ST. LOUIS – After 6 weeks of voting and more than 40,000 votes cast, stl250 announces the top 50 public vote finishers for Cakeway to the West. One of stl250’s signature projects, Cakeway to the West combines a public art exhibit, scavenger hunt as well as history education.
The top 50 Public Vote was launched on November 25, 2013 and concluded on January 3, 2014. Through the contest, individuals were able to vote once a day in each of five categories: Landmark Sites, Innovation, Heritage & Culture, Great Outdoors and St. Louis Favorites.
The remaining 200 Cakeway locations have been selected by a task force of stl250 volunteer leaders. The full 250 locations list will be announced at a birthday weekend press conference scheduled for February 14, 2014.
More than 41,000 votes were cast and resulted in the top 50 list (attached) which ranges from grassroots to the grand scale and spans the region. stl250 executive director Erin Budde said, “The top 50 includes places where we live, learn, work and play. Some were expected and others are wonderful surprises. We’re excited to add all of them to our final list of 250 locations and to help St. Louisans as well as visitors to learn more about our region through the stories they help us to tell.”
Cakeway to the West Top 50 Public Vote Finishers
Barretts Elementary School
Basilica of St. Louis, King (Old Cathedral)
Brightside St. Louis
Broadway Oyster Bar
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (New Cathedral)
Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
Christ Church Cathedral
Crown Candy Kitchen
Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center
Endangered Wolf Center
Fox Theatre St. Louis
Kirkwood Train Station
Left Bank Books
Luvy Duvy’s Café
Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park
Manchester City Hall
Missouri Botanical Garden
Missouri Civil War Museum
Monroe County Welcome Center
Saint Louis Art Museum
Saint Louis Zoo
Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream
Shrine of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
St. Anthony’s Medical Center
St. Joseph’s Academy
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
St. Louis Public Library – Central Library
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
The College School
The Magic House – St. Louis Children’s Museum
The Sweet Divine
Tower Grove Park
World’s Fair Pavilion
YMCA of Greater St. Louis
About the Cakeway to the West
The four-foot–tall cake sculptures decorated by local artists will serve as interactive beacons of our region’s diverse places, stories and experiences. There will be a total of 250 cakes placed at these locations in the St. Louis
Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) which includes 15 counties** in the bi-state region.
Complemented with a technology twist, each cake will be interactive utilizing smart phones and the stl250 app which will launch on February 14, 2014. Developed by local ArchGrants company Candy Lab, the app will help people find the cakes, learn more about each location, and gain points toward a sweepstakes drawing. More information on this program will be shared in the coming weeks.
Co-hosted by St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, stl250 is a 501(c)3 volunteer-led nonprofit created to plan, promote and serve as Master of Ceremonies for the 250th
anniversary of the founding of the City of St. Louis in 1764. Throughout 2014 and in partnership with institutions across the St. Louis 15-county bi-state region, we will facilitate a dialogue and host events that reflect on our past, celebrate our present, provide a positive outlook for a successful future and increase civic pride throughout the St. Louis region. For more information visit stl250.org or follow us on Twitter @stl250 or Facebook.com/stl250.
**stl250 initiative region includes 15 counties in the Missouri and Illinois bi-state area – Missouri counties are Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and Warren. The Illinois counties are Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Lincoln, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair.