The 2016 State of the City Address for Kansas City was presented by Mayor Sly James on March 29, 2016 at the Uptown Theater. Mayor James discussed several key topics that are currently affecting Kansas City during the State of the City Address. Kansas City’s tech boom, the KC Earnings tax, city growth and development, education, the city budget, and crime reduction and prevention were all major themes in the speech. Highlights included organizers and programs in the city that are working to create jobs, reach out to the youth, and doing their part to make positive impacts in their communities. Attendees of the StateRead More →

Have A SocialHeart

Today, February 15, 2016, marks Presidents Day or Washington’s Birthday, depending on who you ask. This is a day in our nation when we show honor to the 44 Presidents of the United States of America. However, I’m celebrating the holiday Kansas City style and sharing an interview with Jon Fizette, President and Secretary of the Board of SocialHeart. SocialHeart is a 100% volunteer-based organization that provides contributions to Kansas City charities in an unique way. How did SocialHeart get started? SocialHeart was created by co-founders, Luke Wade, Beth Ott, and Julie Ray, who were tired of the stuffy dinner fundraisers and wanted something moreRead More →

Each year, 6th graders at Border Star Montessori take part in the Montessori Model United Nations program. The year culminates in March with a trip to New York to be a part of the Model UN conference. This year, the kids will be representing the Republic of India.  Students fundraise throughout the year at bake sales, school dances, movie nights, etc. The Border Star Montessori movie night featured Muppets Take Manhattan. Waldo Pizza provided pepperoni and cheese pizzas. A highlight of the evening was raffle giveaways of prizes from local Brookside businesses.   The total cost for this trip is estimated at $24,000. Part ofRead More →

How Uber Blockbustered Cab Companies in Kansas City

Kansas City already had several “major” cab companies before Uber hit the scene. Yellow Cab, 10/10 Taxi, and Checker Cab to name a few. Unfortunately they all work the same crappy way. Call the number. Tell dispatch where you are and where you want to go. Hang up. Then wait… Naturally, you would presume you’re waiting for a taxi to arrive. However, with my last few Kansas City cab experiences, that was not the case. I was so thrilled when a drivers called to say he’d arrive in 30 minutes, only to never show! Some of you reading this probably thinking how utterly ridiculous itRead More →

“Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence, and a belief in our right to be equal members of society.” – Janet Jackson Such is true of David Smock, who recently opened Dutchman Coffee Roasters in North Kansas City. What started as a creative outlet for Smock has become, what I can only describe as, an experience where science meets coffee. Alton Brown would be proud. What is Dutchman Coffee? Dutchman Coffee is a coffee roasting company. We focus on high quality, direct trade and/or organic coffee. By roasting to high standards,Read More →

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