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LIVING YOUR STORY IN KC

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WHY KC?

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FACES OF AMERICA’S CREATIVE CROSSROADS

KC-native narrates life’s stories as international singer-songwriter

Transplants and locals share their view on what makes KC the best place to be

Stories of professionals living their dreams in Kansas City

Urban, suburban or a little further out — find your home in KC

Explore high-end amenities and local must sees

Meet some of KC’s most creative individuals

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CONTRIBUTORS

Writers PORCSHE N. MORAN Moran is a lifestyle journalist and content creator. She operates a freelance business called PNM Media. She develops multimedia content on a variety of topics, including food, travel, home and garden, fashion and business. She is a graduate of the University Of Missouri School Of Journalism.

MATT SMITHMIER With a specialty in news and feature writing, Matt’s work has also appeared in the Kansas City Business Journal, The Kansas City Star, Missouri Life, Northland Lifestyle, and many others. He lives in Parkville, Missouri, with his wife and three children.

Photographers KIM GOLDING Golding is a KC-based freelance photographer. Prior to working at Hallmark Cards, she had a studio in Los Angeles and shot photos for a variety of publications and personalities. She was educated at Plymouth College of Art in England.

2018/2019 EDITION

PUBLISHER, KC OPTIONS MANAGING DIRECTOR, TEAMKC JESSICA PALM EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, KC OPTIONS MARKETING MANAGER, TEAMKC & KCADC INVESTOR RELATIONS ANGELA ORR EDITOR, KC OPTIONS SPECIALIST, TEAMKC & KCADC INVESTOR RELATIONS ADDIE LINN KCADC VICE PRESIDENT, DESIGN & CREATIVE JONATHAN KNECHT KCADC VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS ASHLIE HAND KCADC MANAGER, CREATIVE SERVICES & DIGITAL CONTENT KARA BROCK KCADC SPECIALIST, COMMUNICATIONS LEXI RYAN

THANKS TO OUR TEAMKC ADVISORY BOARD FOR GUIDING US ON EDITORIAL: BASH REAL ESTATE BLACK & VEATCH BURNS & MCDONNELL CHILDREN’S MERCY HOSPITAL DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA DST SYSTEMS, INC. GARMIN INTERNATIONAL, INC. H&R BLOCK HALLMARK CARDS, INC.

CAMERON GEE Based in KC, Gee explores his craft through both commercial and personal work. Holding his images to a minimal aesthetic in an attempt to slow people down in our fast-paced, digital world, he offers a glimpse of a genuine version of his subjects, as opposed to a constructed persona.

HONEYWELL KELLY SERVICES KPMG LLP LEE’S SUMMIT EDC LOCKTON COMPANIES SPRING VENTURE GROUP STATE STREET SUPERIOR BOWEN UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY VML

KATE SWEETEN Sweeten is a KC-based freelance photographer that spends her 9-to-5 hours working in marketing, communications and economic development. In addition to wedding and lifestyle photography, Sweeten’s Kansas City imagery has been featured in nearly a dozen regional art shows and is available on the Made in Kansas City online marketplace.

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Living Your Story in KC Kansas City is home to an incredible mashup of interesting people, cool places and big ideas. We take pride in being home to all kinds of kinds. Whatever your story, there is community and support to help you create your best life story in KC. In the pages of this edition of KC Options you’ll learn all about what our region has to offer. From mic-drop worthy performing arts venues and mouth watering James Beard award-winning restaurants, to a fierce fashion scene and epic art galleries ...and everything in-between. Or maybe you’re more interested in what the business culture is like here. KC has an entrepreneurial community that takes collaboration to the next level and a tech scene that rivals the coasts. We own the global animal health industry and are a top five city internationally for engineering, architecture and design. And let’s not forget, being in the middle has its advantages when it comes to distributing goods around the world. Beyond checking out what KC is all about for work and play, we’ve also included a quick-glance guide to learn about the region’s top stats, facts and how to easily get around like the locals do. You might just begin to get an idea of why people choose Kansas City. But why do they stay? It’s the people. There is a pride in KC that all residents share – whether you’re new to the area or coming back home. But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself by reading more about the people, places and things that can make KC a part of your story. n

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Julia Haile

Sings Kansas City’s Praises After a gig at a hotel restaurant, a man approached singer/songwriter Julia Haile to tell her he was moved by her performance of the classic Nat King Cole song “Unforgettable.” “He said it was his late wife’s favorite song, and he started to tear up,” she recalls. “It was a reminder to me of how powerful music can be. The fact that I can evoke those kinds of emotions in people is such an amazing feeling.” As a neo-soul, jazz and funk vocalist, Haile is wellknown on the Kansas City music scene. From 2008

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to 2012, Haile was the lead vocalist for MoTown and soul cover band The Good Foot. She joined The Buhs—an 11-piece pop, soul and hip-hop group founded by trumpeter Hermon Mahari—in 2013. Her latest project is full-time solo artist and frontwoman for Hi-Lux. With many achievements under her belt, Haile points to a 2017 showcase at The Folly Theater as one of the highlights of her career. Accompanied by Barclay Martin on guitar, she premiered an original song called “Guide Me” inspired by her late grandmother. “That show was the perfect introduction for putting that song out into the world,” she says. “It


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flowed so easily, and we got great reactions from it. That was a recent experience that I felt driven by. It came across beautifully, and people really enjoyed it.” Born in Milwaukee, Haile moved to Kansas City with her family at the age of six. She is a graduate of St. Teresa’s Academy. She studied at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City but left before graduation to pursue music professionally. “It was pretty clear early on that I was not a scholar,” she says. “I was never good at school work and discipline. Music was always fun for me,

and because I was good at it, I always knew it was what I wanted to do in life.” Although she once considered moving to New York City to attend music school, Haile says she is excited to be in her hometown. She notes that local artists are supportive of each other and there is a push to advance Kansas City’s rich music history. “I’ve decided that Kansas City is an amazing base,” she says. “Even if I get to the point where I am on the road playing shows for several months, I am always going to call Kansas City home. I love this city. It only has great places to go from here, and we have wonderful leaders guiding us forward.

