Why Star Clipper's Owners Shuttered Their Beloved St. Louis Comic Book Shop

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Jennifer Silverberg
Star Clipper sets sail for the great beyond.
In the world of mainstream superhero comics, death is nothing more than a marketing ploy. Publishers announce the demise of a major character, spin a few months of hype into increased sales and then release the all-important issue that delivers the end of the hero's journey. A couple months later the hero returns to life hale and hearty, with the added bonus of yet another number-one issue to spike sales.

For Star Clipper, there is no miraculous regeneration in the near future, no alternate dimension from whence the shop will emerge stronger than ever just in time to celebrate another Free Comic Book Day. After 27 years in business, the beloved Delmar Loop institution will close its doors sometime in February. The announcement arrived January 15 via Star Clipper's Facebook page and quickly rippled out through the St. Louis comic community. Long-time customers and fans couldn't believe the news. Their favorite store closing? Why?

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The 3 Stages of Mourning the Loss of Star Clipper

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Theo Welling
RIP Star Clipper.
The announcement that venerated comic book shop Star Clipper is closing for good sent a shockwave of despair throughout St. Louis yesterday, hitting longtime collectors and casual comic fans alike.

For St. Louis' large community of geeks and nerds (and Daily RFT uses those terms with great affection), Star Clipper was more than just a place to stop by on Wednesdays for the latest issues. It was a community drawn together at artist signings, ladies' night and the annual Free Comic Book Day celebration to discover works from mainstream creators as well as up-and-coming local authors.

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St. Louis IKEA Roof to Hold Missouri's Largest Rooftop Solar Power Installation

The roof of St. Louis' IKEA store will be almost entirely covered in solar panels, making it the largest solar power array in Missouri.
Missouri's first IKEA store will also have Missouri's largest rooftop solar panel array.

With 4,085 solar panels, the furniture retail giant will produce about 1,780,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, offsetting the St. Louis store's carbon dioxide emissions by 1,227 tons, equivalent to the emissions of 258 cars.

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Cherokee Street Businesses Band Together to Save Sweet Shears Hair Salon

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Lindsay Toler
Sweet Shears on Cherokee Street.
Angela Lee wanted to see Cherokee Street for herself.

It was 1994, and Lee was cutting hair on South Grand when a client told her about the up-and-coming business district. She remembers taking an hour off on a Saturday, a very busy day for hairdressers, to visit Cherokee Street and see if it was the kind of place she could do businesses.

Twenty-one years later, her shop Sweet Shears Barber and Beauty Salon is a staple on Cherokee Street, serving three generations of clients who drive in from all over St. Louis County and southern Illinois.

"I'm a cornerstone business," Lee tells Daily RFT. "I've been here for the community. When there wasn't anyone else on Cherokee, I was here faithfully."

Now Lee risks losing the shop she and her family built from scratch. After negotiations with her landlord stalled, she needs $7,800 to pay back-rent by the end of January or she'll be evicted.

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IKEA St. Louis Takes Shape as Installation Begins on Blue Exterior Walls

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Workers start putting up the blue walls of St. Louis' future IKEA store.
St. Louis' future IKEA store hit a construction milestone this week.

Now that the steel framing is up on the 380,000-square-foot store along I-64 at Vandeventer Avenue, the Swedish furniture retailer is installing the recognizable blue paneling along the walls. IKEA's architectural style is famous for implementing blue and yellow, the colors of the Swedish flag.

IKEA says the installation of the blue panels ensures that the store will be ready for its projected opening date in fall 2015.

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Ferguson Business Owners Ask Protesters to Stay Peaceful After Grand Jury Decision

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Lindsay Toler
Businesses along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson prepare for more protests by boarding up.
Business at Dellena Jones' 911 Hair Salon, one of the many boarded-up storefronts along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, is down 70 percent after protests started there in August.

It's a common story on this street, where the burned-out husk of the QuikTrip looms as a reminder of the weeks of unrest that followed the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. A local doctor says his business is down 35 percent, and he still needs to repair the windows and doors broken during the protests. A lawyer for Florissant Avenue businesses says his clients are "at a breaking point," still missing out on "millions and millions" of dollars in sales.

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How to Apply For a Job at IKEA in St. Louis

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Lindsay Toler
Missouri officials break ground on the new IKEA store in St. Louis.
How's your Swedish? Are you any good with an Allen wrench? Do you love meatballs? We have a job opportunity for you.

As IKEA builds its highly anticipated, 380,000-square-foot store in midtown St. Louis, the furniture retailer announced that it's beginning to recruit staff for about 300 jobs.

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St. Louis Company Memo Condemns Excessive Pooping in Fourth Floor Bathroom

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Elasticity says too many poops are happening in the fourth-floor bathroom.
Every office has a "shitting shitter," the designated toilet for during-work bowel movements.

Typically, it's tucked away somewhere, isolated enough to prevent unsavory smells from wafting into the workflow. (The Riverfront Times' is in a nook by the fire escape, in case you were wondering.)

But that's no longer the case at St. Louis marketing agency Elasticity as of Sunday, when the company issued an amusingly overwritten memo to staff and visitors about "unfettered and egregious abuse of the fourth floor lavatory."

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St. Louis Is Still Having Trouble Getting Rides from Uber, But That's Changing

St. Louis only has 119 black cars to split between Uber Black rides, business trips, airport pickups, wedding shuttles and more.
Does this sound familiar?

You're all glammed up, ready to hit the town on a weekend night, and you check your phone to book a ride. You click the Uber app to find a disappointing disclaimer: "There are no cars available at the moment." You hope things will be different at the end of the night, when you'll be in no state to drive yourself. But the Uber app falls through again: "No black cars available."

Uber Black technically launched in St. Louis October 9, but several Uber enthusiasts say they still haven't been able to catch a ride with the new, app-based service.

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[PHOTOS] IKEA Begins "Steel Erection," Lays Pipe for New St. Louis Store

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Mitch Ryals
Man slides steel into place.
Roll up your sleeves, St. Louis, it's time for your quarterly IKEA fix.

In a very enthusiastic press release, IKEA announced this week that "steel erection is underway" for the mammoth furniture retailer's first St. Louis location (and second Missouri location because they decided to build one in Kansas City first, not that we're bitter or anything).

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