Archive for March 2017

Citywalk News for April

Are You Hungry?


Over recent years, Ferguson has engaged in a visioning process. There has been a particular focus on planning for the Downtown Area. Participants in the 1999 Ferguson Downtown Vision process included “full-service restaurants” as something they wanted to see in the next twenty years. “Downtown Ferguson was once the heart of economic activity for the northern suburbs, featuring streetcar service to nearly the entire region. Florissant Road was lined with restaurants, department stores, offices…” (Downtown Strategic Development Plan, hereafter DSDP, page 17). In a public open house, September 13, 2008, people described the kinds of restaurants they wanted to see: the desires ranged from franchises (with a view to attracting college students, who identify with brands), to white tablecloth dining. There was also a request for international or ethnic restaurants, kid friendly and non-smoking restaurants, healthy food choices coupled with hamburgers. So: an eclectic assortment of restaurants.


Where is Ferguson Citywalk at today making this a reality?


There are twenty-four or more restaurants in the Citywalk district. It’s “or more” if you include the three bakeries and the potential of grazing at the Farmers Market.


So what have we? First of all, there are currently four pizza places: Imo’s, Little Caesar’s, Papa John’s and Faraci Pizza (a Ferguson Original). There are several franchises: Popeye’s, Quiznos, St. Louis Fish & Chicken Grill and Subway. There are four Chinese restaurants: Chinese Express, New Chinese Gourmet, Ferguson Chop Suey and Queen’s House.


Then there are the Ferguson CityWalk Originals. The beauty of original, non-franchised locations is that they can only be found here in downtown Ferguson (except for Faraci Pizza, established in Ferguson, which has expanded to other locations). It’s great for Fergusonians in two ways: it presents some nice options close to home, and it draws people into the area.


These are the Ferguson Citywalk Originals: Banana Yummies, Cathy’s Kitchen,Celebrity Southern Soul Food, Cork, Corner Coffee House, Drake’s Place, Faraci Pizza, Ferguson Brewing Company Restaurant and Pub, Marley’s, Mimi’s Subway Bar and Grill, Vincenzo’s Italian Ristorante, The (soon to return) Whistle Stop, (Montrey’s Cigar Lounge isn’t technically a restaurant, but it is certainly a Ferguson CitywalkOriginal.)


The restaurant business can be tough. Small businesses do not have the economies of scale that a McDonald’s or Domino’s boasts: small businesses pay more for ingredients and equipment than a big franchise. That means they must charge more than McDonald’s – of course, you get a higher quality menu item for that money. The hours are demanding and create a real balancing act for a family business. With all those challenges, this small area along Florissant Road, Airport Road and Darst has a pretty nice concentration of small business restaurants.


The next few columns will explore the restaurant history of the Downtown District (Ferguson Citywalk). Possibly, by the time the current locations have been written about, there will be one or two new arrivals!

Still 2017 Dates At Savoy

Savoy still has a few dates left for your special event in 2017. Does your banquet center give you all this without the extra charges? They even do your menu cards!

It looks like Spring at the Lofts.

It looks like Spring at the Lofts. Wood Fired Pizzeria is going in soon!

 

 

Dinner Special at Drakes

Drake’s Place Restaurant Tuesday Dinner Special. This is such a delightful dish!

Buffalo Chicken over Linguini Alfredo & Broccoli. Comes with salad. Try one of our delicious housemade dressings, prepared by Chef Sonny. Š17

Pi Day at Cose Dolci

Cose Dolci is celebrating PI Day with personal lemon meringue & mocha mini pies😍! Get here! Special price…today only! $3.14 each

Ferguson Mayor’s Form on March 30

Please attend the final Mayor’s Forum on Thursday, March 30 from 6:30-9:30pm at the Ferguson Community Center. You can submit questions using the popup form on the front page of our website. Facebook Event Page

Couch to 5K Begins March 20

This nine week training program for beginning runners and runners looking to get bck in to shape trainins specifivally for the Ferguson Twilight Run. The C25K program begins Monday, March 20 and is three evening each week (Mon/Wed/Fri) at 6pm at Forwestwood Park (806 Ferguson Ave). The C25K program starts out with run/walks and adds additional running distances each week.

