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A lot can change in three decades.

In 1984, NewSpace began serving the St. Louis community with one mission: bring order and ease into customers\u2019 everyday lives through home organization. That mission quickly evolved into providing furniture design and space planning services for business. Now, nearly 35 years later, new partners Jay Kamps \u2013 a former Nestl\u00e9 Purina marketing executive \u2013 and longtime NewSpace president Monte Bordeaux eye a rapid expansion in the coming years, all with the central focus remaining on the customer.

\u201cWe are the premier home-organization company in the St. Louis area,\u201d Kamps says. \u201cOn the commercial side, we have had a full-service business interior division since 1994.\u201d

NewSpace has picked up several specialties since the \u201980s. Its three divisions are composed of residential home organization, commercial business interiors and custom woodworking, which can manufacture everything from home entertainment centers to garages to pantries. Each division has dedicated employees, many with more than 15 years of experience.

As one would expect, the business looks a little different today than it did in \u201984. The advent of the smartphone (and other mobile technology solutions) was merely a twinkle in Steve Jobs\u2019 eye when NewSpace designers were hand-drawing closet-system plans for customers. Now, technology such as digital renderings means less waste in the workshop and more instant feedback from consumers, who have become more informed about the organization than ever.

\u201cWhen we first started out, people didn\u2019t really have closet systems of any kind, so educating became our key goal,\u201d Bordeaux says with a chuckle. \u201cThe consumer today knows what a well-organized home is, which means that our product lines have expanded to help them reach the vision that they have in their heads.\u201d

Trends come and go \u2013 and NewSpace certainly keeps up with each, as both Kamps and Bordeaux easily rattle off different varieties of finishes and fixtures \u2013 but customization has become the key tool in NewSpace\u2019s arsenal. Kamps points out that the company\u2019s clients now come equipped with inspiration thanks to seemingly endless design websites and trendy television shows \u2013 dream team Chip and Joanna Gaines from HGTV\u2019s Fixer Upper and hunky Jonathan and Drew Scott from the same Knoxville, Tennessee, broadcaster\u2019s Property Brothers immediately spring to mind.

\u201cTwenty, 30 years ago, people wouldn\u2019t have imagined putting cabinets or storage in the garage,\u201d Kamps says. \u201cNow, it\u2019s totally different. We can be problem-solvers with so many different options available to people \u2026 We don\u2019t like to say no.\u201d

On the commercial side, small companies are tearing down walls both literally and figuratively in favor of open workspaces.

\u201cEverything is low-profile, a more collaborative environment, and that really impacts what we do in terms of type of furniture, installs, walls, as well as partitions,\u201d Kamps says, noting that managers and their employees might find themselves working side by side in these new layouts. \u201cIt\u2019s been a big part of growing the business.\u201d

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That said, the foundation of NewSpace\u2019s mission always comes back to interiors, cabinetry and organization, even with Kamps\u2019 and Bordeaux\u2019s renewed focus on evolving the company.

Expansion isn\u2019t always easy, especially taking a nearly 35-year-old company and doubling its business within five years. But NewSpace looks to leverage its existing relationships with architects, contractors and other professionals in the homebuilding industry to create greater awareness through word-of-mouth and boots-on-the-ground tactics in both the commercial and residential communities.

These relationships, which have developed over the course of decades in the business, position NewSpace as a trusted go-between for the two audiences. While architects and builders stick to prearranged designs and layouts, the company\u2019s nimble, tailored approach allows it to create organization plans for each client, every single time.

\u201cIt\u2019s almost like we\u2019re partners with both the homebuilder and the homeowner,\u201d Bordeaux says. \u201cThe idea is that we\u2019re an enhancement for the builder, not an adversary.\u201d

As with many service industries, however, everything seems to return to reputation.

\u201cRepeats and referrals really are the lifeblood of our business,\u201d Kamps says. \u201cWhat made me want to join the team was NewSpace\u2019s solid reputation. We\u2019re from St. Louis, so being well-received in the community is not only about our company\u2019s reputation, it\u2019s [also] about our own.\u201d

NewSpace, 1960 Innerbelt Business Center Drive, St. Louis, 314-423-3200, newspace.com

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Here in the so-called New World, over time \u2013 over not just weeks and months and years but decades and beyond \u2013 few phrases have so consistently and dangerously resonated as, ironically enough, new.

It thus comes as a considerable relief to relate that \u201cWhat\u2019s New?\u201d \u2013 a four-artist exhibition gracing the 32-year-old Atrium Gallery in St. Louis\u2019 Central West End neighborhood through Aug. 31 \u2013 presents itself with simple but stellar exuberance.

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Carolyn Miles

Carolyn Miles, the owner and director of Atrium Gallery, relates what most compels her about the individual works of the quartet of artists \u2013 Bob Emser, Ellen Glasgow, Doug Salveson and Chris Tanner \u2013 involved in this exhibition, which opened June 29.

\u201cThe theme of the show, \u2018What\u2019s New?,\u2019 alerts visitors to the circumstance that these are recent pieces, just coming into the gallery,\u201d Miles says. \u201cNew work from established Atrium artists is always interesting to see, as many of our followers are familiar with the artists and their work from past exhibitions. I wanted to take advantage of fresh, new work and give a glimpse of what will be forthcoming in the next season.\u201d

The four stars of the exhibition customarily create in a variety of art forms. Emser, for instance, works with a diverse range of metal sculptural media, often incorporating cast shadows into the viewer\u2019s appreciation of his presentation. In addition to working with monotypes, meanwhile, Glasgow mainly paints landscapes, predominantly oils on linen (and, to a lesser extent, canvas). Salveson, for his part, works in free-form abstracts, generally oils on canvas, albeit with some acrylics on paper that often incorporate near-totemic avian motifs. Tanner, finally, works in mixed media, often called \u201cpaintings,\u201d with patterns of glittery objects and collage.

A brief review of representative creations from that quintet should perhaps pique the interest of local art devotees:

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Bob Emser \"Life on a Wing\"

\u2022 Emser\u2019s Life on a Wing, which measures 19 by 48 by 11 inches, focuses on an odd metallic construct of small struts, wires and webbing, lit so that its shadow (which looks vaguely ocular) dwarfs the sculpture as such.

\u2022 The 40- by 58-inch Blue Bells, Spring from Glasgow depicts a sort of creeping floral growth with a copse behind the terrain it\u2019s covering, a verdant landscape lit rather ethereally, as if at dusk, at dawn or just before a thunderstorm.

\u2022 An abstract of utter vivacity, Salveson\u2019s 17\u00be- by 41\u00be-inch Composition 18-15, an acrylic on canvas, astonishes the eye with its variations in both palette and presentation of paint (that is, the comparative thickness and thinness of components).

