Kansas City, MO
The imported decor section of this shop is great, but I confess I come here to buy beads. The selection can be iffy (it's growing daily though) but the prices are, hands down, the best in town. If you need jewelry components of any sort (especially for pearl/shell components and findings), shop here first ! If they have what you're looking for, it will be significantly less than anywhere else in town.
The Bead Shop is my go-to source for Swarovski crystal beads (at prices comparable to the big online sellers), but they have tons more-- gemstone strands, freshwater pearls, a great selection of Artistic wire and findings and chain galore. They have a nice wall full of glass beads and seed beads for days. For a small store, The Bead Shop sure has it all.
I agree with Beth, this shop is simply amazing. The quality of the merchandise on display is unparalleled. And for a high-end store, I'm constantly surprised at the affordability of most of their offerings. The retail staff is of the high caliber you'd expect at a smaller, more personal shop, but having professional designers in-house to answer even the smallest question (and gladly at that) makes shopping here a wonderful experience.
One of my favorite stores ever. Great eclectic mix of goodies leaning heavily towards local artists. Truly a destination shop as you will find things here available nowhere else.