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STATE OF THE ARTS As happens each year, Mark Bretz, Robyn Dexter, Katherine Herrick and Bryan A. Hollerbach treat LN readers to a comprehensive overview of coming attractions in theater, music, dance and visual art – 10 total pages of wow!


Arts & Culture:

CHAMPS ON JEFFERSON This week, writer/photographer Mabel Suen takes LN readers courtside to Champs On Jefferson, a basketball-themed eatery that opened just two months ago in St. Louis’ Gravois Park neighborhood under Lassaad Jelitti and Anthony Stewart.

On the cover 10 Now the 15th largest chartered bank in Missouri, with nearly $1.5 billion in total assets, Reliance Bank has grown exponentially since its founding 19 years ago. Much of this growth is due to the bank’s focus on community and its unique partnerships with area companies. Turn to page 10 to read about how the bank is maximizing branch space by leasing to diverse businesses, from Edward Jones to Lion’s Choice and beyond. Pictured are (center) Thomas H. Brouster Sr., chairman and CEO, and (back row, from right to left) Gaines S. Dittrich, vice-chairman and chief credit officer; Lisa G. Frederick, president, retail and deposit services; Allan D. Ivie IV, president, corporate and community banking; and Norman A. Toon, EVP, chief lending officer. Photo by Sarah Conroy.


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Friends of Miriam

ABODE 16 17 22

The Trio Design Destination Feature: Staging

STYLE 32 33 34

Arts & Culture Feature:

Humane Society of Missouri


LN digital editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter chats with Ronke Faleti about korédé (Nigerian for “bring goodness”), the company Faleti founded in July 2017 to design, make and market quality women’s bags that meld beauty and usefulness.


St. Louis Press Club

One Look, Two Ways Make a Statement Feature: korédé

THE DAILY 38 40 44 42

Healthy Appetite Happily Ever After Crossword Puzzle Feature: Charitable Donations

ARTS & CULTURE 46 48 49 50

Dinner & A Show Around Town Ready Readers Feature: State of the Arts



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from the

EDITOR ‌ON ANY GIVEN WEEKEND, IT’S COMMON FOR EITHER ME OR MY husband to (guiltily) let the following words leave our mouths: There is nothing to do. While compiling this week’s special State of the Arts edition, though – which features previews from more than 50 St. Louis arts organizations – it’s safe to say that there’s no room for that excuse anymore. Theoretically, we could attend an event every night of the week for the remainder of the year if we so desired. Starting on p. 50, we hope you spend time exploring this inspiring cross-section of events and experience the array of offerings available in St. Louis’ thriving arts community. Whether you love theater, dance or music or are a self-proclaimed visual-art snob, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy in our fall arts guide . Also in this week’s edition, we hope you enjoy learning about Ronke Faleti’s newest women’s accessories venture, korédé. Korédé brings gorgeous and practical handbags to the metro area that are truly a combination of fashion and function. We hope you enjoy learning more about this brand starting on p. 34. All the best,

Alecia Humphreys

Editor’s Corner Congratulations to The

A very well-deserved shoutout to the Community Arts

Bar Association of

Training (CAT) Institute – a regional network of social

Metropolitan St. Louis

workers, educators, community activists, policymakers and

(BAMSL) for receiving the

artists trained to use the arts as a tool for social change as

LexisNexis Community &

part of the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis – for being

Educational Outreach Award

honored with the Robert E. Gard Award by Americans for the

for its St. Louis Attorneys

Arts. The award recognizes and celebrates outstanding work

Against Hunger initiative,

at the intersection of art and community.

which is an “outreach effort [that] unites lawyers and other legal professionals with the St. Louis community to fight against homelessness and hunger in the St. Louis metropolitan area.” According to a press release, the LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach Awards honor “outstanding BAMSL executive director Zoe Linza (pictured far left) and BAMSL president John

bar public service and law-

Simon (second from right) accepted the LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach

related education programs.”

Award on Aug. 2 at the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) annual meeting

This is the second year in a

in Chicago. Also pictured are Afsoon McClellan, director, Global Association LexisNexis

row that BAMSL has received

(second from left), and Karen Hutchison, current president of NABE (far right).

this honor.

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t’s 11:30 a.m. on a humid summertime Saturday. You promised the kids a special, midday frozen treat, but you must run to the bank before it closes at noon. What do you do? Disappoint the little ones, or risk delaying an important transaction? If you’re a Reliance Bank customer, then the problem is moot. At the bank’s Rock Hill branch, you can fulfill all of your banking needs, while the kids grab a shake or a rainbow sprinkle-dusted concrete from the St. Louis Frozen Custard Factory next door. Debuting in June 2017, this branch is simply another example of Reliance Bank’s commitment to partnering with local businesses to maximize building space, plus boost income and foot traffic. “With the availability of mobile banking and the internet, banking is done a lot differently these days,” declares Thomas H. Brouster Sr., chairman and CEO of Reliance Bank. “It’s difficult to get customers to come into branches. For the most part, banks end up with branches that are far larger than they need to be.” Reliance Bank, however, is not one of those banks. Together, Brouster Sr. and Gaines S. Dittrich, vice-chairman and chief credit officer, are pioneering a new path for community banking in the age of digital displacement. “We decided to take the extra space in our branches and find tenants with whom we could have cooperative relationships,” explains Brouster Sr. “This allows us to generate rent revenue, which helps offset some of the costs of owning and operating these buildings. Leasing to a tenant also gives us the ability to draw people back into the bank, and creates an opportunity for us to sell our services.” So far, Reliance Bank has converted nine of the 22 branches it has scattered across the bi-state area, leasing space to businesses ranging from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties in Des Peres to Edward Jones in Wildwood to the United States Post Office in Manchester. Reliance Bank also uses the arrival of each new tenant as an occasion to modernize its own spaces. Stepping into the lobby of one of its branches is more akin to entering a boutique hotel than a standard financial institution. And, each renovated branch is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, including tech bars and integrated teller machines (ITMs). Like an upgraded ATM, the touchscreen-capable ITM connects customers with a teller working remotely from the bank’s corporate headquarters, thereby streamlining and centralizing operations, without sacrificing personal interaction. This novel formula of adapting branches to better serve and support area communities has proven remarkably successful for Reliance Bank, which formed 19 years ago. “The bank is having a great year, and we’re not done yet,” proclaims Brouster Sr. In early July, Reliance Bank debuted its newly-renovated O’Fallon, Illinois branch, which brings with it the first Lion’s Choice in the Metro East. In just the initial two weeks of opening, the new restaurant has already posted the highest sales record – of any location – in the chain’s history. In mid-August, the bank’s main branch, situated at the bustling corner of Clayton Road and Lindbergh Blvd. in Frontenac, will welcome Park Avenue Coffee as a new tenant. With a grand opening scheduled for September 10, the local coffee shop will serve beverages, sandwiches and salads, as well as various flavors of its signature gooey butter cake. “We hope to continue fitting the right business with the right building,” says Brouster Sr. “It’s a winning partnership for the bank, for the tenant and for customers. As a community bank that’s locally owned and managed, we’re dedicated to serving the communities where our branches are located.” Reliance Bank, various locations, 314-569-7200,


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St. Louis Press Club

BEAUTY BUZZ KICKOFF Photos and story by Christina Kling-Garrett


he St. Louis Press Club held its Beauty Buzz kickoff in June in the Gifting Lounge at Neiman Marcus in Plaza Frontenac. The event featured light breakfast fare, a raffle for a Chantecaille beauty basket and the introduction of Matt Hampton, a 2018 scholarship recipient and intern for the club. Co-chairing the event were Ellen Soule, Sheri Sherman, Faith Berger and Miran Halen, who spoke about the upcoming eighth annual collaboration between Neiman Marcus and the club. Beauty Buzz will take place Sept. 15 at that retailer to raise funds for journalism scholarships, while entertaining guests with brunch bites, prizes, and beauty tips and tricks modeled on the runway.

Today’s Beauty Buzz kickoff event has provided my co-chairs and me the opportunity to not only share the St. Louis Press Club mission to serve as a leading professional organization for those who make, cover and influence the news but also to assist in raising vital funding for area journalism student scholarships. ELLEN SOULE, CO-CHAIR




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Humane Society of Missouri

PURSES & PUMPS FOR POOCHES & PALS Photos and story by Diane Anderson


he Humane Society of Missouri recently held its 13th annual Purses & Pumps for Pooches & Pals at the Humane Society of Missouri Best Buddy Pet Center in Maryland Heights. At the annual event – customarily a high point for the more than 400 metro area professional women who attend – guests enjoyed refreshments from the finest local restaurants, a chance to win stunning designer purses and shoes in a raffle and the opportunity to place bids on their favorite designer shoes and handbags. The evening constitutes an incredible way to raise money to help animals in need. Co-chairing the event were Pam Nicholson, president and CEO of Enterprise Holdings; Judy Calhoun, principal of Buck Consultants; and Harika Fava of Tory Burch St. Louis. The honorary chair was Jan Torrisi-Mokwa, the principal and founder of Congruence. Emceeing the bash was Karen Kelly.

Women in the St. Louis area have been enjoying this one-of-a-kind event for 13 years! Not only do attendees have the chance to win stunning designer purses and network over delicious food from the city’s finest restaurants, but with proceeds directly benefiting the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Fund, the evening supports our life-saving work of providing second chances to animals in need. KATHY WARNICK, PRESIDENT




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Friends of Miriam

LUNCHEON Photos and story by Bryan Schraier


riends of Miriam recently celebrated the organization’s annual luncheon at Westwood Country Club. Posters around the room showed finished plans and the chosen surface finishes for the construction of the middle school wing and the renovation of existing spaces at Miriam School, which should be complete for the 2018-19 school year. After lunch, guests enjoyed the presentation of many well-deserved awards. Through three programs – Miriam School for Grades K-8, Miriam Academy for High School students and the Miriam Learning Center – Miriam strives to improve the quality of life for children with learning disabilities and their families. Members of Friends of Miriam have committed themselves to supporting the mission of Miriam.

My great-grandmother Fannie Landau founded the Miriam organization, and my mother, who’s no longer with us, was a past president. I feel honored and humbled today that I can continue the family tradition that has meant so much to my family over all of these years, and I know that I’m going to be part of the future of an organization that is all about the kids that we have all loved. SUSIE LUTEN, PRESIDENT




Larry and Liz Linkon

Janine Lawler, Stephanie DePlanty, Jessica Leonard, Misti Schwaller

Lindsay Serrano, Beth Rose

Andrew Thorpe, Jeffrey Korn, Laurie Caro


AUGUST 10, 2018 |

Shelly Marglous, Lisa Mechele

Emily Manninger, Candi Chiburis, Megan Gibson, Mary Cognata


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Multi-Million Dollar Agent Over $137 Million in Lifetime Sales


my mind

Georgian on

By Nancy Robinson

‌The very definition of timelessness, these adaptations of classics pay homage to the Georgian and Regency eras, which were revered for a light, elegant touch.

Jonathan Charles Fine

Assisting Buyers and Sellers in Neighborhoods throughout the Central Corridor including Ladue, Clayton, Frontenac, Town and Country, Huntleigh and Creve Coeur.

Furniture’s Bridgmere cabinet is an adaptation of a charming piece from the Georgian period. Part of the William Yeoward collection,


the charcoal oak exterior perfectly frames the polka-dot painted interior. Lit from within, the cabinet displays glassware, | 314.721.4755

porcelain and other fine objects

Proud to be Locally Owned and Operated Since 1936

to great effect. (

Open House Sunday, August 12th 2-4pm

Alden Parkes’ Galaxy desk is a spring 2018 introduction and part of a collection bearing the same name. It’s distinguished

1115 Westmoor Place | Town & Country $825,000

Beautiful two story center hall colonial in the heart of Town and Country with great access to highways, hospitals, shopping and walking distance to the new Town Square at Clayton & Mason Roads. Meticulously maintained inside and out, this 4-bedroom, 3.5 bath, zoned HVAC home features an updated kitchen with center island that seats 4, updated baths with heated floors, ensuite master bath and walk-in closet, gas fireplaces in the family room and living room, first floor audio system, beautiful light-filled sun room and a completely finished basement with built-in 65 inch HD TV with surround sound, a wet bar and a full bath. You will feel like you are on vacation in your own back yard. The 1+ acres are professionally landscaped with beautiful flagstone flower beds filled with perennials and an expansive brick patio including a built in gas grill. A beautiful brick walkway leads to the heated Baker pool with spacious cool deck and an outdoor fireplace. This outdoor oasis is perfect for relaxing or entertaining throughout the spring, summer and fall. The 2-car garage and irrigation system complete the package and make this the ideal, move-in ready home for any family.


