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 While I was taking a few days off between Christmas and New Year's, some of you were busy sending in news you wanted to share with readers of this blog. I am more than happy to spread the word, so here's what's happening.

CWEnder Andy DeSoto wants to connect with neighbors on "Nextdoor.com," an online community forum for neighborhood news, services, opinions, etc. A May 12, 2012 article in the NY Times, "Meet your neighbors–if only online" explains how Nextdoor works. If it sounds appealing, sign up on the link in Andy's note below:

"I'm a CWE resident located in the 4300 block of Lindell. I am attempting to start a "Nextdoor" site for our neighborhood, which you can currently find at http://cwe.nextdoor.com. This site is designed to provide
a community forum in which topics like social events, local businesses, and crime and safety issues can be discussed.
I thought that you or your friends and family may be interested in
this site. If you think the aims I've mentioned are in line with the
great things you are already promoting in your community, people you
know may be interested in joining. A link to do
so is located here: https://nextdoor.com/invite/lvgx8mrtkay3djh4qbzc
Thanks for taking a look. I really appreciate your writing and look forward to your next posts.
Best,
Andy"

Former CWEnder Margaret Culver sent information about a printmaking competition for artists ages 18 to 29 sponsored by The National Society of Arts & Letters. Margaret called to say that the Saint Louis Chapter doesn't get enough applicants and she's hoping you'll know a young artist who would like to enter the competition. By the way, the Saint Louis Chapter of The National Society of Arts & Letters holds its meetings at the neighborhood's Saint Louis Woman's Club (see post here) on Lindell. Keep reading….

National Career Awards Competition 2013 


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ART: PRINTMAKING

Chapter Deadline for Applications:  February 15, 2013

Chapter Awards:
 First Place $2,000 plus an expenses-paid trip to the National
Competition in Pittsburgh, PA, May 14-19, 2013; Second Place $1,000; and
Third Place $750. 

National Competition Winners receive awards of up to $15,000.

Competition
contestants must be between the ages of 18 and 29 years old as of May
18, 2013
.  Applications must be received by mail no later than 
February 15, 2013.

The
2013 Printmaking Competition will consider the following techniques:
Relief Printmaking: woodcut, wood engraving, linoleum cut, relief
intaglio, collagraphy; Intaglio Printmaking: drypoint, engraving,
mezzotint, etching, aquatint, embossing; Screen Printmaking
(serigraphy); Computer Graphics, Monoprint, and Lithography.

Competition Instructions and Application Forms are available here.

For a full schedule of Competition Dates and Deadlines, click here.

For additional information, contact the Art Competition Chair, Barbara Martin Smith, at studio@watercolorsmith.com

Meanwhile, neighbor Dana Romeis whose interior design firm Fibercations
worked on a project with Phil Durham
Architects and Chouteau Building Group is a finalist in the online
edition of Architectural Digest’s “Before and After Kitchen” contest.
Dana emailed: "We would love for you to vote for the home team. Click on
the following
link
and then click on the St. Louis project to cast a vote.  You can
vote no more than once an hour and the voting is over January 15.  The
winner will have a feature story in an upcoming issue. Feel free to vote early and often through the week." 
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Photo by Alise O'Brien

Former CWEnder (though she's here all the time) Mary Morgan sent information about a dinner and world premiere of Cafe Chanson to benefit the Upstream Theater at the Kranzberg Arts Center on Grand this Saturday (see below). Details on paperless post link here.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Food and Drink Web/Tech  Upstream Theater Nextdoor.com National Society of Arts & Letters Fibercations Dana Romeis Bissinger's Arctic Cat

While Steve Neels is waiting to roll out his Arctic Cat (see post here), which you may remember from last January's somewhat measurable snow, he and his wife, Roberta, have spent some time at Bissinger's enjoying Decadent Chocolate Brownies. Steve says it's "…:) mmmmmmm!"Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Food and Drink Web/Tech  Upstream Theater Nextdoor.com National Society of Arts & Letters Fibercations Dana Romeis Bissinger's Arctic Cat
Photo courtesy of Steve Neels

A peek inside…Part III

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K. Hall's holiday window at 26B Maryland Plaza reflects the romantic atmosphere within–a feast for the eyes.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink Shop News Web/Tech  Moris Fashions k. hall Ivy Hill froYo AG 10 denza

The shop stocks several combinations of its signature products in pretty gift boxes, all ready to place under the tree. Prices for the boxed sets are less than if the items are purchased separately. For example, the Bubble Elixir and candle set shown above is $39, regularly $59.

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The seductive bottle opener shown left just begs the following request, "Pass me the mermaid, will you?" $33. The ruler? It's a heavy-duty bottle opener too, $20. Miniature horseshoes are $4. 

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink Shop News Web/Tech  Moris Fashions k. hall Ivy Hill froYo AG 10 denza  An array of pretty hobnail glasses hold a variety of scented candles from Simpatico (one of k. hall's labels), $28. There are many, many gift ideas in this charming shop. I suggest you stop by and take a look.

K. Hall, 26B Maryland Plaza, Mon.-Sat. 11 to 7, Sun. 12-5, (314) 961-1990.

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One never knows what surprises await inside Chris Lanter's über-hip 10denza, as evidenced by the unusual wreaths in the shop's holiday windows at 44 Maryland Plaza.
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With the help of shop manager Kerri Knoll I gathered a selection of interesting ideas for you to consider. From lower left: Campbell's soup and Spearmint Gum cans are two of many vintage containers that hold candles made by a local company, "Vintage Wax," $40. 10denza has an array of holiday cd's including  Cee Lo's Magic Moment, $18.98, & St. Germain Tourist, $11.94. Limited edition Cruise Locker Chronograph watches (in wooden boxes) come with 3 mix & match faces and bands (one is waterproof), $520 for women, $575 for men.

