Begun in 1985 as a strictly volunteer-based project of the St. Louis Mennonite Fellowship, Plowsharing Crafts grew over the years into a thriving nonprofit with two locations and an expansive inventory of eclectic wares from around the globe. The staff is committed to selling fair-trade art and handcrafts in order to provide much needed income and nurture the businesses of artisans, 70% of whom are women, from more than 45 developing countries around the world. The selection of items ranges from housewares to jewelry and beyond, many of which are made with sustainable and recycled materials or from food grown with sustainable methods.
Launched 5 years ago, Mattress Source has grown from a plucky family-run enterprise to a regional institution, soothing aching backs and brightening up dream times with masterfully engineered mattresses of all makes and types. Models from brands such as Simmons, Corsicana, Restonic, and Spring Air enrich the third of your life spent asleep and the eighth of your life spent practicing trust falls with thick, long-lasting constructions designed to support and relax the body. The inventory promotes deep sleep and good health through a range of mattress types, from the strong, nonsagging innerspring design to the pillowy comfort of sheets of memory foam and latex.
For the technicians of A&A Pest Control, class is always in session. Before donning the company's employee garb, they must pass a rigorous training course that equips them to deal with all manner of insect and rodent issues. The education doesn't end there, though, as the staff constantly researches and tests new methods of pest control, from field-testing new chemicals that reduce ant populations to breeding invisible cats that pounce upon unwelcome mice. Additionally, technicians eschew the one-size-fits-all approach to pest control for more customized service by investigating each building to determine the type of infestation and the best course of action for removal.
A tall mural with cheerful, stylized images of antique home furnishings and a well-placed arrow points visitors to the cherry-red front door of Little Shop Around the Corner. Inside the charming resale shop, tail-wagging vintage merchandise and upscale antique furniture, art, jewelry, and china await to be adopted by new owners. The merchandise is sourced from donations to the Missouri Botanical Garden, located just around the corner. Garden Emeritus Trustee Evelyn Newman dreamt up the idea for the store, whose proceeds benefit the Garden's research and educational initiatives aimed at preserving botanical life, conserving resources, and combating climate change.
The St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association's Gypsy Caravan organizes one of the largest antique, craft, and flea markets in the Midwest, with up to 20,000 people expected to attend this year. The 7 a.m. early-bird ticket grants a full two hours of perusing before general-admission ticket holders, who risk becoming antiques themselves during long waits for admittance. Nearly 400 outdoor and 72 indoor vendors will occupy booths plying antiques, collectibles, crafts, jewelry, furniture, clothing, and other unique wares. Complimentary shopper’s guides plot out retail excursions with maps, vendor lists, and navigational star charts. Browse toys, DVDs, and comic books at Tim Metzger's table; deck yourself out in vintage jewelry and custom-made apparel at the Blackberry Exchange booth; or please your feathered friends with a recycled-tire bird feeder from Chalily Pond and Gardens.
Tabby Cleaning Services deploys teams of housekeepers to spruce up apartments, homes, and offices with a versatile array of skills and equipment. Their services include shifts deep cleaning kitchens, during which clients can ask crews to clean the inside of refrigerators, ovens, and cabinets. They also perform basic household tasks, such as loading and folding laundry, or more complex tasks, such as cleaning carpets or replacing all the carpets while a police detective is distracted by the butler.
