Whistle Shop Coffee Wets Your Whistle!
Whistle Stop Coffee wets your whistle!
Leah Morgan/Tribune contributing writer
Photo: Candace Jennings
LSTribune Photo/Fred Poese
Picture if you will a quaint small-town café. Around the tables are groups of friends sharing a laugh over a cup of coffee or tea, or enjoying the sunshine on a deck over lunch. This scene plays out every day at the Whistle Stop in downtown Lee’s Summit.
The Whistle Stop has been in business for over 15 years in Lee’s Summit, but what many residents may not know is that for the past year it has been under new ownership and management. Several years ago Nancy and Bill Bass owned the Whistle Stop. During that time their niece, Candace Jennings, would often visit. She says, “I just loved coming there when I was younger.” The Bass’ sold the shop to someone else, and then about a year ago, it came up for sale again. Candace jumped at the chance and is now the owner of the Whistle Stop.
Her hard work and dedication to the business have caused it to flourish in the past year. She says, “I run this place 100%. I get to know our regulars and people know they can find me here.” From specialty coffee and tea drinks, to bulk coffees, to gift baskets, the shop offers many things to many people. One major change Candace initiated was adding on a lunch menu. She says the Paninis are terrific and they are becoming known for their chicken salad. Many specialty bakery items draw customers back as well, including house-made biscotti and cinnamon rolls. The store has included a selection of organic and Fair Trade coffees and plans to offer tea in bulk very soon.
If you haven’t been into Whistle Stop in a while, Candace invites you to come it and see the great new changes. Invite a friend and enjoy their beautiful back deck. You can even rent the space (with a barista!) for a special event.
Candace loves being a part of the downtown Lee’s Summit scene and points out, “I have to say, the merchants down here are unlike anywhere else. It’s a close knit team of small business owners and everyone is very supportive.”
The shop is open from 7:30am-5:00pm Monday through Thursday and is open until 9:30pm on Fridays so you can enjoy coffee and dessert during the free concert in the park across the street. Saturdays they are open from 8:00am-4:00pm and are closed on Sundays. They are located at 227 SE Main Street right across from the big caboose. To reach them by phone, call 816-525-4545.