One of the things that always stands out to me on my visits to Kansas City is the sheer amount of independently-owned boutiques and shops all around the city. If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a while, then you know how much I love checking out vintage shops and unique boutiques in cities around the world.
I never expected to discover so many beautifully designed shops in a city like KC, but Kansas City is a creative place—you can just feel the artistic energy in the air! Every time I visit, there are new (and beautiful!) boutiques to discover and you can tell the community supports their local business. They seem to be thriving!
Here are 7 gorgeously designed, independently-owned boutiques to shop at on your next visit to Kansas City!
This is one of Kansas City’s most notorious local shops and I manage to visit Hammerpress every time I come to KC. You will find their letterpress cards and prints all around the city, all of which are produced in their large space in the Crossroads neighborhood. You can even watch the screen and letter printing process in action as you shop!
Considered the best high-end boutique in Kansas City, Fine Folk is a stunner— their airy, natural light-filled space is seriously gorgeous. They offer a mix of designer labels like Isabel Marant and Etten Eller as well as vintage goodies. They even share their space with an all-natural skincare brand Within Apothecary which offers amazing make up. Keep an eye out for their rescued shop dog who will be ready to greet you!
Dear Society is an adorable clothing boutique with well-curated collection of new clothing, vintage clothing, home decor and apothecary items. It is a mix of lots of things that blend seamlessly in the cozy Broadway Blvd space. I visited this shop in 2016 when I visited and found one of my all-time favorite vintage jackets! They recently had a flood that destroyed some of their merchandise and forced them to redo the floors, so they are in extra need of visitors and love!
If you are looking for an impeccable mix of modern and second-hand pieces with super friendly customer service, then We Are Sincerely Yours is the spot for you. I had the most pleasant afternoon chatting with shop owner Danielle as I discovered new USA-made clothing labels and tried on adorable vintage finds. The shop is an under-utilized stretch of Troost Ave in a cheerful aqua-colored building. The cover photo from this blog post is from this shop!
If you are looking for awesome, locally-made gifts or Kansas City swag, head to Made in KC. There are a few locations but their Crossroads shop is the brand headquarters and flagship storefront. This well-merchandised boutique has a nice selection of mugs, shirts, patches, and enamel pins all rapping the KC community.
Another haven for locally sourced KC swag, Midcoast Modern is an adorable boutique tucked away in the up-and-coming Westport neighborhood. They have a mix of KC produced merchandise as well as other US crafts all from small makers and creatives. Their friendly staff made me feel right at home as I shopped and chatted about all the different vendors in the shop.
This beautiful home and decor store is a newcomer to KC but after my visit, I’m sure it will be around for a while. Located in the Crossroads, this is the kind of store that you can go into for inspiration on your home. It has a minimalist warehouse vibe with small vignettes of home design spaces. They also have a small area to buy plants in the back and unique pots to hold them in!