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Allex Sammuli
Wednesday August 16, 2017

Humans of St. Louis

Postplay User, Stacy Taubman of RISE Collaborative Workspace is Paving the Way for Women Entrepreneurs

There’s just something about this place. Maybe it’s the immaculately organized office space combined with stylish hints of femininity. Or perhaps it’s the piping hot cup of Kaldi’s coffee offered to you by the warm and cheery reception woman at the front desk when you walk in. There’s certainly a very positive and uplifting energy that circles around this building. Whatever it is, RISE Collaborative will leave you feeling inspired to conquer whatever life throws your way. Get the work done in the company of badass women.

I’ve been a big fan of RISE Collaborative for some time now. As an intern, I had the opportunity to work closely with CEO, Stacy Taubman, who continues to be a strong female role model in my life. This new and creative concept of a female-focused collaborative workspace is gaining popularity not only here in St. Louis, but across the country. Wing, for example is a women-only co-working space in New York that “offers a home base for women on their way.” RISE is the St. Louis equivalent with a focus on fostering collaboration and growth for professional women and giving them a space with the “flexibility of a coffee shop and polish of a corner office.” As a member, you are given a place to conduct business and get your work done. In addition to this, members are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to network with other women in the RISE community.

Spotlight on Stacy: Stacy founded RISE Collaborative back in 2015 after teaching high school math for 12 years. From educator to entrepreneur, Stacy leads the way for female business women in the St. Louis area. She was recently selected as a winner of the St. Louis Business Journal’s Catapult Competition and has been asked to speak at numerous public events. Her poise, confidence, and gung-ho attitude is admirable, but what I really like about Stacy is her compassion, honesty, and humility. I think it’s truly refreshing to see a strong female leader and entrepreneur demonstrate these qualities.
We all doubt ourselves. We’re all flawed. We all have fears. Like so many St. Louisans that I’ve met over the past couple of years living here, Stacy is genuine and wants to help and support people. She admits to feeling overwhelmed and unsure at times and I think it’s important for other men and women to know that it’s okay to feel that way. We’re all human and instead of tearing each other down, we need to build each other up. That’s what Stacy and many other St. Louis leaders are doing.

To learn more about RISE, visit their website: riseworkspace
Looking to get your network on.. the fun way? RISE holds several events each month that are open to the public. Some popular and reoccurring events include Wine Down Wednesdays, monthly book club meetings, and Food for Thought; a mid-day recharging session complete with yummy food and motivating talks. You can also check out their website calendar for a complete list of what’s happening.

Allex Sammuli
Wednesday August 16, 2017

Science in the Lou – Don’t miss your chance to view the celestial phenomenon of a lifetime
For the first time in 99 years, people from all over the country will witness a truly spectacular event – a total solar eclipse. What exactly does it mean to experience a “total” solar eclipse? This is when the moon will completely cover the sun and the corona, and anyone in the path of totality will be able to view this beautiful rarity. This opportunity is not just for science buffs and astronomy nerds. A solar eclipse of this magnitude does not come around very often. In fact, the last one to touch American soil occurred in 1918 and the next total eclipse isn’t scheduled until 2024.

St. Louis is offering some pretty cool ways to view the eclipse. Check out some of the fun and unique events happening in the Lou on August 21st.
Solar eclipse viewing party at the Magic House - stlmag
Solar eclipse off the beaten path - stlmag
Jazz, wine, and science - visithermann
Geek out and enjoy a tasty lunch at 360 St. Louis - riverfronttimes
To read up on the science behind the Great American Solar Eclipse, visit the official website: greatamericaneclipse

Allex Sammuli
Tuesday August 15, 2017

Haute Couture in the Heartland – An unexpected city takes the fashion world by storm with the introduction of six new designers to the St. Louis Fashion Fund Incubator program.

Let’s face it - glamour and sophistication are probably not the first things to pop into your head when you think Midwest. In fact, most would argue that our gateway state is behind the times when it comes to the latest style trends. As André Leon Tally would say, “It’s a famine of beauty.” I can almost hear the sassy disdain in his voice. A desolate design wasteland full of Walmart super-centers and cornfields. Nothing more…or so we thought.

It may be hard to believe that the city of St. Louis was once a bustling hub for fashion and art much like New York, the fashion capital of the United States. The industry flourished right here on Washington Avenue where designers created works of art for the American people. Wouldn’t it be nice to get back on the fashion radar? Cue the St. Louis Fashion Fund, an innovative incubator working tirelessly to bring it all back.

“We are fostering the creation of new companies. Bringing more jobs and talent to downtown. Recapturing a piece of our history. Educating and mentoring fashion and design students across the region. And helping create positive buzz about St. Louis.”
-St. Louis Fashion Fund St. Louis

SLFF works closely with Washington University’s Olin School of Business, the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, and the Launch Collective to provide a two-year intensive program for six emerging designers focusing on business, fashion, retail, and merchandising. The designers were announced this past January at the St. Louis Fashion Fund’s Inaugural Six party held at the T-REX on Washington Ave. Since then, all six designers have been working diligently to bring fashion culture back to the city of St. Louis through lectures, workshops, and pop-up shop sales. This inclusive approach is a rarity in the fashion industry. Here in St. Louis, community members are encouraged to join the revitalization of fashion in the Midwest and do so with great enthusiasm. It also helps that the designers themselves are incredibly inspiring and down to earth.

I had the pleasure of attending the Inaugural Six party last winter where I listened to each one of them share highlights from their unique journeys as innovators in the cut-throat world of fashion. All six of them shared a common and unexpected trait and I was awestruck by their sincere humility and genuine excitement to share their wealth of knowledge with the city of St. Louis. As ambassadors and mentors to youth interested in pursuing a career in fashion, these style savvy six are paving the way for new talent to emerge and bloom.

Much like how the T-Rex has been able to foster growth in the IT world, the St. Louis Fashion Fund hopes to do the same with its designers by providing them with the tools to establish companies of their own, driving business and fashion appreciation back to the heartland.
To read more about the designers, visit: saintlouisfashionfund

Chris Weathers
Tuesday August 15, 2017

This is another major step forward for St Louis in becoming more contemporary. This coupled with the grow of tech start ups would continue to reviatlize downtown and bring more businesses here. I see nothing but pluses!!!

My Blush Events
Monday August 14, 2017

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Thursday August 10, 2017

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Thursday August 10, 2017

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Jesper's Handcrafted Goods
Thursday August 10, 2017

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