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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mourning the Passing of Tom Tschetter, former ONSLRG Board Member, Expert Contractor & Rehabbing Guru

We were saddened to learn yesterday that former Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Board Member and Real Estate Committee chair, Tom Tschetter, has died.   All of us at ONSLRG extend our condolences to Tom’s wife, Susan.  Visitation is scheduled for Friday, December 12, starting at 9:00 a.m. at Grace & Peace Fellowship, 5574 Delmar Blvd, 63112, with the service at 10:00 a.m.

For many years Tom and Susan graciously opened their beautifully and painstakingly restored home on North Market Street for the Old North St. Louis House Tour - and it was always a "must-see" stop on the tour.

As ONSLRG's Real Estate Committee Chair, Tom was one of the select few who participated in a celebration on the evening when construction finally got underway (beginning with excavation for the foundation) for new homes at North Market Place in the spring of 2004.

As ONSLRG's Real Estate Committee Chair, Tom was one of the select few who participated in a celebration on the evening of the day when construction finally got under way (beginning with excavation for the foundations) for new homes at North Market Place in the spring of 2004.

As an expert carpenter and rehabbing guru, Tom was responsible for, directly involved with, or lent a hand in some way with numerous rehabs throughout Old North, including many Landmarks Association “Most Enhanced Award”-winning projects.  We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Tom for his mentoring of and assistance to countless rehabbers over many years, his service as an ONSLRG Board member and Real Estate Committee Chair, and so many other contributions as a volunteer, friend and neighbor.

In March of 2012, Tom and Susan, and their award-winning home, were featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch homes section, and as they always did, they took advantage of the opportunity to share their love for Old North.  Click HERE to see that blog post and for the link to the Post-Dispatch article and more photos of their home.

Tom, in the brown jacket and cap, was among neighborhood residents who volunteered their time on a bitter cold, January morning to board up vacant buildings so that they could survive the winter and later experience full historic rehabs.

Tom, in the brown jacket and cap, was among neighborhood residents who volunteered their time on a bitter cold, January morning to board up vacant buildings so that they could survive the winter and later experience full historic rehabs.

Tom will be sorely missed and appreciated for many years to come for the role he played in the revitalization of Old North.  If you ever find yourself driving through Old North admiring the phenomenal historic preservation that has taken place at so many homes, think of Tom.  No matter whose home you stop at, there’s a good chance Tom was involved in one way or another, whether as a contractor, volunteer, advisor, or friend.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Media Buzz about Old North: from Post-Dispatch Coverage of Gina & Travis Sheridan’s Home to St. Louis Public Radio

If you missed the feature in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Nov. 15 about Gina and Travis Sheridan’s Wright Street home in Old North, don’t worry, there will no doubt be plenty more where that came from.  Gina & Travis recently closed on the purchase of the home they had been renting, thanks to mortgage financing from Midland States Bank.  And, long before they officially owned the home, they had already started spreading the word far and wide about how cool Old North is and have been active participants in numerous efforts to keep Old North moving in a positive direction.

The article in the Post starts with an opening line that sounds a lot like what we keep telling anyone who’ll listen:  ”Great things are happening in Old North St. Louis, thanks in part to residents like Travis and Gina Sheridan…

You can read the whole article by clicking HERE.  And to see the short video that accompanies the article, in which Travis proclaims that they live in “probably the best neighborhood in all of St. Louis” and where he gives credit to the work of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, as well as the support from David Noble of Midland States Bank, click HERE.  And if you see Gina or Travis around the neighborhood, be sure to thank them for the wonderful things they keep saying about Old North.

But that’s not the only good press we’ve received lately.  Shortly before that piece ran in the Post, St. Louis Public Radio posted a story about the ongoing progress in Old North, which included comments and observations from longtime and newer residents and businesses in the community.

