halls has everything your typical expensive designer department store should have. they have all the gorgeous jewelry. the table linens. the random collectibles. the make up. the bed linens. and the clothes. goodness do they have the clothes.
halls is one of those stores that i love, but could never buy anything from. its expensive, but thats because they only carry the best. almost all the major fashion designers are well represented, with pieces in lots of sizes. my favorite last time i was in was a 1500 dollar prada jacket.
even if you dont buy anything (even if you simply scoff at the prices) its a wonderfully fun place to go window shopping in.
if you are visiting kansas city, you have to at least stop in. its a kc tradition.
recycled sounds rocks. while they arent a very big store, they will certainly impress. they have an excellent selection of new and used cds. and an even better selection of vinyl. anything you listen to, the guys that work there will know what it is and where to find it.
i love their selection of vintage and old magazines. any band you can think of, they will have them on the cover of all the major magazines, plust a bunch you have never heard of.
and their poster selection is unmatched. every band, singer, movie, actor, personality is represented - generally several times- and for cheap.
bottom line, recycled sounds rocks
russo's books is great. supportingly local businesses always feel good, but it feels wonderfull at russos.
russo's books has that fun little bookstore around the corner kind of feel to it.
they have a nice selection of pretty much everything (with a really nice magazine selection) and really competive prices.
the staff is all really helpful and friendly.
anything they dont have in stock, they will try super hard to special order it for you asap. and if for any reason they cant get it it, they take the time to tell where you might be able to find it.
and they will sometimes beat other stores prices
i am not a big fan of going to the doctor (who is, right?) but i never felt uncomfortable or awkward at all at queen anne family medicine. the doctors are really nice and take time to not only tell you whats wrong (or more excitingly whats not wrong) but they explain to you excatly what is happening, what causes it, what you should do for it, what medicine to take (and they are nice about giving samples of things so you dont have to pay for them), and how long it should all take. the staff is really nice and will get you an appointment when you need it (ive called in the morning and gotten in the same afternoon).
plus, on top of all that, theyll give you a lollipop if youre good
i am a music nerd. i always have been. i always will be. when i like a band, i find anything i can about them.
rock memories will apeal to anybodies inner music nerd. they have t shirts, mugs, keychains, stickers, flyers, posters (and oh my goodness do they have posters!) photos, etc on every band and musician you have ever heard of. they have tons of rare stuff that you didnt even know excisted. and, its all pretty affordable.
the couple that own the store are so nice and friendly and fun.
just make sure you leave yourself lots of time to get lost in there.
elliot bay books is amazing. it has ever book and sections on every topic and and friendly helpful wonderfully great staff. prices rival "the big boys" (aka barnes and noble and borders) but with such a better atmosphere. its one of those book stores where you feel like you can sit and flip through pages of books all day, without feeling weird about it.
and they have beautiful hardwood floors.
and fun events all the time
larrys is my favorite grocery store. they have everything. "normal" everyday foods? yeah they have that. "gourmet" indredients? yeah they have that. lots of organic and natural foods? of course. specialy chocolate? fancy cheese? amazing produce (with cute produce boys to help you find anything you need)? yeah. they have everything.
larrys is THE grocery store for seattle. it puts the others to shame.
people complain that it is too expensive, but it really isnt that much more. and when they have sales they are always super good.
ps, they have the best donuts anywhere
what everyday music lacks in atmosphere (which, i know, sounds lame, whatever) they make up in selection. two floors of music, how can you go wrong.
i can pretty much always find what im looking for at every day music. and always really cheap.
their vinyl selection is huge. and i really like how all the cds are mixed together, instead of separated into new and used categories.
just dont forget to check your bags when you enter
everything about easy street records is awesome. they staff is all super nice and knows just about everythin, for reals. they have a great selection (especially used stuf and vinyl) and really good prices. they even have a big 99cents section that does (if you look hard enough) has good stuff in it.
they also have free shows every once in a while...definately go.
and, my favorite part...they have a frequent buyer card, so when you buy 15 new cds (or 30 used) you get a free cd. i filled up 3 or those cards so far.
I hate getting my haircut. I avoid it at all costs. Seriously, i will go months without getting it cut. at least, that was before i found vain.
dont be indimidated by the "hipness" of vain, its for anyone and everyone.
all of the stylists are amazingly nice and they all are really good at understanding exactly what you want (my favorite was kathleen).
getting appointments is really easy.
they are expensive but totally worth it, and you get a free maintenance trim in 3 weeks.