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Citywalk News for June

Ferguson Needs Volunteers

Here we are, in the process of reopening some of our businesses.

In time, Ferguson will be back to how it was before the pandemic brought our world to a stand-still. Whoa, not so fast there fella! It will be a while before we get back to our pre-Covid-19 ways.

Before the shelter-in place-order went into effect, could you have imagined the joy you felt when parading past someone’s home to celebrate their birthday? How about seeing the B-2 fly over the hospitals in the St. Louis area? These little things are what really makes a difference in our lives now.

Now it’s time to get back out in the world, but not how it was before.

The businesses are in the process of reopening, but not in the capacity of how it was before. Limitation on the number of customers will be part of our new normal. Stores will have less product because they will be making more room for social distancing. Restaurants will have fewer tables in order to safely take care of their customers. As last month’s Financial Focus pointed out, “As part of our economy shrinking, perhaps everyone should expect less – a 20% cut across the board. Rather than raising prices to keep up with what was previously considered a nice profit for a restaurant – serving fewer people and buying less food may reap pretty close to that same net profit. Who knows, it might work?”

I’m not suggesting that I know what it takes to run a restaurant or a retail store and still be rewarded with a profit. I do want to talk about how we can help our community get to a place where we, as citizens, see a profit. Not necessarily a monetary profit, but a profit in how we view and see our community.

I know what you’re thinking . . . get out and patronize our local businesses. Yes, we need to get out and support our businesses in Ferguson. Doing this will help our city revenues start to rebuild the coffers through sales tax. But I want to tell you of another way how we can help our community.

If you have been following us here on Main Street, you would know that these past few months, we have been talking about volunteering and making our city beautiful. Now is the time that each and every one of us need to take ownership of our community and pitch in to help make our Ferguson the place where we want to live.

Get together with some friends and get involved with the Ferguson Volunteer Flower Department and help beautify our downtown. You can contact them at knoelker@sbcglobal.net If that doesn’t work for you, you could organize a group of friends and head out on West Florissant Road by the Urban League and help them clean up an area and get some nice gardens growing. You could find an empty lot, clean it up and plant some flowers. It’s up to you, get out there and make a difference.

You can also volunteer to help at the Farmers Market. They can be contacted at farmersmarket@fergusoncity.com They are always looking for folks that can help with set-up and breakdown of the market on Saturday mornings. Who knows, you may even meet some new friends there. With last month’s article, I’ve noticed a lot less litter. Or have more of you been out there picking it up? Remember, don’t forget to carry your LDI with you when you go out on your walks. With the nice weather quickly ascending upon us, Operation Clean Ferg-Nation is in full swing. We’re all counting on all of us to keep this going.

I’m sure you have been hearing how these shelter-in-place restrictions and the actual coronavirus pandemic has affected our mental health. If you have been experiencing any negative effects of what we have all been experiencing, you’re in luck. It has been noted that if you get out and get involved in your community, professionals have seen a 62.8% reduction in poor mental health. This fact (if you choose to believe it), was a few years back when another community lived through a local catastrophe. Remember how we felt when we had our tornado in 2011? I don’t know about you but I felt pretty good while pitching in and helping with getting everything back in order.

In closing, I want to share a quote from the Executive Director of The Missouri Main Street Connection: “If we lose our downtown, we lose our community. If we lose our community, we lose our identity.” –Gayla Roten

Get involved. Stay involved. Make Ferguson a community you want to call home.

Citywalk News for April

Ferguson Needs You!

Get involved with the community groups that add so much to our quality of life.There’s something for every interest and schedule, with activities inside or out; on Saturdays, evenings or during the week; family or adult oriented; one-day events or ongoing programs. Tape this list to your fridge! Make a commitment and, even better, bring a friend along.