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Details of Chris Tanner's \" Ancient Treasure\"

\u2022 Last but scarcely least, Tanner\u2019s 35- by 27-inch Finding Your Way Home showcases multicolored polka dot forms intermingled with shimmery twists of almost serpentine shapes, all against a dark background of handmade paper mounted on suede.

Miles succinctly defines the scope of \u201cWhat\u2019s New?\u201d as \u201c18 works \u2026, through both the large and small galleries. Each of the four artists has between two and six works \u2013 and often work intermingled among the [other] artists\u2019.\u201d

Miles also briefly explains the rationale that guided her in constellating Emser, Glasgow, Salveson and Tanner in \u201cWhat\u2019s New?\u201d

\u201cFor group shows, I always like to use works I can balance between compatibility and interesting and supportive juxtapositions,\u201d she says. \u201cI like for the works to be enhanced by their proximity to other pieces in the exhibition. I also like variety, so we have essentially two painters, one collage/drawing/multimedia artist and a sculptor. Three of these artists are working in abstraction, and one with exceptional landscape works.\u201d

Hours for \u201cWhat\u2019s New?\u201d run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Thursday through Saturday. Art devotees also can view the works on display in it by appointment every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Atrium Gallery, 4814 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 314-367-1076, atriumgallery.net

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Doug Salveson works

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Golf is a precision game. From beginners to experienced golfers, tracking the ball\u2019s distance and trajectory is key, yet it\u2019s not easy when standing on a tee and searching for the ball\u2019s final stopping point after a fairway drive. But a new venue in Chesterfield is about to make it easy to measure your ball\u2019s speed, distance and arc \u2013 and golfers young and old are guaranteed fun in the process.

Topgolf St. Louis is a new entertainment, dining and golf venue opening in late summer in the Chesterfield Valley. Director of operations Ben Wolski says that the location is convenient for patrons from the city and suburbs alike and that the new three-story structure is easily visible from both east and west. This marks the venture\u2019s first Missouri location.

\u201cWe\u2019ve created a golf experience that\u2019s really everyone\u2019s game,\u201d Wolski says. Among Topgolf\u2019s 102 high-tech golf bays, as many as eight people per bay can gather to play a variety of golf games while enjoying food and beverages delivered to them. Of the eight people, as many as six can take turns hitting microchipped golf balls into Topgolf\u2019s outfield with dartboardlike targets. Players can compete for points or hone their skills.

\u201cTraditional golfers can measure the exact yardage of each shot and practice their game,\u201d Wolski says. \u201cBut we\u2019re also drawing people in with the entertainment aspects of golf. This is not your traditional style of golf, but people may find out they love it, and some get into traditional golf after trying this out.\u201d

At Topgolf\u2019s current locations in 20 states (with five more coming soon) and two foreign nations (with three more coming soon), more than half of the clientele consider themselves nongolfers, he adds.

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Every new player pays $5 for a lifetime membership that covers free club rental, access to play at any Topgolf worldwide and the ability to track points. The Early Drive Membership, available for $300 for three months or $500 for six months, allows for unlimited gameplay from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Platinum membership, which costs $250 per month, provides unlimited play during specific \u201cplatinum\u201d hours, access to one bay and up to six players per visit, discounts on food and beverages, invitations to members-only outings and parties, and the ability to receive priority access, jumping to the top of Topgolf\u2019s waitlist. Topgolf also offers discounts on events, additional gameplay credit to use outside of \u201cplatinum\u201d hours, free club rental upgrades, free lifetime memberships for guests, and a $1,000 hole-in-one prize for Platinum members in the brown, blue and white targets.

Those who have never picked up a golf club before can still enjoy the Topgolf experience. Staff are available to provide tips for beginners, and players can choose from several different types of games that work on different skills, such as ball accuracy and distance with various types of clubs. Individual and group lessons also will be available from two PGA golf pros at the Chesterfield location. Kids\u2019 golf camps will be planned during summer, winter and spring breaks.

Aside from golf, patrons can enjoy billiards, shuffleboard, a sports bar and a rooftop terrace with DJs or live music. \u201cThere\u2019s a lot to do for everyone, whether you play golf or not,\u201d Wolski says.

In fact, he notes that Topgolf is a popular entertainment and event venue, hosting everything from birthday parties to corporate meetings to wedding receptions. He points out that the space is flexible and that event planners can choose from small meeting spaces to renting the entire building for large events. \u201cWe can cater to groups of all sizes, with or without the golf experience,\u201d Wolski says. \u201cWe especially love to see charity events occur at Topgolf, and we can work with organizations on specific fundraising packages.\u201d

The dedication to charity and community involvement is clear in Wolski\u2019s emphasis on Topgolf\u2019s ethos when it comes to hiring. Topgolf staff participate in local volunteer opportunities, and Topgolf works to form partnerships with charitable organizations.

\u201cWe\u2019re just really excited to be here,\u201d he says. \u201cWe want to be great neighbors and embrace this community in a positive way. Everyone who walks into Topgolf should feel better when they leave than when they arrive.\u201d

Topgolf St. Louis, 16851 N. Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, 636-898-8044, topgolf.com

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Jeremy Stanton believes an aroma has the power to transport you back to another time. That\u2019s why carefully curated, yearlong barrel-aged scents that evoke special memories are at the heart of his hair and skin oil business, Barrel Brands.

The formerly clean-cut Stanton, who joined the U.S. Air Force in 1995 at the age of 18 and served until 2010, now sports a lengthy beard and a number of colorful tattoos. What started as a hobby to maintain his own hair and skin using beard and tattoo oil quickly blossomed into a barreling business that he now runs out of a rustic workshop in downtown Collinsville, Illinois.

\u201cI am having a wonderfully difficult time keeping up [with the demand] \u2013 the audience has told me it\u2019s more than a hobby, and I am expanding to other demographics,\u201d Stanton explains of the 1\u00bd-year-old company, Barrel Brands.

As Stanton is quick to point out, Barrel Brands has evolved into much more than oil for beards and tattoos. His small-batch, barrel-aged oils can treat and protect skin and hair for men, women and children through an array of uses, from serving as a woman\u2019s makeup primer, hair tamer, fragrance and post-shave bikini-line moisturizer, to soothing skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, scars and pregnancy stretch marks.

Each precious drop of oil is handmade by Stanton with a great deal of care and pride. Every bottle contains a proprietary blend of pure vitamin E oil, other natural oils and aromatic botanicals.

Stanton then barrel-ages the oil blend for a year before thoughtfully inspecting and bottling it. This yearlong aging process in American oak and cedar whiskey barrels and French oak wine casks is crucial to build the quality and aroma profile of every oil, he notes. \u201cI never plan on changing this \u2013 it keeps the integrity and creative spirit,\u201d Stanton says.

To create each specially scented oil, the entrepreneurial veteran takes inspiration from his life experiences, including time serving his country, as well as friends and family \u2013 his wife, Lindsey; children, Nora and Milo; rescue dog, Sarge; and service canine, Kade, donated to Stanton by the nonprofit Dogs That Help to aid with post-traumatic stress disorder, which he was diagnosed with following his service time.

