Studio Holiday Sale this weekend

 

Jenny Walker Jewelry, 449 N. Euclid, has invited talented local artisans to join her in a Holiday Studio Sale tomorrow evening 12/15 from 6 to 9, and Saturday 12/16 from 10 to 4. You’ll find them across from her studio in the former Improv Shop location at 510 N. Euclid. Those participating include Christiane’s Handcrafted Jewelry, Michael Drummond, Gayle EastmanFINK by CWEnder Kristen Kempton, Meri Ellen Brooks Taylor, and Leia Zumbro.

Join this talented group of artisans for spirits, snacks and lovely things!

Shown in the photo left are Jenny Walker’s pine cone necklaces, $52 each, & shell earrings, $74. Photo right: Sterling silver rings, $34 to $90.

Studio Holiday Sale (on Facebook), 510 N. Euclid, Fri. 12/15 from 6 to 9, Sat. 12/16 from 10 to 4.

A visit to Treats Unleashed

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End   One can’t help but notice the abundance of dogs in the CWE, a neighborhood where not having a 4-legged companion seems to be the exception. There are pets strapped to owners’ chests, or riding in strollers while perfectly coiffed and decked out for the weather. Further evidence of the importance of pets in city-dwellers’ lives is what could be called “take your dog to work day,” except that now it’s an everyday occurrence. So it was inevitable that a 2nd pet shop (Wolfgang’s on Euclid being the 1st) opened last July in the CWE.

Treats Unleashed at 22 N. Euclid, above, is the 7th St. Louis area location for the Chesterfield-based company. (There’s a shop in Colombia, MO and Leawood, KS too.) What became obvious during my visit is that the days of simply opening a generic can of pet food are so over. For particular people with particular pets, Treats Unleashed should be on your list.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End

The shop smells like a bakery, since all doggie treats are baked on site and made of human-grade ingredients. Every bit of dog food Treats Unleashed stocks is free of ingredients that cause allergies, which means they are poultry, wheat, corn, and soy-free.  Feline owners will find plenty of healthy food choices for their pets too.

Sign up for the “frequent barker” program and earn points for discounts, and a free birthday bone too, see top photo. There are trays of seasonally-decorated cookies and cakes for special occasions, above—or I suppose, for Santa to bury under the tree.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End   Top photo: A shelf filled with unique treats for the holidays include dinners for Christmas Eve and for that New Year’s Pawty too, $2.99.

Bottom photo: And don’t forget to pick up the latest in seasonal neckwear or a jaunty kerchief, right, for those fashionable strolls around the neighborhood.Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End

Top photo: Most of the house-made treats are 95 cents each, and each month a portion of  sales of the “spotlight treat” goes to a different pet charity.

Bottom photo: Treats Unleashed carries a large selection of chew toys, pet bedding, $39.99 to $250, and cat toys too.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End

Top photo: All-natural Fromm cat food comes in flavors such as Game Bird Recipe, Hasen Duckenpfeffer, Chicken au Fromage, and Salmon Tunachovy, 2 lbs. for $11.00, 5 lbs. for $20.00.

Bottom photo: All natural Zignature dog food is $11.99 to $18.99. After purchasing 12 bags of either Fromm or Zignature food, the next bag is free.Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End

One of the best stories to come out of my visit to Treats Unleashed is the business model of St. Louis-based Fresh Start brand of dog treats. “Fresh Start” means fresh ingredients for pets, but also a fresh start for everyone else. The company hires the homeless to work in its facility, and once they get established Fresh Starts finds housing for them.

Fresh Start beef and lamb treats range from $12.99 to $24.99.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End

Don’t want to mess up your bathtub washing your pooch at home? For $19 you can use Treats Unleashed’s self-wash, above. Everything’s provided: an apron, shampoo, lotions, and the best part is, they’ll clean up after you. Schedule bath time at least an hour before closing.

Treats Unleashed, 22 N. Euclid, (314) 899-6966, Mon. – Sat. 9 to 8 p.m., Sun. 9 to 6 p.m.

Opening day at Shake Shack: Burgers with a side of protests

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News Uncategorized  St. Louis Shake Shack PETA MO Danny Meyer Central West End

I can’t remember as much publicity about the opening of a restaurant—except perhaps Vicia in Cortex District—as restaurateur Danny Meyer has garnered since the former St. Louisan announced he was opening his 1st hometown Shake Shack at 32 N. Euclid Ave. (at West Pine Blvd.) in the CWE.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News Uncategorized  St. Louis Shake Shack PETA MO Danny Meyer Central West End

Therefore it was not unexpected that there was a long line when doors finally opened at 11 a.m. this morning. (At 10:30, Mayor Lyda Krewson and other dignitaries took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony along with Danny Meyer.) By noon, the line extended around the corner on West Pine Blvd., above and below.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News Uncategorized  St. Louis Shake Shack PETA MO Danny Meyer Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News Uncategorized  St. Louis Shake Shack PETA MO Danny Meyer Central West End

What was not expected, however, was that supporters of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) also showed up, above and below.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News Uncategorized  St. Louis Shake Shack PETA MO Danny Meyer Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News Uncategorized  St. Louis Shake Shack PETA MO Danny Meyer Central West End

The presence of the protestors didn’t seem to squelch the desire of those in line to head on inside.

For more on the menu at Shake Shack, check out a recent article in Feast Magazine. On the website you’ll find apps for both iPhone and Android so you can order ahead and avoid the lines. At the time of this posting, the St. Louis location had not been added to the website.

Shake Shack, 32 N. Euclid, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. On Twitter: @shakeshack.