Local Loves: Stone Spiral Coffee

April 3, 2015

Today's local love is about a sweet little gem in Maplewood, Stone Spiral Coffee. Located off the main street in a residential area, Stone Spiral offers a quirky, eclectic, and artsy atmosphere for lovers of coffee & more.

They have such a variety of unique and amazing drinks, such as what we ordered, a chocolate-covered strawberry iced coffee (for Sharon) and a blackberry iced latte (for Paula). They were berry (pardon our pun) mouthwatering. In addition to serving yummy coffee, they also have a full breakfast and lunch menu as well. 

Stone Spiral makes you feel so at home with its collection of books and interesting knick knacks covering the walls. It is a cozy little place to get coffee and welcomes you to stay as long as you like, playing a game of chess or just sitting for a while to destress. 

Another aspect we love about this shop is that they have live music almost every night, including open mic nights. Some of our friends have played here before, which is a great excuse for us to come back. For those who only drink coffee during the day, Stone Spiral offers beer and wine during shows. Who could ask for anything more from a coffee shop? 

Now that spring has finally sprung, be sure to enjoy your drinks on their patio!

Shout out to our sweet friend Amelia from Shop One! (Be sure to check out her new April piece!) After visiting her nearby studio, we went to Stone Spiral for some photos and some delicious coffees. What can we say? We love this little cafe a "latte"! ;) 

Trending Tuesdays: #TrueBlue

March 31, 2015

Home is where the heart is, and part of my heart will always be in Kentucky. I love the Lou too, but Kentucky was my first true love...and I only realized how much it meant to me when I left. I lived in a little town about 10 minutes away from Lexington from kindergarten through my senior year of college (where I graduated from the University of Kentucky, home of the KY Wildcats, who will be playing in the Final Four this weekend!). We moved to St. Louis so I could go to grad school at Wash U and have been here ever since because we fell in love with the city and couldn't leave. But, I try to get back to my old Kentucky home as often as I can, and I will always be a true blue Kentucky fan. In honor of the Kentucky Wildcat's perfect basketball season, we give you some of our favorite Kentucky inspired things. Go big blue, ya'll!! xoxo Paula

(Source: Kentucky for Kentucky)

(Source: Street Scene Vintage)

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(Source: Kentucky for Kentucky)
(Source: Define Design 11)
(Source: Add a Pinch)
(Source: Kentucky for Kentucky)

Music Monday: Black Folk

March 30, 2015

Paula here to help cure your Monday blues with some brand new tunes. My husband has been in 4 different bands since we moved to St. Louis, and because of that, we've met so many talented local musicians. Eventually, for a variety of different reasons, he and his band mates decide to go in different directions,  and we watch and wait until we get to listen to them again in a new musical chapter of their lives.

One new chapter we are excited about involves the lead singer of my husband's old band, Leroy S. Buttone. If you were ever a fan of the smooth vocals of the lead singer of Emery, circa The Weak's End, you'll love Leroy. His new band, BlackFolk, features himself and talented female vocalist, Taylar Walker, singing and creating folk music. For fans of the Civil Wars, Hunter GK Thompson, and Matt Corby. Happy listening. 

A Week in Pictures: Green with Indie

March 27, 2015

A couple weeks ago, we went to yet another craft fair, Green with Indie, by STL Craft Mafia. In case you missed it, here's a brief glimpse/recap of our time there!
The Green with Indie yedis!
The craft fair was on SUPER Pi Day (3.1415, in case you didn't know there were more digits beyond 3.14. Yes, I'm a math nerd.), and luckily, Pie Oh My was there to celebrate and serve it up!

Parsimonia with her adorable vintage trailer. Be sure to check out her upcoming craft fair, Spring Fling in May!

Aren't these little felt succulents just so adorable?! Shout out to crafter, Madi Sharp, and my sneaky husband who got me one! It's sitting in my cube at work and is so cute!

(Pic snatched from Creature Type) We got matching blog rings from one of our favorite vendors and bloggers, Creature Type! #Ew #Gross!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic weekend!

Local Loves: Hemma

March 26, 2015

Hi there! We're coming at you today with a special post about a brand new online shop, Hemma. We know you love supporting local crafters and makers, because that's probably one reason why you read our St. Louis blog! If you are as big a fan of shopping local and small as you know we are, then you need to visit Hemma's website.
Hemma, meaning "at home" in Swedish, was created by Melissa Boban after her experience traveling to Sweden. In Sweden, she visited many Euro-style local markets and got to experience the culture through the handcrafted items and sellers who shared their stories with her. Upon returning, she knew she wanted to recreate that experience with St. Louis artists and with their craft that makes St. Louis the treasured city that it is. Melissa started this project as a way of showcasing St. Louis artists, their stories, and their designs all in one place. Each item was carefully curated and selected by Melissa to be featured on her website as a one-stop shop for her favorite locally-made products. Like other online shops, you can purchase the handpicked items directly from the website. But unlike other shops, this website highlights the makers behind the designs as they share their passion for what they do and how they got to where they are. Hemma's shop allows you to learn about the people behind the product. We like it, because it makes online shopping more personal than other online retailers. It certainly makes the products that much more special when you get to read and learn about the dedication that is put into each work of art. Plus, it's a great way to support St. Louis!

Hemma has officially launched this week! So go check it out! Learn about the crafters and what makes their products so special to them. And be sure to check back to Hemma's website to see a new tote designed by STL Style that will be released in the next couple of weeks!