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the whitest & brightest summer fashion 8 elegant earrings eyes wide open 6 must-haves for golfers


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20 should i walk or should i run? 22 6 anti-aging beauty essentials

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24 decorating tips from the design experts 26 living the dream! 30 outdoor rooms: backyard vacation



32 U.S. virgin islands: "the american caribbean"

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18 our favorite luxury car brands 34 fresh from maplewood 37 the best of maplewood

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40 restaurant review: sapore 42 dining for foodies 44 at home with vicki bensinger


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Elise Landy, the brunette beauty on the cover of Uptown Magazine’s July-August 2013 issue, launched her own jewelry company, Designs By Elise, ten years ago. Elise says, “Designing jewelry is very fulfilling because it allows me to express my own unique style.” Shop for Elise’s Summer 2013 Jewelry Collection at or call 314-495-5876 for an appointment. Designs By Elise Jewelry is also available at The Woman’s Exchange and Small World Antiques. Elise’s hair is styled by Nancy Brzostrowki of Kink Hair Salon. Elise’s makeup is by Caitlin Tyczka of Kink Hair Salon. Kink Hair Salon is located at 14 North Meramec in Clayton 314-721-5465.

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t’s easy to fall in love with summer. Perhaps it’s the warm sunny days, clear blue skies, the glorious gardens in full bloom with pink roses and yellow day lilies, crystal-blue swimming pools and the lush, green landscape that we love so much. This is the season when we send our kids off to camp, our families picnic in the park, we fire up the barbecue grill, we dine in the great outdoors, we make homemade fresh-squeezed lemonade, we stop by Baskin Robbins for a double-dip chocolate ice cream cone—and we cheer on the baseball Cardinals. With that in mind, I’d like to welcome you to our Summer 2013 edition of Uptown Magazine, which is full of fabulous articles and beautiful photography. Summer 2013 fashion is all about bright white, so we’ll give you a glimpse of Shoshanna’s white swimwear and white lace dresses. Plus the newest looks in chic designer sunglasses. For our male golfers, we’re highlighting the colorful, new preppy golf wear from Vineyard Vines. In our summer issue, we’re showcasing the summer season’s most divine designer earrings —from gorgeous gemstone earrings to sparkling diamond earrings. Must-read articles in our summer issue are the new luxury cars, Sapore Italian Café in Kirkwood, dining for foodies, the newest anti-aging beauty essentials, clever decorating tips from St. Louis’ design experts, outdoor rooms, the benefits of walking and running, —and a must-try recipe for dreamsicle ice cream from culinary expert, Vicky Bensinger. You’ll also enjoy reading our personality profile of French singer, Elsie Parker, and her group, The Poor People Of Paris. Our travel writer, Linda Spall, profiles the Virgin Islands, an idyllic tropical vacation getaway. Our special feature is ‘Fresh From Maplewood”, a city worth exploring. Find out why Maplewood is one of the must-visit destinations for fine dining and world-class shopping in St. Louis. We hope you enjoy reading every page of our colorful summer issue! Susan Ashton

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ummer is the perfect season for wearing bright, beautiful white. We think that white is the best neutral color because it’s so incredibly fresh, flattering to your complexion and simply sophisticated. Best of all, wearing white will keep you looking and feeling cool all summer long.

You’ll make a bold fashion statement when you’re wearing bright white summer dresses in flattering, feminine styles, sophisticated white swimwear, chic white cover ups, white Capri pants and white tank tops. For a touch of glamour, add a pair of white rimmed sunglasses. Shoshanna’s long white maxi dresses are the perfect attire for pool parties and special occasions. This feminine, romantic white maxi dress is a classic fashion look when you pair it with metallic or faux jeweled sandals and a bold, dramatic necklace with chandelier earrings. The must-have dress for dining al fresco on the terrace or a night of dancing at your favorite club is Shoshanna’s short white strapless dress. Wear this chic party dress with your best jewels and a pair of white party pumps and you’re ready for any special occasion. You’ll adore Shoshanna’s oneshoulder white lace dress that’s

fun and flirty. For a more dramatic high-fashion look, wear Shoshanna’s white peplum top with matching pencil skirt. Your summer fashion wardrobe won’t be complete without Shoshanna’s bright white swimsuit in a figure-flattering style and a coordinating above-the-knee white cover up by Shoshanna. Another white must-wear for summer is Shoshanna’s white sheath dress with jeweled neckline, a sensational look when worn with white sandals and a wide-brimmed white straw hat. With so many bright white fashion essentials and accessories to choose from, this is your opportunity to create a dramatic new look. Celebrate the summer season with the best and brightest summer whites! UT

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hen you’re wearing elegant earrings that sparkle, shimmer and shine, don’t be surprised if all eyes are upon you, even when you’re in a crowded room. Embellished with colorful gemstones, brilliant diamonds, gleaming gold, sterling silver, and glittering crystals, these dramatic designer earrings make a bold fashion statement.

1. Curt Parker Jewelers’ octagon-shaped diamond earrings have 1.28 carats of brilliant diamonds, but the micro-diamond cutting and invisible setting of the nine diamonds give the look of three carats of diamonds


2. Sophia By Design’s gorgeous turquoise and diamond teardrop earrings from Novak Jewelers are set in precious 18 karat yellow gold. Wear these colorful earrings with your favorite summer party attire www.

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8 3. Paramount Jewelers’ romantic filigree earrings, designed in rhodium-plated sterling silver, are one of the summer season’s most stylish new looks. Wear these fashionable earrings with everything in your summer wardrobe 4. These fabulous gold-plated flower earrings from Designs By Elise will add style and sophistication to your fashion look. You’ll love the pretty pink quartz gemstones that add color to your summer wardrobe —from white designer jeans to pink lace dresses 5. You’ll adore wearing Jemma Sands’ luxurious yellow onyx and diamond drop earrings, a must-wear for your casual daytime look or for dressy party attire


6. Oscar De La Renta’s glamorous five-stone black crystal earrings from Neiman Marcus look simply fabulous with summer’s boldly colored dresses. These high-impact designer earrings will definitely set you apart from the crowd 7. These sparkling diamond and white gold earrings from Timekeepers’ Estate Jewelry Collection are perfect for special occasions. We’re certain that these fantastic diamond earrings will become one of your most prized possessions 8. Décor Jewelry has an amazing array of chic designer earrings that will add an element of glamour and glitz to everything in your summer fashion wardrobe. We love these green agate and diamond earrings UT




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3 1. A wide arRAY of colors Ray-Ban "RB4171" sunglasses are available in orange, light violet, pink, and azure at Nordstrom and Nordstrom. com. Image courtesy of Nordstrom Press Room. 2. The Cat's meow If cat-eye frames are your go-to eye-wear accessories, this pair is a purr-fect ten! David Yurman Stretched Wheaton Sunglasses, available at Erker's Fine Eyewear.


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3. Peripheral Protection These Matsuda M3023 sunglasses offer full eye protection. Available at Soleil in Plaza Frontenac. Image courtesy of Eye Roc Eyewear.

4. Metal with a touch of elegance for him These Collection Premiere Cartier Composite sunglasses complete any sharp-dressed-man's ensemble. Available at Erker's Fine Eye Wear. Image courtesy of Curt Parker.

