Home. Fashion. DIY. lIFESTYLE. VintageKC SUMMER 2018 | Vol. 7 Issue 2

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^ from the publisher


Up, Up, and Away

Advertising Ellen Leinwetter, marketing & sales

W hen I became publisher of VintageKC almost two years ago, the magazine had an established presence in Kansas City. Visually, in design and layout, it rivaled other local publications in its presentation of photography and editorial content, and continues to do so. The articles were informative and locally sourced. I was brought in by the new owners to make improvements in areas that were lacking, mainly to improve revenues and broaden the visibility of the publication. I think progress has been made yet now is the time to let another assume the publisher’s role. With my fading comes the stepping in of Cheri Nations as the new publisher. Any interruption in the growth of VintageKC will be minimal, and the publication’s pursuit of excellence will continue. Cheri has played an important part in the growth of VKC, having joined us at the end of 2016. She is a talented individual, well deserving of the title and responsibility of publisher. In this issue her influence has already been felt, including the hiring of Ellen Leinwetter as VKC’s new marketing and sales professional. This issue also brings readers the romantic possibility of a vintage barn wedding, a relaxing road trip to sip tea in exquisite surroundings and the thrill of “zipping” through the forest, plus our usual quality offerings from our ongoing columnists. As for me, I’ll be around to help with editing and other duties as requested. But before signing off, I want to thank our advertisers, readers and contributors (past and present) for their support of this magazine. Nobody does this job alone.

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Contents SUMMER 2018| VOL. 7 ISSUE 2




How To Plant Containers

do 10 DIY

Window Treatments 20 VINTAGE RECIPES Gourmet Glamping 26 GIFTS Crybaby Farm Gifts &


The Lavender Tea Room


community 06 MAKERS Painter 14 VINTAGE WEDDING Wedding “Barn” Venues 12 VINTAGE DINING Lawrence, KS inspiration 22 VINTAGE FASHION The Art of Fashion 30 VINTAGE DECOR Double Take




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A regal gold frame highlights Kelly’s self-portrait.

Beauty in the Flawed Area artist earns recognition both near and far for her work Words CORBIN CRABLE Photos GABRIEL GROSKO

T he Japanese call it “wabi-sabi.” The words refer to an appreciation for asymmetry and those imperfections found in nature and in everyday things. A crack in a vase. A rustic table crafted from wood with uneven grains. Peeling paint chips that flake from the exterior of a century-old farmhouse. The trend can be found throughout the work of area artist Kelly Berkey, who, less than 10 years after picking up a paintbrush, has found her star rising on the local art scene and worldwide. The California native and former café owner, florist and wedding planner moved with her family to the Kansas City area from Minnesota several years ago in order to pursue a career as an artist — what better place to document the beauty of nature with her paintbrush? “Specifically, I have chipped paint in a lot of my works — layers and layers that bring you back to that feeling of old farms,” Berkey says, sitting in the living room of her rural Kansas City home, a small constellation of her own paintings framing her face from behind her. “In our own life, we have grown so much, we

aren’t connected anymore to nature. There is a trend of going back to our roots now. It’s one of the reasons I moved here. Farmhouses with chipped paint, rolling hills, old brick buildings, bales of hay — all of that gives us a feeling of peace.” After seeing some of Berkey’s works on Pinterest, a licensing agent connected the artist with home décor chains. Representatives from those companies liked what they saw, especially a series of paintings of rustic cottages. Those have been picked up by several big-box stores, including Hobby Lobby, Kirkland’s, and Pier 1. Globally, Berkey has made friends with the students whom she mentors in her online art classes, as well as clients who have seen her paintings of cottages, landscapes and human figures, and asked her to share her talents and her wisdom. “I have 600 students from all over the world who I teach online, and I’ve started teaching workshops out of my own home studio,” Berkey says. “From there, I was invited to teach in Ireland, and I’m going to Tuscany this year, where I’ll lead a yoga and art retreat.”

But for the accolades her paintings have received around the world, Berkey’s heart remains with Kansas City. Her ultimate goal, at least for now, is for her work to be picked up by a fine art gallery in the metro area. She’s already getting closer, with one of her paintings having been displayed in April at the 11th Annual Human Form in Art Show, sponsored by the Hilliard Gallery. A local chef even created a menu in Berkey’s honor for a meal at The Jacobson on the night of the show. “One of the great things about Kansas City is that we honor emerging artists,” Berkey notes. Berkey, who says she was “hooked” the first time she picked up a paintbrush in 2009, studied under master artists Michelle Dunaway and Romel de la Torre, who themselves studied under master artist Richard Schmidt. “He is the closest to our modern-day John Singer Sargent,” Berkey says. “For me, Sargent is my biggest inspiration, so I try to paint like Sargent paints.” One of the techniques Schmidt, de la Torre, and Dunaway has passed down over the years: Using a limited color palette in order to create


