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LIFESTYLE LETTER

AUGUST 2018 PUBLISHER

Matthew Perry | matthew@lifestylepubs.com EDITOR

Angela Broockerd | angela.broockerd@lifestylepubs.com

Letter from the Editor

PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTOR

Paul Versluis | paul.versluis@lifestylepubs.com ACCOUNT MANAGER

I HAVE ALWAYS ADORED KIDS. Growing up the second oldest of ten children, taking

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care of younger siblings sort of came with the territory, and I loved every part of it. That

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love of children continued into college as I chose a profession where I could work with kids daily and became an elementary school teacher and later middle school teacher. Kids have a way of making what’s really important in life very clear. They generally say what they mean without having that adult filter, their imaginations and creativity are endless and their sense of wonder is refreshing. As those childhood years turn to adolescent years, they begin to formulate their worldview and make sense of the things around them. They start to make decisions about what they want to stand for and what they want to contribute to the world around them. It is also a tough time of insecurities, emotions and trying to figure out who they are.  Like all families, my own four children are all so different from one another. They each have unique gifts and struggles. Something beneficial and somewhat unexpected to me has been watching how much of an impact having a family pet has made on my children. I knew it would help them learn responsibility, but I have been surprised by some of the other ways that the addition of our trusted dog, Stella, has made on their lives.   She has been the perfect companion for them. She is a source of comfort when hard times or loss has occurred, big or small, as I have watched how my kids were soothed

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by hugging it out with their dog without having to say a word. Stella  is a tolerant playmate to my youngest, sleeps outside their doors at night in protection mode, and is willing to personally clean up any mess they make when eating (especially bacon) so

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they don’t have to clean it up.   Like each of my children, welcoming a dog to the mix of our family has been rewarding for so many reasons, and it far outweighs any frustration she causes when she decides to be mischievous.  This issue is dedicated to kids and pets. We wanted to share a sampling of art, and décor, along with local hotspots for animal lovers and ways to give back to your

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INSIDE THE ISSUE AUGUST 2018

FEATURES 16 Going on a Safari Nest interiors beautifully creates vintage safari nursery

22 Birthday Bash Party planning made easy

28 Line. Light. Beauty. Johnson County Artist Paints Furry Friends

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44 Meet the Artist: Joe Hatzfeld Johnson County Art Student Stands Out Amongst Peers

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Hot Spot

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Open House

20 Page Turners 28 Artist’s Palette 32 Locally Owned 36 Giving Back 39 Realty Report 40 Renovate & Refine 44 Local Limelight 48 Lifestyle Calendar 50 Local’s Choice


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AT CORNERSTONE BANK, EVERY EMPLOYEE KNOWS THAT THE GOLDEN RULE IS THE GOLD STANDARD. “We treat every customer the way we want to be treated as a customer,” says Michelle Guthrie, Senior Vice-President at Cornerstone Bank. Guthrie says this motto includes a first-name basis relationship with clients, 24/7 banker access, and a commitment to always having the customers’ best interests at heart. “Whether you have $500 or $50,000, you get treated the same way,” Michelle quotes. After 15 years with Cornerstone Bank, Michelle states that this is the best job she has ever had. “I love the client interaction – meeting their needs and seeing how happy they are with the end result. We have strong personal relationships 14

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“Some small businesses may be too small for a bank to even look at,” Michelle says.” But we understand starting small. We get it. And we have options for small businesses with personal service they might not get from a larger bank.” Customers often get lost in bigger banks, Michelle adds. “We hear people say over and over again that they aren’t sure why they bank at a big bank. They don’t really like them, and don’t feel valued, but they’re afraid it will be too big of a hassle to switch. At Cornerstone Bank, we believe in common-sense banking, not biggest-nightmare-ever banking.” With the business scandals of late that have occurred in some of the bigger banks, maybe local community banking that is honest and loyal is worth taking an interest in. “We don’t want to be the biggest,” says Mark Clemmons, VicePresident of Treasury Management. “We just want to do what’s best for our customers.”

