Fourth Fridays Art Walk Announces 2017 Dates, Themes

Family-friendly event happens the fourth Friday of each month, March-August, in Downtown Lee’s Summit

Fourth Fridays Art Walks in Downtown Lee’s Summit are packed with a variety of activities including artist receptions, art showcases, Music in the Park at Howard Station Park, street theater, Yoga in the Streets, and even some surprises. Join your neighbors and friends for this exciting 2017 season, happening on the 4th Friday of the month from March through August, 5-8pm.
How it works: Downtown Lee’s Summit businesses sign up to host an artist each month and the artist’s work will be on display the night of that month’s event. The artist is also on-site to answer any questions patrons may have about their work. Many artists have their works available for purchase the night of the event, and in June, donate a portion of their proceeds to a charity of their choice. The event is free to attend and maps of all participating venues will be available within those shops and restaurants.
“It has been very rewarding to see the growth of Fourth Fridays Art Walk in Downtown Lee’s Summit,” said Melissa McGhee. “As an artist, I’ve had exhibits of my own in various downtown businesses, and it’s wonderful to be able to reach a new audience with my work. As the current chair of the Cultural Arts Committee, it’s exciting to see the number of artists reaching out to us to participate this year and to see that our following is growing steadily. It’s a great event for all ages and it’s a great way to discover Downtown Lee’s Summit.”
Each month, the Fourth Fridays Art Walk has a different theme that the art or artist tie into. Themes for the 2017 season are as follows:
March 24 – Makers in March
April 28 – Art in Our Schools & Alley Kick-Off
May 26 – Music in May
June 23 – Art for a Cause & Cocktail Crawl
July 28 – July for Guys
August 25 – Art in the Alleys

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Shop Downtown Lee’s Summit to Welcome Spring

Annual Spring Open House Features Giveaways, Instructional Classes

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street is hosting its annual Spring Open House from Friday through Saturday, March 3-4, during regular business hours of participating stores. Downtown businesses will feature Spring home décor, specialty gifts, clothing and more, which you can explore throughout the award-winning downtown.

During the event, customers are invited to visit each participating store to enter to win a Downtown Gift Basket and a $100 Downtown Lee’s Summit gift card.

Shoppers will also have a chance to attend instructional classes held at participating stores and taught by local business owners and subject-matter experts. A map including information on class schedules, entering the giveaway contest, and store hours will be available at each participating business.
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Downtown Lee’s Summit welcomes the annual Emerald Isle Parade, presented by Llywelyn’s Pub

Emerald Isle Logo 2017 Feeling LuckyTake part in activities throughout the day including an Irish Breakfast, Gold Coin Hunt, and a post-parade pub crawl.

Celebrate all things Irish during the annual Emerald Isle Parade, which begins at noon Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Downtown Lee’s Summit. The popular parade and fun activities before and after take place the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. This year’s parade theme is “Feelin’ Lucky.”

Marching bands, color guards, dance teams, and some other entertainment groups will not be charged for their entries. All other groups pay a small fee to participate. If you are interested in having a float or entry in the parade, please contact Julie Cook at 816-246-6598 or The deadline for parade entry applications is February 24.

The Emerald Isle Parade, hosted by Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, is presented by Llywelyn’s Pub and sponsored by Amtrak/Missouri River Runner, Down to Earth Services, Lakewood Counseling/Truman Medical Center, Weed Man, and the Lee’s Summit Journal.

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Downtown Lee’s Summit Hosts Chocolate Crawl for a Cause Event

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street is hosting its annual Chocolate Crawl for a Cause event starting at noon on Saturday, February 4 in Downtown Lee’s Summit, MO. Donations generated by the event will benefit Lee’s Summit Social Services.

Again this year, participants are asked to bring a small donation to benefit Lee’s Summit Social Services this winter season. Donation preferences are monetary and non-perishable food items and can be dropped off at GOT Art Gallery from 12-4pm on the day of the event. In return for the gift, the first 750 shoppers will be given a special Lee’s Summit chocolate bar (courtesy of MCC/Longview and Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce), an event wristband, and a downtown map.

