The Best of the Best: Kansas City Shopping

A killer party dress, the best florist, delicious denim — get ready to up your game.

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Best Toy Store


Brookside Toy & Science 

For more than half a century, Brookside Toy and Science has been making children smile. This old-school toy store stocks the timeless toy classics as well as the hot new plaything. The key to this toy store’s longevity is the staff. They don’t just know toys, they love toys and if they don’t have it, you probably don’t need it.

Best Curated Clothing Store - Men


Ulah From their Prairie line of skincare to their Normal Brand line of casual wear, Ulah has a selection of men’s clothing and accessories that combine classic style with a soupçon of Kansas City sensibility. Fashion forward with just the right amount of retro mixed in this store is a mecca for the confident man.



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Best Olfactory Experience


Indigo Wild Its aromatherapy is off the charts. Now couple that with premium skincare and bath products and you have the smell-good story of the year. Indigo Wild, a KC company, has cornered the market on creating an “olfactory om” experience. The Zum soap bar was the company’s first product and now there’s a wide array of merchandise from the Zum Lab Turmeric Face Mask to Frankincense and Myrrh laundry soap. If you haven’t been “Zummed” yet — get to it.

Best K.C. Themed Shop


Made in Kansas City 

Opening just three years ago, Made in Kansas City has taken over the metro area with their chic and trendy gear which includes beloved brands like Charlie Hustle and the Kansas City clothing company, among others. Whether you’re looking for a wedding gift, a local brand of coffee, home-brewed booze or a T-shirt to wear to a ballgame, Made in Kansas City will not only have it, you’ll get a surge of hometown pride just by going into the store.



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Best Farmer’s Market


City Market It’s the Costco of farmers markets — big (150 vendor stalls), chock full of amazing finds (fruits, veggies, meats, baked goods, cut flowers, bedding plants and artisan crafts) and open all year. This is the place to experience some of the best of the Midwest. Even better than Costco, this farmers market has a “veggie valet” service to help you load up your car with your goodies.