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Aidan Gray Home’s Pommard chandelier with gold leaf accents is named for a village along France’s Route des Grands Crus.

Experience Really Matters!

Carla Borgard Broker/Agent

by an elegantly spare

The fixture diffuses light through strands of wooden beads with a


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By Robyn Dexter Facing the Sulu Sea, the Philippines’ Coron Island is home to a variety of unique ecological features. It’s the third-largest island in the Calamian Islands of the country’s Palawan province and is part of a larger municipality of the same name. Coron is a mountainous island and has become known for the Japanese shipwrecks that can be found in its waters from World War II. It’s also the ancestral domain of the Tagbanua indigenous group, who are primarily fishermen. Adventurous tourists come from all over the world to explore these dive sites and snorkel in the calm, clear waters. These unbeatable views have led to Coron Island being listed in Forbes Traveler Magazine’s top 10 best scuba diving sites in the world. Bring some inspiration from the Philippines into your own abode with these three pieces.

To create this beautiful chandelier, craftsmen start with genuine Philippine capiz in an uncommon, naturally The history of weaving in the Philippines is

occurring light color. The iridescent

long and deeply rooted. Since ancient times,

wafers are cut away from their shells by

This Bohlend cabinet is a true work of art with many

abundant native plants in the highlands and the

hand, placed into a smoker – the secret

functions. The cabinet not only features an interior storage

low marshes have provided a wealth of fibers

to their final, lustrous champagne-gold

drawer with a felt liner, teak veneer surfaces and adjustable

to the skilled local craftsmen and craftswomen

tone – then strung by hand in layers onto

tempered glass shelves but also has an antiqued mirror

who knew how to extract them from the leaves,

a frame hand-gilded in champagne tones.

back panel and an LED touch light with a three-way setting.

stems and roots. Today’s artisans use such age-

The craftsmen who work with the shells

Its eye-catching design of hand-cut gingko-leaf marquetry

old techniques to create this rugged and refined

use techniques that have been taught in

is made of mappa veneer and is perfectly contrasted by the

stool of lampakanay and abaca. Each one is

Philippine fishing villages for generations.

solid teak construction and solid brass hardware. $10,990,

woven by hand. $423, available from Ethan Allen

$2,239.20, available from Ethan Allen

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OPEn SundAy 1-3

1422 Country Lake Estates Drive Offered at $995,000

Exquisitely updated and maintained 1.5 story custom 5 bedroom 4.5 bathroom home on a prime lot backing to woods and lake. Beautifully remodeled high-end kitchen and master bath. Exquisitely finished lower level with recreation room, bedroom, exercise room, full bathroom and wine cellar.

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971 Kingscove Court Town & Country | 63017

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9033 Clayton Road Ladue, $819,900 5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, 3,483 sq ft

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54 Mason Avenue Webster Groves, $950,000

Gracious 2.5 story brick home in historic Webster Park. Updated and expanded with 2 story addition. 4,000 sq ft, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 updated baths. Hardwood floors, 9’ ceilings on first & second floors. 3 zones hvac. Chefs kitchen open to family room walks out to private backyard, patio & saltwater pool. Gorgeous master suite with luxury bath, large walk in closet & sitting room.

1215 Tammany Ln Town & Country | 63131

18665 Wild Horse Creek Rd Wildwood | 63005

1490 Wilton Ln Kirkwood | 63122

1829 Wills Trace Ridge Wildwood | 63005

11012 Stonebridge Ln Wentzville| 63385

1132 Hampton Park Dr Richmond Heights | 63117

212 Clion Ln Creve Coeur | 63141

16866 Eagle Bluff Ct Chesterfield | 63005

23 Vouga Ln Frontenac | 63131

668 Westledge Ct St. Louis | 63131

10144 Fieldcrest Ln Ladue | 63124

12847 Hickory Woods Dr Town & Country | 63131

119 Grand Meridien Forest Dr Wildwood | 63005

7 Crownhill Ln Chesterfield | 63005

1737 Horseshoe Ridge Rd Chesterfield | 63005

1862 Parr Rd Wentzville | 63385

18 Terrace Gardens Frontenac | 63131

12774 Wynfield Pines Ct Des Peres | 63131

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1662 Whispering Hollow Ct Wildwood | 63038

10 Country Fair Ln Creve Coeur | 63141

11234 Pointe Ct Sunset Hills | 63127

451 Whitestone Farm Dr Chesterfield | 63017

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CREVE COEUR | $1,685,000 10825 Ladue Road 5,000 square feet on 1.25 private acres

CREVE COEUR | $1,450,000 201 North Mosley Road Spectacular brick & stone 1.5 story

DES PERES | $1,349,500 12872 Willow Pond Court Gorgeous updated 1.5 story

ST LOUIS | $1,299,000 529 North Mason Custom build by Greg Terbrock Design Build

Represented by: John Ryan T. 314-993-8000

Represented by: Etty Masoumy T. 636-394-9300

Represented by: Kenny Reinhold T. 314-821-5885

Represented by: Jim Vatterott T. 314-821-5885

BALLWIN | $915,000 254 Meadowbrook Country Club Est. Former display loaded w/ upgrades!

BALLWIN | $899,900 283 Meadowbrook Country Club Est. Resort style, lakeside living!

OLIVETTE | $899,500 20 Heather Hill Lane Heather Hill gem in the Ladue school district

TOWN AND COUNTRY | $864,900 2410 Wexford Woods Court Classic custom home on 1 acre private lot

Represented by: Kathy Pecher T. 636-394-9300

Represented by: Sarla Soorya T. 314-821-5885

Represented by: Steven Mathes T. 314-993-8000

Represented by: Patrick Kelly, Jr. T. 314-993-8000

BALLWIN | $849,000 916 Kimswick Manor Lane Atrium ranch on cul-de-sac

LADUE | $849,000 4 Ridgetop Drive Ideal great room and kitchen

LADUE | $795,000 16 Deer Creek Woods Newly updated on a quiet, family friendly street

CENTRAL WEST END | $750,000 232 North Kingshighway 909 Fabulous, one-of-a-kind 9th floor condo!

Represented by: Mary Beth Benes T. 636-394-9300

Represented by: Mary Cella T. 314-993-8000

Represented by: Helen Reid T. 314-993-8000

Represented by: Karie Lyn Angell T. 636-394-9300



*Source: The top ten St. Louis area companies as reported in the St. Louis Business Journals’ 2018 Book of Lists’ ranking of the Largest Residential Real Estate Companies. The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Gundaker are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Gundaker. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Gundaker fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo are service marks registered or pending registration owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.

ag Stage

Set the

By Katherine Herrick Photos supplied

Local experts share tips and tricks for staging your home to sell.

Kitchen staged by Olive & Opal Interiors.

Dining room (left) and living room (above) staged by Peek Interiors.


ome staging has many benefits, for buyers and sellers alike. Buyers, more specifically, see what their potential home would feel like when they’re living there, rather than trying to imagine themselves in a big, empty space. For sellers, meanwhile, staging can help sell a house at a faster pace and for a higher price; also, staging helps distract from any less-than-perfect aspects of a home. “It’s like having two cupcakes: the same cupcake, except one has icing and one doesn’t,” says Bridget Neichter, founder of WOW Factor Home Staging. “People will pay more for the one with icing because it looks better, it’s pleasing to look at, and it speaks to them in a satisfying way.” So how does staging work? To learn more about the importance of staging, what it involves and what aesthetics are enjoying a stylistic spotlight at the moment, Ladue News spoke with Neichter, Deanna Fasnacht (the owner and designer of Peek Interiors) and Melinda Christman and Anna Neal (the owners of Olive & Opal Interiors). The experts agree that staging centers on helping the buyer imagine his or her life in the home. According to Christman, buyers shop logically but buy emotionally. “They want to find a house that ‘feels like home,’” Christman says. “Unfortunately, most buyers are unable to visualize a room’s potential without seeing a good example. Oftentimes, we find that homeowners have many distractions that prevent a potential buyer from seeing the home’s beauty, whether that be a result of too little Living room staged by Olive & Opal Interiors. or too much furniture, the wrong furniture or clutter.” The same goes for homes that stand empty, according to Neichter. “More than 98 percent of buyers go online to look at homes,” she says. “Homes that are vacant and not staged appear lonely and dull. Staging adds beauty, interest, and attracts buyers to your home so your chances of selling are greater.” Of course, this process varies a bit depending on whether the seller currently occupies the home. “If the seller still lives in the property … we generally start with a one- to two-hour consultation to evaluate the home and provide the homeowner with notes on all the areas in the home to address,” Christman says. “The homeowner is left with a prioritized list, and we offer our help to complete the items if desired. In a vacant staging project, we typically assess the vacant property via phone or email to determine the size, style, condition and price point of the home. Following our initial assessment, we provide an

Living room (above) and dining room (right) staged by WOW Factor Home Staging.

estimate for timing and the costs to fully stage with furniture, art, textiles and accessories.” Then comes the fun part – design. Although someone’s personal taste might seem great, subjectively, when it comes to selling a house, the best course involves thinking like (and listening to) a pro. “Selecting furniture for staging a home has little to do with the existing owner’s personal taste and more to do with what people are seeing in social media and in magazines,” Fasnacht says. Staging experts have a system to tackle groundwork quickly and efficiently. Picking the focal points in each room and determining if any first-impression spots need special attention form a key first step. Then the designers make a plan, and the actual staging can take place. So what aspects of a home really need highlighting? Neichter cites the main rooms: the living room, office, family room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast room and, most important, master bedroom. “The master bedroom is important because those are the people writing the check for the house, so you want it to feel luxurious,” Neichter says. According to Fasnacht, staging should pay homage to the style and character of each home. “We tailor the furnishings as much as possible to each space,” she says. “We like to mix furniture styles from vintage to modern and decorate with a mix of high to low in order to create a collected feel you might get when walking into an expertly designed home.” Neal agrees and recommends keeping classic furniture pieces with trendy accessories and art, along with a neutral paint color, to create a nice balance and transitional aesthetic. “Even though it’s not really exciting, going with a good neutral is a no-fail approach,” Neal says. “We also prefer to use lighter colors, often leaning toward white or cream, depending on the room and the lighting. We want the home to feel light, bright and spacious.” In short, sellers needn’t worry about pulling a home together to look smart on the market. Instead, they can leave that to experts – to take care of the “icing.” Olive & Opal Interiors, 314-254-5086, Peek Interiors, 314-616-9621, WOW Factor Home Staging, 314-704-8545,



By Amanda Dahl




Coldwell Banker Gundaker

Gladys Manion Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Premier Group

314-580-2744 (direct), 636-394-9300 (office),

314-721-4755 (direct), 314-267-6262 (office),

314-422-7449 (direct), 314-336-1924 (office),

Carla Borgard takes pride in helping

Gina Bundy made an immediate impact

Consistently listed in the top one

people make the right move for their

in the St. Louis market when she

percent of agents in the state, Kim

lifestyle. Known as an ambassador for

launched her real estate career more than

Carney once again has been named

Mary Gettinger and Kathy Gettinger

St. Louis, especially in West County, she

a decade ago. With $137-plus million in

Coldwell Banker Premier Group’s

officially teamed up in 2013, after

is committed to serving clients 24/7 and

lifetime sales, she ranks as a high-selling

No. 1 agent. As a cancer survivor,

enjoying working together for more

has a niche in “tear-down” properties.

agent in St. Louis Business Journal’s “Book

Carney stays involved in the St. Louis

than a decade. Together, they have

She serves on community committees

of Lists.” Bundy enjoys playing golf and

Ovarian Cancer Awareness group

found that the real estate business

and task forces, and loves cooking

traveling with her family.

and donates 10 percent of all sales to

challenges and, more importantly,

Siteman Cancer Center.

rewards. “We love helping sellers put

Italian cuisine.

