The Cohens have moved three times since 1990, but all within the same few blocks in the Central West End. “Once you get a sense of the community, you don’t want to leave,” says Carla Scissors-Cohen, a Weight Watchers leader. She now lives in a turn-of-the century home on Laclede with her husband, Marshall Cohen, executive director and founder of Lift for Life Academy, and their daughters Sophie, 7, and Trudy Rose, 5.
Why do you love the CWE?
It has charm, it has history, it has diversity. You are so close to Forest Park, and there is such a sense of community…You meet people from all different professions and all different walks of life and everyone gets along. I think it’s nice for my kids to know there are lots of different types of people in this world. There are also lots of kids, and that was one of the things I was surprised about. I think there’s at least nine kids under 10 on my street. And because our houses are relatively close together, you get to know your neighbors.
Pre-kids, we went to Balaban’s more. Now we like Kopperman’s, the Majestic, Tortillaria, and India’s Rasoi.
I love the soup at Straub’s; my daughter Trudy Rose loves their Oriental coleslaw, and my 7-year-old loves their creamy coleslaw. I like to go to Shapiro’s Market when I just have to pick up one or two items. It’s nice to support a neighborhood business. And one of my favorite shops is Six North, a coffee shop on Sarah that has great coffee, great food and great service.
Do you take advantage of the park?
We bike to the Variety Club playground next to the visitor’s center. And we like to picnic at the bottom of Art Hill and eat right there by the lake. I like to ride my bike in Forest Park, and my husband roller-skis there almost every day.