Home. Fashion. DIY. lIFESTYLE. VintageKC FALL 2018 | Vol. 7 Issue 3

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A n interesting fact, VintageKC magazine is more than vintage. VintageKC is KC, supporting and promoting small businesses, celebrating a creative life, uplifting community and enlightening our readers of a vast array of opportunities and inspiration within Kansas City and beyond. Join us every quarter to explore the pages and discover new things. The following are a few highlights to look forward to in this issue. If there’s anyone that doesn’t know


for a little exercise and fun with friends or family, the fall mornings are crisp, and the scenery is great. Our article on page 35 just may give you the nudge you need to jump start a weekend ride. Also in this issue, one may treat their self to a relaxed lakeside dining experience on Lake Lotawana, all the while perhaps enjoying the Fall colors and observing a variety of boats cruise by. I’d like to end with one last thought, Independence Day is behind us and Veteran’s Day is still ahead.

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Art Direction Emily Bowers Design Emma Willcockson Emily Smith Margaret Mellott Editorial Bruce Rodgers, consulting editor Publisher Cheri Nations, publisher & sales 816-398-4046

Tamara Day, a local hero- of-sorts, then they will now. Tamara is host of DIY Network’s new hit series “Bargain Mansions”, filmed in Kansas City. Tamara is a master designer

Let’s take a moment to reflect. Holidays are generally a day off work for most Americans, and Americans go crazy over a coveted day off. It’s what we’re known for, stealing time to go to the lake, hosting a

photo graphy Sarah Terranova Savina Vallacqua Rachel Kauffman Margaret Mellott Janie Jones Photography Travis Putnam Beth Grimm contributors Corbin Crable Leigh Elmore Abby Byrd Lauren Hedenkamp Rachel Kauffman Patti Klinge

who found her niche rescuing neglected stately houses in the KC metro and works with a small army of talented souls to restore them to their former glory while sharing with all of America. VintageKC was standing on the sidelines and watched filming of Season 2 to get the behind- the-scenes experience. It’s hard not to be a fan of Tamara’s after observing her professional yet casual manner on and off camera. Our cover story with Tamara, will have you hooked and eager to see Tamara work her magic on each house in the upcoming fall season of “Bargain Mansions”. Now let’s get physical! Fall is the perfect season to hit the bike trails. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or purely into biking

BBQ, tackling a home improvement project, or just catch up on “me time”. This country is great! Americans are so blessed of the opportunities and freedoms that abound within our borders but let’s not forget the true meaning of Veteran’s Day. Let’s all go the extra mile this Veteran’s Day to somehow thank those around us for their selfless giving and honor all those before them. Choose to honor, respect and be kind hearted to one another, these are our coworkers, friends, neighbors and family. It’s the giving season, so hooray for Stars & Stripes forever and a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Cheri Nations Publisher


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Contents FALL 2018| VOL. 7 ISSUE 3



learn 52 FALL GARDEN

Sprucing Up for Fall

do 12 DIY

community 08 MAKERS Wood Transfer 46 MAKERS Monarch Glass 18 TAMARA DAY DIY Network Host 14 VINTAGE DINING Lake Lotawana inspiration 42 VINTAGE FASHION Rockin’ Band Tees 50 VINTAGE DECOR Double Take 26 VINTAGE HOME Home Decor Pine Cone Wreath 32 VINTAGE RECIPES Gourmet Glamping 54 GIFTS Fall Gift Guide 35 LIFESTYLE Biking






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Bridget’s work of The Western Auto Building photographed from a helicopter.

Bridget Patton admiring her favorite quotation on one of her pieces.

Bridget Patton in front of some of her work in Restoration Emporium on The Country Club Plaza.

Timeless Kansas City

“Through my work and passion, I hope to capture the spirit of Kansas City.”


F or Kansas City native Bridget Patton, she says photography saved her life in the best way possible. At 22-years-old her passion sparked but her vivid imagination has been present since birth. Patton knew she was made to stand out from the rest. “I was a weird kid growing up, very imaginative. You could put me down with crayons and I would prefer those over people,” said Patton. “Everybody’s unique in their own way and we’re all sort-of a mystery.” Today, 35-year-old Bridget uses her own uniqueness in a world that she has created to help magnify Kansas City’s rich history and beauty. Through trial and error, Patton taught herself everything about photography. She began with the basics of portrait photography, to metal printing, to photo-wood transfers. “Photo-wood transfers is what I specialize in today,” Patton said. “I knew I had to find something different than portrait photography. I did not want to

make a career out of portrait photography and I was always fascinated by photo-wood transfers so I taught myself. I sand all of the wood to make the surface smooth, then I personally transfer all of the images onto wood, then finish with a protective coating. It is a very delicate and tedious process. I’m literally rubbing the paper off and that’s where some of the distress and variance of the wood grain comes from,” Patton said. “To make each piece different.” What makes Patton’s work come to life is the stories and nostalgia behind each photo, all with a Kansas City sentiment through the use of staples in the Kansas City community such as the iconic Western Auto building, the J.C. Nichols Fountain and Union Station, just to name a few. “I found that people really like the Kansas City work I do since I love to photograph abandoned buildings. Kansas City natives have an attachment to certain buildings or a story. I’ve had customers grab a certain piece

of mine and they’ll say “My dad used to work here” or “We got engaged here”. Everybody has this nostalgic tie and it’s really cool,”, Patton said. “One customer even bought a piece of mine to ship to her friends in Germany to reminisce.” Patton adds that her favorite piece of work that she has done so far is a vintage airplane at the downtown Kansas City airport. “I have a photo of the downtown airport and there is this old airplane, I shot it through this fence, and so I have the Broadway bridge in the background with the downtown skyline. That piece is my favorite because it’s layered so it looks like an old photo,” Patton said. “Through my work and passion, I hope to capture the spirit of Kansas City.” Patton also captures the spirit of herself in her work through her eye for character. She has multiple personal pieces of handwritten sayings and quotes that she says inspire her to be the best artist she can be. “There’s a universe inside your heart. It’s

a place of pictures and passions, songs and sorrows. It’s the story of all your endeavors, the moments that mark time. It’s everything you are and it’s a beautiful mystery.” When it comes to her future, Patton says miraculous things can happen because she believes that they will and credits her positive upbringing by her parents, Alan and Maureen. “My dad definitely did teach me all about the power of thought and the power of manifestation when I was young. He told me that you can create any life you want if you believe it and that there are infinite possibilities,” Patton said. Her work can be found on Etsy under “fotaj” and in Restoration Emporium on The Country Club Plaza and West Bottoms. Customized pieces can be requested. ^

Bottom: One of Bridgets pieces on Kansas City’s historic 18th & Vine District.




THE THRILL OF THE HUNT The Fishing River Market will be open soon for you to take home your next treasure. Don’t let that antique you didn’t buy be the one that got away! Whether you walk in looking for something specific or are waiting for your next find to catch your eye, drop by and see us at the Fishing River Market. REPURPOSED  VINTAGE  MIDCENTURY INDUSTRIAL  MODERN  FARMHOUSE FURNITURE  GLASSWARE  DECOR ARTWORK  JEWELRY  FIGURINES COLLECTIBLES



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paper bags on your work surface, gather your dried pinecones and floral frame, and heat up your glue gun. You might want to arrange the pinecones on the frame first to make sure they will fit properly. Once the glue gun is warm, you can begin gluing the painted pinecones to the frame. bottom of a pinecone, place it on the frame, and hold it in-place for a few seconds until secure. Repeat this step with the first ring of pinecones. As you add more pinecones, you will need to adjust where you place the glue. You can dry fit the pinecones and attach the glue wherever needed in order to make sure they stay in place. 5. Hang the wreath If you attached wire to the frame, you can use that to hang the wreath. Otherwise, just hang the wreath on a nail using the predrilled hole in the frame. 4. Attach the pinecones Apply a generous amount of glue to the



Words and photos by RACHEL KAUFFMAN


I f you like easy DIY projects, then you’ll love this painted pinecone wreath project. Most craft stores stock pinecones in their floral or seasonal sections. Or you might be able to find pinecones in your own yard, your neighbor’s yard or a park. Don’t you just love almost-free craft projects? You can use any color or type of spray paint for this project. I chose a metallic Champaign pink. I decided to use a subtle, shiny color so that I could leave the wreath up for fall and winter. If you want to make a single-colored ombre pinecone wreath, just

do a few light coats on some pinecones and darker coat on the other pinecones. Another option is to make a colorful pinecone wreath by using multiple spray paint colors. Have fun with it! ^ Directions: 1. Paint your pinecones and floral craft frame This step should be completed outside or in a well-ventilated space. Place your pinecones and frame on a large piece of poster board, card board or used paper bags. Follow the instructions on the spray paint can. I just did a few light coats on all the pinecones. Let the pinecones dry completely before continuing with the next step. 2. Attach the wire to the frame If you are going to use wire to hang your wreath, you should insert the wire into one of the holes in the frame and create a loop. It will be easier to attach the wire before you add the pinecones. The frame can also be hung directly on a nail. 3. Prepare your materials Place a piece of poster board, card board or

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1 floral craft frame

Pinecones (enough to fill your frame)

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Spray paint

Glue gun

Glue gun sticks

Wire for hanging (optional)



Dining Back in Time ^ vintage dining

“ We try to make each day just as great and memorable for each guest.”


I magine for a brief moment that you are transformed back in time to an era where fine dining was the norm and white linen tablecloths were as comfortable and as much as a staple as your favorite dishes at home. In fact, this particular tone for dining still exists and can be found at Marina Grog & Galley Restaurant on Lake Lotawana. Established in 1993 and locally-owned by Jack Schwindler, Marina Grog & Galley Restaurant prides itself on being the only fine dining experience on the largest, private lakefront in the Kansas City metro. Located on the southeast corner of Kansas City, throughout Marina Grog & Galley’s landscape you will find yourself transformed into a nautical atmosphere but with Midwest- familiarity. Tucked away on a hillside, the restaurant offers scenic lake views whether you are dining indoor or outdoor, as it is particularly stunning at sunset.

