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Next year you’ll be able to spend your traditional start of the Christmas shopping season at the retail establishments that will be opening at Crown Square in the beautifully restored historic buildings along N. 14th Street. In the meantime, if you watch Channel 4 news this evening, you’ll get a sneak preview of the person first in line, Ebony Wilson, who hopes to open her fashion boutique in the spring. We’ll post a link to that story if KMOV.com posts it on their website.Above: Ebony Wilson (right, in the red beret) discusses her plans with KMOV-TV reporter Lisa Manzo.
Although the focus on the deterioration of historic neighborhoods in St. Louis could be depressing, Amy notes that the neglect and abandonment can be reversed. One of the cool aspects of the book is that it provides some good “before” views of buildings in Old North that have indeed been rescued from decades of neglect. In fact, Amy notes that since the photographs were taken, some of the buildings have been restored. Because of ONSLRG’s commitment to preserving and developing these type of buildings, Amy decided to donate her profits to ONSLRG, which she describes as “a nonprofit organization that is successfully rebuilding a historic north side neighborhood one building at a time.”
Among the building’s featured in the book is the former Headhunter’s Hair Salon at 2712-14 N. 14th Street. Below is the way it looked when Amy photographed it in the summer of 2007:
And below is that same building nearing completion of its historic rehabilitation just last week:In addition to the online option, the book will be available for purchase at the 5th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Craft Show this weekend (November 28-30) at Third Degree Glass Factory on Delmar between
Meanwhile, this evening, Art Co-op will host another one of their art exhibits & silent auction this evening at 7 p.m. in the old Parks Drug Store building at 2718 N. 14th Street (right on the corner of St. Louis Avenue). Purchases there don’t directly benefit Old North St. Louis, although it certainly will help send the message to artists and future businesses that ONSL is a good place to do business.Above: A view of Art Co-op’s last art exhibit and sale at the Parks Building last month.
Case in point: Heidi & Ben Sever, who will be moving into Old North from Webster Groves when they finish rehabbing a historic building in the northwest corner of ONSL. Ben is an attorney, and Heidi is a stockbroker-turned glass beadmaker and jewelry designer (check out her handmade glass beads and jewelry by clicking HERE). Just over a month ago, the Severs closed on their purchase of a vacant shell that had been a problem property for at least a dozen years and sitting in the city’s inventory of Land Reutilization Agency (LRA)-owned properties for the past seven years.
On that work day alone, 12, yes TWELVE! (I counted each one) different neighbors came over to introduce themselves and welcome us to the neighborhood. Seven of them, yes, 7!!!, stayed an hour to several hours working right along with us doing demolition and trash removal. Yucky, tiring, dirty work. What a way to say ‘Welcome to the Neighborhood’!
We’ve had a lot going on over the past few weeks, so it’ll take a few days’ worth of posts to get everything up to date. So, today we’ll focus on the North City Farmers’ Market, which held the last market day of the 2008 season on October 25.
Cooking demonstrations - and delicious samples! - courtesy of our favorite chef, Euylan Welch… Fresh produce from the Burning Kumquat farm at Washington University… Ray Ray from City Seeds Urban Farm… Stephen Inman at the New Roots Urban Farm table… Bruce Smith, with the last loaf of bread from Black Bear Bakery… Watermelons and greens from Clarence Rudolph’s farm in Wayne City, Illinois…
Gail Havens’ gourds…
the return of the Holden Family’s Alien Coffee and baked goods…
Now that the 2008 season is behind us, we’re thrilled to announce that the Missouri Foundation for Health has approved a new grant to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group to help us bring the North City Farmers’ Market back for the next three seasons! All of us at ONSLRG and the satisfied customers of the market extend a huge “thank you” to the Missouri Foundation for Health for making the past two years of the market possible and for guaranteeing the return of the market through the 2011 season!
Welcome to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group's blog. What's New in Old North chronicles the dramatic transformation under way in the neighborhood of Old North St. Louis. As a neighborhood just north of Downtown St. Louis, Old North is becoming a dynamic urban village of new and historic homes, a landmark eating establishment, beautiful community gardens, and a diverse, friendly, and engaged community.