Friday, May 3, 2013
She studied at Washington University, the National Academy of Design and in Paris.
Philip Tomsich, owner of Tomsich Fine Art & Framing, in Clayton, has a painting by St. Louis artist Valentine Vogel. Tomsich said it was painted in the 1940s, though it's not dated. It's listed at $2,250. "It's a nice summer landscape with a nice bright leaves and sun coming through," he said. "It's the rolling hills that you see down in the central part of Missouri in the Ozarks." Tomsich said Vogel studied at Washington University, at the National Academy of Design, in Paris and the Academy of Rome. She was a member of the St. Louis Society of Independent Artists, League of American Women Artists, St. Louis Women's Advertising Club and the St. Louis Artists League.
Monday, April 15, 2013
The general manager said it's been busy from the start, and without advertising.
In its first two weeks, Z Pizza did double the business of the Z Pizza in Valencia, CA, that the Clayton owner and general manager trained in. General manager Scott Newhouse said he's surprised because they haven't advertised at all. "We expected to be busy, but not immediately right off the bat," Newhouse said. "We hoped to grow steadily to give everyone a chance to learn their positions, but it was like, 'Everybody in the fire – go.'" The restaurant is in the previous Tip Top Cleaners spot at the intersection of Westwood Drive and Wydown Boulevard. Newhouse said they hope to have a liquor license in about a week, to offer bottled beer and wine. He said the patio has been busy when it's been nice out, and it's been filled by folks from …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
It's an Audemars Piguet made in the 1950s.
A watch like the most expensive watch you can buy at Timekeepers, in Clayton, was last sold in auction for $34,000. Jeweler Edward Pernik said the older a watch like this is, the more desireable it is. This Swiss-made Audemars is from the 1950s. It has a 100-year calendar, which means it takes into account every month and leap year for 100 years.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Cabernet and goat cheese cheeseburger is an example of what the menu will offer.
Audrey Del Gaiso will be the front of house manager for the soon-to-open Clayton sports bar, The Wheelhouse, and she's excited about the menu. She calls it a classic pub menu with a modern twist. “All of our selections are very thoughtful,” she said. “For instance we have a Cabernet and goat cheese cheeseburger. It’s onions with Cabernet reduction and topped with goat cheese.” The chef is Nick Del Gaiso, recently of Scape. She said the three owners previously managed bars and they decided to take it up a notch. All three, at one point, worked at a large Columbia, MO, bar. “We’re not businessmen,” Del Gaiso said. “We’re all people who are real excited to take what we’ve learned and apply it to something new.” One of the owners, Stephen …
It's dated 1803, and its maker spent his entire career making it.
A Clayton merchant of vintage clocks and watches has one clock that's not for sale. It's engraved with its English maker, Thomas Keegan, and the year 1803. Ella Ilyashov, a gemologist appraiser at Timekeepers, at 17 N. Meramec Avenue in Clayton, said Keegan spent his entire working career building the clock for commission. "It's accurate to within a minute a day, which is good for its age," she said. The clock tells the day, date and phases of the moon. It stands about six feet tall. Ilyashov said they bought the clock from an estate, and declined to estimate its worth.
Monday, April 8, 2013
The owner said he's invested $900,000 in the location.
A popular Chesterfield pancake house is set to open at the Colonial Markeplace in about a month. Gordon Manus, owner of Original Pancake House in Chesterfield, told Patch he invested $900,000 to open his second St. Louis area restaurant. "We’re just about done with construction. Furniture is coming in Friday of next week, we'll have our China glass and silver next week," he said. "We haven’t turned on the equipment yet, as long as it all works, we’ll be on track." He said the look will be similar to the Chesterfield spot, known for its rustic look. "There will be timber wood and pine walls, a big fire place and sky lights," he said. "It’s really nice-looking. You walk in, and you’ll be surprised." He said the menu will be the same and so …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The goal was to give the area a bright and inviting feel.
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, in Clayton has invested $1 million into renovating its lobby-lounge area. It's the first renovation of the area since the hotel was built in 1990. The goal was to brighten and contemporize the lounge. Glass dividers have replaced Chinese vases and plants. Computer controlled lighting starts out brighter in the morning and slowly dims hour by hour. Smaller furniture leaves more room, but still has a 'club' feel, Director of Marketing Elaine Gamer said. The theme for the renovation is 'rhythm and martini.' Rhythm for the music often heard there, and martini, because the bar is said to offer 200 different martinis. Gamer said the sushi area has been enlarged, and is now open seven days a week from 5 to 9 p.m. …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The manager said whiskey is popular now.
The most expensive bottle at the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton is actually a bottle of scotch, not wine. It's a Springbank Scotch, aged 40 years. Manager Paul Hayden said it would cost you $14,000 if it was for sale, but it's already been sold. The shop had one bottle of the 134 made. The most expensive bottle of wine is one of 100 bottles that came into the United States from Portugal. It's a fortified wine (brandy added) from 1855, for $3,000. Hayden said it's from Taylor Fladgate, one of the famous port houses in Portugal. He said they got only three bottles and two have sold already. Also in Patch:
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Sunday's big snow set the opening back a day.
Z Pizza employees were busy last week getting ready for their opening this week. The pizza shop in the Clayton Moorlands neighborhood is the first of the brand to open in St. Louis. General manager Scott Newhouse said he likes that all the ingredients are fresh. "Working in the pizza business like I did, a lot of the pizza companies like Pizza Hut and Dominos use pre-sliced ingredients," Newhouse said. "This stuff is sliced fresh every morning and it’s all locally out-sourced." Newhouse worked as a general manager for Imo's for 10 years and Jimmy John's for 12. "I know this delivery area, the crowd; this product in this area will do very well," he said. "I went to California for training and I was impressed." The shop planned a Tuesday …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Jerry Dial worked at Christopher's for 10 years. Now he's leaving to open his own place.
A hair dresser with 29 years experience, most of those in Clayton, is leaving to open his own salon in Brentwood. Jerry Dial dressed hair for 10 years at Christopher's Hair Salon and eight and a half before that at Façade Limited. “It’s simply time for me to have my own spot,” Dial said. He said there are no bad feelings. The new salon is called Cheveux (French for hair, Dial said). It’s in the Kimberly Building, at 2514 S. Brentwood Boulevard. He plans on opening in mid-April. “It’s strictly hair, no nails, no skin care,” Dial said. He’ll have 14 stations with the latest technology, including hair-coloring machines that speed up the process to 20 minutes, from an hour, he said. “Everything will be brand new, the newest stations, the …