MX Movies, the three-screen dine-in movie theater across the street from The Laurel Apartments, was recently named St. Louis’s Best Movie Theater by the Riverfront Times. It was also named to St. Louis Magazine‘s A-List in July.
Residents of The Laurel receive a free medium popcorn at the concession stand with their ticket purchase when showing their Resident Perks card.
MX Movies features a full bar and full menu along with your expected concession favorites. The theater uses the eTab order-from-your-seat system to enhance your moviegoing experience.
MX Movies begins showings at 4:30 pm during the week and at 11 am on Saturdays and Sundays. A regular-priced Adult ticket is $12. Discounts are available for Senior, Child and Student discounts are available. Matinee discounts are available on movies beginning before 5 pm.
Don’t miss “Terrific Tuesdays”.
This weekend’s movie lineup features Ender’s Game, Last Vegas and Thor: The Dark World. Thor: The Dark World is also playing in 3-D. Buy tickets online or at the box office.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire
While the craft beer scene has exploded in St. Louis recently, there is still only one place widely considered to be “The Brewery”. The Anheuser-Busch Brewery is located just south of downtown in the Soulard neighborhood. The company has offered free tours of the complex since 1887, with several of those original buildings still standing and in use. If you are a fan of beer, history or St. Louis, it should be on your to-do list in St. Louis.
The tour meets in the Tour Center at the corner of 12th and Lynch streets in Soulard. Tours are offered year-round except for major holidays. The Tour Center is where you’ll find displays highlighting the various brands under the Anheuser-Busch umbrella as well as memorabilia from throughout its long history. There you will also find the Anheuser-Busch Gift Shop as well. Take time before or after the tour to see displays featuring various marketing materials and a plethora of beer steins.
The full tour takes just about one hour. For those with more inquisitive minds, the company offers a Beer School and Breermaster Tour. On the regular tour, you’ll see Clydesdales first, of course. Just a few of the horses are at any of the breweries around the country at anytime. The Clydesdale became synonymous with Anhesuer-Busch in 1933 when August A. ”Gussie” Busch, Jr. and Adolphous Busch III presented their father with a team of them to commemorate the repeal of Prohibition. August Sr. had owned horses previously that occupied the stables on the grounds, which was built in 1885. To mark that grand day in 1933, a six-horse Clydesdale hitch was dispatched to New York to deliver a case of beer through the streets to a ceremony at the Empire State Building. The Budweiser Clydesdales call Warm Springs Ranch, the Clydesdale-breeding farm out near Boonville, MO, their primary home.
After the Budweiser Clydesdale Stable, tour attendees are offered the chance to head directly to the Tasting Room. For attendees that take the tour regularly, the “stable-only” tour is a popular choice.
Staying on the tour takes you through the rest of the complex including the other two National Historic Landmarks besides the stable, the Old School House and the Brew House. You’ll get a crash course in the brewing process as well as the other production and post-production processes.
The tour brings you back to the Tasting Room in the Tour Center for your two complimentary adult beverages for those over 21. Pretzels and Pepsi-Cola soft drinks are also available.
Anhueser-Busch announced plans back in April for a “biergarten’” adjacent to the Tour Center with seating for 300 people. The biergarten’, which is German for beer garden, will sell beer and food. Tour-goers will still be able to get their two complimentary beverages with the tour, but now will have an opportunity to hang around longer. The area will also be open to those not participating in a tour.
In the April 2013 issue of St. Louis Magazine, they covered “101 Things St. Louisans Must Do”. Even those in our office who have lived in the area their whole lives found things on the the list that still needed to be checked off. Things were also brought up that were agreed upon as “must-dos” but weren’t exactly on the list. Maybe something similar was on the list, but there was enough of a difference to warrant a separate line item.
In appreciation of this list the good folks over at SLM produced, we introduce you to our St. Louis Bucket List series. We will highlight things we consider “must-dos” in the area. Some will be straight from the list, some will be variations of something on the list, and some will be things our staff really thinks should be on the list.
In a nod to this being the first post in the series, we say Get “First Pitch Tickets” To A Cardinals Game.
Going to a Cardinals game is a given for any St. Louis visitor or resident. “Skip Work For Opening Day” was the first thing on SLM‘s list. We decided to roll several necessary activities into one on this Opening Day. (Sidenote: Why is Opening Day capitalized? Because in St. Louis, the home opener for the Cardinals might as well be an official holiday.) We decided to send Ryan out to get “First Pitch Tickets” for Opening Day. These tickets aren’t something you can buy with just a few mouse clicks. Here’s how they work:
Ryan arrived at 7:45 am on the day of the game to stand in line. The line was already long as some people at apparently been camped out in line over the weekend. Only 275 pairs of tickets are sold.
Several people went through and counted the people in the line. These numbers were in no way exact. General consensus was Ryan was somewhere around #200 in line. Things were looking good. At 8:30 am, a security guard came through and gave out little paper tickets. If more than 275 people are in line and you don’t get a ticket, you can go on about your day. Luckily enough, Ryan was #204. At 9 am, the Box Office opened and people were able to start buying tickets. This is a fairly slow process as you would imagine. Plan on at least another 45 minutes if the line is long.
Waiting in line to get into the game is a longer process. Be prepared. Whereas the Box Office has multiple windows open to sell tickets, only one person is handing out the game tickets before gametime. If you are past #20 in line to get into the game, don’t plan on actually seeing the first pitch.
For Opening Day Ryan got Standing Room Only tickets, but don’t let that discourage you. The tickets that are part of the program are taken from a pool of tickets that includes those returned by players, the visiting team and media types. If the game is an important one, odds are that you will get SRO, but that’s part of the fun in buying the tickets. The people who camped out to be first in line on that Monday morning stood just as much of a chance at getting great seats as the person that was #275 in line.
The “First Pitch Tickets” program is sponsored by KMOX 1120 AM, the flagship radio station of the St. Louis Cardinals. It is available for each Cardinals regular season home game. The Busch Stadium Box office opens at 9 am each day.
On May 19, 2013 The Laurel Apartments will host a pet adoption fair in association with Flawdogs Adoption. The fair will be held in the lobby of The Laurel from 11a-3p. The building is located at 616 N. 7th Street in downtown St. Louis.
Flawdogs Adoption will have approximately 20 dogs available for adoption at the event. The dogs will mostly be small breeds and purebred. All dogs available for adoption will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and wormed and freshly bathed. Adoption fees will run from $100-$250 per pet.
Flawdogs Adoption is a local organization that was originally established to rescue “puppymill dogs”, those that had been caged their entire lives. The organization now takes many dogs from other walks of life that have been abandoned and are in need of a good home. The rescued dogs live in small groups where they have generous amounts of space to be live and play. The dogs are not caged and are treated as if they were the Flawdogs’ personal pets.
Flawdogs Adoption is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of dogs in need. The organization is staffed completely by volunteers and all dogs are housed on a volunteer basis as well. Adoption fees go to cover the costs of housing, veterinarian fees, food and utilities. Flawdogs Adoption can be found online at Flawdogs.Petfinder.com
Residents of The Laurel Apartments will each receive a card to show at establishments in the Mercantile Exchange district that entitles them to the following perks. These perks are subject to change and are offered by participating establishments to show their appreciation to those that choose to make their home in the MX district.
Participating Establishments and Perks
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Hickory Smoked Ham and Gruyère cheese,on Egg-battered Sourdough.Served withSpiced Pear Compote and Maple-Dijon mustard
Mesquite Turkey, Burger’s
Smokehouse Bacon (MO) , Cheddar Cheese, Spinach,Black Bean Relish, and Chipotle Aioli in a Tomato Tortilla Wrap [Pro Tip: Get the fries on the side because they are delicious.]
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You wouldn’t expect to find a crab cake this good in the heart of the Midwest. It’s been a signature dish and best-seller since the Webster Groves location opened. We defer to a video of owner Stanley Browne making the crab cake that will go on a Ciabatta roll with Chipotle Aioli and Micro Greens.
fontina, mozzarella, volpi prosciutto and rosemary, breaded and baked with a spicy tomato sauce.
Garlic Bread (Pi)
It’s true that this is a pretty standard menu item to list here, but Miranda and Nicole swear this is the best version ever.
‘The Delmar’ (Pi)
It took us so long to list a pizza from Pi here because we were busy taste-testing all of our favorites, which basically amounted to most of the menu. The cornmeal crust deep-dish is what but them on the map so it should be on you bucket list in life. This pie features hormone-free chicken, two cheeses, peppers, cilantro and is topped with bbq sauce from local-favorite Pappy’s.
In taking that to the extreme, we decided to take Vine for a spin. According to the company website, Vine “is a mobile service that lets you create and share short looping videos”. How short? Six Seconds. When we first heard of the service, we thought “what in the world is six seconds of video good for?”
If you have checked the stats on any videos that you have posted to the internet, you will see that most people aren’t watching your entire video. Does that mean your video isn’t worth watching? Not necessarily. People have short attention spans these days. Why do you think Twitter has become so popular? Who would have thought restricting communication to 140 characters at a time would in turn increase communication at such an astonishing level? We’re sure you can find “experts” out there who will tell you that they did, but if their name isn’t Jack Dorsey, odds are they probably didn’t see it coming.
Speaking of Jack Dorsey, the Twitter co-founder was the one that pushed Twitter to acquire Vine in the first place. Safe to say that we only think six seconds of video isn’t useful because we don’t know how to use it. There were probably people that said the same thing about 140 characters back in the pre-Twitter days.