The wristband allows for participation in promotions and discounts that day as a special thank you from Downtown Lee’s Summit shops and restaurants for the donation to our community. Participating stores will be highlighted on the downtown map given to shoppers so they can easily find the businesses providing promotions and discounts. Shoppers can use the map or follow the balloons for chocolate treats, discounts, and Valentine’s Day shopping.
Participating businesses and their promotion/discount are as follows:

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street presents Chocolate Crawl for a Cause in partnership with MCC/Longview and the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce.


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Downtown LS Gift Cards Make Great Last-Minute Gifts

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And since it might be hard to shop…let us help, let us help, let us help!  13098-musical-note

Downtown LS Gift Card

We might be a little partial, but we think Downtown Lee’s Summit gift cards make the perfect last-minute (or week before) gift. Order from the comfort of your home (and your pajamas) and we’ll either ship them to you or straight to a lucky recipient of your choice!

Accepted at more than 50 locally-owned downtown businesses, the possibilities are endless. From cocktails and back adjustments to oil changes and wedding dresses, our participating downtown shops and restaurants have you covered!


Gift cards will be available for purchase at:

  • Farmers Market Holiday Mart | Saturday, December 17 from 9AM-2PM | LS Elementary School Gym
  • Monday, December 19-Thursday, December 22 from 8:30AM-5:30PM | Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Office (13 SE 3rd St.)
  • Friday, December 23 from 8:30AM-Noon | Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Office (13 SE 3rd St.)

Gift card sales (in person and online) will end at Noon on December 23rd and will not be available again until the new year when our office re-opens.

Collaboration is a Win-Win for Missouri Main Street Connection, Fossil Forge and Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street

Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) unveiled their new branding and logo at the most recent Quarterly Workshop in Chillicothe, Missouri. The new brand is a product of collaboration between Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, Fossil Forge, and Missouri Main Street Connection.

As a follow up to their 10th anniversary year, MMSC asked the Executive Directors of their Main Street communities to seek out local design and marketing firms within their community who would submit logo and branding proposals for consideration as the new image of MMSC. When presenting the branding competition to the Main Street communities, MMSC asked that the new logo and brand showcase the spirit of Main Street in Missouri. As a reward, MMSC provided a $5,000 reward that would be given to the winning firm, to then be donated to the Main Street community where that firm is located.

A committee created by MMSC selected the winning design from a group of over ten submissions, and the winning design was one submitted by Fossil Forge on behalf of Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street. Fossil Forge, a Lee’s Summit-based design firm, donated their time to help create the new brand.

mmscfinalcolorprimaryDave Eames, owner of Fossil Forge and a member of the Board of Directors for Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, said of the process, “We set out to create a fresh logo that represented the physical and human connection of the Missouri Main Street program and its communities. We were considerate of the current logo, thinking about how we might use existing elements in a new way.”

“Housed inside the outline of Missouri, the grid represents the roads, connections and intersections of our main streets and town squares. The colorful blocks between the lines are the prairies, forests, farms and rural patches of our state. The pattern of bricks and stone crisscross the logo, which are key building blocks to our modern and historic towns and cities.”

MMSC will begin using the new branding in 2017.







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New Shopping Event, Hometown Holiday, Happening in Downtown Lee’s Summit

Head to Downtown Lee’s Summit on Dec. 2-3 for Hometown Holiday where the friendliest merchants around will help you find those perfect holiday gifts. Check out all the wonderful gift and decorating ideas featured in the shops in Downtown Lee’s Summit. Enjoy classes taught by local experts and business owners while shopping for the holidays. Two lucky shoppers will win a Downtown Lee’s Summit gift card ($50 or $100)! Dine and unwind at one of 15+ downtown restaurants, pubs and cafes.


Other fun and festive activities include a free gift wrapping station and photos with Santa on Saturday. A free gift wrapping station will be provided at Budget Blinds from 12-4pm on Saturday, courtesy of Lee’s Summit Community Church. Santa Claus will be visiting GOT Art Gallery from 3-5pm for photos with children of all ages.

