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Citywalk News for December

First of all, I want to offer a big thank you to the restaurants and patrons who participated in Dine Out on November 9th! All the figures aren’t in as of this writing, but through your support and generosity, over $2,550 was raised to benefit our award-winning Ferguson Farmers market.


The Holiday Season in Citywalk officially kicked off with the Northern Lights festival and lighting of the Christmas tree at Victorian Plaza, adding to the festive decorations on street lamps and businesses! The lighted decorations along Citywalk can be viewed and enjoyed from carriages on Thursday evening, December 8th. The carriage rides are offered free to Ferguson residents and employees of Ferguson businesses, courtesy of Citywalk, to show appreciation for your continued support of our businesses and events. Join us that evening at Plaza 501 for hot cocoa, toasty fire pits and a Christmas movie.


Another traditional event is the Ferguson Christmas Twilight House Tour, which benefits the Ferguson Caring League. On Sunday, December 4th, seven wonderfully decorated private residences will be open for viewing. This year, the variety of architectural styles include century-old Victorian and Italianate manses, classic Bungalow cottages, and Mid-Century Modern ranches. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Corner Coffeehouse, Paul’s Market, or City Hall. They may be purchased on tour day at Pearce Neikirk and Partners Realty, 427 South Florissant Road.


There are many more special holiday events at businesses, churches and schools along Citywalk and down neighboring side streets of which to take advantage. Get out, enjoy your community and show your support by shopping and dining at Ferguson’s many fine local shops and establishments! We at Citywalk, wish you a peaceful and joyful Holiday Season!

Citywalk News for November

On December 4th, prepare yourselves for touring. Comfortable clothes and walking shoes are the order for the day because you won’t want to miss the 2016 FERGUSON CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT HOUSE TOUR. The Ferguson Caring League is featuring seven beautiful homes on the tour this year. These private residences represent a variety of architectural styles and the halls are completely decked with boughs of holly. The tour runs from 3:00 until 7:00 pm, and weather permitting, is bike friendly. Tickets go on sale November 1st and can be purchased at Paul’s Market, Corner Coffee House or Ferguson City Hall. Tickets may also be purchased on December 4th at Pearce Neikirk and Partners Realtors, LLC at 427 South Florissant Road from 1:00 until 4:00 pm. All proceeds go to the Ferguson Caring League to conduct their good work in and around Ferguson. Many of Ferguson’s restaurants, cafes and shops will be open and offering tour specials as well. Get a group of friends together and get touring!

 

An introduction is in order for one of our newer businesses on CityWalk. Straw Hat Aquaponics, located at 258 So. Florissant Road (in the former Gaga’s for Gifts Shop) is the brain child of a group of excited and talented entrepreneurs, Tom Bortz, Alex Limpert, Tim Hydar, J.P. Knoblach, Rick Evers and Dan Bortz, Tom’s brother. They all have a common denominator which is the passion for growing, and best of all, eating, fresh vegetables. Straw Hat is a farm without tractors and combines. The science is as cutting edge as what you will find in the Silicon Valley (well almost). While the operation is focused on wholesale growth and sales of greens and lettuces for restaurants and retailing to the Ferguson Farmers Market, a retail outlet may be coming soon. Visit them on facebook or at strawhataquaponics.com. I will be looking for their IPO.

 

Well, there you have it; another month enjoying the quality of life found in Bedrod Falls . . . or as we all know it . . . FERG!

Citywalk News for October

September was a busy month! Our Citywalk Concert Series at Plaza 501 featured three local bands for the last concert of the season, delicious late summer produce was available at the Farmers Market, and the month ended at Victorian Plaza rocking to the diverse music of six different bands.

 

We also said goodbye to Toni Roper, who has been the public “face” for Citywalk events and promotions the past three years. We will miss her huge smile and seemingly unending energy! We wish her well in her new position at the family business, Roper’s Ribs.

 

Some new businesses opened in September on Citywalk. One of those is the Community Birth and Wellness Center at #8 Church Street in the historic Bindbeutel Building. They are staffed with certified nurse midwives and offer complete prenatal, birth and postpartum care, as well as breastfeeding support.

 

October will bring some good reasons to get out and enjoy the (hopefully) nice Fall weather on the Citywalk. Shepherding Images Gallery has the photography of Henry Chaney, entitled The Awakening, on exhibit until October 8th. FYI has some of the painted boards on display until October 30th as part of the multi-venue Outside In/Paint for Peace exhibit and they will also have a Slam arts event for teens on Friday, October 7th. Local authors, including Ferguson resident Braxton DeGarmo and Immanuel Church’s pastor Jimmy Watson will be at Corners Frameshop & Gallery also on Friday evening, October 7th. Weekend nights usually brings live music to be heard at various restaurants and bars on the walk, and October is the last month to shop at the award-winning outdoor Ferguson Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

 

Next month we’ll have wonderful November events to talk about, but it is not too early to plan your float for the Northern Lights parade! This year’s theme is Favorite Holiday Movies. Watch this paper for details and entry applications. Till next month, see you on the walk!

