People generally associate premium vodka with distillers in Poland, Russia, or Sweden. But Mastermind Vodka is changing this preconception with a fine American vodka that’s truly local.
In a custom-designed still that resembles a giant martini glass, they mix small batches of the locally grown grains with water purified by a filtration system they designed themselves. The result is a clean, crisp drink that won a gold medal in the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The emphasis on local sourcing extends beyond the liquor as well, with nearby manufacturers supplying the glass bottles and obliging townies offering to taste-test each fresh batch.
Plato's Closet curates a collection of gently used name-brand apparel, incentivizing their customers to bring in their own quality used clothing for cash. Each week, the staff pores over piles of clothing and accessories in search of young and on-trend sweaters, dresses, shorts, and hazmat suits from popular brands. After picking out the best clothes and accessories, the staff reshelves items, priced at up to 70% off their retail value. The style-savvy staff aims to keep the shop’s stock in line with current trends and classic fashion statements, generally choosing only pieces that are 12–18 months old. Most of the available apparel comes in sizes 00–19/20 for girls and waist size 28–40 for guys.
The selection at Value Village rarely ever stays the same?that's because each location boasts a rotation of 30,000 items each week, sourced from charitable organizations and wholesalers. Among this sprawling selection, customers will find a cavalcade of new and gently used clothing, ranging from jeans to shirts to dresses, be they in classic, vintage styles or modern trends. Additionally, they'll also find a huge selection of furniture such as couches and tables, along with electronics, appliances, toys, and housewares to place on and around them.
Andrea's Boutique—described by St. Louis Magazine as "serene and cool"—brandishes a rotating inventory of new, resale, and vintage merchandise and furniture alongside a collection of the owner's original artwork. Shoppers can drape torsos or dress mannequin collections with a selection of secondhand and vintage clothing ($7–$25). Strap necessities across shoulders in a Liz Claiborne messenger bag ($13), or incubate fingers with a vintage fur muff ($19.50). A selection of resale furniture ($15–$300) and décor ($4–$50) populates households and includes items such as a small white bust statue, whose perpetual vacant stare ensures customers will never again have to watch another TV miniseries alone ($13.50).
A kaleidoscope of colorful blossoms peeks out from the sun-drenched windows dotting W.W. Florist & Gifts' 1850s-era structure. Inside, two designers, one floral assistant, and a floral wholesaler combine their petal prowess to lavish patrons with predesigned bouquets and custom arrangements, each artfully crafted to create a thoughtful surprise for a loved one or a decadent feast for a couch-surfing hummingbird. For nonbouquet baubles, gift baskets brim with themed treasures and blossoms unfurl from within decorative mugs and whimsical figurines to splash presents with a festive touch.
Established in Austin in 1987, Custom Sounds has grown into an award-winning company with more than 15 locations throughout Texas and St. Louis. At each location, state-of-the-art showrooms blast tunes from speakers and let customers get hands-on experience playing with products from some of the industry's top brands, including Alpine, Kenwood, and Pioneer.?
But it's not just the high-quality products that make Custom Sounds a go-to source for automotive upgrades: it's the meticulous work from its staff. Custom Sounds backs all of its services with a lifetime warranty because its technicians do all the little things right. They even take the time to solder and heat shrink every connection in every car they work on to ensure top-of-the-line sound. Their detailed work also carries over to installations of remote car starters, security systems, and window tints for cars that are addicted to sunbathing.