Tuesday, July 29, 2014

#191: Laclede's Landing

The only cake that is airborne, or not on the ground. I'm not sure what to think of this, but hey, very brilliant I must say! It's held up pretty well. There have been a lot of complaints about people letting their children sit and play on top of the ground cakes recently, and the Laclede's Landing cake is one that does not have to worry about that. Perhaps that's the reason this one is hanging at the moment. This is also the only cake I won't be putting my Ozzie Smith figure on, for obvious reasons. Sure, I'm a bit bummed, but like they say 'You can't have it all...'.

A view from across the street

Hanging from the right view

This is also the only cake where we can see the bottom!

Still, Laclede's Landing deserved a cake. After all, this is only where it all began...as far as the city of St. Louis' founding. The 9-block urban district is named after French fur trader Pierre Laclede, who, yes, landed here from the Mississippi River. This is the only surviving city commercial section from the 19th century. Several cobblestone and brick streets as well as its old buildings highlight the area. You will also see some historical markers as well.

During the warm days of summer, it is said you can smell cinnamon on the 3rd floor!

The city does take pride in its history at Laclede's Landing. Most of the buildings were built in the second-half of the 19th century. Remember, this area was at one time, a manufacturing and shipping hub. Thousands of businesses have came and gone over the years.

Many offices, shops, nightclubs and restaurants make up Laclede's Landing. The famous Old Spaghetti Factory and Show-Me's are popular restaurant chains there. Other well-known local nightlife places include Joey B's on the Landing, Morgan Street Brewery and the Drunken Fish. There's also a piano bar, a magic shop, a wax museum and the Lumiere Place. Rapper Nelly even opened up a learning institution here recently. I have always found this a great area to hang out as far as nightlife. Me and my friends would consider this the place to be on the weekends and special events.

You can take a virtual tour of Laclede's Landing by downloading the app.

NOTE: Laclede's Landing as a whole was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as some of the buildings in the district. I am not sure about the building where the cake is hanging.

Laclede's Landing on FB
Wikipedia link
Official website

710 N. 2nd St., ST. LOUIS, MO, 63102
Cake artist: Dan Jaboor

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