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LIFESTYLE LETTER

JULY 2018 PUBLISHER

Matthew Perry | matthew@lifestylepubs.com EDITOR

Angela Broockerd | angela.broockerd@lifestylepubs.com PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTOR

Letter from the Editor EVERY SUMMER MY FAMILY COMES UP WITH A BUCKET LIST OF ACTIVITIES THAT WE WANT TO DO OVER OUR THREE-MONTH BREAK FROM SCHOOL. The kids each add their favorite activities, and invariably we always have several camps to work around. An all-time favorite to add to the list every year is visiting cousins that live out of state. I love that they place a high priority on visiting extended family and that they have created bonds with cousins that I know from personal experience will be cherished, lifelong friends. Some of my favorite childhood memories involve spending summer weekends with cousins. Sometimes it was a simple sleepover where we would spend the majority of our time coming up with performances of all kinds to present to anyone willing to watch, and other times it was a weekend spent at our family lake cabin (which "cabin" is a generous word to use). Our lake weekends were filled with rafting and swimming, playing volleyball and croquet, going on walks or driving into town for ice cream, and sitting around a campfire at night, telling stories or sharing embarrassing moments. Those lake weekend memories are among my most favorite life moments.

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make the best memories. It’s not always the extravagant destination or activity, but the funny and often times, insignificant activities that have stuck with me most. As full as I try to make our summer, reflecting back on my own summer break memories is a good reminder that quality time spent with people we love, no matter where it is, is what sticks. For our summer issue, we wanted to share with you beautiful outdoor spaces and fun

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INSIDE THE ISSUE JULY 2018

FEATURES 14 Life By Design Outdoor Living in Johnson County

18 Making it Count Johnson County Veteran’s life remembered through foundation

24 Cordial Craft Bringing handcrafted beverages to your backyard

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32 Meet the Artist Kermit Dyer honors vets through art.

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Around Town

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22 Local Limelight 32 Artist’s Palette 37 Realty Report 38 Open House 42 Locally Owned 46 Lifestyle Calendar 50 Local’s Choice


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Life by Design A BEAUTIFUL MISSION FARMS ESTATES HOME BLENDS CITY PLEASURES WITH RURAL SPLENDOR ARTICLE JUDY GOPPERT | PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS

SOMETIMES THE ELEMENTS OF LIVING MERGE TOGETHER IN HARMONIOUS DESIGN FROM ALL ANGLES. Such is the case with the home of Bob Steer and Cindy Johnson. Each space is intricately planned with the goal of comfort, being one with nature and family. Their home in Mission Farms Estates is a shining example. Situated on approximately two acres, this 11-year-old 7,700-square-foot residence reflects their personalities impeccably. “We purchased this home a year ago and have done a number of internal renovations and some outside landscaping changes," Cindy says. "We purchased it for the lakes and ponds on the property, which we can see. Where else can you get farm-like, open space inside the 435 loop in Johnson County?” The two outdoor spaces on the main level give them the feeling of being outside on a farm or large property, yet still in the city. The larger area is close to their rock stream with views of the waters, while the other is quaint and intimate, featuring a fireplace and similar vistas. They plan to build a pool next summer.

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“We like the neighborhood, and there are only 21 estate homes, so we can walk to Mission Farms restaurants for dinner in any season,” she says. “We have deer running through the property and geese year-round.” Liz Sain of Hampton Court Designs has been partnering with the design of their homes for more than 20 years. This is the fifth she has helped Cindy decorate. “Cindy is just a pleasure, and I am truly blessed that we have found each other,” Liz says. “I think that in this business if you can find wonderful people like Cindy to help then you've been blessed in your career." Family is a focal point for this couple. Bob is the CFO of Seaboard Corporation, where he has worked for 30 years, and Cindy is in her 21st year as vice president of client business management at American Century Investments.

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“We have three boys, ages 25, 21 and 18. The 21-year-old is a senior in college, the 18-year-old recently graduated from Pembroke High School, and both boys will attend KU in the fall,” she says. Time will go on, and with it, beauty will surely continue to resonate within their hearts and homes.      

