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Bonobos Guideshop to open on Maryland Plaza

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Sam Koplar, president of Koplar Properties, announced today the latest news regarding upcoming changes in the retail scene on Maryland Plaza.  As previously posted here, Suitsupply, a Dutch menswear brand, will soon begin renovation of the 4400 s.f. two-level space at 44 Maryland Plaza. That location is currently home to 10denza, where proprietor Chris Lanter is, lamentably, wrapping up a 6-year run.

Koplar followed up today with word that Bonobos Guideshop, an online men’s custom clothing retailer, will open its 1st retail location in the St. Louis area at 52 Maryland Plaza in “the city’s historic Central West End neighborhood.” That 1,400 s.f.  space was until recently occupied by Scapegoat, a tavern, and before that Crepes, etc.

Customers at Bonobos Guideshop are paired one-on-one with a Guide who measures and assists with selecting individual pieces or an entire wardrobe.  Custom-made purchases are fabricated off-site and shipped directly to customers free of charge within 2 to 5 business days. Here is a link to Bonobos’ best sellers.

“The Bonobos model is the future of retail,” said Koplar, “and we’re excited to welcome them to the neighborhood.”

The online retailer started business in 2007 and opened its first Guideshop in 2012. Judging from the list of retail locations on the website, it appears that St. Louis may be the only major city in the U. S. currently without a Guideshop.

Neighborhood favorite Scape, located between the two new retailers at 48 Maryland Plaza, continues to thrive. The patio at the Backbar at Scape is a lovely spot to enjoy a summer cocktail and dinner al fresco.

Lyn Magee’s CWE art space

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Lyn Magee, left, is photographed in her 250 s.f. light-filled CWE studio she’s labeled her “art nest.” It’s filled with off-beat things she’s made out of quirky stuff she finds on the street and in alleys, learned on art retreats, or what she’s stumbled upon in local antiques stores. Magee’s sculptures, drawings and constructions, which fit her free-spirited personality perfectly, cover every square inch of her studio.

“I love this quiet retreat,” she said. “I often sit here and not create anything, just ponder. I’m beginning to think I’m really a decorator at heart, since I’m always playing and moving stuff around the space.”

On Friday afternoons Magee heads to Kelly Larson and Gina Alvarez’s Living Arts in Maplewood where a group of 16 artists, called the Women’s Art Collective, meet to work on a new project each week. Each member takes a turn leading the 1 1/2 hour class. Magee’s headpiece, above, is one she made during a Friday class. The teacher’s instructions were to make something from the past, present, or future.

“I’m done with the present,” Magee said. “I was happiest playing cowboys and Indians as a child—I always sided with the Indians.”

Right, above: A self-portrait hangs outside her studio door.

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Magee is frequently on the lookout for decorative elements to add to her eclectic possessions in the studio and in her South City home. R. Ege Antiques, 1304 Sidney in Soulard and Treasure Aisles Antiques Mall, 2317 Big Bend Blvd., are two of her favorite haunts.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Handmade  William Kerr Foundation Building Will Flores Fund Art of Giving Treasure Aisles Antiques Mall R. Ege Antiques Lyn Magee Living Arts Collective Kelly Larson Central West End Big Bend Yoga Center Artist Laurie Doctor Artist Gena Alvarez artist Dorothy Caldwell   Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Handmade  William Kerr Foundation Building Will Flores Fund Art of Giving Treasure Aisles Antiques Mall R. Ege Antiques Lyn Magee Living Arts Collective Kelly Larson Central West End Big Bend Yoga Center Artist Laurie Doctor Artist Gena Alvarez artist Dorothy Caldwell   Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Handmade  William Kerr Foundation Building Will Flores Fund Art of Giving Treasure Aisles Antiques Mall R. Ege Antiques Lyn Magee Living Arts Collective Kelly Larson Central West End Big Bend Yoga Center Artist Laurie Doctor Artist Gena Alvarez artist Dorothy Caldwell

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Noting the messages on the prayer flags, it should come as no surprise that Magee has been a yoga instructor for many years. Along with Kitty Daly, she founded Big Bend Yoga Center, 88 N. Gore, in 1994.

