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.
Heyde Sewing Machine Company needs every inch of its 5,500 feet of retail space: shelves groan under the weight of more than 5,000 bolds of cloth, and in addition to sewing notions and quilting supplies, the store stocks machines from brands such as Brother and Pfaff. This wealth of fabric and needlework necessities sets the stage for classes on subjects ranging from basic sewing-machine operation to advanced undertakings such as quilting or navigating embroidery-lettering software. In addition to friendly instructors, the staff includes skilled technicians ready to repair sewing machines of any make or model and sharpen shears dulled by snipping obnoxious neighbors’ power lines. The store’s encouraging embroidery and quilting clubs, as well as its library of patterns, make for a creatively fertile atmosphere that brings crafters back again and again.
The Fantasy Shop owners Dave and Kelli Wallace and their friendly staff escort culture enthusiasts through a chasm of comics, games, and merchandise. New single-issue comics ($2.99+) and trade paperbacks detail the adventures and misadventures of favorite heroes, antiheroes, and sea mammals posing as high-school students. Revel in the hexagonal pursuits of the two-player Hive ($31.95) or the little victories of Munchkin ($24.99), or select another game from a vast entertainment cavalcade of European- and American-style board games. Dungeons & Dragons Player Handbooks ($34.99) prepare Tiefling warlocks for spelunking and malicious encounters with falling rocks, and Magic: The Gathering booster packs ($3.99) aid deck-builders with instants, summons, and new-card smells.
Conceptualized by style shaman and seasoned mom Laura Maurice, Purple Cow offers gently used designer clothing at discounted prices to keep kids cute and parents’ pocketbooks plump. The boutique’s always-changing stock is interwoven with threads from popular brands such as Oilily, Gap, Mini Boden, Hannah Anderson, Gymboree, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Baby LuLu, and more, as well as baby gear such as high chairs, pack-and-plays, strollers, and basic checkbook-balancing blocks. Keep your tater tot toasty all the way through autumn in two-piece outfits by Gymboree for $12.99–$16.99 ($40–$60 retail), one-piece rompers from Gap for $7.99 ($24.50 retail), and kids’ Northface jackets for $29 ($99 retail). All items are hand-selected by Purple Cow’s attentive team of garment and gadget gurus to ensure utmost quality and safety.
Baked Goods Pottery invites aspiring and amateur artists to decorate provided pottery with a variety of vibrant paints and tools in a fun, creative atmosphere. Once you've singled out your makeover recipient from Baked Goods’ inventory of more than 200 pieces, you'll get to unleash the wild colors and images of your mind and watch them play across its surface. Adorn a small cookie jar with the corridor fight scene from Oldboy, or decorate two plates with psychedelic colors and make your next dinner-party guests hallucinate that you're serving them a delicious feast. Along with these items, your Groupon’s value of $25 can also buy a picture frame and a bevy of other options.
Women's Closet Exchange's handpicked selection of pristine lady things has earned it recognition from piles of fashionable females, as well as St. Louis Woman Magazine. Lightly worn clothes that look heavily unworn fill the boutique's bright interior, with many bearing designer labels such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, and Juicy Couture. Due to the nature of the business, the inventory is in constant flux—questing shoppers never know what gems they might unearth from a rack, a shelf, or the diamond mines beneath the store. On any given day, customers might find a Tory Burch tunic for $59, a BCBG Max Azria dress for $38, or some True Religion jeans for $49.