Best of Simchas Readers Poll

Best of Simchas

We asked readers to cast their vote for St. Louis’ top businesses that help to make bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings and other celebrations occasions to remember for a lifetime. More than 700 people voted in the poll and on the following pages, find the results. We have listed the first-, second- and third-place winners in each category.

Best indoor wedding venue

1st place: The Ritz-Carlton, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/st-louis, 314-863-6300

2nd place: The Chase Park Plaza Hotel, www.sonesta.com/ChaseParkPlaza/StLouis, 314-633-3000

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3rd place: The Caramel Room, www.caramelroom.com, 314-615-2480


Best hotel to book a block of rooms

1st place: The Ritz-Carlton, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/st-louis, 314-863-6300

2nd place: Four Seasons Hotel, www.fourseasons.com/stlouis, 314-881-5800

3rd place: The Chase Park Plaza Hotel, www.sonesta.com/ChaseParkPlaza/StLouis, 314-633-3000

Best children’s birthday venue (ages 5-12)

1st place: City Museum, www.citymuseum.org, 314-231-2489

2nd place: Sky Zone Trampoline Park, www.skyzone.com/chesterfield, 636-364-4444

3rd place: Sports Fusion, www.chesterfieldsportsfusion.com, 636-536-6720


Outdoor wedding venue

1st place: Missouri Botanical Garden, www.missouribotanicalgarden.com, 314-577-5100

2nd place: Outside at Four Seasons, www.fourseasons.com/stlouis, 314-881-5800

3rd place: World’s Fair Pavilion, https://bit.ly/36b6lz0, 314-289-5344


Best venue for a wedding/bridal/baby shower

1st place: Saint Louis Art Museum, www.slam.org, 314-721-0072

2nd place: Westwood Country Club (tie), www.westwood-cc.com, 314-432-2311

2nd place: Mariposa (formerly Zodiac Room) at Neiman Marcus (tie), http://bit.ly/mariposa-stl, 314-994-5050


Best place for a bar/bat mitzvah party

1st place: City Museum, www.citymuseum.org, 314-231-2489

2nd place: Wild Carrot, www.wildcarrotstl.com, 314-696-247

3rd place: Palladium Saint Louis, www.palladium-stl.com, 314-881-4301


Best place to buy a wedding cake

1st place: The Cakery, www.thecakerybakery.net, 314-647-6000

2nd place: Sugaree Baking Co., www.sugareebaking.com, 314-645-5496

3rd place: Hank’s Cheesecakes, www.hankscheesecakes.com, 314-781-0300


Best place for non-cake desserts for a simcha 

1st place: Sarah’s Cake Shop, www.sarahscakeshopstl.com, 636-728-1140

2nd place: The Little Dipper, Lisa Nixon: 314-581-9574

3rd place: The Cup, www.cravethecup.com, 314-367-6111


Best kosher caterer

1st place: Kohn’s Kosher, www.kohnskosher.com, 314-569-0727

2nd place: Jon Rubin Catering, 314-607-8440

3rd place: [email protected] Café, www.crowncenterstl.org/cafe, 314-991-2055


Best (non-kosher) caterer

1st place: Sugarfire Smokehouse, www.sugarfiresmokehouse.com

2nd place: John Dunn Catering, www.dunnevent.com, 314-239-8831

3rd place: Butler’s Pantry, www.butlerspantry.com, 314-664-7680


Best place to order kosher wine

1st place: The Wine & Cheese Place, www.wineandcheeseplace.com

2nd place: The Wine Merchant, Ltd., www.winemerchantltd.com, 314-863-6282

3rd place: Parker’s Table at Oakland and Yale, www.parkerstable.com, 314-645-2050


Best kosher banquet facility

1st place: The Ritz-Carlton, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/st-louis, 314-863-6300

2nd place: Four Seasons Hotel, www.fourseasons.com/stlouis, 314-881-5800

3rd place: Clayton Plaza Hotel, www.cpclayton.com, 314-726-5400


Best St. Louis location for wedding party photos

1st place: Forest Park, https://bit.ly/2s7UnaD, 314-367-7275 

2nd place: Lafayette Square/Park, www.lafayettepark.org, 314-772-5724

3rd place: The Gateway Arch, www.gatewayarch.com, 877-982-1410


Best venue for next-day brunch

1st place: The Shack, www.eatatshack.com

2nd place: Bristol Seafood Grill, www.bristolseafoodgrill.com, 314-567-0272

3rd place: Boundary, www.boundary-stl.com, 314-932-7818


Best place for a rehearsal dinner

1st place: Café Napoli, www.cafenapoli.com, 314-863-5731

2nd place: The Piper Palm House, www.towergrovepark.org/piper-palm-house-1, 314-771-4454

