NOCO fans, as you’ve undoubtedly noticed, things have gotten pretty slow around here lately. As my real estate career has taken off, I’ve had less and less time and energy to devote to this blog. And the truth is, I’ve simply run out of steam.
Three years ago this week, I launched NOCO with the intention of celebrating all the wonderful things that I love about North County. I’ve told the stories of this diverse, historic community to the best of my ability, and in the process, I’ve been able to visit some of the most beautiful and interesting places in the area and meet literally thousands of amazing people.
For much of its run, NOCO has had about 30,000 unique visitors every month – a number that still blows me away! And though some might think it’s crazy to abandon such a successful venture, the fact is I’ve invested way more time than I was ever compensated for, and more importantly, I’m just not the kind of person who continues to do something when my heart just isn’t in it.
I still love North County and my home here in Ferguson, and I’m extremely proud of the positive publicity and renewed sense of community spirit that I’ve brought to the area. I’ve decided that now is the right time to step down, but I will forever be grateful for this experience and the many, many things that I’ve learned as a result of it.
I am also hugely thankful to the advertisers who have supported my efforts, especially CORK, Vincenzo’s, Hendel’s, and Commercial Bank, who have been with me since the very beginning. Ferguson Brewing also deserves a shout-out.
Some have asked me if I plan to sell NOCO or pass it along to someone else, and the answer is no, probably not. But it’s my sincere hope that I’ve inspired somebody in the community to step forward with their own creative endeavor, because just as it was three years ago when I started this blog, we need someone out there fighting for us, letting the rest of St. Louis know that our dear NoCo is still an awesome place to live, work and visit.
Over the next few weeks, this site will gradually be converted into a directory-style archive, which means you’ll still be able to access the old articles but I won’t be adding anything new. I will also continue blogging, but on my unique real estate website, STL Homes with Soul.
I’ve spent months thinking about how I should end this great adventure, and it just makes sense to go back to the beginning, to the original North County treasure that sparked this idea in the first place: Kuhs Farm.
I grew up hearing about this magical old sunken garden in Spanish Lake, and I figured if I could ever get in there and see it for myself, it would make a fantastic story to share with others. Of course, it took nearly three years to actually post an article about Kuhs Farm, and I didn’t even write it! (The fabulous Jo Batzer did.) But to me, nowhere represents the unique charm, natural beauty, creative spirit and rich history of North County better than this 1920s gem overlooking the Missouri River.
In Kuhs Farm, I see the wonders of the past meeting the bright potential of the future, and it makes me very happy. So here, NOCO fans, is my final gift to you: a delightful photo tour from my beloved husband, Keith.
THANK YOU to all the readers and contributors who made this blog possible! I hope I have enriched your life as much as you have enriched mine! It has been an honor and a joy to represent our North County community!
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