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Citywalk News for February

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.

Brian Fletcher

Brian Fletcher

Finally, the FSBD would like to send our condolences to the family of Brian Fletcher. The contributions that Brian Fletcher made to the Ferguson community were tremendous. Mr. Fletcher exercised civic duty to the fullest and he will be missed by all.

Citywalk News for January

Shepherding Images Studio and Good Shepherd Gallery officially opened at 252 S. Florissant Road on November 17. The location is the working studio for Sr. Glynis Mary McManamon, a Good Shepherd Sister, who creates sacred art as a way of inspiring viewers to reflect on a larger worldview. Work exhibited in the gallery includes large format Byzantine icons, smaller panel icons and abstracts, as well as a handful of watercolors and drawings of secular subjects.

Sr. Glynis Mary hopes to enlarge the offerings of the gallery in 2016, inviting youth groups, school groups and other community-based groups to use the gallery space as a venue to showcase art. The themes can be widely varied and need not be religious. They must, however, speak in some way to one or more of the four core values of the Good Shepherd Congregation: mercy, reconciliation, individual worth and zeal (expressed concern for others).

The Studio/Gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. It is also open by appointment. The phone number is 314-522-1155. There is a quiet meditation space and a café table and chairs waiting for visitors.

No stranger to creating and exhibiting sacred art, Sr. Glynis had a studio/gallery in Louisville, Kentucky from 2006 to 2010. She accepts commissions from individuals and private and public organizations. In the future, in addition to the artwork available for purchase, she hopes to add cards and small prints.

Thank you to all who attended our annual holiday party. It was great mixing with old friends and mingling with new ones. We hope to see you all at our monthly meetings and quarterly breakfast meetings.

Citywalk News for December

With the holiday season upon us, we hope that you are enjoying your stroll down CityWalk for the holidays. There were many familiar as well as new faces that were spotted at The Northern Lights Christmas Market and Lighted Parade. From the live holiday music, children activities, and the live ice sculpture demonstration, there was plenty to do for everyone. CityWalk would like to thank the vendors and patrons who made our Northern Lights Christmas Market and Lighted Parade memorable.

We are excited to see all the new activity taking place on CityWalk. New businesses are opening within our community and all are welcomed. If you are a new business to CityWalk, we would love to get to know you and your business. CityWalk offers many opportunities for you to mingle and network with other businesses on the Walk. Visit our website for upcoming events and volunteer opportunities hosted by CityWalk.

We wish to welcome the following new businesses to CityWalk. Almost Picasso, Blessings Closet, Moma Chichi Place, and Sheparding Images Studio. The variety of products and services available from our businesses contributes to vastness and intrigue of CityWalk.

Be on the lookout for our remaining holiday festivities including our final quarterly breakfast for 2015. We invite all CityWalk businesses to participate in this end of the year event.

Citywalk News for November

We hoped that you enjoyed our Food Truck series for the 2015, season. The feedback that we received from patrons and vendors helped us to provide our community with great food and exceptional service. CityWalk is looking forward to a phenomenal 2016, season as well.\

First Friday Gallery Night will take place on November 6, 2015, from 6 – 9pm. Corners Frameshop & Gallery is hosting Denise Field and Mona Hecht. This fascinating duo is behind the eclectic creations of Sorelli Amici. Come out and meet Mona and Denise, view their new gifts and Holiday décor, shop, and enjoy some wonderful seasonal refreshments.

FYI Ferguson Youth Initiative will be featuring young local talents during their Open Mike event. Refreshments will be provided by Old Ferguson West neighbors using recipes from their Old Ferguson West Cookbook. The cookbook is available for purchase and all proceeds support the neighborhood association’s efforts to build a strong, vital, and thriving residential area.

We are excited to see all the new activity taking place on CityWalk. New businesses are opening within our community and all are welcomed. If you are a new business to CityWalk, we would love to get to know you and your business. CityWalk offers opportunities for you to share your product and/or services with other businesses on the Walk.

