Fierce competitors

Lucy Kovalova and Matt Wright met in the fall of 2015 and quickly became friends and pickleball partners. Six years later they share another title: champions. In many tournaments across the country the duo have won it all.

Kansas Medical center celebrates 15 years

This Andover-based general hospital is celebrating 15 years of being a physician-owned facility. They pride themselves on their comprehensive array of medical services, a “local command” structure, and putting patients first.

‘A jet fuel for therapy’

After languishing in the wilderness of the war on drugs, psychedelic drugs like LSD, psilocybin, mescaline and MDMA are back in the news — except this time around therapists are administering them to clients in a controlled environment.

KUSM-W Celebrates 50 years!

The medical school that started off as a “school without walls” has minted over 4,700 doctors, while establishing a culture of hands-on learning and community partnership in the process.


Grand gatherings: At Naftzger Park and
Evergy Pavilion

This re-energized park in the heart of downtown has become a destination for everything from live music, fitness classes and performances to storytime and movies on the big screen.


Living healthy, productive lives in recovery

September is national recovery month, and the team at Center for Change honors the brave survivors who are living free of substance abuse. A customized program will treat not just the addiction, but the cause.


It’s not all in your head: Releasing
body-held trauma

The use of somatic, or body-based treatments for PTSD is gaining more and more recognition. We spoke to three Wichita practitioners about Somatic Experiencing, EMDR and trauma-sensitive yoga.


Coming out of the fire

Three leaders in education discuss emerging from the fire of the pandemic and discovering new ground to build upon. We spoke with Dr. Alicia Thompson, Dr. Sheree Utash and Becky O’Hearn.


Little Stars Therapy Services shines for kids

In January of 2020 Kimberly Becker became the new CEO of Little Stars Therapy Services. Since then, the company has almost tripled in size, in spite of significant uncertainty.


Top dogs

The voters have spoken, and Bella the standard poodle has been crowned in the first annual SPLURGE! Cutest Pet Cover Contest. She’s sweet, smart as a whip, and the belle of her block party. We also recognize two close finishers that made the choice difficult.


Choosing America: Journeys to be celebrated

Four local immigrants share their stories this month. They come from Lebanon, India, Turkey and Georgia, the former Soviet republic. But what they have in common is that they all found their way to Wichita — and to a love of this country.


Of two minds

Accessing the subconscious mind can help us overcome phobias, resolve PTSD, build wellness, self empowerment, peak performance and much more. Three Wichita practitioners explain how hypnotherapy has become a powerful healing modality.


A father’s legacy from the field to life lessons

Former MLB athlete Nate Robertson followed in his dad’s footsteps as a baseball coach. Today he shares the love of the game with players at Maize High School — and his own three children.


Day tripper: New frontiers in napping

Sleep cycles, siesta length, time of day — modern research is showing us how to up our napping game and remain energized throughout the entire day.


A son steps up

When TEC Systems Group moved into a freshly renovated Old Town warehouse last month, owner Eric Eakins was fulfilling a promise he made to his father six years earlier.


Mother’s Day with all the bells and whistles

“Raising two boys in a sports family was always busy but so fun,” says Sherry Bell. On this Mother’s Day she shares favorite Bell family memories with SPLURGE! readers.


They’re back!

After cancellations and the long Covid pause, two ICT favorites are ramping up their schedule: Jenny Woods reopens the Orpheum, and Music Theatre Wichita announces a full season of summer musicals.


Wizards bringing magic to Wichita

The city’s new Minor League Basketball Association team is 18–0 in regular season play, and eager to keep the streak going. If you didn’t know Wichita even had an MLBA team, read more here!


Sunrise Christian hoops makes a fast break

With two players already signed as future Jayhawks, the basketball program at Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire also boasts an award-winning head coach, Luke Barnwell.


A glimpse into exceptionality

Michelle Adler, lead teacher for Social Emotional Learning in the Andover School District, is highly attuned to neurodiverse learners — including her own son, Luc.


This little piggy stayed home

120 pounds of pure pig love — that’s Tulip the mini pig. Betsy Loftin can no longer carry her beloved pet in her arms, but he’s still part of the family. Enter the SPLURGE! Cutest Pet contest and your own fur baby could appear in the May issue!


On the cover: The evolution of WuShock

What’s puzzling to outsiders makes perfect sense once you know the history of WuShock. How a shock of wheat came to embody the combative Shocker spirit.


Pivot drills: Shockers roll despite coaching change, transfers and pandemic

In the face of coaching changes, transfers and a pandemic, players from every level on the men’s team are stepping up, guided by an interim coach providing continuity and leadership.


