Lambert-St. Louis Int’l Airport

Custard vending machine at STL Airport

STL custard

Just in time for summer, vending machines dispensing a frozen custard famous in St. Louis have been installed on the concourses at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

The machines are filled with custard cups known as concretes – malts or shakes so thick they can be served upside down – from Ted Drewes, a popular family-owned ice-cream shop with two branches in St. Louis.

STL custard machine

The vending machines are stocked with six “concrete” flavors: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, Oreo cookie, Heath Bar and chocolate chip. Each 8 ounce cup is $6 and when a purchase is made “the machine opens the fridge door, and arm with a suction picks up the flavor requested and then drops it into the retrieve area,” said airport spokesman Jeff Lea.

Party this week at Lambert-St. Louis Int’l Airport

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Lambert=St. Louis International Airport is celebrating National Tourism Week with a #LambertThanks event all this week.

Look for giant Chihuly-style balloon chandeliers suspended from the soaring ceilings in the ticketing areas and a full schedule of entertainment including live music in the concourses and visits from the St. Louis Cardinals’ Fredbird and the Looney Tunes characters from Six Flags St. Louis.

But wait – there’s more…. the airlines will joining in the celebration with “festive décor” and suprises, Schlafly Beer Bar & Grill in Concourse C will have daily prize drawings, with a grand prize drawing at the end of the week for a Schlafly Brewery tour for 10 people. St. Louis Brewmaster’s Tap Room, 1876, LaTapenade and Beers of the World will also hold daily prize drawings for Anheuser-Busch sponsored backpacks and duffle bags, and will give away a grand prize Callaway Golf Club Cover.

Sound like fun? Events kick off Monday morning. You’ll find a detailed schedule here.


Art made from the roof of Lambert-St. Louis Int’l Airport

Here’s a great – and rare – way to get a work of art made from a piece of an airport.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is offering limited edition prints made of reclaimed copper from the airport’s historic Terminal 1 roof.

This one is my favorite:

Lambert roof art

Three St. Louis presses – The Firecracker Press, Pele Prints and Yellow Bear – were commissioned to developed imagery inspired by Lambert and the nostalgia of travel. They used woodcuts, etching, and chine-colle to alter copper tiles set aside during the 2014 replacement of the terminal’s original copper roof, which dated back to 1956.

Artist Amanda Verbeck of Pele Prints used the copper plate to incorporate flight paths onto colorful paper airplanes for “Take Fight.”

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Gina Alvarez of Yellow Bear used the copper to produce clouds connected by aviation navigation paths in “I Remember When.”

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The Firecracker Press used both copper and woodcuts to create the image up top of a couple taking off on vacation at Lambert in “The Honeymoon.”

Want one?

The prints are for sale via the Lambert Airport Art shop on Etsy

Aviation exhibit at Lambert-St. Louis Int’l Airport

Lambert aviation exhibit

What better place to see artifacts from aviation history than in an airport?

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is hosting a new exhibition in Terminal 1 featuring items on loan from the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum.

On displays: pristine aviation instruments, flight attendant and pilot uniforms, posters and other aviation-related memorabilia, much of it highlighting Lambert’s own history.

Look for an old Ozark Airlines sign, samples of boarding passes from carriers past and present and a lot of items from the golden years of TWA, which once had a hub here. There are also items related to the military here, including an ejection seat from a fighter jet.


Fresh art at Lambert-St. Louis Int’l Airport

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A new exhibition at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) comes courtesy of the Missouri State Parks and features items from the Missouri State Museum in Jefferson City.

Covering five themes in five cases, the objects in the exhibit include raw materials of industry, hand-knit clothing, paper art, a hand-carved cane, a stained glass sampler and examples of manufactured goods.

Look for “Missouri Made” in the Lambert Gallery in Terminal 1 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport through June 30, 2014.

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