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LANDLOCKED AND LANDMARKED From its historic buildings to its most creative innovations, Kansas City architecture is a unique part of the city’s culture. It has been said that KC is home to more boulevards than Paris, and although there’s no Eiffel Tower in the skyline, there are plenty of iconic landmarks worthy of attention.



TThe world-renowned Kauffman Center is home to the Kansas City Ballet, the Kansas City Symphony and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie and funded by $300 million in private investments, it hosts performers from around the world. It features advanced acoustic design, distinctive aesthetics,

story by ALLISON KOHN | photo by PAUL ANDREWS

state-of-the-art technology and two performance halls, which is why it is being considered for the distinction of eighth wonder of the world.

Two of Kansas City’s largest architecture and engineering firms have established

GE Advanced Technology and Research Centre in Qatar.

The KCP&L skyscraper is an iconic part of the city’s

themselves as national leaders.

skyline. The art deco building was constructed in 1930.


Originally, this building was known for its flickering

Iconic architectural feats such as the new

Burns & McDonnell, an architecture,

Yankee Stadium in New York, London’s 2012

engineering and environmental consulting

Olympic Stadium and the Stadium Australia

company, is located on Ward Parkway near

in Sydney all share Midwestern roots, thanks

the Country Club Plaza. The firm boasts more

to Kansas City-based architecture and design

than 20 specialized services, such as air quality

firm, Populous.

control, aviation and transportation. Two Stanford University graduates, Clinton Burns and Robert McDonnell, chose Kansas

The independent company is a product of HOK and LOBB, two large architecture firms that specialized in sports arenas. The firm, which moved its headquarters to

engineering consulting firm in 1898. In its

the River Market in 2005, works on some of

infancy, Burns & McDonnell focused on pro-

the world’s largest projects: arenas, ballparks,

viding clean water and other resources to

stadiums, convention

growing municipalities in the Midwest.

centers, fair grounds and equestrian grounds,

Now, 115 years later, the company employs

to name a few.

One of the firm’s most notable attributes is

floodlights and prismatic glass panels, which lit up nearby downtown streets.

KANSAS CITY STAR PRINTING PLANT: This press pavilion prints The Kansas City Star, Kansas City’s daily newspaper. The building is made mostly of steel and glass and features advanced printing methods

City, Mo., as the headquarters for their

more than 3,000 people.




Populous has also distinguished itself in the industry on a global scale—the firm can lay

that have been recognized by a North American Color Quality Award.

UNION STATION: This station, categorized by its Beaux Arts style, was only the second of its kind when its construction was completed in 1913. Originally built as the central train station for the city, Union Station has since been restored and is now home to Science City, visiting museum exhibits, restaurants, offices, a 3-D movie screen and Amtrak.

JC NICHOLS MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN: Arguably the most-photographed landmark in the city, the

its dedication to its employees. In fact, for more

claim to designs on almost every continent.

than 25 years, Burns and McDonnell has been

resources: Populous, Burns &

Club Plaza. The fountain was erected in Paris in 1910 by

100 percent employee-owned.

McDonnell, Union Station

sculptor Henri Grebor. It was later moved to the United

JC Nichols Memorial Fountain is located on the Country

Some of the company’s recent projects, Kauffman Center for the

include the Grand and State Red Line

Performing Arts, Kansas

Subway Station Renovation for the Chicago

City Power & Light, The Kansas

Department of Transportation and the

City Star

States and officially named as the JC Nichols Memorial Fountain, in honor of commercial real estate visionary Jesse Clyde Nichols, in 1960.

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A DENIM REVOLUTION Matt Baldwin’s craftsmanship has created a

with her spring/summer 2009 collection, Laricks signed on for the reality show.

jeans moment in the Midwest and on the

After winning the first season of

national scene. The quality, tailoring and

“Fashion Star,” Saks Fifth Avenue,

timelessness of Baldwin Denim ensures


and charmeuse curtains

H & M and Macy’s purchased

dyed by local

her capsule collections,

this moment is going to last a

artisan Joscelyn

which featured her

long time. From Kansas


Citian Jason Sudeikis to Olivia Wilde to Jay-Z,

Himes—who has


custom dyed pieces

aesthetic melds the

celebrities across the

classic structures of

nation have been

menswear with more

spotted in Baldwin

feminine silhouettes.

Denim. GQ named

Laricks designs have

Matt Baldwin one of

also been featured on

the top menswear

television, appearing on NBC’s “The Today

designers in the nation, but proof of his popularity

Show” and HBO’s “True

is in the appearance of Baldwin

Blood.” Laricks premiered her women’s wear collection last

Denim on the streets of Kansas City and the recognizable KC hat in local coffee shops,

September, selling exclusively at Saks in

like The Roasterie. Baldwin also designed the

the spring.

uniforms for local Mexican eatery Port

Recently, Laricks returned home to accept

Fonda, which diners take notice of between

the Impression Award at the Rock the Block

bites of mole.

Fashion Show. Rock the Block celebrates local

Baldwin Denim was born out of Matt

boutiques with an opportunity for owners to

Baldwin’s passion for good design and

show off their wares. The Impression Award

quality textiles. After working in his shop,

recognizes local achievement in fashion,

Standard Style, Baldwin used his knowledge

art and design. Laricks was presented

of the fashion industry to fill the need for a

with the second Impression Award,

revival of quality denim in the Midwest.

which is fitting for a young, local fashion

Baldwin Denim is a celebration of a historically

innovator garnering nationally acclaim while

American material and the styles of today’s

embracing her Midwestern roots.


or down depending on where the day takes

A renowned artist, Peregrine

the individual. Baldwin denim is perfectly

Honig was the youngest living

molded to not wear the individual but allow

artist to be included by the Whitney

the individual to wear the jeans.

Museum of American Art in a

Karan—signal Honig’s eye for art. Since 2002, Honig has also served as the artistic director for the West 18th Street Fashion Show. For many years, she has sent Birdies fashions down the runway. The West 18th Street Fashion Show is an annual fashion show held on West 18th Street in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District. Event organizers and a select panel choose 18 designers to send their designs down the runway each year, showing a plethora of local design, styling, makeup and modeling talent. 18th Street is the perfect host to this June event with its eclectic and vibrant art scene. Boutiques like Birdies and Peggy Noland bring in customers with their inspired window displays. YJ’s Snack Bar serves as a street side café from which people watch the street in between sips of coffee. Galleries abound around the area and the way they fill up with a varied crowd on First support of the arts in Kansas City. Adding character to the art scene in Kansas City, Honig engages in the local

permanent collection after the museum


for Vera Wang and Donna

Fridays showcase the

culture. Men’s and women’s collections are full of staple pieces meant to be dressed up


community through the

purchased a set of her prints. Recently, she was a finalist on season one of the Bravo

Kansas native Kara Laricks has caused a

series “Work of Art.” In Kansas City,

big stir on the fashion scene since winning the

Honig continues to produce magnificent

first season of NBC’s “Fashion Star.” Once

art through her curatorial work with co-owner

a fourth grade teacher in the Shawnee Mission

Danielle Meister at Birdies Panties and Swim

School District, Laricks dreamt of taking

Boutique. Described as “an intimate apparel

her passion for design to the Big Apple. After

apothecary and swimwear boutique,” Birdies

graduating from San Francisco’s Academy

is a local shop focused on providing selections

of Art University and closing the Mercedes

tailored to many different body types. The

Benz Fashion Week graduate fashion show

hand-painted wallpaper, Victorian doors

art that she creates. resources: Baldwin Denim,

Kara Laricks, Peregrine Honig

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continue to serve the community through helping with the Cross-Lines Community Outreach Program, which helps to feed those in poverty. On-field and off, the


Chiefs are always working.

GETTING IN THE SWING The Royals continue to be an integral part of Kansas City with an impressive run for a

story by ALEX SHER | photo by GARY ROHMAN

post-season spot since the All-Star break. The dynamic team continues to be actively

One of the highlights of Kansas City’s

In addition to this, The Sporting Club

involved in the community with charity

summer sports agenda is the 2013 Lamar

Training Center was dedicated on July 13,

work, including one of their annual events, the

Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which celebrated

2007. Located in Kansas City’s historic Swope

Broadcast Auction. This features an auction of

its centennial anniversary in 2013. Local

Park, the training center includes more

MLS team Sporting KC was the proud

than 7,800 square feet of facility

champion of last year’s Open Cup, triumphing

space and four soccer fields.

over the Seattle Sounders at Sporting Park in

The 7,000 square-foot main

Kansas City, Kan.

structure includes a large

exclusive Royals experiences such as enjoying lunch with Royals legends George John

Brett, Wathan,

For the first time, the 18th consecutive

locker room and lounge

Jason Kendall

MLS All-Star Game was held July 31 at

for players, treatment


Sporting Park. The MLS All-Stars competed

areas, a cardio and

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against AS Roma from Italy, marking the

weight training room

first time an Italian team has played in


the All-star Game. The game also brought

laundry facilities. In the

international players like U.S. men’s star

first six months of operation,

Michael Bradley and Italian forward

the center won two awards

Francesco Totti to the area.

for its construction and benefit to





NASCAR is still a crowd favorite at the Kansas

the community.

Speedway. The GRAND-AM Road

LOCAL SOCCER SCENE The Blue Valley Soccer Club offers


Racing Series makes its debut this year at


the Kansas Speedway. On a larger scale, the

youth the opportunity to play soccer in the

This year, the Kansas City Chiefs gained

Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series continue

Kansas City area. The home training facility

new general manager, John Dorsey, who

to attract fans each October as the forerunners

for this club is the Overland Park Soccer Complex. It includes recreational and premier leagues for both boys and



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PHILANTHROPIC KANSAS CITY story by ALEX SHER | photo by PAUL ANDREWS “Be the change you want to see in the world,” could be the motto of the Kansas City community. More than 70 percent of Kansas City households regularly donate cash and more than 400,700 Kansas City citizens volunteer their time frequently, creating a positive, welcoming environment. The United Nations NGOs have recognized this, awarding Kansas City the title of


most positive community in the world in 2011. This positive energy also leads to a community full of projects that thrive on people’s generosity. Sixty-nine percent of the $2 billion dollars donated annually by Kansas City goes directly to supporting the Kansas City community. Also, citizens can volunteer at and receive help from more than 7,500 nonprofits in the city that support everything from hunger to interfaith relations to childcare and more. Based on these statistics, it


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KANSAS CITY RANKINGS KC RANKED AMONG LOWEST AVERAGE APARTMENT RENTING COSTS At $695 per month on average, the KC area ranked among the lowest average apartment rent costs compared to 79 other major metro areas. KC Business Journal, April 2013.

KC, A MOST ROMANTIC CITY Kansas City has been named a “Top 10 Romantic City” for its performance venues, museums, shopping areas and eclectic eateries, making it a “cosmopolitan playground perfect for lovers to explore.”, February 2013

KC RANKED SIXTH BEST CITY IN AMERICA TO RAISE A FAMILY KC checks in at No. 6 on list of top 10 cities in America to raise a family. KC was selected for its low cost of living and ample park space. The list was compiled by Movoto Real Estate, June 2013.

KC RANKED THIRD MOST CHARITABLE COMMUNITY KC ranks No. 3 among the nation’s 30 most philanthropic communities, according to a June 2013 list compiled by Charity Navigator. KC achieved this ranking through frugal charity CEO compensation and high revenue growth.

KANSAS CITY RECOGNIZED FOR ABUNDANCE OF CULTURE Kansas City ranked No. 7 on’s list of the “Top 10 Culture Cities” in the U.S. for its significant influence on history, arts and literature. The Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, The Nelson-Atkins Museum, the American Jazz Museum and the American Royal all contributed to Kansas City’s placement, out-ranking cities including New York, Portland and Nashville. November 2012.

