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Southwest Airlines Adds Flights to Cancun, St. Louis Airport Gets New Airport Lounge

Relax in a New Lounge Before Your Flight to Cancun!

Over the last two weeks, there’s been some fantastic news coming out of St. Louis-Lambert Airport.  The airport, which in recent years, has lagged behind similarly sized airports has lacked international flights and passenger amenities.  However, just last week, Southwest Airlines announced that the airline will add flights from St. Louis to Cancun.  A few days before that, the airport board announced that a new airport lounge was in the works for passengers traveling through Terminal 2.

Southwest Airlines Announces St. Louis to Cancun Flights

Southwest Airline hasn’t been flying outside of the United States for very long.  Only in recent years has the airline started service to popular vacation destinations once served by now defunct AirTran which merged with Southwest in 2014.  Previously, Southwest’s international flights had been reserved for major cities.  Now, Southwest is slowly adding new international flights from medium-sized airports.  One of those medium-sized airports in St. Louis.

Southwest Airlines will fly Boeing 737s between St. Louis-Lambert International Airport and Cancun International Airport beginning in November.  Flights to Cancun will be Saturday only and will begin on November 11th.  According to Southwest Airlines, fares start at $149 one-way.  The flights will be operated out of Southwest’s home terminal, Terminal 2, which also houses St. Louis’ international arrivals.  This announcement comes as Southwest Airlines has expanded its operations at St. Louis-Lambert Airport.

St. Louis Airport to get flights to Cancun on Southwest Airlines (Image: Southwest Airlines)

St. Louis Airport to get flights to Cancun on Southwest Airlines (Image: Southwest Airlines)

Wingtips Lounge Coming to St. Louis Airport

Some more great news for passengers, the St. Louis Airport Board announced that the airport’s Terminal 2 will get a brand new airport lounge.  The lounge will not be affiliated with any airline meaning it’s open to all passengers for an access fee.  Additionally, some credit card holders will also get free access to the lounge.  The Wingtips lounge was selected as Terminal 2s brand new common use airport lounge.

Passengers that visit the Wingtips Lounge will have access to comfortable and private seating, free beverages, free snacks, and complimentary wi-fi.  Construction of the lounge has yet to be approved and construction will likely take over a year.  There is no set opening date for the new lounge.

The New St. Louis Airport Wingtips Lounge (Image: Burns and McDonnell)

The New St. Louis Airport Wingtips Lounge (Image: Burns and McDonnell)

Sponsored by St. Louis-based Urban Boundaries.  We would like to thank Urban Boundaries for their continued support.  Make sure to take advantage of their fantastic prices on cold weather apparel!

CORE10 Architecture Launches New YouTube Series about Significance of St. Louis Awe-Inspiring Buildings and Landmarks with Drone Videos

St. Louis (May 2, 2017)CORE10 Architecture, a St. Louis-based architectural firm, recently launched a new YouTube channel to celebrate the kickoff of its 10th anniversary in May.

Each month, a new video narrated by Michael Byrd, AIA, CSI, and Tyler Stephens, AIA, CORE10 Architecture Principals and co-founders, will be released featuring a building or landmark throughout St. Louis that has significant design elements and architectural features. A drone is used to film so the viewer can experience the full view of each structure that is highlighted in each video.

The purpose of the newly launched YouTube channel is to celebrate and educate viewers about the historical significance St. Louis has in architecture and design, highlight CORE10’s significant past projects, and kickoff CORE10 Architecture’s 10th anniversary, which is May 10, 2007. The theme for the milestone anniversary is “10 for 10” – 10 years in business on its founding of May 10th.

The first video features the Lindell Terrace Building located at 4501 Lindell Blvd., in the heart of the Central West End. In the video, Stephens guides the viewer through the history of the building and discusses how the building is a landmark for the area.

“The downtown city landscape of St. Louis is full of many incredible buildings, designs and structures,” said Michael Byrd, AIA, CORE10 Architecture Principal and co-founder. “When Tyler and I discussed a way to kick-off the 10th anniversary, we thought that this would be a creative, unique and educational way to share information and showcase the uniqueness of the St. Louis urban landscape.”

The second video, which was released April 28, features the CORE10 project, the Loop Trolley headquarters for the new trolley system that will link University City and Forest Park.

Stephens added, “As architects, we get our inspiration spending time on the streets in the city we love. It gives us context and the visualization to design something that is inspirational, functional and complimentary to the surrounding structures.”

