The Delmar Loop in St. Louis is certainly one of the area's most diverse entertainment and dining districts, but it also has dozens of eclectic shops selling everything from books to bikes and clothing to crafts. Whether you want handmade art objects produced locally, or designer jeans from New York, chances are you'll find it on the Loop.
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If you're in the market for a bike, you can't go wrong at Big Shark Bicycle Company. Big Shark is consistently ranked among the nation's top 100 bicycle retailers by Bicycle Retailer magazine. The award is presented to bike companies based not only on sales but also its community involvement. You'll quickly agree with the award once you step inside and start talking with the store's helpful employees. They'll help you find the right bike regardless of your age, ability or budget. They even sell unicycles! Big Shark Bicycle Company is located 6133 Delmar.
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Vintage Vinyl, along with Blueberry Hill, is one of the main anchors of The Loop. For decades, the famous record store has made The Loop an exciting place to visit. Vintage Vinyl's varied and diverse inventory, combined with employees who live and breathe music, have made the store a regional "Mecca" for music lovers. It's not unusual to see its signature hot pink bumper stickers in cities hundreds of miles from St. Louis. If you're looking for a rare album or the latest CD on the pop charts, Vintage Vinyl either carries it or can find it for you. And, even if you're not looking for a particular album, browsing the store's bins and shelves is a Loop tradition that shouldn't be missed. Vintage Vinyl is located at 6610 Delmar.
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Phoenix Rising is a fun place to go when you don't know exactly what you're looking for. You can browse through the aisles getting all kinds of ideas. The shop's owner says it has "something for everyone, from rubber chickens to exquisite handmade jewelry." True to her word, Phoenix Rising has everything from novelty ice cube trays and ABC (already-been-chewed) cookie cutters, to beautiful picture frames and wall clocks designed by independent artists. Phoenix Rising is located at 6331 Delmar.
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Plowsharing Crafts is a not-for-profit store that markets the products of third world crafts people, providing them with a fair and meaningful income for their goods. One of the store's specialties is its large inventory of handmade and uncommon musical instruments, including drums, gongs, flutes and xylophones. Plowsharing Crafts also carries toys, tableware, art objects and other beautifully crafted items for your home. Plowsharing Crafts is located at 6271 Delmar.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Subterranean is the Loop's independent bookstore. The shelves are stocked with everything from the latest bestsellers to books of local interest. You can also find a variety of other book-themed merchandise and gifts. Subterranean is a great store to wander around in and find something new that sparks your interest. Subterranean Books is located at 6275 Delmar.
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Miss M's Candy Boutique
Treat yourself to something sweet at Miss M's Candy Boutique. Miss M's is a specialty candy store with everything from chocolates and fudge to jelly beans and taffy. Fill a bag to take home with you, or have the workers create a beautiful gift basket to share with family and friends. Miss M's Candy Boutique is located at 6193 Delmar.