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ttn logoDecember, 2017: Welcome to my latest adventure!

Kim Schultz

December is upon us! Don't let the stress out shine and beauty of the season! 2017 is coming to an end, 2018 can be seen in the horizon!

Kim's Excellent Adventures

Dog Sitting - Ended October and started November, dogsitting for my friends Sharon and Mike in Topeka! 

Meetings- I have re-entered the meeting scene. I had left for a few years to readjust. Topeka is not the easiet city to deal with. Sometimes you just need to restart. It was nice to meet so many new people and old people. Networking is very important when you own a business or even work at one. I have spoken to many groups but I wasn't attending the meetings. I am now going to start doing my best to attend, ING, AWE, ABWA KEEN, ENGAGE Business Network, and Topeka Growth Partners. I still part of Topeka Tourism as well. This group is going to need some rebuilding. Our local attractions have been ignored for the past  couple years and we need to change that!!

Keen Meeting - I am now a member of KBWA. This months meeting, we heard from Linda Stephens and Melissa Barnes.

ING Meeting - Lori Welch with personally yours was our presenter. She does personalized items.  You really need to check out her website!!

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Thanksgiving: We usually have a few extra people at my mom's house. This year we had my aunt Marilyn, who just moved to Topeka from California a month ago and Kolton. His dad was going to come but he wasn't feeling well! Normal food coma and family time. Chelsea and I actually went shopping that evening and had a great time.  The lines were not that crazy but we found some really good deals!!

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Bad Moms 2 - The girls and I were asked if we would do a mom and daughter movie dinner night. We agreed and set up the date to see Bad Moms 2. Then we would meet at Red Robin for dinner! The movie was funny. I thought they used the F word about 10 times too much! Our dinner was also yummy! 

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20 Under 40 Banquet - I always love to see the up and coming Rock Stars in Topeka! The Boys Scouts started this banquet in 2010. The room was full and the night was fun. I ran into many people, I have not seen in a long time.

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The Schultz Show.. Movie Premier - Five years ago my brothers and I got to play on stage for a few weekends. We have always been a theatre family but it was our first time actually getting to perform in front an audience that we didn't force to watch us!  I made yummy desserts and we all enjoyed our show that was dedicated to our dad. We brought a special surprise at the end, starring past performer singing my theme song, Louder than words. The song says, Actions speak louder than words. That describes my family to a T!

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Ticket Takers - Who else would call you 90 minutes before  the doors open and tell you that they have no ticket takers for a SOLD OUT show. My brother, Chris, that is who! So my plans changed and off to TPAC I went to help scan tickets. It was actually sort of fun! My entire family was there, even my aunt who had just moved to Topeka the day before!  Casting Crowns were awesome!!  I didn't stay for the entire concert but the parts I did see, were amazing!!

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New project - I can't go into details but big things are happening! BAM!! More to come!!  I can also add the letters L M C. 

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Topeka Jazz Workshop - My friend Ralph had a guest pass for this concert and invited me and my mom to attend. I had never been to The Topeka Jazz Workshop.  My daughter designs the program and my brother handles some of the tech and marketing stuff. I was actually impressed and surprised that I enjoyed the music so much. I wish we had a Jazz Club in Topeka! 

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Thanksgiving part 2- Who can say no to a second Thanksgiving dinner. Dana prepared an amazing meal! 

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Small Business Saturday - Everyone rushes out on Black Friday and many small businesses are closed. Now we have Small Business Saturday! This day focuses on the small businesses in your community! Juli's had a vendor event that day. 

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The View from My NOTO Studio

Barbara Waterman Peters


View from my Studio

By Barbara Waterman-Peters

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by Barbara Waterman-Peters

December brings more cold, shorter days, and frantic schedules. My studio time is not as plentiful and feels squeezed in between shows, meetings and other commitments. No new paintings have been started and completion of that one stubborn canvas seems an impossible goal. However, new ideas are beginning to emerge, sketches and reference photos created, and a sense of direction gained.

Outside my window, holiday decorations invite people to NOTO and into its businesses for warmth, shopping and friendly greetings. The last First Friday Art Walk of the year is the first day of December and we look forward to the crowds coming to see our art, braving the cold despite the early darkness and busy schedules!

"All of Us" is our annual holiday group exhibit! The artists at STUDIO 831 continue to amaze with new ideas and new work! Come see the results of artists sharing creative space infused with energy! Perhaps you might find something to add to your collection or give as a gift! Michael Bradley, Kathleen Cobb, Anne Kufahl, Diane Lawrence, Gwen McClain,Larry Peters, Tyler Quintin, Hi Stockwell, Lois VanLiew, Trudy Waterman, and Barbara Waterman-Peters are all included!


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Absolute Desing by Brenda

Absolute Design by Brenda


 629 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603

(785) 266-7999

  Avenue Hair Styling

Avenue Hair


Boho Mojo

631 S Kansas Ave 

(785) 783-8622

  Briman's Leading Jewelers


734 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603

(785) 357-4438

  Cashmere Gourmet Popcorn

Cashmere Popcoren Logo

728 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66612

(785) 554-8895

  David's Jewelers

Davids Jewelers

 623 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603 - 785-234-4808


 Dean's 1/2 Price Books

Deans Books

 1426 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66612 - 785-357-4708




 628 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 

(785) 430-5221


 Ginny's Gift Shop

Ginnys Gift Shop

 929 S Kansas Ave, Topeka KS 66612



Guard Sales

Guard Sales

1404 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66612 - 785-235-1378


 Hazel Hill Chocolates Traditions


724 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603

(785) 215-8883


Heavenly Creations

116 SE 7th


Leaping Llamas

Leaping Llmas Artisan Shop

725 S Kansas Ave

Topeka, KS 66612

Leaping Llamas Artisan Shop is a space for Kansas artist to sell their work in downtown Topeka. We will also be offering adult and children's art classes for every skill set. Our goal is to get more art into the community!




 Moburts Spices


820 S Kansas Ave.


Flavor is name of the game and we love them as much as you do. From our homemade, handmade blends, to our bright spices, robust herbs, and wonderful array of salts and sugars, to our California olive oils and California wine vinegars to our aged Italian Balsamic vinegars, we’ve got what you want. You can cook with great ingredients just like your favorite celebrity chef! We know because you appreciate terrific flavors and new adventures, you will love what Moburts can add to your creations.  

At Moburts, we offer a wide array of flavorings with an emphasis on superior quality, exceptional value, and outstanding customer service.



N V Me Fashions

729 S Kansas Ave


 Oddfellows Books


117 SW 6th St, Topeka, KS 66603 - 785-354-8899


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Mon. - Sat. 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Open First Fridays until 8:00 PM
Closed Sundays

Oddfellow's is Topeka's newest and greatest collectibles store.  We offer a huge selection of quality used books of every kind and subject.  We also offer a great selection of coins and currency as well as comic books, stamps, ephemera, and LOTS of other things to excite the collector in you.


While there is lots of great reading to be found in the average used bookstore we choose to sell books as commodities and not as consumables.   This means that the books you purchase from Oddfellow's will find a permanent home on your bookshelves and not get passed on after reading.  Our books include the rare and out-of-print, books from the 19th century and earlier, leather-bound beauties, and new books by local authors as well as a ever expanding selection of modern fiction.  We also pride ourselves on having a large selection of books about Topeka and all of Kansas including books by local authors.  Whatever subject you love, we have a book for you!

Please continue to check back as we expand our website.  Soon we will have a link to our online catalog and an events calendar to keep you up-to-date on author signings and other events around the store.


Prairie Glass Studio

Prairie Glass Studio

 110 SE 8th Ave, Topeka, KS 66603

(785) 271-8006


Our colorful shop is located in the garden level of the Historic Crane Building at 110 SE 8th Avenue. This Topeka landmark has showcased numerous businesses since the late 1800’s. Now this enchanting building presently houses Gizmo Pictures, Juli’s Coffee & Bistro and Prairie Glass Studio.

Bursting with creativity, Prairie Glass Studio offers creative gifts, home décor and one-of-a-kind jewelry. Located in the Capitol City of Kansas, we feature a Sunflower-themed glass art collection year-round.

Prairie Glass Studio is known for the perfect environment to host birthday parties, staff retreats, family gatherings, etc. or just come in with a few friends and take a class.


The Sewing Workshop

Sewing Workshop

301 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603

 (785) 357-6231


Shana Cake

Shana Cakes

 435 S Kansas Ave, Topeka Kansas 66603

(785) 408-1272


All products contain ABSOLUTELY NO Gluten, Wheat, Soy, Dairy, Corn, Nuts, Tree nuts, GMOs, Artificial flavorings/colors or Preservatives!

Don’t need Gluten/Wheat/Dairy/Soy/Corn/Nut/Tree nut-Free?  That’s OK…our treats are fabulously delicious – you wouldn’t know they were allergy friendly if we didn’t tell you!

Need egg-free or Vegan?  Most products can be made for your needs!

Want to mix up your grains so you’re not always eating the same ones?  We can make things in different ways – for example, Vanilla cupcakes can be made with brown rice flour mix or with sorghum flour mix.

Want a different flavor than we show?  Just ask and we’ll see what we can do for you!

Please contact us and discuss your dietary restrictions or special requests and we’ll work with you to get you some fresh and yummy treats that you can eat and feel good about!