Volunteer Flower Department – Matrimonii suffragarit parsimonia catelli. Victorian Plaza; beginners are welcome; contact

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta parish, Food Pantries – Vincent de Paul volunteers pick up and distribute food in 2 weekly pantries, sometimes making deliveries for the homebound; they also work with those needing other help; leave a message at the parish office (524-0500) and a volunteer will return your call

City Government – chart Ferguson’s future on 22 committees including traffic, police oversight, finance and architecture; for a full list, descriptions and contacts go to www.fergusoncity.com, then to ‘government’, then to ‘boards/commissions’

Twilight Run – Ferguson’s family-friendly race through historic neighborhoods; to access the numerous job descriptions and volunteer application go to www. fergtwilightrun.com, then to ‘sponsor and volunteer’, then ‘volunteer’

Farmers Market – North County’s outdoor market relies on volunteers to set up and take down vendor booths as well as to help at the information table, run cooking contests and staff the craft booth; contact

FLIERS – The Friends of the Ferguson Library support it and the community with annual book and craft sales; contact Janie Norberg at 521-4663

4th of July Activities – Volunteers are needed to line up the parade, block roads, and assist during the festival for one of the area’s most fun celebrations; contact 521-4669.

Any community organization which wants to be included in a future list email: fergusonmainstreet.org

Every one of us knows why we came to Ferguson. We saw Ferguson as a community that had it all. Stately homes, a vibrant downtown, convenient location, and a down home feel. Ferguson became your community because you made it the place you wanted to live. We can’t slow down. We need to pick up the pace and show all of North County, all of St. Louis County, St. Louis City, and all of the surrounding counties, that Ferguson can bounce back and become the example of what a community’s citizens can do to make their city theirs.

Make the Commitment; Ferguson needs You!

And don’t forget to bring along a friend.

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Citywalk News for February

Why Volunteer?

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering can be enormous. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. The right match can help you to find new friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career.

Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. It can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help those in need and improve your health and happiness.

Benefits of volunteering: 4 ways to feel healthier and happier

  • Volunteering connects you to others
  • Volunteering is good for your mind and body
  • Volunteering can advance your career
  • Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life

Source: HelpGuide.org (Your trusted guide to mental health & wellness)

Tips to get started

First, ask yourself if there is something specific you want to do.

For example, do I want…

  • …to improve the neighborhood where I live
  • …to meet people who are different than I am
  • …to try something new
  • …to do something with my spare time
  • …to see a different way of life and new places
  • …to have a go at the type of work I might want as a full-time job
  • …to do more with my interests and hobbies
  • …to share something in which I’m good

The best way to volunteer is to find a match with your personality and interests. Having answers to these questions will help you narrow down your search. Source: World Volunteer Web

How to find the right volunteer opportunity

There are numerous volunteer opportunities available. The key is to find a position that you would enjoy and are capable of doing. It’s also important to make sure that your commitment matches the organization’s needs. Ask yourself the following:

  • Would you like to work with adults, children, animals, or remotely from home?
  • Do you prefer to work alone or as part of a team?
  • Are you better behind the scenes or do you prefer to take a more visible role?
  • How much time are you willing to commit?
  • What skills can you bring to a volunteer job?
  • What causes are important to you?

Where to find volunteer opportunities

  • Community theaters, museums, and monuments
  • Libraries or senior centers
  • Service organizations such as Lions Clubs or Rotary Clubs
  • Local animal shelters, rescue organizations, or wildlife centers
  • Youth organizations, sports teams, and after-school programs
  • Historical restorations, national parks, and conservation organizations
  • Places of worship such as churches or synagogues

How much time should you volunteer?

Volunteering doesn’t have to take over your life to be beneficial. In fact, research shows that just two to three hours per week, or about 100 hours a year, can confer the most benefits—to both you and your chosen cause. The important thing is to volunteer only the amount of time that feels comfortable to you. Volunteering should feel like a fun and rewarding hobby, not another chore on your to-do list.

Getting the most out of volunteering

You’re donating your valuable time, so it’s important that you enjoy and benefit from your volunteering. To make sure that your volunteer position is a good fit:

  • Ask questions. You want to make sure that the experience is right for your skills, your goals, and the time you want to spend. Sample questions for your volunteer coordinator might address your time commitment, if there’s any training involved, who you will be working with, and what to do if you have questions during your experience.
  • Make sure you know what’s expected. You should be comfortable with the organization and understand the time commitment. Consider starting small so that you don’t over commit yourself at first. Give yourself some flexibility to change your focus if needed.
  • Don’t be afraid to make a change. Don’t force yourself into a bad fit or feel compelled to stick with a volunteer role you dislike. Talk to the organization about changing your focus or look for a different organization that’s a better fit.
  • Enjoy yourself. The best volunteer experiences benefit both the volunteer and the organization. If you’re not enjoying yourself, ask yourself why. Is it the tasks you’re performing? The people you’re working with? Or are you uncomfortable simply because the situation is new and unfamiliar? Pinpointing what’s bothering you can help you decide how to proceed.

