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AN EL MAYOR TEQUILA WORKSHOP Led by Tequila Ambassador Javier San Martin with Flamenco Guitarist Lliam Christy


MAX TEAM CEO & OWNER • DARIN SLYMAN PUBLISHER & OWNER • JAMES LESCH EDITOR • LAUREN HEALEY ART DIRECTOR • AUDREY SCHERER OUR CONTRIBUTORS ART: Matt Kile, Darin Slyman, Lauren Healey, Mark Moore, Suzy Gorman, Distillery Gonzáles Gonzáles, Schlafly, Caleb Mansfield, ADMPhotography, Gooda Photography, Robert Rohe, Ashley May, Great Rivers Greenway District, August, Logitech, Ecobee, Philips Hue TEXT: Lauren Healey, Darin Slyman, James Lesch, Caleb Mansfield, Rob Levy, Tina Farmer, Brandon Evans, Nick Statuto, Patrick Shaw, Lindsay Toler DESIGN: Audrey Scherer, Melanie Layer-Gaskell, Caleb Mansfield ADVISORY BOARD Douglas Hall Jake Hollander Aaron Park Amin Mohabbat Michael Powell Christopher Holt Patrick Shaw

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Austin Barzantny’s Redevelopment of the Central Corridor

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HGTV Star Jessie Miller’s 3 Tips to Update Your Bachelor Pad Tequila 101 With El Mayor Ambassador Javier San Martin Tech Gadgets To Maximize Your Home Life

TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S 7 Hi, I’m MAX


A Curated Man


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At-Home Workout



StL Sense of Style


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Food Roof Farm


‘Laws’ of Art


Sofar Sounds


Hop in the City


The Mighty Pines


Luxe Leather Goods

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Hi, I’m M A X... When I came back to St. Louis in early 2008, I wasn’t sure what to expect. After all, in the late ’90s, my friends and I would drive from Wildwood to the Loop, high five and holler, “Downtown is awesome!” It’s safe to say my knowledge of the city was lacking — so limited that, as soon as I could, I moved to the West Coast. It was there I became passionate about sustainable construction and architecture. Then, one day, I came across an article on St. Louis’s burgeoning “green” building industry. I knew I wanted to be a part of it, so I packed my car and made the trip back. In January of 2008, I joined my family’s real estate company. Once back, I fell hard for a city I never really knew. St. Louis is full of quaint neighborhoods, walk-able districts, corner stores, old-growth trees, streetcar boulevards and historic architecture. Our housing is one-of-a-kind; however, it was the people that stuck with me most. I’ve met many passionate people rebuilding communities through nonprofits, arts incubators, small business or personal sacrifice for the love of community. Homegrown or transplants, people fall in love with St. Louis. Our real estate market has seen an impressive turnaround as residents drive community development one house at a time, neighborhood by neighborhood. The market has never been better in Tower Grove South, Shaw, Central West End, Soulard and Lafayette Square, just to name a few. Inner ring suburbs are booming too. Competition is strong in Clayton, University City, Webster Groves, Kirkwood, Crestwood and Sunset Hills. Whether investing in a two- or four-family flat, live/work storefront or buying your first or second home, St. Louis provides a unique opportunity for everyone. With low rates, now is the time to look into that Greek revival, Italianate, Gothic revival, shotgun or flounder house, Tudor, arts and crafts, prairie, colonial revival or Victorian for which you’ve been pining. In the 10 years I’ve been back, I’ve immersed myself in various organizations in the performing arts, civic progress and education spaces. Some of my favorites include United 4 Children, Jazz St. Louis, St. Louis Actors’ Studio, GlobalHack, Loop, Progress 64 West and the Baden Enrichment Center. I’ve also started my own real estate firm, Complete Street Real Estate, and coach a 16U baseball team. You can find me around town with my Labradoodle, Sophie — sorry, had to mention her or I’d be the one in the doghouse. I am Patrick Shaw, managing broker, Complete Street Real Estate. I am MAX.



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@ MaximizeStL We love St. Louis and want to know why you do too. MAX has been found all across the city, from downtown to the Central West End, the Hill and beyond. Use #MaximizeStL and #MAXStL for the chance to have your images shared in the magazine. There are so many great things happening around St. Louis, we can’t fit it all in the print magazine. Check out our website to see what else is going on in our beautiful city.

From Wall to Wall: A Living Architectural Legacy in St. Louis

BookFest St. Louis Slated For Sept. 21-23 in the Central West End

Fit and Food Connection Revolutionizes Health in North City, County




We’re building St. Louis’s best events calendar based on our founders’ years of experience hosting and promoting some of Missouri’s most memorable parties. Each issue features a list of must-attend events. Consider this our contribution to eradicating FOMO. All info from event webpages.


Mr. Brightside Sing-Along | Soulard | See web for time Prior to the Cardinals game, join a group singing “Mr. Brightside” by the Killers in the streets of Soulard during a pub crawl.


8th Annual Garlic Fest | Carondelet Park Boathouse | Noon Get your antioxidant fix during this celebration of all things garlic featuring vendors and entertainment.


2017 Irish County Fair | St. James the Greater | Noon The event will feature live Irish music, Irish dancers, food, games and Irish gifts from different vendors.


Science Uncorked | Saint Louis Science Center | 7 p.m. Learn how wine is distilled with demonstrations, wine and spirit tastings, small plates and live music.

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Kirkwood Greentree Festival | Kirkwood Park Featuring several local bands, vendor booths and educational activities, this annual community festival appeals to all ages.


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Tinderbox Circus Sideshow | Crack Fox | 8 p.m. “Classic carnival entertainment with a modern punk rock attitude and a dirty south appeal.”

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Strange Folk Festival | Location TBA


This event features local bands, food and drinks as well as unique vendors ranging from artists to curatorial vintage dealers.

Mud Run | Battlegrounds at Cedar Lake | 8 a.m. Test your strength with this five-mile run featuring over 30 obstacles.




Crywolf | The Ready Room | 8 p.m. Enjoy the alternative electronica sounds of Crywolf, also known as Justin Taylor Phillips, a producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist.



Deborah Cox is not scheduled to perform at the Sat. Matinee, Thur. Matinee & Sun. evening performances Southern Uprising Tour | Family Arena | 5:30 p.m. Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels Band, Marshall Tucker Band and more come together for a night of Southern-style music.

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Jessie Miller Designs Mix Fresh Aesthetic With Deep Respect for St. Louis’s History BY TINA FARMER ART DARIN SLYMAN, JESSIE D. MILLER DESIGN St. Louis native Jessie Miller may be best known to locals as the “design daredevil” who competed on the eighth season of HGTV’s “Design Star” and earned rave reviews for her work on the “White Room Challenge.” Miller’s professional experience spans design, construction and development and emphasizes creativity and the application of an artistic eye to every project. She’s also built a strong social media following and been featured in numerous publications, including Elle Décor and Huffington Post. Her time in L.A. was inspirational and affirming, but she realized the city was not calling to her like St. Louis. Born in Michigan, Miller grew up in St. Charles County and went

Living in St. Louis provides her constant inspiration as well. “The

to the University of Missouri (Mizzou). Fresh out of college, she

Saint Louis Art Museum and the Missouri History Museum are

began working in residential real estate with a focus on urban lofts

incredible structures. You can admire their beauty almost as much

and luxury condos downtown. When the real estate market crashed

as the exhibits; that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” she notes with a

a decade ago, she briefly worked as a waitress, a humbling and

sense of pride. Miller goes on to mention the quality and dedication

grounding experience that cemented her commitment to design.

of the artisans and innovators working in St. Louis. She embraces

Since launching her own company five years ago, her sole focus has

innovation and finding new solutions — as long as they actually

been design and transformation. Her finely tuned eye helps her spot

work for her clients — but she’s equally appreciative of the aesthetic

both quality art and antiques, and she loves that she can frequently

traditions of the city.

find the perfect anchor element or statement piece just a few miles from her home in the Central West End.

