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What the world needs now…

is love sweet love, and here are some ideas from neighborhood shops that might wrap that up for you.

From The Silver Lady:

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From left, a garnet-studded sterling silver bracelet $179, red glass heart charm $20, sterling silver heart necklace, $162, and far right, garnet and black-lipped oyster shell earrings $108.

Middle row: garnet ring with 5 stones $60, white glass heart charm, $20, drop earrings with 3 different-sized garnets $68, striking Alunite mineral $20.

Top row: round garnet ring $100, diamond-shaped garnet ring $60, and filigree earrings with marquis-shaped garnets $60.

The Silver Lady, 4736 McPherson, (314) 367-7587, Wed.-Fri. 12 to 5:30, Sat. 11 to 6, Sun. 12 to 4. Closed Mon. & Tues.

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Clockwise from lower left: “Appointed” lined notebooks $24, Valentine’s cards $5.50, each, peach-hued tutu $52, heart-shaped  suitcase, $16 (larger version $18, not shown), meri meri hair clips, bobby pins, and barrettes, $10-$12, and Valentine’s stickers, $8.

Holliday, 4600 Olive St., (314) 454-5858, Mon. -Thurs. 10 to 4, Fri. – Sat, 10 to 6, Sun. 10 to 4.

At Mary Ann’s Tearoom and Enchanting Embellishments:

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Valentine’s High Tea, 11 to 3, $38.50, includes non-alcoholic beverages and 3 courses: scones with Devonshire Cream, mini-tea sandwiches, and mini-cheesecakes, assorted macrons, and fresh strawberries. Reservations required, (314) 361-5303.

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At Enchanting Embellishments, from left: pink cowgirl boots, size 11, $100, old-fashioned “Be Mine Valentine” $14, and quilted “Love” purse $110. On table, rhinestone bracelet, $115, drop earrings, $54.95,

Enchanting Embellishments, 4732 McPherson, Tues. – Sun. 10 to 5, closed Mon.

At The Vino Gallery,

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The Vino Gallery’s Proprietor Alex Head suggests a bottle of Collet Champagne Brut Rose, $44, as the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. Purchase in store or online via Drink Dispatch, where you’ll get a 10% discount using code DRINKNEW.

The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson, Tues. – Weds. 1 to 6, Thurs.1 to 9, Fri. & Sat. 1 to 10. Closed Sun. & Mon.

At Provisions St. Louis:

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Back row: The Wisdom of Wonder Woman, $14.95 (a super heroine who stands for strength, wisdom, justice & love), I Love You Because, $14.99, a fill in the blank book that includes “an awkward moment I love.”

Middle row: Love, long stick matches, $12, Lubin’s Jardin Rouge Eau de Perfume, $130. Other scents from Lubin Paris include Black Jade, created for Marie Antoinette, and Gin Fizz that had Grace Kelly as its muse. Ben’s Tray’s Nine of Hearts, $56, is far right.

Bottom row:  Ben’s Tray’s Heart You, $76, Louis Sherry chocolate truffles packaged in an enameled tin keepsake box, $35, The Red Book of Good Luck, $14.95.

Provisions St. Louis, 228 N. Euclid, Tues. to Sat. 11 to 7ish, Sun. 12 to 5.

At Left Bank Books:

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photo courtesy of Shane Mullen

Bottom row: Candy Club “I Love You S’More” $5.99, 642 Things About You (That I Love) $9.95, Truth or Dare for Couples, $8.95, a fill in the blanks book Things I Love About Us, $10.

Second row: Happy Valentine’s Day Love, Mad Libs $9.99, I Love you in a Gay Way greeting card $5, Left Bank Books mug $12.99, Spike’s Blend Tea by Traveling Tea $9.50, Paint Chip Poetry $19.95.

Back row: Love Poems, $14.99, Cookies & Cocktails $19.99, I Love You More Than Chocolate chocolate card, $9, Mix-Tape Potluck Cookbook by Questlove, $29.99.

Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, (314) 367-6731, Mon. – Sat. 10 to 10, Sun. 11 to 6.

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St. Louis Art Supply, 4582 Olive St., Tues. – Fri. 8 to 7, Sat. & Sun. 9 to 7.

A really last-minute holiday gift guide

On the chance that you too are in denial about how few days remain until Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, here are some  suggestions I found in the CWE that might make last-minute shopping a little easier.

Provisions St. Louis

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Since Debra and Ross Hunter moved to the CWE from northern California a little over a year ago, they have become fixtures in the neighborhood. Their shop, Provisions St. Louis at 228 N. Euclid, is a delightful place to visit, and the conversation is always lively.

Top photo: In the shop’s window you’ll find a beautiful display of bitter orange Agraria natural oil diffusers made in  S.F., which are topped with a signature sola wood flower, $140. The brand’s potpourri is $60, and burning sticks are $40 for 30 pieces.

Bottom row top: Patch NYC mix & match puzzle set, $20, a paperback book of 25 mazes, $10, Frank Loyd Wright Dominoes are $27.

