Saturday, December 17, 2011

Happy Holidays to All!

We named our store ROOTS for a very specific reason. We have been blessed to have not only a large family, but a particularly close one as well. Spending time together is one of our favorite joys. That being said, with all of our kids growing up, getting them home and all of us together is not as easy as it once was. So, in order to take advantage of their being home, we have decided that we will close the shop from December 22nd through December 29th this year. (We will be open on Dec. 17, 20 and 21 and again on Dec. 30 & 31 --regular hours 10am-4pm)

We hope you know how much we appreciate your loyalty and continued support of ROOTS. We could not do what we love to do without you. We hope you all have the merriest of holiday seasons and we look forward to seeing you at the end of 2011 and on into the New Year!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Maplewood 10th Annual Christmas Tree Walk

Join us as Maplewood officially kicks off the holiday season at their 10th Annual Christmas Tree Walk. ROOTS will be open from 10am-9pm. We will offer light refreshments and 10% off your entire purchase. Our Roots tees (a great stocking stuffer) will be 20% off! This is truly a gift that keeps on giving (we give the recipient 10% off each time it is worn into the shop).

Make Maplewood and ROOTS your first and last stop for holiday cheer and shopping. See you Friday!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Are you ready to save 10% on every purchase at Roots? All you need to do is purchase one of our Roots' tees ($12 each), wear it when you shop with us, and you will receive an automatic 10% off your entire purchase. We're proud of our little shop nestled here in Maplewood and we're grateful for the "word of mouth" advertising that's helped our business grow. We'd love to see Roots' tees all over St. Louis!

Maplewood Arts & Eats Walk

Friday, October 7th from 6-9pm plan on visiting Maplewood's 2nd Annual Fiddlefest and Arts & Eats Walk. It's bound to be tons of fun with live music, entertainment, and artists all around town.

Here's a link to Maplewood's facebook page about the event:

Roots will be open all day Friday 10am-9pm. Hope to see you! Check out the next post about our tee shirt deal!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


bowl...(definition loosely interpreted by Roots!)...a rather deep, round (well, not always) dish or basin, used chiefly for holding stuff. We have a nice selection of bowls (large and small)... ironstone, yellow ware, zinc (?), wooden. And, we always have great "stuff" to fill bowls! Coming soon...a selection of locally fabricated metal wall art. These are unique and lovely pieces. We will get photos uploaded as soon as they are here in the shop! (hopefully early week of Oct. 3)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Zen-fully artful

Kim is not only creative visually, but she writes beautifully as well. She says..." I like to mix elements of nature. Lots of wood, plants & metal grouped with original artwork. Either my own, made by friends or collected during my travels. All items collected over time. They have found a very cohesive home together. On the vintage bamboo table I have a metal box found at Roots. It creates another level on the table scape to keep the eye moving and provides a place to store away all of the "things" we use in our everyday lives that aren't so pretty on display. On the dining room sideboard I have a variety of collected items. Another metal box found at Roots (currently storing napkins) and an old glass fishing float (also from Roots) paired with stoneware ink bottles dug on a building site in England..." As you can see, Kim has a true gift for repurposing and displaying her finds. We are lucky she haunts Roots!!

Jen and Adam were inspired and quickly saw the potential in these old "industrial" pieces. The blue metal chair just pops against the warm brick wall. The cart provides the most unique surface to display treasures. We love their vision and this creative space!

Art, assemblages...awesome!

Mark uses bits and pieces of old metal, plastic, wood and paper to create his one-of-a-kind pieces of art. They are filled with whimsey and color, and little details that just make us smile. He is often in the shop looking for a very specific "something" that will find its way into some wonderful collage of found objects. We are so thrilled that he shared some of his work with us!

A family affair @ Roots

We all love it when the Johnson family comes to the shop! Mom has a great eye and she has taught the boys to think creatively and appreciate the old and repurposed. The architectural remnant above the bed is downright beautiful. The wall of D's and rusty "art" is fun and all have been collected, over time, by a master bargain hunter! The metal "memo board" is a perfect way to display art and photos, tickets, ribbons and other memories. Thanks Johnsons for sharing your creativity!


This is one perfect use for an old frame. Dustin is a collector of many, many interesting items, and he loves the graphics of old posters and advertising. He bought this simple, vintage frame at Roots, stuck his fun, old poster in it and voila! instant art!

Door turned table-WOW!

This is Courtney's "before" door (with adorable husband) and "after" table. We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this creative use of the old, tired door! We also love the eclectic mix of chairs around the table, and the simple charm that invites you to just sit right down and have a cookie.

Nutmegs & more Meg

This great line up is from our customer, Meg. She's been collecting nutmeg tins for years, with her most recent acquisition and the perfect shelf to display some of her favorites coming from Roots! Her apartment is full of charm, from the stacked stools holding plants, old game boards and tins (note: with a star theme), to the warm and inviting fireplace decked out with artwork created from found pieces (many from Roots). This is creativity at its finest.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

White + color = POP!

You can bring other colors to life by using a touch of white--be it through the use of furniture, interesting collections or beautiful, reclaimed wood and tin frames. Come see what we mean!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Storage genius!

Kim sent us "before and after" photos. She's created storage in a bathroom that had none. She notes that the opposite wall has a similar, smaller basket hung organizing even more bathroom essentials. Kim's storage IQ is off the charts! We love her style and look forward to more photos in the future!!

Justin and Genna have done an incredible job of blending old and new--with a little industrial thrown in. Don't you want to chill on the sofa, put your feet up on the railroad cart and share a glass of wine while watching the ballgame?

"charmed-earth" ...heaven to Roots!

Katie has been redesigning her home all summer. What an eclectic and absolutely charming mix! She notes that all of the signage is held up by 3M strips--even the huge ampersand. To see more of Katie's creativity check out her blog @

Rustic refuge

"Sweet" Charity sent us pictures highlighting her rustic charm. She has repurposed many pieces, making her space warm and welcoming. We love the way you think outside the box!

Cool cottage kitchen

Angie says, "as you can see, the vintage cabinet was the perfect addition to my newly gutted/renovated cottage kitchen-I LOVE it!" So do we!

Got doorknobs?

Karen started with a doorknob and look where it led her...a beautiful vignette of doorknobs and ephemera. A magazine worthy composition!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Calling all creative customers!

We are creating a photo gallery of how our fantastic customers are using their Roots purchases to transform their space. Please consider sharing your creativity by sending us your photos. Due to our limited technical abilities, we ask that you send us photos as an attachment in an email. We'd like to use your first name if that's ok (just say no if you'd rather be anonymous). Our email address is:

Thanks! We look forward to being inspired by you!

Oh! We've been at it again!

Is there anything more fun than shopping to take your mind off 100 degree heat? We think not! So, the Roots sisters have been out gathering interesting items, large and small. Here's a small sampling:

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Saturday, July 23 specials! (hours and prices)

Remember we are only going to be open from NOON TO 4PM on Saturday, July 23.
Hope you can take advantage of these great deals!