This week's opening of a new grocery store in the Delmar Loop as part of The Lofts at Washington University project is noteworthy on so many levels. The store, United Provisions, is from the same St. Louis family who owns the popular Global Foods Market in Kirkwood, where adventurous chefs like me can find polvoron candy and banana ketchup from the Philippines, among other international delicacies.
In addition to their new supermarket, the Prapaisilp family, who hails from Thailand, has partnered with chef Ben Poremba (of Elaia & Olio fame) to offer an eatery within the store. And for late-night/early morning owls, Joe Edwards' 24-hour Peacock Diner will open next door to United Provisions in a few weeks. Add to that housing for more than 400 Washington University students, and you've got a tiny, modern urban 'village' smack dab in the middle of one of America's greatest streets.
What a great example of how local business entrepreneurs can work together to create more vibrant neighborhoods! See more of the story on p. 20.