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Shopping in Kansas City - From Historic Malls to Trendy Districts

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You’ll be able to see how sophistication and a Midwestern sensibility coexist in Kansas City by doing a little shopping. There are plenty of neighborhoods where you can browse through high-end fashion and accessories stores stocked with designer labels. These upscale blocks are balanced by historic districts which are now hubs for people looking for quirky boutiques and local goods.

Country Club Plaza

 

Considered to be the world’s first shopping center built to accommodate cars, this 15-block district features upscale shops, restaurants, hotels, and event spaces, as well as some of the city’s most noteworthy fountains. The colorful dresses and skirts sold at Tulip are a local alternative to international fashion favorites like Burberry and Michael Kors. Buying decorative sculptures, planters, and other homewares from Coveted Home can bring the city’s passion for art to your residence.

 

  • Tulip, Country Club Bank, 606 W. 48th St., Kansas City, MO 64112; Tel: +1 816 756 5404; Website: Tulip
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  • Coveted Home, Corinth Square, 610 W. 48th St., Kansas City, MO 64112; Tel: +1 816 437 7958; Website: Coveted Home

Power and Light District

 

Urban, outdoor shopping and a vibrant atmosphere distinguish this 8-block hunk of Kansas City’s revitalized downtown. You’ll find local and national stores tucked among the area’s lively restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. Stop by The Garment District and enjoy a cocktail while you peruse fashions from trendy brands like Big Star and Frankie & Jules. The Polished Edge taps into the district’s big-city ambience by offering a mix of elegant, eco-chic, and bohemian jewelry pieces.

 

  • The Garment District, 1350 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64105; Tel: +1 816 221 4387; Website: The Garment District
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  • The Polished Edge, 1360 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64105; Tel: +1 816 221 0360; Website: The Polished Edge

 

Crown Center

 

This sprawling “city within a city” offers a family-friendly shopping experience that pairs nicely with the neighborhood’s child-oriented entertainment options. The department store Halls Kansas City has been the area’s cornerstone since 1916 and features designs from heavyweights of men and women’s fashion - think Prada, Jimmy Choo, and Kate Spade New York. Your kids can also get a taste for high fashion with a stop at Kid Oh!, where brands like Ralph Lauren and Ella Moss can be found.

 

  • Halls Kansas City, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108; Tel: +1 816 274 3222; Website: Halls Kansas City
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  • Kid Oh!, 2450 Grand Blvd., #200, Kansas City, MO 64108; Tel: +1 816 274 5005; Website: Kid Oh!

 

Kansas City River Market

 

Established in the 19th century, this waterfront neighborhood just west of downtown has an inspiring collection of specialty stores. You’ll be able to pick up fresh produce, artisan bread, and handcrafted soaps every weekend at City Market, where people have been shopping since 1857. If you’re into antiquing, River Market Antiques' 30,000 square-foot space showcases vintage decor and furniture. Just look for the building with the massive Lewis & Clark mural on its side.

 

  • City Market, 20 W. 5th St., #201, Kansas City, MO 64106; Tel: +1 816 842 1271; Website: City Market
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  • River Market Antiques, 115 W. 5th St., Kansas City, MO 64105; Tel: +1 816 221 0220; Website: River Market Antiques

 

West Bottoms Neighborhood

 

Many old warehouses from Kansas City’s original downtown neighborhood come to life during the first weekend of each month, when shops like Bella Patina and Top Hat Mercantile open their doors to sell vintage goods and antique furniture. Local art galleries, cocktail bars, and restaurants are also open during these vibrant weekend gatherings.

 

  • Bella Patina, 1320 W. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64101; Tel: +1 816 599 3472; Website: Bella Patina
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  • Top Hat Mercantile, 1285 Hickory St., Kansas City, MO 64101; Tel: +1 816 585 8589; Website: Top Hat Mercantile