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 Designer genes STL designer and reality star Laura Kathleen Planck talks fashion, wedding plans and gossip straight from the set of “Project Runway All Stars.�


30 days to a new you Jumpstart your health and fitness goals in the New Year with these monthlong challenges.

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 WHAT DREAMS MAY COME Bridal fashion takes a soft and dreamy turn this season, as cascading layers and soft silhouettes leave the feeling of floating on a cloud.



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7 Things you must do this month.

38 M  y Style Née frontwoman Kristin Dennis shows her love of retro style, on and off the stage.

20 r  adar St. Louis’ entrepreneurial spirit shines in these inspiring enterprises for kids. Plus, three new book releases for the New Year.

40 SELF A blanced life starts with healthy choices.

22 B  uzz In its first year, RAW: St. Louis produces two national winners in the annual RAWards competition. And, the new app Bonfyre makes social media personal.

56 Trends Brides shrug off tradition for a more modern take on the “rules” of wedding planning.

24 D  ining Local brewers help beer-lovers put their pucker on. Plus, four new ethnic eateries open around town, and Schnucks makes plans to build an urban greenhouse.


58 bridesmaid style Bridesmaid dresses get a much needed style overhaul. 60 Groom style This season’s weddingworthy accessories make a serious statement.

26 hot eats Luxuriate locally at Clayton’s charming new Parisian eatery, Bar Les Frères.

62 jewelry Say “I Do” to mega-watt jewels in multi-stone settings.

28 C  OLUMN Five New Year’s resolutions for a fresh year and a sparkly new life.

64 Engagements Two recently ringed St. Louis couples share their love stories.

30 J  ob Envy Meet Scott Brooks, the “head coach” of all things broadcast for the St. Louis Rams.

66 Weddings Time and distance couldn’t keep these two STL couples apart. See how they spent their big days.



eat + drink 97 Spirits Un-aged whiskies make a legitimate return to the spirits world. 98 dining Guide The best places in town to eat and drink.

agenda 109 Calendar Get your two-wheel fix with The Rep’s production of “4,000 Miles,” light the night with Ellie Goulding and more. 114 Literary Explore St. Louis’ century-old Downtown library, freshly restored and looking to the future. 115 art Experience the New York “pop” vibe at Clayton’s newest art gallery. 116 music The leading lady of Grace Potter and The Nocturnals has a definite feisty streak.

scene 121 Scene in St. Louis Party pics from ALIVE’s Men of Style and Most Wanted parties, the Central to Your World gala and more.

34 Trends Brocade reigns supreme as winter’s go-to style.

82 planning guide The ultimate resource for your wedding—with 200+ caterers, venues, bridal boutiques and more.

35 Men's Denim is in demand—especially in double doses.

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’ve always had a love-hate relationship with New Year’s resolutions. There’s making them, which always feels so great (who wouldn’t want to be healthier, better read, more balanced in work and life, etc.?)...and then there’s keeping them, which is a whole other ball of wax. Being the overachiever that I typically am, I’ve learned over the years that it’s best to stick to a couple of very specific resolutions, rather than several more general (and oftentimes less attainable) ones. One thing that has always helped my resolution track record is having a clear and realistic plan to follow— which is why I love the approach of our “30 Days to a New You” health and fitness feature on p.48. We’ve done all of the prep work for you by providing three different month-long challenges to jumpstart your health and fitness goals in the New Year. Whether you’ve been curious about the raw lifestyle or Paleo diet—or you’re simply looking for a more basic trim-and-tone plan—we’ve laid out the week-by-week steps to help you make it happen. If your resolution leans more toward the intellectual, then the reopening of Downtown’s Central Library couldn’t have come at a better time. The century-old building has been masterfully restored into a modern-day resource that’s receiving plenty of buzz. Flip to p.114 for our inside look at the new building and all it has to offer, as well as exclusive party pics coverage (p.127) from the much-anticipated Central to Your World gala held in celebration of the Downtown landmark. Don’t miss our annual ALIVE Bride wedding resource (p.55) for the resolution that reads “bride-to-be.” From the hottest local styles and trends to the best STL vendors, we have everything you need to plan your dream wedding—including a must-read feature on the vintage wedding trend (p.76), as well as six pages of dazzling bridal gowns and accessories (p.70). If you’re anything like me, the dress shopping process will be one for the books—which reminds me of New Year’s resolution No. 101: shop less. Hey, we all need one resolution we can break, right?


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The 30-Day Countdown It took more than 30 days for writer Amy De La Hunt to tackle the intense research necessary to put together the month-long fitness challenges featured in our “30 Days to a New You” story on p.48. “All the experts agreed that the key ingredient to any fitness or nutrition plan is commitment,” De La Hunt says. “The six main sources were incredibly generous with their time as we honed our list of tips, but many other fitness and nutrition experts also contributed. It really was a team effort.”

“Every month, I have the pleasure of sitting down with someone interesting in St. Louis to learn more about their perspective,” says ALIVE co-founder and Archetypes writer Elizabeth Tucker. (See her most recent interview with Susan Barrett on p.128.) “Sometimes the answers to the Proust-style questions are as polished as my great grandmother’s silverware on the holidays, and sometimes they come out in honest word bundles that I have the job of paring down into bite-size pieces. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside the talented Wesley Law, who provides a captivating visual story to go alongside the words of my subjects, and feel fortunate to have been able to meet so many incredible people through this project.”




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By the time of our second feature interview with local fashion designer Laura Kathleen (p.46), she had reached AllStar status as a contender on Lifetime’s “Project Runway All Stars.” She had also landed behind-the-scenes coverage of her own wedding planning on mylifetime. com. Not bad for a year’s time! Contributing fashion writer Jennifer Wells couldn’t have been happier with the results of the tell-all Q&A. “Interviewing Laura Kathleen was like chatting up your best girlfriend—she had conversation and charisma in spades— plus just enough gossip to keep things interesting.”

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In preparation for our February issue’s dating feature, we’re asking for your help coming up with the most creative, unexpected ideas for date nights (or days, or weekends)! Anything goes—from active to intimate, quirky to fun, and everything in between. Share with us the most interesting date you’ve ever been on—or want to go on—and you might just see your idea featured in the online-exclusive feature!

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Left Bank Books is bringing best-selling author and comedienne Jen Lancaster to Mad Art Gallery on Jan. 28 for a signing of her latest novel, “Here I Go Again.” We caught up with her ahead of time to chat about the book, her razor-sharp wit and turning tragedy into comedy.

More to Love

On p.46, we check in on local fashion designer Laura Kathleen Planck, who is back on reality television with “Project Runway All Stars” and in the midst of planning her own wedding. Check out the extended interview to read more about what motivates her and where she’s taking her label, Laura Kathleen, next.

Library Tour

If you haven’t yet gotten the chance to check out the newly reopened Central Library in Downtown St. Louis, you’re in luck. Visit blog to experience the restored space through photos by ALIVE Contributing Photographer Jennifer Silverberg. Check out the story on p.114 for some highlights of the renovation from St. Louis Public Library Executive Director Waller McGuire.

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few years back, I shared with you some fairly personal information about my legs.

It had to do with the amazing way they responded to a medically based form of fitness training that I had taken up in 2006. Performed on special equipment under the supervision of a wonderful physical therapist named Casey Breslin, my workouts took about 20 minutes a week. Like many of you, I had been skeptical when I first heard about this approach. I mean, 20 minutes a WEEK? It went against everything I'd ever been taught. But, as we say in radio: the legs don't lie. And mine had never been better. At age 49, I could run 12 miles around Forest Park pain-free. I was barely winded.

So what has happened since then, you might wonder? After all, how many times have you known people who were gung ho on some health and fitness regimen, only to find themselves right back where they started a few months later? That's why I'm back today with an update. Are you ready? My legs – in fact, my entire body – are stronger and more fit than ever. I notice it when I'm hiking or kicking the soccer ball with my kids or when I'm doing yard work. Even my posture is better. I know what you're thinking. You're thinking: Charlie, this is not much of a story. But it should be. You see, after age 30, most people lose eight to 10 pounds of muscle a decade. By the time you reach my age – 53 – the speed of muscle loss roars into high gear – unless you do something to reverse it. This matters because muscle, it turns out, is the gatekeeper of longterm health. Next to quitting smoking, doctors now say the single most important thing an adult can do to live a longer, healthier life is to build strength. That – along with the fact that I have two young children I need to keep up with – is why I started going to 20 Minutes to Fitness six years ago. It is why I continue to go today. That's the funny thing about exercise: it really only works if you CONTINUE to do it. No fitness regimen will do any lasting good if you join up as a New Year's resolution and quit by March. But 20 minutes, once a week? That is something I can stick with. It works with my busy schedule. It doesn't bore or injure me. Plus, it has the added benefit of actually working. 20 Minutes to Fitness. Yes, that's my workout – and I'm sticking to it.

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Don't miss Grace Potter and The Nocturnals as they roar into The Pageant on Jan. 10. Get fired up with rock anthems like “The Lion The Beast The Beat,” sway to soulful ballads like “Stars” and dance along to familiar romps like “Paris (Ooh La La).” Potter’s powerful vocals and her band’s gritty blues-rock jams are sure to captivate even the most casual listener. (Be sure to check out our Q&A with Potter on p.116) For tickets, visit


Feel the Beat

Experience the world-famous STOMP at The Fox Jan. 11-13, as the company of percussionist-dancers makes use of wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, hubcaps and even bananas in elaborately choreographed numbers. A sensation from beginning to end, STOMP has been at it for 20+ years without ever missing a beat.

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Relive the story of working-class dance diva Alex Owens as Flashdance takes the stage at Peabody Opera House Jan. 8-13. The stage adaptation of the 1983 hit movie comes to St. Louis before making its Broadway debut in August this year. You’ll be dancing in your seat to favorites like “Manhunt,” “Maniac” and “Gloria.” What a feeling! For tickets, visit

Dream Big

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Jan. 21 at Touhill Performing Arts Center. The MLK Day Celebration, part of the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ 50th anniversary, features musical guests from the Dickson String Quartet and Trinity Mt. Carmel Church Mass Choir, with economist and author Dr. Julianne Malveaux as the guest speaker. For more info, visit


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Brides-to-be, don’t miss St. Louis' premier bridal event, ALIVE Bride, on Jan. 17 at Lumen Private Event Space. Meet the top wedding vendors in town and witness a fashion show of stunning 2013 gowns. Sample Pinnacle Vodka cocktails in the reception-perfect Cake flavor, as well as delicious Draftmark brews— plus, don’t miss the tropical-themed Travelplex Honeymoon Lounge.

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Spread the Love

Explore the end of love’s spectrum with the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts’ installment of the “Progress of Love” series. Held in conjunction with exhibits in Lagos, Nigeria, “Love as Mourning” is open through April 20, featuring architectural spaces by Tadao Ando, as well as artwork from French artist Sophie Calle and British-Nigerian artists Zina Saro-Wiwa and Yinka Shonibare. For more info, visit


Feel the Romance

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet masterfully transforms the much-loved tale of Moulin Rouge into an elegant ballet, presented by Dance St. Louis Jan. 25-26 at Touhill Performing Arts Center. Moulin Rouge–The Ballet follows the star-crossed romance of the struggling artist Matthew and the ambitious and beautiful cancan dancer Nathalie as they seek love, freedom and fate at the infamous Paris cabaret. For tickets, visit

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St. Louis’ entrepreneurial spirit shines in these inspiring enterprises for kids. by Amanda Henry In a city where both social responsibility and entrepreneurship are highly valued areas of growth, it's no surprise that the two realms have found plenty of common ground. 2011 marked the first ever Social Enterprise Week, hosted by The Mission Center and the St. Louis chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance, which brought together entrepreneurs and investors for a series of workshops and seminars. Here, we take a look at three thriving social enterprises aiming to empower youths through job training and character development, while also providing useful services and products to local businesses and families. "B" More

St. Louis BWorks uses bicycles, books and computers as the cornerstones of three lifealtering programs for at-risk youths ages 8 to 15. The group’s most recent venture, St. Louis Book Works, gives kids the chance to write and illustrate their own books under the guidance of volunteer tutor-editors—all while developing literacy and creativity. Through the St. Louis Byte Works program, children develop skills in the maintenance and technical applications of desktop computers, learning the importance of responsibility and determination as they work toward earning a


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desktop computer of their own. Likewise, BWorks’ charter program, St. Louis Bicycle Works, teaches youngsters about bicycle safety and maintenance while giving them the opportunity to earn their own bicycle. If you’re in the market for a new pair of wheels yourself, the organization sells refurbished bikes at its shop, with proceeds benefiting all three BWorks programs. To volunteer, donate or place an order, visit Recipe for Hope

At Angel Baked, sugar, baking soda and chocolate chips are the ingredients for more than just cookies. Started in a rectory kitchen by North Grand Neighborhood Services, Angel Baked empowers neighborhood youth to grow into self-starting citizens by helping to run a working bakery. Teens run the kitchen, filling orders for chocolate chip, oatmeal-raisin and sugar cookies; they also handle the marketing and sales of the cookies to local businesses. In a part of the St. Louis community where drop-out and unemployment rates are high, Angel Baked provides teens with a safe haven to build character, job skills and friendships. Their cookies are now available at more than a dozen restaurants and markets, including Local Harvest Grocery, Café Ventana, North City Farmers Market and Northwest Coffee. Individuals can also special-order gift packages for events via the

Angel Baked website. To volunteer, donate or place an order, visit Portrait of Success

Fostering creativity and developing real-world skills are top priorities for St. Louis ArtWorks in its programs for teens, which give young artists opportunities to get paid for commissioned projects for real clients. Through two different enterprises, Boomerang Press and BoomerRacks, the nonprofit pairs 14- to 19-year-old apprentices with local artists who act as mentors. They help the teens develop their talents, while teaching important skills of the trade like how to conduct client meetings and coordinate artwork installation. Boomerang Press focuses on graphic art through the creation of posters, greeting cards and signage for clients that range from private citizens to franchises like Schnucks, the St. Louis Cardinals and Grace Hill’s Whitaker Urban Evening Series. BoomerRacks specializes in bike racks crafted out of recycled materials to promote a message of green living, sustainability and art. The unique racks can be found across the city, commissioned by neighborhood associations and local businesses like Centene Corporation, Kakao Chocolate and the Moto Museum. To volunteer, donate or place an order, visit Photos by matt ström

Wise Reads This New Year, make it a point to check out these recent releases, and turn the page on a fresh new chapter in your life. by Katie Davis January 1 has long been the traditional date for beginning projects, making promises, recommitting to goals and making a fresh start. We think you’ll appreciate these three thought-provoking reads, dedicated to improving not only your own life, but also the lives and communities around you. Find them locally at Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.6731), Subterranean Books (6275 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.862.6100) or Pudd’nhead Books (8157 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314.918.1069). “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Author-philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s latest book instructs readers on how to deal with life’s obstacles, look at challenges from a new perspective and move forward from negative life events. Named after one of his philosophical theories, the book explains that being affected by these events, or being “antifragile,” is actually a positive thing because it leaves room for improvement. Taleb says that most people are capable of being antifragile, and only those who make the decision to adapt to adversity will truly succeed.

“Happier at Home” by Gretchen Rubin

Known for her successful first book, “The Happiness Project,” Gretchen Rubin has again made The New York Times bestseller list with her latest work, “Happier at Home.” Through her own experiences, Rubin takes a more in-depth look at what attitudes, decisions and mindsets can help guide a person’s capacity for happiness in the most personal of spaces—the home. Whether discussing marriage, time management, parenthood or finances, Rubin reveals how she made her own home and family more comfortable, while humorously and masterfully presenting real tools for readers to use in their own homes.


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In its first year, RAW: St. Louis produces two national winners in the annual RAWards competition. by amanda henry Art-lovers gathered at The Coliseum on Nov. 15 to see 25 local artists compete to be named one of RAW: St. Louis’ nine finalists and go on to compete on the national stage. Though this year marked the fourth annual RAWards nationally, the competition was a first for the St. Louis art community, and culminated with two of St. Louis’ nine finalists taking home national honors. For the local competition, artists in each category were considered by a panel of St. Louis judges: painter and SOHA Studio & Gallery owner Julie Malone, KDHX Director of Production Andy Coco and St. Louis PostDispatch Fashion Editor Debra Bass. As the judges considered the creativity, stage presence and professionalism of each of the artists, guests immersed themselves in the experience, guided by emcee Thelonius Kryptonite with music by DJ Nune. The evening ended with the announcement of St. Louis’ finalists in the nine artistic categories, each of whom went on to represent our city in the national competition. St. Louis finalists were: Tiffany G. in makeup artistry; Vodka Bacon Studios in visual art; Haus Designs in fashion; Hyper Haute Jewelry in accessories; Lauren Ratcliff in filmmaking; Lady Ejay in


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hair artistry; Unifyah in music; Ashleyliane in performing arts; and Ikonik Photoart in photography. The excitement didn’t end at The Coliseum, though. A panel of creative celebrities and well-known industry professionals in each artistic field judged finalists from all of RAW’s 66 cities and chose just one winner for each category. On Dec. 3, the nine national award winners were named— two of them from St. Louis: filmmaker Lauren Ratcliff and Erica Dunk of Hyper Haute Jewelry. Ratcliff submitted a short film titled “Birth of a Wino,” which she created in stop-motion animation—not a typical medium for RAW filmmakers. Dunk, an STL native and former LA resident, creates bold, elaborate jewelry pieces using reclaimed elements like chains, locks, mirror fragments and pieces of chandeliers. What’s next for these national award winners? Dunk and Ratcliff both plan to travel to LA for the RAWards show at The Belasco Theater on Jan. 13. All of the winners will receive special packages, including consultations, products and services, as well as the opportunity to showcase their talents at boutiques and galleries across the nation.

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Spreading Like Bonfyre Two St. Louisans are responsible for the latest social media whirl. by GWEN RAGNO The latest social app to hit the smartphone world takes a more

personal approach to sharing than many of us are used to. Bonfyre, developed by a couple of Wash U grads from their office in The Hill, was born from a frustration with the increasingly public world of social media. It’s organized around events, called bonfyres, and allows users to chat and share photos with other attendees. Co-founder and CEO Mark Sawyier says the big difference from other social networks is that Bonfyre users share information based on shared experiences instead of on an ever-growing collection of connections. Simply put, you don’t have to connect with someone in a way that shares your entire life in order to exchange photos from an event you were both at. The logic, as co-founder and Director of Communications Ray Gobberg puts it, is that you live life through experiences, so it makes perfect sense to share that way, too. Whether a bonfyre is for a friend’s birthday party or a major-league sporting event, you can be sure you’re only sharing with the people who care what you have to say. In a world where the average Facebook user has a friend count in the triple digits and brands amass hordes of followers, this is surprisingly rare. Bonfyre officially launched at DEMO, a startup conference in Santa Clara, CA, on Oct. 2—and came away named by TechCrunch as one of the 14 most interesting products to emerge from the conference. A few days later, the big launch at home in STL came through a partnership with the St. Louis Rams to connect fans during a home game. Other event partnerships with local groups and publications, including ALIVE, have sprung up along the way, in addition to some events in Chicago and a conference in Indiana. On their own, Bonfyre users around the world have started using it for a diverse range of events, but also as a platform for purposes the founders never expected—like private discussions about the presidential election. The traction, while exciting, has also proven helpful for the Bonfyre team—users of all levels are continually giving feedback on how to make the app better. “It’s been incredible validation for the problem we’re solving,” Sawyier says. Learn more and download the app at

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Where the Wild Beers Are

As sour beers grow in popularity, local brewers are helping beer-lovers put their pucker on. by Christopher Reilly A burgeoning trend on the STL beer scene, wild beer—rustic, tart

and flavorful—is created when brewers expose the wort to spontaneous fermentation by whatever yeasts and bacterial microbes are floating in the air. It results in a funky, sour beer that's coveted by beer geeks and is gaining more mainstream appeal. Because the success of the brew depends on the microbial terroir (the airborne yeasts and bacteria) of the area, it can be a risky endeavor—the resulting brew might be undrinkable and have to be tossed. Worse, the strain of yeast that creates wild beer (Brettanomyces) doesn't die easily and can contaminate everything it touches—barrels, aprons, tanks and whole batches of beer. Once a brewery is contaminated, good luck brewing anything except sour beers. Fortunately, there are ways of making sour beers that reduce (but don't eliminate) the risk. Some of St. Louis' more adventurous brewers are replicating and riffing on the style by inoculating their worts with special “wild” yeasts and bacteria to produce sour beers without the disappointment. Perennial Artisan Ales recently created Savant beersel, a Belgian-style pale ale inoculated with a strain of Brettanomyces wild yeast native to Belgium, that incorporates Missouri-grown grapes and is aged in cabernet barrels. The small-batch release didn't last long. Luckily, brewers Phil Wymore and Cory King are making another batch of the funky, fruity, slightly tart Savant to debut in February. 8125 Michigan Ave., 314.631.7300, Morgan Street Brewery is taking its own walk on the wild side with


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Lactovision, a classic Belgian-style dark strong ale soured with Lactobacillus (the stuff of yogurt) and tweaked with tart cherries. Lactovision is hitting beer festivals nationwide and has even taken a gold medal in the Beverage Testing Institute’s World Beer Championships. Most recently, Brewmaster Dustin Chalfant has been holding some of the brew back, allowing it to really put on the funk. The final release of this dark red, super-tart brew with a smooth and nutty finish is at Morgan Street now, while supplies last. 721 N. Second St., 314.231.9970, Schlafly Tap Room is working toward creating a signature sour beer that's always available on tap and bottled. But that's a long way off, says brewer Brennan Greene. For now, three full batches are aging patiently, the oldest at two years old and “just starting to get funky.” Inoculated with various cultures of wild yeast and bacteria (mostly Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus), look for the first batch of draft to hit the Tap Room sometime in 2013. 2100 Locust St., 314.241.2337, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company is creating a beer that's very close to being truly wild. In a separate space to eliminate the risk of infecting the brewery, brewmaster Florian Kuplent is “wrangling” wild yeast and bacteria. By allowing just a small portion of a master batch to collect the airborne funk, Kuplent can identify and extract the good stuff, then add it back to the master batch along with similar bacteria to keep it true to the brewery's bacterial flora. The resulting brew, flavored with different fruits, will age in whiskey and wine barrels. Look for the finished product next summer. 3229 Washington Ave., 314.222.0143,

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Ethnic Eats

Take a global food tour right here in St. Louis at these three new ethnic eateries.

Thai 202 owner Art Lee, who also created the upscale Blue Elephant in Clayton, brings what he calls “advanced Thai food” to the Central West End. Seating about 20 diners indoors, choices include typical Thai fare like Pad Thai, noodle soups, stir-fried noodles and entrées, all prepared fresh and fast. Try the spicy green curry, Thai slaw or the street-food favorite, fried sweet potatoes. 235 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.2002. The Brazilian churrascaria Brazikat serves a variety of meats that are cooked over an open fire, carried on spits and carved directly onto dinner plates right at the table. Choose from three all-you-can-eat options: meat, seafood or both, and help yourself to the 35-item salad bar. Look for mouthwatering sirloin, lamb and bacon-wrapped filet, or seafood options like crab legs and grilled shrimp. 172 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.727.1007. Joyia, a Mediterranean tapas restaurant and bar created by Momos partner Charles Pener, fuses the atmosphere and flavors of Greece, Spain, Italy and the eastern Mediterranean. Diners choose from a variety of soups and salads, spreads such as red lentils pureed with lemon zest and garlic, flatbread pizzas, gyros, kabobs and creative tapas like Lamb Tagine, pistachio encrusted salmon and the vegetarian Frito Misto. 4501 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.531.5300. When Seoul Taco food truck first revved its engines, it immediately raced to the head of the pack. Now, owner David Choi and business partner Andy Heck have parked in a brick-and-mortar store to offer the same winning formula of Korean barbecue tacos, quesadillas, pot stickers and the ever-popular gogi bowl— meat over rice and veggies with hot sauce and a fried egg—plus burritos and other items not available on the truck. 571 Melville Ave., The Loop, 314.863.1148. sustainability

Green Grocers Imagine getting supermarket tomatoes with homegrown flavor all year long. That's exactly what Schnucks Markets has in mind as it teams up with New York-based BrightFarms to build a $2 million hydroponic greenhouse. The greenhouse, designed and financed by BrightFarms and operated by a local farmer, will provide the St. Louis-based supermarket chain with fresh, local tomatoes, lettuces and herbs year-round. With the produce closer to store shelves, it stays in the ground longer before being harvested, resulting in more nutrition and flavor. It also significantly lowers the gas consumption needed to transport the produce, thus reducing Schnucks' carbon footprint. Hydroponic greenhouses use less land, water and fewer pesticides than traditional farming methods, as well—an environmental grand slam. BrightFarms is currently scouting possible sites for the greenhouse, from rooftops to empty lots, with an estimated size of one to four acres. Each acre will produce 500,000 pounds of produce per year.

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Luxuriate locally at this charming Parisian eatery. by Amy De La Hunt

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Opulence is a sure cure for the winter

complimentary samples. First was the amuse blahs. Marble tabletops, vintage armchairs and bouche—garlicky tapenade with crostini—folfine china edged with gold might not be able to lowed by a crusty roll with walnut butter. Then, change the wintry weather, but they certainly ostensibly because there was still some bread brighten the spirits. Bar Les Frères’ warm red left, a delicate porcelain cup of vichyssoise apwalls and intimate coziness hint at a getaway peared. Bar Les Frères spices its version of the to a Parisian brasserie, minus the cost of airfare traditional cold, creamy potato-leek soup with and TSA hassles. just the right amount of nutmeg. Our server Owner Zoe Robinson drew her mentioned the extensive testing each talented staff from many local dish on the menu underwent in order to restaurants, building a team that make the cut; in his opinion, there’s not a Where To Go didn’t need the usual grace period “clunker” on it, and we tend to agree. Bar Les Frères to work out service glitches when Most of the fare shows a strong it opened in early November. Con- 7637 Wydown Blvd., French influence, from the mussels to Clayton, sequently, Bar Les Frères feels the caramelized apple tart—keeping 314.725.8880 as if it has been in this corner of with the theme Robinson selected for Entrées: $11-$23 Kitchen hours: Mon.- her third restaurant (its name means Clayton for a long time, just waitSat., 4pm-1am ing to be discovered. “the brothers” in French). The prolific restaurateur can easily flit back and forth across Wydown Boulevard from the new space Les plats The setting can easily lure customers into ordering something decadent, and it to its Italian sibling, I Fratellini (also meaning won’t hurt the pocketbook here as much as it “the brothers”). Her chic, modern Bobo Noodle might elsewhere. The menu tops out at $23 for House stands apart, both in concept and locafilet mignon with a red wine reduction. Blinis tion, near Washington University. with caviar and crème fraiche, plus a glass of wine from the afternoon specials list, come in Les apéritifs et digestifs The cocktail around $16. menu is designed in anticipation of guests who Our visit came during the restaurant’s first come early (for aperitifs) or late (for digestifs) week, which meant the kitchen was liberal with after their main meal, and is divided accord-


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Best Place to Perch: The vintage white settee Popular Pour: Classic cocktails like the Sidecar Insider Tip: To avoid the rush, come early or late.

ingly, with before-dinner choices like Campari on the left and after-dinner options like Grasshoppers on the right. Classic cocktails reign supreme. That’s not to say the experienced bartending team can’t mix it up with exotic spirits—it’s just that they choose to do so by resurrecting libations like the 1960s Pink Squirrel (crème de noyaux, white crème de cacao and heavy cream). Robinson entrusts her customers (and dishwashers) with antique glassware. The delicate stems are picture-perfect against both of the restaurant’s backdrops: the zinc-topped bar overlooking a wall of mounted deer antlers, and the white marble tabletops scattered about under the watchful gaze of gilt-framed portraits in a mix of regal and whimsical styles. The servers’ recommendations for wine tend to be spot-on, so unless you are tied to a particular grape, it’s worthwhile to experiment with a glass of something new. After all, opulence is all about ditching the everyday routine and living for the moment. Live it here.

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stl now / column compliments they give, but this year, I promise to take their words to heart. 2. Request help when needed.

If I see a loved one, friend or stranger in need of assistance, I ask how I can help. But when that struggling person is me, I feel guilty just at the thought of reaching out. Many women share this feeling. We forget that friends and family would be glad to lighten our load, especially if we’re willing to return the favor later on. 3. Take care of myself.

When we go through a life upheaval, our physical and emotional well-being is taxed. This past April, I learned that eating nothing but Russell Stover candies for seven days straight is never a good idea. But eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep always is. This year, I’ll concentrate on upping my water intake and seeking out some quality vitamin supplements. My body could use the nutritional backup! 4. Find the opportunity in the struggle.

Change is unnerving. If it wasn’t, we wouldn’t spend so much energy resisting it. Dealing with the emotional fallout of a major change can be overwhelming in a “please pass the Xanax” kind of way. I’ve learned that setbacks and snags can compel us to launch our own personal revolution. We emerge with a stronger sense of self and a greater sense of direction. 5. Remember, no one is perfect.

Out with the Old (Behaviors) Five New Year’s resolutions for a fresh year and a sparkly new life. by Lisa Bertrand

Lately, I’ve felt as if I’m living within the

pages of "Good Night Moon"—if the book had been written by Sylvia Plath. This past spring, instead of saying good night to the light and red balloon, my husband and I said goodbye to a marriage damaged beyond repair and filed for divorce. I gave a figurative wave not just to the bears in chairs, but to the childhood dream I’d worked three years toward achieving. I knew it wasn’t possible to keep the home I love. So when the abode is officially sold, my son and I will bid adieu to our little toy house as well. What of the old lady whispering, “hush?” Once I secure full-time employment, I plan to hire her for those nights when I need to work late. As a prolific day dreamer, I’ve fantasized about air-kissing my thirties goodbye and greeting my forties a much wiser, elegant woman—the kind


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who appears to have a life chosen straight from the pages of a Pottery Barn catalog. But my reality couldn't be any more different. I’m filled with more coffee than wisdom, and life looks more like a kid projectile-vomited all over a Pottery Barn minutes before an angry tornado ripped off the roof. I don’t typically draft New Year’s resolutions, but since I’m facing a new decade and life chapter, I felt like there's no better time than the present. So here 2013 I resolve to: 1. Listen to my cheering squad.

I’m lucky to have some amazing friends who power me on when I want to crawl into a cave and sleep away the next five years. Usually, once they’ve lured me out with the promise of a vodka tonic, they remind me of how much stronger and more resilient I’ve become. I tend to forget the

No one has life all figured out, so why do I beat myself up because I don't have all of the answers? Some of the most accomplished femmes in STL admit to not being as Teflon-tough as they present themselves to the outside world. They second-guess career, relationship and child-rearing decisions. They make mistakes too. As I recently learned, even the most confident of women sometimes feel about as secure as a passenger in a car that's being driven by Lindsay Lohan—and that's normal. Maybe you’re thinking about your own resolutions right now. I wish you well in your endeavor. May it be a year of profound growth for both of us, my friend. I’m cheering you on.

ALIVE ParentPop Lisa Bertrand lives in West County with her son, an old lady dog and an obnoxious Dachsie/Beagle mix. As of press time, she was a freelance social media consultant searching for a permanent position within the social media or corporate communications field. She's quite content not having a Pottery Barn life—she's more of a Target girl anyway.

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35, VP of Broadcast and Creative, St. Louis Rams Interview by jennifer dulin wiley

As the “head coach” of all things broadcast for the St. Louis Rams, it’s Scott Brooks’ job to make the action on the field a reality—so much so that you can smell the sweat through your TV. If his awards and accolades are any indication, we’d say he’s at the top of his game. How he Got Into the Biz The saying, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity,” applies often in the sports world. I attended Georgia State University on a cross-country and track scholarship. During my senior year, I was searching for an internship and my coach introduced me to the marketing manager for the Atlanta Thrashers, who was a former runner at Georgia State. I was able to get my foot in the door to prove myself, and at the end of my internship, I was offered a full-time position in the game presentation department. Education/Training I majored in public rela-

tions and minored in marketing at Georgia State University. I worked my way through college in the sports information department, wrote for the newspaper and hosted a weekly radio show. Best Work Day Ever Opening Day in the NFL

is filled with excitement to see how new players are going to perform and what the new season will bring. For what we do in broadcasting, this is our time to entertain the fans with all the elements we have worked so hard on in the off-season. Why His Job Rocks I get to be the conductor

of an orchestra (a stadium full of people) on game day. It’s indescribable to see the fans’ emotional reactions to something you’ve created—whether it’s a tribute, funny skit or pump-up video. The ultimate high is when your work encourages everyone to yell in unison for the home team.

a silver medal at the New York Television and Film Awards, a Mid-America Emmy and the Best Overall Video Display for NFL. That’s the equivalent to winning the Super Bowl in production.

Typical Day I start out with a morning run

of three to five miles, which helps me generate creative ideas and problem solve any issues that may be on the rise. Each day is different—there’s always a new project, whether it’s coming up with an idea for a sponsor, producing one of our TV shows or writing a script for game day. Proudest Moment Our in-house team

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Best Job Perk As a fan of the game, there isn’t a better place to be than my producing spot in the control room at home games, where I have access to every camera angle and replay in the building. Still, at away games, it’s tough to beat shooting video on the sidelines right by the action. I’ve seen a few plays a little too up close and personal when they have continued out of bounds. Recommendation: Keep your head on a swivel. You don’t want to be the guy who makes ESPN's "not so top ten."

One thing people would be surprised to learn The amount of time we spend at work.

There are truly no days off in the season. We are always working on the next show or game day. Our off-season is just as busy as we continuously work to improve and create entertaining content for the fans. Favorite industry anecdote When I was starting out in Atlanta with the Thrashers, my roommate came to a game with his twin sisters, so I decided they would be great targets for the kiss cam. Remember, the person who gives you tickets to the game knows where you are sitting! Goals for the Future To continually push ourselves to be recognized as the best production team in the NFL and in all professional sports.

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Made for Brocade

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Brocade reigns supreme as winter’s go-to pattern. styled by Samantha chadwick written by Jennifer Wells

A number of ensembles are getting the royal treatment these days—by way of everything from elaborate prints to lavish, embroidered embellishments. Metallic hues shone brightly on designers’ runways, where Balmain—a label synonymous with opulence—naturally led the pack and managed to ease the heavy-handedness of traditional brocade with a more wearable approach, mixing light gold with fresh, bright hues like aqua and cream. Master the art of brocade, rather than playing the lady in waiting, with a chic brocade trouser paired with a basic top—and consider yourself queen of the castle, not court jester.

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Denim is in demand—especially in double doses.

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Don’t let anything come between you and your Calvins this season, as denim transitions from everyday wardrobe staple to essential style must-have. But before you think you have this trend on lock with your unparalleled collection of dark-wash skinnies, be advised that the most coveted denim currently comes in many forms. From light-washed blazers to the chambray shirt, fashion’s most fashionable are currently donning double doses of denim—both on bottom and on top. If you’re not quite ready for full-on denim action, pair just one statement piece with a bold pop of color or a neutral-toned print. A tongue-in-cheek nod to life on the farm, no doubt, the key to successfully pulling off this fashion-forward trend is to lean American Classic over Cowboy Couture.

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The style-conscious set’s 3/ obsession with the day clutch is nothing new. But for those of us who need to stow more than lip gloss and a credit card (who doesn’t during working hours?), the functionality of the clutch of seasons past often leaves something to be desired. Enter clutch 2.0—bigger, better and built with the tech-savvy, tablet-toting girlabout-town in mind. Across the board, designers like YSL are supersizing their most luxurious versions of the clutch, making them not only fashion forward and stylish, but also practical. The must-have bag for the multi-tasker who loves to mix business with pleasure, the oversized clutch will take you from a daytime meeting to evening cocktails with ease— especially when you opt for an on-trend texture like leather or suede.



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Kristin Dennis 29, Lead Singer of Née and co-owner of The Fortune Teller Bar Describe your personal style. It’s definitely a mish-mash of vintage and classic standby pieces. I love ornate dresses and simple black skinny jeans, depending on what I’m working on. I’m particularly obsessed with vintage jumpsuits/rompers. I think I have more than anyone else I know. What are you wearing today? The tights (once quite un-destroyed) are from Japan. The top is vintage and Japanese as well. Although it’s nearly impossible to gauge sizes when translating to the US, Japanese fashion is a lot of fun to wear and has a real connection with pop music and culture. The shorts and necklace both ended up left at my apartment as remnants of hosting lots of traveling friends and musicians. I never figured out where they came from, but am happy they ended up with me. Does your style differ on and off stage? I have some crossover stuff that works for a Kristin appearance and a Née appearance, but not much. There are certain things that “Née Kristin” wears and gets away with that “Normal Life Kristin” can’t. What items from your closet can you not live without? Vintage gold link belts. They go with almost everything and instantly fancify your whole look. What is your go-to piece? Black tights. Very few dresses can escape my love for a good pair in the winter. I have at least 10 slightly differing pairs, and they’re all in constant rotation once the temperature drops. What designers are you obsessed with? Honestly, it’s hard for me to answer this question because I really focus more on the piece than who designed it, but I think there are a lot of people making really inspiring clothing out there. I really love everything from Valentine Valentine, and Black Milk is putting some great stuff out there as well. What era of fashion is your favorite? It really depends on what I’m looking for, but I’m a sucker for ’80s pop clothing. There was such creativity with color and shape. I try to stay away from going too far in that direction, but I’m totally a sucker for sequins. Where do you shop in STL? I love Retro 101 on Cherokee. They always have so many things that I want! If I want to venture into the suburbs, I usually go to places like H&M for simple stuff. I also love hitting up the thrift stores to find clothing I can alter or remake. What is your biggest fashion pet peeve? Fun fur and cocktail dresses paired with pashminas. Yeesh. - Interview by Jennifer dulin wiley

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It’s Your Body

A balanced life starts with healthy choices. by Amanda henry

Fitness has long topped the list of most

popular New Year’s resolutions, but before you commit to a crash diet and vow to hit the gym seven days a week (we all know how long that will last), think about making a resolution that considers more than just the physical. Today’s definition of healthy means much more than counting calories—it’s about living the type of balanced, happy, carefree lifestyle that can only be achieved through the mind-body connection. Start small with these easy, yet effective tips and build on these habits to work toward a happier, healthier you. Start your day off right

Let’s be real: that complete breakfast our mothers taught us to eat is still just as important now as it was when we were kids. Topping a wholesome breakfast off with a juice that’s rich in vitamins and minerals can help you meet your daily nutrition requirements without sacrificing time and taste. Trop50’s juices are packed with vitamins and minerals—with 50 percent fewer calories than other juice options. All of the flavors contain 100 percent of your recommended daily vitamin C, and special blends like Red Orange provide valuable daily doses of potassium, too. Drinking juices that are low in sugar and high in vitamins ensures you start your day off right, especially when you’re on the go. Take a breath

Yoga is a great alternative to traditional gym workouts. Not only does yoga increase strength, but it also improves flexibility and posture. If you don’t have time to hit the yoga studio each week, attend a beginner’s class to learn how to safely practice each pose, then complete your routine at home each morning. With its leisurely pace, breathing techniques and serene poses, yoga provides a much-needed moment of Zen that’s crucial to the mind-body connection. Do something for you

Take time for yourself each day. A balanced life isn’t just about a healthy body—a healthy mind is equally important. Find time each day to do something you enjoy, whether it’s reading a book by the fire, eating lunch out with the girls or relaxing with a bubble bath at the end of the day. The key to staying balanced is to put your mind at ease—and antioxidants can help. Try a few pieces of dark chocolate (a great source of antioxidants) for a bit of an indulgence, or blueberries for a lighter choice. Shot on location at Crepes Etc., 48 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.2200.


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Jan. 12 10am-noon

Central Christian School 700 S. Hanley Road, Clayton, 314.727.4535,

The College School engages children ages 3 to 14 in joyful, meaningful and creative learning through an adventurous, theme-based, experiential curriculum that incorporates drama, art, Spanish, greenhouse science, music and PE. The early childhood program follows the Reggio philosophy. In 2012, the US Department of Education awarded the school a Green Ribbon and invited its leaders to present at the National Private Schools Leadership Conference. The school raised $200,000 for enhancements to its 28-acre LaBarque Property.




Open House

Community School 900 Lay Road, Ladue, 314.991.0005,

PreK-6 Coed

Jan. 14 & 23

Crossroads College Preparatory School 500 DeBaliviere Ave., Central West End, 314.367.8085,

7-12 Coed

By Appointment

De Smet Jesuit High School 233 N. New Ballas Road, Creve Coeur, 314.567.3500,

6 WksPreK Coed

Shadow visits in March

Downtown Children’s Center 607 N. 22nd St., St. Louis, 314.621.1131,

6 Weeks 6 Years Coed



Open House

9-12 Girls

By Appointment

PreK–12 Coed

Nov. 3 9am-noon

9–12 Girls

Nov. 4 Noon-4:30pm

New City School 5209 Waterman Blvd., Central West End, 314.361.6411,

PreK–6 Coed


Our Lady of Pillar School 403 S. Lindbergh Blvd. 314.993.3353,

3 &4 yr. olds & PreK-8


Rohan Woods School 1515 Bennett Ave., Warson Woods, 314.821.6270,

PreK–6 Coed

By Appointment

Rossman School 12660 Conway Rd., West County, 314.434.5877,

PreK–6 Coed


Incarnate Word Academy 2788 Normandy Drive, Bel-Nor, 314.725.5850, Mary Institute and Saint Louis Community Day School (MICDS) 101 N. Warson Rd., Ladue,

By Appointment

Downtown Children’s Center is a nationally accredited private early childhood program located in the heart of Downtown St. Louis. Our nurturing and developmentally appropriate program has a play-based curriculum with individual goals incorporated into each child’s learning. The low teacher-to-child ratio, small group sizes and like age grouping ensures quality learning. Our certified parent educator implements the Parents as Teachers program for all families. Downtown Children’s Center graduates go on to attend some of the finest elementary schools in the area. Forsyth School 6235 Wydown Blvd., St. Louis, 314.726.4542,

Age 3Grade 6 coed

Jan. 11 9:30am Jan. 16 7pm

Nerinx Hall High School 530 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.968.1505,

Forsyth School offers a challenging, engaging education with support from exceptional teachers on a one-of-a-kind campus. With a strong academic foundation that includes the visual and performing arts, sports and challenge education, Forsyth graduates are well prepared for excellent secondary schools. Forsyth offers summer programs, full-time specialist teachers, a commitment to diversity and a comprehensive extended day program with after-school classes and year-round league sports.




Hitchcock School 330 N. Gore Ave. 314.919.4700,


Open House

6-12 Coed

By Appointment

Nurture SUCCESS!

Catholic | Independent Coed Montessori Toddler - K All-Girls 1 - 12


Shadowing opportunities are available for applicants. Call (314) 625-9103 or visit to learn more.

