Ten years ago, SLM began dishing out awards to the area's finest. Here's our celebration of St. Louis by the decades.
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Photograph by Kevin A. Roberts; Prop styling by Jan Leach; Model: Nic Balducci, West Model & Talent Management; Hair and Makeup by Priscilla Case, Talent Plus
Lass and Laddie
The trick with this fabulous kids’ store is finding it open. Go after 11 a.m., and be sure to get there before 4 p.m. Better yet: Call first. You’ll be glad you did. All of the clothes are handmade and sourced from around the world, including Australia and New Zealand. While you’re finding the perfect outfits for the kids, they’ll be enchanted by the costumes and toys. Our personal favorites are the little slip-on sundresses, just like their grandmothers used to wear. 161 W. Jefferson, 314-822-1886.
Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden
Bless all of those young Schnucks for funding this lovely oasis, named after their mama, for the city’s children. Touring a place with plants can have limited appeal to the under-20 set, but add a limestone cave, spelunker’s slide, treehouse, and prairie village, and it’s a place where any child is raring to go. Climb aboard the steamboat to relive the grand ol’ river days. 4344 Shaw, 314-577-5100, mobot.org.
For years, parents trekked to Chicago and New York to fulfill their kids’ desires to visit American Girl. Finally, we have one here. The nearly 11,000-square-foot space houses endless vignettes of fabulous situations for dolls. Stop by the beauty salon, where your child’s doll is placed in a tiny salon chair and given a chosen coif. And make reservations at the Bistro for “doll-friendly dining” for lunch, early dinner, or tea. 2020 Chesterfield Mall, 877-247-5223, americangirl.com/stores/location_stl.php.
Designed by the late creative genius Bob Cassilly, City Museum is like a modern-day Neverland. Ride a Ferris wheel overlooking downtown St. Louis, or commandeer a bus hanging off the roof. Swing from a trapeze. Ride conveyor belts. Crawl through an underwater tunnel. Swing from ropes Tarzan-style. See the world’s largest pencil and the world’s largest pair of underwear. It’s a must for kids and adults alike. 701 N. 15th, 314-231-2489, citymuseum.org.
Miss M’s Candy Boutique
Now 2 years old, this entry into the world of all things sweet consists of one long room, with several long glass counters, and all things candy. Every candy bar imaginable is there, as are jars of flavored gummy bears and a wall of M&Ms. But hold off on visiting till Saturday, the only day of the week that Miss M’s makes bacon chocolate. As we know, everything’s better with bacon. 6193 Delmar, 314-721-7000, missmscandy.com.
Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café
Jilly’s makes cupcakes, but it also serves some savory with that sweet. Under the auspices of chef Dana Holland, Jilly’s offers a tasty lunch. The For the Wee Ones section of the menu includes grilled cheese, PB&J, and other faves. And for the nostalgic adult, the original Famous-Barr French onion soup alone makes it worth the trip. 8509 Delmar, 314-993-5455, jillyscupcakebar.com.
• Birthday-Party Venue: The Magic House, magichouse.com
• Kids’ Clothing Store: City Sprouts, citysprouts.com
• Kid-Friendly Attraction: Saint Louis Zoo, stlzoo.org
• Kid-Friendly Restaurant: Fitz’s, fitzsrootbeer.com
• Sports Camp: Vetta Sports, vettasports.com