JUST RECEIVED WORD THAT RUDY’S FLOWER TRUCK NOT COMING TO CWE SUNDAY. EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
The Maryland Plaza/Koplar Properties team is bringing Rudy’s Flower Truck to the CWE Sunday morning, June 28. This will be the floral truck’s first foray into the city since the stay-at-home order was issued at the end of March. The mobile bouquet bar will be filled with a wide selection of fresh flowers at reasonable prices.
Proprietor Brittany Sarhage learned about the floral truck concept via an internet ad and realized this was the business she had been looking for. She purchased a 1958 Jeep Truck on eBay. She named it Rudy, filled it with buckets of flowers and went on the road in March 2018. A June 2018 article in the Ladue News reported that, despite the fact that Sarhage had no previous floral experience, with her creativity and eye for color she has become successful and is sought after for pop-up events in The Grove, at Anthropologie, and now on Maryland Plaza.
Rudy’s Flower Truck will set up shop on York at Maryland Plaza next to The Cup from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. After you choose your flowers, stop in for coffee and cupcakes while you wait for your bouquet to be assembled. Sounds like a lovely way to ease back into something resembling normal.
P.S. – Please wear masks when you visit.
The Candle Fusion Studio in 2019
Over the next few weeks I plan to post a series of articles about how CWE businesses are coping with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Some are modifying their business plans by adapting to the new normal, while others are operating as before and slowly bouncing back. And then there’s what we hoped wouldn’t happen to any of the businesses in the neighborhood, an announcement from Deanna McClintock Lester, proprietor of The Candle Fusion Studio, that she has closed the CWE shop altogether, but has reopened the St. Charles location at 201 S. Main Street today. Read on:
|It all began at 4742 McPherson Avenue in the Central West End.
As an extraordinary experience of creativity, The Candle Fusion Studio opened its doors in December 2016. For the past 3 ½ years, it has been our privilege to serve you in this beautiful historic venue.
And, we’re sad to say the time has come for us to close our CWE studio location.
Thank you for your past and continued support of our local, family business. We are grateful for all the celebrations and events held at our CWE studio. This sacred space gave birth to our dream. And, we hold so many precious memories in our hearts from our time here. If you have a special memory you’d like to share with us, we’d love to know it!
We are hopeful and focused on serving you. And, we’re excited about new growth and opportunity in our future.
If you have a gift card to The Candle Fusion Studio, it can be redeemed at our Historic St. Charles studio at 201 South Main Street. If you prefer to use your gift card for an online purchase, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
We look forward to continuing to create amazing memories in Historic St. Charles and wherever else the road may lead!
On Wednesday I noticed a For Lease sign in the window of Steel Wheels, the indoor cycling facility located at 224 N. Euclid. Bob Koplar opened the business in early 2018, and over the last couple of years it developed a devoted following. If you missed a chance to take a ride, here is a post about my visit to the handsome space shortly after it opened.
While the closure isn’t a total surprise given the nature of the business and the need for social distancing, it is yet again another reminder of the far-reaching effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the neighborhood. Many CWE businesses are in the process of reopening with restrictions on the number of people who can visit at a time, but that wouldn’t be a sustainable model for Steel Wheels.
Here is how Koplar responded when I asked him how he was handling the closure:
“Hi Nicki, thanks for reaching out. Strange times indeed.
This was a heartbreaking decision for me but necessary under the circumstances. Our business model relies on a number of people being able to exercise together in the same room. Our core service became our community. Even if the City were to allow us to re-open at some point in the future, social distancing restrictions and (understandable) concerns on the part of our members would have made it impossible for us to be successful. Our mission is to make people healthier, and we didn’t want to run any risk of doing the opposite.
I am taking a hard look at our concept to see if there is any way we can continue with the very positive momentum we’ve built over the last couple years–whatever form that might take. For now, I am just very grateful to everyone who supported us since we opened, and have been deeply touched by their outpouring of support since the sad announcement. I will miss our team and our customers terribly.