2017 Best of Topeka: Jess & Rosie’s

Boutique offers ‘casual to a little bit dressy’ clothing

Ann O’Bryan, co-owner of Jess & Rosie’s, shows off some of the clothing available at the women’s boutique. O’Bryan goes to market shows five times a year to check out trends and buy her customers’ favorites. (Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal)

Best Boutique Clothing Store


Jess & Rosie’s


Jess & Rosie’s gets its name from its co-owners’ loved ones — Jess Cooper, grandfather of Todd May, and Rosemary Rendina-O’Bryan, grandmother of Ann O’Bryan. A story board in the women’s clothing boutique, 5633 S.W. 21st St., displays pictures of and a little information about the couple’s grandparents.

“Our family loves it,” O’Bryan said.

May and O’Bryan are always looking for things to add to the inventory of the 3,000-plus-square-foot boutique.

“I love clothing, I love accessories. I love being able to help women pick out something that makes them feel really great,” O’Bryan said. “We have a lot of people that come in and they need a new outfit for their class reunion or for a wedding, or some sort of special event. … We have more casual to a little bit dressy.”

Ann O'Bryan talks about Jess and Rosie's, which was named Best Boutique Clothing Store for 2017.

O’Bryan goes to market shows five times a year to check out the latest trends and buy the store’s best-sellers and customers’ favorites. She buys only a few pieces, so everything is one-of-a-kind and unique to her shop.

The store sells TOMS shoes; Brighton jewelry; Premium Denim apparel; men’s underwear; fun socks; meat rubs, dips and sauces; candles in recycled beer and wine bottles that are poured in Leavenworth; Lipsense, a lip color that lasts up to 18 hours; and many other items. The boutique also stages trunk shows for artists.

First runner-up: Pinkadilly

Second runner-up: The Hub