St. Louis offers many places to shop, but best of all, many unique stores in the area offer far more than a great selection for consumers. Several stores throughout the city support the local community through donations and profits made. These local shops support wonderful causes, such as education for youth and financial support for families in need. Be sure to stop in at one of the stores in St. Louis who are on a mission to improve the local community.
Open Door Animal Sanctuary
6065 Duda Road
House Springs, MO 63051
Protecting lost and abused animals until they find a safe place to call home is a noble mission, and Open Door Animal Sanctuary does everything it can to give its inhabits a place of comfort. This no-kill shelter refuses to cage its kitties, choosing instead to offer pampered rooms full of cat beds and scratching posts. The employees and volunteers also make sure to walk the dogs three times a day. This animal sanctuary has young and mature animals for people to meet so that one can find the pet that would make a perfect addition to the family.
The Village Green
10212 Watson Road
Sunset Hills, MO 63127
The Village Green offers secondhand furniture and antiques along with estate finds. One can revamp his or her place this spring by stopping in and finding an elegant new couch or kitchen table to spruce up the décor. Find collectibles and wall hangings to display for some old-fashioned charm. In addition to landing a new look in the old place, one can feel good about shopping here because the proceeds benefit the Village Academy, a non-profit organization that supports families in the Saint Louis area through quality care and educational opportunities for children.
St. Louis Bicycle Works
2414 Menard St.
St. Louis, MO 63104
For an active lifestyle, a bicycle is almost mandatory for the coming warm seasons. From a mountain bike for rough terrain to a simple road bike, St. Louis Bicycle Works has a variety of rides to choose from to fit the needs of all types of energetic people. All the bicycles have been rebuilt, making them an affordable buy. This store supports the community through its “earn-a-bike” program, which encourages area children to learn about and build bicycles for future use. This free program not only encourages youth to get active, but it also teaches them responsibility and problem-solving skills.
8211 Clayton Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63117
ScholarShop is the clothing store to visit for discounted designer items. From apparel for men and children as well as women to handbags and accessories, the items offered here are fantastic finds at a reasonable rate. Discover a new jacket in a bold color, such as orange, for spring or a new set of slacks to spice up the work wardrobe. By shopping here, customers are also donating to the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, which provides financial support to local students.
The Woman’s Exchange
9214 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63124
The Woman’s Exchange is a boutique featuring clothing for children. Soon to be moving to Ladue at the end of spring, this apparel shop supports local men and women by offering them training and a source of income. The products made by the people the Woman’s Exchange supports are then sold in store at a discounted price. Find handmade dresses and toys for little ones and even the perfect gift for that upcoming baby shower. Stop by the Tea Room for a delicious snack and support the community in the process.
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 Examiner.com.