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april 2009 | vol. 6 | issue 4


cover story 056. behind the seams

“Project Runway” alum Jerell Scott on inspirations, reality TV and sho- wing at Saint Louis Fashion Week.

features 058. Ready, Set, Renovate!


Featuring 15 floor-to-ceiling solutions for sprucing up your space.

The wedding planner

Everything you need to plan a spec- tacular wedding this spring. Plus, two outside-the-box St. Louis weddings.

fashion 048. Americans in Paris


Womanly, retro and rich in prim accessories, spring fashion references the forties and the joy of dressing up.


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on the COVER

Jerell Scott photographed by Michael Dar.

departments 016. From The Publishing team 018. From The Editor 021. Contributors 022. Social Scene STLnow 028. HOT LIST Our top must-do picks. 030. CALENDER Hairspray, Jennifer

Hudson and Gaylen Gerber.


Scene Absolut Mango and Blue


hot block Top stops on our


LIVING Getting organized for


INTERVIEW Q+A with actress-

Ocean Sushi.

block, Maryland Plaza. spring is a breeze.

turned-artist Jane Seymour.


WEDDINGS An intimate St. Louis wedding.

042. SELF The latest age-defying,


leg-shaping treatment.

STYLE FILE The sexy Sama specs to be seen in this spring.

046. JEWELRY Igal Alon’s insider tips

for savvy diamond shopping.

menu 096. DINING OUT You’re part of the


family at Onesto Pizza & Trattoria.

CHEFS A south-of-the-border recipe by Chef Kyle Metzler of Maya Café.

scene 108. Scene In St. Louis Caught on

camera at the Buzz List Launch Event, Mardi Gras Groove and Single Mingle.

Left Photo by Steve Garnett; Top right photo by Liz Reiff Sloan



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Publisher / Co-founder: Elizabeth Tucker Editor-in-Chief / Co-founder: Attilio D’Agostino Executive Editor / Co-founder: Kelly Hamilton Managing Editor: Cristy Miller Fashion Editor: Jill Manoff Associate Editor: Sheniqua Faulkner Contributing Writers

Publisher / Co-founder

Elizabeth Tucker

Amy De La Hunt, Jennifer Dulin Wiley, Natalie Kurz, Kristin Stefek Brashares Art

Art Director: Reshma Chamberlin Advertising Design Manager: Amanda Sang Contributing Digital Artist: Brian Froneyberger Contributing Photographers

Steve Garnett, Liz Reiff Sloan Advertising

Senior Account Executive: Jill Gubin Account Executives: Brigid Dorsey, Damon Johnson, Jeff Melnick

Editor-in-Chief / Co-founder

Attilio D’Agostino


Web Manager: Jennifer Fata Marketing

Marketing & Events Manager: Jason Nichols Business Director & Distribution Manager: Lindsey Heintz Interns

Executive Editor / Co-founder

Kelly Hamilton

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Fashion Editor

Jill Manoff

Kelly Hamilton and Cristy Miller photographed by Bob Pitts; Elizabeth Tucker, Attilio D’Agostino and Jill Manoff photographed by Rick Gould

Tanya Apostolova, Elizabeth Aston, Mary Bayne, Belma Begic, Elyse Byrd, Dana Carroll, Kris Cunningham, Lauren Davis, Kelly DiRie, Moira Dorsey, Ashley Frye, Alex Galindo, Megan Hagerty, Kim Harrison, Lucy Ji, Constance Johnson, Taylor Johnson, Erica Jordan, Jessie King, Sarah Mahtani, Kris Meden, Marisa Muma, Jennifer Neal, Racquel Russel, Tiara Scott, Autumn Sij, Katie Stephens, Pamela Thomas, Marisol Tirado, Ezell Trice, Matthew Williams

letter from the alive publishing team

Neal Goone, Elizabeth Tucker, Jodi Goone & Jason Nichols at Single Mingle.



History in the Making

Brigid Dorsey & Jennifer Richmond at the ALIVE Client Appreciation Event.

Living in an age of omnipresent images has given us the ability to

feel a sense of nostalgia for eras we have never experienced. Through movies, television and photography, we’ve developed emotional connections with decades past. This month’s fashion editorial transports us to an era that’s as familiar to us as if we’d lived it ourselves, remembered through imprints of history captured on cellulose—Casablanca, The Philadelphia Story, the famous “Kiss by the Hotel de Ville” photo by Robert Doisneau and the iconic “VJ Day Kiss” photo of an American sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square in 1945. Escape into your dreams and live your fantasies as you dress this spring; become a heroine in hats, red lipstick and polished suiting.


In February’s Buzz List Issue, Tuan Lee captured images of St. Louisans that will live on in history. We had the honor of celebrating with all featured at the Buzz List Launch Event at Lucas Park Grille. Friends from Mercedes-Benz of Progress Point, Brown Shoe, Studio Branca, Salon Branca, Salon Professional Academy, Weinhardt Party Rentals and Gebbs Total Video joined us to mingle with the city’s elite and sip Sam Adams and Absolut Mango drinks. We wouldn’t have had the opportunity to deliver the striking portraits of so many St. Louisans to our readers without the generous support of our clients, advertisers and partners. On February 18, we toasted Pearl Vodka cocktails to them at Black Label, where ALIVE VIPs including Dennis Duncan, Ola Hawatmeh, Steve Buesching and Vito and Michele Racanelli networked and enjoyed Gregory’s Catering.

Attilio D’Agostino & Dennis Duncan at the ALIVE Client Appreciation Event.


Join us this month for our Bartender Contest on April 5 at Blu CitySpaces and Flamingo Bowl, then at Sol Lounge on April 23 for ALIVE’s 6th Anniversary Party—themed “ALIVE’s Favorite Things”—and the unveiling of the space’s new upstairs “Reference Lounge.” Visit for more information.

Photos by ALIVE Scene Team

Elizabeth Tucker


Attilio D’Agostino

Gwen and Steve Buesching & Jill Gubin at the Buzz List Launch Event.

Kelly Hamilton & Kacie Starr Triplett at the Buzz List Launch Event.



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letter from the editor project design This month, we celebrate ALIVE’s sixth birthday. I’ve always

thought of birthdays not only as a time to celebrate who you are and what you’ve accomplished, but as a perfect opportunity to re-evaluate your goals. Over the last few months, the ALIVE team has done just that. We spent time celebrating our devoted readership, wonderfully supportive advertisers and the amazing team of entrepreneurial, dedicated and talented people we get to work with every day. We also spent time looking to the future, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about the direction we’re heading. We hope that excitement shows in the magazine you’re holding—a redesigned ALIVE that better reflects the evolution of our city, our readers and our goals. Redesigning a magazine is much like building a new home and then moving into it. It’s a process that involves defining your foundation (bringing readers more relevant, relatable stories), creating a blueprint (after scores of creative sessions), determining what to keep and what to toss (more on this in a minute…), and finally, bringing it all together before moving day arrives (kudos to Art Director Reshma Chamberlin, who put countless hours into the conception and execution of the redesign).

We hope you enjoy the renovations we’ve made—let us know! Drop us a line at

Kelly Hamilton Executive Editor & Cofounder

Photo by Bob Pitts

That said, the choice to launch our new look this month was anything but arbitrary. Besides being a birthday gift to ourselves, our redesign coincides with our annual Home & Design Issue. This month’s feature story “Ready, Set, Renovate!” (p.58) aims to help homeowners and all DIY’ers by giving them ideas and resources for sprucing up their living spaces, whether it’s finally putting in that backyard patio or giving Mom’s antique furniture a makeover.

We’re also debuting two new regular features: Weddings (p.40), a monthly story covering the nuptials of a St. Louis couple, and Hot Block (p.34), a page dedicated to a buzzy local neighborhood. And with design so top of mind, we caught up with this month’s cover guy, fashion designer and “Project Runway” runner-up Jerell Scott (p.56), who comes to St. Louis this month to judge Project: Design! at Saint Louis Fashion Week.



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Jennifer Dulin Wiley photographed by Edward Crim; Natalie Kurz photographed by Rick Gould; Self-portrait by Steve Garnett; Michael Dar photo courtesy of Centro Models.

Jennifer Dulin Wiley vividly remembers the serious time and organization it took to plan a wedding. So when she interviewed Susan Hindupur about her twoday, double-ceremony Indian wedding extravaganza, she was totally impressed. Jennifer talked planning, expectations and culture infusion with Susan and fellow bride Lindsey Terry, who pulled off a combination Jewish-Catholic ceremony in style. Jennifer is the managing editor of Art Business News, a national fine-art magazine, and a regular contributor for ALIVE.

According to ALIVE fashion photographer Steve Garnett, “A photographer’s job is to tell a story with a lens—a story that takes on new definitions depending which eyes are trying to decipher meaning. I think this gray area is what makes it art.”

Contributing Editor Natalie Kurz is no stranger to home renovations. As a newly anointed real estate investor (having purchased a four-family rental property last year), it was fun to share some of the latest trends and tips for home renovations in this month’s feature (p.58)—many of which she’s tried during kitchen and bathroom renovations in her own home. A few things she’s learned: there’s no such thing as too much closet space and pullout pantry cabinets make it hard to hide candy from toddlers.  

A first-time contributor to ALIVE, L.A.-based fashion photographer Michael Dar welcomed the opportunity to once again photograph good friend and top designer Jerell Scott for the April issue. Michael said it was apparent from their first meeting seven years ago that Jerell “was not only a model; he was designer.” Michael’s passion for photography continues to mold the models of today into the supermodels of tomorrow. See more of his work at

socialscene American Liver Foundation’s Boogie Ball February 13> Guests got their disco dance on at the American Liver Foundation’s Second Annual Boogie Ball at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa. Partygoers enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing to the Pointer Sister’s Grammy-winning classics. The evening recognized the leadership of Dr. William A. Peck and the volunteer efforts of Janice Hawk. Proceeds benefited the American Liver Foundation. Photos by Blacktie-St. Louis

Leah Schmidt, Ellen Futterman, Jocelyn Twist, Sarah Thompson & Andrew Baumgartner

Craig and Debbie Kaminer & Bill Miller

Danielle Spoull & Kris Frischman

Steve & Kathy Becker

Marilyn Fox, Larry and Carol Shapiro & Sam Fox



advertising | promotion | events | opportunities

Alive Magazine’s Client Appreciation Event February 18 To express gratitude to our many clients, partners and supporters, ALIVE hosted its annual Client Appreciation Event at Black Label, Chouteau’s Landing’s newest nightlife hotspot. Guests had the opportunity to mingle with other ALIVE advertisers and to speak with ALIVE’s founders, editors, designers and account executives. While attendees sipped Pearl Vodka cocktails and sampled appetizers from Gregory’s Creative Cuisine, they also received a sneak peek at ALIVE’s exciting plans for the upcoming year: a fresh design, several new editorial pages, cost-effective advertising opportunities and a new launching this summer. Photos by ALIVE Scene Team

Krista Carson & Ola Hawatmeh

Teri Little, DJ Smitty & Chris Little

James Henderson, Amy Brindisi & Erin Tucker

Upcoming Events Wall Ball 2009

More than just a fundraiser, Wall Ball is an interactive feast for the senses. This year, the Ball is back and will be held at Third Degree Glass Factory (5200 Delmar Blvd.) on Saturday, April 4, and will once again showcase over fifty artists who will create artwork pieces live that guests can bid on and take home. Proceeds benefit St. Louis City Open Studio and Gallery (SCOSAG). For more information, visit

Fourth Annual Cocktails and Clowns

Join Young Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital for the Fourth Annual Cocktails and Clowns event on April 25 at Fifteen (1900 Locust Ave.). Proceeds from the event benefits The Clown Docs program, which provides laughter therapy to the brave patients of the hospital. Ticket price includes beer, wine, Pearl Vodka drinks and appetizers. Cost: $30$40. Time: 7pm-10pm. For more information, visit youngfriends.

20th Annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival

Do your part for the planet and check out the Midwest’s oldest and largest Earth Day celebration on April 26 on The Muny grounds in Forest Park. For more information, visit ALIVE Magazine Online

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St. Louis Dish with Cristy Miller This month, ALIVE’s Managing Editor and resident foodie, Cristy Miller, gets the dish from Chef John Griffiths at El Borracho. Get the inside scoop on what’s on the menu at St. Louis’ top restaurants, including Herbie’s Vintage 72 and Crêpes: etc at

Hot Contest >> cricket wireless presents emerging artist contest Calling all musicians! Log on to to upload a video of you or your band. Then, encourage your friends and fans to go online and vote for you. The musician with the most votes will win an exclusive contract from Talent Plus and will perform at ALIVE’s music festival on May 16.

Vote now for your favorite St. Louis band

coming up Sexy & Successful Contest Think you’ve got what it takes to be a Sexy & Successful St. Louisan? Stay tuned for more details on how you can enter ALIVE’s Sexy & Successful contest launching next month.

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Things You Must Do This Month

1. Taylor Made Multi-platinum recording sensation Taylor Swift comes to the Scottrade Center April 25 with special guest Kellie Pickler. Undoubtedly country music’s brightest new star in 2008, Swift continues to enthrall music insiders and fans with relatable songs like “Our Song” and “Love Story.” Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $20-$50. Tickets on sale at or 314.241.1888 (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown).

2. Make Some Noise

3. Iron Bartender

STOMP, an ensemble of unconventional percussionists/dancers, sweeps through St. Louis April 3-5, filling the Fox Theatre with explosive sounds and eye-catching choreography. Making numerous TV appearances and packing theaters worldwide, STOMP creates thrilling rhythms with everyday items, including push brooms, garbage cans and Zippo lighters. Cost: $26-$65. Tickets on sale at or 314.534.1111 (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

Come cheer on your favorite bartender at the second annual ALIVE Bartender Contest sponsored by Blue Moon, Red Bull and Pearl Vodka on April 5 from 7pm-9pm at Blu CitySpaces Downtown. Watch the top 6 bartenders from the city’s hottest bars, clubs and restaurants battle it out in an “Iron Chef”-style competition to create the best-tasting and most creative drinks. Then head to Flamingo Bowl to support your top bartender as they each fight to serve the most drinks. For more info, log on to

5. Alive Turns 6!

Calling all game show junkies and foodies! Food Outreach’s biggest annual event, A Tasteful Affair 21, on April 19 is sure to be a winner— that is, with its theme, “Let’s Make a Meal” featuring game-showthemed entertainment and goodies. Held at the Chase Park Plaza, this can’t-miss event includes raffles, silent and live auctions and over 35 restaurants and caterers serving delicious fare. For more info or to purchase tickets, log on to

ALIVE is celebrating its 6th anniversary this month and we’re inviting you to come party with us! Join us for an anniversary event unlike any other at Sol Lounge on April 23 as we toast to six years of fashion, culture, dining and nightlife in St. Louis. Enjoy complimentary Pearl Vodka and Blue Moon drinks from 7pm9pm for our VIP reception, or party late with music from STL’s top DJs from 9pm til close. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Tickets on sale at

7. Drew Your ’Do Head to Byrd Style Lounge for Blow Out Thursdays, a special event every other week where guests can get a free blow out and hair consultation from model and David’s in Clayton hairstylist Drew Schaefering while they sip cocktails, sample appetizers and shop Byrd’s featured lines including Rachel Pally, alkemie and Inhabit (8117 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.721.0766).



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6. Amazing Race Lace up your sneaks for GO! St. Louis’ Family Fitness Weekend April 18-19 (multiple Downtown locations). Last year, the event attracted over 18,000 participants from 46 states and eight countries who participated in a 5k run/walk, half and full marathons and other fitness activities. GO! St. Louis is a local non-profit that encourages individuals and families to lead fit, healthy lifestyles. For more info or to register, log on to

Top photo courtesy of Scottrade Center.

4. Let’s Make A Meal


april sunday

Head to White Flag Projects to see Gaylen Gerber’s playful series of photographic works that blur the line between art object and their surroundings. Through April 12 (whiteflagprojects. org).



Avoid a case of the Mondays and head to Busch Stadium for the St. Louis Cardinals’ home opener. If you didn’t score tickets, head to The Outfield at Mike Shannon’s for a baseball bash and plenty of beer (

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and stop by the Earth Day Festival in Forest Park, the oldest and largest Earth Day celebration in the Midwest (



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The curtain comes up at the Touhill for Macbeth, Shakespeare’s classic tale of bitter revenge. UMSL’s version is a compact, 90-minute one-act. Through April 11 (

Shake your bon bon at COCA’s Club 524, a monthly beginner tango dance class. Learn the basics then show off your new fancy footwork until 12am (cocastl. org).

See St. Louis’ new women’s professional soccer team, Saint Louis Athletica, as they kick off their inaugural season tonight at SIUE’s Korte Stadium (

It’s opening night at Bruno David Contemporary Art Gallery. Not to miss: Artist and digital designer Chris Rubin de la Borbolla’s original show in the Project Room. Through May 9 (brunodavidgallery. com).

All eyes are on photographer Robert B. Haas’ stunning aerial photos of Latin America, on display at the Missouri Botanical Garden through June 28 (

Last weekend to see The Black Rep’s My Secret Language of Wishes, Cori Thomas’ play that explores the intersection of law, race and unconditional love (Grandel Theatre,

Last chance to catch Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of “La Damnation De Faust,” a concertopera inspired by Goethe’s tragic play, Faust (

Laughter is the best weight-loss remedy at Food Fight: A Musical Comedy For Waist Watchers, The Playhouse’s new musical that explores our love/hate relationship with food (metrotix. com).

Dress yourself in corduroy and denim when bestselling author, humorist and radio contributor David Sedaris comes to Powell Hall (slso. org).

Whatcha know about Eero? Learn more about the career of this acclaimed architect—and mastermind behind the Arch—at Kemper Art Museum’s exhibit, “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future” (kemperartmuseum.


Last day of the 2009 NCAA Women’s Final Four at Scottrade Center. Tickets are hard to come by, but you can still enjoy many free events surrounding the action, including open practices and team autograph sessions (

Plain and simple: Rockers Plain White T’s are a must-see at The Pageant tonight, where they’ll sing hits like “Hey There Delilah” (

Don’t be caught dead missing “Bruce Nauman: Dead Shot Dan,” the Contemporary Art Museum’s multimedia exhibit that tells tales of violence tinged with slip-ups, misunderstandings and contortions. Ends today (camstl. org).



Get two Grammy winners for one when powerhouse R&B vocalist Jennifer Hudson and sexy soul musician Robin Thicke perform tonight at the Fox (


Join jolly teen Tracy Turnblad on her quest to dance on TV (and change the orld), when Hairspray opens at the Fox. in this upbeat musical favorite (metrotix. com).

Ballet goes punk—at least for tonight—at Dance St. Louis’ presentation of “Armitage Gone! Dance,” a New York modern dance company led by Karole Armitage (

visual arts theatre dance music comedy outdoors fundraiser sports active reading/lecture free opening night

Gaylen Gerber photo courtesy of White Flag Projects; Chris Rubin de la Borbolla photo courtesy of Bruno David Gallery; Plain White T’s photo courtesy of The Pageant; Jennifer Hudson photo courtesy of Fox Theatre; Hairspray photo courtesy of Fox Theatre; Eero Saarinen photo courtesy of Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

This month’s St. Louis arts, culture and entertainment agenda.


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delicious With spring in full swing, it’s time to prep for fun-inthe-sun partying. Whether you’re out on the town or entertaining at home, shake things up this season with fruity vodka cocktails, such as Absolut’s array of fresh flavors.

Blue Ocean Sushi serves won’t-break-the-bank-priced sushi and well-crafted cocktails. By Cristy Miller | Photo by Josh Monken As diners look to stretch their dollars these days, chefs and restaurateurs across the country

are taking notice, offering pre-fixe fare and discounted dinners. The folks at 609 Restaurant & Lounge in The Loop also noticed, and recently rolled out a new restaurant more fitting with the times, Blue Ocean Sushi. The concept: high-quality, all-you-can-eat sushi, at low price points. The new spot is located in the old 609 restaurant space, and while it’s under the same ownership—and roof—Blue Ocean Sushi is an entirely new restaurant and dining experience. The menu offers three price levels, ranging from $14.99 to $24.99 for lunch and $19.99 to $29.99 for dinner, and includes a selection of salads, soups and rolls to choose from. Popular rolls include the spicy salmon roll, cucumber roll and spider roll with soft-shell crab. Adjacent to the restaurant, the 609 Lounge remains a hotspot for hipsters and Loop-goers, offering a mix of DJs, drink specials and dancing in a sexy setting. With a rotating line-up of DJs, you can hear anything from house to hip-hop to Top 40. Saketinis are a hit here, like the Blue Ocean Saketini, made with sake, Absolut and Blue Cuaraco. 609 also features drink specials through the week on beer, and on Saturday, patrons can enjoy $100 Absolut bottle service all night. Who knew dining and drinking on a budget could be this good? (609 Eastgate Ave., The Loop, 314.721.9168)



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Absolut Mango Iced Tea 1 part Absolut Mango 2 parts iced tea Pour over ice and garnish with sliced mango and mint. Absolut Mango Mojito 4 parts Absolut Mango 2 parts simple syrup 2 parts lime juice 1 splash sugar, superfine soda water mint leaf mango slice Fill a chilled highball glass with crushed ice. Add Absolut Mango, lime juice, simple syrup and sugar. Top up with soda water. Garnish with 1 slice mango and 1 leaf mint leaf.

nowserving DOWNTOWN NEWS Downtown dwellers have had a healthy dose of good news lately. Construction began in February on the new Culinaria-A Schnucks Market at 9th and Olive, slated to open this summer. We’re also excited to see the “Re-Opening Soon” sign outside Copia and look forward to the debut of the 12th Street Diner this spring.

Trade in your so-so Cosmo for a new signature drink for summer. Ask your bartender to mix you one of these Mango cocktails (or create them at home) and pack your passport for your trip to paradise.

label me Black Label Lounge is now open in the developing Chouteau’s Landing. The new gallery/ lounge features local art and artists (including body painting and sketches), an expansive back patio, local musicians, premium liquors and selective beers and wines. 758 S. 4th St.

THAT’S JUICY Get excited—fans of Clayton’s O.R. Juice now have a second spot to enjoy the array of fresh, vegetarian-friendly and all-natural salads, sandwiches, spring rolls, wraps and smoothies, located in the Park East Tower on Euclid in the Central West End.

Absolut Mango Brazilian Cosmo 1.5 parts Absolut Mango .5 part Cointreau .5 part fresh lime juice 1 part cranberry juice 1 part orange juice Stir with ice and strain. For more drink recipes, visit

Absolut Mango photo courtesy of Pernod Ricard USA.

All-You-Can-Eat Sushi

Since 1986, when Absolut introduced its first flavored family member, Absolut Peppar, the brand has brought us almost a dozen new vodka concoctions. Absolut Mango, its newest nectar, makes the perfect summer companion—its all-natural ingredients, no added sugars and fullbodied fruit flavor will induce tropical island fantasies.


hot block:

Maryland Plaza

Nestled in a one-of-a-kind neighborhood, Maryland Plaza exudes a sophisticated European charm while staying true to The Lou. By Sheniqua Faulkner Here at ALIVE magazine, we’re pretty stoked that our office is located

on beautiful Maryland Plaza where anything we could need or want is mere steps away. With many distinctive shopping, dining and nightlife destinations, this is why our block is hot:

~SCAPE+CRÊPES: ETC. Two eateries: one a sophisticated American bistro, the other a neighborhood café, both with a European flair. At Crêpes: etc., enjoy café classics and delicious made-to-order crêpes. Come back for dinner to Crêpes’ sister restaurant, ~Scape, and enjoy Chef Eric Kelly’s upscale comfort food.

BRENNAN’S+ MARYLAND HOUSE If you love wine, food or fine cigars—and especially if you love all three—a visit to Brennan’s is a must. Stop by on the late night to Brennan’s hipster hangout, Maryland House, a cool underground lounge that happens to be located upstairs.

MCGINTY JEWELERS ON THE PLAZA McGinty’s sparkling window displays of designer engagement rings, fashion-forward jewelry and status watches are sure to catch your eye. Don’t see something you want to take home (doubtful)? McGinty’s jewelers can design a bauble just for you.

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Can’t-miss hot stops on Maryland Plaza. 1 BISSINGER’S 32 Maryland Plaza 314.367.9750 2 BRENNAN’S+ MARYLAND HOUSE 4659 Maryland Ave. 314.361.9444 3 CHASE PARK PLAZA 212-232 N. Kingshighway Blvd. 1.877.587.2427 4 CHESS CLUB AND SCHOLASTIC CENTER OF ST. LOUIS 4657 Maryland Ave. 314.361.2437

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5 COFFEE CARTEL 2 Maryland Plaza 314.454.0000




6 COMPANION 4651 Maryland Ave. 314.352.4770 7 CRÊPES: ETC. 52 Maryland Plaza 314.367.2200 8 THE CUPCAKERY 28 Maryland Plaza 314.367.6111

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10 LILUMA 236 N. Euclid Ave. 314-361-7771

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11 MANDARIN 44 Maryland Plaza 314.367.4447


12 MCGINTY JEWELERS ON THE PLAZA 28 Maryland Plaza 314.361.6556 13 MORIS FASHIONS 26 Maryland Plaza 314.361.6800 CHASE PARK PLAZA More than a posh place to rest your head: Take in a flick at the five-screen Chase Park Plaza Cinema, sip drinks at Café Eau or break a sweat at Santé, the Chase’s state-of-the-art fitness center. If you find it too difficult to leave, one of the luxe Private Residences can be yours.



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MORIS FASHIONS The stylish St. Louis man will appreciate Moris Fashions’ well-edited boutique, which carries unique designer label attire and accessories from lines such as William Rast, Modern Amusement and Ike Behar.

14 ~SCAPE 48 Maryland Plaza 314.3617227

COMPANION This charming artisan bakery’s homemade sandwiches, salads, soups and sweet treats will get you in the door, but it’s Companion’s inviting atmosphere and friendly staff that will keep you coming back.

15 STRAUB’S 302 N. Kingshighway 314.361.6646 Each month, ALIVE will spotlight a different STL block and the shopping, dining, nightlife and cultural destinations that make it a standout. Tell us why your block is hot at We could be coming to your neighborhood next!


Begin your organization overhaul at Beyond Storage.

3 ways to get

organized By Sheniqua Faulkner Face it: Your closet is chaotic. So frenzied, in fact, that the piles of shoes, stacks of sweaters and assorted accessories teeter on the verge of a rayon-cotton-cashmere-blended avalanche every time you open your closet door. You need an organization intervention.

Your messy closet isn’t just an eyesore; it could also be draining your wallet. (How many times have you purchased an article of clothing only to find a perfectly good version balled up in the corner of your closet?) De-clutter your closet with these three local resources that, over the long haul, will save you both time and money.

Custom Creations

Begin your organization overhaul from the ground up with a revamped closet from Beyond Storage, a St. Louis area custom closet and storage design company. Beyond Storage designs, manufactures and installs closet and organizational systems according to your individual specifications. With a variety of finishes and hardware to choose from, and the ability to add options such as drawers, hampers, sliding jewelry trays—even watch winders and pull-out mirrors—there is a solution for every closet conundrum. Once you conquer your closet, Beyond Storage can also help you organize your laundry room, garage, pantry or home office (2033 Concourse Dr., Creve Coeur, 314.997.0150).

2. Wardrobe Overhaul

“Getting organized is one thing, however staying organized is another,” says Ola Hawatmeh, founder of MomMeMakeover—a local company that specializes in helping working women and men better their lives through image consulting and life coaching. To organize their closets, Hawatmeh shows her clients how to assess what they should keep and what they can spare to lose. “I then show them how to make better use of their wardrobe by using accessories to mix and match with what they already have,” Hawatmeh says. “My clients learn to spend less, use what they have and only buy what they need.” (314.456.3936, mommemakeover .com).

3. Storage Solutions

With all the money you’ll be saving by not buying clothes you don’t need, you can invest in some organizational accessories that make the clothes you do have easier to locate. After all, if it’s not easy, you won’t stick with it. We like Martha Stewart Collection’s new Closet Shop line ($9.99-$29.99) available exclusively at Macy’s. Collapsible storage boxes, over-the-door shoe pockets, pop-up hampers and streamlined hangers make a big organizational impact while taking up minimal space. Now when that must-have dress finally goes on sale, you’ll actually have a place to hang it (Macy’s, 1550 Saint Louis Galleria, Richmond Heights, 314.726.1810).



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shoe stats


Pairs of shoes the average american woman owns


Percentage who own 30 pairs or more


Number of pairs she wears regularly

23 Percentage of women who get a pedicure monthly

70 percentage of women who insist on trying on shoes before buying


Percentage of women who prefer to purchase shoes online

Top photo courtesy of Beyond Storage; Bottom photo courtesy of Macy’s; Statistics courtesy of Consumer Reports National Research Center.



Jane Says A conversation with Jane Seymour. By Jill Manoff | Photo by Charles Bush With a career that spans more than twenty years, actress, writer, producer and designer Jane Seymour opens up about life’s ups and downs, becoming a comedian and sharing her personal artwork with St. Louis this month.

jill manoff: Tell me about your artwork. Jane seymour: Whereas some artists do a lot

of the same thing, I do a variety of artwork. Sometimes people come to my shows and they ask which pieces are mine; when they’re told it’s all my work, they’re in shock. At the Wentworth Gallery, there will be everything from classic watercolors to vibrant oil paintings—very impressionist pieces, then I have a series of single flowers that some compare to Georgia O’Keeffe’s work, some landscapes and then—of course—the whole Open Hearts collection, which is inspired by my jewelry. JM: What inspires your paintings? JS: I started painting 18 years ago when I was

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open hearts

going through a terrible crisis in my life. I had lost all of my homes, my money, my marriage, everything. I was beyond bankrupt and sued by every major bank and the FDIC; it was about as bad as it gets—so that’s why I really understand what people are going through right now. My mother always told me to go out and do something to help somebody else when life seems insurmountable. I was at a fundraiser for a child abuse charity I worked with called Child Help; there was a silent auction that I bid on for an artist to come to my home and do a drawing of my children. He saw the finger paintings that I’d done with my kids and thought they were very good; he offered to give me a couple of free lessons—so that’s how I started. It became a healing for me. I really process a lot of feelings through my art. So, that’s why my art is so personal. JM: How did your jewelry collection come about? JS: I was going through a really tough time about a year-and-a-half ago when my mom was very sick. I decided to make myself a single diamond pendant to wear just to remind myself to keep my heart open, as that was always my mom’s advice to me. I was just randomly wearing it one night at a dinner and two of the people at my table were very curious about my necklace. It turned out they were with Kay Jewelers. The Open Hearts design actually came from a sketch I did on the back of a napkin in a fast food restaurant! I am always thinking up new concepts and ideas; I usually carry a sketchbook.

On March 27 (7pm-9pm) and March 28 (5pm8pm), Jane Seymour will appear at the Wentworth Gallery to present her “Jane Seymour: A One Woman Show” art exhibition, which will include original oils, acrylic and watercolor paintings, as well as limited-edition artwork—all available for purchase (West County Center; for more information, call 314.821.8884).



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JM: I know you also have a book titled Open Hearts. JS: It has a lot of my artwork in it and it also has writings—by me, by people I met on the Internet who told me their inspirational stories, by friends; it includes pieces by Shakespeare; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Kennedy; the Pope; Mother Teresa; Rudyard Kipling; Eckhart Tolle—different people talking about what it means to live life with an open heart. JM: What has been your favorite acting role? JS: Dr. Quinn basically saved my life. I had

declared bankruptcy and I told the networks that I was willing to do anything out there; I am

fully ready and available. The “anything” that turned up was this little movie called “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” They decided to make it into a series and signed me on for five years. It surprised everyone and lasted for seven years, and is still is shown in 98 countries around the world. JM: What was it like on the set of Wedding Crashers? JS: Hysterical. Vince Vaughn is really funny; Isla Fisher is hysterical; it was a wonderful experience and I’ve done a lot of comedy since then. In fact, now I’m mostly known for comedy. It’s like I have a whole new career now—it was Jane Seymour, the actress; now it’s Jane Seymour, the comedian. JM: Tell me about your experience on “Dancing with the Stars” (Season 4)? JS: It was one of those extraordinary experiences in my life that I will never forget. I remember how hard it was to do. I was beyond sore; I mean—nails falling off, blood everywhere, pulled muscles. I had to have injections in my ribcage because my ribs were so badly strained, all while going to therapy three times a week for back issues I had before the show started. But I loved it. JM: It seems like you never age; what’s your best beauty secret? JS: Jane Seymour Natural Advantage; I use it all the time. I have an alpha hydroxy for day and I use a retinol cream at night—and it works. That’s all I use; I use it every day and it makes a huge difference. I don’t do Botox, I don’t do facelifts, I don’t do dermabrasions or laser peels or any of that stuff. I don’t even have facials!


an intimate affair

Amy and Dave Moses pulled off a wedding in high style with a couple-only ceremony in the Bahamas and an elegant after-party with their closest friends and family members in their newly built St. Louis home. By Kristin Stefek Brashares | Photos by Liz Reiff Sloan

the party:

the couple : Amy Wood, 38,

The couple decorated their home with tropical flowers and encircled their pool with votive candles, cocktail tables, chaise lounges and white and champagnecolored linens with matching bows. A slideshow of wedding photos from the Bahamas played on a flat-screen television in the great room.

Esthetician/Homemaker, and Dave Moses, 52, Executive Vice President of Clayco Construction.

big day : May 21 ceremony, July 5 reception. the ceremony: The couple eloped—with a little planning—to the first-class One & Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, where they exchanged vows in a tropical garden with ancient ruins. They led up to the ceremony with breakfast in bed, massages, Swiss showers and spa sessions. A Tikitorch-lit dinner for two on the beach capped off the evening. the dress: Amy donned a beautifully beaded trumpet-style Kenneth Pool bridal gown from Saks Fifth Avenue at Plaza Frontenac for the ceremony. She slipped into a similarstyle, low-waist, silk-and-lace Sue Wong dress from the same store for the after-party.

the flowers: Floral centerpieces

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designed by The Flower Market for the after-party featured an array of hydrangeas, calla lilies, hypercium berries, orchids and roses.

the food: Butler’s Pantry served unforgetta-

ble after-party fare, including a beef tenderloin carving station with multi-topping mashed potatoes presented in martini glasses and an ice-sculpture seafood station featuring Alaskan crab legs, shrimp and oysters.



