Best of Kansas City 2017: Buy

  Best Record Store

  Mills Record Company

   You should never feel judged for your music tastes, and at Mills Record Company, you never will. The friendly employees can help you find whatever music you’d like from the store’s huge selection of new and used records, and if you can’t find a particular record, just ask; they’ll do what they can to get it in your hands. You can even sell or trade records, CDs and cassettes. Mills’ new location is much larger, allowing for more stock and more room to groove to live music at the shop. It’s worth popping in just to say hi to Loretta, the shop dog, and to admire the hand-painted flock of birds on the vaulted ceiling. 4045 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 960-3775,


  Best Greenery Guru

  Family Tree Nursery

   Whether your thumb is green or…not so green, this nursery has something for you. Family Tree has been in business for more than 50 years, and it has all the plants, tools and decorations you need to improve your garden or start it altogether. The lush greenhouse with its endless blossoms, pottery and even a koi pond is certain to spark some inspiration for your home garden. Not sure where to start? Its 100-plus employees can help you plan your space and keep your blossoming beauties alive in the Midwest’s tough growing climate. Three area locations,


  Best Handcrafted Furniture

  Unruh Furniture

   Run out of a 100-year-old church, Unruh offers custom-built furniture that fits all your needs. If you’re not sure what colors, materials or sizes will be best for your space, schedule a consultation with one of the shop’s knowledgeable employees. Even if you’re not looking to buy, it’s worth popping into the showroom to see the furniture being built in the light of the stained-glass windows. Unruh offers walk-in tours every Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. 3600 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 813-1066,


  Best Gift Shop

  Trapp & Company

   Gift-giving can be hard. Enter Trapp & Company, a Kansas City staple for nearly 50 years. Trapp is known for its striking floral arrangements and its signature handmade candles, but it doesn’t end there. Bring the Trapp touch to your home with its stunning interior design services and let the compliments roll in, or have Trapp plan an extraordinary soiree you’ll never forget. The storefront also sells clothing, home decor, gourmet foods, jewelry and tons of other beautifully displayed items. 4110 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 931-6940,


  Best Pet Store

  Land of Paws

   There’s likely no other pet store that cares about your pets as much as you do. Owned by veterinarians, Land of Paws offers upscale products and services  to keep your pets happy and healthy. Stock up on treats, toys, clothing, food — and maybe even another furry friend from the adoption center. Two area locations,


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  Best Vintage Furniture

  Retro Inferno

   A large space filled with midcentury modern furniture, Retro Inferno is no Ikea. Whether you’re in the market for unique pieces of furniture or just want to look around, this showroom and its quirky pieces from yesteryear will keep you occupied. Be sure to check out the basement for some great bargains. 1500 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 842-4004,


Best Pop-Up Shop

Jeweled Gypsy

This mobile boutique features jewelry made by local designers and other up-and-coming artists. In addition to pieces such as the KC-skyline necklace, the Jeweled Gypsy sells KC-inspired clothing, barware and more. You can even rent the fashion truck for private events. (816) 533-5772,

   Read our story on Jeweled Gypsy here. 


  Best Ethnic Grocer

  888 International Market

   Step inside 888 International Market and be transported to Asia — without ever leaving Overalnd Park. 888 offers one of the widest selections of Asian goods in the metro. Whether you're looking for exotic fish, South Korean foods, Indian spices, cookware, specialty snacks or rare produce, 888 is sure to have what you need. 10118 W. 119th St., Overland Park, Kan., (913) 341-8700,


  Best Antique Shop

  Good Juju

   Although it’s only open the first Friday and Saturday of each month, this three-floor shop in the antique capital of KC, the West Bottoms, consistently attracts huge crowds. The shop’s 40-plus vendors spend hours artfully selecting the items they choose to sell each weekend, which gives you thousands of quirky, classy and re-purposed items to choose from. 1420 W. 13th Terrace, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 421-1930,


  Best Home Fragrance

  5B & Co. Candlemakers

   Nestled in the charming Brookside Shopping District, there's no shortage of scents or interesting names of candles in this shop. From KC BBQ and I'm the Boss Applesauce to Mother Earth and Hush Little Baby, there are more than 170 scents to choose from, and all candles are hand-poured at the shop. When your candle is finished, bring the container back to be refilled, or bring in your own vessel and have it filled with your candle of choice. 6231 Brookside Plaza, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 361-6393,


  Best Kitchen Accessories 

  Pryde's Kitchen & Necessities

   Whatever cooking accessory you need, Pryde's has it — in ever color of the rainbow. With three floors of kitchen essentials and other gadgets ou didn't even know existed, this is the place to go for all your culinary needs at an affordable price. 115 Westport Road, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 531-5588, 


  Best Resale Shop

  Clothz Minded

   If you're looking for fashion-forward items at a fraction of the retail price, stop by this small, friendly shop. The owner is passionate about providing stylish, gently used clothing to her customers, and with people reselling clothes daily, there's no telling what gems you can find. The shop is arranged by category and then by color, so there's no tedious digging required. 4115 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 531-2655,


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