Shopkeepers of Cherokee Antique Row
Panorama Folk Art and Antiques
Owners: Mitch Huett and Tommy Lawless
What made you start this business? Panorama Folk Art and Antiques opened their doors in 1990, dealing primarily in mid-century furniture and collectables as a result of EXTREME collecting! Over the years, we've morphed several times, resolving in our current focus. A great love and respect for things from the past, specifically things with a soul, has made our journey one of contact awe and delight!
What is your favorite story of your business? Co-owner Tommy Lawless had constructed a life size mermaid from an antique door and vintage objects. A customer commented that the mermaid should not have a navel, because "Only God's creatures have navels".....just goes to show that we support art "that doesn't know the rules!"
South City Art Supply
Owners: Xena Colby and Carson Monetti
Why did you start this business? We were surprised that there's no other art supply store in St. Louis City. South City is electric with painters, writers, photographers, architects, and designers. We want to be their favorite place.
What should more people know about you? Our second floor atrium is an art gallery, with new work from local artists and friends monthly. And we sell books, including comics, literary fiction, philosophy, poetry, political theory, and (of course) art books.
Riverside Architectural Antiques
Brent's Antiques and Collectibles
1952 and 1954 Cherokee Street
Owner: Steve Brent
What are the main products you offer? Antique guns, knives, war collectibles, coins, gold and silver.
What's your business' tagline? Buy, Sell, & Trade!
2001 Cherokee Street
Owner: Ruth Allen
Can you tell us something about the history of your building? 2001 Cherokee was designed by Leo Rottler in 1902. It has two commercial spaces and two apartments. The 2003 space was a barber shop and the 2001 space was a drug store & soda fountain when it was first built.
What's your favorite story about your business? A conversation that was had with a customer ended up as dialog in a movie once!
DeMay Furs & Antiques
Owner: Shirley DeMay
Will you share a memory of your storefront? My dad brought me here when I was a child to buy black & white saddle shoes. They were made on the West side and sold on the East side of the building. I hated those shoes. Now I own the building.
Tell us about your favorite customer! A five-foot-tall, 80-year-old lady had me shorten a full length coat to make a headband & purse muff. She requested I design a holster in her muff. What a lady! Eighty years old with concealed carry.
The Heirloom Room
Owner: Angela Otto
What is your favorite thing about Cherokee Street? The rich history - everything and everyone has a story here.
What's special about your building? One half of our shop used to be a pharmacy and the other was a tavern - what a pair. We also have a big greenhouse out back made of old brewery windows.
2214-2216 Cherokee Street
Owner: Martin Hollandsworth
What's your favorite thing about Cherokee Street? I moved my business here a few years ago because it's such a great destination for antiques!
What's something you do better than your competitors? Price & Service.
Buddha Body and Bath
2304 Cherokee Street
Owner: Kathleen Behrmann
Why did you make the leap to set up a brick and mortar shop? I sold my products at craft shows and farmers markets, but I felt a yearning to put down roots and fully commit to my business.
What's your favorite thing about Cherokee Street? I love the energy of this community. Most of the businesses on my block are women owned! It's a great working environment.
Murphy's Mutts and Cuts
Owner: Missy Schiller
What's something you do better than your competitors? We offer a very calm environment for your pets to be groomed in.
Do you have a favorite story about your building? Way back in the day it was owned by a shoe cobbler and his wife, if you look at the brick facade you can still see a pair of blue boots painted by his wife!
Owner: Lala Franklin
What gave you the idea for Bohème? I was inspired by all the lovely little European shops I frequented while living and studying in Paris, and I wanted to create something similar in Saint Louis.
What's your favorite thing about Cherokee Street? We have the freedom to be & do what makes us happy.
Owner: Stephanie Larimer
Do you know anything about the history of your building? We're planning to dig more, but I do know that this was a barber shop at one time and possibly a tailor as well. It's wonderful how we come full circle with history sometimes.
What's something you do better than your competitors? Everything we carry is handmade in the midwest. When you know the person who makes your clothing it creates a stronger connection with our community. That's one thing the big box retailers can never offer you.
Elaine's Classic American Sandwiches
Why are you in the sandwich game anyway? I love feeding people! When the room gets silent because everyone is chewing, that's the absolute best sound to me.
What sets you apart from your competitors? I work really hard to source local ingredients and get them into your mouth while they're still super fresh! Two of our meat vendors are right down the block, and we love supporting Bridge Bread and local growers. I promise you can taste the difference!
Clippers & Shears
2315 Cherokee Street
Owner: Ramon Gibbs
What's your favorite thing about your job? Everything. The atmosphere is friendly, we love to joke around and have fun doing what we love.
What sets you apart from your competitors? We focus on customer service and we provide more professional services than our competitors.
Flowers to the People
Owner: Bridget Weible
Okay, dish the dirt on your worst customer. We can't divulge individual interactions due to florist-customer confidentiality. Florists are part concierge, part therapist, part magician!
What's your favorite thing about Cherokee Street? The neighbors! Cherokee Street is often touted for its community spirit — a reputation that is absolutely true and a pleasure to be a part of.