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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!

70 first responders visit CWE on bikes last evening

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Officers from all over the U.S. and Canada were attending the 28th Annual International Police Mountain Bike Association Conference which was held at Washington University.

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Mike’s Bikes’ Eric Schilling, above, provided sports drinks, water, and an offer of bike repair if needed.

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Jim Whyte reported that the officers enjoyed their time in the CWE and appreciated the friendly reception they received in the neighborhood.