I hadn't been to the Loop in a long time. In some ways, it hasn't changed a bit. There are some new restaurants and new buildings, but the place I associate with the Loop were still there - Blueberry Hill, Vintage Vinyl, Tivoli Theater and Fitz's Rootbeer. My parents and my two nieces came with us to explore the Loop while finding STL 250 cakes. We had a blast!
We parked our cars by the Lion Gates since all the cakes were in walking distance. Here is a map of our walking route:
Click here for a printable PDF map.
The cake is painted in chalkboard paint and asks "So where did you go to high school?" There is a box for chalk attached to the cake (it was empty) so you can write where you went to high school. I think I prefer SJA's cake more ;)
I was surprised that the COCA cake was so simply decorated since they are a national leader in innovative community arts education. Less is more, maybe?
The store has a pretty neat history. Click here to read about how they started by selling records at the Soulard Farmer's Market to make enough money to rent a store front.
St. Louis Walk of Fame
There are 140 brass stars along the Walk of Fame. The individuals inducted into the Walk of Fame fulfilled two criteria:
1. They must have been born in St. Louis or have spent their formative or creative years here.
2. Their accomplishments must have had a national impact on our cultural heritage.
Chuck Berry is the only inductee that also has a statue!
I was so surprised by all the famous names I recognized. Here are just a few:
Click here to see all of the inductees and read about their accomplishments.
The gradual turnaround of The Loop began in the early 1970s when nationally renowned Blueberry Hill opened.
The Tivoli opened in 1924, 90 years ago, and was renovated in 1995.
The Moonrise Hotel has the world’s largest man-made moon rotating above the Rooftop Terrace Bar with great views of the city.
The Moonrise Hotel is also next door to Pin-Up Bowl!
We had a great time bowling and we had the whole place to ourselves!
Regional Arts Commission
The Regional Arts Commission is "a generous sponsor of STL250".
We worked up quite an appetite so we walked over to Fitz's for some HUGE treats!
Ava drank her entire chocolate shake!
Note to self: Sit outside on the patio next time. Sidney was so cold (and she wasn't even eating ice cream!) that she tucked her arms inside her shirt and stuck her little hands out one sleeve so she could eat her Oreos! Nana kept her arm around Sidney to try to keep her warm too! Ha!
We also checked out the bottling factory before we left.
We are all still dreaming about our desserts - we will be back Fitz's!