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For edgy trends head to Colonial Marketplace in Ladue for a visit to Ivy Hill, Splash Boutique. And there’sWomen’s Exchange, a not for profit boutique of children’s and adult gift items.
Bargain lovers will want to proceed directly to the outlets: St. Louis Premium Outlets and Taubman Prestige Outlets, both in Chesterfield, are shiny, new and full of big name stores like Kate Spade, Restoration Hardware, Nike, Coach and more. St. Louis Outlet Mall in Hazelwood features several shops in addition to an ice skating rink, mini golf, a skate park for skateboarders and BMX riders and more. Then hit the road to The Future Antiques, 6514 Chippewa Street. Warning: You’ll have to wander past scores of pick me up and buy me midcentury furnishing delights to reach the clothing shop within the store. Next stop, Vintage Haberdashery on Morganford Road and the Green Shag Market, with tons of rented booths full of unexpected treasures.
And fans of the television show will want to stop by Women’s Closet Exchange for a peek behind the scenes of the Style Network’s “Resale Royalty” (the program is no longer filming). The shop has a new and vastly improved location called The Vault at 2325 Brentwood Boulevard,
but you can visit the original shop at11575 Gravois Road.
Fear not gentlemen, aside from finds at all the vintage shops, there’s great cool guy wardrobe finds in the Central West End at 10Denza and AG Jeans.
Debra D. Bass, Post Dispatch
When it comes to shopping, Kansas City is best known for the Country Club Plaza, a 14 block upscale shopping center about 5 miles south of downtown. And for good reason: It’s gorgeous.
Residents often lament the loss of local retailers on the Plaza. But strolling its European style avenues among the 1920s classic Spanish architecture beats shopping in a typical suburban mall any day.
It features 180 shops from H to locally owned Baldwin Denim and Collection and restaurants, carriage rides, sidewalk cafes and dozens of statues, fountains and sculptures.
If you like antiques, retro furniture or refurbished vintage items, a First Friday weekend is a must. That’s when more than a dozen West Bottoms warehouses containing vintage flea markets with names like Good Juju, Bella Patina and Liberty Belle Vintage Experience open their doors.
The West Bottoms is a historic area on the northwest end of downtown that for years was home to the Kansas City Livestock Exchange and stockyards. The multistory buildings are now chock full of vendors selling furniture and accessories ranging in style from shabby chic to midcentury modern. A lot of it has been refinished in brightly colored chalk and milk paints. There’s also quite a bit of architectural salvage, industrial treasures and jewelry.
If you love outlet malls, there’s Legends in Kansas City,
Kan. It’s the perfect place to shop before or after taking in a Sporting KC soccer game at Sporting Stadium or a race at Kansas Speedway.