Among the individuals quoted in that piece were residents Joe and Susannah Eisenbraun, Phil Valko (both a resident and director of Washington University’s Sustainability Office), Dr. Annessa Blackmun of Blackmun Footcare, M.K. Stallings of UrbArts, Eric Woods of Firecracker Press, Veronica Holden (resident and owner of La Mancha Coffeehouse), Tom & Gloria Bratkowski, and Sean Thomas of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group.  Other neighborhood businesses, nonprofits, and amenities mentioned in the story included Crown Candy Kitchen, Kennedy’s Pet Shop, the Sustainable Land Lab projects (the Mighty Mississippians,  and Sunflower+ garden, the Chess Pocket Park, and the planned Bistro Box), Headhunters Barber & Beauty Salon, and the neighborhood’s many community gardens.

To read the whole story and to listen to brief clips of the interviews, click HERE or on the image above.

For more on media coverage of all things Old North, click HERE for our past blog posts on the topic.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Supporting Community Development in Old North on Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, & Giving Tuesday

Today is Small Business Saturday… please support the small businesses of Old North, including the retailers at Crown Square!

As a mixed-use community, Old North is home to many small and medium-sized businesses that employ residents of the community, attract visitors to the neighborhood, and provide valuable goods and services to residents of Old North and other neighborhoods.  The following is a list of some of the businesses and nonprofit organizations in Old North that may have items available for your purchase…

14th Street Artist Community, 2607 N. 14th Street

Better Life Cleaning Products, (to find a retailer or to buy online, visit CleanHappens.com)

Blackmun Footcare, 2608 N. 14th Street

Boss Metal Fabricators, 1125 Montgomery St.

Building Futures, 2617 N. 14th Street

Central Print, 2624 N. 14th Street

Crown Candy Kitchen, 1401 St. Louis Avenue

ExKuisite Designs by Kimberly, 2611 N. 14th Street

Firecracker Press, 2612 N. 14th Street

Headhunters Barber & Beauty Shop, 2613 N. 14th Street

Kennedy’s Pet Shop, 2701 N. 14th Street

KRAV Boutique, 2717 N. 14th Street

La Mancha Coffeehouse, 2800 N. 14th Street

Marx Hardware, 2501 N. 14th Street

Northside Workshop, 1306 St. Louis Avenue

Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, 2700 N. 14th Street

Perpetua Iron Works, 2803 Blair

The Racq Salon & Spa, 2605 N. 14th Street

St. Louis ArtWorks, 2707 N. 14th Street

UrbArts (Urban Artists Alliance for Child Development), 2600 N. 14th Street

Zuka Arts Guild, 2701 N. 14th Street

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CYBER MONDAY

This Monday is Cyber Monday, which traditionally has been one of the biggest online shopping days of the year.  So if you’re shopping online on Monday (or any day of the year, for that matter), consider buying some Old North merchandise by clicking HERE.  ONSLRG t-shirts, mugs, and stickers make great presents!

If you want to purchase any merchandise available on Amazon, consider supporting Old North St. Louis Restoration Group by making the purchase via Amazon Smile (Smile.Amazon.com) and select Old North St. Louis Restoration Group as the non-profit to benefit from your purchase.  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support ONSLRG every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization (which, we hope, is Old North St. Louis Restoration Group). On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), before you begin shopping you need to select a charitable organization - just type in “Old North St. Louis Restoration” in the search box, which will then bring up Old North St. Louis Restoration Group - and then you just click on the “select” button to designate ONSLRG as the charitable organization of your choice to receive donations from eligible purchases. Then the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The site will remember your selection, and every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

For more about the Amazon Smile Foundation, click HERE.

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But wait, there’s more!

According to GivingTuesday.org:

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

We’d greatly appreciate any support you could offer for ONSLRG on this Giving Tuesday.  One option for you is to click HERE or on the image below to make a financial contribution to help us continue our work of revitalizing the physical and social dimensions of the Old North neighborhood in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural, and urban character.

