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62 cover story

 courting couture Tennis megastar and fashionista Venus Williams bares all on winning, losing and believing in your dreams.

66 features

25+ ways to be active in st. louis From marathons to bootcamps to biking trails, we’ve compiled a list of things to get you in gear and in shape.



Your complete list of caterers, venues, boutiques and wedding planners to help get you ready for your big day. Plus, two stunning St. Louis weddings.


the ultimate st. louis

beauty guide The top cosmetic procedures and treatments and where to get them locally.


90 fashion

 summer of love While a beautiful gown, gorgeous jewelry and an abundance of flowers paint the picture, when it comes to the perfect wedding, all you need is love.

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7 things you must do this month.

40 m  arket watch Our four favorite real estate finds of the month. 44 e  ntertaining Get the skinny on low calories and high flavor with this easy recipe for Southwest Turkey Tenderloin from Schnucks Cooks. 50 a  ctive Three St. Louis triathletes are ready to race.


20 C  ALENDAR This month, Lilith, “Titanic: The Musical” and don’t miss “Stylus: A Project by Ann Hamilton.”

54 GET  INVOLVED Learn how to lend a hand at Lydia’s House, a safe haven for abused women and their children.

24 STL  NOW A St. Louis hotspot gets a new look while Moris Fashions expands.

56 SOCIAL SCENE PROMO’s Urbanaire and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Passport to a Cure Gala.

explore 26 HOT EATS This new spot brings hot tapas with mojo to South Grand. 28 HOT BLOCK Associate Editor Sheniqua Faulkner spends a summer day in Clayton.

resources 42 CITY LIVING GUIDE St. Louis condo and loft listings to help you find the perfect living space.

30 Q+A Author Emily Giffin talks about what’s 104 ST. LOUIS RESTAURANT GUIDE The best places in town to eat, drink and dance. at the heart of her latest book.



32 s  tyle Three summer suit styles to try right now.

116 S  CENE IN ST. LOUIS The Stable Derby Party and Joe Buck’s Rooftop Grand Opening.

34 J  EWELRY Go green in this chic, new jewelry trend.



120 a  rchetypes A conversation with St. Louis radio show host Jean Ponzi.

Left photo by Charles Bush; Middle photo by James Arnott Photography; Right photo by Attilio D’Agostino.


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e have always been passionate about being healthy, staying active and delivering our readers more ways to care for their bodies and minds in St. Louis. When we first began ALIVE, we started the magazine with the hope of providing information on healthy eating, fun ways to workout and ways to live a happy and balanced life. Although our editorial mission has expanded over the last seven years, we are happy to return to our roots and launch our first Health Issue. Writer Matt Sorrell scouted area parks, trails, gyms and fitness centers to bring you over 25 ways to be active in St. Louis right now. From marathons to bike trails to kickball leagues, there are a variety of ways to get in shape and get moving this summer. We hope you find it to be not only a great tool for inspiration and motivation, but also as a guide to help protect and maintain your health today. Sometimes the biggest hurdle to achieving any fitness or exercise goal is the mental aspect. Whether you’re trying to lose 25 pounds or trying to build up to running 25 miles, being mentally tough is just as important as being physically ready. This issue profiles three St. Louis triathletes who approached the challenge of completing a triathlon head-on and shares what they do to stay motivated. With regard to food and health, we happen to think the food we eat, the farms that food comes from and the environment that affects all of the above are some of the most critical issues today regarding not only our personal health, but the health of our entire community. That’s why we decided that Jean Ponzi was the perfect person to feature in our “Archetypes” interview this month. We hope that Jean and the work she does will inspire you to plant an herb garden or begin to recycle so that together as a community, we can continue to improve and protect our health by improving and protecting the health of our environment. We also invite you to check out our new media property where we hope to become your resource on where to go, what to do and how stay active in St. Louis.

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An avid fitness runner who has been known to do some cycling on occasion, Matt was inspired by all of the triathletes he talked with for this issue’s “Try a Tri” (p. 48), though not enough to commit to taking the triathlon plunge himself anytime soon. When he’s not pounding the pavement around Richmond Heights, Matt spends his time at home with his wife, Beth, and their assorted dogs and cats.

Carrie Iggulden, 24, graduated in 2009 from Missouri State University with a BFA in Photography and a minor in Art History. Last June, she returned home to St. Louis to pursue exciting photography opportunities. While freelancing for ALIVE, Jon Koch Photography and Blacktie-St. Louis, Carrie works full time as a Photography Specialist. Carrie’s work will be on display at Mudhouse in Springfield June 1-August 1, and she hopes to have her work featured at many other galleries in St. Louis this summer.

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Wesley’s doppleganger is no longer Javier Bardem due to a recent haircut. Graduating from the SI Newhouse School of Communication at Syracuse University, he has since lived and worked in many cities such as London, Boston, LA and NYC. His most recent assignment for ALIVE was a portrait of the green activist and KDHX radio host, Jean Ponzi (p. 120), photographed at the Earthways center in Grand Center. “After working in film, I learned to make the background more important than the foreground. Your subjects will always be beautiful, but it’s their environment that often need the most work,” says Wesley.

Exploring St. Louis restaurants has become a favorite pastime for photographer Jennifer Silverberg. Whether photographing or dining, St. Louis’ ever-growing food scene has something for everyone. For this issue, she visited South Grand’s newest tapas restaurant & bar, Mojo (p. 26). It’s hot out; go to Mojo and have some sangria. And to see more of Jennifer’s photographs, maybe while sipping that sangria, go to jennifersilverberg.

Self-portrait by Matt Sorrell; Carrie Iggulden photographed by Janet Iggulden; Wesley Law photographed by Rob Brooks; Jennifer Silverberg photographed by Joseph Merlone.

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Go! St. Louis Family Fitness Weekend April 10 &11 More than 23,000 participants competed in one of the ten different events over the two-day Go! St. Louis Family Fitness Weekend celebration. Missouri’s largest competitive fitness event, Go! St. Louis is a not-for-profit organization that encourages individuals and families in the region to adopt a healthy lifestyle by getting fit, staying active and eating a nutritional diet year round. Photos by Derek Feldman/ALIVE Scene Team.

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Throughout the month, the St. Louis Riverfront will be bustling with action as Fair St. Louis 2010 and the Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts bring a lineup of live music from national and local artists. On July 3, Grammy-winning R&B artist John Legend will perform on the Budweiser Main Stage, and on July 4, the skies above the Arch will light up with a fireworks presentation from US Bank and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Every Friday and Saturday in July, enjoy free shows by performers from Common to Sara Bareilles to Clint Black. For more info and artist lineup, log on to

Join ALIVE on July 8 for “A Taste of Health,” a one-of-a-kind open house and tasting event at Extra Virgin, An Olive Ovation, a gourmet market located in Carondelet Plaza. Guests will have the opportunity to sample 50 varieties of olive oils, sip MGD 64 and Barefoot Wines while learning how decadent foods can be healthy. That night, attendees will receive 5 percent off purchases of $35 or more. A $5 suggested donation will benefit Food Outreach. John Legend



Go gaga— Again!

Much to fans’ delight, Lady Gaga will return to St. Louis after a sold-out show at the Fox Theatre in January. This time, she takes the stage at Scottrade Center on July 17, a stop on the 2010 leg of her Monster Ball Tour. Concertgoers lucky enough to snag tickets the first time around won’t want to miss this show either; Lady Gaga promises even more signature Gaga-glamorous theatrics.

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With seven star-studded home matches slated for July, pro tennis fans have plenty of St. Louis Aces action to look forward to this month. Superstar players Lindsay Davenport, Anna Kournikova, Martina Hingis and cover girl Venus Williams are scheduled to take the court at Dwight Davis Memorial Tennis Center.

Need a vacation but can’t get out of town? No problem! On July 30, The Boulders at Katy Trail invites you to The Tropix, a pool party with Caribbean flair. From 5:30pm-9:30pm, relax near a beautiful private pool while enjoying island-inspired DJ mixes. Enjoy complimentary drinks by Pearl Vodka and Heineken, massages from MassageLuxe, spray tans from The Tan Co. and eats from Boogaloo.

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Unwind in the Evening

Every Wednesday through August 4 at 7:30pm, head to Missouri Botanical Garden for the Whitaker Music Festival. Now in its 17th year, the free open-air festival presents ten music-packed weeks of concerts through the summer months. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets, lawn chairs and coolers and enjoy tunes from local artists such as Javier Mendoza and Dogtown Allstars. Picnic foods such as cheese and grape plates, hot dogs, chips, beer, wine and soda are available for purchase on site. For more info, log on to

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Calendar: July STYLUS: A PROJECT BY ANN HAMILTON July 9-January 15, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

In an exhibit created explicitly for The Pulitzer, contemporary visual artist Ann Hamilton presents “stylus,” an installation that prompts viewers to question how outside forces—including the architectural spaces we inhabit—affect collective communication. For more info, visit or call 314.754.1850 (3716 Washington Blvd., Grand Center).

NEW MEDIA SERIES: LAURENT GRASSO July 16-October 10, Saint Louis Art Museum

In this New Media Series installation, multimedia artist Laurent Grasso presents Les Oiseaux—“The Birds” in French— a video that creates wonder and uncertainty as viewers discover that what appear to be peculiar clusters of dark particles are revealed to be flocks of birds flying above the Vatican. For more info, visit or call 314.721.0072 (One Fine Arts Dr., Forest Park). THEATRE/DANCE

URBAN WANDERERS July 16-August 29, Saint Louis University Museum of Art

FOUR LAYERS Through July 26, Mad Art Gallery

In this presentation, four visual artists share their unique view of the ordinary and the extraordinary. Beth Jatcko uses mixed media to create topographic landscapes that can be interpreted as either a far-off satellite views or a microscopic inspections. Sculptor Nick Lang uses a variety of materials to express personal narratives and explore how humans share common bonds. Eric Nichols, a sculptor, designer and commissioned public installation artist, currently works in mixed media on paper, and layers two- and three-dimensional imagery. Photographic artist Curt von Diest utilizes old-world craftsmanship and modern digital techniques to reveal that even the most everyday objects have simple beauty. For more info, visit or call 314.771.8230 (2727 S. 12th St., Soulard).

In its Muny premiere, this Broadway musical tells many sides of this historical moment that the Hollywood blockbuster didn’t. En route to America to fulfill dreams and lead what they hoped would be better lives, more than 2,000 passengers boarded the luxuriously grand RMS Titanic. Their high spirits crumble when disaster strikes on that fateful, freezing night when an iceberg collision sinks the ship the whole world called “unsinkable.” Cost: Free-$66. Tickets on sale at or 314.534.1111 (One Theatre Dr., Forest Park).

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Left photo courtesy of Mad Art Gallery; Right photo courtesy of Saint Louis Art Museum.


Over 40 area artists have painted, illustrated, photographed and sculpted works inspired by an animal rescued by Stray Rescue of St. Louis in this touching art exhibit with a purpose. Using their paws, tails and noses, the dogs and cats of Stray Rescue will also create works that will be on display. Works will be available for silent auction and all proceeds benefit Stray Rescue of St. Louis, a nonprofit that rescues neglected pets and places them in loving homes. For more info, visit sluma.slu. edu or call 314.977.2666 (3663 Lindell Blvd., Midtown).

TITANIC: THE MUSICAL July 5-11, The Muny

ERIK SPEHN: TAPE DRAWINGS Through September 18, The Sheldon Art Galleries

For the last three years, Erik Spehn has used masking tape to create visually stunning art; he would apply tape strips to the canvas, paint over them, then peel them off, tossing the used tape once his works were complete. Over time, Spehn recognized that the discarded tape could be used to create a new body of work. In this collection, exhibited for the first time at The Sheldon, Spehn sheds light on the working process by which most of his art comes to life. For more info, visit or call 314.533.9000 (3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). Wicked



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Closing its 19th season with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic political production, New Line Theatre presents EVITA, the story of Eva Perón’s beginnings in a small Argentine village and rise to become Argentina’s first lady. Although Perón was a real historical figure, this production is loosely based on real events, and takes Perón’s turbulent life and constructs it into an intriguing tragedy about greed, power and deception. Cost: $10-$20. Tickets on sale at or 314.534.1111 (6501 Clayton Rd., Clayton).


JAMES TAYLOR AND CAROLE KING July 10, Scottrade Center

These two singer-songwriters are national treasures. With “Greatest Hits” albums, Grammy awards and hall-of-fame accolades under their belts, they join forces for an unforgettable retrospective of their impressive careers. Watch as the two create music magic once again with duets of “Up on the Roof ” and “You’ve Got a Friend.” Cost: $65-$95. Tickets on sale at or 314.241.1888 (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown).

This beloved musical comedy tells the story of a middle-age man named Joe who longs to play baseball in pros for his favorite team. He gets his chance, but at a steep price, when a slicktalking salesman (in reality, Lucifer himself ) named Applegate and his sexy sidekick, Lola, tell Joe that if he sells his soul, his wish will be granted. Cost: Free-$66. Tickets on sale at or 314.534.1111 (One Theatre Dr., Forest Park).

2010 VANS WARPED TOUR July 5, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Since 1994, the Warped Tour has brought music and extreme sports to throngs of loyal fans. In 1998, the tour went international, but you don’t have to go farther than Maryland Heights to hear music from over 60 bands including Sum 41, The Mighty Regis, Last Call Chernobyl and Of Mice & Men. Cost: $31.64. Tickets on sale at or 314.241.1888 (14141 Riverport Dr., Maryland Heights).


INTRODUCTION TO ART JOURNALING July 5, 12, 19 & 26, St. Louis Artists’ Guild & Galleries

NOT SO QUIET! CONCERT SERIES Every Friday in July, Old Post Office Plaza

The Offspring and 311,joined by special guests, Pepper, bring fans a night of punk, ska, dub and alternative rock music. Credited with helping to bring punk rock to the mainstream, both The Offspring and 311 will play hit songs and fan favorites from their decadeslong careers. Cost: $19-$29. Tickets on sale at or 314.241.1888 (14141 Riverport Dr., Maryland Heights).

African groups living in the St. Louis region, this festival will present films, lectures, discussions and presentations on African film, art and culture by PhD professors from UMSL and Washington University. Princess Ezenwa Okenwa of Nigeria will also speak. There will also be music and dance performances as well as educational workshops about African dance, arts and crafts. For more info, visit belas-artes. net or call 314.772.2787 (1854 Russel Blvd., Soulard).



UNITY TOUR 2010: 311 & THE OFFSPRING July 2, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre


Paste and The Soulard Business Association invite guests to check out this new series of summer craft shows featuring the works of 80 local indie artists and crafters selling one-of-akind handmade wares. There will also be street performers, live music and food vendors. Time: 9am to 3pm. For more info, visit pastecrafts. com (1415 S. 18th St., Soulard).

DAMN YANKEES July 12-18, The Muny

Soak up sunny Friday afternoons enjoying free, live music at Old Post Office Plaza in this series made possible by a grant from Downtown Now! The series kicks off its July lineup with the urban tribal sounds of Raw Earth and wraps on July 30 with the smooth sounds of Park Avenue Jazz. For more info, visit or call 314.206.6779 (9th and Locust Streets, Downtown)

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HOLE July 13, The Pageant

Fronted by Courtney Love, Hole has had a following since they achieved commercial and critical success throughout the 1990s. Fusing alternative rock, punk, rock pop and grunge, Hole has managed to stay relevant even after many decades—and band-members—have come and gone. Special guest Foxy Shazam will also perform. Cost: $32.50. Tickets on sale at or 314.241.1888 (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). LILITH July 16, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

In a celebration of women in music, Lilith returns after a decade-long hiatus. The 2010 lineup includes founder Sarah McLachlan, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Emmylou Harris, and Ingrid Michaelson, among others. Cost: $27-$77. Tickets on sale at or 314.241.1888 (14141 Riverport Dr., Maryland Heights). FESTIVALS AFRICAN WORLD FESTIVAL July 16-31, Belas Artes Multicultural Center & Art Gallery

In celebration of the rich diversity of African culture and to educate the community about

Students will learn how to develop images on the pages of their own art journal using everyday objects, inexpensive papers and recycled materials. Led by artist Kathleen Barnes, the class offers a new theme each week and a fresh opportunity to begin new pages and inspirations. Ideal for beginners to more experienced crafters. Cost: $120-$150. For more info or to register, call 314.727.6266 (Two Oak Noll Park, Clayton). LET YOUR IMAGINATION BLOOM July 17, St. Louis Public Library, Cabanne Branch

Learn to create beautiful bouquets in this workshop led by floral expert Martha Crump. The basics of floral arrangement will be covered in this free class presented by the St. Louis Public Library. Supplies will be provided and students will get to keep their botanical creations. Seating will fill up quickly; call Cabanne Branch Library at 314.367.0717 to reserve your spot (1106 Union Blvd., Visitation Park). FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP July 17, Studio Altius

This workshop, limited to eight students, will help photographers integrate more editorial style into their shooting. Even those who don’t aspire to be the next Gilles Bensimon will benefit from learning fashion-forward shooting techniques for their wedding or portrait photography. Shot conceptualization, set design, styling, lighting and posing will be covered. Cost: $100. For more info or to register, call 314.769.9769 (3518-1 Greenwood Blvd., Maplewood).



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Shop Talk Caravan Girl Formerly behind Maplewood’s French Twist, interior design expert Jenny Baca’s latest venture caters to the vintage lover. Housed in the same building as longstanding knitwear company Skif International, Baca set up her shop—JIPSI, which sells everything from vintage clothing and antiques to decades-old furniture she paints and often reupholsters—on the Hill in April (2008 Marconi Ave., 314.303.5499).

The established Clayton hotspot remodels its space and revamps its menu. By Cristy Miller | Photo by carrie iggulden

> To call Miso on Meramec in Clayton a must-visit destination for sushi and a hot scene is an understatement. Sure, they serve it, but it was almost ten years ago in St. Louis that they started it—the sushi with a scene trend. The concept combined fresh sushi with a chic downstairs lounge where you could catch DJs spinning nightly and order a saketini or cocktail. Still going strong, Miso continues to evolve—whether it’s mixing up the nightlife scene with themed nights and hot drink specials or changing up its menu. Recently, Miso not only added new menu items and lunch service, but it also expanded its first floor space, adding more dining space and fittingly chic bamboo-esque chairs and tables. The new space is a breath of fresh air—as are the new “Miso Revolution” rolls, a dozen options that include a satisfying Godzilla roll with smoked salmon, unagi, masago and cream cheese and the Magic Mushroom with fresh salmon, enoki mushrooms and topped with chile aioli. And watch the chefs at work when you order the Papasan roll: spicy snow crab, cucumber and avocado topped with striped bass and a jalapeno wafer with chile aioli, rolled then seared with a blow torch. Talk about a hotspot (16 N. Meramec Ave., Clayton, 314.863.7888).

Bar Hop at The Pour house A new bar and grill is now open in the space that previously housed Wicked Fresh Subs in the Tudor Building. The Pour House features classic pub fare like chicken wings, chili dogs and sandwiches, a great beer selection and plenty of games from shuffleboard to darts and six large TVs (1933 Washington Ave., 314.241.5999).


To Market!

Downtown welcomes its first farmers market this summer—The Downtown Farmers’ Market, located in the Old Post Office Plaza at 9th Street and Locust. The market features some of the area’s best farmers and food artisans and will be open every Thursday through October. For more information visit

Flavors BBQ Sports Bar & Grill is now open in The Grove in the space that previously housed Five. The new spot features scrumptious barbeque, ribs, smoked pork, beef brisket and sandwiches and more and has plenty of TVs for game-watching (4317 Manchester Ave., The Grove).

Online “OM-ing” Karen Jones, former owner of Marbles Yoga Studio and Art Gallery in Lafayette Square, recently launched Vesper Yoga, an online yoga company that features different levels of on-demand streaming video yoga classes for $7 per class. More Moris Brian Smith and Michael Pagel, the brains behind successful menswear boutique Moris Fashions, recently expanded their offerings; women can now shop their connected Central West End store for fab fashions by such upscale brands as Theory, Catherine Malandrino, BCBGMaxAzria and William Rast (26 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.6800).

