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A holiday gift guide for procrastinators Part II

Not surprisingly, Todd Lannom and Ginny Stewart, co-owners of Centro, 4727 McPherson Ave., have taken the minimalist approach to making gift shopping easy. There are simply three plywood tables at the front of the shop filled with beautifully designed, unusual gifts. Two tables hold items made in America, the third, selections from Italy.

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Almost everything on the American table, above, was designed by artisans located in Brooklyn. Front: AreaWear by Bower designs clever geometric trivets that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The larger herringbone shapes, front, are $35 each. The smaller tiles far left (made of wood) and right, can be mixed and matched and used as individual coasters too, $18.

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Top left: American designer David Weeks’ beechwood gorilla, $100, and bear, $90, have movable parts. The Balancing Block dog at the top of the photo is a Snake Block®, a classic toy composed of 24 wooden triangles with an elastic band throughout, $48.  Top right: Balancing Blocks wooden shapes from Fort Standard are also $48.

Bottom photos: The latest in art lamps: “Filo” from Foscarini with glass ornaments comes in 8 different color palates, $550. Right: Decorative American-made outlets with 3 different cord lengths are handsome enough to leave in full view. Some have USB ports as well, $59 to $179.

Check Centro’s website for more information.

Don’t pout if you still need holiday cards, gift bags, or gift wrap. You’ll find them at Cassie’s, 316 N. Euclid.

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From top: Boxes of Papyrus holiday cards are $14.95 to $24.95, Right: a large selection of holiday gift wrapping paper ranges from $8.95 to $9.95: Bottom: Gift bags are $4.50 and up. Cassies also has a perfume bar where you can create your own scents, see bottles above.

Head to Cassie’s website for hours and more information.

The Candle Fusion Studio, 4742 McPherson Ave., below,

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Top left: At The Candle Fusion you can purchase ready-made holiday candles in scents such as Cozy Fireside, $22, Holiday Ale, Balsam Fir, Cranberry, Gingerbread, and Candy Cane, $18 each. Top right: Or you can blend your own scents to create your own candle.

Bottom: You can choose from a variety of glass jars and scented oils to create the perfect gift.

The shop does a brisk business hosting candle-making parties. For more information, visit The Candle Fusion website.

At Enchanting Embellishments, 4732 McPherson Ave.

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Left: A show-stopping faux-fur vest from Furious Fur in shades of beige to brown is $129.95; colorfully patterned socks from Sock Smith for men & women range from $9.95 to $19.95.

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At Enchanting Embellishments, you’ll find zany Betsy Johnson Holiday Purses, $89.95.

Visit the website for more information.

At Shelton Davis, 4724 McPherson Ave.,

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you’ll find a selection of English tea caddies as old as King George I or George II, spanning the 18th to 19th century, $800 to $1200. Nicki's Central West End Guide Shop News  World Chess Hall of Fame Wolfgang's Pet Stop Shelton Davis Mike's Bikes Enchanting Embellishments Centro Cassie's Scents Candle Fusion Studio

Clockwise from top: Antique Venetian Glass bedside water carafe with glass lid, $145; a pair of French Art Deco jeweled perfume bottles, $375; English cut glass round perfume bottle with sterling silver top, $150; cut crystal perfume bottles with sterling silver tops, $275.

Visit Shelton Davis website for more information.

World Chess Hall of Fame carries a wide variety of gift items, and this Saturday everything is 20% off:

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Left: Jaunty bow ties by Cyberoptix, $50. Right: Chess sets include top left: a 14″ folding magnetic set with travel pouch $119, WCHOF member price: $95.20, top right, 7 1/2″ square magnetic chess set, $59, member price, $47.20, and front, 10 x 5″ magnetic chess set, $79, member price $63.20.

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Left: Ball point pens disguised as quill pens with stand, $12. Right: There is a large selection of children’s toys at WCHOF including top left: Ogobolli Rattles, $11 each; 6-piece Pound & Tap Bench for age 12 months, $33; and a magnetic puzzle for age 24 months, $28.

Check out World Chess Hall of Fame’s website for more information.

At Mike’s Bikes, 324 N. Euclid,

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Top: Striders for ages 2 to 5 years are $120, and bottom photo: Pop some batteries into Kazam “blinkies,” $100, and the trail will blaze as they push ahead.

Visit Mikes Bikes website for more information.

