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56 features

 10th anniversary Join ALIVE's founders as they look back at the past decade.

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toast to 10 ALIVE's cover celebs wish us well on our anniversary.  est of the B Brunch ALIVE's delicious guide to AM eats worth waking up for—plus, fun things to do while you're in the neighborhood.


 Wild at Heart Fierce and feminine are the keys to this spring's brightest looks.

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42 A  ccessories April showers bring trendy rain boots.

20 7 Things you must do this month. 22 Shop Talk Catching up with 2011 Project: Design! winner Stephen Curd. Also, chic locally-sourced wood furniture, and new places to get your workout on. 24 r  adar Take a look inside the many layers of Midtown's newest nightlife venue. Plus, satisfy your sweet tooth, and see what's sprouting in The Grove. 28 Hot eats Nico makes waves in The Loop with its Mediterranean flair and finely crafted cuisine. 30 Arts Celebrate World Book Night, meet a new playwright, and get the latest on The Pageant. 32 Column Get on “board” with these tips for making the most of Pinterest. 34 Job Envy Fabrics and furniture and fixtures, oh my! Meet the local interior designer behind some of the most beautiful rooms in St. Louis.

style 38 Trends Feel the call of the wild with safari-inspired prints, colors and cuts.

46 m  y Style Miss Ohio Vintage owner Lindsay Pattan shares the secrets to her ultra-chic personal style. 48 Home accents Runway-inspired looks for your home—with pops of this season's Pantone color, Tangerine Tango. 50 s  tl homes A fusion of modern and vintage touches creates a shabby-chic oasis for commercial real estate broker Sara Hentz and her family.

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102 Restaurant Guide The best places in town to eat, drink and dance.

agenda 111 Calendar Rock with Florence and the Machine, “never let go” at the Titanic Centennial Weekend, embrace tradition at “Fiddler on the Roof” and more. 113 Get Involved Young Professionals Boards are springing up at nonprofits everywhere, making spring the perfect time to lend a hand.


115 F  itness These local groups help you get out of the gym and into the sun.

84 W  eddings Love soars to new heights at a City Museum celebration.

117 Arts Celebrate National Poetry Month with a poetry reading or workshop.

86 Engagements Three recently ringed St. Louis couples share their love stories. 88 Planning Guide The ultimate resource for your wedding—with 200+ venues, caterers, planners and more.

eat + drink 101 Spirits Green is the theme for spring spirits with garden-fresh ingredients like herbs, fruit and vegetables.

scene 123 Scene in St. Louis Party pics from the Mayor's Ball, Yelp's Black & Red Ball, Wall Ball and Wings of Hope's A Night for Miracles. 128 Archetypes An interview with Reena Hajat Carroll, Executive Director for The Diversity Awareness Partnership, adjunct professor at Washington University and community activist.

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40 Men's Style Wide-collared shirts and ties abound this spring in pastels and paisleys galore.


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“It's so difficult to choose, but September 2011 felt very special. STLraised supermodel Karlie Kloss graced ALIVE's fashion issue—the same month you saw her in every national fashion mag, including the cover of Harper's Bazaar Australia. Plus, an NYC photographer did the photo shoot just for ALIVE!”

“I LOVED the look and feel of the Eric Greitens August 2011 Work Issue cover because it was so different from things we've done in the past. I love knowing that Jefferson Barracks was the backdrop!”

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ear St. Louis,

Consider this less a “letter” than a big, fat, gushy thank you note. Since its inception in late summer of 2002, ALIVE has undergone a few facelifts, but it's always been a place where readers can find a sophisticated, sincere (but never too serious) and upbeat take on St. Louis fashion, culture and people. This month, we're excited to roll out a new look for ALIVE just in time for our 10th Anniversary Issue. Special kudos to Executive Editor Jennifer Dulin Wiley, Associate Art Director Kristin Kellogg, Associate Editor Gwen Ragno and the amazing editorial interns and contributors for making this milestone issue even more special. After 10 years of publishing, we can safely say that the only reason ALIVE still exists is because of the tireless work poured into it by our fearless staff and all of the creative and collaborative minds who do the job because it inspires us, it thrills us, and because we can't imagine doing anything else. It's a passion—with a streak of insanity— shared by many crazy publishers and other creatives in the industry. We are only able to show up and stay so inspired, thrilled and insanely passionate (or passionately insane) because of our generous clients and partners in the community. To them, we are grateful for the love and support over the years—for believing in us and for creating a community with us. To our readers, thank you for joining us in our explorations of St. Louis over the past 10 years—for reading us on your treadmill or picking us up at your favorite restaurant or coffee shop. Thank you for partying with us, celebrating with us and creating new exciting things with us. The list of people who we want to thank is simply too long to cover in these pages. We are truly in awe of how some of the most amazing people we know have rallied together to transform ALIVE over the years from a magazine into a community. We are one of several local businesses celebrating milestones this year, and we feel lucky to say that. We are grateful to be here, in St. Louis…ALIVE. Thank you, St. Louis—

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time I saw ALIVE Magazine. I was a journalism student about to graduate from Mizzou, and I was absolutely ecstatic to see a hip new lifestyle publication introduced in my hometown. I made it a point to meet the editors, began taking on articles and have been passionately involved in the magazine—in one way or another—ever since. Looking back over my seven years of contributing articles, supporting events and, now, leading the day-to-day of the magazine, there's not an issue to date that I've been more excited to share than our 10th Anniversary edition. Preparing for the Anniversary Issue meant looking forward as much as we looked back. We're thrilled to introduce a fresh new look throughout the pages of the magazine this month, thanks to Associate Art Director Kristin Kellogg. Our 10th anniversary also felt like the perfect time to add more editorial pages, based on the feedback we received from you, our readers, in our 2011 Reader Survey. By popular demand, we've added more dining, style and arts and culture content—doubling the size of both our dining (p.101) and events sections (p.111), as well as adding new pages to the book. Be sure to check out our new “My Style” concept (p.46), where we'll highlight the unique personal styles of our readers, the revamped Engagements page (p.86) and our expanded STL Now section (p.19), featuring news related to shopping, dining and the arts. We're so grateful for the support we've received from the community—you'll see ads in this month's issue congratulating ALIVE on 10 years in St. Louis, and many of our past cover celebrities also took the time to wish us well in a special “Toast to 10” editorial (p.62). In addition to the new content you'll see on the masthead (p.8), which will feature staff picks and opinions based on our issue theme each month, you'll also see the names of a diverse set of community members in St. Louis who have graciously agreed to serve as the inaugural members of our first Editorial Advisory Board. I'm honored to be collaborating with Rhonda Broussard, Sara Burke, Reena Hajat Carroll, Sam Foxman, Sara Hentz, Cabanne Howard, Damon Johnson, Tuan Lee, Rosa Mayer, Pamela Raymond and Darin Slyman—who all serve St. Louis in diverse ways and have been valued friends and partners of ALIVE for many years. Our anniversary wouldn't be complete without a fabulous party. So, in true ALIVE style, we'll be throwing a can't-miss event, featuring fashion celebs Michael Drummond and Laura Kathleen (and perhaps a few more surprises), emcee extraordinaire Lola van Ella and entertainment by Dawn Weber and the Electro Funk Assembly and DJ Alexis & The House Kings, on Friday, April 13 at Peabody Opera House Downtown. Knowing I'll be rubbing elbows with fashion's finest authorities is more than enough motivation to start shopping my black-tie look. And, something tells me I won't be the only “Project Runway” fan “making it work.”

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Cover in the Making ALIVE's 10th Anniversary Issue marked a new milestone: our first illustrative cover, designed by contributing Creative Director David Hsia. “For ALIVE's first non-photographic cover, our team brainstormed and exchanged a slew of ideas for months,” Hsia says. “In the end, we decided to keep it simple with design inspiration coming from the ALIVE logo itself.” Hsia came up with a bold concept that integrates ALIVE's signature A—which he created in 2009—as the background of the cover. Special metallic ink sets the whole concept apart, completing our commemorative 10-year cover.

Spring Fashion “When it comes to ALIVE's wellknown Fashion Features, sometimes an idea inspires the model selection, and sometimes a model inspires the idea. When considering the April fashion shoot (p.74), it was a little bit of both. We knew that Indianabased Mother model Grace Hartzel would be in town, so we immediately thought to break out a fun-and-flirty concept that was season-specific, but had been on the backburner. When Grace showed up to the set wearing pink floral socks, it confirmed that we had the right girl. She spent the day noshing on Twizzlers and Dubble Bubble, and endured February weather and cat calls in a pair of spring-essential short-shorts. 963's Chris Rubin de la Borbolla lent his U City home to the crew for the day, and we utilized our resources— from his artwork, toys and cats that served as props, to the stores within walking distance; we popped into Vintage Vinyl for a colorful backdrop, and hit up Ziezo for an of-the-moment collar on the fly.” – Fashion Editor Jill Manoff Heart attack

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Fresh New Look ALIVE prides itself on staying fashionable, so after three years of wearing the same layout, it was time for a fresher look. “We went for a more current design to complement the sophisticated city magazine ALIVE has grown into over the past decade,” says Associate Art Director Kristin Kellogg. The design refresh coincided with the addition of more editorial pages and a restructuring of departments. At readers' request, we doubled the calendar listings and expanded our dining, arts and style coverage. “We couldn't be happier to unveil this fresh look and expand just in time for our 10th anniversary,” says Executive Editor Jennifer Dulin Wiley. 14

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t h is m on t h on ALIVE TV Looking back at 10 Years of ALIVE in St. Louis

The past decade has seen a lot of positive change in St. Louis, and ALIVE couldn't be more thrilled to have been a part of it. In honor of our 10th anniversary, we take a look back at a decade's worth of ALIVE covers, from our humble newsletter roots, to our first national celebrity cover, to today! See the slideshow online at, and leave a comment to let us know which has been your favorite. Then, join us at our Anniversary Party at Peabody Opera House on April 13 to meet some of those celebrities face-to-face!


Behind the Scenes: April Fashion Shoot ALIVE's video team takes you inside the April Fashion shoot at the University City home of local artist Chris Rubin de la Borbolla. The quirky setting was the perfect place to show off this season's bright colors and chunky heels. Watch as Fashion Editor Jill Manoff perfects each ensemble, while Attilio D'Agostino directs the shoot from behind the camera. See the full feature on p.74.

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Last month, we introduced you to the teams participating in the GOOD Ideas for Cities challenge. See what plans these creative visionaries had to address St. Louis' unique urban issues, and share your own thoughts on how to bring these visions to fruition.

Get to know White Rabbits, the band visiting Midtown's newest concert venue, Plush, on April 5. Three of the four members grew up in Webster Groves, and the band formed in Columbia, MO. Learn more about Plush on p.24.

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Toast to 10

Join ALIVE Magazine in celebration of 10 amazing years in St. Louis at our Anniversary Party on April 13 at Peabody Opera House. Special celebrity guests and emcee extraordinaire Lola van Ella lead the evening of live entertainment, as we commemorate our first decade, sip complimentary Bud Select brews and thank our many supporters. For tickets and more info, visit


Humor Yourself

David Sedaris visits Peabody Opera House on April 25, bringing his humorous personal essays and social satire that we all know and love. Sedaris got his start with an NPR broadcast of his essay “The SantaLand Diaries” in 1992 and has been entertaining audiences ever since. The bestselling author's latest release is a collection of hilarious fables, “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary.” For tickets and more info, visit


Get GO!ing Lace up your running shoes and hit the pavement, April 14-15, for the Go! St. Louis Marathon and Family Fitness Weekend. Get out and enjoy the spring weather by participating in your pick of a marathon, half marathon, relay, 5K walk/run and more. One of St. Louis' most popular runs, last year's event brought out more than 25,000 participants to promote wellness and the importance of active lifestyles. For more info and to register, visit

Swing for the Fences

There's no better place to be on April 13 than Downtown, celebrating Opening Day with the St. Louis Cardinals. Join fellow fans for a rally beginning at noon outside Busch Stadium, and cheer on the Redbirds as they take the field against the Chicago Cubs in their first home game of the season. If you've got tickets, be in your seats early for a special pregame ceremony. For more info, visit


Spring for Fashion

Don't miss Saks Fifth Avenue's Zenobia Fashion Event at Plaza Frontenac on April 25, featuring the exciting Zenobia Fall 2012 Runway Show. Attendees will be treated to cocktails and appetizers as they browse men's and women's fashions hot off the runway. Mingling among the guests will be Pina Iannelli, design director of Zenobia, with over 25 years of experience designing for the modern woman. For more info, visit


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Don your best tunics, doublets and corsets and join Food Outreach for its biggest fundraiser of the year, “Ye Olde A Tasteful Affaire.” Held at Chase Park Plaza's Khorassan Ballroom on April 15, the event will feature a one-of-a-kind auction, tastings from St. Louis' top culinary teams, a VIP lounge with Urban Chestnut beer and plenty of medieval merrymaking. The event is held in support of the organization's mission to provide nutritious meals to countless people living with HIV/AIDS and cancer.

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Praise the Planet

“Be the Change” is the theme of this year's Earth Day celebration on April 22 in Forest Park. Join fellow Earth-lovers to praise all things green during the All Species Parade, and listen to live music on the various stages set up around the grounds of The Muny—all while learning about methods, products and ideas to lessen your footprint on Mother Earth. For more info, visit

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Sewing up loose ends with Project:Design! winner Stephen Curd.

by Jill Manoff

In reviewing Stephen Curd's rÉsumÉ,

few would guess that the St. Louis native graduated from college just four years ago (Lindenwood University, specifically, where he majored in fashion design with a focus on menswear). Already peppered with runway shows and accolades, it backs what those who've seen his work firsthand already know: He's destined for success. Catching Up With Curd

The 2011 winner of Saint Louis Fashion Week's annual Project:Design! competition, Curd earned the love of online voters and judges with his impeccable “gender-bending” GaricStephens collection. “I love a great menswear pant that looks both flattering on a male, and sexy on a woman,” he says. “My signatures are my use of vintage fabrics and the tailoring of my clothing—they're things I have worked on for years to perfect.” Currently living in Chicago, Curd can't say enough about the competition's networking opportunities and what it did to jumpstart his business. Since the big STL win, he's shown in Chicago Fashion Week and has had his line picked up by several boutiques.

Come Fall 2013, Curd's loyal fan base can shop his latest brainchild—a collection motivated by the Velvet Underground song, “I'm Waiting for the Man.” However, for Spring 2013, he'll be focused on the inspirations of another designer. Curd recently returned from New York, where he completed an internship under designer Raul Penaranda. “I was hired to create four looks for his Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show,” Curd says. “It was a complete honor and dream-come-true.” And, obviously, he made an impression. “He has offered me a job as a senior designer, and I will be moving to New York in July to get started!”

Judging from his long-term goals, he'll be back in the Midwest soon enough. “My plan is to soak up as much information and experience as possible in New York,” Curd explains. “I want to return to Chicago stronger, open a few boutiques and travel all over—to take on the fashion world, one state at a time.”

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Occupying four sprawling floors of a Midtown building

that was formerly home to high-end lofts, Plush St. Louis combines a bar, diner, espresso bar and concert hall all under one roof. Owner Maebelle Reed opened Plush St. Louis and modeled it after her Tuscon, AZ, club of the same name. The space, with its artistic décor, is as eclectic as the customers it seeks to attract—a wide range of people from different ages and socioeconomic backgrounds, mingling and enjoying quality entertainment together. The multipurpose environment emphasizes creativity in the kitchen, décor and entertainment. concert hall

Accommodating up to 800 people, the two-story concert hall on the first floor presents national, regional and local talent nightly, playing every genre from indie rock to punk to hip-hop. Many of the performances are free. For lesser-known names, the online event calendar notes similar bands to give you an idea of what they sound like. Some of the larger regional acts to date have included Javier Mendoza and The Voodoo Blues Band. On April 5, catch the White Rabbits.

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Executive Chef David Zimmerman dishes up diner food with a twist in the first-floor restaurant, combining familiar themes with modern sensibilities and house-made ingredients. Sit in a booth or at a table, and enjoy anything off the menu from 7am to 1am.

The circular main bar curves from the café into the concert hall with pedestal stools and funky art-deco chandeliers. Bartenders serve up classic cocktails and a large selection of beers, from Stag to local craft brews. The selection of single-malt whiskeys includes Glenmorangie and Glenfarclas. Sláinte!

If you're in the mood to play, ascend to the second floor for a game of shuffleboard or ping pong. You can also enter the balcony space of the concert hall—complete with its own bar—to get a bird's-eye view of the show below. Or, step onto the outdoor patio for a breath of fresh air.

The 10,000-square-foot fourth floor serves as a small venue for intimate concerts or private functions like wedding receptions. Stripped down to its industrial state, the 300-person space allows for complete transformation to fit the event being hosted.


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foodie news

Dining With the Stars STL's five James Beard nominees share a kitchen with national celebrity chefs to prepare a meal fit for the king of foodies. For the first time ever, the

ners and collaborations with celebrity traveling Celebrity Chef Tour will swing chef friends, including Julia Child, were by St. Louis on April 16 for a dinner the talk of the foodie nation for decades, benefiting the James Beard Founand his work now continues through dation at Sidney Street Café. These na- his foundation, which has become one tionally renowned dinners of the most prestigious in always have guests salivatthe cooking world. ing before the first entrée This year, Wes Johnarrives, but this year, all of son's Salt is a semifinalist St. Louis is hungry with for the James Beard Award excitement as four local for Best New Restaurant, chefs and a restaurant and four St. Louis chefs rehave received nominaceived nominations for Best tions for prestigious 2012 Midwest Chef, including James Beard Awards. All Niche's Gerard Craft, the Celebrity five will work with a host former Monarch's Josh Chef Tour of celebrity chefs from Galliano, Sidney Street April 16 across the country in preCafé's Kevin Nashan and Sidney Street Café paring the eight-course Farmhaus' Kevin Willcelebritycheftour. Celebrity Chef Tour dinmann. The celebrity chefcom ner, complete with wine infused dinner also brings pairings. with it some of the most talked-about Cookbook author and teacher James names in the culinary world, including Beard is more than a household name John B. Shields (named Best New Chef in kitchens across the country. The man by Food and Wine Magazine), Martin has elevated the image of American cui- Rios (featured on PBS, Food TV and in sine over the last century, highlighting Bon Appétit), Debbie Gold, Alex Lee, the intrigue and unique palate of Ameri- Michael Sullivan and Randy Lewis. – ettie berneking can culinary culture. His famous din-

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Sweet Talk After taking St. Louis by storm, making two tasty appearances on the Food Network and winning “Cupcake Wars,” Jilly's Cupcake Bar and Café has added a second location in Des Peres. Jilly's Cupcake Bar a-Go-Go offers the same sweet sensations as the original Jilly's, including soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and its newest creation, the Brisket Bar. It's all designed so customers can grab it and go, which is ideal for hungry diners in a hurry (1131 Colonnade Center, Des Peres, 314.821.5455). Another new STL sweet shop has sprung up in Webster Groves. St. Louis Cupcake

owner Stephanie Chapman is self-taught and got her start selling mini cupcakes through Straub's. She knew if she wanted to expand and offer regular-sized cupcakes in more flavor combinations, she would need her own kitchen. Now, Chapman's business—and her cupcakes—have grown up. Just follow your sweet tooth (39 S. Old Orchard, Ste. A, Webster Groves, 314.961.1111). - CR

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A Mediterranean-inspired restaurant in The Loop opens with well-known restaurateur Tom Schmidt firmly behind it. by Cristy Miller The “little brother” of Tom Schmidt's popular

French bistro, Franco, has no intention of taking a backseat with its Mediterranean flair and finely crafted cuisine. Nico's soft, fresh focaccia bread, made in-house and served warm with a touch of olive oil and salt, certainly will not disappoint—nor will the open-faced roasted red pepper and cucumber sandwich, drizzled with a light basil-yogurt spread and served with house-made yukon potato, turnip and celery root chips. Such is to be expected from Schmidt and his masterful chef Chris Williams, who opened the new Loop restaurant in late February in the former Brandt's restaurant space. A Family Affair Nico is the little brother of

Franco both literally and figuratively. Named after Schmidt's nephew, Nico takes the same farm-totable approach as Franco, but with a smaller menu and slightly lower price points. Although the menu reads a little more refined Where To Go on paper, the Mediterranean-inspired dishes 6525 Delmar Blvd., are accessible and played The Loop 314.727.0200 down on the plate. The Entrées: $15-$21 range of influences evident Hours: Sun.-Thurs., in the list of starters, sand11am-10pm; Fri.-Sat., wiches and entrées is also 11am-11pm; Sat.-Sun., appreciated, with Spanish, brunch 9am-2pm French and Italian flavors all making appearances. Even Moroccan notes show in dishes like the lamb entrée, served with couscous and house-made harissa. Global Cuisine The Crudite Trio with chilled

beets, celery root remoulade and carrot-raisin is a traditional appetizer served with a modern twist, but Williams' house-cured salmon with champagneorange vinaigrette is a light and flavorful option to start. Dishes adhere to Schmidt's affinity and devotion not only to local and seasonal ingredients, but also to making as much as possible in-house. Pork belly is cured onsite and used expertly in the carpaccio starter, with frisee, green beans and Banyuls-Grain mustard dressing. Pappardelle is made from scratch and combined with Ragu Napolitano of tomato, pancetta, pork shoulder and pork belly for a hearty and tender entrée. The chicken paillard is layered with the robust flavors of capers and served with basil polenta and brocollini, and the skate wing is also satisfying with a brown-butter sauce and potato cake. Desserts include a chocolate flan, madeleines with stewed fruit and a nice play on sweet-and-


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Inside Dish

Tips for a top-notch experience at Nico. Share-Worthy Plate: Spicy marinated mushrooms Top Dish: Pappardelle with Ragu Napolitano of tomato, pancetta and pork belly/shoulder To-Die-For Dessert: Orange crêpes with strawberry mascarpone and balsamic Best Place To Perch: Window-side

savory in orange crêpes stuffed with strawberrymascarpone mousse and balsamic glaze. With The Loop as a backdrop through the floor-toceiling windows, the hip new restaurant makes a romantic and relaxed location for an evening out. Add brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as sidewalk seating, and it's safe to say Nico is following Franco in becoming a St. Louis staple.