MARY GETTINGER & KATHY GETTINGER The Gettinger Team Coldwell Banker Gundaker 314-378-3173 (Mary), 636-284-0990 (Kathy),

their best homes forward, and buyers find their dream homes,” they agree.





The Hoemeke Group Coldwell Banker Premier Group

Janet McAfee Real Estate

Janet McAfee Real Estate

614-404-7374, t


314-303-6504 (direct), 314-997-4800 (office),

“I was always competitive in sales, but

Tricia Kolbrener joined the housing

also enjoyed helping others,” describes

industry almost 30 years ago. “I still

For 10 consecutive years, Janet McAfee

Britani Hoemeke, who joined her

love the business,” she says. “Meeting

Real Estate has listed Julie Lane as a

in-laws’ real-estate team in 2014. “My

new people…Searching for different

top agent, achieving the no. 1 ranking

Carolyn Malecek and Lizz James,

skillset paired well with the team,

homes and then selling existing homes,

in 2012 and 2016. She lives in Ladue

alongside Steve Breihan and Erik

which has 45-plus years of combined

while carrying out a smooth process.”

with her husband and two daughters.

Petersen, combine 50 years of experience

experience. We made an excellent

Kolbrener has found that “attending

Lane and her children are part of

and expertise to provide dedicated

match.” Hoemeke traveled to Hollywood

to the details is worth every ounce of

the Gateway chapter of the National

customer service that is second to none.

in 2011 as an American Idol contestant.

prevention in real estate.”

Charity League, Inc.

Malecek and James make a charitable

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate 314-956-9405 (Malecek), 314-307-4232 (James),

donation with every home sale to The Animal Protective Association of Missouri, as well as the Sunshine Kids.

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By Amanda Dahl ‌ aria Elias has aided families in the moving M process for more than 20 years, earning her a designation as a relocation and listing-and-marketing specialist, with a focus on Clayton and Ladue. Her expertise and community knowledge are evident through rave reviews from clients. “Maria was a godsend!” one says. “She was thoroughly organized [and] understood just what we wanted, preselecting 10 houses [that] met our criteria exactly.” Another shares similar sentiments: “After living [in this wonderful home for] a month, we are still in awe. Maria’s knowledge of the market, ability to bring people together to [complete] the deal and professionalism was a testament to me [of her skill].” Born and raised in St. Louis, the Clayton resident attained her vast knowledge of the area’s communities, local school districts (both private and public) and the housing market from personal experience. Her children went to Ladue elementary schools. Her son, Philip, attended St. Louis University

High School and is now an attorney, who lives in Chicago with his wife, Brody, and their baby daughter, Welles. Elias’ daughter, Laura, attended Clayton High School and is now a family therapist, who lives in Denver with her husband, Dustin, and their two children, Cris and Jane. As a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Club, Elias ranks in the top one percent of St. Louis REALTORS and is an Outstanding Service Award recipient, as well as a member of the St. Louis Association of REALTORS. Prior to her real estate career, she established Town & Country Stables, one of St. Louis’ finest boarding-and-riding academies. Elias and her family then moved to a suburb of Chicago, where she managed the Ragdale Foundation, an arts institution. Now back in the city she knows and loves, Elias is

FEATURED LISTING 54 MASON AVE. This 4-bedroom and 2.5-bathroom home in Webster Groves is listed for $950,000. Residing in historic Webster Park, this updated home, with a two-story addition, charms with a stately façade and elegant interiors. Tall ceiling heights, beautiful wood flooring and wonderful amenities make this place perfect for entertaining and for the modern family. The residence boasts a chef’s kitchen, patio, saltwater pool and more. thrilled to introduce families to their own ideal St. Louis home. Contact Maria Elias at 314-971-4346 or visit

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luxury LISTINGS ‌9033 Clayton Road |

By Amanda Dahl


2918 Fairborn Place |

1132 Hampton Park Drive |

12847 Hickory Woods Drive |




Maria Elias Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate

Stella Simon Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate 314-420-0383 (direct), 636-530-4013 (office),

Mark Gellman & Neil Gellman The Gellman Team Coldwell Banker Premier Group 2203 S. Big Bend Blvd., 314-336-1991,,

Mark Gellman & Neil Gellman The Gellman Team Coldwell Banker Premier Group 2203 S. Big Bend Blvd., 314-336-1991,,

the heart of Ladue, offers a floor plan fit for

This pristine pad, situated on almost 1.5

This fantastic home showcases six

Tucked within the private gated

the modern family. Elegant details include

acres, boasts an open floor plan, with a

bedrooms and nine bathrooms on a

community of Hickory Woods, this custom

hardwood floors, magnificent millwork,

circle drive, noteworthy landscape lighting

spectacular one-plus acre lot within

brick ranch features more than 6,000

soaring ceilings and walls of windows,

and a fantastic pool design. The gourmet

prestigious Hampton Park. You’ll adore

square feet of living space. Admire the

which are sure to impress. $819,900

kitchen impresses, as do the 14-inch

its arched openings, custom millwork,

amazing sunroom, master suite, great room

ceilings found in the great room.

coffered family room and park-like yard,

and finished lower level, plus decorative

with an inground pool and a brick patio.

ceilings and marble flooring.

314-971-4346, This charming Cape Cod, tucked away in

10825 Ladue Road |

41 Lake Forest Drive |

525 S. Rock Hill Road |




John Ryan The Ryan Tradition Coldwell Banker Gundaker 314-941-0572 (direct), 314-993-8000 (office),

Britani Hoemeke The Hoemeke Group Coldwell Banker Premier Group 614-404-7374 (direct), 314-336-1941 (office),

Anne McCoole Laura McCarthy Real Estate 314-780-3370 (direct), 314-725-5100 (office),

A gated entry opens to reveal an incredible

Residing in the Clayton School District,

which guides you through the circular

residence that spreads across more than

this Tudor Revival stuns with an updated

open floor plan. Lovely hardwood floors

5,000 square feet, with excellent curb

kitchen and baths, a finished walkout

and extensive millwork can be found

appeal. An open floor plan guides you

lower level, a professionally built wet bar,

throughout. Explore the updated bath in

through to the custom kitchen or two-

beautiful built-ins and a gas fireplace. The

the master suite or the delightful screened

story great room, with its wall of windows.

custom-built abode features five bedrooms

porch and patio.

$1.685 million

and 4.5 bathrooms. $1.25 million

The classic Colonial presents a center hall,

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luxury LISTINGS 203 Toussaint Landing Drive |

51 Westmoreland Place |

233 Woodbourne Drive |




Jan Kosmal Coldwell Banker Premier Group 314-478-1179 (direct), 314-647-0001 (office),

Kevin Hurley Janet McAfee Real Estate 314-560-4977,

Stephanie Oliver & Associates with Ted Wight Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty 314-722-8180 (direct), 314-725-0009 (office),

Restored to its original splendor, This custom ranch delights with a beautiful

this magnificent masterpiece of

façade and open floor plan. Discover

architectural design showcases Old World

hardwood flooring in the main living area,

craftsmanship, with a walled courtyard,

private in-law quarters, a see-through gas

splash pool and outdoor fireplace. Uncover

fireplace that connects the great room and

travertine walls inside the rotunda entry,

outdoor living area, and a finished walkout

a domed ceiling and a dramatic curved

lower level.

marble staircase.

This striking Tudor, built in 1929, has been transformed through meticulous attention to detail, and features only the finest finishes and materials. An exceptional center hall highlights some of the home’s grandeur, with a restored wrought-iron balustrade, terrazzo floor and limestone mantle.

12310 Boothbay Ct., Creve Coeur, MO 63141 NEW ListiNg!

The Carney Team,Taking Real Estate to the Highest Level | 314.422.7449

Coldwell Banker Premier Group

2203 South Big Bend Blvd | 63117 | 314.336.1924 A LADUE NEWS SPECIAL PROMOTION  | | August 10, 2018   27



7749 Maryland Ave.


his swanky Clayton townhome will have you feeling a world away, with lush surrounds, stylish architecture and an appealing open floor plan. Views of the downtown Clayton skyline dazzle you from your own private fourth-story deck. Host outdoor dinners in the adjacent yard, surrounded by beautiful brick and greenery. Entertaining proves effortless indoors, as well, with a contemporary spread that includes serene living and dining spaces, plus a balcony. Discover a fireplace in the family room to keep you and yours cozy when temperatures begin to drop. The kitchen offers an eat-in space and a butler’s pantry, while the elevator delivers you to the recreation area, with a handsome bar, as well as the master suite and additional bedrooms. You can enjoy the luxe amenities of a sauna and steam shower inside the master bath, plus walkout access to the pool. As a bonus, this desirable neighborhood provides walkability to the urban scene.

THIS 4-BEDROOM, 4 FULL-BATHROOM AND 1 HALF-BATHROOM HOME IN CLAYTON IS LISTED FOR $1.925 MILLION. JILL AZAR 314-616-8836 (direct), 314-725-5100 (office), Laura McCarthy is a residential real estate company with expertise in the neighborhoods along St. Louis’ central corridor. Founded in 1944, Laura McCarthy is consistently ranked among St. Louis’ top real estate companies in sales volume. Many of its 100-plus agents specialize in the luxury real estate market, but all are familiar with St. Louis’ neighborhoods, from the Central West End to those on the Highway 64/40 corridor to Chesterfield and the St. Charles area.

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By Amanda Dahl

16064 Wilson Manor Drive, Chesterfield | $975,000

All brick 2 story home with extra deep gunite inground pool and PRIVACY! Spectacular backyard, glass sunroom, gourmet kitchen, 2 offices, finished lower level with recreation and media rooms.


1005 Cabernet Drive,

Town & Country | $1,145,000 Custom built 1.5 story estate home with inground pool on beautiful 1 acre lot. Over 6,000 sq ft of living space in this 5 bedroom home. Finished lower level with even more space for entertaining and relaxing.

Starting at

309 Wardenburg Farms Drive Wildwood | $3,295,000

Phenomenal property situated on 3 acres in an exclusive neighborhood. Custom built six bedroom, 1.5 story home.Truly a mini resort with pool, sauna and workout room. Nothing is forgotten in this magnificent home.


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n a world where women’s accessories are often either beautiful or functional, Ronke Faleti wanted a solution that merged the two for one of a woman’s most basic everyday items: the handbag. The mother of three never had the desire to carry a diaper bag, but with a 6-, 3- and 1-year-old, she needed something that would work with her on-thego lifestyle. She found a Parisian brand she was happy with, but the handbag still didn’t have all the components she needed. Last June, Faleti put her thoughts to paper and began sketching out what she wanted to be the perfect toddler-friendly bag. She designed a statement piece first, then added in the functional aspect of the design. “I wanted to carry a bag that I’m proud to have but one that also is able to have everything I need inside of it,” she says. In July 2017, korédé was officially an incorporated business. The name, which means “bring goodness” in Nigerian, is at the heart of Faleti’s company. In August of last year, she was able to take sample bags out into the world and get customer feedback. She asked women what they would pay for a bag like the one she had manufactured and

got their feedback on functionality. Her first sample bag has evolved into what is now the Milola clutch. The leather handbag has three internal compartments and retails starting at $150 for a black clutch and $245 for snakeskin. Its shining feature is a dispenser opening that can be used for facial tissues or baby wipes. “Women were gaga over that feature,” Faleti says with a laugh. “The thing about the bag a lot of women like is that it’s deceptively small. It packs a punch and has five pockets.” The clutch also features gold-tone hardware and has a cross-body strap that’s detachable for carrying solely as a clutch. She offers the bag in black, lighttoned snakeskin and a black-and-red combination. The second bag Faleti designed was the Annabelle, a carryall relaxed leather tote that retails for $395. After doing research at retailers like Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, hearing what was selling and what wasn’t, she came up with a tote that checked all the boxes. She heard complaints about women not being able to find their belongings in a black-interior bag, so she designed hers with a light-colored interior. She heard about water bottles spilling and ruining purses, so she created a water-resistant nylon interior that can

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Roasted Poblano, Corn and Potato Tacos Story and recipe by Amanda Elliott


love spicy food, and I especially crave the heat of chili peppers in the summer, when Midwest gardens overflow with them. Here we’re focusing on poblanos; the smoky flavor you get from charring them, paired with the sweetness of the corn and creaminess of the potatoes, makes for one of my favorite taco fillings. A good poblano should have a little heat, but not too much. Often the same chilis can have varying degrees of heat based on where they grew, soil conditions and age. To reduce their spiciness in dishes, remove all seeds and other innards. To reduce heat, you also can soak chili peppers in a blend of one part vinegar and three parts water for 30 minutes to an hour. If you’re a pepperhead like me, though, you’ll appreciate the heat poblanos add to these tacos.

ROASTED POBLANO, CORN AND POTATO TACOS Serves | 12 |  3 poblanos, rinsed  2 Tbsp olive oil, divided  1 medium yellow onion, julienned  salt and freshly ground black pepper  12 corn tortillas

 1 Yukon Gold potato, peeled, small dice  3 cloves garlic, small dice  2 cups fresh corn  2 Tbsp heavy cream  3 oz cotija  3 oz fresh cilantro leaves

| Preparation | Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a gas grill cooktop or outdoor grill, set peppers directly over open flame, turning with tongs to evenly char on all sides. Place charred peppers in a small bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside. In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add onion and season with a pinch of salt and pepper; stir occasionally and cook until caramelized, approximately 10 minutes. Remove onions to a small bowl, and set aside. Wrap tortillas in aluminum foil, and warm in oven for 15 minutes. Keep wrapped in aluminum foil until ready to assemble tacos. In same skillet over medium heat, heat remaining olive oil. Add potato, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Stir occasionally and cook until softened, 10 minutes. While potatoes are cooking, remove plastic wrap from poblanos. Using either a butter knife or your fingers, begin removing charred outer skin. Rinse peppers, remove stems, and scoop out and discard seeds. Cut poblanos into long strips, and set aside. In skillet with potatoes, add cooked onions and poblanos, plus garlic and corn, and continue to cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cream and cook another 3 to 5 minutes, until cream has almost fully reduced. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Unwrap tortillas from aluminum foil. Divide poblano-corn-potato filling between 12 tortillas, and top each with cotija and cilantro. Serve.

Amanda Elliott is the chef at Peachtree Catering ( in Columbia, Missouri, and authors the website Rustic Supper (, where she shares recipes centered on the idea of the communal table and embracing the heritage of food through travel. She also hosts a series of pop-up dinners in Columbia called Sunday Suppers.


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review. Once a retirement plan has been established, how does your team keep up with clients’ evolving needs? We don’t get caught up in the quarterly reviews that some financial companies use to make their clients feel like they’re on top of things. Quarterly reviews only encourage clients to think in the short-term, rather than in the long-term. Once we’ve implemented a retirement plan, we schedule a 90-day review and then we conduct annual reviews. In our plans to make sure that everything is on track. We make adjustments based on any event that has come up during that year. Things change in

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Martin family and the

By Robyn Dexter

was interested in adopting two young cats. She’d had cats her whole life, but she’d never actually chosen them. Most of the time, they’d just wandered into her yard and stuck around until she took them in. The last set of cats she’d had were sisters, so she knew she wanted to get a pair of youngsters that were already at least friends. Upon doing a brief Google search in March of this year, Martin found Animal House Cat Rescue and Adoption Center. She was attracted to the fact that Animal House was a no-kill shelter, and she saw they had a number of young kittens. She made a few visits to the St. Louis shelter, getting a feel for the way the rescue organization operated. After Martin explained that she was looking for two young cats, a staff member’s “eyes lit up.” The staffer told Martin that two, then named Felix and Rachel, had just come back from being fixed. The black one – Felix – jumped down from his cat tree and right into Martin’s lap. Rachel, a tabby, was sleeping, but woke up to greet Martin, too. “I stayed with them for an hour,” Martin recalls fondly. “I said, ‘This is it.’” She didn’t take them that day, since the cats still needed another standard veterinary visit before they could go to their forever homes. But later that March, the Animal House staff brought the two youngsters out to Martin’s home in Webster Groves. Martin renamed the duo Ira and Winnie. Ira is around 14 months old, and Winnie is about a year, so they’re “still full of mischief.” She has a bird feeder right outside the dining room window, which is “like TV for them,” Martin says. “Ira particularly loves that.”

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Winnie likes nontraditional toys and is content to play with things like twist ties, and her brother enjoys rubber bands and shoes. He also enjoys messing up the second hand of a clock Martin has. “It’s kind of like having toddlers,” Martin muses. “You can get toddlers cool-kid toys, or you can give them a set

of wooden spoons, and they’ll just go to town.” Since adopting the cats in March, the trio has settled into a routine. Martin knows that around midmorning, Ira and Winnie will go into “crazy chase-each-other mode,” but she enjoys their lively company. “They’re so playful,” she says. “I couldn’t be happier.”


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he federal tax overhaul that goes into effect this year means many potential changes for millions of tax filers. One of the most significant of those changes is the increase in the standard deduction, which will prevent many people from itemizing and deducting a number of things, including charitable donations. “Some commentators estimate that the tax law changes may have a $17 billion impact on charitable giving in 2018,” says Susan Teson, senior vice president and private wealth management senior legal counsel for UMB Bank. “This includes both an impact on individual gifts and estate gifts to charitable organizations. This will make it difficult for many charities to continue operating at their current budget levels, as they will not have the funds to sustain their current level of activity.” Of course, the need for the services these organizations provide is still there, notes Amy Pieper, senior vice president and director of nonprofit services for Commerce Trust Company, a division of Commerce Bank. “Nonprofit organizations are maintaining their mission to continue providing services, and they still need the support of donors to help them do so,” she says. Fortunately, Pieper adds, there are ways in which people who will no longer itemize deductions within their tax returns can continue to make donations to their favorite charities without losing all the tax benefits. For instance, people who are older than 70½, per the IRS website, are required to take a minimum individual retirement account distribution annually. They can transfer as much as $100,000 of that distribution to a qualified charity.

The qualified charitable distribution is not counted toward adjusted gross income, thus helping to decrease the overall tax burden. In some cases, individuals with more resources may begin bunching charitable donations by making larger charitable donations every two to three years rather than every year, Teson notes. This strategy may help increase the amount of itemized deductions to a level that exceeds the standard deduction – $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for married couples filing jointly – in the years in which the charitable donations are made. “If people want to continue giving to charitable organizations, it makes sense to have an in-depth conversation about the optimal mechanism for this philanthropy,” says Kenneth Bower, CEO and managing director of Clayton Financial Group. “We are recommending that everyone consult with their CPA at this time so that they can optimize their tax strategy for April of next year. In some cases, people are very familiar with direct transfers of highly appreciated stocks, and increasingly people are relying on donor-advised funds (DAFs).” Contributions to DAFS are irrevocable, meaning the dollars are no longer owned by the donor and ultimately must be recommended to a 501(c)(3) organization. The dollars inside the account may be invested, and any growth inside the DAF is tax-free. Pieper adds that giving gifts of appreciated securities, stocks or real estate also helps taxpayers avoid capital gains taxes on these assets. From the charities’ side, communication, careful planning and building lasting relationships are crucial. “The organizations may have to put an increased focus on their mission and the impact they have on the community to encourage charitable giving,” Teson says. “They might need to appeal to individuals’ emotional and personal connections to charitable organizations. They also might have to increase their solicitation of charitable gifts, as individuals may no longer make as many unsolicited charitable gifts.” Teson also notes that charitable organizations will need to have a more detailed budgeting process to make sure they are planning for those larger gifts that might now only happen every two to three years. Additionally, such organizations might need to create larger reserves in order to get through the years when their donors are not making donations. How much the new tax code will affect nonprofit and charitable organizations remains largely academic until the effect of future tax returns is calculated. Despite all the projections and assumptions, “Ultimately, this answer relies heavily on the client’s motivation for giving: the tax benefit versus support for the mission of the organization,” Bower says. Pieper urges donors to talk with their financial partners and tax advisors to determine the best ways to continue supporting the organizations that mean the most to them. “There are definitely ways you can still provide support while maintaining some tax advantage,” she says. “I think people who support charities are altruistic in general and understand the need within our community. With this understanding, I think they will continue to help the charities they believe in.” Clayton Financial Group, 165 N. Meramec Ave., No. 130, Clayton, 314-446-3250, Commerce Bank, various locations, UMB Bank, various locations,


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ports bistro fans, take note: Champs On Jefferson just debuted at the start of June in St. Louis’ Gravois Park neighborhood and hopes to impress visitors with a culinary fullcourt press. Champs On Jefferson constitutes a new venture from Spare No Rib and Egg owner Lassaad Jelitti and chef and longtime friend Anthony Stewart. In fact, it occupies the former home of Spare No Rib (which, ironically, returned to its original location in the Polar Wave Ice & Fuel building of St. Louis’ Benton Park neighborhood, where it shares space with Egg). “Champs is Anthony’s baby,” Jelitti says. “I’m going to be a shepherd in the back in an advisory post. It’s a great position to be in after all these years in the business – to pull back and give someone an


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opportunity who always wanted to have his own place and help him with his dream. The food is very good, and they’re keeping things simple, which is great.” Stewart worked with associate Marlon Whitfield to realize his vision for the eatery, which stems from a love of – you guessed it – basketball. It bears noting that Stewart previously worked as a caterer under the moniker The Mixologist, doing various pop-up dinners at Egg, while Whitfield has a background in marketing, as well as in the wireless and music industries. “This place is a lot like a suite inside a sports event, so it’s more upscale – a sports bistro,” Whitfield says. “We call the main floor ‘The Infield.’ Upstairs is ‘The Clubhouse.’ Outside is ‘The Outfield’ with a ‘Dugout’ for bands and DJs. It’s really just a unique space. I think it’s one of the hidden gems in South City.”

By Mabel Suen

Champs On Jefferson seats roughly 50 patrons in the dining area, with space for an additional 50 upstairs and 100 outside. Visually, the eatery pays homage to what the sportscasters love to call “round ball,” with basketball and hoop light fixtures and a bright orange-and-gray paint job. Stewart’s menu items come infused with his own blends of seasonings and spices, which he named after his daughter. His Layla spice, for instance, features a blend of ingredients like pink Himalayan salt, garlic, paprika, turmeric, onion powder, ginger and cayenne. Similarly, the Layla crunch garnish features such components as parsley, black sesame seeds, turbinado, red pepper flakes, oregano and basil. Guests can try such flavors infusing items like turkey and lamb burgers, served on brioche buns with lettuce,


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tomato, onions, pickles and cheese. Additional gustatory highlights include fried mushroom poppers; sweet chili wings or nuggets made of cauliflower; red lentil soup; and chicken tacos – 6-inch tortillas stuffed with chicken thigh, onions, red and green peppers, and house taco sauce. From the bar, tipplers can choose from five beers on tap and cocktails like Champ’s Punch, a refreshing libation made with vodka, papaya juice, Sprite and additional fruit juices. Other concoctions by bartender Brittany “B-Starr” Starr are Basil Island Tea and The People’s Champ shot – a red-white-andblue layered shot. Champs also offers the joys of the hookah, available upstairs and on the back patio. All things considered, Champs On Jefferson sounds like a fun, lively eatery to visit before enjoying a performance of The Robber Bridegroom from Stray Dog Theatre.


Champs On Jefferson, 3701 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, 314-354-8444,

‌Story:  Jamie Lockhart fancies himself a “gentleman robber” who specializes in high-class larceny on the Natchez Trace in the year 1795. He doesn’t steal like any lowdown thief, he says. Rather, he prefers to finesse his victims, which leads to a popularity among the common folk akin to what Robin Hood once enjoyed in Merry Olde England. When wealthy plantation owner Clemment Musgrove strolls in to Rodney, Mississippi, with a big ol’ bag o’ gold in his possession, he appears to be ripe for a robbin’, and only too eager to oblige are the Harp brothers. That would be dimwitted Little Harp and his brighter – but bodiless – older brother, Big Harp, whose head occupies a suitcase. Little Harp’s scheme to kill Musgrove and steal his money in a local hotel goes awry when Jamie catches wind of it and substitutes some straw for the sleeping plantation owner in bed. Jamie then convinces Little Harp that, while he’s killed “Musgrove,” he must now contend with the vengeful ghost of the old man as well as the spirit of Jamie. Musgrove feels so beholden to Jamie for saving him that he invites Jamie to his mansion to meet his beautiful and eligible (if not overly bright) daughter, Rosamund. She’s a dead ringer for her late mother, in stark contrast to Musgrove’s second wife, Salome. Now, Salome may not be much in the looks department, but she’s plenty savvy. She hires the village idiot, Goat, to kill her stepdaughter, heir to Musgrove’s fortune, while she herself sets her sights on the handsome stranger visiting her husband’s estate. Unbeknownst to her, Jamie has met Rosamund in the woods in his guise as the “gentleman robber,” with berry juice smeared on his face to conceal his true identity. Rosamund falls in love with the bandit and thus is unhappy with the prospect of marrying her father’s new friend, Jamie. So Salome wants Rosamund dead, Little Harp wants the gold and Rosamund wants to hook up with the gentleman robber and definitely not marry Jamie – while Jamie himself looks at the marriage as a business deal that shouldn’t infringe on his lovemaking with that good-looking girl in the woods. No big deal, right? Highlights:  Stray Dog Theatre strikes gold on its own with its hilarious, high-kicking good time of a production of this infectious musical written by Driving Miss Daisy playwright Alfred Uhry. Other Info:  Based on Eudora Welty’s 1942 novella of the same title, The Robber Bridegroom features a book and lyrics by Uhry, as well as music by Robert Waldman. It’s a festive, high-spirited show, and director Justin Been starts this smart, stylish production on the right note by having the affable Jamie introduce members of the “town,” who actually form the enjoyable band.

Music director Jennifer Buchheit leads the inspired combo from its perch at the rear of stage right from her piano. She’s joined by Steven Frisbee on fiddle, Mallory Golden on fiddle and mandolin, Michaela Kuba on banjo, cello and guitar, Marty Lastovica on guitar and M. Joshua Ryan on acoustic bass and bass ukulele. Not only do they play the bluegrass-tinged score in a high-stepping tempo, but also they’re decked out in Gary Bell’s sumptuous costumes – and they even sing a bit, too. Been keeps this humorous, broad comedy moving at a brisk pace, aided by several engaging performances. Phil Leveling makes for a dashing and debonair Jamie, bringing just enough swagger to his role to make the character likable rather than insufferable. He gets everything off to a rousing start by leading the ensemble on the comedic opening number, “Once Upon the Natchez Trace.” Dawn Schmid is appealing and accomplished as the determined daughter, Rosamund, especially engaging as she humorously expounds about “Nothin’ Up” in her dull, dull life. Jeffrey Wright displays fine comic chops as the amiable and overly trusting Musgrove, while Sarah Gene Dowling deliciously chews up the scenery as the stereotypical evil stepmother, Salome, albeit a lusty and salacious version of that stock character. Logan Willmore is up to the task of the thick-headed Little Harp, and Kevin O’Brien does well with his share of the laughs as the torso-deprived Big Harp. Bryce Miller is entertaining as the simpleton Goat, always two bricks shy of a load, while Christen Ringhausen nicely etches the role of his sister, Airie. If you like bluegrass music or homespun comedy or just a general fun night on the town, stop by and visit with the genial citizens who support The Robber Bridegroom. You’ll be glad you did.


Group:  Stray Dog Theatre Venue:  Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee Ave. Dates:  Aug. 10-12, 15-18 Tickets: $25 to $30; contact 314-865-1995 or Rating:  A 4.5 on a scale of 1-to-5

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Around Town

By Katherine Herrick

Sat., Aug. 18

You’re never too old for scavenger hunts – especially when you could win huge vacation discounts and adventure gear. Participants in the adult scavenger hunt ADVENTURE HUNT perform “both gut-bustingly funny and adventurous challenges that unlock a real life treasure map,” according to the event’s website. So start assembling your team to compete in the race to the finish; everyone team that finishes the game receives a prize. Starting locale suggested but variable. Watch for online sales and offers. $59 per person. 9 a.m.

‌Mon., Aug. 13

Author and creator of the book review website FIONA DAVIS arrives at the St. Louis County Library headquarters for an onstage interview. In her latest captivating novel, Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, where two very different women strive to make their mark on a world set against them. Free. 7 to 9 p.m.

Mon., Aug. 13

Celebrate the 49th anniversary of APOLLO 11 (“The Eagle”) landing on the moon at St. Louis County Library’s Florissant Valley branch. Children through age 11 will learn about the Apollo 11 mission and participate with different hands-on activities. Free. All materials are provided. Register at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Aug. 19

Tue., Aug. 21

Rod Stewart fans, he’s imploring you to “Stay With Me” and groove with the still-spry-at-73 rock star on his tour through St. Louis for ROD STEWART AND CYNDI LAUPER. He’s performing at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis in Maryland Heights with guest Cyndi Lauper (a relative youngster at just 65). Don’t hesitate – remember “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” so “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” to get your tickets. Ticket prices vary. 7:30 p.m.

The YWCA Metro St. Louis continues its mission to eliminate racism and empower women by hosting WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES, a walk with women and men to protest rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Participants start at the downtown St. Louis Missouri Athletic Club. Funds raised from registration fees go to the YWCA’s Women’s Resource Center and Women’s Place, which both provide crisis intervention, counseling and other support services to victims of violence or assault. $25 to $30. 4:30 p.m.

Fri., Aug. 17

‌Fri., Aug. 17

Always going to the same restaurants over and over? SAVOR ST. LOUIS FOOD TOURS can help you find new eateries to enjoy with a casual guided walking tour lasting from three hours to 3½ hours. Learn about the history, culture and architecture that’s inspired food around St. Louis – and even better, sample dishes from restaurants in the University City Loop, St. Louis’ Central West End neighborhood or downtown St. Louis. “You haven’t seen (or tasted) St. Louis quite like this before,” the event’s website promises. $40 to $64. 11 a.m.

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Sat., Aug. 18

The fifth annual ST. LOUIS AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTIFACTS FESTIVAL AND BAZAAR celebrates the rich history of people from African descent with artifacts, art, music, dancing, food, family activities, prizes and more at Crown Square Plaza in the Old North St. Louis Historic District. Attend the festival to participate in the fun, or sign up to be a vendor during the event. Free. 1 p.m.

Painting it forward – that’s what the instructors at Pinot’s Palette in Lake St. Louis say. Enjoy a relaxing evening of painting while giving to a good cause. The artists at Pinot’s Palette are teaching the class ASPEN AFTERNOON, a course for artists of all skill levels in which participants learn to paint a landscape of aspens. Part of the course fee goes to Shoes & Hope, an organization that brings clean drinking water, sustainable sanitation and basic hygiene education to villages in Guatemala. Food and beverages are available for purchase during the event. $35. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Ready Readers

Finding Calm

By Sheila Oliveri


ugust finds many families suffering latesummer fatigue from the hustle and bustle of vacations, travel and so forth. Before sending the kids back to school, though, parents, you may want to begin a new practice to help equip them for the year ahead: slowing down and finding calm. Mindfulness has become a buzzword in these busy times, with countless books extolling the daily practice. Since the concept centers on lessening the stress in our lives, we at Ready Readers encourage you to begin with a few books that encourage families to pause, listen, think, notice and appreciate together. Our first recommendation, ABC Mindful Me by author/illustrator Christiane Engel, gently introduces the basic tenets of mindfulness. Despite the familiarity of format of an alphabet book, the concepts chosen here for each letter plumb far deeper than the typical “A is for Apple.” Engel succeeds in creating an engaging visual backdrop for the sometimes amorphous alphabetical subjects. Using a rainbow of colors and a childlike drawing style, she provides important visual clues to bring ideas into focus for both children and adults.

Because ABC Mindful Me presents ways of thinking that children may not have encountered before, enjoying this book together can inspire meaningful conversations among parents, children and siblings. Repeated readings should strengthen not only family ties but also each child’s growing vocabulary. Our second recommendation, Meditate with Me: A Step-by-Step Mindfulness Journey, comes from author Mariam Gates and illustrator Margarita Surnaite. Its calm, straightforward text and subtle pastel pictures are masterfully matched. Gates begins with simple textual prompts guiding children to perform effortless everyday movements, paying special attention to ordinary, perhaps previously overlooked functions: “Now notice your breath, in and out through your nose. Is the air cool? Is it warm?” Meanwhile, Surnaite’s friendly elephant child, dressed in colorful clothing, demonstrates the action, closing her eyes and using her curved trunk to expel breath into the air above her. As the story progresses, various animal characters express a myriad of emotions, including happiness, anger and excitement. Finally, Gates provides a meditation routine designed to help children focus, regulate their

breathing, and achieve calm and relaxation. Reading and sharing Meditate with Me should be especially helpful for youngsters just beginning to explore emotions and behavioral control. As with this one, our Ready Readers make a point of calling children’s attention to characters’ emotions in the books read during their weekly story time visits to classrooms. Enabling youngsters to identify and label their emotions equips them with the tools needed to effectively communicate their needs to teachers, peers and parents. Ready Readers also share deep breathing techniques in the form of quiet, focused games, allowing our young friends to feel in control of their outlook and emotions – important, empowering skills for all, children and adults alike.


We invite you to join our efforts at Ready Readers! We prepare children from our community’s low-income neighborhoods to enter kindergarten ready to learn and ready to read through providing new children’s books and weekly story time visits with trained, caring volunteers. To learn more, visit our website,

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STATE of the


By Mark Bretz ‌In the coming months, theatergoers should look for prosceniums throughout the metro area to frame manifold exciting productions staged by talented and daring troupes.



The Black Rep opens its 42nd season Sept. 5 to 23 with Crowns. Regina Taylor’s musical is “a springboard for an exploration of black history and identity as seen through the eyes of a young woman,” who journeys south to live with her aunt after her brother is killed in Brooklyn. The Black Rep, 6662 Olive Blvd., University City, 314-534-3810,

Mustard Seed Theatre’s 12th season opening production, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, runs from Oct. 10 to 28, directed by resident artist Adam Flores. The company is bringing back its immensely popular and award-winning holiday presentation, All Is Calm, which is being performed from Nov. 15 to Dec. 16. Mustard Seed Theatre, 6500 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, 314-719-8060,



Insight Theatre Company concludes its 2018 season when it presents the drama Silent Sky at the Kranzberg Arts Center from Oct. 19 to Nov. 4. Silent Sky tells the story of pioneering woman astronomer Henrietta Levitt. Insight Theatre Company, Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314-556-1293,

Tesseract Theatre continues its 2018 season when it presents a drama called Mama’s Boy, “a chilling glimpse into the Oswald household before and after that fateful November morning in Dallas,” running from Sept. 21 to 30. Then Tesseract presents another new play, titled Facing, to be performed from Dec. 14 to 23. Tesseract Theatre, 3224 Locust St., St. Louis, 314-496-4743, Darin: Bobby’s Biggest Hits Live in Concert.

THE PLAYHOUSE @ WESTPORT PLAZA The Playhouse @ Westport Plaza brings in a number of shows not otherwise available to local audiences. Productions slated for 2018-19 at this time include hypnotist Richard Barker appearing from Sept. 6 to 9, followed by Robert Dubac’s funny one-man show, The Book of Moron, from Sept. 13 to 23. Darin: Bobby’s Biggest Hits Live in Concert features Jersey Boys performer Christopher Kale Jones in a tribute show from Sept. 26 to 30. Dena Blizzard brings her One Funny Mother comedy back from Oct. 3 to 7, followed by The Naked Magicians performing from Oct. 19 to 21. From Oct. 24 to 27, it’s Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man. Then, on Nov. 8, those steadfast women from the North are back in a Church Basement Ladies sequel titled Away in the Basement – A Church Basement Ladies Christmas, which runs through Jan. 6. That overlaps with the return of Shotspeare, in which five actors try to perform Romeo & Juliet while under the influence, from Nov. 15 to Dec. 8. Playhouse @ Westport Plaza, 635 Westport Plaza Drive, St. Louis, 314-647-2434,

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One Funny Mother.

SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS Shakespeare Festival St. Louis unveils the newest element of its yearlong effort to bring the Bard to local audiences when it presents Into the Breeches, written by George Brant and directed by festival playwright Nancy Bell. In addition, In the Works, the festival’s monthlong “fourth pillar of programming,” includes staged readings of The Thousand Natural Shocks by Michael Sáenz and A Most Outrageous Fit of Madness, a family show written by Bell. Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, 6604 Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis, 314-531-9800,



SATE continues its 12th season, titled Season of Entrapment, with a production of Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit, with a new adaptation by Alyssa Ward, from Aug. 15 to Sept. 1 at The Chapel. Then, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 17, the troupe presents a “modern-day retelling” of Doctor Faustus as part of the FAUSTival. Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble, The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Dr., Clayton, 314-827-5760,

St. Louis Actors’ Studio stages its 12th season under the umbrella title “Blood Is Thicker Than Water.” The 2018-19 season begins with Lillian Hellman’s classic drama The Little Foxes, performed from Sept. 28 to Oct. 14. Tribes, a drama by Nina Raine about a deaf boy raised by an idiosyncratic family, follows, playing from Nov. 30 to Dec. 16. St. Louis Actors’ Studio, 360 N. Boyle Ave., St. Louis, 314-458-2978,


THE FABULOUS FOX THEATRE Five musicals will be making their debut at The Fabulous Fox Theatre during its 2018-19 season, which begins Sept. 18 with Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to his still-running smash, The Phantom of the Opera. The Disney musical Aladdin visits The Fox Nov. 7 to 25, and then the new musical Anastasia arrives Dec. 26 for a holiday engagement through Jan. 6. Scheduled are shorter runs for The Illusionists from Oct. 5 to 7, A Christmas Carol from Dec. 6 to 9, the return of Les Misérables from Dec. 11 to 16 and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical on Dec. 22 and 23. The Fabulous Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314-534-1678,




The regional premiere of Mike Bartlett’s drama, King Charles III, begins St. Louis Shakespeare’s 34th season when it opens Aug. 17 at The Ivory Theater in St. Louis. Directed by St. Louis Shakespeare founder Donna Northcott, King Charles III probes the conflicts facing a man who finally rises to power after the death of his long-serving mother, the Queen of England. The show runs from Aug. 17 to 26, to be followed from Oct. 12 to 21 by a new interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. St. Louis Shakespeare, 4579 Laclede Ave., No. 345, St. Louis, 314-361-5664,

Back for a third gruesome visit to Tower Grove Abbey is Evil Dead: The Musical, the camp horror comedy that’s pulled in big audiences in its previous two productions by Stray Dog Theatre. The show opens Stray Dog’s 16th season from Oct. 11 to 27, followed by the comedy The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, in which two gay men – the first men on Earth – and two lesbians contemplate how to increase the number of their species through procreation. Billed by Stray Dog as a “perfect alternative holiday treat,” it runs from Dec. 6 to 22. Stray Dog Theatre, 2336 Tennessee Ave., St. Louis, 314-865-1995,

Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars is the season-closing production being mounted by Union Avenue Opera on Aug. 17, 18, 24 and 25. Based on the novel Cry, the Beloved Country, it’s the story of a black man accused of killing a white man in South Africa in the apartheid era of the 1940s. The show blends Broadway, traditional African music, jazz and blues, as well as operatic passages. Union Avenue Opera, 733 N. Union Blvd., St. Louis, 314-361-2881,  |  STATE OF THE ARTS  |  August 10, 2018   51

“Bond, James Bond.”


THE REPERTORY THEATRE The Repertory Theatre’s final season under the leadership of artistic director Steven Woolf (new artistic director Hana Sharif will helm the 2019-20 season) kicks off Sept. 5 when the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical Evita comes to the Browning Mainstage. That’s followed by A Doll’s House, Part 2, a “sequel” to Henrik Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House that runs from Oct. 10 to Nov. 4. From Nov. 28 to Dec. 23, The Rep welcomes the return of one of its biggest holiday hits, A Christmas Story. Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, 130 Edgar Road, St. Louis, 314-968-4925,

More than two dozen companies and artists are scheduled to participate in the seventh annual St Lou Fringe Festival in Grand Center when it runs from Aug. 15 to 25. Venues throughout Grand Center include The Grandel, The Kranzberg Fine Arts building and the Duet Gallery. Several local companies are participating, including The Midnight Co., Bankside Repertory Theatre, Rogue Theatre Co., Tesseract Theatre Co., Because Why Not? Theatre Company and PRIME, as well as acts from out of town. St Lou Fringe, 314-643-7853,

STAGES ST. LOUIS The 32nd season of STAGES St. Louis concludes with the landmark Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma!, with its iconic Agnes de Mille ballet sequence. Oklahoma! runs from Sept. 7 to Oct. 7. STAGES St. Louis, 1023 Chesterfield Parkway E., Chesterfield, 314-821-2407,

UPSTREAM THEATER Upstream Theater invites its patrons to utilize a Passport to Season 14 beginning on Sept. 28, when Sabrina Mahfouz’s play, Chef, starts a three-week run that concludes on Oct. 14, directed by Linda Kennedy. Upstream Theater at The Kranzberg Black Box Theater, 501 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314-863-4999,


The Little Mermaid.

VARIETY THEATRE The kids can have fun under the sea when Variety Theatre (formerly Variety Children’s Theatre) presents The Little Mermaid as its 10th annual production. Under the leadership of CEO Jan Albus and director-choreographer Lara Teeter, Variety fields a cast of top theatrical talents, as well as a children’s ensemble featuring kids of all ability levels, including children with disabilities. The Little Mermaid runs from Oct. 18 to 21 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. Variety Theatre, 11840 Westline Industrial Drive, No. 220, St. Louis, 314-720-7700,

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The 2018-19 season opens Oct. 4 with the comedy Raging Skillet, which is based on the book by “Chef Rossi,” who describes herself as “New York’s first punkrock Jewish lesbian caterer.” That runs through Oct. 21 and is succeeded by the comedy An Act of God from Nov. 29 to Dec. 16. New Jewish Theatre, Jewish Community Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, 314-442-3283,

R-S THEATRICS R-S Theatrics’ busy eighth season starts with the Aug. 10 to 26 production of the musical The Light in the Piazza. That’s followed by a show titled Every Brilliant Thing from Nov. 9 to 25, and then Topher Payne’s Perfect Arrangement plays on dates “TBD.” R-S Theatrics, multiple locations, 314-252-8812,


STIFEL THEATRE Stifel Theatre, the new name for the Peabody Opera House, unveils its 2018-19 season with the holiday offering Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, which involves seven performances from Dec. 13 to 16. Stifel Theatre, 1400 Market St., St. Louis, 314-499-7600,

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FAUSTIVAL Five local troupes participate in the artistic collaboration FAUSTival. It kicks off with Equally Represented Arts and Kid Scientist’s performance of Faust (go down with all the re$t), a rock opera adaptation of Goethe’s most famous work, from Aug. 8 to 18. In September, The Midnight Co. presents An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening, along with The Hunchback Variations, from Sept. 20 to 29. In October, it’s Theatre Nuevo performing whither should i fly from Oct. 25 to Nov. 10, joined by Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble’s production of Doctor Faustus, or the Modern Prometheus from Oct. 31 to Nov. 17. FAUSTival wraps in December when the Post-Romantics perform Doomsday Faust from Dec. 5 to 8. A FAUSTival pass to see all five plays costs $50. FAUSTival, multiple locations,

WEST END PLAYERS GUILD This venerable troupe unveils its 108th season on Sept. 28, when it presents Steven Dietz’s comedy This Random World (the Myth of Serendipity), which runs through Oct. 7. Succeeding it from Nov. 9 to 18 is comedy The Great Seduction, a period French farce and a world premiere presentation written by Vladimir Zelevinsky, whose Manifest/Destiny was part of the troupe’s 106th season. West End Players Guild, 733 Union Blvd., St. Louis, 314-667-5686,

WINTER OPERA SAINT LOUIS Winter Opera Saint Louis’ Season 12 gets underway from Nov. 9 to 11, when the company presents Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts on the campus of Chaminade College Preparatory School. Winter Opera Saint Louis, 2324 Marconi Ave., St. Louis, 314-865-0038,

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Dance By Katherine Herrick ‌From the Lemp family ghost story to a comedic ballet, check out what some of the metro area’s favorite dance companies are doing this season.

DANCE ST. LOUIS Choreographers Rauf “RubberLegz” Yasit and James Gregg begin Dance St. Louis’ season on Sept. 15 with their performance of Wewolf, an interpretation of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tale that, through a combination of hip-hop, break dancing and contemporary dance, shows the struggle between two beings stuck in one soul. The troupe’s season continues with An Evening of Ballet Stars (Nov. 11), Company Wayne McGregor’s Autobiography (Feb. 27), Pilobolus’ Shadowland 2: The New Adventure (April 20) and the 12th annual Emerson SPRING TO DANCE festival, with performances from more than 30 professional dance companies (May 23 to 25). Dance St. Louis, multiple venues, 314-534-6622,

SAINT LOUIS BALLET This season, Saint Louis Ballet takes on several classic shows. Some of them have been performed previously, such as Romeo and Juliet (Nov. 2 to 4) and The Nutcracker (Dec. 14 to 23), but a few are new to the company’s repertoire: Balanchine’s Rubies and Other Love Stories, a romantic performance with music composed by Igor Stravinsky (Feb. 15 and 16); Go!, a more modern series (March 1 and 2); and Coppélia, a comedic ballet about an inventor who builds a life-size doll so beautiful and realistic that a village boy falls in love with her (April 5 to 7). Saint Louis Ballet, 218 THF Blvd., Chesterfield, 636-537-1998,


THE BIG MUDDY DANCE COMPANY The Big Muddy Dance Company, which has staged more than 90 performances and commissioned more than 25 works since it began, celebrates its eighth season. This season’s repertoire includes Lemp Legends: A Ghost Story, which explores the Lemp family’s legacy in St. Louis (Nov. 16 and 17); Home Grown, a piece put together by local choreographers (Jan. 26); and Footnotes, which highlights local musicians and composers (April 6 and 7). The Big Muddy Dance Company, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive, St. Louis, 314-338-4058,

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Karlovsky & Company Dance teaches contemporary modern dance with an emphasis on “tapping into the complexities of the human spirit,” its website notes. During the remainder of 2018, the troupe hosts several events and performances, including the Community Arts Festival (Sept. 8), Playful Pairings: Dance, Beats, Wine & Treats (Sept. 22), Dine on Dance: 15th Annual Lunchtime Performances (TBA) and Give Dance a Chance (Nov. 10). In 2019, it performs new choreography by founder and artistic director Dawn Karlovsky in collaboration with guest artist Megan Nicely (March 29 and 30). Karlovsky & Company Dance, multiple locations, 314-283-1851,

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MADCO MADCO, now in its 42nd season, continues to push the boundaries of modern dance “so audiences don’t just watch dance, they experience it,” according to its website. The troupe has several performances coming, including MADCO Presents: Revival (Sept. 28 and 29) and MADCO 2 (Oct. 26 and 27). Then it kicks off 2019 with MADCO 2: Dare to Dance a Choreographic Opportunity (Jan. 24 to 26) and MADCO Presents: The Unity Movement (March 28 to 30). MADCO, 1 University Blvd., 243 AAB, St. Louis, 314-681-4923,

DANCES OF INDIA Celebrating its 41st annual performance, Dances of India stages The Forgotten Ramayana ‒ The Tale of Urmila, the Sleeping Princess (Nov. 16 to 18). “The Ramayana is one of the two great Hindu epics (like the Odyssey),” says Nartana Premachandra, president of Dances of India. “There is a tiny tale in the Ramayana about Urmila, a princess who sleeps for 14 years so her husband and Prince Rama and Sita will be safe. We have expanded upon the tale.” Dances of India has other performances coming this season that will be announced later, including some contemporary, tap and classical Indian dances. Dances of India, 1201 N. Warson Road, St. Louis, 314-997-0911,

CENTER OF CREATIVE ARTS (COCA) “This season looks a little different for us,” says executive director Kelly Pollock in COCA’s season brochure. COCA is expanding as part of its Create Our Future Campaign and is offering several renovations to view while guests enjoy performances. This season begins with Color Play (Sept. 27 to 30), a visual representation of how children interpret colors. Other performances in 2018 and 2019 include The Little Dancer (Dec. 14 to 16), Momentum (Jan. 25 to 27), Emily Brown and the Thing (March 9 and 10), Seedfolks (April 13 and 14), TRIumphant (May 3 to 5) and Into the Woods (July 26 and 27). COCA, 524 Trinity Ave., St. Louis, 314-725-6555,





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Visual Arts

By Bryan A. Hollerbach In galleries, museums and other venues devoted to visual art, the metro area’s now enjoying an embarrassment of riches – a feast for one’s eyes and aesthetic alike.