“St. Louis is rich in architecture and design, which can be a blessing and a unique challenge, and trust is very important when suggesting

Today, Miller is in demand and busy working on custom homes

change,” Miller explains. She looks to find the “soul” of a space and

and large-scale remodels, and she genuinely enjoys the experiences

bring it to life. “An important part of what I do is guide my clients

and relationships that come from these longer-term projects. “First

to solutions that really strike a personal chord with them.” After

and foremost, spaces are 3-D,” she begins. “I want to engage all

considering their tastes and needs, she narrows the options to pro-

the senses, but I also need to consider all the variables. Material

vide choices without overwhelming anyone. “My goal is exceeding

selection is important here because we get all types of weather in St.

their expectations in a way that makes them say, ‘This is so me, only

Louis. You want to ensure you’re delivering quality that holds up.”

better,’” she says. “That’s when all the effort pays off.”


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3 Trends to Update Your Bachelor Pad Do not buy matching furniture sets — ever. Every single one of my bachelor clients has come with the ever-present, all-matching furniture set. The headboard, nightstands and dresser — often with the accompanying attached mirror (ugh) — proudly crammed into his bedroom, regardless if they all properly fit into the space or if any of the drawers are actually being used.

it should be two-thirds to three-fourths the width of the wall. If hanging over a piece of furniture such as a sofa or console table, it should be three-fourths the width of the piece of furniture and hang 6 to 12 inches above the top. Orientation is also important; vertical pieces look best on tall, narrow walls while horizontal walls look best with landscapes.

Gentleman: Please stop. This is the furniture version of dressing yourself in Garanamals.

Scale is everything.

At all times, have a sexy bar set up. Get rid of your Cancun shot glasses from spring break 2014, college homecoming beer steins and the engraved flask you received from

Let’s be honest: If a single guy has anything hung on his walls,

being in your cousin’s wedding. On a bar cart or side table, set up

that’s a step in the right direction. But where they almost always go

an adult bar with several different styles of matching glassware sets

wrong is scale: Size does matter. When selecting a piece or art, the

— bonus points for vintage barware — a variety of premium liquors

bigger the better, especially with contemporary or modern art for

and mixers as well as red and white wine. And always have fresh

maximum impact. If the piece is being hung on a focal wall alone,

lemons and limes on hand for impromptu guests. Cheers!


‘Laws’ of art


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Finding At-Home Expression on a Budget BY CALEB MANSFIELD ART SUZY GORMAN If you’re looking to make your space feel more like a home than just a place to lay your head, St. Louis native and art aficionado Jacob Laws can help. His early experience with art, interaction with the art community and passion for personality represent what it means to own your space — and it doesn’t have to be monetarily restricting. “Art is a reflection of the person that lives in the space. It’s your sanctuary [and] a visual representation of what you respond to; that cultivates your personal style,” says Laws, whose experience has landed him on the junior board at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis. “First, I would suggest doing your own research. If you want to start collecting, when you see a piece and it interests you, research that.” Laws, an art connoisseur from a young age, has since accumulated a collection of intimate pieces, but he is aware that some collectors are just beginning. In order to start a collection, it takes a bit of knowledge to train your brain into understanding what works well together and is a reflection of your own style. “When you don’t know the market, it’s easy to fall for things just because they’re buzzed about. I recommend you learn about art and artists so the choices become your own. When you invest in something, that is your choice and you actually respond to it. When you know it feels good, then you really can’t go wrong investing in a piece, even if it’s $100.” It’s imperative to not rush when buying art. “Collect slowly; art should be curated as opposed to taking more of a rushed, decorative approach,” says Laws, who believes a collection takes time to build. “It can take years to get an art collection together.” Laws suggests art should be dispersed throughout a house equally. “I don’t think there should be one space that’s art heavy and then a space that is devoid of art. I’ve never followed the rule of thumb that art belongs in a specific space.” He also mentions that if you decide a piece is outdated in your house, store it away and rotate pieces to keep your house looking fresh. “It should be a piece you inevitably want to bring back out.” For anyone wondering where to start, Laws recommends looking no further than the River City. “In St. Louis, we have great brick-and-mortar art institutions that are available to all; visit these places. I would recommend joining a young patrons group. Becoming a Young Friends member at the Saint Louis Art Museum is also a great place; a membership is invaluable.” Laws explains it’s the community — specifically the art following in St. Louis — that can truly help a newbie learn what is important when choosing art. “When you go to [Contemporary Art Museum Young Friends events], it’s casual and approachable. It’s a great way to start dialog with other young collectors,” he says, adding these events also help to develop a relationship with art, the community and learn your own personal artistic style.


TRIUMEQ is a once-a-day pill used to treat HIV-1. In some people, TRIUMEQ should not be used by itself. Take TRIUMEQ exactly as your healthcare provider tells you. APPROVED USES TRIUMEQ is a prescription HIV-1 (Human Immunodeficiency Virus-type 1) medicine used alone or with other antiretroviral medicines to treat HIV-1 infection in adults. HIV-1 is the virus that causes AIDS. TRIUMEQ is not for use by itself in people who have or have had resistance to abacavir, dolutegravir, or lamivudine. TRIUMEQ should not be used in children under the age of 18. TRIUMEQ does not cure HIV-1 or AIDS. You must keep taking HIV-1 medicines to control HIV-1 infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION What is the most important information I should know about TRIUMEQ? TRIUMEQ can cause serious side effects, including: • Serious allergic reactions (hypersensitivity reaction) that can cause death have happened with TRIUMEQ and other abacavir-containing products. Your risk of this allergic reaction to abacavir is much higher if you have a gene variation called HLA-B*5701. Your healthcare provider can determine with a blood test if you have this gene variation. If you get symptoms from 2 or more of the following groups while taking TRIUMEQ, call your healthcare provider right away: 1. fever; 2. rash; 3. nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain; 4. generally ill feeling, extreme tiredness, or achiness; 5. shortness of breath, cough, or sore throat. Your pharmacist will give you a Warning Card with a list of these symptoms. Carry this Warning Card with you at all times. If you stop taking TRIUMEQ because of an allergic reaction, never take TRIUMEQ or any other abacavir- or dolutegravir-containing medicines again. If you have an allergic reaction, dispose of any unused TRIUMEQ. Ask your pharmacist how to properly dispose of medicines. If you take TRIUMEQ or any other abacavir-containing medicine again after you have had an allergic reaction, within hours you may get life-threatening symptoms that may include very low blood pressure or death. If you stop TRIUMEQ for any other reason, even for a few days, and you are not allergic to TRIUMEQ, talk with your healthcare provider before taking it again. Taking TRIUMEQ again can cause a serious allergic or life-threatening reaction, even if you never had an allergic reaction to it before. If your healthcare provider tells you that you can take TRIUMEQ again, start taking it when you are around medical help or people who can call a healthcare provider if you need one. • A buildup of acid in your blood (lactic acidosis). Lactic acidosis can happen in some people who take TRIUMEQ. This serious medical emergency can cause death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you feel very weak or tired; have unusual muscle pain; have trouble breathing; have stomach pain with nausea and vomiting; feel cold, especially in your arms and legs; feel dizzy/light-headed; or have a fast/irregular heartbeat. • Serious liver problems can happen in people who take TRIUMEQ. In some cases, these serious liver problems can lead to death. You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or serious liver problems if you are female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking nucleoside analogue medicines for a long time. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any of the following signs or symptoms: • yellow skin, or the white part of the eyes turns yellow (jaundice); dark urine; light-colored stools; loss of appetite for several days or longer; nausea; pain, aching, or tenderness on the right side of your stomach area • Worsening of hepatitis B virus in people who have HIV-1 infection. If you have HIV-1 and hepatitis B virus (HBV), your HBV may get worse (flare-up) if you stop taking TRIUMEQ. A “flare-up” is when your HBV suddenly returns in a worse way than before. Worsening liver disease can be serious and may lead to death. Do not stop taking TRIUMEQ without first talking to your healthcare provider, so he or she can monitor your health. • Resistant hepatitis B virus. If you have HIV-1 and hepatitis B, the hepatitis B virus can change (mutate) during your treatment with TRIUMEQ and become harder to treat (resistant). ©2017 ViiV Healthcare group of companies. All rights reserved. Printed in USA. 821418R0 May 2017


