In the Loop

Meet designer Rebecca  Minkoff at  Halls Plaza
Award-winning designer Rebecca Minkoff will make an appearance in Kansas City on Thursday, Oct. 3 at Halls Plaza.
Minkoff’s statement-making handbags and accessories with trademark leathers, studs and edgy hardware have been coveted by fashionistas since 2005.
Minkoff introduced her first ready-to-wear collection in 2009. Now, as an industry leader in accessible luxury handbags, accessories, footwear and apparel, her playful and subtly edgy designs can be spotted around the world.
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Sci-Fi Night at  the Movies
On October 11, 2013, KC CAN! (Kansas City Children’s Assistance Network) will host its 13th annual fundraiser “A Night at the Movies” with a Sci-Fi Movies theme. A fun evening to serve a greater purpose, attendees are encouraged to dress in sci-fi costume or creative cocktail attire. The event will include a live and silent auction, gourmet dinner and an open bar. Proceeds will go to fund KC CAN! projects for 2013-14.
The event is expected to draw more than 500 guests and will be hosted by the Ritz Charles of Overland Park.
Tickets can be purchased online at
H&M to open first Kansas location at Oak Park Mall
Hennes & Mauritz, more commonly known as H&M, will open its first location in Kansas at Oak Park Mall this  fall.
“We are pleased to open our doors at Oak Park Mall, the state’s largest shopping destination,” says Daniel Kulle, U.S. president for H&M. “We look forward to building our presence in Kansas and providing shoppers access to the latest trends at the best prices for the whole family.”
The approximately 26,000-square-foot store offers collections for ladies, men, young ladies and young men, with separate “store within store” sections for accessories, lingerie, sports apparel and maternity.
The Oak Park location will also carry the Swedish retailer’s children’s collection, which features quality clothing for kids ages newborn to 8, as well as its plus-size line, H&M+.


Legends Outlets Kansas City will recognize October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the launch of “Shop Pink and Save,” a month-long shopper savings and fundraising program. The event will run from Oct. 1-31. Shop Pink and Save bonus cards will be sold at the management office for $5.00 each.
Shoppers who present the card (good for a one-day use only) at a participating store or restaurant will receive additional savings off their purchase. Proceeds will benefit Back in the Swing to support local breast cancer survivors.

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) Opens, Scheels to Follow
Recreational Equipment, Inc., better known as REI, opened its new Overland Park store Oct. 6.
The outdoor recreational gear and sporting goods store is known for outfitting everyone from mountain climbers to mall walkers. REI sells high-end gear, clothing and footwear for outdoor activities such as climbing, kayaking and skiing, as well as for hiking, bicycling and camping.
The company also repairs gear and sells merchandise online and through catalogs.
REI Adventures offers trips such as cycling the Alps, sea kayaking Costa Rica and hiking New Zealand.
In 2011, Fortune Magazine ranked REI 17th on its annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.
Within a few hundred feet of REI in Corbin Park, land is being developed for Fargo, N.D.-headquartered Scheels, also a sports apparel company.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Sept. 25 with an anticipated opening in Spring 2015. Scheels’ flagship Overland Park facility is slated to showcase a 220,000-square-foot mega sporting goods store featuring a 16-car Ferris wheel rising toward a skylight, a 16,000-gallon double-arch salt-water aquarium, a boating department, game centers and an emphasis on fashionable apparel.

The Fresh Market Opens at Prairiefire
On Sept. 4, The Fresh Market debuted its first Kansas City location — in the Prairiefire development at 135th Street and Nall Avenue in Overland Park — with a cracking of the Parmesan, a gourmet version of the traditional ribbon-cutting event.
The Greensboro, N.C.-based specialty grocer beckoned shoppers to “experience the food,” and that call was answered by tens of thousands of shoppers.
The day’s opening activities showcased food samplings, chef demonstrations and giveaways for some of the first new customers to arrive. Giveaways included The Fresh Market coffee samples and reusable shopping bags.
“We are excited to open our new store in Overland Park and to expand our reach in Kansas,” says Craig Carlock, the company’s president and chief executive officer. “We look forward to introducing The Fresh Market’s concept of quality perishables, excellent customer service and a unique atmosphere to an expanded customer base, and we look forward to offering neighboring communities a rewarding new food-shopping experience.”
The new store houses over 24,300 square feet of culinary delights, including a bakery that produces 30 house-made baked breads and 14 different pie varieties daily, a full-service meat counter with freshly ground beef, a wide selection of ready-to-serve entrées, fresh seafood delivered to the store several times per week, and more than 200 imported and domestic cheeses. The produce department features more than 400 items and a large organic selection.


Controversial Miss Kansas makes news at 2014 Miss America pageant
Introduced as “America’s choice” via online voting, Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, not only grabbed the hearts of the nation, she also stole a few headlines.
“I am so honored,” she said. “To be fair, I did have the backing of an entire army, literally.” Vail is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard, not the traditional career for typical pageant candidates. She also sports a large tattoo — the Serenity Prayer — on her rib cage, which she felt no obligation to hide.
Previous Miss America candidates have used camouflage makeup to cover tattoos.
Though she didn’t take home the crown, she was one of the finalists, breaking tradition and Miss America stereotypes in a number of bold ways.
100 Marathons
Sixteen years after his first one, John Henrich will run his 100th marathon this month, achieving a record not held by many others.
In 1994, at the age of 34, Henrich decided to become a runner and participated in his first race.
“I started running for general health reasons,” he said. “I had been swimming but was getting bored with it.”
Henrich was on a business trip in Kansas City when he and a group of co-workers decided on a Saturday night to run the Trolley Run the next morning. The sense of camaraderie among the runners before the race stayed with him and he was hooked. Since then he has completed 99 marathons and several half marathons.
A close friend ran the Kansas City Marathon with Henrich 16 years ago and they have been running together ever since, completing 33 marathons together.
“We have talked our share of politics, religion, current events, job issues, etc.,” says Henrich. “Our kids were in elementary school when we started and now they are all out of college. We also used the runs as therapy sessions during our parents’ illnesses and their deaths.”
At one point Henrich decided to set a goal of finishing 50 marathons by his 50th birthday. He increased his running to achieve his goal by completing one marathon a month and quickly exceeded his goal when he completed 81 marathons by his birthday. With fewer than 20 to go, 100 seemed like the next logical goal.
Over the years, Henrich has picked races for many different reasons. In addition to his goal of 100 marathons, he also planned to run a marathon in every state, so location was key. He enjoys the larger marathons and has run almost every large marathon in the U.S.
“There is no better way to see a new city than to run 26.2 miles through it,” he says. “Usually race organizers select routes that focus on key sites, similar to what the KC Marathon accomplishes with its course.”
The top five marathons Henrich would like to run again are New York, Boston, Paris, Berlin and Chicago.
“I’m from Massachusetts and many people think that the Boston Marathon would be my favorite, but it’s not,” he says. “The NYC Marathon is my favorite. Running through the five boroughs with the tremendous crowd support is unmatched anywhere.”
Henrich hopes to someday complete marathons in London, Madrid, Tokyo, Sydney and Rome.
Over the years he’s been very fortunate and hasn’t suffered any major running injuries. He says his biggest mistake is sometimes not properly hydrating before a race.
Favorite products he can’t run without? Vaseline and Band-Aids.
“Chafing is not fun,” he says.