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Contents JUNE


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 David freese St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese on growing up in St. Louis and getting to the big leagues.


feature the hot list From buzzworthy newcomers to established spots, we’ve compiled a list of 200+ things we love about St. Louis.

70 fashion

 the remains of the day Summer’s long afternoons are best enjoyed in soft, sexy, lounge-ready layers.

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7 things you must do this month.

20 C  ALENDAR Have a Wicked good time at the Fox and enjoy “An Evening with Sting” at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. 24 STL  NOW A cool new vodka bar, a tasty new menu at Aya Sofia and the newest shops to open in STL.


explore 26 HOT EATS Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse in River City is a cut above the rest. 28 HOT BLOCK Strolling picturesque Lafayette Square on a summer day is Associate Editor Sheniqua Faulkner’s idea of bliss.


44 weddings A beautifully romantic ceremony unites a St. Louis couple in matrimony. 46 GET  INVOLVED Grab a hammer and lend a hand to Rebuilding Together-St. Louis’ mission to construct homes for St. Louisans in need.


48 SOCIAL SCENE A Tasteful Affair, Cocktails & Clowns and BackStoppers, Inc.

30 s  tyle Peruse the racks of Kirkwood’s chic boutique, Blush, for of-the-moment threads and accessories.


32 s  tyle St. Louis’ top models take on New York runways. 34 my favorite things St. Louis city alderwoman Kacie Starr Triplett shares the things she truly treasures.

home 36 m  arket watch Our four favorite real estate finds of the month. 38 h  ome design Edwin Pepper Interiors creates modern surroundings that are cozy, comfortable and undeniably chic. 40 e  ntertaining This tender Teriyaki Flank Steak recipe from Schnucks Cooks is sure to be a summer favorite.

community 42 engagements Three St. Louis couples share their engagement stories.

86 ST  . LOUIS RESTAURANT GUIDE The best places in town to eat, drink and dance. 92 CITY LIVING GUIDE St. Louis condo and loft listings to help you find the perfect living space.

scene 102 S  CENE IN ST. LOUIS Macy’s Fashionista Event, Raise the Roof and Launch. 112 a  rchetypes An enlightening conversation with St. Louis playwright, director, activist and educator Joan Lipkin.

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et’s be honest—our annual Hot List issue is one big, happy lovefest with St. Louis. Every year we pack the issue from cover to cover with our top reasons why we adore St. Louis—from the nationally recognized cultural institutions like the Citygarden to the über-talented chefs and restaurants that we can’t get enough of. As some of the St. Louis’ biggest cheerleaders, we especially love and appreciate the entrepreneurs in St. Louis who have put their time, energy and talent into providing a service or product to St. Louis, whether it’s outfitting us for an event or keeping us in shape. And sitting down to discuss our coveted Hot List is just as fun—we spend hours debating and discussing, stocked with an ample supply of Red Bull, coffee and the occasional (make that daily) chocolate injections. And speaking of all things hot, what better time than our Hot List issue to feature St. Louis Cardinals’ third baseman David Freese? This St. Louis native and rookie right-handed batter has been busy making a name for himself at the plate and winning over the hearts of St. Louis fans. Needless to say, he’s a hot hitter this season. In the end, we know you’ll be as happy and excited about the 2010 Hot List winners as we are, and we hope you’ll join us in celebrating our city’s top spots at this years Hot List party at The Pepper Lounge on May 30. The ALIVE team will also have something to celebrate—here at the office, we’ve been busily preparing for the launch of our new Web site, launching June 1, jam packed with restaurants to check out, art exhibits to explore and boutiques to shop—and St. Louis’ only complete, searchable guide of gyms, salons, shops, wedding vendors, lofts and nightlife and dining spots. We’ve enjoyed working on new ways to deliver information to you about dining, nightlife, shopping and wellness in St. Louis, and we look forward to hearing your feedback on the new site.

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Photo by Tuan Lee.

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contributors AMY DE LA HUNT


Amy De La Hunt started writing about food after moving to St. Louis in 2002 following a six-year stint in Germany. The local independent restaurants, farmers’ markets and family-friendly entertainment options are one of the reasons that what was supposed to be a stopover on the way to bigger cities is starting to look pretty permanent. Working on “The Hot List” (p. 58) gave her plenty of reasons to be thankful all over again that she happened to end up in St. Louis.

Contributor Kristin Stefek Brashares’ assignments to spotlight both St. Louis’ cultural gems and cutting-edge fitness outlets for The Hot List (p. 58) actually proved to be a good pairing, as she ended up with a lengthy list of things to do in the city this summer and now knows just where to go to get in shape to tackle it all.



For this year’s “The Hot List” feature (p. 58), Brandi Wills “researched” over 30 St. Louis restaurants, from the finest in dining to the simplest of palatable pleasures. Then she “studied” the local nightlife scene to uncover why people come from all over to party in The Lou. It’s tough work, but someone has to do it.

A photographic exploration of the finest that St. Louis has to offer is a fabulous way to get reacquainted with this great city. Photographer Jennifer Silverberg got to do just that for this issue. Weaving her way through the city, discovering highlights like the brunch at Bixby’s and vintage cocktails at The Royale, the journey way indeed fruitful. A native of New York, Jennifer happily makes St. Louis her home. When not making pictures, she spends much of her time trying to keep up with her blog, working in her garden or plotting her next outing. You can see more of Jennifer’s work at

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Opening Day At The Outfield At Mike Shannon’s April 12 St. Louis’ unofficial holiday, baseball Opening Day, was celebrated throughout Downtown but nowhere was it more festive than at The Outfield at Mike Shannon’s. Cardinals fans enjoyed Anheuser-Busch beers and SKYY vodka cocktails pregame and Cardinal Nation celebrated a victory postgame by dancing to the sounds of DJ Big D. Photo by Anna Lambert.

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Dining Out for Life April 29 Over 140 St. Louis restaurants participated in the 17th annual Dining Out For Life to benefit Saint Louis Effort for AIDS, which provides education on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and comprehensive support services for those affected by the disease. Restaurants that participated, including Atomic Cowboy, Scape American Bistro and Herbie’s Vintage 72, donated between 25 and 100 percent of the night’s proceeds to Saint Louis Effort for AIDS. Photos by Kaitlin Drake/ALIVE Scene Team.

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On tour for her sophomore country album, “Sweet and Wild,” songwriter and multiplatinum recording artist Jewel will perform at The Sheldon on June 6 during her anticipated Star Light Café Tour. The stunning beauty, who couples her unique voice with the soulful, honest sound of her acoustic guitar, has sold 27 million albums worldwide. Her first country album, “Perfectly Clear,” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Jewel’s nonprofit, Project Clean Water.

Annually, St. Louis’ PrideFest attracts over 80,000 attendees to celebrate LGBT pride and equality. This year’s fest (June 26-27) features can’t-miss events and entertainment (see p. 100 for full story). Saturday night, head to Atomic Cowboy’s patio for ULTRA, the only VIP white party during Pride weekend, hosted by ALIVE Magazine and Girl Friday Promotions. Performances by NYC’s famed Miss Peppermint, HX Magazine’s Drag Queen of the Year; burlesque bombshell Lola van Ella; and DJ Shea Marie, DJ Sinamin and DJ Superconductor. VIP ticket is $25 in advance, $35 at the door; general admission ticket is $12 in advance, $15 at the door. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Human Rights Campaign and PROMO.

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Meander in La Mancha

The world-renowned ensemble that is Circus Flora, St. Louis beloved European-style one-ring circus, brings to life the story of Don Quixote in Ingenioso June 3-27 under the big top in Grand Center. Galloping conquistadors, awe-inspiring aerial performances, classic equestrian ballet and other amazing circus acts bring the fantastical world of La Mancha to life as Don Quixote and his lovable squire, Sancho Panza, set out on a journey that often leads to misadventure. For more info and to purchase tickets, log on to

5 MAKE ROOM IN YOUR JEWELRY BOX Now double its former size, Mavrik Fine Jewelry will continue to house its signature engagement ring selection while the newly expanded space is now occupied by more affordable fashion jewelry (prices start at just $40) by the likes of Israel’s Michal Negrin (200 S. Kirkwood Rd., 314.909.6818).



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The inaugural Tour de Grove, a USA Cycling National Racing Calendar-sanctioned race, will cycle through the Grove neighborhood June 12 and 13, bringing professional men’s and women’s races in addition to a full schedule of amateur racing for a weekend of exciting high-profile cycling (and free!) spectator action.


Race for a Cure

Get your running shoes ready for the 12th annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure Downtown on June 12. The race is the largest series of 5K runs/walks in the world. Of the funds raised by the St. Louis Race for the Cure, 75 percent stays in St. Louis to help provide breast cancer screening, treatment programs and education to local citizens. For more info and to register, log on to

Feel Surreal Works by legendary Clayton-born surrealist and sculptor Ernest Trova will be on display in a posthumous exhibit at White Flag Projects featuring paintings, sculpture and prints from Trova’s 60-year career, including major works from his famous “Falling Man” series. Neverbefore-exhibited works will also be on view. For more info, log on to or call 314.531.3442 (4568 Manchester Ave., The Grove).

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Calendar: June WALLACE HERNDON SMITH June 4-August 21, Sheldon Art Galleries

The beautiful work of St. Louis-born artist Wallace Herndon Smith has been exhibited all over the world, including the New York Museum of Modern Art, and starting this month, an overview of his work, which features still-lifes, landscapes, interiors and portraits be on display at the Sheldon. For more info, visit or call 314.533.9900 (3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). the mourners: tomb sculptures from the court of burgundy June 20–September 6, Saint Louis Art Museum

From the tomb of John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy from 1404 to 1419, come these 39 figures that illustrate some of the most important French sculpture of the Middle Ages. Each figure, none taller than 17 inches, capture the spectrum of human mourning. For more info, visit slam. org or call 314.721.0072 (One Fine Arts Dr., Forest Park). BEYOND XY June 27-August 7, PHD Gallery

Opening during Pride Weekend, this exhibit features the work of four LGBTQ photographers whose work highlight the diverse interpretations of masculinity and gender identity. Each artist photographs the nude male form from a deeply personal perspective, and their images challenge the defining characteristics of conventional male identity. For more info, visit or call 314.664.6644 (2300 Cherokee St., Benton Park). THEATER/DANCE Wicked

in 2005 and again in 2007, it broke box office records, so it would be wise to get your tickets ASAP for this Grammy and Tony Award-winning musical that chronicles the untold story of the witches of Oz. Cost: $33-$80. Tickets on sale at or 314.534.1111 (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). BEAUTY AND THE BEAST June 21-30, The Muny

SEEING RED Through June 24, Art Saint Louis

This multimedia exhibit of 54 original works focus on the color red and use the theme “Seeing Red” to address issues related to the phrase and the color—annoyance, impatience, frustration and anger. Juried by local artists Philip Hitchock and Janice Nesser. For more info, visit artstlouis. org or call 314.241.4810 (555 Washington Ave., #150, Downtown). SLEEPING BEAUTY June 26-27, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center

Presented by Saint Louis Ballet, this classic story of good, evil and true love brings as much joy to youngsters as it does adults. With awe-inspiring choreography by Gen Horiuchi set to beautiful music by Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty’s “happily ever after” ending makes it a favorite fairytale for the ages. Cost: $20-$47. Tickets on sale at touhill. org or 314.516.4949 (One University Blvd., UMSL Campus).

LIZA MINNELLI June 5, Powell Symphony Hall

In a glamorous, intimate concert, Tony Award winner Liza Minnelli and her quartet will join the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra to sing Broadway favorites and American classics. Cost: $40-$85. Tickets on sale at or 314.534.1700 (718 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). DIANA ROSS June 6, Fox Theatre

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A velvet-voiced crooner known for putting his own unique touch on classic favorites, Harry Connick, Jr. will perform songs off of his Clive Davis-produced album, “Your Songs.” Cost: $49.50-$74.50. Tickets on sale at or 314.534.1111 (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

When the beautiful Belle is taken prisoner by a hideous beast, the magical items of his spellbound castle—including some charming dancing and singing silverware—conspire to bring the two together to break the Beast’s curse before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose. Cost: Free-$66. Tickets on sale at or 314.361.1900, ext. 550 (One Theatre Dr., Forest Park).


WICKED June 16-July 11, Fox Theatre

HARRY CONNICK, JR. June 11, Fox Theatre

This iconic songstress comes to St. Louis to perform her greatest hits in her “More Today Than Yesterday” tour. The incomparable Ross will captivate audiences with spectacular costumes and stage designs. Cost: $47.50-$77.50. Tickets on sale at or 314.534.1111 (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

AN EVENING WITH STING June 23, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

The legendary musician and philanthropist comes to Maryland Heights to perform his most celebrated songs. The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra joins. Cost: $32-$157. Tickets on sale at or 314.241.1888 (14141 Riverport Dr., Maryland Heights). PASSION PIT June 23, The Pageant

Quickly rising in the electronic music ranks, this band from Cambridge, Mass. will perform songs from their debut EP, “Chunk of Change,” and their latest offering, “Manners.” Special guests Tokyo Police Club will also perform. Cost: $20 in advance; $23 day of show. Tickets on sale at or 314.241.1888 (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). FESTIVALS WHITAKER MUSIC FESTIVAL Wednesdays, June 2–August 4, Missouri Botanical Garden

Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, pack a picnic and get ready to enjoy this free outdoor evening concert sponsored by the Whitaker Foundation. Music from St. Louis jazz diva Denise Thimes

Wicked photo by Joan Marcus, courtesy of Fox Theatre.


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Celebrate St. Louis’ rich brewing heritage at this annual festival in Forest Park where beer aficionados can sample over 60 brews while learning from local brewmasters. Guests will also enjoy live music and gourmet food from St. Louis restaurants and will go home with a free commemorative sampling glass. Cost: $30 in advance; $35 day of festival. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit SOULARD EARTH FESTIVAL June 19, Soulard Park

Celebrate the solstice with dancing, music, drumming, poetry and visual arts. This festival will feature vendors and activists for a greener community and a showcase by the St. Louis Slam Poetry Team. Concessions, fine art and jewelry will be available for purchase. Walk through the Kids Recycling Tent and take a ride on the Soulard Bicycle Tour. For more info, call 314.776.7370. SPECIAL EVENTS THE AMAZING CHALLENGE June 12, Saint Louis Science Center

This fun, cross-town race will test your ability to complete both physical and mental challenges. You’ll work with your teammate to find clues that will send you all around town to parks, businesses and landmarks, just be sure to get their first! Cost: $100/two-person team for members; $110/twoperson team for non-members. Race starts at Saint Louis Science Center. For more info, call log on to or call 314.289.4424 (5050 Oakland Ave.). ART/FOOD June 5, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis joins The Pulitzer for a special event that celebrates the power that food and art has to bring people together. Presented in conjunction with the closing of “Urban Alchemy: Gordon Matta-Clark” at The Pulitzer and the opening of the Contemporary’s Great Rivers Biennial. The gumbo recipe from Matta-Clark’s Food restaurant will be re-created and there will be a pig roast, which Matta-Clark presented as a performance art piece under the Brooklyn Bridge. For more info, visit or call 314.754.1850 (3716 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). LAFAYETTE SQUARE SPRING HOME & GARDEN TOUR June 5-6, Corner of Lafayette and Mississippi Avenues

Aptly named “City Life in Bloom,” Lafayette Square’s 41st Annual Spring Home & Garden Tour gives visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with St. Louis’ oldest historic district. Over a dozen gardens and homes will be on the tour, and there will be an antique sale held along the fence of Lafayette Park featuring over 50 vendors. On Saturday, 22 ALIVE STL JUNE 2010

enjoy summer’s first free concert in the park featuring Power Play Band. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit or call 314.772.5724. AN EVENING WITH IRON CHEF CAT CORA June 7, Moulin Events

In 2005, this fierce kitchen commander made television history on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” as the first and only female Iron Chef. At this highly anticipated event, Cora will demonstrate two recipes from her book, Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist, and guests will have the opportunity to sample both dishes. The event will end with a book signing. Time: 12:30pm. Cost: $65. Tickets on sale at For more info, vist (2017 Chouteau Ave.). SUMMER WRITERS INSTITUTE June 14-25, Washington University

Aspiring and working writers will get intensive writing experience in their choice of creative nonfiction, fiction or poetry and enjoy personal conferences, readings by guest faculty, craft talks and panel discussions with writers and editors. Earn three college credits or attend on a noncredit basis. For more info, visit swi.wustl. edu or call 314.935.6720 (Washington University Campus).

DIY/Crafts GREEN WITH INDIE CRAFT SHOW June 5, Webster University

One of the few eco-friendly indie craft fairs in the area, Green with Indie is organized by the STL Craft Mafia and sponsored by the Environmental Studies Committee at Webster University. Scope treasures from local artists, vintage finds, locally grown organic greenery and more. For more info, visit or call 314.315.5279 (175 Edgar Rd., Grant Gym, Webster University). SCREENPRINTING ON PAPER: PORTFOLIO EXCHANGE June 12, All Along Press

In this workshop, participants will learn techniques to create their own fine art screen prints. The workshop includes month-long access to the shop, and at the end of the month, students will have created a limited-edition (20 prints) collection of their own work and will receive one print from their fellow students to create a keepsake of collectible art. Materials are provided. Cost: $200. Workshop limited to 12 students. For more info, visit allalongpress. com/workshops or call 314.827.6185 (2712 Cherokee St., Benton Park).

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Wash Ave.’s latest haunt is cool as hell. By Cristy Miller | Photo by jonathan pollack

Chic Squad Owner Jessica Young recently relocated her Jecca boutique to Log on for the designer names you knew and loved in Clayton, plus more for him and her including denim, tees and many new lines out of the coasts and the UK. When Life Gives You Lululemons… Lululemon Athletica, known for fabulous yogainspired athletic apparel for women and men, has just moved from the Central West End. Shop the new, larger Plaza Frontenac location for running wear, dancewear, fitness classes and more (314.994.7662).

Champagne Lounge is a cool, new destination on Washington Avenue and is anything but your run-of-the-mill bar and lounge. For starters, you can order over 150 premium vodkas and 25 champagnes. And then there’s the walk-in vodka freezer—or rather the “Shiver Experience.” For $20, you are outfitted in a parka, gloves and boots and are ushered into this teeth-chattering room where you take vodka shots out of ice glasses and sit on delicately carved ice furniture. Once you’ve finished your cool experience, warm yourself with bites from their small plates menu of American cuisine or decadent dessert or hang out in the chic, laidback lounge (1130 Washington Ave., 314.241.3900).

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Aya Sofia in South City just keeps dishing out reasons to go back again and again. Not only are they one of STL’s only Turkish restaurants with regular belly dancers and authentic Mediterranean cuisine, but they also recently debuted a few new menu items, a new brunch menu and now that the season allows, you can enjoy lunch or dinner on their charming patio. The Sunday brunch menu features Turkish specialties such as scrambled eggs with tomatoes, bell peppers and ground beef and a breakfast plate with kasar and feta cheeses, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and butter and American specialties like pancakes, eggs Benedict, French toast and omelets. If that doesn’t make you an early riser on Sundays, nothing will. And of course, the lunch and dinner menu is a must, with everything from stuffed grape leaves to calamari to fried eggplant and tender lamb shank (6671 Chippewa St., South City, 314.645.9919).

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Last month, Brennan’s in the Central West End revamped its interior to allow space for more guests. The expanded bar has more seating and space for you to enjoy a new menu as well, with flatbread and other small plate items (4659 Maryland Ave., Central West End, 314.361.9444).

Milagro Modern Mexican is now open in Webster Groves. The upscale Mexican eatery serves authentic dishes and is open seven days a week. And did we mention it’s owned by Adam Tilford? As an owner of Tortillaria in the Central West End, it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about delicious Mexican (20 Allen Ave., Webster Groves, 314.962.4300).


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> When it comes time to making dinner plans, let’s be honest—a restaurant in a casino isn’t always on top of mind. And for me, unless the restaurant is on par with Hubert Keller’s SLeeK in Lumière, I don’t usually have a strong desire to give it a try. That is, until Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse came along. Standout Spot Located in the new and long-awaited $380 million River City Casino in South County, Jeff Ruby’s is not your grandfather’s steakhouse. For starters, there’s a raw bar where oysters on the half shell and Alaskan King crab are served market fresh and there’s also a sushi menu available. Second, you can find Midwest fare like baked potatoes and mac n’ cheese served alongside pan-roasted mussels and buffalo ricotta ravioli with sage and ham. I prefer tuna tartare to a side of mashed potatoes, but Jeff 26 ALIVE STL JUNE 2010

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Well-Crafted Cuisine Restaurants that have great bread are memorable—it’s the first chance a place has to make a good impression with the food, unless they serve an amuse bouche. If they can get your attention with something so simple and standard, then it’s a place worth several visits. At Jeff Ruby’s, they serve rye bread with regular butter, but also an amazingly creamy and rich mushroom and truffle butter. I also ordered the Bourbon Street shrimp with grits and was satisfied with both taste and texture. The Saint Louis Bleu salad was an elegant presentation of chopped romaine, radicchio and Maytag bleu mixed with candied pecans and balsamic and served encased in a thinly sliced cucumber then topped with julienne apples. But what people really come here for is the steak—all prime cuts and grilled to mouthwatering perfection. I couldn’t stop thinking about the steak Collinsworth, a center-cut filet that’s topped with a touch of crab meat and twigs of grilled asparagus then lightly covered with béarnaise and bordelaise sauce. There’s also Kobe strip steak and a USDA prime K.C. strip, and while I generally believe a good steak doesn’t need sauce, there’s a “for your steak” menu that includes a black peppercorn scampi, a red wine veal demi and bleu cheese crust that add a nice finish to the tender meat. And for those who may not be in the mood for heavy meat dishes, the entrée list includes grilled Atlantic salmon, roasted Amish chicken and a cheeky pork and beans.

