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St. Louis City Guide

 

We are packing up our most fabulous jewels for our annual trunk show in St. Louis, Missouri and we couldn’t be more excited! St. Louis is referred to as the Gateway city on account of it’s iconic Gateway Arch built in the 1960’s honoring the 19th-century explorations of Louis and Clark. Our friend’s at Ylang Ylang filled us in on the best kept secrets the city has to offer. Whether you love to explore the outdoors, fabulous eats, or enjoy fabulous shopping this beautiful city has something for you. Keep reading to discover why St. Louis is the ideal choice for your next vacation destination and don’t forget to join us this weekend for our Trunk Show!

We can’t wait to see you there!

SS: Best place to stay?

YLANG YLANG: 7 Gables Inn, a sophisticated boutique hotel in the heart of Clayton built in 1926. It is a restored Tudor Revival style hotel with steep roofs, a massive chimney and tall slender windows where Old World charm blends seamlessly with modern luxury.

 

7 GABLES INN  | 26 N Meramec Ave, St Louis, MO 63105

SS: Favorite shopping destination and why?

YLANG YLANG: The Colonial Marketplace which is an outdoor shopping experience that is made up of locally owned small businesses! Shop Local! Ylang Ylang just happens to be located in the marketplace. 😉 

 

YLANG YLANG | 8845 Ladue Rd, St. Louis, MO 63124

COLONIAL MARKETPLACE | 8801 – 8845 Ladue Rd, St Louis, MO 63124

SS: Favorite restaurant and what’s the best thing on the menu?

YLANG YLANG: Olio, which is an Easy going wine bar in a stylish remodeled service station serving Mediterranean small plates. Our favorite dishes would be the Bruschetta to start followed up by the Root Vegetable Tagine (turmeric rice, cranberries, madras curry).

OLIO | 1634 Tower Grove Ave, St Louis, MO 63110

SS: Favorite local dessert spot?

YLANG YLANG: Nathaniel Reid’s Bakery, we especially love their almond croissant. Clementine’s locally made ice creamery is also delicious. 

 

NATHANIEL REID BAKERY | 11243 Manchester Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63122

CLEMENTINES | 1637 S 18th St, St Louis, MO 63104

SS: Must see destinations while you are visiting?

YLANG YLANG: If the weather is nice then Forest Park, Botanical Garden, Arch, or St. Louis Art Museum to experience true St. Louis beauty. 

FOREST PARK | 5595 Grand Dr, St Louis, MO 63112

MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN | 4344 Shaw Blvd, St Louis, MO 63110

ARCH | St Louis, MO 63102

ST. LOUIS ART MUSEUM | 1 Fine Arts Dr, St Louis, MO 63110

SS: Best way to spend “Family Day”?

YLANG YLANG: Bike ride or walk in Forest park, followed by either a picnic on Art Hill, or taking a spin on the paddle boats followed by lunch on the patio of Winslow’s Home. 

ART HILL |  35-43 Fine Arts Dr, St Louis, MO 63110

WINSLOW’S HOME | 7213 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, MO 63130

SS: Best kept St. Louis secret (that you’re willing to share)

YLANG YLANG: Casa Bagus, it is the coziest spot to “retreat”, an inclusive community dedicated to the joyful and conscious personal development of each individual through spiritual practice, educational programs, workshops and personalized holistic wellness services.

CASA BAGUS | 6318 Clayton Rd, St Louis, MO 63117

Comment below if you have been to the Gateway City and have some recommendations of places we need to check out, we would love to hear from you!

 

By |February 17th, 2018|BLOG, Travel, Trunk Show|Comments Off on St. Louis City Guide

Minneapolis City Guide

 

We are packing up our most fabulous jewels for our first trunk show in St. Louis Park, Minnesota and we couldn’t be more excited! The Twin Cities is a new destination for us so we asked our friend Ellen at Max’s to fill us in on the best kept secrets Minneapolis has to offer. Whether you love to explore the outdoors, see some funky art, or fabulous shopping this fabulous city has something for you. Keep reading to discover why Minneapolis is the ideal choice for your next vacation destination and don’t forget to join us this weekend for our Trunk Show!