Once inside the restaurant during the evening, you can expect an elegant ambiance with candlelight, as it was refreshing to step away for a few hours from the hustle & bustle of the city and enjoy a dinner without feeling rushed or have an uninterrupted conversation. Now let’s talk about the food. An entrée item on the menu that we would highly recommend would be the Seafood Scampi. You also must have the Chocolate Molten Cake for dessert. The man behind the menu at Marina Grog & Galley Restaurant is Lance McFarland. Chef Lance first became interested in cooking at Marina Grog & Galley Restaurant fourteen years ago where he worked as a line cook. He then worked his way up the culinary ladder to become the Sous Chef and today is the Executive Chef who takes the most pride in making guests happy. “As a Chef, we have a new challenge every day. The saying goes ‘what you did yesterday

Top: Lance McFarland serves as the Executive Chef of Marina Grog & Galley Restaurant. Bottom: A variety of vintage boats are docked at Marina Grog & Galley’s dock for on-lookers to view at the 2017 Lake Lotawana Rendevous Wood & Classic Boat Show.

The view from the dock of Marina Grog & Galley Restaurant where guests often park their boats outside and being able to have the marina and restaurant together makes it the best of both worlds.




Lake Lotawana Wood & Classic Boat Rendezvous members in 2017 enjoying a ride out on the water.

Lunch, Dinner, Coffee, Tea, Drinks; Browse our exclusive collection of unique items. The possibilities are endless! From our unmatched menu choices to our carefully curated home decor merchandise, we have created an unparalleled atmosphere. The Reserve on Jefferson is perfect for an evening date night, lunch with colleagues, coffee with the family, the list goes on and on. You may even find your new favorite dish or favorite piece of furniture!

doesn’t matter in the kitchen.’ We try to make each day just as great and memorable for each guest,” McFarland said. For Chef Lance, the process of prepping begins at 10:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. every day. Although it’s a task with little room for breaks, Chef Lance adores his craft and comes to work ready for whatever his shift throws his way. “I enjoy the unpredictability of my job and making people happy through food,” McFarland said. Chef Lance adds that the future possibilities and ideas for Marina Grog & Galley Restaurant are endless and that he’s excited for the restaurant’s future. Although Marina Grog & Galley Restaurant is welcoming to its future, Lake Lotawana itself is no stranger to its history. In 1934, Marina Grog & Galley formerly operated as a full service marina that sold and repaired boats. Today, Lake Lotawana is home to 1,250 residents with 27 miles of shoreline. An event unique to Lake Lotawana that whispers into its past with pride, is the Lake Lotawana Rendevous Wood and Classic Boat Show made possible by The Wood and Classic Boat Club currently made up of 29 Lake Lotawana residents. Last year, the event raised over $13,000 for the Lake Lotawana Parks & Rec and they hope to do even better this year with up to 8 guest runabouts from Missouri and surrounding states Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Members say they will have two 1930 Chris-Craft Boats, but their best member boat debut is an anticipated Italian Riva. The 2nd Lake Lotawana Rendevous Wood and Classic Boat Show, that is open to the public, will take place September 29 at The Marina Grog & Galley docks from 11 a.m.-4 p.m with a day full of boating for members and sponsors. Marina Grog & Galley is located at 22 A St, Lake Lotawana, MO 64086. ^




Upper Left: If you’re a dessert fan-feast your eyes on The Chocolate Molten Lava Cake! The dessert tastes as good as it sounds paired with a refreshing scoop of vanilla ice cream. Right: Detailed interior of a vintage boat. Bottom Left: The Seafood Scampi is made up of linguine, grilled shrimp, mussels, sautéed mushrooms and tomatoes paired with a garlic cream sauce .

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designing a l i f e s h e l o v e s

Tamara and her family celebrate, with cake, the official announcement of Season 2 of “Bargain Mansions”.

Behind the Scenes of “BargainMansions” Season 2 with DIYNetwork’s host and designer Tamara Day


S cene 3: Checking out the old wine cellar.” “Action.” With just one click of a scene marker, we were transformed into Tamara Day’s world, filled with camera crews and a genuine passion for what she does – turning Kansas City’s most historic and discarded homes into one-of-a-kind gems. On and off-camera, she is exchanging in playful banter with her father, Ward Schraeder, who is beaming with pride. These days, Kansas City native and DIY Network host and designer Tamara Day is everywhere. From humble roots in Salina, Kansas to starring in her own “Bargain Mansions” television series, this mother of four does it all with a down-to-earth spirit and smile on her face. Her smile is contagious and she makes everyone around her laugh while talking about her children, family and work. VintageKC magazine went behind the scenes of Season 2 of DIY Network’s “Bargain Mansions” and chatted with Tamara about Kansas City, her inspirations, and hopes for the future. For now, she’s making every day count with an eye for design and a heart for home as her Growing Days brand states.






Q: First of all, congratulations on Season 2! Very exciting! What can viewers expect in Season 2 of Bargain Mansions? A: Really fantastic, big old houses. We have seven really amazing houses that I’m excited about. Last year we had six, now we have seven houses to renovate with the exact same timeline. A: I always wanted to be a mom and I have my four kids which is awesome. I grew up in Salina, Kansas and I had never met someone who was a designer or decorator. I certainly had never met a woman that was renovating houses, so it was never on my radar that was a career path that I could consider. I never even thought about pursuing it. When my husband and I got married in 2001, he was into rental houses and as we bought houses for ourselves to renovate, I just kind of fell in love with it. Looking back, I’ve always loved houses and decorating, I just didn’t know that was something that I could have chosen to do in college. Q: Looking back, what advice would you give your college-aged self? A: Go get a design degree (laughs)! My communications degree is coming in handy Q: What did you want to be career-wise when you were younger?

but I wish I had that background and knowledge-base but I’ve made it this far figuring it out. Q: Yes you have! Can you explain the meaning behind your brand “Growing Days” and what those words mean to you? A: When I started my business we had three little boys and my last name is Day so I thought “well what am I doing?” I am growing days, literally. (Growing Days is Tamara’s interior design, furniture, décor and lifestyle business.) Q: Can you give us a timeline of what your normal work day consists of? A: Seven days a week, I’m usually up at 6 a.m. and in the office by 8 a.m. or here at one of the houses between 8-8:30 a.m. A run to Starbucks is usually included and then we’re usually working until 6-7 p.m. Then I come home, take care of the kids, hangout a little bit, get everybody to bed then work a little bit more. Occasionally, I get a weekend off. Q: What is the most challenging part of your job? A: I would definitely say balancing being a mom and working is probably the biggest challenge and also making sure that I give enough time to the kids and getting to do a lot

Behind the scenes on Season 2 of “Bargain Mansions”.



design industry? A: Locally, we have some really great designers - Sarah Noble, Mark Sudermann, Carrie Frasier. There are lots of great designers here in Kansas City. On a national level, I’m a social media hound. I am constantly on social media looking at different designers all over the place. Those I really like include Studio McGee, Becki Owens, Emily Henderson and Amber Interiors. I’m constantly inspired by them. Q: How do your children inspire you? A: They are hysterical (laughs). They are really fun. My daughter, Nora, has picked up on what I do and I will bring her to a house and she will say “I think the kitchen should go right here Mom and you should put a sink there.” She’s always thinking with a design mindset so we always talk about someday she’s going to get to work with me. One of my boys loves building so I think one day he will be an architect or contractor of some sort. He puts money into an envelope and I match it so someday we can have our own business together. Q: What is an inspirational quote that you live by every day? A: “Try is an excuse to fail.” Q: What is a vintage accessory that you wish would come back into more modern homes? A: Wallpaper! I use at least two to three wallpapers in every project I do, I love wallpaper. I was installing wallpaper this morning actually in one of the houses and I love it. It’s one of my favorite accessories. I think it’s making a huge comeback and you can definitely make it modern and fun. Q: What do you believe should be a staple in every home? A: Children (laughs). Big houses need lots of children running around in them. Q: What is the most personal piece in your home and why? A: Our kitchen island is the most personal because when we built our home in 2008 I had this big, fancy island designed with a copper sink planned and all these fabulous things but it was insanely expensive so we decided to do that a little bit later. In the meantime, I was like “I’ll just find a piece of furniture and use it for the countertop and storage space”. We never got around to replacing it because what I found

of fun things with them. Balancing the fact that I love what I do but making sure I don’t spend all my time working is challenging. Q: What is your favorite thing that you’ve ever done in one of your homes on “Bargain Mansions” and why? A: Last season, one of my favorite details was probably the island where we did the dovetail feature with the side being wood and the top being quartz. When it was dovetailed together it was really beautiful. It’s all those little bitty details that I love so much. The Locust house, the big blue one with the pink front door, was my favorite project overall. A: Kansas City is the best city. We’ve got all of the culture you could possibly want, plus historic museums, restaurants, entertainment, amazing houses and great areas to live. We have fantastic people and the cost of living is great. We are in the center of it all so you can easily travel to either coast or anywhere you want to go. Q: Why is being a strong, female leader in the Kansas City community important? A: I guess I don’t think of myself as a strong leader in the community but I think that it is important that other women see women doing exciting things all over the city because there are so many of us. That’s been one of my favorite things about doing the show is meeting so many women all over the city doing so many cool things. I don’t think Kansas City has had the spotlight shown on it enough to show how many awesome people are truly here. Q: What makes Kansas City so unique as a place to live? Q: What do you want people to remember most about you as a designer? A: I think something that’s really important to me is that no house looks the same. Every house that we do has a character and a personality to it. As soon as we walk in, I can look at it and say “this house feels like this to me” and that it’s never just the same thing over and over again so that viewers never really know what to expect from one house to the next. It always has that happy vibe about it that I think that Growing Days has, that color and that brightness, it’s important to me.