KC NAMED AS ONE OF “AMERICA’S BEST CITIES FOR HIPSTERS Home to a lively music scene, eclectic art district and flourishing night life, Travel + Leisure names KC one of “America’s Best Cities for Hipsters.” KC ranked No. 20 on the list, outranking cities like Las Vegas (21) and Miami (28). Travel + Leisure, April 2012.

KC RANKS NO. 3 ON FORBES’ LIST OF “10 BEST CITIES TO BUY A HOME” KC boasts a modest median list price and a large pool of options that makes this city rank No. 3 on Forbes’ 2012 list of “10 Best Cities to Buy a Home.”

KANSAS CITY RANKS AMONG “AMERICA’S 50 BEST CITIES” Kansas City ranks No. 15 among “America’s 50 Best Cities” thanks to its “unique blend of technology, arts and history.” Bloomberg Businessweek evaluated 100 of America’s largest cities based on leisure attributes, educational attributes, economic factors and more to generate the top 50 cities in America. Kansas City out-ranked cities including Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas. Bloomberg Businessweek, September 2012


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BLUE SPRINGS LAKE Blue Springs, Mo. Fishermen can cast their lines into Blue


event raises money for the Cystic Fibrosis

Shawnee, Kan.

runs and 5Ks.

Springs Lake, which is full of hybrid striped

The 1,250-acre park contains recreation-

bass, bluegill, largemouth bass, carp and

al facilities, such as softball fields and tennis

catfish. Swimmers and boaters will find what

courts, as well as a swimming beach and an

they are looking for on the beach and in the

archery range to add a little variety to

Kansas City’s Midwestern location and

marina. Locations for picnicking and camping

a fitness regime. A 150-acre lake offers

geography makes it a great place to bike. In

are also available.

fishing and boating, accessible by personal

Johnson County, Mill Creek Streamway Park

and rented boats during the summer.

features a paved trail that follows the creek

ENGLISH LANDING PARK Parkville, Mo. This beautiful park includes a paved scenic trail along the river with an incredible view, which is perfect for the avid runner. Boating,



from the scenic Kaw River. Longview Lake Trail is paved, and another popular trail, Little Blue Trace Trail, is crushed gravel. Outside of Kansas City, the Katy Trail provides a 185-mile adventure from Sedalia, Mo., to St. Louis, Mo.

softball and soccer are also popular sports

This rent-a-bike program allows riders to

in the area facilitated by the body of water and

get a street view of the city while engaging

fields in the park. The park also features the

in exercise. Planned bicycle routes help

historic 1898 Waddell A-Truss footbridge,

people stay safe while encouraging them

Check out Big Balls Kickball, an adult

one of only two of these types of bridges

to incorporate bicycling into active lifestyles.

league playing a classic, schoolyard game.

still standing.

The bikes can be found at various locations

The Kansas City Flying Disc Club offers

throughout the city.

the opportunity to learn and compete in the



sport of disc golf. For a more dangerous


thrill, try roller derby. Two teams skate

At 1,160 acres, this park is expansive

In Olathe, Kan., this club offers swimmers

on a flat track and, using physical force,

enough to bolster a family’s active life. The lake

of all ages and fitness levels an exercise

push their players to the front, a thrilling

is 45-acres and features fishing and wind

program underwater. This program offers

spectacle both fun to play and watch in a

surfing for a day of watersports. Plus, for

swimming lessons, events

family-friendly setting. The Kansas City

Overland Park, Kan.

sports on dry land, there is an island shelter

and competitions.

Roller Warriors, an all-female team, and the Cowtown Butchers, an all-male team,

for picnickers; softball, soccer and


football fields and jogging trail.


are two local roller derby teams bent on taking down the competition.

Individual or group runs and

Blue Springs, Mo.

walks that this

resources: Blue Springs Lake & Jacomo

group offers are

Lake and Marina, English

long distance and

Landing Park, Heritage Lake

also includes Missouri Town 1855 for

do not take place on

and Park & Shawnee Mission Park and Lake

the historian. Extensive trails around the

tracks. The club’s main event, BikeWalkKC, Kansas

lake make it ideal for keeping active by hiking,

is Brew to Brew, a 43-mile race from

City Aquatics Club, Kansas

camping and picnicking.

Kansas City, Mo., to Lawrence, Kan. The

City Track Club

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Foundation. Other events include trail

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a phone. EyeVerify negotiated a worldwide

including intelligent data capture, integration

Google Fiber’s debut in Kansas City

exclusive license to a patent developed by

technology and more. Perceptive helps

shines a spotlight on the city’s existing

University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)

companies to streamline their processes,

technology scene and its potential for

scientists and West Virginia University.

reduce costs from paperwork and improve

growth. The superfast service boosts the

Another startup, RareWire, creates

customer service within a wide range of

city’s prominence in Silicon Prairie and across

apps on iOS and Android mobile devices

industries. The company has become so

the U.S. Also, it provides a competitive

through the use of its App Creation Studio.

successful in its field that it was acquired

advantage and benefits to local startups,

The company has created apps for Boulevard

as a business unit of Lexmark International.

homes, businesses and organizations as the

Brewing Company, The Atlantic, retailer

Garmin is known for the application of

service has plans to expand across the metro

Forever 21 and Graphic Design USA.

its GPS technology in products and apps that help the world navigate, be it aviation,

to nearby suburbs like fast-growing Olathe,


Kan. over the next two years.

marine, fitness, outdoor recreation or tracking.

“Google Fiber gives us a leg up on other

At the other end of the spectrum, established

The company develops some of the coolest

regions,” says Tim McKee, Olathe Chamber

companies like Perceptive Software, Garmin,

products on the planet––such as Vector, a

of Commerce CEO. “Omaha, St. Louis,

Sprint and Cerner, are industry leaders in

high-precision, pedal-based power meter,

Denver, Tulsa, Oklahoma City—They don’t

their respective fields. These companies began

designed for cyclists by cyclists.

have this and it may be quite some time

in Kansas City and have grown into the

before they do, which makes Kansas City

mature companies they are today.

Cerner’s software and products help health care facilities around the world

Sprint continues to innovate and lead

improve pharmaceuticals, medical devices

with its array of products and services for

and other fields. Cerner’s success landed

businesses and consumers that extend beyond

the company on Forbes 2013 Top 10

mobile phones. For example, Sprint Velocity is

Most Innovative Companies in the U.S.

Google Fiber has fueled local tech

an emerging vehicle technology that provides

list (Cerner is ranked 13th in the world).

startups and initiatives including the

Internet access and helps drivers concentrate

The company recently entered an agreement

development of the Kansas City Startup Village

on driving. A June 2013 Forbes article states,

to purchase approximately 237 acres in

(#KCSV). The village is an entrepreneur-led,

“Sprint is becoming a leading player in the

south Kansas City. The expanded campus,



vehicle communications market by offering

if constructed, would potentially house

bolster the Kansas City entrepreneurial and

more than just the wireless connection. It


startup community.

has also developed expertise in navigation,

upon full build-out.

that much more attractive.”






EyeVerify is one of two-dozen startups

managing complicated vendor ecosystems

that are residents of the Village. Led by

and adapting communications applications

resources: Sprint, Kansas City

Founder and CEO Toby Rush, EyeVerify

to the driving environment.”

Startup Village, Perceptive

is focused on eye vein biometrics that

Perceptive Software builds process and

can deliver fingerprint level accuracy from

content management software for business


Garmin, Cerner

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Charcuterie is quickly becoming a Kansas

Magnolia’s Contemporary Southern

City favorite and, with an article in the

Bistro owner, brings the cooking of the

the New York Times, a point of interest on

South to a Midwestern audience. As with

I want to finish our cookbook. We are

the national radar. Alex Pope has created

any great chef, her distinct style has been

also working on a line of ice creams. And

not only a successful butcher shop, but

crafted by not only culinary school, but

packaged food, I would love to figure out

also a space where customers can appreciate

also her life experiences. As a talented

a way to get our food into grocery stores.

the preparation of their meat. Pope offers

chef on the burgeoning local food scene,

butchering classes where customers take

Chef McAfee aspires to do much more

a hands-on approach to learning how to

with Magnolia’s than can even fit in the

break down an animal into usable cuts.

Southern restaurant.

with Magnolia’s in the future?

Manifesto, Kansas City’s speakeasy-style

Weekly or biweekly butcher boxes—in

bar in The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, is Where do you find inspiration for creating

five-, seven- or 10-pound boxes—come filled with items such as roasts, burgers

new dishes?

serving up classically-inspired cocktails with fresh ingredients, and it’s gaining a

and sausages and a varied selection of

Everywhere. I have phases, I think a lot

lot of attention. The New York Times,

stocks, spice blends and fresh herbs that

of chefs do. In terms of Southern food, I

Esquire and Nightclub & Bar Magazine have

complement the cuts. For instant

think Southern cuisine is the foundation of

all taken notice, but what has allowed for

American food. It combines African

its success is the national and local interest

and Native American cuisines

in classic cocktails. The cocktails on the

to create traditional dishes

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menu items like the

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and the menu changes with the seasons

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approach when I cook is

and is sectioned by alcohol type, such as

hefty cheese steak

historical. I go back in history

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Social Media Club of Kansas City The Social Media Club of Kansas City is the local chapter of the international Social Media Club. Creating an environment of education, networking and sharing, SMCKC presents multiple events throughout the year, including special screenings of social media-related movies, VIP tickets to local events and discounted


rates for conferences and summits. In addition, SMCKC recently won an




SMCKC meets the first Friday of every month for breakfast with a side of engaging industry discussion.


Nate Orr sits behind his desk at Spencer Fane Britt & Browne, a local law firm in

mind. Spencer Fane embraces its use among employees in order to increase visibility.

professionals – and it has gotten exponentially

downtown Kansas City. His window frames

“Building client relationships is crucial

better since I returned to KC 15 years ago,”

the city’s skyline on a rainy day, making his

in this industry. People learn about lawyers

Orr says. “Kansas City offers almost every

office all the more impressive. On this day,

through personal interactions. Beyond

amenity of any larger city. It is large enough

we sit down to talk about Orr’s position at the

personal interactions, we encourage our

to offer an array of social and professional

firm, social media law, young professionals in

lawyers to keep their LinkedIn profiles

outlets but small enough for one to make

Kansas City and Orr’s experience living and

up-to-date, so potential clients can get the

an immediate impact.”

working here.

next best view of their skills,” Orr says.

The presence of young professionals in

“Over the years, my role at the firm has

Beyond its LinkedIn usage, Spencer Fane is

Kansas City, in turn, keeps big business

evolved into one that specializes in develop-

also one of the leading law firms on the topic

here. Spencer Fane’s downtown location

ing and managing client relationships,” Orr

of social media law. The team aids companies

is up the street from the Crossroads Arts

says. “My practice focuses on ensuring that

in setting internal policies on employee usage

District, an independently-developing arts

each of those clients receives efficient and

of social media outlets. Spencer Fane attorneys

scene teeming with hot, new restaurants,

effective results across a broad spectrum of

are sought-after speakers on social media law,

galleries and shops. It’s the homegrown

practice areas. Many of our clients think of

as they closely follow the latest developments

culture in which Nate Orr and Spencer

me as the quarterback for their relationship

in the social media world.

Fane thrive.

with the firm.” In terms of developing client relationships, social media is also a topic not far from Orr’s 26

“I think this is a great town for young

Orr conducts this work in Kansas City,

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which provides a rich environment for young, Social Media Club of KC

professionals like himself to grow.

