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Jan/Feb 2023 14 The Celebrity History of The Chase 16 A Conversation with Min Jung Kim 18 Soccer City… A Symbol of Our Future 26 Building Home 33 Sun, Sand & Spa 37 Muscle Car Modernized 38 Heart of Gold 40 Cheers to Another Year 46 Euro Stash 48 Wine Hikes in Germany 50 Of Note... Over Under 52 Air to Ground 54 Bibliotaph... 56 From Frilly to Fierce 62 A Pearl of a Girl (or Boy) 65 How St. Louis Got Into the Tea Business 68 Residents Rule 72 The Paradox of Liberty 74 Majestic Missouri Retreat Jan/Feb 2023 five dollars {St. Louis' Finest} on the cover: Soccer City 18 18 Soccer City... A Symbol of Our Future View of CITYPARK during exhibition match 2

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While I am not sure what this year will bring, one thing is for sure. 2023 will be about uncertainty.

How ironic! We are living at one of the most exciting times in the history of humankind, yet we are as uncertain as our ancestors were as they boarded ships in search of a new and better world.

What will the new year bring for Ukrainians, the nuclear aspirations of North Korea, the fight for gender equality in Iran, the drought and starvation plaguing Africa, the storms and fires caused by climate change, the anti-Semitic rhetoric by some of our most notorious musicians, and of course the United States who at times feels like it’s on the verge of civil war? How can we still be fighting the same old fight?

In this issue, we highlight people who are working hard for good. Like the Taylors, who just three generations ago started Enterprise Rent-A-Car and turned it into the largest car rental company in the world. Instead of giving up on St. Louis, they are doubling – or tripling – down by spending nearly half a billion dollars on bringing major league soccer to the city they love. This isn’t solving the world’s biggest problems, but it sure will bring something new and great to St. Louis that should have happened a long time ago.

We also talked with the executive director of the Saint Louis Art Museum, Min Jung Kim, who said, “I think one of the challenges of our times is that we are in this moment of evolution if you will. I don’t think that is specific to us as the St. Louis Art Museum or even specific to museums or art and culture. I think we are seeing this really everywhere, but I also think those challenges can be opportunities as well.”

As we celebrate Black History Month in February, I also wrote about my experience visiting the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington DC.

So, for 2023 let’s look at our challenges as opportunities. Let’s focus on all the good happening in St. Louis, and hope it drowns out the bad. Let’s encourage our change-makers and people willing to invest their time and treasure – literally – to make a difference here. I know some of you don’t welcome change. But without it, we are at a standstill at best, or at worse - going backward.

Here’s to moving forward in 2023.

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To help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Chase Park Plaza, we are featuring the photographs of St. Louis photographer Barry Mandel who had his studio in The Chase from 1964-1989 and whose celebrity photos were featured throughout the hotel.

It all began when Harold Koplar called Mandel to photograph an important event and afterward hired Mandel to do all the Chase functions until it was closed for renovation in 1999. In addition to photographing hundreds of celebrities who performed at The Chase, Mandel was the premiere advertising, annual report, and catalog photographer of his day, during a time when St. Louis was on the map for high profile national tours.

Mandel recalls being called by Jeanne Venn, the chief concierge of The Chase then, to photograph all of the celebrity guests in 30-minute sittings. The stories abound about everyone from Jackie Kennedy to Bob Hope.

Others photographed by Mandel include Lassie, John Forsyth, Dom DeLuise, Perry Como, Phyllis Diller, Lou Rawls, Liza Minnelli, Yul Brynner, Red Skelton, Ray Mancini, Carol Channing, Doc Severinsen, John Davidson, Coretta Scott King, Liv Ullmann, Mel Torme, Jim Nabors, Marie Osmond, and Tony Orlando.

Built in 1922, The Chase Park Plaza boasts historic significance and an unrivaled location in the heart of the Central West End. The hotel features 398 newly renovated guest rooms and suites, an 18,000 square foot fitness center, multiple dining and entertainment options, an outdoor Mediterranean-style swimming pool, and more than 65,000 square-feet of flexible meeting and event space. sl

Bob Hope Jackie Kennedy Onasis Lou Rawls Charo Doc Severinsen Liza Minnelli Mel Torme Yul Brynner Carol Channing John Davidson Marie Osmond Phyllis Diller Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. John Forsythe Perry Como 15
Charo and Jerry Lewis


Min Jung Kim, the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the St. Louis Art Museum, welcomed me into her office, which has a corner of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Forest Park. A lone work of art hangs above her computer, “Pink Roses” by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. When I commented on it, Min ushered me to take a specific seat at the table in the office to show me how the work came to life with the background of her view, pointing out a specific tree that is now dark and barren.

“There was this moment in the fall where all of the leaves were a bright yellow, and the tree trunk was red,” she passionately described. She tells me that with the juxtaposition of the red in the artwork and the colors of the tree in her line of sight, she was inspired as she went about day-to-day decision-making. “Art is really a reflection of the world around us, whether it’s about a particular issue or it’s something that relates to nature - I think the ways in which it connects us to the world in which we live is what is so extraordinary about art.”

Min is almost midway through her second year as a St. Louis resident in her role at SLAM. “I am slowly but surely discovering the vast richness that exists here in St. Louis,” said Min. “This first year was really a year to get to know the people.”

“Museums are more than just a place of objects - I think they are also equally important a place of people and relationships and a reflection of the community at large. A big part of my education of understanding this extraordinary museum has been meeting with and talking to all of the people that are a large part of this museum community, and that includes of course, my amazing peers and colleagues inside the museum, the staff, the board, our members, and many individuals in the community.”

Min commented that the St. Louis Art Museum does not exist in a vacuum. She listed some of the many cultural

institutions in the regions she is proud to call colleagues and friends in the community, from the Pulitzer Foundation to CAMSTL, to Laumeier Sculpture Park, The Kemper, The Shakespeare Festival, The Black Rep, The Rep, The Muny - the list goes on and on. “We are a city and a county and a region that is just brimming with an exuberant vibrant multilayered, richly contextualized art and culture that is so unique in each of their strengths that it allows for these ripe opportunities for us to partner and collaborate. That is something that, as I am getting to know and discover, I find incredibly exciting. Plus the food!”

We took turns listing off restaurants we have tried. It is clear that the diverse culinary scene is also something Min has a passion for getting to know. Min and I both agreed that St. Louis has an abundant food scene. She noted that she tries to dine somewhere new each time she goes out, and each one becomes her new favorite.

With both of us unable to pin down any one restaurant as our top choice, I asked Min if she had a piece of art in the museum she liked the best. “That is always a really tough question because I almost equate it to picking your favorite child,” she said, which was the answer I was expecting. “One of the benefits of working at the museum is that I get to see these extraordinary works as if they were in my own living room, so it is indeed hard to pick my favorite. I think not only about the works hanging on the walls in our galleries currently but how absence makes the heart grow fonder. When some of our works temporarily go away, I miss them even more. There is one such work right now that is really one of our many great masterpieces - one of the Monet Water Lilies triptych panels, which is currently on loan for a spectacular exhibition at the Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris.”

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The piece is part of an exhibition of work on display from both Claude Monet and Joan Mitchell. While on view in Paris, it is reunited with the other two panels of art comprising the triptych. It is also reportedly one of Claude Monet’s last and favorite triptychs. Min, who had the pleasure of attending the opening of the exhibit, described how onlookers gasped and were visibly stunned when making their way through the show and turning the corner to see the panels presented together.

Min expressed that in every label and every mention of the Water Lilies triptych, there is always the mention of the St. Louis Art Museum and the narrative that the three pieces of the panel are all owned by three midwest institutions (the Nelson Atkins Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art each also owning one of the panels.) The St. Louis Art Museum will do an adaptive version of this exhibition which will open in March, but the triptych will not be reunited.

We talked through the exhibits set to take place at SLAM in 2023 and how each one will offer a unique perspective on the themes. For example, Age of Armor: Treasures from the Higgins Armory Collection at the Worcester Art Museum will include modern-day armor such as military uniforms. Min plans to engage the community by collaborating with various local organizations on projects when fitting. One upcoming exhibit that will also be exciting to see come to life is The Culture: HipHop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century

I asked Min what she saw as most challenging about her role. “I don’t know if it’s a challenge in my role per se, but I think one of the challenges of our times is that we are in this moment of evolution if you will. I don’t think that is specific to us as the St. Louis Art Museum or even specific to museums or art and culture. I think we

are seeing this really everywhere, but I also think those challenges can be opportunities as well.”

“We want to recognize that we do in fact have this strong foundation, and we want to maintain that but at the same time remain open to the times and remain open to making sure that we are listening to our key constituents, our community, and our visitors. We need to remember why we exist and who we serve, and if we can remain true to that, I think that will help us weather some of these changes and help us to continue to grow with time.”

Min also said that whether art was made this week or hundreds of years ago, it has the ability to be a commentary on the human condition and uplift the human spirit. With its free admission, the St. Louis Art Museum is accessible to anyone to enjoy. On the particular day I visited, numerous school groups conducted lessons and tours throughout the wings, taking advantage of this incredible resource the museum offers our city. I was also able to get lost in the museum and find myself alone in galleries, providing that feeling that I had the art all to myself for that moment. It is, in a way, a sacred place of reflection that one can go to time and again, having a different experience each visit. sl

2023 Exhibitions

Fabricating Empire: Folk Textiles and the Making of Early 20th-Century Austrian Design January 6–May 28, 2023

Age of Armor: Treasures from the Higgins Armory Collection at the Worcester Art Museum February 18–May 14, 2023

Monet/Mitchell: Painting the French Landscape March 25–June 25, 2023

Action/Abstraction Redefined: Modern Native Art, 1940s–1970s June 24–September 3, 2023

The Culture: Hip-Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century August 26, 2023–January 1, 2024

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Min Jung Kim speaking to reporters at the press conference announcing her appointment as the Saint Louis Art Museum’s next Barbara B. Taylor Director. June 2021.


Over the years, St. Louis has been called a great sports city, a great arts city, a great music city, a great architecture city, and recently, a great food city. Now with the debut of St. Louis CITY SC, all of these great assets come together in one place.

This new Major League Soccer (MLS) team could not have come at a better time to activate downtown. What started as a conversation between the Taylor Family (Enterprise Rent-A-Car) and former SLU soccer star Jim Kavanaugh, now the CEO of World Wide Technologies, eventually led to a bold investment from the two families to further St. Louis continued growth. For the Taylors, it was a natural next step for STLMade, an initiative supported by Greater St. Louis, Inc., the organization which brings together business and civic leaders to create jobs and opportunities, expand inclusive economic growth, and improve St. Louis’ global competitiveness.

Soccer has an established history at both the professional and amateur levels in Greater St. Louis. In 2007, St. Louis was considered a possible destination for Real Salt Lake after the club founder announced he would sell the club if a new stadium was not built. Despite approved plans to build the $600 million Collinsville Soccer Complex, MLS was unimpressed with the St. Louis ownership group’s financial backing.

In September 2018, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson confirmed that a new group was trying to bring a team to the city. St. Louis’s MLS bid was effectively re-launched with Carolyn Kindle and other Enterprise Rent-A-Car family members. This bid did not seek public funding through taxes or from the city, so a public vote on the stadium wasn’t necessary. On November 28, 2018, the Board of Aldermen’s Housing,

Urban Development, and Zoning Committee voted 8–0 to approve the stadium plan.

Two days after MLS announced it would advance discussions with the Sacramento and St. Louis bids, the St. Louis group released renderings and more information about their proposed stadium. A collaboration between HOK and Snow Kreilich Architects produced the 22,500-seat stadium’s design. The group also promised that every seat would be within 120 feet of the field and that a canopy would cover the stadium.

On August 20, 2019, MLS approved St. Louis as the league’s 28th franchise, with play expected to begin in the 2022 season. The ownership group is the first female majority-owned team in MLS. In the announcement, Don Garber said, “St. Louis is a city with a rich soccer tradition, and it is a market we have considered since the league’s inception. Our league becomes stronger today with the addition of the city’s deeply dedicated soccer fans, and the committed and innovative local ownership group led by Carolyn Kindle Betz, the Taylor family, and Jim Kavanaugh.”

To date, construction of CITYPARK tops $458 million for the stadium and surrounding area, and it looks like more will follow.

