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 Athleisure (For Women)


Athleta From working out to running errands, Athleta is a grinder. With no backstory (i.e., see-through leggings and a succession of CEOs with issues) this brand has a wide range of sizes, celebrates different body types and has stylish pieces that will ruin you for ever wanting to wear anything that’s not Lyrca infused.

Best Eyewear


Hunter Family Vision 

When Hunter Family Vision expanded their Leawood office, their eyewear selection followed suit with everything from designer glasses to Miss Kitty specs for the toddler set. But it’s Hunter Family Vision’s staff are what make it truly extraordinary. Charisma and Jessica are masters at determining which frames suit you best and, just as important, steering you away from unfortunate choices. (Apparently, the oversized and uber-trendy, “nerd glasses” aren’t for everyone.) They also appreciate your budget and know just how much your insurance is going to cover.

Best Place to Buy a Baby Gift


Lauren Alexandra This baby boutique has all the latest trends for the Pinterest-obsessed parent. From adorable swaddling blankets to humorous onesies, any gift from Lauren Alexandra will make even a woman in her 40th week of pregnancy beyond happy.


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Best Organic Skin Care


Skin Local nutritionist turned skincare guru Stephanie Simkins is no-nonsense when it comes to her organic skin-care line. She’s even PETA certified and says every ingredient she uses also has a healing component. From mango eye cream to blue-green algae moisturizer, Simkins is creating skincare products that work hard, smell great and feel yummy on your skin.

Best Bike Shop


Velo Garage & Tap House 

Bikes and brew — it’s a match made in heaven and what we liked to call one-stop shopping. At Velo Garage and Tap House, you can buy a bike, get your bike repaired, grab a cold craft-beer or even get caffeinated. This place is more than just cycling, it’s about the cycling community.

Best New Hang


Lenexa Public Market The new Lenexa Public Market is a lesson in how to do mix used retail space well. Owned and operated by the City of Lenexa, the Market is part of what’s called the “civic campus” that includes City Hall, the Lenexa Rec Center, the Public Market and the soon-to-be brand spanking new Johnson County Library. At the Market, you can shop for locally made goods, eat at homegrown establishments like Chewology which features pan-fried dumplings, or Red Kitchen Tamales; a recreation of a Mexican-style street food stand. There are also a variety of classes from art to cooking. (Don’t miss their chocolate macaron class Aug. 11.)


Lenexa Public Market

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Best Place to Ensure Your Dog is Dressed Better Than You


Land of Paws 

From bejeweled pet I.D.’s to designer dog collars and canine couture outfits that rival any fashionista’s closet, Land of Paws puts the wow in bow-wow. Don’t look for any humdrum items here because the inventory is carefully curated to bring you the top of the line in dog apparel and guarantee that your fur baby is best in show.