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the cake: Sugaree Baking Company whipped up a mouthwatering multi-layer cake with vanilla and chocolate layers topped with buttercream icing.


get ready for swimsuit season

Reduce the appearance of cellulite with SmoothShapes. By Natalie Kurz

For most women, the phrase “swimsuit season” is preceded by the word “dreaded.” Who wants to put their lumps, bumps and imperfections on display for the entire world—or at least, the entire pool area—to see? That’s where SmoothShapes comes in. It’s a new, painless laser treatment that’s FDAapproved to reduce the appearance of cellulite—music to the ears of the 85 percent of women who suffer from cottage-cheese thighs and dimple-butt. Based on six years of research to reduce cellulite, SmoothShapes uses laser and light energy, plus rollers and suction, to help liquefy and break up fat cells from stomachs, thighs—wherever!—without injections or pain. The 30-minute treatment really just feels like a deep tissue massage, with the similar side-effect of slightly sore muscles, akin to a strenuous workout. Smoother, tighter, less dimply skin can be seen in as little as two treatments, with optimal results appearing after about four bi-weekly treatments, with long-term results lasting as long as six months. Some patients even report losing up to one inch off each thigh after a single series of treatments—now that’s a reason to buy a new bikini. SmoothShapes is available exclusively at St. Louis Center for Preventive & Longevity Medicine, owned by Dr. Richard Bligh, who was recently featured as a “trailblazer in anti-aging medicine” in the national beauty magazine New Beauty. Dr. Bligh specializes in a wide range of treatments to help manage age from the inside out, including hormone replacement therapy, a neutraceutical program, liquid face lifts (done with injectables), ProFraxel, Thermage, Botox, microdermabrasion and more. For more info on SmoothShapes and other treatments Dr. Bligh offers, call 314.994.1536 (777 S. New Ballas Rd., Ste. 200E, Town and Country,

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A True Spa, which opened in July ’08 in Chesterfield, is exactly what its moniker implies. A tranquil destination for those seeking a little R&R, pampering or luxurious products for your skin, this spot features facials, manicures and massages, as well as something for the boys—clear complexion men’s facial—and teen treatments like a thirty-minute make-up consultation. A True Spa also offers spray tanning, great for those special occasions (116 Chesterfield Commons East Rd., Clocktower Plaza, Chesterfield, 636.537.3227).

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shop talk Eye Spy Selling such of-the-moment eyewear brands as Sama, Badgley Mischka, Oliver Peoples and Gold & Wood, The Eye Bar recently set up shop in the Central West End. Whether you’re in the market for sunglasses or eyeglasses, you’re guaranteed to walk out with fabulous designer, doctorapproved frames (401 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1848).

Like a Circus Featuring more than 20 senior student design collections, all pre-approved by industry professionals, this year’s Stephen’s College Fashion Show—with a theme of “Avant Cirque”—will be held on April 18 in the school’s Davis Art Gallery. For tickets and more information, go to A Mighty Wendy Sonic Youth and the White Stripes love her guitar straps; the Beastie Boys wear her tees; Sofia Coppola, Parker Posey and a slew of stylish celebs sport her ready-to-wear line, which is now available at Byrd Style Lounge. Shop Built by Wendy, the simply-tailored, Americana-inspired label by indie designer Wendy Mullin (Clayton, 314.721.0766).



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summer shades Go incognito with two new collections from Sama. By Jill Manoff For ten years, elegant designs,

exclusive materials and revolutionary technology have kept Sama Eyewear at the forefront of the eyewear industry. So, to celebrate a decade of success, Sama Eyewear founder and designer Sheila Vance recently introduced two new sunwear collections—Incognito and Sahara. Perfect for the off-duty celebrity, the Incognito line features darker lenses and thicker, more opaque-colored frames and includes multiple men’s and women’s designs. And, as seen for the first time on a Sama Eyewear design, each incorporates a signature brand emblem—a three-dimensional pyramid in silver or gold. The Sahara collection, inspired by Vance’s recent, “magical” trip to Egypt, is based on ancient iconic Egyptian jewelry. Incorporating intricate details, each of the six styles is named after a mythical goddess. So shop the latest by Sama, but be forewarned: the fashionable frames already have a reputation for triggering style envy and unpredictable urges to sing “Walk Like an Egyptian” (Destination: Sama, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.0214).

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bootie call Studded, leather and Gucci-inspired, it doesn’t get much better than the Studette boot by Bakers. This spring, complete the look by pairing with folkloric-print dresses, shearling vests, fringed handbags and all things hippie-chic (Bakers, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.6155).

Top photo courtesy of Destination: Sama; Bottom photo courtesy of Bakers.

Love at First Site Described as “comfortable clothes that make you feel happy and sexy” the Boy Meets Girl line—loved by such celebs as Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson and Lindsay Lohan—is now available at Blush. Shop the easy, chic tees, tanks, dresses and more (Kirkwood, 314.965.4411).


Mavrik Fine Jewelry in Kirkwood offers custom diamond rings. at can’t-beat prices .

savvy custom diamond shopping

[ How To ]

By Jill Manoff You’ve coveted your friend’s customized rock and have fantasized about your own dream

ring—a designed-by-you stunner you figured your significant other could never afford. You were mistaken. At Mavrik Jewelry, the specialty is beautiful, custom diamond jewelry that fits any budget. The philosophy at Mavrik, a store whose name is Hebrew for “brilliant,” is this: Your jewelry should be as beautiful and unique as the love you share. So, owner Igal Alon scours the globe to find hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind pieces of the highest quality. His extensive selection of dazzling loose diamonds is evidence of his background. From one of the largest diamond-cutting families in the business, Igal has unparalleled access to the

world’s finest gems. As a direct importer, Igal can sell his jewelry at prices substantially below that of the competition—making him the go-to guy for custom rings for many delighted St. Louis brides-to-be. If custom is what you’re seeking but this economy has you looking for bargains, head to Mavrik and let Igal either assist you in choosing from his collection of classic or contemporary settings—or use your ideas to create a piece of dream jewelry that is all your own. Either way, you can shop confidently knowing that—finally—you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at a price you can afford. Brilliant! (200 S. Kirkwood Rd., #104; Kirkwood; 314.909.6818)

Whether you’re preparing to buy a diamond this year or dreaming of a custom-designed engagement ring that you just can’t wait to show off, everyone could use a little expert shopping advice. Igal Alon, owner of Mavrik Jewelry in Kirkwood, reveals three insider tips on picking your perfect stone. 1. Understand that quality equals value. Remember that diamond prices are always based on cut, color, clarity and carat weight. If you stumble upon a one-carat stone that is being sold at an outrageously low price, one of the other “four C’s” is likely far less than stellar. 2. Learn about cut and polish. An excellent cut combined with a high-quality polish gives a diamond ample “sparkle.” If there is little light refraction, chances are the diamond’s facets are not smooth and there are polishing imperfections.

hot picks: custom creations Three one-of-a-kind designs by Mavrik Jewelry.

3. Insist on examining several stones side by side. Because no two diamonds are alike, you can train your eye to spot differences in quality simply by comparing multiple stones of the same shape side by side. Alyssa Engagement Ring 3 carat cushion-cut center stone with an 18k white gold mounting.



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Mavrik Euro Shanke Ring 2 carat round center diamond lined with diamonds on both sides and set in 14k white gold.

Miss Anne’s Engagement Ring 2 carat cushion-cut center diamond surrounded by diamonds, with dual bands of diamond-studded platinum.

Top photo by Jerry Tovo; Bottom photos courtesy of Mavrik Fine Jewelry.

St. Louis jeweler offers custom diamond design without breaking the bank.

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americansinparis Eclectic, feminine and rich in prim accessories, spring fashion references the forties and the joy of dressing up. Photographed by Steve Garnett Styled by Jill Manoff Models: Molly Gunn and Jordan Montgomery for Mother Model Management Makeup by Bob Pitts, the Hair by Denise Gurganus, the

On Molly: Tulle blazer and skirt and LiaMolly sweater available at Blush, Kirkwood, 314.965.4411. Vintage handbag available at Retro 101, Benton Park, 314.776.3739. Bakers heels available at Bakers, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.6155. Hat available at Levine Hat Company, Downtown, 314.231.3359. Bangles available at Dillard’s, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.8363. On Jordan: French Connection dress; Walter blouse; Vince Camuto heels; Fossil belt; Echo pin and bangles available at Dillard’s, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.8363. Vintage handbag and suitcase available at TFA The Future Antiques, Tower Grove, 314.865.1552. Jennifer Ouellette hat available at Luggage available at Retro 101, Benton Park, 314.776.3739.

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On Jordan: Plastic Island dress; BCBGeneration blouse; Vince Camuto heels and Cynthia Steffe blouse (as belt) available at Dillard’s, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.8363. Vintage handbag available at TFA The Future Antiques, Tower Grove, 314.865.1552. Vintage hat and hatbox available at Retro 101, Benton Park, 314.776.3739.



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On Molly: Milly blouse and pants available at Susan Lynn’s, Town & Country, 314.530.7337. Bakers heels available at Bakers, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.6155. MICHAEL Michael Kors handbag and bangles available at Macy’s, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.726.1810. Jennifer Ouellette hat available at

On Molly: Cynthia Steffe vest, shorts and blouse and Prada heels available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. American Rag men’s shirt (as belt) available at Macy’s, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.567.9811. Vintage hat and handbag available at Retro 101, Benton Park, 314.776.3739. Alexis Bittar lucite bangles available at Susan Lynn’s, Town & Country, 314.530.7337. Bangles available at Dillard’s, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.8363. Amsterdam Classic 3i Electrabike available at Big Shark Bicycle Co., The Loop, 314.862.1188.

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On Molly: Hanii Y blazer and McQ Alexander McQueen skirt available at Valerie Mills, Clayton, 314.727.4545. Vintage hat available at Retro 101, Benton Park, 314.776.3739.



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On Jordan: Yoana Baraschi dress and gold bangle available at Lusso, Clayton, 314.725.7205. Bakers heels available at Bakers, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.6155. Jennifer Ouellette hat available at Bangles, stylist’s own. Hat box and train case available at Retro 101, Benton Park, 314.776.3739. Suitcases available at TFA The Future Antiques, Tower Grove, 314.865.1552.

On Molly: Tory Burch suit and blouse; Bottega Veneta handbag available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. Jennifer Ouellette hat available at

On Jordan: Nanette Lepore skirt suit and blouse; Prada handbag and bracelet available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. Headband available at Lusso, Clayton, 314.725.7205. Hat boxes available at Retro 101, Benton Park, 314.776.3739.

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On Molly: Tulle blouse and skirt available at Paperdolls, Kirkwood, 314.965.3655. Fossil belt and Jessica Simpson heels available at Macy’s, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.726.1810. Jennifer Ouellette hat available at On Jordan: Rampage blouse, skirt and vest; and earrings available at Macy’s, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.726.1810. Vivienne Tam dress (as belt) available at Valerie Mills, Clayton, 314.727.4545. Bakers heels available at Bakers, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.6155. Hat available at Levine Hat Company, Downtown, 314.231.3359. Luggage available at TFA The Future Antiques, Tower Grove, 314.865.1552.



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Hair and makeup by Studio 703 Salon, Chesterfield, 636.536.6770, Assistants: Kris Cunningham, Moira Dorsey, Michael Shead, Autumn Sij and Katie Stephens. Shot on location at St. Louis Union Station Marriott ( Special thanks to Katie Johnson, Jeffrey Bryson and Lisa Roedersheimer. Flowers (p.51) provided by Walter Knoll Florist, 2765 LaSalle St., Downtown, 314.633.8812, Special thanks to Di Anderson.

behind the seams Fashion Designer and “Project Runway” alum Jerell Scott on inspirations, reality TV and showing at Saint Louis Fashion Week. By Jill Manoff photograph by Michael Dar Best known as the third runner-up on “Project Runway”’s Season 5, Jerell Scott is already a success in the world of fashion design. Showing a collection at New York Fashion Week, opening his own boutique (Jane Doe John Doe in the heart of Los Angeles) and remaining a likable favorite for his duration on a fashion-based reality show are just a few of the fabulous accomplishments he can report on his résumé. In addition, he can soon add Project: Design! judge. No stranger to design competitions, the tables will turn at Saint Louis Fashion Week on March 25 when Jerell will send five hopeful contestants back to their drawing boards until next season. But, known as the lighthearted contestant who provided assistance to his opponents, we’re betting his words of dismissal will be much more consoling than “Auf Wiedersehen!”

Jill Manoff: What’s your first memory of


Jerell Scott: It’s actually kind of a funny

story. I was like six years old, and I was playing with my sister and her dolls and we were playing awards show. I was looking at the doll’s dress and thinking, “Oh my gosh, this needs to be fancier,” so I got one of my dad’s tube socks and I cut the bottom off to make a dress with a train. That was the first kind of fashion-y thing I ever did.

JM: Have you always been so fashionable? JS: I think I was always really an individual. I

always did my own thing. At any time in my life, had you asked, I probably would have described myself as being very fashionable, but in retrospect, there were some questionable things. I think when you take risks in fashion and you dare to be different, you’re bound to stumble at times. I remember this whole bleached corduroy phase; very questionable.

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JS: I’m a huge fan of very opulent, ornate stuff, which you can probably tell from my work. So I really love Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood…people who aren’t afraid to really push it and do something different; who like the more opulent, the more regal; who are good at making unexpected things that look expensive. I’m into the show of it all, you know? The fantasy of it.

JM: Do you look to clothes for expression? JS: I have a lot to say, and I definitely see de-

JM: What sort of fashion design training did you have? JS: I’m self-taught. I’ve always been a very creative person. I’m very good at visual things—I can do interior design, I’ve done landscaping, I’ve done set design, hair, makeup, all sorts of stuff like that. But I used to model, and that was what actually led me to this career. I was living in New York and getting opportunities to go to all of these really great parties, but a brother did not have the money to go and spend on the cool clothes—so I had to teach myself how to work them out.

JM: Describe your experience on “Project Runway.” JS: It was the absolute most fun and hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. It was really difficult because there is no time for self-doubt. Plus, you’re competing; you’re constantly being filmed; you know the world is going to see your every move, so there’s that pressure—at one point, while working on my collection, I was like, “Damn! Anna Wintour’s going to see this!” We slept between four and six hours a night; the longest work day we had was 36 hours. The further you go in the competition, the more sleep deprived

signing as a means of expression. I consider my clothes wearable art. I feel really privileged to have found what my passion is so early in life, because I think so many people go through life just doing what they have to do and they never really get a chance to explore what it is that really makes them happy.

“When given the opportunity, you better rise to the occasion, or get out of the way.”

you become. It’s extremely demanding, and people don’t really get that when they just watch the show because they’re getting it in their one-hour, bite-size pieces. It’s so easy to sit at home and question or criticize, but—all I can say is—when you’re in it, it’s ridiculous. Nobody works like that in real life. Then again, when given the opportunity, you better rise to the occasion, or get out of the way. JM: Were you heartbroken that you didn’t make it to the top three? JS: First off, it’s a show. People say I was cheated or whatever, but I don’t really look at it that way. I loved my wedding dress [Jerell was eliminated after the Wedding Dress Challenge] and, if it wasn’t to the liking of the judges, what can I really do? I think, for all of us on the show, it got to the point where we just wanted to be true to who we were. You can’t compromise yourself to appease anybody. If it’s not a true representation of who you are, there’s really no worth in it. Each week that I stayed on meant that I had more time to show the world what I can do.

JM: Are you still friends with the other contestants? JS: Yes! I just opened a store here in Los Angeles called Jane Doe John Doe; I really wanted a place that would bridge the gap between the designers, who have no marketing experience, and the consumer. I carry my line, I’ve got Korto’s line, I’ve got Leanne’s line, I’ve got Stella’s line, I’ve got Emily’s line, plus there’s a host of new designers that have yet to be discovered by the world. JM: So you’ve been busy since the show? JS: It’s been crazy! I feel so blessed and privi-

leged to have been given this opportunity. I just want to use it. I’m really excited to be showing at Saint Louis Fashion Week because it’s given me great reason to create some extraordinary clothes. I am all about the drama of it all, which you will see when I deliver my delicious collection. I’m going to kill it! JM: Where do you see your line in five years? JS: My ultimate plan is global domination. What

I love is to create gorgeous, opulent, museumquality garments. That’s what I’m about. I’m not as much into the ready-to-wear, but in the next 5 years, it would be good to have kind of a lower-end line because, honestly, that’s where the money is. But what’s important is that I’m still doing what I love and that I’m happy. JM: As judge of Saint Louis Fashion Week’s Bakers Project: Design! competition, do you have any advice for the contestants? JS: Just express who you are as a designer. I am all about the individual, and you can tell when someone is trying to do what someone else has done. We are all inspired by other people, but I personally do not want to see blatant knockoffs of other people’s work. Just be original and have fun—and may the best designer win! On March 25, “Project Runway” alum Jerell Scott will debut his Fall/Winter ’09/’10 collection on the Saint Louis Fashion Week runway and judge the Bakers Project: Design! competition. For more information, go to

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Ready, Set,


15 Solutions to Spruce up Your Space By Natalie Kurz

can make a big impact on the look and feel of your home. With this list of trends, tips and top-notch experts for tackling your residential reinvention (with ideas for improving everything from your floors to your doors to your garage), re-creating your ideal home has never been simpler.

