Awarded the 2010 Best Used Book Store award by the Riverfront Times, Dunaway Books ensconces bibliophiles in a labyrinthine assortment of used and rare books and music. Bargain-book hunters traverse the store’s aisles of sorted and sub-sorted volumes for tucked-away treasures, stumbling upon a beloved classic from their childhood such as Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales ($3.53) and E.B. White's Stuart Little ($8), or Shakespeare's slam poetry. The store is painstakingly arranged, placing small press and local authors up front to boost exposure and tucking children’s books beneath the mezzanine to provide a private hideaway for page turning. Shelves of CDs, such as a recording of a Beethoven violin concerto, battle the onslaught of digital music, reawakening shoppers to the pleasures of holding a prized album in hand and using it to crush the nearest MP3 player. The store’s décor is in keeping with its passionate, torch-bearing philosophy: the restroom is plastered floor to ceiling with bookmarks ranging from ticket stubs to photographs, and the basement’s expansive collection of tomes rests against time-worn, stately walls of exposed brick. A view from the mezzanine allows shoppers to drink in the sight of the written word bathing in natural light and fellow bookworms bathing in the spray of fountain pens.
A tall mural with cheerful, stylized images of antique home furnishings and a well-placed arrow points visitors to the cherry-red front door of Little Shop Around the Corner. Inside the charming resale shop, tail-wagging vintage merchandise and upscale antique furniture, art, jewelry, and china await to be adopted by new owners. The merchandise is sourced from donations to the Missouri Botanical Garden, located just around the corner. Garden Emeritus Trustee Evelyn Newman dreamt up the idea for the store, whose proceeds benefit the Garden's research and educational initiatives aimed at preserving botanical life, conserving resources, and combating climate change.
Classic Moroccan herbs and spices?cilantro, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, and coriander?transform the starkly simple dining room at Baida Moroccan Restaurant into a carnival of scents and flavors. Beneath great red columns alongside high-back booths, guests can unleash the fragrances from the pan-fried m?lwee beef pastry and bastilla chicken pie before wading into slowly braised meats and veggies. Among the entrees are staples such as the tangier?a half chicken with preserved lemon, green olives, ginger, and saffron? or the familiar lamb chop laden with unfamiliar spices and topped with a toasted fennel butter. Once a month, guests can also swing in to watch an authentic display of belly dancing to learn a little more about Moroccan culture and to expand their dancing knowledge beyond the Hustle.
For a decade, the St. Louis aficionados at STL-Style have pressed and printed tee shirts, onesies, hats, and other apparel into wearable pieces of art that evoke the spirit and flavor of the city. Classic STL-Style tees ($17.95+) commemorate specific neighborhoods and express team pride. For the babies, onesies ($19.95+) such as the “Made in St Louis” design celebrate the Gateway City, whereas City Seal stickers can help you identify your car or baby. With undies ($10.95+), hats ($14.95+), and totes ($12.95+) also available, STL-Style purveys city-branded items for uses and body parts of all kinds.
The sausage recipe didn?t start with Helmut and Henry Wanninger, but they were the ones to bring it across the Atlantic in 1965. Sons of a sausage meister, Helmut and Henry left their home in Bavaria and set up shop in St. Louis, where they began spicing, grinding, and casing sausages to the delight of the city?s southern neighborhoods, home to many German immigrants. The popularity of their encased meats continues today, though cousins Bob and Gerhard are now the master meatsmiths. These Wanninger descendants prepare more than 30 different Bavarian-style sausages, including multiple types of bratwurst, specialty sausages such as bockwurst and smoked liverwurst, and Landjager beef sticks. These specialties grace venues all over St. Louis, from Grant?s Farm to Gus? Pretzels to the Egypt-themed alternate reality that exists on the other side of the Arch.
Bob and Gerhard also apply their expertise to other styles of encased meats, such as andouille and chorizo, and they happily process deer for hunters. In addition to manning the meat counter, the duo stocks the shelves with German goods such as Lowensenf mustards and breads from local bakeries.
When Alive magazine publisher Elizabeth Tucker first thought about LASIK surgery as an alternative to the glasses she had worn since second grade, she didn't think it was an option. She feared the cost, worried about the time off work, and was unsure about how safe the procedure would be. Luckily, numerous friends told her about the transformative effects of their own procedures, and she finally decided to take the plunge at Crown Laser Center. There, a team of seven board-certified ophthalmologists, optometrists, and surgeons put Elizabeth and other clients at ease as they correct corneas with trained hands and cutting-edge equipment, boasting a 99% surgery-success rate. Elizabeth is now glasses-free and doesn't regret a thing. "It's been life-changing for me," she says in a video on the laser center's website, "I would recommend it to anyone."