Blog: St. Louis

Is IKEA in St. Louis Really Worth a Visit?

For years I've been hearing how people love IKEA. IKEA fans not only love the products, but love the experience of shopping in the store. They love it so much, many of the St. Louis IKEA fans would drive to Chicago to go shopping. The owner of Circa Properties is one...

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St. Louis Summer Camp Changing Kids Lives

If you are looking for where to send your year-end donation, I hope you will consider Sherwood Forest Camp. I first met Mary Rogers when I was walking through Brady Commons at Mizzou in 1988. She was sitting next to a sign for Sherwood Forest Camp, and was recruiting...

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Fall Fun: Hayrides in St. Louis

Hayrides have become a fall tradition for many in the St. Louis area. I went on my first hayride when I was in college and have been enchanted with hayrides ever since. While many of the local hayrides still let you sit on bales of hay, many are actually wagon rides...

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Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time: The Barn

As I continue my Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time series, today I'm sharing my breakfast experience at The Barn in Crestwood. If you want to stay informed of St. Louis information, subscribe to the Arch City Homes weekly email so you don’t miss any posts!  I am...

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Missouri Tax-Free Shopping Weekend

If you want to stay informed of St. Louis information, subscribe to the Arch City Homes weekly email so you don’t miss any posts!  In order to help ease the Back to School spending burden on Missouri families, the state offers an annual tax-free shopping weekend the...

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Missouri Botanical Gardens: Lantern Festival

If you want to stay informed of St. Louis information, subscribe to the Arch City Homes weekly email so you don’t miss any posts!    If you've never been the to Missouri Botanical Gardens Lantern Festival, it's time for that to change. This was my first time at...

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St. Louis FREE Summer Movies in the Parks

If you want to stay informed of St. Louis event information, subscribe to the Arch City Homes weekly email so you don’t miss any posts!  If you are looking for something different to do this summer, check out these family-friendly free movies playing in the parks all...

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St. Louis Farmers Market Schedule

If you want to stay informed of St. Louis event schedules, subscribe to the Arch City Homes weekly email so you don’t miss any posts!  Farmers market season is back and St. Louis residents are ready to go shopping.  Maybe you are a farmer market regular, or maybe you...

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St. Louis Free Summer Concert Schedule

If you are looking for outdoor free summer concerts in St. Louis, you found the most complete schedule in town.  Bookmark this page as I have been updating it every year since 2008 and have no plans to stop. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get notified whenever...

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Ride Your Bike from St. Charles to Creve Coeur Park

If you want to stay informed of St. Louis information, subscribe to the Arch City Homes weekly email so you don’t miss any posts!  Did you know that there is a bike path built into the Hwy 364 bridge over the Missouri River? The path allows cyclists and runners to get...

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St. Louis in Pictures: Fox Park

When I was putting together the marketing for a house I sold in the Fox Park Neighborhood, I took a bunch of pictures. I used some of them in the marketing, but thought it was time to add a St. Louis in Pictures series post about the neighborhood. Fox Park...

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Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time: Nathalie’s

It's hard to miss Nathalie's restaurant, housed in the white historic mansion on Lindell in the Central West End. When I moved to the Central West End 2 years ago, this building held a popular restaurant SALT. I heard great things about SALT's Sunday brunch...and I...

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St. Louis in Pictures: White Birch Park

It's been a while since I posted to my St. Louis in Pictures series, but I decided to start it up again to share some of the treasures around St. Louis. I take a lot of pictures when I'm preparing the marketing for my home listings. I believe that home buyers care as...

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St. Louis Yards Get Ghoulish for Halloween

I spent a lot of time in the last few days in University City and Hazelwood at my clients' homes for sale, and have enjoyed seeing all of the nearby homes decorated for Halloween. Gravestones, giant spiders and skeletons seem to be some of the most popular ways get...

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St. Louis City Neighborhood Crime Reports

Last week I posted information about using crime maps to learn about crime rates in St. Louis. While the crime maps are very useful, they don't tell you how much crime is committed annually in a particular area. St. Louis City publishes crimes data for each...

