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Vicia hosts Springtime Market & Nurses for Newborns Drive

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Michael and Tara Gallina, the powerhouse couple behind the multi-award-winning restaurant Vicia in the Cortex Innovation Community, are hosting a Springtime Market to celebrate Mother’s Day, Saturday, May 11.

Stop by for lunch or Happy Hour snacks between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and pick up flowers, gifts, farm-fresh produce and milk from Vicia’s favorite farmers and artisans. Those participating include Dirty Girl Farms, Collin Garrity, Yellowtree Farm, Alice Blue Collective, Bohlen Family Farms, Rolling Lawns Farm, and Kaldi’s Coffee. Look for specialty goods from Vicia as well.

The Gallinas—new parents themselves—have added a charity component to the event by partnering with Nurses For Newborns to benefit parents in need. Drop off new & gently used baby equipment, such as pack ‘n plays, high chairs, strollers, and car seats, etc. Necessities such as baby food, diapers, baby toiletries, and new & gently used clothing, sizes preemie, newborn up to size 4T, are a high priority too.

Springtime Market at Vicia, corner of Boyle & Duncan, Saturday, May 11 from 11 to 3.

CWE News Wrap-up 2016: On real estate, shops & restaurants, theater, residents & politics

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink Shop News  Whole Foods Vicia Tilford Brothers The Orion The Improv Shop The Euclid The Candle Fusion Studio St. Louis Actors' Studio St. Louis silo coffee and goods Paul and Amy Mittelstadt Pagan Wine Bar MO Lyda Krewson lofts@625 Gamlin Brothers Eric Greitens East + West di Olivas CWE Scene Citizen Park Central West End Association Central West End   Apartment news: Among 2016’s posts were articles about two apartment projects that were completed this year, The Orion at Euclid Ave. and West Pine Blvd. and lofts@625 on Euclid Ave. at Delmar Blvd.  Three projects are currently under construction in the CWE, including Citizen Park at Lindell Blvd. and Euclid Ave., Rothschild Development’s 29 unit apartment project on Olive St. just west of Taylor Ave., and Komen Properties’ The Euclid, a 6-story mixed-use building at Euclid Ave. and West Pine Blvd., which will have 72 apartments and a Shake Shack as a signature tenant.

 

And to add to the momentum, earlier this month there was an announcement of a 36-story apartment tower proposed for the northeast corner of Kingshighway and West Pine Blvd., below.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink Shop News  Whole Foods Vicia Tilford Brothers The Orion The Improv Shop The Euclid The Candle Fusion Studio St. Louis Actors' Studio St. Louis silo coffee and goods Paul and Amy Mittelstadt Pagan Wine Bar MO Lyda Krewson lofts@625 Gamlin Brothers Eric Greitens East + West di Olivas CWE Scene Citizen Park Central West End Association Central West End

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential news: For a year-end report on sales in the CWE I turned to neighbors, real estate agents Amy Howell and Paul Mittelstadt who advised that

“While 2015 was an excellent year for residential real estate sales in the CWE, with 373 sales reported to the Multiple Listing Service, 2016 continued to see some additional improvements.

The total number of sales dropped only slightly in 2016, with 359 total sales, $100,000 and up compared to 373 in 2015.  The condo market had 229 sales, $100,000 and up, a bit better than the 220 in 2015.  However, the average condo price per square foot jumped from $173 per SF in 2015 up to $185 per SF in 2016.  The average sale price for condos also increased from $259,000 in 2015 up to $294,000 in 2016.  The highest price paid for a condo in 2016 was $2,500,000 for the 27th floor at the Chase Park Plaza.  So 2016 was a very good year for CWE condo sales.

The single-family market had 130 sales in 2016, $100,000 and up.  This was down slightly from 2015 when there were 153 sales.  The good news is that the average price per square foot increased from $135 per SF in 2015 up to $143 per SF in 2016.  The average days on the market also improved in 2016, from 76 days in 2015, down to 67 days in 2016.  The highest price paid for a single-family house in 2016 was $1,295,000 for the home at 4638 Pershing Place.  The market was surprisingly slow in the price points above this.