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Making It Count for Our Veterans THE SPENCER C. DUNCAN MAKE IT COUNT FOUNDATION ARTICLE TAMMY RICHARDS | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

FOR DALE AND MEGAN DUNCAN, SUMMER 2011

The Foundation’s main fundraiser is a 5K race that will

BEGAN AS IT HAD MANY TIMES BEFORE. They were

be held on Saturday, Aug. 4. This race is unique in many

living with their three sons in a comfortable suburban

ways, most notably its location. The race takes place at

neighborhood among families like their own. However,

and around the air base that Spencer and his unit deployed

on Aug. 6, the doorbell rang and brought news that

from, New Century Air Center near Gardner, Kansas.

would change their lives forever. Their oldest son,

“I think there is something for everyone. If you are a

Spencer, an Army Specialist with the 7/158th Aviation

serious runner, our course is flat and fast," she says. "If

Regiment, had been killed in action.

you want to bring your dog, push a stroller or walk with

The Spencer C. Duncan Make It Count Foundation

your kiddos, you'll be in great company. If you want to

was formed to honor Spencer and continue his legacy

walk through a Chinook helicopter, we've got one. If you

of service. Its primary mission is to support organiza-

are inspired by patriotism, we've covered that, too. It

tions and individuals working to improve the lives of

really is a great event for just about everyone.”

our country’s veterans. “We started with our passions: education, homeless-

Volunteer opportunities are also available for anyone interested.

ness and PTSD. Dear friends did some early research

“One of my favorite things every year is the early

and brought us ideas for partnerships," Megan says.

morning hours before the run starts,” she says. “It’s still

“Our board of directors guides the giving process, so we

dark when our volunteers arrive, but they come with their

achieve maximum impact with our resources.”

game faces on. Amazing individuals, all of them. I love

After learning about veterans who could not afford books for college, the Make It Count Foundation started a book scholarship program. “For some, benefits have run out. Some have used all of their benefits; others have benefits that don't

watching their faces.” "Make it count." These were the words Dale said to his family each day as he headed out the door. That phrase has had a significant impact on both the beneficiaries and the volunteers involved.

cover book costs," Megan says. “Something as simple

“The concept of making our lives count is so simple

as a $500 scholarship for books makes it possible for a

and simultaneously  so profound,”  Megan says.  "To see

veteran to return to school. After receiving letters from

people inspired by the Make It Count message is just

recipients of those scholarships, we saw how their

validation that good people want to be part of something

lives were changed.”

that makes a difference.”

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The Duncan family plans to continue assisting with issues affecting our nation's veterans but realize they cannot solve them all. “What we can do, however, is give hope,” Megan says. "Maybe it's a book scholarship or an opportunity to go through a PTSD treatment program. If you give one person hope, you can change that person's life.” What started out as a small gesture of kindness toward those who have served our country has become a life-changing experience for the Duncans. "We miss Spencer every day, but the people he has brought into our lives continue to inspire us to do everything we can to help our veterans. We really just want to make it count.”        

“IF YOU GIVE ONE PERSON HOPE, YOU CAN CHANGE THAT PERSON'S LIFE.”

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Blue Valley School District winner, Misti Wald of Overland Trail Middle School with sponsors, Commerce Bank and Audi Shawnee Mission.

Olathe School District winners, Liz Bogdan and Cami Dunlap, of Frontier Trail Middle School with principal, Elaine Carpenter, accepting a $5000 check from Commerce Bank and Audi Shawnee Mission. 22

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Students of Overland Trail Middle School who helped create the winning project, Falcon Points.

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“Our dream is to see students demonstrating confidence in them-

TO CULTIVATE KINDNESS IN THEIR BUILDINGS, FINISHED ITS

selves, pride in their school and compassion toward others,” Liz says.

FINAL ROUND AT THE CLOSE OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. Our last

“As this plan continues to unfold, we would like to include mindful-

round was a challenge for the teachers and administrators in each build-

ness activities to help students better manage stress.”

ing to come up with an idea for the 2018-2019 school year that they think

Elevate was a project that we at Lifestyle Publications wanted to

will help create a thoughtful and more inviting learning environment.

implement in our area middle schools as a way to show kids that

Two winners were selected, one from the Blue Valley School District

their ideas and actions can make a difference and can change the

and one from the Olathe School District, and each winning school was

world around them. Each month, we were continually impressed with

awarded $5,000 from Commerce Bank and Audi Shawnee Mission.

the ideas that poured in from area students. This contest could not

Overland Trail Middle School was the recipient of the Blue Valley

have been possible without our generous sponsors at Audi Shawnee

School District award, winning for its Falcon Points project. Teacher

Mission and Commerce Bank. When we first reached out to area busi-

Misti Wald worked with her students to come up with ideas that they

nesses inquiring about sponsorship for this kindness challenge, both

believed could make their school a better place.