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Skin Art Creations Tattoo Emporium

skin art creations

114 SW 8th Avenue, Studio A, Topeka, KS 66603

 (785) 580-8748


 Stephen Smith Images

Stephen Smith

 931 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66612

(785) 235-2710


Supersonic Music


117 SE 6th Ave, Topeka, KS 66603



TreeHouse Custome Drums

 Treehouse Custom Drums


117 SE 6th Ave



Top City Shoes

106 SE 7th



 United Martial Sciences

United Martial Science

628 1/2 S Kansas Ave in Topeka, KS



United Martial Sciences is located at 628 1/2 S Kansas Ave in Topeka, KS. We offer instruction in Mixed Martial Arts,
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, boxing and Aikido. We have a diverse student base training at our facility. Our students include
pro-mma fighters, pro-boxers, and amateur competitors. Students that choose not to compete still enjoy many benefits
associated with the demanding training regimen of a competitive fighter. Additionally, we offer defensive tactics courses to
law enforcement, military and security personnel
We are an affiliate school of Miletich Fighting Systems ( and Marcio
Laselva (
United Martial Sciences has 14 heavy bags, a floor mounted boxing ring, a full sized combat sports MMA cage, and plenty of
mat space for all your training needs! We offer evening classes starting at 6pm. Come and check us out or give us a call at


Warehouse 414

Warehouse 414


414 SE 2nd St, Topeka, KS 66607

(785) 232-8008


 Wolfe's Best

Wolfes Camera

635 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603

(785) 235-1386





 105 SE 10th Ave # A, Topeka, KS 66612

(785) 233-9000



Bruno's Downtown Grill & Bar

1003 SE Quincy

Topeka, KS 66612


The Celtic Fox



 The Center for Better Nutrition

Center for Better Nutrition



 Classic Bean


 Field of Greens

FOG Logo 300 dbi

 909 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66612


Globe Indian Restaurant



 Golden Dragon



 Hanover Pancake House







 Jayhawk Corner Cafe

Jayhawk Diner


Juli's Coffee & Bistro



Kansas Avenue Cafe

 628 S. Kansas avenue; Topeka, Kansas 66603.


Luis Place

 435 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603



732 S Kansas Ave

 Pepe & Chela's

Pepe Chelas



Rowe House


Terry's Bar & Grill

Terrys Bar Grill Cropped


 Top of the Tower Club

 Top of the tower


 Townsite Cafe

Townsite Cafe






 Banner Dining





A Financially Fit Life Offers Real Abundance

Desmond Henry


A Financially Fit Life Offers Real Abundance




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8 Things You Need To Know Before Giving To Charity


It’s that time of year again. November 28th is #GivingTuesday - a global day of giving intended to motivate people to collaborate and give back during the most charitable season of the year. During the holidays, people are more inspired to give. In fact, one third of all charitable giving done in America happens in the month of December.

We all have our reasons for giving to charity. Some of us root our charitable donations in our faith, while others give to a cause that’s near and dear to their heart. Either way, research has proven that  charitable giving can lead to a more satisfying and fulfilling life. It’s also a good way to reap tax benefits with the impending end-of-year tax deadline creeping up on us.

Regardless of whether you’re just feeling charitable, or you want to see the positive benefits of charitable giving on your taxes, you should do a little bit of digging before you sign that donation check.




You have so many options when it comes to charities you can donate to. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are over 1.57 million tax-exempt charities that exist. So don’t just pick one at random!

Instead, decide what’s important to you before deciding where to donate. What are you passionate about? Find charities that address those interests, and determine whether their mission aligns with your values.

Next, you get to decide how you want your charitable donation to have an impact. You should consider…

  • Do you want to help a local cause, or a global initiative?
  • Do you want your donation to provide direct help, or would you rather raise awareness about an issue you care about?
  • Do you want your money to fight poverty? Go towards resources? Promote research?

Deciding how you want your donation to be used can help you determine where to donate.




If you’re going to donate to charity, you might as well get the tax benefits for your donation. It only makes sense to utilize the option since it’s available to you. In order to do this, you’ll need to verify the charity’s non-profit status.

To verify a non-profit status, you’ll want to look for a 501(c)3 organization. The IRS has an excellent tool to help you do this. A 501(c)3 organization has to comply with IRS regulations, including filing an annual financial report to the IRS called the Form 990. By donating to a 501(c)3 charity, you’re helping to ensure your donations are deemed tax deductible by the government.




The last thing you want to do is fall into a scam, or donate to a charity who misuses funds. I suggest that you use one of the following three charity evaluators before you donate:

These three organizations each offer their own unique system for rating charities on a wide range of factors including their finances, the transparency of the organization, and more. Keep in mind that if you’re researching a smaller charity, they may not appear on one of these search engines. That doesn’t mean they aren’t a legitimate charity, it just means they’re not big enough to be vetted by a charity evaluator.

I recommend checking all three of these evaluators to get a good baseline before you commit to any one charity to donate to.




If your charity isn’t listed on one of those three charity evaluators, that’s okay. It just means you’ll need to do a little bit of extra research. Pull the charity’s Form 990 here. This will help you get a better idea of whether the charity is going to be a good financial steward of your dollars.

You’ll want to look for how much of the charity’s money (received from donors like you) goes towards the programs or services they offer (versus paying administrative and fundraising costs). In general, I advise that donors make sure that at least 65-75% of the charity’s budget is going toward programs or services they offer.




In a word: maybe. Most people aren’t aware that you need to itemize in order to get the deduction for charitable giving. A good rule of thumb is to speak with a tax professional to make sure things are setup correctly to receive the deduction. Always hold onto receipts for your donations - especially if they’re over $250.

There are several common misconceptions that are worth addressing here. First, raffle tickets are not deductible. Second, volunteering your time (or the value of the time spent volunteering) is also not deductible. Finally, if you attend a charity dinner or win a prize for your donation - you can only deduct the fair market value of the food/service/product you received (not the amount you donated). For example, if you spend $250/person on a charity gala and receive a steak dinner - you only get to deduct how much a typical steak dinner would cost, not the full $250.




In some cases, companies offer a donation match program for qualifying charities. If you want to double the impact of your donation, it’s definitely worth looking into. Of course, you’ll need to keep in mind that you can only deduct the amount that you donated to the charity of your choice. Any amount that your employer matches isn’t part of your donation.




It’s especially unfortunate that there are people in this world who are willing to capitalize on the goodwill of donors in order to turn a profit. But they do exist. When you’re looking to donate, it’s important that you do your fact-checking ahead of time to avoid getting scammed.

These “charities” tend to pop up with natural disasters, and it’s been noticeable lately with the numerous hurricane and wildfire relief funds that have been taking action to help those in need. The best way to avoid these scams is to  go through the charity evaluators listed above before you donate.

The second best way to avoid scam charities is to skip any over-the-phone donations. There’s no way to verify the legitimacy of a charity who calls you at random asking for donations - which puts you at risk for donating your hard-earned cash to a charity that doesn’t actually exist.




Many people don’t realize this option is available to them - and it’s a phenomenal way to donate to the charity of your choice. Rather than selling your stock to make a cash donation, you can give an appreciated asset to a charity. If you’ve held the stock for more than a year, you can deduct the value of the donation at the time you donate it. You also avoid paying any capital gains tax that would apply if you sold the stock to donate cash.

For example, if you bought a $10,000 stock investment 10 years ago and today it’s worth $25,000 - you can donate that stock. You get to claim the full $25,000 donation as a charitable deduction (if you itemize your deductions and subject to applicable limits and restrictions).

Under this scenario, you avoid paying capital gains tax on the $15,000 your stock gained over the past 10 years and the charity you’re donating to doesn’t have to pay the capital gains tax, either. As always, before making stock donations to a charity, be sure to discuss the best way to go about it with a tax professional.




If you’ve gone through the charity vetting process and still have questions you want answered before donating, I recommend volunteering your time before you open your checkbook. If that’s not feasible, pick up the phone to make an inquiry or pay their facility a visit. A good charity will be willing to answer all of your questions and then some - leaving you with peace of mind to make your charitable donation!

No matter how you plan on donating this holiday season, a CFP® professional can help you vet charities, plan the most tax efficient ways to give, and maximize the tax benefits of your donation while helping you support the causes you’re passionate about. Want to discuss charitable giving in more detail? Contact metoday to start the conversation.

Topeka Nightlife

6th Street Back Door

610 SW Wayne


Abigail's Grill & Bar

3701 SW Plaza Drive

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Baby Dolls

5300 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka Kansas 66609
Gentleman's Club


Blackbird Espresso Bar & Bistro

4025 S.W. 10th Ave. Topeka, KS 66604

Good food. Good coffee. Good grief. 

The Boobie Trap

6th & Washburn

Boulevard Billiards

Boulevard Billards Logo
4700 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, Kansas
(785) 230-0114

The Brass Rail

401 NE Emmett St

The Break Room

911 S Kansas Ave

First Friday - TopCity Comedy Show


8249 SW 10th Ave
Topeka, Kansas

Bull Frogs

2940 SW Wanamaker Road
Topeka, KS 66614
785-272-FROG (3764)


Burger Stand

1/2 price for students on Monday
$1 off Colorado beer on Tuesday
1/2 for Educators along with $4 glasses of wine on Wednesday
Thursday is $1 off Kansas beers
Friday is $2 Domestics
Sunday is $4 Bloody Marys and Walking dead viewing parties when the series is running.


