Best New Midwest Attractions: 2009
An old friend's new shop
Many home decor shoppers equate "Nell Hill's" with "road trip." Mary Carol Garrity's (left) massive Atchison, Kansas, store draws 75,000 shoppers a year. In late 2007, she expanded to Kansas City, Missouri's, Briarcliff Village. The urban store's 16 rooms (with crackling fireplaces) feature the melange of hand-painted dishes and luxe French antiques that made you swoon over Mary Carol's impeccable taste in the first place.