Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Visit Shawnee Kansas. All opinions and photos are my own except for a few courtesy photos.
Make Shawnee, Kansas, your next shopping spree destination. An afternoon strolling locally-owned stores in Downtown Shawnee is fun, and the district’s walkability is convenient. You can park your car and walk to most of the stores on this list.
So, grab your wallets because you have purchases to make ranging from fresh flowers and fine chocolates to books and bath products.
You’ll enjoy strolling to many of these shops, and the public art and historical markers dotting the district’s landscape make shopping the area entertaining.
Chicken Creek Co. by The Flower Chick
A gift shop with fresh flower bouquets for purchase, Chicken Creek Co. by The Flower Chick (11208 Johnson Dr.) is where you want to buy a memorable gift for a friend or loved one. But don’t be surprised if you find something for yourself, too.
One of the newest additions to Downtown Shawnee’s storefronts, Chicken Creek Co. by The Flower Chick, caters to women who love brightly colored, fun, and sometimes whimsical gifts. The hilarious greeting card selection makes gift-giving easy.
Each item in the store is hand-selected by its owner. I appreciated that she stocks handcrafted items by other independently-owned businesses, ranging from jewelry to candles.
You will always find grab-and-go floral bouquets made with “glamour blooms” in the reach-in cooler, and she accepts pre-orders before the holidays. Her prices are reasonable since the owner buys her flowers directly. View available floral arrangements for pickup or local delivery.
Book lovers will appreciate Seven Stories’ (11109 Johnson Dr.) inventory of new selections, gifts, and art. Owned and operated by a high school student, the shop operates out of a new storefront.
Shoppers can expect fiction and non-fiction titles, and I was impressed to see several best-selling titles in stock. Are you on the hunt for a good read during a road trip? Do you have a young adult reader interested in a new book? You’ll find multiple genres at Seven Stories.
Don’t be surprised if you find a gift for someone else while shopping for your next book. A hand-curated selection of whimsical greeting cards are for sale.
ShananiGanns (11006 Johnson Dr.) is where I shop when I need a new Kansas City Chiefs t-shirt or sweatshirt during football season. But it’s also a go-to shop for someone who wants to purchase seasonal home decor, mugs, jewelry, clothing, and candles.
Many of the gift items are adorned with funny sayings and hilarious phrases. Shoppers know that the owner frequently replenishes the inventory with new items; sometimes, a line of customers forms outside the storefront before it opens.
Ad Astra Flowers
You know those stores that you walk in and immediately love everything you see? That store is Ad Astra Flowers (5822 Reeder Street Suite B) for me.
The smell of fresh botanicals fills the air. Beautiful bouquets of floral arrangements sit inside water buckets. European-style gifts beg to be purchased.
The owner chooses flowers that reflect the season and she creates custom arrangements for pre-orders, if you plan ahead.
Annedore’s Fine Chocolates
An afternoon of shopping isn’t complete without stopping into Annedore’s Fine Chocolates (11007 Johnson Dr.), and they offer free samples to tempt your tastebuds.
Known for their handmade selection of individual chocolates, I also love the extensive line of confections. Don’t leave the store without asking for a sample of the Milk Chocolate Covered Toffee. One bite and you’re likely to buy a bag of it.
Melt-in-your-mouth Sea Salt Caramel, Imperial filled with creamy, chocolate ganache, and Vanilla Bean chocolates are some of my top recommendations if you’re creating a bag or box of sweet treats.
The Pet Shop
Not to be missed while shopping Downtown Shawnee and within a short drive of the main corridor, The Pet Shop (6218 Nieman Rd) is a fun place to visit.
Animal lovers will appreciate the selection of domestic and exotic animals. The family owned and operated store’s greeter, Frankie, a Capuchin monkey, excitedly jumps around its cage attracting shoppers’ attention.
The Indoor Zoo features reptiles available for purchase. Fresh water fish swim in nearby aquariums.
For me, the chirping colorful birds and fluffy bunnies were the highlight of the visit.
Suds Refillery (11111 W. 59th Terrace Unit 202), located in The Collectivists Shops, is a retail store that allows customers to refill containers with earth-friendly liquid soap or home cleaners. The earth-friendly concept reduces single-use plastic waste.
As I perused the shelves, I noticed the owner carries mostly Midwest brands of bath bombs, personal hygiene products, and household cleaners.
If you’re someone who prefers a sustainable lifestyle, you’ll appreciate the store’s thoughtfully selected inventory.
Suds Refillery hosts a candle filling event every third Thursday of the month, so bring an empty vessel with you when you arrive.
Whiskey and Bone
Another popular store in The Collectivist Shops is Whiskey and Bone (1111 W. 59th Terrace). For shoppers who love chunky turquoise rings, boho-style earrings and necklaces, or geode pendants, you’re in luck.
I love the stacked bracelet and layered necklace look and the store’s inventory makes it easy create a stylish collection.
The owner says her jewelry is inspired by “rock & roll and the open road,” and her collections certainly reflect a love of nature and rugged sensibility.
MORE PLACES TO LOVE IN SHAWNEE
Spending a Weekend Exploring
Why limit the fun in Shawnee to only shopping? Make it a girl’s weekend! Check out my blog post A Weekend in Shawnee, Kansas: A Guide to the Best Things To Do, which includes mentions of multiple restaurants, parks, and museums.
OVERNIGHT LODGING SUGGESTIONS
Hotel: Courtyard Kansas City Shawnee
Located minutes from Downtown Shawnee, Courtyard Kansas City Shawnee (17250 Midland Dr.) is a Marriott Bonvoy hotel known for its clean, comfortable rooms and complimentary breakfast.
Airbnb: Cozy in KC’s Tumbleweed
Cozy in KC’s Tumbleweed is the ideal accommodation for travelers seeking a beautiful vacation rental that sleeps four people or a business traveler who wants more space and comforts of home than a hotel provides, plus it’s pet-friendly and has a private entry, single-car garage.