Tech Company Sherpa Moving 20 Jobs from Ladue to Midtown Alley

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3030 Locust Street - Sherpa

Sherpa, a tech company founded in St. Louis just two years ago, has found success with a customer relationship management (CRM) platform for senior housing communities. That success means Sherpa is moving from 1 McKnight Place in Ladue to a new headquarters in St. Louis City’s Midtown Alley district.

The company has converted 3030 Locust Street into a modern office for 20 employees, and hopes to add 50 more employees in five years. The 9,000sf space underwent a $2M renovation and is located within the Locust Street Automotive District.

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The history of 3030 Locust Street rom the National Register of Historic Places:

Steams-Knight Auto Company Building; 1913; L. Baylor Pendleton, architect; Barron-Crawford Construction Co., contractor. Contributing. The facade of the building fronts on the south side of Locust Street and consists of six symmetrical bays traversing the width of the building with matching decorative brick pilasters at the front corners of the building on either side of the storefront entry.

The commercial building located at 3030-3032 Locust is believed to have been completed in 1913 because the building permit was issued that year based upon plans by L. Baylor Pendleton. However, the first known tenant was in 1914, when the Stearns-Knight Auto Company moved into the building. By 1918, the Superior Motor Car Company, dealers for Stultz, Interstate and Lexington, replaced Stearns-Knight remaining until 1921.

The building was occupied by a succession of dealers for the Stutz, Lexignton, Gardner (which was manufactured in Saint Louis, at the intersection of Rutgers and Main Streets, from 1920-1931), and Inter-State Automobiles, sold by dealers that included the Bryning-William Automobile Company in 1922, and the Gertrude Motors Company in 1923. By 1924 the Ward Motor Company moved into the building but it was replaced by the Saint Louis Auto Sales Company by 1926, which was in turn replaced in 1928 by the Hug Company, which sold the Hug Truck. The Hug Company only remained in the building through 1930 and by 1932 the Weber Implement and Auto Company used the building for its used car department.

Probably as early as 1928 (see 3026-3028 Locust) and definitely by 1933 the Lasker Finance Company had moved into the building’s second floor from its previous location next door. In 1935 the Lasker Finance Corporation had also opened a second business in its building, Lasker Motors, Inc. The next year, both Lasker companies had moved out and the Benjamin Motor Sales Company was selling used cars in the building, only to be replaced in 1938 by M. Rosentreter & Company, a shade manufacturer, which continued to occupy the building into the 1960s.

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  • Framer

    I love the ten-foot climbing wall.

  • Riggle

    Cmom midtowne alley, time to land some retail, I know its crazy outside the box, but… A COFFEE SHOP, nuts I know

    • PD

      One was supposed to go in for ages but never did. I work on locust and hit the gas stations. Its sad.

      • Riggle

        So midtowne ally and grand center, combined, can’t even support a coffee shop. Wtf has vince schoemel been doing down there?

      • STLrainbow

        You been to Magnolia Cafe in GC?

        • Riggle

          Good call. FYI they don’t open til 8

          • STLrainbow

            yeah, not a legit coffee house exactly, but a good option when open, And the more biz they do the better. And as you say something in the heart of Midtown Alley would be nice as well.

    • Adam

      I doubt the Locust St. workforce is large enough to support a coffee shop yet, at least not a regular-hours coffee shop. The area needs residents. There are some vacant lots along Locust that would be ideal for apartment buildings.

      • Riggle

        Well there are also residential lofts on locusts. And large residential buildings on grand, and a lot of workers from non profits close by. And slu students. And hotel guests…

        • Adam

          Yeah but most of the lofts are clustered near Jefferson, aren’t they? And there really aren’t many residential buildings on Grand near Locust. The only one I can think of is the Metropolitan. SLU students and hotel guests aren’t going to meander down a light-industrial street comprised almost solely of offices and empty lots to get to a coffee shop when they can just go to the Starbucks on Grand or Northwest Coffee. I think there are one or two more near SLU—isn’t/wasn’t there one on Laclede? I’m just sayin’ I think there needs to be more residential or a much larger workforce in the immediate vicinity of our hypothetical Locust St. coffee shop.

          • Riggle

            Well who goes to the yogurt shop and the fountain on locust and small batch?

          • Adam

            The Fountain and Small Batch are destination restaurants so they draw people regardless. I’m guessing the vast majority of their patrons arrive by car. You have a point with the yogurt place though. Not sure what group patronizes it the most. I’m guessing SLU kids. Maybe it helps that, like Wheelhouse, its about as close to SLU as you can get on Locust.

          • Adam

            Sorry not Wheelhouse. Field House.

          • Riggle

            Good point. And I’m not sure anyone actually goes there anyway, I’ve never seen a customer in there, or the downtown shop

  • John

    Cool! Nice to see a business grow and move into the city of St. Louis. Love the interior design renderings.