Maplewood is a suburban city that borders the city of Saint Louis, and walking down the main street is like taking a trip back to yesteryear. The street is lined with small independent shops and restaurants. No big chain stores here! And my printed visit is not to show you what I would buy, but what I did spy.DSC09494

First up was another Saint Louis 250 Birthday Cake. I guess the artist was going for a trompe l’oeil cake. But look, the daffodils are attracted to it. This cake was located in front of the local Schlafly Bottleworks and Brewery.


And this ornamental pineapple was one of a pair that guarded the entrance of a design group.


The next shop featured solar panels and presented a group of solar animated toys in the window.DSC09499

Next door, a straw dog guarded a pet store.DSC09500

A women’s specialty shoppe greeted customers with a bit of French flair from yesteryear.DSC09503

And an office supply store’s window featured a display of office materials from another era.


And the Ace Hardware Store that was converted from an early 20th Century movie house  used the former side exits into an alleyway that provides shoppers with the behind the store’s parking area. The interior of the store maintains the bare wood floors and fixtures of an earlier era hardware store.

Right now, about the only thing missing from the street is an independent  book store. Oh, and if you are into chocolate …truffles

There’s also the Kakao Chocolate Shop that makes hand-made chocolates and confections. Yum, yum!


About Robert Edler

... a somewhat unknown and/or imaginary actor, writer, director, producer, photographer, friend, brother, uncle and all round good fellow that you really should get to know because he lives with that most glamorous fourpaw Mademoiselle Renee. (Mlle. Renee for short)

Posted on April 1, 2014, in MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT! and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I’m pretty sure I need to be a tourist here.

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