Audi Shawnee Mission and Commerce Bank responded immediately.

“The students came up with the idea to keep track of Falcon

Their enthusiasm and willingness to support our local schools in a

points electronically via their student IDs," she says. "Teachers can

way that encourages children to think of ways to be kind citizens was

award Falcon points to students who do random acts of kindness."

very impressive and inspiring. Both sponsors were excited to see what

The Falcon points earned by students can be cashed in at a concession stand during lunch periods once a month. Students will be

our students came up with each month and wanted to see our area students empowered to make positive changes in their buildings.

able to use Falcon points to acquire special snacks, beverages and

“At Commerce Bank, we strive each day to help people through dif-

OTM spirit-wear. The hope is that students will be more likely to do

ferent challenges they’re facing in life, and we do it with kindness and

random acts of kindness and will be prompted to look for ways to

sincerity,” says Cindy Ford, senior vice president and group manager

be kind and in turn, will have a snowball effect throughout Overland

of retail for Commerce Bank. “The Elevate program was a natural fit for

Trail.“I thought the contest sounded like a great way for my students

Commerce because it emphasizes kindness in our schools, which will

to take ownership of a real-world problem," Misti says. "I also liked

then translate into kindness in the workplace and beyond.”

the idea that their vision and ideas could become a reality."

“At Audi Shawnee Mission, we believe it is important to treat every

Our Olathe School District recipient of the $5,000 grant is Pioneer

person with respect and kindness, and we wanted to be part of a

Trail Middle School. Teachers Liz Bogdan and Cami Dunlap devel-

program that encouraged and empowered our area youth to do just

oped an idea that promotes compassion and empathy through char-

that," says John Coats of Audi Shawnee Mission.

acter education, mindfulness and affirmation statements.

We at Lifestyle Publications want to thank both the Olathe and

“We wanted to cultivate a positive mindset for the students,” Cami

Blue Valley School districts for your participation in our kindness

says.Phase one of their three-year program includes developing a

challenge, but even more so, we want to applaud all of the students

student pledge or motto. Through the implementation of charac-

and teachers who submitted ideas and projects throughout the

ter education and the Second Step Program, students will receive

year. All of the ideas were thoughtful and inspiring, and it is through

training on developing positive relationships, conflict resolution and

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Burke, the bar-savvy couple behind the beverage business,

The name of their business is a play on words.

traded their belongings for a motorhome and made the

“Cordial has a double meaning—warm and friendly, and

journey from California to the Midwest seeking adventure.

a comforting and pleasant tasting medicine. Craft means

“Cordial Craft was started almost by accident,” Brandon

to exercise skill in making, especially by hand. This is

says. “We worked at some of San Diego's most famed bars

part of who we are as a business down to the very core.

and restaurants and have been creating cocktail menus

Our staff is always warm, friendly, extremely knowledge-

for almost a decade. We worked with a cocktail catering

able and fun. We create pleasant-tasting beverages by

business for two years perfecting our craft, working with

hand at all of our events. We never batch cocktails; as

amazing clients and celebrities. Following a long night at

a result of this, our clients are given the highest quality

our bartending job, we decided we needed a change of

drinks 100 percent of the time.”

scenery. After tossing around ideas and drinks, we sold everything we owned and purchase an RV.” Just four short months later, the Burkes were off traveling across the country.

With this style of business, the couple agreed that Kansas City was the most ideal location. “We fell in love with the people and the Midwest style of living. We were blown away by the passion the people had for

“We worked odd jobs, spending weeks at a time in

local produce and products. Sharing those same tendencies,

national parks. We were doing some cocktail design with

we felt this was the perfect location for this style of business.”

