Sleeve a Message, Additional Businesses Give New Life to Former Grand Oak Hill Community Corporation

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Cities are built by people. In St. Louis, we have block after block after block of beautiful historic buildings that have been repurposed and repurposed again over the past century. Often, these buildings have survived years of neglect and vacancy.

Our historic buildings need people. David Dresner and 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green understand this. The two teamed up to find a new future for the former Grand Oak Hill Community Center at 4168 Juniata Street. Dresner, the Founder and CEO of Sleeve a Message, has moved that company’s office into the 10,000sf building. Also planned is Crispy Edge (a USDA pot sticker factory and restaurant concept) and office space for additional small businesses.

“David’s vision will bring energy to the neighborhood, and we’re very excited about his investment and engagement in the community,” Green shared in a press release.

Dresner was complimentary of Green’s support in the purchase and redevelopment of the building. “Alderwoman Green was extremely helpful in navigating city government, helping me obtain the right permits to inhabit the building with lots of businesses,” Dresner stated. “There are seven businesses currently operating in the building with the capacity to include more.”



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  • PD

    Great news for sleeve a message. They do great work and deserve all the praise.

  • Cheri Simon

    Thrilled that David got this super space and moved his bustling businesses in. Congratulations David!

  • Steve Bennett

    Actually, Alex was correct with ‘cities’. City is not being used as a possessor (at least that’s not how I read it), it’s being used in the plural sense. All cities are built by people.

    • Alex Ihnen

      It was wrong, I corrected it. Enjoying the attention to grammar though!

  • 7yhnmju8

    > City’s are built by people.

    I hate how the internet has created this apostrophe disease.

    • typo skipper

      That’s just how Alex writes. He gets the content out, but doesn’t have an editor. Leave him alone. That’s two very hipster friendly businesses! It’s good for the neighborhood.

      • 7yhnmju8

        Alex is a smart guy and writes well. I meant it more as a comment on this meme of incorrect apostrophe usage sweeping the internet. It infects everyone. Sort of like how people are always “loosing” their keys and stuff now. You see it so much it inadvertently affects your writing, though you know better.

        • Alex Ihnen

          True. I try to wait until at least the second sentence to include a typo. Having one with the first word is truly cringe worthy.

        • typo skipper

          I’ve never seen that anywhere. I thought you’re/your was the crisis of the day.

    • Alex Ihnen

      Guilty. 🙁

    • Don

      I suffer from it and I have no idea why. I think it’s a typing tic.

  • Chris Orlet

    What is a restaurant concept? Can’t keep up with all this fancy new lingo.