Shock City Studios' head honcho Doug Firley stands on chair in a dim hallway and screws a light bulb into the ceiling. He gives a sharp exclamation when the bulb sears his fingers. From his burnt state, the discomfort seems to jog his memory. "It's so much harder nowadays to get recognized as a ba ... More >>
If one guy in Ohio can raise $70,000 in a week for potato salad, then surely a St. Louis non-profit can raise $15,000 in a month to help the homeless, right? That's what Thomas Harvey, founder of Arch City Defenders, is hoping. After Harvey saw the Kickstarter campaign for potato salad that went u ... More >>
While good beer can be had in a can, bottle or growler, beer fans tend to prefer it straight out of the tap. The problem with that is how to enjoy your beer without having to be at the bar 24/7 (unless you're on Cheers). St. Louis company Synek has the answer: a home draft system that doesn't involv ... More >>
Good news for hot dog fans: Steve's Hot Dogs (2131 Marconi Avenue; 314-762-9899) met its Indiegogo fundraising goal and more Sunday night and is moving ahead with its second location. Owner Steve Ewing announced back in May that he was opening a Tower Grove East outpost of his restaurant on the Hill ... More >>
The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>
Ken Stringer first started making his own sauces in 2009 because he didn't want to pay $3 a bottle for Tiger Sauce. He grew his own cayenne peppers in pots out back on his deck and made sauce for himself and his friends. "They were like, 'This is really good. This isn't right if you don't sell this, ... More >>
The Archive bookstore is closing for good, and its owners have so many boxes of books to sell off that they're extending their all-books-are-one-dollar sale, possibly for another two weeks.
St. Louisan Jenn Desse scored big on ABC's Shark Tank Friday, winning a $55,000 investment from QVC queen Lori Greiner for her invention Pursecase, a stylish phone-caddy-slash-wallet-slash-pocket-mirror.
Katie's Pizza & Pasta Osteria will open at 11 a.m. today at 9568 Manchester Road in Rock Hill. Owner Katie Lee left Katie's Pizzeria Cafe in Clayton in 2010, though her father still owns it. Lee began plans for her new restaurant in January of this year with a Kickstarter campaign which raised $40,0 ... More >>
Last month Riverfront Times introduced readers to Virginia Terpening, an accomplished yet reclusive Missouri artist whose life's work of paintings and sketches was discovered in an abandoned trailer this past May -- some six years after her death. Slideshow: The Unearthed Paintings of Virginia Ter ... More >>
Wentzville needs a bakeshop. So says Kimberly Walton, a recent graduate of Le Cordon Bleu who's struggling to bring her city something it's missing. After unexpected construction delays, Walton and her husband and business partner Jared turned to Kickstarter on the advice of a friend. They have thir ... More >>
MECC's elementary school computer lab classic The Oregon Trail probably taught its users relatively little about American History. The lasting impression the game did leave was the idea that choices have consequences and that, sometimes, bad things just happen, regardless of how well you plan for th ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>
The owner of a t-shirt shop in Springfield launched a Kickstarter campaign late last week called "Missouri is Awesome" because...well, it is. "We wanted to do something that Missouri residents could take pride in," says Bryan Simpson, owner of 5 Pound Apparel. "Missouri just gets a lot of flak, so ... More >>
KDHX (88.1 FM), St. Louis' premiere (and only) independent radio station, has launched a Kickstarter campaign as of today to help raise money to build a venue space in the new home it is building in the heart of Grand Center, at the Larry J. Weir Center for Independent Media. See Also: - What KDHX ... More >>
Last month Gut Check reported that chef Clara Moore, former executive chef and regional manager of local grocery and restaurant chain Local Harvest Cafe & Catering, had launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a cookbook and grocery guide with food writer Matt Sorrell. As of this writing the projec ... More >>
Is the ability to create your own video game worth $100,000? Robin Rath is betting that you'll think so. Rath, a St. Louis web designer and serial entrepreneur, is the mad scientist behind Pixel Press, a mobile app that lets you draw, play and share your own video game. Through his software company ... More >>
Update: Moore and Sorrell launched their Kickstarter campaign last evening. As of this writing, the project has $1,175 in pledges and 29 days to go. Our original post follows. ---------------------------------------------- In recent months chef Clara Moore moved from St. Louis to Seattle, Washington ... More >>
Wednesday. Hump Day. Congrats, you've made it halfway through the work week! Unfortunately, you still have two days to go. Dunno about you, but in order to survive the midweek blues, we're going to need a drink. Which brings us to our Wednesday Gut Check feature: "Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Sug ... More >>
When Sid and Krupa Panchal moved from Mumbai (formerly Bombay) to St. Louis eight years ago, they knew they would miss the street food of the coastal Indian city. Finding that none of the Indian restaurants in town specialize in the type of food traditional to Mumbai, the Panchals took matters into ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
Kingshighway Vigilante Transitions, or KHVT for short, aims to improve the community one skatepark at a time. But to make their plans completely concrete, they're going to need some more cents for cement. Their next step? A Kickstarter.com campaign. For the uninitiated, the crew of skate enthusiast ... More >>
Katie's Pizza & Pasta started with a concept: artisan pasta and pizza. Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, it raised over $40,000 for its development -- and attracted a few traditional investors to boot. Now, the new project from Katie Lee of Katie's Pizzeria Café (6611 Clayton Road, Clayton; 314-727 ... More >>
So, yeah, maybe there's something to this whole using-Kickstarter-for-your-new-restaurant plan, after all. Bombay Food Junkies, a vegetarian Indian food truck start-up, reached its Kickstarter goal of $5,000 last week. It is the third recent local success on the popular crowdfunding site: Katie's P ... More >>
Though stuffed dormouse was once a Roman delicacy and some rural Koreans still enjoy a glass or two of baby mice wine as a health tonic, here in 'Merica, we're not so fond of eating rodents. Which is probably why a patron at Katie's Pizzeria Café (6611 Clayton Road, Clayton; 314-727-8585) was non ... More >>
Katie Lee of Katie's Pizzeria Café (6611 Clayton Road, Clayton; 314-727-8585) told us in January about her plans for a new venture, Katie's Pizza & Pasta. The new restaurant, she said, will be "an artisan Italian restaurant with an open kitchen, a wood-burning oven [and] some cool new techniques wi ... More >>
In January Gut Check reported that business partners Corey Smale and Tyler Fenwick planned to open Strange Donuts (2709 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood) in Maplewood in May. When we spoke with Smale in January, he told us he and Fenwick drew inspiration for Strange Donuts from hip doughnut shops in Port ... More >>
Katie Lee, the eponymous owner of Katie's Pizzeria Café (6611 Clayton Road, Clayton; 314-727-8585), is planning a new venture, Katie's Pizza and Pasta, and you can help her get it off the ground through the crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter. "It's a little scary," Lee says of the Kickstarter effo ... More >>
Do you like Indian food? Do you patronize food trucks? Do you have even one measly dollar to spare? Michael Swaleh wants to talk to you. Swaleh and his brother, Shaun, have turned to Kickstarter to raise $60,000 to buy the food truck that will launch their concept, Tikka Tikka Taco.
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. Send your problems to he ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship Amanda Palmer is having a rough week. Her situation (abridged) is as follows: Palmer developed a cult foll ... More >>
The ladies at Marcoot Jersey Creamery have a pitch for you: Help them buy a cheese press and they'll let you name a calf. For the low, low bid of $30 to their Kickstarter campaign, Amy Marcoot says she'll send a picture and a certificate for the calf, and register it under the chosen name with the ... More >>
9 p.m. Monday, August 20. Plush, 3224 Locust Street.
Lately Damon Davis and Lenard Blair have been using cotton as their canvas and it suits them to a T. Civil Ape, the Cherokee Street creative collective and studio space, is looking to Kickstarter to launch their latest venture: a line of screen-printed apparel baring their unique designs.
One day last November, Jacob Schmidt schlepped a bag of trash into the alley behind his parents' house in Compton Heights. He looked at the dumpsters and thought, "These things really 'uglify' the city." So Schmidt, then a junior at Metro high school, asked city officials if he swirl some colo ... More >>
In 24 days, the first St. Lou Fringe Festival will take over Midtown. And what is a fringe festival, you ask? The short answer: It's a performing arts festival comprised of 30 local and national acts -- singers, dancers, actors, acrobats -- that will go on for four days in four venues, all on Locus ... More >>
Here's how things were different the last time Ben Folds Five released an album, without digital music stores, social networking, or anything like Kickstarter: Ubiquity was a possible outcome for rock-and-roll albums. Not just from huge names, either--in the same way baseball's late-90s power bing ... More >>
A local photographer is commemorating Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday by giving a modern twist to a series of resolutions the iconic singer made back in the 1940s. And he's launched a Kickstarter drive so that his work can be showcased to the general public. Guthrie - an Oklahoma-born folk singer an ... More >>
Kentucky Knife Fight was not kidding around with its new video for "Love the Lonely." The band launched a Kickstarter and premiered it at a show last weekend at Off Broadway. For the fanfare we have the clip you see above, produced by First Punch Film and starring KKF front man Jason Holler as the s ... More >>
Social media fuels a lot of things in this day and age, but perhaps nothing quite like the modern-day nerd. After only four or five days on Facebook, Timothy Scherer's geek bar brain child, The 8-Bit Bar, has already garnered more than 1,000 fan page "likes." Scherer, along with the help of his sign ... More >>
The 2012 calendar is rapidly filling at the Luminary Center for the Arts (4900 Reber Place, 314-807-5984). Today the venue announced the addition of Shabazz Palaces -- the Seattle based group comprising Ishmael Butler (formerly of Digable Plantes) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai Maraire. The duo's ... More >>
Courtesy Cherokee PhotoboothCute Easter kids from last year.Looking for something adorable to put in Grandma's Easter basket? Hop on over to Cherokee Photobooth for their second free Easter photo session and get a portrait taken in front of a chalk mural by local artist Ryan Frank.You may recall ... More >>
The Blind EyesSt. Louis' unseasonably harsh winter has been a boon for local bands, many of whom have spent the time indoors hammering out new tunes. Here's a brief round-up of upcoming releases from The Blind Eyes, Sleepy Kitty, The Incurables and Old Lights.
Image viaVinyl LPs have proven themselves a durable medium. They've stood the test of time and have re-emerged in the digital age as a concrete audiophile alternative to the mp3. Sometime between the birth of the CD and the vinyl resurgence, folks started getting crafty with their records. ... More >>
Bob ReuterSinger-songwriter Leslie Sanazaro has a free show tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Wine Press (4436 Olive Street). This show holds particular meaning for her, though: She'll be debuting new songs from a forthcoming album, Daughters of Cambodia, which is due in May 2011. The album is ... More >>
Jon GitchoffBeth Bombara at the 2010 RFT Music Awards Presentation Celebration.Singer-songwriter Beth Bombara is nearly done recording her first full-length album in the home studio she shares with her husband/fellow local musician, Kit Hamon. "There's pros and cons recording in your own ho ... More >>