A very encouraging trend which we’ve observed in the past two years has been the influx of County residents to the CWE.  These are primarily empty nesters whose children are no longer living with them.  They tell us that they are attracted to the vibrancy and walkability of our neighborhood.  This is a buyer pool which we didn’t see ten years ago.  And fortunately, we continue to see buyers coming to the CWE from out of town, people who are coming to St. Louis to work for Washington University, BJC Health Care, St. Louis University, Wells Fargo Advisors, Boeing and many other employers.”

 

Shop news: In 2016 we welcomed east + west to 387 N. Euclid, The Candle Fusion Studio to 4742 McPherson, living-collective* to The Vino Gallery, and Amy Johnson’s KayOss to 393 N. Euclid, 2nd Fl.  di Olivas, an olive oil shop, will be opening early in the new year on S. Euclid across from Whole Foods, which also opened this year at Euclid and West Pine Blvd.  We miss Libby’s and are sorry to hear that West End Tan will be shutting its doors December 31.

Restaurant news: Mission Taco Joint replaced Gringo at Euclid and McPherson, the Gamlin Brothers are opening 1764 Public House at Euclid and West Pine later this year, Ed King opened Pagan Wine Bar at 239 N. Euclid, Silo Coffee and Goods opened at TechArtista, and the much-anticipated Vicia, below, will be opening in the next month or so in the Cortex Innovation Community.

 Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink Shop News  Whole Foods Vicia Tilford Brothers The Orion The Improv Shop The Euclid The Candle Fusion Studio St. Louis Actors' Studio St. Louis silo coffee and goods Paul and Amy Mittelstadt Pagan Wine Bar MO Lyda Krewson lofts@625 Gamlin Brothers Eric Greitens East + West di Olivas CWE Scene Citizen Park Central West End Association Central West End

On the flip side, Kopperman’s has closed, Aaron Teitelbaum has moved Herbie’s to Clayton, and the Tilford brothers (Mission Taco Joint) are shuttering Tortillaria Mexican Kitchen at 8 1/2 S. Euclid December 31.

Theater news: 2016 marked the 10th anniversary of St. Louis Actors Studio at 358 N. Boyle, and The Improv Shop, which has been at 510 N. Euclid for three years, recently announced that it has outgrown its space and is moving to larger digs in The Grove early in 2017.

Residents: Families are a vital part of the CWE, and there seem to be more children than ever living in the neighborhood. As examples, check out the post on Pershing Place’s Scoops on Stoops, Westminster Place’s Easter Egg Hunt, the CWE’s 4th of July Children’s Parade, the annual Holiday celebration and Halloween festivities in the neighborhood.

Parties of the year included a street celebration marking the 1st cocktail party on record sponsored by CWEScene in June, and the Central West End Association’s 1st Annual Gala at Third Degree Glass Factory in early December.

Politics: CWE resident Eric Greitens and his family will be moving to Jefferson City when he is sworn in as 56th Governor of the State of Missouri on January 9……and longtime 28th Ward Alderman Lyda Krewson is our pick in the March 7 primary for Mayor of the City of St. Louis.

*Katy Noonan proprietor of living-collective has announced that she will be leaving The Vino Gallery later next week and moving to a space at TechArtista, 4818 Washington. The Vino Gallery has been hosting more events in the space, so there isn’t room for Noonan’s shop any longer.

If I’ve missed anything in this post, please let me know. Otherwise, here’s to more good news throughout the neighborhood in 2017. Happy New Year!

