Monthly archive for May 2018

Citywalk News for June

On Thursday, May 3rd, the first of several town hall meetings about the Missouri Main Street program was held in the Ferguson City Council Chambers. It was well attended by over 30 residents, business owners, city staff and council members. Those who were not able to attend may have seen it featured on Channel 4. An introduction to historic commercial district revitalization using the “Main Street Four-Point Approach” was presented by Community Development Coordinator Keith Winge of Missouri Main Street Connection. Participants then broke into groups based on the four points to discuss their ideas, goals and desires for the future of Ferguson Main Street. If you are interested in volunteering with the Ferguson Main Street organization, please email marveena@fergusonmainstreet.org and watch for a follow-up meeting to be held in June. Committees will be organized to focus on each of the four points.


Those committees are:


  1. Economic Vitality; business retention & recruitment, marketing & demographic studies, and developing a direction for downtown.
  2. Design; public spaces, facades, streetscapes, public improvements (sidewalks, parking, signs), and establishing a historic commission and museum.
  3. Promotion; logo & image development, special, historical & cultural events, retail promotions, and creation of brochures.
  4. Organization; structure & by laws of corporation, organization of committees, fundraising plans, downtown work plan, downtown information gathering, and public relations.

In other news this month, we extend our welcome to Ferguson-Dellwood Community Resource Center, a new member of our downtown special business district. They are located at 409 South Florissant Rd., in the same building as the Edward Jones office of F.S.B.D. board member Joe Meyer.


Two of our newer restaurants continue to set the table and spread out good eats for Ferguson residents and other patrons from beyond the city limits as well.


Red’s BBQ, which has been bustling at 304 South Florissant Rd., began at 3400 West Florissant and operated a food truck as well. Burned beyond recognition in the wake of August 2014’s unrest, the establishment moved to the corner of Goodfellow and Natural Bridge in order to continue operations. However, customers were few. Red’s has now come home to Ferguson, with a grand opening on November 11, 2017. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays a steady stream of cars enters and leaves, and numbers of orders are announced over the loud speaker at a lively clip. Asked if he will expand his hours beyond Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the owner asserts: “No.” They start cooking in the morning and serve until closing time (9 p.m.) or until the day’s smoked and grilled fare is gone. The menu includes Red’s famous rib tips, pork ribs, pork steak, chicken (whole, half, wings), beef, with beans and potato salad available as sides.


Long-awaited Baked Woodfire Pizza Joint had their soft open on March 5 with a fundraiser for FYI. Their official opening was on (what else?) Pi Day, March 14. Since then, Baked’s pizzas have been hot, both figuratively and literally. The pizzas are fired at 800 degrees. Not a typical chain pizza joint, the menu is extensive. They offer unique “table shares” such as pear and hot honey crostini, antipasto and roasted brussel sprouts. They serve generous, savory salads, and the gorgonzola dressing is a signature offering. The menu lists fourteen designer pizzas. Where else can you find Wake and Bake – a white pizza topped with an over easy egg? Vegan: try the vegan Hungry Planet Chorizo which incorporates plant-based chorizo and Daiya dairy-free cheese. They serve an Apple Pear Prosciutto; the Golden Greek with lamb, feta cheese and tzatziki drizzle; and the “Beetzza” – yes, roasted beets – try it, you will like it. Not into experimentation: flip the menu over and you can order a BYO pizza, assembling your preferred assortment of crust, sauce, cheese, proteins, veggies/fruit/nuts, and glazes. There is even an option for gluten-free crust. Leave room for dessert: cinnamon nuggets, gelato (vanilla bean, espresso and Nutella) and blood orange sorbet.


The Citywalk Advisory Board meets the 2nd Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the offices of Mobile Eye Care Solutions, 248 South Florissant Rd. All Citywalk business owners are welcome and encouraged to attend. Interested Citywalk businesses should contact Robin Shively (cornersframing@gmail.com, or 314-229-0325) for more information.

Citywalk News for May

The Market, It is A-Changing

Most of us resist change. Change upsets equilibrium and can generate stress. Change sends us off into the unknown. Even though we may be curious about that unknown, we are also fearful – what if it doesn’t work out? And yet “Without change, there
can be no progress. Without change, there is only stagnation,” (quoted from a post on the Market’s Facebook page).

On Saturday, May 5, when the Ferguson Farmers’ Market opens its 2018 season, there will be a big change: you will not find the FFM at the Victorian Plaza.

On May 5, the Ferguson Farmers’ Market (FFM) will open at Plaza 501. This is great news! And why would that be great news?

  • Plaza 501 was originally built to house the farmers market (depending on who you ask).
  • Plaza 501 has more space. It is just simply bigger.
  • Plaza 501 will allow the businesses that depend on the Victorian Plaza parking lot to better utilize it to accommodate for business growth.
  • Plaza 501 already has a covered area, permanent bathrooms, electricity and running water.
  • The Maline Greenway will eventually connect to the Plaza at 501, allowing people going to the market to get there by foot or bike which would reduce parking needs
  • Businesses near Victorian Plaza need the parking spaces. There are 261 parking spots adjacent to Plaza 501: 39 in the back lot, 30 in the lot behind Ferguson Brewing Company, 27 next to Meineke, 30 at the Edward Jones lot, 67 in the Cork lot, 42 in Marley’s lot, and 26 in the Papa John’s lot. There will be four handicap parking spaces (as there were at Victorian Plaza).
  • Crosswalks and lights will make approaching the FFM safer.

So, what do the vendors think of this change?

John Phillips of Hank & Anita’s Coffee says: “…the location is highly visible. The accessibility is so much greater. The signage is excellent, and the pavilion is perfect. We expect larger crowds all summer!”

“It will give BKM Fitness, New Chinese Gourmet, Natalie’s Cakes and More, Aldi and other surrounding businesses utter a sigh of relief for their customers parking on Saturday morning. Our New location has great off-street parking, no interference to local business and a perfect design area for a very well-organized farmers market.” Meats & Moore

“The 501 Plaza is the perfect spot for the Ferguson Farmers Market. There are fixed restrooms, electricity, and ample room to grow the market.” The Raw Juicery

To end with another Facebook user’s comment about this change: “I don’t know why this didn’t happen years ago!!!”

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