Hitchcock School is devoted to children with Asperger’s Syndrome and/ or social skill challenges. Our small, personal environment offers a staffing ratio ideal for non-traditional learners and individualized instruction. We meet students where their needs are and accept and celebrate them for their individuality. We emphasize the whole child—socially and academically—and communicate closely with families. Accreditation from the Independent Schools Association of the Central States ensures a strong academic program. Kirk of the Hills Christian Day School 12928 Ladue Road, St. Louis 314.434.4349,

PreK-6 Coed

Jan. 25, 9-11:30am

Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS) 101 N. Warson Road, Ladue, 314.993.5100,

PreK-12 Coed

By Appointment

Winter Children’s Festival (Ages 2–8)

Sat. Jan. 12 | 10am-Noon

Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS) At MICDS, we empower students to reach their full potential at every grade level. Our unmatched education in math, science and the humanities provides strong academic skills and knowledge, and fosters a love of learning. At the same time, our students know the importance of being informed, compassionate and responsible citizens of the greater global community. Call us to schedule a student visit or tour. Nerinx Hall High School 530 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.968.1505,

9-12 Girls

By Appointment

New City School 5209 Waterman Blvd., Central West End, 314.361.6411,

PreK-6 Coed

By Appointment

Our Lady of Pillar School 403 S. Lindbergh Blvd. 314.993.3353,

3 & 4 yr. olds & PreK-8

Jan. 27 11:30am-1:30pm

Rohan Woods School 1515 Bennett Ave., Warson Woods, 314.821.6270,

PreK-6 Coed

Jan. 19 9:30am-11am

Rossman School 12660 Conway Road, West County, 314.434.5877,

PreK-6 Coed

Jan. 16 8:30am



Open House

Saint Louis Priory High School 500 South Mason Road, St. Louis MO 63141, 314.434.3690,

7-12 Boys

By Appointment

St. John Vianney High School 1311 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, 314.965.4853,

9-12 Boys

By Appointment

St. Joseph’s Academy 2307 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Frontenac, 314.965.7205,

9-12 Girls

By Appointment

St. Louis University High School 4970 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110, 314.531.0330,

9-12 Boys

By Appointment

Thomas Jefferson 4100 South Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63127, 314.843.4151,

7-12 Coed

By Appointment

Ursuline Academy 341 South Sappington Road, Kirkwood 314.984.2800,

9-12 Girls

By Appointment

Villa Duchesne 801 Spoede Road, Creve Coeur, 314.432.2021,

7-12 Girls

Jan. 24 7pm

PreK-K Coed 1-12 Girls

Apr. 6 10am-noon

Visitation Academy 3020 N. Ballas Road, West County, 314.625.9100,

Dedication to Children One of the most important decisions a parent will make has to do with the educa�on of his�her child. Our comprehensive program includes a quality program for infants, toddlers, twos and preschoolers. NAEYC Accredited Parents as Teachers Low Teacher to Child Ra�os State of the Art Facility Play Based Curriculum Prepared for Private school academics �uality nutri�on program


Downtown Children’s Center

607 North 22nd St. I St. Louis, MO 63103 I (314) 621-1131

Hitchcock School Hitchcock School is devoted to children with Asperger’s Syndrome and/or social skill challenges.

Visitation Academy celebrates 180 years of excellence in scholarship, spirituality, leadership and service. In the Lower School, our curriculum includes computer programming and hands-on robotics. iPads are utilized throughout the Lower School to enhance learning. Visitation’s tradition of academic excellence continues in the Upper School, where the Worldwide Youth in Science & Engineering team is celebrating a record number of consecutive wins and the average ACT score is 29. Westminster Christian Academy 800 Maryville Center Drive, Town & Country, 314.997.2900,

7-12 Coed

Jan. 9 & 23 9am

Whitfield School 175 S. Mason Road, Creve Coeur, 314.434.5141,

6-12 Coed

By Appointment

The Wilson School 400 DeMun Ave., Clayton, 314.725.4999,

PreK-6 Coed

Feb. 9 9am-10:30am

Hitchcock School is a small, private school option for non-traditional learners grades 6 through 12. We emphasize the whole child socially and academically through individualized instruction and a social skill program generalized across all school settings. Hitchcock has a low student-to-staff ratio and offers strong student and family support. Hitchcock is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).

Great Circle – EdGEwood Campus

330 North Gore Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119 Ph: 314-919-4700

opEn housE: oCtobEr 13, 9–11am


46 July 2012

THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT LAURA KATHLEEN PLANCK IS A PRODUCER’S DREAM—WITH A FACE MADE FOR TELEVISION, A PETITE FIGURE AND, OF COURSE, HER SIGNATURE GLOSSY-BLONDE LOCKS. BUT IT’S WHAT YOU DON’T SEE THAT MAKES THE TWO-TIME REALITY TV STAR TRULY CAPTIVATING. AFTER JUST A FEW MINUTES WITH PLANCK, IT’S OBVIOUS THAT THE PRODUCERS OF “PROJECT RUNWAY,” AND MOST RECENTLY, “PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS,” HAD PLENTY OF REASONS TO CAST HER. ONE COULD EASILY SPECULATE THAT THE BIGGEST MOTIVATING FACTOR, BESIDES HER PROVEN TALENT, JUST MIGHT BE HER CANDOR. Though petite in stature, the design powerhouse holds absolutely nothing back— a godsend for ratings-hungry producers determined to keep viewers’ eyes glued to the set. Planck was just as forthcoming when she recently dished with ALIVE on nearly everything—from her first date with her fiancé (at a fave STL establishment) to her ambitious (and quite probable) five-year plan. ALIVE: What has life been like for you since your first stint on “Project Runway”? Laura Kathleen: It’s obviously changed my life a lot, being exposed so much on a reality TV show. The biggest thing for me is that it’s actually helped me figure out [a lot of things to get my] business going, and the networking that it has offered— things that I never expected. Once you’re on a reality TV show, people have this curiosity about what you’re doing. It gives you so many more opportunities to get your name out and tell people what’s available. ALIVE: Was your experience on “All Stars” different now that you’re a seasoned veteran? LK: It definitely was a little different because you’ve been through it before. “Project Runway” is all of these undiscovered, hopeful designers that are just trying everything to get their name out there, and learning what being known is all about—so it’s a very different, hopeful innocence. On “All Stars,” you have seasoned designers—some who have gone on to do phenomenal things, like Emilio Sosa, who during filming had to leave one day to see if he had won a Tony nomination. There were also people who hadn’t done so phenomenal. So instead of hopeful innocence, there was a lot of, I’d say, hostility.

Photo courtesy of A+E Networks.

ALIVE: It seems like Kane was a bit of a nemesis of yours on the show. What’s that all about? LK: The only way I can explain it is that Kane had been in the bottom a fair amount, and his taste was often questioned, so I feel like he was getting a little insecure. He was really worried about his success in the competition, and I think he wanted to pick on somebody to keep it interesting. Let’s be honest—if you cause drama, we all know the producers’ eyes light up. Everyone knows I’m somebody who speaks my mind and I don’t try to hide anything, you know? With that being said, I never, never try to be malicious. So, I think he was like, “Ok, I’m going to try to spin this in some way to make her look crazy,” but it turned into him taking it extremely far and actually making up falsities, and I’m like, “When did I ever say that? Are you serious?” ALIVE: With all of the amazing opportunities you’ve had come your way, do you find it difficult to find time for design? LK: You know, what’s funny is how many of my sourcing problems have been solved since “Project Runway” and “All Stars.” I was taking so much time to figure out how to get my business going and how to lower the price point and increase the quality, and be able to get to the point that I was stable enough as a business to go to market. That was when all the work was being done. Now, I actually feel like I have more time to design—I sketch, send them off to my factory, and all the work is done there. Yeah, I have to approve samples and make sure everything’s good, and still source my fabrics and things like that, but finally finding a factory that meets my price point and is great and dependable has really eased the stress of my business. I do miss the creation of sewing and making my own patterns, but as you build your company, clearly you can’t do that anymore. Your roles change as your company grows, and I think I’m finally getting into the role I wanted to be in as a small designer in St. Louis. ALIVE: Speaking of design, your cuffs from the LoveArmour Collection are getting a lot of attention, especially locally. Will jewelry continue to be a focus for you in the future? LK: Absolutely. We just launched on We have all of the cuffs up for sale and some really cool new necklaces. The whole reason I did

LoveArmour was the idea of “the armor of love.” I was in a place where I had just [come out of ] a really horrible relationship, so my original intention in designing it was to protect women from bad love. I kind of love that idea, even now that I’m getting married. It’s a symbol of positivity. ALIVE: What (or who) are you currently inspired by? LK: My fiancé and I have had a long conversation about this. Women like to deny that they’re inspired or compelled to dress for the men in their lives. My fiancé has pointed out that my fall 2013 collection really represents the kinds of clothes he likes to see me in. I was initially like, “I’m not designing this for you!” but he said, “I think it’s just natural that when you’re in love with somebody, you want to make them happy.” I typically do a lot of flowy things, and it’s shocking, but my fiancé [laughing] likes me in really tight clothes, so I’d say there’s a little more body con in my designs. I’m not saying it’s all credited to him, but it’s natural that my mind—obviously with the wedding plans and everything—is very wrapped up in Daniel. But otherwise, the palette of the collection is really going back to everything that inspires me and the color scheme of our home—white, ivory, gold and black. Also, [the addition of ] printed sequins; the actual prints on the fabrics are sequins, which I really love. ALIVE: Congratulations on your recent engagement! Where did you meet your fiancé? LK: Of course, good old St. Louis—I met him at Bar Napoli. We were actually set up. At first, I really wasn’t in the mood to meet anybody. I was like, “No, no, I’m single, I’m fine,” and the funny thing is, he didn’t want to meet me either. Literally, though, it was love at first sight. We actually got engaged six months after we met. It’s funny, they always say when you completely stop looking, that’s when you actually find someone. ALIVE: The engagement photos (by local photographer Susan Jackson) were stunning. You wore a dress and jewelry of your own design; will you be designing your wedding gown as well? LK: My wedding gown is actually my grandmother’s on my dad’s side, and I’m redesigning it just to be a little more modern. The gown is from the early '40s, and I’m so excited about it because I lost my grandmother when I was in the fourth grade, and she was the person I am most like. So it’s cool to kind of have a piece of her at the wedding. For the bridesmaid’s outfits, we’re doing a very limited line of Laura Kathleen Bridesmaids, which I’m also excited about. ALIVE: What else can you tell us about your wedding plans? LK: You can follow the planning of my wedding on, so that’s really fun. You get to see how I’m planning the wedding, and I hope it gives some national exposure to different places in St. Louis. Our wedding is at The Fabulous Fox, which is such a cool place, and people who aren’t from St. Louis have no idea. It will be on starting this month, leading up to our wedding on April 6. ALIVE: What’s your five-year plan? LK: I’d like to still be in St. Louis, since my business and my soon-to-be husband’s business are both here. I’d really love Laura Kathleen to be picked up not only by a large number of boutiques, but a large retailer as well. I would definitely like to be at a point where I could hire more St. Louisans. Right now, I’m hiring so much outside of St. Louis because it’s a lot of manual labor, but whether it is for accounting, a CEO or even creative positions, I’d love to be at the point where I could give back more jobs to St. Louis. I’d like to have a first baby within five years, so I’m trying to get all that to a point where we could start on the kids. Read the extended interview with bonus pics at

Jumpstart your health and fitness goals in the New Year with these month-long challenges.


A NEW YOU STORY BY Amy De La Hunt PHOTOS BY Christopher Gibbons ILLUSTRATIONS BY Samantha Winkler

For a New Year’s fitness resolution that will last, the approach you choose needs to meet your goals from the start. Do you want to be healthier? Lose weight? Look better naked? There are no shortcuts or loopholes to getting results. The key is to choose a workout and diet that you enjoy enough to commit to for at least three weeks, which experts say is the bare minimum for making or breaking a habit. These 30-day fitness challenges will help you do just that—and with any luck, lead not only to a body change, but a lifestyle change, too.

Back to Basics

TONE-UP Week 1

Improving your body composition sounds complicated, but the key is getting into a rhythm of cardio, flexibility, endurance and weight training. Beginners need to show up regularly and stick with the program—from the rough initial stages all the way through to a maintenance level. Justin Thacker, personal trainer and founder of The Lab Gym, and Suzanne Doerries, registered dietitian for Complete Fitness Results, contributed how-to advice for the following 30-day regimen.

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Prioritize carbohydrates as

Focus on adding healthy foods, not restricting unhealthy ones. Balance your meals with

an energy source for days with intense workouts. On other days, stick to plant-based foods and lean

a mental checklist of fruits, veg-


etables, proteins and some kind

Avoid liquid calories from soda, coffee and alcohol. Sports drinks aren’t needed unless a

Avoid processed foods. Focus instead on foods with the most

You can’t overeat veggies and low- fructose fruits. They’re

workout lasts 90 minutes or more.

of fat—maybe from dressing or avocado on a salad or olive oil for sautéing.

Simple recipes are best, especially when

nutrients for the fewest calories like

rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber.

lean animal proteins, yams, nuts,

Plus, they’re low-cost and low in

seeds, quinoa and whole grains.

calories. Some, like avocados, are

buy convenience foods,

This lets you eat less while meeting

even considered superfoods.

use them in healthy

you’re on the go. If you

goals for healthier nutrition.

Follow the qqft formula. Pay attention to: quality food sources, quantity of calories coming in and going out, frequency of meals and timing of meals, especially pre- and post-workout carbohydrates.

Join a group, class or gym for camaraderie, peer pressure and commitment. Les Mills classes at Club Fitness are thorough and reasonably priced. Hire a trainer to make sure you

ways. Grab a rotisserie

Quit cold-turkey for all foods that are mental traps. Later on,

chicken, remove the skin and flake it onto a salad

you may want to add them back in

with olive oil and vinegar

moderation—but it’s likely you will find that you don’t miss them after all.

Change up your routine. Avoid a

Squats and deadlifting give the most bang for your fat-loss buck. It’s important to have instruc-

workout rut by trying new things,

tion before starting to avoid injury.

Elongating muscles is just as important as strengthening them. Try The Dailey Method. 1560 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 314.569.9073.

hit the gym regularly—ideally six days a week for an hour a day—so the pressure is off to hit a home run every single day. You’ll be better at-

like the cycling classes at CRUSH

ferent muscle fibers. When using

experience of an outdoor bike

dumbbells for arm and shoulder

adventure inside. 120 Chesterfield

exercises, do a slow round of 30

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reps with them and a fast round of

After an intense workout, your body is in breakdown mode. Having a snack (carbs and protein) buildup mode.

if you’re not getting the results you

If you don’t eat breakfast, you

body’s needs, so you can legitimately

in the day.

at the candidates’ track records and

take an easy day if needed.

routines are working. Find a trainer that’s right for you at The Lab Gym (3684 Forest Park Ave., 314 256.1411) or Complete Fitness Results (2200 S. Brentwood Blvd., 314.402.2238).

Understand that it’s normal to fail at some training goals. There is a success continuum, and

engage all parts of your body. Look

will follow up to see how your new

15 without.

within 45 minutes puts it into

will have less appetite control later

Olympic-style weightlifting shoes from Adidas have the ankle

Slow-fast reps strengthen dif-

Cycle Studio, which give you the

tuned to your energy levels and your

ask for references. Good trainers


Shop for high-protein snacks with low calories and healthy fats. Nuts are best, especially

support beginners need for strength

when you’re on the go. Individu-

training. Available at Dick’s

ally packaged nut butters with

Sporting Goods. 200 West County

fruit, single-serve cottage cheese

Center, 314.649.1400.

and Greek yogurt are also good.

want, it’s a matter of effort, consistency or duration of training.

Try MyFitnessPal, a logging app your trainer can access to track your diet, calorie counts and exercise journal.

Evolution Revolution nuts, fats and tubers (aka potatoes). The bulk of their calories were perishable, not processed. They hauled heavy stuff, ran fast and worked hard with their hands. The Paleo lifestyle is all about mimicking these primal habits with a modern approach. Alex Born, founder of ReBorn Health (offering six-week Paleo challenges) and Leeny Hoffmann, a CrossFit trainer (a known Paleo-supported regimen) share their tips—and pitfall prevention—for adopting this new lifestyle.

Week 1

Week 2

Eating paleo means eating protein and plants. Our bodies evolved for this lifestyle.

CrossFit’s short, demanding workouts

Choose the highest quality meats, fruits, veggies,

mimic being on the hunt or schlepping game back to

nuts, herbs and healthy fats. Local Harvest Gro-


cery is a great place to start. 3108 Morgan Ford Road, 314.865.5260.

Avoid farmed crops. Eat few or no legumes, dairy, grains, starches, alcohol, refined seed oils (canola, corn, soybean) or processed foods. Our bodies

Go Paleo for a meal a day. Bigger dietary changes can be harder to make and maintain. Gradually work up to three Paleo meals a day.

Move all day, but don’t move too much at once. Avoid intense workouts at the gym followed by sitting still the rest of the day. To our ancestors, a burst of cardio meant they were running from danger—it evoked pure stress.

don’t get long-lasting energy from them, and they can contribute to inflammation.

Goodbye starches, hello veggies. Sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, salads and other

Practice movements that come naturally to the human body like

greens have more

presses, lifts, lunges, squats, jumps and curls. Give yourself space to

nutritive value and

throw, jump, pull, balance,

a lower glycemic

dash and swim.

index (meaning they

Read up—starting with titles

won’t raise blood

like “It Starts With Food” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, “The Paleo Solution” by

glucose after they’re digested).

Don’t underestimate the 10-minute workout. In a pinch, do as many

Robb Wolf and “Practical

cycles as possible of 10 air squats, five push-ups and three burpees (moving

Paleo” by Diane Sanfilippo.

quickly from squat to pushup position to squat and ending with a leap).

If you really want to geek out, check out “Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It” by Gary Taubes and “Protein Power Lifeplan” by Michael and Mary Dan Eades.

Invest in a CrockPot and cast iron skillet. Slow-cooked meals help avoid the dreaded witching hour when every morsel of food looks divine. Cooking in cast-iron skillets can raise the amount of iron in your diet and, if your skillet is well seasoned, cut down on the amount of fat you need for cooking.

Book cover courtesy of the author.


10,000 years ago, our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate meat, seafood, veggies, fruit, roots, shoots, seeds,

“Slow-cooked meals help avoid the dreaded witching hour when every morsel of food looks divine.” Week 3

Week 4

Be a tourist in your own grocery store. Get tips on budgeting,

Sometimes less is more. Barefoot

convenience and healthier choices

malist's answer to going barefoot.

with the help of a guide from Re-

Vibram SeeYa LS shoes available

Born Health, and find out why “the

at REI. 1703 S. Brentwood Blvd.,

cereal aisle is basically a glorified


candy aisle.”

Break away from the idea that breakfast is a bagel, orange juice and a banana. (Holy insulin spike, Batman!) Try sausage, eggs and spin-

or “five-finger” shoes are the mini-

Bond with others who’ve made the switch to a Paleo lifestyle at a potluck hosted by a CrossFit

ach scrambled together. The latter offers a much bigger nutritional punch

gym. Sign up for the Primal Living

and will keep you full between meals.

STL Meetup group or like the Facebook page of Project Paleo

Grocery store photo courtesy of Whole Foods. Indoor rower courtesy of Concept2. Barefoot shoe photo courtesy of Vibram.

– STL.

After 30 days of a strict Paleo diet, reintroduce some of the “good stuff” like sugar, dairy, grains, legumes and alcohol—but only in moderation. This helps ward off feelings of deprivation and can also be used to identify any foods that were causing autoimmune or gluten issues.

Joe Caveman didn’t have a Buddy Lee jump rope or a Concept2 indoor rower. He was jumping over snakes and pushing/pulling the

Play! It keeps things fun. Besides, many sporting

mastodon he just brought down.

games use a variety of activities without undue rep-

Bodyweight moves, done in sequence, are use-

etition or stress. Play tag. Swing on the monkey bars.

ful when there’s no gear available. Set a timer and start off the first minute with one sit-up, one push-

Toss a ball around. Do hopscotch. Join the kids for a game of hide and seek.

up and one air squat. Rest for the remainder of the

Dumbbells are versatile

minute. On minute two, do two sit-ups, two push-

for strengthening the

ups and two air squats, then rest until minute three.

shoulders, upper back, triceps, core and rotator cuffs. Start with 3 to 5 pounds for beginners, or use 10 pounds if you’re already in shape. Also consider kettlebells and medicine balls, available

Getting enough sleep and reducing your stress are arguably as

at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

important as diet and fitness combined. Avoid TV, iPads and computers

200 West County Center,

at bedtime. Get your work and psychological hang-ups squared away so


when you hit the pillow, you can rest deeply.

Power to the plants During the journey to a vegan or raw lifestyle, your tastes may change. The craving for processed sugars


usually fades away. Events that used to trigger you to eat might now trigger you to exercise for stress relief. Your mind and body will go from passing acquaintance to intimate friendship. Just take the word of our experts, Terry Stiers, a raw vegan lifestyle teacher and coach, aka “The Raw Vegan Lady,” and Dianna Lucas, a yoga teacher, retreat facilitator and lifestyle coach who offers classes at Indigo Massage and Wellness, Naturally Fit Studio and, during the warmer months, Grand Basin in Forest Park.

Week 1

Week 2 Start a food journal. Write down

Limit cooked foods to avoid

what, when and where you eat. Note

losing valuable nutrients and

emotions and cravings. Congratulate

enzymes, and eat lots of plants

yourself for cutting out all red meat,

and dairy products that were

white flour and white sugar.

never heated above 115 degrees.

Make one day during your first week a total vegetarian day (no meat or fish) and plan one raw meal (nothing cooked over 115 degrees) throughout the week.

Hatha yoga, an ancient Indian practice of self-development, can be very intimidating, but it’s called a yoga

Make three days this week total vegetarian days and three meals raw food.

Cut out all saturated fats, including butter, starting this week. Use olive oil—that is, uncooked organic cold-pressed virgin olive oil—or flaxseed oil.

Hot yoga and Bikram yoga (a series of 26 postures done in a heated room) encourage blood circulation, help eliminate toxins and allow a greater

“practice” for a reason—the more you do it, the easier

range of motion. Studios like Yoga Six (5724 Oakland Ave., 314.802.7447)

it becomes. Try an intro class at Yoga Source. 1500

and Bikram Yoga St. Louis (6630 Clayton Road, 314.644.2226) work with

Big Bend Blvd.,314.645.9642. Start the day with two or three hatha yoga half sun salutations and a few minutes of corpse pose to stimulate your body, breathing, blood flow and immune system—plus, calm your nervous system.

beginners to ensure safety during their demanding 90-minute classes.

Many studios offer beginners the opportunity to borrow all the gear they’ll need, but for a mat of your very own, consider prAna’s E.C.O. and warrior lines, constructed for excellent grip and free of PVCs, toxins, rubber and latex. Available at REI. 1703 S. Brentwood Blvd., 314.918.1004.

A dehydrator heats foods below the threshold for raw, which allows you to add more textural diversity to your meals. Try the Excalibur ( or stop by Whole Foods Market and purchase raw foods already prepared with one. For yoga on the go, try southtown yoga's new yogahour. An hour of play and power, the rockin' flow class with music and expert instruction is open to all skill levels. 1905 Park Ave., 314.353.1004.

