Media personality/st. louis
An Emmy-nominated media specialist, Julie has been a professional photographer, writer and editor for close to 20 years, most recently was the second half of “Billy and Julie in the Morning” on 103.3 KLOU-FM and before that as host of Show-Me St. Louis on News Channel 5. Today, she is the owner of 8 Dogs Video.
Julie, obviously, has a passion for animals (yes, she really does have eight dogs) and is involved with several local charities that are focused on the welfare of animals and people. “If you’re looking for a new furry family member, please rescue one at a local shelter!” she suggests.
Hometown: I grew up in Creve Coeur.
High School: Pattonville High
Favorite memory: As a kid, I used to love to go to the carnivals at the Catholic schools and in the municipalities. Even now, as an adult, I look in the newspaper to see who’s having a carnival ‘cause you just want to feel that fun feeling again. Creve Coeur Days was so fun. We used to ride all the rides, get the funnel cakes and any other crazy food we could convince our parents we needed – all that sugar! Creve Coeur Days was the best. That really is one of my favorite memories.
Favorite restaurant: I’m vegetarian and I love Layla’s in Webster Groves [and in The Grove] because they have these Buffalo cauliflower wings and they’re amazing. Layla’s has a lot of really good vegetarian options for people. So good. I may have to go there tonight. Fridas is also on my list. It’s in The Loop, right off North and South [622 North and South Road, to be precise]. It’s vegetarian/vegan. It’s delicious. You’re not eating meat [say, in a taco or the Mushroom Rueben] and you can’t even tell.
Favorite detour: I love Kimmswick. I think it is such a cute little town to go to. I love Mary [Hostetter] and The Blue Owl. The Mile-High Apple Pie is so good, and I may be able to eat the whole thing by myself. There’s a lot of apples in there so it’s totally healthy. I love going to the Cookie Walk that they have over the holidays where you get a Christmas cookie at each shop and you end up with like 35 cookies that I pretty much eat on the ride home. Kimmswick is just such fun. It has so many great festivals. It’s definitely my favorite.
Favorite place to take out-of-town guests: As someone who worked on Show-Me St. Louis, I got to visit all the attractions and do stories on them … but my favorite is Forest Park. You can walk around Forest Park and go to so many different places within that one area. The Jewel Box is so beautiful. The History Museum is so interesting and they have a lot of free exhibits and the ones that aren’t free are really inexpensive. Then, the Art Museum is huge and it gives you a little culture; its relaxing walking through there. We are so lucky, too, to have a great zoo in St. Louis and it’s free.
What’s the single best thing about the region: The people. I love the people of St. Louis. I’m a born and raised St. Louisan. I never wanted to move and go work in another city for a while even though that’s what you have to do a lot of times in my field. I never left here, I always made it work because I just love the people of St. Louis. I’m friends with people I went to grade school with and high school and college [Mizzou]; I just think this place is so friendly.