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Snapshots from last Saturday’s happenings: National Dance Week STL, Independent Bookstore Day, The Kabine & more

Is it my imagination, or does there seem to be an extra spring in everyone’s step now that the weather has finally turned a corner?  The upbeat tempo was certainly evident last Saturday when the sidewalks were packed—a more frequent occurrence these days with the addition of so many new residents from recently-constructed apartment buildings.  I took advantage of the weather as well and headed out to enjoy a couple of events and found a surprise discovery along the way.

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Fifty dance companies from the St. Louis area participated in National Dance Week STL which took place on Washington Ave. in Grand Center from Noon to 5 p.m. Linda Green, Missouri State Director of National Dance Week STL, upper left, delivered the opening remarks and welcomed the dancers and spectators. Other photographs show participants arriving at the event or, lower left, carving out a spot to practice their routine before their performance.

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Lindenwood University’s Dance Troupe, above.

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Clockwise from top left, Midwest Ballet Theatre, Kari James Dance Network (Kari teaches a DanceJam class at the CWE’s City Studio), The Dance Co. of St. Charles, and FOXPACF St. Louis Teen Competition.

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A view of the crowd watching the performances.

Walking west on Washington I had the good fortune to stumble upon “A Tiny Shiny Shop,” a mobile stationery store parked across from the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

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For the past 2 years Kim Hayes, who was on the staff at Centro until 2011, has operated her business in a 1965 Airstream called The Kabine. Accompanied by her sidekick, a gentle pit bull named Meri, Hayes takes The Kabine to festivals (she traveled to Palm Springs for Modernism Week in February), to museums such as the Contemporary and Pulitzer, and other locations around town including Cortex and MidTown Alley. Last fall she was a vendor at the CWE BookFest STL.

Hayes is hopeful that her mobile shop will “inspire unplugging, slowing down, and connecting in meaningful ways.” Included in her mix of unusual items, or as the website says, “goods for your next adventure,” are beautiful postcards featuring photos from her travels, a variety of clever notebooks, writing instruments, decorative masking tapes, off-beat paper clips, Japanese binoculars, and much more.

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Hayes said her merchandise reflects what she would put in a suitcase when packing for a trip. “I always include books,” she said, and unsurprisingly her small collection features one titled Pit Bull.

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To learn more and to find out where The Kabine will pop up next, visit the website, Instagram or Twitter. Hayes also writes a blog called two girls (Kim + Meri) and a trailer.

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It was really heartwarming to see the huge crowd at Left Bank Books celebrating National Independent Bookstore Day.

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The bookstore’s staff had planned many activities including a Bullet Journaling workshop led by Margaret Duncan, above right, a W.U. medical student. There was a pancake artist named Dancakes making literary themed pancakes, a group called the Magnificoes who read Shakespeare’s Star Wars Part the Seventh: The Force Doth Awaken (not photographed), and bottom left, an Anonymous Autograph Hour with a chance to choose a book in a sealed bag with a purchase of $20 or more. There was also an hour-long special sale in the Used Book section.

Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid.

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Saturday’s activities ended with an introduction to artist Roland Burrow, above, who had been invited to exhibit his paintings in the home of a CWE couple he met through McCaughen & Burr Fine Arts in Webster Groves. The couple were so impressed with Burrow’s work that they were eager to introduce him to some of their friends.

The artist, who earned a degree in Fine Arts Studies from UMSL in 2006, finds inspiration from the works of Michelangelo and Caravaggio and the Harlem Renaissance Painters. The painting shown with Burrows above is a 40″ x 30″ oil on canvas titled Madonna and Child.

“I love figure drawing” he said, “but consider the background to be just as important as the subject matter.” He also said he loves fashion, which is evident in his choice of attire as well as the elaborate costumes depicted in his paintings. Burrow is also a fan of musicians who lived in St. Louis at the time of the World’s Fair, such as Scott Joplin, Top Turpin and Louis “Birdface” Chauvin.

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Other paintings that were exhibited were from top: Are you experienced, 26″ x 42″ oil on canvas. Lower left: Defiance, 30″ x 40″ oil on canvas and lower right,  Jazz Singer,  30″ x 40″ oil on canvas.

In the gallery’s artist statement Burrow says: “Growing up on the North Side, growing up black, leaves little opportunity to view your community in a positive light…My goal is to portray the black community in a positive light as opposed to the historically represented theme of negativity…” The closing line is: “I intend to use my art to create a bridge of understanding between the black and white communities and begin to close the divide.” 