Eat as much organic as you can. Some foods—especially the Dirty Dozen (fruits and veggies with edible exteriors)—are more contaminated by pesticides and chemical residue than others.

"Remember that food is only one piece of the puzzle. Sleep, play and relaxation are important, too." Week 3

Week 4

Cut out dairy products. If you’ve been relying on them for protein, look

Eliminate any remaining animal products and processed foods.

to vegetables like legumes, seed pâtés and nut butters.

Have a green smoothie for breakfast. Use raw, leafy veggies (spinach, kale, chard) for a third of the ingredients,

All meals should now meet your vegetarian, vegan or raw goal.

Growing your own fruits, veggies and herbs offers a psychological reward—who doesn’t love a fresh-picked pepper? It’s also an affirmation of your commitment to plant-based nutrition.

plus sweet fruits and water or ice for the rest. Add smoothie infusion powder, if desired, then blend the heck out of that baby until it’s really smooth.

Emitting Qi, or energy, is the goal of the ancient Chinese health care sys-

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Pilates' method of body conditioning trains the mind and body to work together to achieve physical fitness. All Pilates exercises are initiated from the powerhouse, which is made up of the abdominals,

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Something Old, Something New

Brides shrug off tradition for more modern takes on the “rules” of wedding planning. by AMANDA HENRY

2/ Rubies, sapphires and emeralds are a girl’s best friend, too. Stones of all colors are becoming popular alternatives to traditional diamond settings. Whether it’s a family heirloom updated to a modern setting or a new stone set to resemble grandma’s engagement ring, you can pick any stone in any setting to make your ring a truly unique piece. 3/ Bridesmen and groomsmaids are the new musts of a well-rounded wedding party. Gone are the days of a matchymatchy wedding entourage. Now, brides and grooms are opting for individualized formalwear—fitting of their more diverse wedding parties. It’s totally in vogue for a bride’s brother or best guy friend to stand on her side, or a groom’s sister or best gal pal to stand up for him. And don’t stress if you don’t have an even number on each side—a groomsman can walk two bridesmaids down the aisle, or a bridesman can parade down the aisle on his own. 2/


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Bouquet photo by Benjamin Trevor Photography. Ring photo by S. Carmody Photography. Groomsmaid photo by Simpli Photography.

1/ Everything’s not coming up roses in bridal bouquets—in fact, many brides are foregoing flowers altogether and choosing to carry feather, brooch or button arrangements instead. Single-flower arrangements are also popular to reflect a rustic ambiance.

4/ Dessert is more than just a piece of cake. Couples are choosing a variety of desserts instead of the traditional tiered cake. A cupcake bar allows guests to choose their favorite flavors, while a pie bar satiates the sweet tooth with vintage flair. Allow guests to fill party bags with items from a candy bar, or forego sweets altogether and fill a table with a variety of cheeses, nuts and dried fruits.


5/ Food can be less formal and more fun. Formal sit-down dinners can be swapped for many unique (and equally fabulous) food choices—hors d’oeuvres stations with delish finger foods, a fun food truck at the reception, carnival-style popcorn as a parting snack, or even a more traditional buffet complete with a mashed potato bar. 6/ A Guestbook Can Be More Than A Signature. Create a guestbook experience that will give you something to remember—by asking your guests to give wedding day advice or well wishes that you can add to your scrapbook or memory box. They can even be submitted in a fun and different way via wine corks or another element that ties into the theme of your big day.


Pie bar photo by Beautiful Mess Photography. Popcorn and memory box photos by Lance Omar Thurman Photography.


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Making the Cut Bridesmaid dresses get a much needed style overhaul. styled by Samantha chadwick written by Jennifer Wells

We’ve all heard (or seen) the story of the boozy bridesmaid, who is inevitably slurring and staggering long before the cake is cut. But don’t judge too harshly— you’d likely hit the bottle, too, if you had to endure a poufy taffeta trainwreck posing as a bridesmaid dress. Save your favorite girls a mad hangover—and yourself a major headache—by choosing something that’s both modern and flattering. The best dresses include runway-inspired extras such as peplum waists and asymmetrical shoulders, in addition to long, lean maxi styling that just begs for a destination wedding. If you still favor a classic style, the most noteworthy trend to hit the bridal scene is undoubtedly the illusion neckline. The sheer, nearly invisible overlay ups the high-fashion ante without altering a classic cut—plus it leaves little room to hide a flask.

From Left: Alfred Sung peplum dress available at Bella Bridesmaid, Town & Country, 314.205.1191. Deepa Gurnani gold clutch available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124. Chanel gold sequin pumps available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314,567.9811. Gold ring available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. Jenny Yoo maxi dress available at Bella Bridesmaid, Town & Country, 314.205.1191. Deux Lux sequin clutch and PeaCoco necklace available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. Km2 Belt available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.8080. Coren Moore dress available at Berrybridge Bridal, Ladue, 314.997.1439. Corey Lynn Calter clutch and Citrine by the stones cuff available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. Prada neutral patent leather pumps available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314,567.9811.


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Groom Gear

Yes, it’s the bride’s day, but all eyes will be on you before she makes her big entrance—so why

not give them something to look at? Up the ante without going overboard and opt for fun, yet sophisticated accessories in a number of playful patterns and prints. Indulge your inner rebel (it might be your last chance!) and don that skull-and-crossbones bowtie. Or succumb now (trust us, fellas; it’s easier this way) and delight your bride-to-be by choosing checks, paisley, dots or stripes for your bigday accoutrements. Want to take her adoration to the next level? Mix any of these patterns with plum (a bridal favorite this season) and she might not be able to wait for the honeymoon.

This season’s wedding-worthy accessories make a serious statement. styled by Samantha chadwick written by Jennifer Wells


1/ Kingston grey tux available at Savvi Formalwear, The Loop, 314.725.2150. 2/ Skull & Crossbones bowtie available at Woody’s, Ladue, 314.569.3272. 3/ R Hanauer silk pocket square available at Mister Guy, Ladue, 314.692.2003. 4/ Eyebobs Butch glasses available at Mister Guy, Ladue 314.692.2003. 5/ Robert Talbott polka dot tie available at Mister Guy, Ladue, 314.692.2003. 6/ Prada shoes available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. 7/ Marcoliani Milano purple polka dot socks available at Mister Guy, Ladue, 314.692.2003. 8/ Bugatchi black polka dot socks available at Mister Guy, Ladue, 314.692.2003.

9/ David Donahue cuff links available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.


10/ Quentin Ashford cuff links available at Woody’s, Ladue, 314.569.3272.

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11/ Martin Dingman leather belt available at Woody’s, Ladue, 314.569.3272.

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12/ Edward Armah polka dot pocket square available at Woody’s, Ladue, 314.569.3272. 13/ corporal SS wrist watch by Nixon available at 10denza, Central West End, 314.361.1010. 14/ R Hanauer polka dot, plaid and stripe bowties available at Woody’s, Ladue, 314.569.3272.


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Shine On Say “I Do” to mega-watt jewels in multi-stone settings. styled by Samantha chadwick written by Jennifer Wells

Flower Pendant available at Mavrik Fine Jewelry, Kirkwood, 314.909.6818.

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend,

then these multi-karat sparklers will make BFF status in no time flat. The perfect complement to any shiny new engagement ring, multi-stone accessories add just the right touch to your ensemble without stealing the spotlight from the main attraction—your wedding set. Whether you choose a pave style or small shaped diamonds, the desired effect is a brilliant sparkle that lends itself well to the already present “big day” glow. If you’ve chosen a dress with a simple neckline, add interest with a vintage-inspired necklace or perhaps one with colored stones. (Yellow diamonds, anyone?) As for the must-have “something blue,” we suggest a stunning antique 10.5 karat sapphire ring that will serve double-duty as a cocktail piece long after your trip down the aisle.

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Antique Ceylon sapphire ring available at Summit Jewelers, Webster Groves, 314.962.1400.

Natural fancy yellow diamond earrings available at Mavrik Fine Jewelry, Kirkwood, 314.909.6818. Blue sapphire and diamond earrings available at Mavrik Fine Jewelry, Kirkwood, 314.909.6818. Eternity bands available at Diamond & Jewelry Brokers, Manchester, 636.391.6622.


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Recently Ringed

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

Alexis Boudreau, 24 & Brian Feldt, 27 Occupations: I am a brand and content development analyst at Scottrade, and Brian is an associate regional editor at Meet Cute: I was on top of the parking garage near the former Adam’s Mark hotel in Downtown St. Louis, watching the Cardinals play the winning game of the 2006 World Series. As we were celebrating the win, I looked down at the street and there was Brian—with his Cardinals hoodie on and beers in both hands, cheering louder than anyone I’d ever heard. The friend I was with told me, “That’s Brian Feldt. He’s our sports reporter.” First Date: I guess it depends on what you consider a first date. Maybe it was a Tuesday “dollar night” at Hangar 9, a bar in our college town. Maybe it was the time we left a party and went to a gas station together to buy scratch-off lottery tickets. (We ended up buying 12 of them—we kept winning!) Or, maybe it was the time we officially sat down to our first dinner together at

Houlihan’s. (He ordered chicken fingers.) The Proposal: Brian asked me to marry him on May 18, 2012. We were in our living room after work, getting ready for my entire family to come visit for the weekend. He sat me down on the couch, told me that he loved me, and then blurted out: “I bought an engagement ring.” Perfect Date Night: Catching a Cardinals or Blues game during the day, then heading over to Schlafly Tap Room to grab a few of whatever beer is in season. After that, we could head somewhere to listen to music—bonus points if it’s our favorite local St. Louis band, Jon Hardy & The Public. We saw them at Loufest in 2011, and have been hooked ever since. Our Song: “Strawberry Swing” by Coldplay. Even though it’s not a full-blown slow song, we’re determined for that to be our first dance. The Big Day: June 29, 2013, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, with a reception at The Old Rock House.

Occupations: I am the director of special events at Third Degree Glass Factory, and Justin is the sales manager of installed services at The Home Depot. First Date: We met online, so our first in-person meeting was a short coffee date. We sat in front of the fireplace at Kaldi’s and just talked for a few hours. A week later, we went out to dinner at a hibachi restaurant. At the end of the night, Justin walked me to my door, kissed me and said, “Toodles!” I knew then and there that he was the one for me. The Proposal: On March 16, 2012, Justin tricked me into thinking that we were going to get Oberweis ice cream in the valley, so I was totally surprised when he dropped to one knee outside the Kaldi’s next door— where we first met! All of the people sitting outside drinking coffee were witnesses to the proposal, so when I said “yes,” everyone started applauding and cheering for us. It was like a scene out of a movie! Together we like to: We enjoy riding our bikes in Forest Park or on Grant’s Trail. We also enjoy the Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Symphony and the Fox Theatre. Of course, nothing beats a movie night at home, snuggled up with the dogs! Believe it or not: We like to make up songs about the stuff we’re doing. These songs are usually loaded with ’80s heavy beats and high-pitched voices. I’m not quite sure how this got started, but it’s definitely our “thing” now! The Big Day: Sept. 21, 2013, at Bee Tree Park Mansion Garden, with a reception at Third Degree Glass Factory.

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The Bride

Tiffany Tang

26, Customer Service Team Manager The Groom

Randy Chan

28, Reporting and Workforce Manager

Young at Heart

Two SLU grads add plenty of fun to their wedding day while staying true to tradition. by mary beard Their Story Tiffany and Randy met at Saint Louis University and immediately found common ground in their Chinese roots and love of math (she double majored in finance and marketing, he in finance). They quickly became friends, but their relationship didn’t really add up until years later, when Randy—who had returned to China after graduation—contacted Tiffany via instant message. Once they reconnected, the couple started a long distance romance peppered with online and phone chats, as well as visits when they could afford them. Randy moved back to the states and eventually back to St. Louis to be closer to Tiffany, which further convinced her that he was the man she wanted to settle down with.


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One night at a Christmas party, Randy and Tiffany were chips-deep in a poker game when Randy suddenly and inexplicably left the table. At her friends’ urging, Tiffany got up to find him—when she did, he was kneeling before her with a bouquet of red roses, a ring and the all-important question: “Would you marry me?” Her answer was a sweet and simple “yes.” Tea for two It was important to the couple to honor their families’ culture in the wedding, so they performed two traditional Chinese tea ceremonies before their nuptials. Traditionally, the groom and his groomsmen meet the bride at her parents’ house—which, in this case, was actually the hotel room where she was getting ready. The couple knelt down and served tea to their older relatives as a

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sign of respect. The elders drank the tea and offered their blessing, along with gifts for the bride. This first ceremony symbolized the bride’s move from her own family to Randy’s, and that from that point on, he would be the one to protect her and care for her. The couple then moved to another room where Randy’s family was waiting for them. They again knelt and served the elders’ tea, receiving blessings and gifts to welcome Tiffany into the Chan family. Put to the Test Part of Chinese tradition dictates that before the groom and groomsmen can pick up the bride for the tea ceremonies, they have to face a series of challenges designed by the bridesmaids to win her over. For Randy and his guys, this included everything from handing over their IDs and cash to taste-testing soda and eating contests. A few unlucky fellows even had to put on lipstick because the bridesmaids “didn’t like the way they talked.” All of this happened while Tiffany was hiding, to symbolize that she was the “treasure of the family.” It reminded the groom how precious his soon-to-be-wife was to him, and started the day off with laughs and a healthy dose of embarrassment. Classic Details Tiffany and Randy wanted

to keep their nuptials classic and traditional. For her dress, the bride chose an Oleg Cassini ball gown with three-dimensional floral details. She found it on her first visit to the bridal store, and though she continued looking for a “better one,” she kept coming back to that first choice. Her bridemaids wore purple and carried bright bouquets with purple, pink and white roses. For her own bouquet, Tiffany decided on a more muted color scheme with white roses accented by colored orchids. The ceremony and reception were both held at the Ritz Carlton in Clayton. Accompanied by harp music, the couple exchanged traditional vows, which covered everything important to them and brought tears to Tiffany’s eyes (causing her a moment of panic that her makeup was melting off ). After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour while the bridal party took pictures at Washington University and the Grand Basin at Forest Park. Dinner was a four-course sit-down meal with dessert of cheesecake and a four-tiered chocolate cake, featuring a cat cake topper—a nod to their two family members who couldn’t take part in the special day. Belly Laughs At the reception, the bridal

party incorporated another tradition that often takes place at Chinese weddings: playing games to tease the newlyweds and test how well they know each other. First, Tiffany sat down blindfolded and had to feel people’s bellies to guess which one was Randy’s. Then, Randy was blindfolded for a series of shoulder rubs, and had to figure out which came from his wife. Though Tiffany identified her man’s belly correctly on the first try, Randy wasn’t so lucky. The rest of the evening was spent dancing and enjoying time with friends and family. At the end of the night, guests left with gift boxes filled with Hershey’s kisses and decorated with Chinese characters reading, “We’re getting married!” January 2013


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The Bride

Megan Brink

25, Coffeehouse Manager The Groom

Phil Voissem

28, Dental Student

Better Together

After years spent apart, this STL couple makes sure they never have to be long-distance again. by mary beard Their Story As a freshman at SLU, Megan Brink hung out almost daily at Phil Voissem’s apartment with her friends and his roommates—just never while Phil was actually there. They finally met, thanks to one of her future bridesmaids, just before he graduated and moved to Wisconsin. Still, the couple built a relationship over hour-long phone conversations before bed each night, and after just three months together, Phil knew that Megan was a keeper. Fast forward to 2011, and the couple had been dating long-distance for four and a half years. To celebrate Phil’s acceptance into dental school (and to finally spend some time together in the same place), they booked a two-week trip to Iceland. Megan says that everyone except her had guessed that Phil would propose on the trip. 68

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On their third day in Iceland, they made their favorite meal for breakfast, and—because one of their friends had recently gotten engaged—started joking about the worst ways to propose. Megan’s idea, proposing to Phil with a dolphin ring that played music, sparked laughs. Phil’s idea didn’t turn out to be so bad after all. He told her that he would begin by letting her know this was the 46th Wednesday they’d spent together—mid-week reunions were rare for the couple who lived hours apart. That got Megan’s attention. He went on to say that he’d known since three months into their relationship that she was the girl he would marry. Next, he told her, he’d need a ring—at which point he ran to the bedroom to grab a tiny box. He got down on one knee, and through happy tears Megan said “yes.” Photos by trü studio design

Cocktail Casual Megan and Phil wanted

a relaxed cocktail party atmosphere for their wedding day. After an intimate ceremony at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Clayton, guests moved to NEO for the reception. The modern space was decorated with a color scheme of light grey and white with yellow accents. Tall monobloom floral arrangements with white orchids filled the space without overpowering it, and chevron patterns added a clean, modern touch to the chairs, tablecloths and favors. creative crepes The newlyweds didn’t want their guests to feel like they were glued to their chairs for the whole reception, so almost all of the food was passed by butlers. Guests could also visit three different sweet and savory crepe stations—in honor of the breakfast the couple was having when Phil proposed.

family affair Keeping family involved in their

special day was very important to Megan and Phil. The bridal party included Megan’s sisters and Phil’s brother, and their spouses served as ushers and readers. Megan’s brother was serving with the Marines in Afghanistan at the time, but he still had a presence in their wedding day as an honorary groomsman. Megan wrapped his dog tags around her bouquet as her “something borrowed,” and talked with him before she walked down the aisle and after the reception—the only two times during his deployment they were able to speak. unplugged To add to the casual feel of the day, the

reception featured an acoustic band playing classics and new favorites. Guests could dance if they wanted, but conversations weren’t overpowered by blasting tunes. For their first dance, the couple chose Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love.” They had searched for “their song” for years, but didn’t find it until their trip to Iceland. While driving the Ring Road during a long summer sunset, the song came on the radio and they knew right away it was the one.

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Flower Girl

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something New Victor Harper gown available at Wedding Gallery Couture, St. Charles, 636.573.9022.


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Modern Trousseau gown available at Fleur de Lis Bridal, Clayton, 314.721.2457. Madison Avenue Designs pearls available at Berrybridge Bridal, Ladue, 314.997.1439. Bakers shoes available at Bakers, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.6155. Stylist assistants: Morgan Gillespie, Courtney Kluge and Taylor Conran. Special thanks to David and Marcia Braswell of the Corner George Inn Bed & Breakfast ( and Arnie Juelfs of the Lil’ Red Roaster Coffee Company (Maeystown, IL, 618.458.8088).

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omewhere S in Time

With inspiration from decades past, St. Louis couples enlist vintage details to make their wedding days the perfect toast to their futures. Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. These couples have few things in common, but each embodied the style of their time. Whether you’re looking for all-American “I Dos” reminiscent of the 1950s, the glamorous feel of the roaring ’20s or the simple elegance of the turn of the century, there are countless creative ways to evoke the past in your present love story.

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1/ Tea Time

4/ Fitted Flair

The Couple: Brian & Erin Miller | The Photographer: Cami Wade For bride Erin, saying “yes” to the dress took a unique path. A $200 dress found on eBay, with the addition of a petticoat and a few alterations from Heavenly Stitches in Chesterfield, gave this low-key bride the perfect tea-length dress to beat the heat on her wedding day.

Styled shoot by Hawes Photography A bouquet created by Flowers to the People only added to the charm of this vintage bridesmaid dress. The double-breasted, tailored fit recalls the crisp dress designs of the 1950s.

2/ Milkshake for Two The Couple: Ryan & Erin Karandzieff | The Photographer: Alison Duffy Photography The retro vibe of Crown Candy Kitchen was all the more fitting for this couple because the groom’s family owns the famous St. Louis soda fountain. Aside from capturing family history in a photo, it was a chance for the couple to steal away a moment to themselves to share a chocolate-banana malt topped with whipped cream and a cherry— both sentimental and sweet.

3/ ’56 Chevy The Couple: Mac & Desirae Heimsot | The Photographer: d-Squared Designs The bride wanted to honor the memory of her grandfather during her special day, so this 1956 Chevy—exactly like her grandfather’s first car as a teen—was the perfect way to do it.

5/ Hugs & Kisses The Couple: Trevor & Kristi Pinkham | The Photographer: Beautiful Mess Photography Few things recall the all-American 1950s quite like red gingham. These letters, crafted by the bride herself, were an added vintage touch that she knew would make for great photos.

6/ Breathtaking Beauty The Couple: Philip & Amanda Ryan | The Photographer: Beautiful Mess Photography The billy ball flower adds just the right pop of bold color—it’s also great for grooms who don’t want “girly” boutonnières. Amanda’s vintage yellow bouquet with billy balls and succulents—accented by her birdcage veil—made for a playful, yet elegant nod to the past as she walked down the aisle.





1/ Making Sparks The Couple: Brian & Nicolle Rhame | The Photographer: Lisa Hessel Piggybacking on a tradition started by Nicolle’s sister who’d gotten married the previous year, Brian and Nicolle decided to celebrate their first moments of marriage with a sparkling throwback to Gatsby’s lavish summer parties at Egg Harbor.

2/ Flapper Fabulous The Couple: Joseph & Jessica Howell | The Photographer: Amkar Photography First spotted in a bridal magazine, this flapper-inspired gown was the first dress bride Jessica tried on. She loved the ’20s-inspired beading that covered the whole dress, and knew she would cherish it for years to come.

3/ Decked Out in Deco The Couple: Will & Madeleine Huff | The Photographer: Carretto Studios A special gift to the bride from her grandfather, these antique brooches—a nod to the Art Deco jewelry of the ’20s—adorned the bride’s dress, as well as the wedding attire of her grandparents.




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4/ Pearly Perfection The Couple: Chris & Kimberly Hirstein | The Photographer: Beautiful Mess Photography With help from her aunt Sheryl, a freelance florist based out of Chicago, bride Kimberly chose pearls and feathers—two icons of the flapper era—to accent her floral arrangement.

5/ Family Treasures The Couple: Simon & Halley Kim | The Photographer: Beautiful Mess Photography Halley took treasured gifts from family members, normally found on her bedroom dresser, and displayed them on the greeting table to infuse her special day with an antique, yet personal touch.

