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46 Features cover story STL’s own Jackie Joyner-Kersee on challenges, fresh starts and living the life of a true champion.
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28 Hot Eats A dark spirit gets its day in the sun at Gamlin Whiskey House.
52 The Way We Roll What it means to adopt a car-free lifestyle in St. Louis. 78 fashion Less is more this wedding season—let your dress be the true testament of your love with simple, feminine accessories. 86 Bridal Guide The ultimate directory for all things wedding—from reception sites to photographers, caterers and more.
STL NOW 18 7 Things you must do this month. 20 Arts The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts unveils a surprising new program. Plus, a look at The Luminary’s new Cherokee Street home.
30 game changers Andrew Deutschmann of Creative Producers Group talks business and the startup Vidzu.
STYLE 36 Trends Take your NYE dress from night to day. 38 men’s Pore over the possibilities of winecolored attire for winter. 40 Accessories A bevy of treasures helps mark a milestone anniversary for Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers.
ALIVE BRIDE 58 Trends Five romantic getaways to enjoy post-wedding bliss without leaving town.
22 beauty Get acquainted with a few of St. Louis’ new and improved beauty destinations.
60 jewelry Celeb-inspired bridal jewelry has diamonds taking center stage.
24 fashion Catching up with the winners of Saint Louis Fashion Week’s emerging designer contest.
62 traditions Borrow customs from cultures around the globe to make your wedding day extra special.
26 radar St. Louis is poised to welcome a host of locally focused grocery stores. And, the latest news from STL’s beer scene.
64 engagements Two newly engaged St. Louis couples share their love stories.
66 weddings Meet the happy couples behind two intimate Forest Park ceremonies and a country club destination wedding in Georgia.
EAT + DRINK 101 Spirits Edwardsville emerges as the metro area’s next foodie destination. 102 Dining Guide The best places in town to eat and drink. 104 milestones Benton Park’s beloved Sidney Street Café celebrates 10 years.
AGENDA 109 Calendar Experience the romantic classic “West Side Story” at The Fox, be moved by The Big Muddy Dance Company, celebrate MLK Jr. at Touhill Performing Arts Center and more.
SCENE 121 Scene in St. Louis A look at the Tribute fashion show, Gateway to Hope’s KaleidoHope gala, ChoiceArt and more. 128 Archetypes A conversation with visual artist William Burton Jr.
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The celebration of St. Louis’ 250-year anniversary kicks off with First Night in Grand Center, then continues with a slew of events planned throughout 2014.
Browse the city’s top wedding caterers, photographers, bridal boutiques and more at this cocktail-partymeets-bridal show at Lumen Private Event Space.
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he New Year is a time for fresh starts and making changes. I’m a personal believer that resolutions, whether big or small, speak to character—and keeping them is even more of a testament to that resolve. Given the New Year and my own thoughts around resolutions, I was especially inspired by the two features that appear in this issue. After shadowing St. Louis’ own Jackie Joyner-Kersee on several occasions, writer Jeremy Nulik turned out an in-depth cover story on the hometown champion (p.46), who has had her fair share of challenges and rebirths in the 30 years since her first Olympic fame. Since winning the gold in both the heptathlon and long jump at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea, Joyner-Kersee has launched a foundation and funded the Jackie JoynerKersee Community Center in her hometown of East St. Louis; she has since seen that center fail and suffered the fallout of questions surrounding its financial management—only to find angel investors who have recently helped rebuild the center and form a new foundation board. All the while, Joyner-Kersee has been an inspirational speaker, an advocate for healthy living, a life coach and workshop instructor and—last, but not least—a supporter of the urban farm movement. (She launched Family Roots International, a for-profit urban farming company, in 2012 in an effort to give underserved residents of North City the knowledge and tools to earn a living.) But throughout the trials and tribulations, Joyner-Kersee has stayed true to her life’s mission: to keep an uplifting attitude and teach people how to be a true champion. In the words of Nulik, “This is the stuff of legend.” We couldn’t agree more. Writer Brandi Wills switches the gears of this issue—literally—in our first ever personal essay on living car-free in St. Louis (p.52). Though her decision wasn’t made with resolution timing in mind, the impact that being car-free has had on her life is just as significant. February will mark a year and a half of being car independent in St. Louis for Wills, who shares insights into her own experience, as well as those of other St. Louisans, that are both incredibly poignant and, at times, laugh-out-loud humorous. What moved me most about Wills’ experience was her realization that, “Not being in a car, focused on where I’m going and how quickly I can get there, has brought me newfound peace of mind on a permanent basis.” If that doesn’t sell you on the lifestyle at least a little bit, I don’t know what will. And although I’m not putting my car up for sale tomorrow, Wills’ account did open my eyes to an entirely different way of thinking and living in St. Louis. No matter what resolution or life change you have in the works, I wish you well on your journey. Here’s to a healthful, happy and prosperous 2014!
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It’s the name of Olympic athlete Jackie JoynerKersee’s TV show; however, there’s no denying the hometown champion has a definite “JJK Effect” on everyone she meets. Writer Jeremy Nulik shadowed Joyner-Kersee on several occasions in order to understand and capture her unique spirit in this extended cover narrative (p.46). “When I received this assignment, I was a bit awestruck,” Nulik says. “She is a legend. And, after interviewing her, I remain awestruck. I witnessed the impact that she has on people. Jackie has a way of receiving each person in her presence. She listens, nods and asks questions. She’s concerned, encouraging and, at times, brutally honest. She makes people feel heard and important. Rarely is she not smiling—if not broadly, then with her eyes. This, to me, is the stuff of legend.”
In our first ever personal essay (p.52), writer Brandi Wills reflects on her first year living car-free in St. Louis. Candid, insightful and humorous, the essay delves into the reasons Wills decided to move toward car independence, the speed bumps she hit along the way and the other St. Louisans who have embarked on the car-free journey. “Writing about my experiences with car-free living in St. Louis made me look at this life decision through an entirely new lens,” Wills says. “From research and interviews with other car-free enthusiasts, I truly understand the positive impact that my choices can have on my community.” To accompany Wills’ piece, ALIVE commissioned artwork by local illustrator Jason Potter, whose work has been seen in the Riverfront Times.
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Built in 1915, the Chicago-style architecture of the Railway Exchange Building stretches 21 stories tall in the heart of Downtown.
St. Louis celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2014, so there’s no better time than the New Year to honor our fair city through iconic photos. STL has an abundance of historical landmarks and events to celebrate this year, so we’ve taken the opportunity to collect shots from the Instagram feeds of local history buffs and architecture experts, commemorating some of the city’s most distinct architecture and historic sites. We’ve even included some historical tidbits to help you brush up on your STL trivia. Visit stl250.org for more ways to celebrate throughout the year.
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The Apotheosis of Saint Louis, which sits atop Art Hill in front of SLAM, was unveiled in 1906 and served as the primary symbol of the city until the Gateway Arch took that crown in 1965. 3/ JEFF VINES @STLGASM
Designed by Louis Sullivan, the Union Trust Building was constructed in 1892, complete with iconic terra-cotta lion heads. 5/
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This unique aerial view shows laborers at work on the Gateway Arch during its construction back in 1965. 5/ MICHAEL ALLEN @MICHAELRALLEN
Spanning the Mississippi River and connecting the East and West, the MacArthur Bridge has supported railroad transportation since 1917.
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Still a Downtown treasure today, St. Louis City Hall’s location was determined in 1840, but construction didn’t start until 1890 with a budget of $2 million. 7/ KATHLEEN BINDER @KATSDY
Ulysses S. Grant built this cabin for his bride in 1855, doing everything from sawing the lumber to shingling the roof. It was purchased in 1907 by August Busch Sr. and is now part of Grant’s Farm.
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As the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts rearranges itself between exhibitions, it invites audiences to do the same by taking part in “Reset,” a unique series of events Jan. 17-25. Programming includes an unexpected mix of music, film screenings, break dancing and more, all taking place atop a specially commissioned floor installation by New York-based artist David Scanavino. For more info, visit pulitzerarts.org.
Enjoy an evening at the exceptionally curated wedding showcase ALIVE Bride, Jan. 16 at Lumen Private Event Space. Sip Pinnacle Vodka cocktails and Skinnygirl wines and browse booths from the city’s top wedding vendors—many of them offering special samples or discounts. Plus, admire the latest bridal trends in a special fashion presentation. It’s the ultimate go-to for anyone planning a wedding in the St. Louis area.
Watch one of the most memorable musicals of all time come alive as “West Side Story” takes the stage at The Fox Jan. 3-5, part of the US Bank Broadway Series. For more than 50 years, this timeless tale has graced the screen and the stage with its dramatic love story, compelling choreography and powerful musical performances, set to the classic Broadway score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. For tickets, visit fabulousfox.com.
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The eclectic rockers of Panic! At The Disco visit The Pageant on Jan. 22 for a sold-out show that is sure to have the crowd dancing all night long. The band’s latest party album, “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” draws inspiration from the band’s Las Vegas roots, with singles like “Miss Jackson” and “Girls/Girls/ Boys.” Plus, catch past hits like “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” and “Nine in the Afternoon.” For more info, visit thepageant.com.
Foodies and vino enthusiasts indulge their palates at the 12th annual St. Louis Food & Wine Experience Jan. 24-26 at Chase Park Plaza, benefiting The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Guests will enjoy an extensive variety of freshly prepared foods and more than 700 wines. The exclusive Premier Tasting party on Jan. 24 is a must for wine connoisseurs, offering the opportunity to sample and order limited-availability wines from the region’s finest producers. For tickets and more info, visit repstl.org.
Apple Computer Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak speaks on Jan. 28 at Powell Hall as part of the St. Louis Speakers Series. A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for over 30 years, Wozniak founded Apple with Steve Jobs back in 1976, left the company in 1987 and is now a writer and educational sponsor devoted to providing technology to students.
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The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts unveils a surprising new program embracing its dark periods.
When the Donald Judd exhibition closes at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts Jan. 4, the building would typically be closed until the next exhibit, “Art of Its Own Making,” opens several weeks later on Feb. 14. Not any longer. An innovative new program launching this month, “Reset,” will offer a nine-day series of performances and participatory programs twice each year, between the institution’s exhibitions. The mission is to inspire audiences to think differently about art and offer a variety of ways to experience it—from the serene and meditative to the highly interactive. New York-based artist David Scanavino has been commissioned to create a temporary floor installation in the main gallery titled "Candy Crush," an
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The Luminary Center for the Arts' soon-to-open new home has converted three Cherokee Street storefronts into a sprawling modern arts center. The faded facade, located at 2701 Cherokee Street, had certainly seen better days when it was purchased by Brea and James McAnally, but offered a hidden treasure: 16,000 square feet of space begging for a makeover. The McAnallys have been hard at work for the past several months renovating the complex to include multiple galleries, work studios, a stage for musical performances, a research library, classrooms and a bar. The final phase of the project will include two or three apartments for the organization’s visiting artist residency program in a partial 1,500-square-foot second story. The center will open
88-by-22-foot mosaic of colorful tile on which all of the week's performances will take place. The first “Reset” event series runs Jan. 17-25 and includes a performance of John Cage's “Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras” by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Robertson. Visitors can also look forward to a break dancing competition with video art, emceed by Mr. Freeze of the Rock Steady Crew; as well as high-end nail art by Vanity Projects; a drag show featuring LA-based performance artist Raja and local drag queen Siren; events for children and more. Visit pulitzerarts.org for the full schedule of performances and more information about the series.
with a party in late January, with the grand opening and first exhibition to follow in late February. The rehab began with a full gut of the building, removing layers of walls, floors and ceilings and salvaging building materials wherever possible. A tin ceiling and long beams were sold locally, and much was repurposed elsewhere in the building or traded for other materials. Most of the labor was done by the McAnallys themselves, volunteers and local artists. The dramatic renovation isn't limited to the inside. The facade facing Cherokee features two 12-foot-wide glass and brushed aluminum overhead garage doors, which will reside in the up position when the gallery is open, eliminating both literal and figurative barriers between the art and the public. With several different galleries, large and small, alongside work and education spaces, the Luminary’s new home will serve as an incubator of new ideas in the arts and give artists an immersive experience where they can create a dialogue with the world around them. For more information on the opening party planned for January and the official grand opening reception and exhibit at the end of February, visit theluminaryarts.com. – CR
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fitness routines, sending men and women on the search for the perfect spot to aid in a little self-improvement. This year, a slew of new and updated beauty-based businesses in the area have made it easier than ever to fight against the winter blues. Whether you’re in the market for a new look or just a bit of relaxation, these local beauty spots aim to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. The New
National beauty retailer ULTA Beauty recently opened its newest location in Brentwood Promenade on Nov. 1, providing affordable and accessible salon services and indulgences to customers in a friendly, one-stop-shop atmosphere. It’s the beauty maven’s go-to for everything from makeup, nails and hair to fragrance, men’s needs, and bath and body. ULTA Beauty offers a full-service salon and regular specials on products and services. Plus, the location features hundreds of must-have brands, including Bare Minerals, Urban Decay, Chi, Dior, OPI, Lancome and Nexxus. 10 Brentwood Promenade Court, 314.918.1859. Chesterfield is the home of a new locally owned beauty destination, Green Door Med Spa, which opened its doors at the end of November. Co-owner Vel Green aims to provide her clientele with a combined space featuring both medical and feel-good spa services in one location. The spa offers Botox, fillers and hormone replacements, as well as relaxation-based services like facials, manicures, hair care and massages. With licensed estheticians, beauty experts and a sanctuary complete with a fireplace
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where guests can relax before and after services, Green Door Med Spa has something for every New Year's regimen. 16216 Baxter Road, greendoormedspa.com. The BodyBrite franchise is expanding in the St. Louis market with the addition of three new stores in Rock Hill, South County and Weldon Spring. Known as national leaders in the area of permanent hair removal, BodyBrite features the IPL (intense pulsed light) technique to gently remove unwanted hair and rejuvenate your skin. The franchise recently expanded to the states from its original home base in Europe, offering clients cost-effective services by highly trained experts. Multiple locations, bodybriteusa.com. The Improved
University City’s V.Vegaz Salon has done more than tear down a few walls during its renovation. After eight years in business, the East Loop hair salon has decided to revamp its interior, as well as add new services for guests to enjoy, like men’s barbering stations (complete with straight razor shaves), manicures, pedicures and facials. 6174 Delmar Blvd., 314.725.7900. Stonewater Salon & Spa has also received a makeover, offering guests a new and improved relaxation destination for the mind and body. The Frontenac locale now offers eight treatment rooms for services such as massage, microdermabrasion and body treatments, as well as a new tanning room. Guests can take in the fresh décor while being pampered at one of the 18 stylist stations, seven new manicure tables and four pedicure thrones. A private event space is now also available for a girlfriends’ day out or shower. 3 Plaza Frontenac, 314.569.2111.
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Catching up with the winners of Saint Louis Fashion Week’s emerging designer contest. by Sarah Stallmann As Saint Louis Fashion Week Fall 2013 fades into memory, its effects on the winners of the Project:Design! Emerging Designer Competition have only just begun. Thanks to the generous donor support of the STLFW Fashion Fund’s Adopt-A-Designer program, three deserving design teams walked away from the competition with super-sized prize packages and a jumpstart toward fulfilling their dreams. The talented designers behind Miita Collection, Q Liu and Abaya Dake proved their talent, skill and drive to guests and judges, and were rewarded with insight, education and resources that will prove invaluable as they build their brands from the ground up. Overall Winner: Miita Collection Angela Brugioni and Kristen Carsrud were beyond excited when their line, Miita Collection, was announced as the overall winner of the Project:Design! Emerging Designer Competition. “We didn’t even hear the part where we actually won until we walked out and there was a check and flowers,” Brugioni says. The New York-based designers walked away with a fabulous haul: $2,500 cash, a $30,000 marketing package, a $500 shoes.com gift card, 10 pairs of shoes from their runway show provided by Brown Shoe Company and one-on-one sessions with St. Louis fashion professionals, including Brown Shoe Director of Marketing Kelly Malone, Saint Louis Fashion Week Director of Marketing Lindsay Pattan and marketing specialist Cabanne Howard. Sophisticated, clean and effortless, Miita Collection strives to provide its wearers with chic pieces that can be worn every day. Presently working on perfecting the development stage of their brand, Brugioni and Carsrud are in no rush to release Miita on a national level. “We are taking our time to put things together and decide the details of how we want to present the brand,” Brugioni says. “Our experience [at STLFW] and our marketing prize package have given us insight on how to grow Miita beyond New York, reach out to editors and grow awareness.” The design duo also plans to use a portion of the $2,500 cash prize to launch an interactive e-commerce website to make Miita Collection easily accessible to fashion-loving gals across the globe. See the collection at miitacollection.com. Runner-Up: Q Liu St. Louis-based designer and fashion artist Qun Liu
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brand with this exciting prize package and hosting an open studio event.” Liu is presently teaching and participating in exhibitions at Craft Alliance. People’s Choice Winner: Abaya Dake Ghana-born designer and recent
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St. Louis is poised to welcome a host of locally focused grocery stores. Access to quality grocery stores has long been an issue for many city residents, who've had to head west to get the best selection of fresh, healthy and local options all in one place. That changes this month with the opening of Fields Foods (1500 Lafayette Ave., 314.241.3276, fieldsfoods.com), a full-service grocery store with a local focus, located in the heart of the city. The 37,000-square-foot space is part of the City Hospital development on the edge of Lafayette Square, an up-and-coming area that also includes hotspots like the restaurant Element and The Georgian condominiums. The driving concept behind Fields Foods is to provide a place where local foodies and those who want more fresh, local options can find a wide selection of high-quality products while also supporting local producers and purveyors. The store is part of the St. Louis Food Hub, a trio of companies that also includes the Virtual Food Hub, an online entity connecting local farmers and customers, and Farm to Family Foods, a local food distributer and wholesaler. In addition to groceries, Fields is offering its patrons a variety of premade delicacies, from brick oven-baked pizza to fresh sushi, plus a wine and beer cellar stocked with all manner of liquid delights. Stop by for the grand opening on Jan. 4.
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Several other new grocery stores are hot on the heels of Fields Foods, looking to get in on the city's booming demand for all things natural, sustainable and local. Global Foods Market has signed on to be the anchor tenant at The Lofts of Washington University, an $80 million retail and student housing development currently under construction in The Loop. The store, along with the rest of the development, is slated to open for business this summer. Lucky's Market is a Colorado-based chain specializing in natural and organic food with an eye toward local and sustainable products. Itâ€™s scheduled to open in Rock Hill later this year in the Market at McKnight development. It'll be the company's second Missouri location; the Columbia, MO, store opens its doors this month. Whole Foods is headed for the Central West End in the relatively near future. The company will open its third St. Louis store at 100 N. Euclid Ave., part of the as-yet-undeveloped City Walk project. The store is expected to debut sometime in 2015. Fresh Thyme Farmers Market will bring healthy food options to Fairview Heights, IL, later this year. The store will be located at Illinois-159 and Lincoln Trail, in the former Kmart building.
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A dark spirit gets its day in the sun at the CWE’s newest steakhouse. by Amy De La Hunt Know nothing about whiskey? Then Gamlin Whiskey House is for you. Fancy yourself a whiskey connoisseur? You’re sure to find something new and exciting among Gamlin’s 270 selections. Just looking for a good steak? Gamlin has you covered there, too. With their newest sibling to Sub Zero Vodka Bar, proprietors Derek and Lucas Gamlin stay firmly rooted in the ever-expanding world of spirits while continuing to encourage their chefs to take culinary forays into the future of popular cuisine. Like their namesakes, the two venues have disWhere To Go tinct personalities. Vodka Gamlin Whiskey House and whiskey both start out 236 N. Euclid Ave. as clear spirits, but they 314.875.9500 Entrées: $19-$34 diverge straight out of the Kitchen hours: Mon.still—whiskey into barrels Sat., 11am-1:30am; Sun., (where it picks up the 11am-midnight amber color that categorizes it as a dark spirit) and vodka onto the shelves. Aging gives whiskey a reputation, deserved or not, as an acquired taste. By making it accessible and showcasing both old (Ardbeg Scotch) and new (Jefferson’s bourbon), Gamlin deftly taps a nationwide trend in whiskey appreciation. The Steakhouse Let’s get this out of the way right out of the gate: Yes, Gamlin offers sticky toffee bread pudding, easily the most identifiable bourbon-laced dish on local menus. But bourbon is way more versatile than that. Under the direction of Ivy Magruder, who formerly headed up kitchens at Eleven Eleven Mississippi and Vin de Set, it’s used in tandem with ingredients ranging from oysters and chicken to honey butter. Don’t miss its appearance in a brown sugar sauce over flat-iron steak. A dry-aged ribeye and a grilled tête de filet with balsamic-sage glaze give Gamlin street cred as a steakhouse, but meat-free options abound, from vegetable pot pie to the house kale salad with Manchego, pine nuts and raisins. My table’s decision to structure a small-plates meal on a recent visit led to some great discoveries, including the rich celery and fennel chowder packed with shrimp and bacon.
