Shopping in Kansas City Depending on where you are from, you may find shopping here very different from what you are used to at home. Generally, merchandise is sold “self-service,” and clerks are not close at hand. It is very important when shopping in US stores, especially very large stores, to use a cart or basket provided by the store. Never put a piece of merchandise in your pocket, your purse, or a fold of your clothing. If you do, it may appear to a store employee that you intend to take it without paying for it. Instead, put your items in a cart or basket while you shop, and when you are finished, take everything to the clerk near the entrance/exit of the store to pay for your items. Sales Tax Something else to keep in mind when shopping is that all merchandise is subject to “sales tax,” in addition to the labeled price. The sales tax varies depending on whether you are shopping in the state of Missouri or Kansas, and whether you are purchasing groceries (this does not include restaurants) or non-grocery items. For non-grocery items, you pay about 8 percent sales tax in Missouri or Kansas, and for grocery items, you pay about 5 percent in sales tax. For example, if you were to buy a pair of shoes (a non-grocery item) and the price was $24.99, you would pay about $27.00 at the checkout. Restaurants When dining at a restaurant where a server or waiter/waitress takes your order and brings food to your table, it is proper to leave a tip or gratuity for services. It is customary to leave 15–20 percent of your bill amount. You can either leave your tip in cash on the table as you leave, or, if paying by credit/debit card, there is a line on your receipt where you can write in the amount you would like to tip. In most restaurants, you make your payment to your waiter/waitress. However, in some restaurants your waiter/waitress will bring your bill to your table, but you pay at the cash register near the front entrance of the restaurant. To avoid confusion, you may want to ask your waiter/waitress. Shoe Conversion Chart Women’s shoe sizes Europe 36 37 37.5 38 38.5 39 40 41 42 Korea 235 238 241 245 248 251 254 257 260 Japan 22 22.5 23 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 UK 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 US and Canada 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 Men’s shoe sizes Europe 43 43.5 44 44.5 45 45.5 46 46.5 47 Korea 264 267 270 273 276 279 283 286 289 Japan 27 27.5 28 28.5 29 29.5 30 30.5 31 UK 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12 12.5 US and Canada 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12 12.5 13 Standard Conversion Chart In the US, the “standard” or “English” measuring system is used. In almost every other country, the metric system is used. Here are some conversions you may find helpful. 1 inch 2.54 centimeters 1 mile 1.6 kilometers 1 ounce 0.29 liters 1 gallon 3.78 liters 1 pound (lb) 0.45 kilogram Thrift Stores Goodwill 8929 Wornall Road Kansas City, MO 64114 Second-hand clothing, books, and household items Maj-R Thrift 1500 Main Street Grandview, MO 64030 Located near IHOPU; second-hand clothing, books, and household items; 20 percent off all used merchandise every Sunday Clothing Stores and Malls Marshall’s 901 W. 136th Street Kansas City, MO 64145 New clothing at discounted prices. Old Navy 8600 Ward Parkway Kansas City, MO 64114 Men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing. TJ Maxx 85th Street and State Line Road Kansas City, MO 64114 Discount first-hand clothing. Crown Center 2450 Grand Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64108 Three levels of unique shopping and great dining in downtown Kansas City; world headquarters of Hallmark Cards. Oak Park Mall 11149 West 95th Street Overland Park, KS 66214 Mall located in Overland Park, Kansas, with shopping and restaurants. Country Club Plaza 4745 Central Street Kansas City, MO 64112 A historic shopping area just south of downtown Kansas City, with 15 blocks of outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment. Town Center Plaza 5000 W. 119th Street Leawood, KS 66209 Outdoor mall with restaurants, a movie theater, and Barnes & Noble bookstore in surrounding area. Rosana Square 7720 W. 119th Street Overland Park, KS 66213 Shopping center located in Overland Park that includes Mardel, a Christian bookstore. Charitable Foods Manna4U Pantry items available to IHOPU students and IHOPKC staff. Bring your IHOPKC ID and $2. International Markets City Market 20 E. 5th Street Kansas City, MO 64106 Farmer’s market located downtown. International markets including Italian, Indian, African, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Vietnamese. March–October Saturday, 6am–3pm Sunday, 8am–3pm November–February Saturday, 7am–3pm Sunday, 8am–3pm 888 International Market 10118 W. 119th Street Overland Park, KS 66213 Large Asian supermarket Ho’s Oriental Market 9534 Marshall Drive Shawnee Mission, KS 66215 Oriental Supermarket 10336 Metcalf Avenue Overland Park, KS 66212 Euro Market 6936 N. Oak Trafficway Gladstone, MO 64118 Offer a variety of delicious imported foods from well-known European companies. Coupons available on their website. Kansas City African Market Inc. 2609 Independence Avenue Kansas City, MO 64124 Ambica Foods 9054 Metcalf Avenue Overland Park, KS 66212 Large selection of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Asian foods, snacks, and tea. Manila Grocery Co. 7628 N. Oak Trafficway Kansas City, MO 64118 Filipino grocery store; ethnic foods Grocery and Household Goods ALDI 10475 Blue Ridge Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64134 Low prices on basic items. Cart usage costs, and bags must be brought or purchased. You must pay with cash or debit cards (with PIN number). Discount Grocery (formerly Bargain Factory) 11971 Grandview Road Grandview, MO 64030 Surplus truckloads of various items; near Forerunner Christian Fellowship. Costco 12221 Blue Valley Parkway Overland Park, KS 66213 Membership required; store-name wholesale items. Dollar General 6205 Main Street Grandview, MO 64030 Household items, office supplies, health and beauty products, limited grocery. Lipari’s Sun Fresh 11212 Holmes Road Kansas City, MO 64131 Grocery store SuperTarget 1201 W. 136th Street Kansas City, MO, 64145 Clothes, electronics, household items, office supplies, health and beauty products, fresh grocery. Walmart 1701 W. 133rd Street Kansas City, MO 64145 Clothes, electronics, household items, office supplies, health and beauty products, fresh groceries; open 24 hours. Price Chopper 12220 S. US Highway 71 Grandview, MO 64030 Large grocery store Hy-Vee 1307 E. North Avenue Belton, MO 64012 Grocery store and dry cleaning service; open 24 hours. Whole Foods 6621 W. 119th Street Overland Park, KS 66209 Natural foods store Sam’s Club 12420 S. US Highway 71 Grandview, MO 64030 Membership required; store-name wholesale items. Coupons available Trader Joe’s 8600 Ward Parkway Kansas City, MO 64114 Specialty grocery store that stocks mostly store-name foods.