In 2021, Purina became the club’s first jersey sponsor and founding partner, and shortly thereafter, Together Credit Union became the club’s second founding partner and the official banking partner. Rounding out the team, former South African International and New York Red Bulls assistant coach Bradley Carnell was named as the team’s first head coach in January 2022, although secretly many were hoping for Ted Lasso.

On a recent behind-the-scenes media tour of the stadium, Lee Broughton, CITY SC’s Chief Brand Architect and former VP of

Team enters pitch (field) together from Pitch Club

Global Branding for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, (who happens to be the husband of Chrissy Taylor, the president and COO of Enterprise Holdings) said, “St. Louis doesn’t spend much time talking about its future, but it does spend a lot of time talking about its past. We were trying to think of all the things we could bring together to start projecting toward the future.”

St. Louis CITY SC is a big idea that St. Louis has waited 120 years to have. By connecting parts of downtown from Union Station to the south, Schlafly to the north, and tying together many parts that haven’t been connected before, CITYPARK is the epicenter of a new and dynamic sports entertainment district.

“You can literally see the arch down the Gateway Mall to the east and then south you get an overlook of our entire sporting district including 32 acres, three practice fields, our pavilion, and then our eventual team headquarters, which is underway down next to Interstate 64 that will house 150 of our team employees for work.,” said Broughton.

Broughton commented on the details that went into the design of the stadium. “We thought a lot about the porosity and you’ll notice that the corners (of the stadium) are all open. That was really intentional. We didn’t want to create something that sat in a space and blocked out the sun for the neighbors. We didn’t want it to feel exclusive as you walk by - that you couldn’t be a part of it. So you can get glimpses of the pitch (field) while you’re walking around the edges when it’s not in use, or if there is a festival put on and there isn’t a match, it doesn’t feel like it’s completely closed off.”

A team store is inside the stadium and another across the street on Market Street called CITY Pavilion. It’s about 9000 square feet, two stories tall, with a cafe on the first floor with plenty of seating for fans.

“Food is one of the ways that we really wanted to showcase some of the best that St. Louis had to offer. So our ownership group reached out to local James Beard award-winning chef Gerard Craft, and brought him into the circle to help us curate a food story that is pretty remarkable and comprehensive. We’ll have 52 different food and beverage experiences in the stadium – the most in Major League Soccer – that will include more than 25 local partners. There are no big franchises that are in the stadium, but in the club level in particular is where Gerard’s his own restaurants will be. So it’s a bit of a stamp of approval for us to make sure that Gerard was not only helping us curate other restaurants, but that, you know, our equipment and the service and the technology was good enough for him to put his own name behind some of those other brands,” commented Broughton.

St. Louis CITY SC previously announced Balkan Treat Box, BEAST Craft BBQ Co., Steve’s Hot Dogs, and Niche Food Group would be among the food lineup at the stadium. “There was an overwhelming sense of regional pride when we announced our initial CITY Flavor partners last month, which showcases how much our community cares about our local restaurants,” St. Louis CITY SC president and CEO Carolyn Kindle said in the press release. “Now, with additional restaurant partners revealed, fans get a true sense of how every match will feel like a food festival with St. Louis’s diverse culinary scene represented.”

Other local food partners recently announced include: Anthonino’s Taverna, Bold Spoon Creamery, Chez Ali, Crown Candy Kitchen, DD Mau, Dewey’s Pizza, Farmtruk, G&W Sausage and Meats, Ices Plain & Fancy, Kaldi’s, Malinche, Mayo Ketchup, Nudo House, Padrinos Mexican Restaurant, Pie Guy, The Block, The Fattened Caf, The G.O.A.T. Brand, and Wally’s.

Players rev up crowd from North End of field Supporters section of CITYPARK Live action at CITYPARK 19
Sold out stadium for first exhibition match at CITYPARK

There have already been 40 events in the stadium ranging from corporate functions to a wedding planned for 2023. One of the coolest things is the ceiling which is made up of millions of LED lights. The idea here is that it can really be synergistic to what’s going on around the stadium. So it feels like it’s all one big show, whether it’s the ribbon boards or the scoreboard or whatever it is. If you have a private event, you can take over all the signage with content of your own, you know, whatever is relevant to that occasion from a starry night or advertising or employee messaging or whatever it is you want to do. And then, obviously the visual from Market Street is really cool as well. With wifi everywhere, digital billboards everywhere, and even mobile ticketing and payment, CITYPARK is a hi-tech wonderland. “What our fans told us is that they want everything to be frictionless, fast, and easy.” Unlike other stadiums where you have to wait in line for ten or more minutes for food or a drink, these hi-tech vending markets will get fans in and out in under 30 seconds. This type of technology flips the model, both in terms of speed, but also staffing because these markets don’t require staffing.

As soon as season tickets went on sale, they sold out. Single game tickets are available to those who join the club’s myCITY+ membership program, so there is still time for you to be a part of the season. For a city that never had a team before – and perhaps because we don’t have the NFL – St. Louis is all about this soccer team. Wherever you turn, there are people walking down the street in CITY gear…even a baby I know wears a CITY beanie in her home of Chicago. With a lot of historical soccer fans, families involved in youth leagues, high school and college, and a burgeoning international soccer base who have moved to St. Louis in recent years, the demand has already outstripped the seating.

Broughton reflects, “Much of the insights from the work that culminated similarly to the end of the completion of the Arch Park Foundation was serendipitous in that it gave the Taylor Family an opportunity to think about what was going to be the next thing that they were going to do for St. Louis - whether it’s organizing the business community, whether it’s being involved in the civic

community, or whether it’s philanthropic giving. So we were trying to think about what could be the next big initiative to continue to move St. Louis forward. The focus became a little bit more about our future. So, what could be something that really does that? And there’s a lot of ambition to continue the success of the bio,agricultural and geospatial technology industry sectors here. And how to attract and retain international talent. A lot of the employees coming to those things are international. We have a big Bosnian community. We now have a big Afghan community. We now have lots of South Americans, all of whom know soccer is the number one sport in the world.”

“As we got talking, the idea of a Major League soccer team really started to add up for us. It’s this idea that it is a symbol of where St. Louis is now going. It’s an opportunity to put St. Louis on an international playing field with a sport that has been at the grassroots of St. Louis for over 100 years. If you look at the demographics of MLS, it skews much younger and international. Soccer’s popularity is continuing to grow. And with this new Apple streaming deal, games will reach a whole new audience. Now I think this is the time to start thinking about our future.”

“I think all those things are a testament to the Taylors’ vision and their passion for St Louis. And it’s been amazing to see how the business community has stepped up to support us, either via sponsorships or purchasing suites and tickets. We were so excited when a local company, Purina agreed to sponsor the jersey.We also created a tribute honoring Mill Creek Valley, a story we want everyone to know more about a historic black neighborhood located in the central corridor between 20th Street and Saint Louis University – with the work of a local artist.”

“People are going to talk about St Louis this year because of this. And St. Louis CITY SC wants this to be a centrifugal kind of pull into placemaking in the city. This district is beyond just the stadium campus. They’re working with the residents and the businesses to figure out how else things can get activated off of the back of soccer.” sl

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A large, custom island forms the centerpiece of this bright and airy kitchen.


When this St. Louis couple started looking for a new home, they had no trouble finding the perfect neighborhood: one with nearly two acre lots, plenty of mature trees, and close to their friends. The problem was finding the perfect house – so they decided to build it.

The couple gravitated towards a traditional French Country look for the exterior, but paired with a more modern take on the style for the interior that affords many of the perks you don’t often find in older homes, such as a first-floor master suite, openplan living space, walk-in pantry, mudroom, and separate walk-in closets with an attached laundry room. Architect Robert Srote of Srote & Co. helped bring that dream to life.

“He was so helpful, and he was really able to pull out of us exactly what we wanted. When he showed us his first draft, we couldn’t believe how many things he was able to incorporate that we had been looking for,” says the homeowner. For example, the couple “had wanted a 25-yard lap pool in the back.” The final design – realized by Terbrock Luxury Homebuilders – takes advantage of the pool’s length to offer up view after view of the water feature, turning what could have been a tricky architectural element into one of the home’s loveliest features.

The next step was to find the right interior design team. A friend recommended Channing Krichevsky and Maria Hogrefe of C&M Interiors. “We immediately hit it off,” says Channing. “Like we do with every project, we went through a visioning process so that we could get to know more about the homeowners, how they wanted to live in their new home, and the things that speak to and inspire them.”

Once Channing and Maria had a firm grasp of what the homeowners were looking for, they began to sketch by hand, develop scaled drawings in CAD, and pull in various materials to help share their design with the clients.

“The best case scenario is when clients trust us completely and have very minor tweaks. It keeps the original vision vibrant, which can often get watered down when we begin mixing and matching option after option,” says Maria. “This process unfolded seamlessly because the homeowners trusted us to take them along the journey and bring their project to fruition.” 27
The dining room opens up to the lanai for seamless indooroutdoor entertaining.

“Channing and Maria did such an amazing job. They spent a ton of time with us going through different scenarios and finding out what we did and didn’t like,” says the homeowner. “When you’re not in that field, it’s really hard to picture what individual pieces will look like once they are all together. But Channing and Maria have the experience to know exactly what’s going to look good and how to incorporate unique features.”

Take the plastered wall treatment in the home’s open-plan kitchen, dining room, and living area. At first, the homeowners weren’t sure about the idea – it wasn’t something they had ever considered. But they love the results, which provides a nod to old French Country homes without feeling dated or out of place. Similarly, the couple appreciates the arches the designers added throughout the home – from the modern fireplace rendered in black marble to the custom uppers by Wilson’s Cabinetry of Arthur, IL, in the wet bar. That last feature ended up being one of the home’s biggest design challenges.

“Tons of engineering, tweaking and on-site coordination went into getting these cabinets just right,” says Channing. “We played with curves consistently throughout this project. Curved arches in

the openings, barrel vaults in the hallways, softened and rounded corners on the kitchen island, round posts at the stairs and kitchen island. The list could go on! These elements help soften the house and give it a relaxed flair.”

In the kitchen, a coffered ceiling with wooden beams provides a touch of French Country. From it hang statement pendants from Urban Electric, which hover over a large, custom island featuring quartzite countertops, an integrated cutting board, and a footrest. A large cabinet door conceals a walk-in pantry with walnut countertops and a light blue, tiled backsplash.

Shades of blue appear throughout the home. “Channing and Maria helped us come up with a palette that would carry throughout the home,” says the homeowner. “We landed on colors that are comforting and homey, but still modern and bright.”

“One of our favorite pieces of furniture in the home are the blue dining room chairs sourced through Centro. The pop of color adds a layer of fun to a more sophisticated surrounding,” says Maria. “Hands down our favorite room in the house in the office. We played with a bold color, Stone Blue, and tons of texture, from the jute rug to the rattan desk. The homeowner was truly fearless with this space.” 29
Plastered walls provide an extra layer of visual interest to the main living area.

The archway built into the shower wall echoes the home’s many archways while letting natural light flow through the room.

Building instead of buying enabled the homeowners to build the master suite of their dreams.

The first-floor master suite boasts another standout feature: a focal wall behind the modern four-poster bed featuring a floral wallpaper in neutral tones. A sitting area overlooks the pool and a terrace area, which the homeowners can access directly from their suite.

Channing and Maria suggested the geometric floor tile for the serene master bathroom. Here, a double vanity with Waterworks fixtures, dedicated makeup area, large soaker tub, and spacious, double-headed shower provide a spa-like space for the homeowners to begin and end their days in. A glassed archway between the shower and bathtub increases the flow of natural light while providing a touch of drama.

One of the homeowner’s favorite parts of the master suite is the laundry room, which connects directly to one of the walk-in closets. “It might be the best part of the whole house! I love having it right by the closets, and I also love having separate closets. It’s worked out really well for our marriage,” says the homeowner, laughing. “We thoroughly enjoy having the master on the main level.”

The other homeowner points to the pool and screened-in lanai as his favorite parts of the home. A fireplace and two ceiling

fans ensures the lanai stays comfortable in three seasons. With the outdoor kitchen, TV, and built-in speakers, it doubles as both a living and entertaining area – and thanks to a pair of sliding pocket doors, it connects seamlessly to the main living space.

“We were so fortunate in that we had a really excellent team. This project could have been very overwhelming, but everyone came together – the architect, the builder, designers – and did a terrific job throughout the project,” says the homeowner. “They were always there to help, and that made it an enjoyable process.”

