Local Services in Cahokia

55% Off One Week of Daycare

Hope Church

$105 $47

Trained childcare workers watch over children during the week and provide enrichment activities and crafts

50% Off EMT Training Course at Rapid EMT

St. Louis

$1,600 $800

Students receive 120 hours of hands-on EMT training in a classroom setting, followed by an ALS ambulance ride-along or ER clinical

81% Off On-Location or In-Studio Photo Shoot

Concord

$445 $85

Acclaimed professional photographer will capture individual or family photographs in-studio or on location

Up to 51% Off Jewelry or Watch Repair

Saint Louis

$50 $25

Experienced jewelers resize rings, swap out bands, and perform other small repairs

Up to 47% Off Arteaga Photos

The Southampton

$19 $10

24" X 36" black and white poster commemorates iconic St. Louis creation and 26-page book details the building process with vivid photographs

51% Off Video and Photo Conversion Services

Soulard

$35 $17

Video specialists convert movie film, all videotape formats, and photographs into digital files for easy online sharing and secure backup.

Up to 68% Off Skills Assessment and Tutoring

Saint Louis

$535 $185

Educational organization provides afterschool programs for younger children and a goal-based tutoring service for older children

Up to 69% Off Peer-Reviewed Cover Letters and Résumés

St. Louis

$70 $25

Job seekers get résumés and cover letters penned by skilled writers and reviewed by pros who make hiring decisions at their own companies

78% Off Senior-Portrait Package from Studio 314

St. Louis

$180 $39

One hour, four settings, and five wardrobe changes

70% Off Boudoir Photo-Shoot Package

stlphotographer.com

$230 $69

One-hour boudoir photo shoot can take place in-studio or on-location at customer’s home; includes two digitally edited 8”x10” prints

Up to 64% Off Photo-Shoot Packages

St. Louis

$112.18 $49

Photo-shoot packages include two 8”x10” and four 4”x6” prints, plus a DVD of digital images

50% Off

Downtown

$180 $90

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68% Off Boudoir Shoot at LaFemme Glamour Studios

Central West End

$310 $99

Photographers instill confidence in their subjects during provocative and empowering boudoir photo shoots that include hair and makeup

58% Off Life-Coaching Sessions

St. Louis

$237.50 $99.99

Certified life coach with more than 15 years of experience guides clients through major career, relationship, and diet changes

Up to 69% Off Résumé Writing Session with Interview Prep

University City

$350 $110

After a half-hour résumé consultation, an expert prepares a résumé draft for approval within 72 hours

79% Off Debt Assessment

Saint Louis

$120 $25

A seasoned debt resolution and tax attorney scrutinizes bills and analyzes debt before doling out advice for resolution

51% Off MMA, Martial Arts, or Fitness Classes

Brentwood

$59 $29

The Warrior Training program offers personal training sessions in a group setting with customized workouts to achieve personal goals

Half Off Four-Week Infant Massage Classes

Multiple Locations

$120 $60

Classes are held in a relaxed environment where parents learn the techniques and many physical and psychological benefits of infant massage.

61% Off a Photography Workshop from STLPhotoArt

Multiple Locations

$75 $29

A skilled photographer guides small groups of students through hands-on shooting experiences at a variety of scenic city locations

Up to 75%% Off Smartphone and Tablet Services

Affton

$120 $60

Phone-repair experts swap out broken glass for fresh screens or use Hydro Seal protectant to guard against damage from liquids

Half Off Doggy Daycare and Boarding

Saint Louis

$50 $25

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76% Off at St. Louis Boudoir by The Studio

Franz Park

$190 $45

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Sultry, yet tasteful boudoir photo portraits for women of all ages and body types, professionally retouched, with prints

jcp portraits – Up to 83% Off Photo Shoots

Multiple Locations

$125 $25

Professional photographers capture families, babies, and individuals with custom backgrounds, props, and variety of poses