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, CORE10 Architecture is an architectural firm based in the historic Central West End of St. Louis. The team of architects work on a variety of projects nationwide ranging from institutional and mixed-use commercial to multifamily and single family custom residential projects. The goal for each CORE10 Architecture client is the same – to make each design unique and to make the outcome inspirational. To learn more, please visit

CORE10 Architecture, a St. Louis-based Architectural Firm, Celebrates 10th Anniversary in May

The CORE10 Architecture team includes (from left to right): Sheila Miranda, Lead Architect; Michael Byrd, Principal and Co-Founder; Amanda Partyka Norris, Lead Architect; Jamar Bohannon, Production Designer; Sheena M. Hartmann, Production Designer; Tyler Stephens, Principal & Co-Founder.

St. Louis (May 10, 2017)CORE10 Architecture, a St. Louis-based architectural firm located at 4501 Lindell Blvd, celebrates its 10th anniversary May 2017. The theme for the milestone anniversary is “10 for 10” – 10 years in business on the founding of May 10th.

Co-founded in 2007 by Michael Byrd, AIA, CDT, principal; and Tyler Stephens, AIA, principal, CORE10 Architecture has a team of professionals with clients locally and nationwide working on a variety of projects ranging from institutional and mixed use commercial to multifamily and single family residential projects. Local projects the firm has worked on include: Siteman Cancer Treatment Center in St. Peters; Greentree Community Church in Kirkwood; Loop Trolley Headquarters located in the Delmar Loop; and 801 Chophouse in Clayton.

Byrd and Stephens partnered 10 years ago to form an innovative, quality firm that specializes in projects for the urban core. Part of their inspiration to start a business was to bring together the best architectural talent in St. Louis, encourage creative thinking, offer cutting-edge design solutions, and work with a variety of clients.

Another aspect for the founding of CORE10 Architecture was that Byrd and Stephens wanted to build a business that promoted the uniqueness of the St. Louis urban landscape.

“What sets us apart is that we get to know our clients personally. We embed ourselves at the location, ask questions of the actual people who will use the building in the end, and spend time on the streets to visualize how the proposed structure will complement the surrounding environment,” said Stephens.

In March, CORE10 Architecture launched a new YouTube channel to kick-off its 10th anniversary celebration. Each month a new video will be released featuring a building or landmark throughout St. Louis that has significant design elements and architectural features. A drone is used to film so the viewer can experience the full view of each structure that is highlighted in each video. The fist video is about the Lindell Terrace Building located at 4501 Lindell Blvd. in the Central West End, where their office is located, and the second is about the Loop Trolley Headquarters.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, CORE10 Architecture is an architectural firm based in the historic Central West End of St. Louis. The team of architects work on a variety of projects nationwide ranging from institutional and mixed use commercial to multifamily and single family residential projects. The goal for each CORE10 Architectural client is the same – to make each design unique and to make the outcome inspirational. To learn more, please visit

Microsoft to Open St. Louis Location in Cortex District

Tech behemoth Microsoft recently announced it would be moving its offices from Creve Coeur to the newest expansion in the Central West End’s Cortex area.

The move is part of a $55 million,180,00- square-foot office and lab expansion in the innovation district. Microsoft will be bringing nearly 150 jobs to the development, approximately 60 current jobs and adding 90 new positions.

Such a tech giant making the move to an area associated with St. Louis’ start up culture and research is a great vote of confidence for the district.

Microsoft will be leasing 30,000 square feet in the development.

The St. Louis office will be regional headquarters for states like Missouri, Kansas and Tennessee, according to Ervin Flores, General Manager of Microsoft’s Mid-America District.

The new development will also include a Microsoft Technology Center, where customers can work with employees to design custom technology system. Microsoft currently runs around 40 of these centers around the world, moving St. Louis into some exclusive company.

One major draw to Microsoft was the ability for Microsoft employees to interact with start ups and researchers in the Cortex district. The Technology Center will also give the district’s start ups and tech companies the opportunity to test the newest and cutting edge products form Microsoft.

On hand for the announcement of the project were Outgoing St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

Washing University will be the other anchor tenant, leasing 69,000 square feet of the development.

Techie Playground opens in Cortex District

Want to create the next great app, build the next great invention, create furniture or weld a new project? TechShop has opened a location in St. Louis’ Cortext District where you can do just that.

