A-List Awards 2017: Shopping, Service, & Wellness

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Bike Repair


Give your bike a tune-up with a visit from a mobile bike shop—you don’t even have to leave home. The shop rumbles up in a van, bearing the tools necessary to fix any bike. Online booking, flexible locations, and quick service make Velofix a convenient alternative to lugging your bike around the city in a car.

Small-Town Boutique

Savannah’s Southern Charm

This quaint boutique in Waterloo brings a hearty—and homey—dose of Southern flair to the Midwest. The shop offers picture-perfect gifts, repurposed furniture, home décor, a wedding registry, and more. Its Main Street location and locally sourced products add to the small-town vibe. From “Hey Y’all”–stitched pillows to vintage-style furniture, this shop is as inviting as a Savannah garden party.



Clayton native Daniel Shapiro launched Fourlaps last August, debuting with a small but mighty line of breathable men’s exercise clothes. Since then, Fourlaps has received national accolades from the likes of GQ and Men’s Fitness. The clothes are sleek, cool, and classic (and, most important, scare away stench with antimicrobial materials). (Photo by Kevin A. Roberts)

Home & Garden Shop

Intaglia Home & Garden

The gray brick warehouse in Maplewood is packed with innovative home furnishings, DIY gifts, and more. Styles range from farmhouse to industrial, every one chic and unique. Succulents enliven the store even more.

Model Alanna Arrington’s A-List

The Iowa native’s career is taking off with the help of Jeff and Mary Clarke of Mother Model Management (the same team who launched the careers of Karlie Kloss and Ashton Kutcher). In late 2016, Arrington strutted the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Paris. She shared her own mini–A-List.
★ SKIF International and DNA: “They both have pieces that are very much my style.” ★ The Vault Luxury Resale: “Finding a good, previously owned piece is almost better than buying new!” ★ Katie’s Pizza & Pasta: “The vibe is amazing and they have the best pizza in St. Louis.” ★ Gateway Arch: “It was the first landmark that I went to when I came to St. Louis. I love the view of the city from the top.” (Photo courtesy of Mother Model Management)

New Resale Store

Little Black Door

Tucked away in a mint-green cinderblock building in Kirkwood, Elizabeth Baumgartner’s vintage shop carries all manner of eclectic, stylish home treasures: furniture, knickknacks, bicycles, books… Expect something different with every trip.

Kitchen Store

Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods

City residents no longer need to drive 20-plus minutes to the nearest big-box store for kitchen supplies. This shop in The Grove sells nearly any utensil—and much more. Owner Beth Styles also thoughtfully stocks local and national artisan brands. You might also find small-format cookbooks, kiddie aprons, and Bee’s Wrap beeswax-impregnated cotton food wraps. With its whimsical black-and-white accent wall and comfy chairs upstairs in a cookbook library, the shop’s interior makes you feel as if you’re in a neighbor’s cozy cottage. (Photo by Matt Marcinkowski)

Local Looks

Arch Apparel

Instead of mass-produced tees from chain sports stores, St. Louisans can look to Arch Apparel for city-centric T-shirts, hats, hoodies, beanies, and more. The clean, stylish designs often feature St. Louis–inspired imagery, from the iconic fleur-de-lis to the tagline “Midwest Mannered.” The brand even did a collaboration with Uber for the Cardinals’ season opener against the Cubs—and it doesn’t get more St. Louis than Opening Day. (Photo by Kevin A. Roberts)

New Cycling Studio


The national chain’s Chesterfield location (the first of five planned area stores) combines fitness and charity. The “dance party on a bike” includes fast-paced music and strobe lights. But it’s not all flash: The gym’s CycleGiving arm recently raised money for flood relief.

Stylish Nonprofit

Saint Louis Fashion Incubator

In a Washington Avenue building flooded with natural light, you’ll find the incubator’s inaugural class of designers hard at work. The two-year residency program features six handpicked designers from across the nation. The Saint Louis Fashion Fund’s ambitious program has already elevated the city’s fashion profile and hopes for even greater heights downtown.

Retail Relocation

East + West

When Brian Simpson opened his modern men’s apparel shop, East + West, in Kirkwood, St. Louisans quickly came to appreciate its clean, crisp style and unique selection of brands. Last year, the shop relocated to the Central West End to join the neighborhood’s burgeoning development and to increase its online business with more storage space. With new international brands, as well as accessories and skincare products, East + West is a must-stop for St. Louis men.

New Climbing Wall

Upper Limits–Chesterfield

Chris Schmick has converted a onetime Chesterfield gymnasium into a 13,000-square-foot climber’s haven. Besides the standard rope and bouldering, the gym features a 30-foot bouldering wall built over a former trampoline pit and 20 “Wacky Walls” for children. Climb over faces, spiderwebs, and buildings and stay fit while hanging out with the family. (Photo by Matt Marcinkowski)

Gym–Turned–Hair Salon

The Boulevard Hair Co.

From the mezzanine of The Boulevard Hair Co., look up to the stunning lamella ceiling, down to the original floor (this 1920s building was once a basketball gym), or in any direction to see dozens of reclaimed barnwood stations, each designed by the stylist who works there. It’s no wonder that it had top billing in Salon Today’s 2017 Salon of the Year competition. (Photo by Cheryl Waller)

Leather Alternative


With the advent of fast fashion, many designers are whipping out new designs quicker than ever—but at a wasteful cost. This St. Louis–based vegan leather brand was created to counter that dilemma. Last fall, with sustainability at the forefront, Fauxgerty took home the top honor, complete with a generous grant, from the Caleres Fashion Entrepreneur Competition. The brand’s boutique in the Central West End houses such signature items as vegan leather handbags and moto jackets.

New Gift Store

The Spotted Pig

Fans of our porky pals have a kindred spirit in Kristin Mayer, who opened a pig-obsessed storefront in Clayton last November. The Spotted Pig features custom farm-style furniture alongside an eclectic, ever-changing selection of artisanal home accents and accessories. Keep an eye out for hard-to-find brands and barn-salvaged wares.



When Beyoncé announced her pregnancy with twins on Instagram, the world shook—but possibly nowhere did it do so more than in St. Charles. The staff of Liviara, a small hand-made lingerie startup there, noticed something familiar in the singer’s announcement photo: Bey was wearing the line’s powder-blue Dauphine panty.

New Boutique

Shine Boutique

Nestled among the shops dotting Clayton Road in Ladue, Shine stands out with its Tiffany-blue door. Owner Tamara Netsch, who once managed Melanie’s, opened the store last fall, stocking options for all ages, from teens looking for lace chokers to moms picking up gifts and Bohemian necklaces.

Natural Beauty Brand


Latoya Thompson launched her hair and skincare line to challenge the “narrow perceptions” of what beauty can be. That means celebrating natural beauty. Give your curls love with whipped hair butter Ms. Know It All or relax in Exhale Dead Sea Salt Soak. Even more beautiful? The brand gives back to women and children living in shelters.

Liquor Store & More


A bar enthusiast’s mecca opened last fall in The Grove. High-quality bar tools hang on an industrial-style pegboard, and the small-batch spirits and bitters stocked on the shelves sparkle. Classes and tastings are held multiple times a week. It’s impossible not to up your bar game here. (Photo by Cheryl Waller)

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