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Contents APRIL


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 Ms. Jackson The pop legend brings her exclusive city tour to St. Louis, and this time, it’s personal.


features this old house Six St. Louisans challenged tradition by transforming existing spaces into their ideal homes.

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eat, play, live The 25 best St. Louis neighborhoods to live in right now.



all right now From billowy blouses to freeflowing pants, the pieces that defined the ease of ’70s style are back.



far & away Two St. Louis couples leave the city limits and head to rustic settings for their big days. alive bride The ultimate resource for your wedding: venues, caterers, planners and more.



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22 7 things you must do this month.

44 h  ome design Going green has never been easier—or as stylish—with these simple tips.

24 C  ALENDAR Read the “Fine Print” at phd Gallery, indulge in musical improvisation at the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival and prepare for “The Return of the Outlaw (Printmakers)” at Philip Slein. 28 STL  NOW Three local hotspots launch exclusive members-only programs. 30 j  ob envy A day in the life of a local chocolatier. 32 c  olumn Pamela Raymond makes a case against the girlfriend gone boy-crazy.

explore 34 HOTspot Taste’s new digs are as equally sexy and satisfying as its spirits and menu.

46 c  ity living St. Louis condo and loft listings to help you find the perfect living space. 50 e  ntertaining Schnucks cooks whip up a delicious, heart-friendly dish. Plus, a local dietitian gives tips on how to eat for cardiovascular health.

self 52 f  itness Spring into shape and join one of these local get-active organizations.

community 54 SOCIAL SCENE Photos from The Joshua Chamberlain Society Price of Freedom Gala.


36 spirits A blooming trend is in full swing at St. Louis cocktail bars.

100 ST  . LOUIS RESTAURANT GUIDE The best places in town to eat, drink and dance.



38 s  tyle It’s a spring block party with fashion’s latest trend.

108 S  CENE IN ST. LOUIS Photos from the 2011 Buzz List Party and Launch.

40 s  tyle Get down and flirty in the season’s must-have flat sandal.

112 a  rchetypes An interview with innovative artist Robert Longyear, a teacher and community builder for Craft Alliance.

CORRECTIONS: In the STL Now section of the March 2011 issue, we incorrectly referred to Mangia Mobile as owned by the restaurant, Mangia Italiano in the write-up “Mangia on the Move.” The new food truck Mangia Mobile is a separate business from the South City restaurant. In the Spring trend feature, “Time to Change” in the March 2011 issue, we incorrectly listed Dillard’s as a where-to-shop option for the Calvin Klein dress shown on p. 65. The Calvin Klein runway dress is not available at Dillard’s. We sincerely regret these errors. ALIVE, April 2011, Volume 8, Issue 4 (Periodical #025092) is published monthly by ALIVE Media Group, L.L.C., 2200 Gravois Ave., #201 St. Louis, MO 63104-2848. Periodicals Postage paid at St. Louis, MO, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ALIVE, 2200 Gravois Ave. #201 St. Louis, MO 63104-2848. One-year subscription rate $12.00; two-year subscription rate $18.00. To order a subscription call, 314.446.4059 or log on to

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pring is here and we are definitely feeling the onset of spring fever. We are ready to greet the new season with fresh content, hot parties and exciting new projects.

Every April, we put together an issue filled with ideas on home design. This year, we are excited to include a special feature on St. Louis neighborhoods called “Eat, Play, Live.” While many “Best Neighborhood” stories focus rankings on the area’s school district (which is important, no doubt), we wanted to showcase the “everything else” of your neighborhood. Are there cultural attractions nearby? Restaurants and shops? What’s the walkability factor? Where are the best real estate values to be had? To answer these questions, we did some research—talked to friends and real estate agents, and did some driving around—and came up with what we feel are the most interesting, livable pockets of the city. See if your neighborhood (or the one you’re considering) made the cut on p.66. Along with the new season comes a new addition to our team. We’re pleased to announce the hire of Jennifer Dulin Wiley as ALIVE’s new Executive Editor. Most recently, Jennifer worked with Fleishman-Hillard St. Louis; prior to that, she served as an editor at “DÉCOR Magazine” and Managing Editor of “Art Business News,” where she oversaw editorial and marketing initiatives. She has contributed to ALIVE for the last six years, along with other local publications, and has worked closely with ALIVE to develop and write features and cover interviews. We’re happy for the opportunity to deepen the connection with her now; she’s also excited to join the ALIVE team and to meet our readers, friends and partners at upcoming events throughout the city. Starting next issue, Jennifer will have the pleasure of greeting you every month on this page, and taking you through what’s inside the issue. Speaking of upcoming events, we have several planned for April and May. We hope you can join us at GLOW, ALIVE’s spring boutique fashion show presented by Brown Shoe, on Thursday, April 28 at Windows on Washington. The next day, we’ll be at Plaza Land Rover for “A Royal Affair,” a cocktail event and viewing party of Prince William and Kate’s big day. On Saturday, April 30, Macy’s Galleria hosts its Fashionista Fashion Show. To celebrate the shift to warm weather, we’ll be in the Central West End’s Maryland Plaza on April 20 kicking off the “Summer Series” of happy hours at Scape.

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Getting to visit so many creative living spaces and meeting the residents for this issue’s feature, “This Old House” (p.58), gave Matt a real appreciation for the imagination and tenacity it takes to make an unconventional abode work. It also made him wonder if his wife would go for a fire pole in the living room.

Always on the lookout for home improvement and design tips, photographer Jennifer Silverberg jumped at the chance to take a look at some of St. Louis’ beautifully renovated homes and their equally interesting occupants. She loved working with all the homeowners in this issue’s feature story, “This Old House” (p.58). Her work has been seen recently in “The New York Times,” “Urban Farm Magazine” and “The Wall Street Journal.” To connect with Jennifer and to see more of what she’s up to, go to “Jennifer Silverberg Photographs” on Facebook.

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Chasing the bright lights of the city, first-time contributor Emily Barlean is a small-town girl living the dream in STL. As a relatively new member of the St. Louis family, she loves nothing more than to explore the city in her spare time. All of this exploring gave Emily the inside scoop as she wrote her debut story, “Eat, Play, Live” (p.66).

Wesley Law’s work for ALIVE has included cover photography and many features within the magazine. He regularly contributes to the “Archetypes” (p.112) interview. Nationally, he contributes to “O” and “Marie Claire.” Wesley graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in Mass Communications from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and was based in New York City prior to his relocation to St. Louis four years ago.

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BLOG POSSE Meet the STL Blog Finding ways to keep Posse team. you trendy, cultured and inspired.



Longtime Green blogger Jeff Mcintire-Strasburg digs into the sustainability scene—in St. Louis and beyond.

ALIVE’s Fashion Editor, Jill Manoff, on shopping news and the looks she’s loving right now.

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Lisa Bertrand on parenting in the age of products and pop culture.

Girl-about-town Pamela Raymond uncovers the truths behind sex and relationships.

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Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique Grand Opening JANUARY 23 Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique opened in Clayton with an event as elegant as its gowns. The night included an open house with family and friends and a preview of the new boutique, which focuses entirely on the bride and offers couture designer gowns, chic accessories and on-hand experts to help brides find the perfect dress. Photos courtesy of Fleur De Lis.


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Local Harvest Grocery Grand Re-Opening MARCH 3

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To celebrate the re-opening of its new, larger location on March 6, Local Harvest Grocery in Tower Grove invited guests to a sneak peek that featured samples, a chance to peruse the expanded wine and beer selection and the scoop on the exciting plans for the new space. The original 660-square-foot space opened in 2007 and has since generated more than a million dollars in sales for local farmers, ranchers and local food artisans. Photos by Danette Massie/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log on to

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Have a Royal Affair

You’re cordially invited to a posh viewing party of the royal wedding on April 29. From 2pm-6pm at Plaza Land Rover (the official vehicle of the Royal family), guests dressed in their royal best will sip cocktails and enjoy appetizers while watching HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot via a recorded broadcast of the nuptials.

Get Glowing

On April 28, top St. Louis boutiques, including Alixandra Collections, Ivy Hill, Klutch, Ola Style, Sole & Blues and The Eye Bar, will showcase their spring and summer collections on the runway at Glow, presented by Brown Shoe. Held Downtown at Windows on Washington, guests will enjoy gorgeous fashion, fabulous music, cocktails by Pearl Vodka and light hors d’oeuvres. The cocktail party begins at 7pm, followed by the fashion show at 8pm. VIP tickets are $25, which includes a seat for the fashion show, a VIP gift bag, hors d’oeuvres and two complimentary drinks. Standing room tickets are $10 and include hors d’oeuvres and two complimentary drinks.

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Pick Up a Fork; Help Save a Life

Support Dining Out for Life, an annual fundraiser that brings together volunteers, sponsors and restaurants that have pledged to donate 25 percent or more of each customer’s check to support Saint Louis Effort for AIDS. In 2010, restaurants and patrons participating in Dining Out for Life helped raise nearly $243,000 to help STLEFA provide HIV/AIDS prevention education and support services for those affected by the disease. Save the date for this year’s event on April 28. For more info and a list of participating restaurants, log on to


Celebrate the Earth

As the Midwest’s oldest and largest Earth Day celebration, St. Louis Earth Day draws nearly 25,000 visitors and 250 vendors each year. At this year’s event on April 17 in Forest Park on the Muny grounds, enjoy handson activities, check out cutting-edge technologies and learn more about nonprofit organizations that advocate for the environment and sustainability. There will be entertainment on three stages, performers strolling among the crowds and delicious eats from local restaurants.

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Spring into Fashion

Macy’s and ALIVE invite you to Fashionista, a spring fashion event featuring the latest looks, hot music and complimentary cocktails and appetizers on April 30 from 3pm-5pm on the second floor of Macy’s Saint Louis Galleria. Guests will enjoy a special shopping incentive, and the first 50 guests who make a $10 donation to Friends of Wings will receive a $10 Macy’s gift card. Friends of Wings supports the BJC Pediatric Hospice program, Wings, a nonprofit that provides support and services to children who have life-threatening or limiting diseases or conditions, regardless of their ability to pay. For more info and to RSVP, email


Clown Around

The Young Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital invite you to Cocktails and Clowns on April 16 at The MOTOmuseum. Last year, more than 400 young professionals attended the event and helped raise over $33,000 to support The Clown Docs, a group of five professionally trained clowns who help relieve anxiety for children and families during health care experiences—proving laughter sometimes is the best medicine. For more info and to purchase tickets, call Kayla Boylan at 314.286.1134, or log on to


Journey to Middle Earth

Join the Saint Louis Symphony as J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary gem, “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” is brought to life on April 1-3 at Powell Symphony Hall. SLSO will perform the award-winning score in its entirety, and the film will be presented simultaneously for a truly vivid live concert experience.

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These two printmakers use different techniques to create monoprints; Rosen uses the more traditional techniques of waterless lithography and seriography, while Chesla favors more nontraditional means to record the corrosive process of metal to create “mineral” prints. Monoprinting, similar to monotyping, is a form of printmaking in which the final image cannot be exactly reproduced, making each print wholly unique. For more info, visit or call 314.664.6644 (2300 Cherokee St., Benton Park). ELEMENTS OF STYLE: KARTHIK PANDIAN Through April 23, White Flag Projects

The final installment of a trilogy, this exhibition was inspired by the artist’s two-year investigation into the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville, IL. The ensemble of works incorporates Pandian’s deft use of the ancient wall-building method called the “rammed earth technique,” repurposed materials from some of the artist’s previous exhibitions, sound and light 24 ALIVE STL APRIL 2011

to bring the archeological and architectural milieu of the Mounds to the forefront. For more info, visit or call 314.531.3442 (4568 Manchester Ave., The Grove). THE RETURN OF THE OUTLAW (PRINTMAKERS) Through April 30, Philip Slein Gallery

The unafraid, unapologetic rabble-rousers of printmaking known as the Outlaw Printmakers return to Philip Slein to showcase their underground styles. Peregrine Honig (runner-up on Bravo’s reality show, “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist”) will join bad boy of woodcuts, Tom Huck; punk-grunge poster artist, Art Chantry; linocut master, Bill Fick; and six other ragtag printmaking dynamos. For more info, visit or call 314.621.4634 (1319 Washington Ave., Downtown). CURRENTS 105: IAN MONROE April 8-July 31, Saint Louis Art Museum

Using vinyl, linoleum, Formica, aluminum, leather and other everyday materials, the London-based artist creates large-scale collages that harken back to the minimalist design aesthetic of ’70s-era suburban America. Monroe’s use of empty space,

bright colors and slick geometry suggests the cold of hotel lobbies, airport terminals, conference halls and other “corporate” spaces. For more info, visit or call 314.721.0072 (One Fine Arts Dr., Forest Park). JANE BIRDSALL-LANDER April 30-June 11, Duane Reed Gallery

Binding found objects together with pigmented wax-covered linen thread, Birdsall-Lander reimagines found objects to build primal alphabet forms. The artist’s interest in the evolution of pictographs and ideaographs into the modern alphabet is beautifully showcased, as she marries the past with the present on both an intuitive and elegantly artistic level. For more info, visit or call 314.361.4100 (4729 McPherson Ave., Central West End). Performing Arts TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT April 1 & 2, Edison Theatre

One of the most sought-after choreographers, McIntyre has created more than 80 works for companies including American Ballet Theatre, Stuttgart Ballet and New York City Ballet. His

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company returns to the Edison with “Ma Maison,” a work that effortlessly pairs traditional ballet with fresh, forward-thinking choreography. In collaboration with costume designer Jeanne Button and the New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band, “Ma Maison” fuses Halloween mime, ballet lifts and Charleston steps to create a captivating blend of street styles and graceful ballet. Tickets on sale at (6445 Forsyth Blvd., Mallinckrodt Center, Washington University). NEXT TO NORMAL April 12-24, Fox Theatre

This groundbreaking Tony Award-winning musical, from the director of “Rent,” tells the emotional story of a family that’s simply trying to make it day by day, taking care of themselves and each other in the face of mental illness, drug abuse, grieving, loss and suburban life. Boasting an award-winning contemporary score, a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a talented ensemble of actors, this rock musical has easily earned its acclaim. Tickets on sale at (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). AMERIVILLE UNPLUGGED April 15 & 16, Edison Theatre

Universes, an international ensemble of multidisciplined writers and performers who interweave poetry, theatre, politics and a variety of music genres to create challenging and innovative theatrical works, returns to the Edison. With New Orleans as the backdrop, “Ameriville Unplugged” is a multimedia examination of poverty, politics and patriotism in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Tickets on sale at (6445 Forsyth Blvd., Mallinckrodt Center, Washington University). THE SECOND CITY: FAIR & UNBALANCED April 28-30, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center

A perennial visitor to the Touhill, The Second City brings “Fair & Unblanced,” a hilarious ride through present-day America. Expect no-holds-barred comedic jabs at our politicians, celebs and anyone Next to Normal



else due for a little satirical ribbing. Tickets on sale at or 314.516.4949 (One University Blvd., UMSL Campus).

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Wine and art lovers will not want to miss this annual tasting event and art auction. Hosted by STL TV’s Gilberto Pinela, the energetic event will feature auctions of unique items, appetizers and live music. This 19th annual event is the signature fundraiser to help Art Saint Louis continue its work on behalf of regional artists and the arts community at large. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit (701 N. 15th St., 10th Floor, Downtown).

LIL’ WAYNE April 10, Scottrade Center

The recently jailed rapper proves a little time behind bars did nothing to dull his luster. If anything, it helped motivate Wayne, who is often touted as one of the greatest in the game. On tour with Nicki Manaj, Lil’ Wayne will fill the Scottrade Center with chart-toppers and new material from his recent studio albums, “Rebirth” and “I Am Not a Human Being.” Tickets on sale at (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown). PLAIN WHITE T’s April 13, The Pageant

It’s hard to believe that in the late 1990s, Plain White T’s had mostly an underground following, playing basement parties in the suburbs of Chicago. The band burst onto the mainstream music scene in 2007 with the heartfelt love song, “Hey There Delilah,” for which they received a Grammy nomination in 2008. Their latest album, “Wonders of the Younger,” has themes of nostalgia, enjoying the moment and pushing personal boundaries. Tickets on sale at (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). GREATER ST. LOUIS JAZZ FESTIVAL April 15 & 16, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center

Continuing a beloved local tradition, revered jazz professionals come to St. Louis to mentor music students in the region. During the day, they lead master classes and clinics; at night, these pros join the UMSL Jazz Ensemble on stage. Friday night will feature The Vangaurd Jazz Orchestra, and Saturday will host The Ron Carter Trio. Tickets on sale at or 314.516.4949 (One University Blvd., UMSL Campus). THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS April 18, The Pageant

With well-publicized personal, creative and legal struggles—including a $30 million lawsuit with Virgin Records—Thirty Seconds to Mars (a trio comprised of lead singer and guitarist Jared Leto, drummer Shannon Leto and guitarist Tomo Milicevic) decided to use their drama as creative fuel. Their latest studio album, “This Is War,” has received critical acclaim for its bold, confident sound. Tickets on sale at (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). ARCADE FIRE w/ THE NATIONAL April 21, Scottrade Center

To the surprise of many mainstream music fans, Arcade Fire walked away with top prize at this year’s Grammy Awards for their album, “The Suburbs.” Some scratched their heads and took to Twitter to ask, “Arcade who?” Making a tour stop in STL, the Canadian indie band will prove to the clueless why they’re the worthy recipients of Album of the Year and show their loyal fans the support is much appreciated. Talented Brooklynbased rockers The National will join. Tickets on sale at (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown). 26 ALIVE STL APRIL 2011

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ART FAIR AT QUEENY PARK April 8-10, Greensfelder Recreation Center

Enjoy works from more than 120 juried artists from 20 states at this semi-annual art fair, one of the longest-running art fairs in the bi-state region. Presented by the Greater St. Louis Art Association, this fair features artists representing digital art, drawing, printmaking, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture and wood. The public will be able to purchase original works of fine art and crafts directly from the artists who create them. Guests will also enjoy live music and wine tastings. For more info, visit gslaa. org (Greensfelder Recreation Center, Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Rd., Ballwin). A TASTEFUL AFFAIR 23: DINE ANOTHER DAY April 10, Khorassan Ballroom, Chase Park Plaza

Food Outreach’s annual benefit brings together guests to enjoy an evening of delicious fare from some of the area’s best restaurants. This year’s espionage-inspired theme encourages attendees to dress the part. Proceeds benefit Food Outreach, an organization that provides nutritional support and enhances the quality of life of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS or cancer. Tickets on sale at (212-232 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End). FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL April 17, Mad Art Gallery

Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, whose credits include “The Onion,” “The Colbert Report,” and “The Late Show with David Letterman,” began collecting found tapes in 1991. Their first gem, a training video titled, “Inside and Outside Custodial Duties” in a McDonald’s break room, sparked an idea to scour garage sales, thrift stores, warehouses and dumpsters for more VHS wonders. They bring their collection of strange, odd and outrageous videos to St. Louis for a one-of-a-kind lineup of funny clips and live comedy. Tickets on sale at foundfootagefest. com (2727 S. 12th St., Benton Park). GREATER ST. LOUIS BOOK FAIR April 28-May 1, Macy’s West County Center

Bibliophiles and collectors will enjoy browsing thousands of books, movies and music at this fair, one of the oldest and largest charity book sales in the Midwest. Proceeds benefit local literacy and education programs, as well as the Nursery Foundation, a multicultural learning center for children ages 1 to 5. For more info, visit (80 West County Center, West County).

“Next to Normal” photo courtesy of Original Broadway, photographed by Joan Marcus.

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Members Only Local bars and restaurants launch exclusive programs that give customers the VIP treatment. By Matt Sorrell | Photos by alex galindo

> At one time or another, we all want to be “in the know.” Several area bars and restaurants realize this truth and have recently developed members-only programs that allow patrons that exclusive experience. Sanctuaria (4198 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.535.9700) is taking full advantage of its impressive cocktail selection with The Sanctuaria Cocktail Club. For a one-time fee of $20, members can sample from an exclusive list of 150 cocktails, which includes classics as well as custom concoctions. Members also get access to a bevy of other perks, including monthly drawings for bottles of booze or wine and pricing specials on Sanctuaria events. Once you try all 150 libations, there are even more benefits to be had, like discounts on drinks and events. Brennan’s (4659 Maryland Ave., Central West End, 314. 361.9444) has long been a purveyor of fine tobaccos, wines and spirits, but recently they’ve upped the ante by transforming part of their location into a Zino Platinum Lounge. Sponsored by cigar maker Davidoff, the club is one of just a few Zinos in the US and Europe. The club offers monthly membership levels of $35, which comes with a $35 credit for tobacco, and $100, which gives access to monthly tasting events and a private cigar locker. All members get to take advantage of the optic drink system and its 30 different single malts, in addition to the swank interior. The Cigar Club at Herbie’s Vintage ’72 (405 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.769.9595) also offers tobacco enthusiasts a private space to enjoy their cigars. For $1,000 annually, members get access to the private 30-seat cigar lounge and a personalized humidor, but the benefits extend beyond a comfy place to enjoy a good stogie. Members get two complimentary five-course wine/spirit dinners annually, invitations to periodic special events and preferred status at the restaurant proper. Membership is capped at around 45 people, so exclusivity is assured. It seems in St. Louis, being “in the know” and being a card-carrying member go hand in hand.


and composting costs. When it comes to being eco-conscious, there’s definitely strength in numbers. Look for the initiative to kick off early this summer. Prime Seating Brio Tuscan Grille in The Plaza Frontenac lot recently debuted a new patio last fall— and with the arrival of warm weather, the 60-seat space will surely claim see-andbe-seen status soon. The partially covered patio features gorgeous drapery, loungestyle soft seating, bar tables and a fire pit. Complementing the restaurant’s warm Tuscan feel, the patio is an ideal spot to savor a delicious Italian dish or socialize and sip this summer.

Bottom photo courtesy of Brio Tuscan Grille.

Eco-Conscious Efforts A St. Louis neighborhood and its restaurants are stepping up their efforts to be more eco-conscious. The Maplewood City Council recently agreed to partner with St. Louis Earth Day on a green restaurant program. Because cost is a common hurdle for restaurants to overcome in going green, this program will provide a way for eateries of all sizes to do the right thing by allowing participating restaurants in downtown Maplewood to share recycling

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Job Envy Kakao Chocolate owner Brian Pelletier is living the sweet life. After leaving corporate America to start his own business, he now works with truffles, caramels and bacon brittle on a daily basis. Here’s a look at the delicious job of a chocolatier. interview by cristy miller | Photo by attilio D’agostino

Brian Pelletier 43, Owner/Chocolatier, Kakao Chocolate | @bpelletier 2301 S. Jefferson Ave., Fox Park; 7272 Manchester Rd., Maplewood Résumé I had been working in the marketing and communications Highlights industry for 20 years at Fleishman-Hillard. I realized it was time to make a change but wasn’t sure the direction to take. I knew that I wanted to have my own business and work with food. A friend of mine had started a chocolate business, Kakao Chocolate, and was selling her equipment, so I bought it and started learning the ropes of chocolate making.

Education Degree in Technical Communications from the University of Minnesota Duluth, Masters of Business Communication from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Best Work I had a special moment when I first opened: A woman came Day Ever into the shop and wanted to know if we could create an Earl Grey Tea chocolate for her wedding. We developed a truffle flavored with a special Earl Grey blend, and she loved it. It’s now one of our best-selling chocolates. Why His Job There’s unrestricted creativity in everything we do. If we’re Rocks inspired by an ingredient, whether it’s peanut butter or fire-roasted tomatoes, we’ll try it. And it’s cool to see the happiness a bite of chocolate can bring to people. Typical We taste everything, so a typical day involves making small Day batches of chocolate. I buy about 500 pounds of chocolate a week, and we blend together Swiss, American and Belgium chocolates. A day might include experimenting with a new ingredient (and tasting it, of course) and making several of our regular chocolates, like truffles and sea salt caramels—and tasting! Proudest I’m proud of my team; they’re creative and have enabled Kakao Moment to open a second location just three years after I started. Goals for the We want to be a successful chocolate company in St. Louis— Future and that means making sure every customer leaves happy.

Brian on ... Leaving I really do have the best job in the world. But I also know that Corporate I have never worked harder than I do now. I’m a firm believer America that if you follow your passion and really put your heart into it, the reward is greater than you could imagine. His Favorite I love working with marshmallows, spices such as peppers, Chocolate honey and Missouri pecans. Ingredients The Best ChocolateMaking Advice He’s Received

Don’t listen to anyone who tells you “no” or questions your creativity. If I had, the bacon brittle, balsamic vinegar truffle and many other creations would have never been made— and they’ve been some of our most popular confections!


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The Great Disappearing Act “XXRayVision” blogger Pamela Raymond presents a case of the good friend gone boyfriend crazy. By pamela raymond | illustration by sarah quatrano


here are not many people in this world that I call a “friend.” Most people I know are classified as acquaintances. You know, people I’ve done shots with, made some bad decisions with, whatever. I take the responsibility of friendship seriously. So when I encounter a friend who drops the ball—not because of mounting pressures, heavy workloads or day-to-day maintenance of a household and family, but disappears into thin air because some guy came along and she somehow lost the ability to dial a phone, well, I have to be offended. And let’s face it; half the time the guy creating the time suckage is a guy whose last work address was the prison laundry, thinks girlfriends are ATMs or drives a Mercedes, yet has no visible means of income because he works in the “import and export” of leafy plants. Friends who have respectful, stand-up boyfriends don’t need to be around them all the time. They trust their men and even integrate them into the friendship fold. Friends who have ne’er-do-well boyfriends can’t let them out of their sight and certainly don’t want anyone to meet them. Managing that type is a 24-hour job. Hence, I don’t see the Houdini of girlfriends until the relationship hits rock bottom. So imagine my irritation when one of my smartest, most successful girlfriends did the unthinkable. She became one of “those girls.” I’ll call her Leah—that is her real name. (Actually, she is quite excited that I am writing about her bad behavior. I love her enthusiasm.) Leah. What can I say? She is a skilled attorney with a great wit and fabulous personality. A very devoted friend—most of the time. At the moment, there is an APB out and the search has begun. Unacceptable. I have boyfriends. So does everyone else. I give relationships a thumbs up. But when is it acceptable to go missing? These are great defenses that may be used in the court of Pamela’s opinion: R Your dog died. Yes, this is acceptable. Let me know where to send the sympathy card. R Your boss is the ultimate bully, and you have to take the brunt of hours that don’t end. Let me know where to send the hit man. R Family ties are binding and need some TLC. Let me know where to send the bottle of vodka. R You’re broke as a mofo. Hey, we’ve all been cash strapped, and partying is not in the budget. Let me know where to send you freelance work. R Trying to lose some LBs? Dinners out are not in the cards with your best buddies. Let me know where to send the link to Weight Watchers. Leah must answer to the following charge of friendship abandonment. Reasons that could cause me to issue an arrest warrant on charges of friend32 ALIVE STL APRIL 2011

ship abandonment and lesser charges of neglect and silliness include: R Canceling plans last minute based on the needs of a boyfriend. If you already committed to a GNO (Girls’ Night Out), then bail with a lame excuse a half hour before meeting up, I will get medieval on you. R Taking on the chameleon effect by doing everything your new boyfriend likes. It’s one thing to support, but another to drink the Kool-Aid. His competitive foosball career should not be a reason why you can’t go to your best friend’s baby shower. Grow a set. Besides, he has a mommy. He doesn’t need you to praise him 24/7. Just sayin’. R Talking incessantly about your relationship. Friends are there to listen, but if you go on and on about problems that you don’t want to solve just to hear your lungs get some exercise, then shut up. If there are a ton of issues with the love of your life, it makes it more offensive that you would disappear from your friend’s lives to coddle him and his craziness. Ladies and gents, having a relationship isn’t an either/or proposition when it comes to friendships. Balance can be achieved if you want it. Keep in mind that friendships are to be nurtured, not retreated like a pit stop between relationships or a port in a storm when it blows up. Leah is a dear friend and I wouldn’t think of ending a friendship over this. However, I would contemplate locking her up and throwing away the key if she does this again.

XXRayVision Never one to believe that sleep is completely necessary, Pamela keeps a hectic social schedule, so she sees a lot of relationship dilemmas. A native of New Orleans, Pamela infuses a mix of Southern sass and Yankee tough love in all of her columns. Pamela also writes a blog for “Girls Guide To The Galaxy” and uses her MBA from Maryville University to run her own PR and events firm, The Raymond Experience. You can follow her on Twitter @RayExperience.









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Spirit Award: Spaghetti Western with Rittenhouse rye, Barolo Chinato, Averna and dandelion and burdock bitters Happy Ending: Pigwiches; bacon crème and chocolate wafer sandwiches Best Place to Perch: Q At the bar to watch the mix masters work their magic Buzzworthy Dish: X Pig fries with aioli and mint sauce

Taste brings a reinvigorated menu and sublime cocktails to its new Central West End space. By Cristy Miller | Photos by jennifer silverberg

> The new Taste in the CWE is far from a replica of Taste by Niche; it’s an exciting interpretation. Owner and CIA-trained chef Adam Altnether, who began at Niche as a line cook in 2007, took over Gerard Craft’s beloved taste bar, partnering with award-winning mixologist Ted Kilgore to reopen in the former Moxy space. He dropped the “by Niche” name, created menu items that are more entrée-sized and made a few touches to the cocktail list. The Space The only remnant of the space’s previous tenant, Moxy, is the small, open kitchen and bar; beyond that, however, the interior feels fresh. Warm brass, 34 ALIVE STL APRIL 2011

Sip & Sup Altnether says he wanted Taste to feel like a rustic European tavern—both in appearance and with the menu. So, he beefed up portion size and added a few new dishes like a rich pork burger with homemade chips and a pub-esque fish and chips that swaps in trout. The menu is heavy on pork, but delightfully so, with bacon deviled eggs, a candied bacon appetizer with a maple glaze and a braised pork belly entrée with chilled beans. Those undaunted by what makes up pork fries will enjoy Altnether’s version, served with aioli and mint sauce. And, thankfully, he also kept the famous pigwiches dessert—the unique bacon crème and light chocolate wafer sandwich has always been a favorite of mine. The 40-plus cocktail menu is now presented by flavor, similar to a wine menu with “bold,” “tart” and “crisp” as some of the defining categories. Kilgore has an unmistakable flair for artisan-style cocktails, and his menu makes use of ingredients

like egg whites, dandelion bitters and jasmine liqueur. On my first visit, I asked my server to make my drink selection, and she returned with the “In a Pickle,” which calls for gin, St. Germain, Velvet Falernum, lime, dill and cucumber—it smells more like a pickle than it tastes like one, and was fairly light and delicious. I also enjoyed the tart and subtly spicy “The Transporter,” which blended coconut ginger Rittenhouse rye with passion fruit and pineapple, and the “Saints and Sinners” with cognac, El Dorado rum, lime and Bittermen’s grapefruit bitters. The bold “Gold Coast Fizz,” a shaken cocktail that features whiskey with OJ, walnut and cherry liqueurs, espresso syrup and egg, was certainly a memorable drink. And those feeling a little lost or unsure while trying to order from the long list of intricate cocktails, try one of the “what are we drinking?” options. When at Taste, it’s more fun to leave your drink of choice in the hands of Kilgore and his team of mixologists.

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A Blossoming Trend Fresh, fragrant flowers lend a taste of spring to cocktails and inspire creative concoctions from St. Louis mixologists. By matt sorrell | Photo by jennifer silverberg Spring is in full swing, and area mixologists are taking advantage of the seasonal splendor by infusing floral flavors—orange blossoms, elderflower, lavender and more—into their cocktail creations. Liqueurs and mixers featuring flowers are the latest ingredients in a variety of libations around town. Even the flowers themselves are making their way into these fragrant cocktails. At DeMun Oyster Bar in Clayton, hibiscus and jasmine liqueurs augment the traditional French 75 cocktail. And at Taste in the Central West End and Monarch in Maplewood, dried rosebuds and edible flowers, respectively, are being utilized in custom creations of uncommon distinction. And with spring’s arrival, you can be sure to find natureinspired cocktails blooming in more St. Louis bars and restaurants. 36 ALIVE STL APRIL 2011

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Going So Low Get down and flirty in the season’s must-have flat sandal. By Jill Manoff | Photo by Carmen Troesser > There has been much hype this season about the resurgence of the flat-soled shoe—especially those less-familiar styles that made their way down the Spring 2011 runways. Standouts included “flatforms” (best described as platform wedges, minus the tush-boosting heel) and creepers (think Doc Martens-inspired oxfords). Both options are arguably unsuitable for many a warm weather activity—like, say, going to the beach. And then there were those innovative sandals that would easily allow for sand-in-the-toes; designers introduced a throng of flat, thin-soled thongs and gladiators in new neutrals and materials, including suede, snakeskin and quilted leather. Unlike the platform flats, none of the low-riding styles should warrant caution when worn this summer (chances of stumbling on your way to your towel are slim to none, and there’s no threat of a “cement shoe” situation). Still, each will inevitably prove popular among women looking for a go-to sandal that’s a little dangerous.

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ANDREA’S BOUTIQUE Andrea D’Angelo, owner This bag gives a little edge to your spring wardrobe! With the optional zipper lock, it’s also perfect for traveling in style! At Andrea’s Boutique, we have new purses, jewelry, vintage, resale and art. Welcome to your eclectic heaven! 1145 N. Lafayette st. Florissant • 314.831.7500

BLUSH BOUTIQUE SARAH KING, owner These black-and-white striped, sling-back DIBA “Dance With Me” wedges will have you dancing your way into summer; and at only $65, they’ll add a little spring in your step. 110 N. Clay Ave. • 314.965.4411 KIRKWOOD •

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ERKER’S TONY ERKER, OWNER As America‘s premier jewelry and eyewear designer, David Yurman has created a collection that incorporates signature sterling silver and 18K gold adornments found exclusively at Erker’s Fine Eyewear. Erker’s Eyewear combines the most current eyewear with exceptional service to help each customer find the perfect frame. 9717 Clayton Rd. • LADUE • 314.997.0002 908 OLIVE ST. • DOWNTOWN • 314.241.9410 ERKERS.COM ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

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EYE ROC JACK ERKER, Owner Fresh off his trip to Italy, Jack and his design team continue to push the envelope in the industry. Using elite materials and beautiful colors, Eye Roc presents amazing collections time and time again. 28 Maryland Plaza • CENTRAL WEST END 314.361.9900 • EYEROCEYEWEAR.COM

GIDDYUP JANE JANE LAVEY, owner Step into spring in distressed leather embroidered cowgirl boots in an amazing bone color. Vintage character in a modern color—you will wear these boots with everything! Erin boot by Old Gringo ($440) available at Giddyup Jane. 9670 Clayton Rd. • LADUE 314.993.9944

MEKA BOUTIQUE MEG MEYER, OWNER This gorgeous hand-embroidered tunic by Faith is a great spring item to have! You can pair it with flip-flops or cowgirl boots by Old Gringo (also available at Meka Boutique). Stop by Meka Boutique soon to grab yours! 1634 Clarkson Rd.• CHESTERFIELD 636.536.6300

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Eliminate chemicals in bedding The average person spends more time lying in bed than doing anything else in their home. However, traditional mattresses and bedding are teeming with a mixture of chemicals used in the manufacturing process. The alternative? Organic mattresses that are naturally fire retardant and contain less chemicals, and bedding made from organic cotton and bamboo materials, like the ones available from St. Louis-based online retailer,


Select low- or no- VOC materials An important piece of the green home puzzle is indoor air quality. Reducing and eliminating the volatile organic compounds (or VOCs) released into the air as paint cures is an important step in improving indoor air quality. Select products that are manufactured without VOCs, like the Natura line of premium, water-based paints from Benjamin Moore, which stop the release of these harmful chemicals (available at Reineke Decorating Centers,

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choose reused and repurposed furniture One of the hottest trends in interior design is restoring items that were once destined for the junk pile and using them in unexpected ways. Repurposing antique dressers and tables to support washbasins in bathrooms is particularly hot in home design. Try reusing one-of-a-kind materials to create a custom space—and save these items from the landfill (T Rohan Interior Design, 7310 Manchester Rd., Maplewood, 314.647.7400).


pick accessories made from reclaimed and remnant materials Both unique and eco-friendly, items made from reclaimed materials and the remnants of manufacturing products are taking the marketplace by storm. Repurposed kitchen accessories at bambeco. com offer innovative solutions for the home, such as granite rocks chillers, scrap tin bottle holders and reclaimed wood boards.



Buy local and sustainable furnishings Select cabinetry, flooring and furnishings made from locally produced and sustainable materials when possible. Find companies that are open about where their wood and other raw materials come from, such as Mwanzi Green Building Supply, a local biz that offers eco-friendly cabinetry built in St. Louis from sustainable materials (2757 Wyoming St., Benton Park, 314.288.7778).


improve air quality indoors Select decorative plants to add beauty to any space. They’ll also double as a natural way to clean and improve indoor air quality. Plants like the Chinese Evergreen, Cat Palm and Philodendron absorb chemicals from the air and neutralize them, and they’re very durable and easy to maintain. Try Bowood Farms (4605 Olive St., Central West End, 314.454.6868).


reuse vintage commercial art as wall décor Hot in interiors is the use of commercial art and vintage printed pieces in place of traditional artwork. Repurposing old graphic design pieces creates a unique look that complements all furniture and design styles and reduces waste. Check out the variety of vintage pieces and trendy wall art found at Roots Antiques, Vintage, Salvage (3104 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314.644.7708).

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It can seem as though the most delicious dishes are usually the least healthy; we typically equate comfort and feel-good emotions with rich foods that have been slathered with butter, covered in cheese or are high in sugar, salt or fat—not the best for maintaining low cholesterol and a healthy heart. But with one simple recipe, Schnucks Cooks have made it easy to whip up a restaurant-quality meal that incorporates ingredients proven to help keep your ticker in top form.

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{Ask the Expert} Eating for heart health Marilyn K. Tanner-Blasiar, a registered dietitian at the Washington University School of Medicine, shares five foods to incorporate into your diet and how they help keep your heart going strong. 1. AVOCADO Avocados help increase the heart-healthy fats in your diet. Not only do they add a rich, delicious texture to dishes, but they’re also packed with monounsaturated fat, which can help lower harmful LDL levels while raising the amount of helpful HDL cholesterol in your body. 2. SALMON Containing the powerful antioxidant carotenoid astaxanthin and loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, salmon can reduce blood pressure and keep clots from forming. Aim for two servings a week. Other oily fish (tuna, sardines, mackerel, herring) are good choices, too.

Salmon and Herb Sauce (Serves 4) WHAT YOU NEED:


• 1 small lemon

1. From lemon, grate 1 teaspoon peel and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice; transfer to small serving bowl. Stir in mayonnaise, herbs, sour cream, water, salt and pepper; set aside.

• 1/2 cup light mayonnaise • 1/3 cup chopped assorted Full Circle fresh herbs such as chives, dill, tarragon and thyme • 1/4 cup Schnucks light sour cream • 1 tablespoon water • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper • 1 1/4 pounds fresh salmon fillet, cut into 4 equal pieces • 1/2 teaspoon Schnucks extra-virgin olive oil


2. Preheat grill pan over medium heat. Brush top of salmon with olive oil. Place salmon, oil-side down, in pan and cook 10 to 12 minutes, turning once, or until salmon turns almost opaque throughout and reaches an internal temperature of 145°F. Spoon herb sauce over salmon to serve.

{Perfect Pairing} MAcMurry Ranch pinot noir Many studies over the past few decades suggest moderate consumption of red wine can reduce the risk of heart disease. The potential benefits of vino are primarily due to high flavinoid, polyphenol and antioxidant contents in red wines. For a perfect complement to this dish, pour a pinot noir. Our pick, straight from the heart of the Sonoma wine country, is MacMurray Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, a wine with rich flavors of red and black fruit. This wine’s subtle oakiness adds richness and depth to the finish, and its earthy, spicy notes pair fantastically with grilled salmon, rack of lamb and mushroom risotto ($10.99 at Schnucks).

3. OLIVE OIL Instead of reaching for butter for cooking purposes, use olive oil, which can lower bad cholesterol. Look for extra-virgin or virgin varieties—they’re the least processed and contain the highest levels of polyphenols, an antioxidant that promotes heart health. 4. WHOLE GRAINS Great sources of fiber and other nutrients that can help regulate blood pressure, whole grains are a simple way to make a hearthealthy food choice every day. Increase your intake by substituting whole grains for products containing refined flour. Try incorporating oatmeal, flaxseeds, buckwheat and brown rice into your diet. 5. COLORFUL FRUITS & VEGETABLES Low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals, fruits and veggies are a smart choice when trying to eat a low-cholesterol diet. Their high water and dietary fiber content make you feel full, which might help you eat less fatty foods.

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE D I N E O U T. F I G H T A I D S . O n T h u r s d a y, A p r i l 2 8 t h o v e r 1 3 0 r e s t a u r a n t s will be taking part in DINING OUT FOR LIFE and will donate at least 25% of your bill to fund programs for those infected and a f f e c t e d b y H I V / A I D S i n o u r c o m m u n i t y.


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Spring into Shape Trailnet


> Winter is officially over, and there are no more excuses for hiding under those layers of sweaters. Refresh your workout at one of these local clubs that provide fun (sometimes low to no cost), fitness-based group activities. Whether you’re looking for adventure on the open trails, want to join a volleyball league or need to get your butt in gear at a boot camp, there’s a group and workout for you. ADVENTURE CLUBS Get out of a rut in the great outdoors. Going to the gym is fine, but there’s something about exercising outside that provides motivation for a great workout. Trailnet ( offers great opportunities for cyclists of all ages and experience levels to get together and ride. If hiking is more your speed, Trails Club of St. Louis ( group/trailsclubofstlouis) has groups that meet up to explore area trails on foot. Want to take it up a notch? St. Louis Ultrarunners Group ( provides training and fun runs for aficionados of long-distance and trail running.


SPORTS Firm your physique by firing up your competitive spirit. Sometimes a little bit of friendly competition makes all the difference in getting and staying motivated. St. Louis Sports & Social Club ( has leagues for a variety of sports, from kickball to flag football to wiffleball, while Wave Taco (wave-taco. com) specializes in sand volleyball leagues. For you old-schoolers, Head Pins Bowling League ( offers organized 10-pin action, as do many area bowling lanes, and St. Louis Sports Center ( has leagues for old favorites like basketball, baseball and football. BASIC FITNESS Get into shape, or just shape back up. Whether you’re just starting to get serious about fitness or trying to work your way back to a former level of glory, there are plenty of groups around town to help you hit your goals. Big River Running Company ( and Metro Milers ( have organized training runs and running groups for all levels of runners. Looking for a whole-body experience? Sleek Boot Camp and St. Louis Adventure Boot Camp For Women ( have programs designed to build you up and provide motivational training.


St. Louis Sport Center

St. Louis Adventure Boot Camp

Top photo courtesy of Trailnet; middle photo courtesy of St. Louis Sports Center; bottom photo by Danette Massie.

Looking to jumpstart your spring workout? Meet up with likeminded fitness enthusiasts at one of these local organizations.


Social Scene: The Joshua Chamberlain Society Price of Freedom Gala February 19 ∑ The Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis hosted a gala to benefit the Joshua Chamberlain Society, a nonprofit that provides aid for severely wounded military service members and the families of killed-in-action members of the military. The event featured drinks, dinner and a special ceremony to honor three Joshua Chamberlain Society heroes. Photos by Candis Fisher/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log onto

1 SSgt. Joshua Eckhoff & Matt Cutler 2 Lt. Col. Shane Tomko & Ann and John Mabry 3 Ashley Sullivan & Cpl. Michael Vandencer




Social Scene: Sips in the City February 25 ∑ Culinaria-A Schnucks Market was once again the site of the monthly Sips in the City happy hour. This month’s gathering featured pours from The Show, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe and gourmet eats from Culinaria. Proceeds from the event benefited The Black Rep, the nation’s largest professional African-American theatre company that helps provide platforms for theatre, dance and other creative expressions from the African-American perspective to heighten the social and cultural awareness of its audiences. Photos by Danette Massie and Lisa Houdei/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log onto

1 1 Andrew and Angela Liebermann & Bernard Racine 2 Rosalyn Jones & Dian Garner 54 ALIVE STL APRIL 2011




Decades after taking control of her career (defined by firing her manager-slash-father at age 19) and establishing a name for herself—free of family associations—the triple-threat with the soft, sexy, message-driven voice is still going strong. A star who has long since been known for utilizing her celebrity as a platform for addressing big issues, her words have consistently packed punch. Early on, “Nasty” touched on sexual harassment; soon after, equality-charged “Rhythm Nation” stressed “pushing toward a world void of color lines.” She pledged her allegiance to brother Michael by singing on 1994’s “Scream” (his answer to sexual abuse allegations) and several tracks on her sixth album, “Velvet Rope,” were clearly written in support of the LGBT community. More recently, she spoke to those with low self-esteem in her first book. “True You: A Guide to Finding and Loving Yourself,” released early this year, chronicles her struggles with confidence and offers advice for those dealing with the same. Today, on top of enjoying the success of her new book (which debuted at No. 1 on “The New York Times” bestseller list), she is basking in the afterglow of an eventful 2010, which included acting roles in “Why Did I Get Married Too?” (for which she wrote and sang the theme song) and “For Colored Girls,” as well as the release of her second greatest hits album, 35-track “Number Ones.” The corresponding tour, “Number Ones: Up Close and Personal,” is her largest to date. One of pop music’s most celebrated and respected artists, she’s the still-evolving icon you likely know simply as Janet—Ms. Jackson, if you’re nasty. ALIVE got up close—and personal—with her just before her stop in St. Louis at the Fox Theatre on March 31. ALIVE: Local fans felt so lucky that St. Louis was chosen as one of the 35 stops on your “Number Ones: Up Close and Personal Tour.” How did you select the cities for the tour? Janet Jackson: This tour is a love affair between me and my fans. When I was in Europe last year, there were fans staying outside my hotel, and I would run into others when in the city. They would always ask me when I would be performing in certain cities. That gave me the idea to let the fans suggest cities I should visit. People voted on my website, they posted YouTube videos, they organized flash mobs; the response was incredible. That is why I chose to go to St. Louis, because of the fans. I want my fans there to know that I appreciate their submissions ... I’m answering their call, which is why I chose “Call On Me” as the song that I am dedicating to St. Louis. ALIVE: Why did you decide to keep the tour intimate with fewer cities and smaller venues? JJ: The idea to do the tour so “up close and personal” came to me when I was performing a private date in New York. It was at Radio City Music Hall, and I had such a great time. I could

see everyone in the audience, and I thought, “This is what I want to do for my next tour.” I just got back from the Asia leg of the tour, and it has been so much fun. So it’s really a thank-you to the fans who have supported me all these years. ALIVE: Outside of many of your No. 1 songs, what can fans expect from this show? JJ: This is going to be more low-key. This is about the fans—so there will be no pyrotechnics; just me and the fans having a good time. I’m singing as many of my number ones as I can, though if I sang them all, we would be there all night—not that I would mind! ALIVE: I love that you are recognizing 20 young people under 20 in each of the cities you’re touring. How did this idea come about? JJ: Everywhere you look, you see negative images. I wanted to recognize kids who are doing something positive in their communities. I will be picking them closer to the show so more kids have a chance to be nominated. I hope that parents, teachers, neighbors, anyone, will go to my website ( and nominate kids they know. The kids who are selected, and the person that nominated them first, will be my guests at the show. I have been meeting some amazing kids—kids that are working to get the word out about HIV/AIDS, kids that are bringing dance and music to their communities, everything. They are so inspiring to me, and I look forward to meeting each of them backstage after the shows.

