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Deciding where you want to live is more than just picking a new house.

When we were hired to sell the home at 3861 Botanical in the Shaw Neighborhood, I really got to know the neighborhood. While I had spent a lot of time in the neighborhood before, I didn’t know about Mama Josephine’s until I was out taking pictures for our marketing.

Knowing that I had to give it a try, I talked my friend Todd Jordan into scheduling one of his summer weekly tweetup lunches at Mama Josephine’s so a bunch of us could try it out.

To our surprise, the owner Mary took time out of her busy day to visit with us, returning to our table over and over again. She explained that she didn’t like to serve “leftovers”, even though they were still quite tasty the next day, and offered to bring out a few things that she had in the kitchen but she wasn’t willing to sell to her customers. She kept going back to the kitchen and bringing us extras items to taste. It’s been a few months now, and I don’t remember everything we ate, but I do remember she brought us her popular banana pudding and some cheese ravioli on the house.

We talked about her mother’s recipes, why she started the restaurant and how it has become a part of the Shaw Neighborhood.

Mary really made us feel welcome. I can only imagine how it would feel if you lived in the neighborhood and popped in regularly. My guess is that she would know all of your favorite foods and what is happening in your lives.

Mary was a good sport and agreed to do a quick video interview on the spot when I asked. What a great lady!

If you are looking for more than just a house, and instead want to live someplace where your neighbors become your friends and business owners know your name, you really should consider Shaw for your next home.

Our client’s house is still available. With 3 stories, 4 bedrooms and tons of history, it’s ready for a new family to make their own memories.

To learn more about the Shaw Neighborhood in St. Louis, check out this video I put together.