Until next month, keep walking.

Citywalk News for October 2015

OctoberA special thanks to those businesses that were able to attend our quarterly brunch. It is refreshing to meet with our neighbors on the CityWalk. The quarterly breakfast is an opportunity to meet casually with other business members on the Walk. Conversations emerge from common interests in everything from our local eateries, new construction, and business growth and development along CityWalk. Be on the lookout for our next quarterly breakfast.

Our final Food Truck Monday for the season will take place on October 19, 2015. Come out and enjoy CityWalk during this final annual event. We truly appreciate all of the visitors and food truck vendors that supported CityWalk this season. Meals can be picked up to go, or enjoy lunch on the plaza.

The Farmer’s Market is open each Saturday morning, we’d love to see you there. The Farmer’s Market is committed to working with local vendors to bring you fresh home grown foods. Stop by and check out new vendors and the selections of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Thank you to all the volunteers, vendors, participants, and patrons to our annual Streetfest. Each year this event brings out the best of our community. We hope that you enjoyed the variety of entertainment and great food. Our Streetfest is a wonderful event filled with activities for everyone. Once again, we thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you next year.

Citywalk News for September 2015

At the last quarterly membership meeting, FSBD (Citywalk) decided that our Fourth of July parade float should honor our own Hometown Heroes – the police, firefighters, and EMTs that are headquartered right here in the heart of Citywalk.

Linda Hensiek of Benton’s for Hair and Robin Shively of Corners Frameshop & Gallery came up with the design featuring a police car, firetruck & ambulance. There were also puppets representing a police officer, a fireman, & an EMT. Mike Palmer of Monterey’s Cigar Lounge provided the trailer, while Bob McCarty of Painted Effects, Rob Chabot of Mobile Eyecare Solutions and Toni Roper from the City of Ferguson helped Linda & Robin decorate the float. On the 4th, Tom Hensiek drove while Robin, Linda and Toni were joined by Chris & Maureen Zeugin of Edward Jones. They all had a fun time handing out candy & using the puppets to give “high-fives” to the children along the parade route. The float won Second Place for Best Theme! If you missed the parade, the vehicles & puppets from our float (and our trophy!) are currently on display in the windows at Corners.

The Ferguson CityWalk Concert Series is nearing the end of another successful season. Smooth jazz, R&B, blues, Latin, Motown, Pop, Disco, & Rock have all played underneath the stars at Plaza at 501. There are two more shows left. Things will be jazzy on September 11, 2015, with the Dave Black Group. Then enjoy StreetFest later in the month. The concert series will resume for the final show on October 9, 2015. This will be something new; Blend, an a cappella quartet will bring fun loving music of the 50s & 60s. Pack a lawn chair in your car and make plans to join us. Or come early and grab a picnic table. Two concession stands are available on site.

We have two months remaining in our Monday food truck series. The next Food Truck Monday will be September 20, 2015. With one month remaining, September is the perfect time to make another visit. Stop by with friends for lunch. Meals can be picked up to go, or enjoy lunch on the plaza.

The Farmer’s Market is open each Saturday morning; we’d love to see you there. The Farmer’s Market is committed to working with local vendors to bring you fresh home grown foods. Stop by and check out new vendors and the selections of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables.

The Streetfest planning committee is currently meeting and we are still seeking volunteers. Whether it’s making phone calls, running errands, or setting up equipment, your help is much needed and appreciated. If you are eager to be a part of the Streetfest team, please send an email with to troper@fergusoncity.com.

Citywalk News for August 2015

During these dog days of summer, many of us have enjoyed the concert series, food truck lunches, and special festivals. We are fast approaching end of the summer months and are now looking forward to the fall.

The Ferguson Special Business District would like to recognize and reflect upon the anniversary of the death of Michael Brown and the events that proceed. As a part of the Ferguson community, the FSBD is committed to progress. We share in the one year reflection of our City’s growth.

