The weather’s getting colder and that means that the holiday season is approaching! Here are some events in St. Louis that you can check out in December.
Polar ExpressTM Train Ride – November 24th – December 30th
Kick off the holiday season by enjoying St. Louis’s version of the Polar Express. This train ride comes through St. Louis Union Station. Once aboard, kids can enjoy a holiday ride featuring all the magic of the famous book.
Holiday Wreath Auction – November 17th – January 1st
Find the perfect decoration for your door at this exhibit. Hosted at the Missouri Botanical Garden, local florists’ wreaths are displayed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day during the season. The exhibit turns into a silent auction, allowing you to buy your favorite design.
Soulard Holiday Parlour Tour – December 2nd – 3rd
For the 42nd year in a row, the Holiday Parlour Tour in Soulard will get you in the holiday spirit. You’ll be able to walk through historic homes that are decked out for the season. There is also a holiday bazaar, food, and music to enjoy.
Symphony Holiday Concerts – December 3rd – 31st
Throughout the month of December, there are tons of holiday concerts at Powell Hall in St. Louis. From solo performers like Broadway star Leslie Odom Jr. to grand holiday symphonies, there’s a little bit of everything to suit diverse music tastes.
There are plenty of ways to celebrate the month of December in St. Louis. So get out there and enjoy your city!
Fall is a beautiful time of year, which is why many people claim that it is their favorite. What’s not to love about the vibrantly colored leaves, wonderful smells, and spooky surprises? According to the Fall Foliage Map on SmokyMountains.com, Missouri should reach its peak autumn coloring between October 22nd and November 5th. This means it is time to take a Missouri road trip to see all the colors for yourself.
Only In Your State was kind enough to create a dream fall foliage tour that travels through some of the most scenic areas in Missouri. Here are some of the highlights of that trip.
- Castlewood State Park. Start your travels just south of St. Louis at this beautiful park with plenty of trails and expansive views.
- Ozark Scenic Riverways. Walk along the water for some spectacular views of the changing leaves. Try the Chubb Hollow Trail for the best views.
- Mark Twain National Forest. You can’t go on a nature adventure through Missouri without a visit to the state’s only national forest. Walk along the miles of trails and even spend a night or two camping out.
What is your favorite spot for leaf peeping in Missouri? If you need some advice on getting a new car for your next epic road trip, give us a call at Gateway Easy Auto Credit.
There is no denying that kids love Halloween. Everyone gets to dress up in fun costumes and, best of all, you get free candy by going door-to-door. But, as a parent, you know that costumes can be expensive and they often fall apart after just one or two wears. To save some money, and likely come away with a higher quality, try some of these DIY Halloween costumes.
- Raining Cats and Dogs. For this simple costume, all you need is an umbrella, a raincoat, and boots. Then, tape small cutouts of cats and dogs all over the umbrella.
- Twister. If your child is a giant ball of energy that leaves a mess in his or her wake, dress them up as a tornado. You will need a hula hoop, two large gray t-shirts, fabric glue, black tulle, a stapler, twigs, and dark gloves.
- Tomato. As an alternative to dressing as a pumpkin, try something red this year. This costume uses an oversized sweatshirt, so no sewing required.
- Mermaid. Using bubble wrap, cupcake liners, and a few other materials, you can turn your little girl into a shimmering mermaid.
What do your kids want to dress as this year? Stop by Gateway Easy Auto Credit and show off your costumes.
There are tons of St. Louis fun facts, one reason we at Gateway Easy Auto Credit Help put together a list of our favorites. From the logic behind certain names to lesser-known facts, there are several things you may have never heard about St. Louis before.
According to Sweetology, Auguste Chouteau founded Saint Louis in 1764, a city that quickly became the “Gateway to the West” because of its location near the edge of the frontier. In fact, the world-famous arch earned its name (the Gateway Arch) because of the city’s legacy as one of the last stops on the way to the West.
St. Louis is the home of beer in the US, because it has the Anheuser-Busch brewery—the largest beer-producing plant in the nation. It makes Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob, Rolling Rock, Busch, and more. The brand also owns companies like LandShark Lager and Johnny Appleseed. There’s another classic drink that’s associated with St. Louis: ice tea. Richard Blechyden mixed ice and tea at the 1904 World’s Fair to create the signature drink for the first time.
Famous foods have also been created in St. Louis. For example, the ice cream cone was first created at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis when an ice-cream vendor ran out of bowls and had a waffle seller roll up waffles into cones for storing ice cream. Aunt Jemima pancake flour—invented at nearby St. Joseph, MS—was also sold from the area. It was the first self-rising flour for pancakes, as well as the first ready-mix food in the US.
These are just some of the many fun facts that are a part of local history. Our dealership and staff couldn’t be happier to serve a fascinating city like St. Louis.
Looking for the best ways to save money? At Gateway Easy Auto Credit Help, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite tips and tactics for saving money. Whether you simply change your eating habits or set entirely new goals, there are a few things you can do to go from red to the black in the books in months.
According to Regions, one of the first things you should do is set new savings goals. It might sound simple, but setting realistic goals at least once a year will increase the likelihood that you save more money—even if you don’t meet your goals. If you’re looking for a new car, for example, set a goal to save up for the down payment by creating a savings timeline.
Next, stop smoking and cook at home. These are easier said than done, but quitting smoking can save most people about $3,000 per year. Over a decade, that’s enough for a new car. Ordering takeout is also expensive in the long run, one reason you should learn how to cook healthy, nutritious meals at home.