I want the rest of the world to know that there is great stuff happening here.” As Kansas City evolves, Haile is looking forward to the future of her career. She has goals to release more music and book gigs at venues and events around the world. “Sometimes I’ll have a moment on stage when I am taken out of the element of being a performer,” she says. “I realize that I am not being told what to do, I am not at a job that I am not into, and I am in front of people who are really into what I am doing and are moved by it. It’s a moment when I feel like I am right where I am supposed to be.” n KC OPTIONS 2018 | 2019

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The City 1850

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Arts & Culture 70+

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Where MILLENIALS are Moving

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No. 2 City for High-Paying Jobs & Low Cost of Living

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Davyeon Ross, Amina Barnes, Celina Tio and Jacob Maraya

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WHY KANSAS CITY?

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Why

Kansas City? By MATT SMITHMIER

To understand the allure of Kansas City, we turned to four residents. Enjoying a bite at an East Crossroads hotspot, Brewery Emperial, they shared some unique perspectives on why they choose to craft their story in KC.

What makes KC special?

How is the KC business climate?

Davyeon: “Everybody who’s come here has been very inspired by what’s going on from the tech perspective. Kansas City’s an entrepreneurial town, but I think we just laid low and didn’t really broadcast to everybody what’s going on. I think people are very humble.”

Celina: “I think it’s the best place to start a business and keep a business—definitely.”

Jacob: “Diversity is what I look for, and the inclusiveness, the coming together. It’s kind of nice to see this small city growing up.” Celina: “Kansas City has the convenience and culture of a much, much larger city but the people are way nicer. It’s not so cutthroat-here. There’s a whole community of people out there who really want to help you succeed and do anything they can.” Amina: “I think it’s really important to have a sense of diversity in a city. I think Kansas City is diverse... it’s a place where you don’t feel out of place.”

Davyeon: “We’ve been able – at least on the entrepreneurial and tech side – to get some wins, when you think about startups being acquired by large companies on the coasts. That kind of sets a precedent.”

What keeps you here? Amina: “Kansas City will embrace you no matter the sort of vibe you have or what you’re into, there’s always going to be a place for you … It gives you the feeling of home even if you’re not from here.” Celina: “I could do this in other places, but I don’t think it would be as cool of a city as KC. Cooking was always my passion. But my passion has changed from that to people, so I’ve become more front of the house now. And maybe that passion transferred to people because of the people here.” Jacob: “I found love—or it found me. How about that?”

ABOUT THE FOUR: Davyeon Ross After moving to the U.S. from Trinidad & Tobago in 1996 on a basketball scholarship, Davyeon landed in KC at Sprint, which offered him an engineering job and paid for his green card. He’s now co-founder of ShotTracker, a wearable technology with NBA and NCAA endorsement that provides elite-level analytics to improve the performance of basketball players and teams.

Amina Barnes A Kansas native, Amina found her passion for fitness following her first pregnancy. Now a health and wellness influencer with features in PopSugar Fitness, Women’s Health and Shape Magazine, Amina shares her transformation story as fitness practitioner and indoor cycling instructor while also pursuing a career as a grant/sponsored projects specialist for the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Celina Tio Celina moved from Philadelphia to KC in 2001, serving as head chef at The American Restaurant for seven years, then ran her own restaurant, Julian, for 11 years. Today she runs The Belfry, which features a wide range of bourbon and craft beers and a small menu of creative pub grub. After being named James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Midwest in 2007, Chef Tio made national television appearances on the Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef” and Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.”

Jacob Maraya Originally from California, Jacob turned down an acting scholarship and instead started a career in advertising, with moves to San Francisco, New York, Miami and Chicago. A local ad firm brought him to KC in 2014, and today he is the loyalty art director at KC-based AMC Theatres. n

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I N D U ST R I E S I N KC

With a central location, high quality of life, a robust workforce and affordable operating costs, Kansas City attracts a multitude of thriving industries and in-demand careers. Sample a few of the markets leading the KC regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth.

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Healthcare is booming in the area. Children’s Mercy has a major expansion in the works with the construction of a nine-story pediatric research tower. AdventHealth Shawnee Mission is building a new facility to offer therapeutic treatments and early education for children with developmental challenges and special needs. Saint Luke’s Health System will open its state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Institute at the South Hospital campus in mid-2019. The University of Kansas Health System invested $100 million into a new hospital in Overland Park that boasts 34 private patient rooms, eight operating rooms, and comprehensive cancer care for women. SmartAsset’s 2018 study reveals that Kansas City is number two in the country for women in technology. The KC Tech Council’s strategic focus on workforce development, policy advocacy, and industry access aim to make KC the foremost tech hub of the Midwest. Among the largest IT employers in the area are Cerner, AT&T, Honeywell and Garmin. Continued

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KC Global Design reports that the Kansas City region is one of the top five largest concentrations of architecture and engineering employment in the U.S. The group leads the charge to establish KC as a premier destination for talent and innovation in the engineering, architecture, and technology sectors. Engineering News-Record ranks KC metro-based Burns & McDonnell, Black & Veatch, HNTB, Terracon Consultants, TranSystems and Populous among the top 100 design firms in the country. KC SmartPort is an advocate for freight-based economic development. General Motors, Ford and French automaker Faurecia all have plants in the region. Well-known brands, such as Amazon, CVS Pharmacy, Staples, Jet.com and Kubota Tractor have invested millions of dollars into the local economy with major distribution centers. The KC Animal Health Corridor is the largest concentration of animal health assets in the world and includes corporations such as Boehringer Ingelheim, Bayer Animal Health, Merck Animal Health, Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pet Nutrition and Ceva Animal Health. Businesses located within the Corridor benefit from networking opportunities, specialized training and education, research collaboration, access to innovation, legislative advocacy, specialized tax and incentive programs, and business relocation assistance. Continued

