Destination: The Station

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

For months, Shaw residents watched as Kelly Spencer, owner of The Social Affair catering company, turned an abandoned corner filling station into a chic, multi-purpose space complete with a kitchen, marketplace and classroom. The building is now dubbed “The Station,” and it’s where Spencer has been packaging gourmet meals and hosting private events since opening the doors in the second week of April.

Image courtesy of The Station

Image courtesy of The Station

Thanks to Spencer’s creative vision, what was once a dilapidated Standard Oil gas station at the corner of Cleveland and Thurman Avenues is now a certified building on the National Register of Historic Places. The renovation process restored the 1940’s Art Deco design while also adding modern touches to maximize functionality and create an inviting atmosphere. Inside of The Station, elements nodding to the initial purpose of the space remain, but with fashionable updates–like the old service garage door that’s now outfitted with glass windows. Splashes of red paint pop against the stainless steel appliances in the kitchen while touches of country French, like the hanging cast-iron pans and quaint Mason jar packaging, make it hard to imagine mechanics once walked the floors of the marketplace.

The stylish and adaptable kitchen space at The Station is used to host a wide variety of events—everything from classes teaching knife skills to private dinner parties. During the day it’s also where Spencer and her staff prepare the meals, baked goods and snacks available in the marketplace. Look for things like double chocolate gooey butter cake squares tied up in red and white baker’s twine, quick breads and herb-laced crackers on the shelves. Spencer keeps the cooler stocked with Mason jars full of dips, soups and salads along with to-go containers of freshly prepared meals that are ready to heat and enjoy. Come by on a Saturday and get an aluminum tray of pre-proofed cinnamon rolls that can be popped into the oven for special weekend treat.

On Mondays, Spencer makes dinner plans a breeze thanks to her comforting suppers, which can be ordered ahead of time and picked up beginning at 4pm. Each week she cooks up a unique, seasonal menu featuring things like slow-braised beef brisket with a savory tomato and onion sauce along with mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli florets. Call ahead or check out the website to learn the upcoming menus for Monday night supper.

Open Monday from 4 to 7pm; Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 6pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm. 2232 Thurman Ave., Shaw, 314.735.5527.

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