Tamara’s favorite staple in her home, her kitchen island because it feels “more homey and comfortable and my kids have grown up climbing on it.”-Tamara

A south Country Club Plaza home that will make its debut on Season 2 of “Bargain Mansions”.

Q: Who are your biggest inspirations in the



Tamara discovers an old wine cellar in one of the homes of Season 2 of “Bargain Mansions” that might have been used in the Prohibition era.

Q: If you could have a dream scenario of having a day off anywhere in the world where would you be and what would you be doing? A: I’d be in New York City eating at Dominque Ansel Bakery for breakfast, wandering around Chelsea Market in the afternoon and then eat dinner at ABC Kitchen. ^

was a piece from an old hardware store and it finished the kitchen completely. It makes it feel more homey and comfortable and my kids have grown up climbing on it. Q: What is in store for you and your show? Where do you see yourself in the next five years? A: I hope that everybody loves Season 2 of Bargain Mansions and that we get to do ten more seasons just like it. I feel like this season’s houses are bigger and better than last seasons and I hope that keeps happening and that we find more killer homes here in Kansas City and that people love it.

Stay tuned for Season 2 of Bargain Mansions, airing late November on the DIY Network! Visit Tamara’s website and follow her Instagram@growing_days



^ vintage decor

Their true style is easily shown in this photograph with mid-century magic and makes the Heim’s home one-of-a kind.

The outside ambiance of Dave & SueAnn Heim’s home in Prairie Village.

Remaining True to Their Style Dave and SueAnn Heim’s home is a showplace for mid-century modern design.


W hen Dave and SueAnn Heim purchased their home in Prairie Village 12 years ago, they knew they were buying a little of Kansas City’s architectural heritage. The low- slung ranch house was one of a selection of mid-century modern houses in the metro area that were designed and built by architect David Runnels and developer Don Drummond in the 1950s. Dave describes their house as an “exploded version of the Revere Home”, referencing a style of housing that was championed at the time as examples of low-cost, high-quality living. A group of Revere Homes that Runnels designed still survive on Roe Circle, off Roe Avenue between Tomahawk Road and 75th Street. They are small two-bedroom houses

built immediately after World War II while the country was still in a defensive posture. The homes were supposed to demonstrate the homeowners’ commitment to conserving critical materials, while still enjoying the utmost in livability at a low cost. The Heim’s “exploded Revere” built in 1957 takes the basic design and enlarges upon it, creating an open, inviting and light-filled space, perfect for displaying the couple’s collection of mid-century modern furnishings collected over the last 20 years; not to mention raising their daughter, Mazey. “Our house was the last one built by the Runnels/Drummond collaboration,” Dave said. “We did an alteration before moving in,” Dave said. “One part of it was re-doing the

Dave, SueAnn and daughter Mazey.

“The house is all about the internal and external connection of space.”



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kitchen, where we installed custom cabinets designed to look like the original 1950s version.” They installed new stainless steel countertops and converted a storage closet into expanded kitchen space. They also enclosed the original carport to create a two- car garage and made a new front entry to the house in the process. While retaining the overall look of a ranch house, there are actually three levels of living space. The front door opens into the living room, which is the mid-level, and decorated completely with vintage mid-century modern furniture. The stairway up leads to Dave’s home office and a long hallway to the bedrooms. Meanwhile the lower level consists of an informal seating area, the kitchen/dining area and utility space. Windows on the south side of the house keep the daylight streaming in, which is important to the family. “You can see outdoors from every room in the house,” SueAnn said with a smile. “The house is all about the internal and external connection of space.”

A vintage radio compliments the Heim’s home office space.

Mid-century living room.



SueAnn has embraced mid- century as her signature style because her husband has been such an enthusiastic devotee. She has a natural talent for interior design and operates her own business Tweak, in which she stages, styles and redesigns spaces for realtors and other clients. Dave and SueAnn are always on the lookout for authentic mid-century period pieces to add to their collection. Interest in mid-century modern design has exploded in recent years and genuine examples that are truly vintage

from the 1940s through the 1960s can command astronomical prices now.

So, whenever Dave latches on to those dream pieces, they will have the perfect home in Prairie Village, Kansas. ^

There’s something very retro about this style of bar and wet bars have a glamorous appeal no matter the decade.



^ vintage recipies

Tank 7 Beer Cheese Fondue (Serves 8) INGREDIENTS: 1 Bottle of Boulevard Tank 7 Beer 8 oz cheddar cheese 8 oz swizz cheese 2 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon mustard powder Garlic clover (to taste) Salt & pepper (to taste) 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

Step by Step Instructions:

1. Cube or shred the cheeses. Mix the cheeses in a bowl with flour, salt, pepper, mustard powder and Cayenne (optional). 2. Crush garlic and place in saucepan (or fondue pot) along with the beer and simmer over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes. 3. Slowly add cheese mixture, stirring constantly until melted. 4. Once all of the cheese has been added and is melted,

UTENSILS: Pot with lid Skillet Cutting board Knife Wooden spoon


transport to serving pot and cover with lid to keep warm.