Above all else, start paying off your debt. Packing a lunch and setting goals can go a long way, but few things do more damage than rampant debt. Pay off the accounts with the highest interest first (usually credit cards), and seek a certified financial advisor if you think you might be in over your head. These are just some of the many things you can to do save money over time.
At Gateway Easy Auto Credit Help, we like to make the most of the events going on in our own backyard. With St. Louis as our nearest big city, we never run out of things to do. Whether you’re passing through or are a resident looking to try something new, get out and enjoy St. Louis in July with one of these free events.
International Lily Show – June 30-July 2, 2017
This event has been drawing florists and general fans of all things pretty for 70 years. Stop by the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel on one of these days between 2-5 p.m. to hear educational speakers and take in the beautiful, natural scents and sights of the lilies.
Whitaker Music Festival – Wednesdays, Now to August 2, 2017
This summer tradition offers a great opportunity to enjoy some mid-week music in the beautiful Missouri Botanical Garden. Pack a picnic or buy dinner there. July performers include Beth Bombara, Ptah Williams, Kevin Bowers, and The Mighty Pines.
Jungle Boogie at the Zoo – Fridays, Now to September 1, 2017
Residents of St. Louis are lucky to have a free zoo at the ready all year. We’re even luckier to have a free zoo with free live music on Friday nights all summer long. Bring the family for a day at the zoo, stay for dinner and watch groups like the Funky Butt Brass Band and the Zydeco Crawdaddies get down.
If you’re visiting St. Louis or live nearby, be sure to visit us at Gateway Easy Auto Credit! We are proud to serve the St. Louis area!
Finally, school is out for the summer! Don’t let your kids sit idle this season. Keep busy with some of these fun summer activities that won’t break the bank.
- Sidewalk Chalk Art. Teach your kids that all things must pass while also encouraging them to hone in on their art skills with some sidewalk chalk. When the rain washes away one masterpiece, it’s time to create another!
- Have a Staycation. Don’t miss out on the gems in your own backyard! Look into what your city has to offer, whether it’s dollar movie theaters or free museums. For instance, one thing Gateway Easy Auto Credit Help loves about being located in the St. Louis area is the free zoo in Forest Park.
- Plant a Garden. The best summer activities are those that get you and the kids outside to enjoy the weather commune with nature. Help your kids to plant a garden including vegetables that you can later use to make salads, salsas, or other rewarding treats.
- Build a Fort. Gather blankets, sheets, chairs, pillows, and anything else you can find and let the kids build the ultimate fort. Try it indoors, or build one outside for some backyard camping and storytelling under the stars.
For more family fun, come visit us at Gateway Easy Auto Credit Help and pick out your next vehicle!
The St. Louis area is one of the greatest places to live in in the state, at least here at Gateway Easy Auto Credit, we think so. There is never a shortage of great places to visit and things to do. If you are looking for some fun events to kick off your summer, here are some St. Louis events in June.
- Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. This festival runs through mid-June and is held in the beautiful Forest Park. All plays are free. Come early with blankets or chairs.
- Taste of Downtown. This festival will be held on June 17th from 11am-8pm at Kiener Plaza Park. It will highlight many restaurants and breweries located right here in St. Louis.
- Circus Flora. This unique one-ring circus presents a one-of-a-kind circus experience all month long. The circus runs Tuesday through Sunday until June 25th. The circus is located at 3511 Samuel Shepard Dr.
- Whitaker Jazz Festival. Visit the Missouri Botanical Garden on Wednesday evenings to enjoy live jazz. Come after 5pm for free entry. Bring a picnic along with a blanket or chairs. The music begins at 7:30pm.
Which of these St. Louis events in June are you most excited to attend?
As the school year draws to a close, you may have already begun planning some family adventures. Before the endless strains of “I’m bored” reach your ears, have this summer bucket list ready to kick boredom to the curb. And, even better, many of these events are free.
- Spend an evening catching lightning bugs.
- Have a family campout in the living room.
- Build a fort as fancy or as easy as you want.
- Visit a new park.
- Travel to a state no one has been to before.
- Fly a kite.
- Go on a picnic.
- Play putt-putt golf.
- Go to your local farmers’ market.
- Play in the sprinkler.
- Go camping.
- Have a water gun fight.
- Watch fireworks.
- Go bowling
- Have a pajama movie day when it is raining.
- Visit a children’s museum.
- Go to a special event at the library.
- Have fun at an amusement park.
- Have a “kids choice” day where each child gets a whole day to choose everything the family eats and does (within reason).
- Have dessert for dinner.
- Go swimming.
Here at Gateway Easy Auto Credit, we hope everyone has a happy, healthy, and fun summer. Which of these bucket list items are you planning to do?
As it turns out, Buick’s Avista Concept – which showed up on Detroit stages at the North American International Auto Show last year – is a tough act to follow. The brand didn’t even bother, keeping relatively quiet throughout the fanfare of the Detroit auto show’s usual exciting reveals and previews. However, Buick representatives did tide fans of the brand over with some news; the Buick Enclave reveal is coming soon, so sit tight.
According to the Buick reps who made an appearance in Detroit, the new Enclave will be showing up in dealer showrooms across the country before the end of 2017. This next-generation model will be built in General Motors’ Lansing, Michigan plant alongside the Chevy Traverse and an all-new full-size crossover from Cadillac. Though info on the Buick Enclave is scarce at the moment, experts are looking to the 2018 Traverse for what to expect – including features like Apple CarPlay, a more spacious interior, and more trim levels.
Other features expected to be unveiled in the Buick Enclave reveal are a variety of brand new engine options, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and the ability for consumers to opt for either front- or all-wheel drive. There will likely also be more available technology features for drivers to choose from for their entertainment and convenience.