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With experienced employees and officers (14+ years on average), customers can rest assured their bankers or loan officers will be there tomorrow. “This is huge in banking because a common complaint is the turnover,” Michelle says. “That doesn’t happen here. And when you call, you’re going to get a person, not an automated phone line. I think that’s unusual today. We have a commitment level to our clients. We LIKE our clients, and we want to talk to them and quickly address their needs.” Michelle adds that customers can feel safe and secure with Cornerstone Bank. They are strictly regulated with multiple layers of security but retain the personal access and the trust that comes from building relationships over time.   All of the officers’ business cards include their personal cell or home phone numbers with the implication that, yes, they can be reached outside of bankers’ hours. “Problems don’t happen 8-5 on the weekday,” Michelle says.  “They happen after hours and on holidays. We don’t want any time to pass between a client’s need and our response.  Everyone who works here is wired that way. We always want to do what is right for our customers WHEN it’s right for our customers.”   For benefits and account options, including online and mobile banking, visit:

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on the bookshelf ARTICLE KATHRYN LEO FOR SOME PEOPLE THE WORDS “SUMMER READING” CONJURE UP THE GUILTY PLEASURE OF READING EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT, WHEN YOU WANT. With summer rapidly coming to an end, take advantage of this time and enjoy these last few weeks getting lost in a good book. While we all have our go-to genres—fantasy, mystery, or realistic fiction --   try something new this month by changing up your reading list. Try alternating between fiction and nonfiction or check out new genres. NEED HELP PICKING A BOOK? The Barnes & Noble Teen blog, https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/teen/category/best-teen-books/ includes new books categorized by genre, along with peer reviews.   Goodreads www.goodreads.com   has reviews, recommendations based on past selections, and a handy tool to keep track of your reading.  YourNextRead, http://www.yournextread.com/us allows you to enter an author, title, or genre to get recommended suggestions. In addition, the Johnson County Library is a valuable resource where you can get recommendations online or in person from a librarian. Listed below are selections of both fiction and nonfiction to get you started.

FICTION REFUGEE By Alan Grantz Although separated by continents and decades, three characters embark on dangerous journeys in search of refuge: Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape poverty and unrest in her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction. This thought-provoking book will help its readers understand today’s refugee crisis. Gr. 5-7 MOXIE:  A NOVEL By Jennifer Mathieu In a small Texas town where high school football reigns supreme, sixteen-year-old Viv starts a feminist revolution using anonymously written vines. At first, only a few girls get involved, but as the school year goes by, more and more girls join in. This is a fun read for anyone looking for a teenage take on modern feminism. Gr. 9-12

NONFICTION ALEXANDER HAMILTON, REVOLUTIONARY By Martha Brockenbrough This well-researched book looks at the life of Alexander Hamilton - American statesman, lawmaker, author of the Federalist Papers, and first Secretary of the Treasury under George Washington. The author uses both primary and secondary sources to give the reader a complete picture of Hamilton, both his strengths and flaws. Gr. 7-up TRAINING THE BEST DOG EVER By Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz and Larry Kay This book shows its readers how to train a dog using love, kindness and positive reinforcement. With step-by-step photographs, the book covers everything from crate and bathroom training, basic cues, to correcting typical problems such as barking and leash-pulling. The author used these techniques to train the White House dog, Bo Obama, and many others. 20

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FIRST YEAR BIRTHDAY PARTIES CAN BE SO MUCH FUN BUT ALSO OVERWHELMING. When the ladies over at  Lovestruck Events  approached me about planning my son Greyson’s first birthday, I was so excited. I had seen their work before and knew they would be so great at planning Grey’s party. They took our likes, tastes and style and made it into the most beautiful party with such fun details. The whole process was easy and perfectly planned, so I knew exactly what to expect and what was going on. The day was so special and exactly how I wanted it to be as we celebrated with the ones we love most. Every detail of  the party fit Greyson's personality just right-- sweet and fun.  24

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Line. Light. Beauty. PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS

DISTILLING EMOTION FROM A SHADOW, A GESTURE, A TURN OF THE WRIST HAS INTRIGUED SUSAN P. Wilson for as long as she can remember. Pencil and sketch pad in hand, she loves to capture simple moments. If “art is not what you see, but what you make others see,” as Impressionist Edgar Degas said, then Susan wants you to see the loose, fluid beauty that is all around you. Watercolors and pastels grace her sketches that interpret mood and transport the viewer into the moment. “It is the softness of a line and the serendipitous journey to bolder and bolder strokes that leads to discovery,” she has said of her own love of drawing.

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More recently, Susan’s work has gone to the dogs – literally. She has been exploring watercolor techniques in her new paintings, “Best Friend Series,” now on display at the Images Art Gallery in Overland Park. “Funny story,” Susan reveals, “our lab used to devour watercolor paper whenever I left it out.” What began as a frustration with their beloved Suede, ironically inspired her first dog portrait. Capturing a pet’s unique personality with color and texture became a thing. As friends and family requested ever more renderings, Susan realized she loved the playfulness and genuinely happy expressions of dogs. The entire group of playful paintings will be on display through July after which a few paintings can always be found at Images Art Gallery. From boxers to dalmations, poodles to hounds, rescue and mixed breeds alike, Susan loves to paint the dog’s essence. She finds watercolors allow the loose, fun expressions to jump off the page.