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• Use with interferon and ribavirin-based regimens. If you’re taking TRIUMEQ and interferon, with or without ribavirin, tell your healthcare provider about any new symptoms. Worsening of liver disease that has caused death has happened in people infected with both HIV-1 and hepatitis C who were taking antiretroviral medicines and interferon. Who should not take TRIUMEQ? • Do not take TRIUMEQ if you: • have the HLA-B*5701 gene variation • are allergic to abacavir, dolutegravir, or any of the ingredients in TRIUMEQ • take dofetilide (Tikosyn®) • have liver or kidney problems What are other possible side effects of TRIUMEQ? • People with a history of hepatitis B or C virus may have an increased risk of developing new or worsening changes in certain liver tests during treatment with TRIUMEQ. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your liver function before and during treatment with TRIUMEQ. • When you start taking HIV-1 medicines, your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections that have been hidden in your body for a long time. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you start having new symptoms after you start taking TRIUMEQ. • Changes in body fat distribution can happen in people who take HIV-1 medicines. • Some HIV-1 medicines, including TRIUMEQ, may increase your risk of heart attack. The most common side effects of TRIUMEQ include: trouble sleeping, headache, tiredness These are not all the possible side effects of TRIUMEQ. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking TRIUMEQ? • Before you take TRIUMEQ, tell your healthcare provider if you: • have been tested and know whether or not you have a gene variation called HLA-B*5701 • have or have had liver problems, including hepatitis B or C infection; have kidney problems; have heart problems, smoke, or have diseases that increase your risk of heart disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes; drink alcohol or take medicines that contain alcohol • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if TRIUMEQ will harm your unborn baby • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you take TRIUMEQ • You should not take TRIUMEQ if you also take: • abacavir (EPZICOM®, TRIZIVIR®, or ZIAGEN®) • lamivudine (COMBIVIR®, DutrebisTM, EPIVIR®, EPIVIR-HBV®, EPZICOM, or TRIZIVIR) • emtricitabine (Emtriva®, Atripla®, Complera®, Stribild®, or Truvada®) Important Safety Information continued on next page

Peter Diagnosed with HIV in 2015

Garland Diagnosed with HIV in 2016

Leo Diagnosed with HIV in 2003

Jeannette Diagnosed with HIV in 2011

• Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines (for example, antacids or laxatives; vitamins such as iron or calcium supplements; anti-seizure medicines; other medicines to treat HIV-1, hepatitis, or tuberculosis; metformin; or methadone), vitamins, and herbal supplements (for example, St. John’s wort). Some medicines interact with TRIUMEQ. Keep a list of your medicines to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist. Do not start taking a new medicine without telling your healthcare provider. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Please see Important Facts about TRIUMEQ on the following pages.

Jack Diagnosed with HIV in 2010

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TRIUMEQ® may cause serious side effects, including: • Serious allergic reactions (hypersensitivity reaction) that can cause death have happened with TRIUMEQ and other abacavircontaining products. Your risk of this allergic reaction to abacavir is much higher if you have a gene variation called HLA-B*5701. Your healthcare provider can determine with a blood test if you have this gene variation. If you get symptoms from 2 or more of the following groups while taking TRIUMEQ, call your healthcare provider right away: 1. fever; 2. rash; 3. nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain; 4. generally ill feeling, extreme tiredness, or achiness; 5. shortness of breath, cough, or sore throat. A list of these symptoms is on the Warning Card your pharmacist gives you. Carry this Warning Card with you at all times. • If you stop taking TRIUMEQ because of an allergic reaction, never take TRIUMEQ or any other abacavir- or dolutegravircontaining medicines again. If you have an allergic reaction, dispose of any unused TRIUMEQ. Ask your pharmacist how to properly dispose of medicines. If you take TRIUMEQ or any other abacavir-containing medicine again after you have had an allergic reaction, within hours you may get life-threatening symptoms that may include very low blood pressure or death. If you stop TRIUMEQ for any other reason, even for a few days, and you are not allergic to TRIUMEQ, talk with your healthcare provider before taking it again. Taking TRIUMEQ again can cause a serious allergic or life-threatening reaction, even if you never had an allergic reaction to it before. If your healthcare provider tells you that you can take TRIUMEQ again, start taking it when you are around medical help or people who can call a healthcare provider if you need one. • Build-up of lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency that can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: feeling very weak or tired, unusual muscle pain, trouble breathing, stomach pain with nausea or vomiting, feeling cold (especially in your arms and legs), feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or a fast or irregular heartbeat. • Serious liver problems, which in some cases can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice), dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools (bowel movements), loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach pain on the right side. You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or severe liver problems if you are female, very overweight, or have been taking nucleoside analogues for a long time. • Worsening of Hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you have both HIV-1 and HBV, your HBV may suddenly get worse if you stop taking TRIUMEQ. Do not stop taking TRIUMEQ without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health regularly for several months. • Resistant HBV. If you have HIV-1 and HBV, the HBV can change (mutate) while you’re on TRIUMEQ and become harder to treat (resistant). • Use with interferon and ribavirin-based regimens. Worsening of liver disease that has caused death has happened in people infected with both HIV-1 and hepatitis C virus who are taking antiretroviral medicines and are also being treated for hepatitis C with interferon with or without ribavirin. If you are taking TRIUMEQ and interferon with or without ribavirin, tell your HCP if you have any new symptoms.

• TRIUMEQ is a prescription HIV-1 medicine used alone or with other antiretroviral medicines to treat HIV-1 infection in adults. TRIUMEQ is not for use by itself in people who have or have had resistance to abacavir, dolutegravir, or lamivudine. TRIUMEQ should not be used in children under the age of 18. • TRIUMEQ does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. You must keep taking HIV-1 medicines to control HIV-1 infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses.

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DO NOT TAKE TRIUMEQ IF YOU • have a certain type of gene variation called the HLA-B*5701 allele. Your HCP will test you for this before prescribing treatment with TRIUMEQ. • are allergic to abacavir, dolutegravir, or any of the ingredients in TRIUMEQ. See the full Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in TRIUMEQ. • take dofetilide (Tikosyn®). Taking TRIUMEQ and dofetilide (Tikosyn) can cause side effects that may be life-threatening. • have liver or kidney problems. • If you also take: abacavir (EPZICOM, TRIZIVIR, or ZIAGEN); lamivudine (COMBIVIR®, DutrebisTM, EPIVIR®, EPIVIR-HBV®, EPZICOM, or TRIZIVIR); emtricitabine (Atripla®, Complera®, Emtriva®, Stribild®, or Truvada®).

