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2018 - Aug

ttn logoAugust, 2018: Welcome to my latest adventure!

Kim Schultz

How did August get here? I have not gotten enough summer fun in for this year!! I mean, I am busy but not enough pool and friends time! 

Kim's Excellent Adventures

I actually live in Topeka, I never say, there is nothing to do or I am bored. I miss out on so much stuff!

 

Robin & Kim go on our first out of state Adventure -  We got in the car and headed to Colorado. We needed a work session where we could not be disturbed. This means we came back with a lot of stuff to do! We also had a lot of fun! We stopped in Lucas, KS to visit the Garden of Eden. We spent the night in Goodland, KS. Enjoyed a trip to Walmart, Sonic and the Hot Tub! We had no plans and fun was to be had. We stayed with Robin's Sister and Brother Inlaw for two nights and then Randy for two nights! We didn't do a lot but we did enough! We slept a lot and just hung with friends! We did make it to the pool one day! Drove through the mountains and found a really cool little city for lunch! Our friend Randy works nights so we needed to give him time to sleep on his days off! On the way home we planned our future! Now to make those plans reality!

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Fourth of July -  Collin Park Parade and Kolton's birthday. Then I went to Lenexa for a pool party and dinner!

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Royals Game with the Blocks -  Tom and I went to the Royals game with Steve and Robin. We lost the game but had a great time. While we were there were did a video with Steve following the release of his Copcar Lip Sync video that went Viral. Not to brag but we also go over 12,000 on our video! Not millions but it was still awesome! 

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July Toes -  Summer is Pedicure season! Nail World does a great job!

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Meetings- I have tons of them!!

 

Partners in Excellence, If you want to join a networking meeting, this is a fun one!! Every Wednesday, 9:30 am at Lawyers Title! I hope to see you there sometime!

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AWE- Shannon Engler spoke about your elevator speech! It was a very good presenation. 

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ING Meeting - Due to vacation and other meetings, I didn't make it to ING this month. Wednesday is just way too busy with networking.

    

ENGAGE Meeting - My friend Chris talked about different types of insurance you might need for your business! I like the meetings when we have speakers!!

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Supper Club: Our second supper club was at Pizzeria Via and it was a nice crowd! The pizza is amazing and the owner, Joe Bullock is a very awesome guys. I hope you find the time to give their pizza a try!

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Slash N Bash Film Festival -  This year the big event is in Lawrence at Liberty Hall and will include famous actors, directors and others!! You don't want to miss this weekend of films! Aug 17 and 18th!  Setting up our interviews with the stars and directors that will be coming to Topeka!

    

Social Butterflies star in Weekly Wednesday Live - Remember when I said we planned out our entire year, Well this is just one thing we will be doing weekly. Businesses can pay a very small fee for use to visit their business around 11 am on Wednesday! If you are intertested in being a weekly sponsor, give Andrea Ard at A HA Momement Marketing. She can get you on the schedule!

 

 

 

Mexican Fiesta - It wouldn't be July without the Fiesta Mexicana! The Social Butterflies went to grab some yummy dinner and see who we could find! 

 

 

          

Tourism Alliance - We need to get the attractions back and start a conversation!

 

Instagram - There are so many different platforms on social media. The next one I am starting to learn is Instagram. The Topeka Social Media Club hosted a guest speaker at 712 Innovations. Bita did an awesome job. I have so much more to learn!!

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Podcast- My friend Joey tried to do a podcast with me but it didn't turn out so we will have to do it again! The Social Butterflies will start their very own podcast in September! We have a lot to say and tons of various topics to talk about! 

          

Social Butterflies From Kansas closing in on 1000 likes!  -Our goal is to have 1000 likes by Sept 1, 2018.  That would be 4 months! Now to see if our fans can help us make this goal!  We have a really cool 1000 like vidoe our graphic team made for us!! 

 

 

My 6 month dental appointment -I am weird, I like going to the dentist. I have a great one!! After my appointment, no cavities, I did a Facebook live with  my dentist and one of the other dentists. Dr. Marengo took us back behind the scenes and showed us all their technology!

 

 

 

    

Hairball  - They are always a really fun time! They will be at TPAC on Nov 16th, get your tickets now!! They are a big hair band that dress like many different bands!

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BAM! Know why Before You Buy Conference - September 6th at TPAC. Branding Advertising & Marketing for any size business!

 

Talk About Topeka LIVE Returns to TPAC - New location, New format but still the same annoying host. HAHA!!  This has to be one of my brother's best ideas ever! Frank is really the one who needs a pat on the back with all the technology he has brought to this amazing show!! 

