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Bakers for Black Lives Benefit at The Vino Gallery Sunday

Word spread across social media like hotcakes last Friday after a group of St. Louis-based bakers announced they were planning an old-fashioned bake sale to benefit ArchCity Defenders. Campaign Zero, and STL Mutual Aid.

The bakers, Tai Davis (Alchemy Bakery), Meaghan Coultrain (Formerly of Niche Food Group), Simone Faure (La Patisserie Chouquette, the link is to an entertaining Sauce Magazine interview), Sharon Harter (Bellwether and Polite Society), Hannah Kerne (formerly of Vicia), and Shimon Otsuka (Nathaniel Reid), named the fundraiser Bakers for Black Lives and enlisted Alex Head, proprietor of The Vino Gallery, to host the event on the patio at 4601 McPherson.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink  The Vino Gallery Tai Davis Simone Faure Shimon Otsuka Sharon Harter Meaghan Coultrain Hannah Kerne Bakers for Black Lives Alex Head

The event began at 10 a.m. By 10:20 a line stretched from The Vino Gallery to the former Llyweyln’s Pub.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink  The Vino Gallery Tai Davis Simone Faure Shimon Otsuka Sharon Harter Meaghan Coultrain Hannah Kerne Bakers for Black Lives Alex Head

Examining these photographs as I post them, I realize how quickly I’ve adjusted to the latest version of normal. People wearing face masks standing 6′ apart alongside boarded-up galleries and shops.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink  The Vino Gallery Tai Davis Simone Faure Shimon Otsuka Sharon Harter Meaghan Coultrain Hannah Kerne Bakers for Black Lives Alex Head

Cheers erupted from the crowd when a fire truck from the neighborhood’s Engine House 28 traveled east on McPherson.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink  The Vino Gallery Tai Davis Simone Faure Shimon Otsuka Sharon Harter Meaghan Coultrain Hannah Kerne Bakers for Black Lives Alex Head

This was the scene inside The Vino Gallery as organizers arranged baked goods to bring out to the patio for sale. The CWE’s The Cup donated cupcakes and Insomnia Cookies participated as well.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink  The Vino Gallery Tai Davis Simone Faure Shimon Otsuka Sharon Harter Meaghan Coultrain Hannah Kerne Bakers for Black Lives Alex Head

The event was scheduled to last until 2 p.m. but by noon all the pastries were gone, and because shoppers were invited to pay what they wished Bakers for Black Lives raised $12,000 in 2 hours!Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink  The Vino Gallery Tai Davis Simone Faure Shimon Otsuka Sharon Harter Meaghan Coultrain Hannah Kerne Bakers for Black Lives Alex Head

People continued donating long after the pastries were gone. I’ve copied part of organizer Hannah Kerne’s post on Facebook describing how the morning went. For more information, and how you can still donate, here is the link to Bakers for Black Lives Facebook page.

Within 2 hours, we raised more than $12,000 for ArchCity Defenders, Inc., STL Mutual Aid, among other racial justice organizations. I wish Facebook allowed us to bold that number. Before we opened at 10am, people had donated $1,000. By 10:30am, we were at $5,000 and had to cut off curbside pickup because our 1,500 inventory of baked goods was running out and the line was more than 2 blocks long. 1 hour into the event at 11am, we had raised $7,000. By 11:15am, we had to tell people they may not get baked goods but encouraged everyone to still donate. By 11:30am, we ran out of baked goods and were at $8,000, but people wanted to stay in line to donate for the cake raffle. By noon, people were still stopping by to donate and donating online. We soon realized that we had raised more than $12,000.

Reminder that this event was supposed to go until 2pm, and dozens of people continued to donate to get us to this number. Hundreds of people respectfully wore masks and socially distanced the entire time and joined in chants and applause as we ran down the sidewalk to announce the new donations numbers.

St. Louis showed the f*ck up today, and it’s clear there is a hunger to do more to ensure that tomorrow, and every day after that #BlackLivesMatter, and that the anti-racism work goes so far beyond a bake sale and its roots live far deeper than police brutality.

Also, we started this because food is our love language, and it turns out, it’s everyone’s love language.

