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December 2012

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Volume 26, Issue No. 8

14 EDITOR’S LETTER Family Ties __ This time of year revolves around the family...and, of course, food. 18 PARTY MANIA KCH&G loves throwing parties to honor its award winners, but this summer marked the magazine’s 25th anniversary, so this celebration had to be bigger and better than ever. 22 THE GOODS Gift Guide __ Find a little something for everyone special in your life with some of our favorite finds this season. 28 DESIGN DETAILS Old School __ A Leawood family devotes space above their garage for a modern playroom purposefully devoid of modern technology. 32 CHARLIE’S HOUSE An in-home tragedy for one Kansas City family leads to the creation of a safety awareness movement for others. 36 CINDERELLA ON A SHOESTRING After discovering her ‘diamond in the rough,’ years of patience and grit pay off for one Leawood homeowner tackling her home renovation. 46 KID-FRIENDLY SOPHISTICATION Conscious styling that is authentic and elegant yet livable is at the heart of this family home in Overland Park.

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58 SIDE BY SIDE It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially when the gang gathers around the holiday table to dish.

“I actually love it here. And my husband’s family is here, so it’s like coming home.”

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~Kristen Ricker

66 DAY TRIPS Kansas City __ It can be easy to overlook your own hometown as a destination full of family-friendly places to visit. This winter, take a closer look at what’s happening down the street. 71 ALL IN THE FAMILY The publishers of Kansas City Homes & Gardens present an exclusive portfolio of family-owned businesses, the bedrock of our local community. 79 MARKETPLACE A reference guide to help you find our advertisers.

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Family Ties

BROOKE MCGRATH

This time of year revolves around the family... and, of course, food.

Editor bpearl@nci.com

I N T H I S I S S U E , F A M I LY R E I G N S S U P R E M E .

continued praise you’ll receive once you share the recipe(s).

Staying in tune with the feel of the season, we have several

And, it doesn't hurt to have a specialty cocktail in hand, too.

features that highlight good design centered around the family.

Here, I’m sipping on EBT’s Peugeot (Sidecar), which showcases

You’ll read about a spectacular modern kids’ play area as well as

a concoction of Courvoisier VS, Grand Marnier and lemon-

a couple of elegant, kid-friendly homes remodeled to withstand

infused orange syrup. (This will definitely put the ‘happy’ in your

a growing family. While spending quality time together, visit some

happy hour.)

of KC’s well-known sites listed on page 66 or go shopping with

As the years pass by, I’m continuously reminded of what an

our gift guide that lists ideas for everyone (including your favorite

incredible family I have and how truly grateful I am. It’s the

four-legged friend).

shared memories that will continue to fill my life with such joy and happiness. This year, in addition to our family slumber parties, shopping sprees and holiday feasts, I'm looking forward to

immediately turn to page 58, where you’ll find six different side

creating new traditions with my little girl.

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HOME

Where Memories Abound PHOTO BY MATT KOCOUREK

Whether you’re simply returning home after a long day at work or diligently preparing a dinner for 20, it’s nice to have a stylish, homey, safe place for all to enjoy. Here are a few examples of what ‘home’ looks like for some.


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KCH&G loves throwing parties to honor its award winners, but this summer marked the magazine’s 25th anniversary, so this celebration had to be bigger and better than ever. On Monday, Sept. 24, our 2012 Gardens of the Year and Remodel of the Year award winners and guests partied in style, with live music, catered appetizers and dinner, 12 delicious layer cakes, Shark Attack margaritas, wine from Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery, and the Say Cheez Photo Booth. And, as always, a portion of the ticket proceeds were donated to the Love Fund for Children.

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9. 1. Brancato’s Catering provided an extensive (and delicious!) menu for the evening.

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2. Editor Brooke McGrath with Judges’ Pick and gold award winners (Best Kitchen Remodel over $120,000) Greg Schmidtberger of DS Construction/Deckscapes and Jim Warford of iCON Architecture with framed awards from Leawood Fine Art. 3. Emcees Dave Pleskac, radio host of “Real Talk with Dave,” and Mark Alford, Fox 4 morning news anchor, with publisher Renee Demott and Lisa Herron, executive director of the Love Fund for Children. 4. The entertaining and talented Tom Penderblast Quartet. 5. Gold and silver award winners Kevin and Judy Transue of CHC Creative Remodeling with Acme Brass Custom Plating’s Jim Hummel. 6. 3 Women and an Oven provided 12 individual layer cakes for the celebration, ranging from Red Velvet to German Chocolate Cake (and everything in between). 7. Publisher Renee Demott with gold award winners (Best Basement Finish) Scott Bickford and Linda Carroll. 8. Honorable mention (kitchen) award winners Katie Ott of Kitchen Studio: KC and Katy Sullivan with Beaver Timber’s Jim Breitkreutz. 9. A sizable crowd gathered for the awards ceremony at The Vox Theatre in Kansas City, Kan.

