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fanciful motifs. He collaborated with Arcade Fire and director Spike Jonze on the alt band’s short for their Grammy-winning “Suburbs” album and has shown solo around the world, notably at Montreal’s museum of contemporary art and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow. He’s also been part of group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC, among others. And even “Une danse” has street cred: It was commissioned by the Toronto International Film Festival for a retrospective exhibition on David Cronenberg. We caught up with Dzama as he blew through town to explore his inspiration and the film itself.

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ALIVE: What’s your history with Duchamp? MARCEL DZAMA: I first saw Duchamp’s work when I was in grade school—I was definitely too




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Marcel Dzama, “Bailiff and bishops number 2,” 2014, papier-mache, plastic flower and spray paint, 28 x 18 x 15 inches.

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played a big role in Duchamp’s life: Dada is chaos-as-protest and a refutation of rational thinking, while chess is driven entirely by logic. Why do you think he was so drawn to it? MD: If you try to confuse your opponent in chess, you can kind of use chaos to your advantage—maybe that’s how he worked. ALIVE: In a silent film, having two actresses play Maria could cause confusion—so it seems like you must have done it with some intention. Can you speak to that? MD: I was even going to change Duchamp’s character and have the film be on a loop—so every time you see him, it’d be a different actor. I liked the idea of having different performances and seeing how it changed the film, but I realized it almost made the short into a feature, and we only had two days! ALIVE: Your other chess-related film, 2011’s “A Game of Chess,” [shown at WCHOF in 2012] is 26



also heavily Dadaist. What draws you to chess as a focus in your work? MD: When I moved to NYC in 2004, I found my attention span disappearing—also around the same time that my obsession with Marcel was in full swing—so I played almost every day to work out things a few steps ahead in my mind. I also lived right beside Washington Square Park—and Thompson Street has huge chess clubs—and in the park you could play even at nighttime, even with people on the street. I never had the courage to do that, but I watched. ALIVE: What role does a Dadaist, silent film have in the art world today? MD: I think the way I was working with the film comes back to the beginning of cinema when people were experimenting more with film. It brings back that creativity I think has been lost, where in-shot camera effects are used instead of going

straight to digital effects and relying more on the story than on special effects. In the art world, they’re also relying more on pop culture and technology. With that said, I might be doing a virtual reality film soon [laughs]. I like to play with both. ALIVE: What’s next for you? MD: I’m working on a large ballet with the New York City Ballet with this great choreographer, Justin Peck—he’s this young protege who’s come out of there and rejuvenated the ballet work. It’s based on a Hans Christian Andersen story: “The Most Incredible Thing.” Juxtaposed with Dzama’s exhibition is “Encore! Ivory Chess Treasures from the Jon Crumiller Collection.” Crumiller’s 2,400-plus objects come from around the world and date to the 16th-20th centuries. Both exhibitions run until Oct. 18 at the World Chess Hall of Fame (4652 Maryland Ave., Central West End).

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Tzedakah is derived from the Hebrew root Tzedek, meaning righteousness, where giving is not viewed as a generous act; it is simply an act of justice.

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The back-to-school essential gets a graduate touch in textured leather. Mackage “Tanner” backpack available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124.









Feeling Blue


Whether aquamarine, moonstone or navy, we’ve never met a shade of blue we didn’t like. written and styled by SARAH STALLMANN






1/ A versatile carryall in a bright shade of cobalt is a gal’s best friend. TORY BURCH MINI LEATHER BUCKET BAG available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. 2/ Tie-dyed indigo for the win. CURRENT ELLIOT INDIGO SUMMER TIE-DYE JEANS available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124. 3/ An espadrille in a cool hue carries a touch of summer well into fall. TORY BURCH CANVAS CAP-TOE ESPADRILLE available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. 4/ The sandal of the future: cool blues and grommets aplenty. CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN LEATHER “SCUBA” SANDAL available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. 5/ When all else fails, belt it. PRADA LOGO BELT available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. 6/ Camo gets a chic update in shades of blue. JOIE “ABBOTT” CAMOUFLAGE SUEDE SANDALS available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. 7/ Navy and tortoise shell are a match made in fashion heaven. RETROSUPERFUTURE “PANAMÉ COSTIERA” NAVY AND TORTOISE SHELL SUNGLASSES available at 10denza, Central West End, 314.361.1010. 8/ Blue is the warmest color when it comes to the clutch. MICHAEL KORS COLOR-BLOCK CROSSBODY available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. 30




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Night-out fashion gets a dapper— and versatile—upgrade. written and styled by SARAH STALLMANN FOR MEN, IT DOESN’T GET MUCH BETTER— or more versatile—than a well-fitted suit. From checked and striped to slim and tailored, this year’s sets give your wardrobe an immediate upgrade. Once you’ve scored the perfect option, focus on tackling extras that allow you to style your suit up and down. Take a cue from the Todd Snyder runway and grab some quality basics (like a Baldwin tee woven with indigo fibers to fashionably “wear in” over time) and stylish extras (wood-framed shades, anyone?), then add a clean sneaker or a leather boot. For those nights that call for a look that’s a little more pulled together, keep it simple and fashion-forward with interesting shirt-tie combinations and a shoe that is anything but boring (like this off-the-cuff option from To Boot New York). It’s all about what suits you. 4/ 3/

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1/ SAKS “FORD” SUIT available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. 2/ ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA BURGUNDY STRIPED BUTTON-UP available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. 3/ PROOF “ONTARIO PREMIUM” WOODEN SUNGLASSES available at 10denza, Central West End, 314.361.1010. 4/ BRIONI PAISLEY PRINT TIE available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. 5/ BALDWIN WHITE POLO and 3SIXTEEN NAVY TEE available at East + West, Kirkwood, 314.835.1419. 6/ MOODS OF NORWAY SOCKS available at 10denza, Central West End, 314.361.1010. 7/ TO BOOT NEW YORK “CAPOTE” OXFORD available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Frontenac, 314.567.9200. 8/ RANCOURT & CO. “BLAKE” BOOT available at East + West, Kirkwood, 314.835.1419. 9/ W.KLEINBERG BROWN LEATHER BELT available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.






A carefully curated wedding event for nontraditional, fashion-forward brides- and grooms-to-be.



Casey Miller

Co-owner of The Mud House and Dead Wax Records on Cherokee Street

Describe your personal style. Gwyneth Paltrow once described her apartment as “rough luxe.” So that, maybe—with a heavy lean on “rough.” What’s your most recent fashion obsession? Impossibly tall shoes. Next fashion obsession: neck brace and a wrist splint. What runway trends are you loving right now? I have no idea. But if street style is any indication, I should’ve kept my sunflower dresses and Docs. What are your top five essential clothing staples? My husband’s hats, the denim jacket my mom wishes I would throw away, vintage whatever and patterned tights (any time of year). Does eyeliner count? What is the one item from your closet that you can’t live without? That damn skeleton. It’s a good reminder to always be better and good and kind. What is your go-to piece? It’s a no-fuss, hands-free, double-sided leather holster/saddlebag purse situation from AllSaints. I won’t lose it if I can’t set it down! Which designers are you obsessed with? St. Louis is so lucky to have SKIF International and Michael Drummond—my local lovies. And anything OAK makes is truly “badazz.” Where do you shop in STL? Retro 101/Cherry Bomb Vintage and Ruth’s Vintage Clothing on Cherokee. And I thrift like it’s my job. What is your biggest fashion pet peeve? Underdressing for winter weather. Girls, there MUST be a coat that goes with that teeny bodycon dress. - INTERVIEW BY SARAH STALLMANN

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Simply Practical

Collin Garrity is using wood to create functional, beautiful pieces for everyday use. by JESSICA LEITCH COLLIN GARRITY HAS BEEN TRANSFORMING

tree limbs into artistry that walks the line between beautiful and practical in his Dogtown garage studio since 2014. Initially taking to the world of woodworking on his own, he sharpened his skills through North Carolina’s Warren Wilson College work




program and began building classical guitars. Now, Garrity is thoughtfully crafting items ranging from cherry wood butter-spreaders and walnut bowls to geometric necklaces and rings—all with a practical purpose and signature minimalistic style. Garrity uses reclaimed wood for much of his work: Oak, hickory and cherry are currently in his rotation. The small imperfections in the pieces speak to Garrity’s reverence for the naturally flawed beauty of wood. He embraces the cracks and nicks, taking a lesson from the Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi, in which imperfections are celebrated rather than hidden or fixed. Garrity’s spinning tops are the

showpieces of his collection and have proven to be some of his most popular items—even landing him a collaboration with Shinola Detroit for a larger iteration of the work. Garrity continues to build partnerships both globally—Lemaire in Paris and Once Was Lost from Australia—and locally while moving toward the creation of larger pieces. The thick walnut tables at Sump Coffee, for example, are among the artist’s most recent projects. Garrity’s pieces can be found locally at East + West, Mesa Home, Philomena + Ruth, Urban Matter, Enamel Pop Ups and Future Ancestor, as well as on Simply practical. Practically perfect.


Ladue Marketplace Stylish shops shine in this St. Louis suburb.

ALBARRÉ JEWELRY Whether you are looking for something great to wear every day or for a special occasion, Albarré has exactly what you need! Stop by any time to visit their Engagement Ring Gallery, peruse their estate jewelry and vintage watches or design a one-of-a kind custom piece! Albarré Jewelry, in the heart of Ladue. 9711 Clayton Road | Ladue, MO 63124 314.997.1707 |

DEER CREEK CAFÉ Deer Creek Café serves breakfast and lunch all day. Brewing locally roasted coffees and teas, drinks are created to your specifications. Baked goods, soups, roasted turkey, chicken and beef tenderloin are made in house daily. Enjoy their signature “Make Your Own Omelet Sandwich,” and Rick’s Famous Chocolate Chip Banana Bread will bring you back for more. 9820 Clayton Road | St. Louis, MO 63124 314.262.8494 |

GIDDYUP JANE The West comes to the Midwest at St. Louis’ only western lifestyle boutique. Giddyup Jane is full of fun and sophisticated women’s apparel, boots, jewelry, accessories and decor. And features unique brands such as Old Gringo Boots, Johnny Was, American Colors, Majestic Tees, Henry & Belle Denim and Made in the Deep South jewelry. 9670 Clayton Road | St. Louis, MO 63124 314.993.9944



SEARCH STL’S TOP SHOPS AND BEST BOUTIQUES BY NEIGHBORHOOD OR ITEM PINK MAGNOLIA Pink Magnolia is a Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store. Lilly Pulitzer is known for its cheerful, preppy palette, floral prints and a lot of animals. The Resort Fall line is perfect 365 days of the year. Stop in to check it out Monday through Saturday 10am-5pm. Pink Magnolia also carries Lily Pulitzer accessories, stationery and gifts. 9810 Clayton Road | St. Louis, MO 63124 314.997.6161 |






Melissa VonderHaar 32, Senior Editor THE GROOM

Jesse Peretz

32, Senior Accounts Manager

Saying “I Brew”

A Brooklyn-based couple returns to the bride’s roots for a beer-themed big day. by KRYSTIN ARNESON THEIR STORY Melissa and Jesse met for the

first time via the online dating site OkCupid, and then met in-person over burgers and beers in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. After hitting up a bar nearby for skeeball and conversation, the two made plans for a second date—and during the following three and a half years, there would be even more. Jesse decided it was time to propose while Melissa was in St. Louis visiting family with Colby, their dog. When she flew back, he was hiding in




their bedroom with their cat, Fuggle—who always greets Colby when she returns. Wondering why Fuggle wasn’t there, Melissa looked for the cat around the apartment and heard it yowling from behind the bedroom door. She threw open the door to find Jesse down on one knee. “After days of going over in my head what I wanted to say to her—about how much I love her, how happy she makes me and how lucky I am to have her in my life—all I could think about was that Colby was

going to run in and knock me on my back,” Jesse says. “So I asked her if she would marry me, and I try to tell her the rest of that every day.” OH, HOPPY DAY The couple tapped into their mutual passion for craft beer and brewing for wedding-day inspiration—but they also wanted to incorporate unique details into each and every aspect of the day. Having the wedding in St. Louis was a decision made practically from the start. A


budget stretches further in the Midwest, and guests would be able to enjoy a new city without spending thousands to go farther afield. Melissa found her dress at the famous Kleinfeld Bridal (from TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress”). She’d made the appointment for the experience, but found the fitted A-line dress of her dreams (and price range) there, where Randy from the show told her she looked like “a Grecian-goddess version of Joan from ‘Mad Men’”—which “pretty much sealed the deal!” she says. To keep family close on the big day, she borrowed her jewelry and clutch from her mom, grandmother and sister, and Jesse offered up his great-aunt’s pearl broach, no turned into a necklace for her to wear. Jesse opted for a custom-made suit that the bride and groom picked out together, Budweiser cufflinks and argyle socks from STL craft brewery Four Hands. When it came time to decide the venue, the couple had only one place in mind: Anheuser-Busch Brewery—Melissa’s dad and uncles all had worked there, and “me and my sisters pretty much grew up at the place,” she says. “There’s no place more ‘St. Louis’ than the Budweiser brewery, and we couldn’t think of a more special place to seal our union.” As it turned out, it was the first time the brewery had hosted a ceremony. “We were so lucky that a number of people at AB worked really hard to get us permission to host such an event there and allowed us so much freedom to make the day our own,” Melissa says. RAISE YOUR GLASS

Guests gathered in the newly renovated tasting room to sample beers before the ceremony, also held there. Friend Jeremy Friedman was the perfect groomsman-officiant: As a Catholic-Jewish man (Melissa is Catholic; Jesse is Jewish) who is incredibly passionate about beer, he was the obvious choice

to facilitate the vows the couple had written together. Then, Jesse’s uncle, Glenn, imparted a special message to the couple, filled with meaningful advice from representatives from both families. Finally, to honor each of their heritages, they chose a twist on a unity candle (a unity beer) and the breaking of the glass (Jesse broke a beer chalice). Afterward (and after a few more samples), everyone received private tours of the grounds. “My favorite part of the location was the soaring ceilings, which allowed for amazing acoustics,” says Melissa. The beer theme was also carried over creatively into the fresh flowers in Melissa’s bouquet and the boutonnieres: Angie from Elegance in Bloom worked wheat, grains and hops into beautiful arrangements. Guests then ventured to City Museum, where the reception was held in Architecture Hall. They enjoyed St. Louis barbecue by Callier’s Catering, plus a wide variety of local beers; brews from their favorite New York brewery, Finback; and even the couple’s own homebrews, on burlap-covered tables named after the couple’s favorite breweries (Jesse’s Brooklyn family at the Brooklyn Brewery table; Melissa’s at Anheuser-Busch). Prior to the big day, the couple had brewed 20 gallons of a strawberry rhubarb wheat and a black IPA (named respectively for the dog and cat), as well as made a batch of their award-winning ghost pepper hot sauce—Jesse’s mom and Melissa had driven it all out from Brooklyn. The Cakery Bakery completed the meal with a multi-tiered, multi-flavored cake featuring buttercream hop vines. The celebration went into the night with music from family and friends, a live band, and plenty of dancing—topped off, of course, by a late-night snack of Imo’s Pizza, Provel bites and toasted ravioli. AUGUST 2015






HOME GUIDE: TRANSPLANT EDITION From top realtors and interior designers to home renovation and decor, we have all the resources you to need to find, maintain and perfect the ideal STL residence.

Hammer & Hand Imports

CREATE SPACE 6323 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.330.3712, The first artisan market to the Delmar Loop features more than 30 local artists, designers and craftmakers. DAU NEU 16966 Manchester Road, Wildwood, 636.405.2400, The Dau family’s newest furniture shop featuring contemporary designers and styles.

BEST HOME FURNISHINGS 11182 S. Towne Square, South County, 314.894.9922, Pick out fabric for your next furniture set and it’ll be custom built in three weeks.

CALISA HOME DECOR 3354 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters, 636.970.0069, High-end home decor in great condition and consignment services.

DÉCOR INTERIORS & JEWELRY 13476 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, 314.434.4022, Unique and affordable furniture in a deceptively large showroom.

CENTRO MODERN FURNISHINGS 4727 McPherson Ave., Central West End, 314.454.0111, World-class modern design for the Midwest.

FRILL HOME 8837 Ladue Road, Clayton, 314.696.2222 Home furnishings and accessories boutique housing local artists’ pieces.

BYRON CADE 13474 Clayton Road, Town & Country, 314.721.4701, Distinct home accents, from antique bronze umbrella stands to porcelain lamps.

THE CURTAIN EXCHANGE 8119 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.863.1112, Custom curtains and a constantly changing inventory, including bedding and accessories.

FUTURE ANCESTOR 2617 Cherokee St., Cherokee Street, 618.924.3775, A store featuring modern, vintage and homemade furniture, accessories and design services.






GOEBEL & CO. FURNITURE 2936 Locust St., Midtown, 314.807.1745, Handcrafted, superior furniture that’s just as beautiful as it is useful.

NICHE 300 N. Broadway, Downtown, 314.621.8131, Luxurious looks from more than 200 lines of home products.

THE GREEN GOOSE RESALE & CONSIGNMENT 5611 Hampton Ave., St. Louis Hills, 314.352.5000, An ever-changing inventory of repurposed furniture makes decorating on a budget a breeze.

THE REFIND ROOM 2525 S. Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, 314.962.7666, This secondhand shop gives rooms personality with stylish finds at affordable prices.

GROVE FURNISHINGS 3169 Morganford Road, Tower Grove South, 314.776.7898, A blend of new, handcrafted and vintage furnishings and accessories. HAMMER & HAND IMPORTS 2714 Lafayette Ave., The Gate, 407.491.0421, A wide selection of vintage and antique Indian imports. HEIRLOOM ROOM 2116 Cherokee St., Cherokee Street, 314.772.8000, The Heirloom Room searches to the ends of the map to curate exquisite varieties of antique and vintage home accessories, architectural accents, lighting, furniture and more. K. HALL STUDIO INC. 8416 Manchester Road, Brentwood, 314.961.1990, Handcrafted goods made in St. Louis and sold worldwide. LOOP LIVING FURNITURE 6254 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.863.7709, Contemporary and unconventional pieces to complement any space. LULU BELLES FABRICS 11676 Manchester Rd., Des Peres, 314.991.0020, Supplying the perfect fabric for all your home projects, from drapery to bedding. METRO LIGHTING & DESIGN Multiple locations, Quality, modern lighting services for all budgets. MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS 1701 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.447.7005, After 25 years, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is the premier place for all things home decor. Bed linens, living and dining room decorations, as well as art work, are on display to make your home complete. MOMODERNE 8631 Watson Road, Webster Groves, 314.495.4095, Midcentury furnishings for a one-of-a-kind look in any room.

ROCKET CENTURY 3189 S. Grand Blvd., Tower Grove South, 314.875.0705, A vintage 20th-century modern collective of furniture, artwork and accessories. ROTHMAN FURNITURE Multiple locations, 877.704.0002, Ideal pieces for every home’s needs—from bunk beds for the kiddos to sofas and TV stands for the family room.

Long-Term, Short-Term, & Executive Apartments Available

SAVVY SURROUNDING STYLE 9753 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314.432.7289, Interior design services with a home showroom to creatively fit every room’s needs. SECOND SITTING CONSIGNMENTS 10410 Manchester Road, Ballwin, 636.527.4747, Find gently used, fine home furnishings for a fraction of the cost. SERENDIPITY GALLERY 6161 Delmar Blvd. #101, The Loop, 314.449.6400, Showcasing contemporary art—from paintings to jewelry—for an inviting home. STASH HOME FURNISHINGS 10525 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, 314.394.2904, Newly arrived in St. Louis, the value-oriented brand features upholstered bedroom furniture and unique accent pieces.


SUTTONWOOD INTERIORS & ANTIQUES 1301 Gravois Ave., Soulard, 314.781.5444, suttonwoodinteriorsandantiques. com An extensive inventory provides interior looks from across the globe. T.F.A. (THE FUTURE ANTIQUES) 6514 Chippewa St., St. Louis Hills, 314.865.1552, 1950s nostalgia brings a funky, retro look to any room of the house. TWIGS & MOSS 7715 Clayton Road, Clayton, 314.454.0447, A special selection of botanical-inspired arrangements in artificial and preserved options.


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8025 Bonhomme Avenue | Clayton, MO 63105 855-288-6497




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mom&popculture The Dau family opened its first furniture store in 1894, bringing St. Louis fresh designs and superior customer service. Dau Neu continues this tradition today with a fun and funky furniture buying experience unlike anything else. Here you’ll find only the highest quality furniture in style and construction. From purchase through delivery, our family of talented designers and friendly associates will make you feel right at home.



UNION STUDIO 1605 Tower Grove Ave., Botanical Heights, 314.771.5398, A workshop and retail space featuring local artists’ handmade work. URBAN MATTER 4704 Virginia Ave, South City, 314.456.6941, Handmade and repurposed functional items comprise a wide, constantly changing inventory. THE WHITE RABBIT 9030 Manchester Road, Brentwood, 314.963.9784, A mother-daughter owned space featuring vintage-chic home decor.


The Muse Chair. American-made, and customizable in over 300 fabrics! Starting at


AMY STUDEBAKER DESIGN Greater St. Louis, 314.458.5339, Specializing in luxury interior design for more than 10 years, Amy works closely with clients and their lifestyles. CAROLYN PETERSON DESIGN Greater St. Louis, 314.703.8007, Commercial and residential environments formed with the use of color, pattern, texture and scale. CASTLE DESIGN 7707 Clayton Road, Clayton, 314.727.6622, Let this team of award-winning designers create a timeless design fit for your specific needs. DAVID DEATHERAGE Greater St. Louis, 314.495.3719, The midcentury modern expert specializes in all things retro, with skills in transforming furniture to boot. EDWIN PEPPER INTERIORS 909 S. Brentwood Blvd., Clayton, 314.862.6330, Interior design services with a 32,000-square-foot showroom and in-house drapery workroom.

GINGER HUFF INTERIORS 2305 Westchester Drive, Maryville, IL, 618.656.4728, Home environments created to be inviting, functional and unique to the client’s vision. HEATHER HANNICK DESIGNS Greater St. Louis, 314.814.2577 From the simple to the lavish, no job is too big or too small for Heather Hannick Designs. HOLDEN DESIGN GROUP 1668 Windham Way, O’Fallon, IL, 618.530.1046, Offering sustainable, stylish designs for interior and exterior projects of all shapes and sizes. JACOB LAWS INTERIOR DESIGN Greater St. Louis, 314.814.2431, Let this industry expert style your space into an aesthetically beautiful and fully functional design. JAMIESON DESIGN INC. 4100 Laclede Ave., Ste. 112, Central West End 314.371.1777, James Jamieson crafts interiors that stand the test of time. JESSIE MILLER INTERIOR DESIGN Greater St. Louis, 314.494.1398, Jessie Miller brings 10 years of design experience, helping you create your perfect dream home. JONI SPEAR INTERIOR DESIGN Greater St. Louis, 618.233.0660, With more than 20 years of experience, Joni creates complete and personal design plans. JOY TRIBOUT INTERIOR DESIGN 711 S. Illinois St., Belleville, IL, 314.692.9888, Put design expertise to work to create a home environment with a striking visual sense of style.

EUROTRASH 200 E. Douglas, Jacksonville, IL, 217.245.9489, Owner Annie Brahler contributes her design services to this company, which imports unearthed gems from Europe.

MARCIA MOORE DESIGN 11622 Page Service Drive, Ste. 103, Maryland Heights, 314.560.0830, Meeting all needs for interior services, from coordinating small projects to redoing the entire house.

GATEWAY INTERIOR DESIGN INC. 621 Atalanta Ave., Webster Groves, 314.787.9210, Stunning interior designs for spaces both large and small, crafted with a personal touch by award-winning designer Amy Herman.

NEHRING DESIGN 8707 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314.452.2956, A full-service architectural and interior design firm specializing in functional necessities and creating interior environments that enhance the client’s image.



Hammer & Hand Imports

COLDWELL BANKER Multiple locations,

S&K INTERIORS 232 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Ste. 1010, Central West End, 314.329.8407, sk-interiordesigns. com A mother-daughter design duo creates spaces that inspire.

GLADYS MANION REAL ESTATE 8227 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.721.4755,

STUCKENSCHNEIDER DECORATION & DESIGN 7520 Buckingham Drive, Ste. 3E, Clayton, 314.726.2000, Personalized interior spaces created through utilization of architects, artists and craftsmen.

KATHY HELBIG GROUP Keller Williams Realty, 5377 Highway N, Ste. A, St. Charles, 636.229.8550, LAURA MCCARTHY REAL ESTATE Multiple locations,


hand-crafted goods and fragrances for people and places.

PAM SCHNEIDER Coldwell Banker Gundaker, 4301 Hampton Ave. Ste 150, St. Louis Hills, 314.457.6601, RED BRICK MANAGEMENT Multiple locations,

TOTAL INTERIOR DESIGNS INC. 161 Gunston Hall Court, Chesterfield, 314.576.5827, Interior design made to fit individual taste, needs and budget.


The Shoppes at Tallbrooke 11676 Manchester Road 314-991-0020

JANET MACAFEE 9889 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314.997.4800,

TAMSIN DESIGN GROUP 3155 Sutton Blvd., Ste. 103, Maplewood, 314.282.0035, Your remodeling or design project is in expert hands with over 20 years’ experience.

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES 1650 Des Peres Road, Ste. 205, Des Peres, 314.835.6000,



SAVVY SURROUNDING STYLE 9753 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314.432.7289, Interior design services with a home showroom to fit every room’s needs.

WHITE T DESIGN Greater St. Louis, 314.713.4356, Kim Camenzind is on-hand for any residential design project, from planning out a room to picking the perfect paint.


BOUTIQUE REALTY 17269 Wild Horse Creek Road Ste 210, Chesterfield, 314.266.2520,

PATRICE MUNDEN INTERIOR DESIGN Greater St. Louis, 636.220.7213, Providing design solutions for any space from start to finish.

SUSIE O. JOHNSON TEAM 6235 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Charles, 636.936.3463, TOM SHAW REALTORS 17813 Edison Ave., Chesterfield, 636.532.1922, UPPER END PROPERTIES 200 S. Hanley Road, Ste. 1040, Clayton, 314.932.5646,

WARNER HALL GROUP – DIELMANN SOTHEBY’S 8301 Maryland Ave., Ste. 100, Clayton, 636.328.7752, WOOD BROTHERS REALTY 6500 Chippewa St., floor 1, St. Louis Hills, 314.353.8888,

Flagship Store

8416 Manchester Road Brentwood, MO 63144 314.963.3293

Plaza Frontenac

1701 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Saint Louis, MO 63131 314.991.6988

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K. Hall Studio Inc.


ARCHITEXTURES 8725 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314.961.9500, CALLIER AND THOMPSON 14180 Manchester Road, Ballwin, 636.391.9099,

MCBRIDE AND SON HOMES 16091 Swingley Ridge Road, Ste. 300, Chesterfield, 636.537.2000,

IMMERSE BY ATLAS 836 Hanley Industrial Court, Brentwood, 314.375.1500,

RIGHT BATH–A MOSBY BUILDING ARTS COMPANY 645 Leffingwell Ave., Kirkwood, 314.909.1820,

KEEVEN APPLIANCE 3350 Parker Road, Florissant, 314.837.2723,

SCHAUB & SROTE 1045 N. Harrison Ave., Kirkwood, 314.822.7006, SIGNATURE KITCHEN & BATH Multiple locations,

ROTH LIVING 2260 Ball Drive, Maryland Heights, 314.991.0900, SCHNARR’S HARDWARE COMPANY 9800 Clayton Road, Ladue 314.993.0910,

CHOUTEAU BUILDING GROUP 1610 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights, 314.781.1991,

SPACE ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN 4168 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.534.4168,

GUNN & SMITH ARCHITECTS 6651 Dale Ave., East St. Louis, 314.644.3150,


J.T. MCDERMOTT REMODELING 7427 W. Main St., Belleville, IL, 618.397.8701, 44



GOEDECKER’S 13850 Manchester Road, Ballwin, 636.207.7277,


3949 APARTMENTS 3949 Lindell Blvd., Central West End, 314.289.9000,

ALLEGRO AT THE BOULEVARD 24 The Boulevard, Richmond Heights, 314.721.8300, ALLEN MARKET LANE APARTMENTS 1201 Allen Market Lane, Soulard, 314.421.5850, AVENTURA AT FOREST PARK 4431 Chouteau Ave., Central West End, 314.499.1307, BAXTER CROSSINGS APARTMENTS 975 Westmeade Drive, Chesterfield, 636.537.2010, CLAYTON ON THE PARK 8025 Bonhomme Ave., Clayton, 314.863.7275, CORTONA AT FOREST PARK 5800 Highlands Plaza Drive, Forest Park, 314.553.9322, PHOTO BY MORGAN STEVENS

CUPPLES STATION LOFT APARTMENTS 1023 Spruce St., Downtown, 314.241.1225,

PARKPACIFIC 1226 Olive St., Downtown, 888.614.7426,

POINTE 400 400 S. 4th St., Downtown, 314.241.4005,

THE DISTRICT 633 N. McKnight Road, University City, 314.991.5648,

THE PRIVATE RESIDENCES AT THE CHASE PARK PLAZA 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.633.1100,

THE DORCHESTER ON FOREST PARK 665 S. Skinker Blvd., Clayton, 314.721.8181,

RESIDENCES AT STREETS OF ST. CHARLES 1650 Beale St., St. Charles, 636.944.1650,

FASHION SQUARE LOFTS 1307 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.621.9292, GALLERY 400 400 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.5870,

THE RESIDENCES AT FOREST PARK HOTEL 4910 W. Pine Blvd., Central West End, 314.367.3300,

THE GENTRY’S LANDING 400 N. 4th St., Downtown, 314.231.5444,

THE SAUM 1919 S. Grand Blvd., Shaw, 314.685.1130,

THE LAUREL APARTMENTS AT MERCANTILE EXCHANGE 622 N. 7th St., Downtown, 314.707.4071,

STANFORD PLACE APARTMENTS 9305 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314.961.3099,

THE LOFTS AT LAFAYETTE SQUARE 1119 Mississippi Ave., 314.436.9800,

THE TOWER AT OPOP 411 N 8th St., Downtown, 314.621.544,

THE LOFTS AT OPOP 911 Locust St., Downtown, 314.621.5443,

TRILOGY APARTMENTS 8650 Kingsbridge Lane, University City, 314.991.3150,

LOFTS AT THE HIGHLANDS 1031 Highlands Plaza Drive West, Dogtown, 314.647.7100,

VANGUARD CROSSING 8342 Delcrest Drive, University City, 314.692.0055,

MAJESTIC STOVE LOFTS 2020 Delmar Blvd., Downtown, 314.621.4050,

THE VILLAS AT BRENTWOOD 1800 S. Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, 314.962.4455,

MANSION HOUSE APARTMENTS 300 N. 4th St., Downtown, 314.241.9700,

WASHINGTON AVENUE APARTMENTS 1133 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.6999,

MARQUETTE APARTMENTS 314 N. Broadway, Downtown, 314.242.1312,

WEST END LOFTS 4100 Forest Park Ave., Central West End 314.884.0727,

THE MERCHANDISE MART APARTMENTS 1000 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.436.6800,

PARC FRONTENAC 40 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.367.8225, PARK CLAYTON APARTMENTS 6605 Clayton Ave., Clayton, 314.647.9244,


8631 Watson Road, Webster Groves, MO 63119 314.495.4095 Thursday & Friday noon-5pm Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun. noon-5pm

STATION PLAZA APARTMENTS 141 E. Madison Ave., Kirkwood, 314.775.2921,

THE LINDELL STRIP 3701 Lindell Blvd., Midtown, 314.334.7342,

METRO LOFTS 4535 Forest Park Ave., Central West End, 314.367.2400,

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WIRE WORKS LOFTS IN THE SQUARE 1435 S. 18th St., Lafayette Square, 314.776.6000,

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THE YORK HOUSE 4931 Lindell Blvd., Central West End, 314.361.9675, For more great listings, visit

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MISSION STATEMENT: The BackStoppers ensures stability and quality of life for the families of police officers, firefighters and publicly-funded paramedics/EMTs killed in the line of duty by providing financial assistance and support to the spouses and children. In this way, The BackStoppers and their supporters honor those who give their lives protecting our communities.

UPCOMING EVENT: The Midwest Salute to the Arts is a juried art show, hosting 100 awardwinning artists from all over the country August 28-30 in Everett Moody Park in the heart of Fairview Heights, Ill. This family friendly and free event boasts live entertainment, an interactive children’s creation station, children’s gallery, food court and live art demonstrations.

GETTING INVOLVED: Another important way to support the mission is by becoming a member. Anyone who wants to “Be A Shield” can become a member of The BackStoppers. For more information, visit or follow the organization on Facebook.

GETTING INVOLVED: Contact to learn how you can become a volunteer for Midwest Salute to the Arts.

10411 Clayton Road, STE. A5 St. Louis, MO 63131 314.692.0200 |

- “Sea Turtle” by 2014 Council Choice Award Winner Steve Anderson

Meet STL’s nonprofits we love and how you can get involved.

