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What’s 10denza?

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Ultra-hip 10denza (from the Italian tendenza meaning “following a trend”) opened the middle of September at 44 Maryland Plaza in the space formerly occupied by Design Within Reach. The often-heard assumption that shopping on Maryland Plaza is somewhat exclusive and expensive will be blown away when you enter this urban emporium. Chris Lanter, below, the creator and “arbiter” (as he identifies himself on his business card), has been observing the commercial real estate market in the CWE for a couple of years, waiting for the right space to become available. An aficionado of pop culture and current trends, Chris knew that this eclectic neighborhood was the only place in town where his vision of a shop would fit.
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Chris started working as a d.j. while in college and for a time afterwards. So, naturally, one of the first things you’ll notice when you walk into 10denza is the music playing in the background. There are 5 ipod listening stations where you can preview a wide variety of music available for purchase. Chris avidly reads music reviews and listens to new artists to introduce. He offers new releases featuring imports from Europe, D.J. mixes, alternative, and electronic music, $13 to $19.

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There are a few tables containing a large selection of coffee table books on art, design, music, pop culture, and as Chris said, “street stuff,” $20 to $50. I was told the books are meant to be handled, and there are comfortable chairs, below, to sit and peruse.Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children Shop News Web/Tech  Vintage Highway Toygiants TOY watches Kid Robot Kay Oss Digby & Iona Contego Chris Lanter 10denza

10denza has a “no pressure” staff–Kerrie Knoll & Darren Compton (not photographed)–who add to the very relaxed vibe, and the shop stocks a wide range of merchandise you won’t find elsewhere, $5 to $800.

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There is a display wall with shoes for women, left, and men, below, in casual and sneaker style.

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Brands include Puma, Pointer, and ALife, $55 to $160.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There is jewelry too, including this set, shown left, from Brooklyn-based designers Digby & Iona.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10denza carries casual, comfortable clothing for men and women ranging from “arty” t-shirts starting at $30 on up to jackets at $700.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children Shop News Web/Tech  Vintage Highway Toygiants TOY watches Kid Robot Kay Oss Digby & Iona Contego Chris Lanter 10denza  Chris also supports local designers, stocking clothing from Vintage Highway and CWEnder Amy Johnson, who designs under the name of Kay-oss. Amy’s adorable skirt, right, is $190, and in the shop window you’ll see one of her great black dresses with tiny ruffles on the cuffs. I watched three of them get snapped up on as many visits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Personal tech gear includes ipad covers above, $29.95, headphones, and other tech accessories. A new shipment of winter clothing including mittens right, $25, and unusual knit hats upper right, $45, is now on the shelves.

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Brightly-colored TOY watches, above, come in “jellys,” $160, or “velvety,” $225 (not shown). 10denza also carries sunglasses, $100, from a philanthropic Brooklyn company named Contego, that sends a pair to a charity with each purchase. The glasses are named after Nobel Laureates.

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Chris’s 10 year-old daughter, Olivia, and 13 year-old son, Blaise, help with merchandising decisions. Blaise, who knows a lot about what’s hip in toyland, suggested the Kid Robot collection, toys designed by different artists. Toys range in price from $5 up to $200, some of which are shown in the glass jars on the counter above.

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Toygiants by Daniel & Geo Fuchs is an illustrated journey into the world of toys, right.

You too should follow the trend and stop by 10denza when you have some time to browse, enjoy the music, and the company. The shop is a wonderful addition and such an enjoyable experience.

10denza, 44 Maryland Plaza, 12 to 8 Monday – Saturday, 12 to 5 Sunday, (314) 361-1010.

Join the fun at the Beacon Festival!

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I have been meaning to tell you about the upcoming St. Louis Beacon Festival for days now but this week has flown by, no pun intended, and I am just getting to it. It isn't too late though for you to consider signing up for what I began to call "Camp Beacon" during last year's tremendously fun travel-fest. The festival is the brainchild of Bob Duffy (in blue shirt above), a dear friend who worked at the St. Louis Post Dispatch for 32 years, and is now Associate Editor of the St. Louis Beacon. Bobby knows everyone and everything about our town and is the best travel guide ever.

Last year's week-long festival included a trip to the last remaining Indian mound within the city limits. At the site, just off Hwy 55, we were invited to take part in a symbolic cleansing ceremony led by Eve Perlmutter, who is of Native American ancestry (shown above). After a climb to the top of the Mound, which belongs to the Cahokia tribe, with its commanding view of the mighty Mississippi, we headed to the new Six Row Brewery on Forest Park for a tour and beer sampling. That was just in time frankly, because most of us were feeling pretty glum thinking about what our ancestors had done to the Native Americans. One of the owners of Six Row is Rick Holton, a CWEnder who is active in Native American culture and is involved in an effort to give all the rivers and streams in Missouri appropriate N.A. names. (The beer is very good too.)

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There is a return trip planned this year to the New Sunny Mount Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, June 5. Last year's visit, shown in the photo above, was one of the most inspiring, hand-clapping church services I have ever attended. Hallelujah and Amen!

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A return to Bellefontaine Cemetary is scheduled for Friday, June 3. Last year we heard a Baroque ensemble perform in the Chapel there; this year renowned architect Gene Mackey will discuss Louis Sullivan and St. Louis in the same location. This talk includes a private tour of Sullivan's Wainwright Tomb.

Two of the Festival's events take place in the Central West End. Washington University author-in-residence and Guggenheim Fellow Kathleen Finneran will read from a recent work in Lucie and Antony Garnett's magnificent book-filled mansion on Lindell Boulevard on Wednesday, June 1. A light lunch is included in the $30 ticket price.

The Festival kicks off on Memorial Day with a brunch in the most gorgeous garden you've ever seen on Westmoreland Place. UCity's Winslow's Home is doing the cooking. The living quarters above the stable was the site of last year's reading by Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep and American Wife.

For a complete listing of events and ticket information, visit the website here. Tickets are limited, so hurry!

 

ANNONYArts Performance at Centro Thurs.

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Please join Centro for a celebration, wine tasting, and performances featuring ANNONYArts Artistic Director Beckah Voight Reed and consortium artists Tom Brady, Dawn Karlovsky, Monica Newsam, and Nicki Tipton Tallent. Wines for tasting provided by The Vino Gallery and small bites provided by The Fountain on Locust.  All proceeds will benefit programming and community outreach for ANNONYArts.

WHERE:  Centro

DATE:  Thursday, May 12

TIME: 6 to 9 (Performance at 7)

TICKETS: $35 each ($60 pair) at door or www.aarts2011.eventbrite.com

INFO: (314) 652-3003

ANNONYArts is an organization dedicated to supporting a consortium of independent movement and performing artists who present original works and provide arts education.

Centro Modern Furnishings, 4727 McPherson, (314) 454-0111.