I spent the weekend in Kansas City visiting family and all the cool new shops that conveniently didn’t exist before I left for college… I’m just a little bitter. A lot can change in four years! I’ve compiled a list of my favorites, some of which even have online stores for all of you non-locals.
– Dear Society –
3566 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111
First off, the Dear Society store is frickin adorable. Their aesthetic is simply beautiful and their selections of clothing and accessories live up to it. They sell both brand new clothes and like-new vintage pieces, so naturally I ended up trying a bunch of things on.
I ended up buying this beautiful vintage blue silk midi dress ($36) and this adorable new ruffled sweater ($86) that’s making me toooo excited for fall clothes.
Their overall prices are reasonable and the quality of everything I tried on was really, really great. If you’re not a Kansas City local, it’s definitely worth it to browse their online store at www.dearsocietyshop.com.
– Urban Provisions –
2616 Guinotte Ave, Kansas City, MO 64120
So I’d never been over to the East Bottoms but I made my way over to checkout Urban Provisions General Store and it was well worth it. This is the perfect place to buy gifts; think jewelry, candles and all sorts of home and fashion accessories. Plus their decor is awesome!
I’m an absolute sucker for stationary, specifically cards, so I bought these tiny and hilarious Easy Tiger cards. Side note: If you also foster a deep love for greeting cards, you HAVE TO checkout Kansas City’s own Hammerpress in the Crossroads district after visiting Urban Provisions.
Though Urban Provisions doesn’t have an online shop, you can shop Easy Tiger stationary on www.easytigerco.com.
– Coco Boutique –
407 W Gregory Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64114
My visit to Coco made me so happy! Their team is super friendly, their whole store has a very uplifting vibe. They also have a great selection of clothes, accessories, and (my personal favorite) coffee table books.
I keep seeing cool statement jewelry popping up everywhere so I got these awesome neutral-colored statement earrings ($15). You can shop their online store here.
– Donna’s Dress Shop –
1410 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111
This Midtown stop is easily one of my favorite shops in KC because I have a sweet spot for vintage clothing. Well that, and I’m sentimental about Donna’s because once upon a time it was a ballet studio I grew up dancing in.
The store is a bright, delightful wallpaper heaven stocked full of awesome finds. Donna and her staff are so friendly. I came across the CUTEST little peach tulle dress that I had to try on but unfortunately it didn’t fit well.
So Donna brought me out another pink and white tulle dress from the back and I instantly fell in love.
I bought it (because Carrie Bradshaw) and though I have absolutely nowhere to wear it, for the time being I’m just stoked to have it in my closet. I also bought a silk scarf/headscarf and an adorable star-stamped belt.
Unfortunately Donna’s doesn’t have an online shop but you can follow them on Instagram @DonnasDressShop.
– Tyler Kingston Mercantile –
422 Armour Rd, Kansas City, MO 64116
I had been looking forward to checking out Tyler Kingston Mercantile because there’s a lot of buzz around them on Instagram and they’re located in a part of town I don’t often visit. They sold all sorts of cool home decor and tiny accessories with a very craftsman style vibe.
I didn’t buy anything but I did loved the quote on this letterfolk sign, it made me happy. You can shop all their cool artisan home decor, clothes and accessories at www.tylerkingston.com.
– Westside Storey –
1701 Summit St, Kansas City, MO 64108
Westside Storey is a local’s dream for finding KC gear that is anything but cheesy. Their store is loaded with both new apparel and vintage finds from floor to ceiling that’ll make your heart happy. You can shop their KC apparel at www.thewestsidestorey.com.
– Urban Mining Co. –
3923 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111
I could spend hours at Urban Mining looking through all their shtuff. Whether you’re hunting for furniture, jewelry, dated magazines or anything in between, this place probably has it.
It’s an antique shop unlike any other because their vendors are awesome and their prices are stupid cheap. I bought a bandana ($3) and (another) silk scarf ($4).
– Bella Patina –
1320 W 12th St, Kansas City, MO 64101
Last but certainly not least is Bella Patina, one of the many and most popular awesome antique stores in the historic West Bottoms district that’s opened on First Friday weekends.
If you go all the way up to the top floor you’ll find Aubrey’s Attic Co., a cute blend of new and vintage clothes. I bought a floral vintage romper and an awesome new drop-waist striped dress.
If you find yourself in the West Bottoms, you should also checkout Varnish & Vine. I didn’t get a chance to stop there this trip but they have an AMAZING selection of retro clothes and furniture. Last winter Jeff and I spent a solid hour browsing through all their cool vintage t-shirts and sweaters.