‘The smallest step in the right direction’

When local mom Liz Willis woke up from a C-section as an amputee, her first race was learning to walk before her young son. Then she went on to compete in the Paralympics.


Walser and Wichita: The perfect place to be

Paul Walser expanded his dealership into the Wichita area with a focus on luxury brands and a “one-person, one price” transparency model as clear as the windshield on a new Porsche.


Wichita’s sweetest couple

When Rob Snyder and Susan Peters were set up on a blind date in the late ’80s, neither of them were thrilled. One wedding, two kids and three decades later they’re still going strong.


Smart watches and heart health

Patients at risk for a cardiac event may soon be wearing smart watches as an early warning system. Will hip electronics prove as accurate as a wireless EKG patch? Wichita’s AMR plans to find out.


Lives well lived

We look back on the legacies of three community heroes: Freddy Simon, Sally Attwater and Pastor Mike O’Donnell. Their encouragement, dedication, character and leadership will be missed.


Debunking vaccine myths

In this article a doctor inoculates Wichitans against vaccine myths: Terry D. Klein, MD, partner in The Alliance for Multispecialty Research gives readers the inside scoop on local Covid research trials.


Hopping off the strain train

We talked to four ICT wellness experts to kick the year off right. Recognize stress whenever it appears and overcome it with oxytocin, find equilibrium with equine therapy and more. Make 2021 your best year!



Our Cover, Your Kid Contest

This dimpled cutie may look like a girly-girl, but — while she can rock a bath bomb with the best of them — she’s not afraid to mix it up with her two older brothers. Meet our contest winner, Madeleine Louise Murphy.


Nice List 2020

Even during a daunting year, Wichitans from healthcare heroes to artists to small businesses have stepped up their game. Santa may have to hire extra elves to fill the stockings of everyone on our Nice List this year.


Sneak peek at the Star Showcase Home

This month SPLURGE! got a sneak peek behind the elegant Tudor facade of the Star Showcase Home. From an open-plan kitchen to the expansive master bedroom to state-of-the-art siding, we bring you all the details.


I am thankful

When a teenaged Karla Switzer bought a horse from a Kansas kill pen for $10, the horse and girl went on to change each other’s lives. Now, a decade later, Karla has a chance to pay it forward.


Amplifying ICT

What started off as a simple Instagram account highlighting the city of Wichita has blown up to 20,000 followers, plus a podcast. Landon Huslig is tracking down the most captivating people and places in town.


‘Fight fear and anxiety’

From the time she was in first grade, Becky Phelps knew she wanted to be a writer. Now she has authored her first book: “Fight Fear and Anxiety: A Personal Journal Bible Study of God’s Peace, Love, and Provision”


Savor the season

Whether you’re running a marathon or running for your life through a haunted field, there’s a cornucopia of outdoor and online events for every age and activity level this fall.


12 questions with Ward Potter LLC

Attorneys Lynn Ward and Tony Potter reveal the most common misperception about family law, what they would say to their past selves, and where to find the best food in Wichita.


‘Fight fear and anxiety’

From the time she was in first grade, Becky Phelps knew she wanted to be a writer. Now she has authored her first book: “Fight Fear and Anxiety: A Personal Journal Bible Study of God’s Peace, Love, and Provision”


Autumn & Art: An Online Art Fair

Browse over 50 booths of original artwork from jewelry and glass to drawing and ceramics. Chat live with artists about their work, inspiration and process at the virtual Autumn & Art.


Long- or short-term care?

Every family with an aging loved one is unique. Whether you need a short respite stay or long-term care, the award-winning Axiom Healthcare Services has three communities in the Wichita area to provide assistance and support.


Blazing trails and busting genres

This 2008 Maize High School grad has carved a path to Hollywood by being true to herself — all of her selves. The singer, stunt woman and American Ninja Warrior is also a graphic designer and facial mask seamstress.


Get to know Dr. Garold Minns

Meet the Sedgwick County health officer, Dr. Garold Minns, board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease and Dean of the KU School of Medicine-Wichita.


Driving for the Dream

This three-sport star at Andover High went on to an outstanding basketball career at Creighton University. Now her drive to keep getting better has landed her a spot on the WNBA team, the Atlanta Dream.


Accidentally famous

When Preven Christon made a TikTok video as part of a 2019 Maize High School talent show, he was shocked a few weeks later when it garnered 50,000 views. Now his account boasts 6 million total likes.


