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may 2009 | vol. 6 | issue 5

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St. Louis native Annie Wersching on her St. Louis roots and new lead role on Fox’s “24.”

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Annie Wersching photographed by Jeffrey Vogeding. ALIVE, May 2009, Volume 6, Issue 5 (Periodical #025095) is published monthly by ALIVE Media Group, L.L.C., 50 Maryland Plaza, Fourth Floor, St. Louis, MO 63108. Periodicals Postage paid at St. Louis, MO, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ALIVE, 50 Maryland Plaza, Fourth Floor, St. Louis, MO 63108. One-year subscription rate $12.00; two-year subscription rate $18.00. To order a subscription call, 314.446.4059 or log on to



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Cricket Wireless presents the top three bands creating buzz on the St. Louis music scene.


When it comes to dressing for the long-awaited lazy days of summer, less is more.

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STLnow 036. STL Now 7 things you must do

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CALENDAR Arts, culture and


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LIVING Fire up the grill with Schnucks


WEDDINGS Two St. Louis doctors

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NIGHTLIFE Chouteau’s Landing’s new late-night lounge, Black Label.

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Runway Report We first got to shoot Centro model Jesse Pinson, one of the

designers’ most popular models at Saint Louis Fashion Week, on the Bud Light Party Cruise. Flipping through “Summer Ready” (p.58), it will immediately become obvious why she was selected by designers to walk shows as diverse as Beach Bunny Swimwear, Black Halo, Diesel, Jerell Scott and Lori Coulter Made-to-Order Swimwear. Budweiser Select Saint Louis Fashion Week kicked off its biggest season to date with a sold-out room at Bakers Project: Design! Host and “Project Runway” alum Jerell Scott charmed St. Louis, making custom dresses for local fans, working it for the local media and delivering a killer collection that wowed the crowd. Jerell and fellow judges Debra Bass of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, designer Lori Coulter, Bakers’ Mark Ianni and Washington University’s Jeigh Singleton awarded contest finalist Michael Drummond the much-deserved $30,000 grand prize package. Love Brigade’s Chris “Tinypants” Dang summed it up best when he said, “Michael Drummond’s work appears to have been woven by gods.” The week went from the sultry looks of Beach Bunny and Black Halo to the feminine, vintage-inspired collection of Cloak & Dagger to the high-powered presentations of TRIM, Bolongaro Trevor, Love Brigade and Wrath Arcane. Kait Bolongaro and Stuart Trevor were spotted mingling with Mother Model Management’s Jeff and Mary Clarke and enjoying Bud Select; Plaza Audi’s Chris Klugesherz and Food Outreach Executive Director Greg Lukeman toasted Plaza Motors’ support of local food agency Food Outreach; front-row regulars Bill Donius and Jay Perez were joined on Thursday night by Susan Sherman, Jacob Laws, Jimmy Jamieson and Roberta and Allan Cohen made their way to the front row for Macy’s Presents GLOW, always one of the most anticipated highlights of the season. Centro Models’ Sharon Tucci and St. Louis Business Journal’s Ellen Scherberg sampled many of the week’s events in support of STL’s best local design talent, from Jon Maurice, Charlie Smith and Jeff Stevens’ TRIM show and FGI’s FRESH to Lori Coulter’s Made-toOrder Swimwear show and the impressive presentation by Jeigh Singleton’s and Robin Verhage-Abrams’ fashion design students at the Washington University show, which wrapped the week.



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This month, we celebrate St. Louis’ music scene with a street festival showcasing the best breakout bands at Cricket Wireless Presents Emerging Artists on May 16 from 3pm-8pm. To purchase tickets, log on to and to see a preview of the lineup, turn to pg.72.

Lori Coulter, Sharon Tucci & Attilio D’Agostino at the Saint Louis Fashion Week Press Conference.



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letter from the editor ALIVE After Hours While putting together this month’s issue, the ALIVE team didn’t get much sleep. After all, production began just as Saint Louis Fashion Week kicked off. Between the nightly VIP parties, runway shows and Bud Select After-Parties (see the exclusive insider coverage starting on p.103), we managed to find time to frequent a slew of late-night hotspots—all in the name of research, of course—to pull together last-minute details for this month’s feature, “101 Things To Do In St. Louis After Dark” (p.66).

A go-to guide for all things after-hours, the story speaks to anyone planning a date night, a girls’ night or an adventure in the city past sundown. Writer Natalie Kurz and photographer Liz Reiff Sloan foraged the city for places that serve dinner way into the night, wine bars that keep pouring after 11pm and late-night live music spots to keep things jammin’ into the next morning.

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Photo by Bob Pitts

Music fans get an extra dose of love this month as ALIVE unveils the top new talent in the Emerging Artists contest presented by Cricket Wireless. Over the last three months, readers have cast their votes for local musicians on; on May 16, the top six bands will perform at our second annual music fest Downtown on Washington Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets. For a sneak peek at the top three breakout bands headlining the concert, flip to p.72.

Speaking of breakout stars, we were excited to catch up with this month’s cover girl, Annie Wersching. A St. Louis girl from the Central West End, Annie hit star status this year in her role as FBI Agent Renee Walker opposite Kiefer Sutherland in “24.” Get all the classified info on this superstar on p.64.



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Now that summer’s almost here, Amy De La Hunt can be found drinking wine on the patio—either in her own backyard or at local restaurants. She has several favorite outdoor destinations, but she never shies away from new possibilities, like this month’s visit to an artistic venue on Chouteau’s Landing (p.86). In addition to nightlife and restaurants, Amy writes about food, cooking, education and children’s health for a variety of publications and blogs about free things to do in St. Louis at

It’s a frequent problem for Contributing Editor Natalie Kurz—she’ll finish an evening out somewhere around 9pm and start wondering, “What’s open?” or “Where can I get some molten chocolate lava cake?” So she was delighted to write this month’s feature on “101 Things to Do After Dark” (p.66), including places to get dessert, have a drink or dance—not that you’d want to witness her doing that last one, as she’s not the most accomplished club dancer.



Photographer Tuan Lee is happy to report that his new studio Downtown has been an incredibly satisfying adventure. “Working in the studio at any given time, for testing light, ideas or collaborations, is a wonderful experience. It’s easy to see why scientists spend hours before realizing they need to go home, shower or eat.” Tuan Lee is an active contributor; this month he photographed the top three bands in ALIVE’s Emerging Artists contest (p.72).

Jeffrey Vogeding was born in Germany, raised in St. Louis and now lives in Los Angeles where he attended Art Center College of Design. Jeffrey thinks people in Los Angeles and St. Louis aren’t that different. “The only real difference is that people in L.A. won’t ask what high school you went to.” Jeffrey photographed fellow St. Louis native Annie Wersching for this month’s cover story (p.64).

socialscene Wall Ball ’09 april 4> The St. Louis City Open Studio and Gallery hosted another successful Wall Ball event this year, attracting over 1,000 art-loving attendees to Third Degree Glass Factory. Guests had the opportunity to see art created right before their eyes as over 50 local artists painted, drew and sculpted. Throughout the evening, guests bid on their favorite pieces and the highest bidders took the art home. Proceeds from ticket sales benefited SCOSAG. Photos courtesy of Blacktie-St. Louis.

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socialscene Saint Louis Zoo’s Zoofari Kickoff Party April 2> Neiman Marcus and the Saint Louis Zoo invited guests to a Zoofari 2009 sneak peek at this kickoff soiree. Attendees enjoyed a cocktail reception and live entertainment. This year’s highly anticipated Zoofari event, benefiting the Saint Louis Zoo, is June 19 and will feature over 70 St. Louis area eateries and live music by the Commodores. Photos courtesy of Blacktie-St. Louis.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Transformation Rx Program Q: Who is a candidate for the Transformation Rx Program? A: Those with 15 or more pounds to lose. Q: How much weight can I lose? A: Most people lose 2-4 lbs. per week. Q: What kind of diet will I be on? A: Patients follow Dr. Robins’ customized low-calorie, lowcarbohydrate, high-protein meal program until they reach their goal weight. After that, patients transition to a maintenance diet. Q: Will my insurance cover the program? A: Visits are covered at a flat rate. Lab analysis and most medications are covered by insurance.

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Following an initial comprehensive medical exam and medical screening, including lab work and body fat analysis, Dr. Robins works with patients to create a personalized diet that may feature meal supplements or replacements. Dr. Robins discusses the use of prescription medications and natural supplements that control appetite and help metabolism. She also discusses the use of lipotropic injections. Lipotropic injections enhance the liver and gallbladder’s role to decrease fat deposits and speed up the breakdown of fat and its removal.


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St. Louis Firefighters Bachelor Auction March 20 Eighteen single St. Louis firefighters heated up the Grand Ballroom of the Millennium Hotel to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Auctioneers Heidi Glaus, Virginia Kerr and April Simpson helped raise over $55,000 for the Missouri Children’s Burn Camp, Backstoppers and the St. Louis Fire Department’s Lifesaving Foundation. Lucky bidders won exciting dates with one of the city’s bravest men in uniform. Photos by Bill Greenblatt

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Head to Macklind Business District for their signature event on Saturday, May 16 and enjoy art, live music, dancing, street performers, food and fun as you support local businesses. Time: 11am-8pm. For more information, visit

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Party in style during St. Louis Pride Fest weekend at ULTRA, taking place on Saturday, June 27. Girl Friday Promotions hosts this second annual event that drew over 800 partygoers to celebrate gay pride last year. This year’s event will feature Twisted Tea cocktails, the hottest DJs and entertainment and an all-night dance party. Partial proceeds benefit HRC. For more info, go to

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Things You Must Do This Month 1. ICY HOT

2. Emerging Artists music festival


On May 16, we’re closing down Washington Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets for Cricket Wireless Presents Emerging Artists, a street music festival featuring top up-and-coming STL bands. You voted. We listened. And booked your favorites to play from 3pm-8pm, including Soul Alliance, Sunmotel and Jon Hardy and the Public. Enjoy drinks from Miller Chill and FIJI Water as well as food from Smoking Joe’s. Cost: $5 in advance; $10 at the door. Tickets on sale at

At Urbanaire on May 9 at The Rialto Ballroom in Grand Center. This Miami-esque bash starts at 10pm and includes music from Soul Alliance, Pyromorphics and house DJs all night, food from SLeeK and features a champagne bar with five types of bubbly. Bringing together community leaders, politicians and forward-thinking young professionals alike, this highenergy event raises funds for PROMO, Missouri’s statewide LGBT advocacy group. $35 in advance; $50 at the door. Tickets on sale at



Gather your amigos and head to Cherokee Street on May 2 for one of the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in St. Louis. Chow down on authentic eats and knock back a margarita or two as you celebrate Mexican heritage with live entertainment, music from artists such as Javier Mendoza and Destinadas, arts and crafts and street performers. Free admission. For more info, log on to or call 314.256.1380 (Cherokee Street, Benton Park).

Ladies, break out the red lipstick; Fellas, have your skinny ties on the ready. COCA’s 2009 COCAcabana event, titled MADness, draws its theme from the award-winning TV series “Mad Men” and the posh style of the early ’60s (we hear “Mad Men” star and St. Louis native Jon Hamm will be in attendance). Enjoy a swanky night of dancing, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and an auction. Proceeds support COCA’s multidisciplinary programs for performers and artists of all ages. Time 6:30pm. Cost: $175-$450. For more info or tickets, visit or call 314.725.6555 (524 Trinity Ave., The Loop).

5. NEXT TOP MODEL Think you’ve got what it takes to be fashion’s next fresh face? Practice your model walk down to the Macy’s Model Search May 9. Internationally renowned scout Tony Perkins of L.A.-based Vision Models and St. Louis’ West Model & Talent will be looking for women, age 13-21 who are 5’6 or taller. The top five girls from the search will work the runway in Macy’s swimwear fashion show at 3pm. The winning model will be featured in an upcoming issue of ALIVE and could receive representation from West and Vision agencies. For more info, call 314.966.0017 (2 West County Center, Des Pres).



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6. MADE IN america Check out some of the country’s top jewelry designers as Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers hosts “From Sea To Shining Sea,” a celebration of American jewelry design, May 4-9. As they shop Elleard Heffern’s stunning selection, guests can meet and greet top designers such as Michael Bondanza, Mark Patterson and SeidenGang. For more info, call 314.863.8820 (101 S. Hanley Rd, Clayton).

Christina Applegate photo courtesy of Creative Producers Group; Middle photo courtesy of Elleard Heffern; Bottom photo courtesy of Macy’s;

Join special guest Christina Applegate and St. Louis philanthropists, survivors and patients on May 16 at the Ritz-Carlton for Illumination09’s Fire & Ice Gala benefiting Siteman Cancer Center. Proceeds from this year’s gala will benefit research that will enable doctors to fight specific cancers and reduce or eliminate side effects based on patient’s genes. For more info or to make reservations call 314.286.2241 or log on to (100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton).


Calendar: May

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


May 1-6, Mad Art Gallery. Explore the everexpanding business of cosmetic surgery through both literal and representational imagery gathered from nature and actual procedures as the world continues to obsess about the quest for beauty. For more info, visit or call 314.771.8230 (2727 S. 12th St., Soulard). CHANTAL AKERMAN: MOVING THROUGH TIME AND SPACE

Acclaimed film artist Chantal Akerman at the Contemporary Art Museum.

314.961.0644 (Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Rd., Webster Groves). LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

May 29-June 28, Stages St. Louis. A killer, talking plant helps launch a meek floral assistant into the spotlight in this playful musical written by Disney duo Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Cost: $48. Tickets on sale at or 314.821.2407 (Robert G. Reim Theatre, 111 S. Geyer Rd., Kirkwood). BILLY JOEL & ELTON JOHN



May 12-24, Fox Theatre. Grab your dancing shoes for one of Broadway’s best-loved musicals exploring the “make it big on Broadway” dreams of 17 dancers during a drama-filled audition. Cost: $23-$64. Tickets on sale at or 314.534.1111 (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). May 23-June 27, Opera Theater of St. Louis. Whether told through this classic Puccini opera or through the rock musical Rent, the heartbreaking love story of Mimi, Rodolfo and the rest of the bohemian artists depicts a distinct way of life during a tumultuous time in history. Cost: $25-$117. Tickets on sale at or



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May 21-23, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. Experience the best dancers in the Midwest with three nights of performances from 30 regional dance companies, including a taste of jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, ballet, flamenco and more. Cost: $10/night. Tickets on sale at or 314.516.4949 (UMSL, One University Blvd., Florissant).

May 14, Scottrade Center. The two legendary piano men team up for another unforgettable tour featuring some of the most-hummed tunes of the last three decades. Cost: $51.50-$177. Tickets on sale at or 314.241.1888 (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown). May 4, Fox Theatre. Following the success of their first two albums, “Hot Fuss” and “Sam’s Town,” this quartet released “Day & Age” in November ’08, with the breakout hit “Human” and brings their punk-pop sounds to the Fox Theatre this month. Cost: $32.50-$70. Tickets on sale at or 314.534.1111 (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). [Comedy]




May 8-August 2, Contemporary Art Museum. Featuring five video installations from revolutionary filmmaker Chantal Akerman, this is the first museum survey of the renowned documentary director’s work. Cost: Free for members; $5 non-members. For more info, visit or call 314.535.4360 (3750 Washington Ave., Grand Center). A CHORUS LINE



May 15, Scottrade Center. Tune in for funnyman and movie cutie Dane Cook’s own brand of obnoxious observational humor with a bit of a sarcastic edge. $30-$100. Tickets on sale at or 314.241.1888 (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown).

[Festivals] Festival of Food & Flowers

May 16, Kirkwood Farmers’ Market. An afternoon of live music, food and flower sales for the gardening enthusiast. Don’t have a green thumb? Check out the “Artists in Bloom” area with artwork from local artists. Time: 10am (Downtown Kirkwood Farmers’ Market). { KEY } Outdoor Free

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Dane Cook photo courtesy of Scottrade Center; Chantal Akerman photo courtesy of Contemporary Art Museum; Spring to Dance photo courtesy of Dance St. Louis.

Comedic cutie Dane Cook stops at the Fox.


Hot Shots Three tequila makers reveal their spirits. By Amy de la Hunt Few spirits can match tequila’s versatility. Basic blancos and reposados are perfect for

shooting, mixing or infusing, especially with fruity or spicy flavors. Premium reposados and añejos, on the other hand, are meant to be sipped and savored so the blue agave taste, enhanced by oak aging, warms your entire palate. Interest in tequila may peak on Cinco de Mayo, but once you start to experiment with the varied styles of this classic Mexican liquor, you’ll be singing its praises all summer long. Here is a trio of tequilas by three top makers.

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Make Your Own At Home Plan your own fiesta at home with these margarita recipes from three of St. Louis’ top Mexican hotspots.

1. Avocado-Mango

Margarita On the menu at El Borracho 1/4 ripe avocado, peeled 1 1/4oz El Mayor Blanco tequila 1oz mango liqueur 2 1/2oz fresh-squeezed sour mix Orange peel for garnish Muddle the avocado in a mixing tin with ice cubes. Add the tequila, liqueur and sour mix; shake well. Pour into a traditional margarita glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.

On the menu at El Scorcho 1 tsp ground ginger 3 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp Rose’s Lime Cordial Mixer Ice 1 1/2oz Hussong’s reposado tequila 2 tbsp ginger simple syrup 1oz Cointreau Juice of 1 lime Lime wedge for garnish

On a plate, mix the ginger and salt. On another plate, pour the Rose’s Lime. Dip the rim of the glass in the lime and then in the ginger/ salt mix. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, ginger syrup, Cointreau and the lime juice and shake well. Pour the mixture (including ice) into the salted glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

El Jimador Blanco Taste: Uncommonly smooth, with hints of fruit underlying the agave flavor.

Hornitos Reposado Taste: Plenty of agave edge, with a spicy flavor and warm, oaky finish.

el Mayor Añejo Taste: Very smooth, with notes of caramel, sweet agave, grilled fruit and brown spices.

Blanco tequila isn’t aged, so distillation is key to ensuring its smoothness. Introduced in 1994, el Jimador is already Mexico’s best-selling tequila. In cocktails, blanco tequila is usually mixed with juices for south-of-theborder favorites like the lime-laced margarita and the grapefruity Paloma.

Until 50 years ago, tequilas had little middle ground between un-aged blancos and oaky reposados or añejos. Then the Sauza family started using 10,000-gallon wooden aging vats instead of 55-gallon barrels. The result was the Hornitos brand, a smooth reposado that keeps its agave flavor after two months in oak.

The González family believes so strongly in tradition that it still uses donkeys on its agave plantation. Then again, at its stateof-the-art distillery, no expense is spared in making and aging its super-premium tequilas. The rich, amber-colored añejo is aged up to three years in small oak barrels, resulting in a superior sipping tequila.

3. Mango-Chile Margarita On the menu at Atomic Cowboy 1oz triple sec 2oz house-infused mango-chile tequila 4oz margarita mix A splash of orange juice A splash of pineapple juice Lime wedge and chile pepper for garnish

Shake the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into a margarita glass and garnish with the lime wedge and chile pepper.



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nowserving Mex in Midtown Chuy’s Mexican restaurant fans rejoice: After closing the doors of its Dogtown location late last year, the restaurant is soon reopening under new ownership in the Coronado in Midtown.

All that Jazz The former Red Moon restaurant space Downtown is now home to a new tenant. St. Louis Jazz Café, a restaurant and nightclub, features upscale comfort food and music from local and national jazz artists.

New From SOL The team behind Sol Lounge will debut a new restaurant and lounge this month called Reference Room. The new “hidden library”-like space is located on the third floor and will serve spirits late.

Left photo courtesy of Brown-Forman; Middle photo courtesy of Beam Global Spirits and Wine; Right photo courtesy of Luxco.

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Cherokee Street This eclectic Benton Park avenue flourishes as one of St. Louis’ hippest up-and-coming destination neighborhoods. By Sheniqua Faulkner A neighborhood that has always proudly showcased its rich history, diversity and charm, Cherokee Street looks to the future as it embraces its status as the next STL “it” spot. The cradle of St. Louis’ beer-brewing heritage and home to a renowned antiques district, Cherokee remains a must-visit South City street for both locals and visitors. It’s an eclectic meeting place where art, dining, dancing, culture and shopping are all within walking distance.

CASA LOMA BALLROOM A St. Louis institution for nearly 80 years, Casa Loma has welcomed music legends such as Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman & Frank Sinatra. Today, Casa Loma continues to attract local and national music acts and hosts private events, wedding receptions and themed parties. You can also learn the twists of the Tango or finesse your Foxtrot with dance lessons every Friday night. wy o m

THE LEMP MANSION This meticulously maintained Victorian home, once the residence of the famed Lemp family of brew masters, has stood the test of time for nearly 150 years. Today, the mansion is a charming—and some say haunted—restaurant and inn featuring a spooky murder mystery dinner theater.

RETRO 101 A stroll along Cherokee wouldn’t be complete without a stop into this cute vintage shop. With three levels of throwback duds, funky furniture, kitschy costume jewelry and groovy decorative items from bygone eras, Retro 101 is the kind of place you can’t leave without discovering something you just gotta have.




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phd Gallery Not only does artist and owner Philip Hitchcock’s corner gallery showcase the work of local, regional and international artists, the gallery space itself is something to behold. The beautifully restored 2-year-old building is LEED certified. The works of St. Louis artists Charles Houska, Polly Saputo and Mark Florida have been featured here.



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Mississippi Mud House Recognized as one of St. Louis’ best coffeehouses, Mississippi Mud House fuels early-morning antique shoppers with freshly roasted coffee, delicious baked pastries, soups and sandwiches. The beautiful building, cozy interior décor and free wi-fi draw those seeking a neighborhood spot to grab breakfast or lunch, study or catch up with friends over a cup of Mississippi Mud’s artfully crafted coffee creations.

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10 Mississippi Mud House 2101 Cherokee St. 314.776.6599 11 phd Gallery 2300 Cherokee St. 314.664.6644 12 Retro 101 2303 Cherokee St. 314.762.9722

THE STABLE Once stables of the historic Lemp Brewery, The Stable serves elevated pub fare (with an emphasis on pizza) and a pages-long beer list even the staunchest beer connoisseur would marvel. Every other Saturday, STL’s hipster set comes to The Stable for London Calling, the city’s underground Britpop dance party.

13 Ruth’s Vintage Clothing 2001 Cherokee St. 314.865.1091 14 the Shangri-La Diner 2201 Cherokee St. 314.772.8308 15 The Stable 1821 Cherokee St. 314.771.8500 Each month, ALIVE spotlights a hot STL block and the shopping, dining, nightlife and cultural destinations that make it a standout. Tell us why your block is hot at We would be coming to your neighborhood next!


Specs For Every Style The Eye Bar’s stellar selection of eyewear guarantees glasses suitable for all. By Jill Manoff Whether your style is classic (your closet is lined with Chanel suits), modern (you’re a fan of minimalist pieces by Calvin Klein) or trendy (current loves include of-the-moment designer Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs’ ‘80s-inspired collection for fall), you’re the type of girl who likes to make a statement with her clothing and accessories. So, when selecting eyewear, pick something that complements your signature style; complete your look with one of these fabulous new frames available at The Eye Bar.


You want timeless. You want sophisticated. You want the Chanel 2.55 handbag in the form of eyewear. Your best bet? The latest traditional frames by Kazuo Kawasaki (704 style, shown).




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Fresh from the runways, of-the-moment eyewear is plastic and oversized. Shop the Oliver Peoples (Riley style, shown) or Grotesque collection and wear at least through fall; they’ll still be hot, according to Jenni Kayne, Antonio Azzuolo and Scott Sternberg, who hyped them in their latest shows.

Double Feature The fashion design students of Lindenwood University will present “Moda Metropolis,” the school’s 12th Annual Fashion Show, at 8pm on Sunday, May 3 at the Emerson Black Box Theater and Friday, May 8 at the Bezemes Family Theater on Lindenwood’s main campus. For more information, visit


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Match Made in Heaven Brown Shoe brand Via Spiga recently teamed with fashion’s current darlings Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock to unveil a to-diefor collection of Vena Cava for Via Spiga footwear; think heeled mules in nude hues with hardware-heavy toes and chain link flat sandals. Available at

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the eye bar At The Eye Bar, the philosophy is simple: your optical experience should be fun and fashion should inspire you. Offering sunglasses and prescription eyewear created by the industry’s most experienced designers, The Eye Bar invites you to take a seat at the innovative bar and rest assured that the frames you walk away with will be a current style of the highest quality and will provide you with the best vision possible (The Eye Bar works closely with the city’s most respected doctors). Shop exclusive styles by designers such as Sama, 2.5 and Face à Face. 401 N. Euclid, Central West End, 314.367.1848.

A Fashionable Cause For a fashion-filled day (think fashion show, luncheon and shopping such boutiques as Jule, Jecca and Susan Lynn’s), join the St. Nicholas Philoptochos Women’s Society for an event benefiting Autism Speaks at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac on May 16. For more information, call 314.361.6924, ext. 11.

Photos courtesy of The Eye Bar.

Looking current but not too trendy is a tough art to master. A chunkier frame speaks to today’s fashion, but bears staying power— so you won’t need to trade in come fall. Get it right with bold frames by Robert Marc or Face à Face (Karma style, shown).

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Fresh for spring, you’ll be tempted to pluck a colorful handbag from the new Rough Roses collection.


Those in the fashion know can tell the difference between a $700 bag and one that

costs hundreds less—or so they thought. From the makers of the iconic Linea Pelle belt brand, Rough Roses handbags incorporate luxe leather, suede, chains and studs—so they bear the look of more expensive brands without breaking the bank ($325-$435). What’s more, each bag is available in a plethora of poppy shades—so you can retire that dark and dismal bag you’ve been toting all winter. If you’re truly bold, take a clue from the catwalks and pair the look with equally bright clothing; or, let the handbag be the standout piece in an otherwise-neutral ensemble. Either way, look on the bright side this spring and sport a Rough Roses handbag, available at Blush, Kirkwood, 314.965.4411.


