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Look at my baby. I mean it. Look at him.

See that adorable face? Those chubby cheeks? You don't honestly expect me to put those cute toes in a stroller so I can torture myself on a 10-mile run through Forest Park, do you? Of course, that had been my plan BEFORE Finn was born in 2009. Back in those heady, over-achieving days, I was determined to lose my baby weight AND train for a half-marathon just as soon as my son arrived. Yes, I had motherhood all figured out. Then reality set in. Within weeks of Finn's birth, I was back to rising at 3:30 every morning, hoping to be reasonably coherent by the time I went live on the air two hours later. By mid-afternoon the LAST thing on my mind was a marathon, unless you count the times I was running to the store for baby food. Besides, who has time to exercise when you're juggling work and family? I also craved time for other things I enjoy, such as SLEEP. Exercise? Are you kidding me? I owed it to my myself not to. At least that's how I rationalized the less-than-perfect shape I was in when Finn celebrated his first birthday. Then I learned about 20 Minutes to Fitness, a place where you can supposedly get fit in just 20 minutes a week. I say “supposedly� because I was skeptical. It went against everything I have ever heard and believed about fitness. But by this time, my knees hurt and my back ached. And 20 Minutes to Fitness' protocol was, by all accounts, medically based and performed on special physical therapy equipment. I mean, doctors work out there. Long story short: I tried it. And I liked it. Encouraged by my personal coach, I today work harder during those 20 minutes than any other time all week. Afterwards, I also feel better. My muscles are toned. My aches have gone away. My clothes fit better.

Jen Myers, 35, of Y98's Phillips & Co. with her son, Finn. By the way, 20 Minutes to Fitness isn't just for new moms. It's great for anyone who is starved for time: elite high school athletes, busy professionals, car-pool captains. That includes dads, too. Thanks to 20 Minutes to Fitness, we can all spend more time doing the things that really matter. I mean, look at my baby. Then give 20 Minutes to Fitness a call. Tell them Jen sent you.

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cover story making it in america Bryan Greenberg brings his talents back to St. Louis.

70 fashion

 high plains drifter From rustic plaids to cozy knits, the season’s top trends feel at home on the range.

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wish list The 50 top gifts to give (and get!) this holiday season.

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st. louis shopping guide A go-to directory of the season’s must-shop stores for holiday gifts.

30 b  uzz Find out what St. Louis celebs have on their own holiday wish lists.

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54 engagements Three St. Louis couples share their recently ringed stories.

32 HOT EATS A new French bistro opens in Town & Country. 34 spirits Three hot holiday cocktails to get you in the spirit this season. 36 e  xplore Editor Sheniqua Faulkner makes easy work of her holiday shopping in Webster Groves.

style 40 s  tyle A new trend takes the reins this winter. 42 s  tyle From coats and vests to fluffy extras, you’ll warm up to winter’s hottest look. 44 j  ewelry This season, add ample sparkle with filigree jewelry laced with diamonds.

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46 m  arket watch Our four favorite real estate finds of the month.

22 7 things you must do this month.

48 c  ity living guide Our St. Louis condo and loft listings help you find the perfect living space.

24 C  ALENDAR Enjoy holiday classics including “The Nutcracker” at The Touhill and “Holiday Nights” at the Missouri Botanical Garden. 28 STL  NOW Meet the local chef who took home the title of ALIVE Top Chef.

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50 e  ntertaining Pop the bubbly and ring in 2011 with these tips for hosting a decadent NYE party. 52 s  elf Soothe holiday stress with these relaxing massages.

56 weddings These college sweethearts effortlessly mixed traditional touches with a modern vibe to create their beautiful big day. 58 GET  INVOLVED Bring joy to a child in need this season by donating gifts to one of these local toy drives. 60 SOCIAL SCENE St. Luke’s Hospital Spirit of Women event and the Stan Musial gala.

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

scene 106 S  CENE IN ST. LOUIS Pics from Top Chef, Lola Absinthe Bar Opening and The Pepper Lounge Anniversary Party. 116 a  rchetypes Seasoned St. Louis photographer Michael Eastman on the people, places and ideas that inspire him.

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t’s hard to believe 2010 is already coming to a close—it’s been an eventful year. At ALIVE, we launched the new ALIVEMag.com after months and months (ok, a year) of planning, we put on our biggest Saint Louis Fashion Week yet and we’re rolling out an exciting new digital product, STL DailyFix, early this month. As we reflect on all our team has celebrated this year with contributors, clients and readers, we can’t help but pinch ourselves and feel extremely lucky to have so many wonderful people who come together as a part of the ALIVE community. For most, the holidays are a time to focus our energies on our families and loved ones, and on preparing for new goals and commitments in the New Year. This year’s “Wish List” feature (p.77), put together by Associate Editor Sheniqua Faulkner, should serve as a helpful resource to you as you venture out to find the perfect gifts for the important people in your life. This month, actor/musician and coverboy Bryan Greenberg brings gifts of his own to his hometown. The Parkway Central Alum and star of HBO’s “How to Make It in America” wraps up a 13-city concert tour at the Old Rock House on December 18. We caught up with Bryan, who shares his thoughts on stardom and songwriting on page 66. Words can’t express what a delight it was to also sit down with Michael Eastman, who graces the back page of this month’s issue. His advice on surviving as an artist, being in the moment and finding beauty in unexpected places was beyond inspiring. Check out this month’s Archetypes Q+A and catch extra tidbits on ALIVEMag.com in the “Slice of Sanity” blog. We hope you join us in celebrating the holidays and another amazing year at ALIVE’s holiday party at Mandarin on December 10. Cheers!

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Getting the chance to interview Bryan Greenberg for this month’s cover story was an unexpected and much-appreciated holiday gift for Matt. And since he likes nothing better this time of year than to sit in front of a crackling fire in his fez and smoking jacket with an appropriate wintertime beverage, writing about festive seasonal cocktails (p.34) was an added yuletide bonus. No need for Santa to drop anything off at the Sorrell house this time around! When not banging away at his keyboard for a bevy of area publications, Matt spends an inordinate amount of time searching the South Side for the perfect shot-and-a-beer joint.

This month, contributor Derek Feldman photographed the “Wish List,” (p.77). Derek enjoys doing any type of product photography and was excited to help again with this issue. As a student earning a Bachelor Degree in Photography in the School of Communications at Webster University, he has covered digital, film and even Ophthalmic photography. Derek has freelanced in photography covering fashion, modeling, events, editorial and ad-based settings. He embraces every opportunity as a learning experience to help him grow as a photographer in heart and professionally.

Marylyn simpson, Leslie randolph and lauren stiffelman

her hometown to pursue a career as a freelance writer and frequently contributes to ALIVE; Randolph, a fashion designer, has a new collection in the works; and Stiffelman, also an MU J-School grad, is a current ALIVE design intern. “I loved contributing to the feature,” Stiffelman says. “But it did get dangerous at times, when I was tempted to start shopping for myself!” Hazards of the job...

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theurbanegentleman Godfried Addae, helping guys stay stylish and sophisticated.

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

If it’s happening in STL, it’s on ALIVEMag.com.

Putting their shopping savvy to work for our “Wish List” feature (p.77), contributors Marylyn Simpson, Leslie Randolph and Lauren Stiffelman joined ALIVE’s resident retail guru Jill Manoff to scour dozens of St. Louis shops for the best gifts of the season. Simpson, a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, returned to

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Matt Sorrell photographed by Beth Sorrell; Self-portrait by Derek Feldman; bottom photo by Derek Feldman.

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Downtown Restaurant Week August 23-29 With over 25,000 diners in attendance, Downtown Restaurant Week raised $11,000 in “Extra Helpings” for Operation Food Search, the largest distributor of free food in the bi-state area. Lucas Park Grille and Mango collected the most donations among restaurants and Rachel Wilkosz of Mango was the top individual server during the promotion.  Photo by Curtis Likes/ALIVE Scene Team.

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2010 Dancing in the Street Festival September 25-26 Guests gathered at Grand Center to take part in the fourth annual Dancing in the Street festival, which featured over 75 dance performances including ballet, hip-hop, jazz, salsa and tap on four outdoor stages. Guests also enjoyed food, drinks and entertainment by nationally acclaimed artists AMEBA Acrobatic & Aerial Dance and Buckets & Tap Shoes.

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Unstoppable since her “American Idol” win, multi-platinum powerhouse Carrie Underwood proves her fans still vote for her en masse. The pop-country songstress is currently touring the country to promote her album, “Play On.” See her live at Chaifetz Arena on December 1. Cost: $35.50-$55.50.

Celebrate the Season Stylishly

It may be bitter cold outside, but the atmosphere inside this party will be scorching. Join ALIVE as we get into the holiday spirit at our annual Holiday Bash on December 10 at Mandarin at 10pm. Enjoy drink specials and dance the night away with the city’s most stylish partygoers. Free admission for ladies; gentlemen pay $5 at the door. Cocktail attire suggested.

For more info, log on to alivemag.com.

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Reevaluate Wealth

On-the-rise artist Stan Chisholm and cohort Lisa See Kim lead an ongoing collaborative public art project that challenges our initial reaction to a bag of bills and ideas surrounding money such as ownership, abandonment, economy, luxury and generosity. From December 3-30 at Mad Art Gallery, check out the message they’ve taken to the streets of St. Louis, New York City, Tokyo and Chisholm’s college town of Chicago, where urbanites helped stuff a train car with the eyeopening artwork.

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Ring in the New Year

Bid farewell to 2010 in the creative heart of St. Louis with Grand Center’s New Year’s Eve celebration, “A First Night Fantasea,” December 31 from 6pm-12am. Grand Center will be transformed into a beautiful underwater playground and the event will feature visual arts, entertainment and activities for all ages. The celebration culminates with two fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight. Cost: $4-$10.

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Take part in Downtown’s hippest happy hour series, Sips in the City, at Culinaria on December 17 from 5pm-7pm upstairs in the wine bar. With your $5 donation to Neighborhood Houses, you’ll enjoy Stella Artois, Leffe and Hoegaarden beers; Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin and Moët & Chandon Imperial champagnes; and delicious appetizers. Neighborhood Houses will also be collecting new children’s books for the organization’s after-school program at the event. For more info, log on to alivemag.com.

Get Holidazed

Known for his acting roles on the small and big screen including HBO’s hit “How to Make it in America,” coverboy Bryan Greenberg is also a respected musician on the verge of releasing his second album, “We Don’t Have Forever.” Greenberg is currently on a 13-city tour, which culminates in a hometown appearance. Catch him at The Old Rock House on December 18 at 5pm. Cost: $15.

Coming from a production company with heavy-hitting clients like Disney, Six Flags, NBC, NBA and the Super Bowl, “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” musical brings ornaments, gingerbread men and toy soldiers to life in grand fashion. Dazzling costumes and whimsical scenic design will get the whole family into the holiday sprit at the Fox from December 21-29. Cost: $25-$69.

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Calendar: December 314.968.4925. For more info, visit repstl.org (130 Edgar Rd., Loretto-Hilton Center, Virginia Jackson Browning Mainstage, Webster Groves). AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN December 2-18, Tower Grove Abbey

A flashy female con artist falsely promises fame to an eager, young New York author in a late-1990s satire on a celebrity-obsessed society. Tickets on sale at 314.865.1995. For more info, visit straydogtheatre.org (2336 Tennessee Ave., Tower Grove). SLASHER December 3-18, The Kranzberg Arts Center

This spine-tingling spoof on stereotypical horror films pits a young girl cast in a femaleexploiting slasher flick against her feminist mother who tries to stop her daughter’s bigscreen appearance at any cost. For more info, visit hotcitytheatre.org or call 314.289.4063 (501 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). The Nutcracker

VISUAL ARTS GIFTED 2010: ORIGINAL ART FOR HOLIDAY GIVING December 4-January 8, PHD Gallery

Skip emptying your wallet at the big box stores and give a truly unique, handmade gift this holiday season. PHD Gallery’s second annual holiday gift show features the work of over a dozen artists at “recession friendly” prices. Find locally produced original oil paintings, textile art, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, photography and limited-edition prints. To add to the holiday cheer, “Gifted” opens in tandem with the 27th Annual Cherokee Antique Row Cookie Spree, where local merchants at each store feature unique surprises and a delicious variety of holiday cookies. For more info, visit (2300 Cherokee St., Benton Park). painting with light December 10 & 11, Painting with Light Gallery

Local photographer Wendi Fitzgerald’s photojournalism students at Washington University’s University College will present a compilation of three semesters of their finest work in “Painting with Light.” Guests will enjoy two nights of mingling, refreshments and the opportunity to speak with these up-and-coming talents. Time: 6pm-10pm. For more info, visit ucollege.wustl.edu (7520 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton).

Los Angeles-based Laura Riboli’s videos of gymnasts turn the attention to the uncanny physicality of the human form. For more info, visit contemporarystl.org or call 314.535.4660 (3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). LOURDES DELGADO: JAZZ IN NEW YORK—A COMMUNITY OF VISIONS Through January 15, Sheldon Art Galleries

The Saint Louis Ballet’s seven full-length performances of “The Nutcracker” capture all the magic of this holiday classic. Cost: $25-$47. Tickets on sale at touhill.org or 314.516.4949 (UMSL, One University Blvd., Florissant). MUSIC

Her lens has captured the likes of Hillary Clinton, Antonio Banderas, Bono, Tom Wolfe and Rudy Giuliani, and her work has appeared in a smattering of top mags—“People,” “Rolling Stone,” “GQ” and “Elle.” Lourdes Delgado’s latest project delivers day-in-the-life documentaries of today’s top New York City jazz musicians via a large-format camera. For more info, visit sheldonconcerthall.org or call 314.533.9900 (3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center).

ST. LOUIS PHILHARMONIC HOLIDAY “POPS” CONCERT December 3, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center

OVERPAPER Through January 15, Bruno David Gallery

The once-omnipresent Osbourne family is making a comeback: first the hotter-than-ever Kelly with a promising fashion line and now rock-legend Ozzy who’s receiving some of his best-ever live reviews on a national tour to promote his album “Scream.” Cost: $17$72.50. Tickets on sale at ticketmaster.com or 314.241.1888 (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown).

A longtime starting point for many artists’ conceptions, paper itself becomes the art in this exhibit where 14 artists use paper as both the springboard for creative thinking and as a material base for new forms. For more info, visit brunodavidgallery.com (3721 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). THEATER

SIMON DENNY & LAURA RIBOLI Through January 2, Contemporary Art Museum

OVER THE TAVERN December 1-26, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Berlin-based New Zealand artist Simon Denny’s photographs present televisions as threedimensional bodies for a thought-provoking statement on contemporary multimedia while

Playwright Tom Dudzick’s hilarious portrayal of a 1950s couple living above their tavern with four mischievous teenagers continues to fill theaters nationwide. Tickets on sale at

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THE NUTCRACKER December 17-23, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center

The pairing of a 150-voice choir with the St. Louis Philharmonic’s holiday performance makes this concert a must-attend. Tickets on sale at touhill.org or 314.516.4949 (UMSL, One University Blvd., Florissant). OZZY OSBOURNE December 10, Scottrade Center

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE December 14, The Pageant

Noted for their aggressive yet forward-thinking brand of music, My Chemical Romance has held steady as one of the most influential bands on the rock scene. Achieving great success in 2004 with the release “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge,” they went on to create even more waves in the industry with 2006’s “The Black Parade.” The boys from New Jersey make a alivemag.com


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stop in St. Louis to rock The Pageant. Tickets on sale at ticketmaster.com or 314.726.6161 (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). EL MONSTERO December 17-18, 22-23, 25-26, The Pageant

Talented local musicians unite and carry on an end-of-the-year tradition of paying tribute to the legendary psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd— this year with performances from the Gilmore/ Waters era. Tickets on sale at ticketmaster.com or 314.726.6161 (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER December 18, Fox Theatre

An acclaimed annual touring act celebrates 25 years of performing yuletide favorites against a backdrop of state-of-the-art stage effects. Cost: $37.50-$52.50. Tickets on sale at metrotix.com or 314.534.1111 (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). SAINT LOUIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: CHAPLIN’S “CITY LIGHTS” December 29-30, Powell Symphony Hall

Catch a special screening of Charlie Chaplin’s famous silent film, “City Lights,” as music director David Robertson leads the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in an updated orchestration of the musical score. Tickets on sale at slso.org or call 314.534.1700 (718 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA December 30, Scottrade Center

Hear traditional holiday tunes performed with a contemporary twist by sensational singers and musicians in the classical, rock, Broadway and R&B realms. Cost: $25-$56.50. Tickets on sale at ticketmaster.com or 314.241.1888 (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown).