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Farming in traditionally urban areas has never tasted better Growing up in a suburb can be a formative experience for some people and becomes a defining part of a person’s identity. URBAVORE

fertile land supports BADSEED’s thriving Friday night markets at its location on McGee Street in downtown Kansas City.

Farmer and BADSEED Market Owner Brooke Salvaggio is familiar with this idea.

“BADSEED Friday Night Farmers’ Market is truly the funkiest market in town. We are home to a gregarious gang of growers

“I grew up in the Midwestern suburbs. My whole life was

who produce everything—heirloom vegetables, free-range eggs,

dominated by big green lawns, big cars, processed food and

grass-fed meats, raw honey, artisan cheese, rustic bread and

commercialism,” Salvaggio says. “When I was 18, I

chestnuts and pecans,” Salvaggio says.

traveled the world in search of something more

Kansas City has steadily embraced organic

meaningful. As a means of supporting my travels,

farming and its practitioners. As Salvaggio

I volunteered on organic farms in exchange

points out, there are more than 200 farms focused

for room and board. That opened my eyes to

on sustainability within a 100-mile radius and 60

small scale agriculture, homegrown food

farms and gardens in the metropolitan area.

and the idea of working the land as a means

“I would like BADSEED to expand into

of survival.”

a year-round market. For URBAVORE, we

This knowledge compelled Salvaggio to

are in the process of expanding our orchards

open an organic market in Kansas City to serve

and specialty crops. We will soon offer organic

an urban area where brick and pavement is much

apples, peaches, pears, strawberries, blueberries

more prevalent than abundant crops of fresh fruits and

and asparagus from our farm,” Salvaggio says.

vegetables. Salvaggio, along with fellow farmer, Daniel Heryer, established 2.5-acre BADSEED farm in South Kansas City. Now, Salvaggio and Heryer operate the BADSEED farm on a lush 13.5-acre property east of the Country Club Plaza. This

Heirloom Tomato Stacks with Blue Cheese & Purple Ruffles Basil

With such carefully grown ingredients available throughout the metro, good, healthful food permeates restaurants and kitchens throughout the city. resources: BADSEED


richness of fine chocolate) and lastly, an Ivory

Take four (strikingly different) varieties of

Egg (a dainty, pear-shaped tomato with blushing

heirloom tomatoes and cut them into thick

cream-colored flesh and a light angelic flavor). I

This seasonal dish is easy

slices. Then, build stacks by sandwiching

drizzle the finished masterpiece with a little extra

and decadent beyond all

(high-quality) blue cheese and purple ruffles

virgin olive oil, a sprinkling of Sicilian sea-salt

basil between each layer.

and a painfully decadent balsamic reduction. To

comprehension. Heirloom bedazzle

I make mine four layers high with a nice big

make balsamic reduction, bring 1 1/2 cups balsamic

area farmers’ markets in

pink beefsteak as my base (try a Brandywine or

vinegar to a boil. Then, turn down the heat and



July and August. For a stellar

a Mortgage Lifter), followed by a Green Zebra

simmer until it has reduced about halfway. Add

selection, hit up the BADSEED

(a lime green beauty with yellow stripes and a

1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar and continue to

Farmers’ Market on Friday evenings or Brookside

tangy refreshing flavor), then a Purple Calabash

simmer until it becomes syrupy. Yum!

Community Market on Saturday mornings.

(a ruby-purple, superbly ribbed tomato with the

Compliments of Farmer Brooke of BADSEED

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out there and push new ideas and approaches

there was the time period where everyone was

to digital media.

trying to figure out what do we do here?

work for national and local clients and share

RON ARENS, Digital Art Director,

GP: Because we were all independently

an uncommon bond as part of a tight-knit ad

Hallmark Digital: The community is

owned, we were able to pivot where a lot

community. Five professionals shared insight

tight-knit. Everyone knows each other, is

of the holding companies couldn’t. We’ve

about working in the local market.

supportive and we all share the work. It is

hired people from holding companies

What sets Kansas City’s digital and social

also less competitive and we all recognize

and their constant response is, “I’m so

media ad agencies apart from other markets?

that each of us benefits from camaraderie.

glad I’m here. Before, I felt like I was

advertising agencies that specialize in digital and social media. These agencies produce

working for a company that was building


PICKERING, Senior Vice

GP: It’s important to keep opening up the

hammers and selling solutions.” We have

President, Managing Director of Social

apex to get more people in [the industry]

more flexibility to offer up something that

Media, Barkley: Kansas City is the largest

because we kept robbing from each other.

actually works.

independent ad agency community in the

We couldn’t grow. We had to create an

United States. That’s huge. And that makes

environment to bring in more people

RM: People talk about how KC is not a

a difference as far as jumping around between


opportunities. Since then,

major metropolitan market like it is on the

agencies for salary reasons or for a new

we’ve all grown and gotten bigger clients.

coast, but I think that’s an advantage that


opportunity at another job.


other cities don’t have. There’s a cultural

RAMSEY MOHSEN, Director of Social

mindset in the middle of the map. People

TONY WELCH, Creative Services Direc-

Media, DEG: In the industries of PR, ad-

believe there’s nothing amazing happening

tor, T2 Studios: Kansas City has a thriving

vertising and digital, all had a collision

in this part of the country, but we know

digital media community. We fly a bit under

over the past ten years. The agencies here

that’s not the case. We have a fundamentally

the radar and, therefore, feel free to explore

in town have understood quickly––How

different mindset in the sense of hard work,

new ideas and technology a bit more liberally

do you react to this? How should we better

being good people at heart and doing right

than other markets. We’re not afraid to get

offer our services for clients? In the 2000s,

by our clients.

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President Schulz


Chancellor Leo Morton of the University

UMKC faculty, students and alumni have

of Missouri-Kansas City and President Kirk

launched exciting, successful entrepreneurial

Schulz of Kansas State University reflect on

ventures in Kansas City and around the world.

how each university caters to the dynamic

UMKC’s Innovation Center is a significant

needs of both students and companies in a

resource for community entrepreneurs,

marketplace seeking to hire prepared, talented

through programs such as KC SourceLink,

graduates and working professionals with

Whiteboard to Boardroom and Digital

up-to-date skills in highly competitive fields.

Sandbox KC. We are called to serve not just our students,

How does your university distinguish itself

but the community as a whole. Our Hospital

in the educational marketplace?

Hill Campus provides millions of dollars worth of uncompensated care annually to


underserved and uninsured people and

University’s Olathe campus, professionals

focuses much research on addressing health

can conveniently continue their education

care service gaps in both urban and rural

for high-demand careers in biosciences and

areas. Class projects in our Department of

biotechnology, often while working with

Architecture, Urban Planning and Design

industry scientists. Many graduate degree

address real-world redevelopment needs

programs offered at K-State Olathe are

in the urban core. Our performing arts

especially suited for those working at

programs offer hundreds of hours of free,

companies in the Kansas City Animal

cultural programming to the community. The

Health Corridor.

Musical Bridges program at our Conservatory

Students not living in the Kansas City

of Music and Dance provides training to

area can receive a top-tier education

exceptional, young musicians whose families

through our distance education programs,

cannot not afford private instruction, thus

including our doctoral program in personal

opening the door to professional careers.

financial planning—the first online program of its kind in the nation. Fortune 500 companies seek our graduates

How is your university’s cost faring compared to the marketplace?

because they know K-Staters have hands-on experience, industry knowledge and a strong

MORTON: This year, we were the only

work ethic, all before they receive a diploma.

university in the Kansas City area to

New this year, our online professional MBA

make the Princeton Review Top 75 list

program is ideal for working professionals

of Best Value universities in the U.S. for two

who want to take their career to the

consecutive years. Our enrollment is growing,

next level.

and that indicates that the marketplace is recognizing the value we offer.



that set UMKC apart are our entrepreneurial

SCHULZ: Our students graduate with a

focus and our commitment to community

highly valuable degree and are thoroughly

engagement. Our Henry W. Bloch School

prepared to enter the workforce.

of Management is globally renowned for

We make higher education accessible

its entrepreneurship programs, both in

through financial assistance. More than

the traditional business realm, as well as

$200 million of financial assistance, including

for our leadership in social entrepreneurship in

$18.8 million in scholarships, is distributed

the nonprofit sector.

to K-State students every year. We are a

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program site for First Scholars, a national

Clinics, Truman Medical Center, St. Luke’s

program aimed at increasing graduation

Hospital, Research Medical Center and the

rates among first-generation students.

Veterans Affairs Hospital–ensuring that

The Suder Foundation awarded the university

our medical education curriculum remains

$850,000 to cover student scholarships and

strictly relevant to real world demands.


start-up costs to launch the program. What do employers seek from your graduates? How is the university aligning education with the needs of companies seeking

MORTON: They need professionals with

well-prepared graduates as new hires?

the skills to adapt to changing conditions

Chancellor Morton

and changing demands as business needs

SCHULZ: Our College of Business Adminis-

continually evolve. That’s a big focus of

tration’s Business Executive Mentor program

UMKC’s new General Education Core

matches undergraduate students with business

Curriculum. We’re teaching facts and

mentors and companies seeking our graduates.

knowledge, but we’re also teaching problem

Additionally, our professional development

solving by getting people to approach a

program enhances students’ education

situation from a variety of angles and points

and marketability in preparation, excellence

of view. Employers also appreciate that our

and enrichment.

students benefit from experiential learning

K-State’s office of corporate engagement

opportunities under real-world conditions.

helps companies partner with campus researchers, recruit new employees and

SCHULZ: Kansas State University partners

develop their current employees’ skills with

with companies specifically seeking our

educational development. The Olathe

students because of the hands-on experience

campus is home to many research centers

they receive while still in school. Students in

and institutes, including the College of

the College of Engineering have interned

Human Ecology’s Sensory Analysis Center

at companies such as Google Inc. and

and the U.S.-China Center for Animal

Microsoft Corp.

Health. Groundbreaking research takes place every day on our campus through

How are you preparing students to compete

these collaborations.

in an international marketplace?

MORTON: UMKC faculty in our individual

MORTON: A diverse urban campus like

academic units work closely with leaders in

ours is the best preparation for participating

their professions. The continuing education

in the global economy. UMKC is home to

program for attorneys, for example, is a

more than 1,200 international students and

joint project of the Kansas City Metropolitan

scholars from 73 countries. Students who

Bar Association and the UMKC School of

enroll at UMKC are immersed in a diverse

Law. The UMKC School of Education presents

cultural milieu.

continuing education and certification programs on site in local school districts,

SCHULZ: K-State recruits international

and students work in the real-world teaching

students to add diversity to the campus

environment as part of their instruction.

and prepare students for the marketplace.

The Executive Education program at the

Our collaborations range from research

Bloch School creates custom curriculum

to exchanges. K-State is also the first U.S.

programs for specific companies, such as

educational partner of the Australian-

Cerner, Garmin and H&R Block. And all of

American Fulbright Commission.

the faculty in our School of Medicine hold

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The Nelson-Atkins’ Young Friends of

every year. We started with the Crossroads,

arts organizations and more established

Art is one of the most established young

and we have branched out into these other

organizations. Like bringing Quixotic Fusion

professional groups in Kansas City. Founded

areas around it. In other places across the

[an aerobatic performing arts group] to the

in 1965, the mission of Young Friends of Art

United States, it is just one area.

Nelson-Akins Sculpture Garden.

meet new people through events that support

ELIZABETH ARNOLD (Private tutor):

KC: Kansas City is very accessible, because

arts and culture in the local community. Every

In some cities, you have strong corporate

it doesn’t feel like you have to be of a certain

second Friday of the month, the group gets

support and a lot of grassroots support and

status or background to go to anything

together at the Nelson-Atkins to view art,

nobody in the middle. I’ve found that at

that has to do with the arts. Variety

enjoy drink specials and mingle with other

different levels there is balanced support

makes it accessible.

YFA members.

of the arts in KC.

What’s your impression of Kansas City’s

Talk a little about the accessibility of art in

downtown while the Kauffman Center for

arts scene?

Kansas City. What’s its current outreach?

the Performing Arts was being built. He

How can it extend?

pointed out the structure and asked what

is to help professionals in their 20s and 30s

JV: One time, I was driving with a client


it was. I told him, and he said, “When

consultant): It’s a pretty rich arts culture.

NMJ: There are a lot of activities here. I

the main building you are constructing

It has always felt like a place where a lot of

brought in some friends from out of town

downtown is an arts center that says a

local artists have stayed in the city or returned.

during the Chinese New Year, and it felt like

lot about a city.”

Artistically, it’s pretty vibrant.

there were a thousand people in the museum. They were blown away. They are from



Europe, and they were completely impressed

(Communications professional): I think it’s

that there were that many people here willing

LEAH VOMHOF (School improvement

a pretty tight-knit arts community. In a lot

to come out to the museum on a Friday night.

specialist): I think, whether it is kids or

of cities, it can get pretty competitive, but I

young adults, fine arts create different pathways

ANDREA GANIER (Senior account

in your brain. Even if it is not what you are

manager at a software company): One

going to do with your life, it makes you

KRISTINA CARLSON (Photographer):

thing that is helping accessibility is that

think differently about the projects you are

It’s really thriving. We seem to only grow

there are so many partnerships between

working on.

get the sense here that it is very facilitative.


Why should fine art matter to young people?

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AG: There’s a reason so many tech companies

EA: I think the legacy is the infrastructure and

put a lot of thought into the design of their

the investment that has been made. It will

office space, because they know people are

help the arts community grow even more.


visually stimulated by creative pieces.

NMJ: It’s really impressive how much it EA: So much of my professional life is

is growing and how quickly. In the last 15

mediated through digital interfaces. When I

years, we got an addition to the Nelson

come to the Nelson, I experience things that

[Bloch Building] and the creation of the

are not pixel-based and are often tangible.

Kauffman Center.

Art is important to our humanity. If you are in a place where the arts are not supported,

KK: We’ve always had a really good

it is stifling to the community.

stronghold nationwide. I’ve always felt

NMJ: My mother is an artist, so I was

like we have been in the top five art centers

dragged around here as a kid, too. For me,

across the nation.

it’s a way to stay connected to the arts side.

KK: For the young professional, it enriches their life. Being part of the community

I am involved with a lot of other professional

makes you feel like you are working toward

JV: The thing that I like about it a lot is that

organizations, but this organization is my

something beyond your job.

there are so many things that you could say

passion group.

are artistic or creative around here. There

NMJ: Art is a barrier for a lot of people.

are so many opportunities to immerse yourself

AG: The collection here is so broad and

Kansas City allows people to see that it is

in art in this city. It permeates the community.

so deep. It’s one of the best in the United

not a culture or status thing. It’s a human thing.

States. There’s such a feeling of community

NMJ: It’s almost atmospheric. When you

here. On any given Saturday, you’ll see people

LV: We in our professional lives think about

think about the art deco buildings downtown,

doing Tai Chi on the lawn or playing

different things all day long. Engaging in

even those are beautiful buildings. Then, we

Frisbee. It doesn’t matter if everyone who

the arts is a break for your brain.

have the murals all over town. Literally,

walks through the door understands every

everywhere you look there is art. And the

piece. It belongs to all of us.

What do you think the legacy of art has

fountains. You can’t not look at art in

been in Kansas City, and what do you

Kansas City.

JV: I had a bench where I used to read. It

think it will be?

feels very lived in here. What makes the Nelson so special to you?

AG: I think with all the talent that is

NMJ: At other museums, you feel like here

burgeoning right now that we are only

LV: I came here when I was little and took art

is the art and here is the viewer, but here, I

going to see really great things. It’s a really

classes and was tortured by my mother by

agree, there is that lived-in quality.

great time to buy art, because something

walking through the galleries, so I thought.

you may buy now because you love it may

Now, being in education, I realize that not a

resources: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

belong to the next great artist.

lot of parents do that with their children.

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Chef Michael Smith peels shrimp faster

Smith’s tapas restaurant Extra Virgin and

into a meal for the staff, a soup, sauce or

than anyone he knows. He peels 10 pounds

flagship restaurant Michael Smith draw

daily special so there’s no waste.”

of shrimp in seven minutes. He has honed

adventurous diners to Kansas City’s

that speed and skill since the age of 12 when

Crossroads Arts District.

he began working in a seafood restaurant kitchen managed by his mother.


When not in the kitchen, he checks wine and liquor orders as they come in and helps to seat

His day begins at 8 a.m. in the office.

guests. He meets wine sales representatives up

“First thing, I check the bank account, email

to a dozen times a week to taste product

Chef Smith has come a long way since the

and online news about the Denver Broncos,”

and hear their latest pitch. A farmer drops

early 1980s when he answered a want ad

he says. He noshes on a strawberry tart,

by with two stuffed bags of spring onions

for Chateau Pyrenees, a French restaurant

when in season, and drinks espresso while

that will make their way onto a menu.

in Denver. Smith began his professional

skimming The Kansas City Star and The

Mundane details, even distributing

culinary career there, studying under mentor

New York Times. “Then I’ll spend 15 to 20

clean towels daily to his kitchen team,

Chef Jean Pierre Lelievre.

minutes dealing with paperwork and mail.”

have an underlying purpose. “They only

Smith worked in top restaurants in southern

Afterward, Smith cooks and assists

get so many. Otherwise, they’ll use them up

France and Chicago during the early stages

with prep work until noon. He says, “I

quickly,” Smith says. Laundry is a cost

of his career. He came to Kansas City in

cook 99 percent of wine dinners and

hidden to diners that Smith manages as a

1994 as the executive and corporate chef

special event dinners. The sous chefs

business owner. “You can always tell a

at The American Restaurant. While there,

and kitchen staff work their stations. I’ll

novice cook from an experienced one.

he earned a James Beard Foundation award

check the walk-in cooler and find unused

The young ones always use up their towels

in 1999 for Best Chef in the Midwest. Today,

or leftover ingredients and make them

and aren’t prepared for dinner service.”

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Between 2 and 4 p.m., Smith peruses cookbooks that might inspire menu ideas or he checks email on his laptop. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m., when he expedites orders, visits tables, help his cooks with prep or de-bones chicken thighs that will be stuffed with chorizo and fig and cooked as medallions in a wood-fired oven. “At 5 p.m., the show is on. No matter how you feel, you put on a smile and take care of the customer,” Smith says. “You’re always on socially. Your name is on the door. Some people want to see and meet the chef running the restaurant. 99 percent of the time, it’s awesome.” His day winds down anywhere between 11 p.m. and midnight, except for Wednesday nights when he ceases work at 8 p.m. to have dinner with his children.

KANSAS CITY’S AWARD-WINNING CHEFS Kansas City is home to numerous James Beard

“Running a restaurant involves brains and brawn. It’s a physical job,” Smith says. The creativity of preparing cuisine that pleases guests is offset by the labor. “You work all day

Foundation award-winning chefs––an impressive feat and testament to the city’s culinary talent. In addition to Chef Michael Smith, fellow James Beard Award winners include:

long. It’s rare to have down time. There’s always plenty to do.” Smith emphasizes that the work is fun too. He’s eating and tasting food throughout the day. When he falls into a creative rut, he’ll explore a cooking technique or cuisine. Recently, he launched “Big Night,” a prix fixe Italian tasting menu served every Wednesday night. This special prompts him to focus on learning how to make different pastas by hand and teach the method to his cooks. He says, “It’s fun to learn a new process.” Even for a top-ranked veteran chef, managing a restaurant is demanding. “It’s hard to run a business and be creative at the same time,” Smith says. In the case of Chef Michael Smith and the consistently delicious food prepared at his two

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With trillions of dollars needed globally to

and in its prominent industry rankings

Company statistics speak volumes. In

address the infrastructure demands of a world

in Engineering News-Record. According

December 2011, Black & Veatch had

population that has surpassed 7 billion people,

to Black & Veatch Chief Administrative

8,900 professionals worldwide. Today,

there perhaps is no better time to be in an

Officer Jim Lewis, the company’s plan is to

that number has surpassed 10,000 – a 13

industry that addresses energy, water,

grow at a double-digit rate annually while

percent increase in 20 months. In the

communications and security. It’s no

it further expands its presence around the

summer of 2013 alone, Black & Veatch

wonder Black & Veatch continues to garner

world. All of this, says Lewis, will create

hosted nearly 100 college interns.

loyalty and attract new professionals to

more career opportunities for a diverse

its workforce.

set of professionals.

Black & Veatch’s growth stems from the increasing demand for mobile devices and

The Kansas City area company, founded

“We achieved record-setting performance in

instant communications. It is based on the

in 1915, is a leading global engineering,

2012, have continued that strong momentum

desire for more energy to fuel a growing

consulting and construction provider that

this year and project continued growth in

global economy; and in the ever important

specializes in what the company refers to

the years ahead,” Lewis says. “As global needs

need for access to clean water. These global

as “Critical Human Infrastructure™.”

for the energy, water, telecommunications and

trends have led the company to also expand

The global demand for the services it

security services that we provide increases

its construction and procurement business

provides is evident from the company’s

rapidly, we will continue to expand our

that has grown to nearly one-third of its

place on Forbes “500 Largest Private

capabilities to meet the complex challenges

revenue and created a 33 percent increase in

Companies in the United States” list

our clients face.”

construction and procurement staff since 2011.

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Black & Veatch was part of a consortium

and emerging markets. The company has

for the construction of the T-BAR Well field

expanded into the Gulf Cooperation Council

project that can deliver up to 20 million

region and further into India, a move

gallons of water per day to Midland, Texas.

related to the growing demand for water

This fast-track project was completed in

reuse, power and oil and gas work.

less than 12 months to provide needed water supplies to the drought- stricken region.

“In emerging market countries, when you put in a power plant or water system,

The company is currently working on

it dramatically improves the lives of its

a major engineering, procurement and

citizens,” Lewis says. “In fact, we hired one

construction air quality control retrofit

young engineer who was born in Kenya and

project at the Columbia Energy Center in

graduated from a local university. She told

Wisconsin, co-owned and operated by

us she was attracted to Black & Veatch for

Wisconsin Power and Light Company

this very reason.”


Opening doors for the next generation Black & Veatch Gives Opportunities to Young Professionals As Black & Veatch continues to grow its global presence and workforce, young

(WPL). This work will further reduce

Black & Veatch’s Mission, “Building a

professionals will play a critical role in

emissions from WPL’s largest coal-fired

World of Difference,” often attracts talented

the company’s future. According to Black &

power plant.

professionals to the company, Lewis says.

Veatch’s Director of Global Talent Acquisition,

Black & Veatch is providing its PRICO

In the coming years, Black & Veatch

Chris Gould, young professionals are

technology for Exmar on the world’s first

expects to grow through the addition of

important to both Black & Veatch and the

floating LNG liquefaction, regasification

engineers, technicians, construction, project

industry as a whole.

and storage unit. The facility will be a

controls and procurement jobs, as well as

Gould cites significant growth in the areas

non-propelled barge moored to a jetty,

its the various business support functions

of energy, water, telecommunications and

supplied with natural gas by pipeline from

required to meet its clients’ expectations.

projects that require skills in engineering,

an onshore field in Colombia. The unit will

Lewis, who has been with the Kansas City

science, technology and construction.

company for 39 years, says professionals

Growing at a fast pace across all continents

The company has also delivered eight

enjoy the company’s stock ownership plan,

of the world, the need to develop the human

onshore LNG facilities in China with

its commitment to the communities around


an additional 10 projects underway

the world and its efforts to educate a future


throughout the country. These LNG

generation of engineering and technical

people to live

facilities are used to fuel natural gas

professionals. Its company professionals


transportation vehicles.

participate in efforts such as Engineers


without Borders, Project Lead the Way and

the need for

First Robotics.

a steady flow

then deliver the LNG to world markets.

In a city near Beijing, the company’s work can be seen at the Bazhou LNG facility for the production of natural gas for the Hebei








of talent entering

Huaqi Natural Gas Company, Ltd. Partnering

reap the benefits of the value we have

with Chemtex, Black & Veatch designed

created here through their ownership in

and built the facility that provides LNG for

the company,” Lewis says. “When you

chance to train and grow with our current

city buses, trucks and fueling stations.

combine our growth with our mission and

professionals at Black & Veatch, as well as

commitment to the community, it’s a very

to contribute immediately,” Gould says.

response to its clients’ needs to address

exciting time to work at Black & Veatch.”

“They play a critical role in the day-to-day

a growing population in both developed

resources: Black & Veatch

function of our organization.”

Black & Veatch’s global presence is in

the industry. “Young





Gould says Black & Veatch recruits from a set of core colleges and universities that specialize in engineering and construction and through pre-college efforts, like Project Lead the Way and First Robotics. With the right skill set, he says, today’s youth will have the opportunity to grow and develop long and interesting careers around the globe.

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Ben Lee, creative manager by day and illustrator by night, is a downtown dweller, and he loves it. Lee grew up in Maryland, where he was drawn to the entertainment industry and pop culture. “I was attracted to anime when I was growing up, so that’s where my style really began to develop,” Lee says. “My style is animated now with urban and anime influences. Really, my influences constantly grow.” Lee’s work within marketing and advertising forms the basis of his creative personality. His goal is to create stories and experiences through his work, both in marketing and the world of animation. In his professional life, Lee strikes a balance between practicality and creativity, a juxtaposition he also finds in his home in the Westside neighborhood, just west of the Crossroads Arts District downtown. After graduating from The Kansas City Art Institute, Lee decided to remain in Kansas City. The Westside neighborhood—around 17th and Summit—is a source of inspiration for Lee. Westside Local, a farm-to-table restaurant, is a source of creative energy in terms of food innovation. Little Freshie takes the childhood treat of snow cones to the next level with natural, homemade flavors, such as blackberry lavender. The Calico Beard & Mercantile, a salon complete with a mercantile of handmade and vintage goods, and Utilitarian Workshop, a design studio and retail co-op, are equally creative in their industries. Besides the shops, Lee finds the Westside to be a great place to take a walk on a beautiful day. “I also like the West Bottoms, which people tend to forget about since it is not conventional, pretty and inviting,” Lee says. “The buildings down there are just beautiful, and their age really gives the area a lot of character.” Downtown Kansas City is also filled with a plethora of historic landmarks and one-of-a-kind attractions, monuments and hideaways. Lee takes particular joy in one iconic figure. “I love the cow monument off of the 12th Street Bridge. I don’t know why it is there, but I just love that it is,” Lee says. Once a memorial to the stockyards, the cow, like so many other local landmarks downtown, is cherished for its history and for the new memories made. resources: The Westside Local, Little Freshie, Calico Beard & Mercantile, Utilitarian Workshop Brought to you by KCADC & Anthem Publishing



Ben Lee’s KC Favorites THE SHIP A Kansas City tavern opened after the repeal of prohibition, The Ship is now an event space that is more than meets the eye upon entering.

MANIFESTO The old-school lounge in the basement of The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, which is a KC favorite for its cocktails using seasonal and local ingredients.

WEST 18TH ST. FASHION SHOW KC’s premier fashion event showcases the clothing, makeup, hair and modeling prowess of local designers.

resources: The Ship, Manifesto, West 18th St. Fashion Show

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With so many sights to see, places to go

any other. Book a summer celebration for

its technology features are sure to make your

and ways to get downtown, it’s hard to

up to 450 guests and enjoy private cabanas,

experience a memorable one. In addition to

list them all, but here are a few you won’t

a DJ, KC Live! catering and raised decks

all this, The Sprint Center also ranked

want to miss.

for sunbathing. With the swim-up bar,

number three on concert and Pollstar

you never have to leave the water to get

Magazine’s America’s Busiest Arenas list.


your favorite cocktails. Bring a smaller

Get the most out of your movie

group of friends to the Jones’ weekly

viewing experience with

Nightlife takes on a new meaning in

summer events.

the Power & Light District, with more

Alamo Drafthouse in downtown’s





visit interesting. The “living room” space

Founded 16 years

long-awaited Kansas City

features plush, outdoor seating, Kansas

ago in Austin, Texas,

Street Car is scheduled to hit

City’s largest outdoor video screen and a

this theater chain has

the streets. This new addition

great view of the stage, which has been

to KC’s public transportation

host to acts like Ryan Lewis & Macklemore





grown from a simple, single-screen




than 40 restaurants and bars to keep your

options will connect Union Station

and KC’s Rock the Block Fashion show.

business to a cinematic hot

and Crown Center to the River Market

Bar- and club-wise, The Hotel Nightclub

spot for fans and professionals alike. Enjoy a

area, with about a 4-mile round trip

casual meal and a cold beer during the film.

span. The Crossroads, Power &

See an old-school favorite in a Drafthouse

Light and Central Business

Film School screening. And don’t miss events

districts will also be on

like Quote-Alongs, HeckleVision and chick

the route, and more

flicks during Girlie Night.

than 10 million yearly

a glass of

visitors, employers and


residents will benefit







COSENTINO’S Lifestyle dietary needs, including vegan and gluten-free, are easy to satisfy with all



parking, the store can cater to any lifestyle.

music environment. Mosaic Lounge is the perfect place



of Cosentino’s grocery options. With online shopping, delivery and free underground

provides a high-energy


Midwest back to




downtown KC. hosts

Also, Cosentino’s caters events, complete

concerts almost every week with artists

with balloons and floral arrangements.

for all tastes, from country to pop to classic rock. Catch a college basketball game,

resources: Alamo Drafthouse,

wrestling match or other favorite sporting

Cosentino’s, The Jones

The Jones Pool is a rooftop oasis with

event. The Center’s luxurious seating—

Pool, KC Street Car

a view and swimming experience unlike

enough for 19,000 plus 72 suites—and, Sprint Center


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For many Kansas Citians, the Plaza holds a special place in their hearts. The Country Club Plaza, built using Spanish architectural

a view, too, as the restaurant has a large patio with a view facing local landmark Brush Creek.

style in 1922, was the first open-air shopping district in the

“I discovered an amazing appetizer there recently, Asian Pig

nation designed with the car in mind. Over the years, it has

Wings, with a sake soy glaze, cilantro and sambal that I definitely

gathered a lot of history and a lot of memories, but for Rob

recommend,” Schroeder says.

Schroeder, the Plaza is home.

The Plaza isn’t all about food. Since 1922, it has been a premium

“I’ve lived in the Hemingway condo building on the Plaza now for

shopping destination. Standard Style, denim designer Matt

more than 10 years. It’s a great location. We also have a fantastic rooftop

Baldwin’s original boutique, includes pieces from lines such as

deck for entertaining,” Schroeder says. “What I love about living on the

rag & bone, Marc by Marc Jacobs and, of course, Baldwin Denim,

Plaza is the convenience of being able to walk out my front door and

worn by the likes of Jay-Z and Jason Sudeikis. Kate Spade New

across the bridge over Brush Creek to go out for dinner, drinks, shopping

York is also, fittingly, open on the Plaza, as Kate Spade is a native of

or to see a movie, and I never have to worry about parking my car, which

Kansas City. Popular chains such as H&M, Anthropologie and

especially comes in handy when the Plaza hosts big events.”

J. Crew also call the Country Club Plaza home.

With traditional American food at The Classic Cup, delectable

Cinemark Palace on the Plaza provides a rich movie-going experience.

steaks at Plaza III and new favorites like Mexican-inspired Zócalo, it is

Unity Temple, a spiritual center across the street, hosts talks from

easy to find something new to try at the Plaza daily.

people like Chef Ina Garten and Caroline Kennedy.

Gram & Dun is the latest of the nightly hot spots for those wishing to eat and drink delicious food and cocktails and enjoy

With all of this happening on the Plaza on a near daily basis, it’s easy to see why Schroeder and others call it home.

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Plaza Events to Put on Your Calendar Besides permanent shops and restaurants, the Country Club Plaza hosts multiple popular events.

WATERFIRE Torchbearers ride along Brush Creek as the October sun sets over Kansas City and light wood in the braziers float gently atop the water. When the process is completed, an awe-inspiring sight awaits the viewer— the illusion of a creek lit on fire. Local musicians and dancers perform, completing the breathtaking, autumnal sight.

THE PLAZA ART FAIR More than 240 artists, 27 Plaza restaurant booths and three live music stages make up this event. Each autumn, the streets of the Country Club Plaza become the “halls” of an outdoor art gallery. In a town where art is integral to the culture, this is an event not to be missed.

KCP&L PLAZA LIGHTS On Thanksgiving evening, the buildings of the Plaza are lit—by a local celebrity, such as Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cam on “Modern Family”—for the holiday season. The one-of-a-kind event ushers in the season with holiday parties and shopping on the Plaza. The lights shine each evening from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. through the second week of January. resources:



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FRIDAY 7 p.m.


landmarks and hidden gems, such as the

10 p.m.


Western Auto Building and Union Station.

A cold, gentle rain falls over the city this

After trying to locate each spot in my mind,

After walking from gallery to gallery

evening. Tonight, the best way to prepare for

I pass a live light installation and pause at the

along the rainy streets, I stop in Manifesto,

First Friday, a monthly gallery walk held

end of the hall in front of the figurative

the basement bar in The Rieger Hotel Grill &

year-round in the Crossroads Art District, is

sculptures of E.S. Schubert, which are

Exchange, to warm up. Imagine a speakeasy

with the rich, Austrian dishes of Grünauer.

precise and animated. Downstairs, Michael

for the modern age. Seasonal cocktails are

Many other people have had the same idea,

Young is exhibiting his colorful, intricate and

listed on the menu in delicious detail. I am

so I settle into a spot at the beautiful bar and

culturally relevant pieces. “Trouble in the Pet

torn between the Cranberry Cobbler—

enjoy a citrusy Stiegl Radler, a grapefruit-

Shop” is a layered peek into a chaotic pet shop

Ransom Old Tom Gin, Alvear Amontillado

flavored, Austrian beer, a surefire cure for the

that requires a good, long look to catch

Sherry, lemon, orange, cranberry, honey and

chill in the air. Once seated in the dining room,

every detail. In the back room, Michael’s

cinnamon—and Ward & Precinct—Buffalo

I take in the rustic grandeur of the Freight

enthusiastic son, Ian, exhibits his paintings,

Trace Bourbon, lemon, orange, homemade

House, a historic railroad building converted

which are playable versions of classic board

grenadine and Angostura Bitters. This dimly

into restaurant space. For the ultimate

games. “Mouse Trappings” and “Operating

lit, intimate watering hole is the perfect

comfort, I order the Schnitzel a la Grünauer, a

Table” are Ian’s hyper-colorful take on the

place to wind down after First Friday.

breaded and pan sautéed pork cutlet stuffed

games Mouse Trap and Operation.

with creamed spinach, served with mashed potatoes. By the end, I am satisfyingly full, but I still take a moment to consider the apfel strudel mit schlag, a traditional apple strudel with marinated raisins and fresh whipped cream.

9 p.m. GLIMPSE FLASH ART SPACE Glimpse Flash Art Space, a peek into the art scene in Lawrence, Kan., has made its way up to Kansas City this Friday to share

8 p.m.

its offerings. When I enter, a band belts


behind them hangs a horse made entirely of

out folksy tunes next to the entrance and

I hit the pavement in the Crossroads and end

keys from computer keyboards. The perimeter

up at the Todd Weiner Gallery. Upstairs,

of the gallery is a mix of paintings including

various local artists are spread between

the fairytale-like works of Paul Flinders.

numerous rooms. Weaving through the

“Say Yes,” one of Flinder’s creatures, faces

doors, I discover local artist Brad Ultican’s

the viewer with its mouth wide open, as

graphite drawings

if he is embracing the title’s maxim. Yuri



Zupancic created a piece at which it is also hard not to stare—an embellished microchip.

SATURDAY 10 a.m.

MILDRED’S COFFEEHOUSE After a night spent visiting gallery after

Finally, Wink eyewear

gallery, I refuel at Mildred’s Coffeehouse.



The laid-back vibe sets the right tone for


a day exploring the Crossroads at a

many well-designed

more relaxed pace. I enjoy a latte and a

frames and a great

made-from-scratch cinnamon roll. Groups

staff. By the end,

of young adults and several parents with

they convince me

happy, small children occupy small tables and

that I just might

couches in the cozy café.






only to own one of



spectacle designs.

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12 p.m.


Brussels sprouts. Childhood’s most hated side is turned into a decadent, buttery

Black Bamboo is a home furnishings store

concoction at Pizzabella. Adorned with

selling a vast array of Asian antiques mixed

pancetta, red cranberries, almonds and

with modern furniture and accessories. Good

vinaigrette, this dish certainly gets my

design lives here, and it’s just the place to

appetite going. I order a classic Margherita

complete a particular vision. The owners’

pizza—tomato, garlic and fresh mozzarella—

frequent trips to China and Southeast Asia provide a collection of goods that cannot be found anywhere else. Pieces by North American artisans round out an eclectic selection from which to pick up a great gift for a close friend or the right lamp for an empty side table. Featured in Architectural Digest, Better Homes and Gardens and Elle Décor, Black Bamboo is full of interesting pieces, which its staff is glad to show off.

for a classic Italian treat.

3 p.m. CHRISTOPHER ELBOW ARTISAN CHOCOLATES A flavorful meal should naturally end with chocolate. I head over to Christopher Elbow’s storefront, Kansas City’s Wonka Factory. Clean lines and white counters show off the beautiful chocolate selection. Behind the counter, yellow, red, green

1 p.m.

and purple-hued chocolates stand out


way to start with chocolate filled with

in artistic beauty. Fleur de Sel is a delicious

After I pick up a gift at Black Bamboo, I

caramel and French grey sea salt. For the

need a card to go with it. Kansas City’s

adventurous palate, lavender caramel in a

Hammerpress carries artfully designed

purple shell is a surprisingly delicious flavor

and printed cards. While there, I

combination and the seasonal rosemary

ponder Hammerpress’s posters, art

caramel, dressed in bright green, excites

prints and paper goods, and consider

the senses. Fair warning: I went in for

buying way more than I came for.

one piece and left with an entire box.

Hammerpress has done great work for local businesses, such as Little Freshie, a soda fountain and espresso bar in the Westside neighborhood, and Pizzabella, an artisanal pizzeria in the heart of the Crossroads. I jot down a note to remind me that I want to order Hammerpress business cards in the future, because their intriguing die-cut edges, bright colors and old-fashioned fonts are too hard to resist.

2 p.m. PIZZABELLA With that much shopping done

4 p.m. RETRO INFERNO With a full stomach, two floors and 10,000 square feet of classic 20th century furnishings and collectibles does not seem quite as daunting as I head into Rod Parks’ home furnishing store, Retro Inferno. It bursts at the seams with mid-century modern




lamps and red chairs hearken back to a different time. Hard to miss is the giant “Inferno” sign, which Parks acquired from an old, local club.

since breakfast, I decide that lunch is in order. A big slice of wood-fired pizza made with fresh ingredients is the specialty


at Pizzabella, and it sounds pretty darn good

resources: Black Bamboo,

to me. I enjoy a cold drink while perusing

Hammerpress, Pizzabella

the menu. Whatever the season, the opening, Christopher Elbow Artisan

act of my Pizzabella meal must be the


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How do people decorate owner

with these pieces without going over the top?

of Retro Inferno, has made a life out of his


home goods. When did Retro Inferno open, and what is the idea behind it?


for cooking? I think Thai food is enjoyable to prepare

The era in they

passion for well-designed

What makes Thai food a fulfilling medium

and eat because it is so unlike any other type


of cuisine. Although the surrounding countries

does not necessarily

of China, India, Burma, Laos, Malaysia and

determine their beauty;

Vietnam influence Thai cooking, it is

it is their solid design

completely different from American and

that makes them beautiful.

European cuisines. It’s also so healthy and

Good design really works in any

Retro Inferno opened in June 1998 on

environment. Mid-century modern pieces

17th and Main and on Grand Boulevard in

can be used as accent pieces and pops of

2004. It started when I became obsessed

color to great effect.

light and spicy for spice lovers. What was the inspiration for LuLu’s colorful decor?

with mid-century modern furniture design.

My husband and I wanted to express What do you love about the Crossroads?

2010 Bangkok. In Thailand, there are no

to the point where I had a warehouse full

When I came to the area, there were a lot

zoning laws, so industry, markets and

of it. I began to wonder whether or not I

of people doing interesting things. At the

residential areas are all neighbors. We

could make a living out of my love for this

time, you could buy a ton of space for

wanted the environment to be welcoming and

particular type of design. I had been travel-

cheap, so a lot of artists were attracted.


ing quite a bit; I had been to New York and

They really turned it into a burgeoning

L.A., so I had seen many of these types of

scene and the popular destination that it

stores gaining success.

is today. I really felt like I belonged

I started accumulating tons of this furniture

What is the appeal of the mid-century modern look?

lightness. It was created in a period of

yourself at home?

in this neighborhood, in terms

Italian, American,

of art and design, which is

Mexican, Japa-

why I have never left.

The appeal is very much the same as when it was first made. It has this exuberance and

What do you cook for

nese and, of course, Thai.


optimism, and that really shows in the

Owner of Lulu’s Thai

design. People are very attracted to

Noodle Shop, Monyakula

that. The pieces have also stood the test

is passionate about the

of time, which makes them continue to

food she creates and her

work with modern designs.

restaurant’s atmosphere.

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presence, Noland is making

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this is going

storefronts and international

to engaging and effectively communicating


and ended up

We have some of the most talented,

being a sculpture

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right here in Kansas City. Additionally,

forward. The HUGE SALE

people don’t realize how many great national

Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t.

installation is the most interesting to me. It

brands are based right here in KC, including

I think it’s dependent on the intention of the

has more content for me than the other ones.

Lee Jeans, Hallmark, Sprint and more.



creator, and the ideas of the wearer. I have clothing that I consider art, because it was

There are endless opportunities to grow


made by an artist. I have other clothing

in the communication field here, whether

As a young professional working in

that I don’t consider art because it was


made for money.

Fairchild represents the strong presence




of young professionals found in the Where are some of your favorite places to go in the Crossroads? I loved West 18th Street before I had a

Crossroads, creating an environment of entrepreneurship and growing enterprise in the area of innovation.

shop there. My dad would take me there

non-profit. What do you enjoy about working in the Crossroads? All the little shops and great restaurants. It’s nice to be able to get out of the office, stroll down the street and be inspired by all the

Tell me about your position at Crossroads,

when I was a teenager, and I always felt like I was being let in on a secret. These

you’re looking for an agency, corporation or

Barkley’s public relations firm.

days I hope it’s not still a secret to people,

local shops, artists and entrepreneurs doing what they love in Kansas City.

As account supervisor at Crossroads, I

because I want them to come and visit us,

manage a lot of the day-to-

but I hope it still holds that appeal.

day contact with clients

Where is your favorite place the

and work to provide What or who is inspiring you right now?


My friend Seth Bogard’s artwork is always





Drink? Shop?







so inspirational to me. His store is called


Wacky Wacko. I am always amazed by

brands across a


those artists who can stay true to their

wide variety of

Pizzabella and

vision and find a way to make a living



from their work. Or, those who don’t care



places Why is the firm

what they do and have enough confidence to put it into the world.

named Crossroads?

District. We were also looking for a name

that stands out to you at the moment?

that represents what we do. With the



drinks, I love the atmosphere of Tannin [Wine Bar]. And my favorite

located in the Crossroads Arts

Do you have a favorite installation or one


in the area. For

Well, for one, we are Your storefront installations are incredible.


are my favorite

if they make a living or not but are true to







Chocolates and Cellar Rat for wine.

The big green hand is my favorite, because it

convergence of traditional communication

was the first time I explored that medium. I felt

and social media, many brands can find

resources: Peggy Noland,

very proud of what we had done. At each step

themselves at a crossroads when it comes

Crossroads PR

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skyline salon is a new york salon with crossroads swagger Bumble and bumble’s downtown salon

Grand Boulevard and the expansive space,

love vintage and thrift stores, and women

in New York is impressive. With great

Skyline is arranged so customers enter and

who possess the ability to mix new and

views of the city and an open floor plan,

exit in separate doors to avoid traffic. Each

old pieces perfectly. I love to take that

it’s easy to feel like a million bucks before

station has KC’s skyline depicted on the top in

idea and adapt it to hair.”

hair styling even begins. Sound good?

wood created by Utilitarian Workshop. And in

Haavisto acknowledges the transformative

Look no further than Skyline Salon, Kansas

a brilliant departure from typical shampooing

power of a good haircut, as many stylists do,

City’s own downtown salon.

stations, Skyline projects muted, old movies

but she also recognizes that what she does

As Skyline’s co-owner and former employee

on the wall before the stations so customers

is also a mix of not only old and new, but

of bumble and bumble, Carmen Gramajo,

have something to watch while they get their

also art and science.

explains it, Skyline was a collaboration

hair washed.

between a group of friends who wanted to create a destination salon.

“Styling and coloring can be creative,

“The culture we create is what sets Skyline

but cutting hair is basically geometry

apart from other salons,” Gramajo says. “If

and coloring is chemistry,” Haavisto

“Our landlord thought we were crazy

we don’t feel confident that someone will

says. “How people operate is also a mix.

for putting the salon on the fourth floor

fit nicely into our culture, it doesn’t matter

Some people are more creative and artful

[of the historic Firestone building], but

how much experience they have.”

in their approach, but I prefer the more

we wanted to give customers a great view

One member of the Skyline culture is

of Kansas City. We knew if we could get

Heather Haavisto. She was raised in the

Skyline Salon is a luxurious, downtown

people in, we could do great work and

suburbs of Sacramento but yearned for

salon with an artistic vision that speaks

feature Kansas City,” Gramajo says.

the creativity and excitement of bigger

to the creative spirit of its location, the

cities and urban areas.

Crossroads Art District.

The design of Skyline Salon is remarkable. It is hard to believe there isn’t a trained designer

“I draw a lot of inspiration from walking

on staff. Besides the view of downtown from

around the city streets,” Haavisto says. “I

technical aspects of cutting hair.”

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LIVING IN THE ’DOTTE story and photography by PETE DULIN

Kansas City, Kan., located in Wyandotte

For example, Cerner Corp., a major

League Soccer competition to Sporting

County, holds its own as an attractive place

health care software provider, built a new

Park. The Village West development also

to live and work in close proximity to its

$190 million, 660,000-square-foot campus in

houses the popular and active Kansas

larger Kansas City, Mo., counterpart. The city

2012 that will house an anticipated 4,000

Speedway, offering multiple NASCAR

is rich in cultural history, nearby professional

employees. This development will attract

events and other racing, The Legends

sporting events, delicious food and a steadily

further growth in retail, residential and office

Outlets Kansas City

thriving economic climate appealing to both

development in the area.

young professionals and families. “It is my hometown, but its everybody’s

“We have many types of housing

restaurants and

from loft apartments, to multi-family



hometown. It is that place that we have

apartments, renovated older building

all experienced at one time or another,”

with up-to-date features, townhomes

says Steven Curtis, a photographer and

and, of course, single family

community organizer. “It’s an older working

homes both new and

class community where your neighbors

‘previously loved,’”

wave at you or talk to you over the fence.


Where you close off the street for a barbecue


or watch the local high school’s Friday night


game. A place where neighborhood bars and

CEO of KCK’s

County Park,” notes Cash.

ethnic cafes are mainstream. It’s a place


“The park is probably my

about people — all kinds of people with all

Commerce. “We

kinds of ethnic and religious backgrounds. It’s

also have fixer-

a mixing pot of people, cultures and ideas.”


That hometown feel is complemented


with stores and

attractions. “There are also four golf in




County – one private


and three public as well as


a junior course at Wyandotte




who want to truly make

favorite place in Wyandotte County other than my own backyard. It has playgrounds, picnic shelters, a marina, a horse

by thriving growth in the area. Sara Lee

their home their own, as well as

riding trail and hiking trails. In the winter,

Corporation, General Motors, Cerner

lots that can be custom built.”

we have discovered that the best sledding

Corporation and Kellogg’s are just a few of

Kansas City has fallen in love with its

hill around is at the park. In the summer,

the innovative companies that have chosen

newest professional sports team, Sporting

boating is a treat on the lake that is stocked

KCK as their home.

KC, as they consistently bring fierce Major

with fish annually.”

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and cultural tours. Perhaps truly the best


ambassador of the Hill’s history is povitica, a swirled bread delicacy produced by several area companies using treasured family recipes. “Strawberry Hill and Russian Hill have also become a gathering place for artists looking for a great value on a house that may need a little TLC, but can be purchased at a very affordable price and still has charm and





For indoor activity, shopping and dining

“There are young former suburbanites

options abound at Legends. Many recog-

that want a diverse experience or are

nizable names include the local favorite

driven by their faith to live and work in

Arthur Bryant’s barbecue, Jimmy Buffet’s

these neighborhoods.”

Cheeseburger in Paradise, Granite City

“Our community is culturally diverse and

Food & Brewery, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th,

offers families with children the opportunity

Aéropostale and Cole Haan, among others.

to learn about other cultures in our ever-

For foodies, the city is filled with abundant

shrinking world,” Cash says. “The area has

locally owned places to explore for authentic

many faith-based communities. Plus, we are

Mexican food such as Taqueria Camecuaro,

blessed with both the KU Hospital and

El Camino Real and El Pollo Rey, as well as

Providence Medical Center for health care

numerous barbecue joints.

and many specialty hospitals and clinics.”

“In the last 10 years, the Latino population

Kansas City, Kan.––the first city in the

has increased, creating an abundance of small

world to have Google Fiber service—is

restaurants, bakeries and shops,” says Curtis.

a friendly area that is growing rapidly

“Central Avenue is alive with foot traffic and

without forsaking its charm. “What else I

a willing customer base that will shop several

really like about living in Wyandotte County

times a week. It’s perfect for small mom-and-

is people talk to each other and watch out

pop stores with food service, groceries and

for each other,” Cash says.

TOP DESTINATIONS IN WYANDOTTE CO. Village West is home to many major retail stores, entertainment venues and dining destinations.


basic clothing supplies.” KCK is also home to Strawberry Hill, a neighborhood established in the late

resources: Legends Outlets legendsshopping.

19th century by immigrants from Croatia

com, Great Wolf Lodge, Schlit-

and Slovenia. This very ethnically rich

terbahn Vacation Village,

area preserves and celebrates its culture

Hollywood Casino,

through a neighborhood association, museum

Community America Ballpark

KANSAS SPEEDWAY NASCAR, GRAND-AM sports cars racing and more

COMMUNITY AMERICA BALLPARK Home of Kansas City T-Bones Minor League baseball

SPORTING PARK Home of Sporting KC Major League Soccer

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UP NORTH story by Jill POWERS | photos by SCOTT OSWALT


communities for young people. For proof,

shopping venue, to Main Street in Parkville,

Some of the best features of the Northland—

just look at the school systems and the

Mo., to Weston, Mo.’s annual Applefest

the region of Kansas City located north of

county’s students. All four school districts,

to the more than one million square feet of

the Missouri River—and the entire Kansas

which offer a range of student-body sizes from

new, light industrial space in Riverside, Mo.,

City area, are enclosed in the borders of

600 to 10,000, are accredited with the highest

there is always something great happening

Platte County. Surrounded on the west and

level of distinction by the State of Missouri.

in Platte County.

south by the Missouri River, Platte County

Each of them has sports, fine arts and ex-

is a prime destination for water-based

tracurricular programs that cultivate

activities, like boating, fishing or a scenic picnic on the bank. The Kansas City International Airport

Clay County is brimming with outdoor

pants. One new program,

and indoor, active and relaxing destinations.

the Northland Young

Smithville Lake is a 7,200-acre lake suitable

Professionals, brings

for almost any outdoor activity a resident

is also located in



could want. Take the family camping on one



leaders from Platte

of more than 700 campsites, or rent a shelter.



and Clay Counties.

Spend the afternoon on one of the lake’s

only hours away

The many members

disc golf courses. Later, take an evening hike

from any city in the



through 25 miles of trails. Rent a boat for

country. One of the most attractive aspects of the county, though, is the environment it provides for families and young professionals. Platte County is the ideal place to raise children. In 2012, the KIDS COUNT



valuable life skills in partici-


form connections and

fishing, head to the beach to swim and

build their professional

finish off the day shooting 18-holes. Clay

networks. Activities include

may be a Midwestern county, but it possesses

presentations from successful

characteristics similar to the east and west.

business professionals from the area,

For instance, for a romantic evening

and volunteer and fundraising teams for

out, Smithville has a perfect restaurant

nonprofit organizations.

destination. Justus Drugstore on Main

Missouri Data Book called Platte County

Besides the schools and programs, Platte

Street provides a fine dining experience

the safest, healthiest and best-educated place

County offers many facets that improve

beyond the average bite. Bon Appetit

for children in the state, and America Promise

family life. From the shopping and dining

called Justus one of the Top Ten Best New

Alliance named it to its list of Top 100

opportunities in Zona Rosa, an outdoor

Romantic Getaways, and Time Magazine

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LIVING NORTHLAND listed it as one of the Top 10 Food Trends. Enjoy the locally grown and raised ingredients in its appetizers, salads and entrées, paired with the perfect wine from the restaurant’s extravagant list. Follow everything up with a sweet dessert. On those days when nothing sounds better than a little retail therapy, Briarcliff Village in Kansas City, five minutes north of downtown, provides an array of shopping experiences. Find the most stylish accessories for yourself or your best friend at Finishings For Her. Get the supplies you need for your latest crafting project from Urban Arts and Crafts. If your home needs a makeover, stop at Nell Hill’s for some design help. A local home décor legend, Nell Hill’s is 16,000 square feet of seemingly never ending arrangements put together by a knowledgeable staff. Besides stores, Briarcliff has restaurants, services and a growing residence life scene built on a foundation of quality. When you need some excitement, Clay County has two fun casino destinations. Harrah’s on Riverboat Drive and Ameristar on Ameristar Drive, both in North Kansas City, are great places to have a good time with your friends. You can have a couple of drinks and maybe win some extra cash, all while staying close to home. Once a year, you can fulfill your craving for communal celebration of historical tradition with the Jesse James Festival in Kearney. Countless other events, including a barbeque, a carnival, little miss and mister pageants and a rodeo, commemorate this rich tradition. With all of these great opportunities for leisure, dining and celebration, Clay County is a great place to live. And with Cerner Coporation in North Kansas City, CEVA Logistics in Kansas City and Liberty and the Ford plant in Claycomo, it is also a great place to work. Clay County is close to the best that Kansas City has to offer while still providing a small town atmosphere.

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Tucked away from the new, suburban neighborhoods and corporate

movie theater, live entertainment and local bars give the neighborhood

business parks sits downtown Overland Park, a part of the city with a

a growing nightlife, making it difficult not to find something everyone

culture, history and vibe all its own.

loves in downtown Overland Park.

Adam Brahm, marketing director for the Overland Park Township, says downtown Overland Park is best-known for its authentic feel and

The Midwest’s style of eating is often categorized by hearty

the area. Supporting the local merchants is an integral part of the

meals and locally grown produce. Chefs Colby and Megan Garrelts

prospering culture.

opened their restaurant, Rye, with Midwestern cooking and cloth

“People love living here, they love doing business here, they love shopping here,” Brahm says. “We do everything we can eat local, shop local. It’s a thriving community around downtown [Overland Park].”

napkin culture on their minds. Rye, located in Mission Farms in nearby Leawood, delivers its patrons a delicious dining experience. Rye offers menu items with ingredients from local farmers. Most recently, Rye began growing its own produce and spices

The biweekly Farmer’s Market, which runs April through

to further emulate the taste of a home-cooked meal. The menu

November, is a downtown Overland Park favorite. Vendors from

boasts a variety of brunch, lunch and dinner options, which all

across the metro and surrounding areas sell their freshly-grown

showcase Colby and Megan’s distinct cooking style. Rye works

produce and homemade products while shoppers enjoy live music,

to ensure quality and freshness in its food, using only free-range

fresh-squeezed lemonade and other food made from scratch.

Amish chickens and cooking their barbeque on a first-come,

Brahm says the Farmer’s Market has enhanced the local scene.

first-serve basis.

Coupled with the variety of ethnic restaurants, the Culinary

For the adventurous eater, try the crispy livers and gizzards,

Center of Kansas City and other bustling cafés, it’s a prime

made in the house hot sauce and served with a spinach and

destination for local foodies.

lemon salad. For dessert, order one of Rye’s whole pies to go,

Downtown Overland Park’s specialty stores include the Tasteful



local activity. More than 300 locally-owned businesses draw patrons to

which are made with seasonal ingredients.

Olive, a store that sells oils, vinegars and other gourmet ingredients. The

Megan’s delectable pastries and Colby’s talent as a chef bolster

newly opened Clock Tower Bakery and Café bakes bread, cakes,

Rye’s success. Particularly, Colby’s talent gained national recognition

cinnamon rolls and other pastries daily. The café also serves pizzas and

when The James Beard Foundation awarded him with the Best Chef

soups and features an open kitchen.

Midwest award for 2013.

