At Jake's on Main, a plethora of optimistic mantras cover the walls, and tidy shelves display quality threads and accessories for a trendy and casual clientele. As lounge pants ($40–$42) surround legs in comfortable material, snuggle socks ($10) corral toes and ankles and protect them from attacking hermit-crab armies. Men's and women's short-sleeve crusher tees ($26) grant arms breathing room on warm days, and long-sleeve crusher tees ($32) shield entire upper halves against nippier autumnal gusts. Coffee mugs ($10) guard hands from hot coffee or motel lava, and insulated travel mugs ($20) maintain liquid heat on airplanes, buses, and expeditions to rescue baby penguins from empty-nester yetis.
At The Great American Diving Company, swimmers and scuba enthusiasts plunge into a 10-foot-deep, custom-built training pool heated to a balmy 85 degrees. Under the guidance of PADI-certified instructors, students in Discover Scuba sessions learn to breathe and explore beneath the surface, opening the doors to continue underwater education and obtain certification or finally put to rest a fear of really big puddles. Divers can gear up for their next expedition in the shop, and the staff also leads scuba trips to diving locales.
The Glass Workbench—a stained-glass and glass-making specialty store—began as a family-owned enterprise in 1975. Back then, owners Glen and Joanne Bishop chose an old-style building on South Main Street to create their shrine to the age-old art of glassmaking. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the building's 2-foot-thick Burlington limestone walls enclose the shop's inventory of supplies and books about glass arts. They also house mosaic stained-glass artworks by Julie Bishop Day, Glen and Joanne's daughter, who developed the stepping-stone technique for glass decoration. Local crafters take advantage of glassmaking workshops and admire the work of the staff's resident artisans, whose custom stained-glass pieces portray nature imagery and legendary moments in history such as when Ben Franklin invented Windex.
Knit and Caboodle is a full-service yarn shop in Historic St. Charles, MO. We offer thousands of yarn, with supporting patterns, books, needles, accessories and roving for spinning and felting. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help and inspire.
The staff members at Ooh La La, Inc.’s family of St. Charles retailers—Ooh La La Ladies Boutique, Ooh La La Children's Boutique, Shoe La La, and the recently opened Ooh La La Juniors Boutique—pride themselves in their stock of unique pieces. In each stylish storefront, women browse fashionable clothing, accessories, and shoes from independent designers, children find pint-size fashion statements, and juniors shop for trendy outfits or a unique first name.
Di Olivas' founders travel throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East to sample the region's gourmet oils and vinegars, then bring the best ones back to the store's two Saint Louis–area locations, where patrons can draw up to 25 ounces of their favorite straight from the fusti. Each shop also stocks balsamic vinegars that have been aged for a minimum of 12 years, or a single viewing of Beverly Hills Chihuahua’s ambitious director’s cut. Di Olivas also carries more than 15 varieties of traditional and flavored gourmet coffees and keeps two dozen flavors of De Cio and Rossi Pasta on hand, including tomato sanoran spice, artichoke, and chocolate cabernet.