New and notable/shop & restaurant pop-up updates

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Shop News:

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News  Warren Kramer Boston MA Vicia The Block TechArtista Co-Working Environment Tara and Michael Gallina Sprouted Radish Rooster & the Hen explorestlouis/centralwestend Enchanted Attic at Juniper Edo Rosenblith Cortex District Candle Fusion Studio Cafe Osage at Bowood Farms

Enchanted Attic (see post here), an annex of Enchanting Embellishments, has moved from 4742 McPherson Avenue, shown below, to what was until recently Kopperman’s at 368 N. Euclid Avenue, above. The shop, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,  re-opened in its new location today.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News  Warren Kramer Boston MA Vicia The Block TechArtista Co-Working Environment Tara and Michael Gallina Sprouted Radish Rooster & the Hen explorestlouis/centralwestend Enchanted Attic at Juniper Edo Rosenblith Cortex District Candle Fusion Studio Cafe Osage at Bowood Farms

Enchanted Attic’s relocation signals exciting retail news for the neighborhood, as the Candle Fusion Studio is set to open in that recently-vacated space in early December. “We’re thrilled to bring an extraordinary experience to St. Louis,” said proprietor Deanna McClintock Lester. The studio will feature 100+ scent oils that can be blended together to create a custom, hand-poured candle. The candle “bar” will include a private party room which will be available for groups up to 25.

The Pop-Up Restaurant Scene:

The neighborhood has been a popular destination for restaurateurs to test the market by holding pop-up dinners in CWE venues. For the past year Tara and Michael Gallina, formerly of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, have created buzz-worthy notice with a series of Rooster & the Hen events around town, including at local hotspots Cafe Osage at Bowood Farms and Eva’s Attic above Juniper (which began life as a pop up itself).

Though the Gallinas have since found a permanent location in the CWE’s Cortex District at Duncan and Boyle Avenues, construction is behind schedule and Vicia (see earlier post here) won’t open its doors until early 2017.  In the meantime, for those anxious to experience the Gallinas’ imaginative cuisine, there is a new series of pop-up dinners scheduled over the next couple of months at The Block, 33 N. Sarah, and Cafe Osage at Bowood Farms, 4605 Olive Street. See info below, and click here to learn more and make reservations.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News  Warren Kramer Boston MA Vicia The Block TechArtista Co-Working Environment Tara and Michael Gallina Sprouted Radish Rooster & the Hen explorestlouis/centralwestend Enchanted Attic at Juniper Edo Rosenblith Cortex District Candle Fusion Studio Cafe Osage at Bowood Farms

On October 29, rising stars at Washington University, Sachi Nagase and Katie Yun, below, held a pop-up dinner at TechArtista, 4818 Washington Avenue.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News  Warren Kramer Boston MA Vicia The Block TechArtista Co-Working Environment Tara and Michael Gallina Sprouted Radish Rooster & the Hen explorestlouis/centralwestend Enchanted Attic at Juniper Edo Rosenblith Cortex District Candle Fusion Studio Cafe Osage at Bowood Farms

The sold-out event for 35 guests featured a ten-course meal inspired by Japanese and Korean cuisine.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News  Warren Kramer Boston MA Vicia The Block TechArtista Co-Working Environment Tara and Michael Gallina Sprouted Radish Rooster & the Hen explorestlouis/centralwestend Enchanted Attic at Juniper Edo Rosenblith Cortex District Candle Fusion Studio Cafe Osage at Bowood Farms

The menu reflected the food showcased in TechArtista’s arresting 3rd floor mural, “Supper Club,” by artist Edo Rosenblith, above.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News  Warren Kramer Boston MA Vicia The Block TechArtista Co-Working Environment Tara and Michael Gallina Sprouted Radish Rooster & the Hen explorestlouis/centralwestend Enchanted Attic at Juniper Edo Rosenblith Cortex District Candle Fusion Studio Cafe Osage at Bowood Farms

Photo above courtesy of Yun. See more photos on Sprouted Radish Supper Club’s Facebook here.

TechArtista is hosting a 2nd Supper Club event this Friday, November 11, at 7 p.m. The 8-course vegan dinner (soup to dessert), $40, will be prepared by nationally-and-internationally-known chef Warren Kramer of Boston, MA.  Click here for details.