A police officer for 23 years, Steven King dreamed of owning a shooting range where could teach people how to responsibly operate a firearm. Even after launching Metro Shooting Supplies, he still had more know-how to share than he could dispense in his training classes. His wife, a television reporter, suggested he host a radio show. Intrigued, he pitched the idea to several stations until KTRS gave him a one-hour slot on Sunday nights. Four years later, he and his cohost wife continue entertaining listeners by sharing industry news, explaining gun laws, and breathing heavily during awkward pauses. The station even extended them to 90 minutes. This passion for educating people extends throughout Steven's team, a crew of instructors that upholds NRA standards, whether training students in basic handguns or police and security officers for qualification. Steven's favorite part of his job is working with beginner shooters, specifically the moment when they realize that they possess all the instincts necessary to safely handle a gun. To help them, he uses the same instructional methods that he used to train his fellow police officers, which he learned at the FBI's firearm academy. Metro Shooting Supplies' training resources include rifle-rated ranges at both locations, and the Bridgeton range's superb construction earned it a five-star rating from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Ballistic-tested surfaces, such as steel-lined walls, surround guests in bulletproof protection. A HEPA-filtration system exchanges the air every 45 seconds, channeling a fresh breeze from outside. The range also features a bay of five handicapped-accessible stalls, built with oversized booths to accommodate both a wheelchair and an instructor. Inspired by the Wounded Warrior Project and his employees—many former law-enforcement and military servicemen—Steven built this bay as a patriotic expression to disabled guests who wish to continue or explore shooting sports. In addition to the public ranges and classes, both of Metro Shooting Supply's locations extend to pro shops, where the staff waits on visitors from beginners to active-duty police officers. Gunsmiths also offer the services in firearm customization, restoration, and maintenance.
Sole Survivor sports a strut-worthy selection of outdoor, comfort, and fashion-forward sole-shields for men, women, and kids. Peruse brand-name kicks such as Chaco and Merrell to outfit terrain trodders for upcoming adventures, or try on Naot sandals and Sebago loafers for a chic and comfortable crab-walk about town. Beachy sandals by FitFlop ($60) tone gams into pillars of muscle capable of supporting bodies without the help of feet, leaving toes free to patter off quietly in a pair of soft-soled Minnetonka Kilty moccasins ($42). Tiny toddler tootsies can scamper freely in soft Acorn Easy booties ($18) or a selection of velcro-strap trainers from Wee Squeak ($32). More rugged than a pair of long johns woven from beef jerky, women's Kamik Comforter 2 boots ($62) valiantly protect feet from bad weather, and men's Harness 8R Vintage motorcycle boots by Frye ($210) provide a perfect way to safely shield tough-as-nails tootsies from the fiery exhaust pipes of Hell's Angels.
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The sterling-silver double-heart pendant necklace updates a classic jewelry design to reflect the sentiments of Mother's Day. Affixed to a delicate 18-inch silver chain, a heart-shaped pendant reads Mom in elegant script. A .01-carat brilliant-cut diamond adds a touch of sparkle to the lettering, like the rubies set in every o in the Constitution. The diamond is rated for H/I color and I1 clarity. The necklace's timeless style can transition seamlessly between casual and dressy occasions.
After the local camera shop went out of business, customers contacted Ron Henges, the building's manager, about picking up their finished prints and repaired cameras. In the process of helping fill these last orders, customers recommended Ron open his own camera store to fill the need in the community. More than 30 years later, Creve Coeur Camera continues to serve and educate its customers through nine area locations, including a 12,000-square-foot flagship store. The shops supply and repair top-of-the-line cameras and photographic equipment and timely print services and teach how to craft charismatic images through a broad curriculum of classes.
In business more than 70 years, Concept Shoe Repair boasts a staff of expert cobblers that skillfully mends faulty footwear and revitalizes worn leather. More than 1,400 square feet of shop space facilitates pristine shoeshines, leather-purse and -luggage repair, and sizing normal-size shoes for off-duty clowns. The cobblers on staff vary from first- to third-generation shoe repairmen with decades of experience and a devotion to attending trade conferences that assist them in learning new techniques and challenging the world record for how many marshmallows can be stuffed into a shoe.