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Citywalk News for May

Angie Carron, owner of the OmTurtleYoga, Spa & Cafe, lived a high stress, low self-care lifestyle consequently leading to a multitude of physical and mental conditions. Rather than surrendering to pharmaceuticals, she chose the holistic practices of yoga, meditation, massage therapy and superfoods. With perseverance and patience she was able to regain her life. During the process, however, she learned there were so many others suffering in silence… just like she did. She was tired of driving outside of North County for therapeutic practices so she became determined to bring it all here. Compassion led to training. Training led to opportunity. Opportunity fueled passion. Passion led to carrying a yard sign and a yoga mat in Sioux Passage Park. People came.

She saw in her students the same healing she endured during her own practice and by the grace of God and support of her family, in 2013 she opened up her first yoga studio in Florissant to help support a healthier lifestyle for her community. In 2014, she quit her corporate job and built another yoga studio in Ferguson during the unrest to help provide a place of peace. In 2016, she expanded her Florissant location to include a therapeutic wellness spa. Finally, after 18 months of building, refurbishing and restoring, she expanded the Ferguson studio to include OmTurtleCafe. April marked the Grand Opening month and so far she’s off to a great start.

OmTurtleCafe is a rare gem in the citywalk district that provides high quality, healthy foods designed to nourish and heal the body. The atmosphere is refreshingly unique and welcoming. The staff is super friendly and the food is amazing! There’s even an urban market in which you can shop local artists. On the menu includes Kaldi’s Coffee, Smoothies, Juice Bar, Fresh Baked Goods, Homemade Soups, Superfood Salads, Bagel Sandwiches, Munchies and Boozies. All made with superb ingredients so that you can eat with purpose.

Phase 1 Hours are: Monday closed; Tue – Fri 8 AM -6 PM; Sat 9 AM- 2 PM; Sun 10 am – 2 PM. Live music on Saturdays.

Angie Carron E-RYT Certified
Founder OmTurtle Yoga + Spa + Cafe

www.omturtleyoga.com
www.facebook.com/omturtleyoga

Citywalk News for April

Hello from FSBD. So, you want to know more about Main Street? Well here is a glimpse of what the Main Street director roles encompass. This article is credited to Todd Wolford, Executive Director, Downtown Wytheville Inc.


Main Street directors are a one-of-a-kind group of individuals. They play many roles and wear every hat imaginable to make sure the job gets done. If you are a manager, you have to be okay with the fact that you are never not working. At the grocery store, the gym, even on vacation, people want to talk about projects, events or just general information about the organization and community; exhausting, yes, but part of the job.


The three P’s of the Main Street world are people, personalities and politics. Not mentioned as part of the job description is behavioral specialist or personal mediator, to name a few, but it sure does seem like directors are doing quite a bit of this from time to time amongst people. It is so important to get the right people involved who have the best interest of Main Street and FSBD in mind.


“Main Street directors in particular serve an important role in cultivating, inspiring and empowering people within their organization and extended volunteer base to see long lasting results.” –Norma Ramirez de Meiss, Leading Main Street.


Selling the locals of all people, can be one of the most challenging things as an organization. Some locals give feedback and voice what they think needs to happen but want to snap their fingers and see it on a project that may take years to materialize. If most knew the details of what goes into revitalization and economic development, I think it would be rather eyeopening for a lot of folks. Some locals want to criticize for what your town has not done, rather than celebrate what you have. It can be frustrating as a director. We have to stay the course, trust the process and focus on bringing positive change. Results will come and the numbers alone will validate the achievements. The naysayers become believers when the vision becomes reality.


Why Main Street? Is what is heard at times. Why are you focusing so much time and effort on Main Street and those old outdated buildings that are falling apart and have no parking as it is? Well, my question to these folks is, “why not?” Why not change the perception of our community and the way that our downtown is viewed? Why not create a culture that promotes bringing people together in an atmosphere that is walkable and where people can gather? Why not focus on the heart of our community and preserve the unique history from the past that many of the younger generation will not have the opportunity to know about? Lastly, what is the alternative? A vibrant downtown says a great deal about the well-being of a community as a whole.


