In 1988, potter Michael Smith invited a small group of peers to his home to share ideas and further explore the art of clay manipulation. After just a few meetings, the group quickly grew to include around 70 craftspeople, who started meeting at the Kansas City Art Institute instead of inside Smith's giant conch shell. These regular get-togethers laid the groundwork for the initial incarnation of KC Clay Guild, a place where artists could socialize, buy materials in bulk, and learn from one another.
Now, the volunteer-run co-op is even larger. It occupies its own facility and has vastly expanded the number of services it provides. Amidst the changes, KC Clay Guild has remained true to its initial goals, guided by a mission statement to support the clay community. Artists of all skill levels enroll in classes that cover an array of techniques, such as wheel throwing, hand building, and slip casting. Members take part in regular meetings, open-studio time, and monthly shows, and visiting artists stop by to lead workshops and repair their ceramic automobiles. The guild even offers a scholarship to high-school seniors and hosts birthday parties, team-building exercises, and family-fun nights for casual potters.
The techs at C&S Power Washing scour structures with low-pressure hoses and professional cleaning products to avoid damage while expunging mildew and dirt. They also wash windows and clean and seal concrete to prevent rust stains and tree sap from marring surfaces with mysterious messages. When techs aren't washing abodes, they restore decks and fences damaged by the elements and stampeding wildebeests, and detail heavy equipment and cars. In addition to domiciles, they tidy up businesses by cleansing storefronts and scrubbing graffiti away.
Servpro's professional stain purgers thoroughly and conveniently clean all types of carpet fabrics with a spread of unique services. Rug experts master specialized cleaning methods designed to coax unwanted particles from various upholstery materials, from common berber weaves to sporty indoor astroturf. Bonnet cleaning gently plucks grime from short-pile runners, and hot-water extraction deep-cleans even petrified Christmas tree needles from denser varieties. Nozzle-wielders take action against deeply soiled areas with a deluxe precondition and rinse to eliminate splotches caused by new wineglasses before being fully housebroken. Showcase premier cleaning represents the most thorough dirt-destroying technique in Servpro's arsenal, and dry-cleaning cleanses even fabrics prone to lose their shading to water or unnecessary pressure.
When dirt infiltrates carpet fibers and begins its devious task of discoloration, the techs at D&S Professional Carpet Cleaning intervene by cleaning carpets and shielding them against future stains with Scotchgard treatments. Led by a certified textiles expert, the team skillfully dyes bleach stains on carpets, stretches them to remove bumps, and cleanses upholstery on couches and chairs. After they’ve gone, rooms noticeably lack pet odors, tiles sparkle, and houses damaged by fire and water feel more like the indoor theme parks you meant them to be.
With pottery in the studio’s name, visitors might be surprised to witness the amount of melting, fusing, gluing, and sculpting that occurs at Imagination Pottery and Creations. Several means of artistic expression keep creative juices flowing as guests of all ages assemble colorful mosaics, build fused-glass projects, and channel their inner Monet, who was famous for painting the first World’s Greatest Dad mug. In addition to open studio time, parties, and multimedia educational programs, Imagination’s staff organizes weekly events, including BYOB gatherings and Ladies' Night for adults.
In 1898—the same year Marie and Pierre Curie discovered radium and composer George Gershwin was born—the Wyman Center opened its doors. Founded in St. Louis by a group of citizens intent upon granting the city’s children a respite from the often sweltering tenements, the organization’s first programs were designed to furnish participants with fresh air, healthy food, and fun-filled outdoor activities. Though the world has changed radically since the Wyman Center’s inception, it continues to uphold and expand upon its founders' original mission of providing teens from disadvantaged circumstances with opportunities, support, and educational programs.
Today, powered by a dedicated staff of community leaders and volunteers, the Wyman Center’s numerous initiatives revolve around leadership and outreach programs. Amidst 250 acres of sylvan land, the Eureka campus serves as a base for outdoor education programs available to a variety of organizations from educational camps to team building retreats. Under the watchful eyes of supportive staffers and any fruit bats flying overhead, outdoor adventurers can tackle challenges afforded by ziplines, climbing walls, and orienteering activities. Along with skill-building programs, a variety of getaway packages invite groups to revel in the alfresco amenities of the Eureka campus while celebrating birthdays, weddings, or family reunions.