Friday, May 20, 2011

KC Business Love

Nerd moment: Associated Press added "locavore" to its upcoming AP Style Book. I can't tell you how excited I am about that!

I've written a bit about local restaurants in the past, but those of you who know me also know that I love to shop almost as much as I love to eat. Here are a few of my favorite Kansas City originals.

Retro Vixen (39th Street),
This is one of my favorite shops in the whole world. The owner, Melissa, is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. The first dress I ever bought at Retro Vixen went with me to Las Vegas last year.

I loved it so much that I went back for another dress (and belt).

That dress became my "Joan dress" for Halloween. Lovin' it!

More recently I fell in love with this Monkey Wrench number there. Monkey Wrench, too, is a local KC business. Check out their corsets!

While I don't have photos of the other places, check these out:

Mash Handmade (39th Street)
My go-to place for unique, handmade cards.

Browne's Irish Market (Midtown)
A certain friend of mine (*ahem*) is smitten with all things Irish. I love to shop for her here.

Birdies (Crossroads)
Local shop with imported fancy women's underthings. If I don't have a little money to splurge, I don't go in because I'm powerless.

Rock Candy Boutique (39th Street)
Very nifty and getting niftier. Check it out if you're at Retro Vixen anyway.

Donna's Dress Shop (39th Street)
One of my absolute favorites. A great mix of new and vintage. The only place nearby that I know sells Stop Staring and Bettie Page dresses.

Indigo Wild (Midtown)
You know those Zum soaps you see around the metro area? They make them here! I like to stock up on "scratch and dent" items.

Pryde's of Old Westport (Westport)
This kitchen-supply store makes me a little claustrophobic, but I love how old and KC it is.

Boomerang (39th Street)
Cool vintage at good prices. Most often I go for 80's high heels. My tush does not fit into most vintage, but I love browsing.

Good JuJu (West Bottoms)
Only open on First Fridays weekends, you never know what you might find here. I bought my first quad skates here—the ones I was wearing when I jacked up my knee.

Urban Mining (Midtown)
Like Good JuJu but not. Think of it as a neat flea market.

Bon Bon Atelier (Westport)
Lovely fabrics and gifts. The ladies here really know their sewing and even offer classes.

Clothz Minded (Westport)
The vintage denim hotpants I wore to my birthday came from here. It's a second-hand store that feels like a boutique.

Did I miss your favorite store? Tell me about it in the Comments!

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