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Through The Years A bevy of treasures helps mark a milestone anniversary for Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers. styled by Samantha Chadwick written by Jennifer Wells A century in the jewelry biz is no small feat,
so when St. Louis’ own Elleard Heffern reached the milestone, we jumped at the opportunity to review its stunning collection of classic and contemporary pieces. The shop’s signature offering, estate jewelry, continues to rise in popularity (especially on the red carpet), so it goes without saying that we’re more than happy to have access to our own celebrity-worthy baubles right here in St. Louis. All pieces available at Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers, Clayton, 314.863.8820, heffern.com.
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The College School engages children, ages 3 to 14, in joyful, meaningful and creative learning through an adventurous, theme-based, experiential curriculum, incorporating drama, art, Spanish, greenhouse science, music and physical education. The early childhood program follows the Reggio philosophy. In 2012, The College School was named a Green Ribbon School by the US Department of Education and presented at the National Private Schools Leadership Conference. The 28-acre LaBarque Property, just 30 minutes away, serves as an extended campus. Casa dia Montessori – Kinswood 610 Kinswood Lane, Mehlville 314.892.4446, namontessori.com
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MICDS, a college-prep, independent school, offers a challenging education that balances academics, athletics, arts and activities for students in grades junior kindergarten through 12. With a student to teacher ratio of 8 to 1, small class sizes create a spirit of community and intellectual exchange. This spring a new state-ofthe-art 86,000 square-foot Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) building will be completed to ensure all MICDS students develop strong competencies in these critical disciplines. At MICDS, the mission is to help students discover their unique talents and calling, preparing them for higher education and a life of purpose and service as an engaged citizen of our ever-changing world. All applications are due by Friday, January 17, 2014. Nerinx Hall High School 530 E. Lockwood Ave. Webster Groves 314.968.1505, nerinxhs.org
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LOVE & Forgiveness
STLâ€™s own Jackie Joyner-Kersee on challenges, fresh starts and living the life of a true champion.
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nly seconds into her keynote address, Jackie Joyner-Kersee has had it with the microphone cord. Twice, she has used all the cord’s slack in an effort to get closer to the students seated on the gym floor of Hickey Elementary School in North St. Louis. Joyner-Kersee’s enthusiasm has been tethered by the short leash at the front of the stage. She knows it, and she knows the students know it. She turns toward the stage and tosses the microphone down. “If you dream it, you can be it. But can’t nobody want it for you," Joyner-Kersee tells the students in a voice with more authority and weight than the one amplified through the microphone. The energy level of the room rises as she walks into the middle of the gym floor. All eyes are glued on her, and the once loud children are church-silent. She takes a knee next to one of the kindergarteners. “I’m here today to tell you that the impossible is possible.” The students have heard these words before, and they would sound empty if it were not for the messenger. But Joyner-Kersee, 51, speaks with an authenticity that is undeniable. She is the person for whom the word adversity was created. Born into poverty in East St. Louis to teenage parents, the asthmatic Joyner-Kersee showed her athletic grit and character from a young age. Coaches’ remarks from her high school and collegiate career note her raw determination and humility.
“The first time that I ran a race, I finished last,” says Joyner-Kersee, whose livelihood these days comes mainly from speaking engagements. “You don’t win all of the time. But you can be a winner in time. That’s the message I want people to hold on to.”
asthma.) She then proceeds to lead a tug-of-war, jump rope, instruct a track workout and, simultaneously, shout her advice: “Listen to your teachers. Be respectful and kind. Make healthy choices. If you think a test is gonna be too hard, then it’s gonna be too hard. Think positive.”
Her authority on the subject comes from a seemingly never-ending list of accolades: three gold, one silver and two bronze Olympic medals between the long jump and the heptathlon at four different Olympic Games. She still holds the world record for the heptathlon from her performance at the 1988 Olympics (at 7,291 points, she broke her own record). Joyner-Kersee attended UCLA on an athletic scholarship for basketball and is considered by many athletes as a trailblazer for women in sports. She also was named the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated For Women magazine.
“When you get me, you get all of me,” JoynerKersee says. “When I talk to kids or athletes, I see myself. When I was younger, I had the opportunity to meet some athletes, and they didn’t have time for me. I don’t want anyone to ever feel that way.”
Beyond athletics, Joyner-Kersee appears in some textbooks in the same chapter as historic figures such as Harriet Tubman and Condoleezza Rice. Her name has become the stuff of legend.
Her day-to-day schedule reflects the intensity and diversity of a heptathlon. In addition to her public appearances and speaking engagements, Joyner-Kersee also hosts a locally produced television program, “The JJK Effect,” which airs at 11:30am Sundays on ABC 30. The show is in the spirit of “The Biggest Loser,” with Joyner-Kersee as the drill-sergeant-like fitness instructor.
“My name and my position aren’t things I take lightly,” she says. In fact, some of Joyner-Kersee’s greatest life challenges have come after her athletic retirement. “That’s why I take a stand and why I’m still around in my hometown. Some of the kids I talk to are surprised that I’m alive because I'm in their social studies book. It’s humbling and meaningful, and I want to use my position to teach an uplifting attitude: ‘Don’t quit. Don’t give in, and don’t give up.’ I want to teach people how to be a champion.” Before Joyner-Kersee’s keynote address, the students watch a highlight reel of her athletic accomplishments. And though none of them were alive during her gold medal glory, their reactions would make you think they were in the front row of a Justin Timberlake concert. As Joyner-Kersee is shown rounding the corner in the 800 meters, her last event in the 1988 Olympic Heptathlon, the students begin a raucous cheer. An impromptu “J-J-K” chant is audible over the music that accompanies the video. Joyner-Kersee smiles and looks down at the gym floor. It’s the same reaction she had when Travis Brown, the athletic director of St. Louis Public Schools, introduced Joyner-Kersee—a woman who needed no introduction with the student audience. Joyner-Kersee was asked to speak to the students as the public face of the school district’s federally funded AIM for Fitness Project, a program that encourages good nutrition, exercise and personal responsibility among area fourth- and fifth-graders. Her appearance on behalf of the program isn’t a paid endorsement, yet her intensity is matched by no one. Before the program starts, she runs out to her car to get an inhaler. (She still battles
Joyner-Kersee’s generosity with her time is the easiest place to spot the weight of her legacy. She never turns down photos or autographs. On the day she visits Hickey Elementary, she is mobbed by students at least six times. Never once does she ask them to back off.
The Toughest Test One of her longest-running projects post-Olympics is the Jackie JoynerKersee Foundation, which she founded in 1988 with her husband and former coach, Bob Kersee, in Los Angeles. The aim of the organization is to inspire youth and to help underserved families. In 1995, Joyner-Kersee moved the foundation to East St. Louis when she learned that the Mary E. Brown Community Center, a place close to her heart, had closed. She wanted other young people in her neighborhood to have the same opportunity to discover athletics that she had. A new community center would be a positive way to give back to her hometown. “East St. Louis will always be my home,” Joyner-Kersee says. “I get a great feeling when I’m there. I can walk around, and people know me as a person. They know that I am a human being and connect with me on something other than athletics.” Back in 2000, the $10 million center opened on 37 acres of ground with a great deal of enthusiasm and fanfare. Donations came in from Nike, Anheuser-Busch, the state of Illinois, the Danforth Foundation and more than 175 other coproate donors to make it happen. There were high hopes of in-depth after-school programs, including dance, football, baseball, softball, basketball and tutoring for local families. And for several years, the foundation and the center hummed along with money from federal and state grant programs. However, by 2009, the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center was deep in debt. Because of the reces-
sion, the federal programs that kept the center afloat were no longer available. Joyner-Kersee tried to keep the staff on board, paying employees out of her own bank account. Stacks of unpaid bills began to pile up, and the reputation of the center began to suffer as a result. Soon it was forced to close, and more than 30 employees were laid off. For six months, the center sat empty. A 2009 Riverfront Times article shared the Belleville News-Democrat’s laundry list of the center's mishandled finances and summed up the area’s feelings: “There are a lot of rackets on the Eastside; let's hope the supposedly not-for-profit youth athletics center operated by the city's most celebrated athlete is not one of them.” Although no misappropriation of funds was ever found, the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation's reputation, and subsequently her reputation, was tarnished. In turn, the retired athlete suffered financially. Sponsors cancelled her appearances and bookings, which cost her $300,000 in lost revenue. Joyner-Kersee says 2009 was one of the toughest times in her life—tougher than any training for the Olympics. “That was the most difficult time in my life,” she says. “I’m not one to spend a lot of time looking in the rearview mirror, though. A lot of good came out of it. I learned that in the midst of the darkest times, you find your true support-
Jackie Joyner-Kersee plays tug-of-war with students of Hickey Elementary School, one of the many personal appearances she made in October 2013. ers. People came into my life who did not want anything from me. They were there just because they cared.” In 2010, an Illinois couple, whom JoynerKersee calls “angels,” put down the cash to reopen the center. They assumed all of the debt and helped get the foundation back in order. They did all of this on faith. “We’re not angels,” says one of the donors, who wishes to remain anonymous. “When I went into the room to meet with Jackie for the first time, I had no intention of being the catalyst to keep the thing going. But three and a half years later, I can tell you that this has been a gift to me.” Rebuilding the center has been more than paying off debt. The couple has spent a great deal of time and energy making the board, foundation and center financially sound. And they’ve had to personally guarantee they would pay retail bills for services and equipment. “If it weren’t for Jackie and what she means to the community, then I’d be out of the situation,” says the donor. “But I’ve seen the way that kids light up when she enters the room. The hope that she brings is huge, and she gives credit where credit is due—to God.”
On Oct. 22, 2013, the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation hosted a gala at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. A who’s who of area business and philanthropic leaders attended the event; $225,000 was raised for the organization, which now comprises a new board of directors and three full-time employees. New programming is slowly and methodically being worked back into the mix. “The gala was an amazing success,” says Mike Greenfield, director of programs for the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center. "It really speaks to the effect that Jackie has on people. I’ve only known her for one year, and I already have so many examples of how she has reached the kids at the center.” Homegrown Opportunities Today, Joyner-Kersee takes her effect past the geographic bounds of East St. Louis and beyond the realm of athletics. During the summer of 2013, more than 60 acres of North St. Louis land owned by developer Paul McKee were leased to Family Roots International, a for-profit, urban farming company that JoynerKersee started in 2012. The company used the land to plant sweet corn, field corn and soybeans. But what was planted and harvested from those fields was something more significant than
vegetables. It was a feasibility study for JoynerKersee’s audacious vision: increasing the health of underserved people while showing them a world of possibilities. “The area of agriculture has a lot of growth potential and strength,” Joyner-Kersee says. “First, we’re looking to provide farming and gardening jobs and opportunities for underserved families who otherwise would not know about it. It gives me a chance to talk about healthy lifestyles and nutrition. And since it’s a for-profit company, we can inspire people and show them they can make a living at it.” But the food—sold to local grocers and families—also functions as a hook. Joyner-Kersee wants underserved families to understand agriculture’s relationship to plant science, cosmetics and medicine, which she believes will unlock passions and create future professional opportunities.
Love and Forgiveness One aspect of Joyner-Kersee’s character that Foxworth finds remarkable is her ability to transcend barriers and connect with people of all races, backgrounds and economic statuses. Her newest program, Love and Forgiveness, is a workshop she gives in diverse school, corporate and community groups. In the four-hour sessions, participants face factors that are undermining their peak performance. Resentments are uncovered, and Joyner-Kersee leads participants in an exercise on how to let go of their frustrations. “The most powerful part is when we can hear each other’s stories and struggles,” says JoynerKersee, who gives out bracelets to Love and Forgiveness participants that read: “Don’t Give Up.” “Most of the time, people just want to know that they’re not alone.” Joyner-Kersee’s work with Love and Forgiveness taps into the heart of what lies beneath her achievements, accolades and struggles. It is the essence of what it means to be a champion—to see possibilities where others see the impossi-
Jackie Joyner-Kersee in her corn fields, which she planted in North St. Louis to provide farming and gardening jobs for underserved families.
ble. That message, for athletes and non-athletes alike, is one that speaks to character. And it is character that Greenfield sees as Joyner-Kersee’s defining legacy. “When we look at legends in their respective sports—in cycling, baseball, football, track and field—it seems that a lot of them have been linked to, or have a suspected link to, PEDs or blood doping. Not Jackie. She has never been linked to any of these suspicions, which makes her gold medals and her heptathlon record even more amazing. That’s what makes her legacy something for the history books. She carries something in her heart that most other athletes don’t have. Her presence and story are inspiring to everyone.” For Joyner-Kersee, the last several years have proven to be a force-feeding on her own hopeful message of love and forgiveness. Most people would not have the fortitude to start again, and even fewer would attempt to push their vision and legacy further and create more audacious dreams. But Joyner-Kersee has never thought or behaved the way most people do. And her latest battles with adversity have only strengthened her resolve. She deals with challenges today in much the same way she handled herself on the track—with humble competitiveness. She was not one for flash or spectacle as so many of her contemporaries were. There was no trash-talking or showiness. But after she beat you, she would warmly smile, shake your hand and tell you that you had a great race.
Photo by Omar Harris, courtesy of Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
“I'm here today to tell you that the impossible is possible.”
Maurice Foxworth, Joyner-Kersee’s attorney and a principal in Family Roots International, says the entrepreneurial opportunities are a huge growth area. “How do you better inspire a community? You show that there are many viable entrepreneurial opportunities. This region, like many regions in our country, is on the lookout for the next economic development opportunity. With urban farms, we can show viability.”
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It's Aug. 14, 2013. I'm in my editor's office, sitting across the desk from him. I'm sweating and sweating. He's staring. I can't stop sweating. No, I'm not in trouble with the boss. What I am is car-less, and I just walked five blocks from the bus stop to the magazine's offices in the oppressive heat of a St. Louis summer. Two days from now, it will officially be one year since I sold my car and began my adventure in car-free living. Sure, there have been some inconveniences—missed appointments, flat bicycle tires, torrential downpours—but the anniversary marks one of the most positive changes I've made in my life so far. I know a lot of people in St. Louis who don't own a car. Some can't afford an automobile and all the associated costs. Others have experienced temporary bouts of irresponsibility that have left them legally prohibited from operating motor vehicles. And then there are people, like me, who simply choose not to own a car. The conscious decision begs the inevitable question: “If you can own a car, why don't you own a car?” I think for anyone who has voluntarily given up car ownership, the answer to that question is complex. The benefits are obvious: reduced living expenses, more exercise, better environmental stewardship, increased social awareness. But ask any of the folks I know who have chosen a car-free lifestyle and they’ll tell you that giving up their car wasn’t just for the pragmatic reasons; there were more personal issues at play. Take my friend Jonesey. She has been car-less for more than eight consecutive years. The first time she lived without a car was in 1998, following a divorce. “Our cars were in my ex's name, so when we separated, I just didn't have a car—but I still had to get to work.” She started asking for rides, then navigated the bus system. Finally, she realized it was easier to get a bike. She worked at a university, and the students there embraced a bike culture. Why shouldn't she? “Once I no longer had a car, I found I didn't want one,” she says. “More importantly, I found I didn't want to need one.” Jonesey has lived in St. Louis for more than two years, and she still doesn't own a car. My decision was sparked by the desire to finally kick the student loans and credit card debt lingering from my early 20s. When I met my husband six years ago, he didn't have a car, and he hadn’t owned one for quite some time. You know what else he didn't (and still doesn't) have? Debt. After years of making monthly payments, I felt like I wasn't making any progress. I was still so far away from being debt-free. I made a decent salary and had a relatively modest lifestyle, so why, by my calculations, was it going to take me 10 more years to pay off what I owed?
I tracked my spending, charted my expenses and tried to determine where I could cut costs. I realized, at this point, I was spending almost $600 a month to own a car—not counting the cost of actually driving it or maintaining it. I couldn’t believe how quickly my car payments, insurance, a monthly parking pass and taxes added up before putting any gas in the tank. And my calculations were below average. In October 2013, the American Public Transportation Association published a Transit Savings Report that stated individuals who switch to public transportation and live with one less car can save, on a national average, $9,986 a year—or approximately $832 a month. What made this realization really sting was that, most of the time, I only drove my car one day a week. As a Downtown resident, I lived close to my office and was within walking distance of a grocery store and plenty of restaurants, parks and entertainment options. The potential savings of not owning a car—and subsequently fast-tracking my debt reduction—was tempting. The idea had taken hold, and it wasn't letting go. No matter what drives someone to, well, stop driving everywhere, it's undeniable that the car-free movement is gaining traction locally. In November 2013, the League of American Bicyclists reported that St. Louis has seen a 332.8 percent increase in bicycle commuters since 1990. St. Louis ranked No. 21 (out of 70 large cities), based on the percentage of commuters who bike regularly to work, with about 1,500 reported bike commuters in the city.
Alderman Shane Cohn, one of the leading forces behind the implementation of Complete Streets in St. Louis City, emphasizes the economic importance of planning for a future that relies on multimodal transit options. “The automobile isn't going anywhere,” he says. “It's a feat of engineering. Our entire region is designed around it. But you have to understand that sprawl is a bad thing [financially] for government. It costs a lot of money to create new infrastructure—streets, lights, sidewalks, government offices, schools, fire departments. The younger generation, right
Cohn is right; automobiles aren't going anywhere. They will undoubtedly remain part of our lives. But the notion of using them less, sharing them more and creating a lifestyle in which a car is just one of the many ways you get where you're going—that's an idea whose time has come. In May 2013, St. Louisans followed along as City In A Jar blogger Jessica Leitch ditched her car for 31 days as part of the Great Rivers Greenway CarFreeSTL Challenge during National Bike Month. Leitch blogged and tweeted about her adventure and appeared on KMOX weekly with updates on the experience. “It rained a lot in May, so I started out tweeting about how hard it was to bike in the rain or ride late at night,” Leitch says. “I got responses from regular bike commuters, offering advice and tips on how to deal with those challenges. I realized there are already lots of people in St. Louis who get around without cars.”
The conscious decision begs the inevitable question: “If you can own a car, why don't you own a car?”
And that's just counting those who choose to bike. St. Louisans have no shortage of other transportation resources. That's due, in part, to policies such as Complete Streets, which passed in 2010 and requires future St. Louis City infrastructure projects to incorporate the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists and mass transit users into road and street design. Examples of Complete Streets design features include: sidewalks, crosswalks and accessible curb cuts; bicycle lanes; median refuges; bus shelters; bump outs for sidewalks and bus stops; and audible pedestrian signals.
now, is seeing the benefit of living in urban areas. They want a more attached life. Although the overall population of St. Louis has been declining, Downtown's population has had some of the largest growth in the country. That's because young, college-educated people are moving into the city. It's a migration based around the understanding that we need to move toward a more sustainable way of living.”
Her personal project inspired others. “A number of people I know started asking if they could join me on the buses and MetroLink to get a feel for what it's like to live without a car,” she recalls. Her friends weren't the only ones intrigued by the idea; Metro transit reported a 16 percent increase in ridership from its fiscal year 2010 to its fiscal year 2013.
