life, we might adopt the practice of regular check-ups to see if our spirit, or sense of meaning, remains healthy.” Shepherd’s Center Central and MCC-Maple Woods agree with him. Lifelong learning, new experiences, taking advantage of a wide variety of new opportunities can be enriching and inspiring. “Take a class in something there was never time to study before; join an affinity group such as travel, astronomy, geology, trail walking, or biking,” says one retiree. “It can open up a whole new world of something interesting you never even thought about before.” A Boomer doctor advises, “Most of all, keep moving, remain or become more active and engaged in something which pleases you and therefore will bring meaning and fulfillment to what can be the best years of one’s life. ‘Use it or lose it’ becomes more relevant as the years go by, find a personal trainer or someone to walk with on a regular basis. Your health depends on it.” The Matter of Balance program is one which is vital to minimizing the chance that someone will fall and sustain a major break of a bone or other serious injury. A grant from Clay County Senior Services to the Clay County Health Department has made a huge impact on those who have participated in the Matter of Balance sessions. The incidence of falls has dramatically decreased thanks to this nationally acclaimed program. Stay tuned for more on that and other terrific things which matter most to people 50 plus. At the final session of the Explore Your Future workshop, Joe, who said he was “a workaholic and scared to death to retire,” came into the room with a new bounce in his step and a big smile on his face. Before the class could even begin he declared he had an announcement to make. “I’m really excited. I have five things I can’t wait to go do and I’m turning in my resignation on Friday!” His classmates burst into raucous applause and ‘atta boys! Joe had answered the most important question of all for himself: “Tell me, what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” - Mary Oliver. For more information about how you can find your passions and fuse them with your gifts, skills and talents through an Explore Your Future workshop visit or contact Sandra Aust, Director, Coming of Age Kansas City: or 816-444-1121 X 109.

--Sandra Aust is Director of SCC’s Coming of Age Kansas City, a registered nurse, mother, grandmother, community volunteer and a lifelong Northlander who is determined to age as gracefully as possible. Share your inspiring story of aging well (or not) with her at

Kansas City GMC dealer offering unheard of discounts on NEXT year’s models starting today

While other dealers are pushing left-over 2013’s, Randy Reed gives customers biggest savings on next year’s 2014 models Automotive Insider News by. E. Christopher

Kansas City - MO - if given the unheard of chance to buy next year’s model of vehicle, a slick new 2014, for nearly the exact same price as a soon-to-be-year-old, leftover, 2013. Which would you choose? Easy answer, right? the 2014 is a no-brainer. But, only one GMC location in the Midwest is making this offer. Randy Reed, a Kansas City dealer known for always giving customers more for their money has turned up the heat on the local market and is offering nEXt yEaR’s 2014 models at rock-bottom, fire-sale prices today. you may be scratching your head saying “how can that be?” the answer is simple. Randy Reed doesn’t operate under the same guidelines as many dealers. in fact, Randy Reed is known for being the honest, simple, hassle-free location to buy a new or pre-owned vehicle. Why? Because the staff at Randy Reed is not paid a traditional commission. in fact, unlike most places, the staff at Randy Reed is not compensated solely on the highest possible price they can convince you to pay. they are actually compensated, primarily, on selling as many vehicles as possible, to as many happy customers as possible. Believe it or not, one of the factors in their staff’s compensation is the actual scores you, the customer, give them after the sale. Wow! novel idea, pay more for serving better. the best example of the incredible offerings from Randy Reed can be found on the 2014 GMC terrain. Most dealers in Kansas City are

2014 GMC Terrains $4,000 Off with $1,000 trade assistance 2014 GMC aCadias $5,000 Off with $1,000 trade assistance 2014 GMC sierra 1500 Crew $6,000 Off with $2,000 trade assistance 2014 GMC Yukon denali $7,000 Off with $1,000 trade assistance

currently advertising around $3,000 off of the 2013 terrain. Randy Reed will give you $4,000 off of next year’s 2014 models, which includes $1,000 of trade-assistance. What do you need in order to qualify for the trade-assistance? simply trade in any make vehicle that is a ‘99 or newer. Don’t have a trade? that’s

Most dealers are doing everything they can to push the left-over 2013’s off their lots, but at Randy Reed you can buy a 2014 for nearly the exact same price as a left-over 2013 fine, you still get $3,000 off of a 2014. there are nogimmicks, no-games. Just honest, straight-forward, incredible deals. another incredible discount is on the 2014 GMC acadia. Customers who take advantage of the extra $1,000 trade-in bonus can own a new acadia for $5,000 off of the Original MsRP. these gorgeous seven-passenger crossovers are truly

the finest driving crossover on the road today. With flat folding rear seats and a near perfect seat height, they are the perfect combination of luxury and functionality. there isn’t a finer example of GM’s supreme attention to detail than the aLL-nEW 2014 GMC sierra. this is the truck you knew only an american truck manufacturer could build. Because, let’s face it, when it comes to full-size trucks nobody competes with the folks in Detroit. this is perhaps the finest full-size pickup ever produced and Randy Reed is currently offering up to $7,000 off, which includes $2,000 of trade bonus money. For more information on these incredible offerings stop by and talk to their experienced staff today. they are located at i-29 and tiffany springs Parkway, just 5 miles south of KCi airport. Or, call one of their friendly, non-commissioned, staff at 816-436-6300. ©E. Christopher 2013


