Civil Alchemy Has Everything Your (or Their!) Heart Desires This Valentine’s Day
Sweeping that special someone off their feet on Valentine’s Day often means getting swept up in the details of creating a picture-perfect surprise. From the gifts you give to the wine you bring, every step in your carefully crafted plan means a stop at different stores around St. Louis.
However, at Civil Alchemy in Webster Groves, you can find everything your loved one could want this year and everything you need to make your night as special as it can be—all within in one inviting, multi-faceted shop that both inspires and intrigues.
Since 2017, Kelley Barr’s contemporary spin on the old-fashioned corner store has been a destination for gift-givers across St. Louis, and for good reason. Her renowned lifestyle company features a line-up of premier provisions ethically sourced from makers round the world. Besides its own branded merchandise, like wool blankets, home goods and floral-infused gin, Civil Alchemy stocks an eclectic mix of items from stylish apparel to bar accessories to artisan jams and maple syrup.
“We describe Civil Alchemy as a modern general store that offers a very curated selection of functional, quality and inspired goods, all with a great story behind them,” says shop manager Amanda Helman. “What sets us apart is that we have a little bit of everything, but it’s all high quality. We don’t offer a lot of fast fashion or fast goods—the goods we carry are timeless, so the things that you buy here, they’re the things you’ll have forever.”
A simple way to script a night to remember
Nestled in the Old Orchard district of historic Webster Groves, this cozy, airy boutique expands two storefronts, offering a collection of items ideal for a romantic evening, whether you’re heading out to a Valentine’s event or planning a special evening at home.
“Civil Alchemy is really a one-stop shop,” Helman says. “You can pick up a great dress and grab a bouquet of flowers from our fresh flower bar when you walk in, then go to the other side of the store to pick up all the yummy things you’ll need for the night, like some small bites, a cool bottle of wine or mixers for your drinks.”
As important as playing host is finding that perfect gift for your significant other. For the ladies, Civil Alchemy has a full line of exclusive jewelry pieces that encompass timeless style and on-trend touches, like Indian moonstone beads and gold hammered accents, as well as leather totes, clutches and cross-body bags hand-crafted specially for the shop. For the guys, Civil Alchemy stocks a variety of high-end grooming items, camping gear and watches.
This year, Civil Alchemy has also partnered with Kakao Chocolate in St. Louis to create special-release heart-shaped chocolates for the holiday and is offering customers the option to pre-order floral arrangements just in time for Valentine’s Day.
If you can’t stop into their brick-and-mortar store, you can order many of Civil Alchemy’s most popular gifts through its website. While you’re there, be sure to check out the upcoming events and workshops it has in store for a date night option that can keep the romance going long after Feb. 14 is over.
All images courtesy of Civil Alchemy.
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