entirely new colors. It’s a technique that now finds its way into all of Berkey’s paintings. “Most often, my paintings have blue in them. It’s my color,” she explains. “I’m an Aquarius, a water baby, and blue is my color. It shows up a lot in my work. Each painting, when you create your own color, it generally can’t ever be duplicated, so that makes it extremely unique.” As for her relatively newfound recognition — well, Berkey is still getting used to that. “It’s surreal, but I would do this regardless,” Berkey says. “If I were in a basement, and no one would ever see my work, I would still paint. Still, every time someone buys a painting, or every time I hear from an agent who lets me know that a big-box store wants 4,000 copies of one of my paintings of a silo, I just have to pinch myself. I never expected any of that. I just did my work and put it on social media. I’m honored anyone would think of me that way. I’m not used to that yet.” None of it matters, Berkey adds, as long as her paintings speak to the people who see them. “I want people to stop and look at my painting, and feel something,” she says. “That’s always been the goal.” Kelly Berkey Fine Art can be found online at ^

“I want people to stop and look at my painting, and feel something,”

Top Right : Kelly speaks of the passion she has for human beauty, which she transfers onto canvas. Top Left: Kelly poses in her studio on a cozy day bed in her studio, which leans comfort to quiet moments of inspiration. Bottom: Kelly’s work lines the open wall of her kitchen with the rooster clearly the head of the roost.





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I f you have an awkward window or are just looking to mix things up, try this cheap and easy DIY project! All you need is some sheer fabric, cornstarch, and water to update any window in your home. Curtain sheers are the perfect fabric for this project. You may also use any solid or printed sheer fabric or lightweight lace. Cornstarch is available at any grocery store and just use tap water to make the paste. DIY cornstarch window treatments are affordable, practical, and durable. It might sound too good to be true, but we have had cornstarch window treatments

on our windows at home for over five years, and they still look as good as the day I put them up. I learned about this method while researching privacy window films online for our dining room windows. Our neighbor’s deck overlooks our dining room, and we wanted privacy but did not want to sacrifice the sleek aesthetic of our windows by installing curtains, drapes, or blinds. Window film would have been a good solution, but it was a bit out of our budget. Creating cornstarch window treatments was the perfect, affordable solution to our problem. ^

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Sheer fabric

Measuring tape


2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons room temp. water

1 1/2 cups boiling water



Painter’s tape (optional)






Directions: 1. Measure and cut the fabric

Measure the height and width of the window. Transfer the measurements to your fabric. Carefully cut the fabric. 2. Make the cornstarch paste Combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons room temperature water. Add 1 1/2 cups of boiling water to the cornstarch mixture. Stir together until the mixture thickens into a thin paste. Continue stirring as needed to avoid lumps. 3. Apply the paste to the window Use a paintbrush to apply a thin layer of paste on the clean window glass. Cover the entire surface of the glass with paste. 4. Apply the fabric to the window Carefully apply the fabric to the window as soon as the surface is covered with paste. the fabric will stick to the paste and you can adjust the fabric as necessary. You can use painter’s tape to help hold the fabric in place if it starts slipping. Once the fabric is in place, use the paintbrush to apply a thin coat of paste over the fabric. Use a squeegee to press the fabric into place and to remove any air bubbles or excess paste. 5. Allow the paste to dry Allow the paste to dry and enjoy your unique new window treatments!




^ vintage dining

Some Notorious History with Your Meal Words and photos by LISA WATERMAN GRAY H istoric details, enhanced by a 1992 renovation, surround a

peckish person upon entering through the tall wooden doors, topped with rounded glass transoms, at Merchants Pub & Plate. Throughout the cavernous dining room, “schoolhouse” chairs surrounded each table, atop a vintage black and white tile floor. On this cold and grey day dozens of milk glass lamps hanging from the soaring ceilings warmed the space. Merchants replaced the former Teller’s on the bustling corner of 8th Street & Massachusetts in Lawrence, KS. But knowing a little history reveals that dining establishments haven’t always operated at that location. Across the room, mock wrought iron teller “windows” reflected the building’s original purpose. With Prohibition and bootlegging in full swing, Merchants National Bank served customers from 1888-1930. At the same time, Lawrence’s Patee Theater offered shows for a nickel while Wiedmann’s sold ice cream treats for only a dime. The financial institution became First National Bank of Lawrence in 1930. And legend has it that, two years later, during the height of the Great Depression, Clyde Barrow, Ralph Fults and Raymond Hamilton robbed the bank. A cursory inspection of the interior, however, did not reveal any bullet holes, as supposedly only bank employees were present when Barrow and gang pulled the caper. When snowy weather short-circuited the trio’s travels further north, they decided to stay at The Eldridge Hotel in Lawrence. The story goes that they met the bank president — with a sawed-off shotgun in hand — as he opened the bank one day. When two additional

employees arrived, Fults then hustled them into the bank, too. The take for this massive heist was $33,000, equal to more than half a million dollars today. But news of the supposed heist never hit the papers or generated a police report. According to Ralph Fults’s autobiography, the bank president, his two employees — and whoever released them from the vault — apparently were vowed to secrecy. No matter what truth exists in this story, Barrow later became half of the notorious Bonnie and Clyde duo. The massive antique bank vault door now leads to a bright red hallway and public restrooms. Not the most harrowing experience as being a bank employee locked inside the vault during a robbery. Believing that Lawrence should capitalize on this tantalizing urban legend, Tom Wilson, Teller’s owner/ operator, worked with The Eldridge Hotel to re-enact the event. Mayor Aron Cromwell portrayed the bank president and Theatre Lawrence actors played the crooks. A 1933 Ford sedan from the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou” served as the getaway car.

