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                                                                         NEW BIZ ON THE BLOCK
                                                                         Over 100,000 square feet of restaurant and retail
                                                                         space was added downtown in ’07, including a
                                                                         new gym, two banks, a handful of restaurants, a
                                                                         salon and more spots to shop. Here’s the latest
                                                                         scoop on what’s happening Downtown.

                                                                         FULL HOUSE Lumiere Place will open this fall. The new
                                                                         $500 million casino and hotel is destined to be a one-of-
                                                                         a-kind entertainment spot with retail stores, upscale res-
                                                                         taurants, a 200-room Four Seasons hotel and of course,
                                                                         plenty of slots.

                                                                         KINGPIN Joe Edwards, the man behind Blueberry Hill,
                                                                         Pin-Up Bowl and much of The Loop’s development, will
                                                                         unveil the much-anticipated Flamingo Bowl early next
                                                                         year on Washington Avenue. The 15,000-square-foot, 12-
                                                                         lane bowling alley will also include a martini bar and café.

                                                                         LATE-NIGHT NOSHING The 12th St. Diner will open
                                                                         early next year on the first floor of the new Washington
                                                                         Avenue Apartments.

                                                                         A PLACE TO CALL HOME A Taste of Luxurie Pour
                                                                         Homme, a new men’s fashion store, and Charm, a
                                                                         fashion-jewelry boutique, are open in Fashion Square
                                                                         on Washington Avenue.

                                                                         FINE DINING Look for the opening of Suva late this year;
                                                                         the new multi-level venue will include fine dining, “island-
                                                                         grazing” cuisine, ultra lounge and rooftop deck.




DOWNTOWNNOW>>                                                            BLOCK PARTY
                                                                         New developments changing the St. Louis skyline.

                                                                         BREAKING GROUND Roberts Tower has broken
           COUNTDOWN: LIFE IN THE LOU                                    ground—the new 24-story glass “green” tower will be
                                                                         the first Downtown high-rise built since the Eagleton
                                                                         Courthouse.

  10,000   The current number of St. Louis Downtown dwellers.            HIGH LIFE The Skyhouse is expected to break ground
                                                                         this year after Erlich Cleaners at the corner of Washing-
   5,000   The number of new residents expected to move                  ton and 14th is torn down to make way for the new 22-
           Downtown between 2000-2010.                                   story, mixed-use glass and steel tower.

   2,700   The number of new housing units that opened Down-             GATHERING PLACE A new urban plaza is planned in
                                                                         the Old Post Office district filling the 800 block of Lo-
           town in ’06/’07.
                                                                         cust—the 30,000-square-foot space will be utilized for
    2009   The year St. Louis will host its first Major League
                                                                         events, public art and green space.
           Baseball All-Star game since 1966.

    1764   The year the first building was constructed Downtown
           at Market and 1st Street.                                     LUXE DOWNTOWN LIVING
                                                                         In a 2007 survey of Downtown residents taken by
      80   The number of new storefront businesses that have             Downtown St. Louis Partnership, 20 percent of re-
           opened Downtown since 2003.                                   spondents said the Downtown Living Tour was an “im-
                                                                         portant” or “very important” factor in their decisions to
      13   The amount in millions it cost to build the St. Louis Arch.   move Downtown. Whether you’re thinking of relocating
                                                                         or just want a sneak peek, don’t miss the Luxury Loft
       4   Billion dollars have been invested in Downtown                Tour on October 12 from 7pm-10pm. You can expe-
                                                                         rience the city’s most luxurious loft developments up
                                                                                                                                        Photo by Autumn Rinaldi




           since 1999.
                                                                         close, including The Arcade, Roberts Lofts on the Pla-
       1   St. Louis is 1 of 3 cities recognized with a World Leader-    za, The Syndicate, Park Pacific and The Laurel, while
                                                                         enjoying wine from Five Rivers Winery at each loft and
           ship Award for urban revitalization by the World Leader-
                                                                         VIP treatment—limo service will be provided every 20
           ship Forum in ’06.
                                                                         minutes from Copia Urban Winery.
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DOWNTOWNNOW>>                                                               HOT HOODS
                                                                            While Downtown’s districts are not tech-
                                                                            nically defined, these neighborhoods are
                                                                            emerging with their own personalities.

                                                                            GARMENT DISTRICT/LOFT DISTRICT With build-
                                                                            ings (which were used as clothing warehouses) dating
                                                                            back to 1880, this stretch of Washington Avenue from
                                                                            18th to 10th is now a mecca of restaurants and retail
                                                                            shops, especially boutiques and specialty stores such as
                                                                            Masulla, Boxers, Macro Sun and Beverly’s Hill.

                                                                            POST OFFICE SQUARE Fresh off a $50 million reno-
                                                                            vation of the 120-year-old post office, this centrally
                                                                            located district is now booming with new businesses
                                                                            including City Grocers, Pasta House, San Sai, Espres-
                                                                            so Mod and is home to upcoming mixed-use projects
                                                                            projects such as The Arcade, The Alexa and The Syn-
                                                                            dicate, as well as a new urban plaza.

                                                                            BALLPARK/CUPPLES STATION DISTRICT It’s no
                                                                            surprise that the area around Busch Stadium is now
                                                                            being referred to as the Ballpark District—with the new
                                                                            stadium, the $400 million development of Ballpark Vil-
                                                                            lage, Cupples Station Apartments, Ballpark Lofts as well
                                                                            surrounding sports bars/hotspots such as J. Buck’s,
                                                                            Mercury and Mike Shannon’s, this neighborhood is on
                                                                            its way to becoming a year-round destination.

                                                                            DOWNTOWN WEST Downtown development is tak-
                                                                            ing place at every corner—and the western edge (18th
                                                                            to Jefferson) is no exception, growing from what was
                                                                            once abandoned buildings to now over 700 residential
                                                                            units, with plans for new restaurants, an upscale gym
  ST. LOUIS RESIDENTS SOUND OFF                                             and more lofts later this year.
  Earlier this year, over 700 Downtown residents took the Down-
  town Living survey administered by the Downtown St. Louis
  Partnership. Here are a few fun results.

  ALL AGES WELCOME 46% of Downtown residents are age 25-34, 21%             THE DOWNTOWN
  are 35-49 and 19% are 50-64.                                              ST. LOUIS
  DISPOSABLE INCOME AVAILABLE 36% of Downtown residents have a
                                                                            PARTNERSHIP
  household income greater than $100,000.
                                                                            The Downtown St. Louis Partnership is a non-profit or-
                                                                            ganization representing its members in the pursuit of
  SMART ST. LOUISANS 80% of Downtown residents have college degrees.        a healthy and vital Downtown area. In that role it also
                                                                            serves as the manager of the Downtown Community
  ANIMAL LOVERS 42% of Downtown residents have a pet.                       Improvement District, providing enhanced security,
                                                                            maintenance and beautification, economic develop-
  FOOT POWER 22% of Downtown residents walk to work.                        ment, marketing and special events to make Down-
                                                                            town cleaner, safer and more inviting. The partnership
  NEW URBANITES 63% of residents have lived Downtown less than              also directs programs of the Downtown St. Louis Foun-
  three years.                                                              dation and Downtown Now!

