Business openings in downtown Lee’s Summit heating up

tporter@lsjournal.comMay 14, 2014 

The business climate in downtown Lee’s Summit is such that when one good thing closes, another is surely to arise.

Case in point: Carli DiMarco’s Ello Juice and Smoothie Bar at 13 S.W. Third Street, site of the now-closed Dawn’s Downtown Deli, will officially open May 17.

DiMarco, a soon-to-be 23-year-old personal trainer who graduated from Lee’s Summit High School in 2009, will offer a full-range of protein shakes derived from DiMarco’s recipes. Some of her premixed “take and make” shake mixes are already sold at the Whistle Stop in downtown.

“I love it down here,” DiMarco said during a brief hiatus from interior renovation work at the site. “I love downtown Lee’s Summit. I really like the environment. Everyone around here is so friendly and it’s very family-friendly. I love it. I’m just ready to be open. I’m ready for people to come in and be happy and healthier and share my passion with others.”

Ello – short for Enjoy Life. Laugh Often – is one of many businesses opening in the area in the coming months after a few gems closed up shop during the first quarter of 2014.

Some of the now shuttered businesses include Traditions at 109 S.E. Third St. and the aforementioned deli. Trinity Tack and Feed, previously located at 2 S.W. Fourth St., relocated to another area of town; Champu Hair Design, 313 SE Douglas Street, closed in March.

“When (a business closes or moves) we always keep in mind what would be a good fit there,” said Donnie Rogers, assistant director of Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street. “It’s always sad to see a business like Traditions go – they’ve been here quite a few years – but, it happens in the small business world. We try to connect the right individuals with the right property owners in the right space.”

Ciao Bella restaurant also closed in downtown prior to the beginning of the year.

“I think it’s very active (downtown),” Rogers said. “We have people looking all the time. When Ciao Bella closed we had people looking to open restaurants – there was a high demand for that. There is strong interest down here.”

New businesses that have opened in the last few months include Iron Eagle Customs at 2 S.W. Fourth, Unit 21 and Assisting Angels at 330 S.E. Douglas.

Existing businesses that have relocated to downtown Lee’s Summit include Ask Cathy Marketing, Beacon Contracting, the renovated office space of Turn the Page Online Marketing, Southside Chicago Dogs and Summit Insurance Group.

Main Slice Pizza is scheduled to open in the former Ciao Bella at 235 S.E. Main Street in June. The concept includes wood-fired, East Coast-styled pizza by the slice.

Also on tap for June is the opening of Icehouse Auction and Advanced Sports and Family Chiropractic Acupuncture.

Other business that recently opened in downtown Lee’s Summit include: Celebrating Personal Treasures, KHL Design Studio and Cathryn Farley Photography, collectively known as The 318 (318 S.E. Douglas St.); Wise Wealth, ‘Bout Thyme Deli, Myofascia Therapy Center, Monarch Awakening, Com-RES Services, MGC Realty and Keller Williams.

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