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A peek at Yellowbelly Sea & Spirits

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Travis Howard and Tim Wiggins, proprietors of Retreat Gastropub, the popular gathering spot at Sarah and Laclede, brought illustrator Noah MacMillan to town to work his magic at Yellowbelly Sea & Spirits, their latest venture opening soon at the corner of Lindell and Euclid.

The banners on the exterior hint at the restaurant’s tropical theme created by local branding and marketing agency Atomic Dust.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink  Yellowbelly Central West End Travis Howard Tim Wiggins Retreat Gastropub Noah MacMillan Atomic Dust    MacMillan, inspired by the theme and color palate utilized by Atomic Dust, was in the process of completing his second gorgeous wall mural in the space the afternoon I stopped by.

The illustrator and his partner Hitomi, whom he met at Washington University 10 years ago, moved to LA last year. She’s a pre-school teacher and he’s continuing his successful career as a designer and illustrator.  “It’s been wonderful to be back in town,” they said. “We really miss St. Louis.”

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Look for Yellowbelly Sea & Spirits to open around the end of August or beginning of September. Travis Howard emailed that they are excited to be joining the restaurant scene in CWE North.

Yellowbelly Sea & Spirits, on the ground floor of Citizen Park at Euclid and Lindell.

St. Louis Art Supply, formerly South City Art Supply, moving to the CWE

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photos courtesy of Carson Monetti

For someone who loves poking around art supply stores and who knows so many artists in the neighborhood, this news has been extremely hard for me to keep under wraps, until today…

I am thrilled to announce that South City Art Supply is changing its name to St. Louis Art Supply and moving from Cherokee Street to 4530-32 Olive Street in The Milton (west of Taylor and east of Bowood Farms).  To add to this overwhelmingly fabulous news, St. Louis Art Supply is opening Cornflower Coffee & Tea where you can, according to the press release, “watercolor over breakfast or take a latte into the shop’s book department.”

Carson Monetti and his wife Xena Colby, proprietors of St. Louis Art Supply, are planning to open the doors to St. Louis Art Supply in late August.

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Three years ago when the couple opened South City Art Supply on Cherokee they purposely stocked the best-made items at each price-point, items people might otherwise have to purchase online or on a weekend trip to Chicago. The well-curated inventory drew a “large following of artists, activists, and intellectuals.”

By moving to the centrally-located Central West End, situated between three universities (SLU, W.U. and Fontbonne), Monetti and Colby will be able to bring an expanded inventory to a much broader group of people.

“Moving to the Central West End also corrects a mistake we made when we first arrived,” they said. “Without knowing much about the city’s history and culture, and out of affection for Cherokee Street, we named ourselves after one part of the city. We still love Cherokee, and we’ve made friends with many wonderful people from South City. But if we had it to do all over again, knowing what we now know about the neighborhood-level fragmentation that runs through St. Louis history, we wouldn’t define ourselves with the name of any one neighborhood.”

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The new store will carry everything the shop on Cherokee stocks—the best selection of notebooks and stationery in town, a huge collection of Japanese imports, vintage calligraphy pens, etc.  But the CWE store will be larger, so they will be adding stretched canvas, water-soluble oils, every size and color of paint marker, and many more books.

Years ago as we saw neighborhood retail establishments dwindle, some CWEnders came up with a list of retail businesses they wished we had in the neighborhood. I don’t remember now exactly what was on that list, but I am quite certain an art supply store wasn’t. For in our wildest dreams we never thought it could possibly happen. Now it has…..the perfect fit for the evolving commercial/residential strip on Olive from Walton east to Boyle.

A big welcome to St. Louis Art Supply, 4530-32 Olive Street. I can’t wait!

CWEnder Carla Dawson’s paintings at Third Degree Glass Factory

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Third Fridays of each month Third Degree Glass Factory, 5900 Delmar Blvd., has become a popular entertainment option for people of all ages. It’s a magnet for young families, couples, and groups of friends looking for an interactive experience. You can watch a glass making demonstration, listen to live music, and perhaps take a glass blowing class. There is always a food truck parked out front and on the Friday I visited, June 15, a couple from Ices Plain & Fancy was working their magic creating fabulous nitro-churned ice cream in the front room.

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Each Third Friday also marks the introduction of a new artist invited to display art in the main room.

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On the 15th, CWEnder Carla Dawson, June’s “artist of the month,” presented All About Color. She’s photographed in front of her oil paintings It’s All Connected, left and  Maui Sunset, right.

Several years ago Dawson and her husband Denny moved to the Central West End from Chesterfield. She said they wanted a more urban, diverse environment. “Plus, the amenities in the CWE are awesome,” she added. The artist can often be spotted walking with her greyhound Pearl from her condo to her art studio in the neighborhood.

As a single mom Dawson chose a career in the banking industry. In 1992 she left banking and took up art studying at Washington University, and then with local artist and teacher Robert Ketchens before striking out on her own.

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All About Color is inspired by nature and the artist’s love of travel. Shown from top,  Quiet, middle, Time Lapse, and bottom photo, Pier.

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Above, An example of the artist’s collage on glass called Metallic Sunrise.

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Dawson’s After the Rain, 42″ x 34″ oil on linen.

It’s All About Color will remain on view at Third Degree Glass Factory until July 18.  The next Third Friday event is scheduled for July 20. Doors open at 6 p.m., admission is free.

To contact Carla Dawson, or to learn more about her vibrant art, visit her website.