There are plenty of boutiques around McPherson County to visit when you're looking for something fun for yourself, an item to spruce up your home or a unique gift for a special person or occasion. Store owners assemble and display trendy clothing, handmade jewelry, Kansas-made items and more for shoppers to browse through.
For those who appreciate other cultures, Anderson Butik brings a thoroughly Scandinavian selection of gifts, music and apparel.
"We've got T-shirts, mugs and stickers," said owner Dean Anderson.
Sausage, cookies, pancake mix and other food items are also stocked. The store also sells Swedish art and antiques.
Located at 134 N. Main St. in Lindsborg, Anderson Butik is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.andersonbutik.com or call 785-212-0251.
The comforts of home — and several Kansas-made products — can be found at The Good Merchant. The store features vintage-style home decor, women's clothing, accessories and gifts for all ages.
Besides the main shopping area, which has custom-built displays made from barn wood, The Good Merchant also offers an upstairs children's play area and a restroom which has a sink set into an antique piano.
"A lot of people will come in ask just to use the bathroom," owner Molly Johnson laughed. "I'm OK with that, that's totally fine."
The Good Merchant, located at 131 N. Main St. in Lindsborg, is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit thegoodmerchant.net or call 785-212-6134.
You have to get off the beaten path to find Happy Hollow Gift Shop, but the store is packed to the ceiling — literally, in some places — with home decor, gifts, candles, books, dishes, cards, games, coffees, teas, food items, cleaning products and baby toys. Purses, accessories, jewelry and body products are also stocked. For those who like to cook, a large selection of kitchenware and bakeware can be found — whether you need a peppernut machine or an electric Mexican tortilla press.
Complementary gift wrapping is also offered, along with a bridal registry service.
Happy Hollow Gift Shop, located at 420 N. Wedel St. in Moundridge, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. For more information, email email@example.com or call 620-345-3135.
The latest fashion trends are a speciality of Rusty Tin Boutique & Vintage, which carries women's clothing in sizes small to 3x along with shoes, perfumes, wallets, purses and jewelry. It also offers vintage home decor, perfumes and microfiber quick-drying beach towels.
"Stop in to find something you love and experience our top-notch customer service," said owner Becky Witte. "We have new things arriving every week, so come by often."
Rusty Tin Boutique & Vintage, located at 110 S. Main St. in McPherson, is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit www.rustytinboutiqueandvintage.com or call 620-755-0568.
For even more unique clothing and jewelry for women, check out Tesori Boutique. The store carries dresses, purses and gifts.
Tesori Boutique, located at 300 N. Main St. in McPherson, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and also 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 620-755-1207.
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