At any of the 15 Great Life Golf and Fitness locations, guests are encouraged to invent their own triathlon of gusto, switching from swimming in the pool to getting a total body workout to playing a round of golf. Great Life has facilities scattered throughout Kansas and Missouri, including golf courses such as the National Audubon Society–certified River Oaks and the links at The Oaks, which were designed by Tom Bendelow and opened in the 1920s. Golfers looking for quick rounds can drop by the nine-hole courses at Maple Creek, Abilene, and CedarBrook. Gyms such as the 14,000-square-foot fitness center at Berkshire allow members or guests to pump iron or run on treadmills when they aren’t helping their golf balls safely reach the greens by paying golf carts to drink all of the water hazards dry. Although amenities vary at each club, all of Great Life Golf and Fitness’s venues boast a pro shop, and the courses at Berkshire and Prairie View maintain driving ranges where golfers can make golf balls practice flying without their parachutes.
Clothes and furniture find new life at Red Racks Thrift Stores. Through donations, the staffers at the store's 13 locations fill their racks and shelves with thousands of second-hand items for kids and adults, including name-brand garments from the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Levi’s, The Loft, and Donna Karan New York. They also stock furniture and other miscellaneous goods, such as books and home décor.
And something odd happens when these items arrive at checkout—the register doesn't ring up any sales tax. That's because Red Racks is a nonprofit organization, and all proceeds go to benefit the Disabled American Veterans, an organization that has advocated on behalf of veterans for more than nine decades. Red Racks' altruistic mission has proved successful so far—the inventory of each store typically turns over every 3–4 weeks.
I started out selling Sheer Beauty Bare Minerals Cosmetics. I used to use name brand mineral cosmetics but got tired of their prices & the little amount that they gave me. I paid $35 for 9g. Ours costs $18 & you get 30g of cosmetics. I added a wholesale designer line, theres lots of brand names for up to 98% off retail.
Stepping into Altar Bridal boutique is like stepping into the enviable dressing room of a Hollywood starlet. Bright windows and polished wood floors set a simple backdrop to racks lined with romantic, feminine, or vintage-inspired gowns. Labels spell the names of top designers such as Amy Kuschel and Tulle, as well as up-and-coming artists from Project Runway. Additionally, a small selection of dresses hails from three local designers, who can often meet with the bride-to-be throughout the fitting process or work directly with them to create a completely customized frock.
Enthusiastic, yet down-to-earth, the shop's staff chats with visitors about their personal style and wedding-day dreams. As brides sip on drinks, the staffers suggest several styles that best line-up with their personal tastes. Like a best friend or a magic mirror after a couple of cocktails, they'll dish out honest advice and feedback while brides try on gowns. They welcome brides to bring along friends, who may want to take a peek at haute bridesmaids wear and a closetful of accessories that range from dramatic to demure.
Although the milk white lilies, magenta orchids, and vibrant greenery of Kelly Acock’s artistic floral arrangements fade and wilt with time, they’ve been memorialized long past their lifespan in publications such as International Floral Art, Nell Hill’s books about stylish weddings and decorating Christmas trees, and EA Bride Magazine. In addition to print credentials, Acock’s elegant creations have also snagged awards from the likes of WeddingWire, CityVoter, and The Knot. She earns these laudations not just by expertly crafting seasonal bouquets from fresh garden roses and hydrangea or vibrant sunflowers and eucalyptus, but by adding a creative twist to her centerpieces. Instead of following tradition and making a child sit quietly in the middle of the table, Acock’s deft hands layer vintage plates, tuck tooth-picked nametags into nectarines, light candles inside mason jars, and tie satin ribbons around weathered terracotta pots fuzzed with live moss. Rather than guard her secrets, she shares her tricks with students during workshops.
The stylists stocking the virtual shelves of My Posh Box handpick each item, finding inspiration from the runway and the glossy pages of fashion magazines. The online boutique’s pumps range in heel height from lofty to stratosphere tickling and come in eye-catching styles as well as understated and classic looks. Stylists also source fashion-forward necklaces and earrings as well as statement bags and belts. My Posh Box also partners with customers for on-location stiletto parties. Up to 10 guests dip their toes in a variety of the website’s most popular heels, practicing model walks and drop kicks in the relative seclusion of home living rooms. The parties can be tailored toward the hostesses’ requests, with guests receiving a 10% discount on purchases made during the shoe shindig.