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Barrel Brands currently has more than 10 uniquely scented hair and skin oils, dubbed \u201cexpressions,\u201d with a new release typically debuting monthly. Each expression is carefully curated to evoke a treasured memory, Stanton notes.

Vanilla, a warm, delightful scent made with hand-scraped Madagascar vanilla beans, raw pipe tobacco and a touch of Texas cedar is aged in used Rally Point Single Barrel Rye Whiskey barrels from StilL 630 craft spirits distiller in St. Louis.

\u201cWhen I was a kid, my grandpa always packed his pipe, so [the tobacco aroma] brings back really good memories for me,\u201d Stanton says of the signature raw pipe tobacco ingredient used in all of his expressions.

Another expression, 595, is created with fresh lavender from Tenderloin Farms in Edwardsville, Illinois, while Revive is an earthy blend made with sage from Stanton\u2019s personal garden. Both expressions are aged in French oak 60-gallon Ruby Port wine casks that previously finished bourbon.

And the Italia expression was inspired by Stanton\u2019s service time in Europe. The bold oil combines ingredients including coffee and cacao beans, oregano, Italian cypress and raw pipe tobacco, all aged in used bourbon barrels.

The latest expressions are Sun, a summery scent, and NBD (which stands for no bad days), made for a friend of Stanton\u2019s who is currently battling cancer.

Barrel Brands also has collaborated with St. Louis-area businesses such as 4 Hands Brewing Co. to create custom oils. \u201c[Local bespoke boot-maker] MYG Handmade uses our oil to soften and patina its leather,\u201d Stanton says. \u201cAnd we are developing a coffee-scented oil for [Barrel Brands] fan Jamey Jasta of the metal band Hatebreed.\u201d

Stanton says clients are \u201cflipping\u201d over the oils, which they say are keeping their hair and skin healthier, all while comforting them with their soothing scents. \u201cIt\u2019s very exciting to know we\u2019re helping people,\u201d he says.

As for future oils, Stanton plans to develop a specialty scent for fellow veterans with physical scars and mental wounds \u2013 a pain he says he knows all too well. \u201cI escaped a mass terror bombing in Saudi Arabia in 1996 where 19 airmen were killed,\u201d Stanton says, adding that Barrel Brands already lends support to veterans\u2019 nonprofits including Support Up Veteran Ventures, which provides outdoor adventures to those who have served.

Barrel Brands’ oils, $35 per 1-ounce bottle, are available online at barrelbrands.us and at more than 40 retailers across the U.S., including local establishments The Boulevard Hair Co., Dapper Gents Grooming Lounge and Urban Matter. The company also offers a $25 monthly subscription service with a 1-ounce bottle in the expression of the customer’s choice.

\u201cUntil someone uses the product and has it on their hands, they don\u2019t know what it\u2019s like,\u201d Stanton says.

So the artisan plans to keep the barrel rolling, with a goal of distributing to two to five locations in major U.S. cities by the end of the year \u2013 one curated, barrel-aged bottle of oil at a time.

Barrel Brands, barrelbrands.us

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This season\u2019s accessories, hand-picked by hue, are perfect for adding style to your summer looks.

The summer heat may be out of your control, but adorning accessories in this season\u2019s haut-est hues certainly isn\u2019t. Whether keeping it classic, flaunting your feminine side or going bold, these accessories will take your look up by several degrees.


Beauty in Black

Black accessories are always classic, sleek and cool.

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Vince cross-strap slingback sandals, $225, Nordstrom, (nordstrom.com); Zarita bag, $190, Mister Guy Women\u2019s (misterguywomens.com); Sunglasses, $10, Shine Boutique (shineboutiquestlouis.com); Oscar de la Renta earrings, $470, Neiman Marcus (neimanmarcus.com); Visor, $58, Nordstrom


Lovely in Lilac

The femininity of lilac is sure to add romance to your summer wardrobe.

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Steve Madden Carrson sandals, $90, Nordstrom (nordstrom.com); Oliver Peoples sunglasses, $380, Neiman Marcus (neimanmarcus.com); Kendra Scott Justyne tassel earrings, $250, Neiman Marcus; Bando backpack, $65, Cha Boutique (shop-cha.com)


Pretty in Pink

Add some prep to your step with these hot pink accessories.

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Manolo Blahnik sandals, $745, Neiman Marcus; BaubleBar Vernita flower drop earrings, $42, Nordstrom (nordstrom.com); Prada cross-body bag, $1,970, Neiman Marcus (neimanmarcus.com)


Classic in Cobalt

Cobalt blue accessories pop against summer whites.

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Gucci Princetown Gingham mules, $750, Neiman Marcus; Area Stars bracelet, Nordstrom, $45 (nordstrom.com); Oscar de la Renta earrings, $465, Neiman Marcus; Akola necklace, $157, Neiman Marcus (neimanmarcus.com); Clutch, $340, Mister Guy Women\u2019s (misterguywomens.com)


Blissful in Brown

Nothing says summer more than sandy natural browns that pair with everything.

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Christian Louboutin Rock-N-Buckle espadrille sandals, $845, Neiman Marcus (neimanmarcus.com); Earrings, $200, Vie; Girly woven bag, $85, Giddyup Jane (giddyupjane.com); Necklace, $88, Vie (viestlouis.com)

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Lisa Macheca\u2019s route to her sister-in-law\u2019s house in Clifton Heights included passing an old church that piqued her interest. Little did she know that years down the road, she would be taking the old church to new heights.

The building previously known as Dr. Fry Memorial Methodist Church is located near Forest Park in a charming neighborhood much like Webster Groves, where she raised her three daughters with her husband, Dan. She liked the area, its history and its hospitality, but there was something else about that old church she so often passed.

\u201cWe have a history of rehabbing interesting projects, Dan and I,\u201d Macheca says. \u201cWe had remodeled four houses together. But back in 2003 or so, I said to my sister-in-law one day, \u2018If that church ever goes on the market, let us know. We\u2019d love to renovate it.\u2019 She called us one day, and we bought it the day it hit the market.\u201d

It took a year for the Machecas to close on Dr. Fry Memorial Methodist Church, which was built in 1904 after having been founded in 1888. The church\u2019s last 19 members had voted to close it. However, to complete the sale, there were extensive legal steps, and the Machecas had to acquire signatures of approval from their new neighbors to turn the church into a bed-and-breakfast.

\u201cThe neighborhood welcomed us immediately,\u201d Macheca says. \u201cThey were worried about what would happen to the church once it closed, but once we told them our vision, they were totally on board.\u201d

And the Machecas\u2019 vision was a bold one: a welcoming stay for travelers while honoring the building\u2019s history. The total renovation began after the couple created a makeshift master bedroom in the pastor\u2019s office and another room for their teenage daughters in what used to be classrooms.

