For the Love of Cities

Saturday, March 12, 2011
By Peter Kageyama, guest blogger

In 2010  I was researching my book on what makes cities lovable and how we express our love for our communities.  I came upon STL Style and several other similar companies who were making local themed t-shirts aimed at their local citizens.  These I thought were fantastic examples of a “public display of affection” for your city.  When you wear an STL Style or Rubber City Clothing (Akron) shirt you are proclaiming your affection for your city.  

About a month later I was attending the Great Lakes Urban Exchange (GLUE) conference in Cleveland.  As I looked through the list of attendees and their affiliations I noticed Jeff and Randy Vines from STL Style.  These were the guys I had written about and here we were, far from our respective homes, coming together because of our passion for cities!  Of course I introduced myself and we immediately connected.

So when I started thinking about doing a t-shirt that would coincide with my book, Jeff and Randy were the obvious connection.  This shirt, which we designed together, embodies the idea of love of cities.  When we connect with our city on an emotional level, amazing things can happen.  We see when children, plants, pets or even objects are loved, they thrive.  We need to nurture our relationship with our cities and find again that which we love about them. 

Peter Kageyama
Author - For the Love of Cities

Cherokee's night to shine!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

On the evening of Friday, March 18th, the SGC Conference will take the South Side by storm, when over 1,500 people from around the world descend on Cherokee Street to experience its diverse creative scene. Every business on the street will be stepping up its game that night, and STyLehouse is no exception. We've invited St. Louis's most beloved country/rock/Irish/folk/bluegrass band to help welcome these folks to our city, and we invite you as well!  Food and adult beverages will be available at the show.

What: Red-Headed Strangers SGC Exclusive
When: Friday, March 18 @ 8pm
Where: STyLehouse, 3159 Cherokee St. (@ Compton), STL
Why: Because we're opening our doors (and our city) to 1,500+ visitors from out of town
Who: You and everyone else

Our new sign is up!

Friday, February 04, 2011

We are proud to announce that STyLehouse has successfully installed the first new illuminated hanging sign on Cherokee Street since the 1980s!  We cut through all the red tape at City Hall and secured the permits necessary to get this sucker up, and it's so worth it.  Not only does this make our shop more visible, it also improves the aesthetic of the entire block.  Best of all, the new sign is the same size and shape as the original one that hung on the same corner years ago.  We hope to see other cool signs popping up along Cherokee very soon!

Maybe one day Cherokee will again look a lil' something like this:

Come check it out in person at The Upper West Cherokee Incident!

The Upper West Cherokee Incident - Feb. 5th!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Several businesses in “Upper West Cherokee” (3100-3200 blocks of Cherokee Street) will celebrate milestones on February 5th, 2011.  STL-Style and Lighthouse Design, collectively known as STyLehouse, will celebrate their recent expansion into a larger storefront, where they design, produce and sell their renowned St. Louis-inspired apparel and provide custom screen printing and promotional branding services.  Peridot, an independent boutique selling local handmade goods, will kick off their grand re-opening in the storefront next door.  Neighborhood bookseller The Archive is celebrating its 1 Year Anniversary half a block down the street, and local market and café The Cherokee Peach, slated to open on Cherokee in the spring, will preview its flavorful delights.  Fort Gondo will feature Juan Montana's photographic exhibit, Cherokee People.

All stores will be open from 11am-5pm for regular business, followed by a party at STyLehouse beginning at 5pm, where DJ Amputee will spin records for the rest of the night.  We invite the public to be our accomplices in this incident.


What: The Upper West Cherokee Incident

Where: 3100-3200 blocks of Cherokee Street in Benton Park West, St. Louis City

When: Saturday, February 5, 2011; 5-10pm

Who: STyLehouse, Peridot, The Archive, The Cherokee Peach and YOU!

Why: To celebrate the greatest corner on planet Earth


The Upper West Cherokee Incident is a Rusty Cat production.

For more information, contact:

Rusty Conklin: (314) 954-8972 –or-
Mia Snell: (314) 315-2006 –or-
Randy Vines: (314) 761-4469 –or-

Moved and Improved!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

We took a giant leap right after the holidays-- we moved to a larger corner storefront right next door to our old shop!  This expansion has netted us our own dedicated retail store, while providing our partners at Lighthouse Design a kick-ass space of their own.  We still have a lot more improvements to make, but thanks to our retail design guru, Rusty Conklin, we were able to get our new digs up to snuff within a week.  Some of the things you will see over the course of the next month include an awesome backlit projecting sign over the corner of Cherokee & Compton, new interior murals, some city-inspired wood sculptures and more!  So here's a brief tour of the new STyLehouse (sorry for the subpar picture quality).  Stop by to see it in person when you can...

Rusty painted this on the back wall!

3159 Cherokee St. (@ Compton)
St. Louis City 63118

M-F: 10am-5pm
Sat: 11am-5pm
-Sunday hours coming soon-
Online: 24/7

In the meantime, we hope to see you at our Grand Re-Opening party, known as "The Upper West Cherokee Incident."  More on that coming soon!

STyLehouse is movin' on up!

Friday, December 24, 2010
We've enjoyed such success at our storefront on Cherokee Street that we are moving to a bigger space!  We will be closed from Christmas Day thru January 2nd, reopening on Monday, January 3rd at our new digs right next door.  Peridot will occupy the space we've called home for the past year, so the Upper West Cherokee crew will remain intact and stronger than ever.  Our larger shop will feature an expanded retail store, a small lounge and a bigger production workshop.  Our partners at Lighthouse Design will have an entire storefront to themselves, adding yet another attraction to our beloved block.  We'll mark this milestone by rolling out at least three new designs in January.  Stay tuned for a Grand Reopening party sometime in February.  Thanks for helping us grow!