ALIVE: I pass a Blackglama billboard with your picture on it almost every day. Past faces of the company have included Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall and Elizabeth Taylor. How did the campaign come to be, and why was it a fit for you? JJ: I was so excited to be a part of this campaign. The designs are beautiful, and the team at Blackglama is incredible. And just look at what those women have accomplished—not just in their acting careers, but in the world. Elizabeth is a leader in the world of HIV/AIDS, she founded amFar; Audrey and what she was able to accomplish with UNICEF; Lena Horne and others like her made it possible for me to do what I do today. I am so happy to be among such amazing people. ALIVE: Tell me about your own involvement with amFar. JJ: I am really enjoying my work with amFar right now. It is making such a positive impact in

the world of HIV/AIDS. I will be hosting their biggest fundraiser later this year in Cannes. It is important that we continue working toward a cure, and to let people know that there is no shame in having HIV/AIDS. The stigma that is associated with this disease is so damaging. ALIVE: In addition to Blackglama fur, what do you like to wear? JJ: I love so many designers. I am going to really miss Alexander McQueen, as he was such an amazing person and so talented. Haider Ackermann, Lanvin, I love Rick Owens, and of course, I can’t go anywhere without my Louboutins and Levis. ALIVE: I know you started out as an actress. How would you compare music and acting in terms of where your passions currently lie? JJ: Acting has always been my first love, and I’m excited I was able to get back to it (with roles in “Why Did I Get Married Too?” and “For Colored Girls”). I have never been good at multitasking, but I’m working on that now. I want to do more acting but don’t plan on putting my music on hold, either. ALIVE: Why do you think that “Nothing,” the theme song you co-wrote for “Why Did I Get Married Too?,” resonated with so many fans? JJ: “Nothing” is about the characters in the movie; I tried to write at least one verse for each couple. I think the fans can relate because, if you look at the characters, there is something in one—or, as in my case, many of them, that you can relate to. For me, [my character] Patricia always held things in; she helped other people with their problems while ignoring hers. In that way, music and movies are very similar; you relate to the story when you experience them, and that is what makes it powerful. ALIVE: Tell me about your new book that released in February, “True You.” Why did you write it? JJ: I wrote it especially for young kids. I hope they read “True You” and realize they are not alone and that they are perfect just the way they are. “True You” isn’t an autobiography, but there are anecdotes from my life. I thought it was important for me to share these memories so people see my journey and how I got to where I am today. It has been a long journey, but I am happy where I am.





This By Matt Sorrell Photography by Jennifer Silverberg Edited by Cristy Miller

House Creating their homes in unconventional spaces (think firehouse, grocery store, gas station), these six St. Louisans challenged tradition and made their living spaces uniquely their own.

>> Modern appointments combine with an old-fashioned bathtub in Dale and Jill Peluso’s CWE space.

>>The wide-open former retail space feels like a ground-floor loft.

Dale & Jill Peluso For this Central West End couple, “home” was found in a decades-old neighborhood grocery store. For a long time, the Peluso’s home used to be the neighborhood grocery store, and tucked inconspicuously as it is at the end of a row of stately multi-floor houses, the one-story building still looks suspiciously like a poorly advertised retail establishment. For Dale Peluso, it’s provided an opportunity to live in a great neighborhood on his terms. Having had enough of the suburbs from childhood, Dale knew he was destined for an urban space. He had developed an affinity for the Central West End from his time as a student at Washington University, but he didn’t have the money for one of the historic manses in the area, and he didn’t want a condo. The old store, which had also served as studio space for an architect and a photographer before Dale found it, allowed him to do his own thing. “I saw it as a blank canvas,” he says. The wide-open retail floor plan proved to also be ideal for a loft-like living space. But since it was intended as a place of business, it didn’t exactly have all of the accoutrements needed for a residence, so Dale embarked on a gut rehab down to the bricks. The project was done on his schedule, and he did as much of the work himself as he could with the help of an architect and contractor. Now, some 10 years later, he considers it “about 90 percent done.”

>>New and vintage signs and posters adorn the weathered brick walls.

>> The main floor provides a spacious studio area for Kirsten’s letterpress endeavors.

Kirsten O’Loughlin & Jason Dakis This St. Louis couple took on the ultimate “work in progress” and eventually made a former police stable in Carondelet their ideal home. Kirsten O’Loughlin and Jason Dakis had their hands full when they became the proud owners of the remnants of what was the first police station in St. Louis, circa 1875. The previous owner had torn down the original station building and used a lot of the leftover materials to build out the former stable on the property into a decent living space, but it sat vacant and neglected for years before the couple took the reins in 2005. Though Jason knows his way around construction, the two had no real rehab experience when they moved in, and the place needed everything from heating and cooling to electrical and plumbing. So they rolled up their sleeves, doing as much of the work as they could, including most of the demo. Today, the spacious bottom floor is divided between Kirsten’s letterpress studio and Jason’s woodworking shop. “To have that much studio space to do my own thing is really liberating,” Kirsten says. The upper floor is a loft-like living space, which opens out onto a deck that overlooks where the old station once stood, now a yard that’s a perfect venue for the occasional neighborhood bonfire. “It’s never really done, it’s a constant project,” Kirsten says of the space. “We don’t really go on vacation, we just work on the house.” Unlike some folks who get tired of projects and move on, Kirsten and Jason are in their house for the long haul. According to Kirsten, this is partly due to their affinity for the space and also because “basically, we have too much stuff to move.”

>> The spacious kitchen neatly divides the second floor.

Jason Evans A former firehouse provided a unique loft-like space for this Midtown resident. “I’ve always been into unusual spaces,” says Jason Evans. “I like the idea of living in spaces that transform once you go inside.” His Midtown home certainly fits that bill. The building dates back to the 1890s and began as a location of Underwriters Salvage Corps of the City of St. Louis, sort of a private firefighting service. The facade still bears the name of the old company, and the original barn-type doors give a hint of its former function. But once they swing open, the evolution the space has gone through becomes evident. The building was largely renovated and made livable before Jason moved in, and he’s been gradually tweaking it over the seven years he’s been there. He uses the open main floor, where the fire engines used to be parked, primarily as a painting studio and a guest room, subdividing the space with curtains. It’s so spacious, in fact, that Evans has used it to host charity functions. A drain in the middle of the concrete floor allows the area to be conveniently hosed down before company comes. The second floor has a living room at one end, which features the original walls, left untouched and gracefully decaying. On the other end is the master bedroom, complete with a modern concrete bathroom. In the middle is a huge open kitchen, and tucked in and around it all are vestiges of the building’s history: vintage copper fire extinguishers, a faded helmet, battered equipment lockers, and of course, a functional fire pole.

>> The firehouse’s original garage doors once opened for fireman, but now make a great open-air alternative for home soirees.

>> There are still a few vestiges of the building’s former use, like the marquee and the fire pole.

>> The former garage space is now home to treasures like this larger-than-life gargoyle sculpture.

>> Modern fixtures and surfaces provide contrast against the original brick walls in the bathroom.

Tim Tucker A former Benton Park gas station was the perfect fit for this homeowner—and the ultimate place to store his “stuff.” Tim Tucker’s home was built at the turn of the century and did time as a buggy shop and later as a series of garages and filling stations before he bought it seven years ago. Originally, he wasn’t looking for a project, just a place to hang his hat. “But I looked at about 100 houses, and they just weren’t ‘me,’” Tim says. What he wanted was a loft-type space that was close to the ground. The old station was a perfect fit, but it turned out to be quite a project. The space needed everything from plumbing to electric, plus tons of cleanup from years of exhaust soot and mechanical grime, and it took about a year and a half before it was livable. Luckily, Tucker wasn’t interested in a pristine space.

>> Old industrial spaces make for roomy closets.

“You can try to make things ‘perfect,’” Tim says. “Or work with the palette you have.” He’s taken pains to maintain imperfect hints of the building’s history, like keeping the exposed brick, wood joists and concrete floors, complete with the hole where the hydraulic lift once was. Tim describes his home as “a big brick tent,” with 16-foot ceilings and 12-foot doorways. It’s proved the ideal place for his ever-growing collection of stuff, from old bicycles to vintage stained-glass windows to government surplus water barrels. The self-professed collector says he may look to minimize in the near future, maybe get out of the garage and into one of the cozy Victorian bungalows that dot the neighborhood. But then, where would the seven-foot-tall gargoyle sculpture go?

Park Avenue, between Mississippi and Jefferson Avenues in Lafayette Square

The 25 best St. Louis neighborhoods to live in right now. By Emily Barlean Photos by Attilio D’Agostino

Eat, Play, Live.

[Rating key] Affordability 1 most expensive 5 least expensive Amenities 1 very few nearby 5 surrounded by

shops, eateries, etc. Green Space 1 tree-lined but not

much else 5 next door to large

parks, green areas Noise 1 very quiet

neighborhood 5 noisy intersections,

buzzing atmosphere Walkability 1 residents need to

drive to get where they need to go 5 everything is within walking distance Cultural Attraction 1 not near any well-

known cultural areas 5 close to museums, theaters and other cultural hotspots

one reason this neighborhood is such a desirable spot to live. Residents have direct access to dozens of specialty shops and diverse restaurants on Grand Avenue and Morgan Ford Road. Bustling Arsenal Street features historic brick homes that are perfect for active families and singles. 3






When), interesting restaurants (The Stable, The Mud House) and a diverse mix of people (hipsters, artists and adventurous rehabbers) inhabit this eclectic and developing community. Homes mainly consist of well-kept brick buildings, but many residents and shop owners add their own personal panache to the design, making this area fun to live in and to look at. 5

downtown lafayette square North of Park Ave., between Mississippi and Jefferson Avenues Park Avenue Coffee with its 76 flavors of awardwinning gooey butter cake, is just one reason this premier neighborhood is among the sweetest around. The dynamic area is across from the 30acre Lafayette Park and within walking distance of eateries, shops and a gym. Families have lived in this exclusive neighborhood for years, and now a crop of first-time homeowners, young professionals and new businesses have moved into the area. The community is focused on preserving its historic roots, including Victorian homes (some built in the 1800s) and newly built townhomes specifically designed to mimic existing styles.

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t. Louis is a city of neighborhoods. From the Central West End to Benton Park to Dogtown, there are dozens of diverse and dynamic communities that make up the metro area. Some boast historic mansions, others tout affordable townhomes or excellent rehab options. Whether you’re looking to relocate or just like to look, we’ve broken down the best St. Louis ’hoods to call home and ranked their appeal based on noise level, walkability, distance to local attractions and more. But whatever block fits your fancy, one thing’s for sure—our list of neighborhoods will definitely make you a little green with real estate envy. tower grove heights Bordered by Arsenal St., Grand Ave., Utah St., and Morgan Ford Rd. Tower Grove Park may be one of St. Louis’ bestkept secrets, and being near this lively park is just






Compton heights Longfellow and Hawthorne Boulevards If you’re looking for rows of carbon-copy brick townhomes, turn around. Along these gated and tree-lined streets, each home is as unique as it is grand. The nationally historic neighborhood is an old-fashioned community where neighbors share more than property lines and where homes are filled with diverse and extraordinary people. The neighborhood is quiet, but still a short jaunt from South Grand Avenue. 1












Cherokee-lemp historic district Bordered by I-55, S. Jefferson Ave., Potomac St., and Wyoming St. If you’re looking for a location with a unique flair, then Cherokee Street is the scene for you. One-ofa-kind antique shops (The Purple Cow, Remember





DeMun neighborhood DeMun Ave., between Skinker Blvd., and Big Bend Rd. Tucked away between Forest Park and Clayton, the DeMun community boasts quieter blocks than its neighboring counterparts while still offering plenty of places to grab a bite and shop around. Plus, it’s within walking distance of all the cultural amenities of Forest Park. Homes are a mix of 1920s townhomes, modern highrises and newer singlefamily residences. 3






south carondelet Bordered by S. Broadway Ave., W. Steins St., Michigan and Loughborough Avenues Development is the word in this transitioning community, and the new vision for Carondelet focuses on the arts. With help from places like Hammer and Hand Imports, The Ivory Theatre and a new music venue called Halfway Haus (among others), the area is host to a bevy of art shows and design speakeasies. Plus, it’s thriving and growing—new storefronts are popping up regularly, and there are plans to add loft-style apartments to the area soon. All the while, the area manages to maintain its character and family-friendly feel with bike paths, widened sidewalks and parks nearby. 4

benton park north Bordered by Sidney St., Gravois Ave., Jefferson Ave., and Arsenal St. Residents seeking the best of both worlds can find just that on the cozy streets of Benton Park—where new meets old. The neighborhood possesses seriously diverse digs—think 100-year-old homes, ’50s-style bungalows and new developments on the same street. Moreover, eateries and attractions also range from modern (Sidney Street Café, Niche) to historic (Gus’ Pretzels, Anheuser-Busch). And because the neighborhood is just minutes from Downtown and less than a mile from Soulard, finding weekend activities is effortless.







