Located in the city of Kirkwood, a suburb of St. Louis, this market is an open air affair Thursdays through Saturdays. The market is in the city center and accessible to a number of restaurants and shops. Vendors sell anything from fruits to apparels. Kirkwood Farmers' Market is also a nice place to socialize and make acquaintances, especially if you're new in town.
The South County Antique Mall, a vast display of collectibles and antiques housed in an old Kroger supermarket building, is a place where visitors can lose themselves for hours. Shoppers and browsers are met with an almost incomprehensible amount of goods, which fill some 300 booths and 400 showcases. You will find everything you, your parents, your grandparents and probably a couple more generations all grew up with, from old inkwells right on up through those ever-present Beanie Babies. You will also encounter jewelry, clothes, furniture, old political buttons, button-top shoes, sleds, soda bottles and about 10,000 other categories you cannot even imagine.
South County Center is not as big as some malls in St. Louis, but it is a nice mall to shop at if you want to avoid crowds. This mall does not bring in the people who come to a mall to see a movie; just shoppers. There are three department stores-JCPenney, Famous Barr and Dillard's, plus two restaurants as well as specialty stores for apparel, jewelry and electronics. For kids 12 and younger, there is a club that meets Thursdays and holds entertaining live shows.
This little shop just southwest of the Missouri Botanical Gardens has a diverse selection of beautiful antiques and unique housewares. This is how it works: people donate merchandise to the Missouri Botanical Gardens and Little Shop Around the Corner sells it to the public for great prices. All sales benefit the Garden, and what better reason to buy museum grade glassware? Inventory ranges from fine china to antique furniture and linens. The staff is well learned in antiquing and they make the shopping experience truly enjoyable. Check the website for upcoming sales and discounts. -Cathryn D. Blue
If you're looking for a new bicycle, parts to fix a bike, or awesome cycling gear, but are strapped for cash, A&M Bicycle is the place to be. Specializing in selling, building, and repairing bicycles since 1935, this bicycle seller is an established leader in the minds of St. Louis cyclists. The staff's goal at A&M is to connect the cyclist with the most appropriate gear. The cycling gurus can help individuals find the best bang for their buck in not just bicycles, but also in accessories. If the shop doesn't carry what the customer wants, the staff can order it in a reasonable amount of time. Whether a seasoned cyclist or beginner, A&M Bicycle is the bike shop to visit before hitting the open road. -Cathryn D. Blue
Whether a culinary don or a newcomer to the world of international foods, a trip to this grocery store is sure to be an experience to remember. Ever wonder where Indian restaurants get that special green curry paste? Ponder over the special seasoning that gives Chinese rice its kick? At Jay's International Foods, customers can finally discover the flavors that make their favorite international dishes taste just right. It helps to go with a tour guide because some items simply do not look familiar. In fact, many seasonings and pre-packaged products have labels written in the language from whence they came. The staff is helpful in pointing out items that fit certain descriptions, but it's best to do the research first. -Cathryn D. Blue
Kabloom is a beautiful flower shop in the perfect location: on the way to meet your date. Located in the historic Tower Grove South neighborhood on the skirts of the bustling Grand Business District, Kabloom offers unique fresh flower arrangements in advance or at a moment's notice. Arrangements can come as simple or as over the top as needed. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable and can help patrons customize their bouquets to the likings of their significant others. The best part is that the beauty and thoughtfulness will not break the bank. Bouquets start as low as $30 and single stems can be purchased as well. -Cathryn D. Blue
Cheap TRX (pronounced "
"trix) is one of those places parents don't like to talk about. However, people of all ages can be found there getting tattoos, adding holes for body jewelry, or hanging out in the cage where all the grown people get their respective fixes. Besides the adult-related paraphernalia, costumes, and fetish materials, the store is a fun place to find a lot of random gifts (naughty and nice) and mingle with people who exist within alternative paradigms. The staff is a trip, but they're quite knowledgeable and sensitive to the needs of their clients. If Cheap TRX tickles your fancy, we won't tell anyone. - Cathryn D. Blue
An African-centered bookstore, Ujamaa Maktaba offers diverse titles in the beautiful and historic Tower Grove neighborhood. Topics include holistic health, relationships, inspiration, conversational fiction and non-fiction, and poetry, with a wealth of literature by local authors. Along with books, Ujamaa Maktaba carries edgy urban and traditional African fashion by local designers. The authors and designers featured come from a myriad of ethnic and national backgrounds, and this bookstore allows their voices to be heard and visions to be shared. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and the atmosphere is good-natured and cultivating. It's a great way to spend a peaceful afternoon. - Cathryn D. Blue
This place is the fortune of the vintage clothes shopper. Thumbing through the racks, one can quickly and effortlessly find a one-of-a-kind classic that will be the wistful envy of fashion forward friends. The staff is undoubtedly thrilled about the clean, well-preserved, high-quality treasures they've collected, and fancy sharing that joy with customers. The Vintage Haberdashery is often a first stop for costume party-goers, but many come through to inspect the aisles for casual period pieces for everyday use. Whether shopping for an event, or just strolling through the neighborhood, this trip down memory runway is bound to spark conversation.
Art Dimensions is a nonprofit organization for artists by artists.
Their goal is to bring art to the people without the ridiculous overhead or the need to belong to an artist's guild. Located at 2720 Cherokee, Art Dimensions is ...
The Grand Boulevard Shopping District is where international flavors meet
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Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel (St. Louis Zoo)
On the north side of the St. Louis Zoo, a
hop and jump away from the Penguin and Puffin Coast sits the majestic Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel. This historic carousel features hand carved and painted wooden animals that ...