Heart Connections 17

Meet Some of the Women of Downtown Lee’s Summit


The heart of a city is its downtown district, and anyone who visits ours senses something special about it. History combines with modern day shopping, traditional stores complement unique boutiques, art augments eateries, the practical dwells with the beautiful, friendly shop owners welcome patrons, fun events create accessibility. Everything that goes on downtown is heartfelt and contributes to that great hometown feel.

There’s something else quite special about the center of our city, and it surely impacts the feel of downtown, too: more than 60 of the businesses are owned by women. Many a philosopher has pondered the idea “if women ruled the world,” and downtown Lee’s Summit offers a glimpse of the answer. We celebrate these women who juggle being CEOs of their businesses and their homes. Shopping becomes something more when you shop with people who have a heart connection to their business and community, and these women definitely do.


Mariam Cameron, Owner

Mariam’s Memories
Antiques, collectibles, vintage jewelry, gifts
10 SW 3rd Street | 816.246.1727

Years Downtown: 23 years

“It brings joy to my heart when customers are happier when they leave than when they came in. Does my heart good to share with my customers so many special memories of their youth.  I love what I do and I do what I love.”

Cheryl Collier, Owner

KD’s Books
Children’s books & toys, pre-read paperbacks
241 SE Main | 816.525.1366

Years Downtown: 22 years / 25 years in business

“As a lifelong avid reader, opening a bookstore was a dream come true. Reading is so important and helping a child pick out the perfect book to keep them reading is so much fun!”

Sue Tominia & Amy Robertson, Owners

Cameron’s Home Furnishings
Home furnishings and gifts
26 SE 3rd Street | 816.554.9190

Years Downtown: 14 years

“Our family moved to Lee’s Summit in 1987 and became familiar with downtown when we needed soccer shoes for the kids. Instantly there was a comforting hometown feeling that was much needed after our big move away from family. Having a business in Downtown Lee’s Summit gives us a gratifying relationship with the community and our loyal customers.”

Debbie Stoddard, Owner/CEO, Design Consultant

Budget Blinds of Lee’s Summit
Residential and commercial window coverings
6 SW 3rd Street | 816.554.7779

Years Downtown: 12 years

“We started our business so we could spend more time with our children and it has turned into the best blend of family and community. As an added bonus, our children and grandchildren are now enjoying the friends, family and camaraderie that we have come to know as a result of our involvement in downtown Lee’s Summit.”

Lisa Hatfield, Owner/CEO

Cookie Jar Bakery
318 SE Green St. | 816.347.9147

Years Downtown: 3 years

“After helping my mom, Betty Mahan, with her two Lee’s Summit bakeries, and doing cakes and cookies at home for more than 20 years, having my own bakery was just the next step. I love baking treats and seeing how happy they make people. Who can be grouchy with a cookie in hand?”

Sherry Hayes, Owner

Razzberry Wimzy
Home decor, upholstery, furniture painting
109 SE 3rd Street | 816.204.7397

Years Downtown: 3 years / 8 years in business

“Simply put, beauty from the hands honors God. Not only do I get to do what I love doing, I am able to take something discarded and rejected, make it new to bring beauty to the home.”

Judge Dana M. Altieri, Owner/Partner

Judge – City of Lee’s Summit
Owner/Partner – Altieri Gilmore, LLP
Law firm
332 SE Douglas St. | 816.524.0404

Years Downtown: 2

“I love balancing my judgeship (1 day/wk) with my private law practice (4 days/wk). I was born and raised here, and I am proud to be a resident. Not only will I always call Lee’s Summit home, but I wanted to establish my business here as well. I enjoy my private law practice because it enables me to help people get through what could be the most adverse and stressful time in their life.”

Melissa Wuennenberg, Owner

Very Violet Boutique
Repurposed & vintage furniture, jewelry, home décor, paint, classes
111 SW 2nd St.

Years Downtown: 1 year

“I wanted to open a store that offered affordable handcrafted, repurposed, vintage finds and home décor. I love that our community loves to shop small and support local artisans. We also have created a happy place here where women get a chance to craft with other women. Makes my heart happy!”

Melani Greenawalt, Owner/Master Designer

Vivace Salontique
Hair salon–women and men’s cuts, colors and styles
Retail Boutique–jewelry, handbags, hair and body products
207 SE 3rd St., Suite 100 | 816.797.5882

Years Downtown: 1 year

“We ‘accessorize the beauty within.’ Everyone loves to feel good…and we celebrate that. I love providing expertise in coloring and cutting to enhance the person you are from the inside out.”

Linda Lutz & Mallory Kammeyer, Owners

19 SE 3rd St.

Years Downtown: 8 months

“We started @jolly’s because we love fashion, we love people and we, as mother and daughter have wanted to work with each other for quite a while. We love the adventure of business ownership, we love the Downtown Lee’s Summit community and we LOVE all of the people we get to dress, chat with, drink wine with and connect with on a daily basis. But mainly we love the wine.”

Kelly Lankford, Kim Berwald-Viar & Mary Guy Meyer

The 12 on Third Street Space
A coop of three women-owned businesses in a collaborative environment of inspired creativity
12 SW 3rd St.

Years Downtown: 2

Kelly Lankford, President – KHL Design Studio
Space planning & interior design (commercial & residential)

“I believe interior environments can instantly impact your mood and experience in a space. Whether the interior of a home has a certain feel and flair or a business is helping communicate their brand, I love helping my clients navigate the design process to a real end result that has an impact. It is very gratifying to have a finished product at the end…and that your clients love!”

Kim Berwald-Viar, Owner – Celebrating Personal Treasures
Telling stories
“It is an honor for me to help people document their life stories. Family members are mesmerized by their loved ones’ experiences as they read fascinating stories that share wisdom and insight, and they see treasured pictures, hear audio clips, and even watch a video of their loved one’s life.

Mary Guy Meyer, Life Transition and Career Coach
Coaching geared toward life and career purpose

“I love helping clients rediscover their radiance during their time of transition, guiding clients to their authentic career purpose… finding their “why” behind what drives them. It’s some of the toughest work to do; yet the most rewarding by far for people seeking to live with intention.