Carrying contemporary, fashion-forward clothing for all women at a variety of price points, Sarah King’s Blush boutique opened in Kirkwood in 2006. Since, Blush has become St. Louis’ go-to for such coveted labels as Free People, Virgins Saints & Angels, Tulle and Tano. Blush is located at 151 W. Jefferson Ave. (314.965.4411).

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When it comes to fine jewelry, gold is the metal of the moment. By Jill Manoff

pleasures. Simplify your search and head to Simons Jewelers in Clayton, where you’ll find the collections of many who specialize in the precious metal of the moment, including these three talented designers (Simons Jewelers, Clayton, 314.725.8888).

Golden Eye: Marco Bicego

Golden Girl: Judith Ripka

The Family Jewels: Jeff Mazza

Marco Bicego Jaipur collections earrings in 18K yellow gold, with green tourmaline and amethyst semi-precious gemstones.

Judith Ripka Aurora Cuff in 18K yellow gold with diamonds, pink opals and pink sapphires.

Jeff Mazza 18K ring with hand-carved gemstones.

With a gift for creatively reinventing the ageold goldsmith traditions handed down to him by his father, designer Marco Bicego is said to have redefined the phrase “everyday luxury”; his jewelry—from delicate, liquid-like chains to more substantial, jeweled rings—is exceptional enough to make a statement, yet personal enough to wear every day.

Known for her versatile, classic jewelry with a modern twist, Judith Ripka uses the finest materials to create unique combinations of color, gemstones and metals. Her distinctive 18K gold and diamond fine jewelry is award winning and is coveted by a slew of celebrities, from Kate Hudson and Courtney Cox to Cindy Crawford and Nicole Richie.

Of the Mazza family, whose involvement in the jewelry industry dates back nearly two centuries, Jeff Mazza holds true to longstanding traditions of commitment to contemporary design and holding fast to the practices of the Italian masters. Incorporating hand-carved gemstones and fine jewelry techniques passed on from generation to generation, Mazza is the leading creator of 14K and 18K fashion jewelry.

editor’s pick cuff love One of the top trends in jewelry right now is the gold cuff—with such ofthe-moment designers as Herve Van der Straeten and Jeff Mazza (shown, available at Simons Jewelers) revealing must-have big, chunky, yellow gold bracelets for spring. Celebs including Paris Hilton, Eva Longoria and Jennifer Lopez have dooned the versatile look for day and night, favoring both hammered and jeweled versions this season.



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Jeff Mazza cuff in 14K yellow gold with pink and green tourmaline semiprecious gemstones.

Photos courtesy of Marco Bicego, Judith Ripka and Jeff Mazza.

the fine jewelry market is best described as a gold mine, overflowing with must-have yellow gold treasures just waiting to be discovered. Recently seen in luxe lariats, cuffs and gold creations of their own, style icons Jade Jagger and Heidi Klum have fueled the urge for such “gilty”


Burn Fat Fast! A trio of calorie-busting classes to get you slimmed down for body-baring season. By Natalie Kurz

Dance-Based Workout

From the people that brought you Cardio Strip Fit comes the latest craze in dance-based workouts. Part workout, part dance party, Zumba pairs pulsating Latin rhythms with hip-shakin’ moves from cumbia, salsa, samba and merengue, combining fast and slow beats with resistance training to burn fat fast while sculpting your hips, abs and butt to fill out a super-cute boy short bikini (The Fitness Studio, Clayton, 314.863.4803,

Boxing & Interval Training

Get total-body toning with The SWEAT Workout, guaranteed to make you, well, sweat. Based on interval training, which alternates timed spurts of activity with brief rest periods, this high-energy class melts pounds with boxing, abs and leg exercises and weight work to maximize the burn while minimizing your waistline. Think how rockin’ you’ll look in a two-piece with volleyball player abs and boxer arms (SWEAT St. Louis, Clayton, 314.725.2714,


beauty buzz: 5 summer musthaves for skin, hair and body.

For Your Fingers: Inspired by sizzlin’ South Beach, OPI Feelin’ Hot-HotHot! nail polish is as sultry as summer itself ($8.50, Dillard’s).



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For Your Tresses: Shield hair from UV damage with Warren Tricomi Resort Ready Travel Kit, packed with a mini shampoo, conditioner, hair shield and hairspray ($32, Soft Surroundings).

For Your Cheeks: Create a perfect, subtly shimmering summer glow with the floral-inspired Estée Lauder Vivid Garden Illuminating Powder ($32, Nordstrom).

For Your Lashes: Get perfectly separated, clumpfree lashes with Prescriptives Motor-Eyes Instant Action Mascara, a vibrating lash lengthener that also delivers extreme volume ($32, Macy’s).

For Your Face: Protect skin from sun damage while imparting a luminous glow with La Mer The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid’s exclusive photonic spheres ($65, Neiman Marcus).

Photos courtesy of OPI, La Mer, Estée Lauder, Prescriptives and Soft Surroundings.

This camp is no sleep-away slumber party. Filled with high-intensity cardio, the bootcamp at Santé combines strength and agility training with core conditioning to build muscle and melt flab for a super-sexy summer body. The perfect antidote to a lazy winter (Santé at the Chase Park Plaza, Central West End, 314.633.3020,


Cooking Up A Bestseller St. Louisans know him as an upbeat radio and TV personality, and from the outside, Paul Cook’s life always appeared ideal. What people may not know is that Cook spent years struggling with an addiction to drugs and alcohol. His new memoir, Cooked in LA, chronicles his descent to rock bottom, his inspirational recovery and his return to his River City roots with a dose of wry humor, emotional self-reflection and brutal honesty. By Sheniqua Faulkner | Photo by Liz Reiff Sloan

5 Things You’ll Learn About Paul Cook by Reading His Book: 1.

Paul almost lost his life in order to protect a beaver costume.


From 1995-2002, Paul moved 10 times for radio jobs.


Paul is not a fan of personal space invasion, especially while waiting in line at the store.


Paul was employed at a Latin-only speaking restaurant for an hour and a half (before walking out).


Paul has had an eclectic mix of celebrity encounters while working as a radio and TV personality, including Sean Penn, Weird Al Yankovic, Flavor Flav, Vince Vaughn and one of Paul’s personal idols, Hunter S. Thompson.

SF: What inspired you to write the book? PC: The belief that my story would help another

wouldn’t have done it. My mom and dad have accepted it and they always end conversations saying, “We know how important this is to you, we know this is going to help people, so do what you need to do, and don’t worry about us.” SF: How did you get started in radio and TV? PC: Three weeks before I graduated college, I was

person know they are not crazy or alone, like I thought I was. Working with other alcoholics has shown me that sharing from one alcoholic to another goes much further than what a hospital, recovery center or therapist can offer. Alcoholics are naturally skeptical, and seeing that you have been where they are helps make them willing to try a solution.

offered a job in sales for Yellow Page Advertising Company in West County. I hated my job so much, I would listen to Steve and D.C. every morning and just think, “Man, I can do that. I think I can do that.” I jumped into it, and I got an internship at Y98. It’s funny, Steve and D.C. and I were up for an award together, and I got to tell them they inspired me to go into radio. And then I ended up beating them.

SF: The book is filled with deeply personal

SF: You’re helping others with their own

anecdotes. How did your wife, Jennifer, and the rest of your family feel about you writing this book? PC: Jen was incredible. The beginning [of the book] shows that she was involved in this kind of [drug] culture with me. She could have had a problem with it, and if she would have, I



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substance abuse recovery. How did you get involved? PC: When I got well, people told me, “The way you feel right now—the great feeling you feel because you are free from drugs and alcohol—will not stay if you don’t pass it on.” I met a really neat man when I was about a year

sober named Frank Nally who is involved with STAR, Supporting Teens At Risk. They go into schools and try to change the culture that says it’s cool to do drugs, it’s cool to act drunk and it’s cool to be drunk. And I’ve been blessed to be involved with them in a major way [Cook is on the organization’s board of directors and frequently speaks with students in St. Louis schools]. I hope that the book springboards into more opportunities for involvement. SF: Any other projects in the works? PC: I have like three books that I’m writing. I

want to do fiction, and I have much of a book written called The Killer Focus Group, which is about consulting and the way we are sold into the world. I have another one about other stories, things I did wrong. The stories in my life are hilarious, like how I tried to make it in radio. And I just completed one for my daughters called Floyd and the Future Frog. Cooked in LA, published by Kunati Books, is available in bookstores nationwide. Paul Cook will appear at Subterranean Books April 30 from 7pm-9pm and Barnes & Noble West County Center May 2 from 2pm-4pm to sign copies of his book.

Book photo courtesy of Kunati, Inc.

Sheniqua Faulkner: Your book, Cooked in LA, hit bookstore shelves in April. How are you feeling about its release? Paul Cook: It has been a long year, I’ll say that. Waiting and trying to get it ready and dreaming of what it’ll be like when it comes out…


Fire Up The Grill! Kick off your summer with a series of patio-party-perfect recipes from Schnucks Cooks. By Sheniqua Faulkner Soon, the cool spring air will give way to sultry summer heat waves, and the days of huddling

inside to avoid rain showers will be replaced with gathering around the grill—cold beer in hand— for outdoor entertaining. Step up your grilling game with this twist on burgers and beer, created by the experts at Schnucks Cooks. This new in-store meal demonstration program invites customers to watch, learn and taste the final result before trying a recipe at home. With Schnucks’ wide selection of groceries and on-hand help, you’ll be all set to prepare your own crowd-pleasing meal.

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A member of Blue Moon’s Seasonal Collection, Honey Moon Summer Ale is the perfect complement to these sizzling summer burgers. This crisp citrus brew is made with clover honey, and has a dry taste and a sweet finish that brings out the rich flavor of the burger’s blue cheese filling without competing with the robust, herby flavor of thyme. Honey Moon was a gold medal winner in the 2008 World Beer Cup and—like all of Blue Moon’s beers—is brewed in small batches for a superior handcrafted flavor. Pick up a case—and a few oranges for garnish—May through mid-August at your neighborhood Schnucks.

Thyme for Blue Burgers by Schnucks Cooks What you need:


1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (2oz.)

Lettuce, tomato and red onion slices (optional)

1 tbsp Schnucks unsalted butter, softened 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves 4 ground chuck hamburger patties 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 4 onion-topped sandwich rolls or English muffins, toasted Dijon mustard (optional)


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What to do:


In a small bowl, with a fork, mix blue cheese, butter and thyme until blended.


Make an indention in the center of each burger. Place 1/4 of the blue cheese mixture in each inden- tion. Shape ground beef around cheese, then flatten each burger into 3/4-inch-thick patties. Sprinkle burgers with salt and pepper.


Preheat a large skillet or grill pan over medium heat. Cook burgers 10-12 minutes, turning once, for medium doneness and an internal temperature of 155º F.


To serve, place lettuce, tomato and onion on bottom half of rolls; top burgers with mustard, if desired.

Left photo courtesy of Schnucks; Right photo courtesy of Blue Moon Brewing Company.

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Love Doctors Two St. Louis physicians give new meaning to “in sickness and in health.” By Taylor Johnson | Photos by Chad Jeffrey Spickler for Stephen Seward Photography

For Amy lee and Eliot Fagley, marriage was always

more of a question of “when” than “if.” What started out as a very unromantic meeting—they first locked eyes under the glaring lights of an operating room—turned into an almost instantaneous romance. Nearly inseparable from their first date, the pair started talking about future plans very early on in their courtship. So it’s no surprise that Amy was so excited to begin their lives together, she actually tried on wedding dresses the very same day Eliot popped the question by presenting her with an Asschercut platinum solitaire ring while in a paddleboat at the Boathouse Café in Forest Park. Continuing the excitement from the very beginning of their engagement, they wanted to plan a festive wedding that felt more like a party during which they just happened to say “I do.”

the couple: Amy Lee, 36, Department of Neurosurgery Resident at Barnes-Jewish/Washington University, and R. Eliot Fagley, 32, Cardiac Anesthesiologist and Intensivist at Washington University School of Medicine. the planner: While Amy did most of the planning herself, she was guided by Cameron Dralle from Patty Long Catering who helped bring Amy’s big-day vision to life. Bride’s Vision planning gurus Ellen Gutierrez and Kristin Long (314.580.2381) were the “day-of” coordinators, providing the finishing touches and last-minute guidance. the dress: Amy knew that the strapless Vera Wang gown from Neiman Marcus in Frontenac (314.567.9811) was the one when her friend said she looked like a Greek goddess wearing it. Amy’s bridesmaids complemented her perfectly in black strapless dresses from J. Crew, accented with elegant green sashes.

the big day: The ceremony and reception were held at the Missouri History Museum (314.746.4599) on May 3, 2008 and integrated simple touches of white with splashes of green. Following the “I dos,” guests ventured to the fountain on Lindell for cocktails before heading back to the museum for the reception.

