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.

Citywalk News for April 2015

It was quite the beautiful evening for the first Friday of March; so we took a walk along ‘The Walk’ and at the corner of Florissant and Church, there was activity galore. We walked into the midst of the “First Friday Gallery Walk”!

The “Gallery Walk” is an event sponsored by Corners Frame Shop and Gallery and Honey and Sweeties, a few doors up on Church Street. You can expect to find friends and neighbors, artists, refreshments and a lot of art at these locations. This month, Corners sponsored Denise Field and Mona Hecht, the duo behind the eclectic creations of Sorelli Amici. They are responsible for the wire sculptures and the artsy embellishments that will inspire your home to say, “Welcome”!

At Honey and Sweeties, besides the awesome repurposed ARTifacts that you can find in their shop every day, they had displayed seed packets that were hand painted by students from Ferguson Middle School. These packets are still on display, as of this writing, and they are really well done. Stop by and check them out when you get a chance.

As we continued on past the old fire house, we noticed lights in the windows around towards the back. Upon further inspection, the ‘Back Bay’ seemed to be swaying with the sounds of Gladys Knight and the Pips. As we entered into the midst of their Open Arts evening, we were greeted with the soulful voice of Olivia Neal, a volunteer with the Ferguson Youth Initiative (FYI), karaoking “Neither One of Us” to a crowd of about 25 Ferguson youth and volunteers. The ‘Back Bay’ is an area where youth can display their special talent, being karaoke, poetry, or hula hooping, as was being demonstrated by Michelle Conway with her light up hula hoop, or just a place to be your own young self.

Downstairs in the ‘Youth Lounge’, Dan the Pancake Man was doing what he does best – making pancakes! But not just any kind of pancakes – his pancakes look just like you, the person standing next to you, or even the person sitting across the room eating his or her own personalized pancake! Dan the Pancake Man does portraits with the batter and griddle that looks just like you! I mean them! Well, you know what I mean! Check out Dan the Pancake Man at Ferguson’s Farmers Market on July 18th.

And if that wasn’t enough, Natalie Fleming and her crew were constructing their very own “Me Boxes”! Decorated on the outside with whatever your creative mind were to conceive by using anything from clippings from magazines, wrapping paper, pencils, pens, even colored markers! Inside is yours and yours only! Treasure maps or even treasures, a diary or just your own personal thoughts, whatever you want to keep inside, it’s up to you and only you, because the “Me Box” is all about you!

Now doesn’t that sound like a fun evening with your friends? If you are a young person looking for new ways to express yourself and to get involved in your community, yes, you are a big part of this community, check out FYI on the internet at or contact them at if you have any questions. Even if you’re just young at heart and would like to help out or show off your special talent, I’m sure you would be welcomed.

FYI, sponsored by the City of Ferguson, is serving the youth of the Ferguson community  by encouraging and engaging them as active members of the community. Dana, Dwayne and Gail are the volunteers that have really stepped up to encourage the youth to take charge by planning their own activities, service projects and mentoring other youth to make Ferguson a youth friendly community.

As we left the ‘Open Arts’ evening with FYI, Carl McCasland wanted to invite all of Ferguson’s youth to be part of this group. “The more the merrier”, spouts Mc-Casland! “If you’re looking for something to do and you want to meet

Citywalk News for March

It seems that business is returning to the downtown district. The boards are beginning to be replaced with glass; the businesses that were forced to close because of damage are reopening and the barricade in front of the police station is gone. The view along ‘The Walk’ seems to be getting back to what we saw before the changes came to our community.

But there is still a long way to go!

Spring is nearly here and with every new spring, new life is inevitable. We all need to work together to bring that new life back to CityWalk. We need to embrace the fact that the ever-increasing business we were enjoying before last summer will return with everyone’s cooperation.

As was noted in previous articles, getting to know your neighbors is a beginning of our rebirth. Working with our neighbors means starting with the small stuff like keeping the trash picked up around your business. This makes a big impression on your future customers who are coming into town to see the destruction – and they see the opposite – a community working together to put back the pieces that were taken from us. Just doing small things will make a big impression.

Get involved with your Business District. We are here to not only promote the district, but to promote your business. It doesn’t take a lot of time or money, but it does take a commitment. Great things can happen when we all work together.

Just in case you are thinking that Ferguson CityWalk has suffered its last hurrah, let me ask you a question:

Have you noticed the progress done at the corner of Randolph and Florissant Road? It is the little blue house that is now the home to Montrey’s Cigar Bar. Opening soon! The plan is to open sometime this month; so take a walk on down and see the progress in our little town.

In case you are wondering about the name, “Montrey’s,” Mike Palmer, the owner and renovator of the Cigar Bar, discovered that the house was originally owned by the Montrey family who owned Montrey’s Tavern, a mainstay in Ferguson many years ago. Montrey’s Tavern is now Marley’s Bar and Grill.

