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Alliance Real Estate

1418 Sycamore Lake Drive | Foristell | $899,900

2700 Old Coffman Road

Stone Ledge Farm

45 Lynnbrook Road Frontenac | $2,499,000

Town & Country | $1,895,000

12960 Thornhill Drive

118 Grand Meridien Forest

2709 North Geyer Road

15 Sackston Woods Lane

953 Kingscove

13047 West Watson Road Sunset Hills | $1,150,000

923 Cabernet Drive

Town & Country | $1,125,000

16121 Walnut Hill Farm Dr

11 Washington Terrace

10 Rivermont

224 Saint Andrews Drive

4909 Laclede Avenue #1503

3658 Highway 47

858 Rodeo Drive

16344 Wynncrest Falls Way 13546 River Forest Place

150 Sugar Mountain Drive

Farmington | $4,600,000

Frontenac | $1,499,000

Chesterfield | $999,900

Lonedell | $825,000

Dutzow | $3,395,000

Creve Coeur | $1,345,000

St Louis City | $975,000

Beaufort | $779,000

Town & Country | $1,250,000

Crystal City | $949,000

Wildwood | $750,000

Saint Albans | $850,000

St Louis Co | $639,900

Visit to view weekend open houses

Wildwood | $1,799,000

St Louis City | $839,000

Fenton | $575,000 8077 Maryland Avenue | Clayton | 314-997-7600 17050 Baxter Road #200 | Chesterfield | 636-537-0300 Relocation | 636-733-5010

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Butler Felsher Group

Patershuk Partners

Carol Butler: 314-630-3165 Juli-Ann Felsher: 314-303-3232


8119 Stratford Drive Clayton Gardens | $1,750,000

Alliance Real Estate Diane Patershuk: 314-477-7673 Rod Patershuk: 314-477-7674


110 Dielman

Ladue | $1,410,000

14 Heather Hill Lane Olivette | $1,240,000


321 North Bemiston Ave Newer 2 story | Old Town Clayton

Located on a permier street in Olivette, this spectacular, updated home provides features that will delight all ages of guest! Adults will love the gorgeous finishes, chef’s kitchen, and master suite with spiral staircase, and wine cellar. Children will love the finished walkout lower level with batting cage, theater, and game room!


241 Linden Avenue

Old Town Clayton | $2,050,000

Maria Elias

Eric Merchant

C: 314-971-4346 O: 314-872-6721


Coming Soon - 9033 Clayton Road | Ladue | $839,900

18800 Franklin Rd - 118 +Acres

9890 Old Warson Road | Ladue | UNDER CONTRACT | $1,350,000

2904 Mount Sterling Rd - 288+ Acres

Impressive 22 year old 1/5 story home with finished walkout lower level

Riverfront Location | Eureka | $2,250,000

Recreational Retreat | Bland | $900,000

Visit to view weekend open houses

68 Acres South Service Road

Commercial/Agricultural | New Florence | $999,900

16480 Ranch Road - 40+ Acres Equestrian Facility | Wright City | $887,500 8077 Maryland Avenue | Clayton | 314-997-7600 17050 Baxter Road #200 | Chesterfield | 636-537-0300 Relocation | 636-733-5010

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Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

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Abode Feature:

ALEX WALDBART FLORIST With spring officially less than three weeks away, LN regular Brittany Nay talks horticulture and history with Claire Waldbart Kramer of Alex Waldbart Florist, now both nearing its sesquicentennial and settling into its new Clayton Road home.


Style Feature:

From GQ to Men’s Fashion, the stylish athletic wear of Fourlaps – owned and operated by Clayton High School alumnus Daniel Shapiro – has lately been earning a lot of ink, as related by Robyn Dexter, LN’s web editor and staff writer.

Arts & Culture Feature:

“TRANSFORMATIVE VISIONS” EXHIBITION In this architectural exhibition now at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University spotlights how its (still-changing) campus has changed since 1895, as LN copy editor and staff writer Bryan A. Hollerbach recounts.

On the cover 10 On April 28, Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis will host its annual Dinner With the Stars gala at the Peabody Opera House. Featuring a headlining performance by John Legend, as well as presentations of the Man and Woman of the Year honors, the evening promises to be a celebration of community, generosity and possibility. Turn to page 10 to learn more about the event and the essential services that Variety provides to St. Louis-area children with special needs. Pictured, from left to right, are (front) Variety Kids Ari and Josh and (back) Marilyn Fox, L.B. Eckelkamp Jr. and Cheri Fromm. Photo courtesy of Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis.


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YWCA Metro St. Louis Young Friends of Mercy


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The Trio Design Speak Feature: Alex Waldbart Florist





Saint Louis Fashion Incubator

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On Trend Beauty Buzz Feature: Fourlaps

THE DAILY 86 87 88 90

Kids MD Health Notes Game ON! Feature: Medical Technology

ARTS & CULTURE 98 Dinner & A Show 101 Art and Soul 102 Feature: “Transformative Visions” Exhibition

MARCH 8-11


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COMING SOON! This Higginbotham built home exudes both current design with traditional finishes. Beautiful design throughout the home and the special areas of the wine room, elevator, gym and much more – make this property truly one of a kind. $2,250,000

4. 7612 Cornell Ave • U. City

1. 31 Ridgemoor Drive • Clayton

2. 9828 Old Warson Road · Ladue

NEW LISTING! Sited with a panoramic view of an Old Warson fairway, this is an inspired Shingle style architectural masterpiece. The finishes are impressive and elegant - oversized French doors, customized windows, high ceilings and specialized moldings put this in a class by itself. $2,450,000

3. 711 Middle Polo · Clayton

Best of both worlds in this historic Maritz, Young & Dusard home that has been completely remodeled and expanded. Offering a combination of stunning archways and millwork, mixed with top-of-the-line amenities. Amazing chef’s kitchen, custom 3-story curved staircase, and private master suite.$1,150,000

4. 7612 Cornell Avenue · University City

2. 9828 Old Warson Road • Ladue

5. 5023 Westminster • St. Louis

Lovely rehabbed classic two-story home with old charm and modern amenities. Gorgeous newly refinished hardwood floors, updated kitchen with custom cabinets, stainless appliances, quartz countertops, ceramic tile floor and built-in pantry. $359,900

5. 5023 Westminster Place · St. Louis

Beautifully appointed six bedroom four bath three story historic home nestled into a private Central West End street. The grand entry with fireplace sets the stage for this special home with high ceilings, deep moldings and a wide sweeping staircase. Elegant and sophisticated while remaining a family home. $620,000

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3. 711 Middle Polo • Clayton

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1751 N. Woodlawn Avenue (Ladue) $3,975,000 9936 Litzsinger Road (Ladue) $3,200,000 700 Yale Ave (University City) $874,900 9828 Old Warson Road (Ladue) $2,450,000 Three gracious stories of living space with $2,250,000 seven bedrooms and four baths. Impeccable 31 Ridgemoor Drive (Clayton) 13 Overbrook Drive (Ladue) $1,999,900 original millwork, leaded-glass cabinetry, 35 Chesterfield Lakes (Chesterfield) $1,975,000 stained glass windows, high ceilings, grand 8110 Westmoreland Ave (Clayton) $1,975,000 entry foyer and staircase, cozy back stairs. Main level is large enough for your grandest 1804 Cheswick Place (Kirkwood) $1,229,000 parties yet still feels warm and cozy. Large 30 Dunleith Drive (Ladue) $1,195,000 kitchen with original butler’s pantry. 22 Log Cabin Drive (Ladue) $1,195,000 $1,150,000 9550 Litzsinger Road (Ladue) $385,000 711 Middle Polo (Clayton)


OPEN SUNDAY 1-3! Charming house with vaulted ceilings in the living room, dining room, kitchen and hearth room. French doors lead to an inviting deck that overlooks the large private backyard. The walk-out lower level has two additional bedrooms, one full bathroom, lovely family room, large laundry room and garage.

$750,000 - $1,000,000

1524 Breezeridge Drive (Des Peres) 715 Glenridge Ave (Clayton) 4 Deer Creek Woods Drive (Ladue) 700 Yale Avenue (University City) 524 High Hampton (Ladue) 7149 Lindell Blvd. (University City) $379,900 3 Clayton Terrace (Frontenac)

752 Berquist Drive (Ballwin) Four bedroom, 2.5 bath home features updated eat-in kitchen with beautiful cabinets, granite countertops, tile back-splash and stainless appliances. Adjoining the kitchen is a lovely family room with an amazing fireplace uniquely accented with old wine barrel pieces basket weaved along the wall.

living. Entry leads you to a free-flowing living space with custom cabinetry, engineered wood flooring and numerous windows. Updated kitchen with custom cabinets and marble countertops.

$719,000 $659,000 $629,000 $620,000 $599,850 $589,000 $524,900 $510,000

$300,000 - $500,000 18 Clayton Downs (Frontenac) 4 Highgate Road (Olivette)

9550 Litzsinger Road (Ladue) 752 Berquist Drive (Ballwin) 10356 Conway Road (Frontenac) 139 East Clinton Place (Kirkwood) 7612 Cornell Avenue (University City) 1025 Dolores Avenue (Olivette)

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7324 Colgate Avenue (University City) $259,000 7250 Ravinia Drive (Pasadena Hills). $235,000 7423 Chamberlain Ave (University City) $229,900

$989,000 LOTS AND ACREAGE $925,000 $899,000 1 Canter Hill Drive (Ladue) $3,975,000 $874,900 706 Oak Avenue (Valley Park) $57,500 $845,000 $834,900 CONDOS AND VILLAS $799,000

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22 Dunleith Drive (Ladue) 6314 Washington Ave (University City) 9352 Pine Avenue (Brentwood) 5023 Westminster Place (St. Louis) 700 Garland Place (Warson Woods) 314 N. Broadway #903 (St. Louis) $259,900 33 Sussex Drive (Brentwood) Welcome home to this extraordinary 807 Orpington Court (Des Peres) condominium showcasing the best of urban 7728 Country Club Court (Clayton)

OPEN SUNDAY 1-3! Picture perfect 1.5 story New England home nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac. Dramatic foyer opens to a delightful dining room and inviting study. Gleaming hardwoods, bright open kitchen, hearth room and incredible master suite completes the main floor. Professionally landscaped. $1,229,000

$490,000 $485,000

150 Carondelet Plz #2801 (Clayton) $6,850,000 150 Carondelet Plaza #303 (Clayton) $859,000 4969 Pershing Place, No. 1 (St. Louis) $849,900 731 Westwood Drive #1S (Clayton) $487,500 731 Westwood Drive #2N (Clayton) $487,500 731 Westwood Drive #2S (Clayton) $487,500 519 Middleton Court (Kirkwood) $479,900 610 Forest Court #3 (Clayton) $300,000 200 South Brentwood #17C (Clayton) $275,000 314 North Broadway #903 (St. Louis) $259,500 5539 Waterman Blvd #2S (St. Louis) $249,000 200 S. Brentwood #8F (Clayton) $205,000 2249 Klemm Street #A (St. Louis) $139,900 1720 Forest Hills (St. Charles) $125,000

139 East Clinton Place • Kirkwood STEPS FROM DOWNTOWN KIRKWOOD! Great flow on the main floor with a combined living and dining area and a large eat in kitchen. Beautiful deck and flat backyard. Upstairs you will find four light and bright bedrooms and two bathrooms. $375,000


from the

EDITOR ‌THERE’S SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT HAVING A BOUQUET OF flowers adorning your dining room table, nightstand, end table or other space in your abode. Not only do fresh flowers add a pop of color and life to a space, but also they have the power to lift your spirits. For these reasons and more, it should come as no surprise that Alex Waldbart Florist continues to blossom as a beloved local tradition – and now in a new location. Starting on p. 28, learn more about the family-owned shop’s new home, offerings and history, beautifully shared by LN contributing writer Brittany Nay. This issue also shares another special tradition: the 2018 Platinum List winners. Starting on p. 35, meet the local businesses and industry experts who our lovely readers voted as their favorites (they obviously have excellent taste!). We hope you enjoy learning about these valued local establishments, and invite you to join us in celebrating the winners on Thursday, March 22, at the Platinum List awards event at The Coronado. Visit for all the details. All the best,

Editor’s Corner The word around town

Kids In The Middle, which “helps children and families transition to a new way of life before, during and after separation and divorce, for the sake of creating healthier futures for all involved,” was recently presented with a donation of $6,424.90 from Tapped St. Louis’ Tips for Charity program. According to a press release, Tapped “donates any tips offered at checkout to a local charity.” Congratulations to Variety Theatre for receiving a $10,000 Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). According to a press release, the Art Works category is “NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.” For Variety, an organization that empowers children with both physical and developmental disabilities, this grant will go toward funding its fall production of The Little Mermaid.

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Alecia Humphreys

Welcome Spring!


1751 Woodlawn Ave | Ladue $3,975,000

30 Dunleith Drive | Ladue $1,195,000


150 Carondelet Plaza #2801 | Clayton $6,850,000

807 Orpington Court | Des Peres


22 Dunleith Drive | Ladue $719,000

1804 Cheswick Place | Kirkwood $1,229,000

1524 Breezeridge Drive | Des Peres $989,000 PENDING


21 Clermont Lane | Ladue $1,395,000


519 Middleton Court | Kirkwood $479,900

7324 Colgate Ave | University City $259,000

955 Evans Avenue | Kirkwood $229,900

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816 South Hanley, Unit 2B | NEW LISTING Clayton $315,000

6 Grove Avenue | NEW LISTING Webster Groves $439,900 | OPEN 3/4, 1-3 PM

16598 Kehrsgrove Drive | NEW LISTING Chesterfield $750,000 | OPEN 3/4, 1-3 PM

NEW LISTINGS 1434 FAIRBROOK DRIVE, Des Peres. Harwood Hills Mid-Century gem with open floor plan, great living spaces, remodeled kitchen, and plenty of bonus rooms. $765,000

OPEN 3/4, 1-3 PM

16598 KEHRSGROVE DRIVE, Chesterfield. Unexpected features are the norm in this light and bright 5 bedroom atrium ranch with energy saving benefits. $750,000.

OPEN 3/4, 1-3 PM

2 LISA DRIVE, Olivette. Updated home features 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, eat-in kitchen, exceptional family room with walk-out to patio and large backyard and finished basement.


6 GROVE AVENUE, Webster Groves. A Colonial residence tastefully decorated with elegant living room, a bright neutral kitchen and rear deck with ample back yard. $439,900.

OPEN 3/4, 1-3 PM

816 SOUTH HANLEY, UNIT 2B, Clayton. Spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo with beautifully proportioned living room, dining room and master bedroom, generous closets throughout.


4466 WEST PINE COURT, UNIT 14C, CWE. Stunning views in this stylish 2 bedroom 2 bath unit with updated kitchen, classic details and ample storage space. Can be converted to 3 bed.


LuxuryCollection 9847 LITZSINGER ROAD, Ladue. 26 UPPER LADUE, Ladue. 171 NORTH BEMISTON AVENUE, Clayton. 544 QUAIL RIDGE, St. Albans. 11 EAST BRENTMOOR PARK, Clayton.

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2245 VIEWROYAL DRIVE, Des Peres.


1434 FAIRBROOK DRIVE, Des Peres.

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312 NORTH BRENTWOOD, UNIT 11, Clayton.






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Variety the children’s charity of st. louis


Possibility By Emma Dent | Photos provided by Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis


n 1966, Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis hosted its inaugural Dinner with the Stars black-tie gala. Since then, Dinner with the Stars has become a marquee event for the nonprofit, which has been providing vital medical equipment, programs and therapeutic services to children with special needs in the St. Louis area for more than 80 years. “The event speaks to Variety’s roots in the entertainment industry, as we were founded by a group of theater owners,” explains Brian Roy, Variety’s executive director. “To be able to do something that’s different from a standard gala, and to have an opportunity to bring in iconic performers, is a great way to celebrate these amazing kids,” he says. Although this year’s headliner – multiaward-winning performer John Legend – promises to thrill, the glamorous evening’s real stars are Variety kids. “Dinner with the Stars is not just a fundraiser to us,” stresses Roy. “It’s a chance to share the talents of these kids.” “At Variety, we speak a lot about realizing ability, and not focusing on disability,” emphasizes Roy. Attendees can look forward to seeing Variety kids in action throughout the event. “Last year, we started incorporating the kids more and more into the program,” he says. “Two of our teens worked with comedian Joe Torry and then emceed the event together. Another teen helped with stage management. Expect to see more of that this year - highlighting the success of these teens and what they’re able to do.” Guests will also be treated to a performance by the inclusive Variety Children’s Chorus. Part of the evening’s program will also be dedicated to lauding the philanthropic spirit of businessman L.B. Eckelkamp Jr. and arts champion Cheri Fromm, this year’s Man and Woman of the Year honorees. Roy marvels at Eckelkamp Jr.’s commitment to the Archdiocese, the Boy Scouts and the Missouri Botanical


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Garden, among many organizations. “He’s done amazing things in his hometown of Washington, Missouri, but he hasn’t been held back by geographic boundaries,” says Roy. “He illustrates why St. Louis is so special – because we have business leaders that are so invested in the broader community.” Roy shares high praise for Fromm, as well. “Her passion for the performing arts, and seeing that as a vehicle for growth and opportunity for kids, has been wonderful,” Roy enthuses. Through her involvement with The Big Muddy Dance Company, Fromm has been instrumental in introducing dance John Legend to Variety’s performing arts program. Fromm also served as co-chair of the United Way of Greater St. Louis’ major fundraising campaign in 2013. While Variety’s Dinner with the Stars has grown and evolved through the years, the stewardship of Marilyn Fox remains an invaluable constant. Now in her 22nd year as the event’s chair, Fox continues to demonstrate an aweinspiring commitment to supporting the organization’s mission to help area children with special needs thrive. “Her leadership as chair has allowed [the event] to become even more successful,” declares Roy. “We’re lucky and humbled by her willingness to be so involved. She originally agreed to one year!” An enchanting evening of entertainment and celebration, Dinner with the Stars is also an incredible opportunity for Variety to reach out to families with children who may need assistance, whether it’s medical equipment, therapies, camps or performing arts opportunities. “Sometimes having these big events can garner awareness,” says Roy. “We’ve been doing this for 85 years, and we’re so appreciative that the community has wrapped its arms around us. The need continues to grow and is still there. We need people to continue to support us.”

