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Holiday Pop-up, Toys for Tots, and an update on future of CWE Farm

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Designers Amy Johnson and Daphne Benzaquen have opened a holiday pop-up at 314 N. Euclid, next to SubZero. Amy, who recently changed the name of her clothing business from KayOss to KLarIty, has hosted pop-ups in different locations around the neighborhood since 2012.

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Daphne, who was born in Peru, raised in St. Louis, and is a W. U. graduate, started creating a line of sustainably-made Peruvian leather handbag and accessory pieces  in 2018. She has recently added a winter collection of alpaca fleece and pima cotton clothing to her collection. The designer also donates a portion of her sales back to the Peruvian communities where her bags and clothing are made. Read more about Daphne and see more of her great-looking designs here.

KLarIty and Daph.. Holiday Pop-up, 314 N. Euclid, Tues.-Sat., 11 to 5 p.m.

Stephanie Huffman, Property Manager of Lofts@Euclid, 625 N. Euclid (at Delmar), sent the following announcement regarding the apartment building’s participation in this year’s Toys for Tots campaign. See below.

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Arthur Culbert recently posted on Facebook that he has found a manager to take over the CWE Farm which he founded 9 years ago. Regrettably, Arthur and Nancy Culbert are moving to Florida at the end of November.

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In Arthur’s words: “Join me in welcoming the Central West End Farm’s new manager Lee Cagle. A long time CWE resident, Lee has been a farm volunteer and supporter for years. She is a @newcityschoolstl parent; her daughter Aiko participated in New City School’s farm’s program while in 4th grade. Among her many gifts, Lee @leeaikokai brings her joy, community building and a commitment to continue the farm’s mission to help feed the hungry in our community. Thank you Lee. May your dedication and service be richly rewarding.#cwe #joy#urbanfarm @nancyculbert @arthurculbert.”

The Magic House, MADE for Kids & Cornerstone seeking middle school students for advisory board

Here’s an exciting opportunity for middle schoolers who live in the West End and Visitation Park neighborhoods. The Magic House, MADE for Kids and Cornerstone, a not-for-profit that renovates houses and leases them at affordable rates in the West End neighborhood, is seeking students ages 11 to 13 to help envision the future of their neighborhoods.

The students on the Youth Advisory Board will learn principles of urban design and share their ideas on possible community improvements with the community in mid-November.  Details follow:

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Lisa Potts, chair of Park Place Housing & Economic Development, emailed that this opportunity may be extended to youth in other neighborhoods in the future.

Contact kayla@magichouse.org for more information.

The Magic House, MADE for Kids, 5127 Delmar.

MetroBus changes impact CWE

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MetroBus has announced system-wide changes to bus schedules and routes effective tomorrow, September 30, that include some discontinued stops. Of local interest is the news that #1 Gold-Local bus service, which connects the Mallinckrodt Transit Center at the Washington University Danforth Campus with the BJC/Washington University Medical Center, will no longer serve McPherson, Euclid and Maryland.

Service on the revised route will run along Kingshighway between Waterman and Forest Park Ave., then east to Taylor and south to the CWE Transit Center at Children’s Place.

Service on the #18 Taylor-Local bus route will offer enhanced 30-minute frequency.

More information can be found on the MetroBus Reimagined website.

Perhaps the best news of all is that large buses will no longer be traversing Maryland Avenue between Taylor and Euclid, a route change that went into effect on a “temporary basis” in 2015 when construction began on Citizen Park (at Euclid and Lindell).