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New shops finding a home in downtown St. Louis

by Diana Zoga / News 4

Posted on November 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 1 at 11:40 PM

ST. LOUIS ( -- The latest new business to open its doors at the MX District is "The Collective", a large retail space that hosts vendors and boutiques from across St. Louis. Thirty five businesses are represented and offer clothing, jewelry, and home goods.

The development is located on Washington Avenue between 6th and 7th streets is part of a $250 million dollar project that includes the Embassy Suites, Laurel Apartments, shops, restaurants, and a movie theater. The developer, Spinnaker St. Louis, secured an anticipated $15 million in TIF funding, along with federal and state historic tax credits, and New Market Tax Credits.

"The investment was made to create a retail corridor , an entertainment district, a place where people can gather. We really want people to feel like there is a place to walk around downtown and there is stuff to do," said Jay Swoboda, MX District Manager.

The project, which encompasses the former St. Louis Centre mall and One City Centre office building, has been years in the making.

Remember when the pedestrian walking was torn down two years ago?

At this point, Swoboda says Takaya New Asian is close to opening its doors. Snarf's Sub shop plans to open in two weeks, with Robust wine bar opening in December and the movie theater operating by the end of the year.

"We really want people to understand that downtown is a welcoming place and we're going to have a lot more to check out in just the next two months."