Photo for Number 7 courtesy of Beyond Storage.

Stop dreaming of your dream home and make it a reality by transforming your current abode into the home you’ve always wished for—and it won’t require tearing down your walls to the studs or taking out a second mortgage to afford it. When approached correctly, even the simplest changes



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Get Floored

With the huge range of flooring available now—ranging from inexpensive, but realistic-looking laminate to gorgeous, long-lasting hardwood—no one should have to put up with shag carpet. There’s a flooring solution out there for every taste and budget. While always the top choice for homeowners, wood floors are seeing a trend toward wider, more distressed planks and exotic woods like Brazilian cherry, mahogany, teak and walnut, as opposed to plain maple or oak. And if you can’t decide, that’s okay too—mixing woods from room to room or by creating borders is also increasingly popular. For those looking to shake things up a bit, there’s been a big surge in large ceramic tile (especially in bathrooms), stained concrete (great for the loft look), travertine (adds instant elegance) and green flooring options like cork and bamboo.



Fun With Fabric

Take any room from bland to bold by just adding some inviting fabric to windows, floors and furniture. Custom curtains transform sterile shades into a welcoming window, while the right accent rug can perk up a hall, great room or bedroom. Throw rugs are also a great way to tie rooms together or highlight a piece of furniture—a dining room table looks awfully lonely without an oversized rug beneath it. Add a few bright, contrasting throw pillows and watch as your space goes from sparse to spectacular.


The Great Wall

One of the simplest, least-expensive ways to liven up a room is to infuse the walls with new color or an innovative accent. Color palettes are tilting toward very vibrant, versatile hues inspired by everyday life—think spices, flowers, water, the Far East. And if you just want to add a splash of interest, paint one accent wall of a room to create an instant focal point. You can also add texture to walls by using special textured paint or having them re-plastered. For a dramatic redo, try wallpaper—but not the kind with the oversized flowers or farm animals. Today’s wallpaper is pure high-end design with metallic textures, modern patterns and elegant designs. Cover a whole wall, install it above a chair rail or even run a border. For something really dramatic, commission original wall art in the form of a mural or typography, which are both increasingly popping up in celebrity homes.

When Old is New Again Furniture restoration is a resourceful way to breathe new life back into outdated, damaged or just plain ugly pieces— it’s not only cheaper than replacing perfectly good furniture, but it reduces environmental waste as well. Most furniture restoration places can reupholster chairs and sofas, refinish and repair wood furniture (including grandma’s old armoire) and even design and build custom pieces to your specifications. Just imagine digging your dingy dining room set again…


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Go Green

There are more ways than ever to make your dwelling more eco-friendly, from the floor to the roof—literally. Green flooring options are hugely popular, with bamboo, cork and reclaimed wood topping the list of materials. And solar, reflective or PV roofs (which create and store carbon-free energy for home use) are not only better for the environment, but they can drastically reduce your energy costs. From quick fixes like insulating hot water pipes or hanging a clothesline (to reduce energy consumption) to larger projects like installing a skylight or energy-efficient ceiling fan, greenifying your home will make a difference in the energy cost for both you and the environment.

Want to add more functional space to your home without paying the hefty price tag of a full addition? All you need is a garage—at least, a well-organized one. Garage customization is a cost-effective way to increase usable space by creating a work area for home improvement projects, installing cabinets for more efficient storage and redoing floors for easier maintenance and cleanup. You can tailor cabinets, storage solutions, work benches and more to your exact specifications, so there isn’t any wasted space or wasted money.


Closet Clean-Up

One of the top complaints of homeowners? Not enough closet space. But what they really mean is poorly organized closets—the right closet configuration can dramatically increase its usable space, translating to less stuff without a place to go. If there’s a more efficient way to use your closet space—whether it’s a pantry, office, kid’s room, bedroom walk-in or utility closet—companies that specialize in closet customization will find it using every imaginable combination of baskets, cubbies, shelves, drawers, hooks, trays and pull-outs.

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That’s Entertainment

Recliners with built-in fridges and more cup holders than a full-size SUV, jumbo flat-screens, pool tables and video games galore—adults are getting their dose of fun by creating personalized game rooms so enticing they could charge admission. Make your home the hangout du jour with oldschool arcade games, a pimped-out stereo system, virtual golf, billiards, a jukebox and more. Keg-erator optional.


The Great Outdoors

Whether you want a peaceful oasis or the perfect pool patio, investing in the outdoors offers an endless return on your investment. For big impact, pools, hot tubs and water features can’t be beat for backyard improvements, while repaved stone walkways, decks, privacy fences and new outdoor furniture offer easy updates for exteriors.

Entry Enhancements

Doors and windows do more than protect and insulate your home—they add brightness, warmth and character too. While dual-pane windows offer superior insulation (and can help reduce heating and cooling costs), many purists prefer to refinish and re-glaze older windows to preserve their historical beauty. Floor-to-ceiling windows are a huge trend now, as they add tons of natural light and ambiance to a room. A new front door can change the entire look of your home, adding a splash of color, embellishment or classicism to its appearance.

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Cabinet Members

With as much time as we spend in our bathrooms and kitchens, it’s frustrating when they look outdated and old. Replacing or refinishing bathroom or kitchen cabinets is not only an affordable way to modernize the space, but it increases the value of your home. For current trends, look to rich colors like cherry, ebony and mahogany, while heavy carvings and elaborate moldings are moving over for more sleek finishes and trim. Storage customization is also a must when redoing cabinets, with pull-out drawers, built-in spice racks and display space shelves or glass-paneled doors.

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There’s no need to redo an entire kitchen to update the look—just replacing the counters can make a stale kitchen feel brand new. Now considered the standard of every modern kitchen, granite countertops are even getting a makeover with bolder colors and more exotic pattern options. Other exotic natural stones, including soapstone, slate or onyx, are becoming increasingly popular because they offer the durability of granite with a more contemporary look. For a more industrial feel, some kitchen rehabbers are turning to stainless steel or poured concrete counters, which offer superior durability and a modern aesthetic.

Quick Fixture Fixes

Design is in the details, so don’t overlook the effect that new hardware, faucets, appliances or fixtures can make. Trends tend toward the completely modern (with brushed nickel, wall-mounted faucets and commercial-grade stainless steel appliances) or original period details (with ornate dresser sinks, antiqued bronze and retro-colored appliances). Regardless of which design route you take, home owners are hankering for modern convenience with hand-help sprayers, dual rain showerheads and high-performance appliances with all the bells and whistles.

The Light Way

Add an instant update to any room in minutes by simply swapping out the light fixture. The most popular options now are sleek, colorful and sometimes whimsical, with a focus on recessed lighting, hanging pendant lights and three-light chandeliers. People are more focused on kitchen lighting as well, adding unique under-cabinet illumination for more precise task lighting. Of course, energy-efficient bulbs are always a wise investment.


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Increasing Curb Appeal

First impressions speak volumes, so it’s imperative that the outside of your home fits your personality as much as the inside. People underestimate the impact that tuckpointing and brick work can do for the overall appearance of a house, especially older homes in more historic neighborhoods. Adding points of interest, like a stone walkway, retaining wall or custom outdoor lighting can also add instant curb appeal while improving functionality.

Photo for Number 9 courtesy of Amini’s; Photo for Number 14 courtesy of Metro Lighting.


renovating resource Your guide to St. Louis’ best business for revamping your home. Floors:

Ambassador Floor, Chesterfield, 636.728.1600 Mid-West Floor Company, Brentwood, 314.647.6060; Chesterfield, 636.391.6800,


Closet Factory, Brentwood, 314.961.4300, St. Louis Closet Company, 2626 S. Big Bend, Maplewood, MO 63143,

Entertainment Room:

Amini’s Home, Rugs & Game Room, Chesterfield, 636.537.9200,


Amini’s Home, Rugs & Game Room, Chesterfield, 636.537.9200, Baker Pool, Chesterfield, 636.532.3133, Chesterfield Fence & Deck, Chesterfield, 636.532.4054,

The Great Cover Up, Ladue, 314.447.0771,

Europa Rock, Chesterfield, 636.532.9292,

Lulu Belles, Ladue, 314.991.0020,


Furniture Restoration:

Thomas Construction, Bridgeton, 314.739.1111,

Custom Furniture Works, Maplewood, 314.644.0460,

Window World, Maryland Heights, 314.993.1800,

Gomez Upholstery, South City, 314.832.8331,


Graniterra, South City, 314.533.3366,

Going Green:

Marble & Granite Worldwide, Des Peres, 314.966.4747,

Kirberg Company, Soulard, 314.534.4444,

Cabinets: Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry, Maryland Heights, 314.994.7111,

Grass Elements, Central West End, 314.494.1816,

Curtains/Textiles/Rugs: Amini’s Home, Rugs & Game Room, Chesterfield, 636.537.9200, aminis. com Edwin Pepper Interiors, Clayton, 314.862.6330, Lulu Belles, Ladue, 314.991.0020,


Garage Designs of St. Louis, Inc., Ellisville, 314.308.7780, Premier Garage, Chesterfield, 636.728.0333,


Beyond Storage, Creve Coeur, 314.997.0150,

The Design Source Ltd., Ballwin, 636.391.7640,

Curb Appeal:

Kirchner Block & Brick, Bridgeton, 314.291.3200, Mitchell Lighting, 314.567.4444,


Cutters Custom Kitchens & Baths, Des Peres, 314.965.5700, RSI Kitchen & Bath, Rock Hill, 314.961.2000,


Jaffe Lighting, Des Peres, 314.965.1000, Metro Lighting, multiple locations,

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1_metro lighting The Tureen from Emerson puts a spin on the outdated ceiling fan, making it a fashion-forward and functional design piece. Control temperatures and energy costs while making a bold décor statement. Suitable for indoor and covered outdoor areas. Available at Metro Lighting ($550).



2_ATOM Yellow and gold tones are hot in spring home décor, and at Atom, you can stock up on furniture, accessories and textiles in these sunlit hues. This modern, textural wool rug from Cigar Collection comes in many sizes and colors; Atom owner Wendy Noory recommends it in this juicy, lemon shade.

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513 OLIVE ST. _ 314.621.4141 ATOM-DESIGNS.COM

3_AMBASSADOR FLOOR COMPANY Beckett Chair in a rich black leather. Size is 24W x 36D x 38 High, finish in a Wenge finish. For the Home, the newest division to Ambassador Floor Company in the Chesterfield valley is now open to the public. We offer home furnishings, accessories, accents and area rugs as well as the largest flooring selection in the metro area. 17770 Chesterfield Airport Rd. _ 636.728.1600


4_Expressions Custom Furniture Expressions Furniture’s distressed grey leather sofa with polished silver nail heads—so cool it’s hot! Using a cool neutral such as this grey leather and popping in hot accent colors of yellow is one of the newest design trends. Ask about our Complimentary In Home Design Service. We can help you with one room or the whole house! 7817 Clayton Rd _ 314.567.6200



Susan Block’s unique store offers a treasure trove of fabulous accessories for you and your home: Candles with sophisticated scents, luscious pillows perched on that perfect couch, occasional furniture, lamps for that allabout-me look, designer jewelry and more.



6_Gomez Upholstery Gomez Upholstery can reupholster your heirloom furniture to look like new, just as they did with this beautiful crimson red sofa. Gomez also offers the most fashionable fabrics from the hottest designers at 50% off. Call or stop by for a consultation today; they’re open MondaySaturday. 6487 Chippewa St. _ 314.832.8331

7_CASTLE DESIGN Accomplished designer and architect Emily Castle, ASID, stays ahead of the curve when it comes to interior design. Here, Castle showcases a top trend in home décor by placing wallpaper on a focal wall above the fireplace to draw the eye away from the TV and infuse color and texture into the space.



7707 CLAYTON RD. _ 314.727.6622




JOE FREDLICH DÉCOR INTERIORS & JEWELRY 13476 Olive St. Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017 Corner of Olive & Hwy 141 314.434.4022 •

Décor Interiors & Jewelry is located in Chesterfield, MO and has been selling beautiful items for 80 years. Joe has been a vital part of the family business since 1983.


A: 18KT white gold Siera mounting containing 0.88ctw with 162 round diamonds with a 1.00ct round diamond.


What makes Décor unique in the jewelry business? A: We do whatever it takes to find the most exotic pieces of jewelry available. I travel worldwide looking for one of-a-kind pieces that are unusual in style to satisfy the desire of each customer. I see to it that every customer receives the best price, service and product that is perfect for their individual taste. Q: What do you like about owning a business in St. Louis? A: My grandfather opened this business in 1927, and we have since established a well-known family name here. St. Louis is a city where everyone stays connected. My staff and I have been together for years. We are familiar with our customers– we know everything about them from their children’s names to their favorite colors. Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job? A: Putting good value on a customer’s hand. Look at our customers, they are getting engaged! They are ecstatic and can’t stop smiling when they come in the store. It’s fun to share that experience with them and give them the service they deserve. If you are the jeweler that sells them their wedding rings, you’ll be their jeweler for life.


C: 18KT white gold Siera mounting containing 0.78ctw with 198 round diamonds with a 3.00ct round diamond.




A: 18KT white gold Siera mounting containing 1.14ctw with 258 round diamonds with a 4.00ct princess cut diamond. B: 18KT white gold Siera mounting containing 0.98ctw with 248 round diamonds with a 5.00ct fancy yellow radiant cut diamond. C: 18KT white gold Siera mounting containing 1.17ctw with 282 round diamonds with a 8.51ct fancy yellow cushion cut diamond.


Q: What advice do you have for ALIVE readers who are diamond shopping for that special someone? A: Make sure you know what is important to them – some girls dream about a one-carat diamond, while others dream about a 10-carat diamond. At Décor, we carry everything anyone could possibly dream of – whether the interest lies in size, quality or budget. Q: What are some great gift ideas for upcoming occasions? A: Diamond studs, tennis bracelets and diamond hoops, of course. Or, try one of our cutting edge designer lines with fashionable rose gold, fancy yellow diamonds and black diamond jewelry.

B: 18KT white gold Siera mounting containing 1.06ctw with 176 round diamonds with a 2.00ct round diamond.

A: 18KT white gold Siera mounting containing 1.28ctw with 330 round diamonds with a 2.50ct round diamond.


B: 18KT white gold Siera mounting containing 1.01ctw with 210 round diamonds with a 3.25ct round diamond.




C: 18KT white gold Siera mounting containing 1.34ctw with 316 round diamonds with a 1.50ct round diamond.


wedding planner A comprehensive guide to St. Louis’ top bridal venues, caterers, cakes, photographers and everything you need to plan a spectacular wedding this spring.

Photo courtesy of Mavrik Fine Jewelry.


Two outside-the-box St. Louis weddings. Alyssa Engagement Ring 3 carat cushion-cut center stone, with an 18k white gold mounting available at Mavrik Fine Jewelry.

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tradition with a twist Two St. Louis couples design their own outside-the-box big days. By Jennifer Dulin Wiley

lindsey& jack Photos by Steve Seebeck

The Bride: Lindsey Schwartz, 30, Yoga Instructor/Public

Relations Specialist

The Groom: Jack Terry, 32, Attorney

A priest standing under a chuppah or a rabbi reciting the Lord’s Prayer are hardly the sights of a conventional ceremony, but they were the very events that made Lindsey and Jack Terry’s wedding truly their own. Intent on creating a stunning multi-denominational affair and with the help of Cosmopolitan Events, the couple performed such Jewish rituals as the signing of the Ketuveh and the breaking of the glass directly alongside the Christian rites of exchanging vows and rings. Holding the ceremony and reception at a single site (The Rialto Ballroom) helped them achieve a second important union—an elegant fusion of modern and romantic tastes. Guests of the June 7 affair entered the space to find a stunning antique crystal chandelier (brought in specially for the bride and groom) set against modern, clean-lined lounge furniture. All enjoyed the celebratory atmosphere of the indoor-outdoor setting, which played host to the famous Horah dance and ended with a duet performance of “Sunrise, Sunset” by the bride and grooms’ fathers.

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Timeless Tradition

The bride found a beautiful antique tapestry to hang atop the chuppah during the ceremony. Here Comes the Bride

The couple’s adorable golden retriever, Hanna, precessed down the aisle just before Lindsey with a sign announcing “Here Comes the Bride.” Modern Romance

The couple transformed The Rialto Ballroom—an urban loft-inspired venue that appealed to Jack’s more modern tastes—by incorporating a few classic elements (white wash, candles and light-pink roses) that achieved the more intimate, romantic ambiance Lindsey desired. guest book with a Twist

Guests partook in a modern version of the traditional guestbook, which asked them to draw pictures of themselves and offer newlywed advice or other fun-filled anecdotes. Personal Touch

Tin Can (the place where they first met), 4/26 (the date of their engagement) and 7351 (the address of their old house) were just a few of the creative table names the couple used in lieu of traditional table numbers.



