The shape of things to come: Student overcomes adversity, shines with ceramics

Joe Petty, a 15-year-old sophomore at Shawnee Mission South High School, is a testament to the power of moving forward. Despite chronic fatigue syndrome and other physical issues, Joe has made a name for himself in the adult world of the KC Clay Guild, crafting pottery so artfully some think he should make a career of it.

Leawood’s Park Place adds high-end sunglass shop

Nearly a decade after opening Romanelli Optix, the owners have added a high-end sunglass store. Unlike many sunglass shops, the new Romanelli Sun Galleria at 5261 W. 116th Place, in the Park Place development, sells activewear sunglasses alongside luxury sunglasses.

Cliffhanger on Metcalf Avenue: Is there a Plan B for King Louie?

Johnson County commissioners left a cliff-hanger last November when they decided not to go ahead with rehabbing the former King Louie bowling alley: What would become of the landmark building at 8788 Metcalf Ave. that was to house the county museum, Enterprise Center and voting facilities? And where would those county services end up, if not the King Louie?