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.
The area between Kingshighway Boulevard, Olive Street, Taylor Avenue and Forest Park Avenue offers a walkable shopping experience to suit a variety of tastes.
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.
Life-size sculptures. Historic paintings. Artwork in bloom. Get a taste of the eclectic array of exhibits hitting St. Louis’ art scene this fall.
Story: It’s 1816, and a group of young poets, philosophers and artists has gathered at Lake Geneva in Switzerland for a summer of sailing, writing and late-night conversations. With steady rain forcing them to stay inside on many days, they entertain themselves by telling old German ghost stories. This inspires one of them, George Gordon (aka Lord Byron), to propose a contest in which each of them will write a ghost story.
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.
If the massive billboard downtown bearing his towering image is any indication, the folks at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis are pretty proud to have Chef Gian Nicola Colucci running their kitchen.
Pinot gris and pinot grigio are the same. It all depends on the country where the grape is grown. Famous for its refreshing quality and zesty acidity, pinot G's fruit flavors favor citrus, pears, white peaches and apple.
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."
A wonderful thing about road trips is that the experience can yield so many sweet rewards. Aside from the chance to get away from it all, there’s the beautiful scenery outside the car window, and the many antique and art shops along the way with treasures to discover and bring home. And there are wineries, micro-breweries, charming cafes and eclectic eateries that might even inspire a fruitful and appetizing journey…
A teaspoon of butter is more than 51 calories, while a teaspoon of beurre blanc sauce is just approximately 33 calories. This beurre blanc sauce not only adds flavor to any dish, but also gives it a light and delicate texture.
St. Louis' 250th birthday isn't the only milestone of the year: Plenty of area businesses are celebrating 25, 50, 100 or more years of service to local customers. We congratulate them on their decades of success!
With all of the great pizza places around town, it takes a lot of confidence to open up yet another one. The folks at A Pizza Story have that confidence and it's definitely warranted.
Light-as-air upholstered pieces, coral prints, watery blues and silvery coastal accents create an oceanic wonderland, whether you’re by land or by sea this summer.
More than 150 guests stepped right up to Chesterfield Day School’s annual benefit dinner auction, ‘Under the Big Top,’ in the school’s gym-turned-circus tent. A juggler, stilt-walker, human statue, magician, trapeze artist and live music provided entertainment at the event, which raised more than $90,000 for the school’s programs and curriculum. Pictured: Tina Chen, Matt Virgil, Kira Mangan, Lauren Gates, Robby Leavitt, Alexandria Latuda, Kyle Fehr, Austin Isaak and Adam Saleh
The 2014 Budweiser Taste of St. Louis will be held Sept. 19 to 21. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the popular food-centric event, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Highlights include showcases by celebrity chefs TYLER FLORENCE and DUFF GOLDMAN, as well as plenty of fine food, courtesy of some of St. Louis' best chefs and restaurants. This year also is the first time the event will be held at its new location at the Chesterfield Amphitheater in Central Park and Chesterfield Village. Check out TasteSTL.com for a full listing of all participating eateries and a complete rundown of events for the weekend.
As an interior designer, each night as I fall asleep I pray that “people with money will wake up with good taste, and people with good taste will wake up with money.” I do jest, but there is something to be said about the Victorian era, when people’s fortunes seemed to demand that they build some sort of monument to their wealth—and no expense was spared to ensure that it was detailed with the finest of the fine, from the cellar to the attic. That time period reflected a real respect and appreciation for those who were experts in fine carpentry, hand-painted finishes, custom furniture and passamenteri, that in many ways, has been lost today, not because people don’t care, but because our desire as a nation to have instant gratification overrules the joy of the journey to beauty.
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.
Kudos to St. James Winery. Its Friendship School White Wine was named Best White Wine at California’s Long Beach Grand Cru Competition earlier this month. The winery also took home five additional gold medals, seven silver medals and a bronze medal for its other entries in the competition.
Stage stars, music legends and acclaimed artists—oh my! Local arts institutions unveil this fall’s slate of creative new exhibitions and show-stopping live performances you won’t want to miss.
Local mobile donut purveyor Vincent Van Doughnut won big on the recent season premiere of Cooking Channel's Donut Wars earlier this month. Owner BRIAN MARSDEN and his pastry chef assistant, JAMIE HARDESTY, took home first-place honors and a cool $10,000. Their winning confections over three rounds were The Bellagio, featuring a caramel pastry creme filling with chocolate ganache glaze and hazelnut caramel crunch; The Venetian, with a ricotta pastry cream filling and a lemon glaze with pistachios and tarragon; and The Flamingo, a maraschino cherry cake donut with a maraschino cherry glaze and silver nonpareils. Congrats!
Walking across the small parking behind Adam's Smokehouse, you're immediately enveloped in the rich aroma of cooking meat. Even before you cross the restaurant's threshold, it's obvious you're in for a delicious experience. Adam's is one of the latest in the current boom of barbecue places cropping up around town.