The Ice Cream Man

Army vet Carl Brandt scoops out patriotism all year round by raising funds for Kansas Honor Flight. Using a vintage ice cream cart he restored himself, Carl gives away ice cream cones in exchange for donations.


ICT Food Rescue: Feeding People, Not Landfills

Thanks to Stephanie Merritt, “food rescuers” — volunteers who pick up donated food and drive it to nonprofit organizations — are zipping across the city to feed hungry Wichitans.


Remembering a Wichita icon: Don Hall

Generations of Wichitans have grown up hearing Don Hall on the radio airwaves and as the voice of Shocker basketball. He’ll also be remembered for his kindness, generosity and fun-loving personality.


Wichita dad: ‘Invest in your kids’

Dr. Antoine “Tony” Wakim and Tanner Erdman are two local dads with very different stories, but they both say that spending lots of time with kids is the key — whether that’s traveling together or fishing or just hanging out.


Celebrating the Wichita Collegiate School class of 2020!

Congratulations to these six graduates, who share memories of their favorite high school teachers and activities. And they also look forward to future dreams, majors and college plans.


A baby story

As traditional end-of-pregnancy rituals such as showers and family gatherings go by the wayside during a national health crisis, Candace Huslig draws on strong role models to stay positive.


Terrific teachers

To celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week we interviewed three passionate, caring and beloved teachers: Catherine Klunder, Conolley August and Shane Walck.


Asymmetry Collection by Alicia Ybarra + Chris Gulick

When Alicia Ybarra and Chris Gulick received a call from New York Fashion Week, it took a village — of Wichitans — to showcase their collection of wearable sculpture in The Big Apple.


CBD good for both people and pets

CBD oils, topicals and bath bombs for people, and dog chews for canines are just a few cannabidiol products offered by Joy Organics. Here owner Kim Secrist answers all our questions.


On the rebound

After a scorching start to the season, Shockers men’s basketball has been running hot and cold. We take a look at individual players and how coach Gregg Marshall is inspiring his young team.


Spring into storm season

While the last few storm seasons have been milder for Kansas, KWCH’s Ross Janssen reminds us that we’re still in the middle of Tornado Alley, and how to stay abreast of severe weather in upcoming months.


Go Red for Women!

“Eighty percent of cardiac events can be prevented through education and lifestyle changes,” says Heather Smart, director of the Go Red for Women program in Kansas. Their ambassador leadership council helps get the word out.


Wichita’s sweetest couple: Matt and Erika Lillie

Matt and Erika Lillie met at a meditation convention and felt instant chemistry. Seven years later the co-founders of Opti-Life and parents of two children share their inspirational love story with SPLURGE!


18 unconventional ways to say, ‘I love you!’

Matt and Erika Lillie met at a meditation convention and felt instant chemistry. Seven years later the co-founders of Opti-Life and parents of two children share their inspirational love story with SPLURGE!


Meet the mayor

Brandon Whipple jumped into action one week early with the announcement of 2,800 layoffs at Spirit. Good thing this father of three, who ran on the economy, ethics and public safety, is good at juggling.


Lives well lived

This year we reflect on three beloved members of our community. Matt Sheets, Kristen Turner and Ryan Finn leave behind a legacy of memories and many lives touched for the better. They will be missed.


Our Cover, Your Kid

Our adorable cover model, Levi McCrary is the winner of our annual contest to find the cutest kid in the ‘Ta. At just 9 months old, he’s our youngest first-place winner to date!


SPLURGE! Nice List 2019

The reindeers are going to need an extra-long runway to take off with the weighty bag full of gifts going to all the super-nice companies, non-profits and individuals who’ve inspired us all year long.


Firefighters’ abs making an appearance for good causes

Lt. Frank Shaw with the Andover Fire Department is just one of this year’s heroes to bravely doff his own coat and shirt in support of Coats for Kids, plus other good causes.


I am thankful: Individuals share stories of struggle and gratitude

Two Wichitans have traveled individual journeys of struggle and perseverance, which eventually led to joy, grace and gratitude. Sarah Kriwiel and Rob Egan share their stories with SPLURGE!


‘Tis the season: Holidays at Bradley Fair

Carriage rides, miles of twinkling holiday lights and a massive Christmas tree return to Bradley Fair this holiday season — plus other shopping perks like a Black Friday relief station offering complimentary refreshments.


What to do in Wichita this fall

Looking for petting zoos, cider and kettle corn? Or maybe zombies, chainsaws and haunted forests. We’ve got your October treats and tricks right here!


Welcome Wichita’s first urban winery

Jennifer McDonald doesn’t just bottle hand-crafted wine. She’s also creating memories — especially once she opens her new production wine facility, tasting room and event venue at Union Station this month.


10 years later, art still connecting people
in Wichita

There’s something special about Autumn & Art, the open-air art show at Bradley Fair, that keeps attendees and artists coming back — from as far away as North Dakota — year after year.


Sitting pretty

Looking for macramé chandeliers, white leather sofas or black velvet slipper chairs for that special event? Wichita designer extraordinaire Ashley Moore to the rescue with Refined Furniture Rental.


Touching base with Eric Wedge

Wichita State’s new head baseball coach brings a deep resume to the position: major leaguer, manager — and starting catcher on the university’s 1989 national championship team.


Retooling school

Flipped classrooms, new grade cards, kids as entrepreneurs — as we enter the information age, today’s educators are tinkering under the hood with long-held assumptions of education.


Independent inspires

“Children should feel joy while learning,” says the new head of The Independent School, Chris English. He talked to SPLURGE! about how the school strives to create flexible teaching practices and lifelong learners.


WSU basketball greats give back

Five WSU basketball legends are forming a new team with all of Wichita as their court. The players are from different generations, but share a common goal of giving back and putting a smile on people’s faces.


College class of 2025

In just six years, experts say, it’s impossible to predict what 50 percent of prospective jobs will be. How should students prepare? We spoke to leaders at local colleges and universities to catch a glimpse of the future.


New York-style theater workshop comes to ICT

NYU grad student and ICT native Alex Wakim brings his new musical, “An American in Beirut,” to town, giving Wichitans a peek behind the curtain of the theater workshop process.


Soccer dads

How can a kicking around a black-and-white ball teach character, teamwork, persistence and leadership? These dads explain how soccer helps sons — and daughters — in all aspects of life.


Unique prize celebrates Wichita Open's
30th year

This year’s one-of-a-kind prize for the golf ball drop contest took some serious time and legwork — and plenty of help from the PGA Tour. Hint: Signatures from national golf legends are involved.


Radio DJ’s tell-all is 'crazier than fiction'

Former morning show D.J., Lukas Cox, just released a new book chock full of stories about meeting famous musicians and celebrities — but it’s also about “hitting the bottom of the ocean” and swimming back up again.


AfterShocks ready to rock b-ball tourney

The legendary names. The regional rivalries. Already excitement is building for July madness, when the AfterShocks, a team of former WSU basketball players now gone pro, try to win it all at The Basketball Tournament.


Proud moms: Wichita moms share their children’s success stories

This month four Wichita mother tell stories of their kids excelling in life — whether on stage, in the art studio or on the football field — and persisting through through challenges and hardships.


'They've changed the course of my life'

Meet Andrew McLeod, soon-to-be high school grad, guitar player and computer science aficionado. He also has severe vision impairment, but attributes much of his success to Envision, the SPLURGE! Party beneficiary.


Bigger and better party of the summer

We’re turning up the heat on what promises to be the biggest party of the summer — all to celebrate the Wichita Open 30th Birthday Bash and the 10th annual SPLURGE! tournament tee-off party.


A unique varietal of helping

A full weekend of wine dinners, walkabouts and tastings gathers funds for the Guadalupe Clinic like grapes on a sun-filled hillside. It’s a rare-vintage event funding a feel-good bouquet of a story.


A tale of two teams

While the men’s basketball team at Wichita State is rebuilding, some of the young players are starting to show tantalizing glimpses of teamwork and powerhouse potential.


3D weather graphics by KWCH

At KWCH Channel 12, a new 3D graphic technology is helping Kansans visualize the ever-evolving weather in our state — a skill that becomes even more critical during storm season.


Sweet love

In a story that that reads like a rom-com meet-cute, Steve Jahn, the owner of a candy-and-nuts business, fell in love at first sight with one of his customers 21 years ago. The rest is Nifty Nut House history.


Relaxing refuge

What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it. Belly up to the Blending Bar at Fresh Spa Market and select from fresh, natural ingredients and over 200 fragrance and essential oils to create your own customized scrub, body lotion or more.


Lives well lived

As the calendar turns, we remember four men whose contributions were both entrepreneurial and personal: Steve Hatchett, Keith Lesher, Mervyn Criser and Leslie Rudd. They live on in their humor, humility, generosity and character.


He’s back

A reflective interview with Gene Stephenson, community hero, after his Shocker Sports Hall of Fame induction. He looks back on the program he coached for 36 years, and begins to think about the future.


