Here’s what Star columnist Mary Sanchez is into right now:
My mother was a masterful seamstress, a talent she first cultivated by making patterns and sewing her own dresses as a young girl. Handmade buttonholes, bound seams: Precision was her trademark. She even made a peacoat for herself out of my father’s heavy wool Navy pants, lined in Pendleton plaid. Today, it’s difficult to find similar levels of craftsmanship.
Lucia’s Sarto Custom Sewing, 4808 Belleview Ave., is my choice. Owner Nataliya Lucia Meyer is an incredible designer of her own striking pieces, many of which have been featured in fashion shows. For me, she handles everything from the tailoring of a department store sale rack item for a better fit, to the beautiful jacket she is fashioning from the Armani fabric I bought at the now closed Kaplan’s, formerly on the Country Club Plaza.
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People often mistakenly assume that the tennis courts on the east side of the Plaza are part of a swanky private club. Nope. They’re incredibly accessible to all. General manager Scott Hanover and his team oversee a wide range of options, from lessons for beginners to the weekly World Team Tennis matches, UMKC Roos tennis and numerous tournaments.
The courts are also the primary location for a rocking event unique to Kansas City called the Bracket of Death, a creation of local tennis stalwart Robert Madison. It’s what it sounds like, endurance doubles tennis until the last pairing is blistered and obliterated. The most recent pummeling in mid-October took 12 hours of matches. Congrats Ryan Carpenter and Shanna Loyd.
Who doesn’t love a playground? A new one on Karnes Boulevard as it winds through midtown’s Roanoke Park is outstanding. It features unique climbing elements and a zip line to complement the usual slides, sandbox and swings.
On a few especially beautiful days, food trucks have begun parking there, ready to serve the plethora of diverse families who drive, walk and bike to the site. New additions, oversized musical instruments and more trees to be planted, are in the works. So this nature-filled location will only continue to improve.
Friends joke that we need an adults-only day at the playground with appropriate beverages. Might have to make that a covert evening gathering. A city that can play together moves forward together.