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DIY/CRAFTS SEW YOU WANT TO BE A FASHION DESIGNER? BOOT CAMP December 27-30, DIY Style Workshop

Has watching every episode of “Project Runway” got you wanting to enroll in fashion design school, work in the industry or give your own clothing line a go? This four-day hands-on workshop (led by DIY Style Workshop co-founder Allyce King, designer of McCall’s DIYStyle sewing pattern line and Allyce King Designs collection) covers what it takes to make it in the field and how to get started. Cost: $225, includes lunch each day, fabrics and supplies for samples. To register, call 636.925.1829. For more info, visit diystyle.net/workshop (804 N. Second St., St. Charles). EVENTS 3RD ANNUAL green LIVING EXPO December 4, Missouri History Museum

From local merchants with locally made and organic items to educational demonstrations on eco-conscious living in the 21st century, this thirdannual event makes it easy to be green. For more info, visit mohistory.org, or call 314.746.4599 (5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park). NUTCRACKER ON ICE December 4, Webster Groves Ice Arena

scarves, coats or blankets. Donating patrons will be entered in a special raffle. For more info, visit nutcrackeronice.org (33 E. Glendale, Webster Groves). THE A.W.E.S.O.M.E. SHOW December 30, The Old Rock House

The awesomeness of this eve of New Year’s Eve bash definitely doesn’t stop with the name. Ring in 2011 in ridiculously fun fashion with sexy to silly burlesque routines starring Chicago’s talented Oona Tramps. For more info, visit oldrockhouse. com or call 314.588.0505 (1200 S. 7th St., Downtown). HOLIDAY NIGHTS Thursdays in December, Missouri Botanical Garden

Nothing will get you more into the holiday spirit than the annual Gardenland Express flower and festively lit train show. Make an evening of it with dinner at the certified-green Sassafras café, where a cash bar will be available. For more info, visit mobot.org (4344 Shaw Blvd., Tower Grove). U.S. BANK WILD LIGHTS Fridays and Saturdays in December, Saint Louis Zoo

Thousands of decorative lights and seasonal sounds transform the Zoo into a holiday wonderland worthy of a stroll. For more info, visit stlzoo.org (One Government Dr., Forest Park).

This family favorite, presented by Metro Edge Figure Skating Club, has been abridged and adapted for the ice and features 100 area athletes ages 3 and up. Principal performers from competitive skating clubs will jump, spin and glide in beautiful costumes to Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” with shimmering sets as their backdrop. As a part of a service project, athletes are collecting children’s winter apparel, and patrons are asked to bring new gloves, hats, alivemag.com


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Meka, your new mecca By jill manoff photo by josh kennon A self-described “girly-girl with a love for fashion,” Meg Meyer recently opened Chesterfield-based Meka Boutique (pronounced Meeka) to the delight of guys and gals who love to wear the latest trends. In addition to housing head-to-toe looks for her, including Wildfox Couture tees, Hudson jeans, Mariana jewelry, Old Gringo bags and boots by Zigi NY, Meka also sells a selection of tees and button-downs for him—because manly men love fashion, too (1634 Clarkson Rd., 636.536.6300).

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highway to hell yeah! If you’re a jeans-and-a-tee type of gal, get revved up to shop! Vintage Highway, a T-shirt line by the brains behind Chesterfield’s Pulse Boutique, is now available in store. Handmade and one of a kind, each is made from a soft burnout fabric that has a vintage, worn-in feel—and features a bright-andbold graphic; choose from flowers, butterflies, animal prints and more (636.519.4022).

house mates If you’re a fan of Nicole Richie’s look, from her triple-strand headband to her Christian Louboutins, you’re in luck. The poster girl for hippie-chic style has introduced a new Tribal Collection under her popular House of Harlow 1960 accessories label that looks straight from her jewelry box. Choose from chunky bangles, stackable rings and bright turquoise pendants, available locally at Blush Boutique (314.965.4411).

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We heart italian Come Valentine’s Day, St. Louis will have a new spot to enjoy a romantic dinner or just a authentic Italian meal. Word has it that Vito Racanelli Jr. of Onesto and V. Catering is set to open a new rustic Italian restaurant in Clayton. -Cristy Miller

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came out to play a part in selecting St. Louis’ best burger at the ALIVE Top Chefs All-American Throwdown. Six chefs brought their best to the second annual event, and in the end, Chef Josh Roland from Wildflower took home the coveted title with a classic take, using all housemade ingredients. “I wanted it to be as All-American as you can get, both traditional, yet refined,” says Roland. The burger included a combo of ground sirloin, chuck and brisket, grilled perfectly and layered with homemade bacon and pickles, chopped greens, tomato confit, smoked cheddar, topped with a slightly zesty black pepper mustard and bacon mayo on a brioche bun from Companion. Get a taste of this winning burger at Wildflower in the Central West End. -Cristy Miller


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St. Louisians Sound Off Six well-known personalities share what’s on their must-have holiday wish lists. By CRISTY MILLER | illustrations by sarah quatrano

HEIDI GLAUS NEWSCHANNEL 5, KSDK “I’m a huge Wynonna Judd fan, and on December 4, it will be the 23rd time I’ve seen her in concert. I’ve even traveled to seven states for shows! So the perfect Christmas present would be a one-onone interview with Wy. My birthday is Christmas Eve and that would be one gift I would even accept as a birthday/Christmas gift together.”

SAM BRADFORD Quarterback, ST. LOUIS RAMS “Since I’m away from home, I would like more than anything to spend time with my family for Christmas.”

DEB PETERSON COLUMNIST, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH “I would love to get the gift of a ‘chef of the month.’ In my fantasy, a chef from one of St. Louis’ great restaurants would cater dinner for me and my family once a month. I would like this for a variety of reasons; mainly so I could sample what’s offered without having to make it a busman’s holiday. With all the going out I do, I enjoy the opportunity to stay home. And I also have to confess, I do not love to cook.”

PAUL HA DIRECTOR, CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM ST. LOUIS “For the holidays this year, I think my family is going to try to spend some extra time with my mom. We always visit for a couple of days during Christmas, but she is getting on in her years and I very much want my children to remember her as a vibrant fun grandma. So we’ll be down in the Washington D.C. area for a few extra days.”

NELLY HIP-HOP STAR “Quality time at home with the fam!”

KARLIE KLOSS MODEL “I love to cook, and I especially love to bake! My list includes classes at Kitchen Conservatory in Clayton. I would love to learn culinary tips and techniques from the pros! I can spend hours at Williams Sonoma! Gadgets and tools make the whole process more fun. I’m starting an empire of red KitchenAid tools. I already have quite the collection, but trust me (like shoes), you can never have too many kitchen tools!”

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editor’s picks Tips for a top-notch experience at Bistro 1130.

Buzzworthy Appetizer: Sautéed foie gras with roasted peaches Top Dish: Trio of lamb chops with ratatouille Must-Order Dessert: Lavender crème brulée with almond tuile and beignets

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A new traditional French restaurant is a charming destination in Chesterfield. By Cristy Miller | Photos by jonathan pollack

> Fancy French restaurants are a rare breed in St. Louis; with the exception of a few contemporary spots, traditional French destinations are few and far between. So I was genuinely interested in getting the scoop on a new bistro that opened in Town and Country in late September. The Space You wouldn’t expect to find a high-end restaurant like Bistro 1130 in a teeny strip mall between a boutique and pet food bakery, but the interior feels like a completely different space; polarized windows keep the lighting low, and black, brown and dark gold hues dominate the 45-seat space. The interior is majestic 32 ALIVE STL DECEMBER 2010

The Fare The menu features all the things you’d expect from a traditional French bistro—sweetbreads, foie gras and French onion soup. Portions are substantial and traditional cooking techniques and flavors carry the menu. For starters, the jumbo lump crab martini offered a light appetizer, with hearts of palm over a vodka tomato gelee. The foie gras is served over roasted caramelized peaches and a crispy potato galette, with mixed greens tossed in a champagne vinaigrette. Entrées are comprised of seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and don’t veer far from the classics—the trio of lamb chops combines pan-seared Colorado lamb, presented three ways; goat cheese, herbes de Provence and Boursin cheese crusted, served with a melt-inyour-mouth potato dauphinoise and traditional ratatouille. The dauphinoise, a rich creation that layers thinly sliced potato with crème fraiche and cheese, commonly Gruyere, also makes an appearance with the spinach and

wild mushroom-filled chicken breast entrée. There’s also a seared veal loin with lobster and leek confit with a white truffle emulsion that adds a nice finish to the hearty dish. On to desserts: Miranne’s father is a pastry chef in France and most of his desserts are passed-down recipes—apparent in their taste, preparation and presentation. The spoken dessert menu features bananas foster and cherry jubilee served tableside, a rich and thick chocolate mousse with Grand Marnier and crepes Suzettete. The two to try are the lemon tart and lavender crème brulée; the first is a delicate mix of lemon custard and crème anglaise in a fresh baked shell and the brulée is vanilla infused with lavender, with a perfectly caramelized top layer and served with two small beignets.

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Hot Eats: Bistro 1130

yet cozy—with a floor-to-ceiling wine rack, floral arrangements and a hand-painted gold “grapevine” chandelier. The interior reflects owner Mikki Miranne’s design background; the cuisine clearly reflects her husband’s, Frenchborn and trained chef Eric Miranne.

Bistro 1130 1130 Town & Country Crossing Dr. Chesterfield 636.394.1130 Entrees: $21-$38 Hours: Dinner Tues.-Sat., 5:45pm-10pm.

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In the Spirit By matt sorrell | Photos by jennifer silverberg

From pumpkin and cinnamon to nutmeg and peppermint—nothing gets us in the holiday spirit like the aromatic reminders of the season. But you don’t need to spend time in your mother’s kitchen to get a lil’ yuletide fix; just head to your local hot spot where creative cocktails abound with these nostalgic flavors. Like the proverbial Santa’s elves, local mixologists are hard at work, coming up with new and tasty ways to help keep us toasty on those cold winter nights. Consider these flavorful wintertime concoctions from three St. Louis spots.

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1 Chocolate Candy Cane Martini The combination of chocolate and peppermint immediately conjures up visions of wintertime merriment. David Bailey of Baileys’ Chocolate Bar has combined these favorite flavors into what may very well be the liquid embodiment of a sleigh ride, the Chocolate Candy Cane Martini. He takes candy cane ice cream and two types of chocolate liqueurs, then puts them through a milkshake machine to produce the ultimate glass of frosty good cheer (1915 Park Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.241.8100).

1 2 The Gingerbread Man Martini The gingerbread man has come out of the kitchen and bellied up to the bar. Mixologist Dani Davis of Van Gohz wanted to do something different from the usual holiday nogs and ciders, so with Skyy ginger vodka as a base, she came up with The Gingerbread Man. This libation gets its flavorful depth from Irish Cream and Buttershots schnapps, tinged with splashes of Jägermeister and Goldschlager cinnamon schnapps. Add a little nutmeg and you have a new yuletide classic! (3200 Shenandoah St., Tower Grove, 314.865.3345).

3 Pumpkin Buttered Rum Cocktail Terrene is known for using the bounty of area purveyors to create amazing meals. Bar manager (and co-owner) Sunny McElwain has rerouted some of that goodness to the bar to craft a sublime take on a traditional holiday cocktail. Her Hot Pumpkin Buttered Rum incorporates local pumpkin into the butter itself to produce a deep, rich flavor. Then she adds just a touch of Monin pumpkin syrup, often used for specialty coffee drinks, and two types of rum to bump the taste to the North Pole (33 N. Sarah St., Central West End, 314.535.5100).

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old-fashioned warm up Warm up with this gourmet take on an old favorite.

Nothing tastes better on a cold day than a cup of good ol’ hot chocolate, and Crepes: Etc., whips up one of the best. No powdered mix here, Chef Eric Kelly’s secret is using discs of Abuelita chocolate, a Mexican variety that melts down in milk just so. Topped with a homemade marshmallow, this drink is guaranteed to transport you back to your childhood. But don’t be afraid to grow up and try the adult version with a drizzle of your choice of Godiva white or dark chocolate liqueur (52 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.2200).

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Hot Block: Downtown Webster Groves Make easy work of holiday shopping—and pick up a few goodies for yourself—in this family-friendly neighborhood.

> Inspired gift giving is an art; it takes patience and a little bit of extra time to pick presents that are truly unique and tailored to the recipient. That’s why this year, I’m taking my shopping list to Downtown Webster Groves, where gift shops and fun specialty stores abound. It’s a great neighborhood to find outside-the-box presents for everyone, from your co-workers to the kids.

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1. Apple of Your Eye
 20 N. Gore Ave. 314.968.9698
 2. Bella Capelli Salon 608 E. Lockwood Ave. 314.918.8300 3. David’s Guitar Loft
 38 W. Lockwood Ave. 314.962.9536
 
 4. The Hub Bicycle Company
 40 W. Lockwood Ave.
 314.963.0300
 5. Just Around the Corner 7919 Big Bend Blvd. 314.963.0014 6. Kenary Park Florist & Gifts, Inc.
 46 W. Lockwood Ave. 314.968.6400
 7. Lucky Dog
 38 N. Gore Ave. 314.961.7877
 8. Milagro Modern Mexican 20 Allen Ave., Ste. 130 314.962.4300

Have a sweet-toothed candy aficionado on your list? Just Around The Corner is a retro shop that stocks sweets from yesteryear—think salt water taffy, licorice, LemonHeads, Necco Wafers, pure cane sugar sodas and treats made right here in St. Louis. Owners and sisters Cheryl and Renee can put together a gift basket of goodies for anyone on your list. The cozy space is attached to an events venue that the sisters also run, which can be rented out for holiday parties.

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At Apple of Your Eye, a store packed with whimsical gifts for every occasion, owner Kerry can take nearly anything in the store and give it a personalized touch. The best part is, she can personalize gifts while you wait; Anything to save time during this hectic season is a plus in my book. I love the store’s selection of holiday ornaments, jewelry and home décor items, all which Kerry can hand paint or etch with a name or special message.

I have a few girlfriends who love to be pampered, and at Bella Capelli Salon, they know how to make a girl (or guy) look and feel good. Their staff of talented stylists and estheticians stay on the cutting edge of the industry and use the latest techniques for cuts and color services. I pick up a few gift cards for the gals. With all of the parties and events coming up, what better gift than a fresh look for the New Year?

At first, Yo My Goodness, a self-serve frozen yogurt shop that opened just a few months ago, lures me in with its bright and cherry lime-green interior. It keeps me intrigued with the 12 flavors of frozen yogurt and over 24 toppings waiting to be sampled. During the holidays, the shop offers seasonal flavors such as pumpkin pie, gingerbread and cranberry. Gift cards and quarts are available for gifting, or simply treat yourself to a cup after a long day of shopping. No guilty conscience here; each four-ounce serving is just 100 calories. What’s more, the yogurt and some of the fresh toppings are sourced locally.

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PaperWorks 27 N. Gore Ave.
 314.962.0433 10. The Very Best Cookies
 130 W. Lockwood Ave. 314.961.9104 11. Viva!
 132 W. Lockwood
Ave. 314.968.8482 12. Webster Groves Bookshop
 100 W. Lockwood Ave.
 314.968.1185
 
 13. Webster Records
 117 W. Lockwood Ave. 314.961.4656 14. Yo My Goodness Frozen Yogurt 237 W. Lockwood Ave. 314.963.3590 15. Yucandu Art Studio
 20 Allen Ave., Ste. 110 314.963.4400

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Destination: Webster Groves GRAB A MAP AND EXPLORE THE LATEST HOTSPOTS IN WEBSTER GROVES. MASSAGE ENVY

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Massage Envy is the perfect gift for every BODY – friends, family, employees and more. We offer gift certificates at any price. Your first visit is just $39 for a one hour session. Our Doubles Room is a relaxing way to spend time with that special someone. We welcome large groups. Don’t forget our expanded retail line of wellness and pampering products. Massage Envy is conveniently open 7 days a week. Massage Envy – convenient, affordable and professional.

Dishing out a modern menu of authentic Mexican entrées, Milagro Modern Mexican brings its guests to a new level of understanding about just how fresh and flavorful traditional Mexican fare should taste. Whether it’s one of Milagro’s tempting enchiladas, ‘taqueria’ inspired tacos made on homemade corn tortillas or a sizzling specialty entrée, Milagro offers a whole new world of flavors to its guests with each dining experience.

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BeLLA CApelli Bella Capelli is located in Webster’s most stylish and funky neighborhood. The eclectic decor is a perfect backdrop for the original art on the walls as well as the art the stylists produce. Bella’s professional stylists and colorists create exceptional, personal styles with attention to the form, function and health of hair - delivering clients the latest looks from simple and functional to inspiring and edgy. Holiday gift certificates are available now. 608 E. Lockwood Ave. 314.918.8300

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Back in the Saddle Defined by riding breeches, riding boots and blazers that border on show coats, the equestrian trend takes the reins this winter. By Jill Manoff | Photos by carmen troesser

> Right out of the gate, it was clear that designers were riding high on the idea of riding horseback in Fall/Winter 2010—or at least hyping the associated uniform. Models trotted many a February runway in jodhpurs, hacking jackets and redingotes—the likes of which we’ve come to expect from Hermès, Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo, but it was John Galliano who seemed to lead the pack this lap around. The ever-dramatic designer set the tone for his heavily equestrian-themed Dior collection with a horse’s “neigh” that played at its show’s commencement. The sound acted like a starting pistol, launching a season of stores stocked with saddle bags, breeches and all things horse-bitten—and igniting fashion devotees’ unbridled love for stable-fitting styles. Giddyup!

Helen Kaminski hat available at Wish, Ladue, 314.432.0800.

Linea Pelle handbag available at Giddyup Jane, Ladue, 314.993.9944.

Lilo Collections gloves available at Giddyup Jane.

Lauren by Ralph Lauren tartan plaid throw available at Macy’s, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.726.1810.

Boots image courtesy of Brown Shoe. Throw image courtesy of Macy’s.

Cristella Milano belt available at Giddyup Jane.

Tasha Polizzi coat available at Giddyup Jane.

Franco Sarto “Venture” boot available at bloomingdales.com.

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Go With The Faux This season, warm up to fake fur everything—from coats and vests to fluffy extras. By Jill Manoff | PHOTOS BY carmen troesser

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> Few Fall 2010 shows concluded without the appearance of at least one fur-laden model prowling the catwalk, making fur the most ferocious trend to debut on the runways. From patchwork fur vests to plush peacoats to cushy chubbies, the season seemed centered on warm fuzzies—a scenario that could have called for a PETA intervention, but not so. The reason? An abundance of designers, including fashion’s major players, opted to pepper faux fox, sable and mink into their collections, versus the controversial (and more costly; economydriven?) real deal. Karl Lagerfeld, for one, seemed to let the fur fly at Chanel, but as it turns out, utilized imposter pelts to make up everything from a new take on the brand’s classic chain-strapped bag to this season’s bodyencompassing yeti suit. Thanks to the overwhelming number of ways to wear the trend this season, we decided to narrow down the pool to a few top picks; choose a favorite, or go wild and work all three.

