Longtime Downtown Supporter Dale Hartley Passes Away

Dale Hartley, longtime Downtown Lee’s Summit business owner and supporter, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.

Dale Hartley with Steve Tominia

Dale Hartley with Steve Tominia

Dale owned and operated Hartley’s Furniture at Third and Douglas Streets for more than 50 years. A founding board member and past treasurer of Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, he was honored by DLSMS in 2008 with the creation of the Dale Hartley Service Award in recognition of his years of service to Downtown. The inaugural award recipient was Amy Robertson, co-owner of Cameron’s Home Furnishings. Other past recipients of the Dale Hartley Service Award include Brad Culbertson (2009), Gary Fruits (2010), Ryan Smarr (2011), Steve Tominia (2012), Kathy Smith (2013) and Walter Heid (2014). Dale will be greatly missed, but his legacy will long live on in Downtown Lee’s Summit.


“Dale Hartley was a real pioneer of Downtown. He was always smiling and always ready to lend a hand, no matter what the challenge was. The success of Downtown Lee’s Summit is due to the dedication of people like Dale and Howard McCracken who helped lay the foundation,” said Steve Tominia, past board president of Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street and co-owner of Cameron’s Home Furnishings.


Services for Dale are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at Lee’s Summit Christian Church. Visitation begins at 1:30 p.m. and services begins at 3:00 p.m. Burial to follow at Floral Hills East Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Lee’s Summit Christian Church or Missouri Veterans Home.

Entertainment, Food and Fun at Downtown Days…Streets Alive! Festival June 6, 7 & 8 in Downtown Lee’s Summit

Plan to kick off the summer during the annual Downtown Days…Streets Alive! festival, from Friday to Sunday, June 6-8, spanning six blocks in the historic and award-winning Downtown Lee’s Summit central business district. Live entertainment, food vendors, a new carnival, a white tiger exhibit, craft vendors, a car show, a fashion show, 810 Sports Zone, the KCBS-sanctioned Smokin’ on the Summit BBQ competition and much more all are part of this year’s festivities. Festival hours are from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, June 6; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 7; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 8.

For more than 20 years, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street has been hosting a family- friendly festival in  the heart of Downtown Lee’s Summit. Every year, the Downtown Days committee brings in new events and activities, and this year is no exception, promising a few attractions festival-goers won’t see anywhere else.

Below is a complete schedule of events:



Friday, June 6

4 p.m. ‒ Sit Means Sit Dog Training Performance

5 p.m. ‒ Summit Theatre Group

5:30 p.m. ‒ Lee’s Summit’s Got Talent Contestants

7 p.m. ‒ The Summit (Alternative)

8:30 p.m. ‒ Saucy Jack (Dance & Party Covers)

Saturday, June 7

10 a.m. ‒ Mindy’s Dance Center

Noon ‒ Steppin’ Out–The Studio

2 p.m. ‒ Heart of America Dance Centre

3:45 p.m. ‒ Smokin’ on the Summit BBQ Awards

4:30 p.m. ‒ Studio d Dance Company

6:15 p.m. ‒ Roz (R&B/Easy Listening)

7:30 p.m. ‒ Troupe Duende (Belly Dance Fusion)

8:30 p.m. ‒ Boogie Wonderland (Disco)


Sunday, June 8

11 a.m. ‒The Clementines (Alternative Acoustic Folk)

Noon ‒ Begin Anyway (Semi-Acoustic Pop Folk)

1 p.m. ‒ O’Riada-Manning Academy of Irish Dance

2 p.m. ‒ Chance the Arm (Irish Rock)

Friday, June 6

Noon to 10 p.m. ‒ Smokin’ on the Summit BBQ Contest

Saturday, June 7

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ‒ Smokin’ on the Summit BBQ Contest

5 p.m. ‒ American Garage Bike Show

7 p.m. ‒ Fashion in the Streets

Sunday, June 8

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ­‒ ACCKC Car Show sponsored by Lee’s Summit Dodge



Friday, June 6

5 p.m. ‒ Scott DeVouton (Acoustic Solo)

5:45 p.m. ‒ Sit Means Sit Dog Training Performance

6:30 p.m. ‒ School of Rock Lee’s Summit

8:30 p.m. ‒ State Line Drive (Rock)

