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ENTERTAINING IN KC
OUR MAN IN KC
ARTS & CULTURE IN KC
BEHIND THE MUSIC IN KC
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START IT UP Kansas City’s entrepreneurial scene is thriving. Here are some of the most notable to check out.
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LIVING IN KC
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IN CONVERSATION WITH THE FAB FIVE An exclusive Q&A with the stars of Netflix’s Queer Eye.
HOT WHEELS There’s a long, vibrant tradition in the African-American community of Adult Skate Night. They’re still rolling Sunday nights at the Winnwood Skate Center.
74 BUTCHER, BAKER, FARMER, MAKER Our 20 favorite artisan provisions Made IN Kansas City.
78 FASHION TAKES FLIGHT Bloom Air, the KC Care Health Center’s fun fundraising gala, travels back to the golden age of flying this April 13. Wondering what to wear? We’re packing your bags with lovely looks for both him and her.
ALL IN THE FAMILY Interior designer Kelly Lambert reimagines her brother and sister-inlaw’s Leawood home for today’s lifestyle.
On the cover Photograph of the Queer Eye Fab Five by Austin Hargrave/Netflix. Photo illustration by Aaron Leimkuehler.
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t’s only appropriate that a magazine that’s made entirely in Kansas City and is all about Kansas City and the surrounding metro would bring you the Made IN Kansas City issue. And how fun it’s been to put it together! From the cover feature of Netflix’s Queer Eye Fab Five, whose 3rd and 4th seasons were shot locally (Is there anyone who doesn’t have a story about running into one of the guys?), to our local favorite foodstuffs and which startups to watch, we’re brimming with Made in KC things you’ll want to know about. And it doesn’t stop there. Kansas City designer Kelly Lambert was thrilled to help her brother and sister-in-law reimagine their Old Leawood home. The result was a fresh, colorful home that plays well with the entire family. Check out the feature beginning on page 97 and see if you don’t agree. Our Hot Wheels feature, page 86, was inspired by the HBO documentary United Skates. Contributing writer David Frese digs into the longstanding African-American culture of adult skate nights at roller skating rinks, where they’ve been a place to gather, have fun, and show off some serious skills. Some Kansas City rinks have been a part of the scene for generations. Photographer Kenny Johnson documented the action. There’s a story behind our fashion feature, too. IN Kansas City is a loyal supporter of the KC Care Health Center. Since its founding in 1971 as one of the first free health care clinics in the country, it has grown to be one of the largest in America, providing much more than basic health services. The staff and volunteers served the medical, behavioral health, and dental needs of thousands Kansas Citians last year. More than two thirds of the patients served at the KC Care Health Center remain uninsured. And of the approximately 20 percent that are insured, a majority are HIV patients. KCCHC is one of the largest providers of HIV primary care in Kansas City. One of the Health Center’s largest fundraisers is Bloom. Every spring this wildly popular, fabulously entertaining event is held at different locations, with a different theme. This year on April 13, Bloom travels back to the golden age of flying with “Bloom Air.” For the gala, which will be held at the Airline History Museum (where this fashion feature was shot), guests are encouraged to dress the theme. So we scoured local boutiques to find great pieces with a 60s flair. Harken back to the days when one dressed for travel. Skinny ties for the guys and day gloves for the ladies would be appropriate additions. Join the fun for a great cause. And don’t put off purchasing your tickets; they always sell out quickly. I’ll see you there. I’ll be the one in the Pucci print shift.
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ant to annoy your party host? Volunteer to bring an appetizer. Choose one that needs to be deep-fried. Then walk into her party with a vat of Crisco oil, a frying pan, and a bag of groceries. Explain that fried foods don’t travel well, so you’re frying it on-site. Set up shop in her kitchen, where every centimeter of counter space is precious, then smoke up the entire house with a thick funk that will linger for days. Yes, I once had a guest who did that. He made Scotch eggs, which also needed to be coated with flour and dipped in egg, be-
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bring some if that will work well with your menu.” (email me for that recipe!) If you’re not a cook—absolutely no shame in that—you could say “there’s this fabulous bakery by my house. Could I pick up some bread or a dessert?” Such exchanges are so easy now that we all text and email. TRASH YOUR KITCHEN, NOT MINE If you do make something yourself, prepare everything, and I mean everything, at home. If you are going to create pandemonium, darling, do so in your kitchen, not your host’s. Call ahead to ascertain freezer, fridge, oven, or burner space if you’re bringing something that needs to be served icy cold or piping hot. Emile Henry produces beautiful oven-to-table ceramic baking dishes (available at Pryde’s Kitchen and Home) that make anything you put in them look glorious. They bake evenly and clean up beautifully. You could offer to bring Ina Garten’s Potato-Fennel Gratin (email me!), then leave the baking dish behind for a hostess gift that will forever “spark joy.” If you are bringing something store-bought (perfectly acceptable), put it on a pretty platter or bowl with a fresh garnish like mint, Italian parsley or chopped chives. It’s less about what you’re serving and more about how it’s presented, so make it look beautiful! A MOST CORDIAL GUEST Or you could really be an angel and volunteer to bring a pre-dinner cocktail—something simple, mind you—then own the task of mixing it and serving it to guests. The negroni is popular, as are the gimlet and the Moscow mule. I would never say no to a homemade whiskey sour or a Campari spritz. (I have recipes for these drinks. All have only three ingredients. Just email me.) You’ll want to collaborate with your host about appropriate glassware for your chosen drink. Never show up late for a party where you are bringing the aperitif. It’s even ruder than showing up early, but that’s for another column. BE SNAPPY WITH THE APPIE Promptness is also important if you’re bringing an appetizer. When hostesses delegate a dish, it’s usually the starter. Spiced nuts are marvelously compact, and people gobble them up almost faster than you can refill them. I have some lovely recipes, yours for the asking. A cheese tray is another solid solution. Choose something sharp (like English cheddar), something creamy (like Camembert) and something funky (like Gorgonzola). You want plain, sturdy crackers—I like stoned-wheat crackers. And you want something sweet—such as dried apricots, grapes, or slices of apple or pear—to round things out. AN ASIDE ABOUT SIDES If you offer to bring a soup, salad, or side dish, it goes without
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to make—you don’t even use a tart pan. Best of all, it’s seasonal. It’s never a bad idea to bring a pie, tart, cobbler, or clafoutis made from whatever fruits are in season. In fact, almost any fresh fruit is delicious simply sliced or chopped, placed on a half-sheet, dusted cut-side up with sugar, popped into a 450 degree oven until caramelized, then spritzed with a little orange juice. But remember to do your chopping, slicing and oven-popping in your own kitchen, honey. Your hosts will adore you for it. THE BEAUTY OF THE GIGANTIC TOTE BAG To know me is to know I like smart-looking tote bags. I have them in a variety of sizes, including one large enough to hold a kindergartner. I find myself reaching for it whenever I am bringing a dish to a dinner party. It has a flat bottom, big enough to fit a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish and a bottle of wine and a little prezzie for the hosting unit. I can throw it over my shoulder, and still have my arms free for a hello hug. If you don’t have a gigantic tote bag, now you have a reason to go shopping.
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Sean O’Harrow THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE KEMPER MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART ANSWERS FOUR QUESTIONS
INKC: That’s quite an accolade! Can you
share some of your big dreams for Kemper Museum? O’Harrow: I believe that the world today is incredibly dynamic and exciting, and very different from only a few years ago. Communications, the internet, media, politics, so many aspects of our lives have changed and are continuing to change. I also believe that the arts play a key role in this fastpaced, constantly changing landscape, and institutions like the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art are at the epicenter of this energy. Add the fact that Kansas City is one of the great American cities critical to our country’s future development, and I feel this is an unbelievably exciting time to work here. In speaking with the museum board, staff, and citizens in Kansas City, I have learned that many people want this institution to be a catalyst for change and stewards of cutting-edge culture in the community, in the region, and in the country. People want energy, they want excitement, they want to expand their understanding of the world and of issues that are relevant to their lives and futures. They want an institution that brings people together, celebrates diversity, and at the same time
reminds us of our common humanity. And our museum is in a perfect position to do this for the people of Kansas City and beyond. INKC: You’ve been many places, but while at the University of Iowa Museum of Art you organized a worldwide tour of the work of American Abstract Expressionist artists, featuring Jackson Pollock’s Mural—his first commission from notable art patron Peggy Guggenheim. Mural is considered the “genesis” of modern American art, a movement brought about in part by the destruction of two World Wars. What are some of the influences on modern American art today? How does modern American art approach ideas differently than representational art? O’Harrow: I know that many people in Kansas City enjoyed visiting The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in 2017 to see Pollock’s Mural when it was part of Pollock and Motherwell: Legends of Abstract Expressionism; this was essentially the homecoming for this masterpiece at the end of the global tour. What Jackson Pollock, the artist, and Peggy Guggenheim, the art patron, helped initiate and develop was a uniquely American cultural movement that promoted artistic liberty and a vision of the future that was not necessarily beholden to the past. Their achievements set the tone for artists today, giving them the freedom to create whatever they want and to address whatever issues are important to them. By moving away from more representational approaches, the modern art movements in the U.S., such as Abstract Expressionism, were able to focus on ideas such as emotion, energy, action, multidimensionality, form, and change. The diverse nature of the American art scene today has added even more to this exciting mix, and this is exactly the sort of art that you find at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
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INKC: What do you look for in an artist’s
work before you decide to bring it to the museum for an exhibition? O’Harrow: All top museums operate very similarly, particularly when it comes to the logistics of presenting art exhibitions. The very first part of any conversation is about the public and what the audience wants and needs. What art and artists excite them? What will bring them to the museum? What art will expand their viewpoints and show them new ideas? INKC: How long is that process, from con-
sideration to opening night? Can you give readers a behind-the-scenes look? O’Harrow: Many exhibitions take years to develop because they involve research, working out hypotheses, making new discoveries, getting to know new artists and audiences, figuring out logistics such as how to move certain artwork, designing presentations, creating new programs and activities for the public, partnering with other organizations such as schools and other museums, raising the money to pay for all of this, etc. Putting on an art exhibition can be a very complicated endeavor, and I am excited to meet again after I start my new role for a more in-depth, back-of-the-house, behind-the-scenes tour of what goes into creating a great art exhibition at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. kemperart.org
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orn in France, raised in Hawaii, educated at both Harvard and Cambridge University in England, and once employed as a hedge fund and technology finance executive in London, Sean O’Harrow brings a very unique perspective to his new position as executive director at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. He comes to Kansas City from the Honolulu Museum of Art, trading surfboards for ice skates. Previously the director at the University of Iowa Museum of Art in Iowa City, he does know how cold it gets here—and decided to take this new post anyway. We like him already. So does Mary Kemper Wolf, chair of the museum’s Board of Trustees, who says, “Sean thinks creatively about how to do things differently in order to make a positive impact for institutions and their communities. He has the unique ability to dream big, thoughtfully assess risk, and make things happen.”
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SOAK UP THE BAROQUE THEY MIGHT HAVE had you at Free. Happy Hour
Concert. Or Baroque. But all three together make for a must-go Soak Up the Baroque experience on March 5 at 6 p.m. (remember, it’s Happy Hour) at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Go at 5 p.m. for a drink at the cash bar with a panoramic view of the city at Brandmeyer Great Hall. Then get ready for a spirited chamber music performance by the Kansas City Symphony of Bach’s woodwind quintet and Orchestra Suite No. 2 with its famous Badinerie, which brings to mind the requisite dance scenes in Jane Austen’s world. Afterwards, you might feel a minuet coming on. Tickets are free, but you must reserve. kauffmancenter.org
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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE WEREN’T WE just mentioning Jane Austen? (Soak up the Baroque at the Kauffman Center). Well, look who’s back. Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, she of the prejudice and he of the pride, return as starcrossed lovers in Kate Hamill’s broadly humorous interpretation hailed by some as a “postmodern spoof.” Hollywood studios, Masterpiece Theater, Broadway musicals, zombie and mystery writers, have all had their way with Jane Austen’s 1813 novel, and it has lived on to tell the tale. Hamill’s adaptation stays true to the work yet offers up plenty of theatrical surprises (especially for Austen aficionados expecting prim and proper behavior from her characters) and lots of sound effects. Pride and Prejudice opens March 22 at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. kcrep.org
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WHITNEY HOUSTON’S GREATEST HITS Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m.
Richard Carsey, guest conductor Amanda Cole, lead vocalist
Whitney Houston is the most-awarded female act of all time, having sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide. Her powerful voice touched our hearts and inspired our souls. Join the Kansas City Symphony and former En Vogue vocalist Amanda Cole for an evening of Whitney’s biggest hits, including “How Will I Know,” “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” “I Will Always Love You” and many more. Tickets from $40.
