Downtown LS Gift Cards Make Great Last-Minute Gifts

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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!

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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.

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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!

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#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.

 

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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!

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#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).

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#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!

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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

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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:
@jolly’s
A Thyme for Everything
Bar-istro
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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Shop Outside the Box: Upcoming Holiday Events in Downtown Lee’s Summit

 

If you’re looking to create holiday traditions and memories this season while you do your holiday shopping in an inviting, unhurried and friendly atmosphere, visit Downtown Lee’s Summit to capture the magic of the holiday season. There is something for everyone including many upcoming holiday events that bring the community together and encourage shopping at over 75 unique, locally-owned shops and restaurants.

 

Boos, Barks & Badges Halloween Parade: Saturday, October 29
Families and their dogs are invited to wear costumes and join in the costume parade from City Hall Plaza to Howard Station Park. A costume contest will begin after the parade and includes plaques for the best costumes in the following categories: Favorite Boy, Favorite Girl, Favorite Pet, Favorite Family/Group, and Most Unique. After the parade, children are welcome to trick-or-treat at participating Downtown businesses. Parade line up is at City Hall Plaza beginning at 9:30a.m. and will include demonstrations by the Lee’s Summit K-9 Unit as well as complimentary bags for parade participants. This event is presented by Great Southern Bank and sponsored by Lee’s Summit Police Department and Lee’s Summit Fire Department.

 

Holiday Open House: Friday-Saturday, November 4-5
It’s time to start that holiday shopping! Head to Downtown Lee’s Summit on Nov. 4-5 for the Holiday Open House 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. Customers can also enter to win a Downtown Lee’s Summit shopping spree! A free giftwrapping station will be provided at Budget Blinds from 12-4pm on Saturday, courtesy of Lee’s Summit Community Church.
Mayor’s Tree Lighting: Friday, November 18
Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads and the Lee’s Summit Citizens of the Year, Nick and Jennifer Swearngin, will flip the switch to light the Mayor’s Tree and all of Downtown Lee’s Summit in this annual celebration. The ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m. in Howard Station Park in Downtown Lee’s Summit.

This year’s event features free hot cider, cookies and live music performances. Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves arrive via fire truck to visit children at Howard Station Park, so bring a camera to take photos with Santa. Carriage rides will also be offered for a small fee. Don’t forget to visit participating Downtown businesses, which will be open until 8 p.m. This event is sponsored by Amtrak Missouri River Runner and Bank of Lee’s Summit.
Small Business Saturday: Saturday, November 26
Join us for this nationwide shopping event that encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses, focusing on those that are small and locally-owned. In addition to finding unique items to give as gifts (or keep for yourself), Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street will be giving away great prizes like Amtrak tickets to Washington, MO with a stay at Gottfried’s Cabin, a prize package from downtown businesses, and $750 worth of Downtown Lee’s Summit gift cards. This event is presented by     and sponsored by


Santa Visits Downtown Lee’s Summit
As you shop Downtown Lee’s Summit this holiday season, be sure to stop in to get your photos with Santa. He will be available for pictures with children of all ages during the following dates and times:

  • Saturday, November 26 | Lee’s Summit History Museum, 220 SW Main St. | 2-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 3 | Got Art Gallery, 18 SW 3rd St. | 3-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 10 | Got Art Gallery, 18 SW 3rd St. | 3-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 17 | Lee’s Summit History Museum, 220 SW Main St. | 2-4 p.m.


Hometown Holiday: Friday-Saturday, December 2-3
Participating shops will have holiday merchandise and gifts, perfect for crossing off the last items on your holiday shopping list. Enjoy classes taught by local experts and business owners while shopping for the holidays. Customers can also enter to win a Downtown Lee’s Summit shopping spree. A free giftwrapping station will be provided at Budget Blinds from 12-4pm on Saturday, courtesy of Lee’s Summit Community Church.


Farmers Market Holiday Mart: Saturday, December 17

Shop for in-season produce, handmade crafts, baked goods and more from the Downtown Lee’s Summit Farmers Market vendors. The annual indoor Farmers Market Holiday Mart from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 17, in the Lee’s Summit Elementary Gym, 110 SE Green St., Lee’s Summit.

The Downtown Lee’s Summit Farmers Market’s regular outdoor market also remains open from 7 a.m. to sell-out every Wednesday and Saturday through November 19, at the corner of Douglas and Second streets.

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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Downtown Lee’s Summit Hosts Boos, Barks & Badges Halloween Parade

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street will host its annual Boos, Barks & Badges Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 29th. The event is presented by Great Southern Bank, and cosponsored by the Lee’s Summit Police and Fire Departments. Boos, Barks & Badges will feature displays from the Lee’s Summit Police and Fire Department’s K9 Unit, SWAT Team, Haz-Mat Unit, and more.