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the flowers: The bouquet, boutonniere and centerpieces were all designed by Rhonda Lynn-Moeckel of Focus on Design (314.997.2444) using large calla lilies—the sweeping, graceful lines of the flowers helped define the décor of the evening.

the food: Patty Long Catering (314.621.9598) served appetizers such as honey and blue cheesemarinated figs wrapped in capicola. Guests enjoyed their choice of filet mignon, salmon or wild mushroom risotto cakes. The next day, 75 outof-town friends and family noshed on a beautifully presented feast by Chef Roman Petrack of Kangaroo Catering at the couple’s home in Soulard. the cake: The Cakery (314.647.6000) created an elegant four-tiered chocolate and vanilla cake with raspberry filling, adorned with green trim and a calla lily topper.



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When it comes to dressing for the long-awaited lazy days of summer, less is more. Photographed by Steve Garnett Styled by Jill Manoff Models: Jesse Pinson for Centro Models ( and Rachelle Leah Hair and makeup by Lisa Kalz (



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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. Despi bikini available at Splash, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.721.6442. Cuff available at Melanie’s, Ladue, 314.993.0664.



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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: 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.

Beach Bunny Swimwear bikini available at Jecca, Clayton, 314.862.5322. Earrings, necklaces and bracelets available at Melanie’s, Ladue, 314.993.0664.


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Vitamin A swimsuit available at Laurie Solet, Clayton, On Jordan: 314.727.7467. Plastic Island dress; BCBGeneration blouse; Vince Camuto heels and Cynthia Steffe blouse (as belt)atavailable at Dillard’s, Photographed on location the Atlantis Resort in Saint the Louis Galleria, 314.725.8363. at TFA The FuBahamas duringVintage the Budhandbag Light Partyavailable Cruise. Special ture Antiques, 314.865.1552. Vintage hat and hatbox thanksTower to BudGrove, Light Marketing and Anheuser-Busch available Communications. at Retro 101, Benton Park, 314.776.3739.



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24-HOUR STAR POWER St. Louis native Annie Wersching on her St. Louis roots and new lead role on Fox’s “24.” By Jill Manoff Photograph by Jeff Vogeding After pounding the L.A. pavement for seven years, a few guest roles on such series as “Star Trek: Enterprise” and a recurring role on daytime TV (she played Amelia Joffe on ABC’s “General Hospital”), St. Louis native Annie Wersching’s career is about to blow up. The latest addition to the Fox hit series “24,” on which she stars as leading lady FBI Agent Renee Walker last season, Wersching has already established herself as an audience favorite; fans even refer to her as the “Girl Jack” (in reference to Kiefer Sutherland’s character, Jack Bauer). With her “dream part” in tow and undisclosed projects in the works, Annie Wersching is seemingly a time bomb ready to explode. Fitting… Jill Manoff: This season you’re the new lead on “24” across from Kiefer Sutherland. What do you love most about this role? Annie Wersching: Renee Walker is just such a dream role. She gets to experience so much action and do so many stunts; she is so cool. That, combined with her conflicted mind and strong emotions and the big, heavy dialogue she does with Jack, makes her a dream part on a TV show. Plus, I can relate to her; in real life, I’m not too much of a girly girl. There are a lot of strong female characters this year—even the president is a woman—so there are a lot of good messages for girls of all ages. JM: As an FBI agent, your character has to

show a lot of physical prowess. Do you do most of your own stunts? AW: I definitely really, really love that part of it. I am always wanting to do more than they want me to do—and they let me do almost everything. You know, anything that you could actually get hurt on— insurance-wise—even if they wanted to let you do it, they couldn’t. So I do as much as they possibly let me do; I do a pretty good amount of it. JM: How did your role on “24” first come about? AW: While I was still on “General Hospital,” I left for two weeks to film a Fox pilot with two of the creators of “24” and then went back to “General Hospital” for a while—so I had known a couple of those guys. They were having a hard time casting [the Renee Walker character], so they brought me in. They didn’t know how old they wanted her to be, how young, how tough—and the part that I played in the pilot was the wife of the main guy in the show, who was a very

sweet, nice, neat, housewife—could not be further from Agent Walker. I don’t think they were really expecting Agent Walker to be able to come out of me after shooting me playing that mild-mannered role for the pilot. After that, I just had three or four call backs. I was supposed to read with Kiefer a couple of times, but it ended up not happening schedule-wise; the very first time I met him was our first day of shooting season seven, just before we shot our first scene. So, it was just a whirlwind; I got it and started a week and a half later—had some gun training, got into wardrobe, hair, makeup, and I was on my way! That was it!

probably some of the best training that I’ve had; they move so fast, it forces you to make quick choices about how you want to play a scene.

JM: There’s obviously great chemistry

JM: Where did you grow up in St Louis? AW: When I was about 11, we moved

between you and Kiefer Sutherland. AW: It’s really good. Obviously, I was nervous and scared in the very beginning, but we got along really well on our first day of shooting. We’ve done so many scenes and have spent so much time together; I’ve learned so much from him. We have so much fun. He’s a really good guy. JM: Before “24,” you made guest appear-

ances on popular series such as “Frasier,” “Charmed,” “Cold Case” and “Boston Legal,” then scored a recurring role on “General Hospital.” What was that like? AW: “General Hospital” was really an interesting and exciting time for me. I was so upset that my mom, who still lived in St. Louis at the time, wasn’t with me; but, thanks to the show, she was able see me five days a week for an hour. But it was definitely a challenging job; I mean, you have so many lines to memorize and then you basically have one take to spit out all of these lines that you practiced, then you go home at night and learn a whole new set of lines. But it was really fun—and

JM: You were a musical theater major in college. What made you decide to move to Hollywood rather than New York? AW: I always felt like L.A. was calling to me. And I wanted to move to L.A. first so that I could work in TV or films so that I could then afford to do theater; I was going about it the opposite way most people do. But I just wanted to do anything and everything—get a little taste of all different sides of the business.

to the Central West End (where she graduated from Crossroads College Prep in 1995). My mom had a flower shop on Euclid in the Central West End for, like, 20 years. She moved it to the Shaw neighborhood, so we moved there, near the Missouri Botanical Garden. When I visit, I love going back to the Central West End, as well as all of the Irish places—like McGurk’s; I always make sure to go to Ted Drewes, Imo’s—even White Castle, because we don’t have that [in L.A.]! I make sure I get my little fix.

JM: Will you be visiting St. Louis soon? AW: Yes! I am so proud to be from St.

Louis. I came home for the premiere of the show; I rented out the Tivoli and invited everyone that I have basically ever known—and we all watched the two hours of “24” together. I love coming back and I miss it. I come home at least twice a year. I am trying to see if someone will let me sing the national anthem at the Cardinals-Cubs game at the end of the season. We’ll see what happens!


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St. Louis Emerging Artists Meet three of the top local bands chosen by ALIVE readers as the hottest musical talent of 2009. By Amy De La Hunt Photos by Tuan Lee Hair and makeup by Ginger Reed, Derek Fatheree, Cody Nickless, Michelle Hermann, Lindsey Hogenmiller & Annie O’Donoghue of St. Louis AcademyPaul Mitchell Partner School.

Over 30 talented local bands and solo artists participated in this year’s Emerging Artist contest, presented by Cricket Wireless. Over the last few months, local musicians have uploaded videos of their bands’ gigs or jam sessions to alivemag. com with the hope of winning the $5,000 grand prize package to help launch their career to the next level. ALIVE readers cast over one million votes online and six bands emerged as finalists, which earned them a place on the lineup at this year’s music festival on May 16 at The Tudors on Washington Avenue, sponsored by FIJI Water and Miller Chill. Here’s a sneak peek of the top three —Sunmotel, Soul Alliance and Jon Hardy and the Public. Check out these breakout bands, then come hear them play with the other finalists at the Emerging Artists event Downtown on May 16th at 3pm on Washington Ave. between 19th and 20th Streets. See for details.



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jon hardy and the public Johnny Kidd, keyboard Shae Moseley, drums Jon Hardy, guitar and vocals Greg Shadwick, bass Determination fills Jon Hardy’s voice when he describes his band’s goals. One is a new sound—not a departure from the driving modern rock that’s earned them a strong local reputation, but rather a purging of old roots. “We’re always trying to push the creative envelope,” he says. The band’s repertoire expands constantly, and no two shows are ever quite the same—the band gauges the crowd, then goes for the “wow” factor. Not having set-in-stone playlists is more work, but the end result is worth it. “We’re trying to be totally new and totally original,” Hardy explains. The challenge of introducing their sound to new audiences will grow this summer, when the band hits the road more often on the path toward a true rock-and-roll goal: fame and fortune. “All of us are going for it,” Hardy says.

fast facts: Reason for forming: To make a lot of money Farthest traveled: Austin for SXSW in 2008 Memorable gigs: Shubas in Chicago, Exit/In in Nashville Current project: EP of Randy Newman covers, which will be available for free Hear them at: Off Broadway, the Billiken Club, Firebird, Blueberry Hill


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sunmotel Dennis Stringfield, drums and backup vocals Javier Mendoza, vocals and rhythm guitar John Frischer, lead guitar and backup vocals Logan Detering, bass Picture Rob Lowe in St. Elmo’s Fire singing and playing rhythm guitar. Then picture a flashy drummer with a mohawk, a buttoned-down lead guitarist and an ultra-cool bass player. Sunmotel’s playful sense of fun (reminiscent of Spinal Tap) is contagious. The band is a part-time project for each musician, a chance to wear shades and rock out in smoky bars, playing what lead singer Javier Mendoza describes as “straightforward, easy-to-hear music with intelligent subtleties.” Their shows are staged in the best sense, with original songs plus a few covers, liberally interpreted to fit their own personality. Aggressive and accessible at the same time, Sunmotel is almost cathartic for the band members, Mendoza says. And unlike the soulful pop musician that’s his usual persona, Mendoza’s rockin’ alter ego gets to be a little crazy, in music and soon in dress. “I’m looking for the tightest, reddest suit I can find!” Mendoza says.

fast facts: Their sound: The Cars meets Weezer Their influences: The Clash, Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest Memorable gig: CD release party at The Old Rock House Defining song: “Favorite Girl” Song they can’t do a show without: “Your Revolution” Hear them at: Cicero’s, Bottleneck Blues Bar



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soul alliance Sean Holland, bass Jason Moore/Dirty Lynt, drums Coco Soul, vocals Mo Egeston, keyboard and beat programming Mo Egeston is learning a lot of new music these days. The keyboardist started leading bands more than 10 years ago, playing house, electronica, urban soul and drum and bass—all full of rhythm, but nothing quite like his new venture with vocalist Coco Soul, whose background includes R&B, soul, jazz and musicals, not to mention hosting Café Soul and acting. Together, their repertoire is impossible to pigeonhole—and even harder to resist. Audiences get their groove on “even in smaller environments where there’s no dance floor,” Egeston says. With an unexpectedly diverse playlist (everything from Lenny Kravitz to house music), Soul Alliance is quickly carving out a niche. Eventually Egeston and Coco Soul, both songwriters, will introduce original music too—but for now, they’re experimenting with covers and enjoying being onstage together. “Coco’s a phenomenal performer,” Egeston says. “It’s a lot of fun.”

fast facts: How they met: Messages via MySpace Secret ingredient: High-caliber backup musicians One key influence: Chaka Khan’s first band, Rufus Memorable gig: Playing at Spring 2009 Saint Louis Fashion Week Hear them at: Aqua in Lumière Place


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Ronald K. Greif, D.D.S. Samir Ruvinov, D.D.S., A.F.A.A. of Implant Dentistry

Kingston Dental Care 4442 Telegraph Rd. St. Louis, MO 63129 314.487.0052

kingston dentalcare

The most rewarding aspect of my job is giving patients confidence in their beautiful smiles.


Tooth Color Restoration • Root Canals • Crowns • Veneers • Cosmetic Dentistry • Partial and Full Dentures • Orthodontics Dental Implants • Gum Treatment • Bleaching • Zoom! Whitening • Extractions • Sleep Apnea Appliance • Invisalign Snore Appliances • TMJ Appliances • Periodontal Dentistry With their friendly chair-side manner and open communication style, Dr. Ronald K. Greif and Dr. Samir Ruvinov have converted many scared patients into happy, satisfied ones who are eager to refer others to the practice. Dr. Greif, a native St. Louisan who has been in practice for 18 years, says the team at Kingston Dental Care provides comprehensive exams that addresses each patient’s unique concerns and desires with minimal discomfort, whether they’re in the chair for a routine checkup, cosmetic dentistry or relief from sleep apnea. Implementing state-of-the-art technology is another way Kingston is able to provide top-of-the-line care to patients. One of the practice’s newest devices, the Electronic Cavity Detector, makes diagnosing cavities easier and less painful. Dr. Grief and Dr. Ruvinov’s commitment to seek and use the most cutting-edge technology is what keeps Kingston Dental Care at the forefront of dental innovation. These providers are not specialists in Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, or Prosthodontics. Cosmetic Dentistry is non-specialty interest areas that require no specific educational training to advertise these services.