The workshop and fabrication studio chain opened in California nearly 10 years ago and has since expanded to Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, with a Brooklyn location opening soon.

Square, the ubiquitous credit card swipe/POS app and hardware for mobile phones and tablets got its start in a TechShop in California, where St. Louis born co-founder Jim McKelvey built his first prototypes of the swipe device.

“I think it’s fantastic for the St. Louis region because there are certain things that you need equipment to do and there’s a culture of experimentation there,” McKelvey said in a phone interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “TechShop is a big playground for makers.”

Each TechShop offers a host of equipment and tools for bourgeoning entrepreneurs and inventors to use including large sanders, glass cuttors, automotive tools, electrical measurement tools, drill presses, table saws, DSLR cameras, 3D printers, plasma cutters, and more.

For access, a membership is required. Dues are $150/monthly and gives you access to all tools and instruction in the building, provided you pass safety and basic use classes for each tool.

TechShop isn’t just for members though. Nonmembers can take advantage of any of their classes for a fee. Classes available include metal working, CAD, woodshop, sewing and more.

No experience is required for TechShop classes and TechShop has even worked to create classes for date nights. Discounts are given to students and active military personal.

It’s safe to say St. Louis’ start up and maker community is excited for TechShop’s opening. The workshop is currently on track to reach its goal of 1,000 St. Louis area members before it even opens.

New Development Plan In The Hill Neighborhood Moves Forward



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It’s official.  The development plan in the Hill neighborhood is moving forward. The plan is to build apartments, town homes, condos and single-family homes to replace a vacant 11-acre factory complex in the neighborhood. This property on the Hill is bordered on the east between Daggett and Bischoff on Hereford Street, directly behind St. Ambrose Church and South Kingshighway on the west.










American Stove Company, Coin Accepters, and other manufacturers occupied the 11-acre site.  These companies once employed many neighborhood residents. The property has been vacant for almost 20 years.

The Sansone Group submitted final plans for this development, which includes a 225-unit apartment complex, 49 town homes, approximately 45 condominiums and 20 single-family homes at 4932 Daggett Avenue. The developer and the neighborhood are hopeful the project will bring younger residents to the Hill and the surrounding area.  As developers have explained, this neighborhood is desirable because of the services available, restaurants, coffee shops, and salons all within walking distance and convenient to major attractions allowing an easy commute.  The main concerns of many residents are the traffic and parking conditions. The proposed structure has its own parking garage, which is not visible from the front of the building.  The Sansone Group has priced these units to attract millennials that enjoy city living, but also the modern conveniences that renting a typical shotgun home in the neighborhood does not provide.  It appears likely for the upwardly mobile residents that they will eventually move into a home in or around the surrounding neighborhoods.

This has been the biggest and the most contested project on the ‘Hill’ since Highway 44 separated the most northern streets from the rest of the neighborhood in the 1972.    Today Highway 44 separates Northrup and Pattison from the southern part of the Hill.  One hundred homes were demolished on the south side of Pattison in order to build Interstate 44. The original plan for this section of I-44 was opposed valiantly by Hill 2000 (the neighborhood organization) lead by Fr. Sal Polizzi. The group was not successful in getting the highway rerouted.  These dedicated citizens were successful in getting approval for an additional overpass on the highway when a committee from the Hill presented the United States Department of Transportation a check for $50,000. The bridge would keep the neighborhood connected so people could continue to walk to work and worship at St. Ambrose Church.

I have spoken and worked with a number of developers for this particular property over the past five years and each one had decided against development projects because of the neighborhood residents’ resistance to any plans that did not include residential homes and other restrictions placed upon the property, which would limited profitability.

This new $40 million development needed some bridges built as well. It required bridging the gap of what the old residents and political environmental wanted to preserve and what the newer younger residents wanted, growth and a potential for progress.  Largely the Sansone Group and the new Board of Directors of the Hill 2000 Neighborhood Organization built the bridge, which brought the two sides together. Thereby, the current development plan was approved.

There were a number of neighborhood meetings help between residents, St. Louis City Alderman Joe Vollmer and the Hill 2000 Neighborhood Association that were heated and exhausting.  There were surveys conducted that were contested, petitions signed trying to stop the project, and other obstacles. The Sansone Group believed in their project was determined not going to give up on the neighborhood.  They had meetings with Alderman Joe Vollmer and Monsignor Vince Bommarito (Pastor of St. Ambrose Church) and came up with a plan that could be acceptable to both community leaders. While many older residents were not in favor of the Sansone plan, it seemed the majority of the residents welcomed the new development.  Alderman Vollmer was then able to proceed with a presentation to the Board of Alderman for final approval of the project.

