The Learning Tree extends its wisdom-whittled branches in all directions, boasting hands-on learning tools, toys, games, and activities for kids of all ages. From art supplies and science kits to scrub-a-dub-dub bath toys for the tub, there's no shortage of interactive mind-candy worthy of mental mastication. Sharpen a young mind with school supplies such as Faber-Castell's 15 Erasable Crayons ($5.99 for a pack of 15) and the 68-piece Alex Toys Art Studio ($15.99), or let juvenile phalanges forage across a Wigglin' Water Snake ($24.99), Stomp Launcher ($14.99), or the Klutz Incredible Clay Book ($19.95). No matter what goes in the cart, all contents will tickle the minds and giggle-plexes of all their gracious recipients. Both stores are open seven days a week, come rain, shine, or brain storm.
With a degree in fashion and a desire to carry on the name of her recently-deceased shih tzu, Tashi Tai, Christine Gregory started creating a line of fluffy dog collars and selling them under the name of her beloved pet. Over the years, with the help of her mother and a new shih tzu named Myko, Christine expanded her wholesale business into a full-fledged pet boutique and spa. It's here that she not only stocks the shelves with gourmet treats and designer apparel, but also pampers pups with spa treatments such as massage therapy, facials, and a full menu of grooming services. Dogs can even take part in half- or full-day day-play sessions, where they safely socialize and pontificate in groups separated by size and temperament. While her Queen of Paws Boutique & Spa may cater to high-class pets, Christine's heart goes out to canines of all walks of life. She takes care to donate apparel, food, and funds to shelters and rescues that help find homes for abandoned dogs.
A nickel might not buy what it used to, but that doesn’t stop the folks at We B Nuts and Stuff from trying to recapture the charm of the golden age of candy stores. They satiate sweet teeth with an array of treats such as locally made chocolates, nuts and toffees, and dried fruit harvested from trees that were meticulously never watered. The team sells its confections individually or artfully assembled in gift baskets.
In a short time, Alysa Rene Boutique has gained quite a bit of attention from fashionistas, allowing it to open a second location after only two years in business. The shop's ever-changing stock of colorful dresses, playful tops, and chunky metal cuffs presents shoppers with vibrant options that show off their personalities more attractively than a handheld banner listing their pet peeves. Apparel from designers such as BB Dakota, Ark & Co., Line & Dot, and Genetic Denim has even attracted the attention of Shawnee Mission KIA, who used several outfits from the boutique in a recent commercial.
In 1986, Dr. Vincinet Pennipede, O.D was fresh out of the military and opening up his first office off of Highway 69. There, he put in long hours and built a base of clients. Today, he oversees a team of eight optometrists and 35 qualified employees at five offices in the Kansas City area. Patrons peruse each warmly-lit furnished studio's collection of frames from high-end labels such as Silhouette and Coach. In-office labs create futuristic lenses of high-index plastic or hybrid Trivex quickly for patrons who need to return to work or judge a beauty pageant for snowflakes. Children protect their new specs with the store's Kid's Promise warranty, and adults consult with experienced doctors on the benefits of refractive surgery and restorative treatments for aging eyes.