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Gift Guide

Find a little something for everyone special in your life with some of our favorite finds this season.

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Keep spirits bright with an engraved wine box that serves double duty as gift and gift wrap. The box is made in Kirkwood, Mo., from unfinished birch wood and fits a standard bottle of wine or champagne. $45. uncommongoods.com

Add presidential flair to his office with a Harry S Truman desk sign. The front says “The Buck Stops Here,” and the back is engraved with “I’m from Missouri.” Signs are $60 and available in the museum gift shop or online. trumanlibrary.org

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1. Carry in Style Carry your 9-by-13-inch pan in style with these colorful carriers. Keep dishes hot or cold and never lose them thanks to the sturdy handles. Choose from five patterns at $29.95 each. allaboutblanks.com

2. Beauty Surprise Who doesn’t love mail? Purchase a Birchbox subscription and each month a box filled with top-of-the line beauty samples will arrive at her door. Choose a 3-, 6- or 12-month subscription. birchbox.com

4. Make a State-ment Show your state pride in the kitchen by using a Missouri or Kansas cutting board as a kitchen utensil or as a serving tray. Cutting boards are available for $48 on Etsy.com via A.Heirloom’s shop. etsy.com

3. The Gift of Sushi Treat mom (and four to 11 of her closest friends) to a night out. For $35 per person, enjoy a three-course meal paired with sake and wine taught by Nara’s Chef Fumi, lessons on how to roll sushi and a souvenir. Classes are available Monday-Thursday. narakc.com

5. Personalized Pans Never lose your pan at a potluck again with a personalized pan from That’s My Pan. Choose the name and image engraved on the lid and side of the pan. Choose from a variety of sizes; $26.95-$35.95. thatsmypan.com

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It looks like a classic stereo system, but with a dock for an iPod or iPhone, radio and LCD display, this system is anything but retro. This hip sound system is $199.99 and comes in pink, blue and black. ihomeaudio.com

4. Taking Refuge With this orange-striped teepee from Land of Nod, slumber parties and playtime will never be the same. Comes in additional colors and patterns; look for playhouses and canopies, too. landofnod.com

2. Inspire Creativity

5. Flying First-Class

Beat cabin fever with a Kiwi Crate. Each month a crate filled with fun and educational projects for kids ages 3-7 is delivered to their door. Kiwi crates are $19.95 a month. Purchase one or choose a 3-, 6- or 12-month subscription. kiwicrate.com

For the kid into planes, trains and automobiles, this model airplane is a replica of Howard Hughes’ 1940s plane, nicknamed “Connie.” Model kits are available at the Airline History Museum for $25. airlinehistorymuseum.com

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1. Pet Jewelry Upgrade Fido’s style with a personalized collar. Chose one with an engraved buckle that features all your pet’s pertinent information, or have the fabric color embroidered with a name and number. Collars are available in solid colors, stripes and patterns for $34.99-$56.99. puplife.com

4. Ornaments for a Good Cause

2. Frame It!

5. Cat Scratch Fever

Turn your favorite pet into a work of art. Choose a traditional painting, an Andy Warhol-inspired pop art piece or a Roy Lichtenstein comic-style piece. Portraits range from $75-$440. popartpet.com

Let your favorite cat spin the tunes as a wannabe DJ. For $35, this scratching pad will keep your pet entertained and your furniture out of harm’s way. uncommongoods.com

Add furry flair to your holiday displays with ornaments from Wayside Waifs’ gift shop, Wiskers & Wags Outfitters. Each ornament is hand-painted by KC artist Jean Singer, and all sales support the shelter. $10. waysidewaifs.org

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A Leawood family devotes space above their garage for a modern playroom purposefully devoid of modern technology.

N O W S E RV I N G T H E L A K E O F T H E O Z A R K S

IN AN ERA WHERE KIDS ARE GLUED TO THEIR ELECTRONIC devices, this is a place for imagination: where Legos and Tinker Toys build skyscrapers, and crayons and stickers create works of art. “We’ll never put a TV up here or a game station. We don’t want electronics here,” say Julie and Victor Tyler, homeowners and parents of Edmund, 9 and Ella, 5. It’s also a place where style is not sacrificed in the name of kid-friendliness. Designed by Architect David Dowell of el dorado inc. and constructed by Ryan Gale of C&G Construction, the former attic space resembles a “tube,” protruding out both sides with balconies capped by tall guardrails of glass panels. Overhangs block summer sun and provide passive heat in winter. LED lights on the outer walls make the frosted glass glow in the dark.

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Charlie’s House Compiled by Brooke McGrath

An in-home tragedy for one Kansas City family leads to the creation of a safety awareness movement for others. HOME, AS MANY OF US WOULD AGREE, IS THE SAFEST PLACE FOR OUR FAMILIES. But even then, accidents can happen. On November 1, 2007, with an in-home daycare provider on hand and parents Brett and Jenny Horn at work, 2-year-old Charlie Horn, a triplet, woke up from his nap and accidentally pulled his 30-inch dresser on top of him, killing him instantly. It was this horrible incident that led the Horns to establish Charlie’s House, a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization created in 2008 that’s dedicated to informing the public on how to prevent injuries to children in and around the home. Most of us know about baby gates and outlet covers, but this organization provides more in-depth information, including an extensive safety precautions list for each room in the home. A safety demonstration house — the only one of its kind in the U.S., modeled after one in Australia — is scheduled to be built at 2401 Campbell St., KCMO, showcasing real-life demonstrations and resources for child safety. Until it’s completed, stop by the model home, outfitted with safety products, in the Bluestem community, located at 11409 W. 153rd St. in Overland Park. 32 • KCHANDG.COM


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Charlie’s Checklist Below is a condensed list of in-home safety precautions.

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Secure dressers (even short ones), TVs, bookcases and other tip-prone furniture to the wall with restraint straps (available through Charlie’s House).

Install safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.

Fix loose floor coverings and replace flammable rugs.

Block off any railing a child could climb over.

Plug in electrical outlet covers/safety caps.

Test smoke alarms and change batteries every six months.

Install window blind cord wind-ups.

Place corner protectors on sharp furniture corners.

Shorten cords on appliances that could be pulled down.

Use door knob covers.

Remove sharp toys.

Find and remove choking hazards, which is anything

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Keep a list of emergency numbers near the phone.

Plan and practice your emergency evacuation plans.

Provide a childproof enclosure for pets.

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LESLIE JACKSON WILL BE THE FIRST TO ADMIT THAT SHE WANTED TO find the worst home for sale on the block. The reason? “Twenty years ago, that’s all I could afford,” she says. The petite homeowner remembers driving around one neighborhood in particular noticing an odd sight: “People were actually running away from the open house as I was approaching.” As she stepped inside the small Cape Cod, she discovered why. Virtually obscured by overgrowth, years of neglect left the house in sad shape. “That’s putting it mildly,” she jokes. Despite the condition, Jackson determined the architecture, price, location and size of this cottage aligned with her dream. It had so much potential, she realized she had found her new/old home. Decades have passed since Jackson, a retired child services librarian turned master gardener, took possession of the 1948 cottage. Right from the beginning, her aspiration was exactly opposite of mainstream. “A small house with a big lot was my ideal. Not only was affordability a factor, but I decided I didn’t need that much space,” she says. A single parent with two young children, Jackson, along with help from her father, tackled the renovation, gutting the three-bedroom, 2.5-bath house one room at a time. First, the plumbing and electrical systems were professionally updated then Team Jackson stripped the wallpaper, removed heavy drapes and painted everything white. Discovering perfect hardwood floors underneath the ancient shag carpet, Jackson refinished the oak planks with a color matching Martin, her former Corgi, figuring Story by

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shedding wouldn’t be so visible. “We changed the hardware on the doors, cut down trees and changed the lighting. I bought estate- and thrift-sale furnishings to fill the 1,800-square-foot space. Above all, I was patient since I couldn’t afford to make a mistake,” Jackson explains. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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Bargain Hunter Her children have long since left the

neutrals: creamy ivory, sage, gray/brown

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without a lot of distracting pattern.

do her grandchildren and a parade of neighborhood kids. “All along I wanted this house to be

Frugal and proud of it, she’ll admit she enjoys finding a bargain.

Her $25 living room coffee table was originally covered in black lacquer, but the luster has since been removed with black and brown shoe polish.

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disdain for too much “stuff,” Jackson has

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edited the interior with a discerning eye.

This includes her own son’s photographs,

hutch that was built from a kit.

kid- and pet-proof,” she notes.

The palette throughout comprises soft

proudly displayed throughout the house.

Adjacent to the dining room lies the small kitchen. “It was originally dark and cramped, with a hole in the middle of the floor,” Jackson recounts. It’s now crisply designed in black and white, outfitted with an island Jackson salvaged from the neighbor’s curb. “At the brilliant suggestion of my contractor, we removed a wall between the dining room and kitchen to open the space then we replaced the original cabinets and carved out room for smart storage.”

Jackson loves to cook and entertain. Her no-fuss kitchen is filled with space-saving storage and functional decor. Blackboard paint on the walls highlights the simple black and white color scheme.

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Surrounded by a family of artists, Jackson has a natural creative streak. “I was bored one night and, after painting my son’s bedroom door with chalkboard paint, I went downstairs and painted my kitchen with the same paint. It’s definitely a conversation starter,” she says, dusting off the “art” from a recent dinner party. Scribbles marking the yearly growth of family members climb the doorway to the sunny family room where, currently, Jackson shares her life with two animated Bichon pups, Betsy and Edward, plus Simone, a coalblack rescue kitty. “They run this household except when my two grandchildren, Ira and Marigold, are in residence. Then it’s mayhem but in a good way,” says the doting grandmother. In the sunroom, a sectional covered in washable cotton duck is where the menagerie of kids and pets seems to gravitate. The kids can read at the little round table or watch TV, while the animals love to cuddle together and look out the window.

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Top... Everyone gravitates to the family room. The mostly dark walls showcase the

white furnishings –– Jackson had the media center built to fit. ABOVE... When nice weather prevails, Jackson makes certain her screened-in porch is filled

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The house is my haven. There’s nothing so precious here that the children or my pets can damage. I’ve tried to make my house sunny and bright, surrounding myself with everything I love: animals, books, my garden and kids –– I’m a very happy camper.

Simple white cotton duck slipcovers are easy to maintain and the perfect lounging spot for Jackson’s two dogs and one cat. A Pottery Barn desk in the corner of this room keeps work neatly tucked away.

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for Jackson’s grandchildren. left... Once her son’s bedroom, this space is now used as a guest room.

The small room necessitated creative use of space, so cubbies beneath the bed hold everything from albums to artwork. opposite... With only two existing closets in the master bedroom,

she decided to have the window seat area made for additional storage. A desk divides the space.

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Upstairs, three bedrooms have their own stamp of individuality. “My son’s dormer bedroom is now a guest room. It’s the only room with carpeting since it’s above the garage and can get chilly. Over time, I’ve added a balcony to give the space more light,” Jackson explains. Her grandkids’ playroom overflows with toys and games, a dress-up box, reading niche and art projects everywhere. “The neighborhood kids routinely ask if they can come and play regardless if Ira and Marigold are here,” she comments. In her own bedroom, Jackson acknowledges that it’s feminine. “Everything here, including the iron bed, dressers and desk, is from estate sales. I didn’t pay more than $200 for anything.” Ask Jackson about her weakness, and she’ll admit, “Bedding –– a difficult addiction to break.” Flexing her creativity over the years has paid off. “The house is my haven,” she says. “There’s nothing so precious here that the children or my pets can damage. I’ve tried to make my house sunny and bright, surrounding myself with everything I love: animals, books, my garden and kids –– I’m a very happy camper.”

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WHEN RYAN AND KRISTEN RICKER PACKED up their Greenwich, Conn., apartment and moved halfway across the country to Kansas City, you’d think there would be some culture shock. “Not really,” Kristen says. “I actually love it here. And my husband’s family is here, so it’s like coming home.” Home, for the New Jersey native, in a more reasonably priced area of the country, is a threestory ode to a soothing Country French style intermixed with some vintage finds, heirloom pieces and underlying kid-friendly durability. Ruby, 6, and Wyatt, 3, also reside here, sharing in the sumptuous environment that can withstand the rough and tumble of growing up. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

The beginning, middle and end of each day start in the kitchen. At the heart of the space is a massive slab of granite work space. “I wanted a big island so the kids could be with me or we could entertain people,” Kristen says. Custom knotty pine cabinets are from Calton Cabinet. Behind the stove top, an image of the church the Rickers were married in was transferred onto tile by Brian Klappmeyer. Flowers are from The Fiddly Fig.

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ABOVE... The “inspiration room” is meant to inspire creativity. It’s “antiquey and artful,” showing the full

potential of Littmann’s funky repertoire. Ruby plays the baby grand, thus inspiring a musical motif. BELOW LEFT... Ruby, a dramatic sprite, often takes the stage in the dedicated home theater by

Elevated Electronics. Littmann had the functioning dark-out velvet drapes made, which show off the handsome space when tied back or seal out natural light for a full movie or Wii experience. BELOW RIGHT... Reclaimed wood over the bar with The Gingerman spelled out reminds R yan and

Kristen of the place they met in person after first meeting online. The pub theme is at the center of the open lower level, divided into different activity zones. “All the spaces have continuity yet they’re independent,” Littmann says.

Designer Kelly Littmann of Farmstead Lifestyle used her savvy farmhouse style to create livability for the entire family under the cover of an elegant aesthetic. “My intention was to make it rich but warm and cozy, family-friendly but ‘entertainable,’” Littmann explains. “I was conscious of the fabrics –– toile, plaid and linen. There’s a lot of texture and a lot of natural fabrics.” PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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The first hint of a familial welcome is the whimsical fountain statue of children playing lightheartedly. Landscaping by MW Lawn and Garden.

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OPPOSITE... Massive beams saved from a barn

outside Boston majestically crown the family room, along with two large-scale wrought iron chandeliers hand-painted gold and brown. A reupholstered green velvet Victorian couch faces a stone mantel highlighted by a pastoral-themed cartouche. The Rickers’ collection of Flow Blue adheres to the wall above three sets of French doors leading to a multiaccessible balcony.

Reclaimed materials give the home a lived-in feeling older than its four years. Mike Dobbs, formerly of Seldom Found Architecturals, was instrumental in acquiring many pieces that give the home its unique look: wood support beams, salvaged brick, lead-glass windows and elaborately carved doors. The original dents and dings of these materials provide a canvas accepting of new bumps and bruises sure to be doled out by little toys. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

ABOVE... The relaxed home is full of fun little nooks

like this settee, carefully orchestrated to be whimsically masculine. Through the arches, heirloom pieces get special attention in a handsome armoire. LEFT... “Color is important to me,” Kristen says. While she

chose browns and reds in the main portion of the home, she went bold with Apple 6 from Laura Ashley in the privacy of her own bedroom and bath. A deep hammered copper tub is perfect for an adult to submerse or kids to play in.

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“We want to live here and not worry about what happens to the house.” HOMEOWNER KRISTEN RICKER

The Rickers originally wanted to buy the spec version of this home, which they saw on the HBA Homes Tour five years ago. Midwest Custom Builders couldn’t sell them that home, which was more Tuscan in style, but agreed to build a replica of the winning floor plan. On that same tour, the Rickers were introduced to Littmann’s work in a separate model, where her creative, quirky designs immediately clicked with their personalities. The two opportunities combined in the creation of the family’s ideal custom residence that is both stately and special. “We didn’t want it to look like anyone else’s,” Kristen says. Not down the block, not back East, but a perfect private world that is ultimately their own.

ABOVE... The preschool teacher in Kristen comes out in the kids’ downstairs

playroom, which includes a separated linoleum floor with children’s table and chairs and countertop with sink for easy arts and crafts cleanup. An elevated platform “tree house” was created in some unusual wall angles, while a storage closet with deep shelves holds oodles of toys out of sight. RIGHT... Wyatt is all boy in his western-themed room, replete with sophisticated

plaid headboards, reclaimed metal sign and a salvaged storage bin for toys. OPPOSITE... Satisfyingly feminine but with room to grow, Ruby’s room is

pretty not in pink but in light apple green-painted stripes.

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SidebyediS It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially when the gang gathers around the holiday table to dish. Local culinary artists put the flourish on their masterpieces: a signature side dish as anticipated as the entrée. Consider adding these delectable dishes to your own recipe repertoire. Tuck in your napkin, you’re in for a treat.

