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In 2020, Dutchtown non-profits faced unprecedented challenges and provided unparalleled responses to a nationwide pandemic that continues nine months after it began. Though our neighborhood organizations have come through for Dutchtown and its residents, resources have been stretched to their limits. This Giving Tuesday, we ask that you offer whatever support you can to keep our community organizations on track to help keep our community strong and united.

The Neighborhood Innovation Center in Downtown Dutchtown, St. Louis, MO.

The Neighborhood Innovation Center

The recently opened community center in Dutchtown, otherwise known as the NIC, has been at the center of our efforts to maintain and grow our ongoing efforts to develop a better Dutchtown for all. But the NIC needs your help to raise $3,000 for real estate taxes as the end of the year approaches.

Donate to the NIC

The NIC is not just the place where we hold our neighborhood meetings—though having a big, clean space to let us gather safely and conduct neighborhood business has been invaluable. But the NIC’s parking lot has hosted numerous outdoor socially distanced gatherings and events that brought our neighbors together throughout the year in spite of the ongoing pandemic.

Neighborhood Meetings

The wide open space at the Neighborhood Innovation Center has allowed neighborhood organizations such as DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown, the Dutchtown Community Improvement District, and the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Association to have small meetings and manage other business in person safely. The NIC also has technology resources that have allowed us to broadcast and share these meetings with everyone in the neighborhood.

Developing an Outdoor Public Space

Renderings of an outdoor multi-purpose space at the NIC.
Renderings of an outdoor multi-purpose space at the NIC.

Recently, the NIC received a Community Resiliency grant from Missouri Main Street Connection and AARP to make improvements to the site with a focus on developing the parking lot into a flexible multi-purpose outdoor space for neighbors to come together. You may have noticed the building is in the process of getting a nice new paint job—that’s just a part of developing a welcoming, open, accessible space for Dutchtown neighbors to utilize.

Events at the NIC

Neighbors masked up and gathered for Cuban food in April for DT2 After Hours, with people lining up six feet apart in the rain to enjoy a delicious dinner with their friends and fellow Dutchtownies.

The NIC has also co-hosted other events that span across multiple locations along Meramec in Downtown Dutchtown, like July’s Shades of Summer event that introduced new street furniture at Meramec Street shops.. The NIC acted as the home base for neighbors looking to find out more about ongoing community organization efforts, with volunteers offering information and opportunities (along with some cold beverages).

Donate to the NIC

The Dutchtown Justice Alliance has organized marches, protests, and voter registration drives from the NIC. June’s 8:46 @ 8:46 march started and ended at the NIC, and the Justice Alliance holds their monthly Final Friday solidarity events in front of the NIC.

And the Dutchtown CID held their 10-10-1000 event at the NIC in October. 1,000 tulip and daffodil bulbs were distributed for planting in public spaces throughout Dutchtown.

Helping Small Businesses

In June, volunteers from DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown were at the Neighborhood Innovation Center helping small business owners navigate the application process for CARES Act grants from the City of St. Louis, bringing needed funds for our neighborhood businesses to continue operating through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, part of the NIC’s long term mission (hindered by the pandemic) is to act as a business support center for Dutchtown businesses both established and new. The NIC plans to create a labor pool to help businesses keep staff while putting neighbors in jobs. They will also offer coworking space for small startups and businesses needing a place to work from.

Dutchtown Proud signs in front of the Neighborhood Innovation Center in Downtown Dutchtown.

Cure Violence Headquarters

Cure Violence, a program aimed at reducing crime and gun violence in Dutchtown, held a backpack giveaway and open house at the end of the summer in the NIC’s parking lot. Employment Connection operates the Cure Violence program in Dutchtown and chose the Neighborhood Innovation Center as their local headquarters, placing our community gathering place at the center of efforts to make Dutchtown a safer neighborhood.

25th Ward Polling Place

25th Ward voters east of Grand have seen their polling place bounce around to several different sites over the last few years, each presenting challenges with location and accessibility. But the NIC has offered up its space as a polling place since it was established, bringing a centrally located and accessible polling place to more 25th Ward residents. The 2020 presidential election delivered unusually high turnout in the neighborhood, even during a pandemic. Along with outstanding and committed election workers, the NIC provided a safe, orderly, efficient place to cast your ballot.

Movie Night at the NIC in Downtown Dutchtown.