                                                                            The Community Improvement District (CID) initiatives,
                                                                            programs and services include Downtown Develop-
                                                                            ment & Investment; Business Recruitment & Retention;
  WHO’S WHO OF DOWNTOWN                                                     Housing Development & Marketing; Retail Development;
  From celebs to media personalities to athletes, here’s a sample           Market Research; Security Supplemental Police Patrol,
  of well-known St. Louisans who call downtown St. Louis home.              Downtown CID Guides and Communications Exchange
                                                                            Network; Maintenance & Beautification—The Clean
  • KMOV Channel 4 News Anchor Vickie Newton                                Team, Graffiti Removal, Sidewalk Cleaning, Landscaping
                                                                            and Plantings; Marketing, Special Events, and Banners;
  • Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra Director and Conductor David Robertson   and Publications that promote Downtown amenities and
                                                                            offerings—Downtown Visitors Guide, Parking Guide and
                                                                                                                                       Photo by Tuan Lee




  • Z107.7 DJ/On-Air Personality Curt Copeland
                                                                            Dining Guide. For more information about the Downtown
  • St. Louis Cardinals Broadcaster Mike Shannon (and family!)              St. Louis Partnership and the Downtown Community
  • St. Louis Cardinals rightfielder Juan Encarnacion                        Improvement District, log on to downtownstl.org.
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               DOWNTOWN                                                      From lively tapas restaurants to charming cafés to see-and-be-seen hot-
                                                                             spots, Downtown is home to a plethora of places to dine, drink and dance.

          DINING&NIGHTLIFE                                                   With this list of top spots, you’ll never again complain there’s nothing to do in
                                                                             St. Louis. For a complete list of restaurants, visit downtownstldining.org.



                                                                             menu of globally influenced dishes such as New Orleans-style BBQ
                                                                             shrimp, tempura, spring rolls, pork tenderloin and vegetarian offerings.
                                                                             811 Spruce St., 314.552.5850.

                                                                             COPIA URBAN WINERY
                                                                             Featuring a wine bar, restaurant and gourmet retail shop, this Down-
                                                                             town hotspot specializes in home-style eats such as house-smoked ribs
                                                                             and crab cakes in addition to salads, gourmet pizzas, steaks and sea-
                                                                             food served in a trendy, urban atmosphere. 1122 Washington Ave.,
                                                                             314.621.7275.

                                                                             DOLCE BISTRO
                                                                             For an enticing lunch, a decadent dinner or a night out on the town,
                                                                             Dolce is an all-around hotspot on the Downtown nightlife scene. This
                                                                             luxurious two-story restaurant and club offers a sexy setting in which to
                                                                             dine, drink and dance. 200 N. Broadway, 314.621.0407.

                                                                             DUBLINER BISTRO & PUB
                                                                             Using locally grown produce and traditional Irish ingredients, this up-
                                                                             scale restaurant serves authentic Irish-inspired cuisine. Play billiards
                                                                             or darts, listen to live music and order a pint of beer while you catch
                                                                             a game—a combination of Irish, world and American sporting events
                                                                             are featured on the TVs. 1025 Washington Ave., 314.421.4300.

                                                                             ESPRESSO MOD
                                                                             Gelato, sandwiches, bagels, cookies and of course, coffee—this blast-
                                                                             from-the-past place is great for a quick caffeine break or mid-day snack.
                                                                             210 N. 9th St., 314.436.3240.

                                                                             FIFTEEN RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE
                                                                             Jim Edmonds and Mark Winfield joined forces for this new restaurant/
                                                            Rooster
                                                                             lounge venture. The contemporary steakhouse offers a blend of high-
                                                                             end dining and premium nightlife with multiple dining areas, three
                                                                             bars, an upscale lounge, a second-floor private event space and a large
10TH STREET ITALIAN                                                          outdoor patio. 1900 Locust St., 314.588.8899.
Featuring fresh, made-in-house items (including the tomato sauce and
pastas), this casual, order-at-the-counter-style spot is great for a quick   FLANNERY’S
lunch or dinner Downtown. 504 N. 10th St., 314.241.9988.                     This traditional Irish pub and sports bar features a diverse menu with
                                                                             great burgers and entrees as well as specialties including Fish and Chips
AN AMERICAN PLACE                                                            and Shepherd’s Pie. 1324 Washington Ave., 314.241.8885.
N.Y.-famed Chef Larry Forgione fell in love with the restaurant space
located in the historic Renaissance Hotel. Because of that, St. Louis        GELATERIA
is now home to a big-time, world-renowned chef. Enjoy delicious,             All the favorite flavors abound at this gelato spot on Washington Ave-
beautifully prepared entrees that utilize the best of local ingredients.     nue. Sandwiches, desserts and charming sidewalk dining are also avail-
822 Washington Ave., 314.418.5800.                                           able. 1327 Washington Ave., 314.621.8838.

BALADAS BISTRO                                                               J. BUCK’S
The newest café to grace Downtown features a full-service menu of            Featuring American-style cuisine, there’s something for everyone on
                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Wendi Fitzgerald




wraps, paninis, rice bowls, salads and soups...and that’s just lunch. The    this menu—burgers, sandwiches, steak, pizza and more. Bring your
bistro serves breakfast, lunch, dessert and snacks from 7am-3pm dur-         family, catch a game at the bar or stop by for happy hour. 1000 Clark
ing the work week. 200 N. 9th St., 314.345.1121.                             Ave., 314.436.0394.

CLARK STREET GRILL                                                           KITCHEN K
This modern restaurant includes an open kitchen, live music and a            One of the first restaurants to pioneer the Downtown restaurant boom,
DOWNTOWN STL LIVING

this hip spot serves New American fare. Located in the Merchandise           space on Locust. A see-and-be-seen spot on weekends filled with down-
Mart Loft building, the restaurant’s appealing atmosphere features           town- and county-dwellers alike. 1104 Locust St., 314.241.8118.
oversized Japanese lanterns, high ceilings and the swank late-night K
Bar. 1000 Washington Ave., 314.241.9900.                                     SCHLAFLY TAP ROOM
                                                                             St. Louis’ first brewpub is a casual place to drink and dine, serving up
KYO                                                                          delicious beer and European-inspired pub fare seven days a week. 2100
There’s never a dull night at this Asian-influenced hotspot. Come early       Locust St., 314. 241.2337.
for dishes such as sushi bites, Miso Salmon and Chicken Satay, then
stay late to dance when KYO comes alive with live DJs spinning house         SIDE BAR
and Top 40 tunes. 1405 Washington Ave., 314.621.9946.                        Three plasma screen TVs, a thirty-foot-long wooden bar with the
                                                                             Scales of Justice and top-notch cocktails make this a hot happy hour
LUCAS PARK GRILLE & MARKET                                                   spot. 1317 Washington Ave., 314.621.7376.
This chic and always crowded restaurant and bar serves a seasonal
menu with fresh ingredients. The late-night bar scene is one of the          SEN THAI BISTRO
most popular in the city. 1234 Washington Ave., 314.241.7770.                This casual bistro is known for its original Thai curry, noodle soups and
                                                                             fresh seafood dishes. An amazing menu with something for everyone,
LUCKY’S                                                                      including vegetarian entrees. 1221 Locust St., 314.436.3456.
This dance-crazy club features an illuminated “moat” of water, an
expansive dance floor and a mix of sexy young professionals and 20-           SIMPLY FONDUE
somethings shakin’ their booties to hip-hop, dance and club beats.           This chic restaurant offers a variety of cheeses and chocolates for your
1204 Washington Ave., 314.241.5825.                                          dipping and dunking desires. 1629 Locust St., 314.335.7377.

LONDON TEA ROOM                                                              TONY’S
The British bring their delicious tea to St. Louis—enjoy a pastry or         As Missouri’s only AAA five-diamond award-winning restaurant,
snack as you sip on a cup, or stop by for a light breakfast or lunch. 1520   Tony’s is a St. Louis dining legend. The perfect place to pop the ques-
Washington Ave., 314.241.6556.                                               tion or impress out-of-towners, Tony’s serves exquisite Italian/Ameri-
                                                                             can entrees and offers an impressive international wine list. 410 Market
MERCURY                                                                      St., 314.231.7007.
From the man who brought you Kitchen K and Nectar comes a so-
phisticated option for pre- and post-game drinking and dining. Stick         WASABI
around for a while on weekend nights and check out the ever changing         Experience traditional tastes of Japan at this contemporary restaurant.
lineup of DJs. 1025 Spruce St., 314.621.5502.                                Beautiful décor complements some of the freshest sushi in St. Louis.
                                                                             1228 Washington Ave., 314.421.3500.
MIKE SHANNON’S
This 20-year-old St. Louis landmark serves upscale seafood, steaks and       WASHINGTON AVENUE BISTRO
appetizers in a contemporary setting. Stop by the expansive “The Out-        Business center and café during the week and a hotspot for crepes on the
field” beer garden for pre- or post-game spirits, celeb spotting and huge     weekends—a must-visit among Downtown locals, known for its savory
crowds of Redbird fans. 620 Market St., 314.421.1540.                        and sweet crepes and coffee. 827 Washington Ave., 314.418.5750.

MOSAIC
This trendy, modern fusion restaurant offers an array of cold and hot         Side Bar
tapas with inspirations from around the world. Risotto Milanese, Herb
Gnocchi and Short Rib Ravioli highlight the menu. 1001 Washington
Ave., 314.621.6001.

NECTAR
You’ll be treated like a VIP at this swank scenester spot serving fresh
premium-juice cocktails and bottle service. Some of the sexiest late-
night loungers in STL. 2001 Locust St., 314.588.0055.

PEPPER LOUNGE
Retro lamps and cozy booths complete the atmosphere at Pepper
Lounge, a regular hangout for the city’s elite. This hip spot has also
hosted Playboy’s “Playmate of the Year” party and the infamous DJ
AM. 2005 Locust St., 314.241.2005.

RED
                                                                                                                                                         Photo by Wendi Fitzgerald




A new high-concept restaurant Downtown that serves Eastern Euro-
pean/American cuisine and diverse entertainment in a swanky, cut-
ting-edge atmosphere. 1130 Washington Ave.

ROOSTER
This European-style café serves sweet and savory crepes in an art-deco
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                                   There’s never a dull day Downtown when you have places to shop like

         DOWNTOWN                  Masulla boutique, Boxers or UMA—in fact, there are more places now than
                                   ever before to nab your fave designer dress, outfit your abode or find the

  SHOPPING&SERVICES                perfect birthday gift. For a complete list of shops, salons and services, visit
                                   downtownstlshopping.org.




                                   ATOM
                                   Perfect for the modern lofter, Atom offers contemporary, stylish home
                                   furnishings such as geometric wall prints and vibrant floor rugs to trans-
                                   form your space into a hip, urban escape. 513 Olive St., 314.621.4141.

                                   BEVERLY’S HILL
                                   Luxe lingerie lovers can indulge in pieces by Mary Green, Punto Blan-
                                   co, Sauvage and Honeydew. Pajama party attire like slinky camisoles
                                   and flirty boy shorts are also available at this underwear haven. 1309
                                   Washington Ave., 314.621.1633.

                                   BOXERS
                                   Whether you prefer conservative white cotton boxers or racy red man-
                                   thongs, any guy can suit his underwear fancy at this men’s specialty
                                   store. 1305 Washington Ave., 314.454.0209.

                                   CHRISTOPHER STEVENS SALON
                                   This 1,638-square-foot salon offers services such as precision cuts, vi-
                                   brant color and smooth styles and carries haircare brands such as De-
                                   sign Essentials and Redken. 2020 Washington Ave., 314.241.8900.

                                   CITY GROCERS
                                   More than just a grocery store, City Grocers offers a deli menu, cof-
                                   fee bar, catering services, a bakery and an authentic in-store sushi bar
                                   in addition to the freshest local produce. Conveniently located in the
                                   heart of the developing Post Office Square District, City Grocers is an
                                   increasingly popular one-stop shop. 920 Olive St., 314.621.0010.

                                   CITY TAN
                                   Never failing to make people look good, City Tan offers stand-up beds
                                   and regular beds year-round to keep a summer glow. 1619 Washington
                                   Ave., 314.436.2489.

                                   CURVES
                                   Specializing in 30-minute workouts, Curves is a gym targeted toward
                                   conditioning and weight loss for women. 204 N. 9th St., 314.678.3344.

                                   ENGLISH LIVING
                                   Savvy shoppers will love the selection of gorgeous, traditional tables,
                                   dressers, cupboards and pottery in an expanded location. 1520 Wash-
                                   ington Ave., 314.241.6226.

                                   FITNESS FACTORY
                                   With over four floors of exercise equipment, the Fitness Factory makes
                                   it easy for anyone to get a quick and effective workout. 1314 Washing-
                                   ton Ave., 314.241.2700.
                                                                                                                     Photos by Carla Cagle




                                   GOODWORKS
                                   Offering modern pieces at an affordable, warehouse-direct price is
                                   what makes Goodworks one of the best places to buy contemporary
                      Paperdolls   furniture in St. Louis. Choose from stylish tables, luxe beds and so-
                                                                                           DOWNTOWN STL LIVING



fas and other eclectic items for your home. 901 Washington Ave.,
314.726.2233.

