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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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  • Reply Janine November 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I wish so bad that I’d had cash to spend on Small Biz Saturday. We blew our budget hosting Thanksgiving! But I will shop local for holiday gifts, so that’s what counts.

    I love Uglydolls! I have one that Donny got me years ago and another that I found secondhand (perfect shape!) for $2 last month. I want a Totoro but the ones here that size are $70-80!

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