Our new address:

3159 Cherokee St. (@ Compton)
St. Louis City 63118

You may still place orders online, which will be filled and shipped as soon as we are functional.  

Cherokee Print League is back!

Thursday, December 02, 2010
It's that time of year again, and the annual Cherokee Print League sale is back and bigger than ever.  With over 50 independent artists showcasing their print-related wares at a dozen Cherokee Street venues, this is the perfect opportunity to stock up on some of the most creative and original gifts around.  Hope to see you there! 

Metro Retro

Friday, November 19, 2010
Despite the constant push to modernize the Metro transit system, not all Bi-State-era infrastructure has retired into obsolescence.  In particular, I'm talking about some funky old bus shelters that have, for whatever reason, managed to cling tight to the sidewalks as countless others have gradually been replaced by sleek new structures.  

I felt it especially necessary to bring attention to these retro retreats because I fear that it's only a matter of time until they are phased out in favor of the glass-and-steel Wall/JCDecaux shelters that have popped up on street corners throughout the metro area.  In fact, this post comes too late for a couple of my favorite shelters-- one located on S. Kingshighway just north of Gravois (unfortunately reduced to a slab of pavement and a bus stop sign before I could snap a pic), and an especially attractive blue vintage shelter on Martin Luther King Blvd (I have a photo of it somewhere, but I can't seem to find it).

Regardless, this post is intended to celebrate what is left.  This is NOT a comprehensive collection-- just a small sampling of old bus shelters scattered around the city and suburbs.  Come along, won't you?

First, an increasingly common sight. The sleek Wall/JCDecaux shelters (I like them)...

Now, pop in your favorite '80s cassette tape so we can properly honor the old bus shelters that still grace our streets...

Waterman near Skinker...

And his twin across the street...

Shaw & 39th Street...

Manchester Ave, in the shadow of the flashy new Grove sign...

Skinker & Northwood...

The always-bustling stop at Grand & Cherokee...

Now, onto my favorites!  Don't tell Metro officials, but these unique shelters still remain in plain sight, apparently overlooked, or simply deemed "good enough." 

A busy station at N. Kingshighway & MLK.  Perhaps a holdout from the '70s?

This anomaly at N. Kingshighway & Highland Ave. is almost certainly a vestige from the age of 1970s urban renewal...

This variety of bus shelter is sprinkled along Olive Blvd, and appears to be unique to U. City...

Give it up for this mini shelter at Grand near Farty-Far!

A cute little commuter shack at Clayton Rd. & DeMun...

Woah!  A pair of totally late-'80s bus shelters survive unscathed on Brentwood Blvd. by the Galleria!

This super-sized commuter shelter in downtown Clayton looks as good as new...

Can we get a "hell yes" for this awesome transit station on Manchester Ave. in Maplewood?  Could it be a relic from the streetcar age?  Anyone with info, please share!

Still standing-- a pair of old transit shelters on Leland Ave. just north of the Delmar Loop...  

Another view of the shelters in the Loop-- probably a busy transfer station since the streetcar days.  Something about this view reminds me of Queens.  1970s urban renewal to the max!

And the mama of all throwback shelters... Lindell & Kingshighway:

As you may have figured out, I have a special affinity for overlooked and forgotten details of our city.  So, I'll leave you with an image of one of Metro's last remaining original MetroLink station markers (circa 1993).   You can kiss this bad boy goodbye-- the Grand bridge is coming down soon...

For my previous posts on transit-related relics, click these links:
A Bi-State of mind...
Remnants from the rails

Cherokee Street in October rules.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
The end of October is chock-full o'fun on good ol' Cherokee Street, and we at STL-Style are doing our part to liven things up on our end of this funky South Side corridor.  You already know about Medusa's Craft Menagerie on Oct. 23 and the Secret Sound Society's music festival on the 29th & 30th.  So to add to the festivities, STYLEhouse is throwing a Halloween party on the night of Oct. 29th, and anyone's invited.  Wear a costume or don't, but bring your own beverage of choice.  I'm sure we can find plenty of ways to creep you out.

STL-Style at Pecha Kucha!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Curious to hear how STL-Style got to where it is today?  On Thursday, Sept. 23rd, we'll be sharing our story of how it all began at the 4th official St. Louis Pecha Kucha night!  We'll be presenting along with about 15 other awesome local folks who are doing great things in the city and for the city, so come and check us out.

Pecha Kucha STL represents our opportunity to refocus public dialogue onto what makes this city great: the personalities, the creative thinkers, the musicians, the urban fabric, the rich cultural heritage, the innovators and entrepreneurs right in our midst.

Each presenter gets 20 slides, for 20 seconds each, to communicate to the audience. 14-17 presenters on the night, with a large beer break!

Doors open at 6:30pm, first presentation begins at 7:30pm
Beer and food sold by Schlafly.

Presenters (in no particular order):

Albie Mitchell / Designer & Fabricator
JoAnn Brookes
Adam Allington
Todd Antoine
Molly Rockamann / FARMS Evangelist
Rick Rosen
Chris Naffziger / City Affair
Rosa Mayer
The Improv Trick
Jerry Gennaria / Photographer
Jeff and Randy Vines / Founders of STL-Style
Heath Harris / Designer
RJ Koscielniak / Urban Actor/Thinker
Stacey Wehe & Amanda Boyce / Founders of MothUp STL
Davide Weaver
Tim Garrett / Artist, Entrepreneur, Photobooth Preservationist

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