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St Joseph Memory Lane website’s major face lift done

After working on the website for over 3 weeks, I have pretty much finished the face lift. I have also added about 200 new photos in the process.  I still have a little more to do on it and a few more photos yet to add. It’s a never ending process.  I hope all this work has been worth all the time and effort 

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2013 in Downtown St Joseph

 

Bleecker Street Deli Sandwich shop opens at 802 S. 10th St

This was once Polsky’s Service station, a Sinclair gas station and finally Bob Wilson’s hot dog business which closed in 2011.

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Andrew Clark recently opened Bleecker Street Deli Co. at 802 S. 10th St. The New York-trained chef will have a variety of food to go, along with delivery.

For Andrew Clark, choosing a roughly 350-square-foot building for his business was common sense.

“Cost effectiveness, you’re looking at it,” he said. “It’s a closet. Yes, it is.”

Mr. Clark opened Bleecker Street Deli Co. at 802 S. 10th St. on Wednesday. The new deli offers roasted turkey melts, albacore tuna salad and roast beef, with sides of homemade potato salad, macaroni and cheese, chips and even dill pickles.

The chef-owner said he will rotate his menu often, including street tacos and a variety of sides. Soups will be seasonal, and the sandwiches come cold on panini.

He slices the potatoes with a mandolin, deep-fries them and adds sea salt. The house-made pickles are brimmed and the hot dogs are ground by hand. The only thing Bleecker Street doesn’t do is the bread. Everything else is made from scratch.

Customers can stop by and wait while Mr. Clark constructs the sandwich, or can call ahead to pick up the order or have it delivered. They prefer to have a five-order minimum for delivery, but don’t have strict limitations on their coverage area.

“If we’re going to go up to the North Shoppes, which I hope we do, we might tack on a $2 or $3 fee,” Mr. Clark said.

He said he has left the business operations ambiguous on purpose.

“In the professional culinary world, you don’t cook for yourself,” he said. “If (the food) doesn’t move, it’s got to go. If it’s dear to my heart and not my pocket, I’m an idiot.”

Other than the tables, chairs and umbrellas during the summer months, Mr. Clark plans to drive his business through carry out and delivery. His assistant, Brittany Wilson, will not only man the phones and take orders, but bring customers their food.

Mr. Clark has worked everywhere from New York to Kansas City. “But if you’re going to work 70 hours a week, you might as well work for yourself,” he said.

Bleecker Street is not far from his former home in lower Manhattan, by the NYU campus. When he wasn’t working or going to culinary arts school, he would hang out there.

“I used to love that street,” he said. “It was the name. It just rolled off the tongue.”

Anyone who has spent some time in Manhattan and knows a little bit of New York culture, knows Bleecker Street.

“We’re not doing any kind of fine dining here,” he said. “We’re doing traditional deli fare. But I wanted to bring something from New York here. I slipped it in a little bit here with the name.”

 

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2013 in Downtown St Joseph

 

Northwest Missouri Hometown Memories book is in the making, you can help

A North Carolina book publisher is looking for volunteers to help them write their book about Northwest Missouri memories from the good old days.

You can volunteer to be an Associate Editor and help them complete this book about Northwest Missouri Hometown Memories.  If you send them some “down home” stories you could even win $250.

After submitting a 23 page entry of my personal memories and they made me edit my entry down to 2000 words or 3 pages. My final entry contained 1939 words. They have a 2000 word or 3 page limit on entries. (I discovered this when I re-read their brochure)

They are looking for stories about things that usually aren’t found in official history books but should be. Your entry can be handwritten, typed or emailed. Write down as many “happenings” as you can think of, even if you don’t think they’re important but please keep it to 3 pages or less.  There is no cost to you or obligation.

Your entry must be less than 2000 words or 3 pages, it can be one paragraph or up to 3 pages long.

Entry deadline is April 30, 2013. The book will be published this coming fall.

The stories you submit must be true, interesting, entertaining and part of your history and heritage. There will also be 4 runner ups that will be awarded $100 each. 

Remember any of these? Here are some memory joggers that might remind you of the things that happened to you as a kid while living in Northwest Missouri.

SCHOOL DAYS, OUTHOUSES & CHAMBER POTS, CASTOR OIL, OLD RADIO PROGRAMS, PARTY LINE PHONES, OLD CARS AND DRAG RACING, WINDUP RECORD PLAYERS, SPANKINGS AT SCHOOL (AND MORE WHEN YOU GOT HOME, SATURDAY NIGHT BATHS, FISHING, HUNTING, TRAPPING, WWII AND THE KOREAN WAR, WRINGER WASHERS, SATURDAY MOVIES, THE DEPRESSION YEARS, HOMEMADE CLOTHES, YOUR FAVORITE TEACHER, ONE ROOM SCHOOL HOUSES, SOCK HOP, BLIZZARDS AND BAD STORMS, FAVORITE PETS, SNAKE ENCOUNTERS, HOMEMADE TOYS, FARM CHORES, SWIMMING HOLES, TALES YOUR PARENTS & GRANDPARENTS USED TO TELL, MEMORABLE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE, YOUR FIRST LOVE (OR FIRST KISS), MISCHIEF YOU GOT INTO, GAMES AND PLAYMATES, TRIPS TO TOWN, ICE BOXES, THE MILK MAN, FAMILY TIME.

Anyone who is interested in doing this can contact me with your name, address, city, state & zip code and I will have them send you their brochure and entry form.  Their entry form and your entry must be in their hands before April 30th, 2013 so if you are interested, get on it.  I should have posted this a month ago. 

My email address is rickdrozd@gmail.com

Entrants will also receive a discount coupon in case they wish to purchase one of the books when they come out in Fall of 2013.

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2013 in Downtown St Joseph

 
 
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