45% Off Photo Printing

Clayton

$100 $55

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Up to 88% Off Lifetouch Portrait Packages at Target Portrait Studio

Multiple Locations

$204.95 $25

Photographers customize backdrops and props before capturing images with professional gear; posting images in online gallery within 24 hours

50% Off Scuba Pre-Certification Training Course

Multiple Locations

$199 $99

Scuba lessons in a custom-built indoor training pool heated to 85 degrees

60% Off at St. Louis Mattress & Furniture Warehouse

Store Address

$400 $159

Shoppers settle in for sweet dreams with pillow-top, memory foam, and pocket-coil mattresses from brands such as Beautyrest

Up to 59% Off Puppy Socialization Classes

Belleville

$120 $59

Puppies learn good canine manners in group classes; optional follow-up evaluates puppy behavior

Up to 67% Off Dog Boarding and Daycare

Saint Charles

$105 $35

Dogs socialize during the day in indoor and outdoor play yards; at night, they bunk down in safe environment

37% Off Computer Repair

Collinsville

$110 $69

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Sylvan Learning – 81% Off Tutoring

Multiple Locations

$495 $95

Assessments determine tutoring approaches for kids in grades K–12

45% Off from Beautiful Memories Linens & Event Services, LLC

Saint Ann

$300 $165

White or ivory folding-chair covers with sashes in color of your choice; ideal for events such as weddings, holiday parties, and graduations

50% Off Tailoring

Maryland Heights

$40 $20

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71% Off Child's Learning Assessment

Edwardsville

$295 $85

A comprehensive three-stage process includes a sensory motor assessment, an academic assessment, and a report and meeting with parents

Up to 61% Off Guitar Lessons

Saint Charles

$157.50 $65

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Learn simple tunes by the end of the first lesson, then interactively play on a stage with a recorded band to quickly pick up guitar skills

Up to 55% Off Healthcare Packages for a Dog or Cat

Chesterfield

$55 $25

Thorough exam helps keep a dog or cat healthy; friendly clinic with three doctors on staff

Up to 61% Off Dog Daycare or Pet Boarding

Chesterfield

$152 $59

Dogs engage in supervised group play during daycare sessions; dogs and cats enjoy comfortable, separate lodgings during overnight visits

61% Off Custom Framing in Chesterfield

Chesterfield

$100 $39

Staff with more than 60 years of combined experience encases photos and memorabilia in one of 2,000 frame styles in as little as one day

70% Off Boudoir Photography

Eureka

$275 $83

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Fire. Hammers. A pottery wheel. Some of humanity’s most elemental and primitive tools, yet into the 21st century they remain. And Craft Alliance Program Director Susan Donahue Yates attests that they’re some of the coolest. With each season’s catalog of classes, some of the most popular, according to Yates, let students play with fire, hammer metal into jewelry, or shape a lump of clay into something as fundamentally beautiful as a baby seal mimicking the Mona Lisa’s wry smirk.

At Craft Alliance, the focus is art in all its forms. Whether the tool is the raw flame fusing cut copper or a Mac loaded with Photoshop image-editing software, the intention to inspire and to create remains the same. Its two locations schedule seasonal terms with four- to six-week classes, as well as intensive workshops and children’s classes. Guiding each student along his or her adventure, skilled faculty instruct from experience. Most are working artists who exhibit their work and who have reaped their experience from the trenches of the art world.

Craft Alliance is not just empowering people with knowledge; they are also helping people make mugs, bowls, wooden spinning tops, rings, rugs, and digital photo albums. Many of these things are practical and serve a functional purpose. But many do not—they’re just beautiful things, like vestigial tails. A good number of these pieces are created by hand and are meant to remind us, as Yates remarked, that everyone can do something different from their everyday, workaday lives by adding beauty to a world that truly needs it.