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You know they will be successful when they bring on the Social Butterflies From Kansas on one of their first shows!! DUH!!

 

   

The View from My NOTO Studio

Barbara Waterman Peters

 

View from my Studio

By Barbara Waterman-Peters

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Barbara Waterman-Peters

A wall of gray dust stormed through NOTO, channeling the Dust Bowl.  Propelled by high winds, it scooped up boxes, signs, glass and leaves as it swirled through the street, past my window. Light dimmed. Some of the artists in my studio gathered at the door or outside to witness the unusual conditions and to take photos. Across the street, a restaurant employee desperately hung onto a door, terrified it would fly open and shatter the glass.

My reaction was to keep painting. I could do nothing until the storm passed anyway. Then perhaps, I would need to spring into action. As it happened, rain began to fall, the roof in the back began to leak and we all quickly rallied to move art out of harm’s way!

Such a sudden change in the atmosphere, in the weather, is akin to life. Normality can become chaos in a few seconds.

 

 

Featured Artist at STUDIO 831 will be Lois VanLiew.

Title of her show: "Prairie Prelude"

Title of painting: "Firefly Reflections"

Lois VanLiew Firefly Reflections

 

Downtown

do it downtown topeka

RETAIL/STORES

 

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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

Boho Mojo

631 S Kansas Ave 

(785) 783-8622

  Briman's Leading Jewelers

 Brimans

734 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603

(785) 357-4438

  Cashmere Gourmet Popcorn

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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

 

 Fabtastic

Fabtastic

 628 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 

(785) 430-5221

 

 Ginny's Gift Shop

Ginnys Gift Shop

 929 S Kansas Ave, Topeka KS 66612

785-408-1928

 

Guard Sales

Guard Sales

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

 

 Hazel Hill Chocolates Traditions

HazelHill

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

http://www.leapingllamas.com/

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!

Maracels

 

 

 Moburts Spices

 Moburst

820 S Kansas Ave.

785-806-3025

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

  

The Pennant

915 S Kansas Ave

https://www.facebook.com/ThePennantTopeka/

 

 Platform 785

929 S Kansas Ave Ste A

785-756-4118

https://www.facebook.com/stuffonmain/

Vintage Clothing from 1900 - 1980's, focusing on 1940-1960! We always offer treats, tea and jazz while you shop. We are right by the little pocket park with the train platform and BNSF train at 10th and Kansas in Topeka

 

 

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

SuperSonic

117 SE 6th Ave, Topeka, KS 66603

785-235-3786

 

TreeHouse Custome Drums

 Treehouse Custom Drums

 

117 SE 6th Ave

785-235-3786

 

Top City Shoes

106 SE 7th

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Top-City-Shoe/397984710394561

 

 

 United Martial Sciences

United Martial Science

628 1/2 S Kansas Ave in Topeka, KS

785-785-220-8961

 

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 (www.mfselite.com) and Marcio
Laselva (
Laselvamma.com)
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
785-785-220-8961!

 

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

 

RESTAURANTS

 

Arturos

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

(785) 233-9000

 

 Brunos

Bruno's Downtown Grill & Bar

1003 SE Quincy

Topeka, KS 66612

785-350-2144

https://www.facebook.com/Brunosdowntowngrill/

The Celtic Fox

CelticFoxLogo

 

 The Center for Better Nutrition

Center for Better Nutrition

 

 

 Classic Bean

ClassicBeanLogo

 Field of Greens

FOG Logo 300 dbi

 909 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66612

785-290-4733

www.FOGreens.com

Globe Indian Restaurant

 https://www.facebook.com/Globe-Indian-Cuisine-120271584655637/

 

 

 Golden Dragon

 http://www.goldendragontopeka.com/

 

 

 Hanover Pancake House

HanoverPancake

 

 

HHB BBQ

HHB BBQ

 

 Jayhawk Corner Cafe

Jayhawk Diner

 

Juli's Coffee & Bistro

Julis

 

Kansas Avenue Cafe

 628 S. Kansas avenue; Topeka, Kansas 66603.

 

Luis Place

 435 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603

 

Lupitas

732 S Kansas Ave

 Pepe & Chela's

Pepe Chelas

 

  RowHouse

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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Roaring Rat Films 

Gary Piland

http://www.roaringratfilms.com/

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:

Blackstone

Past releases:

Zombie Kansas

Zombie Kansas

AMAZON PRIME

ITUNES

 

Zombie Beauty Pageant

Zombie Beauty Pageant

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

Zombie Chigger     Zombie Chigger     Zombie Chigger

 

