2018 Gift Guide

Looking for memorable holiday gifts to give this season? Take a look at the following suggestions from local retailers. 

Holiday Entertaining and Beyond

One of the surest ways to execute smooth, spectacular events is to work with event planners. They can save clients time and money while offering creative ideas and solutions. They provide end-to-end executions and pay attention to the details, which allows hosts and hostesses to actually enjoy those same events.

Dinner + a Movie = Date Night or Family Night

 Dinner: Vito's in the Valley  Family owned and operated, Vito's in the Valley features an exquisite Sicilian Italian menu, full of luscious appetizers and main dishes that can be deliciously paired with their incredible array of wines or craft beers. From its warm and inviting Mediterranean-inspired decor to serving the best toasted ravioli in St. Louis, Vito’s in the Valley brings their…

(Not) Home for the Holidays

Being at work while others get to enjoy the holidays with loved ones can feel like a significant sacrifice. While some people volunteer to work on holidays, not everyone has that choice.

Hit Hidden Valley’s Hills This Winter

Wildwood is home to a somewhat hidden entertainment and recreational gem: Hidden Valley Ski Resort. But to winter enthusiasts, the only aspect about the resort that’s hidden is how it’s nestled into rolling hills near bluffs above the Meramec River.

Thankful Giving Back

Although one domestic law attorney in St. Louis gets opportunities to focus on families practically 365 days a year, Page Law founding partner Tonya Page particularly enjoys concentrating on the essence of families during Thanksgiving.

Chesterfield Lifestyle Sponsors Taste of STL Market

Did you go to this year's 14th annual Taste of St. Louis held Sept. 14-16 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater? Organizers say it was a record-breaking attendance year. Chesterfield Lifestyle publishers Kelley Lamm and Gordon Montgomery were happy to be one of the sponsors of The Market at the event. Also spotted were several of the publication's advertisers, supporters and readers.  

Defiance Ridge Vineyards:

Looking for an authentic place for special celebrations or a comfy spot at which to personally unwind periodically? A nearby St. Charles County winery delivers that haven plus more options, now with new owners, selections and menus. Specifically available year-round are breathtaking views of the Missouri River Valley from Defiance Ridge Vineyards’ historic farmhouse located in the middle of the state’s wine…

Dinner + a Movie = Date Night

 Dinner: Café Manhattan in Clayton  Nestled in the heart of Clayton, you will find a place where the past has literally come to rest, allowing for you to experience a touch of nostalgia at every turn. Café Manhattan provides the best in American cuisine combined with that retro feel of yesteryear. Whether you love delectable burgers and melts, sandwiches, building your…

Planning to Attend Vintage Fall Market Days in Chesterfield?

The Vintage Market Days of St. Louis "Thankful and Blessed" event will be held at Chesterfield Mall Oct.18-20. Vendors feature true vintage goods, antiques, original art, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies and seasonal plantings. This is an upscale outdoor fall market with a food court area and strolling singers.  Photos by Emily Southerland … Continued

Take the Fast Lane to Route 66

Depending on how long of a road trip one wants to take, the Route 66 Mother Road can provide all that’s needed for 66 minutes, 66 hours or 66 days.

Garden Caffè with Italian Roots at Frisella Nursery

Nestled in the rolling hills of Missouri’s wine country, inside a custom-built timber frame building at Frisella Nursery, is a picturesque bistro called Caffè Angelina. Named for the Frisella family’s beloved grandmother, Angelina, this limited-menu restaurant specializes in seasonal ingredients along with traditional favorites.

She Said Yes to the Dress

 Article Julie Brown Patton  When the mother-daughter duo of Signature Bridal in Chesterfield assists brides with selecting wedding dresses, it's all about finding the one gown that can be worn with the most confidence on those special nuptial days.  "So many women come into our boutique believing they can wear only certain types of dresses, but that's not the case. We…

Stoneridge Farms

 Article Julie Brown Patton | Photography Nolan Manning  How does it sound to cuddle up in a double hammock atop a hill view that stretches 25 miles across the beautiful Missouri River Valley while being smack in the middle of wine country? Stoneridge Farms Bed & Breakfast offers just that, and more, from a 20-acre slice of Show-Me heaven in…

Topgolf Tees Off in Chesterfield

 Article and Photography Julie Brown Patton  Topgolf now operates in 44 venues with 8 million-plus annual visitors worldwide. The entertainment chain, founded by two golf-loving English twin brothers, uses technology to make golf scoring fun while enabling people to connect and socialize. A U.S. licensee, WestRiver Group, brought the Topgolf concept to Alexandria, Virginia, in 2005.  Dallas-based Topgolf replaced the former…

Catered Desserts

 Article Julie Brown Patton | Photography Courtesy Russell's Café & Bakery  Next time delicious desserts are in tall order for a bridal shower, wedding, celebration or special event, consider from-scratch delectables made by the two full-time bakers and crew at Russell's Café & Bakery in Chesterfield.  All recipes at this bakery were created by chef Russell Ping. 

Boarding and Parting with Fur Babies for Camp:

 Article Julie Brown Patton | Photography Kelley Lamm  People are crazy in love with their pets, as evidenced by the cute photos received when readers were asked to share images of some of their favorite times with their fur babies. However, several of the adored pets had feathers rather than fur, which was so fun to see! Whatever your preferred pets,…

Local Horse Lovers Pony Up

 Article Julie Brown Patton | Photography Kristi Foster  Chesterfield residents don't have to drive far to secure some the finest horse-related training, boarding, sales, leasing and summer camps in the Midwest.  Kennedy Farms Equestrian Center in Chesterfield accommodates all types of riders, whether the goals are for athletic, recreational or social purposes. The center's staff especially is helpful for serious students…

Miracles Do Happen

 Article Julie Brown Patton | Photography See photo notes  Healthcare specialists at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine understand the journey toward fertility can be an emotional one for many couples. It's certainly a different kind of hardship when desired pregnancies don't happen as planned.  From the MCRM facility in Chesterfield led by medical director Dr. Peter Ahlering, state-of-the-art fertility care and…

Dinner and a Movie Star

 Article and Photography Kathy Kaiser  The Crossing  The Crossing brings its farm-to-table philosophy to life with unique and satisfying creations you have to experience. Much of the freshness you will enjoy at the Crossing is sourced from local farms in both Missouri and Illinois.

A Century of The Muny

 Article Julie Brown Patton | Photography Kristi Foster  Each year, as everyone hears the familiar "Meet Me At The Muny" jingle, there's no doubt it's time to head to Forest Park for another season of Broadway-caliber outdoor plays. This year, visiting The St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre (The Muny's official name) is even more special. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary…

Babler State Park

 Article Julie Brown Patton | Photography (Varies)  As a state-managed public recreation area in Wildwood, the park's 2,441 acres were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.  This park was created in memory of Edmund A. Babler, who was born on Oct. 11, 1874, in Appleton City, Mo. He graduated from Missouri Medical College, now Washington University…

Dude Food

Whether You’re Cooking for One or Cooking for Many, These Easy Dishes are Sure to Impress Anyone Gathered at Your Kitchen Table Article Nicolette Martin   FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH JALAPEÑO SLAW   INGREDIENTS (SANDWICH) 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Cayenne pepper, to taste Boneless, skinless chicken breasts … Continued

Local Male Movers & Shakers

 Article Julie Brown Patton  Kent Ehrhardt, KMOV Meteorologist and "Great Day Saint Louis" Co-Host  Being a St. Louis native and a KMOV Channel 4 meteorologist, Kent Ehrhardt thoroughly knows how interesting local weather gets. Throughout the year, he shares severe weather preparation tips and science fundamentals at many local schools, churches and nonprofit events.

Rethinking Cigar Experiences

 Article Julie Brown Patton | Photography Emily Rose Studios  Premium cigars can be offered at all types of events, thanks to a husband-and-wife firefighting and emergency dispatching team who started an entrepreneurial, mobile cigar business.  

Guys’ Guide to Buying Perfect Diamonds

 Article Julie Brown Patton | Photography Courtesy of Saettele Jewelers  The Four Cs of color, clarity, cut and carat weight are the universal language of determining diamond quality. However, the Saettele Jewelers' team knows everyone has their own tastes, and they are intent on helping each client find exact matches.  

Local Female Movers & Shakers

 Article Julie Brown Patton | Photography Robert L. Brown  Maximizing Technology Connector  Lisa Nichols

Get Away with the Girls

 Article Julie Brown Patton  Look for diverse pleasures while nestled in the Missouri Ozark hills. Old Kinderhook is a 750-plus acre residential golf and lake community located on the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks and open to all guests. The Tom Weiskopf Signature Semi-Private Course is open to the public year-round and is renowned for its unsurpassed valleys, waterfalls, hills,…

Feminine Spaces

 Article Julie Brown Patton | Photography Anne Matheis  As an award-winning interior designer, Nancy Barrett zeroes in on client's inner dreams for surroundings. This owner of Beautiful Rooms at 16670 Old Chesterfield Road has been assisting clients since 1995, including how to create the newly popular "feminine spaces."  

