I have been going to carousel kids since it opened. I have tried other secondhand stores for buying and selling and carousel kids does not deserve these harsh reviews others have given. The store is clean, the food plan is inviting, and the staff is friendly. I've come to know the owner by name and she recognizes me when I come in. The way I look at it you can spend hours of your time holding a garage sale or dealing with people on Craigslist and get more cash or be done with it in one stop in much less time for less cash. (My time is worth a great deal!) As far as buying from them, I shop there like I do elsewhere. I watch the sales and take advantage of their special promotions. Clothing is discounted up to 80% off when they change seasons, for example. Let's all remember that they are running a business and have employees and overhead that dictates what they can pay you in order to keep their doors open. I personally encourage my friends to stop in and check it out, especially when they are pregnant. I dressed great while pregnant with my last two babies thanks to the fantastic maternity selection at carousel kids.
I looked up Booster's Cafe after reading about it in St Louis Magazine. As I entered the door I felt like I was back in 1985 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Why? The owner/managers first opened an American style restaurant there where one could get a real hamburger and fries, pancakes and other food that reminded an American of home. I was elated to find them in St Louis after so many years and the food lived up to my expectations. Gone are the hamburgers and in their place is a breakfast that is out of this world as well as sandwiches, soups and other delights. The carrot-ginger soup was smooth and tangy, although I would have liked a stronger ginger taste, it was devine. I am going back today and taking some of my family because this is a place that deserves lots of business for what it meant to so many Americans abroad and the delightful food they have brought St. Louis! Check it out!
$15 is around the max for an entree, non-pasta dishes come with a side of pasta (red, white, or olive/butter sauce), and a loaf of bread is free for each table. A nice little atmosphere, but it can be a bit loud if it's crowded. Parking is a bit tough right in front, and the restaurant doesnt seem to be handicap accessible, but there is easy parking within a very short walk. Portions are huge, service is brisk, and the food is simply heavenly. Absolutely superior meals and variety (no pizza though)!