Part of our mission here at Ladue News is to keep our readers up-to-date on the most exclusive, fabulous experiences, as well as worthwhile organizations and the most captivating St. Louisans around town. But this time, you told us—and we listened! You voted for the best of everything in St. Louis—from restaurants to shops and services—and the result is the LN Platinum List. Read on to discover the winners and illustrious runners-up. Whether it’s a new find or an old favorite, we already know you’ll love them!

BEST ANTIQUES

Emporium St. Louis

Closing in on almost two decades, Emporium St. Louis continues to impress with its high-quality pieces. The marketplace vibe of this shop offers discoveries from almost every category imaginable. You can find riches ripe for the picking from designer pieces to marvelous steals. The Emporium encourages you to start out on a treasure hunt with this establishment marking the spot.

RUNNERS UP:

Clark Graves Antiques

Jules L. Pass Antiques

Three French Hens Antiques

Warson Woods Antique Gallery

BEST FURNITURE & HOME ACCESSORIES

Expressions Furniture

Expressions Furniture is staying at the top of its game with another successful No. 1 slot on the Platinum List this year. No one can be surprised because this big boutique wows with quality material for clients to create their own pieces. Custom-design your own furniture with fabrics, finishes and frame styles to create that conversation-starter piece with the help of Expressions.

RUNNERS UP:

Arhaus

Emporium St. Louis

Savvy Surrounding Style

Three French Hens Antiques

BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING

The Woman’s Exchange

Nobody does it quite like the staffers and volunteers behind The Woman’s Exchange. With years of tradition and a loyal following, this philanthropic business boasts of handmade items to make savvy shoppers of moms and dads, parents-to-be, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and everyone else looking for that special something for that sweet little one. With the goal of assisting talented consignors in becoming capable citizens, you can feel good about shopping here because you are aiding hard workers worthy of success. Dress your youngsters in nothing but the best with top-quality items that are sure to be cherished.

RUNNERS UP:

City Sprouts

Dandelions

MACS Designs

Nordstrom

BEST LINGERIE

clair de lune

Thanks to clair de lune, lingerie has never looked so good. A woman needs her delicates not only to offer support, but to lay well and inspire confidence. The tricky part of shopping for intimates is taken care of with a proper fitting and the air of privacy in this chic establishment. Make bra-shopping a lively experience by gathering a few girlfriends, whether it be for a pre-bachelorette party or for a frisky Friday happy hour, and coming in for a fitting complete with Champagne. With a vast selection of European and international brands for you to consider, clair de lune will assist in your search for the ideal intimates, making them an obvious choice for the Platinum List.

RUNNERS UP:

Nordstrom

Saks Fifth Avenue

Soma Intimates

Victoria’s Secret

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING

paperdolls boutique

A continual favorite of the Platinum List voters, paperdolls boutique hits the mark every time with a selection of fashion-forward pieces offered at a fair price. The expert staff can quickly design a look for you from grunge chic to polished and pretty. Shop the paperdolls line, or choose something brought in from the trend-setting cities of Los Angeles, New York City or Paris.

RUNNERS UP:

Giddyup Jane

MACS Designs

Mister Guy The Women’s Store

Pink Magnolia

BEST MEN’S CLOTHING

Sam Cavato Men’s Wear

No one offers a better fit in men’s finery than Sam Cavato. This top dog of men’s wear guarantees you’ll get your money’s worth so that you can look as suave as James Bond. Esquire magazine awarded Sam Cavato’s with the ‘Gold Standard,’ which comes as no surprise when you learn about the devotion to customer care. That spot-on service has brought in the likes of the former CEO of the Rams, John Shaw, or Jackie Gayle, the comedian. You, too, can stay urbane in casual wear from St. Croix, or add a dash of debonair with a custom-made shirt underneath a Brioni or Hickey Freeman suit and experience first-hand the diligence of this dedicated team.

