See ya 2017, Dutchtownies have too much to do in 2018 for you to hang around much longer!

2017, the year of “Wait…what?!?”.  It was a rollercoaster year filled with ups and downs, even in our own neighborhood.  One minute we were saying goodbye to our friends at Iron Barley, and the next we were catching almost a minute of totality during the solar eclipse in Marquette Park.  We were introduced to a new president, new mayor, and now a new police chief.  It seemed like a lot of change in 2017, but isn’t that the way it always is?

While we’ll never get all our neighbors to agree about the merits of every change, in Dutchtown we are going to keep embracing it.   While things are changing around us, Dutchtownies are out there making their own change — staying informed, involved, and welcoming 2018’s new neighbors and businesses.  Below is our annual “Dutchtownie Bucket List” to keep you in the know and ready to be a changemaker in 2018.  So no matter how you feel about 2017, know that Dutchtown wants to see you out and about in 2018!

1.  Drink More Tea, See More Art

 

Trying to recover from your vices in 2017?  Did you know Mick Jagger drinks tea daily?  Need we say more?  Bru Tea at 3320 Meramec can get you on the right tea habit in 2018.  Kathy and Tina can provide you with one of their customer favorite blends or hook you up with a custom blend for whatever your tea needs might be.

Once a month, you can also stop by on Saturday for A Night of Tea and Art, where the venue hosts all types of local creatives and the artists are usually on site to answer your questions and sell their works.

2.   Embrace Local Retail Therapy

Invite friends from outside of the neighborhood to spend the day hunting for bargains in the shops up and down Meramec Street. The fine selection of resale clothing and furniture that can be found along Meramec is perhaps one of Dutchtown’s best-kept secrets.  While you are at it, don’t forget the shops along Virginia. Urban Matter and Vintage Bazaar are staples on Virginia that are always worth stopping in to see what is new.  Finally, (and this is double top secret Dutchtown stuff for our careful readers) keep your eyes peeled for the Virginia Hardware Project, which furniture designer Michael Albanese plans to open up on an appointment basis.  His works of art are one of a kind and only available in Dutchtown!

3.  Brunch Like Your Life Depends On It

Yes! Dutchtown does have brunch! Making it a point to get out and brunch more often is a great way to meet new people. Check out the dim sum style brunch at Urban Eats, the brunch buffet at The Feasting Fox. or all you can eat fried chicken and fish at The Original Crusoe’s.  All establishments offer the opportunity to make it a boozie brunch if that is more your style. Brunch service is offered most Sundays. Refer to the business websites for details.

4.  Sip with a Sommelier

 

There are many reasons throughout the year to stop in and enjoy the fine food and drink at The Feasting Fox, but beyond the Black Forest Sweet and Sour Pork there’s also Brad who isn’t just your run of the Bevo Mill barkeep. He’s a member of the Court of Master Sommeliers.  Brad’s been hosting the SouthCity Sipsters every third Thursday of the month where attendees get a class in the wine and beers featured that month at discount rates along with half-price appetizers.  Show up thirsty, leave enlightened.

5.  Get Your Swim On

 

Let’s face it – most of our city yards aren’t big enough to have our very own pools. Thankfully, we have a free outdoor swimming pool located at Marquette Park. Organize your very own pool party and go for a swim this summer.  Most importantly, don’t miss DT2’s July Afterhours where all of Dutchtown is invited for an afterhours swim!

6.  Go With the Flow!

 

Namaste Dutchtown! Flow Yoga at 3137 Meramec is here to nourish your soul!  Sign-up for a yoga class, or if flexibility isn’t your thing, check out one of Flow’s regularly scheduled art events.  Just make sure to sign-up early as these are always booked to capacity!

7.  Read a Book (or Comic)!

 

 

Callisto Comics at 4219 Virginia has everything your inner superhero needs.  Open 12-6 on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 11-5 on Saturdays.  Callisto offers both vintage and new releases.  Can’t decide if you’re a superhero or supervillain in 2018?  Talk with Dave and let him recommend the perfect comic match for you!

8.  Get Your Bike Blessed and Get Ready for The New Trail Net Bike Path on Louisiana!

A new bike path and calm streets project is coming to the heart of Dutchtown.  Will your bike be ready?  This summer, you can bring your bike, roller blades or skateboard for Dutchtown’s annual Blessing of the Bike’s.  Have your mode of transportation blessed by the Franciscans of St. Anthony of Padua and then join your neighbors in a guided tour of Dutchtown’s pocket parks. Trailnet will likely be present providing safety tips for bicyclists as well as free helmets and fittings for kids.

9.  Be a Lifelong Learner

 

Thomas Dunn Learning Center (TDLC) located in Marquette Park serves is a shining beacon for self- and community-empowerment in Dutchtown. Make a resolution to attend at least one class, workshop, art reception or discussion at TDLC in 2018.

For those of you a little less familiar with this non-profit organization, TDLC aims to help people recognize, define and realize their physical, mental, moral and social goals for personal growth. It partners with St. Louis Community College, UMSL Extension and numerous other organizations to offer free and low-cost high-quality programming. Some excellent services of note include the free computer lab, tutoring services and library. Make it a habit to frequently check the calendar for timely and topical presentations, art displays and receptions, Zumba classes and even summer camp programming.

10.  Give Back

There is something completely nourishing about giving your time or your treasure. A great way to nourish your soul while giving back directly to this community is to volunteer your time with or make a donation to the St. Anthony Food Pantry. This incredible community lifeline is located at St. Anthony of Padua Church at 3140 Meramec St and provides food and clothing for people in need from within the 63118, 63111 and 63116 zip codes. All you need to do is show up with your donation (or just yourself if time is what you have to give) during open hours from 10am to noon on Mondays and Thursdays or from 4 to 6pm on Wednesdays.

Bonus Resolution – DIY at Dutchtown’s new Habitat for Humanity ReStore Resale Store.

 

Habitat for Humanity knows where it’s at in 2018, and that’s why they are moving to Dutchtown!  Not only is Habitat for Humanity bringing the St. Louis headquarters to the corner of Grand and Chippewa, but they’ll also be opening up a ReStore resale shop at the location.  Now you’ve got no excuses to take on that open floor plan redesign of your cable television dreams!

With these New Year’s resolutions to be a more engaged neighbor in hand, we hope 2018 brings you a healthy dose of neighborhood pride, memorable experiences and—most importantly—new friends. If you are a Dutchtownie, say it loud and say it proud. There is a wonderful future that awaits us here in Dutchtown, St. Louis. See you out and about in Dutchtown in 2018!