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Lifestyle Letter

Letter from the Creative Director

SEPTEMBER 2016 creative director

Angela Broockerd | Angela.Broockerd@LifestylePubs.com photography director

Paul Versluis | Paul.Versluis@LifestylePubs.com

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raft beer has deep roots that go back centuries in time, and its increasing popularity is being called a 'beer revolution' by many. Recipes are created and refined by master brewers until they are perfect, and consumers are preferring a wide variety of flavorful, quality ingredients. There are so many variations of grains, hops, malt and process that it literally has infinite possibilities, and brew masters are able to devote attention and creativity to produce artisan quality beer.

Local breweries combine tradition with fun new twists that entertain our palates. Their unique, local talents are further amplified through witty names and beautiful custom artwork.There are more styles and options available, and the innovation by craft brewers have exploded with choices such as wild and sour beers, chocolate stouts, seasonal flavors, coffee IPA’s, and the list goes on. Kansas City has no shortage of craft breweries, and the charm and creative style of each brew master gives us an array of local choices.  When you pick-up a glass pulled from your local brewery,  you are literally drinking art that is founded on tradition and time. We picked a few local breweries to highlight this month for our craft beer issue, but there are several other great ones here in KC worth visiting as well, so go out and try something new! Cheers,

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September 2016

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26 Local Craft Beer

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Good Times

40 Local film-makers in KC

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Inspired By

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Healthy Lifestyle

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Page Turners

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Local’s Choice

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Now Open

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Hot Spot

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Financial Buzz

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The unveiling of RH Leawood at Town Center Plaza featured a special live performance by Larkin Poe and a DJ set by Rob Garza. Guests enjoyed gourmet bites by Chefs Colby and Megan Garrelts, and sipped on fresh peach bellinis and curated wines. The event benefitted Children’s Mercy Hospital.

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Andrea Russell, Sarah Lodge, Angi Hockett, Angela Broockerd

Chefs Colby and Megan Garrelts of Bluestem and Rye

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Good Times

Hillcrest Transitional Housing's Nosh Nocte Event

Nosh Nocte KC was an adventure through 5 tasting courses of food, wine and coffee and in addition, KC's Scottish whisky savant, Clint Dunning, explored 4 Single Cask, Single Malt Whiskeys with guests. The event benefited homeless youth ages 16-20, reached by Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas.

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Celebrity Host- Dick Wilson at the Whisky Tasting Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas Director, Chuck Arney

Jeff and Laurel Hanson (co-owner of Brew Gallery) Jeremy & Debbie Swenson, Shirley Bradley, Kristen Howdeshell, Eliza Joy Capps, and Jennifer James & Donna Macchi, Marcy & Mike Meyers Bohatyritz

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hen the party's over, what do you do with all the empty wooden wine crates? Well this fun project will solve your

problem. A trendy coffee table is one such piece of furniture that can transform the look, feel and style of a whole room.  Let's face it, building a coffee table may not be at the top of your TO DO list, but once you read this easy "How To", you may be inspired to finish off that last bottle of wine in the crate!  Let's get started...

Supplies needed 3/4 Inch Plywood cut to the size of your crates once assembled 4 Wooden Crates, mine are from Michaels, but recycle if you can 4 Caster Wheels, size is your choice 1 Inch Wood Screws and Washers Screwdriver Stain or Paint of your choice Paint Brush Optional Satin Polyurethane Optional Glass Top

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Coffee Table

FUN PROJECT + WOODEN WINE CRATES = COFFEE TABLE WITH STORAGE AND CHARACTER

STEP 1 Screw a caster in each corner of the plywood

STEP 2 Stain or paint the crates and plywood, and let them dry.

STEP 3 Arrange the crates into a square by laying them on the long side with the top of the crate facing out. Screw the crates to each other on the inside slats.  Once complete, all 4 crates should be one solid unit.

STEP 4 Turn the crate unit upside down. Align the plywood upside down on the crates.   Screw the plywood and crate together along the edges. Flip the entire piece over and voila!  There are also two additional options you may choose.  If you want a sheen to your stain, you can add a satin polyurethane.  My favorite is the Wipe On Polyurethane by Minwax.  You may also choose to have a piece of glass cut for the top to add stability.  If you do not add the glass top, there will be a hollow square in the center with the plywood as the base.  This can be decorated to your personal style such as decorative pebbles or a plant.  It would also be a great place to stash the TV remotes! There are several versions of this DIY project online.  Thank you to my friends at Removeandreplace.com for making it simple.

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Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy Lifestyle by Shawna Wright FCKC'S AMY RODRIGUEZ

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Q&A WITH FCKC & USWNT ALL-STAR, AMY RODRIGUEZ.

Fall is one of my favorite seasons in Kansas City...the crisp air & colorful trees provide a beautiful backdrop for hours, upon hours of...youth sports. True story, fall is crazy busy for this (sorta) soccer mom and I struggle to find the time the time to make my own workouts a priority.  This year, I called in a professional for some extra motivation & tips.   Amy Rodriguez not only plays forward for our FCKC women’s professional soccer club, but has also played in over 100 games for the U.S. National Team AND she has played in 2 previous Olympic games!  Amy scored the winning goals in both the 2014 & 2015 NWSL Championship games for FCKC.  Most impressively, Amy just gave birth to her 2nd baby in the past 3 years. How does Amy Rodriguez juggle it all and what time-saving tips does she have for the rest of us?  Check it out: HOW DID YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR POST BABY COME-BACK?  

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that help me get through a tough workout. Rest and recovery to prepare for a game or the next day of training is important. If I snack throughout the day it's usually Greek yogurt, PB and banana, or a protein bar.” DO YOU GET A WORKOUT PROGRAMS FROM FCKC & USWNT? WHAT TYPES OF WORKOUTS DO THESE INCLUDE?

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Healthy Lifestyle

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only take off one day a week. Otherwise it's soccer training on the field or strength and agility training in the gym, everyday. The USWNT has a detailed and personalized workout for each player. My fitness coach sends them to me via email when I'm not in training camp and we are required to log our heart rate and wear GPS trackers to ensure we are completing our workouts and hitting the right heart rate zones.” ANY TIPS ON HOW TO STILL LOOK GOOD WHILE SWEATING?

“I actually have permanent eyeliner which saves me a ton of time. I can sweat, go swimming, or wake up first thing in the morning and look more refreshed. I'm very busy and I'm also super low maintenance, so any time savers are really appreciated! I've definitely mastered the hair bun for those days that I don't want to do my hair.” WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SHOE?

“I joke that you'll always find me in my Nike running shoes, because with 2 busy boys I'm always on the move. If I'm not pushing them around in a stroller, I'm chasing after my 2 year old or running up the stairs to get something. I wear Nike Free running shoes, because they're super comfy and I can wear them all day.” OTHER TIPS FROM AMY RODRIGUEZ:

”I always have my water bottle on me at all times. I also keep 2 water jugs full in the house-one upstairs and one downstairs. With being an athlete you need lots of water, and being a breastfeeding athlete only increases your need for water.” ”Organize and prioritize. I love scheduling, because it eases my stress and I don't feel overwhelmed with the endless tasks and responsibilities that I have as a mom, wife, and athlete. I use a calendar and write up to-do lists and to-buy lists on my phone.” ”Get help either from family or a babysitter so you can get some youtime at the gym. Having a good support system is crucial. I wouldn't have been able to make it back onto the soccer field without it.” NO SHOWER? NO PROBLEM. These products are a gym-bag-

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Page Turners ARTICLE ADRIANE TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS

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MILLARD Re-Inspired

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Sometimes it is as simple as discovering more about those things in which inspire that true happiness is found. It can also be noted in exploring those passions in depth, and with true purpose, that commitment becoming freeing. And if the stars align just perfectly, this hunger can become a most rewarding career. It is this personal truth that has empowered Leawood resident, Candice Millard, to live out her dream as an author and with this calling an undeniable success has followed.  Millard began her career in 1996 as a researcher for the television division at National Geographic.  She credits this experience as a time “where real education” occurred as she was able to make deep connections with experts, develop her craft as a researcher, and obtain meaningful advice that she continues to access daily in her writerly world. It was her curiosity about people that drove her aspirations to delve into these lives, and the more she learned the more she wanted to know.  She immediately became aware that there was a deeper purpose in telling these stories about great people in history, and that purpose was to expose her audience to a very human, very real side of notable people who may be historically mistaken as superhuman.   This awareness enabled her to master the genre of narrative nonfiction which loosely resembles a biography that reads more like a heartfelt novel full of meticulously-selected moments and accurate humanistic emotions that effectively tell history changing stories. What makes Millard’s literary contributions stand out is that she purposely chooses a specific event in her subject’s lives, and she focuses her novels on that event.  This allows her to create such a comprehensive and expressive account of the novels’ focus that her readers are fully immersed in that experience and are able to connect to the events in ways that are simply not possible in a traditional biography.   But all of this does not come by chance.  Millard works diligently on each of her pieces by putting forth years of researching, travel, checking and rechecking of facts, and organization, and it is only when she is assured that she has accurate


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Local’s Choice

ToRN LABeL B R E W I N G

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ARTICLE PROVIDED | PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS

T

orn Label  Brewing Company is a

We are informed by a diverse range

craft brewery founded in 2014 and

of influences as brewers and beer

located in downtown Kansas City's

travelers, and we filter those distinctive

Crossroads Arts District. The major-

stylistic approach through a thoroughly

ity of beer produced at Torn  Label  is

Midwestern sensibility that balances

distributed throughout the city to bars

experimentation

and restaurants in both Kansas and

Featured beer: Monk & Honey

with

accessibility.

Missouri, but we also feature an on-site

Our version of a Belgian Blonde

tasting room open to the public during

Ale or Abbey Single balances the

limited hours Thursday through Sunday.  soft sweetness of honey with the Travis Moore, Brewmaster/

Our tasting room highlights our year-

floral aromatics of German hops and

Co-owner and Rafi Chaudry

round lineup along with special brews

estery Belgian yeast, producing a

available only on-site.

unique tea and honey quality. While

CEO/Co-owner

At Torn Label, we take pleasure in cre-

many monks use Belgian candi sugar

ating beers that entice craft beer drink-

to fortify their beers, we utilize local

ers - both novice and expert - towards

honey give this beer a distinctively

new and exciting flavor experiences.

Midwestern twist.

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Local’s Choice

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kC’s local brew SAMPLED BY:

BEER NAME:

BREWERY:

STYLE:

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Monk & Honey Torn Label

PRICE TAG:

Belgian Single with Honey

WHAT’S THE FLAVOR:

A slight smack of sweetness, followed by a bright dash of Belgian yeast esters.

$5 for 16oz ABV:

6.1 %

APPEARANCE: LIGHT

DARK

AROMA:

Soft and floral FINAL COMMENTS: WOULD TASTE BEST WITH:

Cheese courses, fresh fruit, lighter pastas, seafood OVERALL:

A perfect combination of approachable yet complex. Food-friendly yet delicious on its own

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Traditionally, Belgian monks use candi sugar to sweeten their abbey ales, but the local honey used by Kansas City’s Torn Label Brewing Co produces a unique tea and honey quality here. Monk & Honey is a delectable blend of old world brewing traditions and new school ingenuity. Available only on draft at the moment but keep your eye open for cans in the future.


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Now Open

MARTIN CITY BREWERY ARTICLE BY NATALIE FIELEKE PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS

M

artin City Brewing Company’s brewpub opened in June 2011 as the dream of two sailing buddies, Matt Moore and Chancie Adams. The two had been gliding across the waters of Lake Jacomo together throughout their 20s and home-brewing for over a year. They co-owned a restaurant, the Original Pub, boasting 18 craft beers on tap. But there was something missing – their own brew at their bar.