How was Todd able to do it you ask? Well, from his standpoint, bridging the gaps between people, finding common ground, keeping everyone excited about projects, goals and events, but most importantly, leaving egos and personal agendas at the door.


Thank you Todd for that insight.

Citywalk News for March

As we continue to discuss Main Street and the important role it plays in developing a strong, resilient downtown, we are going to focus on the “Organization” this month. Organization involves building a governing framework that includes a diverse representation. Including all stakeholders, business and property owners, bankers, citizens, historians, public officials, chambers of commerce, and other preservation organizations, to meet the needs of the community and form a well-rounded Main Street. Everyone must work together in a long-term effort to renew downtown and maintain its stability into the future. The organization committee also trains and develops leaders for the community’s revitalization effort. Activities of a start-up Organization Committee begin with creating a not-for-profit organization, establishing priorities through comprehensive work plans, providing the organization with sustainable sources of revenue, and volunteer development.


Ferguson Main Street board members have completed the non-profit paperwork, bylaws and recently spent several hours developing their strategic plan for the next three years. We are working on developing a volunteer handbook and focusing on new revenue streams.


The Main Street Board has decided to focus on the Airport Road area in the business district. Several meetings have been held and several more planned to meet with business owners and prioritize their needs. The Main Street Director will present these findings to FSBD in a meeting next week and together we will begin to set a plan.


Recently, our Ferguson Main Street Director finished up a three-course program, “Funding Revitalization”. The classes discuss recruiting board members, committee leads and funding your organization. It was an in-depth look at who you need to involve, what it takes to be successful, and how to fund your organization to last for years. The information will be presented to the FSBD Board at the next meeting.


The Ferguson Main Street (FMS) Organization Committee is looking for merchants and property owners, residents, media, civic groups, accountants and legal professionals. The FMS Design Committee is a great fit for architects, real estate professionals, planners, designers, history buffs, and artist. The FMS Promotion Committee: is a great fit for marketing and tourism pros, downtown merchants and students; while the FMS Economic Vitality Committee is great for merchants, development pros, consumers, business students. For more information on Ferguson Main Street, contact marveena@fergusonmainstreet.org.


FSBD business owners have a standing invitation to attend meetings of the Ferguson Special Business District Advisory Board, which meets the 2rd Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. FSBD meets at Baked Wood-Fire Pizza, 235 S. Florissant Rd. For more information, please contact Marveena Miller at 314-324-4298 or marveenamiller@hotmail.com.


FSBD would like to welcome new Board President, Carita Douglas.


FSBD currently has an opening for the Ferguson Special Business District Advisory Board. The board is set up to promote the Central Business District of Ferguson to the public. For more information, please contact Marveena Miller at 314-324-4298 or marveenamiller@hotmail.com.

Citywalk News for February

As we continue to discuss Main Street and the important role it plays in developing a strong, resilient downtown we are going to focus on the “Design” this month.


Design is explained as enhancing the visual attractiveness of the downtown. Design includes technical assistance and encouragement to building owners toward the restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures, street and alley cleanup, colorful banners and landscaping. Design also includes safe and efficient infrastructure, including streets, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and the appearance of storefronts, signs, street lights, window displays and graphic materials.


All communities are searching for a way to make its residents feel connected. In recent years there has been a movement to create a healthy, prosperous community where people want to live, work, play and learn; an inspiring and engaging place can generate greater outcomes for our community’s social, economic and physical well-being than one might expect. According to the Project for Public Places, “Placemaking is an approach to ‘help citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs’”.


Placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution. Placemaking contributes to people’s health, happiness, and wellbeing; it is a critical process to intimately connect people to the places they live. Placemaking shows people can help people re-imagine everyday spaces. A recent webinar I attended stated, “Successful place-making is important for several reasons. By creating places where people feel good, they are more likely to want to stay, to return and to tell others about the experience. The differences between ‘just a regular public space’ and a ‘great pubic place’ can be viscerally felt by people – a sense of welcome, of belonging, of pleasure and of sharing. A local neighborhood is just a group of houses and streets until there are people who take pride in place and who call it home. The difference between space and place is like the difference between ‘house’ and ‘home’. Many tangible and intangible elements combine to create a sensory experience that is memorable.”


