Neighborhood innovation center

Empower and enable the people and small businesses of Dutchtown to succeed.


What is the Neighborhood Innovation Center


From Dutchtown, in the City of St. Louis, the Neighborhood Innovation Center (NIC-STL) is a start. up social impact 501(3) non-profit for fostering innovation in place-based neighborhood businesses.

We accomplish this mission by collaborating with local, regional, and national partners in governments, non-profits, and private sector organizations. We also depend on donors, volunteers, and anyone who shares our passion for supporting America’s small businesses.


Saturday - July 13, 2024

Join us on Saturday, July 13, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, for a celebration of community pride and economic empowerment at the Meramec Magic + Dutchtown Open House! As part of “Journey to Prosperity: Economic Empowerment Month,” this event showcases Dutchtown’s vibrant culture and local businesses.

Explore activities, meet local entrepreneurs, and discover how our community fosters growth. Check out the ‘Shop the Blocks’ sale with vendors like Twice Blessed Resale, Kwamboka, Kismet Records, Ms. Phyllis’ Beauty & Barber, and more. Enjoy food from Tacos La Jefa, All Rolled Up, and Mr. Souvlaki.

At The Wink! Annex, starting at 12 PM, join us for vision boarding, an open mic, laughter yoga with Sonia, and MoCaFi’s On Our Block booth. Plus, catch the FREE shopping shuttle from 12-3 PM!

On Sunday, July 14, from 5-7 PM, enjoy a Latin Jazz performance by Emerson Magana at The Wink! Annex as part of the Roots & Rhythm Sunday Music Series.

Don’t miss out on a weekend of community, fun, and prosperity. Click below to RSVP now!

Saturday - September 14, 2024

On Saturday, September 14, Urban Eats, the Shared Kitchen, Food Incubator, and Neighborhood Food Hall in Dutchtown is celebrating food entrepreneurship in the underserved community with celebrations and open house from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Join us for a unique celebration of culinary dreams, community spirit, and the rich cultural heritage. This isn’t just a food day; it’s a testament to the power of community collaboration, dreams realized, and the vibrant tapestry of flavors and cultures that make up our beloved city.

NIC-STL is our answer to the call for the need to build an inclusive economy

Take tangible action to build thriving communities by strengthening our neighborhood businesses.

We ask your help to craft this place-based approach of revitalizing and sustaining a community of real economic equality, together.

Join us as a collaborator, a partner,  a donor or a volunteer.


3207 Meramec St, St. Louis,MO 63118

Our hours

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Monday – Friday

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