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The Kauffman Foundation empowers local entrepreneurs through programs that target policy, market gaps, research, learning and communities. These programs include 1 Million Cups, a weekly gathering where entrepreneurs get feedback on startup ideas from mentors and advisors and Kauffman FastTrac, a free online entrepreneurship course that provides solid framework for business concepts. The Foundation also awards grants to level the playing field for entrepreneurs impacted by demographic, socioeconomic and geographic barriers. As home to headquarter locations for UMB Financial Corp, H&R Block Inc., Waddell & Reed, Commerce Bank, Creative Planning, and American Century Investments, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surprise that the financial services industry accounts for significant percentage of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy. Big Four accounting and audit firms Deloitte, EY and KPMG all have a presence in KC as well. n

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Libby Abbruzzese and her husband Nick wanted to raise their daughter, Zoe, in the Midwest and reestablish the values and ethics that had been instilled in them. So, when Libbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s employer offered her a job transfer from San Diego to Kansas City it seemed like the ideal move.

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“We had never been to Kansas City, but we had heard great things about it,” she says. “We fell in love just by looking up information online. We could tell that it was an authentic, up-and-coming city, with an impressive technology and business landscape — not to mention — a great food and arts scene.” The Abbruzzeses came to Kansas City in July of 2017 and made Prairie Village their home. “Coming from San Diego, we were in awe of the sizes of homes we could afford here,” she says. “We like the mix of urban and suburban living. We like the school district. We can walk to dinner and to parks. It’s the perfect fit.” Since relocating, the family has joined the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Libby has gotten involved in volunteering with the Junior League of Kansas City. They have also discovered their favorite places for recreation, dining and entertainment, including Franklin Park, the Crossroads Arts District, Westport and the Country Club Plaza. Libby says her role as the director of business operations at Aerotek is challenging and rewarding every day. Nick is thriving in his position as a project engineer at Honeywell FMT. “We have everything we want here,” she says. “The community wraps its arms around you as soon as you get here and makes you feel welcome.” n

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Welcomed Back,

Now Giving Back

By MATT SMITHMIER

LOCAL RESIDENT CHOOSES KANSAS CITY ALL OVER AGAIN It’s easy to favor your hometown when that’s all you know, but Chelan David has a broader experience. After growing up in the region, David lived in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. But in 2009, he decided to come back home to raise his two daughters and be close to family. “I think I have a pretty good perspective,” he said. “Every city has its unique benefits, but I think Kansas City has a lot to offer that I took for granted when I was growing up in this area.” Once back, he wasted no time getting involved. After graduating from the Centurions Leadership Program through the Greater KC Chamber of Commerce, he was inspired to pursue a career in nonprofits, now serving as the director of

development for the Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Kansas City. “I thought I knew a lot about Kansas City before I entered the program, but it really opened my eyes to all the organizations,” he said. “I wanted to be a part of that and give back every day.” Between his home in Overland Park and his office in the Quality Hill neighborhood of Kansas City, he and his family have many favorites, including the City Market and Union Station, the views from Case Park and the baked lasagna at Garozzo’s. “It’s a great vibe and the food’s really good, too. It seems like a place Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack might hang out at.” Most of all, he’s grateful he made the decision to come home. “The people are really open and embrace newcomers. That’s one of the things I love about Kansas City is just the welcoming attitude, the Midwestern hospitality.” n

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When Lisa Sanesanong returns to her hometown in the San Francisco Bay area she can’t help but sing the praises of Kansas City. “I tell my friends about the high quality of life, including lighter traffic, and good neighborhoods and schools,” she says. “The lower cost of living allows my fiancé and I to have a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks for weekend getaways.” Lisa got a job with Google Fiber as a contractor when she moved to KC in 2008 and worked there for four years. Now, she’s started her own IT training and consulting business with a focus on developing and creating a talent pipeline in Kansas City. Lisa says Kansas City is an “absolutely amazing” place for entrepreneurs. Continued

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“There is so much support here, such as The Kauffman Foundation and 1 Million Cups,” she says. “Everyone is here to help. There are a lot of opportunities for young professionals and entrepreneurs. I love going to any technology or startup-related events that are happening in KC.” Aside from her business, Lisa is also pursuing her masters degree in educational technology at The University of Kansas. She enjoys going to the Country Club Plaza and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in her free time. “I love Kansas City now and I do not plan on moving anywhere else,” she says. “This is my home.” n

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Pride that Shows

By MATT SMITHMIER

INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY IMPRESSES KC RESIDENT Funny the difference four years make. When Matthew Schulte left Kansas City to pursue sports management at New York University, the city he left behind was going through some changes.

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In fact, the recent revitalization made Kansas City much more attractive to Schulte— especially as he received a dream offer to work for his hometown team, the Kansas City Royals. After nearly eight years, he now serves as senior manager of special events and promotions. “It was definitely a good experience going to New York, but it’s also really good to be back in Kansas City. When I started living in KC as a ‘young professional,’ the whole dynamic of the city changed, and I’ve really been able to enjoy a whole new vibe.”