Rare disease...common problem Please join The Snow Foundation in our fight against diabetes, vision loss and neurodegeneration on Monday, August 17 at Busch Stadium For tickets, a chance to watch batting practice and an opportunity to throw out the first pitch please contact us at

Stephanie Snow Gebel - Founder/Chairman, Mike Matheny - St. Louis Cardinals, Saad Naseer, M.D. - President/CEO ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION



MISSION STATEMENT: The Snow Foundation is a strong international voice for rare disease, working towards a cure for Wolfram Syndrome and is actively developing novel therapies for diabetes, vision loss and neurodegenerative disorders.


UPCOMING EVENT: Join The Snow Foundation in its fight against diabetes, vision loss and neurodegeneration on August 17 at Busch Stadium. For tickets, field passes to watch batting practice and an opportunity to throw out the first pitch please contact us at

To do what’s right for kids! UPCOMING EVENT: St. Louis Children’s Hospital proudly presents Play Date on Nov. 21 at Union Station. For one night, adults are invited to be kids again. This exciting and unique event is guaranteed to put the “fun” in fundraiser. From largerthan-life amusements to sounds and sights of the afterparty, this event promises to be packed with loads of fun, laughter and surprises. Call or visit to learn more.

Helping the Families of Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice for Our Safety

GETTING INVOLVED: Visit to learn how to get involved.

GETTING INVOLVED: The Snow Foundation is always looking for creative, compassionate and generous individuals who are willing to donate their time and expertise to help raise awareness and funding to support rare disease research.

One Children’s Place St. Louis, MO 63110 314.286.0988

P.O. Box 84, St. Louis, MO 63040 636.448.4134 |

To learn more, donate or become a member, visit Visit us on Facebook—

PLAY DATE presented by St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Is an EXCITING and UNIQUE event, guaranteed to put the FUN in fundraiser!


Everett Moody Park on Longacre Drive In the HEART of Fairview Heights, ILLINOIS

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015 ST. LOUIS UNION STATION For one night, adults are invited to be kids again! From larger-than-life amusements, to sounds and sights of the after party, this event promises to be packed with loads of fun, laughter and surprises.

Friday 6-10 • Saturday • 10-8 • Sunday 11-5




Equipment floral print blouse available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Vintage skirt, cream fishnets and straw hat available at Retro 101/Cherry Bomb Vintage, Cherokee Street, 314.762.9722. Pure City Cycles “Crosby” bike available at Big Shark Bicycle Company, multiple locations,

ONE FINE DAY Modern cuts and retro elements from the ’50s collide during a stylish summer stroll in the city. Photography by Attilio D’Agostino Stylist: Trudy Hayden Model: Jillian Payne for Ford Models Hair: Caleigh Hampton Makeup: Randi Davis Fashion Editor: Sarah Stallmann



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(left) Alice + Olivia “Parrots in Paradise” long-sleeve button top and matching A-line skirt available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Vintage wicker handbag available at Retro 101/Cherry Bomb Vintage, Cherokee Street, 314.762.9722. Large gemstone earrings available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124. (right) Babydoll whiteand-pink-trim dress, white slip-on sandal heels and lavender tights available at Retro 101/Cherry Bomb Vintage, Cherokee Street, 314.762.9722. Fendi black and pink “Runway Cat-Eye” sunglasses available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Pink sheer scarf, stylist’s own.

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(left and right) Stone drop beaded fringe earrings available at Byrd Designer Consignment Boutique, Ladue, 314.721.0766. C/MEO Collective “Little Talks” black floral crop tank and flowing shorts available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. White lace-top socks and t-strap pump, stylist’s own.



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(left) Black circle skirt, leopard print bralette and white slip-on sandal heels available at Retro 101/Cherry Bomb Vintage, Cherokee Street, 314.762.9722. Smythe mini opera coat in leopard, jeweled drop earrings and Moyna feather clutch available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124. (right) Keepsake “Star Crossed” pleated floral dress available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. Pale pink vintage bow hat, nude fishnets and navy clutch handbag available at Retro 101/Cherry Bomb Vintage, Cherokee Street, 314.762.9722. Gold and colored gem collar necklace available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124. T-strap pump, stylist’s own.

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(left) La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni “Emerentienne” dress available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Hermès floral headscarf available at Byrd Designer Consignment Boutique, Ladue, 314.721.0766. Floral pointed toe pump and matching clutch available at Retro 101/Cherry Bomb Vintage, Cherokee Street, 314.762.9722. (right) Vintage lace lingerie dress, feather hat, white elbow-length gloves, brown lace-up sling-back heels and cream fishnets available at Retro 101/Cherry Bomb Vintage, Cherokee Street, 314.762.9722. Stone layered drop earrings available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124. Cream peacoat, stylist’s own. Assistants: Jenna Carlie, Jeremy Gatzert, Kayla Meyers and Morgan Stevens.



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ALIVE: What has been the most surprising thing about being on the road for concert tours? SS: How homesick I get. I never thought I would, but I get it very badly.

When Sam Smith’s concert tour resumed July 3, St. Louis was perfectly positioned to be among the first US cities to hear the Grammy Awardwinning singer’s post-surgery voice. The July 30 show at Chaifetz Arena is the ninth American stop for the soulful British superstar. Smith underwent vocal cord surgery in May after a hemorrhage forced him to cancel tour dates promoting his debut studio album, “In the Lonely Hour,” released last year. It earned four Grammys, including record of the year and song of the year for “Stay With Me,” a tune he wrote after a romantic setback. Smith’s career has been picking up speed since 2012, when he was featured on the Disclosure single “Latch,” so the surgery was an unfortunate bump in the road. But he was cleared to sing in concert again within two months, and he’s been upbeat throughout. During the initial three weeks of totally silent recovery, Smith kept communication going in creative ways: He accepted the Billboard Music Award for top male artist via video by holding up cue cards; he posted updates about his vocal therapy and return to singing on social media feeds; and he took time for an interview with ALIVE via email, where he reflected, shared inspirations and heartbreaks—and opened up in a way we never thought possible.

ALIVE: You’ve described your style as “iconic” in a way that supersedes trends in both music and appearance. Has that classic timelessness always been your goal? Sam Smith: Yes, it has always been my goal to create music that lasts and stands the test of time. I also want the music to speak. We live in a world where so many other things come into account when it really should just be about the voice and the songs. ALIVE: As one of the world’s most soughtafter singers right now, you probably have less "everyday time" than you’d like. What are some ways you relax, on tour or at home?

ALIVE: I know you don’t have a lot of time to explore the cities you’re in, but St. Louis has a reputation for blues and jazz—which you sang a lot in your teens. There’s a lot of soul in music here. Do you have any thoughts on those genres? SS: Of course. I love those genres of music so much. It is what I grew up on. I still listen to blues and jazz almost every morning, so I can't wait to experience that when I come to St Louis. ALIVE: Who were your earliest musical influences, the ones who inspired you to take voice lessons at age 10 or so? SS: Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Maria Mena, Frank Sinatra and Stacey Kent are some of my earliest. It was mainly powerful vocalists who sang the truth. ALIVE: Your current album is highly personal. Tell us a little bit about the journey to making it and now performing it for huge audiences worldwide. SS: This album was made in a very small way. I thought that, at most, a few thousand might buy my record and hear it. I never, ever, in my wildest of dreams, thought it would reach this many people. I wrote this album for myself, to help myself get out of a horrible, heartbreaking situation. How beautiful that, in helping myself, I managed to help others. It’s more than a dream come true. ALIVE: You’ve been talking a bit about your next album—as you work on it, are there new musical influences coming into the picture? SS: Yes, so many, all the time. I won't go into it too much, as I want to keep it a surprise, but all I know is I am trying to be as limitless as possible. With music I am listening to, it’s Lady Gaga, then I will listen to Sarah Vaughan, then D’Angelo, then Grimes, then Lana Del Rey, then Judy Garland. It's so important to me to listen to everything. In terms of subject matter, though, I am just trying my absolute hardest to act like a 23-year-old boy. A lot of the things I deal with in my life at the moment are very adult, and I forget how young I am. I am trying to make mistakes now, so that I don't do it later in life. I am a sponge at the moment, trying to learn as much as possible. ALIVE: The Grammys were such a huge night for you. What was going through your mind?

I WOULD RATHER STAY THE WAY I AM AND BE POOR THAN HAVE TO CHANGE TO WIN GOLDEN TROPHIES. SS: Pure happiness. I have never been that happy. I was surrounded by all my loved ones, and I felt on top of the world but amongst everyone else. It was so important to me to win Grammys—but to win them and still remain myself and have my feet on the ground. I would rather stay the way I am and be poor than have to change to win golden trophies. ALIVE: Which honors are on your list of future goals? SS: I would love to win another Grammy, of course, but I would also love to win an Oscar one day. That is a dream. But I am not driven by awards. I am also not driven by album sales. I am driven by the hunger in me to have the most exciting life I can possibly have. ALIVE: When you’re asked by young singers for advice, what do you tell them? SS: This is a horrible industry, so please surround yourself with kind, honest people. I also say make sure you do it because you love it, not because you love what comes with it. ALIVE: What parts of your personality are most reflected in your music? SS: My vulnerability and the fact that I wear my heart on my sleeve. My music is only one side of me. There are many, many more layers to myself. ALIVE: What else would you like our readers to know as they get ready to hear you perform? SS: That I am genuinely just a 23-year-old boy who is highly emotional and confused and hasn't figured it all out yet. But what I have figured out is that singing and writing music makes me feel good. And I hope it makes you feel good as well.

Photo by Nick Dorey, courtesy of Capitol Music Group.

SS: I relax mainly by watching films. I love “Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter.” Basically anything that takes me out of reality for a few hours.


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UPSTART CITY The sky is the limit when it comes to the potential of St. Louis’ startup scene. After a year of continued expansion and growth, ALIVE takes a look at what the momentum means for our local entrepreneurs today and startups of tomorrow.

By Kelsey Waananen and Matt Sorrell Company portraits by Matt Kile + co-working photos by Wesley Law Art direction by Amanda Dampf Pixel Press

THIS JUNE, the Ewing Marion Kauffman

Foundation, a well-regarded authority on entrepreneurship and business growth, ranked St. Louis on a list of 40 major cities demonstrating startup activity. The ranking system, which measures how many startups are born each year, shows St. Louis’ startup density grew 5.6 percent from last year. There are many ways to measure success in a startup ecosystem—and the amount of new arrivals is just one of them. There’s no arguing that St. Louis has gained tremendous momentum in various areas of the startup space—and we, along with some of the city’s leading experts, believe it’s poised to climb the ranks of startup-friendly cities across the country. Entrepreneurs who have found a friendly home in the Gateway City are learning Midwestern hospitality doesn’t stop at their neighbor’s doorstep. St. Louis has built an impressive, collaborative framework for growth, fueled by accelerators that target entrepreneurs. The energy provided by the city’s accelerators has encouraged further momentum, prompting the creation of The Yield Lab, Stadia Ventures and the Prosper Startup Accelerator, accelerators targeting niche markets. The Yield Lab, which invested in its first cohort in mid-January of 2015, focuses on agricultural technology; the Prosper Startup Accelerator, part of the Prosper Women Entrepreneurs organization, which also launched its first cohort early this year, targets women; and Stadia Ventures, a sports business accelerator, publicly

launched in June. All three aim to bring new capital and companies to the local scene to aid their respective markets and further areas of strength in the business community. SPACE MATTERS

Carol Matthews, the vice president of operations for successful startup LockerDome and a managing partner and mentor at the Prosper Startup Accelerator, has been involved with entrepreneurial efforts in St. Louis since the 1990s. She says recent developments aren’t confined to financial assistance and good advice. She notes the region has made a real estate commitment to the startup community, deliberately growing business innovation spaces such as T-REX and Cortex Innovation Community (CIC). The Cortex master development plan, a long-term vision for the 240-acre Central West End space, includes bringing in a MetroLink station—made possible through a $10.3 million federal grant given to the city—as well as parks, shops, hotels, housing and more to create a true innovation district that will benefit the community. Matthews says the dedication to entrepreneurial space is important if St. Louis hopes to break out of old perceptions. “Initiatives like Cortex and T-REX—along with the success of Arch Grants, Capital Innovators and SixThirty, among others—have put this community on the map,” she says. St. Louis Regional Chamber Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Jason

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Hall acknowledges these successes in development—adding that existing infrastructure and early investments are revitalizing the city. But there’s more than new life: Groundbreaking partnerships are being formed in the pursuit of a greater St. Louis. “I’m seeing a strong spirit of collaboration in the ecosystem, particularly under the Accelerate St. Louis initiatives,” says Hall. “Outside of fundraising to support their own critical missions, the key support organizations are really rallying together to tackle large regional issues such as capacity for funding, inclusion and innovation culture.” SYNERGIES ABOUND





Today’s entrepreneurs are pushing STL’s startup scene forward with groundbreaking ideas and forward-thinking companies. Meet 15 of STL’s most recent startups.


Unlike many digital-based startups, Arvegenix is literally rooted in the soil. The company is in the process of developing an annual seed called Pennycress that can be planted in the winter, between the corn and soybean seasons, to give farmers another source of income. The oil from the seed can be used in biodiesel, while the meal is intended to be a component in animal feed. Compared to other oilseed products, Pennycress is most efficient because it doesn’t require complex processing. Up Next: Arvegenix has Pennycress in the fields testing now, and is pursuing all of the required regu-

latory approvals needed to get the product to market. The company will be looking for talent in the future in areas like seed tech, regulatory issues and logistics, and it recently finished a round of financing, mostly from area investors.


Cybersecurity remains a critical issue as we move ever more online, and Bandura Systems is working hard to safeguard the virtual world by coming up with PoliWall. Considered by many to be the “firewall’s firewall,” PoliWall is an in-line IP filter security appliance that’s used to stop the noise generated by online traffic. By cutting the noise at the source, the

Photos by Matt Kile

Cooperation fosters goodwill in St. Louis’ startup scene, but it also directly affects potential funding for those entrepreneurial ventures. The Missouri Technology Corporation, the body through which the state funds startups and entrepreneurs, was appropriated a budget of $15.86 million for 2016—the highest level of funding ever granted by state lawmakers. While the dollar figure is notable, Hall says the monumental achievement of bipartisan political support would not have been possible if not for cooperation across the startup ecosystem. “We could have gone a different direction, and instead we got together and didn’t twist arms,” Hall says. “I don’t think this would have happened if we spoke up individually.” That spirit of community-driven progress is also a central component of local startup assistance group ITEN. The entrepreneurial network, based out of T-REX on Washington Avenue, provides resources to startups and entrepreneurs in St. Louis. Acting Executive Director Francis Chmelir says the ecosystem’s impressive growth can largely be credited to the somewhat utopian mantra of local entrepreneurs. “It starts with collaboration among all of the supporting organizations; that includes nonprofit and for profit,” he says. “We meet and share information, and don’t try to own the whole space.” St. Louis is looking to the future, and as the city continues to raise its profile and improve its outlook, collaboration must continue. Both Hall and Chmelir have hinted at projects in the pipeline that aim to connect corporations with startups at a client level, creating a system of validation for startups and a wealth of innovation in St. Louis. Already the backyard for national corporations like Wells Fargo Advisors, Purina and Edward Jones, the city’s goal is to now look toward the new generation of investors and innovators. As cooperation and funding continues to grow, St. Louis’ startup community is beginning to find its stride. As that momentum builds to a full-tilt sprint, the community is committed to bringing as many businesses along for the ride as possible.

workload on other systems in the network is lessened, making the system as a whole more efficient and effective. The software secures info coming in and going out, the intuitive graphic interface makes it easy to use, and companies can customize it to fit the level of risk they’re comfortable with managing. Up Next: In addition to mining the large local pool of talent here, Bandura hopes to bring some of their software manufacturing work back to the St. Louis area.


CEO Evelyne White began BookaLokal, a marketplace to bring diners and casual cooks together over local, unique dining experiences, when she was still working full time in private equity. As the project developed, it grew into a global network of people who share a passion for food. Bolstered by the success of Airbnb, a site that facilitates peer-to-peer lodging, White was able to launch her company to arrange peer-to-peer dining on the global level, taking care of the marketing, event management, customer service and acquisition—and leaving the dinner host free to focus on the experience they want to create for their guests. BookaLokal, currently part of Prosper Women Entrepreneurs’ spring 2015 cohort, recently secured $750,000 (the company started out seeking $500,000), with 75 percent of the investments coming from St. Louis. Up Next: With three hosts already operating in the area—look for wine dinners, olive oil workshops and cheese tastings—the company is looking to expand to 25 by the end of the year while involving more restaurants in the process.


Sort of like crowdsourcing for info, Cast is a mobile app that allows users to create poll questions—What

music festival has the best lineup this year? Where should I board my dog?—and distribute them across their networks. The app, which is integrated with existing social networks, allows the user to choose from four question types and define whether their audience will be public (on social media) or private ( just among friends). Users can also choose when a question ends. Cast is free to download and use—and users get feedback in real time. Up Next: Though the app is great for individuals, brands can also utilize Cast to find out more about their audiences and get feedback from real people in real time. The company is currently working with the Blues and the Rams on a pilot program to measure fan engagement.


