Ryan Strong

Debra Smith

Debra Smith’s life as the Kansas City-based textile artist she is today did not happen by accident. Her mother was a textile artist and so was her grandmother.

Rod Parks, Occupation: Owner, Retro Inferno

Rod Parks

Rod Parks, owner of Kansas City’s Retro Inferno, has procured thousands of chairs, tables, couches and other beautifully designed 20th century objects for the home since wandering into an estate sale 24 years ago.

Chris Wambua

Chris Wambua

There is an art to physical fitness and Chris Wambua has made it his life’s work. He is the founder of Kansas City’s Kamba Fit, a place that Wambua defines as a fitness and performance movement training center.

Megan Mac and Mikey Wheeler

Megan Mac and Mikey Wheeler

Most couples share a passion and it’s typically not work-related. If it is, it’s probably not the art of professional tattooing. Unless that couple is Megan Mac and Mikey Wheeler.

Jamie Wong

Jamie Wong is not old. But she is definitely vintage. Buying and selling vintage garments has been her life for about 17 years, but she does it with the same passion today that she did when she started out with a small set up at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.

Jordan Tait

Jordan Tait Occupation: Architect “Peculiarity breeds a bold, tasteful aesthetic.” —Jordan Tait, Architect When Jordan Tait was 19 years old, he built a house. He wasn’t an architect at the time, he wasn’t even studying to become one. He was just helping out some family. But that experience inspired him to enroll in the New […]

Veteran’s Day with Jason Arellano

Today Baldwin recognizes one of our own for his service as a United States Marine. We thank you for your contributions to our country and family, alongside all respected veterans. …”

Cash Lawless

When Cash Lawless decides to do something, he does it. He goes all in. It was that sort of commitment that took him from hair stylist to celebrity hair stylist. It’s a jump that few in his industry actually make.

Patrick Ryan

Patrick Ryan has only ever had one job. And it’s the only job he ever really wanted: to cook.

Susie Yang

When Susie Yang was 11 years old she performed as a cello soloist with the Chicago symphony. It was broadcasted on PBS. A camera crew came to her middle school to interview her. And even before that moment, Yang, who is now a cellist with the Kansas City Symphony, knew that she found her calling.

Wesley Stringer

There was a time when New York City photographer, Wesley Stringer, had a portfolio of commercial photography. These were photos he’d been paid to take, but at end of the day, he wasn’t always proud to have his name on the work.

Jen Steele

It’s no secret that artists find inspiration from the people and places in their lives. NYC photographer, Jen Steele, is no different.

Brad Oberhofer

Frontman Brad Oberhofer began writing songs when a melody popped into his head uninvited at the age of 13. He recorded it with a Yamaha keyboard on an old PC and the “magic” has been in him ever since as a classically trained pianist turned Brooklyn-based indie rocker.

Hermon Mehari

The story of musician and jazz trumpeter, Hermon Mehari, begins in Kansas City where he “fell in love with the idea of making music in the moment” during an improvisational jazz class.

Emiko Shinozaki

What does classical music, organic chemistry and conceptual geometric jewelry all have in common? Everything. According to Emiko Shinozaki, the New York City artist and designer behind Emiko Shinozaki Jewelry.

Chris Baio Occupation: Musician, Baio & Vampire Weekend

Chris Baio

Since emerging onto the scene in NYC in 2006, Chris Baio has best been known as the bass player of the Grammy award-winning Vampire Weekend. It’s a ride that’s taken him around the world. At some point along the way, in between packing venues and selling millions of records, Baio begin to sense a restlessness inside himself.

Brooke Williams

When Brooke Williams isn’t capturing moments as a photographer and blogger, she’s making moments as a mom who doubles as a DJ in Brooklyn, New York.

Emily Reinhardt: The Object Enthusiast

Emily Reinhardt is obsessed with making stuff. Which is why for this Kansas City ceramic artist and blogger, “The Object Enthusiast” is much more than a moniker. It’s what she does.

Benjamin Farmer and Joni Alexander

Benjamin Farmer and Joni Alexander have figured it out. They are partners in business and life, putting their passion to work as the team behind Alchemy Coffee and Bake House in Lawrence, Kansas.