BEFORE TAKING TRIUMEQ Tell your healthcare provider if you: • have been tested and know if you have a particular gene variation called HLA-B*5701. • have or had any kidney or liver problems, including hepatitis B or C virus infection. • have heart problems, smoke, or have diseases that increase your risk of heart disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. • drink alcohol or take medicines that contain alcohol. • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if TRIUMEQ will harm your unborn baby. • are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you have HIV-1 because of the risk of passing HIV-1 to your baby. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take: • Keep a list that includes all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist. • Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should not be taken with TRIUMEQ. Do not start taking a new medicine without telling your healthcare provider.

IMPORTANT FACTS (cont’d) MEDICINES THAT MIGHT INTERACT WITH TRIUMEQ • antacids, laxatives, or other medicines that contain aluminum, magnesium, sucralfate (Carafate®), or buffered medicines. TRIUMEQ should be taken at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after you take these medicines. • iron or calcium supplements taken by mouth may be taken at the same time with TRIUMEQ if taken with food. Otherwise, TRIUMEQ should be taken at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after you take these medicines. • anti-seizure medicines: oxcarbazepine (Trileptal®), phenytoin (Dilantin®, Dilantin®-125, Phenytek®), phenobarbital, carbamazepine (Carbatrol®, Equetro®, Tegretol®, Tegretol®-XR, Teril®, Epitol®). • any other medicine to treat HIV-1, medicines used to treat hepatitis virus infections (such as interferon or ribavirin), a medicine that contains metformin, methadone, rifampin (Rifater ®, Rifamate ®, Rimactane ®, Rifadin®), St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum).

These are not all the possible side effects of TRIUMEQ. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any new symptoms while taking TRIUMEQ. Your healthcare provider will need to do tests to monitor your health before and during treatment with TRIUMEQ. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

GET MORE INFORMATION • Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist. • Go to or call 1-877-844-8872, where you can also get FDA-approved product labeling. COMBIVIR, EPIVIR, EPZICOM, TIVICAY, TRIUMEQ, TRIZIVIR, and ZIAGEN are registered trademarks of the ViiV Healthcare group of companies. EPIVIR-HBV is a registered trademark of the GSK group of companies.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF TRIUMEQ TRIUMEQ can cause serious side effects including: • See “What is the most important information about TRIUMEQ?” section • Changes in liver tests • Changes in your immune system • Changes in body fat distribution • Some HIV-1 medicines including TRIUMEQ may increase your risk of heart attack. The most common side effects of TRIUMEQ are: trouble sleeping, headache, and tiredness. (cont’d)

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TEQUILA TRAINING WHEELS BY LAUREN HEALEY ART DISTILLERY GONZÁLES GONZÁLES Tequila is North America’s oldest spirit and has been around longer than Mexico has been a country, according to El Mayor Tequila Ambassador Javier San Martin. The popular liquor began as fermented agave, which may be thought of as agave wine. Although there are over 200 registered types of agave, all tequila is produced from one specific type: agave tequilana or Weber blue, as it is called in the U.S. The blue agave grew in abundance in Central Mexico, and the natives of that area had discovered a way to ferment its juice; however, they did not have the technology to distill, San Martin says. “When the Spanish came in, they introduced a way to distill,” he explains. “It was a meeting of both cultures, and that’s how tequila was born.” In 1974, the Mexican government set aside land strictly for the legal production of tequila. “They created a denomination of origin, which makes tequila production legal in five [Mexico] states,” he says, adding the most important of the five is Jalisco, which accounts for at least 90 percent of tequila production. “The Cuervo family settled in Central Mexico from Spain back in the 1700s, and the second generation of the Cuervo family received the first license to begin distilling tequila in 1795.”


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Agave takes anywhere from seven to 15 years to grow to full maturity for harvest, a process that is done by hand for El Mayor. After the best agave plants are selected, “jimadors” remove all the leaves from the plants. Then, to create fermentable sugars, the hearts of the agave, “piñas,” are cooked in stainless steel ovens for 24 hours; however, throughout tequila’s history, people have used adobe ovens, clay ovens or masonry brick ovens. “At that point, you’re ready to press and juice the tequila,” San Martin says. “We go through a four-step miller that’s basically a pressure mill. We collect all of that juice in a tank, and that’s what we ferment.” Yeast is added to the juice for the fermentation process. “The yeast is alive, and it eats the sugars and creates alcohol,” San Martin explains. “At that point, you’re left with agave wine and can begin the distillation process [in which El Mayor and Exotico] use copper-lined pot stills. When you distill it twice, the heart of the distillation is called blanco, [which may be aged up to 59 days].” Tequila blanco is then aged to produce three subcategories: reposado, aged two months to a year; añejo, aged one to three years; and extra añejo, aged over three years. “The longer tequila is aged, the darker its color becomes as it picks up the [color and flavor] notes from the oak barrels,” he says, explaining that aging tequila rounds out the flavor and makes it smoother. San Martin says consumers tend to enjoy blanco in margaritas and chilled shots. “The other three are great in cocktails, but they tend to not taste as good in margaritas because they’re not as citrusy or light [as blanco],” he says. “People tend to use reposado in cocktails such as tequila and club soda or tequila on the rocks. Añejo is usually served neat or in an Old Fashioned. We recommend serving extra añejo neat.” As for certain tequilas causing worse hangovers than others, San Martin explains, quality has much more effect than color. “The better the spirit, the more often you remove the heads and tails [during distillation] and keep more of the heart. The heads and tails have more ethanol and methanol, which can be harmful. A handcrafted brand will have more of the heart.” By law, tequila has to be made from 51 percent blue agave; the other 49 percent may come from any other fermentable sugar source such as molasses, corn syrup and cane sugar. “If a brand only uses 51 percent agave, the other 49 percent comes from things like corn syrup. You can imagine that may give you more of a hangover [than El Mayor or Exotico], which are 100 percent blue agave.” The Distillery Gonzáles Gonzáles — “a family distillery spanning three generations,” according to Exotico’s website — produces both El Mayor and Exotico tequilas from 100 percent estate-grown, family-owned Mexican agave. “Simply being able to say we’re Mexican family-owned and -operated is a big deal these days,” he says.

POLOMA 2 ounces tequila blanco 2 ounces grapefruit juice 2 ounces club soda 1 ounce lime juice Grapefruit or lime wedge Moisten rim of glass with lime or grapefruit wedge, dip rim in salt, and then fill glass with ice. Fill cocktail shaker with ice, then add liquid ingredients. Strain into glass, then garnish with lime or grapefruit wedge. Meet Javier San Martin during MAX Lab: El Mayor Tequila at 6 p.m. Sept. 27, at Food Roof Farm.


Music Schedule 11 a.m. to noon The Foggy Memory Boys will play bluegrass to get the tasting started. 12:30-1:30 p.m. The Loot Rock Gang performs acoustic blues, roots and Americana music with

19th Annual Hop in the City

dual vocal harmonies.

Saturday, Sept. 16

Jon Bonham and Friends provide juke

Schlafly Tap Room

joint Americana, country and blues.

2100 Locust Street 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $35 in advance; $40 at the door


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2-3 p.m.

3:30-5 p.m. The Funky Butt Brass Band closes out the event with — you guessed it — funk.


