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.


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

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

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.
Saturday, 6am–3pm
Sunday, 8am–3pm
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

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.
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
1201 W. 136th Street
Kansas City, MO, 64145
Clothes, electronics, household items, office supplies, health and beauty products, fresh grocery.
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
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.