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Here’s what I’ll miss about Cassie’s

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In the rapidly evolving story of the comings and goings of businesses in the area, word is out that after 25 years in the Central West End Cassie Buehl, above, is moving Cassie’s to Colonial Marketplace, 8837 Ladue Road. The move—about mid-April—will leave another regrettable void in the neighborhood’s dwindling retail mix.

Cassie said that she isn’t happy about leaving the neighborhood, but said walk-in business has declined—she points to Amazon and online shopping as factors—so she has wanted to downsize for the past few years, but hasn’t been able to strike a deal with her landlord.

Other factors leading to the decision include lower rent in the Ladue location—for admittedly a slightly smaller space—and parking out front. Since 60% of her customers are from out of the neighborhood, she said lack of available parking and the “take no prisoner approach” to the issuance of parking tickets are an issue in the CWE location.

In addition to missing visiting with Cassie herself, here are a few of the reasons I have loved having Cassie’s right around the corner for all these years:

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Seasonal goods, such as the Easter-themed merchandise above.

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$18 sunglasses, which are now 1/2 off (there are only a few left). Cassie said that Whole Foods carries the same brand, but who at WF am I going to ask to get an opinion on how they look on me? That’s the beauty of the kind of personalized service offered at independent retail operations. Nicki's Central West End Guide Shop News  Central West End Cassie's Scents Cassie Buehl   Cassie’s house-brand moisturizer in 3 different formulas (A, D & E, Shea Butter, and Stardust Shimmer) and 3 sizes ($5, $14, & $24). If you wish, you can choose from a large selection of scents from Cassie’s Scent Bar that can be mixed in (my latest combination is lemongrass and rose).

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“Camille” Glycerine Hand Therapy by Camille Beckman, $5.95, $13.95 and $16.95, which I discovered at Cassie’s years ago.

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And a large selection of Roots candles, $3.50 each.

Rumor has it that the space will be reconfigured to create two separate spaces of about 1000 s.f. each. Hopefully that will increase the prospects for new retail uses in that stretch of the Euclid commercial district.

Cassie’s Scents, 316 N. Euclid, until April 15.

A holiday gift guide for procrastinators Part II

Not surprisingly, Todd Lannom and Ginny Stewart, co-owners of Centro, 4727 McPherson Ave., have taken the minimalist approach to making gift shopping easy. There are simply three plywood tables at the front of the shop filled with beautifully designed, unusual gifts. Two tables hold items made in America, the third, selections from Italy.

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Almost everything on the American table, above, was designed by artisans located in Brooklyn. Front: AreaWear by Bower designs clever geometric trivets that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The larger herringbone shapes, front, are $35 each. The smaller tiles far left (made of wood) and right, can be mixed and matched and used as individual coasters too, $18.

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Top left: American designer David Weeks’ beechwood gorilla, $100, and bear, $90, have movable parts. The Balancing Block dog at the top of the photo is a Snake Block®, a classic toy composed of 24 wooden triangles with an elastic band throughout, $48.  Top right: Balancing Blocks wooden shapes from Fort Standard are also $48.

Bottom photos: The latest in art lamps: “Filo” from Foscarini with glass ornaments comes in 8 different color palates, $550. Right: Decorative American-made outlets with 3 different cord lengths are handsome enough to leave in full view. Some have USB ports as well, $59 to $179.

Check Centro’s website for more information.

Don’t pout if you still need holiday cards, gift bags, or gift wrap. You’ll find them at Cassie’s, 316 N. Euclid.

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From top: Boxes of Papyrus holiday cards are $14.95 to $24.95, Right: a large selection of holiday gift wrapping paper ranges from $8.95 to $9.95: Bottom: Gift bags are $4.50 and up. Cassies also has a perfume bar where you can create your own scents, see bottles above.

Head to Cassie’s website for hours and more information.

The Candle Fusion Studio, 4742 McPherson Ave., below,

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Top left: At The Candle Fusion you can purchase ready-made holiday candles in scents such as Cozy Fireside, $22, Holiday Ale, Balsam Fir, Cranberry, Gingerbread, and Candy Cane, $18 each. Top right: Or you can blend your own scents to create your own candle.

Bottom: You can choose from a variety of glass jars and scented oils to create the perfect gift.

The shop does a brisk business hosting candle-making parties. For more information, visit The Candle Fusion website.

At Enchanting Embellishments, 4732 McPherson Ave.

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Left: A show-stopping faux-fur vest from Furious Fur in shades of beige to brown is $129.95; colorfully patterned socks from Sock Smith for men & women range from $9.95 to $19.95.

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At Enchanting Embellishments, you’ll find zany Betsy Johnson Holiday Purses, $89.95.

Visit the website for more information.

At Shelton Davis, 4724 McPherson Ave.,

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you’ll find a selection of English tea caddies as old as King George I or George II, spanning the 18th to 19th century, $800 to $1200. Nicki's Central West End Guide Shop News  World Chess Hall of Fame Wolfgang's Pet Stop Shelton Davis Mike's Bikes Enchanting Embellishments Centro Cassie's Scents Candle Fusion Studio

Clockwise from top: Antique Venetian Glass bedside water carafe with glass lid, $145; a pair of French Art Deco jeweled perfume bottles, $375; English cut glass round perfume bottle with sterling silver top, $150; cut crystal perfume bottles with sterling silver tops, $275.

Visit Shelton Davis website for more information.

World Chess Hall of Fame carries a wide variety of gift items, and this Saturday everything is 20% off:

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Left: Jaunty bow ties by Cyberoptix, $50. Right: Chess sets include top left: a 14″ folding magnetic set with travel pouch $119, WCHOF member price: $95.20, top right, 7 1/2″ square magnetic chess set, $59, member price, $47.20, and front, 10 x 5″ magnetic chess set, $79, member price $63.20.

