Great architecture, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, a Cheesecake Factory restaurant, a renovation Hardware store, and of course much more. Its a smaller mall than Crown Center, but very nice. The best surprise is that the parking garages are free! (at least the ones we used.)
What to buy: anything
What to pay: it varies
"Method" is a recently-opened men's clothing boutique that is geared to the man who wishes to follow the trends without necessarily becoming a fashion victim. The clothing is well-tailored and neatly designed, and while not necessarily being the kind of gear you would find at the most "hip" stores in Brooklyn or the Westside of LA, does show a higher degree of awareness than your typical suburban department store. Good personalized service, and generally attractive prices, too.
Casual and leisure wear is the specialty here, not finer business suits.
Kansas City sports a chocolateer that is well trained and extremely gifted. I recommend that any vest to Kansas City include a sampling of his offerings.
He uses the finest base ingredients and a fair amount of creativity to produce cordials of the highest quality. They equal and or exceed the very finest chocolates that I have tried in Europe.
So do not miss his shop. It is well staffed with friendly knowledgeable people and a great selection. Sold individually or in a box you fill with your selections it makes a great high toned gift or just a small wonderful treat
What to buy: I recommend any seasonal offering. The rosemary caramel has to be my favorite.
What to pay: $s5From a couple of bucks to however much you can stand
Retro Vixen is a fun, sparkly little boutique on 39th St. It carries a great selection of retro inspired ( all new) shoes, handbags, clothes and accessories. What makes it so unique is that it caters to a curvier gal. A lot of vintage clothes are lovely, but lets face it, women were a different body shape back then, and many women now a days can't fit in those garments, not to mention the size 5 shoes! You''l find lots of dresses that are sexy and make you feel like you've walked out of the cover of 1950's Vogue. Also, it's locally owned, all female run store!
The extra treat is that the back half of the store is a photography studio where they specialize in Pin Up Photography. They can take any average gal, apply some makeup, curl their hair.. and tada.. a real life pin up girl!!
What to pay: The items run anywhere from $10- $140.. very very afforadable!
Located just North of Westport on Broadway this is a must visit in Kansas City. If you want to see what Westport was in it's heyday of the late 60's and early 70's this is the last holdout. A very eclectic selection of clothing and politicaly progressive items. Prices are fair. The staff is plugged in to what is going on around town and are very helpful and friendly.
If you are tired of the polished box stores this is the place for you. .
What to buy: Eclectic Clothing, Great pins and Bumper stickers,
What to pay: Reasonable
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