There are plenty of fun things to do in downtown St. Louis from visiting the Gateway Arch to taking in a Cardinals game. But you might also want to include some time for shopping during your next trip downtown. Washington Avenue is a popular entertainment district with a wide range of designer shops and unique stores. Here are the five stores you won't want to miss when shopping on Washington Avenue.
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Whether you're shopping for yourself or someone else, there's no better shop for hats in St. Louis than the Levine Hat Company. Levine has been doing business in St. Louis for more than 100 years and carries everything from men's derby hats and fedoras to knit skullcaps and western hats. Levine also carries a small but distinctive line of leather jackets, shoes, jeans and accessories. The Levine Hat Company is located at 1416 Washington. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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While on Washington, don't miss the American Institute of Architects bookstore. You'll be surprised at the number of cool things you'll find, even if you have no previous interest in architecture. For example, the AIA bookstores have dozens of everyday items, such as bookends and photo holders, but designed as known landmarks or contemporary structures. There are also plenty of St. Louis themed books and decorations. The AIA bookstore's located at 911 Washington Avenue. It's open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Even if you've never owned or read a comic book, stop in at Star Clipper, which is much more than a comic book shop. The store also carries collectables, pop culture items, and graphic novels. And, unlike most comic book stores or hobby shops, Star Clipper is meticulously organized and easy to browse. If you are a collector, Star Clipper has a huge and diverse selection, carrying all the top publishers, but also a wide range of smaller brands. Star Clipper is located at 1319 Washington Avenue. It's open Sunday through Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Ceci Unique Gallery offers fine hand-blown glass and other works of art. Shoppers can find a variety of vases, candle holders, jewelry and other gifts, but keep in mind these items are one-of-a-kind and often have a price to match. It's still fun to stop in and see what's on display. For more affordable options, try the St. Louis-themed souvenirs or a scarf or other small accessory. Ceci Unique Gallery is located at 901 Washington Avenue, #101. It's open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.