Issues: Vol. 30 Issue 4

Editor's Note, December 2021

12 Days of Christmas, Thinking Bigger Style

I’m grateful for some of Kansas City’s finest who shared inspiration and expertise with us from their entrepreneurial journeys throughout 2021. And what better time than this season of reflection to package up some of the lessons learned from these small business leaders and incorporate their “gifts” into our businesses in the year ahead. Eat to Evolve owners Jason and Caleb Fechter: Never lose track of the bottom line, even…

Community Spotlight, December 2021

Cups of Cheer Not Just for Christmas at J. Rieger & Co.

It’s December, so J. Rieger & Co.’s “O! So good!” slogan playfully transforms to “Ho! Ho! Ho! So good!” The distillery’s popular holiday-edition whiskey is on shelves, along with T-shirts, mugs and gift sets for the Christmas season. And it’s time for the company to mark another year of progress in its journey as one of Kansas City’s small business success stories. In some ways, the story began in 2014,…

December 2021, KC Q&A

Q&A with the Country Club Plaza’s Kasey Vena

Q: The Plaza is home to successful national brands, but local small businesses like Better Cheddar and Tivol have long attracted customers there as well. What are some of the developments you’ve seen in the last year in that local store category on the Plaza? A: At a time when retailers are increasingly selective about brick-and-mortar investments, the Plaza continues to attract highly sought-after brands. We focus on having the…

December 2021, KC Q&A

Q&A with Nancy Bollier of André’s Confiserie Suisse

Q: Please tell us a little about the collaboration André’s has forged with J. Rieger & Co. to offer chocolate shots and other tempting treats. A: Our collaboration began with Rieger when my husband, André’s grandson, executive chef and chocolatier René Bollier was invited to be a part of an event at the WWI Museum to highlight whiskey and chocolate in 2015. René created something new for the event to…

Office Design, December 2021, Expert Advice

How to Successfully Navigate Your 2022 Project Through the Supply Chain Meltdown

It's December, and if you've tried to buy literally anything over the past 18 months, you've experienced the crushing disappointment of our supply chain situation. Toilet paper, cars, antifreeze, microchips, Grapenuts cereal and, yes, even office furniture have seen unprecedented supply problems. Issues stemming from the material, labor, freight and transportation shortages have wreaked havoc across the globe. Unfortunately for all of us, the 2022 forecast doesn't look like next…