From Tuscany to Kansas City
In a love story that could inspire a romantic comedy, Kansas native Megan DelBrenna met her future husband in Italy in the summer of 2005. Sebastian DelBrenna was the grandson of a Tuscan jeweler, and after meeting Megan at a dinner, invited her out the next evening. Three years later, the pair opened a retail store featuring the artisan jewelry made in Sebastian’s family for decades. DelBrenna first opened in Cortoona, Tuscany, and this month, the jewelry brand’s first U.S. location is slated to open in the Crestwood Shops. DelBrenna will offer a wide range of jewelry, plus scarves, crystal-ware, Italian-made footwear and facial and body creams.
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A Historical Staycation
After 15 months and $800,000 worth of renovations, a 131-year-old mansion on the Westside is now available to rent from Airbnb. Just a few blocks from 17th and Jefferson, the “J.G. Peppard House” is a 5,400 square-foot space packed with character, from a lead-glass turret to handmade woodwork and floral plaster swags. The three-level home was built in 1887 and can host up to 18 people, with eight bedrooms, five bathrooms and three kitchens. The house is available to rent starting at $392 a night, and photos of accommodations can be found at
New and Improved
21c Museum Hotels, the award-winning Louisville-based boutique hotel, contemporary art museum and restaurant group, has announced the appointment of Joe West as executive chef of its forthcoming restaurant, The Savoy, which will be located in 21c Museum Hotel Kansas City (219 West 9th St.). The historic building, which was previously Kansas City’s iconic Savoy Hotel and Grill, is scheduled to open this summer. The former Savoy Grill will be restored and reimagined into a contemporary restaurant that honors the building’s storied past while bringing new life and energy to the space known for its famous patrons including Harry Truman, Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft and John D. Rockefeller.
Designed by Deborah Berke Partners, the beloved local landmark will be thoughtfully transformed into a 21st century hospitality experience. The restaurant will feature several components from the property’s original design, including the banquette known as the “President’s Booth,” frequented by Harry Truman, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. The murals painted in 1903 by artist Edward Holslag, catalogued among the Smithsonian Institution’s “Bicentennial Inventory of American Paintings,” will also remain in the space. Adjacent museum galleries showcasing contemporary art, including permanent site-specific installations and rotating curated exhibitions, will foster exploration over cocktails or following a meal.
— By contributing writer Vivienne Peters