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Health & Science 8

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Style 20 The Look

Arts & Culture 22 Taste of the Town 24 A Storied History 26 Business Notes 27 The Muse


Out & About 30 The Delta Gamma Center 32 St. Louis Army vs. Navy

Features 34 Dazed & Engaged Bridal Show 36 Remembering Richard Gaddes 39 ON THE COVER

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1. 401 Conway Aire • Creve Coeur

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6. 8038 Watkins Drive • Clayton

6. 8038 Watkins Drive • Clayton

NEW LISTING! The main floor boasts a spacious living room with a hearth and built-in bookcases, an updated and stylish chef’s kitchen, a versatile room adjacent to the kitchen currently utilized as a mudroom (great space for a home office), a large light filled family room with soaring ceilings, and so much more. $974,900

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Show some neighborly love and listen to stories from migrants in St. Louis on p. 27, where copy editor and staff writer Madeleine Ackerburg offers a closer look at The Luminary’s current exhibit featuring migration narratives told through video, photography, sculpture and textiles. On p. 39, contributor Brittany Nay details how St. Louis nonprofit The Collective Thread (also featured on our cover) empowers refugee women with sewing skills and life-changing opportunities. Find something to hope for on p. 16, where columnist Pat Raven discusses the metro’s recent placement in a warmer plant hardiness zone. Raven dives into practical considerations for gardeners (such as what plants fare best amid the changing local temps) as well as the more sobering implications of climate change. Raven’s passion never fails to galvanize me – and challenge me to hope for a healthier planet in years to come. Thank you for reading!

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Heart By Connie Mitchell


ebruary is American Heart Month. Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains; exercising regularly; managing stress; and getting enough quality sleep are all recommended as the basics of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Beyond that, however, it’s important to be aware of and manage individual risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including your cholesterol levels. This extra layer of knowledge can make a big difference in maintaining a healthy heart for the long term. Annual cholesterol screenings are typically part of the regular series of adult health screenings. Pediatric guidelines also recommend screening between the ages of 9 to 11 years old and 17 to 21 years old to identify individuals with high cholesterol levels, usually due to inherited causes. Other factors, such as family health history and family cholesterol history, may influence the timing of screening, says Dr. Mark Huffman, a Washington University cardiologist at the Center for Advanced Medicine’s Heart and Vascular Center. In families where there is a known history of high cholesterol, first-degree relatives are recommended to have their cholesterol levels checked, a strategy known as cascade screening, even among children. “If you know everyone in your family has high cholesterol and you haven’t had yours checked, then, yes, it’s recommended for you to have yours checked, too,” Huffman says. A simple blood test shows levels of lowdensity lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the two primary types of cholesterol. In general, LDL is considered “bad” cholesterol because it is associated with the development of atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque in the inner lining of an artery that causes thickening, stiffening and potential obstructions in blood flow. By monitoring and managing cholesterol levels, the goal is to help prevent or postpone atherosclerosis and its clinical implications such as heart attacks and strokes, which affect millions of Americans, Huffman says. “We try to think about it over a lifetime. If cholesterol is moderately elevated over a long time, people are more likely to develop atherosclerosis,” he says.


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If cholesterol is moderately elevated over a long time, people are more likely to develop atherosclerosis. – DR. MARK HUFFMAN

Cholesterol is just one variable in a more complex equation that helps physicians evaluate cardiovascular health. Tobacco use, blood pressure, blood glucose, diet, physical activity, sleep and body mass index are also considerations in the American Heart Association’s framework for cardiovascular health. Physicians take all the data, along with family history and individual health behaviors, into account when making recommendations for possible treatment. “Multivariable risk needs multivariable treatment,” Huffman notes. “We think about that paradigm when determining when to intervene, and we have a whole series of strategies that we can use. For example, when I see patients with inherited high cholesterol disorders, I refer them to a dietitian to discuss strategies to replace unhealthy fats with healthier fats. This leads to a reduction in serum cholesterol levels.” Other treatments include cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins, which are taken by more than 39 million Americans and have been studied for safety and efficacy over many years. Other types of medications are also available for people who need additional lipid lowering to reach their target or for those who experience side effects from taking statins. A conversation with your doctor is the first step in determining what, if any, treatment is needed. This Heart Month, give yourself a Valentine – if you’re an adult and haven’t seen your doctor in the past year to discuss your cardiovascular health, make an appointment to check your numbers and ensure the odds are in your favor for a strong, healthy heart for years to come. Washington University Center for Advanced Medicine Heart & Vascular Center, 4921 Parkview Place, St. Louis, 313-362-1291, physicians.wustl.edu

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PAW By Lauren Leady


o you love animals but are unable to adopt or foster? Many local pet rescue organizations are in need of volunteers. These organizations accept homeless, neglected and surrendered animals in the area to keep them safe and cared for until they can be adopted into a loving family. From walking dogs to advocating at events and more, here’s how you can lend a helping hand to furry friends in need throughout the St. Louis area.