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susan& sandeep Photos by Brent Kuhlmann

The Bride: Susan Cohen, 28, Intensive Care Unit Nurse, Barnes-

Jewish Hospital

The Groom: Sandeep Hindupur, 29, Cardiology Fellow, Barnes-

Jewish Hospital

Susan and Sandeep Hindupur pulled off a wedding extravaganza that few people can claim. Not only did they plan two ceremonies over three days with five meals and separate themes, décor and attire, but they did it in exactly one year. On the morning of October 18—a mere 364 days after Sandeep proposed to Susan near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco (the locale of their first romantic getaway)—the two were anxiously preparing for what would be a 7am to 1am cross-cultural celebration of their union as husband and wife. A three-hour Hindu ceremony, conducted in Sanskrit amidst traditional Indian décor and a sacred fire of prayer, was the first of two nuptials witnessed by some 350 wedding guests at the Chase Park Plaza. While the bridal party had its photo op, guests were treated to a midday meal of both Indian and American cuisine before being ushered into the Khorrasan Ballroom for the civil ceremony. A lively reception, cast in the autumn-inspired colors of the second service, finished off the cross-cultural affair and integrated such American wedding traditions as the first dance and bouquet toss.

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Double Vision

Two separate invitations were sent out for the fabulous affair: one printed in India with vibrant colors and designs and one printed on traditional ivory paper with brown accents in a silk envelope. Bollywood Style

A pre-wedding party held in the Chase’s Lindell Ballroom kicked off the weekend of festivities with traditional Indian Bahangra dancers and henna artists, who adorned the bridesmaids and other female guests with the ancient art form. Majestic Entrance

True to custom, the groom entered the Hindu ceremony atop a white horse, surrounded by cheering guests who danced to the sounds of a dhol (an Indian drum). Dressed to Impress

The bride pulled off two distinct looks fit for each ceremony, starting with a stunning red and gold sari, traditional Indian bangles and henna designs on her hands, arms and feet. The civil ceremony saw her in an ivory and gold Pronovias gown with a sweetheart neckline. Cultural Flair

The colorful draped fabric, beaded pillows, statues and flower garlands that adorned the Hindu ceremony were brought in straight from Natasha Décor, as was the traditional Indian attire worn by the bridal party and the majority of guests who stayed at the Chase.



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planning wedding planners

St. Louis Wedding Consultants 636.236.9359 •

Alred Wedding Consultants 39 Kensington Place Ct. • St. Charles • 636.922.4778 •

Services range from colorful and vibrant flower arrangements to elegant and intimate wedding invitations, each displaying the bride and groom’s personal taste with detailed perfection.

A two-time Louie Award winner for Best Wedding, Shelli Alred’s broad industry experience allows her to offer a wide range of services for the traditional, modern or eclectic bride and groom.

Bride’s Vision 521 Scott Ave. • Kirkwood • 314.580.2381 • Ellen Gutierrez’ company truly takes care of everything: budget planning, out-of-town guest accommodations and even etiquette guidance.

Cosmopolitan Events 8132 Big Bend Blvd., Suite B • Webster Groves • 314.249.9107 • Whether you’re having a big or small wedding (and everything in between), the Cosmopolitan team and owner Josie Littlepage are ready to help with your full-service wedding needs.

Lucky You Productions 2218 Cherokee St. • Benton Park • 314.210.7764 • With the motto “No budget too small. No event too big,” Rachel McCalla and her team make wedded bliss a reality. And if having a green wedding is a passion of yours, lucky for you Lucky You Productions makes it happen.

venues Bogey Hills Country Club 1120 Country Club Rd. • St. Charles • 636.946.625 • When guests aren’t taking in the countryside view, they’ll enjoy The Clubhouse at Bogey Hills’ recently renovated 38,000 square-foot facility, which sits at the peak of more than 120 acres of greenery. Don’t stress about the details; Bogey Hills’ professional staff can help coordinate flowers, photographers, limousines, DJ’s, hors d’oeuvres, wedding cakes and more.

City Museum 701 N. 15th St. • Downtown • 314.231.2489 • The City Museum plays host to some of the most beautiful and architecturally stunning rooms in the St. Louis area. Located within the museum, Architecture Hall features romantic lighting to set the mood as well as a permanent hardwood dance floor that’s sure to keep your guests dancing ’til the wee hours of the morning.

Photo courtesy of Lumen Private Event Space.

Plan your big day with this go-to guide of St. Louis’ top venues, caterers, wedding planners, florists and more.

Contemporary Art Museum 3750 Washington Blvd. • Midtown • 314.535.4660 • This beautiful facility is one of the most sought-after venues in St. Louis. Offering exclusive catering and a stunning backdrop filled with contemporary art, you’re sure to have a fairytale wedding day. The large, airy space easily accommodates your wedding party, big or small.

F15teen 1900 Locust Ave. • Downtown • 314.588.8899 • With a gorgeous event space, F15teen is picture perfect for your dream wedding reception. The space accommodates over 300 guests and the staff ensures everyone will have the time of their life. Boasting two of the best chef’s in St. Louis is just the icing on the five-tiered cake.

Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis 999 N. 2nd St. • Downtown • 314.881.5800 • Offering a wide array of beautiful venues within one of St. Louis’ most luxurious hotels, the Four Seasons strives to make your day as special as possible. An on-site wedding specialist helps you plan everything from flower arrangements to table linens.

Gardens at Malmaison 3519 Saint Albans Rd. • St. Albans • 636.458.0131 • Flourishing gardens rich with history (dating back to Lewis and Clark) make this one of the most romantic settings to play host to your wedding. Whether you choose an intimate indoor ceremony in one of their French country style rooms, or an outdoor ceremony surrounded by the breathtaking view, it will be an event to remember.

Hilton Frontenac 1335 S. Lindbergh Blvd. • Frontenac • 314.993.1100 • The Hilton understands this is the most important day of your life, which is why they offer personal services to help you with every detail from the early stages of planning until the last person leaves the dance floor. Their large rooms ensure comfort for your guests as well as elegance for the special occasion.

tinct rooms: a high-energy nightclub and an inviting lounge. Home is part of the $265 million renovation of Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, which included a 25-story, 400-room all-suite luxury hotel, 7,000-square-foot full-service spa and an indoor/outdoor pool area. These accommodations make for the perfect dream wedding, event or private party.

Kemp Auto Museum 16955 Chesterfield Airport Rd. • Chesterfield • 636.537.1718 • With over 40 historically significant automobiles on display, the Kemp Auto Museum will add a unique and special feel to your wedding day. One of the newest venues in St. Louis, Kemp is ideal for events of any size, and features a staff that assures your day will run as smoothly as a well-preserved engine.

Lumen Private Event Space 2201 Locust St. • Downtown • 314.241.5757 • Floor-to-ceiling windows, flat-screen TVs, an incredible lighting system and enough space for up to 600 guests makes Lumen a top choice venue for St. Louisans tying the knot. Located Downtown, this gorgeous and modern event space will make your wedding day feel like an A-list event.

Missouri History Museum Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park • 314.746.4599 • The stunning MacDermott Grand Hall is breathtaking any way you look at it. Your guests would be in limitless awe of the spectacular River Mosaic covering the floor and the replica of Charles Lindbergh’s airplane that hangs from the center of the Hall. A wedding here is history in the making in more ways than one.

Windows on Washington 1601 Washington Ave. • Downtown • 314.241.5555 • Seeing the skyline from this venue’s 10th floor veranda is the perfect way to treasure the moment on your most memorable day. This 1920s-era building is able to accommodate a group of almost any size, and the staff’s positive and upbeat professionalism will ensure every guest has a spectacular time.

HOME Nightclub Ameristar Casino Resort Spa • One Ameristar Blvd. • St. Charles • 636.940.4333 •


Home Nightclub St. Louis integrates comfort and style in two dis-

With the most up-to-date flavor profiles and ever-evolving menu options,

Bistro 517 517 Gray Barn Ln. • Kirkwood • 314.822.3741 •

Bistro 517 is the go-to caterer for trendconscious brides. They also provide flowers and rental services.

Catering Elite 2200 59th St. • South City • 314.644.1400 • This full-service catering company has been a St. Louis staple for nearly 30 years. Select from delectable hot appetizers, a classic Italian buffet and mouth-watering desserts. If needed, china, specialty linens and other rental options are available.

Catering Plus 7118 Oakland Ave. • Richmond Heights • 314.781.0243 • The select caterer to venues like The Jewel Box, Sheldon Concert Hall and World’s Fair Pavilion, Catering Plus is a full-service company that can also make arrangements for flowers, valet, music and rentals.

Frazer’s Restaurant & Lounge 1811 Pestalozzi St. • Benton Park • 314.773.8646 • Chef—and avid world traveler—Frazer Cameron uses flavorful inspirations from other countries and parts of the United States to create exciting French, Moroccan, Italian, Mexican and Cajun dishes.

Gregory’s Creative Cuisine 4700 Adkins Ave. • South City • 314.481.4481 • Choose from a wide variety of Gregory’s delicious dishes, including lobster bisque with brandy and tarragon or Singapore chicken skewers with peanut dipping sauce. Gregory’s also coordinates flowers, valet parking and even ice sculptures.

Hollyberry Catering 284 East Ave. • Webster Groves 314.968.9239 • St. Louis’ premier small-plate caterer, Hollyberry creates memorable details such as wine tasting stations, dessert bars and signature cocktails. They’ll even help you with theme, venue and favor ideas.

La Chef Catering 7169 Manchester Rd. • Maplewood • 314.647.5350 • With experienced event planners on hand to take care of the not-so-tasty task of wedding planning, La Chef is truly a one-stop shop and keeps wedding guests at locations like the Old Court House and the St. Louis Arch satisfied.

Orlando’s 8352 Watson Rd. •

Webster Groves • 314.638.6660 • For over forty years, the Orlando family has provided delicious food, excellent service and sophisticated facilities to St. Louis brides-to-be. No matter your budget, you can choose from Orlando’s classic or deluxe buffet options, formal dining or hors d’oeuvres packages.

Steven Becker Fine Dining 3701 Lindell Blvd. • Midtown • 314.367.4848 • Featured exclusively at the Coronado Ballroom, Steven Becker brings upscale wedding celebrations to a historic venue. Lavish hors d’oeuvres, elegant entrees and an ornate ’20s style atmosphere are a great start to a lifetime of memories.

V. Catering & Events 5401 Finkman St. • Hampton • 314.443.6956 • Let owner/event planner Michele Racanelli and Chef Vito Racanelli’s combined expertise and attention to detail create your perfect wedding day. Their motto of “Taste is a matter of choice; quality is a matter of fact” will let you relax and enjoy your special day.

Westwood Catering 190 N. Sappington Rd. • Glendale • 314.965.7428 • Offering over 600 items to make your wedding dinner look good and taste even better, Westwood Catering will stop at nothing to make your reception a standout. They also provide rental items, tents, specialty linens, custom ice carvings and entertainment.

boutiques/ accessories Akins Tuxedo Rental 10990 New Halls Ferry Rd. • South County • 314.868.8000 • Transform him into Prince Charming in a designer tux from Akins. Choose from designers like Calvin Klein, Chaps Ralph Lauren, FUBU and Perry Ellis. They also have a wide variety of accessories to complete the look.

Bakers Shoes 1155 Saint Louis Galleria • Richmond Heights • 314.725.6155 • Head to Bakers Shoes to find the perfect on-trend shoes and accessories you need without breaking the bank. They carry elegant styles in an assortment of colors.

Berrybridge 9904 Clayton Rd. • Ladue • 314.997.1439 •

Marie Brauer and Janey Thompson, a dynamic mother-daughter duo and owners of Berrybridge, invite bridesto-be to browse their selection of gowns, including designs by Matthew Christopher and Romona Keveza, in a comfortable, attentive atmosphere.

Blushing Bride 1941 Frank Scott Pkwy East • Shiloh, IL • 618.628.7800 • The extensive selection of high-quality bridal gowns at this full-service bridal boutique will ensure you and your bridal party look exquisite on your special day. The highly educated and trained staff is on hand to assist you every step of the way.

Brides By Demetrios 19 The Boulevard • Richmond Heights • 314.721.7400 • Demetrios James Elias will make your wedding fashion dreams come true. This icon of bridal attire offers women the widest and most versatile styles from the Demetrios collection, gowns on the cutting edge of the bridal fashion world.

Bronx-Diba Shoe Outlet 3630 Corporate Trail Dr. • Earth City • 314.373.1280 • With a selection of stylish and fashionable shoes (that can be re-worn for a night on the town post-wedding), you’re sure to find the perfect pair to fit your bridal party’s needs.

The Enchanted Bride 9611 Olive Blvd. • Olivette • 314.432.4040 • Select from designers like Paula Varsalona or Lela Rose, pick out your headpiece, veil and jewelry and dress your bridesmaids all at this enchanting boutique. If you don’t know where to start with your search for photographers, caterers or music, let Enchanted Bride introduce you to a few of their favorites.

Jule Lingerie & Loungewear 9757 Clayton Rd. • Clayton • 314.983.9282 • Carries everything from cute embroidered thongs, comfy sweats and sexy lingerie that will come in handy before and after the ceremony.

I Do I Do Bridal 136 Public Works Dr. • Chesterfield • 636.536.9950 • Emphasizing a relaxed atmosphere, this team is happy to help brides find the perfect wedding day apparel for the whole wedding party. Find the dress of your dreams whether it’s by Mari Lee, Maggie Sottero or Christina Wu.

Savvi Formalwear 6185 Delmar Blvd. • The Loop • 314.725.2150 • Voted “Best Formalwear Specialist in St. Louis” three years running, Savvi Formalwear outfits grooms in the latest styles from top designers such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Ecko and Perry Ellis.

Simply Elegant Bridal 1004 Olive St. • Downtown • 314.241.8201 • Offering exclusive couture gowns from designers such as Enzoani and Bellissima Couture, Simply Elegant Bridal offers one-of-a-kind designs and personal service.

The Ultimate Bride 1512 S. Brentwood Blvd. • Brentwood • 314.961.9997 • All of the ladies in the wedding party, from flower girls to mothers, will be taken care of at this elegant bridal boutique. From Vera Wang to Elizabeth James, the perfect dress is here waiting.

Woody’s Men’s Shop 10411 Clayton Rd., #104 • Frontenac • 314.569.3272 • With over 50 years of success and experience, Mo Erwin, Brian Kreps and Mark Scissors will help you find the perfect marriage between your personal style and today’s hottest trends. Choose from suit designers like IBIZA, Coppley and Samuelsohn.

cakes/desserts Bissinger’s French Confections 32 Maryland Plaza • Central West End • 314.367.9750 • With a confectionary style dating back to the 17th century, Bissinger’s is a respected authority on sensational sweets. This is a perfect place to get no-fail guest favors, because who doesn’t love chocolate?

McArthur’s Bakery 3055 Lemay Ferry Rd. • South County • 314.894.0900 • Since 1956, McArthur’s Bakery has crafted delicious, mouth-watering wedding cakes. Made with the finest ingredients, these cakes are made especially to your specifications.

Sugaree Baking 1242 Tamm Ave. • Dogtown • 314.645.5496 • With an art degree from Boston University, Pat Rutherford-Pettine can create your dream wedding cake in tra-

ditional circle-shapes, modern squares or even funky hexagons.

The Cakery 1420 Tamm Ave. • Dogtown • 314.647.6000 • Ericka Robertson Frank teamed up with Julie Van Elswyk to create this fabulous slice of sugary heaven. Offers all (sweet) things chic, from the trendy tower of cupcakes to the traditional three-tiered mega-cake.

jewelers Cherry Pick Diamonds 314.616.0033 • Chesterfield Jewelers 17037 Baxter Rd. • Chesterfield • 636.537.5590 • Clarkson Jewelers 1306 Clarkson Clayton Center • Ballwin • 636.227.2006 • Décor Interiors and Jewelry 13476 Olive Blvd. • Chesterfield • 314.434.4022 • Diamond & Jewelry Brokers, Inc. 473 Lafayette Center • Manchester • 636.391.6622 • Elleard Heffern 101 S. Hanley Rd. • Clayton • 314.863.8820 • Genovese Jewelers 12460 Olive Blvd. • Creve Coeur • 314.878.6203 • Hannoush Jewelers 175 Jamestown Mall • Florissant • 314.653.2924 • Huffords Jewelry 10413 Clayton Rd. • Frontenac • 314.993.1444 • Lordo’s Diamonds 9222 Clayton Rd. • Ladue • 314.432.8008 • Mavrik Fine Jewelry 200 S. Kirkwood Rd. • Kirkwood • 314.909.6818 • McGinty Jewelers on the Plaza 28 Maryland Plaza • Central West End • 314.361.6556 • Michael Herr 17221 Chesterfield Airport Rd. • Chesterfield • 636.530.0006 • Simons Jewelers 8113 Maryland Ave. • Clayton • 314.725.8888 •

The Diamond Shop 12 North Central Ave. • Clayton • 314.721.2210 • Vinciguerra Jewelry 701 Market St. • Downtown • 314.421.1488 • Ylang Ylang 81 Plaza Frontenac • Frontenac • 314.567.5555 •

photographers CLC Photography 2901 Macklind Ave. • South City • 314.647.8300 • Jackson Street Photography 102 N. Side Square • Macomb, IL • 309.837.3252 • Joanna Kleine Photography 1085 Dauphin Ln. • Florissant • 314.368.5073 • Joel Marion Photography 1478 Cherry Creek Ln. • Manchester • 636.861.2400 • Jon Koch Photography 7374 Elm Ave. • Maplewood • 314.497.8308 • L photographie 314.265.3786 • Signature Studio Creative Photography 1006 Olive St., Suite 301 • Downtown • 314.241.7555 • Tim McDermott Photography 2333 Locust St. • Downtown • 314.406.6149 • Todd Studios Photography 4456 Telegraph Rd. • Mehlville • 314.894.8882 • Warwick Photography 9020 Manchester Rd. • Brentwood • 314.962.3222 •

videographers/ music Downtime Band 314.335.7409 • Gebbs Total Video 318B E. Broadway • Alton, IL • 618.462.6400 • Millenium Music 8410-R Manchester Rd. •




Let Bogey Hills Country Club take care of all of the details to ensure your wedding is perfect! We have the ability and desire to create exclusive requests based upon the bride and grooms preference. You have the option to choose your vendors, menu and an indoor or outdoor ambience of classiness!

