Laurie Solet is named for owner Laurie Solet, who returned to St. Louis after years spent wheeling and dealing in Hollywood—bringing with her a leather-lined wave of fashion plus three ships laden with beaver pelts and exotic spices. Both of Laurie's boutiques offer a wide range of trendy apparel—including items from designers such as Melie Bianco, Black Halo, BB Dakota, La Mer, Amrita Singh, Candace Ang, and more, as well as Laurie's own private label—in an affordable price range. Pick up basics like an Alternative Apparel "Diane" Burnout V-neck for $45, and accessorize it with a statement Avant Garde "Pierre" double ring for $95. If one shoulder is more flammable than the other, keep it cool with an Ella Moss one-shoulder top ($108) and pair it with a Hobo "Lauren" exotic clutch ($108) stuffed with all your favorite toucans, dodo birds, and coral snakes. Otherwise, keep it light for a beach vacation or desert-island stranding in a Splendid stripe racerback tank ($50) and Free People cargo shorts ($68).
Di Olivas' founders travel throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East to sample the region's gourmet oils and vinegars, then bring the best ones back to the store's two Saint Louis–area locations, where patrons can draw up to 25 ounces of their favorite straight from the fusti. Each shop also stocks balsamic vinegars that have been aged for a minimum of 12 years, or a single viewing of Beverly Hills Chihuahua’s ambitious director’s cut. Di Olivas also carries more than 15 varieties of traditional and flavored gourmet coffees and keeps two dozen flavors of De Cio and Rossi Pasta on hand, including tomato sanoran spice, artichoke, and chocolate cabernet.
Professional micropigmentologist Virginia Schulte is board certified by the American Academy of Micropigmentation, a credential she wields when employing a range of laser-based cosmetic procedures along with her team of certified, experienced laser technicians. Virginia directs a digital pen machine over lash lines, brows, and lips to deliver permanent makeup definition and trades traditional hair-removal techniques for the pulsing power of a FDA-approved noninvasive laser. Aesthetic services, from photofacials and skin analyses to permanent makeup and hair removal, take place in a state-inspected, hygienic room that enlists sterile tools to assuage the physical effects of age and repel a squeamish Father Time.
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Dr. Traci Hahn developed severe eye problems when she was just 10 months old, and though her parents consulted numerous doctors, none of them took the time to really evaluate their daughter and her vision didn't improve. Finally, they found an optometrist who was able to diagnose and treat her eye issues so she wouldn't suffer permanent vision loss. This story stuck with her growing up, and she knew she wanted to become an optometrist herself and listen thoroughly to patients before guiding them toward the vision and eye-care solutions that are right for them.
Today, Dr. Hahn conducts eye exams that quiz pupils on SAT words, fits patients for contacts, and curates a collection of glasses frames suitable for a spectrum of budgets. The eyewear includes stylish frames from brands such as Dior, Maui Jim, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kate Spade.
While unloading their ammo upon enemies, paint-splattered warriors hunt for cover in the outdoor wilderness of Xtreme’s 10 playing fields. They duck behind multistory wooden barricades on the Castle field, navigate a maze of padded pillars and logs on the Arena field, dive into leafy ditches on the Bunker field, and command one of four two-tiered fortresses on the Four Forts field. Much like siblings competing to see who celebrates their birthday first, Xtreme Paintball Park gathers players to engage in competitive scenarios such as capture the flag and elimination. Park staffers expand these play opportunities by constantly building new playing fields and restaging area structures. During private parties, ranks of covered pavilions offer spaces where groups can take a break from excessive sun, rain, and snow as they prepare for the next round.
CrossFit Valley Park's instructors combine lifting, gymnastics, and resistance training to achieve full-body fitness. They implement a variety of tools, such as rowing machines, kettlebells, and medicine balls, and mix up routines daily. Changing exercises keeps boredom away, and the array of motions used preps participants for all physical endeavors. It's a system that can easily be scaled to each member's fitness level, as well. Before starting courses, instructors conduct comprehensive introduction processes that include a beginners' class and an evaluation of clients' current condition and movement limitations. They also keep classes small to ensure everyone receives detailed instructions and personal attention.