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Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. Best Availability Friday & Saturday, March 29-30 at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at 2 p.m. Ryan McAdams, guest conductor Jennifer Zetlan, soprano Nicholas Phan, tenor & Hugh Russell, baritone Kansas City Symphony Chorus Charles Bruffy, chorus director
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NELLY DON, THE MUSICAL WHO KNEW that everyday midwestern housedresses from the Great Depression could have such a scandalous backstory, well-suited to song and dance? On March 14 at MTH Theatre in Crown Center, the story of Nelly Don debuts as a musical for a limited run until March 17. Nell Donnelly Reed was an American success story. She overcame a poor childhood in Parsons, Kansas, to rise to wealth and prosperity as a businesswoman. She had a simple, yet genius idea for the time: Make women look pretty even when they are washing dishes. Thus, her line of best-selling housedresses was born. And then came her affair with a senator. In 1931, she was abducted, along with her chauffeur, and held for a hefty ransom. Did it all work out in the end? musicaltheatreheritage.com
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FLAMENCO THE THRUM OF THE GUITAR. The lilt of the violin. And then, the flourish of the dancer tapping out the compelling rhythm while swishing her flounced skirt. Born of gypsy, Jewish, Moorish, and Andalusian cultures, flamenco is centuries old yet continues to evolve, much like contemporary jazz. Political unrest, clashing cultures, and the war between the sexes color the performance, which is bold and soft, angry and wistful, all at once. On Thursday evening, March 14, an ensemble of flamenco aficionados join forces for Siento y Vivo Flamenco. Melinda Hedgecorth fine-tunes her dance style in the capitol of flamenco, Seville, Spain. Kansas Citian Beau Bledsoe, artistic director of Ensemble Ibérica, will transport us to Spain with his guitar. Kansas City native Coleen Dieker will capture the Romany lyricism on the violin; she is also known as the fiddler for local band Flannigan’s Right Hook. On percussion will be John Currey, whose performance credits also include the Kansas City Symphony and Cubanisms salsa band. 1900bldg.com
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WANT MORE TIMOTHY FINN? Check out his weekly online-only content at inkansascity.com. Every Wednesday the website publishes his list of Top 5 Notto-Miss Concerts in the metro. Every week you’ll find his revered, rollicking, reasoned reviews and commentary. Email Timothy Finn at firstname.lastname@example.org
What bands, singers or songs/albums first inspired you to pursue music as an endeavor? SE: Patsy Cline. I’d stand at the top of the stairs in our house when no one was home and belt songs at the top of my lungs. I wanted to be a country star when I was a kid, so much. We’d go to country concerts after a rodeo, and I’d sing so loud, hoping they could hear me from the stage. What and when were your first band/live performance experiences? SE: I joined a country band when I was about 10 or 11. Most of the folks in the band were in their 60s, and we played at nursing homes, craft fairs, tiny oprys in tiny towns. Before that, it was school talent shows and performances, and dance recitals. I loved being on stage.
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hay Estes has been singing to Kansas City since the turn of the millennium, going back to her days in rock bands, such as the Von Hodads and the Silver Shore. In 2004, her music focus took a precipitous turn. She took a gig that required her to sing outside her comfort zone, which eventually led her into the world of jazz. Since then Estes has performed with some of Kansas City’s best jazz ensembles and musicians. Among them: The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City, the Barclay Martin Ensemble, Arara Azul, Fado Novato, Shay Estes and Trio ALL, the Brad Cox Ensemble, and the Matt Otto Sextet. Estes recently answered questions from IN Kansas City about her early music influences (country was a big one), her evolution as a jazz singer, her immersion in Brazilian/Portuguese music, and her other love: animals (especially horses). What music do you remember first hearing?
The first time I met you and interviewed you, it was to write about a rock band you were in, the Von Hodads. What do you remember about those experiences and how did they prepare you for the vastly different music world that you pursued? SE: I think it got me past the strange fear of intimate performance. There is a comfortable barrier that exists in a large theater between the performer and the audience. They are seated away from you, and the lighting is typically such that you cannot see their faces—they are often strangers. You may never even see or speak to someone you perform for, so your ability to connect with them is based purely on what you give them onstage, and nothing more. There is also the separation of character. In playing a role, you’re somewhat protected from allowing someone to see or judge you. They can evaluate your performance or your skill, but your emotional self, your personality, your daily actions have little bearing on how they feel about your work. That is a part of you that can reveal itself as much as or as little as you choose. Playing small venues, you’re in touching distance of the audience, and you can see right into their faces. To take something you’ve created out of your heart and brain, stand in front of a roomful of your peers, and ask them not just to pay attention, but to like it, to like you in your most raw and real sense—that was one of the most terrifyingly vulnerable things I could’ve imagined. It still gives me little flutters sometimes, but I try to channel it into good performance energy.
Shay Estes: Everything. Old country, top 40, musicals, Great American
Songbook, and especially Bob Dylan. My dad loves Bob Dylan; we had so many Dylan records. My mom loved crooners, like Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Sinatra. She also loved old movie musicals.
What inspired you to turn to jazz as a vocalist and about when did that happen? SE: I can tell you exactly. It was spring of 2004. I got offered a really
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well-paying gig for the Von Hodads to open for a traveling burlesque troupe that was also touring with the Grand Marquis. I couldn’t pin all the members down about it, so I said, “Eff it. I’ll still take the gig.” [Mark] Southerland and I put together a book of standards, and I started looking for a piano player. I asked around for a player that was young, fun, not stuffy, could play his ass off, wouldn’t mind doing a cabaret-style gig, and liked to drink whiskey. About ten different people pointed me to Mark Lowrey. The Marks and I rehearsed for a month, played our 45-minute set on June 5th, and each made $500. After that, Lowrey asked if wanted to do more gigs together, and I thought, “Why not?” So we got some smaller gigs, then we got a monthly at Jardine’s, and it all kind of progressed organically from there.
me to Brad Cox, and that man changed my musical life. So much of who I am is because of those guys. What precipitated your enthrallment with Brazilian/Portuguese music? SE: I was loosely familiar with bossa nova and had certainly heard some of the classic Jobim recordings with Astrud Gilberto and Elis Regina. But it really happened when I saw a Djavan video on YouTube. I was researching music for an oceanthemed gig, and I stumbled across this video of a man I’d never heard, playing guitar and on stage by himself, and it was so haunting and beautiful. And everyone in this huge audience knew every word to the song, by a man I’d never even heard of, and I was smacked in the face by exactly how small my world-view was. So I learned that song, then I sort of fell down a rabbit hole. I was voraciously consuming every new artist and genre and album I could find, and I wanted to learn all of it.
What was the most difficult or intimidating part about navigating that transition? SE: It took me time to become comfortable with the improvisational nature of jazz. I was constantly worried about missing entrances or losing my place. I was so used to structured song form and length that I had to sing the song in my head while people soloed so I would know where in the form we were. I was also afraid of not being a competent musician in the genre. Most of the guys I played with had not only played jazz for years but had studied it in high school and college. We didn’t even listen to jazz in my house growing up. I don’t think I heard Ella Fitzgerald until I was 23. It’s an intimidating world to step into, and it can be a bit of a boys’ club at times. I just spent my first few years trying to keep my head above water.
Describe as pithily as you can the heart/ soul of that music. SE: Ha. Me, pithy. The vast majority of Brazilian musical styles derive from samba, and in the heart of samba is an understanding of the inherent cruelty and sorrow of living. Tristeza não tem fim Felicidade sim “Sorrow has no end; happiness does.” Basically, life sucks, we’re all poor, so let’s dance and make music and make love because it’s how we can make create enough moments of joy to keep moving through this life.
Who first helped, advised, and encouraged you during that time? SE: Mark Lowrey, Mark Southerland, and Jeff Harshbarger were the entire reason I was able to survive and thrive. My first quartet was with Lowrey, Jeff, and Mike Shanks, and we were together for years. Those guys held my hand and let me make all the mistakes without too much fear of judgment. It was a long time before I played with any other chordal players. Southerland was a mentor for me. He was a great sounding board and professionally pushed me again and again beyond my musical comfort zone. In 2007, he introduced
You married a drummer—and a Brazilian— Giuliano Mingucci. From the perspective of a singer, what are some of the traits of an elite drummer or percussionist? SE: Time. Time. Time. Time, feel, and groove. You can have fancy chops all day long, but if I don’t trust where your one is going to be or you’re not in the pocket, it’s just not going to soar or glide. There are definitely times where the feel can be loose and flexible, but as a general principle, solid time is so important. The drummers that really pay attention, keep the groove locked in tight, and give space for others to move are the ones who
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Behind the Music
make every else’s job so delightfully fun. Fortunately, we are spoiled for those kinds of drummers in this town. You are also an avowed lover of animals and an equestrian. What do you love most about horses? And what makes critters so indispensable to your life? SE: I bought my horse, AJ, when I was ten and he was five. I lost him a year ago in January, just shy of his 33rd birthday. Twenty-eight years is a long time to be together There’s a longevity to the human/horse relationship that doesn’t exist with many other domestic mammals, and the need for trust is so much greater because of what you are asking each other to do. In short, it’s a promise you make to one another. “If you keep me safe, I won’t ask you to do anything that won’t keep you safe. I will take care of you; please take care of me.” A bond like that maybe comes along once in a lifetime. Twice if you’re very lucky. You spend years building that relationship, learning how to tell tiny changes in the other by feel and energy alone. It’s hard to describe, but it’s very vulnerable and very empowering at the same time. As for other critters, dogs are essential. Dogs are as necessary as breathing. I feel like people either understand this or they don’t, so I don’t need to go into that.
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MATT CASTILLEJA AN APPRENTICESHIP WITH A MASTER WOODWORKER LED CASTILLEJA TO HIS DREAM CAREER
M PHOTO BY AARON LEIMKUEHLER
att Castilleja really, really wanted to learn furniture making. So much so, he volunteered for an unpaid internship with master woodworker David Polivka. Castilleja grew up on Kansas City’s Westside and attended UMKC, then MCC-BTC technical school for welding. Convinced his future was in woodworking, he approached Polivka. “The knowledge and experience was second to none,” Castilleja says. “They had a sterling relationship for building the highest quality casework and custom furniture available, and were unapologetic of the steep price tag that came along with it.” He spent his days in the shop absorbing everything he could learn and worked in bars at night. When Polivka decided to retire, he gifted Castilleja all the machinery and materials he’d collected over his career as compensation for four years of back pay. Now Castilleja is showing work in New York City at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, has clients in cities across the country, and is developing a signature line of furniture.
Matt’s essentials... DINNER OUT:
We like to keep it low key and usually head down to Lucky Boys in the West Bottoms. Their spicy chicken sandwich is what we’ve both professed would easily be our last meal if we had to choose. It’s that good.
I’m on a pét-nat wine kick right now, and thankfully there are plenty of local places to get my fix. The Campground, Tannin and Ça Va all have an amazing selection of pét-nat wines.
SPALTED MAPLE TABLE: One of my favorite piec-
es in the shop is a table we’ve designed for local art collectors. The top is a pair of large book-matched spalted maple slabs with an ebonized brass inlay. The base is composed of a trio of sculptural pedestals, milled and precision-shaped by hand. MOST ADMIRED KC ARTIST: Nick Cave is eas-
ily one of the leading artists to come out of KC whose work has received international acclaim. Seeing his work at the Nerman Museum and in private collections was even more profound after getting to tour his new studio in Chicago.
FAVORITE COFFEE SPOT:
Quay Coffee. It could be argued that based on my dollars spent, this River Market coffeehouse is by far my favorite local spot during the day. I spend a significant amount of time sketching or working on ideas. It helps to get out of the shop every once in a while. MARCH 2019
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Not enough people know about Kansas City’s amazing mountain-bike trails. In an otherwise very car-centric city, if you know where to look there are worldclass trails to ride within minutes from downtown and surrounding areas. The guys down at OneStar Bicycles can get you geared up.
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Tell Us What’s New at Ulah TWO YEARS IN, I CHAT WITH JOEY MENDEZ AND BUCK WIMBERLY ABOUT THEIR POPULAR MEN’S FASHION/LIFESTYLE SHOP AND GET THE LOWDOWN ON THE EXCITING THINGS HAPPENING
You guys enjoyed success with Ulah right off the bat. What aspects of your retail business have been the most fulfilling? Joey Mendez: It’s when we’re really helping someone with their style by
building their confidence, giving them tips—even helping them find the perfect gift. When a customer leaves excited, it pushes me to make Ulah better. Buck Wimberly: I love building relationships with our clients. The best reward is when they tell us we’ve made a difference in their lives in some way. It’s easy to think that helping people with their style is just catering to some form of vanity. But when I think about how much time we spend wearing clothes and the amount of time we spend in our homes, I see opportunities to positively impact the way we feel about ourselves every day.
You’ve got some exciting news. JM: Yes, we’re so honored to be part of a few upcoming Queer Eye epi-
sodes. What they do is so inspiring, and it was such a fun experience while they were in Kansas City.
Above: Buck Wimberly and Joey Mendez
BW: I’m excited to announce the expansion of our interior business. We’ll be launching Ulah Interiors + Design by May, with our office in a live/ work unit in Woodside Village across from our shop. I’ll be expanding on our custom furniture, as well as offering full interior-design services.
Please explain the different roles you each play in the business.
Hamadryas brass planter, $80
JM: We’re both a part of all the big decision making, but I’m in charge Timex / Todd Snyder Watch Military Box Set, $148 Spitﬁre sunglasses. $45
of managing the apparel, accessories, and gifts while Buck is in charge of the marketing, social media, all of our home products, and the growing interior-design business. BW: It’s such an advantage to have each other and to collaborate on ev-
erything. We work hard to keep a balance and understanding and respecting each other’s strengths while remembering that Ulah, as we know it, couldn’t be what it is without both of us. Why should anyone who’s never been to Ulah come visit you? JM: We’ve worked really hard curating the best products out there for the life of the modern man—from activewear, denim/casual, and suiting, to gifts and home furnishings. We’re also continually expanding what we offer, both in-store and online.