\u201cWe took it down to the brick and started over,\u201d Macheca says. \u201cAs we gutted it, we found all sorts of issues, of course. So it all had to be rewired, replumbed, new roof, new [heating, ventilating and air conditioning], new everything. It was a dying old church.\u201d

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Her husband, a former construction business owner, did much of the renovation. As his specialty is woodworking, he was thoughtful in his renovation to match the spirit of the old church. He matched old wood to new hardwood flooring, and he built a grand, historically inspired staircase as the focal point of the inn\u2019s gathering space. It is, of course, called The Sanctuary.

In 2015, the Machecas began hosting events in The Sanctuary. Macheca had worked as catering service manager at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac, coordinating corporate and private events, so it was an easy transition. Weddings, rehearsal dinners, brunches, showers and small business meetings were held while the Machecas finished the inn\u2019s now-three guest rooms.

In February 2018, guest rooms were complete, and they had a full house for their first weekend. Macheca was nervous, but she knew what she wanted to provide: luxury, comfort and hospitality, paired with great food.

\u201cDan and I were both in the catering business on and off for years,\u201d she says. \u201cWe\u2019re both very comfortable cooking for other people. I\u2019ve had hospitality in [my] blood for a long time. And that first weekend, it went really, really well.\u201d

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Since opening, Clifton Heights Inn has hosted up to six people a night in its three spacious, luxurious en suite guest rooms and ornate dining space. A fourth guest room, the Bell Tower Room, featuring a hot tub on the roof of the bell tower, will be added late this fall. Each detail and space at the inn reflects the history of the building and St. Louis. The inn\u2019s Sanctuary features original stained glass windows, with names of the original church members. The World\u2019s Fair guest room, the inn\u2019s largest, features prints from the 1904 World\u2019s Fair in St. Louis, with a plush king bed, heated floors and a soaking tub.

Beyond sleeping accommodations, Macheca focuses on meeting every need of every guest. She calls in advance to request the dietary needs of guests, who are greeted with their drink of choice at check-in. Macheca creates itineraries for out-of-town travelers and makes reservations and suggestions.

Guests even get to decide when a seated breakfast is served and what\u2019s on the multicourse menu.

\u201cWe always ask people the night before, \u2018How does this sound for breakfast?\u2019\u201d Macheca says. \u201cI\u2019ll always have a first course of fresh fruit, and I\u2019ll always have tea and coffee out early in the morning. But if they want an omelet, I\u2019ll make an omelet. It\u2019s not based on our taste or schedule \u2013 it\u2019s based on theirs.\u201d

Guests are pampered, and Macheca loves all the little ways she takes care of people. Each guest bathroom has homemade soap made by Macheca, and on checkout, guests are given a bar of soap to take home. She even enjoys ironing the inn\u2019s sheets. Most of all, though, Macheca loves making connections with the guests she dotes on, in a space she loves.

\u201cI want people to walk away and feel like they want to come here again,\u201d she says. \u201cIn four months, I\u2019ve already had repeat customers. One customer used to attend this church, and she brought me back pictures of her wedding, which was in this church. And that\u2019s lovely to have here, to honor this beautiful old space.\u201d

Clifton Heights Inn, 2501 Clifton Heights Ave., St. Louis, 314-448-5296, cliftonheightsinn.com

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Long after the sun had set, St. Louisans still lined the shore of Post-Dispatch Lake, craning their necks to get a peek at the latest attraction to grace the water. The year was 1930, and \u201cdrive-yourself electric motorboats\u201d had just been introduced to Forest Park. The boats were an instant hit, and residents often waited till midnight to get the chance to rent one.

Nearly a century later, new attractions at the Boathouse in Forest Park have St. Louisans lined up \u2013 albeit perhaps not till midnight. Those who visit the historic Boathouse this summer will find it\u2019s naut the boathouse of yesteryear \u2013 or even of last year. The St. Louis landmark has undergone a dramatic reinvention that includes a new restaurant menu and wide array of water attractions for visitors of all ages.

The Boathouse restaurant is now operated by Sugarfire Events, part of The Sugarfire Smokehouse Group, which runs Sugarfire Smoke House restaurants, Sugarfire Pie, Hi-Pointe Drive-in and Cyrano\u2019s. But make no mistake, the restaurant isn\u2019t a Sugarfire Smoke House. It offers a diverse, eclectic American menu, featuring everything from a portobello Reuben to spaghetti with meatballs to a smoked pulled pork sandwich, says bar manager Dan Jameson.

\u201cOur executive chef has really stepped up the menu,\u201d he says. \u201cAnd the appetizers are out of this world. We have toasted raviolis filled with ground, smoked brisket with Provel cheese you dip in barbecue sauce. It\u2019s one of our most popular items. You know how we feel about our toasted ravs here in St. Louis.\u201d

Jameson, who has worked at the restaurant through its transition, recounts that the staff made it a priority to create an enjoyable and affordable experience for everyone. \u201cWe know it used to take a long time to get drinks,\u201d he says, \u201cand we remodeled the old bars to make the space more efficient and inviting. The two outdoor bars now have a much wider selection of drinks than before, with 30 beers in cans and six on tap, as well as a wide selection of liquor and wine.\u201d And though the Boathouse looks the same on the outside, Jameson says the interior was spruced up, with a fresh paint job and new nautical photos adorning the walls.

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The restaurant also features live music on its patios, including jazz on Wednesdays from 7 to 11 p.m., and live performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight. If it sounds classy, that\u2019s because it is, but Jameson says no visitors should feel intimidated from stopping by in their lake attire.

\u201cIt\u2019s like going to a very nice restaurant in a casual environment,\u201d he says. \u201cYou can come in in your shorts, flip-flops, and T-shirt, and eat a strip steak on the lake.\u201d

Diners now also have much more to observe on the waterfront, thanks to an increased offering of water activities. The team from Big Muddy Adventures, St. Louis\u2019 only professional canoe and kayak outfitter, is now operating Boathouse Paddle Co., a partnership with the City of St. Louis Parks Department and The Sugarfire Smokehouse Group.

Boathouse Paddle Co. began operating the dock in May and now manages rentals for paddleboats, canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. The additional offerings ride the wave of success from last season\u2019s pop-up paddleboard rentals, says Natalie Rolwes, general manager of the Boathouse Paddle Co.

Big Muddy Adventures already operated kayaking activities along the Mississippi River but wanted to bring meaningful outdoor experiences to water adventurers traveling smaller seas. The Boathouse offers sunset stand-up paddleboard yoga on Monday and Wednesday nights, as well as Thursday night moonlight picnics on the lake, where visitors can enjoy dinner and drinks on a paddleboard in the lagoon after sunset.

