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Dear Readers, Welcome to the premiere issue of GE Magazine, serving Gardner, Edgerton and New Century. As part of one of the fastest-growing communities in the state, neighbors and business owners have many stories to tell. We hope this issue inspires you to learn some new stories and add to your own. In this issue, we talk about community and family with a yoga teacher and a ceramic artist. Katy Ibsen shares the story of one coffee shop’s quest to give back as often as it can and to provide a comfortable space to all who walk through the door. And Jackie Hostetler makes friends with Chick Norris, an Edgerton celebrity, as well as Chick’s caretaker—a pancake-flipping pro. Folks in the community are working tirelessly to keep Gardner, Edgerton and New Century inviting. We hope these pages reflect that neighborly devotion.

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Blending art and yoga in the Gardner community

How Groundhouse Coffee grew from an idea into a beacon in the community

Taking a look at a small bit of Main Street’s history.






Full-time fun from one Edgerton resident

New Century AirCenter and Executive Airport’s long history as a busy hub for business and logistics.



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WELCOME LETTER A greeting from Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Shirley Bruce Brown-VanArsdale, owner and funeral director, Bruce Funeral Home


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Beautiful Places Blending art and yoga in the Gardner community Story by Kelly Gibson Photography by Nick Krug

Danny and Diana Meisinger have been working together for 24 years. Their unique combined businesses add to the flavor of downtown Gardner.



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For Diana Meisinger, family is everything. As a longtime Gardner resident, she has grown with the town—bringing up her own family there. And as a doula and yoga instructor, she lives to bring life into this world and to enrich the lives of others. “Gardner has grown a lot since I was a child, but luckily it still has that small hometown feeling,” Diana says. “There is a true sense of community here. Downtown, people greet each other with a smile and wave. When there is a house fire, death in the family or tragic accident, people in the community gather together to help those in need.

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It is a great place to raise a child. Families can thrive in Gardner, Kansas.” Indeed, Diana is infused in the community. She and her husband, Danny, have operated businesses in The Dolphin Song building for 24 years. First it was only Danny’s ceramics studio, Spinning Earth Pottery. Then they added Sacred Spaces Yoga and Pilates about four years ago. The combined art gallery and yoga studio might diverge in expression, but the purpose and inspiration are the same: a beautiful space to grow as an individual.




Downtown, people greet each other with a smile and wave. –Diana Meisinger “I just feel whether you are religious, non-religious or anything in between, a sacred space can help you pause, unplug and reflect on the only work that really matters: loving the world, practicing gratitude, being kind to yourself, eating well, exercising and incorporating mindfulness into your life,” Diana says. “When we start to focus on the positive blessings in our life, it creates a space on a mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual level.” While Diana is the only yoga instructor, she has invited a number of guest instructors to lead yoga workshops for the community. She also teams up with local organizations, such as the Mission Project, a Kansas-based nonprofit focused on assisting adults with developmental disabilities to participate in special yoga events. “We take off our shoes and leave our egos behind when we enter this sacred space,” Diana says. “This keeps the dirt and stress of everyday life outside the door. I am a very different teacher than I was many years ago. I look forward to creating new rituals and intentions as my spiritual practice grows. Everyone I meet has something to teach me, and that is all part of the journey of life. We’re all human and imperfect, but that’s perfectly okay because we are striving.”


I love to create no matter what the medium. –Danny Meisinger



Inspiration and Creativity On the first floor of The Dolphin Song building, below the yoga studio, is Spinning Earth, a unique and beautiful space that displays Danny’s artwork. “My favorite elements are where multiple forms come together and really work in a dynamic way, such as the spiral above the stairs or the wall above the arch in the office,” Danny says. “The gallery was created as a place where people can feel the passion we have for art and creativity as soon as you walk in the store.” Danny, a Gardner resident since 1979, has been a ceramic artist for 30 years. “I love to create no matter what the medium,” Danny says. “I can never tell what will inspire me. It can be the way a fender on an old car goes from thick to thin, or the way stones are patterned in a wall. I see beauty and inspiration everywhere. My greatest muse is the clay itself. It draws form out of my imagination for me to bring into the world.” His unique view of the world is supported by his relationship with Diana. They grew up together and graduated from Gardner High School in 1984 together. He says working with Diana is natural. “We are a normal husband and wife raising our kids, paying bills, but striving to do something meaningful with our lives,” Diana says. “The main thing is that whether we are at home or working, we are always by each other’s side, fully supporting one another. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses very well. I feel like when it comes to a task at hand, you need to know when to dig in and when the other person is best suited to take the lead. And if we keep that objective at heart, it is a great recipe for success.” As Gardner continues to grow, the Meisingers hope it retains its small-town charm. “Living in a small town is a way of life,” Danny says. “My hope is that all the new residents in the last few years begin to embrace that idea and come into town, support local businesses and get to know old Gardner. There are a lot of great people here.”


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Gardner resident Steve Hines considers himself a believer. His definition of the word comes in many forms, but for the sake of well-caffeinated residents in Gardner, he believed in creating a community space fueled by coffee. Today, the small-business owner is humbled by the success of Groundhouse Coffee on Main Street in downtown Gardner and a new second location in south Gardner. “Our vision was that this place would be something that would be a bit of a surprise when you walk in here,” says Hines about the open, vibrant coffeehouse. The venture began when Hines and his wife, Beth, felt the calling to expand their social connections beyond work and church and to create a space where the community would gather. At the time, the couple lived in Spring Hill but visited Gardner often for errands, creating a familiarity for the area. “One day I am driving through town on a Sunday morning. And I thought, ‘this town needs a coffeehouse,” Hines says. “So I went home and told my wife, ‘Hey God is telling me that we need to open a coffeehouse,’ … she wasn’t convinced.”

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Hines, with a little creative finesse, eventually got Beth’s buy-in, and in January 2012, Groundhouse Coffee became Gardner’s hometown coffee joint. A year later, Steve and Beth relocated from the Silver Springs neighborhood to downtown Gardner, living just down the street from their venture.