Century II turns 50

This month we mark the 50th birthday of the iconic, blue-domed building that has attracted national talent, from Anne Murray to The Monkees, from David Copperfield to “CATS.” Whether it will see another 50 years is soon to be decided.


Our Cover, Your Kid

Congratulations to 4-year-old Jackson Touchatt, first-place winner in the SPLURGE! Our Cover, Your Kid contest. Jackson is already an enthusiastic performer, competitive runner and dapper dresser. At left are second place winners: siblings Kaden and Katelynn Mar.


SPLURGE’S Nice List for 2018

Santa’s not even sure it’s winter in Wichita, because it’s so warm — warm-hearted that is. From Junior League to Shepherd’s Way to the actual Warm Hearts Campaign, non-profits top our 2018 Nice List.


Keep the faith

Get acquainted with the seven freshmen, four sophomores, two juniors and two seniors on this year’s Shocker men’s basketball squad. Coach Gregg Marshall shares the opportunities and challenges.


I am thankful

Family, friends, acquaintances and health care professionals have made all the difference for three Wichitans as they traveled through their individual journeys as cancer survivors.


Evie Clair goes to the ball

For this “America’s Got Talent” finalist, performing at the Cattle Baron’s Ball isn’t just another singing performance: She has a very personal reason for wanting to support the American Cancer Society.


Douglas Design District

Organizers of the “avenue of creativity” along Douglas are looking into the future and seeing a three-mile, tree-lined and pedestrian-friendly corridor of neighborhoods and unique, locally-owned businesses.


What to do in Wichita this fall

Screams and slushies, corn cribs and cider, zombies and ziplines are just a few of the festivities on offer to celebrate fall in the Wichita area. Spooky, kiddie, artsy or foodie, there’s something for everyone.


Born in duality

The artist who creates hyper-realistic oil paintings with a theatrical expression of light and dark is unpretentious on the surface — but like his work, he contains hidden nuance and depth.


Autumn & Art

Where else can you enjoy paintings around a pond, ceramics under the sky and glass on the grass? Time to welcome fall with a celebration of art and nature, in addition to food, drink and art-themed fun for all ages.


Cotillion’s legacy of good times rolls on

This mod circular building opened in 1960, and previous owner Richard Leslie was there from the beginning. He gives us the inside scoop on the venue that’s played host to some of the most memorable moments of our lives.


Fiercely beautiful

Ashlyn Lakin’s flip kick on the soccer field went viral — but the real trick of the Maize graduate is exemplifying beauty and prowess while remaining kind and humble.


That new education smell

Schools are stocking up on ideas for how to make this year’s crop of students the best equipped, most connected and most emotionally prepared they can be.


Wine Women & Shoes

One of the best-dressed fundraisers in town features a live and silent auction, fashion show and national vendors selling jewelry, purses and shoes. All to benefit Wesley Children’s Foundation.


‘America’s patriotism is alive and well’

What does patriotism look like? Veterans returning from a Kansas Honor Flight are met with standing ovations, cheers, flags, balloons, hugs — and even a bagpiper.


Jules’ journey

When her body stopped producing blood, Maize middle-schooler Jules Cundiff found support from more than just blood relatives as she underwent a bone marrow transplant.


Education on trend

Generation Z is taking over college campuses this fall, and new opportunities in technology, stackable credentials and wrap-around support give them more options than ever.


Fantastic fathers

Jason Osgood is an Air Force pilot and father of four, with one on the way, who strives to give 100 percent to both career and family. Read his story and those of two other Wichita fathers.


Taps Mugadza: ‘Expect to be moved'

The crowd-pleasing, five-week concert series croons back to Bradley Fair this month, including Zimbabwe native Taps Mugadza, whose life story is every bit as soul-stirring as his voice.


Native Gala

Organizers from the Mid-America All-Indian Center are using the ICT Native Gala to share their culture — from fashion to music to food — as a way of reaching out to people of all backgrounds.


Mum's the word

Dr. Anna Stork-Fury, Taylor Gould and Jackie Davis are three very different kinds of moms — but they all agree that the humbling and exciting process of becoming a mother changes you forever.


Get out and enjoy summer!

We’ve got all your classics like summer camps, Music Theatre Wichita and the NBC World Series. And some non-traditional ideas too. Anybody up for a Moonlight Meadow Night Hike?


Breathing room at WSU

After joining the American Athletic Conference, WSU embarks on a good-natured “arms race” for the best student-athletes nationwide. The Shock the World fundraising campaign is helping with facilities improvements.


