Hottest Black Female Entrepreneurs at The STL Collective Photoshoot, Tower Grove Park

The hottest Black female entrepreneurs in St. Louis, with The STL Collective, gathered at Tower Grove Park for an epic photoshoot by Mena Darre. It was Tuesday morning around 9 AM with a temperature circling around 35 degrees. The overcast made it feel even cooler but that didn’t hinder these woman whatsoever.

Helping the woman pose was Chi The Model that happens to be the best modeling coach in St. Louis. Mena and Chi were the perfect mix and were simply magic together. The end results were phenomenal.

The women were all dressed to kill in jaw-dropping black gowns that created a master piece for any camera. It was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see this and everyone was in awe!!!

Horns were honking and numerous fans yelled from the streets displaying their appreciation by saying things like, “OMG, you are all so beautiful.” It was so funny because I was saying this to myself, as well. The words Beautiful, Great and OMG became a common thing to hear on that wonderful day in the park, words that gave us another sign of hope, words that echoed from the streets of South City to Tower Grove Park, words that we all need to hear.

To celebrate how Black women stepped into their passions during this pandemic, we chose to wear Black. Not only for the people we’ve lost, but to celebrate the beauty of our people. And for the undying, unwavering perseverance Black women possess in life and in business.

The STL Collective
Watch 15 beautiful black female entrepreneurs in epic STL Collective photoshoot by Mena Darre at Tower Grove Park.

These gorgeous ladies wore black to represents their resolve during the pandemic and to pay respects to the fallen and more. Dr. Maurya Dominica explained this perfectly on an Instagram post that read:

We wear black to pay respects to the lives lost due to COVID-19.
We wear black to honor the essential workers and healthcare heroes on the frontlines.
We wear black to signal the death of the old versions of ourselves.
We wear gowns because pandemic or not, 2021 is going to be a five star event.

Dr. Maurya Dominica

We have all experienced or witnessed great loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic has taught us all the value of family, friends, and how we spend our time during months uncertainty. The silver lining, though, is like in most recessions or economic downturns people with little have found they have little to lose. And from that realization many small businesses were birthed.

Plot Twist: With brand new perspective, 2020 has actually been the best year of our lives. We may have faced challenges, been laid off, furloughed and lost hours, but we’ve adapted. #2020 has forced us to grow and take chances. Quit jobs and start businesses we’ve always dreamed of. During COVID-19 we elected our first Black, first female Vice President of the United States of America. In 2020 we stopped surviving and started actually living; we started fighting for ourselves.

Local creative, Christian, admits as an entrepreneur, 2020 has taught her to take risks and invest in herself and her business because we never know when our time is up. We cannot control when we go but only how we live and having regrets is the only way to fail at life. Christian’s business has grown because people trust her passion, and conveniently, everyone is at home writing books.

The STL Collective

Some attendees: Ashleigh Christian Bolar, Erica N. Williams, Dr. Maurya Dominica, Christian Cashelle, Mena Darré Photography Lauren Spearman, Cassondra Hunt, Bree Wash, Eboni Sampá

THE OLIVER Apartments, Olivette, MO Fall 2021

THE OLIVER Apartments are being built where the former Olivette Fire Department once stood at 9473 Olive Blvd. On Nov. 11, 2020 a banner with THE OLIVER in bold letters along with Ridghouse Capital and Mission Constructors, LL was attached to the fence that surrounds the construction site that runs along Olive Blvd. catty corner and across from Olivette Bowl.

The multifamily apartment complex will house 151 units from studios to 2 bedrooms and is anticipated to be ready by Fall 2021.

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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Chi The Model Coaches Black Female Entrepreneurs at photoshoot, Tower Grove Park

Chi the model coached 15 black female entrepreneurs during The STL Collective 2020 Photoshoot with Mena Darre doing the photography at Tower Grove Park, December 8, 2020. It was around 9:00 AM and a chilly 35 degrees when everything got started.

Chi, the best modeling and posing coach in St. Louis, teamed up with Mena, the best photographer in St. Louis, to create one of the most epic photoshoots of 2020. These two talented and beautiful young women are both so uplifting to be around and graced with etiquette that surpasses royalty.

Watch Chi The Model coach 15 of the most beautiful woman in St. Louis that happen to be entrepreneurs as well.