Chris Kahler work as part of the “Small Is Beautiful: Art as if Artists Mattered - A Group Exhibition of Small Works.”

BRUNO DAVID GALLERY In less than two weeks, the Bruno David Gallery treats visitors to a quartet of single-artist exhibitions, running from Aug. 31 to Sept. 29: “Concrete Tapestry” from E.R.O., “Hustle and Glo” from Justin Henry Miller, “Who Discovers the Discoverer?” from Yvonne Osei and “Third Post” from Jon Howard Young. Following that, the gallery runs Ralph Nagel’s “Being There” from Oct. 4 to Nov. 17, before closing the year on Nov. 30 with “Small Is Beautiful: Art as if Artists Mattered – A Group Exhibition of Small Works,” which extends to Jan. 18. Bruno David Gallery, 7513 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314-696-2377, Basquiat performing in the apartment, c. 1979–1980. Photograph by


Alexis Adler.

At one of the area’s newest spaces, “SAMO© … Al Diaz” opens on Sept. 8 at Cherokee Street Gallery and focuses on Al Diaz, who collaborated with JeanMichel Basquiat in New York City in the late 1970s on koanlike graffiti. After that, starting Nov. 3, the gallery spotlights the works of New Yorker Kool Koor (né Charles Hargrove), whom the gallery’s website calls “a foundational artist to the urban art/graffiti art movement” and “a pioneer at the frontiers of the global art scene.” Cherokee Street Gallery, 2617 Cherokee St., St. Louis,

CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM ST. LOUIS On Sept. 7, CAM launches a new quintet of exhibitions, running until Dec. 30: “Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980”; a solo show from Sanford Biggers; William Downs’ “Sometimes it hurts”; SUPERFLEX’s “European Union Mayotte”; and last but scarcely least, Jennifer West’s “Emoji Piss Film.” Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-535-4660,


ART SAINT LOUIS At Art Saint Louis, the juried exhibition “Menagerie,” which opened less than a week ago, continues until Sept. 13. Once it closes, from Sept. 22 to Oct. 25, the similarly juried “Pink Pearl” celebrates the humble eraser and the act of erasure. Finally, from Nov. 10 to Dec. 20, the 34th annual “Art St. Louis XXXIV, The Exhibition” closes the gallery’s year. Art Saint Louis, 1223 Pine St., St. Louis, 314-241-4810,

Basquiat performing in the apartment, c. 1979–1980. Photograph by Alexis Adler.



Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design showcases “Artists-in-Residence 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition” from Aug. 24 to Oct. 21, featuring dozens of current and former emerging and midcareer artists who, during the past decade, have taught there, worked in community programs and offered visitors insights into artists’ creative and professional loves. Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, 6640 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-725-1177,

“Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time” at The Luminary.

THE LUMINARY The intriguingly titled multi-artist exhibition “Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time” curated by Taraneh Fazeli opens at The Luminary on Sept. 21, running for just under two months – it closes Nov. 8. A brief from The Luminary notes that the exhibition “focuses on how the body is articulated in various discourses around health. The artists in this exhibition, through artworks and practices with care-focused groups, examine how support for the body in states of illness, rest and disability (particularly in relation to the time they operate on) can prompt us to re-imagine collective forms of existence as life under capitalism becomes impossible.” The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314-773-1533,



Having both opened July 20, two exhibitions at Duane Reed Gallery – one focusing on Jeremy Brooks, the other on Brian D. Smith – close in just over two weeks, on Aug. 25. Then, on Oct. 18, the gallery opens a pair of exhibitions running until Nov. 24 and involving Nancy Callan and Luanne Rimel. Duane Reed Gallery, 4729 McPherson Ave., St. Louis, 314-361-4100,

“Missouri Modern: The Work of Louis Bartig (19332017)” opened June 2 at Kodner Gallery Fine Art, and art devotees have slightly less than two weeks to view the exhibition before it closes on Aug. 31. The gallery’s website characterizes Bartig as a “well-loved local artist” who “gained his patronage through Morton D. May of May Department Stores, who supported his work.” The website adds that Bartig’s works grace “various galleries, museums and private collections around the United States.” Kodner Gallery Fine Art, 9650 Clayton Road, St. Louis, 314-993-4477,

HORSLEY ARTS “This Sept. 1, Horsley Arts is having an evening opening,” relates Linda Horsley, the owner and namesake of the small gallery in St. Louis’ Central West End neighborhood, “and it will be a retrospective of my work for over 30 years – although I’ve been painting for 50. (Wow!) It will include the original oil paintings from my fable book. … The show will remain up for three months.” Also, on Oct. 7, the gallery numbers among venues taking part in citywide open studio tours, Horsley says before adding, “I believe this will have at least 80 studios for this annual event organized by CAM.” Horsley Arts, 4374 Olive St., St. Louis, 314-243-3879,

HOFFMAN LACHANCE CONTEMPORARY Hoffman LaChance Contemporary soon plans to unveil two exhibitions, the first devoted to Christopher Burch, in November, and the second to Lauren Marx, in December. Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, 2713 Sutton Blvd., St. Louis, 314-960-5322,

“Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time” at The Luminary.

LAUMEIER SCULPTURE PARK As part of its 2018 Kranzberg Exhibition Series, Laumeier Sculpture Park welcomes David Hutson’s “Memory & Desire: A Personal Exploration of Neon Art, Past and Present,” running from Sept. 28 to Jan. 13. According to the park’s website, the exhibition seeks to “showcase two large-scale outdoor neon works along with [Hutson’s] extensive collection of vintage neon signs alongside and in conversation with a checklist of about 15 neon sculptures from Hutson’s current body of work” in the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center. The website adds, “The mixture of new work by Hutson and restored vintage signs will activate imaginations through this decidedly retro, yet strangely contemporary medium of bendy gaseous typography.” Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, St. Louis, 314-615-5278,  |  STATE OF THE ARTS  |  August 10, 2018   57

MONACO Sage Dawson, one member of the 14-artist co-op that founded Monaco earlier this year, reports that two exhibitions which opened there just a week ago continue through Sept. 8: “racecar” (with work from Jenny Gagalka and Good Weather) and “Loss Shopper” (with work from Gagalka again, Beaux Mendes, William Wasserman and “We don’t yet have titles for the September or November exhibits,” Dawson says of their successors, which focus on works from Allison Lacher from Sept. 21 to Oct. 19 and from the duo LAB:D (Lyndon Barrois and Addoley Dzegede) from Nov. 2 to 30. Monaco, 2701 Cherokee St., St. Louis,

PULITZER ARTS FOUNDATION Next month, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation welcomes two exhibitions that both run from Sept. 14 to Feb. 16: “Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work” and “Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico.” Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-754-1850,

SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM Between now and Thanksgiving, visitors to the Saint Louis Art Museum can view or review fully five exhibitions that opened at various dates earlier in the year: “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds” (closing Sept. 9); “Sun Xun: Time Spy” (Oct. 21); “Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries” (Sept. 30); “New Media Series – Cyprien Gaillard” (Sept. 30); and “Balance and Opposition in Ancient Peruvian Textiles” (Nov. 25). Amid those closings, though, the museum spotlights two openings: “Kehinde Wiley,” running Robert Rauschenberg, American, from Oct. 19 to Feb. 1925–2008; “Signs”, 1970; screenprint; 10, and “Graphic 42 7/8 × 34 inches; Saint Louis Art Revolution: Museum, Gift of the Honorable and Mrs. Thomas F. Eagleton 311:1986 © American Prints Rauschenberg Foundation 1960 to Now,” running from Nov. 11 to Feb. 3. (Wiley, it bears noting, painted former President Barack Obama’s official portrait for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.) Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis, 314-721-0072,

Jenny Gagalka, Camel Race 1, 2018, flashe paint and window tint film on plexiglas, steel frame, cables, 48x96 inches.

ST. LOUIS ARTISTS’ GUILD Having debuted precisely a week ago, the juried exhibition “For Every Negative There Is a Positive” runs at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild until Sept. 15. Once it closes, the guild unveils another juried exhibition that promises to be a thought-provoking multimedia exploration: “The State of Our Shared Land” opens on Sept. 28, includes an evening Gallery Talk on Oct. 10 and closes on Oct. 24. A third juried exhibition ends the year at the guild: “The Essence of Form,” opening Nov. 16, including an evening Gallery Talk on Dec. 5 and closing on Dec. 28. St. Louis Artists’ Guild, 12 N. Jackson Ave., Clayton, 314-727-6266,

Kehinde Wiley, official portraitist of former President Barack Obama.

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By Robyn Dexter The metro area’s music scene remains as lively as ever, offering jazz, hip-hop, orchestral and operatic selections year-round.

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CATHEDRAL CONCERTS Cathedral Concerts has a stellar fall and winter season planned, kicking off with Chanticleer on Oct. 2. The Queen’s Six bring their vocal talents to St. Louis from England’s Windsor Castle on Oct. 20. Organist (and first woman director of music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City) Dr. Jennifer Pascual performs Nov. 4. After that, the so-called holiday season starts on Dec. 1 and 2 with back-to-back Christmas at the Cathedral performances, in which the St. Louis Archdiocesan Choirs and Orchestra fill the cathedral with seasonal selections like Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria. Cathedral Concerts, 4431 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 314-533-7662,

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JAZZ ST. LOUIS From September through December, Jazz St. Louis has a stocked roster of performances, starting with Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band Sept. 7 and 8. Following is the Harold López-Nussa Trio on Sept. 13 and Brothers Lazaroff with special guest Peter Martin on Sept. 14 and 15. October starts strong with the Kenny Barron Trio Oct. 3 to 7 and the Jim Widner Big Band on Oct. 11. Joey Alexander performs Oct. 12 and 13, and Dr. Lonnie Smith follows from Oct. 17 to 21. Darius de Haas brings “A Bernstein Thing” Oct. 24 and 25, and John Ellis, Ulysses Owens Jr. and Reuben Rogers perform Oct.

26 and 27. Stefon Harris and Blackout take the stage Oct. 31 to Nov. 4. Christine Ebersole and Billy Stritch bring sounds of the season with “Snowfall” Dec. 5 and 6, followed by Robert Glasper from Dec. 12 to 16. The Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays the great Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Dec. 18 to 20, followed by a Christmas production from Jim Manley’s Mad Brass & Rhythm Dec. 21 and 22. Good 4 The Soul round out December on the 28th and 29th. Information on additional shows from September through December is available at Jazz St. Louis, 3536 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 314-571-6000,

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St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Dilip Vishwanat.

ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The esteemed SLSO is gearing up for a thrilling 2018-19 season, kicking off with a concert in Forest Park on Sept. 12. Later that week, the symphony makes music magical with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Sept. 14 to 16. The following weekend, Sept. 22 and 23, Gemma New leads Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto featuring pianist Behzod Abduraimov in his SLSO debut. In the final weekend of September, Hannu Lintu leads Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11. The SLSO presents Ludwig van Beethoven’s Pastoral Oct. 5 and 6, followed by “A Celebration of Muny 100” on Oct. 7. Oct. 12 and 13, pianist Javier Perianes

makes his SLSO debut with “Scheherzade.” Attendees can get in the Halloween spirit Oct. 14 with Lemony Snicket’s The Composer Is Dead! Chris Botti returns to St. Louis to perform with the SLSO on Oct. 26, followed by Joseph Haydn’s The Creation Oct. 27 and 28. Halloween meets Christmas in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, performed Nov. 2 to 4. The second weekend in November, the SLSO performs Alexander Scriabin’s “Poem of Ecstasy,” along with Tristan and Isole and Romeo and Juliet. To kick off the holiday season, Leslie Odom Jr. returns to perform selections from his Simply Christmas album with the SLSO on Dec. 2. SLSO and



Union Avenue Opera wraps up its 24th season with “Lost in the Stars,” a performance that ties together Broadway, traditional African music, jazz and blues. The musical tragedy is based on Alan Paton’s 1948 novel, Cry, the Beloved Country. Directed by Shaun Patrick Tubbs and conducted by Scott Schoonover, the performance tells the story of Absalom, the son of a local black preacher in South Africa during apartheid. Performances take place Aug. 17, 18, 24 and 25. Union Avenue Opera, 733 Union Blvd., St. Louis, 314-361-2881,


Winter Opera Saint Louis kicks off its 12th season Nov. 9 and 11 with Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss. The 1874 operetta features a costume party, mistaken identities, lust and more. Prior to the launch of the new season, Winter Opera hosts an Opera Night on Aug. 29 at Dominic’s on The Hill, along with its annual Fall Gala on Sept. 28. Winter Opera Saint Louis, 2324 Marconi Ave., St. Louis, 314-865-0038,

The Sheldon’s forthcoming season looks to be bursting with talent, starting with an evening with Gillian Welch on Sept. 13. iLLPHONiCS and Black Spade bring their hip-hop talents to St. Louis on Sept. 14, followed by The Band of Heathens on Sept. 20. Chamber Project St. Louis presents Piazzolla, Ravel, Sibelius and Bunch on Sept. 25, followed by a performance by Susan Werner and Ellis Paul on Oct. 5. Cornet Chop Suey entertain on Oct. 9 and 10. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra arrives in St. Louis for a performance on Oct. 12, followed by a jazz performance from Jon Batiste on Oct. 20. Soprano Julia Bullock brings her vocal talents on Oct. 24, and Hot Rize arrive for a Nov. 2 performance. The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is heading east for a performance on Nov. 8, followed by a show from Lila Downs on Nov. 11. The Feyza Eren Group takes the stage for performances on Nov. 13 and 14. Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Memphis Soulphony arrive for a Nov. 17 performance. Sierra Hull kicks off December with “Christmas Time Is Here” on Dec. 7. Scott

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Chorus perform George Frideric Handel’s Messiah Dec. 7 to 9, followed by Home Alone in concert Dec. 14 to 16. Grammy Award-winning a cappella group TAKE 6 joins SLSO and IN UNISON in “A Gospel Christmas”production on Dec. 20. Mercy presents its holiday celebration with performances Dec. 21 to 23. SLSO performs scores from Disney films of the past decade on Dec. 28 and 29 and rounds out 2018 with BMO Private Bank’s New Year’s Eve Celebration on Dec. 31. Information on additional shows can be found at St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314-533-2500,

John Powel Walsh, Scott Kennebeck and Emily Truckenbrod.

Kennebeck, Emily Truckenbrod and accompanist John Powel Walsh present “Home for Christmas” on Dec. 15, followed by Joe Vonder Haar & Friends on Dec. 18 and 19. Dean Christopher’s “Rat Pack Christmas” finishes the Sheldon’s 2018 season on Dec. 20. Information on additional shows can be found at The Sheldon, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-533-9900,


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New Installation, Cleaning & Repair Drainage Solutions, Screen Installation & Window Cleaning Professional, Reliable & Insured Q No Mess Left Behind Q Free Estimates Contact Tony 314-413-2888

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24/7 Companion Care for Seniors. Personal Care, Meal Prep, Light Housekeeping, & Peace of Mind. 314-569-9890 TROSSIE CARES Private Home Health 24hr Affordable Home Health Service. Call 314-620-3550 or email We have lots of avail. references.

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REMODEL & REPAIR Rotted Wood, Painting, Tile, Drywall, Floors, Electrical, Carpentry, Plumbing. Power Washing. Insured. Free Estimates. 40yrs Exp. Don Phillips 314-973-8511



ork! Take It Easy. homew We’ll Be Doin’ your Since 1972

SUMMER LANDSCAPING REPAIR IT BEFORE YOU REPLACE IT Carpet Repaired, Restretched, Installed, New Carpet Sales, Large Selection in 2 Showrooms. Over 30 Years Experience. For a Quote Call Nick 314-845-8049 Ken Singleton Building Repair, LLC General Contractor & Home Improvement Specialist Tuckpointing, Plaster, Drywall, Painting and Carpentry. Call Ken Today! 636-674-5013


Landscape Design • Spring Clean-Up • Brush Clearing Bed Preparation • Tilling • Weeding & Mulching • Planting Tree/Shrub Fertilization, Trimming and Removal • Lawn Fertilization, Weed Control, De-Thatching, Sodding and Seeding Gutter Cleaning • Power Washing • StoneWalls, Patios, Borders and Drainage Solution.

For Free Estimates call Keith at 314-422-0241 or e-mail at Since 2001 OUTDOOR CREATIVE DESIGN & LANDSCAPE, LLC For all of your landscape and hardscape needs. "Where dreams become design and design becomes reality" 314-325-5111

Complete Lawn Maintenance for Residential & Commercial SUMMER MAINTENANCE Clean-up & Leaf Removal Fertilizing, Planting, Sodding, Seeding, Mowing, Mulching, Edging, Spraying, Weeding, Pruning, Trimming, Bed Maintenance, Dethatching, Brush Removal, Retaining Walls, Paver Patios and Drainage Work. Firewood.

Licensed Landscape Architect/Designer For a FREE estimate call


Weekly Lawn Mowing and Gardening.


ASTON - PARKER PAINTING Interior/Exterior Painting Wallpaper Removal Insured, 35 Years Experience Free Estimates

Call 314-766-2952 or 314-766-2962

Your Poop Scoop 'n Service Free Estimates - No Contracts

A Division of Allen Roofing ofing & Siding us@aroofin



Professional Pet and Household Services Feeding, walking, training, overnight care. Your home or mine. Dependable • References Call Barb 314-650-2966 Complete Tree Service for Residential & Commercial

PLASTERING DRYWALL Hanging & Finishing "A+ BBB Rating" Call Jess today to schedule a free estimate.


Tree Service Professionals Trimming, Deadwooding, Reduction, Removals, Stump Grinding, Year Round Service and Fully Insured Call Michael Baumann for a Free Estimate & Property Inspection

Tree Pruning & Removal, Plant Healthcare Program, Deadwooding, Stump Grinding, Deep Root Fertilization, Cabling & Storm Cleanup

636.375.2812 You'll be glad you called!

Cary Semsar ISA Board Certified Master Arborist OH-5130B Free Estimate, Fully Insured



Trees Trimmed & Removed


Call 314-426-2911

TREE SERVICE • Stone Retaining Walls • Stump Grinding • Fully Insured

"U Name It & We Haul It" 7 Days a Week - Same Day Appliances, Brush, Clean Outs, Demo, Bsmts & Garage, Etc. Call Brian @ 314-740-1659

(636) 274-1378 WANTED


DECK Powerwashing & Staining "A+ BBB Rating" Call Jess today to schedule a free estimate.


We Are Buying ... watches • jewelry • diamonds • sterling • coins • scrap gold We pay TOP PRICES and offer SAME DAY PAYMENTS! If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by or call for appointment for a no obligation quote. Extra premium prices paid for signed jewelry.

We’ve been serving our customers for over 38 years.

McGreevy Piano Tuning





Interior/Exterior Painting, Reliable, Clean, Reasonable & Insured. Call John for a Free Estimate!


Schwidde Tuckpointing


ATEK Masonry/Restored Brick - Block - Stone Tuckpointing w/ Color Match Cleaning & Waterproofing Chimneys - Fireplaces Flue Liners, Dampers & Caps Flashing & Crown Repair "St. Louis' FIRST Union Residential Masonry Co w/BACSTL - Local 1 Online @ CALL: 314-599-1829





Outdoor Living and Landscape Management Management: ï Full Estate and Regular Scheduled Programs ï Organic Solutions ï Turf Care ï Mowing ï Mulching ï Weeding ï Leaf Removal ïWaterscape Management Outdoor Living: ï Outdoor Kitchens and Living Rooms ï Fireplaces/Firepits ï Retaining Walls ï Patios ï Water Features ï Driveways And More... Call Today for Estimate 314-827-5664


Bill McGreevy Piano Technician & Guild Associate Member

BARTEL’S ESTATE GALLERY 10411 Clayton Road, Ste. 101 Le Chateau Village Frotenac, MO 63131

314-335-9177 INTERIOR PAINTING & REMODELING Finish carpentry, drywall, tile and floor work. 25yrs exp. Call Kent for free estimates; 314-398-2898

POWERWASHING WINDOW CLEANING ïExcellent Rates ïInsured ïImpeccable Ref's ïFree Est's. Diligent, LLC 314-803-3865

Free Verbal Appraisals






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ARROWHEADS! and Indian Artifacts!


314-725-6159 Insured Get'er Done Tree Service A+ with BBB & Angie's List Tree Trimming, Removal, Deadwooding & Stump, Grinding. Certified Arborist. Fully Insured, Free Est. Serving the area since 2004. CALL 314-971-6993


MIRELLI TUCKPOINTING LLC Family Owned and Operated In Service Since 1991

Family Owned Since 1969 brick & stone work, glass block windows, custom color pool caulking, drive-way power washing & caulking. All credit cards accepted. Insured. No deposit. A+BBB rating. Angie’s List Service Award Recipient. 314-772-0190

Executive in Clayton loves the hobby! Buying collections, answering questions, & looking for properties to buy or lease to look on within 45min of Clayton that seem to have a good concentration of arrowheads.


WANTED WANTED ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES Old Advertising, Records Sports Memorabilia, Old Toys STL History, Breweriana, Etc Call Ben (314)518-5769

WINDOWS M&P Window Washing and Gutter Cleaning Making windows in St. Louis Shine for over 30yrs. Gutter Cleaning & Minor Repair, Window Cleaning, Reasonable, Free Estimates, Dependable, Insured, References. Angies’s List. Paul




MASSEY TUCKPOINTING & MASONRY Tuckpointing, Chimney & Brick Repair, Caulking & Now Chimney Sweeping & Flue Re-lining. 2013 BBB Torch Award Winner

$50 off $500+ 314-486-3303

Complete houses, spotpointing with color match, chimney repair/rebuilds, brick/stone repair, foundation repair. BBB TORCH AWARD RECIPIENT. SUPER SERVICE AWARD '05-'17.



M. Galati, LLC Tuckpointing Spot or Entire Home

Color Match Experts Power Washing Silicon Waterproofing Owner on site to insure CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

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A heritage of exceptional real estate service since 1965 9625 Ladue Road Ladue $7,400,000

10 Larkdale Drive Ladue $2,495,000

8956 Moydalgan Road Ladue $2,150,000


6 East Ladue Lane Ladue $4,595,000

10825 Ladue Road Creve Coeur $1,685,000

15 Pine Valley Ladue $3,250,000


44 Portland Drive Frontenac $1,355,000

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Coldwell Banker Gundaker - Ladue 314.993.8000

Š2017 NRT Missouri LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Gundaker fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Operated by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo are service marks registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Gundaker are independent contractor sales associates and are not employees of Coldwell Banker Gundaker.

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August 10, 2018  

Reliance Bank; Gatherings & Goodwill; Abode Feature: Staging; Style Feature: korédé; The Daily Feature: Charitable Donations; Arts & Culture...

August 10, 2018  

Reliance Bank; Gatherings & Goodwill; Abode Feature: Staging; Style Feature: korédé; The Daily Feature: Charitable Donations; Arts & Culture...