Opening this Saturday @ Fort Gondo & Beverly

Posted by Anne McCullough on December 2, 2014 | Leave a Comment

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David Rhoads
I Want to Believe
December 6, 2014 – January 7, 2015
Opening reception Saturday, December 6, 7-10 PM
at fort gondo

Cole Lu
Super Sad True Love Story
December 6, 2014 – January 7, 2015
Opening reception Saturday, December 6, 7-10 PM
at beverly


fort gondo compound for the arts
is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts forum founded in 2002. All events are free and open to the public.

Hours: Thursdays & Saturdays, 12 – 4 p.m. and by appointment.

Programs are funded in part by the Dedalus Foundation and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. Events sponsored by Schlafly Beer.

2014 Cherokee Print League Holiday Sale

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


The Cherokee Print League Holiday Sale is less than a sale than a celebration of creativity, resourcefulness, and the singular joy and intimacy of the rigorously handmade

ST. LOUIS, MO (December 2014) –The 7th Annual Cherokee Print League Holiday Sale will take place on Saturday, December 6th, 10:00AM – 6:00PM and provides holiday shoppers with a unique way to complete their shopping lists, supporting both handmade artists and the local economy. Cherokee Print League Holiday Sale is St. Louis’ ONLY Holiday Printmaking Sale!


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


Support Local This Holiday Season!

Bloody Marys * Hot Cocoa * Gift Wrapping * Ornament Crafts

Make sure to check out all of the small businesses around Benton Park, especially on Cherokee Street as you search for the perfect gifts for all of your loved ones.
Stop by 2626 Cherokee to get a map and gift bag to start your day, or to have your gifts wrapped at the end of shopping. Perennial will host a “Make and Take” ornament craft table, and you can keep warm with complimentary bloody marys and hot cocoa.

For more information, visit: SHOP CHEROKEE STREET

Last night at the Cherokee Street Business Association meeting a record number of new businesses announced openings and many requested various letters of support for occupancy permits, conditional use hearings, and liquor licenses. One of the new businesses is Saint Louis Hop Shop, a craft beer store set to open at 2606 Cherokee.

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The controversial liquor control bill which restricted liquor licenses and prohibited package liquor and beer sales in the 20th ward recently expired on October 20th. Earlier in the week Justin Harris, the owner of STL Hop Shop reached out to Alderman Craig Schmid to setup a meeting to discuss his business. Last night the CSBA voted unanimously 29 to 0 to support the issuance of a package liquor license for STL Hop Shop. The alderman was not in attendance.


Posted by Anne McCullough on November 20, 2014 | Leave a Comment

St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA) is working with partners around the region to make sure you are aware of the insurance options that are available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

If you don’t get health insurance coverage through your employer, union or a government-funded health plan, like Medicare, you can choose an affordable insurance plan that covers everything from doctor and hospital visits to maternity care and prescription drugs. You cannot be denied coverage if you have a pre-existing condition.

Third District Crime Alert

Posted by Anne McCullough on November 20, 2014 | Leave a Comment

With the dropping of outdoor temperatures brings the desire for people to warm up their vehicles while leaving them unattended. While the St. Louis Police Department understands the desire for people to have a warm vehicle for themselves and family members to get into, we ask that you please do not practice this.

In the last week the Third District has already had numerous auto thefts of this kind. The morning of Tuesday, November 18th alone we had 2 of these thefts within a 30 minute period.

CSBA BOD Meeting Tonight 5:30pm @ Nebula

Posted by Anne McCullough on November 20, 2014 | Leave a Comment

The CSBA Meeting is tonight at 5:30pm at Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson.




Next Tuesday, Nov. 25th Lewis Reed’s office will host a community-wide conference call for small businesses and community leaders planning on participating in Small Business Saturday or have interest still in doing so.

They are excited to have joining  members of the Small Business Saturday Coalition – the national group behind the #ShopSmall movement! The Coalition will answer any questions you might have and help inspire creative ways to encourage shoppers to support their local-independent businesses on November 29th – one of the busiest shopping days of the year!

Garfield Commons Open House

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

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Peter and Paul have at last completed their renovation of the Garfield School building at Wyoming and Jefferson. Their offices and staff have moved in and, as reported at our neighborhood meeting….tenant applications are being reviewed and leases created. We have been invited to an Open House and I hope to see all of you there to welcome our new residents. The invitation is attached and here is the pertinent information:

NOVEMBER 19, 2014
Join us for an Open House at:

Garfield Commons
2612 Wyoming Street
St. Louis, MO 63118

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Fortune Teller Bar 2 Year Anniversary

Posted by Anne McCullough on November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment

The Fortune Teller Bar is celebrating 2 years in business with old fashioned style Saloon Party on Saturday November 8th from 7pm till close.

A piano from Jackson Pianos will be on-site banging out the tunes for merriment and revelry. They’re also working on a few special surprises to be announced day of… stay tuned. Hint: GIANT WHEEL

Dress the part! $6 classic cocktails specials for anyone sporting Old Timey Saloon-style dress. Think: prohibition era meets the Southside. That’s right, dress the part and choose any of the following classic cocktails for only $6: Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Gin Martini, Moscow Mule, Dark and Stormy.

Cherokee Nights

Posted by Anne McCullough on November 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

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A monthly event where you can explore the businesses on Cherokee Street during the evening hours!


Ruth’s Vintage Clothing
2001 Cherokee Street

Dead Wax Records
1959 Cherokee Street

Scarlett Garnet Jewelry
2619 Cherokee Street

2650 Cherokee Street

Velvet Elvis
3214 Cherokee Street


The Fortune Teller Bar
2635 Cherokee Street

The Whiskey Ring
2651 Cherokee Street

El Leñador
3124 Cherokee Street

Cielito Lindo
2812 Cherokee Street

2712 Cherokee Street

2720 Cherokee
2720 Cherokee

Blank Space
2847 Cherokee Street


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


Trick or Treat on Cherokee Street

Posted by Anne McCullough on October 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Get the night started with Trick or Treat on Cherokee Street!  Pick up your treat bag at 2900 Cherokee, snap a photo in their photo booth and visit participating businesses along the street from 6-8:30pm!



3rd Annual Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl

Posted by Anne McCullough on October 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

3rd Annual Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl

Saturday, November 8th 12pm

The 3rd ever Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl (part of the Nevermore Jazz Ball & St. Louis Swing Dance Festival) takes place on one of America’s greatest streets and features St. Louis’ incredible cast of local jazz, blues, and swing musicians in and out and up and down Cherokee’s eclectic stretch of shops, restaurants, bars, and venues.

This event is free and open to the public. Tip the bands and support the businesses who make this possible!

Dia De Los Muertos on Cherokee Street

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

10/22 – 3:00 p.m. “Nicho” (Shadow box) workshop fort gondo compound for the arts - Nichos are a common feature in Latin American homes. The workshop will consist of decorating a wooden frame to display in the participant’s Altar/Shrine. Participants will be educated in the history, design, and creation of Nichos and will be assisted in creating a frame that reflects their own style. The Nichos will be displayed on their “Día de los Muertos” Altar/Shrine. All materials provided. Duration: 4 hours. Cost: Free. Group size: 10 persons. Registration: Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts. Jessica Baran: (314) 313-5787

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!

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