Saturday, June 25, 2011
Crown Square is picking up steam with a wave of new retail tenants making plans to open this summer. On Friday Maria Falconer of Rambles.com signed a lease to open her first physical retail store at Crown Square. By itself, that’s good news. As is often the case in Old North, though, the story of how this outcome was achieved demonstrates the power of community and the determined spirit in Old North.
A few months ago Maria visited Crown Square to look at some possible locations to expand her business from the online world to include a bricks and mortar shop that would sell her eclectic mix of “fun, funky, functional” art, jewelry, furnishings, and other products. Maria liked what she saw in Old North and shared that with her friends and followers through her blog and facebook pages. However, when it turned out that another business had submitted a letter of intent for the space she wanted, Maria re-opened her options to consider other parts of town, including the Delmar Loop and the Central West End.
With a slight bit of encouragement from the Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group, the community kicked into gear and mobilized a “Reel in Rambles” campaign to show Maria how much support there was for her to select Crown Square. Consequently, ONSL residents, business owners, and other friends of the neighborhood flooded the Rambles facebook page with messages urging Maria to set up shop at Crown Square.
And the messages from community kept coming…
After another opportunity to take in the warmth and vitality of the neighborhood, this time through a visit to the Old North Homegrown Festival & House Tour on May 14, Maria decided that Crown Square was the ideal spot for Rambles.
The Rambles store will open at Crown Square on the 2600 block of N. 14th Street later this summer. Thank you Maria! We look forward to seeing you soon in the neighborhood.
In the meantime, Old North will get a chance to celebrate another retail grand opening at Crown Square on Friday, July 1, when Closet Repeats opens for business at 2603 N. 14th. With Therapy Boutique at 2717 N. 14th, Closet Repeats will offer even more options for purchasing a variety of fashionable clothing in the heart of Old North. Please join us in welcoming Yvonne Reed to Old North by coming out on July 1 to buy something nice for yourself or for your mother, sister, daughter…
Stay tuned for news soon about another summer opening at Crown Square, this time for Racq Salon & Spa at 2605 N. 14th.
If you know of any other businesses that would be a good fit for a friendly and supportive community (not to mention the more than 75,000 potential customers who live within 3 miles of Crown Square), contact Susan Sauer at Duffe-Nuernberger Realty, by phone at 314-571-7654 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Floorplans and pricing for spaces at Crown Square can be found online HERE.
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