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The expansive, globally inspired tapas and fresh fruit cocktails carry the charm at this new South Grand locale. By Cristy Miller | Photos by jennifer silverberg

> Maybe it was the orange-ginger salmon gravlox or the lamb sliders with apricot— or the ginger caipiroska cocktail—but something charmed my taste buds on my first visit to Mojo. Located in the space at South Grand and Arsenal that once housed Erato Wine Bar and then Parkside Lounge, Mojo has a low-key vibe and a something-for-everyone menu of small plates, sandwiches and fresh-fruit concocted spirits. Globally Inspired Tapas The broad menu pulls its influences from around the globe; Latin, Caribbean and even classic American ingredients, herbs and spices are present throughout. Order the curried edamame hummus and a side of

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Among the twenty-plus tapas items, Chef Erhard rounds out the menu with a few dishes that are a little less adventurous, but that are enjoyable all the same. The mixed green salad, while small, was satisfying with pine nuts and carrots and currants tossed with a light orange sherry vinaigrette. The chopped tomato salad had a nice Mediterranean touch with mozzarella and pesto with balsamic vinaigrette. Entrées include well-prepared tagliatelle; the pasta was tender and light with sautéed chicken in a thyme butter sauce, but my favorite was the smoked salmon club, a mini version of the classic with hot smoked salmon and a zesty lemon pepper aioli, served on a pretzel bun.

editor’s picks Tips for a top-notch experience at Mojo Tapas

Top Tapas: Lamb sliders with apricot mustard Best Place To Perch: Sidewalk patio along South Grand Boulevard Spirit Award: Lemon basil mojo mojito; housemade with white rum, simple syrup, basil and lemon Recommended ETA: Early; happy hour is MondaySaturday with domestic beer and cocktail specials.

where to go

Hot Eats: Mojo Tapas

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French fries—who said they don’t go together? I enjoyed the wild mushroom flatbread with creamy goat cheese and truffle oil one evening and ordered it with the shrimp with lime, two skewers with mini shrimp delicately cooked and served over rice. But these pairings and the overall span of the menu isn’t so unexpected once you know a little bit about the chef. Chef and Owner Eric Erhard has had a hand in several local restaurants, many as varied as his own menu at Mojo. Stints at the departed Café Mira and Crazy Fish and more recently, at the respected Annie Gunn’s and Harvest and Mike Johnson’s tapas ventures, Momos and Boogaloo are evident in Chef Erhard’s menu and he ties together dishes like salt cod and potato cakes, jerk chicken skewers and roasted pork empanadas effortlessly.

Mojo Tapas Restaurant & Bar 3117 South Grand Blvd. South City 314.865.0500 Tapas: $5-$9 Entrées & Sandwiches: $7.50-$10 Hours: Lunch and dinner Mon.Fri., 11am-11pm and dinner Sat. 4pm-11pm


Hot Block: Downtown Clayton

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a taste of clayton

This thriving neighborhood thrills with upscale boutiques, inspired art galleries, fine dining and can’t-miss events. By Sheniqua Faulkner | Photos by Carrie iggulden



Many of the well-coiffed on ALIVE’s staff entrust their locks to the stylists at Dominic Michael, a salon every St. Louis woman worth her highlights knows about—or should. Owner Dominic Bertani and his team of professionals have been recognized both locally and nationally for their high-caliber cuts, color and styling. What’s more, the salon offers facial treatments, nail services and makeup lessons and application.



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1. BARCELONA TAPAS RESTAURANT 34 N. Central Ave. 314.863.9909 2. BARUCCI GALLERY 8101 Maryland Ave. 314.727.2020 3. BLUE MOON ACTIVEWEAR 159 Carondelet Plaza 314.256.1823 4. BRILLIANT ANTIQUES 8107 Maryland Ave. 314.725.2526 5. CITY COFFEEHOUSE & CREPERIE 36 N. Brentwood Blvd. 314.862.2489



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There’s an effortless mix of hustle-and-bustle and laidback ease that I really enjoy about Downtown Clayton. During the day, businesspeople rush from their offices to grab lunch and run errands. After dark, friends meet up to watch their team at a boisterous bar or groove to live music at a chic lounge. There’s also a more subdued side of Clayton where co-workers unwind with happy hour cocktails and couples enjoy romantic dinners al fresco. On the weekends, families happily stroll the Clayton Farmer’s Market, indulge in brunch or enjoy one of the many special events happening in Clayton during the summer months. It’s this combination of urban action and suburban relaxation that makes Downtown Clayton a Hot Block standout.

Can’t-miss hot spots in Downtown Clayton.


7. CLAYTON PILATES STUDIO 8240 Forsyth Blvd. 314.721.3616 8. COMPANION 8143 Maryland Ave. 314.352.4770

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6. CLAYTON FARMER’S MARKET 8282 Forsyth Blvd.


Next door to Dominic Michael is popular women’s boutique, Laurie Solet. Since opening in 2003, this shopping destination has brought Clayton fashion plates coveted designer lines from the pages of Lucky, InStyle and Vogue such as Diane von Furstenberg, LaRok, Black Halo and Alexis Bittar. When you visit, Kortney, Laurie’s bubbly store manager, can help you find the perfect ensemble, whether you’re preparing for a first date, a wedding or going on vacation.

9. DOMINIC MICHAEL SALON 8220 Forsyth Blvd. 314.721.4230 10. EXTRA VIRGIN, AN OLIVE OVATION 143 Carondelet Plaza 314.727.6464 11. THE FITNESS STUDIO 7642 Forsyth Blvd. 314.863.4800 12. J. BUCK’S 101 S. Hanley Rd. 314.725.4700 13. LAURIE SOLET 8228 Forsyth Blvd. 314.727.7467 14. LOLA & PENELOPE’S 7742 Forsyth Blvd. 314.863.5652 15. MAZARA 7923 Forsyth Blvd. 314.725.3434 16. MISO ON MERAMEC 16 N. Meramec Ave. 314.863.7888 17. OCEANO BISTRO 44 N. Brentwood Blvd. 314.721.9400 18. ROXANE 12 N. Meramec Ave. 314.721.7700

As if I needed any more reasons to want a puppy, there’s Lola & Penelope’s, a pet boutique with a cheerful lime-green awning and packed with adorable items for four-legged friends—jeweled collars, cute clothing (they eve n have a Juicy Couture line), dog houses, furniture and toys—as well as nutrition and spa treatments like facials, massages and “paw-dicures.”

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For a lively night of dinner and drinks with the girls, BARcelona is always at the top of my list for their delicious—and delightfully potent—cocktails and taste-bud-thrilling tapas. The Coliflor al Azafrán (roasted cauliflower with saffron, raisins and pine nuts over a bed of sautéed spinach) is superb, as are the Cajeta Churros, strawberry and caramel-stuffed pastries. On Wednesdays, my gals and I enjoy live music and sangria out on BARcelona’s see-and-be-seen sidewalk patio.

Log on to to take a walking tour of Downtown Clayton with Sheniqua.

19. SIMONS JEWELERS 8113 Maryland Ave. 314.725.8888 20. SWEAT/POUND 4 POUND 8011 Maryland Ave. 314.725.2714 Each month, ALIVE spotlights a hot STL block and the shopping, dining, nightlife and cultural destinations that make it a standout. Tell us why your block is hot at letters@ We could be coming to your neighborhood next!

Where I Live

City Couple at Heart

When it came time to become a homeowner, Rachel Hadfield faced a tough decision. “When I was ready to buy, I looked at houses, but my heart was in the city. I looked at a lot of the loft buildings before deciding on The Syndicate. I think what sold me were the amenities: the 9th floor deck, rooftop balcony, the large gym, the art galleries and especially the art workspace. What other building has a large common area where you can go and do messy things— and it’s perfectly fine? I loved that.”

Located in the Old Post Office District, The Syndicate is within walking distance of all

the great features of Downtown. “Being so close to Culinaria is great. If it’s raining or cold, Drew and I have a connection through the 9th Street Garage—we never even have to step foot outside! Also, being so close to the Post Office Plaza, there are so many great things going on over there in the summertime: live music, movie nights, art shows and the new farmers’ market.”

Incredible Views Included

In addition to gourmet kitchens, spacious walk-in closets and open floorplans, The Syndicate offers stunning city scenes with large, “Chicago-style” windows. “The view is our favorite thing for sure. We have a corner unit and the view is just spectacular.”

Diversity: The Spice of Life

“The Syndicate is a great community. It’s eclectic! There are artists, students, young professionals, empty nesters, kids, babies, big dogs, small dogs—everyone! But what we love the most is how friendly most everyone is. There’s always a smile and a ‘hello’ in the elevator. The sense that your neighbors know who you are, are watching out for you and want to be your friend is really great. Plus, my parents live in the building!”

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It’s All About Location

Why Downtown living was the best decision for city dwellers Rachel Hadfield and Drew Schaefering.

For more information about The Syndicate call 314.241.6500 or email FHA financing available—ask about the FHA Financing Special. Sales Center is open Thursday through Monday, 11am-5pm. For more info, also visit PMS 1665 Orange White

stl now

To The Heart of It Author Emily Giffin talks about creating complex characters, writing and what’s at the heart of her latest book. Interviewed by Elizabeth Tucker New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin may have five books under her belt, been called “a modern-day Jane Austen” and have a movie in the works based on one of her books, but when I chatted with her over the phone before her appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis, it felt less like an interview and more like a conversation between friends.

ALIVE: Your characters are complex and completely relatable. I know that while I’m reading your books, although a character doesn’t always do the right or best thing, I can empathize with them. What’s the secret to writing these characters in such a real, relatable way? Emily Giffin: I spend a lot of time on character development. I really get to know my characters and that allows me to have freedom with them so that they can do surprising things while still being themselves. It sounds funny, but I feel like my characters become separate from me at some point in the process. So when someone asks me, “Why did you make Darcy do this or why did Valerie react this way?” I want to respond with, “I didn’t make Darcy do anything. Darcy decided for herself.” ALIVE: What’s your writing process? EG: My writing is very character-driven and

organic. With this latest book, Heart of the Matter, I wanted to explore how one moment can change everything. And I knew I wanted to explore two very different mothers. So the premise comes first, then the characters. Then I come up with their back stories—who they are, what their families are like and eventually after that, the relationships form. The relationships drive the plot. I have a very vague sense of beginning, middle and end when I first start writing. When I sit down, it all unfolds and honestly, as I write, I don’t know what is going to happen either. ALIVE: Your latest novel, Heart of the Matter,

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about when I first started it. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be about true love or being true to yourself. Or compassion, trust or friendship. But what ultimately emerged was forgiveness. It goes along with empathy—it’s a lot easier to forgive someone if you can see something from their point of view. For me it was a journey of discovering that forgiveness really was the heart of the matter. ALIVE: Your first book, Something Borrowed, is cur-

rently being made into a movie starring Kate Hudson, John Krasinski and Ginnifer Goodwin (2011 release date). Tell me about that whole experience. EG: Having a movie made was much of a surprise. I didn’t expect to be involved, but I ended up bonding with the producer and director, so I’ve been really into the whole process. They’ve been great, nice people. At one point, I was the person arguing that something should not be the same as it was in the book. I was like, “That can change!” and they were all about keeping it true to the book.

I think they nailed the cast. And I am shamelessly into celebrities, subscriber of US Weekly, you name it! I have a huge crush on John Krasinski, which consequently means I know him the least. I’ve had a lot of exchange with Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson but whenever John comes around I am like, “Hi. I am really honored that you are playing this part.” I become this weird, formal person. But overall, I’m not disappointed about anything. The fact that my book tour is overlapping with the filming of the movie makes life pretty crazy right now, but I was telling my cousin the other day that my life is really boring 90 percent of the time. For more information about Emily Giffin and her new book, Heart of the Matter, log on to

Photo courtesy of Emily Giffin.

To say that Emily is down-to-earth is an understatement, and I quickly learned how this sassy, smart and genuinely personable woman is able to write such page-turning, complex and relatable characters—because she’s so completely real herself, even telling me she mistakenly ate a Greek salad with onions just before she headed to an event. A big fan of hers for many years, I was excited to get the opportunity to discuss book themes, creating her characters and her new book, Heart of the Matter.

Celebrity Waitresses & Waiters Night

saint louis crisis nursery’s

Charlie Dooley honorary chair

st. louis county executive

thursday, august 19th, 2010 5pm-11pm plaza frontenac’s canyon café & cardwell’s at the plaza no ticket prices! regular menu prices prevail, but all tips generated benefit the crisis nursery.

reservations are required. this is a sell-out event! make your reservations directly with the restaurant: canyon café 314.872.3443 cardwell’s at the plaza 314.997.8885


Suit Yourself! Three summer suit styles to try right now.

> Not since the ’80s “power suit” era have so many designers been excited about sets. From the borderline-masculine pant suits at Chloé (in white) and Christopher Kane (in black) to a slew of new, feminine takes (Versace paired a box-shaped jacket with a matching tweed mini; Valentino’s twin pieces were sheer chiffon, printed with black orchids), two-pieces are undeniably a top trend for SS10. This season, stock up on lightweight, ladies-only suits in innovative shapes and fabrics. Wear one style to work, another on the weekend; wherever you go, you’ll have no choice but to look put-together. A no-fail outfit? Now that’s powerful.

By Jill Manoff | Photos by egan o’keefe

SASSY Traditional matchy-matchy pieces are less predictable in abbreviated cuts; try a vest and shorts, versus a jacket and pants.

Mark&JamesbyBadgleyMischkavestandshorts,RagMarketbandeau and emily jane necklace available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.8080.

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A suit is party-perfect when composed of a studded boyfriend blazer and denim of the same shade.

When the jacket is voluminous, keep the slacks slim, and remember—colorcoordinating is strictly optional.

PlasticIsland blazer and strapless blouse,Paige denim and banglesavailable at Laurie Solet, Clayton, 314.727.7467.

Eileen Fisher jacket,cropped pant,tanktop, obi belt and scarf available at Eileen Fisher, Plaza Frontenac, 314.983.0975.

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Go Green The season’s most covetable gemstone. By Jill Manoff | Photos by Curt parker > If the last time you sported anything of color was while wearing your team uniform in high school, there’s a new mandatory reason to make an exception to your must-blend rule (what’s that about, anyway?); emeralds are one of the hottest trends in fine jewelry, and everyone from Carrie Underwood to Angelina Jolie is going green. A covetable gemstone since ancient times, a fine emerald is often categorized as more valuable than a high-quality diamond of the same carat weight, and is a much less expected option to wear or give as a gift. This season, liven up a simple black dress (you know you have plenty) with a classic, statement-making emerald. Not only will you wear the investment piece for years to come, you’ll score points with your lineup of daring, fashion-forward friends—and it’s always nice to feel like part of the team (Curt Parker Jewelers, 10192 Conway Rd., Frontenac, 314. 989.9909).

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Hundreds of fans turned out for the May 28 premiere of “Sex and the City 2” at the Chase Park Plaza. While it was expected they’d be stepping out in style, the abundance of sexy dresses, stilettos and accessories we saw blew us away. Here are four “best dressed” ladies whose killer style—inspired by Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda–won them fabulous footwear from Brown Shoe.



SAMANTHA JONES Best Dressed: Shelia Austin

Best Dressed: Christy Parson

“Men I may not know, but shoes? Shoes I know.” True, which is why Carrie Bradshaw would anchor a sexy party dress and ample accessories with of-the-moment Gangster gladiator platforms by Fergie.

For sophisticated and unabashedly bold style like Samantha’s, try pairing a bright jumpsuit with a metallic t-strap, like the bronze Entrance sandal by Carlos by Carlos Santana.

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CHARLOTTE YORK Best Dressed: Megan Adams


Ever classic, staple accessories for Charlotte include pearls and shoes that skew girly and somewhat sophisticated, like the Elka sandal by Via Spiga.

Best Dressed: Necole Streepy

”You can take me out of Manhattan, but you can’t take me out of my shoes.” Business for day, Miranda most often opts for printed frocks and statement accessories for night, like Naya’s jeweled lush brown leather Arnelli sandals.


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Looking for the top shops to outfit yourself this summer? Look no further! ALIVE spotlights six of the city’s best shopping destinations that will keep you looking fashionably fierce all season long. Grab your gal pals and get going! You won’t want to miss out on the chic designer pieces, covetable accessories, perfect gifts and great deals available at these St. Louis boutiques.

THE EYE BAR From trendy and hip, sophisticated and conservative, The Eye Bar is home to the best collections of luxury eyewear. For the latest in eyewear fashions from East to West and Europe and back, this boutique’s impressive selections are second to none!

401 N. EUCLID AVE. • 314.367.1848 THEEYEBAR.NET

CHA KM2 headbands can be paired with a little black dress or your favorite pair of blue jeans. Not only is this sparkly number worn in your hair, but also as a belt or bracelet! These customizable pieces will vamp up your summer wardrobe with a pop of color and keep you right on trend!

9666 Clayton Rd. • 314-993-8080


IT BOUTIQUE & MORE Still searching for that “it” item but don’t want to break the bank? Designer fashion doesn’t have to come with a designer price tag when you shop at It Boutique & More. Nestled in The New Town at St. Charles, this charming boutique shelves contemporary designer labels and unique fashion finds at affordable prices.

3237-1 Rue Royale St. 636.916.2008 •

IVY HILL Sparkling Czech glass beads hand-knotted on hot pink string and finished with a carved bone clasp This, and many more one-of-a-kind baubles from local designer D & M designs available at Ivy Hill.

304 N. EUCLID AVE. • 314.637.7004

TAG You’re one of a kind, so dress like it with vintage clothing from tag! Mix up your wardrobe by rocking today’s trends with great vintage pieces from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. We love vintage cowboy boots this summer! We can’t get enough of sundresses and boots for the gals and cool vintage tees and boots for the guys. You can find it all at tag on Delmar in The Loop!

6314 delmar BLVD. 314.721.1370 •

KLUTCH Klutch Boutique owners Elizabeth Irwin and Anna StropeDarnell always stock their chic Town & Country boutique with the most fashion-forward lines from established and up-and-coming designers including Meghan Fabulous, Wildfox, L.A.M.B. and Miss Me. And new for spring, Klutch will feature new designers Rich & Skinny and Rojas.




Market Watch Our favorite real estate finds this month. By Cristy Miller 6551 Pernod Ave. South City $279,000

Top Pick

Details: 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms,

1,975 Square Feet This beautiful bungalow in Lindenwood Heights features an updated kitchen with granite countertops, new floor, appliances and lighting. There’s also a renovated sunroom/ breakfast room off of the kitchen, original art glass windows and unpainted wood trim. Standout Spec: A fabulous stone

patio surrounded by custom fencing and oversized two-car garage. Contact: Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, 314.607.5555.

Dream Dwelling

Cool Condo

2 Sleepy Hollow Ln. Olivette $415,000

19324 Deer Pointe Estates Dr. Glencoe $1,475,000

9040 West Swan Circle Brentwood $144,000

Details: 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, 2,088 Square

Details: 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms, 5,315 Square

Details: 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, 943 Square Feet



This spacious brick ranch features updated granite counters, cabinets and stainless steel appliances and the living room and dining rooms have dramatic vaulted ceilings with coved lighting.

Situated on 10 acres, this property features spectacular views and a front porch that spans the width of the house. The spacious home also includes an exercise room over the garage.

This sophisticated condo is located in Brentwood Forest. The modern space includes ceramic tile floor, an efficient kitchen with wood cabinets and state-of-the-art appliances and a large deck that overlooks spacious grounds.

Standout Spec: The lower level was recently fin-

Standout Spec: A screened back porch that

Standout Spec: Condominium courtyard and

ished with new carpeting and a bar. This property also has a large two-car garage.

overlooks a patio and waterfall.

park-like grounds nearby.

Contact: Carole Bernsen, Coldwell Banker Gundaker, 314.835.3809.

Contact: Karen Erlanger, Coldwell Banker Gundaker, 314.993.8000.


Contact: Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby’s Inter-

national Realty, 314.607.5555.

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Photos courtesy of the real estate agents.

Hot Home

2 Bedroom Loft Town-homes For Rent From $1100 - $1300

Enjoy city living at it’s best. Polar Wave Building 2222 Gravois Avenue St. Louis, MO 63104

This New Construction Project offers loft style living in Historic Benton Park neighborhood, just minutes from downtown. The Courtyard Lofts were renovated with a contemporary flair while maintaining historic architectural details. Each unit comes with two parking spaces in the garage. Best of all you can walk to the wonderful nightlife that is offered in both Benton Park and Soulard.

314-241-8888 • 314-997-7600




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From architecturally unique lofts to stunningly spacious condos and apartments, we present ALIVE’s definitive resource to fabulous St. Louis living.