“I FEEL LIKE HE IS LOOKING AT ME… IT COULD NOT BE ANY MORE PERFECT,” SAID ONE OF HER MOST RECENT COMMISSIONS. “I LOOK AND THEN I CAN’T TAKE MY EYES AWAY.” Susan understands. In a military family that moved 18 times in 27 years, dogs and family provided the grounding force for her life and art. She knows what it’s like to have to say goodbye to someone or something and how a painting can be a visual translation of memory.  From southern roots to worldwide adventures and now a 10-year resident of Kansas, she also learned how to pare down and adjust her materials to her environment. At this point in her career, watercolors express the fluidity that she has learned to live by.   To view more of Susan’s artwork, visit http://www.spwilsonart.com Instagram:  spwilson1986  

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Prepare to be Floored: CARPET DIRECT IS MUCH MORE THAN CARPET ARTICLE LISA MOYER | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

CARPET DIRECT TAKES THE STRESS OUT OF CHOOSING FLOORING FROM A MYRIAD OF EVER-EVOLVING OPTIONS. As one of the nation’s largest dealers in premium flooring, Carpet Direct Kansas City provides free in-home consultation for the largest selection of flooring available at price points to meet every budget. Whether carpet, ceramic tile, genuine hardwoods, engineered hardwoods, sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl flooring, or even carpet binding, Carpet Direct brings the flooring showroom to you. With a local sales force of 31

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Carpet Direct differs from other flooring providers by offering name-brand fashionable flooring at huge savings through the in-home shopping experience with qualified representatives.

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And those happy customers are telling their friends and family, and they’re becoming happy customers, too. “Our business is 95 percent referrals,” says Katie Orscheln, sales consultant and designer with Carpet Direct. “In 12 years with the company, I would say that word-of-mouth advertising is the lifeblood of our marketing. To me that’s a testimony of what we provide – the quality and the service. We just try to treat our customers with ethical standards in the way we would want to be treated, and we make friends along the way.”

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The booming housing market in KC has been good for business, and although Carpet Direct works with several local builders and large clients, individual customers can still expect the same quick turnaround from first appointment to installation. Katie and Chuck agree that the quality of the sales staff is a top reason for the company’s continued success, along with the one-on-one guidance and expertise given to the customer from start to finish. “We make what could be a very stressful and anxious process into an enjoyable and memorable one.” Katie says. To compare flooring options and benefits, along with monthly informative blogs on industry innovations and trends, visit

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GIVING BACK ARTICLE NATALIE FIELEKE

PROVIDING FOR PETS WAYS TO HELP NURTURE KIDS’ HEARTS FOR ANIMALS IN-NEED

WAYS TO HELP NURTURE KIDS’ HEARTS FOR ANIMALS IN NEED It seemed like a simple enough plan: Go to the pet store. Purchase fish tank water neutralizer. Go home. But our five-minute visit soon turned into a longer, more emotional trip as my son began naming mice to bring home, and my daughter fell in love with Bowser, a handsome tuxedo cat. On the ride home, tears streamed down my daughter’s face because we didn’t adopt her kitty. My son couldn’t understand why it wasn’t a good idea to bring home his newly beloved mice, Twinkle and Roxie. The fact that we already have a kitten and a fish didn’t matter to my kids. All they knew is that they loved animals, and they wanted to do more to help them. So I reached out to several Kansas City-area organizations that provide assistance to needy animals and rely on the support of volunteers. They shared ways we can all realistically help, short of bringing all the fuzzy little creatures home to live with us forever. (Sorry, kids!) Keep in mind the following non-profit organizations require volunteer training and a supervising adult for children. Each has its own policies for volunteers’ safety. Please check online for specifics.

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Volunteering with kids at a local shel-

KC Pet Project, Wayside Waifs, The Rescue

Maybe you’re not able to adopt, but you

ter is great because it shows them

Project, Great Plains SPCA and the Missouri

could consider caring for an animal in

the responsibility of pet ownership,

House Rabbit Society are all no-kill inde-

your home for a shorter period of time.

says Alyssa Willett, volunteer program

pendent 501c3 nonprofit organizations.

Applications to foster animals are avail-

manager at KC Pet Project. At KC Pet

Donations are tax-deductible and help

able online at all of the organizations

Project, children with a supervising par-

these organizations continue to provide

mentioned here. The time commit-

ent can tour the shelter, visit with cats,

sanctuary, veterinary care, vaccines, food

ment can vary, from a few months to

and help with tasks such as laundering

and resources for thousands of animals

just a few weeks for those who want

or sorting pet bedding or covering toys

each year. Give online at:

to volunteer as bunny sitters through

in peanut butter and kibble. At Wayside

+ KC Pet Project:

the Missouri House Rabbit Society. 

