Archive for June 2014

Citywalk News for July 2014

Happy Independence Day and greetings from CityWalk! It seems like yesterday when I was talking to you about the con- certs are getting ready to start and that spring was just around the corner. And here we are heading straight into the Dog Days of Summer! Where does the time go?

The Concerts at the Plaza at 501 are in full swing. With the weather getting warmer, you will be able to stay cool while enjoying a jazzier line-up of musi- cians this month. On July 11th, the Coleman Hughes Project featuring Adri- anna Felton will be taking the stage offering up their version of cool. Everyone will want to dig out their Caribbean shirts on July 25th for the Tumbao Tropical, a Latin Jazz Band, whose rolling rhythms will get your feet a-tappin’ and your hips a-swayin’, while you enjoy that cool feeling from the winds wafting through the palms. Make sure you check your calendars and make it a date to welcome these groups to Ferguson. Now that’s Cool!

Have you walked down to Drakes Place yet? It’s located just south of the Plaza @ 501 in the old BBQ building, across from the Laundry Basket. They offer an American Cuisine with a lot of sandwiches, burgers and other quick plates that can be enjoyed for lunch as well as dinner. Councilman Tim Larson, Ward 1, said that he really enjoyed the steak he was served by Drake. My wife and I enjoyed a meal there a couple of weeks back and she raved about the grilled salmon and even though I’m not one to eat Italian anywhere but at home or at an Italian restaurant, the spaghetti and meatballs were, how do you say it? Magnifico! Race on down to Drakes Place; you’ll be glad you did.

Before I get to the business at hand, I want to wish everyone a Happy 4th and I hope to see you at the parade and the festival at J-W Park. The Fourth of July Committee has been working diligently to make sure that Ferguson has this festival every year. I would like to tell everybody on the committee that they are doing a great job and we really appreciate their hard work. Thank You!

(This section reserved for the General Membership Businesses of the FSBD.) Every third Thursday of the month is our board meeting. We meet at 5:30pm in the offices of Maureen Zuegin whose Edward Jones office is located at 409 S. Florissant Rd. Our next meeting is July 17th and all businesses located in the Downtown District are invited. We also sponsor business workshops through- out the year. Last month, there was a workshop on how to use Social Media to help grow your business. If you have always wondered about this subject, you missed a very informative workshop that opened my eyes as to how to use So- cial Media. We hope to see you at our meetings and future workshops so that all of our businesses will grow by giant strides.

Until next month, we’re walking; that’s right, walking the Walk, CityWalk. Happy Birthday America.

Citywalk News for June 2014

Did you see “In your Neighborhood” on Fox 2 News on May 2, 2014? If you missed it, you can see all of the segments on the website right here.

I’ve been doing a lot of walking and talking about CityWalk in this column. But do you even know what CityWalk is? Well, if you weren’t quite sure, fasten your seatbelts because you are in for some groundbreaking information and it is what I like to call, “What is CityWalk? And why are we always walking?”

CityWalk consists of ten blocks along Florissant Road, Church Street, and Airport Road. It is home to a wide array of restaurants, bakeries, gallery style specialty shops, entertainment and music venues, quality service companies and much, much more. You could just about find everything you would need to live a fulfilling life on CityWalk.

The Ferguson Special Business District (FSBD) is a board of nine business members whose businesses are located in the district. Their purpose is to promote the district and encourage the general membership (which is any business located in the boundaries of the downtown district) to get involved with other businesses to promote the common good of the CityWalk area. If your business is located in the CityWalk district, you should know who you are because you pay a special tax with your business license.

Yes, the FSBD is a self-taxing organization and with the help of the City, those monies are used to help promote CityWalk. All of the concerts at the Plaza at 501, the Farmers Market, Food Truck Mondays, the Carriage Rides, these are just a few of the activities that are sponsored by the FSBD. These events were created for YOU, your friends and neighbors from the City of Ferguson and your friends and family. There’s always something happening on CityWalk and you need to be here to see for yourself.

Did you know that CityWalk boasts the Ferguson Historical Museum? Everything you wanted to know about how our city became the community that we enjoy is in the museum. The old Train Depot houses the museum and while you’re soaking up all of the history the museum has to offer, you can enjoy a cone or sandwich, or one of the special treats that are offered at the Whistle Stop. You never know, a train may come rumbling down the tracks while you’re enjoying a frozen custard.

(This section has been reserved for the General Membership Businesses of the FSBD, you know who you are.)

Every third Thursday of the month is the FSBD board meeting. We meet at 5:30pm in the offices of Pearce Neikirk and Partners Realtors located at 427 S. Florissant Rd. Our next meeting is June 19th and all businesses located in CityWalk are invited. We will also be sponsoring business workshops in June that are designed to help you grow your business. You will receive an invitation in the mail, so don’t just think of it as a solicitation, think of it as an “invitation for growth.” We are all in this together, and together we can all promote CityWalk and watch the area where we chose to do business grow.

Until next month, you will see me walking; that’s right, I knew you were wondering when we were going to get to the walking part… See you on “The Walk,” CityWalk!

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FERGUSON CITYWALK
110 Church Street
Ferguson, MO 63135
(314) 524-5197
citywalk@fergusoncity.com

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