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S H AW + b ota n i c a l h e i g h t s : Arts, Shopping & Dining

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Saint Louis

For more than 16 years, ALIVE has celebrated the neighborhoods, makers, entrepreneurs and artists in St. Louis. GUIDED is a local, neighborhood-focused series showcasing shopping, dining, education and cultural experiences in a neighborhood of beauty and c h a r a c t e r. R e a d e r s h a v e t h e b e n e f i t o f i n s i d e r k n o w l e d g e i n t h e s e a r c h f o r c r e a t i v e s w h o a r e m a k i n g t h e c i t y a d e s t i n a t i o n p o i n t f o r i n n o v a t i o n , c r e a t i v e c o u r a g e a n d o r i g i n a l i t y.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019 | 7:30–10:00AM $55 | Participant Staenberg Performance Lab at COCA 524 Trinity Avenue | University City, MO 63130 Diana Chapman will lead you through an experiential training workshop to break down roadblocks to thinking creatively and innovating in your daily work. Based on her best-selling book, The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success, the workshop will help you focus and find clarity while becoming more collaborative, creative, energized and engaged. Chapman is an advisor to exceptional leaders and is a founding partner at Conscious Leadership Group. She has been a speaker at TEDx, Mindful Leadership Summit, Wisdom 2.0, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Haas School of Business, YPO, and Kauffman Fellows. Discounts available for groups of 5+, non-profit organizations and students. Contact Emily Catedral at ecatedral@cocastl.org of 314.561.4908 for rates.


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FIDDLEHEAD FERN Cafe By: Amy De La Hunt Photog raphy: Car men Troesser

I t ’s s a f e t o s a y t h e r e i s n ’ t a n o t h e r c a f é q u i t e l i k e

syrups from nearby Heirloom Bottling Co.

this one in the entire metro area. Sure, others

There are a few breakfast options—eggs, yogurt

offer locally sourced ingredients, have brightly

parfait, house-made granola with fruit—and a

minimalist spaces and offer live music on

few soups and salads, but loaded toasts make

weekends. But owner Darcy Heine has concocted

u p t h e h e a r t o f t h e m e n u . C o n v e n i e n t l y, t h e s e

something uniquely her own that matches

are perfect brunch food: hearty enough to stave

her perspective on the Shaw neighborhood.

off hunger for hours, and flavorful enough to satisfy mid-day cravings with toppings like

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Customers start arriving early in the morning

apples and brie with seasonal jam, avocado

for coffee from local roasters PERC and Coma

with tomatoes, chickpeas with radishes or a

or tea from Nashville-based Firepot Nomadic

B LT w i t h p e p p e r e d b a c o n . F o r b a k e d g o o d s ,

Te a s . O r, o n w e e k e n d s , t h e y m i g h t c h o o s e

the kitchen focuses on croissants and scones

i n s t e a d t o g o w i t h a m i m o s a o r b l o o d y m a r y.

while outsourcing cookies and other sweets to

G r a d u a l l y, g r o u p s o f f r i e n d s a n d w o r k c o l l e a g u e s

Whisk bakeshop. They’re just the thing to perk

b e g i n t o g a t h e r, s i p p i n g g l a s s e s o f w i n e o r

up a solitary work session or treat a hungry

experimenting with cocktails featuring natural

n e i g h b o r h o o d c h i l d o u t a n d a b o u t i n a s t r o l l e r.

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NIXTA Portions are sized to share, giving ever yone a chance to sample contemporar y Mexican dishes from a menu that changes weekly. 1 6 2 1 T O W E R G R O V E AV E . 314.899.9000

SAsha’s on shaw T he wine list is impressively deep, and the menu is a perfect match— from pâté to hummus to cheese to crêpes to g rilled tenderloin steak. 4 0 6 9 S H A W B LV D . 314.771.7274

Union loafers Prepare to indulge in a car nival of carbs at this restaurant and artisan baker y. On weekends, ask about the rotating seasonal breads. 1 6 2 9 T O W E R G R O V E AV E . 314.833.6111 NO. 1

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future ancestor By: Amy De La Hunt Photog raphy: Car men Troesser

I t ’s b e e n a l m o s t a y e a r s i n c e t h i s f u r n i t u r e

Even if you’re not in the market for a large

store and design studio outgrew its original

piece of midcentury modern furniture, the

home on Cherokee Street and moved to the

store is worth a visit for its eclectic and

Shaw neighborhood. The new space gave

welcoming plants, art and accessories. The

owners Brian and Julia Leenig twice as much

size of the sale is less important to the owners

space for their “modern-living” collection.

than their mission: to support customers in l i v i n g c r e a t i v e l y a n d i n t e n t i o n a l l y.