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\u201cSo far we\u2019ve gotten a lot of positive feedback,\u201d Rolwes says. \u201cSt. Louis is becoming more of an outdoorsy city, and it\u2019s nice to have new equipment accessible for people to explore Forest Park in ways they haven\u2019t before.\u201d

Renting paddleboats, canoes and double kayaks costs $20 for the first hour ($15 for the second hour), and kayaks and paddleboards cost $15 an hour. Reservations are accepted only for groups renting 10 or more boats.

The changes to the Boathouse only reinforce why it\u2019s remained an iconic destination in the St. Louis area for more than a century.

\u201cWhether visitors are enjoying a meal by the water or paddling with their family out to the Grand Basin, this Forest Park landmark continues to bring the community together in a special way,\u201d says Greg Hayes, director of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry for the City of St. Louis.

Boathouse at Forest Park, 6101 Government Drive, St. Louis, 314-366-1555, boathousestl.com

Boathouse Paddle Co., 6101 Government Drive, St. Louis, 314-722-6872, boathousepaddleco.com

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Since 1965, St. Louis\u2019 Gateway Arch has stood strong as the 630-foot monument to westward expansion. In those 50-plus years, millions of people have flocked to the iconic landmark annually to admire its sleek design, enjoy the museum below and peruse the community around it.

Unfortunately, the Arch\u2019s initial design had Interstate 64/40 running just outside of its bounds, making walking from St. Louis\u2019 downtown straight onto the Arch grounds nearly impossible. Seeking to instate Arch designer Eero Saarinen\u2019s original vision of making the Arch accessible from downtown, the National Park Service created a new general management plan for the Arch grounds in 2009. From there, CityArchRiver Project partners broke ground in 2013 on a new plan to reimagine, connect, enhance and transform the Arch.

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In the time since, members of the Gateway Arch Park Foundation and partner organizations have been working tirelessly to reveal the new and improved Arch to the world \u2013 which they did on July 3. The $380 million project was funded by $221 million of private donations and $90 million of sales tax revenue from the passage of Proposition P in 2013. The revamp includes a reimagined museum that adds decades to its predecessor, an expanded visitor center and revitalized park grounds that include more than 5 miles of pathways \u2013 including a green space that directly connects the Arch grounds to downtown.

Executive director Eric Moraczewski and communications director Samantha Fisher took LN on a tour through the upgrades and pointed out the difference the revamp will make in how both St. Louisans and out-of-towners view the bow-shaped landmark.

The front desk \u2013 one of the first things visitors see when they come through the new west entrance \u2013 will be staffed by members of both the National Park Service and Explore St. Louis. Moraczewski says this will allow visitors to get recommendations of what to do in the surrounding area.

\u201cThe park service is going to do an amazing job of telling you what\u2019s here on these grounds, but we\u2019ll also have someone to guide you through the rest of the community, too,\u201d Moraczewski says.

On entering the underground facilities, visitors will find a gigantic terrazzo floor map that displays all the trails the pioneers took on their journey west, with St. Louis highlighted in yellow.

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\u201cIt\u2019s the first glimpse of establishing why this museum is here in St. Louis and the important role our city played in the exploration of the western part of our country and the settlement of it, too,\u201d Fisher says. \u201cWe lay out not just Lewis and Clark but also the impactful role we had on the California exploration, the Oregon Trail, the Mormon Trail and the Santa Fe Trail.\u201d

The new museum, which has been in the works since 2010, has more than 100 years of additional history and 46,000 additional square feet. The new exhibits incorporate universal design, which is accessible for people of all abilities. During the museum\u2019s creation, there was also an effort to showcase different perspectives of the people of the time \u2013 like those of the Native Americans, Mexicans, women, African-Americans \u2013 which are scattered throughout the exhibits.

\u201cThat\u2019s something the park service is very intentional about and has highlighted throughout all of the galleries in the museum,\u201d Fisher says.

Unlike the original museum setup, which was off to the side of the tram entrance, the new layout has visitors walk through the center part of the museum to get to the trams, encouraging guests to peruse along the way. Soundscapes and touch screens help bring the museum\u2019s spaces to life and make for a more interactive, dynamic experience.

\u201cA large majority of people were just coming in and going to the trams,\u201d Moraczewski says. \u201cNow, you\u2019re noticing it right away, and something will catch your eye.\u201d

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The museum is set up chronologically, beginning with establishing colonial St. Louis in the late 1700s. Key features of the first section include an animated fly-through of what the village of St. Louis would\u2019ve looked like in 1797.

\u201cOur park historian wrote a 40-page essay that detailed everything down to the doorknob of what the village was like,\u201d Fisher says. \u201cOur animation studio built this beautiful film for people to see. It\u2019s neat to see what village life would\u2019ve looked like, especially for St. Louisans.\u201d

That section of the museum also contains an example of the kind of home that would\u2019ve been built in French colonial St. Louis: a vertical log cabin. The National Park Service preservation team built the museum\u2019s cabin on-site using mostly traditional tools, which added an authentic touch.

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Another featured structure is the Old Rock House: built in 1818, torn down in 1959 and resurrected from the basement of the Old Courthouse for the new museum.

\u201cThe park service preserved the stones and the frames in the basement of the Old Courthouse, so the historic preservation team came out and rebuilt this on-site,\u201d Moraczewski says. \u201cWhen you walk in, you walk through a piece of history.\u201d

Within its 100-year addition is a section on the actual building of the Arch \u2013 something that wasn\u2019t touched on in the old museum aside from the film shown to tram riders. The exhibit showcases the five designs that were part of the monument competition and demonstrates Saarinen\u2019s innovative model in comparison to the other finalists\u2019 offerings.

\u201cThere was no competition,\u201d Fisher says with a laugh. \u201cHe won unanimously.\u201d

Now that the project has been completed and the Gateway Arch National Park is fully open to the public, Fisher says the organization\u2019s focus is on stewardship.

\u201cIn addition to continuing to provide additional funds for the support [the National Park Service] will need to maintain the park, we\u2019re also working really hard to engage the people of St. Louis to come and experience the park with event series all year long,\u201d Fisher says. \u201cWe want to get people down here. We have a national park in our backyard, and we want our city to take part in it. The Arch is for everyone.\u201d

Gateway Arch Park Foundation, 314-881-2015, archpark.org

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Suzanne Miller Farrell searched the world for the most unique, high-quality fabrics that could tell her story when decorating her historic home in St. Louis\u2019 Central West End neighborhood. But she became frustrated after continuously finding mass-produced textiles of the same colors and patterns.

Tired of the monotony, she decided to design her own solution.

The St. Louis native and former communications consultant used her travels around the globe and her textile design education at Central Saint Martins art school in London to build her own boutique fabric studio: The Storied House.