The experience was life-changing for Leitch, who went car-free permanently in October 2013. “Living Downtown, it's easy for me not to own a car,” she says. “There's a MetroLink stop a few blocks from my loft and a bus that takes me right to work. It's definitely easier to do in a condensed neighborhood. But I have a lot of friends who, because St. Louis is so spread out, feel they still need a car. If you want to go car-free in this city, you have to change your mind-set or you have to live in an area that's more accessible.” She makes a good point: From my perspective, the biggest obstacle St. Louisans face in making the leap to life without a car is understanding how to get around without one. Like most people who’ve given up their cars, I've developed my own formula for getting where I want when I want. It involves multiple forms of transportation; some flexibility; a little sacrifice now and then; and, most importantly, a lot of planning. When I want to go some-
where—to the movies, out for drinks with friends, to a particular art exhibit or social event—I can walk or ride my bike, take public transportation, have a friend pick me up or any combination of the above. I just have to plan ahead and know how long it will take me to get to my destination. (I've never been one to make people wait on me, and I don't want my being car-less to change that.) When it comes to getting to where I need to be—work obligations, doctor appointments, etc.—I plan out my routes on MetroLink and MetroBus to ensure I can get there on time. If I'm crunched for time or need to get to multiple destinations faster than public transportation can get me there, I have Enterprise CarShare. It's my backup plan, my fail-safe, my saving grace—because, well, it's a car. For the uninitiated, car sharing is popular in urban centers and on college, corporate and government campuses throughout the country. Cars can be rented for short-term use—for a minimum of one hour—by those who need an extra set of wheels on a semi-regular basis. As opposed to traditional car rentals, car-sharing vehicles are reserved and checked out from locations that are independent from brickand-mortar rental offices and the constraints of office hours. In St. Louis, Enterprise CarShare has vehicles stationed Downtown and on the Washington University campus. Carsharing has been a successful venture for Enterprise, which launched the initiative in 2007 and now has programs active in more than 35 states. So when I need to get to a doctor's appointment, make it to an important interview on time and looking nice, or go on a worryfree date night with my husband, I use car sharing.
in Maryland Heights. It's an hour-plus bus ride each way. Leaving my house at 6:30am and returning at 6pm might seem oppressive, but in that commute, I've finally found the time to read that I've been yearning for. I email friends and family from my phone. And I have time and space to think—not to mention that I meet a lot of wonderful people on the bus who I wouldn't otherwise get the opportunity to know. I've been a car commuter, and although it's cliché, I have to admit that I spent my morning drive frustrated and cursing at the cars around me, and my drive home doing the same. Biking to Soulard Farmers Market on Saturday mornings makes my shopping trip twice as long, and I can't haul as many bags as I could in a car. But I get to see the city as it wakes up in the morning, wave at business owners opening up shop and cruise through Citygarden when it's serenely quiet. Not being in a car, focused on where I'm going and how quickly I can get there, has brought me newfound peace of mind on a permanent basis. Being forced to cut back on the commitments you can make is also liberating. Initially, I worried, “If I don't have a car, I can't do as many things.” But, now, the mind-set is: “If I don't have a car, I don't have to do as many things.” Instead, the focus turns to the things I want to do. When I had a car, I might have felt obligated to stop by the grocery store after work, pick up a gift for a friend's birthday, return movies to Redbox or swing by the gas station to fuel up. Instead, on any given weeknight, you'll find me and my husband at an outdoor patio on Washington Avenue sharing beers and a game of cards with other nearby residents. Or checking out a newly opened restaurant. Or curled up on the couch with our dog, watching a movie and drinking a nice bottle of wine. It's not that we don't get to see our friends and family. We haven't become hermits. And all those errands still get done. We just find that without a car, there’s a set time for to-dos and want-to-dos. And it's easier to separate those things now.
Not being in a car, focused on where I'm going and how quickly I can get there, has brought me newfound peace of mind on a permanent basis.
Using car sharing on a regular basis can get expensive, though, which is antithetical to my cost-cutting goal. So I try to use more economical options as much as possible. I also do a lot of pre-planning—something all my carfree friends agree is an integral part of not owning a car. It's common to schedule a haircut, chiropractor appointment and trip to the grocery store all in the same afternoon, consolidating into five hours what might take eight or nine hours if spread out over separate errands. That might sound a bit hectic, but it actually frees up a lot of time to devote to yourself. In fact, “liberating” is a word that gets tossed around frequently among the car-free. At first, it might be hard to believe that not owning a car offers people a greater sense of freedom—since it takes longer to get somewhere by bike or bus than it does by car. But Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke the truth when he said: “Life is a journey, not a destination.” I recently accepted a full-time position at a company
As you've probably realized, my life isn't completely or strictly car-free. I hitch rides with friends, and I rent cars on occasion. Perhaps a more accurate term for my lifestyle is “car independent.” I no longer depend on a car to get me everywhere. It took selling my car to realize that it was, in fact, a dependence. If you've ever gotten rid of cable or stopped drinking soda, you'll understand the concept of taking away something that you felt was a natural and unquestionable part of your day, only to find that you're happier and healthier without it. For me, that was the experience of getting rid of my car. What I found instead was this cozy little place in my life where all my priorities come together. And in all honesty, I feel that life has become less constraining… more free. And that's worth the extra sweat.
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Honeymoon at Home While it’s traditional for newlyweds to embark on their honey-
moon immediately after the wedding, more and more couples are delaying the trip for a few days or months—or even nixing it altogether. Still, it’s important to decompress with some alone time after such a big event, even if it’s just for a night or two. Luckily, there are plenty of perfectly romantic escapes to be had right here in St. Louis. For a honeymoon that is classically St. Louis, The Cheshire Inn (6300 Clayton Road, 314.647.7300) has been accommodating local brides and grooms since the 1960s. The newly renovated boutique hotel features a number of uniquely themed suites inspired by classic English literature (“Passage to India,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Brideshead Revisited,” to name a few). The hotel also offers two romance packages to accommodate both weekend and weekday nuptials. Each includes champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and a late checkout. As Missouri’s only AAA Five Diamond hotel, The Four Seasons (999 N. Second St., 314.881.5800) certainly has the “wow” factor (think private fireworks off the sky terrace overlooking the Arch), with a number of craveworthy packages geared toward newlyweds. We like The Royal Celebration of Love, a couple’s spa suite complete with a private steam room, shower and relaxation space all your own, plus luxurious services like warm foot baths and personalized massages—with champagne and a special gift as the icing on the cake.
At Hotel Ignacio (3411 Olive St., 314.977.4411), it’s all about the details. The Traditional Romance package features a fresh floral arrangement, box of chocolates and complimentary bottle of champagne to make the night sublimely romantic. An extended 1pm checkout time makes post-wedding cuddling almost a necessity—and gives you ample time to enjoy your $50 room service credit (brioche French toast, anyone?). Honeymooning in the heart of the city is a lot more enjoyable at a top-tier hotel like The Chase Park Plaza (212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.633.3000). Book the Romantic Retreat package and enjoy a complimentary bottle of chilled champagne and breakfast for two—a perfect opportunity to savor the memory of last night’s nuptials. Venture to the Delmar Loop for a night or two at the Moonrise Hotel (6177 Delmar Blvd., 314.721.1111), where newlyweds can take advantage of the Honey MOON package, complete with a jacuzzi in the room, champagne, strawberries, breakfast in bed and more. Or, add a rock ‘n’ roll flare to the nuptial celebration with the Moon Rock Chuck Berry package, which includes two tickets to see Berry himself perform at Blueberry Hill. Achieve that far and away feeling with just a quick journey across the river to the historic Beall Mansion (407 E. 12th St., Alton, IL, 618.474.9100), and take a step back in time. Be sure to book the designated bridal suite, The Senator Edmond Beall Room, which boasts a romantic nouveau heart-shaped tub and in-room fireplace.
Proposing & Eloping Every love-struck guy wants his proposal to be memorable, romantic, creative and heartfelt, so the pressure is on to get it just right. Local wedding planner Kate & Company takes the prep work and stress out of planning that perfect proposal with unique services nearly guaranteed to leave brides-to-be breathless—securing jaw-dropping locations like Busch Stadium or tastefully recording private moments (like asking her father for his blessing). For those popping the question without help, owner and lead coordinator Katie Fogerty recommends making
the proposal feel special, but also reflect the overall tone of the relationship. 132 W. Monroe Ave., Kirkwood, 314.909.9996. An extravagant wedding celebration isn’t for everyone, and the minimalist crowd has embraced the trend of eloping—or at least finding a quaint spot that will happily accommodate a smaller group of 10 people or fewer. Carolyn Burke, a wedding planner who has found her niche in the “boutique wedding” market, says there are plenty of chic and affordable options for eloping right here in St. Louis. A few of her favorites are The Cheshire, Moonrise Hotel and Seven Gables Inn. elopeinstlouis. com, 314.821.4844.
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Blame it on Kim and Kanye, but in wedding sets right now, it’s all about the bling. Clear as ice—with a sparkle factor that could be picked up by satellite—these covetable rocks definitely have something worth Instagramming. In terms of cut, snub the trends (this ring is forever) and lean toward personal preference—from princess to pear, it doesn’t really matter, as long as quality and clarity are up to par. As for the perfect band, diamond-laden is obviously preferred. But if budget is a concern, opt for flecks of pavé instead of a row of solitaires (the best bling for your buck)—and keep in mind that having the right proposal from the right person is also worth its weight in gold.
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Worldly Weddings Borrow customs from cultures around the globe to make your wedding day extra special. by mary beard
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Jumping the broom
Burying the Bourbon Couples planning an outdoor wedding should take a cue from this Southern wedding tradition. One month before the wedding day, bury an unopened bottle of bourbon upside down at the venue to avoid wedding day rain. Dig it up later to toast the beginning of your marriage. Making Headlines In Germany, friends and family create a newspaper or booklet filled with biographies, stories and photos about the soon-to-be married couple. Often it’s sold to guests at the wedding to raise cash for the honeymoon. A Sweet Gesture “Cake pulls” stem from a Victorian tradition in which the bride hides silver charms attached to strings inside of her cake. Before cutting the cake, each bridesmaid pulls a string to reveal a different charm signifying good fortune like wealth, health or romance. The charm also serves as a memorable keepsake of the day. A Coin in Your Shoe In Sweden, the parents of the bride take special measures to ensure their daughter will be well taken care of after they give her away. Mom places a gold coin in the bride’s right shoe and dad puts a silver one in the left one to ensure that the couple will never want for money. Door Games In China, the groom has to earn his bride’s hand. Before the ceremony, the groom and groomsmen face a series of challenges designed by the bridesmaids to win the bride over. Traditionally, this includes tests of patience, strength and devotion. For a modern affair, these tests can be more lighthearted, like singing songs, answering trivia about the bride or competing in eating contests—the more embarrassing and ridiculous, the better! 62
Indian henna tattoos
Wedding Lazo In a Mexican wedding, a rope— often a rosary or a floral arrangement—is placed around the couple after they exchange their vows to strengthen the bond. The bride saves the rope and displays it in the household. Wedding Bells Thought to ward off evil spirits, bells play a big part in Irish and Celtic nuptials. Special bells are gifted to the bride and groom to keep in their home or handed out to guests to ring throughout the day. Some brides even attach bells to their bouquets or wear them on bracelets. Mendhi Party The night before the ceremony, Indian brides get together with their girls to draw intricate henna tattoos on their hands and feet to symbolize future blessings, joy and luck. Because the bride must sit still while the tempo-
rary tattoos are applied, it’s up to her friends to entertain her throughout the process. The Bride’s Tree Brides in the Czech Republic wake up on their wedding day with brand new foliage. Bridal attendants, friends and family plant a tree in her yard the night before and decorate it with egg shells and ribbon. Tradition says that as long as the tree stands, so will the bride. Jumping the Broom A tradition commonly thought to have originated in West Africa, the bride and groom jump over a broom at the end of the wedding ceremony. The ritual represents the past being swept away and the joining of two families in unity. Some say that whoever jumps highest becomes the leader of the household.
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there have been traditions passed along through generations to ward off bad luck and ensure the couple has a long and prosperous life together. Whether or not you’re the superstitious type, these wedding day traditions from around the world can help add a special touch to your big day, and perhaps even honor part of your heritage. And if you end up getting a little extra luck out of the deal, all the better!
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Two newly engaged St. Louis couples share their love stories.
Afrisha Kincaid-Latham, 30 & Devon Anderson, 38 Occupations: I’m a technical marketing specialist at Sigma-Aldrich and he is an account development specialist at Sigma-Aldrich. First Date: We had dinner at Portabella and then drinks and cigars at Brennan’s. It was a perfect night! The Proposal: Nov. 20, 2012. We were going on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise porting out of Rome (Civitavecchia), and we decided to arrive in Italy a couple days earlier so we could do some sightseeing. We started with the Colosseum and by the end of the day found ourselves just wandering the streets of Rome. Eventually, we ended up at the Trevi Fountain. Devon asked me if I thought it was the most romantic spot in Rome and I said I did. Then he proposed, and of course I said yes! Believe it or not: We secretly dated for three months before our co-worker busted us having brunch together at Vin de Set.
Ideal St. Louis date night: An amazing dinner at one of our favorite restaurants and then Stanley’s for a nightcap. Our Song: “All of Me” by John Legend. This will be our first dance. Our relationship in three words: Spontaneous, caring and fun! Our Unique Love: Our story is unique because we literally did not like each other at all for the first two years we worked together. We fought all the time. Everyone in the office joked that we fought like we had been married a long time. I will never forget the day I told Devon, “I feel sorry for the unlucky lady who ends up marrying you.” Welp…I’m definitely eating those words now, and I really am the luckiest girl in the world to have him! The Big Day: Spring 2014 at The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis.
Occupations: I am a national sales representative of DeckTools at Simpson Strong-Tie and Zachary works crew at St. Louis Resurfacing. First Sight: We met on match. com, and the first time we saw each other was on a blind date. I was a little intimidated. I thought, “OMG he is so cute…maybe too good-looking for me!” First Date: We had breakfast at Spencer’s Grill in Kirkwood. Then he called a few hours later asking me if I would like to walk down Main Street in St. Charles because it was such a beautiful day in October. We had lunch at Llywelyn’s and then decided to make dinner at his place and watch the Cardinals game. It was the best 12 hours of my life. Needless to say, we haven’t been apart since. The Proposal: It happened at Kirkwood City Park on the Fourth of July, while we were lying on our backs watching the grand finale of the fireworks show. He rolled over and asked, “Well, what do you say?” That was all he needed to say. Together we like to: We love going to the movies, grilling out on our deck, bicycling Grant’s Trail and spending time with our friends and families. Believe it or not: I make him get pedicures with me. He hates it, but he is a good sport and his feet look so much better afterwards! Our Song: George Straight’s “Give It All We Got Tonight.” The Big Day: Jan. 31, 2014, at Windows On Washington.
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A fun-loving duo bucked tradition and returned to St. Louis to create a wedding celebration that was uniquely their own. by Mary Beard Their Story Brittany Barton and Scott Ginsberg
have a thoroughly 21st-century romance. They met on match.com after Brittany “winked” at Scott, and they began trading emails to get to know each other. They met in person for the first time at Coffee Cartel in the Central West End. Scott brought Brittany a book on architecture that he had inscribed, and they quickly found that conversation came naturally as they spent the evening walking around the neighborhood. Brittany says she knew he was the one on their third date, at Tani in Clayton, when they were 66
walking through the rain and almost got struck by lightning—something that had happened to her parents when they were dating. At that moment, she knew fate had brought them together. Brittany planned a trip to Washington, D.C., one year for the Cherry Blossom Festival, and as the couple was strolling along the National Mall sightseeing, Scott told her he wanted to share something he’d written in his journal. He pulled out a gorgeous leather-bound book and began reading, “What You Mean to Me.” Scott had filled 20 pages with notes and sketches describing how
much he cared for Brittany. It ended by asking her to marry him. Her response was to be marked by one of three boxes: yes, no or maybe. She checked yes, and the couple spent the rest of the day exploring the capital as a newly engaged couple. Tossing Tradition The most important
thing to Scott and Brittany when planning their wedding was that the affair fit their personalities, both as a couple and individuals. Though they both live in Brooklyn now, they decided to bring their nuptials to St. Louis, the city where they Photos by beauvide photography
fell in love. The ceremony was held in Forest Park under an old oak tree near The Muny. The location was a no-brainer for the couple because of their mutual love of nature and its proximity to their old neighborhood. They chose the St. Louis Artists’ Guild for the reception—a venue they’d visited for a date once and adored its artistic and historic presence. Not wanting to pick any favorites from among their friends and family, the couple decided to forgo a bridal party altogether. Instead, they encouraged everyone to decorate their own nametags, paying homage to Scott’s career as an author and corporate speaker (he wears his own tag 24/7). The couple also gathered their guests for a breathing meditation before the ceremony to honor the Bikram yoga practice they share.
The Entertainers Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” was popular when Scott and Brittany first started dating, so it was a fitting choice for the couple’s first dance. At the reception, Scott performed several original songs he’d written for his new bride and led a sing-along with all 150 guests. The couple also recorded a live version of the monthly podcast they began after moving to New York, to share their special day with those who weren’t able to attend. Custom Created Shortly after Scott and Brittany announced their
engagement, a friend of Brittany’s from high school who now works as a fashion designer got in touch and offered to create her gown. Brittany jumped at the chance, and together they came up with a form-fitting design completely covered in white sequins with cinched detail on the bodice. Scott wore a simple slate suit and, of course, a nametag bearing his name.
Organic Chemistry Creating an environmentally friendly celebration
was also important to the duo, since Brittany works as a sustainability consultant. Floral arrangements came from the organic Wild Flower Farm and all cups were compostable. Scott’s family handcrafted glitter ribbon wands for everyone to wave, and guests threw compostable heart-shaped confetti as the couple walked down the aisle. Catering St. Louis helped Scott and Brittany ensure that all of their food, served cocktail-style, was local and organic with vegetables from EarthDance Farms. The couple decided against a traditional cake, choosing instead to serve desserts from Kakao Chocolate and an assortment of their favorite cookies. Even Brittany’s ring was crafted from recycled materials—and Scott’s from meteorite. january 2014
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With help from 180 of their closest friends and family, this local couple became the first same-sex couple to marry at the World’s Fair Pavilion. by Mary Beard Their Story Joshua Nichols and Andrew
Gaule met when Josh was working as a stylist and Andrew’s aunt brought him in for a trim. Josh ended up being Andrew’s hairstylist for years before they began dating. One day when Andrew was back in town on business, the pair met for a drink at Just John. They found a quiet corner and talked for hours, planning a second date before finishing their first cocktail. Both are very ambitious and driven in their respective careers; Andrew is organized and logical while Josh tends to be more creative and spontaneous. 68
In other words, they felt their personalities complemented each other perfectly. After the couple did long-distance between Chicago and St. Louis for a while, Josh knew he had to get Andrew to St. Louis for good. During one of Andrew’s visits, Josh arranged a dinner Downtown and then brought Andrew to the Arch grounds, where he knelt down on one knee and popped the question directly under the historical monument. Andrew accepted, and onlookers of the magical moment applauded the couple.
going green When looking for a venue, the
couple wanted a location that evoked history and thought there was no better place in the city than the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. Later, they were told that they were the first same-sex couple to host a wedding ceremony and reception in the historic setting. The duo chose a classic black and white color scheme with emerald green as a bold accent. Best friends served as maids of honor, wearing emerald dresses of their choice, and each of the guys’ brothers served as their best men in black Photos by Christal Kelley Photography
suits with emerald ties. The ring bearer was the couple’s rescue dog, Kiki, dressed in a matching emerald bandana. Botanicals on the Park created boutonnières and bouquets of dendrobium orchids with sprinklings of white hydrangeas for the reception tables. As a surprise, wedding planner Leslie Schultz gave pashmina scarves in black, white and emerald to all of the guests to keep warm. Though the weather held up perfectly, everyone wore their scarves throughout the evening anyway. Dainty Delicacies Because restaurant owners Natasha Creel and
Emily Matthes are good friends of the couple, Roxane in Clayton provided the catering. Josh and Andrew wanted all of their favorite foods in a cocktail setting with no sit-down dinner. Options included chicken and waffle sliders, tomato bisque shooters with grilled cheese croutons, smoked trout, Frida’s veggie burgers, tuna tartare on wonton strips, grilled vegetable salad, hummus and crudités. The cake was created by the couple’s favorite bakery, La Patisserie Chouquette in Tower Grove. It was tall and looked like hand-stamped black leather featuring both vanilla bean with espresso buttercream and dark chocolate with gianduja buttercream. The bakery also made custom macaroons in an emerald shade flavored with absinthe for guests to take home.
romantic remix The couple chose “Your Song” for their first dance. They both loved the song, originally recorded by Elton John, and when they found a recent version by Ellie Goulding, they knew it would fit their nuptials perfectly. Their friend Ed Schultz served as DJ for the rest of the reception. Tunes started off with jazz standards and escalated to party remixes that kept everyone on the dance floor all night long.
emotional affair Josh and Andrew held their ceremony on a gorgeous autumn evening. As they exchanged vows, the sun set and transformed the sky and landscape into a breathtaking backdrop. The ceremony was written personally by the couple’s close friend, and by the end of it, there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. During another memorable moment, Andrew’s grandfather recited a sentimental reading for them. As soon as dusk fell, everyone lit up sparklers on the outskirts of the pavilion, creating a beautiful end to the ceremony.