Before the shoot got started, Chi gathered the women and spoke:

“My name is Chi. I am going to be the posing coach today, so please, please have fun. You all look absolutely amazing. I want you to be yourselves but I may be giving you a little direction here and there.

If you happen to move or pose, I want it to be fluid. I don’t want to be seeing all this. [while she moved like robot making us LOL] I want it to be graceful, sexy and effortless, because it’s going to show up on the cameras.

So, I am going to guide you. Every now and then I might have you expose a little thigh, because that’s what I do. [sparking laughter in the crowd] We are going to have so much fun today. Right! [clapping ensued]

Chi The Model

Chi and Mena assisted all the gorgeous ladies with grace and made the entire set feel comfortable. With their talent and guidance, the shoot went smooth as butter.

SPEAKER Chi the Model
FEATURING Fifteen of the Hottest St. Louis Entrepreneurs
MUSIC “The Monkey Funk” by Yanivi from
VIDEO By Craig Currie

Chroma Apartments in The Grove gets 5-star rating

Chroma Luxury Apartments in The Grove neighborhood currently has a 5-star rating at, and if you could see how beautiful the outside looks, it’s not surprising at all.

The apartment complex is a mixed-use development with Chouteau Plaza on the street level that houses Seoul Taco, Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, Salon Lofts, Chao Baan and the newest tenant Takashima Records & Lounge.

Right across the street there is a White Castles and the Rehab Bar and Grill as well. So you are getting the idea! Having all these food choices just a few steps away from your apartment is a luxury in itself. And Manchester Avenue, just right outside Chroma’s front door, is filled with restaurants, bars and retail on just about every corner.

Video show us driving down Manchester Ave. to CHROMA Apartments.

Take a drive down Manchester Avenue and see all the restaurants and and bars as we head toward Chroma Luxury Apartments in The Grove.

I love the lighting accents on the building at night. It turns into a beautiful work of art with different colored lighting spilling upward on the building and the front entrance with flowers, trees and shrubs looks more like a decorated mansion than an urban apartment. And the signage on the retail are all in step and give the building a classy and inviting ambience.

City Foundry STL Fall 2020 Update VIDEO

The City Foundry STL is planning to open in Spring of 2021 in the Grand Center neighborhood of St. Louis. The Fall 2020 updated was done on November 3, 2020 with temperatures around 73 degrees with sunny skies.

The tenants so far include:
Press Waffle CO.
Hello Poke
Patty’s Cheese Cakes
Poptimisim STL
Buenos Aires Cafe
City Taco Shack
Good Day
Alamo Drafthouse movie theater
Fassler Hall: authentic German Beer Hall
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
Gateway Blend
Great Rivers Greenway
Orion Genomics
Bullhorn’s cloud-based software solutions
18Rails – The Venue @ City Foundry STL

Photos from 2019 to 2020

Guerrilla Street Food on The Delmar Loop Closes Permanently

Guerrilla Street Food owners, Brian Hardesty and Joel Crespo wrote on their Facebook page that they closed the Delmar Loop restaurant permanently on August 31, 2020. The GSF restaurant was neighbors with the former Tavoli Italian Restaurant which closed in May 2020 due to Covid-19.

The GSF owners posted on the restaurant’s official Facebook page, “We are grateful to the Delmar Loop community, the Wash U staff & students, and our fellow Loop businesses for their support these past few years.”

You can visit them at 43 South Old Orchard Rd. beginning SEPTEMBER 8th for an all-new, yet still familiar Guerrilla Street Food experience. Their food truck will be back on the streets as well. Read more on their Facebook page.

What Washington Avenue Looks Like Barricaded in Downtown St. Louis

This is a view of what Washington Avenue looks like on a Friday night (9.28.2020) while blocked off to stop late-night racing in Downtown St. Louis. The barricades are going to stay up until further notice which were strategically placed throughout the city, ordered by Mayor Lyda Krewson.

Video of what Washington Avenue looks like while blocked off on a Friday evening from traffic due to late-night speeding in Downtown St. Louis MO on 8.28.2020.

The blocked streets have curtailed the racing but have also stopped traffic driving by businesses as well. As a result, some owners have reported a decline in business. I did see people walking and going into the businesses tonight, however. I saw neighbors in the middle of the street visiting and talking about their dogs as well. They were laughing and having a wonderful time across from the House of Soul restaurant which has outside dining.

Do you like the barricades on Washington Avenue? Comment in the section below what you would do to make Washington Avenue a better community.

Vitality Bowls, Creve Coeur coming soon!

Vitality Bowls Superfood Café is coming soon to The Plaza Shops shopping center at 741 New Ballas Road in Creve Coeur, MO across the street from The Pasta House.

Vitality Bowls Superfood Café is a fast-casual eatery with a made-to-order menu serving both
dine-in and carryout customers.

Its hours of operations will be 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, seven days per week.

Vitality Bowls
41 New Ballas Road
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

QT Olive Blvd & Graeser Rd, Creve Couer Coming Soon!

QuickTrip is coming soon to the corner of Graeser Rd. and Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur, MO. The There will be a demolishing crew to tear down the now vacant strip mall that once housed dry cleaners, a shoe repair shop, a hair salon, and more. Construction on the new QT structure should begin in late 2020.

MUSIC “Around Again” by Ian Post from
MAP provided by Google Maps
Special Thanks to Creve Coeur and others that made QT possible.
VIDEO by Craig Currie

Walmart’s Contactless Grocery Pickup St. Louis

Associate loading groceries in car at Walmart Supercenter Manchester, MO

Walmart’s Grocery Pickup option on their website is so convenient and easy to use. After ordering online you choose a time and date when you can pick it up. You will get notified by email when your order is ready to be picked up.

You will then go to the Walmart location that you picked when you placed the order. You will park at the pickup area inline with one of the numbered-orange signs and then an Associate will get with you asap and load the groceries in your trunk. It’s that simple!

There is no touching or signing involved making it a safe option during the Covid-19 outbreak for customers and Associates.

Walmart Supercenter
Manchester Highlands
201 Highlands Blvd
Manchester, MO 63011

Cori Bush Sets Eyes to be First Black Female to Serve in Missouri Congress

Cori Bush is about to make history at the ballot box in November while setting her eyes to be the first Black female to Serve in U.S. Missouri Congress 1st District.

Bernie Sanders was thrilled that Cori Bush had won the 2020 Primary for U.S. House District 1 and said: “She is a true progressive who stands with working people and will take on the corporate elite of this country when she gets to Congress. Congratulations to @CoriBush. What a remarkable victory.”

We’re the ones that will make history.

Cori Bush 2020

Cori’s Speech is below both on video and written down as well.

Only Missouri can make this happen. We’re the ones that can make change, we’re the ones that will make history. We didn’t set out to make history. We didn’t try to make history. Y’know, people say, “Y’know, if I was born back in such-and-such time, y’know, I would have done this.”

During the Ferguson uprising, we didn’t hit the streets thinking, “Oh, this protest is happening, so let me come out and look special and try to get a name for myself. When you’re in a history-making moment, you don’t know that you’re in a history-making moment.

We didn’t know we were making history. We didn’t know that we would touch the entire world. We wanted justice for black and brown people. So we were fighting for someone we didn’t know.

Understand the moment that you’re in: We are making history right now. This is a history-making moment. Teachers, nurses, farmers, veterans, store clerks, hotel workers, janitors, servers, union workers, postal workers, and unemployed and those retired: this is our moment.

To the Black women making 61 cents on the dollar; the Black families who have had the, “Just make it home safely baby,” talk: this is our moment. Gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, trans and queer: this is our moment.

To the unable to vote or unwilling to hope; the overlooked, the exploited, the movers, the breakers, the builders, the shakers, and the laborers: This. Is. Our. Moment.

Cori Bush 2020

Ferguson Police Department allows artists to paint mural on boarded-up windows

The Ferguson Police Department allowed artists Linton Lovelock and Phil Berwick to paint a mural on boarded-up windows on the police department building in June of 2020. The mural reads “One Nation” and “We Hear You” at the bottom of the portrait.

The boards were on the windows for protection against protesters for George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, who was murdered by Minneapolis Police. A convenience store employee call 911 after Floyd purchased cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill.

One of the police officers kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds which killed him. During the 8 minutes and 46 seconds, Floyd was pleading, “I can’t breathe” multiple times. The other officers watched and did nothing while Floyd was suffocating due to being pinned down with a knee directly on his carotid artery which cut off blood supply killing him slowly, painfully.

Call Ferguson Police Department at (314) 522-3100 to ask them permission to paint your mural or gaffiti art on some of the unpainted boards that are still there.

MUSIC “Out in the Cold” by Josh Leake from

video by craig currie