Movie Nights

The NIC has hosted free, family friendly Dutchtown Movie Nights for the neighborhood, including a showing of the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 in September, as well as screening The Wiz as a part of Dutchtown South Community Corporation‘s Boogie Down Dutchtown event in October.

The NIC Needs Your Help!

The Neighborhood Innovation Center needs your assistance as we approach the end of the year. The NIC is operated as a standalone non-profit, however the building is currently owned by Midwest Bank Centre. Because the building is owned by a for-profit entity, the building is still subject to real estate taxes, for which the NIC is responsible as the tenant. This year’s tax bill is thousands of dollars, and the tax is due on December 31st.

Without help, Dutchtown could lose what has become an integral part of our efforts to bring and keep our community together.

Keep the NIC Open!

DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown

In recent years, DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown has been laying the foundation for community-driven change. While our community’s vulnerabilities were brought into focus and exacerbated by the virus, our collective vision for a more equitable Dutchtown prepared us to fight back together. 

One-Time Donation to DT2   Sustaining Donation to DT2

When the shutdown occurred in March, Downtown Dutchtown worked diligently through DutchtownSTL.org and other media to promote available aid and resources to neighbors and businesses. Our Dutchtown Proud signs were provided to anyone based on a “pay what you can” model so that anyone could be Dutchtown Proud in a time when feeling part of a community was even more important. 

We came together in community safely around our summer Movie Nights. We welcomed new restaurants Juanita’s Creole Soul, Tacos Le Jefa, Perfectly Pastry, and Pies and Surprise, and welcomed new businesses like Cross Grand and Kwamboka

Many of these efforts were derived from Downtown Dutchtown’s partnership with Missouri Main Street Connection for the UrbanMain pilot program. Working in conjunction with partners including Dutchtown South Community Corporation and the Dutchtown Community Improvement District, the UrbanMain pilot program seeks to continue community-driven development and vibrant activity along Meramec and beyond.  

We will be pivoting into many new and exciting opportunities during this decade in Dutchtown.  Investment is increasing, interest in the neighborhood is high, and we have a fantastic foundation and partners to build a vibrant and equitable community in Dutchtown in the years to come. 

Please consider supporting DT2 and the momentum we’ve built with a recurring or one-time donation.

One-Time Donation to DT2   Sustaining Donation to DT2

More Dutchtown Organizations

Dutchtown South Community Corporation

Dutchtown South Community Corporation has been committed to the improvement of Dutchtown for over 40 years. Their work is guided by the community and focuses on issues that matter to our neighbors. Your gift to DSCC helps them to continue their mission of advancing neighborhood vitality through community empowerment, housing stabilization, and real estate development.

Donate to DSCC

Thomas Dunn Learning Center

The pandemic has put a damper on some of the services offered by Thomas Dunn Learning Center, but rest assured they’ll be back in full force soon. Even through the pandemic, they have continued to offer food assistance, tutoring and HiSET classes, financial education, field trips for the South Side Youth Council, and other online events. Thomas Dunn Learning Center’s mission is essential to building a better Dutchtown.

Donate to Thomas Dunn

Other Neighborhood Non-Profits

Neighborhood organizations such as St. Anthony’s Food Pantry, ARJ Community Outreach, and Franciscan Connection offer direct assistance to Dutchtown residents in need. If you’re more inclined towards supporting the arts and creative endeavors, consider a donation to Perennial, South Broadway Art Project, Pianos for People, or Intersect Arts Center. Prefer pets? Donate to Tenth Life Cat Rescue or St. Louis City Kitties.


We have so many great non-profits doing outstanding work in Dutchtown during the pandemic and beyond. Everyone could use your help on Giving Tuesday or any day you’re able to spare a contribution big or small. We hope you’ll be able to donate to some or all of these organizations to help Dutchtown continue to grow and thrive.

This post originally appeared on DutchtownSTL.org.

Welcome to the Dutchtown Business Showcase! In this video series, we’ll be introducing you to some of the businesses throughout Dutchtown. Our first episode takes us to Logan’s Kids Resale at 3141 Meramec Street. Owner Cassandra Logan is well known throughout the Dutchtown neighborhood. Among other community activities, Cassandra sits on the DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown Board of Directors, helps to organize Marquette Community Day, and is a part of the current Adopt a Family program in Dutchtown.

Watch the Video

You can also view this video on the DutchtownSTL YouTube channel.

About Logan’s Kids Resale

Cassandra opened Logan’s Kids Resale six years ago. In addition to clothes for kids of all ages and sizes, she also carries car seats, cribs, bassinets, and other household essentials for new parents. Logan’s Kids Resale also carries adult clothing for men and women and a constantly rotating stock of other special finds both used and new.

