April 2005

By Francie Broderick Imagine being a mother so afraid of her son—a 19-year-old  with undiagnosed and untreated schizophrenia—that she locks herself in her bedroom at night. Imagine knowing that your m... more

Few rules, good reporting and a flaming case of TMI (too much information!) make St. Louis' Web diarists some of the most interesting in the country more

Looking for a lazy but delicious way to spend a Sunday morning? Check out one of these eight places for brunch. more

Home runs aren’t the only things to fly out of Busch Stadium. Look up and you’re likely to see nighthawks, chimney swifts and mourning doves and maybe even a flock of white pelicans. But will you ever see a cardinal? more


Inspired perfectionists Steve and Mimi Meskill move an early 20th century farmhouse from one Kirkwood location to another—and get it just right more

By Ann Lemons Photograph by Katherine Bish Hot and sour soup is surely one of the first daring moves a reluctant diner makes in a Chinese restaurant. Seldom incendiary, it’s an exciting and easy-to-li... more

Would you believe a realtor who can’t remember the last time he said, “Location, location, location”? By Kevin M. Mitchell In 2001, with Coldwell Banker, Bryan Kelsey topped an astounding $39.5 millio... more

Among the hottest dining spots around, An American Place lives up to its reputation By Dave Lowry Photographs by Katherine Bish Surrounded by a buzz nearly equal to that resulting from the unfortunate... more

J.O. Pierce made his money selling crackers and hardtack to the Union Army during the Civil War; hence the nickname of his mansion, "Cracker Castle." Build at Chouteau and St. Ange in 1863 for about $... more


By Alexi Zentner Photograph by Katherine Bish One of the best things about The Gumbo Shop’s jambalaya is that it’s not too spicy. If that sounds like an odd thing to say about a dish that comes from a... more

By Alexi Zentner Chicken wings are not the best food for a first date. Something about orange-stained lips, finger licking and a sweating brow seems to discourage romance. But on a second date, or eve... more

By Alexi Zentner Photograph by Katherine Bish Even if, hypothetically, you get repeatedly lost on the way to Mango because of some dodgy Mapquest directions to the Shrewsbury location, do not give up ... more

The price of houses in St. Louis—city, county and beyond—keeps going up and up more


Mythical, magical Paris: a dream destination for some, a vivid vacation memory for others. more

Since the first grape was fermented, wine production has been considered "gentlemen's business." These St. Louis women, however, are turning in their cookware for corkscrews. more

Once a novelty, personality tests like the Myers-Briggs, Keirsey or the Enneagram have gone mainstream. more

When was the last time you sat down and read a poem? High school? College? Thought so. more

By Meisha Fortner Kelley Hall-Barr is a candlestick maker. And a body lotion maker. And a scented soap maker. K. Hall Designs, which Hall founded in 1998 and now runs with her husband, John Barr, make... more

Edited by Paul Thiel | Antares Press By Joelle Jenkins Once you get past the touristy layer of St. Louis (the brewery, the sports, the custard … ), you’ll find the city has many stories to tell. Those... more

Marathon runner By Mike Rainey Photograph by Peter Newcomb Bocher, 24, was born and raised in Watertown, Wis., and moved to St. Louis last August to pursue his master’s degree in engineering from Wash... more