Or, you can click HERE to learn about ways you can volunteer some of your time with us.

We’d also like to know if you have any other creative ideas for helping ONSLRG continue the great progress we’ve made.  Feel free to comment here by clicking on the LEAVE A COMMENT link at the top left side of this post, or send us an email (to info@ONSL.org) to let us know your idea.  As always, feel free to share this with others who might have an interest in supporting ONSLRG by clicking the envelope image with “EMAIL” under it, also at the top left side of this post.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Office Will Be Open During Regular Business Hours

Regardless of any announcements regarding the Grand Jury decision, the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office will remain open during regular business hours on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  Although some schools and businesses have already announced plans to be closed, we will be here to continue our work of building an inclusive, welcoming, safe, stable, vibrant, and sustainable community.

However, since Thanksgiving and the day after are holidays for our staff, our office will be closed on Nov. 27 & 28. Even though the ONSLRG office won’t be open on Friday, we encourage everyone to come on out to Old North on Black Friday (and Small Business Saturday) to support the local, independent businesses of Old North - and the hardworking people who bring jobs, investment, and much needed goods and services to the community.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Holidays in Old North Festival & Craft Market - Saturday, Dec. 13

Please make plans to join us in Crown Square on Saturday, December 13 for our annual Holidays in Old North Festival & Craft Market.  The festivities will take place from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. inside several different spaces along the 2600 & 2700 blocks of N. 14th Street.  Featuring free photos with Santa, up to 50 vendors, holiday music, and food, the event is free of charge and will happen regardless of the weather - so, even if there’s a blizzard or 70 degrees outside, come on out to join us.

Visit the Facebook event page by clicking HERE to let all of your friends know you’ll be going.

And, if you’re an artisan vendor, there still is room for a couple more! If you’re interested, send an email to Claire@onsl.org.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Celebrate the Music (& birthdays) of Scott Joplin & W.C. Handy on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the ONSLRG Gallery

Join us in commemorating the birthdays of two legendary figures from the world of music with important ties to the City of St. Louis.

On Saturday, November 8 at 2 p.m., the Ragged Blade Band will perform at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery (2700 N. 14th Street) to celebrate the lives and legacies of Scott Joplin, the “King of Ragtime” and W.C. Handy, known as the “Father of the Blues.” This month we celebrate the 141st anniversary of Handy’s birth (Nov. 16, 1873) and perhaps the 146th anniversary of Joplin’s birth.  Although Joplin’s actual birth date is unknown, the marker at his gravestone lists it as Nov. 24, 1868.

This year also marks the centennial of the publication of “Saint Louis Blues,” which Handy said was inspired by a woman he saw on the streets of St. Louis.  First played and published in 1914, “Saint Louis Blues” has been called the “most influential song of all time” by Ted Gioia, author of The History of Jazz (as reported in the June 2014 issue of The Atlantic:

“The most exciting development in modern music is the multicultural mixture of old sounds into new hybrids. And no one mixed them up better than W. C. Handy in “St. Louis Blues,” which brought together the 12-bar blues, Latin rhythms, and the American popular song in one of the biggest hits of all time.”

Joplin’s most famous piece, “The Entertainer,” which was composed and published during his St. Louis years, has also earned a spot among the classics of American music.  The Recording Industry Association of America ranked it #10 on its “Songs of the Century” list.

So, come on out to celebrate a couple of American classics in the heart of a neighborhood not far from where the streets of where one of the songs was inspired and just blocks away from the home where the composer of the other lived.  As an added bonus, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that funds raised at this concert will go to support the work of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group.  Admission is just $10, payable at the door.

Arts programming throughout the year, including at the ONSLRG Gallery, has been generously supported by the Regional Arts Commission and the Arts & Education Council of Greater St. Louis, and other events in the gallery have been funded by Missouri Humanities Council - and we do thank them all for making it possible for ONSLRG to bring community enriching programming to Old North.

