The Best of the Best: Kansas City Shopping

A killer party dress, the best florist, delicious denim — get ready to up your game.

Best Place to Buy a Bra


Clair De Lune Did you know 80 percent of women are wearing the wrong size bra? This isn’t exactly breaking news to the bra fitting brigade at Clair De Lune who refer to themselves as the “A-Team.” The A-Team doesn’t rely on the lowly tape measure; instead, their decades of bra fitting expertise allow them to know what bra is calling to you. This kind of one-on-one experience leaves your girls looking better than ever.

Best Make Over


MAC Counter at Nordstrom 



If you want to experiment with upgrading your makeup game, then perch yourself in a chair at Nordstrom’s MAC counter. The MAC makeup artists will coax you out of your “Chapstick only” comfort zone and let you see what happens to your face and your mojo when you wear a “Viva Glam” lipstick.




Best Place to Get Your Artsy Vibe On


Artist & Craftsman
Supply Kansas City 
 Merely walking into this store will awaken your artistic spirit. No matter your art discipline or desire, you’ll find the supplies needed to create your vision here. From acrylic paints to sculpting clay and even tie-dye accouterments, Artist and Craftsman Supply has got you covered so you can start your masterpiece.

Best Party Dress


Hall’s Are we all still bummed that Hall’s moved from the Plaza? Sure, but if you’re looking for that perfect dress, then it’s off to Crown Center you go because Hall’s is the place for finding perfection. From Badgley Mischka to Oscar de la Renta, you’ll not only discover what you’re looking for, but the expertise of the gracious and accommodating staff will take your shopping experience to the next level. Bonus: you can celebrate your purchase with a bite to eat at the H Bar. (Try the chevre tarte salad.)


Party Dresses


Best Record Store


Vinyl Renaissance 

With 50,000 and counting new and used vinyl records and CD’s — in addition to a collection of state-of- the-art audio equipment for sale, Vinyl Renaissance is an audiophile’s heaven. You could spend an entire day just browsing. The folks who work here are savants about all things music, and if they don’t know the answer, give them 60 seconds and they’ll have it for you.

Best Place to Upgrade Your Kitchen Game


Pryde’s If Martha Stewart lived in Kansas City, she would shop at Pryde’s. No, scratch that, she would live at Pryde’s. This kitchen store brings out the domestic diva in all of us. With its superb collection of cookware, appliances, baking utensils and tableware so extensive it can make you dizzy, Pryde’s is a shopping mecca for your inner host or hostess.





Best Curated Clothing Store – WOMEN


FineFolk Let’s be honest, the fashion world is often more about following the latest trend than standing out. However, FineFolk has the answer for those who still want to add a modern fashionista vibe to their wardrobe. With clothing ranging from mustard yellow jumpsuits to gray ponchos, women who want fashion with a modern, elegant simplicity will find it here.

Best Jewelry


Meierotto's Bigger isn’t always better, but in this case … it undeniably is. Meierotto’s mammoth store in North Kansas City not only offers a huge selection of jewelry but with artisans like watchmakers and silversmiths on-site, they can pretty much make anything your fickle heart desires. Their website is also top notch and offers a glimpse of what you can find in their store before you even leave your house.





Baldwin Market Owner Matt Baldwin started his denim company in Kansas City back in 2009 and the store has been a been a hit ever since. The secret to their success is premium-cut denim with a variety of styles for every lifestyle. Baldwin says he draws upon his K.C. hometown roots to create inspired denim and apparel that maintains its history using precise craftsmanship and design.

Best Florist


Shana Vaughn Designs 

If you’ve never heard of Shana Vaughn, then you’re missing out. This florist is an artist and has thousands of fans in the Northland where her business is located. Vaughn’s enchanting works of art run the gamut from whimsical to show stoppers and her wedding bouquets will make you want to get married all over again — just so you can hold one.




Best Cosmetics


Sephora For many makeup aficionados, Sephora is beauty bliss. So many eyeshadows — so little time. From brushes to blow-dryers and lashes to eyebrow kits, Sephora is one-stop shopping for your glam jam. The sales staff is well-informed, not pushy and they know their way around a smokey-eye.


Best Toy Store


Brookside Toy & Science 

For more than half a century, Brookside Toy and Science has been making children smile. This old-school toy store stocks the timeless toy classics as well as the hot new plaything. The key to this toy store’s longevity is the staff. They don’t just know toys, they love toys and if they don’t have it, you probably don’t need it.

Best Curated Clothing Store – Men


Ulah From their Prairie line of skincare to their Normal Brand line of casual wear, Ulah has a selection of men’s clothing and accessories that combine classic style with a soupçon of Kansas City sensibility. Fashion forward with just the right amount of retro mixed in this store is a mecca for the confident man.



photo courtesy ulah

Best Olfactory Experience


Indigo Wild Its aromatherapy is off the charts. Now couple that with premium skincare and bath products and you have the smell-good story of the year. Indigo Wild, a KC company, has cornered the market on creating an “olfactory om” experience. The Zum soap bar was the company’s first product and now there’s a wide array of merchandise from the Zum Lab Turmeric Face Mask to Frankincense and Myrrh laundry soap. If you haven’t been “Zummed” yet — get to it.

Best K.C. Themed Shop


Made in Kansas City 

Opening just three years ago, Made in Kansas City has taken over the metro area with their chic and trendy gear which includes beloved brands like Charlie Hustle and the Kansas City clothing company, among others. Whether you’re looking for a wedding gift, a local brand of coffee, home-brewed booze or a T-shirt to wear to a ballgame, Made in Kansas City will not only have it, you’ll get a surge of hometown pride just by going into the store.



photo courtesy made in kansas city 

Best Farmer’s Market


City Market It’s the Costco of farmers markets — big (150 vendor stalls), chock full of amazing finds (fruits, veggies, meats, baked goods, cut flowers, bedding plants and artisan crafts) and open all year. This is the place to experience some of the best of the Midwest. Even better than Costco, this farmers market has a “veggie valet” service to help you load up your car with your goodies.


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.


lauren alexandra

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

photo courtesy lenexa public market

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.

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