Until next month, Keep walking.

Citywalk News for February 2015

index~~element65New to our business community is Angie Carron, who owns Om Turtle Yoga which is located at 415 South Florissant Rd., Suite B. (At the back of the Lofts next to the Cork.) I asked the question that was on everyone’s minds! “What is an OM Turtle?” In my thinking, a turtle is slow and deliberate, but I learned that that is far from the truth in regards to Yoga. “There are many styles of Yoga” states Carron. “Of course there is the slow and deliberate style in Hatha Yoga but you will also find many very active yoga styles such as Power Yoga.” The real reason behind the name is that Carron has a statue of a turtle at home and her son would always call it the ‘Om Turtle’. Upon deciding to open her own yoga studio, while contemplating a name, it occurred to her that the name of her new studio was right in front of her the entire time, ‘Om Turtle Yoga.’

Carron had previously worked at ‘Express Scripts,’ right down the street from CityWalk. “Working in corporate America can be very stressful’, says Carron, “it was getting to the point that I was having anxiety problems because of my job and I combated the stress of work with meditation and yoga. I so enjoyed the feelings I was left with upon each session that I pursued a certificate in yoga instruction. I was leading classes at Sioux Passage Park and upon completion of those classes; everyone wanted to know where they would be able to continue their practices.”

While still working full time at Express Scripts, Carron opened up the Florissant location in October, 2013. Driving through Ferguson, to and from work every day, stopping, and talking to business owners on ‘The Walk,’ it didn’t take long for Carron to realize what Ferguson was all about. “Everyone I talked to have been so warm and inviting. Just spending time at the local restaurants and talking to the local patrons made me realize that this is an area that I would want to grow my business”. And as of December 20th, the second location of ‘Om Turtle Yoga’ came to be.

If yoga has been something that you have thought of giving a try, if you’re stressing over your job or life, and you’re looking to relieve yourself of those stresses, check out ‘Om Turtle Yoga’ at and sign up for one of their yoga or fitness classes. Did I not mention Fitness Classes? Also offered at ‘Om Turtle Yoga’ are classes from total body toning to belly dancing. I cannot think of any better way to de-stress than a good ol’ Belly Dancing class! Just remember one thing, “Super Bendy Bodies Not Required!”

Citywalk News for January 2015

It’s a New Year, and time to make those New Year’s Resolutions.

Of course, this year our resolutions will look different than the ones we’ve made in the past. With the hubbub everyone experienced this past year, we need to think about rebuilding our community. We, as business owners, cannot wait for the city to put everything back together.

Talk to your business neighbors and find out what they do and how you can help them get more business. This works both ways and with each other’s help, everyone profits, even if the only result is that you get to know your neighbor better. We need to promote each other. Your customers may be able to use another business in town, and that customer tells a friend and they may become a new customer for you. We need to promote the area so that our customers will not be skeptical about coming into Ferguson. This will be a good starting point.

Get involved; work with the other businesses in town. By working with likeminded businesses owners, this will not be a daunting task. It will take some time, but together, we will be able to build our businesses and our community back to its former glory.

On a lighter note; our Northern Lights Festival was a smashing success, even though it was scaled back. The weather was perfect for mid-December and hundreds of Ferguson residents and their children enjoyed the event. There were plenty of crafts for the kids to work on and, as usual, there was lots of food, including free cookies and hot cocoa.

Some of our local children helped our Mayor, James Knowles, and Santa Claus, light the Christmas tree to cheers from the crowd. Chatting with Santa, he told me that he felt that he needed to be in Ferguson this year, even though it was only 10 days before his annual trek. So leaving his head elf to handle all of the last minute preparations in the work shop, Santa was able to help Ferguson spread the joy of the holiday.

(This section reserved for the General Membership Businesses of the FSBD.) Our board meeting is held every third Thursday of the month. We meet at 5:30 pm in the offices of Pearce Neikirk located at 427 S. Florissant Rd. Our next meeting is January 15th and all businesses located in the Downtown District are invited. We hope to see you at our meetings and if there is anything that you would like to share with your fellow district businesses, let us know; we’d be happy to help you get the word out.

Until next month, I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. Introduce yourself to your neighbor and keep on walking, we’re CityWalk!

Citywalk News for December 2014

I woke up this morning and everything was back to normal. The ‘new normal!’

You’re probably thinking, “Normal, this doesn’t look like normal!” Well this is our new normal and there is no way around it. And this could be good! As you know, there have been a lot of people coming into town wanting change. This has prompted everyone to look at Ferguson and how it needs to proceed. This is our  community and we don’t just want normal, we want progress! We want Ferguson to be the best that it can be! But how do we move forward?