While she strives to keep prices affordable for everyone in the community, Cassandra and Logan’s Kids Resale also offer a rewards program for additional savings, as well as revolving sales and a monthly basket sale—fill a laundry basket and stock up at a flat, friendly price. And if you watch our Dutchtown Business Showcase video, there’s a special deal in there for you too.

Virtual Shopping

For those concerned about shopping in person during a pandemic, you can call Logan’s Kids Resale at (314) 495-8828 to schedule a Virtual Shopping session. Tell Cassandra what you need and she’ll show you what she currently has for sale. Pick your items, pay via CashApp, and come to the Meramec Street storefront where she’ll deliver your merchandise to you curbside.

A Mission To Serve

Cassandra views her business as not just a store, but also as a mission. Beyond offering essentials to families at very reasonable prices, Cassandra is always willing to offer a helping hand to those in need. She works with a number of organizations in Dutchtown and throughout St. Louis to help less fortunate neighbors get clothing, food, housing, and jobs. She’s even opened her Gravois Park home to provide housing for unhoused individuals and families.

Support Dutchtown Businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit small businesses hard, and Logan’s Kids Resale is no exception. Now more than ever, Dutchtown businesses need your support to hang on through this unprecedented situation. Our neighborhood businesses are an invaluable part of our community, and we as neighbors must do our best to preserve the fabric of our neighborhood.

As we enter the holiday season, please consider shopping at not only Logan’s Kids Resale, but all of the shops in Dutchtown. Many shops are offering virtual or online shopping. Several of our restaurants also offer curbside pickup or delivery. Please patronize Dutchtown businesses whenever you can.

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.

The City of St. Louis has established another Small Business Grant Fund to help local businesses impacted by COVID-19. $1.25 million in funding from the CARES act will be distributed as grants of $5,000.

Starting on Monday, November 16th, businesses can apply for grants. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The grants will be issued until the funds have run out. St. Louis Development Corporation will administer the grants. You can file your grant application starting on Monday at 10am.

Apply For Grant

Half of the funds are set aside for businesses within Opportunity Zones, Promise Zones, or Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas. Much of the Greater Dutchtown neighborhood lies within these designated zones—the entirety of Dutchtown proper, Gravois Park, and Mount Pleasant are all included in the Southeast NRSA.

Additionally, 200 of the grants are allocated for hospitality businesses—restaurants, bars, cafes, caterers, wedding planners, and photographers, and others. Food truck operators can also apply if they have a commissary or other physical space located in the City.

Grant Eligibility

To be eligible for a grant, businesses must meet all of the following criteria:

  • 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees
  • Closed or otherwise significantly impacted due to COVID-19
  • Valid City of St. Louis Business License
  • Current on all payments to the City of St. Louis Collector of Revenue (property taxes, earnings taxes, water bill, etc.)
  • Did not receive a grant in the last round of grants distributed this summer
  • Will not use the funds to cover expenses already paid by funds from the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), or other federal relief benefits
  • Have no conflicts of interest, i.e. no City of St. Louis employees, elected or appointed officials, or their immediate family
  • Does not discriminate per City of St. Louis ordinances

Ineligible Businesses

The following types of businesses are ineligible to apply for the grants:

  • Nonprofit organizations, churches, or religious organizations
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Accounting or CPA firms
  • Law firms or attorneys
  • Physicians, dentists, surgeons, optometrists, chiropractors, or veterinarians
  • Insurance brokers or agents
  • Real estate brokers or agents
  • Property management services
  • Architects, engineers, or land surveyors
  • Nursing homes or daycare facilities
  • Hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, or short-term rentals

Preparing to Apply

You will be required to have your business license number when applying for your grant. The license must be valid for the period June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. Previous years’ license numbers will not be accepted. Call (314) 622-4528 or visit the License Collector’s website to verify the status of your business license.

It’s recommended that you contact the Collector of Revenue to verify that your earnings taxes, personal property, and business property taxes are currently paid in full. Call (314) 622-3291 to check the status of your earnings taxes, and call (314) 622-4111 to verify your property taxes are paid. You can find additional information at the Collector of Revenue website. If your application is rejected due to any delinquencies with the Collector, you will have to reapply after making the necessary filings and payments.