Sunkissed Earth matte jasper bracelet, $48
Nifty Genius hooded poncho, $145
BW: We also want to make shopping social again, and create a friendly, engaging environment where our clients can stop in and chat, explore the store, and hopefully leave inspired and more confident than when they walked in. By the way, even though our industry still refers to our apparel as “men’s,” we don’t care what gender a client is or identifies with. Everyone is welcome. | 56 | INKANSASCITY.COM
Men’s Edition BITCHSTIX ALTHOUGH of at first glance I was repelled by its name, I was interested to see what attracted our friends at The General Store + Co. to carry this lip balm. As it turns out, BitchStix is a healing, soothing balm using all-natural ingredients, essential oils, and SPF 30. But more importantly, the name subverts the oppressive, reappropriated meaning of the word bitch into an opportunity to empower. BitchStix allows retailers to make a local impact by having proceeds go toward helping survivors of domestic abuse through local sexual assault prevention programs. generalstorekc.com BitchStix lip
K.C. BEARD CO. FOR MIKE LOCKHART, K.C. Beard Co.
V76 by Vaughn Brightening Shampoo for silvering hair, $19
is a much sought-after brand created by Vaughn Acord, a longtime men’s grooming expert who has worked on sets with photographer greats, such as Herb Ritts and Annie Leibovitz. Acord knows his stuff when it comes to clean, effective products and holistic style advice for men. Its informative website imparts Vaughn’s philosophy about classic style, individuality, and embracing aging. Bijin Salon in the Prairie Village Shops carries a broad selection of V76 by Vaughn products, including an effective Brightening Shampoo for silvering hair. v76.com
K.C.Beard Co. Cannibeard Oil, $22.50
founder, it was 2014 when “no-shave November” turned into “itchy-flakey December.” He set out to research and handcraft his own organic beard oil because there were none on the local market that worked well for him. Since then, he’s grown his business by partnering with Lance Twidwell, an appropriately full-bearded spokesman for the brand, and the company is constantly expanding with new products, including the latest, Cannibeard Oil, made with hemp, jojoba, sweet almond, and argan oils and scented with earthy sandalwood, patchouli, geranium, and orange. “It offers a high-quality hydrating punch that almost feels illegal,” says Lockhart. modernmansupplyco.com
ULAH PRAIRIE Ulah Prairie Eau de Parfum, $90
ULAH’S locally made apothecary line, Prairie, is inspired by the Wild West
and the native prairies of Kansas. Included in the line of gels, balms, soaps, lotions, oils, and candles is the light Eau de Parfum with woody notes of cedar, papyrus, and sandalwood mixed with cardamom, iris, and ambrox, then balanced with the masculine scents of leather and musk. ulahkc.com
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Creating Old-World Elegance With European Flair
arin Ross is a perfectionist with an eye for detail. It’s served her well as an interior designer and owner/CEO of Karin Ross Designs. She’s been reinventing and reimagining homes in the metro for over 20 years. Ross knows the importance of taking a design all the way from the initial, creative stage all the way to installation. In fact, it’s her claim to fame. “There are a lot of interior designers who provide you with help in selecting items for the remodel, layout and so on, but when you take that information to the contractor, there can be problems,” says Ross. “In this company, we have an interior designer in the installation crew. It’s a huge benefit for potential clients. They’re assured the perfect layout
and that whatever is promised will work in the field.” It helps that Ross’ husband, Nick—who is a general contractor—is her right-hand man. The husband/wife team ensures an unstoppable one-two punch of creative vision and follow-through. “We’re always there so that any questions are answered or concerns are addressed,” says Ross. “Once it is installation time, it’s a no-stress process. It’s just time to go.” What else sets Ross’ designs apart? Her telltale style, which she calls “European transitional.” “I like clear, clean lines that embrace OldWorld elegance, but whisper today’s tendencies and trends in design,” says Ross. Born in Belgium, Ross studied design in both Italy and Belgium, where she honed her skills. Her flair for creating Euro-centric spaces are well-known throughout the Midwest. Dare we say, it’s her other claim to fame. “Even though I am familiar with other styles, I believe in this one,” says Ross. Obviously, her team is doing something right. Ross and her husband’s designs have been featured everywhere from HGTV to HBA to Dwell Magazine. Her motto? She likes a “fresher approach of open space, resolving clutter, resolving storage with fresh colors and new materials,” says Ross. “Oh, and maintenance-free.” She’ll often team up with her husband to incorporate new technologies in her design—such as hidden LED lights nestled under cabinets. We asked Ross to give us her favorite looks for next year and beyond. She was quick to point out some eye-catching new cabinets you’re going to covet. “Off-white will play strong. Instead of Shaker-style, clients will enjoy a more updated Shaker that has trim on the bottom of the doors and glazing highlights to give the cabinet texture,” says Ross. She says to check out the Mallory door, which offers a rich, clean, modern appearance. “Glaze is gone and we have
more of a natural look here. We focus on the highlights of the door,” says Ross. Ross’ clients love the hominess and mystique of the cabinets, which are moderately priced. “People want to wait to spend money—so they get what they really want or what they’ve been dreaming of,” says Ross. Next up—when it comes to backsplash, turns out bigger is better. “No more mosaics. They’re out. Now the drama is being created between the color of the tile and the grout,” says Ross. She then unveiled an enormous one-piece backsplash that has been catching clients’ eyes. Even more impressive? “I have done about 30 kitchens and about 12 featured the same countertop as the backsplash. Everything was the marble look—white and gray with occasional sparkle. That’s gone. No more. Now we’re going back to colors. Now you have a more distinguished battle between gray and beige.” You heard it here first—“greige” is the new color for 2019. “We’ve seen the marriage of the two— nothing is no longer fully gray or fully beige,” says Ross. And when it comes to walls, “Blue is starting to make a big comeback. Pastel blue. Red—any red—is out. Think sand, water, ocean.” She knows what looks good and how to steer her clients in the right direction. Sometimes though, her clients come up with ideas and Ross will run with it. It’s the best of both worlds. “Trends are created by the requests of what people want. Trends are then guided by our knowledge,” says Ross. karinrossdesigns.com PRESENTED BY
Porter Teleo Moves to New Digs in Crossroads BY PATRICIA O’DELL
PHOTO BY JULIA LYNN
Porter Teleo, Kansas City’s hometown, highend line of fabric and wallpaper, moves to a new location in the Crossroads, we catch up on what prompted the move and what else is new with founders Kelly Porter and Bridgett Cochran.
You’ve been in a relatively small space in Merriam for years and I had the feeling you liked the anonymity. What prompted the move? Bridgett: We were packed so tightly in our Merriam studio space that by the time we moved it was absolutely necessary to find a new home. Kelly and I looked for a solid two years. When we walked into our new space, we both knew immediately that it was perfect for what we
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needed. And while there were pros to being tucked away in an obscure location, there are major pros to being in the middle of some of the most exciting things going on in this city. For example, swapping Chili’s for Parlor as our lunch spot. No brainer.
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How do you divvy up the business? And have your roles and responsibilities changed since you launched? Kelly: We really overlap on everything. We are both creatives in the business, doing design work and artwork, and we both also drive the sales, marketing, and other entrepreneurial direction we need to always be focusing on. The innovation in building a business and keeping it successfully operating requires just as much creativity as the design work does. It’s funny, as people do not always realize that. Crossroads is a both lively and visible. Do you have plans for a showroom that is open to the public? Or for retail? Bridgett: We do not have any plans to have a Kansas City-based showroom. We have beautiful showrooms all over the country and we intend to leave displaying the entire line to them. But we see opportunities for pop-up shops where fans of the line can dig into the hundreds of archives we have and pick their favorite or look through our seconds and get an amazing deal on some of our hand-painted papers. We are excited about our recently launched line of pillows and table linens, framed artwork, and giftware for the home. Those are always available to retail customers via our online store. Your work is art. Will you participate in First Fridays? Kelly: Yes, we’ll participate in First Fridays in some capacity. We have a very unique e-commerce boutique called porterteleo-studio. com, where we sell archives of our pattern development and the paintings that are results of the processes we use in strike-offs and color testing. We are planning on showing and selling these at First Friday events in the future. We have an additional 3,000-square-foot open studio space as well that can be rented for First Fridays events, photo shoots, or gallery openings.
We are working with some of Kansas City’s real estate agents to keep you in the know on some of the most exciting houses on the market.
Check it out at inkansascity.com/home-design/real-estate
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IN KC by patricia o’dell
Kasler in Kansas City
tlanta-based and nationally known designer Suzanne Kasler will be in Kansas City visiting with local designers about fabric, lighting, and the joys of decorating. We caught up with Kasler in anticipation of her visit. Just like her rooms, she is thoughtful, relaxed, and charming. In your latest book, Sophisticated Simplicity, you mention constantly moving to accommodate your father’s military career and the stability and continuity of your annual visits to your grandparents’ house in Indiana. Did these contrasting views of home influence your decision to be a designer? My grandmother made quilts and took me to see other artisans and her local antique shops. She had beautiful china and glassware. Going back to that place anchored me and certainly has something to do with my love of houses. Did you have a particular designer who inspired you when you were young? Actually, my high school boyfriend wanted to be an architect and his passion for architecture was
an influence on my going to design school. Once I was there, I knew it was where I should be. In college I became aware of John Saladino’s work. I have always been inspired by his European influence combined with modern pieces. I still love his furniture collection. What do you think is the most common mistake people make when decorating their own homes? Composition. People have a tendency to look at individual pieces and don’t consider the composition of the room. The eye needs a place to rest. If everything is special that can’t happen. You have an established aesthetic. Do you ever struggle with new clients wanting something that you’ve done before? People used to come to us with tear sheet files. Now they come with Pinterest boards. Either way, we encourage this. We want to see what they put together—they don’t need to understand why. Then we design the house that is going to work for them. While most of your rooms rely on under-
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stated palettes, suddenly there will be apple green, or a bold blue or that fantastic pink lacquer bar. How do you choose when to pop? It’s great to use a color strategically—maybe something that’s shown up more subtly somewhere else in the house—in a dining room, hallway, or bar. I love to have that bit of surprise. You create product for high-end lines such as Lee Jofa and Visual Comfort, as well as more approachable product for Ballard Design. Obviously, you’re comfortable with a high/low mix. Thoughts on where to splurge and where a great look is good enough? Just as fashion has evolved to allow a mix of couture with a casual T-shirt, so has interior design. You should incorporate your own personal style and personality. We often look to our clients to bring their own style into their homes, no matter the cost. Suzanne Kasler will be in Kansas City March 13 for the Spring Market & Book Signing at KDR Designer Showrooms in Lenexa. The event is open to trade professionals. kdrshowrooms.com/events
KC Makers MRS. BLANDINGS STITCHES Local writer and sometimes blogger Patricia O’Dell (who also scribbles on these pages) has launched a line of needlepoint canvases. Drawing from her love of art and design, O’Dell reimagines Japanese paintings from the Nelson-Atkins, playing cards, and images from vintage design magazines to create fresh—but timeless—pillows, clutches, and coasters. “I’ve been stitching for more than 25 years. I love the product, but I also love the process. It’s its own kind of meditation,” she says. Mrs. Blandings’ designs are available at shop.mrsblandings.com/needlepoint and KC Needlepoint in Waldo.
BLUE MOON Kansas City-born artist Brady Legler works in a range of media. His paintings hang in homes of collectors near and far, his jewelry adorns the ears, ﬁngers and necks of stylish women coast to coast. But sometimes he gets walked all over. Legler’s rugs bring a jolt of energy to any room. Sea Spray incorporates a big dose of blue, a color that Legler wears daily. It brings new dimension to the term living room. Legler’s jewelry is available at Tivol. His rugs are available at The Rug Studio in Overland Park and bradylegler.com. His paintings are available at Eva Reynolds Fine Arts.
BLOOM X 2 No one deserves to celebrate warming temperatures more than Kansas Citians. Bring a bit of perpetual spring to your space with sculptor Tom Corbin’s Fleur Double sconce and enjoy beautiful blooms year-around. corbinbronze.com
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Made in Kansas City Sandlot Goods canvas tote, $80.
Hand-poured soy based Lake Candle, $29.
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Y Above top: Wear your KC love. Above middle, left to right: Kansas City’s own barbecue sauces, jewelry, and toiletries. Above: Great gift shopping. Left: Geodesic fruit bowl by Convivial.
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ou can’t get any more hyperlocal than a shop with the moniker of Made in KC. From its first location in Prairiefire to its larger Made in KC Marketplace on the Country Club Plaza (which also includes a cafe and bar), the now six locations are built around one big idea: to provide local Kansas City artists and makers a platform to reach as broad an audience as possible. Products for the shops are curated from hundreds of submissions from local artists, designers, and makers. It’s an innovative way to give local brands wider access to potential customers. In the Corinth Square shop featured here, you can shop from the wide variety of products available, and the staff is able to assemble gift baskets for individual or corporate use. “With work from over 300 creatives, there’s something for everyone,” says Keith Bradley, managing partner of Made in KC. madeinkc.co
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Everyone Needs Momentum In Their Life A HEALTH MANAGEMENT STORE, THE FIRST OF IT’S KIND IN KC, TAKES A UNIQUE APPROACH BY FEATURING INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS
Left: Bioskin products provide medical grade support for recovery, prevention, and performance enhancement. Right: Pride Mobility Lift Chairs are stylishly comfortable with industry best features.
Left: Contour Products CPAP Pillow aids in restful sleep and CPAP compliancet. Right: OxyGo Fit Portable Concentrator provides hours of oxygen in a compact and lightweight unit.
et’s face it—getting out of bed some days is harder than others. Whether you’re suffering from workout fatigue, aches and pains associated with middle-age, or dealing with debilitating illness or disease; finding the products that can improve the quality of life are not easy to locate. Or at least that was the case until Momentum entered the Kansas City picture. Founded by Gerald Sloan, a Home Medical Industry Professional with over 25 years’ experience in the health care arena, Momentum is Kansas City’s first Health Management Store. So what is a Health Management Store? “A Health Management Store is a concept that addresses the ever increasing complexity of dealing with medical issues at home,” Sloan says. “The home medical equipment industry has incredible, life-changing products but the average person doesn’t have a clue where to get these items.”
Comfort meets style with Momentum’s selection of orthotic shoes, sandals, slippers, and more supportive footwear by Vionic.
Momentum is located in the Westport area situated between St. Luke’s Hospital and The University of Kansas Medical Complex. It has products ranging from kinesiology tape, and other exercise pain reducers to lift and massage chairs for people struggling with mobility. “While you can find a few of these devices and products at a traditional pharmacy or medical equipment store, what makes Momentum special is we can get to the root of your problem and perhaps solve it in ways that are less intrusive and more holistic using innovative products,”says Sloan. Sloan loves to share the story of this sort of approach when explaining how he improved his father’s sleep. “My dad is a CPAP user at night. He struggled to maintain compliance because the mask he wore would shift when he rolled over causing him to wake up,” says Sloan. “I gave him a pillow specifically designed for CPAP wearers and he called the next day to enPRESENTED BY MOMENTUM
thusiastically thank me for his first full night’s sleep in years.” The question Sloan’s father asked, and Sloan is certain that many others wonder is, “why didn’t he know about this pillow when he was given a CPAP?” “The U.S. medical industry is complex and fragmented. There aren’t many resources to help people connect the dots of their health care once they leave the physician’s office or hospital, says Sloan. “That is what Momentum is created to do.” Momentum is a place where people can get answers to their home medical needs. As Sloan puts it, “We want our customers leaving here exclaiming, ‘I didn’t know there was such a thing for me!’” For more information about MOMENTUM, call 816.599.7001. Or, visit MOMENTUM, 601 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111. shop-momentum.com
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City Hall’s observation deck was the perfect spot for a Kansas City-centric selfie.
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f there’s a cure for our obsession with the Fab Five, we don’t want it. For five months last summer and fall, the stars of Netflix’s hit reality show, Queer Eye, called Kansas City home. The sultans of style and sass charmed their way into local hearts as they filmed Season 3 and 4 downtown and around the metro. In this exclusive interview with IN Kansas City while on location in Japan, Tan, Jonathan, Karamo, Bobby, and Antoni opened up about the City of Fountains—what they crushed on, and what advice they would offer if Kansas City were the “hero” of one of their shows. The new episodes drop March 15 on Netflix.
Tan France, Fashion your pocket book and maybe your hair over time.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in South Yorkshire in the U.K.
What local salon or stylist do you think is rocking it and why? Major shout-out to the incredible team at Skyline Downtown Salon, especially Tippy Shorter. The entire team was amazing, so professional and awesome.
Where is home now? I have a lovely home in Salt Lake City with my husband. After filming Season 1 and 2 in hot and humid Atlanta, how did you find the weather in Kansas City? It was equally hot and humid in Kansas City. I truly did not notice the difference between the two.. Which Kansas City clothing brand or store stole your heart? I absolutely loved Baldwin. We found some of the fashions for our heroes there and it was great to work with a local company. What clothing choice do men in Kansas City need to part ways with? Same as most of the U.S.: Old, tired plaid! If Kansas City as a city were the hero in one of your episodes, how would you make her better? I actually loved Kansas City. I don’t want to change it. We already have a New York, an L.A., a Chicago, etc. Kansas City should continue to be its unique self.
Jonathan Van Ness, Grooming Where did you grow up? I grew up in Quincy, Illinois, just a few a hours away from Kansas City.
Beards continue to be popular. Are there some faces that look better clean shaven and how can guys tell? Any man, regardless of face shape, can carry a full gorgeous beard if that’s what they want. But boys, those beards require some TLC. Make sure you trim and use a beard balm. Keep it looking fresh! If Kansas City as a city were the hero in one of your episodes, how would you make her better? Kansas City. Girl, listen. You’re stunning, but you need an upgrade on your airport. You’re major now, so it’s time for a truly international airport to befit the queen that you are.
I actually loved Kansas City. I don’t want to change it. We already have a New York, an L.A., a Chicago, etc. Kansas
Karamo Brown, Culture Where did you grow up? I was born in Houston, Texas, and moved to Parkland, Florida, after my parents divorced. Where do you live now? I live in Los Angeles with my fiancé, Ian, and my sons.
Your show has dealt openly with race. What struck you about African-American culture and social life in Kansas City? to be its unique self. I think that African American and Latino cultures Where do you live now? in Kansas City are thriving. There are many diverse I live in New York City with my precious little —Tan France cultures in the city and I found that, regardless of kitties. where we were around the city, people were universally open and wanting to share parts of their stories Did any grooming trends or styles you saw in with us. I also appreciated that many of them who Kansas City surprise you? haven’t spent much time interacting with communiI’m only from a few hours away, so I sorta already ties of color were open to learning more about those experiences as well. knew what I was getting into. Though I will say, after spending months in the city, there are a lot of really talented colorists and stylists here. What hangout spot felt like a warm hug after a long day of There is a more skilled beauty industry in Kansas City than I thought shooting? there would be before I got here. I loved hanging out in the 18th and Vine area. It felt great to experience Kansas City’s black-owned businesses and see how the area is so welcoming to all. What men’s hair style in Kansas City needs to go away? This is worldwide and for men and women: having so many all-over As a psychotherapist, what differences did you observe in how hair colors that are high maintenance. Like for those people that are Midwesterners in Kansas City interact with celebrities and each like, “ have a few gray hairs,” then have every head on their head colored, other compared to your experience in Atlanta? it’s just not necessary. Color that takes a lot of maintenance will hurt
City should continue
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The guys celebrated Karamo’s birthday while riding the streetcar.
In Season 3, you added more women to the mix. What are the issues that you see frequently weighing on women, holding them back? The definition of what femininity is was a big issue for women. The pressure that comes with being defined as either too strong or too soft, mixed with just trying to live your authentic self and feel seen, was also an issue. I hope and believe we helped our heroes gain perspective on how they can be their own “Prince Charming” and sometimes a “damsel in distress” and that doesn’t make them any less feminine.
I loved hanging out in the 18th and Vine area. It felt great to experience Kansas City’s black-owned businesses and see
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how the area is so welcoming to all. —Karamo Brown
What about men—what is frequently the source of their inner struggle? For the majority of the men that we encountered, it was a fear of being able to express their emotions. Men aren’t given the space to talk about their emotions and what they’re going through.
When we filmed in Atlanta the show hadn’t debuted, so we moved about the city pretty unnoticed. Filming now in Kansas City, people have seen the show and gotten to know the Fab Five, so I absolutely think there’s a difference in how often people approach us. Unrelated to celebrities, one thing I did observe about people in KC is that the heroes we worked with were fully open to grow and learn about their mental health. When you create a space that allows people to know that they can focus on their mental health, they jump at the opportunity.
Bobby Berk, Design You grew up in rural Missouri. Where exactly, and what kind of place was it? I grew up in Mount Vernon, Missouri. It was a difficult place to live. It
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Butcher, Baker, Farmer, Maker OUR 20 FAVORITE
MADE IN KANSAS CITY
FOR A LONG TIME, we were in the throes of the restaurateur’s signature salad dressing—think Wishbone—or a grand champion’s barbecue sauce and not-so-secret rub or an iconic Italian family’s sugo. We spiced up our tacos and chili with Williams Seasonings. Now we’re in the age of the maker, when farm products and artisanal seasonings take on a new luster. We go seed to sip, farm to table. We’ve chosen 20 well-known and not-so-well-known Kansas City-made products that are great to have on hand
or give as gifts. How many
have you tried?
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At the Breakfast Table
By the Water Cooler
HUGO TEA COMPANY
COMMON DESCENT PROVISIONS
Rise and shine and put the kettle on. Founder Tyler Beckett loves tea so much, he wanted the best he could find. Single origin from tea plantations in China. Masterfully crafted. Sustainable and organic. “Tea is better for you,” he says. “And it’s better for the environment. And it’s better for your wallet.” And maybe it’s better for your breakfast table. Choose from loose-leaf White Cloud White Tea, 100 Year Old Black Tea, and more. Their matcha green tea tastes “fresh and grassy.” hugotea.com
Move over Tabasco and make room for Chris Bengstrom’s line of gourmet hot sauces. Inspired by a Zombie cocktail he enjoyed in New Orleans, Bengstrom had an ‘I just have to make this’ moment. That’s when his Zombie Blaster Hot Sauce was born “with blackened chilies, burnt invert sugar, marshmallow fluff, grenadine, cinnamon, lime, and tomato sauce for a bit of body,” he says. Every hot sauce should taste great on chicken, he says, but he adds Habanero-Curry Hot Sauce to venison pumpkin stew or finishes bowls of creamed asparagus soup with a drizzle of Tahini-Lime-Ghost Pepper Sauce. commondescentprovisions.com
HELGA FINE FOODS PANCAKE PANCAKE
She could be the sweet, yet hot Nordic lass of your dreams. Hot Helga Nordic Mustard can heat up everything from a ham sandwich to a cheeseboard. Formerly a meteorologist, Noreen Schwein recently developed the recipe and started her Lenexa-based company. Her newest product? Smokin’ Hot Helga Nordic Mustard. How much hotter can Helga get? We’ll see. helgaﬁnefoods.com
As in “I want more,” prompted Volker neighborhood friends Nate Olson and Jason Carrigan to make their own line of pancake mixes. “We felt like nobody was doing gourmet pancakes for the foodies out there,” says Olson, “so we rolled up our sleeves and started experimenting. What came were four products that are so flavorful and delicious they don’t need syrup. Instead we encourage our customers to use the recipes on the back that suggest seasonal fruits, nuts, zest, or honey (to remain in line with the foodie in us all).” pancakepancake.com
TASTY THAI HOT SAUCE Marisa Wiruhayarn owns Tasty Thai in north Kansas City, which boasts the best Pad Ki Mao in the area. Like her customers, Wiruhayarn likes nothing better than a good slug of a tasty sauce to liven up a hot soup or noodle bowl. She bottles and sells her signature Primal Cry Hot Sauce and Primal Cry Sweet Peanut Sauce. kctastythai.com
SAP BOURBON BARRELAGED MAPLE SYRUP ZIM’S
Says Kansas City owner Abigail Whited, “Sap is a bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup that I make and bottle by hand with my buddy. We use bourbon barrels from a local KC distillery, and have one hell of a good time with it.” Drizzled over pancakes, stirred into a cocktail, or spooned over sweet potatoes or baked apples, this stuff is amazing. sap-syrup.com
No, we’re not talking Zim, the editor of this magazine, but Todd Zimmer, self-styled Scoville Dictator and stirrer-in-chief of this hot-sauce brand. Growing up in Buffalo, New York, Zimmer was first drawn to Buffalo Mild Hot Sauce for—you guessed it—Buffalo wings. But after he moved to Kansas City in 1997, he ramped up the heat to Kiksas Hot Sauce and Nuksas Hot Sauce. zims-sauces.com
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In the Pantry BORGMAN’S FARMSTEAD DAIRY SAVORY ADDICTIONS
In Holden, Missouri, just north of Kansas City, Janet Smith’s 200 registered Alpine goats frolic on a farmstead established by Smith’s grandmother in 1935. Each goat produces about one gallon of milk per day, with time off in December until the does kid again in February. Besides fresh goat’s milk, the farm produces Goat’s Milk Caramel, a traditional caramel in two flavors, Salted and Bourbon. It’s delicious, warmed, over ice cream or just by the spoonful. borgmansdairyfarm.com
Kansas Citians Craig and Gay Jones operate Savory Addictions Gourmet Nuts. They use their knowledge of barbecue and live-fire cooking to smoke whole almonds, cashews, and pecans seasoned with a special blend. Other makers of smoked nuts use liquid smoke or other smoke products for flavor, not live fire and real woods, such as hickory and fruitwood. But, hey, this is Kansas City we’re talkin’ about. We don’t do fake smoke. These smoked nuts are delicious with beer or your favorite craft cocktail or as a stand-alone snack. savoryaddictions.com
BOYS GROW Can inner-city youth find health, mentorship, and happiness on an urban farm? The answer is a resounding Yes. From seed to sale, boys in the program plant, grow, cultivate, harvest, make, and market their own products. Their food ventures started in 2011 with Salsa Orgullo made from the tomatoes they grew. Now they’ve added Boys Grow Jalapeno Honey Mustard. boysgrow.com
VAIN FOODS Basic vanilla is oh, so not just that. Like coffee, vanilla beans take on the taste of terroir, with flavors more floral, voluptuous, or citrusy depending on where they’re grown. Kansas Citians Kate Banks and Charlie Hammond infuse signature vanilla extracts that make this flavor intriguing again. A vanilla bean needs to steep in alcohol to release its flavor, so Vain’s extracts name the origin of the vanilla bean and the spirit: Madagascar Vanilla in Vodka, Tonga Vanilla in Apple Brandy, Tahitian Vanilla Extracted in Cane Rum, or Uganda Vanilla Extracted in Kentucky Bourbon. Their coffee drops, liquid flavor by the dropper-full, add flavor to drinks. vainfoods.com
DRAGONFLY GOURMET FOODS When you combine grandma’s summer canning with Le Cordon Bleu culinary training, you get Krista Koetting’s fine preserved products, which she makes with the help of husband, Quinten Koetting, in Olathe. Their small-batch offerings include a delectable marinara sauce, bread-and-butter pickles, and dill pickles. dragonﬂygourmetfoods.com
KANSAS CITY CANNING CO. WOOD + SALT
Tim and Laura Tuohy set up shop in the East Bottoms for their “modern approach to the craft of food preservation,” they say. They have resurrected the shrub—a tart bottled beverage from 17th-century England—with contemporary flavors including Meyer lemon and lavender, smoked spiced pear, and blood orange ginger, perfect for a gin or vodka cocktail. It recently won a Good Foods Award. Their Sriracha-Pickled Green Beans or Charred and Pickled Shishito Peppers are good for snacking. Preserves such as their Clementine-Thyme Marmalade go savory as a meat glaze or sweet as a cake filling. kansascitycanningco.com
Brother and sister duo Ben Anthony and Jess Anthony take their seasonings seriously. In addition to Tank 7 Sea Salt, a collaboration with Boulevard Brewery, they offers many smoked products including Tellicherry Rye Peppercorns, soaked in rye whiskey and then smoked over pecan wood, Winter Smoked Sea Salt, smoked over smoldering cinnamon sticks, Lavender Smoked White Peppercorns, Merlot Salt, and other flavorings too good to miss. haywheel.com/vendor/wood-and-salt
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On the Bar Cart
BOOZY BOTANICALS TILL VODKA
A craft cocktail needs a signature simple syrup to go with a locally produced spirit. Enter Cheryl Bisbee, who quit her corporate job at H & R Block to create a line of gourmet syrups that includes Vanilla Allspice, Rosemary Mint, Ginger Hibiscus, and Lavender Earl Grey. These syrups are also great in a signature mocktail like a summery lemonade or drizzled over pound cake. boozybotanicals.com
MGP Ingredients has been storing and milling grains in Atchison since 1941. But distilling vodka is relatively new. Traditionally in Poland and Russia, vodka is distilled from potatoes and cereal grains. In the Great Plains, we go for wheat, which creates a unique spirit. A 2018 Tasting Panel sampled TILL Vodka, noting its “creaminess” and “grainy, wheatbread scent.” tillvodka.com
LIFTED SPIRITS T TOM’S TOWN DISTILLING COMPANY
Founders Kyle Claypool and Michael Stuckey distill craft spirits in a former stable used by Smith Brothers Steam Bakery downtown, blending OldWorld techniques and local flavors, all with an eye toward creating convivial gatherings. Their Wheat Whiskey is made from red winter wheat grown in Wellsville, Kansas. They’re also known for their Bright Gin flavored with botanicals that includes the usual juniper berries plus coriander, chamomile, elderberry, and hibiscus. Absinthe and vodka round out their offerings. liftedspiritskc.com
Nothing like getting the party started with a rootin’ tootin’ salute to Tom Pendergast, the Kansas City political boss who famously flouted Prohibition. Kansas City natives David Apstein and Steve Revare have returned to Tom’s town to distill their unique takes on gin, bourbon, and vodka. They won Best Craft Vodka Distillery in the 2017 USA Today Reader’s Choice Awards. toms-town.com
UNION HORSE DISTILLING CO. The company regards itself as a “homegrown family business,” says general manager Eric Garcia. Everything from milling grains to barreling and bottling happens at their Lenexa location, which is also popular for wedding receptions. They distill Rye Bourbon, Four-Grain Whiskey, Long Shot White Whiskey, and vodka. Wine Enthusiast recently gave their Reserve Straight Bourbon 92 out of 100 stars. unionhorse.com
J. RIEGER & CO. Launched in 1887 and closed in 1919 due to Prohibition, the new J. Rieger & Co. was the first legal distillery to reopen in 2014, thanks to Andy Rieger and craft-cocktail guru Ryan Maybee. They create Kansas City Whiskey, Caffe Amaro, Midwestern Dry Gin, Premium Wheat Vodka, and specialty releases such as the intriguing Left for Dead, each batch distilled from the bottom of a different Boulevard Beer barrel, so each bottling is different. jriegerco.com
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Fashion Takes Flight
BLOOM AIR, THE KC CARE HEALTH CENTER’S FUN FUNDRAISING GALA, TRAVELS BACK TO THE GOLDEN AGE OF FLYING THIS APRIL 13. WONDERING WHAT TO WEAR? WE’RE PACKING YOUR BAGS WITH LOVELY LOOKS FOR BOTH HIM AND HER
LEAVING ON A JET PLANE On her: Emerson Fry dress, $238; Minoux earrings, $128. Both from Floc5 (Crossroads). On him: J. Lindeberg jacket, $595; pants, $240; Mizzen + Main shirt, $125; Dibi tie, $45. All from Ulah (Westwood).
FLIGHT OF FANCY Drew top, $180; split-leg pants, $198; Foil earrings, $195; Jeffrey Campbell booties, $125. All from Alysa Rene Boutique (Park Place).
Ron Berg Arlen Wickstrum Flock Salon and Gallery makeup by Nick Jenkins Flock Salon and Gallery shot on location at the Airline History Museum airlinehistory.org photos by hair by
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COME FLY WITH ME On her: Jude Connally dress, $298; Lordane necklace, $165. Both from Miriam Garvey (Fairway Shops). Franco Sarto pumps, $89; from Halls Kansas City (Crown Center). On him: Houndstooth private-label suit, $650; Canclini shirt, $145, Houndstooth Italian-silk tie, $79; Loake 1880 cap-toe shoes, $350. All from Houndstooth (River Market).
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UP AND AWAY On her: Alembika top, $192; Joseph Ribkoff skirt, $139; Claudia Lobao earrings, $124. All from EJâ€™s Boutique (Hawthorne Plaza). On him: Paolini custom suit, $1,500; shirt, $225; Geoff Nicholson tie, $95. All from Paolini Garment Company (Prairie Village).
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JET SETTERS On her: Etro 44 dress, $1,996; BaubleBar earrings, $38; Gucci pumps, $890. All from Halls Kansas City (Crown Center).On him: Canali blazer, $1,995; Ermenegildo Zegna trousers, $495; Peter Millar button-down shirt, $129. All from Halls Kansas City.
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FEARLESS FLYER Vince sleeveless blouse, $275; Vince skirt, $325; Sierra Winter necklace, $289; Ganni shoes, $250. All from Standard Style (Town Center Crossing).
WING MAN Samuelsohn suit, $1,550; Eton shirt, $245; Peter Millar tie, $115; Ferragamo shoes, $595. All from Halls Kansas City.
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LEAVING ON A JET PLANE On her: Seventy dress, $290; Boyer necklace, $110. Both from Hudson & Jane (Crestwood Shops). Delbrenna heels, $347; from Delbrenna Jewelry (Crestwood Shops). On him: Belvest suit, $2,895; Barba shirt, $365; M Ferretti tie, $145; Randolph sunglasses, $279; Hudson & Jane loafers, $325. All from Hudson & Jane.
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THERE’S A LONG, VIBRANT TRADITION IN THE AFRICANAMERICAN COMMUNITY OF ADULT SKATE NIGHT. THEY’RE STILL ROLLING SUNDAY NIGHTS AT THE WINNWOOD SKATE CENTER
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ike most nights this miserable winter, it was cold and it was wet and it was gloomy. Smartphones across the metro chirped and chimed and blooped and bleated, warning folks to stay home because the roads were going to turn slick any second now. But this was a Sunday night, adult skate night at Winnwood Skate Center. A little weather wasn’t going to stop the people from coming out as they have every week for years—some for decades. “Sunday nights have always been the night,” says Mike Richardson, a 44-year-old salesman by day and roller skater by night. “Rhythm Lanes, Riverside, Grandview. It’s been huge in the black community since before I was born.” Those unaware of what’s going on in America’s skate rinks might get ready. United Skates, a documentary airing on HBO, helps bring to light what communities in Kansas City and across the country have known for a very long time: People are rolling. Richardson performed in the 2005 film Roll/Bounce. At the time, he was part of a squad that skated across the country—Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Detroit. He had skated as a kid, but gave it up and got into breakdancing, pop and lock, beat boy, stuff like that. Then as a teen, he worked at a rink and started putting the two together. “Honestly, it came kind of easy to me,” he says. “And I just devel-
oped my own way of doing things.” Just in case you may have forgotten what the inside of a skating rink smells like, it’s … pretty much exactly as you remember. Popcorn. Sweat. Sweets. Nacho cheese. Hot dogs. Body heat. Chicken wings. On adult skate night, though, it takes a minute to realize the nostalgia wafting through the air is missing something. It sounds different. Sure, the music isn’t the Beatles, Boston, or Bon Jovi, and the boys are neither Backstreet nor Beastie. That’s not it, though. The screams. There are no screams. There’s also no over-the-top laughter. No one is beefing with anyone. There are no inconsolable toddlers; no overreacting adolescents. It’s just grownups, skating. Hundreds of them rolling around the rink like wind over wheat. There is music, though. It’s constant, and it comes from everywhere. A heavy bass remix of Bill Withers’ Ain’t No Sunshine (When She’s Gone) pulls people away from the benches and tables. They glide on the one, step on the two; then glide on the three and step on the four. By the time the chorus hits, the skaters are nearly in sync, like fireflies on a late summer night. All except for one woman, who rolls in reverse while checking her phone and listening to her earbuds, oblivious to the older skaters dodging her and buzzing by.
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Above, from left: These three skaters—“Skatemaster,” Kenneth Walker, and Byron Egans—have been skating for decades at different rinks in the Kansas City area.
Rink side, deep laughter breaks out among a group of older men as one of the guys slaps a domino down on the table in frustration. A man near the skate rental counter shakes his head and smiles at the sight of a young couple some 40 years his junior renting those brown suede roller skates ubiquitous in rinks across the country. He laughs. “People who have brownies don’t roll,” he says. The man, Ronald Jones, is 61. He’s sporting a pair of black skates with white LED lights strung up the back. He decorated them himself. It’s his thing. Jones has been skating for 45 years, everywhere. He came from a family of 13 and got his start at a combo skating rink/bowling alley off 5th Street in KCK. “My dad took us, and I saw a little girl skating there,” he says. “She was doing everything, and I thought, ‘If she can do it, I can do it.’ But it took me 10 or 15 years until I really learned how to roll. But that’s OK. Even if you can’t roll, you find someone to help you roll and get better.” At the far end of the rink, the DJ drops Will Traxx’s Let Me See Some Footwork, and the number of skaters on the floor doubles and triples. The swirl finds another gear. At the speeds the skaters are traveling in this hurricane of humanity, wipeouts seem inevitable.