H ow A sset C lasses P erform W hen I nterest R ates R ise



David Enenbach

I’m not in the business of predicting interest rate movement. Predicting the future is hard, so I don’t try to do it often. But I’ve had many people ask me what to expect of their bond portfolios if and when interest rates begin to creep back up. (With interest rates at record lows, it seems they’ve got nowhere to go but up!) But let’s just assume for discussion purposes here that interest rates were to rise sometime before Brad and Angelina have or adopt another baby. If that occurs—don’t know when and don’t know how much— what type of performance might you expect from the various asset classes in your diversified portfolio? Much has been written about the negative effect rising interest rates have on bond prices (and values), but you’ve got a well-diversified portfolio, right? One guide to what increasing interest rates may mean is what has happened in the past, so let’s go there. Let’s examine two periods of rising rates using the federal discount rate in the reasonably recent past. For comparison, we’ll also look at two periods in which the interest rate fell.

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1977-1981: Rising rates As shown in the table above, the five-year period from 1977 to 1981 saw an increase in the federal discount rate from 5.46% to 13.42%—which would represent a headwind for bond indexes. As might be expected, the long bond index was hit hardest and experienced a negative five-year annualized return of -0.77%. The short and intermediate bond indexes posted reasonably impressive gains of 6.61% and 5.63%, respectively. Cash (T-bills) returned just shy of 10% each year (oh, for those days again!). Finally, the aggregate bond index had a 3.05% five-year annualized return during a period of rising interest rates. Nothing to write home about, but not Armageddon either! Among the non-bond indexes, the best two performers were U.S. small stock and real estate. NonU.S. stock performed reasonably well, commodities were decent, and large U.S. stock was so-so. The S&P 500 Index underperformed cash, but slightly outperformed one- to five-year bonds.

The takeaway message from this particular five-year time frame: Cash was the big winner on a risk/ return-adjusted basis. Avoiding bonds as an ingredient in your portfolio, particularly short-term bonds, would have been unfortunate inasmuch as short- and intermediate-term bonds provided a decent return but also provided a much-needed risk-dampening role in the overall portfolio. 2002-2006: Rising rates again The second period in which interest rates rose was the five-year period from 2002 to 2006. The federal discount rate moved from 1.17% to 5.96%. During that same time, cash was anemic as it produced a five-year annualized return of just 2.64%. Short-term bonds cranked out 3.77%, intermediate bonds returned just over 4.5%, and the aggregate bond index had a 5.06% annualized return. The shocker was the long-bond index that generated a five-year annualized return of 7.38% during a period of rising rates, counter-intuitive to what you’d expect.

Real estate had a great run, producing an annualized return of 23.79%. Non-U.S. stock and commodities both generated just under a 15% annualized return, while U.S. small stock had a return of 11.39%. Once again, the laggard during periods of rising rates was U.S. large stock, with the S&P 500 Index returning 6.19% annually. Once again, the message seems to echo that bailing out on bonds when rates are rising is not necessarily supported by past performance—at least using the performance of these key bond indexes. While most of the non-bond asset classes outperformed the bond indexes, remember that the whole point of a diversified portfolio is to blend a variety of asset classes that have different characteristics and return patterns— creating the “balanced” portfolio that includes equity assets, diversifier assets, and fixed-income assets. Such a balanced portfolio generally has a long-term return that nearly equals the individual equity asset classes but with significantly less volatility in the year-to-year returns. When rates fall On the other side of the coin, when interest rates fall, bond indexes thrive, which is what we’d expect. During the five-year time frame from 1982 to 1986, the federal discount rate fell from 13.42% to 6.33% and bonds loved it. The short one- to five-year index had an equity-like five-year annualized return of 14.63%. Intermediate bonds did a tad better at 15.91%, but long bonds blew the doors off with a five-year annualized return of 22.85%. The aggregate bond index had an impressive return of 18.42%. Clearly, bond performance rallies when interest rates are declining. Among the non-bond indexes during this same time frame (1982-1986), the best performer was nonU.S. stock, followed by real estate and large-cap U.S. stock. Small-cap U.S. stock had just under a 16% annualized return, followed by commodities at just over 8%. The other period of falling rates is the past six years (2007-2012). Not surprisingly, the long bond index dominated the other bond indexes with a 9.56% sixyear annualized return. Even more interesting is the fact that all the bond indexes (short, intermediate, long, and aggregate) outperformed the equity and diversifier indexes—and not just by a little. Commodities, it would appear, do not thrive during times of falling interest rates. As interest rates and inflation generally track each other, that makes some sense.

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So, now what? Based on the performance of the past, it would seem risky to “un-balance” a portfolio by entirely dumping an important ingredient such as bonds—even when it appears that interest rates have nowhere to go but up. Nevertheless, a prudent approach may be to shorten the duration of the bonds and/or bond funds being utilized in a diversified, multi-asset portfolio. It is worth noting that one of the ironic challenges in building a multi-asset-class portfolio is that it will be incorrectly benchmarked by most investors. There will be time periods where a single asset class (such as the S&P 500 Index) will handily outperform a multi-asset portfolio. For example, over the past 15 years, the S&P 500 Index beat the annual performance of a 12-asset-class portfolio over half the time (eight years out of 15). But the multi-asset portfolio ended up with a 15year annualized return of 7.95% vs. a 4.39% annualized return for the S&P 500. Why the big difference? When the S&P 500 has negative returns, they can be nasty, whereas a multi-asset model minimizes the frequency and magnitude of negative returns.