Brewing a Business

Hines, in the spirit of optimism, thought, how hard could it be to open a coffee shop? As Steve and Beth thought about opening a coffee house, they hoped their good friends from church, Christa and Jason Schroeder, might join them. Christa had previously managed a coffee shop before leaving to raise a family. “We went to see [the Schroeders] and said, ‘this is what we wanted to do and we can’t do it unless you guys are on board,’” Hines says. As it turned out, this community coffee shop concept had been a dream of the Schroeders. “It was exactly what my heart had always wanted to do—run a coffeehouse in a small town, and serve, and get connected to a community,” Christa Schroeder says. “So, the timing of life just worked out for Groundhouse to get started and for us to be a part of it.”


While the Hineses managed the logistics associated with location, branding and marketing, the Schroeders managed the technical coffee side of the business. Christa Schroeder’s background was crucial to getting the business underway. She understood the basics that needed to be covered, such as obtaining quality equipment, finding a local coffee provider and enlisting the right staff. “Getting all our providers in place took a lot of time, but in the end, we are really happy with all of the service providers and vendors we use,” she says. “We stay local as much as possible.” Timing can be everything for a new business, and the two couples learned that lesson well with Groundhouse. “It was a bit of an uphill struggle,” Hines says. “By the time we opened, we were the third coffee house in Gardner.” The competition, which could best be describe as eateries, didn’t deter the partners. They knew Groundhouse would be more than just coffee; it would be a place where people could gather, and the location was an important part of the business model. On the corner of Elm and Main streets, Groundhouse Coffee occupies the lower floor of the Masonic Temple, built in 1907. As Hines shares the history, he notes that the location has been everything except a coffeehouse; it has contained a Western Auto store, general store, a TV repair shop, and most recently, a furniture store that created much of the current ambiance. “We get a lot of credit for the cool in here, but it was really the person before us that did it,” Hines laughs. Granted, the transformation from furniture showroom to java joint came with a few hurdles, but today the open floorplan allows for customers to linger. “It’s just huge for a coffeehouse,” Hines says. “We have some large tables in here by design so that larger groups can sit at them. … There are a lot of gamers that come in here, we have Bible studies in here, we have study groups in here. During the school year this place is packed at three o’clock with students. “So, it’s kind of grown its own personality and its own culture.” In 2017 Hines and the Schroeders, now co-owners, opened Groundhouse South on South Gardner Road. The business partners were approached by a bank seeking to include a coffee kiosk in its new location, but for the Groundhouse brand, it became more.


“One thing led to another and we end up buying the building and turning it into Groundhouse South,” says Hines. The location offers a drive-thru and a large patio. It is also where the Groundhouse team creates all of its baked goods. “From the day that we opened, people complained that we didn’t have a drive-thru,” says Hines, noting that the southern location offers more amenities for the community than the original location.

A Community House

Part of the Groundhouse culture is welcoming people even if they don’t buy coffee. Because the inspiration for the coffeehouse was to bring people together, it is important that Groundhouse welcomes all, regardless of what they spend. “If there’s some price, if there’s some admission fee to hang out with

other people in the community, then it’s not much of a hangout place,” says Hines. He prefers to keep the space barrier-free in the name of community. With such a passion for people, it comes as no surprise that Groundhouse’s team of baristas and owners agreed to transform the traditional tip jar into a “Keep the Change” fund. Since April 2012, Groundhouse Coffee has donated more than $45,000 to Safehome Domestic Abuse Shelter, which provides care for domestic abuse survivors. “My wife was familiar with their work, and since customers were becoming so insistent about tipping, we decided that this would be a good use for that money,” Hines says. “Our employees supported it and so did our customers. In a word, it’s been great.”


The fund continues to grow, particularly with the recent addition of a south Gardner location; the southern “Keep the Change” fund benefits New Horizons Ranch, which uses equine therapy to help special-needs kids and braintrauma patients. “People have really embraced it and support it incredibly,” Schroeder says. “I think we all feel a sense of gratitude to be a part of such giving. Gardner has been awesome in their support of this.” When asked if they are thinking of any other businesses, Hines quips, “We’re done. One marriage. One Groundhouse.” Considered a success by many measures, Groundhouse has proven that it is more than a good cup of joe—it’s a place where people want to gather. A delicious latte and a scone are just the icing on top.



Taking a look at a small bit of Main Street’s history. Story by Kelly Gibson Research provided by the Gardner Historical Society Photos courtesy of the Gardner Historical Society

Gardner’s Main Street has always been a bustling business thoroughfare, reasonably so as the stretch of road is part of “The little Town at the fork of three Trails.” And as Gardner begins plans to revitalize Main Street, GE magazine takes a look at Main, then and now. Leonard Sebring



In 1858, John W. Sponable built the first shop in Gardner on the southeast corner of Main and Elm. Sponable sold retail textiles and clothes as well as dry goods and was the shopkeeper until he became a state representative in 1866. S.J. Wilson took over the shop, and then sold it to Arthur Bigelow in 1881. He opened Bigelow-Foster Mercantile on that spot, which operated until 1942. In 1942, Earl Eyerly and Art Griffin split the building and opened a grocery store in one half and a hardware store in the other. Today,

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down, and a large pillared building was built on the site. Gardner State Bank migrated there in 1915, and it housed the Gardner Gazette at one time also. In 1926, State Bank and Farmer Bank merged. The banks kept the Farmer Bank name but operated out of the State Bank location. Today, you can find The Dolphin Song building on that corner. At 227 E. Main St., the First Baptist Church was built in 1879. The church moved to Shawnee Street in 1958, and today, the original church building houses apartments.

occupies the space. In 1867, Gardner got its first pharmacy, located on the southwest corner of Main and Elm streets. In 1885, it became Bruce Funeral Home’s original building. The building burned

Now the location of Gardner Health Mart, 131 E. Main Street was once Gardner Truck and Tractor, purchased by Dale Dorst and Herman Higgins in 1949.

