Get your comfy shoes on, grab a tote bag and head to the annual May Market on Saturday in Lebanon. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., stroll St. Louis Street in historic downtown and shop more than 60 vendors offering plants, furniture, wood crafts, jewelry, handmade soap, art and more. Also expect food and tasty homemade desserts, live music and activities for the kids.
Perhaps this is an innovative product — I’m still deciding. I spotted boxes of Stomp Stone while I was in At Home (formerly Garden Ridge) in O’Fallon. The lightweight faux square stones are advertised as a fast and easy way to create a path through your yard, edge garden beds or create an instant patio. The 12-inch square pavers resemble flagstone and have a textured, nonslip surface. Set them in place, step on them and the sharp beveled edge underneath cuts into grass, gravel, sand or soil, creating a stable place to step. Made from up to 98 percent recycled rubber tires, Stomp Stones come in a box of four for $19.99. See a video at http://stompstone.com/stomp-stone-video.
Want to perk up a gift for Mom? Schnucks in Swansea (check other locations) has some very colorful big fabric butterflies that can be clipped onto the ribbon on a present or on a plant. Each is $8.50.
Why not turn your favorite pooch into a hip hound this summer? Earthbound Trading Co. at St. Clair Square has tie-dye, waffle-textured tank tops for dogs made by ColdWoof! They’re all-cotton, leash friendly and come in a couple sizes for $15.
Got any fans of Marvel Comics who can’t wait for the opening Friday of “Captain America: Civil War”? At Pub Decor on the upper level near Macy’s, 3-D, 8-by-10 shadow boxes of Captain America and other super characters are $14.97.
Other news at the mall
Kiddo’s has relocated to next to Build A Bear on the upper level. If your little girl likes ribbons in her hair, the fun assortment of bottlecap bows with monogrammed letters will make her happy. Each is $6.99.
J.C.’s Jewelry & Repair, across from Starbucks and JC Penney, closed April 30, but is expected to open soon at a larger location in the O’Fallon/Shiloh area. According to its Facebook page, it had to leave the mall location sooner than its new location could be ready, so there’s a bit of gap in service. If you need information, call 618-624-3900 or check out the Facebook page for updates.