LEE J’S
Located in the Merchandise Mart on Washington Avenue, Lee J’s
specializes in men’s and women’s fashions carrying an array of high-
end labels. 1000 Washington Ave., 314.241.0440.

MACRO SUN INTERNATIONAL
Inspired by a mission trip to Nepal, Tibet and India, Macro Sun has
its own mission of offering St. Louis shoppers a more ethnic market-
place by bringing a cultural explosion to the Downtown shopping
scene with South Asian art, jewelry and furniture. 1310 Washington
Ave., 314.421.6400.

MACY’S
The revitalization of Downtown doesn’t just stop at lofts, as Macy’s
has proven with its complete rehabilitation of the former Famous
Barr flagship store. Stop in for a lunchtime shopping fix without
leaving the city limits. 601 Olive St., 314.444.3111.

MASULLA
Existing in perfect synchronization with the rest of Washington Av-
enue, this Fashion Square boutique is hot, luxe and fashionable with
lines like Sofada, Smashing Grandpa and Laquette. 1301 Washing-
ton Ave., 314.241.7467.

NICHE
Simple, chic home accessories and over 200 different furniture
lines including Knoll and Herman Miller make this home store
a necessity in any space makeover project. 300 N. Broadway,
314.621.8131.

PAPERDOLLS
Just like the toy it’s named for, this boutique is all about having fun
with fashion. It’s even more fun to play with clothes when your
choices are brands like Karlie and BCBG. 1021 Washington Ave.,
314.241.3655.

SALON DJP
Certified in Human Hair Extensions and offering manicures and
pedicures, Salon DJP is the hottest place to get hot. 922 Washington
Ave., 314.241.7171.

SALT OF THE EARTH
With offerings like handmade, original European and Mexican art, a
shopping trip to Locust Street may end up seeming like a continental
vacation. 1123 Locust St., 314.241.8008.

THE TIME
It’s The Time... to head Downtown and pick up some killer indie
fashion pieces from this Washington Avenue mall-ternative. Becky
OH! bags and Adam Foster fine art jewelry keep St. Louis gals com-
ing back for more. 922 Washington Ave., 314.974.8463.

UMA
The ultra-hip and über-modern furniture, gifts and accessories
available at UMA instantly introduce your living space to the con-
cept of style with electronics by Tivoli and fireplaces by Chimo.
1100 Locust St., 314.241.9990.
                                                                          Beverly’s Hill
  DOWNTOWN STL LIVING




               DOWNTOWN                From historic exposed brick spaces to spectacular new high-
                                       rises, here’s the most up-to-date guide for finding the perfect

            LOFTS&CONDOS               loft, apartment or condo in the city. For a complete list of lofts,
                                       visit downtownstlliving.org.




Blu City Spaces




The Syndicate           Lofts at 315                                    Moon Brothers Carriage Lofts
                                                                                                           DOWNTOWN STL LIVING