NASCAR and planned on coming to Kansas City to work a race. We decided we wanted to stay for the fall and

Their ever-changing drink menu is inspired by fresh seasonal produce.

responded to an ad posted by the owner of Weston Red

“Our cocktails are designed literally from the ground up.

Barn Farm, Donovan Diaz. He was looking for farm help

We create our seasonal menus based on the ingredients

during fall festival, and our trip was all about growing and

and seasonality of the farm. Our cocktails come in all

trying new things, so we rolled up in the RV for an interview.

sorts of different colors that can be found in nature. We

We ended up doing all sorts of amazing things in our two

are particular about the produce and juices that we use,

months there on the farm. Donovan mentioned his desire

making our own liqueurs, simple syrups, bitters, jams and

to go in-house for his alcohol catering. There really wasn't

many other things. We have a small garden of herbs that

anyone doing high-end handcrafted cocktails on the cater-

we incorporate into our menu and draw inspiration from.

ing scene. Since we had so much experience in the field, we

Each of our drinks has a back story and takes way longer

pitched our idea, and they loved it. After six more months on

than the 14 seconds it takes to shake the day of the event.

the road, we came back to Kansas City and started hashing

This is the backbone of what we do.”

out our business model that we finally see in action today.” Since then, they’ve been serving the tastiest libations at

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WHEN KERMIT DYER RETIRED FROM ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT, HE DECIDED TO TAKE UP WATERCOLOR PAINTING AND GUITAR TO KEEP HIS  MIND ACTIVE AND ENGAGED. Even though he now owns several guitars, the guitar seems to be a “bridge too far” for him to master. The watercolors—well, he will leave that up to you to decide.   His passion is painting military aircraft with an emphasis on those from World War II. In

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KERMIT DYER HONORING OUR SOLDIERS THROUGH WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS

almost every instance, he invariably came to know the

crew

members

of

the more than 40 planes he has painted. Through these  interactions

with

each veteran, he learned just how brave the  young men and women were and the great responsibilities they were given when many were not much more than teenagers. "I think I am drawn to art that honors our veterans because my experiences with World War II were through the eyes

of a small boy," Kermit says. "We practiced 'blackouts' and watched 'America Goes to War' newsreels at the movies filled with the exploits of our fighting men. Everyone was involved in the war effort in some small way as we rationed items and saved tinfoil off gum wrappers, cooking grease and scrap metal." Kermit remembers that people believed in our country and what we were doing as a nation. He  still remembers saying the Pledge of Allegiance with his  hand over his  heart facing the flag, and all of the  kids brought pennies, nickels and dimes to school  to buy War Savings Stamps. Their goal was to fill a book with $18.75 in stamps in the hopes to purchase a War Bond. "What I remember most are the World War II aircraft trading cards that came in packages of Wings Cigarettes," Kermit says. "My parents did not smoke Wings Cigarettes, so I never had a trading card of my own. I could only envy the kids on the playground who did." So now he paints them. These paintings include watercolors of the last living member of the “Doolittle Tokyo Raiders” and the last P-38 World War II ace. Also included in his portfolio are paintings of Tuskegee Airmen who fought for victory in battle and victory at home against inequality, Women Airforce Service Pilots from World War II and a Hall of Fame helicopter pilot who was shot down 16 times in Vietnam. He has painted many others, each a hero in their own right. "My wife, Stella, and I use the proceeds from my art to raise money for PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS

veterans causes as our way to honor them," he says.

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NEIGHBORHOOD

JOHNSON COUNTY

ORIGINAL PRICE

SOLD PRICE

%SOLD/ORIG

DOM

BDRMS

BATHS

HALLBROOK

$2,975,000.00

$2,696,000.00

90

0

6

7.5

SIENA OF LEAWOOD

$1,565,000.00

$1,445,000.00

92%

69

5

5.1

SIENA OF LEAWOOD

$1,399,000.00

$1,399,000.00

100%

228

6

5.2

HALLBROOK

$1,395,000.00

$1,250,000.00

89%

66

4

5.1

TOWN & COUNTRY

$1,150,000.00

$1,150,000.00

100%

3

5

4.1

HALLBROOK

$1,175,000.00

$1,101,000.00

93%

9

5

5.3

MISSION HILLS

$1,195,000.00

$1,064,700.00

89%

35

4

5.0

LIONSGATE-THE LINKS

$1,075,000.00

$1,000,000.00

93%

17

6

5.1

SOMERSET MANOR

$989,000.00

$970,000.00

98%

0

4

3.2

FIELDSTON HILL

$997,500.00

$965,000.00

96%

7

5

4.1

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THE BLUFFS AT RIVERVIEW IN SHAWNEE IS THE THIRD AND FINAL PHASE OF THE RIVERVIEW COMMUNITY. Spectacular sites are available now, with the new phase offering an outstanding selection of quality builders and award-winning plans. Spanning 80 acres, this Don Julian and Mike Gipple community has more than 60 new home sites on a wooded hilltop location. With luxury residences, natural surroundings and beautiful landscaping, it’s easy to see why people want to call the Bluffs at Riverview home. “The new phase of Riverview lies west of the existing homes at a higher elevation, giving wonderful views,” says Kathie Pierce with the Rob Ellerman Team. “There’s a variety of walkout, daylight and flat lots.” Builders include New Mark Homes, Prieb Homes, Nick Zvacek Construction, R.L. Hoelting, First Choice Custom Homes, M.G. Crocker Homes, Comerio Corporation, Harding Homes, L/M Homes, Hilmann Home Builders, Don Julian Builders and more in conversation with agents for the community. These builders bring a terrific collection of two-story, reverse 1 1/2-story, ranch and 1 1/2-story homes to the community. At this time, wooded walkout lots are available with the skyline of downtown Kansas City to the east and natural scenic views to the west.   Shawnee offers the balance of upscale living and the convenience of large-city amenities with a small, friendly hometown appeal.   “Many people love to live in and want to stay in Shawnee,” Kathie says. “Shawnee has been ranked as one of the best cities in which to live for several reasons—accessibility to downtown Kansas City and the KCI airport, location to the Village West entertainment district and easy access to the highway systems.” The De Soto School District consistently ranks in the top three districts in Kansas and is a big factor in the decision to live in Riverview. Mill Creek Middle is highly praised for its academics and staff, and Mill Valley High School is locally sought after with its high academic standards and excellence in sports. Riverview Elementary is conveniently located in the heart of the neighborhood, with lots available on three sides of the school.  “Proximity to the elementary school makes it very convenient for primary students and their families to arrive quickly to school and events,” Kathie says.

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Photography by E.S. Photography

Riverview offers several outdoor amenities, including easy access to parks and trail systems, with Stump and Garrett Park located just minutes from the neighborhood. Bike or jog the trails and utilize the playground equipment, soccer fields, baseball fields and basketball hoops. Meet neighbors, swim with friends and make lasting memories at the Riverview pool. Riverview and the Bluffs at Riverview are marketed by the Rob Ellerman Team with Reece Nichols. Their award-winning model office is located at 4531 Mund Road in Shawnee. For more information, visit Riverview-KC.com.   Photography by E.S. Photography

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Special Needs Planning: Every Detail Matters By Michael J. Searcy, ChFC, CFP®, AIFA® President & CEO at Searcy Financial Services, a Fee-Only, NAPFA Registered Advisory Firm

Twenty-five dollars. That was the tiny amount that caused a friend’s daughter to lose the government benefits she was receiving for her special needs. When you are a parent or caregiver to a child with special needs, navigating the system alone is a challenge. As hard as you try to do everything right, sometimes a small mistake can have lasting repercussions. In this instance, a friend set up an account for her daughter and paid a $25 fee to get the account started. She then transferred $2,000 into the account, the legal limit allowed in her daughter’s case, so they could manage her finances from this account. She was devastated to find out that the $25 had been reported as causing her daughter’s account to exceed her limit and therefore lose her benefits. When it comes to managing finances that are impacted by special needs, it can be helpful to have an overview of the financial and legal concerns to consider. Naming a Trustee A trustee will control the child’s money in order to make responsible decisions and distributions to meet their living expenses and needs. This role can be filled by a parent or family member, trusted friend, or an institution. Because a trustee must keep up on trust laws, you may consider a co-trustee or a trust protector for their legal skills and knowledge.