Citywalk News for September

The column below was previously published in the February, 2016 Ferguson Times. At that time, the City was struggling with how to balance the budget for the City’s General Fund. Since then, two tax increases have been passed in order to shore up the General Fund. The downtown business district continues to operate as noted below without using funds from the General Fund.

 

Budgets, budgets, and more budgets! There’s been lots of talk about budgets in the City during the last few months. One good thing that has come out of these conversations is that more and more residents have become knowledgeable about where the City gets its money and what the City spends it on.

 

Maybe you’ve wondered where the downtown business district (also referred to as “CityWalk”, or “FSBD”, or just “S. Florissant”) gets its money from and what it spends it on.

 

What the downtown business district spends its money on is easier to answer because the results of that spending are very visible. Downtown events such as the Farmers Market, the Concert Series at 501, Streetfest, Northern Lights, and the Christmas Glow Carriage Rides are all funded, some completely and some partly, by the downtown business district. Most of the advertising for these events, so people far and wide know about them, is also paid for by the downtown business district. In addition, the downtown lighting, trashcans, benches, and public landscaping and art are all paid for by the downtown business district.

 

So where does the downtown business district get its money from? There are two funding sources: a special tax that downtown businesses pay when they renew their business licenses; and the proceeds from the downtown TIF district. (Explaining how a TIF district works is beyond the scope of this column, but google “TIF” if you want to learn more.)

 

There you have it. Money flows into two funds that the City has setup for the downtown business district, and that money is spent on the things you see and the events you enjoy along the downtown corridor.

Citywalk News for August

As the fall months are quickly approaching, we begin to prepare for kids starting back to school and all the fall activities in September and October. This would be a great opportunity to consider volunteering.

CityWalk has many events, festivals, and opportunities available for you to volunteer throughout the Ferguson community. Here are a couple of functions that you may want to consider:

  • Ferguson StreetFest is North St. Louis County’s largest annual outdoor music festival that draws thousands of visitors each September. We are looking forward to a great turnout on September 24, 2016. Renowned for its great live music, crazy fun events and mouthwatering food vendors, the event has hosted some of the Midwest’s top musicians and performers.
  • Everyone loves the annual Manly Man High Heel Keg Relay and the Girly Girl Combat Wench Relay.
  • Don’t miss out on this year’s great live entertainment. There will be crafts, food, artisans, and activities for kids and delicious food galore. You won’t want to miss one second! Ferguson StreetFest is looking for sponsors and planning committee members. If interested, please email citywalk@fergusoncity.com or call 314-524-5197. More details are coming soon.

With the start of the school year fast approaching, you may want to pay a visit to Akers computers, one of our new businesses on CityWalk. It is important for parents and the community as a whole to set the tone for the start of the year. Let’s make sure that our kids have all the resources and support needed for a successful start to the year.

Volunteering at your local school not only supports our students, but strengthens our community as well. From collecting school supplies for children to providing school staff with educational resources, your volunteerism is essential. Let’s make certain that our children are provided with the academic stability that will ensure success. The Ferguson-Florissant School District will be hosting a Back to School Festival and Literacy Fair on August 6, 2016, from 10:00 am-1:00 pm. For those interested, there will be a Back to School Run starting at 8:00am. We look forward to seeing you there.

Citywalk News for July

One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.

― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

 

I have been asked many times over the 20+ years of living in Ferguson, “why do I live in Ferguson?” I had a simple answer, “The people!” If you take the time to look and listen, great things have been happening and will continue to happen in our town. It is the power of community that beats like a strong and vibrant heart, in every voice, every sound, and every activity of our town.

 

You can feel the energy of our community while our neighbors listened and grooved to the Retro Boogie Band and Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers at 501 Plaza in June. The conversations happening at the Ferguson Farmers Market at the Victoria Plaza every Saturday. The words of encouragement from the runners of the BKM Fitness Bootcamp as they run up and down Florissant Road with the bright orange shirts that boldly state “you will survive.” The laughter from patrons of our many outstanding restaurants and bars. This is the energy of a strong community!

 

This month our town will continue its annual 4th of July celebration. The committee consists of citizens who share a common goal of giving and celebrating our community. The festivities will kick off the morning of the 4th with a parade. Last year the parade had 80 participants. The celebration will continue at January-Wabash Park with food, drinks and entertainment for the entire family. The City of Ferguson has once again sponsored the fireworks celebration and year after year is a crowd pleaser. 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!

Citywalk News for June

Lots of rain has not kept Ferguson residents inside this month. Hoping you were able to join the many who visited the Concerts at Plaza 501! Runners and walkers trained for months for the 7th Annual Twilight 5K / 10K on Saturday, May 14th.

Did you notice the car wash at 1000 So. Florissant Road has reopened. Tawania and Reggie Jackson promise a Grand Opening soon for their R.J.’s Total Hand Car Wash and Detailing Business. They offer on and off site services, so stop by or give them a call at 314-913-7393.

Another new business has moved to City Walk. Jeff Akers is now residing in Ferguson and has opened Akers Computers at 311 So. Florissant Road, with a Grand Opening on May 4th. He started the business in Normandy in 2012, and as the sole technician, promises competent and discretionary computer services. You can reach him at 314-873-9984.

At the other end of City Walk, the long-awaited Grand Reopening of Hidden Treasures Boutique, LLC was held on May 6th. Stop by and welcome back Jeneica Andrews and see what treasures she has found for her business at 2203 No. Florissant Road, or you can contact her at 314-757-2858.

If you were out and about on May 6th, you may have been part of the extensive coverage of City Walk, Our Town by Fox 2s Friday morning show and their crew as they visited many Ferguson businesses and community sites to showcase and promote their “Ferguson is a Great Place to Be and Visit” message.

Did you notice the utility boxes along City Walk? They have new, colorful and uplifting wraps for the enjoyment of all. The artwork was chosen from the many boardups that were painted in our town.

And lastly as they say . . . all good things must come to an end. After over 90 years of combined years of hair care service in Ferguson, Fran and Linda at Benton’s Hair Salon are announcing their retirement at the end of June. Stop by and visit as you pass by . . . and keep walking.

FOX 2 News Highlights Ferguson

The City of Ferguson is excited to announce that KTVI-FOX 2 will devote their entire morning show highlighting our wonderful city on Friday, May 6. FOX 2 news anchors and reporters will showcase many of our businesses beginning at 5am until 10am. If you see a FOX 2 on air personality in the City of Ferguson on Friday, please stop by and say hello. They will be at I Love Ferguson store at 7am, Victorian Plaza for a small mock farmers market at 8am.

Citywalk News for May

A few months ago we talked about budgets, and where the downtown business district (also referred to as “CityWalk”, or “FSBD”, or just “S. Florissant”) gets its money from and what it spends it on.

As Spring blossoms we hope you are starting to enjoy a lot of what the downtown business district spends its money on.

Did you go to the Food Truck event on Monday, April 18? This event is sponsored by the downtown business district. Food Trucks will be at the Plaza at 501 on the 3rd Monday of every month, April – October. Planning on going to the opening of the Ferguson Farmers Market on Saturday, May 7, at the Victorian Plaza? It’s another event sponsored by the downtown business district. The Farmers Market will be open from 8am – noon every Saturday, May through October.

How about one of the free outdoor concerts? It’s free to you, but someone has to pay the musicians. The downtown business district takes care of that. These free concerts are held at the Plaza at 501, 7-9pm, on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, May – September (the 4th Friday concert of September will be rolled in StreetFest).

Speaking of StreetFest, or Northern Lights, or even the Twilight Run, the downtown business district donates generously towards those events. And far from Spring, the year will end with the Christmas Carriage Rides, also a free event paid for by the downtown business district.

Have you noticed a pattern to these events? They are all designed to pull people, whether residents or those living in the surrounding area, to the downtown business district. When people come to a business district like ours, they spend money in local businesses, or at the very least, they notice the businesses we have and come back later to patronize them.

Last time, I said that “Explaining how a TIF district works is beyond the scope of this column…”, but maybe we’ll take swipe at it one of these times.

Citywalk News for April

Braxton Degarmo

Braxton Degarmo

Corners Frameshop & Gallery will host local authors for its First Friday event on April 1st, from 6 – 9 pm. Ferguson author Braxton DeGarmo will be signing his newly released novel, book five in his Medair action thriller series. James Veech will discuss and sign his new book, entitled The Hard Way IS The Easy Way. Other local authors will also be on hand to discuss and sign copies of their books.

AN EARTH DAY KALEIDOSCOPE: Art Show by Students of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School will take place from April 21st -May 6th. Opening Reception will be on Thursday, April 21, 4 – 7 p.m. and on May 22nd-June 26th, LAUDATO SI’: Exhibit by Sisters and Priest of Archdiocese of St. Louis will be on display. Opening Reception on Sunday, May 22, 1 – 5 p.m. Join us for these events at Shepherding Images Studio, 252 S. Florissant in Ferguson.

Would you like to write an icon? Glynnis, of Shepherding Studio would be happy to guide you through the process. The cost is $30 for materials. There is no charge for instruction, although good will offerings are accepted. Lessons need to take place in 2-4 hour blocks of time during regular business hours (Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays, Noon – 4 p.m.). Estimate a minimum of 20 hours to complete your work. For more information and to sign up, please call 314-522-1155.

FRIDAY, APRIL 1, LADIES’ SOBER PAINT: An Alternative to Paint and Sip • WHEN: Friday, April 1, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

  • WHERE: Shepherding Images Studio, 252 S. Florissant in Ferguson.
  • WHAT: Paint your own image of recovery.
  • COST: $10 for materials. Donations welcome to cover studio/gallery costs.
  • BRING: Soft drinks, snacks, music, older clothing. Paint, canvases, brushes and guidance will be provided.

CALL 522-1155 or email rgsicons@yahoo.com to reserve a spot. Spaces are limited.

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