Big Shark Bicycle Company is a great bicycle shop located on the outskirts of the University City Loop. The shop is run by active bicyclists who support local businesses and companies. You can catch Big Shark's logo plastered all over fun events throughout St. Louis such as bike races, running and triathlon events, university activities, and much more. They also have their own bike riding and racing club. The store offers bike repairs and tune ups, advice on what bicycle and bicycle accessories are right for you, and friendly service. -Rease Kirchner
Star Clipper is a hip comic book store located in The Loop. While many comic book stores seem to be home to nothing but obsessive comic book nerds who will snub you for being a DC fan instead of Marvel fan or vice versa, Star Clipper is a much more versatile, open place. You'll find all the comic book classics as well as an impressive collection of graphic novels and manga. For those of you who aren't into any of that, they carry unique art books that showcase modern, pop or just unusual artwork. You can even stock up on Japanese candy while you're there, or suit yourself up in some comic book apparel. -Rease Kirchner
If you are stumped for what to get someone for any occasion, consider taking a look at Phoenix Rising. This store is great for that unique (maybe slightly weird) person on your gift list. They carry jewelry, books, home decor, and fun little toys and knick-knacks. This is a fun place to peruse even when you are not on the look-out for a gift. They strive to provide fun, quirky and off-beat items for people with good taste and an even better sense of humor. -Rease Kirchner
Vintage Vinyl is mildly famous throughout the country, though there are only 2 locations and St. Louis is lucky enough to be home to one of them. This massive store has CDs, records, videos, posters, record players and basically everything else any music nerd or audiophile might desire. They have listening stations set up throughout the store and the employees can always recommend something for anyone who is overwhelmed by the incredible selection. It's far too easy to spend hours in this store, perusing the music and losing yourself in the collectible vinyls. They also host local bands a few times a month.
Subterranean Books is a favorite bookstore for many bookworms who appreciate more of an underground culture. You'll still find some classics, but you'll also find fun novelty books, great art collections, and books by authors who are more popular with the underground crowd than the mainstream. The bookstore is small, but it is packed with some great finds. You'll be surprised how long you can spend perusing the shelves and adding books to your wish list. You can also pick up some nice notebooks and stationery. This store accepts credit cards, but as it is a small, independently owned operation, they ask that you use cash whenever possible.
Macrosun International is a really unique store, logically situated in the trendy and off-beat area of the University City Loop. Macrosun International features high-quality fair trade items. They travel around finding unique art, crafts, decorations and more and bring them back to sell at prices that you don't have to be rich to handle. They focus on promoting peace, understanding and cultural expansion. It's a great place to look for gifts or unique items for your home. -Rease Kirchner
Pitaya is a trendy boutique that does not follow the "boutiques are expensive" stereotype. The prices are comparable to anything you'd find at the mall, but the clothing is much more unique. Pitaya is bursting with bright colors, chic designs, and plenty of options. You'll find tops, bottoms, dresses, accessories, lingerie and more. A lot of their clothing focuses more on hitting you with the color than wowing you with a complicated design, but you can still find the occasional fun print. You are bound to find something that fits your style and budget. -Rease Kirchner
Connie Cheeks, the founder and joint proprietor of Not Just a Book Store, had a vision to help people reach mental, spiritual, and physical enlightenment through the joy of reading. A new addition to the University City (aka Delmar) Loop, this book store and tea garden offers a selection of fresh pastries, essential oils, soaps, and soy candles that enhance the smells, tastes, and feels of the book-browsing experience. The store hosts wellness and empowerment classes as well as book signings and talks by local authors. Upon entering, one immediately becomes aware of the healthy, positive energy within the walls; it's easy to spend hours sipping the daily herbal tea selection and conversing with the owners and other customers.
Apple Store caters to all of your Mac and iPod needs. Stop in to check out the latest games, software and accessories. If you're traveling, the staff can direct you towards all the adapters you need for your electronics. Many locations also offer workshops on how to use their various products. See their website for more information and a calendar of events.
Shopping has never been as fun as it is in this U-City Loop novelty store. Meli-Melo offers an eclectic range of choices, from Uncle Goose toys to Mary Engelbreit cards. There are toys and cards for young and old folks alike, as well as a unique selection of jewelry. The staff, meanwhile, is warm and friendly. This is a good place for locals to shop or take the kids for a treat, but also a wise choice for travelers wanting to buy a take-home surprise for the family.
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Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel (St. Louis Zoo)
On the north side of the St. Louis Zoo, a
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