Celtic Fox

118 SW 8th street

Classic Bean (Fairlawn Plaza)

Featuring Live Music by Local
Friday & Saturday Nights 8 - 11pm


CG's Lounge

501 NW Lyman Rd, Topeka KS



1545 SW Fairlawn Rd., Topeka
Our Happy hour is 4-7, offering $3 well drinks.

Tuesday and Thursday all day, and Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6-8pm

$4.50 1/2 lb Burger and Fry special with a drink purchase.

Friday and Saturday nights Karaoke and 8-Ball pool tournament 

Karaoke starts at 9:30 and our pool tourneys have a 7:30 start time.

The Dutch Goose

3203 SW 10th

El Azteca Club

1201 SE 6th St, Topeka KS 66607


Flamingo Bar & Grill

2335 NW Clay

Gage Center Bowl

4200 SW Huntoon, Topeka, KS 66604


Glazed Goose

5630 SW 29th St, Topeka, KS 66614


Happy Bassett Brewing Company

6044 SW 29th St, Topeka, Kansas
(785) 783-3688

Henry T's

1521 SW 21st St

Hog Hollar

CLOSED During the winter!!!

9252 Apple Valley Ln, Ozawkie, KS 66070

Hog Holler Menu 1  Hog Holler Menu 2

Hookah House

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Phone:(785) 286-7003

1507 SW 21st St Suite 201Topeka, Kansas 66604
Hours of Operation
Sunday-Wednesday : 12PM-12AM
Thursday-Saturday : 12PM-3AM

J & J Gallery Bar

917 N Kansas Ave

KnJ's Sports Bar

1909 NE Seward Ave, Topeka, KS 66616


Pool Hall

Kickstart Saloon

2521 N Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66617



Lazy Toad

22nd Place & Chelsea


1424 SW Lane St, Topeka, KS 66604


Topeka’s most exciting new restaurant & sports bar offers great food, live entertainment, thirty-eight 50 inch plasma TV’s and over 20 Beers on tap. Something special for Topeka is our private lounge area and private dining rooms. Call to reserve for any special occasion.

Food: We offer a variety of home style foods with favorites such as fried chicken, meatloaf, breakfast all day long, as well as New York-style pizza for lunch and dinner.

Weekends: enjoy live entertainment

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11am to 2am

Inside seating: 300

Outside patio seating: 90

Lounge seating: 40

Louie's Lounge and Laundromat

1501 SW 21st St Ste 109

Topeka, KS 66604


Full Service Bar- Opens daily at 9am. Closes at Midnight Sun-Wed, and 2am Thur-Sat.
Laundromat with brand new machines opens daily 6am-11pm.

Norsemen Brewing Company

830 N Kansas Ave, Topeka, Kansas

(785) 783-3999

Perry Bar & Grill

Perry, KS

Quinton's Bar & Grill

4121 SW Hunton
Topeka, KS 66604


Reed's Ringside Sports Bar & Grill

4731 NW Hunters Ridge Cr, Topeka, KS 66618


Riegel 20's West

901 SW Fairlawn

Skinny's Sports Bar and Grill

4016 SW Huntoon
Please check website for daily specials and upcoming events.

Speck's Bar & Grill

2105 SW Mission ve, Topeka, KS 66614


Home of the 3 pound burger!!

Terry's Bar & Grill

522 SW 6th Ave, Topeka, KS 66603


The 20's

2910 SW Oakley, Topeka KS 66614

Brookwood Shopping Center


The Den

1116 NW Lower Silver Lake Rd, Topeka, KS 66608


The Shack

2842 SW 29th St, Topeka, KS 66605


Now serving Breakfast

The Spot Tavern

2202 SW Buchannan St, Topeka, KS 66611


Uncle Bo's

420 E. 6th • Topeka, KS • 66607 • 785-234-4317


5011 SW Topeka Blvd 785-862-0776

Wild Horse Salon

Hours of Operation: Wed. through Sun 8:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Must be 21 to enter.




Kim's Little Black Book of Helpers

Little Black Book

Need help around your house or business?

Here are a few companies that have helped me in the past! Make sure you write these numbers down!

H.D. Services

Heating & Air
Hugh Renyer

Pruitt Appliance Service
2013 SW 6th St.
Topeka, KS 66606

Passow Remodeling
Ryan Passow
Click Here for Website

Gardner Roofing
Click Here for website

Brian's Total Home LLC

Wood Floors Plus More

Brian Huffstutler
(785) 845-9492

Cambridge Quartz and Granite

Counter Tops


Mastery Movers
785-271-7100 (office)785-633-4904 (cell)Monday - Saturday 8am - 6pmFree Estimates

Ozark Pest Control

Pest Control


Knott Home Service and Repair (Plumbing)


Pamper Youself

Hair, Nails, Massage etc....

These are a few places that I go to!

Strandz Hair Studio 3339 SW Gage Blvd   Ask for Amber

Hair Care Etc - 1801 SE 29th St, Ste 2, Topeka, KS 66605 (785) 267-2832 Ask for Christy (She does amazing spiral perms)

Nail World - 1570 SW Wanamaker Ste 200

Kims Toes

Allure Hair Studio  (Gage) - Hair and Makeup - Jerome Garcia

Other places in Topeka you might want to give a try... I asked some of my friends where they get a great massage and they answered: Call for an appointment!!!

Holly Torrez - Altered Image Salon & Spa

Egos Day Spa - 2827 SW Wanamaker Rd  (785) 272-1181

Backs 2 Life Massage



Back to Life Massage 2611 SW 17th St  Ste 101   785-969-7368


Christin at Stillpoint  - 2709 SW 29th St # D  - (785) 228-0055

Daniellson and Associates in North Topeka, ask for Deana  201 NW Hwy 24 Suite 120  273-7500

Backs By Popular Demand Logo for Website

Backs By Popular Demand - (785) 234-1548


Holly Eastman-Brantley @ Total Image Body Salon on 21st and Gage


Banner My Sweet Tooth


Banner Topeka Facebook Pages


Arts & Entertainment


Banner Arts Entertainment Attractions

The Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble

Ad Astra

The Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble would like to encourage education, enlightenment, and entertainment within our audiences by providing thought provoking plays and musicals that ask questions and beg reflection. We would also like to aid our community in providing more exposure to the arts and to financially give back any profits from production to local theatres or charities in order to better the community in which we live.





aMUSEd Gallery, Gifts & Event Space,

SandBlox Indoor Sand Sculpture Park,

The Green House Art Studios & Gallery

115 NW Laurent Street

Topeka, Kansas 66608


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Art Print

Art Print Express


 Fed up with the current political season? Escape with a little satire of Michelle Leivan’s new work “My Selfie, Political Tricksters & People I Know”  inspired by her equal opportunity loathing of politics contrasted with comforting images of friends and family. Guaranteed to be off the wall fun!

Art Print Express is located the south end of Fleming Place at 10th and Gage in Topeka. They feature an awesome local artist every month which is available for viewing during business hours.


 Auburn Community Theatre

Auburn Community Theatre




 3113 SW Huntoon

Tue - Fri: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Sat: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm




2827 SW 29th Street, Topeka, KS 66614

(Brookwood Shopping Center)




 First Friday Art Walk - Arts Connect

First Friday Art Walk

 The ARTSConnect First Friday Artwalk includes nearly 60 galleries that open their doors across the city from 5:30-8:30p on the first Friday of every month of the year. That’s right – all 12 months and all across this fine city, businesses have special art on their walls ready for to come look, visit and BUY!!

Thousands of patrons enjoy going from gallery to gallery seeing the sights, seeing friends, and interacting with a growing and vibrant arts community.

ARTSConnect publishes a printed map 4 times a year to guide artwalkers, which you can find at your favorite gallery. The map is also available in Topeka Magazine and in seveneightfive Magazine.


Helen Hocker Theatre

Helen Hocker


J&J Gallery Bar

J  J Gallery


 Kansas Youth Chorale

Kansas Youth Chorale

The Kansas Youth Chorale (KYC) was founded in 2009. Our first auditions were held the summer of 2010 with the purpose of expanding the experiences of young singers in musical excellence and to be united in the common goal of bringing joy to others through music.

Since the foundings, the children of KYC have had the pleasure of singing with the with the Topeka Festival Singers and Ballet Midwest's 35th Anniversary of "The Nutcracker", at the Kansas Book Fair, PEO Founder's Day and the Stormont Vail Volunteer Luncheon. We were honored to be selected to sing at the 2013 Kansas Music Educators Conference in Wichita. During the 2015/2016 season, the choir sang with the Topeka Symphony and in the first annual Children's Choir Festival/Benefit Concert. Children's choirs from several Kansas cities participated.




It all started with a friend's social media post! After seeing her good friend do a space-saving project for make-up, Pinned's owner was excited to create it herself! She then realized how much sourcing and time it would take to duplicate the project. The frustration she found made her wonder, why isn't there a place I can go that has everything I need to complete these projects!?And with that - Pinned was born!

Topeka/Shawnee County Public Library



 North Topeka Arts District (NOTO)




Paint Therapy Uncorked

 Paint Therapy


 Quincy Street Conference & Event Center




Studio 831

Studio 831


Topeka Art Guild and Gallery


Topeka Art Guild


Topeka Civic Theatre

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TCTA Freshman Class


TCTA Laugh Lines

 Laugh Lines improv comedy shows pack the house and perform comedy sketches and games based on audience suggestions.


WTCT radio

Take a trip to yesteryear and enjoy radio favorites, recreated by veteran actors who were thrilled by these stories when they were new!