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Another project of Moore and Adams is the renovation of a church at 13440 Holmes to transform it into The Martin, a 4,000 square-foot event space. The space holds up to 250 guests and houses a complete on-site catering kitchen. For booking: themartineventspace.com/

“We’re 10% of the way there.” Moore says. So in 2012, Moore and Adams sought financial backing to construct a manufacturing facility across the street large enough to brew their own beers. In late January 2014, they opened Martin City Pizza and Taproom, whose adjoining 4,000 square-foot corrugated metal warehouse houses a brewing system with the capacity to produce 20,000 barrels a year. That number is dreaming big, along the lines of Four Hands, Free State or Nebraska Company, and while Moore says the plan is to continue to grow and gain momentum, he doesn’t know if they’ll get that large. “We’re 10 percent of the way there,” Moore says. “Last year we brewed 1,000 barrels of beer and this year we’ll be right around the 2,200 mark. I expect that to trend into next year, that we’d be in the four-to-five-thousand barrel-mark and expanding into different cities.” Martin City Brewing Company began distributing bottles through Central States Beverage Company in November 2014. Moore and Adams purchased a canning line in May 2016, so today their four core brands – Hardway IPA, Belgian Blond, Belgian Abbey and City Saison – can be found on both sides of the state line up to Liberty and into Leavenworth and Lawrence. Seasonal brews available in canned four-packs this fall and winter include the Poitier, a Brandy Barrel Tripel, Big Boy, their Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout and Highwayman, a Bourbon Barrel Imperial Porter.

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ne hundred and fifty years ago, St. Teresa’s Academy (STA) was founded at 11th and Washington in Kansas City, Missouri. Since 1866, STA has educated young women as the first school in KC. What makes this all-girls Catholic high school so special is that they “educate the whole woman.” In addition to basic core curriculum, STA helps students grow in their faith, creativity, and leadership. On September 1, 1866, STA opened its doors to 140 students representing French, Irish, German, Italian, Spanish, and American descents. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, with the help of Father Donnelly, cared for and educated young women from various backgrounds. STA’s current residence was determined in 1908, first constructing the Music and Arts Building. Mother Evelyn O’Neil named the new location “Windmoor” for the constant wind blowing through the prairie that was soon to be a campus. In 1913, Mother Evelyn purchased trees for the campus, which she later found out had been stolen from Swope Park. The trees remained on the campus nonetheless. Donnelly Hall was constructed in 1941, and was used for the college, later named Avila University. Avila moved off of the Windmoor campus in 1963, and the high school expanded to both buildings. The Goppert Center and gymnasium opened in 1982. The Windmoor Center / Chapel of St. Joseph debuted in 2010. Fast forward to 2016… The now college preparatory high school continues traditions like singing the alma mater, father-daughter dance, Catholic curriculum, Academy Woman designation, Mother Evelyn O’Neil Award, and the beloved all-girls environment. In celebration of the 150th year, Mayor Sly James declared 2016 “The Year of the Young Woman” on February 1. Prior to this declaration, the school kicked off the anniversary year by throwing a “surprise party” for the students in the Goppert Center.

Leawood resident Maggie Feilder, a sophomore at STA, feels the passion each student and teacher has for learning and teaching is evident. “Aside from the well rounded education that students are receiving,” Fielder said, “there’s also a strong sense of sisterhood and community that makes STA special.” Claire Jefferson, a Leawood resident and member of the Class of 2016, felt lucky to be a part of the 150th anniversary celebration during her senior year. As a recent alumna, she is excited to represent a strong alumnae base. “STA students strive to serve the Kansas City community not only in their four years on campus, but in their many years after graduation,” Jefferson said.            Current STA president, Nan Bone, graduated from STA in 1969. Her passion for STA shines through every word she speaks of it. Bone believes that STA is important to the history of KC as the city’s first educational institution, not only surviving since 1866 but “thriving.” She says that she can “speak from experience” when she says that an education from STA is special. STA teaches “confidence and empowerment” so its students develop a “deeper sense of self, sense of purpose, sense of service.” Bone was apart of the development of the anniversary’s motto, “More starts here.”  “We educate the whole woman,” Bone said. “That more is what we are.” To students and alumnae, STA is more than a high school. It is a home that represents countless memories and friendships. The STA class ring is more than a piece of jewelry that sits in a box upon a shelf or hidden away in a drawer. It is worn as a symbol of the bond that is created between STA and her students because when it comes to this historic KC gem, more is the best way to describe it. 

