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That’s right friends. The start of college basketball season is just around the corner! It’s a great season for gathering with friends and family for watch parties – and this year at our home we have a new little Jayhawk pulling for KU.

Meet my son, Noah! Born in March, Noah and I watched our first game together in the hospital the night he was born. And this Friday he gets to watch his first Late Night on TV with Dad. I can’t wait!

No matter who you root for, there’s sure to be lots of great games and fun ahead. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Kansas City BBQ consistently ranks among the nation’s best. And with so many great choices throughout the metro, it’s no wonder locals can get heated over their favorite! Me, on the other hand, I can’t pick just one – I’m an Oklahoma Joe’s (Z-Man Sandwich)/Gates (BBQ beef on bun) guy.

But whether you’re a fan of BBQ served in a gas station, or you prefer to sauce your own at home, you would for sure enjoy the American Royal World Series of BBQ next weekend (Oct. 4-Oct. 7). This annual event will showcase 545 teams competing in four meat categories. A variety of family-friendly events will be available throughout the weekend, including cooking demonstrations, the Kids’ Korral and live music!

And if you can’t make it to the Royal, don’t let that stop you from trying some new BBQ! Check out Jon Russell’s, a new BBQ restaurant that recently opened in Overland Park.

Have a favorite BBQ spot or recipe you want to share? That’s what it’s all about. Comment below and let us know!


Hello, IKEA!

It is HUGE news across the metro – IKEA is coming to Merriam, KS! Plans are underway for the store to be developed at the vacant strip mall situated off I-35 and Johnson Drive. The store, set to open in the fall of 2014, has been in demand from area residents who pushed for IKEA to come to Kansas City … similar to the push Kansas Citians made for Trader Joe’s to set up shop here. Now we’ll have both!

Landing big stores like these not only make residents very happy, but they’re important for the future growth of the metropolitan area and for the local economy. Congrats to the city of Merriam on this big success!

Want to be by the action? If you’re an IKEA shopper and want to get close to the much-anticipated store, check out this listing at
9617 W. 51st St. in Merriam. This open concept, 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home has a contemporary feel and TONS of updates. It also features a finished walk-out basement to a deep, secluded treed yard. A 2-tier deck and patio make it great for entertaining!

Call me at 913-980-2434 to set up a viewing!

This move-in ready 3-bedroom, 2-bath ranch home in the Prairie Point subdivision of Waldo has been meticulously maintained with an open floor plan that’s perfect for entertaining! From a well-manicured fenced lawn and deck, to updates throughout, the home boasts popular finishes and neutral colors to match any style. It also features a finished basement with family room and a non-conforming 4th bedroom or office!


Waldo is a bustling, close-knit community that supports local business and offers an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and bars. It’s also the host to several popular Kansas City annual events, including Bacon Fest, Trolley Run, Waldo Crawldo Pub Crawl and the Waldo Fall Festival.

Get a feel for the area this weekend and join us for an open house on Sunday (Sept. 30) from 1 to 4 p.m. Hope to see you at 7642 Grand Avenue!

Greetings KC,

Just wanted to share this awesome video highlighting some of the great things about Kansas City.  ENJOY!  #KansasCity