An Insider’s Guide to Shopping at Small Businesses During Your St. Louis Stay

St. Louis is equally proud of its history as the Gateway to the West and its current reputation as a growing center for technology and innovation. Its independent businesses often combine the best of both worlds—proudly embracing local heritage while pushing the boundaries of what’s expected.

Urban Matter
Specializing in made-by-hand pieces—including house-made leather goods—Urban Matter showcases the talented artisans who call St. Louis home. The friendly staff will be happy to share their backgrounds, making you feel like part of the community.

Fauxgerty
Fauxgerty made its name with high-end fashion crafted from vintage and fair-trade fabrics from around the globe. In moving to a new, appointment-only showroom this fall, it’s freeing up the staff to focus on online sales and pop-up events.

The Golden Fig
For “new and pre-loved women’s clothing,” this stylish, weekends-only store has a curated collection of shoes, purses, party dresses, coats and more. The Golden Fig is a supporter of fashion from around the world—whether the designers are headquartered in Europe or right here on Washington Avenue in St. Louis’ fashion incubator.

Vault
The owners of this upscale resale shop are known for their Style Network reality show “Resale Royalty,” for good reason—their business savvy and eye for perfect purchases are second to none.

May’s Place
Vintage housewares, clothing and collectibles share the stage with locally made goods at May’s Place. The unique combination of old and new means you never know quite what to expect—which is a very good thing when it comes to shopping for the sake of discovery.

East + West
Men with a creative lifestyle will find quality, authentic clothing tailored to their unique vision at this boutique, the flagship location of a growing Midwest presence. And if your suitcase is too full to buy everything that catches your eye, there’s always the online-shopping option.

An Insider’s Guide to Shopping at Small Businesses During Your St. Louis Stay

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Civil Alchemy
This “modern general store” stocks a little of everything, from home goods to clothing to outdoor gear to food. It recently launched its own brand of high-quality products including jewelry, bags, stationery, rugs and more.

Lusso
Lusso is the kind of shop you need to see to believe—it’s chock full of designer clothing, accessories, décor and housewares. From St. Louis sports books to unicorn mini-piñatas, you will find instant favorites gifts for the very hardest-to-buy-for friends and family.

Blissoma
It’s off the beaten path, but don’t let that deter you from visiting this welcoming, peaceful beauty boutique where skincare products are made in small batches from all-natural, cruelty-free, sustainably sourced ingredients such as whole-plant extracts. If you find one you love, Blissoma will ship it to you when you run out.

Dot Dot Dash
The goal of the soft, comfortable clothing at Dot Dot Dash is to help customers get through their busy day, whether it’s work or play (or a little of both). Originally focused on children, the shop now offers plenty of casual wearables for women too.

Larder and Cupboard
When it calls itself a store for people who love to cook or eat, Larder and Cupboard is fully serious. It’s your direct connection to Midwest edibles and ingredients—from pasta to chocolate to mustard to coffee.

Lark Skin Co.
A quest for simpler beauty products led to an adventure for the owner of Lark Skin Co. It included discovering companies that offered organic, all-natural makeup and skincare lines—and experiments in formulating their own clay masks, balms, salts, body scrubs, perfume kits and more.

An Insider's Guide to Shopping at Small Businesses During Your St. Louis Stay

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Centro
Yes, Centro specializes in modern furnishings—but even though you can’t take a sofa home with you, you’ll want to browse the eye-catching accessories that will become conversation pieces about that one time when you were in St. Louis …

Intoxicology
Anyone who shares a passion for cocktails—or even has a little curiosity about mixology—will find this shop fascinating. Its owners stock everything for both beginners and professionals, from barware to books to spirits.

Union Studio
Union Studio is a one-stop shop for St. Louis-based artisans whose products span a range from textiles to jewelry to paintings to print.

After getting a taste of what St. Louis has to offer at these 15 shops, you may want to dive into the St. Louis Shop Trail small-business guide and passport. The collaborative effort between Union Studio and Firecracker Press lists shops by neighborhood. It’s available online at www.stlshoptrail.com—but it’s more fun to pick up a paper copy and get it stamped at participating retailers.

This post is part of a collaboration with Explore St. Louis. Find more shopping destinations on explorestlouis.com. Thank you for supporting the companies that keep ALIVE and Guided growing. 

Featured image courtesy of Carmen Troesser.

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