Chamber Blog

Diamonds Direct opens Leawood showroom

Diamonds Direct, a direct diamond importer and leading U.S. independent jewelry retailer, has opened its newest showroom location in Leawood. The opening marks the seventeenth location in the United States and the first location in Kansas.  Located at 4500 W 119th Street in the Camelot Court shopping center, Diamonds Direct features a 4,274 square-foot showroom with...

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Leawood Named #1 Best Small City by WalletHub

Wallethub, a personal finance website, has named Leawood as the nation’s best small city, up from #3 last year. Leawood tops the 2018 list of “Best Small Cities in America” which compared more than 1,200 cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000.  Of all the cities included, Leawood had the strongest “affordability” ranking based on median household income,...

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Preliminary Plans for the Redevelopment of Ranchmart North Approved

Leawood Planning Commission unanimously voted on Tuesday, October 23, to approve preliminary plans for the redevelopment of the Ranch Mart North shopping center. Renderings and preliminary plan details reveal the project would include a complete replacement of the main building’s facade, a new commercial building, the creation of a pedestrian plaza and the upgrade...

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Shake Shack plans to open at Town Center

Shake Shack is planning its first location in Kansas at Town Center Plaza in Leawood. On Tuesday night, the Planning Commission approved plans for the demolition of the existing On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina building (which closed in October) and its replacement with two buildings – one which would be a multi-tenant retail building and another that would...

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Leawood Amends Ordinances for Online Wholesalers

Expanding on a recent ordinance amendment for truck wholesalers whose transactions do not involve physical delivery of vehicles, the Leawood City Council has expanded the definition of online wholesalers to include any businesses that do not physically have inventory at their location. Previously, wholesalers were only allowed to locate their businesses in business...

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