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KC Magazine City’s Best 2015: Shopping

KC Magazine readers picked their favorite places to get pampered, find something special and help them show their hometown pride. We couldn’t agree with them more.

Whether you’re looking for a local boutique or product to show your city pride; luxurious designer apparel or unique jewelry; a five-star hostess gift or memorable bottle of wine; or a place to be pampered, Kansas City offers plenty of options to spoil yourself with a day of shameless shopping or self-indulgence—and stellar ways to make yourself look like the rock star party guest you are.

BEST WOMEN’S FASHIONS:

HALLS

Photo by Zach Bauman

Who needs to shop in New York or Paris when you have Halls? This iconic Kansas City brand, created by Hallmark founder Joyce C. Hall, has evolved into a contemporary retail experience that offers the best in women’s fashion, including looks straight from the runway. Factor in a 5,000-square-foot beauty department and H BAR, an in-store café, bar and coffee shop, and you’ve got the ultimate in retail therapy.

2nd Place: Feng  |  3rd Place: Standard Style

 

BEST LOCAL MEN’S FASHIONS:

BALDWIN

Photo by Ryan Strong

Matt Baldwin may have created his denim line in Kansas City, but it’s become a men’s wardrobe staple around the world. Quality tailoring, functionality and durability are the hallmarks of Baldwin fashion, so it’s no wonder that Baldwin creations have attracted a lot of attention, including a previous collaboration with Gap. Must-have Baldwin staples include jeans (of course) and the KC Hat, a stylish take on the classic ball cap, favored by such Hollywood celebs as Kansas City natives Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis.

2nd Place: Houndstooth  |  3rd Place: Halls

 

BEST PLACE TO FIND A GIFT:

STUFF

When you’re in Brookside, you’ve got to stop at Stuff—no questions asked. The charming, inviting shop is full of, well, stuff. More specifically, it’s home to a whimsical and wonderful collection of gifts and décor made by artists and carefully curated by Stuff’s co-owners (and sisters), Casey Simmons and Sloane Simmons. There’s no doubt you’ll find the perfect present here—and we’re betting you’ll leave with a gift for yourself, too.

2nd Place: Webster House  |  3rd Place: Trapp & Co.

 

BEST HOME DÉCOR:

NELL HILL’S

Wander through the expansive interior of Nell Hill’s home décor and furniture store in Briarcliff and it’s easy to see that founder Mary Carol Garrity knows a thing or two about how to transform a room into a haven of style, comfort and flair. Those who have shopped Nell Hill’s know it’s best to carve out a few hours to explore every nook and cranny of the two-story store. And if you’re in the mood for a daytrip, head to Atchison, Kansas, to see Mary Carol’s original Nell Hill’s location in the heart of Atchison’s downtown.

2nd Place: The Painted Sofa  |  3rd Place: Coveted Home

 

BEST SALON:

SOPRA SALON AND SPA

Haircuts and color are serious business—and at Sopra Salon and Spa, they don’t mess around. The talented team of stylists delivers everything from cutting-edge hair trends to classic styles in a welcoming, modern salon that’s also stocked with top-of-the-line products like Kevin.Murphy and Davines so you can get that “just left the salon” look anytime you’d like.

2nd Place: Salon Kismet  |  3rd Place: Chop Tops

 

BEST SPA:

BIJIN SALON AND SPA

Whether you’re in the mood for a full day of beauty or are ready to indulge in your favorite spa service, Bijin is ready to make sure your experience is as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. The peaceful, tranquil setting, accented by sophisticated architectural touches like Mondrian-style windows and Eames chairs, sets the mood for spa services that are expertly delivered to your exact specifications. But be warned—Bijin is so wonderful you might not want to leave. And we wouldn’t blame you one bit.

2nd Place: Quinn Medical Day Spa  |  3rd Place: Sopra Salon and Spa Hair

 

BEST LOCAL PRODUCT TO WEAR OR CARRY:

CHARLIE HUSTLE

Photo by Bonjwing Lee

A whole lot of people love Kansas City—and they’re channeling that love by sporting Charlie Hustle’s signature KC heart T-shirts. The soft, cozy shirts are downright addictive, so go ahead and collect every color combination. For the sports fan in your life, check out Charlie Hustle’s line of sports-themed apparel that pays tribute to teams of the past like the Chicago Whales, Indianapolis Clowns and Kansas City Blades.

2nd Place: Baldwin  |  3rd Place: Love Letters T-shirt

 

BEST WINE/LIQUOR SHOP:

UNDERDOG WINE CO.

Photo by Bonjwing Lee

Underdog Wine Co. may not be the largest wine shop in Kansas City, but you know what they say—big things come in small packages. And at Underdog, owner Ryan Sciara has carefully curated one of the best selections of wine in the city. Browse the shelves to stock up on your favorites, or ask Sciara for recommendations and find your new must-have vino. One of the best times to visit Underdog? Thirsty Thursdays, during which you can sample new arrivals or other discoveries. Underdog also carries a thoughtful selection of artisan spirits, craft beers and bean-to-bar chocolate bars to round out your shopping.

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