Families, children and pets are invited to put on their costumes and join the fun. Line-up for the parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall Plaza, 220 SE Green Street. Parade participants will get to see live demonstrations from the LSPD K9 Unit before the parade kicks off at 10 a.m. The parade will march west on Third Street to Howard Station Park.

Of course, no parade is complete without candy. After the parade, children are encouraged to trick-or-treat at participating downtown businesses from 10:15 a.m. to noon. A map of participating stores will be provided. Judging for the costume contest begins at 10:30 a.m. in Howard Station Park. Awards will be presented in five categories including Favorite Girl, Favorite Boy, Favorite Pet, Most Unique, and Favorite Family/Group.

Free parking is available at the City Hall Parking Garage located at 2nd and Green streets. The Lee’s Summit Fire Department is hosting an Open House at the fire station at 207 SE Douglas during the event, and all are welcome to attend.

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization and preservation of historic Downtown Lee’s Summit. For more information about this event or other upcoming Downtown Lee’s Summit events, visit www.downtownls.org/events.

 

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Downtown Lee’s Summit Launches New Gift Card Program to Support Small Businesses

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street is pleased to announce the start of their new gift card program, just in time for the 2016 holiday season. The new gift card will be accepted at more than 50 downtown Lee’s Summit businesses and restaurants.

“As more people recognized the gift-card-webvalue of shopping local, we’re excited to offer this new gift card program. We hope it will help keep more money local this holiday season,” states Donnie Rodgers, executive director of Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, “Gift cards sold during the holiday season will help bring more people downtown after the holidays, which is generally slower for retail and restaurants nationwide.”

“I love that this is truly a gift people can give from the heart that supports our downtown. We hope to see new and familiar faces downtown come January treating themselves to that special gift or great meal from the gift card they received during the holidays,” states Amy Tominia Robertson, owner of Cameron’s Home Furnishings and board secretary for the Downtown Lee’s Summit Community Improvement District.

Gift cards will be available for purchase online at www.downtownls.org/giftcard and in person Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street office at 13 SE Third Street.

The National Retail Federation 2015 survey found that almost three-quarters of respondents were planning to buy at least one gift card during the holiday season and that gift cards, for the ninth year in a row, remained the most requested gift. (https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/early-promos-great-deals-put-traditional-gift-card-buyers-gift-wrapping-mode )

The program will be administered by StoreFinancial, an international payment systems processor based in Overland Park, Kansas. StoreFinancial offers a comprehensive turnkey gift card program to shopping centers and downtowns around the world.  The gift card program is a closed system, whereby 100% of all gift card sales can only be spent within Downtown Lee’s Summit.

The Downtown Lee’s Summit Gift Card program is one of the many projects led by Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street to promote, enhance and preserve the heart of Lee’s Summit.  It was made possible by the financial support of the Downtown Lee’s Summit Community Improvement District.

2016 Downtown Lee’s Summit Holiday Schedule:

October 29: Boos Barks and Badges Halloween Parade

November 4-5: Holiday Open House

November 18: Mayor’s Tree Lighting

November 26: Small Business Saturday

December 2-3: Hometown Holiday

December 17: Farmers Market Holiday Mart

 

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November 26th: Lee’s Summit History Museum from 2-4pm

December 3rd: Got Art Gallery from 3-5pm

December 10th: Got Art Gallery from 3-5pm

December 17th: Lee’s Summit History Museum from 2-4pm

Haunted & Historic Spaces Tour Offers Peek into the Past on October 15

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street will host its annual Haunted & Historic Spaces Tour on Saturday, October 15.

The tour will feature the historic Todd George Home. Todd George was a well-known real estate investor in Lee’s Summit and was elected mayor in 1916. He served six terms over the next 16 years. During his time as mayor, George lead the street and sidewalk paving program in the Downtown business district. The Todd George home was placed on the National Register for Historic Places in 2009. It now houses the offices of the Spilker McKeone and Nelson accounting firm.

Four tour times are available at 6:30 pm, 7:45 pm, 9 pm, and 10:15 pm. A wine reception at the historic Todd George Home precedes each tour. Tickets will be $20 each and space is limited. Tickets are available for purchase on Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street’s website, www.downtownls.org, starting September 1 at 12 pm. Jason Offutt, a paranormal expert and author, will lead each tour.

Haunted Spaces Sponsors 2016.fwThe Haunted & Historic Spaces Tour is presented by Bank of Lee’s Summit and Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street’s Economic Enhancement Committee. Additional support is provided by Lee’s Summit History Museum, Hampton Inn Lee’s Summit, John Knox Pavilion, and Spilker McKeone and Nelson. Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization and preservation of historic Downtown Lee’s Summit.

 

For more information about this event or other upcoming Downtown Lee’s Summit events, visit www.downtownls.org.

 

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