RUNNERS UP:

Brooks Brothers

JoS. A. Bank Clothiers

Mister Guy Clothiers

Nordstrom

BEST FITNESS APPAREL

lululemon

With a concept like training staff to be yoga and fitness guides, it is no wonder that lululemon impresses with fine workout apparel. The brand created athletic wear designed to let the body breathe while it is getting into shape. Feel focused and comfortable in sleek attire designed with the help of experts in each sports field, from dancers to yoga instructors. Since you also can score a complimentary hemming with your purchase, why look anywhere else for your gym wardrobe?

RUNNERS UP:

Blue Moon Activewear

Dimvaloo Active Living

FitShop St. Louis

Fun in the Sun

BEST SHOE STORE

Laurie’s Shoes

With four generations at the helm of Laurie’s Shoes, you can expect an unparalleled service of highly trained people to assist you in finding the perfect shoe. Cinderella can’t even boast about finding a better fit with Laurie’s wide range of sizes available to try on. Find something for every member of the family at one of several stores throughout the St. Louis area. Or spoil yourself with a pair of custom hand-painted shoes that you and the resident artist create together.

RUNNERS UP:

Marmi Shoes

Neiman Marcus

Nordstrom

Sole Comfort

BEST FINE JEWELRY

Huffords Jewelry

Match the sparkle in your love’s eyes with a diamond bracelet or designer watch from Huffords Jewelry and know you have certainly chosen the best in all regards. This Platinum List winner takes great pride in ensuring every customer’s happiness, which results in only the best service for you and yours. Shimmer with the brightest stars in rings and earrings that stand apart from the rest.

RUNNERS UP:

Albarre Jewelry

Genovese Jewelers

Lordo’s Diamonds

Simons Jewelers

BEST FUN JEWELRY

Codi The Boutique

Born from a passion for designing, the Codi line of jewelry is simply stunning with fine and funky pieces to make every look fresh and fierce. Opt for a trunk show from your own home or event, and get a one-of-kind shopping experience from the silver-hearted line of jewelry. From quirky cuff bracelets to dark pearl necklaces, feel confident in the ever-elegant designs created by Courtney Hopson.

RUNNERS UP:

Emporium St. Louis

MACS Designs

Melanie’s

Paperdolls Boutique

BEST TOY STORE

Imagination Toys

Show your children a world ripe with creativity at Imagination Toys. Bring out their inventive side with gizmos and gadgets that challenge in the most fun ways possible. Imagination Toys is well-known as the top toy store in St. Louis, thanks to its focus on educating children while entertaining them. As Einstein once said, If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. It is this dream-inspired philosophy that keeps this specialty store brimming with the best toys for your little tykes.

RUNNERS UP:

Bright Idea Toys

City Sprouts

Happy Up Inc.

Verde Kids

BEST WINE STORE

The Wine and Cheese Place

The search for the ideal bottle of vino or beer to share can be simplified by stopping in at The Wine and Cheese Place. With four locations throughout the St. Louis area, it shouldn’t be too hard to find, but always you can opt to have your selection shipped directly to your home just in time for your next famous party. Not sure where to begin? Trust the experts to point you in the right direction based on your tastes, or choose a mix and match six-pack and pick whatever strikes your fancy. Let The Wine and Cheese Place broaden your palate with careful exploration of fine-crafted brews and wines available for the taking.

RUNNERS UP:

Grapevine Wines & Spirits

Parker’s Table Wine and Food Store

Schnucks

The Wine Merchant

BEST WINE LIST

Tony’s

For a refined ambiance, keep it classy with Tony’s. Tony’s delivers with a seemingly endless list of world-class wines begging to be shared over a magnificent meal. Don’t let the expansive list or expensive price tags intimidate you. There is nothing that quite matches the sensation of sipping a wine as soft as silk or as surprising to your palate.

RUNNERS UP:

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Robust Wine Bar

Truffles

BEST PLACE TO HAVE COCKTAILS

Brio Tuscan Grille

Tuscany may be known for its cuisine, but the drinks are certainly not lacking in the Italian countryside, and Brio reminds you to indulge with a lush happy hour and a drink list of tempting cocktails. Soak up a bold Manhattan or a flirty Bella Pesca martini with a hint of peach for only $5 on any given Wednesday, or titillate your taste buds with a glass of pinot grigio, while your date enjoys a rich cabernet for only $5 on Thursdays. Whatever you fancy, Brio is bringing back the drinking hour in a big way.

RUNNERS UP:

Basso

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

Taste St. Louis

Truffles

BEST MICROBREWERY

Schlafly

Once again leading the way for microbreweries, Schlafly holds reign over St. Louis as the best. With easily accessible events to promote their beers that include unique pairings, like the upcoming Stout & Oyster Festival at The Schlafly Tap Room on March 27, it is easy to understand how the brewery holds sway over the population. Anheuser-Busch and Budweiser may be considered the ‘king of beers,’ but you might as well consider Schlafly the ‘king of microbreweries’ around here.

RUNNERS UP:

The Civil Life Brewing Company

4 Hands Brewing Company

Trailhead Brewing Company

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

BEST ROMANTIC DINING

Kemoll’s

Take date night to the next level—literally, the Top of the Met—by sharing a gourmet dinner with your love at Kemoll’s. Considered a destination restaurant, there is very little excuse for any St. Louisan to miss out on this fine-dining landmark. The sweeping atmosphere of Kemoll’s creates the perfect setting for a lovely evening for two and offers up breath-taking views of the best parts of the city. Pop the cork on a robust wine and savor the Sicilian family cuisine that Kemoll’s built itself on.

RUNNERS UP:

Bar Les Freres

I Fratellini

Tony’s

Vin De Set

BEST NEW HOT SPOT (2 YEARS)

Giovanni’s Kitchen

The name is likely already familiar to you and that is because of the famed Giovanni’s restaurant on the Hill, named after the family patriarch, Giovanni Gabriele. Last year, his sons, Frank and Carmelo (who also co-own Il Bel Lago in Creve Coeur), unveiled Giovanni’s Kitchen in Ladue's Colonial Marketplace, bringing you the same great taste borne out of their father's Sicilian heritage with house-made pastas and other mouth-watering offerings at an affordable cost. While the 'flagship of the Hill' has brought in many a celebrity from presidents to Oprah, the Gabrieles strive to make all who enter their restaurants feel famous. Visit the Kitchen for a taste of the best.

RUNNERS UP:

A Pizza Story

Avenue Restaurant

Cantina Laredo

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

BEST SWEET TREATS

Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café

With flavors like carrot cake to chocolate and peanut butter or even honey lemon, it is hard to resist the sweetness of Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café. It’s not the size (about half a pound of yummy goodness) or the ingredients that make Jilly’s stand apart, though. It’s the freshly-made treats and new combination of flavors frequently invented that has Jilly’s satisfying our sweet tooth. Come meet the newest addition to the cupcake family: Sundae Fundae, suggested by Lorenna, a winner of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Official Cupcake contest with all proceeds from the purchase of this classic cupcake going to the hospital.

RUNNERS UP:

Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier

Kakao Chocolate

Piccione Pastry

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

BEST FINE DINING RESTAURANT

Kemoll’s

The long-standing Kemoll’s grew from a small neighborhood eatery in the late ‘20s to a dazzling restaurant and banquet center atop the tallest building in St. Louis. First earning a reputation with its freshly made sandwiches, the menu of this fine-dining establishment has developed into scrumptious Italian cuisine from authentic family-owned recipes with a dash of international fare thrown in for good measure. Combine the intoxicating flavors of the offered dishes and the glorious city skyline views to create a spectacular dining experience.

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Dominic’s Restaurant

Niche

The Crossing Restaurant

Tony’s

BEST BRUNCH

Bixby’s

Named as one of ‘America’s Best Museum Restaurants’ by Travel + Leisure magazine, it makes absolute sense why Bixby’s would earn a slot on the Platinum List. With a drive to serve menu items that use local resources, you can count on this establishment at the Missouri History Museum to deliver fresh-tasting cuisine sure to make you salivate. The Champagne brunch includes not only sinfully delicious cocktails like mimosas, but also offers a benedict of the day sandwich creation for you to devour. Opt for the buffet of seasonal items, and please many a palate with traditional dishes reconstructed in surprising and delicious ways.

