Wednesday, March 11, 2015
I've Got Real High Hopes For This Endeavour. I'm Not Totally Sold...Yet, But They Are Saying All The Right Things So Far. Spring Is Just Around Corner So We'll See How The St. Louis Swap Meet Turns Out Pretty Soon! Status: Anticipation!
I SO want to get excited about this, but having been right in the middle of the mid 90s thru mid 00s local music boom here in St. Louis, and watched great band after great band fail to get any traction in the wider market...I just can't bring myself to hold my breath. But I hope I'm wrong!
So it looks like the St. Louis Swap Meet will come to life this spring in the open spaces at the
abandon Lemp Brewery in south St. Louis. What a great place for a flea market since this is will be
anchoring the historic Antique Row on Cherokee Street. There's also easy access to and from
Highway 55 via Potomac, President, Cherokee and Arsenal. Having the 130 year old brick structure
in the back ground will provide some pleasant ambiance too, in my humble opinion.
In case you don't already know, I've got something of a man crush on Jonathan Butler and his raging
success: The Brooklyn Flea. I would LOVE to have something like that come to fruition here in the St.
Louis area. If you've ever been to the Randolph Street Market in Chicago you know that it CAN
happen...even in (what is technically) the Mid-West! My only concern is that St. Louis is the land of
"good enough". Think about it, this city was settled by people leaving the east coast for a better
life...but who arrived here and thought to themselves "Meh, this is good enough." It seems to infect
so much in this town. I hope that the St. Louis Swap Meet, and the potential customers there of, can
escape the pull of the Mid-West Mediocrity. What do you think. Can it happen here?