AFRICANGLOBE – I’m kicking the New Year off right by highlighting some of the area’s places to go to get the hottest of the hot. Ranging from nightlife to creative spaces, the hot spots for 2015 list gives just a little glimpse of what some of our local, Black-owned businesses have to offer. This year, it’s all about bringing the business back to our communities. With most of the hot spots being located within St. Louis city, being “urban chic” is what is “Stylebroker Certified” for the New Year.
Breve’ Wine Bar
A new hot spot just east of the Delmar Loop, Breve’ Wine Bar is the premier spot to have a romantic date or to hang with your crew. With the entry age being 30 and up, this spot is guaranteed to be a mature look. Under the new management of interior designer Hasina Starks, the former dessert bar is transformed into a chic, upscale watering hole.
“Brevé is like your classy ‘Cheers!’ When you come in, if everyone doesn’t know your name, they sure will before you leave,” said Starks.
Offering an exquisite array of wines with complimentary cheese pairings has put the luxury touch to the neighborhood bar.
Brevé Wine Bar (formerly the InSpot), 5854 Delmar (East Loop), 314-276-6209. Hours of operation: Friday 5 p.m. – midnight, Saturday 6 p.m. – midnight, Sunday 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Event space rental available.
The Beauty Lounge
Tara Lowery, the owner of The Beauty Lounge, is setting the standard for “beauty bars” not only in the St. Louis area, but nationwide. The Beauty Lounge serves as a hub for makeup and is a space for beauty and fashion-themed events.
“The Beauty Lounge is different from makeup counters because they are more sales-driven,” Lowery said. “My clients and I have a more personal experience, where they don’t have to wait or compete with anyone else. They have my full attention. I also expose them to more than just one brand, from drugstore brands to high-end.”
The Beauty Lounge, 1430 Washington Ave, Ste. 105 (enter on 15th St.), 314-400-8272,www.taralowerymakeup.com. By appointment only.
The African Hut
“This mission of The African Hut is to promote fair trade goods to empower African artists,” said owner Roosevelt Pratt.
To bring awareness to the diversity of the African diaspora, The African Hut offers apparel and goods, alongside African-based culture programs, classes and events, including classes in African cooking, language, drumming and dance.
The African Hut started in Springfield, Illinois. It has been at its new location on Delmar since October 2014. The “Organic Shea Butter” is The African Hut’s claim to fame along with other handmade, tailored apparel and other artisan goods.
The African Hut, 5860 Delmar Blvd, 314-556-8653, www.fashionfrique.net.
Hours of operation: Monday – Wednesday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thursday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday noon – 6 p.m.
The newest addition to the Delmar Loop, Create Space, promotes small businesses by housing more than 30 independent artists, designers and creative vendors who make their own products to sell in the space. Local designer Brandin Vaughn is one of the featured designers who make and sell their items onsite. He has been a vendor since Create Space opened up back in October 2014.
“Create Space has offered a unique perspective to the ‘artisan vending’ experience. It not only lets me work and sell my designs, but I get to network with so many different types of people in a cool environment,” said Vaughn.
In addition to offering a wide array of local designer goods, Create Space also offers live music, food tasting, and art exhibits on the weekends.
Check out Brandin Vaughn’s designs in the “RAW Artists Fashion Show,” January 15. Visit www.rawartists.org for more information.
Create Space, 6323 Delmar Blvd, www.createspacestl.com.
Hours of operation: Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday- Saturday 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
By: Danie Rae