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Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi welcomes you to experience his new menu at Cielo Restaurant, where you will enjoy modern Italian cuisine as you take in sweeping views of the Gateway Arch. Located on the 8th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, Cielo offers complimentary valet parking when you dine with us. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Ă la carte Sunday brunch are available. For more information or reservations, kindly call (314) 881-5759.

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Get Your Read On books

On World Book Night, thousands of volunteers will descend on St. Louis to spread the written word. by Christopher Reilly On Monday, April 23, a few people will arrive on the Arch steps, sit down one by one and begin to read books. The group of readers will grow larger and larger, until the mob forms giant letters that spell “Read Books.” Quite possibly the world's first reading flash mob, the event will be recorded and posted on YouTube. It's all part of St. Louis' participation in World Book Night. Designed to spread the joy and love of reading, World Book Night began in the UK in 2011 as a charitable initiative that recruited volunteers to take to the streets and hand out free books to strangers. Its success last year was unexpected—one million books were handed out—and this year, Ireland, Germany and the United States are eager to get in on the action. The St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance is sponsoring the event locally, with Nikki Furrer, owner of Pudd'nhead Books, leading the effort. Book 'em, Danno Nationwide, the goal is to get 50,000 volun-

world book night Flash Mob April 23, 12:30pm Gateway Arch

teers involved. Titles to be distributed include both old and new books, such as “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, “Friday Night Lights” by H.G. Bissinger and “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou. The tomes are specially printed as World Book Night editions, paid for by publishers, distributors and authors. The point of World Book Night is to get great books into the hands of people who seldom read. Volunteers will give the books away on street corners, at the office, on the MetroLink and elsewhere. Give and Get Furrer says the event is truly a win-win. Those

who give away books get to celebrate their own love of reading, and those who receive them get something that can last a lifetime. The bookstores hope that it also translates into more people buying books in the future. While it's too late to volunteer, there's still plenty of time to get in on the flash mob at the Arch—just show up!


Topping the Charts

The Pageant, St. Louis' beloved music edifice in The Loop, took the No. 5 spot on Pollstar's list of Top 100 Music Venues in the world, based on the number of tickets sold. The venue is well-known for an all-star lineup of touring national acts, from pop and indie rock to jazz and blues, hip hop and more.


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Fontbonne University and Mustard Seed Theatre have teamed up to present their first annual New Play Festival. Out of more than 60 plays entered by new playwrights from across the country, this year's winner is “The Geography of Nowhere” by hometown actor, director and writer Joshua Cook. The story is a twisted journey of three individuals who have little in common, but are united by the drive to build a spiritual utopia. A second play by Cook, “An Invitation Out,” and a play by another St. Louisan, DJ Sanders, also finished in the final four. The submissions were judged blindly by Seth Gordon, Mary Ann Hogan, Linda Kennedy, Bobby Miller and Deanna Jent, Mustard Seed Artistic Director. Contest rules stipulated only that the plays must deal with faith or social justice. “The Geography of Nowhere” will be presented in staged readings at 7pm on April 22 and 23 in Fontbonne's Fine Arts Theatre, 6800 Wydown Blvd. Tickets are $10. To make reservations, call the Mustard Seed box office, 314.719.8060.

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Collaboration and Planning Many don't

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on what main dish to serve at your next dinner party? Why not crowd-source some answers from your friends and create a little friendly competition via a Pinterest board? Allow your friends to submit their replies, and offer a fun prize to the person who wins. Create a Gallery Don't want to spend a ton of money to share the photos or videos from a big event? Create a photo or video gallery on Pinterest, and share with all of the guests. Selling Businesses and individuals who sell products online can use Pinterest in smart ways to gain new customers. You can create great product boards, even add pricing, and link back to an online shopping cart. Portfolios You can also use Pinterest to

Pinteresting Is it time for you to get on “board”? by Jen Rieger and Chris Rubin De La Borbolla


f you don't know what we mean when we say we were up late

“pinning” last night, then it's time you checked out one of the hottest new social media trends, which has not only landed on the Top 10 list of social networks, but was also named by Tech Crunch as the best new startup in 2011.

The creative social sharing network allows users to make visual bulletin boards online and share their inspirations with the world, and it's proven highly addicting for everyone from artists and other creative types to parents and college students. But, does Pinterest actually stand up to all the hype? We put pinning to the test to see if this creative network is really the next big thing. Pinterest generates some of its hype by being exclusive. No, you don't need a Members Only jacket, but as of March, you have to be invited or request a membership to join. But, not to worry— if you ask around, you'll probably find that you already know a few pinning peeps who will gladly invite you to join. And, if not, the request


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on the website doesn't take that long to process. Once you're “in” and have had enough time to gloat, you can begin creating your own themebased inspiration boards full of images, videos, text and other media that you find relevant. Like other social sites, you can follow others and be followed. And, if people really like what you posted, they can re-pin your content, just like being retweeted on Twitter. Most of you have likely already caught the bug, and are familiar with the basics. But, there might be some other features you haven't considered. Beyond just pinning pictures to your board, how can you use Pinterest to your advantage? This is our cue...

advertise your services or post a crafty version of your personal résumé or online portfolio. With some clever curating and effort, you can create a visually stunning brag board of your professional skills and work. Blogging Tired of blogging? Or, perhaps you

never became a blogger (but kind of wanted to) because of the time required to keep up with all the writing. Now, you can create your own version of a visual blog (or multiple ones) through the various boards you create. And, like people do with blogs, you can grow your own fan base of followers. Directing Traffic Pinterest has a large fan base that might not be following you on your other social media channels. You can create your own boards to drive those folks to additional goodies you have up on your website, blog or other hotspot. Get Hashing Like Twitter and Google+, Pinterest can also support hashtags. These hashtags can be applied to any of the ideas above to help drive even more eyes to your board.

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Jacob Laws 29, Senior Designer, CURE Design Group Interview by jennifer dulin wiley

Call it an obsession with beautiful things—Jacob Laws would. The award-winning interior designer has dedicated his life to perfecting the living spaces of others. The best part? There's still plenty of “room” for more. How He Got Into the Biz Unofficially, rear-

ranging my parents' and family friends' houses at age 4; I just couldn't help myself. Officially, I got my start at a firm in West County, which is where my now business partner and I had an immediate connection. Eventually, we launched CURE, and the rest is history. Education/Training I went to school for Art History, which contributes to my work every day. But, growing up surrounded by all forms of art and design is definitely what initially inspired me. My parents enrolled me in summer classes at Saint Louis Art Museum when I was very young, and I fell in love. Also, seeing the international design projects of my wildly talented Uncle Phil-


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lip opened my eyes to the endless possibilities my industry provides. Best Work Day Ever Having a client who gave me carte blanche on both vision and budget at our first meeting. That's a rarity and such a compliment to have someone really captured by your previous work and hand over that kind of trust, which allows me to flex my design muscles.

check-ins with my contractors on jobs; followups with clients; showroom searches; texts, texts, emails, emails; great music while I'm driving from project site to project site…hopefully, in the evening I can get to a spin class, which helps me unwind, then dinner with friends or a date with my DVR while I work a little more. Proudest Moment It can be something as little

as finding the perfect Milo Baughman chairs that cost next to nothing at a flea market, or having a client tell me that the work I've done has exceeded expectations. As far as accolades go, I'm very proud to have been named “One of the Top 7 Designers in St. Louis” and to have won six industry awards in two years. Best Job Perk Having access to the best pieces

Why His Job Rocks Being able to get up every

day and be grateful to be doing what I love. How that influences my quality of life is something that is truly priceless. Also, being able to utilize and harness my creative energy and implement it in a way that also influences my clients' quality of life is fantastic. Typical Day Starbucks has become a close personal friend. If it's a good morning, the gym comes first, followed by a call to my business partner, Sara (she's my better half ). Next comes

through the design trade. If some people are addicted to shoes or clothes (which come in a close second for me), my addictions are furniture, fixtures, vintage lighting and one-of-a-kind finds. Goals for the Future To keep building our brand is No. 1, and creating beautiful, innovative and functional living spaces that are dynamic and transcend trends. I'd eventually like to have a product line that would make my aesthetic accessible to a larger demographic than just private clients.

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Natural colors and wild chevron prints journey out of Africa. by Jill Manoff So, a Kenyan excursion is not in the cards. Maybe it's for the best. Your idea of a fab vacation never really involved wielding binoculars and bouncing around in a jeep. Still, witnessing vivid landscapes, being “one with nature” and wearing the cute khaki clothes that seem crucial for “roughing it” have always (since Meryl Streep did it, anyway) been appealing. Luckily, thanks to a number of designers' African mindsets for spring, dressing the part is definitely doable. Simply sport geometric tribal prints—like those shown by Proenza Schouler—or, work pieces in the same earthy color palette backed by fashion's arbiter of luxe, Michael Kors. You'll instantly look safari-chic. As for canoodling with the wild, you can always go out without bug spray.

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Designers' new spreadcollared dress shirts will have you going wide all season. by Jill Manoff When the basis of your workweek uniform is a button-down and

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The original family owned and operated pet cremation company, since 1981, Animal Care Services handles companion and pet cremations ranging from birds to horses. Allow our family to help your family through this difficult time.


Located in the downtown Loft District, this beautifully renovated, cage-free doggie daycare is eager to accept new “campers” who are ready for endless hours of indoor playtime fun and companionship.

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NEW upscale yoga studio providing heated and non-heated classes in a variety of formats, including Hot Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Y6 Barre, Yoga Fundamentals and more. Classes start in May.

At Prana Yoga we encourage all forms of yoga–hot (Bikram inspired) and not–come find your own yoga groove because… it’S ALL GOOd!

Grounded, yet inspired, at urban Breath Yoga, you can sculpt your body, calm your mind, touch your soul.



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lotus Arts studio

Pilates of West County is fully equipped with Gratz Pilates equipment, offering private, semi-private and small group classes. Clients range from those just starting an exercise program to elite athletes seeking that edge. Authentic Pilates. Lasting Results.

Offers classes for Yoga, Bellydance, Zumba, Latin, Ballroom and Burlesque.

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BumBershoot AeriAl Arts studio Come play in the air at Bumbershoot! We use trapeze, aerial fabric and more to help you gain strength, stamina and flexibility. Contact us today!

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Yoga Source offers a wide variety of classes in both heated and non-heated classrooms ranging from traditional Hatha yoga to the more advanced levels to meet your evolving needs.

Bikram Yoga is a demanding series of 26 postures conducted in a heated room. the heat helps improve circulation and eliminate toxins. designed for all levels.

Holy Yoga® & more—open April 17! Faith and fitness unite in the Narrow Gate community! Featuring Holy Yoga and other Christ-centered classes, including Open Level, Power, Basics, Momma & Me—and more to come.

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Build Strength · Find Balance · Be Present FREE 6 CLASS CARD. Classes start in May. Hot Yoga · Vinyasa Flow · Yoga Fundamentals Warm Fusion · Y6 Barre · Athletic Deep Stretch ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

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my style

Lindsay Pattan Founder/Owner/Vintage Curator, Miss Ohio Vintage & Social Media Coordinator, Bakers Footwear Group

Describe your personal style. A little feminine with some harsher qualities. My standard is a girly blouse, flared denim, suede booties, a leather jacket, a clutch and bangles. What are you wearing today? A BCBGMaxAzria dress, vintage earrings, vintage bracelets and a vintage lion belt from Miss Ohio Vintage; vintage rings and bracelets from BelleStyle; a Bakers collar necklace and “Jacquie” booties; and vintage tights from an estate sale. How do you curate vintage pieces for your personal wardrobe? I look for two things: bold basics (in classic cuts and great fabrics that will pair well with anything, but also stand out alone) and eccentric statement pieces—think over-the-top garments and accessories in hot prints, textures and shapes. What's one item from your closet that you cannot live without? I wouldn't make it without my leather jacket from BCBGMaxAzria. What's your go-to piece? Shorts and tights are my go-to, but if it comes down to one piece, it's definitely my boyfriend blazer with leather sleeves from BCBGMaxAzria. Which designers are you obsessed with? Acne, Altuzarra, Band of Outsiders, Dion Lee, Alice + Olivia, Jil Sander, Marni, Balenciaga, Zac Posen, Theyskens' Theory, Thakoon and BCBGMaxAzria. What trend are you loving right now? I am dying for pops of color and eccentric prints. Where do you shop in STL? Estate sales, Eve's Apple Vintage, Miss Ohio Vintage, BelleStyle Bijoux, Ivy Hill, Sole & Blues and Ziezo. What's your biggest fashion pet peeve? It totally irks me when I find a piece I love, but the quality is iffy. – Interview by Jill Manoff


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Got Style? Email a photo and brief description that represents your personal style to jennifer@alivemag. com for consideration to be featured in My Style.

Photo by Carmen Troesser

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Runway Model, International Spokesmodel for Olay, represented by the prestigious Ford Agency in New York, and diagnosed in 1998. For tickets, visit or call 314-781-9020, option 2.

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home accents

Sita Murt

Hue to Tango

Tangerine Tango is the bold new color stepping right off the runways and into your home. by Ruth Lee Every year, the Pantone Color Institute

has the daunting task of choosing the Color of the Year. The organization scours the latest runway and home shows to see what's hot, what's fashion-forward and what shoppers won't be able to get enough of in the next few months. The organization also adds psychology into the equation—considering the specific emotions a certain color can elicit. True to its name, the Tangerine Tango 2012 Color of the Year is vibrant, warm and bursting with energy. The statement this bold color can make was proven on the runways by the likes of Sita Murt, Tommy Hilfiger and Elie Tahari, who turned to Tangerine Tango to spice up their latest collections. But, the red-orange power hue works just as well off the runway—it just takes some balance. Pamela Calvert of Savvy Surrounding Style says the key to incorporating a vibrant color like Tangerine Tango is starting with a neutral base: think gray, beige or brown. A clean palette is crucial, as is utilizing a variety of accessories where Tangerine Tango can shine. Vases, pillows and frames are just a few of many that can work, but any infusion of the hot new color is sure to revitalize a tired-looking room that's ready to emerge from winter hibernation. “Spring is an excellent time to freshen your home with a beautiful pop of runway color,” Calvert says. We couldn't agree more.

Budding Idea These bud vases might be miniature, but in a group, they present the perfect amount of punch. Niche, 314.621.8131.


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Flower Power This tall, thin Tangerine Tango vase will breathe life into your flowers and home. The chiseled neck adds a design element that keeps the vase from being just one note. Savvy Surrounding Style, 314.432.7289.

Old is New The Monk Vase makes Tangerine Tango look chic and sophisticated by accenting it with black. The design is reminiscent of ancient pottery, but with a modern-day finish. Niche, 314.621.8131. Center of Attention Spread light and energy with these candlesticks that are sure to complement any dinner party. Use them as centerpieces, and maximize their potential by choosing place settings with Tangerine Tango accents. Savvy Surrounding Style, 314.432.7289.

Well-Read Now there's a place for all of those magazines you have scattered around the house. This unique magazine and supply stand will faithfully store your rags while adding a touch of color to any room—it's multi-tasking at its best. Centro Modern Furnishings, 314.454.0111.

Product photos by Carmen Troesser

Runway photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Home accessories shopped by Ruth Lee and Mary Poppell.

Light My Fire The gradient of oranges and fringe may be too loud for the cautious decorator, but don't let appearances fool you. Set against your favorite neutral sofa, this pillow can provide just the right amount of spark. Good Works, 314.726.2233.

Let There Be Light The Boka table lamp's clean lines and simple shape let Tangerine Tango do all the work. The lamp's structured shade in ivory provides the perfect complement to the bold base. Crate and Barrel, 314.725.6380.

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From House to Home A fusion of passion and profession, modern and vintage, results in a shabby-chic oasis. by Kate Allen When Sara and kurt Hentz first laid eyes on the 100-year-old Ladue estate that would become their home, they couldn't help but have vision. As a successful commercial real estate broker, Hentz had big ideas for the traditional farmhouse property, a 3,000 square-foot main house with a detached garage. With a little imagination, and the expertise of the ultra-creative Euro Trash design team, she embarked on a mission to create a larger-than-life outdoor pavilion and detached carriage house, featuring the clean lines of modern architecture and vintage details that make a house a home. Come One, Come All There's something for everyone in the Hentz's carriage house. The modern, open floor plan includes a large living space, kitchenette and work station. French oak-framed mirrors and a frame-free display of antique pressed botanicals welcome guests into the space while antique greenhouse doors offer privacy to the full bath and guest bedroom—allowing Hentz to achieve a high-end space on a “TJ Maxx budget.” Outdoor Couture Open to the

elements on the West end, the pavilion serves as an open-air extension between the main house and the carriage house. Hentz envisioned the pavilion to be constructed from reclaimed elements, so Euro Trash owner Annie Brahler collected the reclaimed beams, planks and roof sheathing to create the outdoor oasis, as well as the salvaged limestone for the large fireplace. The outdoor kitchen and floor-to-ceiling fireplace add sophistication to the seasonal space. Discarded furniture that Hentz found while working on a commercial project made the final touch. With a dash of DIY and pinch of TLC, the outdoor lounge, with designer handbag dust covers as pillows, is the epitome of class and style.


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Photos by Bjorn Wallander

Form & Function Between their careers and their children's schoolwork, there was a definite need for dedicated workspace in the Hentz's blueprints. The custom project desks were handmade by Euro Trash with reclaimed oak, plumbing conduit and industrial wheels to accommodate the needs of the family at the drop of a hat.

Beauty & The Bedroom Although the carriage house's vaulted

Project recommendation courtesy of Euro Trash, 217.245.9489

ceilings with exposed duct work create an industrial feel, the guest room, comprised primarily of European elements, is warm and inviting. The raw, unfinished oak flooring is warmed with a chic zebra rug, and the greenhouse doors are flanked with vintage photos of Kurt and Sara Hentz's parents.

Personal Touch To preserve their identities in the primarily industrial space, Hentz infused it with personal effects. The work space and cantilevered shelves are filled with old books, vintage posters and photos of her husband from his glory days on the high school football field. The Euro Trash team was even able to repurpose a vintage Dutch filing cabinet to display their collection of National Geographic magazines.

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Destination: Maplewood


giSÈle’S Gisèle’s is a unique Frenchinspired boutique with a vintage touch. Customers enjoy browsing the ever-changing French Romantic-inspired clothing, jewelry, baby gifts and everything Fleur de Lis. Visit often to view new items, read our blog, share your opinions and sign up for our email list.

7318 Manchester | Maplewood, MO 63143 | 314.781.0800 |

KaKao chocolate

7272 Manchester | Maplewood, MO 63143 | 314.645.4446 |

ScreaMing MiMi FlowerS anD giFtS A shop full of awesome in Maplewood: Fresh florist, wedding accessories, local handmade boutique & craft classroom. A fun and ever-changing mix of gifts for man, woman & child as well as the non-traditional wedding. Screaming Mimi Flowers and Gifts is open by appointment on Tuesday, 10am5pm on Wednesday, 10am-7pm on Thursday, 10am-5pm on Fridays and 10am-4pm on Saturdays. Hours also by appointment! Visit us on Facebook at ScreamingMimiSTL or tweet us @ScreamMimiSTL. 2718 Sutton | Maplewood, MO 63143 | 314.536.8660 |


Giséle’s and Kakao Chocolate photos by Christopher Gibbons. Screaming Mimi photo by Alex Pangilinan.

Kakao strives for nothing short of the finest chocolate experience. We use only the finest all-natural ingredients–no artificial flavors or additives–to create exceptional artisan chocolates and confections right in our stores. All-natural and handmade chocolates and confections, from hand-dipped truffles and sea salt caramels to marshmallow pies and bacon brittle. Come see us and experience chocolate like you never have before!

Inspiring a passion for Jewish identity. Jewish Federation is committed to young adults in our Jewish community.

