September 24, 2018
DEFINITION: Of, relating to, or devoted to this world and its pursuits
Usually, people take vacations from their business, but for local couple Patrick and Terri Modlin, their vacations have created their business. During their years of corporate work, the Modlins used their vacation time to travel the world; and when they retired, all that travel inspired an idea.
Felix Street Gourmet is their way of bringing the world to downtown St. Joseph. If you’re curious what locals are dining on in Tuscany or Paris, or you’re wondering what a good German beer would taste like with what’s on your grill this weekend, Felix Street Gourmet provides tasty, unique answers.
Felix Street Gourmet is a gourmet specialty shop combining global selections of wines, spirits, and foods with unmatched service to help you find the perfect items for cooking, entertaining, or giving gifts. While the inventory is influenced a great deal by the Modlins’ global travels, the essence of the store is inspired by a deep love of our local community.
Born and raised in Northwest Missouri, both Pat and Terri are passionate about the revitalization of downtown St. Joseph and seeing people in our town enjoy a quality of life that reflects the history and sense of community that makes St. Joseph great. They have taken great care to restore their downtown space.
“When we uncovered local history literally painted on the old brick walls during construction, we were excited to incorporate it into the new decor,” said Pat Modlin.
With different opportunities to explore wines, cheeses, chocolates, and various pairings and cooking advice, Felix Street Gourmet’s vision is to gather people for memorable experiences that enhance our local way of life and deepen the relational ties that come from shared discovery.
A short drive to Felix Street Gourmet will send adventuresome foodies on a far-flung journey where they can taste, smell, touch, and experience new cultures with the added benefit of expert advice and service. Customers will find an ever changing selection of items not available anywhere else in Northwest Missouri. Products ranging from wines and spirits to cured meats and specialty cheeses, sauces, spices, oils, dry goods, and delectable sweets can be selected as part of thoughtful, individualized gift baskets, picnic bags, and charcuterie plates.
Customers can stop in for grab-and-go goodies or spend time learning about and finding all the perfect elements for entertaining friends and family. Felix Street Gourmet will add special benefits to those who utilize the beautifully restored loft space, Room 108, located just upstairs. Also owned by the Modlins, Room 108 is an elegant, creative, comfortable event space that can be rented by individuals and businesses to gather with friends, family, and business associates for personalized, beautifully crafted experiences. Room 108 also offers a private club open to both individual and business membership with many perks and opportunities for socializing, entertaining, working, and experiencing new tastes and cultures.
Along with such amenities as the one-of-a-kind rooftop deck, curated custom art, and the beautifully-designed bar and demonstration kitchen, Room 108 can partner with Felix Street Gourmet to artfully design memorable parties, meetings, and social events.
Real change in almost any environment happens from the inside out. And no one knows just how to create the kind of contagious change a community needs like the community members themselves. In St. Joseph, and many communities like it, a revolution is happening around this kind of grassroots-based leadership – and it’s only just begun.
Soon guests and residents could enjoy even more, both inside and outside, as a 1/2 cent sales tax increase hits the ballot, with revenues dedicated to renovation and enhancements of the city’s parks system. If approved, the tax increase would generate an additional $5 to 6 million dollars per year and could be shared across dozens of projects.
Following formal distribution of the locally-filmed movie “Christmas at the Chateau” in 2019, it’s likely that many watching from home will say “Where did they film this? This place is amazing.”
Local organizations are passionate about coming in at the ground level toward helping residents with the clean-up efforts that go along with living in a historic river town.
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