A cocktail party at The Eldridge allowed actors to mingle with the crowd. Although there have been reports of ghosts in the building — and curious folks occasionally stop by in hopes of detecting their presence — husband and wife co-owners, Chef TK & Emily Peterson, haven’t encountered any, themselves, but they definitely appreciate the building’s historical roots. “Walk [inside] and it’s plain to see, that 746 Mass. is a special place,” Emily says. “The historic character is stunning — the high ceilings, pendant lights and original bank vault make it an incredibly unique space for our restaurant and the location in the heart of Downtown Lawrence is exactly where we wanted to be.” Against this backdrop, Merchants offers upscale, seasonal “farm-to-table” gastropub fare alongside dozens of tap beers, inventive cocktails and wine. The Petersons source as many locally and regionally produced ingredients as possible. “We opened Merchants so we could serve our community on a higher level,” Emily says. “Chef TK had worked in Lawrence restaurants since


graduating culinary school and he knew that to source the way he wanted, and serve the food he wanted, he needed his own place. Of course local and seasonal dishes are about sourcing product at its peak, but equally as important to this quality is supporting other small business owners and promoting the health of our local economy.” Merchants Pub & Plate offers a tasty meal and classic ambiance near the bank vault Clyde Barrow and his cronies likely found irresistible, more than 80 years ago. Contact Lisa Waterman Gray at A widely published travel and food writer, she has completed assignments for dozens of international, national, regional and local clients. For more information, visit ^

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Shane and Stephanie Faris of Kansas City selected the Alexander Majors Barn for their wedding venue because of its proximity to their home in Waldo, as well as the simplicity and rustic feel of the venue. ‘It really just ended up being pretty perfect,’Stephanie said of their decision and their wedding day.



W hile driving home the evening of their engagement in November 2016, Stephanie Faris’ fiancé, Shane, mentioned to her that they should get married at Alexander Majors Barn at 82nd Street and State Line Road. “It really caught me off guard when he said that — my head was still reeling from just getting engaged, and then he brought it up again when it was time to choose the venue,” said Stephanie, who lives in the Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City. By December 2016, the couple agreed upon the venue for their ceremony and reception, a decision that Stephanie called the easiest in their wedding planning. “And then,” she said, “we just kind of worked everything else around it.” Twenty miles away from Alexander Majors Barn another vintage barn with a long history also served as the backdrop for a recent memorable wedding. Janet Anderson and her husband, Bill, were looking for a local venue for their reception after they were legally married in a surprise ceremony in Cozumel on February 22, 2018. Just five minutes from their home,

Janet had driven past The New Yellow Rock Barn at 8307 Westridge Road on the Kansas City-Raytown city line many times, “but I didn’t really realize if they used it for anything special.” After finding the venue in an online search, Janet said she was drawn to it because of its appealing location, the large, open indoor atmosphere of the Barn, and the facility’s family ownership. “The owners were super, super gracious. They treated us like gold,” Janet said. “Erik and Rachael (Messner) are super, super people, and it was just wonderful to be able to work with them from the get-go.” The two barns, 20 miles apart in the Kansas City metropolitan region, are testaments to standing the test of time: As change and rebuilding occurred around them, they have remained standing. And while use of their recent rentals may have varied widely, those celebrating their new marriages agreed upon one common theme: They wanted to keep the day relatively simple while also celebrating it their own way, and the two barns offered them just that opportunity to do so.


Entryway into the main floor at the Alexander Majors Barn dance and wedding area.

“So, I think that people who are starting the beginning of a new chapter of their lives kind of have that instinct to reach backwards, even if they don’t totally realize it themselves.” Stephanie and Shane Faris only looked at the Alexander Majors Barn in their venue search, and then the remainder of their wedding was planned around the selection. The couple wanted a relatively simple venue for their out-of-town guests to access, while still being in Kansas City and close to where they live. They also wanted a venue that was primarily outdoors, while still having quick accessibility to an indoor space. “It really just ended up being pretty perfect,” Stephanie said. The couple was drawn to the natural elements of the Barn, so they opted for minimal decorations. “We left it alone because we loved the rustic-ness of it,” Stephanie said. They wrapped Christmas lights around the trees outside, as well as in the rafters in the wagon room. The cake display took place on two old whiskey barrels with down flats across the top to make a table, with additional crates to support the cupcakes. Outdoors, the couple opted for simple tables with white tablecloths, while their wedding colors were navy and gold. For centerpieces, they purchased crates and stained them with tea and vinegar, while their centerpiece flowers were hydrangea and soft pink roses, with burgundy accent colors and hops. The Alexander Majors Barn has seen “the total gamut of expense, effort, and time” put into wedding ceremonies and receptions, White said. Rental of the space includes use of the main Barn area and loft, the “wagon room,” the private bridal suite, restrooms, and the catering kitchen. Rental also includes use of the grounds, while the Alexander Majors House can be opened for tours for an