It is my great privilege to be involved in Variety. Once you see Variety kids and their families, and you see how brave they are, you get this feeling that you want to be involved and to help. They are so inspirational. They motivate me to do more and to stay involved. The Variety families are truly close to my heart, and I feel blessed to be able to help.” Marilyn Fox, chair of Dinner with the Stars

What/When/Where: RUNWAY LIGHTS FASHION SHOW april 21 at union station VARIETY FAMILY CELEBRATION DAY april 22 at chesterfield athletic complex VARIETY IN THE MORNING april 24 at foX2 IMO’S FOR KIDS DAY april 25 at any imo’s Pizza location BANK OF AMERICA & VARIETY FIRST PITCH AT THE BALLPARK DAY april 26 at Busch stadium DINNER WITH THE STARS april 28 at Peabody opera house MAN & WOMAN OF THE YEAR l.B. eckelkamp Jr. & cheri fromm HOW TO GET INVOLVED attend a Variety event or visit, where you can donate to specific programs. MANY THANKS thanks to generous underwriting from the centene charitable foundation, the steward family foundation and World Wide technology, all funds raised from dinner with the stars support Variety children.

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Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis


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n December, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis hosted its fifth annual Whitney M. Young Society Celebration at the AnheuserBusch Biergarten. At the reception, nearly 200 society members gathered to celebrate, honor and give appreciation for the organization’s accomplishments in social service and the civil rights movement. Guests were also treated to a delectable dinner and an open bar courtesy of Anheuser-Busch and entertainment from Readus Miller. This event invariably involves some of St. Louis’ most influential leaders. Emily and Richard Pitts

Erica and Keith Willis Sr., Adella Jones


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Isaiah Di Lorenzo, Barbara Bowman

Charlotte Ottley, Mulugheta Teferi, Angelia Bills, Kathi Hadley

We are thankful to the Whitney M. Young Society members for helping us provide services and community outreach to nearly 100,000 clients this year. MICHAEL P. MCMILLAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO (LEFT, WITH PETER NIEDORFF)

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Saint Louis Fashion Incubator


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Miran Halen and Faith Berger

Photos and story by Christina Kling-Garrett


year ago, in the heart of the St. Louis garment district, the Saint Louis Fashion Fund opened the doors to the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator, welcoming six designers to 1533 Washington Ave. That year saw great strides toward re-creating a fashion and manufacturing powerhouse in downtown St. Louis, and in January, the fund celebrated the incubator’s first anniversary. At the anniversary celebration, guests browsed fashions from each of the designers, enjoyed cocktails and noshed on appetizers. Susan Sherman, the fund’s co-founder and chairman, provided opening remarks, before Missy Kelley, the president and CEO of Downtown St. Louis, and Linda Martinez, St. Louis’ deputy mayor of development, spoke about the fund’s importance and the garment district’s revitalization. Designer Reuben Reuel spoke on behalf of the incubator’s designers before everyone took part in a toast – and enjoyed a three-tiered couture cake made by The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. Five of the six inaugural designers cut the cake: Reuel, Agnes Hamerlik, Allison Mitchell, Audra Noyes and Emily Brady Koplar.

Vanessa Rudloff and Brook Beers


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Audra Noyes and Kathleen Rogers

Psyche Southwell, Sarah Watson, Adewale Soluade

This milestone means the business of fashion is alive and well in the city of St. Louis. Fashion creates jobs and serves as an economic engine. Looking forward, we will continue to revitalize the historic garment district with an eye towards bringing back high-tech apparel manufacturing, which would bring business here from all over the world. We are proud of the impact we have had in such a short period of time, and the response from the community has been overwhelming! SUSAN SHERMAN, CO-FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, SAINT LOUIS FASHION FUND

Geoff Story, Dawn Sturman, Zac Coleman

Lori and Mike Thaman

Agnes Hamerlik, Emily Brady Koplar, Reuben Reuel, Allison Mitchell, Audra Noyes

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Oskar Steine and Tania Beasley-Jolly

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Manuel Garcia, Ryan Tite, Nikolaos Trikalinos | MARCH 2, 2018


YWCA Metro St. Louis




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WCA Metro St. Louis has long set the standard for recognition of outstanding women whose accomplishments draw accolades from their professional peers and the community at large. The latest distinguished group was honored recently at the annual Leader Lunch before hundreds of guests in a packed ballroom. The women came from fields and backgrounds like corporate management, education, racial justice, entrepreneurship and philanthropy, among others. In addition, a future leader was selected to be honored from area high school seniors. The 2017 YWCA Leaders of Distinction were Diane Compardo, partner, Moneta Group; Jovita Foster, partner and inclusion chair, Armstrong Teasdale; Dr. Tara Nealey, shareholder, Polsinelli; Emily Pitts, principal, inclusion and diversity, Edward Jones; Mary Stillman, founder and executive director, Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls; Jennifer Labit, founder and CEO, Cotton Babies; NoĂŠmi Neidorff, philanthropist and community volunteer; Leila Sadat, professor and director, Washington University School of Law; Karen Aroesty, regional director, Anti-Defamation League; and Kennedi Ginger, Whitfield School.

It’s never been a better time to highlight, recognize and champion women who have been trailblazers and examples of excellence and achievement to both their peers and younger women who aspire to be like them. For 37 years, the YWCA has led the way through the annual Leader Lunch in honoring these amazing, worthy, inspiring women. ADRIAN BRACY, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Deborah Patterson, Kasey Bergh, Cheryl Jones


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Nicole Roach, Ida Casey

Katie Nguyen, Najma Omar, Emma Murphy

Young Friends of Mercy


Photos and story by Diane Anderson


oung Friends of Mercy, which supports Mercy Hospital St. Louis and Mercy Health Foundation, recently held its fourth annual Young Friends Mercy Masquerade at Palladium Saint Louis. This year’s event was themed “Great Gatsby,” after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous 1925 novel. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while viewing silent auction items, playing casino games and dancing. Molly Ortwerth and Irene Yu co-chaired the event. All proceeds from it support Mercy’s Child Life programs, whose specialists help children cope with hospitalization by planning activities to help normalize the environment, explaining diagnoses, counseling siblings and family members through hard times, and doing anything else that makes the visit easier.


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The cause this evening is to raise funds for Mercy Child Life programs at Mercy Children’s Hospital. We are very honored to have so many young friends that have come out to support the children. MOLLY ORTWERTH, CO-CHAIR FOR YOUNG FRIENDS OF MERCY (LEFT, PICTURED WITH CO-CHAIR IRENE YU)

Scott Baker, Shannon Knobloch, Alex Rich

Niki Hudson, Tim Callahan

Gabrielle and Dan Abel | MARCH 2, 2018


National Children’s Cancer Society



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Willie McGee, Whitey Herzog, Keith Hernandez


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he National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) hosted its sixth annual An Evening With the Cardinals event. This year’s event was held in the main ballroom at Union Station, and guests enjoyed a cocktail hour where they listened to the Cardinals’ highlights and bid on sports memorabilia from both the Cardinals and Blues organizations. After dinner, attendees listened to Cardinal greats like Whitey Herzog, Keith Hernandez and Willie McGee reminisce about the 1982 World Series. The evening was emceed by Dan McLaughlin. NCCS supports families as they navigate the daunting world of childhood cancer. The year’s featured survivor is a St. Louis local, Jeremiah “L.J.” Graham.

An Evening With the Cardinals is our largest fundraiser, raising more than $1 million over the past six years, providing crucial funds as we work tirelessly to support families making their way through the daunting world of childhood cancer. MARK STOLZE, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF NCCS (SHOWN WITH CAROL STOLZE)

John Murar, Sandi Kieser, Melissa Murar


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L.J., Jennifer, Jonah and Jeremiah Graham

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rue to its name, Assistance League of St. Louis has been a force for good, providing funds, volunteer hours and support to adults and children throughout the community for 30 years. “Our mission is to meet the unmet needs of children and adults in St. Louis, to transform their lives and to strengthen the community,” declares Suzanne Pratl, board president. Although the nonprofit’s mission is deceptively simple, its reach and impact have been undeniable. “We like to think what makes us different is that we’re all volunteers,” says Pratl. “We get things done, one way or another!” Indeed, Assistance League’s St. Louis chapter is one of the largest and most active of the 120 affiliates within the national organization, which was founded in California in 1935. Boasting 500-plus members, Assistance League of St. Louis contributes approximately 73,000 volunteer hours each year.

Our Mission Many of these hours are devoted to initiatives that champion education and literacy, two of the organization’s core concerns. “Education is central to everything that we do,” underscores Pratl. “We make sure that everything we do – even with adults – incorporates books.” Programs like Operation School Bell provide new and well-fitting uniforms, along with personal care items and books, to elementary school children in St. Louis City and County. In 2017, Assistance League of St. Louis launched Beyond the Bell, a trio of programs that offer additional support to local school children and young adults. Without guaranteed school meals, weekends can be a difficult and hungry two days for some children. Pack for Kids aims to fill this gap for students at two elementary schools in the Parkway and Valley Park School Districts. Each week, volunteers stuff backpacks with healthy meals and snacks designed to last the entire weekend. Through its Books from Friends program, the organization continues to inspire a love of reading by donating new and gently-used books to area schools. A third program, Beyond the Bell Clothing, supplies uniforms that fall outside the Operation School Bell standards to schools and agencies in need. These programs are about more than providing books and supplies to children. “Our members are hands-on,” stresses Pratl. “Sharing a hug, it’s all a part of the experience we want to give them. We want them to realize that there are a lot of good people out there who want them to succeed. We want them to be confident and to focus on their studies.” Assistance League of St. Louis’ volunteer efforts also extend to adults, especially women in transition. By dispensing personal care items and clothing to local shelters each month, Project ROSE offers a measure of hope and comfort to women and children in crisis. Originally established in 2014 as a Project ROSE pilot program, the Assistance League Scholarship – a partnership with the St. Louis Community College Foundation – made it possible for 29 women to improve their situations through post-secondary education in the last year. Operation School Bell, Beyond the Bell, and Project ROSE represent but a fraction of Assistance League of St. Louis’ vital programming. The organization also runs Fantastic Finds, a retail shop that sells high-quality clothing, accessories and household goods that have been generously donated. The store is completely managed and staffed by volunteers, and all proceeds benefit the nonprofit’s philanthropic work. On April 12, Commerce Bank will present Assistance League of St. Louis with its Community Service Award. The honor is not only a testament to the organization’s compassionate work, but also to its ethical and fiduciary responsibility. With an 80 percent return to the community, the St. Louis chapter is one of only a few nonprofits in the area to receive a GuideStar Platinum Rating. “It’s very significant that we’re being recognized as an organization,” states Pratl. “Typically this award is given to an individual. We’re very excited about this, and hope that it will be a catalyst for us moving forward.” For more information, or to join, visit or call 636-227-6200. | mArch 2, 2018



Under Construction - Opening 2018 Visitor Center Now Open on our construction site at 1055 Bellevue, next door to St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond Heights. Allegro is coming home and bringing award-winning design and distinctive services to Richmond Heights with a new luxury senior living community. Our community may be new but we are not new to senior living. We bring over 45 years of experience in senior living, with our home office located in downtown Clayton.

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Design Speak

A Q&A with Anne Smith of June Roesslein Interiors

Founded in 1976, June Roesslein Interiors is a leading St. Louis interior design firm, specializing in residential – which includes custom homes and renovations, light commercial, model home and apartment design. Services range from large-scale floor plans to fine-tuned textile details. The firm is the only local interior design firm accepted into the Color Marketing Group, the international organization that selects the colors, patterns and fabrics to be popularized in the years ahead, and is certified by the National Association of Home Builders. June Roesslein Interiors has a faithful following – many client relationships began decades ago with an initial home design, then continued as the clients returned, years later, entrusting the firm to give their homes a design refresh to fit new trends. LN spoke with Anne Smith, owner of June Roesslein Interiors, to find out more about its ongoing relationships with clients and what trends lie ahead. What sets June Roesslein Interiors apart in the industry? We love what we do, and it shows! There are four of us who participate in various aspects of interior design. Our relationships with our clients have withstood the test of time. It is that relationship, developed over a period of months and years, that creates a unique environment for both the designer and the client. [For us,] it is not a “project,” but rather a collaborative relationship that is fostered and established. Each client we work with brings a unique perspective to this collaborative process. Every interior brings an exciting opportunity to expand our own knowledge and enter into a new relationship. Every interior has its challenges. Parameters that are established by the client help define the personality of a particular room. How would you describe your interior


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design aesthetic/philosophy? We believe that through interior design , we impact people’s lives. By collaborating with our clients, we create environments that inspire pride. What are some of your favorite design trends or colors right now? We love the warm neutrals teamed with accent colors or textures. The industry is on the cusp, introducing the softer palette of colors. Pantone’s color of the year is [Ultra Violet] purple – a very optimistic color reflective of an optimistic economy! What have you been working on lately? We recently completed a new residence in Clayton for a couple that raised their family in West County. Their dream was to reside in Clayton and experience an “urban” lifestyle! We began with a clean palette, as the home is an infill [new housing in an established neighborhood]. Their master suite is reflective of this trend of a softer palette of color, violet and cream accentuated by golds and silvers. Calacatta gold marble was used extensively in the master bathroom, accented with Schonbek crystal scones flanking the vanity’s framed mirrors. Decorative Crafts silver chests flank the cream-colored tufted

upholstered king-size bed. The custom bedding is a Romo fabric that contains a soft palette of violet, cream, gold and silver. The sitting room has floor-to-ceiling custombuild bookshelves painted cream; the walls are dressed in a violet grasscloth with silver threads, by Phillip Jeffries. The pièce de résistance would be the Schonbek crystal chandelier suspended in the coffered ceiling.


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Comingup By Brittany Nay | Photos by Sarah Conroy

St. Louis’ fourth-generation family-owned Alex Waldbart Florist continues to blossom from its new location on Clayton Road.


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such as a new line of jewelry, including earrings, bracelets and necklaces.” Kramer encourages customers to stop in to pick up fresh bouquets for special occasions and fragrant arrangements to brighten their homes. “The spring flower season is upon us,” she says, “and we can create a custom design, or you can carry out a beautiful bundle of fresh posies.” Whatever you choose, Kramer will be ready with fresh flowers – and a hug.



The new shop has a vibrant, fresh feel that’s keeping customers coming back, Kramer notes. “The showroom is brighter and lighter,” she says. “We get lots of smiles from the customers. They have wished us well from the moment we found out we were going to a new location, and I’ve received so many hugs from everyone. [It’s] truly heartwarming.” Although it may be in a new space, Alex Waldbart Florist is continuing the same tradition: offering flowers for every occasion, from weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and holidays to special events and funerals. And Kramer will be the first to tell you that the staff’s design services and customer service set it apart. “Our fresh flowers are the most popular item we sell,” she says, adding that making unique arrangements for the special moments in customers’ lives is a joy. Whether customers are looking for a romantic arrangement or a congratulatory bouquet, Kramer says she and her team of designers can customize a beautiful and memorable design with the freshest flowers. For the spring season, popular flower offerings include tulips, lilies, lilacs, orchids and daffodils. In addition to florals, the shop offers an array of sweet treats, giftware and accessories, from unique vases, seasonal wreaths and plush animals to specialty items courtesy of some of St. Louis’ top artisans, including decadent desserts by Kakao Chocolates and handcrafted soaps by South Compton Soap Co. “We have upgraded and expanded our line of Linnea’s Lights [luxurious small-batch soy] candles and diffusers,” Kramer says. “And our giftware section has new selections,

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very morning Claire Waldbart Kramer opens St. Louis’ longtime family-owned floral shop, Alex Waldbart Florist, the fourth-generation owner says she’s filled with a sense of pride. “I like to think that my family members before me are proud of the work I do and the accomplishments that have been made,” Kramer says. The local floral designer is following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather, German immigrant Alex Waldbart, who started the family business in 1872. More than 145 years, several moves and many fresh flower sales later, the floral company is still blooming – most recently, from a new Clayton storefront at 7801 Clayton Road, west down the road 1 mile from its prior site. With Kramer at the helm, the shop moved in January after flourishing for 50 years at the corner of Big Bend Boulevard and Clayton Road in Richmond Heights. A much-beloved business at the heart of the tightknit neighborhood, it was known for its glowing marquee-style Waldbart Flowers sign that welcomed visitors. But the friendly neighborhood florist was forced from that longtime location when the nearly century-old building was sold by its owner, Big Clay LLC, to make way for the construction of some new businesses, including a Total Access Urgent Care center. “After moving the shop in January and seeing the result of the challenging work that went into all the aspects of moving a business, I know in my heart that not only my family is proud of me, but the customers are excited for us,” Kramer says.

The Power of Teamwork: We’ve grown…to meet the demands of the marketplace and better

serve our client base, Breihan Malecek Associates now includes six full time professionals. In addition to Steve Breihan and Carolyn Malecek, who have over 45 years of combined real estate expertise, our associates Erik Petersen and Lizz James join the team to assist buyers and sellers with the same enthusiasm, professional sales skills and attention to detail which are our hallmark. “Meeting our clients needs is our first priority!”

Our transaction coordinator, Janet Embree, brings a unique and desirable skill set with 35 years experience in mortgage banking and title services guaranteeing a smooth buying and selling process and experience for our clients. Our marketing coordinator, Michael Gianino, brings over 30 years of marketing expertise to our team and is responsible for implementing progressive and innovative strategies necessary to market your home.

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amily makes a home. Leave it to Mosby Building Arts, and a home becomes something more. Right Bath by Mosby caters to your family’s needs, so you can spend less time taking care of your residence and more time enjoying life with the people you love. “From the first phone call until we leave your home at the end of a project, you can expect a team of professional and knowledgeable people who have a passion for what they do and will take care of everything,” Julie Giljum, coordinator at Right Bath by Mosby, says. That guarantee is made evident by a project recently undertaken to repair a leak in a client’s home. When an unplanned remodel became a necessity, the family worried about what it would mean for their planned vacation. “We set up expectations from the very beginning,” Giljum explains. “We let the client know our schedule and asked the best way to contact them while they were away. Texting was the best option for this particular client. We also sent pictures throughout the process, so that they knew what was happening. With past clients, we’ve done FaceTime. Technology has definitely


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improved the communication process.” By placing a priority on causing the fewest interruptions to the client’s schedule, Right Bath by Mosby ensured that the family could focus on what’s most important to them: making memories. Giljum speaks on the concept for the bathroom remodel: “The client had recently been in a vacation home at the beach, and she liked its gray color design and wood tile flooring. Having previously worked with this client, we already knew her [likes and dislikes] and selected three options for her to consider that combined her taste with that style.” Once the client picked her favorite, the project manager completed a walk-through of the proposed project and off the family went to enjoy their holiday. “The client was excited to come home [to a completed remodel] and relieved not to have to worry about the headaches that a construction site can cause,” Giljum recalls. “This space was originally their son’s bathroom, and since completion, their daughter has decided to use it, as well. The whole family loves it!” Right Bath by Mosby takes the pain out of remodeling your home, so you can enjoy more of the moments that make wherever you reside the best place to be. Right Bath by Mosby, 645 Leffingwell Ave., Kirkwood, 314-909-1820,

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105 Fair Oaks Drive By Amanda Dahl

esiding in the highly desirable neighborhood of Fair Oaks, this fine residence exudes a modern elegance with no detail overlooked. Large windows bring the outside in, starting first in the master suite, where you can stay cozy in bed, with a fireplace across the room to keep you warm. Lounge in the sunroom and soak up even more natural light. A wall of windows provides easy access from the California-style Ipe deck to the sprawling hearth and breakfast rooms. The kitchen proves equally enticing with state-of-the-art appliances and an oversized marble center island, with breakfast counter. As night falls, unwind in the master bath’s steam shower or Whirlpool tub, both of which are tiled in Calcutta Oro marble. Every space in this exquisite home has its own Zen-like appeal, making this a true sanctuary for you and yours.


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hat makes a business successful? There’s no magic ingredient or special recipe. Yet, time and time again, business excellence boils down to hardworking people who provide exceptional goods and services. Whether it’s the barista at your regular coffeehouse who knows your order by heart, the bridal boutique that helped you say yes to the dress or the wealth advisor who safeguards your family’s financial future, good business is often easy to spot, but difficult to define. Through its annual Platinum List, Ladue News honors top businesses in the area. This January, our discerning readers rallied to nominate and vote for their favorite shops, hotspots, service providers and more in nine categories. “It’s important to us to highlight the great business that is being done in our area,” stresses Andrea Griffith, general manager of Ladue News. “We are a community magazine dedicated to sharing good news and educating our readers. The Platinum List does both.” The Platinum List not only recognizes leading businesses, but also gives a voice to Ladue News readers – among the sharpest and most influential tastemakers in the area. “A list such as this, sponsored by an entity with the fine reputation that Ladue News has in the community, helps reinforce the credibility and great contributions of these businesses to the St. Louis community,” says Kathy Beilein, president of Laura McCarthy Real Estate, this year’s presenting sponsor. As Griffith attests, local businesses certainly value a nod – or two – in the Platinum List. “I think businesses know that our readers are savvy and sophisticated consumers with great taste,” she says. “Their acknowledgement on the Platinum List is both an honor and a tremendous vote of confidence. Our honorees are always pleased to hear that they’ve been recognized. It’s evident in the ads placed in our results sections, as well as the awards and window clings proudly displayed in businesses throughout our region.” On the evening of March 22, Ladue News will connect readers with winners, runners-up and sponsoring businesses at its exclusive Platinum List event, to be held at The Coronado. “The Platinum List party is really a living, breathing manifestation of the list,” emphasizes Griffith. “In addition to celebrating their recognition on the list, honorees will create an experience for attendees.” This experience will include complimentary valet parking, an open bar, live music and hors d’oeuvres. “Guests will be able to mix and mingle with a number of the winners, runners-up and sponsors who will be on hand selling, sampling and demonstrating products, among other things,” touts Griffith. “It’s fun to be part of anything that promotes St. Louis and its many fine businesses,” adds Beilein. At its core, the Platinum List is a celebration of St. Louis’ chief asset: a community of dedicated, industrious businesspeople and loyal, engaged consumers.


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By Julia Cain | Photo courtesy of Plaza Motor Company

The checkered flag has been waved, and the winner is … Plaza Motor Company! This fullservice Mercedes-Benz dealership in Creve Coeur offers a large selection of new and certified pre-owned luxury vehicles sporting that three-point star logo. General manager Tom Ebenreck and his team of Mercedes-Benz sales, service and parts experts bring top-notch sales and repair knowledge to the public six days per week. The company reports that Plaza Motor Company has been the No. 1 MercedesBenz dealership in Missouri for the last 20 years based on sales data, a number that seems logical thanks to its expansive campus full of top-of-the-line cars and SUVs. For those who can’t stop thinking, talking or dreaming about automobiles, Plaza Motor Company even offers entertainment in the form of an online car-focused blog. Preview new models and stay up to date on Mercedes-Benz news when you can’t be at the dealership seeing, trying and test-driving. Plaza Motor Company, 11910 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314-266-5469,

Plaza Motor Company takes home another championship with the award in auto service. This full-service Mercedes-Benz dealership in Creve Coeur makes scheduling service appointments a breeze with its online scheduling tool. The company’s Facebook page is filled with rave reviews noting the impeccable service team, with phrases like “one of the best service departments I have ever seen” peppered throughout. One customer even notes driving almost two hours each way because the service department is worth the trip. Now that’s dedication. Plaza Motor Company, 11910 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314-266-5469,

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When Kate Duryea

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opened Dimvaloo in

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2013, she created a haven

casual doesn’t mean

for area residents seeking

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as the area’s premier

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and so forth). For a

trend athleisure lines including Lole, Adidas by Stella McCartney, Zobha and Alala,

casual style that is,

but also the shop has played host to weekly in-store workout events where it partners

above all else, curated, Mister Guy Men’s has been a favorite among Ladue News readers

with local fitness boutiques and trainers, and has been actively involved in the local

for decades now. Carrying well-loved brands like Peter Millar, Smathers & Branson and

fitness community.

Robert Talbott, the Ladue shop has kept the men of St. Louis fashion-forward while

This fall, Duryea launched her own Dimvaloo Activewear line, putting to good use the years of feedback received from clients, and announced that the shop was for sale.

still evoking timeless and classic style. And for the men of St. Louis who have trouble putting their own outfits together

As the store transitions, LN readers looking to be active – whether through running,

– yes, we know this can be a challenge for some – Mister Guy Men’s offers style

biking or yoga, say – are able to do so in great sweat-wicking and performance-tested

consultations and even in-home closet clear-outs. So now there’s no excuse for not

apparel. And those who prefer more of the leisure side of their athleisure – i.e., curled

dressing to impress – even if it’s just to go watch your kids play soccer.

up with a good book – at least can look stylish doing so.

Mister Guy Men’s, 9831 Clayton Road, St. Louis, 314-692-2003,

Dimvaloo Activewear, 8813 Ladue Road, St. Louis, 314-824-8224, Runner-Up: Bonobos Runner-Up: Fun in the Sun

Runner-Up: The Normal Brand

Runner-Up: Lululemon Athletica




Mister Guy Men’s

By Mary Mack | Photo courtesy of MONTA

By Mary Mack | Photo courtesy of Mister Guy Men’s

Men, unfortunately, customarily enjoy fewer choices than women do when accessorizing. Not to say that they don’t love a great ascot, tie clip, cufflinks or pocket square – but when it comes to jewelry, women usually have the advantage. That’s not the case with quality timepieces, however. And we can assume that’s why

If Barney Stinson of How I Met Your Mother lived in the metro area (and was a real

MONTA landed the top spot in this category for its midcentury-inspired tool watches.

person, not a CBS TV character), it’d be a safe bet the stylish suit-lover would shop at

The young company comes from the founders of Everest Horology, Michael DiMartini

one place: Mister Guy Men’s. For 37 years, owners Terry and Carla Felumb have dressed

and David Barnes. World-renowned and right in our backyard, their company’s bands

area men in well-tailored suits for work and even for black-tie affairs.

are popular with Rolex wearers. As Everest Horology’s sister brand, MONTA made its

A true haberdashery in every sense, Mister Guy Men’s boasts more than 200

debut this past fall as an hommage to the tool, military and dive watches released in

combined years of tailoring experience among its staff of professionals. And with

the 1950s and ’60s. The pieces have won admirers for their attention to detail, their

brands like Corneliani and Samuelson, it’s no wonder LN readers consistently vote

classic design mixed with modern technology and, above all else, their quality, utilizing

Mister Guy Men’s onto the Platinum List as their favorite purveyor of both formal

only Swiss movements and Swiss manufacturers. We, for one, are happy the startup –

and casual apparel. When you’re able to pick up a well-tailored suit and your favorite

already featured in GQ – is seeing early recognition, and we’re excited to see it grow.

everyday pullover in the same place, why would you go anywhere else?

MONTA, 12142 Lackland Road, St. Louis, 314-590-3990,

Mister Guy Men’s, 9831 Clayton Road, St. Louis, 314-692-2003,

Runner-Up: Mister Guy Men’s

Runner-Up: Sam Cavato Menswear

Runner-Up: Woody’s Mens Shop

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Brooks Brothers By Mary Mack | Photo courtesy of Brooks Brothers

The adage “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have” could easily be amended to “Just wear Brooks Brothers to work,” and we don’t think many area residents would mind. Touting itself as “the original authority on American style,” the classic clothing retailer has been around since 1818. From a local vantage point, Brooks Brothers is a long-time go-to for many local males looking to feel both comfortable and confident at the office. The retailer boasts four locations here: West County Center in Des Peres, St. Louis Premium Outlets and Taubman Prestige Outlets in Chesterfield and The Galleria in Richmond Heights (with that fourth location relocating to Plaza Frontenac this spring). Whether your office is suit-mandatory or you work at a relaxed startup downtown, when you look your best, you feel your best. And when you’re faced with a long, frustrating day, you’ll want to give yourself a fighting chance to still look and feel good by 5 p.m. Brooks Brothers, multiple locations, Runner-Up: Jos. A. Bank Runner-Up: Mister Guy Men’s


Neiman Marcus By Mary Mack | Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus

When it came time for LN readers to showcase their favorite men’s shoe provider for the Platinum List, we realized something: Our readers have phenomenal taste. Neiman Marcus’ shoe department carries covetworthy designers such as Cole Haan, Maison Margiela, Versace and Gucci, just to name a few, and offers everything from Italian-

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crafted leather loafers to statement-making high-tops. The high-end department store’s reputation for tremendous customer service and knowledge of its classic and on-trend footwear has certainly been earned. Plus here’s an insider tip: Look into joining InCircle, Neiman Marcus’ rewards program. Depending on your level, you’ll earn concierge service, perk cards and free gift packaging – even if you’re just gifting yourself. Neiman Marcus, multiple locations,

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Runner-Up: Laurie’s Shoes Runner-Up: Mister Guy Men’s


Pink Magnolia By Mary Mack | Photo courtesy of Pink Magnolia

Although there are many advantages to Midwest living, the frigid and seemingly endless winters are not among them. In anticipation

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open arms, plan a getaway to warmer Of course, you can’t vacay properly without a bright, bold wardrobe that coordinates with palm fronds and tiki drinks, so a trip to Pink Magnolia is a must before boarding your flight. Walking into Pink Magnolia is like walking into a Palm Springs beach house. The bright, bold prints of floral first lady Lilly Pulitzer are on full display. From swim cover-ups to classic shift dresses and plenty of necessary accessories (we need flamingo-patterned wine tumblers, okay?), you’ll be as close to toes in the water, seat in the sand, as you can get – before you put your parka back on and head out


to scrape off your car. Pink Magnolia, 9810 Clayton Road, St. Louis, 314-997-6161, Runner-Up: paperdolls boutique Runner-Up: The Woman’s Exchange


paperdolls boutique By Mary Mack | Photo courtesy of paperdolls boutique

Our readers know a well-considered wardrobe is nothing without eye-catching accent pieces. Our readers also know the perfect place to find

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2005, the boutique has since expanded to four locations, in Kirkwood, Ballwin, University City and Des Peres – all featuring curated yet budget-friendly jewelry and accessories, as well as wonderful staff members who will help you effortlessly pair whatever you find with an on-trend ensemble. Whether you’re scouting for the perfect gift or just looking to treat yourself, paperdolls offers a little bit of everything. From seasonal must-haves like summer clutches and chunky scarves to everyday staples like sunglasses and gorgeous earring studs, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a little something you don’t want to buy. paperdolls boutique, multiple locations, Runner-Up: Laurie Solet Runner-Up: Shine Boutique


MOD By Mary Mack | Photo courtesy of MOD

2018 Platinum List Winner 11 years in a row! Thank you for your continued support.

If you include “On Trend” in your shop’s internet address, you have to deliver. And luckily for the ladies of the metro area, MOD most certainly does. With five locations in the metro area and one in Columbia, Missouri, the retailer promises you’re never far from a stellar shopping experience. Carrying everything from cute, cozy sweaters to sleek swimwear and fashion-forward dresses, rompers and jumpsuits perfect for a night out, MOD caters to those seeking this season’s most coveted pieces – while still on a budget. All of that coupled with an incredibly user-friendly online store and swoon-worthy social media (we highly suggest following MOD on Instagram) and it’s no surprise that LN readers, including women, teens and in-betweeners are big fans of this fast-fashion haven. MOD, multiple locations, Runner-Up: Ditto

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Neiman Marcus By Mary Mack | Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus

There’s something to be said about the


shopping experience of an elegant department store: the incredibly helpful and knowledgeable staff, the sleek interiors and the unparalleled

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When shopping for formalwear, this experience is all the more important, and that’s why Neiman Marcus makes the Platinum List for best women’s formalwear for a second consecutive year. Local society has no shortage of formal events; whether the dress code calls for cocktail chic or bold black-tie garb, Neiman Marcus is the destination for statementmaking ensembles. With its expert alterations department and its personal shopping gurus, Neiman Marcus isn’t just a grab-and-go type of place; it’s a shopping experience, one that most stylish area residents happily take on a regular basis. Neiman Marcus, multiple locations, Runner-Up: Saks Fifth Avenue 13836 Manchester Rd. St. Louis, MO 636-227-5050

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Nordstrom By Mary Mack | Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

The beauty of the modern working woman is that she takes so many different forms. She’s a teacher who needs a wardrobe that allows her to move with her kids, she’s a CFO who draws strength from a suit and stylish pumps, she’s a startup engineer whose daily uniform is skinny jeans and a sweater, she’s working in a medical lab and on her feet for 8 hours a day and needs the right clothes – and shoes – to support her groundbreaking work. For all of the different boss babes in the metro area, Nordstrom is a store where they can find common ground. From suits to skinnies to sneakers and skin care, Nordstrom covers it all while carrying our favorite brands. All of that – along with excellent staff and a hard-tobeat rewards program (hello, Nordstrom Notes and Anniversary Sale!) – makes it no wonder the working women readers of LN selected Nordstrom as their go-to for their workday wardrobe. Nordstrom, multiple locations, Runner-Up: Mister Guy Women’s Runner-Up: The Vault Luxury Resale


Nordstrom By Mary Mack | Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

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that’s totally fine – especially if that shoe section is the one at Nordstrom. Renowned for its excellent customer service, Nordstrom caters to shoelovers of all kinds. From designers like Vince Camuto, Tory Burch and Sam Edelman to athletic shoes like Adidas, Nike and Converse, whatever the season or reason that you’re hunting for your next favorite pair of kicks, Nordstrom has you covered. And if one location is out of your size, another Nordstrom location is likely in close proximity. The stores will work together to get you exactly what you need – or what you just really, really want. Nordstrom, multiple locations,

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Runner-Up: Laurie’s Shoes Runner-Up: Marmi


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Shack Breakfast & Lunch By Lauren Smith | Photo by Kevin A. Roberts

Originally known as the Shack Pub Grub and located near Saint Louis University, Shack Breakfast & Lunch won locals’ hearts with its outstanding greasy-spoon bar food. In recent years, it’s established six locations in the area and has become an important staple for all of your breakfast and brunching needs. The bright, colorful interior covered in the signatures of tried-and-true fans makes each location feel like your regular spot. With a menu including The Kitchen Sink (a real breakfast skillet item),

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the never-ending list of additions includes pork belly, bruschetta, queso, shaved rib-eye and crushed Fritos. Shack Breakfast & Lunch’s burritos can Make a Grown Man Cry, and another skillet item will add a little Junk in Da’ Trunk. With drinks ranging from the Captain Crunch Boozy shake to the establishment’s award-winning bloody mary, you’re sure to do brunch the right way. Shack Breakfast & Lunch, multiple locations, Runner-Up: Rooster Runner-Up: The Muddled Pig Gastropub


Butler’s Pantry By Lauren Smith | Photo by Sara Ketterer‌

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Art Museum and the Gateway Arch, to name a few. Butler’s Pantry does everything to ensure you’re a guest at your own event; the company organizes planning, service, catering and design. Its culinary team works to ensure a nonpareil, with such items as a rustic cheese-and-charcuterie platter, tapas, do-it-yourself pasta bars, stir fry stations, casual minis and cocktail cupcakes. It also offers a variety of menus, including the summer barbeque-style Chuckwagon, the Chef ’s Seasonal and even the Before and After the Big Day option. The Butler’s Pantry design team ties everything together seamlessly with their customized floral arrangements, creative displays and centerpieces. Butler’s Pantry, 1414 Park Ave., St. Louis, 314-664-7680, Runner-Up: Catering St. Louis Runner-Up: The Art of Entertaining

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Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Cafe and Peacemaker By Lauren Smith | Photo by Jonathan Gayman

James Beard Award Finalist Kevin Nashan makes the plates at Sidney Street Cafe, his beloved Benton Park classic, come to life through his unique spin on “new American” cuisine – a blend of his Spanish heritage, childhood in Santa Fe, New Mexico, traditional French training, and love for home-style cooking and Southern ingredients. Nashan grew up working in his Hispanic grandfather’s restaurant, La Tertulia. After graduating from Saint Louis University, he attended The Culinary Institute of America in New York, worked under chef Jamie Shannon and adjusted to the chaotic kitchen culture of fine dining restaurants. Nashan then relocated to Chicago to learn the art of French cuisine at Le Français before immersing himself in Spanish culture and the Michelin-starred restaurants of San Sebastián, Spain, during his time there with El Racó de Can Fabes. In 2013, Nashan and his wife, Mina, moved to St. Louis and took over Sidney Street Cafe, creating a new culturally diverse menu supported by locally sourced ingredients, including the two in-house microgreen gardens. Nashan also serves as head chef at Peacemaker, the Louisiana-style coastal food restaurant inspired by his time in New Orleans and Maine. Runner-Up: Ashley Shelton of Sardella and Pastaria Runner-Up: Vince Bommarito Jr. of Tony’s


Planter’s House By Lauren Smith | Photo by Greg Rannells‌

The bar at Planter’s House is the best place to enjoy a classic cocktail, with its glowing bar shelves lit by warm candles, polished mahogany bar and red leather high-top chairs. Located near St. Louis’ historic Lafayette Square neighborhood, the venue sports exposed brick walls and rustic chandeliers, and its name pays hommage to a St. Louis landmark, the Planter’s Hotel, which was originally built in 1817 and went through three different incarnations. Aside from the “Isn’t That Special” libation of the day, the list of Planter’s House cocktails, house classics and “new classics” seems never-ending. Guests can


choose from an absurdly varied list of bourbons and gins, and those not imbibing can enjoy a nonalcoholic (but still inventive) mocktail selection. Guests also can take home a 500-milliliter or 1-liter cocktail in a bottle. Whether you’re in the mood for an Old … But Still in Fashion or an out-of-thebox concoction like the scotch drink Sweet Sassy Molassey, Planter’s House has it all.

