Featured Band: The Jans Project

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ATTENTION: The Historic Shaw Art Fair is not ONLY for art! For all you music lovers out there- a wide variety of talented, toe-tapping musical groups will be performing throughout both of the days at the fair. Multiple different genres of music will be featured, ensuring that there is something for everyone! One of the bands that the Shaw Art Fair cannot wait to welcome to the stage is a rock group from Urbana Illinois… Read More

Featured Artist: Steve Nowatzki

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Because his father was in the army, artist Steve Nowatzki lived in a variety of geographical locations while growing up. When Steve was first introduced to printmaking, his medium of choice, he was living in Germany attending high school. However, his passion for printmaking really took off during his university years. “I became addicted to the possibilities of etching,” he shared. Ever since, the printmaker’s talents have grown and flourished, creating the driven… Read More

Featured Artist: Ronnie Phillips

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The 2016 Historic Shaw Art Fair welcomes back award winning photographer and mixed media artist, Ronnie Phillips! A Los Angeles native, Phillips is recognized nationwide for his moving work, which has received over 100 awards and 10 “Best of Show” awards. Photographs of his have been featured in multiple well-received magazines such as Essence, TV Guide, and Ebony. His work has also struck the fancy of many celebrities, going home with clients such as Halle… Read More

Landscaping RFP

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The Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association is seeking bids for landscaping work at several locations in the neighborhood. This request is for the remainder of 2016. If you or someone you know is interested in bidding, please click here to download the full RFP (Word document). Deadline: August 12, 2016 Contact Patrick McEvoy with any inquiries or clarification of this Request for Proposal or to schedule a time to walk through the work requested. Read More

Featured Artist: Kay Rice

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For the last 40 years, Kay Rice has identified herself as a fiber artist. Fiber art includes the use of both natural and synthetic fibers, as well as other materials such as felt, yarn, fabric, and more. She credits the use of her chosen medium partly to her family’s influence, revealing that all of the women in her family have practiced fiber art in one form or another. She has experimented with other art forms… Read More

SNIA Seeks Community Feedback

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The Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association (SNIA) is seeking responses from Shaw residents for a ten day period prior to their April 18th Board of Directors meeting on a potential development in the neighborhood. Background on this matter as follows: On Jul. 28, 2015, the Community Development Administration (CDA), in conjunction with Alderman Steve Conway, sent out a request for proposals (RFP) concerning the property at 3901-05 Shaw (the former Salamah’s Market, Shaw and 39th), with responses due Jan. 30,… Read More


By Stephanie Herbers | No Comments

In keeping with Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association’s (SNIA) mission to “improve and maintain the quality of life of all Shaw residents,” we offer the Shaw Helping Hands Grant program to assist those who share that vision and are taking an active part in making it a reality. Helping Hands grants are made possible by proceeds from the Historic Shaw Art Fair. Specifically, SNIA invites proposals requesting up to $2,000 to benefit the quality of life… Read More

Home History Resource: Census Records

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Curious about your home’s past residents? St. Louis Public Library has several great, and FREE, resources for researching your home’s past; all you need is a library card. One helpful resource is HeritageQuest. HeritageQuest gives you access to census records (up to 1940). For those of you who live in multi-family homes, census records can be more informative than searching for building owners (e.g., 80% of the individuals living on my block in 1940 rented). Read More

Spotlight on Shaw: The Wagamama

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When Bike Works moved its operation from Shenandoah & Thurman in Shaw to the Soulard neighborhood, Lynn Terry was happy to repurpose the site. In the space that once overflowed with bicycles, there now resides a chic pet boutique, The Wagamama, and the studio utilized by Lynn Terry Photography. Wagamama, which translates to “spoiled rotten child” in Japanese, is set to be a one-stop shop for pet owners. Where there were once… Read More

Businesses of Shaw’s Past

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Shaw Historical Business Map Are you curious about what businesses used to be in buildings throughout the neighborhood? Cara Jensen, Shaw resident and owner of Sherlock Homes, has started compiling this information in a Google map. To date she has added businesses that were present in 1956, their status in 2015, and is now starting to add in information from a directory printed in 1915. The map covers… Read More