Sunrunner Films, LLC

Austin Snell

 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 https://sunrunnerfilms.merchtable.com/?no_redirect=true

 

 

 

 

 

Current Project:

Exposure

"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

    

 

Dikenga

 

Steve Balderson

https://www.dikenga.com/

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

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003931/

 

 

 

 

Monster 

Maker By Night FX

Special Effects Makeup Artist Jake Jackson 

 

MotoVike Films

https://www.motovikefilms.com/

http://kansasoutdoorcorps.com/

Teach Us All - Documentary hitting Netflix

Topeka Nightlife

6th Street Back Door

610 SW Wayne

 

Abigail's Grill & Bar

3701 SW Plaza Drive
246.6866
www.facebook.com/Abigails.Topeka


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Baby Dolls

5300 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka Kansas 66609
785-862-3655
Gentleman's Club

 

Blackbird Espresso Bar & Bistro

4025 S.W. 10th Ave. Topeka, KS 66604
785-271-8188

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
785-232-3332

The Break Room

911 S Kansas Ave
785-215-6633

First Friday - TopCity Comedy Show

Breakers 

8249 SW 10th Ave

Topeka, Kansas
 

Bull Frogs

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

Menu: http://www.bullfrogslive.com/menu.php

Burger Stand

Menu: http://www.burgerstandrestaurants.com/menu-1/

Celtic Fox

118 SW 8th street
https://www.facebook.com/celtic.fox.topeka

Classic Bean (Fairlawn Plaza)

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

Menu: http://www.burgerstandrestaurants.com/menu-1/

CG's Lounge

501 NW Lyman Rd, Topeka KS

785-233-2233

Dugout

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

785-234-6100

Flamingo Bar & Grill

2335 NW Clay

Gage Center Bowl

4200 SW Huntoon, Topeka, KS 66604

785-272-1881

Glazed Goose

5630 SW 29th St, Topeka, KS 66614

785-273-6223

Happy Bassett Brewing Company

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

Henry T's

1521 SW 21st St

 

Hookah House

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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

785-354-8128

Pool Hall

Kickstart Saloon

2521 N Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66617

785-232-3422

 

Lazy Toad

22nd Place & Chelsea

Oscar's

1424 SW Lane St, Topeka, KS 66604

785-234-9294

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

785-408-5091

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

http://norsemenbrewingco.com/

Perry Bar & Grill

Perry, KS

Quinton's Bar & Grill

4121 SW Hunton
Topeka, KS 66604

Riegel 20's West

901 SW Fairlawn

Skinny's Sports Bar and Grill

4016 SW Huntoon
785-273-1905
Please check website for daily specials and upcoming events.

Speck's Bar & Grill

2105 SW Mission ve, Topeka, KS 66614

785-272-9749

Home of the 3 pound burger!!

Terry's Bar & Grill

522 SW 6th Ave, Topeka, KS 66603

785-233-0326

The 20's

2910 SW Oakley, Topeka KS 66614

Brookwood Shopping Center

785-272-9665

The Den

1116 NW Lower Silver Lake Rd, Topeka, KS 66608

785-296-9865

The Shack

2842 SW 29th St, Topeka, KS 66605

785-266-4571

Now serving Breakfast

The Spot Tavern

2202 SW Buchannan St, Topeka, KS 66611

785-232-4341

Uncle Bo's

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

Viking Sports Bar

4731 NW Hunters Ridge Cr, Topeka, KS 66618

785-286-4477

Victoria's

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
785-806-6697

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

Passow Remodeling
Ryan Passow
785-221-1123
Click Here for Website

Gardner Roofing
785-228-0088
Click Here for website

Brian's Total Home LLC

Wood Floors Plus More

Brian Huffstutler
(785) 845-9492

Cambridge Quartz and Granite

Counter Tops

785-862-7971

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

Ozark Pest Control

Pest Control

234-2290

Knott Home Service and Repair (Plumbing)

785-608-9789

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

 www.adastratheatre.com

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 

Amused

 

aMUSEd Gallery, Gifts & Event Space,

SandBlox Indoor Sand Sculpture Park,

The Green House Art Studios & Gallery

115 NW Laurent Street

Topeka, Kansas 66608

785-845-5227

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

www.imsoamused.com

www.facebook.com/imsoamused

 

Art Print Express.com

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

 

 Beauchamp's

Beauchamps

 3113 SW Huntoon

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

Sat: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

Dandelions

Dandelions

2827 SW 29th Street, Topeka, KS 66614

(Brookwood Shopping Center)

785-408-5911

 

 

 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.

 

Pinned

Pinned 

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

Library

 

 North Topeka Arts District (NOTO)

 

NOTO


 

Paint Therapy Uncorked

 Paint Therapy

 

 Quincy Street Conference & Event Center

 

Quincy

 

Studio 831

Studio 831

 

Topeka Art Guild and Gallery

 

Topeka Art Guild

 

Topeka Civic Theatre

 topeka civic theatre 98

 

 

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”.

http://www.topekajazz.com/content/

 

 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. http://www.topekasymphony.org/

 

 Topeka Performing Arts Center

TPAC Anniversary Logo

 http://www.topekaperformingarts.org/

 

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

Capitol

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.
 
785-296-3966
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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  www.combatairmuseum.org

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

 Expo

http://www.ksexpo.com/events

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

Hours:

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: http://www.agaminkansas.com/index_09042013.php

Shawnee County Parks & Recreation

 Parks Rec

 http://parks.snco.us/

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

Zoo

 

Carousel

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. 

Business Promotions/advertisements

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call or text 913-707-7371

 


 

 

 

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
 
 

Moods

816 N. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66608
Phone: (785) 207-2911
  https://www.idomoods.com/

 

Serendipity

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

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
https://notoburrito.weebly.com/
 
Noto Burrito
 
 

A-1 Restaurant Equipment

823 N. Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66608
785-235-8059
 
 
A 1 Restaurant Equip
 

  Pinkadilly Home Accessories

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

 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
785-783-3999
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)
 
New Logo Coming Soon
 

COMING SOON NEW NAME

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
785-233-8115

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
785-342-7376
 
Ritzys Closet

 Bradley's Corner Cafe

844 N Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66608

Portico Antiques and Vintage

900 N Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66608
 
Portico

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
785-430-5228
http://www.imsoamused.com/
 
Amused

 

Ace Plumbing

908 N Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66608
http://www.aceplumbingkansas.com/

 

Creations of Hope

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

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
Generations
 
The Hive
Get Buzzed with Art
918 N Kanas Ave
Topeka, KS 66608
896-221-5499
 
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

New Businesses

A Ha Moment Marketing

Andrea Ard

785-256-0884

A Ha Moment

 

 

Gourmet Treats Topeka

Gourmettreatstopeka.com

  

Essentia Salon & Spa

5900 SW Huntoon St. Ste A2

Topeka, KS 66604

785-783-7130

https://www.essentiasalonandspa.com/

 

Total Fit Body Boot Camp

 5626 SW 29th St

Topeka, KS 

785-408-5269

https://www.fitbodybootcamp.com/topekafitnessbootcamp/

 

Gun Garage & Shooting Range

2120 NE Meriden Rd, Topeka, KS 66608

785-246-4867

http://www.gungaragefirearms.com/

 

  

Pizzeria Via Family Dining

738 SW Gage Blvd

785-215-6100

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

 

Hidden Hill Farms of Kansas

7320 SW Indian Hills Rd

Auburn, KS 66402

COMING in June 2018

Wedding and Event Venue

 

Locally Owned Topeka Businesses

RetailShoppingBanner

 

Afflora White

 

AJ Pizza

 

AA Auto Parts 

 

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

785-266-6000

http://www.brickhouseantiqueshop.com/

 

 

Cafe Holliday

  

Charlies Thrift

  

Confectionary disaster

 

Cooks American Grill

 

CutRightlogo

 Cut Right Lawn Care

 

Dancing Man Studio

Dancing Man Studio Photography

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

816-719-6816

dancingmanstudio.com

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

 

 Dirty Dog 

The Dirty Dog

785-431-6694

 

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

 

ING

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

785-409-1307

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.

http://www.kbmudjacking.com

 

 

LaRocca

 

 

Le Petite Bon Bon

835 SW Fairlawn Road

 785-272-2327

http://www.topekabonbon.com/

  

Mastery Moving

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

For more information about Mastery Moving contact:

Jim Barnes
Owner/Operator
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

 

metrovoicenews logo

Metro Voice Magazine
http://metrovoicenews.com/

 Midwest Float

 Midwest Float

Mizu Sushi

 

NIBS

 

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.
•    FREE ESTIMATES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS.
•    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.
•    BED BUG TREATMENTS

 

Passow Remodel

 

Pat Plumber Logo

 

Pinned

4010 SW Huntoon

785-438-2016

www.pinnedworkshop.com

 

College Hill Pizza Pub

 

1418 SW Lane St, Topeka, Kansas

 (785) 232-8882

  

 

Quintons

 

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. https://www.facebook.com/The-Resale-Lady-of-Topeka-Estate-sales-127182987427568/?fref=ts

Contact Info:

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

785 260 5458
www.theresaleladyoftopeka.com

Please visit our website for info www.theresaleladyoftopeka.com. 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

785.633.9665

 

Shelly Jensen

 

Space for Life

 Topeka Health Wellness

Stellas Alternations 

 

Swims  Sweeps

 

TAGS

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

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Trails-Gallery/448798708535735

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.

