Located a hop, skip and a jump from the magnificent Soulard Market, The Porch offers a relaxing getaway into the world of wines, fun conversations, and napkins with charmingly sarcastic messages on them. This colorful gift shop is not only a place to find unique fashion accessories and novelty items for the home, garden, and office. The Porch is also a meeting place where individuals and small groups can congregate, share stories, and enjoy wine tasting on the patio. Explore the neighborhood and then have a seat on The Porch. - Cathryn D. Blue
The history of this market goes back to 1779, when a bunch of people got together to sell and buy produce and other products and to socialize. A couple of hundred years later, the market is still bringing together people from diverse backgrounds. The unique collection of goods found at the market includes live fowls, fruits and vegetables, freshly made donuts, choice cuts of meat, spices and other tempting treats. The prices are competitive with, if not better than, those at supermarkets, but it is the interaction between locals and visitors that creates the ambience of this market.
Located in the downtown Shrewsbury Historic district, this 15,000 square-foot mall offers a whole range of goods, among them artworks, antiques, baseball cards, Beanie Babies and autographed sports items. Whether you are looking for an elegant, Victorian-style piece or something more rustic, you can find a perfect piece of furniture for the home or office from one of the more than 150 dealers.
With over 100 years of experience, Fazio's knows their bread. Bakers have been filling the neighborhood with the heartwarming aroma of freshly baked bread every morning since 1902, and have been specializing in Italian fare since 1983. Selling their own brand of frozen Italian snacks in local grocery stores, Fazio's is a household name in St. Louis. The folks in the kitchen are sticklers for quality and freshness and are more than willing to discuss their expertise. As a wholeseller, Fazio's can help create the atmosphere at your party for a price that can't be beaten. Samples are available for first-time buyers. -Cathryn D. Blue
Travelers, be sure to leave some extra space in your suitcases if you are planning to visit Urzi's Blue Ridge Italian Market. They specialize in authentic Italian meats, cheeses, and breads that can't be found in most places around the Midwest. Located near The Hill Italian District, there's no surprise that the folks at Urzi's know their stuff. The staff is fun and knowledgeable and can find customers exactly what they're looking for. The prices are quite reasonable and delivery is available. Try the prosciutto or a special Italian sausage. If that's not enough, grab some of the gourmet confectionery delights. -Cathryn D. Blue
Big Sleep Books specializes in mystery and suspense novels, and features a stylish mural of an old Hollywood film and mystery greats, most noticeably Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. The store sponsors frequent events and author signings, and supports a network of area mystery writers, who are featured on their website.
The Little Blaque Dress is that funky little shop that leaves you with that traffic-stopping feeling. The unique, modern, cutting edge designs are perfect for the woman who knows her fashion and doesn't want to just "fit in." Specializing in high-end couture, the garments on display are ideal for formals, cocktail parties, and special ceremonies. The shopping experience at this charming boutique is intimate and luxurious. The staff is very helpful in finding the perfect outfit for the occasion, or ordering and customizing attire to fit clients' needs. Before your next party, make sure to stop at The Little Blaque Dress first. - Cathryn D. Blue
This place has everything for pets. In fact, bring the pet while you shop. I'm sure the pup will appreciate the freshly baked doggy biscuits. Not to mention, all the wonderful toys and treats that will bring delight to the face of any loving animal friend. For the showboats out there, Wolfgang's also offers the latest and greatest in pet couture. In addition to the fantastic shopping, there are a number of services available which include all the bare necessities: grooming, supplies, bedding, pet medicine, and private pooch parties for the puppy who loves a shindig. - Cathryn D. Blue
Upon entry, it becomes clear that West End Gallery is not your ordinary antique store. Some items date as far back as the 16th century including secretaries, dining tables, art work, jewelry, silverware and knickknacks. However, more recent precious and hard-to-find items from the 1940s through the 70s are sprinkled throughout the store. The setup mimics that of a museum. Each item is displayed in the context that compliments the overall motif, with each room displaying items of a different period or type of style. Don't forget to check out the American, African, and Asian art on the second level. Whether planning to purchase or just to spend some time, this gallery is worth the stop. - Cathryn D. Blue
Sweetness is always in the air at this fine chocolatier. Bissinger's, located in the chic Central West End, has been known for its expertise in cocoa confectionery since the 17th century. With time, this brand has emerged as the leader in specialized chocolate making. Besides bringing magnificence to chocolate consumption, the beautiful, modern and serene atmosphere allows patrons to enjoy select loose teas, unique coffee recipes, and delectable wines, including Bissinger's own Cabernet. The staff is energetic and knowledgeable, and after a quick consultation, any chocoholic's antidote can be prescribed with ease. Seasonal specials like the chocolate covered raspberries and spicy fondues keep the menu interesting. Stop by for a sip and a bite, and try not to overdo it. - Cathryn D. Blue
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