3rd place: 612North, www.612North.com, 314-899-0612


Best tuxedo rental

1st place: Men’s Wearhouse, www.menswearhouse.com, 877-986-9669

2nd place: Savvi Formalwear, www.savviformalwear.com

3rd place: Stallone’s Formal Wear, www.stallonesformalwear.com, 800-666-5901


Best bridal shop

1st place: Town & Country Bridal, www.townandcountrybride.com, 314- 863-7200

2nd place:Simply Elegant Bridal, simplyelegantbridalstl.com, 314-241-8201

3rd place: Berrybridge Bridal, www.berrybridgebridal.com, 314-997-1439


Best tailor

1st place: Clayton Tailoring & Alteration, 314-725-2234

2nd place: Irina’s Tailor Shop & Alterations, 636-230-5080

3rd place: Brentwood Alteration and Tailoring, 314-962-2636


Best women’s hair stylist or salon

1st place: Emily Miller Hair & Makeup, www.emily-miller.com, 314-780-8247

2nd place: Ju Ju B’s, shopjujubs.com, 314-469-7096

3rd place: Danielle Style, www.daniellestyle.com, 314-302-1467


Best men’s barber or hair salon for men

1st place: Dominic Michael Salon, www.dmsalon.com, 314-721-4230

2nd place: Preston Salon, www.prestonsalon.com, 314-727-0007

3rd place: Platinum Hair Salon, www.stlplatinum.com, 314-576-3727


Best nail salon

1st place: Clayton Nail Spa, www.claytonnailspa.com, 314-669-5340

2nd place: Lucy Lee, www.lucyleespaclayton.com, 314-727-6245

3rd place: A V Nails, 314-991-9979


Best wedding or simcha planner

1st place: Simcha Lourie, www.simchasevents.com, 314- 458-5463

2nd place: Linda Horwitz, 314-484-9930, [email protected]

3rd place: The Party Broker, 314-941-0522


Best photographer

1st place: Spoonful of Sugar Photography, www.spoonfulofsugarphotography.com, 636-346-5164

2nd place: L Photographie, www.lphotographie.com, 314-449-8124

3rd place: Kristi Foster Photography, www.kristifosterphotography.com, 314-330-2407


Best photo booth company 

1st place: Fish Eye Fun, www.fisheyefun.com, 314-621-8638

2nd place: 2 Chics & a Photobooth, www.2chicsphotobooth.com, 636- 439-4339

3rd place: Flipping Good Times, Part of Holy Daisy Designs, www.holydaisy.com, 636-584-5089


Best videographer

1st place: Spoonful of Sugar Photography, www.spoonfulofsugarphotography.com, 636-346-5164

2nd place: Sweet Tea Media, www.addsomesweet.com, 314-266-8321

3rd place: Adler Video, www.adlervideo.com


Best limo/wedding party transportation service

1st place: JED Limousine, www.jedlimousine.com, 314-429-2200

2nd place: BEST Transportation, www.besttransportation.com, 314-989-1500

3rd place: The Loop Trolley, www.looptrolley.com, 314-725-2115


Best DJ or entertainer

1st place: Utopia Entertainment, www.utopiaentertain.com, 636-532-2777

2nd place: Millennium Productions, www.millenniumproductions.com, 314-918-9335

3rd place: Rockstar DJs, www.rockstardjs.com, 314-518-2407

Best florist

1st place: Belli Fiori, www.bellifioristl.com, 314-776-2200

2nd place: The Special Event Florist, www.thespecialeventflorist.com, 314-845-3362

3rd place: Poppies Design Studio, www.poppiesdesignstudio.com, 314-952-1591


Best place for centerpieces (not flowers)