This event, however, is billed as a fundraiser for Old North St. Louis Restoration Group.  If you can’t attend the event on Saturday, please feel free to make a contribution to ONSLRG online by clicking HERE or on the button below.  Please note that we now offer an online contribution option for you to set up a recurring contribution so that a certain amount gets contributed each month making it so much easier for all.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Join us THIS Sat., Oct. 18 for North City Farmers’ Market’s End of Season Harvest Fest Celebration!

Saturday, October 18 will be the last day of North City Farmers’ Market’s 2014 season - so, that means it’s time to celebrate.  Please join us for all of the activities - or as much of it as you can during the market hours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

As we’ve done for the past 8 seasons, we’re planning a lot of extra activities and fun to ensure that a good time will be had by all at our annual Harvest Fest.

We'll all be jumping for joy at the North City Farmers' Market Harvest Fest!

We'll all be jumping for joy at the North City Farmers' Market Harvest Fest!

On top of our usual fresh produce and local artisans, we’ll have face painting, live music and a dance troupe, a pumpkin painting contest, costume contest, kettle corn, and more! La Mancha Coffeehouse will also be handing out caramel apples and selling their delicious hot apple cider.

Please join us - and feel free to bring the whole family - and invite all of your neighbors, as well!  We’re looking forward to seeing you between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the 2700 block of N. 14th Street.

For more information, be sure to visit the North City Farmers’ Market Facebook page by clicking HERE.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Helpful Tips for Saving Energy, Saving Money, & Saving the Planet at ONSLRG’s Energy Conservation Workshop

Stay tuned for some good information from Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s Energy Conservation Workshop held on October 7.

Among the presenters were Richard Reilly of Missouri Botanical Garden’s Earthways Center, who offered good introductory overview and practical information on the value of making energy efficiency improvements to your home.

Click HERE or on the image below to view a PDF version of Richard’s presentation.

We also will post a copy of the presentation made by Crystal Howard of the Metropolitan Sewer District. Watch for that to be uploaded and available for viewing soon.

Thank you to our panel of neighborhood residents who’ve installed energy-saving improvements at their homes, John Thro, James Cox, and Tom Bratkowski. These residents discussed their experiences and lessons from installing solar panels, geothermal, and white roofs.

Other presenters included Clarence Hanks of Laclede Gas, Tony Johnson, an energy auditor from the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Thanks to the generosity of Ameren Missouri - and the connection made by Sal Martinez, Executive Director of Community Renewal & Development - all attendees were able to go home with free boxes of Energy Star certified, compact fluorescent light bulbs.

A portion of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s programming, including this workshop, has been funded in part with Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, made possible by the City of St. Louis Community Development Administration.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Old North Walking Club Ends 2014 Season with a “Walk to the Trestle”

On Sept. 28, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group celebrated the conclusion of the inaugural season of the Old North Walking Club with a Walk to the Trestle.  The Trestle is a 1.5 mile abandoned railroad alignment purchased by Great Rivers Greenway and planned for future development as a “Rails to Trails” paved and landscaped bike and walking path.

The Trestle will connect the Riverfront Trail to the southeastern corner of Old North, as the Trestle touches down near the intersection of Howard and Hadley.

As it crosses over Interstate 70, the Trestle offers phenomenal views of downtown St. Louis, the Mississippi River, the North Broadway commercial corridor, Produce Row, the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, and Old North.

The Old North Walking Club and a few new friends met at the ONSLRG office on N. 14th Street and made the 0.8 mile trek to The Trestle, where the participants could enjoy spectacular views and and refreshing and delicious treats at a picnic on the Trestle.  A total of 55 people took part on the walk and picnic.

At the Hadley Street “trailhead” of the Trestle, Todd Antoine of Great Rivers Greenway met the group to provide a brief orientation on what The Trestle’s neighbors would be able to see.

On the Trestle, Todd showed how The Trestle fits into the broader plans for a regional, connected greenway.

