Kansas City has a rich history, and no where is this more apparent than in the West Plaza. It has been the location of battles, historic railroads, thriving industry and the home to tens of thousands of migrants. Today, it is considered the rather trendy area of the city, and running along both sides of 45th Street and State Line Road for three blocks is a small neighborhood business district.
Though the impressive red brick buildings of 45th and State Line Road once housed a grocery store, a hardware store, a meat market, and at least one pub for the many workers, it is nowadays filled mostly with antique shops crammed full of unique items, curios and second hand treasures, and delights all who visit the area.
All kinds of antique stores and sellers are represented on 45th and State Line Road, with some huge properties many floors tall and smaller stalls, more akin to flea market offerings. Though it spans just three blocks, it feels as though it is easy to get lost in the past when exploring this area. Collectors come from near and far to explore the stores, and if a trip to Kansas City can be co-ordinated with the First Fridays Festival at West Bottoms, visitors will truly find themselves in antiquing heaven.
For those interested in pieces from overseas, Kincaid Antiques and Interiors (10571 Mission Road) needs to be top of the list of shops to head to on 45th and State Line Road. The owner has taken it upon himself to become somewhat of an expert not just in Asian antiques but also in the sometimes complex business of importing such treasures. Every piece inside this store is hand-picked for uniqueness and design, and this store stands out from the crowd on 45th and State Line Road.
One of the fantastic things about the antique district of 45th and State Line Road is the wide range of items found with so many specialists in different genres. The Knotty Rug Company (4510 State Line Rd) is not too cryptic about its area of expertise, and grew out of a love for the artistry of rug making, and a collection becoming too big for a garage! As well as displaying exquisite pieces for sale, The Knotty Rug Company also offer services for the best maintenance, cleaning and restoration practices. Basically, all rug needs are well and truly covered here.
For a more classic collection of artwork and antiques, and an experience a little like strolling through a museum, head to Linda Pearce Antiques (1214 West 47th Street ) and feast your eyes on the wonderful pieces on offer here. The store has been in operation since the 80s, and the owner has quite the reputation for her knowing and artistic eye across the country. Many pieces head to the coasts when they land in store, so be sure to be decisive on anything desired from her collection.
Of course, in an area like 45th and State Line Road, there is a great selection of cute cafes, restaurants and pubs to quench every appetite and help shoppers come to terms with unplanned expenditure! It is easy to see why this location has become so well known and such a hot spot for antique hunters from both home and abroad.