Quality Inn Airport
10232 Natural Bridge Rd.
Saint Louis, MO 63134
Phone: (314) 427-5955
Fax: (314) 427-3079
Anyone who has ever gotten customized framing for their favorite photograph, piece of art, newspaper clipping or stamp collection understands how much of a difference a frame makes. The Great Frame Up, located in Clayton, offers unique custom framing for all those old Michael Jackson posters and Van Gogh prints on-site. The frames offered are not limited to the traditional wooden rectangles with silver or gold trim. Textures, colors, and even shapes beyond the norm will fit the tastes of even the most eccentric art connoisseur. From round to 3-dimensional, the staff will accept any challenge and send you on your way with a masterpiece. - Cathryn D. Blue
The bustling city of Clayton is full of unique finds. Tomsich Fine Art gallery is no exception. Tomsich curators carefully select artworks by 19- and 20-century American regionalist painters. The rare, unique and historic pieces can be enjoyed in the public gallery or purchased for amusement of a more clandestine nature. Bring in a treasured painting from a private collection and let the staff frame it with one of their beautiful, fine frames. If an old painting has been damaged, restoration is also offered. - Cathryn D. Blue
Pinxit Photography, the art and brainchild of a poet turned wedding and lifestyle photographer has been emerging as a leader in portraiture nationwide. Stationed in St. Louis, Raquita Henderson prides herself on the dedication and vision she has for every image that crosses her lens. Clients and colleagues have dubbed her work "unpretentious" and "full of personality." Her ability to capture the soul of the moment; shots that could not be anticipated, is her claim to fame. Pinxit also specializes in boudoir photography under the moniker "It's Intimate." These pinup style photos make perfect gifts for that special someone. If searching for a photographic experience that is fun, unique, and full of personality, make Pinxit the first choice. -Cathryn D. Blue
The Loop is the place to go in St. Louis for what's hip, and Headz n Threadz is no exception. This sports gear shop specializes in the latest in licensed urban and athletic apparel, and carries shoes, caps, and clothes from the MLB, NFL, NCAA, NHL and NBA. Though most of the inventory is catered to the guys, a lot of it is unisex. Custom made hats and custom embroidered gear are also available. The staff are sports fanatics. They can not only help fit that perfect getup for your Sunday Night Football house party, but may be able to help you figure out who's gonna win the game. -Cathryn D. Blue
Though it is called The Wine & Cheese Place, it offers much more variety of alcoholic beverages that will surely send you in a tizzy. It has an impressive range of craft beer, tequila, rum, American whiskey, liqueur, single-malt and blended scotch whiskey, vodka, gin and rare finds. This is besides their fabulous wine collection. They also have a fantastic selection of cheese that you might not find anywhere else in town. Opened in 1982, it is the brainchild of Paul Hayden and is definitely a must visit place for any alcohol and cheese connoisseur.
Shopping has never been as fun as it is in this U-City Loop novelty store. Meli-Melo offers an eclectic range of choices, from Uncle Goose toys to Mary Engelbreit cards. There are toys and cards for young and old folks alike, as well as a unique selection of jewelry. The staff, meanwhile, is warm and friendly. This is a good place for locals to shop or take the kids for a treat, but also a wise choice for travelers wanting to buy a take-home surprise for the family.
Pitaya is a trendy boutique that does not follow the "boutiques are expensive" stereotype. The prices are comparable to anything you'd find at the mall, but the clothing is much more unique. Pitaya is bursting with bright colors, chic designs, and plenty of options. You'll find tops, bottoms, dresses, accessories, lingerie and more. A lot of their clothing focuses more on hitting you with the color than wowing you with a complicated design, but you can still find the occasional fun print. You are bound to find something that fits your style and budget. -Rease Kirchner
Vintage Vinyl is mildly famous throughout the country, though there are only 2 locations and St. Louis is lucky enough to be home to one of them. This massive store has CDs, records, videos, posters, record players and basically everything else any music nerd or audiophile might desire. They have listening stations set up throughout the store and the employees can always recommend something for anyone who is overwhelmed by the incredible selection. It's far too easy to spend hours in this store, perusing the music and losing yourself in the collectible vinyls. They also host local bands a few times a month.
Sunshine Daydream proudly proclaims itself as a "hippie boutique." This large shop specializes in candles, incense, and all things tie dye. This is the place to look for home decor and apparel that supports your favorite jam band. If it's all natural, hemp, or just a little weird - you are likely to find it stocked at this store. The scent upon entering is a little strong, but you'll find yourself feeling relaxed and used to it before long. It's a fun place to window shop at the very least. -Rease Kirchner
Locals and visitors gather in crowds to shop, dine and have fun in the Loop, a six-block area in the center of St. Louis filled with dozens of businesses. This historic landmark in the university area is convenient to Lambert International Airport, Forest Park, MetroLink, the Washington University and more. Parking space is plentiful for those planning on shopping or staying in the area awhile. Shop at places like Tantrum and Faru Gallery, dine at Blueberry Hill or the Melting Pot. Or take in a movie at the Tivoli Theater.
Baked T's is the one stop shop for all your customized apparel needs. You can get T-shirts for any event in a variety of quantities. They have shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, underwear and even clothes for your furry friends! You can design your clothing right in the store and "bake" it yourself, or you can design it online on their easy-to-use website. You can make a one-of-a-kind creation for just you, or get discounts for orders over ten items. Check it out and see everything you can do! -Rease Kirchner
Hats n Stuff is just what the name implies - a store full of hats and a few other items. This store focuses on local sports teams - the St. Louis Blues hockey team, St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and the St. Louis Rams football team. You can also find merchandise for the Mizzou Tigers. You'll find deals on headgear as well as jerseys and T-shirts. This is a one stop shop for any St. Louis sports fan looking to show some home team pride. -Rease Kirchner