As more residents move into the neighborhood, there will be a need for businesses to  open on Sundays in the neighborhood.  It is expected that the Hill businesses will want to share in this new growth potential and expand their hours.  This type of activity is very much welcomed around the neighborhood, as traditionally Sunday is a break away from the traffic and tourist that appear daily.  

The Hill is currently undergoing a number of growing pains, which often come with progress.  There have been a number of new homes built, restored or rehabbed. This means large dumpsters on the street, mud flowing into the street due to grading or the demolition of an older home.  While it is understood there will be difficulties and inconveniences during construction, these are the challenges that accompany progress and change.  There is no crystal ball to tell us what is going to happen in five or ten years, but this deal looks to be profitable for all involved.

Hear this Week – Special Edition: Live Music in St. Louis February 20 – 26

Live Music in St. Louis

A certain town down the river gets lots of Mardi Gras attention, but let us assure you, we have it happening here as well. Bands of Note Special Mardi Gras edition!

Monday, February 20 – But first, it’s Presidents’ Day, and Foam Venue is hosting Oddsoul & the Sound plus Kelly Tsaltas and Troubador Tom. Oddsoul “is a person, a band, a state of mind,” and the trio is fronted by Matt Klose and features terrific original songs influenced by blues, jazz, and country. Starts at 8:30, no cover.

Mardi Gras!

Friday, February 24thMayor’s Mardi Gras Ball! Party much at the Rotunda of St. Louis City Hall? Well you will tonight at this black-tie event. Local heroes Funky Butt Brass band and Feel Good Inc. light it up, and proceeds go to the Mardi Gras Foundation, which has made community grants to improve Soulard and downtown since 2003. $150, doors open at 7.

Saturday, February 25 –

  • Evangeline’s – The Panamaniacs with David Gomez – starts at 11 a.m.
  • Broadway Oyster Bar – The Scandaleros, Aaron Kamm & the One Drops, and out of Nashville, the Aquaducks. Starts at 8 a.m.
  • Hammerstone’s – Paul Bonn & the Bluesmen start at 1 p.m., and the John McVey takes over at 6 p.m.
  • Soulard Market Park –Find the Bud Light Party Centre tent where Rockstar DJs will be spinning danceable tunes. 9 a.m., $115 includes “nine hours of beer, beats, and beads.”
  • Social House – How does Country Gras sound? Rising country star Colt Ford plays this all-inclusive event that starts at 11 a.m. Ticket prices start at $55.

There’s so much more here – you can’t go wrong with Mardi Gras in St. Louis!

Sunday, February 26 – The Dark Room starts its Brunch Sessions featuring the Montez Coleman Band. Coleman leads the band from behind the drums playing jazz, smooth jazz, and fusion. The band plays covers and originals from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the brunch goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No cover.

What the Locals Know: Friday, the 24th, there is a special evening celebrating the Future of Jazz at the Sheldon Concert Hall. It’ll feature Grammy nominated, 13-year-old prodigy Joey Alexander. It starts at 6 p.m. with spirits and entertainment by local jazz students, and ends with a cabaret with Denise Thimes at 10:30. It’s put on by, a nonprofit supporting local jazz. Cocktail attire! $300 for this great evening for a good cause.

Music Note of Note: Mardi Gras is a big deal here, and has been for a long time. The parade in our beloved Soulard neighborhood kicks off at 12 p.m. on Saturday the 25th. Live music is infused ! So go get some beads.

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5 Things To Do This Weekend in St. Louis 2/17 – 2/19

Happy Friday! It’s time for another fun-filled weekend in St. Louis. If you are still pulling your plans together for the weekend, here are a few suggestions to help.

To Kill a Mockingbird | February 15 – March 5

The Rep brings the late Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the stage. Set in the deep South during the Depression, Mockingbird is told from the point of view of young Scout Finch, whose attorney father, Atticus, defends an unjustly accused black man in court—and in the process, challenges the entrenched, systemic racism in his community.

Beggin’ Pet Parade and Wiener Dog Derby | February 19

Grab your furry friends and join Mardi Gras Inc. for the world’s largest costumed pet parade – the 24th Beggin’ Pet Parade in Soulard!  Don’t miss the excitement of the Wiener Dog Derby. Parade begins at noon, Wiener Dog Derby at 2pm.

St. Louis Symphony Presents: Ben Folds | February 18

Top Billboard and folk rock sensation Ben Folds is back by popular demand after a sold-out performance in 2014 performing fan-favorites and orchestral arrangements with the STL Symphony. Hear this one-of-a-kind performance as “…Folds uses the STL Symphony to access his music’s subtleties and nuances” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) on the Powell Hall stage.

Capitol Sports President’s Day Classic Volleyball Tournament | February 18 – 20

Capitol Sports presents the President’s Day Classic which brings together more than 700 volleyball teams competing on more than 80 courts throughout the complex, including 24 courts on the floor of The Dome at America’s Center. You won’t want to miss any of the action as these top youth teams (ages 12-18) battle for supremacy right in the heart of downtown St. Louis.

2017 Saint Louis Chess Winter Invitational | February 16 – 21

This chess invitational brings together players from around the world to compete for cash prizes and the chance to earn Grandmaster and International Master titles.

Make sure to share your St. Louis photos with us using #ExploreStLouis, you could be featured on our social page here.  For more events, festivals and things to do in St. Louis, check out our events calendar.

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#ExploreStLouis Fan Photos from January

We’ve been asking our InstagramTwitter and Facebook fans to tag their St. Louis pics with #ExploreStLouis and the results have been amazing.  Visitors, Locals and everyone in between have cool stories to tell about St. Louis.  Take a look at some of our favorite photos from the past month! Tag your photos with #ExploreStLouis, and we might feature you in this space next month!

Pretty gnarly action shot this past weekend #gnarlsbarkley 📸@jayyedwards

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Busch Stadium look really nice all lit up at night #winterclassic #soundcheck

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I hope someone looks at you the way @madisonatodd looks at seals 😆😘

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Circa 2014 💙🌥 #tb #stlouis #missouri #archives #arch #gatewayarch #downtown #skyporn #stlouisarch #architecture #nubes

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Well….not the greatest game but it was still fun!

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Monkeying around at the City Museum 🐒

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Hear this Week – Live Music in St. Louis February 13 – February 19

Live Music in St. Louis 

The sheer variety of acts in St. Louis is outpaced only by the talent of the musicians who perform here. Get out this week and hear some of these Bands of Note:

Monday, February 13 – At the Shaved Duck, Dizzy Atmosphere plays from 5:30 to 8:30 while patrons dine on fine BBQ and soul food. This violin/guitar duo plays great jazz from Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli through the Latin jazz work of Carlos Jobim and Xavier Cugat. A treat. No cover.

Wednesday, February 15 – Leopold & His Fiction come play the Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy. The Detroit-born Daniel Leopold fronts the band, which is equally rooted in dingy garage punk and Motown’s pop-minded R&B. The group is hot enough to open for the likes of ZZ Top, so there ya go. Doors open at 7, $12.

Thursday, February 16 – Young M.A. has been rapping since age 9, and her debut single from last year, “Ooouuu,” peaked at number 19 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart (she also performed it at last year’s BET Hip Hop Awards. Catch this up-and-coming musical powerhouse at the Pageant. Doors open at 7, tickets are $50.

Friday, February 17 – Scrambled, with great versatility and energy, plays it all: bluegrass, blues, funk, reggae, country, and a little folk/Americana. Zach Hoock (standup bass), Britton Liefer (mandolin), and Ray Bieri (banjo and guitar) perform a feel-good show at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room. Starts at 9, $8.

Sunday, February 19 – Halfway there? Livin’ on a prayer? Then get down to the Scottrade Center and catch the latest Bon Jovi tour, “This House Is Not for Sale.” True, Richie Sambora is no longer shredding for them, but word on the street is the band is better than ever. 7:30, tickets are $34 to $242 (and beyond for special packages).

What the Locals Know: Every Wednesday at the Broadway Oyster Bar, Sean Canan’s VooDoo Players take the stage and play their American roots music with a revolving cast of fantastic and fun local musicians. They mix it up occasionally genre-wise and are known to launch into a tribute to Bob Marley, for example. Starts at 8, no cover.

Music Note of Note: Celebrate Black History Month at our still new National Blues Museum, as it tells the story of the blues and African Americans’ contribution to music. On February 16, from 7 to 9pm, they present “Music Moved the Movement,” a conversation about the complexities, challenges, and triumphs of the civil rights movement and its relationship to music and American history.

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