Potato Pierogies Providence New American Kitchen’s Executive Chef Eric Carter is grateful when he sees people crave a dish he creates. This Lincoln, Neb., native has worked in the restaurant industry since college, touting stints at The American Restaurant in Kansas City and invited to cook at the national James Beard Foundation in New York. Always honing his skills, he invites you to try his potato pierogies. “It’s a dish I grew up with –– always my go-to comfort food,” he says. “The humble potato dumpling is dressed up with smoked wild mushrooms, a hint of bacon and truffle crème frâiche.” Find the recipe online at kchandg.com/potato-pierogies

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Warm Winter Quinoa Salad The Westside Local’s Executive Chef Nina Gann rolled up her sleeves for the task at hand. Seasonal, rustic food is the norm at this popular restaurant. With that in mind, Gann is constantly seeking out the unique, esoteric ingredients that she finds not only delectable but insanely fresh. Gann has always loved to cook, detouring from her first interest: art. “I went to art school, painted and did set design. I’m still designing, just on the plate,” she says. Inspired by the joy of cooking and finding beauty in natural, unprocessed food, Gann brings us Warm Winter Quinoa Salad, a nutrient-rich grain that marries well with a variety of flavors. “It’s a staple item on our menu and provides gluten-free patrons with a hearty option,” she explains. “I love quinoa because there are endless possibilities. You can cook it with any variation of lightly sauteéd vegetables, nuts and berries, fresh fruit, greens, meat, dairy –– even cheese.”

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Holiday Brussels Sprouts Delve into Gram & Dun’s nuggets of Brussels sprouts created by Executive Chef Bradley Gilmore, and the impression is nothing short of memorable. A change of pace from the traditional green bean casserole, Gilmore enjoys making this dish at his family Christmas. “When I first introduced the dish to my in-laws, they were very skeptical because they didn’t like Brussels sprouts, but after trying this recipe, they look forward to enjoying it every year,” he says. This North Carolina native enjoys the variety of flavors created when he tosses pecans, cranberries and nutmeg into the mix. “Fresh, whole nutmeg is always the best for intense flavor,” he explains. “Also, this dish is an easy vegetarian option –– just add butter or vegetable oil instead of bacon.” Find the recipe online at kchandg.com/brussels-sprouts

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Braised Cannellini Beans EBT is one the city’s oldest and most beloved restaurants. Refined and steeped in a 30-year heritage, this classic is a mainstay on the fine-dining scene. Executive Chef Tate Roberts brings considerable skill, carving a niche that repeatedly demonstrates his prowess in the kitchen. An alumni of the JCCC chef apprenticeship program, Roberts’ goal is to put great food on a plate and bring the legacy of EBT’s gilded past right into the future. His braised cannellini beans showered with carrots and herbs is a savory twist for the holiday table.

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Roasted Squash with “Candy” Topping Renee Kelly not only counts chef/owner of Harvest, a farm-to-table restaurant, her domain, she adds author, food stylist and caterer. After graduating from culinary school in Houston, she returned home and opened Caenen’s Castle in Shawnee. Never one to compromise on quality, this culinarian has definite opinions about food, how it’s prepared and served. “Let’s face it, food is a powerful elixir –– the whole experience counts,” she says. Kelly’s roasted squash side dish is especially fitting at this time of year when squash is so abundant. Find the recipe online at kchandg.com/roasted-squash

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Scalloped Potatoes Tavern’s Executive Chef Ryan Kelly has already mastered crab cakes, BLTs, beef <

stroganoff, crème brulée, French toast and the KC strip. Kelly, who has cooked for Wolfgang Puck, has earned his stripes –– something the brass at Tavern instantly noticed. Now, Kelly plies his 20 years of experience into the dishes that hoisted the sail at Tavern in the Village and Mission Farms. “This very rich side is one of the first I learned,” he recalls. “It’s still a favorite.” Find the recipe online at kchandg.com/scalloped-potatoes

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It can be easy to overlook your own hometown as a destination full of family-friendly places to visit. This winter, take a closer look at what’s happening down the street. BANISH THE WINTER BLUES WITH A GOOD DOSE OF MOJO at The Science of Rock ‘n’ Roll, a jammin’ new interactive exhibit at Union Station. Grab a guitar, bang on some drums, or step into a studio and record your own soundtrack from now until the end of April. While channeling the Jimi Hendrix hidden in all of us, you and the kids will not only learn the history of rock and roll but also the technology that continues to improve a truly American music style. Union Station is also a great destination for the Saturday Family Workshop. Put food up to the test with “Fuel Up with Food Science” on Saturday, Dec. 1 and design something spectacular with “Engineerium” on December 15. 816.460.2020 or unionstation.org If the winter doldrums have you dreaming of the beach, take a visit to the new SEA LIFE Aquarium at Crown Center. Open since April, the Aquarium has about 5,000 creatures and 260,000 gallons of water, including an interactive TouchPool, where you can hold a crab and feel a starfish. However, January 26, dinosaurs invade the Aquarium for a month-long Dinosaur Discovery Train. visitsealife.com/kansas-city OK, so it’s not the Caribbean, but get over it with a visit next door at the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Slay some ugly invaders while riding Kingdom Quest or simply build something

