Friday, January 09, 2009

Black Label Opening at Chouteau's Landing


Chivvis Development recently announced that Black Label – an art gallery/lounge concept – will be opening in the former Bushwoods space at 758 South Fourth Street.
Black Label's gallery element will flaunt the unique talent of local artists as well as invited, national talent. Artwork will be displayed around the lounge for viewing and for purchase. Rotating artwork monthly, Black Label will keep customers eager to see what's new as well as host special events to showcase different types of artists, from body painting and sketches to the sounds of local musicians.

Black Label will also serve as a popular lounge for networking and socializing among business professionals, art followers and party-goers. With a convenient location three blocks from Busch Stadium, Cardinals' fans will be able to enjoy pre-game and post-game attractions, as well as a free shuttle to and from the games. With a premium drink selection and outstanding customer service, Black Label will be a destination known for its unique ability to provide a distinct experience to all visitors.
I like the gallery part, not to keen on the lounge part. Places like this tend to emphasize the latter over the former. Nonetheless, it will be great to have something go into that vacant space.

9 comments:

MH said...

How do they plan on being an artsy lounge as well as trying to attract the ballgame crowd? I don't think those two can really co-exist on a typical night.

Anonymous said...

This one has FAIL written all over it. I give them until the end of the year.

Anonymous said...

Why do they need a shuttle to the stadium? Its only 2 blocks away?

mvp said...

I went and viewed the Black Label venue today and it is a great space. I think it will do extremely well due to its unique setup downtown. I think art lovers as well as baseball fans will appreciate the complexity that this business brings. And they are promoting many local artists that need more exposure.

mvp said...

I also had a chance to meet the new owner today and speaking of co exsisting he is an artist as well as an all star minor league pitcher who competes at the triple A level. Who knows one day he might be walking across the street from Black Label to pitch for the Cardinals. That would be a great story.

Carmen said...

I think that the others are being too overly critical and negative. This is an extremely creative and broad approach to figuring out what actually works, while trying to cater to as much business as possible. I think the owner is a visionary, who is using his skill/experience to work with his own talent/future....ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with being motivated! I can't wait to check it out!!!

LacubriousToo said...

A friend of mine, Javier Mendoza, will be playing there on 3-12. It sounds like an interesting concept. My biggest hope is that they stay away from putting TVs in for the games. That would really distract from the art. There are already plenty of sports bars........

I wish them good luck.

Anonymous said...

Black Label is a gallery lounge with a comfortable, sophisticated lounge setting. Being just a few blocks from the stadium, it is only natural to accomodate to the fans for games... why not? and yes, they are a gallery lounge primarily, so the venue is based around showcasing st.louis artists, musicians, etc. It's a completely new concept to the city, so don't bash it 'till you try it. They have a strong team backing it, who are not only intelligent business men/women, but also a group that "knows" st.louis from many different aspects; whether it be sports or art, this team has the connections and the experience to make it happen. I love the idea and concept, and hope they do all they are capable of because it will be a huge asset not only to Chouteau's Landing, but to St. Louis city as well. Before you pass negative judgement, check it out when it opens and have a premium experience, whether it's before a cards game or just a night out... I strongly feel you won't be disappointed

Steve said...

I am one of the St.Louis artists that Black Label has given space to show for the first time what baseball fan art truly looks like. We are showing several oil portraits of St. Louis Cardinal Star players plus other boys of summer sport paintings. We felt that Black label offered a strong mix of both Style and Class in the way they operate and the feel of their venue. It is also mandatory to support our Baseball lineage & roots by welcoming and celebrating the Stadium and the Team we love. I would also be happy to take a shuttle the two blocks up to the stadium. All-Star week is upon us. Black Label helps to exhibit what a Premium Event will be.
Steve & Julia Gitlin