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Just Our Type: Letterpress Boutiques and Creative Holiday Shopping

For handmade gifts, follow the ink-stained letters. Letterpress boutiques signal a rising creative class in these destination shopping neighborhoods.

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Cherokee Street, St. Louis

Cherokee Street, a boulevard of brick storefronts and shade trees, unites a district of diverse personalities. Antique Row, six blocks of shops carrying vintage wares, occupies the eastern half. And integrated into the heart of the city’s Latino community on the western half, boutiques with modern wares teem with STL pride.

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Dead Wax Records | Flipping through vinyl in this cozy store feels like perusing a musician friend’s collection. Browse 2,500 LPs across rock, jazz, soul and more, including new releases from local artists. A bust of Hank Williams Sr. watches over the checkout stand. Staff keeps a record playing just loud enough that tunes spill out onto Cherokee. vinylhunt.com

The Firecracker Press | The smell of ink permeates this award-winning printery. A brick wall displays a 15-panel print of the solar system across from a poster of Busch Stadium, and racks display buttons and cards. Owner Eric Woods founded Firecracker in 2002 to unite his graphic design work and interest in craftsmanship under one roof. firecrackerpress.com

The Mud House | Beans from Midwestern roasteries (like Blueprint Coffee in St. Louis and Madcap Coffee in Grand Rapids, Michigan) get the pour-over treatment; the menu also features an extensive list of espresso drinks, teas and served-all-day from-scratch breakfast. themudhousestl.com

Retro 101/Cherry Bomb Vintage | Throwback clothing and decor span two floors and most of the 20th century in this store, named the city’s vintage retailer of the year by St. Louis Magazine. Cocktail dresses, hats and coats from a bygone era fill the first floor. The basement stocks midcentury furnishings: Think Danish chairs, mod lanterns and bowls of wooden fruit. cherokeeantiquerow.com

STL-Style | Graphics with retro flair adorn made-to-order shirts lauding St. Louis (“You can’t spell style without STL”) and its suburbs (“Life is good in Maplewood”). The shop’s stage provides a platform for events, such as rock concerts, burlesque shows and political forums. stl-style.com 

Clockwise from top left: STL Style, The Firecracker Press, The Mud House

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