Hot Block: North Euclid
Whether its refined arts and culture you seek or a night of fine dining and upscale imbibing, this CWE street is so Euro.
After living in London for a summer, I fell love with European lifestyle: How people walked more than they drove; how every eatery had tables on the sidewalk; how I could run errands, absorb culture and find diversionand maybe even a little mischiefall on the same stretch of street. When I moved to St. Louis a little over two years ago, I found that same easygoing yet completely cosmopolitan vibe on North Euclid in the Central West End.
The Central West End is known for good eats, and when on North Euclid, I always make it a point to hit up Pi. Its not just the pizza and creative cocktails that lure methe atmosphere and energy are magnetic. Herbiess Vintage 72, just across the street from Pi, is another standout. The service is impeccable, and Ive yet to find an item on the menu of new American classics that hasnt wowed me.
Next door to Herbies is The Eye Bar, an eyewear boutique carrying the latest high-end designer frames. I stare at tiny text on a computer all day, so Ive taken to wearing reading glasses. On this day, my attitude toward specs changes when I try on designer frames from Iyoko Inyake, Robert Mark and Oliver Peoples.
For unique housewares, there is perhaps no better place to treasure hunt than Rothschilds Antiques & Home Furnishings. Interior designer and buyer David Richardson stocks the store with beautiful worldly wonders, including furniture, decorative accessories and one-of-a-kind art. Across Euclid, I stock up at Left Bank Books. The used book area downstairs is where I always head first, and down there is where Spike, the stores feline staff member, likes to hang. He cant help you find the tome you seek, but he does add to the charming, homey feel of the store.
Mary Janes is where I pick up hot shoes and on-trend accessories from lines like RJ Designs and Noir. A little farther south on Euclid is Ivy Hill, a favorite haunt of the ALIVE staff. Owner Hillary Dutcher stocks her cute nook with affordable apparel, jewelry, gifts and handbags from emerging and well-known designers.
The Eye Bar
The Eye Bar carries the latest high-end designer frames
Photo credit: Photos by Courtney Strong