Second row: "Thursday Friday" zippered canvas bags are great for any age. They're decorated with photos of designer bags, Chanel, Balenciaga, etc. $35. The large weekened bag has a photo of a vintage trunk (top of photo), $95. How about The NY Times, 36 Hours-Weekends in Europe for the world traveler or the wannabe, $39.99. New Year's Eve in Gstaad? 10denza carries a large selection of tech accessories by HEX priced from $55 for an ipad case to $80 for the chic grey tweed roomy backpack, upper left.

10denza, 44 Maryland Plaza, Mon.-Sat. 10 to 8, Sun. 10 to 5, (314) 361-1010.
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The windows at AG (Adriano Goldschmied) are simply beautiful. Stop by to see AG's selection of wonderful holiday gifts, a few suggestions are pictured below.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink Shop News Web/Tech  Moris Fashions k. hall Ivy Hill froYo AG 10 denza

At AG you might check out the Miles Davis "Birth of Cool" cotton shirt, $48.50, or two-color cotton sweater, above, $176. Both have been popular choices this holiday season.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink Shop News Web/Tech  Moris Fashions k. hall Ivy Hill froYo AG 10 denza

What woman wouldn't love the leather motorcycle jacket above? It's as soft as butter and has great style, $575. The sleeveless top shown left has a hint of sparkle and a hint of wool to keep you warm, $76.

AG, 36 Maryland Plaza, Monday – Saturday 11 to 7, Sunday 12 to 5, Xmas Eve 9:30 to 5, (314) 361-6161.INicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink Shop News Web/Tech  Moris Fashions k. hall Ivy Hill froYo AG 10 denza

Moris Fashions, 26 Maryland Plaza, has a corner location with holiday windows on both sides, doubling their chance of winning a prize in the Window Walk Contest.

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Photos by Moris Fashions' Brian Smith

Moris carries the Ted Baker line including colorful bowties, $49.50,                                   

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and handsome knit gloves, $45.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      
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3-packs of athletic socks at Moris Fashions are priced from $24.00 to $29.99.

Moris Fashions, 26 Maryland Plaza, Mon.-Fri. 10:30 to 7, Sat. 10:30 to 7:30, Sun. Noon to 6 p.m., (314) 361-6800.


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Ivy Hill at 304 N. Euclid has some stunning gifts too…and a charming handpainted window!
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Shown above from left to right are Cleobella's hot pink cut-out-leather clutch, $154, a show-stopping Corey Lynn Calter black short-sleeve sweater of angora & nylon with palettes and rhinestones, $170, great hoop earrings with coral stones, $44, and a terrific lightweight Free People striped cotton & rayon sweater coat, $168.

Ivy Hill, 304 N. Euclid,  Mon. – Thurs. 10:30 to 6, Fri. & Sat. 10:30 to 7, Sun. 11 to 5, (314) 367-7004.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink Shop News Web/Tech  Moris Fashions k. hall Ivy Hill froYo AG 10 denza

Froyo's windows at 4663 Maryland Plaza are fittingly as sweet as can be, and to top it off the frozen yogurt is 50% off Sunday, the 23rd. Put that on your shopping list! Closed Christmas Eve.

Meet Johnny Little of E’Little Communications Group

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Johnny Little, above, joins a long list of creative entrepreneurs who have located their businesses in the CWE over the years.  E'Little Communications Group, a marketing and advertising firm that specializes in public relations, moved to The Pierce Arrow Building at 4814 Washington earlier this year. Johnny said that his business has grown with the move to the neighborhood. He frequented the CWE in the 80's, enjoying the diversity of the population and the historic architecture. Now that his business is located here he says the high profile of the neighborhood and its central location make it easy for his clients to find him. 

Johnny Little attended Mississippi's Rust College and earned an MBA from Webster University. One of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, Johnny attributes the significance of his achievements to his background in the local news industry. In 2002 he became a trailblazer as the first African-American news producer at Fox 2. He held the position for six years, and then moved to Channel 4 as executive producer. Johnny explained, "Yes, there are African-Americans on camera, but not in the corporate office." His friendships with the people he met at both stations, 90% of whom are still there, have come in handy when he needs coverage for a client. As Johnny said, "Media coverage is built on relationships." His specialty is diffusing negative media coverage, which he learned on the job at both stations.

Johnny was hired away from Channel 4 by the St. Louis Public Schools to become Director of Communications. His 3 1/2-year-tenure coincided with a tumultous time in the District's history. Five years ago he started his own p.r./marketing/advertising business, E'Little Communications Group.

Johnny always had an interest in politics and when the opportunity arose for him to work as District Assistant for Missouri State Senator Joe Keaveny of the 4th District, which includes the CWE, he jumped right in. Another E'Little client is the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization whose move to Grand Center's Kranzberg Arts Center Johnny promoted. Other clients include the Jennings School District, non-profits, health care centers, and new business owners.

Johnny runs a lean machine with one staff member and several interns, who are in and out of the office. They help clients with press releases, press conferences, op-ed pieces in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and St. Louis American. They also set up social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter to get out a business's message.

Johnny, who has two sons ages 11 and 14, ended our visit by saying, "My business allows me to pursue the American Dream knowing the sky's the limit." He added a note to the readers of this blog, "If you're looking for a way to grow your business or find out how to get the word out about you, please contact me."  

E'Little Communications Group, 4814 Washington, Suite 120, (314) 932-5333, cell: (314) 601-4252.