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Sugar Shack

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When one has a sweet tooth, the Sugar Shack is the place to be. The nostalgic candy store first piqued my interest when a photo of their gourmet cotton candy graced the cover of Feast magazine. My initial though:”I need my own photo of that wonderful pink fluff!” and this cuteness. On top of their large selection of cotton candy flavors, they also carry many vintage candies, phosphate sodas, and marshmallows coated in sticky goodness that are called Pillow Pops. The cherry cotton candy I had was delicious, as well with the soda. The shop made me feel like a child again and was reminiscent of the candy store from “The candy man can” scene in Willy Wonka. Although small, the Sugar Shack is not a spot to be overlooked when visiting downtown Kirkwood.

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Ice cream jumper: Wildfox Couture | Jeans: BDG | Booties: thrifted | Hat: Charlotte Russe | Watch: Charming Charlie | Bracelets: Forever 21

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La France

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!

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Small Business Saturday

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!

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