You all know that I’m a lover of local and I’m not afraid to shout it from the rooftops! I have been able to meet the coolest people in STL and buy the neatest things simply because I’ve chosen to explore the city and discover those hidden gems.
I wanted to put together a gift guide for those wanting to shop local this holiday season. Below are ten of my favorite businesses to support!
Located in the Shaw Neighborhood, Bon Boni is the epitome of quaint home decor and full of those unique gifts for that special someone on your list this year. Ranging from antiques and candles, to local handmade goods and vintage oddities, this place is a must-visit.
2246 Klemm St. Open Fri-Sat 10-3 Sun 11-3
Also located in Shaw is Future Ancestor. a modern + chic home decor shop featuring clean lines and simple, yet stunningly designed pieces for any room in the house.
4100 Shenandoah Ave. Wed-Fri 1-6 Sat 11-6 Sun 11-4
Sara Patino Jewelry
This local designer just happens to be my friend and just happens to create the most unique and gorgeous pieces with recycled gold and ethically sourced gemstones. Sophisticated and modern in style, it’s jewelry that is equally beautiful as it is responsible. sarapatinojewelry.com
Knitwear you love for the people you love even more! Kate owns this home + family knitwear brand located in St. Louis, MO, and she’s all about comfort. She not only hand-creates her pieces, but will also work on custom orders. She’s a joy to follow on Instagram, so give her a follow and buy a hand-knit sweater! knitologyco.com
Fiddlehead Fern Cafe
You probably guessed that I’d include one of my favorite coffee shops on this list, and yup, you’re right! I fell in love with this shop soon after it opened, and the love affair has continued strong. Fiddlehead sources their ingredients locally and believes in inspired coffee + fresh fare. From lattes and teas to egg scrambles and scones, this gem, located in the Shaw Neighborhood, is timeless. They sell gift cards here as well as plantings and other items on rotation, so drop by and find that perfect gift! Weekdays 7-6 Sat + Sun 7-4 fiddleheadferncafe.com
This boutique, located in Webster Groves, is all about your story, effortlessly styled. Ranging from a variety of adorable styles and local wares, to leather goods and coziness all around, Paisley offers everything perfect for that stylish individual on your list. P.S. Owner Stacie always greets you with the biggest smile! Drop in or call 314-475-3443 to schedule a personal styling appointment. 233 W. Lockwood Avenue Webster Groves, MO 63119
KNEAD Bakehouse + Provisions
You need Knead. That’s all I can say about this tiny yet amazing hot spot in South City. As I write this, I’m sitting here and they’re celebrating their second birthday! They create and bake their own sourdough and pastries, and also offer seasonal salads, sandwiches, drinks and ALL the coffee. I always feel at home here and I highly recommend dropping in for a gift card or even a fresh loaf of their famed brioche or sourdough. Either would make the perfect hostess gift. Monday – Closed Tue-Fri 7:30-2 Sat-Sun 8-3 kneadbakehouse.com
Three friends, Amy, Christina and Lauren, recently opened this quaint store in the Shaw neighborhood focused on a welcoming space for you to purchase thoughtfully for yourself and your home. It’s more like a room in your own home than a retail store, and each and every item inside is available for purchase, ranging from succulent arrangements, macrame hangings, ethically-sourced clothing and beautiful, unique jewelry. Wed-Sat 11-6 setastl.com
Located in Webster Groves, with other locations in St. Charles and Maplewood, Leopard Boutique, the brainchild of Rachel Sauter, is the epitome of style and everything cozy. Shop apparel, beauty, gifts, active wear and more–all in one place. If you get a chance to run into Rachel, that’s a bonus! leopardboutique.com
Mix + Match
Mix + Match is located in the Macklind Business District in South City and is the perfect one-stop-shop for unique apparel, accessories and jewelry! They also provide styling services and trunk shows. Within walking distance of Russell’s, Big River Running, and Clementine’s, you can easily make a day of it! Sat 11-4 Sun 10-2 stlmixandmatch.com