To help you gear up for Small Business Saturday we’ve updated our Shop Local Guide for 2021. This post includes some of our favorite local St. Louis sources for gifts – the places our team supports frequently (not just at the holidays) when we need something special for clients, colleagues, family, and friends. The list is my no means exhaustive. It includes not just “things” but considers experiences, like gift cards to classes, workshops, and places to eat. So shop small. Shop local. Shop on!
HOME GOODS, FURNISHINGS, ART, and BOTANICALS
Union Studio’s flagship store in Tower Grove has been a favorite of our team’s for a long time. The Webster Groves location just moved to a new spot (just a few storefronts down). Owned by Sarah Kelley and Mary Beth Bussen, this shop features exclusively local handmade art, jewelry, and goods from over 120 artists. We are particularly fond of the yarn spun ornaments by Mo Coyotes Made, ceramics from Al Wescott, and artwork from Carrie Gillen. But you will easily get lost in all the splendor of this carefully curated collection of possibilities. Shop online or visit the Tower Grove location at 1605 Tower Grove Avenue or the Webster Groves location at 8157 Big Bend Blvd.
There’s always something new to discover at this charming Maplewood corner store. It’s an eclectic collection of vintage and new home goods and furnishings. Affordable design services if you need help putting together your space. Located at 7195 Manchester Rd, Maplewood, MO 63143 and online.
If you want to surprise the midcentury design aficionado in your life, look no further than MoModerne in Webster Groves for furnishings and décor from some of the top designers of the era. Architectural Digest recently included MoModerne in a feature “14 Women-Owned Shops Shifting the Home and Design Space in America”. Located at 8631 Watson Rd, Webster Groves, MO 63119 and online.
More of our favorites
- Urban Matter (Tower Grove South) – This South Grand shop has an amazing selection of goods form local and regional independent designers. A dazzling array of jewelry, candles, leather goods, and other pretties for yourself or your home. If you are overwhelmed by it all, gift cards are always a hit to this store.
- ZeeBee Market (Tower Grove South, Maplewood) – Ethical retailer selling unique handcrafted, Fair Trade, and sustainably produced gifts from around the world.
- Bonboni Mercantile (Shaw) – Home goods, accessories, clothing, apothecary, and more available in this charming former candy shop.
- City House Country Mouse (The Hill) – Local and garden-inspired wreaths, centerpieces, and grab-and-go bouquets. This cute shop on the hill strives to be as sustainable and environmentally-friendly as possible in their design work and purchasing choices. Many items grown in owner Kate’s Shaw backyard.
- Bowood Garden Supply (Central West End) – Curated home & garden shop nestled in a bright and airy, renovated 1920’s industrial building turned greenhouse. Also offers workshops.
- Mr. City Printing* (Online) -Boutique design studio specializing in city maps, neighborhood designs, and travel themed pieces for destinations across the world. They give back 5% of their online store profits to various St. Louis-based charities.
- Perennial Art* (Marine Villa) – Community workshop and store offers educational programming in creative reuse and sells creatively repurposed home goods and eco-friendly project supplies. The online shop has gift cards and various project supplies.
- FireCracker Press (Cherokee Street) and Central Print* (Old North) – Unique letterpress posters, prints, and stationery by local artists. Workshops available at Central Print for those creatives in your life.
- Jen Wohlner Art* (Shaw) – Local artist producing ceramics, sculpture, and drawings. One of her orange face mugs would be a particularly joyful gift for the coffee or tea lover in your life. Shop Jen’s Online Store.
- Left Bank Books (Central West End) – Oldest and largest independently-owned full-line bookstore in St. Louis. Offers a full-line of new and used books, gifts, cards, magazines, toys and services.
- Novel Neighbor (Webster Groves) – Charming independent bookstore filled with gift items from local artists and cozy reading spot for the kiddos,
- Dunaway Books (Tower Grove) – The RFT calls this the best used bookstore in the city. And with almost 80,000 volumes to get lost in, they are right.