Downtown Lee’s Summit gift cards will be available for purchase at the Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street office (13 SE 3rd St.) on Saturday from 10am-5pm. They make great gifts for anyone one your list!
Hometown Holiday Saturday Class Schedule:

10AM – Holiday Bow Making
Henry’s Antiques & Tea Room
401 SE Douglas St.

11-11:30AM – Free Scrapbook Layout
Scrapbook Boutique
100 SE 3rd St.

11AM – DIY Amy Howard Painting Demonstration
Very Violet Boutique
20 SW 3rd St.

1PM – Awesome Christmas Cards
Summit Video Services
21 SE 3rd St.

2-4PM – Family Paint ($15/person)
GOT Art Gallery
18 SW 3rd St.
Participating Stores:

  • @Jolly’s
  • A Thyme for Everything
  • Bar-istro
  • Blue Heron Design
  • Budget Blinds of Lee’s Summit
  • The Cigar Room
  • GOT Art Gallery
  • Henry’s Antiques & Tea Room
  • KD’s Books
  • The Living Stone
  • Luxxe Apparel
  • Razzberry Wimzy
  • Red Door Wine Store
  • Scrapbook Boutique
  • The Sports Scene
  • Summit Video Services
  • Third Street Social
  • Timekeeper’s Clock Shop
  • Very Violet Boutique
  • Whistle Stop Coffee & Mercantile

Free public parking for Downtown Lee’s Summit events is always available at the parking garage located at 2nd and Green streets.

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12 Ways to Give to Downtown Lee’s Summit

In honor of #GivingTuesday, we put together a list of ways (large and small) you can give back to the heart of Lee’s Summit. We strive to make the most of every volunteer hour, investment dollar, and gift of expertise. Thank you for all you do!

#1 – Be Our Boots on the Ground
Sometimes we need people to deliver posters to businesses, and sometimes we need people to grill hot dogs. We have lots of odd jobs and can always find one to fit your needs!


#2 – Donate
We have many opportunities to become an investor in Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street including annual giving and monthly giving options, which can both be done in person or through our website.



#3 – Pour Beer
Have you always secretly dreamt of being a bartender? We know…us too!  Make your dream come true by volunteering at our annual Downtown Days Festival and work in one of the beer tents.


#4 – Sponsor an Event
We host over 100 days of events in Downtown Lee’s Summit and sponsoring an event is a great way to reach thousands of local families and individuals.


#5 – Shop Local
Many people exercised their right to #shopsmall at last Saturdays event, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop there! Consider making your purchases at our locally-owned shops and restaurants and watch our downtown grow.


#6 – Clean Up
See trash on the sidewalk? Throw it away. Help keep our downtown clean! We can also accommodate larger group projects if you are into that sorta thing!


#7 – Join a committee
We may be partial, but we think that Downtown Lee’s Summit has the best volunteers and committees. Consider serving on one of our event committees or on one of the four main organizational committees (Design, Economic Enhancement, Organization, and Promotions).


#8 – Volunteer
Help out with our large events, like the Emerald Isle Parade in March. Volunteer opportunities include set-up, breakfast, Gold Coin Hunt, crowd control, and clean up!


#9 – Give a Gift from the Heart
Have you purchased a Downtown Lee’s Summit gift card yet? You can get them at the DLSMS office during regular office hours and special events, or online.


#10 – Attend an Event
Remember all those events we talked about where you can be a volunteer? You can also come enjoy them as a guest and be reminded of how great our little-big town can be! Check our Facebook page or website for upcoming events.


#11 – Shop the Market
Buy fresh, local produce at the Best Farmers Market in the State of Missouri! The market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7am until sellout from April through November.


#12 – Tag Us
Make sure to use the hashtag #downtownLS when you are sharing photos on social media. We love to see all the fun things you’re doing downtown! Find us on Instagram and Facebook: @downtownLS


Downtown Lee’s Summit Participates in Small Business Saturday®

Today, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street announced its participation in Small Business Saturday on November 26 to support small businesses in Lee’s Summit, MO. Founded by American Express® in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is a day to celebrate the small businesses that help support their neighborhoods and is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Now in its seventh year, Small Business Saturday has been embraced as part of the holiday shopping tradition as each year shoppers, businesses, and public officials come together to Shop Small® and show their neighborhood pride.
Understanding the important contributions small businesses make to their communities, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street is pleased to announce its participation in Small Business Saturday and the Neighborhood Champion program. On November 26, during regular store hours, the greater Lee’s Summit area is encouraged to take part in the Small Business Saturday by shopping at local downtown shops and restaurants. The event will feature free Small Business Saturday swag and specials from participating merchants.
“Give the gift of local this holiday season,” said Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Executive Director, Donnie Rodgers, Jr. “By giving a gift from a locally-owned shop, you not only give a gift to a loved one, you give a gift of support to our local community.”
Many prizes will be awarded using a new program which will replace last year’s passport promotion. Shoppers have the opportunity to win Downtown Lee’s Summit gift cards, ranging from $10 to $250. Scratch-to-win game pieces will be available to the first 50 customers at each participating downtown business.
A Grand Prize Getaway will also be awarded which includes Amtrak tickets from Downtown Lee’s Summit, MO to downtown Washington, MO, a one-night stay in Gottfried’s Cabin, and a prize basket of donated items and gift cards from participating Downtown Lee’s Summit shops and restaurants. This giveaway can be entered by filling out an entry form at a participating downtown business or the entry form on the back of a non-winning scratcher game piece.
This year’s participating businesses include:
A Thyme for Everything
Blue Heron Design
The Browning Bed & Breakfast
Budget Blinds of Lee’s Summit
Cameron’s Home Furnishings
Fossil Forge
Henry’s Antiques
KD’s Books
Luxxe Apparel
One Stop Decorating
Razzberry Wimzy
Red Door Wine Store
The Living Stone
The Sports Scene
Summit Video Services
Third Street Social
Timekeeper’s Clock Shop
Very Violet Boutique
Wedding Expressions by Geri
Whistle Stop Xpressions Boutique
Downtown Lee’s Summit gift cards will be on sale from 10am-5pm at the Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street office (13 SE 3rd St.).


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Mayor’s Tree Lighting, Santa’s Arrival is Friday, Nov. 18 in Downtown Lee’s Summit

Event Features Carriage Rides, Hot Apple Cider, Visits with Santa, and More
Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads and Citizens of the Year, Nick and Jennie Swearngin, will flip the switch to light the Mayor’s Tree and all of Downtown Lee’s Summit on Friday, Nov. 18. This event is made possible by the support of Amtrak Missouri River Runner, Bank of Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit Journal and Google Fiber. The holiday lights will remain on through the first week in January.
The lights will be turned on at approximately 6:45 p.m. in Howard Station Park in Downtown Lee’s Summit, and Santa will arrive via fire truck immediately following. Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Erin Little, Meteorologist with KMBC 9 News.
Free hot apple cider and cookies, provided by Lee’s Summit Community Church, will be served prior to the lighting, and children can begin lining up to visit Santa after 6 p.m.
Prior to the lighting and Santa’s arrival, the Lee’s Summit Elementary School Cougar Choir will entertain the crowd with holiday favorites at 6:30 p.m.
Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves will visit with children at Howard Station Park until approximately 9 p.m. Bring a camera to take photos with Santa. Carriage rides also will be offered for a small fee. Don’t forget to visit participating Downtown businesses, which will be open until 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 for holiday shopping.


Participating businesses include:

  • @jolly’s
  • A Thyme for Everything
  • Bar-istro
  • Blue Heron Design
  • The Cigar Room
  • GOT Art Gallery
  • Lee’s Summit Tribune
  • The Living Stone
  • Luxxe Apparel
  • Razzberry Wimzy
  • Red Door Wine Store
  • The Sports Scene
  • Summit Video Services
  • Third Street Social
  • Very Violet Boutique
  • Wedding Expressions by Geri
  • Whistle Stop Coffee


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