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.
Kangaroo Kids outfits tikes from birth up to size 12 with affordable resale clothing and shoes, while aiding new mothers with an array of nursing supplies. Suit up an infant in a onesie ($0.99) or dress a baby in a sleeper ($2.99) to subtly hint that the 6-month-old's most recent film script bored you to tears. Prepare for a nippy fall with jeans and sweaters ($5.99–$9.99) or adorn ’dos with new hair accessories ($4–$15). The shop also caters to expectant and new mothers with baby-rearing essentials such as nursing bras ($20–$55) and Medela breast-feeding supplies ($4.99–$18.50). Kangaroo Kids' clothing can prepare kids for the upcoming school year or provide warmth to pumpkins sitting alone on a cool porch in October.
Lass & Laddie stuffs shopping bags with a frequently rotating collection of stylish children's apparel and accessories from a wide range of brands as well as local clothiers. Pint-sized dresses dolled up with sparkly tulle and floral designs normally range from $25 to $75, though most other items will charge wallets $10 to $35. Keep upper bodies in tune by draping them in fun guitar duds, which, like actual guitars, should be washed at least once a week. Patrons can swaddle their most important offspring in vibrant rose dresses or a bat shirt. Lass & Laddie is dedicated to recycled and repurposed clothing—all handmade items are stitched and sewn from vintage fabric, and several of the labels maintain an eco-friendly status.
The owners of Peak Nutrition founded their business with a simple goal of helping others. To that end, they provide customers with the supplements they need to kick-start a new diet, fuel a workout, or muster the strength to rip off their tank tops Hulk-style. On-staff nutritionists and dieticians can further help clients in their healthy pursuits with custom five-step nutrition plans.
Since 1958, the clatter of pins has filled Crestwood Bowl, which was taken over in 1973 by Ray Bluth, one of the first PBA Hall of Fame inductees. Ray’s son, Mike, recalls fond memories of a childhood spent carousing amongst the lanes. In 1979, Mike started working at the alley, and continued to do so all throughout high school and college, before he became general manager. "Nothing much has changed," says Mike about the alley and the sport itself. The bowling alley still glistens pristinely, just as it did in the 1970s, with comfortable seating at each of the 24 lanes, which are set against a backdrop of planets and stars.
But that’s not to say that there haven’t been updates. Years ago, the alley's bumpers were inflatable, and would send balls ricocheting from side-to-side down the lane like runaway hedgehogs. Today, bumpers are built into each lane, and the AMF Advantage automatic scoring systems can be altered so that hitting eight pins equals a strike, thus bumping up kids’ scores. During Extreme Bowling on Friday and Saturday nights, the lights dim and a disco ball spins wildly in an attempt to escape down the lanes and hit a strike. Between frames, bowlers can refuel at the snack bar, chewing on chicken strips, pizza, 1/3-pound Angus beef burgers, and pork tenderloin.