Step inside Jon’s Electronic Services at 134 E. Main and you’ll see a tile floor boasting the name Miller, left from when the location was a barbershop. Ross Miller was a 17-year-old barber who provided a haircut and shave for 40 cents in 1887. 136 E. Main: Design Company Salon was once the Gardner branch of the

Johnson County Library, which housed more than 4,600 books when it opened in 1960. In 1949, Bruce Funeral Home purchased Patterson Funeral Chapel and Furniture Store at 139 E. Main Street. Bruce Furniture remains there today.

Take a Walk! Self-guided walking tours of Main Street are available through the Historical Society. Call or visit for more information.


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224 W. Main Street was once a grocery store, filling station and motel in the 1940s. In 1956, the building was remodeled and used as a beauty salon. 328 E Main Street: Gilbert Forbes moved the grocery store to this address in 1966. Today it is DaVita Dialysis. 204 W. Main: The former location of the Herman B. Foster house, which cost $1,200 when it was built in 1893. Since 2002, this has been the home of the Gardner Historical Museum. 214 E. Main Street was once Marley Garage, opened in 1920. The business was both a restaurant (run by Mae Marley) and a car shop (run by Walt Marley), specializing in early Ford models. Walter served as fire chief from 1920-1942. Today, the address is home to the Gardner Athletic Club, which opened in 2006. 218 E. Main Street: This location was once Marshal Livery Stable, purchased by Anna M. Marshall for $400 in 1899. 223 E. Main Street: The Harkey House, built by Dr. William C. Harkey in 1902, where he practiced medicine. Prior to building the home and office, Harkey worked out of a jewelry store on Main Street (he also stabled his horses behind the store so he could quickly ride to house visits). In 1911, the wooden Catholic church moved to Main Street, next to the Harkey House, until the brick church was completed in 1912. In 1986, the Harkey House was added to the Kansas Register of Historic Places. 408 E. Main: Now Integrity Communications, the site was once a vehicle service station. Jack’s Service opened in 1957 and was outside Gardner city limits. 116 W. Main: once owned by Leonard Sebring, a Disney artist and Gardner icon. Sebring remodeled the home in 1942 to look like Snow White’s cottage, in honor of his mother who had passed away. Sebring worked on Snow White during his animation career with Disney.


318 W. Main Street: Once the Blue Star Café, this building has also been a Kansas

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Learning about Leonard Leonard Sebring was a Gardner celebrity in his time. The animator and artist worked for Walt Disney Studios and MGM Studios in Los Angeles before moving back to his hometown of Gardner once he tired of WWII–related blackouts on the West Coast. From March through May 2018, the Gardner Historical Society will host an exhibit highlighting Sebring’s time in Gardner, but they need your help. If you have any memories of working or visiting with Sebring, please contact Laura McCarthy at the historical museum by emailing laura@ The museum is also looking for any artifacts or memorabilia to include in the exhibit.


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Full-time fun from one Edgerton resident Story by Jackie Hostetler | Photos by Pitts Photography

If you stop by the Chris Cakes World Headquarters, located in Edgerton, Kansas, you’ll find a lot more than just pancakes. Steve Hamilton (also known as “Chris Cakes”) runs one of the Midwest’s most successful breakfast catering companies out of his 15-acre farm just off the edge of town. A walk around the property reveals what you might expect to see on many farms: barns, animals and trailers. But take a closer look and a surprise awaits around every corner. Hamilton has been delighting breakfast crowds for decades with his fun-loving personality and his tasty pancakes. It all began in Pocahontas, Iowa, in 1969. Hamilton, who worked for a Des Moines newspaper at the time, found himself at a local pancake meal. That was where he met Loren “Chris” Christiansen, the original Chris Cakes. “This guy was having way too much fun, spatula in one hand, cup of coffee in the other, telling bad jokes and flipping pancakes,” Hamilton says. It was Christiansen’s spirited personality that drew Hamilton to the business. He was so taken, in fact, that he requested a transfer to Fort Dodge, Iowa, just 40 miles from Christiansen and his catering company. Hamilton spent every weekend of the next two years tagging along with Christiansen, acquiring all of the trade secrets. His only payment was the benefit of learning from Christiansen. At the end of two years, both men knew the time was right for Hamilton to branch out on his own. With Christiansen’s blessing, Hamilton took Chris Cakes on the road—first to Peculiar, Missouri, and then to Louisburg, Kansas.



Making a Master Hamilton spent the next 20 years developing his version of Chris Cakes. During that time, he held various side jobs including dog breeding, vending machine operation, and maintenance. But he always left his weekends open for breakfast gigs. In the early 1990s, Hamilton made the jump to full-time pancake flipper and hasn’t looked back. Hamilton has served pancakes in 36 states and Washington D.C. “It’s so diverse I’ve done everything from hog lots to presidents,” Hamilton says. “Every day is an adventure.” Some of Chris Cakes’ most distinguished breakfast guests include Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, George Bush and Barack Obama. As far as famous foodies, Hamilton has also served Wendy Thomas of the Wendy’s fast food franchise; Little Debbie (McKee-Fowler); and the king of breakfast, Bob Evans. A little closer to home, he has served the Kansas City Chiefs, as well as countless professional, civic and community organizations. In 2014, Hamilton relocated Chris Cakes to Edgerton. He finds the spacious land and the central location to be the biggest benefits of living in the area. “I love the space. I can run a business without bothering anyone,” Hamilton says. “I’m just a few minutes from I-35 and I can jump right on the interstate and go.” The ability to go is especially important to Hamilton. Chris Cakes caters 1,500 events annually, and all

of the logistics and supplies come from his Edgerton location. Several warehouses and outbuildings on the property provide storage, as well as room to prepare. One of Hamilton’s buildings has been designed specifically to manufacture pancake mix. Chris Cakes churns out 65,000 pounds of pancake mix every year. Not only does Hamilton use the mix for catering jobs, but he also offers it in personalized packaging for fundraising opportunities, and sells the mix at several local grocery stores. He runs 11 trucks out of his Edgerton property (six of the trucks bearing the image of each of his grandchildren) and has more than 100 propane tanks on location. “We are self-contained. At any given time, I’ve got enough stuff to feed 10,000 on property,” Hamilton says. Though breakfast is certainly Hamilton’s bread and butter, he doesn’t just do pancakes. Hamilton also runs Burgers and More, a favorite for local corporate picnics. For that he flips an estimated 100,000 burgers a year. He’s even been called upon to cater private parties and weddings. Holidays? Chris Cakes does that, too. “24/7. 365. We are always booking,” Hamilton says. Not surprisingly, Chris Cakes has successfully weathered all of the culinary storms, including diets for the carb-conscious, low-calorie and gluten-free eaters. “We’ve seen some ups and downs,” Hamilton says. “You don’t always know what’s going to happen next.”


