Best of Kansas City 2016: Shop
Jet Couture Jewels
J. Crew is a fine place to pick up a little sparkle, but when you want to make a real statement, Jet Couture Jewels sells handmade jewelry pieces that are wearable works of art.
4709 Central St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 569-6544, jetcouturejewels.com
Nordstrom at Oak Park Mall
When it comes to handbag selection, Nordstrom has the most varied selection in the Midwest. From duffle bags to tiny cross-body styles, you’ll find the most coveted designer styles, including Tory Burch, Burberry, Longchamp, Rebecca Minkoff, Yves Saint Laurent, Kate Spade, Chloé, Vince Camuto, Michael Kors and Ted Baker London.
11143 W. 95th St., Overland Park, Kan., (913) 492-8111, nordstrom.com
In Kansas City, Athleta carries the largest collection of high-quality “Looks We Love.” The relaxed fit with ruching and pockets in all the right places make this spot the go-to for all your athleisure must-haves. We’re also kind of crazy for their generous return policy.
Two area locations, athleta.com
A boutique shop run by bike enthusiasts, Velo + is decidedly the hippest spot for your cycling needs. The friendly, knowledgeable staff are likely to offer you a cup of house-roasted Maps coffee while you browse a variety of frames, accessories and a smattering of cycling apparel.
13340 Santa Fe Trail Drive, Lenexa, Kan., (913) 888-0533, velopluskc.com
photo courtesy of Velo+
Savers is not like your typical thrift store; it is remarkably clean and well-organized. Most items are priced to sell fast, and you can find a huge selection of modern to vintage items. With every donation you make to Savers, you receive a coupon for a percentage off your next visit. Every Savers in the Kansas City area helps support Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Five area locations, savers.com
photo courtesy of Savers
Since 1975, family-owned Wilson Lighting has been the purveyor of the finest fixtures in town. Builders, remodelers, interior designers and tasteful homeowners know Wilson’s impeccable customer service has earned the merchandiser high esteem in the design community. From task, table, ceiling, wall and floor lamps to sophisticated chandeliers, LED systems and suspension lighting, Wilson Lighting has thousands of options to illuminate any space with panache.
10530 Marty St., Overland Park, Kan., (913) 642-1500, wilsonlighting.com
Hammerpress Letterpress + Design Studio
Kansas City is home to one of the finest letterpress print shops in the nation. Crossroads-based Hammerpress produces cards, prints and stationery that’ll earn you a spot on the fridge for months.
500 Southwest Boulevard, Suite 1A, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 421-1929, hammerpress.net
Nestled in the shops of Hawthorne Plaza is a pretty little boutique filled with an extensive assortment of items to cleanse, nourish and soothe your body. Blend stocks the finest luxury bath and spa products, including candles from Voluspa, fragrance from Thymes, luxurious soaps such as Pre de Provence; and bath whip from T.S. Pink. You can also create your own fragrance from a combination of dozens of scents.
4941 W. 119th St., Overland Park, Kan., (913) 469-1737, myblend.us
photo courtesy of Blend
Art Source & Design
Don’t let a shoddy picture frame ruin your masterpiece. For quality, service and value, see the friendly framers at Art Source & Design. They have a solid selection of frames, and owners Hal and Eric Schmidt want you to take all the time you need to select the picture-perfect mat and frame for your photos, prints, artwork or memorabilia.
7048 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Kan., (913) 962-6000, artsourcekc.com
photo courtesy of Art Source & Design
Sprouts Farmers Market
The next best thing to picking produce out of the gardens of our neighboring farmers is shopping Sprouts, the most affordable option in the local organic food market in Kansas City. What you won’t find in the aisles of the fast-growing mega-merchant are traditional packaged products such as Coke, Pepsi and Tide. What you will find are aisle after aisle of organic, holistic, feel-good food.
Six area locations, sprouts.com
Four Paws Pantry & Spa
You’ll always find a parade of eager pooches dragging their owners to Four Paws Pantry in Olathe. Owner Debra Manfield and her team are as passionate about the highest quality food for our four-legged friends as they are about toys and accessories to entertain them. The shelves of the pantry are chock-full of the largest variety of holistic pet food and snacks in the region.
14040 W. 119th St., Olathe, Kan., (913) 782-2275, 4pawspantry.com
photo courtesy of four paws pantry & Spa
Fat Brain Toys
End the one-and-done plaything waste by scooping up the inspiring toys at Fat Brain Toys at Prairiefire. There’s a smart collection of educator-approved games, action toys, art kits and creative buildables. The helpful staff know everything about every item, whether educational, seasonal or a classic. After you and your kiddo spend a little time in the play space, neither of you will be satisfied by the big-box toy store again.
5601 W. 135th St., Suite 2230, Overland Park, Kan., (913) 305-4894, fatbraintoys.com
Birdie’s is not the place to shop if you’re looking for conservative foundation garments like your mom used to wear. But, if you’re into sexy lingerie with a little more sass, renowned artist Peregrine Honig and business partner Danielle Meister’s collection of bras, bustiers and lacy little panties may be the ticket for you. At their nicely retro Crossroads spot, art meets sex appeal, and the result is plenty of pretty little things for your choosing.
116 W. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 842-2473, birdiespanties.com
photo courtesy of Birdies Panties
From outdoor survivalists to weekend warriors (to those of us whose idea of camping is roasting s’mores over a portable stove), REI has everything an adventure into the woods might require. Backpacks, tents, knives, boots, cookware — they’ve got ‘em, and at reasonable prices to boot.
6281 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Kan., (913) 402-1938, rei.com
photo courtesy of Rei
Rally House/ Kansas Sampler
Rally House is loaded with fabulous finds: locally sourced barbecue sauces, the city’s finest beer merchandise, and loads of The Wizard of Oz memorabilia. It also happens to be one of the best places to go for just about any team-spirit item imaginable, from jerseys and hats to koozies and tumblers.
Seven area locations, rallyhouse.com
Ten Thousand Villages
If you like knowing your money is reaching less fortunate people in all parts of the globe, then visit downtown Overland Park’s Ten Thousand Villages. The national retailer sells fair-trade crafts and housewares from artisans of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Find socially responsible and unique handmade treasures such as jewelry, scarves, baskets, home decor and more.
7947 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, Kan., tenthousandvillages.com