Wolfgang’s Pet Stop, 330 N. Euclid,

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An assortment of freshly-baked holiday-themed dog cookies will be a welcomed treat for your four-legged friend this Christmas. Mix & match organic peanut butter, honey, and oatmeal, or choose one with liver, 4 for $5.

Wolfgang’s is also offering a small group (4-5 dogs) 1-hour dog training class on Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. starting January 19, $150 (five sessions). For more information click here.

Don’t miss the last of this year’s Window Walk festivities taking place this Saturday, December 22.

Shop local and have a wonderful Holiday everyone!

Shopping Local: A Valentine’s Gift Guide

After a bitterly-cold & grey January and equally bleak start to February, Valentine’s Day presents an opportunity to slough off the weather and warm your heart—and those of the ones you love—with a card or gift from a neighborhood business. Does anyone tire of hearing I love you?

ARTful Valentine gifts from CWE-based Kristen Kempton, FINK (fashion+art):

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From left:  Valentine paper, “perfectly imperfect,” hand-printed on recycled paper, $15. Hand-printed, hand-made, one-of-a-kind Valentine tees, $150 to $165. Pick-up is free, use coupon code STL at checkout, shipping available too.

Kristen Kempton, FINK (fashion+art). Visit website for info, or pillboxproductions@gmail.com.

Crafty finds at Bowood Farms:

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From left: Meri Meri pink garland on wooden spool, 15′ for $22; 12 fancy party sticks, $12; star garland, $12; Milagros hearts (in clear cup), $4, all Valentine cards, $5. Lower right: 12 heart-shaped cake toppers or swizzle sticks; “I Like You” stickers, 10 sheets for $8; xoxo stickers, 6 sheets for $6.  Middle: “Be Mine” heart-shaped purse, $14. In cabinet from left: Package of 3 party favors, includes tattoos & confetti, with room to add your own treats, $14; “lips” garland, $14. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed The Vino Gallery lululemon Left Bank Books Kristen Kempton jeni's iheartfink Handcrafted by Bissinger's di Olivas Central West End Cassie's Candle Fusion Studio Bowood Farms

Stop by Bowood Farms Flower Bar on February 14, where you can create your own hand-tied Valentine’s bouquet, $30. Click here for details.

Bowood Farms, 4501 Olive Street, (314) 454-6868.

 Share libations from The Vino Gallery:

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From left: For Valentine’s Day, proprietor Alex Head chose a great, juicy Mariella Román, a red blend of Zinfandel, Petit Sirah & Barbera, $23; a dry, “little bit sweet” 2016 Robert Weil Weingut Reisling, $24; and from the Champagne region, Cuvee des 2 Soeurs, a well-made grower champagne, $45.

The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson Ave., (314) 932-5665.

De-LOVEly deliciousness from Jeni’s, below.

jeni’s, 389 N. Euclid.

More deliciousness from Handcrafted by Bissinger’s:

From left: 28-piece Valentine’s Classic Collection, $46; Right: 2-tiered Bissinger’s Ballet Ballotin, 47 pieces for $68.

Handcrafted by Bissinger’s, 32 Maryland Plaza, (314) 367-7750.

From di Olivas: Valentine’s dinner for two (or more)

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di Olivas proprietor Robert Pallenja has been singing the praises of a new Busiate pasta from Italy, $8.99, each time I have stopped in his shop. He featured the pasta in a bacon, mushroom and cream dish he demonstrated recently at cooking class in the shop’s kitchen. Another dish on the menu that evening was linguini with shrimp. lemon zest, and basil. You can substitute the Garlic & Basil Pasta, $7.99 above for linguini, and you might check out the Orecchiette $8.99, while you’re there.

Both recipes can be found here.

di Olivas, 115 B N. Euclid, (314) 367-OILS

Pet LOVERS selections from Treats Unleashed. Woof, woof!

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Treats Unleashed, 22 N. Euclid, (314) 889-0966

For young book LOVERS:

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Join Storytime’s Cliff at Left Bank Books tomorrow morning at 10:30 for a special Valentine’s Celebrity event with St. Louisan Amy Sklansky, author of Sweet Hearts, $8.99. There will be cookies and crafts too.

Among the other Valentine’s selections are Valensteins by Ethan Long, $16.99, Love from Peter Rabbit, $8.99, Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood, $16.99, and What the World Needs Now is Love by Burt Bacharach & Hal David, illustrated by Mary Kate McDevitt, $9.99. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed The Vino Gallery lululemon Left Bank Books Kristen Kempton jeni's iheartfink Handcrafted by Bissinger's di Olivas Central West End Cassie's Candle Fusion Studio Bowood Farms

For young adults, the staff at LBB hearts:  Romona Blue by Julie Murphy, $17.99, “a love triangle unlike any you’ve ever read…the movie Chasing Amy but so much better”; Tash hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee, $18.99, “absolutely delightful, funny, smart and made my heart fuller”; This is Not a Love Letter by Kim Purcell, $17.99, “engrossing tense tale about love, loss & survival”; Meet Cute, $17.99, “ridiculously cute short stories by all of your favorite authors.”

Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, (314) 367-6731.

LOVE hydrating beauty products from Cassie’s:

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Crabtree & Evelyn Rose Water & Pink Peppercorn hydrating body wash, $22, soap, $10, and hand therapy, $24.

Cassie’s, 316 N. Euclid, (314) 454-1010.

“Let us define Valentines,” lululemon’s Valentine’s campaign:

 

The lightweight “define” jacket comes in teal shadow, left, redwood, right, and black (not shown), $128.  Matching “wunder under” 7/8 tights “fit like a second skin,” $98.

lululemon, 26 Maryland Plaza, (314) 454-6857.

Celebrate Valentine’s at Candle Fusion Studio, 4742 McPherson Ave., tomorrow and again Wednesday, February 14 from 6 to 9. Couples are invited for an evening of hands-on creativity and adventure, $55 for two. Click here for more info. Reservations are recommended, (314) 250-2272.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.

Welcome Horsley Gallery to the CWE art scene

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Artist Linda Horsley

Plan to head out early this Friday evening, April 7, as there’s lots going on in the neighborhood and you won’t want to miss the action.  All the galleries in the Euclid-McPherson arts district are hosting openings. The list includes CWEnder Nancy Rice’s intricate paintings which will be featured at Duane Reed Gallery, Philip Slein exhibits artists Valerie Jauden and Chuck Webster, projects+gallery is launching Transparency Shade: Seeing Thru The Shadow, and Houska Gallery has someone on the books (the “who” has not yet been announced).

Look for a long line at Left Bank Books Friday where Chelsea Clinton will be signing copies of her book, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired, Get Going, about how anyone can make a difference. The ticketed event starts at 5:30 ($11 admits family of 4 & includes paperback copy, $21 for hard cover).  In addition, The Candle Fusion Studio, 4742 McPherson Ave., is hosting the Central West End Association’s 1st Friday Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m.

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April 7 also brings the opening of a brand-new gallery, Horsley Arts, located at 4374 Olive (between Taylor & Newstead Aves.), above, to the neighborhood art scene. Stop by between 5 and 8 p.m. to meet proprietor/exhibiting artist Linda Horsley, shown in photograph at top, whose beautiful paintings of arresting, dream-like subjects will be on view along with Bill Christman’s fabulous robot sculptures and art signage.

Horsley lived in Seattle for 12 years where she taught at the Art Institute of Seattle and Cornish College. Before moving to the northwest she worked at the City Museum and taught art in various locations around St. Louis. She returned to St. Louis last August and was thrilled to find a location to open her own gallery in the CWE.

When asked why she decided to move back to St. Louis, she explained:

“There wasn’t the connection of a community in Seattle.  Oh yes, it has a beautiful environment, but it is becoming over-populated. St. Louis has both passionate people and artists, and the physical landscape and buildings are part of the everyday charm that I absolutely love.”

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Horsley’s corner painting, above, “There aren’t many artists who create art for this application,” she said.

I attended an informal gathering at Horsley Arts several weeks ago where an established CWE artist said that she admires Horsley’s way with color. Though she works in oils, her soft colors look like watercolors.

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Horsley has quite an impressive list of accomplishments including 6 public art works commissioned by the Downtown Seattle Association and Pike Place Market Foundation. She also created “Wild Rose Run,” a sculpture that is part of Bi-State’s Arts in Transit, St. Louis.

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Also exhibiting at Horsley Arts is St. Louis artist Bill Christman, who is both a fine artist specializing in sculpture, and a commercial artist specializing in design and sign making (he created the sign that hangs over Left Bank Books, for instance). Christman has his own gallery, Joe’s Cafe Gallery or “ars populi” in Skinker/DeBaliviere, which I wrote about several years ago (read it here).

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