Laurie Solet is named for owner Laurie Solet, who returned to St. Louis after years spent wheeling and dealing in Hollywood—bringing with her a leather-lined wave of fashion plus three ships laden with beaver pelts and exotic spices. Both of Laurie's boutiques offer a wide range of trendy apparel—including items from designers such as Melie Bianco, Black Halo, BB Dakota, La Mer, Amrita Singh, Candace Ang, and more, as well as Laurie's own private label—in an affordable price range. Pick up basics like an Alternative Apparel "Diane" Burnout V-neck for $45, and accessorize it with a statement Avant Garde "Pierre" double ring for $95. If one shoulder is more flammable than the other, keep it cool with an Ella Moss one-shoulder top ($108) and pair it with a Hobo "Lauren" exotic clutch ($108) stuffed with all your favorite toucans, dodo birds, and coral snakes. Otherwise, keep it light for a beach vacation or desert-island stranding in a Splendid stripe racerback tank ($50) and Free People cargo shorts ($68).
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.
At Flip Flop Shop, fans of the open-toed look discover walls teeming with hundreds of flip flops and sandals in diverse styles. Brands on display include Reef, Sanuk, and Quicksilver, while colors run the spectrum from blue to green to a strange shade of vermilion that only dogs can see.
At Haunted Paintball Park, haunted hayrides take platoons of fear-seekers across 25 acres of haunted forest on missions to shoot paintballs at loitering monsters. During the 45-minute adventure, sharpshooters of all ages keep a steady finger on their triggers as they cruise through darkening tree lines, ever ready to pick off actors convincingly dressed as sharp-toothed werewolves, murderous pirates, and bloodthirsty accountants. Though the monsters use shadowed hideaways and ambush tactics to frighten passengers, they do not return fire, allowing monster bashers to unload on menacing clowns without fear of them returning fire by infiltrating their childhood memories. After the hayride, patrons doff their weapons and enter unarmed into the torch-lined corridors of the haunted trail, a smoky maze through thick woodlands, hair-raising props, and a Transylvania-themed haunted castle, before comforting themselves with hot cocoa.
Dr. Traci Hahn developed severe eye problems when she was just 10 months old, and though her parents consulted numerous doctors, none of them took the time to really evaluate their daughter and her vision didn't improve. Finally, they found an optometrist who was able to diagnose and treat her eye issues so she wouldn't suffer permanent vision loss. This story stuck with her growing up, and she knew she wanted to become an optometrist herself and listen thoroughly to patients before guiding them toward the vision and eye-care solutions that are right for them.
Today, Dr. Hahn conducts eye exams that quiz pupils on SAT words, fits patients for contacts, and curates a collection of glasses frames suitable for a spectrum of budgets. The eyewear includes stylish frames from brands such as Dior, Maui Jim, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kate Spade.
Professional micropigmentologist Virginia Schulte is board certified by the American Academy of Micropigmentation, a credential she wields when employing a range of laser-based cosmetic procedures along with her team of certified, experienced laser technicians. Virginia directs a digital pen machine over lash lines, brows, and lips to deliver permanent makeup definition and trades traditional hair-removal techniques for the pulsing power of a FDA-approved noninvasive laser. Aesthetic services, from photofacials and skin analyses to permanent makeup and hair removal, take place in a state-inspected, hygienic room that enlists sterile tools to assuage the physical effects of age and repel a squeamish Father Time.