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Lifestyle Letter

Best of the Best



ear Readers,


This is it--the 2017 Readers' Choice Awards issue! We asked, and you answered and gave us an intimate look at the best that the Northland has to offer. With nominations in 54 categories, your votes gave us a better picture of what matters most to our friends and neighbors. It's been fun getting to know the businesses, and I'm looking forward to calling on all that the Northland has to offer the next time I need a plumber, doctor, or glass of wine.

Carey Welsch | EDITOR



Lindsey Howard

October is, of course, also fun for other reasons. It's time to grab that thermos of hot spiced cider and head to the pumpkin patch! Although my daughter celebrated her first Halloween snuggled between her Gigi and me, watching It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, I'm just a tad bit more excited this year as we venture out into Trick or Treat land! Where are your favorite Trunk or Treat locations? Tell me at and your suggestion may make an appearance on our Facebook page! Happy fall, friends and may the ghosts and goblins be kind to you this year!


Happy Halloween!

| Steven Schowengerdt




| Matthew Perry


Rachel Murphy, Editor


| Sara Minor | Janeane Thompson


| Nicolette Martin

| Victoria Perry, Lindsey Howard


| Chad Jensen

| Cyndi Harrington, Andrea Thomas Alicia Huff, Adella Wrisinger


| Cyndi King, Jessica Sharky, Dana Rudolph


| Melanie Carlisle



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| DeLand Shore | Brad Broockerd

| Randa Makeen

| Michael O’Connell

| Hanna Park, Scott Lavigne

P.O. Box 12608 Overland Park, KS 66282-3214 Proverbs 3:5-6 Northland Lifestyle™ is published monthly by Lifestyle Publications LLC. It is distributed via the US Postal Service to some of the Northland’s most affluent neighborhoods. Articles and advertisements do not necessarily reflect Lifestyle Publications’ opinions. No portion of this magazine may be reproduced in any form without written consent. Lifestyle Publications does not assume responsibility for statements made by advertisers or editorial contributors. Information in Northland Lifestyle™ is gathered from sources considered to be reliable, but the accuracy of all information cannot be guaranteed.

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Publisher’s Letter

Being Good Ain’t Easy!


ou know the sensation when your arm hairs stand up because you’ve been powerfully impacted by something or someone around you? That feeling is the finest way to describe my experience with our annual 2017 “Best of Northland” Readers’ Choice Issue. I’m genuinely inspired by the “why” behind what makes people in our community shine! Being the best isn’t about knowing the most. Throughout September, I was personally honored with the opportunity to visit with many of our winners this year - and look forward to meeting others throughout the coming months. Many I’ve encountered have surprised me when asked, “what makes you different?” and “what ultimately has contributed to your success?” I found it was not because they came from privilege, in fact, many did not. Overwhelmingly, it’s because they believe in the simple yet profound reality that, “one can’t keep what they have without giving it away.” It’s been refreshing to be reminded of these individuals' constitutions and their dedication. After all, “to those who much is given much is expected.” Please pardon all the quotes as I’m humble enough to acknowledge the wisdom of others. Stephen Hawking likely says it best, “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” Everyone can think of someone along their journey who has helped shift and shape them. Be mindful and pay it forward


Carey Welsch Publisher of Northland Lifestyle


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at every opportunity. I’ve rarely heard people say they wished they were less generous (which far outweighs the alternative of regret). Integrity dictates my desire to illustrate how “Northland’s Best” arrived at their victories. First, thank you Mayor Johnston (Parkville) for being our Auditor reviewing the tabulations. To our loyal readers, thank you for voicing your opinion from start to finish this year! This was a genuinely organic opportunity where no one was positioned with preference or bias. These victories were not purchased; rather these organizations earned it the old fashion way through word of mouth. In June, we asked people to lend their voice and nominate the 'Best' with a fill-in-the-blank format. We took the top five nominees (in some cases close ties) to the next level – the voting round in July. These nominees became winners, if and only if, they made the second cut in their category’s voting round. The fact we received over 100k individual votes caught even us by surprise! The journeys of the individuals responsible for these organizations' success truly warrants the spotlight we aim in this issue. We’re grateful many will use this issue as a reference for the next year. We delight in squashing some of those “What's for dinner?” family conundrums. See you around town!

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THE LAST-MINUTE APPOINTMENT MAKER. Sometimes, you’re too busy to set up a doctor’s appointment and you schedule everything last minute. We get it. That’s why Meritas Health has same-day appointments, extended primary care hours and more than 140 doctors – so you can easily find a provider that fits you. With a Meritas doctor and North Kansas City Hospital, you have access to the largest network of physician practices in the Northland, including specialty care. Here, there’s more for you. More Choices. More Meritas.

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October 2017

18 23 Departments 23 The Ultimate Tailgate Party

Tasty Treats for the whole team!


Good Times


Around Town

23 DIY

28 Reader's Choice


Lifestyle Calendar

We asked--You told us! The Readers' Choice

award winners are here!


Parting Thoughts

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Good Times

Gary Crossley Ford Fill the Bus

Gary Crossley Ford showed their generosity for their annual Fill The Bus event in partnership with Assistance League of Kansas City. The event raised $4257.48 worth of school supplies, including 142 filled backpacks and 14 boxes of miscellaneous supplies to be distributed to the North Kansas City School District. 

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Each time I visit Byars Dental I'm greeted by name and they are always happy to see me. If I have a concern, it's addressed with compassion and thoroughly explained. After any procedure, Dr. Byars calls his patients that evening to touch base! At Byars Dental the customer feels respected and appreciated. Dr. Byars and his team are an easy choice for our family's dentistry needs!

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Weatherby Lake Noodle Fest

Weatherby Lake celebrated the total eclipse with something memorable of their own--taking back the record for most people on pool noodles in a lake at the same time! They snatched the record back from Lake Lotowana. Fun was had by all as the moon took over the sun!Â


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Around Town

COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN BEGINS September 1st – December 31, 2017 Your contributions make it possible for Patriot Outreach to support all military and federal employees to get treatment for life stressors and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).



Your contributions will provide our Warriors and Families with the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

The new Metro North Crossing development recently announced that it would include a significant entertainment project when it

Check out our August Article in the Northland Lifestyle how we support local veterans.

replaces the former Metro North Center. The long-awaited project will include a golf and entertainment complex when it opens next summer. Similar to TopGolf in Overland Park and the recently announced Driv Golf Lounge + Brewhouse in North Kansas City, the facility will be operated by Troon, a global leader in golf course management and development based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Though as yet unnamed, the center will feature a 52,000-square-foot complex and will include 64 climate-controlled, technology-enhanced hitting bays and suites on three levels. The golf center will be designed for all ages and skill levels. Guests will be able to “play” several famous golf courses as their shots are projected on high-definition television screens. Players can use advanced tracking technology and receive real-time data on every swing. The restaurant portion of the center will include an 8,000-squarefoot sports bar with interactive televisions. Also planned are a member’s grill and rooftop view lounge. Metro North Crossing is a $187.5 million mixed-use project being developed on the site of the former Metro North Mall.

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NORTH KANSAS CITY HOSPITAL RANKS IN TOP FIVE PERCENT NATIONALLY FOR HOME HEALTH North Kansas City Hospital’s Home Health program has received Strategic Healthcare Programs’ Premier Performer award for achieving a patient satisfaction score that ranked in the top five percent of all SHP home health clients in 2016. SHP’s healthcare data analytics and benchmarking provide real-time, actionable performance metrics for more than 5,000 home health and hospice providers nationwide.


2016 award recipients were selected by SHP after reviewing and ranking the overall satisfaction score for more than 2,200 home

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health providers, according to a news release. North Kansas City Hospital’s Home Health program offers a range of services to help patients stay in their home while recovering from an illness or injury or while living with a medical condition. The program delivers skilled nursing, supportive care, therapy and social services to residents of Clay, Platte, Ray and Jackson Counties, servicing more than 3,000 patients each year.

TRINITY LOGISTICS BECOMES MEMBER-OWNED Trinity Logistics is a leading 3PL (third-party logistics) company specializing in freight arrangement and supply chain solutions. Based in Seaford, Delaware, Trinity has Regional Service Centers and agents throughout the US. The local KC office opened in 2003 and now employs a staff of 30, serving both local, and nationwide customers. Until recently, Trinity has been owned by the Banning family since 1979. This year, however, Trinity became team member-owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). On August 29, Trinity hosted a celebration to honor those teammates with over ten years employment with Trinity, as being fully vested in the ESOP. Members of the corporate leadership team in attendance included Sarah Ruffcorn, COO, Billy Banning, Pres, as well as Rich Clair, Chairman of Board of Directors of the ESOP. The event was also attended by some customers, trucking companies, and Trinity family members.

THE RESALE SHOP CELEBRATES 20 YEARS THE ReSALE SHOP celebrated its 20th anniversary on August 3. The day-long celebration had a number of activities to help celebrate this milestone, including a proclamation from the Gladstone Mayor, a 94.9 radio station live remote, food trucks, and 20 percent off most items. THE ReSALE SHOP, a quality upscale resale shop, features men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, housewares, fine china, books, and jewelry. The funds raised through THE ReSALE SHOP provide resources that meet the unmet needs of thousands of Kansas Citians The major programs are Operation School Bell®, Assault Survivor Kits®, I’m in Charge, Operation Hug, Operation Child CONTINUED >

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Around Town (CON TI N UED) in Need, Senior Outreach Service, Operation Celebration, Waste Not, and Best Foot Forward. Assistance League of Kansas City is a nonprofit philanthropic 100% volunteer organization with a 34-year history of providing services to the greater Kansas City Community. Assistance League of Kansas City is a chapter of National Assistance League, a national not nonprofit organization formed in 1935.

COURTNEY S. GREEN M.D. JOINS KC SKIN AND CANCER CENTER   Courtney S. Green, M.D., is a board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon who strives to provide every patient with compassionate care of the highest caliber.  A native of Boonville, Missouri, Dr. Green received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Missouri, where she was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa and Sigma Rho Sigma honorary societies. She completed her internal medicine internship and dermatology residency at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, where




to serve on the hospital’s Resident Advisory Committee. Upon the completion of her dermatology



Green completed an accredited Mohs surgery fellowship at the  Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California, under surgeon Dr. Hugh Greenway, a direct protégé of Dr. Frederick Mohs (for whom Mohs surgery is named). Additionally, she received extensive training in phlebology (the branch of medicine focused on veins and diseases of veins), and laser and cosmetic dermatology. 

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Dr. Green is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, a diplomate of the American Board of Lymphatic and Venous Medicine, an associate member of the American College of Mohs Surgery and member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

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Dr. Green is excited to be back in the Midwest and eager to provide exceptional care for the patients of Kansas City Skin & Cancer Center.

TRI-COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ANNUAL BANQUET Over 450 people attended the Tri-County Annual Banquet at Argosy Casino on August 28th. Three-time Olympian and mental health awareness advocate Suzy Favor-Hamilton was the keynote speaker. In a Q&A session with Tri-County CEO Tom Petrizzo, Hamilton openly conveyed personal aspects of her struggles with bipolar disorder.


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VETERANS DAY DINNER Join us on Saturday, November 11th from 5pm to 7pm as we honor our veterans with a delicious spaghetti dinner. Admission is free to all veterans, first responders, and their families.

“A lot of people can’t believe these behaviors go with the illness,” Hamilton explained, noting loved ones often have difficulty understanding mental illness. “I hope that someone will take an inkling of what I’m saying…and have more compassion.”

Also make sure to stop by for breakfast at the Post each Saturday from 8am to 10am. We are open to the public, and we encourage the community to stop by and support VETERANS HELPING VETERANS.

Besides featuring Hamilton’s story, the Banquet included awards to area residents who better the lives of those with mental illness. Tom Petrizzo and Emcee Carolyn Long of KCTV5 made the award presentations. Northland Realtor Kevin Trimble sponsored a couple of tables for friends.  Tri-County Mental Health serves over 8,000 Northland residents each year. 

BUDGET BLINDS EXPANDS TO NEW TERRITORY Exciting news from Budget Blinds of the Northland!  As of October 1st, 2017, Budget Blinds of the Northland, servicing Kansas City, Liberty & The Plaza, has also purchased the territory previously known as Budget Blinds of Kansas City  North.  This territory includes Parkville, Platte City, Weston, Smithville, as well as others.  Please call or visit Sherry and Natalie in their showroom conveniently located in Briarcliff Village. 

ANU AESTHETICS AND OPTIMAL WELLNESS EXPANDS aNu Aesthetics and Optimal Wellness, serving KC North since 2011, is expanding to a much larger space in November and has added amazing new talent and services. Treatments, designed to satisfy the whole face and body, are provided by highly trained physicians, nurses and medical staff in the field of advanced aesthetics, laser, body contouring, skin care, feminine rejuvenation, functional/ wellness medicine, IV nutritional therapy, massage, acupuncture, yoga, meditation, and total mind-body relaxation. Dr. Cristyn Watkins, local owner and founder, works alongside her experienced staff and believes in creating personal relationships with their clients, through knowledge, wellness, and superior service. aNu has developed an outstanding reputation by offering the ultimate experience in beauty and wellness through an atmosphere of professionalism, personal attention, and excellence in care.

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The Ultimate

Fall is in the air and, come October, sports are in full swing. Whether you prefer college football Saturdays—cheering on your favorite team, paying special attention to the various conference rivalries—or professional football Sundays—in front of the TV, keeping a close eye on your fantasy football team—everyone can use some tips to throw the perfect tailgate party, even if you can’t make it to the stadium.

Not-your-Mama's // GARLIC BUFFALO SAUCE: Buffalo sauce + Garlic cloves // SRIRACHA BUFFALO SAUCE: Buffalo sauce + cilantro + Sriracha sauce + lime zest // MAPLE-CHIPOTLE BUFFALO SAUCE: Buffalo sauce + maple syrup + canned

chipotle peppers in adobo sauce // JALAPENO-CHEDDAR BUFFALO SAUCE: Buffalo sauce + chopped pickled jala-

penos + grated cheddar cheese // FIVE ALARM BUFFALO SAUCE: Buffalo sauce (replace half the wing sauce with

habanero hot sauce) +cayenne // BOURBON BUFFALO SAUCE: Buffalo sauce + bourbon


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• 6 2x4x8 boards to make 54 10 1/2-inch pieces • Sandpaper (80 grit) • Miter or circular saw • Tape measure • Carpenter’s pencil • Eye + ear protection

1. Cut 54 pieces at 10 1/2-inches each using your miter or circular saw. Tip: Setting up a stop on your RAISING THE STAKES

saw will make the process go a lot faster.

