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Personal Growth


Opening new doors: Gina Stuelke balances change, upholding company history

Gina Stuelke never intended to run, join or be anything other than a cheerleader for her family’s more-than-100-year-old business, Kenton Brothers Inc.

It’s not that she was opposed to the business, which began as a lock-and-key business in the late 1800s — it just wasn’t a part of her overall life plan.

“I was the first generation to go to college,” said Stuelke, “and I was ready to slay the advertising world.” (more…)

Ampersand Design Co.: Designer duo has grown into entrepreneurship

Carrie Kiefer and Morgan Georgie met as graphic design students at the University of Kansas. Today, they run Ampersand Design Co., which creates designs that appear on products ranging from textiles to stationery to home décor to fashion for companies such as Crate & Barrel, West Elm, Target and Chatbooks.

Ampersand also has its own line of products sold online and in shops across the world, including the company’s first brick-and-mortar space, which opened this year in the Made in KC Marketplace at Country Club Plaza. (more…)

The Lunch Bunch

Once the opportunity to join her father’s firm presented itself to Sonia Garapaty, other pieces fell into place, pointing her in that direction. (more…)


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