CENTER FOR ANIMAL RESCUE & ENRICHMENT OF ST. LOUIS As of October 2023, the Center for Animal Rescue & Enrichment of St. Louis, a no-kill shelter, had a year-to-date intake of 2,778 animals. This large number of rescued animals in less than a year would have been impossible without the help of the community. In fact, CARE relies heavily on support from the St. Louis community to help provide animals with the resources and care they need. To keep up this amazing work, CARE needs volunteers more than ever. To help, volunteers can walk dogs, do administrative work, lead corporate group volunteers in the shelter, offer support in cat rooms and even assist staff and doctors in the vet clinic. To contact CARE about volunteering, email info@carestl.org or visit icarestl.org. CARE STL Adoption Center, 2700 Walnut Place, St. Louis, 314-696-2444, icarestl.org

STRAY RESCUE OF ST. LOUIS Stray Rescue of St. Louis, another no-kill shelter, has a mission to promise all animals a second chance for love, compassion and forever homes. “Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization,” says Grant Ezell, director of corporate volunteers and special projects at Stray Rescue of St. Louis. “Thanks to their love, support and hard work, we can change the lives of thousands of neglected animals every 10

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year and give them a second chance at the life they deserve.” Volunteers can help with laundry, take animals to adoption events around St. Louis, advocate at events and help run the rescue’s Second Chances Resale Shop next door to the shelter. In addition, the organization offers an enrichment program where volunteers are cleared to take dogs off-site and give them a change of scenery away from the shelter. From going on park trips and group walks to throwing birthday parties and even treating a dog to lunch on the patio of a local restaurant, there are countless opportunities to offer positive experiences to animals in the shelter. To jumpstart your volunteer work at Stray Rescue of St. Louis, fill out the application at strayrescue.org/volunteer-application. You can also reach out to Grant Ezell at grant@ strayrescue.org or call 314-492-8922 to help exclusively at Second Chances Resale Shop. Stray Rescue of St. Louis, 2320 Pine St., St. Louis, 314-771-6121, strayrescue.org

ANIMAL PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION OF MISSOURI The Animal Protective Association of Missouri is not only known for placing pets in loving homes but also for implementing numerous programs, including spay and neuter operations, classroom initiatives and an onsite clinic. With locations in Brentwood and Olivette, there are many opportunities available to help animals in need. Although there is a pressing demand for dog walkers and foster homes for large-breed dogs, the organization welcomes support in a variety of roles. To reach out about volunteering opportunities, fill out an application at apamo.org/volunteer. Animal Protective Association Adoption Center, 1705 S. Hanley Road, St. Louis, 314-645-4610, apamo.org

Photo courtesy of Stray Rescue of St. Louis

METRO EAST HUMANE SOCIETY Metro East Humane Society serves five counties in southwestern Illinois, offering support and care to many animals. With locations in Highland and Edwardsville, MEHS is looking for volunteers to make a difference in a homeless pet’s life. “Happy, healthy, socialized animals are more adoptable, so these volunteer positions are critical,” says Anne Schmidt, executive director at MEHS. Opportunities include grooming animals, helping socialize cats and cleaning or fostering animals. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should fill out an application at mehs.org/volunteer. Once the application is processed, you will be contacted to schedule a short orientation. Metro East Humane Society, multiple locations, mehs.org

GATEWAY PET GUARDIANS Volunteers are the core of East St. Louis’ Gateway Pet Guardians, an organization that aims to end homelessness for animals through rescue, community outreach, adoption and education. From helping at the pet food pantry to transporting the animals, there are numerous opportunities to get involved at the shelter or out in the field. No prior volunteer or animal handling experience is required, and Gateway Pet Guardians will train new volunteers. Those interested can visit gatewaypets.org/how-tohelp/volunteer to see volunteer orientation dates and more information. Gateway Pet Guardians, 725 N. 15th St., East St. Louis, 618-687-8007, gatewaypets.org



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ummer is just around the corner, and with it comes the chance for your child to get out and learn new things in a fun and engaging atmosphere at one of Whitfield School’s summer camps. Built on a mission to help children understand who they are and discover who they want to be within a community of care and trust, Whitfield offers an array of exciting camps designed to ignite the spark of curiosity and creativity in every child. “Our mission is to equip our students with the essential skills and understandings they will need to thrive in college and in life,” explains Karen Marschuetz, events coordinator and program director for Whitfield School. “But, just as important, we teach our students how to learn, fostering the creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking skills they will need to thrive in the century ahead.” Whitfield’s summer camps focus on giving campers a fun and memorable summer. Opportunities are available for children grades K-12, including the school’s traditional day camp, Camp Whitfield, for children in Kindergarten through seventh grade, specialized Warrior Camps for upper school students, and a variety of Sports Camps for all ages and genders. “We are proud to offer opportunities for campers to explore new interests and improve existing skills,” Marschuetz says. “Whether you are a blossoming author, hoping to gain strength and speed or just play with friends all summer long, Whitfield has something for everyone.” All camps are open to the public and are available from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., giving parents the peace of mind they need to know their kids

