This weekend, I discovered just how tight knight the St. Louis creative community truly is.
It all started Friday night when my hosts (Casey and Sara) and I joined up with a small group at the Schlafly Taproom. As I’ve come to expect from most of the outings we attend, our table was filled with creatives and agency folks from all over—Boxing Clever, Bruton Stroube, Cannonball, Group 360 and Hoffman Lewis to name a few. We sat down to enjoy some delicious beers and spent the next few hours discussing agency life and how St. Louis stacks up to other cities around the nation. I also learned that many of the people I’ve met here all know each other in some capacity. Whether it’s through school, a past agency or just traveling in similar circles, it truly seems as if everyone here is connected in someway.
The following morning, Casey and I ran in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. For those following along, you’ll know this is the second 5K I’ve participated in along my #TGAA route, with the last one taking place in Charlotte. And for those wondering, I finished with a time of 25:07. After the race, we got together with Darrick Hays (a Digital Art Director at Boxing Clever) and his wife to chow down on some BBQ from Bogarts Smokehouse. The meal quickly manifested into a food coma and long story short, there are a few hours of the day I can’t quite place after we got back.
The next thing I remember is heading back to Schlafly, where I met up with some more Boxing Clever folks to catch Bastard & the Crows, a band that features BC Art Director, Joe Stephens. It was a great time filled with drinks, music and a few increasingly familiar faces.
But the fun and introductions don’t end there. Later this afternoon, I have the opportunity to sit down with Wesley Hoffman, a man of many talents. Not only does he run Treehouse Networkshop (which I discussed last Monday), but he’s also a Special Projects Manager at happyMedium and a Brand Ambassador for Strange Donuts. So, needless to say, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to chat with him this afternoon.
I honestly don’t think I can accurately convey how many great people I’ve met here in the past few weeks. I know it’s only for a short while, but I’m having such an amazing time getting to know everyone here and learning of their various (and often overlapping) endeavors throughout the city. St. Louis is proving to be a great experience indeed—a trend that’s continued since day one.