Waifs, younger volunteers can read to

https://kcpetproject.org

animals, make toys for them, organize

+ Wayside Waifs:

the food pantry, and help with laundry.

http://waysidewaifs.org + The Rescue Project: http://therescueproject.net + Great Plains SPCA:  https://www.greatplainsspca.org/ + The Missouri House Rabbit Rescue Society:  http://mohrs.org

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JOHNSON COUNTY

NEIGHBORHOOD

ORIGINAL PRICE

SOLD PRICE

%SOLD/ORIG

DOM

BDRMS

BATHS

MISSION HILLS

$2,195,000

$2,200,000

100%

1

5

5.2

MISSION HILLS

$1,995,000

$1,985,000

99%

6

6

3.1

MISSION FARMS

$1,499,950

$1,499,950

100%

46

4

4.1

SIENA OF LEAWOOD

$1,385,000

$1,335,000

96%

130

4

4.1

SYCAMORE SPRINGS

$1,278,000

$1,190,000

93%

319

5

5.1

HALLBROOK

$1,350,000

$1,180,000

87%

180

5

6.2

SYCAMORE SPRINGS

$1,225,000

$1,175,000

95%

1

5

5.0

TOWN & COUNTRY MANOR

$1,200,000

$1,175,000

97%

41

5

5

CALVIN CREST

$1,149,000

$1,120,000

95%

49

4

3

FAIRWAY

$1,050,000

$1,000,000

95%

21

4

3.1

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

meet the artist: joe hatzfeld

JOE HATZFELD, A CERAMIC ARTIST IN JOHNSON COUNTY, BEGAN HIS JOURNEY AS AN ARTIST DURING HIS JUNIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL INITIALLY TO SIMPLY FULFILL A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT. As an avid football player, he had been labeled a “jock” his entire life and never considered himself to be a creative person. “I never thought of myself as someone who was gifted in the arts because I had tried basic drawing and was not good at it, so I gave up on the thought of ever being an artistic person,” Hatzfeld explained. “When I hesitantly enrolled in beginning ceramics as a way to fulfill an art requirement, little did I know that it would become my favorite class I took during my high school career.”

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JOHNSON COUNTY ART STUDENT STANDS OUT AMONG PEERS PHOTOGRAPHY JANIE JONES


“I SAT DOWN AT THE WHEEL AND FAILED A FEW TIMES, GOT SOME STAINS ON MY SHOES, AND HAD SOME CLAY HIT THE WALL. BUT EVENTUALLY, I SAW A PIECE THAT WENT FROM A BALL OF CLAY TO AN AWKWARD CONTAINER THAT MY LOVING PARENTS CALLED A ‘CUP.’

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Hatzfeld started like everyone else in his class, sitting down to a circle spinning intimidatingly fast and being completely overwhelmed by his teacher’s skill.    “I sat down at the wheel and failed a few times, got some stains on my shoes, and had some clay hit the wall. But eventually, I saw a piece that went from a ball of clay to an awkward container that my loving parents called a ‘cup.’ Even though that creation was hard to hold and extremely heavy, I was

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AUGUST

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

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11

MUSIC AT THE FARMSTEAD

LENEXA COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA CONCERT

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead

Sing, dance and listen to lively mu-

Lenexa Commons outdoor stage,

them. Run time 2 hr. 4 min. Rated PG. Leashed dogs are welcome.

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sic at this free children's concert at

17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS

the Deanna Rose Children's Farm-

The Lenexa Arts Council is excited

stead. Meet at the Prairie Pavilion.

to announce the second season of

Admission to the Farmstead is free for

the Lenexa Community Orchestra,

these events. Plan to bring your lawn

under the direction of Conductor

Gardens 8909 W. 179th St. Overland Park

chair or blanket.

Richard Ryan. The public is invited

Join us at the Arboretum and Botan-

Featured entertainer is Jim Cos-

to join us for three free concerts

ical Gardens for Wine Tasting on the

grove "Mr. Stinky Feet" and Band.

performed by the Lenexa Commu-

Terrace, with delicious wine and tasty

nity Orchestra this summer.

appetizers featuring regional vintners,

4 MUSIC IN THE PARK Paola Park Square Gazebo 12 S Silver St, Paola

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets

WINE TASTING AT THE ARBORETUM

Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical

and their locally produced wines. This

11 WHIRLWIND ART IN MOTION GUIDED TOUR Overland Park Arboretum

pleasant and enriching evening will be a delight. You may learn a little about how wine is grown and blended. Registration is required $35 katharine.garrison@opkansas.org arfop.donorshops.com

to this free show with acoustic mu-

& Botanical Gardens

sician Roy Allen for A Look Back in

Join us for a guided tour of this excit-

Song. Hear familiar favorites from

ing and one of a kind Whirlwind Art

Elvis, Willie Nelson, Cat Stevens,

in Motion exhibit. Your guide will take

Jimmy Buffet, and more! 7-9 pm

you through the gardens to explore

TINY TOT TRIATHLON

these unique kinetic sculptures. You

Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park

will increase your understanding of

Children ages 3-6 will bike, run and go

modern contemporary sculpture and

down an inflatable slide on their way to

have some fun as well. Meet at the

the finish line! Cost is $5 to participate

admissions kiosk to get started.

but save $2 by registering online.

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pet vendors’ booths, participate in the pet talent show, let your pooch go for a plunge during the dog swims

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Registration is required.

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SEP 8 INDEPENDENCE WALK TO BENEFIT THE MISSION PROJECTS 5935 Beverly Ave, Mission KS 66202

The 2nd annual Independence Walk to

and watch demonstrations, all within

MUSIC AND MOVIES IN THE PARK

beautiful Ad Astra Pool and Park.

Santa Fe Commons Park 8045 Santa

fun walk. Fee $20 in advance or $25

Fe Drive Overland Park

cash only at the event. Check-in starts

Bring your lawn chair or blanket and

8 a.m. at Beverly Park , 5935 Beverly

come to the Santa Fe Commons Park

Avenue, Mission, KS. Walk begins at

for a free concert provided by Funk

8:45 a.m. T-shirts provided and prizes.

Syndicate and a movie.

Proceeds support transportation ser-

Today's movie is about a nightclub

vices that assist Mission Project par-

entertainer in Weimar Republic era

ticipants in employment. Register on-

Berlin romances two men while the

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LOCAL’S CHOICE

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dog friendly spots

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JOHNSON COUNTY IS FRIENDLY PLACE FOR CANINE “KIDS”. Here are just a few of the places that welcome your pooch:

Three Dog Bakery | 4322 W. 119th St. Located in the Camelot Court Shopping Center, every time a dog comes in this store they get a free treat and can take a drink from a water bowl just inside the door. The store holds additional special events throughout the year and hosts small rescue organizations for pet adoptions. They keep a filled water bowl inside the door for pups daily.

Room 39 | 10561 Mission Rd., With its proximity to nearby apartments and condos, this upscale boutique restaurant in Mission Farms welcome the dogs to sit on its patio, hand out dog treats and provide water for the pooches.

Treats Unleashed | 4209 W. 119th St. Dogs are welcome to shop with their owners at this retail pet store located off West 119th St., next to Trader Joe’s. There is always a full water bowl outside for thirsty canines and sample are often offered inside the store. There is also a sample bowl filled with treats baked on site. Dogs must be on a leash. Patrons can also use the self-serve dog wash for a fee.

Rock and Brews | 5701 W. 135th St. (Overland Park) Located in Prairie Fire shopping center, this restaurant allows pets on its large covered patio. There is a specific menu for pets that includes grilled chicken, bacon, burgers and hot dogs. Staff puts out dog bowls with the restaurant logo and bone as the handle. This restaurant also host pet events as well featuring local nonprofits that work with animals.

Johnson County area public off leash-dog parks: + THOMAS F. STOLL PARK: 12500 W. 119th Street, Overland Park. Seven acres with new parking lot under construction. Several benches and a water fountain for both people and their pets. (Johnson County Park & Recreation District) + SHAWNEE MISSION PARK: West 79th and Renner Road in Shawnee. Fifty-three acre off-leash area features a swim area in the lake along with wood chip and natural surface trails through grassland and wooded areas. (Johnson County Park & Recreation District). + HERITAGE PARK: 16240 Lackman Road, Overland Park. Thirty-acre area with a fenced open space and a small pond. The off-leash area is accessible from all entrances of the park but is closest to the main entrance. Water fountain inside for pets. (Johnson County Park & Recreation District). + KILL CREEK STREAMWAY ACCESS POINT AT 33460 W. 95TH STREET. The 16-acre off-leash area is located at the Kill Creek Streamway Park access point at. (Johnson County Park & Recreation District) + LEAWOOF: 106th and Lee Boulevard, Leawood. Leawoof is seven acres at the east end of Leawood Park near I-435.  Leawoof has two fenced areas – one for small dogs and the other for larger dogs, with three covered benches for owners to sit back and watch.  50

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