St. Charles

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. 

17 comments:

  1. I want to hear casino stories! And I am in love with those cat containers....and I hope you go back and visit that store sometime.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

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  2. Looks like a really lovely town! I hope you get to go back and show us the Hobbit's Hole!

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  3. I wish I had known about this place when we were down there last month! Looks so cute - I'll have to remember for our next visit.

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  4. Looks awesome! I love the cat-themed tea goodies.

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  5. This sounds like a neat trip! I would have loved all of the tea things too! So little space and so many cute things!

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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  6. Oh i know!!! I wanna see what they sell!

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  7. You have just given me the title for my "casino" post. I totes will be visiting the English Shoppe again soon! I just so happen to need more infusers!

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  8. It's a cute little spot, for sure! And not very far from the city too! Next time :)

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  9. I so love them to bits! I am convincing myself that I need more!

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  10. I know! I was so overwhelmed by the awesomeness and cuteness of it all!

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  11. St Charles sounds like such a beautiful and lovely place! =) I think you and B would really like San Francisco. There's lots of little artsy stores and beautiful galleries :)

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  12. The Hobbit Hole!! Oh my goodness. I died a little. Just a tiny bit of wonderful added to life when you know there's an actual shop named that! And the little cat containers. Luuurv. :D Those are totes justifiable - I mean you need to keep all kinds of things in those. Even if it's just sugar for baking or guests for when they have their tea.

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  13. This place looks amazing :))) xx

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  14. Every person I know who has been to SF has told me that! I guess there's only one way to find out, right?

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  15. I squealed and died a little too! I hope that the items inside are as awesome as its name! I don't feel any guilt for the kitty containers... they were under $10 apiece and I use them all the time!

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  16. Oh I just lost 30 minutes stalking the English Shops website - so many food reminders of the homeland! Going to keep that website bookmarked for future reference for sure. Those tea pots are adorable too - love how bright they are!

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  17. You guys do the cutest day trips!! Hobbit's Hole is probably the most enticing name for an antiques shop ever. Too bad it was closed - would have love to see the inside!

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