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A really last-minute holiday gift guide

On the chance that you too are in denial about how few days remain until Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, here are some  suggestions I found in the CWE that might make last-minute shopping a little easier.

Provisions St. Louis

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Since Debra and Ross Hunter moved to the CWE from northern California a little over a year ago, they have become fixtures in the neighborhood. Their shop, Provisions St. Louis at 228 N. Euclid, is a delightful place to visit, and the conversation is always lively.

Top photo: In the shop’s window you’ll find a beautiful display of bitter orange Agraria natural oil diffusers made in  S.F., which are topped with a signature sola wood flower, $140. The brand’s potpourri is $60, and burning sticks are $40 for 30 pieces.

Bottom row top: Patch NYC mix & match puzzle set, $20, a paperback book of 25 mazes, $10, Frank Loyd Wright Dominoes are $27.

Partially visible in the bottom row are two 1000 piece puzzles: automobiles or a U.S. map of cocktails, $16.99.

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The family behind the Dick Taylor Chocolate Company, which dates back to the early 1900’s, started in the boat building business in Eureka CA. The charming labels were originally printed on letterpress equipment in the creators’ garage.  Fleur de sel, 58% dark milk, black fig, and brown butter 2-ounce chocolate bars are $9 each. Eight-ounce bags of Peppermint or Belize Toledo Drinking Chocolate are $18.

Provisions St. Louis, 228 N. Euclid, Mon.-Sat. 11 to 7ish, Sun. 12 to 5.

Q Boutique at World Chess Hall of Fame

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Upper left: Wooden puzzles in dinosaur, angelfish, or owl shapes, $10, come with stand or can be hung as shown. Bottom left: Fabric Chess-2-Go sets roll up and come with a pouch for easy carrying, $12. Right: An easy-to-assemble cardboard spaceship is approximately 4 1/2′ tall, $50.

Q Boutique at WCHOF, 4652 Maryland Ave., Sat., Mon., Tues., 10 to 5, Weds., Thurs., 10 to 9, Sun. 12 to 5.

The Candle Fusion Studio

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From left, Grandma’s Kitchen Candle and Nightcap Spray, $20; 4 Candle Fusion Happy Holiday soy candles, $25, in Xmas tree, candy cane, mistletoe and gingerbread scent; Handmade Green Tea & Jasmine soap, $9; Cozy Fireside Candle in balsam fir, cranberry & gingerbread scent, $22; Let’s Stay In candle, a warm blend for holiday season, $22.

The Candle Fusion Studio, 4742 McPherson Ave., This Saturday 11 to 6. Then closed until after Christmas.

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CWE-end based clothing designer Amy Johnson is hosting a pop-up boutique along with Daphne Benzaquen, a handbag designer, at 314 N. Euclid. You better hurry in however, as the pop-up closes at the end of the day Sunday (open 12 to 5).

Top left: Among the selections from Amy Johnson’s KlariTy’s are brightly patterned kimonos, $129. Top right: Black & white turtleneck sweaters with faux fur cuffs, $49. Bottom left: A green & white on black flowered light-weight coat with 3-quarter sleeves comes in other fabrics including a black textured knit, $239. A cowl neck shimmer dress is $189.

Bottom right: Daphe. bags are made by artisans in Peru, where Daphne was born. Those on display include from top left the Peruvian leather Brenda tote, $298, leather backpacks, $295 (Daphne got into the business when couldn’t find a backpack she liked), toy llama, $55, oversized envelope bag, $158, and a cozy alpaca pouch, $140.

KlariTy Lifestyle and Daphe. Pop-up Boutique, 314 N. Euclid, Sat. 11 to 5, Sun. 12 to 5.

The Silver Lady

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Lori Shifter, proprietor of The Silver Lady, carries an eclectic assortment of statement rings featuring gemstones set in sterling silver. They range in price from $89 to $196. Below, a shimmery sterling silver mesh bracelet is $585, and sterling earrings, $78, have a matching pendant, $89.

The Silver Lady, 4736 McPherson Ave., Mon. – Fri. 11 to 5, Sat. 11 to 6, Sun. 11 to 4. Will close at 3 on Xmas Eve.

