Midwest Living Review
Take time to explore Lawrence's independent, mostly family-owned shops housed in mid-1800s storefronts. Open since 1857, Weaver's Department Store anchors the eclectic shopping strip (785/843-6360; www.weaversinc.com). The annual Lawrence Sidewalk Sale held in July draws bargain hunters within 100 miles. We love new Made, a gallerylike shop of handcrafted jewelry (earrings from $15), baby duds, pet fashions, funky home accessories (letter holders made of folded 45 records), cards and small artwork by artisans around the country. Hobbs carries all you need for a good time: barware, wind-up toys and great denim fashions. Dive into a good mystery novel at The Raven bookshop. A destination for chicks with sticks for more than 40 years, the Yarn Barn carries knitting, weaving, crocheting and spinning gear. At Sarah's Fabrics, it's easy to get overwhelmed with project ideas when gazing upon the international selection of natural fiber fabrics ($9 to $12 a yard) and patterned bolts by designers Marie Horner and Alexander Henry (785/842-6198; www.sarahsfabrics.com). Stitch-On Needlework Shop specializes in quilting and cross stitch plus carries full lines of Department 56 holiday decorations (785/842-1101; www.stitchon.com). Imported French soaps, bath salts, meats, cheeses and chocolates fill cheery Au Marche market (785/865-0876; www.aumarche.com). Next door is Brits, a UK specialty shop selling Twinings Teas and Walker's Shortbread cookies (785/843-2288; www.britsusa.com).