5. A brighter OUTLOOK Outlook plastic oversized-frame sunglasses come in green, purple, and brown gingham, and are available at Nordstrom and Image courtesy of Nordstrom Press Room. UT


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igh-profile luxury car brands such as Mercedes Benz, Porsche, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Bentley, Lexus, Infiniti, Range Rover, Land Rover, Cadillac and Jaguar come with all of the bells and whistles such as multicontour seats, sun roofs, retractable tops, alloy wheels, and navigation systems — and they offer not only instant status appeal, but unsurpassed driving performance.



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BMW, the immensely popular European automaker, manufactures the ultimate driving machine. BMW’s are available in a broad range of various makes and models that appeal to the most discriminating car buyers, whatever their lifestyle, taste and budget happens to be. A BMW owner, who has remained loyal to the BMW brand for many years, drives a BMW because it has “drivability“. He explained, “With a BMW,

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you drive the car, the car doesn’t drive you. ” If you want the thrill of a lifetime, consider driving a Porsche, one of the world’s premier luxury sports car brands. Porsche is world famous for its superb engineering and cutting-edge styling. The iconic Porsche sports car brand will never disappoint its loyal fans. Two of the most sought-after Porsche styles are the Porsche Boxster and the Porsche 911, classic designs that endure the test of time. One of the all-time favorite luxury car brands is Range Rover. This British-made sports utility vehicle has a world-class reputation for quality workmanship and practical, no-nonsense styling. The cost of a Range Rover and its other brand, Land Rover, is rather pricey, but this wellengineered SUV will hold up under the toughest driving conditions and requires little maintenance. One of the world’s leading luxury car brands is Mercedes-Benz. An example of Mercedes Benz automotive excellence is the collection of Mercedes-Benz SL-Class cars. These luxurious Mercedes-Benz roadsters have sculpted exteriors and 18-inch alloy wheels. Classic side gills evoke the SL’s Gull wing heritage. The engines perform with awesome power — and the retractable hardtop roof is legendary. If you like to drive a luxury-class Sports Utility Vehicle, we think that the SUV’s designed by Mercedes-Benz are well worth the investment. Exotic Motors Midwest, which prides itself on excellent customer relationships, is a must-visit dealership for the best of the best luxury cars. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Aston-Martins and many more ultra luxurious car brands await you at Exotic Motors Midwest’s showroom. Danny Baker, the 28-year-old President and Founder of Exotic Motors Midwest, notes that luxury cars sell themselves, but he believes in providing the best possible service and building solid, lasting relationships with his clients. If you’re passionate about luxury cars, we’re certain that you’ll find the must-drive luxury car that will inspire you , enhance your lifestyle —and provide you with an extraordinary and exhilarating driving experience. UT Uptown Magazine



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ike other methods of cardiovascular exercise, both running and walking provide innumerable benefits to overall health. Just to name a few, both forms of cardiovascular exercise can help you to maintain or attain a healthy body weight, keep your heart in tip-top shape, melt away stress, and boost your mood. So, which is better; running or walking? Or are running and walking both equally beneficial? The answer varies from one person to another, depending on personal fitness goals. In terms of weight loss or weight maintenance, you will burn roughly the same amount of calories by walking one mile as you will by running one mile. However, you will undoubtedly run a mile faster than you will walk a mile, thus you will burn roughly the same amount of calories at a much faster rate by running than you will by walking. Hypothetically, let's say you have only 30 minutes to exercise, and your primary goal is weight reduction. Weight reduction occurs when you expend more calories than you consume. In order to lose one pound in a week, you will need to burn 3500 calories through increased physical activity, or eliminate 3500 calories from your diet. Needless to say you will burn substantially more calories during 30 minutes of running than you would during 30 minutes of walking. Therefore, if weightloss is a primary goal, but the thought alone of running 20


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makes your legs sore, you can certainly walk, but you will need to devote more time to this activity in order to make progress towards your weight-loss goals. If a woman who weighs 125 pounds walks at a moderate pace (3 mph, or a 20 minute mile) for 30 minutes, she will burn approximately 98 calories. If the same woman runs at a pace of 6 miles per hour for 30 minutes, she will burn 298 calories. In order to burn the same amount of calories walking, the 125-pound woman would have to walk for 85 minutes. In conclusion, while both running and walking will promote weight loss, running will do so in a shorter amount of time. Running tends to earn a bad reputation. You have probably heard the propaganda before about how running can wreck havoc on your health, particularly your knees. Yes, it is true that running too far, too fast, too soon can lead to injury and joint

or should I problems. However, Dr. Michelle Wolcott, associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, attests that due to the weight-bearing nature of running, it can help to prevent conditions such as Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis. Ultimately, if you are planning to begin a workout regimen, but can not decide if running or walking is best for you, it is indeed best to begin with brisk walking, and gradually incorporate running into your workout when it feels right for you to do so. The popular Couch to 5K program provides day-to-day workouts to help walkers incorporate increasing amounts of running into their daily workouts. Of course, there is an app for that too- the C25K mobile running app! This program is great for anyone who is considering running for the first time, or for those who have been away from the road, trail, track, or treadmill for an extended period of time. The best way to determine whether running or walking is appropriate for you is to listen to your body. If the thought of running seems too daunting, start out with a 30-minute brisk walk. If and when you are up to


Ultimately, if you are planning to begin a workout regimen, but can not decide if running or walking is best for you, it is indeed best to begin with brisk walking, and gradually incorporate running into your workout when it feels right for you to do so. it, add in a minute or two of running for every five minutes of walking, and increase these intervals each time you go for a walk. You may be referring to yourself as a runner much sooner than expected. A seasoned runner will likely cringe at the idea of slowing his or her cadence, just as a person who has been mostly sedentary for quite some time may prefer to stay on the couch, rather than hit the road for a run. Depending on your current level of fitness (or lack there of ), you may or may not want to hit the ground running right away. Walking is indeed a healthy activity, whether as a stepping-stone on the journey to becoming a runner, or as your daily exercise of choice. In order to benefit from an exercise regimen, the activity must be one that you enjoy adding into your schedule several times a week. If it's walking, lace up those shoes and get moving. Likewise, if your activity preference is running. UT Uptown Magazine




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e’ve chosen six of our favorite anti-aging beauty products from Bobbi Brown and Estee Lauder that are designed for high performance and maximum results. Your skin will look and feel better if you rely on these luxurious anti-aging skincare products that can reverse the aging process and create radiant, more youthful looking skin. All of these beauty products are available at fine department stores.

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1. Bobbi Brown face cream is an all-purpose moisturizing cream that penetrates deep into your skin to hydrate and moisturize. Use this deep-penetrating cream morning, noon and night to soften wrinkles and frown lines

5. Estee Lauder's Day Wear Advanced Multi-Protection AntiOxidant foundation has a Broad Spectrum SPF50 to protect your face from the damaging rays of the sun

2. Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Foundation is a must-wear on a daily basis to even out your skin tone and moisturize while it covers facial imperfections

6. Estee Lauder’s Perfectionist Wrinkle Lifting Firming Serum will perform miracles on the look and feel of your skin. Wear this deep-penetrating anti-aging serum daily to achieve maximum results UT

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decoratingtips Dining room design by Teddy Karl of The Great Cover Up.