Topeka Jazz Workshop


Topeka Jazz

  Topeka Jazz Workshop, Inc. is one of the nation’s longest, continuously running jazz concert series, dating from 1969.  As we begin our 48th annual concert series in August of 2016, we invite you to join us as we continue our journey to “keep jazz alive and well through a live jazz concert series and a youth jazz scholarship program”.


 Topeka Symphony Orchestra

 Topeka Symphony

 The mission of the Topeka Symphony Society is to encourage and cultivate appreciation and support for fine music in northeast Kansas by presenting performances of high quality and by providing educational and performance opportunities for youth.


 Topeka Performing Arts Center

TPAC Anniversary Logo


Washburn University


Washburn University

Theatre Productions

Music Department Performances


Brown v. Board of Education

Brown v Board

National Historic Site
1515 SE Monroe St.
Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 354-4273
This is a FREE museum that the entire family will enjoy!

Kansas State Capitol Tour Center


300 W. 10th
10th & Jackson
Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 296-3966

You really need to stop by and see all the work that they have finally completed!  The Dome View is AMAZING.

Kansas State Capitol - Visitor Center Exhibits
Explore moments in Kansas history while visiting the newly restored State Capitol. The visitor center is open for tours 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Find information about historic tours. All images and photographs are the property of the Kansas Historical Society unless otherwise noted. Check out more Kansas images on Kansas Memory.

The Kansas State Capitol dome tours are scheduled at 9:15, 10:15, and 11:15 a.m., 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, and 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. This spectacular tour is breathtaking—literally—with 296 steps and no elevator. The elaborate architecture is highlighted with close up views of the inner and outer domes. The summit offers a unique perspective of the city of Topeka. Participants who reach the cupola earn bragging rights. Souvenir merchandise is available in the Capitol Store on ground level.
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Tours last approximately 40 minutes
Cost is free during scheduled times
Maximum group size is 30 Reservations are accepted Walk-up visitors will be accommodated as space is available.

Charles Curtis House

Charles Curtis

1101 SW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS
Tour InformationThe Musuem is open by appointment.  Admission is $5 per person. Children welcome with adult supervision.  Call to make arrangements:   785-357-1371Topeka native, Charles Curtis, was a great-grandson of a Kanza Indian Chief.  Curtis was born January 25, 1860 to Captain and Mrs. Oren Curtis. His mother was of Native American ancestry and when she  died, when Charles was three years of age, Charles was raised by his mother's people on the Kaw Indian Reservation.

Combat Air Museum

Combat Air

602-604 J Street
Topeka, KS 66619-1401
(785) 862-3303

Summer Visiting Hours:   Monday - Saturday   9:00 am - 4:30 pm    No visitors admitted   after 3:30 pm
Sundays & Winter Hrs:  (Dec. 1 - Feb. 28)   Noon - 4:30 pm   No visitors admitted  after 3:30 pm
Admissions Under age 5: Free    Children 5-17 yrs: $4.00   Adults 18 yrs & older $6.00  Active Military in Uniform (or with ID card): $4.00
Combat Air Museum Hangars 602-604   "J" Street   Forbes Field   Topeka, Kansas (785) 862-3303 Fax: (785) 862 - 3304

Constitution Hall

Constitution Hall

Capitol of Kansas, 1863-1869

Constitution Hall was the first Kansas Capitol during construction of the East Wing of the Statehouse five blocks to the south.

Museum of the Kansas National Guard

KS National Guard Museum

6700 Southwest Topeka Boulevard
Topeka, KS 66619-1401
(785) 862-1020

The Museum is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tues through Sat. Sunday appointments can be scheduled for special groups at (785) 862-1020. The museum is located at 6700 S.W. Topeka Blvd., (the main entrance of Forbes Field)''

Kansas Expo Center


Great Overland Station

Great Overland Station

Great Overland Station
701 N. Kansas Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66608
(785) 232-5533

Permanent Exhibits

Santa Fe Artifacts and Photographs
Union Pacific Artifacts and Photographs
Display of Kansas trains dating back to 1932
History of Topeka from 1800 to present
Display of Harvey Houses and Harvey Girls
Photographs of Topeka Churches
Photographs of Education Buildings
Model G Gauge Train Layout
Photographs Flood of 1951 and 1966 Tornado
Simulator and Baggage Cart

"Friends of the Station"  (I am a member)
Click here for the friends of the station form

Call for Artifacts and Photographs

The Great Overland Station is developing an exhibit focused on significant fires that have occurred in our community. (Some examples may include: downtown fires, fire at UP Station, Grace Cathedral fire, Jayhawk Hotel fire, Topeka High School fire)

If you have artifacts or photographs illustrating this topic that you would be willing to loan for the exhibit, please contact Sarah House at the Great Overland Station. Items for the exhibit will be accepted through April 4, 2015. Artifacts chosen for the exhibit will be on display June-September 2015.

All inquiries and information regarding potential artifacts should be directed to:

Sarah House

Program Manager

Great Overland Station Museum and Education Center

701 North Kansas Avenue

Topeka, KS 66608

Office: (785) 232-5533, ext. 13

Cell: (785) 213-1904

Fax: (785) 232-6259

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9th Annual Railroad Festival

Saturday, July 9th

Holley Museum

Holley Museum

 Holley Museum Military Museum
Downtown Ramada Inn

At the present time the museum features 5 galleries, named after world leaders. The first gallery is the Winston Spencer Churchill Gallery and features artifacts from World War II in England.

Kansas Children's Discovery Center

KS Discovery Ctr


Kansas Museum of History

KS Museum History

Kansas Museum of History
6425 SW Sixth Avenue
Topeka, KS 66615
(785) 272-8681


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday


Old Prairie Town

Old Prairie Town

Tours: Monday-Friday: 10am, 12pm, & 2pm,

Saturday: 12pm, & 2pm, Sunday: 2pm,

Adults $5; Seniors $4; Children (6-12) $3; 5 and under Free

Featuring an 1854 replica Log Cabin with Blacksmith Shop, 1870’s Victorian Prairie Mansion on the National Register of Historic Places, and 2½ acres of Botanical Garden, including Anna’s Place, a Victorian Reading Garden and a 240 foot cascading rock rivulet.

To learn more about the history of Old Prairie Town, please click on the following link:

Shawnee County Parks & Recreation

 Parks Rec

John and Mary Ritchie House

Ritchie House

Hours Walk-in Tours are Monday and Wednesday at 10:00 am and 2:00pm. Tours at other times may be scheduled by calling (785)-234-6097.

The Historic Ritchie House and the Cox Communications Heritage Education Center is located at 1116 and 1118 SE Madison Street, Topeka, Kansas. This Underground Railroad historic site originally was owned by early Kansas Territory settlers, John and Mary Jane Ritchie.

The Toy Store

Toy Store


Topeka Public Library

Topeka Public Library

Topeka Zoo




Enjoy a ride on our unique vintage carousel, located west of the Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center.  This grand old carousel was built in 1908 and houses a Wurlitzer style band organ. Bring your lunch and enjoy listening to the music from the band organ, or enjoy the VonRohr Victorian Garden adjacent to the carousel.  Visit the concession stand located at the mini-train depot.

 Now open

Friday & Saturday   10am-4:45pm

Sunday    11am-4:45pm


Relive old Gage Mini Trainmemories and create new memories.  The mini-train has been an integral part of the sights and sounds of Gage Park for more than 45 years.  Follow a mile-long scenic course through the heart of the park, as the engineer enlightens you on the history of Gage Park, and the many attractions that are available for you and your family to enjoy. 

Keith the Critic

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Lady Bird

Lady Bird 1 e1504620203498This movie is about a teenaged girl's life and her love/hate relationship with her mother.  Christine McPherson, who is played by Saoirse Ronan, has given herself the name Lady Bird.  She lives with her mom, dad, brother, and brother's girlfriend in a small home in Sacramento.  She dreams of going away to college and leaving home and deals with the usual teenage issues with friends, boys, and school.  Her mother, Marion, who is played by Laurie Metcalf, is a nurse and is always pushing Lady Bird.  Lady Bird in turn goes back and forth between loving and hating her mother. 

This movie is one of the best films I've seen all year.  Greta Gerwig wrote and directed Lady Bird and she did a phenomenal job.  The movie mimics real life as it is for most teenage girls.  It shows real depth into Lady Bird's feelings.  Saoirse Ronan should receive a best actress Oscar nomination, Laurie Metcalf should get a supporting actress nomination, Greta Gerwig should get a best director/writer nomination, and the movie itself should be nominated for best picture.  That's how great this movie is.  You currently have to go outside of Topeka to see it, but it's worth the drive.  I gave this movie 4 out of 4 stars. 

Four out of Four Stars

Roman Israel, Esq.

Denzel Washington plays Roman Israel who is a lawyer.  Roman believes in standing up for what is right and has spent his life developing briefs that he hopes will one day change how the justice system works.  He works tirelessly in a Roman Israel Esqsmall two-man law firm and is happy to be second fiddle and not seen. 

When his partner dies, he is forced to find work elsewhere.  He decides to work in a high class law firm for George Pierce, who is played by Colin Farrell.  He doesn't fit in and when he is forced to represent a murder suspect, he learns the identity of his accomplice.  When his client is killed, he decides to anonymously name the other killer and collect the $100,000 reward.   While some things are now looking better for his life, he struggles with his conscious. 

