For something upscale, open-air and beautifully decorated with lights especially during Christmas, head on to Town Center Plaza.
The streets here are also nicely landscaped with colourful plants, water fountains and sculptures.
What to buy: Expensive clothes and jewellery. Some of the shops found here are :
- Tiffany & Co
- Tommy Bahamas
- Armani Exchange
- Banana Republic
What to pay: Top prices
Many American malls in the Midwest are single storey outdoor complexes where you can enjoy the sun whilst you walk from a store to the other.
Well, that's no fun in winter though so I'm glad there is Oak Park Mall. It's like any shopping mall you'll find in the bigger cities and it's huge with 4 main department stores (Dillards, Macy's, Saks and JC Penney) and a whole host of other shops.
This sprawling shopping paradise is quite new in Kansas City having opened in 2006. It's the place to go for some outlet shopping with brands like Gap, Banana Republic, BCBG, Nike, Adidas, Levi's etc.
There are also food and entertainment places catered to children and cinemas/bowling for the adults.
What to buy: Clothes and shoes from outlet stores.
What to pay: Cheaper than non-outlets. Tax here though is higher than other parts of Kansas City
Four acres of floor space devoted to hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor gear. Lots of folks go there just to see the huge number of stuffed animals on display and the aquariums. Restaurant on the premises as well.
This store was the most frequently visited attraction in the entire state of Kansas in the year 2002, in spite of not opening until the month of August. I'm not surprised - the day I visited there were several out of state tour busses in the parking lot.
If you have eaten sausage at any of Kansas City's finest barbecue restaurants, or at the well-known Sophie's Deli on Polish Hill in KCK, you have probably eaten Krizman's Polish sausage. The Krizman's have been in the sausage business on Strawberry Hill since 1939, and besides supplying a number of restaurants, have a steady stream of loyal walk-in customers. The company features Croatian sausages, but provides other ethnic sausages, as well: knockwurst, blood sausage, Italian, etc.
Open to the public Tuesday thru Saturday.
What to buy: I can only speak for the Polish sausage - it's terrific. Lean and flavorful.
What to pay: Krizman's prices are only pennies on the pound higher than what you would pay for mass-produced, medium to poor grade sausages found in supermarkets.