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Standout Starter: St. Louis Bleu; romaine, radicchio and Maytag bleu crumbles and pecans wrapped with a slice of English cucumber and topped with julienne apples Top Dish: Steak Collinsworth; center-cut filet mignon with King crab meat and grilled asparagus Best Place To Perch: At the bar or near the bronze fountain

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>For as short a time I’ve been a St. Louisan, I’ve created what feels like a lifetime’s worth of fond memories surrounding Lafayette Square. Maybe it’s the charming Victorian surroundings that make it seem as though the memories are like sepia-toned, age-weathered photographs, because no matter where you are in Lafayette Square—whether relaxing in the beautiful park, walking in down a street of stately Painted Ladies or sneaking a kiss by the romantic fountain in the square’s center—you feel like you’ve stepped back to the most elegant period in St. Louis history. Look around, however, and you’ll spot modern loft buildings, unique dining concepts and state-of-the-art fitness centers that squarely place Lafayette Square in 2010. Chouteau ave. 4 2

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9. marbles yoga 1905 Park Ave. 314.621.4744 With ALIVE’s new office located a short 5-minute drive away, I’ve been forgoing my usual Starbucks in favor of a cup from Park Avenue Coffee. Known for their selection of gooey butter cake, Park Ave. offers over 70 varieties of the decadent St. Louis favorite. The atmosphere here is both energetic and relaxing, and oftentimes, co-workers will meet for brainstorm meetings or take a late-afternoon field trip for a snack break.

10. napoleon’s retreat 1815 Lafayette Ave. 314.772.6979 11. park avenue bed & breakfast 2007 Park Ave. 314.588.9004 For even more decadent delights, there’s Baileys’ Chocolate Bar. This romantic restaurant is a favorite spot for amorous diners to indulge in one of the two dozen potent chocolate martinis (my favorite is a spicy one called “Sexual.” As a feisty Scorpio, this isn’t merely a preference, but a way of life), or a tantalizing array of delicious desserts like the Chocolate Inebriation—layers of chocolate cake topped with chocolate stout, chocolate ganache and cinnamon ice cream. Swoon!

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On nice days, I sometimes spot a small group practicing yoga in Lafayette Park. I find out that are yogis with Marbles Yoga, a studio that offers classes in all levels of yoga practice, from basic Hatha yoga to Ashtanga-based Power yoga. What’s more, I’ve recently learned that Marbles is also an art studio that displays the works of local artists. Just up the street from Marbles is VFit, a facility that offers studio space for group workout classes and a gym for public membership. They also help clients get in shape with personal training and small group training.


Browsing Rue Lafayette reminds me of the cute antique shops in Paris. Co-owner Araceli Kopiloff-Zimmer’s adventure in remodeling the space at 2024-26 Lafayette Avenue were captured on an episode of “Renovation Realities” on the DIY Network. Her and her team’s efforts were well worth it. Here, you can treasure hunt antiques, shop for unique gifts (many with fabulous French flair) and also dine and sip at the cozy adjoining café.

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Why ALIVE Publisher Elizabeth Tucker loves her cozy-urban loft lifestyle in what she considers one of the best parts of the Central West End.

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West End Lofts is conveniently located at the “I love that I am within a block of one of my intersection of Forest Park and Sarah which favorite restaurants in St. Louis, Terrene. is outside of the traffic of Central West End, With its focus on Local Harvest within walking distance to the CWE dining local food and district and has easy access to all of the seasonal veggies, major highways. it couldn’t be more perfect. Also, Local The Loft Harvest, my “As a single gal I love the gorgeous pool, grocery store that also satisfies my cravings a ton of security and the decked-out gym. for locally grown food, is just a six minute As an aspiring cook and someone who drive away.” loves to entertain, when I saw the spacious kitchen with Pedini Italian Cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, the floor-toCommunity ceiling windows, an outdoor garden space “The people who live here are the kind of and natural stone countertops and tiles, people you want as neighbors—professionall I could say when I toured my place als with good taste who enjoy the urban was, “Yes, please!” lifestyle. It is no surprise that this unique,

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Make Me Blush The fact that my job as ALIVE’s Fashion Editor has me hitting Sarah King’s Kirkwood boutique on a regular basis has me tickled pink.

Sporty Dress up your athletic-inspired sweatpants and cargoes with sequin-embellished separates this summer.

sweet Pairing a voluminous tank with structured shorts will keep you cool and looking cute, rather than overly sexy.

By Jill Manoff | Photos by egan o’keefe > In 2006, Blush opened its doors—and took me back to the start of my fashion career when I was easily distracted, and found reason to make personal purchases most every day. Though I thought that I had matured and had even started to abide by a budget, all was lost the minute a styling mission had me perusing the racks of Kirkwood’s chic new boutique in search of of-the-moment threads and accessories. That I found, and so much more. When a trend page sends me in search of summery dresses, I know I can count on Blush; when designer denim is a month’s hot feature, I know owner Sarah King will have new styles in store that she’ll be excited to show me—between celeb style gossip and the lowdown on what she’s wearing (I always ask, as she’s undoubtedly on my “Best Dressed” list!). Truly something for women of every style and salary, the fact that I covet and can afford the oh-sohot Wild Fox Couture tees and the latest by Free People, both of which are consistently in-store, spells trouble. As for jewelry pieces by House of Harlow and Virgins Saints & Angels? I would call them torture devices, if trying them on for fun wasn’t my main thrill in life. On to bigger and even better things, Blush will be moving within eye’s view of its original location in August—which is bound to mean more brands and much more merchandise. That’s it; I need a clothing allowance (151 W. Jefferson Ave., Kirkwood, 314.965.4411).


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The “NEXT” BIG THINGS Between the four of them, Mother/NEXT models walked in nearly 50 shows during the eight-day period that comprised New York Fashion Week in mid-February. Pictured from left to right, Karlie’s show list included Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein and Alexander Wang; Katie’s, Jason Wu (“a career highlight“), Max Azria and 3.1 Phillip Lim; Molly’s, Vera Wang and Ports 1961; and Aaron’s, Marc by Marc Jacobs and cult favorite, Odyn Vovk.

In addition to the shows, which alone are time-consuming (when we saw Molly backstage, prepping for a 2pm Juan Carlos Obando show, she had been there since 11am), fittings, castings and callbacks make for a hectic week, to say the least; at ADAM, Katie reported having already clocked a 15-hour day. It was Day 3. Her advice for models aspiring to her level of success? “Get plenty of sleep, and buy an unlimited-use subway card.”


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“The main thing is trying to find the balance,” said Jeff, taking a break from his phone-slash-lifeline, on which he was keeping track of the schedules of the four Mother models (all from the Midwest) working the NY shows: veterans Karlie Kloss (among’s top 5; currently the face of Hermès and Dior) and Katie Fogarty, and first-timers Molly Gunn and Aaron Chisum. “We’re here to support.”

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Edwin pepper interiors Whether you’re on the hunt for that perfect accent furniture piece or need the skills of a professional to help design your entire home, Edwin Pepper Interiors has been creating beautiful surroundings for over 40 years. Edwin Pepper is more than a design firm: They have over 32,000 square feet of showroom, the area’s most complete fabric and wallpaper library and their own in-house drapery workroom for completely custom window treatments. What’s more, just a walk around their beautiful showroom garners enough awe to inspire even the most unmotivated among us.

> Michael Pepper knows a thing or

two about helping people beautify their surroundings. As president of one of St. Louis’ most respected interior design firms, Edwin Pepper Interiors, he’s helped coordinate projects both big and small. Along the way, he and his team have gathered lots of useful tips to help make the process of working with an interior designer on your next project as smooth as possible. plan Before You Act Wait! Before you fly into a frenzy of buying furniture and testing paint colors on your own, take a moment to evaluate the scope of your project. Do you want to change the look of just one room, or is it time to think about updating your entire space? If the project is something you don’t think you can do successfully on your own, Pepper says it’s time to call in a pro. “A good designer is trained in areas like furniture scaling and color theory, things that 38 ALIVE STL JUNE 2010

everyday person may not take into consideration,” he says. “And a designer might have another prospective on the space that might cause a client to re-evaluate particular choices.” An interior designer can help you negotiate between the needs of the space, the look you seek and your budget, so hold off ripping off crown molding or investing in light fixtures until you talk to a pro. do your research When searching for a designer, Pepper says experience is paramount. “Look for a designer who has a track record of excellence,” he says. “A degree or certification proves they have the basic knowledge, but be sure his or her past work is work that you like.” Look through portfolios, get referrals, research the designer’s firm—does the firm have the area of expertise and access to resources needed for your project? Does the firm’s overall aesthetic appeal to you? Set Your Budget A professional designer will help you determine how much you’ll need to spend in order to complete

the vision for your new space. Discussing your limit upfront makes the process much easier for your designer. “The designer needs to know your limit so they know what level of products they should be working with, but what’s great is, many styles and products can now be found at nearly any price point,” says Pepper. A good designer will also find ways to help you make the most of your budget without skimping on quality. Trust Your Designer Pepper understands that it can be hard for clients to relinquish control of their space, and notes that a good designer will always make the client feel included. “This is why the selection process is so important—the person you select should make you feel confident and at ease,” he says. “It’s also important to get along with the designer from a personality standpoint, especially if you’re going to be working with them for an extended period of time.” And Pepper’s final tip? Honesty is the best policy. “A quality designer will always be honest with the client—good or bad—and the client should feel like they can be honest, too.”

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Tangy and Tantalizing Fire up the grill! The experts at Schnucks Cooks serve up a surefire summer recipe that promises to have guests going for seconds.

In under half an hour, you can transform beef from boring to brilliant with this savory recipe for tangy Teriyaki Flank Steak topped with tender sweet peppers from the Schuncks Cooks culinarians. Pair this tasty entrée with your favorite noodle or rice side dish or a crisp garden salad and you’re sure to have a new summer favorite on your hands.


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• 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped • 3 tablespoons reducedsodium soy sauce • 2 tablespoons Schnucks honey • 1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger • 1 flank steak (about 1/2 pounds) • 2 tablespoons Schnucks extra virgin olive oil • 2 red and/or yellow bell peppers, cut into 1/4-inch thick strips WHAT TO DO:

1. In large zip-tight plastic bag, add garlic, soy sauce, honey and ginger; massage ingredients in bag to combine. Add steak to bag; seal bag, pressing out excess air. Massage ingredients again to coat steak. Refrigerate steak at least 30 minutes or up to overnight to marinate.

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3. R  emove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Place steak on hot grill rack or broiler pan; cook 14 to 17 minutes, turning once, for medium-rare and an internal temperature of 145°F, or cook to desired doneness. Transfer steak to cutting board; let stand 5 minutes to set juices.

4. T  hinly slice steak diagonally across the grain and transfer to large platter; top steak with warm peppers to serve.


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Recently Ringed Three St Louis couples share their engagement stories.

The Couple: Tiffany Ellis, 29 and David Woodruff, 34 How we Met: We met in the Senate gallery of the Missouri Statehouse. David was a legislative liaison for the Missouri Department of Economic Development and I was lobbying with ASUM on behalf of the University of Missouri. A friend of mine who knew David through Governor Holden thought we might be a good match. We went on our first date at Old Chicago in Columbia, but I didn’t really fall for him because after two dates, he told me he was moving to Key West. We didn’t continue dating once he moved, and actually didn’t talk the entire year he was there. When he returned to the St. Louis area in 2002 to work on a congressional campaign in Southern Illinois, I was running my first campaign, in Southwest Missouri and he called to congratulate me on the job. We began talking again, and eventually we ended up going on a “third” date in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. We came back to Missouri in love. Nine years, 30 political campaigns, seven states and two continents later, it turns out our friend who introduced us was right—we are a good match.

The Proposal: We were starting our annual holiday trip between Missouri and Michigan just before Christmas at his parent’s house in Gallatin, MO. I had just finished my third semester of law school, David’s political consulting business was picking up and our house was still under massive construction, so getting away was a welcome break. He tricked me into going on an errand to finish up some unfinished details on his mom’s gift. It wasn’t until he was down on one knee that I even realized what he was doing in the full moon-lit snow in the middle of his family’s 1856 homesteaded farm. He had the exact ring that I wanted—a platinum with a large emerald-cut diamond offset by matching diamonds on either side from Simon’s in Clayton—thanks to some tips from my sister. The Big Day: Late summer 2011

The Couple: Erin Presson, 26 and Eric Ladd, 25

The Proposal: One weekend after tailgating with friends and family at Mizzou, Eric said, “Let’s go for a walk.” The sky was overcast and it was drizzling, but I was game. We meandered through downtown Columbia and then through Peace Park, a park that separates the quad from downtown. We walked over a little bridge, and Eric stopped. “Isn’t this the bridge,” he asked, “that has some superstition to it?” I said factually, “Yeah, legend is that if you walk across it with another person, that’s the person you’re going to marry.” Eric got down on one knee and pulled out the familiar blue box with the white satin ribbon and said, “Well, then I guess you’ll have to marry me.” A moment later, the sky opened up and it began to downpour. Umbrella-less, we ran to nearby Shakespeare’s Pizza and ordered a gigantic pepperoni pizza.

The Couple: Cady Scott, 32 and Kevin Seabaugh, 32 How we Met: We met at a rehearsal dinner for a mutual friend’s wedding. Cady was this bossy bridesmaid who was showing the other bridesmaids how to hold their flowers and walk at an appropriate speed, and I was being an obnoxious usher, making fun of this obsessive-compulsive bridesmaid. We sat next to each other at the rehearsal dinner, then joined the rest of the wedding party at McGurk’s. The place was packed and as we walked in, Cady grabbed my hand so we wouldn’t lose each other, but the room was so crowded that halfway into the bar, I had to let go of Cady’s hand. She turned around and said to me, completely joking, “Fine! If that’s the way you feel, don’t marry me!” Little did we know that’s how it would turn out. The Proposal: I’ve been living in Chicago until we decide where to live after the wedding. Cady was meeting me for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Toro Sushi in Lincoln Park. While we were eating, I got up “to use the bathroom” and had the owner turn off the music. He then said, “Ladies and gentlemen, we have a very special event tonight,” and he introduced me as I walked out of the back with a sushi plate covered in roses. The ring, from Huffords Jewelry, was in the middle of the roses. After Cady said yes, the entire restaurant cheered. The Big Day: December 11, 2010

The Big Day: May 28, 2011 42 ALIVE STL JUNE 2010

Photos courtesy of the couples.

How we Met: Eric and I met ten years ago while working at Old Navy; he claimed himself “King of the Fitting Room,” and I was a cashier. Eric is colorblind, so I often had to run to the fitting room to help Eric match clothes for customers. One day, we joked about something mundane like hangers, and when he smiled at me, I felt like I’d had the wind knocked out of me. We formed a flirty friendship over folding clothes and then I demanded he go to lunch with me. He gamely agreed.


An Intimate Affair A simple and elegant wedding beautifully united this young couple in matrimony. By Sheniqua Faulkner | Photos by Jonathan Pollack

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> When Sarah Shapiro first met Liran Mizrahi in 2008 during a Halloween party at a bar on South Beach, she wasn’t particularly impressed by his kitten costume (she was dressed as a football player). However, when the two ran into each other two weeks later, Sarah says she was taken by how funny and handsome Liran was. “We exchanged phone numbers and ever since then, we’ve been inseparable,” says Sarah.

Sarah’s grandfather officiated the ceremony as 60 guests looked on. Lucky You Productions (, 314.210.7764) carried out the wedding planning, ceremony, reception and floral design and the day was captured by Jonathan Pollack ( “Lucky You was amazing,” says Sarah. “Because we live in Miami, it was nice to have someone there to help my parents put together all the smaller details that we couldn’t be there for.”

One day, while eating dinner—Sarah’s signature chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans—Liran looked up from his plate and confidently asked Sarah if she would marry him. “Our proposal story isn’t as elaborate as most couples,” says Sarah. “It was more of an understanding that we wanted to be together forever. I never really expected to get married, especially at my age, but with him, it seemed natural to say ‘yes.’”

THE CAKE: Keeping true with the wedding’s elegant simplicity, the couple chose a raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake from Hank’s Cheesecakes (, 314.781.0300). Each of the cake’s three square tiers were wrapped in champagne ribbon and the top featured a beautiful arrangement of delicate blue hydrangeas that matched Sarah’s bouquet.

THE CEREMONY: Sarah and Liran first exchanged vows in July 2009 during a courthouse ceremony. Then on December 26, 2009, the two had a second intimate ceremony at the St. Louis’ Artists’ Guild (stlouisartistsguild. org, 314.727.6266), a renovated stone mansion overlooking beautiful Oak Knoll Park in Clayton. 44 ALIVE STL JUNE 2010

THE DRESS: Sarah didn’t try on a single dress in the hunt for her wedding gown. She found her cocktail-length, champagne-colored Sue Wong dress on Bloomingdales’ website. “I didn’t want anything that looked too much like a wedding dress; I wanted it to look like something I would wear. I wanted it to stay true to who I am.” The dress’ intricately beaded bodice flowed into a skirt of cascading petal-like ruffles. Sarah paired the

fashion-forward look with equally chic metallic sandals. THE CELEBRATION: Before the reception, which was also held at the Artists’ Guild, a cocktail hour allowed guests to mingle before dinner. In a room adjacent to the ceremony room, 10 tables were set up for a delicious dinner provided by Catering St. Louis (, 314.961.7588). “We had a buffet that included juicy beef medallions, sautéed chicken…everything was amazing,” says Sarah. “I just wish I had been a guest so I wasn’t so nervous. Then I could’ve eaten more!” During dinner, the ceremony room was converted into a dance floor, and DJ Brian Lewin from Millennium Music (millen, 314.918.9335) kept guests grooving all evening.


Get Involved: Rebuilding TogetherSt. Louis The local arm of this national volunteer org is revitalizing St. Louis neighborhoods, one home at a time. By Sheniqua Faulkner

In 1992, Rebuilding Together was incorporated in St. Louis. One year later, the organization had 105 volunteers who helped work on five homes. Now, nearly 20 years later, the organization has grown to help even more homeowners in need; to date, Rebuilding Together-St. Louis has helped over 2,000 homeowners. “The need for Rebuilding Together’s services have never been greater,”


says Laura Hurt, Associate Executive Director of Rebuilding TogetherSt. Louis. “We make it possible for homeowners to remain in safe and healthy homes, keep their independence and preserve home equity, which in many cases is the sole source of personal wealth for these struggling families.” HOMEOWNERS IN NEED

Homeowners in need of assistance from Rebuilding Together-St. Louis must fill out an application and supply supporting documents to the organization. Nonprofit organizations that have facilities in need of repairs can also apply. Once approved, members of the board, staff and volunteers evaluate the home. All repairs are paid for by monetary donations or in-kind donations from businesses, foundations, other service organizations and individuals at no cost to the homeowners. THE DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES

Each Rebuilding Together affiliate holds an annual Rebuilding Day where hundreds of volunteers make home repairs across the city. The blitz may be a single day, but the impact is profound, both for homeowners and volunteers. RT-STL held its Rebuilding Day in May where

2,500 volunteers helped paint, plaster, glaze, clean and repair 100 homes in eight hours. YEAR-ROUND NEEDS

The one-day volunteering opportunity that the Rebuilding Day offers is attractive to busy professionals who may have limited time, but who still very much want to give back. However, Hurt says, Rebuilding Together needs volunteers year round for ongoing projects. Some repairs— leaky roofs, malfunctioning toilets, crumbling stairways—pose safety or health concerns and cannot wait until Rebuilding Day. Handy individuals can join the Rebuilding Together Express team to help remedy these needs on an ongoing basis. Those who aren’t as confident in their hammer-swinging abilities can still help. Skilled wordsmiths can assist with the grantwriting process; social butterflies can help plan special events and fundraisers; people-persons can help with public relations efforts; those who like to organize will be a great asset in Rebuilding Together’s office, making calls, answer phones, enter data, prepare mailings and filing. For more info on how you can get involved with Rebuilding Together-St. Louis, log on to

Photos by Jay David, courtesy of Rebuilding Together-St. Louis.

> For many individuals and families, especially those in low-income households, the elderly and the disabled, taking care of their home can be something they simply cannot do on their own. More than 30 years ago, a group of like-minded citizens in Midland, Texas wanted to fix up the dilapidated homes in their community. Nine years later, the program, then called “Christmas in April” (named after an early home recipient told a reporter that receiving the services was like having “Christmas in April.”), had spread to Washington D.C., where members of the Cabinet and other officials were active volunteers.

Social Scene: Third Annual BackStoppers, Inc. Fundraiser February 28 ∑ The Corner Pub & Grill in Kirkwood hosted a fun event to benefit The BackStoppers, Inc., an organization that provides support and financial assistance to the spouses and children of all local and county police officers, firefighters, publicly funded paramedics and EMTs who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Corner Pub employees donated their time and served the almost 200 attendees, who enjoyed food and drinks while raising over $44,000 for The BackStoppers, Inc. Photos courtesy of The Corner Pub & Grill. Natalie McGraw, Adrienne Lamping, Meagan Cotter, Jackie Kinder & Katie Ingenbohs

Dane McGraw & Eric Ramlow

Heather Baldanza, Charlie Winkler, Dan Renarie, Natalie McGraw, Chief Ron Battelle, Brant Baldanza, Brian Nale, Kevin Crowley & Stephanie Crothers

Crystal and Greg Lottes & Scott and Tara Schulte.