Not Your Average Chicken Among the treasures on Steve Hamilton’s farm stands one that is impossible to miss. A 15-foot aluminum chicken towers over the entrance to the Chris Cakes World Headquarters. His name? Chick Norris. Though much of Hamilton’s professional life revolves around his breakfast company, Chick is an entity unto himself. The large chicken is but another example of Hamilton’s lighthearted take on life. “Chick Norris is just a funny thing,” Hamilton says. “You can’t pop over that hill and see a 15-foot chicken without laughing.”

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Beyond the Flapjacks Hamilton runs a sophisticated operation, to be sure. However, there is plenty of room for fun on the property, too. He and his family care for animals of all kinds, including Scottish highland cows and three dogs (one appropriately named “Flapjack”). In the past, a large pet turkey could be found strutting among the warehouses. There is even a wild raccoon on the property that has been known to deliver pancake mix from the warehouse right to Hamilton’s door. Perhaps most unique are the baby kangaroos often found inside the main home. Hamilton’s wife, LeeAnn, is a foster parent for the roos. Most recently, the Hamiltons fostered a baby kangaroo named Sydney for an animal rescue mission based out of Florida. The family nurtures the kangaroos for 5 to 6 months, including diapering and bottle feeding, and then transports them 1,200 miles safely back to Florida. Hamilton’s property is also filled with plenty of human activity. Chris Cakes employs approximately 10–12 employees, and about half of the staff works full time. All of Hamilton’s five children have some hand in running the business. His daughter, Erica Price, holds the world record for the most pancakes flipped; a record previously held by Hamilton himself. In 2015, Erica flipped an impressive 1,127 pancakes in one hour. As far as records go, Hamilton claims to own the world’s largest private ball pit. An unassuming shed on the property houses a massive chasm, filled with 27,000 brightly colored plastic balls. All who enter the ball pit leave their mark by signing the interior walls of the shed. Long workdays are often capped by drinks on the farm or a meal shared by Hamilton and his employees. When work takes the company out of state, it’s not uncommon for Hamilton to treat his crew to local experiences. A deep-sea fishing expedition is just one of the adventures Hamilton and his employees have recently enjoyed. For Hamilton, work must be tempered with play. “I didn’t start Chris Cakes to sit in an office,” Hamilton says. “I’m big into experiences. Do things. Try things once.” And with that, Hamilton seems to have found the secret to success. “I’m just one small piece of this whole business,” Hamilton says. “It’s not about me. There is a soul to this business. It takes all of us to make it work.” While he won’t share the secret to his pancakes, Hamilton is happy to share the secret to a happy life: “A kangaroo in a ball pit.” More plainly put, “Fun. Just have fun.”


Steven Hamilton, owner of Chris Cakes, shows off in his personal ball pit. Hamilton claims to own the world’s largest private ball pit, which features some 27,000 plastic balls.

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES New Century AirCenter and Executive Airport’s long history as a busy hub for business and logistics. Story by Jackie Hostetler Photos by Pitts Photography


Dating back to before Kansas was a state, the Gardner area has been a hub for transportation and mercantile—it was, after all, where the Oregon, California and Santa Fe trails split. Today, the New Century AirCenter and Executive Airport continues the tradition.

Transportation Building Blocks After the devastation at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the country, led by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, suddenly mobilized. As a part of the war effort, new military bases were established across the United States for training and exercise. One such base was the Olathe Naval Air Station. During WWII, construction had begun on an auxiliary airport in south Johnson County, Kansas. Upon America’s entry into the war, however, construction halted and the land was sold to the United States Navy to be used for the Olathe Naval Air Station, which was completed a year later. It served as headquarters for the Naval Air Transport Service and provided at least 1,000 permanent jobs for greater Kansas City residents by 1948. Among the many naval pilots who trained at the air station was astronaut John Glenn, who made his debut solo flight of a military plane from that runway. Olathe Naval Air Station remained an active military base, used especially for training naval reservists, until 1970, when it was closed as a result of strains on the military budget from the lengthy Vietnam War. At that point the base was decommissioned. Adjoining the Olathe Naval Air Station was the Olathe Airport. Soon after the Johnson County Airport Commission was founded, the City of Olathe sold the Olathe Airport to Johnson County for one dollar. The airport commission was charged with managing and maintaining the newly acquired property in perpetuity. The Olathe Airport has since been renamed Executive Airport. What is now the Gardner Municipal Airport was also once a part of Olathe Naval Air Station. When the naval air station was decommissioned, the City of Gardner decided to open an airport as a public amenity.


Booming Business: BSNF’s Intermodal Hub in Edgerton The appeal of a central location was motivation for developers to create Logistics Park KC, located in Edgerton. The park’s facility operates on more than 400 acres and serves 8,000 shippers throughout North America, including Amazon and UPS. It’s the only fullservice logistics park in the United States.


