Best of 417 Awards 2007

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Shopping

Best Antiques

STD Flea Markets
Runners-up:
Pearlé Crique
George & Joann’s

The various STD Flea Markets (a name that could only occur in the Ozarks!) are a catchall of everything you could want from such a store, while Pearlé Crique, in Ozark, as well as George & Joann’s are a bit higher-end.

Best Children’s Clothing Store

Jelly Beans
The Children’s Place (chain)

Runners-up:
M•b•tweens
Kid’s Court

Winner Jelly Beans was named one of the Top 100 children’s stores in the United States by Child magazine. Open in Springfield for 12 years, Jelly Beans has been at its Battlefield location for just two years and carries upscale children’s clothing, bedding artwork and furniture from brands such as Bratt Decor, Zutano clothing and Oopsy Daisy artwork. It tends to cater toward younger children (as does The Kid’s Court) while M•b•tweens is (as the name suggests) for tweens. Chain winner The Children’s Place has baby clothes but maxes out at size 14 for “big girls” and “big boys.”

Best Furniture Store

Wheeler’s
Runners-up:
Tradewinds
Quixote

Wheeler’s offers brands such as Berhardt, Klaussner and Lexington and bills itself as offering everyday prices at a discount of 35 to 45 percent. While it sells some modern furniture, it tends to be a place with classic looks. Tradewinds Furniture is extremely eclectic, with custom-made contemporary pieces as well as vintage imported pieces. Quixote is a great destination for “contemporary organic” looks that go well in “transitional”-style homes.


Best Garden Center

Wickman’s Garden Village
Lowe’s (chain)

Runners-up:
Carson’s
Steinert’s

This vote came out exactly the same in 2006 and 2005, so these gardening centers know their stuff.

Countryside Cottage
Runners-up:
The Thicket
Boomland Square

Countryside Cottage (home of many charms and bracelets) traded places with last year’s winner, The Thicket, while Boomland Square (everything from jams and jellies to Yankee Candles to home décor) beat out Trenique (contemporary objects for home and living) for a runner-up spot.

Best Home Décor Store

The Thicket
Pier One (chain)

Runners-up:
Boomland Square
Quixote

Owner Ron Johnson tailors The Thicket’s merchandise mix to provide a wide range of decorating options to owners of upmarket homes, which is what distinguishes The Thicket from tough competition.

Best Men’s Fashions

Town & County
Dillard’s (chain)
Runners-up:
2 Doors Down
Staxx

Town & County is the place to go for grown-up businessmen who like to look good, while 2 Doors Down and Staxx offer trendier looks appropriate for guys in their 20s and 30s. Dillard’s is great for tried-and-true looks with more seasonal sales than the boutiques.

Best Women’s Fashions

Town & County
Dillard’s (chain)

Runners-up:
Staxx
Panache

Much of Town & County’s success in the fashion categories owes to its very personalized customer service. Customers trying out an outfit may find the staff suggesting matching jewelry and handbags.

Best Trendy Fashion Boutique

Staxx Apparel
Runners-up:
2 Doors Down
So You Boutique

Among the stiff boutique competition in Springfield (which has seen one or two places close during the past year), Staxx Apparel dominates the field. 2 Doors Down dominates men’s fashion trends, while owner Thuy Dam’s ebullient personality pulls in shoppers to So You (plus, she publicizes her sales).

 

Best Women’s Accessories

Staxx Apparel
Dillards (chain)

Runners-up:
Town & County
Panache

Staxx won over last year’s winner, Town & County, while Dillard’s and Panache displaced a formidable fashion center, Harem & Company, which was a runner-up last year.
 

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