Dan Nassif & Andy Goldenberg

Paul and Diane Martin & Laura and Mayor Matt Pirrello

Social Scene: A Tasteful Affair 22 April 18 ∑ Over 1,500 people donned their cowboy hats and Western wear and enjoyed food and wine for a good cause at Food Outreach’s biggest annual fundraiser. Held at the Khorassan Room in the Chase Park Plaza, the Wild West event raised $220,000, featured live and silent auctions and over 35 restaurants and caterers serving delicious cuisine, all to benefit this local nonprofit that helps those living with HIV/AIDS and cancer. Photos by Scott Lokitz and Mary Sue Rosenthal/Courtesy of Food Outreach. Rob Schneider & Justin O’Neal

Amanda Hill, Rob Thurman, Rachel McCalla, Mark Leinauer & Joyce Gorrell

Margaret McDonald, Karey Brown, Ali Kindle & Margo Kopman

Bob and Diana Jackson & Greg Lukeman

Atomic Cowboy Staff

Shane Cohn, Jonathan Forsythe & Sarah Kramer

Social Scene: Fifth Annual Cocktails and Clowns April 16 ∑ The Young Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital hosted its annual event at Palladium Saint Louis. More than 300 people came out to support the cause, which raised more than $33,000 for The Clown Docs program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The Clown Docs are five professionally trained clowns who use humor to distract patients from their hospital experience and to relieve stress among patients, family members and staff. Photos by Brigid Pritchard/ALIVE Scene Team.

Sarah Trenary & Lucy Schnuck

Hillary Dutcher & McKenzie Goldwasser

Retta Leritz DiFate, Rick Shepard & Ashley Dillingham

Kevin Limbert, Piers Pritchard, Brian Kennedy, Hannah Haas & Dan Hufford

Maggie & Tim O’Shaughnessy

Graham Goldwasser & Abby Edwards




rookie third baseman David Freese may not have 160-plus games under his belt in the big leagues, but he’s already one of the most buzzedabout Cardinals this season. Making a name for himself not only with the Redbirds, setting a franchise record for a rookie with six RBIs in one game during a series with the Braves in April and climbing from the eighth to fifth batting spot within four weeks of the season, David’s also attracting attention within the league, being named the National League Player of the Week in April. And although he hasn’t experienced the pressure of postseason play or can share championship memories like that of the game’s seasoned stars, David Freese has quite a story. While it’s clear his talent and current stats put him on a path to a long, successful career, his beginning in baseball wasn’t as apparent. After years of playing and dreaming of one day playing for the Cardinals, Freese left the diamond just before graduating from Lafayette High School. Luckily for St. Louis, Freese greatly missed the game. After a short hiatus, he returned to the field. Five years later, the rookie, who had been drafted by the San Diego Padres in the ’06 amateur draft, was traded to the Cardinals in part of the deal that sent Jim Edmonds to San Diego prior to the 2008 season. For David Freese, coming to St. Louis was not just the chance to start his career; it was a long-awaited homecoming. I sat down with this promising young player to talk baseball, the 2010 season and his struggles in getting to the big leagues.

ALIVE: What are your thoughts on the team and season so far? David Freese: It’s going well. I think we have a strong lineup and I don’t think too many clubhouses can say this, but every guy in that clubhouse is part of the family. And to be honest, I’m just happy to be a part of that family. I feel truly lucky to be able to go out there and help the team win. ALIVE: How has it been not only as a rookie, but a rookie starting in your hometown and dealing with extra attention from fans and the media? DF: I struggled right out of the gate at the beginning of the season, I really had that tough inning in Milwaukee where I made a few errors and I can see why the media really jumped on it. Being a rookie puts you under a microscope more and everyone critiques you more easily. Scrutiny comes with the territory; it’s just something you’ve got to handle. ALIVE: What about the rewards? Anything positive? DF: It’s flattering to see all the support I get from not just friends and family, but also the fans. But the main thing you’ve got to worry about is producing—that’s your number-one priority. It’s great to drive in six runs as a rookie, but it’s the guys who got on base in front of me that really get the credit. One thing I’ve learned is that you just have to go out there the next day and do it all over again. It’s a clean slate. Whether it’s bad or good, each day, and game, is new. That’s hard to remember when you’re having a rough series, but if you’re mentally tough, you can focus. ALIVE: Who has mentored and helped you on the current team? DF: First and foremost, Skip Schumaker. From the first day I stepped into the organization, Skip and I became friends, and he’s played a huge role

in helping me get where I am. Mark McGwire is the next name that pops into my head right away. His knowledge of the game alone is helping me, because he was a rookie once, and he understands the ups and downs. And baseball aside, Mac is just a great human being; I got the chance to get to know him during spring training and now that he’s back in the game, people get to see him not as a player, but more as a person. And it’s awesome having him around—we [the team] consider him one of the guys. ALIVE: I know that having McGwire as the hitting coach has been a muchtalked about move for the Cardinals. How has he been helping your game, besides the obvious? DF: Mac has helped me with the mental side—there’s a big difference between the minors and the majors. You’re facing the best pitching around and you have to have the mental toughness to get through the ups and downs. And that’s the one thing that he and Mike [Aldrete] work on with us. The whole coaching staff is really good at keeping you positive and that’s huge to have as support as a rookie. ALIVE: When did you first start playing baseball? DF: I started playing when I was about four. My dad was a little league coach, and we started playing catch on the side of our house growing up. He’s a big reason why I’m here today. I played throughout my childhood—I lived and breathed baseball. Then, during high school, just before my senior year, I started to get burnt out. Looking back I think I just took it for granted, but I remember that I just didn’t want to play anymore. The two people who really supported this decision were my parents; they were always there for me no matter what I decided. They wanted me to be happy.

Sometimes I think deep down they wanted me to keep playing, but as parents they supported me. ALIVE: So you finished high school and entered college at Mizzou in 2001. What were you going to do? Had you thought about a career? DF: [laughing] No, not really. To be honest, growing up, you always dream of being a big leaguer if you play baseball. Nothing else really ever occurred to me. And after a year of not playing, I felt something was missing. I just had the itch to play again. So, just before I started my second year at Mizzou, I called the coach at St. Louis Community College at Meramec and asked to play for the Magic. It was then that I realized that baseball was going to be my life. And that if I got back into the game, I was going to go all the way. ALIVE: Looking back, do you regret the decision to quit? DF: No. I can honestly say that if I didn’t quit for that year, I don’t think I would be playing today. If I had done what everyone else had told me to do— to not quit—I think I would’ve been burnt out even more. That one year was good for me; it made me understand that baseball was a big part of me and I found the love for it again. ALIVE: How did you go from joining the local community college team to getting to play for the St. Louis Cardinals? DF: It’s been a wild ride. I took it one day at a time. When I started playing again, I knew I was a year behind. But what helped me was the overall competitive nature of the sport and the camaraderie with all the players and the coaches. It was hard work, but it was fun at the same time. I had to battle through some injuries [Freese broke both his wrists playing a friendly basketball game with friends in 2003] but I was able to play before the regular season ended. I got a scholarship to the University of South Alabama and played for one season there before getting drafted [by the San Diego Padres in the 9th round of the ’06 amateur draft]. I was already 23 years old by then, so as one of the oldest kids in the draft, that meant that I had to climb the ladder pretty quick. A year later, in December ’07, I got a call from Mo [Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak] saying congratulations, I was traded to the Cardinals and would be coming home—I thought he was kidding.

“is this really happening?” And obviously you’re nervous and excited. My first at-bat, in a sense, I wanted to get it over with and at the same time I didn’t want it to end. When you get that taste of being in the big leagues, it’s pretty special, especially in your hometown and having all your friends and family there watching. But I didn’t end up playing a lot and was sent back down [to Memphis]. It was tough, getting that close and it set me back a little bit. But, I just kept chugging along.


ALIVE: I’ve heard that you have a Batman mask as a good luck charm? Spill! DF: Back in ’08, I was doing okay in Memphis, transitioning to Triple A. I’ve always been a huge Batman fan and around that time, The Dark Knight was coming out and I was hyped up about it. So some friends and I went to see it before a game, and I went four for four that game. One of our outfielders showed up a few days later and put a Batman mask in my locker. I started joking around and would wear it before games, and that’s when my season took off. I’ve kept it ever since and it’s still in my locker right now. ALIVE: Well, you may carry a good luck charm, but you are definitely a talented young player with much to look forward to. Fast forward five years or ten years. What’s next? DF: Well, obviously I hope I’m still playing because I love this game. My main goal is to win a World Series championship. That would be an unbelievable experience. And also, I hope to one day have a family. I wouldn’t be where I am today without mine.

ALIVE: And after playing for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds for a season, you made your major league debut during the 2009 home opener against Pittsburgh, only then to be sent back down to Memphis shortly after. What was that like? DF: I remember they announced my name and I’m sitting there thinking,

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[Left] Roasted Beef Tenderloin with a Norton Cabernet demi glaze. [Right] Berry pound cake topped with chantilly cream, candied orange zest, ginger snaps and local chocolate mint.

Best New Brunch Spot for Locavores:


This new restaurant inside the Missouri History Museum manages to preserve the past while boldly embracing the future. Sunday brunch offers a spectacular menu featuring local produce and products along with breathtaking views of the park. Forest Park, 314.361.7313.



Best New Restaurant (CITY)

Best New Patio

Brasserie by Niche

We love St. Louis because our restaurants and chefs are all about catering to the customers. Gone are the days of ordering only what’s on the menu. Today’s restaurants are all about giving the customer exactly what they want, and in many cases, what they need. Whether it’s gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian or just plain aversion, it seems no request is too far out there for our STL spots. They’re on a mission to make you feel like you’re the only one in the dining room and offer options that silence even the pickiest palates. Best New Menu Addition Scape American Bistro Raw food fanatics enjoy the simple pleasures of superb flavor and enhanced nutrition. Scape’s raw bar features oysters, ceviche, sashimi and shrimp cocktail, while their new Raw & Vegetarian prix fixe menu includes an appetizer, salad and entrée, like lasagna, for an uncomplicated $36. Central West End, 314.361.7227. Best Budget-Friendly Option for Fine Dining Niche Back by popular demand is Niche’s “3 for $35” menu: your choice of a small plate, entrée and house-made dessert from their tantalizing menu. With numerous options in every category and a fresh, rotating menu, you can build endless tasting experiences. Benton Park, 314.773.7755.

Best Customer-First Concept Pi If you build it, they will come. At least according to Pi owner Chris Sommers, who brilliantly tailored his three Pi locations to fit the neighborhood and the tastes of his customers. Pi brings the pleasure of great pizza to all by offering gluten-free pizza and beer options, as well as vegan meat and cheese alternatives, at their three neighborhoodcentric locations in the Loop, Kirkwood and the Central West End. Multiple Locations, 314.367.4300.

Best Conscious Dining Lucas Park Grille This Washington Avenue dining and nightlife destination has amplified its appeal by offering handcrafted dishes with an emphasis on fresh, local and natural ingredients— think trans-fat free, sustainable seafood, free-range chicken and hormone-free beef. Call it a hotspot with a conscience. Downtown, 314.241.7770. Best Vegan Desserts SweetArt Both bakery and art studio, SweetArt indulges all your senses. Their dedication to

TVs, cold beers and specialty cocktails and a semi-private patio with a 120-inch projector screen right on Washington Avenue. Downtown,

feeding your soul doesn’t stop with creating organic, local, hormone-free treats from scratch. They also offer 100% vegan versions of nearly all their 20+ cupcake flavors. Shaw, 314.771.4278.

The unpretentious yet undeniably impressive French country menu at Brasserie by Niche features impeccably prepared classic dishes such as onion soup, pâté, roast chicken and steak frites at modest prices, served in a casual, neighborhood-y environment. Central West End, 314.454.0600. Best New Restaurant (County)

Table Three Embracing the quaint feel of Wildwood’s Town Center, Table Three captures modern American ambiance, where upscale food meets a casual attitude. Their menu is a relaxed approach to French cuisine, featuring tender meats, expert sauces and indulgent desserts. Wildwood, 636.458.4333. Best New Café

Bittersweet Bakery This back-to-basics bakery brings you fresh cakes, pastries, quiches and daily lunch specials with a focus on exquisite technique. Indulge your sweet tooth with house-made ice creams and miniature versions of their delectable cakes and tarts. Benton Park, 314.771.3500. Best New Bar and Grill

The Over/Under Sports Bar The Over/Under hedged its bet that beer-and-sports-loving St. Louisans would gather in crowds at an upscale sports bar featuring 37 large-screen

The Terrace View Café This one-of-a-kind café in Citygarden serves delish dishes and cocktails in the ultimate al fresco experience. Take in the art and the air on their grand garden patio, or enjoy the view from inside the building’s all-window construction. Downtown, 314.436.8855. Best New Addition to Downtown

Culinaria, A Schnucks Market Culinaria is exactly what downtown residents and employees have been waiting for. This urban market offers groceries, wine, spirits, prepared foods and mezzanine-level seating to meet with friends, grab a bite or stock up on the essentials. Downtown, 314.436.7694. Best Restaurant Re-Design

Miso on Meramec This popular sushi lounge is making room for future success by expanding to nearly twice its original size and adding additional seating and two bars. Elemental décor fuses wood, metal, stone and fiber elements, while new windows provide open-air dining. Clayton, 314.863.7888. Best Steakhouse

Al’s Restaurant The iconic steakhouse is alive and well at Al’s. The business end of the sports crowd mingles with movers and shakers amidst plush ’70s décor, while expertly stuffed, sauced and prepared steak options are presented in the traditional oral menu. Downtown, 314.421.6399.


the hot list Best Traditional Dining

The Gardens at Malmaison A day trip to this St. Albans gem rewards you with an unparalleled dining experience. An unforgettable meal of Continental cuisine followed by a leisurely stroll through the gardens and manicured grounds becomes an experience to be savored. St. Albans, 636.458.0131. Best Seafood

Oceano Bistro A fresh fish bistro is hard to come by in the Midwest. Yet Oceano masterfully combines the freshest catches of seafood with crisp local produce to create innovative cuisine that instantly transports you seaside. Clayton, 314.721.9400.

Louis. Mix and match your favorites from a number of choices: Classic, BBQ Bison, Lamburger, Meatball, Southwest Veggie, Turkey Burger or Kobe Beef. Of course, if any of this doesn’t satisfy your hunger, they have sushi on standby. Central West End, 314.367.1200. Best Nostalgic Treats

The Fountain on Locust Starting with aged ice cream from a family-owned dairy, The Fountain treats you to soda fountain classics such as sundaes with house-made sauces and fresh whipped cream, as well as tall glasses of flavored malts accompanied by their tins. Midtown, 314.535.7800. Best Pizza Restaurant

Katie’s Pizzeria Café

Mike Shannon’s matches the best of the Midwest with fresh coastal cuisine. A prime selection of premium, aged beef includes a few organic, grass-fed options. For a lighter bite, try the tuna, lobster, sea bass, shrimp, salmon, or surf of the day.

If a craving strikes for exotic toppings— like prosciutto and apples or fennel sausage, pine nuts and leeks—this charming café can hook you up with hand-formed Neapolitan pizzas. Katie Lee has a knack for not only creating stellar pizza, but also an understatedly cool spot to hang seven days a week. Clayton,

Downtown, 314.421.1540.


Best Ribs

Best Pizza At Midnight

Smoking Joe’s Bar-Be-Que

Joanie’s Pizzeria

The mouthwatering ribs at Smoking Joe’s are seasoned with a rockin’ rub, smoked to perfection and offered in fourth, half or full slabs for any sized appetite. Your choice of six house sides makes it a memorable meal. Downtown, 314.436.3876.

Endless summer nights are fabulous … until you realize it’s almost midnight and your crew is starving. At the restaurant or at its to-go outlet, this pizzeria bakes up St. Louis-style pies until midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Soulard, 314.865.1994.

Best Sliders

Best Themed Restaurant

Sub Zero Vodka Bar

Eclipse in Moonrise Hotel

This ultra-cool sushi and burger bar offers the most eclectic slider menu in St.

You have to dig a restaurant with cartoon ray guns and space-age décor, not to

Best Surf & Turf Sports Bar

Mike Shannon’s

BEST See-and-Be-Seen Sports Bar Joe Buck’s Downtown The colossal arched windows and stylish rooftop garden of this renovated, upscale sports bar set the scene for stunning views of Downtown, as well as provide a picturesque backdrop for its A-list gatherings and fashionable charity events. Downtown, 314.436.0394.

mention a rooftop bar with its own moon. Joe Edwards, we raise our classic cocktails to you for giving us a good time that’s out of this world! The Loop, 314.726.2222. Best Burger

Burger Bar Choose beef. Or turkey. Or buffalo. Or veggies. Choose your bun. Choose your toppings. Choose your sides. Or choose one of Chef Hubert Keller’s burger creations. Then choose a mini-milkshake to wash it down. Your wish is their command. Downtown, 314.621.9593.

those who expect the best find it here. Classic dishes are prepared with precision and presented with elegant flair. Downtown, 314.231.7007. Best Sandwiches

Lester’s Sports Bar & Grill With a sandwich menu dressed to impress, you can choose from a number of overstuffed New York deli sandwiches and traditional favorites piled high with salty cured meats, fresh toppings, and zippy sauces. Or try their housesmoked barbecue as a sandwich. Ladue, 314.994.0055.

Best Romantic

Best Bar Food

Mihalis Chophouse

Sportsman’s Park Restaurant

They say the best way to a man’s heart is his stomach, and these chops will get you there. But for a woman? It’s an elegant steakhouse with an onyx bar, white tablecloths, candles and smooth live music. Dogtown, 314.333.3301.

The secret ingredient in this popular bar’s food is experience. After 36 years, they have perfected the spice mix in their Black Angus burgers, as well as their house-brewed hot sauce recipe. Also try the house-made turkey chili and chicken strips. Ladue, 314.991.3381.

Best Special-Occasion Dining


Best Sushi

If it’s a big deal, it’s going down at Tony’s. From celebrity sightings, to multiple-carat proposals to major business negotiations,

Chi gives off good energy by using fresh, simple ingredients in their never-ending

Chi Sushi

Best Revamped Concept

Molly’s in Soulard An old favorite gets a new look with the help of consulting chef Eric Brenner and a touch of Old New Orleans charm. Tuck into the French-CreoleNOLA-influenced menu then cool off with a chilled drink on the dog-friendly garden patio. Soulard, 314.241.6200.

the hot list menu of rolls, sashimi and nigiri served up in modest fashion (for modest prices, as well) in their narrow dining room with a sensibility straight out of Tokyo. Central

sweet tooth; don’t get us started about their mouthwatering beignets. Midtown, 314.531.7500. Best Business Lunch

West End, 314.367.2209.

Sage Urban American Grill

Best Spring Rolls

Impress your business buddies or boss by taking them to this understatedly elegant Soulard spot. Inspired by seasons and locally-driven, the menu screams delicious from every angle, from the Gus’ warm pretzels appetizer to the Asian peanut chicken wrap to the Cajun shrimp and crab bisque. And cap your meal by ordering their signature sweet shots, mini desserts that leave you satisfied and your dining guest happy. Soulard, 314.256.1203.

OR Smoothie & Cafe How does OR make an everyday Vietnamese dish like spring rolls stand out? They start with fresh, allorganic ingredients and then take it a step further by offering four delicious varieties—vegan, shrimp, tuna or salmon—with a savory sidekick sauce. Central West End, 314.367.8883. Best Desserts

Kota Wood Fire Grill

Best Wine Menu

This Cajun-influenced restaurant complements its spicy menu with a collection of sweet, satisfying desserts. Milkshakes come in creative sweet tooth combinations, as well as liquorinfused versions. And melt-in-yourmouth bread pudding is topped with a rich, buttery caramel sauce. Midtown,

Wine geeks claim they read restaurants’ wine lists like novels. Much as we love the visible wine library at SleeK, we appreciate the option of delegating the choice of grape, vintage and region to the librarian, er, sommelier. Downtown,

314.535.5577. Best Menu

Herbie’s Vintage 72 To build a stellar menu, Herbie’s started with a few Balaban’s classics (think Beef Wellington, escargot and smoked trout pancakes) and added contemporary dishes that incorporate French, Asian and American flavors and techniques, plus a notable rotating oyster selection. Central West End, 314.769.9595. Best Casual Date Spot



314.621.9590. Best Tapas

BARcelona If St. Louis could have a so-called “original” tapas restaurant, it would be this Clayton hotspot. The small plates menu features big Spanish flavors and the martinis and cocktails are as bold as the colorful décor. Sure, many places have followed foot—but why would you want to go anywhere else? Clayton, 314.863.9909. Best Late-Night Noshing

Mosaic Lounge

Impressing your date doesn’t have to break the bank. The secret to this restaurant’s longtime success is offering gourmet fare at reasonable prices. So go ahead, splurge on the bread pudding with whisky sauce. You’ve earned it.

The cuisine on this lounge menu shouldn’t really be considered bar food. Sure, there are burgers and fries. The burgers are short ribs with maplesmoked white Cheddar. The fries are truffled frites. From there the menu flits around the globe, with delectable results.

Soulard, 314.241.7956.

Downtown, 314.621.6001.

