Storefront: 3.11.20

puppy love
Locally based pet supply company Treats Unleashed earned some major praise at the 2020 Global Pet Expo Excellence Awards in Orlando. The company was nationally recognized as the Best Overall Pet Retailer of 15 or more stores. The award goes to businesses that rank high in customer service, store design, sales, merchandising and community service.

retail repurpose
A former Gander Outdoors store in Chesterfield is getting a new lease on life. Allegiant Airlines recently bought the property on Outlet Boulevard and plans to transform it into a family entertainment complex called Allegiant Nonstop. It will include laser tag, go-karts, escape rooms, climbing walls, an arcade and more.

yoga for all
Offbeat Yoga, which has offered mobile classes, meditation and massage services for people of all skill levels since 2015, recently put down roots in Chesterfield. Its new space is in the former home of Valley Yoga. Owner Kelley Bauer celebrated Offbeat’s first brick-and-mortar location with a grand opening party.

plush digs
Build-A-Bear Workshop has put the finishing touches on a new store in the Grand Central building at St. Louis Union Station. The location offers make-your-own stuffed animals, accessories, kids’ parties and more and will cater to foot traffic at the new St. Louis Aquariumand Ferris wheel complex. Build-A-Bear also has moved its headquarters to the building. Founder Maxine Clark was on hand for a grand opening celebration.

on paper
Greeting card and stationery retailer Papyrus is departing the Galleria for good. The chain’s Tennessee-based owner, Schurman Retail Group, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is shuttering all 254 of its locations.

a new thread
Women’s modern and vintage clothing, jewelry, accessories and skin care products are the focus at Descendant, recently opened by Julia and Brian Leenig on Big Bend Boulevard in Webster Groves. It previously operated as a pop-up shop out of the couple’s vintage furniture store, Future Ancestor, on Shenandoah Avenue. Brands available include ace&jig, Rita Row, Happy French Gang and more.


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