We have already received messages from chefs and bakers around the country wanting to have similar events, and we plan to have future events, (hopefully around Juneteenth!), so please follow us on Bakers for Black Lives and on Instagram at @Bakers4BlackLives.

What the world needs now…

is love sweet love, and here are some ideas from neighborhood shops that might wrap that up for you.

From The Silver Lady:

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From left, a garnet-studded sterling silver bracelet $179, red glass heart charm $20, sterling silver heart necklace, $162, and far right, garnet and black-lipped oyster shell earrings $108.

Middle row: garnet ring with 5 stones $60, white glass heart charm, $20, drop earrings with 3 different-sized garnets $68, striking Alunite mineral $20.

Top row: round garnet ring $100, diamond-shaped garnet ring $60, and filigree earrings with marquis-shaped garnets $60.

The Silver Lady, 4736 McPherson, (314) 367-7587, Wed.-Fri. 12 to 5:30, Sat. 11 to 6, Sun. 12 to 4. Closed Mon. & Tues.

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Clockwise from lower left: “Appointed” lined notebooks $24, Valentine’s cards $5.50, each, peach-hued tutu $52, heart-shaped  suitcase, $16 (larger version $18, not shown), meri meri hair clips, bobby pins, and barrettes, $10-$12, and Valentine’s stickers, $8.

Holliday, 4600 Olive St., (314) 454-5858, Mon. -Thurs. 10 to 4, Fri. – Sat, 10 to 6, Sun. 10 to 4.

At Mary Ann’s Tearoom and Enchanting Embellishments:

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Valentine’s High Tea, 11 to 3, $38.50, includes non-alcoholic beverages and 3 courses: scones with Devonshire Cream, mini-tea sandwiches, and mini-cheesecakes, assorted macrons, and fresh strawberries. Reservations required, (314) 361-5303.

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At Enchanting Embellishments, from left: pink cowgirl boots, size 11, $100, old-fashioned “Be Mine Valentine” $14, and quilted “Love” purse $110. On table, rhinestone bracelet, $115, drop earrings, $54.95,

Enchanting Embellishments, 4732 McPherson, Tues. – Sun. 10 to 5, closed Mon.

At The Vino Gallery,

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The Vino Gallery’s Proprietor Alex Head suggests a bottle of Collet Champagne Brut Rose, $44, as the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. Purchase in store or online via Drink Dispatch, where you’ll get a 10% discount using code DRINKNEW.

The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson, Tues. – Weds. 1 to 6, Thurs.1 to 9, Fri. & Sat. 1 to 10. Closed Sun. & Mon.

At Provisions St. Louis:

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Back row: The Wisdom of Wonder Woman, $14.95 (a super heroine who stands for strength, wisdom, justice & love), I Love You Because, $14.99, a fill in the blank book that includes “an awkward moment I love.”

Middle row: Love, long stick matches, $12, Lubin’s Jardin Rouge Eau de Perfume, $130. Other scents from Lubin Paris include Black Jade, created for Marie Antoinette, and Gin Fizz that had Grace Kelly as its muse. Ben’s Tray’s Nine of Hearts, $56, is far right.

Bottom row:  Ben’s Tray’s Heart You, $76, Louis Sherry chocolate truffles packaged in an enameled tin keepsake box, $35, The Red Book of Good Luck, $14.95.

Provisions St. Louis, 228 N. Euclid, Tues. to Sat. 11 to 7ish, Sun. 12 to 5.

At Left Bank Books:

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photo courtesy of Shane Mullen

Bottom row: Candy Club “I Love You S’More” $5.99, 642 Things About You (That I Love) $9.95, Truth or Dare for Couples, $8.95, a fill in the blanks book Things I Love About Us, $10.

Second row: Happy Valentine’s Day Love, Mad Libs $9.99, I Love you in a Gay Way greeting card $5, Left Bank Books mug $12.99, Spike’s Blend Tea by Traveling Tea $9.50, Paint Chip Poetry $19.95.

Back row: Love Poems, $14.99, Cookies & Cocktails $19.99, I Love You More Than Chocolate chocolate card, $9, Mix-Tape Potluck Cookbook by Questlove, $29.99.

Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, (314) 367-6731, Mon. – Sat. 10 to 10, Sun. 11 to 6.

