On Tuesday, July 10 Foam hosted Cherokee’s first ever Cherokucha. FOAM owner Mike Glodeck modeled Cherokucha after PechaKucha, which is an international event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.
Mike invited Cherokee neighbors, business owners and entrepreneurs to speak on ideas, collaborations and visions effecting the neighborhood. Jen Carter of Aisle 1 Gallery, Katie Miller of Scarlett Garnet, Liz Deichman, Jason Deem of Nebula Coworking, Jeff Vines of STL-Style and Sam Coffey of First Punch Film Production presented creative and inspiring stories of life on Cherokee.
Mike also invited new Cherokee business owners Will Jones of Yellow Hat Studios and Kaylen Wissenger of Whisk: A Sustainable Bake Shop to speak at Cherokucha. Their presentations provided an opportunity for attendees to learn about these new businesses and a way for Will and Kaylen to introduce themselves to the neighborhood.
Kaylen owns Whisk: A Sustainable Bake Shop, which up until now has only served cupcakes out of various Farmers Markets and restaurants around St. Louis under the name Farm Fresh Cupcakes. After a successful kickstarter campaign, Kaylen hopes to be open at 2201 Cherokee by the end of August. Whisk will serve Farm Fresh’s popular cupcakes and cake balls, as well as pies, cakes, popsicles and doughnuts all made from scratch and with local, sustainable ingredients.
Will bought the building located at 1957 Cherokee in September of 2008 and moved into one of the apartments in December of the same year. He and his wife hope to have everything cleaned up inside and “officially” open, hopefully late summer/early fall. Yellow Hat Studio will run a production services business in addition to a recording studio. Yellow Hat Inc. has worked with St. Louis musicians So Many Dynamos, Union Tree Review & Old Lights. Eventually, Will hopes to collaborate with business owners and entrepreneurs around Cherokee.
Foam is currently accepting submissions for their next Cherokucha. If you have a an idea, vision, story, or anything to say about the Cherokee community, visit Foam’s Facebook page to submit your idea.