To document the number of people your business employs, you can provide the following:

  • 2019 Federal IRS W-3 Form—Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements
  • Form 941 for 2020—Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return (quarter ending  6/30/2020 or 9/30/2020)
  • St. Louis Collector of Revenue Form W-10—Quarterly Earnings Tax Return (quarter ending  3/31/2020, 6/20/2020, or 9/30/2020)

Ready To Apply?

Once you’ve verified your eligibility and gathered your documentation, you can file your application starting at 10am on Monday, November 16th.

Apply For Grant

Refer your fellow business owners to this page—tell them to visit dutchtownstl.org/grants.

This post originally appeared on DutchtownSTL.org.

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. 

This post originally appeared on DutchtownSTL.org.

Brian Adler of Missouri-Metro.com wrote this piece for his new blog focusing on development through the lens of its economic, social, and political impact. We thank Brian for letting us publish his article here at DutchtownSTL.org as well.

Make sure to visit Missouri-Metro.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Chip and Tasha Smith are here to stay. “I can see the future,” said Chip, as he gazed in wonder at his extravagantly remodeled storefront in the heart of Downtown Dutchtown on Meramec Street. Living just steps from their store, Chip and Tasha could not be more bullish on their neighborhood. Chip, a photographer and artist by trade, has South City in his bones. Tasha even serves on the DT2 (Downtown Dutchtown) Board, influencing decisions that support local businesses, community events, and infrastructure.

Editor’s Note: The photos taken for this piece are sure to pale in comparison to what Chip is capable of.

For nearly a decade, Chip has been building his photography and videography business. It was only 10 years ago that he bought his first camera, and here Chip sat in a chic, modern studio of his own making. Brand new flooring, popping colors, wood accented walls, and a classic old South St. Louis ceiling grace a location that those just wandering in might expect in a New York City boutique. Much of the work came from the Smith Family’s own sweat, with Chip, Tasha, and their children putting in dozens of hours of physical and creative energy. Chip even put in many of the floorboards himself, save where sloped flooring posed a challenge more suitable for a general contractor than a photographer.

Chip and Tasha Smith of Cross Grand Studio, 3304 Meramec Street in Downtown Dutchtown, St. Louis, MO. Photo by Brian Adler.
Chip and Tasha Smith of Cross Grand.

“Cross Grand represents where I am from.”

Chip Smith

According to Chip, there has never been a better time to be starting a business in Dutchtown. With the Community Improvement District (CID), Downtown Dutchtown, and Neighborhood Innovation Center nearby, there is a large group of community-oriented individuals collaborating to support the neighborhood. Coupled with the incredible amount of development nearby and beginning to spill into Dutchtown itself, the “South Sider” Chip witnessed all these architecturally gorgeous buildings and storefronts and saw nothing but potential. Then he met the people and the community in Dutchtown, one of St. Louis’ most dense communities in terms of population, and saw the value of a strong and supportive community, both in terms of the residents nearby and the support infrastructure described above.

Every step of the way, Cross Grand found encouragement and support from the Dutchtown community. John Chen, founder of the Neighborhood Improvement Center just a block further East on Meramec, has advised on certain elements of the project and provided as much support as he can as the owner of the building.

The potential of Dutchtown is readily apparent as soon as you enter the neighborhood. There is an expansive infrastructure already in place comprised of incredible, historical housing stock, a walkable street grid, businesses that have been around for nearly a century, and critical retail corridors on Grand and Meramec. The Meramec corridor in particular evokes a similar feeling to Manchester in parts of The Grove, or even parts of Maplewood. A dense cluster of restaurants, boutiques, and age-old retailers sit in 100+ year old, brick-clad buildings with mansard roofs with ample room for outdoor dining.

Cross Grand Studio, 3304 Meramec Street in Downtown Dutchtown, St. Louis, MO. Photo by Brian Adler.
Cross Grand Studio. Photo by Brian Adler

That’s not to say that they didn’t need to put in the work to make their storefront shine. To see the incredible transformation of the space, look no further than these photos Chip provided of the space before they saw its true potential. Drop ceiling hid the gorgeous ceiling pattern visible today, and the floor was in need a complete refresh. Perhaps someone could have envisioned an office or small store, but to imagine and create the Instagram-worthy color scheme and modern aesthetics is a true feat.

Pre-renovation interior of Cross Grand Studio, 3304 Meramec Street in Downtown Dutchtown, St. Louis, MO. Photo by Chip Smith.
Pre-renovation interior of Cross Grand Studio, 3304 Meramec Street in Downtown Dutchtown, St. Louis, MO. Photo by Chip Smith.