are safe in one place all summer long. “We know parents struggle to find a reliable and affordable [camp],” Marschuetz concludes. “Our goal at Whitfield is to offer an equally beneficial program for parents as well as their kids. Our camps are child-centered and campers are given choice throughout the day to fit their wants and needs. Parents have the opportunity to have all their kids in one safe place with an easy drop off and pick up where lunch and snacks are included for a reasonable price.” Registration for Whitfield’s summer camps is open now through when they reach maximum capacity – sign up today! Whitfield School, 175 S. Mason Road, St. Louis, 314-434-5141, whitfieldschool.org




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Bitter & Sweet By Pat Raven, Ph.D. and Julie Hess


n November 2023, the USDA released an updated plant hardiness zone map – and St. Louis now falls in a new zone. It has been almost 12 years since I last wrote about the USDA plant hardiness zone maps. These illustrations, updated periodically, are used to determine what plants are likely to be winter hardy in a particular area. When I moved here, the county was split between Zones 5 and 6. The new map now places all of downtown St. Louis and almost all of St. Louis County in Zone 7. This includes the middle suburbs, like Ladue, and stretches all the way out to U.S. Highway 109. Only the westernmost edge of the county remains in Zone 6B. Zone 5 has fled northward, retreating to Iowa. This means plants that we couldn’t grow a little over a decade ago are now winter hardy in our area, recent polar vortex notwithstanding. Our weather patterns have also become more unpredictable, not just warmer, with heavier rains and localized flooding, destructive high winds and more frequent hail. As a gardener now in a warmer zone, you may initially feel delighted to grow more fun, tender plants. Unfortunately, that joy is short-lived when you realize what living in a warmer zone actually means. Along with positive additions such as crape myrtles and gardenias, camellias and aucubas, hardy bananas and more fig varieties, we also need to anticipate serious negatives like irregular dry spells and droughts, longer tick seasons, more fleas and mosquitoes, and – eventually – fire ants and kudzu. While these challenges may be manageable on a small-scale homeowner level, just consider the impact this will have on the agriculture that supports the economy in Missouri.

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Each new USDA map is based on a 30-year historic average low temperature. Since the 10 warmest years ever recorded have occurred since 2010 and given us the warmest decade on record, even the 2023 map fails to reflect the full story. Today, this means that gardens in Ladue are already likely to fall in Zone 7B. We are going to start seeing more northern species suffering from the warmer winters and hotter, dryer summers. Sugar maples will move north, taking with them their glorious fall color, many of our evergreens will suffer from heat, and native species will be challenged with growing conditions they have never experienced before. Predictions that half of our native species will be lost by the end of the century are being supported by actual losses measured in the field. We, as gardeners, must speak up about the realities of climate change, as it is affecting us here and now. If you are not alarmed yet, you should be.

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t’s common to look for ways to reduce stress when you have a high-pressure job, but sometimes, trying to schedule a salon visit or a trip to physical therapy creates even more anxiety. VIVIA Concierge Aesthetics takes the guesswork out of integrating wellness into your everyday routine. “We saw this as an opportunity to revolutionize this industry by bringing the luxury and convenience of these services directly to our members’ homes,” says co-founder Dr. Vedica Sharma, a board-certified intensive care unit doctor. Sharma and her friend and co-founder Dr. Katherine Moritz experienced their share of less than impressive services at metro nail studios, where kids are not usually welcomed. “Anytime I have some time off, I like to spend it with my daughter,” Sharma says. “They would not let her sit on the chair! It’s really sad.” These disappointing experiences were the motivation behind the pair’s decision to launch VIVIA in late 2022, knowing that other professionals faced similar struggles balancing family time with their workload. “We have a client who has five kids, and she’s a lawyer,” says Moritz, a board-certified dermatologist. “She’ll have the kids playing on the floor while she’s getting her hair or nails done – and she just loves [VIVIA] because she doesn’t have to take time away from her kids. She can still take care of