The city government, policing, and courts have their own work to do. But it doesn’t stop there! All of us in the city have a vested interest. We need to keep working to hold onto what we have and continually work to move forward. As I wrote in last month’s article, the Proud Organization cannot get to a certain point and coast from there; they need to continually look at where they are and always work towards the next goal. We must always be working towards the next level and be ready for any surprises that come our way.

Our businesses in the Downtown District need to continue to work together and watch out for everyone’s interest. This has been something that has helped CityWalk to be considered the ‘nice’ part of town. There is nobody saying that the West Florissant businesses cannot be considered the other ‘nice’ side of town. All that needs to be done is that those businesses need to get together and ask that all important question, “How can I help grow this area to improve the flow of business for my fellow business owners?” All it takes is to step up and pick up the ball before it rolls away!

The Ferguson Special Business District (FSBD), a self-taxing organization, was organized in the mid-1980s to work with the city government to promote and beautify the downtown district. At that time, downtown had a lot of empty store fronts with very little business being done. With the hard work of these pioneering business owners, they encouraged many entrepreneurs to invest their own money and time to help the downtown district to grow to what it is today. We have many new businesses moving into this area because what I have heard businesses in other community’s say, “Ferguson is the place to do business because of how the business owners work together.”

Over the past few months, you’ve heard me talk about how everyone needs to get involved. We are all in this together. This is the new normal even though it should be considered normal. It has always been a joint effort. A few cannot do it all. Step up and be part of the solution. When the solution has been reached, we cannot sit back, we need to continue making new goals. This is how we grow.

As a reminder to all of the business owners located in the Business District, keep an eye out for your invitation to our annual Christmas Party. These invitations will be sent out via email and snail mail. If we don’t have your email address, this will be a good time to share it with us. We look forward to meeting you, our fellow business owners. Remember, we are all in this together and a couple of words that describes us all, businesses and residents alike . . . United we stand, divided we fall! Think about it!

Citywalk News for November 2014

It was 20 years ago today, that Sargent Pepper taught the band to play.

Lennon and McCartney

Those words were written 47 years ago and are still heard today on radio stations throughout our country.

It was 20 years ago today that the City of Ferguson, with the help of 500 citizens from our urban oasis embraced the idea of ‘Diversity’ while adopting the ideas set forth from the Oak Park Exchange Congress, known around the country as the Oak Park Strategy.

It all started when the Oak Park Housing Center opened its doors to promote fair housing, integrating their neighborhoods and preventing white flight. The promise was that housing values would not decline and that people from all races could live together and flourish as a community. The Oak Park Strategy just celebrated their 42nd anniversary and they are still working today to keep this idea moving forward.

The Congress featured speakers that understood the values to be gained by living in diverse communities. For instance, Dr. Robert Archibald, president of the Missouri Historical Society, pointed out that true patriotism in America must include a commitment to racial and cultural inclusivity. “More and more people are deciding they want to live and raise their families in integrated communities, knowing they are involved and making a choice in building their community.” Mayor, Mike James, 1994.

From this strategy, Proud (People Reaching Out for Unity and Diversity) was born. Bill Duncan and Ed Ferguson co-chaired this group in the hope that, “the Exchange Congress will create action on the part of the public to urge local government to take a more proactive direction with regard to diversity and integration.”

Citywalk News for October 2014

Be a Doer. . . Get Involved

Membership and participation is a continuous effort and it involves everyone to communicate to others the importance of the full involvement of businesses and citizens.
–David Pope, Ferguson Focus, May, 1989 

As was yesterday, is today! Being a part of something that is bigger than an in- dividual is the only way we can grow our community. It’s always been that way and will always be that way.

Brian Fletcher has spearheaded the “I ‘heart’ Ferguson” campaign in an ef- fort to show the metro area as well as the nation and world what Ferguson is all about. Fletcher and his group has helped our community come together to tell everyone why Ferguson is our ‘Community of Choice.’ If you don’t have your yard sign or T-shirt, you will find someone at the Corner Coffee House to help you. Together, we can show the world what it means to be a community.

There are others that have stepped up. Ferguson Proud is a Face Book group that has been supporting all of the businesses in Ferguson. They not only back the businesses that have seen horrible things happen to their business loca- tion, but also the ones that have lost revenue because their customers do not want to get caught up in the middle of the commotion.

We are all in this together. If our local businesses are not able to operate as usual, they lose revenue. If they lose revenue, the city loses revenue from the lack of tax dollars being generated. If the city doesn’t generate enough money from the businesses through their sales, our roads, parks and other infrastruc- ture are neglected. It is up to us as citizens to remind our neighbors and friends that our community needs them to continue on our journey to make the place we live, the place we raise our children, the best place that it can be.