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Brio Tuscan Grille

Café Eau

Café Madeleine

Jimmy’s on the Park

BEST SPA

Ginger Bay Salon and Spa

Pampering yourself has never felt so right as with Ginger Bay Salon and Spa. Let the educated team share their passion of nurturing one’s well being with you. From your pedicured toes to your pretty head, this spa offers a service for all your body rejuvenation needs. And since a new health study shows that time spent in saunas actually can improve your heart health, maybe now is the perfect time to try that hot water body treatment from Ginger Bay. The care and expertise of this salon and spa will have you feeling ready to take on the world.

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The Face & The Body

Four Seasons

Stonewater Spa & Boutique

Wellbridge Athletic Club & Spa

BEST NAIL SALON

Ladue Nails & Spa

Ladue Nails & Spa holds on to its title again this year as the best place to go for a nail makeover. After a harsh end to winter, those digits of yours are surely overdue for some serious attention. Who better to nourish your nails than the crowned victors at Ladue Nails? Choose any of the four locations and get the same satisfying service. From a therapeutic pedicure to a manicure created by you or inspired by the salon’s favorite designs, you are in the best hands for nail care.

RUNNERS UP:

Beautiful Nails

Clean Spa

The Face & The Body

Ginger Bay Salon and Spa

BEST GYM

Wellbridge Athletic Club & Spa

From beginner to trained athlete, Wellbridge has what it takes to keep you focused and fit this year. Get invaluable coaching when you first start at this gym with two complimentary sessions from a personal trainer, who will not only design a workout around you and your needs, but also will show you the ropes around the gym’s equipment. Take advantage of the fitness program offered to all members, and try out several classes to find the one that inspires you best. As you likely know, the best way to stay motivated is to have a workout buddy, and with the solid community offered at Wellbridge, you are sure to find just the right partner to keep you on track with your fitness goals.

RUNNERS UP:

20 Minutes to Fitness

JCC St. Louis

LifeTime Fitness

Nurtiformance

BEST HAIR SALON

Dominic Michael Salon

Dominic Michael Salon continues to top the Platinum List because the stylists consistently deliver top-quality style and service from cut to finish. From a welcoming beverage upon arrival to a gift bag of goodies galore for new clients (including discounts on future services), you certainly will find this salon worth the expense. Prepare to walk out the doors looking your absolute best. These top-notch stylists will certainly have you coming back for more.

RUNNERS UP:

Blown Away Blow Dry Bar

Guy and Carmelo Salon

Mitchell James Salon

Robert Ramsey Hair

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

Nordstrom

The customer service of Nordstrom is, simply put, the stuff of legends. Consider the tale of the missing diamond: When a woman discovered the diamond from her wedding ring fell out while shopping, an employee joined her in the mad search for the shiny object, scanning for the floor with high hopes. When nothing turned up, the employee recruited two more in the search, which led them to a vacuum cleaner bag. Digging through the dusty bag, the missing diamond finally made its appearance! Lucky for us, you don’t have to lose a diamond for a satisfying shopping experience at Nordstrom!

RUNNERS UP:

Huffords Jewelry

Laurie’s Shoes

Neiman Marcus

Paperdolls Boutique

BEST COFFEE HOUSE

Kaldi’s

Nationally acclaimed for its spectacular roast, Kaldi’s stands above the rest of St. Louis with resources pulled from the world over to create the finest cup of coffee. Utilizing sustainable sourcing, you can take comfort in the ethical practices of this brewer while sipping on one of its concoctions. Trust the baristas to provide spot-on recommendations or talk coffee while paying careful attention to your taste preferences. The passionate people behind Kaldi’s enhance your coffee house experience, so make this your go-to pick-me-up joint.

RUNNERS UP:

City Coffeehouse & Creperie

Deer Creek Coffee

Kayak’s Coffee & Provisions

Schneithorst’s Restaurant & Bar

BEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

Lester’s Sports Bar & Grill

The laid-back atmosphere of this sports-themed restaurant is taken up a notch with freshly made food and an East Coast-inspired menu. Order a stack of homemade barbeque ribs that have been smoking for hours or bite into a corned beef sandwich, perfected by the head chef who was sent by owner Lester Miller to train under the former proprietor of Carnegie Deli in New York City. Make sure to take advantage of the audio controls offered at each booth so that you can adjust the volume to one of 64 plasma screens littered along the bar and grill. The only better place to catch a Cardinals game this year is at Busch Stadium itself.

RUNNERS UP:

Dewey’s Pizza

Five Star Burgers

Pastaria

Sportsman’s Park

BEST PIZZA

Imo’s Pizza

The ‘square beyond compare’ is a St. Louis staple. A simple idea (of delivering pizza back in the day when no one else in the city offered such services) launched a young married couple’s dreams, but that isn’t the only notion that makes their pizza stand apart from the rest. Imo’s changed up the traditional thin crust creation of St. Louis by disembarking from the standard mozzarella topping and choosing instead the squishy provel cheese, which is now replicated throughout the city. Add to that all fresh ingredients and is it any surprise that a classic has our readers salivating? We think not.

RUNNERS UP:

Dewey’s Pizza

Katie's Pizza & Pasta Osteria 

Pi Pizzeria

Red-L Pizza

BEST CATERER

Catering St. Louis

From selecting a theme to food and decoration display, the experts at Catering St. Louis will help you transform your event into a fine affair. This catering company ensures personalization from start to finish, making sure to take the time with each client to learn what suits them best. That kind of attention to detail will leave you feeling confident about your next hosting obligation, so trust Catering St. Louis to leave all your guests satisfied and impressed.

RUNNERS UP:

The Art of Entertaining

Butler’s Pantry

Gourmet to Go

Hollyberry Catering

BEST BURGER

Five Star Burgers

Between the craft beer selection and the ethically raised ingredients featured on the menu, Five Star Burgers has the best burger title on lockdown. The livestock that fills this burger joint’s plates graze pastures and are humanely treated, which translates to the freshest of meats, plump-full of natural goodness. Plus, Five Star constantly is cooking up something new for the Lou with a burger of the month feature sure to make your mouth water.

RUNNERS UP:

Bailey’s Range

Blueberry Hill

O’Connell’s Pub

Sugarfire Smoke House

BEST ITALIAN FOOD

Tony’s

Tony’s tops the list not only in the wine department, but also with its divine Italian cuisine. From humble beginnings to hard-earned success, this fine-dining establishment continues to be the go-to place to impress clients or offer up a wedding proposal. The intimate, swanky setting promises of what is to come: impeccable food delivered artfully. From flambéed dishes finished tableside with the type of panache delivered in Rat Pack movies to the memorable lobster albonello or thick swordfish filet, Tony’s is a sure-fire bet to elevate your dining experience.

RUNNERS UP:

Kemoll’s

Pastaria

Sugo’s Spaghetteria

Trattoria Marcella

BEST MEXICAN FOOD

Hacienda Mexican Restaurant

Hacienda prides itself on taking traditional Mexican dishes and dressing them up with bold new flavors and ever-fresh ingredients. Snack on bottomless chips and salsa in a fun, festive environment designed to look like Old Mexico with modern additions. Best news yet: drink up those well-liked margaritas because part of Monday’s proceeds will go to the Hacienda Foundation of St. Louis in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

RUNNERS UP:

Cantina Laredo

Mi Ranchito

Mission Taco Joint

Nachomama’s Tex-Mex

BEST WAIT STAFF

Brio Tuscan Grille

Brio holds this title for yet another year, thanks to the considerate and attentive staff. From beginning to end, expect dedicated attention from your server to ensure you get everything for which you ask. Listen to suggestions for new menu items or drink pairings, and you’ll recognize the wait staff of Brio is extremely knowledgeable and proud of what their restaurant has to offer. From the bartender to the GM, Shy Patel, you will feel welcomed and appreciated for your patronage at Brio.

RUNNERS UP:

801 Chophouse

Circle 7 Ranch

Kreis’ Restaurant

Tony’s

BEST CHEF

Gerard Craft, Niche, Pastaria, Brasserie and Taste

Gerard Craft’s specialty is taking the basics and conjuring up new ways to savor the familiar. This five-time James Beard nominee for Best Chef: Midwest developed his creative cooking techniques while adjusting to the Midwestern climate after having spent time on the West Coast, among other places. The creator of the Niche family of restaurants may not be a native of this city, but he has the highest respect for the diverse food scene. Opening a fourth restaurant (Porano) this year, with a focus on feeding the family, you are sure to hear a lot more about Craft before his cooking ventures are through.

RUNNERS UP:

Brian Hardesty, Element

Carl McConnell, Stone Soup Cottage

Josh Galliano, The Libertine

Kevin Nashan, Sidney Street Cafe

BEST OUTDOOR DINING

Brio Tuscan Grille

Perhaps it is the prime location at Plaza Frontenac. Perhaps it is the flavorful Tuscan dishes served up by this year’s ‘best wait staff.’ Whatever it is, Brio calls you time and time again to enjoy all it has to offer. Take advantage of the warmer airs pouring in while relaxing on Brio’s beautiful terrace and linger till the string light bulbs flicker on to add to your carefree mood.

RUNNERS UP:

Bar Italia Ristorante

The Boathouse Restaurant

BrickTop’s Restaurant

Vin De Set

BEST STEAK

Kreis’ Restaurant

Built on a long history of tradition, Kreis’ steakhouse stands above the rest for delivering its classic prime-rib. With serving sizes up to 4 pounds (the king size), this succulent meat is ready to be devoured and worthy of the challenge. Favorite pairings include the twice-baked potato or grilled asparagus. As Kreis’ proves, sometimes, tradition simply knows best.

RUNNERS UP:

801 Chophouse

Citizen Kane’s Steak House

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

BEST PLACE FOR PET PAMPERING

Kennelwood Pet Resorts

Kennelwood continues to top the list as the best place to take care of your pet. From simple grooming to adoption and training, this pet resort goes above and beyond to ensure your animals receive quality care. The little touches will be what win you over. From a pet taxi to come fetch your pet, to photo updates while you are away on vacation, and even free website alerts for a missing animal, Kennelwood truly shows the same devotion as you do to your animals. Choose from any of Kennelwood’s eight locations to bring your precious pet and trust that you will come back to one happy creature.

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Lola & Penelope’s

No Leash Needed

The Watering Bowl Daycare & Boarding

Treats Unleashed

BEST LUXURY CAR DEALERSHIP

Plaza Motors

LN readers know from experience that Plaza Motors has trustworthy dealers to assist in the purchase of a new car. With a vast selection of luxury lines, including Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, you can expect customer service to rival the car of choice. Plaza Motors strives to impress clients continually with top-notch services throughout the lifespan of your vehicle, so let them take the wheel for you.

RUNNERS UP:

Autohaus BMW

Bommarito Automotive Group

Mercedes-Benz of St. Louis

Mungenast Automotive Family

BEST DRY CLEANERS

Marquard’s Cleaners

The family-owned business takes great pride in delivering your garments with the care you reserved when first purchasing them. Maintaining the newness of a clothing piece is no easy feat, but from stain removal to heirloom restoration, this shop works diligently to return your items with a pristine quality you won’t soon forget. You simply won’t find a better fit for your dry-cleaning needs than Marquard’s.

RUNNERS UP:

Frontenac Cleaners

Pleats Cleaners

Tide Dry Cleaners

West Oak Cleaners

BEST FLORIST

Bloomin’ Buckets

In business for a decade, the Bloomin’ Buckets team loves creating and arranging flowers into a work of art for clients. Create your own masterpiece with owner Barb Wehking’s guidance, and discover how she and her team bring out the best in floral décor with a deep appreciation for the colors, textures and scents that make flowers so appealing. Just in time for the florist’s 10-year anniversary, Martha Stewart Weddings named Bloomin’ Buckets as a Top Floral Designer for 2015—an honor bestowed to only one Missouri florist. Find out for yourself why Martha thinks Bloomin’ Buckets should be your top pick for a fancy floral design.