Silk floral arrangement from F.O.B. Saint Louis.

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f you’re thinking about redecorating, our favorite design experts have clever decorating ideas for your home that are easy and affordable. The Great Cover Up’s Principal Designer,Teddy Karl, named one of the top St. Louis interior designers by At Home Magazine, says, “It’s all in the details. I love the little finishing touches. Beautiful silk side panels are perfect on an amazing goldleafed pole, but add a stunning silk tassel fringe and you add detail that really grabs your attention.

Wallpaper makes a decorative addition to the wall above the chair railing in the dining room. Wall coverings come in many styles and price points and have made a huge comeback in the past few years. When you use wallpaper, you can take a simple room and add drama. Move around the art work and accessories from room to room in your house. When you bring something new in, you put it where you like, then move the item it’s replacing. Your accessories seem fresh and new when you are constantly on the hunt for the perfect spot for things to settle. Pillows are a great way to uplift a space. 24


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When they are looking tired, fluff them up with new inserts or replace entirely. This is a great way to get some seasonal color or something trendy into the room without breaking the bank.” Kay Wallace, the owner of F.O.B. Saint Louis, has an entire department in her charming Country Europeanstyle home furnishings store filled with exquisite silk floral arrangements for your home. Kay says, “Permanent botanicals give us a way to capture the beauty of the outside and bring it inside. If assembled and maintained properly, your silk arrangements can give you many seasons of pleasure and satisfaction.” Kay’s decorating philosophy is simple. She advises,“Start simple. Familiarize yourself with the basic elements of design. They are the building blocks of good design.” Ellen Ross, who owns The Curtain Exchange Of St. Louis, suggests beautiful window treatments as an easy and affordable decorating idea. “We have all sorts of window

treatments and hardware, both custom-made and ready-tobuy curtains in luxurious silks, cottons and other attractive fabrics. It doesn’t cost any more to have your window treatments custom made. We also have wonderful woven wood shades which look great with our curtains. When we work with our clients to create new window treatments, we can also coordinate the bedding for their bedrooms. Peacock Alley Bedding, which we carry, has many neutrals, but they’ve also added more colors to their bedding line,” says Ellen.

top: Windows treatment from The Curtain Exchange of Saint Louis. above left: Crystal chandelier from Jon Paul Designs & Collectibles. right: Interior designer Susan Block suggests using heirlooms and antiques to decorate.

Jon Hunt, Owner of Jon Paul Designs & Collectibles, has a treasure trove of shimmering crystal chandeliers, fine antiques, silver, crystal and decorative period pieces. John believes that good lighting is essential in creating a beautiful room. John says, “The right type of lighting depends entirely on the room. I think that one of the best ways to light a room is with a dramatic chandelier. A chandelier is the ‘jewelry’ for the room. It becomes the focal point of the room. I think that a chandelier always gives a finished look to a room.” Interior designer Susan Block, Owner of The Designing Block, encourages her clients to show off their heirlooms and antiques. Susan says, “If you have heirlooms such as old china, crystal or antique, display them in your home, don’t keep them hidden away. For example, if you have fine heirloom china and crystal, take it out of the china cabinet and use it. So many people think that the antiques, crystal and china that they inherited from relatives is museum-quality and shouldn’t be used, but I suggest that you display your treasures, even if they’re a bit quirky, in a prominent place in your home. Your heirlooms are great conversation pieces and they provide enjoyment.” She adds, “I help my clients select colors that compliment them, that make them feel good. You should always be comfortable with the colors that you select for your home. Color affects you, so you should choose colors that you can live with, colors that you feel good about.” We’re certain that these easy and elegant decorating tips from our favorite design experts will inspire you to create the beautiful and inviting rooms that you’ve always envisioned for your home. UT Uptown Magazine



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ven when Walter Edwards was a small child in East Alton Illinois, he loved homes! He would actually ask his parents to take him to open houses so he could see the design, the color, and to feel the excitement of walking in a building and to new possibilities. St. Louis has greatly benefited from this man’s aspirations to follow his passion. He bought and sold homes, refurbished and enhanced many houses in our area so it is no wonder that his own home located in Town & Country is tasteful, elegant and quite beautiful. 26


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Always enterprising, enthusiastic and resourceful, he finished high school his junior year then studied computer programing in college. When he was ready for a part time job, he went to the school job placement services which sent him to work at the Crescent Planing Mill Company as a bookkeeper. The company was an architectural woodworking company, providing cabinets and doors to commercial contractors and certainly contributed to turning Edwards’ lifelong dream in to reality. After 2 years, they promoted him to a draftsman and paid for his schooling. Two years later, another promotion came and he became an estimator, retiring as Vice President after 20 years in 1998. His last big project was Washington University Law School and is justifiably very proud to have estimated and negotiated the contract. This amazing story of this passionate man continues throughout his life. After retirement in 1998, he started real estate school and living now in Town & Country, joined the local Coldwell Banker Gundaker and ranked top 10 in sales before becoming a broker in 2010. He started Edwards Real Estate with his office located in St. Louis Hills. During all this time, Edwards acquired homes and apartments in West County and the South Hampton area. “My enjoyment is taking distressed property and making something positive and creating a nice home for someone to rent. This seems to have a positive impact with tenants who love and sometimes want to purchase.” the amiable Mr. Edwards answered when asked what he does for fun. He truly loves what he does and loves working and creating with wood. His rental apartments and homes have wood floors and lots of large crown moldings that he himself installed. In fact, in his current home in Town & Country, crown molding is found in every single room including bathrooms and laundry! The two story Colonial is a 6 bedroom, 4 ½ bath, 4,800 square foot home was built in 1979 and sits on an acre of land. His attention to detail is evident everywhere. You notice his unique additional nuances to the house. The octagon window at the top of the stairs which lets the nature and light into an otherwise enclosed area. The cherry cabinets that Walter himself installed are an outstandingly aesthetically pleasing contrast to the brown-tones in the granite counter tops. The beauty is so striking that you can’t help but notice the additional use of wood all throughout the house. Sophisticated and classy in traditional style, the oak furniture in the den, the 100 year plus furniture of his grandparents in the guest bedroom, and yes, the beautifully crafted molding create a home of earthy, neutral tones which spill out the many large windows and serene Uptown Magazine



scenic views. The 20 X 40 outside Gunite pool does not disrupt the natural beauty. The picturesque backdrop is pleasing to the eye because the pool is set before a lovely woodsy copse and rock bluffs, complete with an enchanting, poetic wooden bridge crossing an equally charming creek. Further expression of Walter’s personality is found on the lower level! Here is where he entertains his many friends with a bar and kitchen area with a walkout to the pool. The wine bar top was made from old wine crates! Breaking the lids and sides of the wooden wine cases of Walter’s favorite wines, he glued and pin nailed them with a finish of poly top: pool, above left: Walter standing at bar with dalmation above right: bar with wine crates



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urethane. Not only is it a great conversation piece but absolutely beautiful! Next to the bar, stands an 80 year old, solid concrete Dalmatian (which was festively decorated with Mardi Gras beads when I saw it). Duke the Dalmatian belonged to Walter’s grandparents and now guards the wine bar. Walter Edwards’ house is his story, not only of his passion for wood and design, but his love of family and family history. A picture of his Great-Great Grandfather in the original oval frame hangs above an antique clear vase which appears in the actual photo above. The blonde wood piano, which he began playing at the age of seven, sits in a special place in his home. His mother played every church service for 10 years while he was

