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Friday, November 28, 2008

Christmas Shopping Season Begins in Old North

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.

And while you’re in a shopping mood, you can show your support for Old North St. Louis in a couple of other ways. First, Amy Fontinelle will be donating to Old North St. Louis Restoration Group the profits from the sales of her new book, Disappearing St. Louis: A Photographic Story of the City’s Neglected Historic Buildings. Details about the book and information on how you can buy the book online can be found by clicking HERE to be taken to Amy’s website.

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 Union and Kingshighway.

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.

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WHAT'S NEW IN OLD NORTH

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.

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