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St. Louis Art Supply, 4582 Olive St., Tues. – Fri. 8 to 7, Sat. & Sun. 9 to 7.

What’s new in the commercial district

It’s been a while since I’ve assembled information about shop and restaurant news in the neighborhood. There have been occasional comments on the nextdoor website that the neighborhood seems to have lots of vacancies. Yes some shop windows have been covered in brown paper, but that doesn’t mean nobody’s home. In fact, there is lots going on. Here’s the good news:

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For instance, The Vino Gallery closed last Friday, August 9th, for “a mini-makeover” that included a few repairs, some fresh paint, and a little rebranding. Proprietor Alex Head also mentioned that they will be adding small plates to pair with their stellar selection of wines. The new art on a post at the entry is a sign of what’s to come. There is a soft opening tonight, but the big reveal is in full bloom tomorrow, Saturday the 17th, starting at 1 p.m.

The Vino Gallery, 4901 McPherson.

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East•West. at 387 N. Euclid closed in July for some renovations and rebranding after the business sold to Roy Brady, a customer of the original owner, Brian Simpson. Simpson opened the upscale men’s clothing and furnishings shop in August 2016.

Brady said that as he and Simpson chatted during his visits to the store to shop, they discovered that each was looking for a change in career. Brady wound up purchasing the business. Simpson remains in the background as an advisor.

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Owning a shop is quite a switch for Brady, right, who moved back to St. Louis from California and was working with his sister Nora at Blueprint Coffee. Brady said that the transition was seamless, thanks to Trevor Kirkland, left, who had worked for the previous owner.

Brady will be adding more brands over the next couple of months but said he envisions East•West. as much more than a clothing store. He is bringing local designers and makers into the merchandise mix and wants the shop to be a welcoming space for the community, hosting events to attract an eclectic group of people.

The event aspect got off to a great start when the shop reopened earlier this month. A former St. Louisan brought his line of clothing called Huey Lewis USA from LA for the celebration. A Huey Lewis USA design is featured on the mannequin above.

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East•West. stocks home goods too, including Boda Clay  pottery created by Brady’s girlfriend, Molly Svoboda. Prices for spoon rests, mugs, bowls and colanders range from $18 to $54.

Branding for the shop, including a new logo and website design, is by CWE-based Visitor Assembly.

East•West. , 387 N. Euclid, Tues.-Sat. 11 to 7, Sun. 12 to 5

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After months of speculation regarding who would succeed Coffee Cartel in the prime corner location at Euclid & Maryland, construction has begun in preparation for a fall opening of bluemercury, a national make-up and skin care chain that has 30 locations around the Midwest and Texas.

There’s been a cry for more retail businesses in the CWE for years, so I was a little surprised when a male neighbor asked, “Do you think this ‘blue’ thing is going to work?”

My response: “Are you kidding? You’ve obviously never had to drive to the Galleria for a lipstick. Make-up in the CWE? I know I’m not alone when I say I can’t wait!”

There are more openings on the horizon. News is expected soon about Barrett Barerra’s (projects+gallery) latest projects on McPherson, where they are re-purposing the former Shelton Davis Gallery at 4724, and Arlene Lilie’s building at 4739, which most recently housed Selkirk until the auction house moved downtown to Washington Avenue last fall. Cocina Latina, a Peruvian restaurant, has opened at 508 N. Euclid. Balaban’s is returning to the CWE and opening on the second floor across from its original location, now Up-Down. Salt & Smoke is opening next to Mission Taco. And Commerce Bank Connect has opened a fully automated facility at 54 S. Euclid, next to Shake Shack.

Good news indeed!

With all the hustle & bustle evident in the neighborhood, it’s refreshing to stumble across a scene like the one that follows. At its essence, it’s the people who live here that make the CWE such an interesting neighborhood. It was early one Sunday morning when I was delighted to find a dressed-up mother and daughter peering in the windows at Left Bank Books.  Simple pleasures are the best.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink Shop News  The Vino Gallery Salt & Smoke Left Bank Books East and West Cocina Latina Bluemercury

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink Shop News  The Vino Gallery Salt & Smoke Left Bank Books East and West Cocina Latina Bluemercury

Have a great weekend.