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herself in the privacy of her own home.” Members have access to a full celebrity treatment. Vetted professionals come to your home to provide hair and makeup styling, custom airbrush tanning, facials and lash services as well as medical aesthetics – like microneedling and injectables – and stretch therapy, physical therapy or movement analysis to assist with pain and injury. “We send out a survey to figure out what services our clients want more of,” Sharma says. Based on requests, VIVIA expanded its offerings to include personal chefs who provide meal planning, cooking classes and event catering as well as photography sessions and interior design services with SAVVY in Ladue. She adds: “The cool thing about some of these additional services is that they’re very exclusive to our members.” Another unique offering from the at-home concierge service is oncology aesthetics, or skincare treatments catered to individuals who are undergoing cancer therapy and their caregivers. VIVIA’s aestheticians are the only certified professionals within this field in the state of Missouri. “These treatments are very soothing,” Moritz says. “They help to reduce the irritation that a lot of patients are dealing with as they undergo harsh chemotherapy or radiation treatments.” Oncology aesthetic treatments are also available

Vivia membership tiers Lux: $75 a month Includes access to general VIVIA Concierge Aesthetics and medspa services, plus special discounted rates. Premiere: $175 a month Includes access to general services, special discounted rates and exclusive events, plus specialist physician services such as Botox and Dysport as well as microneedling. Family: $250 a month By popular request, this membership includes access to all services for you, your significant other and one adult child.

to nonmembers through the purchase of gift cards. Members also enjoy wellness retreats, which are customizable to businesses, friends and groups and can take place within the home or office. Retreats offer team bonding through rejuvenating services such as facials and manicures or massages. “Being a VIVIA member is like having your own personal assistant,” Moritz adds. “We’ll just make it happen for you.” VIVIA Concierge Aesthetics, 15880 Manchester Road, Ellisville, 314-797-0265, viviaconcierge.com

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t Tikka Tangy, visitors will find a fast-casual menu that includes a unique assortment of Indian, Mediterranean and Indian fusion offerings inspired by owner Pawan Kaur’s culinary apprenticeships abroad. The original Chesterfield location opened in April 2023, and in December 2023, Kaur expanded the concept by opening a pickup-only location inside The Hill Food Co. (a ghost kitchen concept in South City). Kaur, who co-owns Tikka Tangy with her husband, Harp Gil, has always loved sharing food. She developed a fondness for home-cooking at an early age while watching her mother lovingly prepare meals for their family to enjoy. “She always cooked so many dishes for everybody, and it made everyone so happy,” Kaur says. “My passion for cooking comes from her.” Kaur’s family hails from Punjab in northwestern India. After immigrating to California, they settled in the Midwest, where Kaur went to high school and later earned her master’s degree as a nurse practitioner. It wasn’t long, however, until she wanted to pursue her true

calling: food. She enrolled in cooking classes and began studying under experienced chefs, mastering Indian and Mediterranean cuisine along the way. In essence, Tikka Tangy is the fruit of Kaur’s labor, with a menu that includes everything from her uncle’s tried-and-true Mediterranean recipes to her takes on traditional and modern Indian fare – all in a casual setting. “I wanted to open a restaurant and noticed that traditional Indian restaurants don’t have quick service,” Kaur says. “My food is fusion style while still having a traditional touch to it. You can get Indian food [fast].” The flagship Chesterfield restaurant fills the space previously occupied by Addie’s Thai House and received a contemporary makeover that includes bluish gray walls, white marbled tables and art pieces from India. On the other hand, the South City location offers takeout and delivery options with an emphasis on late-night hours. Both locations offer the same menu, and Kaur takes pride in preparing everything from scratch, from an array of sauces and northern Indianstyle curries to staple items such as falafel, naan and samosas. The latter features housemade pastry dough stuffed with a hearty spiced potato, cilantro, ginger and green pea filling, available as an appetizer or as a samosa burger smashed between two buns. Other unique fusion items include crispy masala onion rings and fluffy naan tacos stuffed with your choice of savory entrées. Additional highlights include tender Lebanese-spiced chicken shawarma as well as Kaur’s favorite chicken chili bowl, a recipe from her grandfather with fresh green chiles, cumin, coriander and bay leaves. “I hope people come try us out and that our specialized curries bring them happiness,” Kaur says. “They can come to this place and try two cuisines – Mediterranean and Indian – and have both traditional food and fusion Indian bowls unlike anything else in the Midwest.” Tikka Tangy’s Chesterfield location is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Its location inside The Hill Food Co. is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. Customers can order from Tikka Tangy in The Hill Food Co. by visiting thehillfoodco.com or tikkatangy.square.site. Tikka Tangy, multiple locations, tikkatangy.com


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hances are you’ve walked past a certain towering mansard-roofed house on your way to Mardi Gras in Soulard – or as you were out dining or bar-hopping in the area. The historic Franz Arzt House, with its rounded doorways and wide stone steps, undoubtedly stands out among the surrounding red brick rowhouses, which, to their credit, embody St. Louis’ aesthetic in their own right. Built in 1876 for Austrian physician Franz Arzt, who had immigrated to the city nine years prior, this house is probably not one most of us see every day (unless you’re lucky enough to live next door). Arzt himself wore many hats: physician, botanist, skilled polyglot – he was fluent in several languages, according to scholar Chris Naffziger, who details much of St. Louis’ architecture via the blog St. Louis Patina. Arzt also immersed himself in the realms of geology and mineralogy, so much so that he built a Rocaille-style grotto beneath his house. This style of design, similar to Rococo, was opulent, not too over-the-top and known for its seashell motifs. “By far the most unusual feature on the property was the grotto that Arzt built below his home,” writes Jenevieve Hughes in a 2023 article for history blog Clio. “In keeping with his interest in geology and mineralogy, he filled the subterranean cavern with stalactites