Yet there are none. A man on a certain collision course with a pregnant woman dips his shoulder at the last second and slides to her outside by inches. A young man about to plow over an older man skating in reverse reaches out his hand and the old guy grabs it. They do-si-do around each other twice, and the elder skater is sling-shotted forward even faster. Later, they said they didn’t know one another, they just did what they do. A green-haired woman skates in reverse while her adult daughter skates nearly perpendicular to the floor, holding her momma’s ankles. The mother, Patrice Koonce, is 54. She rolls circles around some of the younger people at the rink. She compares the skating community to Harley riders, going from city to city to roll. Like a lot of the crowd, she started skating at about age 5 or so. She’s seen it come and go in KC. She’s also seen black skaters discriminated against at different rinks over the years in Kansas City. Some of the crowd ended up at Winnwood because they were disrespected at another rink, long since closed down. She and others moved
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Clockwise from top left: Patrice Koonce helped bring a group of skaters to Winnwood. Mike Richardson appeared in the 2005 film Roll/Bounce. Brandon and Byron Egans. A skater glides along to the music.
the adult session to Winnwood nearly two decades ago because their regular place turned them away. “What had happened was, they invited some people to skate that weren’t our color and started turning us away,” she says. “We boycotted it. We’ll take our black dollars and put them somewhere else.” Koonce says sometimes the skating crowd gets an unearned reputation for rowdiness, though there was a time a while ago when kids would come in just to cause trouble. She said Winnwood’s owner, Tom Frisby, nipped that problem by making people keep skates on at all times. It’s tough to tussle on eight wheels. Frisby, who has owned the Winnwood since 2001, says the great thing about the adult-skate crowd is they police themselves. “One of the first times we had a late-night session here, I saw the side door open, and I’m wondering what’s going on,” he says. “Then I see a pair of skates get thrown out the door. And then I see a person get thrown out the door, and the door gets shut behind him. Later, I asked one of the regulars what happened, and he said, ‘We ain’t going to let anyone screw up our place.’ So, I’m like, ‘OK’.” Frisby, 53, once was a skater of all disciplines: art, freestyle, dance,
pairs, a little bit of speed skating. His rink is one of seven in the metro. Like any business, the struggle is finding and keeping customers. “The skating industry as a whole forever and ever and ever has been a roller coaster,” he says. “You grow one group through grade school and middle school and then it becomes uncool so you start all over again.” Frisby knows from experience. His parents would drive him to his home rink in Lee’s Summit six days a week from the time he was a little boy. His whole competitive career was out there. His teen years brought other interests, though. “There at the end I came here to Winnwood to skate pairs with a girl, but perfume and gasoline took over,” he says. “I was done.” Thursday nights bring in the demo derby skaters. Friday is traditionally teens. Saturday is for kids and families and birthday parties. Sunday is for private parties until the adults come in around 10. It may be the adult crowd, though, that appreciates this place the most. Skater after skater praises the rotunda wood floor, which is Canadian maple laid in an oval with arced corners and no seams. Frisby says a crew re-finishes it once a year. Those times they’ve had to close down for resurfacing take a toll
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Clockwise from top left: As is customary, slower skaters stay to the inside and faster skaters to the outside. David Boaz is a member of Team USA’s men’s roller derby team. Some rollers come to speed skate, some come to dance and some come to just roll. A group of skaters synchronize their dance moves.
on the regulars. “There was a time, they were closed for four weeks, and we didn’t know what to do,” says Rachel Dion, a 39-year-old hairdresser. “I might have gone to the movies or something just to get out the house, but we couldn’t wait until the floor was done so we could get back out there.” Skating has been a lifelong pastime for Dion. She said she and her sister received skates for Christmas one year when they were very young. “We started skating in the basement of our house,” she said. “It wasn’t a big basement, but we were small, so it was big to us. This floor here is just smooth from corner to corner. We have one of the best floors.” David Boaz agreed, and he’s skated a lot of places. Not only is he a member of the all-gender Fountain City Derby squad in town, he skates for Team USA’s Men’s Roller Derby Team. He’s also one of a handful of white skaters among the crowd this Sunday night. “I’ve never had any trouble being the ‘token white guy’ or whatever,” he says. “Skating is one of those places where everybody comes together.”
His day job is a laboratory supervisor. On the floor, he’s agile and graceful and fast—really fast. Still, even with the tattoos on his leg, it’s hard to imagine him as someone who might truck someone in a derby match. But at 6’2” and 215 pounds, he is a good-sized dude. “I’ll hit people as hard as they hit me,” he said. “Maybe in the championship, I’ll take it up a level. I try not to be a douchebag.” The skater stories, they go on and on. Larry Shipley is 75 years old, and he’s had five bypasses. He skates every week, which is probably why his doctors told him he had the body of a 40-year-old man. A 59-year-old guy who called himself “Skatemaster” said the dizziness he experiences as part of his disability from his time in the service just disappears when he’s on skates. C.J. Walker, a 23-year-old local guitarist, laughs when one of the older guys says, “These young guns just want what we got.” “That’s true, that’s true,” Walker says. “We’re trying to keep up with
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Clockwise from top left: Rachel Dion. Skaters sometimes pair up to socialize. Two skaters synchronize their moves. Like many of the skaters, CJ Walker began skating early, at age 6.
them. They’re the ones who started it.” Kenneth Walker, 57, shows off the scar tissue he has all down his arms and legs from a nasty bike-racing wreck years ago that also tore his Achilles. The upside is the accident brought him back to skating, which he gave up for bicycling. In the summer, you’ll see him skating outdoors at Swope Park. He says he’s not the skater he used to be, but he comes to Winnwood for the community. “A couple of weeks ago, a friend, he’s a longtime regular out here, he broke his leg,” Walker says. “And everybody surrounded him, trying to calm him down and make him feel better, even after the session was over. It’s that kind of community.” Some of the old ones are trying to bring along the younger ones, too. Byron Egan, 55, rolling in a pair of sweet red-and-gold Chiefs skates, was thrilled beyond measure last June when his athletically inclined 19-year-old son called him up and said he—finally—wanted to learn what’s been his father’s passion for almost 50 years.
“My son said, ‘I want to skate so I can be noticed,’” Egan says. “And I was like, ‘WHAT??!?!’ So that day, I went and bought matching hats, matching shirts, matching pants, everything. And then we came out here and I taught him everything I could.” The African-American community, Egan says, is full of creative people, each with his or her own way of expressing themselves. “When you’re on the floor and you close your eyes, you’re really in the middle of outer space,” he says. “You’re going, you’re spinning, you’re turning, you’re in your own world.” It might be cold and nasty outside the rink. There are idiots and bigots and jerks and racists everywhere else. Plus family issues, bills, mortgages looming. Inside, though, for a couple of hours on Sundays, the world expands and resembles something like freedom. “This is our outlet,” Egan says. “This is our escape from everything.”
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KANSAS CITY’S ENTREPRENEURIAL SCENE IS THRIVING. HERE ARE SOME OF THE MOST NOTABLE TO CHECK OUT
ansas City goes by many names—Paris of the Plains, the City of Fountains, and now? Silicon Prairie. Thanks to an influx of startups and incubators, as well as increased connectedness throughout the metropolitan area because of Google Fiber and smart-city initiatives, Kansas City is quickly becoming known for its technology landscape. Whether companies are disrupting co-working, athletics, or souvenirs, these businesses are some of the most innovative startups from Kansas City.
arrival or departure. Although the first machines were placed at the Kansas City International Airport, SouveNEAR has since expanded both east and west to New Jersey, Ohio, Kentucky, and California.
Sock101 sock101.com RETAIL SouveNEAR souvenear.com There are vending machines throughout MCI but take a second look, because some aren’t filled with snacks but instead with bite-sized souvenirs. SouveNEAR puts items made by local artisans, such as T-shirts, dog treats, and cards in one place where they can be quickly purchased upon
Sock101 is known for colorful socks that pay homage to Kansas City with hearts and the city’s logo. But they’re not just a local retailer. Sock 101 designs and manufacturers wholesale socks as a creative touchpoint for companies or for special occasions. They also offer a Sock of the Month club, where subscribers choose one pair from three designs of the month, shipped directly to their doorstep. Featured on Project Run-
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way: Fashion Startup in 2016, the company received investments from two top designers totaling $250,000.
Kansas City Baby Company kansascitybabyco.com Two-year-old Kansas City Baby Company was started by a mother of four. After she was spending lots of time researching the best products for her children, she decided to open a highly curated one-stopshop. Kansas City Baby Company stocks everything from cloth diapers to wooden teething toys, separating everything out in an easy-to-browse website. There’s even a Made in Missouri section for those looking to support local businesses.
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When it comes to money, many people are at a loss on how to manage it. And even though it’s easy to contribute to a 401(k) plan, it’s much harder to understand what exactly you’re investing in—or what to expect in return. Enter Blooom. Before entering any agreements, link your 401(k) to Blooom for a free check-up. After they give you a diagnostic overview of your retirement-savings health, if you decide you’re in need of their services, Blooom will advise you yearly for a small fee. But instead of getting a transactional experience, the co-founders of Blooom set out to give customers a warm, personal experience you won’t get from big management firms or advisories.
FitBark fitbark.com Think of FitBark as a FitBit for dogs. Monitoring pet’s activity, heart rate, rest, and even the calories they have burned, the tracker is designed to keep your pet’s health top-of-mind. Even Animal Planet believes in FitBark’s mission and has invested in the company. A positive byproduct of customer’s using FitBark with their pets is the amount of data that has come from the fun—worldwide, the favorite time to walk dogs is 6 p.m.—to the informative —osteoarthritis typically reduces your dog’s activity by 30 percent. Even though the product is used in countries all over the world, FitBark fittingly calls Kansas City home, with headquarters located in the Animal Health Corridor. Plexpod plexpod.com
Co-working spaces are not a new idea but they have grown exponentially in popularity over the last several years, both in Kansas City and across the country. Plexpod is yes, a co-working space, but it offers more than traditional office space, conference rooms, and cubicles. In addition to variously sized offices, Plexpod has a full range of amenities including a gym, kitchen, bar, gaming, and fresh coffee. But what sets it apart is how it brings business and creative outlets together under one roof with a podcast booth, dance studio, theater, and photography studio.
Going to an auto-body shop to get new tires or have your existing ones rotated is one of the most boring errands there is. Not much is ever waiting for you in the waiting room, other than stale or no coffee, 2002 People magazines, and whatever music happens to be playing, which is somehow always your least favorite kind. Enter Zohr, a tire shop on wheels that delivers to wherever you are whether you’re at your home or office. Most of Zohr’s services, which include flat-tire fixes, pressure monitoring, replacement, and rotation take less than two hours. | 93 | INKANSASCITY.COM
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FOOD & DRINK Balance the Superfood Shot superfoodshot.co All of us seem to have less time to do everything we need to in a day, let alone eat or drink everything we need to. Formulated with pure fruits and veggies, Balance comes in three types—Turmeric, Immunity, and Foundation—each of which has half the recommended daily serving of fruits and vegetables. Balance recently received more than two million dollars in funding, including from Dreampact Ventures, co-founded by a former chief sales officer of Anheuser-Busch. Packaged in a small bottle, Balance is easy to grab and drink on the go.
DraftPak draftpak.com Beer lover Colin Elwell created DraftPak after a bolt of inspiration when wondering if there was a better way to tap a keg. His curiosity led him to create DraftPak, an easily portable and reusable system for kegs. Simple to use, DraftPak attaches to any keg, putting the beer of your choice on draft, making it easier to pour and more aesthetically pleasing. DraftPak does double duty as both a conduit and a cooler, instantly chilling beer and keeping it cold.
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Meal-planning kit company Happy Food Co. noticed that while meal kits like Blue Apron and HelloFresh aim to make people’s lives easier by sending weekly meals, daily life has too many variables. Ultimately, even with the best intentions, some meals from meal kits can still go to waste. That’s where Happy Food Co. comes in. Using ingredients from local sources, the company’s meals are purchased over the counter just with the next day or two in mind, making them far less wasteful than other companies. Since being founded in 2015, Happy Food Co. meals are available in approximately 80 retail locations across the metro including Price Choppers and Hen Houses.
tea-biotics.com Small-batch, handmade, and local, healthful beverage Tea-Biotics Kombucha is Kansas City’s entry into the rapidly growing kombucha drink market. Tea-Biotics is experiencing rapid growth itself, with clients including St. Luke’s Hospital, the Kansas City Royals, Sporting Kansas City, and the Kansas City Chiefs. At Tea-Biotics’ taproom in Lenexa two dozen flavors are on draft for sampling—in unique flavors including coffee and lavender—which have won it a legion of loyal fans.
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ENTERTAINMENT Athlete Network athletenetwork.com Athlete Network is a social network exclusively for athletes. Some people might ask, “Aren’t there Facebook groups or Instagram accounts where athletes can bond?” Of course. But what the founder of Athlete Network, Chris Smith, identified was what all athletes have in common—a competitive drive both on and off the field. The Athlete Network provides tailored experiences to college students, professional athletes, and those who have retired or transitioned into other careers. The Athlete Network also provides exclusive content from the likes of Jerry Rice and Warren Moon.
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As the home to some of the best sports teams in the country, it should be no surprise that ShotTracker is from Kansas City, too. The Magic Johnson-backed software outfits both regular basketballs and players with sensors as well as anchors wherever the game is being played. In combination, the three components provide instant feedback to players to help them improve their game. The software has spread in usage both locally and regionally, employed by UMKC, Kansas State, University of Kansas and beyond, including Texas Christian University, Oklahoma, and LSU. It’s even being used to track players in the NAIA’s Men’s National Championship Basketball Tournament.
Popular entertainment venues, including the escape room Breakout KC and ax-throwing bar Blade & Timber, are part of something bigger. They both fall under the parent company, Swell Spark, which is all about creating shared, interactive experiences. The founders have discovered success in unique ventures, and their latest output is Choir Bar, a hybrid choir/karaoke formed by a group of strangers in a location that changes regularly. Swell Spark has since expanded to Honolulu, Omaha, and Wichita, with plans for a Blade & Timber in Seattle soon.
