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Within a historic Victorian-era house built in 1863, a friendly staff, an amiable cat, and a documented ghost oversee The Book House's selection of more than 350,000 books. Culled from hundreds of collections, auctions, suppliers, and rogue librarians in the past 25 years, the books range from new to rare to out of print. They nestle into every nook and cranny of the store’s nine rooms and three floors, which are connected by winding staircases. Thrifters and fans of alliteration can venture down to the Bargain Basement to discover discounted reads, and other bookworms search the first and second floors for tomes about any subject from history and philosophy to science fiction and children's books.
A portion of each purchase goes to support the Second Chapter Life Center, which helps young adults with developmental disabilities. The Book House also accepts used-book donations any time during regular business hours.
The Needlepoint Clubhouse supplies inspiration, a wide selection of materials, and needlepoint classes that gather small groups of students for hands-on learning. The store?s rainbow of thread skeins shimmers with metallics and gleams with silk, canvas unfolds in an array of thread counts, and magnifying lamps spare eyes or uncover hidden hovercrafts woven into ancient tapestries. Sectioned tote bags ferry projects about with ease, and frames and expert frame-finishing services ready masterpieces for display. Savvy stitchers, including a master teacher, helm classes, the subjects of which range from needlepoint basics for beginners to advanced decorative stitches for those with thimbles welded to each finger.
Begun in 1985 as a strictly volunteer-based project of the St. Louis Mennonite Fellowship, Plowsharing Crafts grew over the years into a thriving nonprofit with two locations and an expansive inventory of eclectic wares from around the globe. The staff is committed to selling fair-trade art and handcrafts in order to provide much needed income and nurture the businesses of artisans, 70% of whom are women, from more than 45 developing countries around the world. The selection of items ranges from housewares to jewelry and beyond, many of which are made with sustainable and recycled materials or from food grown with sustainable methods.
At ALIVE Bride 2014, engaged couples peruse St. Louis' wedding offerings, browsing displays from local photographers, florists, and luxury event venues. The event, which highlights more than 30 merchants total, is hosted by ALIVE Magazine, a St. Louis lifestyle magazine focused on culture, fashion, and nightlife.
Your commission begins with a personal meeting with the artist, either in person or over the phone, depending on your preference. During your consultation, you’ll discuss the theme and color scheme of the painting. Whether you’d like a gift that encompasses the essence of your Aunt Thelma’s favorite lace dress or a piece for your serene bedroom that draws the eye away from the police chalk outline, Bolton will interpret your desires to create an original work of abstract art. Once your painting is finished, you can stop by Bolton’s studio to pick it up on weekday evenings between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., or between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends.
Every Thursday through Saturday night, two pro piano players sit down at Jive and Wail's two baby grand pianos and proceed to bang out Top 40 hits from a plethora of eras, including time that has not yet come to pass, though these future-songs cannot be heard by present-day ears. Audience participation is not only encouraged but demanded by the dueling pianists—who are not above threatening their audience with atonal jazz if no song requests are forthcoming. Once you've made your request, the bar's high-tech sound system makes sure you won't miss it while refreshing your tipple at the full-service bar.
Awarded the 2010 Best Used Book Store award by the Riverfront Times, Dunaway Books ensconces bibliophiles in a labyrinthine assortment of used and rare books and music. Bargain-book hunters traverse the store’s aisles of sorted and sub-sorted volumes for tucked-away treasures, stumbling upon a beloved classic from their childhood such as Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales ($3.53) and E.B. White's Stuart Little ($8), or Shakespeare's slam poetry. The store is painstakingly arranged, placing small press and local authors up front to boost exposure and tucking children’s books beneath the mezzanine to provide a private hideaway for page turning. Shelves of CDs, such as a recording of a Beethoven violin concerto, battle the onslaught of digital music, reawakening shoppers to the pleasures of holding a prized album in hand and using it to crush the nearest MP3 player. The store’s décor is in keeping with its passionate, torch-bearing philosophy: the restroom is plastered floor to ceiling with bookmarks ranging from ticket stubs to photographs, and the basement’s expansive collection of tomes rests against time-worn, stately walls of exposed brick. A view from the mezzanine allows shoppers to drink in the sight of the written word bathing in natural light and fellow bookworms bathing in the spray of fountain pens.