Dr. Ruth Gomes, D.M.D. VivaSmiles–Advanced Dentistry 141 N. Meramec Ave., Suite 217 Clayton, MO 63105 314.631.8482

vivasmiles advanceddentistry I spend the necessary time to ensure my patients can look in the mirror and be really proud of their smiles.


General Dentistry & Hygiene • Dental Implants & Neuromuscular Dentures • Braces & Invisalign • Veneers & Lumineers Cleaning • Whitening • Sleep Apnea • TMJ & Headache Treatments Dr. Ruth Gomes knows that if patients dread visiting the dentist, they just may not go at all. That’s why her team at VivaSmiles is committed to providing the most cutting-edge treatments in a comfortable atmosphere. “Advances in technology, materials and techniques have truly transformed dentistry,” Dr. Gomes says. “Patients do not need to be scared of going to the dentist any longer.” VivaSmiles’ newly renovated facility is replete with spa-like amenities including massage chairs, aromatherapy, in-chair TV, DVD and music, warm blankets and a complimentary coffee and juice bar. In addition to a serene, pain-free setting, patients also receive comprehensive care with the help of state-of-the-art technology. Dr. Gomes looks beyond gums and teeth to establish harmony among teeth, jaw muscles and joints, ensuring a beautiful smile for life. With a post-graduate degree in Neuromuscular Dentistry, Dr. Gomes sees many patients with TMJ and headache pain, which is often caused by a misaligned bite. “We can treat the source of patient’s pain without surgery or addictive narcotics,” says Dr. Gomes. “It really is on the cutting edge.” ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION


Eugenia Kardaris, D.D.S. NEW AGE DENTAL CARE

125 Chesterfield Business Parkway • Chesterfield, MO 63005 636.449.0215 •


Preventative • Cosmetic/Veneers • Orthodontics • Implants • Restorative Relaxation/Sedation • Periodontal • Root Canals Dr. Eugenia Kardaris believes that treating her patients like her own family is a big part of the success of her practice, New Age Dental Care. “I always go the extra mile and try to get to know my patients by spending time with them at each appointment,” says Dr. Kardaris, who has been treating patients in St. Louis for more than 18 years. In addition to unparalleled patient attention, New Age Dental Care also offers the latest in dental technology including lasers, digital X-rays and educational videos. Dr. Kardaris uses her medical and dental experience to treat her patient’s overall health, and in her capable hands, they always leave with a healthier, more vibrant smile.


My goal is to help my patients change their lives through their smiles!



1113 Locust St. • St. Louis, MO 63101 •314.375.5353


Children & Family Dentistry • Conscious Sedation • Invisalign • Implants Cosmetic/Veneers • TMJ Treatment • Restorative City Smiles patients love the convenient hours and location of Dr. Christopher Hill’s contemporary Downtown dental office. Dr. Hill’s commitment to the latest technology is reflected in his use of digital x-rays, digital imaging and dental lasers. For the utmost in patient care, City Smiles offers conscious sedation which minimizes patient anxiety and discomfort during dental procedures. Dr. Hill practices both general and cosmetic dentistry and his patients include families living in St. Louis City and the many workers of downtown St. Louis. With a staff and a facility that will exceed patient expectations, City Smiles enhances the quality of life of each patient who walks through the door.


Our patients love our modern office, but it is our welcoming staff that keeps our practice growing.



Marc R. Singer, D.D.S.

(and Smoky)

10287 Clayton Rd., Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63124 314.872.3567

marc r.singer,dds I want to improve the quality of life of every patient by providing health and confidence through their smiles.


Cosmetic Services • Lumineers • Invisalign • Implants • General Dentistry Dr. Marc Singer believes that a beautiful smile is the best accessory you can wear. To him, nothing is more gratifying then helping a patient achieve both superior oral health and the confidence boost a beautiful smile provides. “The most rewarding aspect of my job is to hear patients say, ‘my smile is incredible,’” Dr. Singer says. Dr. Singer is a firm believer in putting patients at ease by providing pain-free treatment with computerized, syringe-free anesthesia and by encouraging them to watch the latest movie on DVD. Whether you need a routine cleaning or a total smile makeover, Dr. Singer and his team have the right solution, including Lumineers, Sapphire/ZOOM! whitening and Invisalign. Dr. Singer is one of America’s most experienced LUMINEERS placing more LUMINEERS than any other practice in the Midwest. ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION



Mary Jane’s

Ugg Hazel Sandal. This beautiful, comfortable sandal from Ugg is the perfect Mother’s Day gift this year. Featuring a classic, fashionable cork wedge and luxe suede upper, Mom will be walking in style all summer long. 387 N. Euclid Ave Central west end • 314.367.8867


A stylish option for any expectant mom, this long maxi dress by Olian Maternity is available in an array of colors and prints. Great for hot summers, it can be worn casually or dressed up. Check out 9 Months in Style’s selection today. Gift certificates are available! 11243 Manchester Rd. • Kirkwood 314.835.9935


Fine Designer Jewelry

Head to Ylang-Ylang for three days just for mom. On May 7th & 8th, get an exclusive sneak peek at Heather Moore’s trunk show. On May 9th, bring your mom to check out the gorgeous baubles in Jude Frances’ trunk show. 81 Plaza Frontenac • Frontenac 314.567.5555 •

L.B. Designs

Leave your mark and accent any room with this customized monogrammed canvas. This classy, elegant design can spruce up any blank wall or empty space. With the canvas measuring 20x24, this piece will surely stand out in any area of your house. At $65, you can do the decorating for mom! 314.494.5052


Set in sparking silver and edged in gold, this unique peridot ring makes for a perfect Mother’s Day gift she’ll never forget. There are hundreds of other beautiful options for Mother’s Day or any occasion at The Silver Lady’s two locations. Stop in today! 4736 MCPHERSON AVE. • 314.367.7587 6364 DELMAR BLVD. • 314.727.0704 THESILVER-LADY.COM


Stop into Dotdotdash for Spring “mommy essentials” such as this must-have green and red summer carry-all coated canvas bag by Emilie Sloan, a wear-with-everything gauzy summer scarf by Tolani and these fashion-forward silver metallic strappy sandals by Cocobelle. 6334 N. Rosebury • clayton 314.862.1962 • ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION


GIFTGUIDE Eyewearhaus

Eyewearhaus, St. Louis’ premier eyewear boutique, has unique, fun, fresh, hot, smart and affordable eyewear and sunglasses that will make your mom look and feel her best. We specialize in fashion eyewear from Europe, New York and California. 745 N. New Ballas • Creve Coeur 314.567.7423 •

Lori Coulter

Made-to-Order Swimwear This Mother’s Day, let the mom in your life design a swimsuit that’s right for her, like this modern interpretation of a vintage look that is both glamorous and wearable. Gift cards and packages available. 49 Chesterfield Mall Drive at Macy’s Chesterfield 314.727.9879 •

Susan Lynn’s

Delicate, fashionable but never fussy, Texas-based Selle Designs has found the perfect combination of chic and affordable with their brand new line of jewelry. All handmade in the USA, jewelry prices start at just $65. 1122 Town & Country Crossing Town & Country • 636.530.7337


Lingerie & Loungewear

A fun twist to your boring old nightie...Eberjey chemise in aqua/green print. Other colors include solid pink and aqua. Matching robes also available. 9757 Clayton Rd. • Ladue 314.983.9282 •

ALIVE Magazine

Surprise your mom with the gift of St. Louis style, arriving monthly on her doorstep, with a subscription to ALIVE magazine. Visit to subscribe online! 50 maryland plaza • central west end 314.446.4059 •


These comfortable Camellia sandals by Okab are more than just a pretty pair of shoes; They incorporate the therapeutic principles of reflexology to massage feet with every step. They are also machine washable and vegan friendly. Check out Tigerlily’s entire Okab line today, and pick up a pair just in time for Spring! 2739 Sutton Blvd • maplewood 314.646.0061 • ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

dining out

The Pan Seared Black Bass at Monarch.

Monarch Reborn

Newly appointed Chef Josh Galliano takes the established Maplewood dining destination to new heights. By Cristy Miller | Photo by Liz Reiff Sloan

MONARCH 7401 Manchester Rd. Maplewood, 314.644.3995 Entrees: $20-$36


editor’s picks A top-notch experience at Monarch. Best Dish: Pan Seared Black Bass Hip Sip: Pinot Noir, Monarch Cuvee, Santa Barbara, CA 2005 Best Buy: Four-course tasting menu for $40, available Tuesday through Thursday



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Monarch is one of those illustrious restaurants that a city is lucky to have—it’s a staple on our dining scene—and that’s comforting. It’s a stand-in for get-togethers, celebratory dinners and late-night sipping sessions. Monarch has always had a special place in my heart—it was the first restaurant I reviewed in St. Louis, a few months after it opened in 2003. Six years later, it shows no signs of slowing and is still on my shortlist of faves. And, with the arrival of Executive Chef Josh Galliano last September, I felt it was time to revisit this Maplewood destination. Now, if it’s possible, I love Monarch even more.

Top Chef It didn’t take long for this well-trained chef to settle into his new home. He revamped the menu almost immediately and focused on what he knows best—creating an ingredient-driven menu. Josh’s culinary background includes working in top restaurants in New York and his hometown of New Orleans and most recently as chef de cuisine with Larry Forgione at An American Place. And, even more recently, Josh was nominated as a semi-finalist for The James Beard Awards 2009 “Midwest Chef,” one of three St. Louis chefs to be nominated (alongside Chef Gerard Craft of Niche and Chef Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Café; winners had not been announced at press time). revamped menu The new bar menu commands attention—with ever-changing options created according to what’s available. The menu, which is playful and approachable, features a daily selection of housemade Charcuterie served with pickles and apple mustard, a spiced lamb and sausage flatbread with feta and yogurt; and chicken nuggets, Monarch’s take on the classic with confit chicken salad, roasted red bell peppers and salsa verde. Along with a revamped bar menu, this summer, Monarch is featuring a dozen wines from around the world for $25 and under and “Ladies Night” Thursdays with wine specials. And of course, the main dining room menu always delivers with seasonal dishes, including on one previous visit, the Amish chicken, incredibly moist and encrusted with garlic. The Oysters Rockefeller, (inspired by Josh’s hometown) are deep-fried and served in a light brown butter foam and are a new-found fave of mine. Chef Galliano also carefully crafts the sea offerings, paying close attention to the natural flavor of the fish, as in the Pan Seared Black Bass, the freshness of the bass combines well with the carrot-cumin puree, creamed English peas and glazed carrots.


Downtown’s New Late-Night Lounge Art lovers and sports fans alike gather at Black Label, a unique nightlife venue on Chouteau’s Landing. By Amy De La Hunt | Photo by Liz Reiff Sloan

The warm light spilling out of Black Label, a new

gallery-lounge just south of Downtown, is enough to make a driver heading north on Fourth Street do a double-take. The nightspot anchors what used to be a desolate stretch of road. For a long time, only the blues bars a block to the west on Broadway drew much of a crowd to the Chouteau’s Landing neighborhood— unless the Cards were in town, and then fans would traipse past, going to and from their cars. a posh premise Black Label is a promising beginning to the area’s redevelopment. Its upscale décor—exposed brick, shiny silver tin ceilings and red-and-black upholstered seating—is a sly match for the many Cardinal-red sports bars scattered south of Busch Stadium. Indeed, co-owner Chris Little is a pitcher signed to play in Edmonton this season, and he promises baseball fans will feel at home. But he also vows to attract art lovers and fashionistas, and that’s where the premise behind Black Label gets interesting. one cool concept Little’s previous ball-playing (in the majors with the Houston Astros and Montreal Expos and in the minors with the Gateway Grizzlies and Southern Illinois



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Miners) gave him the opportunity to check out bars throughout North America. In the off-season, he drew on talent he inherited from his artist parents and became a body artist at Urban Expressions. Combining an urban bar and high-quality art seems counterintuitive until Little starts talking about art as a form of creative thinking that applies to everything from putting an outfit together to playing music. “We wanted to mesh both concepts together because it creates a better environment for discussion about the pieces,” he said. a sexy space He’s convincing, and so is the space. The front room has sports on the flat-screens, and the crowds standing near the bar seem largely oblivious to the paintings. Up a few steps, the main room is skillfully lit and designed so the artwork immediately catches your eye, whether you’re there to dance or to settle in at a bottle-service table. Extra kudos to Little and company for lining up excellent bartending, implementing a no-smoking policy and laying out a spacious patio. Black Label opened about a month before the Cardinals’ first home game, giving the lounge a little spring training time of its own. With a solid coaching staff and plenty of heart, it’s a rookie with a lot of potential.

