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April 2017 News


Spring is officially here! 
Our newsletter this month features include results from the business survey, business spotlight on Mangrove Restoration, upcoming community events, and exciting new opportunities for you to help the business association.
Business Quote of the Month
“Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell.”
– Lisa Stone, BlogHer co-founder and CEO

The Survey Results Are In!

Earlier this year, we distributed a survey asking what we could do to provide more support for your business. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. The results are in, and we are exciting about the amazing suggestions that we received.
If you didn't get a chance to give us your input about how we can better meet your business needs, we're re-opening the survey just for you. Take 5 minutes to complete the business survey now by clicking here. 

- Coming Soon - 

New and exciting things are brewing with the Forest Park South Business Association! 
You took our survey, and we listened. Coming soon, we will be hosting events in response to the results of the survey. Be sure to keep checking the newsletter and our website for upcoming members-only benefits and programs that will be offered just for you! First up is our members happy hour coming up on April 7th. Please stay tune this summer for an exclusive members-only happy hour at the Science Center. 

Here's Something Eggs-tra Special Just For You

-NEW- FPSBA Members Happy Hour

It's Spring and we're happy! And we're inviting you to be happy with us!
FPSBA Spring Happy Hour
Friday, April 7th | 4pm - 6pm
Restoration St. Louis, 4240 Manchester Avenue

Here's your chance for more networking opportunities. The business association will be hosting a Spring Happy Hour with Restoration St. Louis. Join us on their patio to mix & mingle with fellow business association members. It's the perfect way to relax at the end of a busy work week. Please RSVP on our Facebook Page HERE to let us know you're coming.
~New Members Welcome!~~

Do you know any businesses that can benefit from an association membership? Bring them to the happy hour so they can see what we're all about!

Get Exclusive Discounts for Your Employees!

Don't miss your chance to access member benefits. With your business membership, each employee of your business receives a Perks Program discount card. Simply present the discount card at participating merchants to enjoy exclusive discounts. Click HERE for a list of participating merchants from last year. 
The FPSBA Perks Program Needs You
In order for you to continue receiving discounts, we need businesses like yours to offer them. Consider giving  a simple 15% off one of your products or services to help maintain the Perks Program this year. If your business is interested in participating in the Perks Program for 2017, complete THIS FORM or contact Linda at or 314-535-5311 by April 15th.

A Training Opportunity for You

Court Advocacy Training for Business & Property Owners
CWE NSI Office | 447 N. Euclid
Thursday, April 27th | 12 noon - 1pm

The NSI Court Advocacy Team is hosting a training session for business and property owners located in either the Forest Park Southeast or Central West End neighborhoods. Learn how to deliver a verbal or written statement to the the court on behalf of the community. Training will be given by Rachel Smith, the Circuit Attorney’s Office Community Affairs Bureau Attorney. For more details, please contact Carolyn Compton, Neighborhood Court Advocate, at (W) 314-454-5808 or Lunch will be provided.

Business Spotlight of the Month

Mangrove Restoration 
4268 Manchester Ave | St. Louis, MO 63110 
For this month’s newsletter, we feature Mangrove Restoration and a few of their commercial tenants who currently call some of Mangrove’s restored buildings home.

For 17 years, Mangrove has been restoring historic buildings in the city of St. Louis for both commercial and residential use. The company started in 2000 with the purchase and historic restoration of the Mangrove building at the corner of Manchester and Tower Grove Avenue. Over the years, the community saw the good work that the company was doing to support a diverse range of businesses in the neighborhood. Through word-of-mouth and relationship building the company was able to build a good reputation. Now, in 2017 Mangrove has taken on a number of additional projects that have helped maintain a vibrant neighborhood for businesses, residents, and visitors alike.
Building and maintaining relationships within the community is at the heart of Mangrove’s mission. The Forest Park South Business Association appreciates the Mangrove Restoration for being a member of the business association, and for being a great member of the Forest Park South community! See the before and after pictures of a few of Mangrove's buildings below.
The Mangrove Building | 4254 Manchester Ave
The Mangrove building was the first  project that Mangrove Restoration completed. The building was converted into a café and ice cream parlor in 2004 before Sweetie Pie's expanded to the area. Located on the corner of Tower Grove Ave and Manchester Ave, the building is right at the center of all the action happening in The Grove.
Outlaw Ink & Styles | 4254 Manchester Ave
The Melroys building is now home to Outlaw Ink & Styles tattoo shop, owned by freehand tattoo artist Eric Outlaw. The shop is one of two tattoo shops in The Grove. They offer services in tattoos, novelties, and accessories.
CQ Custom Designs | 4248 Manchester Ave
About four months ago, St. Louis graphic designer and entrepreneur Calvin Payne was able to move his start up t-shirt business to the newly restored building located at 4248 Manchester Ave, thanks to the support of Mangrove Restoration. CQ Custom Designs specializes in screen printing, uniforms, rhinestone designs, and much more. Payne started the business with $2, working from home before selling his products at the Outlaw Ink & Tattoo Shop. Now located next door to the tattoo shop, Payne has been able to expand his services to the neighborhood.
City Greens Market | 4260 Manchester Ave
City Greens is a local non-profit grocery store that supports food sustainability. None of the food supplied at the store is produced at factory farms, and many of Missouri's local farms sell exclusively to them. Their mission is to provide access to good healthy food at an affordable price. City Greens sell all their products at-cost and are able to do so through a sliding scale membership program based on household income. If you are not yet a member of this great neighborhood market, consider joining today at City Greens Market is also a great member of the business association! 

Upcoming Spring Events

Check Out The Events Coming Up In The Neighborhood

Grove Properties' Talmage Avenue Block Party!
Saturday April 22nd | 1pm - 4pm
Talmage Avenue & Chouteau Avenue

Grove Properties is throwin' a block party to celebrate the completion of the six new historic redevelopments on Talmage Avenue.  These homes were boarded up and vacant for years and they have brought new life back into them. Come celebrate!  

Music by DJ Hal Greens. Complimentary Snacks & Sips. RSVP Here.
Taste of Haven
Saturday April 22nd | 12pm - 6pm
Various Bars/Restaurants in The Grove 

Looking for a good time for a good cause? Join  the party at the second annual Taste of Haven!

Visit six different bars/restaurants in the Grove to enjoy drink & food specials, dancing, and games. Start at Urban Chestnut, and make your way to O'Shay's, Layla, The Gramophone, Atomic Cowboy, and Handlebar. You'll also receive a complimentary Taste of Haven Pint Glass. Click HERE for more details and to buy tickets. All ticket sales benefit Little Bit of Haven.

On the Horizon

Does your business have upcoming events or activities you want feature in our next newsletter? 

Get Featured in the Business Spotlight 
In each volume of the FPSBA newsletter, we will be showcasing a business in the neighborhood. This is a great opportunity for your organization to tell the neighborhood about your business, what makes it unique, and highlight anything special that community members may not know about your organization. If you are interested in having your business featured, email Linda at
Newsletter Submission
Interested in getting the word out about what’s happening with your organization? Newsletter submissions are accepted by 5pm on the 3rd Friday of each month. Next month's deadline submission is Friday, April 21st. Submit information to
4512 Manchester Ave, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63110
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