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History is a mystery Want to see and learn about a few historic buildings for yourself? Consider booking a tour through the research and tour group St. Louis History and Architecture. You can stroll through Soulard, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods; check out the distinctive Victorian townhouses lining Lafayette Square; or see two of the oldest businesses in St. Louis: Marx Hardware and Crown Candy in Old North St. Louis. stlhistoryandarchitecture.com

and stalagmites imported from abroad. In his native Austria, the creation of ornamental rocaille grottos ... was a measure of status at palaces and grand estates. Once it became available, Arzt added electric lighting to the cavern to illuminate the inner displays of quartz.” Indeed, Arzt was a jack-of-all-trades who pointed his compass toward true zaniness – if this way of thinking isn’t representative of St. Louis as a whole, it’s hard to say what is. In any case, Artz’ Second Empire-style home is not only impressive for its originality, it’s also a rare sight to see in St. Louis. Many Second Empire-style houses – introduced to the city between 1860 and 1870, according to local

Characteristics of Second Empire-style homes • Large and imposing; typically built for affluent homeowners • Popular in the Northeast and Midwest but less common in the South and on the West Coast • Considered to be of the Victorian era; often featuring a sloped, mansard roof • Similar to Italianate-style homes in that they both include overhanging eves with decorative brackets and ornate door and window hoods • Symmetrical, usually built in an L-shape, featuring ornamental details like cornices and balustrades • A Second Empire-style home will always have a distinctive entrance; just look at the one on the Franz Arzt House!

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ou’ve heard of wine and beer flights, but the restaurant flight has evolved past just alcohol. Several spots in St. Louis offer samples of their iconic dishes with food and beverage flights. Not only are these pairings a great deal, but they also let you easily try all of a restaurant’s bestselling dishes so you can find your new favorite.

STEVE’S HOT DOGS Venture to Steve’s on South Grand and you’ll discover a hot dog flight that’s sure to leave you feeling satisfied. Try a half-dog of each of the restaurant’s eight most popular hot dogs. Varieties include the Bacon Bacon Jamaican (all-beef dog, pepper Jack cheese, jerk seasoning, grilled bell peppers, chopped bacon and honey chipotle barbecue sauce) and the Backyard BBQ (baked beans, potato salad, bacon and barbecue sauce). The flight is rounded out with the Chicago, Gorilla Mac & Cheese, Bacon Cheeseburger, St. Louis, Chili Cheese and Hawaii 5-0 dogs.

TERROR TACOS This metal-themed eatery is beloved for its flavorful vegan tacos and burritos. If you can’t choose from its long list of tacos, order a “Fright”: five of its bestselling tacos. Enjoy the Tofu Terror (cilantro lime tofu and fajita veggies), the Green Chili-lupa, the Double Diablo (a classic hard shell taco wrapped in a flour tortilla), the Carnage Asada (a plant-based version of carne asada made with seitan) and the Buffalofu Taco (spicy Buffalo saucemarinated tofu with vegan ranch). Terror Tacos, 3191 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314-260-9996, terrortacos.com

LATTE LOUNGE + HG EATERY With locations downtown and in Florissant, Latte Lounge makes it easy to get your coffee fix. For a major caffeine boost, order the latte flight – five 12-ounce drinks that can be served hot or cold. Flights include a classic latte, turtle, caramel macchiato, cinnamon and white mocha (all available with whole, almond or oat milk). Share with a friend and compare notes to find your new go-to coffee order. Multiple locations, llhgstl.com

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TWISTED RANCH Midwesterners love ranch, and for good reason: The classic condiment works on just about anything. If you’re a ranch addict, visit Twisted Ranch in the Central West End. The restaurant offers three kinds of flights: a side or basket of ranch-seasoned fries with your choice of five, thirteen or all thirty-four housemade ranches. Choose from classic varieties like BBQ or Buffalo ranch, or branch out and try inventive flavors like Castaway Ginger and It Takes Two to Mango. Twisted Ranch, 14 Maryland Plaza, St. Louis, 314-833-3450, twistedranch.com


