April 2006

April 28, 2006

DWR Within Reach. for Real!

Modernophiles, rejoice: in another sign the STL is emerging as a shopping destination, Design Within Reach opens tomorrow morning at 10 am in their shiny, new Central West End location. The next nearest DWR studio is in Chicago, so this is big news for high-design freaks. Home and office designs from the likes of Eames and Mies van der Rohe, formerly available only by catalog or visit to another city, can now be snapped up at the new location at 42 Maryland Plaza, which is a great re-use of the long-ago department store space.

You can reach the store at 314-361-1701

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April 26, 2006

Gringos Expand to Grand

Rod Nelson, of Gringo Jones fame, is bringing his act a little bit southeast, with plans to open Grand Digs later this summer, in the Pho Grand block of Grand South Grand (31XX). It's billed as "accessories for the non-conformist home and lifestyle," which past experience leads us to believe may mean oddball tchotkes, naked fat lady paintings and other groovy home décor. Find out more at (314) 776-2220.

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April 24, 2006

Forest Park South Eats

To the burgeoning area, add Joe Boccardi's, whose logo has been taped up for a little while now in the new windows of a corner building on Taylor, just north of La Dolce Via: a call to HQ reveals that the new location will be the consolidated catering kitchen, but if all goes well, the plan is to also run a small Italian market out of the storefront. Construction timelines may vary, of course, but they hope to be open for catering within about a month.

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April 19, 2006

Wish Shoe May, Wish Shoe Might

Have the shoes you wish, tonight!

For all you shoe addicts out there, don't miss the newest addition to the Ladue Market Place, Wish. It's an arty boutique devoted to the best in women's shoes, names like Hollywould, Olivia Morris and Alexandra Neel. The store only carries one size in each style—great if you're afraid of who else might show up in your pump at the charity benefit, not so great if, you know, you want that shoe!! Damn that size 6 heifer who got here first!

Anyway, check 'em out at 9765 Clayton Rd. (314-432-0800). We advise this Friday night, April 21, when cocktails and the new spring line are both available from 5-8 p.m.

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April 17, 2006

True Originals

As you may have noticed by now, a good number (40+, at last count) of our town's locally owned, independent restaurants have teamed up for some strength in numbers, branding themselves at the Saint Louis Originals. The list includes everything from stalwarts Tony's and Balaban's to newer-to-the-scene Terrene and Limoncello. There's a nifty customer loyalty program, the Powercard, which earns you points each time you dine at a member establishment and earns $10 rewards for every $150 you spend cumulatively.

So, you should get a Powercard and start eating your way through the Lou. Or, alternately, check out Taste of the Originals, a fundraiser evening for our public television station (KETC), on Saturday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. For $100, you get to eat, drink and jazz yourself silly with food and beverages from the member restaurants, plus you walk home with a commemorative cookbook of Originals' recipes. Find out more and get tickets here.

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Really, How Much Happier Could Mangia Get?

It always seems to me that, whether lunch-buffeting it or late-night ruckus-raising, the crowds at South Grand staple Mangia Italiano are a pretty happy lot...but now comes word that the place is joining the official Happy Hour Industrial Complex, theirs from 3-5 M-Th, with $3 drafts/$2.50 well drinks, plus fun fingery foods like calzones, chips & salsa (Mangia Mexicana?), crostini, quesadillas and more.

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