COMMUNITY & CULTURE IN AND AROUND LADUE The Woman’s Exchange More than just a children’s boutique, The Woman’s Exchange of St. Louis was founded in 1883 with a mission to help “hard working women with little opportunity.” Initially designed as a place for women to sell their handicrafts and earn a living, the location soon added a tearoom that would give a boost to the nonprofit’s fundraising efforts. Just like the legendary cherry dress that the shop became best known for, the tearoom has also established its own following, with its freshly made sandwiches, from-scratch desserts and of course, “The Famous Woman’s Exchange Salad.” Lester’s St. Louisans love their sports heroes, and Lester’s Sports Bar & Grill gives them proper tribute, with extra love for The Man. You can’t miss the life-size bronze statue of Hall-of Famer Stan Musial - who was a close friend of owner Lester Miller - at the door, and once inside, there are walls of memorabilia, including a baseball display autographed by a roster of Cardinal players over the years. And the food doesn’t disappoint, either. While it’s best described as an upscale sports bar, the menu holds its own, with hearty soups and salads, in- house, slow-smoked barbeque, and deli sandwiches so overstuffed, you may need help navigating your plate. We particularly enjoy the Chopped Chef Salad and Reuben the Great. Northwest Coffee Ideally located on the boundary of Clayton and Ladue, this coffee shop is not only buzzing with activity on workday mornings, it also attracts the weekend early birds and brunch crowd. In addition to the full array of caffeinated (and non) offerings, Northwest also has a substantial breakfast and lunch menu of Barista Eggs, Liége Waffles and a selection of sandwiches. Our favorite feature of this locally owned coffeehouse? The revolving artwork from local artists that adorns the walls WINTER WONDERLAND AT TILLES PARK Through Dec. 30 (closed Christmas Eve) 5:30 to 9 p.m., Sundays through Fridays Open for vehicles and carriage rides 5:30 to 9 p.m., Saturdays Open for carriage rides only Admission (cash only)  $10 Family vehicle $20 Limousine $40 Commercial transport van $90 Tour bus Advanced reservations are required for all carriage rides through or by calling (314) 534-1111. SAVVY I SOPHISTICATED I SASSY 69