May 6, 2019 10:28 PM

STL Veg Girl Announces the Center for Plant-based Living

{{UPDATED 6.26.19}}

In 2011, the same year I founded STL Veg Girl, I had a crazy thought, that someday there should be one place, a building, a center where you could learn about what a plant-based diet is, how and why that might be a good thing in your life and where you can find continual: resources, education, inspiration, motivation and support. In 2017, still no such place existed, so I started saving. In early 2019 the perfect little space opened in downtown Kirkwood (A bustling neighborhood  in the middle of  St. Louis, MO) and I grabbed it.

The time feels right. I began as a plant-based cooking assistant in 2008 after losing my dad to cancer and then, just 10 short weeks later, I, too, received the diagnosis. I formed Veg Girl in 2011 and since then I have been watching this movement gain speed and strength.

Over the years I have watched many, MANY people reverse their type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and a host of other all too common chronic illnesses we now just dub as accepted symptoms of age. That's nonsense.  I've watched people who have been taking fist-full amounts of daily medications for years and by adopting a plant-based diet, they have titrated down to none. Not everyone's health outcome is the same, but even if you changed up what you put on your plate in exchange for not having to take even half of your daily meds - wouldn't that be a relief? Think of the side effects you would not have to experience.

This is not just a place to come if you're ill. I hope you'll come to learn to help prevent any future malady, to inspire new ideas, to gain kitchen confidence, to support your best friend, to build better relationships with your co-workers, to learn from world renowned physicians and researchers, to share a meal, to connect, to live.

The Center for Plant-based Living is located at 131 West Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis. The expected opening is August 13, the anniversary of my dad's passing. This is my way of honoring him. We lost him on August 13, 2008 to type of cancer we now know is highly preventable and reversible though the implementation of a whole food, plant-based diet.  

When not in class or prepping for an event, I suspect I'll be busy recipe testing or planning the next program. Please pop your head in and say hello.

In the meantime,  I hope you will visit this blog as I will often update it with pictures and progress.

 

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Lease signed and keys handed over. Pictured here with Susan Fulton - friend and landlord.

 

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Marketing 101. If you have a business, tell people about it. Make use of every inch of real estate you have.

 

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She's small, but will be mighty!

 

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Walls up!

 

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Food for our hardworking crew!

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Plumbing and electrical have passed inspection!

 

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Meanwhile, outside, the little garden of red romaine, bell peppers, rosemary and basil are boosting out of the soil! And, soon to be farmer extraordinaire, Dana, stopped by and gifted us Cherokee tomato, black tomato and mini tomato plants. Thanks Dana!!

 

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Over the weekend the kitchen walls went up.

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And are ready to be primed.

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The word is getting out! Thank you St. Louis Magazine!

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Thank you Sauce Mag!! xo

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We have a logo!


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Holding office hours

 

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Bathroom Renovation!shiplapOne of the main focus points of CBPL is its custom shiplap wall and shelf. She's a beauty!


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The big burly men of EB Granite delivering the quartz countertops. Who needs trivets? Not us!


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Little by little.


water wall tileIt's really ok if I never  see another tile spacer again.


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I tested out the ovens tonight with just making simple tortilla chips. FYI- cutting up corn tortillas (ingredients corn and lime only), pop them into a  425-f convection oven for 9 minutes and viola! You have oil-free, low-cal, crap-free tortilla chips! I like to make a large batch and keep them in a sealed container.

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Posted by Carol Waide on
I am so happy for this Caryn. What a great idea for supporting those trying to pursue plant based eating and preventing chronic issues! You are a great asset for the St Louis area!!!
Posted by caryn on
Thank you Robin!
Posted by caryn on
Thanks so much Carol! It's been a looong time coming! xo
Posted by Robin Medici on
I am thrilled and can't wait to visit!
Posted by Debbie Littrell on
So excited about your new place. I just found your blog. I am in St Louis and a nurse. I am fairly new to plant based eating. Look forward to visiting your place.
Posted by caryn on
Thanks Debbie! We are really excited! I look forward to meeting you!
Posted by Nina on
Congrats, Caryn! Can’t wait to see your new place. Thank you so much for being one of the few making plant based eating visible in the St. Louis area!
Posted by caryn on
Thanks Nina!! I hope to see you later this summer!!
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