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Up-Down Arcade Bar Wins Legal Challenge, Gets Liquor License at Long Last by Sara Henske.

The headline above, posted yesterday on the Riverfront Times website, provided a long-awaited answer to CWE residents who have been wondering about the status of Up-Down Arcade Bar’s liquor license application.  The owners of Up-Down, who signed a lease for the iconic space at 405 N. Euclid occupied most recently by Herbie’s Vintage 72 and began renovation work over a year ago, ceased work when faced with a challenge to the issuance of a liquor license for the premises.

Read all about it here.

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Photo courtesy of Up-down Arcade Bar

 

Here’s the latest post from CWEnder Jack Grone, publisher of the online journal  McPherson, detailing his investigation of Tax Increment Financing (TIFs) in St. Louis. The TIF Trade: A Curious Case of Missing City Data Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Services Shop News Web/Tech  Washington Post up-down arcade bar Up Sara Henske Riverfront Times McPherson online journal Kristen Kempton Kate Silver Jack Grone iheartfink.com   is hardly light reading, but Grone has the skills  to make a challenging topic easier to understand.

The article mentions TIFs that were awarded in the neighborhood, including Cortex Innovation Community and The Orion at Euclid and West Pine. Read article in its entirety here.

 

 

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Rainy Day in STL by Kristen Kempton

Multi-talented CWE-based artist and fashion designer Kristen Kempton, whose label FINK (Fashion +INK) is created completely from scratch using fabrics she hand-prints with original hand-drawn artwork, posted news that one of her designs appears in the 2017 movie ZenDog.

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According to Kempton, ZenDog’s main female character, “Maya,” wears the FINK dress (shown in a Monica White photograph above) under a vintage faux-fur coat in a scene set in Chicago.

To view more of Kempton’s wearable art, paintings, photographs, and home decor, visit her website.

 

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You’re Going Where? St. Louis, an article by Washington Post reporter Kate Silver published in The Chicago Tribune, mentions the Central West End and Forest Park as “not to be missed” when visiting our town. I don’t think there is a travel article about St. Louis that doesn’t mention gooey butter cake, and Silver, who was born in St. Louis but not raised here, is no exception—she mentions it twice.

A visit to The Euclid Residential Apartments

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The photo above is what the southeast corner of Euclid and West Pine looked like in 2015 when the Koman Group announced a $31 million plan to construct a 6-story mixed-use building on the site.

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Three years later “The Euclid,” designed by the Trivers architectural firm, is complete.  The building is directly across West Pine from The Orion, which was the first of 5 apartment buildings (the others are Lofts @625, Citizen Park and The Milton) that have been constructed or renovated on or near the Euclid corridor over the past few years.

The Euclid’s ground floor tenants include Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack, and locally-owned Kaldi’s Coffee and Pi Pizza’s offshoot, ‘ZZA.

The entry to The Euclid Residential Apartments, which contains 71 studio, one-and two-bedroom units on floors 3 through 6, is located at 40 N. Euclid at the south end of the building (under the white balcony in photo above). The second floor space is being offered to commercial tenants.

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The photo above shows the contemporary two-story lobby. When I visited several weeks ago with Koman Properties Property Manager Drew Nelson, he described The Euclid Residential Apartments as “tech-forward.” Visitors’ access to the building is via a “virtual” concierge, enabled by an app on the tenant’s phone. An app also sends a message when a package is delivered to the mailroom.

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Top photo: On the second floor, the boutique-style building offers an event space called The Amenity Lounge, and a state-of-the-art gym.

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There are 16 different floor plans at The Euclid, each named after a street in the CWE—Taylor, Whittier, Hortense, etc. What I noticed immediately upon walking into the display unit, above and photos below, are the floor-to-ceiling windows and 9′ ceilings, which are common in all the units. The 2-bedroom, 2-bath 1,100 s.f. unit shown in these photos leases for $2,800 a month. All but 4  apartments have balconies.

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The window in the display unit’s second bedroom (above), which looks south on Euclid, underscores the architect’s intent to connect residents to the streetscape.

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Upper left: The balcony, visible through the glass door, is accessible from both the living room and the master bedroom. Upper right: Kitchens have quartz countertops, soft-close cabinetry, and all-electric appliances. Bottom left: The master bedroom, and right, the master bath with shower. The second bathroom has a tub/shower combination. All units have stacked washer/dryers.

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The photo above shows the entry to an east-facing 536 s.f. “Pine” model. The floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings contribute to a spacious feel. Bottom photograph:  The bedroom alcove (right) is located between the kitchen and bathroom. The Pine units lease for $1200 to $1600 per month.

In addition, tenants pay their own electricity, bundled utilities (water, sewer, trash) $50 to $100, and internet $75. Parking is available in an underground climate-controlled garage, $125 per space, $175 tandem. Short term leases (6-month minimum) are available. The Euclid offers a “preferred employee” program. Ask leasing agent for details.

The Euclid Residential Apartments opened March 15 and are currently 58% leased. For each new lease Koman Properties makes a donation to a local charity.

These new residential properties have not only altered the streetscape along Euclid, but have also brought an influx of new residents to the neighborhood, resulting in bustling sidewalks and an infusion of vitality.

The Euclid Residential Apartments, 40 N. Euclid, (314) 480-3737.

A visit to Cortex’s AB Mauri, where they’re passionate about baking

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After CWEnder Meredith Ramm won tickets to a Savor Saint Louis Food Tour offered on this blog, I noticed on her winning email that she works for AB Mauri, located in the @4240 building in the Cortex Innovation Community. As many times as I’ve been to that building I had never noticed the company’s entry, which is located on the first floor. What really caught my eye in her response was the company’s tagline, “Passionate about Baking,” because I too am passionate about baking.

More than curious about what the company does and why a business that’s associated with baking would be located at Cortex, I set up a meeting with AB Mauri’s Vice President of Marketing Rick Oleshak, to learn more. The first thing Oleshak asked, when I mentioned that I loved to bake bread, was what brand of yeast I used. Luckily my response, Fleischmann’s, was the correct answer as that brand is AB Mauri’s largest consumer product. I also learned that 2018 is a banner year for the company, as Fleischmann’s Yeast is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

AB Mauri moved from West County to Cortex a little over 3 years ago after Australian Mark Prendergast became president. Prendergast, a biking enthusiast, lived at The Chase Park Plaza for a while and would bike around the Central West End after work. When he discovered Cortex, he decided to move AB Mauri’s North American headquarters to a 23,000 s.f. space (which includes 8,000 s.f. of lab space called the bakingHUB) at @4240, Duncan and Boyle.

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Rick Oleshak, photographed in the bakingHUB above, said the change in location has also changed the attitude of the company’s 80 employees. The West County location didn’t have the personality Cortex has, and employees now enjoy interaction with other tech company innovators @4240.

AB Mauri is a baking technology company that delivers service, yeast and bakery ingredient solutions to large industrialized bakeries, local grocery chains and many restaurants as well.  The company also has artisanal partners around the country including several in the St. Louis  area.

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CWEnder Meredith Ramm, above, became AB Mauri’s Financial Planning & Analysis Manager in March of 2017. “I own forecasting, budgeting, etc. on the financial side,” she said.  “My husband and I love living in the Central West End and I couldn’t imagine turning down a job offer in the neighborhood too.” Ramm added that the work environment is fabulous. It’s easy to appreciate, once you step inside the handsome space, why AB Mauri was named one of the coolest working spaces by the St. Louis Business Journal and one of the top workplaces in a 2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch poll.

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A row of flags along a north wall represents 15 countries of origin for the 80 employees at AB Mauri North America.

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Fleischmann’s Yeast was founded in 1868 by two brothers in Cincinnati, and quickly became a staple in American pantries. Note the charming cover of a 1917 cookbook above, which hangs on a wall in the company’s dining area. When Fleischmann’s was acquired by Associated British Foods (ABF) in 2004, AB Mauri was formed as an operating division. From the website: “Around the world, AB Mauri operates in more than 50 locations in 32 countries (and employs 7,000 people) with global headquarters located in Peterborough, United Kingdom.”

With 1700+ strains of yeast in its fermentation lab, AB Mauri North America makes yeast for the production of many products including bread, beer, wine, spirits and nutrition. The company recently expanded its yeast production to include biofuel.

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The 8,000 s.f. bakingHUB is the largest lab in the area. Technicians have 500 ingredients available in the AB Mauri system to assist clients in creating a unique bakery mix so their product will stand out from the competition.

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The bakingHUB is also used to help bakeries find solutions to problems. Technicians at AB Mauri can program the HUB’s equipment to mimic conditions at a bakery’s factory and figure out what’s wrong. It could be as simple as a conveyor belt being out of whack.

The photo above shows AB Mauri North America Innovation Manager Paul Bright, and Technical Sales Manager Ed Livesey, evaluating a finished yellow cake during a recent baking session.

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Americans’ tastes have broadened with exposure to foods from different cultures. With that in mind, meet Oscar Carreon, above, technical service manager for AB Mauri North America. Carreon moved to St. Louis from AB Mauri Mexico to work expressly on the tortilla segment for North America.  In Rick Oleshak’s opinion, “Carreon is outstanding and is regarded as one of the top technical bakers for tortillas in the industry.”

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The photo above shows another example of the variety of activity going on in the bakingHUB.  AB Mauri technicians are shown practicing cake decorating skills led by Lia Weber Holter, far right, who uses the facility for her wedding cake business, Made. by Lia (found on The Knot). Lia, who travels to trade shows as an AB Mauri representative, was the winner of TLC’s Next Great Baker.

Thank you to Rick Oleshak for the wonderful visit—and for his patient responses as I tried to make sense of my copious notes—and to Meredith Ramm for acting as the catalyst for letting us explore a company I never expected was headquartered in the neighborhood.  It all started with a Savor Saint Louis Food Tour.

AB Mauri North America, 4240 Duncan.