For more information about planning your wedding reception, please call Abigail Bitter at (636)946-6250

Brentwood • 314.918.9335 •

Photo Video Image Productions 5377 Hwy N, Suite F • O’Fallon • 636.379.8311 • Video Views 417 W. Orchard Ave. • Ballwin • 636.394.2600 •

bridalregistry Byron Cade 7901 Clayton Rd. • Richmond Heights • 314.721.4701 • Dillard’s 800.345.5273 • Macy’s 800.568.8865 •

salons/spas Advanced Laser Clinic 777 S. New Ballas Rd., Suite 200E • Town and Country • 314.994.1536 • A True Spa 116 Chesterfield Towne Ctr. • Chesterfield • 636.537.3227 • Dominic Michael Salon 17057 Baxter Rd. • Chesterfield • 636.449.1583 • Dr. Judith Gurley 14825 N. Outer 40 Rd, Suite 350 • Chesterfield • 636.812.4300 • Lifestyle Center 7642 Forsyth Blvd. • Clayton • 314.863.5556 • MassageLuxe 9572 Manchester Rd. • Rock Hill • 314.961.5893 • Metro Design Salon 12536 Olive Blvd. • Creve Coeur • 314.983.0444 •

florists Becky Huffman Flowers 421 N. 74th St. • Belleville, IL • 314.368.7760 • Montano Grant 314.863.6386 •

invitations Any Occasion 14831 Clayton Rd. • Chesterfield • 636.256.6969 Illuma 1524 Woodbridge Crossing Dr.• Chesterfield • 314.531.4471 • Two Blue Doors 7 Gray Ave. • Webster Groves • 314.968.4033 • The Service Bureau Incorporated 9773 Clayton Rd. • Ladue • 314.991.1104 Vellum 120 W. Monroe Ave. • Kirkwood • 314.909.1640 •

linens/rentals Aries Party Rental 4940 Northrup Ave. • Tower Grove • 314.664.6610 • BBJ Linen 8560 Hanley Industrial Ct • Brentwood• 314.447.9200 • Take A Seat 403 Hammersmith Rd. • Creve Coeur • 314.780.3780 • Universal Rentals 10831 Manchester Rd. • Kirkwood • 636.394.7073 • 314.965.5703 • Weinhardt Party Rentals 11601 Manchester Rd. • Des Peres • 314.822.9000 •


Padda Institute Center for Laser and Aesthetic Medicine 12401 Olive Blvd., Suite 100 • Creve Coeur • 314.275.7300 •

Midwest Valet 4931 Lindell Blvd. • Downtown • 314.361.6764 •

Radiance Medspa 1642 Clarkson Rd. • Chesterfield • 636.536.6606 •

AAA Travel 888.366.4222 •

Studio 703 703 Long Road Crossing • Chesterfield • 636.536.6770 • The Tan Company 5605 Hampton Ave. • South City • 314.353.7770 •

travelcompanies Damar Travel & Cruise 11988 Dorsett Rd. • Maryland Heights • 314.997.6100 • Luxury Travel Specialists 1137 Colonnade Ctr. • Des Peres • 314.821.5500 Majestic Travel, Inc. 238 Mid Rivers Ctr. • St. Peters • 636.397.2100 •


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JECCA BOUTIQUE JESSICA YOUNG, OWNER The Military-inspired trend is making its way to St. Louis this spring, and this short-sleeved, studded button-up by Pavi Italy is the perfect piece to sport the look in style. Find this and other spring essentials for men and women at Jecca. 12 N. MEREMEC AVE. CLAYTON, MO 63105 314.862.5322

the SILVER LADY Lori shifter & Jeff weintrop, OWNERS Hit a grand slam when you add this ring to your jewelry line up. You won’t strike out with a purchase from either store. Come in and see what’s new for spring. 4736 mcpherson ave. • 314.367.7587 6364 delmar blvd. • 314.727.0704

IVY HILL Hillary Dutcher, OWNER An energetic look for spring, this Akiko dress is the perfect statement of whimsical sophistication. I love the figure-flattering cut of the dress and the gorgeous bead detail ($220). 304 N Euclid Ave Saint Louis, MO 63108 314.367.7004

WISH SHOES LAURA BRYAN, OWNER New for Spring 2009, Luciano Padovan’s stylish black, white and red “807” T-strap heels are the perfect complement to MZ Wallace’s single shoulder strap “Clara” handbag in white, both available at Wish Shoes. 9765 CLAYTON RD. ST. LOUIS, MO 63124 314.432.0800 WISHSHOES.COM

BLUSH BOUTIQUE SARAH KING, OWNER Designed with crystals that form the word “love” in Standard American Braille, Fame’s LOVE necklace ($38) is a unique way to show your adoration for a special friend or to treat yourself. It’s one of several fashionforward Braille jewelry pieces available at Blush! 151 W. JEFFERSON AVE. KIRKWOOD, MO 63122 314.965.4411

CHARM BOUTIQUE KARI KRAICHELY, OWNER A statement piece by Throwing Stars Jewelry artist, Amy Leff. A gorgeous copper patina cuff will make any outfit stand out. 313 N. 11th street St. Louis, MO 63101 314.588.8203 charm–


ALIXANDRA COLLECTIONS Jessica Reim, Nancy Compas, & Angie Elmendorf

boutiqueowners top picks

These delicate beaded bracelets and striking metallic cuffs accessorize any spring look with style. Visit Alixandra Collections today for even more jewelry options to personalize your look. 9814 CLAYTON RD. TOWN & COUNTRY 314.997.2360 ALIXANDRACOLLECTIONS.COM

SOLE TREASURES Robin Brooks, OWNER Wedges in bright colors are a ‘must have’ for the shoe fashionista for spring and summer. This cool mint three inch wedge with leather strap upper and silvertone logo detail fit the bill! ‘Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Come see other spring ‘must-haves’ at Sole Treasures. 8121 Maryland Ave. Clayton 314. 721.8880

VALERIE MILLS VALERIE MILLS, OWNER This pin-tucked and pleated sheath by Hanii Y. will have you pretty in pink this season. There are more spring dresses for every occasion available at Valerie Mills. 139 CARONDOLET PLAZA CLAYTON, MO 63105 314.727.4545 VALERIEMILLS.COM

PAPERDOLLS Beth Morris & Carolyn Burghoff, Owners What better way to welcome spring weather than with this adorable “In Bloom” dress by VFish Designs? You’re mood will instantly lighten every time you slip it on. Pair it with some wedge sandals, add a handbag and oversized sunglasses and you’re dressed to impress. 110 E. JEFFERSON AVE. KIRKWOOD 314.965.DOLL

BYRD STYLE LOUNGE JULIE STOTLAR, OWNER Get en-trenched in the season’s hottest trend at Byrd Style Lounge. This black belted, high-collared trench coat is great for cool spring days or to top a sexy, night-on-the-town dress. Let owner Julie Stotlar show you how to pair it perfectly with Byrd’s well-edited selection of fashionista finds. 8117 MARYLAND AVE. ST. LOUIS, MO 63105 314.721.0766 BYRDSTYLE.COM

APPLE OF YOUR EYE Kerry Thornton, OWNER Inspired by love, nature and fairytales, Trollbeads jewelry is handcrafted of sterling silver and many pieces include gemstones, natural pearls and hand-blown glass. Use these charms to create your own one-of-a-kind bracelet or necklace. Trollbeads only available at the Clayton location. 13426 clayton rd. • Town & Country • 314.469.7625 20 n. gore ave. • WEBSTER • 314.968.9698 ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION


With Saint Louis University’s MBA program, you’re not a number or an application. You’re a name, a face, an individual.

Your new future is just within reach. Fontbonne OPTIONS can help you get there.

Troy Turnipseed, 30

Holly Halverson-Finazzo, 39

Assistant Director, Graduate Business Programs Master of Business Administration, 2008 Bachelor of Arts – Organizational Studies/Communication, 2003

Account Manager, Radi-St. Jude Medical Systems Master of Business Administration, 2006

Saint Louis University

Fontbonne University Fontbonne University OPTIONS Program

For anyone who may be interested in leaning more about Saint Louis University’s business programs or about the school as a whole, look no further than Troy Turnipseed. After completing his degree in Organizational Studies/ Communications at SLU, Troy eventually ended up working in the John Cook School of Business. It was there that he decided an MBA was the next logical step in his career.

After achieving success in the corporate world, Holly Halverson-Finazzo strived for more. Her next move would be to find an MBA program that would make her more marketable and competitive in higher management positions. As she searched for the school that was right for her—a busy mom with a full-time career—Holly knew she required a program that was both flexible and challenging. She found both in Fontbonne University OPTIONS Program for working adults.

In his search for MBA programs, Troy says that the importance of the program’s reputation was paramount. SLU was an attractive option to him, not only because its MBA program is well known and highly respected in the St. Louis business community, but also because the business school’s 7,500 local alums meant endless networking opportunities.

“From the moment I interviewed with the admission counselor I knew I was welcomed,” Holly says. “I knew the course work would be challenging, productive, applicable, timely and fun. But equally important, I knew that I would be treated as an integral part of the program, not just another student.”

Furthermore, SLU’s John Cook Business School’s impressive accreditation from the AACSB also appealed to Troy. AACSB accreditation is the highest business school standard with only 15 percent of business schools worldwide attaining the accreditation. “When looking at MBA programs, it is the best to do your research and make a decision that is best for you,” Troy says. “Do your homework: Find an AACSB accredited university. It makes a difference.”

Today, Holly puts her MBA from Fontbonne to work in her position as an account manager for Radi-St. Jude Medical Systems. “The Fontbonne University OPTIONS Program MBA provided me with the tools I needed to more effectively and efficiently lead my employees to greater success.”


Photos by Josh Monken

1300 Strassner Dr., Brentwood, MO 63144 314.863.2220 •

Saint Louis University, John Cook School of Business 3674 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 314.977.6221 •


It is a misconception to think that the evening classes are less challenging, or that the students receive anything other than the finest academic instruction.

I didn’t know what to expect, but what I got was a second family.

Carol Epstein, 54

Ben Chapman, 22

B.S., Anthropology M.A., Liberal Arts Minor-Ancient Studies

Full-Time Student B.A., English Education, 2010 Missouri Baptist University One College Park Dr., St. Louis, MO 63141 314.434.1115 •

Washington University Washington University’s University College One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130 314.935.6700 • After a glamorous and successful career in the field of fashion and design, Carol Epstein returned to school to take care of what this lifelong learner calls her “unfinished business.” Carol’s academic journey from a single class in Israeli Politics culminated in her graduation from Washington University last August with a Bachelors, a Masters and a minor. Carol is an active Wash U. alum, and stays involved with the university that gave her so much. In fact, as a direct result of her Masters thesis, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is working with Carol and one of her professors on creating an exhibit featuring Native American art and iconography, bringing it to Washington University in January 2010. “I would heartily recommend Washington University’s University College to anyone interested in pursuing their academic goals,” says Carol. “Whether one’s objectives are simple or perhaps more complex, the professional staff and superior faculty at the college make continuing education a most worthwhile endeavor.”

While attending community college in Colorado, Ben Chapman decided he needed a change. He wanted to find a program where he could not only cultivate his gift for working with students and pursue a degree in English Education, but also a school where he’d be an integral part of a close-knit community. When he decided on Missouri Baptist University, it was a perfect match. “At so many colleges, it is really easy to get lost in the crowd,” Ben says. “MBU is a smaller campus, so you feel much closer to all of your fellow students and teachers. It really does feel like a family.” Ben experienced MBU’s familial warmth as soon as he met with the school’s admissions personnel and academic advisors. Ben says they were genuinely interested in his success—they helped him create a plan of action for his coursework and kept him up-to-date on all of the scholarship opportunities available to him. Come 2010, when he will receive his B.A. in English education, the many students Ben will have in his classroom will surely benefit from the worldclass education he received at Missouri Baptist University.


Graduate & Evening: 636.949.4933

saint louis university 314.977.3800 •

Harris-Stowe State University 314.340.3366 •

Maryville University 314.529.9300 •

University of Missouri– St. Louis 314.516.5000 •

Lindenwood University Undergraduate: 636.949.4949



Webster University Undergraduate: 314.968.6991 Graduate & Evening: 314.968.7100

Photos by Josh Monken

St. Louis Area Higher Education Resource Guide


CASINO GUIDE Lumière Place Casino & Hotel

Whether it’s high-stakes gaming, world-class cuisine, fashionforward shopping, sizzling nightlife or all of the above, St. Louis area casinos offer something for everyone. And, with no loss limit in casinos statewide—a relatively new development in Missouri— visitors play their way. So ante up and get into the action at these six St. Louis casino hotspots!

AMERISTAR CASINO RESORT SPA AREA OF TOWN: Thirty minutes from Downtown in historic St. Charles. HOT GAMING: Boasts one of the largest selections of progressive slot machines in the Midwest, including games with possible million dollar jackpots. Ameristar offers plenty of table games like blackjack, roulette, craps, let it ride, Caribbean stud and Pai Gow poker.

Argosy Casino

FYI: Midwest Gaming & Travel magazine credited Ameristar with the area’s “best selection of slots.” UNIQUE FEATURE: Ameristar’s new Poker Room is the only highlimit room in Missouri. Shuffle up and deal!

one of Ameristar’s seven eateries, such as 47 Port St., a classic steakhouse, or the New Orleans-inspired Pearl’s Oyster Bar. After a satisfying meal, gather the gang for some celeb spotting at one of St. Louis’ most upscale nightlife destinations, HOME Nightclub. EXCELLENT ACCOMMODATIONS: The facility’s recent multimillion dollar expansion, completed in December 2007, includes a 400room, all-suite luxury hotel and a lavish day spa called ara.

One Ameristar Blvd. St. Charles, MO 636.949.7777


ARGOSY CASINO HOT GAMING: Enjoy unlimitedstakes blackjack or get in on the thrills at machines that accept pennies, nickels—all the way up to $100 bills. Craps players will love Argosy’s 10x odds and exciting, no-limit action. FYI: Argosy is St. Louis’ first casino, but it’s as innovative as its younger counterparts. Argosy consistently upgrades its slot, video and table game selection and has a state-ofthe-art lighting and sound system in the Argosy Music Hall. UNIQUE FEATURE: Argosy Casino is smoke-free in accordance with the Smoke Free Illinois Act. Smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas. DYNAMIC DINING: Indulge at the Captain’s Table Buffet, tuck into ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

a juicy steak at Outfitters Grill, grab a sandwich at La Cantina or sip a cocktail while you play video poker at The Key West Bar. WORLD-CLASS ENTERTAINMENT: The Argosy Music Hall features appearances by music legends such as Chuck Berry, comedians like Frank Caliendo and the world-famous (and female-favorite) Chippendales. PLAYERS’ PERKS: Argosy’s Preferred Card is a must for frequent visitors. Players can earn many benefits such as cash, free concert tickets, preferred rates at area hotels, preferred seating at Argosy’s restaurants and many other comps that only Argosy insiders enjoy. One Piasa St. • Alton, IL 800.711.GAME

Photos courtesy of Lumière Place Casino & Argosy Casino.

AREA OF TOWN: On the “Spirit of America” barge in Alton, Illinois.



LUMIÈRE PLACE CASINO & HOTELS AREA OF TOWN: Downtown, right on the Mississippi riverfront. UNIQUE FEATURE: Has quickly become an iconic Downtown landmark, thanks in large part to its eye-catching architecture and dazzling light feature that crests the main tower. HOT GAMING: Over 2,000 slot machines and 45 table games including craps, blackjack and roulette. High rollers enjoy Lumière’s dedicated poker room for Texas hold ’em, stud, omaha and many other poker favorites. PLAYERS’ PERKS: Comps from Lumière’s free mychoice card can be redeemed for the chance to dine with celebrity chef Hubert Keller, field passes to Rams games or the chance to travel with the team, among others.

Lumière Place Casino & Hotel


SHOPPING SCENE: At the Shops at Lumière Place, you can snag fashionforward women’s apparel at Blush, sophisticated menswear at Men’s Room or sexy little things at L’ove lingerie boutique. EXCELLENT ACCOMMODATIONS: Lumière’s two luxurious hotels— HoteLumière and Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis—provide a posh place to recharge after a day of raising the stakes. The wager-weary can find relief at the tranquil Spa at Four Seasons.

HOT GAMING: 1,000+ slots and video poker and table games like blackjack, baccarat, craps, Pai Gow poker, three card poker, Caribbean stud and roulette. UNIQUE FEATURES: The casino has recently undergone a $92 million renovation in 2007 and continues its spruce up into the spring. FYI: Casino Queen’s reputation of being “Home of the Loosest Slots” isn’t merely a slogan; Casino Player magazine has recognized the Queen for having the most liberal slot payouts in the country for three consecutive years. PLAYERS’ PERKS: Rewards from the Queen’s Club earns players discounts the casino’s four eateries; discounted concerts, sporting events and lodging; invitations to exclusive events and cash back. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: With no buy-in restrictions and high-stakes wagering opportunities (table limits start at $2 and go up to $2,000), going all in or wagering conservatively is up to you. EXCELLENT ACCOMMODATIONS: The Casino Queen hotel offers stunning views of the Gateway Arch and Downtown St. Louis. Guests enjoy a heated indoor pool, fitness room, high-speed Internet in every room. DINING & ENTERTAINMENT: Choose from fine dining at Prime Steakhouse, casual fare at Gateway Café, a grab-and-go snack at Deli & Chips or an indulgent all-you-can eat experience at Market Street Buffet. The Stage Bar showcases some of St. Louis’s best local musicians every Friday and Saturday.

200 South Front St. • East St. Louis, IL • 800.777.0777


DINING & NIGHTLIFE: Take in a concert at Lumière Theatre, have latenight cocktails with friends at SLeeK, Hubert Kelly’s upscale steakhouse and lounge, or dine at any one of Lumière’s 5 eateries. Whatever you crave—Asian, Italian, high-end burgers, a see-and-be-seen atmosphere— Lumière dining and nightlife is a sure bet.

999 N. 2nd St. • Downtown 314.881.7777

PRESIDENT CASINO AREA OF TOWN: Aboard the Admiral, docked just steps from Lumière Place and within easy walking distance to the Laclede’s Landing entertainment district. HOT GAMING: This Commander-In-Chief of gaming offers over 1,200 machines, including slots, keno video poker and blackjack. FYI: President’s gaming pit offers fresh felts, new carpeting, tables and chairs so players can enjoy supreme comfort while playing President’s 46 table games or live poker. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: For your convenience, President offers free shuttle service between most downtown hotels and the casino. PLAYERS’ PERKS: President’s elite mychoice rewards program earns members rewards and comps such as valet parking, your own personal casino host, access to exclusive events and special giveaways. It pays—literally—to be an insider!

1000 N. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd. • St. Louis, MO 800.772.3647 •

AREA OF TOWN: Maryland Heights HOT GAMING: Over 2,800 slot and video poker machines, including popular progressive machines.

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa

CHECK IT OUT: Money in the Tank slots, where the jackpot prize is a tanker’s supply of gas—enough to literally fuel a drive to the moon! UNIQUE FEATURES: Harrah’s interactive Rapid Roulette game features a live dealer and individual touch screens for each player to place their bets on their own computer-generated roulette table. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Harrah’s new Poker Room features 21 tables. Newcomers to poker play can learn the basics with Harrah’s poker instructional hour available to the public every Tuesday and Thursday. EXCELLENT ACCOMMODATIONS: With 455 deluxe rooms and 47 luxury suites, you can relax in comfort and style at Harrah’s. And Harrah’s “Stay & Play” packages allow you can snag unbeatable bundle deals on lodging, dining and entertainment. DINING & NIGHTLIFE: Enjoy classic Italian favorites at Charlie Gitto’s From the Hill, island atmosphere at Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill or Eat Up! at Harrah’s legendary buffet.

777 Casino Center Dr. • Maryland Heights 314.770.8100 • ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

Photos courtesy of Lumière Place Casino & Hotels and Ameristar Casino Resort Spa.

AREA OF TOWN: Just across the Mississippi

dining out

slice of heaven Honest Italian cuisine in the heart of South City. By Cristy Miller | Photo by Liz Reiff Sloan Chef Vito Racanelli Jr. and I have something in common: We’re both Star Wars fans, although he’s

probably a true fanboy and unabashedly discloses that fact more than I do. He even brought along a Yoda figurine to each round of last summer’s 2008 Taste of St. Louis—maybe that helped him win the Top Chef title. But our George Lucas love affair aside, I’m a fan of Vito for his food and the experience to be had at Onesto Pizza & Trattoria. And this month they celebrate their one-year anniversary. Located at the corner of Macklind and Finkman, Onesto resides in a less-obvious dining neighborhood, but it’s oh-so worth the trip. Honest, fresh, homemade food at prices perfect for the penny-pinching diner. The front of this one-year-old restaurant features a waiting area with a few tables and visible pizza prep station, and pays homage to Star Wars with vintage posters and a few of Vito’s personal collectibles. The adjacent main dining room resembles more of a cozy trattoria—although the bathrooms are unique, one is droid-themed with an R2-D2 life-sized trashcan (the other bathroom represents Vito’s wife Michele’s love for Betty Boop). The menu is a clever combination of well-crafted pizza, homemade pastas and artisan sandwiches. Like any good Italian restaurant, bread is served first—and Onesto presents warm garlic knots with olive oil as a mouthwatering substitute. The Arancini is filling; a softball-



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size rice ball stuffed with beef, parsley and Parmesan, deep-fried and served over Bolognese sauce. I enjoyed the salami roll with delicate salami, pepperoni and provolone rolled and baked in pizza dough. The selection of sandwiches, which are all served with wonderful hand-cut French fries (or choice of salad), are inventive yet retain their Italian roots; Take for instance the parmigiana, featuring layers of tomato sauce, parmesan and mozzarella and the Virginia Ham sandwich with creamy fontina layered with apple slices, smoked ham and stone ground mustard. But the pizza is what you’ll likely always end up ordering here. The pizzas, which include ten specialty brick-oven baked pies and a build-your-own option, are similar to New York style; semi-thin crust and a crisp center, most topped with a slightly sweet plum tomato sauce. The Queen Margherita tastes like a caprese with a twist, and is topped with fresh basil, mozzarella, olive oil, grated asiago and Parmesan cheeses, and the classic spinach pie. What it lacks in colorful toppings, it more than makes up for in taste with a tangy mix of creamy ricotta, Parmesan and Romano cheese with garlic and spinach. The Gut Buster pizza has more meat than you can imagine, and is covered with sausage, pepperoni, ham, bacon meatball, a handful of different veggies like mushrooms and black olives, and the kicker—extra cheese and sauce, and anchovies. There’s also a nice smoked chicken pizza with pepper bacon and roasted jalapeños over barbeque sauce and an “all about the veggies pizza” for those with a meat aversion. Cap off your meal with a rich tiramisu or a baked-to-order chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream, which, all in all, will have you thinking, “Come back to Onesto, I will.”

ONESTO PIZZA & TRATTORIA 5401 Finkman St. South City 314.802.8883 Appetizers: $4.95-$12.95 Pizza: $12.95-$27.95

{ inside dish } Editor’s picks for a topnotch experience at Onesto. pizza pick: The Queen Margherita pizza best dessert: Baked-to-order chocolate chip cookie Hip Sip: Giovanni Puiatti “Le Zuccole” Pinot Grigio Best Place to Perch: Intimate two-top near Onesto’s large windows


Get A Fresh Fix

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Explore Pan-Latin cuisine on the town or at home with a dish by Maya Café Chef Kyle Metzler. By Amy De La Hunt | Photos by Liz Reiff Sloan Spring gives us much to look forward to: Patio

parties, cool cocktails and summer entertaining. For inspiration on all of these, we turned to Maya Café in Maplewood. It has one of the most unique outdoor bars around—an old tugboat is the patio’s centerpiece—and its fresh-squeezed margaritas and housemade salsa will

get you fired up for the start of summer. The sevenyear-old restaurant’s new general manager and chef, Kyle Metzler, oversees a menu packed with south-ofthe-border classics, and he shares the recipe for one of his favorites: a traditional pork dish perfect to grill at home or showcase for a summertime party.

maya café cuisine: Pan-Latin known-for: Fresh-made margaritas, sangria, calamari address: 2726 Sutton Ave. Maplewood 314.781.4774

Kitchen Confidential Maya Café Chef Kyle Metzler shares a south-of-the border recipe you can create at home.

Puerco con Café For the Cuban Pork Rub 2 cups brown sugar 2 Tbsp chili powder 1 Tbsp cumin 1 Tbsp granulated garlic 1 Tbsp onion powder 1/2 Tbsp paprika 1/2 Tbsp cayenne 1 Tbsp black pepper 1/2 Tbsp oregano 1/2 cup coffee grounds

For the Black Bean and Corn Salsa 1 cup black beans (if canned, strain) 1 cup cooked corn kernels 1 cup diced tomatoes 1/4 cup diced red onion 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro Juice of 1 whole lime Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients together for the pork rub in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix all ingredients for Black Bean and Corn Salsa. Season pork cut of your choice with salt and pepper, then rub in a generous amount of rub mix. Grill the pork. Serve over white rice and top with the salsa.



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St.Louis Restaurant Guide Log on to for an expanded list of recommended spots to dine, drink and dance. Photos by Josh Monken


Central West End/ The Grove Agave 4198 Manchester Rd., 314.652.4283. This Mexican Tequileria offers 100 percent blue agave tequilas to sip while enjoying the upscale Mexican offerings. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ ✷

Atomic Cowboy 4140 Manchester Ave., 314.775.0775. This casual environment serves a Baja Fresh menu of Tex-Mex dishes, a noteworthy house sangria and over 25 labels of premium tequila. Dinner served Tues.-Sun. $ * Bar Italia 13 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7010. This romantic St. Louis favorite serves Italian fare in a trendy see-andbe-seen atmosphere. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$

BOATHOUSE CAFE 6101 Government Dr., Forest Park, 314.367.2224. A perfect place to bring the kids or enjoy a romantic night out and sup on American classics. Lunch and dinner served daily, Sun. brunch. $ Coffee Cartel 2 Maryland Plaza, 314.454.0000. This trendy CWE staple provides a large variety of coffee and tea, as well as a delicious menu of wraps,

sandwiches and amazing desserts. Open 24 hours. $ Companion 4651 Maryland Ave., 314.352.4770. This upscale bakery goes far beyond making bread, creating a gourmet menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast and ✷ lunch served daily. $ * CrÊpes: etc. 52 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.2200. This upscale patisserie takes a modern twist on a French classic, serving both sweet and savory crêpes as well as a variety of homemade pastries, soups and sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch served ✷ daily. Dinner served Thurs.-Sat. $ the Cupcakery 28 S. Maryland Plaza, 314.367.6111. Enjoy a variety of unique creations from St. Louis’ first gourmet cupcake shop offering muffins, cookies, specialty coffee drinks and, of course, cupcakes. These deliciously moist creations will keep your palate entertained. Open daily. $ the Drunken Fish 1 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.4222. This stylish sushi lounge with an extensive Japanese menu offers everything from tuna tataki to traditional rolls. Arrive late night for DJs and karaoke. Lunch Mon.Fri. and dinner served daily. $$ Eau Bistro and Café 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.454.9000. Delicious New American cuisine by day and a hip see-and-be-seen spot at night. Bistro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Sun. brunch. Café serves lunch and dinner daily. $$ EVEREST CAFE 4145 Manchester Ave., 314.531.4800. This family owned establishment is the only Nepalese restaurant serving St. Louis, with a bargain lunch buffet. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $ FIVE 4317 Manchester Ave., 314.535.5553. You’ll find American bounty at its best at this Grove spot. Indulge all five senses with its fresh take on delicious seasonal fare. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ The Grind 4239 Lindell Blvd., 314.534.1300. Now located in a newly converted mansion, this CWE staple has finally

reopened its doors, serving an amazing cup of joe in a characteristically cool ✷ atmosphere. Open Tues.-Sun. $ Herbie’s Vintage 72 405 N. Euclid Ave., 314.769.9595. A beloved classic is reborn under the direction of the Monarch duo. Serves contemporary American an elegant atmosphere. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. ✷✷ and dinner daily. Sun. brunch. $$


Maryland House 4659A Maryland Ave., 314.361.9444. This upscale lounge is hidden in a converted apartment above Brennan’s. Featuring a tapas menu, cocktail menu and sleek contemporary décor, it’s the ultimate hipster destination. Dinner served Thurs.-Sat. $ NEWSTEAD TOWER PUBLIC HOUSE 4353 Manchester Ave., 314.535.7771. Experience food a step above the basic “pub grub” in this comfortable and casual environment. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ ✷

Casino and Hotels, where you can build your own gourmet burger from a large list of breads, meats and condiments. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$* ✷ CIELO 999 N. 2nd Street St., 314.881.5800. Located at the Four Seasons Hotel and serves contemporary Italian and American dishes such as seared sea scallops, filet mignon and house-made pasta and desserts. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $$$ Clark Street Grill 811 Spruce St., 314.552.5850. This modern restaurant includes an open kitchen, live music and a menu of globally influenced dishes. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $$$ CROWN CANDY KITCHEN 1401 Saint Louis Ave., 314.621.9650. Serving up traditional American fare alongside homemade desserts in a truly vintage space. Lunch and dinner served daily. $

REVIVAL 3800 Chouteau Ave., 314.771.3939. This contemporary Southern-inspired restaurant serves hushpuppies, pizza, Po’boy sandwiches and fried okra. Lunch served Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$

Espresso Mod 210 N. 9th St., 314.436.3240. Serving gelato, sandwiches, bagels, cookies and, of course, coffee, this blast-from-the-past place is great for a quick caffeine break or mid-day snack. Breakfast and lunch served Mon.-Sat. $ *

~Scape 48 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7227. This contemporary bistro offers a variety of traditional American fare with a European twist. Lunch served Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sun., Sun. brunch. $$$

F15teen 1900 Locust St., 314.588.8899. Jim Edmonds’ culinary endeavor serves up elegant American cuisine, a cozy lounge and private VIP booths. Lunch and dinner served Tues.Sat., Sun. brunch. $$$ *

Sol 4241 Lindell Blvd., 314.534.1300. This once abandoned mansion has been converted into a hip bar and nightclub serving up a large selection of wine and spirits in a trendy, loft-esque atmosphere. Open Tues.-Sun. $ *

Gelateria 1327 Washington Ave., 314.621.8838. Hazelnut, pistachio and mint are just a few of the delicious flavors you will find at this sweet Washington Avenue spot. Open daily. $

Sub Zero 308 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1200. Over 140 international labels of vodka, a wonderfully large list of drinks and sushi and a new build-your-own burger menu in the new expanded area. Dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ * Terrene 33 N. Sarah St., 314.535.5100. Enjoy New American and vegetarianfriendly cuisine inspired by ingredients from local and regional farms. Dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$$ *

Midtown/ Downtown 10th Street Italian 504 N. 10th St., 314.241.9988. All Italian items are made fresh in-house, including the tomato sauce and pastas, at this casual, order-at-the-counter spot. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Fri. $ An American Place 822 Washington Ave., 314.418.5800. Enjoy delicious, beautifully prepared entrees that utilize local ingredients while taking in the tastefully elegant décor of a downtown 1920s hotel. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$$ Burger Bar 999 N. 2nd St., 314.621.9593. Located inside the newly opened Lumière Place

Harry’s Downtown Restaurant & Bar 2144 Market St., 314.421.6969. This eclectic bistro is understatedly refined, serving a wide range of cuisine. Lunch is Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$ Kitchen K 1000 Washington Ave., 314.241.9900. This hip spot serves New American fare and is located in the Merchandise Mart Loft building. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat., Sun. brunch. $$$ * the LONDON TEA ROOM 1520 Washington Ave., 314.241.6556.  A glimpse of Euro-style with tea from all over the world and traditional tea drinking fare, such as scones and cakes. Breakfast and lunch served daily. $ ✷ Lucas Park Grille 1234 Washington Ave., 314.241.7770. A seasonal menu with fresh ingredients such as soups, salads and New American entrees offer something for everyone. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily, Sun. brunch. $$$ * Mike Shannon’s 620 N. Market St., 314.421.1540. This 20-year-old St. Louis landmark serves upscale American cuisine. Stop by the expansive “The Outfield,” powered by The Pepper Lounge, beer garden for some pre- or post-game spirits. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ *

Mosaic 1001 Washington Ave., 314.621.6001. This modern fusion restaurant offers an array of cold and hot tapas. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ * Nadoz Euro Bakery & Café 3701 Lindell Blvd., 314.446.6800. This sophisticated and casual café/ bakery offers homemade desserts, coffee drinks, and more. Breakfast, lunch and late-night snacks served daily, Sun. brunch. $ Old Rock House 1200 S. 7th Blvd., 314.588.0505. The Rock House is a high-end live music club with an integrated music scene and great dining. Lunch Mon.Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat., bar serves until 1:30am. $ * The Pepper Lounge 2005 Locust St., 314.241.2005. Retro lamps and cozy booths complete the atmosphere at this hip bar and nightclub. $$ * Sen Thai Bistro 1221 Locust St., 314.436.3456. This casual bistro is known for its original Thai curry, noodle, soups and fresh seafood dishes. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$

crêpes. Breakfast and lunch served daily, Sat-Sun. brunch. $$ Harvest 1059 S. Big Bend Blvd., 314.645.3522. Romantic dining takes on a whole new meaning at this Contemporary American restaurant. Dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$$ Jimmy’s on the Park 706 DeMun Ave., 314.725.8585. An upscale atmosphere, live jazz on the weekends and innovative American cuisine make this a St. Louis favorite. Lunch Tues.-Sat. and dinner served daily, Sun. brunch. $$$ * Kaldi’s 700 DeMun Ave., 314.727.9955; 187 Carondelet Plaza, 314.726.2900. Offering plenty of options, like flavored coffees and premium blends. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $ * Katie’s Pizzeria 6611 Clayton Rd., 314.727.8585. This charming pizzeria is a little piece of Italy that offers appetizers, fresh house salads and a selection of delicious pizzas. Lunch and dinner served daily. $ *

SKYBOX 800 N. 3rd St., 314.241.5100. This upscale sports bar has over 80 TVs for game watching and Southern-inspired dishes. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. Dinner served daily. $$ Sleek 999 N. 2nd St., 314.621.9590. This upscale steakhouse is one of Hubert Keller’s signature restaurants. Dinner served daily. $$$ * SUGAR LOUNGE 1405 Washington Ave., 314.621.9946. This sweet new spot—pun intended— is Downtown’s chicest new lounge. $ Wasabi 1228 Washington Ave., 314.421.3500; Clayton location, 16 S. Central Ave., 314.721.9970. Experience traditional tastes of Japan at this contemporary restaurant. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ *

Clayton/Ladue Araka 131 Carondelet Plaza, 314.725.6777. This gorgeous newly opened restaurant in Clayton’s The Crescent features delicious European-inspired cuisine. Lunch Mon.-Sat. and dinner served daily, Sun. brunch. $$$ * BARcelona 34 N. Central Ave., 314.863.9909. A St. Louis see-and-be-seen stop to nosh on Spanish tapas. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$ * Bistro Alexander 7927 Forsyth Blvd., 314.725.9999. Classic bistro fare and daily specials. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ City Coffeehouse and CrÊperie 36 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.862.2489. This quaint coffeehouse offers a variety of lunch or dessert French

Lester’s Sports Bar and Grill 9906 Clayton Rd., 314.994.0055. Sports bar meets delicatessen meets BBQ at this Ladue hotspot, where the 68 flat screens are sure to satisfy every sports lover. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$ * Miso on Meramec 16 N. Meramec Ave., 314.863.7888. One of St. Louis’ most popular sushi spots, Miso is as famed for its Pan-Asian food as it is for its lounge. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$ Océano 44 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.721.9400. St. Louis’ premier seafood bistro is an elegant addition to the Clayton dining scene. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$$ * Pomme Café and Wine Bar 44 N. Central Ave., 314.721.8801. A charming café that possesses everything that a small Parisian spot should. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $$$ Roxane 12 N. Meramec Ave., 314.721.7700. Tucked away in a corner of Clayton, this small tapas-style spot is home to a very bohemian atmosphere. $$

South City/ Hampton/The Hill Aya Sofia 6671 Chippewa, 314.645.9919.

Add a dash of culture to your diet with exotic Turkish and Mediterranean delights. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$ * City Diner 3139 S. Grand Blvd., 314.772.6100. Travel back to the 1960s at this retro American diner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $ Erato 3117 S. Grand Blvd., 314.664.6400. A casual and elegant wine bar offering a wide selection of wines from around the world. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ Giovanni’s on The Hill 5201 Shaw Ave., 314.772.5958. This restaurant offers an authentic dining experience for everyone who enters. Dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$ MANGIA ITALIANO 3145 S. Grand Blvd., 314.664.8585. This spot serves casual cuisine in an intimate interior, with live music several nights of the week. Lunch Mon.-Sat. and dinner served daily. $$ Modesto 5257 Shaw Ave., 314.772.8272. Great Spanish eats and its famed Sangria make Modesto a must. Dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ * the Royale 3132 S. Kingshighway, 314.772.3600. This tavern-style restaurant pays homage to its St. Louis home with drinks named for different aspects of the town. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$ * Van Goghz 3200 Shenandoah Ave., 314.865.3345. With martinis served in every flavor, chillin’ with your favorite cocktail among the display of local art is easy. Open daily. $

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Franco 1535 S. 8th St., 314.436.2500. This cool bistro serves country French fare with a modern twist. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ * Frazer’s 1811 Pestalozzi St., 314.773.8646. Serving creative cuisine in an eclectic, comfortable atmosphere.. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn 3322 DeMenil St., 314.664.8024. This historic mansion, furnished with antiques and believed to be haunted, serves lunch and dinner with options like beef Wellington, shrimp linguine and tilapia. Also features murder mystery dinner theater and Sunday family-style dinners. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Tues.-Sat. $$ Niche 1831 Sidney St., 314.773.7755. With its crisp modern décor and cozy charm, this award-winning Soulard neighborhood bistro offers a fabulous New American menu. Dinner daily. $$$ * Park Avenue Coffee 1919 Park Ave., 314.621.4020. Not your average coffee shop—enjoy Chauvin coffee, bagels, house-made muffins, smoothies and a selection of over 40 gooey butter cakes. Open daily. $ Sidney Street Cafe 2000 Sidney St., 314.771.5777. Whether it’s a special occasion or just an average night out, this Benton Park spot excels at American cuisine with French and southern influences. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$$ Square One Brewery 1727 Park Ave., 314.231.2537. Upscale bar cuisine is what you’ll find at this casual bar and grill, with a globally influenced menu. Lunch and dinner served daily, Sun. brunch. $$ * SqWires 1415 S. 18th St., 314.865.3522. A seasonal menu features fresh interpretations of American classics. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily, Sat.-Sun. brunch. $$$ * The Stable 1821 Cherokee St., 314.771.8500 This brew house, distillery and pizzeria features bacon-wrapped dates, housemade grinders and an array of pizza and pasta. Located in the historic ✷ Cherokee Street district. $


Baileys Chocolate Bar 1915 Park Ave., 314.241.8100. Offering a mix of savory and sweet items, this hotspot serves desserts such as Baileys’ Chocolate Brownie and bread pudding. Open daily. $ CHAVAS 925 Geyer Ave., 314.241.5503. This laid-back restaurant serves classic Mexican cuisine and tasty margaritas. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$ Eleven Eleven Mississippi 1111 Mississippi Ave., 314.241.9999. This inviting restaurant offers a rustic, yet upscale atmosphere and Tuscaninspired items. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$

VIN DE SET 2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.8989. A French-inspired rooftop bistro complete with an extensive wine list and specialty martinis. Seafood and steak complete this fancy menu. Open for lunch and dinner Tues.-Fri. and bar is open Tues.Sun. $$$

University City Blueberry Hill 6504 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.4444. Joe Edwards’ flagship restaurant is as synonymous with St. Louis as the Arch—it’s a landmark restaurant not to be missed. $ Flaco’s Cocina 8400 Delmar Blvd., 314.395.4343.

Best known for introducing the Fish Taco to St. Louisans. Lunch and dinner served daily. $ Jilly’s Cupcake Bar 8509 Delmar Blvd., 314.993.5455. With more than just cupcakes to satisfy a sweet tooth, this bakery serves soups, salads, sandwiches and more. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $ ✷ Momos 630 North and South Rd., 314.863.3511. A hip, eclectic tapas bar and tavern serving traditional Greek fare. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served nightly. $$ * Blue Ocean Sushi 609 Eastgate Ave., 314.721.9168. This contemporary Japanese restaurant serves all-you-can-eat sushi and à la carte items, such as chicken teriyaki, tempura, and other popular Japanese/ Asian cuisine. Lunch served daily and ✷ dinner Thurs.-Sun. $

Mihalis a gorgeous destination to dine on traditional steakhouse fare. Dinner served Tues.-Sun., ✷ Sun. brunch. $$$ * Monarch 7401 Manchester Rd., 314.644.3995. The romantic atmosphere and extensive wine selection at this upscale restaurant perfectly complement the global fusion fare. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$ * Robust Wine Shoppe & Café 227 W. Lockwood Ave., 314.963.0033. Inspired by Sommelier Stanley Browne, this café is perfect for anyone interested in indulging in their love for food and wine. Lunch and dinner ✷ served Mon.-Sat. $$ *



Kirkwood/ Maplewood/ Webster Groves Boogaloo 7344 Manchester Rd., 314.645.4803. Featuring funky fusion fare combining Creole, Caribbean and Cajun flavors. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$ CYRANO’S 603 E. Lockwood Ave., 314.963.3232. Cyrano’s offers delicious gourmet desserts, plus a fantastic New American menu. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$ Dewey’s Pizzeria 124 N. Kirkwood Rd., 314.821.7474; 559 North and South Rd., University City, 314.726.3434. The gourmet pizza menu offers a creative spin on traditional pie. Lunch Mon.-Sat. and dinner served Mon.-Sun. $$ * El Scorcho 7356 Manchester Rd., 314.644.5566. Settle into one of the saddle bar stools in the cowboy-decorated restaurant and enjoy delicious Tex-Mex and BBQ faves. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$ *


Highway 61 Roadhouse & Kitchen 34 S. Old Orchard Ave., 314.968.0061. This southern-style restaurant offers everything from pulled pork sandwiches to BBQ spaghetti. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $ the jive & Wail dueling pianos 7376 Manchester Rd., 314.781.7000. From dueling pianos to unique pub fare, this new Maplewood hot spot has it all. Dinner served daily. $$* Maya Café 2726 Sutton Ave., 314.781.4774. Featuring Pan-Latin and Mexican cuisine, this Maplewood destination is a great getaway with a festive atmosphere and potent drinks. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ Mihalis Chophouse 1603 McCausland Ave., 314.333.3301. Glam golden interiors and a dramatic bar flanked by lounge furniture make

Creve Coeur/ Maryland Heights/ West County/ Chesterfield Annie Gunn’s 16806 Chesterfield Airport Rd., 636.532.7684. Known for its heartwarming dishes and fresh seasonal specials, Annie Gunn’s offers unforgettable steaks, seafood, soups and salads. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$$ * Caito’s Pizzeria 414 THF Blvd., 636.530.9222. This casual family-oriented restaurant, now with a new location in Webster Groves, offers pasta dishes, sandwiches, salads and pizza in a Tuscan-themed environment. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$ * IL BEL LAGO 11631 Olive Blvd., 314.994.1080. Boasts an extravagant Italian menu in an elegant Italian restaurant. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$ * Wapango 2020 Chesterfield Mall, 636.536.1151. A Pan-Latin experience spices up the night at Chesterfield’s own Latin/Caribbean fusion restaurant, featuring a delightful ambiance and menu. Lunch and dinner served daily, Sun. brunch. $$ Yia Yia’s Eurocafe 15601 Olive Blvd., 636.537.9991. Eclectic Mediterranean-inspired dishes served in an upscale, rustic atmosphere. Yia Yia’s offers everything from salads to tenderloins to its famous chocolate soufflé. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat., Sun. brunch. $$

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GULF SHORES RESTAURANT & GRILL Great seafood and New Orleans cuisine served in a wide variety of tantalizing dishes, including entrees, salads and soups in a smoke-free environment. Check out the housemade soups, sauces and desserts. 12528 olive blvd. 314.878.3306

The patio is open! Come and enjoy delicious Spring menu additions and daily specials. Open for lunch and dinner!


Beloved Balaban’s is reborn— Herbie’s a tribute to the original owner, revives classics such as shrimp dumplings and the famous chocolate beignets and features new, soon-tobe staples like duck confit crepes and eggplant roulade.









PIZZA & TRATTORIA Using only the freshest ingredients, Onesto offers made-from-scratch dishes. Dine on their beautiful patio this spring while enjoying daily lunch specials, a new beer and wine list and many new delicious menu items. 5401 FINKMAN • 314.802.8883 ONESTOPIZZA.COM


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Hours: Mon-Sat 5-11:30pm, Wine Bar open until 1:30am

SAND VOLLEYBALL IN FOREST PARK Spring/Summer 2009. Sand Volleyball Leagues start May 4. Register your team now.



MONARCH MONARCH Restaurant & Wine Bar features three distinctive dining areas with a spot for every mood. Award-winning wine list with over 450 bottle selections and 40 wines by the glass. Twenty-five dishes priced between $5–$15.



A distinctive premier chophouse with stunning, sultry décor. Enjoy prime cuts, the freshest seafood, and over 400 wine selections. Impressive, multi-level lounge features live entertainment every weekend. 1603 McCausland ave. 314.333.3301

609 LOUNGE Come party with us in the Delmar Loop! We feature premium Hookah selections, renowned DJ’s, daily happy hour from 5 to 8 pm, martinis and late-night food. Check out our new addition “all you can eat sushi” next door at Blue Ocean.

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Over 1,000 people joined us in toasting ALIVE’s 2009 Buzz Listers at Lucas Park Grille, where VIPS such as Pamela Raymond, Pat Shannon-VanMatre & Gary VanMatre sipped Absolut Mango cocktails and mingled with Buzz Listers Retta LeRitz-DiFate, Cynthia & Michael Uthoff, Kacie Starr Triplett, Chris Loesch and David Fisher. Attendees arrived to two beautiful Mercedes on display on Washington Avenue from Mercedes-Benz of Progress Point. Guests Mel Pashea, Kaylene Cohen, Ola Hawatmeh, Morris Wisdom and Cabanne Schlafly sipped Samuel Adams in the VIP area while Igal Alon, Debra Bass and Jeff Small were seen watching the behind-the-scenes video reel, created by GTV, from the Buzz List photo shoot. The video included photos of Buzz Listers such as Rams wide receiver Donnie Avery, Scott Wibbenmeyer and Ludo as they were styled by the experts at Studio Branca, Salon Branca, Salon Professional Academy and enjoyed food from Companion and Revival. At 8pm, Carissa Sweigart from Samuel Adams made a toast to the 2009 Buzz Listers including Terri F. Reilly, Nick Loftis, Tom Carnahan, Jesse Jones, Todd Beckman, Cindy Bambini, Patrice Mari and Mike Glodeck in the VIP area as Jan Anderson mingled with Jen Hengst and Buzz List photographer Tuan Lee. Sponsor and Buzz List winner Brown Shoe kept the party stylish with an array of shoe displays throughout the bar, and Fergie shoe designers Jaclyn Jezik and Lori Czajkowski were also spotted mingling with fellow Buzz Listers Randy Grim and Matt Krentz.—Cristy Miller

Kacie Starr Triplett & Alicia McDonald

Chris Loesch & Jeremiah Dellas Tanisha Montgomery, Erica Byfield & Lakisha Jackson

Lisa Rose Koon, Ola Hawatmeh & Cabanne Schlafly

Photos by ALIVE Scene Team.

Dan LeRitz, Eric DiFate & Retta LeRitz-DiFate Tuan Lee, Kate Silsby & Jen Hengst Ryan Lemnson, Carissa Sweigart & Don Nesbit

Igal Alon & Kasie Gray



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Carolyn Pointer, Patrick Stanley, Erica Browning & Laura Windmueller

Sara & Jesse Jones

Laura Leshe, Carolyne McClure, Cindy Bambini, Leeny Hoffmann & Jean Ducey Leslie Thompson and Felicia Brown Lynn Jenkins, Katie and Andrew Moore, Lori Czajkowski & Jaclyn and Adam Jezik

Dana Jones & Mel Pashea

Cynthia & Michael Uthoff

Joe Giger & Kristen Bender Mike & Jen Glodeck David Duraham, Jess Wornson & Terri F. Reilly

L. Frost, Nick Loftis & King Yella


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Atomic Cowboy


N’awlins girl Pamela Raymond of The Raymond Experience hosted “Mardi Gras Groove,” an evening of beer, beads and a crash course in Mardi Gras traditions at Atomic Cowboy. Guests caught groovin’ amid the crowd of revelers included Kristen Cornett, Erica Byfield, Gilberto Pinela, and Tim and Kim Ezell. Jeff Small was spotted hanging out with Debra Bass, Allyson Mace, DSly and Greg Lukeman while Kristen Bender and Carissa Sweigart from Samuel Adams were sighted by the tarot reader. Blu CitySpaces and Salon Privé also sponsored the event.—Cristy Miller

Stephanie Flynn & Greg Lukeman

Carrie Benson & Kate Poss

Photos courtesy of The Raymond Experience.

Evelyn Sharp & Roxanne McLeskey

Kyle Hamilton & DSly

Erica Byfield, Pamela Raymond & Kristen Cornett Debra Bass, Gilberto Pinela, Steve Perotti & Dr. Teressa Knight

Kristen Bender & Carissa Sweigart

Nicole Lyles Moore & Jasonee Ragland

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Alison Price & Sarah Bruno Angela Tablac & Stephanie Flynn

Jeff Kipp & Xavier Menard


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Kemp Auto Museum


Single St. Louisans converged at the Kemp Auto Museum for Single Mingle, a special Valentine’s Day event for those looking for that special someone. Over 400 people such as McGraw Milhaven, Noelle Lopez and Gerry Zavorsky attended this love-themed cocktail party and enjoyed speed dating as well as music and dancing from Utopia Entertainment. Synergi Medspa and 1st Date STL were on hand to provide guests with beauty and dating tips throughout the evening. —Cristy Miller Photos by ALIVE Scene Team.

Shaylyn Nedrig, Kim Nenaber & Cheryl Asmus Jennifer Hedges, Heather Griffin & Heather Kapp

Lisa Rose Koon, Ola Hawatmeh & Cabanne Schlafly

Alyssa Hamilton & Steve Green

Susan Hall & Rich Vickerson Monica Lewis, Laura Nordmann, Erick Jensen & Nicole Masterson

Gerry Zavorsky & Alexander Ferrugia Kara Smith, Michelle Somers, Kim Brooks & Nancy Cartwell Dave Pagant, Michelle Unruh, Brett Licata, Jessica Unruh & Megan McBride

Andrea Williams & Traci Peters



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The April 2009 issue of ALIVE magazine