New chapter while stepping back in time

The Alexander Majors Barn is one-half of the Wornall/Majors House Museums, a nonprofit organization that includes the John Wornall House at 61st Street and Wornall Road, ripe with its own history. The Barn’s grounds are adjacent to the Alexander Majors House, one of the few surviving antebellum houses in the Kansas City area. In addition to weddings, the grounds also play host to numerous museum events, craft fairs, and other events throughout the year. “I like that the Majors Barn is a kind of traditional atmosphere to create non- traditional events, weddings, and receptions,” said Lena White, rentals coordinator at Alexander Majors Barn. In March, the Alexander Majors Barn — for the second year in collaboration with Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair — hosted its second wedding showcase event, in which local photographers, caterers, florists, bartenders, and other vendors were on hand for those preparing for their special day. The day also served up some nostalgia for several couples in attendance. “I saw two different couples that came that morning because they had gotten married here 15 years ago, 20 years ago, and they wanted to see how it had changed, and if it was the way they remembered,” White said. Some couples choose the Alexander Majors Barn for their wedding because of the sentimental nature of the property. Others are more drawn to the historical components of the Barn, “especially south Kansas City, since a lot of the buildings in this commercial corridor here are a lot newer,” White said. “This is one of the last places in the immediate surroundings where we have that connection to the very beginning of Kansas City.”

Rental of the Alexander Majors Barn includes access to the newly renovated bridal suite, which includes vintage- inspired elements in its décor.



Shane and Stephanie Faris in front of the Alexander Majors House. photo by Debbie Beck of Little D Studios

Lights add to the festive atmosphere at the main event room.

Barn to promote Raytown high school reunions, Kiwanis Club meetings, and even as a polling station. Rachael said she and Erik are “such geeks about property,” and they eagerly, and in great detail, describe the history of the property while poring over scrapbooks and photo albums that have grown through the years. The Barn itself dates back to 1925 and is considered one of the few rock barns still standing in the Midwest. In the 1960s, it served as a popular venue for square dancing, and by the 1980s, it was being rented out for events. Rachael’s started her then-Messner Family Farm business in 2013, and by 2015, the couple were looking for a bigger space to grow their family and their businesses. They purchased the north half of the property (the house and the shop) from Erik’s mother, who has since moved to Arizona, while his grandparents continue to own the southern portion. They moved into the property’s house in 2017, and Rachael now runs the Messner Bee Farm out of the shop. Today, The New Yellow Rock Barn is under Erik and Rachael’s management, with Janet and Bill Anderson’s reception on March 31, 2018, serving as the first event under the new management. While the space itself includes vintage- inspired details with lanterns in the windowsills and lace curtains, the music, food, and decorating are wide open for guests, Erik said. Building off of their wedding in Cozumel, Janet and Bill Anderson “brought the beach back home” in incorporating seashells, fishing poles, and other sea-inspired details into their late March reception. “In terms of the Barn, the number one thing that we hope people experience and take from the space is an appreciation for older times and the desire to live in a space and share a story with a space that celebrates

history and that celebrates the enterprising spirit,” Erik said. “The space comes with its own character, and we hope that people who want to get married here celebrate that character.” As Rachael has moved operations of Messner Bee Farm into the shop, customers will often come in and share their stories and memories of the property, including events that they attended at The New Yellow Rock Barn. “All these memories are good memories,” Rachael said. “I love that this space has such a long history of good memories. Everyone takes ownership over it — it’s great.” More information on the Alexander Majors Barn can be found at or call 816-444-1858; on The New Yellow

additional fee. “We have a wide range of expectations

of what a wedding should be,” White said, “and we end up having really fun and diverse clientele because of it.” Stephanie said she and Shane still smile and talk about their wedding day each time they drive past Alexander Majors Barn, several times a week. In having their wedding at the Barn, Stephanie said she was able to relax and to enjoy the day without worrying about whether every little detail was perfect. “We kind of just let the barn speak for itself and didn’t overdo it,” she said. “On the day of, I didn’t have to worry about a lot, and when I look back at the pictures, it looks just fine.” A space with its own character If the names Erik and Rachael Messner sound familiar, it is for good reason: They are those Messners, of the Messner Bee Farm, whose bee farm products are well-known in the local crafts fair circuit and as wholesale products available throughout greater Kansas City. Erik’s family purchased property that included The New Yellow Rock Barn in 2003. His mother, Jana Lea, ran her interior design business out of what was once the carriage house and is today known as “the shop,” while also completely upgrading the house on the property. Erik’s maternal grandparents, Bob and Jodie Smith, assumed responsibility of The New Yellow Rock Barn. Bob and Jodie, who were honored as the Raytown Citizens of the Year by the Truman Heartland Community Foundation in 2012, used the

