Category: NEWS
Sunday Snow in Downtown St. Louis
Igor's Head

As we were snowed in at the Count On Downtown HQ this morning, we decided to layer up, clip on the ear warmers, put on a snow hat, strap on the gloves and brave the urban blizzard in downtown St. Louis. As we were plowing through the streets with snow blowing in our eyes, we were still able to snap a [...]

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Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge
Aerial night view of Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge (Photo: MoDot)

The new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi river is set to open to traffic on Sunday, February 9, 2014. The public is invited to an event to help both Illinois and Missouri celebrate the completion of the bridge on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Details of the event are still being working out, but include a period where the public will [...]

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IKEA Announces New STL Store
IKEA rendering - viewpoint from Vandeventer looking west

Update 11:05 AM IKEA today announced a Summer 2014 groundbreaking for the store in Midtown, with an expected grand opening in the fall of 2015. IKEA expects that the store will create 300 new full-time jobs and generate an expected $250 million in new taxes over the next 23 years. “I’m glad we can finally talk about what’s probably been [...]

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Misinformation about Lambert Airport
Lambert Airport C Terminal

Two stories about Lambert St. Louis International Airport in the St. Louis media recently caught my eye. On November 22, the St. Louis Business Journal posted the following: Lambert to See Bump in Thanksgiving Traffic The story starts as follows:  “While AAA is expecting a dip in air travel this Thanksgiving season, that’s not the case here.” This is a [...]

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Laclede Gas to Move to GenAmerica Bldg?
GenAmerica building

According to nextSTL, Laclede Gas – currently located at 720 Olive Street – is looking at a possible move to 700 Market, the former GenAmerica Building. Laclede Gas’ lease at the current location expires in 2015 and the company is looking for new office space of roughly the same size. The company has previously considered sites in the Central West [...]

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Mississippi Mud Coffee, Art St. Louis Open
Mississippi Mud Coffee

Mississippi Mud Coffee and Art St. Louis have opened in a shared space on the south side of the Park Pacific building. Art St. Louis moved to the space from their former location on Washington Avenue. Mississippi Mud is a locally roasted coffee, also available at The Mud House on Cherokee Street and other outlets such as Dierberg’s stores. Previously, [...]

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Restaurant Week 2013 Interactive Map
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View Downtown Restaurant Week 2013 Interactive Map by countondowntown.com in a larger map Interactive Map sponsored by About the map Click on “view in a larger map”. A list of all restaurants, in alphabetical order, will appear on the left of your screen. By clicking on a restaurant in the list, a text balloon will appear inside the map with [...]

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Anheuser-Busch Biergarten Opens Tuesday
Biergarten

The Anheuser-Busch Biergarten at the Budweiser brewery in Soulard will open to the public tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon. Seventeen beers will be on draft in the 10,000 square foot facility with a capacity of 300 guests. Grilled foods and sandwiches are on the menu. A large “B” from the old neon “Budweiser” sign on top of the brewery marks the entrance [...]

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Here is St. Louis Part Two
grain-logo

The guys from Grain have done it again. After last year’s video “Here is St. Louis” it was time for a sequel: “Last summer, thousands of Saint Louisans fell in love with their city all over again, through our video Here is Saint Louis. We showed scenes of life and explored places that are often overlooked by outsiders, and even [...]

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Stay Tuned Episode: Downtown
Staytuned-ad

In case you missed Stay Tuned on the Nine Network last Thursday, we’re posting it here for your viewing pleasure. Below is a list of  the contributors to this episode – in order of appearance – with their contact information: Michael Allen – Director of Preservation Research Office. Website: PreservationResearch.com Twitter: @PreservationSTL Frank DeGraaf – Editor Count On Downtown. Website: CountOnDowntown.com [...]

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St. Louis Embraces Solar Impulse
Pilot André Borschberg ready for departure from St. Louis (© Solar Impulse)

Solar Impulse took off from Lambert Airport this morning and is currently in flight on its way to Washington D.C., with a pit stop in Cincinnati. The revolutionary airplane arrived at Lambert at 1 AM on the morning of Tuesday, June 4 after an almost 22 hour flight from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport in Texas. Because a tornado had (yet again) [...]

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Soccer at Busch Scores Big
Manchester City attacks

Who would have thought: Two English Premier League teams playing a friendly at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. That’s exactly what happened last night, and what a game it was: non-stop movement and 7 goals. Manchester City FC was the most offensive side during the entire game but was unlucky early on, hitting the goal post twice.  Chelsea FC laid [...]

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The Real Reason Macy’s Is Closing
The Railway Exchange Building

Macy’s announced the closing of the downtown store this week. This came as a shock to many but city leadership didn’t seem to be too bothered by the grim news: Mayor Slay tweeted: “15 years ago, an announcement that Macy’s DT would close would be tragic. Today, it is merely sad and inevitable as retail changes.” The Downtown Partnership had [...]

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KMOV’s Conners Issues New Statement
KMOV Anchorman Larry Conners on air this morning

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MX District is Transforming Washington Ave
The MX in downtown St. Louis

It’s been almost two years since the Washington Avenue skybridge between the old St. Louis Centre and the abandoned Dillard’s department store fell.  Since then, a lot has happened at the Mercantile Exchange (MX) district. Let’s take a look at the transformation that’s taken place on the eastern end of downtown’s entertainment strip. The famed Lindell Hotel once stood where [...]

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Gentle Garden Gets Killer App
There's an App for that

Citygarden, downtown St. Louis’ gem on the Gateway Mall,  is so pleasing and attractive that it’s easy to experience it without mining all it has to offer.  That’s why a new app the garden introduced May 1 is going to be so significant for thousands of visitors. The new app, which is free, is downloadable from the iTunes App Store [...]

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Cinco De Mayo on Cherokee 2013
Cultures

Last Saturday the latest installment of Cinco de Mayo took place on Cherokee Street. One of St. Louis’ premier photographers, Ben Evans, was there to shoot this truly multicultural event. We let the photos speak for themselves. Tip: If you want to wind down after a busy day we suggest checking out the hundreds of awe-inspiring photos of St. Louis’ [...]

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Downtown St. Louis Makes Me Smile
A rainy Olive Street

  On a rainy, gloomy Saturday morning, why was I hanging out of the Culinaria parking ramp taking a picture of the view down Olive Street? Because it made me smile. Because it inspired me, made me happy and lifted my black mood. I’d spent the previous 45 minutes muttering under my breath, seething with anger and irritation over a [...]

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