The only good part of this movie was the two main actors.  Denzel can play any part in any movie and he will be great.  Colin Farrell was pretty good as well.  However, the script and the directing were poor.  There were a lot of loose ends that had me scratching my head.  I can only give this movie 2 out of 4 stars and that's totally due to Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell. 

two out of Four Stars

Justice League

Justice LeagueThis includes Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman,  Ezra Miller as Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.  Superman, who is again played by Henry Cavill, has died and the world is at the mercy of Steppenwolf who is in search of three Mother Boxes on Earth. Dianna's mother warns her of Steppenwolf's intentions.  Dianna joins with Batman to recruit assistance to stop him.  With the help of the others and information from Commissioner Gordon, who is played by J.K. Simmons, they must save Earth without the help of Superman. 

I was excited to see the Justice League and went home horribly disappointed with the script.  I thought Zack Snyder was a terrible director.  Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot tried hard to make this movie enjoyable.   Some of the special effects were great and at other times cheap looking.  I'll be surprised if the movie makes enough money to cover it's cost.  I hope they still decide to make a sequel but they need to choose better writing and directing.  It's no where near as good as the Batman movies directed by Christopher Nolan or the recent Wonder Woman.  I'm sad to say that I can only give this movie 2 out of 4 stars. 

two out of Four Stars



Wonder stars Julia Roberts as Isabel Pullman and Owen Wilson as her husband, Nate.  They have two children:  Olivia, who is played by Izabela Vidovic, and August, who is played by Jacob Tremblay.  Auggie, as he is known , was born with a facial deformity and has been through many surgeries.  Still he likes to wear a helmet in public to avoid the stares. 

Auggie has been home-schooled by his mother who put her career on hold to care for him.  However, she and Nate have decided that it's time for him to be in school with other children now that he's ready for middle school.  The first day of school goes as he expects and he's treated as an outcast.  But soon he meets Jack, who is played by Noah Jupe, and he finally has a best friend.

When Halloween arrives, Auggie overhears Jack making fun of him with the class bully and life returns as it was.  It seems his only friends are his family.

This book is based on the book of the same name written by R.J. Palacio.  It's a very heart-warming movie that has excellent directing and a well-written script.  The acting was really fantastic, especially Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jack Tremblay.  I was very impressed by Julia Roberts.  She gets better and better as an actress as she gets older. 

Take your family as this movie is for all ages.  I gave this movie 3 1/2 out of 4 stars. 

3 and half stars


Murder on the Orient Express

murder on the orient express poster headerThis movie is a remake of the original Agatha Christie novel.  It's the fourth time the movie has been made - first in 1974, again in 2001, and previously in 2010.  This version features an all-star cast.  The main character is a detective named Hercule Poirot who is played by Kenneth Branagh.  He is obsessive compulsive and bothered by things that seem out of place.  He catches a ride on the Orient Express on his way to his next case.  The other passengers include Pilar Estravados (Penelope Cruz), Gerhard Hardman (Willem Dafoe), Princess Dragomiroff (Judi Dench), Samuel Ratchett (Johnny Depp), Hector McQueen (Josh Gad), Dr. Arbuthnot (Leslie Odom Jr), and Caroline Hubbard (Michelle Pfeiffer) to name a few.  When Ratchett is killed one night on the train, Hercule must determine who killed him.

I'm not sure why someone felt the need to make this movie again.  Four times is enough.  Kenneth Branagh directed this movie as well as starred in it.  I think his acting was good but he failed with the directing.  With all the big name stars, the overall impressing of the acting was just OK.  The scenery along the train route was beautiful but the movie was not good.  Hopefully this will be the last attempt at a remake of Murder on the Orient Express.  I gave this movie 2 out of 4 stars. 

two out of Four Stars 

NOTO - North Topeka Arts District


Stevenson Company, Inc
116 NW Norris St.
Topeka, KS 66608
Stevenson Co

Carmona Comfort Air

805 N. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66608
Phone: (785) 234-3331

View Carmona's Page

Carmona Comfort & Air


 Larry's Glass

813 N Kansas Ave, 
Topeka, KS 66608
Phone: (785) 232-1737
View Larry's Glass Page
Larry's Glass


816 N. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66608
Phone: (785) 207-2911



820 North Kansas Ave 
Topeka, KS 66608
Phone: (785) 286-7676

Topeka Community Photo Studio

822-824 N Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS
(785) 234-7544
Topeka Community Photo Studio

NOTO Burrito/Bunker Coffee

822 N Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66608
Phone: (785) 304-9600
Noto Burrito

A-1 Restaurant Equipment

823 N. Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66608
A 1 Restaurant Equip

  Pinkadilly Home Accessories

824 N Kansas Ave, 
Topeka, Kansas 66608
Phone: (785) 232-8148
View Pinkadilly Page

 Topeka Community Photo Studio

822 N Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66608

Rusty Haggles Antiques

826 N. Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66608
Phone: 785-221-0167 & 785-221-0453
View Rusty Haggles Page
Rusty Haggles

Two Days Monthly Market

829 N. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66608
Ph: 785-249-8415 or 785-250-7931
View Two Days Page
Two Day Market

Norseman Brewing Company

830 N Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66608
Norseman Brewery

Studio 831

831 N Kansas Ave 
Topeka, KS 66608
Phone: (785) 224-5728
View Studio 831 Page

Studio 831

New Business Coming Soon!

833 N Kansas Ave, 
Topeka, KS 66608
Phone: (785)
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837 1/2 N Kansas Ave
Topeka, Kansas 66608
Phone: (785)
Coming soon NEW LOGO

4 Girls Garage

837 N Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66608
Phone: (785) 220-4129
View 4 Girls Garage Page

Topeka Carnival Supply

839 N Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66608

Stutzman Leather Shoppe

840 N Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66608​
Phone: 785-408-5331
View Stutzman's Page
Ritzy's Closet
824 N Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66608
Ritzys Closet

 Bradley's Corner Cafe

844 N Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66608

Portico Antiques and Vintage

900 N Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66608

Kaw River Rustics

901 N Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66608
Phone: 785-207-7858 
or 785-806-3572
View Kaw River Rustics

Matryoshka Tattoo

902 N. Kansas
Topeka, KS 66608
Phone: 785.408.1501
View Matryoshka's Page


NOTO Artsplace

905 N Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66608

Amused Gallery & Gifts

907 N Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66608


Ace Plumbing

908 N Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66608


Creations of Hope

909 North Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66608
Phone: (785) 408-8261

Creations of Hope

Galazy Glass

912 N Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66608

J&J Gallery & Event Space

917 N. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66608
 J J Gallery

Generations Antiques & Collectibles and More 

918 N Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66608
Phone: (785) 220-6776
View Generations Page
The Hive
Get Buzzed with Art
918 N Kanas Ave
Topeka, KS 66608
The Hive in Noto

FaerieTale Gardens

919 North Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66608   
Phone: 785-220-1477
FaerieTale Gardens

Warner Electric

921 N Kansas Ave
Topeka, Kansas 66608
Phone: (785) 286-3445
Warner Electric

The Wheel Barrel

925 N Kansas Ave
Topeka, Kansas 66608
Phone: 785-289-6767
The Wheel Barrel's Page
The Wheel Barrel

The Open Window

927 N Kansas Ave
Topeka, Kansas 66608
Phone: 785-430-5067
The Open Window's Page
Open Window

Topeka City of Character

Topeka City of Character


Sponsored by Topeka Capital Journal


Expressing joy in each task as I give it my best effort





Locally Owned Topeka Businesses



Afflora White


AJ Pizza


The Barber Shop


Blind Tiger

Blind Tiger

471 SW 37th St.

Topeka, KS 66611

785-267-BREW (2739)



Blue Moose


bluebird Diner


Brass Rail


Brickyard Antiques 

Brickhouse Antiques

3711 SW Burlingame Rd




Cafe Holliday

 Caffiend Business Card

College Hill Pizza


Confectionary disaster


Cooks American Grill



 Cut Right Lawn Care


Dancing Man Studio

Dancing Man Studio Photography

109 N Kansas Ave Ste #2– Topeka, KS 66603


Photography is about reflecting who you are, at your best. You want to share what's important to you with the whole world, and I can make that happen. The photos you'll treasure your whole life aren't the unnatural poses with faces pointed at the camera. When you look through your memories years later, what you want is something that will bring you right back to how you felt that day. Your fingers brushing across your new husband's face as you gaze up at him, the fire in your eyes the day before your big game, the look that charmed everyone, and the spark that just lights up the room. That's what you need to capture, and for that, you need a photographer that doesn't see you as just another shoot.


Deals on Wheels Cropped


Deans Books

Dean' Books

420 SE 29th St Ste B



Dirty Dog 

The Dirty Dog



Embroidery Plus

1010 N Kansas Ave · Topeka · Directions

(785) 357-4420


Grandpa Ricks Pork

Grandpa Richs Pork


Face Painting by Carla

 Front Door Catering

HD Services


Hidden Treasurers

Providing Supported Employment Opportunities to those living at KNI.

The Plant Shop at KNI is offering Houseplants for sale.  For February we have a variety including Mini Roses.

Store hours are M-F 8am-3pm

E-mail us anytime to place your order.

Call the Plant Shop at 296-5383 or
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The Used Book Nook
Topeka’s newest source for gently used books offering low prices starting at 25 cents.

Brian 785.368.7159

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Balloon Extraordinaire

Including specialized baskets

Valentine’s Day Balloon Bouquet 1 message and 3 Heart shaped foil balloons for $13.

