Last Post

This blog began with a “first post,” so it’s time for the obligatory last post. When I started this project, I definitely didn’t know what I was getting myself into. There were quite a few times when I wanted to give up, but I’m so glad I didn’t. Thanks to my parents for going on cake quests with me, and thanks to everyone who encouraged me throughout these past months. I’ve learned a lot about St. Louis, and I’ve had a lot of great experiences. Of course, I also have a list of places to revisit! :) This cake scavenger hunt has only affirmed my belief in St. Louis. Sure, we have our problems, and we still have a lot of progress to make. However, there are many beautiful places in our city, and we should celebrate these gems. It’s been great to see so many cake-hunters come together, and I hope this unity can translate to a growth of community in St. Louis as a whole.

For this final post, I’ve created a photo collage of all my pictures with the cakes. The photo collage contains the good, the bad, and the ugly (I’m looking at you, selfies! :) ), and it is really the true culmination of this project. I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to visit all 250+ cakes, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey at least half as much as I have. Never forget to spread the St. Louis love!

~Lauren

Cake 250—Head’s General Store in St. Albans (0 cakes left)

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I wasn’t sure we’d ever reach this day, but here we are with zero cakes left! I chose this cake to be my last one because I accidentally overlooked it the day we got the other cakes in this area. It was on my initial list, but somehow it didn’t make it into the itinerary. At the time I was quite frustrated, but it all ended up okay. Anyway, this cake is located in St. Albans, Missouri, at Head’s General Store. St. Albans is an unincorporated community that is part of Franklin County. The general store was opened in 1892, and the Pfeiffer family purchased it in 1915. Mae Pfeiffer Head operated the store until her death in 2004, which is why the store changed names from “St. Albans General Store” to “Head’s General Store.” The store is still in operation today, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Con Christeson painted the cake at Head’s General Store. It features a hot beverage theme, more specifically coffee. I’m personally not a coffee drinker, but the cake’s design is really cute. Cups of steaming coffee are painted all over the cake, and some of the cups are even stacked on top of each other. If this cake makes you thirsty for coffee, you can probably get some at Head’s General Store!

For more information about Head’s General Store:
http://aboutstlouis.com/local/communities/st-albans-missouri

Cake 249.5—St. Louis College of Pharmacy (.5 cake left)

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Psych! Okay, so this cake is the penultimate cake. It’s not actually half a cake; it’s more like cake 249 déjà vu. I decided it was a good idea to make sure I’d written about every cake, and lo and behold, I forgot about the St. Louis College of Pharmacy! Somewhere along the line I must have added one of the “extra” cakes in the countdown, and I nearly forgot about this cake that I visited last spring!

St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP) is another great opportunity for higher education in St. Louis. According to its website, it was founded in 1864. This founding year makes it the third-oldest college of pharmacy in America. It is currently the tenth-largest college of pharmacy in America, and approximately 75% of pharmacists in the St. Louis area are graduates of STLCOP.

Andy Cross painted the cake at STLCOP. It features a purple and yellow color scheme. The main tier of the cake is painted to resemble a white pharmacist coat. Beakers and other lab equipment are painted on the cake, and chemical structures are also painted on the cake. This cake is a great celebration of STLCOP’s 150 years of history, and I’m glad I didn’t entirely forget about it!

For more information about STLCOP:
http://www.stlcop.edu/about/index.html

Cake 249—Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club (1 cake left)

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Hooray for the penultimate cake! (What will the last cake be?) Not to be confused with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis, the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club is named for Martin Luther Mathews and Hubert “Dickey” Ballentine.  The men were coaching baseball in 1960 when they decided they needed to expand their baseball league to help keep young males off the streets. In 1962 they began a five-team league. As more and more young men began coming, a need for a physical building meeting place became apparent. The first building was opened on Natural Bridge, and today it is located along Kingshighway. In 1986 the Club started its programming for girls, and in 2001 the Club officially became known as the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club. Ronald Reagan called the Club a “model for the country” in 1982, and today it continues to teach its “three R’s” of respect, restraint, and responsibility to more than 40,000 young people in the St. Louis area. This organization is invaluable to the St. Louis community.

Dail Chambers painted the cake at the Club. It features the Arch, young people, and city buildings. Baseballs and a football are painted on the cake, as are the words “education,” recreation,” and “culture.”

For more information about the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club:
http://mathews-dickey.com/history.html

Cake 248—Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis (2 cakes left)

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Only two cakes left after this one! This cake is located at one of the bright spots in our city: the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. According to its website the Urban League was founded in 1918 and “exists to empower African Americans and others throughout the region in securing economic self-reliance, social equality, and civil rights.” The organization takes a holistic approach to promoting economic empowerment and sustainability; it is definitely an organization that deserves support.

Lynsi Sciaroni painted the cake at the Urban League. Unfortunately, it is inside the organization’s building, but it appears to feature a music theme. A better picture can be seen on stl250’s website: http://www.stl250.org/cake-urban-league.aspx

For more information about the Urban League:
https://www.ulstl.com/about-us/

Extra Cake III

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This is the third and final “extra” cake. This cake is at the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in north St. Louis County. The conservation area is located at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, and it was purchased by the Conservation Department in 1997 because the group wanted to build an urban conservation area. The area encompasses 4,318 acres, and it can be used for many different purposes, such as hiking, horseback riding, river access, and many more. Columbia Bottom is named for a town that was known as Columbia in the mid-1800s.

Rich Brooks painted the cake at the Columbia Bottom Reservation Area. It has an intricate design that incorporates many different aspects of nature. Flowers, deer, people fishing, leaves, birds, and the Missouri Department of Conservation’s logo are all painted on the cake. There is no blank space on this cake, so there’s a lot to see! Additionally, this cake is one of the cakes available for auction:
https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/item/browse.action?auctionId=228222228

For more information about the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area:
http://mdc4.mdc.mo.gov/applications/moatlas/AreaSummaryPage.aspx?txtAreaID=9736

Cake 247—West Alton Memorial Park (3 cakes left)

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The city of Alton is east of St. Louis in Illinois, but the city of West Alton is west of Alton in Missouri. It’s logical, but it’s a bit confusing nonetheless. Anyway, West Alton Memorial Park appears fairly nondescript at first glance, but it actually honors veterans with the Veteran’s Memorial and the Memorial Bricks.

Lindsay Harmon painted the cake at West Alton Memorial Park. It features reminders of local natural disasters. For example, the flood of ’93 is represented on the top tier, and severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are represented on the main tier. The base of the cake is a reminder of the 1811 and 1812 New Madrid earthquakes. This cake doesn’t have the most uplifting design, but is important to remember the past.

For more information about the park:
http://www.westaltonmo.com/parksandrecreation.html