Where is the best shopping in Kansas City?

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Larry Olmsted

Those seeking out retail therapy will be very pleasantly surprised to discover the unique Country Club Plaza. This was the very first suburban-style shopping mall in the nation, specifically designed with the newly popular automobile in mind, a centralized park and stroll concept that was revolutionary when it opened in 1922. It is patterned on sister city Seville, Spain, with white Mediterranean facades and fountains (the “City of Fountains,” KC has more than anyplace else in the US), and quite reminiscent of Addison Mizner’s South Florida architecture. The several streets comprising this open-air shopping district contain most of the city’s best retail (Tiffany, Burberry, Restoration Hardware, L’Occitane, Sur La Table, Athleta, etc.) as well a large share of the city’s top restaurants. The other notable spot is the Crown Center Mall with the nation’s flagship Hallmark and Crayola stores (both KC based) and many others. Since KC is famous for barbecue, it’s worth noting that nearby Olathe is home to the most amazing retail emporium of the genre, with everything from thermometers and spice rubs to the world’s largest collection of BBQ sauces and tow-behind competition smokers, all at the amazing Kansas City Barbecue Store.

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