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Celebrate Your Independents Festival July 1, 2006

June 6, 2006 Bicycling, Downtown, Events/Meetings, Local Business 1 Comment

I’m passing along an announcement from my friends over at Business United for Local Independent Development, aka BUILD St. Louis:

BUILD St. Louis would like to invite you to our annual Celebrate Your Independents Festival! The party starts at 3 p.m. and goes on into the night on July 1, 2006 in the lot at the Schlafly Tap Room, located at 2100 Locust St. at 21st Street (map). What do we have going on this year?

The Big Tent – 50 independents business showcasing everything from Fair Trade Jewelry to home baked dog treats. Food to inspire the palate and colors to delight the senses. Build some community while you shop!

On the Stage – Set your feet to tapping and your hips to swaying with City Folk, the Red Headed Strangers, and Folknbluesgrass. If you haven’t heard them yet in the local music scene, then you don’t want to miss out on this Festival.

The Art Corner – Join Jenna at SCOSAG and let your imagination fly. If you’re the only one over 12 covered in finger paint, we promise not to tell. Bring the kids and get ready for fun.

Locally Grown Pie Contest – Do you know what’s in season here in Missouri? Can you whip up a mean pie? If the answer to both questions is yes, maybe, or I’d like to, then prizes may be in your future. Visit with the GreenMarket and the Clayton Farmer’s Market to pick up supplies and meet local farmers, then get to baking. If you just like pie, maybe we’ll let you help us judge. Email us at [email protected] or call (314) 808-8032 for information on how to get your pie in the running.

Downtown Bike Tour – Join the St. Louis Bike Federation and BUILD St. Louis for a 6-mile bike tour of some great St. Louis neighborhoods. Don’t worry, even novice riders can make this one. Three stops at mystery independent businesses provide breaks and a history of the area. Bring 2 dollars if you’re not a Bike Federation member. We leave at 5pm from the Tap Room, so make sure to get to the festival early!

If you are an independent business and would like to get a booth for the festival, email us at [email protected] or call (314) 808-8032. See you all at the Tap Room!

Many things to like about this event: locally owned businesses, pie, good music, pie, art, pie, and bicycles. And what is better after a six mile ride? Pie! Well, and some Schlafly beer! Sounds like a great event.

On an aside, can you believe the Tap Room has been open since 1991? They’ve done a great job with their building over the years but despite all the events and such they have always been this little island in the area. Slowly the area has seen other development such as the Sporting News Lofts at 2020 Washington. Next year many other buildings in the area will have new residents. Just goes to show that sometimes it takes a while for a seed to germinate.

The BUILD St. Louis Celebrate Your Independents Festival will be held on the Tap Room’s parking lot. I hope to see this land become so valuable that surface parking no longer makes financial sense. Building new on their surface lot would be a nice evolution for the local brew pub.

– Steve


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