St. Louis Places, Spaces, Eats, and Treats – Tips from the National Endowment for Financial Education
This is a guest post from the team at NEFE, The National Endowment for Financial Education.
As FinCon approaches, NEFE sat down with St. Louis guru John Pertzborn to find out what top attractions we can’t miss. Not only is Pertzborn the co-anchor at Fox 2 News, he also has some fantastic insight on what hip places to see around town.
St. Louis Places and Spaces
First on Pertzborn’s list of need-to-see spots in St. Louis is the City Museum. Located in the old 600,000 square-foot International Shoe Company building, the City Museum is constructed using only recycled materials found throughout the city, including abandoned planes and a restored four-story Ferris wheel. Pertzborn describes the museum as “artistic genius.” Bob Cassilly, the City Museum creator, envisioned a world where people could get lost in their imagination and discover a new appreciation for the beauty of inanimate objects. Whether you go to check out the full-sized crane or to make your own creations in the art studio, visit us at the NEFE booth and let us know what you thought of it.
If you are in the mood to continue your architectural journey through St. Louis, Pertzborn recommends stopping by the city’s Union Station. Not only is the 118-year-old St. Louis Union Station home to a hotel and various dining options, it is also home to several architectural wonders. A prime example is the Whispering Wall located in the front entrance of the hotel; you can whisper a word facing the wall and the person on the opposite end of the arch will hear you loud and clear. Just be sure not to reveal any secrets!
The last need-to-see place on Pertzborn’s list is the Old Courthouse. You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate this historic location. This is where the famed Dred Scott case was held, and also where Virginia Miner sued for woman’s right to vote in 1872. Check out the restored courtrooms, rotating exhibits, murals, and afterwards you can take the quick two-block walk to the Gateway Arch.
St. Louis Eats and Treats
Now that Fox 2 News co-anchor John Pertzborn gave us the scoop on what places to visit, we decided to grill him about St. Louis’ food culture.
If you find yourself with a sweet tooth during your stay in St. Louis, you have to stop by Ted Drewes Frozen Custard off of the historic U.S. Route 66. The Ted Drewes team has been selling frozen custard for over 84 years, which makes them experts in the custard trade. Another great tradition at Ted Drewes is that they sell hand-selected Canadian Christmas trees that Ted himself drives up to Canada to choose. Although FinCon is a bit too early in the year to take advantage of this special Christmas tradition, we can assure you that the famous frozen custard will be well worth the trip down U.S. Route 66 to Ted Drewes.
Another gem that Pertzborn brought to our attention is Sweetie Pie’s, a restaurant that flaunts homemade Mississippi-style cooking. The founder, Miss Robbie, was a background singer for Ike and Tina Turner, and mastered her cooking skills when on the road with the crew. Years later she ended up moving back to St. Louis and opened up Sweetie Pie’s with her son, focusing on giving her customers delicious, made-from-scratch comfort food.
Visit us at the NEFE booth and let us know what you tried and how you liked it. (And bring us a scoop of frozen custard while you’re at it.)
St. Louis Beer and Budweiser Clydesdales
John Pertzborn of Fox 2 News addressed our desire to find the best brewery in town. The Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, located in the up and coming Midtown Alley area, is home to some of St. Louis’ most popular brews, including the newest concoction: “schnickelfritz.” The people of St. Louis flock to UCBC for more reasons than simply great beer; the large beer garden, friendly staff, and green initiative make UCBC stand out from the competition. Florian Kuplent, UCBC co-founder and brewmaster, has an extensive beer-related résumé, extending from his apprenticeship at a small German brewery to creating brews for mega-brewer Anheuser-Busch. Whether you are looking for a quality draft, or simply a good time, the Urban Chestnut should definitely be on your to-do list.
The Budweiser brand is most certainly known for its iconic Clydesdales, and Pertzborn argues that you can’t miss out on seeing these beautiful creatures in person. Grant’s Farm, named after the 18th President of the United States, (Ulysses S., for those who skipped history class, offers visitors a variety of activities. Pertzborn recommends touring the farm, checking out the famous Clydesdales and sampling some beer.
It doesn’t end there. St. Louis offers an unbelievable amount of entertainment for tourists and locals alike. Around every corner you can find everything from a piece of history, to a unique restaurant experience. We look forward to meeting you at FinCon and hope you enjoy your time in the fantastic city of St. Louis. Be sure to stop by the NEFE booth to tell us about your favorite St. Louis experience.
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