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Selkirk on the move & a Sidewalk Sale

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Selkirk is in the process of moving their auction gallery from 4739 McPherson Avenue in the Central West End, above, to a larger location at 555 Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Shop News  Selkirk Q Boutique at The World Chess Hall of Fame Paul Mitchell The School lululemon Kristen Kempton iheartfink Golden Grocer CWEScene CWE Sidewalk Sale Cassie's AG Jeans

Last Friday evening an enthusiastic crowd gathered at the new location for a champagne reception to celebrate the move and to preview Selkirk’s summer auction featuring the MacMurray College Collection, which was to be sold at auction the following day.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Shop News  Selkirk Q Boutique at The World Chess Hall of Fame Paul Mitchell The School lululemon Kristen Kempton iheartfink Golden Grocer CWEScene CWE Sidewalk Sale Cassie's AG Jeans

I spoke to a fellow CWEnder who said he felt the move was good for Selkirk and for downtown St. Louis. I agree that the stunning space seems a perfect fit for an auction house.

Selkirk is located at 555 Washington Avenue, between the M.A.C. and the Blues Museum.

CWE Scene sponsored its 3rd Annual Sidewalk Sale last Saturday from 10 to 2 p.m. Participants in this year’s event included:

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CWE-based artist Kristen Kempton who was invited by Alex Head, proprietor of The Vino Gallery. to bring her hand-printed, handmade iheartfink collection to the patio of the wine shop at 4701 McPherson.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Shop News  Selkirk Q Boutique at The World Chess Hall of Fame Paul Mitchell The School lululemon Kristen Kempton iheartfink Golden Grocer CWEScene CWE Sidewalk Sale Cassie's AG Jeans

AG Jeans, 36 Maryland Plaza, offered a great selection of summer clothing for men and women.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Shop News  Selkirk Q Boutique at The World Chess Hall of Fame Paul Mitchell The School lululemon Kristen Kempton iheartfink Golden Grocer CWEScene CWE Sidewalk Sale Cassie's AG Jeans

Students from Paul Mitchell the school, 30 Maryland Plaza, offered an array of beauty products.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Shop News  Selkirk Q Boutique at The World Chess Hall of Fame Paul Mitchell The School lululemon Kristen Kempton iheartfink Golden Grocer CWEScene CWE Sidewalk Sale Cassie's AG Jeans

lululemon displayed an assortment of its popular styles of athleisurewear at 26 Maryland Plaza.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Shop News  Selkirk Q Boutique at The World Chess Hall of Fame Paul Mitchell The School lululemon Kristen Kempton iheartfink Golden Grocer CWEScene CWE Sidewalk Sale Cassie's AG Jeans

When I stopped by Q Boutique at World Chess Hall of Fame, 4652 Maryland Avenue, Matt Holtsclaw, above, and Luke Byrnes (in white shirt left), were still in the process of organizing the shop’s merchandise for the sale. Their first customer (right) wasn’t waiting for them to finish setting up.

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Cassie’s Scents at 316 N. Euclid had a variety of candles, scents, and lotions for sale.

I overheard the man in the photo above say he had just opened a martial arts studio at Taylor and Olive. After posting this photo on Instagram, I learned the studio is called Premier Martial Arts CWE.

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And finally, Carrie Collins-Whitfield, who’s line “Eliyah J” features natural soaps, butters, perfumes, and crystals was set up in front of Golden Grocer. Her products are also stocked at the natural food store. For more info, contact Carrie at (314) 728-7376.

Other participating businesses can be found on the CWE Scene website.

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.

Holiday Gift Picks IV: Fauxgerty, Kit and Ace, Atrium Gallery, Duane Reed Gallery, The Silver Lady, Lululemon, Enchanting Embellishments

At Fauxgerty:

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Fauxgerty’s mission is to use “cruelty-free threads with an emphasis on recycled elements and local, ethical production in St. Louis, LA and NY. ” Shown here from top: The Marinelle faux fur coat with elbow-length sleeves and faux leather trim, $395; vegan leather bucket bag in petal, $100; cotton & linen tunic in black, white or gold, $75; Matt & Nat vegan leather shoulder bag, above and shown below, $150; cotton Herbivore crop top, $45; Neat O graphic hanky, $12.50.