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Bottom line: Building a diversified portfolio is not the most exciting proposal in town, but it gets the job done over time with far less risk. So, before you dump bonds from your portfolio, consider the virtue of having a multi-asset blueprint—and sticking to it.

David Enenbach

David is president and founder of Enenbach & Associates Financial Con-sultants, a multiclient family office serving the wealth management needs of ultra-affluent families (investable net worth of $20-$50 million). A Registered Investment Adviser, he previously was president of another independent wealth management firm that represented high net worth individuals and professional athletes. He spent 20 years as a CPA with Donnelly, Meiners, Jordan, Kline/McGladrey. Dave is also the chairman of the investment committee of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph. Dave will be sharing thoughts and insights into investments and financial management.

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Fashionable Houses Selling Fast! 56

Active Houses in the Northland


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by Nickole Walton


$400,000­-$500,000 price range

As we roll into fall weather the Northland housing market is rustling with excitement. Now is the time to embrace the tips and trends of the season and join happy sellers by listing your home. The current inventory is lower than needed and home buyers are moving quickly to ensure they secure their next dream home.


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Interest rates have risen, but they are still within an incredible range encouraging buyers’ boldness in house hunting. Below are two charts of recent activity of homes in the Northland. The first chart shows the number of houses sold in the listed price ranges. The second chart shows the number of houses in these same price ranges that are currently on the market. Number of Northland Houses Sold Within the Last 180 Days


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By examining these numbers, we can see that homes are moving quickly. Depending on the specific price range of your house you could be in the quickest moving range. It’s a great time to showcase your home to sell. If you have been debating moving or waiting for the right time, here is your chance. Listing with an agent who is familiar with the latest trends is also important. They can impart tips from what they have seen lately in fast selling houses. As you can see in these charts we are now very low in inventory of homes in comparison with years past. Getting your house ready to list can be easy. Bring the season in with the warm colors of fall by dressing up your outdoor landscaping and freshening up your curb appeal. These can make a huge impact. Popular looks for houses that are selling are fresh mums, bright pumpkins and a well-maintained lawn. As you are sprucing up the outside, make sure to do a little extra cleaning of the windows and front walkway. These items make a great first impression and build instant connection with home buyers.

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Take advantage of the beautiful weather we are having and hold open houses to showcase your home’s fall fashion. From a small refresh to a larger remodel, here are the top trends in houses that are selling and the styles that are popular.

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a luxurious feel. Subway tile from vintage to high polish glass always creates a customized look.

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Many builders are completing models with more open floor plans. Losing the hearth room and creating more flexibility for entertaining has become a focus for many home buyers, as well.

As the rise in entrepreneurship in the Northland continues, the need for a comfortable and centrally located home office has become more important to home buyers. Make sure this space is clutter free and creates an environment of versatility.

With all of these ideas the possibilities are endless. Spend a small amount of time making subtle changes to make a huge difference in a buyer’s mind. Don’t wait any longer to make the move into your dream home.

White kitchens, subway tile, light colors, bright, airy and clean are the words describing the look being most sought after when looking for a new home right now. While dark cabinets and warm colors are always inviting; white kitchens are back and creating quite a unique look for home buyers. Pairing light colors with beautifully chosen subway tile creates

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T here ’ s N o A ge L imit on F un at L iberty ’ s N ewest F amily A ttraction by

T iffany K illoren

Darrell and Lois Weaver had a vision for Amazing Play Fun Center. “We wanted to create a center that is family oriented, where parents and kids participate together, and where families spend quality time with one another.” And that’s exactly what they did. Open since the end of May, the Amazing Play Fun Center in Liberty has already accomplished what the Weavers set out to do – provide a place for families to laugh, let go, and enjoy the silliness of a slippery slide.


Darrell Weaver was wellprepared for the task. With an extensive background in the development of playground equipment, he knew how best to approach the design of an indoor play center. “We simply thought about what we did as kids and what we played over and over, year after year,” he explained. “We bounced, swung, and climbed trees.” Those childhood memories of fun-filled afternoons were the inspiration for many of the center’s whimsical playground areas that let you swing, jump, and slide until your legs are jelly and you’ve exhausted your bounce. For parents, Amazing Play Fun Center can serve as a lifeline to get kids out of the house when energy levels run too high and “accidentally” tossed balls indoors come too close to your favorite lamp.   It helps keep both sanity and home furnishings intact while earning “cool parent” points for taking the kids somewhere special.  Lois Weaver tells kids there are two rules at Amazing Play Fun Center. First, have fun. Second, hug the person who brought you. Who doesn’t love rules that support parent appreciation?   Don’t be fooled by the bright lights and colorful surroundings, however; Amazing Play Fun Center isn’t just for kids. Adults are invited – and encouraged – to jump right in and challenge their kids to a game of Labyrinth Laser Tag and channel memories of Mission Impossible by navigating the Vault Laser Maze. Ah, yes, October 2013

