Coffee + Music in ONSTL

Old North St. Louis has been a “buzz” area for a few years now, largely through the efforts of the energetic residents, who’ve kept the area in news for various redevelopment efforts. But even as ONSTL was being lauded by media outlets, local and national, the area was working hard to attract the day-round, year-round businesses that make an area a true “neighborhood.” And in the America of 2009, little says progress more than the arrival of a cool, independent coffeeshop.

The Urban Studio Cafe had been talked about for a while, its storefront located just a couple dozen steps from the front door of the iconic Crown Candy Kitchen. This month, though, the neighborhood’s long wait for a coffeeshop finally ended, as the Urban Studio Cafe opened its doors for limited hours: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. The cafe’s new website details all the essentials, including hours and menu, etc.

For us, the most apt component to this comes compliments of a local resident, who notes that the cafe is actively seeking local music to play at the shop. Musicians interested in having their work played in the shop can simply drop off, or mail, a CD to the shop for consideration.