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Kimmswick, MO-An Old Fashioned Delight!

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A September 2003 trip to Kimmswick by Taylor252

Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery Photo, Kimmswick, Missouri More Photos
Quote: Kimmswick is an old rivertTown that has discovered a second life as a tourist destination. In the entries below I'll talk about some of the wonderful things you can find in this mid-1800s village.

Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery

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Restaurant | "The Blue Owl Restaurant"

Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery Photo, Kimmswick, Missouri
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Step through the door at the Blue Owl and step back 150 years! The waitresses all have white blouses and long blue pinafores with ruffled edges. There are hardwood floors, tables and chairs and a sense of quaint charm carried out by decorations throughout the building. An accomplished dulcimer player entertains each day. In fact, the owner told me she has five professional dulcimer players who rotate to keep the clientele pleasantly occupied. A large porch area in front has outdoor tables and inside there are different rooms, all with names, where air conditioned/heated seating is available. A staff of 75 prepares and serves some of the best home cooked meals available anywhere and lest we ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 15, 2003

Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery
6116 2nd
Kimmswick, Missouri 63053
(636) 464-3128

Creative Crafts

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Creative Crafts Photo, Kimmswick, Missouri
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One of the many fine people I met in Kimmswick is a gal named Kathy Stonebarger. She is the owner/operator of a wonderful store called Creative Crafts. The building that holds this wonderful store is another one of the reconditioned buildings in town and as you approach it, you’re really not sure what to expect. But once you step through the door, see all the hand made items, you’ll be sure you’ve come to the right place for a wonderful bargain on original country products. In fact, Creative Crafts prides itself on being a store with a majority of its products made by hand. Their prices are amazing also. With the exception of a few large wooden corner shelves, cabinets and quilts, very little in the s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 17, 2003

Creative Crafts
214 Elm Street
Kimmswick, Missouri 63053
(636) 464-0646

Traditions and Treasures

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Traditions and Treasures Photo, Kimmswick, Missouri
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Located at 309 Elm St. next to the Christmas Store, "Traditions and Treasures" is an easy to find, popular shopping stop. From the outside you wonder what could possibly be in there, but step through the door and you’re quickly transported back to the 1800’s! All around you, it’s Christmas! In the first room the shelves are packed with Department 56 village homes -- many of them lighted in displays similar to what you might put up at home. The effect calms your spirit quickly and the worries of the outside world slip away. I love creating and setting up Christmas villages each year so I wanted to own every single thing I saw! (See picture below.) The individual pieces are highly detailed and can be li...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 16, 2003

Traditions and Treasures
309 Elm St.
Kimmswick, Missouri 63053
(636) 464-0091

Curiosity Cove

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Curiosity Cove Photo, Kimmswick, Missouri
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As I visited around town I began to hear, "you should go to the Curiosity Cove. You won’t believe the variety of things they have there!" The first time I heard this I wondered why one merchant would talk about products in another merchants shop . . . But the truth is, all over Kimmswick the shop keepers first concern is that a visitor find what they're looking for whether it's in their shop or not. On several occasions I heard a store clerk say, "We don't have that, but you should try looking at {name of another store} and you can find the store at {out comes a town map and directions are given!}" Does that strike you as amazing? In this day and age---absolutely! This is certainly one of the r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 25, 2003

Curiosity Cove
322 Market St.
Kimmswick, Missouri 63052
(636) 464-4707

Christmas Haus

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Attraction | "It's A Small World Christmas Haus"

Christmas Haus Photo, Kimmswick, Missouri
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During the last decade, stores that feature holidays all year round have become increasingly popular. Such is the case with "It’s a Small World Christmas Haus" or as its more popularly known The Christmas Store. As you drive into Kimmswick this will be one of the first houses you see a block left at the head of Elm Street and unlike many of the shops in Kimmswick this is a new building designed specifically as a Christmas themed shop. The floors are stressed wood with a few area carpets to give the feel of an old time Christmas and soft lighting is used throughout.. The outside is painted a brick red color, counterpointed with soft blue railings and trim and a full porch extends the length of the buil...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 17, 2003

Christmas Haus
311 Elm St
Kimmswick, Missouri 63053
(636) 464-0779

A Short History of Kimmswick MO

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The Burgess-How House Photo, Kimmswick, Missouri
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Some don’t realize it, but St. Louis is a very old settlement -- primarily because of the Spanish and then the French trappers. As a result many of the little towns around St. Louis were first settled in pre-revolution times. It is believed that the first white settler in the area of what is now Kimmswick was a fellow named Thomas Jones. He actually set up a salt manufacturing operation in 1770 and called the place Crystal Springs. It seems likely that this was the first industry established in what is now Jefferson County. There is not a whole lot known about the town until 1859 when Theodore Kimm officially filed a town plat, gathered the community he would name Kimmswick. Mr. Kimm built a number of...Read More

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Taylor252

Taylor252
St. Louis, Missouri

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