We work to create lasting connections through innovative programs and events – such as a ‘Wild Wild YPD’ hosted by our Young Professionals Division.

Connect with our young, thriving community at or find us on Facebook and Twitter.


Projects assigned throughout these programs allow students to apply what they are learning in their own workplaces, as well as develop competency in other fields of study to expand their knowledge. Faculty place a focus on developing skills and furthering knowledge in a way that is highly relevant to the current market. Evening, weekend and online courses are available at various locations across the greater St. Louis area, making earning a degree from SLU accommodating and affordable. MORE INFO

For more information on SLU’s School for Professional Studies, log on to or call 314.977.2330


HIGHER EDUCATION AccelerAte Your cAreer: How Having a bacHelor’s degree can provide career stability and advancement in an uncertain economy.

The ambiguity of the current job market shows a growing demand for versatility in this increasingly competitive economy—even for those who are already gainfully employed. Having a bachelor’s degree not only increases your ability to be hired if you ever need to change jobs, but it also ensures that you are prepared for any career obstacles that may be thrown your way. Adult programs at local universities such as Saint Louis University and Fontbonne University understand the conflicts employed adults face when continuing their educations. Thus, affordable tuition and convenient class times have become key in helping professionals expand their knowledge and capabilities.

Saint LouiS univerSity Saint Louis University’s School for Professional Studies, or SLU for Busy Adults, provides a comprehensive and unparalleled educational program for adults searching for career advancement and security. Offering degrees in areas such as Organizational Leadership and Technology/Computer Science, the faculty and staff understand the needs of adult students taking their careers and résumés to the next level. SLU for Busy Adults offers eight-week

accelerated terms five times a year, with courses specifically tailored for working men and women. The private institution is renowned for its high quality of education, and SLU’s School for Professional Studies offers accelerated curriculums at half the cost of regular tuition, making it easily affordable and accessible for those who feel they don’t have the time or money for extended undergraduate and graduate study.


Fontbonne University has been distinguished for its OPTIONS program, which provides evening, weekend and online classes for working professionals of all ages. Linda Maurer, dean of the Eckelkamp College of Global Business and Professional Studies at Fontbonne, notes, “We believe that in the long run, a bachelor’s or master’s degree is worth it, financially and professionally, and we try to make the experience as flexible and convenient as possible without ever compromising academic quality.” She cites a recent study showing that a bachelor’s degree can help you either advance in your current job or jumpstart a new career, and earn 66 percent more over the course of your lifetime. The faculty and staff at Fontbonne understand factors like family and job obligations, so they work diligently to develop programs conducive to working with—not against—adult students’ everyday lives. OPTIONS offers a broad selection of class times and formats, including online courses, in eight-week sessions held five times throughout the year. Accelerated courses engage students with faculty members who both teach and work in their fields, providing first-hand experience and knowledge for those digesting a new course of study. Designed to be accessible and affordable for any schedule, OPTIONS makes earning a bachelor’s degree manageable for adults who may otherwise be intimidated by the idea of going back to school. In today’s competitive market, having a bachelor’s degree from an esteemed university can make all the difference in the world. MORE INFO

For more information on Fontbonne’s OPtIONS program, log on to or call 314.863.2220.

Accelerated programs taught by faculty who care about your success. BACHELOR’S: Business Administration, Organizational Studies, Corporate Communication, or Sports and Entertainment Management. MASTER’S: MBA (also online), Management (also online), Nonprofit Management, Supply Chain Management (online), Accounting and Taxation.

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top picks 9 MONTHS IN STYLE JULIE HOFFMANN, OWNER This ink run-printed maxi dress is a chic, comfortable must-have for the new mother-to-be in your life! ultra-comfy and stylish, it’s perfect for our hot STL summers! 11243 MANChESTER Rd. • kIRkWOOd, MO 63122 314.835.9935 • 9MONThSINSTyLESTL.COM

ANDREA’S BOUTIQUE ANDREA D’ANGELO, OWNER The cross-body bag is the perfect accessory to inject into your spring wardrobe. Tone down an edgy dress by pairing it with this classic, faux ostrich, two-tone bag. It will also give a flowy floral dress some balance and structure.

BE DIRTY RIcH cHRISTINA TURNER, OWNER featured is the leopard and mesh bodice suit, available in other colors. Pair it with the sherbet Naven skirt, and it will make everyone want to be dirty Rich. We carry quality top designers and custom pieces, offering the latest hollywood fashions that will satisfy any socialite! bEdIRTyRICh.COM • bEdIRTyRICh@gMAIL.COM

BLUSH BOUTIQUE SARAH KING, OWNER Each bracelet is hand-crocheted by women in the kathmandu Valley of Nepal. A percentage of each sale is donated to the women of Nepal to provide economic stability and to build schools for their children. The bracelets make great gifts at $18 each and look best worn layered with other bracelets and bangles! 110 N. CLAy • ST. LOuIS, MO 63122 314.965.4411 • bLuShbOuTIquE.COM

cHA BOUTIQUE SARAH GARLIcH, OWNER New for Spring, Sam Edleman has come out with a line of handbags that are a must-have! This little cross-body has so much style, with leopard and neon green detail, it’s sure to be catching people’s eyes. 9666 CLAyTON Rd. • LAduE, MO 63124 314.993.8080 • ShOP-ChA.COM


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9 Months in Style, Andrea’s Boutique and Blush photos by Jules Brown. Be Dirty Rich photo by Rachel Mitchell. Cha photo by Christopher Gibbons.

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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

ESTHER MOLLY BROWN, OWNER update your spring wardrobe with this classic Milly mini with a twist. $250 1556 S. LINdbERgh bLVd. ST LOuIS, MO 63131 314.432.5300 • ESThERSTL.COM

HONEY’S cHILD BOUTIQUE LETITIA A. YOUNG, OWNER This fabulous dress ties many different ways including as a halter dress, dress with sleeves, skirt, baby doll top, and every other way you can imagine. It is an absolute must-have for summer. fits sizes 8-24 in one dress! 10046 MANChESTER Rd. • SAINT LOuIS, MO 63122 314.966.6633 • hONEySChILdbOuTIquE.COM

MEKA BOUTIQUE MEG MEYER, OWNER Old gringo boots are a must-have this Spring! The pink Swarovski crystals add the perfect feminine touch. These look great with spring dresses and cut-off shorts by black Orchid, available at Meka! More styles available! “Like” us on facebook for updates

Klutch photos by Christopher Gibbons. Honey’s Child and Esther photos by Jules Brown.

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KLUTcH BOUTIQUE ELIzABETH IRWIN, OWNER The Zodiac wedge is the must-have wedge for spring! This Aztec print is such a huge trend and you can pair it with so many colors! 1126 TOWN & COuNTRy CROSSINg dR. TOWN & COuNTRy, MO 63017 • 636.220.6110 kLuTChSTyLE.COM

SOLE & BLUES TAMMY WHITE, OWNER your must-have spring bag awaits you this season at Sole & blues. The Tano Women’s Chicklit Wallet comes in four unique colors: Carrot, Marigold, Chili and Peony. Whether you’re a fashionista or a fashion newbie, visit Sole & blues to have your look custom-designed to fit your style and unique assets. 6317 dELMAR bLVd. • ST LOuIS, MO 63130 314.863.3600 • SOLEANdbLuES.COM ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

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Join ALIVE and Pedal The Cause on Thursday, April 26 to kickoff the Back Bar @ Scape’s $5 Thursday Happy Hour Series.

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The Bride

Melissa Kimmick,

28, Registered Nurse, Pediatric ICU, St. Louis Children's Hospital The Groom

Ryan Hill,

28, Project Manager, ICS Construction Services

The Ride of a Lifetime Love soars to new heights at a City Museum celebration.

by Kate Allen

Their Story Melissa Kimmick and Ryan Hill will always be kids at heart. It was a fact made certain not

only by their engagement, but the carefree and whimsical wedding day that would follow. After a chance encounter through mutual friends in 2005, the two passed in and out of one another's lives for the next two years, and kept tabs on each other through friends. Finally, in 2007, they made their relationship official. Three years later, Ryan took “official” one step further and showed up on Melissa's doorstep on Christmas morning to “borrow some wrapping paper.” Once he had finished secretly wrapping several items from the bride's own living room, he presented them to her. Disappointment and confusion began to show on her face, just as Ryan got down on one knee to give Melissa her real gift. The newly engaged couple shared the holiday, and their excitement, with family and friends, and immediately began planning their big day.


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Up and Away The couple chose City Museum in

Downtown St. Louis for its vibrant atmosphere and proximity to Washington Avenue nightlife. Little did they know, the rooftop Ferris wheel at sunset would provide some of their fondest memories—and most talked-about photos!

Photos by beth Berry Photography

In Perfect Tandem After choosing a stationary

suite featuring a tandem bicycle, the couple couldn't believe it when they spotted a discarded bicycle built for two, left out with the trash one morning. Before they could turn around to scoop it up, another passerby had beaten them to it. A fearless Melissa chased him down and pleaded her case. Needless to say, the treasure perfectly accented the couple's big day.

One FINE Day On the day of her wedding, Melissa

walked down the aisle of All Souls Catholic Church, the same aisle her parents had walked down years before. Wearing a Mori Lee gown, and flanked by both of her parents, Melissa met Ryan at the altar to exchange “I Dos” in a traditional Catholic ceremony. The couple's prize pooch, Petie, shared in the excitement, joining Melissa and Ryan for post-ceremony photos in Tower Grove Park. Soon, Petie will be joined by a baby brother or sister, as the newlyweds welcome their first child.

DIY Details Melissa and Ryan showcased their DIY handiwork on several wedding details, including centerpieces, place cards and desserts. Melissa created beautiful vintage centerpieces with dried flowers and potpourri in Depression-era glass mason jars. Handcrafted place cards, accented with buttons and push pins, were displayed on a bulletin board that the bride covered with tandem bicycle-printed fabric. The couple's cake was a family affair, created by Three Cake Ladies, a business started by Melissa's extended family. The bride also treated herself and each of her bridesmaids to handmade clutches from Etsy.

Captivating Couple Following a Mediterranean-

inspired dinner, courtesy of Russo's Catering, Melissa and Ryan kept City Museum's Architecture Hall energized with a playful version of the traditional photo booth and the sounds of St. Louis' Downtime Productions band. Longtime Lady Gaga fans, the couple shared their first dance to the pop queen's “Captivated.”

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| engagements

Recently Ringed

Three newly engaged St. Louis couples share their love stories.

Gina DeGenova, 26 & Stephen Rau, 28

The Proposal: Stephen proposed on the steps leading up from the riverfront to the Arch. It was extra special because we met on a riverbank as well, on a float trip in 2010! Our “Meet Cute”: I told my friend, “I'm going to marry that guy someday,” as I pointed at this tall guy with long, curly hair. I knew after he shook my hand and introduced himself that this wouldn't be the last time I'd see him. We hung out at the campfire, and he asked for my number. He didn't have a pen, so he said he would memorize it. Sure enough, he called, and we went on our first date. I dared him not to fall in love with me—he lost! Our Song: “Hooked On a Feeling” by Blue Swede. The Big Day: April 20, 2013 at St. Genevieve Church and Chaumette Vineyards & Winery.

Alice Coulter, 26 & Jon Benner, 27

Michelle De Villar, 26 & Nick Cook, 26 Occupations: I'm a professional ballet dancer for St. Louis Ballet, and Nick is a law student at SLU Law. The Proposal: Nick proposed atop a cliff in Lanai, Hawaii, with a breathtakingly beautiful view. First Impression: When I first met Nick, I thought he was attractive, but too full of himself. Once I got to know him, you could say he grew on me. Now, we've been together for 3½ years! Our “Meet Cute”: The night after our first date, my car got stolen. The next day, it was recovered, but having just moved to St. Louis, I had no one to call to help me pick it up. Nick came to my rescue, and after spending four hours together, we felt like we'd known each other forever. Five days later, Nick's car got stolen from a different location. We started our relationship on a roller

coaster and have been along for a fun ride ever since. We now look back and can laugh at our misfortune and how it was, in fact, the best thing that could have happened to us. Our Song: “Smile” by Madeleine Peyroux. Our relationship in three words: Funny, inspiring and adventurous. Believe it or not: We are both a little nerdy and like to play video games. Together, we like to: Watch movies, go out for good food at St. Louis' great restaurants, see shows at The Fox, go to Cards games and to Forest Park when it's nice. Home Sweet Home: We will hopefully stay in St. Louis, possibly in the Clayton area. The Big Day: August 11, 2012 at Randall Art Gallery.

The Proposal: Jon proposed at the graduation party I threw for him, with a speech in front of our friends and family. It was fabulous! He managed to keep the secret from me for months. Our “Meet Cute”: We were 13, and he caught my eye by doing back flips in my front yard! We dated in high school, broke up before he went to college, then got back together in college. Our Song: “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland. Believe it or not: Our average fight lasts about 30 seconds before we both burst into hysterical laughter. Perfect date night: Dinner at Harvest, dessert at Cyrano's and Netflix at home. The Big Day: May 25, 2012 at Our Lady of the Pillar Church and SqWires.

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Edited by Gwen Ragno; photos courtesy of the couples. Top left photo by White-Klump Photography.

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Wedding Planners Absolutely In, LLC 130 South Bemiston, Ste. 603, Clayton, 314.315.1775, Make your big day memorable, whether you need planning from scratch or day-of assistance. Carolyn Burke Wedding Liaison 705 Dickson St., Kirkwood, 314.821.4844, Wedding coordination for many faiths and non-religious backgrounds; specializes in low-budget, elegant weddings. Cosmopolitan Events 8132 Big Bend Blvd., Suite. B, Webster Groves, 314.249.9107, Forest Park Weddings with panache, complete Visitor Center 64

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Pulse Events helps you plan a stressfree dream wedding. St. Louis Wedding Consultants 16943 Lewis Spring Farms Rd., Chesterfield, 636.236.9359, Vendors to make your day spectacular, from vibrant flower arrangements to elegant wedding invitations.


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Bogey Hills Country Club 1120 Country Club Rd., St. Charles, 636.946.6250, Cedar Lake Cellars 11008 Schreckengast Rd., Wright City, 636.745.9500, Chandler Hill Vineyards 596 Defiance Rd., Defiance, 636.798.2675, Chase Park Plaza 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.633.3000,

Hospitality Concierge 3966 Wyoming St., Tower Grove South, Use the virtual wedding planner to connect with a planner to fit your dreams and budget.

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

Lucky You Productions 2101 Locust St., Ste. 4, Downtown, 314.588.0073, Rachel McCalla and Amanda Hill specialize in expert coordination and floral design.

Bevo Mill 4749 Gravois Rd., South City,314.832.6776,

City Museum 701 N. 15th St., Downtown, 314.231.2489 ext. 117,

Bixby's Missouri History Musuem's 2nd Floor, 5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park, 314.361.7313,

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis 3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center, 314.289.1500,

Blondie's 1301 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.6100,

Coronado Ballroom 3701 Lindell Blvd., Midtown, 314.367.4848,

Pulse Events 314.518.4511,

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Drury Plaza Hotel—At the Arch 2 S. 4th St., Downtown, 314.231.3003, Danforth Plant Science Center 975 N. Warson Rd., Creve Coeur, 314.587.1000, Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.881.5800, stlouis Fox Theatre—Fox Club 527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center, 314.531.9999, The Gardens At Malmaison 3519 St. Albans Rd., St. Albans, 636.458.0131, Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark 1 S. Broadway, Downtown, 314.421.1776, Hilton St. Louis Frontenac 1335 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Frontenac, 314.993.1100,

Neo on Locust 2801 Locust Ave., Midtown, 314.570.9218,

The Hill, 314.772.8898,

Oliva 4915 Daggett Ave., The Hill, 314.961.7588,

The Drunken Fish 1 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.4222,

Overlook Farm 901 South Hwy. 79, Clarksville, MO, 573.242.3838, The Palladium Saint Louis 1400 Park Place, Lafayette Square, 314.799.8886, Peabody Opera House 1400 Market St., Downtown, 314.552.4572, Piper Palm House 4256 Magnolia Ave., Tower Grove, 314.771.4465, Renaissance Grand & Suites 800 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.418.5820, The Ritz-Carlton 100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.863.6300,

Hotelumière 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 877.450.7711,

Scape American Bistro 48 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.361.7227,

Hyatt Regency at the St. Louis Arch 315 Chestnut St., Downtown, 314.655.1234,

the Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center, 314.533.9900,

The Jewel Box Forest Park, 314.289.5389,

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

Kemp Auto Museum 16955 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield, 636.537.1718, The Lodge at Grant's Trail 4398 Hoffmeister Ave., South County, 314.638.3340, Lorenzo's Trattoria 1933 Edwards St., The Hill, 314.773.2223, Lucas Park Grille 1234 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.7770, Lumen Private Event Space 2201 Locust St., Downtown, 314.241.5757, Mad Art Gallery 2727 S. 12th St., Soulard, 314.771.8230, Millennium Hotel 200 S. 4th St., Downtown, 314.241.9500, Missouri Botanical Garden 4344 Shaw Blvd., Tower Grove, 314.577.5100, Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park, 314.454.3150, Moonrise Hotel 6177 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.721.1111, Moto Museum 3441 Olive St., Midtown, 314.446.1805, Moulin Events 2017 Chouteau Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.241.4949,

The Westin 811 Spruce St., Downtown, 314.621.2000, westin. com/stlouis Windows On Washington 1601 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.5555, World's Fair Pavilion Government Hill, Forest Park, 314.289.5344,


Rehearsal Dinner Venues Al's Restaurant 1200 N. 1st St., Downtown, 314.421.6399, Almonds 8127 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.1019,

Eau Bistro at Chase Park Plaza 212 N. Kingshighway, Central West End, 314.454.9000, Eclipse in the Moonrise Hotel 6177 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.726.2222, F15teen 1900 Locust Ave., Downtown, 314.588.8899, Franco 1535 S. 8th St., Soulard, 314.436.2500, Frazer's 1811 Pestalozzi St., Benton Park, 314.773.8646, Herbie's 405 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.769.9595, J. Buck's 101 S. Hanley Rd., Clayton, 314.725.4700, Kemoll's 1 Metropolitan Sq., Downtown, 314.421.0555, Lorenzo's Trattoria 1933 Edwards St., The Hill, 314.773.2223, Lucas Park Grille 1234 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.7770, Luciano's Trattoria 172 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.863.9969, Mike Shannon's 620 Market St., Downtown, 314.421.1540, Molly's 816 Geyer Ave., Soulard, 314.241.6200, Mosaic 1001 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.621.6001, Prime 1000 1000 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.1000, Robust 227 W. Lockwood, Webster Groves, 314.963.0033, Soulard's 1731 S. 7th St., Soulard, 314.241.7956,

Annie Gunn's 16806 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield, 636.532.7684,

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

Araka 131 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.725.6777,

Syberg's 2430 Old Dorsett Rd., Maryland Heights, 314.785.0481,

Aya Sofia 6671 Chippewa St., South City, 314.645.9919, Blueberry Hill 6504 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.727.4444, Bristol 11801 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.567.0272, Charlie Gitto's 5226 Shaw Ave.,

Table Three 16765 Main St., Wildwood Town Center, 636.458.4333,


Caterers Butler's Pantry 1414 Park Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.664.7680, Commitment and expertise in planning and executing a flawless wedding and reception. Catering St. Louis 2141 59th St., South City, 314.961.7588, Full-service catering and event planning focusing on mood, atmosphere and superb food. The Dutchie Catering Company 773.354.0809, Caribbean-inspired food, jerk chicken, curry goat, fried plantain and coconut rice pudding. Farotto's 9525 Manchester Rd., Rock Hill, 314.962.0048, Classic Italian dishes build the perfect menu for your taste and style. Gregory's Creative Cuisine 4700 Adkins Ave., South City, 314.481.4481, A diverse selection of sophisticated dishes, plus flower coordination, valet parking and ice sculptures. Hollyberry Catering 284 East Ave., Webster Groves, 314.968.9239, Premier small-plate caterer featuring wine-tasting stations, dessert bars and signature cocktails. LoRusso's Catering Company 3121 Watson Rd., Tower Grove, 314.647.6222, A spectacular rehearsal dinner or reception with delicious entrées. Orlando's Banquets & Catering 8352 Watson Rd., Webster Groves, 314.638.6660, 40 years providing delicious food, excellent service and sophisticated facilities. The Pasta House Company 2200 59th St., Downtown, 314.644.1400, Custom menus with buffet, seated dinner, family-style or passed options. Patty Long Catering 1804 S.9th St., Soulard, 314.621.9598, Experienced chefs offer exquisite cuisine, impeccable service and breathtaking venues. Russo's Catering Company 9904 Page Ave., Overland, 314.427.6771, No matter the size of your event, Russo's can create a menu specifically designed to fit your needs.

The Tenderloin Room 232 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.361.0900,

The Social Affair 314.583.9435, Kelly Spencer creates beautiful desserts and decadent entrées in a unique way.

Tony's 410 Market St., Downtown, 314.231.7007, tonys

Steven Becker Fine Dining 3701 Lindell Blvd., Midtown, 314.367.4848, April 2012


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Featured exclusively at the Coronado Ballroom, Steven Becker creates upscale wedding celebrations. Syberg's Catering 2430 Old Dorsett Rd., Maryland Heights, 314.832.4856, A spacious banquet facility with full catering, extended bar service, decorations and fine china. Vito's 3515 Lindell Blvd., Midtown, 314.534.8486, Established Italian restaurant with an array of delicious authentic eats. Westwood Catering 190 N. Sappington Rd., Glendale, 314.965.7428, Offering catering, rentals, tents, linens, ice carvings and entertainment.

Kirkwood Bridal Boutique All your special occasion needs: • • • • • •

Bridal Gowns Bridesmaid Dresses Mother of Attire Prom Dresses Tuxedo Rental Custom Alterations

Wolfgang Puck One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, 314.655.5369, Unparalleled cuisine and impeccable service captures imagination and personal style. V. Catering & Events 15 N. Meramec Ave., Clayton, 314.443.6956, Create your perfect day, based on their motto, “Taste is a matter of choice; quality is a matter of fact.” Zia's 5256 Wilson Ave., The Hill, 314.776.0020, Known for delicious traditional Italian dishes at affordable prices.


Boutiques / Accessories Amore 173 Long Road Ste. 104, Chesterfield, 636.536.0007, Wedding and bridesmaid dresses in all sizes, featuring such top designers as Pronovias and Allure. Bella Bridesmaid 13428 Clayton Rd., Town & Country, 314.205.1191, For the modern bridesmaid, a wide range of top designer dresses for every body type. Berrybridge bridal 9904 Clayton Rd., Ste. A, Ladue, 314.997.1439, A mother-daughter shop with a comfortable and attentive atmosphere and designer gowns.

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Blushing Bride 4632 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights 618.257.7600, A full-service boutique with an extensive collection of high-quality gowns. Everything from personalized embroidered thongs to comfy sweats and sexy lingerie. Kirkwood Bridal Boutique 112 W. Jefferson, Ste. 124, Kirkwood, 314.821.8555, A wide array of gowns for bridesmaids and mothers-of-the-bride, from formal to informal. Lady bird Couture 314.578.8833, Chic bridal belts and hair accessories to add some sparkle to your style Robin's Bridal 9993 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, 314.822.7433, A one-stop bridal shop dedicated to finding the perfect gown for any style and budget. Savvi Formalwear Multiple locations, St. Louis' premier provider of men's formal wear. Simply Elegant Bridal 1004 Olive St., Downtown, 314.241.8201, Gorgeous gowns and formal attire for everyone in the wedding party. Town and Country Bridal Boutique 1701 S. Lindbergh Blvd., # 97, Town and Country, 314.991.5400, An exquisite collection of designer wedding gowns, jewelry and accessories.


Cakes / Desserts Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier 32 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.7750, The Blue Owl 6116 2nd St., Kimmswick, 636.464.3128, The Cakery 1420 Tamm Ave., Dogtown, 314.647.6000, The Cup 28 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.6111, Encore Baking Company 2730 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314.832.4303, Jilly's Cupcake Bar & Café 8509 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.993.5455,

Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique 8109 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.721.2457, Couture designer gowns, veils, headpieces and jewelry.

Just Sweets 314.750.7501,

Jule Lingerie & Loungewear 1590 Clarkson Road, Ste. 105, Chesterfield, 636.536.9777,

Sugaree Baking 1242 Tamm Ave., Dogtown, 314.645.5496,

McArthur's Bakery Multiple locations,

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SweetArt 2203 S. 39th St., Tower Grove, 314.771.4278, Zettie's Confections 618.281.9052,


Jewelers Albarré Jewelry 9711 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.997.1707, Brando Boutique 107½ E. Argonne Dr., Kirkwood, 314.984.9114,

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.

The sheldon Call the Director of Events, at 314-533-9900 or visit 3648 Washington Boulevard Saint Louis

Chesterfield Jewelers 17037 Baxter Rd., Chesterfield, 636.537.5590, Clarkson Jewelers 1306 Clarkson Rd., Ellisville, 636.227.2006, codi 1164 Town and Country Crossing Dr., Town and Country, 636.227.2634, Curt Parker Jewelers 10192 Conway Rd., Ladue, 314.989.9909, Décor Interiors and Jewelry 13476 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, 314.434.4022, Diamond & Jewelry Brokers, Inc. 473 Lafayette Center, Manchester, 636.391.6622, The Diamond Shop 12 N. Central Ave., Clayton, 314.721.2210, Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers 101 S. Hanley Rd., Ste. 110, Clayton, 314.863.8820, Genovese Jewelers 12460 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.878.6203, Huffords Jewelry 10413 Clayton Rd., Frontenac, 314.993.1444,

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Photographers Bethre Means 314.740.3134, Bernard Mallala Photography 314.884.1510, beauvide photography 314.643.8433, brea Photography 314.650.6848, Don Siegel Photography 314.432.6981, GoodEye Photoshare 1600 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights, 314.644.7770, Greg Lappin 314.393.1746, Heather Roth Fine Art Photography 646.284.1215, Joanna Kleine Photography 1085 Dauphin Ln., Florissant, 314.368.5073, Joel Marion Photography 1478 Cherry Creek Ln., Manchester, 636.861.2400, Jon Koch Photography 314.497.8308, J. Pollack Photography 314.374.3249, Megan Thiele studios 573.579.5513, Mirage Images 636.577.1074,

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

Nordmann Photography 9420 Litzsinger Rd., Webster Groves, 314.962.5900,

Simons Jewelers 8141 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.8888,

PhotoboothSTL 314.776.3003,

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

Tim McDermott Photography 2323 Locust St., #508, Benton Park, 314.406.1149,

Ylang-Ylang 81 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.567.5555,


Lordo's Diamonds 9222 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.432.8008,

Tiffany & Co. 64 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.692.2255,


Your Diamond Source 333 S. Kirkwood Rd, Ste. 204, Kirkwood, 314.835.9899,

Warwick Photography 1750 S. Brentwood Blvd., Ste. 265, Brentwood, 314.962.3222,


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EducaTEd JEwElEr The Diamond Family Awarded as your area’s exclusive “Master IJO Jeweler” 473 Lafayette Center • Manchester, MO 63011 • 636.391.6622

Syberg’s Syberg’s Catering will help create the best experience on your special day for you and your guests in our ballroom or the venue of your choice. Over 35 years of entertaining experience When your wedding ends, don’t let the fun end! Syberg’s on Dorsett has an on-site hotel AND is a live music venue, having your event with us allows the party going all night long!



Lorenzo’s Trattoria Celebrate your rehearsal dinner and reception at Lorenzo’s Trattoria. Call now to make your reservation.

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Videographers / Music Downtime Productions 7534 Watson Rd., Shrewsbury, 314.452.2848, dj nune 314.246.9284, First Dance Saint Louis The Manhasset Strings 636.537.0405,

1933 Edwards St. St. Louis, MO 63110 314-773-2223

Millennium Productions 1334 Strassner Dr., Brentwood, 314.918.9335, One Eyed Dog Productions 314.303.6976, Pulse Events 314.518.4511, Spectrum Band 14140 Conway Rd., Chesterfield, 314.434.7153, Steamline Productions 1520 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.650.3277,

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

Alison jo makeup artistry 314.308.1762, A True Spa 116 Chesterfield Commons East Rd., Chesterfield, 636.537.3227, Belleza Salon 3449 Pheasant Meadows Run, O'Fallon, 636.300.3437, Blue Element Salon 7529 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.725.1200, DanielleStyle Inc. 2826 Sublette Ave., 314.302.1467, Dominic Michael Salon 17057 Baxter Rd., Chesterfield, 636.449.1583, GLAM 2724 Chippewa St., South City, 314.771.1175, Jean Phillipe & Company 745 Old Frontenac Sq., Ste. 203, 314.991.2900, Kolors Salon 4188 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.531.1218, The Lifestyle Center 7642 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.863.5556, Megan Dugan 312.285.5907,

Crate and Barrel 1 The Boulevard, Richmond Heights, 314.725.6380,

Metamorphosis Bridal Makeup & Hair Design 636.443.5931,

The Kerry Cottage 2119 S. Big Bend Blvd., Maplewood, 314.647.0166,

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

Macy's 800.568.8865, Neiman Marcus 100 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.567.9811, Pottery Barn 262 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.996.2630, Savvy Surrounding Style 9753 Clayton Rd., Clayton, 314.432.7289, Williams-Sonoma 260 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.567.9211,


Hair / Makeup Adorn Salon 17660 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield, 636.530.9000,

Pixies Hair Design 2709 Sutton Blvd.,Maplewood, 314.605.8417, Robert Govero for Hair 8111 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.6179, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.881.5800, stlouis Studio 703 703 Long Road Crossing Dr., Chesterfield, 636.536.6770, Studio Salons 633 N. New Ballas Rd., Creve Coeur, 314.578.6116, Valerie Brown 2020 Washington Ave. 314.479.6306,





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

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Becky Huffman Flowers 314.368.7760, Blooms 314.795.1067, Botanicals Design Studio 3014 S. Grand Ave, South City, 314.772.7674, Festive Atmospheres 8314 Olive Blvd., Olivette 314.481.1501,

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sets, chemises and the Le Mystere Bridal Seduction bustier for your wedding day/night. WB_1201SS_Amore.indd 1 And check out our new selection of swimwear for your honeymoon!

We also have fun gifts such as the Hanky Panky bridal thongs and garters as well as Mary Green “I Do� and “Something Blue� boyshorts.

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Fresh Art 6411 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, 314.721.5080, Ladue Florist 9776 Clayton Rd., Ladue,314.994.7304, 3:11:19 PM Petals

Galore 9292 Dielman Industrial Dr., Olivette, 314.651.1360, Screaming Mimi 2718 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood, 314.536.8660, Sisters floral design studio 431 E. Clinton Pl., Kirkwood, 314.821.0076, Soulard Florist 730 Carroll St., Soulard, 314.231.0602, Stems 301 Saint Francois St., Florissant, 314.972.7836, Wildflowers 1013 Ohio Ave., Lafayette Sq., 314.772.9900,


Invitations By Alice Boutique 263 Chesterfield Mall, Chesterfield, 314.227.5451,

A salon like no other...South City’s hidden luxury 2724 Chippewa • 314.771.1175

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BBJ Linen 856 Hanley Industrial Ct., Brentwood, 314.447.9200, Cheree Berry 3 S. Newstead Ave., #2, Central West End, 314.533.6688, Etched Invites 314.799.1274, M. Haley Design 629 N. New Ballas Rd., Ste. 203, Creve Coeur, 636.352.2102, The Service Bureau 9773 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.991.1104,

Slice of Lime Design 9009 Meadowbrook Ln., Overland, 314.210.0245, Two Blue Doors 75 W. Lockwood Ave., Ste. 203 Webster Groves, 314.968.4033, 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., Earth City, MO, 314.995.7282, Ice Visions 324 Sante Ave., Kirkwood, 314.821.1204, Universal Rentals 10831 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, 314.822.4535 or 314.363.7626, Weinhardt Party Rentals 11601 Manchester Rd., Des Peres, 314.822.9000,


Transportation All About You Limos 314.631.0747, BEST Transportation 8531 Page Ave., Ste. 160, 314.989.1500, Midwest Valet 314.361.6764,


Travel Companies AAA Travel 888.366.4222, Travel Haus 11231 Concord Village Ave.,Concord, 314.842.7313, Travelplex American Express 238 Mid Rivers Ctr., St. Peters, 636.397.2100,

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.

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

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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.

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Top Wedding Caterers Andre’s Banquets and Catering

Catering By Orlando’s

Andre’s Banquets and Catering is well known in St. Louis for its exceptional service. Our catering team handles every detail while you enjoy the perfect event. Packages include: Two entrees and two accompaniments; relish trays, dinner rolls, salad, coffee or tea; linens, skirting, chafing dishes and platters for the buffet; uniformed personnel to serve and set up; disposable dinnerware with options for linens, china and silverware. Catering Packages as low as $6.95 per person!

Catering by Orlando’s is a full service catering and event design company offering a wide range of menus from simple to gourmet. We specialize in unique and innovative presentation and first class service. Catering by Orlando’s is proud to be a preferred caterer at the hottest and most unique venues in St. Louis.

Multiple Locations • 314.638.6660

Gregory’s Creative Cuisime

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Hollyberry Catering Hollyberry’s experienced staff works side-by-side with you to create a unique wedding event that reflects your distinctive style and personal taste. For more than a decade, Hollyberry has worked with hundreds of brides to incorporate unique, extra-special touches that make your event stand out. Hollyberry’s full-service menus feature cuisine guests will crave and creative culinary presentations including food stations, unique plated entrees, winepairing stations, late-night food bars, customized favors and more.

Gregory’s Creative Cuisine has been proudly serving the St. Louis Metropolitan area for over 22 years. Owner and Executive Chef Gregory Mosberger has distinguished his company through exceptional cuisine, presentation and service. At Gregory’s, we recognize that our attention to detail and excellence is the key to our success, and the reason clients turn to us time and time again. • 314.481.4481


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Celebrating a decade in st. lous By Kelly Hamilton and Elizabeth Tucker

When we wrote the very first issue of ALIVE, we weren't setting out to create a

widely distributed fashion, culture and lifestyle publication for St. Louis. We weren't planning on producing large-scale events in the city, or launching anything like Saint Louis Fashion Week. That isn't to say we didn't take ourselves seriously…we just didn't know where that first little issue would lead us. We set out with a mission to share useful information, and like most ambitious young people (we were 20, 25 and 30 at the time), we were open to the serendipity that life and business bring you when you're really passionate about something…and just a little fearless. Looking Back Kelly: I met Elizabeth in 2001 when I showed up to apply for a parttime job at Attilio's Discount Supplements, the emerging retail chain Attilio had started a few years before that was a competitor to GNC. Elizabeth: We grew very quickly over the next few years and expanded from just a few stores to 12. We noticed that we were getting more calls every day from people who were not only interested in our vitamins and health products, but information on how to live healthy lifestyles. We talked about starting a newsletter for our customers to inform them on how to eat healthy and exercise, which would help them get better results. Kelly: I remember sitting on the stoop of Attilio's Central West End house, and Elizabeth saying, “Let's go on a trip; we need a vacation anyway. We'll hole up in a cabin, and come up with things to write about. It'll be

fun.” Attilio told us that when we got back, he'd figure out how to lay it out and get it printed.

Road trip of a Lifetime Elizabeth: Our company lawyer, Mitch Margo, told us we could use his cabin in Vail, CO, for a few days. So, we road tripped it to the mountains. It was August 2002, a beautiful time to be there. We listened to John Denver as we rolled through Golden and stopped off in Boulder for a night. In Vail, we spent two days punching out the four or five articles that went into the first issue—one on yoga, one on eating healthy and one on weight loss. Kelly: We weren't sure how it would be put together, but I imagined it would fit nicely into one of the Microsoft Word templates, or if we wanted to get “fancy,” we could invest in Microsoft Publisher. When we got back, Attilio taught himself rudimentary Adobe Illustrator skills

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2002-2004 and laid it out using some stock images and a header that said “Alive: Your Journal for Personal Wellness.” We had a name. Back then, we had no concept of high-res imagery or how textheavy our articles really looked. Jim Bowe from Trio Printing helped us print our first issue, and we beamed with pride when the first copies arrived. Elizabeth: People started picking them up and asking when the next one would come out. We knew we had something that people wanted, so we started looking at how we could put them in more distribution locations. Printing was expensive, so we decided to find someone in a similar industry who might want to help sponsor the printing. Without necessarily recognizing it, we were looking for advertisers, which created a new business unit for us—with its own very unique challenges.

Building A Dream Team Elizabeth: We knew we didn't have a chance unless we hired people who knew the industry. Luckily, we found ourselves quickly connected to some of the top talent in town. A few of those initial conversations with key staffers stand out. We sat down with Jill Gubin, our first advertising salesperson, at Starbucks in Olivette. She flipped through the magazine, pointing out things she liked and things she didn't. She told us about some of the influential people she knew in town. (Her trademark was that she always knew everyone's phone number by heart.) “Sure, I'll help you,” she said. At that moment, we felt like we had struck gold. Here was an experienced person in the industry who wanted to come work for us, a new pub with no ads. Within just a couple of months, she already had sold dozens of ads for the next issue, and had taught us how to set up our advertising production team.

The Write Stuff Kelly: At that time, we were writing everything ourselves, and because we were adding pages with each issue, we needed writers. We met Cristy Miller, who was finishing up her degree in nutrition. Cristy was the perfect fit because of our healthfocused content, but quickly became an integral part of the ALIVE team and our managing editor. She helped us build the editorial department from the ground up and approach our operations, which were rapidly becoming more complex. We also hired Natalie Kurz, an editor with national experience, to help take our content to the next level. Elizabeth: To complete our core team, we really needed a strong photographer, especially for our covers. I knew some local 78

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photographers from when I was a Talent Plus actor, so I called up Rick Gould and asked if he'd help us. He was reluctant at first, but, after seeing how excited (and crazy) we all were, he agreed to give us a shot (literally).

Face Time Kelly: It wasn't long before we met Darin Slyman. Darin had been working in the fashion, media and photography fields for years and had contacts to whom he recommended we reach out. We were considering local celebrities to shoot for our first official magazine cover, and he suggested Heidi Glaus, who was on “Show Me St. Louis” at the time. I remember feeling nervous calling KSDK—back then, no one really knew who we were, and we were not confident media types yet! But, she agreed, and I remember that first cover shoot with Heidi at Suzy Gorman's Midtown studio very well. Rick photographed Heidi for a few hours, then took our first staff headshots. Rick continued to shoot all of our big features and every cover for the first few years. We owe a lot to him; he really helped us set a tone for how we wanted to approach editorial photography, and taught us all a hell of a lot about how to concept larger-scale shoots and to communicate with all the creatives we would come to work with over the years.

A Focus On Fashion Elizabeth: In 2004, with more and more fashion boutiques opening around town, it felt important to add a style component to the magazine. Our readers, who were 25 to 55 and mostly women, weren't getting info on where to find the trends locally—but the stores were there, and we felt fashion was just not getting the attention it deserved. Kelly: So, we went on a search for a fashion writer. I put ads out in the RFT and got scores of emails from aspiring writers. Jill Manoff was one of those. I asked her to write a “how-to” on at-home pedicures as a test. As good as it was, it was really her amazingly written cover letter and memoir piece she had already submitted that landed her an interview. And, once we met her, we knew she had to be a part of the family. Her trademark effervescence, wit and smart writing launched our fashion department, which soon became a central part of ALIVE's identity. Elizabeth: As ALIVE started to grow, it felt like the business we were creating was happening at the right time in the right place. Saint Louis City was starting to see a real renaissance—loft developments Downtown were opening their doors and selling their units at a rapid pace, more fashion boutiques were opening each year (and in more neighborhoods) and more independent restaurants were emerging around the city. St. Louis was changing, and we saw that ALIVE could—and should—change along with it. There was a new opportunity emerging to speak to the young professionals and active people who were out and about, engaged in the community and enjoying the momentum that was building around the city. Kelly: We became a cheerleader for St. Louis...and a mirror. We felt like we were just showing St. Louisans what was cool and exciting about their own city. We took that on as our job, and people really started to respond to that approach. It's no secret that St. Louisans can sometimes be down on the city—not seeing all the great things we have here. To be honest, we get a thrill from changing that perspective a bit. By 2004, we had expanded our editorial content significantly, adding stories on local personalities, cultural events, fashion and, of course, party pics.

