Monday, April 22, 2013
Byron Cade Inc. recently moved to Mason Woods Village in Town in Country. It may specialize in wedding gifts, but offers great gift ideas for any occasion.
Although Byron Cade, Inc. in Town and Country specializes in wedding gifts, owner Bob Bischoff tells Patch his shop at Clayton and Mason roads offers much more than that. (For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) "We specialize in bridal registry with gifts and home accents," Bischoff explained, but said his shop offers specialized gifts for a number of other occasions, including housewarmings, births, showers and more. "We're more than a bridal store, we're a gift store. We have more than just bridal gifts. We have gifts for every occasion." Bischoff said Byron Cade, Inc. has been in business in St. Louis for 70 years and moved from its previous Ladue location to 13474 Clayton Road in Town and Country in November, …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
When shopping for wine, visit a local wine shop where experts are on hand to help you select the perfect vintage.
(For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) Patch asked three local wine experts what they would recommend for holiday gift giving and was suprised to get the same answer. “What do they like to drink?” In the world of wine, there’s no one perfect bottle. The best gift wine is given with ample thought towards the recipient. Do they like sweet dessert wines or a bold Cabernet Sauvignon? Would they like a bottle from a far away land, or one from their favorite local Missouri winery? When pushed, wine experts will reluctantly give a few recommendations. But they’d much rather talk with you in person where they can show you around the shop and point out popular or underappreciated wines. Straub’s (Town and Country, Clayton…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
With the giving of gift cards ramping up for the holidays, the Missouri Treasurer's Office reminded residents that they never actually expire.
If you're like many Missourians, you probably can expect to receive a gift card or two for Christmas this year, perhaps to one of your favorite stores or just an-all purpose pre-loaded debit card. (For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) If you're also like many Missourians, you probably have some of these cards leftover from last year, ones that were never used and are now expired. However, those out-of-date card might just turn out to be an unexpected holiday gift. That's because gift cards and certificates never actually expire in Missouri and may end up labelled as unclaimed property by the Missouri Treasurer's office. State Treasurer Clint Zweifel offered some tips on how to redeemed expired cards in a …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Patch is looking for experts who can talk electronics and share their expertise this week.
It's the season of giving and chances are, you probably have some fancy technology to cross off your holiday shopping lists. Patch wants to help find the answers to all your questions about Blue-ray players, iPads, smartphones and television sets, but we need a little help. In the latest edition of "Ask the Patch Pro" we need local experts who can answer readers' questions and offer advice. If you are a local techie or consider yourself an expert and can answer these questions and more, let us know two ways. One: You can leave a comment on this post. Two: You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We need experts to answer questions on Thursday, Nov. 29. Curious as to what we are looking for? Take a look at some of our previous …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The National Retail Federation released its annual holiday shopping forecast. Americans are shopping earlier than ever, the survey shows, which could lead to a 4.1 percent increase in national sales.
Accustomed to pinching pennies thanks to years of economic downturn, holiday shoppers this year will look for ways to cut corners, comparative shop online and even plan to travel less, if not at all, the National Retail Federation said in its annual shopping forecast for the Christmas season. (For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) On average, the NRF expects holiday consumers to spend $749.51 on holiday gifts, decor, greeting cards and more in 2012. That's more than the $740.57 shoppers actually spent in 2011. And before you think Patch is reporting on the holiday season, think again. According to the survey, nearly half of Americans say they've begun holiday shopping before Halloween—12.3 percent of those …
Holiday gift ideas to help friends and family relax and rejuvenate.
(For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) In this increasingly digitalized world, we can’t go anywhere without packing the chargers, the battery packs, the DVDs and the game systems. But what happens when the power goes out? How do we escape from it all? Yes, there truly is life and entertainment outside of the electrically-charged world. Here are a few gift ideas to help friends and family unplug and recharge. Books Check out your local bookstore (insert local store name here) for the newest bestsellers or tried-and-true classics. Bookstores’ shelves are stocked with adventures waiting beyond the front cover. Have a traveler in your posse? Check out the travelogues. So your mother-in-law is hooked on reality TV …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
STLMommy.com operator gives tips on saving with gift cards, and the Better Business Bureau shows how not to get stuck with accompanying fees.
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- Joe Scott
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Gift cards are great for any shopper puzzled over what to get a friend, family member or loved one. They’re also great last minute gifts. Sure, you can head to any store and pay $20 for a $20 gift card—or you can up your game and get more card for your buck. Kim Julian, a St. Louis-based author who operates stlmommy.com, suggests tryingplasticjungle.com to check for bargains. “They offer anywhere from 10 to 50 percent off of gift cards,” said Julian, who links to some of the better deals on her site. “Sites like Groupon or livingsocial.com, the way they increase their database is to offer good deals on gift cards. The beauty in that is that, although they’re building their database, you can always unsubscribe if gets to be hassle.” …
Monday, December 12, 2011
See our roundup so your gifts arrive in time for your loved ones to unwrap on Christmas.
It doesn't matter how great your Christmas gift is if it doesn't arrive on Christmas. Check out our guide to shipping gifts below. However, be sure to call the closest location or check the respective websites for specific shipment dates and prices. FedEx You can ship domestically through Christmas Day using same-day service, FedEx's website states. Check the website for specific international shipments. FedEx also offers packaging services. The closest FedEx Office Print & Ship Centers are located in 1012 Town & Country Crossing, where the phone number is 636 527-8904 and at 14834 Manchester Rd. in Ballwin. That number is 636 391-4801. United States Postal Service Domestic express mail must be shipped by Dec. 22, the U.S. Postal Service's…
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Forget about those doorbuster deals. Give a gift this holiday season that's extra special — something homemade from your kitchen.
Finding the prefect holiday gift doesn’t have to depend on grabbing a doorbuster sale or an Internet deal. Often, the best gifts are those handmade from your kitchen. The tradition of baking and gifting cookies may be the first culinary gift that comes to mind, but I urge you to think beyond the cookie jar. Get creative. Bake tea breads or muffins using seasonal flavors as pumpkin, cranberry or dates. More experienced bakers can bake fruit stollens or cakes; both are a welcome change from the usual holiday cookie box. I'm a fan of cheese, gourmet mixes and sauces. Consider making a flavored cheese or create your own spice rubs for steaks or barbecue, then package your culinary gift in a decorative jar/container. Remember to tag what the …
Monday, November 28, 2011
"Patch" found the best Cyber Monday sales at national chain stores and local, independent businesses.
It's been a big week: Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday and now, Cyber Monday, when stores offer deals to online holiday shoppers. We'll be updating this list as new Cyber Monday sales come out. If you see one we should mention, tweet it to @StLouisLindsay, tag it #cybermondaystl or email Lindsay.Toler@patch.com. St. Louis-based deals: Sales at national chains: