I honestly can’t think of anything worse than standing in line at a big-box store on Black Friday. Seriously, two grown parents fighting over a children’s toy is not a sight anyone ever needs to see. But even if you’re a Scrooge when it comes to the day after Thanksgiving, I think we can all get behind giving Kansas City’s newest local businesses a little support this holiday season.
From families moving into their first brick-and-mortar locations to well-known shops expanding, it’s been an exciting year for the city’s local retailers. Here are five new spots we’re feeling particularly jolly about.
Tyler Kingston Mercantile, 422 Armour Road, in North Kansas City
If you’re shopping for someone who’s on top of Instagram trends (or wants to be), pick up anything from this shop and score major brownie points. Think handcrafted furniture and a vintage, Southwestern vibe. And to top it off? The owners are a local husband and wife team. #relationshipgoals
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Brownstone, 7211 NW 86th Terrace in Zona Rosa
Ever watched “American Pickers” and thought, “Hmm, I could do that?” The Brand family did. All items in Brownstone, which opened in June, are the same combination of new and vintage that the owners keep in their own home. Whether you’re looking for furniture, jewelry or barbecue sauce, Brownstone stocks a combination that could have come from a multitude of flea markets in the Midwest. (We’re assuming the sauce for the ‘cue isn’t purchased secondhand.)
DenimHound, 507 Walnut St. in the basement of Houndstooth
Looking to snag a pair of jeans for the gentleman in your life? KC’s new shop for this wardrobe staple is as snazzy as its upstairs neighbor. The only thing that could make Denimhound more perfect is if they were offering 10 percent off in November to celebrate their grand opening — oh wait, they are.
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Restoration Emporium, 4704 Wyandotte St. on the Country Club Plaza
The name really says it all. If someone on your Christmas list is into that chic, vintage farmhouse vibe, this is where you need to go. It’s owned by a husband and wife team who transformed an old train dock in the West Bottoms into a retail spot. We think Chip and Joanna would approve.
SewKC, 11529 Ash St. in Park Place
For that person on your list who can’t get enough of Kansas City (which should be everyone, right?), check out SewKC’s first brick and mortar location. The brand, which focuses predominantly on shirts, hoodies and hats touting KC pride, has been a staple in local stores throughout the metro for a few years. The new shop also has home goods, leather products, jewelry and bar ware.
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