This online platform, started in Chicago in 2011 and relocated to STL last year, connects businesses and individuals with special skills and talents to consumers who are interested in “dabbling:” learning new hobbies, skills or information but without the commitment—or cost—of an academic setting. Want to learn how to embroider or make a killer old-fashioned? St. Louis locals can teach you. Most classes are one-time shots, low-commitment ways for locals to try something new and possibly gain exposure to a new neighborhood as well, while allowing the business to bring in new clients. Teachers set the minimum number of participants for the class and the price. Dabble takes a percentage, but teachers get the lion’s share of the proceeds. The concept has taken hold in the St. Louis market: In its first year of business in STL, Dabble has gained 2,000 users. Up Next: The company will soon begin hiring street teams and an assistant community manager in St. Louis, plus they’ll be launching a mobile app this summer.


Pixel Press has developed a way to take static images and turn them into playable video games through Pixel Press Floors, with no programming knowledge needed. A player takes a photo of his or her game ideas and Pixel Press’ technology converts the idea to pixels. Players then upload the resulting game to the net . Up Next: Since the creation of Floors in 2014, the company has partnered with Cartoon Network to produce games based on shows like “Adventure Time,” and they’re working to bring a life-sized version of Floors to a children’s museum this year. . Pixel Press’s Bloxels—which allows video game creators to use physical blocks to bring their designs to life—should be out in the fall. The company will be looking to hire locally for a variety of positions to handle its projects.

Top photo: (Left to right)Pixel Press Co-founders Robin Rath, Daniel Wiseman, Josh Stevens and Rob Bennet. Bottom photo: Rath demonstrating Pixel Press Bloxels.





Think of it as your digital doc-in-a-box: SanusEO (formerly Healthy Me) texts DIY methods and tips to manage your health, which helps avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital or the doctor’s office. Built with the goal of helping to curb the costs of chronic disease care, SanusEO’s “patient engagement platform” utilizes texting and web-based applications to help patients manage their conditions and engage in positive behavior modification. The technology also alerts caregivers to changes in the patient’s health. Up Next: Having just wrapped initial development and launching the commercialization process earlier this year, the company will be exploring the concept of wearable medical devices and is looking to support area healthcare entities like BJC and SSM Healthcare, as well as doctors groups and insurance companies.


Trying to sift through the web and find accurate, reliable news is no easy task. aims to make it easier by creating an information hub where users can access current news and research topics easily, without bias, emotion or opinion, making it more convenient and less overwhelming to follow important events. pulls data into the site, where it’s vetted and broken down into digestible, searchable topics, unlike many news sites where clicks reign supreme, not the facts. Up Next: will also be working with brands to get accurate product information to consumers. The platform is currently in place, and the company hopes to be up and running in time for the 2016 election cycle.


Up Next: Following the company’s free pilot last year, which attracted approximately 3,000 users, MeterGenius is currently in the process of launching the first paid pilot to an estimated 6,500 users. In the meantime, the startup is in the midst of the first round of private investment outside of grants and awards, and is looking to hire four more St. Louis-based employees with the resulting funds.


Described by founder Alex Cruz as the “IMDB for content,” PenPath measures engagement and influence across the web, utilizing social data to organize and rank web content. The platform tracks a particular 66




writer’s work and who’s sharing it—and makes that information completely searchable. PenPath automatically generates in-depth profiles for authors, publishers and articles, allowing writers and publishers to see who’s sharing their work, and marketers to instantly find the most influential people in their particular industry. Up Next: The company is looking to hire and grow in St. Louis and to become a go-to resource for area writers and marketers.


Geared toward public fund investment professionals, the PFITR platform allows for complete transparency of a portfolio, allowing all of those who have access to it to see the complete details of all of the investments, not just a spreadsheet summary. The platform pulls info from Moody’s, S&P and others so users know the actual value of investments, and the data can’t be manipulated since it’s all under third-

Photos by Matt Kile

In addition to focusing on its platform to create smart energy consumers, MeterGenius also hopes to bring St. Louis some recognition as a model for a green city and attract tech wealth. Founded in February of 2014, MeterGenius’ platform, available as web and mobile apps, allows customers to understand their energy consumption and save some green by tailoring their usage. The platform also keeps providers informed, cluing them in to how and where their customers are using the most energy. In deregulated states, MeterGenuis allows electricity providers the ability to be more competitive.

support, and makes the material easily accessible for students online. Teacher files are stored in the cloud for easy accessibility, and Scholaricity also gives teachers info on student engagement and performance. Up Next: The company began a pilot program this summer with teachers, and a second pilot program for students and teachers will happen in the fall at some schools in St. Louis City. The end game is to turn St. Louis into a leader in learning tech and improve academic performance here and everywhere.


Your dream home just became that much more attainable: This online platform allows interior designers and homeowners to come together to create the perfect space in a fraction of the time it usually takes. Via the Space Sculpt portal, designers are able to quickly create virtual design boards for customers to view, a much easier proposition than emailing large files back and forth, and collaboration can happen in real time. The site also brings thousands of different products from top retailers together in one spot, allowing users to filter by color, price, brand and other criteria, thus eliminating the need for web browsing to find the ideal item. The products can then be added to the design board in just a couple of clicks. Up Next: The company will be raising another round of funding in the first quarter of 2016.

TOPOPPS party control. PFITR also offers a secure Dropbox feature for financial documents and helps facilitate audit preparations and reporting. Up Next: The company is currently raising capital for marketing, and will be launching version 2.0 in September.


Poised to be the future of employee recruitment software, rankedHiRe offers businesses a more efficient way to source candidates. It coordinates among multiple staffing agencies, bringing in a wider variety of candidates and giving employers a greater selection of qualified applicants to choose from while also helping staffing agencies place their clients. The platform offers price tools, so businesses always know the going rate for talent, and skill comparisons that assist in finding the most qualified person for the job. Up Next: Currently, rankedHire is working with 10 STL hiring agencies and 15 businesses. The goal is for the company to eventually go nationwide— they’ll be rolling out in southern California next.


Think of Scholaricity as teaching-meets-learningmeets-tech: This educational platform, designed for K-12 students, allows teachers to put their curriculum online easily and quickly, without outside tech

Wouldn’t it be nice if your intuition and “gut feelings” were backed up (or refuted) by empirical data, creating a faster and easier way to produce sales forecasts? Enter TopOpps, an STL startup that provides businesses with sales and forecasting analytics accessible via a wide range of devices, including cellphones, computers and iPads. By frequently updating a company’s Customer Relations Software (CRM), the platform makes it easier to enhance the sales process by predicting likely sales outcomes. Up Next: The company has 24 employees in St. Louis (along with one in California), and they’re looking to double the number of employees by the first quarter of 2016.



Looking to get inspired or grow your next big idea? Network with the best and brightest in St. Louis at these meetings of the mind.

1 MILLION CUPS Wednesdays at Nine Network, 3655 Olive St. Grand Center BRIGHT & EARLY Monthly at the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, 6128 Delmar Blvd., The Loop INNOVATION FRIDAYS Final Friday of the month at Pi Pizzeria, 610 Washington Ave., Downtown ITEN 2ND THURSDAY Monthly at @4240, 4240 Duncan Ave., #200, Central West End OPO STARTUP WEDNESDAYS at 119 S. Main St., St. Charles SLOUP Monthly, STARTLOUIS Second Tuesdays at T-REX, 911 Washington Ave., Downtown TREEHOUSE NETWORKSHOP EVENTS Various dates and locations, VENTURE CAFÉ GATHERING Thursdays at @4240, 4240 Duncan Ave., #200, Central West End WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SKANDALARIS CENTER FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP IDEABOUNCE Various dates and locations, WOMEN 2.0 CITY MEETUP Monthly, For more networking events, head to

Zipline aims to revolutionize the way we move money by making it an entity that lives online, going the way of music and photos. The technology combines a messaging platform that’s bank compliant and allows users to move money from account to account via text for free, with funds usually available by the next business day. It utilizes use AES 256-bit encryption along with other industry best practices to ensure customers’ data is kept safe and private. Up Next: As of now, the company has been concentrating on individual users, though the platform definitely has business applications they plan to explore. For the time being, Zipline is only usable within the US, but the company has aspirations for a worldwide reach.

Top photo: SanusEO (left to right) Chief Executive Officer Mary Louise Helbig, Founder/Chief Innovation Officer Dana Fowler and Client Services and Marketing Executive Connie Gallagher. Bottom photo: Gallagher demonstrating their mobile and web capabilities.





In the friendly Midwest, collaboration is not only practiced but encouraged among the city’s growing small business network. Major players like T-REX and Cortex lead the way in fostering innovation, while more idea centers and co-working spaces take up residence in STL’s growing entrepreneur community.


Central West End TechArtista’s name gives you a bit of an idea of what role they play in the community. With a focus on growing businesses, but also creative people and processes, the venue is a breathtaking place to work—from its intriguing architecture and murals to the caliber of companies it attracts. Sharing an address in the Central West End workspace are Solea Water, a company looking to address the global water crisis by sourcing funding through shoe drives, fundraising campaigns and volunteerism; Linkship, a company innovating a new way to save, share and organize links; and Hearing Our Way, a magazine designed for kids and teens with hearing loss, among others. 4818 Washington Blvd., Central West End,

Cherokee Nebula has been available to the small businesses of St. Louis since 2010, making it one of the first co-working spaces in the city. With 87 businesses currently using the space—and an even longer member list—Nebula houses more than its fair share of innovation. Take, for example, Griffin 3D, which aims to be the first company from St. Louis to produce and sell 3-D printers, with the goal of making them affordable to everyone; Uke Go Girl!, a weeklong workshop that empowers girls to explore creative expression and build self-esteem through playing ukulele; and Context Industrial Security, which specializes in the cybersecurity of industrial control systems, such as those that control the electricity that powers our businesses and homes. 3407 S. Jefferson Ave., Cherokee Street,




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“At the end of the day, they know where we’re coming from.” People who know Startups, know BDO.

The Technology & Life Sciences Practice at BDO BDO’s St. Louis office currently serves over 200 startup companies and the investment funds that back them. With advisors all over the world, BDO’s Technology & Life Sciences practice, along with seasoned private equity professionals, encompass more than traditional audit, tax, risk advisory, and consulting. Combining industry knowledge with experienced, service-driven professionals, we can help you address the diverse business issues affecting the industry. BDO USA, LLP 101 South Hanley Road, Suite 800, St. Louis, MO 63105 / 314-889-1100 Accountants and Consultants


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Downtown Industrious brought its nationwide concept to St. Louis this summer. Though each elegant space—in Chicago, Nashville, Denver and other cities—takes shape differently, they all offer the luxurious option for small business. Private offices, cleanly organized and separated by glass walls house, among others, The Head Case Company, a company developing technology to help monitor and prevent unnecessary damage caused by concussions; Garbshare, which is developing virtual closets; and Town Coopers Baseball, a baseball league. 555 Washington Ave., Downtown,


KEEP ON CO-WORKING St. Louis’ co-working scene is expansive. Check out these other spaces giving St. Louisans the space and resources they need to grow and succeed.

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St. Charles Founded by local entrepreneur Randy Schilling, OPO Startups joined the co-working scene in May of this year, turning the old St. Charles post office (Old Post Office, i.e., OPO) into a beautiful, bright space for digital businesses looking to grow. Now housing lingerie designer Liviara; Chow Checker, designers of an app to give increased awareness for allergens in foods; BoardPaq, a company designing a cloud service and apps to help boards of directors go paperless; several independent contractors and more, OPO has already earned a solid foothold in the startup community. 119 S. Main St., St. Charles,

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LEGAL GUIDE Meet the top legal professionals in St. Louis.

As a cultural and economic hub of the Midwest, St. Louis is proud to call itself home to some of the most talented lawyers in the country. To help you find the right one to fit your legal needs, ALIVE compiled a list of winning attorneys from class action to criminal to divorce law in the area, with a range of specialties.

HAIS, HAIS & GOLDBERGER, P.C. Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C. is a full-service family law firm, limiting its practice to complex divorce cases and modifications of decrees, custody, property division and support, business and professional practice valuations, stock options, tax-related divorce issues, pension problems and enforcement of decrees. Its core staff of full-time attorneys and paralegals has provided in-depth client services, meticulous case preparation and complete litigation management throughout the firm’s 34-year history. Additionally, the firm employs an extended group of financial experts, tax and pension benefits professionals, therapists, psychologists and vocational experts to provide the highest level of preparation possible in its trial presentations. Since launching the firm in 1979, founder Susan M. Hais has represented many of St. Louis’ most prominent citizens from a great variety of professions and occupations and has been personally responsible for the establishment of an impressive array of legal precedents in the areas of divorce law, child custody, benefits, grandparents’ rights, property division and spousal support. Samuel J. Hais, before joining the firm, was a judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit, St. Louis County, where he was a founding member and judge of the Family Court of St. Louis County for many years. Samuel and Susan Hais have

both written and lectured extensively in the area of family law. The firm’s attorneys and paralegals are members of many varied bar associations and have been affiliated with a number of boards, both statewide and locally. They are very proud of their presence in and contributions to legal and other community efforts in and around the St. Louis area, and encourage you to ask about them when you visit. In 2007, the firm was proud to welcome new partner Elliott Goldberger, who has practiced law for more than 29 years, with a concentration on family law. In 2014, Erin M. Zielinski joined the firm as an associate. This year, Pamela J. Ciskowski and Dzenana Delic joined the firm as the newest associates rounding out the firm’s roster of attorneys. The guiding principal of Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C. has always been to limit its practice to family law and to provide the best representation possible at the most cost-effective prices. That is the firm’s pledge to you.

Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C. 222 S. Central Ave., Ste. 600 | St. Louis, MO 63105 314.862.1300 |



Samuel & Susan Hais Reproduced with permission from Ladue News.



KHAZAELI WYRSCH STOCK LLC There’s no law firm that’s better in tune with STL’s exploding startups scene: located right at T-REX, KWS Law was built to serve smallto medium-sized businesses, startups and entrepreneurs. KWS Law connects its clients, located at T-REX, Cortex and Nebula, as well as other startup spaces, to resources they need to succeed: accountants, regional banks, investors and even other clients who might be able to trade resources, products and ideas. The practice is divided into three specialties: corporate practice, which includes business-


JCS Law focuses on defending those facing DWI, drug, and serious criminal charges. The firm is committed to the bold and aggressive defense of each client’s case. Attorneys and staff seek to exceed clients’ expectations and doing so has led to a high rate of referrals from previous clients. Principal attorney John Schleiffarth (center above) brings a bold and aggressive defense to each case he handles while also understanding that maintaining an open line of communication is a high priority of today’s

related concerns; litigation practice, which includes wide range of commercial litigation including employment, contract, and consumer matters; and immigration law, which helps expand business’ employment base by navigating the complex world of visas.

Grants and have helped several recipients with legal services. But even those without $50,000 in their pockets can count on Big Law quality, entrepreneurial enthusiasm, and a genuine desire to see their clients succeed in the entrepreneurial world.

KWS Law’s desire to learn comprehensively about its clients’ business, plus the attroneys’ years of experience in “Big Law” and federal prosecution, ensures clients receive knowledgeable, responsive and hands-on service. They’re an active participant in Arch

Khazaeli Wyrsch Stock LLC Javad Khazaeli, Sara Stock, James Wyrsch Jr. 911 Washington Ave., STE. 211 St. Louis, MO 63101 314.288.0777 |

clients. JCS Law’s team of attorneys including Shin Cho (left above) and Eli Roberts (not pictured) combine significant experience in defending professional license holders– doctors, nurses, teachers, police officers, etc.– facing criminal charges and can help with understanding collateral consequences the client or client’s loved one may be facing.

Defense. The firm has received multiple Avvo Clients’ Choice Awards, 2013-2015, Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Awards and a 2014 and 2015 “10 Best” DWI Attorneys in Missouri for Client Satisfaction by American Institute of DUI Attorneys.

