From The Editor: Inside The June Issue

 In Culture

6_June_2014_cover_typeAlthough our Hot List issue of the best in St. Louis is an annual occurrence, it feels like an even better time to be singing STL’s praises, given that this year marks the 250th birthday of our fair city.

I always wonder how we’ll top last year’s list of all the incredible (and often award winning) restaurants, fashion-forward shopping destinations, great cultural institutions and more—yet each year, St. Louis delivers. There’s never a shortage of new favorites to add to the list, giving us even more reasons to love our city. Be sure to spend some time perusing the 21 pages dedicated to STL’s best of dining, nightlife, shopping, fitness and more—but don’t let the conversation stop there. To make it easy, we’ve compiled a Foursquare list for you to follow and track each spot as you visit. You can also share your photos and opinions using #HotListSTL to show your true STL pride.

It turns out the city has more reasons than one to celebrate this year. St. Louis’ own Brown Shoe Company has reached 100 years on the New York Stock Exchange, joining the likes of massive brands like Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson and Wells Fargo. I was honored to be among the St. Louisans who joined Brown Shoe in New York for its anniversary celebration. And while the celeb-packed guest list including Jennifer Hudson, Fergie, Estelle and others was no doubt exciting, I was even more thrilled to be there to witness a milestone for a company that has been so important to St. Louis and the local and national fashion landscape. The fact that CEO, President and Chairman of the Board Diane Sullivan personally recognized the company’s St. Louis partners and how much their support has meant over the years only further proved that Brown’s St. Louis roots run deep—a point that Sullivan was sure to make during our interview for the in-depth piece on where the company has been—and, more importantly, where it’s going.

When you think about all of the places our cover celebrity Isaac Mizrahi could be going, St. Louis isn’t exactly No. 1 on the list. Yet, the famed designer is about to wrap up a month in town as creative director for Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ season opener “The Magic Flute.” ALIVE went behind the scenes with Isaac and OTSL for our cover story which uncovers the fascinating collaboration that will bring Mozart’s famed opera to life on the Loretto-Hilton stage, May 24-June 28. While working with Isaac for the piece, we quickly realized he’s as animated and full of creativity as one would expect (probably more!); we also discovered he has some interesting St. Louis ties that go beyond his relationship with OTSL. His current assistant is coincidentally from St. Louis, and he vividly remembers his first view of the Arch when he came here as teen for a poster contest that he ended up winning (of course!). To me, it all adds up to the fact that there’s just something about St. Louis—reason number 1,001 why we all love this city.

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