One of the best things about St. Louis is the abundance of independent businesses that specialize in personal service and high quality products.
Whether you're shopping for a homemade sausage, an old fashioned tire repair, a homemade cookie, school supplies, independent restaurants, or many other items, in St. Louis there's usually an independent business offering what you need.
The other day I was looking for a vinyl cover for a drawing table and not having much luck. With computer aided design now dominating the day to day work of architects and engineers, it's getting harder to find the equipment for old-fashioned drawing by hand.
I tried Bradburns, Home Depot, Kinko's, and none of them had the right stuff. The last hope was Rotolite of St. Louis, located down at the end of our block. It's a graphic arts, architect's, and engineer's supply house. Sure enough, they had exactly what I was looking for, in stock, and in multiple sizes. Since we're neighbors, they even accepted a temporary check with my name and address information written by hand. Hand written...well of course!