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Just in time: a soothing facial kit from CWE’s Glow Studio STL

Just when we need pampering the most, the CWE’s Glow Studio STL is offering customized mini-facial kits that can be mailed, $23, or picked up curbside, $20, at 4814 Washington (just east of Euclid).Nicki's Central West End Guide Health & Wellness Shop News  Trang Le Glow Studio STL

With the salon closed due to the stay-at-home order in the City of St. Louis, and future appointments being postponed until the City Health Department gives the go-ahead to re-open, proprietor Trang Le and her staff, Emily Karsteter and Sarah Horton, decided they would offer customized mini-facial kits that can be used at home.

Not only will a moisturizing facial be a relaxing treat for you in this stressful time of uncertainty, but the kit would make a wonderful birthday, Mother’s Day, or “thinking of you” gift for friends and relatives as well.
Nicki's Central West End Guide Health & Wellness Shop News  Trang Le Glow Studio STL

When you order, provide a shipping address or let them know if you want to pick up curbside. You’ll also be asked the following questions, so the kit can be tailored to your skin type:

What are your primary skin concerns?
What is your skin type? Oily, Combo, Sensitive, or Dry?
Do you have any skin allergies?
Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?
There are several ways to order: Use the link here, text (314) 349-8928, or send an email:

Glow Studio STL, 4814 Washington, Suite 300.

Update: CWE Farm raises $6,000 in first day of online fundraiser for area food pantries

Central West End Farm Celebrates 10 Years with

Fundraiser for Food Pantries

The online event will be held on Earth Day, April 22

The Central West End (CWE) Farm will celebrate its 10-year anniversary on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22 with an online fundraiser to benefit local food pantries.

Arthur Culbert, Ph.D., and Nancy Culbert, M.A., are the founders of the urban farm, located at 5057 Waterman Blvd. in St. Louis. They have a goal of raising $10,000 to support local food pantries and have donated the first $1,000 toward the goal. Culbert stated that Trinity Food Ministry at Trinity Episcopal Church, Good Ground Pantry at Second Presbyterian Church, as well as Community Meal at Central Baptist Church located in the Locust Business District, will be the recipients of this fundraiser.

“Right now, our local food pantries are working harder than ever to serve the growing number of families in need during the pandemic. We can think of no better way to celebrate 10 years of serving the community and honor our mission than by bringing people together in support of feeding our neighbors,” said Arthur Culbert.

Donations to this fundraiser can be made online beginning April 22 at 

The event will continue until the goal has been reached or exceeded.Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Health & Wellness Urban Gardens  Trinity Episcopal Church Second Presbyterian Church Nancy Culbert Mary Engelbreit CWE Farm Central Baptist Church Arthur Culbert


For more information, visit and

Contact: Arthur Culbert, 314-249-8500, or

The mission of the Central West End Farm is to eliminate hunger within the St. Louis community by growing, harvesting and delivering organic vegetables and fruits to clients at local food pantries. Since opening on Earth Day 2011, the urban farm has delivered over 2,000 pounds of fresh produce annually to St. Louis neighborhood food pantries with the help of dozens of volunteers and supporters. Through their foundation, Sprouting Gift Gardens, the Culberts help inspire and support the development of community food gardens throughout the country and around the world.


Locally-grown GiftAMeal raises $20,000 for Operation Food Search

In October of 2015 I interviewed Andrew Glantz, a W.U. student, the founder and CEO of GiftAMeal, a phone app that cleverly provide meals for those in need (here is the link to that post). The program is still in operation today. It has spread across other cities in Missouri, Chicago, and Detroit. I thought you would enjoy reading how Glantz and his team have raised funds for Operation Food Search in the age of the coronavirus.

GiftAMeal Helps Raise $20,000 in Emergency COVID-19 Hunger Relief Matching Campaign.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Health & Wellness Services  Operation Food Search. GiftAMeal Andrew Glantz

Just 10 days after launching a $5,000 matching donation challenge to its mobile app users, St. Louis based startup GiftAMeal announced today that a total of $20,000 was raised for Operation Food Search’s local hunger relief efforts.

Kristen Wild, Executive Director of Operation Food Search, commended the speedy effort: “GiftAMeal has always been a dependable source of donations with their ongoing program, but the results of the matching gift campaign are amazing. Their response comes at a time when it matters most urgently, and we’re so grateful to GiftAMeal, their users, and everyone involved with their program.”

For his part, GiftAMeal founder Andrew Glantz was equally amazed at the outpouring of support from the community. “It’s incredible, the generosity of our users and supporters. Our program’s donations have always been funded by our partner restaurants, and totally free to our users. So when I reached out to them, I was hopeful but not expecting a huge immediate response like this. We’re through the roof excited at what our supporters have done in just over a week.”

The donations started coming in soon after the startup announced to users a 5-point plan to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the local community.

“I’m proud of what we’ve done in such a short time. But the credit on this huge donation to Operation Food Search belongs to our users. We set what we thought was an ambitious goal, and they donated three times that. It’s amazing,” commented Glantz. “In addition to this donation campaign, we’ve been working hard to support our restaurant partners and our community by changing our app to allow our users to take a photo of their take-out, delivery, and even gift card purchases to give a meal to someone in need even after this campaign.”Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Health & Wellness Services  Operation Food Search. GiftAMeal Andrew Glantz

The funds will be used locally, to help Operation Food Search provide emergency food to those in need throughout the greater St. Louis area. According to the organization’s website, $20,000 is enough to provide eight thousand family meal kits.

“Even in a tough time like this, people are really coming together to help their neighbors. I’ve had restaurants call me about donating extra food, wanting to know how they could get set up with our food bank partner or local pantries — everywhere I look, people are wanting to help.” Glantz marveled, “This town is amazing.”

About GiftAMeal

GiftAMeal is a mobile app that helps provide a meal to someone in need each time a user takes a photo of their order from one of 200 participating restaurants. Over 400,000 meals have been given to those in need through the program so far.

Check out for more information.