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A toast to 2019’s Rose Day

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink  Yellowbelly Shake Shack Rose Day Michael Powers   If you were out and about in the neighborhood Saturday afternoon May 4th, you had to have noticed that there was a large party going on. The sidewalks were packed with 1500 people participating in Rosé Day, a benefit for 12 non-profits dedicated to empowering women and girls in the St. Louis area. The partnering organizations were stationed at 10 different locations (see map here) where attendees could gather information and sample an assortment of rosés.

Rosé Day co-founders Michael Powers, above left, and Jim Barnthouse, right, reported that this year’s crowd was twice as large as last year’s inaugural event.  Also photographed is volunteer Chico Weber, middle.

Two CWE restaurants, Yellowbelly and Shake Shack. dedicated a portion of the day’s sales to two of the non-profits. Shake Shack contributed over $1,300 to Safe Connections, and Yellowbelly supported Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis.
Photographs below are courtesy of the Rosé Day organization.
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The event was a boon for CWE businesses such as Provisions STL, above, which was packed with customers all afternoon.

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If you missed this year’s event, be sure to watch for info about May 2020’s Rosé Day.  Organizers are already in the planning stages.

A visit to The Euclid Residential Apartments

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The photo above is what the southeast corner of Euclid and West Pine looked like in 2015 when the Koman Group announced a $31 million plan to construct a 6-story mixed-use building on the site.

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Three years later “The Euclid,” designed by the Trivers architectural firm, is complete.  The building is directly across West Pine from The Orion, which was the first of 5 apartment buildings (the others are Lofts @625, Citizen Park and The Milton) that have been constructed or renovated on or near the Euclid corridor over the past few years.

The Euclid’s ground floor tenants include Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack, and locally-owned Kaldi’s Coffee and Pi Pizza’s offshoot, ‘ZZA.

The entry to The Euclid Residential Apartments, which contains 71 studio, one-and two-bedroom units on floors 3 through 6, is located at 40 N. Euclid at the south end of the building (under the white balcony in photo above). The second floor space is being offered to commercial tenants.

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The photo above shows the contemporary two-story lobby. When I visited several weeks ago with Koman Properties Property Manager Drew Nelson, he described The Euclid Residential Apartments as “tech-forward.” Visitors’ access to the building is via a “virtual” concierge, enabled by an app on the tenant’s phone. An app also sends a message when a package is delivered to the mailroom.

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Top photo: On the second floor, the boutique-style building offers an event space called The Amenity Lounge, and a state-of-the-art gym.

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There are 16 different floor plans at The Euclid, each named after a street in the CWE—Taylor, Whittier, Hortense, etc. What I noticed immediately upon walking into the display unit, above and photos below, are the floor-to-ceiling windows and 9′ ceilings, which are common in all the units. The 2-bedroom, 2-bath 1,100 s.f. unit shown in these photos leases for $2,800 a month. All but 4  apartments have balconies.

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The window in the display unit’s second bedroom (above), which looks south on Euclid, underscores the architect’s intent to connect residents to the streetscape.

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Upper left: The balcony, visible through the glass door, is accessible from both the living room and the master bedroom. Upper right: Kitchens have quartz countertops, soft-close cabinetry, and all-electric appliances. Bottom left: The master bedroom, and right, the master bath with shower. The second bathroom has a tub/shower combination. All units have stacked washer/dryers.

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The photo above shows the entry to an east-facing 536 s.f. “Pine” model. The floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings contribute to a spacious feel. Bottom photograph:  The bedroom alcove (right) is located between the kitchen and bathroom. The Pine units lease for $1200 to $1600 per month.

In addition, tenants pay their own electricity, bundled utilities (water, sewer, trash) $50 to $100, and internet $75. Parking is available in an underground climate-controlled garage, $125 per space, $175 tandem. Short term leases (6-month minimum) are available. The Euclid offers a “preferred employee” program. Ask leasing agent for details.

The Euclid Residential Apartments opened March 15 and are currently 58% leased. For each new lease Koman Properties makes a donation to a local charity.

These new residential properties have not only altered the streetscape along Euclid, but have also brought an influx of new residents to the neighborhood, resulting in bustling sidewalks and an infusion of vitality.

The Euclid Residential Apartments, 40 N. Euclid, (314) 480-3737.

