Community Profile: The Grove

The Grove business district stretches nearly one mile along Manchester Avenue, between Kingshighway and Vandeventer. This thriving area plays host to a diverse range of restaurants, bars, shops, and community development organizations.

The Grove was originally called Adam’s Grove in the 1950s. At that time, it was a bustling commercial district. It went through a period of urban decline, but in recent years, community members have revitalized Manchester Avenue and surrounding streets one storefront at a time. “The Grove” name was coined in an effort to re-brand the growing commercial district.

Here are a few of our top picks to visit or get to know in The Grove:

City Greens Market
4260 Manchester Avenue

With a mission of making healthy, natural food as affordable as possible, City Greens Market provides food from local farmers to the community without a cost markup. This is implemented by the market being mostly run by volunteers and asking for a small membership fee from households that make over $30,000 a year (households earning less can join for free).

Rise Coffee
4180 Manchester Avenue

In a historically renovated 2-story brick building in the heart of the business district, Rise Coffee features handcrafted coffees and baked goods, local art, and a socially conscious pay-it-forward program called Coffee for the People.

4127 Manchester Avenue

Perfect for the bike commuter and bike-curious, HandleBar is a welcome bar for all, but especially those who arrive on two wheels. With Russian-inspired dishes and delicious pizzas, it’s a perfect spot for lunch, dinner, and late night snacks. You can even purchase bike tools and accessories from the bike vending machine!

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
4465 Manchester Avenue

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company is an unconventional-minded yet tradition-oriented craft beer brewery. UCBC diligently works to reduce its carbon footprint by recycling all qualifying materials and by composting all biodegradable waste. Additionally, staff donate spent grain from the brewing process to local farmers who use these nutritional solids to feed their livestock. In 2015, The Grove location became Missouri’s first LEED Certified brewery.

Layla Lebanese Restaurant
4317 Manchester Avenue

Looking for a gourmet burger, shawarma, or a locally crafted cocktail or brew? Look no further than Layla! Sourcing ingredients from local growers and purveyors, Layla is a go-to for a great lunch of dinner experience.