Autism awareness: Making an impact

From babies and toddlers undergoing evaluation all the way up to young adults learning to live independently, Wichita’s many community organizations support individuals with autism every step of the way.


Senior status

As we enter the Shocker’s postseason, playing on is all the motivation needed for Rashard Kelly and the team’s five other seniors, who are nearing the end of their careers in black and gold.


Preparing for what La Niña might bring

Why does this infamous weather pattern bring such unpredictability? KWCH meteorologist Ross Janssen explains, and gives tips and tricks for riding out the severe weather season.



Hoops to hippos

No spring break plans? No worries. There’s plenty going on in and around ICT this month, from hoops to hippos, tacos to tailgate parties and Pac-Man to St. Pat’s Day.


Lives well lived

Three Wichitans leave behind a legacy of smiles, kindness, compassion and community service. The families of Jessie Davies, Jan Graff and Kent Criser share their memories.


Happy new era

Book lovers, art aficionados, apartment dwellers and aircraft workers all have grand things to anticipate in the new year. Not to mention anyone who loves a good steak. In other words, just about everyone.


Our Cover, Your Kid

The blue eyes and cherubic cheeks of one-year-old Brooklynn Bolster won the hearts of our judges, and landed her some prime real estate on our December cover. Meet this budding model from Belle Plaine, Kan.


Nice? Not a problem this year

The big man's ICT bag is bulging with goodies this year. Everybody, from large corporations and universities to artists, organizers, boosters and just plain folk contributed to a list glowing with goodness.


Stress less: Advice for the holidays

Are you stressed by travel pressures, tired of refereeing conflicts between your family and significant other — or just overwhelmed with trying to make everything perfect? Two Wichita therapists share coping strategies for the season.


Chris Mann returns home

200 singers and musicians, singer/dancer Kaitlyn Costello, Wichita Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Wichita Community Children's Choir and "The Voice" finalist Chris Mann unite on one stage for a world-class concert.


I am thankful

In our annual November feature we profile two Wichitans who have risen above struggles to find personal growth, community and surprising reasons to be grateful. Meet Grant Pierce and Mark Chamberlin.


Home for Doc Gala

The polished B-29 Superfortress was the guest of honor in a hanger-held party just a few hundred yards from where it was originally built in 1944. The 1940's-themed gala raised funds for Doc's permanent home in ICT.


The ghouls next door

The Wichita Paranormal Research Society has documented a surge in autumnal apparitions at Cowtown. Meet some of the old and the restless seen there, and in other historical locales.


For the love of the land and wine

When he was young, Dan Stockemer vowed never to go into the family business of dairy farming. However, he did eventually bring the art of Sonoma County viticulture back to his home in Sedgwick County.


For the love of art � and science

What happens when a biology teacher discovers art? Just like the sand and soda ash that are melted in a 2,000 degree oven to create glass, the result is an alchemical blend of science and art.


Food, fun and fine art

When Mother Nature paints with fall colors, you know it's time for one of Wichita's favorite festivals, where art in all its forms � visual, musical, theatrical and dance � are showcased in a natural outdoor setting.


Overcoming addiction

Three local recovery heroes share their stories from helplessness to wholeness. Todd Schroeder, Allison Meador and Bill Vineyard have very different histories, but they all end with finding a larger purpose in life.


Above and beyond

This month's Valor Golf Tournament swings out to raise funds supporting the Valor Awards, which honors law enforcement officers for quick thinking, courage and sacrifice in the field.


Education: Hot trends for fall

Student-centered learning, technology and real-world experience are just a few forward-looking trends taking a spin on the education runway for fall of 2017.


Rehearsal for success

The Global MBA program at Friends University prepares grads for international business in an immersive way that's like a dress rehearsal for success.


Loyal and true to the red, white and blue

Four local families share why patriotism is so important to them not just on the Fourth of July throughout the entire year.


DOC makes housecalls

Doc one of the two remaining flyable bombers that helped end WWII is touring the country and attending aviation events this summer.


Higher education: Dollars and sense

With mounting student debt and competition for jobs, area educators say that the role of preparing students in an affordable manner is more important than ever.


Wet & wild

Boating, water skiing, fishing or simply relaxing satisfy your wet and wild side at one of Wichita's area lakes.


A dozen ideas for Dad

Father's Day is June 18, and we've compiled a list of one dozen ideas to help you honor dad in Doo-Dah.


