Archive for November, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday Shopping Options in Old North

Many decades ago, the North 14th Street commercial corridor was one of the most active shopping spots in town.  Now you can do some traditional Black Friday shopping in Old North St. Louis once again.  By avoiding the unruly crowds at the big box stores and traffic jams in and out of parking lots at mega-malls, you can support local businesses and help invest in Old North’s revitalization at the same time.

Shopping in Old North not only is more peaceful and good for the spirit, the options are good too:

Therapy Fashion Boutique at 2717 N. 14th Street is the newest business at Crown Square, just across St. Louis Avenue from Crown Candy Kitchen.  With stylish new dresses and accessories, it’s the perfect place for gifts for the women in your life.  For more about Therapy, take a look at our previous post about the store’s opening last month.

The Urban Studio Cafe at 2815 N. 14th Street has much more than its usual good coffee, sandwiches, and pastries today. 

 As the flyer below notes, you can pick up gifts from local crafters and get a free cup of coffee today with the purchase of a baked good.


Old North Grocery Co-op at 2713 N. 13th Street also offers unique options for Christmas gifts.  While the fresh produce and baked items on the shelves probably won’t last until December 25, many other items in the store would do just fine, including bags of whole bean coffee from Chauvin Coffee, salsas and pasta sauces from Chef Mel’s, packaged pastas, dried fruit, and other edible items.

Crown Candy Kitchen is always a good source for chocolates and other sweet stuff.  And since they sell gift certificates, their goods make great stocking stuffers and can be enjoyed all year long.

And let’s not forget that merchandise from Old North St. Louis Restoration Group can make great gifts, as well.  Although today is an office holiday, ONSLRG’s online shop is open 24/7 - and is always just a click away.  Unique gift options include Old North t-shirts, mugs, stickers, or even a contribution in the name of a loved one.


Monday, November 22, 2010

A Weekend of Art at the Old North Gallery

On Friday night, the Old North Gallery hosted the opening reception for the Visionary Arts of Haiti exhibit, sponsored by Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates.

On Saturday, visitors were able to enjoy a gallery talk by curator Laurie Beasley, who shared the stories of the artists who produced the works on exhibit.   The exhibit can be viewed through Dec. 17 during Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s office hours, 9-5 Monday through Friday.

Earlier on Friday, the same gallery space played host to the Cinema St. Louis screening of the documentary, Inauguration Road, for students from schools in Old North.  Friday’s audience of students from Confluence Academy enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the film with director Lynelle White.   

The busload of students from Confluence Academy arrived just as Carson Minnow and Sam Coffey were taping a future video segment about Crown Square for 

Above: Lynelle White takes a question from one of the students at Friday’s screening.

Screenings also took place in the gallery on Monday and Wednesday for students from Ames Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Join us Friday for Visionary Arts of Haiti Opening Reception

Join us this Friday for the opening reception of the latest exhibit at Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s in-house gallery at 2700 N. 14th Street.  The reception for ”Visionary Arts of Haiti” will begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue until 8:30 p.m. “Visionary Arts of Haiti,” a three week exhibit of Haitian art, will include steel sculptures, flags, primitive paintings and masks.  The Exhibit is curated by Laurie Beasley of Ridge Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, and is sponsored by the Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates.

The Exhibition is free to the public. Laurie Beasley will deliver a Gallery Talk on Saturday, November 20 at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to come and shop early for the holidays.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

St. Louis Avenue Overpass Re-Opens

The St. Louis Avenue overpass spanning Interstate 70 is open once again after many months of re-construction which made it challenging to get into Old North from the east.  On Friday, representatives from the Missouri Dept. of Transportation, East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept., and Fred Weber Construction Co., along with staffers from the offices of Mayor Slay, Congressman Clay, Senator McCaskill, and Senator Bond participated in a ceremonial ribbon-cutting in the middle of the new St. Louis Avenue overpass.  The new bridge, complete with ornamental railings and light fixtures and sidewalks protected by concrete barriers, crosses over Interstate 70 between 10th and 11th Streets.  The overpass is the primary entry point into Old North for residents and visitors who exit westbound I-70 at the Madison exit (which actually feeds into N. 10th Street up to St. Louis Avenue).

The aerial image below is from the website for the new Mississippi River Bridge project, with a yellow oval at the overpass location.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Winter Weatherization Workshop Scheduled for Thurs., Nov. 11

Habitat for Humanity-Saint Louis, along with Missouri Botanical Gardens’ EarthWays Center and Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, will host a winter weatherization workshop on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Old North St. Louis Restortion Group’s gallery, 2700 N. 14th Street.  See below for details - and help us spread the word to any neighbors with old houses in need of weatherizing before the temperatures get much colder.  Click HERE for a downloadable PDF of the flyer that can be printed and posted elsewhere or passed along to your neighbors.

The workshop is free and open to the public.  As the flyer indicates, the first 50 attendees will receive a free package of weather stripping.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fourteenth Street is OPEN for Driving and Parking

As of this past weekend, you are free to drive up and down the 2600 and 2700 blocks of North 14th Street in Old North St. Louis.  While the actual opening to traffic may feel a bit anticlimactic after the big celebration on July 29th, the cars on the street provide yet another piece of evidence that 14th Street is a real street once again. 

Come on by to take a look and drive down the street.  Feel free to park on the street or in the spacious, off-street parking lot behind the buildings along the east side of the street - and then enjoy a nice, leisurely walk along the two blocks to admire the award-winning, historically rehabbed and architecturally significant buildings that line the 2600 and 2700 blocks.


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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