“My enjoyment is taking distressed property and making something positive and creating a nice home for someone to rent. This seems to have a positive impact with tenants who love and sometimes want to purchase.” growing up and Walter filled in if his mother was absent. He has played the blues in more than one club throughout the area! The youngest of three brothers, Walter has experienced more losses than most. His oldest brother was electrocuted and his other brother developed child leukemia at the age of 3. Walter was a perfect match for his brother and twice was a bone marrow donor. The brother later passed at the age of 30 from a brain tumor. Most recently, his mother passed then 2 years later, his father, who lived with Walter followed soon after. But Walter has a best friend and a best girl! His mother’s sister, “Aunt Lovie” who he talks to almost every day! Aunt Lovie is amazing as well. She is in her 80’s and she and Walter love nothing more than to enjoy 4 wheeling

on the family property in Illinois left: Walter at the blonde piano where Walter built a lovely log right: great great cabin home. grandfather picture 1834 -1918 Walter Edwards is so like his home. He is warm, friendly and, dare I say, extremely good looking. His life has been so busy in the past with family and career that he is now looking forward to traveling and enjoying this more relaxed portion of his life. He is a lovely, good man with great talent and style who uses his skills to benefit others by providing the perfect home for the right people to enjoy. He is doing what he passionately loves and living his dream with every house he touches. Thank you, Mr. Edwards..UT

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one are the days when a home’s outdoor living just meant relaxation in a rocking chair or swing on the front porch, Today’s homeowner wants to go far beyond those simple summertime repasts. There has been a growing popularity for expanding a home’s recreational area to right outside the back door. An outdoor room fits that requirement perfectly.

In all, it’s basically another room - for conversation, preparing meals, relaxing in a cozy nook, or dining al fresco. An outdoor room can become an oasis for bringing family and friends together in both comfort and style. It’s a home investment that may also increase property value. The question is how to go about creating that exterior living space - expansion or remodel? It’s much easier than you may think. Depending on budget and available area, homeowners now have many options 30


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from an inexpensive change to an elaborate upgrade. Let’s consider the least expensive way to create an outdoor room. Probably the easiest route is to cover an existing deck, or screen in an attached porch. A patio may become a room by defining its perimeter within invisible walls. That feeling of walls can be created by simply placing things in the

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"corners"- large planters and/ or statues. One wall may be the side of the house employing a wall-mounted fountain, metal wall sculpture outdoor fire pit or any outdoor art for decoration. A screen in a corner also gives the hint of a wall, as does a decorative fireplace. As to the flooring, transforming a drab concrete patio into a new, decorative concrete surface has never been easier. Resurfacing options include a wide variety of color and patterns. Laying down an all-weather rug also helps to define that space as a room and

creates a cozier atmosphere. The fastest and most economical way to change a plain patio into an outdoor room may be simply converting the décor. A dramatic transformation is doable by replacing those old outdoor chairs and tables with new high quality all-weather furniture. pergola New lighting fixtures or perhaps adding a centerpiece fire pit will do the trick. Adding accessories like outdoor carpets, art, potted plants, torches, and candles add the finishing touches. Light up the night. Solar-powered accent lights are easy to install along the edge of a patio and don't require wiring. For a ceiling effect, add a large umbrella or retractable awning for shade, and voila! The patio becomes an outdoor living room. It’s party time! More dramatic upgrading possibilities include combinations of outdoor kitchens and dining rooms. The list of everything needed for preparing meals outside is endless – ovens, grills, sinks, refrigeration, etc. Outdoor dining and living rooms are more gorgeous than ever. It’s almost hard to choose from the plethora of comfortable and colorful furniture sets. To these, add more entertainment with outdoor TVs and built in fireplaces. Take advantage of a larger backyard space with the construction of unique outdoor structures. These may include a screened in house (pergola or gazebo) which is totally detached from the residence. They provide that outdoor feeling, but with added shade and rain protection. What’s the difference you may ask? A pergola is simply an arbor of columns supporting a trellised roof - the perfect home for gazebo growing climbing plants and flowers like wisteria. Some creative homeowners even prefer to hang outdoor curtains between the columns. This allows the breeze to flow gracefully through the drapery. Imagine the romance of dining under the stars here. Pergolas are also available without a lathe depending on how much shade is desired. A gazebo is a freestanding, roofed, usually open-sided structure providing a shady resting place. The addition of hot tubs, pools, fountains, ponds, and waterfalls make these areas even more desirable. Pre-fab pergolas and gazebos come in multiple sizes and styles, vinyl, wood or fiberglass for easy maintenance. Each structure provides an ideal focal point and a hint of romance. Thus, from a small apartment balcony to the most beautiful of designer retreats, any scale of outdoor room can be made stylish and inviting. With a bit of imagination, anyone can be an exterior designer. UT Uptown Magazine



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bout 1,100 miles southeast of Miami, amidst sapphire blue ocean waters, lay the alluring, tranquil US Virgin Islands where swaying palm trees towering above the sandy beaches live in wonderful temperatures averaging 77 degrees in the winter and 83 degrees in the summer.

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As I sit writing, sweltering in 90 degree heat combined with St. Louis humidity, I am so very ready to visit this diverse tropical wonderland. Composed of three major islands, St. John, St. Croix and St. Thomas, this destination is as convenient as it is welcoming. Why? Even though from St. Louis, you have to make a connection when flying, you don’t need a passport! You also don’t have to worry 32


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about converting your electrical currents or your currency as you are still in a United States territory. The flights are not unbearable as most connect in Miami which is about two and a half to three hours away, depending on which is your chosen island. American, Delta, United all offer connecting service to St. Thomas and St. Croix, however, St. John does not have an airport. To get to St. John, you would fly into St.

Thomas then take a taxi to the interisland ferry dock and climb aboard! The 20 minute ride docks in Cruz Bay also known as “Love City”. In 1493, on his second voyage, Columbus named the islands Las Once Mil Virgenes (11,000 virgins). In the late 1600’s – 1700’s, many European countries vied for ownership but the Danish folks won St. Thomas and St. John. They built their plantations and the slave trade evolved. Bringing more than 200,000 slaves, primarily from Africa’s west coast, they were brought to the islands to do the backbreaking harvesting of cane, cotton and indigo. St. Thomas developed as a trade center. In 1848, freedom was granted to the slaves. (note: before the Civil War!) During WWI the US purchased the islands from Denmark for $25 million in gold. Because of this transaction, you can easily enjoy some of the worlds’ most beautiful beaches that offer the perfect vacation destination. The influence of the Danish is still evident in St. Croix, with the major cities being Frederiksted and Christiansted. While Christiansted offers charming Old Danish architecture, cobblestone

