New Businesses Open in Cass County

Planet Fitness

Belton’s Economic Development Director Jay Leipzig welcomed Planet Fitness owner Greg Henson to the community.

Planet Fitness held its grand opening ribbon-cutting on Thursday, November 13. The owner of Planet Fitness, Greg Henson, was on hand for the ceremony.
“I’m very encouraged by all the community support,” said Henson about his goals for the gym’s future. Belton Mayor Jeff Davis also participated in the festivities and had high praise for the facility.
“This place is really top-notch and I just love the colors. They really pop,” said Davis about Planet Fitness’ purple and yellow color scheme.
The gym has row upon row of treadmills, stationary bikes, stair climbers, and ellipticals. They also have free weights and weight machines as well as circuit workout rooms complete with timed lights to let members know when to switch machines. Planet Fitness offers affordable gym memberships starting at only $10 a month.

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Leti’s Accessories offers boutique style shopping at affordable prices.

The City of Raymore and the Raymore Chamber of Commerce held a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony for Leti’s Accessories, located in the Willowind Shopping Center, on Friday, November 14.
Leti’s Accessories officially opened for business following the ceremony, and is presently stocked with an eclectic mix of necklaces, rings, bracelets, scarves, purses, belts, sunglasses, wool hats and cardigans in a boutique setting.
“I love accessories and pretty much anything beauty,” said Latreace “Leti” Hawthorne, who co-owns the boutique with her husband Ted. “I just like for a lady to look really, really pretty.”
While this new boutique is her first brick-and-mortar shop, Leti – a recent Texas transplant – has previously sold stylish accessories online. Finding local availability of the fashion accessories she enjoyed scarce, Hawthorne convinced her husband that, instead of continuing to drive out of the area to Overland Park or Lee’s Summit to shop, they should help fill that local void by opening their own business closer to home.
Whether it’s designer labels like Calvin Klein or Michael Kors, or labels not as widely known, Leti Hawthorne aims to keep her boutique’s “fashionable and trendy” merchandise priced right for her customers.
“I want everything in here to be affordable to keep customers coming back,” said Hawthorne who presently has all of her accessories priced between $3 and $40 each. “My target is not to go over $60 on any item because I want to keep everything affordable.”
Drawing inspiration from TV and magazines like Glamour and Lucky, Hawthorne aims to keep her boutique’s stock fresh and in-touch with current fashion trends.
“I’m not going to keep carrying the same things,” said Hawthorne who places new inventory orders weekly. “It’s going to be something different every time a customer comes into the store, once all of this current inventory is gone.”
Hawthorne added that she’s also able to place special orders for customers seeking fashion items not currently on her store’s shelves.
“If someone brings in a picture of something they’re looking for, I can research it and find it for them,” said Hawthorne. “To get the customer what they need is one of my goals.”
Mayor Peter Kerckhoff welcomed Leti’s Accessories to the community.
“On behalf of the City and citizens of Raymore, I welcome the Hawthornes and their new business venture to Raymore,” said Kerckhoff. “I’m sure women throughout Raymore will find the affordable accessories offered by Leti’s Accessories a welcome addition. Best wishes for success in your business.”
Tom Circo, Chamber of Commerce president, added his congratulations to the Hawthornes on the opening of their new shop.
“On behalf of the Raymore Chamber of Commerce, its board of directors and general membership, we would like to thank you for bringing your business to the city of Raymore, and we wish you a long and successful partnership within our community,” said Circo.
Located at 1262 W. Foxwood Drive, Leti’s Accessories is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 816-322-3002.


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