Chippewa/Broadway Business Association Quarterly Lunch

Posted by David Godbout on June 20, 2016 | Leave a Comment

LogoJoin the CBBA this Wednesday, June 22nd, at Gooseberries from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the Quarterly Lunch. Mention you are with the CBBA and get the discount!!!

The lunch is an informal time of discussion and networking.

Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda Africa

Posted by David Godbout on March 22, 2016 | Leave a Comment

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The Watoto Children’s Choir of Uganda will bring its “Oh, What Love” performance to 2720 Cherokee on Sunday evening, April 10th, @ 6:30 p.m.

The event is FREE and open to All Ages.

Experience the sound, energy and passion of Africa as these young people sing, dance and share their stories.

Watoto is a faith-based relief organization that has been working in Uganda providing systemic and strategic redevelopment among the population of widows and orphans.  By building holistic communities – providing housing, education, healthcare, nutrition and communal support – Watoto has developed a well respected reputation.


Where We Stand
Economic Growth & Racial Equity: How can St. Louis compete in the global economy?
Wednesday, January 27, 6:30-8 p.m.
at Central Library Auditorium

1301 Olive Street

Where We Stand (WWS) is a series of publications produced by EWG that provide objective, reliable and verifiable data on the St. Louis region and comparable metropolitan areas.

On January 27th, panelists will explore the complex interaction of orkforce development, regional competitiveness, and racial equity in the St. Louis region with a focus on two questions: 1) Does the region have the human capital it needs to compete in the world economy? 2) How can the region ensure that opportunities in the new economy are shared by all?

A Bit of Cherokee Street History

Posted by Anne McCullough on January 4, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Deichman Music store, on Cherokee, between Texas and Jefferson was a high school hang out as the local “record shop” (as in phonograph records).  We also had a big following with the nurse trainees at Lutheran Hospital, a couple blocks away.  I worked after school from Roosevelt High and weekends.

I worked there as a salesman, selling the old 78 rpm, shellac phonograph records. This would have been 1950-1955.  If you were a “people watcher” you would have been in heaven walking around Cherokee as it was a mixture of all south side peoples.  We had four restaurants, a Velvet Freeze ice cream shop, two auto supply (Western Auto & J&R), J. C. Penny’s, and many shoe stores. Also an outside fruit/veggie stand, and 3 (count them 3) 5 and 10 cent stores (Woolworth, Kresge, Neisner), all whom employed many young women.

Make a difference in the lives of the youth of the community and the future of the city by partnering with “28 to Life.”

Check out this EVENT at 2720 Cherokee.
Come out and drop some money at the door and at the bar.

Halloween Event Sponsor

Posted by David Godbout on October 17, 2015 | Leave a Comment

If you are a business owner in the CSBA district and would like to participate in the upcoming Cherokee Street​ Halloween Trick or Treat event but find it financially challenging to provide the necessary candy,​ would like to sponsor a business by providing candy for the business to distribute.

If you or someone you know might be interested, contact me at



Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7th, the Benton Park neighborhood will come to life with the Gateway Cup Bike Race and Labor Day 5K Run.

Registration is still open for the 5K Run.

Get all the details on the Bike Race HERE.

In Case You Haven’t Heard

Posted by David Godbout on April 2, 2015 | Leave a Comment



The Cherokee Games will be happening Saturday, June 6th.  It is a friendly clash of neighborhoods with bragging rights on the line.

Get all the info and register at the Event Website — you must be a resident or business/property owner  of one of the four neighborhoods (Benton Park, Benton Park West, Gravois Park, or Marine Villa) to enter.

Clean-Up Party and FREE Lunch

Posted by David Godbout on March 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

froebel_schoolTomorrow, Tuesday, March 10th, @ 10:30am, Cherokee Street Reach (C*S*R) is sponsoring a Clean-Up Party at Froebel Elementary School (Nebraska@Winnebago).  We will simply be removing leaves and debris from the courtyard entrance of the school – the first area that the students encounter each morning.  Our hope is to set the tone for the students’ day and learning experience as a positive one.

C*S*R is a relatively new effort made up of individuals who live on and around Cherokee Street and the surrounding neighborhoods, and who are organizing to make a positive difference in the lives of the children in our community.   C*S*R currently provides training for students at Froebel Elementary in the area of character development and leadership skills.


TRICK OR TREAT ON CHEROKEE STREET, pick up your treat bag at 2900 Cherokee, snap a photo in the photo booth and visit participating businesses along the street from 6-8:30pm!

FAVORITE LOCAL BANDS GET INTO THE HALLOWEEN SPIRIT AT MELTwith So Many Dynamos as Devo, Demonlover as Prince, Trauma Harness as Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, The Humanoids as The Damned, Shaved Women as Rudimentary Peni & Mark Willey’s Rag Tag group of weirdos as Roxy Music.

