Vintage Vinyl: St. Louis's Best Recorded Music Store
The best independent record store I've ever been in, for the big selection & the ambience. People are always "shopping" there. Bands squeeze in there to play regularly, too. See website for bands scheduled & lots more info. They sell new & used vinyl & CDs, too. Mostly CDs . Music magazines & the usual posters, patches, etc. OPEN EVERYDAY, at 10 a.m. Till 11 p.m. or midnight, depending on day.
What to buy: local music is featured at this store - my daughter Katie owns part of a small local label - their releases are here, as well as many other locally produced discs!
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The Scholarshops: Name Brand & Designer Used Clothing
Since I wrote the tip below, I have shopped at both of the stores many times! I discovered the Season Clearance sales, which are hard to resist. At the end of summer '05, I carefully stuffed 21 items in a normal paper grocery sack for only $25. The bag is provided & most of my items were dresses! Really, really nice dresses that I have been wearing to work & for fancier events! You pay $25, total, for whatever you put in the bag. You can share a bag with a friend, of course. After the sale ends, they donate the remaining items to a specific charity ( I thinK that varies from year to year).
Unusually new & clean, well organized thrift stores in upscale areas, these 2 are my fav places to buy my clothes, in addition to yard sales. (Webster Groves has the best yard sales, approximately April through Sept.) They have men's & children's sections,too. Prices are very good & dressing rooms are excellent. My last purchase was in January, a long skirt to take on my trip to Europe, $9 & like-new. It will be my only skirt; I'm traveling extremely light ;-)
I LIKE THIS STORE SO MUCH THAT I PUT A TIP ON MY WEBSTER GROVES TRAVEL PAGES, TOO.
What to buy: THE WEB SITE I added has two reviews written by mothers who shop for their kid's clothes here. They caution to check for stains and other problems. that would be true anytime you buy used clothes. The site also has a google map for the Webster Groves store and the address.
What to pay: $4 to 40 (the higher price would be for real designer clothes) - or one dollar, or less on Sale!
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The Fudgery: The Gospel of Fudge
What The Fudgery sells is straightforward -- they have about a dozen different flavours of fudge. The unique and entertaining part is how they sell it.
Every half hour or so they offer free samples. In order to earn free samples customers have to participate in an interactive session I'll call The Gospel of Fudge. I happened to be at Union Station three different times while it was going on and each time it was a little different. It usually starts with the leader asking if everybody wants to taste the fudge, which is usually met with a murmur. Of course, the leader gets people saying "Yeah!" louder and louder until it is nearly deafening. Then he usually gets people to chant different things, followed by a song (I heard "Joy to the Fudge") and then everyone has to pledge allegiance to the fudge (usually improvised things such as "I promise never to buy frozen yogurt or Spice Girls albums ever again and always buy my fudge at The Fudgery) before the samples are offered.
What to buy: I can vouch for the deliciousness of the Rocky Road and Chocolate Caramel Nut flavours.
What to pay: $5.99 per half pound, but don't pay full price because there are always deals to be had. At the very least there is a coupon available at the Union Station information desk that gives you a free slice of vanilla nut fudge when you buy two slices of any flavour. Usually they'll offer you an ever better deal. At the end of the Gospel of Fudge, they announce all sorts of specials, but you can even get a deal other times as well. Later in the day we got two free slices of any flavour when we bought three.
- Food and Dining
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Galleria Mall: Shop till ya drop!!!
The Galleria Mall has many diffrent shops to choose from. It has two main levels and a third level that is just the food court area, plus there is a movie cinema in the food court. They just put in a Chees Cake Factory restaurant in. The food is GREAT!!!! The mall has some higher end stores, along with some regular stores that are fun. It is located just west of Downtown, along highway 40 at highway 170. There is also a couple of great shopping plazas next to it. There are so many great stores!!! You will pleased with all the stores you find there.
What to buy: The only thing I can think of would be things that will help you remember St.Louis. Buy a Cardinals, Rams, or Bluse jersey or shirt here. They have a couple of diffrent stores that specialize in that apperal. Just keep your eyes open for unique things you don't find at home. There is also a, Back Rub Company in the mall. So after a long day of shopping just stop in and pick a package and relax. They also have an early bird special there, I believe its a 10 min foot rub or back rub for 10 dollars. It's well worth it!!!
What to pay: If you see something at one store, your sure to see it in another one there. Keep your eyes open and compare prices. Most prices are about the same as your home town or less.
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Souvenir Outlets at Museums: St. Louis - Souvenir buying
What to buy: From friends and relatives who went to Paris, we have received miniatures of Eiffel Tower.
Not to be outdone, when in St. Louis, you can buy the Gateway Arch of St. Louis for a bargain.
I am not sure if it is scaled to the original size but it is worth the buy for me. Quite unique and stands out in the souvenir cabinet.
Phoenix Rising: Unusual Gifts
This is more than a gift shop. The American handmade jewelry is well-crafted, as are the unique crafts. Besides humorous greeting cards & toys, you have many retro gift items, some expensive & some cheap. Home Decor & gifts for you, your lover, your dog, your infant, or someone else's. It is fun to look around for five or ten minutes. I wear two pairs of earrings from this shop often, both gifts from my daughter!
I hope you enjoy memories of your visit, too.
- Women's Travel
Plowsharing Crafts: Pretty Things for a Good Cause
I was lured into Plowsharing Crafts by the beautiful flower pots in the window display. Once inside a marveled at the store's amazing selection of fair trade crafts.
They have beautiful jewellery, things for the home, musical instruments and much more. For the fam or world music they carry the complete selection of Putumayo CDs. Not only is everything really beautiful, but it's a great feeling knowing that the people who made these things were fairly compensated for their work.
What to pay: All of the prices were very reasonable. I bought two glass bead bracelets for $8. At home I couldn't even buy the beads to make one for that much.
The Loop: Unique Boutiques
The Loop has many shops ranging from totally unique jewelry, ethnic keepsakes, furniture, gifts, clothes, home decor, body art & piercing, shoes, and so much more. I love all the shops there. Just make a day of it. There are plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from. It is very unique. You will be entertained while you are shopping by the interesting, funny, cultural, and beautiful goods. There is plenty of entertainment outside in the summer months with bongos or jazz artists on the street. Inside at night all year round. See Chuck Berry at Blueberry Hill or hit Reggae night at the Red Sea. All ages, races, etc come together to display and enjoy the beauty of the loop. You can see a couple of old Jewish men out for a stroll or a totally tattood teen with facial piercings and blue hair. No matter what you will love it. Keep in mind shops close early.
What to buy: A special keepsake to remember your trip. A culturally significant piece, or a crazy little nik nak.
Of course a cool piece of jewelry from Zeizo for your sweetie is a great buy too.
What to pay: Prices range. Take your credit card to be safe. I often find something I just can't pass up.
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- Arts and Culture
Union Station Shopping Mall: Shopping where the trains once ran ...
This is a mall that is part of the development of the old Union Station. While there are plenty of restaurants [vix. Landrys outside next to the former train shed area], the shops themselves aren't particularly interesting. What is interesting is the renovation of the building.
Jefferson National Parks Assoc. Shop: Under the Arch
The Museum Store under the Gateway Arch offers a large selection of western history materials. Like most NPS associated stores it gifts are related to the site - namely the history of the United States’ westward expansion, St. Louis and the design and construction of the Gateway Arch.
It is run by the Jefferson National Parks Association. Education discounts for schools are available by calling.
What to buy: The Museum Store offers books for adults and children, music and DVD’s, toys and other collectible gifts about pioneers, Lewis and Clark, Native Americans, Eero Saarinen, the Gateway Arch and America’s national parks.
Some examples: Old-Fashioned Bread Puddings and Other Old-Fashioned Desserts $3.95
A jigsaw puzzle of the St. Louis Gateway Arch during a thunderstorn is 12x36 inches in size and has over 500 pieces. (photo 3) for $5.95
This sterling silver charm which is 0.75 inches tall and features the Gateway Arch and the historic Old Courthouse. $15.95
Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse Vintage Mug $8.95
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
- National/State Park
West County Mall: Shopping
Okay, so like the areas in the St. Louis area, many of the malls are named for their location. For example, West County Mall, South County Mall, and the easiest to figure out, Chesterfield Mall, cause it is in Chesterfield.
We have some really great malls in our area. West County Mall, aka The Dove Mall, has been totally re-done is really nice. Here you will find stores such as Dick's Sporting Goods (a fun place), Macy's, Nordstroms, Victoria's Secret (my favorite store), JC Penney, a great swim suite store called "Water Water Everywhere" (I will be there this weekend), tons of shoe stores, specialty shops and so much more. There is a wonderful food court, Starbucks and a great restaurant called "J.Bucks".
Don't want to fight the parking hassle? There is valet parking for $5.00, which at times is worth every penny.
This mall was recently voted the best in St. Louis, and I can vouch for that.
What to buy: Just about anything you can think of, you can find it here. This is a Westfield Mall, if that helps at all.
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Shopping in St Louis: A brief summary
What to buy: Antiques: Cherokee Street in south St Louis and Maryland Ave in the Central West End
High End Shopping: Plaza Frontenac in Ladue (Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Ave, Williams Sonoma, Coach, etc. etc.)
Shopping Mall: The Galleria, Brentwood Blvd (Macys, Dillards, the usual mall stores)
Funky, Eclectic: U-City Loop (Delmar Ave) (Retro, vintage clothing, record stores, beads-n-bangles, etc.)
Boutique-y: Central West End (esp. Euclid, Maryland, MacPherson Aves)
West County Center: Fabulous Mall In St. Louis
If you are in the mood to shop. West County Center is a great place to go for just about anything you may be looking for. From Dicks Sporting Goods to Nordstrom this mall has it.
What to buy: A must is a visit to Charming Charlies. What a great shop this is. They have everything from jewelery to boots to clothing that you won't find anywhere else. And the price? WONDERFUL!
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St. Louis Area Malls
St. Louis has a lot of shopping malls. The main malls are Chesterfield Mall, Saint Louis Galleria, West County Mall, St. Louis Union Station, Mid-Rivers Mall, Northwest Plaza, Crestwood Mall, South County Mall, Plaza Frontenac, Belleville Mall, and a couple others. The Saint Louis Centre was a nice sized mall in Downtown St. Louis that was built fairly recently, but I'm not sure on its current status, as the City of St. Louis has been seriously considering redeveloping the site that it exists on.
The Fudgery: Union Station
The fudge is good, but the show is better. This particular "showman" would throw a stream of fudge in the air as he would mix it.
This shopping area used to be a rail station. The architecture is very interesting.
What to buy: Fudge
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