Add a little more competition—the first player

2. Sand each side of the pieces and the tops and

or team to send the tower tumbling owes the

bottoms to create a smooth piece.

winner a better seat for the game.

3. Stack the pieces on a table or platform in rows of


three, alternating the direction you stack each layer.


1 bag tortilla chips 2 cups cheddar cheese 1 pound ground beef 1 jar preferred salsa 15 ounces nacho cheese 2 tomatoes, chopped 1 bunch cilantro, chopped

(Let’s face it—They probably won’t look this pretty when all your friends are digging in!)

1 red onion, chopped 2 1/4 ounces black olives Jalapenos, to taste DIRECTIONS

In a skillet, brown and drain ground beef. Add preferred salsa and simmer. On a large baking sheet, layer tortilla chips, nacho



cooked ground beef and cheddar cheese in alternating layers. Bake for 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Once hot, add tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, black olives and jalapenos to taste.


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Show-your-Spirit with Buttercream Frosting PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES, COOK TIME: 5 MINUTES




1 cup butter

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup white sugar

1 pound confectioners’ sugar

2 eggs

5 tablespoons water

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon butter-flavored extract

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Food coloring (optional)

1/2 teaspoon salt When buying a new TV to handle all your sports-watching needs, consider these five things to choose the best fit for you: 1. THE BIGGER, THE BETTER—Keep in mind the size of the room

and how far away you will be sitting, though. 2. OPT FOR 4K ULTRA HD—4K Ultra HD TVs have more than 8 million

pixels while regular HD TVs have a little more than 2 million pixels. 3. CONSIDER REFRESH RATES—The higher the processing rate,

the more times per second the TV can refresh the images on the screen, increasing blur-free motion in fast-moving games. Look for a TV with at least a 120 hertz refresh rate. 4. IGNORE MANUFACTURER CONTRAST RATIOS—It’s easiest to


1. In a large bowl, mix together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. 2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually stir flour mixture into butter mixture until well blended using a sturdy spoon. Chill dough for 2 hours. 3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. 4. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove cookies from pan and cool on wire racks. 5. Using an electric mixer, beat shortening, confectioners’ sugar, water, salt, vanilla extract, butter flavoring and food coloring until fluffy. Frost cookies after they have cooled completely.

judge the contrast ratio—a range of brightness levels TVs can display—with your own eyes.

Recipe from For cute cookie cutters, try Ann Clark

5. ADD A SOUNDBAR—It takes up less space than traditional speak-

ers and is easy to set up.

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MAJOR ADVANCES in Knee and Hip Replacement using Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery

Introducing a new procedure that uses the Mako™ robotic-arm to help perform precise total hip and partial knee replacement. Rapid Recovery Time • Minimally Invasive • Less Implant Wear Less Scarring • Precise, Customized Fit “I feel AMAZING, LIBERATED. This surgery has brought me back to life!” - Patricia Stine, Full Mako™ Hip Replacement, recently went hiking in the Grand Canyon

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THANK YOU SPONSORS! Your support and participation made our Inaugural Night of Independence Gala a huge success. Save the Date • September 29, 2018 Night of Independence: It’s Magic! Union Station

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ders W


e asked and you answered. Our 2017 Readers' Choice

individual votes across 50+ categories, proving once again

Smokehouse BBQ

that Northlanders know where to go and who to ask for nearly

6304 North Oak

everything. Congratulations to our winners!

Gladstone, MO 64118 | 816.454.4500

Award Winners are here! We received over 100,000


8451 NW Prairie View Rd

Kansas City, MO 64153 | 816.587.3337

25 years ago, Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

opened their doors in Gladstone, Missouri with one goal- Provide Kansas City diners with the highest quality barbecue, along with

unparalleled service. Smokehouse Bar-B-Que


exceeds that goal on a daily basis offering only


the best hickory smoked beef and succulent chicken as well as savory seasonings, deli-

8301 N. St. Clair Ave

cious sauces, and rubs.

Kansas City, MO 64151 | 816.505.1000


three locations in the Kansas City area.

At the Hy-Vee Bakery Department, we strive to please. We offer

Smokehouse Bar-B-Que has also received

a variety of cakes, cookies, pastries and more. Donuts are fried

high praise for their delectable sides, includ-

fresh every morning and decorated with an assortment of deli-

ing fresh-made coleslaw, smoky and sweet

cious toppings. The S'mores donut and Maple Bacon donut

barbecue beans, and some of the smoothest,

are two of the customers’ favorites. We offer cheesecake from

richest sauces you'll ever taste.




The Cheesecake Factory Bakery featuring the Dream Factory

Desserts. Customers may choose from individual slices or whole cheesecakes. Our decorators are top notch, and will

work with the customers to create the perfect cake for their


desserts, and more. We also feature a catering service with

Minsky's Pizza

delivery to local businesses, weddings, and households. Our


decorators also offer tastings for brides and grooms to plan

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their wedding cake, cupcakes, or trendy donut cakes. Hy-Vee's

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"Helpful Smile in Every Aisle," extends to the bakery where we

Barry Road East:

offer a free cookie to children, and take special orders for our

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customers. Our employees strive to create the freshest product

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every day, while giving the best customer service around.

Barry Road West:

event. Our bakers are trained to make breads, cookies, pastries,

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Five Guys Burgers and Fries

For over 41 years, Minsky's has been Kansas City’s home of the best gourmet pizzas, calzones, hot sandwiches, fresh

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pasta, crispy salads, delicious wings, and

Liberty, MO 64068 | 816.792.0511

tantalizing desserts. Our full bar is stocked

and ready for your favorite sporting event.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is a nationwide suc-

Or visit for carry out or deliv-

cess story. Using only fresh ground beef for their

ery direct from our ovens to your front door.

patties and peanut oil for their fries, they focus on

Eat Well. Live Better. Minsky’s.

quality in each bite. CONTINUED >

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Corner Cafe Riverside

4541 NW Gateway Avenue Riverside, Mo. 64150 | 816.741.2570 Liberty 8301 N. Flintlock Road Kansas City, Mo. 64157 | 816.415.0050 A Northland staple, The Corner Cafe is known for generous portions of down home favorites like chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, and their monstrous cinammon roll.


Hereford House 8661 N. Stoddard Ave Kansas City, MO 64153 | 816.584.9000


Since 1957, Hereford House has been a Kansas City tradition

Rancho Grande

for incredible everyday family dinners, business meetings and


special occasions. Currently celebrating 60 years in business,

11015 NW Highway 45

Hereford House proudly hand selects its beef from the top 12%

Parkville, MO 64152 | 816.505.9097

of all Midwestern premium grain-fed cattle, ages it to perfec-


tion for at least 21 days and hand cuts it daily in-house.  Other

921 W. Liberty Drive

traditions and specialties include Grilled Oysters Rockefeller,

Liberty, MO 64068 | 816.792.4844

Grilled Steak Salad, Hereford House BBQ Ribs, Cheddar Ranch

Tex-Mex favorites abound at this festive

Potatoes, The Hereford House 12oz strip with porcini mushroom

restaurant. Grab a margarita and dig into

seasoning and of course, the famous Prime Rib with signature

some tasty Rancho Grande dip as you gather

rub, slow roasted to perfection. Hand-crafted cocktails, cold

with friends at Rancho Grande.

domestic and craft beer, and an outstanding wine selection round out the bar’s impressive selections. Rich with tradition and hometown value, it’s easy to see why Hereford House has been consistently voted Kansas City’s Favorite Steakhouse!


Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse



3733 N. Oak Trafficway Kansas City, MO | 816.454.7977 Open since 1954, the premier Italian restaurant in

7 NW Barry Road

the Northland has been owned and operated by the

Kansas City, MO 64155 | 816.436.4880

Cascone family for four generations. Our family's

Enjoy sushi and hibachi grill at Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse.

origins trace back to Ragusa, a city near the south-


Nick and Jake's

ern coast of Sicily. We respect our roots.  Customers enjoy classic dishes and attentive service in a comfortable space with modern décor.  Adaptation is also important.  Cascone family members young

6325 Lewis St. Suite 110

and old pay attention to contemporary tastes and

Parkville, MO. 64152 | 816.584.8535

participate in discussions to balance the restau-

rant's traditions with fresh ideas. And the fine Italian

For real food and honest drink, Nick and Jake's is the spot. Catch

food prepared by chef Victor Cascone is happiness

the game, have a few beers and enjoy a bar that feels like home.

served on a platter.


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Northlanders Beth and Clark Collings had their home on the market for three months with little interest being shown and were beginning to lose hope. A chance encounter with realtor Kevin Trimble changed all that. “Kevin came in with a pretty aggressive plan. He told us we’d price it realistically and market aggressively. It felt like he really cared about getting our house sold. We’d had some bad luck previously with a realtor not doing the best for us, but from the first time we met Kevin, we could tell he was genuine and kindhearted. And we found him to be very patient during the process, as well as prompt and detail-oriented. He kept us up-to-date on what he was working on and that was something we hadn’t had with our previous experience. He was almost instinctive about what we were looking for in a house. He could tell by the look in our eyes when we found the right house. We’ve already recommended him to several friends and family members. Our new house is literally everything on our list plus some. We were looking for our forever home and with Kevin’s help, we found it.”

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Trezo Mare Restaurant and Lounge 4105 N Mulberry Dr, Kansas City, MO 64116 | 816.505.3200 Trezo Mare is a from-scratch kitchen producing all styles of handcrafted food with the


hardwood-fired steaks. Executive Chef Robert

Rock & RUN Brewery

Padilla creates seasonal menus four times a year

114 E. Kansas St.

complemented by seasonal flavors and locally

Liberty, MO 64068 | 816.415.BEER (2327)

sourced produce. Everything is made fresh daily

including pastas, mozzarella cheese and breads.

Rock & Run Brewery was created to bring the

Located in The Village at Briarcliff, guests are made

small batch craft brewing experience to the

to feel at home from the first moment they walk in

Northland. The owners wanted to share their

the door. There is a variety of seating to choose from,

love of quality craft beer with their neighbors

including a cozy lounge with a fireplace, a main

in the KC Metro area. This concept is centered

dining room complete with an open kitchen and an

around a nanobrewery-sized establishment pro-

award-winning patio offering a breath-taking view.

viding a warm, friendly, pub atmosphere to share

Employee owned and operated, Trezo is dedicated to

quality beer and simple wholesome food.  With

providing a unique dining experience for guests with

a new menu release and the grand opening of

comfortable ambiance, great food and great people.

'The Lounge', Rock & Run Brewery offers some-

emphasis on Italian cuisine, fresh seafood and

thing for everybody. The Lounge offers a casual


The Peanut on 64th 6409 N Cosby Ave, Kansas City, MO 64151 | 816.859.5005 The Peanut serves the Kansas City community with the most delicious array of bar and grill food in the Metro area. We serve families, businessmen and women, people from all walks of life. We are a genuine neighborhood destination. A comfortable, friendly, affordable respite from the stresses of daily life. We hope to see you soon. 34

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environment to relax, drink, and enjoy appetizers Thursday-Saturday 4pm-10pm, also available for Private Event reservations. Visit our website for a full menu, read about our Brew Club Membership, or to make inquiries into our Event Space.


Ecklektica Salon 4159 N. Mulberry Drive

Kansas City MO 64116 | 816.587.4159 Since Eclektica Salon’s creation, they have worked hard to research, study and deliver the best hairstyling techniques in the world to the Northland, and for their efforts, they have been recognized by L’Oreál Professionnel Paris as one of the Top 100 Salons in America. Eclektica is a beautiful place to get your look on … and also a great place to work in a creative field that invites clients to experience the highest level of beauty services. The atmosphere carries the classical sense of 'salon', a place for meeting, greeting, and discussing new ideas and discovering new interpretations of beauty. On the outside perspective, Eclektica’s



mission is to let clients discover their Inner Beauty, and they support the community

Meierotto's Midwest Jewelry

Gasoline Barber Shop and Salon

4311 NE Vivion Road

10907 MO-45,

perspective of Eclektica, they provide

Kansas City, MO 64119-2838 | 816.453.1111

Kansas City, MO 64152 | 816.656.5390

opportunities for the advancement of pro-

Not your ordinary Daddy’s barbershop; nor just

fessional, creative women. Their advanced

Dennis and Carol Meierotto opened their

your Mommy's typical salon! Neighbors are

education program takes Licensed Stylists

doors in 1979 in a small storefront consist-

claiming Gasoline is mix of a “high end” ser-

from Apprenticeship to Master Stylist

ing of only 800 square feet. With a small

vices with a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere

while increasing their technical expertise

staff of only three other people, Carol and

unique to the Northland. The whole family

through advanced education. Your outer

Dennis sometimes worked until after mid-

is covered from stylish cuts, color, and styl-

beauty is driven to paint a portrait of your

night ensuring that customer orders were

ing. Gentlemen, remember the classic straight

inner essence. Your hair is the canvas.

on time. In 1986, they expanded to their

razor face/neck shave with the traditional "old

Eclektica interprets your vision.

location on Vivion Road with the help of

school barber" hot towel service? Well, this

several of their seven young children. Their

is only the tip of the iceberg as entire families

son, Tyler, worked through high school and

are raving about the diverse styling treatments

college and gained a keen understanding

they are receiving (from children to adult men/

of all aspects of the business.  Three other

women alike).  Owner/Master Stylist, Rich, with

children, Emily, Jenny and Ted, joined the

over 20 years multi-generational experience,

business over the years and now have

has established roots just west of The National

each taken on unique roles. Despite their

on 45 Hwy and is transforming the salon experi-

children taking on larger roles and respon-

ence. Ladies and gentlemen can sip a draught

sibilities, Carol and Dennis are still at the

while watching NFL’s Sunday  Ticket, or relax

store every day. There are plans now for

with a glass of wine while color is processing.

a new, larger location scheduled to open

Complete "Blow Out Bar" makes Girls Night Out

in late 2017 that will offer several amenities

easy. Eyebrow tinting/waxing are also available

and a larger selection of merchandise.

to frame the face and complete your look. “Kids

through Styling Shows and Makeovers that benefit women, children, and non-profits centered in the Northland. On the inside


Club Rewards” awarded with each cut/color (so kids are equally styled). Walk-ins welcome but appointments strongly suggested.   October 2017 | Northland Lifestyle




Shoal Creek Pediatric Dentistry: Dr. Scott Thomas Barry Pointe Medical Plaza 9051 N.E. 81st Terrace, Suite 220 Kansas City, MO 64158 | 816.781.KIDS (5437) At Shoal Creek Pediatric Dentistry we offer one of the most modern pediatric dental offices in the Northland and take pride in serving patients from the surrounding areas in Missouri such as Liberty, Claycomo, Pleasant Valley, Kansas City, Gladstone, and Smithville. We have worked hard to create a kid-friendly environment, from our office décor to our caring and professional staff, our office is designed specifically to provide a non-threatening environment where you and your child can feel safe and secure about the dental care they are receiving. Above all, we will treat your child as you would — with understanding, patience, and kindness.


Braces by Billings Parkville 8600 Tom Watson Parkway, Suite 101 Parkville, Missouri 64152 | 816.741.9007 Platte City  2000 Kentucky Avenue Platte City, Missouri 64079 | 816.858.5687


Byars Dental

Patients tell us that Dr. Billings and his team of professionals are friendly and comforting while they take the time to listen to a patient's needs and concerns. It's like becoming a part of a happy family that genuinely cares about what's happening in your life! Everyone on

9051 NE 81st Terrace #210,

our team is very experienced; they know the reasons "why" and

Kansas City, MO 64158 | 816.781.8222

understand the basics of "how" regarding braces and orthodontic

treatment. Because they have had such wonderful experiences and

Byars Dental is a dedicated, family-friendly

terrific results, patients of Dr. Billings bring their children, and even

dental office. Dr. Byars and his team are

their grandchildren, to him and his team for their orthodontic needs .

proud to offer comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages including regu-


dental care. By offering complete dental

Northland Spine and Rehabilitation Center

care utilizing modern dental technology,

8002 North Oak Traffic Way Suite 112

we provide our with patients a extraordi-

Kansas City, MO 64118 | 816.569.5079

nary experience that results in a beautiful

smile. Our team works exceptionally hard to

At Northland Spine and Rehabilitation, we believe that the doctor and the

ensure your visits are comfortable, and we

patient become a team for treating an individual's chiropractic problems. Dr.

use the latest techniques, technologies and

Overly spends most of his time listening to understand your concerns and

materials to deliver the best in high-quality

responding with the best treatment options for you. With the help of our

care. Visit our practice today to achieve your

professional staff, we also follow up to make sure that problems are resolved

picture-perfect smile!

and your health improves. We want our patients to be informed about mus-

lar preventive checkups as well as more complex restorative, implant and cosmetic

cle, bone, joint and connective tissue concerns and treatments, because informed patients make better decisions about their health and well being. 36

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Kansas City Skin & Cancer Center 5810 NW Barry Road, Suite 100 Kansas City, MO 64154 | 816.584.8100 Kansas City Skin & Cancer Center offers med-

Because of You We see


ical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology, with Board Certified Dermatologists who trained at the top Dermatology programs in the country working side by side and as a team with nurse practitioners, physician assistants, estheticians and support staff to offer the best treatment and skin care possible. The Center sets itself apart by providing Mohs Micrographic Surgery—the most advanced treatment procedure available for skin cancer.  Because the Center has a pathology lab with a Board Certified Dermatopathologist onsite to review biopsies and discuss cases in person with the team, patients are able to receive the most accurate diagnosis possible. The Center is also the only dermatology practice in the region that offers Skin Type Solutions—a scientifically-derived skin-typing process that helps clients accurately identify which of 16 skin





types they have. Once pinpointed, patients are


given recommendations for an ultra-custom-


ized skincare regimen, and they can choose from more than 200 products approved by the system that will give them the most noticeable and clinical results possible.


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Pediatric Care North 8781 N. Platte Purchase Drive Kansas City, MO 64155 | 816.587.3200 From our roots as the first Pediatric practice in the Platte County area back in 1989, Pediatric Care North has provided state-of-theart medical care in a personalized environment. Our practice treats


Our 8 board certified physicians have all had specialty training in the

Northland Obstetrics & Gynecology, Inc.

field of pediatric medicine. We now have a staff of 3 board certified

A Division of Signature Medical Group of K.C., PA

pediatric nurse practitioners and 4 board certified lactation special-

2529 Glenn Hendren Drive, Ste 200

ists. In fact, Pediatric Care North was the first pediatric practice in the

Liberty, MO 64068 | 816.781.7820

Kansas City metropolitan area to create a lactation support program

where mothers and babies get the nursing support needed.

For 50 years, Northland Obstetrics and Gynecology has provided excellent

Over the years, our practice has expanded and grown with the Northland.

healthcare to women in the Kansas City Northland. Since August 16, 1967

We have maintained an atmosphere of personalized service while deliv-

when Doctors Robinson, Slaughter and Triplett joined to form the original

ering excellent medical services to all of our valued patient families.

group, the practice has continued to maintain the tradition of providing

patients from newborn through high school, and on to the age of 21.

university-trained, board-certified physicians who deliver healthcare ser-


vices at the highest level. Northland OB/GYN now is comprised of seven

Clay Platte Family Medicine Clinic

physicians, three specialized women's health nurse practitioners and a staff of 37 clinical and business associates. Our office is conveniently located in the Medical Plaza East just one floor below the obstetrical unit

5501 NW 62nd Terrace, Suite 100

and connected to Liberty Hospital. Our physicians are skilled in minimally

Kansas City, MO 64151 | 816.842.4440

invasive surgery including da Vinci robotic surgery, pelvic reconstructive

procedures and treatment of urinary incontinence. Fertility assessment,

Clay Platte Family Medicine Clinic focuses on a mission of “Partnering

menopause management and hormone replacement therapy are offered

for Excellence in Healthcare”. While all members of the clinic base their

as well as routine gynecologic services and normal and high-risk obstetri-

behaviors on these words,

cal care. We provide in-office fetal monitoring, ultrasound, bladder function

Dr. James McDonald con-

and bone density testing. Many of our patients are second generation

siders these partnerships

patients who are now trusting their care to the same physicians that their

to be the most reward-

mothers chose. Northland Obstetrics and Gynecology is a tradition for

ing aspect of his career.

women’s healthcare in the Northland area.

McDonald describes his greatest accomplishment

Northland Eye Specialists

ships he has formed with

1200 Landmark Ave

patients over the years. He

Liberty, MO 64068 | 816.792.1900

prides himself on creating


individualized plans that

8660 N Green Hills Rd

take into account indi-

Kansas City, MO 64154 | 816.584.1901

viduals’ unique lifestyles.

