These pictures are old. Very old. In fact, they're from my wedding anniversary weekend two months back. B and I spent a whole day in St. Charles, MO which is about 30 minutes NW of St. Louis. We had gone there a few months back for the first time to attend a wedding, and since then I've been planning a day trip so we could wander around Main Street and go antiquing. I was really hoping to visit The Hobbit's Hole, but alas, they were closed when we planned our trip. Still, I have this picture.
Though lots of the small shops along Main Street were closed (it was a Monday, after all. And tons of shops here in the Midwest are closed on Mondays-- don't ask me why) we did find some awesome stores with awesome stuffs! The English Shop is a one-stop-store for everything English. Teacups, teapots, cozies, tea towels, every item emblazoned with the Union Jack, and tons of tea!
I'm not a Whovian, but I was amused by the Doctor Who section in the shop.
But back to tea things. This store made me want to have loads of kitchen space so I could have all the pastel colored teapots in the world. AND...
CAT TEA THINGS. I did end up purchasing two cat sugar containers even though I don't take sugar with my tea. They now hold salt and pepper and are permanent fixtures on my stove counter.
We also stopped in an olive oil and balsamic vinegar shop where we sampled loads. We ended up with a huge bottle of thick, sweet balsamic vinegar from California as well as a very scrumptious rosemary olive oil.
B and I found a wee cookie shop and grabbed ourselves a little snack while we sat and talked then walked some more to admire the quaint street in the sunshine. I had a super "crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside" coconut cookie. It was scrumps.
We visited art galleries, trinket shops, glass shops and bookstores. We took a peek into the soda shop and the candy store, then took a break at a gazebo where we craned our necks to see the water. After hours of strolling and shopping, B and I had a very late lunch and then headed to the casino, but that story is for another time! It was a lovely little day trip that we're sure to repeat.