Best Café

Best Brunch

Café Ventana

Benton Park Café

Technically, a café is “a place people go to eat.” As delicious as its food is, this café is so much more—coffeehouse for university students, lunch for gourmet gurus and those with a serious

Wake up hungry for something different? How about a breakfast pizza with four kinds of meat? An egg burrito with dill sour cream and salsa? Even the classics will leave you salivating. And, of course,

Best View Cielo

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The Arch pops into view from many rooftop patios, but the one on the eighth floor of the Four Seasons is special. Surrounded by the luxury of Cielo’s outdoor tables as the sun sets behind the skyscrapers, real life feels light years away. Downtown, 314.881.2105.

there are bloody marys and spiked coffee. Benton Park, 314.771.7200 Best Healthy Noshing

Local Harvest Café In keeping with the style of the grocer that launched it, this eatery serves local food in biodegradable containers, keeps an eye out for organics and urges its customers to recycle as they leave, with full stomachs and satisfied hearts. Morganford, 314.772.8815. Best Breakfast

Crêpes, etc. The name is true: The crêpes deserve top billing, but without the rest of the menu— buttermilk-pecan waffles, chocolate pancakes, corned beef hash—this would not be such a great place to break the overnight fast. CWE, 314.367.2200.

Best Mexican

Chuy Arzola’s

The original Dogtown destination reopened and relocated to the Coronado building under new ownership—and we couldn’t be happier. It serves its famous fare of enchiladas, tacos, burritos, fajitas and more. A sunken patio the length of the restaurant is the prime place to sip margaritas in the sun. Midtown, 314.644.4430.

Best Rolls

Drunken Fish Some quick tips on this longtime sushi nightspot: The menu offers maki rolls, or makimono, in three types: classic, signature and simple. Some are handrolled; others are shaped with bamboo mats. Some are Japanese; others are Americanized. All are ultra-fresh and delicious. CWE, 314.367.4222. Best Mid-Day Meal for Your Money

Audi K’s Mad Dog, Hound Dog, Junkyard Dog—just some of the two dozen hot dog variations on the menu. Cucumber topping a hot dog may take some salesmanship, but not cream topping a New Orleans shaved ice. Mmmm…sno in summer. CWE, 314.361.0270. Best Group Dining

IceKitchen Gather for a drink in the see-and-be-seen lounge up front, then migrate back into the private rooms for a fusion feast. The small plates are perfect for group grazing while hashing out a plan for the rest of the evening. Westport, 314.542.2000. Best Coffeehouse

The Mud House If your daily coffee stop is for actual coffee, get your fix at this café on Cherokee. The first-roasted Mississippi Mud beans will wake you up enough to enjoy the breakfast menu or, if you must, get to work on time. Benton Park,

Best Mediterranean

Aya Sofia

St. Louis’s only Turkish restaurant has perfected the balance of their many exotic ingredients to bring out multiple rich flavors in every bite. Be sure to share the cold and hot meze (small plates) and be there for the belly dancing. South City, 314.645.9919.

Best Greek


Avgolemono soup, traditional lamb gyros and mezes like stuffed grape leaves and spanikopita. Maybe they should have named this taverna for the seductive Greek Sirens, because it’s certainly alluring. And that’s just the food. The belly dancers are a bonus. University City, 314.863.3511.

best Italian

Lorenzo’s Trattoria

Amidst a world-famous neighborhood of traditional Italian fare, Lorenzo’s stands out with their contemporary take on Northern Italian cuisine. Be sure to try the authentic house-made gnocchi and risottos, as well as the much-raved-about osso buco. The Hill, 314.773.2223.

314.776.6599. Best All-In-One Destination

RiverCity Restaurants South County’s new casino has the expected eateries—an expansive buffet, a burger grill, an American comfort food café—plus the 1904 Beerhouse, boasting its own house brew on tap, and the first Missouri location of the Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse chain. South County,

best South American


The Peruvian menu has always been deliciously authentic. Now that Mango’s second location is in the heart of a nightlife district, the latenight Latin vibe feels so real you may start wondering where you put your passport. Downtown, 314.621.9993.

888.578.7289. Best Gluten-Free

The Pasta House Co. This local chain responded courageously to the awkward fact that its main menu item, pasta, was a nogo for those with gluten allergies or intolerance. Its specialized menu offers everything from classic mostaccioli to the famous house salads. Multiple locations,

Worldly Eats

best Thai

Basil Spice Thai Cuisine If your knowledge begins and ends with pad thai, this is the place to expand it. Move on to dishes like tom yum goong (hot and sour soup with shrimp) or paneng curry, and soon you’ll be savoring filet of whole trout. South Grand, 314.776.1530.


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Nightlife We love St. Louis because our nightlife destinations take their concepts and themes to the next level. St. Louis restaurant and bar owners have “raised the bar” with their innovative concepts, top-notch décor and creative themes you’ve never seen before. Our nightlife scene is an adult playground, full of places to dance, drink and never get bored. Best New St. Louis-Centric Spot Lola

Lola declares its love for Downtown’s character with a menu of 30 drinks named after the surrounding loft buildings that infuse life into the neighborhood. Even if you aren’t a resident, you can enjoy a taste of the good life. Downtown, 314.621.7277. Best Bar Design Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar

spin the best in global house culture live on a rotating calendar, Wednesday through Sunday nights. Chill on a sofa and soak up the mix. Central West End, 314.266.8446. Best Pre-Game Destination

Black Label A little glitz before the grit of the ballgame is what you’ll find at this upscale club in Chouteau’s Landing. The plush interiors are great for a quick round with your game-going friends or kick back on the secluded patio. Downtown, 314.621.1929. Best Party Patio

Atomic Cowboy Summer is the season at Atomic Cowboy, where DJs and bands perform starlightstyle on the bonfire-lit patio or in the retro-furnished, open air Quonset lounge, accompanied by nightly drink specials and the Cowboy’s popular Baja cuisine. The

The interiors of Bridge are a manifestation of the restaurant’s identity: simple and satisfying. Casual, all-wood décor is tailored with stringed accents, and the sippers at the first-floor bar are separated from the suppers seated in the lofted dining room. Downtown, 314.241.8141.

Grove, 314.775.0775.

Best Use of Theme The Library Annex

Friday nights are ’80s night at Rue 13. The VJ (video jockey) spins from a library of 2,000+ hits with MTV-era videos playing on TVs and projector screens. Plus, ’80s-themed events revive the heyday of aerobics, prom and Michael Jackson.

Located near the SLU campus, this college-themed bar explores the sexy side of libraries. Tall booths stacked high with books create privacy and leave plenty of room for fooling around—in their top-notch game room, that is. Midtown, 314.652.8484. Best Place to Buy the Next Round Erney’s 32°

When it’s your turn to treat, head to Erney’s 32° for an ice cold shot in the VodBox—one of very few walk-in vodka freezers in the country—and choose from an entire wall of vodka varieties, chilled to perfection. The Grove, Best Bar Décor Sanctuaria

Sanctuaria is an escape from the ordinary into a land of Latin-American mystique. The darkly romantic décor is inspired by the holiday Day of the Dead, featuring peculiar paintings, elaborate ornamentation, decorative skeletons and black leather accents. The Grove, 314.535.9700. Best New Concept Revolve Rotating Ultra Lounge

The first of its kind, Revolve’s “rotating” parties transform contemporary spaces into truly unique hot spots on the last Friday of every month. First-class service, premium liquors, and one-of-a-kind designs are perfect for the VIP on the go.

Best Themed Nights

Rue 13

Downtown, 314.588.7070. Best Eye Candy

The Pepper Lounge This nightlife “hottie-spot” is the place to be when you’re looking your best. Hit the dance floor, where DJs spin dance and mash-up hits, mingle at the speakeasy-style bar serving up 20+ signature cocktails, or heat things up on the Polynesian-style patio. Downtown, 314.241.2005. Best Place to Unwind After Work


Best In-the-Know Spot The Thaxton Speakeasy

You don’t have to know the right person to get into The Thaxton Speakeasy, but you do have to know the right word. Only those with the password (posted daily on their website) are admitted to this 1920s-throwback club. Downtown, 314.241.3279. Best House Music

Sol Lounge Sol’s vibe may lean on more on exclusive, but their beats are totally accessible. Stellar DJs

Houlihan’s recent makeover has made the national chain a local hotspot. Our favorite menu additions include the Mini Martini Flight (your choice of three mini martinis) and a Skinny Drink menu featuring five drink choices all under 125 calories. Multiple Locations, 314.436.0844.

This boutique segment of the successful Trattoria Branica family offers over 300 bottles in an inviting, European environment. Cozy up with someone close in their plush seating, or kick back with a group on the handsome outdoor patio. Kirkwood, 314.909.7575.

Best New Wine Bar

Branica Wine Bar

Best Entertainment

The Fox Hole When Atomic Cowboy introduced this one-room theatre-style venue, they gave it a Second City vibe, but with a broader reach. You’ll find DJs, dancing, poetry, comedy, open mic events, local musicians and touring bands, just through the black double-doors. The Grove, 314.775.0775. Best New Live Music Spot

The Firebird You won’t find theme or ambiance at The Firebird. In fact, you may have a hard time simply finding it. But once you do, you’ll be treated to the best of the local indie rock scene and some great national touring bands. Midtown, 314.535.0353. Best New Addition to the Landing

Fusion Nightclub This upscale nightclub and vodka bar has made a splash in the popular entertainment district. DJs from St. Louis and beyond keep the party going until 3am, while the exceptional bartenders serve up luxurious libations tailored to your personal taste. Downtown, 314.241.3873. Best Place for Celeb SpottinG

HOME Nightclub The residential-style interiors of this blazing hot club in the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa make even the top elite feel right at home. With a star-studded guest list and celebrity hosts, you’ll bump elbows with your favorite athletes and Hollywood starlets. St. Charles, 636.940.4333. Best Scene (City)

Mandarin Something about the elite New York aesthetic, Asian-inspired décor and exceptional drink menu draws DJs, celebs and models from around the world to this styling rooftop lounge. Party penthousestyle with ultra-premium liquors and original drink tapas. Central West End, 314.367.4447. Best Scene (county)

Quintessential Mingle among St. Louis socialites on Q’s multiple levels, featuring a top-floor lounge, rooftop terrace and three fullservice bars where you can order from their extensive list of cocktails, beer, wines and liquors while enjoying the beats of live DJs. Downtown St. Charles, 636.443.2211. Best Post-Cards Game Hangout

The Outfield at Mike Shannon’s powered by Pepper Lounge It’s the place to be after every game for die-hard Cards camaraderie and Shannon’s live broadcast sports talk show, where you’ll catch interviews with nationally known sports personalities. Plus, enjoy their top-notch food and drinks on the VIP deck. Downtown, 314.421.1540. Best Spot to Show Off Your Tan:

Wave Taco Now you can head to the beach without leaving the city. This Mexican beachthemed bar offers tropical drinks, lounge chairs for tanning, plus a sand volleyball pit filled with authentic white sand. The perfect place to sport your new suit. Downtown, 314.241.8226


the hot list Best Late-Night Happy Hour

Best New Lounge



From 11pm to close, every night of the week, Roxane is the place to be. Nosh on a late-night menu of global cuisine and libations in a posh setting, and stop by Monday-Thursday for additional late-night drink specials. Clayton,

All the cool kids are dressing up to chill out—literally—in the ice chamber at this vodka bar and champagne lounge. No need to pack a parka. Protection from the carved-ice furniture and barware is provided. Downtown, 314.241.3900.

314.721.6472 Best Ladies’ NighT

Harry’s With two ladies’ nights each featuring their own incredible drink specials, this is where your girls are at. Get dollar drinks on Fridays and free drinks for ladies on Saturdays. Plus, the Skyy Deck features VIP tables and downtown views. Downtown, 314.421.6969. Best International Dance Scene

Europe Nightclub The scene at Europe Nightclub is truly worldly. The large, open venue with a second-floor loft overlooking the dance floor offers two large bars, snug seating and a VIP room. Visit on International Saturdays for hits from around the world. Downtown, 314.621.5111. Best New Sports Bar

Brewhouse These bartenders have put so much thought into their beer list it’d be a shame to order something expected. Leave A-B products to the kitchen (for basting, braising and battering) and sip something new while you watch the game. Downtown, 314.259.3270.

Best Vintage Cocktails

The Royale When you already have the best classic drink menu in St. Louis, what’s a bar to do next? How offer about a cocktail museum? That’s right, liquid history buffs can drink the exhibits every Sunday. South City, 314.772.3600

BEST SIPS Fruit-Infused Cocktails Urban Lounge Back when the mixology trend came to town, this was one of the first bars to stir exotic ingredients like balsamic vinegar into its cocktails. It’s still leading the way—and the DJs mix music nearly as well as the bartender mixes drinks. South Grand 314.772.3308. Sake Martinis 609 Lounge The next-door sushi restaurant’s extensive sake menu is the first sign that these bartenders know a thing or two about the brewed Japanese beverage’s flavor profile before they go mixing it up with champagne, fruit purées, juices and flavored vodkas. The Loop, 314.721.9168. Cocktail Menu Absolutli Goosed It’s almost as much fun to read the list as to drink it.

And it’s impossible to pick a favorite. Go on, you try: Porky Pig in Leather, the Limey Bastard or the Bond favorite Ivana Humpalot? South Grand, 314.771.9300 Cocktails Taste by Niche Take a genius mixologist, give him his choice of ingredients and install him in a pint-sized bar. Then watch the ice chips fly as Ted Kilgore creates cocktails so artful, they may someday show up in a museum. Benton Park, 314.773.7755. Beer Selection The Stable To find out what’s on tap, you’ll have to visit. The staff is too busy changing out the two dozen draft beers and 50+ bottled beers each week to update it online. And don’t forget its own beers from Amalgamated Brewing, which rotate seasonally. Benton Park, 314.771.8500.

Best Sexy Crowd

The Dark & Stormy, which is Bermuda Ginger Beer, topped with a floating layer of Gosling Black Seal Rum on the rocks. The floating rum is how it is traditionally served in Bermuda.

EXO Lounge

Just John The weekly schedule—live DJs, dance music, karaoke, bingo on Mondays—isn’t hiding any surprises. Watch the Cards on TV, toss corn bags on the patio, or jam to showtunes on Sundays. It’s a gay bar where everyone fits in. The Grove, 314.371.1333. Best Upscale LoungE

Club 15 When someone mentions F15teen, it’s almost as likely they’re talking about the popular DJs and nightlife scene on the club side of this Jim Edmonds-owned business as the steakhouse. And if they mention bottle service, you know for sure. Downtown, 314.775.1448. Best Cantina

El Borracho Don’t let the Day of the Dead décor mislead you. This taquería is all about fiestas. Its owners, all industry veterans, know a thing or two about throwing a party, which is why the fresh-squeezed juices and authentic comida are so delicioso. Downtown, 314.588.0055. Best Casual Bar

Morgan Street Brewery

“So Sexy Saturdays” have nothing on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday at this urban lounge. Sure, there’s dance music for grinding when the mood is right, but the real attraction is the sophisticated setting for casual flirtation. Midtown,

Hanging out for a beer takes on new meaning when the microbrewery is this good. The award-winning lagers and seasonal brews pair well with the betterthan-average bar food. Add sports on TV and free WiFi, and there’s no reason to hang out for a beer anywhere else.


Downtown, 314.231.9970.

Shopping We love St. Louis because if shopping is your hobby, you’ll never get bored. With boutiques consistently expanding their brand offerings and restocking their shelves with the lines we know and love, bouncing to stores in every shopping area in St. Louis could be a thoroughly-entertaining past time.

Best Boutique Valerie

Mills Fine Apparel With of-the-moment, celeb-backed lines like Elizabeth & James (by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) and Halston Heritage (Sarah Jessica Parker is president and chief creative officer), Valerie Mills earns her customers’ love by continuing to expand her boutique’s high-fashion offerings. Clayton, 314.727.4545.

Best Buyer:

Best Come-As-You-Are Bar

Sarah King (Blush Boutique)

That Wildfox Couture tee? The same worn by Victoria Beckham on the cover of Glamour. The Kardashian’s collection for Virgins Saints & Angels? That’s it, in the jewelry case. Blush owner Sarah King knows what in-the-know shoppers want and consistently stocks her store with the latest lines and top trends. Kirkwood, 314.965.4411.

Best Place to Play Carrie Bradshaw

Wish Shoes The need be surrounded by the newest styles by Tory Burch, Giuseppe Zanotti, Sam Edelman and Diane von Furstenberg is the perfect reason to hit Wish. As for an excuse to make a purchase? You don’t want your feet to feel left out, right? Ladue, 314.432.0800. Best Upscale Resale

Women’s Closet Exchange With hundreds of new items hitting the floor every day, Women’s Closet Exchange is never the same store twice. From boutique brands to your favorite high-fashion labels— all at resale prices—you’ll want to shop again and again to ensure you’re first to a Fendifor-less. Sappington, 314.842.8405. Best Bet for “It” Brands

Klutch New-kid-in-town Klutch is still growing, so it keeps customers guessing as to what hot line will be in-store on their next visit. One week it’s Meghan by Meghan Fabulous.; another, L.A.M.B., though every day it’s overflowing with young-and-fresh denim, dresses and accessories. Town & Country, 636.220.6110.


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Best Mens boutique moris fashions It used to be that men’s clothing options equated to slim pickin’s. Today, there are nearly as many strictly-men’s boutiques as there are women’s, like Moris. Shop the standout CWE store for an abundance of options, including on-trend pieces by John Varvatos and Boss suits. Central West End, 314.361.6800.

best custom engagement rings

Mavrik Jewelry Sometimes you don’t even know what you want until someone shows it to you, which is why so many brides-to-be visit Igal Alon at Mavrik. While a beautiful, unique ring is undoubtedly the objective, Igal will show you styles you’ve never seen or considered—and will make something spectacular just for you. Kirkwood, 314.909.6818.

Cha It’s not often a new store causes an instant jump-up-and-down reaction upon first sight, but that’s exactly what Cha spurred when it opened its doors just months ago, From the uber-girly décor to hot, head-totoe lines at every price point, from Fumblin’ Foe to James Perse, if you have yet to visit, I warn you; try and contain yourself. Ladue, 314.993.8080. Best Dresses to Impress

Vie The answer to a socialite’s daily dilemma of what to wear, Vie has dresses for every occasion. Stock up on party-perfect frocks by Alice + Olivia and gala-worthy gowns by Mark & James by Badgley Mischka. Ladue, 314.997.0124. Best Better-Than-Basics

Essential Elements You know those days when you need to get ready in a pinch, but want to look puttogether? Apparently Elizabeth McGee of Essential Elements does, as she’s stocked her store with casual go-tos and jeans that look as easy as they do chic. Ladue,

something you’re going to wear every day— it better be good. Saks gets it, so keeps its shelves piled high with Chanel, Gucci, Marc Jacobs bags so fab, you may want to carry your pick for consecutive seasons. Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Best High-End Footwear

Neiman Marcus Neiman Marcus is basically a shoe-lover’s dream. Feel free to openly ogle and gush over the glorious stilettos, sandals, boots and more by Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Miu Miu and more, but, if you must pinch yourself, do it on the down-low; it’s weird. Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. Best One-Of-A-Kind Jewelry

Summit Jewelers With a “jeweler’s workshop” located on the lower level, you can rest assured that you won’t spot the stunning accessory you select from Summit on anyone else, that is, unless you want Martin Hassing and his crew to make you a gold pendant like the one you spotted on Kevin Federline’s chain. They would, but don’t. Webster Groves, 314.962.1400. Best Red Carpet Bling


Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers

Best Place to Score the “It” Bag

Whether you’re on the red carpet or on a dinner date, every girl loves to hear the four magic words, “What are you wearing?” If lucky enough to score beautiful bling from Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers, there are an

Saks Fifth Avenue Most woman invest in a killer handbag and carry it all season, which makes sense; changing purses is a pain, and—as it’s


abundance of possible responses, including “Stephen Webster,“ “Oscar Heyman“ and “Roberto Coin”. Clayton, 314.863.8820. Best Fashion Jewelry

Alixandra Collections In some cases, a small, nightstand-size, table holds the extent of a boutique’s jewelry offerings. Pretty pitiful. As for Alixandra Collections? One-half of the mega-store is strictly jewelry, with trays and shelves full of baubles and gems by such lines as CC Skye, Chan Luu and Viv & Ingrid. That’s more like it! Ladue, 314.997.2360. Best Consignment

Back on the Rack It’s true that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, which is why Back on the Rack is so genius. Stylish women can shop a vast selection of upscale women’s apparel and accessories from other stylish women wanting to add to their wardrobe allowances; it’s like an ongoing closet swap. Brilliant! Brentwood, 314.963.7575. Best Personalized Gifts

Dazzle If your go-to gifts are candles and scented lotion, you haven’t been to Dazzle. Surprise your friends and family with a more-meaningful gift on their next special day; from knick-knacks to wearables to décor that can be monogrammed, there’s something everyone, from kids-to-adults, will love. Frontenac, 314.991.3200.

Best Loose Diamond Selection

Décor Interiors & Jewelry When it comes her engagement ring, a bride-to-be is most often all about the diamond. If it’s big, she’ll stop at the homes of everyone in her Blackberry to brag; if it’s smaller than expected, she may show her mom. Make the upcoming nuptials newsworthy with the biggest stone for your buck at Décor, where the selection is stellar. Chesterfield, 314.434.4022. Best Place To Play Ring Designer

Diamond & Jewelry Brokers Most dream about their wedding days from the time they’re little girls, down to the detail, including the style of ring. If she had her heart set on an impossible-to-find style, fulfill her fairytale with a custom ring from Diamond & Jewelry Brokers. Manchester, 636.391.6622. Best Unique Selection

Mary Jane’s A colorful mecca for girly girls who love their shoes, jewels and head-to-toe fashions, Mary Jane’s consistently offers the eclectic and cool. Shop Naughty Monkey shoes, DKNY lingerie, Gentle Fawn separates, denim, dresses and cutesy gifts for her. Central West End, 314.367.8867. Best Online Shopping

Pulse Sometimes, a day off can feel more hectic than a workday. Slow down, and log

Mavrik photo courtesy of Mavrik; Giddy Up Jane photo by Derek Feldman.

