Hot Block: Downtown Kirkwood

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This month, ALIVE’s resident woman-about-town Sheniqua Faulkner plays like a local in the heart of Kirkwood

As a Wash Ave. loft-dweller, I’m drawn to an everything-within-walking-distance lifestyle. That’s why I love losing myself in Downtown Kirkwood for a day, where the bustle of city life and the charming, laid back ease of a smallish town gently intersect. With over 100 specialty shops and restaurants, scenic tree-lined streets and lots of free parking, Downtown Kirkwood is a hot block I visit whenever I want to spend some quiet quality time with me, myself and I.

Before too much of the day escapes, I carve out at least an hour to explore Kirkwood Farmers’ Market. Fresh produce, damp with morning dew, glisten from their stalls as the scent of delicious baked goods— pies, cakes, cookies and treats—waft through the air. My stomach growls. Lucky for me, the vendors offer samples of their goods, and I nibble on ripe melon slices and a handful of salty-sweet kettle corn as I browse. On this particular trip, I take home a pound of heirloom tomatoes and a couple of diminutive, but fiery-looking hot peppers to make homemade salsa.

Whenever I want to do a bit of boutique shopping—whether it’s for the latest looks from L.A. at Cortney Gene, a cute dress from Paperdolls or unique fashionista finds at Blush—Downtown Kirkwood never disappoints. Blush owner Sarah King (a walking fashion plate with a heart of gold) has created an inviting shopping experience, and stocks her cozy-cute store with hard-to-find pieces from the likes of Tulle, Jenny Han and latest celeb obsession, Wildfox Couture. I dare any woman I know to step foot inside any of these chic boutiques and walk away without something prize worthy to take home.

Every time I’m in Kirkwood, the gleaming gems in Mavrik Fine Jeweley’s storefront never fail to lure me inside. Owner Igal Alon is always eager to show his latest creations, and on this day, he shows me a breathtaking loose diamond with a double-digit carat weight that he plans to mount in a custom setting for some lucky fiancée-to-be.


Courtney Strong

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