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.
The experienced construction gurus at Waltco Tools, with more than 8,000 square feet full of wares from 200 major brands at their disposal, guide customers toward the right tools for any handyman job. A Dremel engraving tool ($19.99) etches signatures into personal property or local playground slides, working its carving magic on a variety of surfaces and materials such as metal, plastic, glass, ceramics, wood, and leather. The convenient telescoping magnet ($1.99) facilitates quick retrieval of screws and other metal parts, and a pair of Black Stallion gloves($16.99) protects hands when battling squirrels for dropped shiny things. Waltco packs supplies for all manner of DIY projects, as well as professional projects, outfitting area businesses with essentials for automotive and industrial work.
Since 1971, World Aquarium has stuck to its not-for-profit mission to protect marine life and promote the public's understanding of the aquatic world through educational programs, exhibits, and research. The aquarium unsurprisingly favors a hands-on approach; visitors often get close enough to high-five the flippers, fins, or pincers of many of its more than 10,000 animals.
Tour guides wind through exhibits on sea and freshwater animals, showcasing creatures such as sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, and fish from rivers and lakes around the globe. While peering into the faithfully reconstructed habitats, visitors absorb valuable information on how to conserve water, protect aquatic resources, and peacefully resolve conflicts between Siamese fighting fish.
Glamm Studio & Spa's staff bolsters their salon bona fides by participating in ongoing training to stay abreast of hairstyling trends. They beautify clients with hair and spa services for men and women. Along with facials, waxing, and nailcare services, they also pierce ears—the best way to get a hole in your ear without making your ear the plot of Bio-Dome. The salon has been at it since 1982, and it animates a dedication to the community by contributing to several causes, including Hats Off 4 Cancer and the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
The family-owned Wolf's Flower Shop has tugged at visual and olfactory heartstrings since its blossoms and bouquets first graced St. Louis homes in 1947. The shop’s skilled florists craft fresh blooms into gifts for any occasion, from wedding-day roses to carnivorous flytraps for visits to the DMV. Drawing upon a large inventory of vivid blossoms, tropical flowers, and potted plants, the friendly staff often pairs its floral arrangements with stuffed animals, mylar balloons, and other charming touches.