Clockwise from top left: On press at Universal Printing, 2004; ALIVE billboard on Highway 40, 2003; first ALIVE newsletter, October 2002; our first fashion editorial photographed by Rick Gould; Rick Gould and Jenna Fischer in LA; Publisher's Letter, February 2005; Margo Kopman & Jill Gubin; Downtown St. Louis Living publication; staffers Cristy Miller, Kelsey Kellison, Jill Manoff & Jaimie Elson; Attilio's retail storefront in Brentwood. April 2012


ALIVE and Growing 2005-2008 On The Scene Elizabeth: It was around that time that marketing and public relations guru Cheresse Pentella reached out to me, and we scheduled lunch at Sekisui across from our office on Grand. She was very glamorous in her fur coat—she looked like a supermodel. Because we were drawing the attention of the young professional and fashionable crowd, she thought we should consider throwing parties. Sipping my Diet Coke, I sat there hoping that we could pull off an event half as cool as she thought we could. She asked us to be a partner on a party she was planning for her client, Miso. We called it “Miso is ALIVE.” Kelly: I remember the excitement of having about 400 people arrive to that event, and for the first time, really seeing our readers en masse. They came out in droves, and we realized that events would be a big part of ALIVE's future. We hired Maggie Rasp Pearson, who helped us get a marketing and events department off the ground. Elizabeth: The first party we actually produced was “Rock It Like It's Haute” at Pepper Lounge, which was also just a few years old at the time, and was the hottest place to party in town. Nightlife godfather Amit Dhawan and DJ Andrew Mullins helped us piece together our first event strategy. Not only were we producing a party, but we were also going to put on a fashion show. I remember Andrew pointing to Pepper's VIP area and explaining how the stage would be set up for the fashion show. It all seemed like a dream—who were we to be putting up stages and taking on fashion shows? At that time, there really weren't fashion shows happening in St. Louis, at least not for the 20- and 30-somethings. But, the party and show were a hit! The crowd loved seeing the local models on stage and seeing the pictures in the magazine the next month. Thankfully, this was the first of many events we produced with Amit, and our combined passion for putting on good events has changed the way St. Louis throws parties. Kelly: We assembled a board to help us answer some questions we were having around our place in the market. At one board meeting later that year, we sat around our conference table talking about ways we could further differentiate ourselves from the other lifestyle magazines in the city. We felt like something we really loved to do—and that we did well—was featuring people, so we decided to have national celebrities on the cover of every single issue. I remember walking out of that meeting feeling excited by the challenge, but a bit daunted. The only national celebs with a St. Louis tie that people were really talking about were Nelly and John Goodman. (This was before “The Office” or “Mad Men”). But, the hunt began, and soon, wrangling and interviewing some of the hottest up-and-coming entertainers for our covers became a favorite part of my job. And, most of the time, they were just as excited to be spotlighted in a glossy fashion and culture magazine in their hometown.


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A saint louis fashion week Elizabeth: Meanwhile, our events were taking off. We hired Damon Johnson, who I'd known since middle school, to help us build a real marketing and events department. We were talking with Ecco Domani about how we could work together to market their wines. Within the hour, Liquid Style, our signature fall fashion event, was born. We hosted the first one in fall 2006 over the pool at Chase Park Plaza. It was our biggest fashion show to date, and we had all the local boutiques showing their collections. The turnout was insane; about 800 people were there. We were praying for no rain, and for no hitches, and we got it. Thankfully, we worked with event expert Sam Foxman. I'll never forget walking out onto the stage, heart beating, legs trembling. I distinctly remember seeing our new friends Sharon and Kim Tucci, Susan Sherman and Andy and Kellie Trivers, as well as our board members, Karen Carroll, Craig Kaminer and Stacie Mullen. They were looking up at us beaming, and their smiles made me feel like I could actually get the words out. Kelly: That really showed us that fashion was going to be our thing. We were already owning it in print, but we set out to help support and build an actual fashion community here. Attilio and Jill made it their mission, and soon, we were bringing together the local boutiques regularly for fashion shows, integrating fashion shows into other parties and hosting launch events for the boutiques that were opening. I remember the day Attilio said, “We should just have a Fashion Week!” Elizabeth and I were half thinking (half hoping) that he was joking because we were already producing an event every month as it was. But he wasn't, and within the year, we hosted the first Saint Louis Fashion Week, which featured five days of events and brought in national designers and brands. It became a major part of our business, and helped our big clients reach the fashion-conscious set of STL.

Surviving and Thriving 2009-2012 Elizabeth: Then came November 2008. You probably remember it as well as we do. It was the culmination of the financial crisis that affected everyone. Our big corporate partners halted their marketing plans, and our small business friends and partners were on shaky ground, which meant we were, too. We felt that it was only going to get worse, and knew we had to make a plan—and fast. Kelly: The only way we were going to stay “ALIVE” was if we could help our clients stay in business. On a Saturday that November, we sat around the table at our office in Maryland Plaza and talked about what had to be done. We pored over budgets and created Plan Bs, Cs, Ds…I think we ended up on something like a Plan G. It was going to be tough, and we knew it. Nothing seemed certain, and none of the possibilities seemed ideal. Elizabeth: We hunkered down and asked ourselves the tough questions: How do we remain relevant? How do we help our clients through this difficult time? That's how we approached our survival. We had a lot of great partners and advertisers who considered us an important part of their staying in business, too. Together, we're now back on track to thrive. We just feel so fortunate to work with such good people.

A Fresh Approach Kelly: As we were rebuilding, we met David Hsia, an art director at Momentum. David talked to us about our magazine's design and identity, and together, we began working on a new look for the magazine. We added more color and gave ALIVE a new logo, one that was more unique and gave us a stronger identity. Elizabeth: With the print business suffering, we also had the time to finally focus on overhauling our website, which was years behind where it should have been. We worked with Jen Rieger and Chris Rubin de la Borbolla of 963 Collective on the new, which relaunched on June 1, 2010, with all the capabilities we had wished for. I remember poring over the wireframes that we'd drawn up and making decisions about what widgets we needed and where. It was one of the most exciting product launches I can remember, and it led to spinoffs like ALIVE Daily Fix, the ALIVE Blog Posse and ALIVE Dates.

Looking Ahead Elizabeth: Over the last two years, we've been working to really improve our print and web products to give readers more of what they expect from ALIVE. We're excited about the new look we're launching this month (kudos, Associate Art Director Kristin Kellogg!) and to be expanding our editorial pages (with some very exciting additions) under the direction of Jennifer Dulin Wiley. Kelly: We're insanely lucky to have an amazing team of staffers with us every day at the ALIVE HQ—our editors Jennifer Dulin Wiley and Gwen Ragno, designers Kristin Kellogg and Stephanie Terry, our advertising rock stars Brigid Pritchard, Gina DeGenova and Molly Ross, our marketing and events manager Giana Calvello, Daily Fix coordinator Brian Donahoe, business and office manager Ellen Ramey and contributing creative director David Hsia. I can't thank all of our contributing writers and photographers enough— we are so lucky to work with them every month. And, being around this long means we have some kick-ass ALIVE alumni around to continue working with in new ways. Elizabeth: It's impossible to really tell the whole story of the last 10 years...the word count has to be managed at some point. Kelly: What about the experience at the Playboy Mansion, the retreats in Miami or the annual retreat party buses? Elizabeth: That's “off the record.” But, we can promise a night to remember on April 13... Kelly: Shameless plug: Road trip it Downtown to Peabody Opera House for the biggest party of ALIVE's lifetime. Then, just stay tuned, as we imagine the next decade brings even more exciting things for our city—and we intend to be a part of it!

Clockwise from top left: Liquid Style 2006; Wesley Law with John DeGregorio during the 2011 Men of Style shoot; Damon Johnson, Jennifer Dulin Wiley, Elizabeth Tucker & Kelly Hamilton, Liquid Style 2011; 2010 Buzz List creative team, led by David Hsia and Tuan Lee; ALIVE staff volunteers at Food Outreach, December 2011; Gwen Ragno, Kristin Kellogg & Stephanie Terry, Buzz List party 2012; Fashion editorial, 2011; sketches from alivemag. com's 2010 relaunch by 963 Collective. April 2012


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Happy 10th Anniversary Alive Magazine. Thank you for making me your cover girl!

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Best of the Brunch

ALIVE's delicious guide to AM eats worth waking up for—plus, fun things to do while you're in the neighborhood. By Amy De La Hunt Photos by Jennifer Silverberg

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excited to rise and shine—until brunch started sizzling on the local dining scene. Yes, that leisurely hybrid of breakfast and lunch is hotter than bacon and sweeter than doughnuts. And, because it doesn't come to you via food truck (at least, not yet), tracking down your favorite will take a bit of exploring, but will be well worth the effort—now that you have this handy neighborhood brunch guide to lead the way. K

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� Downtown/Midtown Next Weekend… Café Ventana Wake up your weekend with live music, sugardusted beignets and freshly roasted French-pressed New Orleans chickory coffee (3919 W. Pine Blvd., 314.531.7500). City Diner How can you choose between the slinger, deep-fried French toast, meatloaf omelet and country-fried steak-and-eggs? Such is the diner's delicious dilemma (541 N. Grand Blvd., 314.533.7500). Rooster The best crêpes this side of Brittany—sweet or savory—can be found at Rooster. Plus, its slinger is Food Network Magazine's top choice for breakfast in Missouri (1104 Locust St., 314.241.8118). The London Tea Room A lovely destination for fresh pastries, scones with Devonshire cream or the quintessential British breakfast—the bacon sandwich—washed down with a unique tea blend (1520 Washington Ave., 314.241.6556). Lucas Park Grille After dark, it's a hotspot, but when the sun rises, there's a hearty plate of steak-andeggs with your name on it (1234 Washington Ave., 314.241.7770).

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A Piece of Heaven Cielo | 999 N. Second St., 314.881.5800 Craving a jet-setting brunch in Saint-Tropez?

Cielo is just the ticket. Pull into the complimentary valet parking at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, ride up to the eighth floor, and voilà, you're entering a world of carefree sophistication. To complete your French fantasy, order the classic croque-monsieur: Jones Heritage Farms ham, Swiss cheese, béchamel sauce and whole-grain mustard on toast. It shares the menu with delicacies like brûlée French toast with blueberry compote and waffles with

cappuccino-mascarpone cream. Or, let Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi transport you to his native Italy via a breakfast pizza, topped with tomato sauce, asparagus, Parmesan cheese and sunny-side-up eggs. Score a table by the floor-to-ceiling windows, or better yet, on the Sky Terrace if the weather cooperates—and you'll be treated to stunning views of the Arch, the Old Cathedral and our own venerable waterfront. No yachts, but Cielo does offer the occasional celebrity sighting.

Plush Stay late for the live music, and come back early for the espresso bar, savory breakfast waffles, cheese grits and other made-fromscratch comfort food (3224 Locust St., 314.535.2686). Nadoz CafÉ “Sunday Funday” brunch offers the wholesomeness of house-made granola and scrambled egg whites—plus the decadence of éclairs, tarts and cakes. Saints and sinners, united (3701 Lindell Blvd., 314.446.6800).

While You're in the Neighborhood Test Your Skills with the pins at Flamingo Bowl, or try your luck at Lumière Place Casino's 2,000 slot machines and 55 gaming tables. Get a Little Artsy by exploring the open-air sculptures at Citygarden or the work of local artists in galleries along Washington Avenue, where the theme-appropriate exhibit “Food, Glorious Food” opens April 16 at Art St. Louis. In Grand Center, artist Christodoulos Panayiotou presents “One Thousand and One Days” at the Contemporary Art Museum.


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Plush and Benton Park Café photos by Christopher Gibbons.

Brioche French Toast, Cielo

Lafayette Square/Soulard/Benton Park/South City

French Flavor Rue Lafayette 2026 Lafayette Ave., 314.772.2233

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Signing a waiver for the ménage à trois hot chocolate isn't really required. But, it's true that owner Araceli Kopiloff has hit on a dangerous combination of spicy chocolate, strong espresso, whipped cream and the spirit of your choice. Intoxicating libations aside, the pastries can also induce a case of throwing caution to the wind. And, then there are the trinkets from France, the handmade baubles, headbands and decorations for sale on the retail displays scattered throughout the dining room. Once you've fallen under its spell, this charmingly eclectic Lafayette Park café is hard to escape in oh-so-many ways. On weekends, the kitchen opens at 8am with pastries, frittatas and croissants. But, if you can hold off until 11am, you'll be treated to the weekend jazz brunch, with jazz and swing bands in an intimate setting and additional lunch items on the menu. Regardless of what time you arrive, the quiches and soufflés are a constant, in flavors like tomato mozzarella and spinach goat cheese.

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After brunch Shop Local Saturdays have been a sight to behold ever since Soulard Farmers' Market started in 1779—though the weekend chef demo had yet to be invented. By comparison, the Tower Grove Farmers' Market, which re-opens on May 5, is a spring chicken. Old and new mingle on The Hill, where a shopping stroll leads from designer sweaters to housemade pasta, fresh cannoli and locally cured prosciutto.

Aya Sofia Try a traditional Turkish breakfast of cheeses, olives and tomatoes, or go the (slightly) more American route with a döner omelet at this exotic Sunday brunch (6671 Chippewa, 314.645.9919). Benton Park Café Rise and shine, because if you oversleep, the line will be out the door at this neighborhood hangout. Don't worry, though—the friendly staff will make

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sure to save you a breakfast pizza (1900 Arsenal St., 314.771.7200). Black Bear Bakery These traditional artisan bread bakers offer a comfy weekend brunch, and they make their vegan friends at home with specialties like dairyfree muffins (2639 Cherokee St., 314.771.2236). Lemp Mansion This family-style chicken dinner pulls out all the stops—including applesauce, rolls, mac-and-cheese, ham, corn…and yes, it's on the table before noon (3322 DeMenil Place, 314.664.8024). Lily's If you love salsa on your huevos, the authentic Mexican breakfast at this family-run eatery will make you feel right at home (4601 S. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.352.1894).

Local Harvest Café Slingers with vegan chili and farm-fresh eggs? You betcha, and that's just the tip of the iceberg at this locavore-friendly café (3137 Morgan Ford, 314.772.8815). Molly's What could be better than biscuits and gravy? Buttermilk biscuits with andouille sausage gravy, that's what. Authentic Creole favorites pepper the entire brunch menu (816 Geyer Ave., 314.241.6200). Vin de Set The Sunday brunch buffet changes weekly at this rooftop bistro, but the buildyour-own omelet, prime rib and dessert stations never seem to disappear (2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.8989).

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Country Kitchen Café Osage | 4605 Olive St., 314.454.6868 Much of the food we eat travels 1,300 miles to reach

our plates. At Café Osage, some of it barely travels 1,300 feet. A garden across the street grows fresh produce for the restaurant during the spring, summer and fall, and a rooftop herb garden adds extra flavor. True, some provisions arrive by truck, like the bison products from Bowood Farm in Clarksville, MO, which also grows most of the plants sold in the greenhouse adjoining the café. Other products (seasonal and organic whenever possible) are sourced from local farmers and producers. The exquisitely simple breakfast menu highlights the natural

flavors of the eggs, bacon, chicken and dairy products. Take the biscuits and gravy: pillowy puffs of chives and cheddar are topped generously with creamed chicken, mushrooms and leeks. Whatever you order, get a side of the Bowood bison sausage. If you like it—and you will—ask if it's available frozen over in the retail shop. As the garden store gears up for spring, the ambiance in the café's outdoor seating area flourishes, too; it's one of the best places in town to get a flower fix. But, be forewarned—it's hard to leave without a little something to green up your life.

After brunch Go Boutique-ing and spend the afternoon browsing the independent shops in the CWE. Trees, fresh air, designer clothes, shoes, bags, menswear, jewelry…it's all here at boutiques like Ivy Hill, Mary Jane's, Moris and 10denza.

Next Weekend… 2Schae Café You can order breakfast any day of the week, but only on weekends do the eight-plus flavors of pancakes hit the griddle (275 Union Blvd., 314.361.5333). Bixby's You can't beat classic, locavore dishes in the atmosphere of the History Museum (5700 Lindell Blvd., 314.361.7313). Eau Bistro The only thing that could make this Sunday buffet better is if it came with a key to a guest room for an afternoon nap (212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.454.9000).

Salt This 2012 James Beard award nominee offers a few popular dinner dishes on the brunch menu, like porkand-fennel meatballs and duck-fat frites (4356 Lindell Blvd., 314.932.5787). Scape The Sunday Champagne Brunch rises a notch above the ordinary with treats like farmer's cheese pancakes with lemon curd (48 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7227). The Scottish Arms Come on in, laddie, for a bloody Mary and the Highland Hangover: Scotch eggs, baby bridies, toad in the hole and smoked salmon (8 S. Sarah St., 314.535.0551).

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Scottish Arms and City Coffeehouse & Crêperie photos by Christopher Gibbons.

Herbie's The kitchen's French influence extends to brunch, where the country-fried steak is filet mignon, and the French toast is pain perdu (405 N. Euclid Ave., 314.769.9595).

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Next Weekend… Blueberry Hill The décor is what makes this a favorite weekend destination—though there's something to be said for a restaurant that offers a side of tater tots (6504 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.4444).

Fruit Crêpe City CoffeeHouse & CrÊperie After seeing the dozens of crêpe fillings available in this popular weekend hangout, everything else—even Belgian waffles and house-baked pastries—fades into the background (36 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.862.2489). Lu Lu Seafood Restaurant You know the dim sum is authentic when the four main chefs hail from four different regions of China, and the dining room is likewise full of native speakers (8224 Olive Blvd., 314.997.3108).

Veggie Hash, Half and Half

Coffee and Confidence half and half | 8135 Maryland Ave., 314.725.0729 With a menu that's half breakfast, half lunch,

you'd be hard-pressed to find a more perfect place for weekend brunch. Owner Mike Randolph and crew are so confident of the winning formula, they go a little crazy—putting things like Brussels sprouts in the veggie hash. And, the chicken livers? From what we're told, they're good here. We can, however, personally vouch for the citrus and cinnamon-sugar doughnuts. There's also nothing halfhearted about the restaurant's dedica-

tion to coffee under barista Mike Marquard. The two rotating blends, usually roasted locally by Kaldi's, are served according to strength and brewing methods: espresso, cappuccino, latte, hand-brewed drip, woodneck cloth-filtered, AeroPress or the bottomless diner mug. If you're still only halfway convinced that this bright, open spot is the place to start your weekend, visit the blog and find out which coffees are in the grinder and what special delicacies are on the brunch menu.

while you're in the neighborhood Cozy Up at St. Louis' 1920s-era movie palace, the Tivoli Theatre, for an indie or foreign film that won't be at the megaplex anytime soon. The medium is different, but the passion is the same at Subterranean Books, where the staff stocks quirky literature from small presses and cult classics to indie bestsellers and more.

Oceano Bistro It's a Sunday brunch fit for King Triton, with seafood in every direction: salads, soups, flatbreads, fritattas, hash and even the hollandaise (44 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.721.9400). Pomme Café and Wine Bar In this age of industrial everything, when a restaurant says it cracks your eggs, you know it's serious about simplicity and quality (44 N. Central Ave., 314.721.8801). The Restaurant at the RitzCarlton Special occasions call for a Sunday splurge, and this brunch buffet delivers, from caviar to a dessert selection that must be seen to be believed (100 Carondelet Plaza, 314.719.1450). Sasha's Wine Bar The definition of relaxation is a leisurely Sunday brunch, wine glass in hand, overlooking an urban park (706 Demun Ave., 314.863.7274). Winslow's Home The farmto-table relationship doesn't get much tighter than this, and the kitschy country store reinforces the wholesome vibe (7213 Delmar Blvd., 314.725.7559).

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No Place Like Home Home Wine Kitchen | 7322 Manchester Road, 314.802.7676 Cassandra Vires has a knack for translating food from the rarified world of chefdom into a simple pleasure for her customers. In her hands, highfalutin' ingredients like duck confit, arugula and truffle oil take on a comforting familiarity. The owner and executive chef can do the reverse, too, elevating untrendy dishes like Eggs Benedict with grits, tasso, spinach and spiced hollandaise. On the newly launched spring brunch menu, Vires and her husband and co-owner, Joshua Renbarger, are expanding on playful combinations that customers are already familiar

with, like the balsamic chicken and rosemary waffle (a popular dish that, happily, is a holdover on the new menu). Just a few examples to whet the appetite: bread pudding French toast, blueberry pancakes with lemon and buttermilk syrup and shortbread sea-salt biscuits with Meyer lemon jam. As the name suggests, there are wines available, of course (at decent prices, too), but it's almost impossible not to fall for the Bloody Wilbur: bacon vodka, tomato juice and pickled asparagus. Toto, we're definitely not in Kansas anymore.

Next Weekend… Boardwalk Café Continue the party from the night before with a Fiesta Skillet: home fries, eggs, chopped sirloin and Tex-Mex topping. No lunch, just breakfast on Sundays (600 E. Lockwood Ave., 314.963.0013). Cyrano's A decision to have Sunday brunch at Cyrano's is really a ploy for the World's Fair éclair… the caramel brioche bread pudding… and the red velvet cupcakes (603 E. Lockwood Ave., 314.963.3232). Highway 61 Roadhouse The Cajun-style comfort food Sunday buffet offers everything from catfish to beignets to jambalaya. But, with true Southern hospitality, the kitchen will also whip you up pancakes, eggs and omelets—and pour a cocktail while you wait (34 S. Old Orchard Ave., 314.968.0061). Lubeley's Bakery & Deli This German-style bakery has been around long enough to know that its customers want to hang out and savor their doughnuts, strudels, stollens and breakfast pastries in the shop (7815 Watson Road, 314.961.7160).

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Piccadilly What's not to love about a fifth-generation, family-run eatery that uses filet mignon in its steak-and-eggs and enhances its hollandaise with roasted red peppers? (7201 Picadilly Ave., 314.646.0016)

Daily Frittata with Bloody Wilbur, Home Wine Kitchen

While You're in the Neighborhood See a Show Catch the The Rep's version of Shakespeare's “A Comedy of Errors” during Sunday matinees on April 1 and 8. Black Cat Theatre offers the kiddos a post-brunch treat on Saturday mornings, this month with a retelling of “Puss ‘N Boots.” Take a Tour Every weekend, Schlafly Bottleworks hosts free tours from noon to 5pm, ending with a complimentary tasting, of course! If your family skews younger, head over to nearby Kirkwood to explore at The Magic House.