RUNNERS UP:

Ken Miesner’s Flowers

Ladue Florist

Mary Tuttle’s Flowers

Walter Knoll Florist

BEST WEALTH ADVISOR

Wells Fargo Advisors

LN readers trust their financial assets in the capable hands of Wells Fargo Advisors. This national investment firm is backed by a vast network of resources to train and develop its advisors to deal with the changing trends of the financial world. From retirement preparation to dealing with those overly complicated trust papers, the expert advisors at Wells Fargo will guide you all the way through to being financially secure.

RUNNERS UP:

Buckingham Asset Management

Edward Jones

Moneta Group

Renaissance Financial Corporation

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENCY

Laura McCarthy Real Estate

Laura McCarthy once again is the go-to choice for LN readers when selling or buying a home. With strength in real estate for St. Louis’s central corridor, the realtors of Laura McCarthy know luxury real estate like the back of their hands. From experience in company relocation to finding homes as far west as St. Charles, the vast experience found at this real estate agency is sure to help you find success in your dream home journey. The results-driven atmosphere just goes to show that Laura McCarthy is all about making your real estate dreams come true.

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Coldwell Banker Gundaker

Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty

Gladys Manion Real Estate

Janet McAfee Real Estate

BEST COSMETIC SURGERY CENTER

West County Plastic Surgeons

The West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University offer cutting-edge procedures to have you looking and feeling your best. Housed in a teaching hospital of the highest ranked medical school in the Midwest, you can expect the physicians to be at the top of their game, using innovative techniques to provide the best outcome for your procedure. All renowned in their field, the surgeons of West County promise total focus on you and your needs to guarantee high-quality results.

RUNNERS UP:

Nayak Plastic Surgery

Parkcrest Plastic Surgery

Ridenour Plastic Surgery

St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery

BEST WEDDING VENUE

Missouri Botanical Garden

This oasis in the city is the ideal way for St. Louis couples to celebrate their union. With 79 acres of lush landscapes, a bride and groom will find a captivating spot at Missouri Botanical Garden that is sure to set the mood for the big day. Create a magical experience with the dedicated team of Catering St. Louis who will help you design your day from the menu to the décor. The hardest decision to make for your wedding day will be choosing which one of the eight venues throughout the Garden best symbolizes you and will take your guests’ breathes away.

RUNNERS UP:

Saint Louis Art Museum

Palladium Saint Louis

The Piper Palm House

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

BEST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

The Gatesworth

If Forbes magazine can call the Gatesworth one of the nation’s best retirement communities, it seems simple to understand why St. Louisans wouldn’t mind retiring here. With the promise of answering “yes” to any question asked, retirees can find plenty to occupy their days from getting a massage at the spa to hitting a round of golf on the green. Feel like a VIP with limousine service to and from outside engagements, including appointments, and concierge help even with tasks such as walking your dog. The Gatesworth will ensure you retire in luxury style.

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McKnight Place

Delmar Gardens Enterprises

Hallmark of Creve Coeur

Mari De Villa

BEST GOLF COURSE

Bellerive Country Club

With a rich history of expansion and hosting the greats, Bellerive once again claims the top spot for its spectacular golfing grounds. Third in the world to earn bragging rights for hosting all four major championships for men, Bellerive is thrilled to be hosting the 100th PGA Championship set for August 2018. Tee off on the same course as winners like Kohki Idoki, Nick Price and Gary Player. With a history like that, you are sure to feel like a winner.

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The Courses at Forest Park

Old Warson Country Club

St. Louis Country Club

Westwood Country Club

BEST KIDS’ ATTRACTION

Saint Louis Zoo

Known around the world for its excellence in animal care and habitat layout, the Saint Louis Zoo continually draws thousands upon thousands of visitors to come explore nature on a new level. The zoo always has been an easy sell for kids, but our city zoo does it better than most with interactive opportunities through educational programs and up-close-and-personal access to exotic creatures. Kids will be delighted to hear that the penguin park has reopened its doors, and be sure to bring them back this summer for the zoo’s newest addition: a polar bear!

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City Museum

The Magic House

Myseum

Saint Louis Science Center

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