“Everything is based on

Over the years, the eye doctors at Northland Eye Specialists have

the individual, not just a

created a nurturing environment where patients feel more like

canned response,” says

family and less like just another appointment. In fact, our doctors

McDonald, “This is why

often care for four to five generations of a family at one time. From a

we want an independent

child’s first eye exam and routine annual visits to treating diseases

practice, we don’t want

and age-related conditions, we care for our patients as if they’re our

to not have the ability to

own friends and family.

customize care. 38

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intensity of the relation-

as a physician being the


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Eagle Animal Hospital

Monarch Plastic Surgery

4825 NW Gateway Ave

9501 N Oak Trafficway, Suite 202

Riverside, MO 64150 | 816.741.2345

KC, MO 64155 | 816.436.3262

Eagle Animal Hospital, Inc. has been serving Northland

Our talented plastic surgeons and licensed aestheticians offer clients

pets and their families, from the same location, for over

guidance on a wide range of topics. We proudly serve the residents

70 years. We pride ourselves on the high-quality level of

of the greater Kansas City area, focusing on safely producing the

care we provide our patients and the exceptional service

highest quality of service. With an emphasis on progressive and

we deliver to our clients. We are a team of six Doctors

leading-edge procedures, Monarch Plastic Surgery provides patients

and 32 support staff. Dedication and compassion are our

with the most advanced surgical and skin care treatments available.

primary motivators. Everyone on our team understands the importance of the human-animal bond and strives to enrich and deepen that bond, with exceptional levels of


of your pets’ life. Our new, award winning, 10,000 sq. ft. state

Genesis Medical Spa of Kansas City

of the art facility opened in August of 2015. This houses

6410 N. Cosby Avenue    

an expansive in-house laboratory, digital radiology, laser

Kansas City, MO 64151

and orthopedic surgical suite, dental equipment, intensive

care units, luxury pet boarding with dog park, pet daycare

The word “Genesis” means “Coming into being of something”.

and grooming. All aspects of our practice are designed to

Genesis Medical Spa of Kansas City evolved around the concept of

make pet health care easy and accessible. You may even

enhancing and re-creating a person's natural beauty. A wide array of

see our new mobile veterinary service van running around

services are offered including: aesthetician services, CoolSculpting,

the Northland. Lastly a HUGE thank you to our clients and

cosmetic injections, laser spa treatments, Vibraderabrasion and a

friends that help bestow this honor upon us.

weight loss program. Our laser spa treatments consists of: Cutera

care and treatment. Eagle is a “one stop shop” for all your pet care needs. We provide unparalleled care for all stages


Eagle Animal Hospital

Titan, Laser Genesis, Laser Hair Removal, Laser Photo Genesis and Laser Vein Therapy. We also provide acne treatment/micro needling, Baby Foot Exfoliative Therapy, chemical peels, dermaplane treatments, facials, and upper body waxing with our certified aestheti-

4825 NW Gateway Ave

cians. Genesis Medical Spa incorporates a total wellness philosophy

Riverside, MO 64150 | 816.741.2345

in helping our patient’s look and feel the best they can be. Eagle Animal Hospital and Pet Resort completed its new facility in August 2015. Our Pet Resort provides full-service pet boarding area with doggie daycare and professional grooming. We introduced a luxury level of boarding like nothing else in the Mid-West. Our themed luxury suites include raised cot beds, 32-inch televisions, 24-hour web cam viewing, daycare and complimentary spa bath. We also offer deluxe boarding in our indoor runs. Cats also get pampered during stays in our cat condos that have living room, bed room and bath room, as well as exercise time in the cat room where they can gaze out large windows. The Doggie Daycare is a great place for your dog to socialize and expend energy during your busy day. Daycare canines can play in our 1 acre outdoor space or if weather is not co-operating then we have a specially designed indoor space to romp and play. Alyssa our groomer is artful in her haircuts and care. Our "guest" care team very compassionate and lead by Rachel Berry who is in her 27th year of caring for pets with us. Thank you to our clients that put their trust (and votes) in our team. 40

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The Spa at Briarcliff 4133 N. Mulberry Dr. Kansas City, MO 64116 | 816.746.5333 Half day spa, half med spa, the Spa at Briarcliff focuses on whole body wellness. Its staff of professionals believe in treating the mind, body and spirit through each treatment. Within its 10,000 square foot, two story facility, clients can enjoy facials, manicures, laser therapy, massages, organic spray tanning and nutrition consultations. Other services include chemical peels, Botox, fillers, dermaplaning and float therapy.


Maysy's Nail and Spa (Parkville location) 6056 NW 63rd Terrace Kansas City, MO 64151 | 816.326.8880 (Kansas City)


YMCA of Greater Kansas City

230 NE Barry Rd. Kansas City, MO 64155 | 816.321.1523 Liberty 1181 W Kansas St,


Liberty, MO 64068

1999 Iron Street

Escape into serenity...Leave feeling fabulous after we pamper and indulge

North Kansas City, MO 64116 | 816.300.0531

you. Relax and renew your body and soul as we pamper you like you

Platte County North

should be treated. Maysy's Nail & Spa opened in June of 2010. Our vision is

3101 Running Horse Rd.

to offer a variety of quality beauty services. Stop by and let one of our expe-

Platte City, MO 64079 | 816.858.0114

rienced & licensed nail technicians rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.

Platte County South


8875 Clark Avenue Parkville, MO 64152 | 816.505.2622 At the Y, children learn what they can achieve, families spend quality time together, and members build relationships that deepen their sense of belonging. A variety of opportunities that promote wellness in body, mind and spirit for all ages include: a large selection of group exercise classes; chronic disease programs such as diabetes prevention and a wellness program for cancer survivors; social and fitness activities for older adults; nutrition and weight loss programs; individual training; Kids Zone for ages 3 months through 8 years; swimming lessons and water safety; sports for youth as young as age 3; community events; volunteer projects to address neighborhood needs; and so much more. The Y has 14 locations in the metro, including three in the Northland. The Y partners with Platte County to operate Platte County Community Center North in Platte City and Platte County Community Center South in Parkville. In addition, the Y partners with the City of North Kansas City to operate the North Kansas City YMCA. As a nonprofit, the Y is open to all.

October 2017 | Northland Lifestyle




Penguin Park N Vivion Rd. & N Norton Ave. Kansas City, MO 64118 Play inside a 23-foot penguin and then slide down a 23-foot giraffe! Penguin Park is a Northland classic for old and young alike. 


Chicken N Pickle 1761 Burlington 

North Kansas City, MO 64116 | 816.537.1400 As one of the newest additions to the North Kansas City community, Chicken N Pickle is quickly becoming one of the most sought after sports and entertainment venues in Greater Kansas City! At Chicken N Pickle, you can expect an incomparable experience that you can’t help fall in love with on your very first visit! Our one-ofa-kind pickleball-driven concept creates a captivating atmosphere that offers hours of social, yet competitive, entertainment the whole family is sure to enjoy! Our Boulevard Rooftop Bar, Game Yard, and beer gardens are extremely popular across all ages with TVs available throughout the entire property! Entertainment is not the only thing Chicken N Pickle excels at, our in-house Chef has perfected


ingredients! To top it off, we can’t help but brag about our list of

Christian Brothers Roofing

craft beers from our local breweries to international favorites!

6309 NW Kelly Dr,

each and every one of our recipes with only the highest quality of

Parkville, MO 64152 | 816.453.ROOF At Christian Brothers Roofing, we are a northland family-owned and operated company providing complete roofing systems. Our commitment ensures that we replace or repair roofs that will last and add value to the home. Our roofing systems are also built to lower utility costs through proper installation and ventilation. We use top-of-the-line materials that keep your roof looking like new for decades. We stand behind our work and our manufacturer’s products. Our staff is continuously earning certifications and learning about new products in the roofing industry and applications through continued education training. We’re traditional in the sense that we believe in shaking hands and doing business the right way. We will visit with you to inspect your home first-hand and then deliver the estimate in person so we can explain the project tailored to your home. You can expect education about the roof replacement process, roof installation and care for your home. Christian Brothers Roofing Company is dedicated to giving our Kansas City area clientele dependable service at a competitive price using quality products.


