| By: Nathan Sprehe
Nathan Sprehe

There’s no doubt about it, St. Louis is a creative city. Thanks to some combination (I still haven’t pinpointed it yet) of unique and historic neighborhoods, a low cost of living and an abundance of affordable building stock, there exists a culture of opportunity for artists, designers, restaurateurs, business owners or anyone else looking to do something interesting. During a recent photoshoot, Evan of Sleepy Kitty said it best when he described moving from Chicago to Cherokee Street in St. Louis as “..moving from a big city into a dream.” You can get things going here that you couldn’t in other cities.

So you’ve got an entire city full of these little nodes of creativity, interconnected and ready to burst…what’s missing? Often times it’s a celebration! A simple way to highlight and reflect on all the great things happening in our city. A week of inspiration.

Enter: St. Louis Design week. Organized by AIGA St. Louis, STL Design Week runs from April 18-23 with each day designed to “highlight the ways design impacts our community, influences commerce and improves our lives. Don’t miss the daily studio tours and nightly events designed to inspire.” Lots of worthwhile events happening all week, find the full schedule at

Elijah, by Jay Fram

Capping off the week of festivities, our good friend Jay will have his studio open Saturday the 23rd from noon-1pm. In addition to offering a wide variety of snacks and beverages, we’ve received word that Jay will be shooting free portraits on his remaining stash of Polaroid film! If you get a chance, stop by and pay your respects.