NORTH Kids the Vault Laser Maze. To six-year-old, Max, and seven-yearold Aubrey, the opportunity to stealthily navigate green light beams in a darkened room is the stuff of childhood dreams.  It’s like ninja warrior meets Star Wars.  A bit confused as to why I would need them to explain the maze’s attraction, they simply described it as “fun and challenging” before asking if there was time to give it another go. Then there’s the SkyMaze playground, boasting some of the fastest slides around. Before you think “yeah, well, slides are nothing new,” take a ride down the slick banana peel versions here and see what you think. Four-year-old Finn’s takeaway from the center was a love for a stuffed green alligator in the area with building blocks. Asked why he liked the center so much, he responded, “Uh, because I made a home for the alligator out of blocks.” Why, of course -- silly me. If you’re up for more of an adventure, strap on a harness and try the Cloud Jumper that sends you into flight while bouncing off a giant inflatable. Thrill-seeker Hannah, 11 years old, has two reasons why she’s a fan of this attraction. “It’s high and fast.” Her fouryear-old sister, Italee, completely agreed and showed no fear when it was her turn to jump on a cloud. The Weavers’ goal to create a place for family fun is clearly met when you see the smiles and hear the laughs at Amazing Play Fun Center. Hoping to use some of their space for a daycare someday, the Weavers are currently looking for financial backing to support such expansion. Contributing to the community is the Weavers’ top priority and their message to families greets all who enter their doors. We bring the fun, the memories are yours to keep.

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Movie Reviews

Jim Kline


Blue Jasmine Director: Woody Allen Starring: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin Rated: PG-13 Runtime: 98 minutes pppp

THE CONJURING Director: JCourtney Solomon Starring: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez Rated: PG-13 Runtime: 90 minutes p

The Spectacular Now Director: James Ponsoldt Starring: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley Rated: R Runtime: 95 minutes pppp

Jasmine (Cate Blanchette) is enjoying her life. Her husband (Alec Baldwin) is a successful businessman, and she has climbed the New York social ladder to the top. Suddenly, her existing world collapses as her husband is arrested for fraud, and all their wealth is taken away.

Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) is a former race car driver whose wife has been kidnapped for some mysterious reason. Magna is contacted by his kidnapper and led to a Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, fitted with cameras and listening devices designed that communicate with and follow Magna’s every move. Magna is told by his kidnapper to drive and follow his instructions without getting caught or his wife will be killed. Along the way, he encounters a young girl (Selena Gomez), who happens to be an IT whiz, and she joins Magna on this adventure. Meanwhile, while following the kidnappers’ instructions, Magna encounters local authorities which lead to multiple chase scenes. Most scenes are in the cockpit of the car, with most of the dialogue between Magna and his passenger, and occasionally from the mouth (we only see his lips) of the kidnapper. While the Shelby, admittedly, is one “bad” car, the multiple chase scenes are not that special and seem recycled. Additionally, the Shelby seems indestructible, while the incompetent police lose what must be most of their entire fleet of vehicles chasing Magna around the city. Really?

The Spectacular Now tells the story of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), a carefree high school senior who is unconcerned about the future and is content in living in the “now.” Popular, but not taken seriously by the “in crowd,” Sutter is floating through life with reckless abandon, having little or no ambition to make anything of himself or the potential he seems to possess. After Cassidy (Brie Larson), his girlfriend of many years, breaks up with him, Sutter seems lost and stumbles into a relationship with the ordinary Aimee Finecky (Shailene Woodley). Although Sutter still longs for Cassidy, he slowly becomes enamored with Aimee. The two begin spending time together and as they begin developing feelings for one another, they also find that they both are trying to cope with their own life challenges. The movie takes us on their compelling journey of their discovery of one another and themselves. It is a realistic depiction of a slice of life without the typical Hollywood melodrama and manipulation.

Jasmine, still trying to cope with her sudden downfall, moves to California to live with her sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins). Ginger has a boyfriend, Chili (Bobby Cannavale) who, like Ginger, is the complete opposite of those social types that Jasmine has been accustomed to running with. As if this wasn’t enough to deal with, Jasmine reluctantly takes a job as a dental receptionist where she fends off constant advances by the eccentric dentist. Just when Jasmine is about to reach the end of her rope, she meets and begins dating Al (Louis C.K.). Al is financially successful and an aspiring politician, just what Jasmine needs. Afraid and embarrassed to reveal her current circumstances, however, Jasmine misleads Al into believing she is something other than who she really is. Shortly after their relationship becomes serious, Jasmine’s façade collapses, and her mental health continues its spiral downward, much like her social status did before. With a powerful and Oscar worthy performance by Cate Blanchette and superb direction from Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine is a terrific character study about a socialite attempting to understand her sudden fall from grace and her effort to adapt to the new lifestyle she abhors.

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Getaway is not only improbable but tires quickly; I couldn’t wait to “getaway” from the theater. I do believe however, the Shelby alone deserves one p.

Woodley is wonderful in playing the book-smart and naïve Aimee. But it is Teller who steals the show as a young man who has fooled others, and perhaps himself, into believing he has no need to focus on anything but living in the moment. If remembered by year’s end, Teller’s convincing and moving performance should receive Academy Award consideration. Dramatic, tender, poignant, and at times heart wrenching, The Spectacular Now will strike a chord in each of us, and linger awhile afterwards.

While Jim’s occupation is public accounting, his passion has always been movies. As a young boy he fondly remembers those special evenings set aside for his family to enjoy a movie together. He soon became an avid fan and is known in local circles for his avarice in going to the theater as often as possible. Jim is often times sought out for his opinions on which movies to see and created his own movie review blog. Jim Kline is a lifelong Kansas City native and is looking forward to sharing his opinions of movies with Kansas City in NORTH Magazine.