  

Top Dog

 

The Toy Store

 

Topeka2go

Hours are 7days a week 11am to 9pm We have 8 restaurants right now and adding several more very soon. We have our site topeka2go.com 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

TV25

 

The Wheel Barrel

The Wheel Barrel

925 N Kansas Ave

785-289-6767

 

 

Whiz Kid PC Services

 

WE do computer repairs for hardware and software and charge a flat-rate fee of $69. www.whizkidpcservices.com, 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

Sports & Recreation

 

Archery

The Archery Club

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How You Can Transform Your Next Business Trip into an Adventure

In our increasingly interconnected global economy, more and more businesses are sending employees to cities near and far. For some professions, traveling is the norm and over time the frequent business trips start to feel more like a chore and less of like an adventure. Just because you’re on the clock doesn’t mean you cannot create a lasting experience on your upcoming trip. Whether you’re a stalwart employee with heaps of travel miles under your belt, or a just newbie traveling on business for the first time, here are some tips for making the most of your next business trip.

  1. Do Your Research

Before you ever set foot in a meeting room, you always come prepared. You know what you’re going to say and all the nuanced details about your presentation. When you’re traveling for business, why not put the same kind of research into the city or town that you are visiting? Every city has something unique to offer—an experience waiting to be discovered. If you spend the entire time in the confines of the office building and your hotel, you probably will never find out what’s truly great about the city you’re staying in. Even something as simple as a Google search can reveal all kinds of cool spots and fun activities you can do once the workday is over.

  1. Know Your Schedule

Once you’ve done a little research and have a good lay of the land, you can start tentatively making plans for ways to get out and explore while away on work. The word “tentative” is key here; Itineraries for business trips tend to change quite frequently, so it’s important not to make plans that are too concrete. Don’t buy tickets to see a movie or show that starts at a specific time. You never know when a business meeting might get pushed back. Instead, prepare a list of different bars, restaurants, theaters and other things to do in the area. Include their hours of business as well as a rough estimate about how long it takes to commute there from your hotel. Keeping a rough list of things to do allows you to stay flexible with your company’s schedule, allowing you to get a nice mixture of leisure along with your business.

  1. Try Something New

Part of having an adventure is experiencing something new. If you travel to a new city and you only eat the same kind of food you would back home, you won’t have as memorable experience than if you tried a local delicacy that you’ve never tried before. It doesn’t matter if you enjoyed that strange spicy dish you had in Tokyo, the point is that you tried something for the very first time. Who knows, you may even experience something that you really enjoy, or that completely changes your life. Don’t look pass activities that involve getting out of the city such as going to the beach, or hitting the trails. If your business requires you to frequently visit the same location, you can even set different things to do for each trip until you try them all.

  1. Invite Co-Workers

Nothing is better than experiencing something new with a friend, so why not bring along a work colleague to your out-of-town adventures? This could be a great chance to form a closer relationship with someone you work with, and it’s always great to have someone to talk about shared experiences later back at the office. Having someone to experience new things with can really enhance your next great adventure.

After you spend a couple of years traveling for work, you come to learn a few things, such as how to get speedily get through TSA screening, or the importance of keeping your home secured while you’re frequently away on business.

One of the most important things you can learn in your travels is to keep the sense of awe and discovery alive. By continually creating new experiences during your business trips, traveling for work will feel less like work and more like a new adventure.

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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

Dining

Somerset Cafe
 

Lawrence, KS

Appox 25 minutes

Attractions:

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
 
 
 
 

Dining:


Lecompton, KS

Approx 30 minutes

Territorial Capital Museum
 

Wamego, KS

Approx 45 minutes

Attractions:

Wamego Historical Society and Museum
 
Oz Museum
 
 
 

Bonner Springs, KS

Approx 50 minute drive
 
National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame
 
 
 
 

Manhattan

 
Appox 60 minute drive
 

Attractions

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
  

Dining

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

http://www.asi.k-state.edu/about/services-and-sales/call-hall-dairy-bar.html

The Chef Cafe (FF)

 


Atchison, KS

Appox 60 minutes

Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
 
Atchinson County Historical Society
 
 

Emporia, KS

Appox 60 minutes

https://visitemporia.com/

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

Lenexa

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

Attractions:

Eisenhower Presidental Museum & Library

https://eisenhower.archives.gov/index.html

Pricing:

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

http://www.heritagecenterdk.com/

Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad

http://www.asvrr.org/

Greyhound Hall of Fame

http://greyhoundhalloffame.com/

Dining

For dinner or lunch

Brookville Hotel Family Style Chicken dinner

http://www.brookvillehotel.com/

785-263-2244

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.

