It's official. Construction for St. Louis' IKEA store is underway as of Tuesday morning, when public officials and store representatives broke ground with emblematic blue and yellow shovels. The groundbreaking marks the official start to construction on the 380,000 square-foot store scheduled to o ... More >>
Construction workers had to stop bulldozing and call in homicide detectives after finding human bones near the site of St. Louis' future IKEA store. Luckily, there wasn't any foul play. Rather, the human remains were most likely buried when the land was still the old Rock Springs Cemetery back in ... More >>
After years of empty rumors and dashed hopes, St. Louisans are understandably giddy over Swedish furniture giant IKEA's official efforts to open a location at Forest Park Parkway and Vandeventer Avenue. Earlier this week, to the glee of St. Louis' furniture and meatball enthusiasts, construction cr ... More >>
We thought St. Louis would stop losing it's mind with joy at every IKEA-related social media rumor once the Swedish furniture wizards made their intentions to open a store here official. Thankfully, we were wrong.
The call went out last month. Riverfront Times asked local comedians to tweet us a joke about St. Louis with the hashtag #stlfact. From the fifty people who threw their hat in the ring, we've selected the standup comedians with the sixteen funniest jokes for entry into our third annual Standup Throw ... More >>
Getting IKEA furniture delivered is a total nightmare. It's designed to be -- those crafty Swedes want customers to get lost in their overwhelmingly large stores until they have to buy meatballs to refuel. Emily and Mark Schmitz have been driving to IKEA stores hundreds of miles away every month or ... More >>
Congratulations to St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Michael Wacha, who won more than 40 percent of the votes in the battle for the title of 2013 St. Louis Person of the Year.
Who had the biggest impact on St. Louis in 2013? You tell us. Mayor Francis Slay released the top five finalists for the 2013 St. Louis Person of the Year award Thursday, although only one is actually a person.
Pope Francis is Time Magazine's person of the year. Sedalia named Tuffy the Clown. Now, it's St. Louis' turn.
Remember how IKEA rumors used to spread across St. Louis like wildfire every few months? Turns out, we weren't alone.
Let's face it: You still haven't finished your Christmas shopping, and time is running out. Soon, you'll be forced to find a remote parking space, fight the massive crowds -- all bumping and jostling and cutting into lines -- and empty your already hurting bank account. But hey, there's no need to g ... More >>
Rumors that an IKEA furniture store could open in St. Louis kept news outlets and Facebook campaigns busy for years before Swedish retailers made the deal official last week. Every few months, it seemed, a fresh whisper would reignite the blogs and comments in business gossip. But now that IKEA see ... More >>
The rumors are true: St. Louis is getting an IKEA. The Swedish furniture store made it official Wednesday, building sample furniture displays and passing out catalogs to city officials eager to see the international retailer -- and the 1,000 jobs it's bringing -- to St. Louis in Fall 2015.
St. Louis development blog Next STL says an IKEA store is finally -- finally! -- coming to St. Louis. IKEA itself has not confirmed the news, so Daily RFT is hesitant to get its hopes up. We've been here before. In May, a St. Louis architecture studio tweeted that IKEA would open on Forest Park Pa ... More >>
Years of speculation scuttled just like that. The former Chrysler factory in Fenton won't be home to the St. Louis Rams or IKEA. Instead, the 295-acre tract along Interstate 44 will house an office park and light industrial manufacturing. Try to contain your enthusiasm, people.