Channing and Maria also noted the teamwork that went into the project, including the strength of the relationship they built with the homeowners, as being critical to the home’s success.

“Looking back on the project, our relationship with the owners and the builder stand out the most. They were all so collaborative, respectful and so much fun to work with,” says Channing.

Maria continues: “Working with the homeowners was a joy. They allowed us the freedom to propose interesting design elements. We bounced ideas off of each other, and they always felt comfortable to ask our opinion when they had a design feature they wanted to incorporate.” sl 31


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A girl's getaway on Turks & Caicos

If venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Rick Langley has his way, the cerulean waters lapping the soft sands at Grace Bay won't be the only blue hue drawing tourists to the Turks & Caicos. While creepie crawlies get under the skin of many figuratively, the drops of potent venom, humanely harvested from blue scorpion without harm, has a more literal subdermal mission. So, when Langley was asked to evaluate a research venture that involved milking "Rhopalurus junceus," an endemic blue scorpion species from the Caribbean, whose venom has demonstrated antiinflammatory, analgesic, and potentially cancer-fighting properties, he was intrigued. He tasked a group of scientists from around the globe to investigate the complex compounds found within this venom, one of the world's most expensive liquids, resulting in the development of Blue Scorpion Peptide (BSP).

MRVL Skin Solutions is the only skincare company to incorporate BSP, a combination of amino acids, proteins, enzymes, and antioxidants. Delivered through a process called hyaluronidase,

which Langley describes as "a rocket ship delivering MRVL's ingredients to the skin," the proprietary peptide has been clinically proven to help stimulate natural collagen production, fight free radicals, help regenerate symptoms of damaged skin and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

An indulgent spa day at MRVL's recently opened flagship in the heart of Grace Bay served as the impetus for a girl's trip organized by the effervescent dynamo Karen Loftus, founder of Women's Adventure Travel (WAT; Founded in 2018, this unique travel company specializes in small, well-curated trips for women to destinations all over the world. Aside from adventure and empowerment, storytelling and community are two other threads meticulously woven into each WAT trip and experience, with Loftus making a concerted effort to support women-owned businesses. Loftus is also a Virtuoso Travel Advisor and crafts bespoke trips for individuals of all sizes and genders, be it for personal or professional reasons.

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Wymara Resort & Villas served as home base for our sunny stay ( The resort is located directly on the private western edge of Grace Bay, a dream location for those who love long toes-in-the-sand strolls. The tame and turquoise waters along this three-mile stretch of beach, consistently ranked among the world's best, are protected from the swells of the Atlantic by a barrier reef. Wymara’s 91 spacious, etherealinspired rooms are oriented to view either the ocean or a long palm-tree-lined infinity resort pool bisecting the two wings.

Notable amenities include a well-appointed spa, a state-of-theart fitness center, and a signature restaurant Indigo, where Executive Chef Andrew Mirosch melds flavors of his native Australian with tropical touches. Not to be missed is their bi-weekly beach BBQ, where Mirosch's 24-hour smoked brisket has become a local legend.

For the most indulgent experience, book a stay at one of Wymara's seven stunning new four- and five-bedroom villas on

Turtle Tail Bay, located just 2.5 miles away from the resort. Each villa is located on about half an acre of elevated hillside overlooking the Caribbean Sea and features a pair of private pools, expansive indoor-outdoor living areas, a sunken outdoor fire pit lounge area, over-the-water swimming platforms with direct ocean access, and incredible services and amenities, including access to the resort's beach, restaurants, bars, and spa.

Loftus kicked off our trip in the most local way possible, with lunch at Omar's beach Hut. Removed from the bustling Grace Bay, this humble al fresco outlet includes picnic tables anchored into shallow Five Cays, where groups on horseback occasionally amble by. Omar, a native of Jamaica, serves up some seriously good Jamaican jerk dishes and fish procured from the dock next door. Outgoing and braggadocious in the most endearing way, he says his lobster roll can stand toe-to-toe with one from New England. If you want to see the island off the

At Wymara’s Indigo, Executive Chef Andrew Mirosch melds flavors of his native Australian with tropical touches. Photo by Gary James. Omar of Omar’s Beach Hut Beach BBQ at Wymara. Photo by Gary James.
Sunset at Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar

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Guest accommodations at Rockhouse Swim platform at a Wymara Villa. Photo by Alicia Swedenborg 35

beaten path, he's your go-to guy, remarking that locals call clifflined Mudjin Harbor Beach and its open-faced caves way more picturesque than Grace Bay.

The highlight of our trip was a takeover of the MRVL Spa (, where we sipped champagne while master medical aesthetician Renee Talley guided each of us through a menu of customized treatments, running the gamut from body wraps and scrubs to micro-needling, anti-aging facials, and infrared sauna therapy.

Post-treatment we indulged in a little retail therapy at MRVL's boutique. It's chock-full of beach chic apparel, accessories, and beautifully-packaged blue scorpion skin care, spurred on by the knowledge that MRVL donates 5% of all purchases to support the children of Today's Promises, a nonprofit that aids impoverished children in the Caribbean.

In addition to ample free time, Loftus programmed a sunset cocktail and al fresco dinner at Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar

(, a mid-day pick-me-up at woman-owned Tribe bakery and deli, a "Fish Hook" cocktail and country music singalong with Garth at Just Tacos at Grace Bay Club, and a lingering lunch at Rock House, Grace Bay's latest hotel and hotspot ( The rooms and restaurant of this super chic Mediterranean-inspired boutique property, situated on 14 acres on the north coast of Providenciales, rest atop rocky outcroppings up to 95 feet above sea level. "Rock House is the Caribbean Capri, rivaling a trip to the Mediterranean without the transcontinental trip," said Grace Bay Resorts chief executive officer and principal Mark Durliat.

As we departed for the airport, Loftus presented us with a goody bag of signature souvenirs from her Women's Adventure Travel line. However, returning home sun kissed and still sore from laughing too much were the best takeaways from a successful sojourn. sl

Rick Langley in the MRVL Spa Boutique. Photo by Paradise Photography


Charge Cars reimagines the 1960s Ford Mustang Fastback as an EV

Charge Cars is on a roll. It started with the 2022 "Icon of the Year" award from GQ Magazine, followed by the public unveiling at Salon Privé in London before a dynamic debut at the world-renowned Goodwood Festival of Speed.

As its next big step, the London-based company brought its all-new electric-powered muscle machine to the United States for the first time. The US launch took place at the legendary Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles this past October, followed by a series of events across the West Coast and beyond, capped off by a public display at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show.

"We truly believe we've created something unique in the EV world. It's a brand new, hand-built design icon that gives customers a genuine emotional connection to their car. Classic looks, cuttingedge technology, and zero emissions now have a heart and soul. And this is just the beginning for us at Charge Cars," said Mark Roberts, Chief Creative Officer of Charge Cars.

Limited to 499 vehicles, each tailored to the buyer, the '67 by Charge Cars is an all-new, electrified adaptation of the 1960s Ford Mustang Fastback. Despite its throwback muscle car looks, the '67 is a modern electric vehicle with four motors and 536 horsepower capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds and boasting a range of 200 miles.

A brand-new, officially licensed steel body shell wrapped in lightweight carbon fiber body panels encases the e-Stang's electric motors and floor-mounted batteries. In addition, the design team created a fresh interior with a fully digital dashboard, new suspension components, braking system, and lighting. Among the many amenities and advanced driver aids as part of the in-car system are a 12.3" driver display, a 12.3" central display, a premium immersive sound system, and keyless access. sl

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Tokens of love for your Valentine

This page, clockwise from top left: Chris Ploof + Anthony Lent Damascus House pendant with a personal hidden small diamond ($1,200; Nouvel Heritage Medium Love ring ($2,300). Available through Reis-Nichols Jewelers in Indianapolis and at Opposite page, clockwise from top left: EF Collection Endless Love necklace ($4,495; / Ginette NY Angele mini onyx heart bracelet ($265; / Roberto Coin heart lock necklace ($1,850). Available through Diamond Cellar in Columbus and Nashville, Reis-Nichols Jewelers in Indianapolis, Davis Jewelers in Louisville, Simons Jewelers in St. Louis and at / Ali Weiss rainbow heart charm ($650; Frederic Sage diamond Happy double hearts on turquoise pendant with chain ($1,395). Available through Davis Jewelers in Louisville and / L’Ateleir Nawbar Super Heart ring ($1,800; / Anita Ko diamond hoops with heart diamond center ($9,925; / Kwiat Ashoka diamond heart ring with rubies. Available through Diamond Cellar in Columbus, King Jewelers in Nashville, Reis-Nichols Jewelers in Indianapolis, and Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers in St. Louis ( / Picchiotti fancy yellow diamond earrings ($1,242,500). Available through Moyer Fine Jewelers in Indianapolis, Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers in Missouri, and / Bea Bongiasca Gwen earrings in baby blue with aquamarine ($5,000; 18k yellow gold heart bracelet from Christina Alexiou ($10,782; Anthony Lent Adorned Hands diamond heart engagement ring ($16,000; / Rainbow K Crystal Heart ring ($2,400; Chopard Happy Hearts Wings ($2,210). Available from Moyer Fine Jewelers in Indianapolis, King Jewelers in Nashville and

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Birthday wine-ing in Sonoma

As we get older, it seems that there are two types of people when it comes to commemorating a birthday. One prefers little fanfare, while the other likes to mark the occasion with aplomb. As someone who feels she's aging like a good bottle of pinot noir, I fall squarely into the latter. So, for the twilight of my fortieth decade, it seemed apropos to raise a glass to another year in Sonoma, a trip that struck just the right balance of revelry and relaxation.

Having learned firsthand the pitfalls of an overly ambitious itinerary while on a 70th birthday trip to Oregon's wine country with my mother last year, our Sonoma sojourn was limited to two wineries a day. The six I chose were based on the reputation of their wine and the setting offered to enjoy them. As Sonoma County's 19 distinctive American Viticultural areas certainly aren't lacking in scenery, the latter criteria didn't whittle down the list much, but being preferential to pinot certainly helped.

Knowing that we'd be doing quite a bit of driving, we opted for a centrally located hotel. We were initially surprised to see how close McArthur Place was to the main thoroughfare, separated only by a white picket fence and dense landscaping that allowed for stolen glances of Victorian-inspired architecture. However, our fears were allayed as soon as we approached the entry courtyard in this six-acre haven of tranquility.

The low-density property, with just 64 spacious guestrooms and suites, was once a 19th-century working vineyard and ranch. The original home, one of Sonoma's oldest examples of Victorian

architecture, served as inspiration for the other detached two-level buildings that house guest rooms. Blanket-draped Adirondack chairs pulled up alongside strategically placed firepits are populated night and day. Mature landscaping, the intoxicating scent of Jasmine, and meandering paths create a feeling of anticipation as you wander the property. Around every corner are lush lawns punctuated by contemporary art.

Guest rooms are the definition of cool and comfortable California contemporary. Muted earthy colors predominate and are mated with sumptuous textures of stone, leather, and thick tufted plaid carpet underfoot. We quickly adopted a nightly routine of opening a bottle procured from the day's adventure, lighting a fire, and putting our feet up on a bouclé ottoman paired with a swivel bucket chair. Heavenly.

A recent $20 million overhaul touched nearly every aspect of the resort and reimagined the food and beverage program. Layla, a new three-meal dining destination, is named for Leilani Burris, great-granddaughter of the original property founder David Burris. The menu, utilizing garnishes from the on-site garden, is a happy marriage of California coastal and Mediterranean-style dishes. Farmto-table dining alfresco here as leaves and candlelight dance in the evening breeze is a peak Sonoma experience. The Bar at MacArthur is a super-chic spot for all-day elevated bar bites and innovative cocktails. We grabbed our morning caffeine fix at The Porch, featuring coffee by Sonoma County roaster Wolf Coffee.

Farm-to-table freshness at Layla. Photo by Emma K Morris Sycamore Guestroom 41
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MacArthur is a short walk to the historic city center of Sonoma; travel a little further to read the trailhead of the Sonoma Overlook Trail, a three-mile path that winds up a hillside and rewards the effort with panoramic views of Sonoma Valley.

Having arrived just after the Autumn harvest, there was a relaxed mood at most wineries. When I made an appointment at Williams Selyem in Healdsburg (, the detailed directions explicitly said there was no sign, so we were surprised that the lack of fanfare at the entrance road led to a quite large and contemporary tasting room. The roots of the brand are much humbler. Founders and fishing buddies Burt Williams and Ed Selyem, united in their love of "unaffordable" French Burgundies and the desire to make a prestigious California pinot, crafted their wines in a rented 2-car garage in Fulton from 1983 to 1989. You can find the full and fascinating story on the winery website.

Today, under the ownership of John and Kathe Dyson (former customers of Bert and Ed) and the direction of Jeff Mangahan, Director of Winemaking, pinot noir comprises 90% of William Seylem's production. An interesting factoid is that Williams Seylem donates the proceeds from selling their proprietary trademarked yeast to other winemakers to help fund the nonprofit Healdsburg Wine Library, whose contents cover wine from antiquity to the present day.

"Winemaking is minding the minutiae," said Jon Priest, Senior Winemaker and General Manager at Etude Winery (etudewines. com), who said he first fell in love with Burgundy when he was too

young to know better. Priest had just wrapped up his 33rd harvest at Etude when we arrived at their Napa tasting room for a sip through their pinot library, a grape that thrives in the cool Carneros climate. Our tasting was an interesting lesson in temperature and terroir, and we learned how subtle differences in topography and ocean breezes interplay to create microclimates that impart distinct characteristics to what ends up in the glass. "You can hear a region's accent in its pinot," Priest remarked. Etude specializes in white and two classic red varietals - pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon.

Etude was founded by winemaker Tony Soter in 1982 on the philosophy that winemaking begins in the vineyard. It's an ethos that's paramount to Priest, who says that the company has set a goal of operating as one hundred percent renewable by 2030. "We do all we can in a minimal way to let the terroir express itself," he explained, adding that "controlled stress" is better than "happy vines." Etude has been named Certified Sustainable, Fish Friendly Farming, Napa Green Winery Certified, and earned its Climate Adaption Certification.

A particular point of pride is the Grace Benoist Ranch, home to Etude's Estate Vineyards. Part of an original land grant, extensive creek restoration was necessary to reverse the effects of decades of cattle grazing. Primitive structures that once provided shelter to ranchers and deer hunters dot the landscape. "It's wonderful to be out there and sense what the land may have looked like 100 years ago," said Priest. 43
Jon Priest, Senior Winemaker and General Manager at Etude Winery. Image courtesy of Etude. The Jordan Winery château A Château block vineyard tasting paired with charcuterie at Jordan. Glen Ellen Star
Maggie Kruse is only the second head winemaker at Jordan since it was founded in the 1970s. Photo by Marc Olivier LeBlanc.

Even non-imbibers will savor a trip to the 1,200-acre Jordan Winery in the Alexander Valley to savor the scenery (jordanwinery. com). From its founding in 1970, Jordan has focused on three things: cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and hospitality. This laser focus means that they do each very, very well. A long, winding road leads up to a grand château perched atop a hill, a hand-in-glove mate to wines created in the Bordeaux model of estate-grown grapes.

Jordan operates as a certified sustainable vineyard and winery, a practice that extends to preserving large swaths of wild habitat around and between their 12 estate vineyard blocks, creating an ideal environment for the culinary team to forage for wild plants and herbs.

Even the most basic winery tours at Jordan (always by appointment) conclude with a seated food and wine pairing. In addition, throughout the year, they host a handful of themed dinners, lunches, hikes, and other special events. Insider tip: become a Jordan Estates Rewards member at the Gold or Platinum level to gain access to an overnight stay in one of the estate's three guest suites or guesthouse.

Another scenic and sustainable stop is the Benziger Family Winery (, located in the shadow of Sonoma Mountain and a quarter-mile from Jack London State Park (an excellent stop for hiking). The Benziger family has farmed their ranch and vineyards for more than three decades using certified Biodynamic farming methods. As a result, every wine in their portfolio carries a third-party certification of green farming practices. They also use their experience and insight to mentor a network of growers interested in farming in a way that cares for the land while producing quality wine. Benziger’s biodynamic tractor tram

tour provides a comprehensive look at their Sonoma Mountain Estate, followed by a tasting of four limited-production wines.

A newbie on the Sonoma winemaking scene, Marine Layer Wines (, founded by Baron Ziegler and Rob Fischer, winemaker at Banshee Wines, has made its mark as the cool kid on the block with a hip tasting room in the heart of Healdsburg, a charming town known for outstanding restaurants, galleries, and shops. Offering a tasting without pretense and accompanied by a scrumptious seasonal mezze plate crafted by Little Saint, Marine Layer would be my first stop with anyone who thinks all wine experts are snobs. Sourcing grapes from some of the best vineyards along the Sonoma Coast, their small-batch, cool-climate wines are complex and approachable.

Because man or woman cannot live on wine alone, we interspersed our tastings by indulging in farm-to-fork cuisine at places like Roof 106 (, a rooftop cocktail lounge and restaurant on the square in Healdsburg, where I'd recommend the local mushroom, burrata, and truffle pizza. After feasting on wood-roasted brussels sprouts and house-made lumache pasta a la fra diavolo at The Glen Ellen Star (, a tiny establishment a stone's throw from Benziger Winery, I declared it was every bit as good as my last meal there a decade ago. Following our tasting at Marine Layer, we made a beeline to Little Saint, an ambitious 10,000-square-foot farm-forward gathering place founded by Single Thread owners Kyle and Katina Connaughton, where we hoped to find to-go portions of the mezze we'd just devoured. Coming up short on this mission marked the only glasshalf-empty moment during our wine country escapade. sl

Marine Layer tasting room in Healdsburg. 45
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Using an art-for-all approach, West Chelsea Contemporary opens a Parisian street art icon and an edgy London lenticular artist, among others, to a broader audience in the United States.

Having grown up surrounded by art and beautiful objects, when Lisa Russell moved from LA to Austin more than two decades ago, she quickly realized that the city was lacking the type of art gallery she was used to frequenting in the City of Angels. So, with support from a mentor, she opened the doors to her own gallery in 2002, with a show of etchings by Rembrandt. Little could she have imagined that in due time her 1,200-square-foot gallery would burgeon into 8,000 square feet; that she'd take on a partner, rebrand as West Chelsea Contemporary, and open a second branch in New York in 2021, with a laser focus on showcasing a roster of modern A-list artists including Banksy, Kenny Scharf, and Ai Weiwei, among many others.

Russell explained that the genre shift is all part of being a successful gallery owner and understanding what clients are looking for and where the market is moving. "Twenty years ago, Austin was a sleepy town, and general knowledge around contemporary artists was limited," she said. What remains unchanged is that, unlike many mega-galleries, each exhibition at WCC follows Lisa's "art for all" mission. A key component is the WCC Gift Shop, ensuring that anyone who walks through the door can take something away from what they see.

When it comes to collecting, Russell believes that "things can clash harmoniously," a notion underscored by recent exhibitions at WCC New York. Spanning techniques from etching, screenprint, lithograph, collage, giclee, photography, papercut, and painting on paper, New York on Paper, organized in March 2022, celebrated more than two dozen modern and contemporary artists from WCC's collection. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with artists such as Damien Hirst, Salvador Dali, and Robert Indiana was Gary James McQueen, an artist exclusively represented in the United States by WCC and one with a story that Russell feels "hasn't been quite meaningfully told yet."

The nephew and mentee of the late fashion industry icon Alexander McQueen, Gary James McQueen developed a niche in optical-illusion textile design while working as the head textile designer for the Alexander McQueen MRTW. Before his death in 2010, Alexander entrusted Gary with several personal projects, including the Chrome Skull artwork that has become iconic as the face of the Savage Beauty exhibition commemorating Alexander McQueen's life's work. Employing 3-D lenticular technology that intersects fashion and art, Gary's hauntingly

Written by Bridget Williams / Photos courtesy of West Chelsea Contemporary Artist Blek Le Rat at West Chelsea Contemporary Artist Blek Le Rat in the studio Blek Le Rat Solo Exhibition
Lisa Russell, photographed at her art gallery in Austin, Texas. Photo by Darren Carroll.

beautiful works resonate with familiar familial theatricality. He was also one of the first artists to fully immerse himself in the metaverse, putting on the first digital fashion show of its kind, supported by Epic Games and Sky Arts.

The gallery's most recent exhibition, the second iteration of Concrete to Canvas, bridged the gap between street and fine art. "There's a distinct difference in what these artists do on the street and what they create for the canvas," explained Russell.

Graffiti began to appear in the 1970s as a form of democratic personal self-expression, existing outside the bounds of law and property. The popular culture shift to using the term street art reflects an increase in commissioned murals around the world and the elevation of street artists into art icons in their own right, expanding into painting, prints, licensed vinyl toys, and fashion collaborations.

Among the artists in this four-decade retrospective was the "father of stencil graffiti," Blek le Rat, cited by Banksy as a significant influencer of his creativity and commercial success. As one of the first street artists in Paris, Blek gets credit for being the inventor of the lifesized stencil, and being the first to transform stenciling from basic lettering into pictorial art. Now in his 70s, Russell said that la Rat

jokes he will continue to create street art as long as it's legal because he can't run so fast anymore.

The artist made his first visit to the United States in five years last August to mark the opening of his debut solo exhibition at WCC New York. The show highlighted the artist's well-known motifs of socio-political commentary, classical art, historical figures, and, of course, the rat. His visit was underscored by creating two commissioned murals and hosting a presentation and live stenciling in WCC's Gift Shop attended by scores of street artists eager to meet the icon. "Hearing from the artist himself and the stories behind the art adds an additional dimension to the collecting experience," said Russell. In addition, WCC showcased brand-new prints that build upon his historical references, featuring figures such as Beethoven, Sibyl, Eros, and a tribute to fellow artist Richard Hambleton.

Two decades in, Russell's passion for her career remains palpable. "We are continuing to develop relationships with artists who are doing incredible things," she explained. "It's gratifying to be able to positively influence the success of an artist." sl

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Blek Le Rat, TMWWTW Blue, acrylic and aerosol on linen, 40”w x 41”h, 2022 Blek Le Rat, Beethoven, acrylic and aerosol on linen, 40”w x 44.5”h, 2022 Gary James McQueen, Eternal Bloom, 2022. Gary James McQueen, Flayed Angel, 2021. 47
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Germany’s 13 wine regions offer hiking enthusiasts of all abilities a wide range of experiences. We've compiled our favorite treks across five regions for drinking in views of enchanting countryside while sipping delicious wine.

Compiled by Chloe Gellar / Images courtesy of Wines of Germany (

Germany's Oldest Wine Route: The Palatinate Riesling, pinot blanc, Grüner Silvaner, and chardonnay grapes originate in the Palatinate. The region between the Palatinate Forest and the Rhine Plain is located in Rhineland-Palatinate, bordering Alsace in the south. In terms of landscape, this region is strongly influenced by wine, with endless vines reaching in soft sweeps down to the Rhine and Moselle. The winters are mild, and the summers pleasant. Lemons, figs, and kiwis grow in the country gardens. Germany's oldest wine route runs through the middle of the Palatinate. At 52 miles in length, the trail starts at the German Wine Gate in Schweigen Rechtenbach on the French border and ends in Bockenheim on the edge of the Rhine-Hesse. There are 130 idyllic wine villages interspersed with stately castles and palaces, with wine festivals in summer and almond blossoms in spring. The picturesque municipalities of Bobenheim, Birkweiler, and Neustadt are noteworthy.

Quite small, but very refined: Franconia In the Middle Ages, Franconia was regarded as the largest wine region in the Holy Roman Empire; today, it is one of the more moderately-sized wine-growing regions. The region's trademark is the bocksbeutel, a type of wine bottle shaped like a flattened ellipsoid. The area surrounding Würzburg

stretches from Aschaffenburg along the Mainschleife to Bamberg and includes the steep slopes of the Steigerwald. Müller-Thurgau, Grüner Silvaner, riesling, and the typical Franconian Bacchus are grown here. Every year, 200 wine-related festivals occur in Franconia, nestled between the Spessart, Rhön, Steigerwald, and Tauber valleys.

The route from Retzbach to Karlstadt or from Rothenfels to Kreuzwertheim is a good option. Along the Volkacher Mainschleife, you can expect Silvaner wine and a breathtaking view of Vogelsburg. Red wine lovers can go on the red wine hike to Dernau. Finally, don't miss the Marienburg fortress and the residential city of Würzburg, with its imposing cathedral.