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Holiday in the Sun
This local couple took their nuptials to Georgia for a classic Southern country club-style celebration. by Mary Beard Their Story Morgan Hall and McLane Poteet grew up in the same small town—Poplar Bluff, MO—but never knew each other very well until their mothers became close friends. On a winter break from college, the two spent their first date dining at a local Mexican restaurant and then taking in a movie—at least, they tried to. The flick was so bad that they decided to get up and leave in the middle of it, choosing to spend time with each other rather than suffer through it any longer.
The couple began dating long distance, with McLane in St. Louis and Morgan shuffling around Southern cities for school. After a year of dating, McLane took Morgan to Destin, FL, where they’d spent spring break together the previous year, and asked her to marry him. After she happily accepted, they jumped into a limo and drove to dinner. In the limo, McLane gave Morgan a note from her parents expressing how happy they were for the couple and how sorry they were to miss the trip. Then, when
McLane and Morgan arrived at the restaurant, they found both sets of parents there waiting to congratulate them. Lakeside Love The couple wanted to make
their nuptials a shared vacation with friends and family, so they decided on a destination wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, GA. The resort sits on a picturesque lake and has golf courses, pools and a spa that guests could enjoy throughout the weekend. Photos by Picsee Studio
Plus, the venue handled almost all of the wedding planning and execution in-house, making preparations simple and seamless for the couple. PRETTY IN PINK Morgan wanted the celebration to feel soft and romantic,
so she chose ivory and blush peonies and roses for her floral arrangements. Her dress was an ivory silk jacquard trumpet gown by Monique Lhuillier accented with a beaded belt. She’d admired the gown in photos before, so when she tried it on at Town & Country Bridal in Frontenac, she knew it was the one. In choosing their wedding party, both McLane and Morgan wanted to include their closest friends from different parts of their lives. So brothers, sisters, childhood friends, fraternity brothers, sorority sisters and pharmacy school friends comprised the sizable 20-person party. Each of Morgan’s bridesmaids wore pale pink chiffon gowns, choosing from three different necklines.
GONE FISHING The plated dinner of crab cakes and grilled filet of beef
served at the reception earned rave reviews, but the couple’s favorite food came at the end of the evening when they served a late-night snack of pigs in a blanket, mini grilled cheeses and milkshake shooters. The threelayer cake—red velvet and vanilla cream with strawberries—was adorned with fresh flowers and rows of pearls. Because McLane is an avid fisher, Morgan had the pastry chef at the Ritz-Carlton create a life-sized bass for the groom’s cake as a surprise. Next to the cake she placed a photo of the couple’s first fishing trip together: Morgan was holding the first fish she ever caught, and McLane was smiling like a proud dad.
country strong For their first dance, the couple chose Zach Brown Band’s “Free,” a country song they’d always listened to on road trips. The ceremony was accompanied by a string quartet, and the Atlanta-based The Platinum Band performed at the reception, playing everything from Lady Gaga to Motown. The happy couple left the reception at the end of the night with a dazzling sparkler send-off and hopped onto their “Just Married” golf cart to head back to the room. But on the way there, the cart’s battery died and the couple was forced to make the rest of the hike on foot, laughing about it all the way. january 2014
Wedding Survival Guide Whether you’re a guest, a member of the wedding party or the couple of the hour, we’ve got you covered with etiquette, pointers and ideas for the best wedding experience ever. By Brandi Wills
weddings, and in St. Louis that can put your outfit up against some serious heat and humidity. Women should be mindful of fabric choices that could cling or show sweat. Choose a flowy dress in a strong pattern, or buck the norm with a tailored linen pant suit. Men, look for a light-colored suit in breathable cotton or linen. A patterned shirt, preferably in stripes or checks, will help hide sweat when you take off your jacket at the reception.
Dressing for winter weddings can be tricky for women. The elements call for practical shoes and heavy coats, but our sense of style disagrees. So make a compromise. Choose a patterned duster or high-heeled boots to keep you both warm and looking fabulous. Or, if snow and ice are a factor, a long blazer over an upscale jumpsuit can be worn with fashionable flats. Men will have no trouble looking dapper in a structured wool suit, cashmere coat and scarf.
Spring Spring is prime wedding time, which means there’s no shortage of stylish, wedding-appropriate attire in stores. 72
Ladies, whether you go the route of bright spring colors or prefer to be pretty in pastel, be sure to look for floral influences, be it the subtle suggestion of lace or a bold botanical print. It’s a good idea to select a complementary jacket or wrap as well, in case the weather is chilly. Pastels and florals are on-trend for men, too. For a casual affair, pair a khaki suit with pale yellow and green accents. For a more formal wedding, bring a breath of fresh air to your black-tie attire with a seasonally inspired boutonièrre of Lilies of the Valley or grape hyacinth.
Summer Summer is the season for outdoor
Fall Fall is fashion's favorite season. Show you're in-the-know with haute hues and luxe fabrics. Ladies, show off your sophisticated style with a solid silk dress in a rich, autumnal color. Be sure to mind your lines: Short dresses should have longer sleeves, and floorlength hemlines can be balanced by sleeveless or strappy designs up top. Gents, dress up a slim-fitting suit with fashion-forward finishes and take advantage of not being in the wedding party by getting adventurous. Bring out your boldest bow tie, pack a pocket square with an unexpected print or sport cuff links that will start a conversation.
Q: I'm dating someone, but my invitation was only addressed to me, no plus-one. Can I bring my date anyway? A: Etiquette dictates that unless your invitation includes the words “and guest,” you should plan to go solo. It's bad form to ask the bride or groom for permission to add a guest they didn't plan for. The only exception, according to The Emily Post Institute, is if you are married, engaged or cohabitating. In that case, the bride should have invited your significant other, and you can rightfully ask to bring that person along. Whatever you do, don’t bring a guest unannounced.
Bride and groom photo by One Love Photography. Bow tie photo by Sweet Monday Photography. Invite and cocktail photos by L Photographie.
What To Wear
Best Guest EVER!
Entertain yourself during the gap between the ceremony and reception.
Head to Grand Center and check out the most recent exhibits at CAM, The Sheldon Art Galleries, Craft Alliance or the new International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum.
Stroll through Citygarden and take creative pictures with your friends among the larger-than-life sculptures, artistic landscaping and interactive art installations.
Drink in the local craft brewing culture at one of the city's many breweries. Take a tour at Urban Chestnut or AnheuserBusch, grab some grub and a flight at 4 Hands or sip the newest suds on tap at Perennial. If you're hosting out-of-towners, take them to Schlafly Tap House or Bottleworks for a taste of some of STL’s favorite hometown brews.
Pass the time (or pick up a last-minute gift) at the many upscale boutiques in Clayton. Check out the latest fashions at Byrd Designer Consignment Boutique, shop for chic décor at Lusso Home or pick up a bottle or two at The Wine Merchant.
If the big event is at Missouri Botanical Garden, treat yourself to gourmet eats in the nearby Botanical Heights and Shaw neighborhoods. Indulge in a glass of vino at Sasha’s on Shaw, or grab a bite from Olio's carefully curated menu of small plates and wines.
FIT TO GIFT Psyche Southwell, creator and editor of the blog economyofstyle.net, answers common questions about gift-giving. Q: Is it ever ok to go off-registry when buying a wedding gift? A: I tend to view registries as guides to a couple’s taste. However, sticking to the registry is the easiest way to ensure you get something that the couple actually likes. If you don’t know a couple’s taste well, avoid anything not on the registry.
Weddiquette at a Glance DO
RSVP as soon as you get the invite and only bring a date if you see the words “and guest” after your name.
Shop for a date on match.com. The couple most likely nixed someone they actually know from the guest list so they could offer you a plus-one. If you're not seeing someone special, give up the extra seat so Uncle Mort can come to the wedding.
Sharing on Social Media
Ask before posting details of the couple's big day for the whole internet to see.
Live tweet the ceremony—save the pics and celebratory updates for the reception.
Enjoy the French Champagne and signature cocktails the couple has generously arranged for you.
Show your appreciation by getting tanked and embarrassing them.
Choose something from the registry, buy early and have it shipped.
Assume the couple “just forgot” to ask for a set of skis and then expect them to haul the things home from the reception.
Look your best, and take a cue from the venue when it comes to the level of formality.
Steal the focus from the bride and groom. We know it's hard when you're so darn goodlookin', but dull it down if you have to.
Q: Some couples host multiple wedding-related events (engagement party, shower, bachelor/ette party, post-wedding brunch). What are the rules for gift-giving when you're attending a number of parties for the same couple? A: Committing to attend multiple events by the same couple brings with it the obligation to purchase gifts for each event. Determine an overall gifting budget and spend most of it on the wedding gift. Q: What is your stance on giving cash? A: Giving cash is ok for many couples. The real task is deciding how much is enough. Q: How do you know how much to spend? A: Your budget is the most critical factor, but consideration should also be given to the nature of your relationship with the couple. A group gift is always a perfectly appropriate option for big-ticket items that may be difficult for just one person to afford. January 2014
Wedding Survival Guide
New Rules of theWedding Party
MAID OF HONOR
Make this wedding a well-oiled machine. Lead the other bridesmaids through their duties, make sure the family feels involved and engaged with the events, answer RSVP questions, and spread the word about gifting and registry preferences.
Help the groom choose suits/ tuxes, and arrange fittings for all the groomsmen.
Keep a record of all gifts received at the various showers and parties.
Help arrange accommodations for outof-town groomsmen.
Be ready to run any last-minute errands the day of the wedding, and keep track of vendor deliveries.
Be in charge of the wedding rings. Always know where they are, and if there’s a ring bearer, check in to make sure the child knows what he needs to do.
Keep the bride at her best during the reception. Make sure she gets something to eat, be ready with quick hair and makeup fixes, and run interference if someone is monopolizing her time.
Collect any day-of payments from the groom (wedding officiant, musicians, caterer’s tip, etc.), place each in a marked envelope, and make sure these people are promptly paid and thanked.
Help the bride change for her honeymoon, and take charge of her gown after the ceremony.
Organize the couple’s departure from the wedding.
Bridesmaid photo by Tonya Beaver Photography. Groomsman and toast photos by One Love Photography.
Best Wedding Party EVER!
Q: I'm part of the wedding party, but I'm also bringing a guest. How do I balance my wedding day duties with my desire to be a good date? A: You're absolutely right that being in the wedding party will take you away from your date's side for much of the event. So the best thing you can do is to be proactive. Speak up when seating charts are being made so you can be seated with your date during the reception, or make sure he or she is seated among friends. And you've got plenty of time leading up to the wedding to introduce your date to other people who will be attending so that when the big day rolls around, he or she will have some new friends to get to know better.
Life of the Party
The key to a memorable bachelor/ ette party is finding the perfect mix of indulgence, originality and class.
For the bride, consider a relaxing weekend at Chaumette Winery; rent a wellappointed villa and take advantage of the bounty of local wine and pampering spa treatments, like massages, wraps, facials and mani-pedis. Or get a little risqué by booking a private group lesson with international burlesque star Lola Van Ella. If you're looking for something more conservative, schedule an appointment for high tea at La Patisserie Chouquette and treat the bridal party to hand-selected teas and an assortment of creatively constructed sweet and savory treats. For the groom, consider a personalized cocktail education session with Cocktails Are Go, focusing on the groom's favorite spirit, style or cocktails. Or organize a casino night by calling St. Louis Casino and Poker Rentals and setting up the event in an upscale hotel suite. If you've got nice weather (and an experienced sailor), rent a sailboat from Carlyle Sailing Association on Carlyle Lake in Illinois and hit the water with a cooler full of local beer.
A TOAST TO REMEMBER Toasting the bride and groom is a great honor, but it can also be an overwhelming responsibility. We've all witnessed an unprepared or overly intoxicated speaker unforgivably botch the toast, and nobody wants to be that person. So we asked a group of local experts for their top tips on mastering the toast. “Begin by thanking your hosts and always mention something about how beautiful and happy the couple looks,” says Kate Fogerty, owner of Kate & Company. “Introduce yourself and briefly explain how you know the couple. Mention something humorous. Mention something sentimental. And end it with a toast to their marriage, a happy life, etc. Keep it short, sweet and to the point.” When it comes to giving a toast, you must also think about your delivery. “Your body language trumps the words you speak. We believe what we see,” says Fred E. Miller of No Sweat Public Speaking. “Smile. Stand tall and erect with shoulders back, wine glass held out for all to see. Look at the newlyweds as you address them, and the audience as you instruct them to join you in toasting the couple.” We all want our toast to be a hit, but being funny and sentimental at once can be tricky. All the experts agree that you should avoid any stories that could embarrass the bride or groom or their families. “Tell short stories about great times they have had and tie it to how they are made for each other,” says Kevin Desrosiers, president of West County Toastmasters. “If you tell short stories accentuating good things about the bride and/or groom, you will more than likely get the ‘aww’s and occasional laughs without even trying.” Having said that, if you're going to go for a big laugh, enlist the help of others to make sure it goes off without a hitch. Carol Pope of Bride St. Louis shares a memorable toast from a wedding she recently attended: “The mother of the groom very nicely addressed the single ladies at the reception. She reminded them that her son was no longer available, and that they should return the keys to his place. At first, one or two women walked up to the groom’s table and handed him their keys, and then more and more ladies did the same until it became a constant stream of women bringing up keys. Of course, everyone broke out in laughter. January 2014
Wedding Survival Guide
During the ceremony, it’s all eyes on the bride and groom. The reception, however, is about celebrating the happy occasion with friends and family. We collected a number of inspired ideas that will engage your guests in the festivities and ensure you never forget they were there to support your union—and they never forget how creative you are. 1
The guest book is a great place to get your guests interacting. Local couple Trent Rosenthal and Whittney Miller looked to guests for guidance and wisdom on their wedding day by asking them to leave messages and marriage advice in five “guest books” to be opened (along with an accompanying bottle of wine) on five milestone anniversaries: the first, third, fifth, seventh and 10th. The impact of their guests’ love and support will continue to reach Trent and Whittney throughout their marriage.
Ditch the book altogether and create a thumbprint tree by painting a tree with plenty of branches on a large piece of craft paper or canvas, then give guests ink pads and pens so they can use their thumbprints to add “leaves” and sign their contributions. Some couples choose to get playful with the idea by having guests sign and leave well wishes on blank Jenga pieces or the backs of puzzle pieces.
Another prime location to add some fun is the guest tables—a place where the less social tend to get a little bored. Perk them up with a game of Wedding Toast Bingo, where each guest gets a unique bingo playing card filled with phrases like, “I’m going to keep this short,” “For those of you who don’t know me,” and “Aren’t the bridesmaids beautiful?” Hear the phrase, check the box. Get bingo, win a prize. Or try Guest Libs, a version of Mad Libs tailored to the bride and groom. It’s a great icebreaker at the table and makes a fun wedding favor for the guests to take home.
If you want to get your guests moving about and mingling, take a cue from Michelle Olson and Jason Heilman, who enlisted the services of Share Studios to do caricature drawings of guests at their wedding. The fun wedding favors drew guests into the event (literally and figuratively) and put an emphasis on the importance of their attendance.
A photo scavenger hunt will provide an evening’s worth of entertainment (and plenty of fun pictures) as guests collect creative shots of “the couple kissing,” “the cake,” “the maid of honor dancing” or “the groom with his father.” Downtown residents Jon and Christina Gayman employed an old trick in a new way. The couple left “old-school” film cameras on each table and asked guests to contribute their own photographic skills to the newlyweds’ photo album (a nod to Jon’s profession as a photographer). They also embraced the digital age and created a hashtag for the event so attendees could document the night via Twitter and Instagram.
Bride and groom photo by Tiff Matson Photography. Caricature photo by L Photographie. Phone photo courtesy of weddingpartyapp.com.
Be My Guest
Best Bride & Groom EVER!
IT'S A NICE DAY FOR A WIRED WEDDING How technology can make your big day cooler and easier on you.
The Invites A quick, affordable and efficient way to announce your wedding day is to send a digital save-the-date through pingg.com. Simply pick your design, personalize it with a message and a photo and send it directly to your guests as an e-card. Help your guests help themselves by building a wedding website on weduary.com. This socially focused sitebuilder allows guests to set up personal profiles so they can get to know other attendees in advance, make travel plans and coordinate the pesky details on their own. The Registry Got eclectic tastes? Giftregistry360.com is a central registry site that combines all your wants and needs from across the internet. Play with the site’s styleboards to pick the right products for you, compile them all into one easyto-use registry list and print out announcement cards that send guests directly to the items you desire most. The Memories Make sure you’re in the loop throughout the journey by creating your own wedding app on weddingpartyapp.com. Guests can upload photos from every shower, outing, party and moment of your wedding day to one place where you can view your special celebration through the eyes of your friends and loved ones.
Young Love Q: We have a lot of friends with children, but would rather make our wedding an adult-only affair. How do we make that clear without offending anyone?
Give a Little Love Bridesmaid and groomsman gifts are meant to celebrate those people who have supported and celebrated your union along the way, so make sure your tokens of appreciation are all about the recipients. Select gifts that are not only useful beyond the big day, but also personalized to their interests. Here are some great ideas from local companies. Bridesmaid Custom name hangers from Lainey Handmade are a creative way to make your gals feel special on your big day and every day after. etsy.com/shop/laineyhandmade
Groomsman Mustache pilsner glasses from Make It My Design allow you to choose the 'stache design that best matches your groomsmen's personalities. etsy.com/shop/makeitmydesign
A pearl and initial necklace blends traditional and modern in a jewelry piece that complements nearly any bridesmaid dress style. And the personalized touch gives the necklace a life after the party. etsy.com/shop/emilinaballerina
Collar stays are a great accessory for men, especially when they're hand-stamped metal ones from Emilina Ballerina. Our fave reads “Suburban Outlaw.” etsy.com/shop/emilinaballerina
Personalized Vino2Go wine glasses are travelfriendly and hand painted with each bridesmaid’s name and an illustration of her dress. etsy.com/shop/makeitmydesign
A rustic beer tote built from reclaimed wood and personalized with a name or message is the perfect gift for groomsmen (or bridesmaids for that matter!) who love sustainable design as much as a good six-pack. etsy.com/shop/thepinktoolbox
A: Communication is key. Parents, no matter what side of the issue they fall on, tend to automatically assume weddings are either ok or not ok for their kids. It’s best to be upfront about how you feel. The first step is to address the invitation, by name, to the parents only. Don’t use the words “and family” unless you want the full family to show up. If you feel something more direct is needed, add the words “Adults Only” in an appropriate place on the invitation. There’s no shame in banning children from your wedding day, just be sure to be consistent. Inviting the kids to the ceremony but excluding them from the reception makes logistics and planning difficult for parents.
Christina Woo gown available at Kirkwood Bridal Boutique, Kirkwood, 314.821.8555. Pearl necklace, stylist’s own.
Less is more this wedding season—let your dress be the true testament of your love with simple, feminine accessories. Photography: Attilio D’Agostino Styling: Samantha Chadwick Model: Grace Mikula for West Model Management Hair: Valerie Brown Makeup: Jacqueline Grucela
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Modern Trousseau gown available at Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique, Clayton, 314.721.2457. Pearl necklace, stylistâ€™s own.
Vera Wang gown available at Berrybridge, Ladue, 314.997.1439.
Head Over Heels
Jenny Yoo gown available at Bella Bridesmaid, Town & Country, 314.205.1191. Madison Avenue Designs headpiece available at Berrybridge, Ladue, 314.997.1439. Necklace available at Kirkwood Bridal Boutique, Kirkwood, 314.821.8555.
Gown and headpiece available at Kirkwood Bridal Boutique, Kirkwood, 314.821.8555. Pearl necklace, stylistâ€™s own.
Modern Trousseau gown available at Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique, Clayton, 314.721.2457. KM2 headpiece available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.8080.
back to basics
Vera Wang gown available at Berrybridge, Ladue, 314.997.1439.