Fondue Dipping Sides INGREDIENTS: Bread

F all has arrived and camping during warm days that turn into cool nights, means eating food that will warm your body and soul! Camping is about spending time with loved ones and there is no better time to do that than over a meal. While glamping this fall, here is a vintage-inspired recipe that will have everyone drop their separate activities to gather together for a hearty Kansas City-inspired treat. The Tank 7 Beer Cheese Fondue recipe is a contemporary twist on a vintage favorite. Fondue is typically served in one pot that everyone shares together. The warm cheese mixture is the perfect bite for this time of the year. The sides for dipping include the classic bread, while modernizing the recipe by adding vegetables and grilled chicken. The vegetables provide a pop of color and a little crunch to the smooth beer cheese mixture. The presentation of the sides around the cheese provides easy access for everyone to “dig in” together. This

Step by Step Instructions:

recipe and the sides include easy make- ahead steps for the prepared camper. The fall table setting mimics the recipe’s relaxing communal atmosphere of sharing through an informal bouquet of greenery, pinecones, and an antler along with the use of vintage linens and dishes. ^


1. Wash vegetables. 2. Cut vegetables into bite sized pieces and store in container(s). 3. Cut bread into cubes. 4. Grill chicken breasts in saucepan. Cook until done & golden brown. Cut chicken breasts into cubes or strips for easy bites. 5. Place dipping sides in piles or in bowls around the fondue, dip into the cheese and enjoy!

Crackers Zucchini Broccoli Grilled Chicken UTENSILS: Cutting board Knife Containers Fondue forks


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^ lifestyle

With a bike on the wall above the taps, it’s clear that biking & brews are the main attraction at Velo Garage and Tap House.

Hittin’ the Trails Bicycling provides timeless, year-round fun Words by CORBIN CRABLE Photos by MARGARET MELLOTT

T here are few hobbies that continue to withstand not just the slow march of time but all four seasons in a year as well. Everyone from the young to the old, from individuals to families can participate, and everyone from the novice to the seasoned competitor is sure to enjoy the sense of adventure and exploration inherent in this pastime.

Few bicycling enthusiasts might know that the Kansas City metro area’s cycling community is vibrant, active and adding new members all the time. In fact, whether you want to buy a bicycle as a first-time rider, have an old bicycle restored to its former glory, or just get out there and begin pedaling on a trail, Kansas City is a cyclist’s paradise any time of year.



You get more than bike service from Velo’s retro 1969 VW bus. A friendly smile and a cold one if that is what’s needed to make it right with the world at the moment.

Michelle Schmiedeler, co-owner of Velo Garage & Tap House, is passionate about bikes, cycling and the bike community in which she calls her friends.

Michelle Schmiedeler, co-owner, Velo Garage and Tap House (North Kansas City, MO)

Like most cyclists, Michelle Schmiedeler of North Kansas City has harbored a passion for cycling since she was a young girl who hit the road to explore the world around her. “It has been a lifelong passion,” she says. “I fell in love with the feeling of wind in my hair, because bike helmets weren’t very popular. Cycling gave me the freedom to see parts of the city and the country that I’d never seen before.” As an adult, Schmiedeler worked in corporate public relations for more than a decade -- until one day when she stopped into a local tap house for a beer on the way home from work. It was there that she met Kiley Sutter, the man familiar to North Kansas Citians for being the guy with the powder blue 1969 VW bus, which he had fashioned into a mobile bicycle repair shop, complete with beer taps. After all, what better way to finish off a long ride than with a cold brew? Schmiedeler and Sutter chatted about Sutter’s tap house and the adjacent Velo Garage and Bicycle Shop. Soon, Sutter learned that Schmiedeler’s interest in the shop wasn’t just a passing one. She had worked as a bike shop manager for years and had plans to open her own shop upon retirement from the corporate world. Throughout her conversation with Sutter,

Schmiedeler realized that day likely would arrive much sooner than she expected. “I told Kiley, ‘If you are ever interested in having the Velo Garage and Bicycle Shop as a whole brand (with the tap house), I’d love to do that for you,” Schmiedeler recalls. “He called me the next day and said, ‘Are you serious?’ I said, ‘I could be!’” Schmiedeler bought the tap house side, and the two worked for the next several months to bring the bicycle shop and tap house under the same brand. Velo Garage and Tap House opened in September 2017. One thing, of course, didn’t change – the VW bus remains parked in front of the building, ready to canvas the area for repairs to be made and thirsts to be quenched. The bike shop includes a repair area settled behind the shop’s main show room, where bicycles with shined chrome stand at attention around the room’s perimeter. It’s a beautiful sight, Schmiedeler says, adding that the shop itself is quite unique. “We don’t sell road bikes. That’s not our focus,” she explains. “We focus on what we love to ride here at the shop. We don’t sell what we’re not passionate about. And we’re the only shop in town that does consignment bikes.” When you’re finished shopping or riding, the tap house offers a place to enjoy a beer, play

