LEATHER & SOAP
You can watch the manufacturing process at Sole Survivor in Maplewood, where everything in the shop is made on the premises by Steve, Kay and Annie Rye: bags, briefcases, satchels, belts, wallets, wristbands, you name it. www. solesurvivorleather.com, 7312 Manchester Rd., 314.932.1475, Map 4- 4B.
Likewise, you can see the soap manufacturing process at Herbaria, on The Hill, makers and sellers of premium moisturizing soaps made with all natural ingredients and scented with a very long list of essential oils (unscented, too). The shop carries aftershaves, bath bombs, moisturizers, bath salts, lip balms, beard oils, bug repellants and much more, and they’ll give you a brief backstage tour. 2016 Marconi Ave., 866.628.7627, Map 4- 4E.