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“MOVING STORIES IN THE MAKING ” By Madeleine Ackerburg > Photos by Virginia Harold, courtesy of The Luminary


ome stories are told in words. Other stories, like the ones expressed in “Moving Stories in the Making: An Exhibition of Migration Narratives,” take shape in entirely different mediums. The “Moving Stories in the Making” exhibition, presented at The Luminary until March 30, is a collaborative project between the gallery and Moving Stories, a transdisciplinary creative research team supported by the Incubator for Transdisciplinary Futures at Washington University in St. Louis that investigates the role of storytelling in migration studies. The captivating showcase invites viewers to immerse themselves in profound narratives from eight local and international artists: Janna Añonuevo Langholz, Zlatko Ćosić, Mee Jey, Kiki Salem, Arleene Correa Valencia, Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, Rafael Soldi and Laurencia Strauss. Incorporating mediums such as video, photography, sculpture and textiles, “Moving Stories” explores personal and multifaceted aspects of migration that challenge narrative conventions through a symphony of human experiences. It took two years for “Moving Stories in the Making” to open its doors to the public on Feb. 3, 2024, and for a good reason. Months prior to opening night, Moving Stories – a project team of researchers in art history, art practice, sociology, global studies, languages and literature – organized panel and listening sessions in St. Louis to receive feedback from scholars, activists, local migrants and artists on how to accurately capture the complexity and authenticity of migrant stories. These ongoing discussions highlighted the importance of using “Moving Stories” as a platform to amplify a wide range of

migration experiences and voices, emphasizing the intricate details of each individual’s journey. “One major focus identified in the listening sessions was that we didn’t want to prioritize one experience of migration over another,” says Jay Buchanan, art exhibition project manager at Moving Stories. “We wanted to prioritize the act of storytelling itself as a process that immigrants and migrants undergo as they come to understand themselves and make sense of their cultural identities.”

To achieve that goal, “Moving Stories” consciously challenges preconceived notions of migration by exploring complex themes of borders, climate survival, geopolitical conflict, indigenous experiences and queerness. The breathtaking artistic work honors real experiences of grief and loss while also highlighting stories of hope, joy and found family. “Each artist brings a different story and a different framework for their experiences with migration,” says Kalaija Mallery, artistic director of The Luminary. “Showing a diverse range of mediums and approaches to the subject matter is reflective of the diversity of the stories themselves.” A unique web app adds an interactive element to the exhibition by inviting visitors to record and upload their own migration experiences, further emphasizing the importance of collaborative and forward-thinking approaches to exploring migration narratives. Through dynamic artistic works, “Moving Stories in the Making” invites viewers to contemplate how art can serve as a medium for storytelling and foster understanding and connection between communities. “Storytelling is not always done in written or verbal language,” Buchanan adds. “Sometimes stories are conveyed through images and different media. We’re trying our best to not only complicate what migration narratives are, but also complicate the historical understandings of what art is.” The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314-773-1533, theluminaryarts.com Moving Stories, transdisciplinaryfutures.wustl.edu/ moving-stories

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33rd Annual Holiday House Celebration Story and photos by Christina Kling-Garrett


he Delta Gamma Center held its 33rd annual Holiday House Celebration at the home of Kevin and Patti Short this winter. Their beautiful Central West End home provided the perfect backdrop for the holiday festivities, including hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a buffet dinner and cookies. Those who purchased a Sparkling Light raffle ticket enjoyed a rosemary-pomegranate Champagne toast for the chance to win a five-course dinner with chef Chris Vomund. The Delta Gamma Center supports children who are blind or low vision with a variety of services created to empower them to achieve their full potential.

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Holiday House marks our 33rd annual celebration – a cherished tradition where we gather for a night filled with joy, connection and giving. It’s not just an event; it’s a shared commitment to supporting the Delta Gamma Center. Every element of this evening plays a part in creating a brighter future for children who are blind or visually impaired.

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36th Annual Football Game Celebration Story and photos by Bryan Schraier


im Naumann recently hosted the 36th annual Army vs. Navy football game celebration at the Missouri Athletic Club downtown. This event supports the local United States Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign, utilizing a friendly Army-Navy rivalry for a good cause. This year’s special Guest of Honor was Major Matt Dunbar, a 1979 graduate of the United States Airforce Academy.

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The St. Louis Army vs. Navy football game celebration provides our invited guests an opportunity to support our Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign, which [provides toys for] St. Louis families in need. By lending a hand to our Marines, together, we’re putting a smile on a little one’s face. And my mission has been accomplished.

