Where do you like to shop? We put that question to our readers a few weeks ago, and we received a mixed (shopping) bag of responses, from mall staples and trendy boutiques to bargain designer shops that support a good cause. This is St. Louis, after all, and its mélange of types and tastes extends to its shopping districts.
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 Forest Park to the Saint Louis Galleria—all the way out past Plaza Frontenac, Town & Country Crossing and beyond—one road can take you all over the area. Stores are peppered across the 20 or so miles of Clayton Road, which winds through Brentwood, Chesterfield, Wildwood, Frontenac and other parts of the St. Louis metropolitan area. The strip between South McKnight Road and Highway 40 is particularly notable, as it features an abundance of locally owned boutiques, galleries, eateries and more.
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.
The laundry is piling up, dust is reaching historic heights, and the sink is almost invisible under all those dishes. Perhaps it’s time to hire a cleaning service to get your home back in working condition.
St. Louis' arts community is gearing up for a big season of live shows this fall! We went straight to the top and asked local arts and entertainment leaders what they're most excited about in the upcoming season:
The following luxury homes and condos sold the second two weeks in August:
St. Louis recently welcomed Prince Louis de Bourbon, Duc d'Anjou and his wife, Princess Marguerite, in honor of the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding, as well as the 800th anniversary of the birth of Louis IX, the city’s namesake.
Much of Old Webster is rich in history. Today, shoppers can dine on gourmet burgers or sip fine wines, breathe new life into their closet, try their hand at an art project or transform the look of their home, all within a few square blocks.
This 4-bedroom, 3-full and 1-half bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $1.895 million.
Story: In part three of Richard Wagner’s mythical tetralogy, The Ring Cycle, the hero Siegfried spends his days cajoling Mime, the Nibelung dwarf and brother of Alberich who raised Siegfried after the deaths of his parents, Siegmund and his sister Sieglinde. For his part, Mime hopes to manipulate Siegfried so that he can possess the fabled Ring.
I am no stranger to the impact of a carefully worded, succinct message. In my previous life as a news reporter, I honed the craft of telling a story in 45 seconds or less. And currently, I am given this weekly platform to communicate directly with you, our readers, in approximately 180 words. But how does one capture the range of feelings and emotions and opinions throughout St. Louis these past few days?
There's still time to indulge in cupcakes while helping out a good cause at Sweetology. Through the end of the month, Ready Readers will get $1 for every charity cupcake purchased at the Clayton confectionary. Ready Readers is a local nonprofit organization with the mission of instilling a love of books and the necessary literacy skills to enjoy them in preschool-aged children from low-income communities in the area. Check them out at readyreaders.org.
This 4-bedroom, 5-full and 2-half bathroom home in Frontenac is listed for $1.595 million.
If anyone can outwit Father Time, it just might be Ellen Port, who recently won her ninth Missouri Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of Creekmoor in Raymore.
The following luxury homes and condos went on the market the first two weeks in August:
More than 100 national and local celebrities and 1,200 diners recently joined forces to raise $87,000 for Saint Louis Crisis Nursery at its 24th Annual Celebrity Waiters Night. Guests enjoyed happy hour and dinner at J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks, and BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, as celebrity waiters, including KSDK’s Heidi Glaus and Chip Walker of Wells Fargo Advisors, picked up donations at their tables. The event also included a vodka bar, silent auction and raffle. Pictured: Karen Hughes and Chip Walker
So, I was robbed. Well, more accurately, I was burgled. You see, to rob someone is to approach an individual and take something that belongs to them--remove it from their person. To commit burglary--or 'to burgle' (although I can't say burgle without slipping into a British accent much to the annoyance of the police)--is to enter a structure in the absence of permission...and, well, in this case, take stuff.
For most homeowners, a pool is a once-in-a-lifetime purchase, notes Bret Wood, residential pool designer at Westport Pools. That's why a cookie-cutter design just won't cut it, he says. "I don't recall ever designing or building the same pool twice. Pools are as unique as their owners and the site."
Jack Breier’s University City garden is far from the typical suburban variety, where one might find a few well-manicured yews and flowering annuals in pretty pots. Rather, it’s more like the Missouri Botanical Garden in miniature.
"You become the victim of identity theft just by living in the world," says Detective Andrew Soll, a certified fraud examiner with the Saint Louis County Police Department. "There are lots of things you can do to protect yourself. I shred all my statements and I'm really careful. But if Bank of America gets hacked--or the IRS gets hacked--then, your information is out. Or if your card was swiped at P.F. Chang's or Michaels, and it was sold on the Internet for $8--there are a hundred ways for your identity to be compromised."
If you want to look a bit younger and fresher, a relaxing facial may be all you need to help restore smooth skin and a healthy, radiant glow.
Here's a typical conversation that occurs in some homes whenever a wedding invitation is received in the mail: