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STL on the Left Coast

So, I'm sojourning in Seattle (and nothing like sleepless, thanks to a marvelous, king-sized-wonder of a hotel bed), but some moments it's like I never left home. To wit, in the news here this week:

1) the first Seattle location of Panera Bread's (a.k.a. St. Louis Bread Company) four planned "bakery-cafés" opened here last week, in Redmond (a.k.a. Microsoftopia). And it's so cute how they're all excited about it: the arrival of such wonders as "made-to-order sandwiches" and "soups in bread bowls" was written up in the local alt-weekly. Hunh.

2) Tomorrow night, Saint Louis U history prof and author Donald Critchlow speaks at Town Hall on his new book, "Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman's Crusade." I think it goes without saying that I have a distinct preference for the other branches of the Schlafly family tree...

3) Legendary artist and designer Art Chantry (who just had a show up at Philip Slein Gallery) continues to keep tabs on his former town, firing off a letter to the editor (scroll down to "False Memory Syndrome?") of the Seattle Weekly, in response to a story in which he was described as a vindictive, "insane art director."

And the beat goes on....how can a girl get homesick with such great touchstones all around?

Posted under STL in the News by Amanda Doyle on Mon., Oct 24, 2005 at 1:55 PM


Frankly, I'm still disappointed that it's Panera Bread outside the Lou. Afterall, there's Seattle's Best or Penn Station as chains.

But maybe like now global Starbuck's, we'll just have to remember Panera's roots.

[Posted by Brian on Tue., Oct 25, 2005 at 11:07 AM]


I just got back from a vacation in STL and was lamenting that there are no STL BreadCos here in Seattle. I've been wating for this for 5 years! I know where I'm eating for lunch on Monday, and it's not the Microsoft cafeteria!

[Posted by Brian on Sat., Oct 29, 2005 at 5:25 PM]

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