Shenandoah Avenue Between Fox Park and Compton Ave. There’s nothing quite like finding a neighborhood gem nestled in an unlikely location, and that’s exactly the selling point for this area. Just a few blocks west of Jefferson Avenue (behind Kakao Chocolate) lies a street lined with affordable homes and apartments boasting a classic brick style. Most homes sell for under $200K, and many even run less than $100K. Though some spots could use a little TLC, the stylish, sturdy homes and easy access to Soulard, South Grand and Downtown make this location a diamond in the rough. 4






central west end north McPherson Ave., between Taylor Ave., and Kingshighway Blvd. This pocket of the Central West End is a beautiful,


bustling place. People can be found moseying around the array of shops, visiting the myriad of dining establishments that line the streets or attending an art exhibit. A mix of large brick homes and fashionable apartment buildings can be found, making the neighborhood perfect for families, singles and everyone in between. The area has a real sense of community and privacy while still maintaining its hotspot status. 2






kirkwood Monroe Ave., between S. Kirkwood Rd. and Harrison Ave. Similar to its Webster Groves neighbor, Kirkwood is one of those all-inclusive communities. With everything from posh condos to one-of-a-kind homes, the area, while certainly not considered urban, is still far from suburbia. Offering the sense of a small town while featuring an array of amenities, Kirkwood is a very livable area. Dozens of restaurants, shops and services enhance the neighborhood while its close proximity to schools and child-

Old Post Office District, Downtown

friendly venues (The Magic House) make it perfect for families. 3






the grove: west Bordered by S. Newstead Ave., S. Kingshighway Blvd., Chouteau and Manchester Avenues Reopening schools, adding better public transportation and filling vacant lots with dozens of newly rehabbed homes proves The Grove is a neighborhood in transition. Homes in the area are rather affordable with an average price of $120K— though that number is on the rise due to recent demand. This demand has no doubt been influenced by the recent revitalizations of the area and its close proximity to the hustle and bustle of Manchester Avenue. With plenty of restaurants and hangouts nearby, residents who love a mix of energy and are seeking a “fixer-upper” project will find their perfect setting in this South City neighborhood. 4






skinker-debaliviere Bordered by Skinker Blvd., DeBaliviere Ave., Delmar Blvd., and Forest Park Pkwy. It’s obvious that residents of the SkinkerDeBaliviere area are proud of their neighborhood. Homes—many built before 1920—range from beautiful single-family dwellings to upscale apartments and renovated condos. All of them are well-preserved, and most range between $100-$300K. Close to dining establishments and shopping in The Loop and within walking distance of the cultural attractions within Forest Park, the homes specifically on Pershing Avenue provide a lovely middle ground between two favorite locations. 3






McPherson and Parkview Roads Off Skinker Blvd., in University City Similar to the gated lanes of Longfellow and Hawthorne in Compton Heights, this impressive neighborhood in University City is lined with homes that can only be described as estates. Once within the neighborhood walls, it’s easy to forget the busy street that connects the community to nearby attractions. Midway between Forest Park and the Delmar Loop, the area boasts amenities like Blueberry Hill, the Art Museum and The Pageant while also offering the quiet seclusion of a truly impressive block. 1






Old Post Office district Bordered by Tucker Blvd., Washington Ave., 8th St., and Chestnut St. Don’t let the name Old Post Office deter you; contemporary city living is truly captured by this Downtown neighborhood. With affordable lofts, apartments and condos for both the young professional and empty nester, the neighborhood’s walking-distance amenities, including a grocery store, urgent care and medical center, gym and Metrolink station, are only just the beginning of what this block has to offer. Residents will tell you there’s undoubtedly a community at play, and with restored architectural treasures and awardwinning public spaces (Citygarden), this locale is both vivacious and beautiful. 2






northeast maplewood Surrounding Sutton Blvd., north of Manchester Rd. If you can call any neighborhood “small but mighty,” it’s Maplewood. The vibrant community is full of unique shops, entertainment venues and dining options. Residents can enjoy quaint homes removed from the hustle and bustle, but are also just seconds away from an exciting collection of amenities. 3






establishments scattered throughout, the bustling area could easily be considered a minihub within the city.

downtown dutchdown Meramec Ave., between Grand and Nebraska Avenues Similar to Fox Park, Dutchtown is a quaint community that’s largely a hidden gem. Rows of affordable and attractive brick homes reside on Meramec Avenue, and unique cafés (Urban Eats, Feasting Fox) pepper the area. The neighborhood’s convenient proximity to I-55 makes Downtown access quick and easy—not to mention, there’s a Ted Drewes within walking distance. 4










Lindell Boulevard North of Forest Park Lindell Boulevard speaks for itself when it comes to hot blocks. Overlooking Forest Park, the entire street is lined with homes that can’t be classified as anything but mansions. Spaciously positioned along the tree-lined street, homes resemble works of art—many featuring high arches and castle-like turrets. In addition to the grandeur of homes, residents can literally walk across the street and access all of the amenities that come with Forest Park (Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Zoo, The Boat House). Jealous? So are we. 1






Swan Circle West of Brentwood Blvd. Residents of Brentwood truly get to have their cake and eat it, too. The quaint, quiet residential areas provide inhabitants with a serene community of condos and townhomes in which to live. On the other hand, seconds away, residents can find access to a bustling hub that offers almost everything that anyone could need. Direct access to the Saint Louis Galleria (and other major retail outlets) makes Brentwood a hot and handy place to live. 3











the hill Along Bischoff Ave., between Hereford St., and Marconi Ave. Known for housing dozens of Italian restaurants, The Hill is one of the most wellknown and historic neighborhoods in St. Louis. Many families have been residents of this welcoming, community-focused area for generations. In fact, Yogi Berra’s family resides there and has since he was a kid. The diverse block features a variety of older brick abodes, and new construction continues to this day. The five-minute drive to the Botanical Garden and Forest Park—plus, the delicious smell of garlic bread in the air—make this legendary area an appetizing place to live.


old north st. louis North of St. Louis Ave., along N. Market St. For almost 100 years, Crown Candy Kitchen has drawn people to North City—and though the area is definitely a work-in-progress, the dynamic neighborhood has an influx of both rehabbers and businesses (including Therapy Boutique). The neighborhood’s development corporation and partners have been coordinating rehabs of over 100 historically sensitive homes. These renovations combined with a close proximity to Downtown mean people are heading to North City for more than homemade chocolate these days. 5


3 Old webster groves Jefferson St. Old Webster Groves can be described in two words: historic and lively. Perhaps that combination is surprising, but this charming area truly lives up to both standards. With gorgeous homes lining quiet Jefferson Street, it’s almost hard to believe that within walking distance you can find a bustling business district with literally everything you need. Banks, dentists, auto shops and more make it a hub for dining (Lywellen’s, Robust) and everything in between. 3






Gaslight Square Surrounding the intersections of Boyle and Olive Streets Once a thriving entertainment district, Gaslight Square eventually fell victim to urban flight decades ago. But today, with the help of local businesses and the Historical Preservation Society, Gaslight Square is back on the up and up. Where empty lots once sat, residents now sport chic apartments built within the last 10 years, and dozens of seriously cool-looking homes and duplexes from the 1890s have been refurbished to their previous glory. 3






Clayton/tamm Surrounding Clayton Rd., between Tamm Ave., and Grand View Dr. in Dogtown Like a suburban pocket within the city, Dogtown is one of St. Louis’ hippest neighborhoods. Featuring moderately priced brick homes, condos and apartments, the area is home to many of the city’s creative and trendy young professionals. Plus, with unique






tilles park Surrounding Deer Creek Woods Dr., off McKnight Road Tilles Park is known for its serenity and beauty, and the neighborhoods surrounding it have taken note. With impressive homes (most valued over $500K) lining hilly, private streets, this exclusive block might actually rival the glitz and glam of Lindell Boulevard. The park provides child-friendly fun (playgrounds, a hockey rink, etc.) and a relaxing getaway for adults (gardens, walking trails), making this area perfect for families. Near I-64, the more secluded parts can still easily access all the amenities of Brentwood and Clayton while providing a quiet lifestyle. 2






southampton Bordered by Chippewa St., Hampton Ave., Eichelberger St., and S. Kingshighway Blvd. First-time homeowners looking for an affordable space that will last for many years are sure to love SoHa. Homes feature traditional architecture and usually sell for under $150K, but are updated and full of modern conveniences. In this one-square-mile community, neighbors get to know and care about each other and even hold yearly block parties. Over the last several years, the area has filled with dozens of new and charming amenities such as Murdoch Perk, Onesto Pizza & Trattoria and Home Eco Green General Store—most within walking distance. It’s no wonder residents are often found out and about enjoying their close-knit neighborhood. 3







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From billowy blouses to long-andloose dresses and free-flowing pants, the pieces that defined the ease of ’70s style are back. Photography + Art Direction by Attilio D’Agostino Styling by Jill Manoff Model: Becca Blaise for West Model & Talent Management, Makeup + Hair by Lisa Kalz, Shot on location at the historic Benton Park home of Tim Tucker and Sal’s Produce at the Soulard Farmer’s Market.

[PREVIOUS PAGE] Blouse available at Meka, Chesterfield, 636.536.6300. Shorts available at Paperdolls, Kirkwood, 314.965.3655. Platform sandals available at Nine West, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.4915. [THIS PAGE] Diane von Furstenberg blouse and Theory pants available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Citrine by the Stones bangles available at Alixandra Collections, Ladue, 314.997.2360. [OPPOSITE PAGE] Susana Monaco dress available at Susan Lynn’s, Town & Country, 636.394.8242. Pucci scarves and 10022-SHOE wedges available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. House of Harlow bangle available at Blush, Kirkwood, 314.965.4411. 72 ALIVE STL APRIL 2011



[OPPOSITE PAGE] Peasant blouse available at Meka, Chesterfield, 636.536.6300. Escada pants and Kenneth Jay Lane bangle available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. House of Harlow earrings available at Blush, Kirkwood, 314.965.4411. [THIS PAGE] Blouse and necklace available at Klutch, Town and Country, 636.220.6110. Swimsuit available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Ring available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. Photo Assistant: Josh Kennon. Fashion Assistant: Carson Lewallen. Thank you to Tim Tucker for his gracious hospitality and Sal’s Produce at the Soulard Farmer’s Market.


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Far & Away Two St. Louis couples leave the city limits for unique country-chic celebrations. By Marylyn Simpson | Photos by Brea Photography and Paul Nordmann

Although Melissa (Mel) Palm and Michael Payne had been friends since adolescence, it was nearly a decade after graduating high school that their friendship blossomed into a full-blown romance. Having lived in different cities throughout most of their adult lives, Michael and Mel communicated mainly through email, phone calls and weekend visits, living in different states even up until their wedding day. After a short courtship and a surprise proposal in front of the Jewel Box in Forest Park, Mel was on a race against the clock to plan the wedding of her dreams in just 10 weeks. Both lovers of the outdoors, Michael and Mel felt it was only natural to have an outdoor wedding that reflected her elegant yet simple tastes, and Michael’s affection for rustic aesthetics. From the chandelier that hung from an old oak tree to the candle-filled mason jars strewn throughout the outdoor reception, Michael and Mel’s outdoor wedding was an affair to remember.

The Coupl


Melissa Palm Payne, 30, Counselor, & Michael Payn e, 34, Session Guita rist

The Details

en’s Wedding Boutique, 636.391.3466, Handpicked Florals Rather than consult with

a florist, Mel journeyed to St. Louis Flower Market Rustic Reception While some brides shop and handpicked each flower that would make up around for the perfect location, Mel had always enher centerpieces and bouquets. She opted for white visioned her outdoor wedding would take place at hydrangeas and yellow ranunculus, which played her friend’s country cabin just a few miles outside into the wedding’s color scheme. Mel’s mother creTroy, MO. Playing up the natural beauty surroundated each floral arrangement the night before the ing the cabin, Mel opted for decorations that crewedding, giving special meaning to the wedding’s ated a rustic, yet elegant atmosphere. A wooden sign led guests to the ceremony, and an old-fashion handmade vibe ( roses, lilies, orchids and hydrangeas made trunk sat by a little farm White table and held a typewriter (The Special Event of Love With Michael’s music backused for the guest list. up Lindsay’s beautiful bouquetSound Florist, Tina Barrera, 314.845.3362). ground, it was an easy decision for the couple to express their love through music. Mel and Michael Tailor Made Mel decided to add some personal decided to create a mix CD as party favors that touches to her wedding gown, giving it a vintage showcased the songs that best defined their relatouch that not only reflected her personal style, but also complemented her rural wedding theme. tionship. Of course, no detail was left undone, and Adding satin buttons along the back of her gown even the CDs featured personalized decal. “We both have the same initials so we embossed the to create a more classic look, Mel avoided trendy envelopes and put the CDs inside,” says Mel. designs, staying true to her simple tastes (

Festive Fare Mel’s fare of choice was a mix of smoked BBQ, snack food and summery side dishes. The first course is what Mel calls a “luxurious picnic,” featuring a mix of assorted cheeses, bread and fruit. Hiring friend, co-worker and budding caterer Ray Hamilton to prepare the main meal, the main course consisted of four different BBQ varieties, as well as a side spinach salad and roasted corn, perfect for a warm summer day. Simply Scrumptious Mel’s simple yet elegant taste was reflected in the sweets table, which consisted of a traditional, two-tiered, white-iced wedding cake, homemade Italian candies and fruit pies from Sugaree Bakery (314.645.5496, Friend and owner of The Cakery, Ericka Frank, made Mel and Michael a cake so scrumptious, it ran out before the end of the night (314.647.6000,


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Having met nearly eight years ago at an open-mic night, Debra Kokorudz and Brian Cummings immediately hit it off, sharing a mutual love for rock ‘n’ roll and all-things outdoors. After eight years of dating, Brian and Debra decided to make it official, taking an uconventional route toward marriage, something that would soon play into this couple’s festive wedding celebration. In a crowd of race-goers and friends, Brian decided to take Debra by surprise and pop the question during the couple’s annual trip to the Gateway Cup Races. With just five months to plan their dream wedding, Debra and Brian created a day to remember; an outdoor wedding that captured their love for autumn and all it entails. Combining aspects of Halloween, a 19th-century circus and the ambiance of a vintage soiree, this nontraditional couple planned an intimate, outdoor wedding that reflected both their unique personal style and shared interests.


The Details

Cirque de Marriage Brian and Debra’s main wedding goal was to create a celebration that would entertain their guests without compromising the celebration’s laidback yet upscale atmosphere. Sticking with their circus theme, they decided to host a post-ceremony “Cirque de Soliel”-esque sideshow. Belle of the Ball provided entertainment that boasted acrobatics, juggling and an aerial suspension performance—the perfect way to kick off a night full of surprises and out-of-the-box thrills (636.541.2504,

The Coupl


Debra Kokoru dz, 41, Marketing an d tions Coordina Promoto Missouri Histor r at the y Museum, & Brian Cum mings, 38, Commercial Photographer

Outdoor Opulence A professional photographer, Brian had worked with Overlook Farm throughout his career and knew it would be the perfect outdoor location. The ceremony, which overlooked a Mississippi River bluff, created the quintessential autumn ambience that Brian and Debra so passionately wanted to capture. From the crisp fall air, to the pumpkins and haystacks that lined the ceremonial altar, the natural beauty of Overlook Farm was not only breathtaking, but also captured the essence of the couple’s natureloving spirit (573.242.3838, Candy Girl Playing up their alternative aesthetic, Brian and Debra opted for a candy buffet and a “Hot Koko” drink bar rather than a traditional tiered wedding cake and sweets table. Jars of candies lined the buffet table where guests were welcome to indulge in an assortment of sweets, candy apples, tarts and Bissinger’s Chocolates, as well as warm drinks and liqueurs. Elegantly stacked jars of candy made for a wedding cakelike silhouette, something Brian called “eclectic and a little off, but Martha Stewart would’ve approved.” (314.534.2401, Art-Centric Favors A longtime lover of Mexican art, Debra incorporated a Day of the Dead design in her guest’s assortment of party favors, highlighting the “Til Death Do Us Part” motif. While most weddings offer a same-gift-for-all favor, Debra and Brian’s favors were canvas bags and custom screen-printed tee-shirts provided by All Along Press (314.827.6185, Edible Arrangements The couple’s centerpieces consisted of blue-and-red-striped popcorn boxes filled with white hydrangeas, creating the illusion of white, fluffy popcorn. And while the centerpieces took a more playful approach to the wedding’s décor, Debra’s floral bouquet was nothing short of elegant. Purple hydrangeas, red ranunculus and hotpink sweetheart roses contrasted with Debra’s amethyst-colored wedding dress (Walter Knoll Florist, 636.227.0022, Party Dress Showcasing her nontraditional tastes, Debra wore an amethyst-colored gown in lieu of a white wedding dress. The Redux by Charles Chang Lima gown was a modern design that featured an asymmetrical neckline, relaxed mermaid train and beautiful bustline pleating. Much to the surprise of her wedding guests, Debra decided to wait until the big day to share the details and unexpected hue of her dress. “There was an audible gasp when I stepped out of the convertible that drove me up to the ceremony,” says Debra (Neiman Marcus, 314.567.9811, APRIL 2011 ALIVE STL 79

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




How We Met Jason and I met in December of 2009 through mutual friends. I was instantly attracted to him, but the first night we met led to only a friendship at first. Two months later, our friends were planning a trip to Vegas for Valentine’s Day, and Jason and I kept talking about all the fun things we wanted to do there. When we arrived, we pretty much deserted the group, and it became a Jason-and-Candy vacation. When we returned to St. Louis, we were officially a couple.

