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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:

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

January’s Women’s March in St. Louis.

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    September’s protests in the CWE.

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

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

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

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.

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

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:

One weekend in June drew huge crowds to the Central West End Association’s House Tour on Fullerton’s Westminster Place,  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   and to the 2nd annual CWE Cocktail Party on Euclid Avenue, above. 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

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.

Jim McKelvey & Doug Auer plan “maker space” on Delmar

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Services Web/Tech  The Glass Factory TechShop St. Louis Post-Dispatch Maker Space Lisa Brown Jim McKelvey Doug Auer Central West End

St. Louis-based entrepreneurs Jim McKelvey and Doug Auer, partners in The Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd., have purchased a building at 5127 Delmar Blvd., above, to house a “maker space.” The decision follows the closure of TechShop locations nationwide, including one based in the Cortex Innovation Community, see below.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Services Web/Tech  The Glass Factory TechShop St. Louis Post-Dispatch Maker Space Lisa Brown Jim McKelvey Doug Auer Central West End

McKelvey & Auer have kept the former TechShop space open until the end of this month, so TechShop members had a chance to finish projects they may have started. Coincidentally, McKelvey, creator of Square, made his prototype in a TechShop facility in California.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Services Web/Tech  The Glass Factory TechShop St. Louis Post-Dispatch Maker Space Lisa Brown Jim McKelvey Doug Auer Central West End

The maker space, which is projected to open by this summer, is across the street from a parcel of land that many CWEnders, led by Mayor Lyda Krewson, who was 28th Ward alderman at the time, helped beautify by planting thousands of sunflower seeds.

Read more about the maker space in reporter Lisa Brown’s article in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch here.

“That’s a Wrap” gift-wrapping service located in CWE

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Services  That's a Wrap Romona Bullock Central West End

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the thought of wrapping gifts for the holidays, or if it just isn’t your thing, contact Romona Bullock at That’s a Wrap. She moved her decorating business (Visual One) and gift wrapping service to the CWE last summer, and as you can see above, she knows how to tie up a pretty package, and loves doing it too.

Prices start at $5 (for a small jewelry-size box), with same day service. If there are 25 or more packages, she guarantees next day turnaround. Visit the website for more information on pricing.

That’s a Wrap, 4814 Washington Ave., Suite 130, just east of Euclid Ave. (Evangeline’s is on the corner.) Call or text Romona at (314) 791-7350 for an appointment now, or at any time of year.