In April, The Storied House launched with 10 traditional and contemporary collections featuring 150 vivid color and bold pattern combinations, all available for $98 per yard on its website, storiedhouse.co. \u201cI created The Storied House to design a variety of bold, colorful and beautiful fabrics,\u201d Farrell says. \u201cI am inspired by my travels.\u201d

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Many of The Storied House\u2019s fabrics are produced in microbatches in North Carolina and made up of a blend of 45 percent combed cotton and 55 percent linen, yielding a soft yet sturdy canvas feel. The material is ideal for home d\u00e9cor projects, from furniture upholstery to curtains and throw pillows, Farrell explains, adding that the company\u2019s microbatch production process allows it to consistently offer unique and fresh fabrics as well as custom designs, resulting in truly authentic d\u00e9cor to reflect each homeowner\u2019s personal story.

A reflection of the company\u2019s name, each collection shares a story: The French Quarter collection is an abstract nod to the ironwork in New Orleans; the Marquis collection is a distortion of the Union Jack honoring the Marquis de Lafayette\u2019s voluntary role in the American Revolution; and the Wild Atlantic linen line, which will debut this summer, pays homage to Farrell\u2019s husband\u2019s and children\u2019s Irish heritage, as well as her own.

Wild Atlantic has brought Farrell\u2019s personal story full circle. The range of blue-hued designs on soft Irish linen showcases Ireland\u2019s Wild Atlantic Way \u2013 the world\u2019s longest coastal touring route, known for its fresh, gentle sea breezes. \u201cIt is a scenic journey in the west of Ireland that has rugged landscape, buzzing towns and over-the-top beauty and views,\u201d Farrell says, noting that she fell in love with the country when she and her husband lived there for six years. \u201cI love the idea of a journey that Wild Atlantic represents \u2013 it\u2019s been a journey [for me] to this new career and company: rugged, beautiful and inspiring, and a journey that has brought me back \u2018home\u2019 to Ireland.\u201d

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The bespoke fabric, which is milled and printed in the traditional textile haven of County Donegal in northwest Ireland, boasts four captivating designs, including Skellig, inspired by the Skellig Islands (where Star Wars: The Last Jedi was filmed). \u201cThey are two rocky points that come out of the sea,\u201d Farrell says. \u201cThis design is angular and contemporary, yet timeless, like the islands themselves.\u201d

The second pattern is influenced by the buzzing bayside Irish market town of Kenmare. \u201cThe diamond shapes are reminiscent of the town square, where bartering and trade still occur after hundreds of years,\u201d Farrell says.

A third design, Eileen, is named for Farrell\u2019s mother-in-law. \u201cShe grew up [along the Wild Atlantic Way] on a small island off the Ring of Kerry and is strong, yet very feminine,\u201d Farrell says. \u201cAnyone who had to row a boat to school as a child is strong and courageous in my book.\u201d

The fourth pattern, Grace, pays tribute to the legendary Irish pirate, Queen Grace O\u2019Malley, who led her family\u2019s dynasty and received a formal education \u2013 unheard of in the 1500s, Farrell notes. \u201cThis pattern has lots of movement with abstract florals,\u201d she says.

Farrell has high hopes for the company, not only to create beautiful textiles that tell a story and reflect yours but also to make a positive philanthropic impact. Its first charitable mission focuses on raising funds for One Moore Book, which publishes and distributes culturally relevant books for children from countries with low literacy rates and underrepresented cultures. \u201cI love the common thread that both of our organizations are sharing stories,\u201d Farrell says.

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The Storied House also tackles custom orders and design consultation services for clients who contact Farrell through the company\u2019s website. The textile designer has created special fabrics for families from Dublin, Frontenac, Kirkwood, Ladue and New York, featuring everything from clients\u2019 favorite color schemes to a script of the first initial of their individual last names for indoor and outdoor furniture upholstery, throw pillows, curtains and place mats.

The textile business plans to offer even more ways to accentuate customers\u2019 personal style with home d\u00e9cor, including eye-catching, family- and pet-friendly throw pillows set to be available by late summer, as well as a high-end, statement-making wallpaper in the future.

Farrell believes every home should tell its owner\u2019s story, like her own historic house. \u201cIt\u2019s the story of where I came from, who I am and where I want to go,\u201d she says.

What\u2019s your story?

The Storied House, 646-405-5992, storiedhouse.co

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Fashions come and go, as capricious as the metro area\u2019s weather, but style, bona fide style, eschews mere trendiness, as an introduction to Gentry\u2019s Limited, Dakota G. Grady\u2019s new haberdashery, strongly suggests.

Grady\u2019s bespoke menswear venture, which opened on May 8, occupies a prime location, in St. Louis\u2019 Central West End neighborhood; there, his reputation as a made-to-measure maestro already has attracted enough interest that a June 21 drinks-and-appetizers open house garnered three times as many RSVPs as expected.

A strikingly youthful latter-day gentleman per se who customarily looks as if he just stepped from the pages of the latest Esquire or GQ, Grady sketches the credentials in haberdashery that may have prompted that response.

\u201cI\u2019ve been designing menswear for more than three years, and it\u2019s become a passion and not just a job,\u201d he says. \u201cI had an opportunity to move to New York and work for a bench tailor out there and have had some alternative choices in St. Louis seek me out, so I feel like I must be doing something right.\u201d

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That said, Grady relates that his own interest in quality menswear long predates not only the establishment of Gentry\u2019s Limited but also his sartorial apprenticeship.

\u201cEven when I was much younger, I always wanted to look good and present myself well,\u201d he says. \u201cI started working when I was 16 years old, and I noticed that those I looked up to had a tendency to treat me differently when I presented myself professionally.

\u201cJob opportunities, social interactions and my personal confidence changed when I put an effort into my appearance. I used to have difficulty finding off-the-rack clothes that fit me properly and made me feel confident, and I began to realize that your wardrobe is an investment in your future.\u201d

That realization ultimately led to the establishment of his haberdashery.

\u201cI founded Gentry\u2019s Limited because there\u2019s a massive need that isn\u2019t being met in St. Louis for quality, fashion-forward menswear,\u201d Grady says. \u201cWe needed someone who cared more for the clients than anything else, so I decided that if I didn\u2019t do it, who would?\u201d

He also sketches the services available to clients at his made-to-measure emporium.

\u201cGentry\u2019s Limited provides unique and higher-quality custom clothing options for the discerning male,\u201d Grady says. \u201cWe are working with exclusive worldwide tailors for each commissioned garment and have fabrics that are only found at our shop. From custom casualwear to business to formal, Gentry\u2019s Limited works closely with each client to develop a wardrobe around [his] unique lifestyle and needs.\u201d

Grady likewise emphasizes the sheer artistry and distingu\u00e9 nature of services offered by Gentry\u2019s Limited, as opposed to other area menswear enterprises.

