Leawood Historic Commission dedicates plaque honoring ‘the corner that kindness built’ at Somerset and Lee

Members of the Leawood Historic Commission and the Martin and Brisbois families were on hand for the dedication ceremony May 9. Photos credit Marcia Putman, city of Leawood.

The Leawood Historic Commission last week dedicated a new bronze plaque commemorating the city’s first commercial development, the Leawood Shops at Somerset and Lee Blvd.

Built in 1951 by cousins George Martin and Cliff Brisbois, the center was one of the first shopping spots built south of the Country Club Plaza, and provided families moving into the new neighborhoods in northern Leawood with a place for groceries, haircuts and dry cleaning.