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Prospero’s Books is a bright, colorful bookstore that has many rare books as well as plenty of popular and contemporary tomes. Additionally, the owner even publishes his own titles through his small publishing house, Spartan Press. As you enter, the smell of paper wafts incessantly through the door and as you go upstairs, you will find many photographs and paintings for sale. Downstairs, there are adventurous, underground tunnels filled with books, including the massive kids section, used records, and much more. Prospero's will also buy your used books at a fair price as well as offer trades. The bookstore is known for promoting literary events around Kansas City and fostering the writing careers of young artists. Oftentimes visitors will walk-in on a book signing or a reading throughout the week. In fact, it was here where the world’s longest poetry reading (120 hours) was held in celebration of National Poetry Month back in 2010.
This kitschy shop harkens back to an age where Betty Page was all the rage and Elvis still graced the stage. Inside, visitors will find a blend of old and new designers like Lux De Ville, Sourpuss, Rago and the popular Lucky-13. Some of the items they sell are handbags, furniture, housewares, clothing, knick-knacks and anything else from the 1950s era.
The former Reverend Issac McCoy first arrived in Westport in the year 1831. Westport was an independent town in the bygone era, but was taken over by Kansas City in the year 1897. Counted as one of the city's prime entertainment and shopping districts, it has flourished over the last two centuries. Steeped in history, this bustling neighborhood is home to a barrage of locally-run boutiques that sell eclectic merchandise. Be it apparel that belongs to a variety of styles like old-school or trendy, or those quaint gift shops selling little known treasures, Westport's shopping hubs lure all kinds of shoppers. An array of restaurants serve up non-fussy deli fare, New American dishes and toothsome traditional cuisine. Tour bands as well as indie troupes regularly perform here, thus upholding the neighborhood's crown as one of the most vibrant entertainment precincts of the region.
This quaint little retro clothing shop is located in the hipster district of Volker. The shop specializes in vintage dresses, shoes and jewelery, but you can find new items as well. The staff is super friendly and the price tags are even better. It is consistently rated as one of the best boutique stores in K.C., come in and see why.
Anybody familiar with the Belmont Army Surplus on the corner of Belmont and Clark in Chicago will be happy to know that The Bunker is owned by the same folks. The Bunker stocks clothes for men and women, accessories, eye-wear, watches and an awesome selection of cool kid's items. In addition to other items like jackets, shoes and costumes, the spot still has a large selection of both real and faux army products.
The resurgence of vinyl in a digital world is what this record store represents. Mills primarily focuses on new artists and the E.P.'s they produce, but there is a large selection of hard-to-find, vintage E.P.'s as well. The prices are commensurate with the product quality and sometimes you can even find a local band over in the corner promoting their latest 45 live in the store.