Lemon, pistachio, wildberry: New Johnson County shop sells only macarons, in 15 flavors

While many bakeries sell macarons, a new shop in Leawood’s Park Place is dedicated solely to the French confection.

Bumble Bee Macarons offers 15 flavors, such as birthday cake, lemon, wildberry, raspberry rose, pistachio and more.

The shop opened May 13 in a white brick building at 11527 Ash St. its windows colorfully painted with images of yellow, purple and blue macarons. Owner Connie Asher said her versions are softer than most, and not overly sweet.

“These are extremely fresh,” she said.

Bumble Bee was born four years ago, catering events in the St. Louis area.

Then this spring, it began selling macarons on Saturday mornings at the Overland Park Farmers’ Market.

Asher jump-started her business with her daughter, Lauren Barber, cheering her on close by — exceptionally close. Barber owns a children’s clothing store, Owen & Graham, next door.

“It works out perfectly,” Asher said.

Bumble Bee owner Connie Asher is next to her daughter’s children’s clothing business, Owen & Graham.
Bumble Bee owner Connie Asher is next to her daughter’s children’s clothing business, Owen & Graham.

Working near her daughter has been a treat, Asher said. Both Bumble Bee and Owen & Graham’s expansion, which caters to tweens, opened Mother’s Day weekend.

In fact, it was Barber and Asher’s shared love of macarons that led Asher to begin baking them in the first place. Asher said that when the two traveled, they’d always hunt for the best macarons.

Then, after Barber opened her clothing store at Park Place one year ago, the two hatched an idea.

“We kept looking at this spot, and we both looked at each other, and were like, ‘Would that not make a perfect macaron shop?’”

Hand & Land shop and spa previously operated in the spot.

In June, Asher plans to begin selling macaron ice cream sandwiches.

Bumble Bee is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays.