Shop Local for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Shop local and support your fellow Kansas Citians.

Pssst — did you know Mother’s Day is quietly approaching? Instead of racing over to Amazon two days before, why not consider shopping locally? Kansas City is FULL of local companies that produce unique and quality products. Here are some ideas to get you thinking. (If you are a mom who’s reading this article, feel free to subtly share it with your male counterparts and offspring.)

KC Stuff

Kansas City’s popularity has been on the upswing for the past five or so years. From that craze, dozens of locally focused retail companies have been born. Here are four shops that are chock full of everything KC — from candles made locally, to jewelry, T-shirts, canned goods, home decor and more.

  • Midcoast Modern: Unique accessories for home / life. 
  • Charlie Hustle: A vintage T-shirt company out to preserve the old school.
  • Made in KC: Clothing, accessories, books, home items and art – all KC!
  • Westside Storey: A premier urban design, gift, and antique store in Kansas City, carrying local brands such as Charlie Hustle, Bellboy, Made KC, Easy Tiger, Sandlot and Stance. 


At the very least, moms deserve cards on Mother’s Day. While Hallmark cards are local to KC, these stores focus more on small-batch quality over mass production. 

  • RSVP in the Village: Custom notepads, stationery and invitations; tabletop and entertaining.
  • Hammerpress: Letterpress & Design Studio specializing in letterpress printed cards, art prints and show posters.


You can’t go wrong with chocolate! Kansas City has a number of nationally recognized confectioners, and here are a few of the top artisan picks:

  • Christopher Elbow: Artisan chocolates, where modern artistry meets traditional handcraftsmanship, yielding gourmet chocolate works of art, almost too beautiful to eat.
  • Annedore’s Fine Chocolates: Known for its decadent European style truffles, chocolate “Plaza Lights” light bulbs, unique chocolate gifts for weddings and special events, and customized corporate gifts. 
  • André’s Confiserie Suisse: André’s family owned and run Kansas City business that has been making exquisite Swiss chocolates candies and confections since 1955.

Body Products:

Lotion, perfume, exfoliants, oh my!

  • Indigo Wild: A range of all-natural aromatherapy products for body and home. 
  • Perfect Scents: Whether you’re looking for lotion or body oils, Perfect Scents has an array of custom products.
  • Wild Wash Soap Co.: Natural vegan palm-free soap handmade in KC, both good for your body and the environment.

Clothing and Intimate Apparel

Purchasing clothing for another person (especially the “delicate” kind) can be tricky. The folks at all of these shops are immensely helpful and take a lot of pride in their products. 

Everything Else

Here are a few other local gems that are definitely worth exploring. 

Alex lives in Midtown (born and raised in Westport), having only left Kansas City to attend Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. She lives with her husband; toddler daughter, Olive; and chocolate lab. She and her husband met in sixth grade and started dating in eighth grade. Alex works full time as a marketing director for a wealth management firm and sporadically as a freelance graphic designer. Outside of work, Alex spends most of her time chasing her daughter and volunteering in her community (she's a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters and is involved with Kansas City Women in Technology). Reading, soaking up all the hilarious aspects of living with a toddler, discovering great music, buying fancy pens and working out are among her favorite things to do. Alex is hell-bent on "having it all" -- minus sleep.