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The Griot Museum of Black History Debuts "Crowning Glory" Exhibit

A bold and colorful showcase of traditional and contemporary African-American culture is now on display at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport with the debut of the “Crowning Glory” exhibit. The display by the Griot Museum of Black History of St. Louis features the evolution and trends of African-American head-coverings.  

The Airport and the Griot Museum will host an opening reception for the exhibit on Wednesday, February 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The exhibit is located at the Meeting Place Gallery in Terminal 1 Bag Claim.

The exhibit explores four main themes with more than 50 hats and head-coverings and other artifacts from The Griot's collections and private citizens. One case focuses on traditional African head coverings, including ceremonial masks to traditional Zulu headwear worn by married women, called Isicholos. A major focus of the exhibit, “Evolution of the Church Hat,” shows a wonderful display of women’s hats typically worn just for Sunday services. The hats range in styles from a subdued black straw hat from the 1920s to larger, more elaborate and attention-getting headwear, like a bright green feather hat. The exhibit also details the amazing Millinery history in St. Louis in a showcase called “Hats in the Lou.” The Levine Hat Company, which manufactured and sold popular men’s hats like the Knox and the "Zoot Suite" hat, is also prominently featured. The company had deep connections to the St. Louis African-American community since it opened for business in 1903.

The Griot Museum of Black history opened in 1997 with a mission to create a community of life-long learners who explore, discover, experience and embrace the region’s rich and enduring African-American heritage. “Crowning Glory” is curated by Lois D. Conley, Founding Executive Director and James A. Vincent, historian.

The “Crowning Glory” exhibit is accessible to all Airport visitors. The exhibit is sponsored by Lambert-St. Louis International Airport with support from the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission. The exhibit runs through May, 2013.  

 

     

                         

Mardi Gras Day at Lambert Brings Live Jazz and Free Giveaways for Visitors, Passengers

Friday, February 8, has been designated Mardi Gras Day at the Airport.  Airport employees will join the celebration by decorating and dressing up for Mardi Gras.  Passengers will be greeted with jazz sounds from local bands throughout the day in both terminals.  Here is the featured lineup:

·         Jim Stevens Duo- 12 p.m.- 2 p.m. (Terminal 1)
·         Heather Matthews Trio- 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. (Terminal 1)
·         The Usual Suspects- 12 p.m.- 2 p.m. (Terminal 2)
·         St. Louis Songbird Duo- 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. (Terminal 2)

The festive celebration will include volunteers from the St. Louis Convention & Visitor’s Commission’s handing out beads to visitors and arriving passengers throughout the day. 

St. Louis Mardi Gras history is also on display at Lambert for the fourth-straight year with the an eye-catching exhibit of the official St. Louis Mardi Gras posters dating back to 1982.  The main exhibit is located in the Terminal 1 Baggage Claim area.  A second exhibit is in the Terminal 2 ticketing lobby.  Both exhibits will remain on display throughout February. 

 Lambert’s Mardi Gras celebration precedes The River City Casino Grand Parade on February 9.  The month-long calendar of Mardi Gras events wrap up with the Lumiere Place Fat Tuesday Parade in downtown St. Louis on February 12.  For a list of events and more details, log onto www.mardigrasinc.com.  

Mardi Gras Day at Lambert Brings Live Jazz and Free Giveaways for Visitors, Passengers

Friday, February 8, has been designated Mardi Gras Day at the Airport.  Airport employees will join the celebration by decorating and dressing up for Mardi Gras.  Passengers will be greeted with jazz sounds from local bands throughout the day in both terminals.  Here is the featured lineup:

·         Jim Stevens Duo- 12 p.m.- 2 p.m. (Terminal 1)
·         Heather Matthews Trio- 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. (Terminal 1)
·         The Usual Suspects- 12 p.m.- 2 p.m. (Terminal 2)
·         St. Louis Songbird Duo- 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. (Terminal 2)

The festive celebration will include volunteers from the St. Louis Convention & Visitor’s Commission’s handing out beads to visitors and arriving passengers throughout the day. 

St. Louis Mardi Gras history is also on display at Lambert for the fourth-straight year with the an eye-catching exhibit of the official St. Louis Mardi Gras posters dating back to 1982.  The main exhibit is located in the Terminal 1 Baggage Claim area.  A second exhibit is in the Terminal 2 ticketing lobby.  Both exhibits will remain on display throughout February. 

 Lambert’s Mardi Gras celebration precedes The River City Casino Grand Parade on February 9.  The month-long calendar of Mardi Gras events wrap up with the Lumiere Place Fat Tuesday Parade in downtown St. Louis on February 12.  For a list of events and more details, log onto www.mardigrasinc.com.

  

Stocking Frenzy: Lambert Photo of the Week

A Hudson employee helps stock one of the new stores in the E Concourse at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Stores closed. Stores Opened. And in the hours between, there was a stocking frenzy. Friday marked the first day for Lambert’s newest lineup of retail stores. The previous operator of the Airport’s stores closed on Thursday to make way for Lambert’s new operator, a joint venture by premium retailer Hudson Group. Hudson and dozens of its employees and managers worked overnight to bring in their own merchandise so they would be ready for the first sales as soon as the concourses opened. Hudson’s new lineup of stores includes its flagship news and gift store, Hudson. In addition, Lambert will also welcome Eddie Bauer, CNN Newsstand, Spectacles, Bliss, Ebony News and more.

Lambert Begins Projects to Improve Entrances to Terminal 1

Starting this week, Lambert will begin major infrastructure improvements between exits 14, 15 and 16 in the ramp area that connects Bag Claim and the Yellow Level of the Terminal 1 Garage. Work includes new ceilings, HVAC, lighting and the addition of new wall finishes. Airline baggage service offices in this area are being relocated to temporary facilities directly adjacent to baggage carousels during the construction, which will be completed this fall.  At least two of three doorways will be open at all times during the construction.

The second project will overhaul two lower level entrances that connect Bag Claim with Arrivals Drive, the roadway for passenger pickup and most ground transportation shuttles. These covered walkway entrances were damaged during the April 22, 2011 tornado.  Lambert will be building new sleek, all-glass enclosed walkways that will better enhance Lambert’s historic terminal architecture. The project is being funded with support from the Eastman Chemical Company, as well as insurance proceeds. The glass panels will allow natural lighting to brighten the pathway for the public to and from the lower level Bag Claim. Eastman’s Saflex® and Vanceva® interlayers bring safety, security and UV protection to the laminated glass. LLumar® decorative window films provide a distinct design pattern to the enclosed walkways. Entry/Exit 17 will be closed beginning the first week of February for construction. This phase of the project should be completed in April. Construction on Entry/Exit 12 will proceed after the first phase of the project is completed.  Alternate doorways will be used for passengers and visitors to enter and exit the terminal during this construction.

These projects will complement the major interior renovation nearing completion in the Airport’s Terminal 1 Bag Claim and the lower level. The Airport Experience renovations include new ceilings, new lighting, new interior wall and flooring surfaces, new signage, new directories and new restrooms. The Airport Experience renovation on the Ticketing Lobby, including new ticket counters and new terrazzo flooring, will be completed by this summer.

Lambert to Open New Hudson Stores This Week

The retail shopping scene at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will get a dramatic makeover beginning this week. HG-St. Louis JV, a joint venture of premier travel retailer Hudson Group, will formally begin its 10-year contract with Lambert on February 1 for the Airport’s news, gift and specialty retail concessions.  Hudson will reopen a majority of the existing retail locations currently operated by The Paradies Shops. Over the next five months, Hudson will build out 13 locations featuring top national brands and exclusive local concepts as well.  

During the 5-month build-out, Hudson will operate some temporary store units which will feature core news and gift merchandise offered through its flagship Hudson store. Hudson will offer its full mix of merchandise once it opens all of its new stores by late June 2013. Here is the current store lineup for Lambert:

Terminal 1: Hudson

A Concourse: Hudson, Maxiga & Spectacles

C Concourse: Hudson, Bliss, Ebony News, Spectacles, Natalie’s Candy Jar and Eddie Bauer

E Concourse: Kids Works, Spectacles, Hudson, St. Louis Sports, Natalie’s Candy Jar and Discover St. Louis.

 HG-St. Louis JV is a joint venture comprised of Hudson Group (HG) Retail, LLC; Final Phase Marketing, Inc., based in St. Louis; OHM Concession Group, LLC of St. Ann, Missouri; and Newburns Management Group, LLC. Final Phase Marketing, OHM Concession Group and Newburns Management Group are certified ACDBE companies. The agreement, which also carries a three-year option, guarantees Lambert a minimum of $13 million in the first three years of the contract and $41 million over the full term of the contract. The company will employ more than 100 people. More than 90 employees are current retail employees of The Paradies Shops. 

Airport Commission Approves Deal for Public CNG Station at I-70 and Cypress

The St. Louis Airport Commission has formally approved a deal allowing Laclede Venture Corp., a subsidiary of The Laclede Group, to build and operate a high profile compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at I-70 and Cypress, just west of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Read the rest of entry »

Lambert Awarded for Sustainability Efforts in the Region

Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge and Environmental Health/Safety Manager Joletta Golik accept Lambert's Circle of Excellence Award for the 2012 St. Louis Green Businss Challenge. 

(St. Louis) Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was awarded a Circle of Excellence Award of Merit in the 2012 St. Louis RCGA Green Business Challenge which promotes sustainability strategies in the region.  Lambert was a first year participant and one of a few organizations honored with the greatest gain in new sustainable practices or strategies over the duration of the six month competition. The Green Business Challenge was sponsored by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association.

Lambert pursued an aggressive campaign to set new standards for its sustainability program with goals and guidance set out by the competition as well as its own unique programs.

Highlights include:

·         Created a “Green Team” to guide Airport-wide audit and implement 11 new sustainability practices
·         Implemented pilot programs for food waste composting and green cleaning services
·         Increased energy efficiency with installation of 200 occupancy sensors, LED lighting and new HVAC systems
·         Improved waste generation reduction and recycling policies
·         Increased water conservation by installing low flow sanitary system

The Airport also continued to achieve in areas of sustainability leadership:

·         Expanded fleet of alternative fuels vehicles with more than half operating on compressed natural gas or bio-fuels
·         Opened second free waiting zone/cell phone lot for public to reduce traffic congestion and vehicle carbon emissions
·         Installed five electric vehicle charging stations for public at Airport parking lot
·         Increased construction waste recycling requirement for all projects

As the primary commercial service Airport for the St. Louis region, Lambert operates more than 1.4 million sq. feet of building space through its terminals, concourses, offices and other airfield support buildings. Lambert, owned and operated by the City of St. Louis, manages approximately 180 tenants. Lambert served nearly 13 million passengers in 2011 and is the 31st busiest airport in the United States as ranked by the Airports Council International. (Pictured right: Joletta Golik and Jonathan Matheny, Airport Environmental Project Manager.)

Lambert Restroom Renovations Completed in Time For Christmas Travel Rush

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has reached another major milestone in its $70 million Airport Experience Program. The Airport has completed renovations and reopened the final set of restrooms in Terminal 1 to meet the demand of the Christmas holiday travel rush.

The renovated restrooms are located in the lower level of Terminal 1 near the entrance to the A Concourse security checkpoint. The Men’s, Women’s and Family Assist restrooms feature bright white counters, colorful tile wall surfaces, new lighting, new stalls and new plumbing fixtures. Restroom features are all ADA compliant.  Because of the restrooms’ location to the USO, the Airport also added additional mirrors, seating and hooks to accommodate military personnel who often need to make uniform changes at the Airport.

In the last 18 months, Lambert has renovated nine sets of restrooms in Terminal 1 and Concourses A & C. The Airport also built a new set of restrooms in Terminal 1 Bag Claim to provide closer facilities for passengers exiting the C Concourse.

“For our passengers and our employees, the complete makeover of our restrooms is one of the most important projects in this entire campaign,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. 

In other Airport Experience news, the Airport has also completed a new entertainment stage in the lower level of Terminal 1 directly across from Starbucks and The Pasta House restaurants. The stage will be used for various events and performances. The Airport’s annual holiday choir performances, sponsored by the St. Louis Christmas Carols Association, are now being staged at this new location. Performances are scheduled through December 21. The stage space is enhanced by a new atrium that opens to the upper level Ticketing Lobby in Terminal 1.

The renovations to the lower level are now more than 90 percent complete. Higher, brighter ceilings along with new circular lighting have transformed the lower level and Bag Claim into a more welcoming space. The Airport is continuing its work in phases on the upper level with new ticket counters and new terrazzo flooring. The Airport Experience Program is scheduled to be completed in 2013.  

The Holidays Brings Cheer and Community of Voices to Lambert

With tremendous support through the St. Louis Christmas Carols Association, two dozen organizations are scheduled to perform at Lambert's Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 through December. Read the rest of entry »

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