9:30 p.m. ‒ Making Movies Social Club (Indie Latin Rock)

Saturday, June 7

10 a.m. ‒ Mad Science Fire & Ice II Show

11 a.m. ‒ Lee’s Summit Robotics Teams

12:30 p.m. ‒ Mad Science Fire & Ice II Show

1:30 p.m. ‒ Stupid Human Tricks Contest hosted by LeaderOne Financial, Cory Carmichael

2 p.m. ‒ Taco Eating Contest hosted by Maggie’s

2:45 p.m. ‒ Pizza Eating Contest hosted by Konrad’s Kitchen and Tap House

3:30 p.m. ‒ Pie Eating Contest hosted by Neighborhood Café

4:30 p.m. ‒ Sit Means Sit Dog Training Performance

5:30 p.m. ‒ The American Garage Band (Blues & Rock)

8:30 p.m. ‒ Cover Me Badd (Variety)



810 Sports Zone: Visit with various athletes and mascots, play sports trivia and hear Sports Radio 810 personalities.

New Carnival: Enjoy rides, games and food; open all hours of the festival. Sunday is wrist-band day.

Kids Street: Games, face painting, food and more available all weekend.

Petting Zoo: Visit animals in the free petting zoo hosted by Sunset Trails Stables.

White Tiger Discovery Exhibit: View live white tigers throughout the weekend. Small fee required.

Robotics Teams: See live demonstrations by local high school Robotics Teams.

Downtown Days…Streets Alive! is the major fundraiser for Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization and historic preservation of Downtown Lee’s Summit, and is sponsored by Amtrak/Missouri River Runner, Arvest Bank, Bank of Lee’s Summit, County Beverage Company, Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America, KCP&L, Lee’s Summit Dodge, Lee’s Summit Journal, Red Racks Thrift Stores, Sports Radio 810, Tingle Flooring, University of Central Missouri Summit Center, and Wise Wealth LLC.

For more information about Downtown Days, visit www.LeesSummitDowntownDays.com.


For more information about Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, visit www.downtownls.org.

Downtown Days sponsors


Chocolate Crawl Participating Businesses

Downtown Lee’s Summit’s Chocolate Crawl is just over a week away — Saturday, Feb. 8. Below is a list of participating businesses that will be handing out FREE chocolate treats while you shop Downtown!

  • A Thyme for Everything
  • Baird Group Real Estate at The New Stanley
  • Blue Heron Design
  • ‘Bout Thyme Deli
  • Budget Blinds
  • Cameron’s Home Furnishings
  • Champu Hair Design
  • Cookie Jar Bakery
  • Equity Bank
  • Finishings for Her
  • Friendly Computers
  • Good Looks
  • Grains & Taps
  • Henry’s Antiques & Tea Room
  • In Harmony Therapeutic Massage
  • KD’s Books
  • LMS Wine Creators
  • Mariam’s Memories
  • One Stop Decorating
  • Owl’s Nest
  • Poppy’s Ice Cream
  • Scrapbook Boutique
  • Shining Light Music
  • The 318/Lee’s Summit Journal
  • The Living Stone
  • The Travel Source
  • Timekeeper’s Clock Shop
  • Traditions
  • Whistle Stop Coffee & Mercantile
  • Wise Wealth
  • Xpressions Boutique by Color Xpressions

9th Annual Emerald Isle Parade Entry Forms Available

Downtown Lee’s Summit’s Emerald Isle Parade is Saturday, March 15. This year, we’ll be “Puttin’ on the Green.” The event features the parade, an Irish Breakfast at Mingle Restaurant, Bits O’Gold Coin Hunt for children in Howard Station Park and a pub crawl following the parade. Also, a new addition to the event is a home beer-brewing competition called the Blarney Brew Off, hosted by Grains & Taps. Visit Grains & Taps website for more information. If you’re interested in participating in this year’s parade, download an Emerald Isle Entry Form. The deadline for entries is March 1.

Downtown Days Applications are Ready

Vendor applications for the 2015 Downtown Days…Streets Alive! Festival are now available. Click to download a Downtown Days Vendor Application. The deadline to register for a booth is March 25, 2015.

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