Hot Block: Town & Country
ALIVEs Associate Editor heads west to discover uncharted shopping territory.
Each month, during ALIVEs issue planning meetings, I cant wait to discuss with my team where my next Hot Block beat assignment will take me. As an STL transplant, I revel the opportunity to explore St. Louis, block-by-blockit hardly feels like work. This month, in honor of the opening of the new and improved I-64, I ventured west to Town & Country. The 25-minute drive from Downtown was well worth it when I discovered a land where boutique shopping, mega-chains and local eateries all reside within a stones throw from one another.
Klutch, a new womens boutique Ive heard raves about, is where I stop first. This place is wall-to-wall with party-ready dresses, fab accessories and basics like jeans and tees from lines like Meghan Fabulous, L.A.M.B. and Alice+Olivia. Klutchs co-owner, Anna Strope, tells me that the store has been open just three months and has been doing well. I dont doubt it for a minutethere isnt one thing in the store that I wouldnt want for my own closet.
As I leave, freezing drizzle begins to fall; thankfully, all of the stores are but a few steps apart. When I enter CODI Jewelry, I stop in my tracks. As a gal who loves her bling, I may have just stepped into jewelry heaven. Owner Courtney Hopsons chic boutique is filled with beautiful handmade jewelry made using stunning Swarovski crystals, mother of pearl, semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls. I spot a few fellas in the boutique, perusing a display of fine jewelry, CODIs upper-end line called CODI Diamonds. Good work, men; you wont go wrong with those rocks.
Next door at Susan Lynn’s, owner Susan Luina is busily helping customers. She tells me Im in luck; they are having a trunk show today. Score! A staple among West Countys fashionable femmes, Susan Lynns has been open in Town & Country Crossing since June 2008, relocated from Chesterfield. Its my first time to the boutique, but I see why Luinas customers keep coming back. Everything you could ever need to look hot from head to toe is hereapparel, belts, shoes, handbags, jewelry and girly gifts like candles, soaps and adorable Lilly Pulitzer napkins, coffee mugs and coasters.
I look across the parking lot, and spot Performax, a newly opened fitness studio. I find out from co-owner Marc Palmer that his studio isnt your standard gym, but rather a training facility where he and his staff of fitness experts help clients achieve their personal fitness goals, weather it be losing weight or getting an edge in athletics. How cool is it that after some world-class boutique shopping, upscale eats at Napoli 2 and grocery shopping chain stores like Whole Foods, you can also squeeze in a workout designed just for you? Genius.
Sheniqua at Klutch
Photo credit: Photos by Carrie Iggulden