The team at PPG Porter Paints has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with the company's revered brand of vivid paints, stains, and primers. Silken Touch paint ($54.19+/gal.) stands ready to replace previous wall and ceiling embellishments, such as presidential murals painted in mustard. Permanizer ($67.65+/gal.), which carries a lifetime warranty against the development of flaking and other defects, helps to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during supersoaker season. Acri-Shield ($55.97+/gal.) lasts for long periods indoors and out, and coats outer walls easily in the hands of both professionals and casual painters. Amicable staff members roam the aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
The experienced construction gurus at Waltco Tools, with more than 8,000 square feet full of wares from 200 major brands at their disposal, guide customers toward the right tools for any handyman job. A Dremel engraving tool ($19.99) etches signatures into personal property or local playground slides, working its carving magic on a variety of surfaces and materials such as metal, plastic, glass, ceramics, wood, and leather. The convenient telescoping magnet ($1.99) facilitates quick retrieval of screws and other metal parts, and a pair of Black Stallion gloves($16.99) protects hands when battling squirrels for dropped shiny things. Waltco packs supplies for all manner of DIY projects, as well as professional projects, outfitting area businesses with essentials for automotive and industrial work.
A kaleidoscope of colorful blossoms peeks out from the sun-drenched windows dotting W.W. Florist & Gifts' 1850s-era structure. Inside, two designers, one floral assistant, and a floral wholesaler combine their petal prowess to lavish patrons with predesigned bouquets and custom arrangements, each artfully crafted to create a thoughtful surprise for a loved one or a decadent feast for a couch-surfing hummingbird. For nonbouquet baubles, gift baskets brim with themed treasures and blossoms unfurl from within decorative mugs and whimsical figurines to splash presents with a festive touch.
Buried in the woods, 15 single- and two-story log cabins line a path leading to a secluded frontier fortress. Masked combatants armed with Tippmann 98 paintball guns ponder the path's obstacles before slinking forward to meet their opponents. Along Bing Field Paintball & Airsoft Park's three wooded fields strewn across 35 acres, players sneak into sniping positions in the Frontier Field's two-story log cabins, the Vietnam Field's two-story guard tower, or our the newly designed World War II field that features several new two and three story buildings. Four speedball fields––air ball, barrel, concrete, and spool––accommodate paintball players on the other side of the wooded park. Paintball and airsoft packages grant visitors up to seven hours of play, which they can break up with refueling sessions spent scarfing down refreshments while gossiping about opponents' love lives at an onsite concessions stand.
The first IHOP—the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin—opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the "International House of Pancakes." Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001.
Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.
Andrea's Boutique—described by St. Louis Magazine as "serene and cool"—brandishes a rotating inventory of new, resale, and vintage merchandise and furniture alongside a collection of the owner's original artwork. Shoppers can drape torsos or dress mannequin collections with a selection of secondhand and vintage clothing ($7–$25). Strap necessities across shoulders in a Liz Claiborne messenger bag ($13), or incubate fingers with a vintage fur muff ($19.50). A selection of resale furniture ($15–$300) and décor ($4–$50) populates households and includes items such as a small white bust statue, whose perpetual vacant stare ensures customers will never again have to watch another TV miniseries alone ($13.50).