Most music stores carry ukuleles these days. Some have good selections and others not so much. If you are just starting out I recommend going somewhere they actually know about ukuleles and can recommend one to fit your needs, or to take someone along with you who has some knowledge. Here are a few locally.
Kansas City, Missouri
Charles of Squirrel Manor. Chuck is a Ukester and sells out of his home and is quite knowledgeable and best of all honest. He carries primarily Eddy Finn ukuleles, a good medium priced ukulele along with numerous accessories including Aquilla strings and his own invention the Uke Thong (a ukulele strap). Contact Chuck: email@example.com
The Fret Shop is a wonderful small music store which carries primarily acoustic instruments—from upright basses to ukuleles and everything in between. The selection is superb. They also have a very good repair department. 4448 Belleview Ave, Kansas City, MO / 816-283-0400 / www.thefretshop.com/
North Kansas City, Missouri
Frankie Four Strings (Private dealer)
Kala, Loprinzi and occasional used ukuleles. firstname.lastname@example.org
Springfield Music is a well equipped store carrying primarily Kala, Cordoba, Lanikai including many low priced ukuleles for beginners.
12710 Shawnee Mission PKWY. Shawnee, KS/ 913-268-5555 / springfieldmusickc.com/
Blues to Bach carries lots of different instruments including ukuleles. They also offer lessons and repair.
22366 West 66th St. Monticello Village Center, Shawnee, Kansas 66226
913-441-3132 / bluestobach.com/
Mass Street Music is one of my favorite stores to wander around in. Kala, Fender, Collings and vintage ukuleles. A knowledgeable staff and a stellar repair department. 1347 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS / 785-843-9980 / massstreetmusic.com/
Bentley Guitar Studios has lots of everything, from used to new, acoustic to electric. A decent selection of ukuleles and a good repair department.
122 S. Main Street, Parkville, KS / 816-746-9772 / www.bentleyguitars.com
Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Legacy Music is an all round music store. A large variety of everything including repair and lessons. Ukulele’s include Kala, Amahi & Deering.
196 NW Oldham Parkway, Lee’s Summit, MO / 816-554-7350 / www.legacymusic.com
Overland Park, Kansas
The Guitar Center carries Fender, Lanikai, Kala, Cordoba & Oscar Schmidt. Mostly geared towards electric instruments with a small but nice acoustic department.
6700 W. 119th St Overland Park, Kansas / 913-451-0700 / www.guitarcenter.com
Elderly Instruments is a great source for everything acoustic and much more. / www.elderly.com
Musician’s Friend has ukuleles but really anything musical. www.musicansfriend.com