Boutique Watch

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New and noteworthy shops are popping up all over STL.


If you’ve long been a fan of shopping local, you have some new ground to cover, as a number of shops are introducing fresh concepts to the STL market. From Downtown to the county, you’ll need more than a day to explore, starting at Washington Avenue’s latest haunt, CLR-MNSTR (1300A Washington Ave.). This unique art space/boutique hybrid caters to the blog-loving fashion risktaker who has a fondness for e-tail sites, but loves the freedom to try things on in-store. In addition to being fashion forward, owner Tricia Thurman’s fashion muse is savvy, as all women’s apparel is priced under $100. Men’s apparel is also available via a selection of tees, hoodies and accessories from such labels as Upper Playground and Imaginary Foundation. While perusing the store, be sure to take in the art-inspired atmosphere with original works serving as both décor and merchandise.

A longtime haven for small businesses, Kirkwood has recently welcomed three new shops—each with its own unique offerings and atmosphere. Fun in the Sun‘s (121 N Kirkwood Road) charming coastal vibe targets the shopper with an active lifestyle via plenty of sportswear, plus a multitude of street-friendly post-workout ensembles. Just down the street (205 N. Kirkwood Road.) is East + West, a primarily male-focused shop that carries a curated selection of east and West Coast brands, including hard-to-find denim by Naked & Famous and Kasil Workshop. And, the latest in unique home accessories can be found at Rusted Chandelier (118 N. Kirkwood Road.), a new home décor haven filled with charming design accents, spectacular floral arrangements and a host of other home goods perfectly suited for sprucing up your space.

Completing the retail round-up is Toulon in Webster Groves (102 W. Lockwood Ave.). This new boutique prides itself on un-fussy clothing that lends itself to dressing for “real life.” Shoppers will be pleasantly surprised to find ontrend, boutique-quality clothing at an affordable price—with top-selling labels like Before + Again and Monarch.








Photo credit: Rachel English

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