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.
Walk toward The Bug Store and behold the hodge-podge of everything displayed on the lawn. Walk inside and become swallowed by the amazing imagination someone must have had to put this little miracle together. The Bug Store, located in the South Garden neighborhood of Tower Grove, is a strangely cool place to find interesting home furnishings. The owners and employees love when newcomers stop by and are amazed by their surroundings. The staff encourages people to walk through the hallways and tunnels, upstairs and downstairs to explore and enjoy all the collectibles. Oh, and they have some stuff about bugs.
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
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.
BicycleWORKS has a clear goal of getting at-risk youth into positive environments, increasing their potential and possibilities. At the shop, kids and adults can come to interact with peers and bicycle enthusiasts, learning how to fix their own bikes and gaining a sense of self-efficacy in the process. The kids work toward earning bikes for themselves by assisting in the shop, and learning the ropes of bicycle maintenance. Stop by to talk with the warm and friendly staff and leave a donation if you like.
Hammond's is a rare find. A charming shop on Cherokee Street, it specializes in books so old, you don't get them in snazzy bookstores no more. Art, culinary, drama, and fiction items share space with over 100,000 out-of-print books. What's more, if you think you don't need that library at home, get your copies here. Also check out the online music store to find music from oldies to electronica.