Bike Share ICT

Wichita now has its own bike share program called Bike Share ICT. Hop on a bike for a casual ride beside the river, cruise from a downtown workplace to a Delano restaurant for lunch with friends, or see Wichita's iconic sights on a sunny Saturday.


Summer in the city

You won't want to spend a minute cloistered indoors this summer, and we've compiled a list of great activities. Catch an FC Wichita match, one of many outdoor performances or feast at the food trucks ICT awaits!


Chill and charge up

Riverfest 2017 is hitting a high point. Nine days of concerts and more than 100 activities are all free with a button. New events and longtime favorites will take place downtown Wichita June 2-10.


Top 10 characteristics of a supermom

Regardless of what makes your ideal Supermom, all moms share the same struggle discovering the balance between work, interests, commitments, home and family.


Splurge! Tee Off Party: Air Capital Classic

Air Capital Classic and SPLURGE! have selected Envision as this year's beneficiary of the Tee Off Party. Proceeds will be used to enrich the lives of blind and vision impaired individuals.


CASAino jackpot

CASA-supported kids will take the table April 22, with a fundraiser featuring casino game tables, live jazz music, a cigar bar and more at Abode Venue. CASA of Sedgwick County provides trained advocates for foster children moving through the court system.


Point man

With March Madness looming, Gregg Marshall and the Wichita State Shockers hope they're peaking at the right time. Point guard Landry Shamet has assumed a leadership role on the court beyond the maturity of most freshman.


Tick tock treasure

Walk through the doors of the Old Time Clock Shop to witness the magic of more than 500 clocks displayed around the store, ticking to keep time.


Primrose confidential

To give new west-side students the inside scoop on life at Primrose, owner Anjana Bhakta went straight to the real experts.


Mind and body healing

Struggling with sleeping, maintaining focus, trouble losing weight or making mistakes at work? Learn how a visit to AgeWell Brain Center may be just the solution people are seeking.


Love is

Teri and Michael Monteferrante share their personal love story,
proving that happily ever after does exist in real life.


Sustain and train your brain

Cognitive training is now an additional service offered at Cognitive Performance & Health, an integrative, direct care practice putting the patient at the center of care and leading to early detection and intervention.


The cognitive era

Maximizing our cognitive power is a concept that's already accepted on the east and west coasts and is just starting to take off in the Midwest including here in Wichita.


Lives well lived

Celebrating the lives and honoring the memory of two beloved community members, Brian Bergkamp and Jo Zakas. Their legacy will live on in the hearts of all who have been touched by their heroism, faith and selflessness.


Going viral

With one of the fastest growing channels on YouTube, fans are flipping over local teen, Tanner Braungardt.


Our Cover, Your Kid

Meet Austin, 3-year-old resident of Rose Hill and winner of SPLURGE!'s Our Cover, Your Kid contest.


You better not pout, you better not cry

Santa asks SPLURGE! to help compile his naughty or nice list each December. Find out who are the heroes in the heartland and who deserves a big lump of coal.


Out Here in Kansas

Journalist Adam Knapp had virtually no experience with video, but he did know how to interview people and tell a good story. His film "Out Here in Kansas" exploring gays and the church premiered to a sold-out crowd.


Opera legend joins Wichita Grand Opera

International opera legend Samuel Ramey returns to Wichita. The Kansas native joins the staff of Wichita Grand Opera and shares his vision for the future.


I am thankful

Thanksgiving is a time to honor what in life we are most thankful for. The King and Vance families share how prayers, hope, love and survival make them even more grateful this Thanksgiving.


What's next for Nico?

Olympic boxing medalist Nico Hernandez was welcomed home with a celebration at Eisenhower National Airport, a parade and even a scholarship to Wichita State University. Find out what the future holds for Nico.


Hooray Ranch

A picturesque setting on the Central Flyway waterfowl migration route, engaging activities and outstanding meals provided by the in-house chef make Hooray Ranch a "wow" facility.


Educated choices

Just as no two children are alike, neither are their education options. Local leaders in primary and secondary education discuss the many options available to help families make the choice that is right for them.


Badge of approval

Expand your skill sets with affordable and accessible professional training available at Wichita State University's Office for Workforce Education.



Let freedom ring

Beyond the sparklers and revelry, the Fourth of July is an opportunity to reflect on the vision our nation's founders established for this great country: freedom. Local residents share what freedom means to them.


Higher education trends

A growing number of high school students are getting a jump start on their careers, be it in the workplace or in college. Local institutions engage students with early college programs and paths that encourage career exploration.


Wichita dads through the generations

Three Wichita dads from three different generations share their tales of fatherhood. Although generational traits, family dynamics and parenting techniques vary by father, one important element remains constant a dad's love for their child is infinite.


Summer smoothies

Thursday summer concerts jazz up Bradley Fair. The sights and sounds of summer return to Bradley Fair Plaza each Thursday in June. The free concert series welcomes back fan favorites and introduces a new generation of jazz artists.



Five years after it opened, the Downing Children's Garden at Botanica is a magical place for kids and kids at heart, where families can be together playing in the monster woods or watching the colors change on the rainbow overhead.

Rudy Love: Exposing the legend

Wichita legend, Rudy Love has made an unbelievable impact in the world of music. Fortunately, Rudy and The Love Family are making a resurgence find out where to catch a live show.


Pets with purpose

Local therapy dogs, Hunny and Norman, have an important job to do. By sharing snuggles, kisses and a slight paw, these two compassionate canines let kids and adults know they hear them.


Silicon Valley thrives in Wichita

Social Networking Technology came to Wichita last year from the San Francisco Bay area to tap into our city's talented workforce. Learn about SNT's expansion plans to nearly double number of employees locally and the Wichita team's can-do attitude.

Shockers search for March magic

The Shocks are searching for some magic this March as they
build momentum entering the post-season after a year of ups
and downs.

The Wichita staycation

What's keeping you from doing a little exploring in your own hometown? Spring break is the ideal time to live like a tourist and discover Wichita's attractions culture, nightlife, outdoors. We have compiled a list of ideas for your spring break staycation.

Wichita's sweetest couple

Love-love is a win-win for Crestview Country Club director of tennis Marc Gelina and his wife Jill. The pair reflects on their marriage, tennis, family and love.

Find your love zone

Buddy zone, booty zone or bonding zone? Take this 12-point quiz to reveal your love quadrant by examining everything from your couple's tattoo to your first date.

A decade of decadence

The 10th anniversary theme is It May Be Death By Chocolate, But Rock n Roll Never Dies, and here are 10 reasons why it may be the biggest and best yet.

A new year brings a new gift to Wichita

Wichita Center for the Arts plans a state-of-the-art 39,000 square-foot facility, featuring expanded classrooms, premier gallery space for national exhibits, expanded studios, outdoor sculpture garden and a 400-seat great hall.

Multi-talented Kapaun graduate dances her way to the big screen

Sarah Frangenberg has been dancing for as long as she can remember and recently she landed the lead role in the independent film Lift Me Up.

Legacy of Little Mo continues in Wichita

The Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation will host its annual fundraising tournament to support the foundation's efforts to introduce Wichita-area youth to tennis and expand the competitive offerings available to established players in the region.

Our Cover, Your Kid: meet Kaci & Delainey

Sisters, models and best friends Delainey and Kaci don't mind sharing the spotlight as winners of Splurge! Magazine's Our Cover, Your Kid photo contest.

Wichita's Naughty & Nice 2015: filling stockings of heroes and heels

Splurge! likes to help out Santa each December. Find out who made Wichita's Naughty list and who is on the Nice list.


Giving thanks for mental health help: Jenny Wenzel's twin daughters were in a downward spiral from severe anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She found hope and help in a psychiatric program across the country.



Mind tricks

Curtis Waltermire is better known as Curtis the Mentalist. Although he claims no psychic abilities, he uses psychology, physiology and his personal intuition to leave audience members feeling as if he knows their inner thoughts.



The Kansas firefighters selected as calendar models are beautiful inside and out. Proceeds from the 2016 edition will help the Coats for Kids project and the Kansas Firefighters Museum.



Grabbing the gold

A stroke at birth left Madison Castillo with partial paralysis. Now a Maize High School senior, she competes in track and field and has even medaled against students without physical disabilities. In addition, she competes nationally in Paralympic events.


Hip, hip for Hooray Ranch

This rural Shangri La in Kingman was primarily established to offer premium hunting experiences, but the property is available for weddings, corporate retreats and other events, too.


Galleries alfresco

Artists from 23 states will be showing and selling ceramics, paintings, drawings, glass, jewelry, photography, sculpture and two- and -three-dimensional media works. The event has continued to grow and evolve, drawing 18,000 people last year.


Christian rocker brings message of 'deliberate" faith to Wichita

Christian rocker Phil Joel will headline HopeNet's annual banquet this month. The former Newsboy, a New Zealand native, met his wife, then Heather Cozine, when on tour in Wichita.


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