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Snapshots from the CWE’s National Night Out

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Approximately 100 people attended Tuesday evening’s National Night Out at the neighborhood’s Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative office, 447 N. Euclid. According to NSI Deputy Director Sarah Wickenhauser, this year’s event drew the largest crowd they’ve ever had. That won’t be apparent from my photographs as I was there early when there was a threat of rain and the crowd was light.

The national event was created to enhance police-community partnerships by providing an opportunity for local police and neighbors to meet in a relaxed setting.

From left in the photograph above: NSI Executive Director Jim Whyte, Officer Regiana Moore, Sergeant Keith Barrett, 5th District Commander Captain Mike Mueller, Chief John Hayden, and Sergeant Angie Dickerson.

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From left, Janet Meyer, Bill Latz, who serves on the NSI Board of Directors as the Washington Place representative, and NSI’s Deputy Director Sarah Wickenhauser.Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings  Jim Whyte CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Chief John Hayden Captain Mike Mueller

Some of the neighbors who stopped by to say hello and enjoy Ted Drewes—or drop rocks in a puddle.

MetroLink rolls into Cortex Innovation Community

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I was on the wrong side of the tracks when the first Metro train broke through a ceremonial ribbon at the brand-new MetroLink station at Cortex Innovation Community last Tuesday, July 31.

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The first train was carrying Bi-State, Metro Transit and Cortex officials as well as national, state and local government leaders. The opening of the Cortex Station also marked the 25th anniversary of the St. Louis region’s light rail system, as well as the completion of the first section of the Chouteau Greenway, a quarter-mile paved path linking Boyle and Sarah Avenues.

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By the time I waded through the crowd, Fredbird was sitting in the driver’s seat.

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John Nations, above, outgoing CEO of Bi-State Development Agency which oversees Metro public transit system, St. Louis Downtown Airport, St. Louis Regional Freightway, Gateway Arch riverfront operations and Bi-State Development Research Institute, delivered remarks on the plaza in front of @4240, located at Duncan and Boyle.

Nations mentioned that the Cortex Station and Chouteau Greenway project were funded through a public-private partnership that included the Federal Transit Administration, Cortex, Washington University, BJC HealthCare, Great Rivers Greenway, the City of St. Louis, Citizens for Modern Transit, Metro Transit and Bi-State Development. There were many other speakers who followed Nations’ remarks. You can read more about the celebration here.

It was a surprise to learn that MetroLink provides other community services in addition to transportation. Mobile Health Vans visit Metro Transit Centers on a weekly basis, and from 9 to 5 on weekdays The Link Market brings fresh produce to two MetroLink locations, North Hanley and Wellston.  In addition, Metro just launched a text messaging service to connect to Metro Customer Service (314) 207-9786.

It would appear that the new station will be a win-win for the Central West End, as it will provide a convenient transportation option to the thousands of people who work at Cortex, and also relieve congestion at the busy BJC station just west of Cortex.

On a side note, a city official who had a role in planning the new station told me that he heard objections from some riders complaining that the Cortex stop would add 60 seconds to their commute. 60 seconds?

Selkirk on the move & a Sidewalk Sale

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Selkirk is in the process of moving their auction gallery from 4739 McPherson Avenue in the Central West End, above, to a larger location at 555 Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Shop News  Selkirk Q Boutique at The World Chess Hall of Fame Paul Mitchell The School lululemon Kristen Kempton iheartfink Golden Grocer CWEScene CWE Sidewalk Sale Cassie's AG Jeans

Last Friday evening an enthusiastic crowd gathered at the new location for a champagne reception to celebrate the move and to preview Selkirk’s summer auction featuring the MacMurray College Collection, which was to be sold at auction the following day.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Shop News  Selkirk Q Boutique at The World Chess Hall of Fame Paul Mitchell The School lululemon Kristen Kempton iheartfink Golden Grocer CWEScene CWE Sidewalk Sale Cassie's AG Jeans

I spoke to a fellow CWEnder who said he felt the move was good for Selkirk and for downtown St. Louis. I agree that the stunning space seems a perfect fit for an auction house.

Selkirk is located at 555 Washington Avenue, between the M.A.C. and the Blues Museum.

CWE Scene sponsored its 3rd Annual Sidewalk Sale last Saturday from 10 to 2 p.m. Participants in this year’s event included:

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CWE-based artist Kristen Kempton who was invited by Alex Head, proprietor of The Vino Gallery. to bring her hand-printed, handmade iheartfink collection to the patio of the wine shop at 4701 McPherson.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Shop News  Selkirk Q Boutique at The World Chess Hall of Fame Paul Mitchell The School lululemon Kristen Kempton iheartfink Golden Grocer CWEScene CWE Sidewalk Sale Cassie's AG Jeans

AG Jeans, 36 Maryland Plaza, offered a great selection of summer clothing for men and women.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Shop News  Selkirk Q Boutique at The World Chess Hall of Fame Paul Mitchell The School lululemon Kristen Kempton iheartfink Golden Grocer CWEScene CWE Sidewalk Sale Cassie's AG Jeans

Students from Paul Mitchell the school, 30 Maryland Plaza, offered an array of beauty products.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Shop News  Selkirk Q Boutique at The World Chess Hall of Fame Paul Mitchell The School lululemon Kristen Kempton iheartfink Golden Grocer CWEScene CWE Sidewalk Sale Cassie's AG Jeans

lululemon displayed an assortment of its popular styles of athleisurewear at 26 Maryland Plaza.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Shop News  Selkirk Q Boutique at The World Chess Hall of Fame Paul Mitchell The School lululemon Kristen Kempton iheartfink Golden Grocer CWEScene CWE Sidewalk Sale Cassie's AG Jeans

When I stopped by Q Boutique at World Chess Hall of Fame, 4652 Maryland Avenue, Matt Holtsclaw, above, and Luke Byrnes (in white shirt left), were still in the process of organizing the shop’s merchandise for the sale. Their first customer (right) wasn’t waiting for them to finish setting up.

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Cassie’s Scents at 316 N. Euclid had a variety of candles, scents, and lotions for sale.

I overheard the man in the photo above say he had just opened a martial arts studio at Taylor and Olive. After posting this photo on Instagram, I learned the studio is called Premier Martial Arts CWE.

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And finally, Carrie Collins-Whitfield, who’s line “Eliyah J” features natural soaps, butters, perfumes, and crystals was set up in front of Golden Grocer. Her products are also stocked at the natural food store. For more info, contact Carrie at (314) 728-7376.

Other participating businesses can be found on the CWE Scene website.