Shop Small and Local in St. Louis 2016

Andrea Durway Posted by
Events Nov 2016

Right after that big turkey dinner is the best time to start making that shopping list. And if you plan to do any shopping over Thanksgiving weekend, we encourage you to shop small and shop local.  As part of a boutique real estate brokerage, this concept is near and dear to our heart. We’re big fans of many of the St. Louis establishments listed below. And there are several holiday-specific events taking place in conjunction with the national #shopsmall and #smallbusinesssaturday movement. If one of these don’t strike your fancy, St. Louis is full of some great antique malls and resale shops. And if those aren’t your jam, gift cards to local restaurants and coffee shops make awesome gifts. Ready. Set. Go!

Urban Matter

Website  |  4704 Virginia, St Louis Missouri 63111

Located in Dutchtown, Urban Matter is a home accessories & gift boutique featuring local makers & artisans, curated treasures and made-by-hand goods. They also offer design services, custom lighting, house made leather goods and a unique indoor/outdoor event space if you are planning a holiday event. Feature image is from StudioCarmelita, currently available at Urban Matter. 

Union Studio

Website  |  1605 Tower Grove Ave, St. Louis, Missouri 63110

Located in Tower Grove, Union Studio is an independent and locally owned shop featuring a thoughtful, classic collection of St. Louis artists’ hand-crafted goods and fine art. Every item sold—clothing, housewares and fine art—is handmade by nearby artists and neighbors. Their welcoming shop provides an opportunity for the St. Louis community to connect with local makers’ high-quality work. I picked up some great hand-thrown tumblers on my last visit and was drooling over the jewelry. Bonus – incredibly friendly and helpful staff. 



Website  |  2008 Marconi Ave, St. Louis, Missouri 63110

Visiting the Skif studio on The Hill is an exhilarating experience. Owner Nina Ganci employs a brood of knitters to help design and knit and she allows them creative freedom, resulting in unique, free-form, and whimsical sweaters.  The studio/shop walls are splashed with interesting art and the sales floor is open and free with simple racks to display the clothing. Customers are encouraged to visit the studio to see what’s in the works, buy ready-made designs, or to place orders.  Although sweaters are Skif’s specialty, they also make other wonderfully constructed garments and accessories.


STL Craft mafia’s merrily made

Event Website  | Saturday, December 10

STL Craft Mafia brings you a one day shopping event featuring over 30 local artists, makers, and INDEPENDENT businesses on Saturday, December 10 at O’Fallon Brewery in Maryland Heights. Get more information on all of the vendors by following them on Instagram @merrilymadegiftsandgoods.

maplewood small business saturday

Event Website  |  Saturday, November 26

Take a self-guided tour on Saturday, November 26, 2016 and discover food samples, wine tastings, demonstrations and, of course, special deals for this much anticipated shopping day. A detailed map is available at the event website above. Be sure to check out Living Arts Studio on Sutton, which will feature art and handmade goods from over 15 local artists. Living Arts is a community studio that offers classes for people living with and without disabilities in a creative, safe space. 

fauxgerty Small Business Saturday Local Takeover

Event Website  |  Saturday, November 26

Fauxgerty, located in the CWE at 228 N. Euclid, hosts a small business takeover featuring local apparel and accessories brands including Fauxgerty, Blacksheep Vintage, Fable + Lore, Blissoma Organic Skincare. and Lily Kiti. Vegan food and drink throughout the day and a free DIY gift wrap station.


Website  |  2730 LaSalle Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63104

Blissoma is a raw plant-based, super pure skincare and apothecary collection using herbs and essential oils to enhance natural health and radiance. All products are handmade in small batches in owner Julie Longyear’s gorgeous herbal studio shop, nestled between Lafayette Square and midtown. Ingredients are treated with care to preserve full botanical activity. Very high quality, authentic products.

Rocket Century

Website  |  3189 S. Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63118

For holiday or housewarming gifts, check out Rocket Century, which offers carefully curated and unique vintage modern furnishings and artwork and accessories. The selection in both product and price point makes it easy for anyone who loves vintage to find something that works for their space.



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