(800-1,400 sq. ft.) Rent: $522-$781/mo. Contact: Robert Wood Realty, 314.645.6033,

Mehlman at Mark S. Mehlman Realty, 314.862.4448,

WESTGATE LOFTS 2323 Locust St. Units: 49 (914-2,138 sq. ft.). Price: Sold out; resale only. Contact: McGowan Brothers Development, 314.588.1170,

Lafayette Square/ Benton Park/Soulard

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4545 Lindell

Central West End 4545 LINDELL 4545 Lindell Blvd. Units: 33 (1,500-3,300 sq. ft.). Price: $499,000-$1,250,000. Contact: Andrea Lenzen, 314.898.7272, P THE CHASE PARK PLAZA 232 N. Kingshighway. Units: 86 (1,018-6,600 sq. ft.). Price: $499,000$4.5 million. Contact: IFC, Inc., 314.633.1100, P

Midtown/Downtown 1818 washington avenue 1818 Washington Ave. Units: 39 (850-1.200 sq. ft.). Price: $542-$811/mo. Contact: Scott Sturdevant, 314.518.1735, BLU CITYSPACES 210 N. 17th St. Units: 144 (427-814 sq. ft.). Price: $64,900-$164,900. Contact: Blu CitySpaces Sales Office, 314.241.3111,

EDEN LOFTS 1720 Chouteau Ave. Units: 40 (873-1,507 sq. ft.). Price: $141,000-$193,000. Contact: PREA Signature Realty, 314.397.3182,

FASHION SQUARE LOFTS 1307 Washington Ave. Units: 84 (1,037-1,418 sq. ft.). Rent: $860-$1,550/ mo. Contact: McGowan Brothers Development, 314.621.9292,

(1,600-2,700 sq. ft.). Price: $299,000$550,000. Contact: 314.608.6960, MLOFTS 1107 Mississippi Ave. Units: 36 (743-1,275 sq. ft.). Rent: $730-$1,380/ mo. Contact: Loftworks, 314.241.6700, MAJESTIC STOVE LOFTS 2020 Delmar Blvd. Units: 120 (861-1,684 sq. ft.). Rent: $575-$1,320/mo. Contact: Robert Wood Realty, 314.621.4050, POINTE 400 400 S. 4th St. Units: 118 (667-2,828 sq. ft.). Rent: $995-3,770/mo. Contact: Balke Brown Associates, 314.241.4005, P 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, P

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 AT CITY MUSEUM 701 N. 15th St., 5th Floor. Units: 27

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SYNDICATE Condominiums 915 Olive St. Units: 172 (994-3,200 sq. ft.). Price: $239,500-$689,500. Rent: $657-$1,750/mo. Contact: Rodemyer Christel, 314.249.9896, syndicateliving. com. P TUDOR LOFTS 1901-1937 Washington Ave. Units: 64

LOFTS AT THE HIGHLANDS 1031 Highlands Plaza Dr. West & 1030 Highlands Plaza Dr. East. Units: 200 (863- 1,695 sq. ft.). Rent: $1,095-1,749/ mo. Contact: Balke Brown Associates, 314.647.7100,

The bolton at Metropolis DeBaliviere Place 5625 Pershing Ave. Units: 9 (693-839 sq. ft.). Sellout pricing: $121,900$164,900. Contact: RE/MAX Platinum, 314.367.7755,

NINE NORTH EUCLID 9 N. Euclid Ave. Units: 52 (820-1,624 sq. ft.). Price: $250,000-$600,000 Contact: The Opus Group, 314.367.6500,


THE BARTON STREET LOFTS 2401 S. 12th St., Soulard. Units: 14 (1,000-2,000 sq. ft.). Price: Starting $175,000s. Contact: Brad Waldrop, 314.560.2069, SMILE LOFTS 2001 S. 9th St., Soulard. Units: 17 (900-1,600 sq. ft.). Rent: $895-$1,500/ mo. Contact: Red Brick Management, 314.361.7067, ext. 130,

SOULARD MARKET Loft APARTMENTS 1535 S. 8th St., Soulard. Units: 132 (650-1,400 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,

Kirkwood/ Maplewood/Webster Groves/Brentwood HANLEY STATION 1241 Strassner Dr., Brentwood. Units: 150 (829-1,127 sq. ft.). Price: $180,000$280,000. Contact: MLP Investments, 314.569.2005,

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,

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,

Clayton/ Richmond Heights

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CLAYTON PARK PLACE 8229 Maryland Ave., Clayton. Units: 14 (1,900-4,500 sq. ft.). Price: $800,000-$3 million. Contact: Robert Kramer, 314.862.2999, P

THE CRESCENT 155 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton. Units: 70 (2,900-4,000 sq. ft.). Price: $1 million-$1.6 million. Contact: Debbie

KINGS LANDING 618 N. New Ballas Rd., Units: 152 (670-1,740 sq. ft.). Rent: $940-$1,700/ mo. Contact: MLP Investments, 314.579.0200,

WEST VILLAGE 652 Emerson Rd. Units: 10 (1,020-1,515 sq. ft.). Price: $164,000-$259,000. Contact: Christine Sabo, 314.614.5822,

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At Bumbershoot Aerial Arts, we put the “play” back into life. Through climbing, swinging and dancing in the air, we expand perspectives and inspire new confidence. Join us for one of our classes on: Trapeze Aerial Choreography Pilates

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The Light Stuff Schnucks Cooks has created a delicious and easy summer recipe that’s light in calories and loaded with flavor. By Stephanie Kratschmer

In only 35 minutes, you can easily prepare this succulent Southwestern-style turkey breast tenderloin, sprinkled with a spicy ancho rub and surrounded with fresh bell peppers and sweet onions—all for only 300 calories a serving. This delicious dish is as satisfying as it is easy, leaving you plenty of time to lounge by the pool. And you’ll still look great in your bikini.

Southwest Turkey Tenderloin (Serves 4)

WHAT YOU NEED: • 1 package (about 1 1/2 pounds) fresh turkey breast tenderloins • 2 tablespoons Culinaria Southwest ancho sear-n-crust rub • Schnucks nonstick cooking spray • 2 large poblano chile peppers, trimmed, cut in half and seeded • 1 large red, yellow or orange bell pepper, trimmed, cut in half and seeded • 1 large sweet onion, cut through root end into 1/2-inch wedges • 2 tablespoons Culinaria Arbequina extra virgin olive oil WHAT TO DO:

1. Place tenderloins on 12-inch

2. Preheat oven to 375°F. For easier clean-up, line largerimmed baking pan with foil. Lightly spray foil with cooking spray. Arrange poblano peppers, onion and bell pepper in single layer on foil. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until edges of onion begin to brown and vegetables are tender. Transfer vegetables to cutting board; when cool enough to handle, cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Place vegetables on serving platter; toss with oil and keep warm.

3. Meanwhile, preheat grill pan over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes or prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling over medium heat. Cook tenderloins, covered, 14 to 16 minutes or until turkey loses its pink color throughout and internal temperature reaches 165°F, turning tenderloins to brown all sides. Transfer tenderloins to cutting board; let stand 5 minutes before cutting into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Arrange turkey over vegetables to serve.

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Frei Brothers reserve Sauvignon Blanc Flavors that are fresh, crisp and light are the perfect combination for any summertime meal—and those flavors are exactly what the 2007 Frei Brothers Sauvignon Blanc delivers. With notes of lemongrass, citrus peel and vibrant bursts of passion fruit, this wine’s lively flavor aptly stands up to the bold Southwest heat of this dish. Seeking a low-oak influence in the end product, the expert winemakers at Frei Brothers only age half of this wine’s grapes in previously used French oak barrels for two months, resulting in a very subtle oak flavor. Heralded as a great summertime wine, Frei Brothers’ medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc is a refreshing choice throughout the sunny season ($18.49 for a 25.4 oz. bottle at Schnucks).

Top photo courtesy of Schnucks; Wine photo by Derek Feldman; Sidebar copy by Rachel Landes.

sheet of aluminum foil. Sprinkle both sides of tenderloins with rub, pressing so that it adheres. Fold foil over tenderloins and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

The 2008 Russian River Sauvignon Blanc’s lively acidity is complemented with aromas of citrus, melon, and fresh cut grass with hints of vanilla and cream. The aromas extend through to the palate and culminate in a crisp, light enduring finish.


Try a Tri Three St. Louis triathletes share why they love competing in this popular swim, bike and run challenge. By matt sorrell | photos by carrie iggulden

From its humble beginnings on the beaches of California and Hawaii—the triathlon, that crazy combination of swimming, biking and running—has become one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. Membership in USA Triathlon, the sport’s national organization, has increased from just under 16,000 in 1993 to more than 107,000 in 2008. And to cement its legitimacy, the sport has been an Olympic event since 2000. Once these races were solely the purview of extreme athletes. Tris were originally a grueling amalgamation of a 2.4 mile open-water ocean swim, more than 100 miles of road-race cycling, and capped off by a marathon run. But now there are triathlons of all distances and for all levels of athletes. Though not exactly known for its beaches, the St. Louis area is becoming a hotbed of triathlon activity. The metro area now plays host to several triathlons annually, like the Tour de Kirkwood, Innsbrook Adventure Max and Big Shark New Town triathlons, and fosters a competitive, supportive community of athletes who like to train hard and race even harder. Here are three area triathletes who are the embodiment of that community.

Mary Czarnecki >Already a fitness buff, Mary was prompted to try a tri by her cousin. Her first race was Tour de Kirkwood, and she took third in her age group; in her next race, she got third overall. She’s completed more than 10 tris since. Besides the fitness, she enjoys the social part of training for a triathlon. “When you ride with people for 70 or 80 miles, you get to know them pretty well.”

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Kristin Moore >A friend encouraged Kristin to buddyup and attempt a triathlon with her in 2001, and after that first race, Kristin was “totally hooked,” and has lost count of how many tris she’s done since. Her favorite distance? The 1/2 Ironman. She especially appreciates how the sport makes use of both the athletic and analytical sides of her personality.

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Day Job: Director, Talent Development, Fleishman Hillard

Day Job: Research technician, Washington University

Fave Gear: The SPIbelt—it holds my phone, keys and money while running.

Fave Gear: Garmin 310XT

Sports Idol: Sarah Haskins, Olympic triathlete Fave training Tunes: Hip-hop. But only in the gym, not on the road Words of Wisdom: “Don’t be afraid to try.” 46 ALIVE STL JUly 2010

Fave Training Tunes: None. “I like to pay attention to what my body is saying.” Sports Idol: Her dad, who died in 2006 Words of Wisdom: “Visualize yourself running with a pro form, smooth and strong.”

Byron Hill >Byron played semi-pro football with St. Louis Bulldogs until a motorcycle accident landed him in rehab. His doctor, a triathlete, encouraged him to compete to further his recovery. He likes racing tris for the sense of accomplishment he gets and for the sport’s egalitarian aspect. “It’s up to you to achieve what you want from a triathlon,” he says.

{The Rundown} Day Job: Manager, Contracts and Pricing, Boeing Fave Gear: Garmin 310XT Fave Training Tunes: None. Byron likes the Zen aspect of training in silence. Sports Idol: Craig Alexander, two-time World Ironman champ Words of Wisdom: “Don’t ever tell me I can’t do it.” Log on to for an online-only feature story on how triathlon is becoming St. Louis’ fastest-growing sport.


Top Salons and Spas MassageLuxe • Four Seasons Renew Cosmetics ®

OVERVIEW: Our mission is to deliver the highest quality massage by providing a comfortable, relaxing and luxurious environment for all our clients. Our massage rooms put clients right at ease with the dim lights and soothing music. We also offer rooms for couples who want to unwind together and receive massages side-by-side. Online gift card purchasing is also available to make your gift giving more convenient.

HIGHLIGHTS: DÉCOR: With slate flooring, indoor waterfalls, cultured stone walls and a calming palette of earth-tone colors throughout, MassageLuxe will be a welcome retreat for all customers. SIGNATURE SERVICE: MassageLuxe offers a hot towel warmer in every



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room to indulge your tired muscles and help ease you into a deep state of relaxation.

SUMMER 2010 PROMOTIONS: Free HydroLuxe Massage Session for New Clients (must present ad). Introductory 60 Minute Massage Session for $38 ($74 value). Call for more details and to set up your appointment.



The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis LOCATION: 999 N. 2nd Street St. Louis, MO 63102 RESERVATIONS: 314.881.2150 WEB:

OVERVIEW: Perched on the 7th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, The Spa has a tranquil atmosphere that is an escape from the hustle and bustle of our exciting city. Muted colors and clean lines highlight the wraparound views of the Gateway Arch, St. Louis skyline, and the Mississippi River. The sound of water in our changing rooms and relaxation lounge give a soothing backdrop to the entire 12,000 square-foot facility. Phototherapy lighting in each of the 12 treatment rooms further enhances the experience of any spa service. The Spa at the Four Seasons brings a new level of day spa experience to St. Louis. You won’t be able to pass up the Balinese Massage and the Green Tea Wasabi Facial, which are two soothing specialty treatments that can only be found here. Indulgent packages like the Five Star Treatment, which is five hours of total luxury, are also specialties. Every detail has been

HIGHLIGHTS: MISSION: The Spa at the Four Seasons is about creating a sense of well-being and serenity. Treatments fuse ancient Ayurvedic principles with modern techniques to harmonize the mind, body and spirit. SIGNATURE SERVICE: Reach an unsurpassed level of relaxation with our Four Seasons Signature Organic Massage and Four Sea-

considered for guests, including complimentary valet parking,

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our delicious spa food and beverage service from Cielo restau-

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rant, steam and whirlpool facilities, access to our magnificent outdoor pool terrace and complimentary workouts in our stateof-the-art fitness center.


Renew Cosmetic Spa LOCATION: 7750 Clayton Rd., Ste. 200 St. Louis, MO 63117 RESERVATIONS: 314.645.3885 WEB:

OVERVIEW: For nearly two years, Renew Cosmetic Spa has offered effective and cutting-edge solutions to its clients’ cosmetic concerns. They take pride in the fact that they offer the safest technology and work with each client to design a custom plan that addresses individual needs and provides incredible results. All laser technicians and estheticians are licensed and certified; they continually receive training and education on the newest procedures and latest techniques in order to offer their clients the highest level of care while achieving impressive, life-changing results. Medical Director Dr. Kenneth Rottskoff was one of the first doctors in St. Louis to offer SmartLipo, an innovative procedure that removes fat and tightens skin more safely and less invasively than traditional liposuction. Renew’s technicians offer several procedures to revitalize the skin, including ReFirme Skin Tightening, an anti-aging procedure that noticeably restores skin’s elasticity, but is less time intensive and less painful than other laser treatments. Renew Cosmetic Spa also performs Skin Rejuvenation, a series of photofacials that reduces sun damage and signs of aging. To further enhance results, the spa carries iS Clinical, an innovative product line, which improves skin imperfections from acne to signs of aging, and Epionce, a five-phase beauty system designed to improve the skin’s appearance and health. At every level of service, customer satisfaction is a top priority for Renew Cosmetic Spa. They offer a wide range of services and methods so that every client can choose those that are the best fit for them. Renew customizes facials for every client and offers a one-year guarantee on their laser hair removal procedures to ensure that clients’ desired results are achieved. Manageable payment plans can also be established with Chase Health Advance to match clients’ credit needs. Above all else, Renew Cosmetic Spa is dedicated to providing quality, individualized care with results they confidently standby.

HIGHLIGHTS: LOOK HOT THIS SUMMER: For a bikini-ready body, Renew recommends their VelaShape Cellulite and Circumferential Reduction procedure, which is a nonsurgical way to shape the body and reduce cellulite.

ANTI-AGING TIP: Even though past sun damage can often be corrected with their photofacial treatments, Renew Cosmetic Spa encourages clients to always wear sunscreen to promote healthy, glowing skin.

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It’s a non-invasive cellulite treatment that foretells a very happy future. SmoothShapes ® proprietary Photomology ® technology combines laser and light energy to reduce the appearance of cellulite and stimulate new collagen production. The outcome is skin that’s tighter and smoother with longer-lasting results. When you experience the enduring benefits of SmoothShapes ®, you won’t just look great – you’ll feel like a star. AS SEEN ON THE VIEW | THE TODAY SHOW | THE MORNING SHOW WITH MIKE AND JULIET AND IN O MAGAZINE ELEMÉ MEDICAL ™ AND ELEMÉ ™ ARE TRADEMARKS OF ELEMÉ MEDICAL INC. SMOOTHSHAPES® AND PHOTOMOLOGY® ARE REGISTERED TRADEMARKS OF ELEMÉ MEDICAL INC. © 2008 ELEMÉ MEDICAL INC., ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


workouts After a hard day, working out seems out of the question. Your feet hurt, you’re exhausted and you swear you can hear the couch calling your name. But before you put your feet up and turn on the TV, check out these local workouts that easily fit into any busy schedule. Our expert trainers have the knowledge to motivate you to meet your goals, and their top-of-the-line facilities have the equipment, classes and amenities to help get your physique in top form. What’s more, the energy-creating, stress-busting capabilities of exercise will leave you feeling exhilarated and able tackle everyday challenges in stride. So no more excuses; with these fun workouts, great gyms and experienced trainers you’ll get the benefits you deserve—and you’ll look and feel your best in no time!

PERSONALIZED WORKOUTS Gym: The Fitness Edge Workout: PERSONAL TRAINING 10571 Old Olive Street Rd. Creve Coeur, MO 63141 314.993.3343 • If your current workout routine and attempts at a diet are no longer working, isn’t it time to find a new plan that is right for you? Every year, The Fitness Edge Personal Training Center is responsible for advising numerous clients in the St. Louis area to help them achieve their goals. We offer a private and exclusive personal training facility centrally located in Creve Coeur with nationally certified personal trainers to assist you. In our 25 years in business, The Fitness Edge has repeatedly received recognition as the best personal training facility in St. Louis from publications such as The St. Louis Business Journal, St. Louis Magazine, Men’s Journal, ALIVE Magazine and Ladue News.


The Fitness Edge takes the guesswork out of your exercise program and stresses the importance of a healthy lifestyle. We begin with a comprehensive fitness evaluation and an analysis of your current nutrition plan to start you off on the right track. With a commitment of 2-4 sessions per week you will dramatically increase your energy, flexibility, balance, core strength, mobility, posture, physical conditioning and strength as well as decrease your blood pressure and resting heart rate.


Isn’t it time to make a lasting investment in one the most important facets of your life…a healthier lifestyle? We are confident you will be pleased with everything we have to offer and all without a membership fee. Get started today by calling 314.993.3343 or visiting our website at ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

SUMMER BOOTCAMP SWEAT CLASS SCHEDULE Gym: SWEAT/POUND 4 POUND Workout: The Punchers Class and Legs, Core and More Class 8011 Maryland Ave. St. Louis, MO 63105 314.725.2714

Looking to start a new work out routine or want to spice up your current one? Come to SWEAT for a workout that will not only relieve you of daily stress, but also have you looking and feeling better than ever. At SWEAT, co-owner’s Matt Brown, Jamie Mushlin and Jose Ponce and their staff of pros, offer a variety of classes each day of the week, including two of their most popular, The Punchers Class and Legs, Core and More. If you want to incinerate calories, relieve stress and learn the basics of boxing, The Punchers Class is for you. This class teaches the proper footwork, movement, form and technique to throw perfect punches and combinations on the heavy bag. Throwing more than 3,000 punches per class, this class is a hit! Need to tone your lower body before stepping foot in a swimsuit this summer? SWEAT’s Legs, Core and More is a fast-paced shaping and conditioning class will help get your legs, butt and belly in its best condition. The “More” part of this class is always a surprise; you may find yourself hitting the heavy bag, using dumbbells or the TRX Suspension Systems or exercising outdoors. Not only do the experienced staff at SWEAT help you burn between 600 to 1,000 calories per class, but they also teach proper form and technique to prevent injury, which ensures you will keep your body safe and get the most out of your workout. For more information on SWEAT, visit

Monday 6am

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Noon The Punchers Class 4pm

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Thai Kickboxing Class

Thursday 6am

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The Boxer’s Workout


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Noon The SWEAT Workout Saturday 8am

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10am Thai Kickboxing Class Sunday 9am

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Get Involved: Lydia’s House The dedicated staff and volunteers at this local nonprofit help women and their children transform their lives in the wake of domestic violence. BY SHENIQUA FAULKNER

units that can serve 35 women and up to 70 children at any given time. “During the past 15 years, we have helped more than 450 survivors of domestic violence to rebuild their lives,” says Weingarth. “Eighty-five percent of the women completing the program leave having secured independent, affordable housing and self-sustaining employment.”


“Our staff and speakers from other agencies also teach life skills classes that address health, relaxation, budgeting and money management, spirituality, recreation, arts and crafts,” says Weingarth. Children’s programming includes preschool and a four-day after-school program where youngsters have access to computers, tutors and homework help. Children’s Advocates assist mothers with obtaining the necessary records to enroll their children in new schools, locating affordable day care and exploring sources of support for children with special needs. The Lydia’s House staff also provides educational, cultural and recreational activities for children during school and summer breaks.

In 1994, four St. Louis women recognized the need for longer-term, transitional housing for women suffering abuse, and a year later, Lydia’s House was formally established as a 501(c) (3) not-forprofit. “We offer women and their children safe, confidentially located and fully furnished apartments that they can choose to live in for up to two years,” says Lisa Weingarth, Development Director at Lydia’s House. “We also surround our women and children with options for services, including personal advocacy, support groups, spiritual support, economic literacy, community and family activities and access to community resources.” This year, the organization commemorates its 15-year anniversary. Over the years, Lydia’s House has grown from a duplex apartment building with the capacity to serve two families to 35 apartment



Each day at Lydia’s House, Women’s and Children’s Advocates help survivors with challenges such as locating housing, acquiring education or job training, finding employment, obtaining an order of protection, securing a divorce, establishing custody arrangements or immigration status, accessing health-care needs and maintaining personal safety.


Help Lydia’s House by organizing a donation drive for items on the organization’s Wish List or hold an event to benefit the organization at your home

or workplace. Or, as Weingarth suggests, consider hosting a dinner party at your home and requesting that friends make a donation to Lydia’s House as a part of your party. “We are fortunate to have a wide variety of volunteers ranging from individuals who assist with the after-school program and child care, fundraising, community outreach and board membership, to those who clean and decorate apartments, do yard work and gardening, make repairs or complement the Lydia’s House staff by providing music, arts, writing and photography classes,” says Weingarth. “Some people think that our work here must be dreary, but really, it is quite the contrary,” says Weingarth. “The women that live at Lydia’s House work very hard to rebuild their shattered lives, and I feel blessed to work among the transformation, the metamorphosis, that occurs here at Lydia’s House every day.” For more information on how you can get involved with Lydia’s House, log on to {Do Good}

RECYCLE FOR LYDIA’S HOUSE Is your corporation, business or family upgrading to new cell phones? Send the old ones to Lydia’s House, which then sends the phones to a national organization for recycling. For their efforts, the recycling company sends Lydia’s House a donation. Your kind gesture not only assists Lydia’s House with fundraising, but also helps the environment by keeping electronics out of our landfills. Double good deed!

Photos by Audrey Sharp; Additional photos courtesy of Lydia’s House.

>Last year alone, nearly 20,000 women in St. Louis received help from a local domestic violence program. And with harrowing statistics that say that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, these programs are vitally necessary to help women and their children escape their abusers and get the medical, legal and other resources they need. Most emergency domestic violence shelters provide 30 to 90 days of safety for women and children, which is often not enough time for families to secure a safe, permanent living solution.

INVEST IN A BETTER FUTURE Tools for financing your higher education From deciphering intimidating federal forms to meeting stringent deadlines, figuring out how to finance your education can be daunting, whether you’re heading to college for the first time or returning after time away.


Regardless of what area of study you choose or where you attend, nearly every institution of higher education offers financial aid counselors who can help answer questions and ease confusion every step of the way. Kate Goedde, Coordinator for New Students and Outreach at Saint Louis University, knows that the process can be overwhelming and encourages students to speak up and ask questions. “Don’t be intimidated,” she says. “I can’t tell you how many times students apologize for having too many questions, but they really shouldn’t. This is our job, and we’re happy to answer questions.” After years of answering students’ financial aid questions, among others, she says there are four avenues to funding higher education that every student should explore.

Scholarships Goedde notes that scholarships are one of the best forms of financing your education, because they do not have to be repaid. Students typically receive scholarships in recognition of academic ability, special skills or talent. Scholarships can also be awarded based on the student’s area of study, community service, ethnicity, religious background or other criteria. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

By completing the FAFSA, you may become eligible for needbased aid. This aid can be awarded in two forms: grants or loans. Grants can be awarded from the federal or state government or the institution. Loans are another great option to lower your outof-pocket expense. Student loans are financed through the federal government and can be interest free or carry very low interest rates while you are completing your degree. Goedde encourages students to verify institutional deadlines before submitting their FASFA. You can still complete a FASFA for the 2010-2011 academic year at

Outside Sources These are usually funds that you or your family

contributes. Perhaps you or your family has contributed to a special savings account to fund your tuition, or maybe your current employer will pay part of all of your tuition expenses as part of their employee benefits package. Regardless, money from outside sources is another ideal financing option because it typically does not have to be repaid.

Private Loans Private/Alternative loans can also help cover

expenses not covered by the above sources. These loans would be in the student’s name and may require a credit-worthy co-signer. The interest rates on these loans vary during the time the student is completing the degree. Goedde notes that it is important to speak directly with your financial aid counselor in order to make sure you have maximized all other sources of aid before pursuing a private loan.



Social Scene: The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Metro St. Louis “Friends of Ronald Washers Tournament” April 24 ∑

Staff from presenting sponsor, JCPenney

Tommy Schreck, Alli Imholz, Brittany Blaske, Elise Butler & Mike Benning

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Metro St. Louis hosted its first “Friends of Ronald Washers Tournament” in Shaw Park, presented by JCPenny. Guests enjoyed food, drinks, games and received team t-shirts and raffle prizes. All proceeds benefited Ronald McDonald House Charities’ mission of providing a “home-awayfrom-home” for families of seriously ill children traveling to St. Louis for medical treatment. Photos courtesy of Ronald McDonald House. For more photos, log on to

Amy Collard & Mandy Ray

John Leeman, Anne Zipf, Emily Harrison & Brian Ray

Tiff Kleekamp & Zach Gildehaus

Social Scene: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Passport To A Cure Dream Gala May 8 ∑ Kelly Klein & Jordan Cooley

Lizzie, Joe, John and Connie Kurowski & Brad and Angela Daubach

Photos by Derek Feldman/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log on to

Nancy & Craig Herndon


Sheri Strebler, Christine Braul & Maureen Wheeler

Mark Wronkiewicz & Michelle Ju

Additional photos by Ann Stoverink, courtesy of JDRF.

Exotic tastes, opulent sights and magical sounds transported over 500 guests on a global journey for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Passport To A Cure Dream Gala at the Kemp Auto Museum in Chesterfield. The event raised $900,000 and featured music from a mariachi band, a tented cocktail reception with African drummers and traditional Chinese dragon dancers. JDRF, founded in 1970 by the parents of children with type 1 diabetes has to date raised $1.4 billion for research to treat, cure and ultimately prevent the disease.

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Social Scene: Urbanaire May 8 ∑ It was a night of dancing, food and cocktails for a good cause at the third annual Urbanaire at the Rialto Ballroom in Grand Center. The event raised $30,000 for PROMO, Missouri’s statewide organization that advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The soiree featured Barefoot wines and champagne cocktails, beer from Anheuser-Busch and globally inspired food from St. Louis restaurants including Aya Sofia, Chi Sushi, Herbie’s, Flaco’s, Modesto, Park Avenue Coffee, Patty Long Catering, Pi and Pickles Deli. The event capped off with soulful performance by UG Project while partygoers got their pics taken at the Snap photobooth. Photos by Drew Skrainka/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log on to Sam & Jenny Page

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Social Scene: LoungeConcepts Charity Golf Tournament Benefiting St. Louis Children’s Hospital May 8 ∑ LoungeConcepts, the company behind such nightlife venues as The Pepper Lounge and Mandarin, held its 1st annual charity golf tournament at Forest Hills benefiting St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The sold-out tourney was preceded by a sponsor reception at Mandarin Lounge where guests enjoyed interactive performers, a silent auction, and drinks by Michelob Ultra and Pearl vodka. The weekend, co-chaired by LoungeConcepts owners Buddy Coy and Pete Ferretti, raised over $20,000 for St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Jessica Biersmith, Meredith Hartle & JR Biersmith

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Amy Palmer & Belle of the Ball Performers

Max Rehling & Amanda Wobbe

David & Kelly Backes


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Mike Towerman, Dan Thies & Bill Biermann


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On the tennis court, Venus Williams has never been one to do things the ordinary way (case in point: the “bare-all” lace corseted tennis dress she sported at the 2010 French Open). And, from the looks of her recent offthe-court endeavors—a new athlete-inspired book, the expansion of her design firm, V Starr Interiors, and new heights for her sporty clothing label, EleVen—she’s not about to start now. The first African-American ever to reach the No. 1 ranking as a professional in men’s or women’s tennis, Williams was already turning heads at age 14, when she exploded into the professional tennis scene and beat the No. 50 player in the world in her very first match. Williams’ doubles pairings and rivaled matchups with sister, Serena, have kept the tennis world abuzz to this day, as the bold, sassy and undeniably sexy duo continue to playfully challenge the game’s stodgy status quo. Seven Grand Slam singles championships and three Olympic Gold Medals later, Williams is still operating with the same, fierce drive and anything-goes attitude with which she started. And even though Williams is channeling this same energy to reach new heights outside the tennis court, her new book Come to Win clearly states: She’s not retiring anytime soon! With just one day back in her Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., home following the French Open before jet setting to London to begin training for Wimbledon (She’ll hit St. Louis July 10 for a match against the St. Louis Aces and a signing at Leftbank Books), the stylish Williams slowed down a pace to chat with ALIVE, proving that she’s not afraid to “bare it all” in more ways than one.

ALIVE: You’ve said before that Compton, Calif., where you grew up, isn’t exactly the most likely place to breed tennis stars. How did you make it happen? Venus Williams: I started tennis when I was four, so it’s always been a lifestyle for me. I don’t even remember the first time I picked up a racquet. I practiced at least five hours a day, every single day of the year from a really young age. I was good at it, too, so that definitely helped. My parents always told me I would be at the top of the ranks. That was the whole philosophy I was taught growing up; It was never really a question. ALIVE: What are some of the lessons you’ve learned along the way? VW: Always be positive and know that you have to put the work in. Do something that you love, and most importantly, always believe in yourself– never doubt. That’s not always easy, I know. It’s a work- in-progress for me. ALIVE: What’s it like to have your parents as coaches?

together with your investment in the Miami Dolphins [the sisters became limited ownership partners in the team in August of 2009]. How do you balance that fine line between sisterhood and professional rivalry? VW: When we play the match, we play the match, and we don’t take what happens off the court. It’s just that simple. When we’re not on the court, we love to laugh, gossip, shop … just regular things that sisters do. She’s a great person and a great sister. I know I can always rely on her, and she’s always with me no matter how far away she is. ALIVE: Both of you are known as much for your tennis careers as you are for your personal style, and your recent outfit at the French Open certainly turned some heads. What do you want your style to say about you? VW: It’s fun, classic and very feminine, like me. I like to be able to do things that haven’t been done before, that are unique, but that you can also wear 10 years from now, no problem. It’s about exploring new boundaries on the court–like wearing jewelry, or having Dianne Von Furstenberg design my Wimbledon dress (before high fashion designers were really doing athletic wear). I did lace at the French Open this year because it had never been done in a tennis dress, and I’m happy I did. ALIVE: Many would call you fearless in your fashion choices. What would you say to the naysayers out there? VW: You’re right! I am fearless. I try whatever I dream up, and I go for it–that’s what makes it fun. There have been a lot of naysayers, but theoretically I’m not even supposed to be playing professional tennis. Where I’m from, nobody really does, so I’ve already beaten the odds. ALIVE: How do you keep it all in perspective, even when you’re not having your best match? VW: You can’t judge yourself by the downs. You can’t even judge yourself by your last shot. If there are bad plays, you can’t assume the next one is going to be bad, too. It’s easy to do that sometimes. You just really have to live in the moment and believe that you can do better. And know that you can’t believe in the person across the net more than yourself. ALIVE: In your “spare time,” you’re the owner of two businesses—V Starr Interiors and EleVen designer clothing line [Venus earned her degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 2007]. Where did you get your entrepreneurial mindset? VW: Definitely from my dad. He always taught us to work for ourselves. Thankfully with tennis you do work for yourself, and now I’m my own boss in the business world as well. The best part is being able to have the creative direction and freedom, but it takes some serious time to really make it work.

VW: They’re great coaches, and lucky for me, they know what they’re doing. They’re my parents, and I respect them as my parents and as my coaches. I don’t have any problems separating the two.

ALIVE: What’s the story behind the name EleVen, and what do you currently have in the works for the label?

ALIVE: You and your sister, Serena, seem super close—competing with each other and against each other, and most recently going into business

VW: Eleven is a good number—it was part of my address growing up in Compton, and it represents the best of the best, because people always say,


one out of 10, but it's an 11. So you can be more than your best in EleVen. The line is about trying to push the envelope on the court. I’m working to bring fun patterns and zippers and other things I like onto the court with the line. This whole year has been about the illusion of bare skin, and even though I said recently I wouldn’t do anymore, (giggles) I probably will. ALIVE: Many of the lessons you’ve learned from tennis—learning to lose, putting in the work, pushing yourself to the limit—that you now apply to business are big reasons why you decided to write your first book, Come to Win.

HERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF NAYSAYERS, BUT THEORETICALLY I’M NOT EVEN SUPPOSED TO BE PLAYING PROFESSIONAL TENNIS. WHERE I’M FROM, NOBODY REALLY DOES, SO I’VE ALREADY BEATEN THE ODDS. VW: There are so many lessons in sports that can be applied to business. From the experiences I’ve had across the board, on the court and off the court, I’ve used the lessons I’ve learned in tennis to be successful. So I started thinking about other people in sports and how they incorporated sports lessons into the rest of their lives, and I felt it was an important lesson worth sharing with others. ALIVE: You had the chance to interview a lot of really inspiring people for the book—Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Vera Wang and Phil Knight, among others. What was it like to have such candid conversations with such an influential group? VW: I was so nervous to do all the interviews, especially Condoleezza Rice because she’s someone I’ve always looked up to. Everyone is so busy, and I felt so lucky to be able to work with so many smart, successful people on

this. After I got over the initial jitters, it was really fun actually! It took a lot of time and effort, but it was a really interesting project that taught me a lot from people who are at the top of their fields. ALIVE: You’ll be in St. Louis on July 10 to promote the book and play with the St. Louis Aces, where you’ll do tennis clinics with local kids after matches. It must be really rewarding to be able to give back to kids who love tennis. VW: It is. I love seeing the kids hit and have a great time and giving them pointers and encouraging them. I try to keep it pretty simple, and always talk about the things that I didn’t do right, so hopefully they can learn. Basically, I make fun of myself, and they laugh. It works. ALIVE: Gender equality is a cause that began with your tennis career but will likely follow you long after. Why this cause, and what have you done most recently to support it? VW: Tennis is the largest sport in the world that features female competitors, so I’ve always felt a responsibility to help empower the females that follow us. I worked with the WTA to develop a partnership with UNESCO (a UN-affiliate organization) that targets global gender equality concerns and now serve as the founding ambassador, helping to recruit other tennis players to participate and identifying projects around the world. We’re in our third year of the partnership, and we now support programs in over 25 countries. ALIVE: You seem like someone who has it all. What would you say to those who say you can’t have it all? VW: You can always have more. I’ve been blessed with a supportive family and the opportunity to make a living playing a sport that I love. I want to win every Grand Slam, I want to be No. 1 and win another Olympic gold medal in singles and doubles, but these things don’t always happen. One of the best things about what I do is setting new goals and pursuing them with everything I’ve got.


Get Active! 25 ways to get in shape, get outdoors and slim down in St. Louis this summer. By Matt Sorrell

Explore the 17 miles of trails at Castlewood State Park.

From hiking trails to running groups to early morning bootcamps, St. Louis has a slew of ways to get—and stay—active. All it takes is a little motivation and know-how on where to go and what to do. And whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or fitness newbie, there’s a workout or race out there for you. Check out our list of ways to get moving—without getting bored. Get Started You wouldn’t just jump in the car and head out on that cross-country roadtrip without looking at a map or peeking under the hood, right? The same logic applies to your fitness routine. Setting a fitness goal is a necessity to stay motivated and committed. Maybe it’s weight loss or running a race or just spending a set amount of time every week on your physique. If you need help getting started, Go! St. Louis ( offers beginner training programs for runners, and the YMCA of St. Louis ( has entry-level fitness counseling. And most area gyms will do a fitness assessment for you to see where you should begin and what goals you should set your sights on.

Castlewood photo by James Arnott Photography; Pilates photo by Audrey Sharp.

Get A Coach Bring your game, whatever it is, to the next level by getting an expert in your training corner. Fleet Feet Sports ( sponsors the Fleet Feet Training Team that offers coaching for all levels of runners. And coaching resources are a mouse click away at trainingbiblecoaching. com. They have science-based training programs for sports, ranging from running to kayaking, and resources like webinars and e-clinics. Personal coaching and “athletic enhancement” services are available at Enhanced Performance ( and Excel Sports Physical Therapy ( Don’t just spin your wheels and go nowhere; get some expert input and improve.

Tri a new challenge Triathlons are no longer just for Ironmen. This combo of swimming, cycling and running has a variety of distances for all ages and fitness levels. According to Kevin Jokisch, race director for the Big Shark New Town Triathlon, tris are a great way for athletes from other disciplines to cross-train. If you decide to take the triathlon challenge and need some help training, Tri-Smart Training Systems ( offers coaching services for triathletes at all levels, and the St. Louis Triathlon Club ( sponsors group training events and gives lots of support to members. And once you’re ready to compete, there are plenty of races happening in the area, like the Big Shark New Town Triathlon in St. Charles (bigshark. com), and The Tour De Kirkwood Sprint Triathlon ( Go to to find

Try Pilates / From the contestants on “Dancing With The Stars” to the cast of “Sex and the City,” pilates has helped celebs get red-carpet worthy bodies for years. Get your core in order at one of the many pilates studios around town. The Pilates & Yoga Center of St. Louis ( and Wellbridge Athletic Club and Spa ( feature mat pilates classes. St. Louis City Fitness ( specializes in Stott Pilates with mat, ladder barrel and stability chair. Or check out the pilates classes at your local gym.

more area coaches and triathlons.

Get Competitive Get off the bench and into the game. There’s no better way to get your competitive juices flowing and stay motivated than joining an area sports team. For those who prefer contact sports, try rugby— The Missouri Rugby Football Union (morugby. org) has info on all of the area teams. If you prefer your sports with a little less contact, the St. Louis Kickball Association ( has a variety of divisions, Wave Taco ( sponsors beach volleyball play, or try your hand at flying

disc action with the St. Louis Ultimate Association ( St. Louis Sports & Social Club ( has coed leagues for wiffleball, flag football and bowling, among others.

head Outdoors With the arrival of summer comes easy solutions to get outdoors. There are lots of classes around town that take full advantage of the warm weather. Like the water? The St. Louis Rowing Club ( has adult learn-to-row classes held on Creve Coeur Lake, and the Alpine Shop ( has tutorials on kayaking and all JULY 2010 ALIVE STL 67

types of paddling that take place at Simpson Lake in Valley Park and Creve Coeur Lake. If you’d like to stay on dry land, Sleek Bootcamp (sleekbootcamp. com) hosts outdoor fitness classes in St. Louis and Belleville, IL.

Set a Date

Work out on a Dime Who doesn’t love a bargain? It’s not necessary to fork over mad dough to get a great workout. Cross Fit ( has free trial classes, and so does Zumba Fitness St. Louis ( Some gyms have free classes once you join up; Power House Gym ( has no-cost classes like spinning, boxing and yoga for members. The Lab ( offers a free fitness consultation to help you get started. has free guest passes available for a multitude of local gyms and fitness centers. And there are pages of fitness-related groups at meetup. com that offer classes, many of which are low or no cost. There’s no reason to let lack of funds keep you from staying fit.

