During the Cakeway to the West event in 2014, cakers who were able to visit most of the places got to see and visit several of St. Louis’ finest. Historical places, parks, restaurants, medical and educational builidings, and so much more. However, there were very many STL landmarks that didn’t get an official stl250 cake. Some by choice, some because…well, they just didn’t make the cut. People scratched their heads at why iconic places like Gus’ Pretzels didn’t get a cake but the Venice Cafe did. Or maybe a town, neighborhood or suburban area didn’t get represented well enough. There were several historical areas that didn’t get a cake, and to put that in perspective, there are over 300(!) places listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the city of St. Louis alone. (Remember, this doesn’t include St. Louis County, Illinois or any of the surrounding areas!
In July 2014, I asked members of the Facebook group ‘STL250 Cakeway to the West (unofficial)’ what they believed were places that were underlooked and deserved a cake. About 75+ people definitely spouted out some places, and likes. One thing’s for sure: I’ve learned St. Louisans love their pretzels, and their fried chicken! (laughs) The number in parentheses represents the number of people posting that place and the likes that accompanied it. It took me nearly 2 hours to tally up these votes! But it was well worth checking out places that are still considered important to St. Louis, even if they didn’t get a cake….
Gus’ Pretzels (30 votes)
-this was, of course, the most popular vote-getter. It proves St. Louisans love their bread and pretzels.
Merbs Candies (23)
-On the Feasting Fox cake, Mark Swain painted this candy store on there because it helped represent south St. Louis.
Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) (21)
Ste. Genevieve (18)
-No particular place, but there were several group members who believed Ste. Genevieve, because of its rich heritage, deserved a cake somewhere in that town.
Girl Scouts Council of Eastern Missouri (16)
Pappy’s Smokehouse (16)
Stray Rescue of St. Louis (15)
Woofie’s Hot Dogs (14)
Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (13)
-Fast Eddies was one of the few places famous for rejecting a cake. Theirs went to Gateway Harley Davidson.
St. Alphonsus ‘The Rock’ Church (13)
Pappy’s Smokehouse (12)
Suson Park (10)
Bigfoot 4X4 (9)
Dad’s Cookies (9)
Lion’s Choice (any location) (9)
Boy Scouts/Beaumont (8)
Casa Loma Ballroom (8)
Goody Goody (8)
Verizon Wireless Ampitheater (8)
Lebanon, IL/or McKendree University (7)
St. Alphonsus (6)
Alex Waldbart Florist
Becky Thatcher boat
Bee Tree Park
Donut Drive In
Federal Reserve Bank (St. Louis branch)
Humane Society Headquarters on Macklind
Panera Bread/St. Louis Bread Company
also one for random high schools such as Ritenour and Kirkwood
St. Nicholas Greek Church
Which do you feel should have gotten a cake? Let me know in the comments!