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Philomena + Ruth: The Ultimate Handmade Shopping Destination

Photography by Sandy Gutierrez Photography and Elizabeth Hahn

Photography by Sandy Gutierrez Photography and Elizabeth Hahn

Philomena + Ruth is an independently owned store in historic downtown Waterloo, IL. Hahn, a veteran store owner and fashion designer, carefully curates a vast selection of handmade and small batch goods from the Midwest and beyond. Since its opening in 2015, Philomena + Ruth (named for each of Hahn's grandmothers) has been recognized as a small town favorite in Waterloo and a shopping destination for those traveling from St. Louis and its surrounding areas. 

The small town destination proudly carries over 100+ makers and designers in store, including its in-house fashion brand, Just Liv. Offering something for every walk of life, Hahn prides herself in carrying an extensive and diverse inventory, ranging from hand-crafted home goods, jewelry, apothecary, plants and a well-received collection of house designed t-shirts and bags sold exclusively at her brick and motor storefront. 

Philomena + Ruth is the home to over 100 brands, including some of our favorites:

For more information and access to her online store, please visit philomenaandruth.com.

An Introduction to Urban Matter

by Sandy Gutierrez Photography

by Sandy Gutierrez Photography

Urban Matter is a home accessories and gift boutique featuring curated treasures and hand-crafted goods made by independent artisans and makers. Nestled in Dutchtown, Urban Matter offers their shoppers design services, custom lighting, house-made leather goods, and a unique indoor and outdoor event space — creating an experience that diverges from other boutiques in the St. Louis region.

Mary Hennesy and Amy Schafer, owners of Urban Matter, have a natural talent of providing a shopping experience tailored to your needs. Residing above their storefront, Mary and Amy have created an establishment filled with sincerity and warmth, as if they are opening their home to you. Rather than a consumer, you are considered a guest at Urban Matter. They take their hospitality one step further by offering personal shopping appointments outside of their normal business hours, and oftentimes offer wine and beer to their shoppers.

They've recently expanded their store with a newly renovated backroom, nearly doubling the amount of hand-crafted goods and treasures that were offered to their shoppers in 2015. Urban Matter has plans to open an online store in 2017, but are able to accept orders over the phone and ship goods to their customers directly, expanding their reach near and far. Whether you have been a longtime fan of their store, or haven't paid them a visit yet - now is the time to check out this Dutchtown favorite! 

Urban Matter is the home to many of our favorite local and national brands and makers:

For a full listing of brands and makers sold at Urban Matter, click here.

Visit Urban Matter:

4704 Virginia Ave, St. Louis MO 63111 | (314) 456-6941 | urbanmatterstl.com

Hours: Wed-Thursday 11-6 PM, Friday 11-7 PM, Saturday 11-5 PM (or by appointment)