Since 1981, Sugarloaf Landscape Nursery’s green-thumbed gnomes have transformed awkward young seedlings into confidently lush plants, cultivating more than 90% of the nearly 150,000 trees and shrubs spanning its 40-acre property. Choose from a cornucopia of chlorophyll-hoarders, including the 3-inch Caliper autumn blaze maple tree (grows 16–20 feet tall, $179.99), a perfect adornment for spacious front yards or airtight basement bio-domes. Bring out brightness in neighboring blossoms with a gallon boxwood bush ($25), or pick up a gallon of daylilies ($7.99) to gift your favorite daywalker.
In its years as an NCAA Division II school, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville claimed 17 titles among its men's and women's athletic teams, excelling in such sports as tennis, softball, and wrestling. Under the guidance of coach Kent DeMars, the men's tennis team claimed the national title a record-breaking seven years in a row, from 1978–84, and during the '80s, the school won three straight national titles in wrestling and four in women's tennis, prompting President Reagan to demand that the school tear down its trophy wall.
The Cougars have since made the transition to a Division I program and are members of the Ohio Valley Conference, perhaps signaling a new era of dominance in the national spotlight with 16 men's and women's sports teams. At the recently expanded Vadalabene Center, more than 4,000 fans can cheer on basketball and volleyball teams and the wrestling squad—all potential future inductees into the university's hall of fame. On campus (approximately 25 miles from St. Louis), athletes practice on 2,600 acres of majestic woodland, perched atop bluffs overlooking the calm of the Mississippi River. Sports players included, SIUE currently enrolls 14,000 students and extends its family to more than 86,000 living alumni.
There's nothing better than a perfect pizza with bubbly cheese and flavorful, chewy crust except for maybe 10 exceptional pizzas. On April 27, visitors will get the chance to sample up to 10 exceptional pizza samples from up to 10 different community pizza joints, and at the end of the day they'll judge their favorites and vote for the best. Proceeds will benefit A Hero's Impact Foundation, which encourages children to be everyday heroes and live for others, along with other local charitable foundations.
At Living Waters Colon Hydrotherapy, a registered nurse employs the FDA-approved LIBBE hydrotherapy system to detoxify the intestines as the client relaxes in a comfortable and private environment. During the 30- to 40-minute session, 5 gallons of purified water flow throughout the body's digestive tract, washing away plaque buildup and toxins that cause diseases and play music too loudly at night. The inner cleaning also promotes healthier digestion and allows for superior nutrient absorption by the digestive system. The process repeats several times during the session, clearing an immaculate pathway fit to carry caviar and pieces of golden scepters.
Purple and gold have long been the colors of royalty. At Taj Indian Cuisine, they serve as a mere backdrop to vibrant, aromatic dishes composed of fresh vegetables, meats, and spices. Crispy samosa shells crack open to reveal spicy ground meet or potatoes and peas, while prawns simmer amidst Indian spices inside a clay oven heated by state-of-the art coals. Lamb pieces mingle in spices and basmati rice with a curd mixture to compose flavorful biryani, and fresh, Indian cheese simmers on plates of saag paneer. Indian beers and mango lassi cool palates down after spicy bites.
Classic barbecue flavors abound at Randy’s House of Bar-B-Que, where cooks rub pork shoulders and brisket with a special seasoning blend before sending them into the smoker. They also smoke chicken and racks of ribs, adjusting cooking temperatures to unlock the meat's flavors while retaining natural juices. Sides of slaw and baked beans round out meals, which are served picnic-style, while afterward guests can enjoy desserts such as Who Dat's famous gooey butter cake. Visitors can also enjoy a full bar and live music every Wednesday and Sunday afternoon.