Schlafly’s Hop in the City: A taste of what’s to come

BY BRANDON EVANS ART COURTESY OF SCHLAFLY Many beers are only produced seasonally, so you may occasionally

for both the spectacle and limited tastings. In addition, the event

find yourself longing for a taste of the perfect coffee stout that only

will have plenty of festival fare to help battle beer-induced hunger,

hits the shelves between November and March; other times, you

and there will be live music from four local bands. For attendees

may yearn for a delicious summery Raspberry Hefeweizen or maybe

who are looking to maximize their festival experience, Schlafly has

something in between those two flavors. Offering an opportunity

partnered with St. Louis-based Lodging Hospitality Management to

to satisfy those cravings, Schlafly Beer produces Hop in the City, a

offer “Hop Hotel Rooms.” For more information, visit

one-day event offering a palatable plethora of beer samplings — 40

styles and six specialty brews to be exact. One of St. Louis’s popular brews, Schlafly Beer is the brand for Hop in the City, the brand’s largest beer festival, will return Sat-

which Saint Louis Brewery — “Missouri’s largest locally owned

urday, Sept. 16, at the Schlafly Tap Room. For an entry fee, beer

independent brewery,” according to its website — produces its

aficionados and amateur drinkers alike get a golden ticket to the

beers. Brewing began in 1991 with the goal of making fantastic beer

beers of Schlafly. It’s a magical day during which all the seasonal

in a great atmosphere. That year, the brewery established the Schla-

beers, special releases and, of course, the core beers are available.

fly Tap Room in downtown St. Louis, which was notable for being

Attendees will receive a sampling glass to take with them to several

the first new brewpub to open in Missouri since before Prohibition.

different tents set up in the parking area of the Tap Room; each

Since then, Schlafly has grown to become a popular brewery. Even

tent will offer select styles of beer. One tent will hold the full-bod-

though the company has experienced tremendous growth, Schlafly

ied stouts, another will offer the robust and hoppy Irish pale ales

has stayed right here in StL and continues to gift a large chunk of

(IPAs), and yet another will have the traditional ales and lagers. To

America — primarily within 300 miles to preserve freshness and

help navigate the beers and keep track of which have been tasted

reduce carbon footprint — with some of the tastiest and most

and which are yet to be experienced, attendees also receive a lanyard

satisfying beers.

with an informative card detailing all available beers and locations. Not only do you get to enjoy the drinks, you also get to play your

Since the brewery’s inception, the brewers have kept one goal in

very own game of beer-sampling bingo.

mind: Produce beers that are enjoyable to drink. To this day, the pursuit of that goal is evident. Schlafly prides itself on allowing

Not to be missed is the appearance of Schlafly founding brewer Ste-

the resident brewers to showcase their brewing experience while

phen Hale, who will don a variety of fun costumes while manning

chasing their creativity. This mashup of beer-brewing knowhow and

the gong. When the gong is struck, it will signal the availability of

outside-the-barrel thinking springs forth inspired special release

special tappings. The special tappings are incredibly limited supplies

beers such as the Double Bean Blonde ale with impressively rich

of brewer imagination. Once a special keg runs dry, the gong is hit

chocolate and coffee undertones in a surprisingly light ale; this is

and that fleeting flavor is replaced by the next special tapping until

just one of more than 50 unique beer styles brewed.

all six are exhausted. These tappings always draw a line of samplers




FALL 2017



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Gadgets Geared to Maximize Your Home BY CALEB MANSFIELD ART CALEB MANSFIELD, AUGUST, LOGITECH, ECOBEE, PHILIPS HUE In order to maximize your most efficient home, MAX has compiled a short list of tech gadgets that make life easier. Whether you’re busy and need something to ease your stress or like to take it slow and need a way to help kick back, these items are the best in-home gadgets for the job.

If you haven’t yet used or heard of Alexa, you’re missing out. Welcome to the world of cloud technology that consistently updates to make life easier. Alexa is voice controlled and can perform many tasks. From ordering groceries to playing your favorite music, and much more, Alexa makes life easier at home. Not only is it constantly updating, but if you ask, it can keep you updated too. The following is a list of gadgets that work in conjunction with Alexa.

Between a virtual key that doesn’t have to be replicated at the locksmith and the ability

Not only can you save on energy with lighting, but with the

If you forget to turn off your

from anywhere in the world,

Ease-of-access, control from

Ecobee smart thermostat you

lights, Philips Hue makes it

the August Smart Locks are

anywhere in your house, and

can also save energy by con-

easy to turn them off from

changing the face of home

interconnectedness throughout

trolling your heating and cool-

anywhere with remote controls

security. Having a friend house

house systems are just a few

ing with the best technology on

and an app that allows the

sit? Even they can be granted a

perks of the Harmony system

the market. With a mobile app,

user to change the light colors,

virtual key while you’re gone,

designed by Logitech. Using

the ability to connect to Alexa

dim the lights and turn them

and you can remove it as soon

the remote, you can easily guide

directly through the product,

off from anywhere. The LED

as you’re back. The tracking

through quick access buttons

and a speaker that is controlled

bulbs alone are energy-efficient,

system allows you to know

that control lighting, thermo-

through Alexa and your voice

which makes the stress of ener-

who has been coming and

stat, devices and other import-

or app, convenience is Ecobee’s

gy cost dissipate. Also, updates

going. You can even lock and

ant household items. It’s easy to

most notable attribute. It can

to the system are continuous-

unlock doors and check secu-

navigate and the best part is it’s

even detect when you enter

ly done to ensure the most

rity using Alexa. Security made

right in the palm of your hand.

any room in the house to con-

dependency from your system.

safer and simpler.

Connect to everything you need

trol the temperature without

Alexa can be used to control

with effortlessness.

human interference.

the system as well.

to access cameras and security


Brick By Brick

Austin Barzantny's Redevelopment of the Central Corridor


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BY ROB LEVY ART MATT KILE STYLING ANNIE HEYWARD At a time when St. Louisans associate empty buildings with empty promises, Austin Barzantny is making a statement. The president of Grove Properties, Barzantny is turning the dilapidated into development by helping to transform the city’s central corridor into bustling localities where residents can live, work and play. A St. Louis native, Barzantny caught the real estate and development bug as a child after becoming fascinated with St. Louis’s local architecture. With preservation in his pedigree, Barzantny was driven to develop, preserve and modernize forgotten building spaces for generations to come. Since its inception over a decade ago, his development and property management company has been responsible for reviving over 50 buildings in the central corridor, neighborhoods he calls home. As he points out, this connection to his stomping grounds guides him both professionally and spiritually. “This is where I live; these are the neighborhoods I know and love. From a real estate perspective, I know the market there and like to stick with the areas I’m most familiar with: the Central West End, the Grove, the area near the medical complexes and Cortex. For me, developing this region also makes smart business sense because Forest Park Southeast is a newer historic district, which makes its properties eligible for tax incentives for restoration.” Despite the voices of naysayers, Barzantny has amassed a career developing properties in the central corridor, enabling him to become a prolific figure in the area, both as a working professional and a resident. The realtor reflected on his success. “With development, you learn by doing it. It’s very tough to earn or study this business with a textbook. Friends thought I was crazy buying property in Forest Park Southeast and the Grove 10 years ago, but I saw the opportunity of location being close to the park, the medical center and on the central 40/64 corridor. Others thought there was no way I could get a new condominium project out of the ground in St. Louis when everyone else is doing apartments, but living here, I saw a need for new, modern, contemporary housing for people to be able to own, not just rent.” Barzantny’s passion for building community is another aspect of his success. “I love seeing people move into a home or apartment that, just a few years before, may have been falling down,” he says. “It’s exciting to see the economic impact of your projects on the individual as well as the area surrounding it. Development and preservation create jobs in the short term and offer long-term economic benefits to the city.”



