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The Simmons sisters pride themselves on isters Casey and Sloane Simmons offering locally made, creative gifts that tell a opened Stuff more than 16 years ago, story — and also help the community. with the idea that a creative life is a fulfill“We just hosted our annual Wings of Hope ing one. Their mission is to bring handmade Holiday Open House and benefit party,” Casey originals by artists, as well as mom-and-pop says. “We have 27 charity evening shopping goods, to people in a relaxed store that celeparties planned. We have new works by our enbrates beauty (and offers free gift wrapping). tire artist line-up. And we have a schedule “We started with a vision to break the of trunk shows scheduled.” ‘gallery rules’ and create a shopping That’s a lot of, well, Stuff. experience that was extraordiBut that’s the point here. nary,” Casey says. “We offer “Everything from our artworks by over 300 artistic STUFF ist gallery program to our sources every day. Our 316 West 63rd Street, packed season of charity store is filled with energy, 816-361-8222, events we reinvented,” happiness and the joy of pursuegoodstuff.com. Casey says. “It is tough collecting and giving creHours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to define the Stuff expeative goods. We threw out Monday through Saturday, rience. But it is remarkable the expected structure of noon to 5 p.m. Sunday to share it with others each a store and designed Stuff and every day.” from scratch.”
WHERE THE SHOPKEEPERS SHOP The Simmons sisters share a favorite place to buy gifts for loved ones: Pryde's Old Westport. “Louise Meyer and her team are fantastic,” Casey says. “Shopping at Pryde’s is like spending the day in a gourmet kitchen of your best friend. You almost feel like there should be flour on your hands when you check out.” When Casey needs a gift, her go-to is something from Dotted Bliss, Deb Fairfax’s line of one-of-kind, meticulously sewn bags, wallets, iPad covers, coin purses and key fobs. “We have both given her stuff many, many times, and they are wildly well-received,” she says. “We love her bright, cheerful, playful and creative fabric combinations. She rocks!” (Search “dottedblissbags” on Etsy.)
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hosted.” Given Rainy Day’s busy events calenhe foundation of Rainy Day Books’ dar, that selection is “very special and contains success over the past four decades is such a variety of books, from celebrity books built on what owner Vivien Jennings calls to cookbooks to great history and biography to her store’s “legacy of literacy.” children's favorites,” Jennings says. “It’s the relationship we have built with While these autographed books typically our customers and the community over the are the store’s hottest-selling items, so are years,” she says. “Working with organizathe staff picks for both adults and children. tions to raise awareness and funds, working “Customers value that expertise to help with other local businesses for mutual benefit their choices,” Jennings says. “Everyone at and listening to our customers to continue Rainy Day Books reads, and the staff is so to serve their needs as their needs change.” knowledgeable, so that whatever you are The holiday season is a boom time for book seeking for whatever age or interest, we can publishers, one that floods readers and gift make that match for you. Also, we laugh and givers with new titles. And Jennings says tell people that books are nonfattening and they’re all at Rainy Day Books (or can be always the right size and color.” shipped here fast). For a treat you can keep, Much of what’s here can’t a “One Civilized Reader Is be had elsewhere — espeWorth a Thousand Bonecially, Jennings, says, the Rainy Day Books heads” canvas tote bag “large section of author2706 West 53rd Street, comes with a $100 purautographed books from Fairway, 913-384-3126, chase Rainy Day. all the authors we have
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WHERE THE SHOPKEEPERS SHOP Aside from her own store, Jennings recommends Pryde’s Old Westport (“It’s a treasure cave for all ages, and they have such a wonderfully helpful staff,” she says) and André’s Confiserie Suisse (“Everybody loves chocolate, and theirs is the best! The owners, Marcel and Connie Bollier, and their son René, have the highest standards for their customers”) for easy gift giving.