Delivery available if ordered before Feb 5.

Every day Standard balloon bouquet  - $7.75
Other options available as well!
There are balloons and baskets available for most all occasions!.
Open Mon.– Fri. 9 AM – 3:30 PM     Call 296-0817 or
contact Stacie at 368-6243 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Delivery available Topeka area, for an additional fee.
Call to place your order.

Oldies But Goodies Thrift Store

Wide selection of glassware, books, clothes, furniture, and holiday decorations.

Left over garage sale items or other donations in gently used condition, can be picked-up.
Donations are tax deductible.
Call Betty at 296-5394
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Hot Java Cafe



Our ING Topeka Group meets every other Wednesday. Our groups are free to join, you just have to pay for your own lunch.


 roofing contractor intelligent roofing solutions

Intelligent Roofing Solutions

3615 SW 29th St. Topeka, KS


We are a honest and ethical roofing company. Our customer’s best interest always come first. We specialize in Insurance work.

KB Mudjacking

Our company’s mission is to provide honest reliable service that stands head and shoulders above the rest. 

KB Mudjacking is a local owned and family operated licensed foundation repair and mud jacking contractor. Whatever type of foundation repair, or mud jacking needs you may have, large or small, KB Mudjacking will repair it at the lowest possible cost, immediately recovering your property’s value. There are no tricks up our sleeves or high pressure sales, just good old fashion tried and proven foundation repair methods that have been time tested to fix your foundation, waterproofing, and mud jacking issues.

Don’t let our low prices fool you... we know what it takes to solve your foundation repair, mud jacking, and waterproofing issues without breaking the bank. We have years of experience in this industry combined with state of the art machinery and labor saving techniques that have been developed by us. We approach each job with proper planning in order to reduce or eliminate problems. We get the job done quickly and efficiently. We use top of the line materials and excellent craftsmanship that result in long lasting repairs and exceptional savings to our valued customers.

Delaying repairs will only lead to further damage and increased repair costs. Contact us today, someone from our family will visit you soon to evaluate your issues and provide you with a Free Estimate.  

(785) 246-0799

We proudly service Topeka, Lawrence and surrounding communities.






Le Petite Bon Bon

835 SW Fairlawn Road



Mastery Moving

Packing and Moving in the State of Kansas - Residential and Commercial

For more information about Mastery Moving contact:

Jim Barnes
785-271-7100 (office)
785-633-4904 (cell)

Monday - Saturday 8am - 6pm
Free Estimates
Your Moving Expert for 27yrs Same Owner
Residential or Commercial
Specializing in Pianos and Antiques
Packing & Storage facility available.


Meals Life Magic


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Metro Voice Magazine

 Midwest Float

 Midwest Float

Mizu Sushi




NOTO Burrito


822 N Kansas Ave · Topeka · Directions

(785) 232-8300

 Ozark Pest

Ozark Integrated Pest Services of Topeka, KS has been providing reliable pest control services to residential and commercial establishments for more than 30 years. Started in 1978 out of a residence, Ozark has grown into a business with hundreds of satisfied clients.  Well known for reliable service at competitive rates and friendly people, Ozark has 4 technicians with a combined experience of 40+ years and 3 office personnel.  Ozark is a
licensed and insured company serving Topeka, Manhattan / Junction City, Lawrence and the surrounding areas.
Ozark Integrated Pest Services Offers:
•    COMMERCIAL PEST MANAGEMENT – We service all different types of commercial businesses from convenience stores and restaurants to daycare’s and medical facilities. Ozark also offers several different programs for apartment complexes and retirement communities.
•    RESIDENTIAL PEST MANAGEMENT – Our residential programs include monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, bi-annual, and one time services. All of our residential services include control for mice and rats as well as treating the exterior of the house.
•    SPECIALTY TREATMENTS – Some insects are not included in our regular programs. Fleas, bed-bugs, termites, and carpenter ants are separate and usually need an estimate.
•    TERMITE INSPECTIONS – We provide termite inspections for real estate sales as well as individual homes or businesses.
•    TERMITE TREATMENTS – We use the Advance Termite Bait System along with Termidor liquid termite chemical for most of our termite customers. We also provide new construction soil pre-treatments to help prevent termites in your new home. Warranties are provided with all types of treatments.


Passow Remodel


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4010 SW Huntoon



College Hill Pizza Pub


1418 SW Lane St, Topeka, Kansas

 (785) 232-8882


Westridge Pizza Pub

Westridge Pizza Pub

1801 SW Wanamaker Rd,Topeka, Kansas
(785) 861-7877
Pizza Pub Menu 1
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Resale Lady

We are a locally owned estate sale company that services families that are downsizing or there has been an unfortunate passing in the family. We offer services that including organizing and tagging items, setting up for the sale and running the sale. Our fees include everything and we also offer deep cleaning services after the sale.

Check out our Facebook page or website for more info.

Contact Info:

Anje Kearney
The Resale Lady of Topeka
"We do estate and garage sales for you"

785 260 5458

Please visit our website for info we will begin our warehouse sale the 2nd weekend of every month starting in April. In May we will open the warehouse sales to the public to bring items in. Please call us at 785 260 5458 for more info about becoming a consignment client!

As always "We help with Estate sale needs from start to finish"


Ruths Floral


Safe ID Trust 1 Safe ID Trust 2

"if your IDENTITY was stolen tomorrow WHO would you call?

Richard Martinez - Authorized Director

Safe ID Trust

2611 SW 17th ST

Suite 108

College Park Office Suites



Shelly Jensen


Space for Life

 Topeka Health Wellness

Stellas Alternations 


Swims  Sweeps



Topeka Area Grooming Shuttle

TAGS is a locally owned Mobile Pet Grooming Service that services Topeka and the surrounding areas. We can provide your pet quality care that comes with more than a decade of professional grooming experience.  Convenience and quality pet care are our #1 priorities.


The Kanza Cafe


Trails Market & Gallery

109 N Kansas Ave – Topeka, KS 66603

Welcome to the newest gallery in Topeka, Trails Gallery! Your source for Art, Antiques, Crafts and even Studio Rentals! Be part of the artistic community of Topeka and First Friday Events.

Palette Logo

Chimichurri Sirloin Palette

Bacon Cheeseburgers Palette

Click here for complete menu

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Top Dog


The Toy Store



Hours are 7days a week 11am to 9pm We have 8 restaurants right now and adding several more very soon. We have our site as well as our app in the App Store. We are hoping to start a morning delivery service very soon. If restaurants are interested in talking to us about offering a delivery service Phone number is 785-554-5544 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Topeka Blue Print

 channel 25



The Wheel Barrel

The Wheel Barrel

925 N Kansas Ave




Whiz Kid PC Services


WE do computer repairs for hardware and software and charge a flat-rate fee of $69., phone number of (785) 274-9403.

Andres Vega - Owner

Whiz Kid PC Services


Windle's Service's

Windles Services

 Sean Windle

Residential Lawncare and Snow Removal

General Maintenance and Repairs for Residential & Commerical


Wren Radio

Local Film Makers

Topeka is a very creative community. Our live theatre is plentiful and amazing. We have all types of music. We also are home to many talented film makers.


Gary PilandRoaring Rat Films

This company is 100% local. The owner/Director/Writing lives in Topeka. The movies are shot in Topeka by Topeka actors. 

They are working on putting the two full length movies on iTunes. 





Current Project:


Past releases:

Zombie Kansas

Zombie Kansas

Zombie Beauty Pageant

Zombie Beauty Pageant

Zombie Shorts:   Zombie Chigger,    Zombie Laundry,   Zombie Tattoo Parlor

Zombie Chigger     Zombie Chigger     Zombie Chigger


Austin SnellSunrunner Films, LLC

Austin Snell is the CEO and Director of this company. Austin lives in Lawrence and often uses Topeka and local actors in his movies.

You can purchase your own copy at





Current Project:


"Nature is a haunted house..."  -Emily Dickinson


"In an attempt to reconcile the problems in their relationship, Myra (Carmen Anello) and James (Owen Lawless) venture to an isolated cabin in the mountains.  It is there they encounter an ancient evil that haunts the landscape, capable of turning people into deformed monsters.  Not only will they be fighting for their relationship, they will be fighting for their lives."

EXPOSURE is a throw-back horror experience in the vein of your favorite 70's and 80's classics.  Featuring practical effects-based creature designs and a special appearance by horror legend Lynn Lowry, EXPOSURE is made for fans and by fans.

STARRING: Carmen AnelloOwen Lawless (Helltown) & Lynn Lowry (Shivers, The Crazies, I Drink Your Blood & Model Hunger)

Special Effects by Jake Jackson

Produced by Clayton Ashley, Jake Jackson, and Austin Snell

Written by Jake Jackson and Austin Snell

Directed by Austin Snell


Past movies:

Dust, Blood & Fire and Eraser

 Dust Blood Fire  Erasure


Steve BaldersonDikenga

Although it appears this company has movied to California, they got their start in Kansas.  Steve Balderson was born in Manhattan, KS.





Monster Maker By Night FX

Special Effects Makeup Artist Jake Jackson 


MotoVike Films

Teach Us All - Documentary hitting Netflix Sept 25th


Soul Fuel Agency

Something amazing is in the works...










