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2011 Platinum List

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Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 10:55 pm, Tue Aug 9, 2011.

BEST ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES

Winner: Ivey-Selkirk

    Like people, furniture and collectibles are more fascinating when they have a past. For discerning shoppers more interested in pedigree than price, Ivey-Selkirk has been a St. Louis tradition since the early 19th century, offering fine art and antiques, jewelry and collectibles.

Runners up:

2. Warson Woods Antique Mall

3. Jules L. Pass Antiques Limited

3. Clark Graves Antiques (tie)

4. Brilliant Antiques

5. Rothschild’s Antiques


BEST FURNITURE AND HOME ACCESSORIES

Winner: Expressions Custom Furniture

    Expressions grabbed the No. 1 spot for the first time, chosen by readers who can’t seem to get enough. The very definition of sensory overload with style, this store is so chock-full of fabrics, furniture and fun that you might be tempted to ask “Can I have one of everything?”

Runners up:

2. Arhaus Furniture

3. Crate & Barrel

4. Savvy Surroundings

5. Boutique at Diane Breckenridge Interiors


BEST KIDS CLOTHES

Winner: Crewcuts

When dressing the kiddos, LN readers suggest you make a stop at Crewcuts—their choice for Best Kids Clothes. An off-shoot of J.Crew, the children’s shop offers sizes 2 to 14 and style galore!

Runners Up:

2. Chocolate Soup

3. Gap

4. Gymboree

5. City Sprouts


BEST LINGERIE SHOP

Winner: Neiman Marcus

    From luxurious silks to high-fashion lace, Neiman Marcus features some of the best labels and styles in women’s lingerie. Top brands include Hanky Panky, La Perla, Wacoal, Chantelle, Le Mystere and Simon Perele.

Runners up:

2. Victoria’s Secret

3. Jule

4. Soma

5. Ann’s Bra Shop


BEST RESALE SHOP

Winner: ScholarShop

    For those who love a great deal while giving back, ScholarShop provides something for everyone. The store sells men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, along with designer merchandise, jewelry, accessories and fine collectibles. Every time someone purchases a used item, they benefit students through The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis. So get a new top and share the love!

Runners up:

2. Rung

3. Women’s Closet Exchange

4. Upscale Resale

5. Plato’s Closet


BEST WOMEN'S CLOTHING

Winner: Mister Guy

    Shopping connoisseurs know they have walked into a world of greatness when they set foot in Mister Guy: The Women’s Store. With the new Italian Collection of Msiamo by Marisa Minicucci and French designer Gerard Darel launching in the store, fashionistas are bound to flock there tout de suite.

Runners up:

2. Nordstrom

3. Vie

4. Saks Fifth Avenue

5. Eileen Fischer


BEST SHOES

Winner: Wish

    The store’s owner had a vision: to provide women with the perfect shoe for every occasion, and that’s just what Wish does. Designer labels include Bernardo, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Pollini and Lucchese, and there’s great customer service to boot (pun intended)!

Runners up:

2. Nordstrom

3. Saks Fifth Avenue

4. DSW

5. Dillard’s


BEST FINE JEWELRY

Winner: Simons Jewelers

For more than 30 years, Simons Jewelers has been a go-to place for fine, exclusive jewelry. With exceptional customer service, it offers unparalleled pieces from the world’s most elite jewelry fairs, including Hong Kong, Geneva and New York. Mikimoto, Penny Preville and David Yurman are among the long list of designers available.

Runners Up:

2. Genovese Jewelers

3. Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers

4. Huffords Jewelry

5. Albarré Jewelry


BEST MOVIE THEATER

Winner: Plaza Frontenac Cinema

Cinema for the cerebral. Film aficionados look to this Landmark theater for the best foreign films and indies. With a wine bar and pre-show window shopping at Saks, you’ll cancel your Netflix membership.

Runners Up:

2. Chase Park Plaza Cinema

3. Moolah Theater & Lounge

4. Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cine

5. AMC Creve Coeur 12


BEST FUN JEWELRY

Winner: Melanie’s

    We all know that scarves, hats, purses, headbands, earrings and necklaces make the outfit, and Melanie’s is the place to get ‘em all. From brightly colored bracelets, to the latest trend in girl’s rings, the shop off Clayton Road has great deals for the trendsetter in you.

Runners up:

2. Codi the Boutique

3. Genovese Jewelers

4. Lusso

5. Ivy Hill


BEST TOY STORE

Winner: Imagination Toys

Did you get an hour’s notice about the birthday party? Park right at the door of this perennial favorite toy store and relax. With personal service, gift-wrapping and lots of super-cool stuff, you’ll have time left over for a manicure!

Runners Up:

2. Spicer’s

3. Toys “R” Us

4. Circle of Knowledge

5. City Sprouts


BEST MEN'S CLOTHING

Winner: Sam Cavato

If you’re one of Sam Cavato’s regulars, chances are, you wouldn’t go anywhere else to buy your clothes no matter the price. The clientele includes well-compensated executives who can’t afford to spend a lot of time hunting for a fashion nugget in the bargain bin. But you probably already knew that.

Runners Up:

2. Mr. Guy

3. Woody’s

4. Kim Kuehner

5. Nordstrom


BEST SPOT FOR A FIRST DATE

Winner: Herbie’s Vintage ’72

Choosing a spot for a first date is important: The right decision helps ensure a second. With its storied history and delectable menu, you’ve given Herbie’s Vintage ’72 a nod as the perfect place for a great first impression.  

Runners Up:

2. Boathouse Forest Park

3. Cardwell’s in Clayton

4. Sasha’s Wine Bar

5. Forest Park


BEST PLACE TO BUY WINE

Winner: The Wine Merchant

Vin, vino, wein or wine—no matter how you say (or drink) it, The Wine Merchant has you covered. The institution on Hanley Road not only has a super-impressive bottle selection, it has a full staff of wine sages who are capable of taking you to Tuscany and Piedmont, over to Bordeaux, Lyon, Mosel and Franken, and back to Napa and Sonoma—all in one shopping basket! 

Runners Up:

2. The Wine & Cheese Place

3. Saint Louis Cellars

4. Schnucks

5. Provisions


COOLEST PLACE FOR LIVE MUSIC

Winner: The Pageant

It’s almost become one of the very definitions of ‘cool’ in St. Louis. A night out at The Pageant starts with a stroll down the Delmar Loop. Past Blueberry Hill and the Tivoli with the St. Louis Walk of Fame at your feet, you hurry through the front doors of The Pageant, arriving at what is being called one of the best concert venues in America. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. Cool.

Runners Up:

2. Blueberry Hill

3. Jazz at the Bistro

4. Broadway Oyster Bar

5. Chandler Hill Vineyards


MOST FUN WINERY

Winner: Chandler Hill Vineyards

Be it in the midst of spring or the color show that is autumn, Chandler Hill offers one of the area’s most picturesque settings to sit back and enjoy a glass (or two) of crisp Vidal Blanc or a rich, robust Norton. We can’t think of a better way to spend a beautiful Missouri day. Cheers! 

Runners Up:

2. Hermannhof Vineyards

3. Mount Pleasant Winery

4. Chaumette Vineyards & Winery

5. Augusta Winery

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