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Best Addition to Washington Avenue St. Louis 2006 - Mossa Center

Mossa Center

Mossa Center

1214 Washington

St. Louis, MO 63103

314-241-5199

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We're happy for Washington Avenue's success and everything, and we hope merchants continue to flock to the street. But why should we give this award to some coattail-riding latecomer when, really, the best addition to Washington Avenue arrived when Dwight and Rosemarie Reum (pronounced reem) opened the Mossa Center in 1984? It was the Reums who first saw Washington Avenue and decided to invest, selling high-design furniture imported from Europe, stuff that until then could only be found five hours away in Chicago. When Dwight Reum passed away in 1996, Rosemarie kept the fire burning, and the Mossa Center continues to be a destination for moneyed aesthetes looking for great design. Other high-end furniture stores have joined the Mossa Center downtown in the past few years, but without the Reums' frontier spirit, downtown wouldn't have progressed as it has.
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former club kid
former club kid

Mossa may have been 1st, but 1227 really put Washington Ave. on the map. Not only did it impact thousands of peoples lives, but it has created so many life long friendships that span the globe. I challenge you to take a vote as to what changed the landscape between Tucker and 16th and bet it would be this infamous nightspot and it's visionary impresario Tom Pardue.

John Higgins
John Higgins

Dwight did many things right. He made you feel comfortable coming into the store even if you didn't have a bundle to spend. He had the realization that many of us loved beautiful things even if we couldn't aford to furnish our homes with everything we would have like to. I bought many items from Mossa and still have them today. Dwight, if I'm not mistaken, was the first to introduce the "Memphis Design Movement" to Saint Louisans. Although I didn't know him well I gave him much credit for not turning a furniture store into a humbling experience and where I could feel comfortable and not an intimidating shopping experience. It's been awhile since I've been in, but I truly hope that hasn't changed. He was a nice guy. JOHN HIGGINS

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