Marquerette gown available at Kirkwood Bridal Boutique, Kirkwood, 314.821.8555. Assistant: Ellyn Hunt. January 2014
Wedding Venue Guide ceremony site
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9th Street Abbey 1808 S. 9th St., Soulard, 314.621.9598, pattylongcatering.com
Barnett on Washington 3207 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.9463, barnettonwashington.com
Bevo Mill 4749 Gravois Ave., Bevo, 314.832.6776, thebevomill.com
Bixbyâ€™s 5700 Lindell Blvd. (Missouri History Musuem, 2nd floor), Forest Park, 314.361.7313, bixbys-mohistory.com
Casa Loma Ballroom 3354 Iowa Ave., Cherokee, 314.282.2258, casalomaballroom.com
Cedar Lake Cellars 11008 Schreckengast Road, Wright City, 636.745.9500, cedarlakecellars.com
Chandler Hill Vineyards 596 Defiance Road, Defiance, MO, 636.798.2675, chandlerhillvineyards.com
Chase Park Plaza 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.633.3050, chaseparkplaza.com
The Cheshire 6300 Clayton Road, Clayton, 314.647.7300, cheshirestl.com
Chaumette Winery 24345 State Route WW, Ste. Genevieve, MO, 573.747.1000, chaumette.com
City Cottage 3800 Chouteau Ave., Midtown, 314.961.7588, cateringstlouis.com
City Museum 701 N. 15th St., Downtown, 314.231.2489, ext. 117, citymuseum.org
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis 3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center, 314.535.4660, ext. 201, camstl.org
Coronado Ballroom 3701 Lindell Blvd., Midtown, 314.367.4848, thecoronado.com
Danforth Plant Science Center 975 N. Warson Road, Creve Couer, 314.587.1000, danforthcenter.org
Fleur on Washington 1300 Washington Ave., 314.809.8541
Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.881.5800, fourseasons.com/stlouis
Fox Theatre 527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center, 314.531.9999, fabulousfox.com
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Hilton St. Louis Frontenac 1335 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Frontenac, 314.993.1100, stlouisfrontenac.hilton.com
HoteLumiĂ¨re 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.881.7777, lumiereplace.com
Hyatt Regency at the St. Louis Arch 315 Chestnut St., Downtown, 314.655.1234, stlouisarch.hyatt.com
The Jewel Box Forest Park, 314.289.5389, cateringstlouis.com
Kemp Auto Museum 16955 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, 636.537.1718, kempservices.com
Lumen Private Event Space 2201 Locust St., Downtown, 314.241.5757, lumenstl.com
Mad Art Gallery 2727 S. 12th St., Soulard, 314.771.8230, madart.com
Missouri Botanical Garden 4344 Shaw Blvd., Tower Grove, 314.577.0200, cateringstlouis.com
Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park, 314.454.3151, butlerspantry.com
Montelle Winery 201 Montelle Drive, Augusta, MO, 636.228.4464, ext.21, montelle.com
Moonrise Hotel 6177 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.721.1111, moonrisehotel.com
Moto Museum 3441 Olive Blvd., Midtown, 314.446.1805, themotomuseum.com
Moulin Events 2017 Chouteau Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.241.4949, moulinevents.com
NEO on Locust 2801 Locust St., Midtown, 314.570.9218, neostl.com
Noboleis Vineyards 100 Hemsath Road, Augusta, MO, 636.482.4500, noboleisvineyards.com
Norwood Hills Country Club 1 Norwood Hills Country Club Drive, Jennings, 314.521.0682, ext. 211, norwoodhills.com/weddings
Old Orchard Gallery 39 S. Old Orchard Ave., Webster Groves, 314.961.4433, theoldorchardgallery.com
Oliva 4915 Daggett Ave., The Hill, 314.961.7588, cateringstlouis.com
Palladium Saint Louis 1400 Park Place, Lafayette Square, 314.799.8886, palladium-stl.com
Peabody Opera House 1400 Market St., Downtown, 314.499.7619, peabodyoperahouse.com
Piper Palm House 4256 Magnolia Ave., Tower Grove, 314.771.4410, palmhousestl.org
The Promenade by Westin 811 Spruce St., Downtown, 314.552.5712, westin.com/ thepromenade
Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel 800 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.418.5820, renaissancestlouisgrand.com
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The Ritz-Carlton 100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.863.6300, ritzcarlton.com
River City Casino 777 River City Casino Blvd., 314.388.7810, rivercity.com
Scape American Bistro 48 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.361.7227, scapestl.com
Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries 3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center, 314.533.9900, thesheldon.org
Stone Hill Winery 1110 Stone Hill Highway, Hermann, MO, 573.486.2221, stonehillwinery.com
Syberg’s 2430 Old Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, 314.832.4856, sybergs.com
The Thaxton 1009 Olive St., Downtown, 314.323.3146, thethaxton.com
Third Degree Glass Factory 5200 Delmar Blvd., Central West End , 314.367.4527, stlglass.com
Three Barn Farm 20955 Highway W, Clarksville, MO, 314.961.7588, cateringstlouis.com
Windows on Washington 1601 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.5555, wowbanquets.com
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Wedding Planners Absolutely In! 7805 Clayton Road, Clayton, 314.315.1775, absolutelyin.com Make your big day memorable, whether you need start-to-finish planning or day-of assistance.
Photo by L Photographie.
Carolyn Burke Wedding Liaison 314.821.4844, weddingliaison.com Wedding day coordination with a twist. Performs short, sweet and simple ceremonies, with a specialty in event location. Plus, deluxe elopement packages. Cosmopolitan Events 8132 Big Bend Blvd., Ste. B, Webster Groves, 314.249.9107, cosmopolitanevents.com Weddings with panache, complete with a skilled design department and operations team. Divine Events 11425 Dorsett Road, Ste. 202, Maryland Heights, 314.669.5933, mydivineevents.com
Choose from an array of planning and design packages, or select only the services you need most.
providing full-service event production and wedding planning at reasonable prices.
Annie Gunn’s 16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, 636.532.3314, anniegunns.com
Kate & Company 132 W. Monroe Ave., Kirkwood, 314.909.9996, kateandcollc.com One of the first full-service wedding planners in the area to offer proposal planning for future grooms, Kate & Company takes your event to a whole new level.
St. Louis Wedding Consultants 712 Oaksdale Summit Court, Wildwood, 636.236.9359, stlweddingconsultants.net Vendors to make your day spectacular, from vibrant flower arrangements to elegant wedding invitations.
Aya Sofia 6671 Chippewa St., St. Louis Hills, 314.645.9919, ayasofiacuisine.com
Pulse Events 314.518.4511, pulseweddings.com Pulse Events helps you plan a stress-free dream wedding, including DJ and emcee services. Tiffany & Company Events 314.479.3204, tiffanyandcompanyevents.com Tiffany Butler will help 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 For over 15 years, Rachel McCallaFernandez and her team have been
WHITE HOUSE WEDDINGS AND EVENTS 314.607.7077, whitehousestl.com Rest assured your big day will be flawlessly fabulous in the hands of White House Weddings and Events.
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Blueberry Hill 6504 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.727.4444, blueberryhill.com Bristol 11801 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.567.0272, bristolseafoodgrill.com Charlie Gitto’s 5226 Shaw Ave., The Hill, 314.772.8898, charliegittos.com Cyrano’s 603 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.963.3232, cyranos.com The Drunken Fish 1 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.4222, drunkenfish.com
Al’s Restaurant 1200 N. 1st St., Downtown, 314.421.6399, alsrestaurant.net
Eau Bistro at Chase Park Plaza 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.454.9000, chaseparkplaza.com
Almonds 8127 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.1019, almondsrestaurant.com
Eclipse in the Moonrise Hotel 6177 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.726.2222, eclipsestlouis.com
Franco 1535 S. 8th St., Soulard, 314.436.2500, eatatfranco.com Frazer’s 1811 Pestalozzi St., Benton Park, 314.773.8646, frazergoodeats.com Herbie’s 405 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.769.9595, herbies.com J. Buck’s 101 S. Hanley Road, Clayton, 314.725.4700, jbucks.com Kemoll’s 211 N. Broadway, Downtown, 314.421.0555, kemolls.com Lorenzo’s Trattoria 1933 Edwards St., The Hill, 314.773.2223, lorenzostrattoria.com Lucas Park Grille 1234 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.7770, lucasparkgrille.com Mike Shannon’s 620 Market St., Downtown, 314.421.1540, shannonsteak.com Molly’s 816 Geyer Ave., Soulard, 314.241.6200, mollysinsoulard.com Mosaic 1001 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.621.6001, mosaicrestaurants.com Prime 1000 1000 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.1000, prime1000.com Robust 227 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.963.0033, robustwinebar.com Ruth’s Chris 1 N. Brentwood Blvd., Clayton, 314.783.9900. Multiple locations, ruthschris.com Soulard’s 1731 S. 7th St., Soulard, 314.241.7956, soulards.com SqWires 1415 S. 18th St., Lafayette Square, 314.865.3522, sqwires.com Table Three 16765 Main St., Wildwood Town Center, 636.458.4333, table-three.com The Tenderloin Room 232 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.361.0900, tenderloinroom.com Tony’s 410 Market St., Downtown, 314.231.7007, tonysstlouis.com
Caterers Butler’s Pantry 1414 Park Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.664.7680, butlerspantry.com Callier’s Catering 636.230.0019, callierscatering.com Catering By Orlando’s 314.842.3316, multiple locations, orlandogardens.com Catering St. Louis 2141 59th St., The Hill, 314.961.7588, cateringstlouis.com 90
Ces & Judy’s Catering 10405 Clayton Road, Frontenac, 314.991.6700, cesandjudys.com Championship Catering 3354 Iowa Ave., Cherokee, 314.606.9520, championshipcatering.com Farotto’s 9525 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314.962.0048, farottos.com First Impressions Catering 4749 Gravois Ave., Bevo, 314.832.7391, firstimpressionscatering. net Gregory’s Creative Cuisine 4700 Adkins Ave., Bevo, 314.481.4481, gregoryscreativecuisine.com Hollyberry Catering 284 East Ave., Webster Groves, 314.968.9239, hollyberrycatering.com Local Harvest 815 Olive St., Downtown, 314.241.3196. Multiple locations, localharvestcafe.com LoRusso’s Catering Company 3121 Watson Road, Tower Grove, 314.647.6222, lorussos.com Michele c. catering & events 3173 Morganford Road, Tower Grove, 314.443.6956, mccateringandevents.com Panorama at SLAM 5490 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, 314.655.5387, slam.org/dining The Pasta House Company 2200 59th St., The Hill, 314.644.1400, pastahouse.com Patty Long Catering 1804 S. 9th St., Soulard, 314.621.9598, pattylongcatering.com Russo’s Catering Company 9904 Page Ave., Overland, 314.427.6771, russosgourmet.com The Social Affair 314.583.9435, thesocialaffairstl.com Steven Becker Fine Dining 3701 Lindell Blvd., Midtown, 314.367.4848, stevenbeckerfd.com Westwood Catering 190 N. Sappington Road, Glendale, 314.965.7428, westwoodcateringstl.com With Love Catering and Confections 302 Hoffmeister Ave., Lemay, 314.637.7907, withlovecatering.com Zia’s 5256 Wilson Ave., The Hill, 314.776.0020, zias.com
Boutiques / Accessories A Touch of Elegance 404 W. US 40, Troy, IL, 618.667.2400, troyilbridal.com A small hometown boutique offering
a wide selection of modern collections for the entire bridal party. Amore 173 Long Road, Ste. 104, Chesterfield, 636.536.0007 Wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses in all sizes, featuring such top designers as Christina Wu and Allure. Bella Bridesmaid 13428 Clayton Road, Town & Country, 314.205.1191, bellabridesmaid.com 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, berrybridgebridal.com A mother-daughter shop featuring designer gowns in a comfortable and attentive atmosphere. Blushing Bride 4632 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights, 618.257.7600, blushingbrideshop.com A full-service boutique with an extensive collection of highquality gowns. Cha 9666 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314.993.8080, shop-cha.com Shop chic bridal accessories from KM2, like belts, headpieces and shoes. Champagne & Lace Bridal 1600 Vandalia St., Collinsville, IL, 618.345.5223 Dedicated, personalized service for each and every customer with beautiful gowns and striking accessories. Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique 8109 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.721.2457, fleurdelisbridal.com Couture designer gowns, veils, headpieces and jewelry. Impression Bridal 4164 Chippewa St., Dutchtown South, 314.219.8700; multiple locations, impressionbridalstore.com A collection focused on fabric and silhouette that promises a magical fit to make every bride feel as if the dress were custom made for her.
Savvi Formalwear 1483 Saint Louis Galleria, Richmond Heights, 314.727.0088. Multiple locations, savviwedding.com STL’s premier provider of formalwear for the whole wedding party. Simply Elegant Bridal 1004 Olive St., Downtown, 314.241.8201, simplyelegantbridalstl.com Gorgeous gowns and formal attire for everyone in the wedding party. Town and Country Bridal Boutique 8809 Ladue Road, Frontenac, 314.8637200, townandcountrybride.com An exquisite collection of designer wedding gowns, jewelry and accessories. Wedding Gallery Couture 801 N. 2nd St., St. Charles, 636.724.9012 Full-service bridal salon with fine designer gowns from a widespectrum of high-end labels. White Traditions Bridal House 827 N. Second St., St. Charles, 636.939.6005 Feel right at home where fashionable wedding attire and impeccable service collide.
Cakes / Desserts Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier 32 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.7750, bissingers.com The Blue Owl 6116 2nd St., Kimmswick, MO, 636.464.3128, theblueowl.com The Cakery 1420 Tamm Ave., Dogtown, 314.647.6000, thecakerybakery.net The Cup 28 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.6111, cravethecup.com
Jule Lingerie & Loungewear 1370 Clarkson Clayton Center, Ellisville, 636.527.6500, juleonline. com Everything from embroidered thongs to comfy sweats and sexy lingerie.
Encore Baking Company 2730 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314.832.4303, encorebaking.com
Kirkwood Bridal Boutique 112 W. Jefferson Ave., Ste. 124, Kirkwood, 314.821.8555, kirkwoodbridalboutique.com A wide array of gowns for bridesmaids and mothers-of-thebride, from formal to informal.
McArthur’s Bakery 113 N. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, 314.894.0900. mcarthurs.com
Maiden Voyage 120 Henry Ave., Manchester, 636.394.5858 One of the largest bridal inventories in town, boasting continuous customer satisfaction since 1994.
SweetArt 2203 S. 39th St., Tower Grove, 314.771.4278, sweetartstl.com
Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café 8509 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.993.5455, jillyscupcakebar.com
Sugaree Baking Company 1242 Tamm Ave., Dogtown, 314.645.5496, sugareebaking.com
Zettie’s Confections 618.281.9052, zetties.com
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Jewelers Albarré Jewelry 9711 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314.997.1707, albarre.com 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, clarksonjewelers.com
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Photographers Aaron Ottis Photography 573.219.9832, aaronottisphotography.com Amkar Photography 314.485.9748, amkarphoto.com Beautiful Mess Photography 314.496.1883, beautifulmessphoto.com beauvide photography 314.266.9059, beauvidephoto.com Benjamin Trevor Photography 314.578.8331, benjamintrevor.com Bethre Means 314.740.3134, bethremeans.com brea Photography 2644 Cherokee St., Cherokee, 314.865.0799, breaphotography. com Bright Shot Photography 314.649.7468, brightshotphotography.com Escape the Booth 314.669.1084, escapethebooth.com GoodEye Photoshare 1600 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights, 314.644.7770, goodeye-photoshare.com Greg Lappin 314.393.1746, greglappinphotography.com
Lordo’s Diamonds 9222 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314.432.8008, lordosdiamonds.com
Heather Roth Fine Art Photography 646.284.1215, heatherrothphotography.com
Mavrik Fine Jewelry 200 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, 314.909.6818, mavrikjewelry.com
Joel Marion Photography 1478 Cherry Creek Lane, Manchester, 636.861.2400, joelmarionphoto.com
Simons Jewelers 8141 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.8888, simonsjewelers.com Stella & Dot Teresa Voss, 314.503.5110, stelladot.com/ teresalvoss Summit Jewelers 7821 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314.962.1400, summitjlrs.com Tiffany & Co. 64 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.692.2255, tiffany.com uncommon threads Jewelry 314.966.6010,
Jon Koch Photography 8837 Ladue Road, Ladue, 314.497.8308, kochphotography.net J. Pollack Photography 314.374.3249, jpollackphoto.com Keith lee studios 314.239.6350, keithleestudios.com Lance Omar Thurman Photography 2609 S. Kingshighway Blvd., Southwest Garden, 314.368.3599, lanceomarthurman.com
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MANDI PICTURE 314.403.3381, mandipicture.com Megan Thiele studios 573.579.5513, meganthiele.com Mirage Photo 636.577.1074, mirage-photo.com Pancho3 Studios 314.374.9673, pancho3.com PhotoboothSTL 9051 Watson Road, Ste. 283, Crestwood, 314.776.3003, photoboothstl.com Photomaton 314.805.5002, customphotomaton.com Photo Elegance 225 Spring Borough Drive, O’Fallon, 636.561.4012, phelegance.com Pinxit Photography 4067 Shenandoah Ave., Shaw, 314.825.7469, pinxitphoto.com Ryan Gladstone Photography 314.480.5686, ryangladstonephoto.com Simpli Photography 573.747.7232, simpliphotography.com
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Switzerfilm 303 S. Main St., Troy, IL, 618.667.6940, switzerworld. com
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Videographers / Music Downtime Productions 7534 Watson Road, Shrewsbury, 314.452.2848, downtime-productions.com dj nune 314.246.9284, lamarharris.org First Dance Saint Louis 9751 Clayton Road, Ladue, firstdancesaintlouis.com Lovebird Studios 2617 Cherokee St., Cherokee, 314.664.4233, lovebird-studios.com The Manhasset Strings 636.537.0405, manhassetstrings. com Millennium Productions 1334 Strassner Drive, Brentwood, 314.918.9335, millennium-productions.com Nordmann Photography 9420 Litzsinger Road, Rock Hill, 314.962.5900, nordmannproductions.com
Tim McDermott Photography 2323 Locust St., Ste. 508, Downtown, 314.406.1149, timmcdermottphoto.com
One Eyed Dog Productions 314.303.6976, oneeyeddog.com
Trotter Photo 14319 Manchester Road, Manchester, 636.394.7689, trotterphoto.com
Steady Rising Entertainment 314.221.4952, steadyrising.com
Warwick Photography 1750 S. Brentwood Blvd., Ste. 265,
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Hair / Makeup Adorn Hair Salon 17660 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, 636.530.9000, adornhairsalon.com Alison jo makeup artistry 314.308.1762, alisonjomakeupartistry.com Belleza Salon 3449 Pheasant Meadows, O’Fallon, 636.300.3437, bellezasalonandspa.com
Blown Away 8815 Ladue Road, Ladue, 314.932.1116, blownawaystl.com
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Blue Element Salon 7529 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.725.1200, blueelementsalon.com Breeze 9916 Clayton Road, Clayton, 314.692.2569, breezeblowdrybar.com DanielleStyle Inc. 2826 Sublette Ave., Southwest Garden, 314.302.1467,daniellestyle.com Dominic Michael Salon 17057 Baxter Road, Chesterfield, 636.449.1583, dmsalon.com
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Florists Becky Huffman Flowers 126 S. Main St., Columbia, IL, 314.368.7760, beckyhuffmanflowers.com Blooms 314.795.1067, email@example.com
Drew Henry 2309 Cherokee St. Cherokee, 314.865.5147, drewhenrysalon.wordpress.com
Botanicals Design Studio 3014 S. Grand Ave., Tower Grove, 314.772.7674, botanicalsdesignstudio.com
KINK 14 N. Meramec Ave., Clayton, 314.721.5465, kinkhair.com
The Crimson PeTal 314.578.5363, thecrimsonpetal.net
Kolors Salon 4188 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.531.1218, kolorssalon.com
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Eat+Drink the best places in town to eat and drink
Eastern Eats Edwardsville emerges as the metro areaâ€™s next foodie destination. by Matt Sorrell It used to be that fine dining aficionados
residing on the east side of the Mississippi had to come to the Missouri shore to enjoy creative local cuisine. But those days have passed for the Edwardsville area, which has seen a boom in new eateries and an influx of St. Louis favorites like Robust Wine Bar, Mike Shannonâ€™s and Hendricks. CONTINUED P.102
Robust Wine Bar, Edwardsville
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St. Louis Restaurant Guide
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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. $$$ Alumni St. Louis Reimagined local classics and comfort foods like toasted ravioli, Provel-topped pizza and green bean salad. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 200 N. 13th St., 314.241.5888. $$ BAILEYS’ RANGE Creative, upscale takes on the classic burger, as well as boozy milkshakes and craft sodas.