Black Label 758 S. Fourth St., Downtown 314.621.1929 Hours: Daily, 3pm-1:30am

{ FYI }

The Scoop on Chouteau’s Landing Sure to be the next hot ’hood, Chouteau’s Landing is one of St. Louis’ oldest districts, with 58 acres slated for mixed-use redevelopment. Planned to be an arts district, this stretch near Downtown will soon be home to SoHo-style lofts, restaurants, green space and other destinations. Learn more at

Editor’s Pick:

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, cook-

ies, 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. $$ The Grind 4239 Lindell Blvd., 314.534.1300. Now located in a newly converted mansion, this CWE staple has finally reopened its doors, serving an amazing cup of joe in a characteristically cool ✷ atmosphere. Open Tues.-Sun. $ Herbie’s Vintage 72 405 N. Euclid Ave., 314.769.9595. A beloved classic is reborn under the direction of the Monarch duo. Serves contemporary American in an elegant atmosphere. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. and dinner daily. ✷✷ Sun. brunch. $$


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


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. $$


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. $ 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. $ * 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. $$$


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. $ 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. $$

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

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. $ ✷

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. $$$ Burger Bar 999 N. 2nd St., 314.621.9593. Located inside the newly opened Lumière Place Casino and Hotels, where you can build your own gourmet burger from a large list of breads, meats and condiments. ✷ Lunch and dinner served daily. $$


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. $$


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. $$ Sleek 999 N. 2nd St., 314.621.9590. This upscale steakhouse is one of Hubert Keller’s signature restaurants. Dinner served daily. $$$

Bistro Alexander 7927 Forsyth Blvd., 314.725.9999. Classic bistro fare and daily specials. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ City Coffeehouse and CrÊperie 36 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.862.2489. This quaint coffeehouse offers a variety of lunch or dessert French crêpes. Breakfast and lunch served daily, Sat-Sun. brunch. $$ 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. Offers 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. $


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. $$



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 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. $$


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. $$

ing a mix of savory and sweet items, this hotspot serves desserts such as Baileys’ Chocolate Brownie and bread pudding. Open daily. $

South City/ Hampton/The Hill

CHAVA’s mexican restaurant 925 Geyer Ave., 314.241.5503. This laid-back restaurant serves classic Mexican cuisine and tasty margaritas. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$

Aya Sofia 6671 Chippewa St., 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. $$ *

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. $$ Franco 1535 S. 8th St., 314.436.2500. This cool bistro serves country French fare with a modern twist. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ * Frazer’s 1811 Pestalozzi St., 314.773.8646. Serving creative cuisine in an eclectic, comfortable atmosphere.. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn 3322 DeMenil St., 314.664.8024. This historic mansion, furnished with antiques and believed to be haunted, serves lunch and dinner with options like beef Wellington, shrimp linguine and tilapia. Also features murder mystery dinner theater and Sunday family-style dinners. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Tues.-Sat. $$

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. $

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. $$$

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. $$$ MANGIA ITALIANO 3145 S. Grand Blvd., 314.664.8585. This spot serves casual cuisine in an intimate interior, with live music several nights of the week. Lunch Mon.-Sat. and dinner served daily. $$


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. $

Modesto 5257 Shaw Ave., 314.772.8272. Great Spanish eats and its famed Sangria make Modesto a must. Dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$


Parkside Lounge Bringing out the artistic side in South City, this new bar features live music, beer, wine and gourmet pizza. 3117 S. Grand Blvd., 314.664.6400. $$$ the Royale 3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.772.3600. This tavern-style restaurant pays homage to its St. Louis home with drinks named for different aspects of the town. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$



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. $

Lafayette Square/ Benton Park/ Soulard Baileys’ Chocolate Bar 1915 Park Ave., 314.241.8100. Offer-

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. $


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/ The Loop 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. $


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 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. $$ Mihalis Chophouse 1603 McCausland Ave., 314.333.3301. Glam golden interiors and a dramatic bar flanked by lounge furniture make Mihalis a gorgeous destination to dine on traditional steakhouse fare. Dinner served Tues.-Sun., ✷ Sun. brunch. $$$


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. $$



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. $$ Yia Yia’s Eurocafe 15601 Olive Blvd., 636.537.9991. Eclectic Mediterranean-inspired dishes served in an upscale, rustic atmosphere. Yia Yia’s offers everything from salads to tenderloins to its famous chocolate soufflé. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat., Sun. brunch. $$

DOWNTOWN IS ALIVE with great shopping, restaurants & bars! Charm Boutique

313 N. 11th St. • 314.588.8203 • Charm features fashion-forward jewelry for the modern woman. Selling everything from urban to classic styles. Owner Kari Kraichely hand-picks the timeless collections, crafted by a group of jewelry artists from around the country.

Espresso Mod Coffee

210 N. Ninth Street • 314.436.3240 Trendy, retro, coffee house, with fresh made pastries and desserts. Breakfast and lunch served all day. Best cappuccinos, lattes, smoothies and frappes in the city!



Flamingo Bowl

1117 Washington Ave. • 314.436.6666 • Boasting twelve lanes of bowling, billiards, deliciously potent specialty cocktails, an eclectic food menu and a ultra-swanky lounge atmosphere, Flamingo Bowl is a must-stop destination for a night out Downtown.



Gelateria Tavolini

1327 Washington Ave. • 314.621.8838 • Crafted from ingredients from Torino, Italy, Gelateria Tavolini’s gelato is the perfect way to treat yourself. Try one of their popular flavors such as strawberry, caramel, chocolate or tiramisu. You can also enjoy iced or hot espresso drinks.


Charm Boutique

1330 Washington Ave. • 314.436.1290 • St. Louis’ premier sneaker boutique for guys and girls. Pick your kicks from labels like Creative Recreation, Alfie, Supra, Clae and Greedy Genius.


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1 S. Broadway • 314.421.1776 • Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark hotel puts you just steps away from Busch Stadium, the Gateway Arch, Edward Jones Dome, America’s Center, the Riverfront, restaurants and all of St. Louis, Missouri’s major attractions.


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1416 Washington Ave. • 314.231.3359 • Don’t let the name fool you; Levine Hats not only carries an array of hats for men, but also men’s shoes, leather jackets and accessories. Top brands include Bailey, Kangol, Stetson and Dobbs.

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark

1221 Locust • 314.436.3456 • The essence of Thailand in the heart of Downtown. Authentic Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese style dishes presented with flair and lots of flavor.


1100 Locust • 314.241.9990 • SHOP 24/7 UMA–urban materials + accessories Your contemporary home, lifestyle, and gift source. You’ll find it here!





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May 9, 2009

7:30pm-1am at the Rialto Ballroom Centene Center for the Arts 3547 Olive St., Grand Center

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mother’s day Established in 1936 in Mexico City, Kahlúa® is as exotic, dark and mysterious as the bottle it travels in. Made from the finest 100% Arabica coffee beans, the fresh coffee and rum is blended with the sweetest vanilla and caramel to create a unique and delicious treat.

The unique coffee taste of Kahlúa makes it the perfect choice for a drink. Kahlúa can be enjoyed simply over ice, with milk or cream, or in new and delicious ways. Try Kahlúa, Kahlúa Mocha, Kahlúa French Vanilla or Kahlúa Hazelnut.

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Blue Sky Café & Bar 9999 Winghaven O’Fallon, MO 636.561.6919


The Glass Olive 6348 Telegraph Rd. St Louis, MO 314.293.2394 theglassolive. com


Helen Fitzgerald’s 3650 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St Louis, MO 314.984.0026


Logan’s 1165 Technology Drive O’Fallon, MO 636.329.0070


Park West Grille 2917 S. Jefferson St. Louis, MO 314.773.7275 parkwestgrille. com


Triumph Grill 3419 Olive Street St Louis, MO 314.446.1801 triumphgrill. com

Featuring these Kahlúa recipes:

Kahlúa Mocha Sparkling Ice Coffee 2 parts Kahlúa Mocha 4 parts Club Soda

ENJOY YOUR CURIOUS LIFE RESPONSIBLY ©2009 The Kahlua Company, Purchase, NY

Kahlúa Espresso Martini 2 parts Kahlúa Mocha or Kahlúa regular 2 parts ABSOLUT Vodka 1 part brewed espresso or coffee


Yia Yia’s 15601 Olive Blvd. Chesterfield, MO 636.537.9991




Lucas Park Grille’s Executive Chef Kyle Patterson knew from a young age that creating delicious dishes would be his life passion. Even with no formal training, Chef Patterson has had hands-on experience, working in top St. Louis restaurants like Jimmy’s Café on the Park, Balaban’s and Blue Water Grill. Chef Patterson gained valuable hands-on experience from the many gifted chefs he worked with and cultivated his own culinary style along the way.


At Lucas Park Grille, Chef Patterson perfects American Bistro cuisine using fresh, seasonal ingredients. One especially popular entree is the Star Ranch NY strip steak, a hearty 14-ounce, allnatural cut, served with a goat cheese and black pepper fondue, pomme puree and green beans. Chef Patterson takes inspiration from all over St. Louis and the globe, frequenting farmers’ markets, ethnic food stores and reading recipe books to give every dish he cooks a creative edge.


Chef Mehmet Yildiz has been a trained chef for eight years, but he’s been cooking all his life. “Cooking has always been a passion of mine,” Chef Yildiz says. “I grew up in the kitchen standing next to my mother. I loved helping her cook.” In 2005, Chef Yildiz and business partner Alicia Aboussie opened Aya Sofia, a Turkish restaurant with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. Chef Yildiz loves to eat and prepare seafood, and you can savor his passion for the cuisine when you order the whole red snapper. The fish is pan seared, finished on the grill and served with red onion and sumac salad with couscous and sliced tomatoes. 6671 Chippewa St. • SOUTH CITY • St Louis, MO 63109 314.645.9919 •

When Chef Vito Racanelli of Onesto talks about his craft, he sounds like a devoted artist as much as a seasoned chef. “I became a chef as an outlet to express myself creatively,” he says. “I never really consider myself a chef; I’m more of a craftsman.” Chef Racanelli’s favorite food to cook with is the tomato, which is showcased beautifully in many Onesto dishes, including the popular Queen Margherita Pizza—plum tomato sauce with fresh basil, creamy mozzarella and freshly grated parmesan and asiago cheeses. It is finished with a drizzle of virgin olive oil. 5401 Finkman St. • SOUTH CITY • St Louis, MO 63109 314.802.8883 •




Houlihan’s 147 St. Louis Union Station DOWNTOWN • 314.436.0844 (Multiple St. Louis locations) Ask Chef Bill Bock about his accomplishments in the culinary field, and you’re not likely to get very far. He seems to prefer letting his actions speak louder than his words. But talk to the people who have worked with him over the years, and you start to see a portrait of an accomplished chef who’s extremely passionate about his profession and who garners a huge amount of respect among his peers. Bock’s career began at the age of 15 as a dishwasher at Houlihan’s. A friend got him the job, and he took advantage of the opportunity to learn the business from the bottom up, moving to prep cook, then the line, on to sous chef and eventually head chef of a Memphis Houlihan’s.

Leaving Houlihan’s to try his hand at being an independent restaurateur and to work with numerous other restaurants, Bill eventually returned to his roots with Houlihan’s. Today, Bill is a Regional Chef at Houlihan’s, currently stationed Downtown.

“While I would never trade my experience owning my own restaurant, I enjoy working for Houlihan’s because the company is constantly evolving,” says Bock. “We invented casual dining in the early ’70s, and we’ve been reinventing ourselves ever since. We look to pop culture, fine dining and indie restaurants for inspiration, and we’re not afraid of change.”

Bock has been a driving creative force in launching Houlihan’s new R&D menu, where new dishes are tested in select stores for a limited time. “Some dishes make the cut and get added to our core menu. Some don’t. And that’s fine by me. Creating great cuisine is a never-ending process, and the R&D menu provides us with a great forum to stretch our culinary legs.” Currently, Bill is helping test the feasibility of Houlihan’s green and sustainability initiatives. “By buying locally and using organic ingredients, we can offer our guests superior flavor and freshness, while reducing our environmental footprint. I’m excited to develop relationships with our local purveyors and am confident the difference will come through in my recipes.” ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION



Seared rare tuna, napa cabbage, cilantro, bananas and cashews tossed in Houlihan’s house-made banana-ginger vinaigrette. Topped with crispy wonton strips and drizzled with a sweet soy sauce.



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.

The new “haute” Pizzeria in Clayton serving neapolitan style pizza, beautiful appetizers and salads, as well as Italian cocktails, wine and beer. The atmosphere is comfortable and hip with retro Italian cinema playing on the walls nightly.

405 n. euclid ave. 314.769.9595





The patio is open! Come and enjoy delicious spring menu additions and daily lunch and dinner specials. Five great wines for $5 available Monday through Thursday through the month of May.








Using only the freshest ingredients, Onesto offers made-from-scratch dishes. Dine on our new patio while enjoying daily lunch specials, a new beer and wine list and many 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

6611 Clayton RD. 314.727.8585

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.

HOURS: 7 days 10:30am–Midnight


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.

