Cherokee has been getting a lot of local and national attention. Here is a rundown of recent articles that featured Cherokee businesses, events and residents.
Dwell’s Weekend Detour recently featured The Firecracker Press & MoModerne in their listing of quirky must-sees while visiting St. Louis. Georgina Gustin of the St. Louis Post Dispatch wrote “Meanwhile, an upcycling mentality is recharging many of the city’s older pre-War neighborhoods, which are flush with creative energy, innovative restaurants, galleries, farmers’ markets, and concert venues. Here, you’ll find St. Louis loyalists deeply committed to their corner of the Rust Belt, bringing to it the same quirky, progressive spirit that inspired Saarinen’s masterpiece decades ago.”
St. Louis Magazine featured Cherokee Street in their St. Louis Fall Arts Guide for 2012. Noting the arrivals of many creative and artistic business on Cherokee in the past 5 years, the guide lists over 25 of Cherokee’s commercial businesses as places to visit for Fall Arts.
Fort Gondo recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary and was featured in St. Louis Magazine’s article, “Fort Gondo’s Identity Crisis Series Celebrates 10 years on Cherokee Street.” The article chronicles Galen Gondolfi’s 10 years on Cherokee. For his 10 year anniversary, Galen teamed up with artist Bridget Kraft for a rug show and performance piece called “Walk on Me.”
In American Theatre’s July/August issue, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis discussed the PNC Arts Alive Shakespeare in the Streets festival they put on with Cherokee businesses and residents in April. A quote from the play was featured in the article, and is a wonderful representation of the community and of the event, for a national audience:
“The people here in City South, in Louis Saint, They do be different, that much is sure. Some immigrants, some working class. Some artists and many others, too. But here they are. Together. Every day. And basically, they’re….pretty chill With one another…I would not change it.”
The Cherokee Street International Farmer’s Market was featured in STL Today’s article, Cherokee Farmer’s Market brings international produce to the underserved. Mark Bonhert, told the paper: “the Cherokee Street International Farmers Market, at the corner of Cherokee and Texas Avenue in the Gravois Park neighborhood, is as much about local outreach as it is about the classic farmers market mission of shortening the distance from field to table.” The Cherokee Street International Farmer’s Market runs every Friday, from 4 to 7 until October.
Civil Ape, the Cherokee Street creative collective and studio space is is looking to Kickstarter to launch their latest venture. Damon Davis and Lenard Blair spoke with Daily RFT about getting creative in St. Louis and where they see Civil Ape heading in the future.
Feast Magazine recently posted an article in their The Feed about Black Bear Bakery’s kickstarter campaign to help save the business. Black Bear Bakery cooperative members Kerry O’Brien and Bryan Dennert are hoping to raise the funds to keep Black Bear Bakery running, and on Cherokee. Bryan, Kerry and possibly a couple of other cooperative members of Black Bear are looking into possible funding options, in order to keep the location at 2639 Cherokee open and running. They are in the process of launching their Kickstarter campaign, with a goal to raise $50,000.