Best Of 2001

Best Import Store: Gringo Jones Imports

You could wander room to room for days and not see the same thing twice. What started out as a beauty shop in Webster Groves has exploded into a thriving import dealership in the city. A few years ago, Leon Jones had an idea, a few thousand dollars and a map of Mexico. He rented a truck and headed south. That's all it took to get this eclectic business off the ground. Jones later expanded his inventory to include local artisans, French imports, more wrought-iron furniture, garden pots and the most interesting odd-lots of imported goods in the metropolitan area. The city location is near the Missouri Botanical Garden, off Vandeventer Avenue near I-44. It's hard to miss the two 15-foot suits of armor flanking the entrance.

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