Want to delve a little deeper than the masterpieces on your refrigerator? Craft Alliance Center of Art & Design can help light that artistic spark. With one-time classes, weekly classes, a gallery and even a shop, you’re sure to find a medium to get your creative juices flowing.
Adult classes are offered in clay, glass and much more. Craft Alliance Center has locations on the Delmar Loop at 6640 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO; and Grand Center at 501 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO.
Cursed Bikes and Coffee
Whether you’re already an avid cyclist or a newbie looking to take the training wheels off to see if this is the sport for you, Cursed Bikes and Coffee fits the bill. Recently opened, the shop is a full-service coffee and bike shop all in one. The bike shop offers repairs, retail sales and even bicycle rentals. Plan to stop in for a cup of coffee before or after you take a spin around town on your own bicycle or a rental from the shop.
Cursed Bikes and Coffee is open Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The coffee shop only is open Mondays from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Cursed Bikes and Coffee is located at 7401 Pershing Ave., University City, MO.
If you’re looking for a leisurely day away from the hustle and bustle of the city, fill your car with friends and head to Hermann. Explore the more than 25 vendors inside Hermann’s Attic Antique Mall, which is open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m., without worrying about your little one knocking something over or breaking an antique treasure. There’s no telling what exciting finds you’ll discover in this store packed to the brim with unique items.
Hermann’s Attic Antique Mall is located at 220 East 1st St., Hermann, MO.
When you’re ready for a pick-me-up after shopping, stop by Ricky’s Chocolate Box for a decadent handmade treat. Truffles, salted caramels and lots of other fun combinations are available. The chocolate shop is open Sunday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ricky’s Chocolate Box is located at 310 Market St., Hermann, MO.
Want to see something in the theater other than the latest animated movie? Sneak over to Landmark Theatre for a matinee. The Theatre harkens back to the traditional style movie theaters and plays a mixture of independent, foreign and feature films.
Landmark Theatre is located inside Plaza Frontenac shopping mall at 210 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, MO.
Long Row Lavender
Grab a girlfriend and plan to spend the morning at this welcoming lavender farm just west of St. Charles County. Visitors notice the lavender fields as they drive up to the beautiful barn, which houses a gift shop and class space. The shop features products made with lavender harvested from the property. Lotions, sprays, wreaths and even culinary lavender fill the quaint store. Other home décor items are also showcased. Most days the owners have a special lavender treat with lavender-infused lemonade available for guests to enjoy.
Yoga classes, classes on succulents, wreaths and more are frequently scheduled, as well as other special events.
Summer hours are Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Long Row Lavender is located at 26549 S. Stracks Church Rd., Wright City, MO.
Pere Marquette State Park
Take a drive to scenic Pere Marquette State Park and lace up your shoes for a hike. Along the way you can take in views of the Illinois River, wildlife and other natural offerings. The state park offers about 12 miles of marked trails. Pick up a map in the visitor center. If there’s time left before the school bell rings for the day, check out the other activities available inside the park, including horseback riding, bird watching and much more. Pere Marquette State Park is located at 13112 Visitor Center Ln., Grafton, IL.
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