Best New Boutique

the hot list on. Need to stock up on new clothes for summer? Go to for Jenny Han and Ella Moss dresses, J Brand jeans and Melie Bianco bags—then wear them looking refreshed. Chesterfield, 636.519.4022. Best Runway Looks For Less

Express The designers for Express obviously study up on the season’s runway trends, as the mall staple is constantly stocked with looks comparable to the designer styles being hyped in the hottest glossies. High fashion for less, and with a food court next door? Perfect! Multiple Area Locations, Best Place For Kids’ clothes

Jillybean Children’s Boutique If you’ve seen Suri, Kingston, Shiloh or Pax, chances are it’s carried at Jillybean. Specializing in unique designer clothing for children and infants, be sure to set a spending limit before you walk in; everything is so cute, you’re bound to want one of each. Ladue, 314.872.2988. Best Shopping For A Cause

NCJW Resale Shop There’s a classic episode of “Friends” in which Phoebe insists there’s no such thing as a selfless good deed. Shopping the NCJW Resale Shop furthers her claim. Sure, your spending will support the National Council of Jewish Women’s community service and advocacy programs, but you’ll be walking away with a fab accessory or clothing item for yourself. University City, 314.692.8141. Best Men’s Watches

Simons Jewelers One of the only accessories you wear regularly, watches are as important to you as handbags are to the lady in your life. So, shop Simon’s, where fabulous Rolex, Cartier and Panerai timepieces are always in store. Pick a fave, and don’t worry; they needn’t match your shoes. Clayton, 314.725.8888. Best Jewelry Gifts

CODI Diamonds With freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystal, Bali beads and more, “funky for day, fancy for night” CODI jewelry by local designer Courtney Hopson is feminine, unique and, therefore, a perfect gift for any girl in your life, even if she‘s more “fancy for day, funky for night“. Trust me. Ladue & Town & Country, Best Sweaters

Skif International Nina Ganci and her Skif crew are doing amazing things with knitwear and beyond. Outfitting characters in the original The Matrix movie, the team’s sweaters are best described avant-garde pieces of art that can be worn most everywhere—apparently, even a “dream world.” The Hill, 314.773.4401. Best Party Wear

Laurie Solet Party girls have earned a bad rap, thanks in part to Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton’s repeated dancing-on-the-bar routine. Help set things right in appropriately-sexy frocks and slinky separates by LaROK, Mike and Chris, Foley+Corinna and more. Then, for Pete‘s sake, wear underwear. Clayton & Town & Country, Best Shop for West Coast Lines: When compared to the East Coast, West Coast style tends to skew more rocker, more

beachy and, therefore, sexier; it’s likely what launched The Beach Boys’ obsession with “California Girls.” So, Jessica Young was smart to focus her online store on those hot Cali and LA-inspired lines ladies love. Shop designer denim by Ringspun, graphic tees, swimwear and more, and work the pieces from coast to coast. Best Platinum Selection

Curt Parker Jeweler An engagement ring is an investment. If you buy something that’s too trendy, chances are you’ll be buying a replacement a few years down the road. Invest in something she’ll love for life at Curt Parker, where you’ll ever-popular platinum in styles galore. Ladue, 314.989.9909. Best Store for Wardrobe Staples:

Eileen Fisher Wardrobe staples are just as important as seasonal shoe and handbag investments; you’re going to be wearing them time and time again, so you best purchase quality pieces you love, which is exactly what you’ll find at Eileen Fisher. Score classic buttondowns, sophisticated skirts, chic sweaters and more. Plaza Frontenac, 314.983.0975. Personalized Service

Nordstrom Shopping with a friend is always best; they tell you what fits best and what looks ridiculous, and they get you additional size options when you’re juggling pieces half-naked in a dressing room. If you need to shop solo, head to Nordstrom, where the super-helpful workers make fab friend substitutes. West County Center, 314.255.2000. Glamour Gowns

Boutique Calla Lily It’s a rarity when, post-prom, one finds an excuse to get decked-out. If you do, be sure to hit Boutique Calla Lily. Specializing in formals for dances, pageants and more, you’ll find fabulous frocks by Jovani, Sherri Hill, Basix Black Label and more. Central West End, 314.367.6353. Traditional Jewelry Store

Albarré Jewelry You know those longstanding, familyowned stores in which the workers treat their customers like gold? If not, you haven’t been to Albarré, where you’ll find an abundance of fine jewelry in traditional-tomodern styles (not limited to gold). Ladue, 314.997.1707.

Best Something-For-Everyone Resale

Designer Resale A girl whose main thrill in life is to find buried treasures in vintage and resale stores may be torn upon first sight of the racks upon racks of organized-by-size (0-3x)-andstyle clothing at Designer Resale. While there is some fun in a complicated hunt, ease of shopping may make her reevaluate.

Best Sunglasses

Solstice Sometimes you wonder if your constant stepping on, sitting on and scratching your shades subconsciously on purpose, as you love nothing more than an excuse to hit Solstice for the latest sunglasses by Prada, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and more. Saint Louis Galleria, 314.488.2247. Best Source for Eye Glasses

St. Peters, 636.279.3968.

The Eye Bar

Best Classic Jewelry Pieces

You always want what you don’t have. When you were a kid, you wore a paperclip in your mouth because everyone else had braces; as an adult, you shop The Eye Bar for popular specs by Oliver Peoples, Face à Face and Badgley Mischka, which you wear without a prescription. Central West End,

Tiffany & Co. If there is a movie that is more “classic” than Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I have yet to view it. If there is a jewelry store more chic than Tiffany & Co., I have yet to visit. Thanks to providing lovely shopping experiences and extra-special pieces, seeing a little blue box daily is in most women‘s dreams. Plaza Frontenac, 314.692.2255. Best Brand Selection

Susan Lynn’s Whether you’re more the bright-and-cheery Lilly Pulitzer or retro-girly Milly type, an eclectic-vintage Leifsdottir lover or a more casual tees-by-Michael Stars gal, Susan Lynn’s carries head-to-toe looks you’ll love. Town & Country, 636.530.7337. Best Poolside Apparel:

Lori Coulter Made-to-Order Swimwear If you equate getting into a bikini with your naked-and-everybody’s-laughing-atyou recurring nightmare, then you have yet to shop Lori Coulter, where the style options are vast, colorful and on-trend, and made to fit you! Macy’s at Chesterfield Mall, 314.727.9879. Best Women’s Underwear

314.367.1848. Best Creative Eyewear

Eyewearhaus If, like Lisa Loeb, Anna Wintour or even Sally Jessy Raphael, your eyewear is your signature, Eyewearhaus should be your source. Score a retro or modern eclectic frame that complements your unique style. Creve Coeur, 314.567.7423. Best Collaboration

Blues/Sole/G’Sell Three of your most-visited boutiques moving into one space is comparable to three of your favorite artists collaborating on one song; it would be great, but you won’t hold your breath. Thanks to Blues/ Sole/G’Sell‘s new location—where you’ll find some of The Loop’s hottest shoes, clothes, gifts and more under one roof—you can hold on to the hope that Tommy Lee, Carrie Underwood and Lil’ Wayne will one day join forces. The Loop, 314.863.3600.


Best Casual Wear

If you have years-old underthings you refrain from wearing until laundry day as they’re basically hideous (stretched-out waistbands, faded, etc.), it’s time your prettied-up your panty drawer by shopping Cosabella, Eberjey and Hanky Panky at Jule.

For that coveted, casual, “I’m put-together, but I didn’t try too hard” look that works for day and night, head to AG Adriano Goldschmied for the latest in jeans, jackets, tops and tees. Central West End, 314.361.6161.

Ladue, 314.983.9282. Best Men’s Underwear

Boxers Ever since David Beckham flexed his pecks in a pair of tighty whities, it seems STL men have stepped up their game. First, via trips to the gym; second, by Calvin Klein, 2xist and more at Boxers. Downtown, 314.454.0209.

AG Adriano Goldschmied

Best Streetwear

I Am…! There are a few things that have put I Am…! on the map. One, it houses cool tees, jackets and sneakers, plus hot denim by such brands as Diesel and True Religion. Two, football players and hockey players call it their style source, and they can pretty

Best Western Wear

Giddyup jane From cowboy hats and cowboy boots to belt buckles and Western wear by such brands as Johnny Was, GiddyUp Jane houses everything a true cowgirl or ranch-bound city slicker could need—except for any necessary weapons, and straw; a cowgirl should always be chewing on a piece of straw. Ladue, 314.993.9944.

handmade boots by Old Gringo, $435.00.


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ivy hill

rose bag by big buddha, $88.00.

Ivy Hill’s Hillary Dutcher knows that the old fashion rules no longer apply; today, it’s, “Before you leave the house, add another accessory.” So, she keeps her customers’ jewelry boxes stocked and closets filled with ample handbags, scarves, hats and more. Central West End, 314.367.7004.

Best Place to Outfit Your Abode

Niche If you’ve ever gone to the home of a superyoung someone, it’s likely you’ve seen décor consisting of a futon, a TV tray and a mattress on the floor. Thankfully, like many, Niche has outfitted your abode in the best by Gus* Modern, Herman Miller and Knoll, so you can live like a grown-up. Downtown, 314.621.8131. Best Bike Shop

Big Shark Bike riders have a schedule (Tuesday night? Bike night!); they have a uniform (head-to-heel Lycra); they have a retailer who “gets it,” so keeps novicesto-triathletes coming back for all of their biking needs: Big Shark. The Loop, 314.862.1188.

much shop anywhere they want. University City, 314.726.2224. Best Trendy Teen Apparel

Paperdolls For a dance-worthy dress, designer denim or that jacket Kristen Stewart wore in Twilight, head to Paperdolls. Between handbags, shoes and jewelry at a variety of price points, young and fresh lines like BB Dakota stock the shelves. Kirkwood, 314.965.3655. Best Vintage

tag Timeless Authentic Garments If you too fear a hunchback, carpal tunnel and impaired vision due to hours spent sifting through vintage clothing, shoes and accessories on such sites as eBay and Etsy, start hitting tag instead—where you’ll find a plethora of cherry-picked fashions you’ll love. The Loop, 314.721.1370. Best Style Steals

Tantrum If you haven’t been back to the new and improved Tantrum, you’re missing out; there’s a new owner and new brands, yet the same prices you’ve come to expect from the corner clothier. Stop in for dresses, shoes and more by lines like Kensie Girl and Nick & Mo. The Loop, 314.783.0527. Best Silver Jewelry

The Silver Lady Whether you’re loyal to silver jewelry or like

to mix your metals, head to The Silver Lady for the best selection of silver accessories in town. Carrying earrings, rings and things in simple to striking styles, members of Team Gold obviously have yet to visit. The Loop & Central West End, Best Resale

Clique Some shop Clique because resale prices are cheaper than retail; others, as a convenient means of shopping all of their favorite brands (H&M, Free People, Miss Sixty). You shop for both reasons, as well as the fact that you’ve always wanted to be in a “Clique.” Sappington, 314.729.0883. Best Trendy, Budget-Friendly Pumps

Bakers Some see runway trends and feel sorry for themselves, knowing that they can look, bet never touch. Bakers shoppers, on the other hand, know that they’ll be walking in the season’s hot, high-fashion wedges, platforms and stilettos before they know it. Multiple locations, Best Gift Store

Lusso If you’re a buy-it-on-the-way kind of a gal or guy, you’re lucky you can count on Lusso. With delicate jewelry, inspiring books, home décor and more, your hostess, family member or soon-to-be-married

MEdia We love our city because, from radio to TV, we have award-winning news anchors and commentators that keep us entertained and informed. Best Female TV Personality

Mandy Murphey KTVI, FOX 2 Best St. Louis “Today Show” Program

Great Day St. Louis KMOV-TV Best Late-Night Radio

Best Store to Stock Up on Contemporary Décor

Phillips Furniture For some, owning new, modern furniture equates to spending three months’ rent for an end table. They obviously haven’t visited Phillips Furniture; as it turns out, you can shop the look for less and pay your landlord on time. Perfect. Kirkwood, 314.966.0047. Best Home Accessories

UMA The best place for modern knickknacks and home accessories, add personal touches to your loft or house via UMA. New clocks, lamps, kitchen décor and more will make your home feel like a home, while maintaining your clean or minimalist aesthetic. Downtown, 314.241.9990. Best Bookstore

Left Bank Books Whether you love international fashion magazines, art books or are part of Oprah’s Book Club, head to Left Bank Books. With a huge selection of monthly publications, best-selling paperbacks and more, you‘re bound to find the page-turner on your list. Central West End & Downtown, left-bank. com. Best Stationery

The Service Bureau Thanks to The Service Bureau, which

sells a variety of must-buy stationary for all occasions, it seems traditional (handwritten, with an envelope and a stamp) thank-you cards, birthday cards and invitations will continue to coexist— thank goodness; a “Dear Friends” eblast is somehow less personal. Ladue, 314.991.1104. Best Bridal Registry

Byron Cade For extra-special wedding gifts, like silver and fine china, head to Byron Cade, where you can browse such brands as Waterford and Vera Wang and buy something you know the happy couple will love. Richmond Heights, 314.721.4701. Best Unique Gifts

Twigs & Moss If, every time you buy flowers for your home, they end up sitting in a vase for way longer than intended, Twigs & Moss has the answer. Great gifts for yourself or a friend, scoop up dried, permanent flower arrangements or botanically-inspired home accessories. Luckily, no water needed. Richmond Heights, 314.454.0447. Best Place to Buy Workout Gear

Blue Moon Active Wear If you’re one that gets more excited to go out when you’re wearing a new outfit, here’s a fitness tip; you’ll be more apt to hit the gym if your workout wear is fabulous. Visit the new Blue Moon Active Wear, shop the colorful yoga lines and watch the inches drop. Clayton, 314.256.1823. Best Kids Resale

The Purple Cow Between spills and constantly growing, kids’ clothes last a season, at best—which is why spending beaucoup bucks on them in the first place is pretty silly. Instead, suit them up in on-trend wearables from The Purple Cow, and don’t forget about the ever-stylish bib. Sappington, 314.843.3888. Best Furniture Resale

The Exchange Though you may keep your furniture as long as you keep your house, others call on interior designers to revamp rooms on a regular basis. Their loss is your gain; scoop up their like-new leftovers at The Exchange, where you’ll find wooden armoires, cushy couches and more for less. Sappington, 314.842.7300.

BEST male tv personality

mike bush KSDK Newschannel 5

Best Talk Radio personality

The McGraw Show 550 KTRS Best AM Entertainment

Phillips & Company Morning Show Y98 FM

Z107-7 66 ALIVE STL JUNE 2010

Ivy Hill photo by Derek Feldman; Great Day St. Louis photo courtesy of Great Day St. Louis.

Best Selection of Coveted Accoutrement

friend will think you spent weeks planning the perfect gift. Clayton, 314.725.7205.

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Best place to impress out of towners

city garden What better place to introduce a newcomer to St. Louis’ cultural scene than the CityGarden, a spectacular outdoor showcase of world-class public art, design and landscaping that’s made other urban leaders nationwide take notice.

CUlture We love that our cultural destinations are world class. Hometown pride isn’t hard to come by in a city like St. Louis, as all the ways our trend-setting cultural institutions give us to fill free time make us fall in love with the city all over again with every outing. Our arts, music and entertainment scene puts us on the map just as much as our beloved baseball team and gives us plenty to show off to out-of-town guests. The best part: Many of our sacred spaces don’t cost a dime to enjoy. Best Bragging Rights Destination

Best High Culture Destination

Forest Park

Grand Center

One of the largest public green spaces in United States—even surpassing the size of New York City’s Central Park—St. Louis’ scenic soul houses our city’s cultural crown jewels (the Zoo, Muny, Science Center, Art and History museums) and gives us the ideal gathering area for everything from a theater performance under the stars to a round of golf to tying the knot.

Four solid city blocks boast 12,000 theater seats and 12 galleries and museums—among the notables: Bruno David Gallery, CAMSTL, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and Sheldon Art Galleries—forming a fine arts and entertainment district like no other in the nation that draws millions to 1,500 cultural events every year.

Best Concert Venue

Best Place to Play Indoors

Fox Theatre

Saint Louis Science Center

With incredible acoustics, great views no matter where you sit and a perennial performance schedule of the world’s most famous musicians and Broadway acts, this legendary venue constantly delivers the hottest tickets in town. Grand Center,

Ranked one of the top five science centers in the nation, our favorite indoor place to let our inner child go wild continues to outdo itself every year, beating out other major cities in landing world-renowned exhibits like Body Worlds and SciFest that draw millions to the Lou every year. Forest Park,

314.534.1678. Best Place to See Rising Stars

Stages St. Louis

314.289.4400. Best Place for Eco Exploration

You never know who you might recognize on Broadway or the big screen one day from Stages St. Louis, as the theater company casts top local talents (who hold the area’s highest numbers of the prestigious Kevin Kline awards) for an annual lineup of not-to-be-missed musicals. Kirkwood,

Missouri Botanical Garden


Grove, 314.577.5100.

Whether you’re donning a coat and gloves or shorts and sandals, there’s always a way to get your green on at the world-renowned Missouri Botanical Garden, as activities are in full bloom year round from winter bird watching to a summer garden stroll. Tower

Best No Cost Family Outing

Best place to Re-Experience A Classic

Saint Louis Zoo

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

Visitors worldwide praise the Saint Louis Zoo as one of the best, and the now 100-year-old St. Louis staple certainly gets our vote as one of the top places to round up the troops for a budget-friendly outing.

This internationally recognized ensemble’s resurrection of some of the most popular masterpieces ever written for orchestra have music aficionados of all ages snapping up tickets these days, especially for a spectacular summer classic series. Grand

Forest Park, 314.781.0900.

Center, 314.533.2500.


the hot list Best Spot to Spend a Summer Evening

Old Post Office Plaza Deciding on a date night or hangout spot with friends is a no-brainer now that this former parking lot turned lively gathering space buzzes with things to do, from theater performances to film series and more, in the city’s central business district at 9th and Locust. Best Historical Midwest Exhibits

Missouri History Museum You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate the thought-provoking local and traveling exhibits at the Missouri History Museum that deepen our understanding of past choices, present circumstances and future possibilities in the Bread Basket. Forest Park, 314.746.4599. Best Place for Top-Notch Music & Dance

Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center Today’s most popular performing acts, musicians and seriously talented Dance St. Louis troupes keep this intimate theater setting alive year round and our social calendars constantly full. Florissant, 314.516.4949.

Best contemporary art Philip slein gallery

The works of the nation’s top figurative and abstract artists adorn the walls of this always-ahead-ofthe-curve gallery that keeps St. Louis at the forefront of the fine arts scene with edgy and provocative pieces. Downtown, 314.621.4634.

gyms & fitness

pole and hot Latin dancing give you and your girls a fun new way to shed pounds. You’ll have a blast, but don’t get us wrong: This is no night out on the town. You will get a hardcore workout. Clayton, 314.863.4800. Best See-and-Be-Seen Gym

We love that hitting the gym has never been more fun. Let’s be honest: Exercise isn’t something most of us really want to do on a regular basis. Fortunately for St. Louisans, hitting the gym doesn’t have to be a drag. Whether you’re sculpting a hot bikini bod or just getting in better shape, our local get-fit facilities offer a whole new crop of cuttingedge classes that blast the workout blahs and actually make breaking a sweat fun.

Fitness Factory Located in the heart of Washington Avenue’s hip loft district, it’s only natural that the coolest city dwellers would flock to this fabulous four-level, full-service athletic club, where you can mix and mingle with likeminded members during water breaks. Downtown, 314.241.2700. Best Personal Training

Best New Gym

Performax With this newcomer to the St. Louis fitness scene, there’s no longer a need to fret about your recent couch potato days. Performax will get you back in your skinny jeans faster than ever, no matter what kind of shape you’re in. Town & Country, 636.220.8818.

(at least in mindset) to scorch some serious calories Hilary Swank-style with boxing training that focuses on strengthening the body’s core, resistance training, cardiovascular conditioning and stretching. Clayton, 314.725.2714. Best All-In-One Gym

Rock Workout


Revive your worn-out workout routine—and get “rock” solid results from head to toe—with master personal trainer Val Strang’s latest concept in healthy living that focuses on fitness rather than thinness through techniques designed to achieve optimal alignment, core strength, muscular balance. Downtown, 314.531.7625.

Best place To Bring Out Your Inner Million Dollar Baby

The Fitness Studio

Best Weight-Loss Program

Pounds and Inches Away End your yo-yo diet for good and finally get rid of those tough-totrim-down spots with an all-new approach to weight loss that hinges on a naturally occurring hormone, hCG, for permanent results. Chesterfield,

Sweat Step off the treadmill and into the ring

Best Group Training

The Fitness Edge Kiss unwanted weight goodbye with a little one-on-one attention from a team of professionally qualified and certified trainers who keep your progress exciting with a customized training program and sensible nutrition plan. Creve Coeur, 314.993-3343. Best Workout for Busy Professionals

20 Minutes to Fitness CEOs and high-powered professionals take note—you no longer have the “I just don’t have time” to workout excuse to claim. Busy professionals and people can get in quickie, a workout quickie that is, at convenient locations in STL, where twenty minutes is all you need for a serious strength training workout.

Super-sexy slim-down classes like hip hop, chair striptease, cardio strip fit,

Best upscale gym

santÉ Named after the French toast to health, this supersleek state-ofthe-art center in Chase Park Plaza is committed to your total well-being, from fitness and nutrition to sleep patterns, stress levels and motivational issues. We’ll raise a glass to that. Clayton, 314.633.3020


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Best Local Farm

New Roots Urban Farm Feeding bodies and spirits is a lofty goal, one these farmers accomplish by getting their hands dirty. Their garden produces hundreds of pounds of produce a year, some to sell, some to donate back to the community. North St. Louis,


goodies from local producers? It’s posted online: nearly $500,000 (at last count) for meat, fish, veggies, milk, cheese, chocolate, soap, beer, coffee and more. Tower Grove, 314.865.5260.

We love St. Louis because we love to support our local businesses. If only there were a word like “locavore” to describe someone who not only ate food grown within a short distance, but wore local clothes, planted local flowers and washed with local soap. There may not be one word to describe this person, but turns out, St. Louis has plenty of places where a locavore can shop, eat and play.

Best Farmers’ Market

Best Spot to Score Local Designers


NV Showroom Boutique

Best Farm-to-Fork Destination

Lots of boutiques are passionate about stocking one-of-a-kind items, but this one’s just as passionate about linking Midwest designers to new markets for their clothes, shoes and accessories, both in the store and on the runway. Downtown, 314.932.5382. Best spot to Support Local Goods

Local Harvest Grocery Want to know how much this shop has spent stocking its shelves with foods and

Sappington This grocery store is the first in the area to be owned by a farmers’ cooperative, which means it has a huge stake in linking local, sustainable farmers with St. Louis consumers, more and more of whom are searching out natural foods. Sappington,

Café Osage Bowood Farm’s plants come from its greenhouse in Clarksville, but much of the produce it serves in the café travels an even shorter distance— across the street. Come summer, gardeners continually bring in baskets

of fresh vegetables or herbs from the roof. Central West End , 314.454.6868. Best Locally Sourced Menu

Terrene It’s not that we don’t trust restaurants when they say they buy local, but we like it when they name names: freerange geese from Sassafras Valley Farm, chops from Ozark Mountain Pork Co-op and mushrooms from Ozark Forest. Central West End, 314.535.5100. Best CSA

Winslow’s Home and Farm Because farming’s unpredictable, community-supported agriculture can be a tough row to hoe. Hybrid models like this one, where more than one farm supplies a cooperative or retail store, may be the wave of the future. And the restaurant is irresistible. University City, 314.725.7559.


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< Fumblin’ Foe tank and bracelet available at Klutch, Town & Country, 636.220.6110. DKNY robe and shorts available at Mary Jane’s, Central West End, 314.367.8867. Vintage top hat available at West End Gallery, Central West End, 314.361.1059. Jenny Present earrings available at Bakers heels available at Vintage cane available at Rothschild Antiques, Central West End, 314.361.4870. Stockings, stylist’s own.

< [OPPOSITE PAGE] Love Sam dress available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.8080. Camisole available at Retro 101, Cherokee Antique Row, 314.762.9722. Necklace available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. Earrings available at Blush, Kirkwood, 314.965.4411. [THIS PAGE] Leaves of Grass dress available at Valerie Mills Fine Apparel, Clayton, 314.727.4545. Ring available at Blush, Kirkwood, 314.965.4411. Bakers heels available at

< [THIS PAGE] Sweet by Miss Me tank available at Klutch, Town & Country, 636.220.6110. Vintage tap shorts available at Retro 101, Cherokee Antique Row, 314.762.9722. Vintage jacket available at TFA The Future Antiques, Tower Grove South, 314.865.1552. Necklace available at Blush, Kirkwood, 314.965.4411. Bakers heels available at bakersshoes. com. [OPPOSITE PAGE] Vintage blouse and bloomers available at TFA The Future Antiques, Tower Grove South, 314.865.1552. White + Warren cardigan available at Valerie Mills Fine Apparel, Clayton, 314.727.4545. Vintage bustier available at Retro 101, Cherokee Antique Row, 314.762.9722. Jenny Present necklace available at jennypresent. com. Stockings, stylist’s own.

Hair and makeup by Studio 703 Salon, Chesterfield, 636.536.6770, Fashion assistants: Jennifer Aull, Katie Conran, Kris Cunningham, Moira Dorsey and Marylyn Simpson. Hair and makeup assistants: Denise Gurganus and Sarah Pitts, Shot on location at West End Antiques Galleries (4732 McPherson Ave., Central West End, 314.367.2900) and Shelton Davis Antiques (4724 McPherson Ave., Central West End, 314.361.2610). Video production equipment courtesy Schiller’s Camera & Video (9240 Manchester Rd., Brentwood, 314.968.3650). High-def video shot on Canon 7D using a 35mm : 1.2 L-Series lens. Go to to see the video. Special thanks to Kim Kovac (West End Antiques Galleries), Jon Davis & Dan Shelton (Shelton Davis Antiques), Anna Cardot, Chad & Stephanie McFarland (The Elements of Design Studio, Custom Framing Store, 314.791.2631) and Rob Muller & Dan Gill (Schiller’s Camera & Video).


dining guide

ALIVE takes you on a tour of St. Louis’ best outdoor dining locations.

Joanie’s PIZZERIA Joanie’s, located in the historic Soulard Neighborhood, offers a nice, cozy atmosphere, delicious dining and a great outdoor patio. For 16 years, Joanie’s has been serving great pizzas, fresh salads, hearty sandwiches, tantalizing pasta dishes, house specialties (try Joanie’s delicious stuffed calzone) and a variety of mouthwatering cakes, brownies and cheesecakes for dessert. Whether you’re a regular customer or a first-timer, the friendly staff at Joanie’s will make you feel like family. Sports fans can catch Joanie’s shuttle to any local sporting event free of charge. top Summer Dish: Pizza Margherita-fresh tomatoes, mozzerella and basil SUmmer happy hour specials: 3:30 - 6:30 - Mon-Fri - Beer & well drink specials and a wide variety of half priced appetizers. Something you Might Not Know: There really is a Joanie, and she grew up just blocks from the pizzeria. 2101 MENARD ST. • SOULARD • 314.865.1994 JOANIES TO GO 314.865.5800 • JOANIES.COM ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

Atomic Cowboy


Outdoor dining and drinks at Atomic Cowboy are in demand more than ever, as this is the first patio season after their expansion late last summer. It added a private-party pagoda, a giant gravel beach with picnic tables and the city’s biggest bonfire area surrounded by cozy adirondeck chairs. The patio and outdoor full-service bar make for a festive atmosphere that accommodates from 12 to 1,200 people.

Located in St. Louis’ historic Soulard neighborhood, Sage Urban American Grill offers American cuisine with inventive global twists. Sage’s beautifully decorated patio is the perfect place to listen to live music while enjoying lunch or dinner prepared by Executive Chef Jack W. MacMurray III and his team.

top Summer Dish: Tilapia Vera Cruz; slow cooked with fresh tomatoes, black olives and cilantro paired with a fresh fruit mojito, sangria or house-infused vodka and tequilas

top Summer Dish: Grilled Yellowfin Tuna rubbed with sesame-seed wasabi and served with Asian vegetable sauté and jasmine rice

Something you Might Not Know: Enjoy nightly entertainment at Atomic Cowboy, including live music on the patio during dinner every Friday evening. Be sure to watch Atomic’s calendar of outdoor events!

Something you Might Not Know: There is an organic garden across the street from the restaurant that features various vegetables and herbs that chefs use in preparing dishes.

Must-try Menu Item: Baja-style Fish Tacos, Cheeseburger Burritos and Chicken Gorditas and house-made salsas and guacamole

Must-try Menu Item: Sage’s 15 Spice Ribs—dry-rubbed Saint Louis-style ribs with a mango bourbon BBQ glaze served with garlic whipped potatoes and jicama honey slaw

4140 MANCHESTER Ave. • THE Grove • 314.775.0755 •

1031 LYNCH St. • SOULARD • 314.256.1203 •



For two decades, the Buck family has brought bold American flavors to St. Louisans craving delicious fare made with top-quality ingredients. J. Buck’s Clayton location’s upscale sports bar atmosphere lends itself perfectly to taking in a Blues, Rams or Cards game over a beer or glass of fine wine and a meal from their menu of fantastic appetizers, salads, soups, fresh seafood, prime steaks, succulent pork, juicy chicken and famous barbeque.

Located in University City, Momos offers an intimate atmosphere where guests can enjoy authentic Greek cuisine served in the mezes (tapas) style. The interior is decorated in an eclectic, Mediterranean style and features live belly dancers during dinner. Outside, the patio offers an intimate setting, ideal for sipping on a mojito or sangria while enjoying a creamy Tzatziki or spicy Htipiti spread on warm pita bread. With half-priced wine bottles on Monday and half-priced mojitos on Tuesday in addition to the restaurant’s happy hour, Momos is the perfect spot for a summer date or a relaxing night with friends.

top Summer Dish: Grilled Atlantic Salmon served with seasonal vegetables and smashed potatoes, topped with dijonnaise sauce Something you Might Not Know: J. Buck’s has one of the best martini lists in St. Louis, including fan favorites such as Chocolate Martini and Island Blue Martini. Must-try Menu Item: Joe Buck’s Award-Winning Spinach Artichoke Dip, served with tricolor tortilla chips 101 S. Hanley Rd. • Clayton • 314.725.4700 •

top Summer Dish: Spread Sampler, a combination of 3 individual spreads Something you Might Not Know: Mezes, small plates of food traditionally served in Greek restaurants and Taverns and meant to be shared amongst friends, predate Spanish Tapas by over 500 years. Must-try Menu Item: Traditional Lamb Gyro 630 NORTH AND SOUTH. • UNIVERSITY CITY 314.863.3511 •



dining guide CHUY ARZOLA’s Chuy Arzola’s, St. Louis’ favorite Tex-Mex restaurant, is still serving the fajitas and margaritas you’ve grown to love, as well as some new menu additions such as 7-Layer Dip and Texas-Sized Quesadillas. The Texan Tex-Mex Menu is brand new to Chuy Arzola’s this summer - featuring the Texas Reuben, Texican Wings and the Alamo – all Texas-themed dishes. The House Margarita is made with fresh sweet and sour and is a perfect compliment for any of these zesty dishes. The restaurant’s expansive, sunken outdoor patio offers and inviting atmosphere that is the ideal place to enjoy lunch or dinner. Relax under the umbrellas and order some Queso and a cold beer on a hot summers day. With signature cocktails like the Texas Tornado and the Patron Cadillac, Chuy Arzola’s is the perfect spot for an outdoor Tex-Mex dining experience.


CafÉ VENTANA Featuring three gorgeous patios, Café Ventana is the ideal place to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in a serene outdoor setting. A relatively new kid on the block, Café Ventanta has proven with its fresh ingredients and superior service that it’s a mainstay in St. Louis dining. Sip a refreshing Pimm’s Cup or Pamarita paired with one of Chef Christopher Lee’s delectable menu creations, and soak up the summer sun from one of the patios. Try their Weekend Jazz Brunch – every Saturday and Sunday ‘til 2p.m. Featuring live Jazz and mouthwatering menu selections like Bananas Foster French Toast and Housemade Biscuits and Gravy. Need to unwind after work? Café Ventana offers a great happy hour from 3pm-7pm, Monday through Friday that features daily drink specials and $9 cheese plates. top Summer Dish: Belle Bella fresh-tossed salad—field greens, julienned Capicola, roasted portabella mushrooms and diced tomatoes, tossed with choice of dressing and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese Must-try Menu Item: Ventana Signature Beignets—These delectable French “donuts” are made from scratch daily and topped with a generous dusting of powdered sugar. Something you Might Not Know: Café Ventana is open 365 days a year and is a popular spot for Sunday brunch. 3919 WEST PINE BLVD. 314.531.7500 • CAFEVENTANA.COM


top Summer Dish: Baja Fish Tacos with zesty jalapeno tartar sauce Must-try Menu Item: Secret Recipe Beef Fajitas Something you Might Not Know: If you are a die-hard Chuy Arzola’s fan, show it! You can purchase Chuy Arzola’s gear like t-shirts, hats, mugs and more too proudly proclaim your affection. The best part? All of the proceeds are donated to St. Louis Stray Rescue and Urban Future.

SANCTUARIA For a deliciously wild dining experience, indulge in fresh, seasonal dishes and craft cocktails at Sanctuaria in The Grove. The alluring tapas restaurant features an eye-catching Day of the Dead-inspired décor. Sanctuaria’s expansive patio seats over 80 guests. Lounge on a relaxing couch or sit at an outdoor table for dinner and drinks – enjoy live music on the patio every other Thursday. (weather permitting) Always an innovator of fresh ideas, Sanctuaria is now offering a new concept for summer – “The Garden Table “– the ultimate summer dining experience. Available on Friday and Saturday evenings (parties of four or less), treat your guests to the featured table – located between the fountain and the garden. Enjoy specialty cocktails and chef selected plates featuring fresh produce and herbs from our garden.

Must-try Menu Item: Vaca Frita with Chimichurri - shredded pan seared Angus steak served a top a warm potato puree and garnished with citrus herb sauce. Something you Might Not Know: Sanctuaria’s popular Prince of Jalisco cocktail was a semi-finalist for the Iron Bar Chef America Competition held in upstate New York in fall 2009. CAN’T-MISS UPCOMING EVENT: Sanctuaria is hosting the “Beach Bash on Boyle” June 26, 2010 - all proceeds will benefit BackStoppers.    4198 MANCHESTER AVE. THE GROVE • 314.535.9700 SANCTUARIASTL.COM


brewed ALIVE takes you on a tour of St. Louis’

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Budweiser, Select 55, Michelob ULTRA


Michelob Brewing Co.

Anheuser-Busch has called St. Louis its home for more than a century, dating back to its days as a small regional brewery. Today, Anheuser-Busch, the U.S. subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, brews more than 20 beers at the Pestalozzi brewery and has grown into an industry leader.

Since its introduction in 1876, Budweiser has been the flagship beer of Anheuser-Busch. Also known as “The Great American Lager,” Budweiser strikes the perfect balance between bitter and sweet. The fresh and subtle fruit notes and blended layers of premium American and European hop aromas make Budweiser a perfect contrast for spicy cuisine. Adults looking to enjoy low-calorie beers this summer can reach for a Select 55. The smooth, light golden lager contains only 55 calories and 1.9g carbohydrates per each 12-ounce serving and has an unparalleled clean, crisp taste, making it an ideal complement to low-calorie dishes like spring rolls and salads. Michelob ULTRA is an ideal beer for adult consumers living an active lifestyle and looking for a great-tasting brew with lower carbohydrates and fewer calories. The American-style light lager has subtle fruit and citrus aromas that complement the smooth and refreshing taste and pairs well with seafood such as grilled trout. The Michelob Brewing Co. features a slew of specialty beers for beer connoisseurs. In addition to year-round staples like Michelob Original Lager, Shock Top and AmberBock, Michelob Brewing Co. produces other specialty and seasonal beers like Michelob Ginger Wheat, Hop Hound and Beach Bum Blonde Ale. Each beer has its own unique flavor profile, and you can find all of the beer and food pairings at

Satisfy your need to sip and savor suds at the fourth annual St. Louis Heritage Festival June 11-12 in Forest Park. This year’s festival will feature 14 local brewers, including A-B, and more than 60 different beer styles for visitors to sample. Several of the brewers will also feature their own interpretation of the festival’s showcase beer, a Hefeweizen, based on a local homebrewing duo’s recipe. Visit or call 1-888-792-2424 for tickets. ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

{Perfect Pairings} The Brew: Budweiser “The Great American Lager” Pair With: Spicy Thai, Pan Asian, Latino Fusion, Mexican, or Peruvian dishes. The Brew: Select 55 Pair With: Flavors like ginger, garlic, cilantro or light dishes like spring rolls and salads. The Brew: Michelob ULTRA Pair With: Brie to add a flavorful contrast or fish tacos to complement the crisp spice and citrus flavor. 12TH AND LYNCH ST. LOUS, MO 63118 314.577.2626

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With the tagline “Turning Sinners into Saints,” St. Louis’ newest brewery, Cathedral Square, promises to bring a little allure back into the old Playboy club on Lindell. Brewing since March 2009, Cathedral Square has already added a taste of traditional Belgian-style beer to the city, while challenging the more conventional brew.

Brewmaster Brian Neville can be trusted to formulate only the finest beers. After 15 years as a professional brewer, three of which were spent crafting recipes for start-up breweries nationwide, he is a true beer connoisseur. Now, a 10-year veteran with Spanish Peaks Brewing Company, he serves as brewmaster for Cathedral Square Brewery. Already having perfected Black Dog Ale in California, a brilliant amber-red beer with a subtle caramel aroma, he’s using his expertise to create Cathedral Square.

The brewery produces three distinct styles of beer, each one a treat for the taste buds. Faithful to the Belgian style, the White Ale, a light bodied beer with a cloudy color, has a complexity of tastes and a delicate spicy undertone, making it a refreshing beer for any season. Crushed orange peel adds extra heat and flavor, just right when enjoying your favorite barbeque or seafood. For something more unconventional, try the Iglesia Agave Ale. Iglesia, Spanish for “Church,” is brewed with three malts, two hop varieties and authentic imported Agave Nectar- it truly is a heavenly beer. Spicy food enhances the Agave Nectar, so complement it with Mexican, Indian or Thai food for a mouthwatering combination. The more traditional Belgian-style Abbey Ale is a smoother beer, made with imported Trappist Belgian Yeast and Belgian Candy Sugar and has a kick of fruity flavor. Brewed with a blend of biscuit and chocolate malts, it gives the beer a slight malt aroma and toasted flavor, as well. The beer can be found on draft and bottled at local St. Louis restaurants.


{Perfect Pairings} The Brew: Belgian-Style Abbey Ale Pair With: Steaks, Chops, and Burgers The Brew: Belgian-Style White Ale Pair With: Seafood, Salads, BBQ, or Pasta The Brew: Iglesia Agave Ale Pair With: Anything with zest and spice. VISIT CATHEDRALSQUAREBREWERY.COM FOR PRODUCT LOCATIONS

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85 Lashes breaks all the old rules. Distilled at the same place where prohibition thwarted the production of German Lagers, each bottle is signed by the distiller guaranteeing quality rum while you indulge. Amalgamated Distillery Company named the rum after the chosen form of punishment for sailors convicted of piracy, a whipping with a cat o’ nine tails. This distinctly flavored rum is served at The Stable, a brewpub in the Lemp Brewery’s old horse stables, alongside Amalgamated Brewing Company’s German lagers.

Amalgamated Distillery Company, a micro-distillery launched in 2009, distributes 85 Lashes nationwide. A smooth spirit, it’s distilled in old-fashioned artisan pot stills, just like Amalgamated’s seasonal spirits Grappa, Peach Brandy, Gin, and Sambuca. Made with pure cane sugar and molasses, and then aged with French Oak toasted to perfection, 85 Lashes has a distinct flavor unlike any other rum. To give the rum its vanilla character, it’s fermented for three weeks before distilling it twice. Each 85 proof bottle is then labeled, numbered, and wax-dipped before signed by the distiller after a final inspection. No two bottles of this hand-crafted rum are precisely the same, but rather each batch is a one-of-a-kind high-quality spirit. 85 Lashes can be served straight-up or on the rocks if you’re in the mood for a smooth, stronger drink; but if you’re feeling adventurous be sure go to The Stable and ask for the Whiplash or Bullwhip, made with Red Bull and a shot of rum.

Aside from producing some of the best rum in St. Louis, Amalgamated Brewing Company creates a variety of German Lagers including Helles, Marzen, Dunkel, Rauchbier, and Zoigl. Each brew uses only the finest barley, malt, hops, and yeast imported from Germany creating an enticing aroma, and an even better taste. Any of the beers, whether it’s a Dunkel, a dark beer with a smooth malty flavor, a deceptively light colored Helles, or a Rauchbier which has a distinctive smoked flavor, will be mouthwatering. Their brews, also served on site at The Stable, make the perfect complement for a scrumptious grinder sandwich or their pizza, which some say is the best in St. Louis. Best of all, with 36 rotating taps, you’ll always have an excuse to go back and try something new.


{Perfect Pairings} The Spirit: 85 Lashes Rum Pair With: The Stable’s famous pizza or grinder sandwiches 1821 CHEROKEE ST. ST. LOUIS, MO 63118 314.771.8500 AMALGAMATED BREWING.COM



DISH > On February 25, ALIVE magazine joined Samuel Adams at Scape American Bistro in the Central West End for The Dish, a special cooking class series with Executive Chef Eric Kelly. Guests watched as Chef Kelly prepared a fabulous four-course meal, all paired with a variety of Sam Adams’ stouts, pilsners and lagers. Attendees enjoyed an array of passed appetizers during a cocktail reception which included Chef Kelly’s world-famous Usinger Sausage with roasted peppers, warm Reuben sliders and a dill-cured salmon fork drizzled with lemon confit. Guests then took their place in Scape’s event space and demonstration kitchen where they learned the intriguing history of Samual Adams beer and its local roots in St. Louis from Boston Beer Company representative Jay Hornback as well as behind-the-scenes tricks to Chef Kelly’s famous rich and creamy roasted quail risotto. Following the cooking demonstration, guests moved to the dining room where they enjoyed a selection of Samuel Adams beers paired perfectly with three succulent courses: sweet Santa Barbara shrimp with creamy cheddar grits, roasted quail risotto and oven-fresh buttermilk biscuits with chocolate gravy. Only one word could describe this evening of tasteful bliss – scrumptious! It was certainly an unforgettable night of wonderful food, world class beers and warm conversation. For more information on Chef Kelly and Scape American Bistro visit and log onto to find a selection of Samuel Adams beers near you. ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

St. Louis Restaurant Guide Log on to for an expanded list of recommended spots to dine, drink and dance. Photos by Josh Monken key $ Entrees average under $10 $$ Entrees $10–$17 $$$ Entrees $18+

Central West End/ The Grove AL’S RESTAURANT 1200 N. First St., 314.421.6399. Known for steaks and seafood, Al’s is operated by three generations of one St. Louis family. 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. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner daily. $





bar italia 13 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7010. This romantic St. Louis favorite serves Italian fare in a trendy see-and-be-seen atmosphere. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$ BRASSERIE BY NICHE 4580 Laclede Ave., 314.454.0600. Niche executive chef and owner Gerard Craft brings his take on casual French dining to the Central West End. Brasserie features an evolving menu of French bistro fare, an impressive beer list and classic desserts. Dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$ Chi 4 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.2209. This trendy Japanese sushi bar has the best St. Louis sushi rolls around; the Lemon Drop roll is a must-try. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $

Enjoy a full menu of delicious Italian favorites and Joanie’s famous pizza. Patio now open. Shuttle service to all Cardinals home games. 2101 MENARD ST. • 314.865.1994 • JOANIE’S TO GO 314.865.5800 JOANIES.COM

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 Fri.-Sat. $ the Cupcakery 28 Maryland Plaza Rear, 314.367.6111. Enjoy a variety of unique creations from St.

Hot List 2009 Winner Late-night dining Outdoor seating Opened in the last 12 months Louis’ first gourmet cupcake shop offering cookies, cakewiches and cupcakes. These deliciously moist creations will keep your palate entertained. Open daily Mon.-Sat. $ 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 CAFÉ & BAR 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. $ 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 4659 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. $ NANCY’S PLACE 4510 Manchester Ave., 314.533.3699. The upscale, smoke-free bar caters to the discriminating female, and appeals to men and women of all orientations. Enjoy great

entertainment and indulge in fine libations. Open Tues.-Sat. $

expanded area. Dinner served daily. $$

Novak’s Bar & Grill 4121 Manchester Ave., 314.531.3699. Known as a top bar and dance destination for the city’s gay and lesbian crowd—stop in for burgers, apps and live music. Open daily. $

The Tenderloin Room 232 N. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.361.0900. Refined dining has never tasted so good, with a selection of filets, sirloin and lamb as well as seafood and gourmet appetizers served in an elegant dining space. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner daily. $$$

The Pasta House Co. 313 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1144. Authentic Italian fare including the infamous Pasta House Co. salad, toasted ravioli and spaghetti. Lunch and dinner served daily. Multiple locations; $$

WILDFLOWER 4590 Laclede Ave., 314.367.9888. A Central West End classic, Wildflower boasts innovative contemporary American fare in an elegant and trendy space. Lunch and dinner daily. $$$

Pi 400 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.4300. Serving the same great pizzas made famous at its flagship location in The Loop, the new CWE Pi has a few new additions, creative cocktails, homemade desserts and of course, delicious San-Fran style pizza. Dinner served daily. $$ Rasoi 25 N. Euclid Ave., 314.361.6911. Serving both Northern and Southern Indian cuisine, a rarity among Indian restaurants in St. Louis, this eye-catching destination serves authentic dishes like chicken curry, kabobs and lamb chops. Lunch and dinner served daily. $ SANCTUARIA 4198 Manchester Ave. 314.535.9700. Fresh, inspired Pan-Latin tapas await you at this Grove destination. Try their signature “wild tapas” while sipping on a handcrafted cocktail during their daily happy hour. Dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$ Scape american bistro 48 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7227. Chef Eric Kelly has crafted an innovative and unique menu of American cuisine at this contemporary CWE bistro. Sunday brunch. Lunch Tues-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$$

Midtown/Downtown BRIDGE TAP HOUSE AND WINE BAR 1004 Locust St., 314.241.8141. The third restaurant of David Bailey, owner of Bailey’s Chocolate Bar, boasts a large craft beer and wine selection, as well as a full menu with tons of house-made touches. Dinner Tues.-Sun. $$ BURGER BAR 999 N. 2nd St., 314.621.9593. Located inside the Lumière Place Casino and Hotels, Burger Bar offers build-your-owngourmet burgers with a large list of breads, meats and condiments to choose from. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$ Café Ventana 3919 W. Pine Blvd., 314.531.7500. This French Quarter-inspired coffeehouse has an extensive food selection, including sandwiches, beignets, pastries and coffee. Open daily. $$ Chuy arzola’s 3701 Lindell Blvd., 314.644.4430. The relaxed atmosphere of the recently opened Chuy Arzola’s pairs perfectly with their Tex-Mex cuisine. Spicy fajitas and chilled margaritas complete the laidback Tex-Mex vibe. Lunch and dinner daily. $ CIELO 999 N. 2nd Street St., 314.881.5800. Located at the Four Seasons Hotel and serves contemporary Italian and American dishes such as seared sea scallops, filet mignon and house-made pasta and desserts. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $$$ F15TEEN 1900 Locust Ave., 314.588.8899. Serves elegant American cuisine and steaks and features a see-and-be-seen lounge and private VIP booths. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$

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

The Fountain on Locust 3037 Locust St., 314.535.7800. Home of the creative ice cream martini, as well as delicious fresh-made appetizers, entrees, fine ice creams, chocolates and retro










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cocktails. The one-of-a-kind, hand-painted Art Deco interior is also a must-see. Lunch and dinner Tues.-Sun. $ 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. $$ Houlihan’s 147 St. Louis Union Station, 314.436.0844. Casual family atmosphere with great burgers and other finger foods. Boasts one of the best happy hour specials in the city. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations; $$ JADE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 910 Olive St., 314.425.2900. A hip sushi and Asian eatery with a music lounge on an upper level mezzanine. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$





LOLA 500 N. 14th St., 314.621.7277. This recently opened downtown eatery houses a large collection of unique cocktails, French and American cuisine, and a wide variety of delicious vegetarian entrées. Brunch served Sat.-Sun., open daily. $$ Lucas Park Grille 1234 Washington Ave., 314.241.7770. A seasonal menu with fresh ingredients such as soups, salads and New American entrees offer something for everyone. Lunch and dinner served daily, Sat.-Sun. brunch. $$$

MORGAN STREET BREWERY 721 N. 2nd St., 314.231.9970. Located in an area of town filled with history and charm, Morgan Street offers great food and beers that are brewed right on the premises. Dinner served daily. $ Mosaic 1001 Washington Ave., 314.621.6001. This modern fusion restaurant offers an array of cold and hot tapas. Lunch and dinner served daily; Brunch Sat.-Sun. $$

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 St., 314.588.0505. The Rock House is a high-end live music club with an integrated music scene and great dining. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sat., bar serves until 3am. $ The Pepper Lounge 2005 Locust St., 314.241.2005. Retro lamps and cozy booths complete the atmosphere at this hip bar and nightclub. Bar and lounge open Thurs. and Sun., 10pm-3am; Fri. and Sat., 9pm-3am. $$

RED KITCHEN & BAR 315 Chestnut St., 314.259.3244. Located in the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Hotel, this swanky restaurant and bar has an outstanding contemporary American menu and an equally appealing nightlife scene to match. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $$ sleek 999 N. 2nd St., 314.621.9590. This upscale steakhouse is one of Hubert Keller’s signature restaurants. Dinner served daily. $$$

mango 1101 Lucas Ave., 314.621.9993. Fresh, healthy Peruvian cuisine and an extensive selection of South American wines make this restaurant a Downtown hit. A modern, loft-like interior and stellar Latin-influenced cocktail list complete the experience. Lunch served Mon.-Sat. and dinner served daily. $$ Mike Shannon’s 620 Market St., 314.421.1540. This 20-year-old St. Louis landmark serves upscale American cuisine. Stop by the expansive “The Outfield,” powered by The Pepper Lounge, beer garden for some pre- or post-game spirits. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$

Smoking Joe’s 1901 Washington Ave., 314.436.3876. You’ll find just about any type of Memphis-style barbeque at this new Downtown joint, all seasoned to perfection and smoked slowly. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $ TONY’S 410 Market St., 314.231.7007. Elegant and sophisticated, Tony’s has been a St. Louis institution known for its attentive service and flawless cuisine. Dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$

Clayton/Ladue Araka 131 Carondelet Plaza, 314.725.6777. This gorgeous restaurant in Clayton’s The

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. $$ Brio Tuscan Grille 1601 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 314.432.4410. Savory Italian in a laid back atmosphere makes this Frontenac favorite a must-visit for a family-friendly meal or a romantic night out. Brunch served on weekends, lunch and dinner served daily. $$$ Gourmet Foodworks Deli 8135 Maryland Ave., 314.863.5064. You’ll find salads, sandwiches, soups, wraps and more at this Clayton deli. Dine in or carry out, you’re guaranteed fresh and housemade items. Open daily. $ J.Buck’s 101 S. Hanley Rd., 314.725.4700. A Clayton staple for business lunches and happy hours. Flavorful offerings include classic favorites like pizza, pasta, burgers and baby back ribs. Multiple locations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$$ Jimmy’s on the park 706 DeMun Ave., 314.725.8585. An upscale atmosphere, live jazz on the weekends and innovative American cuisine make this a St. Louis favorite. Lunch Tues.-Sat. and dinner served daily, Sun. brunch. $$$ 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. $$

Made-from-scratch sandwiches, pastries and, of course, cheesecake is what you’ll find at this newly opened bakery. Breakfast, lunch 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. $$$

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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. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. Late night Mon.-Sat. $$

South City/ Hampton/The Hill Aya Sofia 6671 Chippewa St., 314.645.9919. Add a dash of culture to your diet with exotic Turkish and Mediterranean delights. Open Tues.-Sun. $$ CITY DINER 3139 S. Grand Blvd., 314.772.6100. Travel back to the 1960s at this retro American diner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $


CUNETTO HOUSE OF PASTA 5453 Magnolia Ave., 314.781.1135. This family-owned hotspot on the hill is a St. Louis tradition with its Italian cuisine and casual atmosphere. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$ GIOVANNI’S ON THE HILL 5201 Shaw Ave., 314.772.5958. This restaurant offers an authentic dining experience for everyone who enters. Dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$ LORENZO’S TRATTORIA 1933 Edwards St., 314.773.2223. For a different taste on The Hill, try Lorenzo’s, which features Northern Italian cuisine combined with contemporary flavors. Lunch Tue.-Fri. and dinner Tue.-Sun. $$

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. $$

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. $$

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 city. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$

My Daddy’s Cheesecake Bakery & Café 6451 Clayton Rd., 314.725.9555.

VAN GOGHZ 3200 Shenandoah Ave., 314.865.3345.


Crescent features delicious Europeaninspired cuisine. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$$








With martinis served in every flavor, chillin’ with your favorite cocktail among the display of local art is easy. Open daily. $

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BAILEYS’ CHOCOLATE BAR 1915 Park Ave., 314.241.8100. Offering a mix of savory and sweet items, this hotspot serves desserts such as Baileys’ Chocolate Brownie and bread pudding. Open daily. $ Foam 3359 S. Jefferson Ave., 314.772.2100. Frothy coffee and foamy beer unite at this Benton Park coffeehouse and microbrewery. Also enjoy snacks like hummus, chips with salsa and chocolate. Open daily. $ Franco 1535 S. 8th St., 314.436.2500. This cool bistro serves country French fare with a modern twist. Lunch Mon.-Fri.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 Thurs.-Sat. $$ MUD house 2101 Cherokee St., 314.776.6599. Fresh-roasted coffee, sandwiches, soups and pastries all served here in the heart of the Cherokee-Lemp Historic District. Open daily. $ Molly’s 808-816 Geyer Ave., 314.241.6200. A Soulard favorite, Molly’s Lounge has expanded into a restaurant, with a French bistro-style Creole menu and a new dining room featuring comfortable turn-of-thecentury ambiance and décor. Lunch served Mon.-Sat. and dinner served daily. NICHE 1831 Sidney St., 314.773.7755. With its modern décor and cozy charm, this award-winning neighborhood bistro offers a fabulous New American menu. And stop by for cocktails and small plates at their newly opened Taste by Niche next door. Dinner daily. $$$

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coffee, bagels, house-made muffins, smoothies and a selection of over 40 gooey butter cakes. Open daily. $ Soulard’s Restaurant 1731 S. 7th St., 314.241.7956. Delicious contemporary American and Southern cuisine and grilled-to-perfection steaks await you at this historic Soulard restaurant and bar. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$ SIDNEY STREET CAFE 2000 Sidney St., 314.771.5777. Whether it’s a special occasion or just an average night out, this Benton Park spot excels at American cuisine with French and southern influences. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$$ SqWires 1415 S. 18th St., 314.865.3522. A seasonal menu features fresh interpretations of American classics. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$$ The Stable 1821 Cherokee St., 314.771.8500. This brew house, distillery and pizzeria features bacon-wrapped dates, housemade grinders and an array of pizza and pasta. Located in the historic Cherokee Street district. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. $ VIN DE SET 2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.8989. A French-inspired rooftop bistro complete with an extensive wine list and specialty martinis. Open for lunch and dinner Tues.-Fri. and bar is open Tues.-Sun. $$$

University City/ The Loop 609 LOUNGE 609 Eastgate Ave., 314.721.9168. Stop in this trendy hotspot for happy hour from 5-8 pm, take advantage of their hookah menu, or opt for a late night signature cocktail, including the Dirty C.E.O. Martini and the Chocolate Kiss. DJ’s start the party every night at 9:30pm. Open daily. $$ 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. $ 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 and dinner served daily. $ ECLIPSE 6177 Delmar 314.726.2222. This restaurant and bar in the Moonrise Hotel features cosmic décor and a creative American menu with delicious twists. The Rooftop Terrace Bar offers a dramatic

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style of the beloved original, but with a new tapas twist and an attention to wine. Lunch and dinner Tues.-Sun. $$

Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Cafe 8509 Delmar Blvd., 314.993.5455. With more than just cupcakes to satisfy a sweet tooth, this bakery serves soups, salads, sandwiches and more. Open daily. $$

Bravo! Cucina Italiana 15 West County Center, 314.821.2562. Upscale restaurant meets casual eatery at Bravo!, a new dining destination in West County and the first location of this national favorite to open in St. Louis. Expect delectable, made-to-order Italian food and a welcoming atmosphere. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$$

Kirkwood/ Maplewood/ Webster Groves 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. $$ LATITUDE 26 6407 Clayton Ave., 314.932.5600. With flavors from both north and south of the border, this Tex-Mex eatery is bringing flair to Dogtown. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ 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 Tues.-Sat. $$$ THE RED LION 7336 Manchester Rd., 314.645.4200. An American gastropub that serves classic favorites and beer. Be sure to stop by for happy hour and enjoy great drink specials. $$ TRATTORIA BRANICA 451 S. Kirkwood Rd., 314.909.7575. Formal Italian dining and a chic wine bar make Trattoria Branica the perfect destination for a special occasion or vino sipping session. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. Multiple locations; Frontenac and Chesterfield. $$$

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. $$$ Balaban’s Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar 1772 Clarkson Rd., 636.449.6700. After 37 years in the Central West End, Balaban’s is reborn by former chef and owner Steve McIntyre—expect the familiar French bistro

THE COUNTRY CLUB BAR & GRILL 288 Lamp & Lantern Village, 636. 256.7201. Serves hearty American cuisine and traditional classics from burgers to crab cakes. The patio is a must during summer. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ Fallon’s Bar & Grill 9200 Olive St., 314.991.9800. Corned beef and shepherds pie are just a sampling of the pub fare that awaits you at this Irish grill. Open daily. $$ Quintessential 149 N. Main St., 636.443.2211. This St. Charles destination features a restaurant and upscale nightclub, boasting an extensive wine list, expansive patio and American favorites like flatbread pizzas and burgers. Lunch and dinner served daily. $ SAMMY SCOTT’S SANDWICHES AND MORE 12766 Olive Blvd., 314.439.5100. Gourmet sandwiches, wraps and paninis make Sammy Scott’s the perfect spot for lunch or dinner on-the-go. Lunch and dinner served daily. $


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SEASONS ST. LOUIS 79 Forum Center, 314.469.2210. Featuring beautifully crafted dishes made with fresh regional fare inspired by the seasons. Dinner Tues.-Sat. $$$ TABLE THREE 16765 Main St., Wildwood Town Center, 636.458.4333. Contemporary American cuisine in a warm and charming atmosphere. Enjoy dishes like fritto misto, stone-baked flatbreads, pan-roasted salmon and roasted chicken. Lunch Tues.-Sat. and dinner Tues.-Sun. $$ VegaDeli 177 Hilltown Village Center, 636.536.6938. With an array of kosher, raw, vegan and vegetarian offerings, VegaDeli serves delicious and healthy sandwiches, wraps, organic salads, fresh baked pastries and coffee. Open Tues.-Sun. $

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EDEN LOFTS 1720 Chouteau Ave. Units: 40 (873-1,507 sq. ft.). Price: $141,000-$193,000. Contact: PREA Signature Realty, 314.397.3182, ELY WALKER LOFTS 1520 Washington Ave. Units: 174 (1,000-1,600 sq. ft.). Rent: $995-$1,495 Contact: Orchard Development Group, 314.436.7451,

FASHION SQUARE LOFTS 1307 Washington Ave. Units: 89 (1,0371,418 sq. ft.). Rent: $860-$1,550/mo. Contact: McGowan Brothers Development, 314.621.9292,

LUCAS LOFTS 1123 Washington Ave. Units: 102 (691-2,700 sq. ft.). Price: $114,900$499,900. Contact: Ryan, 314.660.4202, LUDWIG LOFTS 1006 Olive St. Units: 17 (661-1,250 sq. ft.). Rent: $815-$1,295/mo. Contact: Loftworks, 314.575.9978, Merchandise Mart 1000 Washington Ave. Units: 213 (510-2,100 sq. ft.). Rent: $550-$2,250/ mo. Contact: 314.436.6800, MLOFTS 1107 Mississippi Ave. Units: 36 (743-1,275 sq. ft.). Rent: $730-$1,380/ mo. Contact: Loftworks, 314.241.6700,

GARMENT ROW LOFTS 1312 Washington Ave. Units: 12 (1,450-2,450 sq. ft.). Price: $200,000$350,000. Contact: 1312 Development Group/John Carroll, 314.504.0050. THE GEORGIAN 1515 Lafayette Ave. Units: 104 (693- 1,620 sq. ft.). Price: $175,000-$233,000. Contact: PREA Signature Realty, 314.397.3182,


1818 washington avenue 1818 Washington Ave. Units: 39 (850-1.200 sq. ft.). Price: $542-$811/mo. Contact: Scott Sturdevant, 314.518.1735,

Bell Lofts 920 Olive St. Units: 24 (742-1,265 sq. ft.). Rent: $785-$1,320/mo. Contact: Loftworks, LLC, 314.575.9978,

ALEXANDER LOFTS 1121 Locust St. Units: 8 (2,200-2,400 sq. ft.). Price: $420,000-$460,000. Contact: New City Neighborhood Redevelopment, 314.283.0572, ARTLOFT 1531 Washington Ave. Units: 63 (1,200-2,100 sq. ft.). Rent: $513-$642/mo. Contact: Cohen-Esrey Real Estate Services, 314.436.6545, Annex Lofts 1511 Locust St. Units: 77 (1,030-2, 178 sq. ft.). Price: Sold out, resale only. Contact: Orchard Development Group, 314.436.7400,

BALLPARK LOFTS #8 AT CUPPLES STATION 1004 Spruce St. Units: 68 (800-1,600 sq. ft.). Price: $149,000-$422,928. Contact: Blue Urban, 314.517.5050 for Lisa or 314.518.9003 for Chris,

BLU CITYSPACES 210 N. 17th St. Units: 144 (427-814 sq. ft.). Price: $61,900-$200,000. Contact: Blu CitySpaces Sales Office, 314.241.3111, THE BOGEN LOFTS 1209 Washington Ave. Units: 125 (1,100-1,900 sq. ft.). Rent: $350$1,900/mo. Contact: Jacob Development Group, 314.621.2226, CUPPLES STATION LOFT APARTMENTS 1023 Spruce St. Units: 131 (615-1, 400 sq. ft.). Rent: 1 Bedroom: $686/ mo., 2 Bedroom: $824/mo., Contact: HRI Properties, 314.241.1225, DENIM LOFTS 1308 Washington Ave. Units: 24 (1,500-2,000 sq. ft.). Price: $250,000$500,000. Contact: John Carroll,

Gw Lofts 2615 Washington Ave. Units: 60 (800-1,500 sq. ft.). Rent: $600-$1,500/ mo. Contact: Blue Urban, Inc., 314.436.2200, GRACE LOFTS 1324 Washington Ave. Units: 24 (900-1,800 sq. ft.). Rent: $1,000-$2,000/ mo. Contact: McGowan Brothers Development, 314.588.1170, gracelofts. com. LOFTS@315 315 N. 10th St. Units: 20 (1,0671361 sq. ft.). Rent: $915-$1,300/mo. Contact: Loftworks, 314.575.9978,

MAJESTIC STOVE LOFTS 2020 Delmar Blvd. Units: 120 (861-1,684 sq. ft.). Rent: $538-$1,320/mo. Contact: Robert Wood Realty, 314.621.4050, MARQUETTE APARTMENTS 314 N. Broadway Units: 115 (527-1,373 sq. ft.). Price: $169,900-$689,000. Rent: $700-$1,200/mo. Contact: The Lawrence Group, 866.680.5700, P MOTOR LOFTS 2207 Washington Ave. Units: 75 (665-1,550 sq. ft.). Price: Sold out; resale only. Contact: Blue Urban, 314.436.2200, PACKARD LOFTS 2201 Locust St. Units: 33 (765-1,400 sq. ft.). Rent: $998-$1,298/mo. Contact: Blue Urban, 314.436.2200, packardlofts. com.

LOFTS AT CITY MUSEUM 701 N. 15th St., 5th Floor. Units: 27 (1,600-2,700 sq. ft.). Price: $299,000$550,000. Contact: 314.608.6960,

The Paul Brown Loft Apartments 206 N. 9th St. Units: 222 (588 sq. ft.1,741 sq. ft.). Rent: $658-$1,455/mo. Contact: 314.621.1100, paulbrownlofts. com.

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3949 Lindell Apartments 3949 Lindell Blvd. Units: 198 (665-1,300 sq. ft.). Rent: $775-$2,000. Contact: Mills Properties, 314.289.9000, 3949lindell. com. 4545 LINDELL 4545 Lindell Blvd. Units: 33 (1,525-4,200 sq. ft.). Price: $499,000-$1,499,000. Contact: Andrea Lenzen, 314.898.7272, P THE CHASE PARK PLAZA 232 N. Kingshighway. Units: 86 (1,018-6,600 sq. ft.). Price: $500,000$4.5 million. Contact: IFC, Inc., 314.633.1100, P

SYNDICATE Condominiums 917 Olive St. Units: 172 (994-3,200 sq. ft.). Price: $249,500-$767,500. Rent: $657-$1,750/mo. Contact: Rodemyer Christel, 314.249.9896, P


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ROBERTS TOWER AT MAYFAIR PLAZA (coming in 2010) 411 N. 9th St. Units: 53 (880-5,000 sq. ft.). Price: Available on request. Contact: Roberts Brothers Properties, 314.367.2768,

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TERRACE LOFTS 1300 Convention Plaza. Units: 48 (479-1,157 sq. ft.). Rent: $480-$1, 160/mo. Contact: McGowan Brothers Development, 314.621.7800, TUDOR LOFTS 1901-1937 Washington Ave. Units: 64 (800-1,400 sq. ft.) Rent: $522-$781/mo. Contact: Robert Wood Realty, 314.621.4050,

FIELD SCHOOL LOFTS 4466 Olive St. Units: 33 (710-1,740 sq. ft.). Rent: $825-$1,400/mo., Contact: Central West End Management, 314.454.9799,

Lister Building 4500 Olive St. Units: 9 (1,150-1,350 sq. ft.). Rent: $1,200-$1,500/mo., penthouse: $5,000/mo. Contact: Central West End Management, 314.454.9799, P

University Heights 3720 Laclede Ave., Midtown. Units: 264 (420-1,100 sq. ft.). Rent: $700-$1650/ mo. Contact: Bruce Development Co., 886.550.9599,

VANGARD LOFTS 1110 Washington Ave. Units: 86 (650-1,200 sq. ft.). Rent: $725-$1,300/mo. Contact: Bruce Development Co., 314.880.0900, The Ventana 1635 Washington Ave. Units: 91 (1,0131,287 sq. ft.). Rent: $975-$1,400/mo. Contact: Jacob Development Group, 314.621.2226, WASHINGTON AVENUE APARTMENTS 1133 Washington Ave. Units: 95 (360-1,100 sq. ft.). Rent: starting $525/mo. Contact: Bruce Development Co., 314.241.6999, WESTGATE LOFTS 2323 Locust St. Units: 49 (914-2,138 sq. ft.). Price: Sold out; resale only. Contact: McGowan Brothers Development, 314.588.1170,

LOFTS AT THE HIGHLANDS 1031 Highlands Plaza Dr. West & 1030 Highlands Plaza Dr. East. Units: 200 (863- 1,695 sq. ft.). Rent: $1,0801,749/mo. Contact: Balke Brown Associates, 314.647.7100,

The bolton at Metropolis DeBaliviere Place 5625 Pershing Ave. Units: 9 (653-816 sq. ft.). Sellout pricing: $121,900$164,900. Contact: RE/MAX Platinum,

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POINTE 400 400 S. 4th St. Units: 118 (667-1,634 sq. ft.). Rent: $1,000-$2,000/mo. Contact: Balke Brown Associates, 314.241.4005, P


The Marlborough at Metropolis DeBaliviere Place 5696 Kingsbury Ave. Units: 19 (490-600 sq. ft.). Price: $89,900-$111,900. Contact: RE/MAX Platinum, 314.367.7755,

The MELROSE APARTMENTS 4065 West Pine Blvd./ 210-18 S. Sarah St., Units: 30 (735-1,400 sq. ft.). Rent: 1 bedroom $795/mo., 2 Bedroom: $1,275/mo., 3 Bedroom: $1,800/mo. Contact: Red Brick Management, 314.361.7067, NINE NORTH EUCLID 9 N. Euclid Ave. Units: 52 (850-1,600 sq. ft.). Price: $298,000-$600,000 Contact: The Opus Group, 314.367.6500,

Roberts Place Lofts 800 Arlington Ave. Units: 72 (501-1800 sq. ft.). Rent: $680-$1,800/mo. Contact: Roberts Brothers, LLC, 314.621.5443, P TAYLOR-OLIVE BUILDING 501-523 N. Taylor Ave./4505-4509 Olive St. Units: 8 (1,350-2,225 sq. ft.). Rent: $1,300-$2,200/mo. Contact: Central West End Management, 314.454.9799, WEST END LOFTS 4100 Forest Park Ave. Units: 120 (763-1,655 sq. ft.). Price: $199,000$375,000. Contact: Bruce Development Co., 314.531.4441,

Clayton/ Richmond Heights 31 BRIGHTON WAY CONDOMINIUMS 31 Brighton Way, Clayton. Units: 6 (1,958-3,619 sq. ft.). Price: $799,000$1,250,000. Contact: Douglas Properties, 314.725.9911, ALLEGRO LUXURY APARTMENTS 24 The Boulevard, Richmond Heights. Units: 74 (525-1,428 sq. ft.). Rent: $950-$2,495/mo. Contact: Nicole Tellman, 314.721.8300, CLAYTON PARK PLACE 8251-8253 Parkside Dr., Clayton. Units: 14 (1,900-4,500 sq. ft.). Price: $800,000-$3 million. Contact: Wayne Norwood, 314.862.2999, P

THE CRESCENT 155 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton. Units: 70 (2,200-5,000 sq. ft.). Price: $900,000-$2.4 million. Contact: Mark S. Melhman Realty, 314.862.4448, P


THE PLAZA IN CLAYTON 150 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton. Units: 82 (2,647-5,638 sq. ft.). Price: Starting at $1,595,000. Contact: Stephanie Oliver or Stephen Lange, 314.725.0009,





TRIANON (coming SOON) 7515 Forsyth Blvd. Units: 140 (850-3,000+ sq. ft.). Price: Mid $300,000s-$1 million. Contact: Orchard Development Group, 314.863.7515, P

South City/The Hill/ Tower Grove 1520 S. GRAND 1520 S. Grand Blvd., South City. Units: 5 (750-850 sq. ft.). Rent: $795$950/mo. Contact: 314.361.7067 ext. 131, LINDENWOOD HOMES 7018 Mardel, South City. Units: 16 (1,700-1,900 sq. ft.). Price: Starting at $299,000. Contact: Ted Gottlieb, 314.956.9477, LINDENWOOD LOFTS 3815 McCausland Ave., South City. Units: 20 (861-1,502 sq. ft.). Price: $149,900-$222,000. Contact: Ted Gottlieb, 314.956.9477,



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Lafayette Square/ Benton Park/Soulard ABBEY ON THE PARK 1505 Missouri Ave., Lafayette Square. Units: 9 (1,343-2,644 sq. ft.). Price: Sold out, resale only. Contact: PREA Signature Realty, 314.397.3182, THE BARTON STREET LOFTS 2401 S. 12th St., Soulard. Units: 14 (1,000-2,000 sq. ft.). Price: Starting $150,000s. Contact: Brad Waldrop, 314.560.2069, properties.rileywaldrop. com. FIREHOUSE LOFTS 912 Allen Ave., Soulard. Units: 5 (685-1,400 sq. ft.). Rent: $775-$1,400/ mo. Contact: Red Brick Management, 314.361.7067, ext.131,

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MISSISSIPPI PLACE 1618 Mississippi Ave., Lafayette Square. Units: 16 (1,327-2,953 sq. ft.). Price: Condos: $249,500-$380,000, Townhomes: $442,000-$464,000. Contact: PREA Signature Realty, 314.397.3182, SMILE LOFTS 2001 S. 9th St., Soulard. Units: 17 (900-1,600 sq. ft.). Rent: $815-$1,620/ mo. Contact: Red Brick Management, 314.361.7067, ext. 130,

SOULARD MARKET Loft APARTMENTS 1535 S. 8th St., Soulard. Units: 132 (733-1,200 sq. ft.). Rent: $795-$1,650/mo. Contact: Bruce Development Co., 314.588.9990,

University City 900 N. MCKNIGHT CONDOMINIUMS 900 N. McKnight Rd. Units: 18 (1,2001,500 sq. ft.). Price: $299,000-$399,000. Rent: $1,500-$2,000/mo. Contact: Douglas Properties, 314.725.9911,

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$300,000s-$1 million. Contact: Hayden Homes, 314.434.5840 ext. 110, HANLEY STATION 1241 Strassner Dr., Brentwood. Units: 150 (829-1,027 sq. ft.). Price: $200,000$300,000. Contact: MLP Investments, 314.569.2005,

MCKNIGHT CROSSING TILLES PARK 2654 McKnight Crossing Ct. Units: 84 (575-1,369 sq. ft.) Price: $119,000$268,900. Contact: Metro360 Realty, llc, 314.961.7000,

Creve Coeur KINGS LANDING 618 N. New Ballas Rd., Units: 152 (670-1,740 sq. ft.). Rent: $940-$1,590/ mo. Contact: MLP Investments, 314.579.0200,

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PRIDE ST. LOUIS PRESENTS PRIDEFEST 2010 Gear up to celebrate pride this month on June 26 and 27 as St. Louis once again hosts the Midwest’s second-largest pride festival! This year, PrideFest’s theme is Living Green–Better Together, which represents Pride’s efforts to become one of the greenest festivals in the region. More than 100,000 visitors from around the region, country and even the world will attend, and more than 100 vendors will be on hand to enhance the celebration.

NEW THIS YEAR There are many exciting things in store, including an expanded food court featuring vegetarian-friendly options. Also, for the first time ever, Pride is offering fashion-forward merchandise inspired by the PrideFest 2010 logo and the theme. Snag your PrideFest 2010 ringer tees, v-neck tees, military-style hats, aluminum water bottles, reusable tote bags and stainless steel dog tags. The items use eco-friendly materials and fabrics, and will be available for purchase at PrideFest and at all Pride events leading up to the festival.

GEAR UP FOR A GREAT WEEKEND SATURDAY, JUNE 26 8am Pride 5K Run Presented by St. Louis Frontrunners: Start your PrideFest Weekend on the right foot at the first Pride 5K Run/1 Mile Walk in Lafayette Park benefiting Growing American Youth. Prizes will be awarded for top finishers and Most Flair. Registration opens at 7am. For more info and to register, visit 12pm Morgan Ford Pet Parade: Bring your four-legged friend to parade for pride in the Fourth Annual Morgan Ford Pet Parade presented by Tower Grove Business Association. Registration, pre-judging and “Yappy Hour” begin at 10am. Your pet could win in categories such as “Best Dressed Pet,” “Most Unique Pet” and the grand prize of “Best Pet/Float Overall.” For more info, visit 12pm-6pm Dance Pavilion: Come enjoy music and grooving near the east end of Tower Grove Park. Saturday lineup includes Landyn Cade (GlitterBomb Productions), Scotty Mac (Black Science/Kinky Disco/Fly), Gee Bee (Boogie Knights), Hugs vs. Tracy Harris (Rare & Choice/Kampai! House Blend/T.U.F.), The Creep vs. Puff-n-Stuff (8 Down) and Charlie Buttons (GlitterBomb Productions). 3pm Commitment Ceremony: Once again, couples can declare their commitment at PrideFest’s annual Commitment Ceremony. The beautiful event, held in Tower Grove Park’s Stupp Center, is presided over by the Metropolitan Community Church of greater St. Louis. Packages will be available for purchase including roses from Alex Waldbart Florist, champagne from Barefoot Wine,

Photos by Scott Lokitz.

cake from Sam’s Club Chesterfield, photography by Scott Lokitz and a night’s stay at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel & Suites with complimentary parking, breakfast, champagne and strawberries. For more info, email Saturday’s Mainstage Entertainment: Hosted by Dieta Pepsi and Trish Busch. Lineup includes Grave Dolls, CHARIS, Gateway Men’s Chorus, Anti-Gravity, Josh Zuckerman, Pride St. Louis Royalty Court, Jen Foster and Jennifer Holiday.

SATURDAY, JUNE 27 12pm Official Pride Parade: Thousands of spectators will line the streets to see hundreds of floats inspired by the theme of this year’s PrideFest parade down Grand Boulevard. The Vital Voice’s Darin Slyman will emcee. The parade will begin at Utah Street and head north toward Magnolia Avenue. 12pm-6pm Dance Pavilion: Sunday lineup includes Super Conductor (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Luan (Fly), Dino vs. Keiving Brock (City Limits/Fly), Anthony Hann (Urban), Trevor Matthews (Future Deep/ Boogie Knights/City Limits/Fly) and Shea Marie (No Muff Too Tuff/Fly). Sunday’s Mainstage Entertainment: Hosted by Michelle McCausland. Lineup includes Crystal Waters, Summer Osborne and Band, Josh Duffy and Eric & The Adams. For more information on Pride St. Louis’ PrideFest, visit



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Scene in St. Louis: Launch: The Event For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Courtney Strong, David Goldfard, Cathleen Stone & Nikki Lyles

April 15

THE PLACE: Moonrise Hotel

THE PARTY: More than 200 aspiring entrepreneurs gathered at the Moonrise Hotel for a happy hour and panel discussion—hosted by KTRS’ McGraw Milhaven—with six successful St. Louis entrepreneurs about how they turned their dreams into reality. Launch attendees enjoyed complimentary Samuel Adams and appetizers courtesy of Eclipse Restaurant while meeting some of St. Louis’ most successful business owners and getting information from Washington University’s U. College on their programs.—Cristy Miller Photos by Mayumi Noguchi and Rashad Bailey/ALIVE Scene Team. Attendees ask the panelists questions.

Pete Ferretti Maule Bauschard, Daniel Deville & Chris Miller

Washington University U. College provided information on its Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Creativity.

Greg Horley & Lang Reeder

David Siteman Garland, Dominic Bertani, Jassen Johnson & Rachel McCalla Jason English & Aaron Scheer



Scene in St. Louis: The Green Ball 2010 April 23

THE PLACE: Moonrise Hotel

THE PARTY: Moonrise Hotel celebrated their one-year anniversary and Earth Day with a spectacular green ball. Guests donned creative green attire and enjoyed music by the Ralph Butler Band and cocktails and apps from Eclipse Restaurant while watching a chic green fashion show styled by ALIVE Fashion Editor Jill Manoff. Proceeds benefited the EarthWays Center, a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden, which promotes sustainability through environmental education.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Cristy Miller

Shanara Gabrielle and Soraya Faramarzi Shanara Gabrielle & Soraya Faramarzi

Photos by Mayumi Noguchi and Robert Brown/ ALIVE Scene Team.

Adrienne Hayes, Molly Alawode & Rachel Rountree

The Ralph Butler Band

Jeremy Lampe, Katy Mike Smaistrla & Kim Petzing

Jeanette Reynolds & Dwight McCay

Beth Goette, Dan Kessler, Jason Jacobs & Shaun Kelley



Scene in St. Louis: Macy’s Fashionista Fashion Show May 1

THE PLACE: Macy’s Saint Louis Galleria

Joi Milligan & Brittney McKinnies

THE PARTY: Over 200 stylish partygoers and shoppers got their fashion fix at the Macy’s Fashionista event. The second floor doubled as the event space, where guests enjoyed complimentary Sam Adams and Barefoot Wine while watching a fashion show featuring the season’s latest looks. And after nibbling on bites from BARcelona, attendees mingled and spent the afternoon shopping Macy’s chic designer lines. Photos by Rashad Bailey and Mayumi Noguchi/ALIVE Scene Team.

Nakia Wise & Marjorie Bergman

Eric Chan & Erin Wang

Karla Aikins & Lady Looney

Martina Epps, Lisa Nelson, Laura Fortune, Michelle Edwards & Jessica Martin



Scene in St. Louis: 4th Annual Raise The Roof Party May 1

THE PLACE: Mandarin

THE PARTY: Pearl vodka and SYNERGY Productions celebrated the start of summer with the annual Raise The Roof party opening Mandarin’s sexy rooftop patio. Guests enjoyed Pearl Plum cocktails and fantastic Central West End views while listening to beats by DJ Big D, who also provided clubgoers with his new summer mix CD.—Cristy Miller

DJ Big D

Photos by Egan O’Keefe. Shannon Beermann, Alexa Kuenz, Rachel Novak & Ami Schronn Rachael Berry & Nick Adams

Lauren Brown & Gloria Paez

Craig Bernadet & Maria Sinito

Mitch Belcha, Joe Cruz, Bryan Maddox & Andy Lohr

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Lindsay Brooks, Kelly Burrell & Jamie Kelly


Scene in St. Louis: Iron Bartender

Kevin Johnson & Sharee Galvin

March 28

THE PLACE: Flamingo Bowl

THE PARTY: Over 300 guests gathered at Flamingo Bowl to cheer on their favorite bartender in the 4th annual bartender contest. Partygoers watched as the six top bartenders battled it out in three rounds, mixing, muddling and creating drinks using 360 Vodka, vitaminwater and Miller Lite. The competition then went into the hands of the crowd as they tended bar to see who could serve and sell the most drinks. At the end of the night, Justin Sampson from Roxane took home the title of top bartender. -Cristy Miller Photos by Robert Brown, Kaitlin Drake. Derek Feldman and Mayumi Noguchi/ALIVE Scene Team.

Maja Junuzovic & Larisa Krdzalic Joseph Strong & Chelsea Oliver

Tyler Schmeder, Michelle McCain, Emanuel Lowe, Genny Shannon, Mike Read & Jill Schroeder

Victoria Sheldon & Heather Moore

Iron Bartender winner Justin Sampson

Jonathan & Alicia Clark


Manny Rivera, Vilo Sabengsy, Mimi Sam & Amy Knebel

DJ Mahf


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JOAN LIPKIN A conversation with a St. Louis playwright, director, activist and educator at the Gaslight Theatre What is your current mood or state of mind? Concerned. What makes you happy? Family and friends in good health, a good creative flow and when our elected officials are behaving responsibly. What is your idea of misery? Writing grants. What did you eat for breakfast today? Yogurt, sliced almonds, a fresh pear and lots of vitamins. What’s one word that describes you? Tender. What trait do you value most in others? Kindness. Who would you most like to be? Myself, most of the time. What’s your favorite color? Sky and ocean. What is your favorite food? Ice cream. If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive) who would that be? Jesus.

What vice do you most tolerate in others? Lack of imagination. What talent do you wish you had? Housekeeping. Who are your favorite artists? Kim Mosley, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Eva Hesse. Who are your favorite writers? Quentin Crisp, Deb Margolin, Kathleen Finneran and Samuel Beckett. What excites you? Possibilities and the time and resources to explore them. What do you consider a turn off? Lack of compassion for those less fortunate. What do you love? Vulnerability, generosity and coconut cake. What do you hate? The poisoning of our environment that in turn is poisoning us. What are you most looking forward to? The premiere of my latest theatre piece, The State of Marriage, on June 10 at the Regional Arts Commission. What is one thing you wish would happen? America will be presided over by a woman and that her name isn’t Sarah Palin. What’s something interesting that you just learned? That only nine out of the 100 statues in the National Statuary Hall in Washington D.C. are women. What do you want to learn? Patience. What is your personal motto? Life is too short for only one hair color. In another life, what would you be? CNN’s Christiane Amanpour or Hildegard von


Bingen, a twelfth-century mystic composer. What is your current obsession? Whatever I’m working on. What is your favorite word? Yes. I probably say it too often. What is your least favorite word? Template. Who is your personal hero? Stuart Falk, a former marathoner who has Multiple Sclerosis. He has the ability to reframe adversity into art. What’s something you want to do before you die? Write an opera, publish a book about my theatre techniques for specialized populations and travel, travel, travel. Love, love, love. What’s a hidden talent you have? Bathing with a bird on my shoulder. If you could have a conversation with your younger self, what would you say? Jump.

Interview by Elizabeth Tucker and Kelly Hamilton PHOTOGRAPH BY WESLEY LAW | ART DIRECTION BY DAVID HSIA

‘Archetypes’ are off-the-cuff interviews with St. Louis’ most inspiring, well-known personalities based on the 19th century parisian parlor game known as the Proust Questionaire.

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