Hit The Hills There’s nothing better for mind and body than heading for the hills for some hiking. Plan your hike online at and—they have lists of trails in Missouri and Illinois with maps, photos and trail reviews. The Missouri Department of conservation ( is also a great resource for trail info and if you feel like running for the hills, literally, has info on local areas to run off-road if you’d like to pick up the pace on the trail.

Join A Group / Learn the ropes and stay motivated in whatever activity you choose by joining a group of like-minded

individuals. Fleet Feet Sports (, Big River Running Company (, Belleville Running Club (, the St. Louis Track Club ( and Metro Milers ( all sponsor runners groups for beginners and experts alike. Decided on cycling? The Hub Bicycle Company (, Mesa Cycling ( and Big Shark Bicycles ( all have riding groups. Another resource to find fellow fitness enthusiasts is Meetup St. Louis (, where you can hook up with groups of folks participating in everything from bootcamps to bellydancing.

Add Adventure

Get Motivated By Giving Back

Take the road less traveled. Way less traveled. Mountain biking is the perfect way to combine your love of cycling with your passion for the great outdoors. Plan a trail ride with singletrack. com or, both of which have trail reviews along with maps and photos so you know exactly what you’re getting into. Explore parks like the 17 miles of trails at Castlewood State Park or find one that fits your fancy at Gateway OffRoad Cyclists (

Get active and give back through local nonprofits that help you train for a big race while fundraising for a cause. Team In Training (, can help you train for a marathon, half-marathon, triathlon, 100-mile bike ride or hiking event, all while benefitting leukemia and lymphoma research. Team Challenge ( helps you train for cycling and running events while supporting colitis and Crohn’s Disease research. If you’re just looking for a single race, try the St. Louis to Peoria Run ( August 6 and 7 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. If shorter distances are more your style, try the Hope For Haiti 5K (, July 10 at Frontier Park in St. Charles, or the Multiple Sclerosis 10K sponsored by Ghisallo Running ( July 3 at St. Louis Community College at Meramec in Kirkwood. Cyclists can get in on the action too with the MS 150 to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, with a two-day, 150mile ride September 11 & 12.

Buddy Up Almost everything is more fun if you do it with someone else—and having someone to hold you to your workout is an added benefit. Take tennis lessons or just hit the courts at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Forest Park. ( If four-wall action is more your style, try racquetball at Vetta Sports (, or the St. Louis Jewish Community Center ( Or get hands-on with a game of handball at the Forest Park Handball Club (, one of the oldest handball clubs in the country.

Scenic Cycling Leave the asphalt jungle behind and take to the

Gear up! Everybody knows that accessories make the outfit. Well, they can also make the workout. The right gear can make your routine more enjoyable, efficient and safe. Sports watches nowadays do much more than tell the time. Companies like Garmin and Polar offer watches that have GPS capabilities and heart-rate monitors among other high-tech accoutrements. The new Garmin Forerunner 310XT ( is even water resistant to 50 meters, perfect for you aquatic athletes. Don’t get so dazzled by tech toys, though, that you forget the basics. Take socks, maybe the most basic piece of gear, but definitely one of the most important. Step up to Teko Socks ( They’re made in Boulder, Colorado with organic merino wool or certified 100-percent recycled poly material. Runner’s World gave the Teko Merino Midweight Minicrew its “Most Versatile Sock” rating for 2010.


Cycilng photo courtesy of Big Shark; Bumbershoot photo courtesy of Bumbershoot; Garmin photo courtesy of Garmin; Rollerderby photo by Bob Dunnell, courtesty of Arch Rival Rollergirls.

If you’re serious about achieving a certain fitness or athletic goal, put it on the calendar. Nothing will keep you going back to the gym or putting in the miles like having an event to work toward. Cyclists can plan on the Moonlight Ramble (, August 21, or the Missouri State Criterium Championship (, August 1 in Jefferson City. Racewalkers can set their sights on the Summer Racewalk Series at the Pattonville High School track, courtesy of the Racewalker’s Club of St. Louis ( Thinking about a triathlon? Try the Beginner Indoor Triathlon, August 1 at the Chesterfield Family YMCA. The St. Louis Track Club ( and keep extensive calendars of what’s happening all over the metro area, and shops like Big Shark and Ghisallo ( also have lists of events they sponsor. Just don’t stand yourself up.

countryside. There’s an abundance of bike trails all over the metro area just waiting for you. The Katy Trail (, Castlewood State Park ( and the Chubb Trail (stlbiking. com/Trail-Chubb.htm), provide miles of scenic riding. On the east side, Madison County Transit ( boasts 80-plus miles of bike trails. And if you decide to stay city-bound, Forest Park ( has a newly revamped series of paved bike paths that will take you past all of the parks attractions. For more ideas, can give you a rundown of all of the cycling opportunities literally right outside your door.

Pump It Up Nobody says a workout is supposed to be easy—just ask the Navy SEALs. You can train like one at the TRX Hard Core class at Rock Gym (rockworkout. com) or push yourself with a kettlebell class at St. Louis Self Defense, Cross Fit or Sweat. Heat up your yoga routine with Bikram-style yoga sessions at Yoga St. Louis ( or get off that run-of-themill exercise bike and take to the virtual hills for a ‘for real’ workout with a spinning class at Bally Total Fitness (

Go Vertical The sky really is the limit when it comes to climbing workouts. For a true aerial adventure, Upper Limits Rock Climbing Gym ( has an indoor rock climbing wall and offers outdoor classes as well. The Center of Clayton ( has a climbing wall that can be used with or without ropes, while REI in Brentwood ( has a climbing wall right in the store and offers instruction, as well as a full selection of gear should you get the itch to hit the rocks for real.

Bumbershoot Aerial Arts Studio

Try Something New Bust out of that rut and shake things up. St. Louis has all sorts of options that provide unique workout opportunities that will put the spark back into your fitness routine. How about dodgeball or aerobics classes on trampolines? That’s what Skyzone Recreational Center in Chesterfield ( is all about. Or get airborne with a trapeze class at Bumbershoot Aerial Arts Studio (thebumbershoot. com) or just explore a new class that you never considered before, like poolside core conditioning at Santé at the Chase (

toughen up Sure, a bootcamp or 25-mile ride will kick your butt into gear, but the ultimate way to challenge yourself is through hard-core Lara Croft-style classes. Learn fighting moves that keep you fit with boxing and kickboxing classes at Sweat (sweatstlouis. com), St. Louis Workout ( or St. Louis Self Defense and Fitness (stlouisselfdefense. com). St. Charles Brazillian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts ( and Finney’s MMA ( have jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts classes Finney’s also has a fighter development program that will train you to get in the ring and fight for real.

Feel The Beat Be it Lady Gaga or Metallica, music can help motivate you and make your workout a lot more fun. But don’t just hit shuffle on your iPod and go, craft a playlist that’s right for the activity you’re doing. has user-submitted playlists that are categorized by musical genre and workout. For some really eclectic music to include on your list, go to or try askthetrainer. com, which has playlists and advice on how to make your own workout mix.

Feed Your Mind and Body Increase your physical, mental and spiritual flexibility with yoga. Studios like Southtown Yoga ( and St. Louis Yoga Source

( have a range of classes for all levels. Once you have your body tuned up, make sure you’re filling it up with the right fuel. Hammer Bodies Custom Fitness ( and Nutriformance Fitness, Therapy and Performance ( offer nutrition counseling to ensure you’re putting what you need into your body to get the most out of your workout.

Dance Your Butt Off Who needs machines and weights? Sometimes all that’s required for fitness is you, a partner and a little bit of rhythm. Try your hand at tripping the light fantastic and take a dance class. Club Viva St. Louis (, Casa Loma Ballroom (, The Studio Inc. (, and The Dance Co-op St. Louis ( can teach you everything from salsa to waltzes, foxtrot to swing. Back at the gym, Club Fitness ( has hip-hop aerobics. And if you want classes in a less-formal setting, Atomic Cowboy in the Grove ( sponsors swing dance classes every Thursday.

Get Rolling If your idea of roller skating involves disco balls and satin short-shorts, think again. Skating is a good way to stay active, and the St. Louis area has plenty of rinks. Take a class or participate in an open skate at St. Nicholas Roller Skating Rink ( or Rollercade Roller Skating Rink ( If you’re interested in any type of skating, especially inline, check out SpeedskateSTL ( com/group/SpeedskateSTL/), where you’ll find an avid local skating community and lots of info. Want to put your wheel skills to the test? Think about inline hockey; All American Inline Hockey ( has lessons and leagues once your skills are up to snuff.

Think Outside The Box /

Gone are the days of P.E. class push-ups and sit-ups. A key to sticking to any workout is to mix it up and have fun. Get sexy with your workout and take a zumba, strip cardio or chair striptease class at The Fitness Studio (, or hit the pole at the Michelle Mynx Academy of Pole Dance (michellemynxacademy ofpoledance. com). The Arch Rival Rollergirls ( roller derby league periodically takes on new recruits as needed to mix it up on the track.

Join The Bootcamp Craze Get in on the bootcamp phenomena and get fit military-style, without the mandatory haircut. There’s a bevy of bootcamps available in STL; Cross Fit St. Louis ( and Santé at the Chase ( both have bootcamp classes for various fitness levels. St. Louis Fitness Results has sessions specifically for the ladies ( Some classes are held outside for that real basic training feel, like the Tower Grove CoEd Bootcamp ( in Tower Grove Park, where you’ll focus on strength training and endurance from head to toe during the one hour meet-ups.


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

Carolyn Burke Wedding Liaison 705 Dickson St., Kirkwood 314.821.4844, Carolyn Burke coordinates weddings of many faiths, religious and non-religious backgrounds and specializes in low-budget, elegant weddings. She also offers a huge resource guide with over 425 event locations and more than 150 places of worship with details on price, amenities, restrictions, etc.

Cosmopolitan Events 8132 Big Bend Blvd., Suite B, Webster Groves, 314.249.9107, Cosmoplitan Events is an event planning firm that specializes in weddings, complete with a design department and operations team to create and execute events with panache.

Lucky You Productions 2218 Cherokee St., Benton Park 314.210.7764, With the motto “No budget too small. No event too big,” Rachel 72 ALIVE STL JULY 2010

McCalla and her team make wedded bliss a reality and specialize in wedding coordination and floral design. And if having a green wedding is a passion of yours, they can make it happen.

Pulse Events 314.518.4511, Stressed about your wedding day? Too much to plan and not enough time? Let Pulse Events help you plan your special day, so you can be stress-free and have the wedding of your dreams.

St. Louis Wedding Consultants 16943 Lewis Spring Farms Rd., Chesterfield, 636.236.9359, Services range from colorful and vibrant flower arrangements to elegant and intimate wedding invitations, each displaying the bride and groom’s personal taste with detailed perfection.

Caterers Butler’s Pantry 1414 Park Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.664.7680, From the moment you begin working this established STL caterer and event planner, you’ll see their commitment and expertise in planning and executing a flawless wedding and reception.

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

Catering St. Louis 2141 59th St., South City, 314.961.7588, Catering St. Louis offers full-service catering and event planning, ranging from small private affairs to elaborate public productions. Catering St. Louis takes your special day to a whole new level with their focus on creating the mood, atmosphere and, most importantly, superb food.

Designing Chefs 475 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.918.2534 From large functions to intimate weddings, Designing Chefs has over 10 years of experience in the business and will deliciously deliver for your event.

Gregory’s Creative Cuisine 4700 Adkins Ave., South City, 314.481.4481, Choose from a wide variety of

Gregory’s delicious dishes, including lobster bisque with brandy and tarragon or Singapore chicken skewers with peanut dipping sauce. Gregory’s also coordinates flowers, valet parking and even ice sculptures.

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

The Pasta House Co. Catering One of St. Louis’ favorites, the Pasta House Co. Catering will design a custom menu for your wedding, offering options like buffet, seated dinner, family-style dinner, or passed hors d’oeuvres, while assuring quality in planning, detail and presentation. Also boasting a staff of experts in décor and theme, every detail down to the linens and silverware will be taken care of according to your taste.

Orlando’s Banquets and Catering 8352 Watson Rd., Webster Groves, 314.638.6660, For over forty years, the Orlando

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WEDding Planner family has provided delicious food, excellent service and sophisticated facilities to St. Louis brides-to-be. No matter your budget, you can choose from Orlando’s classic or deluxe buffet options, formal dining or hors d’oeuvres packages.

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Itsy Bitsy Boutique 314.308.7750, Shop for a special occasion from the wide range of monogrammed and emroidered clothing, gifts, and accessories.

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

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

boutiques/ accessories Bakers Shoes 1093 Saint Louis Galleria, Richmond Heights, 314.725.6155, Head to Bakers Shoes to find the perfect on-trend shoes and accessories you need without breaking the bank. They carry elegant styles in an assortment of colors.

Bella Bridesmaid Coming late summer 2010. 314.974.3411, Shop for the perfect dress for your bridal party at the one-stop shop for today’s modern bridesmaid! Choose from a wide selection

stop-shop for all of your wedding party attire, including the flower girl, bridesmaids, the parents of the bride, the groom’s party, and the grandparents of the bride.

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

Berrybridge 9904 Clayton Rd., Suite A, Ladue, 314.997.1439, Marie Brauer and Janey Thompson, a dynamic mother-daughter duo and owners of Berrybridge, invite brides-to-be to browse their selection of gowns, including designs by Matthew Christopher and Romona Keveza, in a comfortable, attentive atmosphere.

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

Embrassez Moi 108 N. Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, 314.966.2229, A wide selection of wedding dresses and gowns, as well as custom veils, tiaras, and headpieces, this Kirkwood boutique is the one-

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End, 314.367.7750, With a confectionery style dating back to the 17th century, Bissinger’s is a respected authority on sensational sweets. This is a perfect place to get no-fail guest favors, because who doesn’t love chocolate?

Encore Baking 2730 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314.832.4303, Think you have an impossible wedding cake request? Encore Baking can do it all including custom blending icings together in order to match any color swatch you bring.

Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café

19 West County Ctr., Des Peres, 314.821.0070 Look your best for any formal occasion with a trip to Savvi, St. Louis’ premier provider of men’s formalwear.

8509 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.993.5455, Celebrate your big day with a cupcake tower. Just schedule an appointment with one of the planners and they’ll create a perfectly delicious and completely custom idea for you—from color matching and themes to special flavor combinations.

Simply Elegant Bridal

McArthur’s Bakery

Savvi Formalwear

1004 Olive St., St. Louis 314.241.8201 Gorgeous gowns at your fingertips and attire for every person in the wedding party.

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

cakes/desserts Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier 32 Maryland Plaza, Central West

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

Sugaree Baking 1242 Tamm Ave., Dogtown, 314.645.5496, With an art degree from Boston University, Pat Rutherford-Pettine can create your dream wedding cake in traditional circle-shapes, modern squares or even funky hexagons.

The Cakery 1420 Tamm Ave., Dogtown, 314.647.6000,

Must-Try Trends Your wedding invitation is the first chance to make an impression and statement about your wedding. Show your guests you’re stylish with an of-the-moment matrimony invite with one of the three top trends from The Service Bureau Inc. Letterpress The biggest trend is letterpress; your invites set the expectation for your wedding and letterpress makes a bold and unique statement with a classic look and feel. Letterpress also allows brides to choose their paper—organic, tree free—and colors are bright and vivid. Dual Colors Brides-to-be are loving this latest trend; using two colors on the printed invite instead of one. A great way to mix-it-up, you can combine colors like spring green with turquoise or hot pink and orange with a bright-yellow backing. According to The Service Bureau, paper trends start long before the fashion trends—what you see new today in paper you will soon see in the fashion industry tomorrow. A Personal Touch Adding something very personal to your wedding invitation has been gaining popularity. This trend allows you to add tender sayings like “He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me!” or even a poem to the envelope or invite—whatever you choose, adding your own personal touch of individuality will make your invite more memorable (The Service Bureau Inc., 9773 Clayton Rd., 314.991.1104).


alive bride | WEDding Planner Ericka Robertson Frank teamed up with Julie Van Elswyk to create this fabulous slice of sugary heaven. Offers all (sweet) things chic, from the trendy tower of cupcakes to the traditional three tiered mega-cake.


Clarkson Jewelers 1306 Clarkson Clayton Center, Ellisville, 636.227.2006,

Curt Park Jewelers 10192 Conway Rd., Ladue, 314.989.9909,

Décor Interiors and Jewelry

9711 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.997.1707

13476 Olive St. Rd., Chesterfield, 314.434.4022,

Cherry Pick Diamonds

Diamond & Jewelry Brokers, Inc.

Albarré Jewelry 314.725.6702

473 Lafayette Center, Manchester, 636.391.6622,

Chesterfield Jewelers

The Diamond Shop

17037 Baxter Rd., Chesterfield, 636.537.5590,

12 N. Central Ave., Clayton, 314.721.2210,


Weddings Receptions Rehearsals

Take your wedding reception from blah to brilliant with these top—and easy—tips from the experts at Weinhardt Party Rentals. Dress It Up Although white for weddings is eternally classic, try upgrading your table linens for more color and texture. Coordinating colors like Silver and Victorian Lilac, Gold and Camel, Navy and Yellow, or any monochromatic scheme will give you wow factor.

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

Set Up Stations Adding mini-parties around the room will make any space exciting. Create themed food stations or personalized specialty drink bar. Design a dessert bar or candy station to tantalize your guests’ sweet tooth. Dinner Is Served Say goodbye to informal buffet lines and reintroduce yourself to the sit-down dinner. Start with small plates and transition to a formal dinner course. Or create a more comfortable ambience by serving dinner family style and share with family and friends. Center Of Attention Simple centerpieces will go a long way to personalize your space, but don’t limit those to just the tables. Use glass cylinder vases or small square vases throughout the room with candles and flowers to draw your attention to every detail. Curtain Call You can dramatically change your space by using pipe and draping around the venue. Drape the walls with white curtains, create a backdrop behind the head table and add LED lighting for a color-changing effect. Green Way to Serve and Impress To help the Earth and your budget, use china and glassware instead of plastics and disposable serving items. As oil prices rise, so does the price of plastics. Using china and glassware will not only give your event the look you want, it will also give you less to throw away (Weinhardt Party Rentals,

Weinhardt photo courtesy of Weinhardt Party Rentals.

Let Bogey Hills Country Club take care of all of the details to ensure your wedding is perfect! We have a selection of affordable, all inclusive Wedding Packages or you have the option to choose your vendors and menu. Either way, experience Bogey Hills Country Club’s indoor or outdoor ambience of elegance!

Make your Wedding Inspired by the name of Napoleon and Josephine’s French country estate, the Gardens at Malmaison is the perfect venue for your special day with picturesque scenery and exceptional dining. Long after the champagne has been poured and the wedding cake has been served, we want your special day to be memorable. And the Studio at St. Albans will help make it a memorable occasion. The Studio Inn can accommodate small, intimate parties indoors and large wedding ceremonies, receptions and private parties outdoors. The outdoor garden has a tent for dining and dancing and a spectacular ceremony site with a waterfall and pond.