Floor Trader's friendly flooring consultants assist DIY home-makeover mavens and hands-off designing denizens alike in sorting through a wide selection of brand-name terra toppings, including products from Tigressa, Resista Soft, Daltile, Armstrong, and more. Coat a kitchen in hardwood (starting at $1.98 per square foot), or cover living-room stains and evidence of the 1980's with a new carpet (starting at $0.48 per square foot). Wood can be impersonated impeccably with laminate (starting at $0.58 per square foot), while ceramic tile (starting at $0.78 per square foot) is perfect for paving entryways or for digging up and using as a frisbee.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for under $100), personalized jerseys glisten (most for under $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (most 24x36 pieces for under $60). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, like shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
Sunshine Daydream’s resourceful staff unveils a collection of hard-to-find vintage gifts that stand as tributes to days past with tie-dyed threads, hippie-era band merchandise, candles, and incents. The periwinkle-colored Grateful Dead Blue Bear Mandala tapestry ($26.99) allows buyers to embellish empty walls with Sanskrit-inspired designs or cover up holes kicked in by temperamental Rockettes. Transform stark rented flats into personal temples with wood-and-bamboo door beads ($22.99) that fall in a whimsical arch formation. The shop also pays homage to contemporary pop culture with T-shirts ($19.99-$26.99) declaring love for cult classics such as The Big Lebowski, Dazed and Confused, and The Hangover. Guests can occupy their palms with a variety of hand drums ($24.99) designed for drum-circle frequenters and stock traders that sell via Morse code.
Locks & Pulls Design Elements began as an offshoot of Theiss Plating in 1996 and
is the only family owned decorative hardware showroom in the Midwest, with over 2,000 square feet of the finest selection of cabinet and door hardware. Do-it-yourselfers, interior designers, and contractors will all be amazed!!
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler
($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
The highly trained and insured staff at Domestic Goddess Cleaning whisk away messes in homes and offices with fastidious services and environmentally friendly products. During each two-hour sanitizing session, a group of two–three house hygienists wield their own Shaklee cleaning supplies as they wipe down kitchen surfaces and appliances, then mop, disinfect, and de-scum bathrooms. The troupe also vacuums, dusts, and scrubs bedrooms and living areas until they can see their own faces reflected in the carpet.
Ahner's Garden and Gifts shelters more than 100 different varieties of tropical houseplants in a Dutch-made retail greenhouse. After passing through the greenhouse's gravel detectors and emptying their pockets of stones, blossom boosters can shop for horticultural accents in climate-controlled comfort all year round. Floral fans especially fawn over Ahner's nearly 25 different types of orchids. Premium orchids in 6 in. pots start at $29.50 and can be found in such exotic varietals as the Wilsonara and the Brassia, known as the "spider orchid" because of its double life as an orchid and photographer for The Daily Bugle. If your planters are currently being used to store your collection of precious antique cobwebs, Ahner's botany builders will happily fill them with custom flower arrangements. Prices are based on planter type and size.
Owned and operated by a mother-daughter duo, the licensed and bonded All About Cleaning has deployed professional cleaners on crusades against household grime since 1975. In three-hour sessions, house-cleaning experts tackle approximately eight to nine rooms, or one to two in-home arboretums, gussying up glass, dusting furniture, and vacuuming carpets. In bathrooms, the professional cleaners disinfect fixtures and vacate trashcans; in kitchens, they scour appliances and mop floors. Upon request, cleaners extend their sanitary scepters beyond standard services to include in-depth refrigerator-interior cleaning, upholstery vacuuming, and clearing out closets left filthy by boogeyman raves.
For more than six decades, Stanley Steemer has expunged dirt and stains to produce happy, gleaming homes. The clean-centric company’s experienced technicians journey to sullied homesteads, unleashing their dexterous digits on a variety of surfaces to evict dulling debris accumulated from foot traffic, spills, and indoor meteor showers. Degunk a grimy carpet ($42 for rooms up to 300 square feet), or evict the dirty inhabitants from tile and grout work ($0.75 per square foot). Stanely Steemer also upholds the inherently sparkling nature of upholstery, air ducts, and hardwood floors. Clean-seeking homes in the Illinois counties of Madison, Calhoun, Saint Clair, and Monroe and in the Missouri counties of St. Louis, Jefferson, Franklin, St. Charles, Warren, and Lincoln (except 63019) are all within Stanely Steemer’s scouring, degriming grasp.