African Arts Festival “brings everybody together” in Forest Park
May29

African Arts Festival “brings everybody together” in Forest Park

FOREST PARK – Summer heat has swept St. Louis early this year, but it was the perfect weather for the 28th annual African Arts Festival. Held in and around the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park, the event took place over the three days of Memorial Day Weekend, drawing crowds of thousands to shop, play games and listen to music as well as check out the offerings of the 85-plus vendors. With so many vendors, there was a wide...

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Black-owned pop-up shop draws crowds at Cortex Commons
May25

Black-owned pop-up shop draws crowds at Cortex Commons

CENTRAL WEST END – On Wednesday afternoon, black-owned businesses set up shop in the Cortex Commons for For the Culture STL’s first-ever Black Owned Pop Up Shop. Forty vendors participated in the event, offering an array of merchandise, including jewelry, food, drink, clothing and art. There were also a few mobile boutiques featured, including a mobile barber shop. This event was made possible by For the Culture STL, an online...

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VIDEO: Spire packs up, leaving mess and angry residents
May09

VIDEO: Spire packs up, leaving mess and angry residents

UPDATE: Spire workers returned to this street on May 13 to restart work on the project. They were accompanied by a private security officer. Our original story… O’FALLON PARK — Spire customers are upset that the natural gas utility (formerly Laclede Gas Company) hasn’t returned in more than two weeks to complete gas line and metering work, leaving the 4500 block of Athlone unsafe, unearthed, unsightly and undone. A man...

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Better Together decides it better wait on St. Louis merger
May06

Better Together decides it better wait on St. Louis merger

  DOWNTOWN – Better Together, the group working to merge St. Louis city and county governments, has pulled its plan to put the measure before Missouri voters in 2020.  At least that’s their intention for now. Much of the controversy surrounding the plan centered on its seeking of a statewide vote that would have put it in place whether St. Louis city and county voters approved the measure or not.  Pressure was growing to make...

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New tattoo shop opens on Jefferson
Apr29

New tattoo shop opens on Jefferson

BENTON PARK – If you’re on Jefferson with some free time, why not stop in for a tattoo? Arch Nemesis Tattoo at 2909 S Jefferson Ave had its Grand Opening on Saturday, celebrating with a flash sale for walk-in tattoos. Run by Valenica Miller and Nikole Knebel, the shop offers tattoos alongside permanent make-up services and piercings. Miller said that she and Knebel wanted a space where people can feel comfortable, especially...

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New Aldi store opens in Gravois Plaza
Mar20

New Aldi store opens in Gravois Plaza

Plantra Price stood at the door of the brand spanking new Aldi store in the Gravois Plaza Shopping Center and grinned. In her hand was a $100 gift card she got for being one of the first 100 people at the store’s grand opening Thursday. “Getting a free card is awesome, and this store is huge,” Price said.  “It’s very nicely set up.” The first 100 in line at the event got free gift cards. But as Aldi always requires, everybody had to...

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