With over 80,000 readers across southwestern Kansas, The Hutchinson News is the third-largest daily paper in the state. Founded on the fourth of July in 1872, the publication draws from a rich legacy of respected, professional journalism, covering everything happening in the state, from bills making their way through the legislature to current events in small towns and rural counties. National and international stories give readers a wider perspective on the world, and thought-provoking editorial pieces interpret the news from multiple viewpoints. Lifestyle reporting, sports coverage, and special features keep readers in the know with rundowns of high school, college, and pro sporting events, upcoming festivals, and listings for jobs, properties, and sales.
Imaginary Designs' catalog of recycled and fused glass earrings, necklaces and bracelets, and jewelry-making kits offer a kaleidoscope of glittery accouterments. Adorn your ears with earrings that come in all shapes and sizes, including the butterscotch truffle ($14.95) and the green apple sparkle drops ($7.95), or tie your head and neck together with a matching earring and necklace set ($20.95–$54.95). For thematic self-decorating, peruse a plethora of product lines including the whimsical Signature Line and the Lost My Marbles! collection, which repurposes marbles for fashion and ensures heroism when faced with clumsy home invaders, or daring DIYers can determine their own bejeweled beautification with glass jewelry-making kits ($8.95–$13.95). The owners, a husband-and-wife team named Frank and Nancy, turn amateur artists into competent craftsmen with jewelry-making, crocheting, and algebra classes.
The staff members at Four Seasons Firewood possess an encyclopedic knowledge of firewood and smoking wood, able to articulate each wood's properties the way a sommelier articulates a wine's flavors. They know which woods ignite the easiest, which release the best aromas, which burn the longest, and which are best for smoking meats or staking down sentient scarecrows. At any given time of year, Four Seasons' lot stocks ricks and cords of split oak, walnut, hickory, pecan, apple, and more, all available for pickup or delivery.
Chefs on Bravo's Top Chef and Top Chef Masters use it, Rachael Ray loves it, and Wolfgang Puck's Los Angeles Food and Wine event uses it exclusively. Its success stems from its simplicity—a knife and fork combined into one: the Knork. Knork founder Mike Miller stumbled onto this idea while on a date at a pizzeria. He was frustrated in his attempts to neatly eat his slice with a fork, and found a solution that serves as both a cutting and piercing device. Though at first glance it may look like a standard fork, the Knork's beveled edges and broadly curved outer tines can slice through fruit, pizza, vegetables, and fish without being so sharp as to endanger diners' fingers. The Knork line of elegant flatware extends to stainless steel spoons, knives, and serving utensils as well. The tableware comes in high-gloss, matte, or dual-toned finishes, and is ergonomically designed for maximal comfort.
At Kaleo Kwilts, an experienced stitcher pieces together comfortable blankets using heirlooms like baby clothes, a child’s sports t-shirt, or the attire of a special family or friend into one big comfy quilt. In addition to offbeat quilts, the service also puts together heartfelt memorial quilts created using the clothes of the someone who's passed away. Kaleo Kwilts uses sustainable textiles of clothing, and allows customers to customize the textiles used.