Secrets You Should Know About These We Heart STL Best of the City Winners

By Kelsey Waananen
In Culture

In our June issue, we put a spotlight on the best of St. Louis with our We Heart STL Best of the City Awards. Now, we want to dive even deeper with a few of our winners to give you even more reasons to love them. Find out what great secrets these establishments have been harboring. The best part is that these aren’t secrets you have to keep!

Treats Unleashed dog and cat treats

Treats Unleashed believes healthy food doesn’t need to be expensive. 

In pursuing a healthy lifestyle for their cats and dogs, many pet owners say Fido and Fluffy eat better than they do and their bank statements reflect that. But Treats Unleashed doesn’t think you have to sacrifice your paycheck to make sure your furbaby eats well. In fact, in their book, toys or treats shouldn’t break the bank either. That’s why their home-baked treats, foods and toys are all reasonably priced and their expert recommendations come free. Add to that their belief in the power of family and you have a store that is truly for the community.

Treats Unleashed
Winner of Editors’ Choice: Best Place to Pamper Your Pet
Visit Treats Unleashed online.
Chesterfield, Des Peres, Ladue, Mid Rivers & Oakville locations

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Southtown Yoga is growing the STL community of yoga experts.

If you’re a beginner or even an expert yogi, you know Southtown Yoga is great for a fun and accessible guided yoga experience through affordable (only $7!), expertly-taught, all-levels yogahour classes. Southtown also invites you to take their basic classes and expanding classes taking place throughout the week for the drop-in price of $12, making it easy to bring yoga into your routine.

If you’re ready to move even further into your yoga practice , the studio offers local yogis the guidance needed to become expert-level asana teachers. The Yoga Alliance-approved teacher training leads students through 200 hours of techniques aimed at creating instructors who are ready to use their expertise to guide fit beginners through yogahour. The all-levels yogahour class, which features clear alignment instructions, aims to be the most doable but difficult one-hour flow class offered anywhere.

Southtown Yoga
Winner of Editors’ Choice and People’s Choice: Best Yoga Studio
Visit Southtown Yoga online.
Visit Southtown Yoga on Facebook.
1905 Park Ave. St. Louis, MO 63104

Paperdolls boutique celebration

Paperdolls Boutique makes fashion affordable.

As we head into the summer season, Paperdolls Boutique knows you want to spend your hard-earned dollars on vacations but still look fabulous. You’re in luck! Almost all of Paperdolls’ inventory is priced $50 and below, leaving you plenty of extra cash for time spent poolside this summer. With three different locations that are open seven days a week and a mobile fashion van out at events, you can even save cash by not needing to drive too far to shop their looks.

Paperdolls Boutique
Winner of Editors’ Choice: Best Boutique Looks on a Budget and People’s Choice: Best Boutique
Visit Paperdolls Boutique online.
Visit Paperdolls Boutique on Facebook.
Kirkwood, Ballwin & University City locations


Notch Kink Hair Staff

KINK Hair and Notch were on the runway at Saint Louis Fashion Week.

The salons haven’t even celebrated five years in business yet (KINK Hair‘s third birthday is June 10. Notch celebrates its first birthday in August.) but they’ve already taken on the runway with fashion’s finest. Last fall, the nationally- and regionally-recognized stylists at both of Josh Nichols’ salons brought drama, finesse and all of their expertise to the hair and makeup for STLFW’s models. The best part is that they use the same style know-how and industry secrets to style the hair of their regulars.

Winner of Editors’ Choice: Best Salon
Visit KINK Hair online.
14 N. Meramec Ave., Clayton, MO 63105

Winner of Editors’ Choice: Best Men’s Grooming
Visit Notch online.
4187 Manchester Ave., St. Louis MO 63110


Dominic Michael Salon

Dominic Michael Salon has an extensive award collection. 

Dominic Michael Salon’s win in the Editors’ Choice category for Best Colorists this year was just the most recent accolade for the cutting-edge salon. Through the years, Dominic Bertani and his team have amassed an impressive collection of positive feedback for the salon’s progressive approach to hair design, including a spot on Elle Magazine’s 100 Best Salons list. In 2014 alone, the salon won the Pinnacle Award from American Salon Magazine; was named Coolest Salon by Ladue News (it was also their ninth year winning the designation) and snagged Editors’ Choice and Readers’ Choice wins from ALIVE.