Lunch and dinner daily. 920 Olive St., 314.241.8121. $$
the bar. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 1500 St. Charles St., 314.241.7263. $$$
Bissel Mansion Restaurant Four-course meals accompanied by murder mystery dinner theater, in one of the city’s most historic homes. Dinner Fri.-Sat., reservations required. 4426 Randall Place, 314.533.9830. $$$
BRIDGE A large craft beer and wine selection, as well as meat and cheese plates, sandwiches and salads. Lunch and dinner daily. 1004 Locust St., 314.241.8141. $$
Blondie’s Delectable eats, treats and a selection of specialty drinks inspired by famous blondes. Breakfast and lunch daily; dinner Thu.-Sat. 1301 Washington Ave., 314.241.6100. $$ B BLOOD & SAND A members-only spot boasting bold and exciting creations in the kitchen and behind
Hot List 2013 Winner Kitchen open past 11pm $ Entrées average under $10 Outdoor seating $$ Entrées $10–$17 new Opened in the last 6 months $$$ Entrées $18+ B Serves brunch
CAFé PINtxOS A bright, busy breakfast shop by morning, a trendy tapas bar by night. Located inside Hotel Ignacio. Breakfast Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 3407 Olive St., 314.338.2500. $$ CAFé ventana An extensive lunch selection, including sandwiches, beignets and pastries with your coffee Open daily. 3919 W. Pine Blvd., B 314.531.7500. $ CIELO Quality Italian cuisine, dynamic beverages and stunning views. Open daily. 999 N. 2nd St., 314.881.2105. $$$ B
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Edwardsville has always had some foodie cred. It’s home to places like 222 Artisan Bakery— which has been crafting breads and pastries and serving up quality breakfast and lunch fare since 2005—and artisan coffee roaster Goshen Coffee. But its food scene has blossomed further in recent years. Leading the current uptick in local independent restaurants is Cleveland Heath, the eatery from chefs Jennifer Cleveland and Eric Heath that serves up gourmet comfort food in the historic Boehm Building. Since opening in late 2011, the restaurant has racked up numerous local accolades, and its kale salad and cheeseburger have both attained near-legendary status. Taking a cue from the success of these and other local players, some familiar names have been cropping up around Edwardsville, looking to make their presence known across the river. Robust Wine Bar opened its third location this summer in Edwardsville at 126 N. Main St. The space is the former home of Erato on Main, one of the town’s fine dining pioneers, which closed earlier in 2013. According to co-owner Stanley Browne, opening a Robust location in Edwardsville was a natural fit. “We just really like the community,” Browne says, adding that the town reminds him of Webster Groves, the home of the original Robust. “It gives people a chance to eat in their hometown instead of having to go to a chain restaurant or across into St. Louis.” The team behind St. Louis favorite Mike Shannon’s Steaks and Seafood opened a new upscale-casual concept, Mike Shannon’s Grill, last spring. The venue features an abundance of sports memorabilia from the personal collection of Shannon, a longtime Edwardsville resident, and a menu that ranges from sandwiches to prime cuts. Later this year, look for Hendricks Smokehouse to open in the space that once housed Rusty’s Restaurant at 1201 N. Main St. The barbecue joint is the latest project from In Good Company, the folks behind Sanctuaria Wild Tapas, Cafe Ventana, Diablitos and Hendricks BBQ.
Cini Italian Chow A cheerful Grand Center eatery offering ultra-fresh Italian fare with fast-casual service. Lunch and dinner daily. 374 S. Grand Blvd., 314.531.4433. Multiple locations, cinichow.com. $ Copia Modern twists on classic American cuisine with a legendary wine garden. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 1122 Washington Ave., 314.241.9463. $$$ DIABLITOS CANTINA Fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine with more than 100 types of tequila, some house-infused. Lunch and dinner daily. 3761 Laclede Ave., 314.644.4430. $ new The Docket A café and bistro dishing up Mediterranean entrées, seasonal small plates and wood-fired pizzas at Saint Louis University School of Law. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. 100 N. Tucker Blvd., 314.977.4615. $$
FLANNERY’S PUB Traditional Irish pub known for an impressive beer list and game-day coverage. Lunch and dinner daily. 1324 Washington Ave., 314.241.8885. $ The Fountain on Locust Freshly made appetizers, entrées, fine ice creams and retro cocktails in a hand-painted Art Deco interior. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 3037 Locust. 314.535.7800. $ HARRY’S Great food, happy hour and view of the Arch with a casual atmosphere. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 2144 Market St., 314.421.6969. $$ Hiro Asian Kitchen Bold and diverse flavors of regional Asian cuisines like bahn mi and kimchi. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.; dinner Sun. 1405 Washington Ave., 314.241.4476. $$ LOCAL HARVEST Seasonal dishes made with sustainable, fresh local products, including delicious vegan and vegetarian options. Breakfast Mon-Fri.; lunch daily. 815 Olive St., 314.241.3196. Multiple locations, localharvestcafe.com. $ B Lucas Park Grille A seasonal menu featuring soups, salads and New American entrées. Lunch and dinner daily. 1234 Washington Ave., 314.241.7770. $$$ B Mike Shannon’s A St. Louis landmark serving upscale American cuisine. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 620 Market St., 314.421.1540. Edwardsville location, mikeshannonsgrill.com. $$$
MORGAN STREET BREWERY Upbeat microbrewery and pub with great drink specials and live music. Lunch Tue.-Sun.; dinner daily. 721 N. 2nd St., 314.231.9970. $$
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. $
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. $$
PAPPY’S SMOKEHOUSE Memphisstyle barbecue, featuring slowsmoked pork, brisket, chicken, turkey and sausage dressed with Pappy’s signature sauces. Lunch daily; dinner Mon.-Sat. 3106 Olive St., 314.535.4340. $$
Benton Park Café An extensive breakfast menu including breakfast pizzas, burritos and omelets, plus a full array of lunch and dinner entrées. Open daily. 1900 Arsenal St. 314.771.7200. $
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. $$
Pickles Deli Classic sandwiches like New York Pastrami and one of the best roast beef sandwiches in town. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. 701 Olive St., 314.241.2255. Multiple locations, picklesdelistl.com. $ precinct Formerly known as Jim Edmonds 15 Steakhouse, this newly rebranded and reopened cop-themed bar and grill offers classic bar eats like wings, burgers and pretzels. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. 1900 Locust Ave., 314.588.8899. $$
Prime 1000 High-end steaks in a chic setting. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 1000 Washington Ave., 314.241.1000. $$$ rosalita’s cantina A happening Tex-Mex restaurant offering Mexican favorites. Lunch and dinner daily. 1235 Washington Ave., 314.621.2700. $$ Sauce on the Side Gourmet calzones featuring a wide array of fresh ingredients and sauces, from the Meat Me in St. Louie to the Costanza. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 903 Pine St., 314.241.5667. $ 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. $$$ TONY’S A St. Louis institution with fine Italian cuisine and an extensive wine list. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 410 Market St., 314.231.7007. $$$
blues city deli A charming turn-of-the-century storefront with an expansive menu of sandwiches, salads and po’ boys. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner Thu. 2438 McNair Ave., 314.773.8225. $ BOGART’S SMOKEHOUSE Smoky, Memphis-style barbecue with generous portions. Lunch Tue.-Sat.; dinner Fri.-Sat. 1627 S. 9th St., 314.621.3107. $$ Chava’s Authentic Mexican cuisine known for large portions and tangy margaritas. Lunch and dinner daily. 925 Geyer Ave., 314.241.5503. Multiple locations, chavasmexican.com. $ new Element Small plates and entrées with a variety of flavors, created by a collaborative chef team. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 1419 Carroll St., 314.241.1674. $$
Eleven eleven Mississippi Culinary classics from Tuscany and northern California. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 1111 Mississippi Ave., 314.241.9999. $$$ Franco Country-French fare with a modern twist. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 1535 S. 8th St., 314.436.2500. $$$ Jax Café Chef Brian Hale provides an eclectic menu of gourmet variations on American comfort food. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. 2901 Selena St., 314.449.1995. $ B Molly’s Southern Creole favorites with one of STL’s largest outdoor patios. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.; lunch Sun. 816 Geyer Ave., 314.241.6200. $$ B
VIto’s Known for exceptional Italian dishes and Sicilian-style pizza. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sun. 3515 Lindell Blvd., 314.534.8486. $$
the Mud house Fresh-roasted coffee, sandwiches, soups and pastries. Breakfast and lunch daily. 2101 Cherokee St., 314.776.6599. $B
Lafayette square/ benton park/ soulard
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, parkavenuecoffee. com. $
SIDNEY STREET CAFÉ Traditional favorites like lobster turnovers and steak wasabi balanced with seasonal, local dishes like Missouri lamb and pork. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 2000 Sidney St., 314.771.5777. $$ SqWires A seasonal menu featuring fresh interpretations of American classics. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 1415 S. 18th St., 314.865.3522. $$ B Table A communal dining experience and frequently rotating small-plates menu invite diners to share and try new flavors. Dinner Mon., Wed.-Sun. 1821 Cherokee St., 314.449.1888. $$ B Tripel Brasserie Restaurant and beer house serving up rustic Belgian and French dishes with plenty of European beers on tap. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. 1801 Park Ave., 314.678.7787. $$$ La Vallesana Authentic Mexican options, from tacos, tortas and burritos to house-made ice cream for dessert. Lunch and dinner daily. 2801 Cherokee St., 314.776.4223. $ vin de set French cuisine served under the stars at the rooftop bar and bistro. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sun. 2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.8989. $$$ B
Central west end/thE grove Atlas Simple, elegant dishes and desserts in a cozy atmosphere. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 5513 Pershing Ave., 314.367.6800. $$$ B Bixby’s Located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum with breathtaking views of Forest Park. Lunch Mon.-Sat. 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 daily. 4580
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Benton Park’s beloved Sidney Street Café turns a decade old this year, so chef/owner Kevin Nashan is bringing in 10 of his best chef friends to host an exclusive birthday dinner for St. Louisans to enjoy. The chefs, some local and others from as far away as San Francisco, are already collaborating with Nashan and his team to plan the special meal, and will gather on Jan. 20 at the café to prepare and present it. The local chefs participating in the event are Josh Galliano of The Libertine, Gerard Craft of Niche Restaurant Group, Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus and Patrick Connolly of Basso. They will be joined by visiting chefs Sean Brock of McCrady’s & Husk in Charleston, SC, and Husk Nashville in Nashville; Kelly English of Restaurant Iris and Second Line in Memphis; Matthew Jennings of Farmstead in Providence, RI; Randy Lewis from San Francisco; Mike Sheerin of Cicchetti in Chicago; Pat Sheerin of Trencherman in Chicago; John Shields from Washington, D.C.; and Michael Sullivan of Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN. “They’ve all been so generous to come gather in St. Louis to hang out and cook an amazing dinner,” Nashan says. “They are coming from all over the country, so it’s a fun chance for our guests to experience their incredible food, too.” For tickets, visit brownpapertickets.com. – Katlyn Moncada Laclede Ave., 314.454.0600. $$$
Central Table Food Hall A dining experience like no other with food and talent locally sourced within seven display kitchens. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat.-Sun. 23 S. Euclid Ave., 314.932.5595. $$ CrÊpes: etc. An upscale patisserie serving sweet and savory crêpes and a variety of pastries, soups and sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch daily; dinner Fri.-Sat. 52 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.2200. $ Drunken Fish Japanese sushi lounge with everything from tuna tataki to traditional rolls. Lunch and dinner daily. 1 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.4222. Multiple locations, drunkenfish.com. $$ Eau Bistro Masterfully crafted dishes, enhanced by locally grown and organic produce and a 300bottle wine list. Breakfast daily; dinner Tue.-Sat. 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.454.9000. $$$ B Gamlin Whiskey House An extensive selection of whiskeys accompanied by fine steaks and small plates. Lunch and dinner daily. 236 N. Euclid Ave., 314.875.9500. $$ new
Herbie’s Vintage 72 Contemporary American cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. Dinner daily. 405 N. Euclid Ave., 314.769.9595. $$$ B JOYIA Pan-Mediterranean tapas and
treats, with a focus on local ingredients and house-made sauces and breads. Lunch and dinner MonSat.; dinner Sun. 4501 Manchester Ave., 314.531.5300.$$ J. McGraugh’s Bar and Grill A comfortable neighborhood bar atmosphere perfect to kick back with some wings or homemade spinach and artichoke dip. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 8405 Maryland Ave., 314.863.8555. $ new Juniper A taste of traditional Southern food and cocktails served in creative ways. Dinner Wed.-Sat. 360 N. Boyle Ave., 314.329.7696. $$$ B
Kampai Sushi Bar Fresh Japanese cuisine and creative rolls at great prices. Lunch Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 4949 West Pine Blvd., 314.367.2020. $$ Panorama Inside the Saint Louis Art Museum with a stunning view of Forest Park, local seasonal ingredients and undeniable artistry on the plate. Lunch Tue.-Sun; dinner Fri. 1 Fine Arts Drive, 314.655.5490. $$$ Pi Creative cocktails, homemade desserts and delicious San Fran-style pizza. Open daily. 400 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.4300. Multiple locations, restaurantpi.com. $$ Sameem Afghan Restaurant Hearty Middle-Eastern cuisine rich with lamb, rice, veggies and authentic Afghan spices. Lunch and dinner
Tue.-Sun. 4341 Manchester Ave., 314.534.9500. $$ SANCTUARIA Fresh Pan-Latin tapas paired with a world-class menu of handcrafted cocktails. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 4198 Manchester Ave., 314.535.9700. $$$ Scape american bistro A wide range of dishes from paella to burgers with a great patio and happy hour. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 48 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7227. $$$ B scottish arms Authentic Scottish fare, including the best-selling 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. $$ SoHo Restaurant + Lounge A chic, modern lounge boasting sophisticated southern cuisine and cocktails. Dinner Wed.-Sat. 4229 Manchester Ave., 314.932.5554. $$ B 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,
South City/ Hampton/ The Hill Aya Sofia Exotic Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine combining Middle Eastern, Greek and Southern Italian flavors and cooking styles. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Fri.; dinner Sat.-Sun. 6671 Chippewa St., 314.645.9919. $$ B new Baida South Grand’s new Moroccan restaurant serves authentic eats, from kebabs (broshettes) and couscous dishes to fig cheesecake. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. 3191 S. Grand Blvd. 314.932.7950. $$$ new The Dam Unique burgers and new-American dishes served alongside homemade sauces and craft sodas. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 3173 Morgan Ford Road, 314.771.3173. $
Elaia & Olio Choose between the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes featured in the fine-dining setting of Elaia and the more casual wine bar atmosphere at Olio. Dinner Wed.-Sat. at Elaia; lunch and dinner Mon.-Sun. at Olio. 1634 Tower Grove Ave., 314.932.1088. $$$ / $$ FARMHAUS Edgy Southern and Midwestern food with a locavore focus from chef Kevin Willmann. Lunch Mon.-Thu.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 3257 Ivanhoe Ave., 314.647.3800. $$ Giovanni’s on the Hill Familyowned restaurant serving classic authentic Italian dishes in a friendly atmosphere. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 5201 Shaw Ave., 314.772.5958. $$$ GUIDO’S A distinguished mix of Italian and Spanish cuisine. Lunch and dinner daily. 5046 Shaw Ave., 314.771.4900. $$ Melt Upcycled retro café diner favorites like waffles, ice cream, specialty alcoholic drinks and milkshakes in mason jars. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Thu; breakfast, lunch and dinner Fri-Sun. 2712 Cherokee St., 314.771.6358. $ modesto Amongst a sea of Italian restaurants, Modesto serves up classic Spanish tapas and flatbreads. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 5257 Shaw Ave., 314.772.8272. $
Sidney Street Café photos courtesy of the restaurant.
