Join CMT and Joe Edwards for a private tour of The Loop by one of its top developers. Joe Edwards is a businessman, developer, and civic leader who helped revitalize the Delmar Loop area. Beginning in the 1970s, Edwards opened businesses and led various efforts that helped transform The Delmar Loop into a vibrant restaurant, shopping, and arts & entertainment districts; in 2007, it was designated "One of the 10 Great Streets in America" by the American Planning Association. His nationally renowned Blueberry Hill restaurant and music club opened a new era of owner-operated businesses in the area. His subsequent attractions include the restored 1924 Tivoli Theatre movie theater, The Pageant concert nightclub, Pin-Up Bowl martini lounge and bowling alley, Flamingo Bowl bowling alley and lounge in downtown St. Louis, the luxury boutique Moonrise Hotel, its 8th-floor Rooftop Terrace Bar, and the casual fine-dining Eclipse Restaurant.
Among his other efforts in The Loop, Edwards founded the non-profit St. Louis Walk of Fame. He encouraged one-of-a-kind specialty shops, restaurants, and cultural institutions to make The Loop their home. He is spearheading an effort to bring a fixed-track vintage trolley system to The Loop, linking it to MetroLink and Forest Park attractions. In 2010, the project received a $24.9 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration.
See new additions to the Walk of Fame, get a full introduction to the Loop Trolley Project, see the progress of WU’s new building, hear personal stories from Joe’s work in the community and more. You won’t want to miss this special opportunity.