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St. Louis Crime Maps

  Everyone wants to live in a safe community.  As a local resident, you need to know what is happening in your neighborhood so you can protect yourself and your property. If you are thinking of moving, understanding how crime varies in different areas of the St....

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St. Louis Community Spotlight: Brentwood, MO

St. Louis is filled with many unique communities that offer lifestyle advantages to residents. Brentwood, MO is one of those places. It is the ideal place to live for St. Louis residents who prefer historic homes, convenient shopping, easy access to just about...

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Dog Friendly Event ~ Earth Day St. Louis

Pet lovers looking for something to do today should head out to Earth Day St. Louis. Held in the Muny parking lot in Forest Park, Earth Day is a great place to have fun with your dog. Last year, I took my dog Milo. It was his first festival and we both had a great...

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Local Harvest Will Close Without Our Help

I believe in supporting locally owned businesses. As much as possible, I eat at non-chain restaurants. I also try to buy local grocery items when I can to support the area farmers and food producers. So it's not a surprise that I really love Local Harvest Grocery and...

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Top 12 WiFi Cafes and Coffee Shops in St. Louis

If you want to stay informed of St. Louis event and local information, subscribe to the Arch City Homes weekly email so you don’t miss any posts!  I love working in coffee shops and cafes. Yes, I do have an office. And I work from home a lot. But, sometimes I find the...

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St. Louis Restaurant Review: Twin Oak Wood Fired Fare

Originally posted on Future Expat Last month my sister and I went to Twin Oak Wood Fired Fare for lunch. I've eaten there a couple of times before, but it was shortly after they opened and I was eager to go back to see if I still liked it as much as I remembered. I'm...

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St. Louis Restaurant Review: Vino Nadoz Wine Bar

Originally posted on Future Expat. I've enjoyed Nadoz Cafe for many years but have never eaten before at the Wine Bar that adjoins the cafe. I've been wanting to try Vino Nadoz Wine Bar ever since it opened, and finally made it over there with my friend Cathy...

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St. Louis Free Summer Concerts Schedule

In 2008, I put together my first free summer concert schedule for my website Arch City Homes. I decided to organize my list by the day of the week, since when I want to go out, I usually pick the date first and then see what is happening. Of course, if you have a...

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New Grocery Store Coming to Lafayette Square

There are many wonderful neighborhoods in the City of St. Louis. These city neighborhoods offer historic homes, walkable communities and friendly neighbors. But some of the best neighborhoods don't have all of the conveniences that you would find in a suburban...

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Exploring St. Louis: Amy’s Corner Bakeshop

Today I stumbled on a new business in The Grove neighborhood. I was dropping of my dogs at the K9 Athletic Club to have my foster dog Padme evaluated by their trainer, and I noticed the sign for Amy's Corner Bakeshop on the same corner. The stylish sign and promise of...

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10 St. Louis Unique Restaurant Dishes

If you are like me, you have one or two go-to menu items at each of your favorite restaurants. I tend to be drawn to items that use my favorite ingredients and meals you can't just find anywhere. You can get a burger, turkey sandwich or lasagna at hundreds of...

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What are the Best Public Schools in St. Louis?

If you are trying to decide where to buy your next home, one of the questions you are probably asking is how good are the public schools. While there are plenty of websites which rank schools, determining which is the best St. Louis school isn't as simple as going to...

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St. Louis Area Murder Map

The St. Louis Post Dispatch recently published a map showing the murders in the St. Louis area since the beginning of 2013. The map excludes police officer-involved shootings and justifiable homicides. Click on a marker for more details and links to the...

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St. Louis in Pictures ~ Arch Upgrades Coming Soon

The St. Louis Arch is probably the most photographed spot in St. Louis. Last April, I was in the area and decided to stop and take some pictures. I'm glad I did. It was a beautiful day and captured what I see and feel when I'm on the Arch grounds. My favorite shot is...

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