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Help Vision a Healthy Grocery Store with Manchester Market, Wednesday, October 10

October 4, 2012 in Forest Park Southeast, grove, healthy corner store project, healthy food, manchester market, saint louis, st louis by Park Central Development » Forest Park Southeast

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new and improved produce section at Manchester Market

Where do you buy your groceries? How far do you have to travel to get there? Do you shop at Manchester Market? What would you like to buy right here at your neighborhood store?

Learn how you can be involved in shaping Manchester Market to be your healthy neighborhood grocery store! Work with store owner Ed Shalabi and fellow community members in shaping our grocery store and neighborhood.

There will be a community-wide meeting on Wednesday, October 10 at 6 PM at Elements Partnership, located at 4512 Manchester, 1st floor (parking lot entrance), directly across from Manchester Market. Present at the meeting will include coordinators of the Healthy Corner Store Project, storeowner Ed Shalabi, and Park Central Development.

Projects include: free neighborhood cooking classes, community events, focus groups, advocating changes and improvements in the store itself, and more!

How you can be involved:

  • Be on the neighborhood team, which will be steering healthy food projects with Manchester Market
  • Be part of a focus group, to show why you do or don’t shop at Manchester Market, and what kinds of groceries you’d like to see
  • Join a FREE healthy cooking class
  • Fill out a survey here to better inform the community process and show what kinds of groceries you’d like to see

Please contact Stephanie at 262.4409 or Stephanie@parkcentraldevelopment.org if you’re interested in any or all of these!

Progress is continuing steadily at Manchester Market. Some of the larger improvements include relocating the produce freezer to the front of the store. In addition, Healthy Corner Store Project provided the store with new attractive produce baskets to entice customers to delicious bananas, sweet potatoes, and potatoes. In addition, owner Ed Shalabi has been carrying a larger variety of produce. And the best part is, with the new location, more customers are buying produce, and consequently the produce in stock is fresher, and Shalabi can afford to stock more variety.

In other exciting news, Manchester Market is now serving hot foods! Stay tuned for the grand opening, but if you’re looking for a quick lunch stop by for a sandwich, fried fish or chicken, or more. (It’s true, these aren’t incredibly healthy options, but they are delicious.)

To view more progress at Manchester Market:

Grove Fest bigger than ever: Get in the Grove for music, fashion, art, mustaches and more

October 2, 2012 in event, Forest Park Southeast, grove fest, neighborhood street festival, october 6, saint louis, st louis, The Grove by Park Central Development » Forest Park Southeast

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Crowd shot at Grove Fest 2011

Dance party in the street, fashion, interactive live art, bikes, games, great local bands, DJs, brews, and food, national headliner Clap Your Hands Say Yeah … plus painted women, mimes, a mechanical bull and mustaches? It’s that time of the year, the most outrageously eclectic and funky street festival to hit St. Louis is back. The 7th annual Grove Fest will take place Saturday, October 6, 2 to 11 p.m. between Tower Grove and Kentucky along Manchester in the Grove.

And my, Grove Fest has grown, much like the business district itself. This year, the festival has grown to three stages, including a Urban Chestnut main stage featuring a diverse line-up starting with funky marching band tunes of our very own Funky Brass Band, a DJ “battle” with DJ Charlie Chan and DJ Mahf, plus some world, reggae, and everything in between, before ending the night with indie rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. This year is also the launch of the STL Loud stage, featuring a great line-up of local acts, and a refresher of last year’s DJ and Fashion stage featuring local Miss Ohio Vintage’s runway show and pop-up boutique.

And of course, expect the unexpected. With over 200 performers, every corner you turn, you’ll run into some sort of wackiness that reflects this diverse and welcoming neighborhood. And the Grove continues to lead public art initiatives among St. Louis business districts with more public art installations and an interactive mural, so all event-goers can make their mark in the Grove.
In less than a year, the Grove has welcomed 8 more businesses: SoHo Restaurant and Lounge, City Boutique, Urban Breath Yoga, Sameem Afgan Restaurant, Layla Lebanese Restaurant, O’Shay’s Pub, Work/Play Print Shoppe and will soon be welcoming Joyia to the midst. This year, Grove Fest will showcase most rapidly growing commercial district in St. Louis.

