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.
Cassie's boasts of being a fragrance boutique that specializes in the types of scents that one wouldn't expect to find without turning on the oven. Though the fresh pumpkin candles, vanilla blossom incense, and exotic perfumes are quite delectable, upon entry, one realizes odors aren't all they sell. Check out the yummy glycerin soaps and natural body butters as well as the fine silver, gold, and diamond jewelry. During the holiday season, one can find ideal decorations for the modern, chic, and beauty-oriented home designer, not to mention the clever greeting cards and magnets available all year long. The atmosphere is serene and inviting and staff is extremely accommodating. Even the store cat is helpful.
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
La Buena Salud is a small health and wellness food and herbal medicine store, located off the Washington Avenue strip in Downtown St. Louis. The strategically placed signage on the street directs traffic to this natural health vendor. Blink, or you'll miss it as it is almost hidden beside a small sitting area that offers an oasis from the noise and traffic. Upon entry, the rows of elixirs, vitamins, organic teas and coffees, locally grown meats and dairy products let customers know they've come to the right place. The staff is notably passionate about their work, and are willing to help people find solutions to their minor health concerns. Of course, it is not wise to substitute their advise for a more thorough doctor's appointment, but hey, these folks know their stuff. -Cathryn D. Blue
Washington Ave Post, aptly named, is located on Washington Avenue, in the bustling loft district. This coffee shop and general store is one of those places every neighborhood needs: somewhere to get copying done, get a toothbrush, and a cup of coffee to start the day. Many of the locals in the neighborhood enjoy hanging out here, people watching from the outdoor seating. Travelers also enjoy the convenience and the services offered at this local business. Washington Ave Post offers print, copy, fax, and binding services as well as a full general store that sells basic food and personal goods. Stop by for the service. Stay a while and enjoy the coffee.
Choose from an impressive selection of hats and headgear for both men and women at Levine Hat Company. This store has carved a niche for itself with its varied styles (ranging from fedora, wool, derby and hornburg among others), fits and custom-made designs. The popular brands here are Cavanagh, Stetson and Knox. Other accessories like socks, pins and gloves are also on offer.
GYA is the heart and brainchild of four women with a mission to make the arts accessible to the community. Located in historic Mid Town, this cooperative gallery offers goods and services that include sculptures and paintings, textile designs, homemade vegan treats, and on site holistic hand and nail treatments. Live musical performances and cultural demonstrations are featured on various days during the month and artists offer lessons in different types of artistic expression. Stop by GYA to absorb the inspirational ambiance, meet other lovers of the arts, or indulge in a vegan sweet tart. -Cathryn D. Blue
Dating back to 1779, this historic market is where the locals come to shop. Fresh produce, handmade items, flowers, meat, spices and other good can be found here. Thankfully the space is enclosed, making it easy to shop year-around. Prices are competitive if not better than the super markets, and its a great way to shop and support local farmers and businesses.