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Retail Trade

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    St. Louis Record Store Day 2014: A Comprehensive Guide

    Like South by Southwest, Record Store Day is now such an accepted part of the culture that it has its own abbreviation: "RSD." Hatched in 2008 as a way to bring attention to struggling record shops, RSD has become a yearly event. This year, Record Store Day falls on Saturday, April 19. Once again, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    The Filling Station Scoops Central Dairy Ice Cream, G&W Meats and Nostalgia

    A giant cartoonish hot dog draped in an American flag dousing itself with condiments might not bring the kid out in you, but it certainly makes for some rousing conversation -- at least, that's what the Filling Station's (5323 South Kingshighway) co-owner Dan Fitzhenry hopes it will do. Life-size st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Is It OK to Buy Records at Urban Outfitters?

    By Chris Chafin The other day, I found myself flipping through records in massive clothing chain Urban Outfitters. I know. I had certain expectations about what I'd find: Bob Marley, Dr. Dre, maybe some new dance records like Niki & The Dove, and not much else. Basically, the vinyl equivalent of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Vapor Nozzles On Their Way Out at St. Louis Gas Stations

    They've been around for well over a decade, but now the accordian-like bibs on gas nozzles at metro St. Louis gas stations are headed toward extinction. Last year the EPA determined that the vapor-trapping nozzles are no longer needed because most cars on the road these days come equipped with dev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Local Record Store Day Wax from Tim Rakel's Extension Chord Records, Cassie Morgan, and More

    It's one of the perks of this gig that, sometimes, Record Store Day comes a little bit early. The Vinyl Fairy has been making stops at my doorstep and leaving advances of this weekend's local wax offerings, which are every bit as exciting as, oh, the 1,000-quantity Todd Rundgren picture discs (or wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    St. Louis Record Store Day 2013: A Comprehensive Guide

    Mark your calendar and prepare your wallet: This Saturday, April 20, marks the sixth annual Record Store Day. Originally begun in 2008 as a way to pull music fans away from their computers and back into the already-dwindling brick-and-mortar shops, Record Store Day has grown larger with each passing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    IKEA! Why Hast Thou Forsaken Us?

    Dear IKEA, You bastard! String us along. Tell us how you know we'd make a good market for your crappy furniture stores. Say how flattered you are when we express our love for you on Facebook. And then, what? Shit all over us by announcing you've chosen Kansas City over us!?

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Report: Johnny's Market in Sappington Closing

    Evan Benn of the Post-Dispatch reported last night that Johnny's Market (11555 Gravois Road, Sappington; 314-843-5760) will close after nearly seven decades in business.

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Six Most Exciting Record Store Day Releases

    It's April and the smell of vinyl is in the air. Record Store Day is this weekend, that annual celebration of those places where the things you illegally download live. This equates to a wealth of exclusive releases and reissues, some of which are made in such small quantities they are practically o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Vinyl Sales Rose by 71 Percent in 2011

    ​It's not often that the world of music sales numbers brings us good news these days, so savor this moment. In the U.S last year, overall music sales rose nearly 7% -- that includes albums, singles and downloads (both audio and music videos). Vinyl was up 71%, digital song sales were up 10% an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    The Last Space Shuttle Launch And Obsolete Music-Delivery Systems

    ​Friday morning's scheduled space shuttle launch, the last of 135 missions flown by the orbiters, marks the exact moment at which a space-travel technology from 1981 finally becomes obsolete. That's right: If you'd just overbuilt your music collection like NASA did with Atlantis, you could s ... More >>

  • News

    March 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Subway Passes McDonald's in Total Locations Worldwide

    ​Why has Ronald McDonald gone missing? Maybe he's ashamed that Jared has supplanted him. That's right: The Wall Street Journal reports (via Eater) that Subway has passed McDonald's for the most locations worldwide as of the end of 2010: 33,749 vs 32,737.Actually, what caught my eye in the WSJ stor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    St. Louis Officially Nation's Ninth Most Literate City

    image via​Rejoice, St. Louis! There's been another list ranking America's cities and this time we didn't totally embarrass ourselves! Central Connecticut State University has released its annual rankings of the nation's most literate cities and this year, we've tied with Portland, Oregon, for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Photos: Fresh Paint II at 2720 Cherokee on Black Friday, November 26

    On Friday night, November 26, the music and art scenes converged for Fresh Paint II at 2720 Cherokee. Sarah Rusnak attended and brought back a slideshow of photos from the festivities. View all Fresh Paint II: Black Friday photos here; a sampling can be found below.Sarah Rusnak​View a slidesho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Build-a-Bear is Suing East Coast Company for Trademark Infringement

    flickr.com/photos/hagleitnBuilding a lawsuit​One of St Louis' most prominent (and furriest!) businesses seems to be approaching settlement with an East Coast company it sued last February for trademark infringement.The locally-based Build-A-Bear Workshop -- recently listed in Fortune magazine's 10 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Is Anybody Really "Tarballing" BP Gas Stations?

    Image viaGone tarballin'!!!!​When Unreal heard a rumor that St. Louis BP gas stations had seen an uptick of people pooping on their restroom floors -- apparently in protest for the worst environmental disaster in American history -- we called up quite a few of 'em. Most said there was no increase ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    St. Louis Designer Starts Up Plus-Sized Clothing Line

    Image sourceLisa Holmes in her signature "Lisa" dress.​Even if you're a size 2, clothes shopping is not always fun. But at least you have lots of options. If you're plus-sized, retailers seem to expect you to be happy with a small range of cheap, badly-fitting polyester things originally inten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Vampire Weekend and Beach House are Playing in St. Louis...at the Chaifetz Arena!

    Annie ZaleskiVampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig at the Pageant, September 2008​Well -- talk about an upgrade: The indie-pop band everybody has an opinion about, Vampire Weekend, just announced a show at the Chaifetz Arena on Sunday, October 3. Beach House and the Very Best are opening. Says the Cha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Johnny Londoff Sr.: Legendary St. Louis Chevrolet Dealer Dies at 85

    ​KMOX radio host Charlie Brennan just reported on his show that long-time St. Louis auto dealer, Johnny Londoff Sr., passed away this morning at the age of 85. Brennan, a personal friend of the Chevrolet dealer, says that Londoff had been suffering a long illness. Londoff may be best remembered fo ... More >>

  • Music

    March 10, 2010

    Titus Andronicus

    4 p.m. Sunday, March 14. Vintage Vinyl, 6610 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Walgreens To Soon Stock the Ultimate Drug: Booze

    Add to those bargains beer and wine.​This blogger still recalls when Walgreens outlets in St. Louis had their own liquor departments separated from the main store with turnstiles to keep the kiddies out. Then suddenly, a decade or so ago, Walgreens abruptly stop selling booze. Rumor had it that th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 9, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of November 30-December 6

    Late reporting from record stores this week, sorry! As always, as the asterisk means someone is coming to town. Euclid Records 1. Blackroc- Blackroc 2. Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures 3. David Rawlings Machine - A Friend Of A Friend 4. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Live Anthology 5. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    And Now for 5 Black Friday Videos That Will Make You Want to Shop Online

    Ah, the rush of finding deals! The thrill of getting discounts! The exhilaration of putting your thumb in the eye of somebody over the last flat-screen television.Here are some of the more popular documentaries found on YouTube from Black Friday. The first video is the awful one you may remember fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    St. Louis Geeks Rejoice! We have a Micro Center!

    The last CompUSA went out of business in 2007 and left a giant gaping hole for a decent computer store in the St. Louis retail market. Some might argue that the hole existed even when CompUSA was still in business since we've never been lucky enough to have a really good computer store. You know, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Ballpark Pillage...or...Why Didn't We Think of That?

    Photo by Jennifer SilverbergOur bait stand remains the first retail business in Ballpark Village.We admit it. We struck out. Over the past  couple years the brain trust here at RFT has come up with some unusual proposals for the scorched earth next to Busch Stadium, a.k.a. "The Future Home of B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Ludacris and T.I. Play Chaifetz Arena on Thursday, February 19

    T.I. and Ludacris are playing the Chaifetz Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 19. Says Chaifetz: Tickets to see the Atlanta-based artists are $47, $67, $77 and $127 and go on sale on Saturday, January 17 at 10 a.m. at MetroTix.com, MetroTix outlets at select Schnucks and Macy's stores, charg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Gut Check Christmas* Gift Ideas: Foodie Fight Trivia Game

    As part of the Year-End Bonanza, here are some Christmas* gift ideas for the foodie in your life. These are personal favorites, and these posts in no way imply an official RFT endorsement. The makers of these products didn't pay for my "endorsement," either.Foodie Fight Trivia GameMy wife and I sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008
  • Music

    January 30, 2008

    Chris Brown

    7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.

  • News

    April 25, 2007

    Loop Chained

    The arrival of Noodles & Company and Chipotle has some Delmar business owners wondering where it will end.

  • Music

    May 10, 2006

    Obscurity Knocks

    CD Baby's weird and wacky Missouri musicians, "Yo! RFT Raps" talks to inBox magazine's svengali, and the Raconteurs star in this week's Download

  • Music

    March 8, 2006

    Local Motion: DJ Mike Gow

    Thursday, March 9, at 9:30 p.m. Miso on Meramec (16 North Meramec Avenue, Clayton)

  • Calendar

    March 8, 2006
  • Music

    August 17, 2005

    Thunderbirds Are Now! and Rahim

    Sunday, August 21; the Hi-Pointe (1001 McCausland Avenue)

  • Calendar

    September 1, 2004

    Hot Wees

    These hot miniature cars make RadioShack seem cool. Really.

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003

    Best Local TV Commercial

    Becky's Carpet and Tile Superstore

  • Music

    January 9, 2002

    For the Record

    Big-box stores deal big blow to old-time music retailers

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001

    Best New Wine Bar

    33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Record Store

    Vintage Vinyl

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000
  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Mall

    St. Louis Galleria

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000
  • News

    September 6, 2000

    The Hummer King

    Jim Lynch rules in the world of boy toys. Will he keep his throne now that GM has moved in?

  • Culture

    August 16, 2000

    Booknonsense

    Untangling the confusion surrounding Left Bank Books' involvement in BookSense.com

  • Music

    April 12, 2000

    Down in the Trenches

    Dave Thompson's Blue Sky Distribution may be the best thing that's ever happened to local artists

  • News

    August 4, 1999

    ERROR CONDITIONING

    Righting the wrongs of Post columnist Greg Freeman

  • News

    November 25, 1998

    Of Wetlands and Wal-Marts

    One development at a time, Missouri has lost 87 percent of its wetlands. And that means more floods, more damage, more levees, more bucks. The story of one Supercenter and how progress comes at a price.

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