[shop] Cute Jewelry and Accessory Stores
Although I own a small amount of jewelry, I have a great appreciation for the most unique of accessories. Never mind the latest trends — accessories should express who you are. I have found a handful of boutiques throughout the Wichita area that can help with this self-expression. Each of these places impressed me with its details. They are some of my favorite hometown treasures, each with a sparkle and a different definition for practical.
1) Pink Saloon (4730 E. Douglas) has the look of a high-style boutique minus the I’m-better-than-you atmosphere. Its name put me under the impression that it might be country-bumpkin chic, but instead it offers a variety of designer-brand accessories. The jewelry easily catches my attention; bold, flashy necklaces adorn the clothing hanging up throughout the store. I think this is a wonderful, eye-appealing idea that make both the clothing and the jewelry much more attractive as a combination. Other fun accessories include Betsyville handbags and the hard-to-find TOMs shoes (including the new wedges!). The store is also wonderfully spread out, with room to walk around and appreciate each item without the clutter of excess.
2) Aspen Boutique (4724 E. Douglas) has been one of my favorite boutiques since I realized Claire’s Accessories is only cool during the preteen years. I remember shopping there with my mom when I was younger, just amazed by the amount and variety of accessories. I still wander throughout the store, marveling at everything as if I were visiting a museum of fine art. It has a western feel but with worldly and religious influences. I always make a stop by the hair accessories near the back. The bejeweled hair clips and dramatic headbands exude elegance. Although the jewelry is a bit pricy, anything from here is sure to warrant compliments (and it is having a sale starting July 9). One of my favorite pieces in the store right now is a beautiful necklace with bright orange pieces that hang in layered rows.
3) The Onion Tree just opened in May at 120 N. Hillside, and is a refreshing addition to the area. All the accessories are homemade, from coconut jewelry to crochet pop-top purses. Like these purses, many items are also made from recycled materials, such as skirts and tank tops made from bamboo. The store offers a wonderful opportunity for local artists to showcase and sell their products. The owner is especially friendly, as is her canine friend, who is incredibly sweet. As it is new to the community, I would love for more people to give the boutique a warm ICT welcome.
4) The Pink Boa, located in Andover (217 W. Central), is full of girly fun for all ages. Babies, moms and preteens each have their own special section. What I like most about this boutique is its spunk. Many items have either boa feathers or flowers attached to them, including crochet baby hats, tutus (for both children and adults) and decorated wine glasses. Other accessories also reflect the spunky environment, such as the blinged-out (yet tasteful, and inexpensive) jewelry. This boutique also carries pop-top purses, but with flower accessories attached of course. I think it’s the perfect place to get a fun gift for a girlfriend, whether she is your grade-school BFF, the bride-to-be or someone who has always been young at heart.
Whether you prefer homemade artistry or shiny jewels, the ICT is full of boutiques that can give you that sparkle that you need. I know there are many other lovely jewelry/accessory stores throughout town that I did not mention, so please sound off and let me know.