Holiday Pop-up, Toys for Tots, and an update on future of CWE Farm

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Designers Amy Johnson and Daphne Benzaquen have opened a holiday pop-up at 314 N. Euclid, next to SubZero. Amy, who recently changed the name of her clothing business from KayOss to KLarIty, has hosted pop-ups in different locations around the neighborhood since 2012.

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Daphne, who was born in Peru, raised in St. Louis, and is a W. U. graduate, started creating a line of sustainably-made Peruvian leather handbag and accessory pieces  in 2018. She has recently added a winter collection of alpaca fleece and pima cotton clothing to her collection. The designer also donates a portion of her sales back to the Peruvian communities where her bags and clothing are made. Read more about Daphne and see more of her great-looking designs here.

KLarIty and Daph.. Holiday Pop-up, 314 N. Euclid, Tues.-Sat., 11 to 5 p.m.

Stephanie Huffman, Property Manager of Lofts@Euclid, 625 N. Euclid (at Delmar), sent the following announcement regarding the apartment building’s participation in this year’s Toys for Tots campaign. See below.

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Arthur Culbert recently posted on Facebook that he has found a manager to take over the CWE Farm which he founded 9 years ago. Regrettably, Arthur and Nancy Culbert are moving to Florida at the end of November.

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In Arthur’s words: “Join me in welcoming the Central West End Farm’s new manager Lee Cagle. A long time CWE resident, Lee has been a farm volunteer and supporter for years. She is a @newcityschoolstl parent; her daughter Aiko participated in New City School’s farm’s program while in 4th grade. Among her many gifts, Lee @leeaikokai brings her joy, community building and a commitment to continue the farm’s mission to help feed the hungry in our community. Thank you Lee. May your dedication and service be richly rewarding.#cwe #joy#urbanfarm @nancyculbert @arthurculbert.”

Shop news: openings, a closing, renovation & new construction

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It’s wonderful to see lights on and action once again at the prominent corner of Euclid and Maryland now that Bluemercury, a high-end luxury beauty brand retailer, has opened.

The national chain, founded by D.C.-based Carla and Barry Beck in 1999 (the first store was located in Georgetown), was sold to Macy’s, Inc. in 2015. The Becks remain onboard as CEO and COO.

Learn more about what brands are available and which spa services are offered at Bluemercury, 2 Maryland Plaza, open Mon. – Sat. 10 to 7, Sun. 11 to 6.

Next door you may have noticed a For Lease sign on a space situated between Bluemercury and Busey Bank. Rumor has it that something is in the works. When the cat is officially out of the bag, I’ll let you know.

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And down the block, Kendra Scott, a boutique specializing in jewelry, beauty, and home decor items, will open its second St. Louis location soon in the  former Bissinger space at 32 Maryland Plaza. Kendra Scott also has a shop at Plaza Frontenac.

The Austin-based company was started in 2002 when Kendra Scott designed her 1st jewelry collection at home. The new shop will feature the Kendra Scott Color Bar, an interactive experience that allows customers to create custom jewelry in minutes and leave with it in-hand. The store will open with the goal of engaging philanthropically in the St. Louis community. The website states that the brand donates $5 million to charitable causes annually.

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photo courtesy of Kendra Scott

Regional Marketing and Philanthropic Manager Anna Keenan emailed that they are very excited about the new store, the 106th retail location across the country. The 2000 s.f. space will “be absolutely stunning. It will look nothing like the Plaza Frontenac store, and we can’t wait to bring the new concept store to the St. Louis market.”

Look for the grand opening on November 22, when 20% of  sales will go to St. Louis Children’s Hospital. On the 23rd there will be a special gift with purchase. More events and surprises are planned for the week following Thanksgiving.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Shop News  Tenderloin Room Kendra Scott Ian Froeb Bob Brazell Bluemercury AG Jeans AC Hotel by Marriott

If you’ve heard how well AG Jeans fit but haven’t yet tried them on, you have until November 17 to check them out. AG Jeans has announced that it is closing its Maryland Plaza location.