Although F/A specializes in midcentury modern furniture, the displays are a mix

On the design side, F/A services start with

of vintage and new pieces that combine

custom mood boards based on a style survey

in unique ways within the minimalist, all-

and photos of the space, then work up

w h i t e s h o w r o o m . T h e i m a g e s o n t h e s t o r e ’s

t h r o u g h t w o - h o u r, i n - h o m e r e d e s i g n s e s s i o n s

online shopping site capture the aesthetic

to a click-and-buy option where customers

perfectly—but if you see something you like,

receive a plan and a shopping list. For those

you should know that its Instagram is the

who want the company to take a project from

t r u e s a l e s e n g i n e . I t ’s a l m o s t l i k e a m i n i -

s t a r t t o f i n i s h , t h e r e ’s a l s o a f u l l - s e r v i c e

b a z a a r, c o m p l e t e w i t h f r i e n d l y b a n t e r a n d

design option.

real-time negotiations between customers.

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mix & match T his is an oasis for ever y woman who dreams of a budget-friendly shopping experience for stylish items that match her cur rent wardrobe. 2 2 0 7 S . 3 9 T H S T.

wild carrot T here’s nothing traditional about this industrial-yet-chic event space housed in a rehabbed 104-year-old theater. 3 9 0 1 S H A W B LV D . 314.696.2474

tower grove park From festivals to far mers’ markets to sports fields, this 289-acre park is one of the city’s favorites for relaxation and exploration. 4256 MAGNOLIA DR. 314.771.2679 NO. 1

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olio and elaia By: Amy De La Hunt Photog raphy: Car men Troesser T h e s e t w o B o t a n i c a l H e i g h t s re s t a u r a n t s a re s o c l o s e l y connected—both physically and conceptually—that first-time diners might be surprised at the very distinct menus and vibes each one offers. Olio—a wine bar housed in a former 1930s gas station—is full of hustle and bustle, with customers sitting elbow to elbow to enjoy Israeli-inspired dishes like charred tomato bruschetta, hearth-baked focaccia, cracked olives, hummus, lamb-stuffed pita or octopus with stewed eggplant. Elaia offers a more formal dining experience, where the focus is on classical cuisine influenced by contemporary trends and techniques. The prix fixe option on its tasting menu is arguably one of the best deals around, especially with pairings from the very strong wine list. B o t h re s t a u r a n t s h a v e s e e n c h a n g e s i n re c e n t m o n t h s , thanks to incoming executive chef Aaron Martinez. Restaurateur Ben Poremba recruited Martinez to inject new ideas into his two flagship restaurants— while still balancing the time-honored aspects that customers have come to love over the years. E v e n w i t h t h e n e w e n e r g y, t h e r e i s n o t a l k o f s h a k i n g u p t h e p o p u l a r b e v e r a g e p r o g r a m s . O l i o ’s c o c k t a i l s , i n p a r t i c u l a r, c o n t i n u a l l y p u s h i n t o n e w t e r r i t o r y, c o m b i n i n g f l a v o r s i n w a y s t h a t w o u l d b e d a u n t i n g i f t h e y w e re n ’t s o d e l i c i o u s ( b o u r b o n , carrot, lemon and maple is a case in point). 1634 TOWER GROVE AVE.

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honeycomb Find clothes and toys for children ages 0 to 10 at this ne w boutique, which will specialize in artisan, non-genderspecific lines and from inter national companies. 1 6 4 1 B T O W E R G R O V E AV E .

ao&co. Prolific restaurateur Ben Poremba adds a cor ner market packed with deli food, oils, vine gars, spirits, wines, cigars, glassware and more, plus a tea and coffee shop in partnership with Kaldi’s.

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union studio By: Amy De La Hunt Photog raphy: Car men Troesser

Shopping at this Botanical Heights boutique brings customers into contact with dozens of local artists and producers through their textiles, paper g o o d s , h o u s e w a r e s a n d j e w e l r y. F r o m t h e s i m p l e s t clutch purse to gift boxes jampacked with breakfast goodies, everything is handmade and chosen with i n t e n t i o n a l i t y. A l t h o u g h t h e s p a c e i t s e l f f e e l s industrial—with a cement floor and exposed ductwork—the displays exude energy and warmth. Each excursion into the space may be a little d i f f e r e n t , d e p e n d i n g o n t h e s e a s o n a n d w h a t ’s i n s t o c k — a n d s u r p r i s e s a l w a y s a w a i t . Yo u m a y c o m e i n t o c h e c k o u t t h e n e w s e a s o n ’s c l o t h i n g l i n e f r o m Olivia Rae Designs and wind up falling in love with incense from Lunalily Botanicals, whose owner is a longtime student of plant wisdom and energetic h e a l i n g . O r, y o u m a y b e b r o w s i n g t h e F l e u r d e L i s t i e s f r o m L o n e s o m e Tr a v e l e r w h e n t h e a r o m a of soap from Rafael Adón catches your attention. Occasionally an artist will be live in the store—for a pop-up sale, for example, or maybe to teach a class. These are prime opportunities to get to know them as individuals and as fellow St. L o u i s a n s , w h i c h f i t s i n w i t h U n i o n S t u d i o ’s g o a l f o r shoppers to feel a sense of unity with the artists.