6/ Birds of a Feather The Couple: Trevor & Kristi Pinkham | The Photographer: Beautiful Mess Photography With the help of ostrich feathers from Florist Row, the bride’s Steve Madden glitter heels were transformed into flapper-ready perfection by her best friend, Megan Gelber of KM2 Shoes in Chesterfield.






1/ Wedding China The Couple: Amanda & Zach Chasnoff | The Photographer: WhiteKlump Photography The bride’s “something borrowed,” an antique china set from a good friend, allowed her to combine timeless roses, orchids and baby’s breath with gorgeous serving dishes for unique centerpieces.

2/ Love Letters The Couple: Trevor & Kristi Pinkham | The Photographer: Beautiful Mess Photography Kristi took an old chest where she kept all of her notes and cards from Trevor and turned it into a “love letter box” adorned with lace for their special day. Guests wrote heartfelt letters, advice, poems and even drew funny pictures for the happy couple.

3/ Keys to Happiness The Couple: Chris & Kimberly Hirstein | The Photographer: Beautiful Mess Photography Inspired by Pinterest, Chris and Kimberly scouted vintage keys from antique stores throughout St. Louis and wrote each guest’s name and table number on an attached note. The guests were then asked to write down “the keys to a successful marriage,” whether serious or funny, and return them to the newlyweds at the end of the ceremony.

4/ A Couple of Kids in Love The Couple: Chris & Kimberly Hirstein | The Photographer: Beautiful Mess Photography The bride and groom were a little nervous that their 5-year-old nephew, Korbin, wouldn’t take to suspenders and a newsboy cap, but the little ring bearer wore his turn-of-the-century duds with pride.


5/ Outdoor Elegance The Couple: Thomas D’Angelo & Caitlan MacKinnon-Patterson | The Photographer: Josephine Havlak The florists of Montano Grant made each table setting unique by placing floral accents in vintage-inspired pitchers and basins. Iron candlesticks added height and just the right amount of romance for Thomas and Caitlan’s special day.

6/ Bites of Decadence The Couple: Zach & Amanda Chasnoff | The Photographer: WhiteKlump Photography Petit fours, often served with afternoon tea in the Victorian era, were the perfect bite-sized cakes to include in Zach and Amanda’s dessert bar, which also featured an array of cookies, pastries and toppings.

7/ Laced in Love



The Couple: Chris & Kimberly Hirstein | The Photographer: Beautiful Mess Photography Often gifted to a lady from her suitor during the Victorian era, a lace parasol and matching gloves served as Kimberly’s weddingday accessories—and testament to her love of all things vintage.

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







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







Bixby’s Missouri History Musuem's 2nd Floor, 5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park, 314.454.3151,







Cedar Lake Cellars 11008 Schreckengast Rd., Wright City, 636.745.9500,







Chandler Hill Vineyards 596 Defiance Rd., Defiance, 636.798.2675,







Chase Park Plaza 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.633.3050,







City Cottage 3800 Chouteau Ave., Midtown, 314.961.7588,







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







Chaumette Winery 24345 State Route WW, Ste. Genevieve, MO, 573.747.1000,







Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis 3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center, 314.535.4660, ext. 201,







Coronado Ballroom 3701 Lindell Blvd., Midtown, 314.367.4848,







Danforth Plant Science Center 975 N. Warson Road, Creve Couer, 314.587.1000,







Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.881.5800,







Fox Theatre–Fox Club 527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center, 314.531.9999,







The Gardens at Malmaison 3519 St. Albans Rd., St. Albans, 636.458.0131,







Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark 1 S. Broadway, Downtown, 314.421.1776,







Hilton St. Louis Frontenac 1335 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Frontenac, 314.993.1100,







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







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







The Jewel Box Forest Park, 314.289.5389,







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Kemp Auto Museum 16955 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, 636.537.1718,







Lumen Private Event Space 2201 Locust St., Downtown, 314.241.5757,







Mad Art Gallery 2727 S. 12th St., Soulard, 314.771.8230,







Millennium Hotel 200 S. 4th St., Downtown, 314.241.9500,







Missouri Botanical Garden 4344 Shaw Blvd., Tower Grove, 314.577.0200,







Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park, 314.454.3151,







Montelle Winery 201 Montelle Drive, Augusta, MO, 636.228.4464 ext.21,







Moto Museum 3441 Olive St., Midtown, 314.446.1805,







Moulin Events 2017 Chouteau Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.241.4949,







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







Noboleis Vineyards 100 Hemsath Road, Augusta, MO, 636.482.4500,







Old Orchard Gallery 39 S. Old Orchard Ave., Webster Groves, 314.961.4433,







Oliva 4915 Daggett Ave., The Hill, 314.961.7588,







The Palladium Saint Louis 1400 Park Place, Lafayette Square, 314.799.8886,







Peabody Opera House 1400 Market St., Downtown, 314.499.7619,







Piper Palm House 4256 Magnolia Ave., Tower Grove, 314.771.4410,







Renaissance Grand & Suites Hotel Crystal Ballroom 800 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.418.5820,







The Ritz-Carlton 100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.863.6300,







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







Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries 3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center, 314.533.9900,







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







Third Degree Glass Factory 5200 Delmar Blvd., Central West End , 314.367.4527,







Three Barn Farm 20955 Missouri W, Clarksville, MO, 314.961.7588,







The Promenade by Westin 811 Spruce St., Downtown, 314.552.5712,







Windows on Washington 1601 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.5555,







World’s Fair Pavilion Government Hill, Forest Park, 314.289.5344,





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More than 200 top local vendors, photographers, caterers, cakeries and more. Third Degree Glass Factory


Wedding Planners Absolutely In, LLC 130 South Bemiston, Ste. 603, Clayton, 314.315.1775, Make your big day memorable, whether you need planning from scratch or day-of assistance. Carolyn Burke Wedding Liaison 705 Dickson St., Kirkwood, 314.821.4844, Wedding day coordination with a twist. Perform short, sweet and simple ceremonies with a deluxe “elopement” package available. Cosmopolitan Events 8132 Big Bend Blvd., Suite B, Webster Groves, 314.249.9107, Weddings with panache, complete with a skilled design department and Forest Parkteam. operations Visitor Center 84

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Divine Events 11425 Dorsett Road, Ste. 202, Maryland Heights, 314.669.5933. Get help with the planning process, finishing touches and more. Let’s Make Memories 314.479.3204, letsmakememories-stl. com Let’s Make Memories’ Tiffany Butler will coordinate every wedding detail, from the day you get engaged to your post-wedding brunch. Lucky You Productions 2901 Macklind Ave., Southwest Garden, 314.588.0073, luckyyoustl. com Rachel McCalla and Amanda Chasnoff specialize in expert coordination and floral design. Pulse Events 314.518.4511, Pulse Events helps you plan a stress-free dream wedding.

St. Louis Wedding Consultants 16943 Lewis Spring Farms Road, Chesterfield, 636.236.9359, stlweddingconsultants. net Vendors to make your day spectacular, from vibrant flower arrangements to elegant wedding invitations. WHITE HOUSE WEDDINGS AND EVENTS 314.607.7077, Rest assured that your big day will be flawlessly fabulous in the hands of WHITE HOUSE Weddings and Events.


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

Clayton, 314.725.1019, Annie Gunn’s 16806 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield, 636.532.7684, Araka 131 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.725.6777, Aya Sofia 6671 Chippewa St., South City, 314.645.9919, Blueberry Hill 6504 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.727.4444, Bristol 11801 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.567.0272, Charlie Gitto’s 5226 Shaw Ave., The Hill, 314.772.8898, The Drunken Fish 1 Maryland Plaza, Central West End,

PURE, 314.367.4222, Eau Bistro at Chase Park Plaza 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.454.9000, Eclipse in the Moonrise Hotel 6177 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.726.2222, eclipsestlouis. com F15teen 1900 Locust Ave., Downtown, 314.588.8899, Franco 1535 S. 8th St., Soulard, 314.436.2500, Frazer’s 1811 Pestalozzi St., Benton Park, 314.773.8646, Herbie’s 405 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.769.9595, Horizon at Harry’s Event Space 2144 Market St., Downtown, 314.421.6969, J. Buck’s 101 S. Hanley Rd., Clayton, 314.725.4700, Kemoll’s 211 N. Broadway, Downtown, 314.421.0555, Lorenzo’s Trattoria 1933 Edwards St., The Hill, 314.773.2223, Lucas Park Grille 1234 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.7770, Mike Shannon’s 620 Market St., Downtown, 314.421.1540, Molly’s 816 Geyer Ave., Soulard, 314.241.6200, Mosaic 1001 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.621.6001, Prime 1000 1000 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.1000, Robust 227 W. Lockwood, Webster Groves, 314.963.0033,



Caterers Butler’s Pantry 1414 Park Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.664.7680, Catering St. Louis 2141 59th St., South City, 314.961.7588,

First Impressions Catering 314.721.3233, Gregory’s Creative Cuisine 4700 Adkins Ave., South City, 314.481.4481, Hollyberry Catering 284 East Ave., Webster Groves, 314.968.9239, Local Harvest 9th and Locust St., 314.241.3196, localharvestcafe. com LoRusso’s Catering Company 3121 Watson Road, Tower Grove, 314.647.6222,

Tony’s 410 Market St., Downtown,


Orlando’s Banquets & Catering 8352 Watson Road, Webster Groves, 314.638.6660, The Pasta House Company 2200 59th St., Downtown, 314.644.1400, Patty Long Catering 1804 S. 9t St., Soulard, 314.621.9598, Russo’s Catering Company 9904 Page Ave., Overland, 314.427.6771,

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

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

ST. LOUIS 314.367.6111 EDWARDSVILLE 618.656.2287

Michele c. catering & events 7092 Lindenwood Place, Lindenwood Park, 314.443.6956

Soulard’s 1731 S. 7th St., Soulard, 314.241.7956,

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


Farotto’s 9525 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314.962.0048,

The Social Affair 314.583.9435,

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

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Ces & Judy’s Catering 10405 Clayton Road, Frontenac, 314.991.6700,

Ruth’s Chris One N. Brentwood Blvd. (multiple locations), 314.259.3200,

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


Syberg’s Catering 2430 Old Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, 314.832.4856,

All Couples ~ All Faiths ~ All Budgets

Vito’s 3515 Lindell Blvd., Midtown, 314.534.8486, Westwood Catering 190 N. Sappington Road, Glendale, 314.965.7428, With Love Catering and Confections 302 Hoffmeister Ave., Lemay, 314.637.7907,

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Food as organic as the love you share. Celebrate your special day with Local Harvest. We offer outstanding local and organic food to help toast your special event. Enjoy the best seasonal bounty from Missouri and Illinois and share it with your family and friends.

Rehearsal Dinners • Hors d ’Oeuvres Full Service Dinners • Cocktail Receptions Host your event in our downtown space in the Old Post Office Building at no additional charge. Contact our catering manager at 314-241-3196 or e-mail

It’s WAY better than a photo booth!

Windows On Washington

Zia’s 5256 Wilson Ave., The Hill, 314.776.0020,


Boutiques / Accessories Amore 173 Long Road Ste. 104, Chesterfield, 636.527.2667, Wedding and bridesmaid dresses in all sizes, featuring such top designers as Pronovias and Allure. Beaumonde Bridal by Wedding Gallery Couture 801 N. 2nd St., Second Floor, St. Charles, 636.724.9009, High-end designer wedding gowns from such exquisite names as Ines Di Santo, Victor Harper and Romona Keveza. Bella Bridesmaid 13428 Clayton Road, Town & Country, 314.205.1191, For the modern bridesmaid, a wide range of top designer dresses for every body type. Berrybridge 9904 Clayton Road, Ste. A, Ladue, 314.997.1439, A mother-daughter shop with a comfortable and attentive atmosphere and designer gowns. Blushing Bride 4632 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights 618.257.7600, A full-service boutique with an extensive collection of highquality gowns.


Cha 9666 Clayton Road, Ladue 314.993.8080, Shop chic bridal accessories from KM2 like belts, headpieces and shoes. Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique 8109 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.721.2457, Couture designer gowns, veils, headpieces and jewelry. Jule Lingerie & Loungewear 1590 Clarkson Road, Ste. 105, Chesterfield, 636.536.9777, Everything from embroidered thongs to comfy sweats and sexy lingerie. Kirkwood Bridal Boutique 112 W. Jefferson, Ste. 124, Kirkwood, 314.821.8555, A wide array of gowns for bridesmaids and mothers-of-thebride, from formal to informal. Savvi Formalwear 6185 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.721.4750. Multiple locations, St. Louis’ premier provider of men’s formalwear. Simply Elegant Bridal 1004 Olive St., Downtown, 314.241.8201, Gorgeous gowns and formal attire for everyone in the wedding party. Town and Country Bridal Boutique 287 Plaza Frontenac, 314.991.5400, An exquisite collection of designer wedding gowns, jewelry and accessories.


Cakes / Desserts Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier 32 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.7750, The Blue Owl 6116 2nd St., Kimmswick, 636.464.3128, The Cakery 1420 Tamm Ave., Dogtown, 314.647.6000, The Cup 28 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.6111, Encore Baking Company 2730 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314.832.4303,

Contact AbsolutelyIn Event Planning to learn more about our unique and customized wedding planning services. Visit 314.315.1775

Located in Hanneke’s Market 190 N. Sappington | Glendale 314.965.7428

The Magic House World’s Fair Pavilion Jewel Box Museum of Transportation Soulard Preservation Hall Third Degree Glass Factory The Edge of Webster Mudd’s Grove The Hawken House Kirkwood Train Station Ferguson & Katzman Event Space

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

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

Moulin Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café 8509 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.993.5455, Just Sweets 314.750.7501, 3830 Washington Blvd., Ste. 205,

The Diamond Shop 12 N. Central Ave., Clayton, 314.721.2210,

McArthur’s Bakery 113 N. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, 314.894.0900. Multiple locations,

Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers 101 S. Hanley Road, Suite 110, Clayton, 314.863.8820,

Sugaree Baking 1242 Tamm Ave., Dogtown, 314.645.5496,

Genovese Jewelers 12460 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.878.6203,

SweetArt 2203 S. 39th St., Tower Grove, 314.771.4278,

Huffords Jewelry 10413 Clayton Road, Frontenac, 314.993.1444,

Zettie’s Confections 618.281.9052,

Lordo’s Diamonds 9222 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314.432.8008,


Jewelers Because First Impressions matter, we offer catering at The Mahler Ballroom, Oakland House, The Heights, The Bevo Mill, Bridgeton Banquet Center, Lodge at Des Peres, La Perla, Museum of Transportation, The St. Louis Parks, Preservation Hall in Soulard, World’s Fair Pavillion ...and many other venues throughout the city

Diamond & Jewelry Brokers, Inc. 473 Lafayette Center, Manchester, 636.391.6622,

Albarré Jewelry 9711 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314.997.1707, Brando Boutique 107½ E. Argonne Drive, Kirkwood, 314.984.9114, Chesterfield Jewelers 17037 Baxter Road, Chesterfield, 636.537.5590, chesterfieldjewelers. com Clarkson Jewelers 1306 Clarkson/Clayton Center, Ellisville, 636.227.2006; 11 Meadows Circle Drive, Ste. 414, Lake St. Louis, 636.561.8881, codi 1164 Town and Country Crossing Drive, Town and Country, 636.227.2634, Curt Parker Jewelers 10192 Conway Road, Ladue, 314.989.9909, Décor Interiors and Jewelry 13476 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, 314.434.4022,

Mavrik Fine Jewelry 200 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, 314.909.6818, Simons Jewelers 8141 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.8888, Stella & Dot Teresa Voss, 314.503.5110, Summit Jewelers 7821 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314.962.1400, Tiffany & Co. 64 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.692.2255, Ylang-Ylang Fine Jewelry 81 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.567.5555, Your Diamond Source 333 S. Kirkwood Road, Ste. 204, Kirkwood, 314.835.9899,


Photographers Amkar Photography 314.485.9748,

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Go the extra mile... The Kemp Auto Museum is the premiere location for your celebration. Our experienced event professionals will see that every detail of your special day is given the utmost attention from beginning to end. From catering and entertainment to floral and design, all can be coordinated for you, taking the guesswork out of planning and making your experience seamless.

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Beautiful Mess Photography, beauvide photography 314.266.9059, Benjamin Trevor Photography 314.578.8331, Bernard Mallala Photography 314.884.1510, Bethre Means 314.740.3134, brea Photography 2644 Cherokee St., Cherokee, 314.865.0799, Fish Eye Fun 314.621.8638, GoodEye Photoshare 1600 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights, 314.644.7770, Greg Lappin 314.393.1746, Heather Roth Fine Art Photography 646.284.1215, Joel Marion Photography 1478 Cherry Creek Lane, Manchester, 636.861.2400, Jon Koch Photography 314.497.8308, J. Pollack Photography 314.374.3249, Keith lee studios 314.239.6350, Lance Omar Thurman Photography 3840 Washington Blvd., Southwest Garden, 314.368.3599, MANDI PICTURE 314.403.3381, Megan Thiele studios 573.579.5513, Mirage Photo 636.577.1074,

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Trotter Photo 14319 Manchester Road, Manchester, 636.394.7689, Warwick Photography 1750 S. Brentwood Blvd., Ste. 265, Brentwood, 314.313.8451,


Videographers / Music Downtime Productions 7534 Watson Road, Shrewsbury, 314.452.2848, dj nune 314.246.9284, First Dance Saint Louis 9751 Clayton Road, Ladue, The Manhasset Strings 636.537.0405, Millennium Productions 1334 Strassner Drive, Brentwood, 314.918.9335, Nordmann Photography 9420 Litzsinger Road, Rock Hill, 314.962.5900, One Eyed Dog Productions 314.303.6976, Pulse Events 314.518.4511, Steady Rising Entertainment 314.221.4952, Steamline Productions 1520 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.650.3277, Westview Media 149 N. Meramec, Clayton, 314.726.6222,


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PhotoboothSTL 4406 Arsenal St., Tower Grove, 314.776.3003,

Byron Cade 13474 Clayton Road, Clayton, 314.721.4701,

Pinxit Photography 4067 Shenandoah Ave., Shaw, 314.825.7469, pinxitphotography.

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

Ryan Gladstone Photo 314.971.5143, Simpli Photography 573.747.7232, Switzerfilm 303 S Main St., Troy, IL, 618.667.6940, Tim McDermott Photography 7615 Ivory Ave., Downtown,


The Kerry Cottage 2119 S. Big Bend Blvd., Maplewood, 314.647.0166, Macy’s 800.568.8865, Neiman Marcus 100 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.567.9811,

Grand scale. Intimate feel. Celebrate at The Arch. Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch is ready to turn wedding venues into elegant showplaces: from opulent grand ballrooms, to the intimate Park View room, to the premier 18th floor ballroom and terrace overlooking the Gateway Arch. Book now and enjoy up to five free honeymoon nights at participating Hyatts in North America, Hawaii and the Caribbean.** From superb catering, to special guestroom rates, our expert planners will take care of everything, so you can focus on making memories to last a lifetime. To inquire, call 314 342 4655 or visit Hyatt. You’re More Than Welcome.