With Cross Grand, Chip and Tasha are combining their interests into a full service experience for creators like themselves in Dutchtown. Chip now does most of the video and photography work in the community, with many of his photos available on DutchtownSTL.org (see here and here for examples of Chip’s work in Dutchtown). Tasha, with lots of events in the small event world, and Chip with photography and videography, found that they could create a space that catered to both needs. They plan to bring other neighborhood creators into the studio in addition to the members of the community they hope will view their work, take photos, or hold small events there.

Chip hopes that the curated space will be a destination for nearby residents to get creative and see themselves in a new light. Far from only shooting weddings, Cross Grand will offer photo sessions, photo books, and event space. Chip is also looking for ways to capitalize off of the unique style that’s new to the Dutchtown neighborhood. Whether it is featuring the work of local artists or perhaps catering to a podcast and vlogger community, Cross Grand has a special space and a set of services that Dutchtown previously lacked.

Chip Smith in the studio of Cross Grand, 3304 Meramec Street in Downtown Dutchtown, St. Louis, MO.
Chip Smith at Cross Grand’s studio. Photo by Brian Adler.

Grateful for their community support from the CID, DT2, Thomas Dunn Learning Center, and the Neighborhood Innovation Center, CrossGrand owners Chip and Tasha are plainly excited to finally bring their dream to the community. To have a space to bring clients besides Starbucks, meet their neighbors who just walk in the door, and to show their kids the product of hard work are things that make Chip extremely proud and eager about this space.

The Grand Opening

Cross Grand is set to open to the public this Wednesday, October 21st with a Grand Opening and After Hours Happy Hour co-hosted by Downtown Dutchtown. The event will feature Chip’s first photo book, a Dutchtown/CrossGrand hoodie collaboration on display, a drummer playing live music, and possibly discounted packages in addition to the hoodies and photos being on sale. Members of the Dutchtown community and beyond are encouraged to stop by and witness all that Cross Grand has to offer. The event will take place from 5:30pm to 7:00pm and visitors are encouraged to meet neighbors and stick around for a drink.

“Cross Grand is here to stay. We are going to add value to this neighborhood.”

Chip Smith

Small business entries speak volumes about a neighborhood’s trajectory, and their value is even higher in the middle of an elongated pandemic. Cross Grand is a project that rose from the community itself. It does not pad the pockets of national developer groups bringing in luxury units with no affordable housing, raze historical architecture, or displace other residents or businesses. That may sound like a low bar, but often developments in St. Louis do all those things, and while they can still offer plenty of intrinsic benefits, real neighborhood improvement and community stabilization comes from within and supports its residents.

Small businesses are the heart of truly equitable economic development that lifts communities up. The infrastructure provided in Dutchtown by community organizations is beginning to show what it is capable of. Combined with the incredible built environment, the nearby ecosystem is poised to keep pushing Dutchtown in the right direction with a focus on a community driven approach. While not as flashy as a 300-unit tower or several phase development, small businesses driven and supported by their communities have an incredible impact and make urban areas shine.

Cross Grand's studio at 3304 Meramec Street in Downtown Dutchtown, St. Louis, MO.
Cross Grand’s entry. Photo by Brian Adler

Thank you to Missouri Metro for visiting Dutchtown and allowing us to publish the first edition of their Small Business Series. You can find more of Missouri Metro at Missouri-Metro.com and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The University of Missouri Extension and Missouri Small Business Development Center offer a variety of free and low-cost training and events for business owners and start-ups. The webinars cover a wide range of topics including how to write a business plan, learning Quickbooks, and securing government contracts.

Of particular interest for many small businesses, October 7th will feature a PPP Loan repayment webinar.

Check out their full October schedule and be sure to bookmark the page for easy access to these great resources!

Have you come across a great resource that could help Dutchtown small businesses? Let us know about it by emailing info@dutchtownstl.org.

Top photo: Pies and Surprise located at the Urban Eats Neighborhood Food Hall in Downtown Dutchtown. Support your Dutchtown small businesses!

This post originally appeared on DutchtownSTL.org.

Join DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown at the Neighborhood Innovation Center on Saturday, September 26th for the next Dutchtown Movie Night!

This month we’ll be showing 42, the story of Jackie Robinson as portrayed by Chadwick Boseman. This is an outdoor event, and we’ll project the movie on the side of the building next door. Bring a chair and set yourself up in the parking lot. The movie will start at dark.

If you’re hungry, head a couple doors down to the Urban Eats Neighborhood FoodHall and grab some Juanita’s Creole Soul Cafe, Pies and Surprise, or Tacos La Jefa. They’ll be open until 7:30pm. You’re also welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks.

Let us know you’re coming on the Facebook event page, and make sure to share with your friends and neighbors!

The movie is rated PG-13. Some content may not be suitable for all audiences. Social distancing measures will be in place and masks are required when away from your seat.

The next DT2 After Hours is at Diana’s Boutique on Wednesday, September 16th beginning at 5:30pm. DT2 hosts a monthly (pandemic-permitting) happy hour that focuses on Dutchtown businesses.

Diana’s Boutique just recently relocated to 3316 Meramec Street from a location a little further east on Meramec. Come by to check out the new, larger space and enjoy beer, wine, and soft drinks on the house! Diana’s will also be offering 25% off purchases during After Hours.

Meet Diana

Diana Quezada, the owner of Diana’s Boutique, sits on the UrbanMain Steering Committee that is working to plan the future of Downtown Dutchtown. Diana and her family came to America from Mexico City 15 years ago.

“I wanted to open my retail store because it’s been my dream since I was little to be involved with fashion,” says Diana. She opened her shop four years ago and is excited about her new, bigger location. Diana prides herself on carrying a diverse selection of clothing in all colors, sizes, and styles, with unique items you won’t find anywhere else.

“I love the area and people around here. I dream and I would love to grow my business and inspire other people and offer jobs in the future.” Away from the shop, Diana likes to spend time with her family and travel, visiting beaches, hiking, and getting to know new places.

After Hours + UrbanMain

In addition to the regular After Hours festivities, Downtown Dutchtown is also hosting representatives from Missouri Main Street Connection. Main Street is working with DT2, the Dutchtown CID, and other neighborhood stakeholders on the UrbanMain initiative in Downtown Dutchtown.

The Main Street representatives will be at the Neighborhood Innovation Center, just a block down the street from Diana’s, and they’re looking for feedback from the neighbors. Stop by and tell them what you’d like to see for the future of Downtown Dutchtown. If you can’t attend Wednesday evening, there are three other input sessions during the week.

Social Distancing: Spread Out on Meramec

While we hope to see a lot of you on Wednesday, we also want to make sure we’re taking precautions to protect your health during the pandemic. We’re asking that you take some time to stroll down Meramec to help maintain social distancing and to see what else is going on in Downtown Dutchtown.

Neighborhood Innovation Center

Along with our guests from Missouri Main Street, the NIC will also have representatives from DT2 and other neighborhood organizations to share community resources (and more drinks). After you share your input on the UrbanMain program, come see what else your Dutchtown neighborhood organizations have been up to.

Urban Eats Neighborhood FoodHall

Between Diana’s and the NIC, you can stop into the Urban Eats Neighborhood FoodHall to grab a bite to eat. Visit Juanita’s Creole Soul Cafe for dinner or Pies and Surprise for a sweet treat.


The Missouri UrbanMain Pilot Program is a joint effort between Downtown Dutchtown (DT2), the City of St. Louis, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and Missouri Main Street Connection.

This post originally appeared on DutchtownSTL.org.

Join us in Marquette Park on Saturday, August 22nd for the final Dutchtown Movie Night of the summer! This time around we’ll be showing Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse on the 22-foot inflatable big screen! We’ll open up at 7:30pm, and the movie will start at dark.

If you haven’t seen Into the Spiderverse already, check out the trailer below:

We’ll be out on the hill in front of the Marquette Park Field House. Bring your chairs and blankets. You’re welcome to bring snacks of your own, but we’ll also have food trucks on hand on the lower lot next to the Field House.

Come out a little bit before dark to visit with some of our community organizations. Get registered to vote. Find information about block organizing from DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown and the Dutchtown CID, along with the Urban League’s Federation of Block Units. Dutchtown South Community Corporation will be there to tell you about their textile recycling program.

We also ask that you wear a mask and practice safe social distancing when away from your seat. We will have hand sanitizer and extra masks available if you need them.

Dutchtown Movie Nights are sponsored by AB InBev, DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown, Dutchtown Community Improvement District, Dutchtown South Community Corporation, Gene Slay’s Girls and Boys Club of St. Louis, Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, Lutheran Development Group, Original Crusoe’s Restaurant, St. Anthony of Padua, Thomas Dunn Learning Center, and Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation.