The bright-red door outside Three Kings Public House acts as a beacon, summoning guests into the tavern?which was named the Best New Bar in 2011 by the Riverfront Times?for a brew and a bite. Once past the vibrant port, though, diners enter an old-school world dominated by brick and wood decor. Though this aesthetic choice gives the Delmar Loop bar a time-honored vibe, the menu reveals that the kitchen?s vision is focused firmly on the here and now. In fact, to keep their dishes as fresh as possible, chefs use only locally sourced ingredients from nearby Missouri and Illinois farms including Twin County, Heil, and Thies Farms. This conscientious culinary choice adds to the bar's effort to keep its carbon footprint smaller, but it also ensures that each handcrafted pub-style entree?from third-pound burgers to traditional fish 'n' chips and barbecue pulled-pork sliders?arrives at tables bursting with flavor. Chefs also toss out a culinary curveball in the form of their not-so-traditional bar eats, including a soy-protein burger and a filet mignon cut into the shape of each diner?s silhouette.
To further enliven Three Kings' eats, meals can be accompanied by a fresh cocktail or any of the "20 craft and locally brewed beers on tap" mentioned by the Riverfront Times. During the warmer months, diners are invited to recline on the outdoor patio; no matter the season, Tuesday and Wednesday nights are dedicated to live musical acts performing on the bar?s built-in stage.
The botanical beauticians at Maryland Heights Florist draw upon 40 years of flower whispering when arranging each month’s bouquet in the Flower-of-the-Month Club. Sign up a mantelpiece or just-married vase for a fresh, premade bouquet each month, and watch as interiors bloom anew with the colors of the season, such as oranges and browns during the fall and lilacs and Arbor Day greens during the spring. Customers can pick up their bouquets in-store during the last week of each month or upgrade to home delivery for an additional charge; check the store’s list of delivery areas to see if your home or inflatable vacation home falls within range.
Don't let last year's nevergreen tree cast a spindly, bare-branched shadow on this year's holiday festivities. Deck your halls, windows, oven racks, and pickup grills with today's Groupon to Garden Heights Nursery. You get $40 worth of evergreen wreaths, majestic holiday trees, pretty poinsettias, and holiday gifts for $20. Put your Groupon toward the quality Fraser Fir ($45-$200) to impress your guests or stock up on bountiful bunches of greens ($7) and place candles ($4-$12) dangerously near your effervescent pine. This Groupon expires on December 23, so either get a move on your holiday cheer or stock up on gardening supplies for the new year.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Studio Altius’s owner, photographer David J. Cerven, drew on his background in theater to create a new approach to portraiture. Like directors and actors, or producers and theater critics who owe them a favor, Cerven’s photographers and clients work collaboratively to create defining moments. Along with fellow photographer Shawna Ventimiglia's background in fashion design, Cerven creates personal, compelling images of children and families, high-school seniors, brides, and couples, as well as professional headshots and sexy boudoir images. Clients can pose in either his 3,000-square-foot studio or outside the studio in a picturesque outdoor setting. In addition to working with clients, Cerven teaches his methods to other photographers in portraiture workshops and classes, and maintains an on-site art gallery.
Unique home-decor items can be an extension of one’s personality. At Rambles, a mix of new and used housewares and gifts allows decorators to find the final touches for any room. While upholstered couches and area rugs can contribute to a home’s overall look, it is Rambles’ more unusual accessories—bottle-cap magnets, framed comic-book memorabilia, and vintage LIFE magazines—that spark up conversations and cover up your pet squid’s ink splatters.