Thursday, May 2, 2013
The bank is looking for a co-signer to continue future loans.
Hartke Nursery on Warson Road in Olivette could be in dire straits. Two things have happened to directly impact its business. First, the small business loan from BMO Harris, a Canadian bank, is being called in. The end could come as early as this September, according to co-owner Cindy Collins. She purchased the business along with her husband Jerry from Ralph and Pat Hartke in 2002. Second, the Olivette City council ignored the pleas of the Collins to rezone parking lots in April of 2011 to allow for the set up of temporary seasonal businesses. Planthaven Farms has been doing business during the summer months on the parking lot of the Olivette Bowling Lanes. Faced with a recession, loss of interest in gardening, summer droughts and extreme…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Beautiful and meaningful graduation gifts at pocket-book conscious prices.
Parents pay attention: The Shane Co. jewelry store in Olivette has some wonderful and unique gifts for your graduating son or daughter. Now is a good time to think about marking the occasion and helping your graduate embark from their high school or college with a gift of great remembrance. Women's gifts start at around $100; men's gifts for just $50. This is what Shane Co associates suggest: All gifts will be wrapped with paper and bow in a suitable presentation box and gift card. Allow a couple of days for engraving items. The Shane Co. is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Shane Co. is located on the northside of Olive Street across from the Olivette Shopping center, east of …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The major east-west roadway runs from Chesterfield in West County all the way to the eastern edge of University City.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is looking to improve the traffic flow on Olive Boulevard, a road that has likely been the source of many a frustrated commute for St. Louis County drivers. Olivette drivers will be glad of that. The east-west street stretches from Chesterfield on one end to University City on the other, and MoDOT officials recently told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Ride Guy that they have hired a consultant to examine how its 47 traffic signals can be better synchronized. The move follows the completion of improvements to allow Highway 141 in Chesterfield to carry more traffic. MoDOT spokeswoman Linda Wilson Horn said the study will likely result in a few seconds being added to green lights throughout …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Fajitas, Flatas, Quesadillas Margaritas will all be ready to help celebrate this national holiday in Mexico.
Cinco deMayo is a national holiday for Chevy’s Fresh Mex in Olivette. The staff is pulling for clear skies and nice weather as patrons celebrate this national Mexican Holiday, Chevy’s style. Patch.com recently did an interview with Zerfu Habte, general manager who has supervised the sales of every Enchiladas and Fajitas since 1994. Prior to that, the restaurant was the Border Grill. Patch.com: Cinco deMayo falls on a Sunday. Will that mean as many customers as in the past? Zerfu Habte: “We will be very busy, but perhaps, not as much as in the past when it fell on a Friday or another week day. Either way, we will be ready.” Patch: How will you handle all of the parking that day? ZH: “We will fill up the whole parking lot. And we’ve made …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
This is a club for stay-at-home moms & their kids to break up the daily routine & isolation.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- James Baer
Saturday, April 20
Stay-at-home-moms have something very much in common. The experience of raising their children at home can be isolating at times. Out of that problem came a solution. That is International MOMS Club. Sharon Parks, a 36 year-old stay-at-home mom with two children still under the ages of 5 is developing a chapter for St. Louis County. Already, there are MOMS Clubs within the city limits of St. Louis; Kirkwood, St. Charles and West County (beyond I-270). This Olivette resident, who moved from Indianapolis a couple of months ago is organizing the following cities for her group: Olivette, Ladue, University City, Clayton, Richmond Heights, Brentwood, Rock Hill, Webster Groves, Shrewsbury, Maplewood, Town & Country and Creve Coeur. Her goal is …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Golden Gopher rower is a former multi sport standout at Ladue.
The last time we ran into Ladue athlete Chris Shirley, he was a wrestler and a water polo player. Shirley is a rare breed. He earned 12 varsity letters over 4 years at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. After trying his hand at water polo at the University of Minnesota, he has taken up rowing in a big way. He is a member of the men’s rowing team in Minneapolis, traveling recently to spring training in Austin, TX and will row in a regatta in Gainsville, GA in May. While rowing is an NCAA sport for the women at Minnesota and other schools, mostly the men row as a club activity. The Golden Gophers compete against power house crews at Michigan, Iowa, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Colorado and the like, The Gophers have an indoor rowing tank that …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Owner Cindy Collins tells readers how to prep their vegetable garden. In the second part of the interview next, she explains how to prepare the lawn for spring.
Hartke Nursery, is located on 1.66 acres on the southeast corner of Grandview Drive and Warson Road in Olivette and celebrating its 35th year of serving the community. Thirteen years ago, Cindy Collins purchased the full-fledged nursery outright from the original owners, the late Ralph and Pat Hartke, maintaining the good name. The main house out front is now 113 years old. Hartke is your prototype neighborhood business serving the locals almost exclusively. Once in a while landscapers and builders will pull up their trucks to load tons of mulch and bark, and dirt and fertilizer. But mostly, this is a one-of-a-kind service. “We offer personal service. We take care of everyone’s needs,” said Collins, the owner. “We offer items you won’t …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The 15-ton red Wabash Railroad caboose hit the road at 11:14 a.m. this morning, headed to Kirkwood and the Museum of Transportation.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- James Baer
Tuesday, March 12
At exactly 11:14 a.m. this morning, the 15-ton Wabash caboose that resided in the backyard of Vance Lischer, Jr. and Dorothy Beaman made tracks for the Transportation Museum on the western edge of Kirkwood. As reporters stood on the ground, and a chopper in the air, the caboose was escorted to the city limits by the Olivette Police. Select Transport, Inc. of Pacific spent two days of packing up and moving out. The train was squeezed too close to a fire hydrant so a stand by crane lifted the back end of the flat bed truck to make the turn onto Dielman Road. RELATED ARTICLES From there, the truck turned around in the intersection of Dielman and Old Bonhomme Road, then headed back north on Dielman for Olive Street. This ends a 20-year history…
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Nicole McNichols of Olivette just received a Residence Life Leadership award.
Information was provided by Southeast Missouri State University. Nicole McNichols from Ladue Horton Watkins High School has received the Residence Life Leadership Award to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2013-2014 academic year. McNichols is the daughter of Tyrone and Lisa McNichols of Olivette. Many scholarship opportunities exist at Southeast Missouri State University. For more information, visit their website.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Meyers is the "Grand Daddy" of all the sports talent to come out of Ladue Horton Watkins High School.
Entering his first season with the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA as the team’s television play-by-play announcer, Joel Meyers brings over 25 years of broadcast experience to the organization. Meyers, a former native of Olivette graduated Ladue High several decades ago. He made a name for himself announcing on KSHE radio locally before bouncing to the big time in collegiate and professional sports. Meyers came to New Orleans after six seasons as the Los Angeles Lakers’ television play-by-play announcer (2005-11) and two as the Lakers’ radio play-by-play announcer (2003-2005). Meyers won two Emmy awards in his time as Lakers’ television play-by-play man and previously served four years as the voice of San Antonio Spurs’ television broadcast…