When I was single and lived on the Plaza I could walk to Bonwit Teller and Saks and Hall's and Swanson's. And the drug store and the grocery store.
Slowly but surely the independent shops and the elegant department stores began to close. Except for Hall's; thank heaven for Hall's - it remains.
Taking their places were chains like the Limited and the Gap. Handy, but depressing. Now the whole thing looks like a mall. The most horrifying gigantic sign that you have ever seen hangs on the facade of the former Swanson's space announcing the opening of Forever 21. It sends shudders down the spines of women who knew better.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the depression and a few of those places closed, too. And rent was not so easy to come by. In response, the Plaza has made way for a few new local retailers.
You can find Steve Rogers's new shop, Prize, on the Plaza at 4639 Wornall - just across from Houston's.