According to an employee I spoke with, the decision on the part of the corporate office has nothing to do with sales at this location, which have been strong since the store opened. Instead, the business owner wants to concentrate on larger stores in Los Angeles and New York. St. Louis isn’t in the new plan.

On a more positive note, Sam Koplar emailed that they hope to be announcing a new restaurant for the former ‘Scape space by year end.

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The storied Tenderloin Room at The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel closed for renovations starting today, November 4, and will reopen under new ownership (Bob Brazell of Byrd & Barrell and Tamm Avenue Bar) in early December. Read more in Ian Froeb’s article in St. Louis Post-Dispatch here.

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And finally, demolition is nearly complete on the former KPLR studio building (on York Avenue between Lindell and Maryland) to make way for an AC Hotel by Marriott. Construction on the $40 million, 162-room structure will begin in January. Koplar Properties and HomeBase Partners are developers of the project.

Interestingly, this new hotel is not viewed as competition by management of The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel. When plans were first presented, a Sonesta representative said they are delighted to have more hotel rooms next-door, which will enable them to attract larger conventions.

Andy Holloran, president of HomeBase Partners, said that “The Central West End is one of America’s great neighborhoods and we’re excited to bring a marquee property to a thriving neighborhood we love. Since we are proposing a limited service hotel, the Central West End’s walkable access to bars, restaurants, and shops makes it the ideal location for this type of property.”

CWE gallery news/ mid-October’s openings

In mid-October there were back-to-back gallery openings on McPherson. On October 17, Susan Barrett opened Barrett Barrera Projects at 4739 McPherson, the former location of Arlene Lilie, and auction house Selkirk. I’ll be posting more about the space and the exhibition, Saint-Louis to St. Louis: the City on the River meets River City, along with news about Barrett’s other new gallery and event space later this week.

In other CWE gallery news Carolyn Miles is moving Atrium Gallery, which has been at 4814 Washington for the past 6 years, to the Dorchester, 665 S. Skinker. (William Shearburn’s gallery is located in the same building.) The inaugural exhibition in the new space, featuring work by New York artist Leslie Dill, opens Friday, November 8, 6 to 8 p.m.

On Friday, October 18 there were openings at Duane Reed Gallery and Houska Gallery. Photographs follow:Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Shop News  Stephen Young Lee Paula Haniszewski Lindsay Pichaske Julie Malone Houska Gallery Duane Reed Gallery Alessandro Gallo

Top photo: At Duane Reed Gallery ceramicist Stephen Young Lee is photographed alongside his porcelain, cobalt inlay, glaze, custom decal work icon 2019, depicting Bruce Lee.  Bottom photo from left: Lee’s Blood Moon Jar and Yellow Asian Baluster Vases.

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Artist Lindsay Pichaske is photographed alongside her stoneware, porcelain, mason stains & hair sculpture Souvenir 2019. See close-up of her stunning work below.

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Pichaske’s  low-fire ceramic, feathers, flocking, paint & steel, The Missing Grew Large Between Us, above.

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Also showing at Duane Reed Gallery is ceramicist Alessandro Gallo’s stoneware, left, and right, Gallo’s 22″x 10″x 10″ You’ll Never Walk Alone.

The current exhibition closes November 30.

Duane Reed Gallery, 4729 McPherson, (314) 361-4100.

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At Houska Gallery artist Paula Haniszewski is photographed alongside her oil on canvas painting, Meh. Haniszewski is the art department chair at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Illinois.

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In Houska’s upstairs gallery, artist Julie Malone has titled her latest work, Atmospheric Abstractions, which includes an oil on panel abstract landscape, Freedom. Malone’s paintings and Haniszewski’s Living Proof will remain on view until November 30.

Houska Gallery, 4728 McPherson, (314) 496-1377.