walks and pastel colored buildings in the square, Frederiksted although retaining its historic charm welcomes cruise ships, has the only casino in the Virgin Islands and a botanical gardens, and the Cruzan Rum Distillery. Two-thirds of St. John is a national park. The town of Cruz Bay, where you disembark the ferry, is really the only actual town on this exotic island. Offering hiking and camping and breath-taking spectacular views, this island is well worth the trip for nature lovers and those who enjoy the quiet pace St. Thomas offers downtown Charlotte Amalie with elegant dining, exciting nightlife, duty-free shopping and even submarine rides. Though it's full of energy, especially in Charlotte Amalie, this island also possesses numerous sublime natural splendors, such as stunning views of the Caribbean from 1,500 feet above sea level. Based on your preferences, there’s plenty to do! If you’d like a bit of history, take in the Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins on St John’s or the Whim Plantation Museum on St. Croix. This is the oldest sugar plantation museum in the Virgin Islands, set on 12 acres complete with ruins and the restored windmill. If connecting with nature is more your desire, stay at an eco-friendly hotel such as Caneel Bay Resort on St. Johns which is actually nestled in the National Park or go hiking or horseback riding! St. Thomas offers the St. Peter Greathouse and Botanical Gardens and St. Croix hosts the St. George Botanical Garden. With world-renowned stunning white sand beaches, you can’t do better than the US Virgin Islands. Every beach is free except for Magens Bay in St. Thomas (probably the most popular). Trunk Bay and Caneel Bay are in St. John, while Sapphire Beach is in St. Thomas and Sandy Pointes in St. Croix are just a few. Snorkeling is popular with an “underwater nature trail” along the Trunk Bay coast. The water is amazing. This is a diver’s paradise with dive shops, snorkeling cruises and visibility averaging 60 to 100 feet. Swimming with schools of fish, turtles, wrecks and reefs will be an unforgettable experience. Take an underwater submarine tour or simply go sailing. The US Virgin Islands are perfect for romance, adventures, family fun, and experiencing nature. The “American Caribbean” is one of the most beautiful parts of the world just waiting for you to enjoy. To plan your visit, as always, call your travel agent to find you the best way to travel and visit UT

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istoric Maplewood is one of those places you think you know and then you go back for a visit and see there is something new and then something new again and again. That is because in the last few years there has been a real growth in the development of shops along Manchester and Sutton, especially in the food industry and especially among artisan food purveyors. 34


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Many people know the award-winning Kakao Chocolate shop, which opened its second location in Maplewood in 2011. Also for the foodie, one will find Penzeys and Vom Fass, but recently other shops have popped up and soon there will be more. Added to the mix over the past year are Pie Oh My! and Traveling Tea. Both stores are owner-operated and developed a following by selling at farmers markets and local events before opening a brick and mortar stores. On the horizon, Maplewood will soon have a

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new coffee roaster, a bakery and a donut shop. La Cosecha, the roaster, and Great Harvest, the bakery, have been working together and joined forces to open in the same Maplewood location. Strange Donuts will make its debut in July. Strange Donuts was conceived and developed by a trio of twentysomethings who have made a name for themselves well before their doors have even opened. Having sampled their donuts publicly at The Post Sports Bar, The Maplewood Coffee Crawl and The Taste of Maplewood, they have built a

force found in the Maplewood business community. One will find Vom Fass vinegars in Home Wine Kitchen’s salad dressing and as flavoring in several of Kakao Chocolate’s truffles. Maven, a boutique specializing in handmade soaps, lotions and skin care products, has a line of chocolate lip airedale antics balms and body scrubs infused with Kakao Chocolates. Schlafly Beer products are also used in various recipes from pie to chocolate confections. The collaboration expands into events such as cooking classes and tasting parties. All of this means a more diverse offering of quality products and jay b. smith funeral home activities and lends to the vibrant momentum of Maplewood’s historic downtown. fan base that is anxiously awaiting opening day. Most of these businesses also share The Maplewood Coffee a focus on utilizing local resources, Crawl: A Celebration buying from farmers markets and of Caffeine and Small collaborating with other small Business businesses. Like the shop owners, This might sound a bit scary: 1,000 Maplewood restauranteurs also lean wired people all within the confines of toward the locavore movement. The an historic district, but it is a perfect Schlafly Bottleworks has led the pack example of how small businesses for over 8 years by contracting regional bring a community together. No, it food vendors and by supporting wasn’t some sort of Sci-Fi invasion, a farmers market for all to enjoy. it was the 4th Annual Maplewood Likewise, Water Street Café, Home Coffee Crawl held in April in Historic Wine Kitchen, Foundation Grounds, Downtown Maplewood. This is where Acero and The Crow’s Nest develop the collaboration of businesses and the their menus from what is fresh at focus on supporting them plays a key the market. Wednesdays are Schlafly role. Farmers Market days and among the The Maplewood Coffee Crawl is shoppers, one will find a chef, or two, who has walked over from their kitchen important because it highlights a regional industry that is making a to find ingredients for their menu comeback of sorts: the local coffee offerings. Often times, a mid-week roaster. Historically, coffee roasting meal has ingredients that just a few was a big business in St. Louis dating hours ago were sold at the farmers back to the pioneer days and the need market down the street. This translates for supplies as travelers passed through into fresh, creative and delicious for the “Gateway to the West”. Once you. home to 75 coffee roasting plants, the Collaboration is a strong driving Uptown Magazine



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St. Louis region now has 18. While the numbers have dwindled over the years the positive side to this shift is the growth of the micro-roaster, bringing more unique blends and higher quality roasts to our region. Maplewood businesses collaborate with 8 roasters; 2 of them are Maplewood-based, Art House Coffees and the soon to be open, La Coshecha Coffee. The Maplewood Coffee Crawl made its debut in the spring of 2010 and attracted 300 people. The inaugural event included 5 local businesses as hosts with 3 local coffee roasters and, if coffee is not your cup of tea, 1 resident tea purveyor. The 4th annual 2013 event boasted 12 local businesses as hosts, 8 local coffee roasters and 2 resident tea purveyors. The number of guests has increased 36


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to more than 3 times the original event to 1,000 people. This event is the St. Louis region’s first and only walkable coffee roast and taste celebration. It began by inviting the local coffee purveyors who work with the shops and restaurants in the downtown Maplewood area to come and show off their techniques and coffee brews for the day. The roasters, not unlike show dogs, have a lot of tricks up their sleeves and demonstrate the best way to make a cup of coffee from French Press to percolating. The Maplewood Coffee Crawl is about local food culture as much as it is about coffee. While celebrating coffee is the umbrella theme of this event, the focus on the artisan shop owners and independent businesses is also a highlight of the day. Guests were given the opportunity to meet the business owners and along with the coffee, they could sample each store’s fare, which included hand-made chocolates, breads, donuts, pies, muffins and breakfast treats. All of the items served were made in Maplewood and many were baked fresh by the individuals serving

them at the event, adding a true richness to the day as the passion the roasters and food purveyors possess for their trade is unrivaled. Guests leave feeling sated, not just from eating and drinking, but from the connection they have made and what they have learned. Maplewood offers many opportunities to visit if you are looking for fun events. March blows in like a lioness with Women Making History, a celebration of Maplewood’s women business owners. April is the Maplewood Coffee Crawl. May brings the Maplewood Chamber’s Taste of Maplewood. July heats up with Let Them Eat Art, a whimsical tribute to Bastille Day scheduled for Friday, July 12th, visit www.cityofmaplewood. com/ltea for information. The Schlafly Bottleworks says so long to summer in September at their Art Outside event. November brings Small Business Saturday. And the holiday season gets a big kick-off in December with the Maplewood Chamber’s Christmas Tree Walk. You may also find an artswalk at some point during the year and, well, you never know what else might be planned but you can be sure there will be great food and drink and good times. You can find a listing of all of Maplewood’s events on the City of Maplewood website: and if you would like to find out more about Maplewood’s food-related businesses (there are more than 50), you can order a free Maplewood Foodie Guide at UT

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Jay B. Smith Funeral Homes have been serving the St. Louis Area for over 80 years, offering flexible services to suit your personnel needs and its 2 locations are close and convenient to the entire Metro region.

