It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Kirkwood, Missouri. It’s a charming suburb town about 15 minutes outside of St. Louis City. And cookie-cutter it is not. It’s full of character, charm and historic, well-loved homes. Downtown Kirkwood is centered around a historic train station, which is surrounded by countless shops and restaurants…with new ones popping up every day.
Last week, Tito, Frankie and I took a walk downtown…and it’s August…in St. Louis…and this summer is just like all the others…hot. So when we walked past a new store called Clay and Cotton, I was more than thrilled to find a giant dog bowl cheerfully welcoming my thirsty pals to take a drink.
Yey for a dog-friendly Clay and Cotton!
It must have been about 4.8 seconds later that a tiny terrier (seriously about the size of Frankie’s right paw) came darting at us. While he tried to interest my dogs in a game of “betcha can’t get me,” I spotted the store he had escaped from — Blush (another Kirkwood staple, now with a new home). Which was exactly when it hit me…
I need to return with my camera and give a few of these new shops some Living Room love!!!
And, that, I did…
First Stop — Clay and Cotton
(aka. Tito and Frankie’s new favorite watering hole)
157 West Argonne Drive : corner of Clay and Argonne
What’s Inside : home goods (especially bright, cheerful rugs and pillows), gifts, women’s clothing
Feel : vibrant style with a modern-day euro twist — colorful, friendly, upscale, green
Plus : super dog-friendly…LIKE if you go for their grand opening September 16-19, 10% of all purchases go to Stray Rescue (if I wasn’t sold already, hearing that sealed the deal)
Take a Peek…
quite possibly the cheeriest wall in town...fun, bright pillows, quilts and blankets to lust
each vibrant, unique rug has been inspired by a cultural icon or event, about $75
"green" picture frame made with recycled magazine pages, $25
and bowl to match, $47
a little nod to the StL with fleurdelis glasses, $10 each
I highly, highly suggest you (and Rover) check out the newest store on the block!
Next Stop — Blush
(okay, it’s not new…but the location is ;)
110 N. Clay Avenue
What’s Inside : women’s clothing, jeans, jewelry and even a little furniture
Feel : stylish, young, upscale, hip…everything you need for a night on the town
Plus: their store has had such success, they had to move from their original space on Jefferson to a bigger, brighter space just around the corner
Take a Peek…
the perfect balance of style and sass
cute summer pieces
now imagine wearing these WHILE sipping from those matching fleurdelis glasses...cute, huh?
And Our Final Stop — Funky Junky
I loved their handmade "back-to-school" window decor...
...and a little bummed to hear they weren't for sale. guess I'll just have to make some of my own.
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(perfect for the upcycler in us all)
112 E. Jefferson Street
What’s Inside : upscale resale, antiques, uniques, surprises!
Feel : whimsical, fun, antiquing, discovery
Plus: they constantly get new (to you) things in…so you never know what treasure you might find inside!
Take a Peek…
treasure waiting to be found
love, love, loved this shabby-chic chalkboard, $42
teapot planter, $23.50
and an old-school (umm...literally) locker full of "hidden" treasures!
That’s the end of the tour for today. For a little more info on all the new places, check out this recent write-up in the Webster Kirkwood Times. And, while you’re browsing, don’t forget to stop by two of my all-time favorite Kirkwood shops Christopher’s (across from the Farmer’s Market) and Moonbeams (next door to Funky Junky).
Kirkwood Farmer's Market