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


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Pottery Barn 262 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.996.2630,

Blvd.,Maplewood, 314.605.8417,

Savvy Surrounding Style 9753 Clayton Road., Ladue, 314.432.7289,

Robert Govero for Hair 8111 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.6179,

Williams-Sonoma 260 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.567.9211,

Shine Tanning 5 Brentwood Promenade Court, 314.962.3628


Hair / Makeup

314 • 909 •1640 10am to 5pm • Tuesday -Saturday 120 West Monroe • Kirkwood

Adorn Hair Salon 17660 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, 636.530.9000,

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

Alison jo makeup artistry 314.308.1762,

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

Belleza Salon 3449 Pheasant Meadows, O’Fallon, 636.300.3437,

TINGE 9664 Clayton Road, Clayton, 314.395.5810,

Blown Away 8815 Ladue Road, Ladue, 314.932.1116, blownawaystl. com Blue Element Salon 7529 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.725.1200,

Create your first “Us” memories Enjoy an intimate winery wedding in historic Missouri wine country! 201 Montelle Drive Augusta, Missouri


The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.881.5800, stlouis

Valerie Brown, ThirteenTH & Washington 1300 Washington Ave., 314.479.6306,



Breeze 9916 Clayton Road, Clayton, 314.692.2569,

Becky Huffman Flowers 314.368.7760,

DanielleStyle Inc. 2826 Sublette Ave., 314.302.1467,

Blooms 314.795.1067,

Dominic Michael Salon 17057 Baxter Road, Chesterfield, 636.449.1583,

Botanicals Design Studio 3014 S. Grand Ave., South City, 314.772.7674,

Drew Henry 2309 Cherokee Street, 314.865.5147,

Festive Atmospheres 8314 Olive Blvd., Olivette, 314.481.1501,

Jean Phillipe & Company 745 Old Frontenac Square, Ste. 203, 314.991.2900,

Fleurish, The Rebel Florist 314.962.3232,

KINK 14 N. Meramec Ave., Clayton, 314.721.5465,

Flowers to the People 2317 Cherokee St., Cherokee, 314.762.0422,

Kolors Salon 4188 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.531.1218, The Lifestyle Center 7642 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.863.5556, Megan Dugan MAKEUP ARTISTRY 312.285.5907, Metamorphosis Bridal Makeup & Hair Design 636.443.5931, Metro Design Studio 612 N. McKnight Road, University City, 314.983.0444, Paul Mitchell the school st. louis 30 Maryland Plaza, Ste. 200, 314.361.8200, st-louis-mo/guest-services Pixies Hair Design 2709 Sutton

Fresh Art 6411 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, 314.721.5080, Ladue Florist 9776 Clayton Road, Ladue,314.994.7304, Sandra Lea Fulton Designs 9292 Dielman Industrial Drive, Olivette, 314.651.1360, Sisters floral design studio 431 E. Clinton Place, Kirkwood, 314.821.0076, Soulard Florist 730 Carroll St., Soulard, 314.231.0602, Stems 301 Saint Francois St., Florissant, 314.972.7836, Wildflowers 1013 Ohio Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.772.9900,

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Invitations By Alice Boutique 263 Chesterfield Mall, Chesterfield, 314.227.5451, BBJ Linen 856 Hanley Industrial Court, Brentwood, 314.447.9200, Cheree Berry 3 S. Newstead Ave., #2, Central West End, 314.533.6688, M. Haley Design 629 N. New Ballas Road, Ste. 203, Creve Coeur, 636.352.2102, The Service Bureau 9773 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.991.1104, Slice of Lime Design 9009 Meadowbrook Lane, Overland, 314.210.0245, Two Blue Doors 75 W. Lockwood Ave., Ste. 203 Webster Groves, 314.968.4033, Vellum 120 W. Monroe Ave., Kirkwood, 314.909.1640,


Linens / Rentals Alobar’s Party Rentals 716 Hanley Industrial Court, Brentwood, 314.781.7600, Aries Party Rental 4940 Northrup Ave., Tower Grove, 314.664.6610, Exclusive Events, Inc. 13633 Lakefront Drive, Earth City, MO, 314.995.7282, Ice Visions 324 Sante Ave.,

Kirkwood, 314.821.1204, Universal Rentals 10831 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, 314.822.4535 or 314.363.7626, Weinhardt Party Rentals 11601 Manchester Road, Des Peres, 314.822.9000,


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


Travel/Accomodations AAA Travel 314.523.7350,

Appointment Appreciated 14575 Manchester Rd. Manchester, Missouri 636-527-2667

Drury Plaza Hotel At The arch 2 S. 4th St., Downtown, 314.231.3003, Hotel Ignacio 3411 Olive St., 314.977.4411, Parkway Hotel 4550 Forest Park Ave., 314.256.7777, theparkwayhotel. com Travel Haus 11231 Concord Village Ave.,Concord, 314.842.7313, Travelplex American Express 238 Mid Rivers Center, St. Peters, 636.397.2100,

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Full-Moon Fever

Un-aged whiskies make a legitimate return to the spirits world. by matt sorrell Once the purview of bandits and

bootleggers, moonshine—also called “white dog” and “white whiskey,” among other monikers—has been making a comeback on the legal side of the spirits world. Perhaps fueled by nostalgia or spirit makers’ constant quest for the next big thing, major national distilleries like Buffalo Trace have tapped into the market for moonshine and released their own versions­—as have area distilleries like Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling in Ste. Genevieve, which produces Missouri Moonshine; McCormick Distilling Co. in Weston, MO, which makes Platte Valley Corn Whiskey; and Pinckney Bend Distillery in New Haven, MO, which just released its Clear Corn Whiskey in December. continued p.98

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Moonshine is basically un-aged whiskey straight from the still. These spirits are usually boozy, in the neighborhood of 100 proof. They’re criticized by some whiskey aficionados as being unfinished because they haven’t garnered the nuances of flavor and color that doing time in wood bring about. Although it might not be the ideal spirit to sip solo, moonshine can be used to make some interesting cocktails. Read on for a few ways to tame this wild spirit. White Manhattan moonshine 2 oz 1 oz blanc vermouth 2-3 dashes orange bitters

Monk’s Moon 2 oz moonshine Benedictine 1 oz 2 dashes Angostura bitters 2 dashes orange bitters Benedictine and bitters add plenty of spice. Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. White Whiskey Sour moonshine 2 oz 1 oz The Big O ginger liqueur .5 oz fresh lemon juice Another take on a classic whiskey drink, the ginger liqueur provides some of the complexity missing in the base spirit, while the moonshine gives the drink plenty of backbone. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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Midtown/ Downtown AL’S RESTAURANT A St. Louis landmark, featuring award-winning steaks and seafood. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 1200 N. 1st St., 314.421.6399. $$$ BAILEYS’ RANGE Creative, upscale takes on the classic burger, as well as boozy milkshakes and niche sodas. Lunch and dinner daily. 920 Olive St., 314.241.8121. $$ Blondie’s Delectable eats, treats and a selection of specialty drinks inspired by famous blondes. Breakfast and lunch daily; dinner Wed.-Sat. 1301 Washington Ave., 314.241.6100. $$ B

Hot Tip: Because moonshine is essentially a blank canvas, it can be used as a base for many interesting experiments. For starters, it’s easy to come up with your own flavor infusions. Just add a cup of your favorite fruit, diced, to 750 ml of white dog and let it sit in a cool, dark place. Taste it daily until you’re satisfied with the flavor, then strain out the fruit and bottle it. 98

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BLOOD & SAND A members-only spot boasting bold and exciting creations in the kitchen and behind the bar. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 1500 St. Charles St., 314.241.7263. $$$


BRIDGE TAP HOUSE and WINE BAR A large craft beer and wine selection, as well as meat and cheese plates, sandwiches and salads. Lunch and dinner daily. 1004 Locust St., 314.241.8141. $$ BURGER BAR Celeb chef Hubert Keller offers build-your-own gourmet burgers with a large list of breads, meats and condiments. Lunch and dinner daily. 999 N. 2nd St., 314.881.7580. $$ Café Ventana An extensive lunch selection, including sandwiches, beignets and pastries with your coffee. Open daily. 3919 W. Pine Blvd., 314.531.7500. $ CIELO Quality Italian cuisine, dynamic beverages and stunning views. Open daily. 999 N. 2nd St., 314.881.5759. $$$ B DIABLITOS CANTINA Fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine with more

Hot List 2012 Winner Kitchen open past 11pm $ Entrées average under $10 Outdoor seating $$ Entrées $10–$17 new Opened in the last 6 months $$$ Entrées $18+ B Serves brunch

than 100 types of house-infused tequila. Lunch and dinner daily. 3761 Laclede Ave., 314.644.4430. $ The Fountain on Locust Freshly made appetizers, entrées, fine ice creams and retro cocktails in a hand-painted Art Deco interior. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 3037 Locust St., 314.535.7800. $ The Good Pie Specialty Napoletana-style pizzas, like The Good Pie with buffalo mozzarella. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 3137 Olive St., 314.289.9391. $$ HAMBURGER MARY’S Unique burgers and a whimsical, fun-loving atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 3037 Olive St., 314.533.6279. $ B HARRY’S Great food, happy hour and view of the Arch with a casual atmosphere. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 2144 Market St., 314.421.6969. $$ Joe’s Chili Bowl House-made chili in every form possible, from slingers and chili dogs to tamales and macaroni. Open daily. 808 Chestnut St., 314.241.7070. $

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This see-through version of the classic Manhattan uses blanc vermouth and a semi-sweet fortified wine that falls between the sweet Italian and dry French styles. Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass.

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KOTA WOOD FIRE GRILL Woodfired seafood with Cajun/Creole flair, perfect for a stop before or after a show at a Grand Center venue. Lunch daily; dinner Tue.-Sun. 522 N. Grand Blvd., 314.535.5577. $$ B new LOCAL HARVEST Seasonal dishes made with sustainable, fresh local products, including delicious vegan and vegetarian options. Breakfast and lunch daily; grocery options at Tower Grove and Kirkwood locations. 815 Olive St., 314.772.8815. Multiple locations, $ B

Lucas Park Grille A seasonal menu featuring soups, salads and New American entrées. Lunch and dinner daily. 1234 Washington Ave., 314.241.7770. $$$ B Mango Peruvian fusion dishes add a twist to foods you thought you knew. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 1101 Lucas Ave., 314.621.9993. $$

VIto’s Known for exceptional Italian cuisine and Sicilian-style pizza. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sun. 3515 Lindell Blvd., 314.534.8486. $$

Lafayette Square/ Benton Park/ Soulard BAILEYS’ CHOCOLATE BAR A mix of savory and sweet items with desserts such as Baileys’ Chocolate Brownie and bread pudding. Open daily. 1915 Park Ave., 314.241.8100. $ blues city deli A charming turn-of-the-century storefront with an expansive menu of sandwiches, salads and Po’ Boys. Lunch Mon.-Sat. 2438 McNair Ave., 314.773.8225. $

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

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

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

Chava’s Authentic Mexican cuisine known for large portions and tangy margaritas. Lunch and dinner daily. 925 Geyer Ave., 314.241.5503. $

PAPPY’S SMOKEHOUSE Memphisstyle barbecue, with slow-smoked pork, brisket, chicken, turkey and sausage with Pappy’s signature sauces. Lunch daily; dinner Mon.-Sat. 3106 Olive St., 314.535.4340. $$

Eleven eleven Mississippi Culinary classics from Tuscany and Northern California. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. 1111 Mississippi Ave., 314.241.9999. $$$

Pickles Classic sandwiches like New York Pastrami and one of the best roast beef sandwiches in town. Lunch and Dinner Mon.-Fri.; lunch Sat. 701 Olive St., 314.241.2255. $ rosalita’s cantina A happening Tex-Mex restaurant offering Mexican favorites. Lunch and dinner daily. 1235 Washington Ave., 314.621.2700. $$ THREE SIXTY Located on the rooftop of The Hilton at the Ballpark with a spectacular view of the city, stellar cocktails and small plates. Dinner daily. 1 S. Broadway, 314.241.8439. $$$ TONY’S A St. Louis institution known for fine Italian cuisine and an extensive wine selection. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 410 Market St., 314.231.7007. $$$

Franco Country-French fare with a modern twist. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 1535 S. 8th St., 314.436.2500. $$$ MOLLY’S IN SOULARD Southern Creole favorites and one of STL’s largest outdoor patios. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.; lunch Sun. 816 Geyer Ave., 314.241.6200. $$ B the Mud house Fresh-roasted coffee, sandwiches, soups and pastries. Breakfast and lunch daily. 2101 Cherokee St., 314.776.6599. $ B Park Avenue Coffee Chauvin coffee, bagels, house-made muffins, smoothies and a selection of more than 70 gooey butter cakes. Open daily. 1919 Park Ave., 314.621.4020. Multiple locations, $ PW Pizza Classic pies and one-of-a-kind recipes with a focus

on fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Lunch and dinner daily. 2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.7799. $$ SHAMELESS GROUNDS A coffee shop known well for its socially progressive and artistic atmosphere. Open daily. 2650 Sidney St., 314.773.9900. $ The SHAVED DUCK A cozy atmosphere, live music and meats smoked to perfection. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 2900 Virginia Ave., 314.776.1407. $$ SIDNEY STREET CAFÉ Traditional favorites like lobster turnovers and steak wasabi balanced with seasonal, local dishes like tripe and game birds. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 2000 Sidney St., 314.771.5777. $$$ SqWires A seasonal menu featuring fresh interpretations of American classics. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 1415 S. 18th St., 314.865.3522. $$ B vin de set French cuisine served under the stars on the rooftop bar and bistro. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sun. 2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.8989. $$$ B

Central west end/ the grove

Bixby’s Located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum with breathtaking views of Forest Park. Lunch daily. 5700 Lindell Blvd., 314.361.7313. $ B BRASSERIE BY NICHE Casual French dining with an evolving menu of bistro fare, an impressive beer list and classic desserts. Dinner Mon.-Sun. 4580 Laclede Ave., 314.454.0600. $$ B

CrÊpes: etc. An upscale patisserie serving both sweet and savory crêpes, as well as a variety of homemade pastries, soups and sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch daily; dinner Fri.-Sat. 52 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.2200. $ the Drunken Fish Japanese sushi lounge with everything from tuna tataki to traditional rolls. Half off signature martinis on Martini Mondays. Lunch and dinner daily. 1 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.4222. Multiple locations, $$

Herbie’s Vintage 72 Contemporary American cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. Dinner daily. 405 N. Euclid Ave., 314.769.9595. $$ B new JOYIA

TAPAS Pan-Mediterranean tapas and treats, with a focus on local ingrediants and house-made sauces and breads. 4501 Manchester Ave., 314.531.5300. $$

Pi Creative cocktails, homemade desserts and delicious San Fran-style pizza. Open daily. 400 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.4300. Multiple locations, $$ Salt Upscale dishes like sorghum lacquered duck and handcrafted cocktails, swerved in the unique ambiance of a former CWE mansion. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 4356 Lindell Blvd., B 314.932.5787. $$ Sameem Afghan Restaurant Hearty Middle-Eastern cuisine rich with lamb, rice, veggies and authentic Afghan spices. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 4341 Manchester Ave., 314.534.9500. $$ SANCTUARIA Fresh, Pan-Latin tapas, paired with a world-class menu of handcrafted cocktails. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 4198 Manchester Ave., 314.535.9700. $$$ Scape american bistro A wide range of dishes from paella to burgers with a great patio and happy hour. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 48 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7227. $$$ B scottish arms Authentic Scottish fare, including the bestselling lamb burger and Celtic crisps, with an extensive single-malt scotch list. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 8 S. B Sarah St., 314.535.0551. $$ SoHo Restaurant + Lounge A chic, modern lounge boasting sophisticated southern cuisine and cocktails. Dinner Wed.-Sat. 4229 Manchester Ave., 314.932.5554. $$ Sub Zero More than 300 international labels of vodka with a sushi bar and build-your-own burger menu. Lunch and dinner daily. 308 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1200. $$ TASTE Small plates and handcrafted cocktails made with strong attention to detail. Dinner daily. 4584 Laclede Ave., 314.361.1200. $$ Tavern of Fine Arts Fine wines, seasonal appetizers and small plates, surrounded by art from local artists. Lunch Sat; dinner Mon.-Sat. 313 Belt

GETTING OUT GUIDE The top places in town to eat, drink and be merry. Bixby’s At Bixby’s, “Dining with Local Influence” is not just our motto, it’s our culinary philosophy. Enjoy every dish knowing it is artfully crafted to include the freshest and finest ingredients. Join us for daily lunch and Sunday champagne brunch with sweeping views of Forest Park, no matter the season! Make reservations at 314.361.7313. 5700 Lindell Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63112 314.361.7313

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

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J. Buck’s New Look—New Flavors—New J. Buck’s. Stop in and experience the new change, perfect for a casual dinner or lunch. J. Buck’s is the great place for happy hour with specials daily.

1000 Clark Ave. St. Louis, MO 63102 314.436.0394


Mile 277 Tap & Grill Voted #1 Lounge/Club in the Riverfront Times, Mile 277 is one of St. Louis’ most exciting restaurant and live music destinations. Located on Historic Route 66 at Watson and Lindbergh in Sunset Hills, Mile 277’s upscale, motorcycle-themed décor makes it the perfect spot to eat, drink, cruise and meet! 10701 Watson Road St. Louis, MO 63127 314.645.3277

Olympia Kebob House and Taverna Home to some of the best authentic Greek food in town for the past 32 years, Olympia is open daily for lunch and dinner. Savor homemade Greek specialties like gyros and kebobs in a cozy European atmosphere complete with a full bar and open-air patio. Find us on Facebook!

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

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Syberg’s-Gravois Syberg’s Family of Restaurants has everything for your home party needs. With our party carryout menu at every location, let Syberg’s cater your next event!

Vito’s Original Sicilian Pizzeria & Ristorante Let Vito’s warm you up this winter with its award-winning pizza. Vito’s is known for its great pizza, delicious pasta and savory entrées. Enjoy great happy hour deals Mon.-Fri. from 3-6pm. Call for delivery and catering.

Syberg’s on Gravois 314.832.3560 Syberg’s on Market 314.231.2430 Syberg’s on Dorsett 314.785.0481 Syberg’s Chesterfield 636.532.7600 ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

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Good Taste in Film

Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner dine in, carry out and delivery.

Going beyond the traditional movie munchies, St. Louis’ two new dine-in movie theaters offer full dinner and cocktail menus in a plush setting, making for a truly decadent moviegoing experience. It’s perfect for a multi-tasking date night or for those looking for something a little more special than the typical popcorn-and-soda routine. With three digital theaters, the brand-new MX Movies Downtown offers cutting-edge in-seat ordering technology. With the press of a button, guests can order local Midwestern dishes from Chef Josh Galliano—anything from crab cakes to pizzetas to the Illinois quarter-pound burger, complete with ham jam and shaved red onions. The theater, located in the Mercantile Exchange District, is for all ages, but offers full bar service for guests 21 and older. AMC West Olive’s newly renovated dine-in theaters offer table service in two different formats. The Cinema Suites allow moviegoers to indulge in adult beverages and fabulous food in a 21-and-up setting with luxurious leather recliners. For those with kids or teens in tow, Fork & Screen offers the same extensive menu without the age requirement. Catching a happy-hour matinee? Arrive early to grab a cocktail in the Hitchcockthemed lounge, MacGuffins. – amanda henry

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Thai 202 Quick and inexpensive “advanced Thai food,” run by a first-generation Thai family. Lunch and dinner daily. 235 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.2002. $ NEW

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South City/ Hampton/ The Hill Aya Sofia Exotic Turkish Mediterranean cuisine, combining Middle Eastern, Greek and Southern Italian flavors and cooking styles. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sun. 6671 Chippewa St., 314.645.9919. $$ B

Open daily 10am to 10pm and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

FARMHAUS Edgy Southern and Midwestern food with a locavore focus from 1/16/12 9:21 AMChef Kevin Willmann. Lunch Mon.-Thu.; dinner Wed.-Sat. 3257 Ivanhoe Ave., 314.647.3800. $$

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Monday - Saturday Sunday Dining 11 am - 11 pm Dining 4 pm - 10 pm Bar until 1 am Bar until midnight Bellydancers Monday- Saturday Private Rooms Available 630 North and South Road, University City, MO 63130

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GUIDO’S A distinguished mix of Italian and Spanish cuisine. Lunch and dinner daily. 5046 Shaw Ave., 314.771.4900. $$ MELT Upcycled retro café with diner favorites like waffles, ice cream, specialty alcoholic drinks and milkshakes in mason jars. Open daily. 7700 Ivory Ave., 314.638.6358. $ modesto Amongst a sea of Italian

restaurants, Modesto serves up classic Spanish tapas and flatbreads. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 5257 Shaw Ave., 314.772.8272. $ O’CONNELL’S PUB Famous for burgers, fish and chips and Coney Island hot dogs. Lunch and dinner daily. 4652 Shaw Ave., 314.773.6600. $ Sasha’s on Shaw A cozy neighborhood wine bar with a tasty selection of small plates and crêpes. Lunch and dinner daily. 4069 Shaw Blvd., Shaw, 314.771.7274. $$ Three Monkeys A lively spot featuring a wide variety of coastal cuisine and an extensive wine selection. Lunch and dinner daily. 3153 Morgan Ford Road, 314.772.9800. $$ B

University City/ The LooP Blueberry Hill Joe Edwards’ flagship restaurant, known for its beer selection and great burgers. Lunch and dinner daily. 6504 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.4444. $ ECLIPSE Located in the Moonrise Hotel, featuring cosmic dècor and a creative American menu. Open

While we can’t fly you to wine country, we can deliver the wine country daily. 6177 Delmar Blvd., B 314.726.2222. $$$ Frida’s Deli This meatless deli dishes out vegetarian- and vegan-friendly smoothies, soups, sandwiches and more. Lunch daily; dinner Tue.-Sat. 622 North and South Road, 314.727.6500. $


Market Pub House A traditional American eatery with a lively atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 6655 Delmar Blvd., B 314.727.8880. $$ MoMos Mediterranean tapas in a festive setting. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 630 North and South Road, 314.863.3511. $$ Nico Mediterranean cuisine with a seasonally inspired menu, featuring items like Serrano Croquettes and Moroccan Lamb. Lunch and dinner daily. 6525 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.0200. $$ B SEOUL TACO Korean barbecue from the well-known food truck, featuring tacos, quesadillas, pot stickers and gogi bowls with steak, chicken, spicy pork or tofu. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 571 Melville Ave., 314.863.1148. $


Tavolo V Neapolitan-style pizza and modern Italian cuisine, served in an airy, STL-inspired space in The Loop. Lunch and dinner Sun.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 6118 Delmar B Blvd., 314.721.4333. $$ Three Kings Upscale pub fare with a Mediterranean influence. Lunch and dinner daily. 6307 Delmar Blvd., 314.721.3355. $$

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STAR BURGERS Gourmet burgers with grass-fed, hormone-free beef or your choice of pork, lamb, veggie, turkey or mahi mahi patties. Lunch and dinner daily. 8125 Maryland Ave., 314.720.4350. $$

Araka A delightful eatery in The Crescent featuring delicious globally-inspired cuisine. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 131 Carondelet Plaza, 314.725.6777. $$$ new BASSO

A sleek basement pub at the newly renovated Cheshire, with 32 beers on tap, Italian wines, wood-fired


pizzas and small plates. Lunch and dinner daily. 7036 Clayton Ave., 314.932.7818. $$$ new BAR

LES FRÈRES French cuisine with a rotating menu and an intimate outdoor seating area. 7637 Wydown Blvd., 314.727.7901. $$

BARcelona A see-and-be-seen hotspot to nosh on Spanish tapas. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 34 N. Central Ave., 314.863.9909. $$ BOCCI BAR A taste of northern Italy with contemporary flair. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 16 N. Central Ave., 314.932.1040. $$


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A Brazilian steakhouse with a variety of meats and seafood cooked in the churrasco style over an open fire. 172 Carondelet Plaza,

BRIO TUSCAN GRILLe Delicious Tuscan-inspired food that’s upscale yet affordable. Lunch and dinner daily. 1601 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 314.432.4410. $$ B CITY COFFEEHOUSE & CRÊPERIE Sweet and savory crêpes, Belgian waffles and more. Open daily. 36 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.862.2489. $ B COASTAL BISTRO & BAR Freshfrom-the-coast oysters and low-country cuisine. Stop by during happy hour for oyster shooters. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 14 N. Central Ave., 314.932.7377. $$$ COMPANION Acclaimed for fresh ingredients and signature sandwiches and soups. Breakfast and lunch daily. 8143 Maryland Ave., 314.721.5454. Multiple locations, THE CROSSING A seasonal menu of farm-to-table fare. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 7823 Forsyth Blvd., 314.721.7375. $$$

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Crushed Red Urban bake and chop shop serving pizzas and salads made with the freshest ingredients. Lunch and dinner daily. 8007 Maryland Ave., 314.725.8007. $ Demun Oyster Bar The ultimate destination for seafood enthusiasts with fresh oysters from the West Coast daily. Lunch and dinner daily. 740 Demun Ave., 314.725.0322. $$$ I Fratellini Fine Italian dining with an intimate atmosphere and mouth-watering entrées and desserts. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner

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Mon.-Sat. 7624 Wydown Blvd., 314.727.7901. $$$ Half and Half A quaint café renowned for inventive recipes with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. 8135 Maryland Ave., 314.725.0719. $$ B J. Buck’s A Clayton staple for business lunches and happy hour, with pizza, pasta, burgers and baby back ribs. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 101 S. Hanley Road, 314.725.4700. $$ LESTER’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL Every sports-lover’s dream, with TVs at every post and top-notch bar fare. Open daily. 9906 Clayton Road, 314.994.0055. Multiple locations, $$ Mad Tomato A seasonal, farm-to-table menu and fine selection of Italian wines, desserts and pastries. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 8000 Carondelet Ave., 314.932.5733. $$ MISO ON MERAMEC A popular sushi spot famed for its Pan-Asian food and lounge. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 16 N. Meramec Ave., 314.863.7888. $$ NICHE An award-winning bistro with a fabulous menu of American cuisine. Dinner daily. 7734 Forsyth Blvd., 314.773.7755. $$$ Océano Premier seafood bistro known for fresh selections and exquisite flavor. Lunch and dinner daily. 44 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.721.9400. $$$ B

Enjoy the Perfect WEDDING Feast on Your Special DAY. Relax and leave the details of your rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon or wedding reception to Ruth’s. Private dining rooms accommodate 8 to 100+ guests. Contact our private dining sales manager today to discuss your special event.

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new PASTARIA Gerard Craft’s fresh approach to Italian dining, featuring house-made pastas, pizzas and gelatos. Dinner daily. 7734 Forsyth Blvd., 314.862.6603. $$

Roxane A cozy tapas-style spot with a Bohemian atmosphere and eclectic menu. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.; lunch Mon. 12 N. Meramec Ave., 314.721.7700. $$ Tani Sushi bistro with traditional and fusion-style rolls. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 16 S. Bemiston Ave., 314.727.8264. $$ THE RESTARAUNT AT THE CHESHIRE Seasonal American fare featuring wood-fired meats and seafood, in a beautifully restored historic building. Dinner daily. 7036 Clayton Road, 314.932.7818. $$$ B TRUFFLES Aged prime beef,

imported seafood and ingredients locally sourced or crafted in-house. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 9202 Clayton Road, 314.567.9100. $$$ new VIDA CANTINA Contemporary Mexican cuisine in a vibrant atmosphere with a variety of tequilas and handcrafted cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily. 1137 Saint Louis Galleria, 314.863.1150. $$ B

VINO NADOZ WINE BAR An intimate destination with an international wine experience and savory American fusion cuisine. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 16 The Blvd., 314.726.0400. $$

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the block A restaurant, butcher shop and bar boasting a farm-to-table concept with contemporary American fare. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 146 W. Lockwood Ave., 314.918.7900. $$ BRANICA of kirkwood Formal Italian dining and a sharp wine bar. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. 451 S. Kirkwood Road, 314.909.7575. $$$ CYRANO’S CAFÉ Upscale café fare, famous for unique desserts like Cherries Jubilee and World’s Fair Éclair. Lunch and dinner daily. 603 East Lockwood Ave., 314.963.3232. $$ B

Home wine kitchen Seasonal American comfort food and wine pairings with service that treats you like family. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. 7322 Manchester Road, 314.802.7676. $$$ B MAI LEE RESTAURANT Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Fri.; dinner Sat.-Sun. 8396 Musick Memorial Drive, 314.645.2835. $$ MAYA CAFÉ Pan-Latin cuisine with house-made salsas and margaritas and live music regularly. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.; dinner Sun. 2726 Sutton Blvd., 314.781.4774. $$ Mile 277 Upscale motorcyclethemed bar and grill, with a focus on top-notch food and live music. Lunch and dinner daily. 10709 Watson Road, 314.645.3277. $ One 19 North Tapas paired with an impressive wine list. Lunch and dinner

daily. 119 N. Kirkwood Road, 314.821.4119. $$ B OLYMPIA Greek classics like gyros, spanakopita and kebabs with traditional baklava or creamy rice pudding. Lunch and dinner daily. 1543 McCausland Ave., 314.781.1299. $$ Pazzo’s Pizzeria Thin-crust and East Coast-style pizza, with some pastas and salads. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.; dinner Sun. 140 S. Kirkwood Road, 314.821.6500. $$ RANOUSH Classic Middle Eastern cuisine like shawarma, falafel and tabbouleh. Lunch and dinner daily. 200 N. Kirkwood Road, 314.984.8899. Multiple locations, $$ Robust The Robust Factor helps you navigate an impressive wine list and pair vino with unique tasting plates. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 227 W. Lockwood Ave., 314.963.0033. $$ new Southwest Diner Diner classics with a New Mexican twist and plenty of spice and color. Breakfast and lunch daily. 6803 Southwest Ave., 314.260.7244. $

TwinOak Wood Fired Fare Specialty wood-fired pizzas with toppings like seasonal veggies and roasted chorizo. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 1201 Strassner Drive, 314.644.2772. $$ Water street Excelling in specialty and vintage cocktails with an intriguing menu of small plates. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 7268 Manchester Road, 314.646.8355. $$


“Our” Bar If a trip to Ruth’s Chris in Clayton typically means a lavish steak dinner, it’s time for a return visit. The new RBar is perfect for “just hanging out,” with a laid-back lounge atmosphere, light sophisticated fare and creative cocktail concoctions. The space, previously known mostly for happy hour, now has a more “after dark” feel, complete with DJs and late-night specials. General manager Geoff Dill says the moniker (a play on “our bar”) came from a desire to be a neighborhood-friendly space­—it’s not just about the dining room anymore. – alex corbett

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J. GILBERT’S Western-inspired wood-fired steaks and seafood, with artful presentation. Dinner daily. 17A West County Center, Ste. A102, 314.965.4600. $$$

Chevys Fresh Mex Authentic Mexican food and drinks in a vibrant, energetic atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 9119 Olive Blvd., Olivette, 314.997.3700. $$

NEW Hendrick’s BBQ World-class St. Louis-style barbecue, accompanied by the Moonshine Blues Bar. Lunch and dinner daily. 1200 S. Main St., 636.724.8600. $$

new CIRCLE 7 RANCH TAPHOUSE AND GRILLE Fun appetizers and hand-patted hamburgers and sandwiches, with the added benefit of private table taps. Lunch and dinner daily. 14412 Clayton Road, 636.220.9707. $

new MARCELLA’S MIA SORELLA Simple, light-hearted Italian fare including house-made pastas and hand-thrown pizzas baked in a 700-degree brick oven. 14426 Clayton Road, 636.333.1015. $$

EDGEWILD RESTAURANT AND WINERY A unique twist on all-American comfort food expertly paired with premium wines. Lunch and dinner daily. 550 Chesterfield Center, 636.532.0550. $$

Sugarfire Smokehouse Inspired barbecue fare, using local meats and veggies carved to your specification. Lunch and dinner daily. 9200 Olive Blvd., Olivette, 314.997.2301. $


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ALIVE and PNC Bank teamed up to throw an exclusive cocktail party and shopping event at Neiman Marcus in Plaza Frontenac to honor some of St. Louis’ most influential women and business leaders.

Neiman Marcus General Manager Allen Barber said a few words to kick off the cocktail hour, then introduced Rick Sems, Regional President of PNC Bank. Sems thanked everyone for coming and took a moment to express how important community outreach is to PNC. He talked about PNC’s Arts Alive grant program—which was recently extended for another four years, providing an additional $1 million to arts organizations in St. Louis. He also introduced the several PNC employees in attendance, offering up their expertise in investment planning and small business finances to the other guests—many of whom are independent business owners or work for the city’s top corporations.

Next, Grace Hill President Roderick Jones spoke to the crowd about what Grace Hill Health Centers and Settlement Houses do for community health and development in struggling neighborhoods. He also introduced a raffle, donated by Neiman Marcus, that guests could enter for a chance to win a $150 gift card to the store, with proceeds benefiting Grace Hill’s efforts. Gift bags were given to all attendees which included a free class at The Dailey Method, free blow-out at Blown Away Blow Dry Bar, an Adriano Goldschmied denim wallet, two VIP tickets to ALIVE’s Holiday Bash, perfume samples and a $50 gift card to Neiman Marcus. As the cocktail hour wound down, guests filtered through the store to put their gift cards to good use, thus ending another fabulous Power Players evening. For more info on Neiman Marcus, visit For more info on PNC Bank, visit


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Guests gathered on the upper floor of the luxury department store to mingle while networking over pretty-in-pink champagne, garnished with hibiscus flowers and delectable passed appetizers from Westwood Catering. There were also beauty and fragrance experts from Neiman Marcus’ cosmetics department demonstrating some of their exclusive brands like the Le Metier lip bar and other complimentary touch-ups for guests.

Jodi Allen Gordon, Co-owner of Companion Bakery, and husband, Rick Gordon Danny Baker, Founder and President of Exotic Motors Midwest Suzanne Barnes, Program Associate for Arch Grants Amy Calvin, Senior Vice President/ Senior Partner of Fleishman-Hillard Marie Carlie, Member of Stone Carlie and Company LLC Flo Chui, Owner of Arctic Food Services, Inc., and guest, Rebecca Fan Dani Davis, Managing Associate for SNR Denton US LLP Ashley Douthit, Co-owner and photographer for LeLe Photography Jana Embry, Treasury Operations Manager at SSM Healthcare Corporation Devon Fischer, Chairperson for DADA Ball & Bash Mandy Fritz, Assistant Vice President at PNC Bank Sarah Garlich, Owner of Cha Boutique Ashley Green, Business Development at Extra Help, Inc

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Jamie Hais, Attorney at Bryan Cave LLP

Farris Hughes, Vice President at PNC Bank Karen Jordan, Attorney for SNR Denton US LLP Teresa Katubig, Chief Executive Officer of Extra Help Inc. Lindsey Korth, Assistant Vice President at PNC Bank JJ Krane, Co-owner of Blown Away Blow Dry Bar Rachelle L’Ecuyer, Director of Community Development for the City of Maplewood Gail Lasater, Director of West Model Management, and daughter, Sutton Lasater Jill Lebsack, Stylist at Natural Beauty of Ladue Amanda Majewski, Business Development at Extra Help, Inc. Michelle Matava, Member of Stone Carlie and Company LLC Jim Menadier, President of InteliSpend Prepaid Solutions Margie Messina, Guest Jenny Murphy, Founder of Perennial Janet Newcomb, Vice President at PNC Bank

Betty Goran, Co-owner of Blown Away Blow Dry Bar

Julie O’Guinn, Finance Officer for the City of Frontenac

Susan Hais, Partner at Hais, Hais, Goldberger and Coyne

Pat O’Herin, Head of Corporate Banking in St. Louis for PNC Bank ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

Lacey Osborn, Associate at Bryan Cave LLP Peggy Phillips, Director of Treasury for CCA Global Partners Inc. Laura Kathleen Planck, Fashion Designer and Owner of Laura Kathleen Leesa Ross, City Clerk for the City of Frontenac, and guest, Vicky Strickland Debra Rush, Partner at Thompson Coburn LLP Myra Sherman, Co-owner of Albarre Jewelry Jamie Sherman, Co-owner of Albarre Jewelry Sarah Spear, Executive Director for Arch Grants Leah Stoddard, Senior Vice President at PNC Bank Sarah Tourville, Owner of The Dailey Method Susan Veidt, President of FleishmanHillard Susan Werremeyer, Owner of Carlton Werremeyer, and daughter, Gretchen Werremeyer Andrea Winter, Vice President of Fairway Management at JES Holdings Claire Wolff, Founder of Urban Studio Cafe

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert

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Jan. 29-Feb. 10, The Fox

This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical follows three friends on a trip through the Australian outback as they hunt for friendship and love. Tickets at (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

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Ellie Goulding

as St. Louis Symphony conductor laureate Leonard Slatkin conducts the symphony in a unique portrayal of Holst’s “The Planets.” Tickets at (718 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). HEARTSFIELD Jan. 19, The Old Rock House

Since its start in the early ’70s, this no-apologies country-twang rock band has built a devout following and played with big-name bands like The Doobie Brothers, Kiss, Fleetwood Mac and Willie Nelson. Tickets at (1200 S. 7th St., Downtown). ELLIE GOULDING Jan. 30, The Pageant

Brit sensation Ellie Goulding performs her widely successful pop-rock tunes for St. Louis fans. Keep your ears open for “Lights,” “Every Time You Go,” “Your Biggest Mistake” and more. Tickets at (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). YO LA TENGO, CALEXICO Jan. 31, The Pageant

The New Jersey-native alt-rock band plays its strings-and-keyboard-rich tunes, including recent favorites “Here To Fall” and “By Two’s.” Calexico opens with its well-blended, Latin-influenced sound. Tickets at (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop).

Art GAUCHA BERLIN, DAVID LANGLEY Through Jan. 5, The Vino Gallery

FATHER JOHN MISTY Jan. 8, The Firebird

GREGORY PORTER Jan. 2-5, Jazz at the Bistro

Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Gregory Porter makes his way to Jazz at the Bistro to put on an incredible evening of modern, globally-influenced music. Tickets at (3536 Washington Ave., Grand Center).


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Playing from his newest album, “Fear Fun,” Father John Misty creates an all-powerful, alter-ego mood of music, inspired by time spent writing a novel and traveling. Tickets at (2706 Olive St., Midtown).

stress” by Billboard magazine and having performed with such big names as Allison Krauss and Nickel Creek, folk artist Carrie Newcomer never fails to leave audiences craving more. Tickets at thesheldon. org (3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center).

CARRIE NEWCOMER Jan. 18, The Sheldon


Referred to as a “soaring song-

Prepare for a cosmic experience


Edna Patterson-Petty challenges traditional quilt-making by infusing American, European and African-American influences with her unique aesthetic and improvisational technique. More info

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Enjoy a display of collaborative works from two talented local artists, Gaucha Berlin and David Langley. More info at (4701 McPherson Ave., Central West End).

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at (524 Trinity Ave., University City).

“Alight” by Natalia Arias at Atrium Gallery

SHAPE OF A WOMAN: INFERNA Jan. 4, Mad Art Gallery

Based on poems by Stefene Russell, “Shape of a Woman: Inferna” is an art invitational featuring 50 local artists and their representational works in a variety of media. More info at (2727 S. 12th St., Soulard) ROOM WITH A VIEW Jan. 5-Feb. 15, Gateway Gallery

Featuring paintings and images of scenes near artist Deborah A. Williams’s home in Millstadt, IL, this exhibit provides visitors with an intimate look at a person’s habitat. More info at gatewaygalleryonline. com (21 North Bemiston Ave., Clayton).


Ken Botnick: TYPOGRAPHIES Jan. 11-March 31, Craft Alliance

Don’t miss the gorgeous typography work by fine press artist Ken Botnick, on display at the National Gallery. More info at craftalliance. org (6640 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). CABOLADIES Jan. 18, White Flag Projects

New Music Circle presents an unusual fusion of visual art and electronic music as Chris Bush and Eric Lanham perform live with synthesizers and more. More info at (4568 Manchester Ave., The Grove). LATIN BEAT Jan. 18-March 9, Atrium Gallery

NOTHING TURNED ITSELF INSIDE OUT Jan. 19-March 2, White Flag Projects

Artists who work in both extremes of objective and non-objective painting explore what each end of the spectrum has in common or reveals about the other. More info at (4568 Manchester Ave., The Grove).


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Connie and Sara Swinson share their stories of strength and survival through explorative artwork that highlights what it means to heal. More info at (524 Trinity Ave., University City).

Theater & Dance GOOD PEOPLE Jan. 2-27, The Repertory Theatre

In this play about the haves and

the have-nots, down-on-her-luck Margie Walsh must swallow her pride and ask an old flame, her successful ex-boyfriend Mikey, for help. Tickets at (130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves). THE PIANO LESSON Jan. 9-Feb. 3, Grandel Theatre

This classic work by August Wilson tells the story of a Pittsburgh family trying to get through the Great Depression with their dignity and history intact. Tickets at (3610 Grandel Square, Grand Center).

CAFÈ CHANSON Jan. 11-27, Kranzberg Arts Center

A rare tribute to some of France’s best poets and musicians, this lovely music-and-dance-filled play follows an American WWII veteran who is constantly reminded of his time in Paris. Tickets at upstreamtheater. org (3526 Washington Ave., Grand Center). 4000 MILES Jan. 16-Feb. 3, The Repertory Theatre

This installment of The Rep’s Studio Theatre Series shares the story of Leo, an incredibly successful bicyclist who undergoes a tragedy and seeks

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Celebrating the opening of its new location, Atrium Gallery hosts an exhibit featuring work from artists originating in Latin America, Spain and Greece. More info at (4814 Washington Ave., Central West End).

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difficulty climbing the grand stairs. The new handicapaccessible entrance features a sloped granite walkway underneath a sleek steel-and-glass canopy, which Executive Director Waller McGuire calls “a piece of sculpture.” There is also a serene reflection pool, carved with words from films, books and poetry. THE AUDITORIUM

In its 100 years, Central Library has played host to a number of famous authors, speakers, musicians and entertainers. With the introduction of the library’s 250-person auditorium, crafted out of a space that used to store coal, guests have a comfortable and modern venue to see anything from films and puppet shows to classes for kids and adults. “The original architect had designed an auditorium as part of his earliest designs, but because of costs, it had to be cut out,” McGuire says. “Before, for each event, we would have hundreds of people crowded into the grand hall, which has difficult acoustics.” THE TECHNOLOGY

Old Library, New Tricks

St. Louis’ century-old Downtown library is freshly restored and looking to the future. After two and a half years and $70 million of renovations, the Central Library has reopened its doors to the St. Louis public, revealing a seamless blend of the historic and the cutting-edge. THE OTHER FRONT DOOR

The first thing many library visitors will notice is the brand new entrance on Locust Street. Until now, the stately Olive Street entrance was the only way to enter the library—and it wasn’t accessible for those who had

Aside from the beautiful restoration of its grandiose architecture, the library’s technological upgrades may be one of the most impressive feats accomplished with the renovation. The facility now boasts one of the fastest wireless networks in St. Louis, energy-efficient lighting systems and a system of modern plumbing, heating and cooling behind the thick marble walls and floors. In the Creative Experience Room, visitors can rent laptops and tablets, make use of a recording studio or explore other creative tech tools. “Architects found a way to build a representation of our own century within the great walls of the original building without disturbing any of the historical architecture,” McGuire says. “We wanted to make sure we weren’t just building a museum, but a library that functions and reflects today’s world.” See the extended story and photos at – katie davis

life wisdom from his 91-year-old grandmother. Tickets at (130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves). CIRCUS HARMONY PRESENTS CAPRICCIO Jan. 19-27, City Museum

This annual musical circus event features children from across St. Louis showing off talents like singing, trapeze art, juggling, wire walking and more. Tickets at brownpapertickets. com (701 N. 15th St., Downtown). MRS. SORKEN, DUCK VARIATIONS Jan. 25-Feb. 10, Mustard Seed Theatre

Witness two unusual one-act plays as they take comical looks at the significance of theater, what it means to age and the value of friendship. Tickets at (6800 Wydown Blvd., Clayton).

Charity STARS TO THE RESCUE Jan. 19, Peabody Opera House

Tony La Russa’s annual event brings in performers like Uncle Kracker, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr., and others to benefit the Animal Rescue Foundation’s lifesaving programs for area animal rescue groups. More info at (1400 Market St., Downtown). PISTONS & PEARLS Jan. 26, America’s Center

Raising money for several nonprofits

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in St. Louis, this annual gala features hors d’oeuvres, live music, an auto show, the “million dollar mile” and an after party at Pepper Lounge. More info at (701 Convention Plaza, Downtown). DANCING WITH THE ST. LOUIS STARS Jan. 26, Four Seasons Hotel

Help raise funds for the Independence Center in St. Louis with an evening of dancing, local celebs, cocktails and professional dance instruction. More info at (999 N. Second St., Downtown). THE ST. LOUIS FOOD & WINE EXPERIENCE Jan. 26-27, Chase Park Plaza Hotel

Gallery 618 photo by Matt Ström.

Benefiting The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, this 11th annual food and wine event features culinary demonstrations and various booths filled with delicious treats and wines. More info at (202 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End).

Literary/ Speaking Facing your fear and finding your voice Jan. 12, Left Bank Books

Wade Rouse’s writing workshop helps authors or beginning writers develop their voices and learn how best to market their work. Tickets

at (321 N. 10th St., Downtown). MARTHA COLLINS POETRY READING Jan. 17, Washington University Hurst Lounge

As part of The Writing Program Reading Series, poet Martha Collins reads selections from her five books and other work, including her recent novel “Blue Front.” More info at english.artsci.wustl. edu (1 Brookings Drive, University City). RIVER STYX READING SERIES Jan. 21, Tavern of Fine Arts

Join River Styx for a reading of recent work by poets Jennifer Kronovet and Allison Hedge Coke. More info at (313 Belt Ave., Central West End). THE OTHER BRONZE AGE OF THE CLASSICAL WORLD Jan. 27, Washington University Steinberg Hall

In honor of Washington University’s Professor Sarantis Symenoglou, this event will include different speakers discussing Greek topics in archaeology, art history and more. More info at (1 Brookings Drive, University City).

Gallery 618

Not Your Local Art Scene The new Gallery 618 in Clayton doesn’t have the typical host of local artists gracing the walls. Instead, gallery director Alexander Jones opts to bring a New York “pop” vibe into the space and offer art aficionados the chance to view unique international pieces from the 1960s to the present. With pieces by Warhol, Lichtenstein, Basquiat and Trova already in the lineup, we’re willing to bet that Jones’ vision to bring urban-contemporary art to St. Louis won’t go unnoticed. And with plans to host a fashion show in the near future, Gallery 618’s pop-tastic ambiance extends beyond visual art to encompass the burgeoning local fashion scene, as well.

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The St. Louis Speakers Series features warfare expert P.W. Singer, who has served in the president’s Joint Forces Command’s Transformation Advisory Group, written for media like the Boston Globe and New York Times and delivered talks at 40+ universities around the world. Tickets at (1 University Blvd., Maryland Heights).

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Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon Through Jan. 20, Missouri History Museum

After making music together for nearly a decade, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are turning heads in the mainstream with their fiery blend of classic rock ’n’ roll, blues and country. In anticipation of her upcoming show at The Pageant on Jan. 10, ALIVE caught up with Potter to talk about her rock star lifestyle, her Nocturnal brothers and their powerful new album, “The Lion The Beast The Beat.”

Through full-scale figures, architectural models, art, diorama, documents and more, this unique exhibit examines Washington’s personal life, achievements, entrepreneurship and values. More info at (5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park).

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ALIVE: You’ve been making music for a long time now. Was there a single moment in which you realized you’d “made it,” or was it a slow realization? GP: It happens all the time. I’ve got a really good friend who will stop me and say, “Are we having a moment? Let’s stop and have a moment.” And we sit and think about all the things that we’re thankful for. I’m so lucky to be able to actually say that music is my career—that this is the thing I chose to do, and it wasn’t running away to join a circus, but actually turned into something viable. It’s a real accomplishment and something I’m so proud of. ALIVE: Did it ever feel like running away to join the circus? GP: I thought it was! For years, especially when I dropped out of college to pursue rock ’n’ roll...but I knew it was all going to work out. I knew in my heart and in my head that this is what’s going to happen: we’re going to become ginormous and show everyone what rock ’n’ roll is all about all over again. In my mind, that’s what was happening. ALIVE: Your new album, “The Lion The Beast The Beat,” is very fired-up. Where did that come from? GP: I really needed an album that roared. When I started writing the record, I think I had frustration around the songwriting process, because a lot of the songs I had turned into the record company that they really loved, I didn’t love. I felt that there was too much pandering going on in the songwriting process, so I pulled back from the whole process and kind of started from scratch about two months into making the record. I had a freakout and just said, “No, I’m going to start over,” and I went off into the woods and disappeared for a month, then came back with “The Lion The Beast The Beat.” Read the extended interview online at


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TWELFTH NIGHT Jan. 6, Johnny’s in Soulard

Marking the beginning of Mardi Gras, twelve nights after Christmas, attendees “petition” for a celebration by reading a poem, performing a skit, singing and other such antics. More info at (1017 Russell Blvd., Soulard). SOUL FOOD JUNKIES Jan. 9, Missouri History Museum

Byron Hurt’s film, “Soul Food Junkies,” looks at the past and future of soul food, its impact on African Americans’ health and the socioeconomic impacts of food in our nation. More info at (5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park). The Loop Ice Carnival Jan. 18-19, The Loop

Celebrate winter with live ice carving demos, Frozen Buns Runs, a puttputt pub crawl, a s’mores roast, live


This family-friendly Mardi Gras kickoff celebration includes a children’s parade, interactive games, crafts and the annual art wall. More info at FROSTBITE SERIES HALF MARATHON Jan. 26, Forest Park Visitor’s Center

Part of St. Louis Track Club’s winter series, the half-marathon course takes runners throughout Forest Park, past The Muny, St. Louis Zoo and other highlights. More info at (5595 Grand Drive, Forest Park). I MAY NOT GET THERE WITH YOU: A MULTIMEDIA MLK COMMEMORATION Jan. 20, Missouri History Museum

Through poetry, imagery and sound, artists like Enoch is Real and D’Fynitive commemorate Martin Luther King by exploring important moments in his life. More info at (5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park). MIDWEST BICYCLE EXPO AND SWAP MEET Jan. 27, Gateway Center

Featuring a classic bike show, this cycling expo and bike swap also includes a 33,000-square-foot area for riding. More info at (1 Gateway Drive, Collinsville, IL). DaVinci Machines II: The Australian Exhibition Through May 31, Bank of America Plaza

On loan from the Museum of Leonardo DaVinci in Florence, Italy, this exhibit features more than 60 machines (many of them interactive), including the DaVinci bicycle, hang glider and air screw—the precursor to the modern-day helicopter. More info at (800 Market St., Downtown).

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Spotlight Mark your calendar! COCA Winter Arts ClAsses

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COCA winter classes for children, teens and adults begin the week of Jan. 22. COCA offers classes and workshops in dance, visual arts, theatre, fitness and early childhood for new and continuing students. Programs are taught by professional artist-instructors. To register or for more information, call 314.725.6555 ext.130 or visit

Jeremy Deller: Joy in People. Feb. 1-Apr. 28 CAM presents the first mid-career survey of one of Britain’s most significant contemporary artists. Over the past two decades, Jeremy Deller has redefined the rules of contemporary art and become a profound influence on emerging artists. Joy in People will transform CAM’s entire space and features a comprehensive selection of Deller’s works to date. 3750 Washington Blvd. . St. Louis, MO 63108 314.535.4600 .

524 Trinity Ave. . St. Louis, MO 63130 . 314.725.6555 .

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Don’t miss these three powerful dance performances. January brings turn-of-the-century Paris in Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet followed in February by the dramatic production of Carmina Burana featuring 120 voices, 60 musicians and 40 dancers. March tops it off with none other than the infamous New York City Ballet MOVES ensemble tour at the Fox Theatre with more than 20 brilliant dancers, plus musicians from the NYCB Orchestra.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Jan. 29-Feb. 10. This outrageously fun show tells the uplifting story of a trio of friends on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. An international hit with more than 500 dazzling 2011 Tony Award-winning costumes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert features a hit parade of dance floor favorites.

3547 Olive St. . Ste. 301 . St. Louis, MO 63103 314.534.6622 .

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For tickets call Metrotix at 314.534.1111, order online at or in person at the Fox box office, 531 N. Grand Blvd.


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Winter Arts Spotlight gallery Six-eighteen

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Gallery Six-Eighteen is proud to open in Clayton. The gallery will house works by pop artists, urban contemporary (graffiti) artists, as well as contemporary photography. The gallery is proud to showcase artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Banksy, Shepard Fairey and the ever-controversial Mr. Brainswash, as well as many others. Open Tue.-Fri. 11am-6pm and Sat. 12-6pm.

Gateway Men’s Chorus presents Bad Boys! with guest artist Fred Schneider of the B-52s, Mar. 15-16 at 8pm. Experience the awardwinning gay men’s chorus of St. Louis as they team up with the original bad boy Fred Schneider! Watch the guys strut their stuff on stage singing “Love Shack,” “Monster,” “Hot Pants Explosion” and “Planet Claire.” The Chorus will also perform music from “The Full Monty,” “Show Boat” and more! Tickets available at

7513 Forsyth Blvd. . St. Louis, MO 63105 314.862.2500 .

560 Trinity Ave. . St. Louis, MO 63130 . 314.289.4169 .

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HotCity Theatre presents the world premiere of “Connected,” a new play commissioned by PNC Bank’s Arts Alive St. Louis. Playwright Lia Romeo hilariously exposes the ways in which social media is shaping our lives in the 21st century, including sexy videos that go viral, internet “hookups” and gaming gone wild! In a world where we constantly connect through a keyboard, why do so many of us still feel so alone? Connect with the characters on Facebook starting in January. For tickets call 314.289.4063 or visit 3457 Olive St. . Suite #203 . St. Louis, MO 314.289.4063 .

Grammy Award winning artist Judy Collins began her career with her first album at the age of twentytwo. Since then she has become a legendary singer, songwriter, author, activist and filmmaker. Now is your chance to see Judy Collins perform live as she continues her career of moving and inspiring generations. See Judy Collins live at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Illinois on Feb. 7! For tickets and other information please visit

252 N. Main Street . Edwardsville, IL 62025 618.307.1750 .

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LOVEmeier features hands-on art activities for all ages both inside and outside the Museum. Fire pits warm the chill while guests enjoy hot drinks and delicious treats. Take a special guided tour of dramatically illuminated sculptures in the Collection. Vendors will be selling specialty foods and gifts and guests can purchase a chance to win beautiful prize baskets with proceeds benefitting Laumeier’s education, exhibition and art conservation programs.

Left Bank Books and ALIVE Magazine present best-selling author and blogger Jen Lancaster for a Girls’ Night Out event! On Monday, Jan. 28 at 7pm at Mad Art Gallery (2727 S. 12th St. in Soulard), Jen takes us back to the hair-metal '80s with a new novel, “Here I Go Again.” Free admission, cash bar and Jen’s books will be available for purchase at the event. For more information visit or call 314.367.6731.

Saturday Feb. 9, 2012, 5-8pm. Tickets available online at or by calling 314.615.5276. 12580 Rott Road . St. Louis, MO 63127 . 314.615.5278

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miSSouri hiStory muSeum “I May Not Get There With You”— This multimedia commemoration in honor of MLK Day focuses on the speeches delivered in the last year of Martin Luther King’s life, exploring key moments through poetry, imagery and sound. Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3pm and 7pm. Visit for a list of artists scheduled to contribute, including D’Fynitive Soule Band. Admission is free.

Above: Zina Saro-Wiwa. Sarogua Mourning, 2011. ©2012 Zina Saro-Wiwa

Winter Arts Spotlight the pulitzer foundation for the artS Experience The Progress of Love, a dynamic multimedia exhibition of contemporary African and Western art that explores the universal emotion of love and, specifically, the end of love and its aftermath through photography and multimedia installations by British-Nigerian artists Zina Saro-Wiwa and Yinka Shonibare, MBE, AmericanJamacan-Nigerian artist Temitayo Ogunbiyi and French artist Sophie Calle. The Pulitzer also hosts a series of free events in connection to the exhibition. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Nov. 16, 2012Apr. 20, 2013. 3716 Washington Blvd. . St. Louis, MO 63108 314.745.1850 .

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The one and only Chris Botti returns to Powell Hall Saturday Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Feb. 23 at 7:30pm after his Company in Flamenco Vivo! Company in Flamenco Vivo! sold-out appearances in Thu., Feb. 28, 7:30pm. 2011. One of the world’s This quintessential Spanish top instrumentalists, Botti’s ensemble presents Flamenco28, Vivo7:30 pm Thursday, February breathtakingly smooth jazz in a go-for-broke performance by stylings will blend beautifully with authentic Spanish dancers, singer This quintessential Spanish the sumptuous sounds of the and three guitarists, including the Vivo, ensemble presents Flamenco STL Symphony. renowned Paco Peña! Presented in a go-for-broke performance by by the St. Louis Classical Guitarsinger authentic Spanish dancers, Society and guitarists, co-sponsored with the and three including financial assistance from the renowned Paco Peña! Whitaker Foundation. Presented Presented byproject the St.with Louis Guitar Society and co-sponsored with as a special theClassical St. Louis Regional Arts Commission in and presented financial assistance fromSociety’s the Whitaker Foundation,Year. celebration of the Guitar 50th Anniversary as a Special Project with the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission in Presented at M. Touhill Performing Arts CenterYear. –UMSL Celebration ofBlanche the Guitar Society’s 50th Anniversary 718 N. Grand Blvd. . St. Louis, MO 63103 1 University Blvd. . St. Louis, MO 63121 . 314.516.4949 . 314.534.1700 . Presented at Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center--UMSL, 1 University Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63121. 314.516.4949


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Men of Style


October 25, J. Bucks–Clayton ALIVE’s Men of Style photo shoot and feature are among the editorial staff’s favorites of the year. And with 2012 Men of Style like Jon Jay, Jassen Johnson, Patrick Brown, Jeffrey Whitford and David Blakely, we had a lot to celebrate when it came time for the annual Men of Style party. J. Bucks in Clayton—with its recent facelift to the décor and menu—was the perfect place to host this year’s soiree. The stylish crowd enjoyed beats by DJ Nune while sampling Draftmark brews and watching demos of the sleek home draft system. We honored the men with a special presentation and plaque and concluded the party with plenty of cocktails and good times with ALIVE’s closest friends and supporters. Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate our fabulous Men of Style!


– jennifer dulin wiley, Executive editor

1 Kelly Hamilton, Bryan Derr, Jassen Johnson, Jeffrey Whitford, David Blakely, Jennifer Dulin Wiley & Wesley Law 2 Jennifer Sachs & Katherine Burbank 3 Patrick Brown, Jassen Johnson, Jeffrey Whitford & David Blakely 4 Chuck Steelman & Ellen Soule 5 Bianca Calloway, Retoria Smith & Vivian Rodgers 6 Bryan Derr & Kate Gauthier 7 Adrienne Schneller & Joe Betz 8 John Parker, Rebekah Backowski, Kristen White & John Schwab



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Most Wanted Party

November 9, Horizon at Harry’s Saint Louis’ Top 4 Most Wanted singles were unveiled to a chic and lively crowd at Horizon at Harry’s. Out of the Top 20 finalists voted upon by ALIVE readers in the weeks leading up to the event, Aniekan Akpaninyie, Jessica Ferguson, Chris Norbert and Abby Raesly were officially deemed the city’s most successful, stylish and sophisticated singles. Attendees and finalists enjoyed Coors Light and Blue Moon brews and Pinnacle Vodka cocktails with appetizers from Harry’s as they socialized, watched the live music by Chevy Showcase band Dear Genre and snapped photos at the GoodEye photo booth. Guests who arrived to the party in a Chevrolet received free valet service, and everyone enjoyed getting an up-close look at the Chevy Sonic and Volt. 1 Aniekan Akpaninyie, Jessica Ferguson, Chris Norbet & Abby Raesly 2 Daniel Graves, Miranda Murphy & Mark Schlitz 3 Heather Higgins, Tony Race & Lo Victoria 5 Erica and Corey Tyson 5 Alexis Hodges & Rebecca Clark



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AbigAil RAesly

AniekAn AkpAninyie

ChRis noRbet

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Communications and Outreach Manager with The Diversity Awareness Partnership

Masters of Social Work student at Brown School of Social Work at Washington University

Physician, Barnes-Jewish Hospital

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Hometown: Oscoda, MI, but I was raised in the US Air Force.

Hometown: Midland, GA

Hometown: Belleville, IL

Hometown: Newton, MA

What is your favorite “Key to STL”? My “Key to STL” is Forest Park. There’s so much that the park offers. There’s the zoo, museums and festivals. Plus, my favorite way to start my weekend is running the perimeter.

What is your favorite “Key to STL”? My “Key to STL” is Forest Park—whether it’s running, biking, heading to the Zoo or hanging out on the patio at the Boathouse.

What is your favorite “Key to STL”? That’s an easy one...Forest Park! Where else can you go to an Art Museum, History Museum and Zoo all for free, eat, exercise, relax, see a play, see Shakespeare performed, hear concerts, go to beer tasting events, ice skate, go on paddle boats and even attempt to break a Guinness Book World Record?

What is your favorite “Key to STL”? The Key to St. Louis is Art Hill because no matter the season, it is a beautiful gathering place that brings together our communities. The scenery can almost take you back in time, and the open space is perfect for picnics or star gazing. For me, it is sort of a getaway where I can reflect, people watch and connect with the city.

Photos by Samantha Winkler.

What traits do you most admire in others? I most admire decisiveness, confidence, grace, enthusiasm, ambition, sacrifice and spirituality. I think it is admirable when someone takes action—not to benefit themselves, but to support the growth and well-being of others. I also really admire people who can laugh at their imperfections, and I try to be that way. How about we… buy two plane tickets for a trip around the world and eat a lot of food, listen to cultural music, experience wonderful art, enjoy diverse landscapes, meet new people and have many drinks! But realistically, I love surprises and spontaneity, and as long as my date and I have lots of laughs together, it will be the best date ever.

What traits do you most admire in others? I enjoy people who are smart and driven, but also know how to let loose and have fun. Most of the time when I’m not smiling, I’m laughing at myself—I love spending time with people who do the same. It’s important to me that people are passionate about some cause or issue. I may not share the same views, but passion is appealing. How about we… go on an early morning run. After that, I’ll cook one of my famous brunches. We can explore a festival in Forest Park for a few hours, then head to a sports bar and cheer on the Dawgs. After the game, we’ll meet up with some friends for dinner before we hit the town. It’s cheap and fun! If money’s no object, how about we take your private jet to see the game live. Once the game’s over, we’ll head to Paris. Your choice!

What traits do you most admire in others? Working hard to get the most out of their talents, inspiring others to become better people and treating others with kindness when nobody is looking. What’s your next big adventure? I actually won this trip to celebrate the end of the world, according to the Mayan calendar, on Dec. 21. They fly us out and put us up at a resort in the mountains, and we spend the “last day” doing bucket list activities like bungee jumping, sky diving, polar plunge, etc. How about we... watch the Cards play the Cubs on a Saturday afternoon, grab a couple of drinks at one of the stadium bars, then head to dinner on a patio in the CWE or on the Hill. After that, we can catch a show under the stars at the Muny and top it off with dessert at Ted Drewes.

What traits do you most admire in others? I appreciate sincerity and people who genuinely care about the people around them. I also enjoy people who are willing to take risks and try new things. What’s your next big adventure? Can I only pick one? There is so much I want to do! I’d really like to go skydiving. I’m dying to go on a vacation to a sunny beach location where my phone doesn’t get reception and I can just relax. I also want to go on road trips to Chicago and Nashville. How about we… just plan on going to a great dinner, and then go from there. The best dates are a little spontaneous and not totally planned out.

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10022 SHOE Grand Opening October 26, Saks Fith Avenue

St. Louis fashionistas joined Saks Fifth Avenue to celebrate the official opening of the newly expanded 10022 SHOE department. Guests enjoyed informal modeling, mimosas and sumptuous appetizers from Brio Tuscan Grille while browsing the department’s chic displays of featured brands like Milly, Fendi, Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Jimmy Choo and Valentino, to name a few.



1 Maria Shields, Heidi Burkemper & Ellen Soule 2 Ann Eisel & Diane Kerckhoff 3 Lurena Frenchie & Kristee Ruffin 4 Jody Blanton & Nicole Wittman

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Jimmy Choo Lunch

October 30, Saks Fifth Avenue Shoe-lovers enjoyed a chic luncheon in honor of famed shoe designer Jimmy Choo in the fabulous new 10022 SHOE department at Saks. Guests got a first look at the latest trends in footwear, and a portion of sales from the afternoon benefited The Breast HealthCare Center at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. 1 Mary Slay & Brooke Tosto 2 Ja’net Perkins, Yolanda Howard & Tanisha Grady 3 Arleen Jackson & Debbie Victor 4 Elizabeth Fassel, Kelsey Vaughan & Carissa Morton







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Central To Your World Gala

November 17, Central Library Supporters of the Saint Louis Public Library got a first look at the newly renovated and revitalized Central Library at the Central to Your World rededication gala, before the space opened to the public in early December. Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, served as the honorary chair of the event and spoke to guests about public libraries in the 21st century. Other VIP guests included Mayor Francis Slay, actress Kathleen Quinlan and St. Louis Library Executive Director Waller McGuire. The $70 million restoration project began in 2012 and reopened just in time to celebrate the library’s centennial.



1 Mary, Eric, Erin and Emma Thoelke 2 William Jackson, Cathy Heimberger & Keith Savage 3 Waller McGuire & Diane Freiermuth 4 Joan and Jim McGivney 5 Katherine and Marc Lazar

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Night for the Town

November 3, The Moto Museum Supporters of Mission: St. Louis gathered for the fifth annual Night for the Town Gala at the Moto Museum. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, seated dinner, music and live auction while raising money to support Mission: St. Louis’ efforts to transform at-risk neighborhoods into thriving, vibrant communities. The night wrapped up with a hot after-party, featuring DJ beats, a silent auction and plenty of dancing. 1 Angela Vories & Meg Berry 2 Jim and Megan Beckemeier, Ryan and Amanda McIntyre & Michael and Jenn McIntyre 3 Megan and Jeremy Irwin 4 Danielle Jackson & Breyana Evans 5 Catherine and Steven Aubrecht









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Susan Barrett An interview with Susan Barrett, artist, clothing designer, self-declared “recovering architect” and the director of the World Chess Hall of Fame. Before the World Chess Hall of Fame, Barrett worked on every side of the artistic spectrum—from gallery to publishing to creating her own works. Her experiences have proven to be the perfect setting for the career she never planned. Her visionary outlook and rule-breaking style have helped Barrett push the World Chess Hall of Fame into unexpected places. What is your current frame of mind? Expansive. When and where are you happiest? At home in bed with my husband, kids and dogs, watching an old movie. What is your favorite smell? ’61 Bordeaux. What is one word that describes you? Enthusiastic. What did you eat for breakfast today? Cookies and tea. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Right side, left side.” What is your most marked characteristic? My wardrobe. What is your greatest weakness? My shoes. What trait do you most admire in others? Kindness.

Who or what is the greatest love of your life? Cary Grant. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d be more organized. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Being a mom and being a part of bringing chess to St. Louis. Which living person do you most admire? Bob Dylan. Which historical figure do you most identify with? Frida Kahlo. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, who or what would it would be? A shaman. What is your most treasured possession? My house. What is your greatest fear? Not getting everything accomplished. On what occasion do you lie? If it spares someone pain. Who are your favorite writers? Jeanette Winterson, William Burroughs and Harper Lee. Who is your favorite designer? McQueen. Who are your favorite musicians? Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. Which artists do you admire most? Gordon Matta Clark, Alice Neel and Basquiat. What is your favorite hobby? Painting. Where would you like to live? Manhattan and Paris.

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Who are your heroes in real life? My parents. If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? Oh no! You know how much I love dinner parties, so can I? Cary Grant, Frida Kahlo, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and Benicio Del Toro. What’s something interesting that you just learned? Multiple definitions of violence and the various impacts they have. What are you most looking forward to? The Hip Hop Symposium we are doing at the World Chess Hall of Fame, and our archetypes show in chess and fashion. What is one thing you wish would happen? I wish Jay-Z would call me back. What is something you still want to learn? Italian. What is one thing you want to do before you die? I want to have my paintings in a museum show. If you could say something to your younger self, what would it be? Invest in Apple, and buy that studio in Tribeca. Interview by Elizabeth Tucker Photograph by Wesley Law ‘Archetypes’ are off-the-cuff interviews with St. Louis' most inspiring, well-known personalities based on the 19th century Parisian parlor game known as the Proust Questionnaire.


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