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Light Up The Loop on Small Business Saturday
ST. Louis, MO, (, November 26, 2013 - St. Louisans are invited to attend Light Up The Loop, an annual holiday festival of lights, music, and decorations. Delmar Loop businesses and restaurants will host this fun and family-friendly all-day event on Saturday, November 30, 2013.

Light Up The Loop starts off the season with a blast of color and fun, featuring vintage Christmas lights decorating streetlamps and store rooftops, holiday-themed window displays in storefronts, and special deals from The Loop's shops and eateries.

Loop visitors will have the opportunity to enter drawings, sample treats, and receive discounts on one-of-a-kind gifts from various Loop boutiques and restaurants. Individual Loop businesses will host family-friendly events all day long on November 30.

Children of all ages are invited to have their photos taken with Santa, either at Miss M's Candy Boutique from 1-3pm, or while sitting in his sleigh with him at Fitz's from 3-5pm, where Santa has also arranged for kids to be able to meet and pet one of his live reindeer! "We're especially excited to have Santa and one of his live reindeer visiting us this year," said Fitz's owner Michael Alter. "I can't wait to see the kids' faces." And at 5:00 pm, join Santa on Fitz's patio to kick off the holiday with a 20-foot Christmas tree lighting while enjoying Christmas carols.

The day's festivities also include a Menorah lighting at the Market in the Loop. At 7pm, Chabad on Campus sponsors a celebration of the Jewish holiday of Chanukah with the lighting of a 9-foot Menorah, live music, chocolate coins ("gelt"), and more. Both the Market in the Loop and Fitz's will showcase live outdoor performances throughout the day by COCA's Allegro singers, the Missouri Ballet, the University City High School Orchestra, and many others.

But perhaps most important is Light Up The Loop's emphasis on giving; Loop businesses will host a friendly competition against each other to generate donations for Operation Food Search with a Virtual Food Drive. For every $1 donated, Operation Food Search is able to purchase $22 worth of food to provide to local families in need. With food banks approaching an all-time low in reserves, now is the time to help The Loop accomplish its goal of raising $5,000 for needy families. With your help and the collective buying power of Operation Food Search, together we can donate $110,000 worth of food during this holiday season

Global Foods and Peacock Loop Diner
Updated: October 17, 2013 - The $80 million retail and student apartment complex currently under construction at the corner of Delmar and Eastgate in the Loop will be called The Lofts of Washington University.

Global Foods and Peacock Loop Diner to Open in The Loop
ST. Louis, MO, (, July 23, 2013 - Washington University in St. Louis has announced that two major retail tenants have plans to launch businesses in the new space, called The Lofts of Washington University.

The tenants are a 14,939-square-foot grocery store operated by Global Foods Market, based in Kirkwood; and the 4,875-square-foot Peacock Loop Diner, operated by Joe Edwards, owner of Blueberry Hill, The Pageant and the Moonrise Hotel.

Global Foods and Peacock Loop Diner
The Lofts of Washington University, a $80 million retail and student apartment complex currently under construction, will open in August 2014.
According to Shayn Prapaisilp, vice president of Global Foods Market, the new location in the Delmar Loop will be an urban-concept grocery store that will cater not only to students, but also the greater community.

In addition to carrying everyday staples like bread, milk, fresh produce and toiletries, the store will feature a large selection of international and gourmet groceries and an extensive section of prepared foods, including hot food stations, grab-and-go items, and salads and sandwiches.

"We are very excited to partner with such a world-class institution for our next location. The Delmar Loop is one of St. Louis' premier shopping and dining destinations and we are looking forward to be a part of the community," Prapaisilp said.

He added, "We recognize that Washington University draws students not only from all over the country, but also all over the world. One of the most comforting things for someone in a new country is to have foods from home and we hope to provide that for those students."

The Peacock Loop Diner will bring the first 24-hour restaurant to the Loop. The diner will feature an expansive menu of breakfast standards, diner classics and international favorites, as well as salads and vegetarian dishes.

Edwards is considering many classic diner features, such as a wide dessert selection, including a pie case and, of course, a jukebox.

Edwards said Washington University's smart city planning got him excited about the overall project long before he decided to open a diner there himself. Reserving the buildings' first levels for retail tenants will help boost the entertainment district's vitality, he said.

"Washington University's doing it the right way, the long-term, first-class way. It's good for the whole St. Louis area," Edwards said.

"Many of those living and working in the surrounding neighborhoods have expressed a desire for a quality grocery store located nearby. The university is delighted to welcome a locally owned, unique grocer to add to the vibrancy and sustainability of the Loop," said Cheryl Adelstein, director of community relations and local government affairs at WUSTL.

When complete, The Lofts of Washington University, the 4.4-acre project, will comprise five buildings and include apartments for about 600 undergraduate students.

WUSTL also has commissioned local artist Peat Wollaeger to create a mural along the 300-foot walkway of the construction site along Delmar Boulevard.

Deborah Fink, owner of Devil City boutique, brought Wollaeger to the attention of Washington University. "Our customers commented on the long plywood walkway and I thought it would be great space for some public art to add to the vitality of the street and enhance the shopping experience during construction."

Welcome to the Delmar Loop in University City
Blueberry Hill in the Delmar Loop area of University City
University City Was Built As a Model City
ST. LOUIS, MO, ( - University City was founded in 1906 by businessman Edward Gardner Lewis, who designed it as a model city.

University City is known for its fine residential neighborhoods, art galleries, the business and entertainment district along Delmar Boulevard and the Washington Univerity campus. Two massive lions sculptures by George Julian Zolnay, set atop pylons designed by architects Eames & Young, welcome residents and visitors to the formal city hall plaza.

In 2006, a group of volunteers staged the city's biggest party in 100 years. Their aim was to show that this small but exciting enclave is more a community of culture, diversity and education than even its founder could have imaged.

It was no small task since Lewis was a dreamer, inventor, chemist, artist, education, potter, women's magazine publisher, entrepreneur and politician. But with a theme of 100 Fun things to do in University City, on almost any given day something was happening for fun seekers of all ages.

A celebration was held with the grand opening of Centennial Commons, formerly the Heman Park Recreation Facility. With a nod towards the City's 100th anniversary, the facility underwent a two-year $6M extreme makeover and a name change. The facility is now open for fun, fitness and community events.

The business and entertainment district is also well know as the Delmar Loop, named after the Delmar Streetcar system that provided service for visitors and residents to University City in the early 1900s. The Delmar Loop has been named one of the best 10 streets in America.

In 2000, a strong coalition of supporters, energized by Joe Edwards, owner of Blueberry Hill Restaurant, Pin-Up Bowl, and the Pageant Building, began working on bringing a trolley system back to University City.

Edwards organized the St. Louis Trolley Company (LTC) in 2002 with the help of Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT). The group secured a grant from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments and the Missouri Department of Transportation to purchase and renovate two historic vehicles for the new line. The trolleys are currently on display in front of the Missouri History Museum and Commerce Bank in the Delmar Loop.

On Friday, July 9, 2010, the St. Louis Trolley Company secured nearly $25 million in federal funding for the Loop Trolley System linking Forest Park to the University City Loop. See
Loop Trolley System to Connect Forest Park Attractions with University City Loop Businesses.

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