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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Highlights of 2011 in Old North - Part 2

We started reviewing the highlights of 2011in Old North with yesterday’s post with the spotlight on the neighborhood’s 28% population growth over the past decade.  (Click HERE to see Part 1of our Year in Review.)  Today, we take a look at some of the other developments that took place this year that have made Old North more sustainable and desirable with businesses and amenities within an easy walking distance for all neighborhood households, and easily accessible by bike or bus for those coming from outside the neighborhood.

The most notable development on this front has been the addition of several new businesses at the heart of Old North, including:

La Mancha Coffeehouse at 2815 N. 14th Street, owned and operated by the Holden Family, opened in the space formerly occupied by the Urban Studio Cafe.  Another highlight this year for this Old North gathering spot was the selection of Veronica Holden as “Best Barista in St. Louis” by Riverfront Times in their annual Best of St. Louis issue.

The Racq Salon & Spa at 2605 N. 14th Street, owned and operated by Racqueal Carter, opened over the summer.

Closet Repeats at 2603 N. 14th Street, owned and operated by Yvonne Reed, opened in August.

Rambles Gift Gallery & Boutique at 2611 N. 14th Street, owned and operated by Maria Falconer, opened in October, and is the most recent retailer to set up shop at Crown Square.

Perpetua Iron LLC, co-owned by Old North resident, Janet Sanders, opened its workshop at 2802 Blair, bringing a combined 50 years of metalworking experience to the craft of designing and fabricating custom wrought iron railings, fences, gates, fireplace screens, and other items.  Since they’re only available by appointment, visit their website at http://perpetuairon.com/ to see their work or to contact them.

Those new businesses have received a lot of warm support from Old North residents but also benefited from a steady stream of visitors who came to the neighborhood for various events throughout the year, including:

Several organized bike rides and tours that started in or passed through Old North, thanks to our friends at Trailnet, Great Rivers Greenway, and Gateway Greening.

One of the City of St. Louis’s Open Streets Days took place in Old North on October 8, thanks to collaborative efforts between ONSLRG, the Mayor’s Office, the City’s Office of Special Events, and numerous other groups (and special thanks to ONSLRG’s practicum student Molly Johnson).

Old North St. Louis House & Community Tour on May 14, which also included a new component…

the Old North Home Grown Street Festival (which, unfortunately, had to have much of its activities move indoors due to the cool and rainy whether on the street), featuring a lot of locally-produced arts, crafts, music, and other goods, and the traditional free Crown Candy ice cream for visitors to the tour.  Thank you to all of the vendors, exhibitors, volunteers, tour site hosts and homeowners who opened up for the tour, Crown Candy, dozens of tour sponsors (especially lead sponsor PNC), and, especially the event’s planning committee led by Kathleen Parvis.

And, from June through October 15, the 2700 block of N. 14th Street was the setting for our fifth season of the North City Farmers’ Market, which happened every Saturday morning.   Thank you to the vendors, the dozens of volunteers who helped with setting up and taking down the tables and tents week after week, the Market team (Cassandra Howard, Veronica Holden, Ivy Tominack, and the rest of the ONSLRG staff), and our primary funder, the Missouri Foundation for Health.

And, as mentioned yesterday, THANK YOU to all who have supported this ambitious agenda.  And, if you feel compelled to help us continue that work throughout the coming year, please click HERE to make a secure, online tax-deductible contribution.

2011 included so much more than all of this, so tune in tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 30) for Part 3 of the year that was in Old North.

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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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