Founder Todd Beckman opened the first Tan Company location, then called The St. Louis Tan Company, in 1994 with a pair of average-size sun retreats. After perfecting a superstore concept with multiple levels of tanning beds and an intrepid-reporter alter ego, Beckman's bronzing business now spans 53 locations in 8 states, including 39 locations in the St. Louis area. Todd ensures each salon keeps the same high standards that won the 2010 award for Best Tanning in St. Louis from CityVoter.
A knowledgeable staff maintains each bright, highly sanitized environment and stocks shelves with Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin tanning products. The Tan Company also fashions UV-free tans with Mystic Tan standup booths that evenly spritz bodies with a paraben-free DHA solution infused with aloe vera.
At Jule Lingerie & Loungewear, bras range in size from 28A to 42GG, and span the style spectrum, from supportive and comfortable to sheer and lacy. To help newcomers sift through the vast selection, experts offer complimentary fittings. Their helpful service and ample selection earned Jule a slew of accolades, including Best Local Lingerie of 2012, according to the Ladue News.
In keeping with their mission to provide feminine silhouettes with a comfortable fit, the shop’s lingerie experts also stock Spanx shapewear and basics including loungewear by PJ Salvage. Additionally, the store carries nursing bras and maternity pajamas.
Rebounds Used Books & Teacher Supply was founded through the owners' experience selling their own professional books online. Now boasting a sizable selection of used books and teaching aids, the staff sells its publications both online and through its brick-and-mortar retail space in Chesterfield. There, peruse Rebounds Used Books & Teacher Supply’s evolving selection of paperbacks, cookbooks, textbooks, and classics, such as Zeus's tell-all autobiography.
The St. Louis Cartridge World is one of the region's biggest ink and toner retailers. Roy G. Biv-ify your printer or copier with ink for most major brands, including HP, Dell, Canon, Lexmark, and Epson. Prices range from less than $10 to more than $100, but many cost less than $25. Inkjet cartridges can be refilled an average of four to five times, usually with no wait time, and the Cartridge World experts are happy to field all questions within the bounds of the cartridge universe.
Klutch adorns women of all style sensibilities in designs handpicked from the runways of New York and L.A. The boutique's couture-savvy staff furnishes shelves and hangers with more than 30 designers, including footwear and denim from the detail-conscious, Brazilian fashions of Colcci and the draping, Native American–inspired dresses of Wildfox Couture. Tolani's handcrafted designs grace customer necklines with a fusion of modern and traditional shapes reminiscent of the musical fusion of electro-punk and prairie-dog songs. Jewelry ranges from $20 to $200, shoes and dresses go for $40–$200, and tops cost $20–$200.