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POSTPONED: Rudy’s Flower Truck NOT coming to the CWE Sunday

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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.
Rudy’s Flower Truck on York at Maryland Plaza, 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 28.
P.S. – Please wear masks when you visit.

Protests, Covid, curfew, what next? A Flower Flash at BJC

As a thank you for those “who have been so selfless during this time,” the Garden Club of St. Louis saluted BJC healthcare workers and first responders with a stunning Flower Flash that was installed on Euclid near the CAM early this morning.

Inspired by a similar effort in NYC, a request went out from GCSL’s Harriette Warren to 170 members of the organization to “donate flowers from yours or a friend’s garden, local shop/grocer” for this effort.

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all photos courtesy of Garden Club of St. Louis
Nicki's Central West End Guide Services Urban Gardens  Garden Club of St. Louis BJC

Nicki's Central West End Guide Services Urban Gardens  Garden Club of St. Louis BJC

Nicki's Central West End Guide Services Urban Gardens  Garden Club of St. Louis BJC

Nicki's Central West End Guide Services Urban Gardens  Garden Club of St. Louis BJC

Buckets were filled with bouquets created by members that healthcare workers and first responders were encouraged to take home. All the bouquets were snapped up by early afternoon.

Thank you to former CWEnder and GCSL member Mary Morgan for sharing this heartwarming story, and for all the members who participated. We needed a big dose of hope today.

Your generosity has touched many

Over the past few months there have been numerous requests from many sources for donations to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. On a local level, your contributions have been put to good use. Here are reports from the CWE Farm, Storied House face mask project, and the CWE North CID’s meals program.

When Nancy and Arthur Culbert celebrated the CWE Farm’s 10th anniversary with an effort to raise $10,000 for 3 area food pantries, the response from the community was overwhelming. Their letter of gratitude (below) follows some recent photos of the farm at 5057 Waterman,  just west of Kingshighway. (Arthur Culbert and Lee Cagle, one of the new farm managers, are shown with Lee’s daughter Aiko, below right.)Nicki's Central West End Guide Services Urban Gardens  The Storied House The Creative Courant Suzanne Miller Farrell Lee Cagle Kate Haher CWE North Community Improvement District CWE Farm

Greetings friends,
Hooray! With great joy we deem our Central West End Farm 10-year celebration an overwhelming successYour generosity far exceeded our expectations. From LA to Miami, Boston back to St. Louis, seventy-eight citizens wanting to make a difference donated $12,000 to help feed our hungry neighbors during these challenging times. You didn’t just donate, either. You gave enthusiastically from the heart.  
One ten year old and his eight year old sister reported combining the contents of their piggy banks to donate $17.25. Another donor contributed a portion of her stimulus check. A Dad donated to demonstrate his desire to support his daughter’s volunteer work with the Farm.  
Through all of your contributions we significantly exceeded our goal of $10,000! We are immensely grateful for your support, as are the patrons of our recipient food pantries. We are thrilled that Sprouting Gift Gardens Foundation will deliver $4,000.00 checks to Second Presbyterian Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, and Central Baptist Church food ministries to support their efforts to feed the hungry in our old neighborhood in Saint Louis. 
 Take good care of yourselves and each other. Be well. And remember, there’s no place like hope.
 
With gratitude and love,  
Arthur & Nancy Culbert

Nicki's Central West End Guide Services Urban Gardens  The Storied House The Creative Courant Suzanne Miller Farrell Lee Cagle Kate Haher CWE North Community Improvement District CWE Farm

CWEnder Suzanne Miller Farrell was overwhelmed with orders for face masks following my April 16th post on sources for face coverings found in the neighborhood.  Miller Farrell has a production team in the U.S. that was making masks using fabrics culled from her home accessories line, The Storied House. She also decided she would allocate a portion of sales to create masks at no charge for those who could not afford them.

Miller Farrell recently emailed an update about that effort:

“The $$ I raised from mask sales have provided nearly 1,000 masks to frontlinters here and in Ireland, and to 800 school children in South Africa. YAY!”

In addition, shortly after the stay-at-home orders went into effect in the City of St. Louis, this tireless entrepreneur started an online 10-day Creativity Challenge.  That proved to be such a success that she recently launched The Creative Courant, a weekly good news (remember that?) journal. Each Friday, Farrell emails well-researched and inspiring stories as well as fun links to entertain both you and your families. You’d be wise to subscribe.

News from the CWE North Community Improvement District:

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Finally, you may remember seeing an opportunity to contribute to the CWE North Community Improvement District’s program to fund meals prepared by neighborhood restaurants for delivery to healthcare workers at BJC and to City Hope STL, a homeless shelter.

Under this initiative, local restaurants were paid $15 for each meal they provided to the program, which offered a supplemental source of revenue while they navigated uncharted waters.

The CID’s Executive Director Kate Haher reported that $32,700 has gone into funding this effort, $7,425 of which has come from contributions from the community.

Thank you to neighbors here and afar for what you have done for these organizations and many others. As the saying goes—and it’s so true—we’re in this together.