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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.

St. Louis Art Supply, formerly South City Art Supply, moving to the CWE

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For someone who loves poking around art supply stores and who knows so many artists in the neighborhood, this news has been extremely hard for me to keep under wraps, until today…

I am thrilled to announce that South City Art Supply is changing its name to St. Louis Art Supply and moving from Cherokee Street to 4530-32 Olive Street in The Milton (west of Taylor and east of Bowood Farms).  To add to this overwhelmingly fabulous news, St. Louis Art Supply is opening Cornflower Coffee & Tea where you can, according to the press release, “watercolor over breakfast or take a latte into the shop’s book department.”

Carson Monetti and his wife Xena Colby, proprietors of St. Louis Art Supply, are planning to open the doors to St. Louis Art Supply in late August.

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Three years ago when the couple opened South City Art Supply on Cherokee they purposely stocked the best-made items at each price-point, items people might otherwise have to purchase online or on a weekend trip to Chicago. The well-curated inventory drew a “large following of artists, activists, and intellectuals.”

By moving to the centrally-located Central West End, situated between three universities (SLU, W.U. and Fontbonne), Monetti and Colby will be able to bring an expanded inventory to a much broader group of people.

“Moving to the Central West End also corrects a mistake we made when we first arrived,” they said. “Without knowing much about the city’s history and culture, and out of affection for Cherokee Street, we named ourselves after one part of the city. We still love Cherokee, and we’ve made friends with many wonderful people from South City. But if we had it to do all over again, knowing what we now know about the neighborhood-level fragmentation that runs through St. Louis history, we wouldn’t define ourselves with the name of any one neighborhood.”

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The new store will carry everything the shop on Cherokee stocks—the best selection of notebooks and stationery in town, a huge collection of Japanese imports, vintage calligraphy pens, etc.  But the CWE store will be larger, so they will be adding stretched canvas, water-soluble oils, every size and color of paint marker, and many more books.

Years ago as we saw neighborhood retail establishments dwindle, some CWEnders came up with a list of retail businesses they wished we had in the neighborhood. I don’t remember now exactly what was on that list, but I am quite certain an art supply store wasn’t. For in our wildest dreams we never thought it could possibly happen. Now it has…..the perfect fit for the evolving commercial/residential strip on Olive from Walton east to Boyle.

A big welcome to St. Louis Art Supply, 4530-32 Olive Street. I can’t wait!

New and Notable

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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.