The Croods This is the End The Frozen Gound


The Hangover 3 After Earth The Purge Europa Report Stuck in Love


Pacific Rim The Heat A Hijacking Maniac The Colony


The Conjuring The Internship The Way, Way Back Only God Forgives Before Midnight


Monsters University R.I.P.D. Byzantium

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Parkville in Art


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Cathy Kline

he last week in September and the first week in October, regional plein air (French expressionism, meaning “in the open air� or painting outdoors) artists come to paint Parkville. This is the second year that the Parkville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society, and the Cathy Kline Art Gallery have joined together to celebrate the artistic atmosphere of Parkville. This year, on November twenty-first, the Kansas City Art Institute will host the Parkville in Art Auction in their Gallery at their Riverside location. Master artist, Joan Parker, has served as juror. She was instrumental in establishing Augusta Plein Air and

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Cathy Kline Art always intrigued Cathy, so she turned a gift into an occupation. Her murals may be seen widely around Parkville. Look for them at the Parkville Athletic Complex, Piropos, Zona Rosa, The Peach Tree and Burlington Creek’s Watercolors High Fashion.  Her work also can be found in churches, beauty shops and private residences all over the metropolitan area.


is recognized for painting beautiful landscapes, such as the Kansas Flint Hills. Interestingly, Joan was also the artistic designer for the John Travolta movie Michael. Plein air artists relay their impression in a relatively short time. They work fast to impart their response to nature and other subjects before the light changes. The challenges are plentiful--the elements, poison ivy, choosing the right easel, consolidating all of your gear and figuring out how to carry it, knowing all the while, it is the best way to capture the beauty of the moment. During those two weeks we enjoyed watching talented award-winning artists use a variety of mediums lining the streets and park. This year we added a twist to the event by including “Purchase Awards” and “Estate Paints” to the list of interesting locations to paint. “Cruise Night” was the perfect

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setting for artists to capture classic cars; shop owners drew crowds by asking the artists to paint their store, then, choose the winner. Home owners invited the artists to their homes--called an “Estate Paint”--to find their garden in all its glory. What a deal: $500 bought the best painting of your very own garden. It was indeed a win-win; you pick the winner and you get the art. The auction will be in November and what better time to buy original art for those on your gift list? Please visit the Cathy Kline Art Gallery inside LaBottega Vintage Market in English Landing to view the finished works and vote for the “People’s Choice Award” which will be presented at the auction along with the other awards. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter (FOPAS), this year’s chosen charity.

Cathy is an active participant in her community. She is a charter member of the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society, member of The Best of Missouri Hands, as well as an active member of the Main Street Parkville Association, where she currently serves as Vice Chair. Cathy looks forward to keeping readers informed of the talented artists around the Northland.  She can be reached at: Cathy Kline Art Gallery 713 English Landing Drive Parkville, Missouri 64152 913-449-4460.

For more information and to be a friend of Parkville in Art please email: or The list of artists is impressive. Visit: Also, please read more about our juror this year at:

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Liberty Bend Conservation Area 816-228-3766 Access is from LaBenite Park in Sugar Creek on the east side of Highway 291 (south of the Missouri River).

Cooley Lake Conservation Area 816-858-5718 Cooley Lake Conservation Area is 2.5 miles east of Missouri City on Highway 210.

Chaumiere Lake

816-622-0900 From I-35 take North Chouteau Trafficway south 0.25 mile to North Cleveland Avenue. Turn south and take the first road (NE 43rd Terrace) about 0.25 west to the lake.

Englewood Lake

816-622-0900 From North Oak Trafficway, turn east on NE Englewood Road and travel 0.25 mile. You will see the lake on the south side of the road. Turn south off of NE Englewood and the road will take you along the east side of the lake.

Lakewood Lake

816-622-0900 From I-35 take Highway 69 (NE Vivion Road) west one mile to North Norton Avenue. Turn south on Norton and travel 0.5 mile to the lake which sits on the east side of the road.

The Deuce at National 6415 North National Drive Kansas City, MO 64152 (816) 505-0650

Staley Farms Golf Club 10310 North Olive Avenue Kansas City, MO (816) 734-3839

Shoal Creek Golf Course 8905 Shoal Creek Parkway Kansas City, MO 64157 (816) 407-7242

Hodge Park Golf Course 7000 Northeast Barry Road Kansas City, MO 64156 (816) 781-8975

Cardinal Hill Golf Course 925 Lightburne Street Liberty, MO 64068 (816) 781-6522

Excelsior Springs Golf Course 1201 E. Golf Hill Dr. Excelsior Springs, Mo 64024 (816) 630-3731

Smithville Lake

Maple Creek Golf Course


Shiloh Springs Golf Course

(816) 407-3400 Park Office 17201 Paradesian Smithville, MO 64089

Gladstone Bowl 300 Northwest 72nd Street Gladstone, MO 64118 (816) 436-2695

5330 Northeast Oak Ridge Drive Kansas City, MO 64119 (816) 459-8400

14750 Fairway Lane Platte City, MO 64079 (816) 270-4653

Paradise Pointe Golf Complex

AMF Northland Lanes

18212 Golf Course Road Smithville, MO 64089 (816) 532-4100

AMF Pro Bowl Lanes

Frisbee Golf

217 Northeast Vivion Road Kansas City, MO 64118 (816) 454-2695

505 East 18th Avenue North Kansas City, MO 64116 (816) 221-8844

Retro Bowl

906 West Liberty Drive Liberty, MO 64068 (816) 781-1998


Tiffany Greens Golf Course 5900 Northwest Tiffany Springs Parkway Kansas City, MO 64154 (816) 880-9600