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Eryn Brinie coat and pants, Echo hat, scarf and gloves and Jeffrey Campbell booties available at Mary Jane’s, Central West End, 314.367.8867.

Beth Bowley coat, Cynthia Steffe dress, Tulle leggings and bangles available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. Bakers “Victoria” pumps available at bakersshoes.com.

Bakers images courtesy of Bakers.

Fifth Culture vest, Amanda Uprichard blouse and 1921 boyfriend jeans and handbag available at Blush, Kirkwood, 314.965.4411. Bakers “Tempo” boots available at bakersshoes.com.

cold feet? Bakers “Luxe” booties available at bakersshoes.com.

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Designers turned out shearling-lined thigh-high boots and booties embellished with wooly ankle cuffs by the droves this season—making it simple to get onboard the faux fur trend; simply anchor a sweater and leggings or a jacket and denim with your choice cozy-look footwear for day or night.

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Amazing Lace This season, get holey rolling in jewelry’s fabulous filigree trend. By jill manoff | photo by carmen troesser >Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but nothing says feminine like a hint of delicate lace. Combine the two elements, and you’ve got one of this season’s most talked-about jewelry trends. Mirroring the lace-ridden ready-to-wear pieces seen on the runways of Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton and Valentino, intricate filigree jewelry laced with diamonds seems the focal point of many a fine accessories designer—recently turning up as openwork brooches, bracelets and cuffs, and defining entire Fall/Winter collections. As bold as chunkier pieces thanks to great attention to detail, classic and beautiful filigree jewelry is perfect for anyone wanting to appear equal parts on-trend, timeless and ladylike. Hint: Pairing with last season’s leather and skull extras will cancel the effect.

[clockwise from top right] Loren Jewels fleur-de-lis ring available at Ylang-Ylang Fine Designer Jewelry, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.5555. Mavrik necklace available at Mavrik Jewelry, Kirkwood, 314.909.6818. Ann Zeibell cuff bracelet available at Ylang-Ylang Fine Designer Jewelry, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.5555. Platinum Edwardian diamond ring (2.70ctw) available at Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers, Clayton, 314.863.8820. Platinum Edwardian diamond brooch with European-cut diamond center (1.58ct) available at Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers, Clayton, 314.863.8820. 44 ALIVE STL DECEMBER 2010

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Market Watch Our favorite real estate finds this month. By Ashley books 5306 S. Broadway St. Downtown $450,000

Top Pick

Details: 2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bath-

rooms, 1,870 Square Feet. Located on the Mississippi bluffs and overlooking the river, this townhouse boasts not only great views, but also a six-acre private park, a media room for all your entertainment needs and new stainless steel kitchen appliances. Standout Spec: Patio and deck overlooking the park. Contact: Michelle Silies, PREA Signature Realty, 314.397.3182.

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4530 McPherson Ave. Central West End $149,999

337 Round Tower Dr. Saint Charles $325,000

701 Skinker Blvd. Forest Park $249,900

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Within walking distance of the Central West End’s amenities, this condo includes large windows, hardwood floors, French doors and has an overall elegant look and feel.

This beautiful Saint Charles home features high ceilings, a brick hearth fireplace and a lavish master bedroom with a private luxury bath and walk-in closet.

Standout Spec: Quaint private balcony.

Standout Spec: Porcelain tile flooring and new

Located in the gorgeous Versailles subdivision, this apartment comes complete with a walk-in closet, hardwood flooring and stainless steel kitchen appliances. And beautiful Forest Park is mere steps from this fabulous space.

Contact: Jennifer Ross, Upper End Properties,

LLC, 314.558.7555.

granite countertops in the kitchen. Contact: Lori Dillick, Coldwell Banker Gundaker,

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Standout Spec: Modern and recently updated

kitchen. Contact: Kevin Kreikemeier, Kreikemeier Real Estate, 314.962.4240.

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Where I Live

In The Heart of Downtown

The Syndicate is located in one of the best Downtown neighborhoods. The Old Post Office District is home to Culinaria, Left Bank Books, City Gourmet, the Central Express Library and Left Bank Books plenty of other retail and restaurant options, including one of my new favorite haunts, Bridge.

Top-of-the-Line Design

The Syndicate has everything from threestory penthouses to one-bedroom artist lofts. The sleek interiors and classic exteriors make it one of the most beautiful buildings Downtown. As someone who loves modern design and can’t live without lots of natural light, I especially appreciate the large “Chicago-style” windows, the sliding glass doors and open floorplans. The high-end fixtures, cabinets, countertops and wood floors are totally customizable, so the spaces fit every style.

All About The Amenities

Amenities are unmatched here; while you may not find me playing billiards in the Syndicate’s amazingly furnished game room/ media room, I do utilize the 24-hour, on-site gym. The building also has an art gallery space and workshop area for creatives to work on their projects. One of my favorite things about the building, I must admit, is the heated indoor parking garage—no

more scraping windshields in winter for me! Cars could be optional for some, however; the WeCar car-sharing program is set up for the neighborhood and the 8th & Pine Metrolink station is half a block away.

Culture & Community

I love that I’m surrounded by creatives and professionals alike. I can go to the art gallery housed in my building to see works by my neighbors, chat with the businesspeople in my building or walk across the street to Left Bank Books for a documentary or book reading with fellow downtown dwellers. The Old Post Office Plaza is in my backyard, showing films during the summer, while the new Citygarden is a block away and is the perfect place to gather creative inspiration or take a jog in warm weather.

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FHA financing available—ask about the FHA Financing Special. Call Lisa and Chris Grus at Premier Realty Exclusive for private showings – 314.517.5050. For more info, also visit syndicateliving.com.

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On Olive Street just two blocks from Washington Avenue, The Syndicate’s nestled location offers both a cozy neighborhood vibe and practical lifestyle amenities for urbanites like me who appreciate being able to walk anywhere I’d want to go. The convenience of being upstairs from Schnucks Culinaria and across the street from City Gourmet is amazing; for busy professionals like me, it’s a dream to be able to shop for just a day’s groceries at a time.

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TUDOR LOFTS 1901-1937 Washington Ave. Units: 64 (800-1,400 sq. ft.) Rent: $522-$781/mo. Contact: Robert Wood Realty, 314.645.6033, thetudorbuilding.com.

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

Central West End 4545 LINDELL 4545 Lindell Blvd. Units: 33 (1,500-3,300 sq. ft.). Price: $499,000-$1,250,000. Contact: Wendy Timm, 314.898.7272, 4545living.com. P THE CHASE PARK PLAZA 232 N. Kingshighway. Units: 86 (1,0186,600 sq. ft.). Price: $499,000-$4.5 million. Contact: IFC, Inc., 314.633.1100, chaseresidences.com. P

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

BLU CITYSPACES 210 N. 17th St. Units: 144 (427-814 sq. ft.). Price: $64,900-$164,900. Contact: Blu CitySpaces Sales Office, 314.241.3111, blucityspaces.com.

EDEN LOFTS 1720 Chouteau Ave. Units: 40 (873-1,507 sq. ft.). Price: $141,000-$193,000. Contact: PREA Signature Realty, 314.397.3182, preasignaturerealty.com. FASHION SQUARE LOFTS 1307 Washington Ave. Units: 84 (1,037-1,418 sq. ft.). Rent: $875-$1,550/ mo. Contact: McGowan Brothers Development, 314.621.9292, fashionsquarelofts.com. GRACE LOFTS 1324 Washington Ave. Units: 24 (900-1,800 sq. ft.). Rent: $1,000-$2,000/mo. Contact: McGowan Brothers Development, 314.588.1170, gracelofts.com. LOFTS AT CITY MUSEUM 701 N. 15th St., 5th Floor. Units: 27 (1,600-2,700 sq. ft.). Price: $299,000$550,000. Contact: 314.608.6960, citymuseumlofts.com. 48 ALIVE STL DECEMBER 2010

MLOFTS 1107 Mississippi Ave. Units: 36 (743-1,275 sq. ft.). Rent: $730-$1,380/mo. Contact: Loftworks, 314.241.6700, loftworks-stl.com.

MAJESTIC STOVE LOFTS 2020 Delmar Blvd. Units: 120 (861-1,684 sq. ft.). Rent: $575-$1,320/mo. Contact: Robert Wood Realty, 314.621.4050, majesticstovelofts.com. MOTOR LOFTS 2207 Washington Ave. Units: 75 (665-1,550 sq. ft.). Price: Sold out; resale only. Contact: Blue Urban, 314.436.2200, motorlofts.com. POINTE 400 400 S. 4th St. Units: 118 (667-2,828 sq. ft.). Rent: $995-3,770/mo. Contact: Balke Brown Associates, 314.241.4005, pointe400.com. P ROBERTS TOWER AT MAYFAIR PLAZA (coming in 2010) 411 N. 9th St. Units: 53 (880-5,000 sq. ft.). Price: Available on request. Contact: Roberts Brothers Properties, 314.367.4600, robertstower.com. P

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

LOFTS AT THE HIGHLANDS 1031 Highlands Plaza Dr. West & 1030 Highlands Plaza Dr. East. Units: 200 (8631,695 sq. ft.). Rent: $1,325-2,185/mo. Contact: Balke Brown Associates, 314.647.7100, riverstoneres.com.

The bolton at Metropolis DeBaliviere Place 5625 Pershing Ave. Units: 9 (666-839 sq. ft.). Sellout pricing: $121,900-$164,900. Contact: RE/MAX Platinum, 314.367.7755, metropolisdp.com.

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

Lafayette Square/ Benton Park/Soulard THE BARTON STREET LOFTS 2401 S. 12th St., Soulard. Units: 14 (1,000-2,000 sq. ft.). Price: Starting $1,275/ mo. Contact: Brad Waldrop, 314.280.6646, bradwaldrop.com. SMILE LOFTS 2001 S. 9th St., Soulard. Units: 17 (900-1,600 sq. ft.). Rent: $895-$1,500/ mo. Contact: Red Brick Management, 314.361.7067, ext. 130, smilelofts.com.

SOULARD MARKET Loft APARTMENTS 1531 S. 8th St., Soulard. Units: 132 (650-1,400 sq. ft.). Rent: $905-$1,650/mo. Contact: Bruce Development Co., 314.588.9990, brucedevelopment.com.

University City 900 N. MCKNIGHT CONDOMINIUMS 900 N. McKnight Rd. Units: 18 (1,200-1,500 sq. ft.). Price: $299,000-$399,000. Rent: $1,500-$2,000/mo. Contact: Douglas Properties, 314.725.9911, douglasproperties.com.

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

MCKNIGHT CROSSING TILLES PARK 2622 McKnight Crossing Ct. Units: 84 (575-1,369 sq. ft.) Price: $119,000$268,900. Contact: Metro360 Realty, llc, 314.961.7000, mcknightcrossing.com.

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WEST END LOFTS 4100 Forest Park Ave. Units: 120 (763-1,655 sq. ft.). Price: $199,000$375,000. Contact: Bruce Development Co., 314.531.4441, westendlofts.com.

KINGS LANDING 618 N. New Ballas Rd., Units: 152 (670-1,740 sq. ft.). Rent: $960-$1,700/mo. Contact: MLP Investments, 314.579.0200, mlpllc.com.

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

THE CRESCENT 155 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton. Units: 70 (2,900-4,000 sq. ft.). Price: $1 million-$5 million. Contact: Debbie Mehlman at Mark S. Mehlman Realty, 314.862.4448, thecrescentinclayton.com. P

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Savor a New Year Bid farewell to 2010 and ring in a New Year with delicious eats and bubbly sips. By sheniqua faulkner

This year, host a New Year’s Eve fête at your place; it’s easier than you might think. All it takes is some smart preparation, a little time in the kitchen and keeping the Champagne flowing. Cheers!

Marinated London Broil

{The Fare} We love the idea of a sit-down NYE dinner, but that doesn’t mean you have to carve out hours preparing in the kitchen. Schnucks Cooks has created an easy but elegant meal that will keep guests sated through the hours of revelry ahead.

(Serves 4) WHAT YOU NEED: • 1 garlic clove, minced • 1/2 cup dry red wine • 1/4 cup less-sodium soy sauce • 1/4 cup Schnucks honey • 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • 1/4 teaspoon Schnucks chili powder • 1 Certified Angus Beef® round for London Broil (about 1 1/2 pounds) WHAT TO DO: 

1. In medium bowl, with whisk, Log on schnucksc to ook for more re s.com cipes.

{Perfect Pairing} With an refined dish such as this, a wine that’s equally as elegant is in order. We like Sterling Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($28.99 at Schnucks), a beautifully spicy and fruity wine with hints of cedar and toasty oak. The smooth and silky tannins of this pour make it a great accompaniment to beef dishes as well as ripe cheeses.

Forget casual mentions or emailed invites—publicize your party with paper. No matter the length of your guest list or level of formality, Vellum (314.909.1640, velluminc.com) has the perfect customizable invitation for your New Year’s Eve bash. How cute are these cheeky countdowninspired invites by designer Stacy Claire Boyd? (10 personalized invitations, $40)

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{The Snacks} To make it easy for guests to nibble throughout the night, set out an assortment of light bites that take little or no prep at all. Schnucks Des Peres store has an impressive selection of fine cheeses and Downtown’s Culinaria location has so many easy options in their prepared foods department, you’ll be able to offer plenty of choices for guests to enjoy. The folks at Schnucks can even put together a customized platter of party favorites.

2. Preheat grill pan over medium heat. Remove steak from bag; discard marinade. Cook 12 to 14 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking, or until internal temperature reaches 135°F for medium-rare. Transfer steak to cutting board. Let stand 10 minutes. Temperature will rise to 145°F upon standing. Thinly slice steak across the grain to serve.

{The Sips} Keep your guests’ flutes full and their spirits high with high-quality Champagnes. Our picks include Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, a rich, creamy pour that has a well-balanced quality that make it easy to sip ($44.99 at Schnucks). You also can’t go wrong with Moet & Chandon, a mild champagne with small, active bubbles. It’s a great choice for guests who prefer a lighter, more delicate Champagne ($34.99 at Schnucks). Tip: To open a Champagne or sparkling wine bottle with ease—and to avoid injury or property damage—place a bar towel or linen napkin over the cork and slowly twist the bottle, not the cork, keeping your hand stationary over the top. You’ll have much more leverage. And when filling flutes, pour down the center of the glass for maximum bubbles.

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combine all ingredients except steak. Place steak in large zip-tight plastic bag. Pour marinade in bag; seal bag, pressing out excess air. Refrigerate 12 to 24 hours to marinate.


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Stress Less Tightly wound from seasonal stress? Relax and release with one of these editor-selected spa massages. By sheniqua faulkner

It’s supposedly the most wonderful time of year, but tell that to your pounding headache and tension-filled neck and back. Who can escape the season unscathed when there are heaps of food to be prepared and mounds of gifts to be wrapped? In a season filled with giving to others, why not give yourself a break? Recharge your yuletide power switch with one of these editor-approved massages, and you’ll be feeling like your brightly spirited self in no time. The Rubdown: Hot Stone Where to Get It: A True Spa This ancient form of massage incorporates gently heated Basalt stones, which are applied to key points on the body. A True Spa’s version is a full-on hour of total relaxation and has benefits beyond the masseuse’s table: the heated stones are believed to increase circulation, a process that helps eliminate built-up toxins in the body. The soothing heat also relaxes muscles, which helps the therapist more effectively perform deep-tissue massage. As you leave the spa, notice as your Grinch-like ’tude is replaced with a merry-andbright disposition (116 Chesterfield Commons East Rd., Chesterfield, 636.537.3227, atruespa.com). The Rubdown: Reflexology Where to Get It: The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis After hours of shopping, cooking or running around in the snow with the kiddos, your feet have had it. The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis’ Reflexology treatment uses this ancient technique of foot massage to focus on pressure points that correspond to the body’s vital organs. You’ll leave with increased all-over energy and feet that are ready for anything (999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.881.5800, fourseasons.com/stlouis).

coming in for treatments in late November,” she says. “After they leave us, there’s no shopping line they can’t conquer!” (215 Village Square Shopping Center,
Hazelwood, 314.731.5100, bodyoptions. org).

The Rubdown: Couples’ Suite Escape Where to Get It: Body Options From arguing with your spouse about money to flying off the handle when your mother makes a comment about your cooking, it seems the holidays can cause tension not only in your body, but also in your personal relationships. Extend a truce and treat yourself and a loved one to a couples’ massage at Body Options, which features your choice of traditional Swedish, invigorating Deep-Tissue or stress-melting Hot Stone massage. Mary Merriweather says the treatment is not just for lovers—customers bring their daughters, co-workers and best friends—and that it’s not just for post-holiday stress. “We get a lot of couples

The Rubdown: Chakra Balancing Massage Where to Get It: Ginger Bay Salon and Spa Although you may think meditation and “centering” are for master-yogi-wheatgrasssipping types, you’ll be singing a different tune after a Chakra Balancing Massage at Ginger Bay. This Aveda concept spa uses a trademarked blend of deep tissue massage of the back and spinal muscles, reflexology and energy work for each of the seven chakras. Ayurvedic tradition recognizes chakras as junctions between mind and body. The belief is when we focus on the chakras, we can connect our physical, emotional and spiritual selves to create balance. Ginger Bay’s massage ends with a guided meditation to bust stress,

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decrease muscular tension and increase energy (437 S. Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, 314.966.0655, gingerbay.com). {Great Gift} Once you’re thoroughly relaxed after your rubdown and ready to tackle some holiday shopping, the gift of massage is perfect for those hard-to-buy-for people on your list. MassageLuxe offers all types of massage, from Swedish to Trigger Point, and their gift cards make it convenient to load up on stocking stuffers for your stressed-out friends or co-workers. And with multiple locations throughout the city, this is one gift that is easy for you to pick up and just as easy for your recipient to use. And believe us, they will (massageluxe.com).