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“I’m into the ‘grid thing’ now,” she said, “influenced by classes I’ve taken with artist Dorothy Caldwell.”

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From left: Printed textiles drape over a vintage rack; middle, a collection of buttons and gears; and right, art created in Kentucky-based artist Laurie Doctor’s “writingwritingwriting” class held at Living Arts.

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Left: The photo says it all. Right: Rock and leaf prints Magee made at a workshop at Dorothy Caldwell’s studio in Ohio. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Handmade  William Kerr Foundation Building Will Flores Fund Art of Giving Treasure Aisles Antiques Mall R. Ege Antiques Lyn Magee Living Arts Collective Kelly Larson Central West End Big Bend Yoga Center Artist Laurie Doctor Artist Gena Alvarez artist Dorothy Caldwell   Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Handmade  William Kerr Foundation Building Will Flores Fund Art of Giving Treasure Aisles Antiques Mall R. Ege Antiques Lyn Magee Living Arts Collective Kelly Larson Central West End Big Bend Yoga Center Artist Laurie Doctor Artist Gena Alvarez artist Dorothy Caldwell   Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Handmade  William Kerr Foundation Building Will Flores Fund Art of Giving Treasure Aisles Antiques Mall R. Ege Antiques Lyn Magee Living Arts Collective Kelly Larson Central West End Big Bend Yoga Center Artist Laurie Doctor Artist Gena Alvarez artist Dorothy Caldwell   Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Handmade  William Kerr Foundation Building Will Flores Fund Art of Giving Treasure Aisles Antiques Mall R. Ege Antiques Lyn Magee Living Arts Collective Kelly Larson Central West End Big Bend Yoga Center Artist Laurie Doctor Artist Gena Alvarez artist Dorothy Caldwell   Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Handmade  William Kerr Foundation Building Will Flores Fund Art of Giving Treasure Aisles Antiques Mall R. Ege Antiques Lyn Magee Living Arts Collective Kelly Larson Central West End Big Bend Yoga Center Artist Laurie Doctor Artist Gena Alvarez artist Dorothy Caldwell   Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Handmade  William Kerr Foundation Building Will Flores Fund Art of Giving Treasure Aisles Antiques Mall R. Ege Antiques Lyn Magee Living Arts Collective Kelly Larson Central West End Big Bend Yoga Center Artist Laurie Doctor Artist Gena Alvarez artist Dorothy Caldwell   Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Handmade  William Kerr Foundation Building Will Flores Fund Art of Giving Treasure Aisles Antiques Mall R. Ege Antiques Lyn Magee Living Arts Collective Kelly Larson Central West End Big Bend Yoga Center Artist Laurie Doctor Artist Gena Alvarez artist Dorothy Caldwell   Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Handmade  William Kerr Foundation Building Will Flores Fund Art of Giving Treasure Aisles Antiques Mall R. Ege Antiques Lyn Magee Living Arts Collective Kelly Larson Central West End Big Bend Yoga Center Artist Laurie Doctor Artist Gena Alvarez artist Dorothy Caldwell   Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Handmade  William Kerr Foundation Building Will Flores Fund Art of Giving Treasure Aisles Antiques Mall R. Ege Antiques Lyn Magee Living Arts Collective Kelly Larson Central West End Big Bend Yoga Center Artist Laurie Doctor Artist Gena Alvarez artist Dorothy Caldwell

More of Magee’s art and antiques collection are shown in the photos above.

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As we finished the interview Magee said: “I also come my studio to putter around and finish art projects.” An example of a work in progress is an unfinished lamp, right, started in a class taught by artist Jan Wade at Living Arts. Magee is also working on art cards to be sold at the annual Will Flores Fund Art of Giving Event scheduled for Sunday, September 17, at the William Kerr Foundation, a LEED-Platinum Certified Building located at 21 O’Fallon Street in downtown St. Louis.

Lyn Magee is a social media holdout. However, if you wish to contact her for more information about her art or her collections call (314) 496-5623. I can’t promise she’ll answer, but it’s worth a try.

Holiday Gift Picks II/Q Boutique, living-collective, The Vino Gallery, east + west, Left Bank Books

At Q Boutique in World Chess Hall of Fame:

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It will come as no surprise that there are many chess sets available at Q Boutique in the World Chess Hall of Fame, but when I asked general manager Brian Flowers which was the most unusual, he pointed to the Star Trek Tri-Dimensional Chess Set, $279, shown above…unusual indeed.