10TH STREET LOFTS                                 A sanctuary for working artists, this complex      $567-$830/month. 1023 Spruce St.
Loftworks LLC, 314.241.6700,                      offers affordable apartments from 1,000-2,100
loftworks-stl.com                                 sq. ft., adjoining studio work space and a roof-   DENIM LOFTS
The first “for sale” loft condos Downtown          top patio. Rent: $493–$622/month. 1531             John Carroll, 314.504.0050
include walls of windows in each 1,530-           Washington Ave.                                    Recently opened complex with 1,450-2,000-
3,800-sq.-ft. unit, private balconies and extra                                                      sq.-ft. condos offering free gym membership
parking. Price: Sold out; Resale only. 1010 St.   BALLPARK LOFTS AT CUPPLES                          to Fitness Factory in addition to a myriad of
Charles St.                                       STATION (Opening 2008)                             amenities such as a sun deck, concierge servic-
                                                  McGowan Walsh, 314.241.1630,                       es, fireplaces and balconies. Price: $220,000-
2020 LOFTS                                        stlballparklofts.com                               $400,000. 1308 Washington Ave.
The Pyramid Companies, 314.773.7333,              Enjoy the sun deck, pool access, fitness room
2020washington.com                                and ballpark views that this property has to of-   DORSA LOFTS
Open spaces from 975-1,400 sq. ft., garage        fer. And with the purchase of any 800-1,600-       The Pyramid Companies, 314.446.2900,
and off-street parking and a rooftop patio are    sq.-ft. unit, you’ll get a free motor scooter.     dorsalofts.com
among the perks at this exceptional condo         Price: $147,000–$400,000. 1000 Spruce St.          Comfort meets creativity at Dorsa where
residence. Price: Sold out; Resale only. 2020                                                        unique 1,390-1,965-sq.-ft. floorplans and a re-
Washington Ave.                                   BANKERS LOFTS                                      laxing rooftop deck make for fab urban living.
                                                  The Pyramid Companies, 314.446.2900,               Price: $169,900-$409,900. 1007-1015 Wash-
ADLER LOFTS                                       bankerslofts.com                                   ington Ave.
Robert Wood Realty Company,                       Boasts open 1,231-3,463-sq.-ft. condos with
314.645.6033, adlerlofts.com                      fireplaces, two common rooftop patios and           THE EDGE LOFTS
                                                  penthouses with private decks. Price: $159,900-    Park Side Properties, 314.776.6000,
Top-notch amenities include off-street park-
                                                  $724,900. 901 Washington Ave.                      edgelofts.net
ing, a dog park, fitness center and 42” plasma
                                                                                                     Personality makes this property a winner.
TV with purchase, with condos available from
                                                  BEE HAT APARTMENTS                                 Apartments range from 780-1,300 sq. ft. and
869-1,722 sq. ft. Price: $134,900–$342,275.
                                                  Mambo Development/BHat Development                 the building offers its residents a host of relax-
608 N. 21st St./2035 Washington Ave.
                                                  LLC, 314.315.8002, mambodevelopment.com            ing amenities such as a coffee shop, courtyard,
                                                  Lush living with 900-1,300-sq.-ft. apartments      pool and surrounding green spaces. Rent:
THE ALEXA                                         and added amenities such as cable, laundry         $795-$1,650/month. 715 N. 21st St.
Heisman Properties/Civitas Development,
1.800.780.0924 ext. 200, thealexa.com
                                                  and Internet included in the rent. Price: $990-
                                                  $1,430/month. 1021 Washington Ave.                 ELDER SHIRT LOFTS
This elegant living space offers concierge                                                           The Pyramid Companies, 314.773.7333
services along with a 24-hour doorman                                                                Distinctive and award-winning design with
                                                  BELL LOFTS
and fitness center, not to mention charming        Loftworks LLC, 314.241.6700,                       units and penthouses from 1,405-3,600 sq.
700-1,500-sq.-ft. condos. Price: $180,000–        loftworks-stl.com                                  ft. and a breathtaking four-story atrium and
$630,000. 777 Olive St.                           A refined setting with hardwood floors, off-         skylight. Price: Sold out; Resale only. 703 N.
                                                  street parking and large windows, with apart-      13th St.
ALEXANDER LOFTS                                   ments from 742-1,265 sq. ft. Rent: $785–
New City Neighborhood Redevelopment,              $1,495/month. 920 Olive St.                        ELY WALKER LOFTS
314.283.0572, alexanderlofts.com                                                                     Orchard Development Group LLC,
Exposed brick accents, new maple floors and        BLU CITYSPACES                                     314.436.7400, elywalkerlofts.com
indoor parking are among the perks with these     Silverstone Development-Midwest LLC,               Innovative and artistic living with 1,027-1,595
2,200-2,400-sq.-ft. luxury condos, in addition    314.241.3111, mybluspace.com                       sq. ft. of impressive condo space including a
to direct elevator access into each one. Price:   Offers cozy and chic 434-800-sq.-ft. condos        five-story atrium, private balconies, a roof-
$420,000–$460,000. 1121 Locust St.                complete with private balconies, off-street        top deck and fitness center. Price: $165,000-
                                                  parking, fitness center and Wifi lounge. Price:      $300,000. 1520 Washington Ave.
ANNEX LOFTS                                       $85,000–$150,000. 210 N. 17th at Olive Blvd.
Orchard Development Group, 314.436.7400,                                                             FASHION SQUARE LOFTS
theannexlofts.com                                 THE BOGEN                                          McGowan Brothers Development,
High ceilings, original concrete columns, a fit-   Jacob Development Group, 314.621.5323,             314.621.9292, fashionsquarelofts.com
ness center and secure garage parking make        thebogen.com                                       Apartments from 1,000-1,700 sq. ft., a pri-
this building a fave for Downtown living, with    Luxury at its finest in the “crown jewel” of        vate clubhouse complete with kitchen and bar,
condos ranging from 1,030-2,178 sq. ft. Price:    the loft district. Offers a sun deck, dog park     24-hour emergency service, a rooftop deck
Sold out; Resale only. 1511 Locust St.            and 1,172-1,692-sq.-ft. floorplans, as well as      and pool. Rent: $1,010-$1,900/month. 1301
                                                  arched windows offering an amazing view of         Washington Ave.
THE ARCADE (Opening 2008)                         downtown. Price: $207,750-$396,442. 1201
The Pyramid Companies,                            Washington Ave.                                    THE FORD (Opening 2008)
314.345.1100, arcadeliving.com                                                                       Matt Burghoff/Mambo Development,
This architectural gem boasts penthouse living,   CUPPLES STATION APARTMENTS                         314.315.8002, thefordstl.com
a recreation room and condos up to 3,400 sq.      HRI Properties, 314.241.1225,                      Direct elevator access into each 1,793-
ft. Price: $139,900-$1,600,000. 810 Olive St.     cupplesapartments.com                              1,818-sq.-ft. unit with a 360-degree view of
                                                  Affordable 623-1,581-sq.-ft. apartments in the     downtown. Boasts large private balconies, a
ARTLOFT                                           heart of the Civil Center of Downtown. The         sun deck, pool, fitness center and concierge
Cohen-Esrey Real Estate Services,                 property features a fitness center and commu-       services. Price: $403,425-$500,000. 1405
314.436.6545                                      nity entertainment room with a wet bar. Rent:      Pine St.
DOWNTOWN STL LIVING
                                                                                                     LUCAS LOFTS
                                                                               Printers Lofts        Chastan Properties LLC, 314.446.7534,
                                                                                                     chastanpropertiesllc.com
                                                                                                     This impressive complex, which measures al-
                                                                                                     most an entire city block, includes 670-2,584-
                                                                                                     sq.-ft. units, a rooftop patio and pool, bowl-
                                                                                                     ing alley, martini bar and restaurant on the
                                                                                                     first floor. Price: $114,900-$500,000. 1123
                                                                                                     Washington Ave.

                                                                                                     LUDWIG LOFTS (ready end of 2007)
                                                                                                     Loftworks LLC, 314.241.6700,
                                                                                                     loftworks-stl.com
                                                                                                     A smart and stylish addition to Downtown with
                                                                                                     exposed concrete floors, off-street parking and
                                                                                                     mixed-use apartments and office space. Rent:
                                                                                                     $815-$1,295/month. 1004-1006 Olive St.

                                                                                                     MAJESTIC STOVE LOFTS
                                                                                                     Robert Wood Realty, 314.621.4050, majes-
                                                                                                     ticstovelofts.com
                                                                                                     Awe-inspiring apartments inclusive of a green
                                                                                                     space courtyard, atrium, 24-hour fitness and
                                                                                                     business centers and floorplans from 861-
                                                                                                     1,684 sq. ft. Rent: $538-$1,320/month. 2020
                                                                                                     Delmar Blvd.

                                                                                                     MANSION HOUSE
                                                                                                     Value STL Associates, LP, 314.241.9700,
                                                                                                     mansionhouse.com
GARMENT ROW LOFTS                                 $181,000-$365,000. 1608 Locust St.                 Abundant amenities such as a 24-hour door-
1312 Development Group/John Carroll,                                                                 man, 24-hour fitness and business centers, sau-
314.504.0050                                      LOFTS @ 315                                        na, rooftop pool and deck, balconies, valet dry
Little touches like Jacuzzi tubs, balconies and   Loftworks LLC, 314.241.6700,                       cleaning services, grocery delivery and lovely
fireplaces in these 1,450-2,450-sq.-ft. condo      loftworks-stl.com                                  500-1,075-sq.-ft. apartments. Rent: $509-
spaces make all the difference, not to mention    Polished concrete floors, 16-ft. ceilings, off-     $1,939/month. 300 N. 4th St.
a coffee and espresso bar downstairs. Price:      street parking and plenty of raw space make
$200,000-$350,000. 1312 Washington Ave.           for a dream apartment downtown. Rent: $915-        THE MARQUETTE
                                                  $1,545/month. 315 N. 10th St.                      The Lawrence Group LLC, 314.993.4440,
GRACE LOFTS                                                                                          marquettedetails.com
McGowan Brothers Development,                     LOFTS AT CITY MUSEUM                               “Defined by details” with 1,000-3,000-sq.-ft.
314.588.1170, gracelofts.com                      International Building Corporation, LLC,           condos and 560-1,140-sq.-ft. apartments plus
A one-of-a-kind loft district addition with       314.231.CITY, citymuseum.org/lofts.html            concierge services, a private garden, pool and
900-1,400-sq.-ft. apartments, 24-hour security    Lavish in the imaginative design of every 1,600-   rooftop pet park. Residents also get a one-year
monitoring, high ceilings, hardwood floors and     2,700-sq.-ft. condo, with the largest backyard     membership to the YMCA in the building.
a restaurant on the first floor. Rent: $1,080–      playground in the city just outside your window.   Price: $170,000-$350,000. Rent: $650-$2,100/
$2,000/month. 1324 Washington Ave.                Extra features include two dining facilities, a    month. 300 N. Broadway.
                                                  movie theater and rooftop deck. Price: $231,000-
THE LAUREL (former Dillard’s Building,            $402,000. 701 N. 15th St., 5th Floor.              MCGOWAN LOFTS
opening 2008)                                                                                        McGowan Brothers Development,
The Pyramid Companies, 314.333.5427,              LOFTS AT JACK                                      314.621.1904,
thelaurelstlouis.com                              THOMPSON SQUARE                                    mcgowanbrothersdevelopment.com
An expansive five-story open-air atrium featur-    Kwame Building Group, 314.862.5344, loft-          This seven-story building houses spacious lofts
ing a community terrace/garden and billiards      satjthompsonsquare.com                             with exposed brick, hardwood floors and vault-
room and 700-2,200-sq.-ft. condos complete        Luxury condos available from 2,400-3000-sq.-       ed original wood-beam ceilings with 1,500-
this posh residence just blocks from the river-   ft. units with two-story loft options and hard-    5,100-sq.-ft. units. Price: Sold out: Resale only.
front. 601 Washington Ave.                        wood floors. Price: Sold out; Resale only. 1203     1222 Washington Ave.
                                                  St. Charles St.
LEATHER TRADES LOFTS                                                                                 MERCHANDISE MART
(opening 2008)                                    LOUDERMAN LOFTS                                    The HRI Group Inc.,
The Pyramid Companies, 314.446.2900,              Loftworks LLC, 314.241.6700,                       themerchandisemart.com
leathertradeslofts.com                            loftworks-stl.com                                  Apartments range from 510-2,100-sq.-ft. The
Offering contemporary style in an historic        Condos from 1,777-3,450 sq. ft. in addition to     historic building offers residents an expansive
building, in each 1,200-2,100-sq.-ft. condo.      roof-level terraces with top-floor units, mezza-    rooftop garden terrace, hot tub, fitness center
Other details include large windows, rooftop      nines and chic shops and cafés on the first floor.   and entertainment room. Price: $700-$1,950.
patio, fitness center and bike storage. Price:     Price: Sold out; Resale only. 317 N. 11th St.      1000 Washington Ave.
THE MERIDIAN
Heisman Properties/Civitas Development,
314.231.1001, 1136washingtonstl.com
A serene water courtyard, dome-style windows
and open 704-2,348-sq.-ft. suites characterize
this plush condo living option. Price: $128,500-
$750,000. 1136 Washington Ave.

MOON BROTHERS
CARRIAGE LOFTS
Loftworks LLC, 314.241.6700,
loftworks-stl.com
Offers office and retail spaces with oversized
windows and industrial finishes. Price: Sold
out; Resale only. 719 N. 17th St.

MOTOR LOFTS
McGowan Walsh, 314.241.2330,
motorlofts.com
A full package including your choice of 655-
2,000-sq.-ft. condos with large walk-in closets,
private balconies and a motor scooter with
purchase, plus resident advantages such as a
fitness center, pool and clubhouse and open
green spaces. Price: $135,000–$400,000. 2201
Washington Ave.

PACKARD LOFTS
McGowan Walsh, 314.241.2330,
packardlofts.com
An Art Deco-style building with 800-1,400-sq.-
ft. condos that reflect the time period. Residents
can enjoy a free motor scooter with purchase,
large private balconies, a sun deck and pool.
Price: $150,000-$300,000. 2201 Locust St.

PARK PACIFIC
The Lawrence Group LLC, 314.241.5330,
parkpacificstl.com
Stunningly designed 1,000-3,000-sq.-ft. con-
dos and the ultimate in amenities including a
day spa, fitness center, media room, grocery
delivery, motorized scooters, house accounts,
wine storage, sommelier and an infinity pool.
Choose between historic park-side or new
construction city-side units. Price: $200,000-
$1,500,000. 210 N. 13th St.

THE PAUL BROWN LOFT
APARTMENTS
The Pyramid Companies, 314.621.1100,
paulbrownlofts.com
Modern city living in an historic setting.
Apartments from 600-1,650 sq. ft. and ameni-
ties such as a rooftop pool and deck, enclosed
rooftop room for cold weather, clubroom and
fitness center. Rent: $800-$1,555/month. 206
N. 9th St.

POINTE 400
Balke Brown Associates, 314.241.4005,
pointe400.com
A luxury rental property with spectacular
views of the Arch, river and skyline. Diverse
667-2,828-sq.-ft. floorplans and amenities
such as a dog park, riverview terrace, library
lounge, clubroom and an outdoor spa. Rent:
$1,235-$4,930/month. 400 S. 4th St.

PRINTERS LOFTS
Loftworks LLC, 314.241.6700,
loftworks-stl.com
Contemporary spaces with exposed brick
walls, concrete floors and rooftop deck. 663-
2,628-sq.-ft. units available. Price: Sold out;
Resale only. 1611-1627 Locust St.

ROBERTS LOFTS
Roberts Brothers Properties LLC,
314.621.5443, therobertslofts.com
High-end apartment living with Art Deco-
inspired spaces from 750-2,400 sq. ft., multi-
level penthouses, fitness center and full-service
salon and spa. Rent: $750-$3,300/month.
911 Locust St.

ROBERTS TOWER (Opening 2009)
Roberts Brothers Properties LLC,
1.800.STL.VIEW
Indulge in what this soon-to-be-standard in
luxury living has to offer including sophis-
ticated 880-5,000-sq.-ft. units and full hotel
services, plus a dog park and valet parking.
Price: starts at $350,000. 411 N. 9th St.

RUDMAN ON THE PARK
McGowan Brothers Development,
314.231.2005,
forrent.com/rudmanonthepark
A classy residential option with an adjacent
dog park, off-street parking and simple and
attractive 914-1,494-sq.-ft. living spaces.
Rent: $850-$1,350/month. 500 N. 13th St.

SKYHOUSE
Metropolitan Development Enterprises,
314.241.0040, skyhousestlouis.com
New construction, high-rise condos offering
innovative style, 850-2,330-sq.-ft. floorplans
and A-list amenities such as floor-to-ceiling
windows, a 24-hour doorman, hot tub, pool
and sun deck, dog run and owner’s club room
with full kitchen and media room. Price: start-
ing in the mid-$200s. 1400 Washington Ave.

THE SYNDICATE
Loftworks LLC/Sherman Associates,
314.241.6500, syndicateliving.com
Cozy and chic living can be found at the
Syndicate, with condos and rental units
1,000-3,200 sq.ft., pool, 24-hour fitness
center, ninth-floor courtyard, party room,
media/theater room and grocery delivery.
Price: $180,000-$800,000. Rent: $600-
$1,300/month. 915 Olive St.