Private parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions and accommodations. For Bed & Breakfast, Catering & Reception information call 636.458.0131 •

Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers

Tim McDermott Photography

101 S. Hanley Rd., Suite 110, Clayton, 314.863.8820,

2323 Locust St., Suite 508 Downtown, 314.406.1149

Genovese Jewelers 12460 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.878.6203,

Huffords Jewelry 10413 Clayton Rd., Frontenac, 314.993.1444,

Mavrik Fine Jewelry 200 S. Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, 314.909.6818,

McGinty Jewelers on the Plaza 28 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.361.6556,

Simons Jewelers 8113 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.8888,

Summit Jewelers 7821 Big Bend Blvd., Rock Hill, 314.962.1400,

Ylang Ylang 7101 Lindbergh Blvd., Suite 81, Frontenac, 314.567.5555,

Photographers Brishen Lee Photography 314.374.9586,

Don Siegel Photography 314.432.6981,

Todd Studios Photography 7374 Elm Ave., Maplewood, 314.541.0299,

Warwick Photography 9020 Manchester Rd., Brentwood, 314.962.3222,

videographers/ music Apple West Productions 323 Clara Ave., Suite #32, 314.303.0934,

Millennium Music 1334 Strassner Dr., Brentwood, 314.918.9335,

One Eyed Dog Productions 314.303.6976,

Pulse Events 314.518.4511,

Bridal Registry Byron Cade 7901 Clayton Rd., Richmond Heights, 314.721.4701,

Dillard’s 800.345.5273,


Goodeye Photoshare




Jackson Street Photography

Adorn Salon

916 E. Jackson St., Macomb, IL, 309.837.3252,

Joanna Kleine Photography 1085 Dauphin Ln., Florissant, 314.368.5073,

Joel Marion Photography 1478 Cherry Creek Ln., Manchester, 636.861.2400,

Jon Koch Photography 314.497.8308,

J. Pollack Photography 314.374.3249,

Josephotography 17269 Wild Horse Creek Rd., Suite 230, Chesterfield, 636.532.9000

L photographie 314.265.3786,

Megan Thiele Photography 573.579.5513,

Signature Studio 1006 Olive St., Suite 301, Downtown, 314.368.0213,

St. Louis Photobooth 9728 Grantview Forest Dr., Kirkwood, 314.667.4637,

17660 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield, 636.530.9000,

Advanced Laser Clinic 777 S. New Ballas Rd., Suite 200E, Town and Country, 314.994.1536,

A True Spa 116 Chesterfield Commons E. Rd., Chesterfield, 636.537.3227,

Blades on Washington 1123 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.335.7030

Blue Element Salon 7529 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.725.1200,

Dominic Michael Salon 17057 Baxter Rd., Chesterfield, 636.449.1583,

Dr. Judith Gurley 14825 N. Outer 40 Rd., Suite 350, Chesterfield, 636.812.4300,

Hollywood Blonde Salon 12340 Natural Bridge Rd., Bridgeton, 314.291.2616,

Infinity Laser Center 141 N. Meramec Ave., Suite 317, Clayton, 314.862.1000,

you’ve imagined every detail. we’ll make it a reality. Let the wedding professionals at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch cater to your every need. Ancient traditions and the latest trends combine to offer your guests the chance to experience a balance of both style and substance. Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch has partnered with a local premier Indian caterer to offer diverse and authentic regional Indian culinary specialties and impeccable service from a highly experienced staff. From the pre-event activities and ceremony to deluxe accommodations, you and your guests will be catered to in style. And now, your dream wedding comes with the opportunity for a honeymoon to match. Book your wedding and receive up to five complimentary nights* at a participating Hyatt Resort in the United States, Mexico or Aruba. Offer valid for weddings held by June 30, 2011. Honeymoon must be completed by July 31, 2011. Contact our Wedding Specialist at 314 342 4655 or visit to book your wedding or for more details. Hyatt. You’re More Than Welcome.

314 655 1234 HYATT name, design and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. ©2010 Hyatt Hotels Corporation. All rights reserved.

She’s waited her entire life for this day. Together, we can make it perfect.

745 Old Frontenac Sq., Suite 203, Ladue, 314.991.2900

Kolors Salon 4188 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.531.1218,

The Lifestyle Center 7642 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.863.5556,

Metro Design Studio

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

633 N. New Ballas Rd., Creve Coeur, 314.578.6116,


South City (314) 822-9000 5901 Elizabeth Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110 Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

9773 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.991.1104

Two Blue Doors 7 Gray Ave., Webster Groves, 314.968.4033,


Studio Salons

Tables Chairs Linens Tents Fountains China Dance Floors Flatware Glassware

The Service Bureau Incorporated

New Age Dental

703 Long Road Crossing Dr., Chesterfield, 636.536.6770,

West County (314) 822-9000 11601 Manchester Road, Des Peres, MO 63131

905 Dover Falls Dr., Ballwin, 636.256.6969


Studio 703

Ask us how we can serve you:

Any Occasion

612 N. McKnight Rd., University City, 314.983.0444, 125 Chesterfield Business Pkwy., Chesterfield, 636.449.0215,

The Party Professionals Since 1946.


Becky Huffman Flowers 314.368.7760,

Botanicals Design Studio 3014 S. Grand Ave, South City 314.772.7674

Petals Galore

120 W. Monroe Ave., Kirkwood, 314.909.1640,

Alobar’s Party Rentals 716 Hanley Industrial Ct., Brentwood, 314.781.7600,

Aries Party Rental 4940 Northrup Ave., Tower Grove, 314.664.6610,

Exclusive Events, Inc. 13633 Lakefront Dr., Maryland Heights,314.995.7282

Ice Visions 324 Sante Ave., Kirkwood, 314.821.1204,

Weinhardt Party Rentals 11601 Manchester Rd., Des Peres, 314.822.9000,

transportation/ valet Midwest Valet Parking 314.361.6764,

travel companies

9292 Dielman Industrial Dr., Olivette 314.651.1360,

AAA Travel

Soulard Florist

Luxury Travel Specialists

730 Carroll St., Soulard 314.231.0602 or 314.622.4180 soulardmarket/

1137 Colonnade Ctr., Des Peres, 314.821.5500


Travelplex American Express 238 Mid Rivers Ctr., St. Peters, 636.397.2100,

Jean Phillipe & Co photo by Audrey Sharp.

Jean Phillipe & Co.

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9th Street Abbey 1808 S. 9th St., Soulard, 314.621.9598.







Bevo Mill 4749 Gravois Ave., South City, 314.832.6776







Bogey Hills Country Club 1120 Country Club Rd., St. Charles, 636.946.6250.







Chandler Hill Vineyards 596 Defiance Rd., Defiance, MO, 636.798.2675.







Chase Park Plaza 212-232 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.633.3000.







City Museum 701 N. 15th St., Downtown, 314.231.CITY (2489) x117.







Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis 3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center, 314.535.0770 x211.







Coronado Ballroom 3701 Lindell Blvd., Midtown, 314.367.4848.













F15teen 1900 Locust St., Downtown, 314.588.8899.1







Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.881.5800.







Fox Theatre-Fox Club 527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center, 314.531.9999.







The Gardens at Malmaison 3519 St. Albans Rd., St. Albans, MO, 636.458.0131.







Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark One S. Broadway, Downtown, 314.421.1776.







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







Hilton St. Louis Frontenac 1335 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Frontenac, 314.993.1100







HoteLumière 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.881.7777.







reception sites

Drury Plaza Hotel-At the Arch 2 S. 4th St., Downtown, 314.231.3003.


Photo courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden.

Missouri Botanical Garden

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Hyatt Regency At The St. Louis Arch 315 Chestnut St., Downtown, 314.655.1234







The Jewel Box Forest Park, 314.531.0080 html







Kemp Auto Museum 16955 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield, 636.537.1718







Lumen Private Event Space 2201 Locust St., Downtown, 314.241.5757.







Mad Art Gallery 2727 S. 12th St., Soulard, 314.771.8230,







Missouri Botanical Garden-Multiple Locations 4344 Shaw Blvd., Tower Grove, 314.577.0200.







Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park, 314.454.3151.







Moonrise Hotel 6177 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.721.1111.













The Palladium Saint Louis 1400 Park Place, Lafayette Square, 314.799.8886







Renaissance Grand and Suites Hotel-Crystal Ballroom 800 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.418.5820.







The Ritz-Carlton 100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.863.6300.







Saint Louis Science Center 5050 Oakland Ave., Forest Park, 314.289.4471.







Scape American Bistro 48 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.361.6944.







SqWires Annex 1415 S. 18th St., Lafayette Square, 314.865.3522.







Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries 3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center, 314.533.9900.







The Thaxton Building 1009 Olive St., Downtown, 314.323.3146.







Millennium Hotel 200 S. 4th St., Downtown, 314.241.9500







Vernon W. & Marion K. Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park 4256 Magnolia Ave., Tower Grove, 314.771.4410.







The Westin 811 Spruce St., Downtown, 314.552.5727.







World’s Fair Pavilion Government Hill, Forest Park, 314.289.5344. pavilion.html







reception sites

Moulin Events

2017 Chouteau Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.241.4949.


Beautiful letterpress wedding invitations by Cheree Berry available at The Service Bureau.

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Recently Ringed Three St. Louis couples share their engagement stories.

How we Met: John and I met 12 years ago while he was a student at Saint Louis University High and I was attending Ursuline Academy. We hung out with the same group of friends, but never thought of each other in a romantic way. We went our separate ways for college—John went to Indiana University at Bloomington and I went to the University of Dayton. During the holidays, we would see each other at parties, but nothing happened. It wasn’t until John returned to St. Louis after a few years living in New York City that we started to talk on the phone, go out and get drinks. Then one night he kissed me, and things were never the same.

The Proposal: John and I were supposed to be going to a St. Louis Blues game one Friday in October. I wasn’t feeling very well that day, so I left work early to rest before the game, stopping at my mom’s house on the way home. When I finally arrived home, John called me around 5pm and said that he was stuck in traffic and would not be able to go his house and change out of his suit. He arrived at my place, and after pacing for a few minutes, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I started crying and said “yes.” We then went to a romantic dinner at Sydney Street Café, followed by a surprise gettogether with my family and friends at Square One Brewery. The Big Day: November 13, 2010

The Couple: Christie Pollihan, 27 & Tony Vatterott, 32 How we Met: Tony and I met through mutual friends three years ago. The week Tony and I began dating, he lost his brother Joe in a car accident. I was just getting to know Tony, and before I knew it, I was at a memorial service for his brother, who I never even had the opportunity to meet. For a while, I thought I should take a step back to give Tony the time he needed to grieve this immense loss, but instead, we would get coffee almost every night that winter and eventually grew closer. Before long, he had swept me off my feet. The Proposal: The week of our engagement also happened to be the week of my birthday, and Tony said he wanted to go to dinner on Saturday night. I went to my friend Abby’s salon that Saturday to get a haircut and when I arrived, it was decorated with birthday banners, balloons and decorations. Apparently Tony wanted me to have a relaxing morning and had paid for all of my services. As I was getting my hair done, six-dozen roses were delivered. Then Abby came out of the back room with a beautiful black dress and shoes and said that Tony had gotten these for me and wanted me to be ready by 1pm. He then showed up and took me on a special day, starting with lunch at the Saint Louis Art Museum, then a walk in the Japanese Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden. As we were walking along a bridge in the garden, Tony asked me to hold his camera. As I turned around, he was down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. The Big Day: December 11, 2010


The Couple: Krista Brown, 22 & Dustin Attarian, 23 How we Met: Dustin and I met in middle school, at Academic Athletic Academy Busch in 1998. I remember seeing him walk into the gym the first day of sixth grade and nudging the girl sitting next to me, and whispering, “He’s cute!” Years later, we went to separate high schools and kept a close friendship. One week after passing his driver’s test, Dustin picked me up for our first date at Ronnie’s 20 Cine and we saw Bend It Like Beckham. We began our relationship after (when we were both 16), fell in love and dated all throughout high school and college (I went to Fontbonne University and Dustin attended SIUE for undergrad, where he is currently earning his Master’s). The Proposal: After about six years of dating, Dustin decided it was finally time to pop the question. Dustin later revealed he had an elaborate plan of surprising me at work during lunch (I am a Teach for America teacher) and had even called my boss to set up the half-day off. But, as St. Louis weather would have it, a lovely blanket of snow covered the city and I had a snow day on the planned day. So, instead, the proposal was spur-of-the-moment—we went driving around the Holly Hills neighborhood, trying to figure out where to buy a sled so we could go sledding. All of a sudden, Dustin quickly pulls the car over and parks next to Carondelet Park and cranks up the radio, which was playing one of our favorite songs, “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti & Spearhead. He jumped out, opened my car door, got down on one knee in the snow, pulled out the ring and asked me to marry him. The Big Day: March 12, 2011

Photos courtesy of the couples.

The Couple: Marianna Remiger, 28 & John Barringer, 29 now booking for 2011

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Lucky in Love

Erica Di Cresce & Brandon Twitty April 24, 2010

A second chance to get to know each other brought this couple closer than ever before. By Kristin Stefek Brashares Photos by Linda Rivard, Rivard Photography Erica and Brandon ran in the same circles in high school, but it wasn’t until he returned from a stint in the U.S. Marine Corps that they went from acquaintances to admirers. They clicked instantly while hanging out with mutual friends, and three months into dating, Brandon told Erica he intended to marry her. On New Year’s Eve that year, he made good on his promise, as he got down on one knee just after midnight at a friend’s house party. On April 24, the couple exchanged vows in front of 125 of their closest friends and family members. THE VENUE: The Thaxton (314.323.3146, served as an all-inclusive site, with each part of the big day—the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception—taking place on a different floor of the historic multi-level facility. The ornate Art Deco environs struck a perfect balance of fun and formality. THE ATTIRE: Erica (25, Account Manager at Business Training Library) was every bit the beautiful bride in a head-turning Mori Lee A-Line gown from Happily Ever After Bridal in Chesterfield (636.536.3837, Strappy, bejeweled heels from Wild Pair and Swarovski earrings—a day-of gift from Brandon (26, Value Stream Lead at Mark Andy, Inc.)— complemented the intricately beaded bodice. Bridesmaids sported sophisticated black chiffon deep V-neckline Maggy London dresses accented with silver brooches. THE SWEETS: Whipt Cream in Chesterfield (636.532.0020, concocted an ultra-creative cupcake tower with a six-inch round on top. Charm-like diamond ring, black bow tie and wedding dress sugar dollops decorated each minitreat, and a fondant bride and groom figurine topper added a touch of whimsy. THE FLORALS: Chic Events by Angie ( worked wonders with allwhite flowers. A bundle of star lilies made up Erica’s bouquet, and bridesmaids cradled long-stemmed white calla lilies bunched by a black ribbon. Reception centerpieces featured more white florals submerged in tall, skinny cylinder vases.

Big-Day Details The Rings: Helzberg ( The Music: DJ Crucial ( The Invites: The Hair & Makeup: Clare’s of Clayton Salon (


Off Site LOcatiOnS: Casa Loma BaLLroom • sheLdon ConCert haLL • mahLer BaLLroom • thaxton • third degree gLass FaCtory • saint Louis City haLL rotunda • magiC CheF mansion • Ladue eLks Lodge • the ContinentaL • souLard Preservation haLL hawkins house • st. Louis arCh • CaBanne house • the riaLto • dog museum, Queeny Park• sayersBrooke Bison ranCh • BLaCk Cat theatre • st. Louis university • shrewsBury LiFe Center • saint george CathoLiC ChurCh • the riaLto • hawkins house

Steven Becker Fine Dining has been providing exquisite catering to the St. Louis community for over 50 years.


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A Perfect Match In a fabulous fall affair, this nature-loving duo channeled a bit of the very thing that led them to the altar: the outdoors. By Kristin Stefek Brashares PhotosbyMorganMatters,MorganMattersPhotography Breanne and Mike lived across the street from each other for years in college, but they didn’t meet until their senior year when mutual friends introduced them. Smitten right from the start, they soon found themselves inseparable. After graduation, he moved to D.C., and she went to Chicago. When they could no longer bear the distance between them, he moved to Chicago in March 2008. They had ventured to an outdoor museum of trees—the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL—eight months later when Mike (25, Analyst for McDonald’s Corporation) decided to make it official. Waiting for the right moment to present itself, he seized the opportunity to get down on one knee after spotting a sign for selecting the right landscape shrubbery that read, “Finding your perfect match.” THE VOWS: Breanne (25, recruitment specialist at

Kustom Seating Unlimited) knew exactly where she wanted to have the ceremony: Eden United Church of Christ in Edwardsville, the same place her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles tied the knot.

THE PARTY: A cocktail hour with a pianist and

pomegranate martinis kicked off the reception at The Westin St. Louis (314.621.2000, starwoodhotels. com), and live music by Arvell and Company (314.721.9090, capped off the celebration.

Breanne Bourisaw & Mike Kasprzyk October 24, 2009

THE FARE: Many of the 200 guests raved about

the Westin’s food stations at dinner. The favorite: a “mashed potini” bar featuring mashed potatoes in martini glasses and a selection of popular toppings. Out-of-towners got to try Breanne’s favorite taste of St. Louis: toasted ravioli.

THE CAKE: A champagne ribbon matching the one on Breanne’s dress wrapped around the bottom of the four-tiered cake by Sugaree Baking Company (314.645.5496,, and a burgundy rose splashed a bit of color. THE DECOR: The bride’s and bridesmaids’

bouquets—artfully assembled by The Rebel Florist (314.962.3232, with brightly colored roses and fall foliage—doubled as decorative pieces at the head table. Amber lighting cast a beautiful glow overhead and created a twig-shaped shadow design on one of the reception-room walls.

Big-Day Details The Coordinator: Josie Littlepage, Cosmopolitan Events (314.249.9107, The Invites: Two Blue Doors (314.968.4033, The Rings: Hers—C.D. Peacock (; His—Fey & Co. Jewelers ( The Transportation: Tour St. Louis trolley (314.241.1400, The Dress: The Ultimate Bride (



The Kemp Auto Museum offers a unique and classic alternative to the standard convention facility, catering hall or hotel ballroom. Our first-class facility is absolutely perfect for Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners and Wedding Ceremonies. For one-on-one consultation and personalized quote, please call 636-537-1718 and visit us online at


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While a beautiful gown, gorgeous jewelry and an abundance of flowers paint the picture, when it comes to the perfect wedding, all you need is love.

Photography + Art Direction by Attilio D’Agostino; Lighting + Art Direction by Bob Pitts,; Styling by Jill Manoff Model: Blake Myers for Mother Model Management,; Makeup + Hair by Dee Stemick,

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Pronovias gown available at Amore Today’s Bridal-N-Fashions, Chesterfield, 636.536.0007. Flower Child headband available at Wide diamond band set with ribbons of rose cuts and round brilliants in 18K yellow gold available at Elleard Heffern, Clayton, 314.863.8820. Flowers by Petals Galore, 314.651.1360, [Prev i o u s PAGE]

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Mikaela gown available at The Ultimate Bride, Brentwood, 314.961.9997. Flower Child headband available at 1ct pear-shaped morganite pendant set in 18K rose gold and surrounded by .28cts of diamonds available at Diamond & Jewelry Brokers, Inc.; Manchester; 636.391.6622.

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Paloma Blanca gown available at The Ultimate Bride, Brentwood, 314.961.9997. Bakers heels available at Flower Child headband available at Bracelet with 9.65cts of fancy yellow diamonds set in 18K, two-tone (yellow and white) gold and engagement ring with 134 round diamonds in 14K yellow and white gold with 2.5ct Forever After patented diamond available at Diamond & Jewelry Brokers, Inc.; Manchester; 636.391.6622. Bouquet (in wagon) by Petals Galore, 314.651.1360,

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Pronovias gown available at Amore Today’s Bridal-N-Fashions, Chesterfield, 636.536.0007. Flower Child headband available at Wide diamond band set with ribbons of rose cuts and round brilliants in 18K yellow gold available at Elleard Heffern, Clayton, 314.863.8820. Flowers by Petals Galore, 314.651.1360, [oppo s i t e PAGE]

Pronovias gown available at The Ultimate Bride, Brentwood, 314.961.9997. Flower Child headband available at Elleard Heffern Estate Collection handmade platinum and diamond filigree ring (circa 1920) set with one Old European cut diamond (.68ct). and additional accent diamonds, and Emily Armenta bangles in oxidized sterling and 18K gold set with moonstones, diamonds and opals available at Elleard Heffern, Clayton, 314.863.8820. Flowers by Petals Galore, 314.651.1360,

Hair and makeup by Studio 703 Salon, Chesterfield, 636.536.6770, Fashion assistants: Sarah Ahmed, Becca Berg and Cassie Smith. Photographed at the beautiful Pursley Farm in Catawissa, MO. Special thanks to Stan and Mary Pursley for their generous hospitality.

The top procedures and treatments and where to get them locally.

TheUltimate St. Louis

Beauty Guide When it comes to beauty and body treatments, knowing where to go and understanding all your treatment options are both big challenges. With a for every beauty qualm and endless lists of doctors and cosmetic centers, finding the right doctor for you can be daunting. We’ve compiled a list of the most sought-after beauty procedures and where to get them in St. Louis.

Judith Gurley Plastic Surgery

Skincare Center

Parkcrest Plastic Surgery

an easy way to buff away those tiny imperfections.

Judith Gurley Plastic Surgery

Dr. Michelle Koo

St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery Inc.

Parkcrest Plastic Surgery

Synergi MedSpa

Judith Gurley Plastic Surgery

Dr. Michelle Koo

Renew Cosmetic Spa

Hart Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute

Laser Peels

Fillers: Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane

Renew Cosmetic Spa

Wrinkle fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm can provide the skin-plumping effects needed to combat fine lines. The procedures are minimally invasive and leave you with plump, smooth skin for up to one year.