- EyeSeeMe (University City) – You’ll find the largest collection of great African American books for children in United States
- Subterranean (University City) – Since 2000, this independent book store has offered a diverse fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Plenty of other genres too.
- The Book House (Maplewood) – Independent community bookstore since 1986. Selling new, old, rare, and unusual books.
- Betty’s Books (Webster Groves) – Just opened in fall of 2021, Betty’s Books is a family-friendly, inclusive, comic and graphic novel bookstore in Webster Groves.
Many of the stores mentioned here have selections of items for children. Below are some additional options.
- Honeycomb (Botanical Heights) – Community-focused and children-inspired shop that thoughtfully curates sustainably-made quality garments, wears and toys from local and international companies. We love this addition to this neighborhood.
- Minifig Shop (Kirkwood) – We haven’t actually been here yet, but it sounds to good to not share. With a 2,500 square foot showroom, this shop buys, sells, and trades all things Lego including sets, minifigs, baseplates, and bulk bricks. I mean, come on!
- Lass & Laddie (Kirkwood and St. Charles) – Offers a mix of modern, vintage, handmade & organic clothing for your little boo.
PERSONAL & HOME ESSENTIALS
Besides being places for great gifts, it is important to treat yourself. Or drop a major hint to your special someone that you’d love something from one of these places.
- Herbaria (The Hill) – All-natural soaps, deodorants, moisturizers, along with home and pet cleansers. All made by hand at our shop on The Hill in St. Louis.
- SammySoap (Kirkwood) – 100% all natural skincare, home and dog products manufacturer and retailer creating jobs for adults with intellectual or developmental disorders.
- Dharma + Dwell (Webster Groves) – Offering everyday essentials for sustainable living. Refill containers you bring or buy. Committed to zero waste.
- Blissoma (The Gate) – Independently owned. Every product in the collection is Cruelty-Free, Certified Vegan, made in-house, and represented with honesty and transparency.
- BeeNatural (Maplewood) – Woman-owned skincare line that started in Clarksville, Missouri. Focus is on natural, small batch products.
- Morgan Ford Massage & Spa* (Webster Groves, Tower Grove and Soulard) – Gift the gift of rejuvenation! Pamper a loved one with a massage or other self-care treatment at this full service spa.
Gift cards to restaurants are always an excellent choice. And we would be lost without these that add so much to local neighborhoods:
- Bailey’s Restaurants* (Multiple locations) – Baileys’ Restaurants gift cards never expire and are currently redeemable for dine in and carryout at all locations, including Baileys’ Chocolate Bar, Rooster, Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar, Baileys’ Range, and POP.
- Don’t overlook the local bakeries to supply your own holiday party or for gift cards. Our favorites include: Pint Size Bakery (Clifton Heights), SweetArt Cafe (Shaw), Yolklore (Crestwood), La Patisserie Chouquette (Botanical Heights), and Nathaniel Reid (Kirkwood).
- VomFass (Maplewood) – While technically a franchise, this store feels local because of the outstanding service and commitment to the local community. It’s hard to leave here without one of their liqueurs – there are so many unique varieties and the staff always have wonderful suggestions for their use. Gorgeous gifts.
- Kakao Chocolates (Maplewood & Clayton) – What is not to love about a visit to Kakao Chocolate? Hand-dipped confections made in small batches. Perfect gifts for colleagues or little stocking stuffers for the chocolate lover in your life.
- Clementine’s Creamery (Multiple locations) – Unique small-batch ice cream flavors, including alcoholic and vegan options. They’ve expanded to multiple St. Louis neighborhoods and we couldn’t be more delighted. A Clementine’s gift card the perfect stocking-stuffer.
- SweeterCards (Online) – If you want to send more than a card but less than an overly expensive or wasteful gift, then SweeterCards is the answer. Local and lovely idea.
*These are clients of The Dawn Griffin Group. #we♥ourclients