Party of Pestalozzi

Posted by David Godbout on September 4, 2014 | Leave a Comment

This Saturday — and just for you, we have arranged for 70 degree weather.

Brazilian culture mixed with The Venice Cafe’s Street Festival – what more could you ask for?

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Are you #UpForWhatever? Join BPNA, fellow neighbors, STL Brightside, and Bud Light to help make Benton Park & Benton Park West more beautiful this Saturday, August 9 from 9am-2pm. Meet at Benton Park. Volunteers will be digging, planting, mulching and creating a beautiful monarch butterfly garden, creating a stencil art mural along Benton Park West and painting fire hydrants. Volunteers will receive Bud Light T-Shirt, Sandwich from Luvy Duvy’s and beer. Event is National Campaign for Keeping America Beautful sponsored by Bud Light and Operation Brightside. Volunteers must be 21 or older and sign up online

Check Out Other Volunteer Opportunities!


MVNA July 2014 Meeting Reminder

Just a reminder, tonight is the Marine Villa Neighborhood Association meeting at Irish Corner Pub (corner of Cherokee and Lemp).

The Chippewa Broadway Business Association hosts a happy hour at 6pm and MVNA business begins at 7pm. Jeffrey Boyd will be present to discuss his candidacy for license collector. Mandy Mankin will be present to discuss memberships to the Benton Park West dog park and will have applications available (please bring proof of vaccinations and record of spay/neutering). We will also briefly discuss and vote on the proposed Dollar General store at 3300 Jefferson so MVNA can issue a letter of support or objection as we have residents living within a block radius of this development.

New Benton Park Community Garden

Posted by Cipriano Medina on June 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Benton Park resident and MELT regulars, Nicole Hoffarth along with Rici Wittkugel had an idea to bring together community. Nicole, an architectural designer and Rici, an artist, are developing gardening skills. At the intersection of Pestalozzi and Indiana rests an LRA lot that is now a growing Community Garden. Formed in March and nicknamed, Hinge Garden, for the hinge they found while plotting the land, the garden currently has 5 beds, a lounge area (nicknamed “stump lounge”) and supporters. There is room for more beds and supporters. If you would like to get involved in this community project, please swing by the garden during evenings and weekends or contact Nicole.

Thursday, June 9th @ MELT (6-11pm)

Everyone is Welcome

15% of total food and drink sales and 100% of auction items and Bucket Donations will go to help the Dario/Pupillo family, as a donation to Grace Hill.

Little Sebastian contracted a STAFF infection shortly after his birth requiring hospitalization and extra care; he is fine, but the medical bills have stacked up.

Come enjoy the music (featuring Tony Pupillo, Seaby and the Rules, The Skeses, Some Incarnation of Bronson and Jack Grelle) and help out a worthy cause.

New Store Opening on Jefferson Ave.

Posted by David Godbout on June 1, 2014 | Leave a Comment

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The folks at Heaven’s Archives are passionate designers, creators, artists, restoration enthusiasts, and Great People.

The shop will specialize in Decorative Decor.

“Whether it be an Old item or New, we can make it You!”

Stop in and meet them at the Grand Opening Soiree on June 7th.


Free Concert in Benton Park this Saturday (5/31)

Posted by David Godbout on May 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Bpna logo 2The Brothers Lazaroff, along with Beth Bombara and The Jefferson Avenue Duo will be playing in Benton Park from 4 to 9pm this Saturday.

Come out and enjoy an afternoon in the park and celebrate the community.

Volunteers are needed, and all volunteers receive a wristband good for FREE food and drink (and drink!).  Contact if you want in on the volunteer deal.

Street Performer Open Meeting

Posted by Anne McCullough on May 8, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Wednesday, May 14, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar
Free parking behind the Pageant

You may have heard that the city’s overly restrictive street performer ordinance has been repealed. While the First Amendment is on your side, we want to encourage street performances while respecting the reasonable expectations of the greater public to enjoy peace and quiet in their homes and the ability of businesses to conduct commerce.

