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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 1

With just 6 shopping days left until Christmas, these holiday gift suggestions may make your life a little less stressful, especially for those prone to procrastination. Shopping local has many advantages. Walking from shop to shop is the most obvious, but as I put this 2018 list together I realized the added value of meeting and talking to the friendly shop owners in the CWE. They make the experience of finding gifts for everyone on your holiday list a whole lot merrier.

At St. Louis Art Supply, 4532 Olive St., co-proprietor Carson Monetti helped me gather suggestions for kids and adults, though several gifts would be appreciated by any age. Free gift wrapping is available.Nicki's Central West End Guide Uncategorized  The Silver Lady St. Louis Art Supply Provisions St. Louis Left Bank Books east+weststl AG Jeans

The shop has a wonderful children’s section for the budding artist. From left: Faber-Castell 64-piece Young Artist’s Essentials comes in a handsome red wooden case, $50; 20 water-based pens by Stabilo, $19; Learn to Paint Set in a zippered plastic bag, $18, sits on Claytoon clay packs, $4 each; and far right, a bucket of 50 Faber-Castell Connector Pens which, when hooked together with enclosed connectors can double as a building set, $19.99. Lower right, assorted stickers, $3 each.Nicki's Central West End Guide Uncategorized  The Silver Lady St. Louis Art Supply Provisions St. Louis Left Bank Books east+weststl AG Jeans

Clockwise from top: 50 point 88 fineliner pens by Stabilo, $37.50; Kalita coffee decanter, $24.99; dripper, $17.99 (filters, $4.99 not shown); Ethiopia Coffee from Coma Coffee in The Grove, 12 oz. $17.50. (The shop stocks a hand-crank “ceramic-burr” coffee grinder too, $49.99.) A trio of assorted pencil sharpeners, $4.99 each; ever-popular, non-stick Washi Tape, $3.50; Midori polar bear stationery $6.50; 8 matching polar bear envelopes, $5.50.

Far left, an assortment of Ro-biki waxed-covered notebooks to slip inside a jacket pocket, $8. St. Louis Art Supply is the only shop in the U.S. that carries some of these hard-to-find Japanese products.

Check St. Louis Art Supply’s website for hours…. they will be open on Christmas Eve.

Brian Simpson, proprietor of east+west, 387 N. Euclid, was quick to pick out his favorite gifts ideas to share with you, see his selections below.

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From left: 2018’s edition of hugely-popular Chup socks from Japan feature Fair Isle patterns, $36; a solid-cast brass key ring from a LA jewelry designer hooks onto jacket or belt loop, $99; two-tone leather card case/wallet from a Portland OR company, $40; a Nashville-based company makes 6 varieties of candles poured in whiskey glasses  in scents such as balsam fir, tobacco & musk, and oak & moss, $44. Top right: In case of an emergency, or for the camping enthusiast, a military grade 10-ounce flask that contains compass, flashlight, 2 shot glasses & a bottle opener, $74; straight out of Copenhagen’s Kinfolk magazine, an assortment of 12 beautiful cards, $22.

By the way, east+west carries Sump Coffee, 12 oz/$16, delivered fresh to the shop weekly.

For more information, head to east+west’s website.

At Provisions STL Ross and Debra Hunter are still flying high about St. Louis and the rousing reception they’ve gotten from the neighborhood. The shop stocks a wide variety of gift items, so the following is just a small sampling of what you will find there.

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Top photo: Hook & Albert dopp kit, $115. Canada’s Rockwell Razor’s shaving supplies include Beard & Body Bar, $10; razor, $29, razor stand, $30; AfterShave Balm, $15; Shaving Soap, $15, and Shave Brush, also $15.

Bottom photo left: a selection of hand-blended OLO perfume oils from a self-taught Portland-based perfumer, $45. Right: a cozy hypoallergenic alpaca blanket from Equador, $165; doggie coats, $35 to $45, have been reordered twice since the shop opened 2 months ago.

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Left: Provisions STL carries an assortment of wood & inlay board games including backgammon sets in small, $125, and large, $210; domino set, $68; “Shaken” Cocktail Kit, $70; and fleur de lis bottle openers, $12.  Right photo: “Stirred” Cocktail Kit, $70; Everyday flask, $24; Picnic knife, $35; lower left, Bike Snob, $16.95.

For more information visit Provisions STL website.

Left Bank Books 399 N. Euclid, has been publishing “best of” book selections almost daily on Instagram and Facebook, so you might check those sites out for staff suggestions. What’s shown below are gift ideas that caught my eye, augmented by advice from LLB staffer Lauren Wiser.

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From top left: Super Diva RBG Workout Calendar, $14.99; Bibliophile ceramic vase, $24.95, with quote from Louisa May Alcott brings literary charm to any room; acid green readers, $19.95; Ideal Bookshelf canvas shopping bag, $21.00; Yotam Ottolenghi’s Ottolenghi Simple, $35; Clifford socks, size 0 to 12 & 12 to 24, 4 pr. $12. My First Books include Coco (Chanel) & Marie (Curie), $8.99;  Spike the Left Bank Book cat mug, $12.99.

Visit Left Bank Books website for hours and information.

AG Jeans, 36 Maryland Plaza, has great-looking gift ideas, and the staff is immensely helpful with their suggestions on what to wear out on the town.

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Since I visited last Thursday, the shop has started its semi-annual 30% off sale, so what’s listed here are pre-sale prices. A viscose slip dress in “duck canvas” (the color),”$228, is paired with a black lyocell & spandex turtleneck, $98. The slipdress is also available in navy and burgundy. Right: black razor back knit top, $74; “the Jodi crop” in super stretch sateen, $188, and right, “Farrah skinny ankle pant,” $188.

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For men: Left, black “Kane Shearling Coat,” $1348; “The Sin’s Crew” in true black, $168; “Tallis” pant in multi-plaid Merlot, $198. Right: “Jaren Hoodie” in deep lolden, $268, and “Everett Pant” in cognac, $178.

Refer to  AG Jeans website for hours and more information about current sale.

Not only will you find a great selection of jewelry at The Silver Lady, 4736 McPherson Ave., you’ll also get a healthy dose of humor from proprietor Lori Shifter who’s been in the jewelry business for over 30 years.

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Above, a long dramatic silver necklace, $472, with matching earrings, $82.

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Top left: A stunning Meterioite necklace, $312, and matching bracelet, $300. (Meterioite is a natural object originating in outer space that survives impact with the earth’s surface.) Top right: Show-stopping Stichtite, Prehnite & Peridot necklace, $1269, with matching bracelet, $259.

Bottom photograph: This charming bracelet contains real miniature flowers, $60; matching drop earrings, $28.

Visit The Silver Lady website for hours and more information.

Next up: Part II of this year’s Holiday shopping guide.