Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year with good reason. Avoid the hassle of lines to get into the big chain stores and opt to support your local community on this day. You can find sweet deals and discounts on exclusive gifts at these local stores to wow all of those on your Christmas list.


Mary Jane’s Shoes
387 N. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 367-8867

Mary Jane’s, located in the Central West End, is a high-end fashion boutique that offers an abundance of clothing and accessories to add to one’s closet. Pick up a few adorable pieces to add to your girlfriend, sister or even mother’s collection this holiday season. Not only are you supporting a local business, but you are supporting local designers by shopping here, such as Love Bird Vintage. This boutique is all about bringing you the best deals on designer goodies, which it proves by offering discounts to customers every month of the year. With discounts of up to 75 percent off, Mary Jane’s is sure to have a worthy sale this Black Friday.

While in the Central West End, visit other unique stores that will be sure to aid you in the search for the perfect gift. Check out New Market Hardwareand step back in time to when home-improvement projects were an enjoyment and not just another chore. Or quiz the clerks at Big Sleep Books, a bookstore specializing in crime and mystery novels, to help you find a new novel sure to knock the socks off of its recipient.

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Blush Boutique
110 N. Clay Ave.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
(314) 965-4411

Blush Boutique is one of the many gems to be found in the quaint downtown area of Kirkwood. This store is designed for women of every age group and has been highlighted in various publications, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Alive magazine. Blush Boutique has even been featured on television for its great selection. Find fabulous handbags, dresses, denim and more at a very reasonable rate by stopping in early on your Black Friday outing. In years past, Blush Boutique offered a discount of 30 percent and even started shoppers’ mornings off right by providing coffee and donuts.


127 E. Argonne Drive
Kirkwood, MO 63122
(314) 909-0202

Christopher’s, also located in Kirkwood, has a selection of home décor, clothing and specialized gifts for you to browse through. You can find crafty little art pieces such as characters designed from kitchen utensils to the coveted Steinbach Nutcrackers. If you stop by here on Black Friday, meet one of the Steinbach family members in person and get your collectible “RMS Titanic” nutcracker signed for that special someone.

Enjoy other one-of-a-kind shops in picturesque downtown Kirkwood such as Lass & Laddie. This boutique is all about the children, and you’ll score the perfect little dress for your niece or graphic tee for your nephew with a visit. Also check out Brando Boutique for the delicate jewelry your wife or girlfriend deserves, like an elegant strand of pearls.

(credit: Apricot Lane Boutique Facebook)

Apricot Lane Boutique
140 Chesterfield Mall, Suite 876
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(636) 537-1161

Apricot Lane, located in Chesterfield, features urban designs for the trendy fashionista in your life. Choose a bold top or an animal-print bag to make a statement. Apricot Lane likes to bring prices down for customers as proven by the seasonal sales offering 20 percent discounts. In years past, this boutique even took half off a second item on Black Friday. Stop by this year to discover the Black Friday discounts.

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Living in St. Louis, Amanda Dahl is a freelance writer specializing in dating tips and ways to stylize your life; whether it be through house decor or finding a perfect pair of shoes. Her work can be found at