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This Valentine’s Day, shop Dutchtown and get some unique finds for your sweetheart! Plus, you’ll have chances to win great prizes from our neighborhood merchants! Read on to learn how you can win, and find out more about special events happening on the day before Valentine’s.

How To Win

Join Us on Facebook

We’re making it easy to win—just join the Dutchtown Business District group on Facebook! In this new group, you’ll be able to keep up on the latest from our neighborhood business owners—new shops, new inventory, new sales, and more.

All you have to do is join the Facebook group by February 11th. On February 12th we’ll have a random drawing in which several lucky followers win gift certificates from a variety of Dutchtown businesses. Winners must pick up their gift certificates in person. Go on a Dutchtown shopping spree!

Participating Merchants

More Valentine’s Fun in Dutchtown

Cross Grand Selfie Photo Contest

Cross Grand, Downtown Dutchtown’s creative service agency, has a fun contest with great prizes. Take a selfie with your sweetie and write a three sentence love letter. Submit your letter and your photo by February 12th. You’ll be entered to win a basket loaded with a $20 gift certificate, stuffed animal, chocolate basket, and liquor bouquet. Plus you’ll get a 30 minute couples photo shoot with five edited images!

Forget Me Not’s Valentine’s Day Party

Forget Me Not Boutique at 4213 Virginia Avenue celebrates Valentine’s Day on February 13th with treats and specials. Sip while you shop and enjoy some chocolates to keep your spirits lifted. Shoppers can take advantage of free gift wrapping and get $10 off when they spend $50. And one lucky shopper will win a gift basket featuring merchandise from Forget Me Not.. Come shop from 10am to 5pm.

Valentine’s Treats at Perfectly Pastry

Perfectly Pastry, located in the Urban Eats Neighborhood Food Hall, offers special treats throughout the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. Find cupcakes, mini fruit pies, chocolate covered strawberries, and more. Perfectly Pastry is open from 7:30am to 2pm Wednesday through Friday and 8am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The Dutchtown Community Improvement District has released its 2020 annual report. The report covers the twelve month period ending June 30th, 2020.

In the 2020 fiscal year, the Dutchtown CID built additional momentum towards implementing goals laid out when the CID was established in 2017. COVID-19 certainly impacted our ability to closely interact with the community, but the CID and other Dutchtown organizations worked together to develop solutions and continue to serve our residents and businesses.

Safety and Security

In the reporting period, the Dutchtown CID ended their contract with Campbell Security, which provided limited secondary patrols in the area. Currently the CID is exploring alternate options which will maximize return on investment including camera systems and other strategies.

Beautification and Maintenance

The CID continued to contract with Metro Sweeping to provide disposal services at the 30-plus receptacles previously installed in the district. Additionally, the CID’s contract with St. Patrick Center provides workers to assist with general cleanup needs.

Marketing and Development

The CID and other neighborhood organizations collaborated on the Dutchtown Proud project. The project included providing yard signs to neighbors in the district and throughout the neighborhood to help build a stronger sense of community. The CID also continues to work with DutchtownSTL.org for marketing and promotion needs.


The Dutchtown CID continues to broaden its efforts by working with other Dutchtown organizations. In 2020, the CID worked with DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown and Missouri Main Street’s UrbanMain initiative to establish new Dutchtown Committees that focus on projects within the vital CID footprint and beyond. We can always use more volunteers and community input. Consider joining a committee to help guide the future of the CID and the Dutchtown neighborhood!

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Welcome back to the Dutchtown Business Showcase! In this video series, we’ll be introducing you to some of the businesses throughout Dutchtown. Our second episode takes us to Juanita’s Creole Soul Café, where we meet Chef Curtis McCann.

Chef Curtis started in the catering business. In the summer of 2020, he moved into the Urban Eats Neighborhood Food Hall to open Juanita’s and showcase his culinary skills that were influenced by his grandmother (the eponymous Juanita) and the creole food of New Orleans. The success of his Downtown Dutchtown location has led him to open a second location in North St. Louis, coming January 9th to 1823 North Taylor Avenue.

Juanita’s is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11:30am to 7pm. Due to COVID-19, the Neighborhood Food Hall is currently takeout only (with sidewalk seating available on warmer days). You can also have Juanita’s delivered via Grubhub, DoorDash, and Postmates.