\u201cGentry\u2019s Limited seeks to put the client first, listening closely and crafting carefully with the intention of making unique luxury garments that don\u2019t just fit perfectly but communicate the wearer\u2019s individual brand to the world,\u201d he says. \u201cHaving a private showroom in the Central West End enables me to block out quality time for each client, giving them my full attention. Plus, if they can\u2019t make it out to the shop, I go to clients\u2019 homes and offices.

\u201cDue to the massive amount of detail and time [that] goes into designing and choosing each garment, we offer appointments as long as the client needs to arrive at a decision. We also give them peace of mind if they choose to trust our expertise, making appointments anywhere from 10 minutes to four hours of wardrobe crafting.\u201d

Later this year, Gentry\u2019s Limited clients might want to brace themselves for something of a blast from the past, with a potential resurgence of quality male apparel inspired by Britain\u2019s famous \u2013 or, depending on one\u2019s perspective, infamous \u2013 Carnaby Street. \u201cFashion is a constant cycle, and we\u2019re currently in the \u201960s-\u201970s phase again,\u201d Grady says. \u201cThis fall, we\u2019ll be seeing vests added to a standard two-piece, bold colors and the revitalization of the \u2018bold stripe.\u2019\u201d

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Reflecting on specific male apparel, Grady discusses pieces at both the micro and macro levels, starting with a favorite out-on-the-town piece of apparel from his own closet. \u201cMy go-to is a cognac tasseled loafer,\u201d he says. \u201cWhile you can wear them with socks, I prefer choosing \u2018no-show\u2019 socks for a summer feel. I wear them with jeans, dress pants and even shorts, taking every outfit to a sophisticated level.\u201d

From a broader perspective, he continues: \u201cI\u2019m in love with [multigenerational luxury Spanish cobbler] Magnanni when it comes to shoes. They\u2019re able to take a classic look and modernize it for the men of today. The quality, styles and wearability are quite something.

\u201cOther than that, I don\u2019t imitate many well-known designers, but look for individual pieces and styles to build my personal look. A tip I would give any man from St. Louis is this: Find a lifestyle model that has a look you want and then build from that. [British model] David Gandy and [American actor] Jeff Goldblum are just two of the many that I follow closely for inspiration and ideas.\u201d

Otherwise, Grady dwells a bit on the philosophy of his field of expertise. \u201cMenswear plays it very safe in comparison to the choices available for women,\u201d he says. \u201cMen don\u2019t need to be afraid to explore accessories, color and prints and embrace their personalities in their wardrobes.\u201d

Finally \u2013 and amusingly \u2013 he addresses the topic of menswear \u201crules,\u201d the sartorial shibboleths that too often mislead males in garbing themselves.

\u201cThe idea that you cannot wear certain colors depending on the season is complete garbage,\u201d Grady says. \u201cAlso, who said you can\u2019t wear the same pattern multiple times in the same outfit? What is this about not wearing brown with gray?

\u201cPlease \u2013 I can go on and on \u2026 ! When it comes to fashion, there are only guidelines, not rules.\u201d

Gentry’s Limited, 4818 Washington Blvd., No. 305, St. Louis, 314-527-1785, gentryslimited.com

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SkinBe Med Spa wants you to be you: The new Chesterfield medical spa offers cutting-edge, customized aging and wellness treatments aimed at achieving the best-looking, best-feeling you.

\u201cThe skinBe mission is about being the best version of yourself, and that begins from the inside out,\u201d says CEO Beth Donaldson. \u201cBe you, whatever that is, and make sure you take care of you \u2013 because when you feel good, you look good.\u201d

After more than a decade of working in the anti-aging and wellness industry with a national leading medical spa, Donaldson dreamed of branching out on her own \u201cto create a global anti-aging and wellness revolution that brings together the art of aesthetics with the science of wellness to help our clients look and feel their best.\u201d

That dream came true when she launched skinBe last December with a unique range of customizable treatments and medical-grade skin care to restore and refresh your skin, deter aging, decrease stress and boost your body\u2019s immune system \u2013 including a one-of-a-kind dripBar.

Each new client receives a complimentary anti-aging and wellness assessment from a skinBe \u201cmaster nurse injector,\u201d an advanced practice nurse who reviews patients\u2019 medical histories and evaluates current health status prior to treatment. \u201cEverything is customized and designed to fit each individual based on their needs,\u201d Donaldson says. \u201cMany of our clients come in for both intravenous nutritional therapy and anti-aging treatments because both help individuals become the best version of themselves. All skinBe treatments are noninvasive and require little to no downtime to fit into your lifestyle.\u201d

The spa strives to \u201cnurture your uniqueness\u201d through individualized services, which include a dripBar for IV nutritional therapy, a method of feeding a \u201ccocktail drip\u201d of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids and other nutrients directly into the bloodstream to correct nutrient deficiencies at the cellular level. The IV delivery method allows up to 100 percent of the nutrients to be absorbed by the body, versus oral intake, which only allows 20 to 30 percent nutrient absorption due to limitations in the digestive process and other factors.

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\u201cMost Americans are dehydrated and deficient in nutrients \u2013 because of our environment, diet and lifestyles,\u201d Donaldson says, noting that IV nutritional therapy can help many of these issues. \u201cThe therapy is more of a holistic, natural approach to wellness and has been shown to help with [boosting your] energy, immune [system], and physical and mental performance,\u201d she says.

In the comfort of the dripBar\u2019s relaxed atmosphere, clients can choose to relax, read or work at a desktop station while their IV \u201ccocktail\u201d is administered. A larger lounge seating area also is available for groups, meetings, events and parties. \u201cI designed the space and vibe with a mindset of creating a state-of-the-art clinic and extending a welcoming environment to everyone,\u201d Donaldson says.

Following an individualized assessment, clients can opt for a custom IV \u201ccocktail drip\u201d created based on their anti-aging and wellness goals or make a selection from the dripBar\u2019s proprietary \u201ccocktail drip\u201d menu: Known as the \u201cskinBe anti-aging and beauty blend,\u201d Donaldson says the Queen B cocktail drip helps to restore collagen production and is loaded with antioxidants for healthy hair, skin and nails. The Deelicious provides essential nutrients for wellness that rehydrate, energize and support overall health. To refresh the mind, body and soul, Donaldson says the Royal Flush supports the flushing and removal of toxins and resets health.

The Liquid Gold cocktail drip is the perfect blend to boost immunity and decrease inflammation, Donaldson says. And the VIP Cocktail Drip provides a rush of energy and antioxidants to help you tackle the demands of your daily routine.

Donaldson says drip frequency and nutrients are specific to each individual\u2019s needs and goals. \u201cWe generally recommend new clients begin with weekly drips to build up their immunity and deficiencies, then create an individualized treatment plan based on their specific situation, at which point it is typically biweekly or monthly,\u201d she explains.

SkinBe has many clients who report increased energy and immunity and even relief of chronic symptoms related to autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn\u2019s disease and fibromyalgia, Donaldson notes. \u201cClients are using IV nutritional therapy to increase their energy and hydration, and many clients have credited weekly dripping sessions with their ability to avoid illness,\u201d she says.

The medical spa also offers anti-aging treatments, including aesthetic injections, such as Botox, dermal fillers and Kybella, and treatments, such as hair restoration, that include the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which may improve soft-tissue healing. Botox injections can diminish facial fine lines and wrinkles, while dermal fillers can add volume and lift to the face. Kybella, an injection that destroys fat cells which are then metabolized and flushed out by the body, can remove small pockets of fat under the chin, as well as in the mid- and lower-back areas.

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PRP treatments combined with microneedling also are available. Microneedling is a collagen-stimulating treatment that is often paired with PRP to improve skin texture, discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles, and acne scars. Using PRP activates stem cells for healing, restoration and repair, according to Donaldson.

Because regular treatments are encouraged for best results, the spa offers skinBe VIP, a monthly membership that includes a complimentary maintenance treatment and exclusive savings on all services and products. Clients can visit the website, skinbemedspa.com, or call 636-778-7200 to schedule an appointment at the spa, which is open seven days a week.

SkinBe\u2019s client success stories, from feeling better to looking better, have inspired Donaldson to want to touch even more lives across St. Louis and beyond. \u201cWe want to help others embrace their uniqueness,\u201d she says. \u201cBe who you are.\u201d

skinBe Med Spa, 128 Chesterfield Valley Drive, Chesterfield, 636-778-7200, skinbemedspa.com

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It tends to attract attention when a prominent artist starts characterizing an upcoming project as potentially definitive from a creative standpoint \u2013 and Harry Weber has been doing exactly that regarding his contribution to Missouri\u2019s National Veterans Memorial in Perryville.

Weber \u2013 a St. Louis native who served a six-year tour of duty in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and who nowadays works as an esteemed sculptor from the piquantly named Bronze Fox Studio in Wright City, 40 or so miles west of Ladue \u2013 sketches the circumstances surrounding his still-inchoate involvement with the memorial, whose overall grand opening took place May 25.

\u201cBy way of introduction to Missouri\u2019s National Veterans Memorial, I was contacted by a colleague, Kevin Hale, with whom I\u2019ve worked on other projects, here and in Tennessee,\u201d he says. \u201cHe is a granite specialist and is doing a full-size replication of [Washington, D.C.\u2019s Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall], along with many illustrated granite monuments at the site.\u201d

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Weber, perforce, has visited that site. He expresses amazement at the projected memorial\u2019s scope, vision and location, \u201cappropriately in the middle of the United States. It\u2019s a beautiful site, and when they described what they wanted from me, I felt it could be the definitive work of my career.\u201d

Perryville lies roughly 85 miles southeast of Ladue on Interstate 55 and, among other tourist attractions, boasts three sites on the National Register of Historic Places, one of them founded by St. Louis\u2019 Bishop Joseph Rosati, in a pastoral setting.

Like Weber, Perryville Mayor Ken Baer expresses enthusiasm for the memorial, stating that his city \u201chas a long history of holding our veterans in high regard. Without their sacrifice, the world would be a very different place. It\u2019s an honor for Perryville to play a small part in thanking our veterans and recognizing the depths of their sacrifices. We\u2019re very proud to be home to the [memorial].\u201d

Baer continues by expressing the hope that the new memorial becomes \u201cthe pre-eminent tribute where liberty is celebrated, veterans and families

are recognized, and all find a sense of peace. It\u2019s this celebration of liberty that will separate this memorial from many others throughout the country.\u201d

Nancy Guth, the memorial\u2019s executive director, details what inspired the Perryville project.

\u201cMissouri\u2019s National Veterans Memorial began as the vision of several local veterans and citizens who wanted to honor and respect their fellow brothers and sisters in arms,\u201d she says. \u201cThis dream began to be realized with the help of one of our founding donors, Jim Eddleman, a Vietnam veteran who fought valiantly in the Tet offensive.

\u201cJim promised himself that if he made it home from Vietnam, he\u2019d one day do something to honor his comrades and others who\u2019ve served in uniform. After talking with friends and fellow veterans, he decided that Missouri\u2019s National Veterans Memorial would be his way of providing a lasting tribute to America\u2019s veterans.

\u201cIn addition to a significant monetary donation, he gave 46 acres of property that has been in his family for three generations to serve as the location for the site. He hopes that his story will be an inspiration for others to support the memorial.\u201d

Guth also recalls Weber\u2019s introduction to the memorial, noting that once the sculptor visited the site, \u201che was overwhelmed and wanted to support the project in the best way he knew how \u2013 through his art. He appreciated that Missouri\u2019s National Veterans Memorial went beyond a single war memorial with the mission, vision and concept. Upon securing the necessary funding, Harry has promised to create sculptures for the memorial and show his support.\u201d

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Referencing the St. Louis/Kansas City firm of SWT Design, the memorial\u2019s landscape architects, Weber expands on his own anticipated participation: \u201cSWT architects have included at least six heroic sculptures in their design for Missouri\u2019s National Veterans Memorial \u2013 one representing the sacrifice of veterans near the park entrance and five lining the long walk to the Vietnam wall. These five would be designed to honor each branch of the service.

\u201cWhile it hasn\u2019t been decided exactly how these will be portrayed, my first impulse is to represent the various services in different historical eras \u2013 the Navy in the Revolutionary War, the Army might be in World War I, the Marines in World War II and so forth.\u201d

That should delight admirers of the earlier works of Weber, who holds a degree in English and art history from New Jersey\u2019s distinguished Princeton University.

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As a sculptor, over time, Weber has enjoyed considerable acclaim in the metro area, in the state and throughout the nation. His depiction of civil rights icons Dred and Harriet Scott looms large at the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis, for instance, and his tribute to rock \u2019n\u2019 roller Chuck Berry strikes an eternal chord on Delmar Boulevard in University City.

In sculpting athletes, though, Weber arguably has shone most brightly, with works of his gracing 12 pro and amateur sports stadiums nationwide. The 10 figures in the Plaza of Champions in St. Louis\u2019 Busch Stadium, for example, display a whipcord vigor and sculptural dynamism bordering on breathtaking \u2013 even those figures\u2019 clothing wrinkles slash like lightning.

\u201cMany veterans carry the weight of their experiences alone,\u201d the Perryville memorial\u2019s website states. \u201cThis memorial will give them the opportunity to share their stories, connect with others and help us educate future generations on the difficulties they faced.\u201d

Perhaps reflecting his own military experience, Weber echoes that sentiment: \u201cAs a combat veteran and a sculptor, I\u2019m drawn to war memorials. I would like to participate in a work of magnitude to honor all branches of the services and the entire scope of conflicts [that] have marked our history.\u201d

Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial, 1172 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Perryville, 573-547-2035, mnvmfund.org

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