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As an out gay man, much of that vibe comes from a supportive and engaged LGBT community. He not only serves on the board for the Heartland Men’s Chorus (composed of gay men) but also volunteers on the UMKC Chancellor’s LGBT Council, and plays on a gay softball league and tennis team. “You can feel safe, you can feel comfortable, you can feel welcomed,” he said. “I’ve never had any issues being an out gay man here. I’ve been impressed.” He also spends much of his time volunteering in the arts, such as the Youth Symphony of Kansas City, and spending down time at the Country Club Plaza. Through it all, he said he just appreciates the feeling of inclusion he’s received from his hometown. “I think we’re doing really well,” he said. “I’m very proud of Kansas City. n KC OPTIONS 2018 | 2019

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Building a

Strong Foundation WORLDLY ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER FEELS AT HOME IN KANSAS CITY

By PORCSHE N. MORAN

From growing up in Trinidad and Tobago to graduating from Syracuse University in upstate New York, Venezuela-born Jessica Ordaz Garcia has a global perspective. In 2015, the 25-year-old relocated to Kansas City for a job with an international architecture and design firm. Continued

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“I had no notion of Kansas City before I came here,” she says. “I didn’t even know it was a hub for barbecue. When I visited to interview with Populous, the company and the city blew me away, and I immediately felt like part of the family.” Although designs for professional sports arenas around the country are the big focus of Jessica’s work, she is also able to expand her knowledge and network through membership in the Kansas City chapter of the American Institute of Architects. “Kansas City is a hub for architecture and design in the Midwest,” she says. “My job has


Everyone has a unique perspective. propelled my career forward. I am able to achieve my goals with the support of the company. I can grow here and am building a great foundation here. I’m humbled everyday by the talented people I am surrounded by and get to work with.” Jessica lives in the West Plaza neighborhood. She says she picked the area because of its proximity to work, friends and many amenities. Heirloom Bakery & Hearth and Loose Park are some of her favorite spots around town. “Kansas City is an easy place to live,” she says. “Everything is nearby. Everyone is welcoming and friendly. I was able to get settled in quickly.” n

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For Aaron Ellison, MD, breaking the news to his patients was tough. “I had been in my practice for 12 years, so telling patients I was leaving and relocating was very difficult.” While Ellison had certainly settled into his North Carolina home over the course of 18 years, raising a family and a thriving practice, he wanted a different life for his two boys. “The big thing was I had no family there,” he said. “We really did want them to grow up with that ‘village.’” Born and raised in Kansas City’s urban core with a large extended family, Ellison played football at Lincoln Prep and attended medical school at the University of Missouri.

After evaluating local health systems, he chose HCA, joining an established physician group at Research Medical Center. The practice – and the setting – felt like a perfect fit. “The draw was being in that urban core,” he said. “I like to say the city raised me, and now I’m coming back to take care of it.” Ellison’s wife, also a physician, joined Encompass Medical Group, a move that will allow the couple to really explore the various health providers in the region. The couple has now settled in the Northland, and Ellison said he’s been impressed with the growth and development of the area and the city overall. He’s excited to begin seeing patients, and he’s excited to explore more local attractions with his family. But he’s most excited about the positive impact the move had had on his two young sons. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen them as happy.” n

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“Just get involved.” The advice is always the same – and quite sound – but jumping into the civic or social scene is always easier said than done. Of course, sometimes you just need a few good ideas to light a fire. Daniel Lacy is vice president of operations at McCownGordon Construction. He says he found a path to a clearer understanding of Kansas City through the Centurions Leadership Program led by the Greater KC Chamber of Commerce. “The program provides backstage access to all the major initiatives in KC and the individuals who are leading them,” he said. “I like to say you get a master’s degree in all aspects of Kansas City.” Making connections is a priority for many other groups as well. Young Latino Professionals includes more than 350 young leaders across a variety of industries and backgrounds. And genKC emphasizes networking, community involvement and professional development for young professionals through a variety of partnerships with local organizations. If philanthropy is more your style, try the Bacchus Foundation, KC’s oldest philanthropic organization for young professionals. The Red Shoe Society is also very active, hosting leadership initiatives and building awareness of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. Of course, if you’re just looking to meet some new friends over a glass of wine, Underground Social KC specializes in “purpose-driven networking” to develop the next generation of female leaders. While just a few years old, the group grew by 850 percent in its first year. Getting involved in KC is actually much easier than it looks. n

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Cost of Living

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KANSAS CITY

AUSTIN

BOSTON

CHICAGO

$63,404 $45

$73,800 $60

$85,691 $56

$68,403 $75

HIGH SCHOOL GRAD RATE

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90.6%

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$215,000

$333,200

$495,900

$275,100

$462,900

$410,500

$60.00

$60.00

$70.00

$64.00

$52.00

$80.00

$2.41

$2.37

$2.71

$3.07

$2.61

$2.96

$10.00

$12.00

$14.00

$13.00

$12.00

$15.88

$734.94

$1,062.84

$1,724.42

$1,128.30

$1,312.13

$1,938.21

915 SF Apartment

$196.59

$152.37

$155.60

$119.57

$113.49

$129.01

INTERNET

$56.88

$59.78

$65.56

$62.01

$64.62

$59.44

FITNESS

$35.00

$42.16

$54.63

$50.54

$36.89

$71.27

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Single-Family Home

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$101,714

$60,336

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88.0%

48.5%

32.0%

$1,070,000

$269,000

$80.00

$50.00

$3.54

$2.61

$14.19

$12.00

$2,591.35

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$60.56

$77.59

$36.22

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Kansas City Tops the List in Housing Affordability and Quality of Life

Kansas City is rife with art, culture, shopping and sports, but if we’re being practical, numbers matter too. Fortunately, the Kansas City region scores just as well in cost of living as it does in quality of life. Kansas City’s local real estate market is strong and thriving, a trend that is expected to continue in the years ahead. When stacked up next to comparable cities like Dallas, Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco, Kansas City’s home affordability stands above the rest. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, the median home price in the Kansas City region is just over $215,000 as compared to $275,000 for Chicago and over $1 million for San Francisco.

Kansas City also takes top rank when looking at livable home space for the investment. On average, a buyer looking in the $250,000 to $300,000 range in Kansas City can anticipate homes with two to four bedrooms. That same money in Chicago would likely equate to a one to three bedroom home or a studio to one bedroom home in San Francisco. In that same $250,000 to $300,000 price range, you can buy 1,000 to 2,300 square feet of house here in Kansas City. In Dallas, that money will get you 800 to 2,000 square feet and even less in Atlanta, at 700 to 1,600 square feet on average. And those numbers don’t change much if you’re looking at a home in a higher price range. Kansas City comes through for the win in number of bedrooms and square

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Throughout Kansas City there are more than 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations—more than any other city in the nation. This is just one of many innovations within KC’s transportation system. Here’s what you need to know about getting around:

Walking/Cycling BikeWalkKC hosts advocacy and education programs, as well as social events in an effort to create a culture of active living on the streets of KC. Short-term and annual memberships are available for the nonprofit’s BCycle bike sharing program which has 41 stations around town. BikeWalkKC’s latest push, Complete KC, aims to develop new sidewalks, trails, crosswalks and bike lanes that make transit safe, comfortable and convenient for people of all ages. In 2018, a new form of transportation joined bike lanes. Bird Rides, Inc., landed hundreds of motorized scooters on the streets of KC, available for rent using an Uber-like app. Continued

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Public Transportation RideKC is the regional public transit system. It includes buses, paratransit for the elderly and people with disabilities, and vanpool. The MAX bus rapid transit line serves densely populated areas with more frequent and faster service. The free-to-ride KC Streetcar follows a 2.2-mile route from Union Station and Crown Center to River Market, and runs daily reaching each stop every 10-15 minutes. As part of the public-private Smart City initiative with Cisco and Sprint, the streetcar line is located within an intelligence corridor that features free Wi-Fi, digital information kiosks, smart streetlights and smart traffic signals.

Rideshare Rideshare KC helps commuters find alternatives to driving alone, such as cycling, carpool, vanpool, telecommuting or transit. Need to drive, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a car? ZipCar sharing service allows you to rent a vehicle by the hour or day from locations around the city, such as the Crossroads Arts District and Kansas City International Airport. App-based rideshare services, such as Uber and Lyft, also operate in Kansas City, and more than 20 KC area employers use the new Enterprise Rideshare services. 60

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Air Travel When you need to catch a flight, the Kansas City International Airport (KCI) has you covered with nonstop flights to more than 50 cities throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and now, Iceland. In May 2018, Icelandair began nonstop service between Kansas City and Reykjavik, Iceland, with connecting service to nearly 30 European destinations. KCI is currently in the process of a $1 billion renovation project to build a new, modernized single terminal. n


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Enjoy the weekly farmers market and flea market in downtown Leavenworth.

Also known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Little Apple,â&#x20AC;? Manhattan is home to Kansas State University.

The Capitol building in Topeka is the second tallest out of traditional dome Capitols in the U.S.

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The unique exterior of The Museum at Prariefire is dichoric glass, developed by NASA.

The Missouri Theater in St. Joseph opened in 1927.

A major benefit of living in the KC area is the ability to enjoy all four seasons.

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Zona Rosa Town Center in North KC is a destination for shopping, food and entertainment.

Historic Leavenworth is located along the west bank of the Missouri River.

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Lawrenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s South Park is family friendly with playground equipment and a wading pool.

Linden Square in Gladstone hosts free concerts and other events throughout the year.

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Meet local farmers at the many markets around town. More than 5,500 rose bushes abound in the Gage Park Rose Garden in Topeka.

There are approximately 30 vineyards and wineries within a one hour drive of the KC metro area.

Novice and expert levels enjoy the many amenities at Topgolf Overland Park.

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Central Green Park in Lenexa features 10 acres of open play area and connects with an extensive trail system.

Truman Library in Independence is one of 14 Presidental Libraries in the U.S.

High-end residential, shops and cuisine are offered in The Village at Briarcliff.

Multiple hot-air balloon festivals take place in Olathe annually.

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“For a Greater Kansas City.” The Kansas City Chamber’s tagline speaks to the feeling of many metro residents: an all-for-one attitude and an identity to be proud of. Of course, like a giant patchwork quilt, greater Kansas City is still defined by lines—city lines, county lines, a state line, even lines formed by rivers. And each area has a distinct personality that not only defines that particular region but also adds to the fabric of Kansas City as a whole. Continued

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Urban At the core is Kansas City, Missouri, stretching across a river and into four counties. Within the city, many different neighborhoods provide a unique flavor to the largest city in the state. Downtown is once again alive with activity, thanks in part to the vibrant Power & Light entertainment district and a residential population expected to grow by more than 30 percent by 2025. To the north, and at the north end of the KC Streetcar line, lies the historic River Market. To the south of downtown is the surging Crossroads Arts District, a mecca for commercial art galleries and the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first truly mixed-use neighborhood. In the West Bottoms industrial warehouses and stockyards of the last century have been given new life as vintage boutiques, breweries, an axe-throwing establishment and more. Continued

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Travel south through Midtown and its Union Hill and Hyde Park neighborhoods, and you’ll arrive at the Country Club Plaza, famous for its Spanish-style architecture, highend shopping and a lights display that officially kicks off each holiday season. Further south you’ll find Brookside, a historic neighborhood built in the 1920s. Recent developments retain the original structure, charm and “low-key” vibe of the area while also building a new corridor of businesses, dubbed “Brookside East.” The refurbished buildings now house unique shops, including a bakery, organic food eatery, handmade goods, a brewery and more. Continued

