The Colonial Marketplace in Ladue is almost complete. With only a small handful of vacancies left and stores opening left and right, this shopping strip is becoming a destination—in fact, so much so we thought you might like a guide book.

When you enter the parking lot, start at the left of the strip for the sake of our tour. There you’ll find SOUTHWESTERN HEARING CENTER—an important stop should hearing-loss issues come up for you or a loved one.

If interiors are your favorite eye candy, step into the new home accessories and furniture store FRILL, which also houses Jon Koch Photography. Offering high-end décor and local art pieces, this shop is sure to help you upgrade your living room or study from so-so to spectacular.

To keep your outfit as chic as your interiors, the next shop stop is equal parts artistic flair and high fashion. IVY HILL offers clothing, accessories and gifts for the woman who teeters into both style categories.

We’ll assume by this point in the tour you have a new dress or bag, as you’ll want one after shopping at Ivy Hill. You can’t let that showstopper overpower your beauty look! Thankfully, next door to the boutique is DOMINIC MICHAEL SALON, where you can freshen up your look with hair, nail and skin services. Manicure, anyone?

You’re only a few stores in, so you should probably carb-load unless you’re planning on napping mid-tour. For those wanting to try something new, CINI offers unique lunch options with their Italian rice balls, called arancinis. Full of yummy goodness like cheese and sausage, these little guys are the star at this restaurant and even come in a dessert variety. Yum!

Speaking of yum, say hello to olive oil! This addictive liquid can take meats, veggies and breads from dull to delicious, and EXTRA VIRGIN—our next stop—stocks only the best olives, olive oils and kitchen necessities around.

Family business MARTA’S BOUTIQUE comes next. This 30-plus-year-old shop carries not only clothing, but accessories and shoes, and is made for both casual and elegant evenings. Consider this a great moment for a mid-tour wardrobe change.

Are you squinting at this guide? Let’s make it a little easier. YOU MIGHT NEED GLASSES AND CLARKSON EYECARE CAN HELP. You’re welcome.

Now that you’ll be able to read the menu, feel free to head next door. There are no words to do this next breakfast joint justice, but only tastes and closed-eyed smiles while leaning back into a booth with your hands across your stomach. Plain and simple, THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE—which features more than breakfast!—is classic food done right. Remember to order with your brain, not just your belly, as the portions are generous. You’ve been warned.

It isn’t unrealistic to say you might ruin your ‘do while trying to finish an entire Dutch Baby at The Original Pancake House—it’s exhausting, but there still is more shopping to do. Thankfully, BLOWN AWAY BLOW DRY BAR is right next door for the after-brunch treat you need: a blow-out. Stop in for hair styling or make-up application, and leave looking more fabulous than ever.

At this point, you might want to take a lap around the parking lot, because we’re about to reach more food—and shopping. Before that jog, stop into DIMVALOO ACTIVE LIVING, the exclusive St. Louis Lorna Jane retailer, to find workout-wear to look your best mid-exercise. Now go work up a sweat, because it’s time for more food.

Local legend THE WOMAN’S EXCHANGE will be opening soon, and according to GM John Mantle guests should look for a few new items on the tea room menu, including the triumphant return of—wait for it—English muffins. These fan favorites have been off the menu for some time but will return soon. If you aren’t hungry, you can still enjoy this not-for-profit’s boutique, which features the famous children’s Cherry Dress and other unique gifts.

Up next is the LADUE NEWS office. Did we mention we live here, too?

Located next on the journey is SPLASH. Featuring swimwear, clothing, accessories and shoes, this shop is sure to get your ready for summer.

Always there when you need it, FEDEX OFFICE caps off the tour. Stop by to ship a package or make copies. In fact, go make a copy of this! And get it laminated! Not every new Colonial Marketplace shop is open yet, but when they are, we’re sure you’ll want your LN guide. Happy exploring!

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