Jane Kesinger of Your Family's 25th Hour has a history that guarantees that she has experienced many of life's hectic day-to-day tasks firsthand: she's a mother of three and grandmother of seven, as well as a former daycare owner and school-district employee. She knows the combination of work, school, extracurricular activities, and social obligations can become overwhelming for even the most organized families. Through her personal-assistant services, she helps clients perform routine errands and one-off tasks alike, scheduling appointments, shopping for groceries, picking up prescriptions, addressing event invitations, and chatting about the weather with that neighbor you can't stand.
A beaming, tutu-clad youngster poses by a large number 2, commemorating her new age. A couple, nearly newlywed, strolls through a sepia-tinged park holding hands. A brindled puppy with floppy ears capers across a red wooden wagon. These are just a few of the shots that the photographers at Worth A 1000 Words Studio have captured during their tenure at the memory emporium. Both in-studio and on-location shoots cover the gamut of photogenic opportunities, from senior portraits to weddings to adorable pictures of babies disguised as bunnies or even smaller babies.
Four blocks from Washburn University, College Park Office Suites hosts rental office spaces and event halls for local organizations. The two-story building contains meeting and conference-room spaces, a variety of offices, and a WiFi lounge for small businesses that need a home base. Onsite parking and free storage make getting to and from the center easy, while the sleek, traditional decor creates an inviting atmosphere for workers or guests at your annual pie-tossing event.
The YWCA is the largest women's multicultural organization in existence, encompassing some 125 million members in over 100 countries. The membership represents a diversity of culture and lifestyle that assembles in 300 local associations, including the YWCA of Topeka. The Topeka chapter, first instituted in 1887, lives out the YWCA mission of empowering women with locally focused programs and outreach initiatives ranging from fitness and wellness to youth services such as Girls on the Run of Topeka. A local council of Girls on the Run International, the Topeka organization often partners with the YWCA, using running to encourage girls in grades 3-8 to live lives of confidence, health, and togetherness.
Kids Voting Kansas aims to distribute election packages to local schools to spur an increase in voting and civic engagement among youth for future elections. Each package contains a variety of voting materials including personalized ballots and supplies for an election-viewing event. The voting materials will help schools mirror current elections to prepare students for their first real voting experience with hands-on activities. The program also encourages students to engage with current events by promoting news consumption and deliberative discussion.
On a fateful day in 1933, at the height of the Great Depression, a hitchhiker arrived at The Howdy Come In––a rest stop owned by Ben and Eva Winter––carrying only his clothes and a suitcase full of cabinet-making tools. The Winters decided to hire him to build a chifforobe for their new baby, Bobby, and were so impressed by his craftsmanship that they decided to go into business with their new friend. Soon the partners were selling new and refurbished furniture out of the Winters’ dairy barn under the name Winter’s Furniture Store, and they eventually moved to a storefront in the city of Emporia, where they could share their high-quality wares with more people and fewer confused cows.
Today, the family business is run by the Winters’ son, Bob, who oversaw its expansion into two showrooms in Topeka and Lawrence and gave it a new moniker––Discovery Furniture. His merchandise buyers select fine furniture from around the world, filling the design floors with trusted name brands such as Broyhill, Aspen, and Flexsteel. As a member of the Furniture First buying group, Winter is able to pass along the savings of buying stock in volume along with a guarantee that he will meet or beat any competitor’s advertised price within 75 miles. Interior designers on staff can help customers determine which pieces, styles, and colors best fit their needs, and most of Discovery’s furniture can be custom ordered in any style, color, or fabric, catering to customers who know what they like and like to match their upholstery to their clothes.