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History of Kansas City Barbecue

Here in America, there are few things we love more than barbecue on hot summer days. While there are a lot of different kinds of barbecue, we know which one is the best—Kansas City barbecue. If you have ever wondered where this delicious food got its start, read below for the history of Kansas City barbecue.

Henry Perry is considered the father of Kansas City barbecue. He served slow-cooked ribs for just 25 cents a slab starting in 1908. He operated out of a trolley barn located at 19th and Highland. Perry came from Memphis, Tennessee, which is why Memphis barbecue and Kansas City barbecue are somewhat similar. However, Kansas City barbecue tends to use more varieties of meats and more sauce.

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Perry’s restaurant was a cultural center, especially during the heyday of Kansas City Jazz. Two brothers, Charlie and Arthur Bryant worked with Perry and after Perry’s death, they took over. In 1946, the restaurant was renamed Arthur Bryant’s and is still one of the most popular barbecue restaurants in the country.

Another popular spot is Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q, which was started by Arthur Pinkard and George Gates in 1946.

Here at Lee’s Summit Honda, we love calling Kansas City home and we love us a good dinner of Kansas City barbecue.

Kansas City barbecue
Kansas City barbecue

Honda Introduces Robotic Lawn Mower

Automation has come a long way in recent years and in many ways, it has made jobs safer, increased production, and helped create things that otherwise wouldn’t exist. Now Honda is stepping up its technology game with something that will likely see mixed reactions from home owners. Meet Miimo, the first robotic lawn mower available in the United States.

Honda Robotic Lawn Mower
Honda’s Miimo is like a Roomba for your lawn!

That’s right; Honda really went there. Not only has the Japanese brand brought a speedy Civic with high fuel economy, but now they’re making home ownership a little easier as well. Where does it end?

Miimo is available in two models and will be available at Honda dealerships this summer. The robotic lawn mower operates in a similar fashion to a Roomba vacuum. Miimo features three mowing settings: Random, for large lawns, Directional, for smaller lawns, and Mixed, for lawns in between.

As though that isn’t efficient enough, Miimo is also self-charging, and will return to the docking station when it needs to be charged. Plus, it only takes around an hour to reach a full charge.

“For customers who want to be on the cutting edge of technology, have busy lifestyles and don’t have the time for lawn care, or for customers who don’t enjoy cutting the grass, Miimo is the high-tech approach to achieving a beautiful yard,” said Michael Rudolph, Vice President of Honda Power Equipment.

We here at Lee’s Summit Honda can’t help but be a little excited about Honda’s new robotic lawn mower.

2018 Honda Odyssey Sneak Peak

2018 Honda Odyssey | Lee's Summit Honda | Lee's Summit, MOThe Honda Odyssey has long served as the golden standard for the minivan segment, and the upcoming model looks to up the ante one more. While the Odyssey was never slow to develop and add new technologies, the 2018 model will certainly step ahead of the competition with ease. The minivan segment isn’t nearly as competitive as it used to be, but the 2018 Honda Odyssey is about to leave the competition in the dust.

The new Honda Odyssey brings an updated, modern interior packed with available features at an affordable price. Several of the optional premium features include a heated steering wheel, foot-activated power liftgate, Auto Brake Hold, and ventilated front seats.

Performance isn’t usually at the top of the list when it comes to minivan specifications, but the Odyssey is about to change all that. The 3.5-liter V6 engine brings a whopping 280 hp, mated to a nine-speed or 10-speed automatic transmission, depending on the trim level.

The 2018 Honda Odyssey features a standard Active Safety Technology package. The package includes active safety systems like Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Collision Mitigation Braking.

Comfort, convenience, performance come standard in the new Honda Odyssey, arriving this June. We here at Lee’s Summit Honda can’t wait for the 2018 Odyssey to arrive next month!

Operation KidSafe

Operation KidSafe
Nothing is more terrifying to a parent than the thought of something happening to their child. As parents, we do everything we can to protect our kids, which is why over 15 years ago Mark Bott created the Operation KidSafe program. This free program was designed as a way to prepare for and guard against the abduction of children 1 year and older

With the help of experts from the FBI, fingerprinting experts, and police officials, Operation KidSafe collects fingerprints and a full photo of each child. These things are printed on one single document which is then kept by the parent. Should anything happen, the parent turns the Operation KidSafe document over to the police who can use it to help their search.

Operation KidSafe events, such as the one coming up at Lee’s Summit Honda on May 12th and 13th, 2017, also focus on education. Parents and children who attend these events will learn safety tips that can be applied in potentially threatening situations. Operation KidSafe is the perfect catalyst to get you and your family talking about safe practices and safety plans for different situations.

Come to Lee’s Summit Honda on May 12th and 13th with your children to take advantage of this free event. All you need to do is arrive with your children to get started. This event is also available for special-needs adults or any other person who might be at risk. We will see you there!

 

 

Sources:

http://operationkidsafe.org/kidsafe_system_6.html

http://www.state-journal.com/2016/07/26/protecting-the-future-operation-kidsafe-helping-to-safeguard-children-from-abduction/

Best Cities to Live in the U.S.: Kansas City and Lee’s Summit

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By Jordanbruening – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48626090

The United States is a wonderfully vast country and it’s a great country in which to live. With all of the different cities out there, it can be quite difficult to choose just one that really outshines the others. However, two Missouri cities were recently named as two of the best cities to live in the U.S.: Kansas City and Lee’s Summit. Here’s why.

Kansas City

Often being confused as a city in the state of Kansas, Kansas City is home to a lively entertainment scene and a low cost of living in the state of Missouri. It is also seen as a fairly homey destination where visitors are often surprised at how much there is to do in this city.

From gambling on the riverboat casinos to going to see live jazz music to enjoying delicious barbecue, there is always something going on in Kansas City.

Combined with reasonable Midwest prices, Kansas City is a great place to work, play, and live.

Lee’s Summit

Lee’s Summit is more of a hidden gem than Kansas City, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t still a great place to live. Although it has more of a suburban feel than Kansas City, the statistics show that Lee’s Summit is a great place to live.

For example, the median income here is $78,186, and the average value of a home is $188,200. It’s a great place to earn a living and raise a family!

2017 Honda HR-V Updates and Specs

2017 Honda HR-V Updates and Specs
What’s new, HR-V?

Earlier this month Honda announced information about the 2017 Honda HR-V updates and specs. The 2017 HR-V compact crossover doesn’t have a lot of updates, but it does have a fresh new color option and better fuel economy. Now available in Lunar Silver metallic in addition to four other color options ranging from white to black as well as blue, red, and green options.

The 2016 HR-V was the Green SUV of the Year, and Honda has improved on the HR-V’s fuel economy even more for the 2017 model year. With an EPA estimate of 34 mpg on the highway, the HR-V really stands out among the crowded crossover market.

The HR-V keeps its standard 4-cylinder engine, which has a max horsepower of 141 and is paired with a CVT or a 6-speeed manual transmission available on the LX and EX trim levels.

In terms of safety, the HR-V has already earned a 5-Star rating from the NHTSA thanks to its Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure and standard features including a multi-angle rearview camera and Vehicle Stability Assist. More active safety technology such as Honda LaneWatch is available on the EX and EX-L Navi trims.

Covered by a three-year or 36,000-mile warranty, the new Honda HR-V also comes with Honda Roadside Assistance, making it a smart choice for buyers in the compact crossover segment.

New 2017 Civic Hatchback Design Will Make Your Jaw Drop

 

Honda Civic Hatchback Logo

 

The Honda Civic is back and better than ever. This model comes with a sleek new exterior that will drive you wild. The 2017 Civic Hatchback design is not only drawing praise for its aesthetic appeal, but it also has come great new features that help to make it one of the most advanced models on the market. When you get behind the wheel of the 2017 Civic, you won’t want to drive anything else.