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Left: Ball point pens disguised as quill pens with stand, $12. Right: There is a large selection of children’s toys at WCHOF including top left: Ogobolli Rattles, $11 each; 6-piece Pound & Tap Bench for age 12 months, $33; and a magnetic puzzle for age 24 months, $28.

Check out World Chess Hall of Fame’s website for more information.

At Mike’s Bikes, 324 N. Euclid,

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Top: Striders for ages 2 to 5 years are $120, and bottom photo: Pop some batteries into Kazam “blinkies,” $100, and the trail will blaze as they push ahead.

Visit Mikes Bikes website for more information.

Wolfgang’s Pet Stop, 330 N. Euclid,

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An assortment of freshly-baked holiday-themed dog cookies will be a welcomed treat for your four-legged friend this Christmas. Mix & match organic peanut butter, honey, and oatmeal, or choose one with liver, 4 for $5.

Wolfgang’s is also offering a small group (4-5 dogs) 1-hour dog training class on Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. starting January 19, $150 (five sessions). For more information click here.

Don’t miss the last of this year’s Window Walk festivities taking place this Saturday, December 22.

Shop local and have a wonderful Holiday everyone!

A CWE Valentine’s Gift Guide

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Who doesn’t need an expression of love right now? With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, shopkeepers in the CWE have come up with some imaginative ideas to help show the one(s) you love how special they are. And that goes for you too – be sure to treat yourself to something love-ly as well.

Bowood Farms, 4605 Olive Street, has a wide selection of imaginative ideas for getting in the Valentine’s spirit. Above, LOVE garland, $14.

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Other suggestions include from top left: meri meri cupcake kits, $14; a heart fern, $8, in cachepot, $14: roll of heart stickers, $8; assorted Washi tape (in basket) $6.50; heart-shaped Hoya succulent, $6.50; front, assorted cards $5-$8; “Be Mine” clutches, $14; far right, paper cups decorated with hearts, $6.

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Left: Tiny cyclamen, $4.50. Right: Assorted cards, $5-$5.50; roll of stickers, $8; love sticker sheets, 10 for $6.  On Tuesday, February 14, Bowood Farms is hosting Silvia Dadian-Smith of Snapdragon Studio who is bringing an array of beautiful blooms to stock a Valentine’s Bouquet Bar. Stop by anytime between 12-2 p.m. to create your own hand-tied bouquet, $25.

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At The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson Ave., proprietor Alex Head suggests a bottle of Flor Rose Prosecco, $18, in a St. Louis-themed fleur de lis bottle.

The Vino Gallery has expanded its menu adding a selection of appetizers to enjoy in house with a glass of wine. These include a butcher’s plate, $13, Mediterranean olive medley, $4, hummus & pita, $6, and grissinis (prosciutto-wrapped breadsticks), $7. In addition the space is available for parties, fundraisers and/or corporate events. Email alex@thevinogallery.com for details.

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From Cassie’s, 318 N. Euclid.

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From left: Root Rose Petal candle, $19.95; Papyrus Valentine card, $8.95; gift bag, $5.95; Thymes Kimono Rose perfume, $40; front, Smoochies soap, $7.50.

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At Candle Fusion, 4742 McPherson: Set of 4 Romance candles scented with rose petals, dark chocolate, champagne, & whipped cream, $25. Candle Fusion is hosting a couples Valentine event, $55, includes candle-making, drinks, chocolates and live music on February 11, 14 & 18. Visit the website for more information.

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At Left Bank Books: Thanks to LBB staffer Shane Mullen for the love notes he put in each book for me, which I’ve put in quotations. Lower left, Thich Nhat Hanh’s How to Love, “a classic mediation on love,” $9.95. From top: Edna O’Brien’s The Love Object, “familial & romantic love from one of the masters,” $17.99; Emily Robbins A Word for Love, W.U. Alum on how to experience love, set in Syria,” $27. (Robbins has an upcoming book signing and discussion at LBB on 2/22 with local author Kea Wilson). “A hush hush historical love story” Eleanor and Hick, the love story that shaped a First Lady, by Susan Quinn, $30; “open your heart” with local poet Cheeraz Gorman’s In the Midst of Loving, $16; “Stranger Things meets The Rosie Project,” Jason Rekulak’s The Impossible Fortress (just out and highly regarded), $24; “St. Louis most famous doctors explain secrets of bedroom,” Masters of Sex by Thomas Maier, $16.99; “love in 2 languages,” 100 Love Sonnets/Cien Sonetos de Amor by Pablo Neruda, $19.95; Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance, $17, “not just a humorous book but really in-depth view of how we love”; Romeo and/or Juliet, $20, a chooseable-path adventure by Ryan North “no explanation needed.”

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From top: “because friends are as good as lovers,” Cooking for Friends by Terry Edwards & George Craig, $35; “St. Louis author” Christina Lane, Dessert for Two Sweet & Simple$27.95 (she’s on instagram too). LBB staffer Sarah Holt helped with the children’s titles: “Just because it’s so cute,” When an Elephant Falls in Love, $14.99, by Davide Cale & Alice Lotti; Heart 2 Heart by Lois Ehlert, $9.99, “she’s a classic, good for all ages.”

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At The Cup, 28 Maryland Plaza, standard cupcakes such as Confetti, Red Velvet & Double Chocolate are $2.95 each; premium flavors, Ruby & Maple Bacon, are $3.45.

More suggestions coming up next.