Each workout last one hour, including warm ups, cool downs, and stretching. Email Coach Shelton at patshelton60@yahoo.com to register. The program is FREE and you do not need to be a resident of Ferguson to participate.

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Brunch Fundraiser at Drakes on April 2

Come out and support the Ferguson StreetFest! Brunch will include a mimosa’s, music and great food!
Tickets can be purchased at Drake’s Place or online for $25.00
Reservations can be made by calling Drake’s Place 314-736-1140

Citywalk News for March

A warm welcome to these new CityWalk businesses:

  • Ryse Network, 25 S Florissant Road; and
  • Affordable Mattress & Furniture LLC, 149 S Florissant Road

CityWalk Arts!


“Bee Bum” in Jeske Sculpture Park

There is a vision among many “Fergusonians” that this city might become a destination for the arts. With a growing number of arts-related businesses and venues little by little this vision is being realized.


Corners Frameshop & Gallery, located at 2 S. Florissant provides custom framing services to residential and commercial customers throughout the metropolitan area. Robin Shively, owner, has earned the designation of Certified Picture Framer by the Professional Picture Framers Association. Her gallery primarily displays art and gifts handcrafted by local artists, many of whom are from Ferguson and North County. These artists are also showcased at frequent exhibits and First Friday events. You can reach Corners at 314-495-7452 or cornersframing@gmail.com.


Almost Picasso wants you to know that this is “the perfect place to go for a fun-filled afternoon or evening! Our instructors will guide you through each step, to recreate a painting, in a light-hearted, party atmosphere!! Be sure to bring your favorite wine/beverage and snacks!’” Almost Picasso is located at 18 Church Street. Call 314-801-6671 for more information.


FYI (Ferguson Youth Initiative) at 110 Church Street offers SLAM on the first Friday of every month, 6-9 p.m. in the Back Bay area. Youth can participate for free in open mic, spoken word, music and art. For information, contact info@fyifergyouth.org.


Good Shepherd Gallery, 252 S. Florissant hosts exhibits of spiritual art throughout the year. This month: “Corporal Works of Mercy,” March 5-31, with a reception Sunday, March 5, 1-3 p.m. Call Glynis McManamon, RGS, at 314-522-1155 or email rgsicons@yahoo.com.


The 427 GALLERY, located at 427 S. Florissant Rd, is a non-profit public service provided by Pearce Neikirk and Partners Realtors, LLC. The 427 GALLERY has proudly exhibited the artistic work of over 30 area artists since 2011. Exhibits are hosted by the featured artist and with specific exhibit times. The 427 GALLERY is very happy to announce the continued exhibition of the art of Mary Nichols through the month of March. Mary is a local, well established artist and has in the past been associated with the Northern Arts Council. For information on scheduling please call 314-521-5002.


Ferguson Farmers’ Market has invited artists to demo creative activities and Northern Arts Council has been involved in Art at the Market.


Viewing of the sculptures at Sculptureworks Ferguson, 830 S. Florissant Road, can be arranged by contacting Michael Quintero (mquintero@stlcc.edu) or Bryce Robinson (brycer@wustl.edu). Saturday March 11 Sculptureworks Ferguson will hold an opening reception for “Whistle While You Hum,” a solo exhibition by Ryan Doyle from 6:00-9:00 p.m. On Saturday, April 1, “Iron Pour in the Park” will take place at Jeske Sculpture Park, an all-day event brought to you by Sculptureworks Ferguson.


While the Jeske Sculpture Park is not within the CityWalk boundaries (the seven acre park is located at 211 Thoroughman Avenue, and on the web at www.jeskesculpturepark.com) the Jeske Sculpture Park Commission is also working to expand the presence of public art into Ferguson’s downtown business district. Currently the CityWalk District can boast two public sculptures, both by Bryce Olen Robinson, himself a Ferguson original. “Primary Lines” can be viewed in front of 401 S. Florissant Road. “Emergent Behavior” stands in front of 419 S. Florissant Road.


Want to promote the arts in Ferguson and throughout North STL County? A good contact is Dana Sebastian-Duncan, volunteer and acting director of the Northern Arts Council (NAC). Contact NorthernArtsCouncil@yahoo.com or 314-896-1278 (324-896-1ART).


NAC also has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NorthernArtsCouncil/.

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