$17.25/person

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

Dining

Chicken House
 

El Dorado, KS

Approx 1 3/4 Hours

Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum
 

Fort Scott

Approx 2 hours

Attractions:

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

Attractions:

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
 

Attractions:

 
Kansas Crossing Casino
 
ArtForms Gallery
 
Veterans Memorial Design
 

 

Dining:

 
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

Attractions:

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
 
 

 

 

 

Dining:

Strouds

Felipes
 

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
 
Dining
 
Strouds
 

Kansas City, MO

60 minutes

Attractions:
 
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
 
Kaleidoscope
 
Union Station
 
Science City
 
Kansas City Fun Tours
 
Escape Room KC in Union Station
 
Breakout KC
 
Science City
 
Legoland Discovery Center
 
 
Dining
 
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

Cosmosphere
 
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

http://www.visithays.com/

 

Sternberg Museum of Natural History

http://sternberg.fhsu.edu/

 

Fort Hays

https://www.kshs.org/index.php?url=fort_hays

 

Boot Hill Cemetery

http://www.visithays.com/191/Boot-Hill-Cemetery

 

Ellis County Historical Society Musuem

http://www.visithays.com/209/Ellis-County-Historical-Society-Museum

 


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

https://highplainsmuseum.org/


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

 

 
 
 
 

BINGO

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 

EVERY WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY NIGHT 

DOORS OPEN AT 3:30 P.M.

EARLY BIRD GAMES AT 6:00 PM, REGULAR GAMES AT 6:30 PM
Bring a non-perishable food item for a free speedball bingo sheet

$1,200 PRIZE MONEY TO WIN  EACH NIGHT

PROGRESSIVE JACKPOT BUILDS UP TO $1,000

POT of GOLD $140 WINNERS IN EACH GAME

 PULL TABS WITH $150 WINNERS IN EACH GAME

NON-SMOKING HALL   

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 

VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 1650

TEL: 785-235-9073

 

 

Keith the Critic

Keith VansickleKeith the Critic

https://www.facebook.com/keiththecriticvansickle/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mama MiaMama Mia:  Here We Go Again

This movie has been widely anticipated since the announcement of a Momma Mia sequel.  It's been five years since Meryl Streep played spunky Donna Sheridan whose youthful exuberance found her pregnant by one of three possible men.  Now Donna has passed on and her daughter, Sophie, again played by Amanda Seyfried, is 25 and determined to make her mother's hotel a success with a grand reopening.  To Sophie's dismay, her now husband, Sky, played by Dominic Cooper, chooses to stay in New York where his career is beginning to bloom.  In addition, her dads, Harry and Bill (Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard) cannot make it either.  She will, however, have the support of dad, Sam (Pierce Brosnan), and her mom's friends, Tanya and Julie (Christine Baranski and Rosie Mulligan). 

The movie is interspersed with the tale of a young Donna, played by Lily James, and how she met the three men who could now be Sophie's dad.  At times you are seeing current times, and at others the past.

I enjoyed this Momma Mia sequel.  I thought it was just as good as the original and possibly better.  The songs and dancing were fabulous.  I've heard that some people didn't think the songs were that good, but as a child of the 70's and 80's, I loved Abba and loved the song selection in the movie.  Cher played the part of Donna's mother and sang the Abba classic, "Fernando", to my delight.  Lily James, Amanda Seyfirend, and Meryl Streep all were fantastic and have great voices as well.  As expected, the acting by all three was superb as was that of the rest of the cast, including Cher and Andy Garcia. 

I loved this movie so much that I've found myself whistling the tunes.  It's a fun family movie and well worth the price of admission.  I gave it 4 out of 4 stars.  Go see this movie. Four out of Four Stars

 

 

 

The First Purge

The First Purge

This is a prequel to the three previous Purge movies.  The New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) believe that the United States problems are broadly caused by the poor and that the country can no longer afford them.  An experiment is to be conducted on Staten Island where for one night crime is legal, including murder.  The NFFA plans to pay each willing participant $5000.  In exchange, they must wear contact lenses equipped with cameras and allow a tracking device to be implanted. 

