It's been awhile since I posted, and I feel so out of the loop! We're in the midst of a redesign for our salon's website, so I've been directing most of my energy toward that this week. But finally, here is a very special post about a wonderful Kansas City business my friends and I visited last weekend.
During our trip, we explored the Volker neighborhood, and spent some time on 39th Street West. Our friend Cassie recommended it so highly, and we saw lots of parallels between our own C-Street and the area. We really enjoyed visiting the local businesses and meeting fellow entrepreneurs. It's a charming neighborhood, and if you are in KC, you should plan to visit. There is quite an array of vintage stores, restaurants, and boutiques on 39th. Public art is also an added plus!
Donna's Dress Shop was our favorite.The staff was super nice and very helpful, the merchandise was well-organized and easy to access. The ambience - complete with astroturf carpet, chirping parakeets, and vintage wallpaper - really added to our experience. One of the things I really liked was the variety of merchandise; modern, vintage-inspired brands like Stop Staring and Tulle were featured right along with the vintage items. Kayla picked up her very first pair of cateye frames, and Sa'dia found a groovy flowered jumpsuit that fits her perfectly! I picked up two vintage dresses - one of which I will feature in an outfit post this week.
The best thing about small businesses is the people who own them. Donna and Lyndsey were as cute as they could be in their day dresses and full-on retro hair and makeup. Donna's epic beehive had us exclaiming that we should wear our hair like hers more often! They were very gracious to let me take as many pictures as I wanted, and we had fun telling them about C-Street. They're two girls we'd love to hang out with.
One of the funniest moments was when I realized the fit-and-flare lace dress in the window was my prom dress, circa '93! I am officially old! I loved that dress. The ladies rang up our purchases, and looked over each piece with care before folding them carefully in tissue paper and packaging them in cheerful, daisy-print shopping bags. We left Donna's with huge smiles on our faces, and couldn't wait to wear our new purchases.
One of the things I appreciate the most about local businesses is the sense of pride and dignity that shop owners have for their store and their clientele. It was so inspiring to see Donna's obvious love for her business and the respect she has for her customers. You just don't get that at a mass-market level. The service and the style that Donna's Dress Shop exudes will insure a long and successful business life - and we can't wait to go back on our next trip to Kansas City!
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