Leeâ€™s Summit, June 2, 2012 â€“ Downtown Leeâ€™s Summit is alive with large crowds of people having fun, shopping, eating, and meeting friends.Â Last night we walked all through downtown, had great Greek Food at the corner and enjoyed watching people truly appreciating the beauty that is Downtown Leeâ€™s Summit.
As usual, I had my camera with me, and I got to meet some very interesting people who bring their crafts to Downtown Days.Â The thing that draws my attention mostly at Downtown Days is the number of people who actually make the products they sell
Owner: Christen Bryant of Leeâ€™s Summit Missouri.Â Her booth has been at Downtown Days for three years now, and people come in for her toe rings that are handmade and true rings, not adjustable rings.Â But this year I noticed beautifully hand painted and decorated sandals.Â This goes along with the barefoot sandals and other great products that if youâ€™re downtown you should stop in and ask her to show you.
QUICK SILVER MINT (firstname.lastname@example.org)
My wife led me to Bob and Debbie Stewartâ€™s place where they make using old fashioned presses Â stars and hearts out of coins and other materials.Â The impressive thing about their booth is that two of the presses they own are there on display so you can sit and talk to Bob about exactly how the shapes are coined and stamped into existence.
This is truly a unique product that you would enjoy taking a closer look at.
JDâ€™s FINE WRITING INSTRUMENTS (email@example.com)
I have to admit, I have an honest weakness for pens.Â Not just any pen.Â I like fine writing pens that have some history, or style or affect you in some way.Â Handwriting is an art that combines the style of the writer and the fluidity of the instrument.Â When I was a child I found the beauty of the old Parker 21 â€“ a fountain pen that for me personally has no equal.Â In moving from Argentina to the United States in 1970 many things â€“ including my pen â€“ were left behind.Â In 1999, for my birthday, my wife searched high and low through the internet and found a pen and pencil set with the Parker 21.Â Needless to say to this day it is safely kept in my desk drawer.
Yes, Iâ€™m a pen nut!Â So imagine my pleasure as I walked by JDâ€™s Fine Writing Instruments and had the chance to speak to John â€śJDâ€ť Dowell who owns and makes the pens himself.Â At home, in his lathe, JD works to smooth out, polish and prepare the various exotic materials he uses for the pen bodies.
If you are looking for a unique, handmade pen; stop by JDâ€™s.
JACOB TURK (Jacob@turkforcongress.com)
What did you expect, Iâ€™m a political Blogger, so you knew that at some point Iâ€™d make my way to the political tents and talk to a candidate; and I found Jacob Turk and his team talking to the people at the fair, not to each other â€“ as Iâ€™ve seen others do.
Turkâ€™s campaign has come a long way over the years.Â His personable style, his family and his volunteers make sure you feel welcome at their booth, and that you get your questions answered.
Downtown Days continues this weekend.Â This morning we stopped at Neighbors CafĂ© for breakfast and I took this next picture to serve as a contrast to the first one at the top of the article.Â Downtown Days, the street may be empty at 8:00 AM; but by noon the crowds will be walking, the vendors will be peddling their wares, the food vendors will be busy serving everyone lunch.Â But right now the street is quiet.
This weekend, if you want to see a true piece of Americana at its best; come by Leeâ€™s Summitâ€™s Downtown Days and enjoy!
The Leeâ€™s Summit Conservative