Still fresh off its chic remodel last year, the Colonial Marketplace has quickly become a boutique shopping and dining destination. The DESCO Group, which purchased the property in September 2011, brought in a unique mix of high-end shops, delectable dining and specialty services that have caught the attention of the area’s savvy shoppers. With all this buzz, the parking lot can fill up fast. But don’t worry about nabbing a space—complimentary valet service is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Since its beginning in the 1870s, the Central West End (CWE) has served as a sought-after St. Louis residential district. T.S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams, Kate Chopin and William Burroughs all called the area home at one point. Its location near the 1904 World’s Fair added to its prestige. These days, the CWE is an urban oasis full of residential areas, restaurants, bars, art, entertainment, and—of course—shopping. Landmarks include The Chase Park Plaza towers over the neighborhood and acts as the hotel of choice for VIP and celebrity-types like George Clooney. In the heart of the area, located in front of the World Chess Hall of Fame, sits the World’s Largest Chess Piece. And just a block past the core of the CWE is the stunning Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.
From walking up the red carpet to strutting down the runway, kids will be in the spotlight at the Friends of Kids with Cancer Fashion Show and Boutique on Nov. 6 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. “It’s like the Academy Awards,” says executive director Judy Ciapciak.
Hodak's has become a bit of a local institution over the years. This South City fixture, which takes up the corner of McNair and Gravois avenues and then some, has been around since 1962 and continues to attract a loyal fan base.
Kirkwood’s historic and walkable downtown is the modern-day embodiment of family-friendly, small-town Americana. On any given day, you can stop by the Kirkwood Farmers Market, watch the trains go by (or hop on one if you so choose!), and enjoy a cold treat from The Custard Station while you shop.
From Forest Park to the Saint Louis Galleria, past Town & Country Crossing and beyond, Clayton Road can take you all over the area. Peppered with stores, the strip between South McKnight Road and Highway 40 is particularly notable.
The fit ‘n flare dress, Diane von Furstenberg, $498, Saks Fifth Avenue
The floral 1940s dress, Tracy Reese, $348, Ivy Hill
On Melissa: Alice & Olivia dress, $297, Vie. Parad sweater, $90, Ivy Hill. Necklace, $30; bracelets, $38 each; cuff, $20; earrings, $68; ring, $20; Laurie Solet. Sbicca booties, $115, Splash.
On Eric: Culturata shirt, $195; Agave jeans, $210; Mister Guy. Model’s own shoes.
You might recognize Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr., if you are fans of the hit sitcom, New Girl. Johnson plays Zooey Deschanel's wildly unmotivated on-again, off-again boyfriend. Wayans plays her underachieving roommate. If you forgot to refill your Ambien prescription, a few episodes should do the trick. Apparently, Hollywood was of the opinion that America needed more of these two, because too much is never enough. So, more is what we got.
Story: Dorante is an elegant, upper-class cad. He’s journeyed to Paris in 1644 in search of a wife, unaware that his father already has decided his marital fate. While there, Dorante stumbles upon an amiable chap named Cliton, an impoverished but decent fellow who needs a steady job. Cliton convinces Dorante that he should be Dorante’s servant, which appeals to the gentleman’s vanity.
Here's a typical conversation that occurs in some homes whenever a wedding invitation is received in the mail:
Despite being a bit under the radar, Brazie's has been serving up quality Italian fare for more than 20 years. We finally satisfied our curiosity and stopped in recently. We left wondering why it had taken us so long to visit.
We are officially back to school. And for the high-school crowd, Homecoming is the first big event. These guys and gals all are members of the Fashion Club at Ladue Horton Watkins High School—the perfect models for our spread.
On Nisha: Alice & Olivia dress, $368, Neiman Marcus. Earrings, $18, Melanie’s. Bracelet, $47, Paperdolls Boutique. Steve Madden heels, $80, Dillard’s.
On Christian: Byron Blazer, $495, Mister Guy. Pants, $80, shirt, $74 Robert’s.
On Cynthia: Tony Bowls dress, $449, Distinctions. Earrings, $10, Melanie’s. Antonio Melani shoes, $110, Dillard’s.
On Mariana: Tony Bowls dress, $399, Distinctions. Bracelets, $15/each, Melanie’s. Mia shoes, $79, Nordstrom.
On Olivia: Kathy Hilton dress, $345, Special Occasions. Kate Spade necklace, $98, Nordstrom. Rhinestone necklace, $24, Melanie’s. Glint shoes, $120, Nordstrom.
On Jay: Jacket, $116, pants, $42, shirt, $58, Robert’s. Great Knots bow-tie, $55, Mister Guy.
On Olivia: Hannah dress, $399, Wedding Gallery. Earrings, $16, Melanie’s.
On Mariana: Yetts dress, $70, Cha Boutique. Earrings, $15, Melanie’s. Antonio Melani shoes, $90, Dillard’s.
On Jay: Jacket, $116, shirt, $58, pants, $63, Robert’s. Great Knots bow-tie, $55, Mister Guy.
On Olivia: Parker dress, $396, Cha Boutique. Earrings, $15, Melanie’s. Antonio Melani shoes, $110, Dillard’s.
On Nisha:Aidan dress, $190, Neiman Marcus. Earrings, $18, Melanie’s. Steve Madden shoes, $80, Dillard’s.
On Cynthia: Haute Hippie dress, $495, Neiman Marcus. Earrings, $9, Melanie’s. Glint shoes, $120, Nordstrom.
On Christian: Byron blazer, $495, bow-tie, $55, Mister Guy. Shirt, $74, Pants, $80, Robert’s.
Eat: Kim Cheese
This 5-bedroom, 5-full and 2-half bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $2.395 million.
Story: Blanche DuBois travels from her native Mississippi to the Elysian Fields area of New Orleans and the home of her married sister, Stella Kowalski. Stella is surprised at Blanche’s arrival but makes her feel at home. Quickly, though, Stella learns that Blanche has lost the beloved family estate, Belle Reve, and has packed all of her worldly possessions into her suitcases.
A trip to a beachy boutique is now as easy as a shopping trip to Clayton.
As the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis approaches its centennial anniversary in 2018, it is making strong strides toward a host of educational, economic and advocacy goals throughout the community.
The Piccadilly at Manhattan is a bit off the beaten path, nestled in a largely residential neighborhood in Maplewood, and easy to miss if you're not in-the-know. Luckily, we got wind of this venerable eatery and finally got to make a visit recently.
Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here, local wedding experts share essential checklists to help couples prepare as early as possible—so that once the big day arrives, the bride and groom can cherish every moment.