A look back at 2017

Starting in January with the Women’s March in downtown St. Louis, the opening of a few new businesses and 2 new apartment projects in the neighborhood, the election of Central West Ender Lyda Krewson as the 46th mayor of St. Louis, and capped off with the recent appointment of another CWEnder, John Hayden, as Chief of Police, 2017 has been a year filled with many high notes, and some challenging moments as well.

Sifting through this year’s posts, here are some of the most memorable:

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January’s Women’s March in St. Louis.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink Services Shop News  Warby Parker The Milton The Gentleman Quilter Taze Mediterranean Street Food St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson Shane Cohn Shake Shack PokeDoke John Hayden Heather Navarro Citizen Park Chief of St. Louis Police Central West End BookFest STL Bonobos AC Hotel by Marriott 1764 Public House    September’s protests in the CWE.

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28th Ward Alderman Lyda Krewson swearing in as Mayor of City of St. Louis.

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And just last week, CWEnder Major John Hayden, shown with Laura Locke at 2014’s National Night Out held at the Neighborhood Security Initiative, was named Chief of the St. Louis Police Department. Read a related editorial in St. Louis Post-Dispatch here.

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In July, Heather Navarro was elected to fill Lyda Krewson’s seat  on the Board of Alderman. She is photographed with 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn at the grand opening of the reconfigured intersection of Kingshighway and Forest Park Parkway, thanks to BJC Healthcare, Washington University School of Medicine and the City of St. Louis).

Construction projects:

In 2017, ground was broken for 4101 Laclede (at Sarah Ave.), developers Austin Barzantny and Michael Gringrich’s 54-unit condominium project that’s well under construction as we head into the New Year. Opus Development Company’s Citizen Park, a 217-unit apartment project opened last June at Euclid Ave. & Lindell Blvd., and Rothschild Development’s The Milton, a 29-unit apartment opened at 4534 Olive St.

Sam Koplar announced plans for construction of a 7-story, 192-room AC Hotel by Marriott on York Avenue between Maryland Plaza and Lindell Blvd.

Shop & restaurant news:

Lemon Spalon moved from 324 N. Euclid a block south to 236 N. Euclid. Mike’s Bikes, 322 N. Euclid, then expanded its operation upstairs into Lemon Spalon’s former space. Treats Unleashed opened at 22 N. Euclid, and CWE Veterinary Clinic opened in the Lindell Marketplace, 4131 Lindell Blvd.  The Gentleman Quilter opened at 4814 Washington Avenue, and two national chains have chosen the CWE for their 1st St. Louis locations, Bonobos and Warby Parker.

The Gamlin Brothers opened their 3rd restaurant in the CWE, 1764 Public House at Euclid and West Pine Aves.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink Services Shop News  Warby Parker The Milton The Gentleman Quilter Taze Mediterranean Street Food St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson Shane Cohn Shake Shack PokeDoke John Hayden Heather Navarro Citizen Park Chief of St. Louis Police Central West End BookFest STL Bonobos AC Hotel by Marriott 1764 Public House   While across the street, Danny Meyer opened the 1st Shake Shack in his native St. Louis. Tazé Mediterranean Street Food opened at 8 1/2 S. Euclid, and PokeDoke opened next door at 8 S. Euclid, just north of Forest Park Blvd.

Events:

One weekend in June drew huge crowds to the Central West End Association’s House Tour on Fullerton’s Westminster Place,  Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink Services Shop News  Warby Parker The Milton The Gentleman Quilter Taze Mediterranean Street Food St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson Shane Cohn Shake Shack PokeDoke John Hayden Heather Navarro Citizen Park Chief of St. Louis Police Central West End BookFest STL Bonobos AC Hotel by Marriott 1764 Public House   and to the 2nd annual CWE Cocktail Party on Euclid Avenue, above. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink Services Shop News  Warby Parker The Milton The Gentleman Quilter Taze Mediterranean Street Food St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson Shane Cohn Shake Shack PokeDoke John Hayden Heather Navarro Citizen Park Chief of St. Louis Police Central West End BookFest STL Bonobos AC Hotel by Marriott 1764 Public House

The 1st annual CWE BookFest STL, brought many booklovers to the neighborhood one very warm September weekend. The event was so successful, planning began the very next day for 2018’s BookFest. The photo above shows a crowd gathered for the dedication of the William Burroughs sculpture alongside Left Bank Books.

There is more to come, including some exciting announcements for 2018, which I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks.

Wishing you warmer weather and a Happy New Year.