Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Magic Eyes St. Louis for Retail Project

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Magic Eyes St. Louis for Retail Project

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SCOOP DU JOUR: Don't be surprised to hear that former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson and partners plan to build a $40 million retail project in north St. Louis near I-70. Johnson met recently with Mayor Boz in Los Angeles on the matter, and Johnson's colleagues came here last week to target the location. Johnson's group is developing retail centers in urban areas throughout the country, including a $40 million project in Los Angeles.

WORKING THE ROOM: Time-Warner's Six Flags Over Mid-America will launch in May a series of live multi-media shows, based on its Warner Bros. film library. A Robin Hood stunt spectacular will be followed by: the remaking of "Maverick" (a precursor to the studio's upcoming production that stars Mel Gibson); a "Police Academy" action-comedy-adventure; and "Warner's Music Rock Revue."

That's the word from Six Flags exec Mike Paladin, whom we cornered at Saturday night's preview of KSHE's Real Rock Cafe at Union Station.

On hand was Jeff Smulyan, founder and chairman of Emmis Broadcasting, parent company of KSHE. We asked Smulyan if a tavern was an appropriate spin-off for a station with many teen-age listeners. His reply: "At least 90 percent of our customers will be over 21. There's no difference between this and Busch Stadium."

Smulyan praised KSHE's chief, John Beck, on his 10th anniversary with the station. But alas, the twosome who created KSHE were conspicuously absent - Nancy Pool and Shelley Grafman. Pool, 73, has begun a third career since her barnstorming days as the leading broadcast salesperson in our town - she's a member of the Janet McAffee Realty team. After stints with KSHE, she successfully rehabbed and sold million-dollar-plus homes in Ladue and Clayton. Pool was McAffee's second-highest salesperson, notching $16 million with colleague Marcy Burch.

Here 'n' there were: Joann and Pat Hanon, who will provide victuals for the cafe; Joy and Steve Miller, the Union Station honcho who is partnered in the enterprise; Ralph and Donna Korte; Bobby and Zoe Glik; Jack Whitney, the artist who painted the cafe's razzle-dazzle mural of rock stars; Ken Kruger; Tom Chulik; June Archer; David Kelly; Dallas and Rich Mange; and Rich Dalton. …

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