The steepest vineyards in Europe: Moselle It is one of the country's oldest wine regions, known for the steepest vineyards in Europe. Here, rieslings, Müller-Thurgau, and pinot noir flourish in primeval shale. The sheer grade is made for experienced hikers, rewarding them with unique views of an enchanting cultural landscape replete with castles, vineyards, waterfalls, ostrich farms, and legendary wine villages. Cochem and Bremm are popular towns, and the walled city of Beilstein, with its chapels and castle ruins, is undoubtedly worth a visit.

The Calmont ropeway offers hikers a unique view of the Bremmer Mosel loop, and it's well worth a walk to the steel lookout

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tower at Prinzenkopf. Those who tour Moselhöhenweg get an impressive look at miles of ornately arranged wine terraces. Trek along the wine trail on the Petrisberg to gaze upon Germany's oldest city, Trier. The culture trail in the Moselle valley is a less strenuous but equally exciting trek.

Forever Following the Rhine Terraces: Rheinhessen Between Worms, Mainz and Bingen is Germany's largest and oldest wine-growing region, the Rhineland-Palatinate wine region of Rheinhessen. Of the 136 Rhine-Hessian areas, only a fraction don't produce wine. The mild climate and the diverse soil conditions produce interesting wines from grapes that include MüllerThurgau, Silvaner, riesling, Dornfelder, and Burgundy Germany's richest rieslings hail from the Rote Hang between Nierstein and Nackenheim. The 46-mile Rhine Terraces Trail is divided into six stages and passes through many hamlets, all of which invite you to taste their wines.

Routes between Worms and Osthofen, Oppenheim to Nackenheim, and Bodenheim to Mainz are ideal routes. In Worms and Mainz, numerous sights and cozy pubs await. Also notable are the Bensheim circular hiking trail, the gourmet hike in Oppenheim, and the lookout at Nollig Castle.

Lovely Weather, Wonderful Wine: Baden Baden, the "Burgundy Paradise," is one of Germany's most versatile winegrowing regions, stretching about 250 miles along the Upper Rhine Plain from Tauberfranken through Kraichgau and the Badische Bergstrasse to Lake Constance. Such vastness creates ideal conditions for growing wide varieties of grapes. The sun plays along, too, making the highest recorded temperatures in Germany on the southern slopes of the Kaiserstuhl. And since Burgundy grapes are particularly fond of the warm climate, Baden is especially well-known for this variety.

The undulating Baden-Ortenau Wine Trail passes through ancient cities such as Freiburg, Heidelberg, and Baden-Baden, along with Lake Constance. An eco-wine trail also leads through the Markgräfler Land. The view from the dainty half-timbered village of Sasbachwalden, located between the slopes of the Hornisrinde and vineyards with a view of France, the Rhine Valley, and Strasbourg, is stunning. The Ortenau Wine Trail is also well worth a mention.

The German Wine Institute has an interactive map on its website ( showing more than 50 wine hikes in all 13 German wine-growing regions. Users can search for the locations of over 2,300 wine producers and special events. sl

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For nearly 140 years, Piaggio has covered transportation from scooter to sky.

In the second episode of season two of HBO Max's The White Lotus, set in Sicily, Italy, actress Jenifer Coolidge, reprising the role of fan-favorite Tanya McQuoid, lays out her ideal Italian afternoon in great detail. Spoiler alert: A significant portion of her dream day includes sightseeing via Vespa à la Audrey Hepburn on a 125 in Roman Holiday. Vespa's parent company Piaggio Group has been widely known for Vespa scooters and the la dolce dreams they inspire since 1946. However, the company's history goes back much further, and many may be surprised to learn that Piaggio's aviation affiliation goes back far longer than two-wheeled transport.

The company's origins trace back to Genova, Italy, when in 1884, a young Rinaldo Piaggio took over his father's business and converted it into a marine fit-out company. At the dawn of the twentieth century, Italian industry is bustling, and Piaggio's cabinetmakers are busy supplying furniture for luxurious Italian and foreign ships. Not satisfied with the growth potential in this sector, Rinaldo branches out into building and repairing carriages for the rail industry, which allows him to assemble a talented pool of engineers and repair technicians.

A year after the advent of the First World War, Rinaldo's company started repairing and building seaplanes, eventually acquiring a Pisa-based Pegna-Bonmartini aviation company in 1917. This move shielded the company from a post-war downturn while significantly increasing the talent pool of its workforce, including Giovanni Pegna, a gifted aeronautical

designer and engineer. Pegna gets credit for developing the P2 (Piaggio 2) monoplane fighter and its subsequent P7 evolution, the Piaggio racing seaplane, and the four-engine P108, the last great Italian-built plane before the Second World War.

Continued success spurs Rinaldo to branch out yet again, and in 1924 he acquired the Pontedera-based Costruzione Meccaniche Nazionali (National Mechanic Construction). The acquisition of the factory enables Piaggio to build its own aircraft engines and, later on, other vehicles. Hoping to avoid recessionary slowdowns befalling scores of industries in the 1930s, Piaggio adds Giovanni Pegna, Giovanni Gabrielli, Giovanni Casiraghi, and Corradino d'Ascanio to its R&D department. Working in collaboration with other inventors, d'Ascanio makes an immediate mark on the company by producing one of the world's first helicopter prototypes. His innovation and creations, including the PD1 and PD2 (Piaggio-d'Ascanio) helicopters, ensure his contributions are etched permanently in Piaggio's annals.

In 1944, anticipating a post-WWII rebuilding boom, Enrico Piaggio, who, along with his brother Armando inherited the family business when their father Rinaldo died in 1938, commissioned a vehicle that would allow individuals to get around on their own. The first attempt is a scooter designed by Renzo Spolti with a loadbearing frame. The MP (Moto Piaggio), in its MP1 and MP5 iterations, was nicknamed Paperino. Not seeing his vision fully

Written by Andre James / Photos courtesy of Piaggio Group
A Vespa prototype from 1945

realized, Enrico asks Corradino d'Ascanio to rework the design, resulting in the MP6 prototype in 1945. One year later, production commences on a legendary two-wheeler: the Vespa 98. The company went on to roll out the three-wheeled Ape (pronounced "a pay") starting in 1975; the Porter, a cab over microvan and pick-up in 1992; the zippy Liberty "high wheel" scooter in 1996; and, in 2006, the Piaggio MP3, a tilting three-wheeled scooter with a combustion engine and electric battery combination.

In the aviation sector, Piaggio Aerospace, headquartered in Villanova d’Albenga, Italy and under ownership separate from the Piaggio Group for several years, continues to fulfill orders for a broad customer base spanning the Italian Ministry of Defense to executive aviation clients.

Unveiled in 2014 and produced in Italy, Piaggio's sevenpassenger Avanti EVO is a business aircraft that's one of the most environmentally friendly on the market, with reduced emissions and aircraft noise thanks to a five-blade scimitar design in aluminum. Powered by two Pratt & Witney PT6A66B engines—the fastest twin turboprop ever made—the Avanti EVO is faster than some jets. It achieves greater speed without compromising operating costs, running at up to 30% less than a jet of the same size and able to climb to a ceiling of 41,000 feet and travel 1,809 NM before refueling. The stand-up cabin height of 5'9" is the tallest in class, while the width of 6'1" is superior

Back on terra firma, Piaggio continues its five-decade record of working on electric power with the introduction of the Vespa Elettrica. A follow-up to the world's first hybrid scooter, the MP3 Hybrid, which launched in 2009, the Vespa Elettrica boasts a range of 60 miles and requires just four hours to charge fully. The company says its performance bests a traditional 50 cc scooter.

By the end of September 2022, Piaggio had sold 490,400 vehicles worldwide and captured 34.9% of the North American scooter market. For 2023, Piaggio Group is introducing a range of new models across their portfolio. These include the Aprilia RS 660 Extrema; the Aprilia ELECTRICa Project, aimed at providing accessible zero-emissions two-wheeled transportation for young people; Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello, the first motorcycle in the world to incorporate adaptive aerodynamics; and the Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Special Edition.

And, if you want to live out your own Italian dream, the company has introduced several new variants of the Vespa, now a global brand produced at three production sites: Pontedera, Italy, Vinh Phuc in Vietnam, and the Baramatti factory in India. Billed by Piaggio Group as "the most authentically sporty Vespa ever," the new Vespa Gtv combines the familiar appearance with an ultra-modern technological equipment package and brand-new sporty finishes. Buon scooter! sl

to many comparable aircraft. Sumptuous Poltrona Frau leather accentuates the cabin. An Ape in a 1966 photo from the Piaggio archives The Vespa GTS Range 2023 Aprilla RS 660 Extrema 53
The Piaggo Avanti. Photo courtesy Piaggio Aerospace.


This is Bob Dylan’s first book of new writing since 2004’s Chronicles: Volume One—and since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. Through 60 essays, Dylan, who began work on the book in 2010, offers his insight into the nature of popular music, even explaining how bluegrass relates to heavy metal. Bob Dylan—The Philosophy of Modern Song—hardcover, 352 pages, Simon & Schuster

Art historian Christine Ross examines contemporary art’s response to migration, inviting viewers in Europe and North America to see art as an invitation to abandon preconceptions and view migration more critically and in terms of coexistence: the interdependence of beings. Christine Ross—Art for Coexistence: Unlearning the Way We See Migration—hardcover, 424 pages The MIT Press

This tome is an impressive collection of 300+ images capturing the landmarks, landscapes, and people of Ethiopia and East Africa captured by photographer Joey L. over thirteen years with the support of his dedicated Ethiopian crew. Joey L. —Ethiopia: A Photographic Tribute to East Africa’s Diverse Cultures & Traditions—hardcover, 368 pages, Earth Aware Editions

The first compilation of the vivid, psychedelic, treatment-textured, and intensely colorful photographic prints and Polaroids of a 1960s runaway housewife named Joan Archibald from Long Island, reborn in Malibu and then Palm Springs as Kali. Her work is currently on exhibition at the Columbus Museum of art through March 12, 2023. Len Prince— Kali: Artographer—hardcover, 224 pages, powerHouse Books

An American in Provence is a beautiful collection of portrait, scenic, and stilllife photography from award-winning photographer Jamie Beck. Looking to slow down from her fast-paced life in New York City, Beck moved to the French countryside, documenting her life as “An American in Provence.” What started as a one-year getaway became five as she continues to chronicle her life there through her photography on Instagram, including the birth of her daughter, Eloise. Jamie Beck— An American In Provence: Art, Life and Photography—hardcover, 320 pages, Simon Element hardcover, 320 pages Simon & Schuster


bib 'li' o 'taph, [bib-lee-uhtaf, -tahf]: a person who caches or hoards books

Oxford and Queen’s University-educated author Gareth Russell provides a deliciously entertaining collection of 101 fascinating and funny anecdotes about Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, aka Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother—one for each year of her life. Gareth Russell—Do Let’s Have Another Drink!— hardcover, 240 pages, Atria Books

Author Judith McLoughlin showcases 100+ fresh and innovative food and drink recipes celebrating Irish-American heritage that she interweaves with her culinary and cultural journey. Judith McLoughlin—A Return to Ireland—hardcover, 256 pages, Hatherleigh Press

Known as an expert in British baking and culture, acclaimed food writer and historian Regula Ysewijn turns her attention to her native Belgium. This book provides an intimate look at the culinary traditions and classic baked goods with 80+ recipes encompassing Carnival and Renaissance treats, pastries, pies, biscuits, cakes, breads, and, of course, waffles. Available in February. Regula Ysewijn—Dark Rye and Honey Cake— hardcover, 272 pages, Weldon Owen

Luke Caldwell, founder of design and built firm Timber and Love design and star of HGTV’s Boise Boys and Outgrown, shares his intentional design philosophy for creating timeless and organic home designs. Organized by design style—Timber and Love, Natural and Organic, and Classic and Cozy—the book is filled with photography that showcases the bones and flow of spaces and the details that make them unique. Luke Caldwell—Americana Soul: Homes Designed with Love, Comfort, and Intention—hardcover, 256 pages, Hatherleigh Press 55

From Frilly to Fierce

The latest looks from leading bridal designers

Every bride wants to look and feel their best on their big day. However, the ideal “fairytale moment” is different for everyone, and bridal designers have taken note, as evidenced by the diverse styles in their 2023 collections. While ballgowns remain a perennial favorite, there’s also been a surge in mini dresses, pops of color, and separates.