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For kids: clockwise from left: Move & Grove Dance Game (18 mos. +), $22; “super hot” Super Mario Chess Set, $55; an assortment of Smarty Pants Brain Building Games, $15 each (from pre-K to Grade 5); WordARound card game (10 years -Adult), $15; in front: “Pink Panther” Music Box, $9, one of 12 musical themes (Happy Birthday and more).

2nd photo: St. Louis-made K Hall designs: clockwise from left: Moss-scented Shea butter hand cream, $22, liquid soap, $20, Shea hand & body cream, $22, Moss candle, $22. Peeking through the products are copies of Guidebook to St. Louis, by and for St. Louisans by Amanda Doyle, $19.95.

Q Boutique at World Chess Hall of Fame, Mon., Tues., Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wed. to Fri., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., 4652 Maryland Ave., (314) 367-9243 x109.

At living-collective:

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Stop traffic in this shimmery light-as-a-feather “immortal” silk stunner by Brooklyn-based designer Samantha Pleet, $438. The back is gorgeous too!

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1st photo: Keep warm and stylish too in Native Youth’s Flurry Crew Sweater, $80.

2nd photo: from right: Matter Matters Tilt Necklace, $48; Donut Kill My Vibe camper mug by Pyknic, $12; Be Your Own Crush lapel pin, $10; and glass Mountain Earrings, $46.

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And while at living-collective, I was delighted to discover Potion 23’s hand-embroidered art-to-wear pieces created by local designer Victoria Cates. Clockwise from top left: embroidered purse, $380; jacket with elaborately-embroidered pocket, $275; beret, $350; and in glass case: embroidered pins, $75 to $130.

living-collective, 4701 McPherson Avenue, Tues. to Sat., 11-7, open Sun. 12/18 too.

At The Vino Gallery: Before I present proprietor Alex Head’s suggestions for the holidays, I want to publicly thank him for being one of my first advertisers (see sidebar). View offer of $2 off a glass of wine when you mention the blog.

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Front: all-in-one bamboo cheeseboard with 4 cheese knives, $40; from top left: an “easy drinking” Italian G.D.Vajra Langhe Rossa 2013, $15; Willamette Valley’s Big Table Farm red wine is described as a “really special gift,” $45; Colorado’s Ska Brewing Co.’s True Blonde Dubbel, two-for-1 bomber size, $14; and Nicolas Feuillatte French Champagne, $30 (real champagne at a great price because the Euro is so low right now).

The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson Avenue, Tues.-Sat. 11 till closing, open this Sunday 12/18.

At east + west:

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Clockwise from top left: Market Bag by L.A.-based Apolis, a “living and breathing social enterprise that equips and empowers people through opportunity rather than charity,”$68; Filson waxed-canvas, water-repellant, wind-resistant jacket with lifetime guarantee, $395; Ebbets STL hat, $48; Norse Project merino wool gloves, $60; Japanese-made Chup socks enjoy a cult following because a) they don’t have a toe seam, b) they don’t shift around, and c) look at those great-looking patterns. The newest pattern is the Native American design, $28; Baxter Hair Pomades for 3 hair types: clay, hard cream, & hard water, $20.

east + west, 387 N. Euclid Avenue, during December: Mon. – Sat. 11 to 7, Sun. 12 t0 5.

At Left Bank Books:

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The first book Wintaye Gehru, manager of LBB, grabbed for this post is the magical The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, middle, $24.95 (read review in NYT here).  Other picks chosen by bookseller Randy Schiller include They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel, $16.99; Ten Restaurants That Changed America (with introduction by Danny Meyer) by Paul Freedman, $35; autographed copies of Joe Buck’s Lucky Bastard are available for $28; and Zadie Smith’s autographed Swing Time is $27 (you didn’t miss a book signing by the British author, instead her publisher sent autographed copies…Smith apparently isn’t keen on book tours); MOMA holiday cards, 8 for $22; and in front, Out of Print socks, “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Library Card,” $10.

Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. everyday.

Next up: Holiday Gift Picks III