Lee's Summit Journal

Downtown revitalization continues as business open, relocate in city center

Shining Light Music is among the stores on the move, reshaping downtown Lee’s Summit.
Shining Light Music is among the stores on the move, reshaping downtown Lee’s Summit. Columnist

There’s a little shuffling going on in downtown Lee’s Summit these days — a couple new boutiques, a few other businesses moving locations.

It’s all part of a bustling and expanding business district that continues to blow away sales projections and bring in tens of thousands of dollars each month through the Community Improvement District’s 1-cent tax.

Elle & Em Boutique recently opened at 9 S.E. Third St., the location formerly occupied by Owl’s Nest learning annex and long ago the home of the former Dayton Hotel. The newest women’s clothing spot in downtown Lee’s Summit joins another that opened up just before Christmas, KC Collective Boutique at 205 S.E. Green St.

Another unique spot recently announced it will take up residence at 310 S.E. Green St., home of the former Shining Light Music store. The Razzle Bee Boutique will be a new spot for jewelry, apparel, bracelets, and other bling.

Shining Light’s move — the music retail and lessons business recently relocated from 129 S.E. Third St./310 S.E. Green St. to 611 S.W. Third St., Suite B, across from the Emaline Ballroom — opened up a storefront for not only a new business on Green (The Razzle Bee Boutique) but for an existing downtown business, Shredd, a gym and physical fitness center at 213 S.E. Main St.. Shredd’s new digs at 310 S.E. Green St. will include a smoothie and supply shop.

Downtowners will have a choice of spots to get healthy in the new year as another gym and personal training business, Life Transformations Fitness, recently opened at 210 S.E. Douglas St.

Another move on Green Street will, in a few months, send a popular sweet shop, Cookie Jar Bakery, west of its current location to 120 S.W. Third St. next to Five Petals flower shop.

These new business openings and relocations not only signal a positive need for additional square feet, but a continued interest in the downtown core — all of which is great news as the national Main Street convention’s Big Bash descends on downtown Lee’s Summit in late March.

Downtown’s newest spot for adult-themed coffee and cocktails also will soon be open. Hand in Glove is in the works at 6 S.W. Third St., underneath the wildly popular speakeasy, The W.

There are a few spots still noticeably open — the former Frankie Farelane’s on Third, the closed Lee’s Summit Cleaners and a short-lived contracting business, both on Douglas — that stand out as prime storefronts ripe for new retail, restaurant or office space.

All of this positive activity should be on the radar of everyone from economic development professionals to elected officials in Lee’s Summit. Downtown continues to more than carry its weight in a geographically small area.

What’s up next? Hopefully planning and construction of the voter-approved downtown performance space, something we put on the ballot and overwhelmingly supported nearly five years ago.

Lee’s Summit resident John Beaudoin writes about city and civic issues, people and personalities around town. Reach him at johnbeaudoin4@gmail.com.