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Pam Rector picked up her first roll of wallpaper as a little girl. As the spark of passion for color and design ignited, her mother fanned the flames, letting Pam redesign her room as many times as she wanted. By age 14, she had mastered the techniques of sewing pillows and painting furniture, allowing her room to grow as an “extension of her true personality.” As an adult, she temporarily put her design ambitions aside to begin a stint in the restaurant business, but she couldn’t keep her creativity stifled. The hand-drawn fliers and holiday decorations that she worked on in her spare time opened up the window to her dream job, and she eventually quit the corporate world and became a full-time designer.

Founding Rector Studio in March 2012, Pam now works with clients on decorating projects that range from full home makeovers to color consultation. Armed with color swatches, fabrics, and a carpet-to-English dictionary, she adds small touches with custom-made pillows, draperies and blinds, or re-does larger decor from flooring to furniture. While working on redesigns, Pam also keeps budgets in mind, maintaining an artistic vision that won’t break the bank.

Midwest Genealogy Center
Independence,
MO
US

kcfurnitureguy is dedicated to providing the Kansas City area with furniture repair services. Whether you need help with dings, dents, rips, water damage or recliner mechanisms our service techs will do a professional job. We offer repairs on wood, upholstery, glass and more.

606 East Linwood Terrace
Independence,
MO
US

A community presence in Kansas City since 1860, the Greater Kansas City YMCA forwards its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages and backgrounds at its 18 locations. Each bustling outpost proffers members an embarrassment of fitness and entertainment riches, with everything from youth camps and after-school programs to group exercise classes, such as cycling, core training, and Pilates. Clubs and social organizations help members meet like-minded friends, and family activities strengthen bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly.

14001 E 32nd St S
Independence,
MO
US

Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.

14310 E 42nd St S
Independence,
MO
US

It's easy to say that e-cigs are a bit classier than regular cigarettes. They don't leave behind lingering odors. They don't create bad breath. They don't set off smoke detectors. For many, they're a somewhat healthier alternative, too, being free of the excess tar and carbon monoxide that often leads to hacking coughs.

For those looking to quell the habit of filling ashtrays, and for those seeking new avenues for nicotine, Aqueous Vapor's reservoir of e-cigs and accessories clears a path to flavor country. With kits that contain all the necessities, including the e-cig tank, rechargeable batteries, USB chargers, and stylish satchels for carrying the accouterments, Aqueous Vapor stymies all manners of nicotine fits. The store's sommeliers of all things smokeless steer patrons towards a gallery of assorted e-liquids, featuring imaginative flavors including apple, hard candy, clove, cherry swirl, and Jameson’s Irish Vapor Juice.

3709 South Noland Rd
Independence,
MO
US

For more than 60 years, Zeke's Paint & Design Centers have been outfitting do-it-yourselfers with the paints and tools they need to give their homes chromatic makeovers. Zeke's preferred brand of paint, Benjamin Moore, can be mixed to perfectly match the preexisting colors on walls or breathe new life into boring pieces of Renaissance artwork. The store's commitment to professional-grade products doesn't stop at paint; finely bristled brushes, rollers, and supplies from brands such as Purdy and Corona ensure even coats and minimize the need for later touchups. Resident experts share helpful tips for do-it-yourself projects and can even point visitors in the direction of trusted professionals for more complex jobs, such as re-creating The Creation of Adam on the ceiling of a dog's house.

3629 S Noland Rd
Independence,
MO
US