Area Boutiques Offer Unique Finds

This week Patch Picks goes shopping to five of our area's distinctive boutiques.

Every Thursday, Ladue-Frontenac Patch brings you our list of five places, events or activities that we think you should check out. This week’s Patch Picks focus is on boutiques. These stores sell a broad range of specialty items from high-end home décor accessories and made-to-measure men’s suits to unique gifts and brightly-colored dresses.

1.    Melanie’s

Address: 9218 Clayton Rd.

Phone: (314) 993-0664

Hours: Monday—Friday, 9:30 a.m.—6 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.—5:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon—4 p.m.

Why you should visit: According to store owner Melanie Bascom, shoppers visit her store for the variety of jewelry and accessories at reasonable prices. You will also find a large selection of scarves, reading glasses, handbags and sunglasses.  The most popular items are the monogrammed headbands.

2.    Woody’s Mens Shop

Address: 10411 Clayton Rd., #104

Phone: (314) 569-3272

Hours: Monday, Wednesday—Friday, 10:00 a.m.—5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.—7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.

Why you should visit: With made-to-measure suits, sports coats and shirts, this boutique is perfect for the man who likes to select his own fabric and wants a custom fit. Whether you are shopping for Peter Millar shirts for the coming golf season or want classic Bill’s Khakis, the product mix at Woody’s has something for every occasion.


Address: 9723 Clayton Rd.

Phone: (314) 997-0025

Hours: Monday—Saturday,10 a.m.—5 p.m.

Why you should visit: Known as a Vera Bradley dealer, this store has called Ladue home for 25 years. It boasts a great selection of unique gifts, home décor items and fun things you won’t find any other place such as plaid silk monogrammed purse mirrors and luggage tags. It’s most popular items are melamine dinnerware that looks like fine Italian pottery. Provence Boutique also specializes in products adorned with the fleur de lis.

4.    J. McLaughlin

Address: 1508 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

Phone: (314) 872-1818

Hours: Monday—Friday, 9:30 a.m.—5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.; Sunday, noon—4 p.m.

Why you should visit: Specializing in “whimsical preppy” this boutique’s most popular items are its Catalina tees. In summer, it is known for its dresses which come in bright, fun patterns. The store also sells men’s embroidered shorts and swim trunks. And just in time for Spring Break trips, spring and summer clothes have arrived.

5.  Diane Breckenridge Interiors

Address: 501 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

Phone: (314) 727-2323

Hours: Monday—Friday, 9 a.m.—5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.—noon

Why you should visit: In addition to interior design services, this store sells lighting, home décor accessories and furniture. Libby Storts, boutique director and designer, and Diane Breckenridge design the furniture themselves specializing in traditional to transitional styles. The boutique’s most popular items are lamps, glassware and glasses.

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