Grace Loves Lace. Photo by Jessica Ruscoe


Photography by Jessica Ruscoe Eight signature wedding dresses (both made-to-order and RTW) and two new veils comprise the latest line from the multi-million Pinterestpinned brand. Billed as "an ode to the dreamers, the poets, the midnight readers, the moonlight bathers, and the deep thinkers," their latest collection, "Memoirs of Her," stays true to the effortless and sophisticated lines that have defined the Australianbased company from the beginning (


Besa categorizes their style as “cool-girl-inspired,” a look achieved via layering and personalization with mix and match pieces and unique separates. Sooyeon Rim founded Besa after nearly a decade working with the prestigious bridal label Amsale. Realizing an unfilled niche for non-traditional pieces, she founded Besa to appeal to contemporary and unconventional brides. All pieces are designed in New York and made to order in Seoul, Korea ( 57


Lagos-based Imad Eduso’s bridal looks are consistent with the brand’s moda operandi of mixing textures, colors, and shapes in a whimsical and bold way, designed to make all women feel empowered and confident (


Murano chandeliers were the centerpiece of Ines’s inspiration for her 2023 collection, dubbed “Illuminated Soiree.”

Embellished details, subtly playful color choices, and unexpected textures and finishes define the collection.

In a press release, the designer stated, “you’ll find that each gown can live as a standalone piece capable of illuminating any venue, no matter the scale, just as the chandelier it was inspired by” (


Reem Acra loves catering to brides from all over the world. Creating trends and mixing the unusual with the traditional gives every bride a path to manifesting her dream dress. Her 2023 “Sweet Dreams” collection melds just enough elements of the Old World mixed with modern details.

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At New York Fashion Week Bridal, Liz Martinez unveiled a new collection, "The Other Me," categorized as high fashion editorial meets bold street smart. Utilizing the moniker Love Courageously, Live Boldly, Dress Fearlessly, the designer conveyed her notion of a modern bride: feminine, free, utterly independent, and unwilling to settle for anyone else's vision. "She's a force; she's a fire; she's absolute freedom" (



The Tel Aviv-based designer’s 2023 collection features four signature lines, each defined by opulent details and figure-flattering silhouettes. Each gown is handcrafted with unique fabrics sourced from artisans in India, France, and Italy, among others. The Romanzo collection, named “Vogue,” is notable for dramatic cascading trains and interesting necklines. Simple silhouettes accentuated by beading and lace define “Seville,” the Haute Couture collection. The elegant lines of the “Swan Lake” collection of the Mimosa line display the effortless grace of a prima ballerina. Finally, glittering cocktail dresses from the “Second Skin’ collection are perfect for bachelorette parties and dancing the night away at the wedding reception (


Rita Vineris’ “Golden Hour” collection for RIVINI is inspired by daylight’s fleeting light just before sunset when light and shadow take on a magical quality. A feeling of luminosity is communicated on the structured pieces via Italian silk, liquid shimmer, hand-painted tulle, and pearl embellishment ( 61


The enduring appeal of pearls for both sexes.

While men sporting pearls is de riguer at the moment, these lustrous gems of the sea have been prized by distinguished gentlemen since antiquity, with documentation going as far back as 2300 BC in China. In ancient Rome, a decree made a law that only noblemen were permitted to wear pearls. In the Tudor era, men put on pearls as a public show of their rank at court. Perhaps the most notable historical devotee of the pearl was Shah Jahan, the fifth emperor of the Mughal Empire, reigning from 1628 to 1658. A jewelryobsessed gem expert, and the builder of the Taj Mahal, he is often depicted with slathers of strands, some draping down to his waist, an honor reserved for the upper echelons of the royal family.

Then, as now, pearls are a symbol of wealth, power, nobility, and good taste. And, as men consider donning pearls, designers are taking note, creating more gender fluid looks to meet demand.


Below: A Portrait of a Statesman, watercolor on paper by Yahya Ghaffar, 1877. Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2016. As with many portraits of the period, the subject’s robe is embroidered with pearls and jewels. Image courtesy of the Met Museum

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Tahitian pearl earring and necklace from Assael. Available through Diamond Cellar in Columbus and Nashville and at Photo by David Benoliel.
King Baby 6mm grey pearl bracelet with silver rose beads ($375;

John Hardy Asli link chain pearl necklace ($2,200). Available from Reis-Nichols in Indianapolis, Davis Jewelers in Louisville, and at

Nouveau wire bracelet from Ritique ($840;

David Yurman DY Madison pearl chain bracelet in sterling silver ($695). Available through Diamond Cellar in Columbus, Moyer Fine Jewelers and Reis-Nichols in Indianapolis, Corbett-Frame in Lexington, Davis Jewelers in Louisville, King Jewelers in Nashville, and at

The astonishing jeweled harness adorning this bodhisattva is made up of two long strands of pearl-like clusters and multifaceted beads. It is possible that the jewels refer to a passage in the Lotus Sutra in which the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and another bodhisattva extol Avalokiteshvara’s great compassion and presents him with a pearl necklace as a symbol of his benevolence. Bodhisattva, probably Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin), sandstone with pigment, Northern Qi dynasty ca. 550-560. The Sackler Collections, Purchase, The Sackler Fund, 1965 Image courtesy of the Met Museum

Akoya pearl earrings, necklaces and rings from Assael. Available through Diamond Cellar in Columbus and Nashville and at Photo by David Benoliel. 63

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From my earliest memories, I have always loved tea. Whenever I was sick, my mom made me Lipton Tea with lemon and honey. As I got older, I discovered Earl Grey, Constant Comment and in college Red Zinger on a cold afternoon at Drake’s in Ann Arbor. In those days, the assortment was limited, but I always found the teas comforting, soothing, and much more appealing than average coffee. When I lived in Italy, I discovered really good coffee, and for years drank that as my regular go-to brew.

By the late 90’s, I was lured into a Teavana store at Saint Louis Galleria, sampled some teas, talked to a very knowledgeable barista, and left with more than $100 of loose tea and accessories. From that point forward, tea has been a regular part of my of daily ritual including a special kettle which brews the water to

the ideal temperature (based on the tea variety), multiple teapots for steeping and serving the tea, contraptions to steep loose tea and catch the leaves before they enter the cup, special airtight canisters for storing the tea and, of course, dozens of varieties from speciality shops to my favorites from The Republic of Tea. Recently, I remembered meeting Ron Rubin who is the owner and now Executive Chairman of The Republic of Tea in St. Louis and decided to see if he is still involved in the business. As luck would have it, Ron is still one of the owners while his son Todd B. Rubin, 42, runs the company which is still privately owned with a significant presence in St. Louis, as well as southern Illinois, and their marketing and sales headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. 65
Todd B. Rubin (l) and Ron Rubin (r)

So with a hot cup of The Republic of Tea’s Ginger Peach black tea subtly sweetened with a teaspoon of agave, I googled my way to the marketing team to set up a time to meet and interview Todd when he was next in St. Louis. After answering a lot of questions about the focus and intent of my story, Todd agreed to sit down with me in November.

The story really starts with the co-founders of retailer Banana Republic, Mel and Patricia Ziegler, and their partner Bill Rosensweig, who had a passion for tea and wrote a business book together titled The Republic of Tea in 1992. Ron Rubin who is a voracious reader of business books, got excited by the future of tea, started a dialogue with the original owners, and eventually bought the business when it was 22 months old, just as they were considering selling the company to Celestial Seasonings. At the time, Ron owned a multi-generational beverage distribution company specializing in spirits, wine, and water as a master distributor of Clearly Canadian. When The Republic of Tea started some 30 years ago there wasn’t a national specialty tea company or brand in the US sourcing tea from the top growing regions of the world, predominantly China, Japan, Sri Lanka, India, and Taiwan. Today, The Republic of Tea has over 350 varieties which are sold at over 1500 specialty and natural retail locations (Whole Foods Markets and Straub’s locally) and via ecommerce direct from the company and with a presence on Amazon. They prefer not to have a large presence in the big grocery stores where their products are just one of many brands of tea.

The company has always been known for their unique blends, flavor profiles, and both loose and their signature round tea bags which sit perfectly in a mug. They are also packaged in airtight canisters which contain 36 or 50 teabags vs. other brands which typically have 16-20 bags so the tea remains fresh longer and is stored in the same way all connoisseurs of tea store theirs.

So much of the tea drinking experience is through education, trial and innovation. When I first started drinking tea, I would drink the tea that I bought the way that it instructed. Now, at the advice of some tea masters, I mix different teas. My go-to is mixing rooibos, which is much like a good black tea, but without any of the caffeine

or bitterness, and with all sorts of sweeter teas and ingredients, including ginger peach, citrus fruit, berries, vanilla, chocolate, apple, warming spices, and caramel.

If you want to learn more about the many teas, The Republic of Tea hosts tastings – much like a wine tasting – both at retail locations and online via YouTube. The website is a great resource for not only their teas, but videos, accessories and gifts for the tea lover in your life.

Much of the pleasure derived from tea, in my experience, is based on the preparation, the temperature of the water, the time it steeps, the way it is served, the tea cups, and of course the environment. What started out as an occasional beverage for some, now is growing quickly in popularity because the growth of functional health and wellness regimens. If consumed without additives such as artificial sweeteners, tea is the perfect beverage, hot or cold, as part of your daily ritual. If you rely on caffeine to keep you going, don’t worry, many teas have an ample supply.

Today The Republic of Tea has 138 Ministers (employees), and the business continues to grow despite the competition. With sugary drinks on the decline, tea and other functional health drinks are on the rise. With a storied past and book about its beginnings, a fabulous website, and stimulating catalog, the study of The Republic of Tea is captivating.

While Ron transitioned from the family wine and spirits business to tea, Todd grew up in a soft drink family. He remembers dressing up as a Clearly Canadian bottle for Halloween one year and has attended the Fancy Food Show every year since 1998. Todd was born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, and moved to Clayton, Missouri, when he was 14 years old for the schools and connection to a larger community. He studied architecture at Syracuse University, but after practicing (architecture) for a few years was attracted to the family business. With his good looks, passion for the product, and his love of talking to the customers, Todd is a natural spokesman for the brand that helped raise him.

The offices are heavily influenced by tea culture: bamboo floors, lanterns, a warm color palette, and the careful placement


of furniture. Even the desks have rearview mirrors so no one gets startled if you quietly approach from behind. As an architect, Todd is passionate about the feng shui design and dabbles in the design of the offices whenever he can.

Now Todd is adding his own touches to an already robust line of premium teas and herbs with partnerships with celebrities and pop culture like the hit series Bridgerton. With flavors like Newton Ginger Biscuit Tea (which includes a corgi on the label), Queen’s Cake Vanilla Fruit Tea, and Anthony & Kate’s Spiced Chai, you can get your daily tea fix while following along with the royal narrative and best sipped when spirited scheming and taming wicked rogues are on the agenda. This chai is best prepared in the traditional method — accompanied by warm milk, a touch of honey, and an abundance of irresistible passion.

Todd likes Lucky Irish Breakfast black tea in the morning, Brain Boost (which is part of the SuperGreen tea collection) in the afternoon, Blueberry Lavender iced tea throughout the day, and the delicious organic Vietnamese Cinnamon to give his body and mind a natural boost. This premium cassia cinnamon from Vietnam has a sweet, full flavor that is perfect served hot or over ice.

Tea is easy enough to make if you follow the directions carefully. According to Todd, the most common mistakes include using the wrong water temperature (usually too hot), steeping time (too long), or not enough tea for the portion of water (too diluted and tasteless).

So with Ron and Todd spending more time in Northern California, what role does St. Louis play in the brand? Surprisingly, St. Louis is the e-commerce center which was moved here from the San Francisco Bay Area because of its central location, hard-working team, deep relationships, and access to talent. While San Francisco is known for its high-tech, The Republic of Tea chooses not to compete for talent there with the likes of Google and Meta, and has built a world class team at the intersection of Manchester Rd and 270.

Todd emphasizes the key to the success of the brand is its focus on specialty retailers, deep relationships and measured growth. Many of the first employees are still with the company after 30

years and have grown with the brand such as the Minister of Creativity who started as the intern for Patricia Ziegler.