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The New Yellow Rock Barn




^ gourmet glamping




T he summer season means it is time to get outdoors and what better way to do that than with your glamper! The hot days of summer call for light bites and refreshing drinks such as a freshly squeezed juice and succulent corn on the cob. Both recipes emphasize nature’s finest ingredients - fruit and vegetables. Their warm bright colors mirror the balmy sun that shines on us during this hot summer season. These vintage inspired recipes can be enjoyed as an afternoon snack or additions to any meal. Grab your vintage hand juicer, a fun activity to do with family, and put your corn over the campfire or in the glamper oven. These activities are perfect for camping cooking this summer. To reflect the bright colors of the food, create a vintage inspired table, like in the 1971 Swiss Colony glamper by placing a bold vintage floral apron down as a table cloth, bright flowers in a milk glass vase, and vintage pyrex dishware. ^



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Step by Step Instructions:

1. Remove husks from corn. Set aside. 2. Place the softened butter in small bowl. Add the maple syrup and mix together until combined. Set aside. 3. Place individual corn on the cobs in the middle of the foil. Spread the butter mixture all over the cob, until evenly coated. 4. Wrap the corns individually in foil. 5. Bake in the oven at 450 ° for 25 minutes or place on top of campfire or grill, turn over at 10 minutes to ensure even cooking. 6. Unwrap add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

Sweet & Salty Corn on the Cob INGREDIENTS: 4 Corn on the cob 4 Tablespoons softened butter 4 Tablespoons maple syrup Salt & pepper to taste UTENSILS:

Small bowl Small knife Foil Cooking Pan Oven Mitt

Summer Citrus Juice INGREDIENTS: 8 Oranges 4 Grapefruit 2 Lemons

Step by Step Instructions:

1. Juice oranges. Pour into pitcher. 2. Juice grapefruit. Pour into pitcher. 3. Juice lemon. Pour into pitcher. 4. Stir. 5. Pour into individual glasses, add a grapefruit wedge for garnish, and enjoy!

UTENSILS: Hand juicer Knife Cutting board Pitcher


^ vintage fashion

A New Beginning Paired with neutral tan booties, and a tan scarf reworked as a belt, this outfit, which features the famous straight silhouette of the 1920’s, is getting a second chance to shine.


A s we near the 2020’s, we are beginning to see nods to the roaring twenties in modern fashion. From Free People to Gucci, elaborate beading and straighter silhouettes are taking over the runway yet again. Mix your favorite 20’s pieces with everyday staples to create a look that’s bold, modern, and whimsical for day or night. The 1920’s vintage fashion pieces from this month’s issue are courtesy of the University of Central Missouri’s Historic Costume Collection. ^ Beauty in Simplicity Sometimes the best outfits are the ones that are the easiest to put together. This navy dress is perfectly complemented with a matching navy belt and booties, and a long, simple necklace.


Light Up the Night Paired with a trendy, basic black slip, this top does all the talking. Combined with a fun pair of metallic statement shoes, this outfit is ready for a night on the town.

Shop Til You Drop Beaded detail and bold cutouts straight from the 20’s, paired with today’s trendy basics, make the perfect outfit for a day of shopping.

Dress for Success A beaded 20’s top and detailed booties add some personality to the classic denim skirt for a casual day at the office.


Date Night Go all-out vintage, while incorporating the modern two-piece trend, by adding a matching skirt. Top it off with some sassy heels and a fun necklace, and you’re ready for date night.

Make Every Outfit Count A wisp of hair trails down her face as she kicks back. Casual meets dressy. Casual meets dressy in the best possible way with this outfit. Pair your favorite leggings or jeans with this long beaded top, throw on a pair of booties, and the outfit is complete!

Hair and Makeup by: Ea’Preacious Holmes

Photographer: Charlotte Logan Photo Editor:

Jami Stevens Written by: Grace Anderson and Tiffany Anderson Styled by: Ea’Precious Holmes, Charlotte Logan, Grace Anderson, and Tiffany Anderson Concept by: Melissa Abner, Ea’Precious Holmes, Charlotte Logan, Grace Anderson, and Tiffany Anderson Models: Ashley O’Rourke, RaQuell’a Smith-Collier, Stephanie Whitmore, and Madeline Osborn


