Are you overwhelmed by the task of shopping for Valentine’s goodies for your guy? He might enjoy some handcrafted Bissinger’s chocolates, a succulent steak at Annie Gunn’s, an evening at the Fox, or any other local Valentine’s treat as much as you would. But if your guy tends to stick with traditional manly pursuits, these St. Louis businesses stand ready to help you win his heart.
Friar Tuck
9053 Watson Road
St. Louis, MO 63126
(314) 918-9230
www.friartuckonline.comFriar Tuck is a superstore of liquors and beers, and carries unusual items you won’t find in grocery stores. If your man likes to sample craft brews, really enjoyed that foreign beer he tried on your honeymoon in Greece or appreciates a fine bottle of scotch, the staff at Friar Tuck can help you select just the right item for him. At the back of the store, you’ll find an area where you can pack your own six-pack of assorted bottles to create a personalized tasting pack just for your man. Gift cards are also available.

Vintage Vinyl

6610 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 721-4096
www.vintagevinyl.comThere are several exciting used record stores in the city these days, but Vintage Vinyl on Delmar is an STL landmark. If you know your partner well, surprise him with his favorite oldies, a poster for his man-cave or a fresh album from a local band he is sure to love. Not sure what he’ll want? Treat him to a shopping spree. Nearly every St. Louisan has memories of shopping in this cavernous store, carefully flipping through albums between the familiar yellow dividers. While you’re on Delmar, treat him to a bite to eat at Fitz’s, Blueberry Hill or the new Peacock Loop Diner.

Ballpark Village
601 Clark Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 345-9481
www.stlballparkvillage.comThe long-awaited Ballpark Village is finally up and running, and local sports fans are in love. Cards fans can enjoy their camaraderie and share their enthusiasm year round in the Village, and build the simple joys of a ball game into a full day of Cardinals bliss. Give your guy one of the Brewhouse’s Cardinals Nation Rooftop Viewing packages in February and he’ll have something to look forward to for weeks. The packages start at just $75 and include buffet meals, drinks, reserved seating and admission to the Cardinals Museum and Hall of Fame.

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Donelson Cycles
9851 St. Charles Rock Road
St. Ann, MO 63074
(314) 427-1204
www.donelsoncycles.comIs your man anxiously waiting for the spring thaw so he can take his bike out for a ride? Then Donelson is the perfect place to shop for a gift. Motorcycle enthusiasts love accessories, whether it’s a new mirrored visor for his helmet, a pair of gloves or just a cap featuring his favorite bike’s brand. Maybe you know the exact jacket he’s had his eye on all year, or perhaps you need a little guidance from some knowledgeable staff members. Either way, Donelson has you covered for the holiday.

J. Gravity Strings
1546 S. Broadway St.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 241-0190
www.gravitystrings.comIf your partner likes to strum a guitar, surprise him with something special from J. Gravity. This unassuming location deep in Soulard is one of the city’s best-kept secrets, frequented mostly by local band members and music pros. Jimmy Gravity and Milan are masters of guitar repair, so you’ll find beautifully refurbished, one-of-a-kind instruments here, along with accessories and amps for the serious musician. Not sure what your guitar-pickin’ boyfriend might like? Line him up with some private lessons with a member of the J. Gravity staff.

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Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Contact her at