QuikTrip coming to Olive and North & South in U City

The QuikTrip Corporation have plans to build a 5,000-square-foot Quik Trip convenience store with six fuel islands at 7579 Olive Blvd. at the intersection of Olive Blvd and North and South Rd in University City. The site is between Aldi and Dollar Tree in an empty grassy lot. This new QT is anticipated to create more than a dozen full and part-time jobs.

STAR BUDS in University City Coming Soon

STAR BUDS Medical Marijuana Dispensary is opening soon in University City on 7555 Olive Blvd. STAR BUDS is a medical cannabis dispensary with an exhaustive line marijuana products for every need. The staff will help you get exactly what you need at the best possible price.

7555 Olive Blvd, University City, MO 63130

VIDEO: Travel down Olive Blvd to STAR BUDS in University City.

Costco in University City at Olive & 170 coming soon!

A Costco will be part of University Place, a newly-proposed retail development in University City at I-170 and Olive Blvd. Costco will be the anchor store of many other retail, restaurants and the like that will create over 700 jobs.

The multiple commercial projects will be done in phases that will end up covering both sides of Olive Boulevard east of Interstate 170. So far in the works is a Costco, Apartments, Senior Living, Hotel and a Grocery Store to name a few.

BeerSauce Shop Creve Coeur coming soon!

A BeerSauce Shop is opening soon in Creve Coeur Pavilion shopping center at 10453 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141. It’s anticipated to open winter of 2021. It’s moving into the empty space next to Freddy’s.

VIDEO BeerSauce Shop coming to Creve Coeur Pavilion next door to Freddy’s

500+ Craft Beers | 20 Beers On Draft | 150+ BBQ Sauces | Rubs |Condiments | 100+ Whiskeys | BBQ Menu

BeerSauce Shop
10453 Olive Blvd
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

BeerSauce Creve Coeur coming soon sign
BeerSauce Creve Coeur coming soon sign (credit craig currie)

Firestone 9398 Olive Blvd, Olivette, MO coming soon

Firestone complete auto care is under construction where the former Olivette 66 Auto Service Center once resided at 9398 Olive Blvd and Dielman Road in Olivette, MO.

SGA Design Group, P.C.
Mitchel Ray Garrett – Architect

9398 Olive Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63132
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The Oliver STL Apartments, Olivette, MO Fall 2021

THE OLIVER STL Apartments are coming along where the former Olivette Fire Department once stood at 9473 Olive Blvd. There is approximately 3,500 square feet of retail space planned for the southwest corner of the mixed-use development.

In November of 2020 a banner with the name ‘THE OLIVER” along with Ridghouse Capital and Mission Constructors was attached to the fence that surrounded the construction site along Olive Blvd. catty corner and across from Olivette Bowl.

The multifamily apartment complex will house 151 units which include studios, 1 bedroom and 2 bedrooms layouts. The Oliver is anticipated to be ready by Fall 2021.

THE OLIVER Apartments
3,500 square foot outparcel retail structure
117,000 SF of living and amenity space
Near ag-tech companies: Monsanto, Bayer, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

Ridgehous Capital
Mission Constructors, LLC
Timberlake Engineering
VE Design Group
Larson Capital Management

THE OLIVER Apartments
9473 Olive Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132
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Samantha Lee talks Pocket Parks in St. Louis

Samantha Lee, owner of Pocket Parks, talks about how she takes empty lots and turns them into a place where people can gather and socialize safely in urban environments. Samantha said, “I see an empty lot and I see opportunity. I am designer turned entrepreneur turned change maker.”

“Pocket Parks…Small Parks. Big Impact.”

Ultimately Samantha wanted to use her skills to better the community. “Pocket Parks is a nonprofit that takes vacant lots and transforms them into beautiful, active recreational spaces for the community” she said. She added, “Each of our parks incorporates three things: art, activation and opportunity.”

VIDEO: Samantha Lee talks about Pocket Parks in St. Louis.

Samantha tells people, yes, it is a parks project but it’s more than that. She explains, “It’s about weaving vibrancy into our urban fabric. It’s about building up the ecosystems of our communities to inspire pride, increase safety and build up the local economy.”

The best part, Samantha says, is that “We are small and resourceful.” We can make a “change in weeks and not years.”

Jennifer Lopez Wearing Green Dress by ELIE SAAB

Jennifer Lopez wore a beautiful Elie Saab Embroidered Tulle Midi Dress which was posted on her Intagram. This dress has been priced at around $7,000 to $8,000. Price alternative and cheaper tulle dresses on Amazon

What is a midi dress? A midi dress is where the hem hits midway between the knee and the ankle.

(L) Jennifer Lopez wearing Green Dress by ELIE SAAB on her Instagram (R) Green Dress by Ellie SAAB sold on SeekFab.com

BELOW: Jennifer Lopez turns on video for Instagram while modeling gorgeous green dress by ELIE SAAB

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Jennifer Lopez models Elie Saab Embroidered Tulle Midi Dress on her Instagram

Timothy’s STL Menu, Creve Coeur with Tim Metz

Tim Metz Co-Owner of Timothy’s The Restaurant in Creve Coeur talks about the Menu and the road he and his two friends and co-owners traveled that made this dream become a reality. Opened Today Aug. 6, 2021.

 “The menu is everything I love doing…upscale American but it's almost like upscale comfort food.” 

THE MENU: Tim continued with, “The menu is everything I love doing…upscale American but its almost like upscale comfort food. A very popular dish I do for catering is a Lobster Pot Pie. It has a puff-pastry top. It’s delicious. We’ve got vegan dishes, vegetarian dishes and most of our dishes can be changed into vegan or vegetarian. They’re fantastic dishes.”

Timothy's Burger
pimento cheese, crispy onions and dijon-mayo
gluten | dairy

Airline Chicken Breast with Mushroom Jus, Cauliflower mash, Vegetable Medley

Soba Noodle Pasta
House Made Noodles, Grilled Seasonal Veg, Beyond Italian Sausage, Tomato emulsion

Rack Of Lamb
chimichurri, crispy potatoes, carrots

Grilled Salmon
Black Bean Puree,Cilantro Creamed corn
dairy | seeds
Contains sesame/tahini 6 ounce portion

Eggplant, Zucchini, Cherry Tomato, Olive Oil, Grilled Bread
Gluten Free on request, Vegan

Filet Of Sirloin
Lobster Hollandaise, Asparagus, Garlic Mash
dairy | gluten
contains alcohol (cream sherry) can be made without lobster

Edamame Puree, Sweet Corn Broth, Grilled Corn (cut off the cob)
6 ounce portion

Truffle Mac And Cheese
Cavatappi, Cheese Mornay, Bread Crumb and parm
gluten | dairy
can add lobster or beyond sausage

THE BEGINNING: Tim began talking about the beginning, when he and his two good friends, Steven and Sean, first got the idea to open up a restaurant. He said, “The whole thing came about a couple of years ago” when Steven first brought it up.

VIDEO BELOW: Watch Tim Metz in amazing interview about the restaurant, his friends and co-owners and hear him elaborate about the cork wall.

VIDEO: Tim Mets, Co-Owner of Timothy’s The Restaurant, talks about this new restaurant. video by craig currie

THE OWNERS: Tim continued, “I’m hands on and have been in the industry since I was 13-years-old. Sean, his degree is in Hotel Management. Steven is a professional server.” Tim added that Steven’s “wine knowledge is extremely extensive.”

THE BUILDING: After Steve sparked the idea, “It kind of snowballed after that,” Tim said. “They started looking at properties and we stumbled across this…12710 Olive Street. It used to be Olive Street Café and it needed a lot of love. We’ve been working on it for four months now and it’s like this close to being finished.”

TIM’S PASSION: Tim added, “My passion is homemade ice cream. It’s one of the things I just love to make. Initially we will have vanilla bean ice cream that will go with a couple of our deserts. We do a chocolate cookie with big chunks of dark chocolate. It will be served ala mode with the ice cream. It’s going to be amazing.”

THE CORK WALL: Tim tells a great story about how the corks came about. Tim explains, “Our cork wall…that was corks from the old Balaban’s. Their last night they were open, there were all the corks back there from when Balaban’s was open in the late 70s. People would just throw them back there and they had two big 33-gallon trash bags full of them and were hauling them out to the dumpster. Sean and I were sitting at the bar, and I was like, are you just going to take those to the trash? They got so much history behind them. So we took them and threw them in our car and put them in our basement thinking some day we’ll do something with them. I don’t know what and we ended up building the cork wall behind the bar…with the corks! So there is over 6000 corks up there. Yeh; it’s pretty crazy!”

WINES & COCKTAILS: Tim explained, “Here at Timothy’s our cocktail program…it’s classic cocktails. Wine list is right now at 100 bottles.” Tim starts to smiling while saying, “that’s Steven’s forte. He’s ah…incredible. He’s been working on it for a long time now to get it perfected.”

THE COOK: Tim added, “Another thing that Timothy’s is very fortunate to have acquired is our Sous-Chef, Will.” None of this would be what it is today without him. “And having him part of the family, growing together, we are very fortunate. Let’s put it that way,” Tim says with a appreciative smile.

Equipment used in interview
MIC: Tascam DR-10L Recorder with Lavalier Microphone https://amzn.to/3lledcg
CAMERA: Sony a7S II https://amzn.to/3llBAm6
GIMBAL: ZHIYUN Crane Plus 3 https://amzn.to/3zZZg3j

Opening Hours
Tuesday – Thursday 4:00PM – 10:00PM
Friday – Saturday 4:00PM – 11:00PM
Sunday – Monday Closed.

Timothy’s STL – Elevated Dining
12710 Olive Blvd.
Creve Coeur, MO, MO 63141
(314) 786-5301
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Hats by Dianne Isbell Selling at Kentucky Derby Museum

“Hi, everyone. My name is Dianne Isbell and I am Hats by Dianne,” said Dianne during a recent filming. She’s so excited to be a “featured milliner for the Kentucky Derby Museum. It’s just a wonderful thrill… to have my hats in the shop.”

VIDEO: Dianne Isbell talks about hat trends for Fall 2021 and how she got her start making these beautiful hats. credit craig currie

Being able to sell hats there is the ultimate achievement for bespoke hat makers and only five of them make it on the shelves each year, the best of the best if I may. If your hats are being sold there, or even considered, you’ve made it. From her first hat ever made to today, she talks about her road to success.

Diane started with, “How did I start in the first place? Gee Wiz! I worked for a long time for the Federal Government, retired as a civilian in 2000 and then I started teaching etiquette classes to young girls. Of course you have to be dressed up to do that, so I went out and found these prom dresses with sleeves, bustled them up, got them bows, gloves and purses. And then I made these Victorian type hats. Low and behold some of the mothers wanted a hat because they were going to the Derby. My sister wanted a red hat and I asked what do you need a red hat for? She told me all about that.”

If you are going to do something, do it right or don’t do it at all.

Dianne Isbell

Dianne elegantly continued, “So before long I was making all these one-of-a-kind” hats of all colors and had them in shops all over: St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois. She so humbly finished with, “and that’s how I really got started into being a milliner.”

Below are random hats that Dianne helped me photograph. She is such a joy to be around, always upbeat and so kind.

Dianne loved clothes and fashion even as child and lit up while saying, “As a child I loved to dress up and wear my mothers hats. That that was so much fun, so I’ve always been a fashionista. A hat milliner was just in the game for me.”

Dianne is one of the best hat makers in the U.S. and sells hats around the globe. “I like to make everything one of a kind. I designed hats for the George Busch family, Lady Gaga. I’ve been the winner of Forest Park Forever in St. Louis for their lunching every year” an event that attracts 1000s of women.

The trends Dianne sees coming for FALL 2021 will still include fascinators but with a larger selection of beautiful colors. Dianne added that, “Red and black is always good. Another look this year, of course, is going to be the cloche.” Dianne picked up her black leather cloche and said, “This is one of my favorite hats, this cloche, that I made with leather. It was a stickler because this leather is hard to push a needle through; my fingers were really sore by the time I finished it. It is a lovely hat. You will see a lot of these kinds of hats this year,” as she tries one on.

Dianne Isbell holding her Bumble Bee Fastinator.

“Of course my fall line includes this little number which is my bumble bee fascinator.” As she picks up the cute yellow bee hat, she says, “So if you look at that, gosh, isn’t this going to be a winner at any luncheons.” She mentioned a few luncheons where bespoke hats are all the rage which included the Forest Park Forever Hat Luncheon, Naples Annual Charity Luncheon, The Glen and Gallop which Dianne supports every year.

If you need a hat for anything, Dianne can match anything and can make you look like a million dollars.

“I have a motto and this motto is one that I’ve lived all my life and it’s this. (If you are going to do something, do it right or don’t do it at all.) So I am a perfectionist when it comes to my hats because I want them to be perfect.”

Dianne smiled while saying, “If you want to know a fun thing about me, I dream in color. So I dream a lot about designs of my hats and not everyone does that apparently. I just thought it was normal.”

“In the end if you follow something, a path that you like to do…sometimes it can be the best path you ever went on. And that’s what I’ve done with my hats.”

Dianne was like an angle and she ended with, “It just started out with my little girls wanting hats and from there look at where I am; I am now a featured milliner for the Kentucky Derby Museum.”

The last sentence is all so true and inspiring: Work hard and never give up on your dreams. Dianne started with one hat, fast forward a few years and now she at the top of the game becoming one of the most respected and celebrated hat designers not only in St. Louis but in the U.S. as well. Congrats Dianne, you earned the title hands down.

Want more….visit https://www.hatsbydianne.com/