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ot a ring by spring? One collaborative group of students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is eager to help engaged couples start their weddingplanning journey at the first Dazed & Engaged bridal show this April. The event isn’t just for young women with a ring on their finger. This “inclusivity-focused wedding experience” is designed for anyone interested in the latest from local wedding vendors, with the only entry requirement being $5 per person. This year marks SIU’s first bridal show organized by two student organizations: the Saluki Event Planners and Saluki AdLab. The Saluki Event Planners is a student-run planning service that takes charge of the logistics, such as determining facility usage, managing the budget and coordinating with vendors. Saluki AdLab is a student-run advertising agency handling the branding and promotional aspects. Bridget Lescelius, Saluki AdLab adviser and associate instructor in SIU’s School of Journalism and Advertising, says the Dazed & Engaged team hopes that attendees of all abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities feel welcomed by how the interactive experiences are structured and the vendors’ inclusive services. The event will offer inspiration for wedding planning, attire for the bridal party and more – all with a diverse audience in mind. “If you have different physical needs, there’s a way to have a wedding that you really dreamed of without sacrificing anything,” Lescelius says. Event organizers were also intentional in creating an affordable showcase for small businesses serving Southern Illinois, says Saluki Event Planners adviser Niki Davis, an SIU professor of practice and director of the Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management program. Davis estimates that the average bridal show requires each vendor to invest at least $2,000 between the cost of their space and materials to create an appealing booth. For those who travel to St. Louis, travel expenses also add up. The Dazed & Engaged team expects to cut that cost by offering their event closer to home and booth spaces at $200 and $300, which include a table, tablecloth and chairs. “We’re very cognizant of the fact that budgets are tight and costs have gone up,” Davis says. “That was an immediate part of the conversation with Keesha last February and honestly was the catalyst for the show.”

Keesha Lo is the owner of Bake Me Happy, Food Co. and vendor partner for Dazed & Engaged, and her perspective is helping event organizers appeal to small business owners. “Bake Me Happy decided to partner with the event because it provides a very unique and inclusive take on your typical bridal expo,” Lo says. “Being inclusive and really tailoring to the needs of every couple who wants to celebrate their special day is extremely important to us.” Lo looks forward to demonstrating her business’ baked goods, cakes and catering services: “We can do anything from appetizers and grazing tables to full buffet-style or plated dinners, as well as simple cakes to full dessert bars. Our booth and display will really let everyone get an idea of the full spectrum of our catering services, as well as try samples of some of the different items while they browse.”

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Remembering Richard Gaddes By Connie Mitchell




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pera Theatre of Saint Louis is honoring its founding general director, Richard Gaddes, by dedicating the upcoming 2024 Festival Season in his memory. Gaddes, who died on Dec. 12, 2023, at the age of 81 after a brief illness, founded OTSL in 1976 to consult on the feasibility of establishing a new opera company. Although he was serving as the artistic administrator of the Santa Fe Opera at the time, he saw potential to create a new opera experience in St. Louis. “Richard’s contributions to the opera world were significant, to say the least, with a career that spanned continents and decades,” says OTSL general director Andrew Jorgensen. “While I might be a bit biased, I think that his greatest innovation was Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He imagined this company with a unique vision of commitments to young rising artists, an intimate experience, eclectic repertoire and a conviction that opera is relevant and accessible.” Gaddes studied at Trinity College of Music in London and initially planned to become a music teacher. That plan changed after working backstage at Trinity’s Wigmore Hall, which introduced Gaddes to performance managers and administrators and pivoted his career to artist management. Early exposure to music during the 1960s in London influenced Gaddes’ focus on championing young artists, one of the innovations he would become known for at OTSL. “I think the interest I have had in young, aspiring singers during my career stems from my early days at the Wigmore Hall,” Gaddes said in a 2010 interview as part of NEA Opera Honors. After finishing college, Gaddes and a friend created a series of lunchtime concerts in Wigmore Hall “specifically to help young musicians who were not able to afford the cost of a debut recital.” Several of these performers later became well-known, including the flutist Jean Pierre Rampal and soprano Margaret Price. Gaddes recalled his initial visit to St. Louis: “I spent the weekend visiting various theaters, where the opera company, soon to be formed, could present its season. And they had very, very little money, and it seemed like a very challenging task. And then I saw the Loretto-Hilton [Center] at Webster [University]. An 800-seat theater in lovely grounds; and the idea came to me to start an opera company, which would engage young American singers just leaving apprentice programs who were moving into professional careers.” In January 1976, Gaddes recommended this ensemble-company model, not expecting to start the company himself. By May of that year, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis premiered its first season with Gaddes at the helm and a small budget of $137,000. Gaddes led the fledgling company in creating an annual festival season where three or four operas would be presented to represent various segments of opera repertoire. – Andrew Jorgensen Gaddes’ vision and leadership extended beyond the structure and schedule of the OTSL season. “It wasn’t just about digging into [a] rare, exciting repertoire and nurturing singers early in their journey; it was the social aspect, too,” Jorgensen says. “The idea of picnicking in the gardens under our now-iconic green-and-white striped tents and then celebrating and mingling with artists afterwards – this was unheard of at the time. That was a path-breaking model, and those themes continue to set Opera Theatre apart today.” The 2024 Festival Season in Gaddes’ honor includes “The Barber of Seville,” “La Bohéme,” “Julius Caesar” and “Galileo Galilei.” “We still believe opera is for everyone,” Jorgensen says. “Whether you’re new to the art form or have seen every show, opera speaks to the human experience, and there are no qualifications for anyone to enjoy and be moved by it.”

