Jenny Present Custom Jewelry broadcasts women's individual poise and style with personalized pendants. The Original Proud Mama line features hand-stamped creations, including the original Proud Mama necklace, bearing a meaningful word, name, or sentimental PIN number on a 14-karat-gold-filled medallion ($70+). Inspirational messages grace each sterling-silver token of the LifeNotes collection, or clients may opt to craft self-designed ornamentation with a design-your-own piece. Custom medallions imprinted with a word or message of choice dangle from an array of silver or gold chains available in beaded or box styles ($24–$50). Worn with one of the noteworthy pendants, subtle, versatile hoop earrings ($38–$72) preserve an ensemble's color palette without overwhelming their wearer.
Petunia keeps kids cute with a large selection of designer clothing crafted with rich colors and playful textures. Tiny torsos can send a message with T-shirts such as the current family favorite shirt ($30) in 100% cotton, as well as a vast array of holiday shirts, and many emblazoned with playful vintage prints. Bows and flower clips ($5–$24) neatly hold hair away from fresh faces, and rainbow-colored twirl skirts ($36) and Little Bo Peep pants ($26–$38) add an ethereal accent to girly outfits and unlucky pet cats. Boys up to 24 months old don designer duds such as a black motorcycle beenie ($16) or a custom name baseball tee ($30), while more mature men-in-training can sport a Big Brothers Rock shirt ($30) to celebrate an expectant sibling or send a strong hint to Santa.
Blue Moon Activewear, which Alive Magazine rated 2010’s "Best Place to Buy Workout Gear,” stocks more than 30 top brands of practical, comfortable, stylish clothes—clothes meant to gracefully accommodate every day’s activities, be they yoga, cycling, running, or running to catch a yoga class, not to be imprisoned in a the back corner of a closet alongside the half-finished jigsaw puzzle “for tomorrow.” Some of Blue Moon Activewear’s most popular lines of tanks, pants, and pullovers include Beyond Yoga, Ion Actif, prAna, Pure Karma, Rese Pilates and Calvin Klein Performance. The boutique’s exclusive Falke line adjusts to movement and temperature as bodies bound, using European ergonomically designed technology to achieve maximum flexibility. Exercisers with an eye for color can try the Ion Actif workout jean pant in chocolate ($72) or the contrast pant in snake ($65).
Shopping at a boutique is like coveting a fashion-savvy friend's wardrobe, except that you can take home a knockout pair of jeans without worrying that your bootylicious bud wore them better than you to an auto plant. Whereas department stores follow trends, boutiques create them with innovative looks from top designers that you won't find anywhere else in town. Byrd Style Lounge cultivates a collection of classic lines and edgy designs, perfect for those who want one-of-a-kind looks but don't want to sift through thrift or pay top dollar for something someone's grandma already wore.
Laurie Solet is named for owner Laurie Solet, who returned to St. Louis after years spent wheeling and dealing in Hollywood—bringing with her a leather-lined wave of fashion plus three ships laden with beaver pelts and exotic spices. Both of Laurie's boutiques offer a wide range of trendy apparel—including items from designers such as Melie Bianco, Black Halo, BB Dakota, La Mer, Amrita Singh, Candace Ang, and more, as well as Laurie's own private label—in an affordable price range. Pick up basics like an Alternative Apparel "Diane" Burnout V-neck for $45, and accessorize it with a statement Avant Garde "Pierre" double ring for $95. If one shoulder is more flammable than the other, keep it cool with an Ella Moss one-shoulder top ($108) and pair it with a Hobo "Lauren" exotic clutch ($108) stuffed with all your favorite toucans, dodo birds, and coral snakes. Otherwise, keep it light for a beach vacation or desert-island stranding in a Splendid stripe racerback tank ($50) and Free People cargo shorts ($68).
Gourmet FoodWorks Deli is a fully stocked meal stop that serves fresh salads, big burgers, and a veritable cornucopia of specialty sandwiches. The lunch menu testifies to an eclectic selection of noontime nourishment. The white-meat chicken-salad sandwich ($7.55) unites a croissant with sweet peppers and red onions, and the customer-loved twisted BLT deluxe ($7.85) pairs a half-pound of hickory-smoked bacon with FoodWorks' own pretzel bread. The spinach salad ($6.75) comes with an optional sweet poppy-seed dressing for fine dining after a Wizard of Oz reenactment, and the chicken taco salad ($7.85) is crowned with tortilla strips side-kicked by salsa. FoodWorks' soups, sauces, and dressings are always made fresh and in-house; nothing is drawn from frozen stock, unlike the entrees cryo-frozen for future generations at secret research diners scattered across the globe.
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers'-market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,350 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options such as the eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs and slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.