May 2017 Around Town

Cuddle Up Pup Doggie Boutique Opening

Formerly established Lakewood Montessori School at 951 NE Wildwood Drive in Lee’s Summit will soon reopen after an extensive renovation as Cuddle Up Pup, a premier pet resort with over 10,000 square feet. The boutique-styled doggie daycare experience will be unparalleled in setting, services and quality supervision. No expense has been spared during the renovation including bedroom-like pet suites with full tempered glass doors for viewing, multiple spacious indoor and outdoor play areas and webcams. Additionally, the rooms will offer private and social areas by age groups, size and temperament that are complete with their own private play yards. The highly trained and lovable daycare attendants will be on hand 24 hours. Other services will include full-service grooming and retail. Expected opening date is planned for June 2017. For additional information and waitlist scheduling, please contact Stephanie at

Jarrod and Kristin Gravatt See a Need for a Quality, Local Trash Hauler, Form Gravatt Waste Solutions

Jarrod and Kristin Gravatt had just one goal—build a better trash service in Lee’s Summit.

After months of reports of trash companies selling to larger, corporate entities and residential and commercial customers left with questions on customer service, the Gravatts did the unthinkable in January 2017. They bought a trash truck and started a new business.

“A lot of complaints were being made about the trash haulers in town,” Jarrod, who works at Baker Distributing and is active in many areas of Lee’s Summit, says. “Every week, there were more and more complaints during public comments and I would hear it on all media outlets. I saw a huge opportunity and a need for a quality, customer service-oriented, local trash hauler in Lee’s Summit.”

The Gravatts are both 2002 graduates of Lee’s Summit North and chose Lee’s Summit to raise their two children, Jordan and Kori.

“From the bottom of my heart, I’m just trying to do what is best for my community,” Jarrod says. “I want to create jobs and give back to the community through charities, city events, youth sports and do my part to be a positive role model by promoting healthy lifestyles, recycling habits and keeping the streets safe and clean. Having a local trash hauler will help strengthen our local economy. I want to continue to make Lee’s Summit a great community, and show people the value of doing business with a local trash hauler and local small business in general.”

GWS is a full-service hauler, accepting trash, yard waste year-round and recyclable material. Gravatt Waste Solutions can be found online at and on Facebook.

Pinspire DIY Craft Studio Opens

Pinspire LLC has opened its doors in Downtown Lee’s Summit. Amy Hodapp, a Lee’s Summit resident, has designed the unique studio loft to accommodate a variety of activities requiring large open spaces. The studio will accommodate crafting, solo or group projects complete with supplies, hands-on instructions and even open studio hours. Additionally, the space can be reserved for private rentals such as girls nights out, bridal showers, birthday parties or any special event. Please visit for more information.