Room to Grow

Perfect for those who don’t necessarily consider themselves “gardening-inclined,” but also like to keep live decorations in various parts of the home, succulent plants are generally low-maintenance and come in an array of shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Grow them in unique containers—from coffee tins to books or shoes—for eco-themed decor you actually have to put in some effort to…

Peak Season Veggies Locally Grown

Rain or shine, the dedicated team of Tony White Enterprises & Family Farms in Chesterfield literally transformed tomatoes for St. Louis metro restaurants by delivering the just-right flavor of summer year-round. Consequently, regional diners whisper a hearty thanks with every tasty bite that is as juicy as it is beautiful, especially during winter months.

Asparagus Almondine

A long and proud farming tradition in Missouri means eating can be mighty fine. Come April, asparagus is one of the new spring vegetables to crop up, so there should be plenty of this fresh perennial plant to pick up at the Schnucks Chesterfield store off of Kehrs Mill for recipe experimentation.

Artist Furnishes Recyclable Items with New Lives

Some people gaze at outgrown or tattered sports equipment, wishing there was something productive to do with it. St. Louis artist Lindsay Wanner took action when she pondered the same concept.

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is one of the first plug-in hybrids produced by the German brand. It features a more powerful electric motor and a larger lithium-ion battery. Total output was increased to 416 horsepower. In EV-only mode, the Cayenne E-Hybrid can travel 14 miles on a single charge, using no gas for those whose daily commutes are of that…

Springtime Organization

As we march out of the winter, many people get that sudden urge to organize. It's like, once we see little wrens gathering nesting materials, we too focus on our own nests: our homes.

Hometown Dishes

The wide-ranging menu of Bishop's Post, 16125 Chesterfield Parkway W., 
is stocked with traditional cuisine that people crave, including steaks, pasta and comfort classics, such as fried chicken, meatloaf and three types of macaroni and cheese. However, the menu offerings also include seafood and fish dishes with contemporary and boldly defined flavors.

From Sailboats to Libraries

Jeff Carapella, the man anchoring Custom Woodwork at 16814 Hickory Crest Drive in Wildwood, always loved the beauty of wooden sailboats and wanted to build them.

Dinner and a Movie Star

Think about it—how many people have generated as much positive energy and change across the mainstream of our lives than Oprah Winfrey? Even when she decided to leave her award-winning talk show after 25 years to start OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, few people questioned her drive, perseverance and tenacity to continue to touch the lives of those around her on…

Meet Three Local Chocolate Makers

Chocolate and Valentine's Day go hand in hand. But have you ever thought about what you'd do if you had access to scrumptious chocolate 365 days a year? Three area chocolatiers face this happy dilemma every day.

Best of Chesterfield

McArthur's Bakery Cafe
Four locations: 13700 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63017; 158 Long Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005; 3055 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63125; 210 N. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122
314.894.0900
McArthurs.com

Dinner and a Movie Star

St. Louis has created many an artist in its last 150+ years, but few as renowned for roles in both television and film as the Mad Man himself, Jon Hamm.

Best Way to Get Preapproved for Home Mortgage Loans

As spring nears, more people become eager to purchase new homes. But along with the excitement of new homeownership typically comes the anxiety of getting a mortgage. Steve Strick, CEO of The Strick Group Powered by Gershman Mortgage at 16253 Swingley Ridge Road in Chesterfield, says he and his staff can help eliminate the guesswork of getting preapproved for such…

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

Four Ways to Get Fit in 2018

Listed at the top of some New Year's resolutions are innovative workout concepts to mix up traditional training methods while still getting results and making fitness fun again. Options to consider include strength training, drumsticks as exercise tools, ropes and high-intensity interval options.

Dinner and A Movie Star

My professional acting career started when I landed the role of Leslie on "Smart Guy." Then, in 2001, I got my break in movies playing Yvette in "Baby Boy." 

Decoding the Holidays

‘Tis the season to be jolly, right? That is, until party season starts and we all have to not only find the time to pick the perfect outfit for our annual holiday shindigs, but we have to figure out what in the world to wear. Among office parties, ornament exchanges, Christmas cocktails at the neighbors, family dinners and more, the…

WINTER 
WONDERLAND

West St. Louis County's many festivities will put even the biggest Scrooge in the holiday spirit. 

What’s in Your Cookie Jar?

When national Cookie Exchange Week occurs December 4-8, will you make your favorite cookie recipes? Because cookies come in all flavors, shapes and sizes, it can become addictive to trade them.

Giving Back Through Dogs

Beth Freeman is passionate about paying it forward. Her Saint Bernard therapy dog, Sasha, agrees and lives by that mantra as well. This devoted duo visits people of all ages in hospitals, long-term care facilities and at special events—people who need unconditional acceptance, hairy hugs and a few slobbers along the way.

Keys to Aging Gracefully?

Experts accentuate that successful aging comes from accepting changes and finding meaningful activities. While turning older can bring emotional land mines and fear of losing independence, gerontologists indicate attitude truly matters regarding victory in aging.