John Schleiffarth is a member of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and National College for DUI ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

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Stange Law Firm, PC understands the emotional hardship that comes with each family law issue. That’s why they had dedicated their practice to family law since 2007, to help reassure their clients through every step of the way. With hard work and diligence, Stange Law Firm, PC can help navigate clients through their family law matters. Stange Law Firm, PC has 12 offices and 28 attorneys throughout Missouri and Illinois. Of the 12 offices, two were opened in 2015 in Sangamon County in Springfield, Ill. and Boone County in Columbia, Mo. For their dedication to helping individuals with family law needs, Stange Law Firm, PC is comprised of attorneys who have been named “Rising Stars” by 2014 Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyer Magazine: Kirk Stange, Paola Stange, John Kershman and Jonathan Glassman. Partner Jillian Wood was named a “Rising Star” by 2015 Illinois Super Lawyer Magazine. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys throughout each state are chosen to receive this honor. Additionally, to show for their dedication and experience, attorneys at the firm have also received awards from organizations such as, the American Society of Legal Advocates, Lead Counsel, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, the National Trial Lawyers, The American Academy of Trial Attorneys, National Council of American Executives and AVVO. Founding Partners, Kirk and Paola Stange, have put nothing but hard work and knowledge into their practice. To show for that, Kirk Stange has spoken at numerous CLE seminars for the National Business Institute and the Missouri Bar. He also spoke at the 8th

Circuit Judicial Conference in 2014. Mr. Stange has been selected for many awards, including, the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys in 2014 and 2015 as a Top 10 Attorney for Missouri Family Law. Additionally, Mrs. Stange has been selected as a Top 10 Attorney for Missouri Family Law under 40 in 2014 and 2015 by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. Lastly, in 2014, Kirk Stange published his first full length book through a major publisher, Thomson Reuters. The book is entitled: Prenuptial Agreements Line by Line. Kirk and Paola Stange are also guardian ad litems, trained mediators and collaborative law attorneys. Client satisfaction is important to Stange Law Firm, PC. When clients hire the firm, they receive their attorney’s personal cell phone number and 24/7 access to their case through an online system where they can view their legal documents. Stange Law Firm, PC strives to return all calls and messages that are left by 5pm the same business day. Call today to schedule your free 30-minute consultation. Experience, focus and vision in Family Law.

Stange Law Firm, P.C. Offices: St. Louis County, West County (Ellisville), Jefferson County (Arnold), St. Charles County, Franklin County (Union), Lincoln County (Troy), Boone County (Columbia), St. Louis City (Downtown, by appointment only), St. Clair County (Belleville), Madison County (Edwardsville), Sangamon County (Springfield) and Monroe County (Waterloo, by appointment only) 1.855.805.0595 |

The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Kirk Stange is responsible for the content. Principal place of business 1750 S. Brentwood Blvd., STE. 401, St. Louis, MO 63144.


BEYOND THE BURGER This year’s Budweiser Burger Battle chefs offer up recipes for beer-inspired sides that pair perfectly with barbecue. By JESSICA LEITCH Photography by JENNIFER SILVERBERG Art direction by AMANDA DAMPF Concept & styling by AMANDA DAMPF, JESSICA LEITCH, & JENNIFER SILVERBERG


Mike Johnson, Sugarfire Smoke House A juicy burger from last year’s Burger Battle Judge’s Choice Winner.


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“Buy meat from a butcher you know and trust. Have them grind the meat to your specifications to be as fresh as possible.”

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ANTHONY ELLERSON, KITCHEN SINK “Be careful with your marinades and seafood. If you’re using a marinade that contains fresh citrus, the citrus can actually start to cook your food if you marinade it too long.”


LAURA BORGHARDT, STACKED “Don’t use lean meat! You aren’t eating a burger to be healthy, so make sure you have good quality meat with at least 20 percent fat. Season it with plenty of kosher salt and cracked black pepper on both sides before putting your patty on a very hot surface.”

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“I like to start with my meat closer to room temperature rather than taking it directly from refrigeration.”


“Just one flip of the patty is needed. Cooked medium-rare is my favorite temperature and ensures that the burger is juicy and full of flavor.”


“Ice down the burger for 10 minutes before grilling. This keeps the fat in the center from rendering quite as fast, resulting in a good sear on the outside with a nice and juicy middle.”

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J & C BBQ and Blues

Ferguson’s new barbecue joint has risen from the ashes to serve up Memphismeets-STL eats. CONTINUED P.80







J & C BBQ and Blues This musically inclined barbecue joint harmonizes in Ferguson’s downtown.

by AMY DE LA HUNT photos by JENNIFER SILVERBERG VERY FEW DINING EXPERIENCES are more St. Louis than blues and barbecue, and J & C BBQ and Blues is bringing flavor and tunes to North County residents and those who make the worthwhile drive from the city. The restaurant was still in the works when destruction hit—flames and smoke from protestors after the Michael Brown grand jury verdict—and owners Cathy and Jerome Jenkins had no profits yet for repairs to the badly damaged building.





So they turned to creative solutions, including an online fundraising campaign—and their success is evident in the restored plate glass windows on three sides of the building, the brightly painted music murals wrapping all four walls and the customers chatting between tables as they wait for their carryout orders. Come later on weekend evenings and the mood is even more celebratory, with live blues on a low, wide stage that dominates nearly all of one wall. Bands also perform hourlong, family-friendly auditions on Tuesday evenings for the chance to headline the weekend shows. THE ’CUE The Jenkins’ approach combines elements of Memphis-style barbecue (like rubs before cooking and vinegar-based sauces) with St. Louis-style cuts of meat and serving preferences (like “wet” ribs smothered in sauce). Their use of charcoal on the grill rather than smoking meats over hardwood might surprise some, but the results will silence skeptics. Eating the pork ribs requires a fork and knife—or fingers and teeth, for the hardcore diners who don’t mind a little vinegar and tomato dripping down their arms—because the slabs are fall-off-the-bone level good.

Among the regulars looking to chat while they wait for their pickup orders, the rib tips are a clear favorite. We were equally impressed with the bitesized hunks of meat in the pulled pork sandwich, which stayed moist and juicy even after being carted home and reheated the following day (for the record, portions are robust). The hot dogs, chicken legs, hot sausage links, bratwurst and burgers, all cooked on charcoal, pick up a fantastic smoky flavor. THE REST When the smiling server asks what sides

you want, make sure one is steak fries. They’re thick-cut and hearty, perfect for soaking up meat juices and barbecue sauce. Other sides are tasty staples of the South: beans, green beans, fried corn on the cob, fried okra, coleslaw and potato salad. J & C straddles the casual world of a takeout barbecue joint and the liveliness of a venue with live music with ease. The bar is set back in the corner, where it’s used more by servers filling drinks than customers consuming them, which has the effect of keeping the family-friendly vibe the Jenkins wanted on weekends. This is the Jenkins’ second eatery on Florissant Road in Ferguson. Cathy’s Kitchen opened in 2013 serving an eclectic menu of American breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes with a heavy influence

of the South and Southwest. Its fiercely loyal customers showed up after the November unrest to help clean up broken glass and other damage—and to marvel together how much worse the damage could have been had it not been for the protestors who joined arms to protect the business during the riots. J & C looks altogether different from its predecessor on the surface, but its heart has the same openness and joy in offering food and hospitality. There’s probably a very deep lesson in there somewhere, but it’s best to put aside pondering, get down to business and order—otherwise you could miss out on the last slice of fruit pie in the display case. And like the barbecue, once it’s gone, it’s gone.

J & C BBQ AND BLUES 304 S. Florissant Rd. • 314.738.9222 Entrees $8-$20 Hours Mon.-Thur. 11am-10pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am-11pm Top dish Rib tip sandwich. Best place to perch Nearly every seat in the house has a clear view of the stage, with its bright mural by day and musical acts on weekend nights. Insider tip If you prefer your ribs served without sauce, ask for them “dry” when you order.


In The Beginning, Beer A brief look at St. Louis’ history of imbibing.


drinking scene in recent years—earning the city the distinction of being named 2015’s Best Bar City of the Year by Esquire. Craft breweries and distilleries have been cropping up all over the place, and the revival of the cocktail scene has rejuvenated St. Louis mixology. Though the last 10 years or so have been extremely important in bolstering our national reputation as a drinker’s destination, St. Louis has been a bastion of imbibing for a good long time.

BEER Of course, St. Louis has long been known as

a beer town, thanks to the city’s role as the home of Anheuser-Busch. This relationship began during the Civil War years, when Eberhard Anheuser partnered up with his son-in-law Adolphus Busch to create what would eventually become a brewing dynasty. But beer was booming in the Lou for years before that: In fact, more than 100 breweries have done business in town over the last couple hundred years, and some 40 or so breweries were active at the time Anheuser and Busch joined forces. The influx of German immigrants in the 1840s, with their knowledge of the brewing process, greatly bolstered the local beer business. One of these, William Lemp, is credited with introducing lager to the city, a type of beer that would eventually become synonymous with St. Louis. On the eve of Prohibition, there were still 20 entities brewing away throughout the city, though only eight, including Anheuser-Busch and Falstaff, opened back up after the demise of the Noble Experiment.

BARS Back in the day, the best bars were housed

in hotels. These were the places where the movers and shakers of the day came to relax, tip back a few and plan their next business conquest or political maneuver, and St. Louis was home to some of the best examples of these high-end watering holes in the country. From 1817 until the 1920s, there were three incarnations of the Planter’s House Hotel, all located in the Downtown area. The last of these, which opened in 1891, was the most elaborate of the trio. According to author Mary Bartley in her book “St. Louis Lost, Uncovering the City’s Lost Architectural Treasures,” the hotel lobby boasted

a 20-foot ceiling and colored marble on the walls, while the main bar was a semi-circle that measured a massive 45-by-47 feet and “was well-known to civic leaders, politicians, and gentlemen visitors”—not exactly your neighborhood shot-and-a-beer joint. Other well-regarded hotels in the city included the Lindell Hotel and the Barnum Hotel. Of course, it only follows that a thriving bar scene is going to have some pretty great bartenders working the wood. Jerry Thomas, the first “celebrity bartender” and an object of much reverence within the bartending community then (and now), reportedly did some time behind the second Planter’s House Hotel bar in the 1850s, though cocktail historian David Wondrich says the jury is still out on the details of this one. SPIRITS The hard stuff has also played an import-

ant role in St. Louis history. Auguste Chouteau was reportedly whipping up whiskey in the area in the 1790s, and by 1810 there were a dozen or so distilleries doing business. For a time, we were also home to Jack Daniels, which moved some of its distilling operations here in 1910 after Tennessee passed statewide prohibition, though they returned to Lynchburg after the national prohibition was repealed. The Lou was also the center of a “spirited” controversy in the 1870s: A group of politicians known as the Whiskey Ring conspired to cheat the government out of millions of dollars in revenue by manipulating liquor taxes. So, next time you’re at your favorite bar indulging in your beverage of choice, raise a glass to those—dubious or otherwise—who came before to help make St. Louis the great drinking city it is today. Cheers!

WHAT I’M DRINKING NOW: I’ve always liked egg whites in cocktails, and lately I’ve been trying out some other dairy products that produce that same light, creamy effect. My best success has been with Greek yogurt, which also has a nice tang to it. Put some with a little bit of water in a blender and blend until its smooth, then try it in place of egg whites in a White Lady.

Matt Sorrell has been a Dining and Spirits Contributing Editor for ALIVE for the past four years (and an ALIVE writer for seven).

A graduate of the BarSmarts Advanced course, he recently attended the BAR five-day course in NYC, where he achieved a BAR certified rating.

He has worked at several bars around town and currently can be found behind the bar at Planter’s House in Lafayette Square.

He and his wife, Beth, also own Cocktails Are Go!, which provides libation education and bartender services.




More STL Drinking History Perhaps the best-known St. Louis bartender is Tom Bullock. Bullock was the head barman at the St. Louis Country Club for decades and served an elite clientele that included several US presidents. He’s also the first African-American to have written a cocktail book, “The Ideal Bartender,” which was published in 1917. Reprints are still available for those who are curious about what the local gentry were drinking in the early part of the 20th century.

Thirsty for more? Here are a few good reads exploring the city and its history, liquid and otherwise: “Wetter Than The Mississippi: Prohibition in Saint Louis and Beyond,” by Robbi Courtaway. Stories, anecdotal and otherwise, about the goings on in the area during the “Noble Experiment.” “St. Louis Brews: 200 Years of Brewing in St. Louis, 1809-2009,” by Henry Herbst, Don Roussin and Kevin Kious. This book covers everything from obscure brewers of days gone by to the ubiquitous big guys. “Lion of the Valley: St. Louis, Missouri, 1764-1980,” by James Neal Primm. This massive tome is a comprehensive history of the Lou, from its beginnings as a frontier outpost to the latter part of the 20th century. Exhaustive in scope, if it’s not in here, it probably didn’t happen.



Central Table Food Hall

St. Louis Restaurant Guide

VISIT ALIVEMAG.COM/RESTAURANTS for an expanded list of recommended spots to eat and drink.

MIDTOWN/ DOWNTOWN AL’S RESTAURANT A St. Louis landmark featuring award-winning steaks and seafood. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 1200 N. 1st St., 314.421.6399. $$$ BAIKU SUSHI LOUNGE An experiential sushi menu, including fresh fish flown in from Hawaii. Lunch Tue.-Sat.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 3407 Olive St., 314.896.2500. $$ BAILEYS’ RANGE Creative takes on burgers, boozy milkshakes and craft sodas. Lunch and dinner daily. 920 Olive St., 314.241.8121. $$ BLOOD & SAND A members-only spot boasting bold and exciting creations in the kitchen and behind the bar. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 1500 St. Charles St., 314.241.7263. $$$ BREWHOUSE AT THE HYATT Known for their selection of local beers and tasty food menu, Bre84



whouse’s historical space features state-of-the-art TVs and sound for fans who prefer watching the game barside. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 315 Chestnut St., 314.259.3270. $$ BRIDGE A large craft beer and wine list with small plates, sandwiches and salads. Lunch and dinner daily. 1004 Locust St., 314.241.8141. $$ CAFÉ VENTANA An extensive lunch selection, as well as sandwiches, beignets and pastries to have with your coffee. Open daily. 3919 W. Pine Blvd., 314.531.7500. $ B CIELO Quality Italian cuisine, dynamic beverages and stunning views. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 999 N. 2nd St., 314.881.5800. $$$ B THE DARK ROOM A progressive wine program with a menu of small plates, plus rotating photo exhibits. Dinner Tue.-Sat.

615 N. Grand Blvd., 314.531.3416. $$ DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON Internationally inspired cafe fare in the heart of Citygarden. Brunch Sat.-Sun.; lunch Mon.-Fri. 808 Chestnut St., 314.621.3236. $$ B DIABLITOS CANTINA Fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine with more than 100 types of tequila, some house-infused. Lunch and dinner daily. 3761 Laclede Ave., 314.644.4430. $ HARRY’S Great food, happy hour and view of the Arch with a casual atmosphere. Lunch Wed.-Fri.; dinner Wed.-Sat. 2144 Market St., 314.421.6969. $$


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The BBQ Saloon HIRO ASIAN KITCHEN Bold and diverse flavors in dishes like bahn mi and kimchi. Brunch Sun.; lunch Tues.Sat.; dinner Tue.-Sun. 1405 Washington Ave., 314.241.4476. $$ B

SMALL BATCH A vegetarian restaurant and whiskey bar serving small plates and entrees. Brunch Sat.-Sun.; lunch Fri.-Sun.; dinner daily. 3001 B Locust St., 314.380.2040. $$

LUCAS PARK GRILLE A seasonal menu featuring soups, salads and New American entrees. Lunch and dinner daily. 1234 Washington Ave., B 314.241.7770. $$$


MANGO Upscale Peruvian food and cocktails in a chic loft setting. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner Mon.-Sun. 1101 Lucas Ave., 314.621.9993. $$

SYBERG’S Approachable riffs on surf & turf and Americana. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations, sybergs. com. $$

MIKE SHANNON’S STEAKS AND SEAFOOD A St. Louis landmark serving upscale American cuisine. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 620 Market St., 314.421.1540. $$$


OVER/UNDER Upscale sports bar located near the biggest sports venues. Lunch and dinner daily. 911 Washington Ave., 314.621.8881. $$ PAPPY’S SMOKEHOUSE Memphis-style slow-smoked meats dressed with Pappy’s signature barbecue sauces. Lunch daily; dinner Mon.-Sat. 3106 Olive St., 314.535.4340. $$ ROSALITA’S CANTINA A Wash Ave. outpost offering Tex-Mex favorites. Lunch and dinner daily. 1235 Washington Ave., 314.621.2700. $$ SAUCE ON THE SIDE Gourmet calzones featuring fresh ingredients and sauces. Lunch and dinner Mon.Sat. Multiple locations, eatcalzones. com. $ 86



Satisfying our comfort food cravings with hearty Nashville-style hot chicken and sandwiches. Lunch Wed.-Sun. 3108 Olive St., 314.531.4668. $$

MEDITERRANEAN STREET FOOD Urban dining meets vibrant Mediterranean dishes. Lunch and dinner daily. 626 Washington Ave., Unit 103, 314.254.7953. $ THREE SIXTY On the rooftop of The Hilton at the Ballpark with spectacular views, cocktails and small plates. Dinner daily. 1 S. Broadway, 314.241.8439. $$$

LAFAYETTE SQUARE/ BENTON PARK/ CHEROKEE STREET/ SOULARD BAILEYS’ CHOCOLATE BAR Savory and sweet items served up in a romantic atmosphere. Open daily. 1915 Park Ave., 314.241.8100. $

