Part II: More snapshots from 2018’s 4th of July Parade

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade   Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade   Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

The 4th of July Parade was brought to you by the Central West End Association, Busey Bank, and Sysco St. Louis. Thanks to (from right) Central West End Association President Kate Walter, middle, Executive Director Jess Campbell, and left, Liz Campbell, Jess’s mother who braved the blistering heat to roast an unending supply of hot dogs—provided by Sysco St. Louis—over an equally blistering-hot barbecue pit.

Thank you to the volunteers who contributed to the success of the event including Tim O’Connor who led the parade in his vintage red Mustang, and the Neighborhood Security Initiative’s Jim Whyte who along with some of the City’s Finest, helped keep traffic under control while parade-goers meandered along to Maryland Plaza.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Steamy or not, the CWE 4th of July tradition lives on

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Give or take a year, I believe this is the 38th Fourth of July Parade that has taken place in the Central West End. It started on Lenox Place as a simpler affair with approximately 50 neighbors of various ages following a fire truck around the block. There were popsicles and lemonade at parade’s end—and once there was a turtle race too.

Over the years the tradition has continued thanks to board members and volunteers from the Central West End Association. There are twice as many families participating now as in the early days, and Busey Bank has become a sponsor. This year as in recent years past, entertainment was provided by Circus Kaput, and at parade’s end there were balloon artists and face painters at the Maryland Plaza fountain decorating sweaty little faces. There was plenty of cold water and hot dogs for all.

In top photo from left Robyn LeBoeuf, Tony Martin (visiting from Louisiana), Dan and Dominic Boccabella. Dan is chief organizer of CWE Families & Friends’ activities these days.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

The parade kicked off at 10 a.m. at the corner of Euclid and McPherson Avenues.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

One of the jugglers with Circus Kaput.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Some of the neighborhood spectators who lined the parade route.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro biked to the parade.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Jim Whyte, Executive Director of the CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative, with his daughter Janetta.

Next up: More photos from 2018 Fourth of July Parade.

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

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photos courtesy of Carson Monetti

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.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink Shop News  Xena Colby St. Louis Art Supply South City Art Supply Cornflower Coffee and Tea Central West End Carson Monetti

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.”

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink Shop News  Xena Colby St. Louis Art Supply South City Art Supply Cornflower Coffee and Tea Central West End Carson Monetti

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!