Spend a weekend browsing walkable downtown districts and multitasking suburban centers in the northeast corner of the state.
Independent boutiques and antiques shops line the small downtown 20 minutes from downtown Kansas City. Find stylish KU and K-State swag at Sideline Chic; trendy women’s apparel at The One 25 Boutique; and vintage threads, collectibles and candy at Yowza Antiques. Take a breakfast or lunch break at Third Space Coffee, also downtown.
Name-brand bargains rule at the outdoor shopping destination. Test your wallet willpower at 75 designer shops: Kate Spade, Vans and H&M are a few of the attractive options. The mall also features a 14-screen AMC theater and many restaurants, including Dave and Buster’s and The Dapper Doughnut.
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Fashionistas find plenty of inspiration at Prairiefire shopping and entertainment district. Favorites include modern Anaphora and the boutique collections in Threshing Bee. Take home some state love (T-shirts, totes and mugs) at Made in KC or playthings for the kids at Fat Brain Toys. When you’re done shopping, stop by Pinstripes Bistro Bowling Bocce for food and games; catch a movie at Cinetopia; or engage with nature, art and science exhibits at the Museum at Prairiefire.
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Painted murals front several brick buildings in the area known as NOTO, a 2-block enclave filled with art galleries, boutiques and antiques. Browse Kaw River Rustics for Kansas-theme paintings, antiques and decor. Shop home furnishings at Portico; artwork at Amused Gallery and Gifts; and high-style bags, wallets and jackets at Stutzman Leather Shoppe. Plan your visit around the ARTSConnect First Friday Artwalk—you can meet local artists and see their exhibits.
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A stroll down Massachusetts Street leads to independent shops for every interest. Outdoorsy types find must-try gear at Sunflower Outdoor and Bike; design fans discover trendy accessories and artwork at Striped Cow, Wonder Fair and Made. At Acme, admire the wall of color-coded shirts before designing your own T-shirt. Other themed shops feature gourmet cuisine and soda, vintage clothes, tea, and fabric. Take a break with a snack and cocktail at one of the many eateries.
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