BENTON PARK CAFE An extensive breakfast menu, including breakfast pizzas, burritos and omelets, plus a full array of lunch and dinner entrees. Open daily. 1900 Arsenal St., 314.771.7200. $ BLUES CITY DELI A charming turn-of-the-century storefront with an expansive menu of sandwiches, salads and po’ boys. Lunch Mon.Sat.; dinner Thur. 2438 McNair Ave., 314.773.8225. $$ BOGART’S SMOKEHOUSE Smoky, Memphis-style barbecue with generous portions. Lunch Mon.Sat.; dinner Fri.-Sat. 1627 S. 9th St., 314.621.3107. $$ CHAVA’S Mexican outpost known for large portions and tangy margaritas. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations, $ ELEMENT Small plates and entrees with a variety of flavors, created by a collaborative chef team. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 1419 Carroll St., 314.241.1674. $$ ELEVEN ELEVEN MISSISSIPPI Culinary fusion via Tuscany and NoCal. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 1111 Mississippi Ave., 314.241.9999. $$$ FRANCO Rustic French fare made modern. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 1535 S. 8th St., 314.436.2500. $$$ JAX CAFE An eclectic menu of gourmet variations on American comfort food. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat.; brunch Sun. 2901 Salena B St., 314.449.1995. $

LAREDO A delicious mix of classic and fusion Mexican cuisine. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 2001 Park Ave., 314.231.9200. $$ LONA’S LIL EATS The home of the giant rice paper wrap features healthy Asian-inspired cuisine with soul-food flare, using only fresh ingredients and made-from-scratch sauces and seasonings. Lunch and dinner Tue-Fri., dinner Sat. (Sat. lunch at Soulard Farmer’s Market). 2199 California Ave., 314.925.8938. $ MELT Upcycled cafe-diner favorites like waffles, specialty alcoholic drinks and milkshakes in mason jars. Breakfast and lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. 2712 Cherokee St., 314.771.6358. $ B MOLLY’S Southern Creole favorites with one of STL’s largest outdoor patios. Lunch and dinner Mon.Sat.; brunch Sun. 816 Geyer Ave., 314.241.6200. $$ B THE MUD HOUSE This hip, friendly cafe serves breakfast, lunch and housemade pastries until late afternoon—and don’t forget the coffee. Breakfast and lunch daily. 2101 Cherokee St., 314.776.6599. $ B THE PEACEMAKER LOBSTER & CRAB CO. Kevin Nashan’s new restaurant serves up East Coast comfort food, including lobster rolls, crab boils and steamed mussels. Lunch Sun.-Fri.; dinner daily. 1831 Sidney St., 314.772.8858. $$$ PHOTO BY SETH LEWIS

PIZZEOLI A Soulard gem serving up authentic and vegetarian Neapolitan-style pizza. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. 1928 S. 12th St., Soulard, 314.449.1111. $$ PLANTER’S HOUSE Featuring an extensive hand-crafted cocktail list and specialty entrees. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 1000 Mississippi Ave., 314.696.2603. $$$ PW PIZZA Classic pies and oneof-a-kind recipes with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Lunch and dinner daily. 2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.7799. $$ REVEL KITCHEN All-natural, local foods and smoothies that are paleo-friendly and gluten-free. Lunch daily; brunch Sat.-Sun. 2837 Cherokee St., 314.932.5566. $ B THE SHAVED DUCK Cozy atmosphere, live music and meats smoked spot-on. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Fri.; dinner Sat. and Mon. 2900 Virginia Ave., 314.776.1407. $$ SIDNEY STREET CAFE Long-standing favorites, like lobster turnovers, and local dishes featuring Missouri lamb and pork. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 2000 Sidney St., 314.771.5777. $$$ SPARE NO RIB Fresh barbecue favorites fused with Latin American flavors. Lunch and dinner Mon.Sat. Multiple locations, sparenorib. com. $ SQWIRES A seasonal menu featuring fresh interpretations of American classics. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.; brunch Sat.-Sun. 1415 S. B 18th St., 314.865.3522. $$ TWISTED RANCH The owners’ secret homemade ranch recipe is incorporated into each dish, featuring many unique flavors. Lunch and dinner daily. 1730 S. 8th St., 314.833.3450. $


VIN DE SET French cuisine served under the stars at the rooftop bar and bistro. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sun. 2017 Chouteau Ave., B 314.241.8989. $$$

CENTRAL WEST END/ THE GROVE ATLAS Simple, elegant dishes and desserts in a cozy atmosphere. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 5513 Pershing Ave.,

314.367.6800. $$$ ATOMIC COWBOY The casual Grove bar and eatery serves up Tex-Mex, unique margaritas and 34 kinds of tequila. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sun.; brunch Sun. 4140 Manchester Ave., B 314.775.0775. $$


NEW THE BBQ SALOON A long-awaited addition to the barbecue scene, The BBQ Saloon serves up the best of barbecue and whiskey in the Central West End. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner Tues.-Sun. 4900 Laclede Ave., 314.833.6666. $$

BIXBY’S Located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum with breathtaking views of Forest Park. Brunch Sun.; lunch Mon.-Sat. 5700 Lindell Blvd., 314.361.7313. $$ B BRASSERIE BY NICHE Casual French bistro dining with an evolving menu, impressive beer list and classic desserts. Dinner daily. 4580 Laclede Ave., 314.454.0600. $$$ B CAFÉ OSAGE Eat healthy and local at this Bowood Farms addition, complete with the fresh taste of homegrown ingredients. Breakfast daily; lunch Mon.-Sat. 4605 Olive St., 314.454.6868. $$ B CENTRAL TABLE FOOD HALL A dining experience like no other with seven display kitchens and locally sourced food. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 23 S. Euclid Ave., 314.932.5595. $$

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CRÊPES: ETC. An upscale patisserie serving crepes and a variety of pastries, soups and sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch daily. 52 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.2200. $ B DRUNKEN FISH Japanese sushi lounge with everything from tuna tataki to traditional rolls. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations, $$ EAU BISTRO Masterfully crafted dishes enhanced by locally grown and organic produce and a 300-bottle wine list. Brunch Sun.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.633.1000. $$$ B ELAIA & OLIO Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes featured in the fine-dining Elaia and the more casual wine bar atmosphere at Olio. Dinner Wed.-Sat. at Elaia; lunch and dinner daily at Olio. 1634 Tower Grove Ave., 314.932.1088. $$$/$$






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EVANGELINE’S Bistro and music house serving up Cajun and Creole fare. Lunch and dinner daily. 512 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.3644. $$ GAMLIN WHISKEY HOUSE More than 300 whiskeys accompanied by fine steaks and small plates. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch Sat. and Sun. 236 N. Euclid Ave., 314.875.9500. $$$ B

HERBIE’S VINTAGE ’72 Contemporary American cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. Dinner daily; brunch Sat.Sun. 405 N. Euclid Ave., 314.769.9595. $$$ B JUNIPER A taste of traditional Southern food and inventive cocktails. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 360 N. Boyle Ave., 314.329.7696. $$$ KAMPAI SUSHI BAR Japanese cuisine and rolls at great prices. Lunch Mon.Fri.; dinner daily. Multiple locations, $$

a friendly place for tasty seasonal cooking, tuesday - saturday 5-10pm 5513 pershing | west end 314.367.6800

KINGSIDE DINER Featuring breakfast served around the clock, this chess-loving diner prepares American classics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 4651 Maryland Ave., 314.454.3957. $ NEW Come Get Your Greek On!

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THE KITCHEN SINK Known for their unique sandwiches, The Kitchen Sink serves anything from breakfast delights to desserts. This quaint spot will be your new favorite place for good comfort food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 255 Union Blvd., 314.454.1551. $$ B LAYLA Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fusion with shawarma, shakes and craft cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily. 4317 Manchester Road, B 314.553.9252. $$ NATHALIE’S A farm-to-table concept with foods sourced from Overlook Farm. Brunch Sun.; dinner Wed.-Sun. 4356 Lindell Blvd., 314.533.1580. $$$ B


OLD STANDARD An American comfort-food-focused hot spot boasting a menu of fried chicken, American whiskeys and simple cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily. 1621 Tower Grove, 314.899.9000. PANORAMA The Saint Louis Art Museum’s restaurant features local ingredients and undeniable artistry. Brunch Sat.-Sun.; lunch Tue.-Sun; dinner Fri. 1 Fine Arts Drive, 314.655.5490. $$$ B PI Creative cocktails and delicious San Fran-style pizza. Lunch and dinner

daily. Multiple locations, restaurantpi. com. $$ SAMEEM AFGHAN RESTAURANT Hearty Middle Eastern cuisine rich with lamb, rice, veggies and authentic Afghan spices. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 4341 Manchester Ave., 314.534.9500. $$ SANCTUARIA Fresh pan-Latin tapas paired with a world-class menu of handcrafted cocktails. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 4198 Manchester Ave., 314.535.9700. $$$ SCAPE AMERICAN BISTRO A wide range of New American dishes with a great happy hour. Brunch Sun.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 48 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7227. $$$ B SCOTTISH ARMS Scottish fare, including the best-selling lamb burger, with an extensive single-malt list. Brunch Sun.; lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 8 S. Sarah St., 314.535.0551. $$ B

SOHO RESTAURANT + LOUNGE Sophisticated Southern cuisine and cocktails. Brunch Sun.; dinner Wed.-Sat. 4229 Manchester Ave., B 314.932.5554. $$ SUB ZERO More than 300 vodka labels with a sushi bar and build-yourown burger menu. Lunch and dinner daily. 308 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1200. $$ TASTE Small plates and craft 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 Sat.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 313 Belt Ave., 314.367.7549. $

SOUTH CITY/ HAMPTON/ THE HILL AYA SOFIA Exotic Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine combining Middle Eastern, Greek and southern Italian styles. Brunch Sun., lunch and dinner Tue.-Fri.; dinner Sat.-Sun. 6671 Chippewa St., 314.645.9919. $$ B BAIDA Authentic Moroccan eats, from tajins to couscous and pastries. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 3191 S. Grand Blvd., 314.932.7950. $$$ CORVID’S CAFE Coffee drinks along

with panini and pizzas. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 5001 Mardel Ave., 314.481.1522. $ B THE DAM Unique burgers and New American dishes served with homemade sauces. Brunch Sun.; lunch and dinner daily. 3173 Morgan Ford Road, 314.771.3173. $ B FARMHAUS Edgy Southern and Midwestern locavore food from chef Kevin Willmann. Lunch Mon.-Thur.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 3257 Ivanhoe Ave., 314.647.3800. $$ GIOVANNI’S ON THE HILL Family-owned restaurant serving classic authentic Italian dishes in a friendly atmosphere. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 5201 Shaw Ave., 314.772.5958. $$$ LOCAL HARVEST Seasonal dishes made with sustainable, local products. Dinner Fri.; brunch Sat.-Sun. 3137 Morgan Ford Road, 314.772.8815. $B LULU’S LOCAL EATERY A brick-andmortar of the popular food truck serving up sustainable and fresh dishes. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 3201 S. Grand Blvd., 314.300.8215. $ THE PURPLE MARTIN Mediterranean fare, from flatbreads to Tunisian chickpea stew. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 2800 Shenandoah Ave., 314.898.0011. $$ ROOSTER European breakfast and brunch fare served up in a modern, urban cafe. Open daily. Multiple locations, $ B THE ROYALE A tavern-style restaurant with drinks named for different parts of the city. Lunch and dinner daily. 3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.772.3600. $$ RUSSELL’S CAFÉ A cozy cafe focusing on seasonal ingredients. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun.; dinner Tue.-Sat. Multiple locations, $ B SASHA’S A hip wine bar with tasty small plates and crepes. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations, sashasB $$ THREE FLAGS TAVERN Rustic atmosphere with rich, bold flavors of elegant comfort food cooking. Dinner Mon- Sat.; lunch Tues.-Fri; brunch Sat.-Sun. 4940 Southwest Avenue, 314.669.9222. $$$ B TRATTORIA MARCELLA Authentic Italian cuisine featuring a wide variety of plated options with a lengthy wine list. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 3600 Watson

Road, 314.352.7706. $$ TREE HOUSE RESTAURANT Contemporary vegetarian offerings with Latin American and Vietnamese influences. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun; brunch Sat-Sun. 3177 S. Grand Blvd., 314.696.2100. $$ B

UNIVERSITY CITY/ THE LOOP BLUEBERRY HILL Joe Edwards’ flagship restaurant, known for its beer selection and great burgers. Lunch and dinner daily. 6504 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.4444. $ CICERO’S A wide variety of pizza, Italian entrees and desserts with 55 beers on draught. Lunch and dinner daily. 6691 Delmar Blvd., 314.862.0009. $$

Endless Fun. Endless Summer. Keep the summer fun rolling at Three Sixty with refreshing cocktails, small plates, and sweeping views of the city.

ECLIPSE Moonrise Hotel rooftop spot with innovative American fare. Open daily. 6177 Delmar Blvd., 314.726.2222. B $$ FORK & STIX Northern Thai cuisine featuring spicy curries and cooling coconut milk with plenty of charm. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 549 Rosedale Ave., 314.863.5572. $ FRIDA’S This meatless cafe dishes out vegetarian and vegan-friendly smoothies, soups, sandwiches and more. Lunch daily; dinner Tue.Sat. 622 North and South Road, 314.727.6500. $ MISSION TACO JOINT Tacos with a twist, with fillings like roasted duck, grilled cactus and chile-grilled local tofu. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Multiple locations. $ MOMOS Mediterranean tapas in a festive setting. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 630 North and South Road, 314.863.3511. $$ PEACOCK DINER Fresh takes on diner food with beautiful retro-inspired decor. Open all day, every day. 6261 Delmar Blvd., 314.721.5555. B $ PÚBLICO The delicious flavors of Central and South American cuisine are enhanced by the hand-crafted cocktails. Dinner daily Tue.-Sun. 6679 Delmar Blvd., 314.833.5780. $$ SALT + SMOKE Find slow-smoked barbecue, craft beers and fine bourbons. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun.

Enjoy craft beers and inventive cocktails, a host of Italian wines and small plates.

EAT+DRINK / WHERE TO GO 6525 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.0200. $$ SEOUL TACO Korean-influenced tacos, quesadillas, burritos and gogi bowls made with a choice of marinated meats. Lunch and dinner daily. 6665 Delmar Blvd., 314.863.1148. $ TAVOLO V Neapolitan-style pizza and modern Italian cuisine, served in an airy, STL-inspired space. Lunch daily; dinner Sat.-Sun. 6118 Delmar Blvd., 314.721.4333. $$ B UNITED PROVISIONS Modern international cuisine, sushi bar and coffee shop all located within top-notch international grocery store. Open daily. 6241 Delmar Blvd., 314.833.5699. $$ WINSLOW’S HOME Farm-fresh foods in a rotating seasonal menu featuring hearty, thoughtfully prepared dishes. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Sat.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 7213 Delmar Blvd., 314.725.7559. $ B

CLAYTON/ LADUE/ RICHMOND HEIGHTS 5 STAR BURGERS Gourmet burgers with grass-fed, hormone-free beef or other patties. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations, 5starburgersstl. com. $$ AVENUE Contemporary American and a unique menu of wines, cocktails and espresso drinks. Open daily. 12 N. Meramec Ave., 314.727.4141. $$ B

lunch and dinner daily. 8780 Eager Road, 314.918.1649. $$$

and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. Multiple locations, $$

BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE Delicious, affordable Tuscan-inspired fare in a charming atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 1601 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 314.432.4410. $$ B

LESTER’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL Every sports-lover’s dream, with TVs at every post and top-notch bar fare. Open daily. 9906 Clayton Road, 314.994.0055. $$

CITY COFFEEHOUSE & CRÊPERIE Sweet and savory crepes, Belgian waffles and more. Breakfast and lunch daily. 36 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.862.2489. $ B

THE LIBERTINE Josh Galliano reimagines comfort food at this Clayton eatery. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 7927 Forsyth Blvd., 314.862.2999. $$

COASTAL BISTRO & BAR Freshfrom-the-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. Multiple locations, $

NICHE An award-winning bistro with a fabulous menu of American cuisine. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 7734 Forsyth Blvd., 314.773.7755. $$$ PASTARIA Gerard Craft’s fresh approach to Italian dining, featuring housemade pastas, pizzas and gelato. Brunch Sat.-Sun.; lunch and dinner daily. 7734 Forsyth Blvd., 314.862.6603. $$ B

THE CROSSING A seasonal menu of farm-to-table fare. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 7823 Forsyth Blvd., 314.721.7375. $$$

THE RESTAURANT AT THE CHESHIRE Seasonal American fare featuring wood-fired meats and seafood in a beautifully restored building. Open daily. 7036 Clayton Road, 314.932.7818. $$$ B

CRUSHED RED Bake-and-chop shop serving pizzas and salads made with fresh ingredients. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations, crushed-red. com. $

RUTH’S CHRIS Steaks and seafood in a fine dining atmosphere or the more casual R Bar lounge. Dinner daily. Multiple locations, $$$

DEMUN OYSTER BAR The ultimate destination for seafood enthusiasts with fresh oysters from the West Coast. Lunch Sat.-Sun; dinner Tue.Sun. 740 DeMun Ave., 314.725.0322. B $$$

TANI Sushi bistro with traditional and fusion-style rolls. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 16 S. Bemiston Ave., 314.727.8264. $$


BARCELONA A see-and-be-seen spot to nosh on Spanish tapas. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 34 N. Central Ave., 314.863.9909. $$ B

FOX AND HOUNDS TAVERN The Cheshire’s classy pub is reminiscent of Scottish tastes and the perfect perch for a pint. Dinner daily. 6300 Clayton Road, 314.647.7300. $$

BAR LES FRÈRES French cuisine with a rotating menu and an intimate, romantic atmosphere. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 7637 Wydown Blvd., 314.725.8880. $$

GIOVANNI’S KITCHEN A family-friendly spot with classic Italian plates coming from a scratch kitchen. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 8831 Ladue Road, 314.721.4100. $$

BASSO The Cheshire’s sleek basement pub has 32 draft beers, Italian wines and wood-fired pizzas. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 7036 Clayton Ave., 314.932.7820. $$$

HALF & HALF Quaint cafe renowned for inventive recipes with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Open Tue.-Sun. 8133 Maryland Ave., 314.725.0719. $$

BOCCI WINE BAR An eclectic wine selection highlighted by a revamped menu. Lunch and dinner Mon.Fri.; dinner Sat. 16 N. Central Ave., 314.932.1040. $$

I FRATELLINI Fine Italian with an intimate atmosphere and mouth-watering menu. Lunch and dinner Mon.Fri.; dinner Sat. 7624 Wydown Blvd., 314.727.7901. $$$

BILLY G’S American and Italian dishes with St. Louis-style pizza and in-house smoked barbecue. Open daily. 131 W. Argonne Drive, 314.984.8000. $$

BONEFISH GRILL Seafood restaurant with a refreshing menu. Open for

J. BUCK’S A Clayton staple for business lunches and happy hour. Lunch

THE BLOCK Restaurant, butcher and bar with a farm-to-table





612 KITCHEN & COCKTAILS A 1920s-inspired lounge with a diverse menu, draught beers and cocktails. Dinner Wed.-Sun.; lunch Sat. and Sun.; brunch Sun. 612 W. Woodbine Ave., 314.965.2003. $$ B ACERO Traditional, seasonal Italian cuisine, with a multicourse tasting menu. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 7266 Manchester Road, 314.644.1790. $$$

concept. Lunch Mon. and Fri.; dinner daily. Multiple locations, $$ CYRANO’S CAFE Famous for desserts like cherries jubilee and the World’s Fair Eclair. Lunch and dinner daily. 603 E. Lockwood Ave., B 314.963.3232. $$ FORT TACO Quick, authentic Mexican food, including traditional salsas, fried tacos and enchiladas. Lunch and dinner daily. 8106 Manchester Road, 314.647.2391. $ KATIE’S PIZZA & PASTA Handcrafted pizzas and pastas made with seasonal ingredients. Brunch Sat.Sun.; lunch and dinner daily. 9568 Manchester Road, 314.942.6555. $$ B MAI LEE RESTAURANT Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. Lunch and dinner Tue.Sun. 8396 Musick Memorial Drive, 314.645.2835. $$ MAYA CAFE Pan-Latin cuisine with housemade salsas and margaritas and live music regularly. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. 2726 Sutton Blvd., 314.781.4774. $$ MILAGRO MODERN MEXICAN Quality cuisine and cocktails in a festive and friendly atmosphere. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 20 Allen Ave., Ste. 130, 314.962.4300. $$ OLYMPIA Greek classics like gyros, spanakopita and kebabs with traditional baklava. Lunch and dinner daily. 1543 McCausland Ave., 314.781.1299. $$ A PIZZA STORY A twist on Italian, featuring unique pairings of fresh, organic ingredients. Brunch, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 7278 Manchester Road, 314.899.0011. $$ B RANOUSH Classic Middle Eastern cuisine like shawarma and falafel. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations, $$ ROBUST Navigate an impressive wine list and pair vino with unique tasting plates. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. Multiple locations, B $$ STRANGE DONUTS A hit combination of doughnut-shop classics and unique creations. Multiple locations, $$ B SOUTHWEST DINER Diner classics with a New Mexican twist and plenty of spice and color. Breakfast and

lunch daily. 6803 Southwest Ave., 314.260.7244. $ WATER STREET Excelling in specialty and vintage cocktails with an enticing menu of small plates. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 7268 Manchester Road, 314.646.8355. $$

WEST COUNTY ANNIE GUNN’S Known for heartwarming dishes and seasonal specials. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, 636.532.7684. $$$ BALABAN’S Swing by to pick up a bottle of wine or to enjoy a French bistro-style meal. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.; brunch Sun. 1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, 636.449.6700. B $$ BELLA VINO Expansive tapas menu with high-end wines in the heart of historic St. Charles. Lunch and dinner Fri.-Sun.; dinner daily. 325 S. Main St., 636.724.3434. $$ B CIRCLE 7 RANCH Fun appetizers and hand-patted hamburgers, with the added benefit of private table taps. Lunch Fri.-Sun.; dinner daily. 14412 Clayton Road, 636.220.9707. $ EDGEWILD RESTAURANT AND WINERY A unique twist on American comfort food expertly paired with premium wines. Lunch and dinner daily. 550 Chesterfield Center, 636.532.0550. $$ FIT-FLAVORS Pre-made healthy meals to go for those who want to eat healthy without the hassle. Open daily. Multiple locations, fit-flavors. com. $ HENDRICKS BBQ St. Louis barbecue and cocktails in the Moonshine Blues Bar. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations, $$

this bar and grill is known mostly for their fresh fish and seafood dishes. Lunch and dinner daily. 342 West Port Plaza Drive, 314.439.0505. $$ THE POST SPORTS BAR & GRILL Find your finger-food fix at this new sports bar and grill. Lunch and dinner daily. 763 Old Ballas Road, Creve Coeur. 314.736.1205. $ PRASINO Sustainable in decor and dining, Prasino’s offerings range from lamb meatballs to gooey butter cake. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1520 S. 5th St., 636.277.0202. $$ B

SUGARFIRE SMOKE HOUSE Inspired barbecue using local meat and veg. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations, $ SUSHI HOUSE Classic Japanese food and sushi accompanied by private karaoke rooms for a memorable meal. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 17265 Chesterfield Airport Road, 636.778.3232. $$ THE TAVERN KITCHEN & BAR Contemporary American cuisine served in a sophisticated setting. Dinner daily. 2961 Dougherty Ferry Road, 636.825.0600. $$$ THREE KINGS Upscale pub fare with a global twist. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations, threekingspub. com. $$ TRAINWRECK SALOON A neighborhood tavern that serves hearty American meals with a Western spin. Multiple locations, trainwrecksaloon. com. $ VIVIANO’S An Italian cafe with a grocery storefront offering imported pastas, spices and more. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Multiple locations, $$

PATRICK’S Serving a range of delicious foods from flatbreads to steaks,

Private Event Room Available Low Rates. Seats 10 to 60. Private bar. Catering Available.

KIM CHEESE Korean-Mexican-American fusion served through burritos, burgers and authentic Korean dishes. Lunch and dinner daily. 13435 Olive Blvd., 314.485.1408. $ MARCELLA’S MIA SORELLA Cozy Italian, including housemade pastas and brick-oven pizzas. Lunch Mon.Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 14426 Clayton Road, 636.333.1015. $$

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John Racannelli, owner of the quickly growing St. Louis exclusive chain, Racanelli’s New York Pizza, acquired his taste for fresh Italian cuisine at a young age. Having spent a great deal of his time in the kitchen with his family and other influential chefs, he learned how to make authentic hand-tossed New York style pizza and other Italian meals. He brought his passion and concept to life in 1994 when he opened the very first Racanelli’s storefront in University City. Since then, Racanelli’s pizzerias have grown to include locations in the Central West End, Webster Groves, Kirkwood and St Peters, as well as the original in University City. Racanelli’s takes pride in offering authentic family recipes to this day. “We make everything from scratch,” says Racanelli. “The dough and our sauces are made fresh daily, and we only use the highest quality 100 percent whole milk mozzarella which we grind ourselves.” Racanelli’s New York style pizzas are also baked in brick ovens as opposed to electric conveyer ovens, a key element in the flavor they hope to achieve. Not only does Racanelli’s offer an expansive selection of pizzas, they also specialize in Italian-inspired appetizers, salads, calzones, Strombolis and sandwiches. As the business continues to grow, John stays grounded to the core fundamentals rooted in him from his family. He truly believes that freshness and quality have been his ingredients for success. Visit any of the locations for a unique dining experience or take advantage of the easily accessible online ordering system. Need catering for a special event or family get together? Racanelli’s has you covered. In fact, mention this ad to receive 10 percent off your next catering order. 111 N. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122 | 314.909.0008 8161 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, MO 63119 | 314.963.1111 12 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108 | 314.367.7866 6314 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO 63130 | 314.727.7227 3945 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376 | 636.447.1999


Sure, St. Louis has its very own style of pizza, but there’s plenty more to love. We’ve teamed up with the top places in town to give you a slice of the best.


Pointer’s Pizza’s signature item is the internationally famous Pointersaurus, which is a 28-inch pizza that weighs 10 pounds and feeds up to 20 people. Every day at 3pm, two people have the chance to win $500 if they can eat the entire pizza in an hour. Pointer’s specializes in delivery of pizza, pasta, sandwiches, wings, ravioli and salads in the Clayton area; carryout and delivery is available until 2am all week. 1023 S. Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63117 | 314.644.2000 |


Basso is a sleek gastropub with an Italian accent and a playful attitude. From the open kitchen with its glowing wood-burning oven to the giant, polished zinc-topped island bar, there is much to be seen, smelled, heard and, of course, tasted at Basso–most notably the wood-fired pizzas. The menu celebrates authentic Italian cuisine with its creative use of ingredients largely found in the surrounding community. You must check out Basso’s award-winning happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7pm with menu items priced under $7 and $4 craft beers.


Since 2006, locally owned and operated pizza joint, JJ Twig’s has established itself in St. Louis as a leader in quality and customer service–committed to having 100 percent of their patrons leaving the restaurant satisfied. If you are hoping for fresh preparation and a made-to-order dining experience, you’ve found the right place. Priding themselves on customer satisfaction means quality will never be compromised and ingredients will always be fresh. Visit any of their locations for a menu full of delicious options. 2964 Dougherty Ferry Road | St. Louis, MO 63122 | 636.225.9944 1090 Tom Ginnever Ave. | O’Fallon, MO 63366 | 636.379.4446 5600 Hampton Ave. | St. Louis, MO 63109 | 314.833.6700


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Aug. 2, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Superstar singer and “American Idol” alum Kelly Clarkson has been back on top of the charts with recent hits “Heartbeat Song” and “Invincible.” Don’t miss the songstress when she takes over the amphitheater with her incredibly strong and mesmerizing voice. Tickets at (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights).







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Green Varnish, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, May 23-September 13, 2015

ALICE IN CHAINS Aug. 3, The Pageant

SAM SMITH July 30, Chaifetz Arena

Smooth-singing Grammy Award-winner Sam Smith quickly rose to stardom with with souful singles like “Lay Me Down,” “Stay With Me” and “Like I Can.” Don’t miss the British musician as he performs on his latest tour. Tickets at (1 S. Compton Ave., Midtown). KELLY CLARKSON Aug. 2, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Superstar and “American Idol” alum Kelly Clarkson’s hits “Heartbeat Song” and “Invincible” have put her back at the top of the charts. Don’t miss the songstress when she takes over the amphitheater with her strong and mesmerizing voice. Tickets at (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights). 96



Metal-grunge rockers Alice in Chains have been playing music for decades now and continue the band’s long tradition of rock ‘n’ roll by performing for a large crowd on its latest summer tour. Tickets at (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). MADISEN WARD AND THE MAMA BEAR Aug. 3, Old Rock House

With honest lyrics and folk influences, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear is a unique mother-son duo with tons of talent. Hear their debut album live when they stop off in St. Louis. Tickets at (1200 S. 7th St., LaSalle Park). SHANIA TWAIN Aug. 4, Scottrade Center

Pop-country musician Shania Twain has been ever-present since her music started making its way

through the radiowaves in the ’90s. Don’t miss the chance to see Twain’s first North American tour in 11 years. Tickets at ( 1401 Clark Ave., Downtown). AN EVENING WITH OUR IDOLS Aug. 8, The Pageant

The Vatterot College Scholarship Fund presents an evening featuring the talent of “American Idol” alum Ruben Studdard. Joining Studdard on stage will be other past Idols, including Nikko Smith, Elliott Yamin and Kimberley Locke. Tickets at (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). EL MONSTERO Aug. 8, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

As the largest Pink Floyd tribute group and experience, El Monstero is a wonder all in itself. When it puts on this month’s big show, expect classic songs, bright lights and devoted fans. Tickets at livenation.

com (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights). TIM MCGRAW Aug. 9, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Opened by Billy Currington and Chase Bryant, country superstar Tim McGraw comes back to St. Louis for a larger-than-life concert filled with his greatest hits, like “Live Like You Were Dying” and “Shotgun Rider.” Tickets at (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights). CHARLI XCX AND BLEACHERS Aug. 9, The Pageant

Pop star Charli XCX and indie-pop group Bleachers join up for a high-energy, fun-filled summer tour. Plan to hear some of Charli’s most dance-worthy songs including “Boom Clap” and “Break the Rules.” Tickets at (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop).

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AMERICAN IDOL LIVE Aug. 10, Peabody Opera House

The most successful music show in television history arrives in St. Louis for a live production right on the Peabody stage. This tour gives fans the opportunity a chance to see top contestants from season 14 and interact with the musicians. Tickets at (1400 Market St., Downtown). MY MORNING JACKET Aug. 12, Peabody Opera House

Louisville-based alternative rock band My Morning Jacket has been playing together since the late ’90s. The group, known for its slightly psychedelic style and introspective lyrics, will delight the audience with hits like “Big Decisions” and “Off the Record.” Tickets at (1400 Market St., Downtown).




The venues throughout Grand Center come alive tonight with multiple concerts taking place at Jazz at the Bistro, Kranzberg Arts Center, the Dark Room, the Stage at KDHX and more. More info at (Multiple venues, Grand Center).

SAMMY HAGAR AND THE CIRCLE Aug. 15, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Sammy Hagar’s supergroup The Circle visits St. Louis for a once-ina-lifetime show. Georgia rock band Collective Soul opens a night filled with heavy riffs and classic hits. Tickets at (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights). FOO FIGHTERS Aug. 19, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

tunes like “She’s Country,” “Take a Little Ride” and “Just Gettin’ Started.” Tickets at (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights). BRAD PAISLEY Aug. 30, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Brad Paisley has some of the most devoted fans in the country music world, and he only continues to gain more on his latest string of shows. Paisley performs songs like “River Bank” and “Crushin’ It” on this worldwide tour. Tickets at (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights).

Visual Arts RICHARD TUTTLE: WIRE PIECES May 1-Sept. 12, Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Line and volume are the key themes in this exhibit featuring artist Richard Tuttle’s selection of wire pieces organized in a strategic way and designed in 1972. More info at (3716 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). FRED SANDBACK: 64 THREEPART PIECES May 1-Sept. 12, Pulitzer Arts Foundation

This modern multi-sculptural exhibit features 64 Fred Sandback works, all comprised of three lines of yarn stretched individually across three adjacent spaces. More info at (3716 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). MARCEL DZAMA: MISCHIEF MAKES A MOVE May 14-Oct. 18, World Chess Hall of Fame

Foo Fighters draw new and old fans to the band’s latest show on their newest world tour. The group will play from its latest album, “Sonic Highways,” as well as perform older music like “My Hero” and “Learn to Fly.” Tickets at (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights).

Filmmaker Marcel Dzama’s surrealist-inspired “Une danse des bouffons, the centerpiece of the show, explores the failed affair between Dadaist Marcel Duchamp and sculptor Maria Martins. The exhibition also features sculptures, dioramas, and other works by Dzama. More info at (4652 Maryland Ave.)

JASON ALDEAN Aug. 22, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

GREEN VARNISH May 23-Sept. 13, Contemporary Art Museum

Southern country-rocker Jason Aldean performs on his “Burn It Down” tour, opened by Cole Swindell and Tyler Farr. Get revved up for

The first major transformational installation exhibit in CAM’s courtyard, “Green Varnish” is a field, growing sculpture and urban art

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piece all in one. More info at camstl. org (3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). INDELIBLE: HISTORIC AFRICAN-AMERICAN PHOTORAPHS AND ARTIFACTS FROM THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT E. GREEN June 5-Aug. 15, The Sheldon

Robert E. Green’s extensive collection of 19th-century photographs represents his attempt to combat negative Jim Crow propaganda. More info at sheldonconcerthall. org (3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). JENNY MURPHY: GOODS June 5-Aug. 28, Center Of Creative Arts

Artist Jenny Murphy explores consumption and anti-consumption in her latest exhibit, “GOODS.” The site-specific exhibit looks at common household items through a unique and slightly radical view. More info at (524 Trinity Ave., University City). SOLOMON THURMAN: AN ARTISTIC PRACTICE June 5-Sept. 19, The Sheldon

Showcasing artist Solomon Thurman’s vast array of art, “An Artistic Practice,” presents his paintings, drawings, sculptures and more. The exhibit shows the artist’s focus on American experiences and, especially, African diaspora. More info at (3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). SENUFO: ART AND IDENTITY IN WEST AFRICA June 28-Sept. 27, Saint Louis Art Museum

Artists like Pablo Picasso and Fernand Léger were inspired by sub-Saharan African art. Check out some of these items in person at the “Senufo” exhibit, filled with masks, figures, decorative art and more. More info at (1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park). PRE-VERBAL PAINTING July 3-Aug. 16, Contemporary Art Museum

Israeli-born, LA-based artist Liat Yossifor presents this solo museum exhibition that shows off inspirations like cave painting, finger painting, abstract art and everything in between. More info at (3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center).

FIBER FOCUS 2015 Aug. 8-Oct. 8, Art Saint Louis

Facilitator + Speaker I n n o v a t i o n an d Pr o b l e m So l v i n g

Don’t miss the gallery’s biennial fiber-textile art exhibit, which is open to artists in Missouri and all bordering states. The exhibit features Marci Rae McDade as the primary juror. More info at artstlouis. org (1223 Pine St., Downtown). SPEAKING WITH THREADS Aug. 28-Oct. 25, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design

This exhibition runs in conjunction with the city-wide event, “Innovations in Textiles 10,” and features unique textile art from Mary Bero, Sonya Clark, Kathy Halper, Mark Newport and many others. More info at (6640 Delmar Blvd., The Loop).

Theater/ Dance ANYTHING GOES July 17-Aug. 16, The Robert G. Reim Theatre

The music and lyrics of Cole Porter shine again in this production of “Anything Goes,” which showcases hilarious comedy, great choreography and popular tunes like “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Easy to Love” and “It’s De-Lovely.” Tickets at (111 S. Geyer Road, Kirkwood).

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST July 29-Aug. 7, The Muny

The Muny puts on Disney’s Academy Award-winning musical, “Beauty and the Beast.” This magical, romantic and one-of-a-kind story gets a new rendition but still features Alan Menken’s and Tim Rice’s wonderful music, including “Be Our Guest” and “Tale as Old as Time.” Tickets at (1 Theatre Drive, Forest Park). SPELLBOUND! A MUSICAL FABLE Aug. 6-22, Tower Grove Abbey

Stray Dog Theatre puts on this musical production of a woman’s search for self-acceptance and strength. Expect to witness a mythical land, an evil enchantress, shape-shifting beasts, magic potions and plenty of adventure during this “Spellbound!” production. More info at (2336 Tennessee Ave., Tower Grove East).

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OKLAHOMA! Aug. 10-16, The Muny

In its first Muny production since 2007, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” comes alive with a great cast and favorite songs like “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” and “People Will Say We’re in Love.” Tickets at (1 Theatre Drive, Forest Park). ONE FLEA SPARE Aug. 19-29, The Chapel

Set in 17th-century London, “One Flea Spare” takes place during the plague era and follows a wealthy couple, as well as some poverty-stricken individuals who end up quarantined in the couple’s home. Stuck together, they must examine their own prejudices and fears while waiting out one of the worst plagues in history. Tickets at (6238 Alexander Drive, Wydown Skinker). WILD OATS Aug. 21-30, The Ivory Theater

Written by playwright James McLure, “Wild Oats” is a Western with a twist. Poking fun at cowboy movies and drawing references from Shakespeare, this is a play you don’t want to miss. More info at (7620 Michigan Ave., Carondelet). THE AMISH PROJECT Aug. 28-Sept. 13, Mustard Seed Theatre

After a school shooting in an Amish community, an entire town is taken with grief, anger and confusion.

Audiences will see a sense of grace by the end of the story, written by Peter Rothstein. Tickets at (6800 Wydown Blvd., Clayton).

Literary/ Speaking ROB BELL Aug. 1, The Pageant

JUSTIN WILLMAN Aug. 22, The Pageant

Magician-meets-comedian Justin Willman takes the mainstage this evening after multiple guest spots on “The Tonight Show,” “Ellen” and“Chelsea Lately,” among others. Tickets at (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). WRITERS READ READING GROUP: REDEPLOYMENT Aug. 29, Left Bank Books

On his latest “Everything is Spiritual” tour, Rob Bell has his audience questioning what is spiritual and what is not. Discussions visit hearts, souls, spirits and the idea of how science and spirituality intermesh more than we realize. Tickets at (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop).

In this new Writers Read Reading Group event, the focus is on author Phil Klay’s “Redeployment.” The story is about the frontlines of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and follows soldiers who have returned home and then redeploy. More info at (399 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End).

JIM GAFFIGAN Aug. 2, Peabody Opera House


Don’t miss this show as the Grammy-nominated, New York Times best-selling author Jim Gaffigan shows off what makes him such a humorous and popular figure. Tickets at (1400 Market St., Downtown). KEVIN HART: NOW WHAT? Aug. 21, Scottrade Center

Right as he releases two movies this year, actor and comedian Kevin Hart comes to town on his “What Now?” tour and brings a whole lot of hilarity to the stage. Tickets at (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown).

FREE TO BREATHE WALK Aug. 1, Creve Coeur Park

Don’t miss this 5K walk, benefiting research for lung cancer and treatments for lung cancer patients. The walk winds around the beautiful Creve Coeur Park and its lake. More info at (13725 Marine Ave., Maryland Heights). LOZILU WOMEN’S MUD RUN Aug. 15, Six Flags St. Louis

Get ready for mud, running and lots of fun antics at the LoziLu event! With obstacles, music, mud everywhere and an after-party with live bands, this

event is a worthy cause and benefits children diagnosed with cancer. More info at (4900 Six Flags Road, Eureka). THE GLO RUN Aug. 21, The Muny parking lot

Whether you choose to walk or run during The Glo Run, make sure to dress in bright colors, put on your glow sticks and necklaces and get ready for a one-of-a-kind event. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics in Missouri. More info at (1 Theatre Drive, Forest Park).

Special Events NATURE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD March 29-Sept. 7, Missouri Botanical Garden

Nature in Your Neighborhood is an interactive exhibit at MOBOT, included with admission, that allows people of all ages to learn how plants, people and animals are all connected. Tickets at missouribotanicalgarden. org (4344 Shaw Blvd., Shaw). BUDWEISER BURGER BATTLE PRESENTED BY ALIVE Aug. 2, Kaufmann Park at Soldiers’ Memorial

Don’t miss the opportunity to see 10 local chefs duke it out in the ultimate burger cook-off. Sample some of the best burgers in town and enjoy a refreshing Budweiser while watching the most intense battle




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yet. More info at budweiserburgerbattle (Downtown).

Peruse through multiple gowns, bridal accessories, vendors and more at this bridal event, presented by St. Louis Bride and Groom Magazine. Tickets at (701 Convention Plaza, Downtown).

This two-day festival features numerous elements from the original 1904 World’s Fair. Expect entertainment, performances, delicious food, historical exhibitions, a beer garden, games, live art and much more. More info at (Shakespeare Glen, Forest Park).

FEAST IN THE PARK Aug. 7, 13, 18, 26, various locations


THE WEDDING SHOW Aug. 2, America’s Center

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ST. LOUIS WORLD’S FARE HERITAGE FESTIVAL Aug. 22-Jan. 24, Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park

Food trucks from all over the St. Louis area congregate for the highly anticipated Feast in the Park event each week. Expect delicious grub, beverages, live music and a gorgeous setting at parks around the city. More info at (various locations). FESTIVAL OF THE LITTLE HILLS Aug. 21-23, Frontier Park

Ditch the burlap and lace of a traditional wedding and experience some of the best food and wedding fashion St. Louis has to offer. Best Day Ever is for the fashion-forward couple looking to make their wedding as unique as they are. More info at (812 Union Blvd.).

LoziLu Women’s Mud Run, Aug. 15, Six Flags St. Louis

FESTIVAL OF NATIONS Aug. 29-30, Tower Grove Park

Stroll down the beautiful streets of historic St. Charles during this annual festival, and shop for crafts, art, delicious food and much more. More info at festivalofthelittlehills. com (Frontier Park, St. Charles). ARCH PERSPECTIVES Aug. 22-Jan. 24, Missouri History Museum

An exhibit dedicated to the history of St. Louis, its iconic monument and its future, “Arch Perspectives” is a must for anyone who has ever lived in or been connected to the city. More info at (5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park).

One of the largest festivals in St. Louis, Festival of Nations is an extravaganza of food, dancing, music, entertainment, clothing, arts, crafts and more—all stemming from hundreds of different countries and cultures from around the world. More info at (Tower Grove Park, Tower Grove).


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June 27, 2015, Public Media Commons, Grand Center


ALIVE Magazine and Bud Light presented ULTRA, St. Louis’ Ultimate VIP White Party, during Pride Weekend, where Joan Lipkin, A.J. Bockelman and Darin Slyman were honored in the first-ever ULTRA Pride Awards, which recognized icons in the LGBT community. Pinnacle Vodka and Planned Parenthood were also on hand to help celebrate the previous day’s Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage equality for all. 1 Ricardo Garcia, Miguel De Leon, KC Green, Thomas Hires and Roderick Rabelo 2 Kelly Hamilton 3 Melissa Rae Brown and Michael Drummond 4 A.J. Bockelman, Darin Slyman and Joan Lipkin 5 Stephanie James 6 Jon Aston and Sam Hall 7 Alisha Matthews and Alex Anderson









We Heart STL Best of the City Celebration May 29, St. Louis Union Station Midway, Downtown

St. Louisans celebrated the best of St. Louis with ALIVE Magazine at the 2015 We Heart STL Best of the City Celebration, presented by Bud Select, with music; local vendors; delicious food from Hiro Asian Kitchen, Three Sixty and Pi Pizzeria; drinks by Cruzan Rum, Skinnygirl and Bud Select; an exhibition preview by the Missouri History Museum; dancing and a surprise from St. Louisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; own a 1 Taylor Colvin, Billy Frazier, Amit Sood and Chris Thomas 2 Shelton Boyd and Rikki Byrd 3 Christa & Amanda Love








Spring Style Soiree

April 9, West County Center, Des Peres ALIVE Magazine and Saint Louis Fashion Week took to the runways to spotlight spring’s most stylish trends while guests enjoyed refreshments, appetizers and music. Cancer survivors, joined by professional models, showed off the season’s new looks. Proceeds benefited Siteman Cancer Center.






Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 86th Annual Fashion Design Show

April 26, St. Louis Union Station Midway, Downtown Washington University Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts teamed up with Saint Louis Fashion Week to host their 86th Fashion Design Show, featuring works by aspiring student fashion designers.






“Of Small Rooms” Opening

June 5, William Shearburn Gallery, Wydown Skinker Artist Carrie Becker, director at Mad Art Gallery, debuted her trompe l’oeil photography in a solo show at the William Shearburn Gallery. 1 Julia Li and Alba Creales 2 Susan Sherman, Carrie Becker and Elizabeth Tucker








Just John’s Sixth Annual Beach Bash May 16, Just John, The Grove

St. Louisans flocked to The Grove to kick off summer at Beach Bash with DJs, delicious cocktails and a best-dressed puppy contest. 1 Brett Turner, Kyle Spencer and Jeromy Ruot 2 Chris Pinson and Jason Benge 3 Joe Hedley, Joe Murphy, Vincent Craig, Joshua Brown and Nick Bretz 4 Jeromy Ruot, Todd Alan, Jenna Chierek and John Oberkramer 5 Jim Buntin, Laura Cross, Shane Spillman, Brett Turner and Jon Black







Be a Tourist in Your Own Town

April 30, Ballpark Village, Downtown The STL community celebrated the art of the staycation and all the things that make this city great at the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission’s Be A Tourist In Your Own Town event, where blogger Jillian Pye was named the official Explore St. Louis Summer Ambassador and awarded a $1,000 cash prize. 1 Steve Pozaric, general chairman, Fair Saint Louis 2015 2 Rachel Brandt, Explore St. Louis Summer Ambassador Jillian Pye and Lindsay Pattan








Pulitzer Arts Foundation Opening


May 1, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Grand Center Pulitzer Arts Foundation reopened its doors on May 1 after months of expansion, introducing the enlarged space with the “Press Play” program series and exhibitions featuring works by Alexander Calder, Fred Sandback and Richard Tuttle. 1 “Dosa Stone Pillows” by Christina Kim of Dosa, Inc. 2-5 Opening reception for “Calder Lightness” featuring David Lang’s “when I am alone”







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April 27, Sun Theater, Grand Center The 2015 St. Louis Visionary Awards recognized leading women who work in or support the arts in St. Louis through their work as artists, art educators and more.

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1 Ashley Tate, Em Piro and Allyson Ditchey 2 Freida Wheaton 3 Kim Eberlein, Cheeraz Gormon, Ashley Housten and Tim Eberlein 4 Cecilia Nadal 5 Honorees Thelma Steward, Freida Wheaton, Amy Kaiser, Ilene Berman, Shualee Cook, Cecilia Nadal and Kelly Pollock








Felicia Shaw

A conversation with Felicia Shaw, executive director at the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. A St. Louis native, Shaw most recently was the director of arts and creative economy at The San Diego Foundation, where she served from 2007 to 2014. Prior to that, she spent 12 years as the program manager for the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. She’s excited to come back to St. Louis not only for the blues and barbecue, but to explore and connect with the neighborhoods and arts leaders around town while reigniting a discussion about the future of the arts in St. Louis. What is your current frame of mind? Right now I’m pretty peaceful. When and where are you happiest? I think I’m happiest when I’m around my three sons. What is your favorite smell? Lavender. What is one word that describes you? Tenacious. What did you eat for breakfast today? Special K and skim milk. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Probably “partner,” “collaboration” and “vision.” I say “vision” a lot. What is your most marked characteristic? Gutsy. What is your greatest weakness? Greek yogurt, the lime-flavored one. I can eat two or three cartons of those in one sitting! It’s so delicious.

What trait do you most admire in others? People who are really frugal—not cheap, but frugal. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? Nothing! I love me. What do you consider your greatest achievement? I learned to drive a stick in San Diego with lots of hills. So, without rolling backward, I can actually manage it. Which historical figure do you identify with most? I like Rosa Parks. That thing about sitting in the back, you know, “I’m gonna sit here no matter what”—that took some guts. I like her. Which living person do you most admire? I would say my mom. She is pretty awesome. She made me. So she gets big ups for that. If you were to die and come back as a thing, what would it be? I would like to be a gorgeous piano, like a concert-quality Steinway piano only the greatest pianists get to play. What is your greatest extravagance? Naps. I love naps. What is your most treasured possession? My father, an Omega Psi Phi, gave me his fraternity pin. He wanted me to have it for the rest of my life. What is your greatest fear? Dying and not having made a mark, made a difference. Who are your favorite writers? Probably Mark Twain. He is funny as hell. The stuff he says … I feel like he’s still around. Which artists do you admire most? I admire any artist who can make a living and still do the kind of work they really love. What is your favorite hobby? Probably thrift shopping. ALIVE MAGAZINE | AUGUST 2015

Where would you like to live? Right now, the Central West End. Who are your heroes in real life? Anyone who can push against the grain and keep doing it: courageous people who try to make change, who aren’t afraid. What are you most looking forward to? Getting reacquainted with St. Louis and figuring out how I can be of service. What is something interesting that you just learned? I learned a little bit about how to code, which I think is just fascinating. I also am helping renovate my mother’s house. It’s more than 100 years old, so I am learning how to skim coat a wall … I’m always online looking at those wiki-hows that tell you how to do something, and then I hire someone to come and fix it. What is something that you still want to learn? I really want to learn how to get people to change their minds. When they are really, really set, and you feel like this person will never, ever have another way of seeing and to actually figure out what you have to do to have a person go from here to there. What is one thing that you want to do before you die? I think I want to skydive. I’m going to be 60 in November, and I’m thinking that’s what I’m going to do for my birthday. If you could say something to your younger self, what would it be? “Just be fearless.” Interview by Krystin Arneson Photography 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. @downtownstlouis @downtownstlouis

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