From its original founding based on a business book, The Republic of Tea has clever names for its employees, retailers, suppliers and consumers such as: Ministers, Embassies, Ambassadors and Citizens. And whenever the team is faced with challenges, it always looks to the original book for inspiration and the ethos of the brand.

Todd emphasized, “We really believe in educating our Ministers (employees). And so we actually do tea trips to origin countries each year for our Ministers as an incentive and educational opportunity. I think we’ve done 18 trips to the countries of origin. Our last trip was to Japan and we went to Sri Lanka the year prior. We’re planning to go to Japan next spring now that Japan’s back open and Japan is where we source matcha from as well as delicious premium sencha green teas.”

Recently, the biggest challenges to the business are supply chain issues, climate change, and political unrest in Sri Lanka. With the tea being hand harvested, the shrinking population of tea farmers and increasing demand for tea also requires the close attention of the team.

It stands to reason that someone in the wine and spirits business would see the attraction of tea. Each has a different flavor profile, and consumers of tea have different preferences. While you may settle on a handful of teas that you drink regularly, there is always a new one to try and many ways to cook with it.

Todd encourages customers to share their ideas and preferences with The Republic of Tea. In fact, he regularly reads the comments and often responds directly. Don’t be surprised if you get an email from him on weekends when he regularly reads customer comments and responds over a cup of tea. As Todd focuses on The Republic of Tea, Ron now focuses on the vineyard he founded 12 years ago in Sonoma, CA: Ron Rubin Winery.

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As our parents’ age, there doesn’t seem to be an owner’s manual to help with the many tough questions with which we are faced. So when my dad passed away at 86 years old, my mom was faced with living alone for the first time since she left her parents’ home. Needless to say, it was hard for her and equally hard as a child to see a parent struggle to find her footing.

After two years of living on her own with her dog Hannah, I started to think through all the scenarios in the event she needed someone on a moment’s notice. She certainly had great neighbors, but it was abundantly clear that in times of crisis friends are great but family is mandatory.

So my sister and I started conversations about having my mom come to live near me in St. Louis or near my sister in Los Angeles. Many of the conversations resulted in tears, but in the end, my mom knew it would be best to live near one of us, and unfortunately neither my sister nor I had plans of moving back to the New York metro area.

So we convinced my mom to take a trip to Los Angeles to see what it would be like to live there, with near perfect weather all the time, and explore a series of independent living options which offered the flexibility of assisted living should she ever need it. There were some great options – albeit shockingly expensive – and my mom left LA energized by what life could be like there.

Within a month or so, my mom said that while she was scared to leave her NJ community and friends, she knew that this would be the best decision as she aged. While she didn’t voice her concerns to my sister, she told me that she didn’t know if she was ready to do this but would let me know when she was. Surprisingly, she called me a couple of weeks later and told me to list her house for sale, and before long she had sold many of her possessions and set a move date just two days after my son was married in the New York area in September 2021.

Since then, there have been many ups and downs with this decision, so when the opportunity arose for me to do a story about a new senior living community in St. Louis, I jumped at it. I was intrigued by what is similar and different, and based on my discussions with my mom, I felt like I was almost an expert at this.

For months, I drove past Clarendale Clayton at the corner of Hanley and Clayton Roads, impressed by the neighborhood, building and amenities, and carved out the better part of a day to tour the property, meet with residents, sample the food, and ask probing questions only someone with a parent in a similar community would know to ask. I was prepared to see and hear much of what my mom tells me on a regular basis, but I did not. I met people from their 60s to 90s, who remain very much engaged in the community, and who love being part of their new community despite how different

The stunning new Clarendale Clayton Senior Residences at the corner of Hanley and Clayton roads.

it is from the life prior to Clarendale. There must be some who don’t think of it as living in a hotel, but I didn’t meet any.

My first interview was with Keith Kohler who is the head of Life Enrichment, or what most people would call programming and activities. He was formerly with a top event marketing firm in St. Louis, so he is used to talking with clients, brainstorming great ideas, and using his contacts to make things happen. With a parent who lives with him, he knows all too well the issues of being the primary caregiver. Perhaps the key to his success is his philosophy of “I don’t make a promise I cannot keep. Most people who have jobs like mine put things on the schedule that they think the residents will like. I don’t. I listen to our residents, learn what they want to do, and execute against that. Because it’s not about us - it’s about our residents.”

Organized activities for residents at Clarendale offer opportunities for community building. Ted Talk Tuesdays is a professionally led discussion on a relevant topic such as the upcoming elections. A recent two night trip to Echo Bluffs in the deep woods of the Ozarks was very popular. The trip was sold out and received rave reviews. Many of these programs are free to residents and some have a small fee to cover hotels, transportation, etc.

Kohler reinforced, “We are not a cookie cutter community. I refuse to put things on the calendar that are not stimulating to

someone’s intellect or desire for learning. This does not feel like a senior living community. I look at all of these residents as my extended family.”

Formal listening sessions with residents provide feedback and input. And a monthly town hall meeting, called Clarendale Connections, updates all residents on what’s going on.

Meredith Evangelista, the director of sales and marketing, chimed in saying, “Clarendale Clayton is unique in that it is in an urban setting, a highrise building, a sophisticated demographic of residents from retired professionals and professors, to people who have moved here from California for example to be closer to their kids.” Sounds familiar to my mom’s situation.

They also host many Chamber of Commerce events at the building from wine tasting with the Wine Merchant to a partnership with Shakespeare in the Park. “There’s a lot of integration with Clayton and the Clayton Condominium Association too, so people can see what Clarendale is all about, and our residents can make friends outside of our walls. We partner with Oasis which is a lifelong adventure organization committed to enriching the lives of older adults by offering innovative programs to satisfy curiosity and expand interests. The particular presentation on the day I visited was about the Civil War’s Camp Jackson Affair.

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A fabulous two-story entrance welcomes guests and visitors.

Just coming up on its one year anniversary, Clarendale Clayton is 40-45% occupied in independent, assisted, and memory care with 10-14 residents moving in each month. It is approximately 60/40 ratio women to men. To help people see if the Clarendale is right for them, they occasionally offer a trial stay option for 30 days with no obligation but the cost of one month’s rent. Three of the four people who have tried it have moved in. There are 195 independent living apartments with 22 different floor plans ranging from very comfortable 1 bedrooms to somewhat extravagant 2,400 square feet 3 bedrooms. There are arch views and Clayton views and everything in-between. While everyone I met still drove and had cars, only 30% of the residents have cars while the others take advantage of the complimentary car service.

Kohler said, “Our view is that every resident is unique and our team has been carefully selected to listen, inspire, and encourage on a very personal level for each resident. For the resident who doesn’t want to leave their apartment, we respect that, but we also know that life begins at the end of their comfort zone and we try to find things specifically that they will enjoy. Sometimes it’s about nudging and encouragement.”

All of the staff I met at Clarendale seemed to know every resident. “We make it our jobs to know every resident by name and something about them and their background.”

Following a small group meeting giving me the overview of Clarendale Clayton, I went to lunch with four residents: Jane Ward, Karen Fields, Morley Winters, and Kay Patterson. We were seated in a private dining room, handed menus of the day’s offerings, introduced to our server Katie and even welcomed by Jason Austin who is Director of Culinary Experience. The menu was diverse and had everything for the health conscious, weight watcher, or over-indulgent crowd. I ordered salmon on a bed of quinoa and vegetables, and found it to be nothing short of restaurant quality.

In fact, if I lived at Clarendale, I would have to watch myself as they have everything you can ever want and they seemed willing to whip up anything not on the menu.

Morley, who was the 3rd or 4th resident to move into the building, signed the lease with his wife, but before moving in she fell ill and passed away. Morley said, “The primary reason we considered moving here was our children and grandchildren. They said look at it now when it’s not an emergency. We attended a terrific presentation and were excited by the location, views, and the ambiance of an upscale hotel, which made it memorable and stuck with me. What really sold me was that all the promises were very accurate. When my granddaughter came the first time she thought it was a hotel or apartment complex, not a senior community.”

Kay was living in Santa Monica before moving to St. Louis. After her husband passed away, everything closed down because of COVID. First, she lived with her son and his family in St. Louis. After a month, she realized she was isolated because everything was closed, so she started looking for a senior living community. Each place she visited, she would ask herself if she could see herself living there, but the answer was always no. She always fantasized about living someday in a hotel – something like the Carlyle in New York – and when she walked into Clarendale Clayton, it felt like a hotel. “There was a great vibrancy. I tried many different activities and I realized I am so much better off being here. My family works all the time and don’t always have time for me. I joined a committee to get involved and slowly started to make friends. It’s been a slow process to meet people, but there are so many amazing people here.”

As soon as we sat down to eat, the stories started flowing. I was told all about the other residents from a former CIA agent, ex-ambassadors, doctors, lawyers, teachers, a couple of physics professors, artists, writers – almost like a WashU campus.

Fine dining is the focus of Clarendale’s sophisticated culinary program.
Pet friendly living with easy access to green space for convenient walks.

Jane didn’t want to be around old people because she doesn’t consider herself old. It was important for her to have access to transportation, a highway, and that she still wanted to drive. “I didn’t want my home to look or smell like a nursing home, because I am still independent, but I knew after falling a couple of times I had to get out of my 4 story house. I came to visit a sorority sister at the Clarendale and said to myself ‘stop looking, this is it.’ I saw my name up on the marquis welcoming me on the day I visited. After the tour, I opened my purse and wrote a check.” Then she focused on selling her house and furniture, which she calls the “divorce process.”

Each of the people I talked to said this lifestyle is not necessarily for everyone. Karen Fields said, “My ex- husband came to visit me and he said everyone was too friendly and he prefers to be alone in his cabin in Michigan.” I was surprised and intrigued that the residents were so diverse with different backgrounds, life experiences, religions, ethnicities, and interests.

Kay has developed friendships in the first few months who she says are now some of her closest friends. “I feel very close to people here.” The building is very pet friendly. According to Meredith, “We don’t have a size requirement, but we have a temperament requirement. We all get to benefit from the pets even if we don’t have one.”

As I heard numerous times on my tour, “the residents rule.”

The incredibly intelligent, classy, and articulate Jane said, “At first, if I got the feeling a small group didn’t want me to join them for dinner, but I didn’t let that stop me. If you accept yourself, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. From running around in well educated circles, I have found that if the door isn’t open, you sometimes have to pry it open.”

What makes this community even more unique is that residents live in both worlds – the one in the Clarendale, and the one they

maintain in the broader community. Whether it is a country club membership, a religious affiliation, or a subscription to Opera Theatre, residents seem to maintain the things they enjoy doing.

Before I toured many of the apartment units, I spoke with Meredith about creating genuine experiences, creating something new for the STL market, with elevated services, focused on culinary, life enrichment and services, high expectations, dog walking, dry cleaning, with a team who is encouraged to make decision in real time to exceed residents’ expectations. “We hire for EQ and hospitality,” she said. “And we focus on hospitality that our residents can’t always find on their own. Because we are new we are doing things that no else is doing…because we can.”

The feedback has been incredible with 5 star reviews from the residents, their families, and even the people who just visit.

To date, this is the 9th Clarendale in the country, but it’s the 1st highrise in a city setting. Another is opening in Phoenix in January, then Chicago in April. Clarendale is privately owned by Life Care Services (LCS) which has been in business for 50 years and the 2nd largest owner/operator of senior living communities with 150+ in 33 states. They were just awarded the JD Powers award for best in customer service for independent living for the 4th year in a row.

When I asked if Clarendale had anyone they viewed as the competition in the market, Meredith said there are a number of quality operators, but the real difference is the style and services each offer. For example, one may be more formal and elegant, whereas we are more modern with a new look. Meredith went on to say “our biggest competitor is the resident’s home,” meaning until someone is ready to make this move, nothing we can say will change their mind. sl

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Rooftop lounge area featuring fire pit and stunning views.


Some of the most profound experiences I have had in my life have happened in museums. On a recent trip to Washington D.C., to celebrate Thanksgiving with family, we decided to visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture after hearing so much about it.

The content ranges from the difficult, such as slavery, to the uplifting, with galleries dedicated to sports, music, and social change. Regardless if going for an hour or spending the whole day, everyone will be changed by the experience, realizing the undeniable impact African Americans have had on our country. I always knew this to be true, but until you see it curated by The Smithsonian, you just don’t know how extensive it is.