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Family INTERIOR DESIGNER KELLY LAMBERT REIMAGINES HER BROTHER AND SISTER-IN-LAW’S LEAWOOD HOME FOR TODAY’S LIFESTYLE Patricia O’Dell Aaron Leimkuehler
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t’s not unusual for growing families to reassess the functionality of their homes. Space that once worked great for two—or three— can suddenly seem not-quite-right as their family expands. Talks of moving often follow. While Tara and Charlie Ammeen went down this road, they decided to stay put in a house they loved and make it perfect with a thorough renovation. “It took a lot of planning,” says Kelly Lambert, Tara Ammeen’s designer and also her sister-in-law. “Tara and Charlie had purchased a lot and were planning to build. In the meantime, they reconsidered. They loved this house, but it needed reimagining to give them what they wanted to make their lives work.” The original floorplan of the house did not include a family room, and the kitchen was dark and small. One of the top priorities was an addition and rethinking of the remaining spaces that would accommodate the Ammeens’ life
Right: Interior designer Kelly Lambert in the foyer. Opposite: Charlie and Tara Ammeen with their daughters, from left to right: Charlotte, Cecelia, Margaret, and Bridget. Painting by Kim Schuessler. MARCH 2019
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Left: In the living room, custom pillows in Scalamandre fabrics plump up the Hickory Chair sofa. Oil diptych above sofa is by Kuzana Ogg. Hydrangea arrangement from The Little Flower Shop. Above: Whimsical wallcovering from Maya Romanoff brightens the powder room. Visual Comfort sconces.
with four young daughters, as well as large gatherings of family and friends. “Tara comes from a big family,” says Lambert. “She has five siblings. She needed the space to accommodate a crowd.” The new addition provided the square footage for cooking and entertaining, as well as a wide island with counter seating that works beautifully whether someone is eating, coloring, or doing homework. White cabinets and a gleaming whitetile backsplash create a serene vibe for the family’s busy lives. Tara took advantage of the new construction to incorporate storage details that make her life work easier. “It was Tara’s idea to put this sliding door in the backsplash,” says Lambert. “The walk-in pantry is on the other side of this wall, with the mudroom right behind. This creates a great spot to deliver groceries on the way in from the car, or it can work as an appliance garage.” A long table overlooking the backyard is crowned with five modern pendants in a chalky white finish. Rather than overwhelming, they
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Opposite: Blues ranging from pale to periwinkle accent the dining room. Custom curtains are in a Manuel Canovas crewel fabric. Mixed media painting is by Ruth Borum-Loveland. Flowers from The Little Flower Shop. Above: A custom Hickory Chair ottoman upholstered in a Jerry Pair leather and Osborne & Little fabric anchors the family room. Left: The painting above the sideboard is by Hunt Slonem.
read like sculpture. “At the time, we couldn’t find a long, modern fixture—now you see them all the time—so this was a good solution,” says Lambert. The new family room is furnished with high functioning pieces with an updated, classic aesthetic. While the furniture is covered in hard-wearing fabric and leather in darker, more practical colors, Lambert kept the room lively with bright pillows and interesting art. “I found this painting when Tara was expected her fourth baby,” says Lambert of the painting of four girls by the artist Kim Schuessler. “They didn’t know what they were having. But I just had a feeling.” Lambert enjoys helping her clients discover new art and artists. Two large paintings by Kuzana Ogg conduct a lively conversation in the living room, which is pre-
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Opposite: Glass herringbone-patterned mosaic tile from International Materials of Design lines the backsplash of the breakfast room bar. Flower arrangement from The Little Flower Shop. Above: A quintet of matte white Visual Comfort pendants gleam with gold-leaf interiors. Custom breakfast table is from Unruh Furniture. Left: In the kitchen, a striking custom stainless-steel and brass hood serves a Wolf range. Two side-by-side Sub-Zero refrigerators are perfect for the family of six.
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Left: Shapely Murano glass lamps from Swank Lighting brighten the restful palette of the master bedroom. The velvet-upholstered bed is clad in Leontine Linens. Below left: In the master bath, Carrara marble countertops from Carthage Marble match the custom Carrara marble floor tile from International Materials of Design.
dominately finished in varying textures of cream and taupe. Mirror and silver add sparkle and light to the classic, but updated space. The new construction included the addition of a master suite on the first floor. Soothing tones of gray and white create a spa-like retreat for the busy couple. (Though pink Murano glass lamps provide a rosy punch.) The classic master bath with white cabinets and richly veined counters houses modern-day features like his-and-her sinks and a steam shower. A stackable washer and dryer nearby make a regular chore easy, if not exciting. At the top of the stairs the girls have their own area to hang out and relax. A secret hideaway behind the TV wall creates a private clubhouse for the four original members. Because the girls are a creative crew, Lambert created the gallery wall with ledges that makes for easy rotation of the artists’ current work. The four girls share two rooms, though they sometimes trade spaces. Lambert had monogrammed pillows for all the girls made in both bedroom’s colorways to accommodate the girls’ moves. Ammeen anticipated future needs with built-in desks and storage in an upstairs study room. Monogrammed bulletin boards hold recent photos, paintings and medals for each daughter. A second-floor laundry room just beyond this work space means less tote and carry, another sign of her efficient thinking. In addition to finishing an inviting guest room, Lambert created a home office for her brother on the second floor as well. “I think Kelly imagined this as some
Above: Tall-back Hickory Chair beds upholstered in a bright Zoffany fabric flank a desk that also serves as a night table. Rug is from Stark Carpet. Right: Two custom-designed twin beds are upholstered in a lively pink and gray Manuel Canovas toile. Matching curtains embellished with Samuel & Sons trim frame the French doors. Flowers from The Little Flower Shop.
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sort of retreat, but then I took on a big volunteer job and moved right in,” says Ammeen. She notes that with these additional upstairs rooms, each of the girls could have her own, but no one is requesting one as yet. Tara Ammeen says that while in the beginning it may have been easier to buy something new, the process of reimagining their current home was satisfying. “I have absolutely no regrets!” she says with enthusiasm. | 106 | INKANSASCITY.COM
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was a very small community and everyone knew each other’s business. So growing up and knowing I was gay felt very isolating. Where do you live now? I live in Los Angeles with my husband. Had you been to Kansas City before filming Season 3? If so, what were your strongest memories of the city? Yes. To me, as a kid from Mount Vernon, Kansas City was “The Big City.” My strongest memories of Kansas City growing up were fear-based. Everyone in my hometown would say to stay away unless you wanted to get robbed or killed. Kansas City 25 years ago was fundamentally a different city than it is now. Now it’s an amazing, thriving, cultural center and city with pride. What was your favorite place in Kansas City for an elegant meal? Novel was always a solid choice. We ate there many times. What was your favorite dive-y or casual food? Vietnam Cafe near the River Market area was both casual and excellent! A local social media post showed you with a fan in the deodorant area of Target. Where else did you like to go shopping in Kansas City?
Yes, I remember that. How embarrassing! I also shopped at the Plaza, River Market, and the Farmer’s Market … Not nearly as exciting as deodorant shopping at Target, I suppose. What are a couple of inexpensive things people can do to make their homes much more pleasing? Simply organizing your home—making sure everything from napkins to newspapers and odds and ends have a place and function—can all go a long way in making your home feel more pleasing. And plants. Add living, colorful plants to make you home feel more alive and vibrant. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way as well.
Antoni Porowski, Food & Wine Where did you grow up? I was raised in Montreal, Canada, through elementary, then I moved and split time between Canada and West Virginia. Where do you live now? Now I live in New York City. How is Kansas City different from those places? Montreal is known to be a very diverse, multicultural city with a lot
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of immigrants. I would say that living in West Virginia reminded me more of our time in Kansas City. We had a lot of rural locations that we filmed in that reminded me of West Virginia.
A perfect date night would be an evening walk to see the Wendell Castle pieces outside of the Nelson-Atkins Museum and
What did you think of Kansas City barbecue? Did it live up to the hype? One hundred percent. We had some incredible barbecue in KC, including Jones BBQ, which is owned by pitmasters Mary and Deborah Jones. We feature them in this season of Queer Eye and I have to say, “Kansas City, do yourself a favor and try the Jones sisters’ sauce. It will blow you away.” What are a couple of simple things people who don’t have much time to cook can do to upgrade their meal routine? A simple risotto or a tomahawk steak. Both are really simple to make but are really impressive for first date.
maybe end it with a dinner at Novel.
What were your favorite local food finds? More barbecue! I really enjoyed Joe’s Kansas City barbecue too. It was a struggle not to pack on the pounds with the abundance of great food in the city.
What would be your version of a perfect date night in Kansas City? A perfect date night would be an evening walk to see the Wendell Castle pieces outside of the Nelson-Atkins Museum and maybe end it with a dinner at Novel.
If Kansas City as a city were the hero in one of your episodes, how would you make her better? More fresh, locally sourced produce. m Interviews condensed and minimally edited for clarity.
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In the Kitchen
arly spring is a challenging time for Kansas City cooks and gardeners. No matter what the calendar says, winter is still here for all practical purposes. But for gardeners who plan ahead and try to plant a few things in the fall in hopes of a spring harvest, there is one plant that can be rewarding right now—spinach! Ubiquitous in salads or in spinach/artichoke dip (and for good reason), there are other outlets for this versatile green. My favorite version involves an extra step that you might hesitate to do, especially on a busy weeknight after work, but let me explain. I call this velvety spinach, because the texture is, well—like velvet. There are two contributing factors to the texture—blanching/shocking, and a breadcrumb finish. The textural change comes from the removal of tannins from the spinach. Tannins are what you feel on your teeth when you eat raw spinach or when you drink a very big California cabernet. It’s a dry, astringent feeling. Vegetable tannins are water soluble, so briefly blanching spinach leaves in boiling water is essential to their removal. Shocking the spinach in cold water retains the beautiful color and prevents the spinach from overcooking and turning to mush. In addition, briefly cooking spinach makes many of its nutrients more readily available. The breadcrumbs, which bind the spinach to a little extra fat (from the cooking oil) give the spinach its luxurious mouthfeel. It may sound like a lot of effort but it’s really not, and it’s worth it if it will get you to eat your spinach. BASIC VELVETY SPINACH Start with a few good-sized bunches of spinach, preferably fresh from your garden, the farmers market, or a greengrocer with nice fresh products. A single large bunch from the grocery store should feed two, but cooking a little extra is nice for future
use and costs no more time. I always thoroughly wash spinach unless it is in one of those sealed bags—and even then I closely inspect it for grit. Stems tend not to be a problem. In fact, the blanching process renders stems completely tender. Briefly blanch the washed leaves in boiling water (less than a minute—just until they are wilted), then scoop them out with a spider and “shock” them in icecold water to stop the cooking process. Immediately transfer the leaves to colander to drain. If cooking for a crowd or for entertaining purposes, this step could be done a day or two in advance. When ready to serve: in a generous splash of extra-virgin olive oil, sauté a few sliced cloves of garlic (more, if you’re a big fan of garlic) and a pinch of crushed red pepper ﬂakes. If you like things more savory and umami driven, toss in a chopped anchovy or two and stir until they are dissolved into the oil. Add the blanched spinach and a generous sprinkling of salt. Stir and toss until everything is hot. Now add the velvet—that means generously dust the spinach with a tablespoon or three of plain bread crumbs. Stir until incorporated. Taste for seasoning, adjust, and add another dash of olive oil—just because. You’ll thank me. Serve warm. This recipe is a foundation for countless variations. One variation, Michelangelo’s Spinach, introduced to me by my dear Italian mentor, is especially lovely and surprising. Interestingly, this 500-year-old variation on the recipe is incredibly nutritionally sound. It contains more protein, good fats, antioxidants, and—not to mention—flavor. Continue the velvety spinach recipe by adding a good handful of golden raisins (or other chopped, dried fruits), toasted pine nuts (or other toasted, chopped nuts) and a sprinkling of cinnamon. Drizzle with real balsamic vinegar and the dish is complete. Serve warm or at room temperature, with just about anything.
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In Your Pantry
Dried apricots are a powerhouse of flavor with countless sweet and savory applications. Available sulphured (bright orange) or unsulphured (dark-tawny brown to blackâ€”ideal for those with a sulfite sensitivity), the flavor is essentially the same. Briefly poached in water (with a splash of brandy) and a piece of vanilla bean, they make a simple and delicious topping for ice cream. Available from most grocers.
Dried figs come in numerous shapes, flavors and sizes. Black Mission and White Turkish are most commonly found, with the Turkish being more aromatic. Try tossing dried figs with crushed black peppercorns and bay leaves, sealing them in a jar and allowing the flavors to meld for a week or two (at room temperature). Serve with cheeses and cured meats. Available at better markets like Green Acres in Briarcliff.
Not to be confused with dried sweet cherries or cranberries, dried tart cherries are boldly flavored, full of antioxidantsâ€”and not inexpensive. Their bright and assertive flavor is a wonderful accompaniment to wild game and lamb, and they make a brilliant chutney. Tasty eaten with a mix of nuts and chocolates. Available at better grocers and fancy food stores.
Of the many varieties of dates on the planet, Medjool are the meatiest and sweetest available in our corner of the world. Eat them alone like candy (watch out for the sizable pit) or tear them into smaller pieces and toss in salads (especially delicious with citrus). Rehydrate them in warm orange juice and Grand Marnier, replace the pit with a toasted almond, and roll in sugar and orange zest for a sophisticated after-dinner sweet.
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AS SPRING APPROACHES, THE W CREW IS ONCE AGAIN OFFERING UP FRESH SELECTIONS, INCLUDING THIS COCKTAIL WITH A SIMPLE STRUCTURE BUT ENJOYABLY COMPLEX FLAVORS
Slightly sweet and approachable, this drink is the perfect way to embrace emerging spring characteristics like crisp citrus, tropical fruits, and a botanical aloe and cucumber blend. The design was inspired by tropical tiki flavors juxtaposed with fresh garden essences. It is an ode to a spectrum of classic cocktails.” —Taylor Dumsky
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ome heavy hitters—Madonna, LeBron, Cher, RuPaul—need only one name to make their presence known. Lee’s Summit’s best kept semi-secret needs only one letter: W. The simple moniker suits The W, an intimate cocktail bar that prizes its air of mystery located in the recently formed Strother District. Other drinking establishments shout out their presence; The W barely whispers. Take entering the bar—it’s easy to walk past the nondescript
2 ounces The Real McCoy 3 Year Rum Combine ingredients in a shaking tin; add ice. Shake until the tin is chilled. Using both a Hawthorn and tea strainer, strain into a chilled coupe.