As soon you can see, placemaking is incredibly important to the future of the community and that is why Ferguson Main street, in partnership with the Downtown Business District, is making placemaking a 2019 goal. In the next few weeks the Ferguson Special Business District Board and Ferguson Main Street Board will be meeting and outlining the 2019 strategic goals. Those goals will be brought to you in the February CityWalk article. We welcome any input you may have on placemaking and encourage you to join the Ferguson Main Street Design Board.


The Ferguson Main Street (FMS) Organization Committee is looking for merchants and property owners, residents, media, civic groups, accountants and legal professionals. The FMS Design Committee is a great fit for architects, real estate professionals, planners, designers, history buffs, and artists. The FMS Promotion Committee: is a great fit for marketing and tourism pros, downtown merchants and students; while the FMS Economic Vitality Committee: is great for merchants, development pros, consumers, business students. For more information on Ferguson Main Street, contact marveena@fergusonmainstreet.org.


CityWalk business owners have a standing invitation to attend meetings of the Ferguson Special Business District Advisory Board, which meets the 2rd Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. FSBD meets at Baked Wood-Fire Pizza, 235 S. Florissant Rd.


CityWalk currently has an opening for the Ferguson Special Business District Advisory Board. The board is set up to promote the Central Business District of Ferguson to the public.


For more information, please contact Marveena Miller at 314-324-4298 or marveenamiller@hotmail.com.

Citywalk News for January

In October, the FSBD coordinator attended a three-day workshop in Chattanooga on community transformation. In November, the FSBD treasurer and the Ferguson Economic Development Director attended a workshop in Cape Girardeau on vacant buildings and what can be done to address them. The workshops were hosted by the National Main Street Association and the Missouri Main Street Connection. As a Missouri Main Street Affiliate Member, FSBD/Ferguson Main Street members are required to attend a variety of meetings each year over the two-year period. Over the next several articles we are going to talk about what Main Street is, what we have learned at the conferences and how you can get involved (and why you should).


“The Main Street approach to revitalization is based on its comprehensive nature. By carefully integrating four points into a practical downtown management strategy, the local Main Street program will produce fundamental changes in a community’s economic base, while preserving its historic commercial buildings and the community’s unique heritage. The goal is to create a sustainable organization that functions as the revitalization leader in the community.” FSBD applied and won a two-year grant to become a Missouri Main Street Affiliate Member. A resolution was passed by Ferguson City Council and a letter of support was submitted by the City of Ferguson in support of this endeavor. We see much value in being a part of this group and we hope to continue our partnership for many years as we continue the next chapter of the downtown business district.


The four-point approach includes, Organization: building a framework for a long-term effort to renew downtown and maintaining its stability into the future. The organization committee also trains and develops leaders for the community’s revitalization effort. Design: enhancing the visual attractiveness of the downtown. Design includes technical assistance and encouragement to building owners toward the restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures, street and alley cleanup, colorful banners and landscaping. Design also includes safe and efficient infrastructure, including streets, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and the appearance of storefronts, signs, street lights, window displays and graphic materials. Promotion: the positive image of the downtown as a gathering place. Special events and festivals that give each community its unique identity. Economic Vitality:  analyzing current market forces to develop long-term solutions; recruiting new businesses and strengthening existing businesses, while diversifying the economic base, creatively converting unused spaces for new uses and finding solutions for historic commercial buildings.


As a new member of the Missouri Main Street there are certain activities we must begin immediately: Creating a non-profit organization, which we have named Ferguson Main Street; Establishing priorities though comprehensive work plans, we have hosted two so far, the next will be in January; and Provide sustainable sources of revenue and volunteer development. As we continue in our Main Street development, you will see new activities, the Christmas Caroling Pub Crawl, for example, and new calls for action.