How We Met Jason and I both attended Missouri State University together, but did not know one another well. Through the Greek system, we knew of each other and shared many mutual friends, but that was the extent of our relationship. Three years after graduation (I guess the timing was finally right), we were at my roommates’ birthday celebration at The Dubliner, and we finally started chatting. We had run into each other in St. Louis here and there before, but never had the chance to have a real conversation. Two days later, Jason asked me out to dinner.

How We Met Chad and I met through our mutual friend Sarah, whom I had known since childhood. On St. Patrick’s Day, Sarah and I went to a pub for a few drinks—and Chad and his friends were also there. We kept making eye contact throughout the entire evening, but that was it. The next day, I had asked Sarah about him and ironically Chad inquired about me to Sarah as well. She gave him my contact information, and we went on our first date the next night.

The Proposal Jason and I decided to attend the New Year’s Eve party at Lumen with a group of our friends. We had a great night dancing and socializing—after a midnight kiss, Jason went up to the DJ booth with a microphone and said, “My 2010 was great because of Christina Bolin” and proceeded to give a speech that brought me to tears. He finished by saying, “My New Year’s resolution is to be with her forever and ask her to marry me.” After catching my breath from excitement, I finally squeaked out a “yes,” and we were congratulated by our friends and 300 onlookers. The Big Day November 19, 2011

The Proposal For our anniversary, Chad and I went on a carriage ride Downtown, had dinner at the Millennium Hotel’s revolving restaurant and decided to stay overnight. After dinner, we went to check out the hotel room before heading out on the town. When I opened the door, the entire suite was filled with red rose petals, five dozen red roses and champagne. And our view overlooked the skyline and the Arch. While glancing out the window, I saw Chad bend down in the reflection, and when I turned around, he was on one knee. It was the most amazing night. Photos courtesy of the couples.

The Proposal The day Jason proposed started out pretty normal, but then he suggested going on a picnic. We went to Forest Park and took a walk around the Grand Basin when he started talking about his life and how much better it was with me and my daughter in it. The next thing I know, he’s on his knee. He had hired a photographer, who was snapping pictures, and then he revealed he’d planned an entire proposal weekend starting with dinner at Zia’s on the Hill, a night at the Cheshire Inn, a trip to the DuQuion State Fair (I love carnivals) and another night at a quaint little B&B in Illinois. On top of all that, he had talked to my boss and got me off work the following Monday. He’d also purchased a ring for my little girl along with “Disney Princess on Ice” tickets, presented it all to her the day we returned and, of course, asked if she would be his step-daughter.

The Big Day October 22, 2011 at the Sheraton-Clayton Plaza

The Big Day August 25, 2011 in Jamaica

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Wedding planners Absolutely In, LLC 130 South Bemiston, Ste 603, Clayton, 314. 314.315.1775, absolutelyin. com Let the savvy women behind this local event planning and coordinating company help make your big day memorable, whether it’s planning from the first day or providing dayof assistance.

Bride’s Vision 521 Scott Ave., Kirkwood, 314.580.2381, Ellen Gutierrez’s 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.

Divine Events 224 N. Highway 67 # 233, Florissant, 314.805.3587, Divine Events, LLC, specializes in event planning and wedding coor-


dination. Whether it’s the planning process or finishing touch, they’ll make your dreams come true.

Lucky You Productions 2218 Cherokee St., Benton Park, 314.210.7764, With the motto “No budget too small. No event too big,” Rachel McCalla and her team make wedded bliss a reality and 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.

VENUES 9th Street Abbey 1808 S. 9th St., Soulard, 314.621.9598., eventsites.htm This enchanting former church, schoolhouse and meeting room in historic Soulard is a destination for wedding celebrations. The interior boasts cathedral ceilings with magnificent original stained glass windows, and the beautiful patio garden is unsurpassed with fountains, plants and an outdoor bar.

Bevo Mill 4749 Gravois Rd., South City, 314.832.6776, This historic venue in South City, known for its windmill and Dutchstyle exterior, is a beautiful spot for your wedding reception. Operated by the folks from L&M Catering, who also own the well-known St. Louis company, Gourmet Foodworks, the recently renovated space provides an elegant backdrop for your big day.

Cedar Lake Farm Winery 11008 Schrekengast Rd., Wright City, MO, 314.569.3005, Wow guests with country charm and natural tranquility. Cedar Lake Farm Winery exhibits 95 acres wooded with winsome cedars, a lake and a picturesque pond. The main feature, a red barn house, is anything but outdated; it is newly renovated with a gas fireplace, full kitchen, loft, full-service bar, game room and a state-of-the-art audio visual system. It is a little bit country, but boasts a lot of beautiful features.

Chandler Hill Vineyards

is left untouched. Let the Chase’s personal wedding specialist help with custom table design and implementation, musical entertainment, floral arrangements and more.

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

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

596 Defiance Rd., Defiance, MO, 636.798.2675, A magical experience awaits at this exquisite winery—you’ll have a memorable big day on the outdoor deck overlooking the vineyards and lake while your guests enjoy a delicious fully catered meal. Chandler Hill is a convenient 30-minute drive from St. Louis.

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Chase Park Plaza

2 S. 4th St., Downtown, 314.231.3003, Located Downtown, Drury Plaza Hotel-at The Arch offers several spacious banquet rooms for your wedding reception and is within walking distance of many city attractions.

212-232 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.633.3050, Elegant, spacious ballrooms, catering, personalized floral and table arrangements, valet parking—no detail

3701 Lindell Blvd., Midtown, 314.367.4848, Have your own fairytale wedding or reception at this beautiful Midtown venue. The grand ballroom is the perfect backdrop—and the wedding planners can help plan every detail, from the menu to specialty linens to floral selections to the cake.

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Photography: Pam Brendenkamp/Jon Koch/Tim McDermott Photography

“From the food to how smoothly everything went it was just plain amazing and one of the best nights” —Lumen Bride “Thanks again for all of the hard work that you and your staff put into our wedding! Everything was fantastic and many of our guests said it was the best wedding they had ever been to!!” —Lumen Bride 2201 LOCUST STREET | 314.241.5757 | WWW.LUMENSTL.COM

F15teen 1900 Locust Ave., Downtown, 314.588.8899, With a gorgeous event space, F15teen is picture perfect for your dream wedding reception. The space accommodates over 300 guests, and the staff ensures everyone will have the time of their lives.

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

Fox Theatre-Fox Club

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

527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center, 314.531.9999, Located on the second floor of the Theatre, the Fox Club space provides seating for up to 300 guests and a great panoramic view of the lobby. Your big day will be one to remember when you celebrate at St. Louis’ beautiful historic venue.

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

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark

The Party Professionals Since 1946.

One S. Broadway, Downtown, 314.421.1776, From the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony to a honeymoon suite, this elegant Downtown hotel is a perfect place to plan your big day. They also have the resources and the staff to help plan and manage every detail.

Hilton St. Louis Frontenac

Ask us how we can serve you: Tables Chairs Linens Tents Fountains China Dance Floors Flatware Glassware

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

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

HoteLumière 999 N. 2nd St. Downtown, 314.450.5056, The contemporary ambiance of this Downtown destination makes it the perfect place to have your wedding reception with spaces and amenities to accommodate your guests and party.

Hyatt Regency at the St. Louis Arch 315 Chestnut St., Downtown, 314.655.1234, The newly renovated Hyatt Regency in Downtown St. Louis boasts luxuri-

ous amenities that you and your guests are sure to love, and the professionals on staff will take care of every detail from the flowers to the music. So whether your wedding will be large and lavish, or small and intimate, this charming venue is perfect for all your wedding needs.

The Jewel Box Forest Park, 314.531.0080, stlouis.mis parks/jewelbox/ The Jewel Box remains a gorgeous destination for those who seek a picturesque outdoor wedding complete with seasonal flowers and an open sky.

Kemp Auto Museum 16955 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield, 636.537.1718, This venue boasts some of the most exquisite automobiles and offers a truly unique spot for a wedding reception. Expect everything from a variety of catering partners to lighting experts. The team at Kemp Auto Museum has the experience to make your wedding unforgettable and always goes above and beyond to make it memorable.

The Lodge at Grant’s Trail Bed & Breakfast 4398 Hoffmeister Ave, South County, 314.638.3340, The Lodge is the perfect haven for your wedding reception, with a scenic view and an idyllic, intimate setting. The Great Room, which overlooks the Grant’s Trail and unveils a wall of windows overlooking the spacious patio, seats up to 75 guests while the additional Green Room seats another 60 people.

Lodge of the Four Seasons 315 Lodge of Four Seasons Dr., Lake Ozark, MO, 573.365.3000, 4seasonsresort. com Make the Lodge of the Four Seasons at Lake of the Ozarks your choice for your wedding and enjoy top-notch accommodations and amenities, including Spa Shiki, three championship golf courses, excursion boat rides on Lake of the Ozarks, swimming, water skiing and much more.

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

Mad Art Gallery 2727 S. 12th St., Soulard, 314.771.8230, A unique venue for your special event, the Mad Art Gallery has a beautiful Art Deco design, terrazzo floors and marble hallways that create the perfect elegant space for your event.

Missouri Botanical Garden 4344 Shaw Blvd., Tower Grove, 314.577.0200, This oasis is anything but ordinary.

Enhance your guests’ experience... & simplify yours

Enjoy 79 acres of beautiful horticultural displays while sharing your special day. The professional staff’s approach to your wedding allows you to relax while they create the mood, take care of the service and dazzle your guests with sound, surroundings and a delicious menu.

Missouri History Museum Lindell and DeBaliviere, Forest Park, 314.746.4599, The stunning MacDermott Grand Hall is breathtaking any way you look at it. Your guests will be in awe of the spectacular River Mosaic covering the floor and the replica of Charles Lindbergh’s airplane that hangs from the center of the Hall.

Moonrise Hotel 6177 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.721.1111, A beautiful and modern boutique hotel, Moonrise can provide an unexpected setting for your ceremony or reception. On-site catering will create a lavish meal for you and your guests.

Moulin Events 2017 Chouteau Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.241.4949, A perfectly intimate setting for your special day, this restored historical landmark is tucked away in Lafayette Square and offers a personal atmosphere for you and your guests, whether you invite 20 or 750. The experienced planners on staff will take care of every detail.

The Palladium Saint Louis 1400 Park Place, Lafayette Square, 314.799.8886, Located in historic Lafayette Square, The Palladium is as beautiful as the neighborhood. The venue, which seats 400 and has room for 700 standing guests, is a stunning marriage of Old World architecture and contemporary design; the perfect place to make lifelong vows.

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800 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.621.9600, The 20th-floor Rooftop Crystal Ballroom will dazzle your guests with stunning views of the city while the spacious venue offers seating for up to 1,500. Specialty lighting services, catering and certified wedding planners on staff make this an impressive venue that promises beautiful memories.

The Ritz-Carlton

23 St. Louis locations to serve you.

100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.863.6300, Brides everywhere know that when they plan a wedding or reception at The Ritz—it’s guaranteed to be classic, elegant and have your guests buzzing about it for years. From intimate to extravagant, traditional to unexpected, The Ritz-Carlton is at your service and dedicated to creating an unforgettable wedding experience that is uniquely yours.

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5050 Oakland Ave., Forest Park, 314.289.4400, Book your reception in the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, a landmark

venue in Forest Park. The planetarium can be easily transformed and features a dramatic atmosphere.

Scape American Bistro 48 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.361.7227, Scape American Bistro offers unique private dining in the Wine Room, Fountain Room or European Courtyard, but also holds an experienced staff that assures that your special day will be personalized with intimate details and a customized menu.

SqWires Annex 1415 S. 18th St., Lafayette Square, 314.865.3522., Adjacent to SqWires Restaurant, the Annex’s exposed brick, massive beams, 18-foot ceilings, iron stairway and balcony create an unforgettable setting for your occasion.

Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries 3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center, 314.533.9900 ext. 11, The elegant Louis Spiering Room can seat 500 guests and boasts a spectacular view of the Central West End and Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The Sheldon Ballroom features golden hardwood flooring, a full stage and dramatic beamed ceilings with large skylights and can accommodate 200-250 for dinner or more than 300 for cocktail receptions.

The Thaxton Speakeasy 1009 Olive St., Downtown, 314.241.3279, This unique Art Deco space can accommodate up to 200 people for cocktail-style events and has a variety of caterers for you to choose from. From simple and elegant to lavishly extravagant, you can create your perfect wedding in the opulent surroundings.

Top of the Riverfront at the Millennium Hotel 200 S. 4th St., Downtown, 314.516.8121, Book your reception at the only revolving restaurant in St. Louis, the Top of the Riverfront, or one of the spacious facilities at the Millennium Hotel. The spectacular view won’t be the only thing your guests remember.

Vernon W. & Marion K. Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park 4256 Magonolia Ave., Tower Grove, 314.771.4410, parks/tower-grove/ A historical site that flourishes with tropical plants also boasts stone flooring, historic design lighting and a romantic view that overlooks lily ponds with seating up to 150 guests, the ambiance lends itself to a perfect day at a picturesque location.

The Westin St. Louis 811 Spruce St., Downtown, 314.552.5727, The Westin offers a gorgeous setting for your party, whether it’s in the 4,000-sq. ft. Promenade Ballroom or one of the other spacious facilities. Book your wedding ceremony, reception or rehearsal dinner at The Westin, and your day will be a success from start to finish.

Fabulous Fabrics

Add elegance to your next event with luxe linens from Weinhardt Party Rentals

Weinhardt Party Rentals is a full-service rental company and offers several linen collections to choose from for your next event. Choose rich fabrics and textures from our Luxury Collection, subtle elegance from our Lamour Satin Collection, patterns and prints from our Specialty Collection or an array of colors from our Traditional Collection.

RUN FOR YOUR MONE Y Using a sleek table runner is an affordable and inexpensive way to add the perfect element to your table. Create a symmetrical focal point with our Roses are Red or Burgundy Tuxedo Runners.

WITH COMPLEMENTS... Instead of choosing a single color though the room, entice the senses with a variety of colors. Use linens of complementary hues to accent your existing décor and add a designer touch to your table. Melt our warm Caramel Florence Damask with Champagne Lamour Satin.

DRESS IN LAY ERS Many events use only one selective cloth for all the tables. To create your personal look, add several colored and textured linens to create depth and beauty in your design. Try adding a Victorian Lilac Crinkle overlay to a Platinum Silver Embroidered Taffeta.

Now that you’ve combined the perfect linens, don’t forget to add china, glassware and flatware to complete your design. Combine round & square China patterns and coordinated Verras stemware for the finishing touches.

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

World’s Fair Pavilion Government Hills, Forest Park, 314.289.5344, An impressive view of Forest Park is just one of the attributes that the World’s Fair Pavilion has to offer. Seating up to 500 guests, this venue also features a new catering area and restrooms, making this open-air venue one of the most beautiful in St. Louis.

Caterers Butler’s Pantry 1414 Park Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.664.7680, From the moment you begin working with 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

120 W. Monroe, Kirkwood • 314-909-1640 • Please make note of our new hours: 10am - 5pm Tuesday through Saturday Evening Appointments Welcome


change of Pace

Ready for something different for your corporate meeting, fundraising dinner, wedding reception or private party? The Sheldon offers a variety of unique, affordable, fully-accessible spaces for groups from 50 to 500. Choose from our list of preferred caterers, or use your own.

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.

Gregory’s Creative Cuisine

Call Laurie Hasty, Director of Events, at 314-533-9900 or visit 3648 Washington Boulevard Saint Louis

8352 Watson Rd., Webster Groves, 314.638.6660, For over 40 years, the Orlando family has provided delicious food, excellent service and sophisticated facilities to St. Louis brides-to-be. No matter your budget, you can choose from Orlando’s classic or deluxe buffet options, formal dining or hors d’oeuvres packages.

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

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

Vitos 3515 Lindell Blvd. Midtown, 314.534.8486, Let this established Italian restaurant cater your big day, and it will truly be amemorable one with an array of delicious authentic eats.

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

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.

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.

Hollyberry Catering

Bella Bridesmaid

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

13428 Clayton Rd., 314.205.1191, Shop for the perfect dress for your bridal party at the one-stop-shop for today’s modern bridesmaid. Choose from a wide selection of stylish dresses by today’s top designers, including designers exclusive to Bella Bridesmaid.


The sheldon

Orlando’s Banquets and Catering

3804 Louisiana Ave., South City, 314.341.5363, An excellent option for your wedding day, the chefs at this authentic eatery create your cuisine and truly make your meal memorable.

Bakers Shoes

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 bridesto-be to browse their selection of


ON AND OFF-PREMISE CATERING Let us create the best experience possible for you and your guests in our completely renovated ballroom or the venue of your choice. With over 35 years of entertaining, Syberg’s Catering is a preferred caterer for Cardinals Care and the St. Louis Rams. When your wedding ends, don’t let the fun end! With an on-site hotel AND entertainment venue, having your event at Syberg’s on Dorsett allows you to keep the party going all night long! 2430 OLD DORSETT RD. 314.832.4856 WWW.SYBERGSCATERING.COM

Voted BEST Bakery of 2010 by the RFT!

gowns, including designs by Matthew Christopher and Romona Keveza, in a comfortable, attentive atmosphere.

Blushing Bride


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

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.

Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique

Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café

8109 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.721.2457, A new chic and elegant bridal boutique, Fleur De Lis features gorgeous collections of leading couture designer gowns, as well as veils, headpieces and jewelry to complete the bride’s look.

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.

Ice Visions 324 Sante Ave., Kirkwood, 314.821.1204 Let Ice Visions create a beautiful and memorable ice sculpture for your event.

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

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

Kirkwood Bridal Boutique

*certain restrictions apply 9292 Dielman Industrial Dr. St. Louis, MO 63132

112 W. Jefferson, Ste. 124, Kirkwood, 314.821.8555, Wedding gowns from formal to informal to destination abound at this charming bridal boutique. Shoppers are offered a wide array of bridesmaid dresses and mother-of-the-bride attire.

Savvi Formalwear 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 formal wear.

Simply Elegant Bridal 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 13428 CLAYTON ROAD ST. LOUIS MO 63131 314.205.1191

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?

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 End, 314.367.7750,

Encore Baking

McArthur’s Bakery 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.

Sweet Art 2203 S. 39th St., Tower Grove,, 314.771.4278 Let Sweet Art create your cake, and they will make your big day’s dessert unique and memorable. Made-fromscratch, all-natural and organic ingredients make each cake, cupcake or treat truly delicious.

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

Jewelers Albarré Jewelry 9711 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.997.1707

Cherry Pick Diamonds 230 S. Bemiston Ave. Ste. 540, Clayton, 314.725.6702,

Chesterfield Jewelers 17037 Baxter Rd., Chesterfield, 636.537.5590,

Clarkson Jewelers 1306 Clarkson Clayton Center, Ellisville, 636.227.2006,

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

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On the day you say “I do,” Let gregory’s say “We do,” With style, taste and elegance, enjoy your day by having your cake and eating it, too. ‘catering events with unforgettable impact.’

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Corporate Lunches • Office Meetings • Weddings & Rehearsals Private Parties • Box Lunches • Special Occasions Preferred Caterer for: The Jewel Box in Forest Park The World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park The Lodge in Des Peres Center of Clayton The Magic House The Old Post Office Saint Louis Science Center


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Décor Interiors and Jewelry

Joanna Kleine Photography

13476 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, 314.434.4022,

1085 Dauphin Ln., Florissant, 314.368.5073,

Diamond & Jewelry Brokers, Inc.

Joel Marion Photography

473 Lafayette Center, Manchester, 636.391.6622,

1478 Cherry Creek Ln., Manchester, 636.861.2400,

The Diamond Shop

Jon Koch Photography

12 N. Central Ave., Clayton, 314.721.2210,


Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers


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

Genovese Jewelers

Huffords Jewelry 10413 Clayton Rd., Frontenac, 314.993.1444,

2323 Locust St., Suite 508, Downtown, 314.406.1149,

Mavrik Fine Jewelry

Warwick Photography

8141 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.8888,

Summit Jewelers 7821 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314.962.1400,

Your ceremony, rehearsal dinner, or reception is the event uniquely yours. We listen to what you want – and are dedicated and equipped to make your day beautiful beyond expectation.

Ylang Ylang

The Kemp Museum Services professional planners provide complete planning and implementation of your event – including décor, catering, entertainment, and more. From our first meeting to the last guest leaving, we are there with you every step of the way.

333 S. Kirkwood Rd, Suite 204 Kirkwood, 314.835.9899,

Call today to schedule your one-on-one consultation and to tour our classic and unique facility – the Kemp Auto Museum.



Tim McDermott Photography

1750 S. Brentwood Blvd. Suite 265, Brentwood, 314.962.3222,

videographers/music First Dance Saint Louis

Millennium Music 1334 Strassner Dr., Brentwood, 314.918.9335,

81 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.567.5555,

One Eyed Dog Productions

Your Diamond Source

Pulse Events

314.303.6976, 314.518.4511,

St. Louis Photobooth 314.667.4637,


Bridal Registry

Don Siegel Photography

Byron Cade

GoodEye Photoshare 1600 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights, 314.644.7770,

Photo courtesy of Video Gate Studio


Mirage Images

Simons Jewelers

636-537-1718 •

Megan Thiele Photography

12460 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.878.6203,

200 S. Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, 314.909.6818,


J. Pollack Photography

7901 Clayton Rd., Richmond Heights, 314.721.4701,

Dillard’s 800.345.5273,

Macy’s 800.568.8865,

DbD Designs by Deyne



Adorn Salon

Becky Huffman Flowers

17660 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield, 636.530.9000,


Advanced Laser Clinic


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

 On-location hair styling

A True Spa

 Custom crafted bridal veils and hair accessories

116 Chesterfield Commons E. Rd., Chesterfield, 636.537.3227,

 Full service hair studio

Belleza Salon 3449 Pheasant Meadows Dr., O'Fallon, MO. 636.300.3437,

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

Couture Makeup Designs Kimberly Carothers, 314.324.0132

314.452.1981 633 North New Ballas Road, St. Louis, MO 63141

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

Dr. Judith Gurley

now offering keratin complex hair therapy

7529 forsyth blvd. clayton, mo 63105

314.725.1200 Check out Blue Element Salon on Facebook!

3014 S. Grand Ave, South City 314.772.7674

Petals Galore 9292 Dielman Industrial Dr., Olivette 314.651.1360,

Soulard Florist 730 Carroll St., St. Louis 314.231.0602 or 314.622.4180 soulardmarket/

Stems 301 Saint Francois St., St. Louis 314.972.7836

Invitations Any Occasion 905 Dover Falls Dr., Ballwin, 636.256.6969

The Service Bureau Incorporated

Hollywood Blonde Salon

7 Gray Ave., Webster Groves, 314.968.4033,

Infinity Laser Center

• full service hair design & care • spa manicures/pedicures • special occasion hair makeup application • full body waxing • shellac by CND

Botanicals Design Studio

14825 N. Outer 40 Rd., Suite 350, Chesterfield, 636.812.4300, 12340 Natural Bridge Rd., Bridgeton, 314.291.2616,

Achieve your perfect style

Blooms, Jenny Seitz

141 N. Meramec Ave., Suite 317, Clayton, 314.862.1000,

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

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

Metamorphosis Bridal Makeup & Hair Design 636.443.5931,

Metro Design Studio 612 N. McKnight Rd., University City, 314.983.0444,

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

Salon Blanca 8111 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.6179,

Studio 703 703 Long Road Crossing Dr., Chesterfield, 636.536.6770,

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

9773 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.991.1104

Two Blue Doors

Vellum 120 W. Monroe Ave., Kirkwood, 314.909.1640,

linens/rentals 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,

Universal Rentals 10831 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, 314.822.4535,

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

transportation Midwest Valet P.O. Box 840, 314.361.6764,

travel companies AAA Travel 888.366.4222,

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


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BACHELOR and PARTY VENUES THE JIVE & WAIL DUELING PIANOS The Jive & Wail is the bachelorette headquarters of St. Louis and offers special treatment to all bachelorette parties, including package deals, special promotions and giveaways. The Jive & Wail is a state-of-theart entertainment venue in the heart of the Washington Avenue Loft District with a highenergy, interactive environment ideal for large groups celebrating special events. The space is brand new and designed with elegance, class and a distinct flair that will thoroughly impress your guests and friends. Distinct VIP areas with a posh and private mezzanine are available to bachelorettes. Professionals from around the country play live dueling pianos every weekend. The show is highly interactive, request-driven and full of energy­—perfect for a bachelorette party. The highly qualified and experienced staff has handled hundreds of bachelorette parties and can cater and customize packages to fit any need or wish. We will do whatever it takes to make your night a perfect one!

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CASINO GUIDE Are you a high-rolling card shark? Love giving roulette a whirl? Prefer pressing your luck at the slots? No matter your game of choice, St. Louis area casinos are some of the country’s top gaming complexes, offering a world of thrills and excitement in gaming, dining, nightlife and luxe lodging.


One Ameristar Blvd. • St. Charles • 636.949.7777 •

Casino Queen

You’ll get lost in gaming fun at this sprawling 130,000-square-foot casino, which offers a dazzling array of sate-of-the art slot and video poker machines. What’s more, Ameristar boasts one of St. Louis’ largest selections of progressive slot machines. Can’t get enough action at the tables? Ameristar has blackjack, roulette, Let It Ride, craps, Baccarat, Three Card Poker and Pai Gow Poker. Need some R&R? Treat yourself to a spa treatment at Ameristar’s lavish day spa, Ara, or relax in one of the resort’s well-appointed suites.

Argosy Casino

One Piasa St. • Alton, IL • 800.711.GAME • Argosy is the area’s first casino, but the Illinois facility easily contends with its newer counterparts thanks to consistent upgrades to its slot, video and table game selection. Craps players will love Argosy’s 10x odds and slot players will revel in machines that accept many denominations—pennies, nickels and bills up to $100. After a day of placing bets, take in premier entertainment at Argosy’s Music Hall, which features a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system.

Casino Queen

200 S. Front St. • East St. Louis, IL • 800.777.0777 • With over 1,100 slots and video poker and table games such as blackjack, Baccarat, craps, Caribbean Stud and roulette, at Casino Queen, you’ll hit the jackpot on fun. “Home of the Loosest Slots” isn’t just a moniker: for more than 10 years, Casino Queen has been named one of the top five loosest slots by “Casino Player Magazine.” As a matter of fact, Casino Queen was named the casino with the loosest slots for five consecutive years! Hungry? Dine at Prime Steakhouse or catch some live entertainment at SEVENS, Casino Queen’s venue for live shows from local entertainers and national acts.

Harrah’s St. Louis

777 Casino Center Dr. • Maryland Heights • 314.770.8100 • A favorite area gaming facility, Harrah’s boasts120,000 square feet of gaming floor with a multitude of options—more than 2,800 slots and video poker machines, the newest slots on the market including popular progressive machines, an official World Series of Poker® room and more than 90 table games. Need to refuel? Chose from delicious restaurants such as Charlie Gitto’s From the Hill, Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill, The Range Steakhouse and the Eat up! Buffet.

LumiÈre Place Casino & Hotels

999 N. Second St. • Downtown • 314.881.7777 • This award-winning casino, which opened Downtown in 2007, is a go-to destination for gaming and nightlife. The complex features a massive color-changing light feature that crests the main tower, and the building itself has become an iconic St. Louis landmark. At Lumière, experience over 2,000 slot machines, 55 table games and 13 tables in Lumère’s dedicated poker room where you can play Texas Hold ’Em, Stud, Omaha and many other poker favorites. After a day of gaming excitement, stay the night at the attached Four Seasons St. Louis— named one of the world’s best hotels by “Travel+Leisure”—or dine at one of the complex’s tantalizing restaurants, including The Burger Bar, a delicious concept from revered celebrity chef, Hubert Keller.

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777 River City Casino Rd. • South St. Louis County • 888.578.7289 •

Based on numbers reported to the Illinois Gaming Board and Missouri Gaming Comission. * According to Casino Player Magazine, during 2009 the Casino Queen recorded the nation’s highest slot payback percentage among casinos for which individual results can be ascertained. Copyright © 2011 Casino Queen. All rights reserved. Self-excluded or evicted persons are subject to arrest and prosecution for trespassing by entering the Casino Queen’s premises. Must be 21 years of age or older to enter casino. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537).

Breaking ground in 2005 and officially opening last year to rave reviews from both gamers and entertainment and fine-dining seekers, River City Casino is a massive 90,000-square-foot complex that features favorites such as slots, dice games and rows upon rows of poker tables. More than just a gaming facility, River City Casino offers world-class dining at five restaurants that satisfy any craving, a bar and an alluring nightlife venue.






GLOW: SPRING FASHION SHOW Featuring fashions from St. Louis’ hottest boutiques and exclusive footwear by Brown Shoe. THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | 7PM • WINDOWS ON WASHINGTON • Purchase tickets at Fashion Show will sell out. Limited seats available.

Now Open!

SPLENDID HERITAGE Perspectives on American Indian Art

Forest Park (314) 746-4599

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To purchase tickets, visit or call (314) 361-9017. $ Entrees average under $10 $$ Entrees $10–$17 $$$ Entrees $18+

Central West End/ The Grove 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 served daily. $

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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. $$ Chi 4 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.2209. This trendy Japanese sushi bar has the best St. Louis sushi rolls around; the Lemon Drop roll is a must-try. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $ CrÊpes: etc. 52 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.2200. This upscale patisserie takes a modern twist on a French classic, serving both sweet and savory crêpes as well as a variety of homemade pastries, soups and sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch served daily. Dinner served Fri.-Sat. $ the Drunken Fish 1 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.4222. This stylish sushi lounge with an extensive Japanese menu offers everything from tuna tataki to traditional rolls. Arrive late night for DJs and karaoke. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$ 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. $$

Hot List 2010 Winner Late-night dining Outdoor seating Opened in the last 12 months

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. Dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$$ Sub Zero 308 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1200. Over 140 international labels of vodka, a wonderfully large list of drinks, sushi and a new build-your-own burger menu in the expanded area. Dinner served daily. $$

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. $$ Café Ventana 3919 W. Pine Blvd., 314.531.7500. This French Quarter-inspired coffeehouse has an extensive food selection, including sandwiches, beignets, pastries and coffee. Open daily. $$ Chuy arzola’s 3701 Lindell Blvd., 314.644.4430. The relaxed atmosphere of the recently opened Chuy

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key This exhibition was organized by the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, from the collection of John and Marva Warnock.

