Union Studio: Locally Sourced Boutique Shopping in Botanical Heights
Shopping at this Botanical Heights boutique brings customers into contact with dozens of local artists and producers through their textiles, paper goods, housewares and jewelry. From the simplest clutch purse to gift boxes jam-packed with breakfast goodies, everything is handmade and chosen with intentionality. Although the space itself feels industrial—with a cement floor and exposed ductwork—the displays exude energy and warmth.
Each excursion into the space may be a little different, depending on the season and what’s in stock—and surprises always await. You may come in to check out the new season’s clothing line from Olivia Rae Designs and wind up falling in love with incense from Lunalily Botanicals, whose owner is a longtime student of plant wisdom and energetic healing. Or you may be browsing the Fleur de Lis ties from Lonesome Traveler when the aroma of soap from Rafael Adón catches your attention.
Occasionally an artist will be live in the store—for a pop-up sale, for example, or maybe to teach a class. These are prime opportunities to get to know them as individuals and as fellow St. Louisans, which fits in with Union Studio’s goal for shoppers to feel a sense of unity with the artists.
While you’re in the neighborhood …
Missouri Botanical Garden
This 160-year-old oasis draws visitors of all ages for its special events—or just to hang out in 79 acres of pure nature.
4344 Shaw Blvd.
Calling itself Missouri’s largest pot dealer, this eclectic shop shows it has a sense of humor, but it’s definitely serious about garden decor.
4740 Shaw Blvd.
Dog collars and catnip toys are just the start when it comes to unique pet housewares, clothing and art hand- crafted by local artists.
4102 Shenandoah Ave.
Photography by Carmen Troesser.