Jul 13, 2007

Meet My New Neighbors!


Welcome to my new neighborhood!
Well, I am almost moved - not quite complete, but getting there. As I shuffle my inventory, office equipment, workshop, design studio, photo studio and personal living items to six different locations, I am determined to find time to get out and meet my new neighbors!

Okay, first, I must tell you about a little shop called Francesca's located in South City St. Louis. The address is 5400 Nottingham. Actually, we are really on Macklind Ave - a very up and coming district. I have a small presence in this little co-op which is ran by eight dealers. We are open only Friday and Saturdays from 10-4pm. My local customers may stop by and get the usual Elizabeth House items such as baby clothes, soaps, lavender and candles. These items will be available on line as well once my online store is up and running. The other dealers carry a variety of items from retro to painted furniture, to fun flea-market finds....please stop by!






I just want to share a few photos of my new space...

Signage! I get to hang up my sign and no one is taking me to court! :-)





Yes, I am still custom designing baby crib bedding. This set, which is made of silk and chenille is $575. It includes a ruffled bumper pad, dust ruffle, diaper bag, and blanket. If interested, or you would like your own custom set, please just email me at Elizabeth House.
I would like you to meet some of my neighbors just a block away on Macklind Ave. If you haven't been in this area of town in a while, you really need to see all that is going on! First, one of my favorite new spots is a fabulous coffee house called Murdoch Perk. The owner, Stephanie Seemiller, is just about the hardest working business owner you will find. I am all for supporting women business owners. And it is easy to do when the business is top notch.



I LOVE her crepes! And, she has the best gooey butter cookies in town - I promise! Oh, yes, the coffee is wonderful too. The interior is nicely designed with stained cement floors, fireplace and free wireless Internet! She also has a wonderful deck on which to eat her scrumptious Belgian waffles or Chipolte Turkey sandwich or Asian Chicken Crepe....okay, I need to stop now and call in an order - I just made myself hungry. What do I really love to get on the run? A naked crepe - yup, just a hot crepe she cooks up for me and and I roll it up and munch on it while driving to my next appointment.




Another little gem on Macklind Ave is yet another, woman-owned business. It is St. Louis' first and only Green General Store called, Home Eco. Its owner, Terry Winkelmann, along with Phil Judd, have created a store that is so environmentally friendly, you will find yourself looking for the nearest tree to hug after you leave. Do you ever feel that recycling your paper, glass and plastic is just not enough sometimes? Well, visit Home Eco and your guilty conscious will be set free! The store carries alternative fiber clothing, locally made and Fair Trade gifts, Beeswax and Soy Candles, natural flooring, renewable energy products and zero VOC paints and stains.








After you are done saving the environment at Home Eco, go ahead and treat yourself and cross the street to Manzo Importing Company, owned by the Manzo family since 1956 but has been in this location off Macklind since 1967! This wonderful grocer imports food products from Italy, Greece, and the Middle East. Pete, one of the owners and brothers of the business, is very friendly and loves to share what he knows about his merchandise - which is a lot! If you are looking for authentic Greek olives, or 15 varieties of Italian olive oil, speciality meats, cheeses or just want a deli sandwich, you must stop in! I live only a block or so away which is both good and bad, if you know what I mean....I think Pete and I will become fast friends very soon. :-)







Below are photos of other neighbors....local sandwich shops, bar and grille and a wonderful retail space that is under construction - just wanted to show you what was going on in this part of town:












Well, I hope you enjoyed the little tour of my new neighborhood. There is always something exciting about "starting again" in a new location. Yes, my house is a wreck, boxes still need to be unpacked, and I couldn't find a stamp or envelope in my office to save my life right now...but even with all the packing chaos, there comes the fun side of having new adventures, new friends to be made, new sandwiches to be tried, new running paths to learn and oh yeah, find new places to park - I live in the city after all...and finding parking near your home is an art.



I hope you find new adventures where you live too. Maybe a new store just opened not far from you? Or a new deli? There is something so wonderfully energizing about patronizing a new business. Believe me, the owners appreciate it very much. They just may be too pooped to tell you. So, set out and find a new business and welcome them to the neighborhood - and take a friend. After all, selling two sandwiches is always better than selling just one!



Thank you for allowing me to share my adventures,

Elizabeth


24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth, I just found your site. I just moved TOO! I love a new place new little shops etc. Oh I wish you were here in MD!
Heather

Amber said...

Ok living in Hawaii is as it's pretty much always sunny and the beach is a couple minutes away but I think I want to live on your street - it all looks so cute and fun! I love the italian grocer - I'm drooling just imagining what's in that store...we have nothing like those stores here (any of them!) Hope you have a great time starting again in your new town!!

homedaisy said...

it is exciting to start fresh, i am actually in the mood to move right now myself, hard work and all. i just get the itch, you know? so where did you get that fabulous sign? i would love one to hang in my house:) thanks for the updates, it is such fun to follow your "adventures."

Tara said...

Elizabeth,
Your new location looks like a slice of heaven and the neighbors seem wonderful! Looks like you found the perfect spot! Can't wait to see more:)

VO said...

Absolutely MAGNIFIQUE! Looking forward to see more or more pictures of your place. Love from France.

red tin heart said...

Your new store looks awesome! And you can't beat neighbors like those. I'm happy to you writing again, you were missed. Nita

The Paris Apartment said...

hi elizabeth!
looks gorgeous in your new place! your neighborhood seems like an endless playground. maybe a trip to st louis is in order!?

lindaharre said...

Thanks for the post! Didn't know about this area.....even though I have lived here all my life! I will be in to visit:) Thanks, Linda

Joy said...

Congratulations on a successful move and thanks for sharing your new friends and neighborhood! I can't wait for your online shop - everything is SO beautiful...
Good luck with settling in! :)

Dorothy said...

How splendid!!! A new post AND your new location. Oh, if I ever make it back to St. Louis, I'll have so much more to see and visit! Thank you for sharing the shops in your 'neck of the woods'. Your designs and styles are uniquely one of a kind...very 'Elizabeth'. Please do let me know when your new website is up and running! I'll most definitely be a patron!

D~

Elizabeth said...

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments. Yes, I do like my new location very much. I went for a run this evening, and how nice to stop and chat with friends that live in the area - and new friends as well. As far as my sign goes...the sign for my space was painted by me many years ago. I believe it was an old chalkboard for a kitchen at one time.
Many well wishes,
Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

One of your many incredible talents is making whatever space is available 'home'. I can't tell you how proud I am to know you did this move on your own. The new neighbors have no idea what they have just acquired.
They will be blessed to have you as a neighbor.

cre8tiv said...

What a treat to find new posts from you! I love visiting your blog, and now, your new neighborhood. I think your fresh and unique vision allow you to see the world in a wonderful way. Thanks for inspiring me!

Anonymous said...

The grocery store (I cant recall the name) across the street from your co-op makes the most wonderful BLT's on marbled rye. They are big and wonderful and just like Grandma made. I was at Francesca's right after they opened a month or so ago. I didnt buy anything because I had forgotten my check book, had very little cash and they didnt accept debit or credit card. I didnt have time to drive back and forth from my home in Clifton Heights to get my checkbook. Sad as I'm sure what I wanted to purchase is gone. I hope you in particular do well in this store. It is a great neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

What a nice new spot. Isn't it exciting embarking on this new adventure? It must give you so much energy...so many of us tend to settle for the same old.
Best,
Kathy

stadtgarten said...

Your new shop looks wonderful and very interesting, I would love to come and see it all in real!
And what a good luck that you have nice neighbours there, I think this is very important.

nelda said...

Your new space looks fabulous. Good luck in your new venture. Can't wait to hear more.

Kate said...

Your shop looks beautiful, as does your neighbourhood. Where I live I find there to be a complete lack of small, individually owned, creative businesses like yours. If it's not a chain store it apparently doesn't exist round here! Definitely time for me to emigrate I think!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I get to St Louis a few times a year, and am not familiar with your new address. I usually stay at the Chase, are you anywhere near that? I'd love to come by to see your place next time I am in town!!

villa medicis said...

Your new space is absolutly lovely, i'd really enjoyed to come and see your "trésors",but to far for me...perhaps a day !

euroantiquer said...

Elizabeth..I'll definitely be joining your cyberspace neighborhood!
Best of luck with your new adventures and I hope to some day meet you.
I love everything you do!

Mélanie said...

I love your space . And your blog is great . I will come again .
Mélanie xxx

susanna said...

Congratulations on your new shop and your new 'hood, Elizabeth. I certainly would be visiting those shops if I lived in town. Isn't it great that your new neighbors are friendly and creative, too? And it looks like all the shops are unique. I'm excited for you!

bellacolle said...

Your new space is soo lovely! and your neighbors are quite fabulous!... I wish I lived farther south so I can visit!

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