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Preventing roof leaks due to ice buildup

Fighting roof leaks on a flat roof can be a struggle. Even with the highest quality roof  you are constantly in a battle against gravity.  It’s not a question of if, but when gravity will win and water will find a way inside. Whenever a flat roof is hit by freezing rain, sleet, or a significant amount snow,  the […] More»

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Rams proposal for Edward Jones Dome revealed

The Ram’s proposal for the Edward Jones Dome in Downtown St. Louis has finally been revealed to the public. It looks nice, but it also looks expensive. If this is what the team expects the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC) to provide St. Louisians might want to start pondering what it will be […] More»

Washington Street

Where St. Louis night owls flock?

They just don’t make warehouses like they used to. Once draped in garments, this famous St. Louis street made the Chicago-style of architecture completely its own when it reinvented itself starting in the 1990s. Many of the early real estate developers’ lofty goals have come to pass. Can you name this street where fashionable garments […] More»

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Where is this building that delivers historical beauty?

Inspired by mid-18th Century Parisian architecture, this historical gem of a building experienced an early 21st century re-birth. Also marked by a post-great Chicago fire of 1871 paranoia, the structure is framed entirely in cast iron down to the doorjambs and window frames. Its decorative details and forward thinking use of light alone merit a visit. […] More»

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Gas or electric appliances?

When it comes to the real estate, you can never build to accommodate everyone’s tastes. But it never hurts to try. One issue that seems to be hard to get a true grasp on is people’s feelings towards electric and gas appliances and utilities. Stoves, furnaces, water heaters… that kind of thing. We get calls […] More»

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Where can you find mixed media & mixed drinks?

This longstanding, fantastical city spot shares its name with a famous city built on water and is famous for its ‘oceans’ of mosaic art. A walk through this joint always reveals some new feast for the eye, and its patio rates high on any summer lover’s bar list. If only artifacts and mosaic art could […] More»

St. Louis Zoo Expansion Forest Park Hospital Rendering

St. Louis Zoo to buy Forest Park Hospital site

Think the St. Louis Zoo is too small and that it doesn’t have enough parking? Apparently the Zoo agrees with you. To remedy the problem, they now have the former Forest Park Hospital under contract to purchase. The 13.5 acre site is located at 6150 Oakland Ave. in the Clayton-Tamm neighborhood (part of Dogtown) of […] More»

Where in the Lou - Not your average church

Where can you hear more than just church music?

Wander into this church on a Sunday morning and they just may ask you to come back for the matinee or on a Friday or Saturday night. With a stage literally built for worship, this one of a kind theatre graces one of our city’s many interesting south side neighborhoods. From concerts to family musicals, […] More»

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Making your apartment showings matter

You’ve been trying to lease that apartment for weeks and you finally have an appointment for a showing. The prospective tenant shows up and says how much they love the apartment. Flash forward a few weeks later and the apartment still hasn’t been rented and you are still losing money. What went wrong? Was the unit not right […] More»

Perennial Artisan Ales in St. Louis' Patch Neighborhood

St. Louis Microbreweries: Perennial Artisan Ales

With St. Louis’ new love affair with microbreweries, it is nice to see the far south-side of the City is not being left out of the fun. Since September 2011, Perennial Artisan Ales has been brewing beer in the former Coca-Cola syrup plant at 8125 S Michigan in the Patch Neighborhood (near  Carondelet). The redeveloped industrial plant is now […] More»