Mark Nevelow and his wife Dorothy recently purchased the building at 2648 Cherokee. They will be doing a full gut rehab on the building, turning it into a commercial/work space on the first floor and two apartments on the second floor. Mark and Dorothy look forward to contributing to the growth of Cherokee through their new endeavors.
Dorothy is a couture clothing maker, with past experience in the industrial, theater and retail side of the fashion industry. Dorothy will be selling handmade one-of-kind pieces in the front and using the back half as a workspace. They will be collaborating with local designers, fabric makers and artisans. Mark and Dorothy have named the retail business BeSpoke, Because ready-to-wear Isn’t.
Mark and Dorothy are working with Paul Brendon on the design and layout of the building and will be incorporating many of the historical features into the design, including the tin ceiling that has been covered by two drop ceilings over the years. St. Louis Business School was the original upstairs tenant when the building was erected in 1911. Hundreds of key hooks line an upstairs room; Mark has yet to uncover what these were used for. Alderman Craig Schmid has been very helpful in providing resources and information on historical tax credits and the facade program.