What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend
Well, St. Louis, if there’s anything I know about our city, it’s that we’re unspeakably resilient when we stick together. We’re here to help our readers remain in community with one another, providing info on everything from curbside pick-up options to virtual events. With a wealth of new uncertainties from day to day, our job here at Guided: St. Louis is to remind all of us how connected we still are.
Guided has long been a champion of small businesses and local creatives, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Though we won’t be sharing in-person events for the next few weeks, please feel free to reach out with details on any ways we can continue support St. Louis’s community of artists, small business, creatives and more. Organizing a virtual concert, reading or workshop? Hosting online shopping on your Instagram page? Switching your restaurant to curbside pickup? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cocoa and Cumin presents: Alexis Coleman
Local concert series Cocoa and Cumin will be livestreaming their upcoming concert on Saturday, March 21, at 8 p.m. featuring singer-songwriter Alexis Coleman. Cocoa and Cumin’s concert series spotlights musicians of color, and Saturday’s show will be the first of the 2020 season. According to the Cocoa and Cumin Instagram page, the show will be available for streaming via Instagram live (app required) and online via Livestream.
When: Saturday, March 21, at 8 p.m.
Where: Instagram Live and Livestream
Small businesses food and drink options with curbside pickup
As of Thursday, March 19 at midnight, all restaurants in St. Louis City and County required to limit their services to curbside/window pickup or delivery only. The Guided team is working on ways to offer you a comprehensive picture of what’s available. Please check our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter feeds for updates. In the meantime, here are a couple of options for those looking for a quick pick-me-up.
- Hot Box Cookies
Hot Box Cookies, the wittiest cookie-makers in St. Louis, have you covered for cookies. Stores have officially switched to carry-out, curbside pickup and delivery only, offering the full cookie menu—including a 12-pack frozen cookie dough option to make cookies at home. In case you’re not familiar with the drill yet for curbside pickup yet, here’s how it works: Order online, add the make and model of your car in the “special instructions” box and call the store when you arrive. Staff will bring your order to you outside!
Hours: Open daily, hours may vary by location
Neighborhood: South Grand, Central West End, Clayton
Teatopia, St. Louis’ loose-leaf tea experts, have switched to carry out and curbside pickup only for menu items. Customers can also order shipments of the store’s more than 40 different loose-leaf tea flavors and teaware accessories to be mailed to their door by calling the store at 314.553.9402 or using Teatopia’s online shop.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Neighborhood: Cherokee Street
- Saint Louis Hop Shop
Local craft-beer store and Cherokee Street staple Saint Louis Hop Shop has closed the in-store bar space and moved to curbside pickup only. St. Louisans looking for local beer selections to add some flavor to their quarantine cuisine are invited to shop online and participate in Hop Shop’s pickup hours from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. beginning today.
Hours: Monday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Neighborhood: Cherokee Street
The ever-innovative arts community is already offering ways to visit its exhibits and enjoy its offerings remotely. Here’s a selection of new online events, videos and livestreams.
- Instrument Playground Online
The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra launched a brand new web-based tool today as part of its Music in Our Schools Month initiative. In the videos, 10 musicians speak with young interviewers about their instruments in four “families”: woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion.
- The St. Louis Aquarium started its day today by offering a virtual breakfast with Coconut the baby sloth via a Facebook livestream. It plans to offer more live events with its animal care team. (Coming soon: an expedition with the Shark Canyon divers.)
- The Saint Louis Zoo‘s live YouTube webcam from Penguin and Puffin Coast runs daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on YouTube. It’s also offering video updates from the animal care team on its blog and via the social media hashtag #BringTheStlZooToYou.
- If the rain would ever go away, we could social distance out in nature. Until then, Forest Park Forever offers Soundcloud audio recordings from various points in the park via its Listen Forest Park initiative.
- The Missouri History Museum offers stunning 360-degree virtual tours of its previous exhibit “Panoramas of the City,” along with social posts about heartwarming facts and stories from St. Louis history under the hashtag #UpliftingSTL.
Donation and relief options for the St. Louis arts and small business community
As more and more businesses close temporarily (and some permanently), it’s inspiring to see the outpouring of support for the affected hospitality staff, performers, suppliers and everyone involved. Here are a few examples.
- Good for The Grove
The Grove is one of the city’s most vibrant arts, culture, food and entertainment districts, and Good for the Grove is designed to provide financial relief for the people and venues who keep it going. Donations are 100 percent tax deductible (thanks to organizer Park Central Development Corporation’s nonprofit status) and will be used to provide support for service workers in The Grove Community Improvement District.
- Saint Louis Hospitality Staff Members
Organized by chef-owner of Byrd & Barrel, this GoFundMe is raising money for the countless hospitality professionals across St. Louis who’ve been impacted be recent layoffs, reduced hours and closures. If you’re a hospitality worker in need, email Bob Brazell at email@example.com and include your contact information and employer’s contact information. Once the GoFundMe closes, all funds raised will be distributed evenly to all verified applicants.
- Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Photographer Tiff J. Sutton is hosting a fundraiser focused on supporting St. Louis-area artists of color and arts professionals of color. The fund will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to meet the short-term, immediate financial needs of those who qualify. Visit the Google Form for application information.
- St. Louis Arts and Music Aid Fund
Native Sound Recording co-owner Benjamin Majchrzak is hosting a GoFundMe focused on raising funds to support the city’s arts and music community. With news of canceled concerts and gigs locally and otherwise, this fundraiser will support area musicians and other freelance creatives trying to make ends meet. Majchrzak also hopes to host virtual live music shows on Facebook Live to raise more funds.
- St. Louis COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund
Organized by local artists Jessica Pautler, Jeremy Goldmeier and Kyle Kratky, this GoFundMe is dedicated to raising funds for the diverse range of artists who’ve had to cancel exhibitions, gigs and shows due to public health concerns. Artists in need of financial support can apply for relief online.
Featured image courtesy of Stephanie Harvey.