Sports & Recreation



The Archery Club

598 SE 97th St, Wakarusa, KS 66546




Capital City Crushers

Capital City Crushers



Golden Giants



Topeka Train Robbers



Heartland Park

Heartland Park Topeka



Ravenwood Lodge

Ravenwood Lodge



 Sunflower State Games

Sunflower State Games


Topeka Roadrunners

Topeka Roadrunners Hockey


Washburn University



New Businesses

Essentia Salon & Spa

5900 SW Huntoon St. Ste A2

Topeka, KS 66604



Total Fit Body Boot Camp

 5626 SW 29th St

Topeka, KS 



Gun Garage & Shooting Range

2120 NE Meriden Rd, Topeka, KS 66608



Rustic Creations:  A DIY Wood Sign Workshop

   3 hour Workshops:

    Friday - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

   Sat.      -  noon to 3 pm & 5 pm to 8 pm.

   Must go to the website to register 48 hrs in advance

   We also host private parties on other days and times.



Huscarl Hobbies Games

HUSCARL Hobbies and Games

1930 SW Westport Dr Ste2

Topeka, Kansas


4-Hope, Inc



One Heart Project

One Heart Project


Mizu Sushi

Mizu Sushi and Hibachi  Now Open

1320 SW Ashworth Pl

Top Dog

Top Dog

Huntoon and Gage


BrianChild Animation & Multimedia

818 NE Kansas Ave

Website coming soon


Deals on Wheels


785-783-2773 or 785-250-4676

2640 NW Topeka Blvd

Deals on Wheels Cropped

Ethan Anna Childrens Boutique

Ethan + Anna Children's

2829 SW 29th St, Topeka, KS



New Life Fountains LLC

Maurice Ansley



Eagle Aerial Solutions LLC


Eagle Aerial Solutions LLC

Maricel's has reopened in downtown Topeka

729 S Kansas Ave


Bruno's Downtown Grill & Bar

1003 SE Quincy, Topeka, KS 66612

Brunos Downtown Grill Bar


 skys the limit logo topeka kansas video game party

Sky's the Limit Mobile Gaming

(785) 260-2476


Sky Zone Tampoline Park



29th and Wanamaker  NOW OPEN!



Brightstar Event Services


After years in the event services industry, BrightStar founder Nick Holmes saw its challenges and wanted to create a different kind of event company. After years of hearing about what’s most important to brides from years of bridal shows and weddings, Nick built BrightStar to focus on what matters most.

  • Service and expertise. We’ve seen hundreds of special events and spoken with even more brides and brides-to-be. We’ll listen carefully to your needs and help you navigate the journey to your special day.
  • The extra mile. Sure, we help execute hundreds of events every year. But we know that every one of them could be someone’s event of a lifetime. We take that responsibility very seriously. That means we do what it takes to nail your event.
  • Great execution. Our team is good at what they do. We guarantee your satisfaction.


Interior Design Resources

2109 SW Belle 478-5706

Interior Design Resources Provides Interior Design, Design Services, Cabinets, Flooring Materials, Window Treatments, Countertops And Furniture To The Topeka, KS Area.


Culligan Water

3116 SW 29th Street. Topeka Kansas 66614..

Bottled Water/Coolers for your business or home, Water softeners and Bottle free water coolers and Reverse Osmosis Drinking water systems.. 8:30AM till 5PM MOnday thru Friday.. 785-350-2551.

Free drinking water fillups. Bring your jugs and we will fill them for FREE! 5 Gallon limit per customer.


create\uplift is a multimedia company based in Northeastern Kansas and services Topeka, Lawrence, Kansas City and beyond. We provide professional photography, videography, graphic design, website development, interactive marketing, and creative consulting to brands and businesses. Since 2015 we have operated from our workspace in Downtown Topeka, located in the collaborative makerspace, 712 Innovations.
Topeka Pizza
Opening January 2018
1630 SW Arvonia
Delivery and Takeout! Topeka Pizza is coming this October, right across from Lowes
IHOP coming soon to North Topeka

551 NW US Highway 24


Pizzeria Via Family Dining - Coming Soon!

738 SW Gage Blvd


Pizzeria Via Family Dining offers hand crafted and stone baked pizza, salads, grinders, wraps, wings and we also serve a variety of alcoholic beverages.


Colaw Fitness

Colaw Fitness

1935 S.W. Westport Drive

Coming Soon


Guest Writer..Henry Moore

We love our guest writers!  Welcome Henry Moore

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Henry Moore December

4 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Getaway

The holidays have always been a popular time of the year for packing your bags and taking a trip. Whether alone or with friends, seeing family, traveling abroad, or taking a romantic getaway, you won’t find a busier time of the year to hit the road or book a flight. Unfortunately for many, taking a holiday vacation can lead to unwanted stress.

While people take a holiday trip for their own reasons, no one wants to feel stressed while on vacation. Here are some tips for keeping the stress down and optimizing your relaxation, no matter where you’re going.

Plan Ahead


Most stressful vacations stem from not having a solid game plan. Before you pack your bags and hit the road, you need to know where you are going, how you are getting there, and what you want to see and experience while on your trip. Planning your trip well ahead of time will help avoid stress that comes with booking flights and arranging hotel reservations last minute. The more you take care of ahead of time, the less pressure you will feel in the days leading up to your trip, meaning you’ll spend less time worrying and more time enjoying your trip.

Be Flexible


When you make plans for your holiday getaway, avoid overloading your itinerary with too many things to do. If you plan out too many places to see or things to do on your trip, you might find that your entire trip is in a constant state of motion. Once you arrive at one place, you will feel immediately pressured to get a move on so you won’t miss the next thing. This pressure of getting “everything in” can add stress and put a damper on your trip. While on vacation, your ultimate goal is to relax, so leave some wiggle room in your itinerary and remember that less is more.


Pack Light


Less is more can be applied to more than just your itinerary. When packing for your trip, remember that everything you bring will have to be carried around with you, from the airport, to your hotel, and in some cases, everywhere in between. Lugging around an enormous suitcase can kill your relaxing vacation vibes and add stress to the exhaustion you already feel hauling around all your stuff. Try adopting the Japanese concept of KonMari when packing for your trip. KonMari is a method used to declutter your life and make room only for what is absolutely necessary and brings you happiness. Look through your list of things to pack and ask yourself, “Do I really need three different jackets?”


Don’t Worry About Home


Speaking of carrying around extra weight, nothing can be as burdensome as worrying about what’s going on back home while you’re miles away. You’ll find it difficult to rest and relax if you’re constantly wondering if your home is safe and sound. The best way to avoid this unwanted stress is to sort your home security before you set out. If you are worried about someone breaking into your home, you might consider investing in a security system that alerts you and the authorities whenever someone enters your home. Additionally, you could have friends and family check in on your house a couple times a week to ensure that everything is okay. Have them bring in the mail while they’re there, and bring them back a souvenir to thank them.

Most people are only able to have 1-2 vacations per year. No one wants to spend this time bogged down with stress over itinerary, luggage, and home. Take care of business well in advance to keep spirits merry and bright as you embark on your holiday vacation.


Henry is the co-creator of FitWellTraveler. The site blends two of his favorite subjects (travel and health) to provide readers with information about how to get the most out of both.

Photo Credit: Pixabay


American Legion Capital Post 1

(37th St)

Sunday: Bingo    5:45   open to the public
Tuesday Bingo   5:45   open to the public
Wednesday  Texas Holdum  6:30 (members & their guest only)
Friday     Texas Holdum 6 & 9 (members & their guest only)

The following are public events

American Legion Post 400 (Hwy 24)

Monday and Thursday - Doors Open - 5:00 PM / Early Bird - 6:30 PM / Regular Bingo - 7:00 PM


Arab Shrine Temple

1305 S Kansas Ave


Capitol BINGO

2050 SE 30th

(785) 266-5532

Wed: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Fri: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sun: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

These groups donate time and money to the community of Topeka.
Early birds start at 6:30 PM on Wednesday and Friday with regular session starting at 7:00 PM. Early birds start at 6:00 PM on Sunday with regular session starting at 6:30 PM. Pull Tabs and Event Games sold with full concession stand. Doors open at 4:00 PM.


B-I-N-G-O  for Hayden High School

Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday at Hayden High School
401 SW Gage, Topeka, KS
Session begins 6:30pm
Minimum of only $7 to play!
Nightly minimum
payout $2,150   to maximum $4,250


VFW Post 1650

3110 SW Huntoon Street, Topeka, KS 66604 



Bring a non-perishable food item for a free speedball bingo sheet






Children 7 years and older welcome with adult

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC     Bring your family and friends to play bingo

Food Kitchen opens at 5:30 p.m.   Courtesy of VFW Auxiliary 


TEL: 785-235-9073



Day Trips

Day Trip LogoLiving in Topeka has so many advantages. A great city to raise a family, affordable living, theatre, great restaurants, walking trails, parks, schools, night life, and close to many different cities that can add to your adventures.

Kansas City, Lawrence, Wichita, Manhattan and all the other small surrounding cities add to the quality of life you can have in Topeka!

When someone says, support local, that doesn't mean you have to stay in your city. It means that when you travel, try to find the local tastes and flare.