609 EASTGATE AVE. 314.721.9168 609U.COM

Come get your Greek on! Eclectic Greek Mezah Featuring

patio seating themed party rooms happy hour 4-7pm mon-fri belly dancers mon-sat evenings

Join us Mother's Day, May 10 Doors open at 4pm Monday - Saturday 11am - 11pm Bar until 1am

Sunday 5pm - 10pm Bar until midnight

630 North and South, University City, MO 63130



Call For Reservations

complimentary: *Parking | Day Locker Usage | Group Exercise Classes | Yoga | Pilates | Towel Service | Steam Rooms




1314 Washington Avenue | Saint Louis. MO. 63103 | Located in the Heart of the Loft District



METRO EAST PRIDE Come celebrate pride, diversity and equality in the ambiance of a small town street fair on June 20th 2009 for the 2nd Annual Pride Festival in Belleville, Illinois. Enjoy an eclectic food selection, craft booths and live entertainment featuring a performance by Jazz Musician Lea Delaria.


OUT & ABOUT A guide to LGBT St. Louis



3960 Chouteau Ave 314.652.0011

4200 Manchester 314.652.7195



4112 Manchester Ave. 314.371.1333

Celebrating 20 years for dance and entertainment, The Complex features five themed bars, happy hour specials with food everyday at 4pm and a volleyball patio where the city’s hottest eye candy comes to play. Don’t miss out our Drag Show at 11pm every Sunday night. 3515 Chouteau Ave. 314.772.2645

St. Louis’ largest bear and leather men’s bar, offers “Guy’s Nights” on Sat. where the fellas get in free. Like to play darts? JJ’s is a part of the interbar dart league on Tues. and have an in-house league that shoot on Thurs. 3858 Market St. 314.535.4100


JUST JOHN Check out Just John, St. Louis’ premier gay drinking establishment located in the heart of The Grove, and enjoy the gorgeous patio bar, nightly drink specials, fun themed nights and a sexy crowd.

16 S. Euclid Ave. 314.361.4119




Erney’s 32° VODKA BAR The Grove’s newest cocktail bar, Erney’s 32° features an upscale, modern vibe. Check out Erney’s walk-in vodka room, which is kept at a chilly 32 degrees, the ideal temperature for the perfect cocktail.

Proud to be one of St. Louis’ first gay bars, Loading Zone was also one of the city’s first video bars. VJs play everything from dance hits, disco and showtunes on the many flatscreen TVs.


BAD DOG BAR & GRILL The Bad Dog Bar welcomes all GLBT individuals. We have lots of events including fetish nights, pool tournaments, community fundraisers, club nights and MORE!



Nancy Novak’s anticipated new venture is an upscale lounge that welcomes men & women of all orientations, but will have an emphasis toward a mature lesbian crowd. Enjoy ’70s & ’80s hits, dancing, karaoke and entertainment in a welcoming— non-smoking—atmosphere. 4510 Manchester Rd. MYSPACE.COM/NANCYSPL



NOVAK’S BAR & GRILL Known city-wide as one of the top lesbian and gay bars in St. Louis drawing faithful patrons and new visitors alike with its diverse crowd, fantastic three-level party patio and regular lineup of live entertainment. Partygoers can enjoy Novak’s menu of burgers and appetizers. 4121 Manchester Rd. 314.531.3699


With a thriving LGBT community, it’s no wonder St. Louis has a vibrant gay lifestyle scene. No matter your orientation, there is always something to do, a cause to support or fun to be had at one of St. Louis’ gay exclusive and gay-friendly establishments and organizations. ABSOLUTLI GOOSED THE DRAW: Some of the city’s best—and most creative—martinis, a chill, come-as-you-are atmosphere and seemingly endless cocktail list (arranged by flavor and personality types). WHEN TO GO: After work for their popular happy hour, every evening from 4pm-7pm, when appetizers are half-price. Or stop in any day of the week to check out their other amazing drink specials.


BAD DOG BAR & GRILL THE DRAW: Branded as “a friendly bar with an edge,” Bad Dog Saloon is a hip hangout for the leather/biker/bear crowd that prides itself on its ardent activism in the LGBT community. WHEN TO GO: Unleash your wild side on Thursday nights for their weekly Fetish Night. Need to get out on Sunday night? Bad Dog Saloon is open late.

Experience over 80 unique takes on the martini at St. Louis’s finest martini bar! Although Gay-owned and operated, it has an atmosphere as eclectic as the South Grand neighborhood it calls home. Have you been GOOSED lately?

CHEAP TRX THE DRAW: Wall-to-wall shopping—think locally made art, cheeky gifts and fetish items—and some of STL’s most talented tattoo and body piercing artists. WHEN TO GO: Anytime the mood strikes, whether you need a gag gift, pride gear or a new tattoo to add to your collection of body art. They are open Monday-Saturday till 8pm and Sunday till 6pm.

3196 S. Grand Blvd. 314.771.9300

CHEAP TRX CheapTRX, one of the most unusual and enjoyable shopping experiences in the city, features an artful array of jewelry, candles, incense, clothing, pride merchandise and gifts. CheapTRX is also home to some the most talented tattoo and piercing artists in St. Louis. 3211 S. Grand Blvd. 314.664.4011




Girl Friday brings together St. Louis’ see-and-be-seen crowd for the hottest LGBT parties and special events in the city. Last year, Girl Friday produced ULTRA, the first and only VIP event during Pridefest weekend, happening this year on June 27. View party pics and sign up for event invites online at


THE COMPLEX THE DRAW: A sprawling dance club, beautiful people and hot music by guest DJs from across the nation. WHEN TO GO: During the work week for The Complex Stimulus Package, a “happier” happy hour that includes $2 domestics and rail drinks and $1 off all other sips Monday-Friday, 10pm-midnight. ERNEY’S 32° VODKA BAR THE DRAW: Hollywood-inspired, chic lounge decked out in all white that’s perfect for a swanky date, ogling well-dressed eye candy and sipping premium vodkas housed in an über-cool walk-in vodka “box.” WHEN TO GO: Tuesday-Friday for Erney’s “Buy One, Get One Free” happy hour special from 6pm-9pm. JJ’S CLUBHOUSE & BAR THE DRAW: St. Louis’ largest bear/leather/ Levi’s men’s bar boasting fun themed nights and DJs who gladly take partiers’ requests. WHEN TO GO: Friday nights for JJ’s “Free-For-All Fridays” where no one pays cover. Also on Fridays, wear your colors (Show-Me Bears, Gateway MC or Blue Max attire) and get double discounts. JUST JOHN THE DRAW: A popular nightclub, lounge and video bar with a welcoming vibe and friendly staff. Dance all night to hot dance mixes from decades past. WHEN TO GO: On Wednesday and Thursday night to belt out your favorite tunes at Just John’s wildly popular Rendezvous Karaoke. THE LOADING ZONE THE DRAW: A high-tech hangout featuring VJs who play everything from show tunes to disco to modern-day dance hits on the club’s many TV screens. WHEN TO GO: Showtunes Tuesday is packed full of cute guys and the best videos from your favorite musicals, movies and TV shows. METRO EAST PRIDE THE DRAW: This community-based organization promotes diversity, equality and tolerance for people of all orientations. WHEN TO GO: Check out Metro East Pride’s annual Pride Festival on June 20 from 2pm10pm. For more info on how you can volunteer, visit NANCY’S PLACE THE DRAW: A new nightspot created by the beloved Nancy Novak that will cater to women but will welcome one and all. WHEN TO GO: Tuesday for NP’s Karaoke Night and Wednesday for live music from local bands. Nancy Novak also plans to have an amateur night one night each month for up-and-coming musicians and performers to show their stuff. NOVAK’S BAR & GRILL THE DRAW: This popular hangout where people of all orientations gather to eat, drink and dance. The massive patio lends itself to washers tournaments, volleyball games and outdoor partying. WHEN TO GO: Any day of the week for Happy Hour from 5pm-7pm, Tuesday for $5 Long Island Ice Teas and Wednesdays from 11am-close.

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SAINT LOUIS FASHION WEEK ALIVE’S exclusive insider recap of all the runway, behind-the-scenes and VIP party action at Saint Louis Fashion Week. Mother model Gwen Carrier in Cloak & Dagger Fall/ Winter ’09 at Brown Shoe Presents PURE. Cloak & Dagger available at Valerie Mils (Clayton). Shoes by Via Spiga available at Macy’s and Photo by Pam Bradenkamp for Signature Studio (www.


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Budweiser Select presents exposure: Saint Louis Fashion Week Launch Party March 13> THE PLACE: Mandarin


St. Louis’ top models from Centro Models, Mother Model Management, NEXT Models and West Model Management were ready to party before hitting the Saint Louis Fashion Week runways. Mandarin hosts Pete Ferretti, Buddy Coy and Amit Dhawan reserved the rooftop for the Budweiser Select Saint Louis Fashion Week kickoff. Late night found agents Christina Klobe & Paul Gibson cozied up on the comfy sofas with models Lisa Taylor and Justin Winski. Anheuser-Busch brand gurus Dan Shannon and Brendan Smith along with wife, Elaine Smith, spent the evening enjoying Budweiser Select and the company of fashion PR pro Cheresse Pentella. Huddled on the chic confines of Mandarin’s rooftop enjoying Borba and Bacardi Silver Mojitos, fashionistos Jacob Laws, Darin Slyman and model Nandini RamaswamyKing dished designer dirt while TV host, Gilberto Pinela and Post-Dispatch fashion editor Debra Bass caught the impromptu breakdancing of Nick Gates. Spotted nearby on the dance floor was hair artist Ruth Ogilvie from Donnal’s Hair Design. A favorite on the fashion and swimwear runways, model Rachel Hadfield spent time in the VIP lounge talking film and photo shoots with STL visitor George Clooney while Fashion Week runway producer Sam Foxman caught up with Lori Coulter Swimwear’s Megan Christie. Also spied in the Budweiser Select VIP lounge: marketing mavens Tessa Corno, Dwight Carter, Amanda Hill, Rachel McCalla and Julie Zuber; Centro models Dino Varmaz, Jesse Pinson, Madisin Bradley, Drew Schaeffering and Lisa Taylor; West models Monet Stunson and Kelly Schall; Mother model Hillary Shanks; fashion photogs Steve Garnett, Richard Nichols and Harvey Jackson; designers Lyndsy Walker and Bakers Project:Design! finalists Jennifer Neal; makeup artists Lisa Kalz and Stephanie Stordahl; stylists Moira Dorsey, Katie Stephens, Kris Cunningham and Autumn Sij; fashionistas Rachel Corno, Terra Krysl, Bobby Obmaces, Ryan Glowczewski, Jessica Heusler, Ryan Spalding and Aaron Wheeler. Photos by Alex Galindo.



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london calling hijacks saint louis fashion week March 21> THE PLACE: The Stable Loft


Over 1,000 fashionistas, VIPs and partygoers came to The Stable Loft for London Calling, St. Louis’ underground dance party created by Clockwork Productions, for yet another can’t-miss Saint Louis Fashion Week launch party. VIPs such as Shane Cohn, Greg Lukeman, Mark Taylor, Debra Bass and Craig and Debbie Kaminer sipped Budweiser Select and FIJI Water and enjoyed appetizers from The Stable as they caught an exclusive sneak peek at Saint Louis Fashion Week’s Diesel, Wrath Arcane, Love Brigade and Bolongaro Trevor shows. Guests Jim Howard, Cabanne Schlafly, Darin Slyman, Tuan Lee, Monet Stunson and Matt and Jill Texier were spied dancing to Britpop, Electro, Mod, Punk, New Wave and ’80s hits, spun by some of the city’s most-respected underground DJs. Igal Alon of Mavrik Fine Jewlery brought a gorgeous black diamond necklace to give away to one lucky guest. A portion of the proceeds benefited Food Outreach. Plaza Audi, an event partner, generously matched donations made to Food Outreach that evening. Photos by ALIVE Scene Team.



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Lumière Place Casino & Hotels


With the first runway show still officially 48 hours away, Fashion Week started for us when we greeted “Project Runway” star Jerell Scott upon his arrival in the HoteLumière lobby. After Bakers PROJECT: DESIGN! co-founder Dwight Carter met with Jerell to get copies of ALIVE magazine with his cover photo autographed for the competition’s finalists, we were off to dinner with Greg Lukeman, Executive Director of Budweiser Select Saint Louis Fashion Week’s charity partner, Food Outreach.