a game of darts, and chat with like-minded hobbyists. It’s that community of hobbyists – friends really – that Schmiedeler enjoys the most about the business she shares with Sutter. “What Kiley and I have done is built a community around cycling that is very welcoming, because we don’t have that competitive sense in our shop. We have a really diverse crowd that rides together,” Schmiedeler says. We have so much fun, and everyone gets along. We don’t leave anybody behind. We’ve created a community in that.” The shop’s busy season runs from April to August, and customers who need work done on their bikes mostly come for tune-ups, Schmiedeler adds. However, whether it’s fall or summer, spring or winter, Schmiedeler notes that one can take enjoyment from biking in any season. “Around here, we believe in riding 365 days a year,” she says, “and we’re trying to convince people that riding in the winter is actually quite enjoyable.” And the most enjoyable part? “Cycling is the freedom and the things you can see that you never can from a car or a plane,” Schmiedeler says. “Once you get out on the roads and the trails, it’s a bit like being a kid again. It’s really the beauty of the world around us.”



Jeff Wilson, owner, Resto 101 (Pleasant Hill, MO)

Cyclists know there are few better places to bike than on the Katy Trail. The trail winds and weaves its way throughout Pleasant Hill, a town with a long history steeped in the transportation industry (city literature identifies the town as “where the tracks meet the trail”). The peals of a train whistle regularly slice through the silence that permeates the town itself. Both the train tracks and the bike trail connect Pleasant Hill with the small towns surrounding it, acting as pumping arteries that carry the lifeblood’s of both business and leisure throughout the miles. In 2015, then-Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon cut a ribbon on a 47-mile portion of trail connecting Pleasant Hill to the Katy Trail State Park. Few people were more excited about the event than Jeff Wilson, who owns Resto 101, a local bike restoration shop. “The trail connects communities. It really is picturesque,” Wilson says of the Katy Trail. “There are bridges and crossings. It basically aligns itself with the old Rock Island Trail, and there are also railroad artifacts along the path, such as old railroad ties.”

In addition to his shop, Wilson co-owns a vintage store, Retro on the Rails, and helps organize and host Buddy’s Pedal Fest, an annual vintage bike show and swap meet, which takes place every September, complete with live music. Wilson’s fascination with bicycles stretches back to his childhood. “My first bike – I remember my mom had painted it my favorite color, and my dad fixed it up, and it was a neat memory,” he recalls. “They didn’t buy me a new bike. They repurposed an old one, and that stuck with me.” The most noticeable difference between contemporary bikes and vintage bikes are all in the design, Wilson says. The little touches make all the difference – and they’re hard to find these days. After the end of World War II, he notes, bikes became more lavish and ornamental – bigger, better, heavier, and covered in chrome. Wilson calls the look ‘Space Age,’ and it was a mainstay of bikes of the 1950’s and ‘60s. The 1970s brought the rise of the BMX-style bike, made famous by the Me Decade’s own celebrity daredevil

A slick-looking vintage Ranger bike complete with headlight from Resto 101.

Step into Resto 101 and you will be reformed to another time as owner Jeff Wilson greets you.



(he brought it back from Kentucky piece by piece and reconstructed it within the interior of Resto 101). “People want to show off their bike to their friends. Right now, we’re on a two-year waiting period for restorations.” It might seem like a daunting ‘to-do’ list, but the man who will breathe new life into the bikes says it’s all just a matter of keeping his eyes on the path to completion, putting his feet on the pedals, and moving forward. Corbin Crable hasn’t taken a bike ride for nearly 30 years, but he’ll be happy to cheer cyclists on while enjoying a cold beer in the tap

Evel Knievel. Like Schmiedeler, Wilson says he’s happy and fortunate to be able to work on select projects that interest him (“I’m a sucker for a good story,” he admits). One of the most recent was a restoration of a bike owned by the father of U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo). “Originally, it was beige, but we painted it red, white and blue,” Wilson says of the 1940 Huffman Long Tank. Still, there are other projects to complete during Resto 101’s busy season. “During the summer, everyone wants everything at the same time,” Wilson says, standing in Resto 101’s high-ceilinged garage, where the façade of a vintage gas station stands

room. You can e-mail him at ^

Here’s one of many bikes at Resto 101 - hooray for the red, white and blue.

BEST TRAIL RIDE IN KANSAS CITY Katy Trail Where: Between Clinton and Machens MO. Mileage: 240 miles long (With 47 mile portion connecting Pleasant Hill to the Katy Trail State Park)

Trailheads: 26, with 4 restored railroad depots

What is it?: A Missouri State Park

History: Built on the former corridor of the Missouri-Kansas- Texas Railroad Information: Some of the most scenic areas of the state, closely follows the Missouri River, small towns, and the history of Missouri.

Their unique decal lets you know what to expect once you step inside Velo Garage and Tap House.

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^ vintage fashion

T hey say fashion repeats itself, and this year’s trends are proving “them” right. Almost every casual clothing retailer, from H&M to Buckle, is carrying classic band tees: Nirvana, Journey, Pink Floyd and the list goes on. Whether you still have a few in your closet, picked them up at a popular resale shop or bought them brand new, band tees are a sure way to bring a vintage vibe to your modern style. For the guys, band tees and flannels are the perfect pair for fall. It’s a comfortable, no-fuss look that’s practical. Ladies that like to get crafty, cutting or adding embellishments to a band tee allows your own personality to shine. The band tee may be more versatile than you thought; tie it over a dress or layer them with a jean jacket. Whatever style you choose, just keep rockin’ those tees.



Concept: Charlotte Logan Grace Anderson

Written by: Grace Anderson

Photographer: Charlotte Logan

Models: Ryleigh Hightree Alexus Krumroy Andrew Thomas Nick Swafford

Makeup: Sydney Dunwoodie, Southern Sass Salon Kassie Bunden, Southern Sass Salon



^ makers

Tyler’s work of blown glass discs.

Passion For His Craft

Tyler is shown in this picture working at 22 hundred degrees.

“I’m constantly trying to do new things and be adventurous with my work.”

Words and photos by ELLEN LEINWETTER

T yler Kimball feels most at home and comfortable when the temperature is 22 hundred degrees. For many of us, glassblowing isn’t a pastime or even an activity that we have ever attempted. However, for Kansas City native and Monarch Glass Studio owner and operator Tyler Kimball, glassblowing is a skill he has honed since 1999 by working in 53 different art studios worldwide for 17 years. Although Kimball is very proud of his Kansas City roots, it wasn’t until Kimball studied at The University of Montana, where he then discovered his passion for glassblowing and mastering the art of stained glass on his own. Monarch Glass Studio was founded in April 2015 and Kimball is proud of the fact that every kiln and furnace is man-made and built in- house by him and his staff. “Glassblowing is a very science-related art. I would like to think that it is the only medium where you have to first learn a whole bunch of other mediums. You need to know how to weld, woodworking principles, ceramic

fundamentals, and thermodynamics,” Kimball said. “You need to understand all of that before you can even start to work with glass.” When asked what his most significant piece in the studio is, his response is always “the next one,” which he says with a big smile and a twinkle in his eye. “My favorite thing is when a customer calls and says ‘I don’t know if this can be done.’ That catches my interest and I get excited,” Kimball said. “I receive many odd requests, which I like. For instance, about a month ago, a customer came in and requested a glass version of bed castors. It was a fun challenge for me. Another customer came in and asked for blown glass taillights for a 1957 Lone Star Meteor. There are only twelve of these boats left in the world so he wanted twelve sets to send them out to everyone who owns that specific boat,” Kimball said. Monarch Glass Studio also offers different levels of classes including a Introductory to Glassblowing recreational class where participants can sip wine. Also available is an

Intermediate class with more advanced projects. “I try to tell people to prepare to be frustrated because it’s not like a lot of other mediums where you can catch on quickly. Glass takes multiple years just to be able to create something that you sketched out,” Kimball said. As for Kimball, he’s always up for a challenge. “I’m constantly trying to do new things and be adventurous with my work. I do have signature work that I am known for such as ‘The Shuttlecock,’ which is found in front of The Nelson-Atkins Museum. It has been something that I have been making for a long time. Recently, I’ve been focusing on Glass-At- Work; working glass telescopes out of blown glass, working fans out of blown glass and glass houses. What is the most time consuming is learning something new. Whenever I have a new sketch, I know that I’m going to have a few failures before I find the right path that I need to venture on, to make what I need to make.” Kimball’s work is currently on display at Saint

Tyler Kimball is very proud to be a native Kansas Citian and down the road hopes to retire with a garage studio to continue his work..

Tyler demonstrationg his “art-at-work” piece of a blown glass shuttlecock.



Luke’s South Hospital in conjunction with Leopold Gallery + Art Consulting, featuring 66 blown glass discs suspended in mid-air. “I like bigger installations and public work. It is very rewarding to see components come together to make a bigger element and then knowing it’s not just for one person, but for many people to enjoy,” Kimball said. It is no surprise to find out that Monarch Glass Studio’s name is quite recognizable to Kansas City’s 18th and Vine district. “Monarch Glass Studio is named after The Kansas City Monarchs. I have a tattoo of The Kansas City Royals because I love baseball. I also love the neighborhood that I am working in. I love how historic it is and how many stories there are behind each one of these bricks,” Kimball said. “Kansas City has a connection to me so it would be a great legacy to be featured in one of the city’s parks or museums.”

A glass Kansas City Royals Crown.

You may view or purchase Kimball’s artwork at Leopold Gallery + Art Consulting, The Kemper Contemporary Museum of Art gift shop, TallullahBelle’s or Monarch Glass Studio 1919 E Truman Rd, Kansas City, MO 64127. ^

Tyler’s signature Shuttlecock piece.



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