Does this sound like something you might enjoy? The Organization Committee is looking for merchants and property owners, residents, media, civic groups, accountants and legal professionals. The Design Committee is a great fit for architects, real estate professionals, planners, designers, history buffs, and artists. The Promotion Committee is a great fit for marketing and tourism pros, downtown merchants and students; the Economic Vitality Committee is great for merchants, development pros, consumers, business students. For more information on Ferguson Main Street, contact marveena@fergusonmainstreet.org.


CityWalk business owners have a standing invitation to attend meetings of the Ferguson Special Business District Advisory Board, which meets the 2rd Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. FSBD meets at Bakes Wood-Fire Pizza, 235 S. Florissant Rd.


For more information, please contact Robin Shively at 314-495-7452 or cornersframing@gmail.com.

Citywalk News for December

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”


It’s December and that means the colder weather, holiday parties, family gatherings and, love or hate it, shopping. This year the business district hosted its very own Shop Small Saturday event featuring breakfast snacks, giveaways, festive music and drawings. We continued the day by decorating for a bigger and brighter Northern Lights Festival. This month we talk about the importance of shopping locally and the impact of local business to our city.


American Express is a big supporter of shop small and every year they provide free giveaways, marketing and information on how to make your own Shop Small Saturday Event and ideas on promoting sales. According to the American Express website: “Shopping at home stimulates the local economy. When you shop at home you are creating jobs, funding more city services through sales tax, investing in neighborhood improvements and promoting community development. Shopping locally provides for more choices and better customer service. Local businesses provide products and services from local craftsmen and artisans that you won’t find outside your community. Most local businesses are quick to respond to you, stocking products to meet your need, and are more than happy to carry and order special items you want. Local merchants will just be more accommodating. When shopping at home you are often greeted by the owner, your neighbor or your friend who show their gratitude by providing you personal customer service every time; meaningful customer service with a personal touch because it matters to them that you are satisfied and will come back. They survive by their reputation, which means you get a high standard of service.


Local business and their employees invest back into the community. They give back to the community by volunteering their time at non-profit events, coaching sports teams, etc. They are the sponsors of many community events and projects. This directly benefits you, your friends, your family and your neighbors. In many ways, the dollars you spend locally are returned to you.” For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. That money helps pave roads or fix up parks or many hundreds of other things that your city does. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community. Finally, local business makes our community unique. You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s, why have our community look that way?


There are many ways you can help your local small business. You can share their social media posts, recommend them to your friends, mention them in your blog, sign up for their newsletter and always review them. Book your holiday party there. Buy your friends and family gifts and gift cards from your favorite places. It might become their favorite place! The downtown business district has everything you need and more businesses arriving soon.


Upcoming Event: Christmas Caroling Pub Crawl; Dec. 8th, from 6:00 till 9:00 p.m., with a number of downtown businesses participating.


All CityWalk business owners are invited and encouraged to attend meetings of the Ferguson Special Business District Advisory Board, which meets the 2rd Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. F.S.B.D. meets at Baked Wood-Fire Pizza, 235 S. Florissant Rd. For more information, please contact Robin Shively at 314-495-7452 or cornersframing@gmail.com.

Citywalk News for November

The purpose of the Ferguson Special Business District Advisory Board is “to be an efficient organization for guiding the collective enhancement and business climates within the Downtown Special Business District”.


As the board focuses on new business development and current business retention, we asked ourselves, what could Ferguson do to facilitate easier navigation of the process and procedure for developers and prospective new business owners? We have explored this challenge through participation in the National Main Street Convention last spring and hosting several meetings here in Ferguson with the Missouri Main Street Convention. We have also researched what has been successful in other business districts by reading articles and studies, meeting with Cape Girardeau city leaders and taking part in conference calls with other downtown directors. We learned that cities that make economic development a priority seem to have something in common. They either have a designated staff person who works one-on-one with a developer to guide a project through completion, or have several staff members assigned to this task, each of whom are designated to assist in specific areas. The main goal is that when a developer or prospective business owner calls or visits city hall, they have a knowledgeable, passionate ally to guide them through the process of getting their business open or project completed. Business owners that have had a positive experience and feel welcomed into the community are more likely to be good advocates. The best advertising a city can do to attract new businesses is for its current business owners to tell others, “open here”.


