Earlier this month, 50 Saint Louis Elites gathered at Urban Matter in Saint Louis to meet Max R, their new Community Manager. Urban Matter, owned by two amazing women in the Dutchtown neighborhood of south Saint Louis, is a boutique gift and home shop with an intimate backyard space.
Elites enjoyed a bounty of local treasures. Urban Matter, itself, is filled with gifts and goods curated by local artisans and makers. Once folks made their way outside, there was a line for delicious handcrafted cocktails by Heirloom Bottling Company. Brad, the owner, was bartending with his hand made shrubs and sodas. The bar was stocked with only local liquors: 1220 Origin Gin by 4 Hands Brewing Company, Defiance Whiskey, and Pearl Vodka. Each liquor was matched with a shrub to create a cocktail named after a significant event in Max R’s story, you know, in the spirit of getting to know each other.
The Riverside Wanderers, a local blues-y folk band, played two sets, swooning us into the evening. Hannah and Paul have been playing together for years and recently started their beautiful duet. They both have fantastic vocals and each have such unique contributions to their overall sound. From a washboard, to guitar, and mandolin, with a harmonica, they really capture the sounds found on a beautiful river town.
Once they had their fill of booze and tunes, Elites made their way to an elaborate DIY taco bar by Tower Taco, a local joint on Cherokee Street. Let’s just say there was plenty of fresh food. Everyone certainly had their fill of loaded tacos!
It’s hard to overstate Saint Louis’ aliveness and growth these days. It’s an important time to come together and find common ground through what we enjoy. Yelp Saint Louis will be a community that does just that. Max had the opportunity to share a bit of their story and speak to the culture that we have the opportunity to build with each other, business owners, and the larger Saint Louis community.
After a beautiful (and super hot) gathering to meet Max R and enjoy each other’s company, everyone parted ways with a gift to remind them of our community and how we will grow. Lastly, the brilliant photography for this event was captured by Courtney Lee Photography.