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Planter’s House, 1000 Mississippi Ave., St. Louis, 314-696-2603, Runner-Up: Olive + Oak Runner-Up: Taste

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Kaldi’s Coffee By Lauren Smith | Photo courtesy of Kaldi’s Coffee

Named after the sixth-century ➨ 8th Ladue News Platinum List Win for Best Gym and Personal Training ➨ 21 years helping St. Louis residents get healthier ➨ Over half a million service hours rendered to clients seeking improved function/fitness, weight loss, sports performance conditioning and recovery from an illness or injury.

goat herder who discovered the effects of the coffee bean, Kaldi’s Coffee has been providing high-quality java to St. Louis since 1994. The original Kaldi’s, in a comfy and cozy spot in that municipality’s DeMun neighborhood, sports windows overlooking Concordia Park. The corner store/café has booths with layered pillows, dimly lit chandeliers and a number of tables on its patio.

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Kaldi’s has re-created this vibe in different versions throughout the city, with nine other locations. The company has also expanded to Columbia, Kansas City and Atlanta in recent years. Although best-known for espresso drinks served on wooden

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boards with chocolate-covered espresso beans and mineral water to help cleanse the palate, the menu also offers batch-brewed coffees and teas, smoothies and food items. Kaldi’s also strives to use sustainable practices in everything it does and sells packaged beans at every location. Kaldi’s Coffee, multiple locations,

Centrally located in Frontenac in Le Chateau Village: 314.432.6103 Voted Best Fitness Center & Personal Training Studio 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017!


Runner-Up: Blueprint Coffee Runner-Up: Deer Creek Cafe


4 Hands Brewing Co. By Lauren Smith | Photo courtesy of 4 Hands Brewing Co.

Although 4 Hands Brewing Co. has earned renown for creating one of the area’s best-loved beers, the American pale ale City Wide, it’s hard to imagine the brewery’s only been around for seven short years. It’s set itself apart from other standouts here with an extensive list of unique brews, often featuring seasonal and barrel-aged options, thanks to the experience of owner Kevin Lemp and brewmaster Will Johnston. Beyond diversified and exceptional flavor profiles, incredibly eye-catching and colorful labels designed by Joshua Rowan make opening a $1 from every case is donated to a local park,





beer even more enjoyable than usual. Since 2011, when Lemp and Johnston opened the downtown brewery and

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1,200-square-foot tasting room, 4 Hands has topped the Platinum List. Also, it

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encourages patrons to pair, say, barley soda with some brisket nachos, steamed mussels, or a pretzel and crab dip by Peacemaker and Sidney Street Cafe. 4 Hands Brewing Co., 1220 S. Eighth St., St. Louis, 314-436-1559, Runner-Up: Schlafly Bottleworks Runner-Up: Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

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Trattoria Marcella By Lauren Smith | Photo courtesy of Trattoria Marcella

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With accolades from Wine Spectator, The New York Times, Gourmet and Feast magazine, this old-school Italian eatery has been a St. Louis standout since 1995. After Steve Komorek earned a master’s degree in Italian cooking from Slow Food in Jesi, Italy, he and his brother, Jamie, chose St. Louis’ Lindenwood



Park neighborhood to open Trattoria Marcella, its name an hommage to their mother, Marcella. The Komorek brothers grew up surrounded by good food while working at the family’s restaurants, and they treat each guest like a friend sharing a meal with them. The brothers offer imaginative Italian-American cuisine such as roasted wild mushrooms with polenta fries and gorgonzola, and crispy chicken liver risotto, while still upholding their favorite traditional recipes, such as veal Marsala and spiedini di gamberi. Their regional Italian menu comprises pasta inspired by southern Italy and risottos from the north. Hand-spun pizzas and inventive salads provide options for more modern fare. Trattoria Marcella, 3600 Watson Road, St. Louis, 314-352-7706, Runner-Up: Herbie’s Runner-Up: Sidney Street Cafe


Ted Kilgore of Planter’s House

By Lauren Smith | Photo courtesy of Planter’s House

At one point during its storied history, the long-defunct Planter’s Hotel employed as its head bartender the famous “Professor” Jerry Thomas, who wrote the first-ever cocktail book, in 1862. Perhaps mixologist Ted Kilgore has learned a trick or two from this historic St. Louis establishment and its past bartenders. After leaving a career in the industrial perfume industry, Kilgore committed himself to his true passion and moved here from Springfield,

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Illinois. Since doing so in 2006, he’s helped mature the city’s palate for cocktails by directing the bars at such memorable establishments as Maplewood’s Monarch and St. Louis’ Taste by Niche. Kilgore stresses the importance of a quality, well-crafted cocktail and rejects the word “trend” as any form of descriptor for his libations. As part owner of Planter’s House, the mixology fanatic enjoys the freedom to create to his heart’s content, hosting occasional mixology workshops and serving as both beverage director and proprietor at Planter’s House. Planter’s House, 1000 Mississippi Ave., St. Louis, 314-696-2603, Runner-Up: Brooksey Cardwell of Cardwell’s Runner-Up: Natasha Bahrami of Gin Room


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Nathaniel Reid of Nathaniel Reid Bakery

Annie Gunn’s

By Lauren Smith | Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Reid Bakery

Despite Nathaniel Reid Bakery’s unassuming home in a strip mall in Kirkwood, everything in the long window case at Reid’s establishment is a feast for the eyes. Each pastry has innumerable layers of golden, flakey dough, lightly dusted with the perfect sprinkling of powdered sugar or thinly slivered almonds and oozing homemade crème. The nutty chicken salad sandwich on a buttery croissant is something from a dream. Originally from Farmington, Missouri, Reid attended the University of Missouri before moving to Paris. There he attended Le Cordon Bleu, working as a pastry chef for a slew of restaurants with Michelin stars. After roaming the world for opportunities, Reid and his wife brought their talents here to be close to family. Reid’s experience allows him to get creative in the kitchen and test new and inventive recipes each day. Nathaniel Reid Bakery, 11243 Manchester Road, St. Louis, 314-858-1019, Runner-Up: Ashley Kisker of Herbie’s Runner-Up: Simone Faure of La Pâtisserie Chouquette

By Lauren Smith | Photo by Sarah Conroy

Annie Gunn’s has been a classic area restaurant since 1937, when the establishment served as the main market for Chesterfield, The Smokehouse Market. Locals continue to come back for chef Lou Rook III’s Midwestern home-style cooking. The rich, hearty dishes – like glazed pork chops, halfpound hamburgers, chicken-fried steak and a pecan wood-smoked bacon BLT – are sure to warm even the coldest guest during the area’s typically frigid winters. Sides suggest a countrified lifestyle: whipped Yukon Gold potatoes, farm vegetables, thick potato soup and cheese grits. The restaurant prides itself on sourcing ingredients from local farmers and butchers. The market carries on the past mission, providing an array of imported and domestic foods, hand-sliced meats and sandwiches. Its private dining room makes the perfect place to gather with those who matter most for a traditional family-style meal. Annie Gunn’s, 16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, 636-532-7684, Runner-Up: Herbie’s Runner-Up: Winslow’s Home



Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria

Bar Les Freres

By Lauren Smith | Photo courtesy of Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria

By Lauren Smith | Photo courtesy of Bar Les Freres

Tucked away on Wydown Boulevard in Clayton, Bar Les Freres is sure to steal your heart. Unlike anything else in the area, this little French bistro – with its robust red walls, elaborate gold-framed paintings, chandeliers and regal love seats – is a piece of Paris in the St. Louis area. The antique wooden chairs make you feel like an up-and-coming writer Whether it’s the bright egg yolk, the thin magenta radishes or the yellow-and-red

settling down at your favorite local café –

edible flowers, Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria’s bright, creative dishes pop off the plate.

its ambiance transporting you gracefully

The establishment’s pizzas come from a wood-fired oven with bubbly, golden crusts,

to another place and time.

a variety of unique local ingredients and beds of greens, herbs or glazes for textural

Zoe Robinson opened Bar Les Freres

garnish. However, the handcrafted pizzas aren’t the only standouts. The menu includes

in 2012, with Ny Vongsaly as executive

a number of inventive small plates, burrata and crostini options, salads ranging from

chef. Each dish on the menu is incredibly

raw root vegetable carpaccio to prawn and citrus, classic pastas, brunch and cocktails.

rich and savory – as almost everything

The husband-and-wife team of Katie and Ted Collier own both locations of Katie’s

French should be. Standouts include

Pizza & Pasta Osteria, on Manchester Road and Clayton Road. Each of the award-

a Gruyere soufflé, duck confit, lobster

winning restaurants presents a modern take on Italian cuisine inspired by Katie

bisque and cassoulet. The barkeeps mix an array of 1920s-era cocktails, served in

Collier’s time spent in Italy with her mother, Belinda. Bright, cheery ambiance helps

appropriately elegant glassware to be enjoyed at a mystical bar lavishly decorated with

make the revered pizza and beer combination a completely new experience.

animal antlers. This French bistro is where one visits for a true fine dining experience.

Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria, multiple locations,

Bar Les Freres, 7637 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, 314-725-8880,

Runner-Up: Dewey’s Pizza

Runner-Up: Sidney Street Cafe

Runner-Up: MOD Pizza

Runner-Up: Vin de Set

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By Lauren Smith | Photo courtesy of Vicia

Quick to receive high marks, Vicia was recognized as one of Eater’s top 12 restaurants in the nation (among numerous other awards) and has brought a unique dining experience to St. Louis. Vicia – a genus of roughly 140 species of flowering plants belonging to the legume




family and commonly called vetches – serve as a leguminous cover crop planted to replenish soil nutrients. Vicia the restaurant, in turn, comes from Michael and Tara Gallina – previously at Blue Hill at Stones Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York – and celebrates vegetable-forward cuisine with a wildly innovative twist. Each dish is creative and wholesome, taking simple, quality ingredients and letting their flavors shine by transforming their underused parts into modern American dishes. With a menu driven by ingredients locally sourced from the best farmers, fishermen and artisans in the Midwest, Vicia clearly demonstrates that the relationships the Gallinas have cultivated lie at the root of all they do. A genuine desire to connect with those who appreciate food is shown in the way staff members treat each customer. As soon as you walk into the luminous building, someone is there to ensure you have the full experience at Vicia – one to remember. Vicia, 4260 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis, 314-553-9239, Runner-Up: Gamlin Whiskey House Runner-Up: The Capital Grille CATERING


La Pâtisserie Chouquette






By Lauren Smith | Photo courtesy of La Pâtisserie Chouquette

This French bakery has every dessert you could dream of and more. Its glass case is always teeming with a rotation of tried-and-true classics and pastries you may have never seen before – giving you a highly reasonable excuse to come back time and time again. Located in a Tower Grove Avenue corner store with a cheery yellow-



and-white exterior, the shop puts you in a good mood before you even step inside. As a guest of La Pâtisserie Chouquette, you may feel as culinarily pampered as Marie Antoinette – in her prime, anyway – as each platter of macarons and meringues forms a feast for the eyes. Chef Simone Faure creates the most beautiful treats, complete with vibrant colors, elaborate designs and bold flavors. In addition to her famed macarons and pastries, her establishment boasts custom-made cakes and a fanciful afternoon tea, complete with such menu items as Yorkshire pudding, blackberry lavender and lemon curd scones, and a classic chicken salad sandwich on a croissant. La Pâtisserie Chouquette, 1626 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, 314-932-7935, Runner-Up: Bissinger’s Runner-Up: Nathaniel Reid Bakery

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Emporium St. Louis

Dau Furniture

By Julia Cain | Photo by Sarah Conroy

By Julia Cain | Photo courtesy of Dau Furniture

Emporium St.

Dau Furniture, St.

Louis holds its title

Louis’ oldest furniture

as best antiques

store, has won the 2018

store for another

best furniture award.

year! Emporium

Founded in 1894 by

St. Louis has a

Ferdinand Dau, Dau

history of success,

Furniture is a family-run

with 2015 and

business now on its fifth

2017 Platinum List

generation. Styles offered

awards already in

range from traditional to

the bag, as well as

contemporary to mission

a 2016 runner-up

and include sofas, dining

citation, so its 2018 championship should come as no surprise.

tables, beds, desks, recliners and more in its 11,000-square-foot showroom.

Open seven days a week, Emporium St. Louis brings an expansive selection of

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high-quality antiques to vintage-loving St. Louisans. Inside its bright-pink building sit indoor and outdoor furniture, urns, home accessories, candles, jewelry and more. Whether you’re in the market for a stunning sofa from yesteryear, a supersize vintage mirror or a showstopping crystal chandelier, this antiques store is for you. Or just come to browse – but perhaps bring the truck instead of the car, as we’re sure you’ll find at least a handful of must-have pieces for your home. Emporium St. Louis, 9410 Manchester Road, St. Louis, 314-962-7300, Runner-Up: St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Runner-Up: The Brass Alligator

salespeople are also interior designers. Ladue News readers may recognize Dau Furniture from its recent 2017 Show House participation, in which Dau Furniture and designers Linda Williams and Ruth Nowlin transformed the lower-level family room into an orange oasis complete with shag carpeting, a white sectional sofa and midcentury accents. The Dau Furniture website also includes a design-focused blog full of styling tips for the décor-obsessed. Warning: Reading this très chic blog may make you want to redesign your living room … again! Dau Furniture, 15424 Manchester Road, Ellisville, 636-394-3005, Runner-Up: Marketplace at The Abbey Runner-Up: The Great Cover-Up

what can’t you do well in your space? Whether you’d love to bake cookies with your granddaughter or actually enjoy walking into your laundry room, every space has hidden potential. When you decide what matters most to you in that space, a designer can help you get there. Every detail in a well-organized new space can work hard for you, be beautiful and stay within your budget.

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Marketplace at The Abbey 2018

By Julia Cain | Photo courtesy of Marketplace at The Abbey

Are you inspired by French design? Does the weathered, shabby-chic nature of vintage European pieces tickle your fancy? If so, you’re not alone, as the selfproclaimed “European

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lifestyle boutique” Marketplace at The Abbey was voted the top store for home accessories in 2018. Housing a combination of vintage pieces and latter-day reproductions, Marketplace at The Abbey offers customers housewares, décor, florals and furniture in addition to the company’s specialties of custom reclaimed-wood furniture and architectural salvages. Stop by to find the pieces to redecorate an entire room or simply to score some inspiration and a few giftable items. Oh, and if you visit Marketplace at The Abbey and fall in love with the look, remember that in-home design services are available. We aren’t sure if you can ask

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to make your living room look just like its showroom, but it’s so pretty that doing so certainly seems worth a shot! Marketplace at The Abbey, 10090 Manchester Road, Glendale, 314-965-1400, Runner-Up: The Great Cover-Up Runner-Up: Wilson Lighting


Gigi Lombrano Interiors By Julia Cain | Photo courtesy of Gigi Lombrano Interiors

With so much time spent at home, why not keep your personal space decorated exactly to your liking? Gigi Lombrano of Gigi Lombrano Interiors, the 2018 Platinum List interior design champ, is ready to elevate your space. Lombrano brings a touch of classic design to her

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work, which can focus on a plethora of aesthetic styles including contemporary and nontraditional. Ladue News Show House visitors should recognize Lombrano’s artistic eye from her expert work in the 2017 home. Lombrano designed the dining room, which was oddly shaped and featured overwhelming built-in shelves. Using her curatorial eye, she turned the expansive room into an art gallery, lounge and dining space, making it one of the most showstopping spaces in the abode. If she can handle something that tricky, imagine what she can do

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Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath By Julia Cain | Photo courtesy of Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

In its origin story, Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath credits a conversation over Malibu and Diet Cokes on its creation. Jenny and Todd Rausch bought Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath to celebrate their wedding anniversary in 2006; the pair already had a decade of experience in the field, making this the perfect gift for their future. Twelve years later, the work of the duo has become so beloved that Ladue News readers voted it the top choice in kitchen design, presumably while sitting in their stunning Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath-designed homes. If you look at a project gallery on the Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath website, you’ll find a series that explains the design mantra of the brand: the Nothing Ordinary Portfolio. The designs by Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath – which include other parts of the home, called “wherever space” by the company – are unique, uplifting and practical rooms designed for “people, not awards.” (But we assume the Rausches still want the award!) Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath, 2715 Mercantile Drive, Brentwood, 314-549-5303,

Photo by Michael Jacob


Runner-up: BaumHouse Design Runner-up: RSI Kitchen & Bath


Chesterfield Valley Nursery By Julia Cain | Photo courtesy of Chesterfield Valley Nursery

LN writers pen a lot of content about Chesterfield Valley Nursery – and for good reason. This landscape design team is a Ladue News Show House regular and a Platinum List mainstay. For yet another year, Chesterfield Valley Nursery takes home the top prize in landscape design. Chesterfield Valley Nursery has been transforming natural spaces into outdoor living areas and stunning garden retreats for more than 25 years. The garden center features an ample supply of plants for area homeowners. Those who are unsure what to do with said greenery can hire the Chesterfield Valley Nursery team to revamp their space and even to maintain it through the nursery’s property maintenance service. If you’re seeking the best yard on the block, the beloved Chesterfield Valley Nursery team can provide all the help you need.

