A-List 2015: Shopping, Service & Wellness

Hammer & Hand | Photo by Jennifer Silverberg

Men’s Boutique

East + West

205 N. Kirkwood, 314-835-1419


This Kirkwood boutique’s quickly become the destination for stylish men with an urban American flair. Owner Brian Simpson travels the country, seeking out designers and mills that produce a clean, authentic aesthetic. The small space is filled with great gear: Rogue Territory shirts, 3sixteen jeans, The Hill-Side shoes, stylish travel and messenger bags, top-of-the-line grooming products. Ardent fans include chef Gerard Craft and the folks at Sump Coffee—guys who know quality.


Buds STL

4100 Laclede, 314-371-4646


What do you get when you combine the elegance of renowned interior designer Jimmy Jamieson with the handiwork of floral artist Tony Montano? Gorgeous never-before-seen floral creations that look like Mother Nature had a run-in with Anna Wintour. Jamieson and Montano began their business last year, after Montano returned from New York City, bringing back new knowledge and ideas. He and Jamieson create oneof- a-kind floral arrangements, from a nosegay for Mom to glam-bam gala showstoppers.

New Home Store

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Plaza Frontenac, 314-447-7005


Wandering into the Mitchell Gold store on Frontenac Plaza’s upper level, you might feel as if you’ve stumbled into a luxe Manhattan penthouse, a boutique hotel’s lobby, or a Hollywood bungalow’s sexy living room. The new store is elegant in a quiet and cool way, both whimsical and sophisticated. The furniture is elegant, the lighting and accessories are unusual, and the wall prints are memorable.

New Boutique

Tory Burch

Plaza Frontenac, 314-993-2819


St. Louis was abuzz with news that Tory Burch might be considering a boutique here. After being available here only in limited quantities, the line was suddenly on everyone’s lips. When the store’s orange lacquer doors opened at Plaza Frontenac last summer, we discovered that the wait had been worth it. A luxe space with mirrors and sunken couches, the boutique is every bit as chic as the wares within. Based on Burch’s style and sensibilities, the brand offers ready-to-wear clothes, shoes, handbags, and accessories that reflect their namesake’s travels and inspirations.

Eclectic Furniture

Hammer & Hand

2714 Lafayette, 407-491-0421

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Chris and Amy Plaisted travel the world, nomadically searching out and sourcing home goods and furniture from exotic locales in Southeast Asia, to bring one-of-a-kind pieces to St. Louis. They also source industrial pieces and midcentury finds. The result is a quirkily curated treasure trove. And the duo hosts pop-up dinners and events in their new digs, a chicly distressed space near Lafayette Square.

Stress Relief


3027 Locust, 314-833-3444


F.LO.A.T. takes an unconventional approach to relaxation. Guests rest in a tank of water and Epsom salts, in a near–zero gravity state, with temperature control and restricted environmental stimuli. Anyone who values serenity can appreciate the treatment’s benefits.

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SUP St. Louis

1234 Marshall, 636-346-7473


With standup paddleboarding’s burgeoning popularity around the country, it was only a matter of time before St. Louis jumped aboard. The activity’s challenging but also a peaceful way to enjoy nature. At Simpson Lake, SUP St. Louis offers basic classes, including yoga.

BOUTIQUES ON THE MOVE: Four Retail Hotspots
Leopard Boutique

Owner Rachel Sauter started out making handcrafted jewelry in a neighbor’s basement. From those early days, she’s created a stylish boutique with fun clothes at affordable prices. After first opening in Webster Groves two years ago, Leopard recently expanded to Streets of St. Charles.
1650 Beale, Ste. 150, 636-757-3919.



In response to the overwhelming number of requests for a girls’ line of clothing, Lululemon created Ivivva. The store carries sizes 4–14, made from the same comfortable high-quality fabrics as Lululemon’s. The St. Louis store, which recently moved to West County Center, hosts complimentary dance, yoga, and athletic classes.
West County Center.



When Paperdolls opened a spot in University City last summer, the ever-popular boutique gained more fans than ever. The space carries new items such as TokyoMilk Dark and Library of Flowers bath and body products, as well as shoes, hats, and accessories.
7700 Delmar, 314-899-0446.

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Fun in the Sun

Nancy and Dan McGee have brought the beach to St. Louis. Their activewear store carries such brands as Southern Tide, Johnnie-O, Vineyard Vines, and Rowdy Gentleman that are ideal for swimming, hiking, or sinking a putt. In addition to their Kirkwood store, the McGees recently opened a location in Chesterfield.
1654 Clarkson, 636-778- 1310.



Mark Buckheit

3325 Washington, 314-241-2440


For museum-quality framing and installation, no one can compare to Buckheit. A favorite framer of the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, the Missouri History Museum, and the Kemper Art Museum, as well as gallerists William Shearburn and Ronald Greenberg, Buckheit is the choice for beautiful and timeless craftsmanship. His work, incorporating archival and museum-quality materials, is incomparable. He not only frames works of art, but also produces mirrors and presentations for textile and other nontraditional media. He manufactures pedestals and bases for sculpture and can fabricate acrylic boxes or vitrines for displaying objects. The soft-spoken Buckheit will also install and hang works of art in private homes and offices and is happy to offer shipping services. It’s one-stop shopping for any aesthete.