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Suburban Encircling the downtown core are an eclectic mix of cities and neighborhoods, old and young, that make up the suburban portion of the metro area. Just east is Independence, the hometown of Harry S. Truman and his presidential library, a plethora of historic sites, a thriving shopping district, and our MLB and NFL stadiums. A few miles south you’ll find Lee’s Summit, with its vibrant downtown and award-winning schools. West you’ll find Leawood, with its treelined streets, more than 200 acres of public parks, high-end shopping and an awardwinning golf course. Nearby Overland Park, the second largest city in Kansas, offers a Continued

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variety of high-end shops, restaurants and family friendly lifestyle assets. Many Kansas Citians also love residential life in Shawnee, including the 1,600-acre Shawnee Mission Park as well as its emphasis on youth recreation and athletics. Lenexaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest mixed-use development, City Center Lenexa, nears completion across 200 acres and 3 million sq. ft. of space. Kansas City, Kansas, boasts a historic downtown rich with a mix of cultures including the Quindaro Ruins and Underground Railroad, and Strawberry Hill, a quaint neighborhood where immigrants from Croatia and Slovenia settled above the rivers. As you head back north, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll enter Platte County, the fastest growing county in Missouri. Much of that has to do with the appeal of historic Parkville, located just 15 minutes northwest of downtown. Continued

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A Little Farther Out Several cities just a short drive away also play a role in the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success. About an hour north of KC is St. Joseph, which celebrated its 175th birthday. As the last stop on the railroad during the Gold Rush of the 19th century, the city is preserving much of that old architecture through new renovations, like a new brewery and a 1920s style cafĂŠ. Just to the west lies Topeka, the state capital of Kansas and home to Washburn University. The health care sector is one of the largest employers, as the city is home to three major hospitals. Continued 82

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Forward Thinking EDUCATION

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K-12 students at the three Crossroads Charter Schools receive a rigorous education focused on creativity, collaboration and community. The Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) provides college credit, hands-on experience, and entrepreneurial-focused education to juniors and seniors in the Blue Valley and Northland school districts. Kansas City’s low-income, urban students benefit from PREP-KC’s college and career preparation programs. KC Scholars, a program through the Kauffman Foundation, provides college scholarships and support systems to traditional and adult students with low to modest income. Through the Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC), STEM-minded high school students can earn a bachelor’s degree in two years after graduating, incur little to no student debt, and

gain paid internship experience. With Degree in 3, high school students get a jump-start on college and earn their bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas (KU) in three years. The KU-Transition to Postsecondary Education (KUTPE) program provides special needs University of Kansas students with on-campus academic, career development and student life activities. The Manufacturing Technician 1 certification (MT1), which demonstrates proficiency in basic manufacturing and production skills, can be obtained in the Lee’s Summit R7 School District, Missouri Western State University, Innovation Stockyard, Metropolitan Community College, and Kansas City Public Schools. Technology careerseekers can get training and education via the LaunchCode organization to be matched with paid apprenticeships and full-time jobs. n


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Whether your interest lies in charity or society, meeting new friends or making new deals, Kansas City has a wealth of clubs and causes to connect you with others.

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For philanthropy, try Nonprofit Connect, which not only works to match area nonprofits to resources but also runs VolunteerLink to match these organizations with individuals who share the same calling. Search for a variety of volunteer opportunities and even get connected with society events, such as the Red Hot Night benefiting Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mercy Hospital. As the home base for Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), KC residents place a high value on caring for those whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve served. The Veterans Community

Project is a local nonprofit that works to eliminate veteran homelessness through transitional housing. The group is also building Veterans Village, a community of tiny homes and on-site support services. For moms hoping for a little time out of the house with other adults, check out the array of mom groups scattered around the metro, including MOMS Club, Building Better Moms, Mothers of Preschoolers, and many others. n


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Succulent slow-cooked meats slathered in delightful sweet and spicy sauces are just the tip of the culinary iceberg in Kansas City. Although our barbecue is legendary, KC is home to a diverse lineup of established favorites and new hotspots that will keep even the most fervent foodie satisfied. For inexpensive eats, grab a pizza made with hand-rolled dough and fresh ingredients at Minsky’s, or jumbo buffalo wings at The Peanut, Kansas City’s oldest bar and grill. Treat your sweet tooth at Betty Rae’s Ice Cream, which has earned national praise for its innovative menu Continued

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of homemade flavors, cones and toppings. Red Kitchen Tamales, inside the Lenexa Public Market food hall, is Food and Wine magazine’s pick for the best burritos in Kansas. Spend a special night out at The Monarch Bar, where craft cocktails, gourmet small plates and desserts, and snacks are served in an intimate, refined setting. Since 2004, Bluestem—a James Beard Award semifinalist restaurant—has delighted patrons with progressive American cuisine in Westport. Nearby, fast-casual restaurant Continued

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‘Clean’ Eating Hard work and clean living. It’s easier said than done some days, but at least Kansas City offers plenty of opportunities for clean eating—and that’s definitely a step in the right direction.