Dominic Michael Salon
Winner of Editors’ Choice: Best Colorists
Visit Dominic Michael Salon online.
Visit Dominic Michael Salon on Facebook.
Ladue & Chesterfield locations
Ladue: 314.721.4230
Chesterfield: 636.449.1583


"La Rondine" Photo by Ken Howard

“La rondine” Photo by Ken Howard

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ festival is all about the romance.

Now through June 28, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis presents its six-week opera festival with romance popping up at almost every turn. Start your night by sharing a picnic with your cutie and then head inside to be swept away by the lush romance of “La rondine,” the romantic comedy of “The Barber of Seville,” the graceful love in “Richard the Lionheart” and the tragic romance of “Emmeline,” all performed completely in English and accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony. To cap it all off, enjoy cocktails under the stars and mingle with the evening’s performers. On Fridays, you can elevate an already dazzling evening with a date night package that includes gelato or sorbet and a bottle of wine to share.

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Winner of Editors’ Choice: Best Summer Date Night
Visit Opera Theatre of Saint Louis online.
Visit Opera Theatre of Saint Louis on Facebook.
Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves, MO 63119
314.961.0644 (box office)


Gabs The Clover Leather Bags

The Clover is your source for exclusive leather Italian handbags.

You already know The Clover offers clothing that women feel great wearing as well as an amazing environment for shopping, but did you know they had a hook-up when it comes to Italian leather bags? The brand, called Gabs Franco Gabbrielli, is available at The Clover, but the only other place to find it in the US is out in California’s wine country, making it a treasure to find. The bags are made to reflect the concept of transformation and originality, so all of the bags, which come in colors made for summer and a PVC material option, can change shape.

The Clover
Winner of Editors’ Choice: Best Upscale Basics
Visit The Clover online.
Visit The Clover on Facebook.
8150 Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63119



Lusso is St. Louis’ tiniest department store.

Lusso is certainly well-known for its gifts, but the store is really a hip lifestyle emporium, with everything you might need for living a chic life inside. The shop carries designer clothing—including brands that are known celeb favorites—and jewelry but the Clayton boutique also stocks items to make your home a show-stopper. If you’re at a loss for where to start, just consult their in-house LUSSO@home interior and personal stylists. No matter what you take home, your purchase will be wrapped up in their signature complimentary gift wrap, making every trip there an occasion.

Visit Lusso online.
Visit Lusso on Facebook.
Winner of Editors’ Choice: Best Gifts for Her
165 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63105


Shane Co

Shane Co. is all about family.

Shane Co. is a fourth-generation family-owned jeweler and the largest jewelry store in the Midwest. Whether you’re shopping for an engagement ring, a gift or something special for yourself, you’ll love their noncommission sales team, no-pressure sales approach and free lifetime warranty. With legendary customer service, an unrivaled upgrade policy and direct importer prices, it’s no surprise that Shane Co. customers feel like family and are customers for life.

Shane Co.
Winner of People’s Choice: Best Fine Jeweler
Visit Shane Co. online.
Visit Shane Co. on Facebook.
9643 Olive Blvd, Olivette, MO 63132


Three Sixty

Three Sixty Rooftop Bar has exclusive events to fill out your calendar.

This June, Three Sixty is bringing an exclusive music performance to the city, with the rooftops’ infamous views of the Lou serving as the backdrop. On June 25, Three Sixty will invite former Matchbox Twenty member Kyle Cook (lead guitar, banjo, backing vocals) onto the stunning rooftop for an performance of songs from his upcoming album, “Wolves.” The album is without a release date as of yet, so this performance will give those in attendance much-desired access to the music.

Three Sixty Rooftop Bar
Winner of Editors’ Choice: Best Rooftop and People’s Choice: Best Lounge
Visit Three Sixty Rooftop Bar online.
Visit Three Sixty Rooftop Bar on Facebook.
One S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102


COCA bring it on

COCA isn’t afraid to bring the drama.

Each year, COCA presents one of its premier art programs: its summer musical. For this year’s production, COCA knows very well that a musical isn’t much without a little drama and bite. That’s why this summer on June 26 and 27, COCA Theatre Company members will tell the story of “Bring It On: The Musical,” which demonstrates the complexities of friendship, betrayal, forgiveness and jealousy, all with appropriate sass.

Winner of Editors’ Choice: Best Community Art Programs
Visit COCA online.
Visit COCA on Facebook.
524 Trinity Ave., St. Louis, MO 63130

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