We can’t wait to see you there!

SS: Best place to stay?

MAX’S:We haven’t stayed there yet, but keep hearing that Hotel Alma is absolutely fabulous. How can it not be when it’s connected to Restaurant Alma!  Please take us with you when you go there to stay!

HOTEL ALMA  | 528 University Ave SE. Minneapolis, MN 55414 

SS: Favorite shopping destination and why?

MAXS: Excelsior & Grand because that’s where Max’s is!  Ok, if we have to leave our “comfort zone”, we’d head over to the 50th & France area where there’s a great combo of restaurants, boutiques, and national chains.  We also are big fans of the Linden Hills area for shopping and eating.

MAX’S | 3826 Grand Way St Louis Park, MN 55416

FIFTH AND FRANCE 

SS: Favorite restaurant and what’s the best thing on the menu?

MAX’S: The Bachelor Farmer (any of the Toasts), Bar La Grassa (soft egg and lobster bruchetta), Mill Valley (Sea Bass), and the new Martina (Argentinian) 

THE BACHELOR FARMER | 50 N 2nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

SS: Favorite local dessert spot?

MAX’S: Patisserie 46, Rose Street Patisserie, Yum! Kitchen and Bakery, Honey & Rye (which, conveniently, just happens to be across the street from Max’s!)

HONEY AND RYE | 4501 Excelsior Boulevard, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55416

SS: Must see destinations while you are visiting?

MAX’S: Paisley Park (Prince’s mythical creative sanctuary), the Landscape Arboretum, the Lake of the Isles and the chain of lakes in Minneapolis.

PAISLEY PARK | 7801 Audubon Rd, Chanhassen, MN 55317

LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM | 3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska, MN 55318

SS: Best way to spend “Family Day”?

MAX’S: Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center, Minnesota Zoo

SCULPTURE GARDEN | 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

SS: Best kept MN secret (that you’re willing to share)

MAX’S: I can’t tell you!

Comment below if you have been to the twin cities and have some recommendations of places we need to check out, we would love to hear from you!

 

By |February 8th, 2018|BLOG, Single Stone Style, Travel, Trunk Show|Comments Off on Minneapolis City Guide

Little Rock City Guide

We are gearing up for our next trunk show in Little Rock and we couldn’t be more excited to be heading to such a scenically beautiful and historic city! Our friends at Roberson’s Fine Jewelry have broken down all the highlights the city has to offer for your perfect weekend getaway. Whether you love the outdoors, enjoy food trucks, exploring museums, or fabulous shopping (like a Single Stone trunk show) the city has just the thing for you. Keep reading to discover why Little Rock is such a special place and is definitely a must see travel destination.

Don’t forget to join us November 17-18th for our annual Trunk Show, we can’t wait to see you there!

Q: What is the best place to stay?

The Capital Hotel, debuted in 1876 and received a full restoration in 2007. The Capital offers uncompromising comfort and convenience of a modern luxury hotel without any compromise of its rare historic character. Their brunch at One Eleven is not to be missed and they are known for their outstanding customer service, attention to detail and complimentary pecan toffee. 🙂 

THE CAPITAL HOTEL | 111 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Q: What is your favorite shopping destination and why?

Roberson’s Fine Jewelry! The very best selection of designer jewelry in the South!

ROBERSON’S FINE JEWELRY | Pleasant Ridge Town Center, 11525 Cantrell Rd #703, Little Rock, AR 72212

Q: What is your favorite restaurant and what’s the best thing on the menu?

Samantha’s Tap Room and the best thing on the menu is the Surf and Turf Queso!

SAMANTHA’S TAP ROOM | 322 Main St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Q: What is the best local dessert spot?

Le Pops, known for their gourmet popsicles including locally grown produce and herbs.

LE POPS | 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd Ste J. Little Rock, AR 72207

Q: Any must see destinations while you are visiting?

