The Bricoleur: A Cherokee Street Shop for Art, Antiques and Everything in Between
On the very last block at the western end of the Cherokee Street district sits The Bricoleur, an eclectic antiques and art store selling everything from refurbished film cameras and paintings to thrifted rocking chairs and lamps.
Every two months, a new featured artist exhibits work at the shop. Though The Bricoleur is only open weekends, it has joined in the fun for the Cherokee Street 2nd Saturdays, a monthly art crawl where Cherokee Street vendors offer special art exhibits during extended hours, often with live music, drinks and snacks. Kathy Ann Duffin, a local painter, is the featured artist on Saturday, Aug. 10, and Saturday, Sept. 14, from 5-8 p.m.
Owners David Montgomery, Ann Montgomery and Andy Holman are artists themselves, and all three live just a short walk from the shop. The art of creatives they’ve met through word of mouth and of neighborhood friends hangs on each wall of the gallery.
The Montgomery siblings grew up in Springfield but have lived in St. Louis since their college years. David Montgomery studied architecture and went to graduate school at Washington University for art. He often paints with acrylics (animal portraits are his favorite) and draws with graphite pencils. Photographers Ann Montgomery and Andy Holman also sell some of their work at the shop, and their sizable collection of refurbished film cameras is part of the inventory.
The Bricoleur opened in September of 2018 and has been welcomed by the Cherokee Street community warmly—in fact, the shop just completed an expansion. The owners clearly have a knack for buying and refurbishing old items, which is fitting considering the word bricoleur means “someone who creates items from the objects at hand.”
The Bricoleur is open on Saturdays from 10-5 p.m. and Sundays from 12-5 p.m. Follow it on Facebook to keep up with new inventory and events.
Images courtesy of The Bricoleur.