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Apotheosis Closes Cherokee Shop, Faces Lawsuit on South Grand

2 weeks 6 days ago
Two years ago, Apotheosis Comics & Lounge made a bold move. The locally-owned comic book store on South Grand opened a second location at the corner of Jefferson and Cherokee streets in the wake of the pandemic’s pummeling of small businesses.
Monica Obradovic

Andoe's Society Page: The Olympian Who Won't Give Up on East St. Louis

2 weeks 6 days ago
Last fall, what began as a column about LaSalle Park’s unique history morphed into a cover story as I learned about its equally fascinating present. In a region too often known for its racial and socioeconomic divides, the residents of LaSalle Park’s Historic District and the bordering affordable housing community LaSalle Park Village were putting in the work to operate as one neighborhood.
Chris Andoe

Good Samaritan Stops Burglar by Trashing His Bike, Taking His Beer

2 weeks 6 days ago
A good Samaritan in Overland attempted to thwart a burglar this past weekend by throwing the burglar's getaway bicycle in a dumpster. According to Overland Police, a man named Eduardo Salazar broke the front window of an apartment on Page Avenue and nabbed $2,800 in cash from a nightstand.
Ryan Krull

11 Must-See Movies at the 2023 St. Louis International Film Festival

3 weeks ago
Leaves are drooping, temps are dropping and last year’s thermalware is looking pretty fetching. It’s time to head … inside, with strangers in the dark, before a sublime stage that blinks with light. No, I’m not talking about midnight mass, but the annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival, better known as SLIFF.
Eileen G'Sell

Manileño Will Bring Homestyle Filipino Fare to South Grand

3 weeks ago
A Tower Grove South storefront that has sat unused for almost two years will soon see new life.  Manileño, a restaurant serving authentic, homestyle cuisine from the Philippines, aims to open its doors at 3611 Juniata Street late this month or early December.
Jessica Rogen

Activists Block Entrances to St. Charles Boeing Plant

3 weeks ago
More than 75 activists have locked arms and blocked entrances to a Boeing plant in St. Charles, where activists say the aircraft company manufactures bombs used in the Israel-Hamas war. The protest began early Monday morning when workers would have normally arrived at work to Boeing Building 598, located on Highway 94 just north of 370. There, according to a release from one of the groups involved in the protest, Boeing manufactures small diameter bombs, or SDBs, and joint attack munition, or JDAMs.
Monica Obradovic

The Umbrella Shop Is Coming Soon to South Grand

3 weeks ago
The Umbrella Shop is not yet open for business on South Grand, and there’s certainly no sign suggesting otherwise. Yet when the doors are open to the street, people just keep stopping by. 
Sarah Fenske

With Stool Pigeon, St. Louis Finally Has Something to Do on Monday Nights

3 weeks ago
Theater impresarios Colin Healy and Bradley Rohlf opened their new dive bar/community theater in the space that previously held the late, great Way Out Club, and while the place is still but a few months old, they're already using it to solve one of St. Louis' enduring problems: Where to find some action on Monday night? Hence Stool Pigeon, a night of open-mic comedy hosted by Joshua Slobe each Monday beginning at 8 p.m.
Sarah Fenske

Crown Candy Will Get Speed Bumps After Years of Waiting

3 weeks 3 days ago
Andy Karandzieff has seen all kinds of chaotic driving in front of his restaurant, Crown Candy Kitchen. There have been people chasing each other at high speeds as they fly past a stop signs and a driver who hit a school bus. Once, two drivers decided to run a stop sign and collided in front of the historic Old North restaurant.
Monica Obradovic

Lawsuit: Kroger’s Smoked Gouda Isn’t Actually Smoked

3 weeks 3 days ago
A Missouri woman has filed a lawsuit against the Kroger Company, which operates locally as Ruler Foods, over what she alleges is the mislabeling of their Smoked Gouda Cheese. Bridget Coburn’s lawsuit alleges that the gouda being sold at Ruler and Kroger is a violation of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act because the cheese being labeled as “Smoked Gouda” with a “Distinctive, Smoky Flavor” doesn't disclose that the flavor is partly due to liquid smoke flavoring, not an actual smoking process. 
Ryan Krull

Man Threatened to Shoot Teen Over Incorrect Penn Station Order

3 weeks 3 days ago
A St. Louis County man is being held in jail after allegedly threatening a fast food employee who got his order wrong. James Demetrius Jackson IV had placed an order at the Penn Station sandwich shop in St. Ann. But when he got home, he apparently realized the order was wrong and called to complain.
Sarah Fenske

'Gilded Age' St. Louis Mansion Gets Its Due in Today's Wall Street Journal

3 weeks 3 days ago
Russell Jackson's Central West End mansion is the kind of St. Louis home that people on the coasts have to see to believe. It's roughly 13,000 square feet and, from the outside, makes the White House look like a low-rent hovel. And here's what to people in Los Angeles or New York might be the most amazing part of it — Jackson bought it for just $1.1 million.
Sarah Fenske

King & I Mixes Old and New in Richmond Heights

3 weeks 3 days ago
One glance at the pot stickers, and it’s clear that the recently reopened King & I (8039 Dale Avenue, 314-771-1777) means business. Served steamed or fried and arranged like soldiers in formation, they emanate rising steam.
Rob Levy

With The Holdovers, Alexander Payne and Paul Giamatti Triumph Again

3 weeks 3 days ago
Describing Alexander Payne as underrated clearly exaggerates the case: After all, among his many laurels, he’s shared a pair of Oscars for Best Screenplay and earned three nominations as a director.  But Payne never quite receives the fannish adulation showered on such filmmaking contemporaries as Paul Thomas Anderson, David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson.
Cliff Froehlich