Metro-East Living

Think spring with a crazy Cards hat or a painted glass plate

You’ll be a standout in the stadium wearing this cap from Five Below in Fairview Heights.
You’ll be a standout in the stadium wearing this cap from Five Below in Fairview Heights.

With a little more than six weeks until the first day of spring (March 20), we all know that while warmer weather is never a given by then, it doesn’t hurt to to some visualizing.

So, I had to laugh when I made my rounds Tuesday and stopped at Five Below in Fairview Heights. At the back of the store I scored with a crazy-funny St. Louis Cardinals knit hat with fake red hair sprouting out of the top. It’s sure to keep your head warm while you wait for spring season to start, and for $5, you’ll be pegged as a true fan — even if never snows again.

Also, if you’re looking for yoga mats, balls, blocks and other exercise accessories, you’ll find them at Five Below, no more than $5 each.

On a completely different spring theme, TJ Maxx in Fairview Heights has some decorative glass plates, platters and bowls with painted floral and spring designs on them. These delicate pieces are a mere $4.99 and $5.99.

It's Sweetie Pie Day this Saturday at Bee Hollow Market on East Main Street in downtown Mascoutah. From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m, stop by and try a treat called Salted Caramel Goodness. Plus, there will be a wine tasting and some new dip mixes to sample and maybe try out on Super Bowl Sunday.

If the Super Bowl is not your day to sit in front of a big-screen TV and watch the game, you could head to the Basket Case in Belleville for its Super Bowl sale from noon to 4 p.m.

OK, if your Valentine’s Day includes sexy lingerie, save some bucks and go to Gordman’s in Fairview Heights. I spotted a lot of sheer babydolls and bodysuits for about $15.

Looking for another kind of gift that’s perhaps a bit more demure? At Earthbound Trading Co. on the upper level at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, check out the awesome jewelry boxes with embossed silver inlay on the exterior. Inside, there are a big mirror, accordian trays and in one style, a ring bar. Prices are $49.95 and $39.95 for a smaller version.

On the subject of the mall, lower level at Center Court is looking a little vacant as not only The Limited, but New York & Co. have closed its doors.