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Don Julian Builders 15521 West 110th Street Lenexa, KS 66219  | 913. 894.6300 Don Julian Builders was formed in 1974.  The company’s primary focus is the construction of upper bracket custom homes in the $400,000 to multi-million dollar range.  The company has completed over 2000 custom homes throughout the metro area, totaling over $1 Billion in sales.  The company offers a complete home-building service which includes the services of a registered architect to design plans in-house and a complete in-house design services with access to two full-time designers/decorators in our company-owned and operated design center. 


design, quality, and workmanship. The Kansas City Home

Artisan Construction

Builders Association has stated that Don Julian Builders


has won more HBA awards than any builder in its history.

Over the years, the company has won over 400 awards for


Slawson Painting

We are a local home remodeling company that gives high-quality with a custom touch on a reasonable budget. The owner, Chad Pfeffer, has grown up in the northland area went to high school at Parkhill high school graduated from Park University and continues to live in the Northland.

2414 Big Pine Terrace St Joseph, MO 64503 | 816.262.6234


painter. Dave continues to provide quality interior

North Kansas City Grass Pad Warehouse

and exterior painting services to northwest Missouri.

11500 NW Barry Rd.

Dave's projects have included everything from alumi-

Kansas City, MO 64153 | 816.891.9100

num barn roofs to 23 karat gold gilding.

While most projects are conventional painting, Dave

The first Grass Pad opened as a sod farm on 700 acres

enjoys decorative, artistic projects. A recent job was a

in Farley, Missouri. No telephone, no running water,

children's church renovation. Designed as a city scene,

just two light bulbs, one outdoor privy, and an old dairy

the hallways were done as city streets, with classroom

barn. People drove for miles to find the gravel road, the

facades as individual storefronts. Each storefront was

old barn and the 700 acres of lush green sod. Uncle had

painted in a different finish, ranging from woodgrain,

an idiot proof program to grow the finest sod. Customers

Venetian plaster, stone, weathered siding, to bronze. The

wanted to know the secret so they could make their

common area centers around a clock tower, finished in

lawns lush and green like the sod farm. So, he wrote it on

a copper patina. All storefronts were aged with various

a yellow sheet so folks wouldn’t lose it. Now people knew

glazes. The check in area was done in a fantasy outdoor

Uncle’s secret they drove for miles to buy the finest seed

scene, with dogs, cats, trees, and butterflies. Other recent

and Uncle’s Idiot Proof Lawn Program.

projects include applying knockdown texture, refinishing

Over the years, the Grass Pad has grown to five loca-

kitchen cabinets, and interior and exterior painting.

tions throughout the Kansas City area. A retail and

Slawson Painting was founded in 1960 by Frank Slawson. In 1979, his son, Dave Slawson, became a

wholesale distributor of premium quality turf sod, seed, fertilizer and nursery stock. The new mantra in the garden center business is about going upscale to high profile web sites and high-profit gift shop items. At the Grass Pad, we are still about dirt. We don’t sell aspirin, Cheerios, or underwear. We do sell truckloads of lawn and garden products plus free advice.


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By The Blade 7014 NW Kerns Dr Parkville, Missouri, MO 64152 | 816.505.0444 By The Blade started as a simple idea: a teenage kid with a lawnmower. Things grew, as they have a way of doing, and this summer job became a business venture. Then it became a way of life. Fast forward 20 years, to the recent grand opening of a new, outdoor design studio in Parkville. “Outdoor living is a true sensory experience,” said Owner Patrick Vogt. “Our new outdoor design studio provides a one-stop-shop where our clients can see our designs, feel


a variety of stones, countertops and landscaping materiBy The Blade provides lawn, landscape and irrigation services

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premier landscape designer. By The Blade combines luxury

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living and superior outdoor design to create the perfect custom

hesitate to get our knowledge and expertise involved on your next project.

outdoor oasis for each client, offering complete design and


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build solutions using the finest materials. Landscapes, custom pools and swim spas, state-of-the-art lighting, fire and water features, irrigation solutions/rain harvesting --they do it all.


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your donation of new or gently used furniture, appliances, cabinets and building materials means a mother can provide a stable home for her children. (that ‘s something to smile about) Drop your donation off at 8516 N. Oak Trfwy, KCMO 64155. For large bulky items we offer free pick-up. Call (816) 656-2372 or schedule on-line at (click on ReStore tab).

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Buckner’s Heating and Cooling 8576 N Green Hills Rd Kansas City, MO 64154 | 816.436.1244 Roger and Jill Buckner started Buckner’s Heating and Cooling in 1983, focusing exclusively on new construction in the Kansas City Northland’s growing housing market. Over the years, the business has shifted to replacement and service of existing homes, as well as offering full support for light commercial customers. The company’s steady growth has been driven by a customer-first approach and the belief that the best advertisement is a happy client. In January 2017, the company’s dedication to its Northland family was rewarded when they moved into a newly-built shop and showroom on Green Hills Road. The change has allowed Buckner’s to respond to customer needs more quickly and thoroughly than ever before and provides for continued growth for many years to come.


A3G Architects 15 South Main St.

Liberty, MO 64068 |816.581.6333 A3G Architects was founded in 2009 by architect, Aimee Gray. A3G is a woman-owned, all female architectural and interior design firm with a broad range of experience including commercial, residential and historic renovation projects. Our projects are delivered using the latest 3D software. This allows our clients to visualize the projects using 3D images and interactive models. We take pride in providing creative solutions for our clients. As women, our listening skills allow us to hear our clients’ needs and turn their vision into a reality. Attention to detail, awareness of budgets, and commitment to schedule are necessities for a successful project. One of our current projects, Tobacco Barn Farm, is a tobacco barn from the early 1900’s that has been transformed into an event space. This was a challenging structural project to


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maintain the building character while making it safe for the public. Another notable project that we are honored to be a part of is the Veterans Community Project. This includes the Veterans Village, which is 50 tiny houses with a community

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building and the Veterans Outreach Center, just down the

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block from the village. These building are helping to create a

campus for homeless Veterans in Kansas City.

Mary Carol Garrity established Nell Hill’s in 1981 in an old bank building in her hometown of Atchison, Kansas, naming the store after her maternal grandmother who was an early Kansas pioneer. Since its humble beginnings as a gourmet food shop, Nell Hill’s has grown to become one of the most popular home interior stores in the Midwest. 46

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Wolfe-Sweeney & Courtney 816.746.2777 Wolfe~Sweeney & Associates began in 2005. Russ Wolfe and Candi Sweeney started a Team and joined the Reece Nichols, Northland Parkville office. Lisa Schaltenbrand is an integral part of the Team, joining in 2006 to be their licensed Assistant. Kristine Courtney


with the new name of Wolfe~Sweeney & Courtney.