A True Spa

Advanced Laser Clinic Body Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Skincare Center Ridenour Plastic Surgery Parkcrest Plastic Surgery Synergi MedSpa

Able to penetrate deeper than microdermabrasion, laser peels offer a high-powered punch to improve skin texture and appearance. Within a week of the procedure, any trace of redness is gone and your skin will look renewed. Body Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Skincare Center

Dr. Michelle Koo

Padda Institute Center for Laser and Aesthetic Medicine

The Lifestyle Center Medical Cosmetic & Laser Center

The Youthful Body Aesthetic Medical Spa

Synergi MedSpa

You can’t freeze time, but you can freeze your muscles to turn back the clock on your wrinkles. Botox is ranked as the number-one nonsurgical procedure in 2009 by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery Inc.

The Lifestyle Center Medical Cosmetic & Laser Center

Advanced Laser Clinic

Hart Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute

Parkcrest Plastic Surgery

The Lifestyle Center Medical Cosmetic & Laser Center

Advanced Laser Clinic

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St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery Inc. Advanced Laser Clinic Body Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Skincare Center Ridenour Plastic Surgery Padda Institute Center for Laser and Aesthetic Medicine 96 ALIVE STL JULY 2010

Hart Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute

Body Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Skincare Center Padda Institute Center for Laser and Aesthetic Medicine Judith Gurley Plastic Surgery Renew Cosmetic Spa

Microdermabrasion Acne scars, age spots and dull skin— typically the culprits of every girl’s worst nightmares. Also known as a “power peel,” mircrodermabrasion is similar to softened sandblasting for your skin. Spraying the skin with tiny crystals, microdermabrasion is

Judith Gurley Plastic Surgery

Breast Augmentation

Vein Treatment

Not everybody is lucky enough to be born with the endowments of a Victoria’s Secret model. Don’t fret, though—there’s a cosmetic procedure for that. In 2009 alone, over 300,000 people underwent augmentation procedures and topped the list of the top five surgical procedures of 2009 according to ASAPS.

Summer calls for sassy shorts, flirty skirts and a chic dose of exposed skin. Get your legs in tip-top shape with laser therapies or radiofrequency treatments, and say goodbye to those unsightly veins in as little as one hour. The Lifestyle Center Medical Cosmetic & Laser Center (leg veins)

Hart Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute

Genesis Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center

Genesis Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center

St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery Inc.

St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery Inc.

Vein Clinics of America

Advanced Laser Clinics

Body Aesthetic Plastic Surgery &

Vein Specialties



Body Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Skincare Center

Padda Institute Center for Laser and Aesthetic Medicine

Advanced Laser Clinics Synergi MedSpa

Judith Gurley Plastic Surgery

Judith Gurley Plastic Surgery

St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery Inc.

Synergi MedSpa

Parkcrest Plastic Surgery

Advanced Laser Clinic

Padda Institute Center for Laser and Aesthetic Medicine

Dr. Michelle Koo

Cellulite Reduction

Eyes by Thermage

No matter the number of hours spent sweating on your trusty Stair Climber, sometimes it’s just not enough. Heat, rollers and, yes, a little vacuum suction might sound scary, but some liken the experience to a deep tissue massage. With these new technologies, you can achieve the real results your workout machine never could.

Advanced Laser Clinic

Cosmetic dentistry/Invisalign/Other Adult Teeth Straightening methods

A non-invasive, no downtime, single treatment that’s clinically proven to tighten existing collagen and stimulate new natural collagen production for six months. With the Thermage procedure, you can rejuvenate your skin without disruption to your everyday schedule.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry national survey found that 99.7% of adults believe their smile is an important social asset. Whether it’s InVisalign, retainers, or veneers these are the places to make your smile dazzling, and give you that extra confidence boost.

Padda Institute Center for Laser and Aesthetic Medicine

Kingston Dental Care

Renew Cosmetic Spa The Lifestyle Center Medical Cosmetic & Laser Center

St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery Inc.

Padda Institute Center for Laser and Aesthetic Medicine

Laser Hair Removal

Chesterfield Valley Dental Group

Lasers target the dark melanin pigment in the hair follicle to wipe out hair forever. As one of the top five non-surgical procedures of 2009 according to ASAPS, laser hair removal is the go-to method for permanent hair removal.

Clarkson Dental Group

Renew Cosmetic Spa

Dr. Boyle of Clarkson Dental Group

The Lifestyle Center Medical Cosmetic & Laser Center

Synergi MedSpa Advanced Laser Clinic

Thread Lifts Get a more youthful appearance with this minimally invasive process. Done in 45-90 minutes, a thread lift is a new alternative to a face or brow lift. The newly developed threads secure drooping skin for a more rested and refreshed appearance. Dr. Michele Koo

Fractional Resurfacing

tightening your abs, a tummy tuck could be right for you. Rounding out the top five surgical procedures of 2009, a tummy tuck can get you out of the gym and onto the beach in as little as three weeks. Hart Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery Institute Genesis Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery Inc. Body Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Skincare Center Judith Gurley Plastic Surgery Parkcrest Plastic Surgery Dr. Michelle Koo

New Age Dental Care Family & General Dentistry Anzilotti Family Dentistry

Forest Park Dental Wildhorse Dental

Teeth Whitening


City Smiles General & Aesthetic Dentistry

A set of stunning pearly whites is like your favorite little black dress—they always make you feel like a million bucks. Between lasers, take-home kits and trays, you’re sure to achieve celebrity-status white.

Infinity Laser Hair Removal

Dr. Karen J. Harris

Synergi MedSpa

Genesis Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center

Demko Orthodontics

Chesterfield Valley Dental Group

Ballwin Dental Care

Clarkson Dental Group

Dr. Grasso

Forest Park Dental

Advanced Laser Clinics


Wildhorse Dental Kingston Dental Care

Ideal Image

After a heavy dose of summer sun, a PhotoFacial is the ideal way to regain your youthful glow. Fight the aging effects of sun damage with gentle pulsed light treatments with little or no downtime.

Synergi MedSpa

Judith Gurley Plastic Surgery

Dr. Grasso

Try fractional resurfacing, which utilizes radio frequency waves to heat deep skin tissue to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles. Since the device only treats a portion of the surface of the skin during each treatment, your skin is able to heal more rapidly and leaves you with an improved complexion with minimal downtime.

Vein Specialties

Judith Gurley Plastic Surgery

Renew Cosmetic Spa

Dr. Boyle of Clarkson Dental Group

The Lifestyle Center Medical Cosmetic and Laser Center

St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery Inc.

St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery Inc.

Advanced Laser Clinic

Padda Institute Center for Laser and Aesthetic Medicine

City Smiles General & Aesthetic Dentistry


The Youthful Body Aesthetic Medical Spa

St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery Inc. Padda Institute Center for Laser and Aesthetic Medicine Advanced Laser Clinic

Liposuction Beat the battle of the bulge and rid yourself of those problem areas that refuse to go away with the second most popular surgical procedure of 2009. Permanently remove those pesky fat cells and don a new figure. Hart Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute

The Youthful Body Aesthetic Medical Spa Padda Institute Center for Laser and Aesthetic Medicine

With LASIK, you can finally ditch the glasses. The procedure only takes about seven to ten minutes per eye, and eyesight improvement is noticeable as soon as the day following surgery. This medical advancement can help you see the world clearer than ever. Crown Vision Center

Acne Treatments

The Lifestyle Center Medical Cosmetic & Laser Center Advanced Laser Clinic

ReFirme Offering a virtually painless laser treatment for sagging and wrinkled skin, ReFirme is the industry-leading aesthetic technology today, and is the hottest new procedure to shed years off your appearance.

St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery Inc.

Over-the-counter treatments can be promising, but often disappointing. If you’re ready to be blemish-free, time to call one of these guys. From tiny, gentle vacuums to light therapies, these cutting-edge technologies get to the root of acne issues.

Body Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Skincare Center

The Lifestyle Center Medical Cosmetic & Laser Center

Tummy Tuck

The Youthful Body Aesthetic Medical

Genesis Cosmetic Surgery and Laser

Removing extra fat and skin, while

The Lifestyle Center Medical Cosmetic and Laser Center Genesis Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center

New Age Dental Care Family & General Dentistry Anzilotti Family Dentistry VivaSmiles

Dr. Karen J. Harris

Chemical Peel As one of the top five non-surgical procedures of 2009 according to ASAPS, chemical peels reduce fine lines, treat wrinkles, combat acne and improve skin’s texture and color. Hart Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute The Lifestyle Center Medical Cosmetic & Laser Center Synergi MedSpa

Renew Cosmetic Spa

Renew Cosmetic Spa

The Lifestyle Center Medical Cosmetic & Laser Center

Judith Gurley Plastic Surgery

The Youthful Body Aesthetic Medical Spa

Advanced Laser Clinic

St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery Inc.

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Best Doctors ALIVE profiles local healthcare providers.

It’s no secret. We all want doctors who are experts in their fields and who can provide us with services in a friendly and stress-free atmosphere. Health is a vital part of leading a fulfilling life, but often, we need help finding a provider who will meet our needs. That’s why ALIVE works with some of St. Louis’ best doctors to arm you with the information you need to make decisions about your family’s health and wellbeing. Here, we profile some of the top St. Louis healthcare providers—from dentists to cosmetic surgeons—that can help with whatever ails you so you can look, feel and be your best.


William G. Hart Jr. M.D., F.A.C.S Medical Director, Hart Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute. Over 20 years of practice in St. Louis, Triple Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Hart Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery Institute

621 S. New Ballas Rd., Suite 676A • St. Louis, MO 63141 • 314.251.6250 •

Services Breast Augmentation • Tummy Tuck • Liposuction • Body Lift • Arm Lift • BodyTite Body Contouring • Facelift • Rhinoplasty Blepharoplasty • Otoplasty • Lip, Cheek and Chin Enhancement Neck Lift • Dimple Creation • Injectables: Botox, Restylane and Juvederm • TCA Chemical Peels

When it comes to something as important as cosmetic surgery, it is best to do your homework. Doctors across the nation chose Dr. Hart as one of the doctors they would send their loved ones to. Dr. Hart offers all available implants and state-ofthe-art techniques to make your experience comfortable, relaxed and as pain free as possible. Dr. Hart and his staff work to achieve excellence in all aspects of each individual’s care, and his office is committed to achieving a superior result in a caring and individual setting. Dr. Hart and his staff are dedicated to total patient care and will strive to meet all of your expectations.


V. Leroy Young, MD, and C. B. Boswell, MD BodyAesthetic Plastic Surgery & Skincare Center

969 N. Mason Rd, Suite 170 • St. Louis, MO 63141 • 314.628.8200 •

Services Breast: Augmentation • Lift • Reduction • Reconstruction • Gynecomastia (males) Body: Liposuction • Tummy Tuck • Lower Body Lift • Fat Transfer • Contouring of Arms & Thighs • Full Body Re-Contouring After Massive Weight Loss Face: Face Lift • Brow Lift • Eyelid Lift • Neck Lift • Injections of Tissue Fillers (Juvéderm, Restylane, etc) • Injections of Botox & Dysport Skin: Skin Resurfacing • Laser Hair Reduction • Microdermabrasion and Customized Facials • Prescription Skin Care Products Plastic surgery is both art and science. The artist envisions the final result of a procedure, and the scientist possesses the anatomical knowledge and technical skill to make the vision real. Dr. C. B. Boswell and Dr. Leroy Young began mastering both qualities while residents at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. In 2002, they combined their years of experience and familiarity with new technologies to build BodyAesthetic Plastic Surgery. After his residency, Dr. Boswell earned two prestigious plastic surgery fellowships where he received advanced training in different face, eye, and brow techniques. His expertise also includes body contouring, transferring fat from one body area to another, and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation with injectable fillers. Dr. Young is nationally regarded as an expert in breast surgery (especially with implants), patient safety, and body contouring following massive weight loss. In addition, he serves on numerous leadership committees of the major plastic surgery professional societies, where he focuses on educating other surgeons. In 2008, Dr. Young and Dr. Boswell started the BodyAesthetic Research Center to conduct clinical trials of drugs and procedures and help determine which are safe and effective. Both surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


Richard Bligh, MD, MBA “Aging is inevitable; The prescription for looking and feeling your best no matter what your age is to control the quality of the process by focusing on prevention and lifestyle modifications in the everchanging world of medicine.” –Dr. Richard Bligh

St. Louis Center for Preventive and Longevity Medicine

777 S. New Ballas Rd., Suite 200 E • Town & Country, MO 63141 • 314.994.1536 •

Services Internal Medicine Concierge Practice • Age Management Practice • Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Practice Transitions Weight Management Program • Advanced Laser Clinic: Cosmetic and Laser Procedures The limited amount of time and attention patients typically receive at most medical practices can leave them feeling like a nameless face, trapped in the managed-healthcare “time crunch.” Dr. Richard Bligh’s patients never feel rushed; his personal attention and progressive diagnostic techniques used to detect early deficits associated with the aging process set his practice apart. By using genetic details and pertinent lifestyle conditions to screen for significant risk factors, St. Louis Center for Preventive and Longevity Medicine focuses on you, the patient. Board certified in internal medicine and anti-aging medicine, Dr. Bligh explains his approach: “Each patient is treated with a customized healthcare plan which empowers the patient to make informed and proactive decisions on their well being.” The choice to age does not exist, so Dr. Bligh emphasizes prevention and lifestyle modifications to look and feel great no matter what a patient’s age. The one-on-one time Dr. Bligh spends with each patient allows him and his staff to get to know each one on a deeper level, which helps him make personalized recommendations that address the overall well being of each patient under his care.


Robert W. Boyle, DMD Clarkson Dental Group

1748 Clarkson Road • Chesterfield, MO 63017 • 636.537.0065•

Services Check-ups and Cleanings • Gum Disease Treatment • Tooth Whitening • All-Ceramic Crowns and Bridges Implant Crowns and Bridges • Tooth-Colored Fillings • Cosmetic Bonding • Veneers • Second Opinions  From the moment you step into Clarkson Dental Group you will feel at ease. From the tranquil atmosphere of their reception area to the exam rooms “with a view” . . . the office is designed to provide you with state-of-the-art dental care in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Clarkson Dental Group believes in treating you the way they would like to be treated—with kindness and respect. You will discover that the professional experience of the staff is surpassed only by their warmth and friendliness. The office is smaller by design, so that time can be taken to get to know you and give you the best care possible. You want a more personalized level of attention and a higher quality of care and that is Dr. Boyle’s highest priority for you. Dr. Boyle and his staff will listen carefully to you and your goals and address your questions and concerns. You will be provided with a detailed examination and explanation of your dental health. From there, you and Dr. Boyle will discuss and create a custom plan for comfortable treatment that ensures your optimal dental health and well-being. You will feel very confident knowing that you look great and feel great. Dr. Robert Boyle has been voted a “Top Doc in St. Louis” by other St. Louis dentists and dental specialists multiple times. He was also voted the “Best Dentist in West County” by his patients.


Robert A. Schrameyer, DDS, PC Kimberly D. Simonds, DDS Ballwin Dental Care 14738 Manchester Rd., Suite B • Ballwin, MO 63011 636.227.2552 • Services Preventative Cleanings and Check-Ups • White or Tooth-Colored Fillings • Root Canals • Crowns • Bridges• Dentures • Veneers Lumineers • Teeth Whitening • Digital X-Rays • Digital and Laser Diagnostic Procedures With 50 years of combined experience, Dr. Schrameyer and Dr. Simonds of Ballwin Dental Care are committed to providing their patients with quality preventive dentistry, the highest level of care, and a friendly chair-side manner. Both doctors of this father-daughter dental team have been recognized as leaders in their field. The impressive accolades they’ve earned benefit their many loyal patients who return to the practice time and again. Dr. Schrameyer and Dr. Simonds, along with their friendly and knowledgeable team, not only provide top-of-the-line dentistry, they also employ state-ofthe-art technology. They know that a trip to the dentist isn’t a favorite pastime for most. At their practice, patients can receive less painful injections from a computer-administered anesthetic system that most other offices do not have. Patients can even watch their favorite DVDs on a movie screen to relax them during procedures. With a focus on providing superior dental care and patient comfort, they help patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles everyday.

Eugenia Kardaris, D.D.S. New Age Dental Care 125 Chesterfield Business Parkway Chesterfield, MO 63005 • 636.449.0215 Services Cosmetic Dentistry • Gum Recontouring • Veneers • Whitening Relaxation Dentistry • Implants • Preventative Dentistry • Cleaning Dental Examinations • Polishing • Scaling • X-Rays • TMJ Treatment Braces • Invisalign • Maxillofacial Surgery • Laser Dentistry Wouldn’t it be nice to have all your family’s dental work done in one office? Does the idea of completing your treatment in fewer appointments sound appealing? If you are tired of running around town and making time for multiple appointments Dr. Eugenia Kardaris and her team at New Age Dental Care is the practice for you. They can provide everything from general dentistry, to a complete smile makeover, all under one roof. And best of all, with relaxation dentistry you will be relaxed and comfortable for all your dental procedures. Dr. Kardaris is committed to providing her patients the best care possible and places an emphasis on continuing education for herself and her entire staff. She annually attends many leading dental seminars and has served as both researcher and instructor at several medical institutions, including Northwestern University, Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.


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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. $

Hot List 2010 Winner Late-night dining Outdoor seating Opened in the last 12 months homemade pastries, soups and sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch served daily. Dinner served Fri.-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. $$ Herbie’s Vintage 72 405 N. Euclid Ave., 314.769.9595. A beloved classic is reborn under the direction of the Monarch duo. Serves contemporary American in an elegant atmosphere. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. and dinner daily. Sun. brunch. $$ 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. $

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. $ 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

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; $$ Pi 400 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.4300. Serving the same great pizzas made famous at its flagship location in The Loop, the new CWE Pi has a few new additions, creative cocktails, homemade desserts and of course, delicious San-Fran style pizza. Dinner served daily. $$ 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. $$$ Sub Zero 308 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1200. Over 140 international labels of vodka, a wonderfully large list of drinks and sushi and a new build-your-own burger menu in the expanded area. Dinner served daily. $$

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. $$ BURGER BAR 999 N. 2nd St., 314.621.9593. Located inside the Lumière Place Casino and Hotels, Burger Bar offers build-your-own-gourmet burgers with a large list of breads, meats and condiments to choose from. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$ 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. $$ Chuy arzola’s 3701 Lindell Blvd., 314.644.4430. The relaxed atmosphere of the recently opened Chuy Arzola’s pairs perfectly with their Tex-Mex cuisine. Spicy fajitas and chilled margaritas complete the laidback Tex-Mex vibe. Lunch and dinner daily. $ CIELO 999 N. 2nd Street St., 314.881.5800. Located at the Four Seasons Hotel and serves contemporary Italian and American dishes such as seared sea scallops, filet mignon and house-made pasta and desserts. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $$$ 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 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. $$ Houlihan’s 147 St. Louis Union Station, 314.436.0844. Casual family atmosphere with great burgers and other finger foods. Boasts one of the best happy hour specials in the city. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations; $$ 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. $$ Lucas Park Grille 1234 Washington Ave., 314.241.7770. A seasonal menu with fresh ingredients such as soups, salads and New American entrees offer something for everyone.Lunch and dinner served daily, Sat.-Sun. brunch. $$$

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 preor post-game spirits. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$ MORGAN STREET BREWERY 721 N. 2nd St., 314.231.9970. Located in an area of town filled with history and charm, Morgan Street offers great food and beers that are brewed right on the premises. Dinner served daily. $ Mosaic 1001 Washington Ave., 314.621.6001. This modern fusion restaurant offers an array of cold and hot tapas. Lunch and dinner served daily; Brunch Sat.-Sun. $$ 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. $$ sleek 999 N. 2nd St., 314.621.9590. This upscale steakhouse is one of Hubert Keller’s signature restaurants. Dinner served daily. $$$ Smoking Joe’s 1901 Washington Ave., 314.436.3876. You’ll find just about any type of Memphisstyle barbeque at this new Downtown joint, all seasoned to perfection and smoked slowly. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $










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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. $$$

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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. $$ J.Buck’s 101 S. Hanley Rd., 314.725.4700. A Clayton staple for business lunches and happy hours. Flavorful offerings include classic favorites like pizza, pasta, burgers and baby back ribs. Multiple locations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$$ 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. $

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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. $$ CITY DINER 3139 S. Grand Blvd., 314.772.6100. Travel back to the 1960s at this retro American diner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $ CUNETTO HOUSE OF PASTA 5453 Magnolia Ave., 314.781.1135. This family-owned hotspot on the hill is a St. Louis tradition with its Italian cuisine and casual atmosphere. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$ 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. $$ MANGIA ITALIANO 3145 S. Grand Blvd., 314.664.8585. This spot serves casual cuisine in an intimate interior, with live music several nights of the week. Lunch Mon.-Sat. and dinner served daily. $$ 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. $$

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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. $$

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. $

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. $$$

Molly’s 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-the-century ambiance and décor. Lunch served Mon.-Sat. and dinner served daily.