The spirited souvenir-smiths at For Keeps Sake supply creative crafters with all they need to anthologize the best of days gone by. Starting Monday, September 12, introductory classes brighten up crafting tables each Monday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as the friendly staff teaches the basics of prettily piecing together memories. A start-up kit's bevy of basic materials and supplies fits neatly in a large canvas tote bag, which spills twice-monthly promotions and discounts for holders. Scope out the August-September schedule for upcoming events, such as special days for Tote Club members and classes on fashioning a meta-scrapbook out of the best past scrapbooks.
Sunshine Daydream’s resourceful staff unveils a collection of hard-to-find vintage gifts that stand as tributes to days past with tie-dyed threads, hippie-era band merchandise, candles, and incents. The periwinkle-colored Grateful Dead Blue Bear Mandala tapestry ($26.99) allows buyers to embellish empty walls with Sanskrit-inspired designs or cover up holes kicked in by temperamental Rockettes. Transform stark rented flats into personal temples with wood-and-bamboo door beads ($22.99) that fall in a whimsical arch formation. The shop also pays homage to contemporary pop culture with T-shirts ($19.99-$26.99) declaring love for cult classics such as The Big Lebowski, Dazed and Confused, and The Hangover. Guests can occupy their palms with a variety of hand drums ($24.99) designed for drum-circle frequenters and stock traders that sell via Morse code.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for under $100), personalized jerseys glisten (most for under $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (most 24x36 pieces for under $60). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, like shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
Awarded Best Craft Store in 2006 by the Riverfront Times, Schaefer's Hobby Shop's knowledgeable staff is dedicated to helping hopeful hobbyists and confident crafters sift through a vast selection of art, jewelry, and model vehicles. Patent the next award-winning sweater pattern with a kaleidoscope kit, which enables its users to construct their own tube-twisting patterns ($12.99). Meanwhile, a miniature tarmac houses the Blue Angels jet launcher ($7.98) and gyro-powered Air Hawk attack helicopter ($6.29). Guests browsing through Schaefer's wide variety of jewels can foil heists by tripping up burglars with colorful beads and then spelling out their Miranda rights with 4.5–5.5 mm pewter alphabet letters ($0.79–$0.99).
We import and source high quality, well designed items that are generally handcrafted, often by internationally known artisans.
We also mix it up with market finds and other special pieces that you can't find elsewhere.
By offering these pieces we are supporting families that we know, which we feel is very important.
It’s hard to miss Artmart: Pollock-esque splatters of paint cover its bright-red exterior. Inside, its just as striking. Artists of all disciplines draw from the art superstore’s wealth of supplies and skills to further their next projects. Thousands of colors of paints, pencils, and sculpting materials are in stock here, as well as brushes, easels, canvas and a vast paper selection.
As a locally owned creative marketplace, Artmart has a number of divisions in its store depending on your artistic needs: you can immortalize your pieces and prints at the Framing Center, or stock up on colorful cards, stationery, and decorative paper at the paper boutique. Children as young as three can sign up for the store’s small-group classes, which cover various media including painting, sketching, and sculpting skills. You can be inspired at their Studio which boasts a host of events from fine art adult classes to craft workshops to creative birthday parties.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Unique home-decor items can be an extension of one’s personality. At Rambles, a mix of new and used housewares and gifts allows decorators to find the final touches for any room. While upholstered couches and area rugs can contribute to a home’s overall look, it is Rambles’ more unusual accessories—bottle-cap magnets, framed comic-book memorabilia, and vintage LIFE magazines—that spark up conversations and cover up your pet squid’s ink splatters.