Other display boards showed renderings of what the Trestle will look like when completed.

After looking at the plans and renderings of what will be coming to the Trestle, the Old North residents and friends got to go explore what the Trestle looks like today, while taking in the incredible views.

The tour of the Trestle concluded with a one-of-a-kind picnic with neighbors…

After the fun on the Trestle, the group enjoyed a leisurely walk back to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office, past many of the neighborhood’s amenities, including Jackson Park (above) and the tree-lined streets of architecturally significant homes (below).

Thank you to Great Rivers Greenway for providing financial support to make it possible for Old North St. Louis Restoration Group to host the Old North Walking Club this past summer.  For more about GRG, click HERE.

With this support, the Old North Walking Club went out for 28 separate group walks with 60 different individuals participating.  The walks averaged 9.42 people participating per week on walks.   If we add up every individual’s walking time and distance, our walking club collectively walked 456 miles (equivalent to walking from St. Louis to Detroit) and for 283 hours (almost 12 days straight of walking!)

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Saturday Will Soon Be Here…Have You Rounded Up All Your Friends to Attend the Southeast by Old North Benefit Concert Yet?

We’re counting down the hours to the big Southeast by Old North North Benefit Concert featuring 4 separate musical acts THIS SATURDAY, Sept. 27 at Plush, 3224 Locust. If you haven’t reserved your tickets yet - don’t worry! - you still can get tickets online by clicking HERE to buy your tickets via TicketFly for just $15… or, you’ll still be able to purchase your tickets at the door Saturday night, for just $15.

Whether you’re a resident of Old North, a friend of the community, an advocate of historic preservation, a promoter of healthy communities, a fan of one of the bands, or just someone who wants to spend the evening listening to great music at a cool venue with a crowd of friendly, community-minded characters, the Southeast by Old North Benefit Concert for Old North St. Louis Restoration Group will be the place to be on Saturday evening.  The doors open at 7 p.m.

Earlier this week we provided a bit of background on one of the bands, Five Eight (click HERE to see that), and we’ll provide more detail about all of the bands and musicians below.  BUT, please note that this event is more than a rocking night of good music.  Since the whole event was pulled together by ONSLRG Board member Doug Rasmussen to be a fundraiser for ONSLRG, the ticket revenue will support ONSLRG’s neighborhood-wide revitalization work - AND there will be other ways of providing support that night.  One of the highlights will be a raffle for many fantastic prizes, including a gift basket (shown below) from Bissinger’s, which recently moved into space on North Broadway.

Other raffle prizes include a variety of items from Crown Candy Kitchen, CDs and other products from Euclid Records and tickets to a concert at the Pageant, tickets to the St. Louis Rams’ Oct. 13th Monday Night Football game, a growler and gift certificate from Morgan Street Brewery, a night’s stay at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, a gift certificate for the Fountain on Locust… and more.

If the music and the company of friends and other cool people isn’t enough reason to attend, come on out to support ONSLRG’s work AND get a chance to get some great stuff.

PLUS, hanging out with some great people is a good way to spend a Saturday night!

But, if you like music, that should be a compelling enough reason to attend.  To get a feel for the sounds of these musicians, click on the links below to listen to a selection from each.

Hannah Aldridge…

Corvus & Canis…

The Pauses…

and, Five Eight…

Saturday night you’ll have a rare opportunity to see and hear all of them live on stage at Plush!  With that much talent all performing on the same stage in the same night, the $15 ticket price is one of the best entertainment deals in town.  You might as well get several tickets and treat all of your friends to a great night out for a great cause!  Click HERE to buy the tickets online - or come on out Saturday night and pay at the door.

And, as noted in the previous posts, if you just can’t make it to the concert Saturday but you still want to support Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, just click on the image below to make a secure, tax-deductible contribution right now.  Thank you!

WHAT'S NEW IN OLD NORTH

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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