Source: HelpGuide.org (Your trusted guide to mental health & wellness)

Next month we will suggest a few organizations here in the Ferguson community that would appreciate your time and support. We’ll also give you a few ideas of opportunities you can do on your own or with your family.

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Citywalk News for December

It’s December. That special month where everyone dreams of bigger and better things. The month where miracles do happen. This month, I would like to dream of what I would like to see my downtown look like. If I was looking to move into this community, how would our downtown and Ferguson Main Street encourage me to make Ferguson my home.

Since we’re dreaming, let’s dream big. If we could have anything we want, what would that look like?

When driving into our downtown, the first impression I would want to see is a bustling area. People walking, riding their bikes, sitting at a sidewalk café enjoying their meal. Tree lined streets with flower pots adding that splash of color along the sidewalks.

Bistros and bakeries wafting the smell of their fare onto the streets. Cafes and diners where we could find a small meal for breakfast or lunch. A corner grocer where we could pick-up something to take home to make for supper or stop and have dinner in a nice restaurant.

On special occasions, we could enjoy music at a local establishment or at an outdoor venue. Maybe even a cultural arts center where we can enjoy a play or a songwriter showcasing their new music. Maybe take in a comedy show or even go dancing to a Big Band Orchestra.

People could be seen just sitting on a bench enjoying the day. Restaurants with outdoor seating where people could enjoy their meal with a beer or a glass of wine while doing a little people watching.

The new modern buildings blend in with the historic architecture of our downtown when it was a destination. Office space and small manufacturing jobs draws people, young and old, to a place where there is not much of a commute. Mixed-use buildings where people can live and work in a business at street level. Young people living downtown making our Main Street the street where it’s happening.

What are these young people looking for in a community? Farmers markets, galleries with rotating exhibits, storefronts with beautiful displays and art, restaurants, craft breweries, and a source of entertainment. The streets and sidewalks would be free of litter. Flower pots lining the sidewalk. Windows in the stores decorated and showing off their ware. Flags would be waving in the breeze. The local business owner out on thessidewalk welcoming new patrons and enticing them into his place of businesss by showcasing the quality of their ware.

These are some things that come to mind when I dream of my perfect downtown. What about you? What are your dreams? What would you like to see as the miracle of our downtown?

Yes, as you know, Ferguson already has a lot of the offerings that I have mentioned in my dream downtown. I hope you make good use of them, because if we don’t frequent these establishments, they won’t be here long. And, if we can’t help a business stay in business, will more businesses be flocking to our door?

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Citywalk News for July

Greetings from CityWalk,

The Ferguson Special Business District has an opening for a board member position effective July 1, 2019.

This is a three-year position with a monthly commitment of 1.5 hours every second Thursday of the month. The board meets from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Thomas Professional Building located at 910 S. Florissant Rd. 63135.

Our goal is to grow and maintain a strong business community that focuses on economic development, business professional development, and entrepreneurship. This position is open to current business owners within the Ferguson Special Business District.

Our next board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 11, 2019. Board members will be available to answer any questions you may have about joining. You may also contact any current board member for additional information.

4th of July Parade Starts at 10:00 a.m. at Paul Avenue and Florissant Road – then proceeds North on Florissant Road to January-Wabash Memorial Park. See you there!

Citywalk News for June

Hello Ferguson! My name is Kawana Waddell, I’m the owner of Style-Taneous Styles Boutique, located in the heart of Ferguson.

The boutique is very fashionable in women and men’s clothing ranging from casual to formal, accessories and more. We also specialize in personal wardrobe styling and custom made styling. If you have a picture or sketch . . . we can bring it to reality. We are located at 425-427 S. Florissant Rd. and we absolutely love it. Our boutique was previously located in Chesterfield prior to moving into our current location, which is much more fitting for us since we have lived in the Ferguson community for over 8 years.