The Clinton Library and Museum of Discovery. The Clinton Library includes amazing historic artifacts from momentous moments of our history and is definitely a must see regardless of your politics. The Library features an inside look at the day-to-day of the Presidency and even has a replica of the Oval Office and Cabinet room. The Museum of Discovery is a great place for a family outing featuring 90 hands on exhibits focused on technology, science and math.

THE CLINTON LIBRARY | 1200 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201

THE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY | 500 President Clinton Ave., Suite 150 Little Rock, AR 72201

Q: What is the best way to spend “Family Day”?

At Pinnacle Mountain, it is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors with your family and offers hiking trails, bike trails, canoe rides, boat tours and more fun activities to enable you to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the mountain.

PINNACLE MOUNTAIN | 11901 Pinnacle Valley Rd, Roland, AR 72135

Q: Best kept Little Rock secret (that you’re willing to share)

The variety of food trucks downtown! Southern Salt Food Company serves up southern comfort food with a twist and is known for their burgers. Loblolly Creamery crafts small batch unique ice cream flavors that change seasonally, they use local ingredients and their ice cream is free of preservatives and artificial coloring. 

SOUTHERN SALT FOOD COMPANY | Main Street, Little Rock, AR

LOBLOLLY CREAMERY MOBILE | Main Street, Little Rock, AR

Comment below if you have been to Little Rock and have some recommendations of places we need to check out, we would love to hear from you!

 

 

By |November 14th, 2017|BLOG, Travel, Trunk Show|Comments Off on Little Rock City Guide

New York City Guide

We are packing up our most fabulous jewels for our next trunk show in NYC and we couldn’t be more excited to be heading to the city that never sleeps! New York is such an iconic city with an endless amount of things to see, eat and do. Luckily our friends at Greenwich St. Jewelers, Christina and Jennifer Gandia, have filled us in on the best the city has to offer. Whether you love to explore, enjoy musicals, or fabulous shopping (like a Single Stone trunk show) the city has something for you. Keep reading to discover why NYC is the ideal choice for your next vacation destination.

Don’t forget to join us October 13-15th for our annual Trunk Show, we can’t wait to see you there!

 

Greenwich St. Jewelers, Jennifer and Christina Gandia

Best place to stay?

GSJ: The Beekman is a truly gorgeous property. The lobby alone is an interior decor lovers dream. It’s a bit of a splurge, but it’s an experience to remember. If not there the Crosby Street hotel in Soho has a chic vibe and serves as an amazing jumping off point for exploring

THE BEEKMAN, A THOMPSON HOTEL | 123 Nassau St, New York, NY 10038

Favorite shopping destination and why?

CG: There has been an incredible rejuvenation of the entire downtown neighborhood. Within a few blocks of our store we have access to everything from Saks and Gucci around the corner at Brookfield Place to longtime neighbor Century 21 for the best deals.

JG: I’m a boutique shopper and I love to explore. One of the best shopping areas that’s still under the radar is Tribeca. It’s a beautiful neighborhood to get lost in and has serious fashion shopping like Thom Browne, Issey Miyake and Gary Graham as well as amazing multi-brand shops like 108 The Store and La Garconne.

ISSEY MIYAKE | 119 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

Favorite restaurant and what’s the best thing on the menu?

CG: I’m a huge oyster fan. There’s a great spot on the Hudson river called Grand Banks. It’s actually a hand built wooden ship that has been completely restored. They are a part of this oyster shell recycling initiative called Billion Oyster Project (BOP), which is working towards restoring the oyster beds in NYC. A lovely spot to sit outside, sip rose and enjoy stunning views.

JG: Nobu’s new home at 120 Broadway has refreshed the look and feel of this NYC sushi institution. They created the miso cod dish craze and let me tell you, they still do it better than everyone. I’d be remiss not to mention Augustine, the new restaurant at The Beekman hotel. I’ve only been there once, the night I got engaged (with a Single Stone ring!) so I might be biased but you feel transported by the decor and the food. I highly recommend a visit!

GRAND BANKS | Pier 25 Hudson River Park, New York, NY 10013

 NOBU | 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

Favorite local dessert spot?

JG: So many choices… I have an ice cream obsessed niece who takes me to all the new dessert spots. We love 10Below for their famous ice cream rolls. And, Black Tap milkshakes are really as delicious as they look on Instagram.

CG: We love BIlly’s Bakery on Franklin and often use their desserts for celebrations in the store. Everything they make is delicious but my favorite is the Key Lime Pie – it’s TDF!!!

BLACK TAP | 529 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Must see destinations while you are visiting?

JG: The Highline is a must see and is the perfect day out if you pair it with a visit to the Whitney museum. They have incredible, thought provoking programming that I always enjoy.

CG: The new observation deck in 1 World Trade has the most breathtaking views in the city and the elevator ride itself is such a fun experience.

THE WHITNEY MUSEUM | 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

THE OBSERVATION DECK at 1 WORLD TRADE CENTER | 285 Fulton St, New York, NY 10007

Best way to spend “Family Day”?

CG: The Financial District is a terrific neighborhood for family activities. We love taking our kids to the Seaglass Carousel in Battery Park, it’s magical! For adventure mixed with a bit of history take a ride on the Staten Island ferry to get a close look at the Statue of Liberty and follow it up with a visit to South Street Seaport for a bite to eat.

STATUE OF LIBERTY  | Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004

SEAGLASS CAROUSEL | State St & Water St, New York, NY 10004

Best kept NYC secret (that you’re willing to share)

GSJ: New York is fairly easy to navigate and there’s no excuse not to roam around. If you do you will see why people love this city, there is always something to discover if you save time to get lost and explore!

Comment below if you have been to NYC and have some recommendations of places we need to check out, we would love to hear from you!

 

By |October 9th, 2017|BLOG, Travel, Trunk Show|Comments Off on New York City Guide

Washington D.C. City Guide

Washington DC is the next stop on our list of trunk shows and we couldn’t be more excited! Whether you are a history buff, enjoy fabulous food and sweet treats or love to take in the beauty of Washington DC by boat on the Potomac River, the city has something for you. Our friends at I. Gorman have encapsulated the best facets of our nations capital – keep reading to uncover why DC is the perfect place for your next vacation.

Don’t forget to join us September 15-16th for our annual Trunk Show, we can’t wait to see you there!

Best place to stay?

The Graham Hotel is an uber-chic boutique hotel located in the heart of Georgetown.  They have sleek, modern rooms and an incredible rooftop bar that has plush seating with sweeping views of The Kennedy Center, Washington Monument and The Watergate.

THE GRAHAM HOTEL | 1075 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Favorite shopping destination and why?

Other than I. Gorman? 😉 Union Market, hands down awesome wares from local “Makers,” an incredible, vibrant atmosphere, an ever-rotating collection of pop-up shops, and a huge selection of food to select from while shopping.

UNION MARKET | 1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Favorite restaurant and what’s the best thing on the menu?

The D.C. restaurant scene has really hit its stride in recent years, so it’s tough to choose just one place and dish. One of the favorites of most of our staff is Le Diplomate. For brunch or dinner, it’s a perfect spot to stop and imagine you’re at a cute bistro in France for an hour or two.  Their house made bread is one of the best in DC and not to be missed before a great meal.

 

LE DIPLOMATE | 1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Favorite local dessert spot?

DC is known for being home to a great number of cupcake shops, but the absolute best is Baked and Wired. The cupcakes are not to be missed, but there are a host of other goodies, like cookies, pies, and bars, which are all divine. Also, after grabbing a few options from the “baked” section, the café side of the shop has a great selection of beverages, to get you “wired.”

BAKED AND WIRED | 1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Must see destinations while you are visiting?

All of the free monuments, museums, and happenings going on in and around the Mall area. From the jewelry collections, including the Hope Diamond, at the National Museum of Natural History, to the cherry blossoms blooming along the Tidal Basin, you could spend days exploring the area.

JEFFERSON MONUMENT | W Potomac Park, Washington, DC

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HISTORY | 1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560

Best way to spend “Family Day”?

