Holiday Shopping


1. Katz Drugs c. 1940, the former Monarch Restaurant at 7401 Manchester; 2. Downtown Maplewood Today (7200 Manchester); 3. 7300 Manchester, northside, c. 1970's; 4. Northside of 7300 Manchester, c.1940's; 5. 7300 Manchester, looking east from Sutton, c. 1940’s; 6. Manchester at Marshall , c. 1916; 7. Dreiling Shoe Palace, c. 1914; and8. Wolf Department Store Ad courtesy of Ken Massey.

Holiday Shopping: Yesterday and Today!

Back in the day, Maplewood was the shopping Mecca of St. Louis County. That day was when the streetcars screeched to a halt at the Sutton Loop and dropped eager shoppers just footsteps away from Golde’s Department Store, Katz Drugs and numerous other bygone retail icons of the mid-century. Well, the streetcar stopped running and shopping malls sprouted up causing shoppers and retailers alike to flee the area. Today, however, unless you live under a rock you might have noticed a new day has dawned.

Remember to shop Small Business Saturday (always the Saturday after Thanksgiving). A large percentage of Maplewood’s businesses are independently owned “mom and pop” places that offer an array of interesting and uncommon goods for all of the items on your list.

No trip to Maplewood is complete without visiting one of our award-winning restaurants or specialty shops, whether made from scratch comfort food to something a little more elegant. Whatever your taste, we have something tempting to your palate. Don’t forget we’re home to 2 internationally recognized breweries, the oldest bowling alley west of the Mississippi and St. Louis’ premier listening room featuring folk, blues, and jazz music.

These shops and restaurants employ our neighbors, reinvest our money close to home, and are the heartbeat of our community and local economy.