Honda has made some exciting changes to the 2017 Civic Hatchback design. The new model will come with a European-inspired look with five-door versatility. The front and rear fascias are bolder thanks to added air vents, and a center-flow exhaust adds a style normally reserved for high-end supercars. Plus, with a sloping roof, sharp molding and contours, and dark alloy wheels, you won’t be able to stop staring.

“The Civic Hatch has been a staple for Honda in Europe, but has long been the forbidden fruit for Honda fans in the U.S.,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Now, we’re bringing this sporty, stylish and versatile Civic Hatchback to North America, as we amp up the performance of our incredible Civic lineup with each new Civic model.”

The Civic hatch doesn’t just look pretty, but it’s functional as well. This model has the largest cargo capacity in its segment, as well as up to 40 highway mpg when equipped with a CVT system. Plus, great features like Honda Sensing keep you better protected. Set to be released this fall, the Civic Hatch is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Free Things to do in Kansas City

Free Things to do in Kansas City
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Getting out and having fun is a must-do, but sometimes it can cost a pretty penny. Thankfully, Lee’s Summit Honda has compiled a list of free things to do right here in Kansas City!

1827 Log Courthouse

This building was originally Jackson County’s first government building, built in 1827. It was, at one time, the only courthouse west of St. Charles, Missouri. So if you want to experience some history, visit here!

Boulevard Brewing Company

Here you can partake in a 40-minute tour of the brewery that gives tours of the factory where you can find out about the brewing process and get to sample some brews.

Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center

This cultural center features exhibits, displays, performances, and more, all centered around the cultural development brought to Kansas City by influential African-Americans.

Children’s Peace Pavilion

This is a hands-on museum for kids that teaches them the concepts of peace. So not only are they having fun, but they’re learning, too, thanks to 25 different activities.

The City Market

This is the largest farmer’s market in the region, with an attendance of about 600,000 people every year. It’s not only a market, though, there’s also gift shops and restaurants.

See more info on Kansas City on our website.

Have Fun with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Voice text, get GPS, and jam to your playlists!

When you’re behind the wheel, you don’t only want access to entertainment, you want access to information, too. Now, you can have it all thanks to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto! This innovative system allows you to mirror your Apple or Android smartphone for easy, hands-free use while driving.

Apple CarPlay

With Apple CarPlay, you’ll have an automatic copilot. CarPlay makes it easy to do the things you want to do without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the steering wheel. You can connect to your music, access your navigation, and even make texts or calls all thanks to Apple CarPlay.

CarPlay uses Siri voice control to allow you to access anything you want to. You can use your voice or your car’s controls on your steering wheel to play music or make phone calls.

Android Auto

So what about those Android users? You’re covered, too! Since most cars come compatible with just Apple CarPlay, the solution was to plug in your Android device to access Android Auto. But now, an update to Android Auto means that it can be as simple as placing your phone into a dash-mounted cradle to minimize your distraction!

Get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in a new 2016 or 2017 Honda today at Lee’s Summit Honda.

Kansas City Barbecue Restaurants

Kansas City Barbecue Restaurants
Are you drooling yet?

When you travel, there are plenty of options to eat. Mexican, Thai, Italian, and Chinese are popular options for many families. If you’re up for something American, there’s no better place to eat than a barbecue restaurant. Here are a few Kansas City barbecue restaurants you just have to try from us here at Lee’s Summit Honda!

  • Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill – Located near the County Club Plaza area, Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill offers the oldest barbecue in the city. Featuring 25 vegetables, 12 meats and seafood, and 15 spices and pastas, it’s easy to create your own dinner. With the atmosphere of a century-old building, this restaurant is both interesting and relaxing.
  • The Terrace Buffet – Located in the Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa, The Terrace Buffet offers a Mediterranean-style dining experience. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, take your pick from freshly prepared salads, fish, pasta, and pizzas to the delicious desserts!
  • BBQ Shack, LLC – Featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, the BBQ Shack specializes in roasted hogs – literally. From smoked pork spare ribs to BBQ brisket to homemade jalapeno poppers, this is your one-stop-shop for everything barbeque. Featured in America’s Best BBQ Joints, the BBQ Shack is designed for your dining pleasure.