Setting Up a Special Needs Trust A Special Needs Trust allows a child to receive money, gifts, inheritance or other assets while still maintaining their government benefits. The child should never directly receive assets because staying under the legal limit of personal assets is essential to protecting their benefits status. Writing a Will In the absence of a Will, a probate judge could name your child with special needs as the beneficiary to your estate. An attorney can help you develop a Will that leaves your assets to the child’s Special Needs Trust so their benefits are not lost or compromised. Considering an ABLE Account Before ABLE accounts, individuals with special needs had difficulty saving due to the $2,000 asset restrictions placed upon them, so money wasn’t always available for additional costs that weren’t covered by their benefits. Now, with restrictions, money can be saved into an ABLE account and used for qualified disability expenses. It can take a large village to raise a child, and an even bigger village to raise a child with special needs. By having people on your team who can walk with you through the maze of benefits and financial considerations, share ideas and resources, and talk to you about challenges other parents have overcome, it could help reduce some of the headaches and mistakes that pop up along the way. For more resources on Financial Planning for Special Needs, visit www.searcyfinancial.com/blog-posts/89-special-needs

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"IT’S NOT JUST MY BUSINESS; IT’S MY MINISTRY." -Danielle Pacheco, co-owner

Within a few years, they had built a reputable company, but she still felt something was missing. She remembers

A glimpse inside Danielle Pacheco’s life would reflect

crying and praying for God to bless them with answers,

a loving family, a beautiful home, a successful business

and in January 2016 while visiting Kansas City for a Chiefs-

and a welcoming spirit. While all these things are true,

Raiders game, she fell in love with the area. By March,

there is also much more lingering below the surface:

Pacheco’s Cleaning Service was launched in the KC metro.

a tumultuous past, a turbulent love story and an unas-

They were again thanking God for seeing their vision.

suming professional beginning. Every single event the

Danielle's guiding principle is: find a hole in your passion

Pachecos have experienced—good and bad—has paved

and fix it. She recognized a lack of quality in a luxury field

the way for Pacheco’s Cleaning Service to become a

and vowed to build a business that considers every detail

premier sought-after cleaning company that provides

when working with clients and do so at affordable prices.

spotless comfort within an existence that is often messy.

"We do things differently than others," she says. "We do

Danielle would agree that life can often be chaotic—

not quote over the phone but build relationships by coming

unlike the homes her company leaves orderly and impec-

into the home. We use environmentally friendly, top-of-the-

cable—and hers has had pretty significant challenges.

line cleaning supplies. We want our patrons to be wowed."

Growing up in California, by the time she had reached her

Pacheco’s cleaning techs understand how important it

teens she had experienced trials many never witness in a

is to build a home that is not only clean but also a family’s

lifetime. She had to navigate her way through destitution

sanctuary. They believe in taking care of the customer

while her mother battled addiction, and, once she was 16,

and giving grace to their employees. They are known for

her own life had become one worthy of intervention. It

their inviting spirit, and they have made it their mission to

was at this time she met her future husband, Mario, and,

provide a place of solace within a world that is not always

in the beginning, it was a volatile love story. Nontraditional

so forgiving. They have taken their own strife and molded

in every sense, their relationship could only survive with

it into a prosperous career and have made it their mission

divine interference. They thank God for grace and live

to provide the same opportunity for young women who

now to provide the same to their family and staff.

may have had similar experiences. They have opened

Pacheco’s Cleaning Service was born out of the need

their home to three young women who have become

to provide a comfortable life for their family. For years, the

part of their family and are now fully employed through

couple jumped from one job to another wondering how

Pacheco’s Cleaning Service, further demonstrating that

they would pay rent, raise their three young children and

God’s splendor lives through them.

maintain Danielle’s health as she battled a brain defect and chronic pancreatitis. One day while the family was

The Pachecos can truly take on the challenges of life and make them beautiful.

still living in California, Danielle bought a vacuum and said to her husband, “Let’s start a cleaning company.”

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Independence Day. It is one of the

they made the headlines. Set in

longest Fourth of July parades in the

New York City at the turn of the

Kansas City area. This year's theme

century, Newsies  tells the rousing

is "Lenexa through the Decades."

tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic

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newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged "newsies," who

Corporate Woods Founders’ Park

Join the City of Overland Park for an Independence Day celebration! Live musical performances will in-

dreams only of a better life far from

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the hardship of the streets. July 7-July 29, various showtimes.

clude the Overland Park Civic Band

MUSIC AT THE FARMSTEAD

and The Elders. Food trucks will be

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead

on hand all evening, leading up to a

Sing, dance and listen to lively mu-

fireworks performance. Parking will

sic by Percussion Magic at this free

be available in Corporate Woods.

children's concert. Meet at the Prai-

OPKansas.org

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Sample more than 250 wines from

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L evels of care in senior living: An over view of options for care and who paysf or what Thursday, July 19 • 3 p.m. To learn more or to RSVP, call (913) 780-9916.

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HANDS-ON KIDS ART BASH

WINE TASTING ON THE TERRACE

Red Rock Traditions

Overland Park Arboretum and

mance is Schubert's Symphony No. 8,

Let your kids express their creativ-

Botanical Gardens

"Unfinished." Lenexa.com

ity at Red Rock Traditions' Hands-

Head to the Overland Park Arbo-

On Kids Art Bash. Best for kids

retum and Botanical Gardens for a

ages 3-10, July's art bash theme is

delicious wine and tasty appetizers

"Under the Sea." Enjoy free Kona

featuring regional vintners. This pleas-

ice, interactions with Kansas City

ant and enriching evening will be a

GEORGIA’S CHICKEN RUN

Art Institute artists and more.

delight. You may learn a little about

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

RedRockTraditions.com/KidsArtBash

how wine is grown and blended.

Lace up those shoes because it's

ArtsAndRec-OP.org

time for Georgia's Annual Chicken

Ryan. Enjoy three free concerts performed by the Lenexa Community Orchestra this summer. July's perfor-

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Fun Run/Walk at the Deanna Rose

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Children's Farmstead. Festivities in-

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MOONLIGHT BIKE RIDE Old Town Lenexa

Enjoy a 12-mile, closed-course bike ride down 95th Street from Old Town

clude the national anthem, a chicken dance, an awards ceremony and

LENEXA COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA CONCERT

more. OPKansas.org

Lenexa Commons Outdoor Stage

Lenexa through the Meritex caves.

The Lenexa Arts Council is excited to

Decorate your bicycle in lights for

announce the second season of the

this fun family ride. Lenexa.com

Lenexa Community Orchestra, under

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LOCAL’S CHOICE

PATIO

FIVE GREAT PATIOS TO VISIT THIS SUMMER

ROUNDUP IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A PATIO WITH A FUN ATMOSPHERE, DELICIOUS FOOD AND A VARIETY OF LOCAL BEERS ON TAP, KANSAS CITY HAS NO SHORTAGE OF SPOTS TO ENJOY. We picked a sampling of a few of our favorite patios around town to enjoy on a summer night. 

TACO REPUBLIC Enjoy a diversity of flavors and “street-style” tacos at this casual location. Taco Republic has a walk-up togo window, or for those with a bit more time, there’s a patio to relax, eat and play a game if you would like. 500 County Line Road, Kansas City, Kansas, 913.262.8226, EatTacoRepublic.com

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Johnson County Lifestyle | July 2018

C H I C K E N N P I C K L E  Chicken N Pickle is a casual restaurant that has eight pickleball courts; a bar with a variety of local beers on tap; lawn games including ping pong, cornhole and Jenga; fire pits and more. The variety of entertainment options plus delicious food makes the drive up north well worth it. 1761 Burlington, North Kansas City, Missouri, 816.537.1400, ChickenNPickle.com

R Y E Chefs Megan and Colby Garrelts bring Midwestern recipes and traditions to the table using local Kansas and Missouri flavors and farmers.  Two area locations, RyeKC.com

RED DOOR GRILL This casual dining establishment boasts an expansive brick patio and delicious food cooked on a wood-fired grill.  Three area locations, RedDoorGrill.com

AIXOIS

Aixois is a classic French bistro located in Brookside. The  menu focuses  on fresh, organic, seasonal ingredients. Enjoy a relaxing evening out on its charming patio.  251 E. 55th St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.333.3305, AixoisBistro.com


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Johnson County, KS July 2018  

July 2018 Issue of Johnson County Lifestyle

Johnson County, KS July 2018  

July 2018 Issue of Johnson County Lifestyle