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Airedale Antics is truly the healthy pet paradise, offering a great selection of all natural foods, treats and nutritional supplements for cats and dogs. All foods and treats are free of fillers and have no artificial colors or flavors. We also have pet supplies for your furry friend - crates, cat litters, shampoos, bowls, and more. Ask about our Airedale Club Card Frequent Buyer program. Open 7 days a week- call for store hours. 7316 Manchester Rd in heart of maplewood


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Sapore Italian Cafe 451 S. Kirkwood Rd. | Kirkwood, Mo. 63122 314-909-7575 | Lunch: Monday – Friday 11:30-2:00pm Dinner: Monday – Saturday 5pm Call for reservations or catering information | Gift cards are available. Uptown Magazine



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in Italian means full of flavor and that’s exactly what Executive Chef and Owner Paul Buzzetta instills in each of his culinary creations. Buzzetta is passionate about his work, “I love creating fresh authentic Italian dishes that make people happy.” He understands the workings of an Italian kitchen well because he literally grew up in one. apore



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Tradition plays a big part in his life. His parents, Sicilian born Benedetto and Rosalia (Lia) Buzzetta, opened Benedetto's Ristorante in Des Peres over 30 years ago. (Benedetto’s later moved to the Le Chateau Village in Frontenac.) Son Paul learned the restaurant business at a young age. He remembers how his Sicilian grandmother, Nonna Elena, stressed the most important foundation of Italian cooking - keep it simple and let the food speak for itself. Justly proud of his family’s heritage, that message has inspired him all through his life Today, Sapore combines the past and future. Buzzetta said, “We are still a family operated business as my parents are retired, but they continue to help out in the kitchen. I’m extremely lucky to work along with them making Sapore truly a family affair. My sister occasionally comes in to help and my wife, Brandi, works as our marketing rep. We really care - all of us put our hearts and souls into Sapore.” (Paul and Brandi have been married for twelve

years and have two sons.) “Friends from Benedetto’s old days continue to drop by to dine. It’s like a reunion. They remember me as a little boy!” The menu offers a simpler fare like grilled steaks to more interesting dishes in classic Italian style. Favorites include Chicken Sicilian, Veal Piccata and Tilapia. Buzzetta said, “I’m definitely a hands-on chef where I personally cut all my own filets, fish and chops. We use only the best ingredients - buying produce fresh daily from local farmers.” Along with antipasti, salads, soups, fantastic steaks, chicken, veal, and pasta dishes, nightly specials always include fresh fish. Dinner favorites include Chilean sea bass, snapper and sea scallops – it typically depends on the market. “We offer small VEAL SPIEDINI WITH BALSAMIC REDUCTION GLAZE amounts of fresh seafood daily. When it’s additional space,” said Buzzetta. “I fell in love with the patio, gone, it’s gone. That’s how we keep our inventory fresh.” the second floor, the outside fountain, and the banquet Sapore’s new home in Kirkwood’s Woodbine Center facility. This space just allows for more options - patio seating, opened in November 2012. “After four years in our cocktails at the bar, and private functions.” Manchester location, we relocated to Kirkwood for The restaurant’s interior is a blend of classy and casual, definitely not stuffy. High ceilings, a granite counter top bar, wood floors, combined with accents of black and wrought iron add just the right touches of elegance. Outside is lovely as well. “Our elevated patio is great. The fountain, umbrellas, and wrought iron fence make it really one of the nicest patios around. It’s perfect for al fresco dining,” said Buzzetta. (Patio tables may be reserved.) Sapore also offers an array of possibilities for special events and parties. From an exclusive private event in the dining room, to corporate catering, the Buzzetta family will make certain that it is a once in a lifetime experience. Buzzetta said, “We even offer a complete buyout of the restaurant on most afternoons and evenings (up to 85 persons). All events will SECOND FLOOR DINING ROOM include a unique and personalized menu created by me.” Sapore’s Happy Hour is offered from 5-7 PM, Monday through Thursday. Buzzetta added, “We offer drink specials along with a rotating menu of three appetizers – so please come in and relax with us – we’re family!” UT sapore italian cafÉ 451 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30- 2:00pm Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5pm Closed on Sunday Reservations are recommended on weekends call 314.909.7575 | Available for catering banquet room

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foodies trattoria branica Trattoria Branica, Frontenac’s premier gourmet Italian restaurant, has an award-winning menu that includes pan-fried veal and a fantastic fettucine entrée made with shrimp, scallops, asparagus and tomatoes. Trattoria Branica’s well-stocked wine cellar features wine selections from around the world. If you’re having a private party, Trattoria Branica is the perfect destination for a memorable meal. Trattoria Branica is located behind the Hilton Frontenac in Le Chateau Village. 10411 Clayton Road, Frontenac, MO | 314.432.8585

imo's pizza For over 47 years Imo's has been serving St. Louis its famous thin crust pizza with fresh ingredients and home made sauce. Now the great taste of Imo's Pizza is available at its location in the Heart of Clayton. Just across the street from City Hall, Imo's is an easy walk from anywhere in Clayton. Imo's has it all - Pizza, Pasta, Salads and Sandwiches, plus fast delivery within Clayton, Richmond Heights, University City, Brentwood and parts of Ladue. Hungry pizza fanatics can select from a variety of Specialty Pizzas; Imo's Deluxe Pizza, Meat Lovers, Veggie, BBQ Chicken or pick your favorite toppings and build your own. Remember Imo's provides catering for any size event. Dine-In • Carry-Out • Delivery • Catering • Convenient On Site Parking 23 N. Bemiston., Clayton ) 314.862.4667 •

Tiffany's original diner A 50 year old original diner located in the heart of Maplewood. Serving the best breakfast in town, Eggs, Omelets, French Toast, Slingers (shown here), Biscuits and Gravy and their Famous Homemade Hash Browns. Breakfast is available 24 hours a day. Full lunch menu available , don't leave without trying our pie. THE ANYTIME PLACE. New to Tiffany’s Diner now serving alcohol and beer til 1:30 am. Free Wi Fi and Internet- ATM on site 7402 Manchester Rd. at Sutton 314.644.0929



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balaban's Balaban’s signature Beef Wellington (left) pairs perfectly with the 2003 Joseph Phelps Insignia, Napa Valley. This pairing actually demonstrates what Balaban’s is all about—choice food, from a kitchen St. Louis Magazine names as one of the best restaurants in town, and choice wine, from a cellar given a Wine Spectator best of award of excellence, brought together by the expertise and knowledge of Balaban’s staff and its longtime proprietor Steve McIntyre. 1772 Clarkson Road at Baxter | 636-449-6700 |