10 Years of Sidney Street Café
surrounded by art from local artists. Lunch Sat; dinner Mon.-Sat. 313 Belt Ave., 314.367.7549. $
O’CONNELL’S PUB Famous for burgers, fish and chips and Coney Island hot dogs. Lunch and dinner daily. 4652 Shaw Ave., 314.773.6600. $ The Royale A tavern-style restaurant and bar with drinks named for different parts of the city. Lunch and dinner daily. 3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.772.3600. $$ Russell’s Café A cozy neighborhood café with a focus on local seasonal ingredients and fantastic brunch offerings. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 5400 Murdoch Ave., 314.553.9994. Multiple locations, russellscafe.com. $ B Sasha’s A cozy neighborhood wine bar with a tasty selection of small plates and crêpes. Lunch and dinner daily. 4069 Shaw Blvd., 314.771.7274. Multiple locations, sashaswinebar.com. B $$ Three Monkeys A lively spot featuring a wide variety of coastal cuisine and an extensive wine selection. Lunch and dinner daily. 3153 Morgan Ford Road, 314.772.9800. $$ B
Tree House Vegetarian Restaurant Contemporary vegetarian offerings with Latin American and Vietnamese influences. Dinner Tue.-Sun; lunch Sat-Sun. 3177 S. Grand Blvd.; 314.696.2100. $$ Twin Oak Specialty wood-fired pizzas with toppings like seasonal veggies and roasted chorizo. Lunch and dinner Tue-Sun.; dinner Mon. 1201 Strassner Drive, 314.644.2772. $$
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. $ Corner 17 Bubble tea, spicy Chinese barbecue and handmade noodles, all with the freshest ingredients. Lunch and dinner daily. 6623 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.2402. $ ECLIPSE Located in the Moonrise Hotel, featuring cosmic dècor and a creative American menu. Open daily. 6177 Delmar Blvd., 314.726.2222. $$ B
Fork & Stix Northern Thai cuisine
featuring spicy curries and cooling coconut milk with plenty of charm. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 549 Rosedale Ave., 314.863.5572. $ Frida’s This meatless café dishes out vegetarian- and vegan-friendly smoothies, soups, sandwiches and more. Lunch daily; dinner Tue.-Fri. 622 North and South Road, 314.727.6500. $ Market Pub House A traditional American eatery with a lively atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 6655 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.8880. $$ B
Mission Taco Joint Tacos with a twist, with fillings like roasted duck, grilled cactus and chile-grilled local tofu. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 6235 Delmar Blvd., 314.932.5430. $ MoMos Mediterranean tapas in a festive setting. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 630 North and South Road, 314.863.3511. $$ Nico A seasonally inspired Mediterranean menu, featuring items like crab croquetas and Moroccan lamb. Lunch and dinner Mon- Sat.; lunch Sun. 6525 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.0200. $$ B SEOUL TACO Korean barbecue from the well-known food truck, including tacos, quesadillas, pot stickers and gogi bowls with steak, chicken, spicy pork or tofu. Lunch and dinner daily. 571 Melville Ave., 314.863.1148. $ Snarf’s Toasted sandwiches, salads and soups, best washed down with the wide selection of microbrew beers. Lunch and dinner daily. 6301 Delmar Blvd., 314.725.4800. Multiple locations, eatsnarfs.com. $ 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 Blvd., 314.721.4333. $$ B Three Kings Upscale pub fare with a Mediterranean influence. Lunch and dinner daily. 6307 Delmar Blvd., 314.721.3355. $$ Winslow’s Home Farm-fresh foods in a constantly rotating seasonal menu featuring hearty, thoughtfully prepared dishes. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.; breakfast and lunch Sun. 7213 Delmar Blvd., 314.725.7559. $ B
Clayton/ Ladue/ Richmond heights BASSO A sleek basement pub at The Cheshire, with 32 beers on tap, Italian wines, wood-fired pizzas and small plates. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 7036 Clayton Ave., 314.932.7820. $$$ BAR LES FRÈRES French cuisine with a rotating menu and an intimate, romantic atmosphere. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 7637 Wydown Blvd., 314.725.8880. $$ BARcelona A see-and-be-seen hotspot to nosh on Spanish tapas. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner Mon- Fri.; dinner Sat..;. 34 N. Central Ave., 314.863.9909. $$ BOCCI BAR A taste of northern Italy with contemporary flair. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 16 N. Central Ave., 314.932.1040. $$ BRAZIKAT A Brazilian steakhouse with a variety of meats and seafood cooked in the churrasco style over an open fire. Dinner daily. 172 Carondelet Plaza, 314.727.1007 $$ BRIO TUSCAN GRILLe Delicious Tuscan-inspired food that’s upscale yet affordable. Lunch and dinner daily. 1601 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 314.432.4410. $$ B CITY COFFEEHOUSE & CRÊPERIE Sweet and savory crêpes, Belgian waffles and more. Breakfast and lunch 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. $$$ COMPANION Acclaimed for fresh ingredients and signature sandwiches and soups. Breakfast and lunch daily. 8143 Maryland Ave., 314.721.5454. Multiple locations, companionstl.com. $ THE CROSSING A seasonal menu of farm-to-table fare. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 7823 Forsyth Blvd., 314.721.7375. $$$ 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. Multiple locations, crushed-red.com. $ 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. $$$ Five Star Burgers Gourmet burgers with grass-fed, hormone-free beef or your choice of patty. Lunch and dinner daily. 8125 Maryland Ave., 314.720.4350. $$ 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. $$ B I Fratellini Fine Italian dining with an intimate atmosphere and mouth-watering entrées and desserts. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 7624 Wydown Blvd., 314.727.7901. $$$ J. Buck’s A Clayton staple for business lunches and happy hour. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 101 S. Hanley Road, 314.725.4700. Multiple locations, jbucks.com. $$ LESTER’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL Every sports-lover’s dream, with TVs at every post and top-notch bar fare. Open daily. 9906 Clayton Road, 314.994.0055. Multiple locations, lestersrestaurant.com. $$ The Libertine Executive Chef Josh Galliano brings reimagined comfort food to this neighborhood eatery. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Fri.; dinner Sat.-Sun. 7927 Forsyth Blvd., 314.862.2999. $$ Mad Tomato A seasonal, farm-to-table menu and fine selection of Italian wines, desserts and pastries. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 8000 Carondelet Ave., 314.932.5733. $$ NICHE An award-winning bistro with a fabulous menu of American cuisine. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 7734 Forsyth Blvd., 314.773.7755. $$$ Océano Premier seafood bistro known for fresh selections and exquisite flavor. Lunch and dinner daily. 44 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.721.9400. Multiple locations, oceanobistro.com. $$$ B PASTARIA Gerard Craft’s fresh approach to Italian dining, featuring house-made pastas, pizzas and
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gelato. Lunch and dinner daily. 7734 Forsyth Blvd., 314.862.6603. $$ B Pomme Café & Wine Bar Daily specials, plus a unique menu of wines, cocktails and espresso drinks. Open daily. 44 N. Central Ave., 314.721.8801. $$ B Pomme Restaurant Contemporary American cuisine with fresh ingredients. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 40 N. Central Ave., 314.727.4141. $$$ Roxane A cozy tapas-style spot with a Bohemian atmosphere and eclectic menu. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 12 N. Meramec Ave., 314.721.7700. $$ Ruth’s Chris Steaks and seafood in a fine dining atmosphere, or the more casual RBar lounge. Dinner daily. 1 N. Brentwood Blvd., Ste. 105, 314.783.9900. Multiple locations, ruthschris.com. $$ Tani Sushi bistro with traditional and fusion-style rolls. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 16 S. Bemiston Ave., 314.727.8264. $$ THE RESTAuRANT AT THE CHESHIRE Seasonal American fare featuring wood-fired meats and seafood, in a beautifully restored historic building. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 7036 Clayton Road, 314.932.7818. $$$ B TRUFFLES Aged prime beef, imported seafood and ingredients locally sourced or crafted in-house. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 9202 Clayton Road, 314.567.9100. $$$ VINO NADOZ WINE BAR An intimate destination with an international wine experience and savory American fusion cuisine. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 16 The Boulevard 314.726.0400. $$ Z Pizza California-style artisan pizza and gourmet sandwiches and salads, all made with fresh, additive-free and organic ingredients. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sun. 7600 Wydown Blvd., 314.727.3555. $$
Kirkwood/ Maplewood/ Webster
tasting menu. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 7266 Manchester Road, 314.644.1790. $$$ Big Sky Café Traditional comfort food made with local ingredients and creative twists. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sun. 47 S. Old Orchard Ave., 314.962.5757. $$ the block Restaurant, butcher shop and bar with a farm-to-table, contemporary American concept. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 146 W. Lockwood Ave., 314.918.7900. Multiple locations, theblockresturant. com. $$ CYRANO’S CAFÉ Upscale café fare, famous for unique desserts like Cherries Jubilee and World’s Fair Éclair. Lunch and dinner daily. 603 E. Lockwood Ave., 314.963.3232. $$ B
Foundation Grounds This environmentally conscious café offers coffee, bakery treats, salads and sandwiches, using local and organic ingredients. Open daily. 7298 Manchester Road, 314.601.3588. $ 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. $$$ B MAI LEE RESTAURANT Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 8396 Musick Memorial Drive, 314.645.2835. $$ Maya Café Pan-Latin cuisine with house-made salsas and margaritas and live music regularly. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Fri.; dinner Sat.-Sun. 2726 Sutton Blvd., 314.781.4774. $$ Milagro Modern Mexican Quality Mexican cuisine and cocktails in a festive and friendly atmosphere. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 20 Allen Ave., Ste. 130, 314.962.4300. $$ B One 19 North Tapas paired with an impressive wine list. Lunch and dinner daily. 119 N. Kirkwood Road, 314.821.4119. $$
OLYMPIA Greek classics like gyros, spanakopita and kebabs with traditional baklava or creamy rice pudding. Lunch and dinner daily. 1543 McCausland Ave., 314.781.1299. $$
Acero Traditional, seasonal Italian cuisine, with a multiple-course
RANOUSH Classic Middle Eastern cuisine like shawarma, falafel and
tabbouleh. Lunch and dinner daily. 200 N. Kirkwood Road, 314.984.8899. Multiple locations, ranoush.com. $$
complement the selection of handcrafted wines. Lunch and dinner daily. 1146 Town & Country Crossing Drive, 636.489.0059. $$$
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. Multiple locations, robustwinebar.com. $$ B
EDGEWILD RESTAURANT AND WINERY A unique twist on American comfort food expertly paired with premium wines. Lunch and dinner daily. 550 Chesterfield Center, 636.532.0550. $$
Southwest Diner Diner classics with a New Mexican twist and plenty of spice and color. Breakfast and lunch daily. 6803 Southwest Ave., 314.260.7244. $ Water street Excelling in specialty and vintage cocktails with an enticing menu of small plates. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 7268 Manchester Road, 314.646.8355. $$
West County annie gunn’s Known for heartwarming dishes and seasonal specials. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, 636.532.3314. $$$ bistro 1130 Contemporary French cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. Dinner Tue-Sun. 1130 Town and Country Crossing Drive, 636.394.1130. $$$ BRISTOL SEAFOOD GRILL Fresh seafood and handcrafted cocktails in a modern setting. Dinner daily; lunch Sun.-Fri. 11801 Olive Blvd., 314.567.0272. Multiple locations, bristolseafoodgrill.com. $$$ B Chevys Fresh Mex Authentic Mexican food and drinks in a vibrant, energetic atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 9119 Olive Blvd. 314.997.3700. Multiple locations, chevysstl.com. $$ CIRCLE 7 RANCH Fun appetizers and hand-patted hamburgers and sandwiches, with the added benefit of private table taps. Lunch and dinner daily. 14412 Clayton Road, 636.220.9707. $ new Cooper’s Hawk A fusion of winery and restaurant, featuring sophisticated dishes created to
GIANFABIO’S ITALIAN CAFÉ Italian dishes, brick-oven pizzas and pastries. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 127 Hilltown Village Center, 636.532.6686. $$ J. GILBERT’S Western-inspired wood-fired steaks and seafood, with artful presentation. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.; dinner Sun. 17A West County Center, Ste. A102, 314.965.4600. $$$ Hendricks BBQ World-class St. Louis-style barbecue, accompanied by the Moonshine Blues Bar. Lunch and dinner daily. 1200 S. Main St., 636.724.8600. $$ MARCELLA’S MIA SORELLA Simple, light-hearted Italian fare including house-made pastas and hand-thrown pizzas baked in a 700-degree brick oven. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 14426 Clayton Road, 636.333.1015. $$ Morgan Le Fay’s Hand-crafted tapas with St. Louis flair in a comfortable home bar atmosphere. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat 14314 S. Outer Forty, 314.317.9181. $ Prasino With a focus on sustainability in décor and dining, Prasino’s fresh offerings range from lamb meatballs to gooey butter cake. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1520 S. 5th St., 636.277.0202. $$ B Sugarfire Smoke House Inspired barbecue fare, using local meats and veggies. Lunch and dinner daily. 9200 Olive Blvd. 314.997.2301. $ The Tavern Contemporary American cuisine served in a sophisticated setting. Dinner daily. 2961 Dougherty Ferry Road, 636.825.0600. $$$
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GETTING OUT GUIDE The top places in town to eat, drink and be merry. Bissell Mansion Dinner Theatre For an evening of laughter and great food, head to St. Louis’ oldest home: the Bissell Mansion. You can be part of the cast, ask for a starring role in the show or just sit back, relax and guess “whodunit.” The Bissell Mansion interactive comedy mystery is presented with a four-course meal to die for!
Chill Frozen Yogurt Straight forward and simple or your own gourmet creation, you can have it all at Chill. Choose from innovative sweet, tart and tangy yogurts and sorbets topped with delectable fruity, salty or sugary toppings. Chill’s yogurts are fresh, locally made and always unique. Try some flavor creation favorites like salted caramel, banana pudding, peach-ginger sorbet and spicy Aztec Mexican hot chocolate. Redeem this ad for $1 off your next cup of Chill. Expires 2/28/14.
4426 Randall Place St. Louis, MO 63107 314.533.9830, bissellmansion.com
7610 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, MO 63105 314.932.5010, chillfrozenyogurts.com
Elicia’s Pizza Delivery Elicia’s Pizza has been serving the St. Louis area since 1981, offering both regular delivery and catering services. Whether you’re a local or just visiting you must try this local favorite to experience the hottest and freshest pizza, pasta and sandwiches in town! Elicia’s Pizza is your one-stop solution for all of your delivery or catering needs!
Helen Fitzgerald’s Helen Fitzgerald’s has been St. Louis’ favorite family restaurant, private banquet facility and legendary live music venue for 21 years and counting. Whether formal or casual, their private banquet space can accommodate any event; perfect for wedding showers and rehearsal dinners. Event Coordinator Rachel will make your get-together a truly memorable experience.
3209 Gravois Ave. St. Louis, MO 63118 314.771.7777 eliciaspizza.com
3650 South Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63127 314.984.0026, helenfitzgeralds.com
Olympia Kebob House and Taverna Home to some of the best authentic Greek food in town for the past 33 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. Gift cards are now available, perfect for anyone on your holiday shopping list. Don’t forget to “Like” them 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.
1543 McCausland Ave. St. Louis, MO 63117 314.781.1299
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Pomme Cafe & Wine Bar A comfortable and charming destination for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, with brunch on the weekends. Pomme has been described as “undeniably romantic.” Now featuring live music. Check their Facebook page for details. Open Monday through Friday, 7am-close; Saturday and Sunday, 8am-close.
Vino van Gogh Beat the winter blues by getting out and doing something new. Guests say Vino artists make it fun to create your own work of art using their simple, step-by-step process. Enjoy drinks and appetizers in this social and relaxed environment. Events fill quickly; advance online registration encouraged. Save $8 on regular canvas events using promo code “STLblues” throughout January. Hosted at 25 restaurants across the city.
44 N. Central Ave., Clayton, MO 63105 314.721.8801 pommerestaurants.com
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West Side Story
Photo by Carol Rosegg/The Fox.
Jan. 3-5, The Fox
The much-loved 50-year-old Broadway musical of romance and tragedy receives new direction from David Saint while keeping original lyrics and score from Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. Tickets at fabulousfox.com (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).
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THE BAD PLUS Jan. 8-11, Jazz at the Bistro
Known for shaking up the jazz genre’s status quo and mixing in pop, rock and alternative themes, The Bad Plus performs avant-garde music that has been drawing attention for 12 years and counting. Tickets at jazzstl.org (3536 Washington Ave., Grand Center). GALA NIGHT WITH DAVID GARRETT Jan. 10, The Fox
Internationally recognized rock and pop violinist David Garrett mixes his classical training, incredible instrumental skills and a fascination with new sounds and fusing genres. Tickets at fabulousfox.com (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). 110
ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY FAMILY CONCERT: PETER AND THE WOLF Jan. 12, Powell Hall
Sergei Prokofiev’s famous “Peter and the Wolf ” music accompanies student performers from STAGES St. Louis as they act out the story’s scenes. Tickets at stlsymphony.org (718 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). CHAMBER PROJECT Jan. 17, The Chapel
Percussionist Jeff Barudin makes his debut at Chamber Project St. Louis with both theatrical pieces and work from American composer Steve Reich. Tickets at chapelvenue.weebly.com (6238 Alexander Drive, University City). BEETHOVEN EMPEROR CONCERTO Jan. 17-19, Powell Hall
Highly acclaimed pianist Louis Lortie plays Beethoven’s famous “Emperor” Concerto. Guests can also hear pieces by Béla Bartók and Carl Maria von Weber during this part of the ongoing St. Louis Symphony Beethoven Festival. Tickets at stlsymphony.org (718 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). ANTHONY KEARNS Jan. 18, Touhill Performing Arts Center
Anthony Kearns, one of the founding members of The Irish Tenors, performs covers and original tunes for his St. Louis fans. Tickets at touhill.org (1 University Blvd., Maryland Heights). PANIC! AT THE DISCO Jan. 22, The Pageant
The Las Vegas-bred band is sure to
put on one of its unexpected, theatrical and musically satisfying shows when it comes to town this month, rocking hits from its latest album, “Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!” Tickets at thepageant.com (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). GREG BROWN Jan. 31, The Sheldon
Folk singer-songwriter Greg Brown performs his Grammy-nominated tunes and puts on an entertaining show for the Sheldon audience. Tickets at thesheldon.org (3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER QUARTET Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Jazz at the Bistro
A highly talented lineup makes up this collaboration between Jazz St. Louis and Jazz at Lincoln Center,
Panic! at the Disco photo courtesy of The Pageant.
Joyce Pensato, You’re Just the One I’ve Been Waiting For, 2012.
New Exhibitions Jan 24–Apr 13
Nicole Eisenman Ron Gorchov Joyce Pensato
Join us for CAM’s spring season, opening January 24, 7:00 pm.
Nathan Cook Andrew James
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We can’t give you a complete picture of St. Louis’s history, but we can give you 250 fascinating snapshots. You’ll never look at the city the same way again.
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Lorenzo’s Trattoria brings something new to the old ways of Italy. Located on The Hill, this out-of-the-ordinary restaurant is the ideal place to gather with friends and family anytime. For authentic Italian dining experience with just a touch of contemporary flavor make sure you check out Lorenzo’s. Gift cards are now available; your loved ones and their stomachs will thank you! Treat your taste buds to dinner at Lorenzo’s all week long. 1933 Edwards St. St. Louis, MO 63110 314.773.2223, lorenzostrattoria.com
Black is in.
featuring performances by the likes of Vincent Gardner on trombone, Walter Blanding on sax and Kenny Rampton on trumpet. Tickets at jazzstl.org (3536 Washington Ave., Grand Center).
ART SIZE MATTERS: SMALLER IS BETTER Through Jan. 11, Norton’s Fine Art and Framing
Oil, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media and more are shown in this juried group show featuring works no larger than 16 by 20 inches by numerous artists. More info at nortonsfineart.com (2025 S. Big Bend Blvd., Maplewood). ALL THAT JAZZ Through Jan. 17, Atrium Gallery
Artist Willem de Looper shows his latest works, including his signature acrylic style and interesting abstract objects. More info at atriumgallery. net (4814 Washington Ave., Central West End). RUBEN OCHOA AND B.J. VOGT Through Feb. 15, Duet
2008 Marconi Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110 314.773.4401 skifo.com
STeve’S HoT DogS on THe HILL
Steve Ewing of The Urge has hot dogs on the Hill! Voted “Best Hot Dog in St. Louis,” Steve’s menu includes the Gorilla Mac & Cheese Dog, smoked quarter-pound all-beef dog topped with creamy mac and cheese, bacon and crunchy onions, and The Storm Trooper, smoked salsiccia with fresh rotini Alfredo, shaved bacon and French’s fried onion; served in fresh baked Italian rolls daily. 2131 Marconi Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110 314.762.9899, steveshotdogsstl.com
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Check out the new exhibition space Duet with its inaugural exhibit featuring material-heavy and thought-provoking work by LA artist Ruben Ochoa and St. Louis artist B.J. Vogt. More info at duetstl.blogspot.com (3526 Washington Ave., Grand Center). FIRST FRIDAY Jan. 3, Grand Center
Celebrate visual arts in all media and styles by taking part in this gallery walk that takes over Grand Center with unique exhibits and presentations. More info at grandcenter.org. fif-tea TEAPOT EXHIBITION Jan. 10-March 23, Craft Alliance
This 14th-biennial exhibition features more than 50 artists creating unique teapots made of clay, metal, fiber and more. Shapes, materials and boundaries are explored in this whimsical exhibit. More info at craftalliance.org (6640 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). RESET Jan. 17-25, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts
Head to the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts to check out this unusual and highly varied series featuring concerts, break dancing, video art, nail art, family activities, a symphony performance and more. More info at pulitzerarts.org (3716 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). NICOLE EISENMAN, JOYCE PENSATO Jan. 24-April 13, CAM
More than 50 works of art are shown in the Nicole Eisenman exhibit, highlighting the artist’s incredible history of work. Joyce Pensato’s “I KILLED KENNY” features a museum survey with huge enamel paintings and a large work painted directly onto CAM’s walls. More info at camstl.org (3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). IN THE AFTERMATH OF TRAUMA, WANTING WOMEN Jan. 31-April 14, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
Don’t miss “In the Aftermath of Trauma,” a contemporary video installation featuring five artists’ examinations of incomprehensible and violent events from the 20th and 21st centuries. Head over to the “Wanting Women” exhibit to see a comparison of images of women in art from the 16th century to today, contrasting ideas of desire, idealization and more. More info at kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu (1 Brookings Drive, University City).
THEATER OPUS Jan. 8-Feb. 2, The LorettoHilton Center
Follow the story of a world-class string quartet as it hires a gifted but inexperienced young musician. Tickets at repstl.org (130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves). SESAME STREET LIVE: MAKE A NEW FRIEND Jan. 16-19, Peabody Opera House
Join Elmo, Grover and the rest of the Sesame Street gang in a musical celebration that’s perfect for the entire family. Tickets at peabodyoperahouse.com (1400 Market St., Downtown).
Teapot photo courtesy of the artist
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Ruth Anne Reese, A Teapot of Unknown Taxonomy, 2013, “Fif-TEA”
THE TEACHER FROM THE BLACK LAGOON Jan. 17-19, Florissant Civic Center Theatre
St. Louis Family Series produces this creative performance fit for audience members of all ages. Tickets at florissantmo.com (1 James J. Eagan Drive, Florissant). ALL MY SONS Jan. 17-26, Robert G. Reim Theatre
THE WHIPPING MAN Jan. 30-Feb. 16, Jewish Community Center
At the end of the Civil War, a Confederate soldier and former slave owner comes to terms with his Jewish faith, Passover and the two former slaves now living in his Richmond home. Tickets at newjewishtheatre.org (2 Millstone Campus Drive, Creve Coeur).
Created by Arthur Miller, this play tells the story of war, disgrace, prison, relationships and more. Tickets from ktg-onstage.org (111 S. Geyer Road., Kirkwood).
THE OTHER PLACE Jan. 22-Feb. 9, The LorettoHilton Center
The Big Muddy Dance Company is at it again with stunning choreography and unexpected, crowd-pleasing routines. Tickets at edison.wustl.edu (6445 Forsyth Blvd., University City).
Part of The Rep’s Studio Theatre series, “The Other Place” follows a brilliant scientist as she discovers a groundbreaking neurological treatment while losing her own sense of reality. Tickets at repstl. org (130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves). WONDER BREAD YEARS Jan. 24-25, Edison Theatre
A combination of stand-up comedy and theater, this performance harkens back to the Baby Boomer generation, taking viewers on an experience filled with Jiffy Pop, Slinkies, Kool-Aid and more. Tickets at edison.wustl.edu (6445 Forsyth Blvd., University City).
THE BIG MUDDY DANCE COMPANY Jan. 18, Edison Theatre
the WIZARD OF OZ Jan. 24-25, Touhill Perfoming Arts Center
Ballet Memphis puts on a wellchoreographed and dance-focused interpretation of “The Wizard of Oz,” following the story of Dorothy, the yellow brick road, the Emerald City and more. Tickets at touhill.org (1 University Blvd., Maryland Heights). GISELLE Jan. 25, J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts
The Moscow Festival Ballet performs the full-length, two-act story
com (6275 Delmar Blvd., The Loop).
Amar Kanwar, The Lightning Testimonies, “In the Aftermath of Trauma”
RIVER STYX Jan. 20, Tavern of Fine Arts
Join River Styx as it starts its 2014 season with well-received poets Debra Marquart and Michael Mlekoday. More info at riverstyx. org (313 Belt Ave., Central West End). STEVE WOZNIAK Jan. 28, Powell Hall
Continuing the St. Louis Speakers Series, this highly anticipated event featuring Apple Computer Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak allows audience members to gain special insight into the huge tech company, its history and Wozniak’s role in Apple’s rise to remarkable success. More info at stlouisspeakersseries. org (718 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). of “Giselle,” created in Paris and first seen in Russia in 1843. Tickets at lindenwood.edu (2300 W. Clay St., St. Charles).
interesting percussion and thoughtprovoking dance moves. Tickets at touhill.org (1 University Blvd., Maryland Heights).
PULSE 2-The Rhythm Continues Jan. 31-Feb. 2, Touhill Performing Arts Center
LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL 2014 Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Edison Theatre
ALICE CLAYTON Jan. 9, Subterranean Books
COMMITMENT DAY AND 5K Jan. 1, Downtown
Don’t miss the signing and reading of author Alice Clayton’s latest novel in her Redhead series, “The Redhead Plays Her Hand,” when she drops by Subterranean for an evening of storytelling, discussion and more. More info at subbooks.
Join this nationwide, family-friendly event that celebrates the New Year with a 5K fun run and walk and a commitment to healthy living. More info at commitmentday.com/ st-louis.
The follow-up to 2011’s “Pulse”, created by MADCO’s artistic director Stacy West, “Pulse 2-The Rhythm Continues” features all new music and choreography with
Celebrate the Lunar New Year Festival with music, dancing, acrobatic stunts and more. Tickets at edison. wustl.edu (6445 Forsyth Blvd., University City).
Amar Kanwar photo courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York. The Big Muddy Dance Company photo by Pro Photo.
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HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS Jan. 3, Scottrade Center
Robert Poe, The Big Muddy Dance Company
The infamous basketball stars bring out plenty of tricks, skills and flat-out amazing stunts on their Fans Rule world tour. Tickets at scottradecenter.com (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown). SOULARD MARDI GRAS: TWELFTH NIGHT Jan. 6, Johnny’s Restaurant and Bar
Twelve nights after Christmas, on the official start of Mardi Gras, Twelfth Night allows people to petition what messages they want from a Mardi Gras celebration with poems, readings, skits, songs, love letters and more. More info at mardigrasinc.com/events (1017 Russell Blvd., Soulard). Nuclear Cowboyz Jan. 11-12, Scottrade Center
This high-energy action motocross tour features a choreographed arena-based production with more than 1,000 freestyle tricks. Tickets at scottradecenter.com (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown). DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY OBSERVANCE Jan. 20, Touhill Perfoming Arts Center
The University of Missouri-St. Louis celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life with speakers, musicians, performers and children’s
programs. More info at touhill. org (1 University Blvd., Maryland Heights). 10 Years, 10 Chefs Jan. 20, Sidney Street Café
The popular Benton Park neighborhood eatery is turning 10 years old this year and will be celebrating with a special dinner featuring 10 chefs, both local and national. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com (2000 Sidney St., Benton Park).
ANNUAL ST. LOUIS FOOD AND WINE EXPERIENCE Jan. 24-26, Chase Park Plaza
Handmade Happy Hour: Sweetheart Edition Jan. 31, CAM
This annual event to benefit The Repertory Theatre and its many projects and theater subgroups features some of the city’s best food and wine. More info at repstl.org (212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End).
Join ALIVE for a Valentine’s Daythemed happy hour with drinks and shopping at vendor booths featuring handmade and locally sourced goods. More info at alivemag.com (3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center).
Log on to alivemag.com/calendar to search and browse our full listings of events and shows around St. Louis.
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THE AVETT BROTHERS
Winter sheldon ConCerT hall and arT Galleries Enjoy your favorite artists in the perfect acoustics of The Sheldon! From jazz and folk to classical and bluegrass, the coming months feature Josh Ritter, Chucho Valdés, Aaron Neville, Renée Fleming, Amos Lee and many more! For more information call MetroTix at 314.534.1111 or visit thesheldon.org.
Guide danCe sT. louis Wizard of Oz starring Ballet Memphis January 24-25 Touhill Performing Arts Center Diavolo February 28-March 1 Touhill Performing Arts Center Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater April 25-26 Fabulous Fox Theatre Dance St. Louis’s amazing season continues this winter with three popular dance companies coming in January, February and April. Don’t miss a step! For tickets call 314.534.6622 or click dancestlouis.org.
3648 Washington Blvd.St. Louis, MO 63108 314.534.1111, thesheldon.org
3547 Olive Street, #301, St. Louis, MO 63103 314.534.6622, dancestlouis.org
sT. louis CaThedral ConCerTs
sTeinberG skaTinG rink
On February 8, Cathedral Concerts presents “Cantus,” the premiere men’s vocal ensemble in the United States and on February 23 an “Organ & Brass Spectacular,” combining all 7,621 pipes of the Great Cathedral Organ with a Brass Quintet from the St. Louis Symphony! Then on March 15 one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world, “Stile Antico” makes a return visit to the Cathedral. Treat yourself to some spectacular music in one of the world’s greatest Cathedrals.
4431 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 314.533.7662, cathedralconcerts.org
The Fabulous Fox TheaTre JERSEY BOYS February 19-March 2 JERSEY BOYS, Broadway’s Tony Award®winning Best Musical about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre for two weeks only: February 19-March 2. Experience the true story musical phenomenon that takes you behind the scenes and behind the music. Purchase your tickets now for the best seats at the Fox Box Office, 314.534.1111 or metrotix.com.
527 North Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103 314.534.1111, fabulousfox.com
Located in Forest Park, Steinberg Skating Rink is the largest outdoor skating rink in the Midwest boasting over 27,000 square feet of frozen fun. Open all day, every day for public skating including all holidays. Embrace winter and skate under their canopy of lights that bring the stars to the ice; it’s a truly magical experience. The Snowflake Café offers food, beverages, beer and wine. Indoor and rinkside seating, a bonfire and free WiFi are available.
400 Jefferson Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110 314.367.7465, steinbergskatingrink.com
sainT louis balleT Love is in the Air February 14-15 Be drawn in and captivated with romantic ballets at the AB Hall with the timeless music of Frank Sinatra and Claude Bolling. Danced by Saint Louis Ballet artists and with choreography by the world’s most renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp of Movin’ Out and most recently Come Fly With Me on Broadway and our own Artistic Director Gen Horiuchi, this series will have you swooning in your seat.
Touhill Performing Arts Center One University Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63121 314.516.4949, stlouisballet.org
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Winter Arts Guide CoCa This winter and spring, COCA offers classes in dance, theatre, voice, art and design, fitness and early childhood. Plus, the organization continues its new performance series: COCA Presents; offering shows for kids and adults. Winter and spring classes begin January 21 and COCA Presents features an original production of “Swallows & Amazons” January 25 and 26, starring local favorites Steve Isom and Taylor Pietz.
The puliTzer FoundaTion For The arTs Art of Its Own Making Opening Reception February 14, 6-9pm Featuring sculpture, installation, film, video and performance and sound works from by a diverse group of artists, who examine how generative elements outside their control impact the works of art they create. This exhibition will be on view Feb. 14-Aug. 23 with an artist conversation with Edith Dekyndt, Meg Webster and the exhibition curator on Feb. 15 at 1pm. Agnes Denes, Pyramids of Conscience (detail view), 2005, Courtesy the artist, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, and Ballroom Marfa
524 Trinity Ave., St. Louis, MO 63130 314.725.6555, cocastl.org
ConTemporary arT museum sT. louis Spring 2014 Exhibitions January 24-April 13 Opening January 24, the spring season continues CAM’s tenth anniversary celebration with career surveys of major American painters Nicole Eisenman and Joyce Pensato— and art in all corners of the Museum, inside and out. You do not want to miss the next installment of “Street Views,” CAM’s series of video murals that has taken over the front of the building.
3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 314.535.4660, camstl.org
The sT. louis ClassiCal GuiTar soCieTy The Festival of Four January 25 The Festival of Four is beloved worldwide for their joyful playing of folk and traditional music of many countries, performed on a variety of flutes and fretted instruments from around the world. Chilean-born flutist Viviana Guzman has studied with both James Galway and Jean-Pierre Rampal and performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. The Ethical Society 9001 Clayton Road, Ladue, MO 63124 314.229.8686, guitarstlouis.net
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3716 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 314.754.1850, pulitzerarts.org
sTl symphony Casablanca with STL Symphony February 15 & 16 Cozy up next to your sweetheart Valentine’s weekend for a screening of the ultimate love story: Casablanca. The 1942 classic film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman will be played in its entirety with the score performed live by the STL Symphony. It is the perfect date night for any couple! Purchase your tickets by calling 314.534.1700 or visiting stlsymphony.org.
Powell Hall 718 North Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103 314.534.1700, stlsymphony.org
The reperTory TheaTre oF sT. louis 12th Annual St. Louis Food and Wine Experience January 24-26 Get ready for the hottest weekend in January: the 12th Annual St. Louis Food & Wine Experience will once again take over the Chase Park Plaza Hotel for the largest tasting event in the region. With an ever-expanding variety of freshly prepared foods and over 700 wines this event has something for all tastes. Presented by Schnucks to benefit The Rep, this is the must-attend event of the season. 130 Edgar Road, St. Louis, MO 63119 314.968.4925, repstl.org
Winter Arts Guide Painting with a twist Creve Coeur
st. Louis traCk CLub Need a little help staying motivated about your fitness during the cold winter months, look no further than St. Louis Track Club’s Frostbite Series. Each race has a long and short distance option ranging from 3K to a half marathon. Races are held on alternating Saturday mornings December 14 through February 8 in Forest Park. Register for individual races or the whole series!
Looking for the perfect night out? Grab some friends and head to Painting with a Twist where a little paint and a little wine turns into a whole lot of fun. Just bring a snack and the beverage of your choice, they provide the paint, canvas and a talented local artist to walk you step-by-step through the painting of the evening. Check out their online calendar to choose your painting.
12623 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, MO 63146 314.434.7928 paintingwithatwist.com/crevecoeur
6136 Southwest Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139 314.781.3926, stlouistrackclub.com
Fif-TEA: 14th Biennial Teapot Exhibition January 10-March 23
Forget Me Not January 31-February 16
Join Craft Alliance in celebrating their 50th anniversary! Students, from beginners to experts, study techniques in all craft media. Exhibition visitors experience innovative work from leading craft artists and community groups have access to a rich array of free educational programs. Artists support themselves through Craft Alliance’s exhibitions and the Gallery Shop.
A gripping new play from Australia by Tom Holloway, Forget Me Not is the story of a man who was told his mother had died and was shipped to Australia when he was 3. And of his mother, who never stopped celebrating her little boy’s birthday. And his daughter and a case worker who want to put things right. A heart-searing story of a man learning about himself and about what it means to love; starring Maggie Conroy, Terry Meadows, Jerry Vogel (pictured) and Donna Weinsting.
Come learn, create and shop with Craft Alliance! 501 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103 314.534.7528 6640 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130 314.725.1177, craftalliance.org
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Ebony Creations January 10-February 28
Located in the heart of Grand Center, the Kranzberg Arts Center is home to Upstream and Hot City theatre companies, Craft Alliance Art Gallery & Education Center; featuring live local, regional and touring bands and performers. Kranzberg Arts Center is also a full-service, turnkey event space perfect for your next reception, corporate meeting or fundraiser.
The Edwardsville Arts Center in partnership with the Portfolio Gallery brings local and regional black visual artists together in a celebration of their unique and phenomenal artwork. Join these artists and the Portfolio Gallery at the Edwardsville Arts Center from 6-8pm January 10-February 28. Refreshments will be served and this event is free to the public. Stop by and say “Hi!” 6165 Center Grove Road Edwardsville, IL 62025 618.655.0337, edwardsvilleartscenter.com portfoliogallerystl.org
“Forgive Us Lord” by Dean Mitchell
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Tribute Fashion Show Nov. 23, MX Building
I’m not one to pass up a good fashion show, and Mother Model Management’s second annual Tribute was certainly not one to miss. The 130-plus-look runway show paid tribute to the talent on Mother’s roster while showcasing current trends and iconic fashion moments through thrift and vintage fashion. This year’s themes ran the gamut—from an homage to the era of ’90s supermodels and the epic imagery of Gianni Versace to Chanel-inspired looks and hot fall trends. Among my favorite moments was the ’90s supermodel segment, which saw models dancing down the runway while images of ’90s supermodels flashed on the screen behind them. The announcement of Mother’s new Seek Find You campaign—a project that encourages young women to stay true to themselves and live authentically—was a touching one, and I couldn’t help but sing along as the models strutted their stuff to En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind” for the finale.
– Jennifer Dulin Wiley, Executive Editor
1 Castile Cortez & Stacy Castile 2 Jeff and Mary Clarke 3 Valarie Tegeler, Rachel Mitchell, Kristen Sappington & Kelsey Smith 4 Ola Hawatmeh & Dwight Carter 5 Ben Bigelow, Kristie Haubrich & Brittany Ferguson 6 Diana Haasl, Karen Robinson, Samantha Warren & Cameron Webster
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Nov. 16, Contemporary Art Museum Art-lovers and supporters of Planned Parenthood enjoyed a juried selection of fine art for this year’s annual ChoiceArt on Nov. 16 at the Contemporary Art Museum. More than 400 attendees mingled with friends and artists over hors d’oeuvres and signature beverages while browsing an array of art on display for bidding. The event raised more than $32,000 to support Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, which works to provide reproductive healthcare and education.
1 Jacob Laws & Dean VanMeter 2 Meghan Proehl & Faria Ahmed 3 Anthony Schmitt 4 Joey and Rachel Plaggenberg 5 Douglas Hall, Trish Gazall, Darin Slyman & Jimmy Lesch 6 Brian and Lauren Cohen
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Oct. 29, Contemporary Art Museum Art enthusiasts attended a special silent auction to benefit the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. The auction featured a unique lineup of more than 30 works of art donated by current and former CAM board members in honor of the museum’s 10th anniversary. The evening’s auction gave both new and seasoned art collectors the opportunity to own rare pieces from locally and globally notable contemporary artists. 1 Keith Herman & Sara Lipira 2 Andrew and Mary Ann Srenco 3 Lisa Melandri, Dan Hufford, Rich Markow, Duff Hufford & Phyllis Langsdorf 4 Katherine Lazar, Nancy Kranzberg & Marc Lazar
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Oct. 26, Four Seasons Hotel Supporters of Gateway to Hope, which aims to provide breast cancer care for underinsured and uninsured individuals, spent an evening in their cocktail best for the organization’s annual fundraiser. Filled with inspiration, celebration and imagination, the night featured a premium seated dinner and interactive entertainment, as well as silent and live auctions. The evening’s Visionary Awards ceremony recognized doctors David Caplin and Marlys Schuh for their efforts and innovation to change the lives of patients with breast cancer. 1 Keryn Shipman, John Goffstein & Ina Sachar 2 Jill and Marty Moore 3 Malisa Thomas, Errica Clark & Jill Lee 4 The St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders 5 Donna Gamache & Kim Boesch 6 Justin Shiroma & Emily Kersting
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Nov. 15, The Ritz-Carlton More than 500 theater-lovers and supporters attended the annual Applause! Gala at the RitzCarlton in Clayton. The black-tie affair celebrated STAGES St. Louis’ record-breaking 27th season, as well as 10 years of theater education for young artists at the STAGES Performing Arts Academy. Along with a seated dinner, silent auction and live entertainment from Triple Threats and TeamSTAGES, the event featured a headlining performance from Jacqueline Petroccia, star of STAGES’ recent popular production of “Always… Patsy Cline.”
1 Jack Lane, Lynne Turley & Lisa Nichols 2 Jacqueline Petroccia 3 Lara Turek & Sarah Knoblich 4 Ann Cahill & Pam Hikock 5 Lori Putnam & Kitty Harrison Photos by Amber Joivon/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log on to alivemag.com/photos. January 2014
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Sips in the City
Nov. 15, Culinaria
St. Louisans gathered Downtown at Culinaria for a happy hour supporting St. Patrick Center. Guests mingled with friends and sipped Skinnygirl wines and signature Belgian beers Stella Artois, Leffe and Hoegaarden, along with delicious light bites from Culinaria. The eveningâ€™s donations benefited St. Patrick Centerâ€™s efforts to build permanent, positive change for the homeless community of St. Louis through housing, employment and health programs. 1 Christian Kelly & Karen Leverenz 2 Bill Early, Shelly Cope, John Kohler & Janis Becker 3 Melissa Gerth & James Robey 4 Ashley Cooper & Danielle Hohmeier 5 Ryan Ray, Heather Zapp, Kari Schooley & Joe Weir
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Tree Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 16, Taubman Prestige Outlets
Shoppers got into the holiday spirit at Taubman Prestige Outlets with the celebration of its First Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 16. The Chesterfield outlet mall was decorated with lights and a big tree for visitors to enjoy while shopping. Festivities for the evening included a stage featuring performances by the Muny Kids, TeamSTAGES and Ashleyliane Dance Company along with crafts and a special visit from Santa Claus. 1 TeamSTAGES 2 John Russell of Ice Visions 3 MunyKids
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William Burton A conversation with William Burton, curator of the 14th Street Artist Community Gallery, a space that aims to bridge the gap between seasoned and young artists and offer a place for the community to gather and enjoy all forms of art. Burton opened the now year-old gallery with mentor Robert Ketchens with the hope of revitalizing the Old North community. Burton, whose signature works showcase his unique wood burning technique, also shares his knowledge and creativity with area schools and has even lent his talents to juvenile detention centers for troubled youth. Collaborations with community organizations such as Old North Restoration Group, the Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis ArtWorks and Northside City Art Council have helped further his mission of revitalization through art. Most recently, he’s been on a quest across the country to research the birth of blues music in the United States. The artwork that emerged from his travels with Ketchens will be featured in a traveling exhibit that begins at the Crisp Museum at Southeast Missouri State University.
What is your current frame of mind? Happy. I try to stay as positive as possible, especially in the midst of this chaotic world. When and where are you happiest? In my studio. What is your favorite smell? Strawberries. What is one word that describes you? Passionate.
What did you eat for breakfast today? An egg and cheese croissant. What is your most marked characteristic? Loyalty. What is your greatest weakness? I’m too nice. What trait do you most admire in others? Passion. Who or what is the greatest love of your life? My wife. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Patience. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Art. Which living person do you most admire? Robert Ketchens. With which historical figure do you most identify? Charles White. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, who or what would it would be? Myself—because of my faith, I do not believe in reincarnation, but the resurrection. What is your most treasured possession? My family. What is your greatest extravagance? My knowledge. What is your greatest fear? To die for nothing; or foolishness. Who are your favorite writers? Maya Angelou, Shirley LeFlore and the prophets of the Bible. Which artist do you admire most? Charles White. What is your favorite hobby? Training dogs. Where would you like to live? In the tropics.
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Who are your heroes in real life? My mother, father and siblings. If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? My granddad. When I was researching the blues, I learned a lot about him that I didn’t know. What are you most looking forward to? Turning 50 years old. What is one thing you wish would happen? That I would win the lottery. What is one thing you want to do before you die? See my works being collected by museums. If you could say something to your younger self, what would it be? Don’t take life for granted. Interview by Jennifer Dulin Wiley Photography by Wesley Law ‘Archetypes’ are off-the-cuff interviews with St. Louis' most inspiring, well-known personalities based on the 19th century Parisian parlor game known as the Proust Questionnaire.
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