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Activity in Grand Center

March 30, 2010

The Intersection of Art and Life has been off to a great start this year.  Kota Fire Grill is open and with the same ownership as Triumph Grill I have faith that it will outlast its location’s recently previous tenants.  Around the corner at 3526 Washington, a new hair salon, Salon Edge Hair and Tanning is open, with a Jewelry Store, Grand Center Jewelers, and a Computer Repair shop, Virtual Technologies.

3526 Washington

This retail space is a great addition to Grand Center and I wish these businesses success.  Luckily they will be able to take advantage of added traffic from the City Diner @ The Fox which although behind schedule (what isn’t) appears to be well on it’s way to opening.  Today I saw this public announcement about a neon sign for the new diner.

Extremely exciting.  Another recent move to Grand Center was made by the Veterans Affiars Dermitology Clinic to the retail space in the Continental Life Building on Olive.  Today when I went to take a picture of this new office I found an even better picture @ Grand and Olive.

Cobblestones and Streetcar Track peeking through the street on Grand and Olive

The history of Grand Center is its greatest asset in my opinion and I think this is one pothole the city should not repair.

Also underway is work on the new location of Sweetie Pie’s on Delmar.  I’m very glad to see that the ugly facade is being removed to expose the brick building.

New Sweetie Pie's

Seeing the work here actually started is really great, particularly so soon after the initial announcement.  I hope we see the same kind of swift action getting work started on renovating the Beaux Arts Building (Carter Carburetor Corporation @ 711 N. Grand) to be the home of Grand Center’s new Arts oriented Charter School (the Grand Center Arts Academy)

I am very happy to hear about this new Grand Center Development and think that another school in the area (there are already at least 2 in Grand Center) will be great.  2010 is looking pretty nice for Grand Center and I can’t wait to see these latest projects reach completion.

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5 comments

  1. Ya’ know, I gotta ask this question: why on D-g’s green Earth does this building get called Beaux Arts? Art Deco, maybe, Moderne, perhaps, but Beaux Arts, um, hell no. Is this another foolish St. Louis attempt at erasing it’s industrial past with a pretty name? I do not direct my ire at you, Mr. Blogger, but rather at the peculiar name-change. I call it the Carter Carburetor Building because, well, that’s what it is! This town, I tell ya’. Sorry, this one’s been bugging me for a while. Re: the streetcar/cobbles. I hear ya’ on that one. My wife and I live down the alley from the turnaround loop of the old Grand line, behind Meramec. The tracks are still visible.


    • I agree with you here. I actually like the name Carter Carburetor!


  2. The streetcar tracks in the Central West End get exposed from time to time on Euclid when they resurface the street. There are actually all sorts of forum entries on UrbanSTL about the remnants of the system – fascinating stuff that I’m glad you pointed out.


  3. Would you like to tour the Carter Carburetor building? You can on April 28! I’m pasting details below!

    Grand Center Arts Academy Open House!

    You are invited to hear the exciting updates about the new charter arts school opening in Grand Center in August, 2010.

    When: Wednesday, April 28 – 9am – 1030am
    Where: Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington Blvd., 2nd floor
    Who: Presented by Lynne Glickert, Principal
    RSVP: Reply to info @ grandcenterartsacademy . org no later than Friday, 4/23. Space is limited.

    Please join us to learn about the details of this first of its kind arts school in the St. Louis region!

    Coffee and pastries will be served. Following the presentation, we will tour the school, a historic building on Grand currently under renovation.

    Grand Center Arts Academy
    http://www.grandcenterartsacademy.org


    • Thanks for the information! I think a tour sounds like a great opportunity!



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