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hinking of giving wine as a gift? Wine expert Doug Frost recommends first finding out the recipient’s preferences: red or white, light or heavy, sweet or dry. If you can ask without giving away your game, that is. “It’s great if you can find out which wine style tastes good to whomever is going to taste it, but sometimes that’s just not possible,” says Frost, who is one of only three people in the world to hold both master sommelier and master of wine titles. When in doubt, he advises, “It’s easy: sparkling wine, bubbly, and its highest iteration, Champagne.” The writer, lecturer and host of KCPT Channel 19’s Check, Please (see dougfrost.com) calls it “grown-up soda” and adds: “gloop gloop.” Frost says it’s good to develop a relationship with a wine retailer whose opinion you trust. “If you don’t have one of those, that means you’re not shopping at the same store enough and you’re not talking to the store staff enough,” he says. “Ask them questions and tell them what you think when you don’t like it. And when you do, buy some more wine.” Frost says there are plenty of wine shops
in KC that offer good advice. “I have so many friends in the retail and restaurant business that it’s impossible for me to choose favorites,” he says. “But I will argue — and, indeed, I crow about this every chance I get when I’m speaking around the country — we have some incredibly smart, talented, experienced palates in my town. They can kick some serious ass if you will but listen to their advice.” If you’re going to a party this season, you’ll need a host gift. And if you’re giving one, wine is likely to be on your menu. Either way, Frost suggests a simple rule: Just ask people what they want. “It’s not that weird a question,” he explains. “But if you have a lot of people coming over and you’re not sure what they’ll drink, get a bit of everything: soda, water, mild beers, intense beers like Boulevard’s Smokestack series, some Scotch, some vodka and definitely a good tequila. There should certainly be a breadth of wine styles, not just a pile of expensive Napa Cabs. I’d have a few bottles of German Rieslings, a few California Chardonnays, some Argentine Malbec and Rhone wines or Tuscan reds. Mix it up!”
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ith so many holiday-shopping options throughout the metro, figuring out where to start can feel daunting. If you’re looking for a special gift that shows more thought than a box-store doorbuster, you’ll fi nd lots of choices at these locally owned shops.
ANDRE’S CONFISERIE SUISSE 5018 Main, 816-561-6484, andreschocolates.com. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Recognized in The Book of Bests as “Best Domestic Boxed Chocolate,” Andre’s has offered delicious Swiss chocolate, candy and baked goods for 50 years.
DALIA’S SILVER LINING 400 Grand, Suite 416 W, 816-651-1538, daliassilver.com. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Miriam Velasquez’s sterling-silver jewelry designs adorn necklaces, pendants, bracelets, rings and more, all of which make unique and beautiful gifts.
ALL NEW THERAPIST VINTAGE MARKET 8721 North Stoddard, 816-505-0500, intagemarketkc.com. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday With its Parisian-flea market-inspired shopping experience, Vintage Market specializes in antique and vintage-inspired home décor, furniture, fashion, accessories and hosting necessities. More than 50 merchants and craftspeople from across the region share their pieces here, as well as at a second location in Leawood (see website for details).
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DIEBEL’S SPORTSMENS GALLERY 426 Ward Parkway, 816-931-2988, diebelsg.com. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
THE LEARNING TREE 4004 West 83rd Street, Prairie Village, 913-385-1234, the-learning-tree.com. Hours: Monday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Kansas City’s oldest tobacco shop offers an array of cigars, including Davidoff, Padron Anniversary, Ashton VSG and A Fuente. Also on shelves at Diebel’s: humidors, cutters, lighters, pipes and tobaccos, games, knives, steins and barware, nautical items, golf items, decoys, flasks, college memorabilia and souvenirs.
The Learning Tree is a neighborhood store with timeless toys and gifts. The store’s staff members are toy experts, with a rich knowledge about the store’s wide selection.
ON MY OWN HEARTSTRINGS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 7086 West 105th Street, Overland Park, 913-649-5700, heartstringscf.org. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday
This home-accessories store sells holiday items, books and handmade arts and crafts. And there’s inspiration here: On My Own employs adults with developmental disabilities who want to work and interact in the community.
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Often referred to as “the hardware store for cooks,” Pryde’s is a second-generation, family-owned store with more than 10,000 square feet of kitchen and home accessories, including bakeware, cookware, appliances, dishes, cutlery, gadgets, coffee and tea, gift baskets, and seasonal items.
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