TERRACE LOFTS
McGowan Brothers Development,
314.621.7800, terracelofts.com
Charming 500-1,100-sq.-ft. apartments with
balconies overlooking a courtyard and gar-
den. Features include a dog walk, pool and
fitness center. Rent: $450-$1,100/month.
1300 Convention Plaza.
TERRA COTTA LOFTS
Orchard Development/Terra Cotta Condo
Association, 314.436.7400
This twelve-story white building houses 98
loft condos from 980-1,732 sq. ft. and a first-
floor restaurant. Price: Sold out; Resale only.
1501 Locust St.

TUDOR LOFTS
(available Summer 2008)
Robert Wood Realty/Rothschild Develop-
ment, 314.645.6033, thetudorbuilding.com
This historic tudor-style building once
housed Wrought Iron Range Company
and takes up an entire city block, offering
sixty-four affordable apartments, rang-
ing from 770-1,350 sq. ft., and convenient
shops, restaurants and services in first for
retail. Rent: $677-$811/month. 1901-1937
Washington Ave.

UNIVERSITY LOFTS
Lipton Group, LLC., 314.531.3535,
stlouislofts.com/1627washington.html
Houses the Des Lee gallery and features
spacious one and two-bedroom floorplans,
with 1,250-2,500-sq.-ft. apartments avail-
able. Rent: $412-$1,500/month. 1627
Washington Ave.

VANGARD LOFTS
Landmark Capital LLC, 314.621.2226
Apartments from 610-1,200 sq. ft. and extras
such as Copia Urban Winery on the first floor,
a full-service hair salon, 24-hour fitness center
and conference/banquet center. Rent: $630-
$1,300/month. 1110 Washington Ave.

THE VENTANA
Jacob Development Group, 314.621.2226,
theventana.com
Picturesque views from the 982-1,358-sq.-
ft. condos, Jacuzzi tubs, balconies, fire-
places and poolside relaxation make for
a heavenly experience in this distinctive
residence. Price: $172,030-$265,864. 1635
Washington Ave.

WASHINGTON AVENUE
APARTMENTS
Bruce Development Company,
314.469.2222, brucedevelopment.com
Free cable and high-speed Internet are
among the quality offerings in this for-
mer hotel. Also included are a community
room, pool and fireplaces in the 400-1,000-
sq.-ft. units. Rent: starting at $500/month.
1133 Washington Ave.

WESTGATE LOFTS
McGowan Brothers Development,
314.517.5050, westgatelofts.com
This appealing condo complex includes
individualized 893-2,500-sq.-ft. units and
common building amenities such as a roof-
top terrace, pool and 24-hour security. Price:
$170,000-$350,000. 2323 Locust Ave.
DOWNTOWN STL LIVING




DOWNTOWN
DWELLERS
As the song says, “Everything’s better when you’re
Downtown.” For these St. Louisans, nothing could be
truer. Whether it was the appeal of being closer to work,
the proximity of so much buzzing nightlife or the sense
of community the area brings, these folks decided to call
Downtown home.




THE SOCIAL STUDENT: JESSICA BIERSMITH

SLU law student Jessica Biersmith fell in love with Downtown while par-         with a good group of friends, Nectar or Pepper for a night out with the
ticipating in the Downtown Loft Tour in 2005. She found her new home            girls and Flannery’s or the Side Bar for any sporting event.
at The Windows Lofts while on the tour and thought, “This is it!” Now a
self-proclaimed “city girl,” Jessica enjoys the accessibility of urban living   THERE HAVE BEEN SOME CONCERNS ABOUT SAFETY DOWNTOWN
and the variety of places to dine, drink and hang out with friends.             IN THE PAST. HOW DO YOU THINK THOSE ISSUES HAVE BEEN RE-
                                                                                SOLVED OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS?
WHY DID YOU MOVE DOWNTOWN?                                                      The growing number of people that live Downtown have changed the
I worked Downtown before starting law school, and I couldn’t help but           problem single-handedly. My friends and I will walk anywhere Downtown
get caught up in all the buzz about a new St. Louis. It just made sense         to work, to lunch or dinner or out for the night—because everyone else is
for me. My favorite restaurants, weekend spots, the stadium, the park,          doing the same thing. The city is alive now. People are everywhere.
school and work are all so close to home now. These old buildings are
gorgeous in their own rights, and with the renovations inside and out,          WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE LOOKING TO MOVE
you are bound to find a place you love.                                          DOWNTOWN WHO ARE TRYING TO DECIDE WHERE TO LIVE?
                                                                                Know what you want, whether it be a dog walk or a rooftop pool. Down-
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR NEW COMMUNITY?                            town offers something for everyone now. It’s like a huge menu at a great
I live in a smaller building so it’s nice to be able to recognize your neigh-   restaurant and everything looks so good you don’t know what to order.
bors, whether in the building or out somewhere Downtown. It’s fun to get
                                                                                                                                                            Photos by Tuan Lee




on the elevator and see people heading out to walk their dogs, dressed up       WHAT’S THE BEST IMPROVEMENT THAT YOU’VE SEEN IN ST. LOUIS
for a night out or perhaps just coming home from a long day.                    IN THE PAST FEW YEARS?
                                                                                The energy. People are excited about St. Louis and proud to say they
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO HANG OUT DOWNTOWN?                             live in downtown St. Louis. We don’t need to drive to Chicago for a
Any place that I can walk to! Lucas Park Grille or Mosaic for hanging out       great meal and night out—we can find it all right here.
                                                                                                              DOWNTOWN STL LIVING




                                                                                                                                    Leon and Marie
                                                                                                                                    Scott in their home
                                                                                                                                    at Lucas Lofts.



THE NEWLYWEDS: LEON & MARIE SCOTT

Newlyweds Leon and Marie Scott met while attending the Univer-                     DO YOU FEEL A SENSE OF COMMUNITY IN YOUR BUILDING?
sity of Virginia—later, Leon, a Washington D.C. native, moved to St.               Yes, absolutely; in fact that’s reason enough to move Downtown. Our
Louis to attend med school at Washington University, while Marie                   realtor lives upstairs, we have 20-minute conversations with neigh-
moved to Miami for a job. But after a few years, Leon realized he                  bors while doing the laundry, we have joint birthday parties on the
couldn’t live without her, so he flew down to Miami and proposed.                   roof—it’s perfect. One of our favorite things about our loft building
Now Leon, a resident physician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and                is the roof—we’ll grab a bottle of wine and go grill with friends and
owner of Cloud 9 Fitness, and Marie, co-owner with Leon of Ageless                 neighbors. We have one of the best views of the city. We watched the
Aesthetics, call Downtown St. Louis home.                                          fourth of July and Live on the Levee fireworks from here.

HOW DID YOU CHOOSE LUCAS LOFTS AS YOUR HOME?                                       DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL NIGHT OUT IN DOWNTOWN STL.
We started looking Downtown and compared to the rest of St. Louis,                 We start out casual at home, typically goofing off like singing and
Downtown had the greatest potential for us. We are huge fans of the                dancing to the Bee Gees on the kitchen countertop. Then we head up
high ceilings. We actually moved into the display unit and during a                to the roof and have dinner with friends while watching the sunset.
Downtown Loft Tour, visitors came up and kept opening our door to                  After dinner we might head to an event going on Downtown such as
check out the “display unit,” and there we were in our pajamas sip-                the Ford VIP event that took place over the summer and then out for
ping mimosas! It was great—we ended up following the tour around                   the night with friends to a club or lounge such as Dolce or Nectar.
in our pajamas holding our cocktails.
                                                                                   HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CITY TO SOMEONE WHO HAS
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR HOME DÉCOR STYLE?                                      NEVER VISITED?
It’s still coming together, but a lot of our furniture is self-built. Leon built   I’d say it’s everything I was looking for—it has elements of both com-
our guest bed and tweed headboard. Our style is very inviting—and the              munity and a hot nightlife scene; there’s always something going on.
high walls and ceilings are perfect for large paintings and other pieces.          It’s the Midwest, but still a big city. It’s very accessible.
DOWNTOWN STL LIVING




                                                                                                                    John and Mary Snodgrass
                                                                                                                    in their downtown St. Louis
                                                                                                                    penthouse.



THE EMPTY-NESTERS: JOHN & MARY SNODGRASS
John and Mary Snodgrass epitomize comfortable Downtown living. As          erybody in the building enjoys a feeling of camaraderie. We have a
recent empty-nesters, they moved into the penthouse of the Elder Shirt     big party together once a year.
Lofts and brought their promotional product business with them by
housing it on the first floor. Now commuting to work is as easy as taking    WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE DOWNTOWN RESTAURANTS?
the elevator. Here John and Mary reveal why they moved Downtown            On the weekends we like to go to Mosaic. We also like Copia and
and dish on their favorite city spots.                                     Gelateria.

WHY DID YOU MOVE DOWNTOWN?                                                 WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LIVING DOWNTOWN?
We thought, “Let’s try living someplace different before we get too        Everything is within walking distance. St. Louis is very compact. We
old.” We were living in South County and our youngest at the time was      can walk to the Arch or the ballpark, and there’s plenty to look at and
a freshman at St. Louis University—now he’s a senior. We have two          lots to do. We love walking and seeing the new stores that are opening
other boys; one son lives a block away and the other lives three blocks    and the new lofts.
in the other direction. We came down here looking for a loft in the fall
of ’04 hoping we would find a place to work and have our business           IF YOU COULD MAKE ONE ADDITION TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA,
nearby; we just lucked out when we came to Elder Lofts. We fell in love    WHAT WOULD IT BE?
with the loft, and the first floor was available, so we purchased the last   More corner-store retail. What makes cities like Chicago or New York
loft and did all the rehabbing of the first floor ourselves.                 [so appealing] is that there are always hole-in-the-wall places to go buy
                                                                           books or rent a video or buy groceries. There are these small shops that
DO YOU FEEL A SENSE OF COMMUNITY IN YOUR BUILDING?                         are run by entrepreneurs who live upstairs and this is their life. We also
Yes, it’s fun because you’ll run into people in the hall and can say,      need a hardware store down here.
“Hey you want to go get a drink or have dinner or come over?”
There’s more of an opportunity to be social. Three years ago there         WHAT’S THE BEST IMPROVEMENT THAT YOU’VE SEEN IN DOWN-
                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Tuan Lee




weren’t as many people down here, but now it’s amazing how the             TOWN ST. LOUIS OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS?
population has increased. Now we’re running into people on the             Taking these beautiful historic buildings and breathing life back into
streets all the time and it definitely feels like we’re all here for the    them. We have the developers to thank; they took risks. We don’t know
same reason: for the lifestyle, for the pioneer spirit. And we feel that   how lucky we are living in a city with such diverse architecture and
all the residents are looking out for each other no matter what—ev-        such ornate, beautifully designed buildings.
DOWNTOWN STL LIVING




                                                                                                                                   Senior Creative
                                                                                                                                   Director of
                                                                                                                                   GROUP360
                                                                                                                                   Drew Wojcik



THE VISIONARY: DREW WOJCIK
“I really like the fact that I’m just seconds away from awesome restau-     the move was to enhance the perception of our Group360 marketing
rants, coffee houses, galleries and other places to hang out,” says Drew    communications team, create an innovative and stimulating creative
Wojcik, Senior Creative Director of GROUP360, a downtown STL-               environment for our employees to work in and to locate our facility in
based visual communications company whose clients include Harley-           close proximity to several of our larger customers. Downtown busi-
Davidson, Dannon and Motorola. But Drew is not only blocks away             nesses and residents are creating a very strong sense of community,
from things to do, he also resides in his own art studio Rowhouse Gal-      which attracts more and more newcomers and makes it a fantastic
lery, just minutes away from work.                                          place to work and live.

WHY DID YOU MOVE DOWNTOWN?                                                  WHAT’S THE OFFICE BUILDING ITSELF LIKE?
I moved to one of the first loft buildings on Washington Avenue about        Group360 is located in the Fashion Square building; it’s an airy, recent-
12 years ago. I came from Europe and Downtown was the only op-              ly renovated loft-like space that was originally designed to showcase St.
tion I considered. I was looking for a vibrant, cool and creative artist    Louis fashion and design in the late 1920s. The concrete, steel and brick
community and was hoping that this neighborhood would become just           structure has an industrial modern feel with enormous windows that offer
that in the near future. It was a ghost town then, but I really liked the   exceptional lighting. Throughout the space, contemporary designer ele-
people, and eventually the community started to build.                      ments mesh with comfortable, home-like touches and creative accents.

NOW YOU LIVE IN ONE OF THE ONLY HOUSES DOWNTOWN?                            WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO HANG OUT DOWNTOWN?
Yes, I moved away from my loft, but am only blocks from Washington          Philip Slein Gallery, Wasabi, Mosaic and the City Museum in the
Avenue. I purchased this beautiful, mid-19th century small building on      summertime—anywhere I can sit outside. I also enjoy Copia and the
911 North Tucker. After a year and a half of total renovation, I moved      Side Bar.
my art gallery/studio Rowhouse Gallery there.
                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Tuan Lee




                                                                            WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE LOOKING TO MOVE
AND YOU ALSO WORK DOWNTOWN?                                                 DOWNTOWN?
Yes, Group360 moved to the Washington Avenue location from our              Take advantage of one of the loft walks and tours to see all the options.
West County location in the summer of 2006. Our primary reason for          There are so many great places.

				
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