Our craft show - out at the huge, sprawling Pattonville High School - went reasonably well, although most of the other crafters said the attendance was down from past years. Possibly a combination of economic uncertainty and weather uncertainty.
We shopped at the Antique Row Cookie Spree on Sunday. Also, attendance was down from the previous year. Admittedly, Sunday is less busy there than Saturday, but most of the shop owners we talked to said Saturday was not nearly as busy as it had been last year.
Too bad. I don't know whether people just stayed home, or whether last year's weather on this weekend was unusually pleasant, or perhaps this year there were a lot more choices in events.
For example, I noticed South Grand had a "Cookie Crawl." I hate to say this, but it seems like the folks running the South Grand CID could be a little more creative - rather than copying other districts' long-time promotions like cookies for Christmas or their rather sad attempt at a Mardi Gras party a couple years back.
No doubt, South Grand in the summertime has two of the biggest events in town: the Pride Parade and the Parade of Nations. But I can understand the CID would want to make their own mark, since they have little to do with either of those mega-events that celebrate the diversity of the area.
Also, I noticed that KaBloom at Grand and Arsenal is supposed to re-open in about two weeks. What's up with that?