Nya is a young black woman played by Lex Scott Davis who lives in a rundown apartment building on Staten Island.  She vehemently works to stop the Purge from occurring while trying to protect her younger brother, Isaiah, from the streets of New York.  Isaiah wants a better life and starts selling drugs.  He is attacked by Skeletor (Rotimi Paul) who is a drug addict infatuated with Nya.  He slashes Isaiah on the neck.  When Nya finds out, she confronts local drug king, Dmitri (Y'lan Noel) who is her ex-boyfriend.  Neither Dmitri or Nya plan to participate in the Purge, but Skeletor does.  Nya and Dmitri must find a way to stay safe. 

I don't care for any of the Purge movies but of all of them, this was the best.  Y'lan Noel and Lex Scott Davis were great in their roles.  The storyline is better and the makeup on Skeletor was outstanding giving him the crazed look that was needed for the part. 

There are many Purge fans, so I will always try to keep an open mind.  The 1st movie was OK, but the following movies, not so much.  This one is a slight improvement but I can't agree with the fact that they are making this a TV series.   However, I will give it a shot.  The previous movies only received a 2 out of 4 rating from me, but I'll raise this one a bit to 2 1/2 out of 4 stars due to slightly better writing. 2 1 2 out of 4 stars

 

 

Hotel TransylvaniaHotel Transylvania 3:  Summer Vacation

This third installment of the Hotel Transylvania animated movies again has Adam Sandler voicing the lead role of Count Dracula.  His daughter, Mavis, who is voiced by Selena Gomez, plans a vacation for the family on a cruise.  Drac falls in love with Ericka, who is the captain of the ship (voiced by Kathryn Hahn).  But Ericka is the great-granddaughter of Professor Abraham Van Helsing, voiced by Jim Gaffigan.  Van Helsing has plans to rid the world of monsters with his great-granddaughter's assistance.

I loved the previous two Hotel Transylvania films.  I'm an Adam Sandler fan as well so I couldn't wait to see this movie.  However, I was disappointed. The other characters' voice parts included that of Kevin James, David Spade, Fran Drescher, Mel Brooks, and Steve Buscemi.  They were all great but overall this movie was lacking.  Parts of the movie were very funny, but there were periods of time when not much happened.  The script needed to be less predictable and more entertaining, but the kids will love it.

As I said, lower your expectations, and you'll be OK, especially if you take a little one.  I gave it only 2 1/2 out of 4 stars. 2 1 2 out of 4 stars

 

 

 

 

Skyscraper

Skyscraper

After a three month hiatus from the silver screen, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returns in “Skyscraper.” Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, “Skyscraper” is centered on Will Sawyer, played by Johnson, as a U.S. war veteran and former leader of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team. After losing one of his legs during his last mission with the FBI, Sawyer now finds himself assessing security for skyscrapers. His newest assignment takes him and his family to Hong Kong, where he is to inspect the security of “The Pearl,” the worlds tallest building. At 3,500 feet tall, “The Pearl” offers residents the experience of dining, working and living in a state-of-the-art skyscraper. But when an international terrorist group takes his family hostage and frames him for the fire they caused in the building, Sawyer is left with no choice but to fight through “The Pearl” to save his family and name.

Unfortunately, Thurber’s script and direction fails to provide the film’s talented cast with serviceable material. You would think it’d be easy—all the elements of a summer blockbuster are there. You have a bankable star in Johnson, a true talent in Neve Campbell, and the world’s tallest building on fire. But still, Thurber finds a way to disappoint. That is, until the film’s final act, which featured little dialogue and a whole lot of action. The journey to that point, however, is hardly worth the time or money in the theater. Overall, “Skyscraper” is yet another film with a solid cast and a hole-ridden script. 1 1/2 out of 4 stars.  One half star

 

 

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Daniel August 2018

 

Traveling with Kids: Tips to Have a Drama-Free Vacation

Starting a family doesn't mean you have to give up your wanderlust, but it does require some special considerations. Traveling as a family means squeezing together in lots of small spaces, from airplanes to cars to hotel rooms. To keep everyone angst-free on the go, you need a plan. Here's where to start.

On a Plane

Flying alone can be a bit stressful, but taking a flight with kids is a whole different ball game. Not only do you have to keep your kids moving in a busy airport, but you're also responsible for keeping track of tickets, luggage, strollers and in-flight entertainment for the whole family.

Minimize stress by taking advantage of early boarding for families with small children and purchase tickets for your kids, even if they qualify as lap children. On all but the shortest of flights, flying with a squirming child in your lap is only uncomfortable for you both. Pack activities and snacks to keep kids content during the flight. If your child experiences pain from ear popping, follow KidsHealth's tips for easing ear pain during flights.

In the Car

Many parents prefer driving over flying. While it takes longer, driving offers more flexibility so parents can keep kids happy and avoid angry glares from fellow travelers. If you do opt for a family road trip, make sure you schedule more time than you need. Between bathroom breaks and snack stops, road tripping with kids can take longer than Google Maps suggests.

If you have time to spare, get kids involved in planning your road trip route. Picking out fun roadside destinations to stop at gives children something to look forward to during long stretches on the road. Roadside America is a great place to start. Print out paper maps of your route and highlight stops so kids can track progress along the journey.

Keep kids stocked with fun car activities, but avoid packing so much that the back seat turns into a disaster zone. Handheld games, coloring books, dolls and movies are good forms of in-car entertainment. Arm yourself with car games that you can play with the kids when they're bored of entertaining themselves. Even if a game of I Spy isn't that exciting for you, it leaves your kids with fond family memories to last a lifetime.

At the Hotel

Cramming a big family into a small hotel room is not a recipe for a good night's rest. But whether to save money or to keep an eye on little ones, many families are stuck squeezing the whole gang into one room when they stop for the night. To avoid nighttime discomfort, research hotels that offer connecting rooms or multi-room suites before you depart.

If you have one or two children, a larger room may not be necessary. However, it's still important to consider sleeping arrangements. Don't count on the hotel having a crib to lend you — even if there's a crib available, there's no guarantee it will be something you're comfortable putting your baby in. Instead, pack a travel crib that you can easily assemble in a corner of your hotel room.

Travel cribs are great for hotels because their compact size lets you put your baby to relax in a dark part of the room while you stay up. While there are blackout shades designed specifically to keep travel cribs dark, many parents have discovered these compact cribs fit perfectly into a hotel bathroom or walk-in closet, eliminating the need for an extra item in your luggage. If you buy a lightweight version with a carrying case, you can even take it through the airport with you to let your little one play or nap during long layovers.

When you keep your kids fed, rested and entertained during travel, you're less likely to experience meltdowns on the go. However, it's important to remember that travel disrupts kids' routines, and a little discontent is to be expected. Prepare as well as you can and remind yourself to stay patient throughout your travels. If you can make your first trip a good experience, your little ones will get better and better with each passing journey.

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Using EverythingTopeka.com

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.  http://everythingtopeka.com/everything-topeka/all-categories  It is free to be listed with a simple profile and an affordable way to enhance your listing.

Searching EverythingTopeka.com

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

http://www.elections.mytimetovote.com/kansas.html

Primary August 7th  Must be registered by:

General Election November 6th Must be registered by:

 

2nd Congressional District

https://ballotpedia.org/Kansas%27_2nd_Congressional_District_election,_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.”

 

Kansas Secretary of State

Craig McCullah

http://www.mccullahforkansas.com/

 

Craig McCullah was born and raised in Topeka KS and has dedicated his career to public service. His experience in state government began with the Kansas Legislative Research Department before becoming the Director of Public Affairs and Human Resources for the Office of Kansas Secretary of State. In 2016 Craig was promoted to Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and led the agency’s Administrative Division.

His accomplishments at the agency include eliminating pagination costs of the Kansas Register and the Kansas Administrative Regulations publications, saving the agency $40,000 annually. He also led the procurement and management of a new web-based Uniform Commercial Code filing application that eliminates e-check transaction fees, reducing agency expenditures approximately $250,000 per year.  Click Here for More

  

 

Shawnee County Commissioner District 1

 

Carol Marple

https://www.carolforcommissioner.com/

Hi, I'm Carol Marple.  I've been a Shawnee County resident for over 60 years, and I'm running as a Republican for the office of Shawnee County Commissioner for District 1.

Over many years, I've had countless opportunities to meet people from all over the community.  The top 3 concerns I constantly hear about are the conditions of our roads, the conditions of our parks and recreational facilities, and how there is a lack of transparency in our county government.  Let me be clear, like you, I am absolutely concerned about the state of affairs in our county.  I completely understand your needs to have safe roads to travel on, great parks and recreational facilities to spend time with friends and family, and transparency in government so that you can have a voice in what matters to you the most.  I truly believe that being a County Commissioner is a full-time job, with a great many responsibilities to the People of Shawnee County.  Click Here for More

 

 

 

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