HALLOWEEN DANCE W/ MISS JUBILEE AT CASA LOMA BALLROOM, with dancing, great music, costumes, and candy with all your STL swing dance pals! Miss Jubilee will be fueling the fun with her swingin’ Humdingers!


Posted by Anne McCullough on October 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Check out these for-sale properties in Benton Park West!  Be sure to share this with friends, family, co-workers, or anyone interested in investing in our neighborhood.  Thank you!



3219 Iowa Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63118 3 beds, 3.5 bath, 2,907 square feet – $299,900 

LRA PROPERTY: 2821 Texas Ave Single family, 2,006 square feet (NSP)


2854 Arsenal Street, St. Louis, MO 63118 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,940 sq. ft. – $30,000

3258 Compton, St Louis, MO  63118 3 beds, 2.5 bath, 1,100 square feet – $110,000

3223 Iowa Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118 3 beds, 1.5 baths, 1,700 sq. ft – $30,000


Posted by Anne McCullough on October 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment


FRIDAY OCT. 31st, Halloween Costume Dance with
Doors open 7:30pm. Swing Dance Lesson 8-8:30. Dancing untilMidnight Prizes and Contests
Adm. $10 per person / $12 if under 21

SATURDAY NOV. 1st  Annual Halloween Costume Dance and Contest with
Doors open 7:30pm. Music 8:30-12:30am.
Adm. $15 per person  Must be 21  Reserved seating with pre-paid admission

SUNDAY NOV. 2nd.  A Mexican Halloween Dance with 3 Bands
Sponsored by Radio Station 880AM La Tremenda
Doors open 7:00pm. Music until 2:00am. Costume Contests
Admission $15 per person


The Beggar’s Carnivale Presents: Le Maison de Decadence

Posted by Anne McCullough on October 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment

We invite you and yours to come on in
To an unparalleled soiree of beauty and sin
as The Beggar’s Carnivale proudly Presents
Le Maison de Decadence

A completely original, gorgeous, and immersive theatrical experience unlike anything the Beggar’s Carnivale has attempted yet!
Le Maison de Decadence will be an evening of stunning burlesque, vaudeville, music hall, and cirque performances tied together in whimsical narrative; inspired by Victorian brothels, Parisian cabaret, technicolor cinematic musicals, and London music halls. Le Maison de Decadence will feature large ensemble acts, impressive original performances and a live score by the Three Penny Orchestra.

Let’s rally up one more time in 2014! This time, #MarineVilla is hosting this month’s Cherokee Neighborhoods Happy Hour at Irish Corner Pub. Come out, have a drink, and get to know your neighbors. It’s a fun way to reach beyond arbitrary boundaries and build a stronger community with our friends in Benton Park West Neighborhood Association, Benton Park Neighborhood Association, and Gravois Park.

Irish Corner Pub, 1900 Cherokee

Irish Corner Pub, 1900 Cherokee

Gooseberries Opening Day – and a free breakfast!

Posted by David Godbout on October 20, 2014 | Leave a Comment

On Tuesday, October 21st, Gooseberries (2754 Chippewa Street, USA) will open its doors for business.

In honor of this, and of all of Kim and Ross’s hard work coming together, Novation Church (no affiliation with Gooseberries) is buying breakfast for whosoever will.  All you have to do is get to Gooseberries (did we tell you it is located on Chippewa, a very up and coming street?) tomorrow between 8:00 and 9:30am, and utter the words, “put it on Novation’s tab.”  

9:31am will be too late!

Come Play in Benton Park This Saturday!

Posted by Anne McCullough on October 1, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Benton Park Vintage VW Show

When: Saturday, October 4, from 1 pm to 6 pm.  Roll in slowly at anytime during that period.

Where: Benton Park, South St. Louis (corner of Jefferson and Arsenal Streets, St. Louis, MO 63118).

Enter at the southwest corner of the park and follow the signs.
Prizes: We will have prizes again this year for Best in Show and VW with Most Room for Improvement.
Registration Cost: Zilch

Benton Park West Real Estate Listings, Sept 26, 2014

Posted by Anne McCullough on September 26, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Community Development Administration Fall Housing NOFA Released

The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Community Development Administration’s Fall Round for Residential Development Proposals has been issued. Interested parties can obtain a copy of the NOFA and associated requirements from the Community Development Administration website at the following link:

Important Dates:

Release – September 26, 2014
Workshop – October 10, 2014 @ 9am-12pm Closing – November 7, 2014 @ 4pm

Award Announcement – December 3, 2014

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.

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