Archive for June, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

Coming Soon to Crown Square…

Several commercial spaces along the 2600 and 2700 N. 14th Street at Crown Square will soon be filled with new commercial tenants, including:

2703 N. 14th Street: the space next door to Poor Souls Society Art Gallery and across the street from Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s office will soon be bustling with activity from St. Louis ArtWorks‘ youth apprenticeship program.  Interior buildout of the space is now underway, with a plan to open later this month.  For more information on St. Louis ArtWorks, visit their website by clicking HERE.

Meanwhile, down on the 2600 block, two other spaces are being prepared at:

2601 N. 14th Street for Sole Kandy Shoe Boutique, a women’s shoe store; and

2608 N. 14th Street for Dr. Annessa Blackmun’s podiatry office, to be called Blackmun Footcare.

Since a few of the remaining spaces are large enough to accommodate restaurant uses, let us know if you have any good suggestions for restaurants we should pursue, especially if you’ve got any connections with the owners.  What would be the ideal fit at Crown Square?  A Mexican restaurant? A barbecue place? A microbrewery?

For more information about what’s still available at Crown Square, contact Susan Sauer of Duffe-Nuernberger Realty at 314-571-7654.

To check out the existing businesses, take a peek at the progress with the “coming soon” spaces, and to get a better look at what’s still available, come on out to the North City Farmers’ Market every Saturday.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Scenes From Today’s Opening Day of North City Farmers’ Market

It was a great day in Old North for the opening of the sixth season of the North City Farmers’ Market.  Thanks to all who came out to take advantage of the opportunity to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, pastries, breads, and other locally produced foods, crafts, jewelry, and other unique items - and thanks to all of the vendors who brought their products to the market today.  Special thanks also go to the many residents and friends of Old North who put in the time and effort to set up for the day, serve as volunteer vendors, and take down at the end of the market day.

A special feature at today’s market was a visit by Saint Louis Caledonian Pipe Band, who generously contributed their time and musical talents to entertain the market’s customers and vendors (thanks to Sarah Kate Buckles and her mother for making the arrangements).

Visitors were invited to let us know how they learned about the market and to provide their feedback on the types of vendors and activities they’d like to see at future markets.  If you didn’t get a chance to register your thoughts, let us know by commenting on this page or by sending an email to

And finally, we extend our gratitude to ONSLRG’s interns and practicum students for handling major portions of the work in preparing for the season and coordinating much of the work today.  Shown above are Nic Hutchison (from Missouri State University), Michelle Wiegand (of Washington University), and Michelle’s friend Nate.  Not in the picture but also helping today was Jennifer Gray, practicum student from St. Louis University and Lindsey Forsythe (also of Washington University).

Friday, June 1, 2012

North City Farmers’ Market - Opening Day TOMORROW, Sat., June 2

Can it really be that time already?  Although it doesn’t feel like it should be June already, the 6th season of the North City Farmers’ Market is indeed celebrating its opening day tomorrow, Saturday, June 2, at 9 a.m.

As usual, the market offers a great opportunity to pick up some fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, and herbs (and some of it grown very locally by dedicated and industrious Old North residents in the 13th Street Community Garden), in addition to a variety of crafts and other unique products.   Of course the market also is a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the wonderful people who call Old North home and catch up with some old friends.

In addition to live music in the form of St. Louis Caledonian Pipe Band (starting at 10 a.m.),  there will be children’s activities, and all who stop by the info booth to fill out a brief survey will be entered into a raffle for free passes to the City Museum.

Vendors and others who’ve signed up for this season include:

Farmers and Food Vendors

  • 13th Street Community Garden
  • Old North Grocery Co-op
  • Angel Baked Cookies
  • Black Bear Bakery
  • Burning Kumquat
  • W.M. Farms
  • La Mancha Coffeehouse
  • New Roots Urban Farm
  • Whetstone Farms
  • Del Carmen: “Black Beans a la Cubana”
  • Watermelons by Allona Morris
  • Homegrown
  • ReTrailer
  • El Chico Bakery
  • International Institute Global Farms
  • Villareal Family Farms


  • Ahjiba Handspun
  • Jewelry in support of Jane Doe Advocacy Center
  • Stuff N Things
  • Benton Park Creations

And More:

  • Mound City Soap Company
  • Naturally Perfect Candle Co.
  • Jaymoo Productions- Soap
  • On-site Bike Repair

Visit the facebook event page for the market’s opening day: by clicking HERE and be sure to indicate your plans to attend by clicking the “Going” button on the page.

See you Saturday morning on N. 14th Street just south of St. Louis Avenue!


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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