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Stratton's Café Request your classic breakfast favorites at the counter, and by the time you get the kids settled into a booth, your order will be up (8103 Big Bend Blvd., 314.737.3177). Tiffany's Original Diner Not much has changed here since the heyday of diners, except perhaps the advent of deep-fried Twinkies wrapped in bacon (7402 Manchester Road, 314.644.0929).

Piccadilly photo by Christopher Gibbons.

Schlafly Bottleworks All the breakfast favorites you love, but with beer—like the Summer Lager and Raspberry Hefeweizen that hit the taps this month (7260 Southwest Ave., 314.241.2337).

Where to Go Central West End 2Schae Café: 275 Union Blvd., 314.361.5333 Bixby's: 5700 Lindell Blvd., 314.361.7313 Café Osage: 4605 Olive St., 314.454.6868 Eau Bistro: 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.454.9000 Herbie's: 405 N. Euclid Ave., 314.769.9595 Salt: 4356 Lindell Blvd., 314.932.5787 Scape: 48 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7227 The Scottish Arms: 8 S. Sarah St., 314.535.0551

Clayton/U City/ The Loop Blueberry Hill: 6504 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.4444 City Coffeehouse & Crêperie: 36 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.862.2489 Half and Half: 8135 Maryland Ave., 314.725.0729 Lu Lu Seafood Restaurant: 8224 Olive Blvd., 314.997.3108 Pomme Café and Wine Bar: 44 N. Central Ave., 314.721.8801 Oceano Bistro: 44 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.721.9400 The Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton: 100 Carondelet Plaza,

314.719.1450 Sasha's Wine Bar: 706 Demun Ave., 314.863.7274 Winslow's Home: 7213 Delmar Blvd., 314.725.7559

Nadoz Café: 3701 Lindell Blvd., 314.446.6800 Plush: 3224 Locust St., 314.535.2686 Rooster: 1104 Locust St., 314.241.8118

Downtown/ Midtown Café Ventana: 3919 W. Pine Blvd., 314.531.7500 Cielo: 999 N. Second St., 314.881.5800 City Diner: 541 N. Grand Blvd., 314.533.7500 The London Tea Room: 1520 Washington Ave., 314.241.6556 Lucas Park Grille: 1234 Washington Ave., 314.241.7770

Lafayette Square/ Soulard/Benton Park/South City Aya Sofia: 6671 Chippewa St., 314.645.9919 Benton Park Café: 1900 Arsenal St., 314.771.7200 Black Bear Bakery: 2639 Cherokee St., 314.771.2236 Lemp Mansion: 3322 DeMenil Place, 314.664.8024 Lily's: 4601 Kingshighway Blvd.,

314.352.1894 Local Harvest Café: 3137 Morgan Ford Road, 314.772.8815 Molly's: 816 Geyer Ave., 314.241.6200 Rue Lafayette: 2026 Lafayette Ave., 314.772.2233 Vin de Set: 2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.8989 Maplewood/ Webster/ Richmond Heights Boardwalk Café: 600 E. Lockwood Ave., 314.963.0013 Cyrano's: 603 E. Lockwood Ave., 314.963.3232 Highway 61 Roadhouse: 34 S.

Old Orchard Ave., 314.968.0061 Home Wine Kitchen: 7322 Manchester Road, 314.802.7676 Lubeley's Bakery & Deli: 7815 Watson Road, 314.961.7160 Piccadilly: 7201 Picadilly Ave., 314.646.0016 Schlafly Bottleworks: 7260 Southwest Ave., 314.241.2337 Stratton's Café: 8103 Big Bend Blvd., 314.737.3177 Tiffany's Original Diner: 7402 Manchester Road, 314.644.0929

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Wildfox Couture sweatshirt available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.8080.


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Textile Elizabeth & James jean jacket and Elizabeth & James cropped pants available at Esther, Ladue, 314.432.5300. Naughty Monkey wedges available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.8080. Gucci belt available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Bandeau, stylist's own. 96

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Elizabeth & James blazer, Current Elliott jeans and belt available at Esther, Ladue, 314.432.5300. Wildfox Couture tee available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.8080. Photographed at Vintage Vinyl, The Loop, 314.721.4096.


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A.L.C. blazer, Patterson J. Kincaid blouse and J Brand cropped pants available at Esther, Ladue, 314.432.5300. Bakers platforms available at bakersshoes. com. JustLiv collar available at Ziezo, The Loop, 314.725.9602. Fashion assistant: Morgan Gillespie. Special thanks to Chris Rubin de la Borbolla.

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St. Louis’

Best Steak J. GilBert’S

Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood 17A West County Center, suite A102 • 314.965.4600 • jgilberts.Com Introducing J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood, now open in West County Center. J. Gilbert’s serves expertly-aged, center-cut Prime Angus beef cooked over an open wood-fire grill. And, unlike other steakhouses, dishes here always include the sides. Settle into the rich, contemporary dining room for a signature steak at an amazing value—try a 4 oz. filet with your choice of scallops, crab cake or bourbon maple shrimp for $28, a 10 oz. Prime Angus Top Sirloin paired with garlic broccolini and wild mushroom risotto for just $26 or the Mishima Ranch Wagyu burger on a pretzel bun with sweet potato fries for $16. More than just a steakhouse, J. Gilbert’s offers Western-inspired fare with artful presentations and modern flavors that vary according to the chef’s imagination, with specialties like maple plank roasted salmon, Meyer Ranch braised boneless


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shortribs and chocolate velvet cake with house-made raspberry ice cream. Happy hour (Mon.-Fri., 4-7pm) is not to be missed; cozy up to the bar and sample the impressive collection of premium spirits, sip on a handcrafted cocktail or taste around the adventurous international wine list. Pair your libation of choice with a selection from the lineup of appetizers –classed-up bar classics at a surprising value. Come find out for yoursef why J. Gilbert’s has earned countless accolades around the country, like Best Steakhouse and Waitstaff (Hartford Magazine; Glastonbury, CT) and Restaurant of the Year (McLean Chamber of Commerce; McLean, VA). Open daily at 4pm with both indoor and outdoor seating. Reservations preferred, valet parking available.



the best places in town to eat, drink & dance | mixology's fresh new ingredients


From the Garden A seed has been planted among local mixologists, and what's sprouting is deliciously fresh. by Matt Sorrell The locavore movement

Sheboygan Sunrise by Salt

Photo by Sara Swaty Roger

has revived the respect that fresh ingredients get behind the bar, as well as on the stove. Modern bartenders are taking a cue from their kitchen colleagues, and becoming even more conscious of using nature's bounty in their creations—from fresh herbs and vegetables to fruits and mint. continued p.102

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Bocci Bar

St. Louis Restaurant Guide visit for an expanded list of recommended spots to eat and drink.

Midtown/ Downtown AL'S RESTAURANT In its 85th year of service, featuring award-winning steaks and seafood. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 1200 N. First St., 314.421.6399. $$$ new BAILEYS'

RANGE Creative, upscale takes on the classic burger, as well as boozy milkshakes and niche sodas. Lunch and dinner daily. 920 Olive St., 314.241.8121. $$ new BLOOD AND SAND A membersonly spot boasting bold and exciting creations in the kitchen and behind the bar. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 1500 St. Charles St., 314.241.7263. $$$

BRIDGE TAP HOUSE and WINE BAR A large craft beer and wine selection, as well as meat and cheese plates, sandwiches and salads. Lunch

and dinner daily. 1004 Locust St., 314.241.8141. $$ BURGER BAR Celeb chef Hubert Keller offers build-your-own gourmet burgers with a large list of breads, meats and condiments to choose from. Lunch and dinner daily. 999 N. 2nd St., 314.881.7580. $$ CAFé PINXTOS A bright, busy breakfast shop by morning, a trendy tapas bar by night. Breakfast and dinner daily. 3407 Olive St., 314.338.2500. $$ Café Ventana An extensive lunch selection, including sandwiches,

key $ Entrées average under $10 $$ Entrées $10–$17 $$$ Entrées $18+

beignets and pastries with your coffee. Open daily. 3919 W. Pine Blvd., 314.531.7500. $ CHUY ARZOLA'S Spicy fajitas, chilled margaritas and a relaxed atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 3701 Lindell Blvd., 314.535.3800. $ CIELO Quality Italian cuisine, dynamic beverages and stunning views. Open daily. 999 N. 2nd St., 314.881.5759 $$$ B new DIABLITOS CANTINA Fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine with more than 100 types of house-infused tequila. Lunch and dinner daily. 3761 Laclede Ave., 314.644.4430. $

Hot List 2011 Winner Kitchen open past 11pm Outdoor seating new Opened in the last 6 months B Serves brunch

Photo by Lily Liu.

Some local cocktail go-tos are taking the trend a step further and planting their own gardens onsite to spice up what the kitchen and the bar can create. Sanctuaria in The Grove has a garden surrounding its outdoor patio, which produces herbs like mint, lemon verbena and sage, among others, for the custom creations of Bar Manager Matt Seiter and crew. And, Blood and Sand Downtown has installed a “grow wall” behind the bar inside the restaurant to supply fresh herbs. Plans are also in the works for an outdoor garden for larger crops, according to co-owner TJ Vytlacil. Salt in the Central West End has a bevy of herbs and veggies sprouting in planters and in the green space surrounding its stately property, thanks, in large part, to the help of local farmer Greg Pusczek. The yield includes multiple types of mints and three varieties of basil, among other herbs, which frequently make their way onto Bar Manager Matt Obermark's drink menu in creations like the Sheboygan Sunrise. This garden libation, which he created with Jason Reed, features Nolet's gin, St. Germain, lime juice, honey syrup and Bitter Truth creole bitters, swizzled with mint and cucumber and topped with ginger beer. The result is a verdant and spicy drink that tastes like spring in a glass. Sure, some of these herbs and veggies are available at the local supermarket, but by the time they pass through all of the hands necessary to make it to market, they can be a little worse for wear. Tending a garden takes a bit of work, but Obermark says having one just a few steps from the bar ensures his drinks are as vital and delicious as possible. Let's just say, the proof is in the tasting.

FLANNERY'S PUB Traditional Irish pub known for an impressive beer list and game-day coverage. Lunch and dinner daily. 1324 Washington Ave., 314.241.8885. $ The Fountain on Locust Freshly made appetizers, entrées, fine ice creams and retro cocktails, with a hand-painted Art Deco interior. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 3037 Locust St., 314.535.7800. $ new HAMBURGER

MARY'S Unique burgers and a whimsical, fun-loving atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 3037 Olive St., 314.533.6279. $ B HARRY'S DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT & BAR Great food, happy hour and view of the Arch. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 2144 Market St., 314.421.6969. $$$ LOLA French and American cuisine, and a large selection of unique cocktails. Open daily. 500 N. 14th St., B 314.621.7277. $$

cocktails and small plates. Dinner daily. 1 S. Broadway, 314.241.8439. $$$ TONY'S A St. Louis institution known for fine Italian cuisine and an extensive wine selection. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 410 Market St., 314.231.7007. $$$ VIto's Known for exceptional Italian cuisine and Sicilian-style pizza. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sun. 3515 Lindell Blvd., 314.534.8486. $$

Lafayette Square/ Benton Park/ Soulard

new American

Craft Standard Brewing & Distilling Co. One of the best beer selections in St. Louis, as well as savory pub fare. Lunch Fri-Sun.; dinner daily. 1821 Cherokee St., 314.932.1222. $$

Park Avenue Coffee Chauvin coffee, bagels, house-made muffins, smoothies and a selection of more than 70 gooey butter cakes. Open daily. 1919 Park Ave., 314.621.4020. $ PW Pizza Classic pies and one-of-a-kind recipes, with a focus on fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Lunch and dinner daily. 2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.7799. $$ SHAMELESS GROUNDS A coffee shop known well for its socially progressive and artistic atmosphere. Open daily. 2650 Sidney St., 314.773.9900. $ The SHAVED DUCK Cozy atmosphere, live music and meats smoked to perfection. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 2900 Virginia Ave., 314.776.1407. $$ Soulard's Restaurant Contemporary Southern cuisine and grilled-to-perfection steaks. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 1731 S. 7th St., 314.241.7956. $$$ B

Lucas Park Grille A seasonal menu featuring soups, salads and New American entrées. Lunch and dinner daily. 1234 Washington Ave., B 314.241.7770. $$$

BAILEYS' CHOCOLATE BAR Offering a mix of savory and sweet items, with desserts such as Baileys' Chocolate Brownie and bread pudding. Open daily. 1915 Park Ave., 314.241.8100. $

Mango Peruvian fusion dishes add a twist to foods you thought you knew. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.; dinner Sun. 1101 Lucas Ave., 314.621.9993. $$

blues city deli A charming turn-of-the-century storefront with an expansive menu of sandwiches, salads and Po' Boys. Lunch Mon.-Sat. 2438 McNair Ave., 314.773.8225. $

Mike Shannon's A St. Louis landmark serving upscale American cuisine. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 620 Market St., 314.421.1540. $$

BOGARTS SMOKEHOUSE Smokey, Memphis-style BBQ with generous portions. Lunch Tue.-Sat. 1627 S. 9th St., 314.621.3107. $$

MORGAN STREET BREWERY Upbeat microbrewery and pub with great drink specials and live music. Lunch Tue.-Sun.; dinner daily. 721 N. 2nd St., 314.231.9970. $$

Eleven 11 Mississippi Blending old- and new-world culinary classics from Tuscany and Northern California. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 1111 Mississippi Ave., 314.241.9999. $$$

Mosaic A modern fusion restaurant with an array of cold and hot tapas. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 1001 Washington Ave., 314.621.6001. $$

Franco Country-French fare with a modern twist. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. 1535 S. 8th St., 314.436.2500. $$$

Prime 1000 High-end steaks in a chic setting. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 1000 Washington Ave., 314.241.1000. $$$

MOLLY'S IN SOULARD Southern Creole favorites, with one of STL's largest outdoor patios. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. 816 Geyer Ave., 314.241.6200. $$ B

BRASSERIE BY NICHE Casual French dining with an evolving menu of bistro fare, an impressive beer list and classic desserts. Dinner Mon.-Sun. 4580 Laclede Ave., 314.454.0600. $$ B

the Mud house Fresh-roasted coffee, sandwiches, soups and pastries. Breakfast and lunch daily. 2101 Cherokee St., 314.776.6599. $

Chi A trendy Japanese sushi bar with some of the best rolls in St. Louis. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 4 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.2209. $

rosalita's cantina A happening Tex-Mex restaurant offering Mexican favorites like fajitas, tacos and margaritas. Lunch and dinner daily. 1235 Washington Ave., 314.621.2700. $ THREE SIXTY Located on the rooftop of The Hilton St. Louis, with a spectacular view of the city, stellar


NICHE An award-winning neighborhood bistro with a fabulous menu of American cuisine. Dinner daily. 1831 Sidney St., 314.773.7755. $$$

SqWires A seasonal menu featuring fresh interpretations of American classics. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tues.-Sat. 1415 S. 18th St., 314.865.3522. B $$$ vin de set French cuisine served under the stars on the rooftop bar and bistro. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sun. 2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.8989. $$$ B

Central West End/ The Grove Bixby's Located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum with breathtaking views of Forest Park. Lunch daily. 5700 Lindell Blvd., 314.361.7313. $ B

CrÊpes: etc. An upscale patisserie serving both sweet and savory crêpes, as well as a variety of homemade pastries, soups and

in season

Asparagus It might not be as sexy as the tomato or as versatile as the carrot, but asparagus can be pretty delicious. Whether it's boiled, grilled, roasted or seared, it's certainly one spring veggie worth salivating over. Follow these quick tips, and you're sure to become a veg-ilante. Recipe Ideas • Roast or grill with some olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice. • Blanch for a few minutes then add to a salad with plenty of summer fruit. • Combine with some blue cheese and cherry tomatoes for a twist on bruschetta. Pro Tips Prep: Cut the woody ends off 1.5 inches from the bottom. Roasting: Spread across cooking sheet in a single layer. Grilling: Wrap in aluminum foil slathered with seasonings. Boiling: Don't overdo it—no one likes soggy asparagus. Find it Locally • Soulard Farmers' Market • Local Harvest Grocery • Tower Grover Farmers' Market

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

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Mondays 4pm-close

Monday - Saturday Dining 11 am - 11 pm Bar until 1 am Sunday Dining 4 pm - 10 pm Bar until midnight

1/2 off wine bottles Tuesdays 4pm-close

1/2 price Mojitos

Wednesdays 4pm-close

$1 Stag Beer

Private Rooms Available

630 North and South, University City, MO 63130

314.863.3511 |

DON’T LET YOUR PLEASURES BE GUILTY. Life is too short to endure anything less than happiness. Step into our warm atmosphere and be yourself; order what you want, be who you are, and feel no shame. Open daily 10am to 10pm and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

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sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch daily; dinner Fri.-Sat. 52 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.2200. $ the Drunken Fish A stylish Japanese sushi lounge with everything from tuna tataki to traditional rolls. Half off signature martinis on Martini Mondays. Lunch and dinner daily. 1 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.4222. $$ Herbie's Vintage 72 Contemporary American cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. Dinner daily. 405 N. Euclid Ave., 314.769.9595. $$ B Pi Creative cocktails, homemade desserts and delicious San Fran-style pizza. Open daily; multiple locations, $$ Salt Upscale dishes from Chef Wes Johnson include sorghum lacquered duck and seared trout served in the unique ambiance of a former CWE mansion. Dinner Wed.-Mon. 4356 Lindell Blvd., 314.932.5787. $$ B

SANCTUARIA Fresh, Pan-Latin tapas, paired with a world-class menu of handcrafted cocktails. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 4198 Manchester Ave., 1/16/12 9:21 AM 314.535.9700. $$ 5046 Shaw Avenue • St. Louis, MO 63110 Scape american bistro A wide 314.771.4900 • range of dishes from paella to burgers and everything in between, with a great happy hour. Dinner a week for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 48 Maryland Plaza, carry out and delivery. 314.361.7227. $$$ B

Banquet and catering space available.

scottish arms Authentic Scottish fare, including the bestselling lamb burger and Celtic crisps, with an extensive single malt-scotch list. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 8 South Sarah St., B 314.535.0551. $$ SubZero More than 300 international labels of vodka, with an impressive drink list, sushi bar and build-your-own burger menu. Dinner daily. 308 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1200. $$ TASTE Small plates and handcrafted cocktails made with strong attention to detail. Dinner daily. 4584 Laclede Ave., 314.361.1200. $$ Tavern of Fine Arts Fine wines, seasonal appetizers and small plates, surrounded by art from local artists. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 313 Belt Ave., 314.367.7549. $


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South City/ Hampton/ The Hill Anthonino's Taverna Bringing Greek flavor to The Hill with gyros and stuffed olives, as well as traditional Italian staples. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. 2225 Macklind Ave., 314.773.4455. $$ Aya Sofia Exotic Turkish Mediterranean cuisine, combining Middle Eastern, Greek and Southern Italian flavors and cooking styles. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sun. 6671 Chippewa St., 314.645.9919. $$ FARMHAUS Edgy Southern and Midwestern food with a locavore focus, from Chef Kevin Willmann. Lunch Mon.-Thu.; dinner Wed.-Sat. 3257 Ivanhoe Ave., 314.647.3800. $$ GELATO DI RISO Hailed as the best gelato joint in the area, featuring flavors like Tiramisu and Dulce le Leche. Open daily. 5204 Wilson, 314.664.8488. $ Gian-Tony's Owner Tony Catarinicchia brings recipes straight from Sicily, with fresh ingredients from the onsite garden. Dinner daily. 5356 Daggett Ave., 314.772.4893. $$ GUIDO'S Distinguished mix of Italian and Spanish cuisine. Lunch and dinner daily. 5046 Shaw Ave., 314.771.4900. $$ LORENZO'S TRATTORIA Northern Italian cuisine with contemporary flavors. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner daily. 1933 Edwards St., 314.773.2223. $$ MANGIA ITALIANO Casual cuisine in an intimate interior, with live music several nights a week. Lunch and dinner daily. 3145 S. Grand B Blvd., 314.664.8585. $$ O'CONNELL'S PUB Famous for burgers, fish and chips and Coney Island hot dogs. Lunch and dinner daily. 4652 Shaw Ave., 314.773.6600. $ The ROYALE A tavern-style restaurant and bar, paying homage to St. Louis with drinks named for different parts of the city. Lunch and dinner daily. 3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.772.3600. $$