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Grove Properties is currently in the midst of its most ambitious project to date, the 4101 Laclede Building, which is being built in partnership with Atrium Development. With an illustrious career marked with continued progress, the forward-thinking developer commented on his passion for transforming derelict spaces. “There’s no better feeling than seeing the transformation of a distressed building or vacant land into a functional and productive piece of property. Real estate development is about taking calculated risk and minimizing it and that risk and adventure it creates along the way.” In a city where it is always construction season, Barzantny commented on the challenges and benefits he’s dealt with throughout his career. “I think the first obstacle in any type of development is financing both with the banker and on the investor side. It’s also important to find good contractors. For me, I’ve been lucky that the city, the aldermen and the communities that I work in have not been an obstacle at all; they’ve been great to work with.” Although Barzantny has spent time living in other cities, his civic pride for his birthplace has never waned. His love and appreciation for St. Louis’s architectural legacy and the potential for future development excites him. “St. Louis has so much to


offer as a city. I am driven by the opportunity it affords me to put those qualities in the best light and bring new and exciting components to current residents and new transplants. As a resident of the Central West End, I saw the need for sleek, modern residences that spoke to a modern population that is moving back into the city after years of retreating to the county.� Despite his enthusiasm, Barzantny is aware of the abundance of abandoned buildings in the city; however, he believes St. Louis is in a good position to better itself for development. “After many years of people preferring suburban living, interest in a more urban environment that offers walkability and convenience is on the rise. We have to continue to attract more people to our urban environment by focusing on our strengths, beautiful parks, public institutions and the vibrancy and diversity of our city and its booming technology district.�


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Austin Around Town Cardinals or Blues? Cardinals

Must-see StL building? Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Go-to breakfast food? I don’t eat breakfast.

Pick-me-up food? Coffee

Must-watch TV show? I like binge-watching Netflix.

“Ozark” or “Game of Thrones?” “Ozark.” I’ve never seen one episode of “Game of Thrones.”

Fly or drive? Drive

Beer or whiskey? Whiskey

Favorite place to escape? Michigan

Are zombies or clowns scarier? I’ve been called a clown, so zombies.

Most embarrassing thing that has happened while showing a property? Bad contractors smoking pot while I’m showing the property to the banker.

Biking or running? Biking

Favorite outdoor sport? Skiing

Favorite food? Salmon


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Luxe Leather Goods Most of us have wallets that are old and falling apart or we’re using that free promotional keychain that came with the purchase of our car. It’s time to trade up to a touch of luxury. Whether it’s a small wallet, keychain or a nice coin tray, you can maximize your fall season with leather accessories.

Small, nondescript leather bracelets are a coming trend this season.

Belts have come a long way over the years. Dyed leather belts are

We suggest you select the simplest of designs if you’re to sport these

trending this season. Sure, you can wear your dad’s old brown or

adornments. Too many guys wear five or six different bracelets — it’s

black belt, but feel free to jazz up your style with navy or green.

not the best look. One simple bracelet, or maybe two, is all you really need.

All featured items are from local boutiques. High-end or super affordable, we always encourage our readers to shop local.



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Timeless Touch Walé Soulade Finds Success with Sense of St. Louis Style BY TINA FARMER ART COURTESY OF WALÉ SOULADE Walé Soulade exudes the confidence of a man thoroughly comfort-

full spectrum — a perfect example of the way diversity and creativ-

able in his skin as he walks into a room. “I feel more comfortable

ity can work together to create a vibrant, thriving community.” As

in a suit,” he explains. “When it fits well, it looks better, I look

the father of a 10-month-old daughter, he’s also enthusiastic about

better and I’m more comfortable.” Whether heading to his job

the number of free, low-cost and family-friendly attractions and

at the bank, going out with friends or simply running errands,

cultural events in St. Louis. And while he mentions that Kansas

Soulade knows how to dress for any occasion. He seems to be on

City has made strides in the fashion industry recently, he believes

to something that resonates with other men too. His “A Curated

St. Louis is poised for its own fashion renaissance. “We are seeing

Man” Instagram account has over 18,000 followers, and he’s a

a lot of young professionals moving to St. Louis, and fashion is a

five-time GQ Magazine “Best-Dressed Reader.”

big part of that picture,” he notes.

Soulade attributes his blog’s initial success to friends who encour-

Though Soulade advocates spending money on quality tailored

aged him to start sharing his perspective. “I’ve always been a fan

suits, clothing and shoes, he emphasizes that creating person-

of hand-tailored suits. Over the years, I built a wardrobe that in-

al style and building your wardrobe is a long-term project that

cludes core pieces with clean lines and a finished look that friends

doesn’t require a substantial initial investment. The objective is

noticed,” he begins. “I was answering a friend’s fashion questions,

to fill your closet with pieces that will last. You don’t need to start

and he stopped me and said, ‘You need to write this down; I don’t

with a custom suit, but you should have your suits tailored to fit.

want to forget anything.’ It was the push I needed to start my

“An off-the-rack suit may cost you a couple hundred dollars. Once

blog,” which features classic men’s looks with an updated, urban

it’s fitted, it can look like a thousand, and you’ll feel like a million.”

sensibility and a focus on quality and fit.

Soulade specifically mentions local tailor Daniel Morgan: “He’s one of the best fit tailors anywhere,” then adds designers Mark and

During the interview, he’s dressed in a casual earth-tone suit with

Marlon Austin as St. Louis ateliers to turn to for that first made-

a camouflage shirt, olive pocket square and structured dark leather

to-order suit.

sandals. The look represents the relaxed but put-together style he sees popping up all over St. Louis. “We’re in a good position to

“Your closet is the perfect starting point for developing your own

re-establish the city in men’s fashion; we have a history of being an

style,” Soulade says. “What do you have? Does it fit? Most men

important city in the industry,” he says, adding that 5 percent of

don’t get their suits fitted — and most men aren’t sample size —

his followers are from St. Louis. “That’s actually a substantial

so the difference is remarkable.” He also encourages guys to go

number of men in this city who are ready to take their personal

into menswear stores and try things on to get a feel for different

style up a notch.”

materials and how they wear. “Start simple; build smart. Don’t spend $800 on shoes, or thousands on a suit, for the label; spend

For Soulade, who was born in Nigeria and gleaned an interest in

your money on quality and fit. Seek out local craftsmen and

fashion while watching his father dress in the mornings, living in

designers that understand you and can help you express your per-

St. Louis is filled with possibility: It offers him a chance to explore

sonality through your choices.” St. Louis is a great place to build

his fashion sense and love of travel and still return to a hometown

sartorial perfection. You can find examples and a good starting

that is vibrant and culturally accessible. “Anyone who spends time

point at the “Reigning Men” exhibit currently at the Saint Louis

in St. Louis needs to hang out on Cherokee Street and really get

Art Museum, and you can always follow hometown style guide “A

to know the neighborhood,” he explains with enthusiasm. “It’s the

Curated Man” for inspiration.


FOOD ROOF FARM Architect Mary Ostafi Improves City Life Through Urban Agriculture BY NICK STATUTO ART LAUREN HEALEY We’ve all likely heard of rooftop bars, but have you heard of the more elusive rooftop garden or farm? Food Roof Farm is the first of such a concept to pop up in St. Louis, and Mary Ostafi is the woman behind this project. Building a greater sense of community, providing healthy foods to those who lack the resources, educating people on how to grow their own foods and augmenting the city’s economy and environment are just some of its many beneficial objectives. Food Roof’s farmers achieve these goals through experimentation rather than conventional agricultural practices, enabling them to detect what approach works best with the city’s climate. The farmers have found that if one growing method does not work, they can combine different approaches to produce better crops. For instance, the company utilizes their own lightweight blend of soil and uses cranes to get large sacks of the fresh soil onto the roof. The company’s refusal to use pesticides has done wonders for biodiversity as well, evidenced by the variety of birds and insects that have made Food Roof Farm their habitat. The 8,500-square-foot farm space comprises a green wall, chicken coop, greenhouse and a tower garden that helps cultivate fruits and vegetables at a faster rate. As part of its decor, a wall of tags displaying names of sponsors who have donated to the company can be found when first walking to the rooftop.


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Sitting atop the W-Ave Self Storage business on Convention Plaza, Food Roof Farm is a branch of the Urban Harvest STL organization. Urban Harvest STL’s subsidiaries share a common goal to supply food deserts — areas that lack the resources for nutritious foods — in the St. Louis area with the healthy items that everyone needs to flourish. Some of Urban Harvest’s other projects include a school garden at the Flance Early Learning Center, hydroponic towers at Busch Stadium and a second rooftop farm nestled above the William A. Kerr Foundation. Food Roof Farm was a result of Ostafi’s vision for uniting and nourishing the community. Ostafi originally moved to St. Louis for a job at an architecture firm and, shortly thereafter, developed an interest in growing her own food and caring for the community. It took a long time for Ostafi to get the farm established; nearly a year elapsed before she found a building whose owner agreed to have the farm on the roof and secure a lease. Drawing much of her inspiration from Eagle Street Rooftop Farm and Brooklyn Grange, two similar farms in Brooklyn, New York, Ostafi credits the farmers at those establishments with teaching her a great deal about growing methods as well as the best types of plants and soil to use in agricultural production. That knowledge is now passed on to those who work in the farm, and Ostafi finds that to be almost as fulfilling as distributing organic food to poor neighborhoods. The results of Urban Harvest’s work have proven to be highly successful. As much as 17,000 gallons of water are collected by its retention system during each storm, preventing rainwater from going to waste in the sewers and possible floods; that water is then given to the plants. Last year alone, as many as 377 people in the community volunteered to provide the Food Roof Farm with $97,251 worth of labor. An average of four to eight people work in this agricultural mecca each weekday. Food Roof Farm’s innovative approach to farming has garnered attention worldwide. The organization receives calls from college students as far away as Amsterdam, and Ostafi will also speak during an international conference in Berlin, Germany. Aside from harvesting, the Food Roof Farm frequently hosts special events to promote its cause and build a stronger community. Among some of these gatherings are monthly one-hour yoga sessions, fundraisers with live music and harvest dinners. The view of downtown St. Louis from the rooftop is an intriguing perk that the organization often emphasizes to encourage involvement and participation.

To volunteer, donate or find out more about Food Roof Farm’s upcoming events, visit









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Sofar Sounds Redefines the House Concert and Brings Awareness to the Global Refugee Crisis BY MAX ART ADMPHOTOGRAPHY, GOODA PHOTOGRAPHY, ROBERT ROHE

Socializing during sets, loud bar patrons, that guy in the front row

unique spaces. Attendees sign up to reserve a spot for themselves

who records the whole show on his phone and countless other

and up to two guests online, but there’s a catch: The address and

distractions have become the unfortunate norm at music venues

lineup are revealed 24 hours before the show so the only things

around the globe. Sofar Sounds, short for “songs from a room,” is a

attendees know in advance are the date and neighborhood where

grassroots music movement on a mission to combat these distrac-

the event will take place. This may seem daunting, but for $15, it’s

tions and change the way the world sees live music one city at a

a fun way to mix things up, experience music in a totally different

time. Founded in London in 2009 by a group of friends who were

way and be exposed to a variety of new artists. Shows typically

tired of the typical concert experience, Sofar Sounds now has over

feature artists of varying genres and backgrounds so there is sure to

350 chapters worldwide, including one right here in St. Louis.

be something each audience member will enjoy. The shows have a bring-your-own-beverage (BYOB) policy, and concertgoers are also

While many Sofar shows around the world take place in public

encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on. Attend-

spaces, their mission is rooted in the idea of a house show. On Sept.

ees should turn off their phones, keep talking to a minimum during

20, the organization is partnering with Amnesty International to

performances and support the artists by sticking around to chat

give back in a big way with its worldwide music festival, Give A

after the show and going to see them play in the future.

Home. On this date, 300 Sofar cities — St. Louis included — will put on shows to raise money and bring awareness to the refugee cri-

Established in August 2015, the company’s St. Louis chapter is one

sis that is happening on a global scale. The organization’s co-found-

of the longest running volunteer-led teams in the world and has

er, Rafe Offer, explained the partnership when he stopped by a St.

introduced over 100 artists to 1,500-plus music lovers in 36 unique

Louis gig in early August. “It’s important to remember while we are

spaces across the city. Venues such as Climb So iLL, STL-Style and

enjoying these shows in people’s homes, and even spaces around the

a number of living rooms and backyards have hosted performers,

community, that there are others just like us who are being forced

including local favorites like Mvstermind and American Wrestlers as

from their homes and communities with nowhere to go,” he says.

well as national acts like Deer Tick and Laura Burhenn of the Mynabirds.

Unlike typical Sofar shows, many Give A Home gigs are announcing their lineup in advance to build momentum and extend their

As a growing community, Sofar Sounds St. Louis is always welcom-

reach of awareness; it’s not going unnoticed. Well-known artists

ing new attendees, artists, volunteers and hosts to join the move-

such as Ed Sheeran, Hozier, Leon Bridges, Bastille and George

ment to bring the magic back to live music.

Ezra have caught wind of Give A Home and will be giving back by performing in various cities for the festival. It’s hard to put a finger on what Sofar is exactly, but its unique

Visit for more information on how to attend a show or get involved.

nature may best be described as secret, intimate performances in


The Mighty Pines StL Musicians Create Folk-Pop Fusion


September 2017



The Mighty Pines are a grassroots rock ‘n’ roll band with a distinctive heartland sound and a strong connection to the River City. Composed of St. Louis natives Gerard Erker on vocals, mandolin and banjo, John Hussung on vocals and bass, Mike Murano on drums and Neil Salsich on vocals and guitar, the band is proud to represent the Lou both at home and on the road. “When we go somewhere else — most people haven’t been to St. Louis — we’re able to connect with a lot of people and share with them what St. Louis is all about,” Salsich says. “A friend of mine told me we are the perfect ambassadors for St. Louis. We’re young, passionate, we love our city and we become the face of St. Louis for so many people that have never been or have a one-dimensional view of it.” St. Louis is home to the band’s strongest fan base as well. “It has the most crowded shows and the biggest range of fans,” he says. “We get to see our whole world coming out for our shows: parents, family, old friends and new friends — it’s amazing.” The band also finds lyrical inspiration in its roots, as heard in the song “Midwestern Guy.” “There’s a lyric where I’m talking about moving away, but I’ll stay close to the border because I’ll always be a Midwestern guy, no matter what,” Salsich says. “I identify very much with St. Louis, Missouri and the Midwest. There is this confluence of rivers, which is symbolic of the confluence of cultures here. To me, that’s what this city is about.” Although some have called the group a bluegrass band, Salsich says, that is only one element of its sound. “The latest term I’ve been using is folk-pop fusion; I feel like that hits the nail on the head,” he says, adding that in addition to bluegrass, the band is influenced by funk and soul as well as rhythm and blues. Another major influence is the Grateful Dead, the ultimate jam band. “They fuse tons of styles, and the songwriting inspires us very much,” he says. “They ride the line between funky, dance music and country.” The Mighty Pines have been together for about five years; however, the first three of those were under another moniker: Acoustics Anonymous. “We changed the name because [Acoustics Anonymous] didn’t convey who we are,” he says. “There was an expectation of acoustic. Yeah, we play those kinds of instruments, but they’re plugged in. It was a bad name from the start, but when we chose it, we were very young and had little expectation. Our sound is a mix of so many different things, which is why it took us so long to find our path.” Beginning their journey with potential and excitement abound, Salsich says, the first three years were a time of musical self-discovery. “That fourth year was a year of transition; we changed our name, refocused ourselves and we all quit our jobs,” he explains. “It’s great to be together full-time.” The city’s affordability is a major draw for many musicians. “To make money as a musician is so challenging,” Salsich says. “You have an original project where you’re putting all the money back into the business, and side jobs distract you from what’s important. The less money you have to make in order to live, the less meaningless work you have to do. And that’s why we love St. Louis — it’s affordable. Not to mention, other cities are louder and traffic is worse. Life here is low-key compared to being in another major city.” Spending about 90 days per year on the road, the Mighty Pines play all over the country, from coast to coast and everywhere in between. “We’re at a stage where we’re ramping up our touring quite a bit; we do a lot more touring than most local bands,” he says, adding the group only plays in the Lou about 10 to 15 times a year. “We’re very conscious about not playing locally too much.” When the band does play locally, the feel of the gig varies depending on the venue. “We’ll play a different show at the Broadway Oyster Bar than what we play at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, where we reach a whole different crowd,” Salsich explains. Local music lovers will have a chance to boogie with the band a few times in the coming months. On Sept. 21, they’ll open for the Lil Smokies at the Stage at KDHX. Then, on Sept. 28, the band will celebrate five years together with a show at Joe’s Café. You can also catch the group’s fourth annual Halloween show Oct. 27 at Broadway Oyster Bar, where they’ll play ’90s hits all night.