And finally, Grove Fest is made possible thanks to its sponsors: The Grove CID, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, WUMC, Front Door STL, Mangrove Restoration, Diageo, Schlafly, DO 314, Alive Magazine, St. Louis Public Radio, STL Loud, Eleven Magazine, Lou Fusz Fiat, Regional Arts Commission, Forest Park South Business Association, Space Architects, Pabst Blue Ribbon, USA Mortgage, The Art of Hospice, the Pasta House, the LGBT Center of St. Louis, Area Wide Refrigeration and the Healing Arts Center.

For more details, visit www.grovefeststl.com and www.facebook.com/grovefeststl.

FPSE Rehabber’s Tour: live here, too!

September 27, 2012 in Forest Park Southeast, live, rehabber's tour, saint louis, st louis by Park Central Development » Forest Park Southeast

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The Forest Park Southeast Rehabber’s Tour took place on Saturday, September 15. The tour was not a conventional one; rather than showing pristine, expensive (and intimidating) homes, this tour had a dose of realism. It highlighted homes that were just at the beginning stages of rehabbing, homes and apartments that could be rented at affordable prices, and homes that residents had been working on their own for several years without professional help, despite challenges of sleeping in a partially completed home, or living on take-out and peanut butter sandwiches while kitchen-less. (But hey, at least there is a growing amount of take-out in the neighborhood’s Grove business district.)

The tour started at 4240 Manchester, available commercial space that is currently being rehabbed. The property has been dubbed “This Could Be… A Coffee Shop” due to the expressed interest of residents and patrons alike that a Manchester coffee shop with long hours was direly needed. (That doesn’t mean we can’t all love existing Forest Park Southeast cafe La Dolce Via, too, and crave their delicious scones all the time.)

Properties on the tour included a mix of properties for rent and for sale, in progress, completed, or not yet rehabbed, along with a compilation of multi-family, shotgun homes, apartments, and single-family homes.

The tour also highlighted the recent investment in properties in the southern portion of Forest Park Southeast. A few attendees dared to ask “why did you choose to invest here? What’s the risk?” Rehabbers attested to a solid community that has its challenges, but at the end it’s all about working together. Crime has decreased dramatically, the neighborhood is growing more beautiful by the day, and there is an increased interest in people moving into all parts of the neighborhood, which is a benefit both for developers as well as individual residents who will see their own investments paying off, as well as a neighborhood continuing to grow in stability.

The tour itself drew attendees from the neighborhood itself who were interested in learning more about the surrounding rehabbing community, as well as people from St. Louis City neighborhoods and St. Louis County, considering a move back into the City.

Did you miss it? Interested in getting more information? Visit here and check out this year’s program, which has a listing of all properties and contact information, in case you want to live here, too!

To view more photos from this year’s tour, click here.

Upcoming Meetings

September 18, 2012 in Meetings by fpsesafety

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Block Captain Meeting
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 – 6:00pm
Park Central Development – 4512 Manchester Ave, Suite 100

Neighborhood Ownership Model Meeting
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 – 6:00pm
Adams Community Center – 4317 Vista Ave.

Forest Park Southeast Safety & Security Forum
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 – 6:30pm
Adams Community Center – 4317 Vista Ave.


Neighborhood Ownership Model meeting this week

September 11, 2012 in Forest Park Southeast, Neighborhood Ownership Model by Park Central Development » Forest Park Southeast

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The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office will offer Neighborhood Ownership Model (NOM) training next week,

Thursday, September 13th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Food Outreach, 3117 Olive, 63103

Training will be offered on Mobile Patrols (citizen’s patrols) and Neighborhood Impact Statements / Court Appearances.

Remember, to participate, you must attend training classes.

Training is open to all, but reservations are required.  Please RSVP to Gelinda Connell at gelinda@parkcentraldevelopment.org or at 314 262 4082.

Feel free to contact Gelinda Connell with questions about the Neighborhood Ownership Model (NOM).  More information about the model can be viewed here.

We look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you at training.