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Suitsupply coming to Maryland Plaza

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This morning’s press release from Koplar Properties’ president Sam Koplar announces that Suitsupply, a Dutch brand, has selected Maryland Plaza for its sole St. Louis location. The European men’s fashion brand known for its expert tailoring and unmatched service will be moving to 44 Maryland Plaza, where 10denza is located (until the end of June).

Renovation of the 5,200 s.f., two-story location (see storefront modification as one example of renovation) will begin in August with an opening scheduled for winter 2017.  Note: 10denza currently leases only the 1st floor of the building. The last business to occupy both floors at 44 Maryland Plaza was Design Within Reach.

“Suitsupply is an iconic, global brand in men’s fashion,” said Sam Koplar. “This is a great addition to Maryland Plaza, one of St. Louis’ premier shopping destinations, and an exciting time for the Central West End.  As the neighborhood continues to evolve and innovate, we see retailers like Suitsupply as welcome additions to our vibrant and growing community.”

The release continues: Suitsupply is known for its European styling and insistence on using only the finest fabrics, coupled with unbeatable in-store service. Basic tailoring of purchases is done on-site while customers wait, allowing them to leave with their custom-fit items within 30 minutes.

Suitsupply vice president Nish de Gruiter said, “St. Louis has been on our wish list for a long time. Our online sales in the area have been growing rapidly over the past few years. This is a logical next step for customers to get closer to the product and experience our in-house services.”

The press release also mentions accolades from the likes of GQ, Esquire, and most notably a Wall Street Journal blind test that rated a $600 Suitsupply suit in a 1st-place tie with a $3,600 Armani. More information about Suitsupply can be found on the website.

Sam Koplar represents the 4th generation of the Koplar family to lead Koplar Properties. He led the effort to redevelop Maryland Plaza as well as the York House, a luxury apartment building at Lindell Blvd. and York Ave.

This is great news for men to have both Suitsupply and east+west, 387 N. Euclid, as CWE destinations. Might I suggest that with the closing of 10denza and Kit & Ace, it would be wonderful to have more retail geared toward women to fill the gap.

CWEA’s House Tour & Garden Tour on Fullerton’s Westminster Place: a little history

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Following a year’s hiatus, the Central West End Association has announced that the 46th Annual House and Garden Tour will run Friday through Sunday, June 9 through 11, featuring the mansions of Fullerton’s Westminster Place. This year’s tour coincides with the 125th anniversary of the charming two-block enclave, one of the most beautiful and gracious residential places in the City of St. Louis.

Starting in the 1950s, Westminster Place, like many of the streets in the Central West End, experienced several decades of decline. In the late 60s, several of the houses on the street became “communes” occupied by young creative types who rented bedrooms and shared kitchen facilities.  During that era Westminster Place was also home to several notable personalities associated with Gaslight Square, including members of the Mutrux clan who owned the renowned Three Fountains restaurant and an antiques shop located on the Square, and also operated a swim club on Westminster, and antiques dealer Richard Hirschfeld, who operated his business in several locations around the CWE.

Today, the rooming houses are history and Westminster Place is home to a proud group of couples, empty nesters, and young families who have restored the mansions to their original grandeur, including some who moved to St. Louis from either coast and can’t believe their good fortune to find grand houses such as these. From June 9 through the 11 you’ll have a chance to get inside ten of these beautiful houses and see why Fullerton’s Westminster Place is so special.

The preview party, catered by neighborhood favorite Wildflower, will take place at the Royal Vagabounds Foundation, 4315 Westminster Place, shown above. The Royal Vagabonds, Inc. is a Gentleman’s Club composed primarily of successful professional Black men who have banded together to leverage their philanthropic activities in the community and to share social activities that are of mutual interest. The membership has generously donated the use of the building to the CWEA  for the preview party.

During the course of the preview party attendees will have access to all 10 homes on the tour, plus an additional home that will be open that evening only.  There will be live music, great food provided by neighborhood favorite Wildflower, and a swag bag too. Suggested attire: “cocktails in the garden.”

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Information about 4484 Westminster Place (above), which is on the tour, can be found in a recent article in the West End Word: “Built in 1909 by architect George Hellmuth, this modern California-style Spanish Colonial home was constructed for Paul Bakewell Jr., who married Mary Fullerton in 1908. Mary was the daughter of Gen. J.S. Fullerton, the Civil War general who built Westminster Place.”

As noted in Charles C. Savage’s Architecture of the Private Streets of St. Louis (available through Left Bank Books),the 4300 and 4400 blocks of Westminster contain more residences of architectural interest than any other comparable blocks in the city. Nearly every important architect working at the turn of the century is represented here.”

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4470 Westminster Place (above) is also on the tour. Click here for Fran Mannino’s feature in the West End Word about another of the tour houses, 4376 Westminster Place.

The CWEA House Tour is a massive undertaking and could not be accomplished without the generosity of the residents of Fullerton’s Westminster Place, and the dedicated leadership of Kelly Waters, president of the Association, and Jess Batchelor, Executive Director, as well as many members of the board of directors who are working countless hours to make this happen. Hundreds of volunteers are serving as hosts and hostesses in the houses.

The Preview Party is Friday, June 9, from 6 to 10 p.m., tickets $100/each. The CWEA House Tour continues Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, from 10 to 4 each day. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 0n-site. Visit the CWEA website to purchase tickets and get more information on parking, etc. In addition, all Straub’s locations are selling tickets to Saturday and Sunday’s tour.

Jam-packed weekend in June: CWEA House Tour, CWE Family Night at Circus Flora, CWE Cocktail Party

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Don’t plan on heading out-of-town the weekend of June 9 through 11. Some of the best the CWE has to offer is taking place that weekend. You won’t want to miss the CWEA House Tour, the CWE Cocktail Party, and a family event at Circus Flora.

The Central West End Association and CWE Families & Friends have partnered with Circus Flora in Grand Center for a family night on Sunday, June 11.  Tickets, which are discounted 20%, include a special backstage event featuring complimentary refreshments in the Hospitality Tent and a chance to mingle with Time Flies‘ performers an hour before the performance, which starts at 5:30 p.m.

Purchase tickets at metrotix.com or by calling 314-534-1111 and using code “CWE.” This link automatically fills in the discount code. The event is sponsored by the CWEA Events Committee working with  CWE Families & Friends on this and the yearly Easter Egg Hunt in Kennedy Park.

After a year’s hiatus, the CWEA House Tour returns from June 9 through 11 featuring the mansions of Fullerton’s Westminster Place. Details on the stellar Preview Party, Friday, June 9, and ticket information for Saturday and Sunday’s tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to follow. In the meantime visit the website for more info and to purchase tickets.

And on Saturday night, June 10, CWEScene is hosting the 2nd Annual CWE Cocktail Party from 7 to 10 p.m. on Euclid Avenue stretching from Maryland to McPherson.  There will be entertainment, dancing in the street, and signature cocktails from neighborhood restaurants. People are still smiling at the mention of last year’s party, it was so much fun for all ages. The event is free and open to the public.