Owners Chris and Brian Auckland say their business, which began in 1900, is thriving, but it is no longer the flower shop on the corner. New technology has changed the industry, and they have altered their business strategy to keep the Kansas City institution strong.
Jacquelyn Gering wasn’t interested in quilting until seven years ago, when she attended an exhibit of historical yet modern quilts. She then immersed herself in the hobby, and nowhas turned it into a career, including teaching and speaking engagements, and a published book.
Isom Collective, a multiple disciplinary design company in the Crossroads Arts District, is more than just a group of creative thinkers, designers and builders. They also happen to be siblings specializing in skills that cross-pollinate.
Daniel Umscheid of Clockwork Architecture + Design describes the two-bedroom, two-bathroom home that was built in 10 weeks and cost only $150,000. It’s also easily replicated, responsibly sized, energy efficient and blends into the established neighborhood.
Kori Crum’s life is a littlebit crazy — she lives in with a big house with and a combined family of household including five kids ages 8-19 — so it’s fitting she named her rustic retail shop Chaos Boutique. The downtown Parkville storefront brims with handmade decor, home goods, jewelry and gifts.
Landscape architect Kurt Kraisinger, owner of the Lorax Design Group, specializes in high-end residential design, with an emphasis on quality and longevity. He also started two other companies that give him control over pool construction.
Corogenes, who started his arts and crafts business just a year ago, cuts designs using high tech equipment. He silk screens images on wood. He designs dog bowls, comic storage boxes and tube amplifiers that can connect to iPads, iPhones and MP3 players.
Earlier this year, Tina Garrett received a $6,000 purchase prize from the Art Renewal Center, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to renewing the classical training and appreciation of traditional art. Most recently, the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona named her painting “String of Pearls” one of 40 finalists out of 2,000 submissions of figurative pieces of art from around the world.
Mark Reichle and Nancy Miller have tended the bed-and-breakfast near the Plaza for 17 years, developing a brand of local hospitality that has allowed their business to thrive as the city’s destination credentials have steadily grown.