8 ‘Noteworthy’ Shops for Cards and Postcards
There’s something exciting about coming home to find a hand-written piece of snail mail addressed to you. The person who sent it took the time to pick it out, buy stamps and drop it in the mail to you. Whether it traveled across town or across the country to find you, the extra thoughtfulness makes their note or message all the more meaningful. To deliver your own dose of snail-mail excitement to friends and family, check out these shops in St. Louis that sell truly unique pieces of paper stock.
1. Urban Matter
Urban Matter is an entire South City home full of curated gifts galore including jewelry, skin-care products, hand-made leather items, home goods and other accessories. It also sells independently designed, printed and letter-pressed cards for every occasion, sourcing locally from Maginating, Golden Gems, Mr. City Printing and Bee in the Bucket and more.
2. Left Bank Books
The oldest and largest independently owned full-line bookstore in St. Louis, Left Bank Books in the Central West End is nearing the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1969 by a group of Washington University graduate students as a place of literary exploration. Along with new and used books and magazines, the shop sources many vintage and art-inspired postcards from the publisher Fotofolio as well as several exclusive postcards from artists and photographers who are friends of the store.
3. Flowers and Weeds
A female-owned-and-operated floral studio on Cherokee Street, Flowers and Weeds is a one-stop shop for greenery of any kind, from herbs and vegetables to cacti and succulents. The owner also creates floral greeting cards with inspiration from the vintage botanical images in the Missouri Botanical Garden catalog.
4. The Book House
A cute, quirky book store nestled into a space on Manchester Avenue in Maplewood, The Book House has been operating in St. Louis for more than 30 years. Along with the store’s 350,000 books—acquired from hundreds of collections, auctions and suppliers—it carries postcards from local studio Firecracker Press and artist William Stage, stores vintage cards on clearance and stocks prints from Goodnight St. Louis, Lovepop and Patrick Wack as well as watercolor prints from “A Year In The City,” a St. Louis calendar.
5. Green Shag Market
An antique and vintage mall on Manchester Avenue, Green Shag Market is full of time-honored treasures. There are a number of vendors offering vintage postcards, some used and some blank. For those who are adept at sifting, head to Green Shag Market for a postcard that’s personal and truly unique.
Shop owner Lala Franklin collects, paints and restores furniture for her shop, Bohème, a five-year-old, French-inspired boutique on Cherokee Street. Amid the curated pieces of furniture and décor, the shop sells a variety of curated cards with sophisticated French flair by Aims Moon Paperie and Annie Sloan.
7. Cheree Berry Paper
Since its origination in 2007 as a custom stationery company, Cheree Berry Paper has evolved into an award-winning graphic design firm out of Ladue. A number of in-house graphic designers and artists create a multitude of postcard and stationary collections year-round. For those looking for a personal touch, the paper products can be customized for any occasion.
8. STL Style
STL Style got its start as a basement-based t-shirt shop and has developed into a corner store full of handcrafted items designed to celebrate the city of St. Louis and its inhabitants. The STL Style team makes customized t-shirts, posters, accessories and handmade cards inspired by both popular and offbeat St. Louis locales. It also stocks witty, tongue-in-cheek cards from Big Small Town design along with more classic postcards.
Featured image courtesy of Cheree Berry Paper.