Founded by Ken Euston in 1971, Euston Hardware's old-fashioned legacy continues under the helm of Ken's son. Kevin, who has since grown the shops into three locations, keeps the shelves packed with more than 65,000 items for homes, landscaping, and automobiles. Experts chat with customers to help them to tackle projects from changing a car's oil to painting their house solid green so it can be replaced with a CGI castle. Home-improvement tools, which include items for the kitchen and bath, keep domiciles functioning at their best. The friendly staff can also guide green thumbs to lawn and garden supplies or help them select the right locks and outdoor equipment to keep their tools from escaping and impersonating the local robocop.
Bagettes allows customers to personalize their bags by incorporating their own photos and text into the design. Constructed from satin fabric and featuring a black nylon lining, the medium cosmetic bag is 8" wide and 5" tall, giving it the volume to handle makeup, toiletries, and several hamsters. Images are embedded into the fibers of the bags rather than applied superficially to the surface, helping prevent fading and peeling over time and making the bags practical and durable ways to preserve special moments and broadcast hilarious personal slogans. Images—from endearing shots of family members and pets to psychedelic portraiture of famous flightless birds—are submitted using the Bagettes website and can be cropped, resized, and rotated to fit the customer's precise specifications. The site also allows for the addition of text to any image, with more than 200 fonts in which to write special messages, personalized captions, and high-level cryptography.
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.
Letting strangers into one’s home to clean around valued possessions can be nerve-wracking, which is why Shelby Seck is always happy to point out her pedigree. A resident of Overland Park, she has built her cleaning business through happy customers and word of mouth over the last 24 years, ensuring repeat business with her thorough technique. Her cleaners come prepped to deal with every room in the house by equipping themselves with biodegradable cleaning products. This means they are kind to materials while not irritating pets or children. Shelby's team can even divide their man hours, so one cleaner can come for an hour, two cleaners can come for half an hour, or a million cleaners can show up to make the floor cave in and utterly destroy an orange juice spill.
Ranchview Floral has been in business since 1947, assembling flower arrangements that add a touch of beauty to decades of celebrations and expressions of sympathy. The Ranchview team expertly combines roses, tulips, daisies, and orchids into creations bursting with color, from bouquets to centerpieces and corsages. Each one makes a classic and fragrant gift for special occasions or a fancy meal for a pet goat.