University City/ The LooP Bici café Mediterranean and Italian cuisine and a dog-friendly outdoor patio. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 7401 Pershing Ave., 314.721.8484. $$ Blueberry Hill Joe Edwards' flagship restaurant, known for its beer selection and great burgers. Lunch and dinner daily. 6504 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.4444. $ Blue Ocean Sushi A contemporary Japanese restaurant with all-you-caneat sushi and a la carte items, like chicken teriyaki and tempura. Lunch and dinner daily. 6335 Delmar Blvd., 314.726.6477. $$ Cheese-ology New twists on traditional mac and cheese to suit every grown-up craving. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 6602 Delmar Blvd., 314.863.6365. $ ECLIPSE Located in the Moonrise Hotel, featuring cosmic dècor and a creative American menu. Open daily. 6177 Delmar Blvd., 314.726.2222. $$$ B

Ginger Bistro Asian fusion cuisine in a cozy, modern atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 6665 Delmar Blvd., 314.222.2588. $$ HIRO Sushi The flavors of the izakaya explosion with unique ingredients and beautiful presentation. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 609 Eastgate Ave., 314.721.9168. $ Market Pub House Traditional American eatery with reasonably priced plates and a lively atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 6655 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.8880. $ MoMos Mediterranean tapas in a festive atmosphere. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 630 North and South Rd., 314.863.3511. $$ Three Kings Traditional Mediterranean cuisine with classic burgers and Reubens. Lunch and dinner daily. 6307 Delmar Blvd., 314.721.3355. $$

dinner Mon.-Sat. 131 Carondelet Plaza, 314.725.6777. $$$ BARcelona A see-and-be-seen hotspot to nosh on Spanish tapas. Lunch and dinner daily. 34 N. Central Ave., 314.863.9909. $$ BOCCI BAR A taste of northern Italy with contemporary flair, served in a rustic, cozy interior. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 16 N. Central Ave., 314.932.1040. $$ BRIO TUSCAN GRILL Delicious Tuscan-inspired food that's upscale yet affordable. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 1601 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 314.432.4410. $$ B CITY COFFEEHOUSE & CRÊPERIE Sweet and savory crêpes, Belgian waffles and more. Open daily. 36 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.862.2489. $ B COASTAL BISTRO & BAR Fresh-fromthe-coast oysters and low-country cuisine. Stop by during happy hour for oyster shooters. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 14 N. Central Ave., 314.932.7377. $$$ COMPANION Acclaimed for fresh ingredients and signature sandwiches and soups. Breakfast and lunch daily. 8143 Maryland Ave., 314.721.5454. $ THE CROSSING Clayton gem featuring a seasonal menu of farm-to-table fare. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 7823 Forsyth Blvd., 314.721.7375. $$$ Demun Oyster Bar The ultimate destination for seafood enthusiasts with fresh oysters from the West Coast daily. Lunch Sat.; dinner daily. 740 Demun Ave., 314.725.0322. $$ J.Buck's A Clayton staple for business lunches and happy hour, with pizza, pasta, burgers and baby back ribs. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 101 S. Hanley Rd., 314.725.4700. $$$ Kaldi's Local coffee chain boasting a variety of flavored coffees and premium blends. Open daily; multiple locations, $

Clayton/ Ladue

LESTER'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL Every sports-lover's dream, with TVs at every post, top-notch bar fare and Mon.-Fri. happy hour from 3-6pm. Open daily; multiple locations, $$

Araka A delightful eatery in The Crescent featuring delicious globallyinspired cuisine. Lunch Mon.-Fri.;

Mad Tomato A seasonal, farm-totable menu, with a fine selection of Italian wines, desserts and pastries.

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TUSCAN TAVERN AND GRILL Authentic Tuscan cuisine in hearty portions. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sun. 5800 Southwest Ave., 314-932-1144. $ Water street Excelling in specialty and vintage cocktails, with an intriguing menu of small plates. Lunch Thu.-Sat.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 7268 Manchester Rd., 314.646.8355. $$


Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 8000 Carondelet Ave., 314.932.5733. $$ MISO ON MERAMEC A popular sushi spot, famed for its Pan-Asian food and lounge. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 16 N. Meramec Ave., 314.863.7888. $$ Océano Premier seafood bistro known for fresh selections and exquisite flavor. Lunch and dinner daily. 44 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.721.9400. $$$ B Roxane A cozy tapas-style spot with a bohemian atmosphere and eclectic menu. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 12 N. Meramec Ave., 314.721.7700. $$ VINO NADOZ WINE BAR An intimate destination with an international wine experience and savory American fusion cuisine. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 16 The Blvd., 314.726.0400. $$

Kirkwood/ Maplewood/ Webster Groves boogaloo Caribbean-inspired cuisine with a wide selection of smoked meats and tapas. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 7344 Manchester Rd., 314.645.4803. $$ CYRANO'S CAFÉ Upscale café fare, famous for unique desserts like Cherries Jubilee and World's Fair Éclair. Lunch and dinner daily. 603 East Lockwood Ave., 314.963.3232. B $$ Home wine kitchen Seasonal American comfort food and wine 106

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pairings, with service that treats you like family. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. 7322 Manchester Rd., 314.802.7676. $$$ B Houlihan’s Great burgers and apps, with one of the best happy hour specials in the city. Lunch and dinner daily. 1221 Strassner Dr., 314.863.9116. $$ MAI LEE RESTAURANT Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner daily. 8396 Musick Memorial Dr., 314.645.2835. $$ MAYA CAFÉ Pan-Latin cuisine with house-made salsas and margaritas, and live music regularly. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner daily. 2726 Sutton Blvd., 314.781.4774. $$ One 19 North Tapas complete with an impressive wine list. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 119 North Kirkwood Rd., 314.821.4119. $$$ B RANOUSH Classic Middle Eastern cuisine like shawarma, falafel and tabbouleh. Lunch and dinner daily. 200 N. Kirkwood Rd., 314.984.8899. $$ Robust The Robust Factor helps you navigate an impressive wine list and pair your vino with a unique tasting plate. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 227 W. Lockwood, 314.963.0033. $$ Twin Oak Wood Fired Fare Specialty wood-fired pizzas with toppings like seasonal veggies and roasted chorizo. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 1201 Strassner Dr. 314.644.2772. $$ the block A restaurant, butcher shop and bar boasting a farm-to-table concept, with contemporary American fare. Dinner daily. 146 W. Lockwood Ave. 314.918.7900. $$

West County annie gunn's Known for heartwarming dishes and seasonal specials. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 16806 Chesterfield Airport Rd., 636.532.7684. $$$ bistro 1130 Contemporary French cuisine in an intimate, elegant atmosphere. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 1130 Town and Country Crossing Dr., 636.394.1130. $$$ BRISTOL SEAFOOD GRILL Fresh seafood and handcrafted cocktails in a modern atmosphere. Lunch Sun.-Fri.; dinner daily. 11801 Olive Blvd., B 314.567.0272. $$$ Dave & Tony's Premium Burger Joint The ultimate destination for burger-lovers. Lunch and dinner daily. 12766 Olive Blvd., 314.439.5100. $ GIANFABIO'S ITALIAN CAFÉ Italian dishes, brick-oven pizza and pastries. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 127 Hilltown Village Center, 636.532.6686. $$ GULF SHORES RESTAURANT & GRILL A taste of New Orleans with traditional seafood dishes. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 12528 Olive Blvd., 314.878.3306. $$ B J. GILBERT'S Western-inspired wood-fired steaks and seafood, with artful presentation. Dinner daily. 17A West County Center, Ste. A102, 314.965.4600. $$$ TABLE THREE Beautiful interior with a casual feel and varied menu offerings. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. 16765 Main B Street, 636.458.4333. $$$ TACHIBANA JAPANESE CUISINE The oldest Japanese restaurant in St. Louis with authentic décor and sushi

bar. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 12967 Olive Blvd., 314.434.3455. $$ VEGADELI Vegetarian and vegan entrées, fresh juice and smoothies and a great selection of gluten-free baked goods. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.; lunch Sun. 177 Hilltown Village Center, 636.536.6938. $

Specialty grocers

BAUMANN'S FINE MEATS Wide array of fine meat selections and products. Open daily. 8829 Manchester Rd. 314.968.3080, BOB'S SEAFOOD Eclectic selection of fresh seafood flown in daily. Mon.-Sat. 8660 Olive Blvd., University City, 314.993.4844, CHINA TOWN MARKET Fresh meats and vegetables and Asian dry goods. Open daily. 8150 Olive Blvd., 314.567.8522. DI GREGORIO'S MARKET Fresh and authentic Italian selections, including imported cheeses and homemade delicacies. Mon.-Sat. 5200 Daggett Ave., The Hill, 314.776.1062, EAST EAST ORIENTAL GROCERY STORE Asian grocery store with a focus on Korean cuisine. Open daily. 8619 Olive Blvd. University City, 314.432.5590. EXTRA VIRGIN, AN OLIVE OVATION Artisan extra-virgin olive oil, vinegars and specialty products like lotions and soaps. Open Mon.-Sat. 143 Carondelet Plz., Clayton, 314.727.6464, FIGUERO'S INTERNATIONAL GOURMET FOODS An extensive selection of natural coffee, tea and hot sauces. Open daily. 524 S. Main Street, St. Charles, 636.947.9847, GLOBAL FOODS MARKET Impressive array of international cuisine, including products from Africa and Thailand. Open daily. 421 N. Kirkwood Rd., 314.835.1112, GOLDEN GROCER NATURAL FOODS Emphasizes natural ingredients in food, beauty products, clothing and more. Open daily. 335 N. Euclid Ave. 314.367.0405,

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TRATTORIA BRANICA Formal Italian dining and a sharp wine bar. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily; multiple locations, trattoriabranica. com $$$














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eat+Drink / where to go GUSTINE MARKET Known for unique selections of wine, beer and fresh local products. Open daily. 3155 Gustine Ave., South City, 314.932.5141, HERBS & MORE Specializes in the restoration and maintenance of health through the use of natural herbs. Mon.-Sat. 7930 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 866.877.7633. hot tip

Basket Case

Spring in St. Louis is the perfect time for a charming picnic in Forest Park, Tower Grove or the riverfront. Here's all you need to dine al fresco in style. A good Picnic Basket makes packing for a picnic a piece of cake. Many include plates, wine glasses, napkins, silverware, salt and pepper shakers, a corkscrew and a tablecloth (Bed Bath & Beyond, 53 Brentwood Promenade Ct., 314.961.4900). Add a little sophistication to your meal with a Brillat-Savarin Affine Brie paired with Segura Viudas Aria Estate Brut, a sparkling Spanish wine (The Wine & Cheese Place, 7435 Forsyth Blvd., 314.727.8788). Enjoy the season's juiciest offerings with a custommade fruit platter, with fresh watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, strawberries and grapes (Straub's Fine Grocers, 8282 Forsyth Blvd., 314.725.2121). Munch on local snacks like Billy Goat Chips, made with heart-healthy canola oil; check to see where to pick them up near you. Or, for something a little different, check out What-A-Ya-Nuts?!, the allnatural nut clusters developed by 2012 Buzz Lister Howie Sher. They come in four flavors: Cracked Parmesan Pepper, Jalapeño Hysteria, Maple Cinnamon Madness and Stark Raving Chocolate, available at Straubs, Jennifer's Pharmacy, Schnucks and Dierbergs.


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JAY INTERNATIONAL FOOD CO. Reasonably priced international food selections and a wide variety of unique spices. Open daily. 3172 S. Grand Blvd., South City, 314.772.2552. JOHN VIVIANO & SONS GROCERS Authentic Italian grocers with everything from wine to dessert. Open Mon.-Sat. 5139 Shaw Ave., The Hill, 314.771.5476, LATROPICANA MARKET AND CAFÉ Authentic Cuban and Mexican selections, including famous whole-roast chickens and Cuban sandwiches. Mon.-Sat. 5001 Lindenwood, 314.353-7328, LOCAL HARVEST GROCERY Locally grown products, with delicious prepared meals. Open daily. 3108 Morgan Ford Rd., Tower Grove, 314.885.5260, MANZO IMPORTING CO. Known for Italian sausage, with hot and cold specialty sandwiches. Open Tue.-Sat. 5346 Devonshire Ave., The Hill, 314.481.5200, MCCARTHY SPICES AND BLENDS Wide array of international spices and blends; able to create custom spice blends from your favorite recipes. Mon.-Fri. 6757 Olive Blvd., University City, 314.725.1688, RIZZO'S FRESH FISH MARKET Fresh, quality seafood selection. Open daily. 8369 Olive Blvd., 314.989.1666. SAINT LOUIS CELLARS Abundant wine selection sold “by the taste,” ranging from light-bodied whites to full-bodied reds. Mon.-Sat. 2640 S. Big Bend, Maplewood, 314.880.9000, SOULARD SPICE SHOP Fragrant spices, flavorful coffee and classic herbal teas. Open Wed.-Sat. 730 Carroll St., Soulard, 314.783.2100,

straub's Fine grocer with an array of fresh and locally grown produce and goods. Multiple locations, THE WINE AND CHEESE PLACE Special selections of wine and cheese. Mon.-Sat. Multiple locations, THIES FARM AND GREENHOUSEs Offers a variety of fresh, homegrown produce. Mon.-Sat. 4215 N. Hanley, Rd., 314.429.5506. VINCENT'S 12TH ST. MARKET Exceptional local grocer with a premium butcher shop and unique selection of local and international products. Open daily. 2400 S. 12th Street, Soulard, 314.772.4710. VOM FASS Oils, vinegars, wines and spirits straight from the cask. Open daily. 7314 Manchester Rd, Maplewood, 314.932.5262, WINE MERCHANT Extensive collection of moderately priced and rare wines. Open daily. 20 S. Hanley Rd., Clayton, 314.863.6282, Winslow's Home Locally grown produce and freshly prepared foods, as well as earth-conscious home goods. 7213 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.725.7559.

FOOD TRUCKS CHA CHA CHOW Quintessential taco truck featuring braised meat, vegetarian and seafood options. @WheresChaCha. GUERrILLA STREET FOOD Filipino-inspired cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, regional produce. @GuerrillaStreet. HOLY CRÊPE A mobile crêperie featuring such favorites as the Bacon, Spinach and Tomato Crêpe and chocolate choices for a sweet treat. @HolyCrepeSTL. Lulu's Local Eatery An eclectic mix of fresh vegetarian,


vegan and gluten-free lunches. @LulusFoodTruck PAPA TOM'S GATEWAY DOG HOUSE A hot dog stand with a modern-local twist, ranging from the Chili Dog to the Bavarian Brat. @GatewayDogHouse. PI ON THE SPOT Featuring an ever-changing selection of award-winning 9-inch deep-dish Pi pizzas. @PiTruckStl. SARAH'S CAKE STOP Cupcakethemed bakery truck featuring indulgent Pearl Vodka Lemon Drop and Carmel Mudslide flavors. @SarahsCakeStop. SEOUL TACO Authentic Korean cuisine with a variety of marinated beef and tofu tacos, gogi bowls and spicy pork belly. @SeoulTaco. SHELL'S COASTAL CUISINE Southern Florida, Caribbean-inspired favorites dishing up shrimp melt and Cuban sandwiches. @ShellsCoastal. STREET LIFE MOBILE FOOD Sandwich staples include the shrimp or catfish po' boy, ribeye steak sandwich or grilled chicken salad. @StreetLifeFood. THE SWEET DIVINE Delectable desserts featuring a variety of cupcakes, cookies and fresh bakery items. @TheSweetDivine. FALAFELWICH WAGON Falafelinspired eats including paninis, sandwiches and side munchies. @Falafelwich. WANDERLUST PIZZA A creative twist on the average pizza with toppings such as grilled shrimp, Spanish chorizo and smoked mozzarella. @WanderlustPizza. FATS PIERRE A delectable selection of St. Louis-style pizza, salads and sandwiches. @FatsPierre. SICILY STREAT Sicilian-inspired sandwiches and paninis, as well as toasted ravioli with an Italian twist. @SicilyStreat.

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Swan Lake

April 27-29, Touhill Performing Arts Center

Watch in awe as the St. Louis Ballet performs Tchaikovsky's beautiful and ever-popular story through dance. Tickets at (1 University Blvd., Bel-Ridge).

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Portugal. The Man at The Pageant

Welch puts on a mystical show while on tour for her latest album, “Ceremonials.” Tickets at (1400 Market St., Downtown). PORTUGAL. THE MAN April 29, The Pageant

Alaska-raised Portugal. The Man reached new heights of indie stardom with its recent album, “In the Mountain in the Cloud.” Tickets at (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). AN EVENING WITH YANNI April 29, The Fox

Internationally recognized singer Yanni is not only an icon for music, but also world peace. Tickets at (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). VAN HALEN April 29, Scottrade Center

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame star Van Halen rocks the Scottrade Center with his famous guitar riffs. Tickets at (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown).

SAY ANYTHING April 1, The Firebird

Alt-rocker Max Bemis and his band wake up St. Louisians with in-yourface lyrics and high-energy riffs. Tickets at (2706 Olive St., Midtown). WHITE RABBITS April 5, Plush

Visit Midtown's trendy new venue as Columbia-grown band White Rabbits coos its catchy indie-rock tunes. Tickets at (3224 Locust St., Midtown). HUMAN NATURE April 10, The Fox

The Australian all-male singing group visits on its first American tour, “The Motown Show.” Tickets at (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). CELTIC WOMAN April 11, The Fox

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MAC MILLER April 11, Chaifetz Arena

Hot on the heels of his 2011 successes, 20-year-old rapper Mac Miller joins The Cool Kids and The Come Up for his “Macadelic” tour. Tickets at (1 South Compton Ave., Midtown). Cheikh Lo April 12, Touhill Performing Arts Center

Cheikh Lo sings, drums, strums and more in a unique African-meetsmeets-Cuban style, leaving audiences dancing in their seats. Tickets at (1 University Blvd., Bel-Ridge). DAR WILLIAMS April 24, Old Rock House

The new Listening Room Series brings in songstress Dar Williams' soulful voice and philosophically optimistic lyrics. Tickets at oldrockhouse. com (1200 S. 7th St., Downtown).

OBERHOFER April 27, Luminary Center for the Arts

The up-and-coming band has been busy touring at music festivals and putting out its first album, just in time to drop by for the Elevator Music Series. Tickets at (4900 Reber Pl., South City). The BLACK KEYS WITH ARCTIC MONKEYS April 27, Chaifetz Arena

The Black Keys have come a long way from their underground blues bar days, but still bring raw blues-rock with honest lyrics. Arctic Monkeys open. Tickets at (1 South Compton Ave., Midtown). RACH FEST: PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 April 28-29, Powell Hall

Stephen Hough leads the night with jaw-dropping, ivory key-dancing moves. Tickets at (718 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE April 29, Peabody Opera House

British vocal powerhouse Florence

ART EQUIVALENTS Through April 7, Good Citizen Gallery

If you need some gray-cell stimulation, visit this participatory exhibit by Jamie Kreher, presenting hundreds of tiny photos for viewers to look at, hold, examine and question. More info at goodcitizenstl. com (2247 Gravois Ave., South City). HOME: SHIFTING & LAYERING Through April 10, SOHA Studio & Gallery

Join artist Emily French as she presents her material-focused exhibit using mixed media and one-of-akind paints. More info at (4915 Macklind Ave., South Hampton). BRANDON ANSCHULTZ Through April 22, CAM

St. Louis artist Brandon Anschultz challenges the formal artistic use of paint, exploring what forms it takes without human manipulation. More info at (3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center).

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renditions of everything from Irish folk songs to “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Tickets at (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

get involved

Friends for a Cause More and more local nonprofits are creating Young Friends boards in an effort to freshen up their outreach efforts, and to encourage young professionals to be more active in the community. Membership perks vary for each, but many hold special events and volunteer opportunities for Young Friends, or offer discounted admission to key events. Check out these local causes with young professional boards, and mark your calendar for their upcoming events. COCA Junior Board Get decked-out for COCAcabana 2012: White Hot, with special guests Ellie Kemper, Scott Foley and Sarah Clarke, April 27, COCA.

“Handshake” symbol by Jake Nelsen, from collection.

Connect With Take your pick of community service projects at Connect With a Purpose, May 19, Tower Grove Park. Habitat for Humanity St. Louis Young Friends Catch a meet-and-greet rain barrel demonstration from ReStore, with drinks and apps to boot, April 28, Habitat Office, Midtown. Haven House Young Professionals Board Help deliver home-cooked meals with fellow volunteers on Saturdays and Sundays. St. Louis Public Library's Young Literati Join the monthly free book exchange, April 10, Schlafly Tap Room. United Way's GenNext Learn all about this year's volunteer opportunities at the Annual Meeting, April 25, United Way Office Downtown.

Young Friends of Jazz St. Louis Get jazzed for the Dafnis Prieto Trio, May 11, Jazz at the Bistro (free for Young Friends). Young Friends of Kids with Cancer Get moving at the 12th Annual Walk with a Friend, April 28, Maryville Centre. Young Friends of St. Louis Children's Hospital Lunch for a cause at the annual Spring Table Tops Luncheon, featuring local florists and decorators, April 12, The Ritz Carlton. Young Friends of the Symphony See the Rare Rep for Wind Quintet (part of Symphony Tuesdays), April 10, Piper Palm House, Tower Grove Park. Young Variety Don't miss the Runway Lights Fashion Show, April 21, The Chase Park Plaza.