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Chesterfield Valley Nursery, 16825 N. Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, 636-532-9307, Runner-Up: Outdoor Creative Design Runner-Up: Timberline Landscapes

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Genovese Jewelers By Julia Cain | Photo courtesy of Genovese Jewelers

Is it too on-the-nose to say Genovese Jewelers takes home the gold? This fine jewelry business – and multiyear Ladue News Platinum List winner – is a popular St. Louis spot for gemstones, watches, engagement rings and nearly everything else that sparkles. Genovese Jewelers has brought luxurious jewelry to St. Louisans since 1981. The store employs custom in-house designers and reports 99 percent of custom work can be done in-house in two to four weeks. If you’re shopping for something on a shorter deadline, plenty of pieces are complete and available at the expansive showroom. From diamond rings to fashion necklaces, shoppers keep coming back to Genovese Jewelers in Creve Coeur. Genovese Jewelers, 12460 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, 314-878-6203, Runner-Up: Huffords Jewelry Runner-Up: YLANG YLANG


paperdolls boutique By Julia Cain | Photo courtesy of paperdolls boutique

Accessories brighten any outfit, and stylish St. Louisans find theirs at paperdolls boutique. This always-popular quartet of stores takes home the award for the top fun jewelry shop in the area yet again. Stay on-trend with skinny detailed chokers, dainty layered necklaces, boho tassel earrings and more. Across its four locations, paperdolls boutique has an expansive selection of the small, shiny accessories made to match the store’s fun and flirty outfits (or your favorites at home). Follow paperdolls boutique’s blog or its other ever-popular social media to keep an eye out for the next trendy jewelry you need to add to your collection. Oh, and remember: paperdolls boutique items are affordable, which means you can save while you shop – or just use that extra money to buy more. No judgments here! Paperdolls boutique, multiple locations, Runner-Up: Shine Boutique Runner-Up: The Woman’s Exchange

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Saint Louis Zoo By Denise Kruse | Photo by Robin Winkelman

Sprawled across 90 acres in the southwest corner of Forest Park, the Saint Louis Zoo, chosen by


USA Today readers as the country’s No. 1 “Best Free Attraction” of 2016, is home to more than 600 species of animals representing all seven continents, many of them endangered, such as Asian elephants, the horned guan, the Amur tiger, the Chinese alligator and most recently, Kali, an 850-pound polar bear. More than 3 million visitors make their way through the zoo annually, and it’s not just for the budget-friendly price tag – the Saint Louis Zoo seems to make an appearance on all “best zoo” lists out there, paying and nonpaying alike. Saint Louis Zoo, One Government Drive, St. Louis, 314-781-0900, Runner-Up: City Museum Runner-Up: The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum


Camp Taum Sauk By Denise Kruse | Photo by Jane Chouteau‌

Camp Taum Sauk, a summer mainstay for St. Louisans since 1946, lies two hours south of the city near Johnson’s Shut-Ins on 150 picturesque acres along the Black River in the Missouri Ozarks. Campers, many representing the second or third generation of family participation, come in from the far reaches of the country – and even locales around the world – to partake in the Camp Taum Sauk “magic” for a summer experience ranging from one to eight weeks long. The camp promises an “awesome array of fun that is as varied as the geology



of the Missouri Ozarks” in a safe environment where campers are encouraged to try new activities, foster friendships and develop self-confidence – a formula that keeps kids coming back for more at what one camper described as her “home away from home.” Camp Taum Sauk, 499 County Road 368, Lesterville, 573-637-2489,

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Kangaroo Kids By Denise Kruse | Photo courtesy of Kangaroo Kids

For nearly 25 years, Glendale ’s Kangaroo Kids has been a veritable treasure trove for new and resale baby clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as all manner of baby gear, from highly sought-after strollers and swings to the shop’s signature “ring sling” baby carrier. The resale arm of the boutique focuses on seeking gently loved, name-brand

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labels like Zutano, babyGap, Hanna Andersson and Mini Boden, from newborn to size 12. Kangaroo Kids also carries new retail brands, with a focus on locally made products, such as Cuteypie Clips bows and accessories and made-in-the-USA Green Toys and Green Eats. The shop is also home to St. Louis’ only full-service breast-feeding support center, led by owner and lactation counselor Sierra Cortazzo, providing lactation counseling, group classes and a free weekly support group for nursing moms. Kangaroo Kids, 10030 Manchester Road, St. Louis, 314-835-9200,

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“Best Skilled Nursing” As Voted by Ladue News Readers

McKnight Place Skilled Nursing mixes the comfort and amenities of upscale senior living with the superior care of an industry-leading skilled nursing community. With a full staff of medically trained professionals available around the clock to provide you or your loved one with the highest level of service, we’ve truly set a higher standard for skilled nursing.

Thank you for your votes! ST. LOUIS’ BEST SKILLED NURSING

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Imagination Toys

McKnight Place Assisted Living

By Denise Kruse | Photo courtesy of Imagination Toys

By Connie Mitchell | Photo by Westrich Photography

Platinum List veteran Imagination Toys celebrates its 33rd year this fall, continuing its longstanding tradition of high-quality educational, developmental and creative toys to encourage kids – and adults – of all ages to foster fun while learning. The shop carries a well-curated selection of toys currently trending, as well as classics, award-winning children’s books, games and puzzles. In an industry where options are many, colors are dizzying and sounds are deafening, Imagination Toys’ team takes the guesswork out of gift buying, with helpful categorizations of toys including Independent Play, Cooperative Play, Creative Play, Language Development and more, with owner Polly Lett offering personalized gift-selection services both in-store and online. Imagination Toys, 9737 Clayton Road, St. Louis, 314-993-6288, Runner-Up: Bright Idea Toys Runner-Up: Happy Up Inc.

The recently expanded McKnight Place Assisted Living offers approximately 90 new studio or one-bedroom apartments where residents can enjoy luxurious surroundings, such as custom cabinetry, granite countertops and high ceilings. On nice days, they may choose to venture out to the lushly landscaped gardens or stroll along the walking paths on the property. The expanded space also features a new theater, an art room, a greenhouse, a dining room, a gym, a beauty salon and other beautifully decorated areas where activities and social events occur. In addition to all this, residents and their families can rest assured that McKnight Place’s supportive services, including on-site physical and occupational therapy and nursing care, are always available. Part of The Gatesworth communities, McKnight Place Assisted Living provides the quality and security its residents deserve. McKnight Place Assisted Living, Three McKnight Place, St. Louis, 314-925-1611, Runner-Up: Stonecrest at Clayton View Runner-Up: The Sheridan at Creve Coeur



Laurie’s Shoes

The Gatesworth

By Denise Kruse | Photo by Sarah Conroy

By Connie Mitchell | Photo courtesy of The Gatesworth

Three generations of the Waldman family have helmed Laurie’s Shoes since its 1951 inception, which started with a goal to provide excellent guest service while delivering the best shoe selection in the area. For parents, this means offering specialized consults with a trained salesperson who not only understands the latest footwear technology and fashion trends but also provides pedorthic insight, ensuring that feet are well supported for their development. For kids, a day of shoe shopping at the flagship Glendale store is highlighted with Laurie’s Shoes’ indoor play area and rewarded on leaving with a balloon and, as a show of support to another local institution, a Dad’s Cookie Company Dad’s Original Scotch Oatmeal cookie. Ask for extra – the staff always obliges! Laurie’s Shoes, multiple locations, Runner-Up: City Sprouts Runner-Up: The Vault Luxury Resale

For seniors who want an active retirement surrounded by friends, interesting activities and beautiful facilities, The Gatesworth provides it all. Set on 12 acres of parklike grounds, The Gatesworth offers an exhaustive list of amenities, including recreational, social and educational programs presented by some of St. Louis’ most accomplished experts, artists and musicians. Executive chef Brian Hardy creates delectable dishes featuring fresh, local ingredients, and delicious choices abound in The Gatesworth’s three restaurants, which offer casual or fine dining. Residents also enjoy The Gatesworth’s heated indoor pool, fitness center, Spa One, billiards rooms and putting green. Since opening in 1988, The Gatesworth has been consistently recognized for excellence, including being named one of the nation’s top 10 retirement communities by Forbes. At The Gatesworth, to quote one of its taglines, “The Answer is Yes – What’s the Question?” The Gatesworth, One McKnight Place, St. Louis, 314-993-0111, Runner-Up: Friendship Village Runner-Up: Mari de Villa

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Parc Provence By Connie Mitchell | Photo by Westrich Photography

People living with dementia face specific challenges that the caring staffers at Parc Provence are dedicated to helping them meet. With the same commitment to excellence as its independent-living sister community, The Gatesworth, Parc Provence ensures a full continuum of memory care is provided in a healthy, nurturing environment. Individuals are secure and supported in Parc Provence’s homelike residential setting, which includes five interconnected, comfortable households. Each household offers roomy private suites along with a communal dining room, living room, kitchen and sunroom, all opening into a central promenade where residents can enjoy a billiards room, library, bistro and other friendly gathering spots. Every space and activity at Parc Provence is designed to help seniors function to their highest potential through a “person-centered” approach that is evident from the assisted living through skilled nursing levels of care tailored to each individual’s specific needs. Parc Provence, 605 Coeur De Ville Drive, Creve Coeur, 314-329-0721, Runner-Up: Mari de Villa Runner-Up: Stonecrest at Clayton View


McKnight Place Skilled Nursing By Connie Mitchell | Photo by Westrich Photography

Another member of The Gatesworth family, McKnight Place Skilled Nursing offers rehabilitative and skilled care in a safe environment that provides all the comforts of home with the added benefit of 24-hour medical supervision. Staffers closely communicate with individuals and families, creating relationships that undergird the personalized care they provide. McKnight Place’s board-certified medical director, specializing in geriatrics, is on call at all times to consult on specific questions or concerns. In addition, on-site physical, occupational, speech, language and restorative therapy is available. Nutritious and tasty meals are prepared from fresh ingredients. Residents also participate in a variety of activities and gatherings that provide mental, physical and social stimulation. With residents at the heart of everything, McKnight Place Skilled Nursing is the place for high-quality, attentive care. McKnight Place Skilled Nursing, Two McKnight Place, St. Louis, 314-993-2221, Runner-Up: Lutheran Senior Services Runner-Up: Mari de Villa | March 2, 2018   65



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By Connie Mitchell | Photo by Mark Gilliland Photography

When it comes to cosmetic surgery, experience and precision are key. Drs. Melvin Maclin, Patricia McGuire and David Caplin, the board-certified plastic surgeons at Parkcrest Plastic Surgery, bring those qualities to every procedure they perform. Whether a subtle cosmetic enhancement or a more complex reconstructive surgery, patients receive the highest level of care at Parkcrest Plastic Surgery. Procedures are available to enhance the face, body, breasts and hands using the most advanced techniques and technologies. The practice also offers gender-affirming surgery for transgender patients, and the Aesthetic Center brings a medical perspective

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to nonsurgical skin rejuvenation, laser treatments, injectables, fillers and skin care products. Parkcrest Plastic Surgery, 845 N. New Ballas Court, Suite 300, St. Louis, 314-485-4965, Runner-Up: Ridenour Plastic Surgery, Dr. Brock D. Ridenour Runner-Up: West County Plastic Surgeons


West County Plastic Surgeons

By Connie Mitchell | Photo by Mark Gilliland Photography

West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University School of Medicine is known for excellence, and the practice’s day spa provides the latest evidence-backed nonsurgical solutions for skin maintenance and rejuvenation. For example, micro-needling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, is an innovative approach that helps erase fine lines and soften acne scars. Performed by highly trained and experienced aestheticians, the procedure stimulates skin cells to regenerate, improving the skin’s color and texture. And like all treatments at West County Plastic Surgeons Spa, micro-needling is customized to each individual’s specific needs. Other treatments range from facials to chemical peels to dermal fillers. Below the jawline, the spa offers solutions to reduce fat and cellulite, treat varicose veins, remove unwanted hair and more. Customized skin care regimens using products from premier vendors help keep you looking your best while protecting skin from sun and environmental damage. West County Plastic Surgeons, 1020 N. Mason Road, Suite 110, St. Louis, 314-996-8800, Runner-Up: Four Seasons Runner-Up: The Face & The Body Day Spa

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BestDay Day Spa Spa Best in St. Louis. Our trusted staff and board-certified plastic surgery experts are proud to help you refresh your appearance with the latest FDA-approved cosmetic treatments.

Our non-surgical options include: • Cellfina®

• Microneedling

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• Kybella® • Geneveve® • HydraFacial®

• Facials • Chemical Peels 314-996-8800 Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital 1020 N. Mason Road, Suite 110, St. Louis, MO 63141

Terence Myckatyn, MD Marissa Tenenbaum, MD Emily Weinhaus, PA-C Lorraine Seiffert, ACNP-BC Jennifer McGoogan, Licensed Esthetician


Marquard’s By Connie Mitchell | Photo by Sarah Conroy

Since 1931, Marquard’s has worked to establish itself as the finest dry cleaner in St. Louis, basing its reputation on three generations of service to the community. Clothing, area rugs, household textiles and draperies are treated with care and returned cleaned and pressed, according to your instructions. The company also restores heirlooms and cleans and preserves wedding gowns. Marquard’s prides itself on cleaning and restoring everything from everyday items to delicate antique fabrics. Customers receive individualized attention from the Marquard’s team and benefit from the most advanced dry cleaning technology. In fact, Marquard’s is the exclusive St. Louis distributor of Fiber ProTector, a product based on polymer technology that leaves an invisible shield around every fiber. Whether it’s a business suit you wear every week or an heirloom oriental rug, St. Louisans trust their textiles to Marquard’s. Marquard’s, 10730 Indian Head Industrial Blvd., St. Louis, 314-428-3700, Runner-Up: Frontenac Cleaners West End Runner-Up: West Oak Cleaners


Bloomin’ Buckets By Connie Mitchell | Photo by Stephen Seebeck Photography

Since 2004, Bloomin’ Buckets’ accomplished floral designers have been creating beautiful arrangements with a focus on nature. Special events are amplified with a touch of natural splendor from the garden, and the Bloomin’ Buckets staff always appreciates the opportunity to enhance weddings, corporate events, galas, birthdays, anniversaries, memorial services and other important occasions. Clients choose their favorite colors, textures and flowers to grace each individually crafted floral design. Featured in Home Companion, At Home and Real Weddings magazines, Bloomin’ Buckets also was named one of Martha Stewart Weddings’ Top Floral Designers of 2015. With spring around the corner, daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, hydrangeas, roses and more await at Bloomin’ Buckets. Bloomin’ Buckets, 9844 Manchester Road, St. Louis, 314-961-4040, Runner-Up: Alex Waldbart Florist Runner-Up: Ken Miesner’s Flowers

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NutriFormance By Connie Mitchell | Photo courtesy of NutriFormance

Dale and Ellie Huff established #152021 #310006

NutriFormance in 1997, blending nutrition coaching and personal training to help clients reach their fitness goals. Now, more than two decades later, they oversee a 16,000-square-foot fitness facility, offering corrective and therapeutic exercise and performance enhancement programs for life and athletics. Clients can enjoy massage therapy, group fitness classes, smallgroup personal training, private Pilates coaching and physical therapy services provided by a team of experts


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who foster strong, collaborative client relationships. Free trial memberships are available to allow individuals to experience NutriFormance’s upscale workout facility and meet the staff. This is the place for people who want the personalized attention of a small personal training studio with the amenities and value of a full-scale fitness center. NutriFormance, 10407 Clayton Road, St. Louis, 314-432-6103,

909 S. Brentwood Blvd. 314-222-6300 M,W, F 9-6 •T, Th 9-8 •Sat 10-5

Runner-Up: Cycle Bar

Easy access thru CVS off Clayton Rd. CLAYTON ROAD



Runner-Up: PALM Health


Dominic Michael Salon By Connie Mitchell | Photo by Steven B. Smith Photography

SERVING THE COMMUNITY SINCE 2002 with our knowledgeable staff, all-natural pet foods, fresh-baked treats and our quality selection of toys, collars, beds, and more! LUNA’S 1ST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!







Thank You! THANK YOU FOR SELECTING US FOR THE LADUE NEWS PLATINUM LIST! It is a great honor be recognized by our furry friends and their parents for our pet spa and services! We are so grateful for your continued support.

