The roots of Children’s Mercy Hospital can be traced all the way back to 1897! Two sisters, Dr. Alice Berry Graham and Dr. Katherine Berry Richardson, opened the Free Bed Fund Association of Sick, Crippled, Deformed and Ruptured Children in Kansas City with one bed. Additional children were cared for in outlying homes in the countryside and suburbs of Kansas City. In 1907 ground is broken to construct a hospital, Mercy Hospital, with 50 beds.
Children’s Mercy has always been commited to comprehensive healthcare including academics. In 1910 classroom and even bedside teaching was introduced to help children keep up with school work during extensive stays at the hospital. In the 1920’s Dr. Richardson founded the first research labratory at Children’s Mercy to study childhood disease. Innovative research continued throughout the years and in 2011 the Pediatric Genome Center opens to develop DNA tests to help solve the mystery of genetic diseases.
In the 1930’s the Great Depression put great strain on the financial aspects of running the hospital. Children’s Mercy persevered the financial hardships through the good will of volunteers providing medical and surgical services.
In the 1950’s and 60’s Children’s Mercy opens a social services department to better help families and patients cope with non-medical needs. A Nutrition Services Program is also created to help fight childhood obesity. By 1971 nearly half of patient referrals were due to this issue!
By December of 1970 Children’s Mercy Hospital is located where we know it to be today. Ground breaking treatments and community programs continue to grow due to fundraising and generous donations from people who want to make a differnece in a child’s life. Today Children’s Mercy Hospital has a number of locations throughout the Kansas City area as well as clinics in Wichita.
Children’ Mercy Hospital continues to be on of the “Best Children’s Hospitals” in the United States.
Hopefully this very brief look at the history of the hospital will renew an appreciation for the organization and think about the families the hospital serves on a daily basis. We are especially lucky to have such an amazing resource right here in Kansas City. This is why Terrasi European Collections will donate 10% of all sales from Thursday, December 11th through Sunday, December 14th 2014 to Children’s Mercy Hospital. Hopefully together we can help the hospital continue to save lives, develop new treatments, and comfort the families who turn to Children’s Mercy for the best pediatric care in the region.
Together we can make a difference in a child’s life.
The Scents of the Season…
Close your eyes and inhale.
Unique, intoxicating and evocative, nothing is more memorable than a smell. A scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood Christmas, fresh baked apple pie or the memory of someone dear. Find your must-have scent in one of our beautiful candles or diffusers.
The Spicy Apple botanical candle is the scent of apple pie cooling on a window sill – a blend of Macintosh apple, cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon with sweet tonka bean, vanilla extract, cloves and forest balsam. As the candle burns a warm glow radiates from within. Candles are $55 and $88.
Nest’s Pumpkin Chai Candle – You can sip your pumpkin chai latte, or save the calories and scent your home with it – wild pumpkin, spicy Madagascar chai, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon. Candle $34
Woody, smoky and warm, the Elton John Fireside Candle is the scent of smoldering fireside embers, a mix of Madagascar vanilla, exotic woods, smoky embers and juniper berry. Candle $38
The Elton John Holiday Candle is a blend of evergreen and balsam fir needles with rich woods and sparkling citrus. Proceeds from Elton John’s candles go to his AIDS foundation. Candle $38
Nest’s elegant Holiday collection is a heady combination of pomegranate, Mandarin orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon with a hint if amber and vanilla. A personal favorite. Prices start at $14
Thymes new Gingerbread candle mixes spicy cardamom, crystallized ginger, golden amber with fresh ground cinnamon for a candle that evokes memories of Grandma’s home baked gingerbread. Prices start at $12.50
Nest’s Birchwood Pine collection is the scent of a majestic winter forest… white pine, fir, balsam and birch wood over musk and amber. Prices start at $14
Thyme’s Frasier Fir collection is the quintessential Christmas tree scent with a blend of crisp Siberian fir needles, cedar wood and relaxing sandalwood. If you don’t have a ‘real’ Christmas tree, the scent of this collection will fool everyone. Prices start at $12.50
Voluspa’s Branch Vermeil is like an icicle encrusted branch of winter spruce with hints of balsam, citron and sugar in a silvery mercury glass covered jar. Candles range from $18 to $60
Bitter Orange from Agraria is like s sip of spicy tea with a zest of bitter orange. The New York Times called it “…uplifting, mysterious, and androgynous in its appeal”. An elegant and memorable gift for yourself or someone dear. Candle $55 Diffuser $120
Awaken your senses with the Mer-Sea Sea Pines candle. The crisp scent of pine brings the outdoors in. Perfect everyday, but especially for the holidays. Candles are $15 and $32.
The botanical Forest candle is a complex mixture of citron, golden raspberry, shaved ginger, clary sage, fallen leaves, scotch pine, red cedar, white musk and sandalwood. The lighted candle glows from within as it burns through its core. Candles are $55 and $88.
Trapp’s Holiday candle is almost drinkable. An intoxicating blend of cinnamon sticks, spiced rasisns, gingerbread, burbon and vanilla… yummy. Candle $25
Trapp’s Orange Clove candle is a blend of juicy orange, freshly ground clove and cinnamon, like a plump cinnamon roll and a glass of orange juice in one delicious and calorie free whiff. Candle $25
Not traditionally categorized as a holiday candle, Trapp’s Frankincense and Rain evokes memories of stepping out of Midnight Mass on a frosty Christmas Eve as a chorus of Silent Night floats on the air. It’s a blend of frankincense, incense, balsamic spice and Meyer lemon. Candle $25
Lafco’s Feu de Bois (Ski House) candle will whisk you away to a ski lodge perched on a mountain slope. Outside the wind is blowing the snowflakes side-ways, but you are snug and warm by a crackling fire. Inhale the scent of burning wood with a hint of mountain spruce… transporting. Candle $60
Pop the cork on Lafco’s Champagne (Penthouse) candle and you won’t mind staying in on New Year’s Eve. The clean and sparkling scent has notes of ginger, grapefruit, lemon and raspberry. Cheers!! Candle $60
Too few choices? This is only the beginning. Stop in if you can and experience the myriad of forms and fragrances we have to enhance your abode. You’ll probably find a favorite for every different season.
LUXURY WITHIN REACH!
Everyday Luxe to Super Luxe – Quality at Any Price Point!
Ursula Terrasi, Owner,
Terrasi European Collections & Scandia Home
We had a nice mention in the Kansas City Star on Sunday, October 12th in Cynthia Gregorian, House + Home Editor’s, Stuff of Life article regarding our high quality luxury pillows, comforters, sheets, duvet covers and mattresses. We truly appreciate great PR and being the only locally owned store as part of the article and we have had calls due to her widely read columns. But we thought this would also be a good opportunity to explain that in addition to having the best selection of “super luxe” merchandise in the Midwest and beyond, we also specialize in the best budget conscious, everyday luxe or basic bedding. We love personalizing high/low designs that mix so well.
As a locally owned unique boutique we pride ourselves in personally perusing thru markets (everywhere) to find the best products at the best value for our customers regardless of price point. We continuously search for brands that fit your needs and varied budgets. Whether they are considered everyday basics or luxury, it has to comply with our criteria of enduring style, quality and qualify as a good investment.
It’s unbelievable, but we do have customers that come in and replenish only once every 5 to 10 years or so, not only because of the quality and timeless style, but also because we educate them on how to care for bedding so that it will last longer.
It can be difficult for us to compare our specialty artisan merchandise with national retailers and web sites at times (such as Overstock.com, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Restoration Hardware, and Ikea) as not everything is always spelled out in their printed information and there is often a lot of differentiations, but we sure try to have as much information as possible on hand to explain to our discerning customers.
As an example, the Heavenly Bed from Westin can be compared in some aspects with some of our brands and we do have products close to their price point, but of a much better quality. Another advantage we have is that we are able to offer broad selections from many specialty artisan vendors with whom, over the years, we have forged close relationships; with the owners, designers, sales representatives and in house staff. It sure helps with input and long term servicing of our customers.
So, we took the opportunity to do a little comparison of the Heavenly Bed bedding that was mentioned in the article with ours. You can see it at the end of this post.
When it comes to in-store shopping vs. online shopping, they are very different experiences. We understand the appeal of shopping in your PJ’s from the comfort of your sofa. That’s why we have taken the time and have gone to the expense of updating our website terrasi.com. We hope everyone has the chance to explore, shop and buy from our lovely website. Having said that, it is not the same as visiting our store on the Country Club Plaza, Kansas City’s premier and historic shopping district. Only in the store can you test the pillows lying on our bed while our knowledgeable staff guides you to the perfect choice for you and your good night’s rest. Only in our store can you experience the softness of the sheets, touch the fluffy absorbent towels and smell the intoxicating scent of our candles, soaps and lotions. Would you like a glass of wine while you shop? No problem.
Our philosophy is not about having the least expensive or the most costly, but it’s about the best value for your wallet, what fits your needs, long lasting style, comfort, enhancing your life, a good night sleep and waking up rejuvenated. It’s the reason we have so many choices and brands of bedding from artisans and world class suppliers.
We have a high respect for you and how you spend your money and also for the environment. We are not fans of disposable items and we don’t want you to spend money to buy the same items over and over. So come into our store, visit our wonderful new web site, email us, and call us for expert advice. We are here to answer your questions on design, trends, colors, sizes, send samples etc.
We’ve been here to service you, not only in Kansas City, but the Midwest and beyond for over 30 years, and we plan to stay. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support and friendship. We truly value it!
In a nutshell, here is a quality advantage and price comparison of some of our many product offerings:
Westin Heavenly Bed vs. Terrasi European Collections & Scandia Home
Theirs– 600 Fill Power White Down, 100% cotton, unspecified firmness or ounces $195
Ours – Scandia Home Classic, 600 Fill Power European White Down, 300 Thread Count, 100% Cotton Cambric
Available in: choices of Ultra Soft $120, Soft $150, Medium $180 and Firm $210
Theirs – Down Alternative Pillow, Polyester fiberfill w/cotton cover, unspecified firmness, $45
Ours – Scandia Home Bergen Down Free Pillow, Proprietary cluster-like polyester microfiber called Supra that mimics natural down.
100% Cotton Cambric 300 Thread Count Ticking,
Available in choices of Soft $60, Medium $65, and Firm $70
Theirs – 200 Thread Count, 550 Fill Power White Down, 25 oz. Stitched Through construction 88 x 94 $280
Ours –Scandia Home Copenhagen Light comforter
300 Thread Count, 600 Fill Power European White Down, 27 oz., Baffle Box even temperature construction 90 x 94 $415
We do have cotton sheet sets that include top and bottom sheets plus pillow cases for as little as $199.00 for a queen set.
We are so proud of our signature organic mattress designed with the assistance of Dr. Brenda Smith, a respected wellness doctor in KC, and here’s why:
They have up to 20 year warranty
Made in USA
All Organic and Chemical Free made of Organic Cotton, Wool and Natural Latex.
Naturally adjusts to changing body temperatures during the night preventing sleep interruption.
No Flip or Turn
Naturally Flame Retardant and resistant to dust mites, pollen, mold and mildew
You can choose from solid latex or individually pocketed coils.
The foundations (once known as box springs) are constructed of unvarnished ash by the Amish, and finished with wool and organic cotton to make them flame resistant, and are available in 4” or 8” heights.
There’s not much information about the Heavenly Bed mattress, other than it’s a pillow top, made by Simmons in the US. There was no information about materials or construction that was readily available, but it is a different product than our specialty mattresses.
Welcome to our new website and my blog. Whoever would have imagined, all those years ago, that the nine year old girl, peering over the ships rail on her voyage from Sicily to her new home in the United States would someday write a blog? Not only would the terminology have been met with blank stares, but the very thought of writing anything in English then would have seemed impossible. Since then I have gained the ability to write in English, and life has given me something to say; experiences and points of view that I would like to share. We all are the sum of our parts. The little Italian girl still lives, tempered by years of living and working in the heart of the United States. I’m a hybrid of sorts, European at the core, with layers of American sensibility. My slightly skewed vision will be evident in this blog. I hope to inform, amuse, and create a dialog with you. Please join me!
Benvenuti e grazie!