Husband-and-wife team Rick and Karen McKernan fill their historical downtown Liberty store with an eclectic mix of gourmet food items, kitsch, and home accessories that enliven living spaces and make for thoughtful gifts. Seasonal and anytime decor items crafted by local artisans dot the store’s interior alongside novelty items such as bacon-shaped first-aid bandages and foods such as artisanal One Screw Loose jellies. The couple’s daughter and business partner, Katie, fills a fashion area with handmade and locally crafted jewelry and accessories, which are ideal for deserving gift recipients and accepting jewelry boxes.
Kevin and Christi Weaver, owners of The Polished Edge, employ more than 40 years of experience with precious stones to set hands, necks, and ears a-sparkle with gemstone-laden jewelry. Celebrate the first letter of your name or favorite conjunction by picking up a sterling-silver initial necklace, its dangling grapheme encrusted with ripe mini jewels, or fit your throat for a pear-shaped stone that twinkles within the safe embrace of a silver pendant. To accessorize ears, The Polished Edge rolls out a pair of silver hooked earrings that put a pear-shaped gem to rest just below each lobe. Guests contemplating nuptials can spend their visit perusing the shop’s selection of handcrafted and designer engagement rings, which bear such bling as pink-hued round stones, teardrop-shaped diamonds, and encapsulated passion. In addition to purveying and customizing jewelry, the craftsman at The Polished Edge also repair and engrave pieces.
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.
My Best Friend's Closet and its sister stores—Wear House and More and Wear House Exchange—curate a sprawling stash of gently used, modern apparel for men, women, and children. At each shop, a style-savvy staff strives to keep its showrooms brimming with designer apparel that's within 2 years of current fashion trends, working to maintain a contemporary selection free of outdated looks and time-traveling bell bottoms. The team adds hundreds of items to its inventory every day, and can help shoppers further complete ensembles with a fleet of accessories such as shoes, jewelry, and purses.
Deana Morgans has been a cosmetologist for more than a decade, and is a national educator for John Paul Mitchell Systems. As a master stylist at Beauty Mart, she calls upon her years of experience to craft face-framing layers and decorate strands with all-over color, highlights, and popcorn garland. Deana also holds certifications in Great Lengths hair extensions and Lavish Lashes semipermanent eyelash extensions, which result in a more voluminous look without the mess of mascara.