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Archive for September, 2009

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Front Page Coverage of Old North Grocery Co-op

The most prominent story in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch profiled Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s plan to open a grocery co-op at 2718 N. 13th Street.

To read the online version of the Post story at STLToday.com, click HERE.

The summer edition of ONSLRG’s newsletter also provides a summary of the plan.

As noted in these articles, ONSLRG has been working closely with staff from the Community Partnership Project at UM-St. Louis and UM-Extension Services throughout the research and planning process.  As a neighborhood-based co-op, the grocery will be community-focused and structured to allow the people who shop there to be investors and participants in the decision-making process regarding various operational matters, including election of the board.  Most grocery co-ops also provide special discounts on certain items.  The Old North co-op, however, will be open to all and membership will not be required to shop there.  Another feature of this grocery will be an emphasis on providing food and products grown or produced locally or regionally.

With news that the Missouri Foundation for Health has approved a 3-year grant to help ONSLRG launch the co-op, the planned opening in 2010 has picked up considerable steam.  A lot of work remains to be done before that can happen, but community members and volunteers are coming forward to offer their services and support.  If you’d like to assist as a member of the planning committee, if you’d like to make a financial contribution to the cause, if you’d like to donate new or used commercial grade refrigerators, or if you’d like to offer professional services - electrical, carpentry, painting, HVAC, - or any other support, contact ONSLRG executive director Sean Thomas at 314-241-5031 or via email:  sean@onsl.org.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Silent Auction Fri., Sept. 25: Make Your Home as Cool as North Market Display Home

The display home for the North Market Place Homes is on the market (and could be yours, if you make an offer soon*).  In anticipation of a sale of this home at 1331 North Market in the not-too-distant future, we have decided to make the furniture available for sale, as well.  Now, you too can make your home look as cool as a display home by taking home some of this never-been-used furniture.  But instead of a plain furniture sale, we’ve decided to turn this event into an enjoyable social occasion for the community.

Therefore, you are hereby invited to go shopping at 1331 North Market for a good cause on Friday evening from 7 until 10 p.m.  Selected items, including bedroom sets, kitchen table and chairs, lamps, dressers, and area rugs, will be sold through a silent auction, with the bidding scheduled to end at 9:30 p.m.   The proceeds of the evening will go toward the renovation of 1316 North Market, a vacant building on the same block as the display home.  Old North St. Louis Restoration Group recently purchased that property from the city with the intention of carrying out a historic rehab there.

A suggested donation of $5 per person will be accepted at the door.  Beer, wine, and refreshments will be provided.  As noted on the flyer below, you may contact Karen Heet, ONSLRG’s Real Estate Development Coordinator, for more information at 314-241-5031 or by email at karen@onsl.org.

* You can also contact Karen for information about purchasing this home or other properties in Old North St. Louis.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Proposed NorthSide Development to be Discussed at Community Meeting Tonight

Alderwoman April Ford Griffin and McEagle Properties will be discussing the proposed NorthSide development plan at a meeting for residents of Old North this evening at Ames Visual and Performing Arts magnet school, 2900 Hadley.  We’ve been told that Paul McKee, CEO of McEagle Properties, will be in attendance to answer questions about how the development would affect Old North St. Louis.   The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.  See below for the flyer / invitation to the meeting from 5th Ward Alderwoman April Ford Griffin (who represents Old North and most of the proposed development area to the west) and Alderwoman Marlene Davis, who represents a portion of the western end of the proposed development area.

Although most of the area for the proposed project would be west of North Florissant (ONSL’s western border), the boundaries of the NorthSide project include the southern end of Old North St. Louis, between Cass and Chambers.  Companies affiliated with McEagle Properties also own buildings and vacant lots in sections of Old North not included in the development area.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Scenes from Vegtabalooza at North City Farmers’ Market

The following shots capture a little of the spirit and fun of Saturday’s Vegtabalooza at the North City Farmers’ Market.  (Check back to this post later for updated captions of people in the photos)

Fresh veggies from the 13th Street Community Garden

Fresh veggies from the 13th Street Community Garden

Ray Ray and James of City Seeds kept busy with a steady flow of customers

Ray Ray and James of City Seeds kept busy with a steady flow of customers

Contest judges tasting the apple pie entries.

Contest judges tasting the apple pie entries.

Best vegetarian dish winner

Best vegetarian dish winner

Best Tomato winners

Best Tomato winners

Strangest Looking Vegetable winners

Strangest Looking Vegetable winners

Apple Pie Contest winners

Apple Pie Contest winners

Dickherber family with one mighty big pumpkin

Dickherber family with one mighty big pumpkin

The Lettuce Heads performing for the Vegtabalooza crowd

The Lettuce Heads performing for the Vegtabalooza crowd

A good time was had by all.

A good time was had by all.

Although Vegtabalooza is over, the North City Farmers’ Market continues EVERY Saturday morning through the last Saturday in October.  Come back next week for more farm-fresh food, children’s activities, live entertainment, and cool people.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Vegtabalooza Happening Right Now!

If you’re sitting at home right now on Saturday morning wondering what to do on this beautiful day, perhaps the following photos will entice you out the door to join us for Vegtabalooza at the North City Farmers’ Market.  Most of these shots are from the early morning set-up, so the crowds haven’t arrived yet.   And if you’ve got a potential prize-winning fruit or vegetable or an apple pie in the oven, there’s still time to enter them in the contests here.  So hurry on over - the market fest ends at noon!

We look forward to seeing you at St. Louis Avenue just slightly west of N. 14th Street.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Come One, Come All to Vegtablooza ‘09 - Sat., Sept. 12!

If you’ve never been to the North City Farmers’ Market, or even if you’ve been every week, this week’s market is one not to be missed!  Come on out tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. until noon for a great celebration of farm-fresh food and a taste of a community in the midst of a phenomenal rebirth. 

So, what is a Vegtablooza?  This special event is our city’s “first festival celebrating fruits and vegetables”, with great musical entertainment, free food tastings and cooking demonstrations, and contests galore - including prizes for best apple pie, best tomato, best vegetarian or vegan dish, strangest fruit or vegetable, biggest fruit or vegetable.  If you’ve got a great recipe for a delicious apple pie, bring your pie and enter it in the contest.  If you’ve got something else that might qualify for any of the other contests, please bring it along, and who knows, you might go home with a prize!

Feel free to click and save this flyer and forward to everyone you know!

Feel free to click and save this flyer and forward to everyone you know!

Come on by to buy some food (you’ve got to get your groceries anyway, so why not get something healthy and fresh, and support a good cause and have fun all at the same time?) and stay for the festivities.  This week’s food will include watermelons, tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, okra, banana peppers, acorn squash, delicata squash, basil, mint, coriander, and much, much more!

In addition to our usual live music (starting at 9:45 a.m.), we’ll have children’s activities (including face painting and pictures with the Giant Carrot) and free health screenings by Grace Hill Health Center’s mobile health van. 

Tell your neighbors, bring the kids, and join in the celebration!  The market takes place every Saturday morning along the south side of the intersection of N. 14th Street and St. Louis Avenue, right across the street from Crown Candy Kitchen and at the edge of the Crown Square redevelopment of the former 14th Street Pedestrian Mall.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Urban Studio Cafe is Open for Business

Last Saturday morning, the Urban Studio Cafe at 2817 N. 14th Street opened their doors and started serving coffee and pastries.  The cafe is now open every day from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

In the weeks leading up to last Saturday's "soft opening," the staff have spent countless hours perfecting their techniques.  Here, Claire Wolff (on the right) and Louise Chatman watch as Darnell Purnell prepares a tasty mocha.

In the weeks leading up to last Saturday's "soft opening," the staff have spent countless hours perfecting their technique. Here, Louise Chatman and Claire Wolff observe as Darnell Purnell prepares a tasty mocha.

Old North residents filled up all of the seats on opening day at the Urban Studio Cafe.

Old North residents filled up all of the seats on opening day at the Urban Studio Cafe.

Claire Wolff and Granville Carter greet Graham Lane and prepare to take his order.

Claire Wolff and Granville Carter greet Graham Lane and prepare to take his order.

You can view David Holden’s video of the first customers arriving at the Uban Studio Cafe on YouTube.

The Urban Studio Cafe is much more than a place to pick up a cup of coffee and a muffin.   As noted on their website, “The Urban Studio has a successful history of providing art-based educational programs to youth in Old North St. Louis.  Revenue generated by the cafe will support these programs.”  For more information, visit that site at www.urbanstudiocafe.org - or, better yet, stop in and enjoy the experience in person while you get all of your questions answered by the friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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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