The student and faculty artists backbone the Craft Alliance community, which in 2014 celebrates its 50th anniversary. The Grand Center location represents a regeneration of an arts district already pillared by the Fabulous Fox Theatre, Powell Symphony Hall, and St. Louis University.

501 N Grand Blvd
Saint Louis,
MO
US

As you approach the ornate 1916 building now known as Bevo Mill, you may notice two storks on the chimney. They aren't pausing en route to deliver twins—the stone birds were added as a good luck symbol in the German and Dutch tradition. When August A. Busch Sr. of Anheuser-Busch commissioned the structure in the years leading up to World War I, he sought to bring Europe's Flemish architecture and culture back to his native St. Louis. The historical building eventually closed its doors to the public, but in 2009, it reopened as Bevo Mill, an elegant events center that welcomes weddings, corporate gatherings, and other large-scale happenings.

Visitors can still watch the 60-foot-wide aluminum blades of the original windmill spin, and admire the exterior stucco walls’ multicolored stones, each hand-picked by Mr. Busch from his home farm. Brass chandeliers illuminate the main dining area, where vaulted cathedral ceilings curve down into arches whose bases are guarded by stone-carved gnomes. Local artisans restored the Mill Room's painted tile murals and ornate wooden beams, and the Oak Room's artisan glass and art deco light fixtures were meticulously repaired or stolen from Jay Gatsby's mansion.

In the kitchen, chefs prepare refined event menus and samplings of hors d'oeuvres such as flaky feuilletes, glazed pot stickers, quiches, and quesadillas. Buffets feature dishes as diverse as grilled Norwegian salmon, chicken roulades, and seasonal vegetable medleys. On Sundays, chefs prepare a brunch buffet that features dozens of internationally inspired recipes such as hardwood smoked bacon, belgian waffles, potato pancakes, and Hungarian-style sausage. Once a month, Bevo Mill holds an authentic German night, complete with live music and a German buffet.

4749 Gravois Ave
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Onesto is Italian for "honest," so it's no surprise the owners of Onesto Pizza & Trattoria strive for transparency when it comes to their food. They proudly showcase the list of more than 10 local farms from which they gather their menu's organic and seasonal fruit and antibiotic- and hormone-free meat. They even reveal the secrets behind their wild-mushroom- and Gulf-shrimp-topped pizzas by letting diners watch as each pie is hand-tossed. Pasta, from the housemade fettuccine to the macaroni and cheese served with lobster in a cast-iron skillet, joins elaborate seasonal entrees such as pan-seared wild striped bass, accompanied by a pumpernickel-crusted saffron risotto cake and sautéed spinach and apples in a lemongrass-butter broth. In addition to sourcing its ingredients locally, Onesto strives to reduce its carbon footprint by recycling, serving to-go orders in compostable containers, and asking diners to take off their carbon shoes at the door so as not to leave a footprint.

The gourmet ingredients and eco-friendly attitude seem to overshadow the restaurant's decor, which the Riverfront Times describes as "unassuming … with no obvious flash or flair." But subdued is sometimes best, as the paper named Onesto's "simple" patio as Best Outdoor Dining of 2010, hailing it as "an escape from the hustle and bustle of other St. Louis restaurant patios."

5401 Finkman St
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.

Picture People encourages subjects to arrive 15 minutes early to the shoot and offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.

65 West County Center
St. Louis,
MO
US

Led by Lou and Karen Ravetta, Ravetta Photography's family of artistic shutterbugs has captured the beaming faces of individuals, families, and couples since 1976. Whether on location or beneath the controlled lights of their studio, the photographers work to preserve memories in styles that include photojournalistic, black and white, and the less popular white and white. They focus their lens on high-school seniors, weddings, and children, designing personalized photo books that stylishly showcase each image. Additionally, Ravetta Photography's staffers man photo booths that let party guests run through all of their brains' pre-programmed facial expressions at events.

3131 Hampton Ave
Saint Louis,
MO
US

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.

1012 Loughborough Ave
Saint Louis,
MO
US