Though most people associate our shop with Cherokee Street, that wasn't always the case. We started out printing t-shirts using a cheap crank press on our designer's kitchen table in Dogtown. As interest in our business grew, so did our need to expand. So enjoy this never-before-seen glimpse into the previous home bases of STL-Style, beginning with our tiny studio space in the Soulard Fine Arts Building at Russell & Menard:
Then we expanded into a rather uncomfortable garage-like space in the Jefferson Underground in McKinley Heights that served as our workshop as well as a staging area for an unsuccessful effort to save the San Luis building in the CWE:
Fast forward to 2009, when we open our first real storefront at 3155 Cherokee Street!
Today we occupy the legendary corner of Cherokee & Compton, where we hope to remain for many, many years to come!
As you might imagine, our business would not exist without the internet, and neither would hundreds of thousands of other companies and organizations throughout the world. A new documentary called Silcon Prairie: America's New Internet Economy turns its lens to the Midwestern US, where a number of internet-based startups are highlighted. St. Louis is well represented in the film, thanks to Scarlett Garnet, T-Rex and yes, STL-Style. Catch the St. Louis screening of the documentary on Wednesday, March 27 at 6pm at Lab 1500 downtown, which will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with some of the folks who appear in the film. STL represent!
What: St. Louis screening of Silicon Prairie: America's New Internet Economy
When: Wednesday, March 27, 6:00pm
Where: Lab1500, 1500 Washington Ave, downtown STL
Photo credit: Toby Weiss, beltstl.com
On May 7, the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation will gather at the state capitol in Jefferson City to honor the state's 12 most notable historic preservation success stories of the previous year. Among them is the Council Plaza Phillips 66 gas station, commonly known as the Midtown (formerly Del Taco) saucer, located at the intersection of Grand & Forest Park Parkway.
Initially threatened with demolition to make way for a stripmall, the building's owners were not prepared to contend with the passionate outcry of the preservation community, which worked tirelessly in raising awareness for the unique structure and the value of its distinctive mid-century modern design on our city's urban landscape. Through social media and letter writing campaigns, preservation board hearings, and good ol' fashioned preservation rallies, the voice of the people prevailed. Instead of tearing down the lovable saucer, the developers opted to invest millions toward its rehabilitation and expansion, using Missouri's highly effective and ever-endangered historic tax credits.
Today the beloved saucer stands as the iconic new home of a Starbucks and Chipotle. While many of us would have preferred to see local independent establishments occupy the building, we nevertheless celebrate its rebirth as a delightful contributing resource to the architectural diversity of St. Louis.
We at STL-Style feel extremely honored to have been asked to accept this award on behalf of the greater historic preservation community involved in this effort, which includes Michael Allen, Mike Batchelor, Ald. Shane Cohn, Lindsey Derrington, Richard Henmi, Paul Hohmann, Alex Ihnen, Matthew Mourning, Ald. Scott Ogilvie, Michael Powers, Andrew Weil, Toby Weiss, Kara Clark and countless others. The award will be displayed prominently at our shop on Cherokee Street, as an homage to the critical importance our built environment holds in shaping the future of our great city.|