Start the day with a morning walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island, which is a hidden gem located directly across the Potomac River from Georgetown.  It’s a great way to see unique views of the city in an off the beaten path spot.  After a morning walk, head across the river to the Georgetown Waterfront for lunch on the Potomac. Incredible water views and you might even see the Presidential helicopter fly over the river to the White House!  Finish the day off with an evening baseball game at Nationals Park, located in an up and coming DC neighborhood with great views of the Anacostia River.

GEORGETOWN WATERFRONT | 3000 K St Nw, By The Potomac River, Washington, DC 20007

NATIONALS PARK | 1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Best kept DC secret (that you’re willing to share)

My absolute favorite hidden gem is a smaller scale reproduction of Rome’s Spanish Steps, which are tucked away in the Kalorama neighborhood. There’s no more beautiful place to read a book during the day or stop by for a romantic moment at the end of a date night.

KALORAMA SPANISH STEPS | S St & 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20008

Comment below if you have been to Washington DC and have some recommendations of places we need to check out, we would love to hear from you!

By |September 11th, 2017|Retailer Spotlight, Single Stone Style, Travel, Trunk Show|Comments Off on Washington D.C. City Guide

Charleston City Guide

Whether you are going for vacation or a weekend getaway, Charleston has become a popular destination that is definitely at the top of our travel list.  From it’s historic charm, the booming dining scene, and must visit shopping destinations, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Our trunk show is just a few weeks away, so we asked our friends at Croghan’s Jewel box for their can’t-miss spots that make the Lowcountry the perfect place for a visit!

Scroll below to see their recommendations and don’t forget to join us September 8-9th for our annual Trunk Show!

Best places to stay?

Zero George, Dewberry Hotel and Rutledge House Inn. Zero George, as pictured below, is a collection of five restored historic residences and carriage houses overlooking a magical private courtyard making the boutique hotel the ideal ground zero for exploring Charleston’s allure.

ZERO GEORGE | 0 George Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Favorite shopping destination and why?

King Street! We love the wonderful local shops and beauty of the facades.

Favorite local shops?

For Women: Hampden Clothing, Berlins, Hidden Countship, Beckett Boutique, Ibu Movement, Finicky Filly, Shoes on King and RTW.

For Men: Dumas, Grady Ervin and Jordan Lash.

HAMPDEN CLOTHING | 314 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

FINICKY FILLY | 303 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Favorite restaurant(s) and what’s the best thing on the menu?

That’s so hard because we are fortunate enough to have amazing restaurants in Charleston but if I had to pick, FIG– the gnocchi appetizer!

Also honorable mention goes to, the Warm cauliflower Sformarino with soft farm egg appetizer at Luca; The Soufflé of the day at High Cotton; Soft shell crab (in season) or roasted corn pizza with fresh mint, basil and taleggio cheese at Indaco.

FIG | 232 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401

INDACO | 526 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Favorite local dessert spot?

Sugar Bakeshop

SUGAR BAKESHOP | 59 1/2 Canon Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Best way to spend “Family Day”?

On the water! The Lowcountry is so beautiful in every season and we love taking it in by boat.

Must see destinations while you are visting?

The Gibbes Museum, The Nathaniel Russell House, Rainbow Row, the Battery, Middleton Plantation and Drayton Hall.

DRAYTON HALL | 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414

RAINBOW ROW | 83 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

Best kept Charleston secret (that you’re willing to share)

Our little alleyways and paths through gardens. We love the one that connects King Street to Archdale Street. We like to start on the King Street side, wander through the garden to the graveyard and end up near Charleston Day School. Zig Zag alley, Philadelphia Alley near queen street, Longitude Lane, and Stolls alley are also lovely alleyways to wander through.

PHILADELPHIA ALLEY | CHARLESTON, SC 29401

Comment below if you have been to Charleston and have some recommendations of places we need to check out, we would love to hear from you!

By |August 30th, 2017|Retailer Spotlight, Travel, Trunk Show|Comments Off on Charleston City Guide