1st place: Hi Ho Helio, www.hihohelio.com, 314-872-7711

2nd place: Décorum, decorumeventsstl.business.site, 314 447-4000

3rd place: Center of Attention, email: [email protected]com, 314-956-1097


Best place for invitations/stationery

1st place: Haley Design, www.mhaleydesign.com, 636-352-2102 

2nd place: Cheree Berry Paper, www.chereeberrypaper.com, 314-533-6688

3rd place: Stationery Designs, www.sdesignstl.com, 314-583-9138


Best jeweler

1st place: Genovese Jewelers, www.genovesejewelers.com, 314-878-6203

2nd place: Simons Jewelers, www.simonsjewelers.com, 314-725-8888

3rd place: Albarré Jewelry, www.albarre.com, 314-997-1707


Best local band for a simcha event

1st place: Griffin and the Gargoyles, www.griffinandthegargoyles.com, 314-721-9090 x217

2nd place: Charles Glenn Group, www.charlesglenngroup.com, 314-721-9090, ext. 217

3rd place: FatPocket, www.fatpocketband.com, 314-721-9090 ext. 219


Best place to buy a unique wedding gift

1st place: Third Degree Glass Factory, www.thirddegreeglassfactory.com, 314-367-4527

2nd place: Craft Alliance, www.craftalliance.org, 314-725-1177

3rd place: Union Studio, www.stlunionstudio.com, 314-771-5398


Best place to buy party favors

1st place: Party City, https://stores.partycity.com

2nd place: The Swag Team, [email protected], 314-973-7420 or [email protected], 314-517-8966