CommunityAmerica Credit Union

"We have been the #1 ReSale Team north of the River

More than 10 Northland Locations

for 12 years straight," says Russ Wolfe. "Our focus is on

resale homes, but we have the expertise necessary to

CommunityAmerica Credit Union is a full-service financial institution with

help buyers maneuver through new home construction."

more than 200,000 member-owners nationwide. As of December 2016,

WS&C has exceeded over $200 Million in sales volume

CommunityAmerica had more than $2.3 billion in assets, ranking it among

over of the past 5 years.

the nation’s 100 largest credit unions. Based on deposits, CommunityAmerica

All four team members love living north of the river and

is among the top 10 Kansas City-based financial institutions. There are 28

know it well. They are involved in many charities, which

CommunityAmerica branches in Kansas City, and one in St. Louis.

benefit the Northland such as Harvest Ball, The Global

CommunityAmerica provides a full suite of financial products, including checking,

Orphan Project, JDRF, Parkville Rotary, Parkville Police

savings, mortgages and a variety of loan products to meet consumer and business

Assistance Program, Hillcrest Ministries, St. Therese's

needs. As a not-for-profit financial institution, CommunityAmerica offers highly com-

Church, and many more. "We believe it is very important to

petitive rates on deposits, loans, and fewer, lower or no fees at all. Other convenient

be involved in the Community where you Live and Work",

products and services include Sunday hours, a network of more than 30,000 ATMs,

said Candi Sweeney, "It's our passion to give back!"

24-hour online, mobile banking, credit cards and insurance.

joined the Team in 2007 and recently became Partner,



Deborah York, Farmer's Insurance  5775 NW 64th Terrace #201  Kansas City, MO 64151 | 816.746.4443 We started our agency in 2006 with the belief that the right insurance is the foundation of a stable financial plan. We offer dozens of products to fit your needs including auto, home, life, specialty, and business insurance. If it matters to you, my agency insures it! Our priority is providing personal attention through our award winning customer service with a team that is ethical, professional and has strong family values. We proudly support our community through organizations such as The Parkville Chamber of Commerce, March of Dimes, NAWS and The Fraternal Order of Police. Our agency represents Farmers Insurance, a strong company that you can trust with a proven track record.

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St. Therese Catholic School 7227 NW Highway 9 Kansas City, MO 64152 | 816.741.5400 St. Therese School, one of the largest schools in the Diocese of Kansas City/ St. Joseph, educates and serves approximately 600 students. The largest ministry of St. Therese Parish, our school promotes


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students’ spiritual, moral, and academic development within the tradition of a Catholic community. We believe that each student has unique God-given gifts, and as


a student-centric school, we offer a chal-

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teachers and educators with 62% of our

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teachers holding advanced degrees.

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St. Therese is also the largest parish in the

Our services cover all areas of financial management, from investment and retire-

diocese and with the school an integral part

ment planning to risk management and estate conservation. We specialize in helping

of parish life, students are encouraged to cre-

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ate and engage in service projects to serve

needs and enables them to meet both short- and long-term objectives. Our Financial

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Senior Star at Wexford Place 6500 North Cosby Ave Kansas City, MO 64151 | 816.581.0458 Our community is filled with amazing stories about the lives of the residents, their families, those who refer them to us, and our associates at Wexford Place. Wexford Place in Kansas City provides lifestyle options that allow your family to continue creating those memories at home in a community where your family’s voice and legacy is heard, valued, and celebrated. At Wexford Place, we encourage our residents and our associates to embrace their own story in this world. We are an active, vibrant, and diverse community that allows every story to be told through the eyes of all who walk through our doors. Our residents, their families, our associates, and our caregivers find value in creating moments every day that help mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, and neighbors continue to write a story — a legacy — that is unique, personal, and full of purpose. 48

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others, and are active persons of Faith.


Hillcrest Platte County P.O. Box 681298 Riverside, MO 64168 | 816.587.9037 Hillcrest Platte County (HPC) is a Christian non-profit organization that offers housing and supportive services for working adults and families who are homeless or insecurely housed to provide life-long independence. They do this through their 35 fully furnished apartments through out Platte County that they offer free of charge to homeless families. The community supports this organization because it is measurable. Each month families graduate the 90-day program and share stories of successfully paying off their debt, and developing a savings account and budget that will sustain them into the future. HPC recently added a young adult housing program to their services to address the homeless high school students in the area. HPC doesn’t take government funds and relies on the community support to operate this program. They have two thrift shops, one off of 64th Street and I-29 and one in Platte City, that accept gently used items. They have a pick up service for furniture and bigger items that can’t fit into a car. HPC’s biggest fundraiser of the year is being held on October 7th  at Embassy Suites – KCI. For more information or to purchase a ticket call 816.838.7442.

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Parting Thoughts

The First




y now, you're probably sick of hearing about my daughter, Iris. I

know, I know, new parents are the worst, right? And although I

These are just a few of the more practical lessons I've learned. Of

course, there are also the more profound lessons.

will say that amidst all the coos and giggles, the wet kisses and cud-

6. Your baby's laughter will be the most beautiful thing you've ever

dles, there were some real and sometimes hard lessons to be learned.

heard, no matter how much of a music aficionado you claim to be. It

My daughter just turned one, and so now I can consider myself the

is the reason to get up after a sleepless night.

authority on all things child related. Here, I will dispense my wisdom.

7. Your partner will become so much more than a lover--he or she

1. Do not go cheap on the bubble wands. Bubble wands? Yep, bub-

will be your trenchmate, your confidant, the only thing holding back

ble wands, the little plastic circles with grooves to hold bubble solution.

from the abyss of exhaustion some days if you will let them. Let them. 

When you have a baby, you end up spending a lot of time blowing

8. You cannot do it all, and if anyone says that you can, then they

bubbles, and the quality of the wand is paramount when determining

want something unrealistic of you. Your focus should be on the life

whether you spend time actually blowing bubbles or hyperventilating in

that depends on you. The dishes will wait. Hug your baby and be

vain. The long (and I mean a foot or more) oval ones are the most versa-

thankful for health and opportunity.

tile. The standard wand in a Magic Bubble bottle is crap. Don't fall for it.

9. Grandmothers are awesome, whether they are yours or simply

2. If your child is looking at you beatifically, it's because they are

the ones that coo and tickle your little one's feet at the grocery store.

peeing on you. Savor the warm moment that you think is born of love

It's easy to lump the older parents into a group and not listen to what

and affection and realized that the warmth you feel is urine. It's okay.

they have to say, but when they give advice, no matter how hard it is

At least it's not deliberate at this point.

to hear sometimes, they do it because they remember how awfully

3. If you are breastfeeding and working, then your child will want to feed roughly 20 minutes after you go to sleep, no matter what time you go to bed. Think you've outwaited her? You're wrong. There is no outwaiting a hungry newborn.

hard it was at the beginning. Accept their kindness when it comes. You need the encouragement. 10. And last, but not least, live in every moment. Don't check your phone. Wait to post the picture. Life is flying by while you're telling some-

4. Swaddling blankets are useful for pretty much everything but

one else about it. This is so hard for us in the digital age, but my constant

swaddling. That's what the knit sacks with velcro tabs are for. Why learn

struggle is to accomplish my goals while not letting my daughter grow

baby origami when 3M patented a material that does it better? Hard

up without me watching. These moments are so fleeting, and I can

pass on tissue-thin muslin that your kid wants to escape immediately.

already feel time racing away from me, laughing at my futile grasp on it.

5. They say that babies want to play with the boxes more than the

I didn't realize how much being a mother would change me--give me

toys. Not always true, my friends. For a while, I kept larger boxes, sure

patience, teach me to slow down, and give me the opportunity to see the

that my daughter would want to crawl through them, tunnel style. You

sweetness in each day, rather than looking forward to the mountaintop

know what kids want to play with? Whatever you don't want them to

experiences that we plan. Parenthood is God's way of showing you what

play with and that includes their toys if it means crushing your diaper

real love is like. It's overwhelming in the very best way.

box turned tunnel maze idea. You learn to roll with it. 54

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