These Small Business Are Part of What Makes The Grove So Great

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Situated between Kingshighway and Vandeventer and featuring more than 50 businesses, The Grove’s got it all: ridiculously fun nightlife spots, cozy coffee joints, delicious food, vintage clothes shopping, world-class tattooing and even studio spaces for your creative endeavors. Here’s our curated list of small business in the neighborhood that we think are well worth your time this summer.

The Firecracker Beer Garden
Warm weather means it’s time to hit The Grove’s best beer garden—at Firecracker Pizza & Beer. Gather your crew and head to the neighborhood’s largest patio for lunch, happy hour or late night. Grab a picnic table under the umbrellas, party ‘round the firepits or play Mega-Jenga and cornhole. Try one of their 66 frosty beers on tap—from hard-to-find national brewers like Dogfish Head to local faves like Rockwell, 4Hands, UCBC and Earthbound. Chow down on their famous pizzas and apps. Watch for live music nights and special street parties. Firecracker puts extra “Bang!” into everything they do.

Fresh & Co. Studio
A flexible creative space and natural-light photography studio, Fresh & Co. Studio provides the perfect blank canvas to achieve your creative dreams. Serving photography and media professionals in the St. Louis region, the bright-white space offers loads of natural light, high ceilings, WiFi, Bluetooth sound, a kitchenette and an outdoor patio. And though it’s a studio by design, Fresh & Co. doubles beautifully as a small event space for baby and bridal showers, meetings and workshops, pop-up events, commercial shoots and any other social gatherings. AV and event equipment rental and setup are also available.

May’s Place
After three years in St. Louis’ Lindenwood Park neighborhood, family-owned vintage boutique May’s Place is now open in The Grove! This local haven for sustainable fashion features one-of-a-kind “swoon-worthy wardrobe staples,” according to a guide to St. Louis’ must-visit destinations. The possibilities are endless at May’s Place, where you’ll stumble upon gem after gem, like a show-stopping floral-print dress for a special occasion, a perfectly worn-in denim jacket for everyday wear or even Carrie Bradshaw-esque Manolos. It’s your one-stop shop for fashionable and earth-friendly finds.

One of the most recent additions to The Grove’s thoroughly impressive group of nightlife destinations, this social club and arcade lounge has quickly become a local favorite thanks to its full, immersive experience. Featuring great-tasting cocktails and an irresistible combination of vintage arcade games and chill vibes, Parlor artfully toes the line between cozy dive bar and nostalgic, eclectic urban interior design. Inside, you’ll find a collection of vintage arcade cabinets, pinball, murals, neon, vintage signs and handstyles from local graffiti writers. Whether you’re down to lounge or down for some serious gameplay, Parlor’s the place to be.

Rise Coffee House
Rise Coffee in The Grove aims to awaken and progress their neighborhood through specialty coffee, pastries and seasonally prepared breakfast and lunch fare. With a cozy throwback vibe, Rise takes their coffee seriously while also serving as a community hub that aims to put people at the center of all that they do; they believe everyone deserves a seat at the table, and they live out a strong commitment to eliminating barriers within their shared space. Open every day. Can you dig it? We think you can.

Tower Classic Tattooing
One of the pioneers of daytime retail in The Grove, Tower Classic Tattooing employs style, class and carefully crafted designs to subvert typical tattoo culture, emphasizing a quality experience for the tattoo collector above all else. This Old World-inspired tattoo shop echoes of tradition, with rare tattoo flash and antiques decorating the space. With its commitment to customer service and comfort clearly in focus, Tower Classic Tattooing has become an internationally recognized tattooing institution. From traditional yakuza-inspired Japanese designs to black-and-grey fine-line tattooing, this world-class shop can do it all—and well.

This guide originally appeared in GUIDED St. Louis: The Grove, available online and at these locations now.

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