For more information, visit or find the group on Facebook and Instagram.



September 2017


Competition Connects StL Greenway Trail to Link Arch to Forest Park and Everything In Between BY CALEB MANSFIELD ART COURTESY OF GREAT RIVERS GREENWAY DISTRICT The Great Rivers Greenway District has built 113 miles of

As part of the district’s commitment to connecting the region,

greenways in St. Louis since a vote passed in 2000 allowing the

construction has already started on the Chouteau Greenway at the

group to build. Not only does the district provide a way to connect

Cortex Innovation Community MetroLink station. The end result

communities and the St. Louis region, it also provides funding for

of the competition will help other stakeholders plan, design and,

parks and greenways all across St. Louis. The newest addition to the

ultimately, build the greenway. Through the project, neighborhoods,

roster of the district’s projects is the Chouteau Greenway — a new

employment centers, parks, transit systems, museums, schools and

greenway that will connect the Arch Riverfront to Forest Park and

many more area businesses will be connected, bringing the city

Washington University. This expansion will unify multiple neighbor-

closer together. “The project [will] provide equitable economic

hoods, including downtown, midtown, Forest Park, the Central

opportunity and options for people to get around town and live life

West End and more.

outside,” Trautman says.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with community members and

Donald J. Stastny, the project’s lead architect, says, “The intersec-

partners on a transformational vision that goes beyond our typical

tion of local ideas and international best practices and perspectives

greenway project,” says Great Rivers Greenway CEO Susan Traut-

will create a world-class experience for residents and visitors alike.”

man. The competition, which is privately funded by many area schools and businesses, kicks off in September when the district

Not only does the greenway connect different neighborhoods in

will begin accepting design submissions. A jury of architecture and

St. Louis, it also connects people with new concepts and a sense of

engineering professionals will then narrow down the design submis-

community. The agency will also host events and research projects

sions to four in December. According to Great Rivers Greenway,

throughout the competition to get feedback from those who live in

the agency is forming a Citizen Advisory Committee in order to

the area.

assist in guiding the project. This team of 40 citizens will collect input and help mold the district’s vision. Potential members may

For more information, visit

apply at and should live in the project area or have experience in the areas affected; the application deadline is Sept. 8.


At-Home Fitness

How to Stay Healthy in Your Favorite Place


September 2017


Meghann Feely has been in the health world for 15 years. Currently, she works at Washington University as an assistant director of fitness and wellness. With experience both inside and outside the gym, Feely knows what it takes to stay in shape. When asked about an at-home workout that wouldn’t require the extra stress of a gym, Feely was more than excited to talk everything fitness — at home, around the city and in one’s own mind.

Fitness at Home

Staying Motivated It takes more than just workouts to keep wellness on point. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, Feely is adamant that staying accountable is imperative. “A big thing I believe in is accountability; that’s harder to find at home than at the gym. At home, you can talk yourself out of working out; it takes self-discipline.”

The No. 1 thing to know when it comes to at-home fitness is that a home offers something a gym does not: control. “You can control your environment and your comfort level,” Feely says. “Maximize your assets at home; you are your biggest asset. Why not spend time and money on yourself? Home is that place where people can maximize their time.”

Feely explains that staying healthy may take more than just self-motivation. In the age of Instagram and Facebook, everyone has readily available sources of motivation. Posting to social media sites may be a fun way to stay accountable. “Say to yourself, ‘I did my workout, selfie time!’ These posts can be a motivator not only for you, but others may see it and become motivated too,” she says.

Feely recommends ditching the expensive in-home workout machines and treadmills in favor of utilizing one’s bodyweight. “Get a small yoga mat or something you can store in a corner,” Feely says. “I’m a fan of burpees. Get out your mat, start by standing up, go into a squat, then push your legs behind you and do a hip thruster, turn that into a plank, then jump back into a squat and, last, do a squat jump for plyometrics. It’s an easy at-home, bodyweight workout.”

For those who don’t want to splash themselves all over social media, Feely also recommends having a “fitness friend” or friends who can help keep you motivated even in the comfort of your own home. “Have a friend come over or just FaceTime them when you’re doing an at-home workout. I work out with my family in North Dakota on FaceTime all the time, and I don’t have to worry if my house is a disaster.”

The guru recognizes not everyone is a fan of burpees, so she suggests breaking up a burpee into segments. “Start from the four foundation workouts. Learn these foundations — squat, plank, push-up, pull-up — and learn them well,” she says. Feely recommends strengthening these foundations then, once they’ve been mastered, start doing variations. These kinds of workouts can be done at home without weights or machines. She also recommends hiring an at-home trainer for four weeks to ensure safe form, then building from that foundation. “At home, once you’ve mastered the foundations, be creative,” Feely urges. “Fitness is fun; it shouldn’t be a time to get down on yourself. Have fun with it — do a naked workout! Make it your own.”

The Guru’s Favorite Spots in the Lou Working out around town is another way to avoid the bustle of the gym but still get out in the city. Feely appreciates the city in which she lives and says there is plenty of opportunity to get a good workout anywhere in StL, such as Forest Park or Art Hill. “Bring a yoga mat if you need, do a workout, run up the hill, run down the hill, repeat. Enjoy the beauty that’s in the middle of our city,” she says, adding Tower Grove Park is another great place to work out. “It’s a very active park; they even have the monkey bars and a pull-up bar. Even if you mess up, stay persistent. The Arch Riverfront is sexy too. Run up and down the stairs; it doesn’t matter. Find the spot in St. Louis that makes you feel sexy, and use what the city has to offer.”




Meet MAX Launch Party

MAX Magazine hosted a launch party at the Ready Room called “Meet MAX,” which introduced our movement to Maximize St. Louis.


September 2017




A Midsummer Night’s Drink

Centene Center for the Arts was the scene of A Midsummer Night’s Drink, a fundraiser for the Arts and Education Council hosted by A&E’s Young Friends of the Arts.


September 2017



“We have a lot to be proud of right here in St. Louis. … Let’s stop being so humble and brag about ourselves more.” -MAYOR LYDA KREWSON on her first 100 days in office


September 2017





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