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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!

Snapshots from early April’s gallery openings

If you happened to miss the gallery openings last Friday in the CWE, the exhibitions, featuring a wide variety of art created by both local and internationally-known artists, will remain on view a while longer. I’ve listed closing dates below.

Internationally-known artist Judy Pfaff’s New Prints will be at Atrium Gallery, 4814 Washington Avenue, until June 2.

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New Prints was inspired by the Pfaff’s travels through India. Top photo: Spin, 16 x 72″ photogravureBottom photo: two foxes…, 46 3/4 x 68″ woodcut, archival inkjet, colored silver leaf, hand-painted dye. The frames are hand-painted too.

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Top photo, left, Judy Pfaff, and far right Atrium Gallery proprietor Carolyn Miles.

Bottom photo: A view of the crowd enjoying the exhibition.

Pfaff earned a BFA from Washington University and MFA from Yale University. Her work is in the permanent collection of museums including the Museum of Modern Art, and Soonhwa Arts and Culture Foundation, Seoul, South Korea.

At Trinity Church’s Parish Gallery, 600 N. Euclid, What We Remember, What We forget, a group fiber exhibition can be viewed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 to 5, Fridays, 9 to noon through May 17. Enter the gallery from the parking lot just north of the church.

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Exhibiting artists include: Lyn Magee (middle photo), Gina Alvarez, Kelly Larson, Suzy Farren, Carlene Fullerton, Eden Harris (a Trinity Church parishioner),  and Nadine Porter. Gina Alvarez is the Executive Director of Living Arts Studio in Maplewood, Kelly Larson is Creative Director of Living Arts.

The artists’ statement: “For more than three years, we’ve met as a group twice a month to talk about art and life. Loosely formed as a way to critique one another’s art, expand our knowledge of contemporary art, and broaden our art vocabulary, Monday Dialogs has deepened our collective understanding of why we—and others—create. Fueled by wine, our Monday dialogs are often animated, frequently funny, always interesting. Our discussions inform the artwork each of us creates. Though our styles, processes and materials vary, memory is a key component for each of us in the creative process.”

STL Paints at The Vino Gallery, below, 4701 McPherson Ave. will remain on view until May 31. Stop by during shop hours and enjoy a glass of wine while you view art by Hex Triplet, 18andCounting, Bryan Walsh, Bryan Pease, Adam Sherman, Justin Dirks, Jeffrey Sass, Killer Napkins, Justin Tolentino, Phil Jarvis, Chabi Bayou and Myles Keough.

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From left: Sim City by Miles Keough; top right: Justin Tolentino’s Lantern, artist Phil Jarvis’ Magnolia, Stacy, Violet & Eve.

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Also at The Vino Gallery, far left, I love Comics by Adam Sherman, and right, creator by Justin Dirks.

At Duane Reed Gallery, 4729 McPherson Avenue, works by Miles Bar, Jeffrey Vaughn, Ahzad Bogosian and Irina Zaytceva will remain on view through May 12.

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Above: Some of the many art lovers who visited Duane Reed Gallery last Friday evening.

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St. Louisan Ahzad Bogosian, above, earned both his MFA and BFA from Fontbonne University. The artist “channels the Midwest and Western landscapes for his mood-rich paintings.”

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Examples of Irina Zaytceva’s porcelains are shown above. The artist was born in Russia and has a studio near Princeton, N. J.

Houska Gallery, 4728 McPherson Ave., is featuring From La Fragua to Vermont: Works on Paper by St. Louisan Peter Manion.

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Proprietor Charles Houska emailed that the opening was packed and that Manion’s work just about sold out. Email Charlie Houska at charles@houska.com for gallery hours.

Centro, 4727 McPherson Ave., was the site of a gathering for members of Modern STL. The photograph below was taken just after most of the guests had left.

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ModernSTL was founded in 2010 to promote the identification, education, preservation, and celebration of Modernism in the St. Louis region. The event featured the 1st St. Louis screening of Le Corbusier 50: Stories of Encounters that have Revolutionized Design.

Bottom left: Centro is now carrying Blu Dot furniture from Minneapolis. Right, Centro’s co-owner Ginny Stewart.

There are two additional art openings occurring in April.  On Thursday, April 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. Philip Slein Gallery, 4735 McPherson Ave., is hosting Improvisations and Premeditations, while next door at 4733 McPherson, you can experience Seeing Other People at projects + gallery.

We are fortunate that there always seems to be something interesting to explore in the CWE.

This weekend: Amy Johnson at The Vino Gallery, Centro launches BluDot, & an Easter Egg Hunt at Kennedy Park

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There are several events happening in the neighborhood this weekend that might help you jump into a springtime frame of mind, in spite of the gloomy weather.

Amy Johnson, a former engineer who decided that designing clothing would be much more fun, is celebrating her 10th year in business as KayOss Designs. You’ll find her today and tomorrow from 1 to 7 p.m. at The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson Ave. After popping up in many CWE locations over the years she now has a permanent showroom at 4530 McPherson Ave., which will be open by appointment after tomorrow. Visit KayOssDesigns for more info.

Amy’s wearing what she says is her new favorite design, a black overlay, $149, which is “something you can throw on over anything all year long.” She’s holding KayOss knit pants, $149, made of viscose, a breathable natural fiber that’s comfortable during the summer months.

A painting by artist Elliot Head, the talented brother of Vino Gallery’s proprietor Alex Head hangs on the wall above.

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A lovely hi-low “Joey” dress in viscose, $219, is named for a customer who kept asking for a wrap dress.

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Hearts and love are a theme this season at KayOss—the “love” dress is $139. Love tees with reverse message ,$22.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink For Children Shop News  Todd Lannom The Vino Gallery Kay Oss Elliot Head CWE Families and Friends Centro Central West End Blu Dot Amy Johnson Alex Head

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Other choices include a vibrantly striped viscose dress, $169, and right, a sleeveless lined blue floral dress, $139. Other pant selections are shown on the rack above. All KayOss fabrics are sourced from Italy and France.

Amy Johnson’s KayOssDesigns at The Vino Gallery, 4501 McPherson Ave., today until 7 p.m., Saturday 1 to 7 p.m. Thereafter by appointment.

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After receiving a press release (below) from Centro, I stopped in yesterday afternoon to check out the shop’s new furniture line, Blu Dot from Minneapolis. At the time Todd Lannom and the rest of the staff were putting finishing touches on the display. In lieu then of an actual photograph of the furniture, please view the photograph from the press release and then visit the shop at 4727 McPherson Ave. tomorrow between 10 and 6 to see Blu Dot for yourself.

Lannom hopes that the new more affordable line of furniture (sofas start at $2,000) will attract young apartment dwellers who have moved to the neighborhood following the construction of Citizen Park, The Milton, The Euclid, The Orion and Lofts at Euclid.

Here is the press release with all the details:

Join Centro Saturday, March 24, from 10 to 6 for the St. Louis debut of Blu Dot, an American brand of affordable modern furniture. Blu Dot was founded in 1998 by designers John Christakos, Maurice Blanks and Charlie Lazor, who built their business to support their design habit and to have control of the entire process, from product development all the way through to the customer experience. Everything that Blue Dot makes and sells was designed in their Minneapolis studio.

Enjoy a blue refreshment—blueberry-flavored Champagne and macarons from La Patisserie Chouquette—while you shop over 80 products in an area of Centro’s showroom that is dedicated to the Blu Dot brand. Enter to win a NEAT Lounge Chair in Thurmond Marine Blue fabric (view chair on website).

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And finally on Sunday afternoon, join CWE Families and Friends for the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Kennedy Park, one block east of Euclid on Washington. Everyone’s invited.

Have a wonderful weekend.