Winter 2013 issue: “Cookie Heaven” sneak peek!

Cookie Heaven
Thousands of copper cookie cutters are sold at CopperGifts.com. Every single one of them is made right here in Southeast Kansas.

Photo courtesy of CopperGifts.com

Photo courtesy of CopperGifts.com

Flip on Food Network reruns, and you just might see the faces of Southeast Kansas locals Raymond and Beth Braman.

The Parsons-based Bramans have been featured on the network – twice, in fact – for their distinctive, handmade copper cookie cutters, sold on CopperGifts.com in thousands of different shapes.

“They filmed an episode of ‘Unwrapped’ here in around 2005, and a couple of years later they came for a Christmas special,” Beth says. “It was the last day of August and about 104 outside, and we’re all wearing Christmas sweaters with the house decorated for Christmas.”

The hard work – and sweat – paid off.

“I remember the big rush after the first show aired. It was just unbelievable,” she says. “We couldn’t get over that. The phone rang and rang and rang after that, for months – for years, really.”

But it’s no surprise. CopperGifts.com has also attracted the attention of Martha Stewart Living, Good Housekeeping and bakers across the world. Their cookie cutters, the Bramans say, are simply one-of-a-kind…

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Winter 2013 issue: “Sister Act” sneak peek!

Photo courtesy of Angelyn Hobson, taken at Murphy's Landing in Stark

Photo courtesy of Angelyn Hobson, taken at Murphy’s Landing in Stark

Sister Act
With their timeless music and effortless melodies, the Vogts Sisters are capturing SEK’s attention

Russ Head has heard it all before. He’s been in the music business almost his whole life, after all – as an audio engineer, a musician and even an instructor of recording arts.

But last spring, Head says he encountered something special. He watched from the crowd at Katy Days in Parsons as two young women – sisters from Erie – made their singing debut as a duo. He was amazed at what he heard.

As he says, these girls could actually sing.

“There was a whole different level of reality to what they were doing,” Head says. “Very few people nowadays sing in a manner that’s real, and they’re just real – real as dirt. So it was really refreshing to see the girls up there just singing and have something honest come out. It’s like – everybody needs to hear that.”

Maggie and Abigail Vogts say they didn’t expect much out of that first competition performance; they knew they weren’t going to win.

As it turns out, they got something much better…

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