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

How We Met: We met at one of our favorite Soulard bars on a night out with friends in the spring of 2006. Not looking for a relationship, I was hesitant in giving Mick my number that night. In the end, his continuous persistence paid off. A week or two later, we went on our first date at Hacienda Mexican Restaurant and had a great time. After several months of dating, I learned that Mick would be leaving town in the fall for law school. Even though we knew a long distance relationship would be tough, we knew we wanted to give it a shot. Through weekend visits, long distance calls, and lots of patience, we actually grew closer than I could have ever imagined. The Proposal: Mick and I usually walk our dog, Bailey, through Forest Park together every Saturday. Before we went, Mick said he had to go to the bank to make deposits before it closed. When he got back, we left to walk and Mick kept trying to bring up the future and where I saw us in ten years.

It was a hot day, so to avoid our normal run up Art Hill, I tried to convince Mick to take a shortcut. I wasn’t very convincing, so we started up the hill. Mick trailed a couple steps behind me, paused and said, “Isn’t this view beautiful,” I turned around to find him on one knee holding out a diamond ring. Without hesitation, I practically tackled him and started crying and said “YES!” Then we walked to the side of Art Hill to find a rose and a bottle of champagne. Mick had been at the park setting the scene while he said he was going to “the bank.” The Big Day: September 24, 2011

The Couple: Michelle Anne Kinney, 29 & Andrew Rex Reinink, 28

The Couple: Michelle Frossard, 28 & Paul Paradoski, 25

How We Met: We met our first year in graduate school at Washington University; Michelle in PT school, me in Medical school. We both lived in the med school dorm, Olin Hall, that first year, and I’d see this beautiful blonde girl studying in the little café we had in the hall. We struck up a conversation when she came to the movie night I’d organized, and we hit it off immediately, discovering we both attend the same church (Bethel Lutheran in U. City). But we didn’t begin dating for over two years when finally we realized we were perfect for each other and officially became a couple in the spring of 2007.

How We Met: Paul and I met in college at Southeast Missouri State where I played soccer and he played basketball. We had some mutual friends and knew each other just from being athletes at a fairly small school, but we never really hung out. It wasn’t until we were both back in St. Louis after college when we really “met.” We ended up both buying a condo in Ballwin a building away from each other and ran into one another at a nearby restaurant and realized we were neighbors. One night I got stranded at my condo and went down to see if I could borrow a phone charger. We ended up talking for a long time, and the next day, we went to the Cardinals home opener together with some friends.

The Proposal: We’d been talking about marriage, and had looked at rings together at a couple of jewelers, but she had no idea that anything was imminent. She’s pretty sharp, so I had to figure out a way to make a special night without arousing her suspicions. The Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend marked 2 1/2 years since our first date, so I proposed a nice dinner to celebrate. The location was a surprise, but once I turned south on Big Bend, she knew right away—Harvest! We had an absolutely amazing dinner and then drove to the foot of the Grand Basin, the sight of many romantic walks early in our courtship. The warm air, glowing fountains and dazzling Art Museum overlooking the basin made for a wonderful setting, and while strolling, I stopped, looked into her eyes, dropped to one knee, and with the ring in my hand, I asked her to be my wife. We rounded out the night calling family and friends to share our joy.

The Proposal: He had planned a surprise for my birthday and took me to a nice dinner at the Four Seasons on the rooftop. At dinner he was acting a bit weird, but I didn’t think much of it. After dinner we were going to have a couple of drinks outside before meeting up with friends. We went outside and the manager greeted us and took us to a cabana overlooking the Arch. There was a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and rose petals. I was shocked when I saw everything and thought he was really going overboard for my birthday. When we sat down he handed me a really sweet birthday card, and then next thing I knew, he was getting on one knee and asking me to marry him. The manager came back over and said he had one more surprise— we walked out from the cabana and all of our family and friends were there to surprise me.

The Big Day: June 25, 2011

The Big Day: September 3, 2011 

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Classically Glamorous These college sweethearts planned their big day with equal parts tradition and chic sophistication. By Sheniqua Faulkner | Photos by Stephen Seebeck Photography

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uple Macke nzie M e Adver yers, 2 tis 6 ing Ac ing & Marke , c o u nt Exe ttive, an cu27, Me d Sam Brow chanic al Proje n, Engine ct er >After Mackenzie Meyers and Sam Brown met at a mutual friend’s birthday party in St. Louis in 2006, they began dating while both attending the University of Missouri-Columbia. One evening, after a perfect dinner at Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Sam led Mackenzie onto his patio, which he’d filled with flowers and candles and had champagne waiting on ice. As their song, Coldplay’s “Till Kingdom Come,” played softly in the background, Sam took to one knee and asked Mackenzie to marry him. “I, of course, said yes, and we met our immediate family at Trattoria Branica,” says Mackenzie. The next day, the couple was joined by more well-wishers for a Fourth of July/engagement celebration. THE PLANNING: Before the couple dove into the details, they sought the expertise of wedding planner extraordinaire Josie Littlepage of Cosmopolitan Events (cosmopolitanevents.com). “I had particular thoughts on what I wanted, and Josie was great at bouncing off ideas,” Mackenzie says. In addition to Littlepage’s help, Mackenzie and Sam knew they wanted Gebbs Total Video (gebbstotalvideo.com) to capture their big day. To the couple’s delight, Michael Gebben of Gebbs created a same-day edit of the footage he’d taken the morning of the wedding to share at the reception. “I loved seeing what Sam’s morning was like, and the guests loved it!” says Mackenzie. THE FLOWERS: Each of Mackenzie’s bridesmaids carried all-white bouquets arranged by florist Tony Montano of Montano Grant (montanogrant. 56 ALIVE STL DECEMBER 2010

com). “I personally selected each of my bridesmaids bouquets based on the meaning of the flower itself,” says Mackenzie. “Before we left for the ceremony, I gave each of them a handwritten letter describing what flower I chose for them, including its meaning.” Mackenzie’s bouquet was a mixture of her bridesmaids’ flowers, symbolizing how each of the women had helped make Mackenzie who she is. “I also added a family tradition with stephanotis flowers, which my mother and sister-in-law carried at their weddings.” THE STATIONERY: To showcase the couple’s modern aesthetic, they chose black, white and silver square-shape invitations from Vellum (velluminc.com). Each invite featured an embossed alligator border and envelope lining. The couple’s chandelier monogram was a design detail carried throughout the reception on cocktail napkins, dinner menus and illuminated gobos. THE GOWN: Mackenzie says she was set on finding an elegant, one-shoulder gown, and she fell in love with the Romona Keveza dress she ultimately selected the moment she tried it on. The mermaidsilhouetted gown featured a high-wasted belt and dramatic ruffle. A Swarovski-encrusted Toni Federici veil added more glamour to Mackenzie’s statement-making gown. THE CELEBRATION: After Mackenzie and Sam’s June 26th ceremony at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Clayton, guests were ready to celebrate at the reception. The Palladium (palladium-stl.com) had just been renovated, and the loft-like interior suited the

couple’s vision of keeping things young and fresh. For the cocktail reception, Exclusive Events (exclusiveevents.com) draped a white voile curtain from the ceiling to section off the cocktail area; when it was time for guests to take their seats for dinner, the curtain was pulled back to reveal the beautifully decorated dining area. Each table featured six all-white flower arrangements and were illuminated with 15 candles. Other touches included an 8-foot illuminated bar, a white dance floor that was projected with pattered gobos and custom lighting from Aries Co. (ariesco.com). As the evening lingered on, soft lighting shades of pink and lilac progressed to deeper fuchsias and purples. Sam and Mackenzie glided to the floor to their first dance to Coldplay’s “Till Kingdom Come,” the song playing during Sam’s proposal. THE FARE: “My father was intent on having guests enjoy great food and drink,” says Mackenzie. “So choosing the Palladium was perfect, because Butler’s Pantry (butlerspantry.com) did an amazing job.” During the cocktail hour, guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres, including empanadas, crab cakes and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. For dinner, Mackenzie and Sam chose a surfand-turf option featuring seared scallops—one of the couples’ favorite foods—and petite filet. The Cakery (thecakerybakery.net) created a beautiful three-tiered, all-white cake featuring a cascading satin ribbon that mimicked Mackenzie’s dress. To cap off the elegant evening, guests were provided with sparklers to send the newlyweds off in shimmering style. alivemag.com


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Get Involved: Making Spirits Bright Make a donation to a local toy drive and help spread holiday cheer to children in St. Louis this season.

Project ARK’s Holiday Gold for Kids

> For underprivileged St. Louis families, the holidays are unfortunately like any other day; they may not have the means to purchase gifts for their children. Due to the staggering cost of treating an ongoing illness, job loss or just a tough economy, many families must focus on the basic necessities rather than toys for the kids. With the help of caring individuals and groups, the organizers of these three area toy drives hope to bring similes to the faces of St. Louis youngsters during the season of giving. Here’s how you can help. Project ARK’s Holiday Gold for Kids

A division of the Washington University School of Medicine, Project ARK provides services for children, young adults, women and families affected by HIV disease. The center coordinates medical care, social support and prevention services. In addition to providing these vital

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Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

Children’s Hospital Wish List

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services, Project ARK collects toys and funds for over 1,000 children affected by HIV/AIDS in the St. Louis Metro area during their annual Holiday Gold for Kids Toy Drive. Because the cost of medical care for these families is so profound, the toys donated to the drive are typically the only gifts these children receive for the holidays. You can help by providing a new, unwrapped toy for children 1-14 years of age; collecting gift certificates or making a monetary donation to assist organizing with toy-drive shopping or organize a toy drop-off at your workplace or child’s school classroom (projectark.wustl.edu). Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

Toys for Tots, the philanthropic brainchild of Major Bill Hendricks, USCR, and his wife Diane, got its start in 1947. The first year, Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists in L.A. collected and distributed 5,000 toys to children in need. With the pilot program’s success, the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign. To this day, the organization collects new toys for underprivileged children in the

months of October, November and December so that they can experience the joy of the holiday season. Drop a new toy off at one of the dozens of sites listed on the organization’s local website, including Fox Theatre, Downtown Urgent Care and The Lifestyle Center. If you’re a business owner, contact Toys for Tots to become an official toy drop spot (bridgeton-mo.toysfortots. org). Children’s Hospital Wish List

Throughout the year, and especially during the holidays, Children’s Hospital of St. Louis needs specific items for various places throughout the hospital including their child life playroom, teen lounge, library and waiting areas. The Hospital’s Wish List includes musical toys, puzzles and multicultural dolls for the youngsters, and craft kits, gift cards, books and electronic handheld games for teens. Gifts should be new, unwrapped and safe for children. Whether a child is in the hospital for a couple of hours or for a few weeks, these gifts help bring hope, smiles and joy during their stay (stlouischildrens.org).

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Social Scene: Covenant House Stan Musial Hall Of Fame Gala October 16 ∑ The 3rd annual Stan Musial Hall of Fame Gala raised almost $300,000 for Covenant House Missouri, a charity that provides services to homeless youth in the St. Louis area. The event, held at the Chase Park Plaza, was highlighted by an auction conducted by Rene Knott. Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield served as the event’s title sponsor and Todd George of Lumière Place served as the event’s honorary chair. Photos courtesy of Synergy.

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Social Scene: The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis Dinner September 29 ∑ The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis Dinner honored Mike Shannon as their Media Person Of The Year at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis At The Arch, which attracted over 500 guests. The event featured a series of entertaining toasts by Tony LaRussa, Bob Costas, Bob Uecker and Joe Buck before Shannon received the award from Press Club President Dick Weiss. Proceeds benefited1The Press Club—a professional, social and charitable organization of people who make, cover and influence the news— scholarship arm. Photos by Browers Photography. For more photos, log on to alivemag.com/photos.

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Social Scene: St. Luke’s Hospital Spirit Girls’ Night Out October 21 ∑ More than 500 women enjoyed an evening of mini massages, makeovers, chocolate and cocktails at the Spirit of Women event for St. Luke’s Hospital. The event was held at Forest Hills Country Club and also included information on women’s health issues and an informative talk on sex, chocolate and pelvic health. Photos by Emma Birge-Osborne/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log on to alivemag.com/ photos.

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hen we last touched base with Bryan Greenberg in 2007, the actor/musician (and Parkway Central alum) was a busy guy. After some minor TV roles (“One Tree Hill,” “Boston Legal”), and a 2005 big-screen part in “Prime,” his career was gaining momentum, and he was prepping for his starring role in the ABC drama “October Road.” Three years later, it’s only gotten more fast-paced, with two films released last year (romantic comedy “Bride Wars” and Wall Street flick “The Good Guy”) and two more coming out in 2011.

ALIVE: You’re getting ready to start a winter tour. Are you going to have any time to spend here in St. Louis when you come through this month? Bryan Greenberg: It’s the last night of the tour, so we’re going to have a good time afterward I’m sure! I’m really excited to come back. I have a lot of love for St. Louis. It’s home, and I try and come back a few times a year. ALIVE: You’re touring with a band this time—what do you think that will be like? BG: It’s going to be fun because I’ve never really done that, I’ve always toured acoustic. It’ll give the fans something different. ALIVE: Who are some of your biggest musical influences? BG: Elliott Smith is probably one of the biggest on this record, and the Black Keys. I love hip hop, so that’s always there in my songs—not overtly, but there’s a sense of rhythm I like to adhere to. I definitely have an indie singer/songwriter influence, too.

But in the new “golden age of television,” the small screen is where he’s currently making the most buzz—his HBO drama-comedy series “How To Make It In America” airs its second season this spring. The series, executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, follows two twenty-something fashion designers trying to hustle their way to the top of the NYC fashion scene—one of whom is Greenberg, an NYU grad who himself had to hustle his way around as an up-and-coming actor, working multiple jobs while auditioning for roles in his first years there.

ALIVE: On your first album, “Waiting For Now,” you wrote all your own material. What about on this album? BG: For the first time, I collaborated with some other songwriters. I was really apprehensive about it, but it was great. Sometimes, I’ve had a hook in my head for years and couldn’t put a verse to it, so it was good this time to be able to bounce ideas off someone else. I’m definitely open to doing more of it in the future.

It seems that juggling multiple gigs suits him; in the midst of all his acting jobs, he continues to work on his music as well. His second album, “We Don’t Have Forever,” is ready to drop and he begins a 13-city tour December 1, with the final show happening in his hometown at the Old Rock House on December 18.

ALIVE: Do you ever worry about being labeled as “an actor who dabbles in music” or vice versa? BG: I do, kind of. But I approach both acting and music from a place of love and passion, and I’m not trying to micromanage how people see me. I’m just creating, and people judge it how they judge it. Hopefully, if it’s all

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coming from a real and honest place, then it’ll be accepted. I’m not trying to be anybody but me, not a rock star or a movie star. I’m just trying to do good work in both arenas. ALIVE: How do the two things influence each other—your music and your acting? BG: Sometimes a character I play will influence a song I write. And sometimes after being on tour and performing in front of hundreds of people with just a microphone and a guitar, going into a room with 10 people to do a scene doesn’t seem so scary. When I’m in the trailer shooting a movie or a TV show, I’ll have my guitar with me. They both help each other in a sense. ALIVE: You just finished work on two new films—what are they? BG: I have “Friends With Benefits,” with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, which is a romantic comedy. It should be out next summer. And I just finished a dark comedy, an indie called “Normals,” and they may try to take it on the festival circuit. The life of an indie film is crazy. They can sell it, take it to festivals, so I don’t know the future of that. ALIVE: You’ve done a lot of network TV, and now you have a successful HBO series. How is it different working for HBO as opposed to a network? BG: I prefer HBO, because they don’t have any advertisers they have to answer to. They just make decisions based on content. They do whatever they think is good, and it’s great to work like that. I’m just honored to be on a great network and a great show. ALIVE: Would you consider doing another TV series after this project is over? BG: Sure. I don’t judge what context the material is in, I just go by the

material. Wherever there’s good writing, that’s where I’ll be. I’d never box myself in and say I wouldn’t do TV again. I feel like we’re living in the golden age of television right now, with shows like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” and “Boardwalk Empire.” People are watching more TV than movies. ALIVE: At this point in your career, is it easier to get roles? BG: It might be easier to get roles, but the more work you do, it’s harder to change people’s perception of you. That’s what I’m running up against now, trying to get roles that people wouldn’t necessarily see me in. I like doing the romantic comedies, but I also like doing the indie stuff where I can be a little more challenged and test myself and the audience’s notions of me. ALIVE: What’s next? Do you have a “five-year plan”? BG: No, but for the first time I have my year planned out, which for an actor or musician is pretty good! I can honestly say I know what I’m doing in six months, which is an accomplishment! The music for me is definitely much more of a passion—when you go around the country in a van, it’s more than dabbling—but at the same time, I’m not trying to get signed to a major label or anything. I’m doing it because I love it, so I really don’t have a plan when it comes to music. As far as acting, I’d love for the show to continue and for fans to rally around it for a second season. In the meantime. I’d just like to challenge myself and work with great directors and great actors on great projects. Opposite: Bryan Greenberg photo by Melanie Nataf. Above: Scenes from HBO’s “How to Make it in America,” Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Lake Bell. Photos courtesy of HBO. R Bryan Greenberg performs at The Old Rock House on December 18, 2010. Win tickets at alivemag.com/contests.


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[OPPOSITE PAGE] Ralph Lauren dress and sweater, W. Kleinberg belt and Saks Fifth Avenue boots available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. [THIS PAGE] Eryn Brinie blazer available at Mary Jane’s, Central West End, 314.367.8867. Parker blouse available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.8080. Joe’s Jeans corduroy pants available at Alixandra Collections, Ladue, 314.997.2360. [CREDITS] Makeup & hair by Studio 703 Salon, Chesterfield, 636.536.6770, thestudio703.com. alivemag.com

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The 2010 ALIVE Shopping Guide

Kate Spade "Charm" Shoe, $325, Wish Shoes, 314.432.0800.

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’Tis the season for spirited gift giving! Forget one-size-fits-all presents; this year, shower everyone on your list with gifts that make them feel especially appreciated. Need a few hints? We’ve got you covered. Turn the page and behold 50 genius ideas for smart, inspired, worldly, romantic, offbeat and awesomely cool gift-giving.

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Wish List Vance Kitira Red Rose Frame, $40, Schwaig Art Glass Works, 314.776.4442.

Sarah Patino “Love Collection” Hand-Stamped Rings, $85-$90, Ivy Hill, 314.367.7004.

Art Glass Perfume Atomizer, $39, Cassie’s Scents, 314.454.1010.

Francis Coppola 2009 Sofia Rose Wine, $25, Culinaria-A Schnucks Market, 314.436.7694.

romantic

Romance Lace Boyshort by Simone Perele, $55, Romance Contour Bra by Simone Perele, $89, Jule Lingerie & Loungewear, 314.983.9282.

“Liaisons Dangereuses” By Kilian Scented Candle, $85, Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.

Triple-Strand Pearl Necklace, $159,500, Tiffany & Co., Plaza Frontenac, 314.692.2255

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Harry Barker Collar, made of 100 percent recycled material, $22, Lusso, 314.725.7205.

Clarisonic Pink Skincare Brush to Benefit Breast Cancer Research, $195, Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.

“The Urban Homestead” by Kelly Coyne and Eric Knutzen, $17.95, Left Bank Books, 314.436.3049.

Recycled Coffee Bag Messenger, $38; Fair Trade Organic Teas, $5.89 ea., Kaldi’s Coffee, 314.726.2900.

TOMS Woven Blue Harbour Shoes, $69, Sole and Blues, 314.863.3600. Waste Not Paper 8 Notes with Envelopes, $10, Phoenix Rising, 314.862.0609.

Handpainted Vase, $65, Your Pot’s Desire, 314.601.3982.

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“Book of the Month” Clutches, available in “The Great Gatsby,” “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “Great Expectations,” $325 each, Kate Spade, Plaza Frontenac, 314.991.8820.

Corky’s Cowboy Rainboots, $46, Giddyup Jane, 314.993.9944.

Refillable Adam & Eve Bottles, $7.59 each, Vom Fass, 314.932.5262.

offbeat Custom-Poured Handmade Soaps Inspired by “True Blood,” $7.50 each, Maven, 314.645.1155.

Sterling Silver Fish Necklace, $255, The Silver Lady, 314.367.7587.

Assorted Cloud9 Watches, $85 each, I Am…!, 314.726.2224.

Suck UK Bookrest Lamp, $85, UMA, 314.241.9990.

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Black Leather Will Cuff, $45, Moris Fashions, 314.361.6800.

G-Star Raw Leather Moto Jacket, $495, Sole and Blues, 314.863.3600.

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Townie Electra Bicycle, $630, Big Shark Bicycle Co., 314.862.1188.

Bobble Filtered Water Bottle, $10, Von Maur, 636.561.7040.

“Bang” Eau de Toilette Spray by Marc Jacobs, $75, Macy's, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.726.1810.

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Black Diamond Snake Ring set in white gold, $4,200, Décor Interiors & Jewelry, 314.434.4022.

Hippie Ink Belt with Attached Purse, $180, Blue Moon Activewear, 314.256.1823.

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Talk With Chalk Set of 4 Ceramic Mugs, $20, Looking Glass Designs, 314.621.3371.

Skinny Negative Ion Bracelet, $20 ea., Cha Boutique, 314.993.8080.

iPhone and iPad Compatible Echo Touch Gloves, $35, Susan Lynn’s, 636.530.7337.

Breville Barista Express, $599.99, Macy's, St. Louis Galleria, 314.726.1810.

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EyeBob Readers, $65-$75, The Eye Bar, 314.367.1848.

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Nikon Coolpix S1000PJ Digital Camera with Built-In Projector, $349.99, Creve Coeur Camera, 314.567.3456.

Cole Haan Packable Anorak, $395, Nordstrom, West County Center, 314.255.2000.

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Worldly Bitossi Ceramics Limited Edition Vases, $400$600, Design Within Reach, 314.361.1701.

Hand-Embroidered Indian Shoes, $33, MacroSun International, 314.421.6400.

“Best American Travel Writing 2010” edited by Bill Buford, $14.95, Subterranean Books, 314.862.6100.

Tokoloshe Candles, made by African artisans, $18, Clay & Cotton, 314.394.1400.

Teapot and Cups Set, $49.95, Teavana, Plaza Frontenac, 314.991.1007.

Punch Rare Corojo Cigars, $164.25 for box of 25, The Hill Cigar Co., 314.776.4455.

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Lingo Xplorer 52-Language Talking Translator, $299.95, Brookstone, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.727.5799.

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Cashmere Skinny Scarf, $218, Eileen Fisher, Plaza Frontenac, 314.983.0975.

Diamond Dangle Earrings, $3,950, Mavrik Fine Jewelry, 314.909.6818.

Halston Heritage Fur Vest, $375, Valerie Mills, 314.727.4545.

Aragosta Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale Di Reggio Emilia, $49$249, Extra Virgin, An Olive Ovation, 314.727.6464.

Bvlgari, Jasmin Noir Body Cream, $90, Saks Fifth Avenue, 314.567.9200.

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16-Piece Assorted Truffles, $25, Kakao Chocolate, 314.771.2310.

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Virgin Saints & Angels Archangel Collection Cuff, $285, Blush, 314.965.4411.

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St. Louis shopping Guide We made a list and checked it twice. The result? An all-encompassing gift guide for the holiday season. From shoes and handbags to diamonds and home décor, we’ve pinpointed the stores to shop and the presents to buy for everyone—the naughty and the nice. By Jill Manoff Sole & Blues

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FASHION From hot new boutiques to longstanding STL staples, these stores are stocked with the latest traditional-to-trendy clothing and accessories for him and her. AG Adriano Goldschmied His and her go-to for casual-classic apparel and all-American denim in of-the-moment cuts and washes. 36 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.361.6161. Hot Gift: Matchbox denim for him; slim cargoes for her Alixandra Collections A girly girl’s dream closet, stocked with dresses by Nicole Miller, separates by Free People and fab fashion jewelry galore. 9814 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.997.2360. Hot Gift: Lollia perfume & bath products Avalon Exchange Buy and sell like-new clothing and accessories at this popular trading post, and never wear the same thing twice. 6388

Back on the Rack Shop Ellen Tracy, St. John and Talbots at Back on the Rack, an upscale consignment shop that will sell you on never again paying full price. 2535 S. Brentwood Blvd., Hot Brentwood, 314.963.7575. Gift: Selection of scarves from New York

newly-expanded Blush boutique—where Jeffrey Campbell kicks, Tulle coats and Wildfox Couture tees fill the racks. 110 N.

including of-the-moment Geren Ford, comfyelegant Tt, super-soft Splendid and luxe Missoni. 8117 Maryland Ave., Clayton,

Clay Ave., Kirkwood, 314.965.4411.

314.721.0766. Baker jewelry

Hot Gift: Black and red La Mer Bali stud watches

Bakers If you love footwear by fashion’s top designers but don’t have the wardrobe budget to fund it, shop Bakers for like styles at a sliver of the cost. 1093 Saint Louis

Boutique 83 Shop modern Howe and Ben Sherman for him and a sexy-meets-high-fashion selection of brands like Meghan Fabulous and Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for her. 4658 Maryland Ave., Central West End,

Galleria, Brentwood, 314.725.6155. Hot Gift: Tempo military ankle boot

Hot Gift: Ben 314.361.4700. Sherman peacoats and jackets

Beverly’s Hill Head to Beverly’s Hill for panties and PJs, from sexy bras and cute boyshorts to camis and comfy robes. 1309 Washington Ave.,

Boutique Calla Lily When you need to go all out, you need to go to Boutique Calla Lily—where formal frocks for prom, pageants and more abound. 4900 Washington Ave., Central West End,

Downtown, 314.621.1633. Michael Stars tights

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Blue Moon Activewear Knowing most women live in active wear, locally-owned Blue Moon Activewear caters to them—via stylish, comfortable, fun and functional clothing and accessories. 159 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.256.1823. Hot Gift: Io Ion Watches

Hot Gift: Kimberly

Cha A hot new boutique fashionistas regard as the go-to for such must-have brands as Wildfox Couture, L.A.M.B and Plomo. 9666 Clayton Rd. Ladue, 314.993.8080. Hot Gift: Glam TOMS shoes Charm Boutique Though Charm’s specialty is jewelry, it boasts accessories to the max including pieces by Midwest designers Iram-Inal, Scarlett Garnet and Squasht by Les. 313 N. 11th St., Downtown, 314.588.8203. Hot Gift: Initial Necklace by Jewelry by Cari

Boxers For men’s briefs, boxer-briefs, swimwear and loungewear by lines including Diesel and 2xist, shop Boxers. 1305 Washington Ave.,

Clique Shopping on a budget, but loyal to a number of name brands? Like other savvy trendsetters, shop Clique, where you can load up on gently-used jackets, dresses, denim and more by the labels you love, for less. 11551 Gravois Rd., Sunset Hills,

Downtown, 314.454.0209. Hot Gift: anything from the Diesel line

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work and play, including petite sizes and stylish accessories. 84 Plaza Frontenac,

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Frontenac, 314.983.0975. Hot Gift: Sequined fine merino skinny scarf and mohair infinity wrap

Club Denim A denim bar for guys and girls, where designer brands, must-have cuts and on-trend washes are on the menu. Shop apparel and accessories, in addition to staple blues. 6635 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.725.7773. Hot Gift: Handbags Cortney Gene Party people of STL, you‘ve found your official outfitter. Scoop up fab going-out looks by Betsey Johnson, Black Halo, William Rast and more for your next nights on the town. 200 S. Kirkwood Rd., Suite 100, Kirkwood, 314.965.4445. Hot Gift: Black Halo dresses Daisy Clover Women love Daisy Clover for its vast array of sizes and “now” lines, including Paige Premium Denim, Citizens of Humanity, Susana Monaco and Karina. 8146 Big Bend

Express From office separates to party dresses, Express is the ultimate source for on-trend pieces. Shop jewelry, handbags, lingerie and more in styles ranging from sexy to sophisticated. Menswear available at most locations. 6 St. Louis area stores; express. Hot Gift: Men’s and com. women’s fragrance sets Femme True to its name, Femme is a ladies-only shop and perfectly caters to its target customer via on-trend clothing and accessories. 7270 Manchester Ave., Maplewood, 314.781.6868. coats

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Dazzle When next in need of a present, shop Dazzle—where you can fill your gift bag with fab statement jewelry, trendy accessories, picture frames and oodles of out-of-theordinary pieces. 169 Lamp and Lantern Village Dr., Town & Country, 314.991.3200.

I Am...! Stock up on urban looks by Lacoste, True Religion and PRPS at this unisex shop, known for its impressive array of sizes and pro athlete clientele. 7708 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.726.2224. Gift: Cloud 9 watches

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Hot Gift: Winter coats Dotdotdash Busy moms, rejoice! At Dotdotdash, you can shop everything from yoga wear and office wear for you to cozy message tees and onesies for your little one. 6334 N. Rosebury Hot Ave., Clayton, 314.862.1962. Gift: Bangle Bar, mix-and-match up to 17 bangles Eileen Fisher Classic, upscale, sophisticated and chic, Eileen Fisher offers head-to-toe pieces for alivemag.com

It Boutique For cute wearables and memorable gifts, shop It Boutique—where trendy jewelry and handbags mingle with glassware and candles. 3237-1 Rue Royale St., New Town at St. Charles, 636.916.2008. Hot Gift: Vintage Pick Up Sticks charms

Hot Gift: Coach

Dillard’s A beloved department store for carrying some of fashion’s hottest brands for him, her and home, the shoe and contemporary departments are among highlights at Dillard’s in the Saint Louis Galleria.1105 Saint Louis Galleria, Richmond Heights, 314.725.8363.

Hot Gift: Miss Me sequin-covered puffy vest with hood Jule Lingerie & Loungewear Upscale lingerie, swimwear and pjs by Hanky Panky, Huit, Cosabella and Eberjey. 9757 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.983.9282. Hot Gift: Patricia Green Slippers Kate Spade A bright mecca of fabulous and feminine shoes, handbags, jewelry, clothing and more by Kate Spade. 34 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.991.8820. Gift: Book of the Month clutch

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Ivy Hill French Connection sequin dresses, Tulle coats, Big Buddha handbags and beaucoup jewelry line this Central West End shop, known for of-the-moment looks for her. 304 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.7004. Han tunic

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Jillybean Dress your little guy or girl as your mini-me in made-for-kids apparel by your favorite boutique brands; shop Splendid Girl, Ella Moss Girl and more in sizes newborn to 14. 9208 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 636.220.4221 Hot Gift: Rachel Weissman hair clips Ju Ju B’s Carrying chic wearables from head to toe, including must-have Level 99 denim, JuJu B’s is a true one-stop shop; as it shares space with a salon, you can leave with a new ‘do and a new dress. 48 Four Seasons

Macy’s Many shoppers’ go-to department store, head-to-toe brands for all in the family include MICHAEL Michael Kors, INC International Concepts, Calvin Klein and Coach. Multiple area locations, including 1550 Saint Louis Galleria, Brentwood, Hot Gift: 314.726.1810. Jessica Simpson faux fur capelet Mary Jane’s Trendy ready-to-wear by Eryn Brinie and Spiewak coats share space with Jeffrey Campbell shoes, House of Harlow jewelry and a slew of accessories. 387 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.8867. Hot Gift: Urban Behavior tanks

Klutch Boutique Outfit yourself in looks by L.A.M.B., Meghan Fabulous, Miss Me, Nightcap, Wildfox Couture and more at this trendy Town & Country clothier. 1126 Town & Country Crossing Dr., Town & Country, 636.220.6110 Hot Gift: Army patch sweater

GiddyUp Jane Head to Giddyup Jane and saddle-up in authentic riding wear or on-trend Western accessories. 9670 Clayton Rd., Ladue,

Designer Resale Boutique If you had beaucoup bucks, you could shop magazines like catalogs; instead, you shop Designer Resale Boutique and get those labels you love, gently used and for less. 344 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., St. Charles,

Center, Chesterfield, 314.469.7096.

Laurie Solet Free People, Foley+Corinna, LaROK and Graham and Spencer make up the fab offerings at this popular two-location boutique. 8228 N. Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.727.7467; 1176 Town & Country Crossing Dr., Town & Country, Hot Gift: 636.527.4139. Foley+Corinna mini cross-body bag Levine Hat Co. Shop your choice topper style at Levine Hat Co., a longstanding St. Louis tradition for fedoras, Panama hats, Western styles and more. 1416 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.231.3359. in tobacco

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The Little Black Dress Your resource for all special occasion necessities, including clutches, jewelry, wraps and—of course—dresses, by the likes of Shoshanna and Tibi. 9793 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.993.6060. Shoshanna leather lamp dress

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Lori Coulter Made-to-Order Swimwear Forego the torturous, hours-long fitting room session, and head to Lori Coulter—where on-trend swimwear is “Made-to-Order”, according to your measurements. Macy’s, 6138 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.727.9879. Hot Gift: Made-to-Order bikini Lusso Shop Lusso for Nanette Lepore and Yoana Baraschi pieces for you, and that perfect gift for someone special; select from unique jewelry, beauty accessories, books and home goods at this boutique near The Ritz. 165 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.725.7205. Gift: Tocca perfume gift set

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Meka Boutique The area’s newest boutique, Meka houses such “it” brands as Wildfox Couture, Hudson Jeans, Old Gringo handbags and Zigi shoes.1634 Clarkson Rd., Chesterfield, Hot Gift: 636.536.6300. Vintage holiday bracelets by John Wind Melanie’s Shop a large selection of affordable jewelry, from delicate chains to bold baubles, plus handbags, headbands and more at this popular accessories station. 10277 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.993.0664. Cutout monogram necklace

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Mezzanine A CWE hotspot for the latest styles by Tucker, Mara Hoffman and Rachel Pally, plus Alexis Bittar jewelry, Melissa Shoes and more. 389 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.361.3777. butter hand cream

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Mister Guy The city’s sharp-dressed men shop Mister Guy for suits, outerwear, sportswear and more by designers including Ralph Lauren and Robert Talbott. 9831 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.692.2003. Men’s ties

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Mister Guy Women’s Store Hit up Ladue’s spacious Mister Guy for a stellar selection of coats, denim, Tracy Reese dresses, Michael Stars staples, statement jewelry and so much more. 9817 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.991.5262. Gift: Statement jewelry

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Moris Fashions Where the boys go for modern suiting and sportswear; think Boss, John Varvatos, Modern Amusement, Theory and Robert Graham. 26 Maryland Plaza, Central West Hot Gift: End, 314.361.6800. Scarves for him, Hobo International handbags for her NCJW Resale Shop Shop the well-stocked clothing racks and cases of luxe handbags at this designer DECEMBER 2010 ALIVE STL 87


resale shop; your high-fashion purchases benefit the National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis Section and its community projects. 8612 Olive Blvd., University City, 314.692.8141. Chico coat

For all of your holiday gifts and winter wardrobe needs, Petunia provides fun and colorful clothing, shoes and accessories for kids.