For more information, contact McCaughen & Burr Fine Arts

Shopping Local: A Valentine’s Gift Guide

After a bitterly-cold & grey January and equally bleak start to February, Valentine’s Day presents an opportunity to slough off the weather and warm your heart—and those of the ones you love—with a card or gift from a neighborhood business. Does anyone tire of hearing I love you?

ARTful Valentine gifts from CWE-based Kristen Kempton, FINK (fashion+art):

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From left:  Valentine paper, “perfectly imperfect,” hand-printed on recycled paper, $15. Hand-printed, hand-made, one-of-a-kind Valentine tees, $150 to $165. Pick-up is free, use coupon code STL at checkout, shipping available too.

Kristen Kempton, FINK (fashion+art). Visit website for info, or pillboxproductions@gmail.com.

Crafty finds at Bowood Farms:

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From left: Meri Meri pink garland on wooden spool, 15′ for $22; 12 fancy party sticks, $12; star garland, $12; Milagros hearts (in clear cup), $4, all Valentine cards, $5. Lower right: 12 heart-shaped cake toppers or swizzle sticks; “I Like You” stickers, 10 sheets for $8; xoxo stickers, 6 sheets for $6.  Middle: “Be Mine” heart-shaped purse, $14. In cabinet from left: Package of 3 party favors, includes tattoos & confetti, with room to add your own treats, $14; “lips” garland, $14. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed The Vino Gallery lululemon Left Bank Books Kristen Kempton jeni's iheartfink Handcrafted by Bissinger's di Olivas Central West End Cassie's Candle Fusion Studio Bowood Farms

Stop by Bowood Farms Flower Bar on February 14, where you can create your own hand-tied Valentine’s bouquet, $30. Click here for details.

Bowood Farms, 4501 Olive Street, (314) 454-6868.

 Share libations from The Vino Gallery:

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From left: For Valentine’s Day, proprietor Alex Head chose a great, juicy Mariella Román, a red blend of Zinfandel, Petit Sirah & Barbera, $23; a dry, “little bit sweet” 2016 Robert Weil Weingut Reisling, $24; and from the Champagne region, Cuvee des 2 Soeurs, a well-made grower champagne, $45.

The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson Ave., (314) 932-5665.

De-LOVEly deliciousness from Jeni’s, below.

jeni’s, 389 N. Euclid.

More deliciousness from Handcrafted by Bissinger’s:

From left: 28-piece Valentine’s Classic Collection, $46; Right: 2-tiered Bissinger’s Ballet Ballotin, 47 pieces for $68.

Handcrafted by Bissinger’s, 32 Maryland Plaza, (314) 367-7750.

From di Olivas: Valentine’s dinner for two (or more)

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di Olivas proprietor Robert Pallenja has been singing the praises of a new Busiate pasta from Italy, $8.99, each time I have stopped in his shop. He featured the pasta in a bacon, mushroom and cream dish he demonstrated recently at cooking class in the shop’s kitchen. Another dish on the menu that evening was linguini with shrimp. lemon zest, and basil. You can substitute the Garlic & Basil Pasta, $7.99 above for linguini, and you might check out the Orecchiette $8.99, while you’re there.

Both recipes can be found here.

di Olivas, 115 B N. Euclid, (314) 367-OILS

Pet LOVERS selections from Treats Unleashed. Woof, woof!

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Treats Unleashed, 22 N. Euclid, (314) 889-0966

For young book LOVERS:

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Join Storytime’s Cliff at Left Bank Books tomorrow morning at 10:30 for a special Valentine’s Celebrity event with St. Louisan Amy Sklansky, author of Sweet Hearts, $8.99. There will be cookies and crafts too.

Among the other Valentine’s selections are Valensteins by Ethan Long, $16.99, Love from Peter Rabbit, $8.99, Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood, $16.99, and What the World Needs Now is Love by Burt Bacharach & Hal David, illustrated by Mary Kate McDevitt, $9.99. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed The Vino Gallery lululemon Left Bank Books Kristen Kempton jeni's iheartfink Handcrafted by Bissinger's di Olivas Central West End Cassie's Candle Fusion Studio Bowood Farms

For young adults, the staff at LBB hearts:  Romona Blue by Julie Murphy, $17.99, “a love triangle unlike any you’ve ever read…the movie Chasing Amy but so much better”; Tash hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee, $18.99, “absolutely delightful, funny, smart and made my heart fuller”; This is Not a Love Letter by Kim Purcell, $17.99, “engrossing tense tale about love, loss & survival”; Meet Cute, $17.99, “ridiculously cute short stories by all of your favorite authors.”

Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, (314) 367-6731.

LOVE hydrating beauty products from Cassie’s:

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Crabtree & Evelyn Rose Water & Pink Peppercorn hydrating body wash, $22, soap, $10, and hand therapy, $24.

Cassie’s, 316 N. Euclid, (314) 454-1010.

“Let us define Valentines,” lululemon’s Valentine’s campaign:

 

The lightweight “define” jacket comes in teal shadow, left, redwood, right, and black (not shown), $128.  Matching “wunder under” 7/8 tights “fit like a second skin,” $98.

lululemon, 26 Maryland Plaza, (314) 454-6857.

Celebrate Valentine’s at Candle Fusion Studio, 4742 McPherson Ave., tomorrow and again Wednesday, February 14 from 6 to 9. Couples are invited for an evening of hands-on creativity and adventure, $55 for two. Click here for more info. Reservations are recommended, (314) 250-2272.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.

A look back at 2017

Starting in January with the Women’s March in downtown St. Louis, the opening of a few new businesses and 2 new apartment projects in the neighborhood, the election of Central West Ender Lyda Krewson as the 46th mayor of St. Louis, and capped off with the recent appointment of another CWEnder, John Hayden, as Chief of Police, 2017 has been a year filled with many high notes, and some challenging moments as well.

Sifting through this year’s posts, here are some of the most memorable:

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January’s Women’s March in St. Louis.

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28th Ward Alderman Lyda Krewson swearing in as Mayor of City of St. Louis.

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And just last week, CWEnder Major John Hayden, shown with Laura Locke at 2014’s National Night Out held at the Neighborhood Security Initiative, was named Chief of the St. Louis Police Department. Read a related editorial in St. Louis Post-Dispatch here.

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In July, Heather Navarro was elected to fill Lyda Krewson’s seat  on the Board of Alderman. She is photographed with 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn at the grand opening of the reconfigured intersection of Kingshighway and Forest Park Parkway, thanks to BJC Healthcare, Washington University School of Medicine and the City of St. Louis).

Construction projects:

In 2017, ground was broken for 4101 Laclede (at Sarah Ave.), developers Austin Barzantny and Michael Gringrich’s 54-unit condominium project that’s well under construction as we head into the New Year. Opus Development Company’s Citizen Park, a 217-unit apartment project opened last June at Euclid Ave. & Lindell Blvd., and Rothschild Development’s The Milton, a 29-unit apartment opened at 4534 Olive St.

Sam Koplar announced plans for construction of a 7-story, 192-room AC Hotel by Marriott on York Avenue between Maryland Plaza and Lindell Blvd.

Shop & restaurant news:

Lemon Spalon moved from 324 N. Euclid a block south to 236 N. Euclid. Mike’s Bikes, 322 N. Euclid, then expanded its operation upstairs into Lemon Spalon’s former space. Treats Unleashed opened at 22 N. Euclid, and CWE Veterinary Clinic opened in the Lindell Marketplace, 4131 Lindell Blvd.  The Gentleman Quilter opened at 4814 Washington Avenue, and two national chains have chosen the CWE for their 1st St. Louis locations, Bonobos and Warby Parker.

The Gamlin Brothers opened their 3rd restaurant in the CWE, 1764 Public House at Euclid and West Pine Aves.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink Services Shop News  Warby Parker The Milton The Gentleman Quilter Taze Mediterranean Street Food St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson Shane Cohn Shake Shack PokeDoke John Hayden Heather Navarro Citizen Park Chief of St. Louis Police Central West End BookFest STL Bonobos AC Hotel by Marriott 1764 Public House   While across the street, Danny Meyer opened the 1st Shake Shack in his native St. Louis. Tazé Mediterranean Street Food opened at 8 1/2 S. Euclid, and PokeDoke opened next door at 8 S. Euclid, just north of Forest Park Blvd.

Events:

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The 1st annual CWE BookFest STL, brought many booklovers to the neighborhood one very warm September weekend. The event was so successful, planning began the very next day for 2018’s BookFest. The photo above shows a crowd gathered for the dedication of the William Burroughs sculpture alongside Left Bank Books.

There is more to come, including some exciting announcements for 2018, which I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks.

Wishing you warmer weather and a Happy New Year.