Luminary Center Grand Opening

Posted by Anne McCullough on March 4, 2014 | Leave a Comment

The news we have all been waiting for…

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We are excited to officially announce our GRAND OPENING on May 17th, 2014! Save the date for the Grand Opening event, which will offer a first glimpse into the finished space with a free party featuring music, drinks, tours of the space and an art auction. You are officially invited to come celebrate with us!

With the opening of the new space, we are equally happy to share a complete rebrand, including a new logo, new website, and new mission statement that reflects the continual evolution and experimentation of the organization. We encourage you to read more about our methodology and thought-process leading to the rebrand on our blog.


Next weekend at fort gondo:

Saturday, March 8: Film Premiere of Sarah Paulsen’s feature-length animated documentary, Elegy to Connie

(Doors open at 7:30 PM; film begins at 8 PM)

Sunday, March 9: Animation Workshop with artist Sarah Paulsen, 4 PM – 6 PM

Join us for these two events, planned in conjunction with Sarah Paulsen’s current solo exhibition, Elegy to Connie.  Both are free and open to community members of all ages and skill-levels.

Lo-Fi Cherokee 2014

Posted by Anne McCullough on February 25, 2014 | Leave a Comment

 About the Event
Lo-Fi Cherokee is a completely unique event conceived in 2012 that is best described as a hybrid event that brings music, video, social media and St. Louis city culture together. 14-18 local bands or solo acts from new unknowns to veterans of the scene will convene in various shops for live music video shoots over the course of a single day. When it’s all over we will have produced as many high quality performance videos. These videos will not only showcases a sample of the diversity of talent of the STL music scene but, also reflects the energy of one of St. Louis’ most dynamic commercial districts. These videos will live on indefinitely online as a testament of a compelling time and place in St. Louis history.

Cherokee Street Nonprofit

Posted by Anne McCullough on February 24, 2014 | Leave a Comment

We need your help!


The Cherokee Station Business Association is in the process of applying for a 501c3 Nonprofit.  This nonprofit  will work in conjunction with the business association to create an inviting, diverse and sustainable environment on Cherokee Street and to promote arts, culture and creative innovation.  We need the community’s help in naming the nonprofit.  Bellow is a list of suggested names.  Please respond by selecting up to 3 choices below, or with a new suggestion in the comments section.  The name for the nonprofit will then be chosen out of the top three suggestions, by the CSBA Board of Directors.  All suggestions must be submitted or voted on before 5pm Thursday, February 27th.

Vote for your favorite name for the Cherokee Street Nonpofit. (Choose up to 3)

  • Cherokee Street Collective (CSC) (22%, 11 Votes)
  • Cherokee Street United (CSU) (22%, 11 Votes)
  • Cherokee Development League (CDL) (20%, 10 Votes)
  • Grow Cherokee (16%, 8 Votes)
  • Cherokee Operations in Ongoing Long-term Development of Understanding Diversity in Every Situation (COOLDUDES) (16%, 8 Votes)
  • Cherokee Street League (CSL) (12%, 6 Votes)
  • Cherokee Innovation Association (CIA) (12%, 6 Votes)
  • Cherokee Art and Development Association (CADA) (12%, 6 Votes)
  • Activate Cherokee (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Envision Cherokee (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Cherokee Growth & Sustainability (CGS) (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Cherokee Development Association (CDA) (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Cherokee Street Development Coalition (CSDC) (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Extraordinary Cherokee (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Cherokeep It Alive (8%, 4 Votes)
  • Cherokee Sustainability Group (CSG) (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Cherokee United (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Cherokee Growth and Sustainability Board (CGSB) (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Imagine Cherokee (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Cherokee Growth Council (CGC) (4%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 51

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CSBA Meeting Thursday, February 20 5:30pm @ NEBULA

Posted by Anne McCullough on February 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Reminder: The CSBA meetings have moved to NEBULA.

The CSBA Meeting, is this Thursday, February 20 5:30pm @ Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson.  Happy Hour to Follow Meeting!

BOD Meeting Minutes
1.16.14 Meeting Minutes
CID information 

Please email if you have any changes to the agenda; before noon on February 20th.