Modern Use What would become of the naval air station? With 2,500 acres in the southwestern reaches of the Kansas City metropolis, a water system and railway infrastructure from the Navy, the old naval air station had some possibility. Visionary members of the Johnson County Airport Commission saw enormous potential for industrial usage of these assets—but the facility would require significant improvements and advancements. In 1970, the Midwest Research Institute evaluated the decommissioned naval station to determine the feasibility of using the property for general aviation and industry. An affirmative result moved the General Services Administration to transfer the land to Johnson County. Construction toward long-term sustainability followed soon after, and the property was renamed the Johnson County Industrial Airport. The Navy retains a small number of buildings at the airport for reserve usage. As soon as 1975, the Johnson County Industrial Airport began moving towards its status as multimodal transportation hub and business park as it stands today. The first major move toward this end occurred when the wooden pallet company Howell Mouldings leased a space on the property. It was the first business to operate there, located inside a maintenance hangar at the Johnson County Industrial Airport. Since that time, the company has added several buildings to their operations on the property. In 1976, a Kansas bill offered incentives in the form of revenue bonds for businesses to build to suit on the property of the airport. Following this bill, Olathe Manufacturing relocated from Paola to the airport, soon becoming the first business to commission new construction for their use. Today, revenue bonds are still available to encourage new construction on the site.

Following the fresh capital infused into the property from Howell Mouldings and Olathe Manufacturing, the county invested in airport improvements: a new control tower, facilities for general-use aviation, and a number of new hangars. Today, Johnson County owns a total of 90 hangars on the site. Additionally, the water and railway systems were upgraded. The Johnson County Airport Commission now purchases water from the cities of Olathe and Gardner and distributes to all tenants as a part of the services offered on site. Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, businesses continued to find a match in the facilities offered at the Johnson County Industrial Airport. Now more than 63 businesses have found their home at the business park—and those businesses employ an estimated 5,000 Kansas City-area residents. In 1995, the 2,500-acre site was renamed New Century AirCenter to reflect its multiple-use status as both airport and industrial park. The Johnson County Airport Commission retains ownership and management of the site. Aaron Otto, executive director of the Johnson County Airport Commission, says that the airport commission has been financially self-sustaining since fiscal year 2006. “Rents off the land leased to businesses and other fees we charge make it so that there’s no county tax dollars that go into the airport and haven’t since 2006,” Otto says. This is true for both the New Century AirCenter and neighboring Executive Airport. Self-sustained costs include staffing costs, maintenance costs and other services offered on site. Otto emphasizes how unusual and extraordinary this status is for a noncommercial airport. Otto adds that since the airport commission provides a variety of infrastructure services to its tenants, New Century is functionally both an airport and developer. The commission does not sell any of the land at New Century, but invites businesses to build and operate under long-term leases.



63 90 2,500 13

businesses operate out of New Century Airport

hangars on site



county staff members

Central Access New Century AirCenter, taken together with the adjoining Executive Airport, is the “the busiest towered airport system for general aviation in Kansas,” Otto says. He explains that “general aviation” is the equivalent of saying “non-commercial” in common parlance. The AirCenter remains an attractive location for businesses that benefit from access to the airport, a rail that connects to local BNSF hubs, and nearby ramps to Interstate 35 (U.S. Highway 56 and 159th Street). With two streets in the AirCenter soon to be directly served by ramps coming off I-35, in addition to rail and air, Otto says, “The logistics of this cannot be underscored enough.” He noted so much activity happens on site that it’s like a little city, each business benefiting from incredible ease of access in the heart of the Midwest. Many of the 65 businesses that lease on the property make daily use of such amenities. Some more recognizable names include Unilever, which manufactures

edible spreads such as Country Crock, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, and DuPont, which produces several of the chemical ingredients present in your pantry or fridge. Other businesses with plants or offices at the AirCenter include Garmin, Penny’s Concrete, Kerry Ingredients, and CenturyLink. At the time that CenturyLink’s first building was constructed, their building was the largest office building in the state of Kansas. Of the New Century tenants, seven currently use the railway daily for shipping and receiving. Lineage Logistics, one of the largest cold storage organizations in North America, will soon be the 8th on-site tenant to use the railway. Lineage Logistics will be making an $81 million investment for their business operations at New Century. Amazon will be leasing space at the airport in conjunction with the Gardner distribution center. As businesses continue to show interest in building on the property, Otto noted that there are a few stipulations in the type of businesses and buildings allowed.

“They have to be compatible to airport use,” Otto says. “You can’t have super, super high structures, or something that emits a bunch of emissions, because of the density of air and people trying to land or take off.” There are 13 county staff members employed at New Century AirCenter, and the team plans to expand to 15 members. Otto reports to the Johnson County Air Commission as an arm of the Johnson County government. It is quite remarkable that the staff is so small given the amount of services and clients associated with New Century AirCenter and Executive Airport. This year marks 50 years since the airport became the property of Johnson County. Otto said he looks forward to continued job creation in southwest Johnson County at the New Century AirCenter and the Executive Airport. There is potential that an additional 500–600 acres will become available for development later this year. This is significant as the extra space allows the AirCenter to grant requests for some 30 large developments for which it had previously lacked adequate capacity.

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We’re proud to introduce the inaugural edition of GE Magazine. It’s an exciting time to be a resident or employee in Gardner, Edgerton or New Century. In the 1990s we were simply a sleepy hamlet in the Southwestern corner of Johnson County. Fast forward 20+ years and we’re now recognized as one of the fastest growing communities in Kansas and an economic powerhouse in the transportation and logistics sector. GE Magazine just touches the surface of the businesses and individuals who make our communities exceptional. In the coming years, we hope to unearth more great stories and share them with our neighbors and those who might one day call Gardner or Edgerton home. It took a lot of effort into pulling this initiative off and we’re especially appreciative of Sunflower Publishing for their guidance and expertise. But even more so, we’re grateful to our investors and community partners for supporting the Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce and we hope this magazine, your magazine, is something you can be proud of as well.

member spotlight

calendar of events

chamber listings

Callie Stephens, Chairman

quick guide

Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce

membership directory 35 GE MAGAZINE |

Jason E Camis, President/CEO Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce

109 E. Main St | PO Box 402 Gardner, KS 66030 913.856.6464

member spotlight

Shirley Bruce Brown-VanArsdale Owner and Funeral Director, Bruce Funeral Home Former Chamber President, 1989 If you’re familiar with Gardner, you’re familiar with the Bruce name. Both the furniture store on Main and the funeral home on Center are part of the same family. Bruce Funeral Home is one of the oldest continuously owned businesses in Johnson County, and it continues to thrive in great part to the generosity and genuine kindness shown by Shirley Bruce Brown-VanArsdale. “This isn’t a career, it’s a lifestyle,” Brown-VanArsdale says. And she would know. She’s been living it since she was two years old.