Mark Buckheit | Photo by Elizabeth Jochum

Athletic Wear


Plaza Frontenac, 314-994-7662
26 Maryland Plaza, 314-454-6857


With two large boutiques in St. Louis, Lululemon has firmly embedded itself here as a place for those looking to find comfortable activewear. The clothes are designed with breathable fabrics that are perfect for nearly any activity: yoga, running, dancing… And with increasingly fashion-forward designs, the brand’s lines can be worn outside the gym, whether you’re running carpool or grabbing a bite to eat.

Eclectic Gifts

Urban Matter

4704 Virginia, 314-456-6941


Sourced from local artisans and notable designers, Urban Matter’s wares are often one-of-a-kind. Its collection of handmade items includes jewelry, soaps, clothing, and lighting. And owners Mary Hennesy and Amy Schafer hand-make, procure, and repurpose unusual home furnishings and accessories. The carefully curated, everchanging selection won’t disappoint.

Men’s Accessories


44 Maryland Plaza, 314-361-1010


The Italian-inspired name translates as “trending” or “drifting in a direction.” Owner Chris Lanter stocks the shelves with never- before-seen-here items, often inspired by the best of other metro areas: Oliver for Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Tsovet watches, eyecatching books… The boutique’s loungelike vibe conjures the feel of a cocktail party, inviting visitors to take their time perusing.

Classic Barbershop

Southtown Barbershop

5419 Chippewa, 314-351-5993


They don’t consider themselves the “baddest barbers in the whole damn town” for nothing. With an old-school vibe and reasonable prices, Southtown Barbershop brings back a simpler time, offering cuts and shaves for both the hip and hirsute—or just the regular Joe looking for a trim. Walk-ins are welcome, but consider making an appointment, because the line can be long.

Southtown Barbershop | Photo by Jennifer Silverberg

New Furniture Store

Stash Home

10525 Manchester, 314-394-2904


The Memphis-based furniture store opened earlier this year in Kirkwood with much fanfare. Filling the cavernous space that once housed Phillips Furniture, Stash brings incredible variety and style at affordable prices. Though the product is decidedly upscale, the prices are a deal, considering the company can buy name brands— Bernhardt, Cisco Brothers, Southern, Four Hands—at 30 to 70 percent off. And Stash’s Southern roots are reflected in the store’s customer service, which makes customers feel right at home.


NHB Knifeworks

4155 Beck, 314-776-3800


After training at the New England Culinary Institute and working at Vermont and St. Louis restaurants, Nate Bonner translated his passion and knowledge for knives into designing beautifully sculpted high-quality blades. Today, his handmade artisanal knives are receiving acclaim nationwide, from Epicurious magazine to Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio.


Sadie’s Alterations

7612 Wydown, 314-727-9976

Inga and Irene Bosnjak work miracles. Whether it’s something as simple as repairing a zipper or as complex as overhauling a fabulous piece of couture, there’s no challenge they can’t handle with aplomb and a steely calm. One client, for instance, brought in a Chloé dress with an exaggerated A-line shape that dwarfed her petite frame; Inga completely remade the dress—including its built-in lining—as though the designer had channeled herself through the Bosnjaks’ handiwork.

Vintage Home

Future Ancestor

2617 Cherokee


Brian and Julia Leenig opened this polished, carefully curated space along Cherokee last fall, showcasing both furniture and lifestyle accessories. As Julia explains, “We are dedicated to supporting the local artist community by providing a combination of homemade goods and thoughtfully sourced vintage pieces.” Look for hand woven pillows, handmade ceramics by Rebecca Blevins, and cherrywood kitchen pieces from local artist Collin Garrity.

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Seedz Café

6344 S. Rosebury, 314-725-7333


Fresh juice blends, smoothies, and flavorful vegan dishes are served in Seedz Café’s rustic setting. Choose from daily juice combos, a vegan version of a Reuben, pad thai made from zucchini, a BBQ black bean burger, and vegan peanut butter cups. The menu will convert even the heartiest of carnivores.

Seedz Cafe | Photo by Jennifer Silverberg

Women’s Accessories


110 N. Clay, 314-965-4411


There’s a reason that Sarah King’s Kirkwood boutique consistently tops best-of lists. It offers new and hard-to-find lines: Free People, Wanderlust + Co, Stela 9, Fredrick Prince… Whether women are looking for jewelry, handbags, or gifts that are hip or glamorous, they’ll find it all here. And before visiting, they can see the store’s latest offerings on Blush’s Facebook and Instagram pages.


Retro 101

2303 Cherokee

Need a fabulous cloche in lamé? A Bakelite flower brooch? Some ladylike white gloves? Retro 101 has all of the above, plus gowns, dresses, and coats that span the 20th century. And the prices are a bargain— you can fill a bag with one-of-a-kind finds for $50. With eclectic furnishings amid the racks of vintage clothing and accessories, Retro 101 is a store where it’s easy to reminisce about long-ago decades.

➜ The Bar Method
The exercise targets muscles that play the greatest role in body change, intensely stretching them to leave them feeling longer and more graceful— all the while burning calories. (1048 Town & Country Crossing, 636-527-9797)
➜ Pure Barre
If you’re looking for a total-body workout, Pure Barre’s a great way to mix it up. Incorporating a ballet barre, the workout sculpts muscles through small isometric movements. Dancer and fitness guru Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre in 2001; it’s since grown to more than 200 locations. (8885 Ladue, 314-721-9300; 4931 Lindell)
➜ The Dailey Method
Ballet barre is one of the world’s top workouts because of its fun atmosphere and noticeable results. It combines dance, yoga, kinesiology, and Pilates to yield an effective, efficient workout focused on flexibility, alignment, and strength. (1560 S. Lindbergh, 314-569- 9073)