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Recently SOLD Leawood Properties Neighborhood

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Local

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n their first feature film, Trust Fund, co-producers and husband and wife team, Sandra Martin and Isaac Alongi, felt passionate about filming most of the movie right here in KC. Sandra, a Lee’s Summit native, and Isaac, who grew up in Prairie Village, both believed that KC was perfect for showcasing their first film. In the movie, Kansas City successfully doubles as Chicago and Italy, and, although some areal shots were filmed in Italy, the majority of the movie was filmed in various locations right here. Trust Fund was such a success that it was picked up by AMC Independent and premiered in Kansas City, with a successful run, which they credit to the support of the city. This visually stunning film led by an incredible cast, takes you on a visionary experience. It explores issues of betrayal, feeling alone, and left with the choice of surrendering your identity to please someone else, or break free to discover who you were truly meant to be. The couple has been working together for over 15 years, and each have talents that compliment each other. Isaac was the director of photography, while Sandra wrote and directed the film, and they both shared the duties of producing. “It’s not often a husband and wife work so closely together as director and cinematographer, but it worked out really well for us, because we were already on the same page. There were times when things got stressful and intense, so it was nice to be there for each other,” says Alongi. CONTINUED >

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They are working on their next film, HOW TO PICK YOUR SECOND HUSBAND FIRST. “It’s a romantic comedy that pokes fun about delicate issues every one faces in marriage and no one wants to talk about. The film shows how difficult marriage can be at times, and how we live in a culture of giving up and starting over, which is not always the best answer. Faced with the possibility that the problem, that you assume is the other person, just might follow you to the next relationship,” said Sandra. Filmmaking is a relatively new endeavor for the couple, but they feel very passionate about what they are doing, and they love working together. "It’s like a hobby to us,” Martin adds, “because we love it!" “We want to make films that are entertaining, that you can take your whole family to, and not worry that they’ll be awkward moments where you regret bringing the kids to. We want to create movies that give plenty of opportunity 44

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for discussion later, that raise questions and don’t give all the answers. Films that are based on subject matters that are common, but not always talked about,” Sandra says. Today more than ever, our world has become reachable, and movies are such an important medium to do that. Movies are invitations to live with people whose lives you may never even have imagined, to be faced with their choices and enter into unimagined worlds. Films help shape the culture in which we live, and they see it as a huge responsibility and great opportunity. “Our core beliefs are seen in the stories that we choose to tell, and everything that we do.  Knowing that we have the opportunity to influence a generation is exciting.  We want to show an audience how hope, love, and our faith in God makes a difference,” Sandra said. For more about the film Trust Fund and the cast visit trustfundmovie.com.  

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t’s 8:00am on a First Friday Weekend in the West Bottoms and a crowd gathers in front of a hundred year old building. What are they doing here? Why get up early on a Friday morning to drive down to this area of the city? They are committed to be the first people through three floors of vintage, antique and handmade furniture and home decor curated by over 75 different vendors at Bella Patina. The vendors have spent the entire month picking through barns, collecting the best finds at estate sales, and building or refinishing pieces specifically for this three day event. This is Vintage Revival.

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JOHNSON COUNTY FAMILY OPENS SHOP IN THE WEST BOTTOMS ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY NICK ALLEN

The West Bottoms is home to over 20 shops that feature vintage & repurposed shopping and Bella Patina, the fourth store to open, was one of the forerunners of this incredible revitalization of this historic area. Yet the story of Bella Patina is more than just one of incredible growth and success, it’s the story of a family pursuing a dream. Bella Patina is owned by six members of one family, the Allen family. Megan Allen retells what it was like to decide to embark on this journey. “We knew that we loved styling our own homes with vintage decor, and we had fallen in love with the ambiance of this historic area. But our family roots were from suburban Johnson County and there was always the question of whether people would get over the stigma that this area carried. We decided that it was worth the risk to work and invest in an area that we could help to have a rebirth.” When the Allen family gathered to open Bella Patina it was started on a shoestring budget and the hopes of seeing a vision become a reality. The Allens took a vacant old 5,000 square foot space and did some quick renovations and then put out ads on craigslist looking for vendors. When Bella Patina opened in April of 2011 they only had 8 vendors and a whole lot of hope. That hope wasn’t just wishful thinking, over the course of the next three years they would add 20,000 square feet across three floors grow to over 75 vendors and would begin seeing an average of 15,000 people venturing across the city and region to shop. This came with a constant commitment to focusing on the experience that Bella Patina would offer. Since Bella Patina is family owned there was always a CONTINUED > vision to create a place that would be September 2016 | Leawood Lifestyle

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something that could be enjoyed by multiple generations of a family. “The best thing for us is when we see three generations shopping together and finding something that fits each of their styles.” says Nick Allen. Whether you find your tastes leaning toward the shabby chic looks made popular by Joanna Gaines, or if you find yourself more drawn to mid century modern or industrial, you can find something to fit any style. This once-a-month show allows for the vendors to replenish their spaces so you can expect to find unique pieces every single month. Vendors focus on offering unique items at fair prices, which is why the motto of the West Bottoms is “Buy it when you see it, because it won’t be there when you come back”. But this shop isn't just home to vintage & antique finds, the Allens have been passionate to find people who make their own products. Jacob Allen says “As a family that owned a small business that has had so much exposure, we wanted to give an opportunity to other small family owned businesses to share in what we’ve experienced.” Which is why their third floor General Store was born, to feature local makers & artisans. Ryan and Jess Mead, owners of Tyler Kingston Wood + Supply Co, started their business out of their garage selling their home decor online until they could both quit their jobs to focus on their business. The Meads joined the General Store so customers can shop a selection of their goods all while they continue to expand their brand to new people. “We love that we can provide a platform for people to show off what they love doing. For some it’s just a hobby and for others it’s how they make a living.They get to be seen by a large audience and we get to have cool products exclusive to our store. It’s a win-win.” says Nick. The Allens wanted to give people an experience that was more than shopping, but a whole day outing for the family. “As the neighborhood grew and so did our store, we saw a need to help our customers not feel rushed away when they got hungry. That’s when we knew

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Bella Sposa Vintage Bridal

we needed to add a restaurant into our store.” Amy Allen said that during the growth of the neighborhood there was a drawing of food trucks to provide meals to hungry shoppers, but there wasn’t anywhere to sit down away from the elements and have something good to eat. Chad and Kira Montouri of Painted Rooster reached out to the Allens looking for a place to serve food and the timing was perfect. Serving breakfast staples like biscuits and gravy and breakfast burritos and lunch favorites pulled pork tacos and cuban sandwiches and baked goods all made fresh in house. “It’s the perfect fit, we are impressed by the food they serve and we love that they are also a family business.” said James Allen. The Allens continue to add new experiences with bar service provided by Embrace The Grape, a beverage catering company, serving beer and wine and for the creative people the Allens have partnered with The Makery KC, hosting a series of DIY workshops inside the store. “We want our customers to have fun, that’s why we are always looking for new ways to make Bella Patina different.” said Tim Allen. For Megan, with a background in bridal, she created Bella Sposa, a vintage-inspired bridal show inside Bella Patina. “I wanted to have a show that wasn’t like the bridal shows you typically see.” said Megan. Bella Sposa features wedding professionals that specialize in unique approaches to wedding services that pair with their vintage-inspired theme. There’s also a runway fashion show highlighting designers from bridal shops like The Gown Gallery to inspire brides on current vintage-inspired fashion bridal trends. And of course, brides have exclusive access to shop all of Bella Patina outside of the First Friday Weekend crowds. “Think about how decor serves as the backdrop to the story of your life. That dresser you had in your room when you were growing up, the table you had family meals around, the chair you rocked your baby in, this is what we hope the purchases become for our customers. There’s something beautiful about adding your own story to the history of a piece.” Nick Allen said. As the sun sets on Friday evening in the West Bottoms the lights glow around the door of Bella Patina and the after-work crowd is makes their way into the warehouse to find something special. Meanwhile, in the back of the shop vendors are carrying in new merchandise to prepare for the influx of crowds to arrive on Saturday and Sunday. Have your own Vintage Revival experience. Get more information about Bella Patina on Instagram @bellapatinakc and on Facebook. Bella Patina is located at 1320 W. 12th St. KC, MO 64101 September 2016 | Leawood Lifestyle

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hen a local couple decided to move to the country, they knew they wanted to build a home that tested the limits of midwest style and design. With a desire for modern edge in their rural setting, the homeowners enlisted the help of local designer Kerri Frazier, of Studio Blue Designs, to bring their vision to life. Throughout the custom build process, every CONTINUED > detail was considered.

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September SEPTEMBER 2-4

jazz by Shades of Jade, one-of-a kind silent auction items. Tickets

IRISH FEST

are $75, and to purchase tickets or preview auction items, go to: 

CROWN CENTER SQUARE

kccg.org/gardensatsunset.

Commemorate Kansas City's proud Celtic heritage with three days of music, dancing and exhibits. The festival will feature more than two

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dozen bands, playing traditional music and Celtic rock. Irish comics

LEAWOOD JUSTICE CENTER OPEN HOUSE

perform at Musical Theater Heritage. Festival hours: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.,

TOWN CENTER DRIVE AND TOMAHAWK CREEK PARKWAY

Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Call 816-561-7555 or

Join us for dinner! Free hot dogs, drinks, chips and desserts. See

visit KCIrishFest.com for ticket information.

live demonstrations by the police motorcycle and K9 units. En-

SEPT. 8-11 ()

tertainment by Ventriloquist Kevin Horner and Dodger the Clown. Talk to a real life CSI technician from the Johnson County

THE ART DR. SEUSS EXHIBITION

Crime Lab. Not a believer in seatbelts? Ride the seatbelt con-

LEAWOOD FINE ART

vincer. Tour the Leawood Justice Center. Learn CPR and self-defense skills. Get an up close look at a police car, ambulance and

Join us for a fascinating look at the art and life of Theodor Seuss

fire truck. RIDE A TROLLEY! Public parking with a free trolley

Geisel! High-Resolution Artwork Available on Request. Art of Dr. Se-

ride will be provided at 11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway.

uss Exhibition featuring known and unknown works from the life of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Artworks will be on exhibition and available for acquisition.

Need more information? Contact Officer Rice at (913)663-9367 or curtisr@leawood.org

RSVP: 913-338-4999 | info@leawoodfineart.com

SEPTEMBER 17

WEBSITE: leawoodfineart.com

A TASTE OF LEAWOOD

SEPTEMBER 8

TOWN CENTER PLAZA Your taste buds have ben waiting all year for a feast like this! Satisfy

FASHION FORWARD FLU AWARENESS

your cravings with tastings from more than 30 restaurants, beer, wine

MUSEUM AT PRAIRIE FIRE

and more at Leawood's tastiest event. Valid ID and ticket are required

The Fashion Forward for Flu Awareness event will feature a runway

for admission. For questions call 913-498-1514

style show by Evereve, silent and live auctions, a flu survivor speaker, Madi Allen, all while guests enjoy complimentary appetizers and bev-

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erages. The cost per ticket is $50.00 and tickets can be purchased at

LEAWOOD WELCOMERS FALL COFFEE

the KLF website KendrasLegacyFoundation.org

TBD

SEPTEMBER 10 MONARCH MANIA TAGGING EVENT POWELL GARDENS

Please invite a friend or neighbor to join us. Call Elaine at  816-943O408 for more information, and the location where the Coffee will be held. This a wonderful time to meet and greet new ladies in your area.

permit. Reservations required. Call Linda at 816-697-2600 ext. 209

SEPTEMBER 23 5-10PM; SEPTEMBER 24 10AM-10PM; SEPTEMBER 25 11AM5PM

to hold your spot.

PLAZA ART FAIR

During this event you will learn how to catch, tag, and release Monarch butterflies. Tagging will only occur if weather conditions

SEPTEMBER 10 THE GARDENS AT SUNSET 6917 KENSINGTON KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA Dates: Friday, 9/23/16:  5pm -10pm, Saturday, 9/24/16: 10am –10pm,Sunday, 9/25/16: 11am – 5pm The Plaza Art Fair is a three-day celebration of art, food, culture

Please join us for a magical evening with a showcase of fresh and

and music. The  Fair encompasses nine city blocks, welcomes a

local food and drink from some of Kansas City’s favorite restaurants,

crowd of more than 250,000, and features 240 artists, three live music

and all within the confines of the beautiful Beanstalk Garden.  live

stages and 23 restaurant booths.

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SEPTEMBER 24

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HALLMARKET CROWN CENTER SQUARE A celebration of creativity and artistic talent. Around 100 Hallmark artists, photographers, sculptors and designers will display and offer their work for sale. Browse watercolor paintings, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, photography and more. This is the artists' personal work, outside of their jobs with Hallmark. Purchases may be made by cash or check only, directly to the artist. 816-274-5745.

SEPTEMBER 27 LEAWOOD GARDEN CLUB CURE OF ARS CATHOLIC CHURCH Lisa Megahee, Johnson County Extension Master Gardener, will present “A Gift From the Garden – Herbs.” The meeting is open to everyone and guests are most welcome.  Bring a sack lunch – beverages and desserts are provided.    For more information, please visit our website  LeawoodGardenClub.org  or  send an email to  leawoodgardenclub@

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SEPTEMBER 29-30 & OCTOBER 1 SWEENY TODD LEAWOOD The Leawood Stage Company presents a

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Parting Thoughts

Three Tips to re-direct your video game obsessed kid WORDS KELLYE CROCKETT

M

y 10 year old son loves Minecraft. NO, really I mean he LOVES this video game.  Playing, watching videos of other people playing, getting on servers and playing with other people.     If you are not yet aware of Minecraft here’s the general gist:  Players “mine” for items that you use to “craft’ other items in a virtual world made entirely of one cubic meter sized blocks.  You can build anything, and people do -- the Eiffel Tower? Mars?  Horse land?  Been there, done that.   My son’s love for this game verges on obsession.  Or perhaps addiction?  Or a passion for learning?  The line is so very thin. Rather than send him to video game rehab, I decided to look for ways to redirect his activity so we can call it a passion, not an addiction.  Here are three tips and two cautions I found that might help direct your kiddo’s obsession back into the realm of a healthy passion for learning. • Make it interactive --I bought him headphones with a microphone, set up his own YouTube Channel (with my account info for safety, of course!) and let him make his own gamer videos.  The next thing I knew we were talking strategies to increase his viewership--optimal video length, marketing, nonlinear video editing, gifs, Flash, video recording software, online advertising. Way more interested dinner conversation than how you “crafted diamond armour”. • Sneak in some learning -- I started suggesting Minecraft dioramas he could build.  “So

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is it possible to build a scene from that Percy Jackson book you read?” “Can you recreate the one scene from that Avengers movie?”  Slowly the conversation morphed from movies and books into historical themes. “What did Missouri look like when the pioneers were crossing the prairie?”  I don’t think he would do this all the time, but we enjoyed seeing how his learning and playing intersected.  Teachers have a bazillion ideas for using Minecraft for education.  Check out: http://services.minecraftedu. com/wiki/Examples_by_Subject • Transferable skills -Entry level Minecrafters craft, mid-level Minecrafters code the game into a completely new experience.  Coding is still one of the hottest skills out there, and luckily we have Kansas City Coder Dojo, free kids coding classes in the Google Fiber Space on Saturday’s from 9:00 a.m.-noon.  A complete schedule can be found here: coderdojokc.com/.  A word of caution about servers and YouTube channels  -- When your child is playing on a server, connects through XBox, or posts a video on YouTube they may interact with people you do not  know.  No matter how old your child is, ALWAYS monitor these accounts.  Online predators are real.  Different Minecraft servers have different rules for communication.  Pick the

right ones for your family. I knew I had been too lax when my son mentioned that two people on a server “broke up in Minecraft.”  When my son posts a video to his YouTube channel, he goes by a pseudonym, never shows his face and never talks about anything that could identity his hometown, neighborhood or school.  Safety first my friends!  


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September 2016 Issue of Leawood Lifestyle