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Start your day on the right foot with an energizing and replenishing juice from one of the region’s many juice bars. Enjoy a fresh cold-pressed juice cleanse at one of three Ruby Jean’s Juicery locations, or a glass of Simply Greens at Evolve Paleo in the Crossroads. Or maybe you’re in the mood for some “sipping on zen and juice” at Unbakery & Juicery, which offers raw and unprocessed juices on the side of what they describe as “mindful eating.” Ready for lunch? Enjoy a vegan or vegetarian meal at Café Gratitude or Pirate’s Bone, two of the area’s most popular organic restaurants. For broader palettes, enjoy farm-to-table dining across the region, including organic and local entrees at Blue Bird Bistro or The Westside Local in the Westside neighborhood. Don’t forget dessert at Mud Pie Vegan Bakery & Coffeehouse, which offers more than 20 flavors of cupcakes, plus muffins, scones (sweet and savory), cookies and bagels—proving even desserts can be vegan and gluten-free in many cases. n


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Art in Focus KC CULTURE OWES MUCH TO A

Thriving Art Scene By MATT SMITHMIER

Kansas Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation as a world-class arts city is certainly well-earned, adding more to the mix each year.

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The iconic Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is a crown jewel in the region, welcoming 500,000 visitors a year to view its collections of more than 35,000 works of art. Also be sure to make plans to attend Fringe Festival KC, an annual 11-day experience described as an “explosion of unjuried, uncensored performing and visual arts.” Other options: The 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is home to 30 permanent sculptures; the downtown Fishtank Theatre offers progressive, experimental material inside a 50-seat black-box theatre and a storefront window; and the Lawrence Arts Center gathers thousands as a regional hub for visual and performing arts, contemporary exhibitions, and educational experiences.

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In 2018, KC welcomed the debut of Open Spaces, a collaboration between the city and private philanthropy that brought local, national and international visual and performing artists together. Over the course of 62 days in parks, urban spaces, galleries, performance halls and outdoor stages, the event is described as “a living cultural tapestry into which the best of the world’s collective imagination can be woven.” Of course, art in Kansas City pops up in some unexpected places as well. KC Streetcar riders in the summer months can enjoy Art in the Loop, which allows passengers to get up close and personal with singers, musicians and artists performing right on board. Constantly evolving, always intriguing—Kansas City’s arts scene is ready to surprise. n


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The three-day Country Stampede festival in Manhattan, Kansas, brings together camping and music with top acts such as Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line and Alabama. Downtown Topeka’s music and food truck festival series showcases genres including country, rock and jazz. Boulevard Brewing Company hosts Boulevardia, a vibrant summer street party with live music, beer, food and a giant Ferris wheel in the Stockyards District. Middle of the Map Fest has forums, films, and dozens of bands playing at venues around the city. The annual Buzz Beach Ball—held in Bonner Springs at Providence Medical Amphitheater in 2018—brings in performers of all kinds, including Snoop Dogg, Weezer, Foster The People, Portugal. The Man, and X Ambassadors.

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Aside from special events, KC is filled with live music every day of the week. Green Lady Lounge is one of the city’s most popular jazz clubs. RecordBar provides a mix of local performers and nationally and internationally known artists. The Power & Light District brings in weekly summer concerts from premiere musicians and bands at KC Live! and the neighboring Sprint Center arena is home to shows from national touring acts. Blues, rock and roll, pop, Americana, bluegrass and more can be heard on the four stages at Knuckleheads Saloon. Renowned artists such as Ben Folds, Flaming Lips and Blink 182 perform at the Granada Theater. Llywelyn’s Pub in Overland Park pairs Irish food and drink with live music every Friday and Saturday night. n


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From the 1920s through the 1940s Kansas Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing manufacturing industry was second only to New York City with one out of every seven women in the U.S. purchasing pieces made in KC. Today, fashionistas are still living their best lives here with plenty of places to shop and a host of homegrown designers.

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National apparel brands and KC-made favorites can be found at the contemporary Halls Kansas City department store at Crown Center and among the Spanish architecture at the Country Club Plaza. Other major shopping centers include Zona Rosa near Kansas City International Airport, Legends Outlets, Park Place, Oak Park Mall and Town Center Plaza & Crossing all in suburban Kansas. Local designers and boutiques can be found in a number of different neighborhoods across the KC area. Finefolk merges clothing from emerging, independent and established designers in the Crossroads Arts District. You’ll find a mix of modern and vintage clothing at Dear Society and Donna’s Dress Shop. Sophisticated men’s suits and shoes are the specialities at Paolini Garment Company in Prairie Village and Houndstooth in the River Market. ULAH offers a curated selection of menswear that ranges from cosmopolitan to rustic. Volume 1ne in Westport caters to the men’s streetwear lifestyle. The annual West 18th Street Fashion Show presents a free outdoor event that celebrates forward-thinking garments. Kansas City Fashion Week showcases local, national and international designers during its runway shows for Spring/ Summer and Fall/Winter. n

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Local Brands Band Together ‘MADE IN KC’ TAKES ON NEW MEANING

By MATT SMITHMIER

Locals in Kansas City wear their hometown pride on their sleeves—or hanging from their ears or steaming from coffee mugs or overlooking their living rooms. In fact, the surge of KC makers and creators allows residents to easily show off the place they call home while simultaneously supporting local businesses. Locals in Kansas City wear their hometown pride on their sleeves—or hanging from their ears or steaming from coffee mugs or overlooking their living rooms. In fact, the surge of KC makers and creators allows residents to easily show off the place they call home while simultaneously supporting local businesses. “The maker scene in KC is extremely developed,” said Tyler Enders, founder of Made in KC, a retailer featuring more than 300 local artists and makers in locations across town. “The community is tight-knit, while being friendly and open. We continually witness makers reaching down the ladder to help lift other makers up … and in doing so, building an incredibly vibrant community.” Continued