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^ vintage tea party

Left to right: Stacy Adams, Caroline Ehney, Cyndrea Lambert, Florence Schimmel

The Lavender Tea Room at Crybaby

People drive for miles to dine at this inviting lunch spot in Carrollton


W ho’s the crybaby? That might be a legitimate question for a first time customer at The Lavender Tea Room at Crybaby Farm and Gifts in Carrollton, MO. Because at first glance there seems nothing to cry about at this charming and airy tea room located on the east side of town on a huge green lot surrounded by large shade trees. In fact, things even get better inside the reconfigured mid-20th-century house where the Lavender Tea Room shares the building with the gift shop, both owned and operated by Caroline Ehney. She opened the tea room in October 2017 after operating the gift shop in Carrollton for three years. Kansas City area residents might remember that Ehney operated the original Crybaby Farm and Gifts in Liberty, MO, before moving to Carrollton. “I wanted it to be like an English bistro tearoom,” Ehney said, who also is an interior designer. Large windows pour plenty of natural light into the main dining area where tables topped with white tablecloths await

the day’s lunch crowd. “The tearoom is in honor of my mother and my father. They were my inspiration. My dad loved tearooms and finding them and going to them became a ritual for us.” Ehney’s family history involves a farm — Crybaby Farm — that provides a never-ending series of motifs that she uses to create the mood at The Lavender Tearoom. The farm, which is located nearby, dates from 1868. “Crybaby Farm is an enchanting and comfortable place, where the horses tell people jokes, the ducks tell chicken jokes and both critters and people laugh ‘til they cry!” Ehney maintains. “The home was built in the mid- 1800s and is a flashback to the days of history. The original smokehouse, an old schoolhouse and an early 1900s barn still stand. We are blessed to pass through this piece of history and will continue to preserve the integrity of this homestead for future generations,” Ehney said. That family feeling pervades the enterprise

as the staff of the Lavender Tearoom kick into high gear as lunch patrons begin arriving and filling the room on a rare warm day in early spring. Chef Stacy Adams runs the kitchen and manages a menu that changes weekly. Prospective diners can get a look at the menu on Facebook before making the trip to Carrollton if they choose. Servers Cyndrea Lambert and Florence Schimmel complete the crew and banter with lunch guests as they take their orders. On the day of our visit the tea room’s menu included chicken salad and croissant, a must-have entrée at any tearoom, and it was excellent. Other selections included a spinach artichoke gourmet grilled cheese sandwich or French onion soup with spring lettuce mix. The carrot cake for dessert deserves its “legendary” status, but others may prefer the bourbon chocolate pecan pie. If you can’t decide what to order, you might just want to purchase a copy of “Time to Eat at Crybaby Farm”, a collection of recipes from


Yet Ehney schedules plenty of more “adult” gatherings at the Lavender Tea Room, such as seminars on wine and wine pairings. And the carefully selected wine offerings will take you around the world from California to France and to Germany. Bottles may be purchased to take home as well as to be enjoyed with a meal. Plenty of wine accessories are also available for sale. Ehney selects her teas from the Charleston Tea Plantation, the only remaining commercial tea operation in America. People in north Missouri have discovered it and groups arrive for lunch from all of the surrounding towns and some from Kansas City too.

Crybaby Farm’s family and friends. And speaking of family, Ehney opens her doors to the younger set as well as she plans several “nursery teas” designed for children ages 4 through 10. “The term ‘nursery tea’ in England resulted from children having tea with their nannies in their nurseries,” Ehney said. “At the Lavender Tea Room ‘Nursery Tea Parties’ are designed to indulge our young guests in a sophisticated atmosphere and a delicious tea fare such as jam tarts, cookies and tiny sandwiches. Besides the fun experience of sharing tea time, the children will also discover some rules of etiquette.” The nursery teas can be scheduled between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Lunch is served year-round, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Crybaby Farm and Gifts and the Lavender Tea Room are located at 900 N. U.S. 65, Carrollton, MO 64633. Phone: 816-808-9899. Website:


“We love having people here,” Ehney said. Oh yes, who’s the crybaby? As Ehney explains that once a crying, lonely and hungry cat wandered into the farm. “We named her ‘Crybaby’ for obvious reasons. It wasn’t long before we realized we had a large bunch of ‘crybabies’ living on our farm with the horses, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, geese and, of course, people. Our crybabies are always hungry and it seems most of the crying around Crybaby Farm is a reminder that it is time to eat!” ^


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Double Take: Color Me Pink


Girls Room The pink dresser is topped with the necessities of a young resident. A lamp with a low wattage bulb is always welcome. The handmade snuggle-bunny rests against the lamp waiting for the owner’s bed time. At the opposite end of the dresser is a whimsical wire birdcage that serves as a hair bow holder. The vintage child’s wagon could organize the toys. A vintage chair, highlighted with silver paint and recovered with a pink fuzzy fabric gives it a modern feel and is perfect for cozy story time. Lastly, the modern wall art is oversized, colorful and bold. Entryway Stepping inside the door you’re greeted by a bright pink dresser. Bring some outdoors in with a floral in a tall modern vase. A vintage ceramic vessel introduces a traditional look along with the antique lamps. Trending is the deer silhouette and pillow for a masculine touch. The pair of white wooden shutters brings the eye up and flanks the modern handcrafted deer art. Lastly, the vintage chair with fresh white paint and recovered in a warm buttery fabric (perhaps vintage) offers a