3rd place: BowlingShirt.com, www.bowlingshirt.com, 1-800-444-1685


Best wedding registry location

1st place: Crate & Barrel, www.crateandbarrel.com, 314-429-2200 

2nd place: Bed Bath & Beyond, www.bedbathandbeyond.com

3rd place: Pottery Barn, www.potterybarn.com, 314-996-2630

{{tncms-inline content=”<h3><strong style="font-size: 1.17em;">Spotlight on our advertisers</strong></h3> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>23 City Blocks Catering: </strong>1600 North Broadway St. Louis MO • <a href="http://23cityblocks.com" target="_blank">23cityblocks.com</a> • 314-615-2480</p> <p style="text-align: left;">23 City Blocks Catering provides flawless execution for all styles and types of events, from corporate meetings and luncheons to weddings for 300, no event is left without a signature touch. We makes our home base at both Lumen Private Event Space and the Caramel Room at Bissinger’s– the two are 23 city blocks from each other — but our culinary and service staff are  thrilled to take our show on the road if you have another favorite. 23 Block Catering can assist in transforming your perfect venue into a culinary night to remember. Whether you need us for beverages and nosh or just the later, we’ll put on our chef’s thinking cap and create a menu custom to your budget and taste.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Amp Up Action Park: </strong>13901 Manchester Rd., Town & Country • 314-439-8008 • <a href="http://Ampupactionpark.com" target="_blank">Ampupactionpark.com</a></p> <p>Race + Play + Celebrate. We offer high energy fun for everyone! Enjoy European high-performance karts, an aerial ropes obstacle course, three-level laser tag, axe throwing and dozens of games. </p> <p>50,000 sq.ft. facility includes a Track-side Tavern. Rent the full facility or private/semi-private space to host large and small events including bar/bat mitzvahs, birthdays, graduations, team building, lock-ins, reunions and more!</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Barnett on Washington: </strong>1-844-GO-BARNETT • [email protected] • 3207 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103 • <a href="http://www.barnettonwashington.com" target="_blank">www.barnettonwashington.com</a></p> <p><em>Barnett on Washington</em> is a unique and sophisticated St. Louis event space that has been making its’ client’s dreams a reality since 2013. This gorgeous venue maintains its original hundred-year-old Spanish mission style elegance, while providing modern amenities. Barnett on Washington specializes in hosting an array of life celebration events, from mitzvahs to wedding ceremonies and receptions. Barnett on Washington’s phenomenal, on-site team is ready to help as you start planning your next fabulous event! </p> <hr /> <p><strong>Butler’s Pantry: </strong>1414 Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104 • 314.664.7680 • <a href="http://butlerspantry.com" target="_blank">butlerspantry.com</a><strong> </strong></p> <p>Rooted in tradition, but known for innovative catering and event design, St. Louis has counted on Butler’s Pantry for premier catering and event solutions since its inception in 1966. Featured in publications such as Food Network, The Knot, Brides, Travel and Leisure and on the cover of Catersource (among others), this Leading Caterers of America member has established itself as one of the premier event companies in the country. Butler’s Pantry offers more than 40 preferred venues in their portfolio and 5 brands within the family: Palladium Saint Louis, The Coronado, Butler’s Boardroom, Butler’s Pantry Design Studio and 18Rails|The Venue @ CityFoundrySTL opening late fall 2020. We take pride in treating each client like they are our only, and implementing creativity to every plate, food display, and tablescape.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>The Caramel Room: </strong>1600 N Broadway, St. Louis, 63102 • 314-615-2480 • <a href="http://www.caramelroom.com" target="_blank">www.caramelroom.com</a><strong> </strong></p> <p>The Caramel Room blends equal amounts of chic and sweet at St. Louis’ most sought after wedding venue. Beaming natural light, hardwood floors, an outdoor terrace featuring river and skyline views, and chocolate-infused culinary adventures, all encompassed within a working chocolate factory. The combined space of the Caramel Room can hold up to 550 guests, while the bar or terrace can be set up in more intimate configurations for groups as small as 25.</p> <hr /> <p><strong><strong>The Coronado: </strong></strong>3701 Lindell Blvd. Saint Louis, MO 63108 • 314.881.4346 • <a href="http://thecoronado.com" target="_blank">thecoronado.com</a></p> <p>Dating back to the mid-1920s, this former hotel once hosted such important figures as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles Lindbergh & Harry S. Truman. After several renovations over the years, the setting can once again be described as bright, elegant, grand, extraordinary – a true St. Louis icon and an absolute must-see. Its high ceiling, detailed molding, and terrazzo floors provide a magnificent atmosphere to any special event. With five different event spaces, it can truly accommodate any occasion: Ballroom, South Ballroom, East Lounge, Grand Lobby and Bradshaw Room.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Dominic Michael Salon: </strong><a href="http://Dmsalon.com" target="_blank">Dmsalon.com</a> • 314.721.4230 (Ladue) or 636.449.1583 (Chesterfield) </p> <p>As an industry leader, Dominic Michael Salon is committed to executing the most contemporary hair cutting, coloring and designing techniques in demand today. We also pride ourselves on customer service and satisfaction. We want your big day to be special and we want to make you feel pampered while doing it. We offer different service packages depending on your needs, or you can customize your own. Whether you’re walking down the aisle or the red carpet, we can help ensure you look exactly as you envision. With more than 35 years of experience, you could say it’s become our specialty. </p> <hr /> <p><strong>Emily Miller: </strong>emily-miller.com • 314-780-8247 • 3010 Locust Street, Suite 102 St. Louis, Mo. 63103</p> <p>Emily Miller has been practicing the art of makeup and hair since 2006. Over her career, she’s become an expert in bridal makeup and hair styling and has been working with wedding parties since 2010.  Emily and members of her team will travel to you on your wedding day or you can come to their modern studio – Midtown Makeup and Hair. She carefully selects the hair stylists on her team and has a knack for matching her artists with her brides’ unique styles. Other areas of expertise include event, commercial and corporate beauty looks. </p> <hr /> <p><strong>Lumen Saint Louis: </strong>2201 Locust St, Saint Louis, MO 63103 • 314-615-2480 • <a href="http://www.lumenstl.com" target="_blank">www.lumenstl.com</a></p> <p>Originally the Studebaker-Packard auto showroom, Lumen didn’t need much love to transform into the modern event space that it is. It boasts two options; either on the mezzanine for 100 seated or in the main ballroom for 200+ with complimentary white pipe and drape and a quick flip to reception.Pair the stunning floor-to-ceiling windows and a state-of-the-art LED lighting system with 23 City Block’s premium service and culinary for every palate, no matter the type of event, it’s sure to be one that leaves your guests raving.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Palladium Saint Louis: </strong>1400 Park Place, St. Louis, MO 63104 • 314.881.4301 • <a href="http://Palladium-STL.com" target="_blank">Palladium-STL.com</a></p> <p>A piece of history brought back to life in the heart of Lafayette Square — offering views of St. Louis’ skyline, modern décor, private parking and easy access to all major highways. Demonstrating versatility at its finest, the 6,500 sq. ft. venue is designed to accommodate 150 to 700 people. It also features custom partitions that can create a more intimate setting for smaller groups. Now in the 10th year of operation, the space continues to evolve and features a new entrance, customizable light fixtures and reversible tables in addition to the current theatrical lighting and state-of-the-art audio + visual equipment. Palladium Saint Louis is perfect for every style — simple elegance to over-the-top elaborate!</p>” id=”78197185-f9ed-44ec-acb1-26692ac8d5d0″ style-type=”info” title=” ” type=”relcontent”}}