Holiday shopping in Kansas City

Holiday shopping in Kansas City
This past Saturday, myself and my friend Katy took it upon ourselves to shop some of our favorite Kansas City independent boutiques. It was, unfortunately, a rather wet day, but we grabbed Katy’s umbrella and I donned a hat that made me look like a bank robber, and we set out to see what the city has to offer this holiday season. I’ve documented our day here, in photos.

at Happy Gillis


I started the day with coffee at Happy Gillis. After that we headed to Brookside and hit our first stop, Stuff. I actually didn’t get any photos at Stuff, because it was packed with people shopping! Stuff is a great place to shop for the women in your life, whether they like inspirational gifts, candles, tech-y accessories, jewelry, handmade scarves, or something to hang on the wall. They are also carrying Frye boots and shoes now and can order your size if they don’t have it. They had some adorable grey suede moccasins — I had no idea Frye made flats! You’ll always see something new and unique there, and the great attitudes of the women who work there set the tone for the day.



Above images from The Reading Reptile, home of books for children, fairytale cupcakes from Le Petit Rouge (there’s even one named after Tex Avery’s girl, Swingshift Cinderella!), and the best donuts in the city.



George, named after its owner, is a unique lifestyle store with a particularly wonderful selection of coffee table books, and some beautiful glassware for the home.



Lunch at the new gastro-pub on the Plaza, Gram & Dun. The food was wonderful, French onion dumpling starter, followed by the wild boar sloppy joe and short rib grilled cheese. We really enjoyed the drinks though. I had the D Cup cocktail with my lunch, followed by a cup of Intelligentsia coffee.




I made Katy let me take her picture at Hall’s. Hall’s Kansas City is a magical place, where Kate Spade winter accessories abound (as does designer everything) and you can show your love with a Hall’s ornament for your tree. Katy got some goodies from the Lancome counter, and I drooled over the Darling clothing upstairs.



Hammerpress is one of my favorite spots in the city. For most of my time studying art, printmaking has been something I am passionate about. Then once I decided to study graphic design, letterpress and screen printing were a natural combination of these passions. But Hammerpress isn’t just a shop selling letterpress paper goods. It’s kind of a lifestyle store. They carry items for the home including pillows, candles, vintage style lightbulbs, and of course screen printed posters. They also carry perfume oils and lip balms, plus random whimsies like lucky horse shoes and glow in the dark religious figurines. It’s sort of the perfect place to find a gift for the person who has everything.


Ok, I actually did some shopping the next day too, and while you won’t have the opportunity to shop them again before the new year I think it’s worth mentioning Liberty Belle and Urban Mining Homewares. They are both open the first weekends of the month, so their next weekend will be January 6, 7, 8. They carry mostly antiques from vendors, but Liberty Belle is now carrying some items for children from a local designer which are adorable if you know any fashionable little ones.

vintage thermos set from Urban Mining HousewaresVintage stereo with turntable from Urban Mining Housewares


First a few treasures from Urban Mining Homewares, including a vintage Thermos set in its original bag, and a working vintage stereo with turntable. Seriously, this place is a goldmine, and it expanded several months ago so now there’s a second floor of vendors as well! I picked up a darling 1940’s table lamp which I am sure will show up in a post very soon.



Some items from Liberty Belle, who has some of the best vendors in the West Bottoms, in my opinion. The third and fourth images are from the line of children’s clothes and accessories I mentioned. In addition to felt hairclips and the really adorable bibs, are white onesies with applique designs on the front (there’s one with a tie that was so cute!), and fleece capes for little girls, some of which had hoods I believe, and cute decorative roses pinned on. I really love shopping Liberty Belle for one of a kind items for my home and as gifts.


So that was my shopping weekend! Katy and I had a blast, I really love this time of year because it’s a great excuse for me to get out to all the independent boutiques that I can’t always find time to visit regularly. Do you have a favorite boutique? Leave me a comment and tell me about it!

This article has 2 comments

  1. great post. local shopping is all the rage and hope it only becomes more rage-tastic. kansas city has a lot to offer. also, thank you for making me check out george’s website. i now have major $500 bag lust.

  2. George is definitely an “aspirational” shopping destination. But I wasn’t lying, great books, great glass ware, and I think I forgot to mention it, but some really cute women’s clothes. A cute purse doesn’t surprise me a bit. I hear from the men of Happy Gillis that George himself is quite the character.

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