Mary Lemkemeier, past parent, was featured in Ladue News on 2.21.19 in a story about her new shop, The Nook:
"The Nook is more than just a new Ladue storefront – it’s a place that combines shopping and educational classes with community and goodwill. Ladue News spoke with Mary Lemkemeier, founder of The Nook, about what visitors can expect to find in store and how The Nook has something for everyone.
Tell us a little about The Nook. The Nook is a nonprofit retail store and gathering space in Ladue benefiting St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Volunteers sell clothing, unique gifts and Missouri-made crafts. The space is also available for gatherings; you can host a game night or women’s lunch. In addition, we offer classes and lectures provided by people in the community for both adults and children. We welcome people to help us create community! Come in for a cup of coffee, connect face-to-face with others, let your kids see our fun space, read the paper, pick up a hostess gift – all in one spot.
What sparked the idea for this store? Many people volunteer, often at their kids' schools. Once their kids graduate, they are often looking for a new way to give back in a meaningful way. This, coupled with my interest in Children's, led me to believe that blending volunteering and fundraising while building community was a viable concept. The Nook is the result of many people’s ideas, strengths and volunteer hours.
What kinds of items will The Nook carry? The Nook carries men’s, women’s and children’s apparel. We also carry unique gifts, many of which we can personalize while you wait. Out of 54 vendors, 20 are area artisans.
What products are you most excited to carry in your store? We carry something for everyone! From fun men’s socks to cozy women’s bathrobes to Missouri-made honey, everyone who visits seems to walk away with a treasure."
Read the whole article here.