Midwest Living Review
Leavenworth has been a shopping destination since pioneer days when westward bound wagon trains stopped for supplies. Today, shoppers stock up on handmade jewelry, gourmet cookware, antiques, ceramics and home decor sold by independent shopkeepers (many are military wives) occupying the historic storefronts. Leavenworth's downtown shopping district stretches from Broadway Street to the Missouri River, incorporating hot shops on Cherokee, Delaware and Shawnee streets. Gourmet food, kitchenware and gadget shop Pot Rack carries top brand cooking gear (913/364-5038; thepotracklv.com). Euro Pottery specializes in ceramics from Poland (913/680-0806; europottery.com), and seamstresses travel many miles for fabrics at Quilter's Quarters (913/651-6510; quiltersqtrs.com). A must stop: Artistic Works by Lu for handmade jewelry (913/758-0754; artisticworksbylu.com). Artist-mom Lu designs jewelry ($15 earrings to $50 necklaces); daughter Christine buys the Bohemian-style, casual-chic clothing. Candle Queen Candles is like being inside a giant Crayola box (913/682-7724; CandleQueenCandles.com). Hundreds of colored, super-scented, hand-poured candles ($10 to $85) fill the vivacious store, which also touts serious bling (rhinestone baubles and Pandora charms) and style-defining accessories (studded, faux-animal skin handbags, up to $50; scarves, $20).