137 Ludwig Drive
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
Phone: (618) 394-0202
Fax: (618) 394-0328
Collective at MX offers downtowners a comprehensive shopping experience. Its prime location in St Louis’ Mercantile District makes it a popular choice among locals and tourists. This 3,400 square-foot (315 square-meter) establishment is home to an array of local vendors and retailers that offer myriad products and services. Visit the Women's Closet Exchange for vintage clothing, Simple Hinge for artisan furniture, Oh Lolli Lolli for candy and confections, and Olea Estates for gourmet olive oil, among a host of boutiques.
Your one stop shop for gift selection in downtown St. Louis, Trova is a treasure trove of unique and fine items. The owner Lorin personally selects for the store's collection from local and upcoming businesses across the world, and helps your with great recommendations. Select from handcrafted jewelry, accessories, art, ceramics, glassware and home decor by artists such as Ann Egan, Crono Designs, Ennis Mountain, The World of GlassBoxGuy and Hardwear by Renee.
Dating back to 1779, this historic market is where the locals come to shop. Fresh produce, handmade items, flowers, meat, spices and other good can be found here. Thankfully the space is enclosed, making it easy to shop year-around. Prices are competitive if not better than the super markets, and its a great way to shop and support local farmers and businesses.
Choose from an impressive selection of hats and headgear for both men and women at Levine Hat Company. This store has carved a niche for itself with its varied styles (ranging from fedora, wool, derby and hornburg among others), fits and custom-made designs. The popular brands here are Cavanagh, Stetson and Knox. Other accessories like socks, pins and gloves are also on offer.
BicycleWORKS has a clear goal of getting at-risk youth into positive environments, increasing their potential and possibilities. At the shop, kids and adults can come to interact with peers and bicycle enthusiasts, learning how to fix their own bikes and gaining a sense of self-efficacy in the process. The kids work toward earning bikes for themselves by assisting in the shop, and learning the ropes of bicycle maintenance. Stop by to talk with the big-hearted staff, get your tires in true, and leave a donation.
Hammond's is a rare find. A charming shop on Cherokee Street, it specializes in books so old, you don't get them in snazzy bookstores no more. Art, culinary, drama, and fiction items share space with over 100,000 out-of-print books. What's more, if you think you don't need that library at home, get your copies here. Also check out the online music store to find music from oldies to electronica.
GYA is the heart and brainchild of four women with a mission to make the arts accessible to the community. Located in historic Mid Town, this cooperative gallery offers goods and services that include sculptures and paintings, textile designs, homemade vegan treats, and on site holistic hand and nail treatments. Live musical performances and cultural demonstrations are featured on various days during the month and artists offer lessons in different types of artistic expression. Stop by GYA to absorb the inspirational ambiance, meet other lovers of the arts, or indulge in a vegan sweet tart. -Cathryn D. Blue
For 15 years, this family-owned vintage museum has handled some of the most unique, rare, and pristine saxophones and mouth pieces ever seen. Located on the exquisite Cherokee Antique Row, Saxquest specializes in the buying, selling, and trading of new and vintage saxophones and saxophone equipment. The owners have an eye for beauty and an ear for magnificence; they are both professional saxophone players who aim to share all elements of their expertise with the community. Whether a novice saxophonist, seasoned musician, collector, or just interested, Saxquest is a definite must-see. - Cathryn D. Blue
Midwest Guitar is the place to go for those who are serious about guitars. Sure, there's a great display and an eclectic variety of styles in guitars and accessories. There are also great prices on handmade guitars. But besides the selection for buyers, the staff at Midwest Guitar actually teaches people to build guitars. The excited staff created an entire school based on guitar repair and construction. Talk about a unique instrument: a handmade guitar by a student/customer that cannot be found anywhere else on Earth! Stop by if you are thinking about purchasing a new guitar or just learning the ropes. They'll be happy to see a new face, regardless of your level of expertise. -Cathryn D. Blue
Specializing in custom tattoos and airbrushing, the talented designers and artists at Art Monster can create a masterpiece on a t-shirt, a motorcycle, or even your own arm. Also offered are pre-printed projects, posters, piercing and jewelry. The Art Monster staff are very professional, following all the health and safety standards a top tattoo parlor would need to follow to ensure clients' comfort and safety. The creations are one of a kind conversation pieces. If you're considering making a new artistic expression and you need a little assistance, stop by and visit Art Monster on Cherokee street.
Waberi Grocery Store is a small, local grocer that caters to the neighborhood and specializes in staples. Its charm is the low prices for goods and the diversity of international spices and products. Many of the people who live in the Cherokee Street Business district have come to St. Louis from all over the world and grocery stores like this one help to maintain family traditions and make the transition to another country a little easier. Due to the diversity of the people who patronize Waberi Grocery Store, there's always an opportunity to meet someone new and swap recipes. -Cathryn D. Blue
The southern part of St. Louis city boasts of its international appeal: from restaurants and grocery stores to specialty shops, this area of town has something from every culture. Cherokee street is the part of Benton park that heavily represents the Mexican population and Supermercado El Torito is Cherokee street's quintessential supermarket. This market carries all the ingredients needed to make great Mexican dishes; ingredients that cannot be found in chain supermarkets. Besides their large selection of meats, produce, and spices, they also carry souvenirs and clothing. The staff is always very helpful. Many customers outside of the neighborhood who have no experience with Mexican groceries visit often, so the staff has a reputation for being thorough and patient with newcomers. Stop by to see what can be found and after shopping, visit El Torito next door for dinner! -Cathryn D. Blue