Neiman Marcus For the very best, browse Neiman Marcus—where men’s and women’s designer offerings include Christian Louboutin, Gucci, Prada and Etro. 100 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac,

Nordstrom In addition to boasting one of the city’s top shoe departments, Nordstrom is known for practical-to-luxury fashions for men, women and children by the likes of Diesel and Diane von Furstenberg. 47 West County Center, Des Peres, Hot Gift: 314.255.2000. Boots for women, winter coats & accessories for men NV Boutique If your biggest fear is showing up in the same dress as someone else, start shopping NV where a small quantity of each piece is sold, and styles are never boring. 1909 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.932.5382. Gift: Military jacket

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Pulse For all things cutting-edge, make a beeline for Pulse. Black Halo dresses, J Brand denim, Free People separates and Vintage Highway tees are among brand favorites.1644 Clarkson Rd., Chesterfield, 636.519.4022. Vintage Highway t-shirt

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Saks Fifth Avenue St. Louis shoppers’ exclusive resource for Chanel handbags, Jimmy Choo shoes, Versace for men and more, Saks also houses luxury cosmetics and home decor. 1 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Kilian fragrances

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Savile Row With a reputation as one of the city’s premier custom clothiers, Savile Row pieces are esteemed for their quality fabric and impeccable fit. 9727 Clayton Hot Rd., Ladue, 314.567.8500. Gift: Hand-painted and engraved cufflinks The ScholarShop A resale shop offering mall-to-designer brands, purchases support The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis. 8211 Clayton Rd., Brentwood, 314.725.3456. Fashionable finds

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ShoeLadue Donald J Pliner boots and Taryn Rose pumps round out the selection at ShoeLadue, where shoppers go for “Euro-comfort with a fashion edge”. 9807 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.569.1330. Hot Gift: Taryn Rose flats

Paperdolls Women of all ages and styles can add to their closets via Paperdolls, where BB Dakota outerwear mingles with a slew of flirty dresses, jewelry at a variety of price points and Naughty Monkey footwear. 110 E. Jefferson Ave., Kirkwood, 314.965.3655. bracelets

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Skif Designer Nina Ganci and her team are notorious for turning out knitwear in unexpected incarnations. Step inside their workshop to browse their latest sweaters and scarves. 2008 Marconi Ave., South Hot Gift: City, 314.773.4401. Asymmetrical pullover sweater with buttons Sole & Blues Recently expanded, Sole & Blues now houses more G-Star Raw ready-to-wear, Hobo handbags and footwear by Bronx, Diba and Luichiny than ever before. 6317 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.863.2121. Hot Gift: Tano handbag, G-Star jeans

The Purple Cow Smart moms and moms-to-be have become regulars at The Purple Cow, a resale shop with racks of kids’ choice apparel (by the likes of Gap and Gymboree) and on-trend maternity pieces.11543 Gravois Rd., Sunset Hills, 314.843.3888.Hot Gift: Melissa and Doug games, toys and art supplies Rung The area’s newest resale shop, specializing in brand-name career apparel for her. 100 percent of the store’s profits

Susan Lynn’s If you’re a Charlotte York at heart, you’ll love Susan Lynn’s where Milly, Trina Turk and Lilly Pulitzer pieces outfit classic and feminine customers.1122 Town & Country Crossing, Town & Country, 636.530.7337. Hot Gift: Jack Rogers boots tag Forget eBay; buy versus bid at tag Timeless Authentic Garments, where you’ll find a well-stocked, cherry-picked selection of your coveted vintage cowboy alivemag.com


boots, message tees, dresses, jackets and more. 6314 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.721.1370. Winter coats

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men stop into Woody’s; fail-proof pieces include Robert Graham shirts, Ike Behar ties and suits by Coppley. 10411 Clayton Rd., Suite 104, Frontenac, 314.569.3272. Hot Gift: Eton dress shirt

Tantrum Recently made-over, you’ll love Tantrum’s unique selection of sweet-to-edgy pieces by BB Dakota, Billabong, Kensie Girl and more. 6635 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.783.0527. Dakota dress

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Upscale Resale A high-end resale shop that works in collaboration with non-for-profit Willows Way Inc, shoppers can buy purchase like-new Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Coach apparel and accessories for a cause. 10042 Manchester Rd., Rock Hill, 314.821.8161. Designer handbags

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Valerie Mills Fine Apparel At first visit, fashion devotees know Valerie Mills “gets it”. Her store is heavy in hot lines including Elizabeth & James, McQ, Nicole Miller and Rebecca Taylor. 139 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.727.4545. Hot Gift: Urban Posh gold and pearl Estee necklace Vie For your next special occasion, think Vie—where you’ll discover flirty-to-sophisticated dresses and separates by Nightcap, Mark & James, Bailey 44 and Alice + Olivia. 9660 Clayton Rd., Ladue, Hot Gift: Bangles 314.997.0124. with semi-precious stones Von Maur An upscale department store offering top name brands for men and women, including BCBGMaxAzria, Betsey Johnson and Calvin Klein. 2 Fountain Grass Dr., Lake St. Louis, 636.561.7040. Hot Gift: Tahitian Jelly Bean watch by Michelle, in assorted colors Wish Shoes A dream shoe closet, Wish carries footwear by Kate Spade, Tory Burch and Giuseppe Zanotti, plus haute handbags, hats, hosiery and statement baubles. 9765 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.432.0800. Hot Gift: Cableknit Welly fleece socks Women’s Closet Exchange Contemporary pieces neighbor to-die designer styles, like Armani blazers and Louis Vuitton handbags, at this nationally-recognized upscale resale shop. 11575 Gravois Rd., Sunset Hills, 314.842.8405. Coach handbags

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Ziezo Whatever your clothing allowance, you’ll find something you’ll be excited to wear at Ziezo where you’ll encounter an unexpected mix of hip clothing, shoes and accessories by Colcci, Free People and Jeffrey Campbell. 6394 Delmar Blvd., The Hot Gift: Loop, 314.725.9602. Free People deco waterfall ruffle cardigan

Jewelry From fashion pieces to future heirlooms, these STL jewelry shops are the go-to for pearls, pendants and all extravagant extras. Albarré Jewelry For watches and an impressive selection of fine jewelry that runs the gamut, including custom pieces designed in-house, shop Albarre Jewelry. 9711 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.997.1707. Hot Gift: Animal and insect rings with black and white diamonds, in several colors Clarkson Jewelers Shop custom jewelry and designer pieces by such of-the-moment brands as David Yurman, Hearts on Fire and Patek Philippe. 1306 Clarkson Clayton Center, West County, 636.227.2006. Hot Gift: Breitling watches CODI, The Boutique Owned and operated by St. Louisan Courtney Hopson, who designs and creates the store's "funky for day, fancy for night" jewelry offerings, head to CODI for small accessories and special gifts for yourself or a friend. 9218 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.692.2634; 1164 Town & Country Crossing Dr., Town & Country, 636.227.2634. Hot Gift: 18k white or yellow gold-plated cushion-cut semiprecious stone earrings in smoky topaz, black diamond, white or pacific opal. Curt Parker A longstanding tradition, Curt Parker prides itself on a stellar selection of diamond gemstone and platinum pieces by award-winning jewelry designers. 10192 Conway Rd., Ladue, 314.989.9909. Hot Gift: Sterling silver earrings from Spain Diamond & Jewelry Brokers Family-owned Diamond & Jewelry Brokers has been a Master IJO Jeweler for more than three decades, and is the area’s go-to for incomparable diamonds and gemstones. 473 Lafayette Center, West County, 636.489.4882. Hot Gift: Inside-out diamond hoop earrings

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McGinty Jewelers on the Plaza For must-have Michele watches and edgy Konstantino Treasures pieces for him and her, shop McGinty Jewelers on the Plaza. 28 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.361.6556. Hot Gift: Michele Tahitian Jelly Bean watch

HOT TREND

THE ROMANCE OF ROSE GOLD

The Silver Lady Sterling silver jewelry is the specialty at The Silver Lady, which houses bold cuffs, chunky rings, chokers, pendants and more. 4736 McPherson Ave., Central West End, 314.367.7587; 6364 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.727.0704. Hot Gift: Chunky jewelry & jewel-toned pieces

Rose gold is the new “IT” metal for wedding and engagement rings.

In recent years, white gold and platinum have replaced gold as the metal for the perfect engagement ring. However, gold—specifically, rose gold— seems to be making a comeback. Katie Holmes and Mariah Carey both flaunt rings with this highfashion hue! Why? Every girl wants her diamond to stand out, and choosing a rose-gold band does just that! Since the color has a tint of pink, it is soft and romantic, yet is still traditional. So remember, when you are choosing the perfect gem, rose gold is golden. Mavrik Fine Jewelry is on top of the trend and has been designing more and more of the rose-gold jewels. Visit Mavrik in Kirkwood this winter to choose from the oneof-a-kind, romantic collection.

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The Diamond Shop Whether you’d rather shop a hot designer’s line or have a celeb jewelry-inspired piece custom designed, think The Diamond Shop. 12 N. Central Ave., Clayton, 314.721.2210. Hot Gift: Custom rings by Thom Kohn Elleard Heffern Home to jewelry by the industry’s most respected names, like Stephen Webster, plus estate jewelry and hot new lines, including Diane von Furstenberg by H. Stern. 101 S. Hanley Rd., Clayton, 314.863.8820. Hot Gift: Gurhan 24k gold and blackened silver stacking rings Genovese Jewelers Shop Genovese Jewelers for coveted fine jewelry for him and her, including watches by Michele and Tag Heuer, rings by Simon G and bold bracelets by Chad Allison. 12460 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.878.6203. Hot Gift: Chad Allison cuff bracelets Hannoush Jewelers A direct importer of diamonds and gemstones, shop Hannoush. Prices are impressive, and pieces by the likes of Pandora will keep you coming back. 218 Chesterfield Mall, Chesterfield, 636.536.2906. Hot Gift: Pandora sterling silver and 14k gold necklaces Hufford’s Jewelry Shop designer jewelry, bridal jewelry and estate jewelry—plus unexpected gifts, including fine silver. 10413 Clayton Rd., Frontenac, 314.993.1444. Hot Gift: Silver giftware Mavrik Fine Jewelry From fashion jewelry by such lines as Michael Negrin to stunning custom engagement rings, you’ll find yourself coveting a variety of pieces upon any visit to Mavrik. 200 S. Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, 314.909.6818. Hot Gift: Calibra lady’s pink watch

Simon’s Jewelers For an impressive watch selection (which includes Cartier, Breitling and Panerai) and fine jewelry by Judith Ripka, Marco Bicego, visit Simon’s. 8113 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.8888. Hot Gift: Cartier watch Summit Jewelers Locally owned and operated, designers are consistently creating striking, one-of-a-kind rings, pendants and more in the store’s impressive in-house workshop. 7821 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314.962.1400. Hot Gift: Diamond studded hoop earrings in yellow or white gold Uncommon Threads The result of innovative metal practices, locally-designed and crafted Uncommon Threads jewelry is composed of everything from modern earrings to chunky cuffs. uncommonthreadsjewelry.com. Hot Gift: Bracelets and earrings from the Twig Collection Vinciguerra From classic timepieces by Movado and Seiko to dazzling engagement rings, Vinciguerra’s designer roster includes A. Jaffe, Cherie Dorie and Simon G. 735 N. New Ballas, Creve Coeur, 314.991.1490. Hot Gift: Black diamonds Ylang-Ylang With jewelry at a variety of price points, you’ll want to gift the store’s Toy Watches and custom pendants, but keep the Erica Cortney bangles and Jude Frances rings for your own jewelry box. 81 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.567.5555. Hot Gift: Sydney Evan collection

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cutting-edge eyeglasses, sunglasses, eyeglasses and more. 9717 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.997.0002. Hot Gift: David Yurman glasses The Eye Bar An upscale eyewear shop housing exclusive designers, shoppers can order up sunglasses and specs by Oliver Peoples, Face a Face and Chanel at The Eye Bar. 401 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.1848. Hot Gift: Oliver Peoples sunglasses Eyewearhaus If glasses are your signature, shop Eyewearhaus, where—between the retro shapes and the super-fresh frames by LA Eyeworks, Oakley and Cazal—you’ll find the pair that’s perfectly you. 745 N. New Ballas Rd., Creve Coeur, 314.567.7423. Hot Gift: Ronit Furst hand-painted eyewear

HOME DÉCOR Whether you’re outfitting a living room or loft or love unique knickknacks, shop these abodefocused showrooms for the best in home decor. Atom Known for unique and timeless interior design, Atom is an online-only retailer that caters to retail customers, interior designers and architects, in addition to offering interior design services. 513 Olive St., Downtown, 314.621.4141. Hot Gift: Laptop case and portable work station Centro Modern Furnishings Focused on bringing world-class modern design to the Midwest market, Centro offers furniture and lighting collections by B&B Italia, Cassina and Wittmann, to name a few. 4727 McPherson Ave., Central West End, 314.454.0111. Hot Gift: Cylinda Line “Statement” cocktail shaker Design Within Reach From iconic mid-century works to pieces designed today, Design Within Reach believes in the clean and simple—as evident in its Saarinen-, Eames- and Bertoia-heavy showroom. 44 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.361.1701. Hot Gift: Tabletop mobile The Designing Block “From funky to fabulous,” The Designing Block is best described as two floors of colorful chaise lounges, throw pillows, lamps, mirrors and rugs. 7735 Clayton Rd., Clayton, 314.721.4224. Hot Gift: Light-up reading glasses GoodWorks Known for contemporary and stylish

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furniture and accessories at affordable prices, the available beds, dressers, mirrors and more can update a room or outfit your entire abode. 6323 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.726.2233. Hot Gift: Head vase Niche Blending creativity with distinctive home furnishings, Niche houses furnishings by Gus*, Herman Miller and Bernhardt Interiors, plus an experienced interior design team. 300 N. Broadway, Downtown, 314.621.8131. Hot Gift: Penguin Hardcover Classics Series books, with cover designs by CoralieBickford Smith Rothschild’s Antiques With a large selection of antiques, fine art and home furnishings in a variety of styles and prices, one could spend hours perusing this multi-level shop. 398 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.361.4870. Hot Gift: Kitchen towels UMA Standing for “Urban Materials and Accessories”, UMA is a go-to for modern gifts and unconventional accoutrements for your home. Shop clocks, lamps, glassware and an abundance of oddball knickknacks. 1100 Locust St., Downtown, 314.241.9990. Hot Gift: Animal cardboard wall trophy puzzle

SPECIALTY STORES For that hard-to-buy-for giftee, shop these specialty stores, whether it's an athlete, bookworm or a mother-to-be. 9 Months in Style Where expectant fashionistas stock up on everything from Paige Premium Denim to formal dresses. 11243 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, 314.835.9935. Hot Gift: Michael Stars maternity clothing Amini’s Home, Rugs & Game Room The area’s headquarters for game room musts, including pool tables, game tables and home bar furniture. 17377 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield, 636.537.9200. Hot Gift: Brunswick Billiards pool table Apple of Your Eye Specializing in personalized gifts, shop Apple of Your Eye pre-wedding, -shower or -birthday for a perfect present. 20 N. Gore Ave., Webster Groves, 314.968.9698. Hot Gift: Personalized polka-dotted Christmas dessert plates with matching spreaders


Big Shark Bicycle Co. All things needed for the novice and seasoned cyclist, from accessories and apparel to best-brand bicycles for every age and level. 6133 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.862.1188. Hot Gift: Big Shark team kit by Pearl Izumi Byron Cade When nothing but a memorable gift will suffice, step into Byron Cade for fine gifts for all occasions, including silver and home accessories by Vera Wang and Waterford. 7901 Clayton Rd., Clayton, 314.721.4701. Hot Gift: wine glasses Cheap Trx Visit Cheap Trx for sexy clothing, edgy accessories, a piercing, a tattoo or any of a number of adults-only items. 3211 S. Grand Blvd., South City, 314.664.4011. Hot Gift: couples games, including dare cards

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MacroSun International MacroSun works with traditional artists and craftspeople around the world to bring St. Louisans truly-unique clothing, jewelry, ritual art, masks, traditional wares and textiles. 1310 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.421.6400. Hot Gift: Tibetan mantra healing bracelet Phoenix Rising Eclectic gifts, including handcrafted jewelry, unique home accessories, quirky gift cards, bath products, toys and so much more. 6331 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.862.0609. Hot Gift: Dogeared necklace Service Bureau Incorporated Everyone appreciates receiving a thank you note or invitation in their home’s mailbox, versus their computer’s—especially if it’s a beautiful card from Service Bureau Incorporated. 9773 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.991.1104. Hot Gift: Lipstick Illumination

Itsy Bitsy Boutique Known for customized gifts for most any special occasion, shop Itsy Bitsy Boutique. The shop’s hand-painted, monogrammed and embroidered clothing and accessories make perfect presents. ibboutique.com. Hot Gift: Personalized linens

Tiger Lily From jewelry to serving wear to wearables for baby, shop Tiger Lily’s gifts galore and have them monogrammed in-house to make them extra-special. 7328 Manchester Rd., Maplewood, 314.646.0061. Hot Gift: Pouchee purse organizer

LB Design From wine glasses and platters to totes and baby accessories, buy a great gift and get it personalized by the experts at LB Design. lbdesignstl.com, 314.494.5052. Hot Gift: Bright shopper totes

Vellum When pretty paper is your mission, make your first stop Vellum. You’re sure to find the perfect announcements, personal stationery and invitations. 120 W. Monroe Ave., Kirkwood, 314.909.1640. Hot Gift: Personalized stationery

Left Bank Books For an impressive array of books—ranging from children’s titles to those with those with a political focus—and hard-to-find magazines, locally-owned Left Bank Books is the hookup. 399 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.6731; 321 N. 10th St., Downtown, 314.436.3049. Hot Gift: Indie bestsellers

Viva! Unique Jewelry, Gifts & Home Décor When you’re in need of a gift but don’t know where to start, think Viva! Distinctive home decor neighbors jewelry, accessories and handbags by Vera Bradley in this must-visit Old Webster shop. 132 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.968.8482. Hot Gift: Personalized acrylic ice bucket

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HAVE AN UPCOMING HOLIDAY EVENT? GREGORY’S CREATIVE CUISINE

is the best vendor for your corporate, social, wedding and holiday catering.