Brown-VanArsdale’s father, Roy Bruce, purchased the furniture and undertaking business in 1949 from Grace Patterson, whose family had owned it since 1885. Brown-VanArsdale says she never imagined that she’d be in the funeral home business. She graduated from KU in 1969 with an education degree and taught at West Junior High School in Lawrence. But when her father’s health took a turn in 1973, she moved her young family back to Gardner and sat by his side to learn the family trade. “My father didn’t think a woman could make it in this business,” Brown-VanArsdale


says. “But the funeral home is still here, 132 years later.” Not only is Brown-VanArsdale making it—she’s thriving. Brown-VanArsdale was the first woman to serve as the president for the Kansas Funeral Directors Association and has received countless awards for her success in business and the mortuary field. In fact, she has a wall full of them. One that touched her was when she received the Women Who Mean Business award from the Kansas City Business Journal in 2010.

Brown-VanArsdale is simply extending the legacy of business matriarchy. Her mother was one of the founding members of the Gardner Chamber of Commerce, and Brown-VanArsdale was a founding member of the Southwest Economic Development Corporation. She served on the Gardner Downtown Economic Enhancement Committee. And she remains an important member of the Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce—serving as the president in 1989. Today, Bruce Funeral home serves five different communities: Gardner, Edgerton, Spring Hill, DeSoto and Olathe. BrownVanArsdale’s sons, Scott and Shane, both work for her, carrying on a legacy of excellence in the field. Beyond working with families in duress, Brown-VanArsdale recognizes the importance of giving back to the community. She keeps a long list of community projects, efforts and achievements during her tenure with the funeral home. It includes everything from offering scholarships to organizing WWII memorial programs to giving Christmas gifts to those in need. “Our funeral home is kind of like Grand Central Station,” BrownVanArsdale says. “ You can come in and ask us about everything and anything, like where to sell eggs or how to get registered for the parade. It’s kind of neat because you know you can come in and we will find an answer.”


calendar of events 2017


29 &Wine Fest 26 Boo Craft Beer Slam




7-10 p.m. | Celebration Park | $25 per ticket All ages. However, 21 and over will be provided a wristband

Get ready beer and wine enthusiasts! Mark your calendars for the Grand Slam Craft Beer and Wine Festival hosted by Gardner Parks and Recreation at Celebration Park on Friday, Sept. 29. Sample wares from 30 regional breweries and wineries. This is a ticketed event, limited to the first 800 people. Tickets are $25 and include a commemorative sample glass, a program description of all beers and wines, unlimited samples, free appetizers and live entertainment.

6-8 p.m. | Celebration Park | $3 for 2–12 years old

Gardner Parks and Recreation will host the 21st Annual Halloween Boo Bash at Celebration Park on Thursday, Oct. 26th from 6-8 p.m. Come for an evening of games, spooktacular activities, lots of candy, a hayrack ride along the park trails and much more! This is sure to be one of the biggest and best parties of the year! Free soda and popcorn will be available while supplies last. Concessions will also be open for purchase of other goodies. Wristbands will be sold in advance at the Parks and Recreation window at City Hall for $3 for 2–12 year olds (this provides you with unlimited access to all activities).

29–30 Smoke on the Trails SEPTEMBER





Christmas in the park

Festivities begin at 4 p.m. | Celebration Park

7 p.m. | Cornerstone Park | Free | All Ages

New to Gardner in 2017, the sold-out Smoke on the Trails BBQ Competition takes place annually each fall. This Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned event will takes place at Celebration Park. The 2017 competition is a qualifier for the 2018 national events. Friday evening, the general public is welcome to come out and hang with their friends and families. Live bands will be on site to keep the party moving, and a kid zone will be provided for the youngsters. A beer garden will be provided for the adults to enjoy responsibly. Formal BBQ judging will begin on Saturday, and a total purse of $10,000 will be on the line for teams participating in the categories of chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.

It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas! The 27th Annual “Christmas in the Park” holiday event kicks off with the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at Cornerstone Park. The event will include seasonal music, a Christmas message from Mayor Chris Morrow and the arrival of Santa. Following the festivities, don’t miss visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Workshop in Cornerstone Park!


Trails on the

Friday evening and all day Saturday North Elm Street | Free | All Ages

Festival on the Trails is a celebration for residents as well as an opportunity to showcase Gardner to the rest of the Kansas City Metro area. We are expecting an attendance of more than 15,000 visitors over two days! Nationally known bands provide entertainment both evenings. The Festival includes activities for children, crafts, and commercial booths, a car show, food, and much more! Check the website for more details.



Days Frontier

Friday evening and all day Saturday Downtown Edgerton | Free | All Ages

The community of Edgerton celebrates its heritage with its annual Frontier Days. Since 1971 this celebration has brought the town together with a carnival, crafts, sports, music and a parade.


4 4th 3 July

July Celebration 4th of


& Edgerton Community

Entertainment at 5 p.m. | Celebration Park

Entertainment at 6 p.m. Firework Show at 10 p.m. Martin Creek Park 20200 Sunflower Rd, Edgerton

Join us on July 4th at Celebration Park as Gardner Parks and Recreation brings you one of the best July 4th celebrations in the region. Come for live music, food vendors, bounce houses, face painting, portable zip lines (minimum weight for zip lines is 70 lbs., max 250 lbs.), interactive entertainment and one of the best fireworks displays in the area!

