word on the street
St. Louis-centric clothing maker Arch Apparel recently hit the bricks with its first retail location at 2335 S. Hanley Road. The company designs casual threads and accessories that celebrate local neighborhoods, sports teams and more. Customers also can buy the items online and at pop-up shopping events. Famous natives like Ellie Kemper have been known to don Arch Apparel creations.
sparkle and fizz
The Diamond Bar, a luxury jewelry retailer with a fully stocked bar (the first of its kind in the StL!), recently popped a cork on its new store at 13360 Clayton Road in Town & Country. Founder and jeweler Chris Phillips is behind the venture, which includes a showroom and patio where shoppers can relax and raise a toast or two. Phillips designs many of the store’s pieces himself.
Local retailers Civil Alchemy and Fauxgerty have teamed up to produce a planet-friendly line of women’s apparel, Civil Alchemy by Fauxgerty. It was a natural collaboration all the way around; Fauxgerty owner Chrissy Fogerty is committed to sustainable fabrics and ethically operated factories, and Civil Alchemy founder Kelley Barr sells responsibly sourced home goods and accessories. The clothing line features “classic colors, preppy patterns and warm-weather staples.”
May’s Place, a retailer of vintage goods and fashions, recently relocated from Lindenwood Park to 4180 Manchester Ave. in The Grove. Owners Katie and Andy May specialize in sustainable, repurposed fashion and locally produced goods. They plan to use part of their new space for classes, pop-up shopping events and private gatherings.
fit for recognition
The Exercise Coach’s three area fitness studios (Town & Country, Clayton and Webster Groves), co-owned by Jessica Phillips and Don Eisenberg, snagged a Franchisee of the Year award at the company’s annual conference this spring. The award recognizes locations that show exemplary performance in leadership, citizenship and customer relations. The Exercise Coach provides personal training in a high-tech, semi-private studio environment.
Get your locks ready for some professional attention! The national Drybar chain has arrived in St. Louis, offering blowouts, updos, styling and other services in a relaxed environment. The local franchise, owned by Caroline Morehead, recently opened at 1580 Lindbergh Blvd. in Frontenac.