National Golf Club 9300 Northwest 63rd Street Parkville, MO 64152 (816) 569-5170

Water Works Park Disc Golf 3500 North Oak Trafficway Kansas City, MO 64116 (816) 513-7500

Disc Golf Parkville, MO English Landing Park Parkville, MO 64152

Riverview Park 200 Mill Street Platte City, MO 64079

Paradise Pointe - Blackthorn 17201 Paradesian Smithville, Missouri 64089

Paradise Pointe - Beaver Creek 17201 Paradesian Smithville, Missouri 64089

Hiking & Bike Trails

Prairie Creek Greenway North Trailhead 13300 Sycamore Dr Platte City, MO 64079 South Trailhead 12315 Highway N Platte City, MO 64079 Scenery and wildlife are abundant on Prairie Creek Greenway, located just south of Platte City. The greenway is popular for both biking and walking and includes four pedestrian bridges crossing the creek.

Missouri Riverfront Trail

Riverside, MO Located off of 9 Hwy West, second left after NW Mattox Road. Hikers and bikers will be thrilled with the impressive views atop the Missouri Riverfront Trail. The trail runs from E.H. Young Riverfront Park in Riverside to Burlington Creek. The trail was built in cooperation with the City of Riverside, the Riverside/Quindaro Bend Levee District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Southern Platte Pass Parkville, MO

Joining people and places together is the foundation of Southern Platte Pass. The 2-mile trail connects two cities, three schools, two shopping areas and the Platte County Community Center South. The trail, built in cooperation with the cities of Parkville and Kansas City, travels along both sides of 45 Highway and was partially funded by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Weston Bluffs Weston, MO

The Weston Bluffs trail follows the Missouri River and the historic path of Lewis & Clark. The 3.25 mile route begins at Weston City Hall and offers a spectacular outlook of the river and many opportunities for wildlife viewing. Six interpretive exhibits along the trail showcase the Lewis & Clark voyage. The trail also provides access to Weston Bend State Park. Platte County partners on the projects include the City of Weston and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Line Creek Trail 68th street and Gower road

Take the scenic route from Barry Road to Riverside on the Line Creek Trail. This trail winds through the countryside of Platte County away from the activity of the city. The trail can be accessed at Line Creek Community Center or the trailhead at 68th street and Gower Road

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Bonebender Trail System

The Bonebender Trail System is composed of two trails: Bonebender Trail and Campground Trail. Bonebender Trail is 6.0 miles in length and is accessible from the Sailboat Cove parking

lot to the north and from the Main Park Office/Camp Branch Swim Beach area to the south and from within the Camp Branch Campground. Bonebender Trail meanders along the east shoreline of Smithville Lake’s Little Platte arm through hardwood forests and restored grasslands. Features along this trail include: numerous views of Smithville Lake, two Lookout Points with rest benches, a covered shelter area with picnic tables, restroom and shower facilities at Sailboat Cove, Camp Branch Campground, Camp Branch Swim Beach, Main Park Office Storm Shelter. Campground Trail is 2.9 miles in length and as the name implies, follows the lake’s shoreline around the perimeter of Camp Branch Campground. While connected to Bonebender Trail, the Campground Trail is accessible only within Camp Branch Campground and is very convenient for Campground users.

Crows Creek Trail System

The Crows Creek Trail System is composed of two trails: Anita B. Gorman and Cabin Fever Trail. Anita B. Gorman Trail is 1.9 miles in length and is accessible from Collins Road to the north and from Crows Creek boat ramp area the south. In 2007, this trail was renamed after former Missouri Department of Conservation Commissioner, Anita B. Gorman, for her active involvement with the Smithville Grassland Revitalization Project and her long-time support of wildlife habitat restoration. Anita B. Gorman Trail follows the shoreline of the main lake channel through predominately hardwood forest. Features along this trail include: relatively consistent grade, borders 25 acres of grassland restoration, a covered shelter with picnic tables, and access to the more primitive equestrian/hiking trails. Cabin Fever Trail is 7.0 miles in length and is accessible from Crows Creek boat ramp area to the north and from Access 25 at the west end of 160th Street. Cabin Fever Trail hugs the shoreline of the Crows Creek arm of Smithville Lake and is easily accessible from the Crows Creek Campground to the north. The southern half of  Cabin Fever Trail follows the lake’s shoreline and perimeter of Crows Creek Picnic area, a less populated area of the park. Features along this trail include: numerous views of Smithville Lake and Dam, 2 lookout points with rest benches, 2 playgrounds, 6 shelters with picnic tables, 12 restroom buildings - some with drinking fountains and access to the Crows Creek Campground Outdoor Amphitheater.

Restaurant Guide

Modern American

Justus Drugstore Restaurant $$$$ Smithville American, Modern American, Organic 106 W Main St

Eighty Eight at The Elms $$$$ Excelsior Springs Mediterranean, Modern American 401 Regent St


$$$$ Briarcliff Village Latin American, Argentina, Steakhouse 4141 N Mulberry Dr

Shields Manor Bistro $$$$ Platte City American, Seafood, Steakhouse 121 Main St

Bonefish Grill


China Wok

Philly Time

Asian - Thai

LC’s Hamburgers Etc.

$ Zona Rosa - Chinese 6048 NW Barry Rd

Tasty Thai

$$ Platte Woods Asian, Thai, Vegetarian 7104 NW Prairie View Rd $$ Liberty- Asian, Thai, Vegetarian 1912 Star Drive

Asian - Indian

Seva Cuisine of India

$$ Zona Rosa Indian 8140 NW Prairie View Rd

Saffron Indian Restaurant


Smokehouse Barbecue $$ Gladstone Barbecue, Steakhouse 6304 N Oak St


$$ Zona Rosa Barbecue, Steakhouse 8451 NW Prairie View Rd

$$$ Gladstone - Japanese, Steakhouse, Sushi 7-9 NW Barry Rd

$$ North Kansas City - Barbecue 1218 Swift Ave


Smokebox BBQ Cafe

Fuji Japanese Steak House

Burgers, Wraps & Sandwiches

Tokyo Japanese Steak House Smokin’ Guns BBQ

Zara Sushi

$$ Parkville - Japanese, Sushi 10925 45 Hwy

Wasabi Japanese Sushi Bar

$$ Tiffany Springs- American, Barbecue 10020 NW Ambassador Drive

Longboards Wraps & Bowls $$ Gladstone- Hawaiian, Teriyaki 6269 N. Oak Trafficway


$ Riverside American, Breakfast/Brunch, Diner 4541 NW Gateway Ave $$ Liberty- American, Breakfast/Brunch 8301 NE Flintlock Rd

Roxanne’s Cafe

$ Parkville American, Breakfast/Brunch 6264 Lewis Dr

Nelle Belle’s Diner $ ClaycomoAmerican, Breakfast/Brunch, Diner 150 E US-69


Avalon Cafe

$$$ Weston - French 608 Main St

Café des Amis $$$ Parkville - French 112 Main St


Cascone’s Italian $$$ Kansas City- Italian 3737 N Oak Tfwy


Dish-Famous Stuffed Pizza $$ Liberty- Pizza, Sandwiches/Subs 846 S MO-291

Stone Canyon Pizza $$ Parkville American, Pizza, Sandwiches/Subs 15 Main St $$ Zona Rosa American, Pizza, Sandwiches/Subs 8630 NW Prairie View Road

Leo’s Pizza $ Gladstone Pizza, Sandwiches 408 NW Englewood Rd

Minsky’s Pizza

$$ Zona Rosa Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches/Subs 7007 NW Barry Rd $$ Gladstone Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches/Subs 221 NE Barry Rd

Kelso’s Pizza

Asian - Chinese

Little Store & Deli


$ North Kansas City Breakfast/Brunch, Burgers, Sandwiches/Subs 2107 Knox

$ Kansas City- Mexican 4000 N Oak Tfwy

Cafe Italia

Jersey Boyz

$ North Kansas City- Sandwiches/Subs 315 Armour Rd


$$ Liberty Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches/Subs 205 N State Route 291

$$ Parkville Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse 160 English Landing Drive

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$ Metro North - Mexican 511 NW Barry Rd

$$ Zona Rosa Italian 7301 NW 87th St

$$Liberty - Hawaiian, Teriyaki 1173 W Kansas St

$$ Zona Rosa Chinese, Dim Sum 8670 NW Prairie View Rd

Jose Pepper’s

Bravo Cucina Italiana

$$ Liberty- Japanese, Sushi 9763 N Cedar Ave

Bo Lings

$$ Tiffany Springs - Mexican, Spanish 10004 NW Ambassador Dr.

$ Platte Woods- Mexican 8174 NW Prairie View Rd

The Grille by Piropos

$$$ Liberty- Japanese, Steakhouse 2031 W Kansas Ave

Luna Azteca Mexican Grill

Corner Cafe

$$ Liberty - Indian 917 West Liberty Dr.

$$ Gladstone- Asian, Sushi, Teriyaki 328 NE 72nd St

$$ Briarcliff Village American, Burgers, Sandwiches 4125 N Mulberry Dr

$$ Liberty - Mexican 921 W Liberty Dr

$ Gladstone - Mexican 5939 NE Antioch Rd

Taj Mahal

$$ Zona Rosa- Modern American 8660 N Boardwalk Ave

The Cafe At Briarcliff

$ Parkville - Mexican 11015 NW MO-45

$$ Kansas City - American, Fried Chicken 5410 NE Oak Ridge Rd

$$$ Briarcliff Village American, Italian, Seafood 4105 N Mulberry Dr


$ Gladstone- Burgers 2502 NE Vivion Rd

Rancho Grande Cantina

Swagat Fine Indian Cuisine

Trezo Mare

$$$ Ameristar Casino- Seafood 3200 Ameristar Dr

Hayes Hamburger & Chili

$ Gladstone - Mexican, Tacos 7013 N Oak Tfwy

Comfort Food

$$$ Burlington Creek American, Seafood 6334 N Lucerne Ave

Pearls Oyster Bar

$ Platte Woods- Burgers 7612 NW Prairie View Rd

Margarita’s North

$$ Liberty Indian, Pakistani, Vegetarian 8674 NE Flintlock Rd.