The rumors of IKEA coming to St. Louis come in waves, and Joseph Roth, a company spokesman, says that for some reason, he always seems to get calls when there's a new development in Kansas City (which, tragically for us, is definitely getting an IKEA). On Wednesday, Roth tells us, IKEA began demol ... More >>
Updated at 5:23 p.m. March 20: Congratulations to Lisa Rimmert, Jon Venegoni, Nick Branson, Mike Szymanski, JR Moore, Emily Hickner, Conor Hovis and Evan Rowe for making the Elite Eight. Comics stay tuned; We'll be announcing the specifics of the next round very soon! Thanks also to everybody else ... More >>
How likely is it that St. Louis might actually, seriously be getting an IKEA? "Ikea is committed to having a presence in St. Louis but no decisions on a site have been made final," Stephen Heitz, vice president of development for Pace Properties tells nextstl.com, which is reporting this week that ... More >>
Any of you fellas frantically trying to decide what to give your boo for Christmas? Let Daily RFT narrow your options with a list of gift ideas you should definitely avoid this Yuletide season. (Unless, of course, you wish to be single by the new year.) 10) GonorrheaSt. Louisans bestow this present ... More >>
Dunkin' Donuts announced today that the St. Louis area will see three new DD franchise locations over the next couple of years. According to a press release, all three will be run by the same partnership; the first is to open in 2013 and the others by 2015. "We are excited to expand Dunkin' Donuts' ... More >>
Last month Daily RFT examined a Facebook campaign that seeks to bring an IKEA to the 295 acres in Fenton that -- until 2009 -- was home to a Chrysler plant. As we confirmed from IKEA, the former site of the automaker (above) is too big for one of its stores. So what might this prime real estate alon ... More >>
In case you ain't heard, the ultimate visual prop for any would-be national political convention these days is a piece of furniture. But not just any piece of furniture. You can't walk out there and address a dog-hair covered Barcalounger. C'mon, this is the big leagues. If you want to win over the ... More >>
Updated at end of article with response from IKEA. "The old Chrysler plant location in Fenton, Mo., is perfect for an IKEA!" So proclaims the Facebook site "IKEA to St. Louis! (on old Chrysler Plant property in Fenton)" that has garnered more than 12,500 "likes" online. But is it true? Is the shut ... More >>
Image ViaWhat do the countries of Scandinavia have in common? For one thing, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland are some of the happiest places on Earth. Every time a new study comes out attempting to quantify "life satisfaction," these countries hold court in the top ten, trading off the nu ... More >>
St. Louis needs a Scandinavian restaurant. If we had one, Gut Check wouldn't have embarked on a culinary saga worth of Snorri Sturluson. Deborah HylandScandinavian food isn't all fermented shark and the occasional puffin. Think chilled salmon with a mustard and dill sauce, baby potatoes and ... More >>
Not coming soon to a neighborhood near you....The rumors were exciting -- and shockingly specific. IKEA was coming to St. Louis, to a strip mall on Manchester Road in Ballwin! The deal had apparently been in the works for at least six months! Insiders knew everything, but had been told to keep qu ... More >>
You don't need to be a sociologist to know when a Happening is taking place. A line of concert-goers snaking outside Off Broadway's door is a good sign. A sold-out show on an unusually busy Tuesday is another one. On a night that featured concerts by Green Day, Diane Birch and Los Campesinos! (and, ... More >>
From the land that gave us Ikea, tiny yet tasty meatballs and the Swedish Chef comes another idea to make the world a better place. Halmstad, by all appearances an idyllic little city on the west coast of Sweden, has decided to use the furnaces of its crematorium to heat the entire town.Halmstaders ... More >>
In today's news: More money to help with the food crisis, the tricky "health halo," and a dispute over reindeer meat at Ikea.
Week of March 2, 2006
Ta Det Lugnt (Kemado)
For all its trendy trappings, Modai Sushi Lounge is downright cozy
Week of January 26, 2005
St. Louis designer Rocio Romero's prefab homes are generating a buzz across the nation
Week of June 16, 2004
Jimmi Yin's idea is sweet, but the execution is sour
The sound of the Japanese Festival
How do washed-up rock stars maintain lavish homes, fancy cars, stripper ex-wives, cocaine habits and scores of illegitimate children? Easy: They co-opt youth culture.
Soul Rush (Lakeshore)
Directed by David Fincher