Partially visible in the bottom row are two 1000 piece puzzles: automobiles or a U.S. map of cocktails, $16.99.

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The family behind the Dick Taylor Chocolate Company, which dates back to the early 1900’s, started in the boat building business in Eureka CA. The charming labels were originally printed on letterpress equipment in the creators’ garage.  Fleur de sel, 58% dark milk, black fig, and brown butter 2-ounce chocolate bars are $9 each. Eight-ounce bags of Peppermint or Belize Toledo Drinking Chocolate are $18.

Provisions St. Louis, 228 N. Euclid, Mon.-Sat. 11 to 7ish, Sun. 12 to 5.

Q Boutique at World Chess Hall of Fame

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Upper left: Wooden puzzles in dinosaur, angelfish, or owl shapes, $10, come with stand or can be hung as shown. Bottom left: Fabric Chess-2-Go sets roll up and come with a pouch for easy carrying, $12. Right: An easy-to-assemble cardboard spaceship is approximately 4 1/2′ tall, $50.

Q Boutique at WCHOF, 4652 Maryland Ave., Sat., Mon., Tues., 10 to 5, Weds., Thurs., 10 to 9, Sun. 12 to 5.

The Candle Fusion Studio

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From left, Grandma’s Kitchen Candle and Nightcap Spray, $20; 4 Candle Fusion Happy Holiday soy candles, $25, in Xmas tree, candy cane, mistletoe and gingerbread scent; Handmade Green Tea & Jasmine soap, $9; Cozy Fireside Candle in balsam fir, cranberry & gingerbread scent, $22; Let’s Stay In candle, a warm blend for holiday season, $22.

The Candle Fusion Studio, 4742 McPherson Ave., This Saturday 11 to 6. Then closed until after Christmas.

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CWE-end based clothing designer Amy Johnson is hosting a pop-up boutique along with Daphne Benzaquen, a handbag designer, at 314 N. Euclid. You better hurry in however, as the pop-up closes at the end of the day Sunday (open 12 to 5).

Top left: Among the selections from Amy Johnson’s KlariTy’s are brightly patterned kimonos, $129. Top right: Black & white turtleneck sweaters with faux fur cuffs, $49. Bottom left: A green & white on black flowered light-weight coat with 3-quarter sleeves comes in other fabrics including a black textured knit, $239. A cowl neck shimmer dress is $189.

Bottom right: Daphe. bags are made by artisans in Peru, where Daphne was born. Those on display include from top left the Peruvian leather Brenda tote, $298, leather backpacks, $295 (Daphne got into the business when couldn’t find a backpack she liked), toy llama, $55, oversized envelope bag, $158, and a cozy alpaca pouch, $140.

KlariTy Lifestyle and Daphe. Pop-up Boutique, 314 N. Euclid, Sat. 11 to 5, Sun. 12 to 5.

The Silver Lady

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Lori Shifter, proprietor of The Silver Lady, carries an eclectic assortment of statement rings featuring gemstones set in sterling silver. They range in price from $89 to $196. Below, a shimmery sterling silver mesh bracelet is $585, and sterling earrings, $78, have a matching pendant, $89.

The Silver Lady, 4736 McPherson Ave., Mon. – Fri. 11 to 5, Sat. 11 to 6, Sun. 11 to 4. Will close at 3 on Xmas Eve.

Centro Modern Furnishings

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Top left: It’s the 50th anniversary of the creation of Gaetano Pesce’s political-statement chair and ottoman which depicts a woman chained to the house, $5963. Below left, 13″ tall resin vase by Gaetano Pesce, $1,072. Upper right, Pesce’s Fish Design resin bracelets, $160, and below right resin rings, $70.

Centro Modern Furnishings, 4727 McPherson Ave., Mon. – Sat. 10 to 6. Closed Sun. Xmas Eve, 10 to 4.

Enchanting Embellishments

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At Enchanting Embellishments, above left, you’ll find a white Cartese embroidered sweater jacket, $244; right, FURious Faux Fur, $324, and below, an assortment of cozy Alpaca wraps, $84.95.

Enchanting Embellishments, 4742 McPherson Ave., Tues. – Sun., 10 to 5.

East · West

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East · West carries a navy & white Carhart Work in Progress flannel shirt, $148, and a selection of sunglasses from Crap Eyewear, Venice, CA, $79. Gloves from Norse Projects have a deerskin palm and fleece back with micro-fleece lining, $140. Everyday Oil, $48, is a unisex oil that’s suitable for face, body and hair. Here’s how it’s described in the NY Times Gift Guide: “Its subtle, enigmatic scent is mostly herbaceous and spicy, and a little bit hippy.” Sounds perfect.

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Also at East · West, CWE-based artist Alyssa Knowling’s framed prints, $75, and an assortment of locally-made YellowTree Clay vases, $30.

East · West,  387 N. Euclid, Tues. – Sat. 11 to 7, Sun. 12 to 5. Closed Mondays.

I’ll post the Holiday 2019 Gift Guide ·Part II tomorrow.

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!