Just prior to leaving Florida I took a packing break and headed to the mall for a pair of shorts. I cannot of course go to the mall without stopping in Anthropologie for some inspiration. I stumbled upon a line of lotion, soap, and candles called Barr-Co. and noticed it said "St. Louis, MO" right on the label. I cannot deny that it made me happy to see something so intriguing that was made in a place I was about to move a thousand miles away to live in. I vowed to look up the company once I had arrived. Well, our first foray out to some place other than Starbucks or Lowe's was to a place right down our street that Bob had eaten at a few times called Winslow's Home (more on that later). This place is part eatery, part general store (hello! dream. come. true.) and just inside the front door was a display of Barr-Co. products. I told Bob the story and after leaving the restaurant we headed to try a local cupcake place located in the Central West End. We parked the car and started walking the area when I saw a shop with "Barr-Co." written on the window. As it turns out, this cute shop is from the same couple who make the Barr-Co. products along with Simpatico candles, and the K. Hall line. K. Hall Designs is the brainchild of Kelley Hall-Barr and her husband, John Barr. This is a wonderfully curated shop - you have to stop here if you visit St. Louis. In fact, they have their flagship location and the one I visited; plus, you can find their products at Anthropologie and other boutiques and retailers worldwide. The location I visited opened only recently as a pop-up store concept, in which retailers plan a temporary concept to test the market. The store will be permanent if successful. Either way, the company is growing rapidly, so keep your eyes peeled. Love this store.
K. Hall Designs (Brentwood flagship)
8416 Manchester Road
Saint Louis, MO 63144
K. Hall Designs (Central West End)
26B Maryland Plaza
Saint Louis, MO 63108
P.S. I fell in love with the gray paint on the wall. I even asked the color - it's by Sherwin-Williams, but we're still figuring out the name.