“Your beauty, your way,” is the motto at Dominic Michael Salon, where great-looking hair, skin and nails are serious business. The professionals at Dominic Michael Salon don’t follow industry trends – they help set them. Using the most current techniques and tools, they provide exceptional quality and an unerring commitment to excellence. At both the Ladue and Chesterfield locations, clients benefit from the skillful ministrations of “cool, authentic people with a serious passion for their craft” under the leadership of owner Dominic Bertani. Highly trained estheticians at the Ladue location perform precision waxing and facials, while nail technicians at the Chesterfield location provide polish and shine to fingers and toes. Dominic Michael Salon stylists also specialize in bridal party beauty and special occasion flair. This top salon’s clients are confident, on trend and ready to have a good hair day, every day. Dominic Michael Salon, multiple locations, Runner-Up: Blown Away Blow Dry Bar Runner-Up: Fringe Salon & Spa



Ladue Nails & Spa

Laura McCarthy Real Estate

By Connie Mitchell | Photo by Sarah Conroy

By Connie Mitchell | Photo courtesy of Laura McCarthy Real Estate

Whether you’re searching for the perfect home for a growing family, looking for a place that suits your needs after your children are grown or moving to St. Louis from across the country, Laura McCarthy Real Estate can help. Almost 100 Laura McCarthy agents across the metro area work to make moving easy. Prospective home buyers benefit from this established network of experts who understand the market, anticipate opportunities, With locations in Clayton, Ladue and Frontenac, Ladue Nails & Spa is dedicated to

provide advice and feedback, and make sure the buying process is efficient and worry-

providing first-class service. The same professional approach applies to everything

free. People who are ready to sell their home can trust that a Laura McCarthy agent

from a simple cut and file to a luxury manicure, bathing hands in lush products that

understands industry trends and specific neighborhoods, markets homes effectively

pamper skin and nails. Feet get the same royal treatment, with more than 10 types of

and provides service built on a dedication to quality and integrity. And those moving

therapeutic pedicures, which all include a paraffin treatment and 10-minute reflexology

to St. Louis from farther afield will find the professionals in the Laura McCarthy

massage. Massages, facials and waxing services round out the menu. Relax and treat

Relocation Department to be crucial allies in the relocation process.

yourself from head to toe at Ladue Nails & Spa. Ladue Nails & Spa, multiple locations,

Laura McCarthy Real Estate, 29 The Boulevard, St. Louis, 314-725-5100,

Runner-Up: Nail Pro

Runner-Up: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate

Runner-Up: Tints Polish

Runner-Up: Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty



Treats Unleashed

Brentwood Travel

By Connie Mitchell | Photo by PETraits by Erika

By Connie Mitchell | Photo courtesy of Brentwood Travel

When you’re talking about man’s (or woman’s) best friend, only the best will do. And at Treats Unleashed, pets are pampered with fresh-baked treats and all-natural

St. Louis’ oldest travel agency celebrated 60 years in business in 2017 and is

pet foods. The family-owned business grew from a single mall kiosk to 12 locations

continuing to provide unparalleled service, as the third generation of the family-owned

across Missouri during the past 16 years. Pet parents can find from-scratch goodies for

agency steps up. In the age of internet travel sites, Brentwood Travel encourages

hungry fur-babies along with a selection of toys, collars, beds and more. The company’s

customers to look around and see what’s available. Yet when it comes to putting all

signature pet treats for dogs are baked daily, cut by hand and decorated with care at

aspects of a vacation or honeymoon together, the experience and resources available

each location. Personalized pet birthday cakes and specialty treats are other popular

from a full-service agency can’t be beat. From complete vacation packages to specific

items, and grooming is available at many locations. If you can’t make it to one of the

components, including airfare, car rental, lodging and excursions, Brentwood Travel’s

10 St. Louis-area locations, you might catch the Treat Truck at family- and pet-friendly

experienced agents know how to put together an unforgettable journey.

events throughout the region from spring through fall. Treats Unleashed, multiple locations,

Brentwood Travel, 1022 Executive Parkway, St. Louis, 314-439-5700,

Runner-Up: Kennelwood Pet Resorts

Runner-Up: Altair Travel and Cruises

Runner-Up: Petropolis Pet Resort

Runner-Up: Travel Haus of St. Louis

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Congratulations to the 2018 Platinum List Winners

Extended Care



Wells Fargo Advisors

Butler’s Pantry

By Connie Mitchell | Photo courtesy of Wells Fargo Advisors

By Denise Kruse | Photo by Sara Ketterer‌

Maximizing all

With more than 50 years

elements of your

of providing creative and

financial life is the

innovative catering solutions

mission of Wells

to the metro area, Butler’s

Fargo Wealth

Pantry now boasts more than

Advisors, and

40 menus in its portfolio. Each

the company’s

is tailored to the couple’s taste,

St. Louis team

whether traditional or trendy,

provides a full

and rave reviews attest to the

range of financial

company’s keen attention to

products and

detail, from the first meeting to

services. Need

the last handshake and goodbye.

help selecting

“The Butler’s Experience,” as

individual investments and developing a retirement plan? Call a Wells Fargo financial

the company calls it, is marked

advisor. Want to review your portfolio to manage your financial risk? Call a Wells Fargo

by a fourfold quality standard:

financial advisor. Looking to create a plan to ensure your wealth is preserved for future

professional planning, inspired

generations? Call a Wells Fargo financial advisor. Wells Fargo advisors guide clients in

menus, unparalleled service

making some of life’s most important decisions, based on each individual’s or family’s

and elegant design. With more

needs and concerns. Together, you’ll keep your financial priorities on track to meet

than half a century of honing its

your goals.

ever-growing business, Butler’s

Wells Fargo Advisors, 8112 Maryland Ave., Suite 500, Clayton, 314-726-5050,

Pantry is certainly doing it right. Butler’s Pantry, 1414 Park Ave., St. Louis , 314-664-7680,

Runner-Up: Moneta Group LLC

Runner-Up: Catering St. Louis

Runner-Up: UMB Private Wealth Management

Runner-Up: 23 City Blocks Catering



La Pâtisserie Chouquette

Town & Country Bridal Boutique

By Denise Kruse | Photo courtesy of La Pâtisserie Chouquette

Simone Faure of La Pâtisserie

By Denise Kruse | Photo by Michelle S. Hudgins‌

Chouquette crafted a 12-tier wedding cake for a St. Louis bride this past fall. That was not a typo – 12 blessed tiers, the sixth of which featured an elaborate miniature theater replete with a crystal chandelier. Faure, who brings a decadent French- and New Orleans-inspired flair to the pastries and sweet treats at her peanut-free bakery in St. Louis’ Botanical Heights neighborhood, treats each custom cake like a work of art, and each is exactly

The bridal experts at Town & Country Bridal Boutique want to make their brides fall

that – custom. Faure has a policy against

in love again – this time, with their wedding dress. Each bride has a perfect style, and

replicating other cake designers’ work, and

Town & Country Bridal Boutique’s helpful and knowledgeable staff is in the business

she certainly has the creativity and vision

of helping find the perfect fit, in both size and budget. The boutique offers dresses

to pull off showstopping original designs.

in all manner of styles, from classic to dramatic to fairytale-chic. Town & Country

Faure’s ornate wedding cakes, which have

Bridal Boutique also carries six exclusive designers found nowhere else in our region,

been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings

including bespoke designer Augusta Jones and elegant styles inspired by Grace Kelly,

magazine, are, by all accounts, as delicious as they are beautiful.

Jackie O. and Audrey Hepburn from the Legends by Romona Keveza line.

La Pâtisserie Chouquette, 1626 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, 314-932-7935,

Town & Country Bridal Boutique, 8809 Ladue Road, St. Louis, 314-863-7200,

Runner-Up: McArthur’s Bakery Café

Runner-Up: Berrybridge

Runner-Up: The Cakery

Runner-Up: The Ultimate Bride

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Bloomin’ Buckets By Denise Kruse | Photo by Carretto Studio

From simple centerpieces to ornate botanical tablescapes that become the center of attention, Platinum List veteran Bloomin’ Buckets has a team of “Bucket Fillers,” led by “flower leader” Barb Wehking, to work closely with the couple-to-be to set the floral ambiance in a way that truly captures their personalities through individually arranged blooms. The team uses locally grown flowers and elements as much as possible, crafting what they describe as “natural, gardenfocused designs.” This florist was also the only Missouri company selected as one of Martha Stewart Weddings’ top floral designers. Bloomin’ Buckets, 9844 Manchester Road, St. Louis, 314-961-4040, Runner-Up: Ken Miesner’s Flower Shoppe Runner-Up: Walter Knoll Florist


Neiman Marcus By Denise Kruse | Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus is prepared to be the sole destination for outfitting your big day – and how, as they say. The luxury retailer has a wedding division that’s truly all-encompassing, from designer bridal gowns and accessories

Restaurant, Events &

to special occasion formalwear for

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“everyone else,” as we know that the bride is the centerpiece: groom, bridal party and even guests. Groomswear


is a one-stop shop at Neiman Marcus,


with tailored tuxedos and men’s dress


shoes, specially crafted accessories,


grooming products and more. Bridesmaid, groomsmen and mother-


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of-the-bride wardrobes and accessories are easy finds at Neiman Marcus, and for guests, the website cheekily states, “You don’t have to be the bride to be the belle of the ball.” While we don’t necessarily condone that as an ultimate goal, we do know that Neiman Marcus is equipped to outfit

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every participant – adults and kids alike. Neiman Marcus, 100 Plaza Frontenac, St. Louis, 314-567-9811,

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Susie Vreeland Photography

BEST Transportation

By Denise Kruse | Photo by Susie Vreeland Photography‌

By Denise Kruse | Photo courtesy of BEST Transportation

Susie Vreeland Photography once again tops this year’s Platinum List as the metro area’s favorite wedding photographer, with her knack for capturing more than just simply photos. Her images tell a story and capture a feeling in such a way that enable you to hear the laughter behind the smiles and feel the warmth of the love shared between

BEST Transportation owners and sisters Kim J. Garner and Debbie Rudawsky are

the couple. Vreeland and her

third-generation St. Louis family business owners, and are deeply committed to the

über-talented photography

metro area’s bridal landscape, as owners of another Platinum List honoree, Town &

partner, Sherry Lane, are known

Country Bridal Boutique. “We’ve got you covered from the Dress to the Driver” is the

for bringing a calming element

pair’s cheeky maxim, and with 24/7, 365-day-a-year operation of a luxurious fleet of

to an often high-stress day,

limousines, party buses, guest shuttles and a classic 1960 Bentley Rolls-Royce, as well

seamlessly becoming part of the

as event specialists who work with each couple to ensure an elegant and stress-free

wedding celebration – down to

ride to their respective venues, the company certainly lives up to its moniker as “best”

enthusiastically partaking in the

for each client.

late-night dance party. Susie Vreeland Photography, 816-695-4848,

BEST Transportation, 8531 Page Ave., Suite 160, St. Louis, 314-989-1500,

Runner-Up: Josephine Havlak Photography

Runner-Up: Fun Tyme Limousine

Runner-Up: Westrich Photography

Runner-Up: JED Transportation



Kate & Company

Palladium Saint Louis

By Denise Kruse | Photo courtesy of Kate & Company

By Denise Kruse | Photo by Sara Ketterer

Kate & Company has a threefold event design experience – concept, curate and coordinate – seamlessly attending to every detail that each of these steps entails to ensure a worry-free event, allowing couples to truly bask in the magic of their day. The company, which consists of Kate Turner and her team of five event designers and producers, has been named in Vogue’s Ultimate

Platinum List honoree Palladium Saint Louis tackled no small task when it decided

Wedding Planner Master List

to take a former City Hospital laundry facility, which had sat vacant for 20 years in St.

and has been featured in Martha

Louis’ Lafayette Square neighborhood, and transform it into a premier event venue.

Stewart Weddings magazine, but

The venerable building’s extreme makeover preserved the original wood ceiling and

the reviews speak for themselves

metal trusses that tower high above the sleek dance floor. Palladium Saint Louis

– one mother of the bride

brought this octogenarian into the 21st century with the addition to the 6,500-square-

expressed her awe at receiving

foot space of sleek, modern décor, theatrical lighting and state-of-the-art audio and

thank-you notes from a third of her daughter’s wedding guests, expressing gratitude to

visual capabilities. For a city venue, the included valet and on-site parking can’t be beat.

her for inviting them to a spectacular event.

And with Palladium Saint Louis’ signature service and exceptional cuisine, it’s easy to

Kate & Company, 1099 Milwaukee St., Suite 135, Kirkwood, 314-909-9996,

see how the venue topped this year’s list. Palladium Saint Louis, 1400 Park Place, St. Louis, 314-881-4301,

Runner-Up: Absolutely IN! Events

Runner-Up: The Caramel Room at Bissinger’s

Runner-Up: Catering St. Louis

Runner-Up: The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

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Parkcrest Plastic Surgery is conveniently located at CityPlace 5 in Creve Coeur. In addition to leading-edge services, you will find a dedicated, compassionate staff of physicians and caregivers.

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Elegance Embroidered

By Katie Yeadon

Embroidered items, which often number among the first vernal trends, can add richness and a bohemian vibe to any woman’s new warm-weather look.

Velvet dress, $252, Paisley Boutique

Tangerine NYC blouse, $138, Paisley Boutique

Parker blouse, $258, Neiman Marcus ( (

Alice + Olivia dress, $395, Saks Fifth Avenue (

Kate Spade jeans, $228, Kate Spade Plaza Frontenac

Gucci bag, $3,800, Neiman Marcus

Tory Burch sandals, $278, Neiman Marcus


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This Is How We Roll!

By Kimmie Gotch


nadequate sleep can cause puffy under-eyes and even a blotchy or swollen face – definitely not a look to love. So even those who know the old frozen-spoon trick should appreciate a new, fast remedy to reduce puffiness: facial ice rolling. What is ice rolling? Ice rolling involves chilling a facial roller by storing it in the freezer or refrigerator overnight and then using it to massage your face, especially under your eyes, and your neck. The roller reduces puffiness, shrinks pores and reduces skin redness. Not unpredictably, it also produces a soothing cool. When should I use the ice roller? Use the roller after your morning beauty routine – usually consisting of cleansing your face and applying serums and moisturizers. Ice rolling helps serums and

moisturizers penetrate farther into the skin, making them work even better. How often can I use my ice roller? Use your roller each day or as needed. How do I care for my ice roller? After each use, clean the roller with rubbing alcohol to kill any bacteria that may linger on it. The roller head can be removed from the handle, which makes it easy and simple to clean. Make sure your roller’s completely dry after cleaning, before storing it in a plastic bag and returning it to the fridge or freezer for its next use. Sound intriguing? If so, the market offers many different rollers at varying prices. At the end of the day – or more precisely, at the start of the day – ice rolling constitutes an inexpensive beauty trick all women, particularly women short on pillow time, should use in their daily routines to get tight, smooth skin. Give it a try!


We read Ladue News... Ladue News brings St. Louisans together in the best ways. From our particular vantage point as a boutique family law firm, it encourages us to get our message out to those looking for the highest standards in divorce and related legal representation. As a magazine we consider to have the best interests of St. Louisans at heart, we are always eager to be included in the pages of Ladue News. – Susan and Sam Hais Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C. | MARCH 2, 2018









Clayton native Daniel Shapiro is making strides in the men’s activewear scene.


he entrepreneurial game is full of makers who saw an aspect of the market they were unsatisfied with and sought to make better. One such creator is St. Louis native Daniel Shapiro, who wasn’t happy with the options being offered in the workout clothing market. As a result, the New York-based entrepreneur launched his own company, Fourlaps, about a year and a half ago. Shapiro grew up in Clayton and attended Washington University in St. Louis. He had always been interested in retail, apparel and consumer products, so working for Gap, Inc. doing apparel merchandising came naturally to him. It wasn’t until later, though, that Shapiro began a more active lifestyle. “I was thinking about the clothes I wear to the gym and how I wasn’t satisfied with what was on the market,” he says. “So many of the big brands were super heavy on the logos or only came in neon colors. I wanted to create a fashion-inspired brand for men.” Shapiro thought about starting his own brand for a while but was nervous about the process and what it would entail. He moved to New York to work for Gap but ended up leaving the company in 2013 to start his own venture: Fourlaps. The name refers to four laps around a track, equaling a mile, signifying what might be one’s first athletic milestone. With a motto of “start before you’re ready,” the brand encourages its customers to wear the clothing both inside and outside the gym, as well as for everyday attire. “Fourlaps is changing the game with standout, thoughtfully designed workout essentials for men who aren’t willing to compromise on performance and style,” Shapiro says. Although he had the concept down, getting Fourlaps off the ground was hard work.