Over the last few years many news outlets have asked what makes the Ferguson downtown business district special. Our answer is always the same; invested business owners, hard-working volunteers and private development. We believe that encouraging private local investment in development is crucial to Ferguson’s survival. We also believe that through partnership and cooperation between the city and the downtown business district, we can market the city as business friendly in an effort to take Ferguson to the next level. Researching development and retention programs to benefit potential developers and new business owners, soliciting businesses to locate here within a business-friendly atmosphere and continuous open communication with those property owners is a must. Other avenues to economic vitality of the downtown business district we seek may include; working with realtors to help bring quality tenants and businesses to downtown, and nurturing relationships with UMSL and some of the larger corporations in our area to explore possible opportunities.


We have some fun and exciting events planned in Citywalk for this Holiday Season!


Shop Small Saturday, November 24th. Kickoff will be 9:30am @ Plaza 501, with lists of participating businesses & special offers, refreshments, drawings and more! We’re going to have a fun Shop Small event in Ferguson Citywalk this year! Several shops, boutiques, restaurants, salons and other small businesses in the district are participating. For late starts after 10:30am or in the case of inclement weather, kickoff will be moved to Corners Frameshop & Gallery at 425 S. Florissant Rd.


Ferguson Northern Lights, Nov. 25th @ Plaza 501, 5-9pm. This is going to be an expanded Holiday event this year, with all activities at Plaza 501! There will be gift vendors from 5-9; parade beginning at 5, with tree lighting immediately following at Plaza 501; and carriage rides from 6-9.


Christmas Caroling Pub Crawl, Dec. 8th, 6-9pm, tickets available online at Eventbrite.com


CityWalk business owners are welcome and encouraged to attend meetings of the Ferguson Special Business District Advisory Board, which meets the 2rd Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Baked Wood-Fire Pizza, 235 S. Florissant Rd. For more information, please contact Robin Shively at 314-495-7452 or cornersframing@gmail.com.

Citywalk News for October

While researching ideas on transforming downtown districts, I stumbled upon “12 strategies that will transform your downtown” and I was struck by #6: “The most successful downtown districts have many major functions (employment, residential, entertainment, shopping, etc.). A key ingredient for creating a diverse downtown district is to have major destinations that draw people to downtown for reasons other than employment. Many cities have pursued professional sports teams for this reason, but this approach only yields intermittent  benefits, because major league stadiums/arenas lie vacant much of the year.” I instantly thought of Plaza at 501; we are working so hard to make this space the most beautiful, inviting space in the downtown area! Have you been by the plaza in the last few days? We have already started on the pavers and coming soon, the community garden beds!


If you keep reading the “12 Strategies’ article, #10 talks about the importance of private investment. Until people are willing to invest their time, their money, their energy . . . no area will be transformed. If you visit downtown you will see an incredible amount of private  investment, from Baked to the yoga studio; developers and business owners are investing blood, sweat and tears to make downtown Ferguson successful. According to the article, “Downtowns that offer a new, exciting district provide residents with a reason to check out what is going on in the center of their community.” A major upside of this strategy is that it can help to turn around the perceptions and reality of downtowns that have are not vibrant. Perhaps the best example of this strategy is Oklahoma City’s Bricktown, a large mixed-use entertainment district that has transformed OKC’s one-time “dead-after-5pm” downtown into what is now hailed as a 24/7 attraction. Bricktown, which makes up the eastern section of downtown OKC, was filled with abandoned buildings as recently as the 1990s. Today, thanks to major infusions of public and private investments, the district is home to dozens of restaurants and bars, thousands of hotel rooms, and a growing number of residences.” We may not have thousands of hotel rooms, but we already have a vibrant downtown, with more to come!


