Boutiques & Bites
North Bucktown, Chicago
Soutache Refresh your wardrobe with ribbons, buttons, bows—and the miles of could-be accessories you'll find at this quirky embellishments store. 2125 N. Damen Ave., 773/292-9110, soutacheribbons.com.
Grace Choose from Luciano Padovan sophisticated heels, Sue London ballet flats, and Bo'em summer sandals at a new-kid-on-the-block shoe store. 1917 N. Damen Ave., 773/384-7223, shopgrace.com.
Takashi French meets American with a Japanese twist at this hot new restaurant. Try the trio of tofu and the chicken in a clay pot. 1952 N. Damen Ave., 773/772-6170, takashichicago.com, entrées from $23.
Crossroads District, Kansas City, Mo.
Birdies A lingerie emporium known for its exquisite Clo lace underthings and local designer Stella Replied's corsets, showcased in vintage candy cases. 116 W. 18th St., 816/842-2473, birdiespanties.com.
Spool A good source for chic finds by local designers: Standouts include hand-crocheted baby booties by Grandma G and knit halter dresses by Amanda Nervig. 122 W. 18th St., 816/842-0228, ilovespool.com.
Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates Savor a chocolate filled with yuzu (Japanese citrus) and you'll agree that these treats are edible art. 1819 McGee St., 816/842-1300, elbowchocolates.com.
West End, Portland, Ore.
Frances May Vintage with a modern twist: Discover items like Thea Grant's cool directional-arrow rings and girlish yet grown-up Church & State dresses. 1013 SW Washington St., 503/227-3402, francesmay.net.
Odessa In a shop specializing in unusual labels, you'll spot Isabel Marant linen dresses—hard to find outside of France—and Martin Margiela harem pants. 410 SW 13th Ave., 503/223-1998, odessaboutique.com.
Clyde Common Join a communal table and make (new) friends while sampling exotic dishes like scallop crudo with blood sausage and grapefruit. 1014 SW Stark St., 503/228-3333, clydecommon.com, entrées from $15.