By Robyn Dexter | Photos submitted

“First, you have to trust your instincts. Also, [the process] isn’t a sprint – it’s an Iron Man triathlon.” - Daniel Shapiro

“I had a large network of people, so the process [of creating Fourlaps] began by networking to find an agency to create the logo,” he says. “I also had to find a designer and a company to produce the clothing. I was working on production, brand and design all at the same time. These things always take longer and cost more than you expect.” Fourlaps took about two years to come together and launched in August 2016. The line consists of T-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, shorts, jogging pants, hats and even a duffel bag. Most of Fourlaps’ line hovers around the $50 price point, with a few products like the hoodies and jogging pants retailing in the $70-to$80 range. While some of the pieces are colorful, they’re mainly muted tones like grays, blacks and blues. Products like the best-selling Advance Short and sophisticated Dash Tank have captured the attention of renowned publications like GQ and Men’s Fitness, which, in 2016, called the brand “our favorite new apparel brand” and “an absolute game-changer,” respectively. Customer feedback has also been “overwhelmingly” positive, Shapiro says, with customers showing enthusiasm for the independent brand. “Color is always part of the brand, but we’re going to be [softer] about color in spring of this year,” Shapiro says. “We’re going to take this next line to the next level in styling, color and technology.” Although Shapiro and his company are based in New York, some of the products are printed here in St. Louis – something that’s important to the Clayton High School alumnus. “St. Louis is such a huge part of who I am,” he says. “Much of Fourlaps has been influenced by my upbringing.” As the brand grows and evolves, Shapiro says he’ll be looking into doing some brick-and-mortar wholesale. As of now, though, the entirety of the Fourlaps brand is available only online. Founding his own brand has been a learning experience for Shapiro, but already he’s taken away some key lessons. “First, you have to trust your instincts,” he says. “Also, [the process] isn’t a sprint – it’s an Iron Man triathlon. You need to be able to think long term and short term. Sometimes things take a day, and other times they take months. It’s all about perseverance.” With a solid, driven fan base and big plans for 2018, Shapiro and his athletic endeavor show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Fourlaps,


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Advances | MARCH 2, 2018



Caring for Children’s Teeth


he day your baby’s gummy smile gets its first tooth can be such a fun – and drool-filled – milestone. But once more teeth pop through, parents often wonder how to care for them and when they should start taking the baby to the dentist. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics both have guidelines on the care of children’s teeth. Your baby’s first tooth will likely erupt between 6 and 12 months of age. But before you ever see that first bit of white through the gums, remember to wipe your baby’s mouth with a soft, moist cloth at bath time and after feeding. It’s a great habit to get into because as teeth erupt, this time can be exchanged for twice-daily cleaning with a soft child’s toothbrush. To avoid tooth decay, don’t give bottles of formula, milk or sugar-containing liquids when the baby is lying down or just before bed. This is a good rule of thumb even before teeth appear. A preschool child should brush at

By Dr. Joseph Kahn

least twice daily, after breakfast and before bed, using no more than a peasized dab of toothpaste on a child-size brush. Toothpaste should be spit out, not swallowed, after brushing. Pediatric dentists recommend beginning routine preventive-care checkups at the age of 1 year, or shortly after eruption of the first teeth. Your dentist may recommend yearly checkups until the age of 3, after which you may wish to have them done every six months. Such dental visits should be a fun, positive experience, not threatening. From school age and beyond, routine brushing and flossing along with regular checkups, fluoride supplementation, application of sealants when appropriate and careful monitoring of snacks and sweet drinks should keep your children’s teeth and mouth healthy.


Dr. Joseph Kahn is president of Mercy Kids (, an expansive network of pediatric care dedicated to meeting the needs of every child, every day.


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The Ins and Outs of Body Contouring


t’s a rare person who has never looked in the mirror and imagined a little more curve here, a little less bulge there. Although diet and exercise remain key to maintaining a healthy weight, certain spots may seem never to change, no matter how many situps you do. Body contouring can help address those trouble spots and enhance your overall shape. Dr. Brock Ridenour, a board-certified plastic surgeon with Ridenour Plastic Surgery, explains that body contouring creates a more aesthetically pleasing outline, and although the term usually refers to procedures below the face, a face-lift is technically a form of body contouring, as well. A number of body contouring procedures exist to address specific areas and issues. Surgical body contouring following major weight loss, for instance, removes excess skin and fat while improving the tone and shape of underlying support tissue. As another example, fat can be emulsified by injecting a solution sold under the brand name Kybella, which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat mild to moderate fat deposits under the chin. “Noninvasive or minimally invasive devices for body contouring include cryolipolysis [freezing fat], micro-needle radio-frequency, ultrasound, noninvasive laser and the so-called ‘cold laser’ therapy,” Ridenour says. “These devices are meant for the treatment of discrete areas of resistant fat after diet and exercise. They can be used alone or in combination to smooth,

By Connie Mitchell

Body contouring procedures are not weight-loss procedures. They are designed to treat people after they have maxed out on diet and exercise. – DR. TERENCE MYCKATYN tone and improve body contour.” Two of the most common body contouring procedures, abdominoplasty (also known as a “tummy tuck”) and liposuction, involve the abdomen. “With liposuction, the area in question is filled with tumescent solution to numb it and reduce bleeding. Then, a cannula, which is a thin tube designed for sucking fat, is placed and used to suction away fat,” says Dr. Terence Myckatyn, a Washington University plastic and reconstructive surgeon. “For a tummy tuck, fat is removed and the abdominal wall muscles are also tightened.” Myckatyn notes that people who want to undergo either procedure should first make sure they are in optimal shape through diet and exercise, maintaining their weight for at least three months leading up to the procedure. “Body contouring procedures are not weight-loss procedures,” he stresses. “You will not lose weight. They are designed to treat people after they have maxed out on diet and exercise.”

Also important to note is that liposuction and tummy tucks are not insignificant medical procedures. They do involve some risk, and recovery can take weeks. “Liposuction is very effective, but patients should be aware of the risk of contour irregularities, areas of numbness and small scars,” Ridenour says. Noninvasive devices can be very effective in properly selected patients, he adds, especially when two or more of the devices are combined for greater effectiveness. “Patients should see a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who is optimally trained to do these procedures,” Myckatyn advises. “Often, a couple options may be available to the patient. Other times, only one or two are reasonable. A practice that can offer several options, so that they are not biased to only offer you what they can provide, is most likely to match the procedure that meets your goals to what you get most appropriately.”

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‌Here are a whopping 10 thoughts for the month: Although in St. Louis Nick Foles was the worst quarterback on the planet, in my opinion, he just became the Super Bowl MVP. It’s a little different story when your coach is Doug Pederson as opposed to Jeff Fisher. Foles’ experience with the Rams was so bad he wanted to quit. Congrats to a good guy who deserved that special moment.

Isn’t it amazing how all the former Rams blossom when they get out of there? Because of that terrific trio of Fisher, Kevin Demoff and Stan Kroenke, careers came to screeching halts. Now look at Foles, Chris Long and Danny Amendola.


Fans of Mizzou basketball should be really impressed with the direction of the program. Coach Cuonzo Martin is exactly what the doctor ordered for Mizzou. He’s always been a big-time recruiter, his teams really defend, and he’s a man of great integrity. When’s the last time Mizzou had a guy like that?


I have no idea what will happen with the SLU Title IX investigation. I do know, though, that this is the best the team has played in three years. They have talent in the program, and they have some great players coming. I’m not as optimistic as I once was, but I still think they could have a really good future.


The Blues’ present situation is intriguing. Everybody in the organization keeps saying that Jake Allen’s the No. 1 goalie, and he may end up continuing to be just that. But if you’re trying to make the playoffs in the best hockey division, you play the hot hand. And nobody’s been hotter than Carter Hutton.

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I wonder if the Cardinals have enough starting pitching. I wonder if it wouldn’t be a good idea to offer a two- or three-year deal to the Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta at some ridiculous number. If you can limit the years, paying him a lot of cash for a few seasons, it’s a great move. I happen to really respect Adam Wainwright, but Father Time is undefeated against everybody except Tom Brady. Arrieta would be your No. 2 starter.


Here’s one of the most baffling items in sports. We live in this ridiculous period where mediocre NBA players make $15 million a year while Tommy Pham, who was the best player on the Cardinals’ team, in my opinion, will only make a little over the Major League minimum this season. His career started late, so Tommy can’t get to arbitration yet, but it still seems wrong.

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Have you been to Mac’s Local Eats in Dogtown? I used to think Carl’s Drive In served the best burgers in town, but I’m not so sure now. If you haven’t had one of those double cheeseburgers, take a shot. Incredible! I’m also a big fan of Faraci Pizza. Everything is homemade. The red sauce is special. However, I am also in love with Peel Wood Fired Pizza in Edwardsville. The pizza cooks in two minutes at 800 degrees. They’re going to open up a place in Clayton. I’m excited.


I must have “issues” – because a majority of the Netflix things and movies that I enjoy are vigilante-related. I’m just about to finish up Dexter, and I can’t wait for the remake of Death Wish, which will be released shortly.


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Medical Marvels By Connie Mitchell | Photos courtesy of SLUCare

New advances in medical technology map the human body like never before.


MaRCH 2, 2018 |


ith the 21st century well underway, people have become increasingly used to new technologies popping up, and medicine is one of the most tech-dependent sectors of American society. Yet some of the newest advances available at local hospitals are stunning, even for tech-savvy consumers, and one common theme is the increasingly transparent human body. Consider, for example, the UroNav MRI-guided biopsy. The procedure, first introduced in St. Louis at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in 2014, allows physicians to pinpoint prostate cancers by merging two types of images: MRIs and ultrasounds. Men suspected of prostate cancer undergo an MRI, which shows suspicious lesions. During a subsequent ultrasound exam, the MRI image is fused with the ultrasound image in real time to allow for precise targeting of the suspicious site(s) by the biopsy needle. “Conventional biopsies done with ultrasound [alone] are random and very much ‘hit-[or]-miss,’” says Dr. Gerald Andriole, the Robert K. Royce Distinguished Professor of Urologic Surgery, chief of the Division of Urologic Surgery and vice chair of the Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. “Thus, there is very small reassurance if such a biopsy does not show cancer. Also, it is important to realize that even when the conventional biopsy shows cancer, it typically underestimates the size of the cancer and the aggressiveness of the cancer. It provides very little information about the location of the cancer.” However, studies conducted at Washington University and elsewhere clearly show that MRI-targeted biopsies, using the UroNav fusion software, are more likely to identify a man’s cancer and to more accurately characterize it. The result is “better decisions about how to treat it,” Andriole says. “One very exciting prospect is to ablate [destroy] only the cancerous part of the prostate, as such a treatment is not associated with the most-dreaded side effects of other treatments that may cause incontinence and erectile dysfunction,” he adds.

A more recent innovation allows doctors to “map” the heart with noninvasive imaging in order to correct a serious heart condition known as ventricular tachycardia. Dr. Clifford Robinson, a radiation oncologist, and Dr. Phillip Cuculich, a heart rhythm specialist, both of whom are assistant professors at Washington University School of Medicine, published results of the procedure’s experimental use in the Dec. 14, 2017, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. A formal prospective trial recently completed enrollment, and a multicenter clinical trial to further study the procedure is planned. In ventricular tachycardia, the heart beats exceedingly fast, and its chambers often fall out of sync, causing blood to stop. This is known as sudden cardiac death. For the lucky survivors, medications and an implanted defibrillator device are used. If the arrhythmia continues despite these efforts, an ablation procedure can be performed. During this procedure, several catheters are threaded through blood vessels in order to locate the scar tissue inside the heart. Once located, the tip of the catheter is heated, and the scar tissue is cauterized. The new procedure combines noninvasive radiation, similar to treating cancers, with noninvasive 3-D mapping of the heart created by using scans that include electrocardiographic imaging (ECGI), a technology that was created by Dr. Yoram Rudy at Washington University. Only seven medical centers in the nation currently offer ECGI. “The traditional way to ‘map’ the inside of the heart involves inserting long catheters into a blood vessel, carefully maneuvering these catheters within a chamber of the heart and painstakingly sampling the electrical signal at hundreds or thousands of points within the heart,” Cuculich says. Most catheter ablation procedures take six to eight hours to complete and require general anesthesia and at least one night in the hospital. “We have developed a way to do a complex heart ablation procedure noninvasively in seven minutes,” he adds. Instead of sending a catheter into the heart, patients don a “vest of electrodes” that captures panoramic electrical data from the body surface and creates an electrical map on a 3-D image of the patient’s heart. Once the diseased part of the heart is mapped, the problematic scar tissue is targeted for focused radiation, similar to the type of radiation used to destroy cancer cells. “The entirely noninvasive ablation procedure is entirely outpatient, performed while awake, and takes about seven minutes,” Cuculich says. “Patients walk out of the room. In fact, our last patient was treated over his lunch break and returned to work in the afternoon.” Meanwhile, over at Saint Louis University, SLUCare radiologist Dr. Nadeem Parkar collaborated with Kyle Collins, assistant vice president of ITS Enterprise Resources at the university, to develop a leading-edge technology that takes 3-D modeling to a new level for preoperative patients at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. Using X-rays, CT scans and MRI scans, a 3-D model of the patient’s surgical site is created. Surgeons then put on virtual reality (VR) headsets and use handheld controls, just like VR gamers, to navigate the patient’s body and to plan exactly how they will approach and perform the surgery. The VR preview provides insight into the patient’s individual anatomy so the surgeons are prepared with the most appropriate and accurate tools and surgical strategies. “I have a friend in the gaming industry, and he suggested I do something in virtual reality,” Parkar says. “About a year ago, I started thinking about importing cardiac CT or MRI scans and developing a 3-D virtual reality format.” Collins provided the software know-how to build the program, which took almost a year to complete. Parkar adds that surgeons who have a complicated case ahead typically request preparatory imaging. Now they can get the added benefit of those images being converted to VR. For instance, a neurosurgeon can get a 3-D immersive look at the nearby blood vessels and nerves in the brain before removing a tumor. “There are fewer surprises during the surgery itself as a result,” Parkar says. “It can be used by any surgical or other specialty that does procedures.” Feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive as surgeons repeatedly come back to use the technology, he adds. With all this happening already, you may wonder what’s next. Parkar, like most of St. Louis’ researchers and innovators in medicine, says he has more ideas to explore, no doubt revolutionizing the field even further.

Jeffrey Brown, M.D., a SLUCare radiologist and chair of radiology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, foreground, collaborates with SLUCare radiologist Nadeem Parkar, M.D., to create a 3-D model from a patient’s personal scans and images, seen on a computer. That model will be viewed through a virtual reality headset to plan a high-precision and complex surgery.

SLUCare physicians created this 3-D model of a patient’s skull using personal X-rays, CT scans and MRI images. Doctors will use the model, viewed through a virtual reality headset, to determine the best way to approach a surgery. They say modeling coupled with virtual reality is a new frontier for medicine and minimizes surprises they encounter during procedures, which is better for patients.

Mustafa Nazzal, M.D., a SLUCare transplant surgeon at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, dons a virtual reality headset as he plans a surgery using technology developed by SLUCare radiologist Nadeem Parkar, M.D., (right) and Kyle Collins, assistant vice president of Information Technology at SLU. | MaRCH 2, 2018


We’ve all seen the ads from the retirement communities that extoll the virtues of senior living. Sonja Nelson-Stough and her husband, Larry Stough, visit these places several times a month. They think they’re nice. But Sonja and Larry aren’t there because they want to move in. They come to perform for the residents. Sonja plays the hammered dulcimer, with Larry accompanying her on guitar. Sharing their love of music is something they do in their spare time. But it’s not the only thing. After retiring as a bank trust officer in 2008, Sonja started taking tap and ballroom dance lessons. She has danced competitively for 10 years. In her spare time, she plays golf.

By the way, she’ll turn 77 next year. Larry, meanwhile, isn’t twiddling his thumbs. Just last year, he rode his motorcycle on Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, California. He’s an amateur photographer who enjoys tennis, golf and scuba. Neither one takes bone density, blood pressure or any other kind of medication.

How do they do it? “It’s easy,” says Sonja. “For the past decade, we’ve begun each week together at 20 Minutes to Fitness.” “This unique, once-a-week, 20-minute workout fuels all our other activities,” says Larry. “It’s safe. It’s medically based. It keeps us young, fit and strong.” “We could not do the things we do without the strength building we get from 20 Minutes to Fitness,” Sonja adds. “It helps us build and maintain a strong core.” In other words, it helps fend off all those things that are leading their peers into retirement community living. There’s one other thing you should know about Sonja: she hates exercising. “We have tried other exercise programs, gyms and classes, and I will not stick with them,” Sonja admits. “I dreaded going.” 20 Minutes to Fitness, she says, is different. “I do my 20 Minutes once a week, and I’m done,” she says. “So this is it for me. Best of all, it works! I saw results in the beginning, and I’m still seeing results today.” If you think you are too old, too out-of-shape or have too many health issues for 20 Minutes to Fitness, think again. Even when Sonja and Larry had casts on their legs, they never missed a session. 20 Minutes to Fitness’ trainers – which include physical therapists and other pros – tailor every workout to your needs and capabilities. Sonja’s friends tell her they wish they had her stamina, balance, flexibility, positive attitude and energy. All she’ll say is, “It’s great to be strong and do the things I love to do. I can honestly say 20 Minutes to Fitness has made the difference.”

As for those retirement homes: they’re a nice place to visit. Larry and Sonja just never hope to live there.

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Sonja served as 2013 Ms. Missouri Senior America, competing in the national pageant in New Jersey. Next year she and her husband, Larry, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They have trained together at 20 Minutes to Fitness since 2007.

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Look good, feel good. The Washington University Facial Plastic Surgery Center delivers the ultimate pick-me-up to keep you feeling confident from the outside in. Drs. Gregory Branham and John Chi offer facial skin rejuvenation treatments to revitalize your appearance. Enhance your youthful glow with laser treatments, chemical peels and other procedures that build on your natural good looks. | March 2, 2018   93

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By Amanda Dahl Photos courtesy of Washington University Physicians

hat’s wrong with being confident?” Pop singer Demi Lovato may have asked the question, but the answer is obvious. Confidence carries you through meeting new people, giving pitches and leading meetings, and it encourages you to live life to the fullest. The physicians of the Washington University Facial Plastic Surgery Center understand the importance confidence can play in your life – and they have the tools to keep you feeling at the top of your game.

“The more common complaints people come in with are not necessarily what we identify as their issue,” Dr. John Chi says. “Whether bags under the eyes are present or not, patients are more concerned with their overall youthful appearance. The bigger picture may reveal sundamaged skin or loss of texture.” For younger patients in their 30s looking to maintain their outer form, Dr. Chi recommends a light laser resurfacing or chemical peel. “They can rejuvenate the skin without a big commitment,” he explains, noting there is little downtime involved.

Facial rejuvenation can be done at a number of levels, depending on your needs. “The more aggressive the procedure, the longer your results will last,” Dr. Gregory Branham says. “Everyone perceives pain differently. We do numbing shots or a topical aesthetic to prepare the area. We can also administer a quick IV sedation, so you can have your laser procedure done in 30 minutes and wake up after.” The physicians at the Facial Plastic Surgery Center can even perform certain minor surgical procedures in-office, including tuck-ups and mini-lifts. “For older patients, we can smooth out the laxity around the jaw, rather than a full facelift, and the downtime is minimal,” Dr. Branham explains. “Within a few days, you can get back to your normal routine.” Whichever procedure suits you, the best way to lengthen your results is through one tried-and-true method. “Start a daily skin care regimen to maintain and prevent further damage,” Dr. Branham recommends. “Use a good moisturizer, with sunscreen, and some kind of retinol-based product.” Now, go on…wear your confidence like a crown.

