On June 24, Veronika Parson was making a routine stop at her bank in Midtown St. Louis when she happened to notice an old, abandoned warehouse.
Photo by Kevin Korinek Veronika Parson
It immediately grabbed the passionate urban explorer's attention. "There was a lot of graffiti on the side of the building so I knew it was empty and that, if nothing else, there would be some cool art to see," she says.
A longtime barista who's worked at Comet Coffee and Kaldi's, Parson discovered an unlocked door and began looking around, snapping photos to share with her fellow urban explorers. The structure had several walkways that encircled the barren room, heaps of metal and debris cluttered the muddy concrete. "There was a layer of mud on everything, I guess because of all the rain," she says.More »
Photo by Kevin Korinek Jen Kaslow recently purchased Meshuggah Cafe
Patrick Liberto, who has owned Meshuggah Cafe since 1997, has sold the Delmar Loop mainstay and is moving back to his home state of Louisiana.
But the Loop's loss is a gain for one regular customer: A school teacher named Jen Kaslow decided to purchase the business on a whim. She'll take the reigns on July 17.
Kaslow had been patronizing Meshuggah Cafe (6269 Delmar Blvd., 314-726-5662) with her family for nearly fifteen years, going back to its original location on Melville Avenue. Last month, when Liberto happened to mention that he was selling the business, Kaslow's mind started spinning with the possibilities.
"Normally, I would've asked if everything was OK," she says. "Instead, I had this out-of-body experience and I asked what he was doing with Meshuggah's. He told me he was selling it and I said right there, 'I want to buy it.' And that was it.
"I had no plans to quit my job," she admits. "It wasn't about coffee and I never had a fantasy about being a cafe owner."More »
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz may have abandoned plans to decorate your latte with "Race Together," but he hasn't given up on making the world a better place.
Courtesy of Flickr/Irfaan Photography Starbucks is coming to Ferguson, or so they tell us.
Schultz announced Tuesday that Starbucks would be opening its first Ferguson store, according to Fortune, as a "way to increase employment."
Details, however, are few.More »
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