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Neat O graphic hanky, $12.50; gold earrings, $148; Herbivore facial oil roller in Orchid, Lapis or Phoenix, $24.

Fauxgerty, 228 N. Euclid, Tues.-Sat. 12 to 7, Sun. 12 to 5.

At Kit and Ace:

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From left: Luxurious Ash Turtleneck, $398; West Beach candle, $58; Cashmere Burbank Shawl in Heather Stone, $248; Cashmere black & white plaid mittens, $78; and 66 Boneyard double six dominos in wood case, $48.

Kit and Ace, 304 N. Euclid, Sun., Tues., Weds., 11 to 5, Thurs. 11 to 6, Fri. 11 to 7, Sat. 10 to 7. Closed Mon., email: centralwestend@kitandace.com

At Atrium Gallery:

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Karen Kunc’s Oscillation Shift woodcut, 17″ x 56 1/4,” $3200.

Atrium Gallery, 4814 Washington Avenue, (314) 367-1076.

At Duane Reed Gallery:

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Perry Haas’ Moon Jar 4, wood fired porcelain with iron particles, 9.25″ x 8.5″ x 8.5,” $625.

Duane Reed Gallery, 4729 McPherson Avenue, (314) 361-4100.

At The Silver Lady:

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From top: At The Silver Lady you’ll find a charming sterling silver bow bracelet $112; a striking sterling necklace (which didn’t photograph well, so stop in to see it), $268. Make a statement wearing sterling silver rings priced from left: $188, $144, $138, $158, & $148. Middle: Sterling silver & Oxy Disc with gold earrings, $88, sterling silver chain $28, sterling silver & Oxy Disc with gold pendant, $80.

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Sterling silver cut-out cuff, $239; Blue Chalcedony with sterling silver earrings, $85.

The Silver Lady, 4736 McPherson Avenue, (314) 367-7587, Hours this week: Mon.-Fri. 12 to 6 (typically closed Mon. & Tues.), Sat. 10 t0 6, Sun. 11 to 4.

At lululemon athletica:

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From top: Go Getter Bag for gym or weekend travel, $148. Bag comes with many pockets, heat pouch for flat or curling iron, and loops to carry yoga mat. Mantra Toque with hidden hole for pony tail is made of bamboo, tencel & cashmere, $42.

No Shivers Mittens are wind- and water-resistant with flip back tops and concealed pocket, reflective detail, and snaps to keep them together when not in use, $48. Grey Speed Tights are made of sweat-wicking, 4-way stretch fabric with side pocket for phone, and cuffs that flip up for reflectivity, $128. Prima loft Run for Gold vest is water-repellent and has subtle reflective detail too, $148. Shown under vest: Fresh Tracks half-zip top is lined with sweat-wicking tech fleece and has reflective detail on sleeves, $118.

lululemon athletica, 26 Maryland Plaza, Mon.-Sat., 10 to 8, Sun. 10 to 6.

At Enchanting Embellishments:

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From left: Shimmy into the New Year in Frank Lyman’s fringe flapper dress, comes in white & black too, $209.95; Betsy Johnson handbags: far-left, polka dot clutch, $78, sparkly hot-pink bow on black & white stripe, $128, black and white stripe with hot pink ruffles, $85; holiday tea towels, $14.95 and Mud Pie Christmas pajamas, 0 to 3 and 3 to 6 months, $39.95.

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Hanging beaded votive candle holders come in two sizes, $29.95. Everything is 30% off this weekend.

Enchanting Embellishments, 4732 McPherson Avenue, (314) 361-5300, Open 10 to 5 everyday.

Last minute tip: If you are receiving this post on Sunday, the UPS Store at 4579 Laclede is open today, 12 to 5.

Since the weather outside is miserable, there will be a temptation to do your last-minute holiday shopping online. Before you do, think about this: If retail businesses in our neighborhood aren’t supported, they can’t survive. Amazon doesn’t do a thing to fuel our local economy. Whenever you can, do you part and shop local.