Posted by Anne McCullough on February 14, 2014 | Leave a Comment



IndiHop is a unique event showcasing two of St. Louis’ most eclectic neighborhoods: Cherokee Street and The Grove.

Participating businesses in both neighborhoods provide samples of 50 different types of locally made brews.  As you travel from venue to venue, enjoy entertainment by an assortment of live musicians, artists and street performers. IndiHop provides shuttles, which connect you to the next neighborhood.  The 2014 IndiHop will take place on Saturday, May 17th from 1pm to 6pm.

Occupied Cherokee Street

Posted by Ryan Reed on February 13, 2014 | Leave a Comment

By the Summer of 1861, St. Louis had become a fortified city. The St. Louis Arsenal was sandbagged and packed with two Union companies with rifles and cannons poised on all approaches. A pro-Confederate camp of nearly 700 volunteers was situated at Lindell’s Grove where the current St. Louis University campus now stands. Southern sympathizing native born St. Louisans took pot shots from windows at German American Union soldiers as they moved through the city. Riots erupted and alarmed soldiers shot into crowds of civilians killing women and children. Divided over the issues of state’s rights and slavery, the populace of St. Louis was a reflection of struggle occurring across the nation as it plunged into the Civil War. Cherokee Street was not untouched by the instruments of war. At the present site of Lemp Brewery was a large quadrilateral earth work that was one of ten fortifications surrounding the city. Equipped with four cannons, two trained on the river and two on the city, the earth work was simply known as Fort Number Two.

Uke Go Girl

Posted by Anne McCullough on February 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment



In conjunction with the Community Arts and Movement Project, Uke Go Girl! is pleased to announce they are now accepting applications for the Uke Go Girl! Summer Workshop. The 2014 session will be held at CAMP on Cherokee Street, in May. This is a beginner ukulele workshop for girls 12-16 and no musical experience is necessary. There is no cost for this workshop and ukuleles will be provided if the student cannot purchase one. Students will need to purchase minimal supplies. A list will be provided upon acceptance. There are a limited number of spots available and acceptance will be based on applications as well as a brief interview.
Please fill out is contact form with a valid email address to request an application –Community Arts and Movement Project Adria Nicole

This year for Valentine’s Day Spokes Couriers have partnered up with Flowers & Weeds (Cherokee Street) and Sweet Art Bakery (Tower Grove North) to create a fun little package. Customers can order a bouquet, a half dozen cupcakes, and have it all delivered via bike to their Valentine. More info is here.


Whiskey Valentine’s Dinner @ Fortune Teller Bar

Posted by Anne McCullough on February 6, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Cost: $55 per person
Date: 2/14/2014
Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cocktail & Small Plates Hour: 6:30-7:30
Seating promptly at 7:30pm

Reservations Open From Monday 1/27 – Monday 2/10

Join us for a sit-down, candlelit dinner with a 5-course pre fixe menu on Valentines Day, 2014. Each course features a whiskey pairing by FTB in collaboration with Koval Distillery and will be introduced by Koval’s Kelly Nyikes.

Enjoy conversation with your friends, lovers, haters or whomever else you decide to spend the evening with in a laid-back environment within one of Saint Louis’s finest historical buildings. A violinist will provide ambiance from 7:30-9:30 with table service beginning promptly at 7:30.

Athlete Eats opens at 2837 Cherokee – Free Smoothies**

Posted by David Godbout on January 30, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Athlete Eats

Athlete Eats features meals that are
- Paleo friendly
- Gluten Free
- Vegetarian Friendly
- Organic & all natural
- Locally made

Stop in and check out the fresh juices,
smoothies wheat grass,
along with a large variey
of artisan coffees
and loose teas brewed to order.

**First 100 Customers through the the door this weekend (Jan 31 – Feb 2) will receive a FREE 1/2 pint-sized smoothie

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CSBA Meetings have moved to Nebula

Posted by Anne McCullough on January 24, 2014 | Leave a Comment

The CSBA meeting location has moved to Nebula, located at 3407 S. Jefferson.  The next CSBA meeting is on February 20th, 5:30pm.  Here are the meeting minutes from the January meeting.

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