Centro Modern Furnishings

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Top left: It’s the 50th anniversary of the creation of Gaetano Pesce’s political-statement chair and ottoman which depicts a woman chained to the house, $5963. Below left, 13″ tall resin vase by Gaetano Pesce, $1,072. Upper right, Pesce’s Fish Design resin bracelets, $160, and below right resin rings, $70.

Centro Modern Furnishings, 4727 McPherson Ave., Mon. – Sat. 10 to 6. Closed Sun. Xmas Eve, 10 to 4.

Enchanting Embellishments

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At Enchanting Embellishments, above left, you’ll find a white Cartese embroidered sweater jacket, $244; right, FURious Faux Fur, $324, and below, an assortment of cozy Alpaca wraps, $84.95.

Enchanting Embellishments, 4742 McPherson Ave., Tues. – Sun., 10 to 5.

East · West

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East · West carries a navy & white Carhart Work in Progress flannel shirt, $148, and a selection of sunglasses from Crap Eyewear, Venice, CA, $79. Gloves from Norse Projects have a deerskin palm and fleece back with micro-fleece lining, $140. Everyday Oil, $48, is a unisex oil that’s suitable for face, body and hair. Here’s how it’s described in the NY Times Gift Guide: “Its subtle, enigmatic scent is mostly herbaceous and spicy, and a little bit hippy.” Sounds perfect.

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Also at East · West, CWE-based artist Alyssa Knowling’s framed prints, $75, and an assortment of locally-made YellowTree Clay vases, $30.

East · West,  387 N. Euclid, Tues. – Sat. 11 to 7, Sun. 12 to 5. Closed Mondays.

I’ll post the Holiday 2019 Gift Guide ·Part II tomorrow.

Part I: Snapshots from Friday night’s gallery openings

It appeared that many art lovers had had their fill of cabin fever, for they were out in droves and in high spirits for last Friday night’s gallery openings in the Central West End.

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At Atrium Gallery Proprietor Carolyn Miles is photographed with gallery assistants, Carol Stern, left and Lisa Simini, right. Doug Salveson’s oil on canvas Garden Wall 180: Bonaire is shown above.

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Artist Fred Nelson, above, with Serenity, pastel on rag paper.

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Also on view at Atrium Gallery, Michael Marshall’s Varigation #27 & #28, monoprints on Rives.

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At Philip Slein Gallery, Philip Slein, right, is photographed with artist Edo Rosenblith (see post here), in front of a painting by Jamie Adams.

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Centro Modern Furnishings Todd Lannom and Brian Clore are shown in front of another of Adams’ paintings. The artist was at the opening but was surrounded by fans so I was not able to get his photograph.

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At Duane Reed Gallery, Tom Huck’s Electric Baloneyland from his New Work series. “Known for his large scale woodcut prints, Puck tackles modern American society with a caustic and satirical approach on values and culture.”

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Huck’s The Transformation of Brandy Baghead, above.

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Live art at Duane Reed Gallery, above.

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Charlie Houska, proprietor of Houska Gallery, above, also had a packed house on Friday evening.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Zack Smithey Tom Huck Philip Slein Gallery Michael Marshall Jamie Adams Jack Smithey Houska Gallery Fred Nelson Edo Rosenblith Duane Reed Gallery Centro Modern Furnishings Central West End Carolyn Miles Atrium Gallery

Shown above is artist Zack Smithey with his Blue Vibrations A, B, C, & D, enamel paint on 32″ square wood panels.

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Smithey’s Lincoln Vibrations, 48″ x 48″ enamel paint on wood panel.

Part II: Snapshots from Amongst Friends at projects+gallery.

It’s what’s inside that counts/Holiday Shopping Guide Part I

My plan was to get my annual holiday gift guide published a couple of weeks before Christmas. What happened to December? Instead, here is Part I of last minute suggestions for everyone on your gift list.

Shopping local has become the mantra of all seasons, even more so for this, the merriest of all. So, please heed the call and support our neighborhood retailers. Ours is a symbiotic relationship. we need them while they need us—even more.

This year I’m combining photos of holiday shop windows spruced up for the annual Window Walk, along with some gifts you’ll find inside. And I hope you will ignore the glare from the shop windows below, for no matter what time of day I snap them, it’s always there.

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The Vino Gallery:  Windows designed by Enchanting Embellishments’ Michael Shreves.

When I stopped in The Vino Gallery this week, I was met with shipping boxes galore stacked near the entry awaiting the arrival of FedEx.  While continuing to check off his fulfillment list for online wine sales (the gift business has mushroomed this year), proprietor Alex Head pulled some celebratory suggestions from the shelves.

From left: Central Coast (CA) Fableist Pinot Noir, described as having a nice, rich fruit-forward flavor, $23. Moët & Chandon Champagne, $45, comes with a zippered insulated jacket to prolong the chill. Include a holiday wine stopper, $10, to prolong the gratitude.

The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson Ave, (314) 932-5665. Mon. 4 to 6-ish, Tues.-Thurs. 1 to 9, Fri.-Sat. 1 to 10, Closed Sun.

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The Candle Fusion Studio: Windows designed by Yours by Design.

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At The Candle Fusion Studio, which just celebrated its 1st anniversary, you’ll find a “relax and unwind” gift basket that includes 8-ounce bottles of lavender cinnamon goats milk & honey body lotion and liquid hand soap, a jar of natural brown sugar scrub, lilac & lavender spa salts, and a 4-pack of soy-wax candles in olive blossom, bergamot, verbena & clothesline (yep!), $70. Each candle burns for 15 hours.

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Top photo: Holiday Cheer candles packed in 8-ounce mason jars are scented in a seasonal blend of cranberry, balsam, fir and brown sugar, $16.

Bottom photo: Candle Fusion just introduced 8-ounce bottles of goats milk & honey hand soap, and lavender cinnamon or mango mint lotion, as shown in gift basket above. Can be purchased separately, $15.

The Candle Fusion Studio, 4742 McPherson Ave., Tues.-Thurs. 11 to 7, Fri. & Sat. 11 to 8, Closed Xmas Eve.

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Centro Modern Furnishings

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From top left: Field Design’s Outline Half-Round Drawing Tool, $50, Fort Standard Standing Bowl, $84, Field Design’s Magnifier, $140, Fort Standard’s Crest Bottle Opener, $48, Fort Standard’s Fire Kit, $98. Areaware Table Tiles Coaster Set, $18, and EXTO+2 Power Cord by Conway Electric to replace the unsightly power strip, $55.

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

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Top photo: Carhartt’s “Work in Progress” line of brushed cotton shirts, $108.

Bottom photo: from left, Designed by LA-based husband & wife team, Rogue Territory’s specialty denim jacket is $325. A waxed canvas Field Jacket is $330, and Lineal’s Supply Jacket is $365.

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CWE-based Sarah Doriani’s holiday cards, $5 each.

East+West, 387 N. Euclid, Mon. to Sat. 11 to 7, Sun. 12 to 5, Open Xmas Eve: 10 t0 4.

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From left, dramatic silver earrings, $129, stunning satin cuff, $338, and satin “x” ring, $160.

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From top left: Artisan Somers’ sculptural jewelry includes Mobier teardrops, $300, Sarah bracelet, $685, and a Merilee necklace, $425.

The Silver Lady, 4736 McPherson Ave., (314) 367-7587, Weds. – Fri. 12 to 6, Sat. 11 to 6, Sun. 11 to 4.

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di Olivas, an oil and vinegar emporium located at 115B N. Euclid across from Whole Foods, stocks plenty of gift ideas for food lovers, i.e., almost everyone.

While on one of his frequent trips to Tuscany, proprietor Robert Palleja discovered artist Peter Nika’s hand-made wooden cutting boards and fish-shaped pasta measuring tool (1 to 4 servings), $19.99 each. Top, Cascina Marchesa Pesto Alla Genovese, $8.99, Boat Street French Plum Pickles (I taste-tested these and they’re a winner). Serve with brie, chicken sandwiches, paté, etc., $9.99. Morelli organic red chilli pasta, $7.99.

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The proprietor sings the praises of his recent import, Cortono Olio Nuovo, with its fresh cut grass taste and peppery finish, 200 ml $19.95 to $47.95 for 750 ml bottle.

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And for an extravagant gift, di Olivas carries Reserva Tartufo truffle balsamic, $75.

di Olivas, 115B N. Euclid, Mon.- Thurs. 11 to 8, Fri. & Sat. 11 to 9, Sun. 11 to 6.

Part II to follow.