Richard’s contributions to the opera world were significant, to say the least, with a career that spanned continents and decades.

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The Collective Thread teaches refugee women sewing and design in the heart of St. Louis’ Garment District. By Brittany Nay > Photos by Suzy Gorman


n 2010, Terri Stipanovich’s trip to the impoverished Somali region of East Africa inspired her to make a difference in the lives of countless women by helping them earn a living wage. “We witnessed young women forced into marriage … and even sex trafficking,” Stipanovich says. “It affected me deeply, and I wanted to create something that would go beyond my efforts.” The St. Louis native founded The Collective Thread after recognizing an opportunity to empower women with one valuable skill: sewing. The nonprofit began with a small sewing school in Ethiopia but quickly expanded into another location in the Central West End to provide a similar opportunity for immigrants and refugees in St. Louis. Four years ago, the St. Louis location moved to the heart of the city’s historic Garment District on Washington Avenue. Operating as the Midwest region’s only independent cut and sew factory, The Collective Thread provides free on-the-job skills training to residents of underserved communities, including those referred by partners such as International Institute of St. Louis, a local immigrant and refugee service provider.

2024 Fashion Show Fundraiser Benefiting The Collective Thread’s International Sewing and Design School on Garment Row Thursday, Feb. 29, 6 to 9 p.m., 21c Museum Hotel, 1528 W. Locust St., St. Louis


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Stipanovich says the nonprofit’s mission came full circle when she discovered a heightened demand for seamstresses in St. Louis and beyond. With help from generous donors and a grant from the state, The Collective Thread was able to purchase stateof-the-art sewing, design and manufacturing equipment. Further collaboration with St. Louis businesses desiring sewing services allowed the nonprofit to triple its annual revenue. “We’ve grown into an advanced apparel manufacturer,” Stipanovich says. “Our goal is to be selfsustaining in two years, relying on income from our advanced apparel manufacturing services to continue empowering individuals in need of dignified work.” Since the nonprofit’s inception, more than 100 women have been trained in St. Louis and Ethiopia. “We recently added three individuals from El Salvador,” Stipanovich explains. “We can provide on-the-job training and move people from a $15-per-hour job to more than a $20-per-hour job and even beyond that. It’s fun to watch our staff, [who are] primarily refugees and immigrants, gain more skills and receive higher pay, while realizing their own dream of financial independence and home ownership.” The nonprofit’s team of 12 sews and designs for more than 20 companies in St. Louis and beyond, including local companies like Dignity Period, Left Hand Promotions, Markwort Sporting Goods, Shanna Britta and Paulie Gibson and various women’s apparel brands nationwide. Some trainees have gone on to work in tailoring or manufacturing for other St. Louis businesses, while others continue to work for The Collective Thread, Stipanovich says, noting: “Our primary patternmaker started as a seamstress and has advanced to leadership, design and pattern making.” The Collective Thread is currently holding a fundraising initiative in support of its On the

Job Training program for the next two years. The Collective Thread’s annual Fashion Show Fundraiser, one of Saint Louis Fashion Fund’s “10 for the 10th” anniversary events, will highlight designs from Shanna Britta and Markwort Sporting Goods, Lukas Roe and The Collective Thread’s first collection, Babs: a collaboration with in-house designer Paulie Gibson. “We are really proud of the quality output from our team, from producing men’s and women’s jackets and pants to wedding apparel and fine silks,” Stipanovich says. “Our team continues to improve daily. No matter what challenge is given, they rise to the occasion. This attracts business to our region and is the spark needed for revitalization of our fashion community.” To assist these efforts, The Fashion Show Fundraiser will be held on Feb. 29 at the 21c Museum Hotel to raise funds for the Collective Thread’s programs. “We really feel our partner Saint Louis Fashion Fund has such a shared vision of revitalizing the fashion ecosystem in St. Louis,” Stipanovich notes. Susan Sherman, board chair and co-founder of Saint Louis Fashion Fund, says the Fund is a proud supporter of all St. Louis-based fashion businesses, including The Collective Thread. “Our partnership with them was natural, as we look to the next decade of building up the production and manufacturing capabilities in the fashion space,” Sherman says. “Through this special partnership, we continue to help raise their national visibility … so their outreach to customers around the country, sales and funding prospects continue to grow.” The Collective Thread, 1310 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 314-536-3112, thecollectivethread.org Saint Louis Fashion Fund, saintlouisfashionfund.org, @stlfashionfund

Paulie Gibson, in-house designer, Reid VanMarel, operations coordinator, and Kirsten Feld, pattern maker


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