When I lived in Florida, and grazing novelty shops was a frequent tendency of mine, La France was the crème de la crème! With a mix of high quality vintage and reproduction pieces, it is easily reminiscent of a trendy New York boutique. Cases and cases are aligned with a beautiful variety of jewelry, and you can get lost in the combination of playful vintage fabrics! I snapped these photographs (with permission) on one of my last trips to the store. If you’re ever in Tampa, this is not a spot to pass up!
In honor of Small Business Saturday, I decided to wander around The Loop in St. Louis to check out some of the local shops. The only things I ended up purchasing was lunch and a small trinket for the boyfriend, but I did take a lot of photos, which was basically my biggest goal because I’m slowly overcoming my fear of snapping shots in public.
My first stop was Pheonix Rising. It’s a fun little shop with a nice case of jewelry, and humorous novelty items. It’s where I bought the “Maybe you touched your genitals” hand soap that I stuck in the gents bathroom at work. After I was done annoying the staff with my picture-taking, I stopped into Star Clipper, which is the best comic book store in the city. I’m not really into comics, but they also carry Uglydolls, Squishables (I want the narwhal!) and a decent amount of blindbox toys.
For lunch I was pumped to finally try Cheese-ology Macaroni & cheese. I ended up getting the buffalo chicken mac — everyone who knows me will tell you that I love anything buffalo flavored! ‘Twas good stuff, but it was even better when I reheated the leftovers a couple of hours later.
All in all, I think I did my fair share in supporting the little guys today! One of the things I love about shopping small is the experience. The stores are usually cleaner, uniquely decorated, and the staff actually engages you!