Husband-and-wife team Rick and Karen McKernan fill their historical downtown Liberty store with an eclectic mix of gourmet food items, kitsch, and home accessories that enliven living spaces and make for thoughtful gifts. Seasonal and anytime decor items crafted by local artisans dot the store’s interior alongside novelty items such as bacon-shaped first-aid bandages and foods such as artisanal One Screw Loose jellies. The couple’s daughter and business partner, Katie, fills a fashion area with handmade and locally crafted jewelry and accessories, which are ideal for deserving gift recipients and accepting jewelry boxes.
Accenting a Victorian-style interior with shades of hot pink, white, and gold, the style mavens at Excuses Boutique carry brand-name fashions by True Religion, Juicy Couture, Karlie, Rock and Republic, and more. Designer apparel starts at $39.99. Get flushed in spring fever with a Blue Bird plaid blouse ($45) or slip into a Karlie pink-leopard ruffle tank without ruffling actual feathers ($59). Engage the attentive charms of a customer-service team that guides fashion-minded lasses through racks of rotating inventory, such as a Freeway taupe lace-hem tunic dress ($69) or a trendy Garcia black vest ($59). Pair feminine looks with a favorite pair of stiletto heels or keep disobedient boyfriends in line with fashions draped in subtle sultriness.
Kevin and Christi Weaver, owners of The Polished Edge, employ more than 40 years of experience with precious stones to set hands, necks, and ears a-sparkle with gemstone-laden jewelry. Celebrate the first letter of your name or favorite conjunction by picking up a sterling-silver initial necklace, its dangling grapheme encrusted with ripe mini jewels, or fit your throat for a pear-shaped stone that twinkles within the safe embrace of a silver pendant. To accessorize ears, The Polished Edge rolls out a pair of silver hooked earrings that put a pear-shaped gem to rest just below each lobe. Guests contemplating nuptials can spend their visit perusing the shop’s selection of handcrafted and designer engagement rings, which bear such bling as pink-hued round stones, teardrop-shaped diamonds, and encapsulated passion. In addition to purveying and customizing jewelry, the craftsman at The Polished Edge also repair and engrave pieces.
My Best Friend's Closet and its sister stores—Wear House and More and Wear House Exchange—curate a sprawling stash of gently used, modern apparel for men, women, and children. At each shop, a style-savvy staff strives to keep its showrooms brimming with designer apparel that's within 2 years of current fashion trends, working to maintain a contemporary selection free of outdated looks and time-traveling bell bottoms. The team adds hundreds of items to its inventory every day, and can help shoppers further complete ensembles with a fleet of accessories such as shoes, jewelry, and purses.
Lush hanging baskets dangle over flats of annuals, perennials, and herbs in an outdoor shopping area that emanates the earthy fragrances of soil and mulch. Two couples own the nursery, striving to set themselves apart from big-box greenhouses and name-brand jungles by stocking a vast variety of plants, many of which arrive weekly. On many containers, soil tags display a monarch-butterfly logo to indicate that the plants will attract the delicate nectar-lovers. The staff can also get their hands dirty in your garden, as they offer landscape design, yard work, and installation of koi ponds, outdoor lighting, and domesticated tiger lilies.