This particular Saturday morning started off with a hot and hilly 5K race through downtown St. Louis benefiting Girls on the Run, however, in the afternoon I headed up to the Old North neighborhood for their Spring Fling in the City Festival and Community and House Tour. The tour was put on by the Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group; I'm nosy and can never pass up the opportunity to walk through and see the inside of someone's home!
What I love about this neighborhood is how passionate the residents are about revitalizing and rebuilding their community. The neighborhood has a cute commercial strip that is home to La Mancha Coffeehouse, Mindful Movements Yoga, Crown Candy Kitchen, and my favorite store, The Firecracker Press. There is a lot of potential up here in Old North.
The first stop on the tour was this beautiful little park that included the free library and seating underneath the trees.
The second stop was actually at the Magdalena House. I wasn't familiar with this organization but was so thankful it was included on tour. The Magdalena House St. Louis is a "residential community for women who have survived lives of prostitution, violence and addiction." The residents here receive up to two years of housing along with extensive support, therapy, and education so that they can begin to heal.
Old North has been nationally recognized for their revitalization and it is still ongoing. There are lots of opportunities to purchase lots or buildings at minimal cost for those who love a project!
My favorite stop on the tour was the 13th Community Garden. Unfortunately, Old North does not have it's own grocery store in the neighborhood. The community garden provides a space to grow fresh local produce as well as provide space for community members to have a garden. They also have several chickens providing fresh eggs. Produce grown at the garden is sold at the Old North Farmers Market - so you really get to see exactly where your food is coming from!
During the first half of the tour most of the homes were historic, however, as I went on there were several newer development homes like below. These homes have a great view of the bridge!
After I finished the house tour, I headed to get my free ice cream and then to the Spring Fling Festival! There were a great mix of vendors at the festival selling vintage and homemade items.
Panda Bear candles is one of my favorite local candles here in St. Louis, so I was excited to see they had a booth at the festival and I definitely stocked up! These candles are 100% soy with wood wicks and handmade here in St. Louis. I love them because 1) I'm a sucker for anything in a mason jar, 2) they have great scents with a ton of variety, and 3) if you return the mason jar for them to reuse you get a discount on your next candle! Win-win for you and the environment!
My last stop in Old North this Saturday was to pop into the Restoration Group to view the Humans of St. Louis exhibit. There were a lot of powerful photographs but this one stuck with me: