Advent Arrives at Holy Trinity Parish in Weston, Missouri…for the 175th Time

Weston, Missouri is a small town that’s well known locally for the many stylish specialty shops and restaurants clustered around its historic main street.  Well positioned near Kansas City, Platte City, and St. Joseph, Weston has masterfully leveraged the quaint aesthetics of its old downtown area to attract retailers, restaurateurs, and customers.  On any given weekend—particularly during …

Christmas at the Haunted Mansion

Editorial note:  This post is a follow-up to a post entitled Ghost Story at Kansas City’s Beautiful Haunted Mansion.  When I open the door and step across the threshold at Vaile Mansion in Independence, Missouri, I always feel as if I’m inserting myself into a drama that’s still unfolding.  The setting is authentically Victorian, yet feels current.  …

The 2017 Circa 19xx Gift Picks

Have you started working on your Christmas gift lists yet?  I know a couple of people who started Christmas shopping in July and are already finished!   I just can’t think about Christmas in July.  I’m too focused on the sun and the pool to think about short winter days and heavy coats!  Besides, I like …

Pysanky: The Prettiest Art Form You’ve Never Heard Of

On a lunch hour not so long ago Ashley Venenga and I were talking hobbies over barbecue sandwiches and sweet potato fries.  I described my new life as a hobbyest blogger—a life that, for people who know me, was just inevitable, given my decades-long love of writing and my more recent history of building amatuer websites.  …

Let’s Go to Kat & Co! A Visit (and some shopping) with Jan Ruoff, Owner of Kat & Co Antiques and Gifts

When you’re driving down Belt Highway in St. Joseph, Missouri, the last thing you expect to see along that busy thoroughfare is an antique shop.  Belt is a congested traffic corridor lined with fast food restaurants (I’ve been told St. Joseph has more fast food restaurants per capita than any town in the world), big …