The nonprofit Liberty Symphony Orchestra has dedicated 40 seasons to string-laden aural enrichment, staging the world's greatest compositions using the formidable talents of professional and amateur local musicians. Guest baton-wielder Dr. Phil Posey conducts the closing concert of the 2010-11 season, enlivening ears with Samuel Barber's cathartic Adagio for Strings before prompting a theater-wide round of air-bowing with Beethoven's rousing and beloved Symphony no. 9. Mouth along with the William Jewell College choir and North Kansas City High School A Capella Choir as they join the merry band of melody-makers for the symphony's memorable "Ode to Joy" before reenacting back-bending brass solos over a bevy of treats at a complimentary dessert reception. The LSO's ensemble takes the stage at the state-of-the-art, 725-seat Liberty Performing Arts Theatre, home to local plays, fitness competitions, and tuxedo-clad turtle races.
Lush hanging baskets dangle over flats of annuals, perennials, and herbs in an outdoor shopping area that emanates the earthy fragrances of soil and mulch. Two couples own the nursery, striving to set themselves apart from big-box greenhouses and name-brand jungles by stocking a vast variety of plants, many of which arrive weekly. On many containers, soil tags display a monarch-butterfly logo to indicate that the plants will attract the delicate nectar-lovers. The staff can also get their hands dirty in your garden, as they offer landscape design, yard work, and installation of koi ponds, outdoor lighting, and domesticated tiger lilies.
At eight showrooms across the Kansas City area, SleepOne Mattress Superstore's aptly named sleep advisors recommend mattresses that will accommodate budgets and physical conditions such as stiffness and pain. After scouring the showroom's floor, the staff might suggest a Sterns and Foster mattress made with materials such as silk and cashmere. They also offer delivery and removal of the old mattresses.
SleepOne Mattress Superstore also fights nightmares with several guarantees. For example, their staff will refund 110% of the difference in price if customers find the same mattress sold for less. They also exchange mattresses for up to a year (only charging a redelivery fee) and offer a rehabilitation program for reformed boogeymen.
Founded by home-decorating duo Ken and Cindy McClain, BeHereNow offers chic, vintage-inspired furnishings and accessories, including many one-of-a-kind pieces. Beguile your domicile with a winsome Bobo coffee table ($210) or practice forging your own signature on a brown, iron-framed chalkboard from Comptoir de Famille ($45). Couch-rustling cowboys can gallop into a subtly hued sunset on a fern-green saddle stool from Cody Road Workshops ($79).
Founded by Ken Euston in 1971, Euston Hardware's old-fashioned legacy continues under the helm of Ken's son. Kevin, who has since grown the shops into three locations, keeps the shelves packed with more than 65,000 items for homes, landscaping, and automobiles. Experts chat with customers to help them to tackle projects from changing a car's oil to painting their house solid green so it can be replaced with a CGI castle. Home-improvement tools, which include items for the kitchen and bath, keep domiciles functioning at their best. The friendly staff can also guide green thumbs to lawn and garden supplies or help them select the right locks and outdoor equipment to keep their tools from escaping and impersonating the local robocop.
The knowledgeable nursery and landscape staff at Full Features Nursery transforms mere lawns and gardens into living works of art with a bountiful assortment of plants, trees, shrubs, and other assorted greenery. A team of outdoor architects beautifies homesteads with speedy delivery and installation of bulk mulch ($40/cu. yd.), decorative rock ($84+/cu. yd.), and self-sustaining steam geysers. The expansive 20-acre, three-greenhouse nursery nurtures a host of plant life, such as annual cell packs ($1.99/four-pack cell) and sun, shade, and native perennials ($7.99+). In addition to peppering gardens with smaller plants, patrons can work to balance their biosphere’s carbon trade deficit with the secure deposit of a tree available in deciduous, evergreen, ornamental, or fruit flavors ($55+).