W hile exploring the three floors of The Robin’s Nest, there it was in all its glory, a pink dresser. How awesome was it to discover a vintage dresser that was lovingly reinvented with a daring splash of color? One must wonder, was the creator inspired by the arrival of summer. All we must do is look outside and take in what Mother Nature has delivered in vast flower beds around the city. I immediately thought the piece would be a welcomed addition to most any young girl’s

bedroom. How cute (and fun) would it be to decorate using a mixture of vintage and modern items. But what about the adult who just plain loves color? How would they repurpose a hot pink dresser? I could personally see it in an entryway. Stage it like you would a natural wood finished piece, just ignore the pink. Add your favorite items and step back. It’s a great way to greet guests. A happy color invokes a happy heart. ^

comfortable resting spot. It’s modern, vintage and

diverse in color.



Big thanks to our friends at The Robin’s Nest (formerly The Pink Daisy).The pink dresser was the creation of Angie Kaminski. Rockstar Glam House painted and reupholstered the pink fuzzy chair. The yellow chair showcased was painted and reupholstered by 72:4 Design.


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Zippin’ through the tree canopy. photo courtesy of ZIP KC

Lickity Zip – Zip-lining in Kansas City Words SHIREEN KORKZAN Photos SHIREEN KORKZAN and ZIP KC N ew residents of Kansas City sometimes don’t expect to find a lot of outdoor

Zip line participants can enjoy gorgeous panoramic views of downtown KCMO and Lawrence from the Tower Tour, which consists of five zip lines that can reach speeds up to 50 mph. One of the zip lines is named Fern Gully because of the rainforest-like views from the top during the summer. The final line in the Tower Tour is named Tom Petty because it includes a zero gravity drop, referring to the rock singer’s 1989 hit, “Free Fallin.” “The terrain is just beautiful. It’s not very Kansas-like,” said McDonald. McDonald said he fell in love with the land while mountain biking, and felt that something needed to be built there. After a period of research and observation, he and his then-teenage children decided to go with a zip-lining park. McDonald then hired Valdo Lallemand, of Seattle-based Aerial Designs, to help him and four other men design and build the park. “Kansas City didn’t have any true outdoor activities back then, so that was the main reason we were going to do it,” McDonald said. “Lots of good memories . . . it was a lot of hard work.”

My experience with the Ultimate Adventure Tour, which includes all nine zip lines, totaling more than one mile of gliding across a cable at high speeds, was nothing short of exhilarating with the breeze caressing my skin as I flew through the forest in 80-degree weather. The zip lines satisfied my craving for speed as a roller coaster enthusiast. For three short hours, I forgot I was only a half hour away from downtown KCMO. “I think it’s really cool . . . people will visit for their vacation or their kind of getaway,” Cameron Snyder, one of my tour guides, said. “It’s your job to take them away from wherever they’re coming from or whatever they were doing, and put them into something for one or two hours and just let them escape and have fun and not worry about anything. I think that’s a really cool thing that we get to do.” Bryce Loewenstein, my other tour guide, called it a “positive” environment. “Everybody gets along and you get to be outside all day and have a good day. You can’t beat that.” Every tour includes two guides; one attaches participants to pulleys on the cable before sending them off to the other side, where the

opportunities in the area, particularly on the Kansas side. “Sunflowers” and “flatter than a pancake” seem to be prevailing descriptions, clichés that can put the fear of boredom into the hearts of the newly arrived. Admittedly, when I arrived a year ago, I didn’t expect to find outdoor activities beyond the usual run, bike, swim reiterations. But there are some hidden gems beyond the norm. For one thing, I never expected my first ever zip line experience would be in Bonner Springs. Zip KC, the metro’s only locally owned zip line park, has nine zip lines on 140 acres of forest. The company offers a variety of tours, including a Hike & Zip that consists of a half-mile hike between four zip lines along the Kansas River. “It’s surprising to even think that you’re in Kansas when you’re out there,” Jen Scott, marketing and event manager for Zip KC, said. Scott’s husband, Dan Scott, is a co-owner of Zip KC along with Brad McDonald, and Jeff Nuss. McDonald founded the company on leased land in 2013.


other guide waits to remove the pulleys. Once all participants have properly secured their harnesses and helmets to themselves, they take a short ride to the first zip lines on a painted vintage Blue Bird school bus, which adds to Zip KC’s quirkiness. Before they get on the bus, participants have to write down nicknames for each other on the fronts of their helmets. No one knows what nickname they’ve been given until the tour guides shout them out while attaching their pulleys to the zip lines. The guides refer to each zip liner by their given nickname throughout the duration of the tour. My nickname was DC Comics character Lois Lane, journalist for the fictitious Metropolis newspaper and Superman’s love interest. “I think the nametags make it a more relaxing environment instead of just going by your first name,” Snyder said. “It’s another way to help

people escape.” Safety is the tour guides’ priority. No one is forced to participate in all of the zip lines and all of the towers are accessible by car. A manager is always on duty for zip liners needing assistance. People of all ages are welcome to zip line as long as they weigh between 70-275 pounds and meet certain health requirements. Everyone has to sign a medical waiver and check their weight on a scale before they can tour. Pregnant women cannot participate. Tour guides encourage zip liners to get creative with their moves and poses while flying down the cables. I enjoyed kicking my feet as if I were riding a bicycle while laying my body horizontally, as well as dropping all of my weight down on the cables while splaying out my arms and feet.

I plan on going back to Zip KC with friends. Zip-lining may be more expensive than other activities in the metro, but it’s worth experiencing at least once. All that’s required is a sense of humor and a desire to have fun. For information on zip line packages and to make a reservation, visit or call 913- 214-9478. Another zip line option in Kansas City is Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure at Swope Park. Visit KansasCity for more information. ^

Bottom right: Cameron Snyder (left) and Bryce Loewenstein (right), two tour guides for Zip KC. All of Zip KC’s tour guides go through special training to assist zip liners.

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How to Plant the Perfect Summer Containers

Containers come in all shapes and sizes - even the hanging kind!


S ummer is here! Now is the time to put the finishing touches on your outdoor entertaining spaces for those upcoming summer barbecues. There is often a lot of hesitation when people start to put together the perfect summer container for their front porch or back patio. Many have the unwarranted fear of not doing it right. Here’s a tip - if YOU like it, it’s a great container! There are a handful of questions you can ask yourself to stack the deck in your favor in terms of plant success and visual appeal. 1. What container are you using? Containers come in all shapes, sizes, and materials and some may have excellent drainage, while others hold water. If you choose a container without drainage holes, be sure to either add them, or add a layer of small rocks so that the soil is not staying wet. A well-drained container, though, should always be your first choice. The size of your container may determine the scale of your plants, as well. For example, if you are planting a very large, tall container, choosing large, vigorous plants would be appropriate, whereas those same plants may look out of proportion in a small, miniature container. 2. Where is it going? The amount of direct sunlight is the biggest factor in determining which plants to choose. Annuals labeled for “sun” typically means they require at least 6 hours of direct


Layers & textured planets make their own statement.

How big is too big? Planted tree containers for a big impact.

sunlight. Annuals labeled for “shade” usually require protection from the afternoon sun but can handle some morning sun. In addition to sunlight, also consider if the planter will be up against the house and only viewed from the front or if it will be viewed from all angles. If a planter is only viewed from one direction, you might want to place the tallest plant in the back of the planter, whereas if you will be viewing the planter from all directions, you may want to place the tallest plant in the center. 3. What color scheme are you trying to achieve? Color can come from both blooms and foliage. One option could be a monochromatic scheme with varying blooms in shades of one color. You may want to do complementary colors, or colors across from one another on the color wheel such as purple and yellow. If you are wanting as many colors or possible, choose all different colors of the rainbow. 4. Have you used a variety of textures and achieved enough contrast? Annuals come in a variety of textures in terms of their foliage. Some are fern-like, while others have larger waxy leaves. Some foliage is grey while some is deep purple. Many plants are variegated, and some have a lime green hue.

Using a variety of textures in a variety of colors adds the element of contrast, adding more depth to your container’s design.

Now that your containers are planted and flourishing don’t forget regular trimming and deadheading to help keep your annuals healthy and blooming. Happy planting and enjoy the rest of your summer surrounded by the beautiful containers you created! Colonial Gardens is a premier Garden and Event Center in Blue Springs. We offer a variety of classes and workshops where our experts love sharing their knowledge about all things green! You can check out our upcoming classes and events at www. Follow us on Facebook @colonialgardenskc for more tips and find everything you need for your summer planting at our newly renovated Garden and Event Center! ^

5. Is your container balanced? While not all containers have to be a

symmetrical design, try to evenly disperse the plants throughout the container. If you are using foliage accents, disperse the blooming plants throughout the container, as well. 6. Have you used a variety of heights? Many containers follow the standard “thriller, filler, spiller” design with the tallest plant in the center or back, and the plants gradually become shorter or more trailing in nature as they move toward the front or edges of the container. This helps shorter plants to remain visible and prevents the plants from being all the same height, adding interest to your design. 7. Are you watering correctly? Watering your container correctly is the most imperative element of a successful container. More is not better in terms of watering. Overwatering can be detrimental to plant health and it can cause rotting and weakening of the plant. Weaker plants are more susceptible to disease and insect infestation. Water when you feel the soil in your container begins to dry out. It’s also important to not let your container dry out to the point of wilting.

Pops of color in colorful containers make a cheery statement.


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