Ferguson City Walk would like to welcome its newest member, Exclusive Fashion Bar, 800 S. Florissant Rd.


Upcoming Events:

  • Ferguson Farmers Market, Saturday’s through Oct. 20th, 8-12 @ Plaza 501.
  • Ferguson Northern Lights, Nov. 25th @ Plaza 501, 5-9pm.
  • Christmas Caroling Pub Crawl, Dec. 8, Various Downtown Businesses, 6-9pm.

CityWalk business owners have a standing invitation to attend meetings of the Ferguson Special Business District Advisory Board, which meets the 2rd Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. FSBD meets at Bakes Wood-Fire Pizza, 235 S. Florissant Rd. For more information, please contact Robin Shively at 314-495-7452 or cornersframing@gmail.com.

Citywalk News for September

This past Friday several members of the Ferguson Special Business District and the Ferguson Main Street Board attended a Strong Towns meet and greet.


Strong Towns described, “As a media organization leading a national movement for change. We’re challenging every American to fundamentally rethink how our cities are built, and we’re shining a spotlight on an approach that will make us truly prosperous.”


As we talked, every person had heard of Ferguson and each person knew something different about us. One young couple spoke about the houses and how beautiful they were, another lady spoke about the Ferguson Brewhouse, the organizer spoke highly about EarthDance Organic Farm School and yet another spoke about the new lofts. It was an honor to able to represent this diverse town!


Fall is in the air; the kids are back to school and we can start enjoying those cool evenings on the patio again. Drake’s Place, Marley’s Bar and Grill, Ferguson Brewing Company, Cork, Baked Pizza, Cathy’s Kitchen, and Vincezo’s all include outdoor seating. We invite you to take a stroll after dinner and visit our shops and galleries in the downtown district.


Speaking of September, September means one thing in Ferguson, STREETFEST! This year’s festival is Sept. 28/29 and features great live music, food, retail booths and last year’s favorite – the glowing bubble bus. If you want to get involved (we always need volunteers), contact Marveena marveena@fergusonmainstreet.org. Dirty Muggs will be featured Friday night and Super Jam Saturday night.


The farmers market continues through October, with the third-annual Farm to Table, Saturday, Oct. 6th at Plaza 501. Tickets available every Saturday at the farmers market. The community garden is beginning to take shape and will be ready for fall planting, anyone interested in volunteering or reserving a plot can contact the Friends of the Market Garden Committee at fomgarden@gmail.com.


Preparing for the holiday season, Northern Lights will be held at Plaza 501, Sunday Nov. 25th 4-8pm this year. After the parade, stay for the tree lighting, free carriage rides and kids’ events.


Want to stay in the know for all the downtown business district news? You can visit our new Ferguson Main street website at www.fergusonmainstreet.org or text “fergmainstreet” to 22828 to sign up for our weekly newsletter, and be sure to like us on Facebook at Ferguson Citywalk. It is the easiest way to stay in the loop.


CityWalk business owners have a standing invitation to attend meetings of the Ferguson Special Business District Advisory Board, which meets the 2rd Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. FSBD meets at Thomas Professional Building, 910 S. Florissant Rd. For more information, please contact Robin Shively at 314-495-7452 or cornersframing@gmail.com.

Citywalk News for August

Ferguson Farmers Market is getting comfortable in our new home at Plaza 501, located at 501 S. Florissant Rd. (Redundant, I know!) Have you been to visit us at our new home? If not, consider this a special invitation for you, your family, and friends! We now have electricity, fixed restrooms, a convenient ATM on site, and some great new vendors. This Saturday morning tradition brings you fresh fruits and veggies, picked within 24 hours of our market and brought directly to you by the friendly farmers who grow them. We are open during the months of May through October, every Saturday from 8am -Noon.


Enjoy live music in a festive family atmosphere, and discover a wide variety of edible delights, including homemade jelly, farm fresh eggs, cheese, honey, spices, and organic meats. You’ll also find an ever-changing array of gift and specialty vendors, selling everything from cut flowers and bedding plants to hand-painted artwork and small-batch soaps. Please stop by to make a purchase and support our local vendors, including; Audrey Gail Jewelry, Divine Handcrafted Gifts, Doggie Wanna Cookie, Fit-Tritionist, Garden Stepping Stones, Goose Creek Soap, I Love Ferguson, Kay’s Kreations, Llamazing Bath Products, Northern Arts Council, Pawtastic Treats, Ruministics, Alpacas of Troy, Earth Dance Farm, Dietz/Siebert Farm (Beef, Pork, and Gus’s Pretzels), Hahn Farm, Kamp’s Peaches, Larder and Cupboard, Metro Greens, Missouri Honey, Mr. B’s Salsa and Hot Pepper Products, Pappardelle’s Pasta, The Raw Juicery, Ricardo’s Street Grill, Cool Delights Shave Ice, Just Omelets, La Fuente Mexican Food Hank & Anita’s Coffees & Teas……. If it’s homemade, handmade or fresh and tasty, you can buy it at the Ferguson Farmers’ Market!


The Ferguson Special Business District Board, along with the Ferguson Main Street Board is focused upon making the Ferguson Downtown a more economically vibrant area. In order to achieve that goal, we are researching ways to make the commercial district pedestrian-friendly to attract more visitors to the small businesses along Florissant Rd. In the coming weeks, you will hear a lot about Traffic Calming, which is the deliberate slowing of traffic in residential and certain commercial areas. According to a recent Strong Towns (www.strongtowns.org) article, “The first step towards encouraging the growth of small and locally owned businesses is to make roads human-scaled. The goal is not to move people through your town’s retail areas, but to support the businesses in those areas. Do this by slowing down the cars, narrowing lane widths, widening sidewalks, adding bike lanes and parallel parking, and by growing an urban forest to provide shade and cleaner air to the pedestrians walking from store to store” (6/5/18).


What would traffic calming look like in Ferguson? It would reduce the current four-lanes to three lanes and add 45 downtown parking spaces. The reduction would be from Carson to Suburban. You might be familiar with this plan, it was conducted by the City of Ferguson in 2013. Although 2013 might not have been the right time, many residents, as well as members of the FSBD Advisory Board believe the time is now. The Ferguson downtown area is growing with new businesses that weren’t around in 2013 when traffic calming plans were drawn, such as: Style-Taneous Styles, Om Turte Cafe, Blessings Closet, Baked Woodfire Pizza, Red’s BBQ, Trader Jeans, Papa Johns, Drake’s, Natalie’s Cakes, Couturier for a Cause, Wild Blossoms Boutique, and Almost Picasso, to name a few.


With the average car traveling much faster than the posted speed limit, we think the time to act is now. There have been comments and complaints on social media and at council meetings about speeding on both residential and commercial streets. To illustrate safety concerns, consider an example of a car exceeding the posted 35 mph speed limit on S. Florissant Rd. A car traveling 50 mph requires 122 feet to stop while a car traveling 20 mph requires only 20 feet. To give you some perspective, market tents are 10 feet, when you walk the market the craft side has 12 tents, that’s how long it would take a car to stop if a child walked out in front of a car traveling 50 mph in our downtown district. Looking at it in another light, “If a car is traveling 40 mph and you are hit by it you have a 10% chance of survival, a car traveling at 20 mph has a 90% chance of survival” (Car Crash Detective, 9/15).


Traffic calming is just one of the ideas for revitalization of our downtown business area. To show your support for this and other initiatives, come to Ferguson Main Street’s next public meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 5:30pm in the Council Chambers of Ferguson City Hall. Updates can be found on the City Walk Facebook page. This meeting will focus on organization and operation for Ferguson Main Street.


All CityWalk business owners are invited and encouraged to attend meetings of the Ferguson Special Business District Advisory Board, which meets the 2nd Thursday of every month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Thomas Professional Building, 910 S. Florissant Rd. If you are the owner of a business in the Ferguson Special Business District and would be interested in serving on the Advisory Board, please contact Robin Shively at 314-495-7452 or cornersframing@gmail.com.

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