We’re coming back! You may have noticed the renovations that are taking place at the Ferguson Brewing Company. We are hard at work to reopen to the public. Look forward to some improvements, but rest assured that great food and outstanding customer service is still there. Be on the lookout for our relaunch. We hope to see you there.

We have three months remaining in our Monday food truck series. The next food truck Monday will be August, 17, 2015. With just a few months remaining, August is the perfect time to make another visit. Visitors are pleased with the selection and options that are available for lunch. Stop by with friends for lunch. Meals can be picked up to go, or enjoy lunch on the plaza.

The Farmer’s Market is open each Saturday morning, we’d love to see you there. The Farmer’s Market is committed to working with local vendors to bring you fresh home grown foods. Stop by and check out new vendors and the selections of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables.

We hope that you have been enjoying the concert series thus far. Judging from the turnout at each concert, we are most certain that many residents and visitors to our City have chosen to make our summer concert series a fun-filled family event. On behalf of the FSBD, we would like to thank you for your continued support and we look forward to your comments and suggestions about the incredible performances.

Ferguson SpringFest was a great success!

Ferguson SpringFest was a great success!

The SpringFest appreciation dinner was held at Vincenzo’s on Tuesday, July 21 at 6:00 p.m. A special thanks went out to all the volunteers who assisted. We are now in the planning stages of our annual Streetfest. The planning committee is currently meeting and we are still seeking volunteers. Whether it’s making phone calls, running errands, or setting up equipment, your help is much needed and appreciated. If you are eager to be a part of the Streetfest team, please send an email to troper@fergusoncity.com.

Citywalk News for July 2015

The summer months are now in full gear. Many of us have taken the time to enjoy the festivities including Food Truck Monday, the Famer’s Market, and the summer concert series.

Have you had a chance to stop by the Plaza on the third Monday yet for lunch? The next food truck Monday will be July, 20 2015. With plenty of trucks to choose from and ample seating for lunch, the third Monday from April to October is the way to go.

The Farmer’s Market is in full swing. A special thanks to all those who continue to support the market week after week, and year after year. If you haven’t had the chance to stop by on Saturday morning, we’d love to see you there. The Farmer’s Market is committed to working with local vendors to bring you fresh home grown foods.

We hope that you have been enjoying the concert series thus far. Judging from the turnout at each concert, we are most certain that many residents and visitors to our City have chosen to make our summer concert series a fun-filled family event. On behalf of the FSBD, we would like to thank you for your continued support and we look forward to your comments and suggestions about the incredible performances.

We are now in the planning stages of our annual Streetfest. If you are interested in volunteering we would love to have you. We all know the rewards that come from the satisfaction of volunteering. Whether it’s making phone calls, running errands, or setting up equipment, your help is much needed and appreciated. If you are eager to be a part of the Streetfest team, please send an email with to troper@fergusoncity.com.

The FSBD would like to thank the Ferguson businesses who attended our quarterly meeting on June 16, 2015. We were very pleased with the many new faces in attendance, and of course, our constant staple of individuals who attend each breakfast. It is our goal to continue to provide you with information and communication essential and vital to your businesses. Be on the lookout for upcoming information on our next quarterly breakfast scheduled for the fall of 2015.

Citywalk News for June 2015

Ferguson Special Business District (FSBD) would like to give a special thanks to all those who participated in SpringFest on May 9, 2015. We are pleased with the awesome turnout of residents, members of the community, businesses, volunteers, and elected officials. Whether you celebrated SpringFest with family or with friends, there was plenty of entertainment for everyone. The special performances of the event were highlighted on a concert stage with audience participation every step of the way.

If Springfest was exciting, wait until September 2015, when we return to StreetFest. If you are interested in participating in StreetFest this fall, we are eager to have you. Be on the lookout soon for upcoming sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

Once again, a special thanks and recognition goes out to participants of the Twilight Run held on May 16, 2015. Through the support of our sponsors, volunteers, and our Ferguson community, the Twilight Run has proven to be a success with participation growing beyond expectations each year. We are proud of the new and now established traditions taking place to let people know just what Ferguson is all about. Whether you were a runner, walker, or just came out to offer your support, the Twilight Run is an experience that we look forward to each year.

Have you had a chance to stop by the Plaza for lunch on the third Monday of the month yet? The next food truck Monday will be June 15, 2015. With plenty of trucks to choose from and ample seating for lunch, the third Monday from April to October is the way to enjoy a delicious lunch in the beautiful outdoors.

Check out the concert series hosted on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. The popularity of the CityWalk Concert Series is growing and we want you to be a part of it. With a line-up of great performers, we want to make sure that you are there. Pack the coolers and bring the lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the performance. Remember safety comes first so let’s leave the glass bottles at home.

The FSBD would like to invite Ferguson businesses to our quarterly meeting. We look forward to new faces, new ideas, and new colleagues. Our quarterly meetings afford businesses the opportunity to stay informed and involved in events pertinent to the economic growth and development of our City. We hope to see you from 7:30am-9:00am on June 16, 2015. Please visit us at www.fergusoncitywalk.com, for our June location and additional information. Breakfast will be provided courtesy of the FSBD.

Citywalk News for May 2015

We are eager and excited to welcome the sunshine and flowers of spring. Along with sunshine and flowers, the spring also has some exciting events in store for CityWalk. New businesses are opening and existing businesses are sprucing up for the months ahead. Be prepared to see a livelier CityWalk.

The months of planning and anticipation of Springfest is nearly here. Many of us were looking forward to our annual Streetfest in the fall. Well, it was decided that Streetfest 2014, will take place on May 9, 2015. Springfest goers will have the opportunity to enjoy great food by local vendors and the sounds of terrific music performed throughout the afternoon and into the evening. There will also be artisans and crafters for those shoppers who want to splurge a bit. Of course, we couldn’t forget the kids! There will be many booths and activities for kids of all ages. Just like Streetfest in the fall, Springfest will have a variety of food, music, artisans, and activities. Come out and celebrate with family, friends, and neighbors. Want to pick up your Springfest t-shirt before the festival? Springfest t-shirts can be purchased at the “I Love Ferguson” store. Stop in and get your shirt.

Have you noticed the new businesses that have opened on CityWalk? CityWalk welcomes Montrey’s Cigar Lounge and J & C BBQ and Blues Restaurant. With the beautiful outdoor weather upon us, Montrey’s Cigar Lounge has a spacious outdoor seating area. Whether you want to relax and unwind at the end of the work day or meet socially with friends, Montrey’s Cigar Lounge is a great place to meet locally. Congratulations goes out to Jerome and Cathy Jenkins. In addition to Cathy’s Kitchen, checkout J & C BBQ and Blues Restaurant. With a unique flare for BBQ as only J & C and do it, patrons are also treated to live entertainment. For a new experience with friends and/or family, stop by either of these new locations on CityWalk.

Spring is the time of year for blooms and blossoms. As the colors change and new life emerges, we see all the wonderful possibilities that spring has in store for us. Many businesses are beginning their spring clean-up from the winter months. Grass trimmings, spring plantings, and other landscaping all contribute to a beautiful CityWalk. Businesses are working diligently to make your experience on CityWalk pleasing and inviting. As you begin to partake in the wonderful outdoor spring weather, we hope that you take time to explore all the businesses and services that are offered on CityWalk.

CityWalk would like to congratulate the newest members of City Council. We look forward to working with the Council on initiatives that help promote CityWalk and support the Ferguson community. CityWalk would like to thank Bob McCarty with Painted Effects for his many years of service as the news contributor of the FSBD. Bob is not leaving us by no means; however, he has decided to work more closely on other projects that impact CityWalk. Once again, thank you for your years of dedication.

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