Colonial Marketplace is transforming into a winter wonderland, just in time for the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping season. Beginning this week, lights, greenery and an abundance of holiday specials have begun to welcome shoppers to the recently remodeled boutique and dining destination on the border of Clayton and Ladue. 

The wide array of unique boutiques makes the center the perfect one-stop shop for holiday gift-buying, says Mark Schnuck, president and CEO of the DESCO Group, which purchased the property from Reliance Bank in September 2011. Those boutiques will entice shoppers during the Marketplace’s first annual Holiday Walk on Dec. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. Among a classic holiday scene complete with carolers and refreshments, customers can enjoy a multitude of in-store specials, from gift card giveaways and deep discounts to exclusive trunk shows and other special events. “Several stores also will be decorating individual wreaths with special products or have gift cards to be raffled off on Dec. 15,” Schnuck adds.

The Marketplace’s mix of boutiques—many of which are unique to the St. Louis area—offer an endless amount of one-of-a-kind items to help customers ‘think outside the gift box,’ Schnuck says, from Frill’s high-end home accessories and local artwork, and Extra Virgin’s olive oils and kitchen accessories, to high-fashion and accessories at Ivy Hill, Byrd Designer Consignment Boutique and Marta’s Boutique. Splash’s swimwear, clothing and accessories, Dimvaloo Active Living’s high-end workout wear, and The Woman’s Exchange’s clothing and accessories for women and children round out the center’s fashion finds. FedEx Office also is on-site for all your gift-shipping needs.

And if all that holiday shopping leaves you famished, the Marketplace’s restaurants—Cini, The Original Pancake House and The Woman’s Exchange’s café—have you covered. As for your holiday parties, the plaza’s Dominic Michael Salon and Blown Away Blow Dry Bar can help you achieve the look of the season with hair styling, makeup application and more.

So, the holiday season is looking bright for Colonial Marketplace, with business thriving and even more stores recently open like Town & Country Bridal Boutique—or set to open next year, including Ylang-Ylang designer jewelry, City Sprouts children’s clothing and accessories, Paper Source stationery store and Sole Comfort shoes and accessories. Schnuck says shoppers can check social media for specials all season long. “We hope to provide customers a pleasant holiday shopping experience with unexpected gift ideas not to be found anywhere else.”

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