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Young Zoo Friends Go green for Earth Day, April 22, Forest Park. - Ettie Berneking

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“Fiddler on the Roof” at Peabody Opera House

KILLING TIME Through April 23, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

Sculpture and design take on a dark and metaphorical twist in Balazs Kisciny's eerie, not-to-be-missed exhibit. More info at (1 Brookings Dr., University City). AN ORCHESTRATED VISION: THE THEATER OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY Through May 13, SLAM

Study and decipher lines between fact and fiction—and whether those lines should even exist—at this contemporary photography exhibit. More info at (1 Fine Arts Dr., Forest Park).

Witness the profound, yet beautiful images of human suffering and healing in Patti Gabriel's powerfully real photography. More info at thesheldon. org (3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). CANVAS, COCKTAILS 'N MORE Thursdays and Fridays in April, South Broadway Art Project

Bring your own snacks, cocktails and obscure materials for a semi-instructional open studio event s. More info at (3816 South Broadway, South City).

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NORTHERN HAITI: HUMAN LANDSCAPE Through June 2, Sheldon Art Galleries

IN THE STILL EPIPHANY April 5-Oct. 27, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

In honor of the Pulitzer's 10th anniversary, artist Gedi Sibony curates this collection, demonstrating his exceptional gift to control how the eye sees space and light. More info at (3716 Washington Blvd., Grand Center).

three-dimensional, toy-inspired artwork. More info at (4729 McPherson Ave., Central West End). DANIEL LEFCOURT April 12-May 26, White Flag Projects

FOR THE RECORD April 6-28, Hoffman LaChance

Fans of provocatively minimalist art will take special interest in Lefcourt's use of structural materials. More info at white-flag-projects. org (4568 Manchester Ave., South City).

Hoffman LaChance hosts Giavanna Cassily's bold shape- and color-focused work. More info at (2713 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood).


GRIF WILLIAMS AND JAN HULING April 6-May 12, Duane Reed Gallery

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF April 3-8, Peabody Opera House

For two out-of-the-norm art exhibits, check out Grif Williams' reimagined painting-by-numbers method, as well as Jan Huling's

Laugh and cry at this always-powerful musical as the Russian milkman Tevye (John Preece) and his family debate the value of “Tradition.”

Tickets at (1400 Market St., Downtown). KILLER JOE April 6-22, Gaslight Theater

St. Louis Actors' Studio presents this dark, thought-provoking play about a desperate father and son, a sinister plan and a shady detective. Tickets at (358 N. Boyle Ave., Central West End). MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM April 11-May 13, The Grandel Theatre

The Black Rep puts on August Wilson's play about 1920s Chicago, the jazz scene and the exploitation of talented black artists. Tickets at (3610 Grandel Square, Grand Center). ANGELS IN AMERICA Part 1: April 12-May 12; Part 2: April 19May 19, Tower Grove Abbey

Politics, humor and tragedy combine

in this deeply American, two-part play that is particularly relevant in 2012. Tickets at straydogtheatre. org (2336 Tennessee Ave., Tower Grove). ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET April 13-14, Touhill Performing Arts Center

The electrifying troupe showcases a captivating performance influenced by European and American choreographers. Tickets at tickets. (1 University Blvd., Bel-Ridge). THE WINTER'S TALE April 13-29, Mustard Seed Theatre

This Native-American portrayal of Shakespeare's famous tale of suspicion, secret loves and eventual betrayal is set in Seattle and the Alaskan wilderness. Tickets at (6800 Wydown Blvd., Clayton).


Soak Up The Sun With the help of these local organizations, you can run, climb or row your way into shape this spring—alll while working on your tan. Run for your life: Fleet Feet Sports holds Sunrise and Sunset Social Runs for free at five-mile courses in Chesterfield, Fenton and St. Charles. And, St. Louis Track Club offers a 16-week Marathon Training Program, free for members.

Taste for adventure: St. Louis Canoe and Kayak Club paddles large rivers, small streams and local lakes in Missouri and Illinois while Ginkgo Adventures organizes groups for backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, biking and multi-sport adventures. become a Yogi: Urban Breath Yoga holds an outdoor class at the Forest Park Visitor Center on Sundays. Shakti Yoga St. Louis practices at Larson Park on Saturdays, 9-10am. Tower Grove Farmers' Market offers free yoga starting May 5. – Ruth Lee


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EXIT THE KING April 13-22, Union Avenue Christian Church

This absurdist play about King Berenger the First and his quest to make peace with his impending demise raises questions about the human ego and life. Tickets at (733 Union Blvd., University City). PUSS ’N BOOTS April 19-28, Black Cat Theatre

The classic tale of a devilishly clever cat, a pair of spiffy boots and the value of determination takes on a new spin. Tickets at (2810 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood). AS YOU LIKE IT April 20-29, Edison Theatre

This Shakespearean tale follows Rosalind as she escapes family cruelty in search of true love. Tickets at (6445 Forsyth Blvd., University City). THE GEOGRAPHY OF NOWHERE April 22, Fontbonne University Fine Arts Theatre

The winner of Fontbonne's New Play Contest, written by Joshua Cook, centers on three unique


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characters with one goal: creating a spiritual utopia. More info at (6800 Wydown Blvd., University City).

CHARITY BE THE DIFFERENCE April 12, Windows Off Washington

Catch Judge Glenda Hatchett, star of the show “Judge Hatchett,” and advocate for abused and neglected children. More info at (701 N. 15th St., Downtown). ARTRAGEOUS BAUBLES BALL April 13, The Palladium

Join Craft Alliance for a night of fashion, designers, dancing and more, with special guest Valerie Steele. Tickets at craftalliance. org (1400 Park Place, Lafayette Square). SOUTHSIDE GALA AND DINNER AUCTION April 14, Chase Park Plaza

Help the SouthSide Early Childhood Center celebrate 126 years of service and enjoy a three-course meal, open bar and live music. More info at connectwithstlouis.

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“Human Nature” at The Fox



com (212 N. Kingshighway, Central West End). VARIETY WEEK April 21-28, Westport Plaza

Music legend Diana Ross and local celebrity Joe Buck lead the 80th annual Variety Week, chock-full of events to raise financial support for children with disabilities. More info at (2200 Westport Plaza Dr., Westport). BLUSH SPRING FASHION SHOW April 27, Blush Boutique

Enjoy live music and complimentary drinks and snacks at this outdoor fashion show with an afterparty shopping event. Proceeds benefit Angels' Arms. Tickets at (110 N. Clay Ave., Kirkwood). BLACK ROSE BALL April 28, Roberts Orpheum Theatre

This alternative hair and fashion show, produced by Paul Mitchell The School St. Louis, showcases local stylists and designers with a “Dark Fairy Tale” theme. Proceeds from the silent auction benefit Children's Miracle Network. Tickets at (416 N. 9th St., Downtown).

In honor of National Poetry Month, embrace your inner romantic with these local poetry readings. Make time for the Monday Noon Series at UMSL (1 University Blvd., Hazelwood) on April 2. Poet Jeff Friedman, a former Distinguished Poet-inResidence for the MFA program at UMSL, has returned to present delightful readings with poet and professor emeritus Howard Schwartz. Catch a reading and Poetry Workshop by Richard Newman, poet and editor of River Styx, at the St. Louis Poetry Center on April 15 (567 North & South, #8, University City, Join John Murillo and Jill Alexander Essbaum on April 16 at the popular reading series, River Styx, at Duff's (392 N Euclid Ave., Central West End). Murillo's chicano-influenced work won him a Pushcart Prize in 2008, and Essbaum's religious and erotic poetry earned her a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. SLPC's “The Center Will Hold” Benefit includes readings of Irish poet W.B. Yeats' work, as well as a champagne reception and discussion. Celebrate the Nobel Laureate in Literature recipient at Blueberry Hill on April 22 (6504 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). Missouri's first poet laureate, Walter Bargen, is joined by Howard Schwartz at Foundry Art Centre (520 N. Main St., St. Charles) on April 27 for A Night of Poetry, signing and discussion. Check out Bargen's latest work and Schwartz's master retelling of Jewish folklore. – Samantha Taylor

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a soiree under the stars benefiting

Saturday, May 12, 2012 Dwight Davis Tennis Center, located in Forest Park

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LITERARY/ SPEAKING ANTONY JOHN BOOK READING April 12, St. Louis Public Library Schlafly Branch

Teen fiction writer Antony John gives a free reading and discussion of his latest novel, “Thou Shalt Not Road Trip.” More info at readstlouis. org (225 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End). IT'S WILLIAM SHATNER'S WORLD, WE JUST LIVE IN IT April 12, Peabody Opera House

Renaissance man William Shatner discusses his early acting, the “Star Trek” days and even gives a sample of his musical talent. Tickets at (1400 Market St., Downtown). BILL MAHER April 15, St. Charles Family Arena

Tongue-in-cheek political comedian Bill Maher takes the Family Arena by storm with his “Politically Incorrect” and “Real Time” humor. Tickets at (2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles). GREATER ST. LOUIS BOOK FAIR April 26-29, Macy's West County

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“BFF” (Best Book Friends) is the theme of this year's highly anticipated book fair. More info at stlouisbookfair. org (80 West County Center, Des Peres).

TITANIC CENTENNIAL WEEKEND April 13-15, Missouri History Museum, The Fox, Piper Palm House

In memory of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking, travel back in time with a screening of the film “A Night to Remember” at Missouri History Museum, a “Last Dinner on the Titanic” at The Fox and a Sunday champagne brunch at Piper Palm House. Tickets and more info at (527 N. Grand Blvd., Downtown). CAM NIGHTS April 18, CAM

Celebrate with St. Louis' brightest at CAM's popular Thursday event, featuring DJs, cash bars and dancing. More info at (3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). $5 happy hour thursdays April 18, The Back Bar @ Scape

Enjoy a night of refreshing $5 cocktails and appetizers with supporters of Pedal the Cause. More info at (48 Maryland Plaza, Central West End). EADS BRIDGE DUATHLON April 22, Downtown

Big Shark Bicycle Company hosts this one-of-a-kind duathlon on the closed-down Eads Bridge, crossing the Mississippi River. More info and registration at (Eads Bridge, Downtown). PRONTO FASHION SHOW April 28, Joe Buck's


This annual fashion show features up-and-coming designers from across the nation, exposing their work to local and national retailers. More info at (1000 Clark Ave., Downtown).



Discuss the artist's role in creating social change and developing the community through art and innovation. Tickets at (212 N. Kingshighway, Central West End).

Black Cat Theatre will host this annual family festival of games, food, face painting, music and crafts to benefit its productions. Tickets at blackcattheatre. org (2810 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood).

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7 pm - 3 am ‘World Famous ShowTune Tuesday’ 9:30 pm - 3am

Wednesday 4 pm - 3 am ‘Retro Music’ Patio Party with Dieta Pepsi

Thursday 4 pm - 3 am ‘College Night’ All You Can Drink Specials

Friday 4 pm - 3 am ‘Fill Er Up Fridays’ $4 First Drink. $2 Refills

Saturday 4 pm - 3 am ‘Just Got Paid, Lets Get Laid!’

Sunday 4 pm - 3 am ‘Sunday Funday’ Drag Show “Ladies of the Grove” April 2012


GETTING OUT GUIDE The top places in town to eat, drink and be merry this spring. Enjoy Sunday Brunch from 10am to 2pm at café Madeleine in tower Grove Park and savor the seasons in the oldest greenhouse west of the Mississippi river. Every Sunday we provide our patrons with a French inspired fresh & flavorful culinary experience. PIPEr PaLM hOuSE In tOwEr GrOVE 4256 MaGnOLIa aVE. St. LOuIS, MO 63110 314.575.5658 ◆ PaLMhOuSEStL.OrG

J. Bucks

J.Buck’s is featuring a new dinner menu, containing many seasonal local ingredients. ask us about our private rooms, or let us cater your next event! joe bucks 1000 cLark aVE. St. LOuIS, MO 63102 ◆ 314.436.0394 j. bucks 101 S. hanLEy rD. cLaytOn, MO 63105 314.725.4700 ◆ JBuckS.cOM

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home to some of the best authentic Greek food in town for the past 31 years, Olympia is open daily for lunch and dinner. Savor homemade Greek specialties like gyros and kebobs, in a cozy European atmosphere complete with a full bar and open-air patio. Find us on Facebook! 1543 MccauSLanD aVEnuE St. LOuIS, MO 63117


Vito’s Original Sicilian Pizzeria & Ristorante

Vito’s, has been dishing up its awardwinning pizza along with other family recipes since 1996. Sip on one of their refreshing cocktails while enjoying spectacular views of Saint Louis university and the Saint Louis arch. take advantage of the great food and drink specials Monday through Friday from 3-6pm. 3515 LInDELL BLVD. St. LOuIS, MO 63103 314.534.8486 ◆ VItOSStL.cOM

Chevys Fresh Mex

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1023 SOuth BIG BEnD BLVD. St. LOuIS, MO 63117 314.644.2000 ◆ POIntErSDELIVEry.cOM

Erney’s 32

Syberg’s on Dorsett

Erney’s 32 is the most voguish place to get your vodka on. It is the first place in St. Louis to house the famed VODBOX, a glass walk-in cooler kept at 32 degrees or below, exclusively for premium vodka tastings.

Syberg’s has something different to offer every night of the week, along with daily lunch and dinner specials or book a private banquet room for your next event. On tuesday night come out for trivia and beer pong and live music from StL’s best cover bands every Friday and Saturday night.

4200 ManchEStEr aVEnuE St. LOuIS, MO 63110-3826 314.652.7195 ◆ ErnEyS32.cOM

2430 OLD DOrSEtt rD. MaryLanD hEIGhtS, MO 314.785.0481

chevys serves up full-flavored food and drinks in a vibrant, energetic atmosphere, dishing out authentic Mexican cuisine made entirely from scratch. known for its energetic ambiance, chevy’s is perfect for couples, families with children or foodies on the lookout for the next exciting place to grab a bite.


Olympia Kebob House and Taverna


Our signature product, the “Pointersaurus,” is a 28” ten pound pizza that feeds 15-20 people for only $40. we challenge two people to eat the pizza in an hour for an award of $500. we also carry pasta, sandwiches and salads while specializing in fast delivery in the clayton/richmond heights/Maplewood/Brentwood areas. Open until 2am seven days a week.

Pointer’s Pizza photo by Alex Pangilinan.

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ALIVE catches the hottest people at the sexiest soirees in St. Louis.

Brei Carter & Richelle Reese at the Orlando Pace Post-Game Party at Nectar

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Mayor's Ball | Black & Red Ball | Wall Ball | A Night for Miracles



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Mayor's Ball, A Mardi Gras Masquerade

February 17, City Hall Rotunda The merriment of Mardi Gras overtook me early this year, when I received an invitation to attend the Mayor's Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball. Well-known for being a spectacular see-and-be-seen event (feathered masks and all), I knew this enchanting ball would be one for the books, and I was right. The City Hall Rotunda was bursting with energy and life, as the dressed-tothe-nines crowd mixed and mingled in celebration of the second largest Mardi Gras festival in the country. Regal green and purple lighting bathed the historic hall—aptly highlighting the many court jesters, aerial artists and more, who entertained for the evening. Circus Flora's performers stole the show, as did the many St. Louis influentials roaming the court, including the honorable Mayor Francis Slay, KPLR 11's Melanie Moon, KTVI Fox 2's John Pertzborn, Ted Powers, Stacy Hastie, Timothy Lorson and more. Proceeds from the 2012 ball benefited the Mardi Gras Foundation, which has granted more than $120,000 to the Soulard neighborhood for community improvement projects since its creation in 2003. –Jennifer Dulin Wiley,



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1 Candice and Latoya Smith­-Williams 2 Steve and Jennifer Wiley 3 Cheri and Larry Lucco 4 Josephine Pang & Allison Harris 5 Mayor Francis Slay 6 Bryan Eason

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Wall Ball

February 11, Third Degree Glass Factory A creative crowd of art patrons, collectors and admirers gathered for a chance to engage with top local artists creating works live. Benefiting Saint Louis City Open Studio and Gallery, the event gave art-lovers the opportunities to purchase artwork from Saint Louis' most admired artists in a silent auction with an after-party at Art Dimensions. 1 Myles Keough 2 Alice Foster, Mike Hartwig & Shannon Keareny 3 Kevin Sexton, Aimee Agosti & Laren Loveless 4 Sarah Choate & Jack Lowe 5 Kyle Heikkila






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A Night For Miracles February 11, Chase Park Plaza

Supporters of the humanitarian organization Wings of Hope, including Dr. Sherrill Kazan, President of the United Nations' World Council of Peoples, turned out to raise funds for the Midwest Medical Relief and Air Transport programs. Wings of Hope is celebrating 50 years of service and two recent Nobel Peace Prize nominations. 1 Michele Rutledge, Douglas Clements & Sherrill Kazan 2 Mary and Chris Chiodini 3 Donna Thackrey & Karma Lama 4 Jackie and George Whitworth & Deborah Berryman


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Yelp Black & Red Ball

February 24, Contemporary Art Museum

St. Louis Yelp enthusiasts donned their glitziest black and red attire for the Black & Red Ball. Guests sampled food and drink from Brio, VegaDeli, Urban Eats, Square One and many more local favorites, while Rockstar DJs and the Ashleyliane Dance Company provided entertainment. Proceeds benefited Nurses for Newborns, an organization dedicated to preventing infant mortality, child abuse and neglect.



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Yellow Jersey Dinner February 23, Vin de Set

Pedal the Cause hosted its second annual Yellow Jersey Dinner honoring 94 Yellow Jersey riders who each raised $2,500 or more for last year's ride. Pedal the Cause also announced the 12 cancer research projects that received funding from the organization's $1.3 million contribution to the Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital last year. 1 Heidi and Travis Frey 2 Jeff and Linda Gidday & Jay Indovino 3 Chris and Heather Thompson 4 Carrie Benson, Kimberly Wilcox, Danielle Gonnerman, Erin Taake & Myra Sanders-Lyle 5 Nicole Indovino & Martha Burke


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Run for Chocolate February 12, Downtown

The Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District spiced up Valentine's Day weekend by hosting a 5K through the streets of Downtown. Racers received post-race hot chocolate, edible medals, a signature event t-shirt and more, with proceeds benefiting the Downtown Bicycle Station. The current Miss Missouri, Katie Kearney, made an appearance as the “Chocolate Ambassador,� and Bissinger's served as the official chocolatier of the event. 1 Maura and Mike O'Reilly 2 Miss Missouri, Katie Kearney 3 Dana Fleming & Starr Boehme 4 Laura Saggar & Laura Stolte





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Reena Hajat Carroll An interview with Reena Hajat Carroll— Executive Director for The Diversity Awareness Partnership, adjunct professor at Washington University, community activist and Super Mom.

What is your current frame of mind? Energized and anxious. When and where are you happiest? When I'm with my immediate family. What is your favorite smell? Lavender. What is one word that describes you? Involved. What did you eat for breakfast today? Orange juice and half a bagel. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Clearly,” and, “How is this going to play out?” What is your most marked characteristic? I'm outgoing. What is your greatest weakness? Passionate to a fault. What trait do you most admire in others? The combination of sincerity and transparency. Who or what is the greatest love of your life? A tie between my husband, David, and my daughter, Meera. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? More balance. Which living person do you most admire? My sisters.

What is your most treasured possession? My Tiffany & Co. ring that I bought to celebrate my independence. And, my wedding ring. What is your greatest fear? Not realizing when I've failed. On what occasion do you lie? When my husband asks me if I've cut my hair. Who are your favorite writers? Jhumpa Lahiri and Barbara Kingsolver. Which artist do you most admire? Tracy Chapman. What is your favorite hobby? Traveling, playing tennis and…is getting a massage a hobby? Who are your heroes in real life? Eleanor Williams, my spiritual advisor from Los Angeles. If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? Eleanor Roosevelt. What are you most looking forward to? St. Louis becoming more inclusive. What is one thing you wish would happen? That everyone would take a Sociology 101 course so they would know how organizations and communities are built. What is something you still want to learn? Oh gosh, so much…how to raise a lot of money. In another life, you'd be? Someone who lived a simple life. What is one thing you'd like to see happen before you die? A stronger sense of community by recognizing that we are more connected to each other than we think. If you could say something to your younger self, what would it be? Travel more, and experience as many different cultures as you can before you have other commitments.


If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, who or what would it would be? It would be fun to come back as a tropical fish living in warm sea water (I still love watching “The Little Mermaid”). What is your greatest extravagance? Hosting parties at my home. Where would you like to live? Within walking distance of the beach. What is your favorite journey? Traveling to India and Africa with my parents. I learned a lot about our family history and culture on those trips. What is something interesting that you just learned? A mentor just said to me, “Your life experiences, regardless of whether they are good or bad, give you texture. And, texture is a desirable trait.” 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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ALIVE April 2012  

Anniversary Issue

ALIVE April 2012  

Anniversary Issue