NCJW’s new digs

By Ellen Futterman, Editor

There’s some good news/bad news regarding the National Council of Jewish Women’s Resale Shop. First, the bad news: You’ve missed the store’s closing sale, which took place Monday and Tuesday at its Olive Boulevard location (sorry, but we didn’t get wind of it until a couple of days ago). Now, for the good news, the shop is moving three miles west to 295 N. Lindbergh Boulevard, just south of Olive Street Road on the west side of the street next to Jos. A. Bank. 

According to Ellen Alper, executive director of NCJW, the new location will provide easy parking, easier donor drop off and easier access from Highways 40 and 70.

The new store will be open for donations on Saturday, Oct. 1 and for shopping on Monday, Oct. 10.  Also, mark your calendar for the grand opening “couturier” sale starting Friday, Nov. 11, so save the date. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. the day before.


Lipkin rules

Congratulations to Joan Lipkin for being named a 2012 St. Louis Arts Award honoree by the Arts and Education Council. Lipkin, who founded That Uppity Theatre Company in 1989, is getting the award as Arts Innovator for “putting the principles of cultural diversity into innovative theatrical practice and promoting arts-based civic dialogue and related activities,” according to the Council.

Lipkin specializes in creating original theatrical work with underrepresented populations including people with disabilities, women with cancer, LGBT youth and adults and their families, adolescent girls, youth at risk, Alzheimer’s patients, and college students. She also founded the acclaimed Alternate Currents/Direct Currents Series, the Louies and Apple Pie and co-founded The DisAbility Project with occupational therapist and Jewish Light Unsung Hero (class of 2011) Fran Cohen.

The 21st annual St. Louis Arts Awards will be held Monday, Jan. 23 at the Chase Park Plaza beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, call 314-289-4000 or visit Kudos Joan!

Kosher korner

The Wine and Cheese Place, which recently opened at 457 North New Ballas Road in Creve Coeur, has been certified kosher and now offers kosher wines, beer, nuts, candy and other items. The store’s blog at publicize new kosher products as they are added. Owner Amos Kedmey says customers may remember his former store, The Roasting House, which carried a similar array of kosher products. When he bought Provisions, he was unable to get kosher certification because of the complexity and size of that store. While not all of his new store is kosher, the parts selling bulk items such as nuts, dried fruits, candy and gift baskets and condolence trays made up of these items, are now under local Vaad supervision. Kedmey adds that more than 25 varieties of kosher wine are available as well.

Footloose Friday

St. Louis is one of only 25 cities to host a special free screening of the new movie “Footloose” Friday (Sept. 30) at Wehrenberg Ronnie’s 20 Cine at 7 p.m.  The new movie, featuring Dennis Quaid, re-imagines the original story about a city kid who moves to a small town where rock ‘n’ roll dancing has been banned. Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis at