Written by Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian | Photos by Brynn Burns
Call us cozy. Ivy & Sparrow in downtown Lee’s Summit should be on your list of shopping destinations.
Owner Melissa Wuennenburg opened the shop in 2019 as an expansion of her popular Very Violet Boutique, which is named after her grandmother.
The shops carry an assortment of new and vintage items—though Ivy & Sparrow has a decidedly more Scandinavian/apothecary vibe thanks to an assortment of minimalist accessories, bath and lotion products, and pottery and gift items, many of which are made of rustic and natural materials.
The merchandise in both shops arrives weekly and includes home décor in every style—including modern, farmhouse, traditional, vintage and boho— along with repurposed and refinished furniture, Amy Howard One Step Paint, Sweet Pickins Milk Paint and a variety of seasonal pieces. Many of the items are handcrafted by artisans.
“I have always loved to decorate and especially love making old things new,” Melissa says. “My favorite way to make a room special is to mix vintage with new items. This creates a more interesting room, full of textures and treasures you may have gathered over time.”
Ivy & Sparrow also has a craft workshop and space for pop-up shops for local artisans.
Address: 18 SW 3rd Street
Growing Days Home boutique opened in Prairie Village in December 2019. Just three months later, COVID struck and owner Tamara Day was forced to shut it down.
“People were driving through the parking lot to see if we were open, so we were able to visually see how much business we were losing,” says Kansas City’s famous home flipper and host of HGTV’s Bargain Mansions.
The closure prompted Tamara to set up an online store. Those looking for the in-person shopping experience, however, will be happy to know that the brick-and-mortar boutique has opened once more but moved to a new home at Corinth Square—and it’s fully stocked with art, rugs, wallpaper, decor, and gift items.
A piece of advice: If you see something you like, buy it.
“We don’t stock deep,” Tamara says. “We keep a smaller inventory of each item so we can have quick turnover and keep things in the shop fresh.”
Items that she frequently uses on the show are available.
Address: 4046 W. 83rd Street