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Armstrong Kitchens

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How and when did Armstrong Kitchens get its start? Mark and Betty Armstrong began the business in 1951 in Merriam, and it has evolved from there. Mark was, by nature, an innovator. His shop was the first locally to use conveyors, commit to factory finishing, adopt a modular cabinet concept and hire women to do the same work for the same pay. In the 1970s, he brought the idea of refacing cabinets to this area, using the cabinet shop. Instead of having some cabinet displays in the shop office, he opened a separate full-line kitchen showroom. Some of these ideas seem so basic now, but back in the day, they were definitely experimental. Kristeen and Lowell, current owners, were active in the business when that first showroom opened years ago. What’s the best thing about working in a family-owned business? You can depend on your family –– they always have your back. Plus, you get to spend time with them, not just in the evening when you get home from work. Lowell and Kristeen have been married for more than 30 years, working together in the business and raising a family. What's one thing you’d like potential customers to know about the company? Given that these are uncertain times, one of the most important things we can offer is peace of mind. Product can be acquired everywhere, but peace of mind about who you’re handing your home over to for a remodel is rare. The stability and expertise that a multigenerational family business offers gives that kind of reassurance. What feedback do you receive from customers? We have been working in area homes for so long that we routinely run into customers everywhere we go. Thank goodness they love their kitchens, and that’s what they say to us. One customer even filmed his entire kitchen remodel, condensed it to one minute and uploaded it to YouTube. Another thing we hear a lot when they move: (L

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Lowell Scott, Kristeen Armstrong-Scott and Betty Armstrong

“Our kitchen sold our house!” Any upcoming news or events? We celebrated our 60th anniversary last year, and it was

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neat that Mark was able to enjoy that with us. Though he passed away at the end of the year, we will make sure that our business carries his values and vision forward. We are moving ahead with wonderful kitchen and bath projects for our good customers this year.

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Kenny’s Tile & Floor Covering How and when did Kenny’s Tile & Floor Covering get its start? Kenny used a GI loan after the Korean War, his large

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smile and good ol’ country boy work ethic to break in with local homebuilders. He proved his merit in a time when only European tile setters were desired, and he cultivated business relationships by serving clients beyond their expectations. Kenny always said, “Treat your customers, suppliers and employees like family. Be honest in your words and business dealings and have the integrity to always do your best.” That still holds true for the business today. What’s your specialty? Everything we have is unique to the trends and fashions of the year. We pride ourselves on being the best at buying the most cutting-edge, up-to-date styles. What's something most people don’t know about your company? What you will find at Kenny’s usually can’t be found anywhere else. Kenny’s is currently the largest retail importer of tile, natural stone, granite, hardwood flooring and carpet in the USA and, yes, we are right here in Kansas City, Mo. What roles do family members play in your company? As a family, our role is pretty simple –– we just want to be better week to week at how well we do at our jobs and are always pushing one another to be the best at what we do. Therefore, job titles do not exist at Kenny’s Tile because we all gain valuable knowledge from each other, none better than the other. What makes a family business unique? Our dynamics of business and life. We’ve learned to leave life at home and business at the office, creating a business unlike most. What is on the horizon?

(FRONT ROW L TO R) Chase Siebert and Zeb Siebert (S ECOND ROW L TO R) Sean Siebert, Joan Siebert, Peggy Siebert, Courtney Siebert and Dustin Siebert (BACK ROW L TO R) Tony Siebert, Travis Siebert and Jeff Siebert

What’s on the horizon for Kenny’s Tile has already begun. The third generation is cycling in from getting their degrees. The business principles set before us will only become stronger as we grow. The stars look bright as our family business starts a new era in the same town we

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THE FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS NETWORK (FOBN) What is the idea behind The Family Owned Business Network (FOBN)? Family-business relationships can present challenges that will remain so as long as they are unexamined, unmanaged and unresolved. Consider the business owner who is advised to get the greatest tax benefit possible by gifting his business equally to his two children. After Dad retires or dies, the kids disagree, bicker and quickly run the business into the ground. And how about the founder who tries to turn the business over to a child who lacks experience or maturity? The result is dysfunction. How does FOBN help family-owned businesses? Too often family-business owners or next-generation family members have little or no preparation to deal with the unique issues they will face. Until now, they also lacked a forum for sharing questions, best practices and solutions. The Family Owned Business Network (FOBN) on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter connects familybusiness owners, family members and professional service providers to family businesses, researchers and academic experts who specialize in the topic. FOBN now has more than 1,400 members on LinkedIn from 40 countries How do members join FOBN? Visit the LinkedIn Groups Directory and enter “The Family Owned Business Network.” What benefits do members get? FOBN membership provides a no-cost resource that offers a forum for discussing common concerns, exchanging PICTURED IS THE FOBN PLANNING TEAM

(S EATED L TO R) Sherman Titens, Founder, Executive Director FOBN; Rebecca Gorrell & Norm Craig, Principals, ProPartners Wealth STANDING (L TO R) Belinda Waggoner, President & Founder, HR-Haven; Bob Olvera, Co-Founder & Principal, ProPartners Wealth; Anne Cull, CEO, ThinkViral; Wes Hentges, Co-Founder, Principal, ProPartners Wealth

ideas and problem solving focused on family-business success, survival, succession and generational transition. Insight into these topics and more are provided through posted discussions among the members. In addition, there are book reviews and information about philanthropy, relationships, business and job opportunities, research on

to complete your family-business profile, please navigate to fobn.net. results will be shared with all who complete the profile.

family business and more. What is on the horizon for The Family Owned Business Network (FOBN)? Plans include an article archive and creation of Family Business Circles facilitated by qualified professionals. The Family Business Circle meetings are in beta testing

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here in Kansas City. Initial gatherings were held in collaboration with the Helzberg Mentoring Program, Johnson County Community College and the Leawood Chamber of Commerce.

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Bordner Installation Group How did Bordner Installation Group get its start? The business was founded in 1987 as mainly a newconstruction roofing company. We are an exterior home-

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improvement company that focuses on roofing, stucco, windows, siding and gutters. We do new construction, multifamily and commercial work. What’s your specialty? We specialize in high-quality installation work and superior customer service. Every one of our jobs is assigned a supervisor to help ensure that the product is installed properly. We have more than 40,000 satisfied customers in the Kansas City area and not a single complaint from the Better Business Bureau. What’s the best thing about working in a family-owned business? We all get along and work well together since we know that we are working with people we can trust. Everyone is more concerned about the customers than they are about themselves. What feedback do you receive from customers? We send out a customer survey on every job we do, and the overwhelming response is that people are appreciative of the work and service we provide. From time to time, we do make mistakes and mess things up, but we will always do whatever we can to make things right with the customer, which includes completely redoing something if it is required. What’s something most people don’t know about your company? We may cost a little more than our competitors, but we don’t put that in our pockets. We put the additional money into the job to ensure that there are no problems down the road. Our belief is that the installation is more important than the product itself. (FRONT ROW L TO R) Jerry Fleenor, Sam Fleenor, Chris Hinson and Rob Poettgen (BACK ROW L TO R) Charley Fleenor, Bud Fleenor, Cliff Fleenor and Sonja Shanahan

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BRANCATO’S CATERING

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What is your specialty? Our specialty is creating a unique event experience. We are the only local company that can provide everything from equipment to food under one management. Our customers only have to deal with one representative to plan their event. The synergy between both companies allows us to create remarkable experiences. What roles do family members play in the company? Although we all have our own roles, we seem to collaborate on most major decisions. Steve oversees the day-to-day operations of the rental company and handles rental bids. Mario handles the accounting portion of the business as well as sales and catering bids. Andrew handles the day-to-day operations of the catering company and marketing. What makes a family business unique? The fact that we can make decisions easily. If we were not family, these decisions would be much harder. Because we are family, we know that we will all have each other’s support. Family is like a chain that cannot be broken. What is something most people don’t know about your company? We manufacture our own tents, and we actually have a tent sales division that is growing rapidly. We now manufacture and sell tents all over the world. We also have a restaurant inside historic Union Station, called Harvey’s at Union Station. We are one of the larger equipment providers for PGA golf tournaments and currently do work in more than 10 states and Puerto Rico. What is Brancato’s best known for? Great food at a great price. Being able to bundle our products and service makes event-planning much easier. Our staff, in every department, is well-trained and understands how important every event is. They work hard to ensure that each job we do is a success. (L

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Steve Brancato, Mario Brancato and Andrew Brancato What is on the horizon? Expansion into a larger portion of the golf market, elevated catering packages from our new restaurant at

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Union Station, a new facility, expanded inventory, and continued growth and success in the tent sales division.


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