(FF) = Family Friendly Dining



Dover, KS

Appox 20 minutes


Somerset Cafe

Lawrence, KS

Appox 25 minutes


Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum
Watkins Museum of History
Spencer Museum of Art
Freedom Frontier National Heritage Area
Robert J Dole Institute of Politics
Wakarusa River Valley
Booth Family Hall of Athletics


Lecompton, KS

Approx 30 minutes

Territorial Capital Museum

Wamego, KS

Approx 45 minutes


Wamego Historical Society and Museum
Oz Museum

Bonner Springs, KS

Approx 50 minute drive
National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame


Appox 60 minute drive


Flint Hills Discovery Center
Milford Nature Center  
Widgets Family Fun
Konza Prairie Nature Trail
K-State Insect Zoo 
Sunset Zoo  
Wildwood Outdoor Adventure Park
Kansas State University Plantetarium
Kansas Wheat Innovation Center


Vista Drive Inn (FF)
Varsity Donuts (FF)
KSU Dairy Bar (FF)

The Chef Cafe (FF)


Atchison, KS

Appox 60 minutes

Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
Atchinson County Historical Society

Emporia, KS

Appox 60 minutes

Johnston Geology Museum
Lyon County History Center
National Teacher's Hall of Fame
Schmidt Museum of Natural History
William Allen White House State Historic Site

Kansas City, KS Area

Approx 60 minutes


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site

Olathe, KS

Kansas City Automotive Museum

Overland Park

Johnson County Museum
Museum at Prairiefire

Shawnee, KS

Shawnee Town 1929
Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City

Leawood, KS

Prairie Fire Museum

Ottawa, KS

Approx 60  minutes

Old Depot Museum


Fort Riley, KS

Approx 60 minutes
Custer House

Leavenworth, KS

Approx 75 minutes
Frontier Army
C.W. Parker Corousel Museum


Abilene KS

Appox 80 minute drive


Eisenhower Presidental Museum & Library


FREE Active Military w/ID & Age 5 and under

Adult $12

Senior (62 & Over), Military (Retired/Disabled), and Student w/ID $9

Ages 6 to 15 $3

Open Daily - Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Don't let this attraction fool you. If you enjoy reading, it could take you 4 or 5 hours. There is a 24 minute movie, then a 15 minute tour of his childhood house, self tour of the museum and a quick look at the library.

Heritage Center of Dickinson County

Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad

Greyhound Hall of Fame


For dinner or lunch

Brookville Hotel Family Style Chicken dinner


Closed on Monday

Tuesday 5pm to 8pm (May-Oct)

Wed, Thurs, Fri 5pm to 8pm

Saturday 11:30 am to 8pm

Sunday 11:30 am to 7pm

Menu includes

Relishes, Sweet-Sour Cole-Slaw, Cottage Cheese (Refillable)

One-half Skillet of Fried Chicken

Mashed Potatoes w/ Cream Gravy, Cream-Style Corn, Biscuits with butter and preserves, and ice cream for dessert.


You will want to make a reservation. This experience is not your typical one. You will sit down and they just start bringing out food. You can get as much of the sides as you can eat. This is a great place to just eat, celebrate with family and or friends or a romantic dinner.

Olpie, KS  (Close to Emporia)

Appox 90 minutes


Chicken House

El Dorado, KS

Approx 1 3/4 Hours

Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum

Fort Scott

Approx 2 hours


Gordon Parks Museum
Lowell Milken Center
Fort Scott Trolley Tour

Chanute, KS

Approx 2 hour drive
Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum

Lindsborg, KS

Approx 2 Hours
Old Mill Museum

Salina, KS

Appox 2 hours


Rolling Hills Zoo
Smoky Hill Museum
Central Kansas Flywheels Yesteryear Museum

McPherson, KS

Approx 2 Hour Drive
McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation

Pittsburg, Kansas

Appox  2 1/2 Hour Drive


Kansas Crossing Casino
ArtForms Gallery
Veterans Memorial Design



Chicken Annie's Original Fried Chicken (FF)
Mary's Fabulous Chicken & Fish (FF)

Concordia, KS

Approx 2 1/2 Hours
German POW Camp Concordia Museum
By Appointment ONLY

Wichita, KS

Appox 2 1/2 hours


Old Cowtown Museum
Mid-America All-Indian Center
Exploration Place
Museum of World Treasurers
Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum
Kansas Aviation Museum
Frank Lloyd Wright's Allen House
Coleman Museum and Factory Outlet







Concordia, KS

Approx 2 1/4 hour drive

National Orphan Train Complex


Great Bend, KS

Approx 2 2/3 Hours

Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village

Venture out of Kansas

Independence, MO

1 1/2 Hours

Harry S Truman Historical Site/Library
Bingham Waggoner
(April 1 to Oct 31st)
National Frontier Trail Museum
Pioneer Trails Adventure
Leila's Hair Museum
1879 Railroad Depot
Children's Peace Pavilion

Kansas City, MO

60 minutes

Arabia Steamboat Museum
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Arts
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Negros Leagues Baseball Museum
Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun
Kansas City Zoo
National World War II Museum and Memorial
Crown Center
American Jazz Museum
Hallmark Visitors Center
National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
Money Museum
Sea Life Kansas City
Union Station
Science City
Kansas City Fun Tours
Escape Room KC in Union Station
Breakout KC
Science City
Legoland Discovery Center
Aurther Bryants BBQ


More than a day

Baxter Spring

Approx 3 Hours

Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum

Galena, KS

Approx 3 hours

Galena Miling & Historical Museum


Hutchinson, KS

Appox 3 1/2 Hours

Strataca - Salt Mines

Pratt, KS

Approx 3 1/2 Hours

Pratt County Historical Museum

Hillsboro, KS

Approx 3 1/2 Hours

Hillsboro Museums
Pioneer Adobe House, Friesen Dutch Windmill, Kreutziger School House, Schaeffler House


Hays, KS

Appox 4 hours



Oakley, KS

Approx 4 Hours

Fick Fossil and History Museum

Greensburg, KS

Approx 4 Hour Drive
The Big Well

Wallace, KS

Approx 4 3/4 hours

Fort Wallace Museum

Larned, KS

Approx 4 3/4 Hours

Ft Larned National Historic Site

Goodland, KS

Approx 5 Hours

High Plains Museum

Dodge City, KS

Appox 5 1/2 Hours

Boot Hill Museum
Kansas Teacher's Hall of Fame
Gunfighters Wax Museum


Colby, KS

Appox 5 1/2 Hours

The Prairie Museum of Art & History

Liberal, KS

Approx 5 1/2 hour drive

Mid-America Air Museum




This website is a prototype for an idea that I have been working on for ten years! It is continually changing and I hope to make this the main site for anyone that wants to find something in Topeka to use.

It is being built with those who live in Topeka and the surrounding area but not limited to them.

There are 4 sections to this website.

  1. The Topeka Newsletter is the first part.  It is going through some major overhaul since most of the information can now be found in a better organized manner on the website.  This is free for any locally owned business to use to promote their business.
  2. The Community Calendar is actually the most important part of this website, right now.  Each community should be informed on what is going on. This doesn't just mean the bar scene. When I say informed, I mean fundraisers, sports, daily food and drink specials, sales, entertainment, recreation and anything else going on.  This calendar tries to include anything that the public is invited to. There is no charge to include your events.  We enter all the events so it saves business owners time. They just need to send us the information and we will take it from there.
  3. Everything Topeka is a plethora of information compiled in a map based program.  Here you can search and find different venues in different categories. You can pick one or all categories to search. This search will not find information that is not on the map though so you will need to use the website search function also. It is free to be listed with a simple profile and an affordable way to enhance your listing.
  4. Everything Else is more businesses that are not listed in the Map feature. There is a guide page that actually will lead you in the right direction.  It is free to be listed with a simple profile and an affordable way to enhance your listing.


We have 2 different search bars.  We use a program called Hot Spot and it does not integrate with the rest of the website at this time.  So you will need to use both places if you can't find what you are looking for.  Search Articles option will search everything but the maps. It even includes the calendar.



2018 Elections

If you are not already registerd to vote, make sure you get registered so you have a voice. Dates can be found on the below website

Primary August 7th  Must be registered by:

General Election November 6th Must be registered by:


2nd Congressional District,_2018

Steve Watkins Officially Announces Candidacy for Kansas' 2nd Congressional District Seat Wants to Bring Conservative Kansas Values & Army Leadership to Politicians in Washington

Topeka, KS- Today, Steve Watkins is officially announcing his candidacy for Kansas' 2nd Congressional District seat.

“New people and ideas are needed to restore respectability and integrity to public service, as well as solve the complex domestic and international problems of tomorrow,” said Steve Watkins.


A sixth generation Kansan, Steve Watkins learned his values from his parents. His father, an Air Force veteran and well-respected doctor, and mother, a retired public school teacher, instilled values of hard work, service to country, and integrity at a young age. Steve Watkins served his country heroically in war out of a sense of duty. He fought fraud, waste, and abuse as a defense department contractor and would fight for Kansans in Congress. Steve believes in smaller government, fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, and ending illegal immigration. A patriotic leader with strong family ties and faith, Steve believes peace comes from military strength and a secure border.

Steve studied engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point and has master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard.

“Great leaders fight. I’ve spent my career fighting for America, but great leaders also bring people together. That’s what I did in Iraq and Afghanistan—and I will do it in Washington,” said Steve Watkins.

Steve Watkins is not a politician or lawyer. Steve is an entrepreneur, conservative problem-solver, leader, family-man, and patriot.

Steve Watkins added: “My campaign slogan is 'Kansans Can Do Anything.' A unifying message that also pushes back against the so-called 'New England liberal elites' who see Kansas as nothing more than a ‘flyover-state.’ I’m proud to be a Kansan and I hope to make everyone proud as their Congressman — I won’t let you down.”

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