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.
Jane Kesinger of Your Family's 25th Hour has a history that guarantees that she has experienced many of life's hectic day-to-day tasks firsthand: she's a mother of three and grandmother of seven, as well as a former daycare owner and school-district employee. She knows the combination of work, school, extracurricular activities, and social obligations can become overwhelming for even the most organized families. Through her personal-assistant services, she helps clients perform routine errands and one-off tasks alike, scheduling appointments, shopping for groceries, picking up prescriptions, addressing event invitations, and chatting about the weather with that neighbor you can't stand.
Optimal Living helps clients create meaningful lifestyle changes to lose weight and stay healthy. One-on-one coaching services help establish dietary and fitness plans that work in tandem to reach individual goals. Each week, participants receive healthy meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients, from jalapeño and maple roasted chicken breast with apple chutney, to sustainably raised rosemary grilled arctic char.
Melissa Jackson is a homegrown talent, acquiring her sewing skills from her grandmother and her upholstery knowledge from her parents. Putting to use the lessons she's learned from her family, Melissa helps clients jazz up their homes through simple fixes and more in-depth decorating schemes. Melissa's services include consultations, furniture rearranging, and even holiday decoration to dress homes in the spirit of the season.
Plush Beauty Bar's hot-pink walls and zebra-print furniture belies the funky, fashion-forward focus it fosters in each of its services. It bolsters appearances with spray tanning and signature lash extensions that give clients a glamorous look to last for days. Meanwhile, aestheticians cleanse complexions with facials that incorporate steam exfoliation and the chance to throw in add-ons such as paraffin dips, chemical peels, or novelty mustaches.
Tucked inside Bella Sera condominiums lies Morph Training’s studio, where Chris Rhoad sets his trainees up on Vision Fitness cardio machines, Paramount weight machines, and spin bikes for full-body workouts. After their sessions, clients retire to men’s and women’s locker rooms equipped with showers, steam rooms, and saunas.