Williamsville’s shopping district is alive with great retail shops. LeeLee, a women’s clothing and accessory boutique, has been a staple in the village for 17 years. Owner Lisa Keating, started her career as a lawyer, but always loved fashion. She worked as a business attorney and decided early on she wanted to run her own business, and LeeLee was born.
Naming her shop LeeLee after her childhood nickname, Keating started to explore brands and expanded into clothing. Keating has built her business into a shopping destination, featuring trendy brands Trina Turk, Michael Stars, Nicole Miller, Velvet, and local jewelry designers – Peg’s Hardware and Mahina, just to name a few. LeeLee has over 30 brands for women, ranging from denim and t-shirts to fun party dresses.
When she first opened LeeLee she was a new mom, and says, “There were times I would have Chloe at the shop with me and she would be sleeping in one of the dressing rooms. She’s grown up in retail and helps with all the buying for the store. She now attends Barnard College Columbia University in New York City, where she’s pursuing a degree in economics.”
Keating is happy to see Buffalo and the Village of Williamsville thriving, and says, “I always had faith in Buffalo, both my husband and I chose to stay, live, work and raise our daughter here. It’s incredible to see the change with tourism, even in the Village. Now we see tourists coming into the shop every week. It broadens everyone’s business.”