A staple for the music loving community of Webster Groves, Euclid Records has an extensive selection of new and used LPs, CDs and magazines. Here, one can browse through the stock without much effort as the inventory is wonderfully organized. Be it a classic jazz album or a contemporary electronic music record one wants to bring home, the store doesn't disappoint. Make sure you grab some limited edition vinyl 45s, which have been recorded at the store. During summers every year, the store hosts the Record Store Day Weekend, where bands from across the country perform at the store. Open everyday, one can always find students from the nearby Webster University checking out the new arrivals from its collection.
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.
Locals and visitors gather in crowds to shop, dine and have fun in the Loop, a six-block area in the center of St. Louis filled with dozens of businesses. This historic landmark in the university area is convenient to Lambert International Airport, Forest Park, MetroLink, the Washington University and more. Parking space is plentiful for those planning on shopping or staying in the area awhile. Shop at places like Tantrum and Faru Gallery, dine at Blueberry Hill or the Melting Pot. Or take in a movie at the Tivoli Theater.
Situated in the heart of St. Louis within minutes of Lambert International Airport and several hotels, this center houses 165 stores, more than 50 of which are exclusive to St. Louis. From children's clothing to specialty goods, from snacks and delicious sweets to greeting cards and custom-made teddy bears, there will be something here for everyone. Shop in the finest stores and relax while dining in the Atrium Dining Court or one of several other restaurants. Going to the Galleria is as much an adventure as it is a shopping experience.
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.
The exquisite team of Westrich Photography specializes in wedding, family, corporate, kids, groups and individual portraiture. Rob Westritch, the head photographer, is fun to work with and tries to make clients feel comfortable. The Westrich style is clean and elegant. Whether pictures are posed for or just “caught” during a candid moment, these photographers have an eye to capture the most beautiful possibilities. Photos can be taken either in the Clayton studio or on site.
Owned by brothers Tim and John Intaglia, this shop is dedicated to providing quality customer care and offering a great selection covering the hottest trends in furniture. They specialize in classic design that brings together comfort and beauty, all at affordable prices. Beyond the expected sofas, chairs and tables, you'll discover decorative accessories, entertainment units, paintings, prints, rugs, and a great selection of dinnerware.
Since 1987, Clemens Violins, Violas, and Violoncellos has emerged as a leader in crafting and restoring the beauty of stringed instruments. Located near Washington University in the Clayton district, Clemens is a go-to place for musicians and students of music. Julia, the professional and skilled restorer, has been working with instruments for several years. It is usually best to call ahead for a quote and make an appointment if a specific restoration or instrument design project is in mind. However, if just browsing or curious about the crafting of violins, violas, violoncellos, and viols, the staff would be happy to have you. - Cathryn D. Blue
Anyone who has ever gotten customized framing for their favorite photograph, piece of art, newspaper clipping or stamp collection understands how much of a difference a frame makes. The Great Frame Up, located in Clayton, offers unique custom framing for all those old Michael Jackson posters and Van Gogh prints on-site. The frames offered are not limited to the traditional wooden rectangles with silver or gold trim. Textures, colors, and even shapes beyond the norm will fit the tastes of even the most eccentric art connoisseur. From round to 3-dimensional, the staff will accept any challenge and send you on your way with a masterpiece. - Cathryn D. Blue
Pizza, ravioli, provel cheese, Italian sausagewhen mouths begin to water in St. Louis, it’s probably because someone visited Roma Grocery, Inc. Located in The Hill Italian District, this local grocery store is one of the largest distributors of provel cheese in the area. That’s the cheese that has put St. Louis pizza on the map, and it can’t be found just anywhere. This local grocer is a great place for travelers to visit, and with a huge Italian clientele, there’s no doubt that the raw ingredients up and down the aisles are fresh and authentic. If you're looking to throw a party to impress, ask the friendly staff to help build a menu that’ll knock your friends' socks off. -Cathryn D. Blue