Archive for June, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Website for Old North Grocery Co-op is Up

The Old North Grocery Co-op now has its own website, which is up and running.  Check it out at - and come on by 2718 N. 13th Street on Wednesday, June 30, between 3 and 6 p.m. to see the building and to find out how you can become a member-owner.

Thank you to Christopher Bay for contributing a good chunk of time and expertise to get this site going.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Old North Grocery Co-op Is Incorporated…and Now YOU can own a piece of it

The Old North Grocery Co-op is now more than just a vision:  it’s an officially recognized business in the eyes of the State of Missouri and the IRS.   On Tuesday we received our certificate of incorporation from the Missouri Secretary of State’s office (and the federal identification number from the IRS later that day), which means we now can start selling shares in the ownership of an actual business.  Click HERE for a downloadable Owner-Member Application, which can be dropped off or mailed into the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office at 2700 N. 14th Street.

To help with the share-selling campaign, we’re offering a “sneak peek” inside the building that is getting ready to house the soon-to-open grocery co-op this coming Wednesday from 3-6 p.m.  Come on by to take a look at the space and pick up a membership application or make your payment on the spot while you’re admiring the new front doorway that was cut into the building on Friday. 

The new entrance will still be on N. 13th Street but will be closer to St. Louis Avenue and will feature an accessible entry ramp, thanks to a facade improvement grant from the City of St. Louis, made possible by support from 5th Ward Alderwoman April Ford Griffin.

Watch this site for more details as all of the pieces continue to fall into place.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Dedication Block Party for 1st Habitat for Humanity Homeowners: Sunday, June 27

This coming Sunday, June 27, Habitat for Humanity will celebrate the handing over of keys to the new homeowners of the first Habitat homes built in Old North St. Louis.  To celebrate the occasion, Habitat will hold a dedication block party from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at 1900 Sullivan - and the whole community is invited.

As the flyer above indicates, you can call 314-371-0400 or send an email to to RSVP for the big event.  Come on out to enjoy the festivities and welcome our newest neighbors to the Old North St. Louis community.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Another Fun Day at the North City Farmers’ Market

The third week of the North City Farmers’ Market is in progress at this very moment, providing ONSL residents and friends with fresh produce, tasy baked goods, and one-of-a-kind crafts.  And if you come now, you’ll be able to enjoy the toe-tapping music of Barefoot Jones.

As the sign above indicates, the market is NOT on 14th Street, as it will be when the street is finished, but is just behind the former 14th Street Mall on the parking lot just east of the buildings along the 2700 block of North 14th (but still just south of St. Louis Avenue).

The market runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, so there’s still time to run on over and get your healthy & good food for the week - and enjoy a taste of community life while you’re at it.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Community Workshop for a More Walkable / Bikeable Old North

Join us Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at ONSLRG’s community gallery (2700 N. 14th Street) for the first community workshop as part of the process of developing a master plan for making Old North St. Louis more walkable and bikeable.  See the flyer below for more details.

As noted above, you can get more information online at

Friday, June 11, 2010

ONSL’s 13th St. Community Garden Picked by Gateway Greening to Become a “Hub Garden”

On Wednesday Gateway Greening announced their selection of two community gardens that will receive designation as new “Hub Gardens” - and we’re pleased to report that the 13th Street Community Garden has made the cut and has been selected for this honor. 

The following is the announcement as released by Gateway Greening: 

Contact: Leah Almeling
  Van Leuven Communications
  Phone: 800-520-1834 ext. 3
Wednesday, June 09, 2010

St. Louis– With the increasing interest in community gardening throughout St. Louis, Gateway Greening is expanding their resource availability by sponsoring two area hub gardens: Wayside Community Garden in Normandy and 13th Street Community Garden in Old North St. Louis.”Never in our 25 year history has the demand for community gardens and garden plots been as high as it is now,” said Gwenne Hayes-Stewart, Gateway Greening executive director. “In order to provide our services as effectively and efficiently as possible, we will be taking advantage of the built-in strengths of these existing community gardens while helping them to expand even further.”

“We’re all very passionate about community gardening and getting healthy food into people’s hands,” said Dan Linck, president of Citizens for the Advancement of Normandy. “This will hopefully play a big role for revitalizing the area.”
The 13th Street Garden grows produce for the North City Farmers’ Market and provides space for local community members to garden as well. The garden, maintained by local volunteers, is located at the corner of 13th and St. Louis Ave. in Old North St. Louis.”Becoming a hub garden will benefit us by allowing more neighbors to access the important tools and resources they need to grow their own food, and so live healthier lives,” said Veronica Holden, 13th Street Garden Coordinator.  “It will also be a place where all the many community gardens in this area can network with each other.”For more information about the recently named hub gardens or for community gardens interested in applying, contact Gateway Greening at 314-588-9600.

The Missouri Foundation for Health is a philanthropic organization whose vision is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves.
Gateway Greening is a non-profit organization that promotes urban neighborhood vitality and stability, healthy living and quality of life through community food projects, education and wellness programs and civic greening.
Congratulations to Veronica and all of the 13th Street Garden volunteers!

If you’d like to show your support for the garden, come on out to the North City Farmers’ Market tomorrow (Saturday) - and every Saturday - to purchase some fresh food grown at the garden.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Scenes from the Wildly Successful 1st Day of North City Farmers’ Market & Parade

Now that the North City Farmers’ Market has officially closed down for the day, we can officially report that the opening day was a wonderful occasion enjoyed by all.  The following are some more images from the day, including the arrival of the first ever Eat.Right.Now! parade.

If you missed the fun today, come back next Saturday from 9-noon, and every Saturday morning through October 16.  Thanks to all of the volunteers who made today, such a great success, and to Project Coordinator Lucas Hudson, Market Master Sarah Pritchard, 13th Street Garden Coordinator Veronica Holden, and Nutrition Educator/Chef Ivy Tominack.  For more updates and plans for future events at the market, visit

Saturday, June 5, 2010

North City Farmers’ Market is NOW OPEN!

Come on out right now to join us in celebrating the opening of the North City Farmers’ Market!  The market opened at 9 a.m. and will continue today until 1 p.m. (and every Saturday morning from now through Oct. 16 from 9 to noon).  This week (and possibly next) the market is operating from a temporary, alternate location in the parking lot behind the former 14th Street Mall, which can be accessed from St. Louis Avenue.

Friday, June 4, 2010

North City Farmers’ Market Opens New Season Saturday, June 5

The 4th season of the North City Farmers’ Market kicks off Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in the parking lot just east of the former 14th Street Mall.  Because the street along the 2700 block of N. 14th Street is still under construction, the usual site of the market isn’t quite in condition to host the market’s opening day. 

To celebrate the new season, the market launches the inaugural edition of the Eat.Right.Now! health parade.  The parade will start at 9:30 a.m. at Blair & Salisbury in Hyde Park and travel to the St. Louis Place neighborhood where the parade will turn onto St. Louis Avenue and head eastward into the Old North St. Louis neighborhood, finishing at the market site at Crown Square.

Fox 2 News has provided some good advance coverage of the upcoming parade and opening of the new season of the North City Farmers’ Market.  You can watch the two stories by clicking on the following links:

Fox 2 feature with Lucas Hudson, NCFM project coordinator, Veronica Holden, 13th Street Garden coordinator, and Ivy Tominack, NCFM Nutrition Educator, and chickens from the garden.

Fox 2 morning show feature with Lucas Hudson and Ivy Tominack, including nutritious food samples.

The North City Farmers’ Market is a project of the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group and is made possible in part through a generous grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

Come on out and join us to celebrate another season good food, friendly community, and neighborhood revitalization.


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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