TCB > August 2004

Something to Fall Back On

Exhibiting better judgment than scores of entertainers before him, the St. Lunatic's own Murphy Lee (according to Deb Peterson) has enrolled at SEMO...just in case the whole rap megastar thing falls through. We admire a man with a plan, and then a plan B!

Posted by Amanda Doyle on Wed., Aug 25, 2004 at 11:08 AM
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Goodbye to Carrie Lindsey

Our sincere condolences to out to the family and friends of Carrie Lindsey, who was killed in a car accident with her family returning from a trip to Chicago earlier this week. Among her many other contributions to St. Louis, Carrie was a writer for the very first issue of The Commonspace.

Posted by Amanda Doyle on Tue., Aug 24, 2004 at 2:33 PM
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Everyone's favorite loose cannon school board member (wow, it's great that it actually gives pause to consider which one that would be! well, actually she's a "former"), Rochell Moore, was soaking in the chilly breeze during the preamble and first ten noodling minutes of Medeski, Martin and Wood at Riversplash last night, before she packed up her magazine and wandered away...

Posted by Amanda Doyle on Fri., Aug 13, 2004 at 12:20 PM
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Roll with Us

In 32 days, a few thousand cyclists will descend upon Columbia, MO for this year's MS 150. Will you be one of them? If you'd like to ride, but do not yet have a team, why not ride with us? The St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation has joined with the formiddable contingent from The Commonspace to create an "über-team." Certainly, you will want to get in on this action.

For those of you who don't know, the MS 150 is a two-day, 150-mile bike tour benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The monetary requirements of riding are a $20 entry fee (for members of a team) and a fundraising minimum of $200. The physical / psychological requirements center around the desire and ability to bike 75 miles per day for two days.

Are you interested, or do you know someone who might be? If so, you can register online.

Our team name is: STL BikeFed Commonspace
Our team code is: MOSBTHEO01
Our team captain is: Jason McClelland

Questions? Please feel free to contact Jason at

Posted by Brian Marston on Tue., Aug 10, 2004 at 1:49 PM
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Real Nice Records

The website for St. Louis hip-hop label Real Nice Records is up and running. Real Nice artists include Skinny Friedman, DJ Trackstar and Teflahn Poetix. To tie together the culture and the civics (that's what we do here at The Commonspace), two out of three of them were at Jeff Smith's party on election night.

Posted by Brian Marston on Mon., Aug 9, 2004 at 10:54 PM
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KaBloom Press Release

Missouri's first KaBloom franchise will open in the Grand South Grand Business District on Friday, August 27th, at 3101 South Grand, just across from Tower Grove Park. KaBloom is a totally new way for St. Louisans to buy flowers and potted plants. Our store is warm, inviting and fun with over 200 different varieties of the freshest flowers and plants — you'll feel like you are walking through a garden.

It is important to us that we offer convenience, so our location (which was formerly occupied by Paramount Drug) is easily accessible to both pedestrian and vehicular traffic. We open early and close late, offering our customers an added layer of convenience that is not found with a traditional florist. Most importantly, we get our flowers and plants direct from the growers, so our flowers are fresher, our quality higher and our prices — unbeatable. We believe flowers should be enjoyed everyday, not just on special occasions, and offer a European-style market which invites you to sample from the wide array of plants and fresh-cut flowers each week.

KaBloom's co-founders are Thomas G. Stemberg and David Hartstein. Mr. Stemberg is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Staples, Inc., the Office Superstore. Since its first store opening in May 1986, Staples has grown to over 1,300 stores worldwide. David Hartstein, KaBloom's President and CEO, co-founded Super Office, the first office superstore chain in Israel. In the summer of 1997, Mr. Hartstein returned to Boston to build KaBloom. KaBloom opened its doors in December 1998, with three avenues to purchase flowers: through the Internet at, by telephone at 1-800-KaBloom and at retail locations in greater metropolitan Boston. Consumer acceptance of KaBloom has been immediate. In fact, we have become known as "the Starbucks of flowers." There are now over 70 retail outlet locations in 26 states nationwide.

At KaBloom South Grand, we promise to inspire you with the most exciting varieties of the freshest, highest quality flowers at the best prices. Please stop by and allow Ray Grimes and his staff to introduce you to the KaBloom experience. We are proud to be part of the community and look forward to serving you and your friends!

3101 S. Grand
St. Louis, MO 63118

Posted by Brian Marston on Sun., Aug 8, 2004 at 4:19 PM
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Fighting Words

Thomas Crone's new local boxing column debuted in The St. Louis American on Thursday, July 29.

Posted by Brian Marston on Tue., Aug 3, 2004 at 6:52 PM
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Our fair city gets the USA Today travel treatment, with plenty of nice things to say about Forest Park, the Grand Center art nexxus, and food picks from predictable (Tony's, Ted Drewes, Pho Grand) to relatively new (Kitchen K, Moxy, Mirasol).

Send it to all your friends who haven't put the Lou on their life lists yet!

Posted by Amanda Doyle on Tue., Aug 3, 2004 at 11:30 AM
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