Holiday Menus At: www.gregoryscreativecuisine.com Contact Chef Gregory at 314.481.4481 or gmchef@yahoo.com

Give a gift that can be enjoyed all year long! Karen Adams Calendars


ALIVE Magazine’s 2010 Annual

Company Retreat at Moonrise Hotel

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The ALIVE team returned to this cosmically cool boutique hotel to plan another exciting year.

oasting comfort, eye-catching design, attentive staff and accommodating meeting spaces, Moonrise Hotel once again served as the two-day home base for ALIVE to hold its annual company retreat. The choice to return to the quirky boutique hotel was a no-brainer; Locals and visitors alike have recognized Moonrise as one of the top choices for lodging and business meetings. Since opening in March 2009, the hotel has become a top-rated St. Louis area hotel by TripAdvisor.com.

BUSINESS AMENITIES The motif at Moonrise might be an out-of-this-world lunar dreamland, but the hotel’s business accommodations are down-to-earth and practical. The spacious executive conference rooms, named after the Apollo 8 and Apollo 11 moon missions, can be arranged based on any group’s needs. These state-ofthe-art spaces are stocked with everything the ALIVE team needed for productivity, including complimentary high-speed wireless Internet and high-definition audio-visual projectors. And to keep stomachs satisfied and thirsts quenched, Moonrise staff kept the refreshments stocked. The freshly brewed coffee, tea, juice, soda and snacks were a welcome source of energy as the ALIVE staff planned 2011 company goals. SLEEK DESIGN The striking interior of Moonrise is eye-catching from the moment guests step inside. The beautifully illuminated main staircase has been recognized in national design contests, while the lobby features sleek minimalist furnishings, lunar artwork, vintage toys and memorabilia from the Apollo missions.

Moonrise’s guest rooms are equally impressive, and feature luxurious Serta “Enrapture” eurotop beds, top-of-the-line bedding, 32-inch plasma TVs, iPod docking stations, soothing walk-in rain showers and spa-like bath products from H20+. After a long day of meetings, the ALIVE team was happy to unwind in comfortable surroundings and recharge for the next day of planning. Some relaxed in their rooms, while others took advantage of the 24-hour fitness center. DELICIOUS FARE & FABULOUS VIEWS The culinary creators at Moonrise’s Eclipse Restaurant provided tasty lunch options during ALIVE’s two-day retreat. Eclipse’s award-winning menu offered something for every appetite, including staff favorites like the Open-Faced B.L.A.T. sandwich, featuring bacon, lettuce, avocado and sundried tomato mayo on grilled multigrain bread, and the the tempting teriyaki-glazed turkey burger on a soft brioche bun, served with tempura squash fries. Before wrapping up a successful retreat, the ALIVE team was thrilled to take time to enjoy cocktails on Moonrise’s beautiful rooftop terrace, which features breathtaking views of the vibrant Loop and the St. Louis city skyline.

For more information or to book your company meeting or event, contact Harry Lunt, Director of Sales and Marketing (Harry@MoonriseHotel.com). Moonrise Hotel 6177 Delmar in The Loop 314.721.1111 MoonriseHotel.com

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GIFTGUIDE 9 MONTHS IN STYLE

This ultra-soft, supima cotton tee from Pure T Maternity is the perfect holiday gift for the expectant mom to wear from the beginning of the pregnancy until the end. The handmade, tie-dyed tee is available in niagra (shown), wine and navy tie-dye and in solid colors. Surprise her this holiday season! 11243 Manchester Rd. • Kirkwood 314.835.9935

ALIXANDRA collections

Alixandra Collections is a one-stop shop known for its wide range of women’s accessories and clothing.The store carries a variety of brands, including Chan Luu, Deepa Gurnani and Gillian Julius. Alixandra Collections’ mission is to make every woman feel beautiful! 9814 Clayton Rd. • Clayton 314.997.2360 • shopalix.com

BLUSH BOUTIQUE

This House of Harlow tribal ring is the perfect gift for the holidays.The tribal trend is ALIVE and well in this exotic 14K Gold black & white enameled wrap ring. 110 N Clay Ave. • KIRKWOOD 314.965.4411 • BlushBoutique.com

BYRON CADE

Made of a rich variegated acacia wood and a metal alloy, this Ridge Platter offers two distinctlooksinoneattractiveservingpiece. It’s ideal for carrying drinks out to the patio or desserts to the dining room table. 7901 Clayton Rd. • Clayton 314.721.4701 • byroncadegifts.com

CODI

These crystal- and pearl-studded glam Codi earrings are a holiday must have. Also available in gold, these statement-making stunners add the perfect finishing polish to yourholidayoutfits.Visitournewlocationin Town & Country next door to Whole Foods! Codi The Boutique 9218 Clayton Rd. • Ladue 314.692.CODI • codijewelry.com CODI, CODI Diamonds 1164 Town and Country Crossing Dr. Town & Country• 636.227.CODI ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION


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GIFTGUIDE EILEEN FISHER

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The ultimate accessory this winter is the mohair dream infinity wrap.Wear it with a coat or a little black dress. 84 Plaza Frontenac • FRONTENAC 314.983.0975 • eileenfisher.com

IVY HILL

Giveagiftthatgivesbackthisholidayseason! Available as a ring, earrings or as a necklace, these Brazilian leaves are dehydrated and dippedinpreciousmetalstocreatebeautiful keepsakes.Foreachpiecesold,thedesigner donates a tree to be planted in Brazil. 304 N. Euclid Ave. • CENTRAL WEST END 314.367.7004 • IVYHILLBOUTIQUE.COM

LOLA & PENELOPE’S

The American WereWolf is the must-have luxury pet carrier of the season. Keep your best friend snug and secure whether out on thetownortravelingtoanothertown.Perfect for the lovely little pooch in your life! 7742 Forsyth Blvd. • Clayton 314.863.5652 • LolaAndPenelopes.com

Pencilography

Have a photo of a precious memory lying aroundandnotsurewhattodowithit?Tanya Linenbroker can turn that photo-no matter how posed or candid-into a frame-worthy portrait. Using charcoal and pencil, Tanya creates portraits that are perfect gifts for any occasion. Tanya Linenbroker • Pencilography pencilography.com • 314.800.3987

THE SERVICE BUREAU

The momAgenda Desktop is recognized as the gold standard among day planners for moms. It has been featured on“The Today Show,” in “Real Simple” magazine and “The New York Times.” We also carry the myAgenda, a weekly planner for everyone, not just moms! 9773 Clayton Rd. • Ladue 314.991.1104

SUSAN LYNN’S

Picture her opening this show-stopping BadgelyMischkasequinhandbagwithgold chaindetail.Shewillsquealwithdelight,and you’ll take the prize for most outstanding gift-giver! 1122 Town and Country Crossing TOWN AND COUNTRY • 314.367.7587 Susanlynns.com ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION


HOLIDAYS in ST. LOUIS

YOUR POT’S DESIRE What is a more perfect holiday gift than a personalized, hand-painted ceramic piece? Your Pot’s Desire has plenty of crafty, functional items to paint for the Holiday Season, including Christmas & Judaica items. These are gifts that your family & friends will be sure to use for years to come! 7700 Delmar Blvd. University City, MO 63130 314.601.3982 yourpotsdesire.com

THE SILVER LADY Designed by an architect, this unique and distinctive silver necklace will make a statement with every move you make! The Silver Lady carries wearable art pieces from 50 different artists, each guaranteed to make a memorable holiday gift for anyone on your shopping list. CENTRAL WEST END

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SAINT LOUIS SYMPHONY December 17-19 Edwin Outwater, conductor St. Louis Symphony The St. Louis Children’s Choirs

CHA BOUTIQUE At Cha, we house some of the best-known brands and trends in St. Louis. The must-have holiday gift for 2010 everyone will be talking about is a pair of personalized TOMS shoes. At Cha Boutique, we have an in-house artist who will paint any design on a pair of TOMS purchased at Cha! Come by today to snag your size in the basic canvas or funky glitter colors! See you soon! December holiday hours: Mon, Tue and Sat: 10am-5pm, Wed: 10am-6pm, Thurs and Fri: 10am-7pm, Sun 12pm-4pm 9666 Clayton RD. • Ladue, Mo 63124 314.993.8080 • shop-cha.com ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

Bring the whole family for the St. Louis Symphony’s Holiday Celebration, featuring music that defines the spirit of the season. Enjoy eggnog, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa in the festive atmosphere of Powell Hall. stlsymphony.org


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AL’S RESTAURANT 1200 N. First St., 314.421.6399. Known for steaks and seafood, Al’s is operated by three generations of one St. Louis family. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ Atomic Cowboy 4140 Manchester Ave., 314.775.0775. This casual environment serves a Baja Fresh menu of Tex-Mex dishes, a noteworthy house sangria and over 25 labels of premium tequila. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $ BRASSERIE BY NICHE 4580 Laclede Ave., 314.454.0600. Niche executive chef and owner Gerard Craft brings his take on casual French dining to the Central West End. Brasserie features an evolving menu of French bistro fare, an impressive beer list and classic desserts. Dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$ Chi 4 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.2209. This trendy Japanese sushi bar has the best St. Louis sushi rolls around; the Lemon Drop roll is a must-try. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $ CrÊpes: etc. 52 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.2200. This upscale patisserie takes a modern twist on a French classic, serving both sweet and savory crêpes as well as a variety of homemade pastries, soups and sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch served daily. Dinner served Fri.-Sat. $

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the Drunken Fish 1 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.4222. This stylish sushi lounge with an extensive Japanese menu offers everything from tuna tataki to traditional rolls. Arrive late night for DJs and karaoke. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$

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beloved classic is reborn under the direction of the Monarch duo. Serves contemporary American in an elegant atmosphere. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. and dinner daily. Sun. brunch. $$ Novak’s Bar & Grill 4121 Manchester Ave., 314.531.3699. Known as a top bar and dance destination for the city’s gay and lesbian crowd—stop in for burgers, apps and live music. Open daily. $ The Pasta House Co. 313 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1144. Authentic Italian fare including the infamous Pasta House Co. salad, toasted ravioli and spaghetti. Lunch and dinner served daily. Multiple locations; pastahouse.com. $$ Pi 400 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.4300. Serving the same great pizzas made famous at its flagship location in The Loop, the new CWE Pi has a few new additions, creative cocktails, homemade desserts and of course, delicious San-Fran style pizza. Dinner served daily. $$ SANCTUARIA 4198 Manchester Ave., 314.535.9700. Fresh, inspired Pan-Latin tapas await you at this Grove destination. Try their signature “wild tapas” while sipping on a handcrafted cocktail during their daily happy hour. Dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$ Scape american bistro 48 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7227. Chef Eric Kelly has crafted an innovative and unique menu of American cuisine at this contemporary CWE bistro. Sunday brunch. Dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$$ Sub Zero 308 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1200. Over 140 international labels of vodka, a wonderfully large list of drinks and sushi and a new build-your-own burger menu in the expanded area. Dinner served daily. $$

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prepared by new Executive Chef Paola Bugli. Dinner daily. $$$

BRIDGE TAP HOUSE AND WINE BAR 1004 Locust St., 314.241.8141. The third restaurant of David Bailey, owner of Bailey’s Chocolate Bar, boasts a large craft beer and wine selection, as well as a full menu with tons of house-made touches. Dinner Tues.-Sun. $$

the jive & Wail dueling pianos 1223 Washington Ave., 314.781.7000. From dueling pianos to unique pub fare, this Maplewood hot spot has it all. Dinner served daily. $$

BURGER BAR 999 N. 2nd St., 314.881.7580. Located inside the Lumière Place Casino and Hotels, Burger Bar offers build-your-own-gourmet burgers with a large list of breads, meats and condiments to choose from. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$ Café Ventana 3919 W. Pine Blvd., 314.531.7500. This French Quarter-inspired coffeehouse has an extensive food selection, including sandwiches, beignets, pastries and coffee. Open daily. $$ Chuy arzola’s 3701 Lindell Blvd., 314.644.4430. The relaxed atmosphere of the recently opened Chuy Arzola’s pairs perfectly with their Tex-Mex cuisine. Spicy fajitas and chilled margaritas complete the laidback Tex-Mex vibe. Lunch and dinner served daily. $ CIELO 999 N. 2nd Street St., 314.881.2105. Located at the Four Seasons Hotel and serves contemporary Italian and American dishes such as seared sea scallops, filet mignon and house-made pasta and desserts. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $$$ The Fountain on Locust 3037 Locust St., 314.535.7800. Home of the creative ice cream martini, as well as delicious fresh-made appetizers, entrees, fine ice creams, chocolates and retro cocktails. The one-of-a-kind, hand-painted Art Deco interior is also a must-see. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $ Harry’s Downtown Restaurant & Bar 2144 Market St., 314.421.6969. This eclectic bistro is understatedly refined, serving a wide range of cuisine. Lunch is Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$ Houlihan’s 147 St. Louis Union Station, 314.436.0844. Casual family atmosphere with great burgers and other finger foods. Boasts one of the best happy hour specials in the city. Lunch and dinner served daily. Multiple locations; houlihans.com. $$ House of Savoy 901 N. 2nd St., 314.881.7830. This casually elegant restaurant features delicious and authentic Italian cuisine alivemag.com

LOLA 500 N. 14th St., 314.621.7277. This recently opened downtown eatery houses a large collection of unique cocktails, French and American cuisine, and a wide variety of delicious vegetarian entrées. Brunch served Sat.-Sun., open daily. $$ Lucas Park Grille 1234 Washington Ave., 314.241.7770. A seasonal menu with fresh ingredients such as soups, salads and New American entrees offer something for everyone.Lunch and dinner served daily, Sat.-Sun. brunch. $$$ Mike Shannon’s 620 Market St., 314.421.1540. This 20-year-old St. Louis landmark serves upscale American cuisine. Stop by the expansive “The Outfield” beer garden, powered by The Pepper Lounge, for some pre- or post-game spirits. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$ MORGAN STREET BREWERY 721 N. 2nd St., 314.231.9970. Located in an area of town filled with history and charm, Morgan Street offers great food and beers that are brewed right on the premises. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $ Mosaic 1001 Washington Ave., 314.621.6001. This modern fusion restaurant offers an array of cold and hot tapas. Lunch and dinner served daily; Brunch served Sat.-Sun. $$

RED KITCHEN & BAR 315 Chestnut St., 314.259.3244. Located in the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Hotel, this swanky restaurant and bar has an outstanding new Italian menu and an equally appealing nightlife scene to match. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $$

sleek 999 N. 2nd St., 314.621.9590. This upscale steakhouse is one of Hubert Keller’s signature restaurants. Dinner served daily. $$$ Smoking Joe’s 1901 Washington Ave., 314.436.3876. You’ll find just about any type of Memphisstyle barbeque at this new Downtown joint, all seasoned to perfection and smoked slowly. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $

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Lorenzo’s Trattoria Celebrate your holiday parties at Lorenzo’s Trattoria. Call now to make your holiday reservation.

TONY’S 410 Market St., 314.231.7007. Elegant and sophisticated, Tony’s has been a St. Louis institution known for its attentive service and flawless cuisine. Dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$ VIto’s 3515 Lindell Blvd., 314.534.4586. Known for its exceptional Italian cuisine and pizza, this long-established spot serves classic Sicilian-style pizza, fresh pastas, calzones and more. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$

Clayton/Ladue Araka 131 Carondelet Plaza, 314.725.6777. This gorgeous restaurant in Clayton’s The Crescent features delicious Europeaninspired cuisine. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$$

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

BARcelona 34 N. Central Ave., 314.863.9909. A St. Louis see-and-be-seen stop to nosh on Spanish tapas. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$

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South City/ Hampton/The Hill Aya Sofia 6671 Chippewa St., 314.645.9919. Add a dash of culture to your diet with exotic Turkish and Mediterranean delights. Open Tues.-Sun. $$ CITY DINER 3139 S. Grand Blvd., 314.772.6100. Travel back to the 1960s at this retro American diner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $ LORENZO’S TRATTORIA 1933 Edwards St., 314.773.2223. For a different taste on The Hill, try Lorenzo’s, which features Northern Italian cuisine combined with contemporary flavors. Lunch served Tue.-Fri. and dinner served Tue.-Sun. $$ MANGIA ITALIANO 3145 S. Grand Blvd., 314.664.8585. This spot serves casual cuisine in an intimate interior, with live music several nights of the week. Lunch served Mon.-Sat. and dinner served daily. $$ The ROYALE 3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.772.3600. This tavern-style restaurant pays homage to its St. Louis home with drinks named for different aspects of the city. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$

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J.Buck’s 101 S. Hanley Rd., 314.725.4700. A Clayton staple for business lunches and happy hours. Flavorful offerings include classic favorites like pizza, pasta, burgers and baby back ribs. Multiple locations. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$ Kaldi’s 700 DeMun Ave., 314.727.9955; 187 Carondelet Plaza, 314.726.2900. Offers plenty of options, like flavored coffees and premium blends. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $ MISO ON MERAMEC 16 N. Meramec Ave., 314.863.7888. One of St. Louis’ most popular sushi spots, Miso is as famed for its Pan-Asian food as it is for its lounge. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$ Océano 44 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.721.9400. St. Louis’ premier seafood bistro is an elegant addition to the Clayton dining scene. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$$ Roxane 12 N. Meramec Ave., 314.721.7700. Tucked away in a corner of Clayton, this small

Lafayette Square/ Benton Park/Soulard BAILEYS’ CHOCOLATE BAR 1915 Park Ave., 314.241.8100. Offering a mix of savory and sweet items, this hotspot serves desserts such as Baileys’ Chocolate Brownie and bread pudding. Open daily. $

Franco 1535 S. 8th St., 314.436.2500. This cool bistro serves country French fare with a modern twist. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. Dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ Mississippi Mud 2101 Cherokee St., 314.776.6599. Fresh-roasted coffee, sandwiches, soups and pastries all served here in the heart of the Cherokee-Lemp Historic District. Open daily. $ NICHE 1831 Sidney St., 314.773.7755. With its modern décor and cozy charm, this award-winning neighborhood bistro offers a fabulous New American menu. And stop by for cocktails and small plates at their newly opened Taste by Niche next door. Dinner served daily. $$$

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Park Avenue Coffee 1919 Park Ave., 314.621.4020. Not your average coffee shop—enjoy Chauvin coffee, bagels, house-made muffins, smoothies and a selection of over 40 gooey butter cakes. Open daily. $ Soulard’s Restaurant 1731 S. 7th St., 314.241.7956. Delicious contemporary American and Southern cuisine and grilled-to-perfection steaks await you at this historic Soulard restaurant and bar. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$ SqWires 1415 S. 18th St., 314.865.3522. A seasonal menu features fresh interpretations of American classics. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$$ The Stable 1821 Cherokee St., 314.771.8500. This brew house, distillery and pizzeria features bacon-wrapped dates, housemade grinders and an array of pizza and pasta. Located in the historic Cherokee Street district. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. $ VIN DE SET 2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.8989. A French-inspired rooftop bistro complete with an extensive wine list and specialty martinis. Open for lunch and dinner Tues.-Fri. and bar is open Tues.-Sun. $$$

University City/ The Loop 609 LOUNGE 609 Eastgate Ave., 314.721.9168. Stop in this trendy hotspot for happy hour from 5-8 pm, take advantage of their hookah menu, or opt for a late night signature cocktail, including the Dirty C.E.O. Martini and the Chocolate Kiss. DJ’s start the party every night at 9:30pm. Open daily. $$ Blueberry Hill 6504 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.4444. Joe Edwards’ flagship restaurant is as synonymous with St. Louis as the Arch—it’s a landmark restaurant not to be missed. $ Blue Ocean Sushi 609 Eastgate Ave., 314.721.9168. This contemporary Japanese restaurant serves all-you-can-eat sushi and à la carte items, such as chicken teriyaki, tempura, and other popular Japanese/Asian cuisine. Lunch and dinner served daily. $ ECLIPSE 6177 Delmar Blvd., 314.726.2222. This restaurant and bar in the Moonrise Hotel features cosmic décor and a creative Log on to alivemag.com for our searchable, comprehensive directory of St. Louis restaurants, bars, nightclubs, bakeries, coffeehouses and more.

American menu with delicious twists. The Rooftop Terrace Bar offers a dramatic view of The Loop and St. Louis skyline and has out-of-this world cocktails to match. Open daily. $$$ MoMos 630 North and South Rd., 314.863.3511. Mediterranean tapas and a festive, lively atmosphere make this beloved St. Louis spot a must-visit. Lunch Mon.-Sat. and dinner daily. $$

Kirkwood/ Maplewood/ Webster Groves LATITUDE 26 6407 Clayton Ave., 314.932.5600. With flavors from both north and south of the border, this Tex-Mex eatery is bringing flair to Dogtown. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ Monarch 7401 Manchester Rd., 314.644.3995. The newly revamped interior at this casual restaurant perfectly complement the Southern-inspired fare. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$$ TRATTORIA BRANICA 451 S. Kirkwood Rd., 314.909.7575. Formal Italian dining and a chic wine bar make Trattoria Branica the perfect destination for a special occasion or vino sipping session. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. Multiple locations; Frontenac and Chesterfield. $$$

Creve Coeur/ Maryland Heights/West County/ Chesterfield annie gunn’s 16806 Chesterfield Airport Rd., 636.532.7684. Known for its heartwarming dishes and fresh seasonal specials, Annie Gunn’s offers unforgettable steaks, seafood, soups and salads. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$$ Balaban’s Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar 1772 Clarkson Rd., 636.449.6700. After 37 years in the Central West End, Balaban’s is reborn by former chef and owner Steve McIntyre—expect the familiar French bistro style of the beloved original, but with a new tapas twist and an attention to wine. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$ VegaDeli 177 Hilltown Village Center, 314.266.8349. With an array of kosher, raw, vegan and vegetarian offerings, VegaDeli serves delicious and healthy sandwiches, wraps, organic salads, fresh baked pastries and coffee. Open Tues.-Sat. $

GETTING OUT GUIDE ATOMIC COWBOY Dont miss... La Cage STL Presents: “Unity” a monthly revue featuring a star studded cast of the best female impersonators Saint Louis has to offer. December 17, 10pm in The Fox Hole $10. Only at The Cowboy. 4140 MANCHESTER • 314.775.0755 ATOMIC-COWBOY.com

J.VINCENT'S For the month of December, try our 12-inch, one-topping, thin crust pizza for just $4.99. Also, all pasta dishes are Buy One, Get One Free! Check out our lunch special: 9-inch thin crust pizza, soda, side salad and a chocolate chip cookie for $5.00 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  3804 Louisiana • 314.341.5363 jvincentspizzapasta.com

JOANIE'S Gather family and friends and enjoy Joanie’s legendary service, delicious food and specials! Enjoy half-priced appetizers Monday through Friday, 3:30pm to 6:30pm, a full menu with daily specials and a large selection of drinks. Shuttle service is available to all major sporting events. Joanie's gift certificates make great holiday presents! 2101 Menard ST. • 314.865.1994 JOanie’s to go • 314.865.5800 joanies.com • historic soulard

STEINBERG SKATING RINK IN FOREST PARK Largest Outdoor Ice Skating Rink in the Midwest. Public Ice Skating All Day, Every Day–Including all Holidays. 2010–2011 Season: Nov 12–March 6

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Best Steak ALIVE takes you on a tour of where you can find the best steak dinner in St. Louis.

TUcker’s Place

Herbie’s Vintage 72

2117 S. 12th St. • Soulard • 314.772.5977 tuckersplacestl.com

405 N. Euclid Ave. • Central West End 314.769.9595 • herbies.com

3939 UNION RD. • SOUTH COUNTY • 314.845.2584 14282 MANCHESTER RD. • WEST COUNTY • 636.227.8062

With three locations, Tucker’s Place has been serving St. Louis top-notch, prime steaks for over 25 years, as well as an array of other upscale American eats. At Tucker’s, the steak speaks for itself—tender and mouthwatering cuts that don’t hide behind the sauce and are cooked to perfection. Enjoy top entrees such as the 8-ounce filet mignon, the 16-ounce New York strip or the 20–ounce Porterhouse; all are served with fresh mixed greens, “The Works” baked potato and a dinner roll. The cozy atmosphere makes Tucker’s Place a must-visit spot for a casual lunch or delicious dinner.

Located in the Central West End, Herbie’s Vintage 72 is as top-notch as you can get for prime steak. Each steak is prepared by grill cook Marcos Rodriguez, who has manned the grill for over 10 years. Needless to say he’s perfected the art of cooking a tender, mouthwatering cut of beef and utilizes the kitchen’s wood burning grill to impart maximum flavor. The selection includes the Wellington of Beef, a classic staple at Herbie’s, splashed with golden raisin marsala sauce and served with haricots vert and carrots, and the delicious Beef Tenderloin is a must-order, drizzled with garlic butter and wild mushroom and roasted garlic sauce and served with crispy gnocchi.

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and Ultralounge

The phrase “grilled to perfection” is an understatement for SLeeK Steakhouse and Ultralounge. More like cut, selected, seasoned, grilled and served to perfection. But you wouldn’t expect anything less from celebrity chef and owner Huber t Keller, who opened this chic restaurant and lounge in the Lumière Place Casino & Hotels in February 2008. Since its debut, SLeeK has become synonymous with excellent steak, seafood and other upscale delights as well as its contemporary, see-and-be-seen atmosphere. To make it an evening at SLeeK, come for dinner, then stay late in the lounge for cocktails and DJ beats.

Superior Steak SLeeK’s menu features high-quality ingredients, sourced locally when available, and features items like oysters, shrimp scampi, crab cakes, Ahi tuna, French onion soup and halibut. But the real standout is the steak. All beef is hand-selected, corn-fed, USDA Prime and served a la car te, with a choice of gourmet sides such as truffle mac n’ cheese, creamed corn casserole with parmesan, baked sweet potato with brown sugar and potato au gratin. Satisfy everyone’s appetite, whether small or large, in your par ty—SLeeK offers options from tender 6-ounce petit filets to 36-ounce Por terhouses and then there’s the mouthwatering signature 36-ounce Tomahawk Bone-in Rib Eye and the Australian Kobe offered by the ounce. One thing’s for sure—you can add ‘satisfied to perfection’ to the list of aforementioned adjectives.

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999 N. 2nd St. Downtown 314.881.7598 LUMIEREPLACE.COM/SLEEK


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Scene in St. Louis: Top Chefs October 17

THE PLACE: RE/MAX Platinum Office at Pershing Avenue & Belt

THE PARTY: The heat was on for the second annual ALIVE Top Chefs AllAmerican Throwdown in the Central West End. The corner of Belt and Pershing, outside of the RE/MAX Platinum Office in the DeBaliviere Place Association neighborhood, was once again the site for this highly anticipated event featuring six St. Louis chefs in a cutthroat competition for the best burger. Hosted by celebrity chef and judge on Bravo’s “Top Chef: Just Desserts” Hubert Keller, the event had Chef Ian Craig (Sub Zero Vodka Bar), Todd Lough (Bixby’s), Clara Moore (Local Harvest), Josh Roland (Wildflower), Jason Tilford (Barrister’s) and Nick Zotos (Mike Shannon’s Steaks and Seafood) cooking delicious mini-burgers. Guests got to sample and vote for their favorite burger while enjoying drinks from 85 Lashes Rum, Blue Moon and Monster Energy Drink. After a close competition, Chef Josh Roland’s burger was named the winner by the judges, ALIVE’s Cristy Miller, MillerCoors Mark Moxley and Scott Drake from Schnucks, which also provided the event’s supplies.

Jessica Hutson

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Competing chefs Nick Zotos, Ian Craig, Clara Moore, Todd Lough, Jason Tilford & Josh Roland

Hubert Keller, Top Chef 2010 Winner Josh Roland & Cristy Miller

Hubert Keller & Mark Moxley Wildflower team (with chef Josh Roland)

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Charles Tompkins & Jill Schroeder

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2011 SAINT LOUIS AUTO SHOW CHARITY GALA Come join us for an evening on the town at the area’s premier automotive show. Enjoy a night of premium cocktails, gourmet mashed potato martini bar, carving station, passed hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, music, free admission to the after party and more!

Saturday, January 29 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm For more information visit saintlouisautoshow.com or call 314-822-0333


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Scene in St. Louis: Lola Absinthe Bar Grand Opening October 9

THE PLACE: Lola Absinthe Bar

THE PARTY: Guests gathered at Lola to celebrate the grand opening of its expanded new space and absinthe bar. Guests enjoyed complimentary Pernod Ricard, Dos Lunas and Absolut Vodka cocktails made with the potent spirit and delicious appetizers while DJ Needles and The Afro Picks, along with DJ Astroboy and Freeze Models, played to the packed lounge.

Suzanne Betlejewski & Cybil Paris

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Brianne Joggerst, Noah Besheer & Jaclyn Sitgar

Stacy Swinney & Brandon Ghoston

DJ Needles

Ann Rubin & Jennifer Feldman Christiaan Cofield & Christoper and Godfried Addae

Nick Savage & Libby Mantien

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Scene in St. Louis: Circo Atomico October 16

THE PLACE: Atomic Cowboy

THE PARTY: To commemorate five fabulous years of nightlife, parties, entertainment and food, Atomic Cowboy threw an all-out, anything-goes bash, Circo Atomico. Joined by ALIVE and Belle of the Ball Productions, guests were treated to circus performances including high-flying acts, juggling, fire dancing, aerial arts performances, live music, a circus sideshow and drink specials at this truly exciting—and eye-catching—party. Partial proceeds benefited Circus Flora.

Brian Leith, Alicia Clark, Jonathan Clark, Karin Leith, Christy Robertson & Erin Shay

Giana Calvello

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Jack Heffner & Karen Bailey

Ania Flint & Christie Kure

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Erin Varttrease & Peter Beck Glickert Ryan Rose, Amy Palmer & Braden Tobin Adam Geller, Phiilip Clow, Noelle Lopez & Jim Concannon Belle of the Ball performer

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Scene in St. Louis: Nara Café 2-Year Anniversary October 14

THE PLACE: Nara Café & Hookah Lounge

THE PARTY: Known for its casual cool vibe and late-night hookah gathering, Nara Café hosted an entertainment-filled night of belly-dancing, complimentary vodka and door prizes for their second anniversary while guests enjoyed the café’s delicious Mediterranean fare. Photos by Timothy Moore/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log on to alivemag.com/photos.

Pamela Raymond, Amer Hawatmeh & Kristen Bushko

Kate Poss & Xavier Menard

Stephanie Flynn, John DeGregorio & Debra Bass Scott Lapp & Kristen Bushko

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Scene in St. Louis: The Pepper Lounge 8th Anniversary October 9

THE PLACE: The Pepper Lounge

THE PARTY: Pete Ferretti and Buddy Coy celebrated the 8th anniversary of their landmark Downtown nightclub, The Pepper Lounge, with an at-capacity party that included appearances by numerous local celebs and scenesters, interactive entertainment including aerialist bartenders serving champagne, a surprise performance by rapper Murphy Lee, music by DJ Big D and DJ Greasy, late-night cupcakes and signature cocktails by Chambord vodka.

The Pepper Lounge Owners Buddy Coy & Pete Ferretti, with entertainers

Amy Richardson, Angela Perdue & Shannon VanMatre

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Kelly Foerstel, Kevin Engel, Donald Keener & Nicole Warlow

Steve Guidry & David Backes

Taylor Dietz & Devin Clark

Maribeth Meirink, Christina Hall & Abby Cave DJ Big D

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Mohammed & Mojda Jalali

Shavkat Islamov & Jessica Young Kyjuan & Murphy Lee

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WE CAN HOST EVENTS FOR 50 TO 500 PEOPLE. CONTACT KELLY AT 314.401.9482 OR EMAIL KLITZAU@LOUNGECONCEPTS.NET TO SET UP A TOUR OF ANY ONE OF OUR VENUES.


Archetypes

Michael Eastman Michael Eastman, an internationally known, self-taught photographer, has been an innovator and creative force in the arts for over 30 years. His photographs have lined the walls of respected institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Saint Louis Art Museum. With the ability to capture the authentic nature in his subjects, Eastman helps people see more beauty in the world, one photograph at a time.

What is your current mood or state of mind? Calm for a change; but that won’t last. What makes you happy? I am happiest when I am working. What is your idea of misery? Boredom. What did you eat for breakfast today? Egg whites. What’s one word that describes you? Driven. What trait do you value most in others? A good listener with great questions. What’s your favorite occupation? What I do. Who would you most like to be? A fly-fishing guide in Montana.

What’s your favorite color? It was the color of oxidized copper, but I am starting to love red. What is your favorite food? Fried chicken gizzards. What food do you like the least? Green peppers. If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), who would that be? My father. When he died, we were both so young. What vice do you most tolerate in others? Smoking after overeating. What talent do you wish you had? I would like to be able to write as well as I can see. Who is your favorite artist or author? I can’t possibly choose one, so: Edward Burtynsky, Andreas Gursky, Pieter Hugo, Kurt Schwitters, Anselm Kiefer and Mark Rothko. What excites you? Chasing the light at dusk with my camera. What do you consider a turn off? Entitled elitists. What do you love? My two favorite women: Gayle, my wife, and our German Shepard, Suki. What do you hate? People who hate. What are you most looking forward to? The Paris Photo 2010 show. What is one thing you wish would happen? Evolution. What’s something interesting that you just learned? Things do not necessarily get better with age and time does not heal all wounds. What’s something you want to learn? Be in the moment for more than a moment.

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What is your personal motto? No expectations. In another life, you’d be: The first Jewish daredevil. What is your current obsession? The iPad app “Words with friends.” What is your favorite word? Yes. What is your least favorite word? Should. What’s on your “bucket list”? To take at least one trip without my camera. Your hidden talent: I make the best BBQ ribs I have ever eaten. Personal hero: At 86, William H. Gass still makes art everyday. If you could have a conversation with your younger self, what would you say? Dude! Enjoy it! Interview by Elizabeth Tucker PHOTOGRAPH BY WESLEY LAW | ART DIRECTION BY DAVID HSIA

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


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