For the next cake on the list, Mercutio and I had just finished seeing a movie at the Tivoli Theater in the Delmar Loop when I slyly suggested that before we go our separate ways, we take a quick moment to see the cake at COCA (the Center Of Creative Arts). And being the Mercutio Krispytreats that he is, he decided this was an excellent idea!
The Center for the Creative Arts is a nonprofit organization that helps to bring art to the community through educational classes, performances and other programs that bring people together through art.
Plus the building that is now COCA started out as a synagogue built by famous architect Eric Mendelsohn. In 1985 the owners of the congregation using the synagogue sold it to Richard Baron who took advantage of its already incredible design and created an accessible space for fostering and creating art. The building is also on the National Register of Historic Places, which seems to be a theme for several of the cake locations (yay St. Louis history!).
While I’ve never been to a performance at COCA, the Center does hold a special place in my heart because in October 2014 the Regional Arts Commission had a carved pumpkin scavenger hunt across St. Louis and one of the pumpkins on their hunt was at COCA. So for a little while in October, this cake monster became a pumpkin hunter and spent her lunch breaks driving around hunting pumpkins.