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missouri Botanical Garden T his 160-year-old oasis draws visitors of all ages for its special events—or just to hang out in 79 acres of pure nature. 4 3 4 4 S H A W B LV D . 314.577.5100

gring o jones Calling itself Missouri’s largest pot dealer, this eclectic shop shows it has a sense of humor, but it’s definitely serious about garden decor. 4 7 4 0 S H A W B LV D . 314.664.1666

The wagamama Dog collars and catnip toys are just the start when it comes to unique pet house wares, clothing and art handcrafted by local artists. 4 1 0 2 S H E N A N D O A H AV E . 314.749.5153 NO. 1

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sweetart By: Amy De La Hunt Photog raphy: Car men Troesser

There are two kinds of art at this family-

The fudge vegan brownies are such a runaway

owned café: old-school baking and boldly

hit that the bakery doesn’t even make the

colorful paintings and illustrations of black

regular kind anymore—but even they have

children and adults. The baker is Reine

competition from the salted caramel pecan

Bayoc, who sold sweet treats independently

bars, the peanut butter cookies, the blueberry

before going into business with her husband,

crumble pie, the cinnamon rolls … and the

artist Cbabi Bayoc, more than 10 years ago.

list goes on.

His visuals exude energy and emotion the same way aromas rise from her cupcakes—

T h e c a f é ’s b r e a k f a s t m e n u i s a l l v e g e t a r i a n

a n d w h e n y o u p u t i t a l l t o g e t h e r, S w e e t A r t

or vegan—and the lunch menu is all vegan,

becomes a destination for feeding the

although it does offer dairy cheese as an

hunger of both the stomach and the soul.

option on a few dishes. Many of the options change over time, but a few favorites—like

If you were to ask 10 customers what their

the house-made vegan burger—are always

favorite treat was, you’d likely get 15

there. The TLC that goes into the food is

different responses. Cupcakes top the list,

reflected on the walls, where an assortment of

but there are so many flavors that rotate

C b a b i B a y o c ’s a r t h a n g s , f e e d i n g c u s t o m e r s

through, including vegan and gluten-free

e v e n a f t e r t h e m e a l i s o v e r.

o p t i o n s , t h a t i t ’s i m p o s s i b l e t o p i c k j u s t o n e .

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ices plain & fancy Watching the staff make your frozen treat using liquid nitrogen is half the fun. Eating your ice cream, sorbet or boozy milkshake is the other. 2 2 5 6 S . 3 9 T H S T. 314.601.3604

La Patisserie Chouquette A sweet wonderland awaits, whether you’re ordering a custom cake, swooning over macarons or relaxing for a seasonal tea party. 1 6 2 6 T O W E R G R O V E AV E . 314.932.7935

world’s fair donuts T here’s nothing fancy about this family-owned shop, which is exactly why customers line up for its apple fritters, long johns and fried pies. 1 9 0 4 S . VA N D E V E N T E R A V E . 314.776.9975 NO. 1

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g ood fortune By: Amy De La Hunt Photog raphy: Car men Troesser

Midwestern dining mindsets and Chinese

b r o c c o l i o r c a s h e w c h i c k e n . F i n a l l y, t h e r e ’s

flavor profiles intersect in a big way at

Bao, popular steamed buns filled with pork,

this tiny restaurant in Botanical Heights. It

chicken, mushrooms and more. All will cost

opened in 2018 with fanfare, using seasonal

under $10 and be available for takeout or

vegetables and hunks of high-quality meat—

d e l i v e r y.

flavored with chiles, rubbed with exotic

D o n ’ t l e t t h e f o u r- s e a t b a r a r e a d i s s u a d e y o u

spices, wrapped into dumplings, fermented,

from ordering a cocktail. The fusions of Asian

g l a z e d , g r i l l e d , p u r e e d … t h e k i t c h e n ’s

f l a v o r s a r e l i k e n o t h i n g e l s e i n t h e c i t y. O r,

creativity seemed endless. And perhaps this

i f y o u p r e f e r, o r d e r a s t r a i g h t - u p A m e r i c a n

w a s t o o m u c h o f a g o o d t h i n g . To s t a r t o f f

beer in a can. No judgment here. After all,

2019, the kitchen is retooling a bit.

p a r t o f G o o d F o r t u n e ’s a p p e a l h a s a l w a y s

The Bites section of the menu keeps a

been its no-holds-barred approach to food

favorite dish, salt cod rangoon, and will

and drink—inspired by the owners’ shared

also feature morsels like wings and ribs. The

values of rebellion, ambition and kindness.

Bowls section has standards like beef and

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pho long T here’s now a second location of this popular Vietnamese restaurant—with the same 70-year-old secret soup recipe plus other favorite dishes. 2 2 4 5 S . G R A N D B LV D . 314.833.4333

cafÉ madele ine Ever y Sunday of the year, the idyllic Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park offers br unch from Butler’s Pantr y catering company. 4 2 5 6 M A G N O L I A AV E . 314.575.5658

shaw market T his little shop cooks up Eritrean food on Wednesdays: lentils, spicy meats, cucumber-tomato salad and, of course, injera bread. 4 2 0 0 S H A W B LV D . 314.771.3544 NO. 1

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