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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!

Citywalk on Fox 2 News!

On Friday May 2 Fox 2 New in the Morning came to Citywalk for their In Your Neighborhood Segment! We were happy to welcome Margie Ellisor, Kevin Steincross, Glenn Zimmerman and Tim Ezell to Ferguson. Thank you to all involved. We had a blast! Did you miss it?  Don’t worry, you can view it online. Be sure to watch all 18 short videos on Fox 2 News’ website HERE.

Citywalk News for May 2014

Spring has sprung on CityWalk and the festivities have begun.

Were you at the Plaza at 501 for the Food Truck event? It was awesome. There were five trucks stationed around 501 serving up their fare. A Slice of Italy, Steak Louie, Shell Coastal Cuisine, and Andrew’s Bayou Ribs and to finish off a wonderful meal from whichever truck you chose, Sarah’s Cake Shop. There was a large gathering of our neighbors as well as our area business neighbors. All of the Food Truck vendors were happy with the event, even with the threat of inclement weather. All in all, this event was a success, and with this success, you can count on more Food Truck events. I will tell you this, from here on, I brake for cupcakes.

Our first concert at the Plaza at 501 was Samba Boom. If the turnout for the concert was as successful as the food truck event, it was great. Just remember, we have a lot more concerts to come. Concerts that will be featured during the month of May include Einstein. Einstein is a group of musicians that have been traveling the musical circuit for many years. Classic rock, old school R&B and the Blues will be on the menu when Einstein takes the stage at the Plaza at 501 on May 9th. A local group that has been playing around Ferguson and the entire St. Louis area will grace the stage on May 23rd. Our own Chuck Henson will be leading the band from behind his congas holding the beat together while they perform in the genres of R&B, Classic Rock and Funk. If you like that old time rock and roll, these two groups’ performances won’t let you down.

More concerts this month will coincide with the event of events right here in Ferguson. That’s right; I’m talking about the Live Well Twilight 5K, 10K, and One Mile Fun Run. Every year, Live Well has exceeded their goal with the tremendous turn outs that they have received, and being the only organized twilight run in North County, I’m sure they will do it again. You have probably been seeing a lot of people running on the streets, training to get their shoes prepared to run another 3.1 or 6.2 or even one mile. This is the premier Event in Ferguson, even if you’re not a runner. Mark your calendar and come on down to the Plaza at 501 on May 17th and join in on the festivities. You know I’ll be walking down The Walk, CityWalk, to run the 5K.

You’re thinking . . . did this columnist forget to tell us who the entertainment might be for this great event! Of course not! I was just whetting your appetite. The pre-run entertainment will be Palm Duo, featuring the island sounds that can only be produced by Steel Drums. You can count on those steel drums to put a little more spring in your shoes before the beginning of the run. Then for the main event, everyone’s favorite entertainer, Javier Mendozza, will be burning up the stage during the evening, after the run. May 17th at The Plaza at 501.

There are lots of things happening on The Walk, and you don’t want to be left out. So, lace up your walking shoes, and walk on down. We’ll be looking for you.

Citywalk News for April 2014

It’s April and during the many walks around town, I’ve seen a lot of new growth. The trees are budding, flowers are popping their heads to the surface and the birds are singing. Even while walking the Walk, CityWalk, you’ll see lots of growth along the Downtown District.

This month I would like to introduce you to the new businesses that are going to be residing along the CityWalk corridor as well as some business opportunities–if you are looking to stretch your entrepreneurial wings.

Rodney D. Young will be opening an office at 193 N. Florissant Rd., right here on CityWalk.  Young, a pioneer of alternative auto coverage, has been in business since 1952 offering auto insurance with annual, semiannual and monthly packages that anyone can afford.  You will be able to contact them at 314-521-0466.

As we walk along the Walk, you will notice that the windows have been covered up at 27 S. Florissant Rd. (where the Northern Arts Councils Gallery was located).  BKM Fitness will be joining our community helping us develop those good habits that will help everyone LiveWell.

Briant K. Mitchell, BKM’s owner, whose previous location was at Jamestown Mall, is dedicated to help you design and achieve realistic goals in weight loss an better health.  Mitchell explains, “The cardio is plentiful along with nutrition counseling and weight training; a combination of the three will make your body do things you never thought were possible.”  Keep your eyes open for the Grand Opening of BKM Fitness.

Bywater Development Group, led by Ferguson’s own Aaron Burnett, is opening their offices at #8 Church St.. They help communities plan uses for existing buildings through real estate development and consulting services. Talking with Burnett, he explained that they were working with the City of Louisville, KY on an old school building that was built in the early 20th Century.  They are helping to develop the building so that it could be repurposed into affordable housing for the workforce and/or the senior population in that community.  Keep up the good work; we can’t rebuild the buildings of yesterday.

As we continue walking the Walk, we’ve been watching the building at 415 S. Florissant Rd grow from one to two stories.  Now that the final touches have been added, it’s time to put this beautiful building to work for the community.

The Live Work Play Lofts (LWP Lofts) have been available for a few weeks and are preparing for occupation; the first floor is ready for a business opportunity.  Stop by and look in the windows and let your mind’s eye see the possibilities of your new business venture.  If you see Mike Palmer there, I’m sure he would be happy to help you open up the business of your dreams.

There you have it.  There’s a lot of growth on the Walk.  Welcome these new businesses to town and let’s show them that Ferguson is a place where everyone will want to do business.  Don’t forget, April is the beginning of the Concert Series at the Plaza at 501 and the premier of Food Truck Monday is April 21st.  Check out our event calendar for the dates of these events.

Ill be seeing you on the Walk… that’s right, Ferguson Citywalk!

 

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