Having a small business here in Ferguson, has literally been a life changing event for my family and I. My clientele has tripled; and we recently celebrated our 1 year anniversary being a small business in the Ferguson area. We outgrew our previous space and expanded into what was Corners Frame Shop. I couldn’t have asked for a better location.

Speaking of location, in celebration of our 1 year anniversary, we opened our men’s boutique in the space that we previously had and it’s off to a wonderful start. Please stop by and see us!

We are open Monday by appointment only and Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 7pm; Friday and Saturday 10am-8pm. We carry women sizes Small to Plus Size and Men’s Sizes Small to Big and Tall. We also host private Shopping with Twist Parties (which are so rewarding and fun) on Sundays.

Mark your calendars for our upcoming fashion show at the Ferguson Farmers Market on August 10, 2019 from 10am-noon. Hope to see you soon!

Contact: Kawana Waddell
styletaneousstyles@gmail.com
314-378-3443

OmTurtleYoga & Spa Opening Cafe

Angie Carron, owner of OmTurtleYoga & Spa established in Ferguson and Florissant since 2013, has decided to expand her current yoga studio in Ferguson to include a cafe! She has partnered with Kaldi’s Coffee and Firepot teas as well as other wellness minded vendors to provide the very best in superfoods for our community. She’s also working with local artisans to sell unique goods in her Urban Market. Soft opening targeted for summer 2018 at 415 S. Florissant Rd.

Ferguson Receives Downtown Revitalization Grant

The Ferguson Special Business District has been selected in a competitive application process to participate in a cost-sharing Affiliate Grant that provides training, mentoring, and technical services to revitalization programs in Missouri’s historic commercial districts. The grant is provided by Missouri Main Street Connection, Inc. (MMSC)

The Farmers Market is Moving!

FERGUSON FARMERS’ MARKET
WILL NOW BE AT HELD @ PLAZA 501
501 S. FLORISSANT RD.
FERGUSON, MO. 63135

The market will kick off this season on Saturday, May 6th, 2018 and we will now be located at Plaza 501, 501 S. Florissant Rd., Ferguson, MO. 63135.

Why you ask? Here are a few reasons why:

  • Plaza 501 was originally built to house the farmers market.
  • Plaza 501 has more space. It is just simply bigger.
  • Plaza 501 has more green space. This means we can have gardens, flowers, space for kids to play, maybe even a place for pets.
  • 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 is already being used for the Concert Series, the Twilight Run and now StreetFest, with the addition of the Farmer’s Market, we are making
  • Plaza 501 the premier event space it so deserves.
  • Plaza 501 already has a covered area, permanent bathrooms, electricity and running water.

Ferguson 4th of July Fundraiser: Night at the Mouse Races – January 20

Please join us on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Ferguson Community Center for a Night at the Mouse Races to raise funds for our 4th of July Festival. Doors open at 6pm; first race begins at 7pm; last race begins at 10pm. Cost is $15 per person or $100 per table of 8 people and includes refreshments, snacks, music, and lots of chances to win! There will also be a cash bar, basket raffle, and liquor drawing.

You can make your reservations by filling out this form and returning to Chris Shanahan, 3 Manor Lane, Ferguson, MO. 63135, shanahanchris1@gmail.com

NOTE: You are welcome to bring your own food, we will have some snacks available for purchase.

HOW DOES A MOUSE RACE WORK?

  • All races are run LIVE with REAL mice
  • There are a total of 7 races. There are six races with six different mice and the winning mouse
    from each race will compete against each other in the final Championship race
  • You will have a chance to view the “racers” prior to each race and placing your bet
  • Odds of winning will be posted prior to each race
  • Mouse Money is used in the betting process and a minimum of a $2 bet per race is required
  • Winners can collect their Mouse Money winnings after each race – once final odds are posted

OTHER FUN ACTIVITIES AND CHANCES TO WIN

  • 50/50 Mouse Wheel
  • Dice Wheel Game
  • 50/50 Drawing
  • Basket Raffle/Liquor Drawing

REGISTRATION FORM (pdf)

CONTACT

FERGUSON CITYWALK
110 Church Street
Ferguson, MO 63135
(314) 524-5197
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