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door a few times without noticing. Even once you do discover it, you must be granted entry before you can climb up a moody staircase to the second-story space. (Keep an eye on its downstairs neighbor, which is set to soon open as Hand in Glove, a more casual coffee and cocktail spot from The W’s owners.) The term speakeasy has been thrown around frequently in recent years, but The W lives up to the name without feeling pretentious or passé. When you finally arrive at the cocktail lounge, the quarters are close but not cramped, the atmosphere deliciously relaxed. For all the intrigue and secrecy surrounding getting into the bar, the bartenders are approachable and friendly. The usual cacophony of clanging glasses, aggressive music, and clamoring voices is replaced by the buzz of conver-
sation, making it an ideal spot for a date night or catching up with old friends. But don’t confuse quiet with stuffy— quite the opposite, it has a sharp sense of humor that extends from its rules, specifying men in flip flops are not allowed, to the menu, which lumps beer and wine together under the simple heading of “S**t We’re Not Good At.” Beer and wine might not be The W’s forte, but cocktails most definitely are. Under the purview of bartenders Mike Strohm and Taylor Dumsky, the bar continues to innovate, creating seasonal specials as well as serving up house favorites. Perhaps most notable are The W’s smoked cocktails, which include the exceptional Smoked Vanilla, made with house bourbon, vanilla burnt sugar, house bitters and
Applewood smoke, and the French Bottoms, a blend of cognac and a few other choice ingredients with Sassafras Smoke. The popular drinks lend a fragrant haze to the air you’d hope for in a speakeasy, without any of the unpleasantness of that other kind of smoking in bars. Also on the menu: a selection of highballs and spirit-free cocktails that manage to make you forget about that little missing ingredient, and any number of other creative concoctions from Strohm, Dumsky and company. Keep an eye on The W’s Facebook page (aptly @ThePrivateBar) for a peek behind the curtain and info on upcoming events, including collaborations with other topnotch local bars. 6 1/2 SW 3rd St, Lee’s Summit, thew.bar
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PLAZA III AFTER DECADES on the Country Club
In Culinary News
Plaza, Plaza III the Steakhouse shocked Kansas Citians last year when its closing was announced. Fortunately, fans didnâ€™t have to wait long for the return of the iconic restaurant, which is now open in a new Overland Park location (12631 Metcalf Ave.) serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Despite the move, the name stayed the same as have many dishes, like the wedge salad, Plaza III Steakhouse Soup and Grand Marnier soufflĂŠ. The streamlined menu also features a few new plates. Guests can expect to recognize familiar faces while enjoying live music throughout the week in the new location, which boasts dark wood and leather booths along with a more casual neighborhood feel. plazaiiikcsteakhouse.com
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TWO YEARS after a fire tore through Brookside restaurant Plate, owners Christian and Andrea Joseph are getting a happy ending—and a new beginning. The modern Italian eatery is set to reopen in its original neighborhood two years to the day of the devastating blaze, this time in a much larger space (701 E. 63rd St.), which will include a private dining room and a large patio. Brian Mehl, Plate’s original executive chef, is back in the kitchen, whipping up pasta dishes and other delectable entrées. The Josephs also decided to add a lounge, which will offer light late-night bites and libations within the restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays. Its name? Fiamma, the Italian word for flames. It’s a fitting nod to how the restaurant is turning its history into fuel for a bright future. platekc.com
AFTER 35 YEARS, WE’RE CHANGING FOR
GSP MARKS ITS 35TH ANNIVERSARY of providing exceptional care in our community. To honor that legacy, we are making positive changes to elevate our services and the
organization. Stay tuned this spring to learn more.
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BARAMEE THAI BISTRO BARAMEE THAI BISTRO is ready to spice up the
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Crossroads. A sister location to Lee’s Summit’s popular Mali Thai Bistro, the new restaurant from chef Nutnisa Hoffman and her husband and business partner, Doug, opened in the former Pizzabella space (1810 Baltimore Ave.). Diners can find the chef ’s traditional family recipes on display at the location, including her signature Tiger Cry Beef—thinly sliced grilled sirloin topped with potent homemade spicy chili sauce—and Pad Thai. Also on the menu: a selection of Thai salads and soups, noodle dishes, and curries, such as the wildly popular panang curry, made with coconut milk and peanut panang sauce and garnished with kaffir lime leaves. Finish things off with a sweet serving of mango sticky rice for dessert. facebook. com/barameethaibistro
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Reservation for One SILO MODERN FARMHOUSE
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ome for the golf, stay for the cake. That could be the tagline for Silo Modern Farmhouse, a new eatery now open to the public on the grounds of Canyon Farms Golf Club in Lenexa. Even if the greens hold little interest for you, the restaurant makes itself hard to overlook, both with its approach to food and its imposing physical presence. Driving down a dark Lenexa road, the silo out
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front jumps out at you. Illuminated from below, the structure that inspired the restaurantâ€™s name beckons you in and leads you to the restaurant, a formidable country club-chic structure. Inside, the Silo is all open spaces and high ceilings with exposed beams. A series of windows along the back wall looks out over the course, making the space feel even more sweeping. If the look of Silo leans into the farmhouse aspects of its name, the menu takes a more modern,
refined approach to farm-to-table fare, starting with the bar. It serves up a selection of classic cocktails, martinis, and mules as well as a few inventive house cocktails, such as the Oak & Smoke. The drink, made with Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Whiskey, ginger syrup, lemon juice, honey, and bitters, is smoked tableside. “I love the blowtorch,” the gingham-clad server says with visible glee as she bounds off to fetch the necessary ingredients. She returns with a small carafe with the drink’s contents, two glasses and a wood plank, torching the wood and trapping the smoke in an empty tumbler that soon holds all the fixings. A whiff of the tantalizing smell comes with each sip of the well-balanced drink, mellowed out by the ginger and honey’s sweetness and spice. The staff ’s expertise doesn’t end with tableside smoking. The Silo team is knowledgeable about where ingredients are sourced, with many coming from local producers and sustainable farms. Case in point: As the server drops off an appetizer of shrimp and grits, she notes the shrimp come from the deep, deep Atlantic. In the dish, those shrimp find themselves swimming in a silky, smoked tomato beurre blanc alongside rich, creamy grits punctuated with a few dollops of smoky tomato bacon jam. Other starters include baked brie, whipped goat cheese, and a trio of tacos—chili-marinated pork belly, tempura fish and carne asada—served on grilled local corn tortillas. The menu also features a wide range of salads, sandwiches, and flatbreads that seem tailor-made for lunch after a round of golf, but even the more casual fare has an unexpected sophistication. Flatbreads include a Parmesan cream and caramelized fennel dish as well a Korean barbecue take with marinated pork belly, Sriracha barbecue sauce, and crispy
shallots. The menu’s sandwich selection includes a handsome prime-rib sandwich finished with horseradish white cheddar giardiniera. Entree offerings are just as diverse—from mac and cheese and herb pecan tofu to bouillabaisse and New Zealand lamb chops. With a focus on the ingredients and execution, items that could seem at odds on the same menu are less confusing than intriguing. Standouts include a sumptuous prime Angus beef tenderloin crusted with Boursin cheese, which makes the dish feel decadent without overpowering the meat’s flavor. Served simply with tender Lyonnaise potatoes and spears of asparagus, it showcases the talent in the kitchen. (Executive chef Laura Favela helms the restaurant under the management of local restaurant group KC Hopps.) Other dishes, such as the restaurant’s signature half chicken, embrace the more traditional side of the farmhouse concept. Several chicken preparations arrive on a rustic wooden plate— cast-iron seared, crispy fried, and a poached chicken salad, complemented by whipped potatoes and Brussels sprouts with bacon. When dessert rolls around, however full you might feel, prepare to hear the siren song of the restaurant’s 32-layer chocolate cake. With alternating layers of chocolate mousse and chocolate cake, it’s just as eye-catching as the silo out front, no dramatic lighting required. For a subtler end to the evening, opt for the lavender and honey crème brulée. The scent of the aromatic wafts through the air as the ramekin arrives at the table, though honey is the sweetly dominant flavor once you crack through the bronzed layer of sugar glass. We’d applaud, but a golf clap seems more appropriate. silocanyonfarms.com
March 23 & 24 Sat 8pm • Sun 4pm C. Stephen Metzler Hall in the Folly Theater 300 West 12th, KCMO H M C ’ S 33 R D S E A S O N I S U N D E RW R I T T E N BY H OT E L P H I L L I P S
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Join HMC as we celebrate the revolution the Stonewall rebellion inspired. Stonewall may have sparked an uprising, but the movement continues to this day— not only for LGBTQIA individuals, but for all victims of bullying, hate, intolerance, and violence.
tickets: hmckc.org or 816.931.3338
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Party Arty THE NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART’S Young Friends of Art hosted Kansas
City’s premier fundraising event for young professionals. Inspired by the museum’s exhibition Napoleon: Power and Splendor, the gala threw orthodoxy aside to create an evening of extravagance, unrestraint, and rebellion. Guests enjoyed live music, performing arts, food, and drink. photos by j. robert schraeder
Shakespeare in Love Heart of America SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
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Join the GOOD WILL SOCIETY today and support this FREE production! #sharethelove #kcshakes kcshakes.org
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Romantic Revels THE HEART OF AMERICA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL’S annual gala helps support the
organization’s programs and education initiatives. It’s an evening of dining, dancing, and theater to raise funds to help bring Shakespeare and Shakespeareinspired works to Kansas City. PHOTOS BY BRIAN RICE
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WHERE YOU NEED TO BE AND WHAT YOU NEED TO SEE
MARCH SPOTLIGHT Dueling parades. Kansas City loves its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Through a fluke of the calendar, this year the three main parades—the Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Brookside St. Patrick’s Warm-Up Parade, and the Snake Saturday Parade held in North Kansas City—all fall on the same weekend.
Snake Saturday Parade March 16 | Starts at 11:00 a.m. snakesaturday.com
Cooking Classes with Chef Renee Kelly March 14 at Portfolio Kitchen and Home 6:30 p.m. | Register at thegingertop.com Portfolio Kitchen and Home is teaming up with Top Chef contestant and self-described Sassy Chef Renee Kelly to add some serious skills to your cooking repertoire. The intimate classes (a maximum of 15 guests for each class) take place at Portfolio’s flagship store at 215 W. Pershing Rd. Held monthly through 2019, the first class on Thursday, March 14, will introduce participants to the pleasures of homemade pasta. We’d list the menu, but you might drool on the page. Each month the class will have a different theme tied to the season and will end with a family-style meal. Beverage pairings will be provided by Mike’s Wine and Spirits. The classes last for two hours, starting at 6:30 p.m., and cost $75 per person.
This year’s Snake Saturday Parade, themed “Rock the Blarney,” makes a U down Swift St., Armour Blvd., and Howell St., passing the announcing stand and grandstand on Armour Blvd. Since its modest beginnings in 1983, the parade has grown to become the largest family-fun Irish celebration in the area and has raised more than $1.4 million for local charities to date.
Brookside St. Patrick’s Warm-Up Parade March 16 | Starts at 2:00 p.m. brooksidekc.org Also on Saturday (you can make it just in time from North Kansas City), the Brookside St. Patrick’s Warm-Up Parade takes off at Wornall Rd. and 65th St., down Wornall to 63rd St. and past the Brookside Shops to Main St., looping back on Meyer Blvd. Titled “A Little Bit O’Blarney”, the family-friendly event includes floats of all sizes, marching bands, drill teams, Irish dancers and bagpipers, and uniquely, dogs of all shapes and sizes. Take a breather, because on Sunday…
Kansas City Fashion Week March 24 – 30
St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17 | Starts at 11:00 a.m. kcirishparade.com
For the 15th consecutive season, models will strut the runway at The Grand Hall at Power & Light to feature the collections of designers from Kansas City, the Midwest, and across the country. Check out our extensive contemporaneous coverage on inkansascity.com and get tickets for the shows on the Kansas City Fashion Week website.
The granddaddy of Kansas City parades—the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that began in 1873 and ran for almost 20 years before ending and reborn in 1973—was for a time billed as “the world’s shortest and worst parade.” From those humble beginnings, the parade grew to one of the largest in the country. Now held in Midtown starting at Linwood St. and Broadway Blvd., south on Broadway to 43rd St., the “Shamrocks & Shenanigans” parade will be led by Grand Marshal Erick Stonestreet, star of Modern Family. Marching bands, drill teams, and hundreds of floats (many sponsored by area families with an Irish heritage), all participate in the almost two-mile long parade.
For Kansas City’s most comprehensive calendar of events, go to inkansascity.com
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REPRESENT HOMETOWN PRIDE with these clever, cozy, goose-down pillows from The General Store + Co in downtown Overland Park and Hawthorne Plaza. Crafted and screenprinted by hand and available in white or natural canvas, these 20-inch-square pillows feature iconic Kansas City neighborhoods or Johnson County cities. The quirky grommet serves no purpose, just adds a cheeky touch. generalstorekc.com
Johnson County cities and Kansas City neighborhoods pillows, $70 each
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The March issue celebrates all things Made in Kansas City. From artisanal provisions for the pantry to startups to watch, it honors all thin...