2014 KC Magazine City’s Best Awards: Shopping

Best Shopping Destination: Legends Outlets

The factory stores of brands such as J. Crew, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers and Saks Fifth Avenue make this KCK mega-center the go-to for designer duds at deep discounts.

2nd Place: Town Center  |  3rd Place: Country Club Plaza

Best KC Made Store: Hammerpress


Brady Vest started his KC-based studio 10 years ago with a single printing press and has grown it into a boutique brand that supplies its bold letterpress stationery and posters to some of the coolest retailers in the country and also produces custom pieces for businesses and private events. The Crossroads shop supplements its Hammerpress-designed inventory with unique, handmade goods from artisans in KC and beyond.

2nd Place: Baldwin Denim  |  3rd Place: Stuff

 Best Home Décor Shop: Madden-McFarland Interiors

More than just a home store, this family-owned business has been offering Kansas Citians a full range of interior design services since 1920. Its Leawood showroom offers a place to find inspiration with furniture, accessories and furnishings from top-of-the-line names Hickory Chair, Kravet, Nina Campbell, Schumacher, and many more.

2nd Place: Nell Hill’s  |  3rd Place: Restoration Emporium

Best Car Dealership: Aristocrat Motors

The inventory of luxurious automobile brands, including Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, of this Merriam-based dealership are equaled only by the superior customer experience and automotive servicing it offers.

2nd Place: Molle Automative Group  |  3rd Place: Rob Sight Ford

Best Place to Buy Wine: Underdog Wine Co.

Cellar Rat co-founder Ryan Sciara struck out on his own to open this bijou booze boutique in Crestwood at the beginning of the year. His easy-going but enthusiastic demeanor paired and knack for choosing the best small-production wines, artisan liquors, craft beers and specialty chocolates made it a fast favorite with you the readers.

2nd Place: Cellar Rat  |  3rd Place: Gomer’s

Favorite Antique Store: Charlecote Antiques

Anchoring the charming Crestwood Shops since 1980, Charlecote specializes in fine English antiques bearing legendary names such as Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton, along with carefully curated objets d’art from around the world and fine jewelry by designer Deborah Liebman.

2nd Place: River Market Antique Mall  |  3rd Place: Good Juju

Best Jewelry Store: Tivol

For more than a century, the name has been associated with fine jewelry in Kansas City, and now the third-generation family business enjoys a national reputation for unparalleled selection and customer service. The two locations—on the Country Club Plaza and at Hawthorne Plaza—offer the top names in timepieces, such as Rolex, Baume & Mercier and Cartier in addition to jewelry from David Yurman, H. Stern, Robert Procop and Kwiat, not to mention its own-branded collection.

2nd Place: Mazzarese  |  3rd Place: Meierotto Midwest Jewelers

Favorite Florist: Studio Dan Meiners

Whether it’s a single grab-and-go bouquet from the studio’s cooler or a spectacular end-to-end event design, everything Meiners puts his name to is of the highest caliber. In addition to being the source of the city’s chicest floral design, the studio also features a retail space offering unique home and personal accessories, and holds regular “Happy Hour Workshops” when participants can sip cocktails as they learn how to create anything from terrariums to party hors d’oeuvres.

2nd Place: Trapp and Company  |  3rd Place: Fiddly Fig

Best Pet Boutique: Land of Paws

This veterinarian-owned local chain with stores at Briarcliff Village, Corinth Square and the Deer Creek Marketplace is the place to go when you want to pamper your pooch. Gourmet bakery treats, stylish pet apparel and accessories and luxury “spaw” products are all available here for KC’s top dogs.

2nd Place: Three Dog Bakery  |  3rd Place: Brookside Barkery

See some of the other winners in our 2014 City’s Best Awards