The Dollhouse Studios' certified instructors coax sensuality and self-assurance out of shrinking violets with pole and dance fitness classes for women of every experience level. Each class stresses the power of female fellowship and toughens cores with such workout routines as pole spins, Zumba, and kickboxing drills. Specialty workshops and pole-dancing parties teach climbing and twirling techniques within a private setting and stage races to the top of radio-tower antennas. The Dollhouse Studios battles obesity through its D.O.L.L.S. Project, which hosts shimmying sessions for corporate groups and sponsors 5K walks for diabetes and heart-disease research with its Whip My Hair outreach initiative.
The Build-A-Bear Workshop features a customized companion-making process that allows parents to work with children to create a timeless toy. Kids hop in the friend-assembly line and choose an animal (anything from bears and bunnies to fennec foxes is available), add sounds and messages, then stuff it with huggable stuffing and a special satin heart. The Stitch Me station seals seams and inserts a special barcode used to locate lost bears, and the Fluff Me station optimizes huggability. Clothing options appear, then bears are named and released to their makers. Full-sized friends cost $10 to $25, sounds range from $4 to $8, and bearcessories start as low as $2 for socks.
Though the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis is itself quite large, it houses a collection of artistic miniatures that encapsulate life inside a mansion or a replica of Bevo Mill in a few square inches. The museum's staff collect, preserve, and even sell some of the most impressive miniature works to be found, from dolls and their houses to re-creations of the St. Louis IX Basilica. They put together bustling displays featuring tiny, elegant domiciles completely outfitted with to-scale furniture, made period appropriate to match the house's design. Miniatures, dolls, and figurines with clothes to match wander the hallways, staring at their surroundings in a perpetual wide-eyed wonder that's shared by their visitors.
At Taylor Tots Children's Boutique, a kid could easily play dress up until he or she reaches adulthood. The shop's racks and shelves brim with an assortment of clothes for boys and girls—everything from baby and toddler outfits to T-shirts and sweaters for older kids. The selection includes new and lightly used garments, as well as kids' accessories such as cribs, high chairs, and toys. Taylor Tots Children's Boutique also purchases items that are in good condition.