Eight hours before the first finalist was scheduled to hit the runway, models from Centro, West and Mother flooded backstage for fittings with Bakers Project: Design! finalists Veronica Ariel, Michael Drummond, Laura Kathleen, Shan Keith, Jennifer Neal and Michael Shead. TSpa’s Chris Gould, Kelly Barber and Linda Hawley conferred with Fashion Week Hair and Makeup Director Lisa Kalz while judges Debra Bass (Post-Dispatch Fashion Editor), Lori Coulter (Lori Coulter Made-To-Order Swimwear), Mark Ianni (Bakers Chief Merchandising Officer) and Jeigh Singleton (Wash U Fashion Professor) were briefed on the final runway showdown. The runway lights were barely cooled from rehearsals when Jerell made his entrance onto the red carpet at the Budweiser Select Saint Louis Fashion Week Lounge. Greeted by press and fans including the CVC’s Donna Andrews and Rebecca Rodgers along with STL-TV’s Sande Stevenson and Gilberto Pinela, Jerell was given a warm, St. Louis welcome with Borbatinis and Bacardi Silver Mojitos. Mark Ianni, Joe VanderPluym and Charlie Daniel of Bakers Footwear Group were joined by members of the marketing, buying, allocations, planning and operations team, as well as Bakers Divisional, Regional and Local sales teams to celebrate Bakers Project: Design! and their contribution to emerging fashion. Surrounded by the vitality and energy of the Fresh Paint art installation created by Danielle and Kevin McCoy and their team of artists, Bill Donius and Jay Perez; Jeff and Mary Clarke; newly elected Alderman Shane Cohn; Sharon and Kim Tucci; Lewis, Rice & Fingersh’s Ben Lipman and guest Melissa Zensen enjoyed hors d’oeuvres by HoteLumière and Budweiser Select alongside Southwest Airlines’ Jane McAtee, Plaza Audi’s Chris Klugesherz, State Beauty Supply’s Dennis Duncan with guest Jerry Oliver and Anheuser-Busch honchos Dan Shannon, Tibby Price, Angie Minges, Kevin Werner, Kathy Sattler, Lizzy Pfitzinger, Tracy Wesley, Chris Stahlschmidt and special guest Elaine Smith. Spied mingling in the Budweiser Select Lounge in anticipation of the show were Fashion Week salon sponsors Donnal Chung of Donnal’s Hair Design, Shelly Beshears of The Face and The Body and John Demos of Malia Salon and Spa along with socialistas April Garret, Jamie Kelley and Paige Lemann. Front row saw Rams superstars Steven Jackson, Antonio Pittman and Chris Long. After an unforgettably impressive and original runway show featuring the works of the top-six finalists, Jerell Scott, eyewear from The Eye Bar and the season’s hottest shoe trends from Bakers, Saint Louis Fashion Week fans and fashionistas rushed the catwalk to congratulate Exquisite Corpse designer and Bakers PROJECT: DESIGN! grand-prize winner, Michael Drummond. Photos by Harvey Jackson, Egan O’Keefe, Laura Kraft & Kris Meden. Runway photos by Pam Bradenkamp for Signature Studio (



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Brown Shoe Presents PURE & EMERGE March 26 & 27> THE PLACE:

Lumière Place Casino & Hotels


With the evening’s lineup competing for the hottest show of the week, it’s no surprise that phones rang off the hook all day with last-minute fashionistas seeking tickets for Brown Shoe Presents PURE. Jon Maurice, Charlie Smith and Jeff Steven’s St. Louisbased TRIM kicked off the night with a full-throttle runway show followed by Beach Bunny Swimwear’s daring peek-a-boo, lingerie-influenced suits, Brookelynn Starnes’ breathtaking Cloak & Dagger and a finale by the ultra-sophisticated and devilishly curve-hugging designs of Laurel Berman’s Black Halo, all looks in the season’s hottest women’s shoes by St. Louis’ Brown Shoe and men’s footwear by Rocket Dog Mens. On hand for the show were fashion cognoscenti, Brown Shoe Senior VP and General Manager of Carlos by Carlos Santana, Rick Gelber, Terry Ness, Geoff Green, Tracy Marklein, Michelle Mackin, Michelle Wullner, Sean Mayo and Dorothy Allen Bell, St. Louis Business Journal Publisher Ellen Sherberg, Susan Sherman, Stacy King, Valerie Mills, Bruce Mills, Jessica Young, Carla Strnad, Gail Lasater of West Models, Studio Branca’s Marc Branca, Jacob Laws, Darin Slyman, Dean VanMeter, Charlie Houska alongside visiting designers Sean Bilovecky, Brian O’neil, Dana Hardy, Alyssa Key, Tinypants Dang, Jamie Rockaway, Jerell Scott, Kait Bolongaro, Trevor Stuart, stylist Lee Holden, PR’s Laura Dooley and fashion writers Kari Skaflen and Monica Dimperio plus fashion lensman Michael Dar. Anticipating a designer lineup that included such high-powered labels as NY’s Love Brigade, London’s Bolongaro Trevor, Wrath Arcane and Diesel, the air inside Lumière Place on Friday night literally crackled with energy for EMERGE. AB PR whiz Mike Torres joined the Fashion Week team in the director’s booth while wife Susan Torres and guests Graziela Gulin, Patricia Almeida and Gley Albanese caught the show from the front row along with AB team members Lynda Prebil, Bruce Shead and Cindy Trustler. Lumière Place exec, Mario Maesano walked the red carpet with leadership team members Michael Barker, Mandy Sullivan, Jessica Ellison, Jamie Katz, Branko Popovic, Robert Parres and SYNERGY Production’s Amit Dhawan. Also in the VIP pre-party were State Beauty Supply’s Josh Goellner and Dennis Duncan, joined by fashion photographer and Studio 703 salon owner Bob Pitts. Budweiser Select Saint Louis Fashion Week legal partner Lewis, Rice & Fingersh was on hand with attorneys Benjamin Lipman, Gary Smith, David Gearhart, Meghan Bass, Tom Caradonna and guests Melissa Zensen, Karen Smith, Lindsey Smith, Katie Smith, Giorgio Bucci, Francesca Bucci, Luther Rollins, Chandler Rollins, Nicole Harrison and Karen Caradonna. Spotted mingling on the runway with designers pre-show enjoying the complimentary BORBA Skin Balance Water were KMOV Channel 4 media stars Virginia Kerr, Kristen Cornett and Erica Byfield; KSDK Channel 5 faves Carrie Edelstein, Wendy Erikson and Dana Hendrickson; Channel 11 star Melanie Moon; Metromix’s Ali Siegel; Mother Model talent scouts Jeff and Mary Clarke; Food Outreach Executive Director Greg Lukeman with Board President Susan Werremeyer; Diesel retailers Mike and Beverly Russina of Boxers; 963 Collective web ninjas Christopher Rubin de la Borbolla and Jen Rieger; STL-TV’s Andre Holman and Donna Andrews; photog Tuan Lee with producer Jen Hengst; Post-Dispatch Entertainment Editor Kevin Johnson with Vincent Flewellen and socialista Frannie Whiteside; Talent Plus power couple Sharon and Kim Tucci, Christina Klobe and Paul Gibson; Byrd Style Lounge owner Julie Stotlar; Maggie and Alex Pearson; plus PR hotshot Pamela Raymond. Photos by Alex Galindo, Harvey Jackson, Laura Kraft, Kris Meden, Egan O’Keefe & Pam Thomas. Runway photos by Pam Bradenkamp for Signature Studio (


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Macy’s Presents GLOW March 28> THE PLACE:

Lumière Place Casino & Hotels


Following three seasons of unforgettable shows featuring Macy’s top designers, INC International Concepts and Lori Coulter Made-To-Order Swimwear, GLOW has become one of Budweiser Select Saint Louis Fashion Week’s most anticipated runway shows. Drawing a who’s who of St. Louis, the catwalk was lined with notables enjoying their complimentary BORBA Skin Balance Water including KMOV chief Allan Cohen with wife Roberta; AB marketing VP Keith Levy and wife Julie; Macy’s fashionistas Annette Askew, Peggy Kahle and Daniel Stricker; modern interiors virtuoso Jimmy Jamieson; St. Louis Business Journal Publisher Ellen Sherberg; Centro Models founder Sharon Tucci with husband Kim; Lumière marketing head Mario Maesano with brand impresario Amit Dhawan; Bill Donius and Jay Perez; CVC Pres Kitty Ratcliffe; Brown Shoe’s Dorothy Allen Bell; State Beauty’s Bud and Cathy Goellner with Dennis Duncan and Jerry Oliver; TAN CO. CEO Todd Beckman; Bakers Footwear Group’s Tessa Corno; Post-Dispatch Fashion Editor Debra Bass with guest Sig Mejdal; Post-Dispatch Entertainment Editor Kevin Johnson with guests Jeff Small and Vincent Flewellen; St. Louis Rams star players Brian Leonard and Joe Klopfenstein; West Models founder Gail Lasater; Plaza Audi’s Chris Klugesherz; The Eye Bar’s Stacey Plank; filmmaker Bryan Hill and Katriane Hill; FGI and Lori Coulter fans Kelly and Devin Coulter, Jackie Demko, Tim Luby, Ben and Jessica Angelette, Lisa Billadeau, Ann Brannan, Wanda Parks, Jarrod Rahn, John and Sharon Rife, Chris Straatman, Mark and Toni Ponder, Jonathan Thompson, Terry and Sheri Thompson, Gloria Wisdom and Nanci Wisdom. Talent Plus Entertainment talent and production heads Doug Hall and Chris Hansen wowed the crowd with a live musical performance in the Budweiser Select VIP Lounge by their hot new act, Soul Alliance, featuring Mo Eggeston on keyboards and Coco Soul on the mic. Spotted savoring HoteLumière’s gourmet hors d’oeuvres, Budweiser Select, BORBAtinis and Bacardi Silver Mojitos were chic STL denizens Rose Mann, Jason Harris, Greg Crews, Sue and Pete Manoff, Emily and Matt Clarke. Macy’s events manager, Julia Crump, worked behind the scenes with Budweiser Select Saint Louis Fashion Week Fashion Director Jill Manoff; Rachel McCalla; Melissa Payne-Bohlman; MAC Cosmetics’ key makeup artist Gina Bettelli; Fashion Week makeup head Lisa Kalz and assistant chief Stephanie Stordahl; Moira Dorsey; Malia hair artist team leader Amanda Bradley, Donnal Chung of Donnal’s Hair Design and The Face & The Body team led by Shelly Beshears; Contemporary Production’s Sam Foxman, Ryan Hughes and Lindsey Carpenter directed the runway production guided by the beats of DJ Vinny Troia while lensters Chris Benson and Michael Gebbens caught it all on tape and runway photography maestro Pam Bradenkamp captured Fashion Week’s hottest images. Chef Hubert Keller, General Manager Rusty Oakes and the all-star staff at SLeeK Steakhouse and Ultralounge at Lumière Place rolled out the red carpet five nights in a row for Saint Louis Fashion Week designers, sponsors and VIPs. The now legendary, Budweiser Select After-Parties kept models Greg Elmore and Courtney Fulton up way past their bedtimes. Ira Dewitt joined Saturday’s after-party along with husband Bill Dewitt III and labelmate Nathan Porter for the surprise performance of hip-hop and R & B recording artists Oli and Vic Damone, represented by her hit label, Notifi Music Group. Photos by Harvey Jackson, Egan O’Keefe, Laura Kraft & Kris Meden. Runway photos by Pam Bradenkamp for Signature Studio (



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FGI Presents FRESH + Washington University’s Senior Fashion Show March 28 & 29> THE PLACE:

Lumière Place Casino & Hotels


FGI’s inaugural showing at Budweiser Select Saint Louis Fashion Week drew a sold-out crowd and captured rave reviews with runway presentations by designers Jen Sertl of Angelina Accoutrements, Amy Johnson for KayOss Designs, Miriam Coffey, Lesley Timpe for Squasht By Les, Suzanne Lay, plus Lizzie Cook’s and Megan Power’s Urban Fox with looks accessorized by Bakers shoes, eyewear by The Eye Bar and jewelry by Leigh Roberts Jewelry. Guests enjoyed a luncheon prepared by HoteLumière before the afternoon of fashion shows and shopping in the ATRIUM market. Hosted by KMOV’s ultra-chic news anchor, Vickie Newton, the pre-show power-luncheon boasted a line-up of St. Louis business and fashion leaders. Sharon Tucci and St. Louis Business Journal Publisher Ellen Sherberg joined FGI supporters Beth Schlegel, Marci Newsom, Gloria Reilly, Rogene Nelson, Shelly Bouckaert, Laurie Schneider, Nancy Lewandowski, Katy Nelsen and Lynne Wasson.

Washington University’s 80th Anniversary fashion show garnered recognition by New York’s Fashion Week Daily. The annual student presentation delivered strong talent and lighthearted energy alongside serious fashion. Producing some of the fashion and costume world’s most talented designers, a cadre of St. Louis fashion and art intellects turned out to view this year’s crop of Junior-class first-timers and graduating seniors including Jeigh Singleton, Robin VerHage-Abrams, Susan Block, Alan Brainerd, Cathy Rodgers, Michael Altepeter, Saskya Byron, Kathy Conley Jones, Janey Brauer Thompson, Marie Brauer, Anne Grice, Kay Kinsella, Rudolph Wesley Nickens, Lyn Trout, Sharon Tucci, Mary Jo Hemkens, Ellen Futterman, Kiku Obata, Clay Jenkins, Geoff Green, Dorothy Allen-Bell, Brandy Mueller, Geoff Green, Bernard Otiato and Latoya White. The students’ elegant creations were fittingly accompanied by high-end footwear from Brown Shoe and music by London Calling’s DJ Doug Curtis. Photos by Alex Galindo, Laura Kraft, Kris Meden, Egan O’Keefe & Pam Thomas. Runway photos by Pam Bradenkamp for Signature Studio (www.



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ALIVE May 2009  

The May 2009 issue of ALIVE magazine.

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