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Manners matter! Etiquette touches us in every area of life. Etiquette consultant Patty Kozarits is an energetic woman with a passion for etiquette. Her love for empowering young people led to her involvement with Pure Fashion, an international organization that helps young women recognize their dignity by embracing the true beauty that lies within them. Kozarits strongly believes that manners will be your ticket to success and will truly help the world become a kinder and more respectful place.

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Ramen | MARCH 2, 2018


Dinner ...

Toasty Subs and Sushi Kitchen


MARCH 2, 2018 |

“Traditional ramen noodles are very fatty – good tasting but not good for health,” Liu says. “We’re still trying to keep the original flavors while omitting the extra fat. Ours is very different compared to other similar products in the market. The broth still needs eight to 12 hours to cook to develop a deep flavor.” Toasty Subs and Sushi Kitchen offers four different styles of ramen with fresh noodles: tonkotsu, seafood, miso and veggie. The first two use the same broth base, made with chicken and pork; meanwhile, the third blends four broths, and the fourth uses a vegetablebased stock made with celery, carrots, cabbage, white onions, turnips, corn, ginger and spices. Topping the tonkotsu ramen are pork belly, diced onions, fresh mushrooms, bamboo shoots, corn and roasted oil; topping the seafood ramen are crunchy shrimp, fish balls, diced onions, fresh mushrooms, bamboo shoots and corn; topping the buttery miso

ramen are pork belly, diced onions, fresh mushrooms, corn and bamboo shoots; and topping the veggie ramen are bamboo shoots, corn, tofu, diced onions, fresh mushrooms and roasted oil. Each bowl also comes with a soft-boiled egg, green onions and ginger. However you prefer your ramen, in fact, all sound like great dining options before catching The Humans from The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Guests can pair the noodle bowls with such other popular menu items as a classic Italian sub or such sushi rolls as California rolls and the (Mizzou salute) Tiger roll with crab meat, cucumber, avocado and shrimp. “A lot of people like to order the noodles and sushi together,” Liu says. “We paired the two together to make our concept even better.”


Toasty Subs and Sushi Kitchen, 3001 S. Big Bend Blvd., Maplewood, 314-833-5188,



small Maplewood restaurant already offering manifold dining options recently expanded its menu even further. Toasty Subs and Sushi Kitchen – which debuted last June with sandwiches, sushi and bubble tea and which LN praised in the September edition – recently added ramen to its repertoire. “We try to bring quality food to the community,” says Alex Liu, who co-owns the establishment with his wife, Lily. “With our subs, we toast them just right on fresh bread. With our sushi, Lily Liu is an expert with almost 12 years of experience. She is also creative and adds new things. She started studying ramen recipes and created her own.” According to Liu, his wife consulted with a ramen chef to establish a basis for their soup, but ultimately created a dish unique to the metro area by cutting nearly two-thirds of the original fat content in the broth for a lighter, healthier product.

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‌Story:  Brigid Blake and her boyfriend, Richard Saad, have recently moved to a nifty two-story duplex apartment in the heart of New York City’s Chinatown. Despite a structural footprint lacking ambiance and noisy neighbors, it serves as home to the young couple, and they intend to fix it up nicely. Brigid has invited her family from Scranton, Pennsylvania, to spend the Thanksgiving holiday. Arriving are her father, Erik; her mother, Deirdre; and her older sister, Aimee, as well as her wheelchairbound grandmother, Fiona “Momo” Blake, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The tightly bonded family faces its challenges. Erik feels queasy just revisiting New York, where he’d been in 2001 when the World Trade Center fell. In fact, on the day of that tragedy, Erik had planned to tour the buildings and, at a nearby doughnut shop, was awaiting the observation tower’s opening when the terrorist strikes occurred. Beside that reservation, Erik makes obscure references to a secret he appears to be hiding from everyone but Deirdre. She’s worked for decades in the same office, where she’s seen too many men promoted ahead of her, but she wards off bitterness by volunteering to help the less fortunate. Aimee, an attorney who lives in Philadelphia, has recently ended a long-term relationship with another woman whom she’s known since childhood. Momo experiences brief moments of lucidity but most often babbles in a loud, disturbing voice. As for Brigid, she hasn’t enjoyed much luck at starting a career as a musical composer, and Richard remains in school. The latter, however, has a trust fund he can access once he turns 40, in a couple of years. The Blakes feel a deep-seated love for one another, but Brigid and Richard’s walls are thin, and voices carry up the staircase between the apartment’s two floors, as well. Despite the joyousness of Thanksgiving, something truly unsettling and revelatory may be about to overwhelm the family’s day-to-day low-key undercurrent of tension. Highlights:  The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis numbered among the first regional theaters to gain the rights to this one-act drama by Stephen Karam, which won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play, as well as three other Tonys. Artistic director Steven Woolf taps into the strength of his cast and technical colleagues to capture the cadences and intentional cacophony of this unsettling story in a strangely compelling production. Other Info:  An odd work, The Humans appears to strive to be out of rhythm throughout its 90 minutes. That intentionally jarring effect invites its audience to examine the drama’s characters as each of them is strategically positioned on Gianni Downs’ carefully disheveled set. Dirty walls, heaps of unpacked boxes and a barred window number among the features

giving a forlorn personality to the apartment. Rob Denton’s lighting plays a major role, as well, especially depicting bright, permeating lights from beyond the premises or lighting fixtures that extinguish mysteriously from time to time. Rusty Wandall’s ominous sound design adds a plethora of creepy noises, including loud bangs from the floor above, while Dorothy Marshall Englis’ costumes reflect the ages of the respective characters. At the rear of stage right, Downs situates a staircase that Woolf integrates into the drama’s rather static action. A bathroom and an apartment entrance at the rear of the upper level accommodate various scene locations, as does an unseen kitchen at the back of the lower half of the set. All of those areas provide sanctuaries where characters drift away from the main area – the dining room table – to eavesdrop on others’ conversations or simply to stare into space. Woolf carefully showcases the clusters of drama that remain as crucial to the story as its overt conversations. The Humans, as an ensemble piece, moves its focus among the half-dozen characters who appear together in the first scene. Brian Dykstra portrays Erik as a loving, concerned father, son and husband, while also dropping hints about an unpleasant secret he intends to reveal. Erick has spent many years working for a Catholic school in Scranton, but seems to be dodging questions about his retirement plans. Carol Schultz similarly portrays Deirdre as an emotional anchor, a staunch Catholic with a big

By Mark Bretz

heart, as well a need to furnish a statue of the Blessed Virgin for her daughter’s new residence. Her character and Dykstra’s both show devotion to Momo, whose decline Darrie Lawrence conveys in a strong, difficult performance that summons both sympathy and alarm at the character’s condition. Kathleen Wise shows the strength and bravado of Aimee, who’s slowly crumbling from her own health and career challenges, while Lauren Marcus carefully conveys both the love and the fragility of Brigid, frustrated by her stalled life. Fajer Kaisi nicely demonstrates the easygoing affability of Richard, who, like Erik, has suffered from puzzling, ominous dreams. Unlike Erik, though, Richard views the dreams optimistically; Richard remarks that in one of his dreams, extraterrestrials with teeth on their backs arrived on Earth, only to flee in horror from the dangerous creatures known as “the humans.” Karam’s open-ended conclusion to his story gives audience patrons plenty to contemplate as they leave the world of the Blakes for their own families and narratives. What would those extraterrestrials think of us?


Company:  The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Venue: Browning Mainstage, Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Road Dates:  Through March 4 Tickets: $18.50 to $89; contact 314-968-4925 or Rating:  A 4 on a scale of 1-to-5 | March 2, 2018   99

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Mon., March 5

Every Monday, KRISTEN GOODMAN performs a three-hour set at Sasha’s on Shaw. Well-known and loved by locals, her acoustic music pairs perfectly with a glass of wine. The venue, a venerable wine bar in St. Louis’ Shaw neighborhood, offers an extensive wine list, small plates and a late night happy hour. A fireplace completes its warm, dimly lit ambiance, making it the perfect place to unwind. 8 p.m.

Sat., March 10

Solve a murder mystery at THE DINNER DETECTIVE‘s Murder Mystery Dinner Show at HoteLumière at The Arch. Named the “best dinner show” in more than two dozen states, it also serves a true mystery with a four-course meal. Because performers in this comedic event mingle incognito with bona fide dinner guests, you’ll have no way of knowing whether someone at your table is plotting with the Grim Reaper to dispatch another attendee – until, that is, the dastardly deed takes place. The top detective wins a prize at the end of the evening. 6 to 9 p.m. Admission extremely limited. $54.95 plus tax and service fee.

Tue., March 6

The Novel Neighbor, a cozy bookstore in Webster Groves, hosts a SPRING BREAK COCKTAILS class. The store carries new adult and children’s books, as well as unique works from local artists. Matt and Beth Sorrell of Cocktails Are Go show attendees how to make such mixological classics as the kamikaze, amaretto sour and Long Island iced tea. $30. Advance registration required. 6 to 8 p.m.

Thu., March 8

The St. Louis Artists’ Guild holds the 2018 Emerson Young Artists’ Showcase – a juried, all-media exhibition of artwork created by high school students between 15 and 19 – starting with an OPENING RECEPTION. The showcase promotes the careers of the most talented young artists within 150 miles of the guild’s Clayton HQ, whom it has supported for more than 60 years. 5 to 8 p.m.

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Perennial, a nonprofit community workshop and store, hosts a RECLAIMED WOOD RING CLASS. Discover the art of turning wood into funky jewelry, and learn how to transform wood scraps into something beautiful and wearable. Participants learn how to use auger bits with a hand-cranked drill and a power drill, handsaws, files and a belt sander to cut and shape hardwood remnants into beautiful multifaceted rings. Make a unique piece for yourself or a gift for a fashionable friend! 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


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t. Louisan Bryan Robertson’s Superpower: Babylon (Gall-Peters Projection) explodes like an ocular grenade, a joyous cross between a Mills bomb and a kaleidoscope. To someone with an admittedly amateur eye, that digital collage of variable size, created last year, recalls the puckish pleasures of the so-called op art that throve most noticeably during the 1960s – although its embrace of bold colors and razor-sharp lines also (correctly or in-, according to the artist’s intent) recalls the abstract glories of the Dutch genius Piet Mondrian from decades earlier. “I’m primarily interested in collaged artworks and their ability to transform something that is ubiquitous into something unique,” Robertson notes. In this case, of course, the ubiquity involves latter-day logography, with the artist appropriating fragments of manifold logos from today’s media giants and jigsaw-puzzling them into a loose representation of North and Central America. To suggest the often-stultifying omnipresence of such logos, which effectively constitute societally sanctioned and governmentally condoned graffiti, Robertson likewise shows more than a dozen white arrows, some

partly or wholly obscured, radiating in all directions from the center of the image against a bright background of circles and vertical bars in colors ranging the spectrum. Reflecting the fact that the phrase Gall-Peters projection derives from the science of cartography, moreover, the work under examination may constitute a sly visual pun – the appropriated logos are all over the map. “I hijack well-known symbols from commercially produced products, places and services and use them as a kind of social hieroglyph,” Robertson states on his website, which also establishes his primary focus as “paint on canvas and digital imagery.” “Once under my creative control, they link personal experience into larger societal meta-narratives.” Robertson currently serves as an adjunct professor of art and design at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, roughly 40 miles south of Ladue. His credentials otherwise reveal that he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from the University of Washington in Seattle only two years ago. Notably, he just took part in a poster session at the 2018 conference of the New York-based College Art

By Bryan A. Hollerbach Image courtesy of Bryan Robertson

Association at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Feb. 21 to 24. Returning to Superpower: Babylon (Gall-Peters Projection), Robertson references an influential New York multimedia artist and a German painter: “Artists like Martha Rosler and Neo Rauch fascinate me with their ability to link personal experience with larger societal meta-narratives. Like these artists, it’s challenging to look at the tectonic plates that are always shifting within a given culture, but I try my hardest to find the fault lines. “This particular work uses a series of maps to convey the pressure that corporations place on workers, raw materials, national sovereignty and, ultimately, ideology.”

To learn more about our featured artist, visit St. Louis-area artists who wish to be considered for future installments of this monthly department of Ladue News should email inquiries to with “Art and Soul” in the subject line. | March 2, 2018   101

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These four aerial views of Washington University’s Danforth campus (with a fifth view, not shown) cover much of the south wall in a gallery at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.


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An exhibition in the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum documents more than a century of change at one of the area’s most prominent educational institutions. By Bryan a. Hollerbach Exhibition photos by sarah Conroy archive images supplied


ities are an immense laboratory of trial and error, failure and success, in city building and city design,” Jane Jacobs observes near the start of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, her landmark 1961 meditation on urban mutability – an observation ably illustrated by an exhibition now at Washington University in St. Louis. The university’s Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum opened that exhibition, “Transformative Visions: Washington University’s East End, Then and Now,” on Feb. 2. The exhibition will run until May 21. As “Transformative Visions” establishes on an introductory plaque, in 1895, the university – a mere 42 years after its founding, as Eliot Seminary – hired the esteemed Massachusetts firm of Olmsted, Olmsted & Eliot to study an undeveloped hilltop at St. Louis’ west edge and to present the first plan for what would become the university’s Danforth Campus. During the next several decades, manifold other architectural firms and architects contributed to the campus’ development, among them Fumihiko Maki, then a young assistant professor of architecture at the university, now an éminence grise in his field. To accompany the exhibition, on April 11, Eric Mumford – Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture at the university’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and one of three co-curators of “Transformative Visions” – will lecture on the near-nonagenarian Maki, who served as architect not only on the Kemper but also on the university’s Steinberg Hall (Maki’s first commission) and Walker Hall. | MArch 2, 2018


“Transformative Visions” at times focuses on the very structure housing it. For roughly a century, the university’s impressive art collection remained on loan to the Saint Louis Art Museum, where it “was then named the Washington University Gallery of Art,” according to one plaque in the exhibition. Linked, in 2004, to the Sam Fox School, the collection was renamed the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and, on Oct. 25, 2006, opened in its current location. The Kemper’s Garen Gallery – an oneiric space with creamy walls and a ceiling rising 30 or more feet – includes a number of exhibition curiosities, among them:  Two historic typescripts (one dating from 1899) relating to the topic and timeline of “Transformative Visions.”  An early-1900s salvaged wooden interior capital (structurally, the top of a column) the size of a compact refrigerator.  A 1934 bronze-and-marble plaque memorializing Gabriel Ferrand, the architectural professor who, in 1918, “developed the first dedicated east end plan,” according to a press release from the museum.  A 3-minute time-lapse video loop involving latter-day construction at the campus’ east edge – much of the north-to-south area from Forest Park Parkway to Forsyth Boulevard between Skinker Boulevard to the east and Brookings Hall to the west – with a trio of tower cranes seeming to mimic the herky-jerkiness of their avian pseudo-namesakes. Otherwise, the gallery’s 21 light gray, glass-topped cases display building elevations, sections and plans of various sorts, scale dioramas, photographs and renderings. Amusingly, one of the renderings – showing Thomas and Jennifer Hillman Hall, done by Santa Monica, California’s Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, with St. Louis’ own Mackey Mitchell Architects – exhibits such pleasing technique that it could be mistaken for a bona fide landscape in conté or colored pencil.

Along the south wall, however, dominating all else in the gallery is a quintet of aerial views of the campus, looming more than 7 feet off the floor, varying in width depending on the vantage and dating from the present, 2006, 1960, 1948 and 1927. Leslie Markle – the Kemper’s curator for public art, who co-curated this exhibition with Mumford and James Kolker, university architect and associate vice chancellor – reflects briefly on what might constitute the big takeaway for those viewing the sights of “Transformative Visions,” which involved a yearlong collaborative planning process. “I hope that visitors come away from the exhibition with a deeper sense of the history of the campus as a place, as well as some understanding of the dynamic between campus planning, building design and construction,” he says. When asked which component of the exhibition most impresses him personally, Markle mentions the first architects involved with the campus, in 1895, a firm whose lineage descended directly from the nation’s first landscape architecture business – which was founded by its principals’ father, Frederick Law Olmsted (also the father of American landscape architecture in many assessments). “The original 19th-century site plan drawings from the Olmsted firm are very impressive, in part because of the reputation and historical significance of the firm,” Markle says, “but also because they show the importance of landscape architectural design to the initial campus planning process.” Visitors to “Transformative Visions,” incidentally, may appreciate a small irony. The Kemper sits due south of the construction zone mentioned earlier – and the museum itself will close this summer for expansion and renovations, before reopening in the fall of 2019.

Bixby Hall, which houses the Sam Fox School.

Brookings Hall, which served as the 1904 world’s fair’s administrative center.

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 1 Brookings Drive, St. Louis, 314-935-4523, Above/below: one model, display cases and a column top from the early 1900s.


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"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


Call 314-426-2911

CA$H 4 OLD STUFF —Light Hauling— We cleanup, haul away &/or purchase: garage, estate & moving sales! Also, warehouse, business & storage locker leftovers! FAY FURNITURE 618-271-8200 AM



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Lawn Renovation & Winter Cleanup 314-243-6784






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GILLS • Stone Retaining Walls • Stump Grinding • Fully Insured

(636) 274-1378

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




314.993.1100 | 1335 South Lindbergh Boulevard | St. Louis, Missouri | 63131

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March 2, 2018  

Platinum List 2018 Award Winners. Strides in activewear, Fourlaps. Continuing to Blossom, Alex Waldbart Florist. On the Cover Variety the Ch...

March 2, 2018  

Platinum List 2018 Award Winners. Strides in activewear, Fourlaps. Continuing to Blossom, Alex Waldbart Florist. On the Cover Variety the Ch...