Wonderful Railroad Square

Jan 27, 2011 in Animals, Lost Pet, Development & projects, Neighbor News

Westenders are spoiled and they know it.  Restaurants, shops, entertainment and beautiful historic basalt buildings are a short walk from our front doors. Yes, it’s all in Historic Railroad Square . Here’s the latest news:

Omelette Express founder dies– Nan Taylor Michkin, Don’s mom,  passed away on December 4th. For those of you who don’t know, she opened the Omelette in 1977. She was a brave woman who started a business in Railroad Square, when it was known as undesirable, seedy Lower Fourth. For more info on her life-  Press Democrat Obit

Rail Cars- For many years, there have been four rail cars sitting on the SMART site. Last September, two of the rail cars left for their new home with the Timber Heritage Association. For those of you who are wondering about the final 2 cars, there is an update. The two remaining cars, a dining car and a business car are much heavier than the cars that have already been removed.   They require a specialized truck, a good deal of planning and preparation. The Timber Heritage Association is in the process of preparing for this move- so say good-bye to the cars next time you walk by. Before you know it- they will be gone.  For more info on their new home: Timber Heritage Association.

Railroad Square Bicycle racks: To make it easier for bicyclists to enjoy all Railroad Square has to offer, bike racks will be installed at 12 locations.  Check out the one in front of Toad in the Hole as an example.

Welfare League Thrift Shop– You may have noticed that the Welfare League’s Thrift Shop has been closed. A new carpet project turned into asbesto removal project. Nothing is easy! They plan to reopen by February.

Freight Trains are coming– Signal and crossing arm work points to possible activity on the tracks. Rumor has it that we might see freight trains in the very near future.

Window Shopping- It’s always fun to browse the shops in Railroad Square. The store windows beckon with delightful items. One store in particular is know for it’s very attractive, creative displays and it’s current one is the best one of all. Cast Away Yarn Shop‘s window features the Olive the Dog, in her comfy sitting room. Shop owner Justine Malone, says that Olive has her own fan club. Olive enjoys her window perch, especially when she can bask in the morning sun.

Olive the Dog, in her comfy sitting room.

Olive the Dog, in her comfy sitting room.

Cast Away shop owner, Justine Malone.

Cast Away shop owner, Justine Malone.

See photos of wonderful Railroad Square- click here! &   here!

For more info on Historic Railroad Square- click here!

Are you a West End performer, artist or other talented individual? Don’t be shy! Share your performance dates and events with the neighborhood. We want to support you. Contact Lea Barron-Thomas at  westend @sonic.net

More West End talent and events  next week, all events now listed on calendar.