JC Gerstner, owner of KC Rug Cleaners and Art Restoration in Kansas City, Kan., is an expert on handwoven rugs. Handmade rugs are valuable assets, especially Iranian, Persian and Turkish, Indian and Chinese rugs.
Orchids require regular watering and feeding, says David Bird of Bird’s Botanicals, which has a greenhouse in an underground cave near downtown Kansas City. He also has carnivorous plants, including one that can eat rodents or a small monkey.
Container gardening tips from master gardener Donna Sagen, owner of Container Creations. How to pick pots, know when and what to plant, water and fertilize. The most important thing: new potting soil every year.
Brookside Barkery & Bath owner Delena Stout launched her store 15 years ago to provide healthier pet food options and a comfortable place to bathe big dogs. Her store has expanded its offerings, including its latest line: CDB products.
Rebecca Koop has always been a creator. A trip to the Plaza Art Fair while she was growing up turned her on to pottery; now she offers classes in her Back Door Pottery studio in Kansas City’s Northeast neighborhood.
Matt Reetz wants people to call him when they cannot figure out how to get that built-in, bookshelf or cabinet to work right. After 15 years of working as a homebuilder, Reetz has streamlined his business and change its name to highlight the custom home work he delivers.
Matt Bramlette hopes customers walk into his Mid-Coast Modern shop in Westport and find something unexpected. The Kansas City native who formerly worked in advertising was looking for a different career when he decided to open a retail store; it features home and personal items from makers, artists and other indie business owners.
Kelly Cook is the designer. Steven Cline is the builder. Their firm, Cook+Cline Design & Build Co., has grown in three years from an idea run out of a garage, to a business with a showroom featuring hundreds of unique home improvement products. The couple promotes a style that is modern and old fashioned at the same time.
Angie’s List recently ran a Sleep Sanctuary contest. Kansas City fan favorite and HGTV “Design Star” winner Jennifer Bertrand was pitted against two other celebrity designers and received the most online votes. As the winner, she was given $15,000 to spend on a makeover for Maggie Sweeden of Weston.