The Grove, a thriving business district along Manchester between Kingshighway and Vandeventer in St. Louis City, is centrally located in Forest Park Southeast, minutes away from Forest Park, Barnes Jewish Hospital, and Tower Grove Park.
The Grove business district features a diversity of businesses, including bars, restaurants, hair salons, tattoo parlors, an architecture firm, book stores, a gift shop, dress shops, and much more.
The Grove was originally called Adam’s Grove in the 1850s and served as a bustling commercial district. It has since then experienced urban decline, but in the last years, thanks to community members devoted to filling up one vacant storefront at a time, has become a true testament to revitalization in St. Louis. The name “The Grove” was coined due to collaboration of various community members in an effort to re-brand the growing commercial district.
Historically, one of The Grove’s most prominent buildings and businesses was the Manchester Theater. A mainstay for local residents, the Theater was located at 4247 Manchester from 1922 to 1967 and housed 1,546 seats. On summer nights, the theater brought seats outdoors for people to watch the movies and played movies like Creature From The Blue Lagoon for 35 cents. The theater along with its marquee sign were torn down in the mid 1970′s and today is the location of the parking lot next to The Gramophone.
The Grove is also known for its diverse community. It is comprised of several LGBT friendly businesses, several of which began the increasing investment in the area starting with Attitudes Night Club, which opened in the 1980s, followed by Rehab, Just John, and Novak’s Bar & Grill. The commercial district continues to expand westward today.
Currently, the Grove is made up of over 50 businesses and several organizations devoted to improving the vitality of the area, including Grove Community Improvement District, Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation, Park Central Development, Forest Park South Business Association, Restoration St. Louis, and more.
Come join the energy and growing vibrancy of the Grove!