Melissa Cavallari’s life journey has brought her from the United States to beachfront broadwalks of Venice, Italy and back again. All the while she has pursued her love of crafting artisan jewelry. Suryashakti Jewelry is the result of that pursuit. Cavallari was born in the United States but grew up in a little beach town just south of Venice. Since she was a young teenager she had dreamed of learning the art of jewelry making from master artisans.  She and her friends would stroll the small walks in Venice peeking into artisan’s shop’s windows, hoping to catch a glimpse into the life of a MasterRead More →

Bill Denney, owner of Little Bill's Pimento Cheese, can be found at the City Market on weekends. His Southern style pimento cheese is based on his grandmother's recipe.

Anyone who frequents the City Market enough, has surely heard of Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese. If you haven’t, you’re in the right place! Bill Denney, owner of this Kansas City-based company, sells his Southern style pimento cheese at local farmers’ markets, stores, and shops. Denney’s inspiration came from his grandmother, Mary Ruth. She was well-known for preparing her pimento cheese for every family gathering. After she passed, Denney tinkered with the idea of taking the recipe and producing pimento cheese himself. He, however ran into a snag when he realized that his grandmother’s recipe was never written out. Most of his relatives were simply recreatingRead More →

There are so many great neighborhoods in Kansas City, all with their own special flair! For those who are shopping for unique specialty gifts, look no further than right here at home. No matter what part of Kansas City you’re in there are plenty of locally owned businesses that will cater to your likes in fashion, beauty, food, lifestyle, and everything else! Here’s my neighborhood guide to shop local in KC. Brookside The Brookside Shops have been fulfilling J.C. Nichols’ vision for the absolute best in neighborhood shopping, dining and services for nearly a century. Generations of Kansas Citians have turned to the Brookside Shopping District toRead More →

Years ago I walked past a Jimmy John’s (of all places) and noticed a poster on the wall. “50 Things I Learned By the Time I Was 50”. I stood there long enough to read through the list twice. It was such a novel idea that it has stuck with me ever since. So, now, as I get ready for my 30th birthday I want to share 30 things I’ve learned. Who knows? This may inspire you to reflect on what lessons life has taught you. Thirty for 30th Birthday 1. I can no longer place the blame for what’s wrong with me solely onRead More →