Now is the time to get involved. We will bring Ferguson back to what it was! Let’s take the time, step up and make it happen.

Every third Thursday of the month is The Ferguson Special Business District board meeting. We meet at 5:30pm in the offices of Pearce Neikirk and Associ- ates located at 427 S. Florissant Road. Our next meeting is October 16 and all businesses in the downtown district are invited. All I am asking is that all busi- nesses join together and help put Ferguson in a positive spotlight!

Until next month, I’ll be walking ‘The Walk,’ taking the steps to move Ferguson forward! Would you like to join me?

Citywalk News for September 2014

Steady Rain doesn’t Dampen the Spirits of Ferguson Residents at Farmers Market.

Saturday, August 16, 2014; Even as a steady, soaking rain fell upon the farmer’s fields, saturating the earth and spreading its nutrients to the roots of their plants, fruits and vegetables, the camaraderie of the market patrons spread sunshine into the heart of Ferguson.

We now have an opportunity to spread the spirit of diversity throughout our community that PROUD (People Reaching Out for Unity and Diversity) started almost 10 years ago. Now is the time to support what our community has to offer.

I hope by now the media is gone and we have started the healing process to bring our community back to what we had before the commotion began. How can I get help in the healing process?

Get involved. Take the time to support your fellow business community. I know that nobody has a lot of time with all of your everyday activities of running your business, but all business owners have these same duties. Make the time. Schedule an appointment with your business neighbor. Get involved.

The Ferguson Special Business District is a group of your fellow business owners dedicated to promoting Ferguson as a community that has your best interests at heart. They work hard planning events that brings people to Ferguson who are not familiar with Ferguson.

Have you been to one of the concerts at the Plaza at 501? Are you planning on supporting Streetfest?

In last month’s ‘Ferguson Times,’ Mama Lisa, the author of Djeli Tales, asked the question as to why Ferguson didn’t have a list of the African-American business owners. Wouldn’t it be better if these business owners were to get involved so that everyone knows who they are as opposed to being on a list? Now is the time to get involved and bring Ferguson back to where it was before this commotion began. Let’s take this time, step up and make it happen.

Every third Thursday of the month is our board meeting. We meet at 5:30pm in the offices of Pearce Neikirk & Assc. office located at 427 S. Florissant Road. Our next meeting is September 18 and all businesses in the downtown district are invited. All I am asking is that all businesses join together and help put Ferguson in a positive spotlight!

Until next month, I’ll be walking ‘The Walk’, taking the steps to move Ferguson forward!

NOTE: Possible opportunity for one month billboard for CityWalk businesses. For more information call 314-524-5197 or email

Citywalk News for August 2014

We have been enjoying quite the wonderful summer this year. The weather has been unseasonably cool, and the breeze has been taking the edge off of the warmer days. Let’s take a walk on ‘The Walk.’

Have you noticed the community service project down by the railroad trestle? FYI, (Ferguson Youth Initiative), with the help of their mentors and chairperson of the Beautification Committee, Linda Hensiek, has whipped that area into something to behold. They had a new rail installed that matches the existing railings along Florissant Road, installed a trellis along the trestle wall, and planted flowers and shrubs in the area. More is planned for that little park, so keep your eyes on that corner and you’ll see these groups hard at work.

Another project that has been in the works for a long time is the installation of new trash cans on the west end of the Business District, along Airport Road. These receptacles are being installed at the bus stops in the hopes that the ridership takes advantage of their location. With everyone’s help, let’s keep this end of the district clean and free of trash. If you are walking along Airport Road and happen to see one of these cans, take advantage of them and toss in your trash.

And the bands play on. This month, you can expect a wide array of music from our entertainers at the Plaza at 501’s Concert Series. Pat Liston, a founding member of the 70’s group, Mama’s Pride will be gracing the stage on August 8th. You can expect some of the classics that his group made popular way back when, as well as his new songs that will be sure to send you home humming. Anita Rosemond and her band will be covering the standards that have been around for quite some time. If you have eaten at Vincenzo’s, and enjoyed the background music there, you’ll recognize the songs that Rosemond will bring to Ferguson. She will be performing on August 22nd. We’ll be looking for you at the concerts at the Plaza at 501 in August.

(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 Zeugin whose Edward Jones office is located at 409 S. Florissant Rd. Our next meeting is August 21st and all businesses located in the Downtown District are invited. You will soon be seeing our quarterly Business Newsletter with news about what is going on in the Business District. Let us know what you like and if there is anything you would like to see in future editions. Now is the time to get involved. We hope to see you at our meetings and if there is anything that you would like to share with your fellow district businesses, let us know, we’d be happy to help you get the word out.

Until next month, we’re walking; that’s right, walking the walk, CityWalk.


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