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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.

Sadly, 10denza is closing

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An announcement was sent out today that Chris Lanter, below, proprietor of ultra-hip 10denza, is closing after 6 years on Maryland Plaza.

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It was, and still will be until the end of June, always a pleasure to stop in to see the latest, hippest clothing and accessories at 10denza and to visit with Chris, one of the friendliest people around. Here is the post that I wrote when 10denza first came to the neighborhood. The announcement follows:

 

Dear Friends of the Denz,

We have enjoyed six outstanding years in the Central West End, but all good things must come to an end. 10denza will be closing on Friday, June 30th.

I would like to thank our clients for their patronage and support these last six years. The support from the local community, family and friends has been unforgettable. Most of all I would like to thank my great staff, our Manager and Buyer, Kerrie Knoll and all who helped make 10denza the destination it has become.

I am forever grateful to have worked with you to bring something unique to St Louis. I will never forget this amazing experience. We hope to see you before we close. Again, thank you all for your incredible support.

Our New Hours are-
Mon thru Sat – 1100AM- 600PM
SundayNoon to 500PM.

Sincerely,
Chris Lanter

 

Lunchtime at Vicia in Cortex Innovation District

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After more than a year’s guesswork by local foodies about where restaurateurs Tara and Michael Gallina, formerly of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, would finally settle following a series of pop-up dinners all over town, Vicia, the couple’s new restaurant celebrating “vegetable-forward cuisine” opened in the Cortex Innovation District at the end of March. The restaurant’s address is 4260 Forest Park Blvd., though it’s situated at the south end of the building, near the corner of Boyle and Duncan Avenues, adjacent to the Tech Shop.

As frequently happens when restaurants are new and as buzz-worthy as this one (Eater tagged it one of the most anticipated restaurants in the country), dinner reservations on weekends are hard to come by – they’re currently booked 3 weeks out. It’s much easier to get into Vicia at lunchtime, when reservations are not required and service is “counter-style” (explanation follows), or for a weekday dinner (this week’s menu here).Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink Shop News    Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink Shop News

The menu, shown left, changes frequently depending on what’s in season. Choices can be ordered singly, $7 to $12, in which case they will be larger portions, or in combinations of two or three items, $11 to $14. Patrons place their order at the bar, above right, pay for it at the same time, and then receive a text message when the lunch is ready for pick up in the kitchen, below right.

The first time I was there I instinctively put my phone away and started visiting with friends, so didn’t hear the text. The waitstaff brought our lunches to us, and now I’ll remember why they ask for your phone number.

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Patrons pick drink orders up at the bar too, above left. Right & below, a view into the open kitchen showing lunch trays waiting for pick-up.

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On a recent Tuesday the selections included grilled ham, prosciutto, rhubarb mustard, cheddar, and spicy greens on focaccia, and a grain bowl of wheat berries, oyster mushrooms, asparagus, ramps and goat cheese.

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If you chose 3 items that day they might have included a chilled spring onion soup with charred vegetable mole, a tartine featuring turnip top marmalade, whipped ricotta, marinated radishes, on porridge bread, and shiitake mushroom, spinach & scallion quiche. $14, (quiche served à la carte comes with mixed green salad).

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The pastry case held an Apple Butter Turnover, $4, Hazelnut and Aronia Berry Crumb Cake, $3.50, Ginger Molasses Cookie, $3, and Double Chocolate Chip and Sea Salt Cookie, $3.50.

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There are two dining areas. The main dining area (not shown) seats 54, and the outside space, a small portion of which is shown above and in the opening photo, seats 34 and has a long communal table in front of the wood-fired grill.

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Flower arrangements at Vicia are created by Rebecca Bodicky, proprietor of Alice Blue Collective, 3700 S. Jefferson.
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There are two seating areas in the handsome bar, above. If you’re lucky enough to find a seat at the bar, you could order dinner there too.

Vicia, 4260 Forest Park Ave. (corner of Duncan & Boyle). Lunch is served Mon. thru Fri., 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dinner, Tues. thru Thurs., 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Walk-in dinner seating more available on weeknights. Reservations online, or (314) 553-9239, info@viciarestaurant.com.