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Named one of the Top KC Startups to Watch in 2018 by Startland News, Made in KC began as a pop-up shop in 2015 with 13 local brands. Now it touts multiple storefronts, a unique Made in KC Cafe, co-working and studio space for creatives in the Crossroads Arts District, and a popular online lifestyle publication known as MIKCexplore. The new Made in KC Marketplace is a top goto destination for anyone looking to enjoy local beer, wine, spirits, coffee, ice cream and crepes or to discover more than a dozen “mini shops” featuring local makers. “We’ve been able to amplify the organic excitement about KC,” Enders said. “We think the products in our shops have given Kansas Citians permission to be as proud of their city as anyone in any other city. The excitement and pride were already there. Made in KC encourages and celebrates it.” n

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PERFECTING THE ART OF THE

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By PORCSHE N. MORAN

The pregame parking lot bash known as tailgating is a timehonored tradition in sports, and Kansas City is one of the best places in the country to take part in this cultural experience. Kansas City Chiefs fans hold the Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surprise that our football spectators have also set a national example for tailgating done right. Yahoo! and Food & Wine magazine rank Arrowhead Stadium as one of the top tailgating destinations in the U.S. Enthusiasts in trucks, campers, RVs and buses fill the parking lots hours before the game to socialize, eat (barbecue reigns supreme), play lawn games, and show off their team spirit. Others opt for the ticketed official Chiefs Tailgate Party which takes place three-and-a-half hours before kickoff and features all-you-can-eat catering, live DJ, pregame coverage and more. Continued

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But tailgating isn’t just for football. USA Today names our Kansas City Royals as having the best tailgate parties in baseball. Prior to Sporting KC soccer games, people gather in the parking lots around Children’s Mercy Park. Among the popular pregame festivities is Wobblrs—a simple tailgate game that is a mix of soccer and bowling— created by Sporting KC fans Max Hasselquist and Roberto Camcacho. Kansas Speedway offers premium tailgate parking for auto racing fans who want designated spots and plenty of space to party. The parking lot of Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence is tailgate central for devotees of Kansas City Mavericks hockey, Kansas City Phantoms indoor football, and Kansas City Comets indoor soccer. n

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FOR THE WHOLE

When the family’s feeling a little cooped up, Kansas City offers an abundance of activities and attractions guaranteed to get you out of the house and to hold your kids’ attention.

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By MATT SMITHMIER

If you’re looking for a side of education with your entertainment, Kaleidoscope is a popular, and free, hands-on artistic environment sponsored by Hallmark Cards that allows your kids to glue, design and decorate to their hearts’ content. Then, stop next door at Union Station where kids can discover a love for learning at Science City and the city planetarium. Looking for animals? Find more than 1,700 diverse creatures at the Kansas City Zoo, or get up-close with some of the barnyard variety at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead. Ratchet up the thrills with a day at Worlds of Fun, which features Planet Snoopy and seven roller coasters, plus shows and plenty of water adventures at neighboring Oceans of Fun. Or, challenge your clan to a paintball battle at Jaegers Subsurface Paintball located underground in a limestone mine. If yours is more of a sports family, you’re covered—from baseball to wrestling, cheerleading to lacrosse, and everything in between. The YMCA of Greater Kansas City hosts leagues for kids of all ages in nearly every part of the metro, and Blue Valley Recreation and the Jackson County Youth Sports Association offer additional opportunities. Don’t forget to check out the Epic Sports Lodge, an indoor sports facility in Independence with fields and facilities available year-round for nearly anything sports-related. Find the perfect balance of fun, education and adventure in KC. n


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Creatives CAMERON GEE

is a photographer based in Kansas City. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best known for his black and white portraits of modern-day Kansas City creative personalities displayed on the following pages.

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CAITLIN CORCHORAN

Managing Partner of Ça Va, , has positioned the Midwestern French bistro and champagne bar as one of the nation’s top wine bars. She is a participant in the James Beard Foundation’s Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program.

BO NELSON, is the owner of Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters, recognized as one of KCUR’s Best Coffee Shops in Kansas City and Sprudgie Award finalist for the collaboration on J. Rieger & Co. Caffé Amaro packaging design.

TYLER ENDERS

Entrepreneur, , manages the Made in KC movement and storefronts. Made in KC features goods, gifts, apparel and more from local makers at its four locations, including a Café and Marketplace.

SHANITA MCAFEE-BRYANT

is executive chef of Magnolia’s, which specializes in contemporary southern cuisine. She won Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen in the 2014 episode, “Tongue Thai-ed.”

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HAYLEY BESHEER SANTELL

DeJUAN BONDS

MATT BESLER

is founder and CEO of MADI Apparel - Make a Difference Intimate Apparel, a women’s lingerie line that donates a pair of underwear to a woman in need for every pair sold.

owns Purple Label Luxury Barbershop. Since graduating from barber college in 1995, he has been the official barber of the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and University of Kansas Jayhawks.

Kansas-native is team captain of Sporting KC. Accolades include MLSSoccer.com Breakout Player of the Year and KC Sports Commission’s KC Sportsman of the Year.

HERMON MEHARI is a professional

BUTCH RIGBY is the founder and owner

ISABELLA EMMACK is a notable

trumpeter, composer, winner of the Carmine Caruso International Trumpet Competition and semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition.

of the Screenland Theatres circuit of movie theatres in Kansas City, as well as the founder and Chairman of Thank You Walt Disney, Inc., dedicated to the preservation of Disney’s first cartoon studio in KC.

international model having worked with Alexander Wang, Saks Fifth Avenue, Marc Jacobs and Versace. She has appeared at Fashion Week in NYC and abroad.

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Actor, musician and executive director of the Steps of Faith Foundation, mobility no matter how limited their resources are. n

BILLY BRIMBLECOM, works to give every amputee the gift of

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In this issue of KC Options you will find stories from KC locals sharing why they choose KC over anywhere else in the world. Get a glimpse o...

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In this issue of KC Options you will find stories from KC locals sharing why they choose KC over anywhere else in the world. Get a glimpse o...

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