Arzola’s pairs perfectly with their Tex-Mex cuisine. Spicy fajitas and chilled margaritas complete the laidback Tex-Mex vibe. 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 served Tues.-Sun. $ 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 served daily. Multiple locations; $$ House of Savoy 901 N. 2nd St., 314.881.7830. This casually elegant restaurant features delicious and authentic Italian cuisine prepared by new Executive Chef Paola Bugli. Dinner daily. $$$ LOLA 500 N. 14th St., 314.621.7277. This Downtown hotspot offers a large collection of unique cocktails, French and American cuisine, and a wide variety of delicious vegetarian entrées. Also, don’t miss the recently opened Lola Absinthe Bar. Brunch served Sat.-Sun., open daily. $$ Lucas Park Grille 1234 Washington Ave., 314.241.7770. A seasonal menu with fresh ingredients such as soups, salads and New American entrees offers something for everyone. Lunch and dinner served daily, Sat.-Sun. brunch. $$$

Mike Shannon’s 620 Market St., 314.421.1540. This 20-year-old St. Louis landmark serves upscale American cuisine. Stop by “The Outfield” beer garden, powered by The Pepper Lounge, for some pre- or post-game spirits. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$ Prime 1000 1000 Washington Ave., 314.241.1000. Wash Ave’s newest restaurant features high-end steak and a chic setting. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and Dinner Mon.-Sat. $$$ 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 new Italian menu and an equally appealing nightlife scene to match. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $$ rosalita’s cantina 1235 Washington Ave., 314.621.2700. Enjoy Mexican favorites like fajitas, tacos

and margaritas at Washington Avenue’s first Tex-Mex restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily. $ 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. $$$ VIto’s 3515 Lindell Blvd., 314.534.8486. Known for its exceptional Italian cuisine and pizza, this long-established spot serves classic Sicilian-style pizza, fresh pastas, calzones and more. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$

Clayton/Ladue BARcelona 34 N. Central Ave., 314.863.9909. A St. Louis see-and-be-seen stop to nosh on Spanish tapas. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$ J.Buck’s 101 S. Hanley Rd., 314.725.4700. A Clayton staple for business lunches and happy hours. Flavorful offerings include classic favorites like pizza, pasta, burgers and baby back ribs. Multiple locations. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$ 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. $ 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. $$


Roxane 12 N. Meramec Ave., 314.721.7700. This small tapas-style spot is home to a bohemian atmosphere and an eclectic menu. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. Late night Mon.-Sat. $$

Please join us as we celebrate our 5th birthday with a new menu, including our new speciality dry-rubbed and slow smoked fish, meats and ribs.


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Check out our NEW spring menu items that are straight from the smoker!

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. $$ LORENZO’S TRATTORIA 1933 Edwards St., 314.773.2223. For a different taste on The Hill, try Lorenzo’s, which features Northern Italian cuisine combined with contemporary flavors. Lunch served Tue.-Fri. and dinner served Tue.-Sun. $$





MANGIA ITALIANO 3145 S. Grand Blvd., 314.664.8585. This spot serves casual cuisine in an intimate interior, with live music several nights a week. Lunch served Mon.-Sat. and dinner served daily. $$ The ROYALE 3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.772.3600. This tavern-style restaurant pays homage to its St. Louis home with drinks named for different aspects of the city. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$



Lafayette Square/ Benton Park/Soulard blues city deli 2438 McNair St., 314.773.8225. A charming turn-of-the-century storefront and an expansive menu of sandwiches, salads, Po’ Boys and more. Lunch served Mon.-Sat. $




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. $$$

2101 Menard St. • 314.865.1994 Joanie’s To-Go • 314.865.5800

Come Get Your Greek On! Happy Hour Monday-Friday, 4-7p Sunday, 9 pm-close Mondays 4pm-close

Sunday Dining 4 pm - 10 pm Bar until midnight

Mississippi Mud 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. $ 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. $

Gather family and friends and enjoy Joanie’s legendary service, delicious food and specials! Enjoy half-priced appetizers Monday through Friday, 3:30pm to 6:30pm, a full menu with daily specials and a large selection of drinks. Shuttle service is available to all major sporting events.

Monday - Saturday Dining 11 am - 11 pm Bar until 1 am

Franco 1535 S. 8th St., 314.436.2500. This cool bistro serves country French fare with a modern twist. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$

1/2 off wine bottles Tuesdays 4pm-close

1/2 price Mojitos

Wednesdays 4pm-close

$1 Stag Beer

Private Rooms Available

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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 served Tue.-Sun. $

University City/The Loop 609 LOUNGE 609 Eastgate Ave., 314.721.9168. Stop in this trendy hotspot for happy hour from 5-8pm, 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. DJs 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. $ MoMos 630 North and South Rd., 314.863.3511. Mediterranean tapas and a festive, lively atmosphere make this beloved St. Louis spot a must-visit. Lunch Mon.-Sat. and dinner daily. $$

Kirkwood/ Maplewood/ Webster Groves boogaloo 7344 Manchester Rd., 314.645.4809. A vibrant Caribbean-inspired restaurant featuring tapas, a wide selection of smoked meats and a full bar with refreshing mojitos. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$ Monarch 7401 Manchester Rd., 314.644.3995. The newly revamped interior at this casual restaurant perfectly complements the Southern-inspired fare. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$$

Creve Coeur/ Maryland Heights/ West County/ Chesterfield annie gunn’s 16806 Chesterfield Airport Rd., 636.532.7684. Known for its heartwarming dishes and fresh seasonal specials, Annie Gunn’s offers unforgettable steaks, seafood, soups and salads. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$$ bistro 1130 1130 Town and Country Crossing Dr., 636.394.1130. Savor traditional dishes like French onion soup and rack of lamb or indulge in desserts such as crème brûlée at this contemporary French restaurant. Dinner Tues.-Sat. $$$ VegaDeli 177 Hilltown Village Center, 314.266.8349. With an array of kosher, raw, vegan and vegetarian offerings, VegaDeli serves delicious and healthy sandwiches, wraps, organic salads, fresh baked pastries and coffee. Open Tues.-Sat. $ Log on to for our searchable, comprehensive directory of St. Louis restaurants, bars, nightclubs, bakeries, coffeehouses and more.

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Horseriding camp

Boy Scouts 4568 West Pine Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108 314.361.0600 •

Residential and day camps

Camp Jump Start 3602 Lions Den Rd. Imperial, MO 63052 636.287.5004 •

Health and fitness camp

Camp Pegasus Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS) 101 N. Warson Rd. St. Louis, MO 63124 314. 995.7342 •

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Camp Pegasus Summer 2011 Sessions: June 13 – June 24 June 27 – July 8 (no camp July 4) July 11 – July 22

Pegasus campers (students entering grades Kindergarten through 9) explore science/ technology, the arts, athletics, swimming, and a variety of unique hobbies on the state-of-theart campus of MICDS. Technology and theatre camps are offered for older students. The staff is comprised of professional teachers, coaches and artists assisted by incredible counselors who guide campers as they engage in fun summer activities. Lunches are included. Before and after care are available.

The sunny days of spring are here and summer is not far behind. Soon the kids will be ready for an exciting, new adventure! St. Louis offers many camps and fun activities for youngsters, from academic enrichment and music, to sports and art. Camp Rainbow 14309 Millbriar Circle Chesterfield, MO 63017 314.469.8035 •

Serving children with cancer and blood-related diseases

Camp Weloki 300 Chesterfield Center, Suite 255 Chesterfield, MO 63017 636.530.1883 •

Life skills/self-esteem, residential, co-ed

Chaminade Sport Camps 425 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63131 314.993.4400, ext. 142 •

Sports camp

Chesterfield Day School 1100 White Rd. Chesterfield, MO 63017 314.469.8622 •

Summer adventures on the Trail with Lewis & Clark

COCA Summer Arts Camps COCA in U. City or COCA at Whitfield School in Creve Coeur 314.725.6555•

Half- and full-day camps for boys and girls ages 3-18

June 6-August 19 More than 300 one- and two-week programs that provide exploration and training in a variety of arts disciplines. Vocal music, poetry, hip-hop dance, ballet, acting, puppetry, song writing, photography, videography, script writing and more! Plus, theme-based camps that combine disciplines in fun and creative ways. COCA programs are led by professional artist instructors. Before and after care available.

Forsyth Summer Discovery 6235 Wydown Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 314.726.4542 • COCA


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Grant’s Farm Critter Camps 10501 Gravios Rd. St. Louis, MO 63123 314.843.1700 •

Outdoor camp for children ages 5-10

Girl Scouts 2300 Ball Dr. St. Louis, MO 63146 800.727.GIRL, ext. 2351

Residential and day camps

Mad Science of St. Louis 8420-R Olive Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63132 314.991.8000 •

Science camp

The Magic House 516 S. Kirkwood Rd. St. Louis, MO 63122 314.822.8900 •

Special events, children’s programs and scout camps

Metro Theatre Company 8308 Olive Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63132 314.997.6777


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Olympiad Gymnastics 312 Sovereign Ct. Manchester, MO 63011 636.227.7460 • olympiadgymnastics. org


Rock School 1305 Baur Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63132 314.692.7625 •

Rock music summer camp

Sacha’s St. Louis School of Circus Arts Saint Louis Center 5050 Oakland Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110

Circus camp, workshops, flying trapeze

Sherwood Forest Camp 2708 Sutton Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63143 314.644-3322 • sherwoodforestcamp. com


South City Open Studio and Gallery 4255 Arsenal St. St. Louis, MO 63116 314.865.0060 •

Multi-disciplinary arts

St. Louis Artist’s Guild Summer Camp for Kids and Teens Two Oaks Knoll Park Clayton, MO 63105 314.727.6266 •

Art classes and workshops

St. Louis Science Center 5050 Oakland Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110 314.289.4439 •

Camp-ins, scout badge workshops, homeschool days, day camps, gallery programs

Stages Performing Arts Academy 444 Chesterfield Center Chesterfield, MO 63017 636.530.5959 •

Musical theatre

YMCA of Greater St. Louis 314.436.1177 for locations

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> St. Louis-area colleges and universities offer skill-building courses and résumé-boosting certifications to help reinvigorate your career or jumpstart a new one.

More than ever, adults are returning to school—and for very good reason. Colleges and universities in the St. Louis area offer a wide range of classes suited for professionals looking to update their skills—a move that can help secure their worth in the workplace or give them a competitive edge when on the job market. Add value to an existing degree with a professional certificate, receive specialized training to prepare for a new career or take a skill-building course to learn new technologies or strategies, and you’ll see your on-the-job value skyrocket to the next level.

SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY At SLU’s School for Professional Studies, students can enhance their marketability to prospective employers or solidify their worth with their current employer with courses and professional certifications in areas such as Computer Science, Project Management and Sales Leadership. Busy professionals will appreciate SLU’s flexible options when it comes to class format; students have the choice to learn online, in a traditional classroom or to pick classes that offer a mixture of both. Those already working toward their bachelor’s at SLU can pair their degree with a professional certificate to further expand their skill set and bolster their appeal to current and prospective employers (

SANFORD-BROWN COLLEGE At Sanford-Brown, career-minded adults can keep their skills current thanks to focused study and short-term programs. Convenient day and evening classes generally start every five weeks, and some programs can be completed in as little as twelve months. That’s because at Sanford-Brown, classes and instructors use hands-on experience and industry-current tools to focus on the essential concepts and skills, leaving out courses that aren’t directly supportive of students’ ultimate career objective. Sanford-Brown’s four St. Louis metro-area locations offer quality programs in fields like Business, Criminal Justice, Health and Dental Care (

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY’S UNIVERSITY COLLEGE No matter your interest or career goal, University College, the continuing education and professional studies division of Arts & Sciences at Washington University, has a wide array of undergraduate, advanced and graduate certificates that can help boost your résumé. Choose from areas such as Creative Writing, Business, Strategic Communications, Sustainability, Healthcare Management and Human Resources Management. Armed with a world-renowned Washington University education, students can add value to their future or existing degree, gain skills in a relatively short amount of time and become a force in the professional world (



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Scene in St. Louis: Launch January 27

THE PLACE: Cardinals Club at Busch Stadium

THE PARTY: Over 250 aspiring entrepreneurs attended Launch, a networking and panel discussion event, presented by Washington University. Craig Jung moderated the event, which featured a panel of local business and thought leaders including Joe Abernathy, Cindy Bambini, Kenneth Harrington, Steve Lawler and Chris Sommers, who discussed sustainable and eco-conscious business practices. Guests sipped Bud Select and Select 55, indulged in tasty appetizers courtesy of the Cardinals Club and met some of St. Louis’ most successful business leaders. Photos by Candis Fisher/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log on to James O’Brien, Joanna Dettmann, Laura Beuttenmuller & Kelsey VanDeventer

Robert Gatesh, Kenneth Harrington & Larry Reimelt

Scott Smith, Adam Sommer & Adam Truesdell

Cindy Bambini & Joe Abernathy

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Adele Drake & Catherine Drake Kenneth Harrington & Steve Lawler

Scene in St. Louis: 2011 ALIVE Buzz List VIP Party February 5


THE PARTY: ALIVE’s biggest event of the year had St. Louis abuzz as the 2011 Buzz Listers were celebrated and toasted at Lola. The launch party was a “who’s who” of St. Louis as former buzz list honorees mingled with this year’s movers and shakers, VIPS and a capacity crowd of partygoers. Guests enjoyed Guinness, Lola’s creative city-themed cocktails and the music of Il Ektrick Circus. Treats provided by St. Louis Bread Co. Photos by Danette Massie/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log on to

Buzz Lister Tony Rich & Sarah Scotino

Buzz Lister Jay David, John and Teenut Foster & Eric Thoelke

Kirby Mattews, Joe Farmer & Buzz Lister Jeremy Corray Garrett Haas, Buzz Lister Amanda Clark,Tom Clark, Amanda Yates & Buzz Lister Stacey Wehe

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robert longyear An interview with innovative artist Robert Longyear, a teacher and community builder for Craft Alliance, forever inspired by how we experience the world through architecture.

What is your current mood or state of mind? Centripetal. What makes you happy? Being truly engaged in the work I’m doing and being close to those I love. What is your idea of misery? Not doing anything. What did you eat for breakfast today? Triple-shot Americano, the best sort of company and good conversation. What’s one word that describes you? Buoyant. What trait do you value most in others? Strength of character. What’s your favorite occupation? Storytelling. Who would you most like to be? Oh, I’d say myself. I’m pretty blessed, really. What’s your favorite color? Rust—as a color and a concept.

What is your favorite style of architecture? Crumbled towers—pyramids. Who is your favorite artist? Enrico Caruso, for his perfect tenor. What is your favorite food? Food we’ve recently made in the kitchen together (successfully). What food do you like the least? Overcooked vegetables. If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), who would that be? Alicia. What vice do you most tolerate in others? An overactive mind. What talent do you wish you had? I’d like to be multilingual. And a marathon runner. What is your favorite book? I recently read “The Old Man and the Sea” on jury duty and loved it. What excites you? Being neck deep in really involved projects. What do you consider a turn off? People not living up to their potential. What do you love? A lot of things, but people the most. What do you hate? When I catch myself saying the word “hate.” What are you most looking forward to? We’re going to Dublin this summer to make an installation. What is one thing you wish would happen? Sometimes I wish for more patience. What’s something interesting that you just learned? Wearing your running shoes during the day puts a lil’ extra bounce in your step.


What is your personal motto? “That could work!” In another life, you’d be: I would have met the people I truly appreciate earlier. What is your current obsession? The conversation of art never stops around our house. We are constantly developing our work and trying to understand its cultural context. What is your favorite word? Love. What is your least favorite word? Shut up. What’s on your “bucket list”? To tell great stories. And, at some point, to be in an exotic locale with all of those close to me. Your hidden talent: I’m really good at laundry. Personal hero: I think we are all heroes in our own little way. If you could have a conversation with your younger self, what would you say? Never present work you aren’t proud of, and make the most out of everything.

Interview by Elizabeth Tucker PHOTOGRAPH BY WESLEY LAW

‘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 Questionnaire.




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