Saint Louis is a city of opportunity. The city is growing, expanding, and is already getting a reputation for being a hotbed for startups, crafters, and creators. Some of the best and brightest start small and stay smart. If you're looking to get to better know some of the more under the radar or up-and-coming artists in Saint Louis, you ought to make a point to clear all of your Thursday night plans.
This Thursday, March 12th, downtown Saint Louis and ALIVE Magazine are bringing together a group of highly skilled and creative artists and companies into one night. Saint Louis Made: A Makers Pop-Up will feature over 25+ St. Louis Makers, Innovators and Entrepreneurs. The best part of the night for many? Attendance is free of charge!
Although there will be a multitude of makers available for you to peruse and get to know, I've chosen a few of the makers to highlight for you! I can't wait to get to know them better in person, and spend some time familiarizing myself with their work in person on Thursday.
SAHGOL Jewelry & Apparel Co is created by Elle M. In her work you'll find elements of raw nature, powerful and untouched, mixed with human-altered findings. The term mixed media applies perfectly, as Elle's work varies from metals to rocks to feathers to screen-printed tees. I'm especially drawn to her necklaces that involves slabs and slices of crystals, gemstones, and mineral specimens. I've been following SAHGOL on social media, but have yet to been able to meet Elle and see her work in person. I might pick up a pair of her earrings, particularly these half moon drop earrings. Did you know I have a tattoo of the moon phases? Anything moon-related piques my interest!
If Legacy Chutney's Facebook location (Yummy Ville, St. Louis) tells you anything, it ought to be that this quirky and fun local company likes to have fun with their flavors. Founded in 2012, the company uses a recipe handed down from a grandmother - one who cooked well but spoke little English. I don't know about you, but I believe food is a language that needs no words. Their Sweet Fruit Chutney is calling my name. It has peaches and apricots. Lemme put that on some brie, please!
10foot2 is a local design and craft studio, run by two young women named Bekah and Cat. The company's name comes from their combined height - both ladies clock in at 5'1". What a clever idea! And speaking of clever, their humor comes through in their eco-conscious and often recycled products. For instance, the tag line on their page for their Pabst Blue Ribbon note pads says "PBR rhymes with beauty." 21 year old Jill would agree whole-heartedly. 10foot2's screenprinted items caught my attention too, especially their adorable pillows . I did just get a new couch...
I hope you're ready to join me on Thursday! Since admittance is free, it means you have no excuse not to come out! Seeing as two of the partners that are helping make the event possible are Maker's Mark and Pinnacle Vodka, I can bet you that there will be some tasty libations to indulge in, as well as promised pulled pork sliders from Pappy's. DJ Billy Brown will be spinning tunes to keep us hoppin' and shoppin'.
For more information, or to RSVP: http://bit.ly/1HwEOpY
Find more vendor teaser photos on the Facebook event page: http://on.fb.me/1NFReQB
I'll see you Thursday! Don't forget to tag #MakersPopUpSTL, #DowntownSTL and @ALIVEMagSTL whenever you talk about the event on social media!