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Scoop up a name stool ($59), Hollow Woodwork's most popular piece. The regular-size seat holds a name of up to eight letters in your choice of primary or pastel colors. The stool is designed to last a lifetime. The Shapes Puzzle ($19.99), featuring eight shapes and a blend of primary and pastel hues, teaches and entertains, and Hollow Woodworks will restore any lost puzzle pieces for free (shipping not included). Other options include coat racks ($34.99), memo boards ($39.99), and alphabet worms ($49.99).
Wave-Taco's sun-loving bartenders pour libations amid white-sand volleyball courts, a grass patio, and a sizable population of lounge chairs. Dive into a pitcher of Shock Top, a citrusy belgian white brew ($13), or a bucket of aluminum 16-ounce bottles of Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime, Bud Select, or Michelob Ultra ($19) as cold as an ice-skating rink on Saturn's outermost ring. Lounge in swim trunks, bikinis, or borrowed hotel robes while sipping Malibu rum buckets, a potent concoction of seven flavors of rum and fruit juices ($13). Wave-Taco hosts live DJs, beach parties, and bikini contests, and it is open from 6 p.m. to midnight Monday-Thursday and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Historic, picturesque Laclede's Landing is the backdrop for the "Kick It On The Cobblestones" block party, a fundraising event for area youth-sports organizations. In keeping with the sports theme, participants can enter for a chance to win tickets to the soccer game between Real Madrid and Inter Milan at the Edward Jones Dome at 1 p.m., and youngsters can compete in soccer challenges in the hopes of winning prizes. The full-day event isn't just about sports, though. Crowds can boogie to live tunes by R&B-tinged rockers Dirty Muggs and eclectic quintet El Scorcho. They can also wield their tickets for discounts at area establishments all weekend, including $3 off adult admission at the Wax Museum, a free handcrafted beer with lunch or dinner at Morgan Street Brewery, and half off apparel at other local businesses.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.