Roxane 12 N. Meramec Ave., 314.721.7700. Tucked away in a corner of Clayton, this small tapas-style spot is home to a very bohemian atmosphere. Lunch and dinner

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. $$$ Park Avenue Coffee 1919 Park Ave., 314.621.4020. Not your average coffee shop—enjoy Chauvin coffee, bagels, house-made muffins, smoothies and a selection of over 40 gooey butter cakes. Open daily. $ Soulard’s Restaurant 1731 S. 7th St., 314.241.7956. Delicious contemporary American and Southern cuisine and grilled-to-perfection steaks await you at this historic Soulard restaurant and bar. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$ 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. $$ Blueberry Hill 6504 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.4444. Joe Edwards’ flagship restaurant is as synonymous with St. Louis as the Arch—it’s a landmark restaurant not to be missed. $ Blue Ocean Sushi 609 Eastgate Ave., 314.721.9168. This contemporary Japanese restaurant serves all-you-can-eat sushi and à la carte items, such as chicken teriyaki, tempura, and other popular Japanese/Asian cuisine. Lunch and dinner served daily. $ ECLIPSE 6177 Delmar 314.726.2222. This restaurant and bar in the Moonrise Hotel features cosmic décor and a creative American menu with delicious twists. The Rooftop Terrace Bar offers a dramatic view of The Loop and St. Louis skyline and has out-of-this world cocktails to match. Open daily. $$$ 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. $$

Kirkwood/ Maplewood/ Webster Groves Boogaloo 7344 Manchester Rd., 314.645.4803. A hotspot in every sense of the word, Boogaloo features Cuban/Creole/Caribbean cuisine with a tapas twist as well as award-winning mojitos and housemade Sangria. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$ the jive & Wail dueling pianos 7376 Manchester Rd., 314.781.7000. From dueling pianos to unique pub fare, this Maplewood hot spot has it all. Dinner served daily. $$ 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. $$ Monarch 7401 Manchester Rd., 314.644.3995. The romantic atmosphere and extensive wine selection at this upscale restaurant perfectly complement the global fusion fare. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$$ 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. $$$ Balaban’s Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar 1772 Clarkson Rd., 636.449.6700. After 37 years in the Central West End, Balaban’s is reborn by former chef and owner Steve McIntyre—expect the familiar French bistro style of the beloved original, but with a new tapas twist and an attention to wine. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$ Log on to for our new, searchable, comprehensive directory for St. Louis restaurants, bars, nightclubs, bakeries, coffeehouses and more.

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STL’s Best Small Plates and Tapas Restaurants

BARcelona tapas 34 N. Central Ave. Clayton • 314.863.9909

BARcelona Tapas promises to please from every angle, whether you enjoy one of their Spanish tapas, potent sangria or sit on the sidewalk patio. Throw in live music on Wednesdays and a stellar daily happy hour from 4pm-7pm, and BARcelona is hands-down a beloved St. Louis spot. The authentic Spanish menu includes items like grilled salmon with sherry cream, lemon and caperberry, baked goat cheese in tomato sauce with garlic bread and grilled beef tenderloin with blue cheese, spinach and a Rioja reduction sauce. Other tapas like the roasted potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce, garlic shrimp with chili oil and Spanish meatballs in tomato sauce with Manchego cheese are also stars on the menu.

And the mouthwatering tres leches dessert is a must-order with a three-milk cake topped with cream and caramel. You’re always in good hands with Executive Chef David Molina, a tapas pro and talented chef. Pair your Spanish tapas meal with a cocktail, wine or sangria—if you’re in doubt of what drink will complement your cuisine, just ask the knowledgeable servers who are always ready to make suggestions. But no suggestion necessary when it comes time to pick a destination to dine—BARcelona is a must-visit.



4198 Manchester Rd. THE GROVE • 314.535.9700

Sanctuaria lures you in with its high-energy atmosphere, hot tapas and potent cocktails. Since it opened in The Grove in ’09, the Pan-Latin destination has become a hotspot, not only for its delicious dishes, but also for its unique décor and vibe. Day of the Dead artifacts adorn the two-room space and complement the food as a captivating and conversation-worthy backdrop. Award-winning chef Christopher Lee has crafted recipes that utilize local farms and Sanctuaria also created its own garden to allow for the freshest ingredients possible in dishes like the vaca frita, a succulent Angus steak dish that’s a personal favorite of the restaurant. The wild tapas theme is at work in dishes like the piquillo poppers; oak roasted red peppers stuffed with a goat cheese blend, and the grilled lamb chops; tender Colorado bone-in lamb chops, marinated in smoked paprika and served atop savory pear and pine nut salsa.

You’ll love the Cuban influence of the frita, a traditional Cuban pork and chorizo slider topped with crispy Yukon gold potato strings and served on a Cuban sweet roll with house-made citrus herb sauce. The Chihuahua and guava empanadas are a must-try! The tender, flaky, sweet and savory filled turnovers are served with a zesty aji amarillo sauce, so incredible that you’ll want to order more. Pair these delectable dishes with a fresh-fruit cocktail or a local brew from Cathedral Square (now serving Iglesia Agave Ale) for a guaranteed “WILD” experience.



Mojo Tapas Restaurant and Bar

7344 Manchester Rd. • Maplewood 314.645.4803 •

3117 South Grand Blvd. • SOUTH GRAND 314.865.0500 •

Boogaloo is synonymous with hot tapas and cool cocktails. The Cuban, Creole and Caribbean-inspired menu features an array of tapas and entrees, including crave-worthy New Orleans-style BBQ shrimp, Louisiana crawfish cakes and jerk chicken wings. Vegetarian dishes are also featured on the menu, including a delicious “chikken” flatbread with BBQ glaze, cheddar and red onions. Boogaloo’s New Orleans-themed décor is as bold as the food with alligator skin wallpaper, striking chandeliers and unique swings at the bar. The covered patio is the perfect place to sip their award-winning mojitos, caipirinhas or hurricanes and savor one of the Spanish and South American wines.

Mojo Tapas restaurant is exactly what its moniker implies—this new hotspot has powerful appeal and irresistible magnetism in all the food it serves. The synergy of the globally-inspired ingredients in dishes like house-cured orange ginger salmon or slow cooked Chinese five spice pork belly make for one amazing meal. Other must-try dishes include the lamb sliders, garlic chili shrimp and sexy grits and calamari with chile lime aioli. Add a creative cocktail list with drinks such as the lemon basil mojito that focuses on fresh juices, herbs and simple syrups, over 30 domestic, import and craft beers and 60-plus selection wine list and you’ve got a guaranteed unique experience at Mojo.


Aya Sofia

630 North and South Rd. • UNIVERSITY CITY 314.863.3511 •

6671 Chippewa St. • SOUTH CITY 314.645.9919 •

One bite of the delicious mezes (small plates) at Momos will send you straight to the Mediterranean-where you can enjoy authentic Greek dishes like hummus, saganaki and spanikopita or try a traditional gyro with your choice of the traditional lamb, steak, shrimp, grouper, chicken or fresh vegetables. The covered outdoor patio is a perfect place to enjoy cold mezes during the hot summer; freshly prepared options like the Greek cheese sampler and the tender octopus, calamari & shrimp platter.  Kabobs, baked feta and dolmades compliment some of the hot mezes as you cap off your Greek getaway with a crisp, cool sangria, mojito or other offerings from their specialty menus.

For a fresh and unique mix of Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine, there is only one place to go. With two outdoor patios, great for summer dining, Aya Sofia is the only Turkish eatery in the St. Louis area and features a romantic space and an endless list of mezesmall plate appetizers. Like Haydari, a mouth watering blend of homemade creamy yogurt dip mixed with garlic, dill, fresh mint and pecans or the Turkish stuffed mussels, served cold with rice, seasonings and lemon. The delicious small dishes are perfect to share and enjoy among friends with a glass of wine or martini.


Your guide to St. Louis’ best Happy Hour specials.



Gather the gang and head to Mike Shannon’s Steaks and Seafood for their hot Happy Hour specials, perfect for a relaxing afternoon after work. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday, 4pm to 6pm, and features great deals on drinks and half-priced appetizers, valid at bar only.* *Not valid on Cardinals home games

ROXANE Whether you unwind with your co-workers or meet up with friends, Roxane is the place to be for Happy Hour specials Monday through Friday, from 4pm to 7pm. Weekdays, from 4pm to 6pm, enjoy half-priced appetizers like their delicious shrimp ceviche with tortilla chips or their creamy crab dip served with crostini. Can’t make it after work? No problem! Roxane has a late-night Happy Hour Monday through Wednesday from 10pm to close. clayton 12 N. Meramec Ave. 314.721.7700

DOWNTOWN 620 Market St. 314.421.1540

THE Pour House With daily appetizer and drink specials Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm, The Pour House is Downtown’s newest Happy Hour destination! Cool off with outrageous drink specials on Tuesdays, specialty shots on Wednesdays and domestic bottles on Fridays. Missed lunch at work and now your stomach won’t stop rumbling? The Pour House has a tantalizing selection of good eats on their appetizer menu—the fried pickles and onion strings are a can’t miss. Need something more substantial? The Pour House serves an array of sandwiches, wraps, salads, and more to calm your cravings. DOWNTOWN 1933 Washington Ave. 314.241.5999 •

Lola Gather, socialize and relax at Lola, one of Downtown’s chicest spots to dine, drink and unwind. Monday is Industry Night; all service professionals are welcome to enjoy can’t-beat specials. Show your tattoo for drink deals on Tuesday for Roots & Rockabilly. Indulge in Rum Funk Wednesdays featuring Teddy Presberg’s Funky Organ Trio, drink specials and music until 8:30pm. Thursday is Local Night, offering Happy Hour all night to Downtown residents. At Lola, only the best specialty cocktails, fine wines and delicious, inspired eats await! DOWNTOWN 500 N. 14th St. 314.621.7277 •


J. Buck’s J. Buck’s is an ideal oasis for business lunches, a casual dinner with family and friends or a post-work Happy Hour retreat. Monday through Friday, 4pm to 7pm, J. Buck’s offers enticing halfpriced appetizers to savor while you sip a great cocktail or a glass of their house wine. Cheer on the Redbirds in their upscale sports bar atmosphere or enjoy the summer weather on J. Buck’s welcoming outdoor patio.


Chevys FRESH MEX With live entertainment, deliciously fresh food and specialty drinks, Chevys Fresh Mex is the prime place to chill out after work. Enjoy Happy Hour in the cantina Monday through Friday, from 3pm to 7pm and 9pm to close. Satisfy your hunger with $2 off all appetizers and sip premium well drinks, tall drafts, and margaritas (we recommend the Cabo Wabo Rock In Rita—Sammy Hagar personally endorses it, too!). Enjoy great drink specials during the daily happy hour and watch televised Cardinals, Rams and Blues games, too! multiple venues Visit



Unwind at Three Monkeys, a beloved “eating and drinking establishment” and enjoy a Happy Hour that lets you nibble while you sip. Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm, score half-priced appetizers and deals on wine, domestic bottles, wells and drafts. On the late night— Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 10pm-12am and Sunday from 9pm 11pm—enjoy can’t-miss drink specials and receive $5 off Three Monkey’s delicious pizzas. Want more? Beyond Happy Hour, Three Monkeys offers Wednesday Wine Nights from 6pm-10pm.

Enjoy Happy Hour on the patio at Café Ventana Monday through Friday from 3pm – 7pm. Café Ventana offers specials on select beers and handcrafted cocktails. For a snack, enjoy $3.00 off their signature cheese plate. Check out our Calendar of Events for daily entertainment at Enjoy Happy Hour Ventana Style!

SOUTH CITY 3153 Morgan Ford Rd. 314.772.9800 •

JOANIE’S Gather family and friends and dine-in or sit outside on the beautiful patio and enjoy Joanie’s legendary service, delicious food and specials! With half-priced appetizers Monday through Friday, 3:30pm to 6:30pm, a full menu with daily specials and a large selection of drinks, Joanie’s Pizzeria hits a Happy Hour home run. But, Joanie’s doesn’t stop there; they even offer a free shuttle to sporting events.


MIDTOWN 3919 West Pine Blvd. 314. 531.7500

CHUY ARZOLA’S Home of St. Louis’ BEST Happy Hour. Daily Happy Hour from 3:30pm–6:30pm Monday – Friday featuring specials on domestic bottles, well drinks and margaritas – yes, the ones that made us famous! PLUS $1.00 House Tacos in the bar. Our patio is calling your name.

MIDTOWN 3701 Lindell blvd.

Sanctuaria Enjoy Happy Hour at the newest Hot Spot in The Grove. Tuesday – Friday from 4pm – 6pm and for you night owls, Late Night Happy Hour Tuesday – Saturday from 10pm – close, featuring half-priced select tapas and great drink specials on our signature cocktails and beer.

West end grill & pub West End Grill & Pub offers an irresistible Happy Hour from 4pm7pm, Monday through Friday. With can’t-be-beat drink specials and appetizers at half price, this Happy Hour will relax and revive you after work without emptying your wallet. Thursdays, be sure to start your weekend early with $1 fresh-shucked oysters to go with your favorite beer, wine or martini.

Central West End 354 N. Boyle Ave. 314.531.4607

THE GROVE 4198 Manchester Ave. 314.535.9700



A guide to LGBT St. Louis JUST JOHN

Dont miss...La Cage STL Presents: “Unity” a monthly revue featuring a star studded cast of the best female impersonators Saint Louis has to offer. July 21st 10pm in The Fox Hole $10. Only at The Cowboy. 4140 MANCHESTER 314.775.0755




Nightly drink specials, outrageous theme parties, and The Grove’s best patio are just a few of the many reasons to put Just John on your party calendar. Be sure to check out SHOWTUNE SUNDAYS from 4p-8p. Listen watch and sing along to your favorites as you enjoy the ABSOLUT best cocktails on the strip! Never a cover... Visit us on’s 4112 Manchester Ave. 314.371.1333


ABSOLUTLI GOOSED Experience the difference on South Grand! Our comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, along with our large patio makes for a great evening out with friends or that special someone. With our extensive menu, we’re sure to have something to satisfy every taste. Stop in to see why St. Louis votes us #1 Martini time and time again. 3196 S. Grand Blvd. 314.771.9300

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Scene in St. Louis: Ciroc Private PostCamp Party

Mimi So & Vilo Sabengsy

June 13

THE PLACE: Pepper Lounge

THE PARTY: SYNERGY Productions and Ciroc Vodka hosted a postcamp party at the Pepper Lounge, where more than 500 local tastemakers were joined by over 20 players from the St. Louis Rams at the event including stars such as Steven Jackson, Chris Long, James Butler, Jacob Bell, and Ron Bartell. Guests at the event enjoyed music by DJs Big D and Costik and specialty cocktails by Ciroc vodka. Photos by Emma Birge-Osborne/ALIVE Scene Team and Theresa Arnold. For more photos, log on to

Areina Williams, Brittnay Mahesh & Kendra Bryant Lindsey Pullaro & Heather Sitek

Bobby Conn & Shannon Martini

Mike Molnar, Casey Noll & Tyler Aly Jessica Davidson & Kelly Webb


Sydnea Touchette & Natalie Reese

Maggie Joyce, Grace Zupancic & Mary Bryan

Karina Tiller, Holly Kertsen & Jamie Hunt

Scene in St. Louis: Down & Derby Roller Disco Party May 8


THE PARTY: The dance floor was transformed into a skating rink at HOME Nightclub for its first roller skating party. Revelers outfitted in head-to-toe disco attire— short shorts, spandex, tube socks and even a few gold chains—hit the rink while DJ Nugget & Jay E provided the beats that kept the crowd rollin’ and groovin’ all night.—Cristy Miller

Jen Chronister, Lauren Wright & Jenny Masterson

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Danena Ghaldially & Jenna Dedicos

Scene in St. Louis: 2nd Annual Derby Party

Jessica Fogler, Linda Craig & Erica Sipes

May 1

THE PLACE: The Stable

THE PARTY: Guests bet on a sure party and attended this winning event at The Stable. This casual Derby event played the Kentucky Derby on a big screen while attendees donned their biggest hats in hopes to win the best hat contest and bet on the fun mouse races on The Stable’s patio. Partygoers also enjoyed music and mint juleps while watching Super Saver take first place at the 2010 Derby. —Cristy Miller Photos by Derek Feldman/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log on to

Amanda Trumpeter & Brittany Sherman

Michelle LaBounty & Lindsay Pattan Eileen O’Connor & Jon Bonham



Scene in St. Louis: Joe Buck’s Rooftop Bar Grand Opening May 14

THE PLACE: Joe Buck’s

THE PARTY: Partygoers and Cardinals fans converged at this Downtown hotspot for the opening of the new rooftop bar. Hosted by Fox Sports sportscaster Joe Buck, the must-attend event included music by DJ Needles and a sexy crowd enjoying drinks under the stars. The new rooftop is open every Friday and Saturday night and after every St. Louis Cardinals home game.—Cristy Miller

Joe Buck & Carole Buck

Anna Dwyer, Brandon Moritz, Stephanie Garvey & Katie Heineman

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Jody Grone, Joe Patterson, Chastity Murray, Scott Connor & Nikki Eblin

Sandra Meyer & John Fulton

Anne Albrecht, Katie Dierdorf, Justin Matheny & Debbie Dierdorf

Tom Sobbe, Jeremy Genin, Doug Albrecht, Dan Dierdorf & Thom Sehnert

Jenny O’laughlin & Robyn Wanko

Janet & Ashley Stoff


T O H T S I L 20


Mandarin is where it happens

All Summer Long





Jean ponzi A conversation with St. Louis feminist, radio show host, green warrior, plant nurturer, sustainability expert and environmental activist. What is your current mood or state of mind? Persevering. What makes you happy? Singing and being with my friends. What is your idea of misery? Being annoyed. What did you eat for breakfast today? Cereal with bananas and strawberries. What’s one word that describes you? Positive. What traits do you value most in others? A sense of humor and genuine intelligence. What’s your favorite occupation? I really admire artists and musicians. Who would you most like to be? I am who I’d most like to be. What’s your favorite color? Green—It goes with everything. What is your favorite food? Cheese. Especially really smelly ones. What food do you like the least? Organ meats.

If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), who would that be? Rachel Carson—A poet, botanist and lover of the outdoors. What vice do you most tolerate in others? Crabbiness. What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could create cartoons. Who are your favorite artists? Sarah Linquist, Georgia O’Keefe and any painter in Hudson River school. What excites you? Really clear thinking, sensibly applied. What do you consider a turn off? Ignorance, greed and violence. What do you love? To laugh. To sing. My circle of friends and my family. Trees. The Earth. What do you hate? Pandering to stupidity. What are you most looking forward to? The future, when human beings live in an integrated way on the planet we inhabit. What is one thing you wish would happen? That a really powerful, effective grassroots movement would protect the environment and accomplish integrating ourselves into the environment. What’s something interesting that you just learned? That cats have really high endorphins that allow them to tolerate a lot of pain and to have an attitude of rising above things. What is your personal motto? Better to ask forgiveness than permission.


In other life, you’d be: I’d gladly come back as a human being, but I prefer to do it when some of this mess has been cleaned up. What is your favorite word? Okie dokie. What is your least favorite word? Any noun that has been translated into a verb, like “we’re officed here.” Your hidden talent? I’m a very good singer. Personal hero? Leo and Kay Drey. They are changing the way forests are managed and are some of the most informed citizen activists. If you could have a conversation with your younger self, what would you say? Don’t worry about what you’re going to do, don’t worry about getting stuck. Do what you know and pick a thread and stick with it. And “you go girl.” Interview by Elizabeth Tucker 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.

ALIVE July 2010  

The July 2010 issue of ALIVE magazine