Picnic Join the tradition on July 3, 2018! Celebrate our nation’s Independence Day at Edgerton’s annual Community Picnic and Fireworks Show! Guests will enjoy a free picnic, music, face painting, yard games, and our well-known firework display. Kids will have a blast in the new “kids zone,” which includes inflatables and games. Picnic and family entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. and the fireworks show begins at dark (approx. 9:45). parks-and-recreation/special-events/july-4th-celebration



8-9 Festival




Grind Adventure Race

Races begin at 8, 9, and 10 a.m. | Celebration Park | all ages welcome

Do you have what it takes to complete the Gardner Grind? Each August Gardner Parks and Recreation hosts an adventure race at Celebration Park. On the trail around the west side of the park there will be obstacles, water challenges and mud! Expect to get dirty and have a great time! The race is one mile long and there will be 14-15 challenges along the way. In addition to the race, there will be music and snacks available to all. Each participant will receive a T-shirt as well as other items. The first heats begin at 8 a.m., with additional heats at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

All times, dates and details are subject to change. Please check the event websites for updates.


membership listings Accounting and Bookkeeping Accounting Partners Inc.

(913) 592-3751

H & R Block

(913) 884-4495

Nexus Accounting

(913) 526-0725

Troutt Beeman & Co. P.C. (913) 764-1922

Airports Wingert Billboard Company (913) 201-5436

Johnson County Airport Commission

(913) 715-6000

Apartments Aspen Place Apartments (913) 856-8185

Horizon Trails Apartments (913) 605-1060

Nottingham Village Apartments (913) 662-1028

The Reserve at Moonlight

(913) 856-6118

Willow Chase - Twin Homes

(913) 938-5532


Small Business Bank

(913) 856-7199

Stockton & Stern, Attorneys at Law

(913) 856-2828

Catering ACA Catering

(913) 882-6142

Auto Repair Bret’s Autoworks

(913) 856-5169

Elite Cuisine, LLC

(636) 861-8499

EN-TIRE Car Care Center

Cellular Equipment and Services

(913) 856-7500

Marriott Garage

(913) 856-7915

Cricket Wireless

(913) 884-6777


Bakery/Coffee Shops Daylight Donuts

Hedman Chiropractic

Groundhouse Coffee

Winters Chiropractic & Acupuncture

(913) 884-8400 (913) 856-5711

Sugar Mamma Sweets

(913) 850-4785


(913) 884-2057

(913) 856-8135

Churches Faith Chapel Gardner

(913) 488-2920


(913) 953-4100

First Baptist Church

(913) 884-7228

Capitol Federal

(913) 652-2431

FirstLight United Methodist Church

Central Bank of the Midwest (913) 856-1056

(913) 634-1234

New Life Community Church

Central National Bank

(913) 856-3201

(913) 856-5683

City Offices City of Edgerton

(913) 893-6231

City of Gardner

(913) 856-7535

Civic Organizations Gardner Lions Club

(913) 220-1343 gardnerks/

Gardner Rotary Club

(913) 856-2815

Kiwanis Club of Gardner (913) 963-3126

Commercial Real Estate Jacobs Properties

(816) 523-6696

Reece Commercial

(913) 893-1616

Three Willow LLC (913) 244-4647

Community College Johnson County Community College (913) 469-8500

County Offices Johnson County Government, Board of County Commissioners (913) 715-0430

Johnson County Park and Recreation District

Patriots Bank

(913) 826-3409

(913) 856-8809


Johnson County Sheriff ’s Office (913) 791-5800

Custom Woodworking Duggan Woodworks

(913) 893-9658

Dentists Baxter Orthodontics

(913) 856-4465

Gardner Dentists, LLC

(913) 856-7123

Distribution Centers ColdPoint Logistics

(913) 229-3800

Flexsteel Industries, Inc. (913) 228-2106

Spectrum Brands

(913) 215-7122

The Coleman Company, Inc. (913) 856-1110


(913) 522-0946

Doctor Offices Care Express

(913) 390-6666

Foot Pain Center of Kansas City (913) 856-8150

Gardner Family Care

(913) 856-5577 Gardner-Family-Care

Employment/Staffing Services Express Employment Professionals (913) 829-4200

Gas Stations Casey’s General Store, Inc. Gardner Road (913) 856-6288

Humans Being Resources

Casey’s General Store, Inc. Moonlight

One Source Staffing & Labor


(844) 691-4473 (913) 575-0979


(913) 599-2626

(913) 884-6102 (913) 856-8955

Government Services Johnson County Election Office

Entertainment & Attractions InstaFunKC Photobooth LLC (913) 267-7100

(913) 715-6800

Grocer Cosentinos Price Chopper #117 (913) 856-8380

Hair Care

Kansas City T-Bones

(913) 328-5618

KC Pumpkin Patch, LLC

(913) 484-6251

Exercise & Personal Training

Fantastic Sams

(913) 856-4247

Hardware Store Trails West Ace Hardware (913) 856-4536

Legacy Fitness

Health & Wellness

(913) 207-3003

Financial Services Edward Jones Investments- J.P. Davies (913) 856-8846

Funeral Home

Spinning Earth Gallery & Sacred Spaces Yoga and Pilates Studio @ Dolphin Song (913) 592-3915

Heating & Cooling Hickman Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

Bruce Funeral Home, Inc.

(913) 856-7111

(913) 856-7730

Santa Fe Air Conditioning (913) 856-5801


Home Décor KC Blinds and Designs

(913) 488-7605

Hospital Olathe Health

(913) 791-4302

Hotels Best Western Olathe Hotel & Suites

(913) 440-9762

Candlewood Suites Hotel

(913) 768-8888

Gardner Super 8 (913) 856-8887

Insurance Agencies Allstate

(913) 856-9969 gardner

American Family InsuranceDustin Brown Agency

(913) 829-7007

American Family InsuranceTim Miller (913) 856-6177

Farm Bureau Financial Services (913) 856-2197

Robert K Kelly Insurance Agency, Inc

(913) 856-3816 gardner/robert-kelly

membership listings Joe Oldham’s State Farm Agency (913) 856-6124 GARDNER

MJH Insurance & Financial Services (913) 856-0002

Internet Service Provider CenturyLink

(913) 856-2210

Lawn and Garden Supplies Curby’s Lawn and Garden (913) 764-6159

Lawn Care Maximum Lawn Care LLC

(913) 856-6164

Minden Lawns (913) 856-6900

Manufacturers Cramer Products, Inc.

(913) 856-7511

TradeNet Publishing, Inc. (800) 884-7301

Marketing The Small Biz Big Mouth

(913) 938-6553

Vestcom International (913) 764-5550

Massage Therapy


WellBody Massage

Gardner Vision Care

(913) 961-5767

(913) 884-7316

Mechanical Contractor

Hawks, Besler & Rogers, O.D. (913) 856-6360

BCI Mechanical, Inc.

(913) 856-6747


Meeting & Event Planning

Gardner Health Mart Pharmacy (913) 856-8106

ONYX Meetings and Events

(913) 831-7200

Mobile Home Community Conestoga Estates (913) 856-7055


(913) 884-7162

Photographer Alyann Photography (913) 884-2933


Physical Therapy

Gardner Historical Museum, Inc. (913) 856-4447


Lanesfield Historic Site (913) 893-6645

(913) 856-7927

The Rehab Place of Gardner

(913) 324-8680

Newspapers Ottawa Herald


(785) 242-4700

Heartland Plumbing Inc.

(913) 856-5846

The Gardner News

(913) 856-7615

Pools & Spas


Continental Pools Inc

Johnson County Fair Association (913) 856-8860

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter (785) 242-2967

(913) 856-2841

Printing Shawnee Copy Center (913) 268-4343


Real Estate A Great Place-Weld Real Estate LLC (913) 710-3304

Crown Realty

(913) 259-4050

Keller Williams Realty Partners / DOREEN WISDOM (913) 787-2987

Keller Williams Realty Partners / John Tramble Jr. (913) 653-8640

Reece & Nichols O’Connor & Associates

(913) 856-6671

Sallee Realty, Inc. (979) 587-2956

Susan J. Lowe, Keller Williams (913) 927-3416

Recycling MARCK Industries of Kansas City, LLC (913) 738-7487

Rehabilitation Hospital Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital

(913) 856-8747

Rental Property Master Management (913) 856-3888

W.D. Gay Rentals

(913) 856-6487

Restaurants CherryBerry Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Bar

(913) 856-6550

Fronteras Mexican Restaurant

(913) 884-2303

Mr. Goodcents

(913) 856-4611

Perkins Restaurant (913) 884-4700

Pizza Hut of Gardner, KS (913) 884-6116

Sonic Drive-In of Gardner, KS (913) 856-5111

Tumbleweed Saloon Bar & Grill (913) 856-4510

Retail Costco Wholesale (913) 227-3700

D’s Mini Mart/D’s Liquors (913) 568-7213

Roofing & Construction Cordray Construction and Roofing (913) 856-7663

H&H Roofing and Restoration LLC (913) 940-3373

RV Sales Olathe Ford RV Center (913) 856-8145



USD #231

Santa Fe Storage

(913) 856-2000

(913) 856-5757

Security Systems & Training

T-Shirt Design & Printers

SafeDefend, LLC.

Datco, Inc.

(913) 856-2800

(913) 780-4260

Senior Living

Design 4 Sports

Bethel Estates of Gardner

(913) 856-4107

Travanse Living at Olathe

(913) 938-5393

Tile Installation Shaw Stone and Tile

(913) 791-0020

(913) 602-4489

Title Companies

Vintage Park at Gardner

(913) 856-7643

Shipping and Mailing Services The UPS Store

(913) 856-4501

Skilled Nursing Care Medicalodges of Gardner (913) 856-6520

Social Services

(913) 393-2511

Security 1st Title

(913) 938-5340

Trash Removal Service Gardner Disposal Service

(913) 856-3851

Trucking Five Star Trucking, LLC

Johnson County Developmental Supports

(913) 826-2212 developmental-supports/home

Southwest Multi Service Center (913) 715-8980

Midwest Title Company

(913) 390-8384

TSL Companies

(402) 895-6692 ext 4820

Utilities Atmos Energy

(913) 254-6344

Kansas Gas Service

(913) 758-2737



(816) 556-2200

Water District #7, Johnson County (913) 856-7375

Veterinarians Gardner Animal Hospital

(913) 856-6255

Oakbrook Animal Hospital, P.A. (913) 884-8778

Website Design Buzzfish Media

(913) 208-0349


(888) 516-7401


(913) 449-7935

Strategy, LLC

(913) 440-0672

Winery KC Wine Co.

(913) 915-4297

Yellow Page Telephone Directories Summit Media Solutions

(816) 628-5492

quick guide

Government City of Gardner City Hall


Parks & Recreation


Mayor/City Administrator


Planning & Development


Public Works




Police Department (non-emergency)


Fire Department (non-emergency)


120 East Main Street, Gardner, KS 66030

City of Edgerton City Hall


404 East Nelson Street, Edgerton, KS 66021

Johnson County, Kansas County Administration


111 S. Cherry St., Olathe, KS 66061

Business & Community Services Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce


109 E. Main St., Gardner, KS 66030

Gardner Public Library


137 E. Shawnee St., Gardner, KS 66030

Edgerton Library


319 E. Nelson, Edgerton, KS 66021

Southwest Johnson County EDC


1 New Century Pkwy # 116, New Century, KS 66031

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Here’s a peek at a few community events celebrating heritage and happenings around Gardner, Edgerton and New Century. We’d love to see how you celebrate your community! Use the hashtag #GEMag for a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue. (Photos courtesy the Gardner Chamber of Commerce)


Calling All Writers & Photographers! Want to be a part of GE Magazine? We’re seeking freelance writers and photographers to help us tell the stories of Gardner, Edgerton and New Century. Email with story ideas.


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GE Magazine • 2017-2018  

Serving Gardner, Edgerton and New Century. In this inaugural issue, read the heartwarming story of one local coffeeshop's mission to give ba...

GE Magazine • 2017-2018  

Serving Gardner, Edgerton and New Century. In this inaugural issue, read the heartwarming story of one local coffeeshop's mission to give ba...