Today’s guest post is from Angela who writes the blog Fluid Pudding. She’s encouraging all of us to Shop Small this holiday season so we asked specifically about her community in St. Louis.
St. Louis is an amazing town with an incredibly diverse population, and I could sing songs for hours about the places to go, things to see, and cultural events to experience while you’re visiting. However, now that December is around the corner, let’s focus on holiday shopping. Sure, St. Louis has malls, and I sometimes use them as a fallback. BUT, I would much rather put my money back into the community by supporting the locally-owned shops which carry the often quirky items that are perfect for family members who already seem to have everything.
Here are my three favorite areas and the must-see shops held within. (Please know that all of these shops provide online ordering, so even if you don’t live here, you can still send some love to St. Louis by ordering something special!)
1. Maplewood is a small area in mid-St. Louis county that is filled with amazing places. The soy candles from Maven are the most creative candles I’ve seen. With scents like Don Draper and Sweet Orange & Chili Pepper, it’s impossible to leave Maven without finding something for just about everyone on your list. Less than a block away is Kakao Chocolate. Their bacon brittle has been called the perfect food!
2. The Delmar Loop is a six block shopping district in St. Louis. You could spend the entire day exploring the stores on the Loop, but my very favorite place to visit is Phoenix Rising. Do you need a unicorn horn for your aunt’s cat? Sock monkey hand warmers for your niece? A mandarin lavender soy candle poured into a recycled wine bottle? Phoenix Rising has all of these things and so much more.
3. The Central West End was recently named one of America’s Top Ten Great Neighborhoods and it’s known for architecture and artsy shops. Left Bank Books is the oldest independently-owned bookstore in St. Louis and they pride themselves on their collection of relevant and culturally diverse books. Be on the lookout for Spike (the resident cat) when you visit, and be sure to bring a LARGE shopping bag!
Finally, every year during the holiday season, local crafters unite for the Rock and Roll Craft Show. Last year I purchased teas from The ReTrailer, and this year I’ll be scoping out pillows that look like tree stumps. Many of the participating artists also sell their creations online. Feel free to follow the links to explore the vendor websites, and have a wonderful holiday season!