The museum tagline, “A Century in the Making,” references the journey toward the fulfillment of this long-held dream, providing an overview of the century-long struggle to create the museum on the National Mall that began in 1915. The museum has involved the efforts of presidents and members of Congress, curators, architects, art collectors,army veterans, celebrities, and ordinary citizens.

As we stepped into the building and asked a staff member where we should start, we were told to start at the bottom where the journey begins with exploring the complex story of slavery and freedom, a story standing at the core of our national experience. Beginning in the 15th century with the transatlantic slave trade, through the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, the exhibition uses personal stories to explore the economic and political legacies of slavery for all Americans. Priceless objects featured include an actual slave ship; Harriett Tubman’s shawl and

hymn book (c. 1876); Nat Turner’s bible (1830s); shackles used for an enslaved child; a slave cabin from Edisto Island, S.C.; a pocket copy of the Emancipation Proclamation read from by soldiers bringing news of freedom to the U.S. Colored Troops; and freedom papers (c. 1852) carried by a former slave, Joseph Trammell.

After climing higher in the building we arrived at a series of galleries on the Era of Segregation 1876–1968. This exhibition takes visitors from the end of Reconstruction through the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The exhibition illustrates how African Americans not only survived the challenges set before them but crafted an important role for themselves in the nation and how the nation was changed due to these struggles. Some of the most powerful artifacts in the museum are located here, including Emmett Till’s casket, a dress made by Rosa Parks, a prison tower from the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, a segregated Southern Railway rail car from the Jim Crow era, the Greensboro, N.C., Woolworth’s lunch-counter stools, and a house (c. 1874) built, owned and lived in by freed slaves in Maryland.

Climbing higher, we found A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond, which illustrates the impact of African Americans on life in the United States—social, economic, political, and cultural— from the death of Martin Luther King Jr. to the second election of President Barack Obama. This exhibition encompasses several sections focusing on the Black Power era of the 1960s and ’70s, Black Studies at universities, racial dynamics in cities and suburbs and the changing role of the black middle class. Subjects include the Black Arts Movement, hip-hop, the Black Panthers, the rise of

Museum at dusk ( Photo by Alan Karchmer)

the black middle class, and, more recently, the Black Lives Matter movement with many references made to St. Louis. The year 1968 is seen as a turning point in the modern struggle for freedom and equality with artifacts such as painted plywood panels from Resurrection City, a “Huey Newton, Minister of Defense” poster, and handmade banners from the 2008 presidential election.

The stories in the Making a Way Out of No Way gallery show how African Americans created possibilities in a world that denied them opportunities. These stories reflect the perseverance, resourcefulness, and resilience required by African Americans to survive and thrive in America. Each story presents concrete actions and choices that people made to contest the racial status quo in America, challenging visitors to reconsider the notion of freedom as granted to African Americans and to see freedom, along with its privileges and responsibilities, as earned by African Americans. The three main sections are complemented by multimedia components and the institutional pillars of African American life—education, religion, business, organizations,the press, and a tradition of activism.

The sports gallery looks at the contributions of athletes on and off the field. Because sports were among the first and most highprofile organizations to accept African Americans on relative terms of equality, sports have a unique role in African American culture. Types of artifacts on display include sports equipment, awards, trophies, photos, training logs, playbooks, posters, and flyers. A grip bag and uneven-bar grips used by African American gymnast Gabby Douglas in the 2012 Olympics, a white terrycloth robe worn by Muhammad Ali, and the track shoes and gold medals of Carl Lewis are among the iconic items in the museum’s sports collection.

The military gallery conveys a sense of appreciation and respect for the military service of African Americans from the American Revolution to the current war on terrorism. It establishes an understanding that the African American military experience shapes opportunities for the greater community and has profoundly shaped the nation. This exhibition helps visitors understand the African American military experience in three areas: “Struggle for Freedom” focusing on the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Civil War; “Segregated Military,” about the Indian Wars, SpanishAmerican War and World Wars I and II; and “Stirrings of Change to a Colorblind Military,” examining the Korean and Vietnam wars and today’s war on terrorism. Artifacts include Civil War badges, weapons and photographs, the flag of the 9th Regiment U.S. Colored Volunteers, a WWI Croix de Guerre medal awarded to U.S. soldier Lawrence McVey and various Tuskegee Airmen materials.

On the fourth floor are the Musical Crossroads galleries. This exhibition tells the story of African American music from the arrival of the first Africans to America to today’s hip-hop. The gallery is organized through stories of musical genres and themes rather than chronologically, covering classical, sacred, rock ’n’ roll, hip-hop, and more. Through its content, the exhibition is

the space where history and culture intermingle. Music serves as the crossroads between musical traditions and cultural and social development stories.

Among the artifacts in this sound-filled area is Marian Anderson’s outfit from her 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Also on display is a neon sign from Minton’s Playhouse (1938) in Harlem, known as the birthplace of bebop where Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie performed at Mondaynight jam sessions. Thomas Dorsey (known as the father of gospel) is represented by the piano and bench he used at the Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago, where he served as music director for 40 years. Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and The Staples Singers are among those who sang at the church. From the modern era, the exhibition features Chuck Berry’s red Cadillac which he drove on the Fox stage, and Public Enemy, the group that voiced the tenets of black pride and racial awareness.

Other Galleries include:The Cultural Expressions exhibition is an introduction to the concept of African American and African diaspora culture. It examines style (identity, political expression, and attitudes expressed in clothing, dress, hair, and jewelry), food and foodways, artistry and creativity through craftsmanship, social dance and gesture, and language.

The Visual Art and the American Experience gallery illustrates the critical role that African American artists played in shaping the history of American art. It features seven thematic sections and one changing exhibition gallery. Works will include paintings, sculpture, works on paper, art installations, mixed media, photography and digital media.

The Taking the Stage exhibition explores the history of African Americans in theater, film and television in order to celebrate their creative achievements, demonstrate their cultural impact and illuminate their struggles for equal representation on the stage of American entertainment. Visitors see how African Americans transformed the ways they are represented onstage by challenging racial discrimination and stereotypes and striving to produce more positive, authentic and diverse images of African American identity and experience. Together these stories suggest how African American performing artists also paved the way for broader social change.

The design of the building features two distinct design elements—the “Corona,” the signature exterior feature that consists of 3,600 bronze-colored cast-aluminum panels weighing a total of 230 tons, and the “Porch,” which serves as the location for the main museum entrance on Madison Drive. The 400,000-square-foot building is situated on a five-acre tract adjacent to the Washington Monument. Total cost for construction and installation of exhibitions was $540 million, with one-half funded by federal funds and the remainder by the Smithsonian.

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Outdoor adventures await at Big Cedar Lodge

It is never too early to book your 2023 adventures, especially if you are looking to stay at Big Cedar Lodge located in the heart of Missouri’s Ozark Mountains. Reservations are snapped up fast at the 4,600-acre retreat, situated on Table Rock Lake, with peak seasons including summer and fall.

Conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder and CEO Johnny Morris established the resort as a place where families can reconnect with nature, and there is no shortage of opportunities to do so. The resort offers just about everything you can think of, from watersports, trails, fishing, lake cruises, shooting lessons, spa treatments, golf - the list goes on and on.

“I think what makes Big Cedar Lodge one of the most special places in the country are the endless number of activities and nature-based attractions, combined with our staff’s genuine Ozarks hospitality,” Said Jeff Wilhoit who works in Big Cedar’s marketing department. “It really creates lifetime memories for our guests.”

Family-friendly activities seem equally endless, including outdoor movie nights, mini golf, campfires with s’mores, and

even a black light night scavenger hunt. The Kids Adventure Club allows parents to do their own thing during the morning while their children immerse in guided educational exploring and outdoor recreation. The most notable family attraction is Fun Mountain, a 50,000-square-foot activity center featuring a fourstory ropes course, game arcade, NASCAR-themed go-carts, and an underwater-themed bowling alley.

Payne’s Valley Golf Course, awarded “Best New Public Course in North America” by Golf Digest in 2021, is the latest attraction drawing visitors to the Ozark destination. The course was developed in partnership between Tiger Woods (and his design firm, TGR Design) and Johnny Morris. The course includes a bonus 19th hole that offers an exceptional challenge as it is surrounded by water amidst the dramatic backdrop of a waterfall flowing down a limestone rock wall. Payne’s Valley is the newest addition to Big Cedar, adding to the four existing and top-rated courses – Buffalo Ridge, Ozarks National, Mountain Top, and Top of the Rock.

Camp Long Creek Poolside

Another attraction drawing visitors to the resort is Thunder Ridge Nature Arena, a 20,000-seat outdoor amphitheater. The stage hosts some of the biggest names in the country, including Garth Brooks, who played a 4-night show in 2022. Set to the dramatic backdrop of the Ozark Mountains, the venue also hosts professional bull riding and musical acts.

The array of accommodations at Big Cedar Lodge includes glamping, cozy cottages, and luxurious cabins. Most options feature fireplaces, kitchens, BBQ grills, and of course, scenic views. An assortment of dining options throughout the resort includes Osage Restaurant at Top of the Rock, which offers 360 views of the Ozark Mountains and water below. Profits from the restaurant benefit conservation efforts, and it might be the most scenic brunch or dinner spot in all of Missouri.

The most popular thing to do at Top of the Rock, and probably all of Big Cedar, is the Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail. You can drive an electric cart on a 2.5-mile journey through waterfalls, a cave, and Amish handcrafted covered

bridges. It also takes you through the Bat Bar inside the Lost Canyon Cave, and the bartender hands you a drink while you drive through.

Johnny Morris recently revealed plans to build Valhalla Island Resort, a nature-based oceanfront fishing resort in the Florida Keys. Morris hopes that it will be a model for low-impact and sustainable design, with plans including maintaining over 50% of the property’s green space. Morris has been dreaming up this latest plan for the past 30 years. Much of his inspiration has come from the legendary Long Key Fishing Camp, which is said to have put the Florida Keys on the map as a world-class sportfishing destination. An avid angler himself, Morris has long been involved in conservation efforts throughout Florida and received prestigious awards recognizing his contributions. Bass Pro Shop has a flagship store, complete with a marina and dining on the neighboring island of Islamorada, so it is only fitting that Morris has chosen the Keys to build his next resort. sl Visit for more information.

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On Friday, October 21, 2022, The Magic House Friends Committee hosted their annual fundraising gala, The Magic Ball: Black, White & Bubbly, at Stifel Theatre. The event emcee was Tim Convy, and guests enjoyed dinner, comedy by Ryan Beck, exciting auction items, a silent disco, and an after-party. Proceeds from The Magic Ball benefit the Museum’s Access for All initiative to ensure all children can experience the joy of hands-on learning regardless of ability, background, or needs.


St. Louis Press Club’s 28th Media Persons of the Year Awards Dinner was held at Edward Jones on Thursday, November 3, 2022. A number of St. Louis’ extraordinary journalists were recognized for their exceptional program of work including Debbie Monterrey, KMOX Radio, Elliott Davis of Fox 2, Joe Hollman, St. Louis PostDispatch, Wiley Price, St. Louis American, Kay Quinn, KSDK, and the creative team of NinePBS “Living St. Louis”: Jim Kirchherr, Ruth Ezell, Anne-Marie Berger, Kara Vaninger and Brooke Butler. Rene Knott of KSDK emceed the event with special performances by renowned singer and composer Brian Owens. The event was co-chaired by Press Club President Joan Berkman and Press Club Board Member Peggy Barnhart.

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On Sunday, October 23, 2022, Books for Newborns held their annual Oktoberfest at the Muny’s Culver Pavillion. Catered by Butlers Pantry, the event also featured live entertainment, a photo booth, and rickshaw rides through Forest Park. Julius B. Anthony, a VP on Books for Newborns’ Board and President of the St. Louis Regional Literacy Association, was honored by Mayor Jones’ proclamation naming the day in his honor. Books for Newborns partners with hospitals and organizations throughout the St. Louis region to provide bookbags to low-income families to create a love of reading and bonding throughout the child’s infancy and adolescent years.

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On Saturday, November 19, 2022, St. Louis Children’s Hospital hosted Play Date, which turns the typical black-tie gala on its head, encouraging adult guests to enjoy a fun, interactive evening to remember the joys of childhood. This year’s theme was Night at the Science Museum. All funds raised supported pediatric research through the Children’s Discovery Institute, a joint venture between St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

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