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Let’s face it: the temptation of convenience with Amazon or your local big-box behemoth is real. Still, St. Louis has great boutiques where you can find much better, more unique finds, from sleek, retro furniture to designer duds on the cheap to cheeky mugs and T-shirts for the bad boss in us all. You just have to get to work. Shopping locally is a treasure hunt, and the fun isn’t just finding items in the store, but finding the stores themselves. These hidden gems are scattered around the city for you to discover. And once you do, you’ll feel good knowing your money will stay here in St. Louis to support your neighbor. Pop in, say hello to the owners and let yourself discover something new. —Rosalind Early

Main character cafe.

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Main character cafe.

The pandemic has hurt what is dear to us: gatherings with friends and family, indoor dining, small businesses. But for all odds, a slew of new independent bookstores have opened in St. Louis, and we’re thrilled to see it. In May, Ymani Wince released the Noir Bookstore (2317 Cherokee Street, no phone) to Cherokee Street. Noir, French for Black, contains books relevant to the Black experience. His southern neighbors Spine Indie Bookstore & Cafee (1976 Arsenaalstraat, 314-925-8087) opened last fall in Benton Park, carrying titles only from independent bookstores and publishers. Readers hungry for more than prose can grab some food too: Spine serves up pastries from Delish, sandwiches from Elaine’s, and drinks from Blueprint Coffee and Big Heart Tea. For bibliophiles looking for a more robust drinks menu, Main character Cafe (1700 South Ninth Street, 314-833-3085) opened in Soulard just before the pandemic, serving lattes, pour-overs and espresso alongside a collection of over 5,000 used books. And in St. Louis County, specialty store Betty’s Books (10 Summit Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-279-1731) opened in late 2021, bringing comics, graphic novels, children’s literature, and manga to Webster Groves. —Monica Obradovic