Sunday, December 16, 2012
The week of December 10 started out normal enough, with local candidate filings and fire fighters supporting breast cancer. It ended in tragedy with a school shooting in Newtown, CT. Photos included from the Newtown Patch.
You can check out more coverage of the Sandy Hook school shooting from our sister site, the Newtown Patch.
Friday, December 14, 2012
This holiday season you can treat your family and friends to some of the tastiest treats that our award winning local bakers can provide.
If you’re all thumbs in the kitchen, have no fear—local bakeries are here! Patch checked out three local bakers who are offering delicious pies, cakes and cookies for the holiday season. All the items these bakers offer are prepared in house and fresh. Jilly’s Café in High Ridge: You may not expect to find home baked pies at a steakhouse, but Jilly’s offers a wide range of tasty flavors. The pies are not on the regular menu, but they are baked with loving care from the restaurant’s own baker, Dana Gisi. Pies are $20 each and can be picked up as late as Dec. 24, but you must order by Dec. 20. If you have another date in mind, Jilly’s can bake a pie with a 48 hour turn around. Flavors: Carmel Apple, Makers Mark Pecan, Key Lime, Coconut Cream…
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Buy your annual holiday cards from a local charity this year.
Every holiday season, families across the country send cards to their loved ones, filling them in on the last year and wishing them a happy new one. For families planning to buy holiday cards this year, nonprofit organizations around the area are offering unique cards that benefit their missions. That way, each card sends holiday cheer while supporting a worthy cause. Here is our round-up of holiday cards for charity. Operation Food Search Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Our Little Haven Saint Louis Zoo Is your non-profit organization selling cards this holiday season? Add your photo and information to the story by clicking the Upload Pictures and Video button.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Yes, it's still a little early to think about Christmas shopping. I understand. But it's coming up soon. And we all know that one person who is extremely hard to buy for. What do you do?
I will make no apology for this edition of our weekly "Conversation Starter." I'm selfishly motivated by the need for your help. And I don't care that Halloween is still three days away. Or that Christmas is still nearly two months off. We need all the time we can get. See, here's the problem: My father is in his early 70s; my father-in-law is in his early 80s. If anything, they're trying to get rid of things. What do you buy for the hard-to-buy-for? What do you do to make the Christmas merry for the folks who seem to have everything, don't need anything or who won't let themselves get pinned down? Here's another stumper for you: My son is 17. He's a drama kid, a singer, a World of Warcraft fanatic. He is every bit as hard to buy for as my…
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Patch wandered through Barnes and Noble and found a baker's dozen of great reads for kids big and small.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Take a drive to see some holiday sparkle tonight.
Nothing says Happy Holiday’s like your neighborhood ablaze with twinkle lights, a herd of aluminum reindeer frozen to the yard and a giant plastic Santa waving from inside an inflated snow globe on the corner. Patch recently took a drive through Fenton to see how festive we’re feeling this holiday season. Judging by the yards of lights festooning many homes this year, we think much of Fenton is feeling quite jolly right now. So fill a travel-safe mug with a cup of cocoa, tune your radio to that station that’s been playing Christmas music since October and take a drive around the neighborhood tonight. It’s a great way to soak up some holiday spirit without spending any dough. Drive though your neighborhood: Sure, you’ve noticed the …
Sunday, December 11, 2011
If you’re all thumbs at gift wrapping, you might be dreading the holiday gift giving season.
Don’t skimp on the festive bows and paper, Patch is here to help with a few gift wrapping tips. Have it wrapped for you locally: The days of stores offering complementary gift wrapping is a dying tradition. But at least two local stores will still wrap your gifts: Unique Ideas ‘N More and Barnes and Noble. Unique Ideas will wrap anything they customize in a crisp white bag with bright red and green tissue and tulle bow, all for free. Barnes and Noble invites civic groups to staff their wrapping station, allowing you to have your gifts wrapped for a donation to their charity. If no group is at the station, customers can wrap their own gifts using the store’s (free) paper. Head to the mall: West County Mall is offering gift wrapping next to …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
The stores, sales and strategies you need to optimize your all-night shopping blow-out.
Here’s a new holiday tradition to try: Say grace, eat turkey, head to the mall. Black Friday sales start at midnight this year at some of the regions biggest stores, including Walmart, Target, Kohl’s and Best Buy. We’ve read through the ads and compiled everything you need for the best all-night holiday shopping blow-out possible. And for each sale, we've highlighted the items we think would make the best gifts (at the best prices!) Check back on Black Friday for updates and tips, and if you hit the sales, tag your tweets with #BlackFridaySTL or mention @StLouisLindsay. And don't forget: Black Friday sales are already starting online at popular big box stores. Best Buy said they've already sold out of popular $80 TVs and $150 laptops, but …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Buy your annual holiday cards from a local charity this year.
Every holiday season, families across the country send cards to their loved ones, filling them in on the last year and wishing them a happy new one. For families planning to buy holiday cards this year, nonprofit organizations around the area are offering unique cards that benefit their missions. That way, each card sends holiday cheer while supporting a worthy cause. Here is our round-up of holiday cards for charity. The Salvation Army – St. Louis Smiling bell-ringers in front of Downtown St. Louis’ Peabody Opera House greet recipients of this 2011 holiday card. Pick up yours at The Salvation Army office near Forest Park and support youth programming and homeless assistance throughout Missouri and southern Illinois. Cost: $10 for 10 …