Every time I spend time on Cherokee I'm reminded of how many wonderful people and places are there.
This weekend I had occasion to hit a few spots. Saturday I went to a poetry reading at the Firecracker Press. Tony Renner and Steve Schroeder read from their work, while Eric Woods of Firecracker cranked out letterpress broadsides of their poems. These things (the poems and the posters) are so cool! Keep an eye out for the next poetry readings in the series at Firecracker. Such a great idea.
Tony Renner reads while Eric Woods prints a broadside of one of Tony's poems
Afterward had a late lunch at the always-delicious La Vallesana. It has expanded its outdoor patio/dining area lately but it's still as yummy as ever. Hibiscus agua fresca might be my new favorite drink.
Sunday I finally got an opportunity to stop by the recently opened St. Louis Curio Shoppe, at 2301 Cherokee Street. Kristin and Kristin, the sweet and funny owners, are stocking St. Louis-related products of all kinds: books about the history of gangs in St. Louis, peanut butter made locally, Fitz's soda, Coral Courts keychains, jewelry by local designers, eco-friendly cleaning products, beautiful wood cutting boards ... you name it, it's there. (Oh, also they are being kind enough to carry some of my St. Louis photos for sale.)
The shop is incredibly cute. I want to buy everything in there. You will too, once you visit. Which you should do soon.
St. Louis-related memorabilia on display at the St. Louis Curio Shoppe
Soap for sale at the St. Louis Curio Shoppe
locally made potholders at St. Louis Curio Shoppe