Roxane Eclectic American Bistro Roxane's American Bistro in Clayton wins great reviews for its eclectic urban ambiance, creative cuisine and awesome drinks. There's an extensive menu at Roxane's with signature specialties including fabulous starters, entrees, pizzas, gourmet sandwiches, and tantalizing pastas. Don't forget about our delectable desserts like our brioche bread pudding with spice rum sauce. Roxane's bar and restaurant is one of Clayton's most popular hot spots. Bring your friends and family to Roxane's and indulge in a truly eclectic and unique eating experience. Now open for lunch on Saturday. Happy Hour 4-7 with drinks specials and half price starters. 12 North Meramec Avenue, Clayton, MO 314.721.7700 |

Harry’s Downtown Harry’s downtown is the perfect place to relax after work. It’s renowned for having one of the best outdoor areas in St. Louis. The view of St. Louis’ skyline, the Arch and Union Station is magnificent. Guests are able to enjoy DJ music with live shows by the best musicians around. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 offering drink and appetizer specials. No wonder everyone’s wild about Harry’s. Perfect For Parties, Wedding Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners, Birthday Parties, and Business Meetings. NOW OPEN Horizon’s Boutique Night Club and Event Space. 2144 Market Street 314.421.6969 |

pan d'olive The sophisticated lunch and dinner menus focus on Italian cuisine, with touches of Greek and Turkish influences all at moderate prices. Owner Sam Kacar named his new restaurant for the bakery fresh Olive Bread made daily onsite. “Pan D’Olive offers a bite of Mediterranean regional cuisine blended with a California twist,” said Kacar. The inviting décor is modern, sleek and comfortable. Great deals include Monday Wine Night - complimentary bottle of wine with two dinner entrees and The Lunch Club – after five lunches, the sixth is free. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday, 5-7 pm and 9 pm - close in the ONYX BAR and LOUNGE. 1603 McCausland Avenue | 314.647.8000 |

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Summertime makes me nostalgic! I reminisce about my childhood playing hide and seek outdoors – our tree was always home base. We’d play hopscotch and jump rope until the sun set, and then finish off our evening catching fireflies. In the midst of all the fun and laughter suddenly we’d hear the sound of music rolling down the street. “The Ice Cream Man, The Ice Cream Man,” everyone would scream, running to get change from their parents for a treat. Growing up, my neighborhood had Mr. Softie and The Ice Cream Man. There were three girls in my family, we each had our favorites. My oldest sister loved shoestring potatoes, hot from Mr. Softie’s oven. My middle sister loved Banana Bomb Pops, I liked those as well, but my favorite was the Dreamsicle – vanilla ice cream swirled with orange sherbet. You might recall these as a Creamsicle or Push Up – they were heavenly! I dream of Dreamsicles this time of year, so decided to make my own. If you’re nostalgic as well, try this recipe – it will take you back to the good ole days when ice cream bars were 25 cents, Bazooka Bubble Gum was 2 for a penny, and a burger, fries and Coke cost 37 cents. Those were the days! Prepare in Push Pop containers, small paper cups inserted with Popsicle sticks, or simply scooped into a bowl. This recipe is so simple and delicious; you’ll keep some in your freezer all summer long. 44


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makes 10-12 Push Pops or 4 cups Ingredients: 1 cup water 1 cup sugar Juice from 2 large oranges Zest from 2 large oranges 2 ½ cups buttermilk 1 Tbsp. orange extract

Directions: 1. Combine water, sugar, orange juice, zest, and extract in a small saucepan. Gently bring mixture to a boil. 2. Allow to boil for 1 minute until sugar has dissolved, then remove from heat to cool completely. 3. Add buttermilk and stir to combine. Cover and place in refrigerator for about 2 hours to chill. 4. Place chilled mixture in an ice-cream machine following manufacturer’s instructions. If you don’t have an ice-cream machine do one of the following, by pouring the mixture into: • Push Pop containers • small paper cups topped with foil, then insert Popsicle stick through foil to hold in place • place in a large plastic container with lid Place in freezer until frozen. Serve.

Note: Orange extract contains alcohol which keeps the ice-cream from freezing solid. If preferred, substitute with an orange liqueur like Grand Marnier. To release popsicles from cups set briefly in warm water.

Dreamsicle Float Don’t have time to make homemade ice cream, but dying for a Dreamsicle? Make a Dreamsicle Float! It’s so quick and easy, you can have one every day! Here’s all you need: Ingredients: Tall glass Vanilla ice cream Orange soda Directions: Place scoops of vanilla ice cream in a tall glass, then pour soda over the top.

contact vicki at: 314.799.1633 | |

Photo by Bill Naeger



ElsieParker St. Louis' French Connection

by Sheila Frayne Rhoades

rance may lay claim to the legendary singer Edith Piaf, but St. Louis boasts of its very own classic French chanteuse. Elsie Parker, with her group T he P oor P eople of P aris , is well known in our town for fantastic renditions of French popular music as well as all eras of French jazz from the 20's to the present.

There’s no need to speak French in order to enjoy a PPoP concert. Parker prefaces each piece with a short translation and applies her unique body language to get the songs' messages across. PPoP musicians complement her charming stage presence perfectly. Band members include Ken Kehner (piano), Michael Carosello (keyboard), Wayne Coniglio (bass), Ron Carr, (drums) and Alan Schilling (drums & percussion). Besides performing original music created by Parker herself, PPoP performs French classics of Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Jacques Brel, Charles Trenet and others. Parker's instrumental playing is influenced by works of French film music composers like Michel Legrand, and the Latin rythyms of Argentinian tenor saxophonist/composer Gato Barbieri. PPoP has recorded four CDs. Born in Denver, Colorado, Parker was raised in southwestern New Mexico. Her musical talents appeared early. “I listened to symphonic recordings as a child and knew I wanted to play an instrument – either the oboe or cello. None were available in the school music program, so I wound up playing an alto clarinet.” On full scholarship, Parker received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from New Mexico State University. “I never intended to teach, but was advised to get an education degree because it involved the same training as a music performance degree. Parker attained an MA in Clarinet Performance from The University of Iowa. Parker spent six months in Europe, studying clarinet in major orchestras of Munich, Helsinki and Amsterdam. After moving to St. Louis, Parker played in The St. Louis Philharmonic and became an extra player in the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. In the 1980s she played clarinet and tenor saxophone with The St. Louis German Band. “I’d sing Marlene Dietrich’s version of La Vie en Rose.” Later she became enchanted with the song’s original version by Edith Piaf. “Her voice struck me, and she sang in my range!” In the early 90’s she formed a duo performing at area festivals. “I picked the recognizable name of Piaf ’s "The Poor People of Paris.” Fascinated by classic French singers, she gradually added them to her repertoire.

Multi-talented Elsie Parker performs on PERFORMANCEs clarinet, bass clarinet, • Wed. July 3, 7 PM Elsie piccolo, flute, alto flute, Parker sings with Wayne tenor, alto and soprano Coniglio's 35 piece sax. “I need all of these orchestra at Alton High wind instruments School Auditorium for playing theater • Aug 25, The Festival of music.” Parker is a Nations, Tower Grove tenured member of the Park. MUNY orchestra, plays • July and August, Elsie woodwinds at the FOX Parker will be at (Anything Goes in late the MUNY playing May) and the REP woodwinds on Spamalot, (Cabaret in September/ Shrek!, South Pacific, October). Parker is an Les Misérables, Mary extra clarinet player Poppins, and West Side with the St. Louis Story . Each show runs a Symphony. She also week. plays clarinet in The • Cabaret at the REP Crusell Quartet, which Sept.11 – Oct. 6 has a CD "Elm" out on Centaur Records. Parker has been vocal soloist for symphony pops concerts at Powell Hall, the Jacksonville Symphony and Chesterfield West County YMCA orchestra. PPoP has performed at The Missouri Botanical Gardens Whittaker Concert Series, The Sheldon, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis First Night and Powell Hall. Parker’s most memorable performances to date have included "Piaf 's" in San Francisco, and with symphony orchestras in Illinois and Florida. Parker was featured on the popular French TV program, "La Chance Aux Chansons"(The Luck of Songs), filmed in Paris and viewed throughout France. “Another unforgettable event occurred when Mikhail Baryshnikov was in the audience at Brandt's Café on Delmar. He actually listened to our music, gave a generous tip, and even winked at me as he left.” UT Uptown Magazine




what's new by Wendy Schlesinger


hat’s old is new at The Refind Room. But what’s new (Gringo) was once old as in Rothschilds. And what’s new is new too as in The FitShop. Confused? Read on. The one thing I know is, the only constant is change.

Beachy Scene from The Refind Room

The Refind Room, (2525 S Brentwood Blvd, Brentwood, 314-962-7666, therefindroom. com) is much more than what the name implies. Yes, the pieces, for the most part, are previously owned but they are of the highest caliber and not what you may typically anticipate at a store of this nature. Owner, Suzanne Woodward, attorney turned design enthusiast, shares her love for interior design by offering a wide selection of items that will make your house a home all at an affordable price. The Refind Room does not take items on consignment but will certainly work with you to acquire your collection or individual piece. And, another anomaly, they even allow returns! (within policy limits). 46


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Any style is findable here from mid-century Danish modern to country chic to contemporary to old west. Her ability to mix and mingle elements is inspiring and on constant display with her continually updated photos as well as her blog. You’ll leave there knowing exactly how to incorporate your new purchases with your existing, unique pieces and end up with a fabulously eclectic yet cohesive room.

Alas, time moves on. Rothschild’s Antiques, home of the best windowshopping in town, has closed its doors and there’s a new kid in town. Perhaps wisely, so no comparisons may ever be drawn, the new inhabitant is a tacos and tequila trattoria called Gringo (398 N. Euclid, CWE, 314-449-1212, Tacos are hand-made and filled with your normal fixin’s, or venture into new territories and try it stuffed with octopus, tofu, or even grasshoppers - yes, grasshoppers - but they are sauteed. They have a decent selection of craft beers and a truly impresive menu of tequilas. Time marches on but enough tequila will always fix that problem. And now, what’s needed is new. At last, a fitness clothing and accessories store truly for both women AND men has come to town. FitShop, (14430 Clayton Rd, Ballwin, 636-220The FitShop at Ballwin Grove 9227, features a broad range of brands for the active lifestyle like MPG for men, several lines of yoga wear, and many options to take you easily from the gym to the grocery store in style. FitShop carries some brands, like 360 Sweater, that are often hard to find if you’re not on one coast or the other. Many of their lines emphasize the highest quality natural and/or organic materials. FitShop also carries watches, shoes, sticky socks, jewelry and scarves. The store itself is beautiful and is definitely a destination-worthy trip if you’re not typically out that way. Just when you thought you’d had enough time travel, take yourself back to any of the incarnations of Busch’s Grove; private cabanas out back, fine dining, or neighborhood market. Whatever your memory, it’s going to be recreated once again. The latest plans are to create an indoor shopping mall to make use of the venerable location. If this feels unnerving to you, remember, the sure things in life - death, taxes and change. UT

July/Aug2013 calendar o f e v ent s h i gh li gh t s Holidays: independence day - July 4


zoo 2013 concert schedule Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series 5 to 8 p.m. Free. July 5: Dirty Muggs July 12: 3 Handsome Guys July 19: Push the Limit July 26: Johnny Henry Band For information: (314) 781-0900 or www.s

PARTIES IN THE PARK IN DOWNTOWN CLAYTON 30th season kicks off May 8, continues through Sept. 11 on the streets of Downtown Clayton, Central to Meramec between Forsyth and Maryland. Events are held on the second Wednesday of each month, May – September, from 5 – 8:30 p.m.

MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN 2013 WHITAKER MUSIC FESTIVAL CONCERT LINEUP July 3: Beth Bombara July 10: Victor & Penny July 17: Montez Coleman & Willie Akins Project July 24: Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes July 31: Big George Brock Aug. 7: The Scandaleros Wednesday evening admission is free after 5 p.m. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. and last entry is at 9 p.m. For more information, visit events/whitaker or call the recorded hotline at (314) 577-5100.


CLAYTON FARMERS MARKET Saturdays 8:30 to 12:30 pm, May 4 - Nov. 3 at 8282 Forsyth Blvd. (West parking lot of Straub's Market). Supports local farmers, spotlights organic items and unique seasonal specialties. www.

let them eat art Maplewood's whimsical tribute to Bastille Day Friday, July 12, 2013 from 6pm to 11pm FREE ADMISSION • Live Art • Kids' Activities • Surprises • Food & Drink Specials • Live Entertainment St. Louis' favorite Gumbohead kicks off the evening and warms you up for The Gene Dobbs Bradford Blues Experience Visit for more information.


cardinals home games July 5 - 7 vs. Marlins July 9 - 10 vs. Astros July 19 - 21 vs. Padres July 23 - 25 vs. Phillies Aug. 5 - 8 vs. Dodgers Aug. 9 - 11 vs. Cubs Aug. 13 - 15 vs. Pirates Aug. 22 - 25 vs. Braves Aug. 26 - 28 vs. Reds

Theatre/music/art the muny July 1 - 7 - Nunsense Muny Style! July 8 - 14 - South Pacific July 15 - 21 - Les Misérables July 25 - Aug. 2 - Mary Poppins Aug. 5 - 11 - West Side Story

peabody opera house July 10 - Mindless Behavior July 14 - Ian Anderson July 20 - OneRepublic Mayer Hawthorne July 24 - Cody Simpson and Ryan Beatty August 5 - Steely Dan scottrade center August 8 - Bruno Mars sheldon concert hall August 1 - Faith Prince & Jason Graae August 13 - David Graham verizon wireless amphitheater July 7 - John Mayer & Phillip Phillips July 9 - Matchbox Twenty & The Goo Goo Dolls July 10 - Dave Matthews Band July 24 - Vans Warped Tour July 26 - Blake Shelton, Easton Corbin & Jana Kramer August 1 - Honda Civic Tour: Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson & Rozzi Crane August 11 - Lil Wayne, T.I. & Future August 16 - Rascal Flatts & The Band Perry August 17 - Heart & Jason Bonham August 23 - Keith Urban, Little Big Town & Dustin Lynch August 24 - Kid Rock, ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker

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