$$ Zona Rosa Indian, Pakistani, Vegetarian 7407 NW 87th St

$$$ Parkville- Latin American 1 W 1st St

$ Briarcliff Village American, Burgers, Sandwiches 4151 N Mulberry Dr

Ixtapa Mexican Cuisine $$ Zona Rosa - Mexican 7130 NW Barry Rd

$$ North Kansas City American, Pizza, Sandwiches 300 Armour Rd

Pizza Shoppe $$ Liberty - Pizza 8584 Church Rd

$$ Platte Woods- Pizza 6640 NW Prairie View Rd.

$$ Gladstone- Pizza 9329 N Oak Tfwy

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Pub Food

Chappell’s Restaurant & Sports Museum $$ North Kansas City American, Pub Food, Sandwiches 323 Armour Rd

54th Street Grill and Bar $$ Liberty - Pub Food 9251 NE Barry Rd

$$ Gladstone - Pub Food 303 NE Englewood Rd $$ Zona Rosa - Pub Food 7200 NW 86th Ter

Paul & Jack’s Tavern $$ North Kansas City American, Burgers, Pub Food 1808 Clay St

The Finest Pizza North of the River

Enjoy our full fare of Italian favorites, friendly atmosphere and collection of family sports memorabilia.

Tanner’s Bar and Grill

$$ Gladstone- American, Burgers, Pub Food 6024 N. Antioch Rd

Helen’s J.A.D Bar & Grill $ North Kansas City Burgers, Pizza, Pub Food 2002 Armour Rd

Dirk’s Sports Bar & Grill $ Zona Rosa- American, Pub Food 8132 NW Prairie View Rd

Crazy Olives Bar & Grill $$ Argosy Casino American, Burgers, Italian 777 NW Argosy Pkwy

Rusty Horse Tavern

$$ Parkville- American, Burgers, Pub Food 6325 Lewis St

810 Zone at Harrah’s $$ Harrah’s Casino American, Pub Food 1 Riverboat Drive

Brick House Cafe & Pub $$ Smithville American, Burgers 111 N Bridge St

Nick & Jake’s $$ Parkville American, Pub Food 6325 Lewis Dr


Em Chamas Brazilian Grill $$$ Burlington Creek Brazilian, Steakhouse 6101 NW 63rd Ter

Journey Wood-Fired Steaks $$$$ Argosy Casino- Steakhouse 777 NW Argosy Pkwy

Range Steakhouse

$$$ Harrah’s Casino- Steakhouse 1 Riverboat Dr

Ventana Gourmet Grill $$ Excelsior Springs Burgers, Italian, Steakhouse 117 W Broadway St

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The Last Word with Phil LeVota The newly formed Briarcliff Business Partner Alliance of Kansas City

W 66

ithout question, one of the hottest spots to live and work in Kansas City is the Briarcliff Village area north of the river. Briarcliff offers elegant office space, high-quality homes, and boutique retail. Just five miles north of downtown, this central location is convenient to the entire metropolitan area. It is not only a business area but also has residential offerings including condos, apartment complexes, subdivisions, senior living, and villa homes. I haven’t even talked about the fine dining, but for those of you reading this magazine, you already know that. What you might not know is that with the creation of the Briarcliff Business Partner Alliance of Kansas City (BBPAKC), this area went from a great place to work and shop to a solid and realistic competition for attracting businesses in the Midwest. The purpose of this organization is simple: to provide partnership and promote networking among businesses and employees in the Briarcliff area. In the process, they also hope, through their collective efforts and alliances (either financial or in skill), to better the existence of those in need. Their efforts promote better awareness about other goods and services in area businesses to create long-lasting alliances, to facilitate charitable causes, and to plan and participate

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in community events. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month, all are welcome, and there are no dues to pay! To permanently solidify the efforts of the BBPAKC, they have created a website at The BBPAKC now has over 136 members, further demonstrating that Briarcliff Village is here to stay as a solid and enviable location that can compete with the Corporate Woods or Overland Parks. Of course, we all know that a trip to Briarcliff is an escape to a place with exquisite taste. With 38 locally owned destinations, Briarcliff Village evokes the sun-splashed stateliness of a Tuscan villa. Amazingly, each shop is a local boutique or restaurant, no commercial chains. It’s clear that the focus is on high-end merchandise and trends; at Briarcliff Village you can find jewelry, classic home furnishings, baby gifts, even gourmet puppy treats. And I wouldn’t hold my weight as a semi-journalist if I didn’t make an official, blatant, and shameless request to The Spa at Briarcliff to host me for a relaxing spa day after the rigors of practicing law. Well, Spa people? After that, I intend to indulge with dinner and cocktails at one of the top-rated Briarcliff restaurants. I’m even told that I can take a knitting class, sample a gourmet

cupcake, or stock up on organic and specialty foods, as well. With all those goodies and some of the best residential homes, apartments and villas, get ready for even more growth in the beautiful area that has one of the best views of the KC skyline. Congratulations to the folks at the Briarcliff Business Partner Alliance of Kansas City for understanding the big picture: helping other businesses succeed also helps foster your own success. The BBPAKC will continue to help take Briarcliff Village to the next step as a premier location in the Midwest. Phil LeVota is a local trial attorney who has been involved in politics for over 25 years. As a long time prosecuting attorney before going into private practice, Phil has been involved in the community for many years. Phil has held many elected positions, a board member of domestic violence shelter while also being active in the metro area and nationwide as a radio talk show host, television commentator/analyst, and he recently won an Emmy Award for his work on television hosting the “Power of KC” program showcasing our area.

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