Supporting Dutchtown Businesses

Particularly during the current pandemic, Dutchtown businesses need your support. Restaurants especially struggle during the early, colder months of the year. But you can help keep our neighborhood strong and vibrant just by ordering dinner! Please consider ordering takeout or delivery from Juanita’s Creole Soul or any of our other wonderful Dutchtown restaurants for your next meal. Some restaurants are offering limited dine-in service as well.

DT2 and DutchtownSTL.org are developing resources to help support our neighborhood businesses. If you’re a new or established business owner, visit dutchtownstl.org/business to see what we have to offer. And if you’d like to have your business featured in the Dutchtown Business Showcase, get in touch with us.


This Dutchtown Business Showcase video was filmed and produced by Chip Smith of Cross Grand, also located in Downtown Dutchtown. Subscribe to the DutchtownSTL YouTube channel to catch the next Dutchtown Business Showcase coming soon!

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The Missouri Department of Agriculture recently announced that they will award funding to the Urban Eats Kitchen Incubator through their Food Insecure Urban Agriculture Matching Grant.

Urban Eats will partner with St. Anthony Food Pantry and other local organizations to create the Urban Eats Healthy Kitchen, where volunteers will prepare and provide fresh meal kits to people in need. The project addresses multiple needs pertaining to food insecurity in the Dutchtown neighborhood:

Providing Access to Quality Foods

The program will bring healthy, ready-to-cook food to people who otherwise can’t get fresh produce and other ingredients due to expense or inaccessibility. Most of Dutchtown qualifies as a food desert—low income residents have limited access to reliable sources of healthy food. With few nearby supermarkets, many of our neighbors can’t get the basic necessities to put together a balanced meal.

Additionally, the Urban Eats Healthy Kitchen will help bring attention to St. Anthony Food Pantry, an invaluable neighborhood resource, but one that not everyone is aware of. The program will help the food pantry to expand its outreach mission which serves residents of the 63111, 63116, and 63118 zip codes.

Reducing Food Waste

Production of the meal kits will use surplus produce and other items from St. Anthony Food Pantry, Find Your Farmer (operating from Urban Eats Kitchen Incubator), and other providers, reducing food waste. Urban Eats can then leverage their expansive commercial kitchen space and network of local culinary professionals to turn these resources into healthy meals for neighbors who don’t have the time, tools, or ability to prepare fresh meals for themselves.

Teaching Healthy Meal Prep

Volunteer chefs from the Original Crusoe’s, Juanita’s Creole Soul Café (located in the Urban Eats Neighborhood FoodHall), and others will also coach neighbors on how to prepare healthy meals on their own. Even when given access to better foods, a lot of people simply don’t have the experience or know-how to turn those foods into a meal. Volunteers will help impart that knowledge, leading to healthier and more affordable options for neighbors in need. As the folks at St. Anthony put it, they will “teach a man to fish.”


We’re very excited for this endeavor to come to the Dutchtown neighborhood! Partnering long-standing Dutchtown businesses, new neighborhood enterprises, and a crucial neighborhood resource to serve our neighbors in need is the kind of synergy we love to see. The project has strong community support from the Dutchtown Community Improvement District, DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown, and 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn. We’re proud to see Dutchtown businesses and organizations committing to missions of community service within the neighborhood exemplified by the Urban Eats Healthy Kitchen.

This post originally appeared on DutchtownSTL.org.

Beginning in November, neighbors will be working together under a new committee format for community-led improvement in Dutchtown. These committees will be meeting once a month, with each committee focusing on one of five areas:

These committees have been established via a joint effort between Downtown Dutchtown, the Dutchtown Community Improvement District, and the UrbanMain Initiative. While certain projects will focus on the Dutchtown CID footprint or the UrbanMain target area, we encourage residents and business owners from across the neighborhood to join us.

Learn more about each committee and sign up here

All committees meet at 6pm at Dutchtown’s Neighborhood Innovation Center, located at 3207 Meramec. If you prefer to connect virtually, contact us and we can provide a video link. The committee meeting schedule is below.

  • Design Committee: First Thursday of the month
  • Economic Vitality Committee: Second Tuesday of the month
  • Promotion Committee: Second Thursday of the Month
  • Organization Committee: Third Tuesday of the month
  • Safe Clean & Green Committee: Third Thursday of the month

Dutchtown needs you! Are you ready to join us? Sign up for a committee here! Still need more info? Get in touch and we’ll help you find the right committee for your interests.

Are meetings not your thing? That’s okay too—we have plenty of other volunteer opportunities in the neighborhood! Contact us to let us know what kind of projects or activities you’d like to work on.