Our staff here at The Laurel Apartments loves technology and exploring ways new products can be used in our industry. We proudly support the St. Louis start-up community and count Techli has one of the sites that gets read in the office daily.
In saying that, we decided to take Vine for a spin. We have plenty of videos up on our YouTube page, but we challenged ourselves to cut an apartment tour down to six seconds. Will someone rent an apartment solely from seeing a video in six seconds? More than likely not, but we hope that it challenges those looking for an apartment home to think what really is important. We all share a belief that our time is too precious to waste. Take a look at the what we think is important to show in six seconds. These are from just our first couple of days playing with the app. Check back here later for more or check out Facebook or Twitter feeds.
Here’s our first video we did. It showcases the community amenities at The Laurel.
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Here’s the second one we did of a beautiful two-bedroom apartment home with a stunning view down Washington Avenue.
Apartment 611 vine.co/v/bgbI5zODX3V
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It’s a lot easier to film a one-bedroom apartment home in six seconds.
Apartment 830 vine.co/v/bgj32wIJJ3b
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And here’s the Mercantile Exchange District in six seconds.
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The official Vine application is only available in the iTunes stores for the iPhone and the iTouch right now, but the co-founder of the company recently tweeted that they are looking to hire an Android developer.
On Tuesday, February 12, the 2013 Mardi Gras season will come to a close with the Lumiere Place ‘Light Up The Night’ Fat Tuesday Parade.
The parade will start at 7pm at the corner of Washington and Broadway. It will then proceed west on Washington Avenue to 14th street.
In year’s past, the parade route went from the Broadway and Washington corner south down Broadway to Bush Stadium. In part with the opening of businesses in the Mercantile Exchange district, the route of the parade has been changed to run through the heart of the MX
The Fat Tuesday Parade closes out the 2013 Mardi Gras season in St. Louis. The season began on January 6th with 12th Night and featured events ranging from the Snowman Softball tournament to the Beggin’ Pet Parade to the River City Casino Grand Parade.
Our neighbors in the Mercantile Exchange district will be starting the party early on Fat Tuesday with specials beginning at 4pm. Here’s a rundown of MX specials. More specials are still being worked out.
4 for 4 bucks
$4 Pi Hummus Plate
$4 Chips & Dip
$4 Pi Bites
$4 Roasted Vegetable Bruschetta
$3.14 Pi Common
$3.14 Schlafly Kolsch
$5 Pi Squared Cocktail
$5 The Uncommon Cocktail
$5 House Wines (red & white)
$5 Pi Sangria
Free soft drink and bag of Zapp’s New Orleans potato chips w/ a sandwich or salad purchase.
$5 Domestic bottles
$4 Chicken & Sausage gumbo
$4 Premium popcorn
More specials will be coming soon. Look for various MX establishments to have tables set up outside their doors for your pleasure. Live entertainment will also be happening in the district after the parade.
Residents got to see the space before the general public and were also treated to a movie showing as well. The MX Movies staff and Chef Galliano were kind enough to provide complimentary beverages, food and snacks from the concession stand and kitchen.
The Grand Opening featured a reception in the theater’s lobby with complimentary food samples from Chef Galliano’s menu. Tickets for the event were sold through Brown Paper Tickets. Attendees were able to purchase tickets to one of three movies; Django Unchained, Lincoln or Les Miserables.
Laurel residents were treated to complimentary beverages and food from the kitchen and concession stand while enjoying the theater.
Some of the highlights on the menu enjoyed by residents were:
A Midwestern version of the classic Quebec dish. Breakfast sausage gravy and Marcoot Creamery cheese curds top off sweet potato fries.
Marinated shrimp are mixed with fresh herbs sit on buttery toast and are topped with a hard-boiled farm egg.
Sunnyside-up farm egg, thick bacon, lettuce and tomato jam on toasted rustic bread
Seared Viking Village Scallops
Olive oil-poached then seared diver scallops with oven-roasted peppers & new potatoes finished with an Argentinian chimichurri sauce
The most recent restaurant to open in the Mercantile Exchange district is the newest project from Eric and Jenny Heckman and their team. Their other projects are Tani Sushi Bistro in Clayton and Area 14 Lounge & Sushi next door. Tani was named
Takaya’s regular hours will be open from 11 am-10pm Monday-Thursday and 11am-11pm Friday and Saturday. Reservations can be made by calling 314-241-5721. Their Facebook page is up-and running now with a website coming soon.
Takaya will have separate menus available for lunch and dinner. On our staff visit for lunch, the menu featured a very unique blend of Asian and sushi dishes as well as standards like sliders, short ribs and chicken wings with an Asian flair.
The Grand Opening reception will take place on Saturday January 12 from 8pm-11pm. You can RSVP through their Facebook Event page.
Takaya New Asian is located on the corner of Washington and 7th.