There are so many great neighborhoods in Kansas City, all with their own special flair! For those who are shopping for unique specialty gifts, look no further than right here at home. No matter what part of Kansas City you’re in there are plenty of locally owned businesses that will cater to your likes in fashion, beauty, food, lifestyle, and everything else! Here’s my neighborhood guide to shop local in KC.
The Brookside Shops have been fulfilling J.C. Nichols’ vision for the absolute best in neighborhood shopping, dining and services for nearly a century. Generations of Kansas Citians have turned to the Brookside Shopping District to meet their everyday needs along with the extraordinary, too. Located in the 63rd Street area, between Main Street and Wornall Road, over 80 shops, restaurants, and service providers call this area home.
Open daily and featuring an eclectic mix of dining, shopping, entertainment and attractions in a unique open-air setting, the City Market offers visitors a variety of fresh produce, meat, specialty groceries, flowers and gift items from nearby farms and around the world. Steeped in over 150 years of tradition, the City Market offers shoppers the region’s largest farmers’ market and the opportunity to buy the best of the heartland direct from producers, every Saturday and Sunday, year-round. The City Market has an extensive calendar, hosting concerts, festivals and other special events.
The Plaza’s popularity and reputation has gained recognition around the country. The entire 15-block district, with more than 150 shops and dozens of fine restaurants, makes the Country Club Plaza Kansas City’s premier retail, dining and entertainment destination.
It’s called the Crossroads for a reason. It’s more than just the intersection of two streets in downtown Kansas City. It’s a vibrant and diverse community that welcomes all walks of life and all forms of artistic expression. Home to more than 400 local artists and 100 independent studios, the Crossroads Arts District is one of the most concentrated gallery districts in the nation. Beyond the galleries, restaurants and storefronts, you’ll find an equally impressive collection of professional design studios, architectural firms, advertising agencies, and other innovative businesses.
This renaissance of Downtown Kansas City is creating a modern mixed-use vibrant urban center expressed through a thriving arts scene, an emerging entrepreneurial district and diverse residential neighborhoods. This is where creativity and ingenuity meet to deliver the latest foodie hotspots, legendary live music venues, one-of-a-kind shops, and year-round outdoor fun. These elements are setting the stage for a successful future and fulfilling Downtown KC’s vast potential.
Come to the 18th & Vine Jazz District to experience great dining, fabulous museums, Jazz and Negro Leagues baseball, progressive dance, cultural education and preservation, local businesses and a historic neighborhood! Welcome! The Jazz District continues to transform this historic and cultural neighborhood, while retaining the spirit of the Jazz District heritage!
North Kansas City is an inviting small town with something to offer every type of visitor. From the annual Snake Saturday Parade to the night-life at Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino, it is the perfect place to live, work, and play! Two major shopping areas in North Kansas City are Zona Rosa and The Shops at Boardwalk.
Waldo is a vibrant neighborhood and business district in the heart of Kansas City. What began in 1841 as the farm of Dr. David Waldo, soon became a bustling neighborhood on the edge of the city – a town unto itself. Waldo has never lost its flavor of a fun, little family neighborhood on the edge of a big city. Today, you’ll find more than 600 businesses in Waldo, 60% of which are locally owned, surrounded by a family oriented neighborhood. It’s a wonderful place to work, shop, live and play!
The West 39th Street District is why so many people enjoy “finding” Kansas City! This Community Improvement District (CID) stretches from Stateline to Southwest Trafficway, and now has 92 businesses, 97% of them local services, boutiques and restaurants. The West 39th Street District offers diversity of city life in the heart of Midtown, Kansas City.
Westport, Kansas City’s original entertainment district, boasts a rich history as the oldest established community in Kansas City. More than 150 years ago, Westport marked the passage into the Western Frontier and set the foundation for what it is today; a thriving shopping and entertainment district. Westport is the fusion of local eateries, fashionable boutiques and hot night-spots compounded with remnants of the neighborhood’s historic past.
What are your favorite local shops? Let me know in the comment section below!