Annual Gravois Business Association Luncheon
By Mary Miller Cullins
The annual Gravois Business Association luncheon was held last week at the Firefighters Hall on Delor. Unlike other luncheons I have attended for St. Louis Core, the food for this occasion is served by local elected officials.
“To promote business in the Gravois area, develop a safe, attractive, clean commercial neighborhood and sense of community within the membership”. That is the motto of the organization and that was the feeling I sensed at the luncheon last week. The business owners are a community within the community, working together, promoting each other, and attracting neighbors and newcomers to enjoy their restaurants, salons, and specialty shops.
The Gravois Business Association has been in existence since 1941. It has a forum designed to bring together the business community and the neighborhood residents to discuss issues and concerns that are important to the area. Along with government officials, the association has worked to improve the public spaces in the Bevo area.
The Board members include owners of Bosna Gold Restaurant, Russell Florist, Southern Commercial Bank, Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis, St. John the Baptist Church & School, Bevo ACIC, and AJH Housing. This is just a small sample of places of business in the Bevo area.
Back to lunch. The menu was salad, bread, pasta, pasta, and more pasta!
Alderman Joe Vaccaro, of the 23rd ward, prepared Shrimp Pasta Alfredo; Angelo Sita, Commerical District Manager to the neighborhood, made Salciccia Cabanaro Pasta, and the Christy Banquet Hall provided a delicious salad.
Servers for the day included all members of the city’s Board of Estimate and Apportionment: Mayor Slay, President Lewis Reed, and Comptroller Green. Carol Howard, Alderman of the 14th Ward, and a few of her colleagues dropped by to lend a hand.
Along with Sheriff Murphy and Collector of Revenue, Gregg Daly, Aldermen Arnowitz, Wessels, Florida, and Vacarro all donned aprons for a couple hours to help out.
This neighborhood is dear to many people. Some who have lived here for decades, raised children, and made lifelong friends, to the new families of diverse ethnic backgrounds and traditions, who came here to live, work, and play. Together, they are making this neighborhood better, brighter, and stronger for future generations.
Thanks For All Your Hard Work!
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