Cherokee Street

There are plenty of short-hand adjectives I could use to describe Cherokee Street and its denizens: Hip. Artistic. Creative. Quirky. Young. Gruff.

And add passionate -- at least judging from the reaction to two Beacon stories about development along Cherokee and to an inquiry from the Public Insight Network (PIN).

Jason Deem 300 px only
Provided by Mr. Deem | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: When a fire seven years ago ravaged the Empire Sandwich Shop at 2624 Cherokee St., Jason Deem took note of what happened in the aftermath and learned some lessons.

Erin Williams

At the south end of Cherokee Street, tucked in the woven pattern of a record store, bakery, and the occasional Mexican restaurant sits a venue with a large open window and a stenciled sign that reads “Blank Space 2847 Cherokee.”

Peer through the large windows and you’ll see just that – a few chairs scattered around, a large wall of books and some boxes filled with vinyl.

(via Flickr/pasa47)

The artistic community of St. Louis' Cherokee Street is looking for someone creative to put their own mark on the area. Via the Cherokee Street News, the Cherokee Station Business Association has announced a "Cherokee Street Flag Contest."

Eric Woods is Owner and Founder of The Firecracker Press at 2838 Cherokee Street.  He's a visual artist, not a poet.  But he's been teaming up with poets for most of the nine years he's been open, mostly, he says "out of necessity."