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.
Residents, shoppers and diners alike are in the lap of luxury at The Shoppes at the Crescent. The classy, urban upscale retail and residential condominium community features high-end condos with stunning views of the St. Louis skyline, and exclusive amenities, from posh boutiques and premiere restaurants to a fitness center and lush gardens—all within walking distance of downtown Clayton.
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.
St. Louis is being put on the map. The St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis is joining in the city’s 250th birthday celebration by highlighting the progression of St. Louis through one of the most clear-cut mediums: maps. Mapping St. Louis History: An Exhibition of Historic Maps, Rare Books and Images Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of St. Louis will feature some 250 items depicting the growth of the city from its earliest notation to its current roads and transit systems.
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.
For the second year in a row, the St. Louis stop on the Cochon 555 Heritage Barbecue Contest tour will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. The event on Sunday, Sept. 14, is from 4 to 8 p.m., and will feature five local chefs putting their skills to the test barbecuing whole pigs. A panel of 20 judges will weigh in to determine who gets the title of King or Queen of Barbecue. Participating chefs this year include the Four Season's own GIAN NICOLA COLUCCI; JENNY CLEVELAND and ERIC HEATH of Cleaveland Heath; PATRICK CONNOLLY of Basso; JOSH GALLIANO of The Libertine; and LOU ROOK of Annie Gunn's. There also will be a bevy of beers, bourbons, cheeses and other culinary delicacies to sample. General admission tickets are $100 (VIP tickets for early admission are $200). For more information, visit cochon555.com/2014-tour.
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:
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.
Sixth-graders at Chesterfield Day School participated in a year-long philanthropy project during the 2013-2014 school year to raise funds for Support Dogs, Inc. The students sponsored bake sales, worked concession stands and used ticket money from their performance of School House Rock Live! Jr., to donate more than $2,000 for the organization.
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.
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.
This 4-bedroom, 3-full and 1-half bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $1.895 million.
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.
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.
Life-size sculptures. Historic paintings. Artwork in bloom. Get a taste of the eclectic array of exhibits hitting St. Louis’ art scene this fall.
The young audience reacts during a recent St. Louis County Library appearance by popular New York Times best-selling children's author Eric Litwin.
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Tower Grove East is Landmarks Association of St. Louis' most recent district addition to the National Register of Historic Places.
Story: Fresh out of prison, Percy Talbott arrives in the middle of winter in the town of Gilead, Wisconsin in the 1990s, a place she selected based on a photo she saved from a travel book. Sheriff Joe Sutter meets her and, though puzzled why anyone would want to settle in the depressed hamlet, arranges for her to work at the Spitfire Grill, the only restaurant in town.
Find The Shoppes at the Crescent on Carondelet Plaza near the heart of the bustling Clayton business district. The area showcases a sculpture, fountain and gardens surrounded by a roundabout lined with upscale shopping and dining choices below luxury condominiums and flanked by local landmark, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis.
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