Brahm says the recently renovated Rio Theater has helped

resources: Overland Park, Kan., The Tasteful Olive

bolster the area as an entertainment destination as well. The, Clock Tower Bakery,

Rio Theater is part of the Fine Arts Group of Kansas City. The


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Local Business Hotspots Overland Park and Leawood are quickly gaining acclaim for their wide variety of nationally-renowned businesses. Below are a few examples of the biggest brands that have established themselves in the area.

SPRINT The world headquarters of this corporation is located in the heart of Overland Park. At the time of its construction, it was called the largest business complex in the Midwest.

BLACK & VEATCH Forbes Magazine has consistently ranked this engineering and construction management company as one of the largest privately-owned companies in the country. The company was founded in 1915, is employee-owned and worth an estimated $3.3 billion.

AMC MOVIE THEATRES With more than 300 locations around the country, AMC serves approximately 200 million guests a year. Its most recent ventures include the Fork and Screen theaters that allow guests to enjoy a meal and a movie.

WADDELL AND REED FINANCIAL, INC. Founded in 1937, this asset management and financial planning firm is one of the largest of its kind. The firm has received a top ranking from Barron’s Best Fund Families since 2008. Waddell and Reed is also a primary sponsor of the annual Kansas City Marathon. resources: Black & Veatch, AMC Movie Theatres, Waddell & Reed

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HISTORY FOSTERING PROGRESS “What makes Independence special?

growth. Central to that is Independence’s

People are so proud to live here, and that

downtown area, which is full of history and

makes them incredibly friendly,” says Alex

local business.

development at the Independence Chamber

downtown area includes Clinton’s Soda

of Commerce. “If I see someone out on the

Fountain—where President Truman used to

Square, even if I haven’t met them before, they

work—long-time, local favorite Ophelia’s

will say hello.”

Restaurant, kitchen goods store Gilbert

Independence, Mo., fifteen minutes from

Whitney & Co. and Uptown clothing

downtown, is known for its rich history. For

boutique. With an impressively designed

starters, President Harry S. Truman is from

courthouse at its center, the Square provides

Independence, and it is there that his library

the opportunity to connect with the city’s roots.

and home are open to the public.


Known as Independence Square, the


Colley, vice president of small business


ld ho od hom e


i ch s i dh AR RY TRUMAN an

Independence’s events keep variety and

“The historical aspects of Independence

community alive. SantaCaliGon Days, named

are certainly good for this city, and it is

because Independence is the intersection of

truly the foundation of any metropolitan

the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails,

growth,” Colley says. Independence just so

has showcased handmade home goods since

happens to have a lot of history accessible

1940. Moonlight movies are held in the Square

to the public. The Bingham-Waggoner

during the summertime, as is live music. Plus,

Estate, the home of American Civil War

the Chamber of Commerce recently found a

artist George Caleb Bingham built in 1852,

way to bring the community together to

and Vaile Mansion, built in 1881 for frontier

celebrate the city as a whole.

business tycoon Harvey Vaile, are portals to


the past. In addition to being great settings, Alliant Tech Systems

for public and private events, their old-school, Independence School District

architecture serve to inspire the design of today., Clinton’s Soda Fountain





Independence, with major employers such, Ophelia’s Restaurant

as Alliant Tech Systems, the Independence

& Inn, Gilbert, Whitney &

School District and Centerpoint Medical

Co., Uptown Boutique

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Known locally as a family-friendly suburban area, Lee’s Summit is a burgeoning

sells local produce to residents Wednesdays and Saturdays.

social scene. “Our


“Lee’s Summit, to small businesses, area



is a secure place to preserve invest-

There’s a real sense of belonging around here.

ments and really prosper as a business,”

In terms of tourism, we bring people in with


places like Paradise Park and Powell Gardens,”

entrepreneurs come to Lee’s Summit, helping

Jim McKenna, community brand manager for

the area continue to develop into a city unlike

the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, says,

any in the area.

“And they discover the restaurants, events,

In addition to





the great neighborhoods

such as the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and

in the area, Lee’s Summit is home to

parks and rec offerings.” After that, it’s

University of Central Missouri’s Summit

The Summit Theatre Group supports

hard for them to want to leave.

Center. The university’s main campus is

entertainment, such as plays and musicals

Downtown Lee’s Summit, the quaint

located in Warrensburg, Mo., but with

at the three area high schools, the Lee’s

surrounding neighborhoods and the history

11,000 students attending school at UCM’s

Summit Symphony and community theatre

Summit Center, the campus is

performances, providing further cultural

a thriving, state-of-the-

richness to the area. Lee’s Summit, after a day

art haven for those

of work, is a relaxing place to come home to,

wishing to start or

but with thriving restaurants, entertainment

of Lee’s Summit—which was founded in 1865—factor into the city’s appeal. Restaurants such as Ciao! Bella Italian Ristorante and Henry’s


Tea Room serve as a

Both online and

delicious backdrop to


the downtown area. Home

are available for

goods stores, coffee and cocktail spots and boutiques provide Lee’s Summit with a rich culture. A farmers’ market 72


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booming, it is a great place to stay active.


Kansas City resi-

resources: Lee’s Summit, Mo., Henry’s



dents, making this

University of Central Missouri’s Summit

a convenient way to

Center, The Summit

gain education. Visit

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and visitors with plenty of options for their


Statistics & Recognition

every need.

• Lawrence offers 14 elementary schools, four

• Prairie Village is home to more than

• Great meal opportunities at the Tavern in the

middle schools, two high schools and a virtual

21,000 residents.

Village, Story, and other local restaurants.

option for grades K-12, and multiple

• 64 acres of parks fill the city. • The majority of household

• The R.G. Endres Art Gallery in the Prairie

incomes fall in the $100,000 to $149,999 range.


highly-rated private school options for all ages.


• The University of Kansas was founded in

Offices features a different

Lawrence in 1865. Now, about 28,000

artist every month.

students are educated on a campus that has been ranked as one of the most beautiful


Businesses and Employment • There are 1,500 businesses


in Prairie Village. • 68.1 percent of the population is employed. • More than half of the city’s population, 58 percent,

in the nation.

Statistics & Recognition

Shopping, Dining & Entertainment

• With a population

• Massachusetts Street includes retailers

of more than 88,000,

and restaurants like Brits for British goods

Lawrence has been

and souvenirs, Envy for fashion that’s a

growing for more than

step ahead and Signs of Life for a book,

two decades.

art and coffee fix.

• In the past six years, Lawrence

• Free State Brewing Company on Massa-

has been named a top U.S. college

chusetts Street was named best restaurant in

town by MSNBC and one of the top 10

the city two years in a row. It is a popular

best places to retire by U.S. News and

brewery and its beer is on tap regionally.


World Report.

• If you like to golf, then this is the city for

• Four grade schools, two middle schools and

• Famous names have Lawrence roots: writer

you. Two courses, Alvamar and Eagle Bend,

one high school are open to the city’s students

Langston Hughes and basketball inventor

are located within the city and popular

in the Shawnee Mission Public School District,

James Naismith. KU alums Paul Rudd,

which maintains an excellent national

Jason Sudeikis and Rob Riggle

reputation 30 years running.

also have ties to Lawrence.

is employed in management, business, science and arts occupations.

• Highlawn Montessori is a private school

• Look for KU’s Natural History Museum at KU, geo-caching

for 50 years and has an expanding program

Businesses & Employment

for first through sixth graders.

• Education and health,

that has been teaching preschool children

among its residents.




life sciences, finances and

Shopping, Dining & Entertainment

manufacturing are some of

• Prairie Village Shopping Center has

the most popular industries.

both familiar stores, like Jos. A. Bank and

• Among the top employers

Macy’s, and other locally-rooted shops like

are The University of Kansas,

Bag & Baggage and Tiffany Town.

Vangent for information services

• Corinth Square, State Line Road and

and Berry Plastics for manufacturing.

Meadowbrook Shopping Centers are all

• Lawrence has one of the highest percentages

within the city’s reach as well, leaving residents

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to refuel, like Oklahoma Joe’s award-winning

• The Stocksdale Gallery of Art on the campus

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barbecue on Strang Line Road.

of William Jewell features exhibits by students

• Spend your weekend afternoon visiting

and professionals.

• Residents can enjoy 43 parks and 57 miles

the Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit,

• The Liberty area is home to five golf

of trails within city limits.

featuring new pieces every year.

courses, such as Cardinal Hill Golf Course

• The median age of residents is 33.

• Two lakes within the city limits, Lake

and Shoal Creek Golf Course.

Businesses & Employment

Olathe and Cedar Lake, are great for

• Liberty also boasts dining experiences such

• Olathe District Schools, Johnson County

boating and fishing.

as local pizza joint The Dish, with its deep dish

Government, Farmers Insurance, Olathe

Chicago-style pizza.

Medical Center and Garmin International


are the city’s top employers, with more than

Statistics & Recognition


2,000 workers each.

• The median age of residents is 34.

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• Honeywell engineering and manufacturing,

• Liberty has been rated one of the best

• St. Joseph was named “All-America City”

TransAM Trucking and Convergys customer

places to live on lists in various national

by the National Civic League.

service also employ 1,000 or more workers.

publications, such as CNN Money and

• The median age of city residents is 35.

• The most popular industries are retail,

Family Circle.

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manufacturing and transportation, health

Businesses and Employment

care and construction.


• Twenty-nine elementary, schools

KC animal health corridor, Boehringer





its campus in St. Joseph.


• St. Joseph’s largest employers include

School District and

Heartland Health, St. Joseph School District

Hallmark Cards.

and Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.

eight middle and four high

• Known as playing a pivotal role in the



up the city’s public

Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., recently expanded

school system. •




High was listed fourth best high school in the state. Olathe North High also

• The St. Joseph School District serves more

District has been updated

than 12,000 students at three high schools,


received a bronze award from U.S.




four middle schools and 16 elementary schools.

technological advances to better

• Missouri Western State University is home to

News and World Report for the 2012-13

prepare students for the professional world.

the Institute for Industrial & Applied Life

school year.

• William Jewell College was listed on Forbes

Sciences, which offers customized animal

• More than nine private school options are

Magazine’s “America’s Best Colleges” in its

health training and degree programs, including

available to kindergarten through twelfth

2012 report.

degrees with a Quality Assurance and Quality

graders, and more than 20 private pre-schools

• Maple Woods Community College is

Control emphasis, as well as additional

are open to the area’s youngest residents.

just 15 minutes away and offers day and

customized cGMP training for the animal

• Olathe is home to MidAmerica Nazarene

evening classes as well as continuing

health industry.

University, which was founded in 1966 and

education classes.

has a student population of about 1,700 in

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• Kansas State University has a campus in

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• The Performing Arts

used on the main campus.

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presents a number of

estates and historic

• Olathe is home to more than 20 shopping

plays, concerts, musicals

commercial structures.

centers, Crossroads, Rosebud Plaza and

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West Village.

and is home to the Liberty

• When you’re finished shopping, there are

Symphony Orchestra and the

plenty of restaurants you can choose from

Liberty Theatre Company.

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Infamous outlaw Jesse James was once a resident. • Visual arts are on display at Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art.

• Festivals such as St. Patrick’s Mexican Fiesta and the Coleman Hawkins Jazz festival celebrate the city’s cultural diversity and continue to draw crowds from the Kansas City metropolitan area to St. Joseph. • The Kansas City Chiefs hold its summer training camp on the campus of Missouri Western State University. • Downtown boutiques such as Mod Podge and The Lucky Tiger complement East Hills Shopping Center, St. Joseph’s recently renovated mall.




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