Dollhouse Merchant Spotlight: Mini Temptations, Overland Park, KS

Laura Way, owner of Mini Temptations, Overland Park, KS

Mini Temptations in Overland Park, Kansas was founded in 1977 by Ken and Virginia Spence. Originally it was a gift shop and eventually the shop evolved into a dollhouse miniature store. Mini Temptations is the only store in the Greater Kansas City Metro Area, and largest in a four state region, specializing in miniatures. You can imagine their customers’ disappointment when the Spences decided to retire and close the store in 2001. Many customers panicked when they found they would no longer have a place to buy the special items for their dollhouses or other miniature projects.

In 1994, Laura Way began her hobby in miniatures when her children gave her a dollhouse kit for Christmas. It was then she discovered Mini Temptations and quickly became a faithful customer. When she heard the Spences were going to retire, Laura thought it would be a great business opportunity to purchase the store. So after 17 years in the healthcare field, Laura decided it was time to change careers. With the support of her family, she made the drastic change from the stressful pace of healthcare to the enjoyable pleasure of making her hobby her career. Armed with the determination to be successful, Laura and her husband Dennis bought the business in January 2002.

Inside Mini Temptations

Mini Temptations is a full line miniature dollhouse shop where you’ll find everything you need to build, finish and furnish your dollhouse. The store stocks miniature lumber and glue, all the way to completely finished dollhouses, and everything in between. Laura even does custom work to the customer’s specifications. Customers can arrange for individual instruction on any component of putting a dollhouse together.  Laura has loved miniatures since she was a child and she loves working full time at the store. She enjoys meeting the customers and talking about their miniature projects. Laura knows most of the regular customers by name and can help you fix or find anything related to dollhouses or miniatures.  Now that’s old fashioned customer service! Laura continuously works to improve the look of the store as well as the variety of miniatures she carries.  The store has items from the very common to the rare or one of a kind miniature.  Some of the miniatures are made by local artisans. Laura’s goal is to promote miniatures as a hobby for people of all ages, especially to get young people involved so they can carry on the craft and the enthusiasm of miniatures.

Mini Temptations in Overland Park, Kansas

Next time you’re in the Kansas City, Kansas area, make sure you stop and say hello to Laura and spend some time in the store. You’ll marvel at all things miniature. Mini Temptations is located at 3633 W. 95th Street in Overland Park. You can reach them by phone at 913-648-2050 or toll free 800-878-8469. Their hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am to 6 pm, Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, closed Sunday and Monday.  Can’t make it to the store?  Just visit their website and place your order at

3 Responses to “Dollhouse Merchant Spotlight: Mini Temptations, Overland Park, KS”

  1. jesus Says:

    Hi I’m glad to hear read about this wonderful
    history, My wife and I are just about to star our
    store in Tucson AZ, we hope one day have our goal be accomplish. Reading your example of joy in your hobby and work, give us strength to continue in our goal, Thanks Jesus,
    One day we may go Kansas Just to see visit your wonderful STORE.

  2. TomPier Says:

    great post as usual!

  3. Lloyd Anderson Says:

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