"Against this backdrop of empty and crumbling homes and factories, entrepreneurs, like Longyear, saw possibility."
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch covered the business revival of the historic Hyde Park neighborhood for the front page of the business section. Independent entrepreneurs Julie Longyear of Blissoma, the Ulmers of Cornerstone Cafe, the mission-based Sun Cafe team and Vanity Gee of the Rebuild Foundation were all interviewed, quoted, and featured for our work bringing life back to this challenged urban landscape.
"Vanity Gee, program manager for Rebuild Foundation and Art House, said Hyde Park has plenty of misconceptions. 'A lot of people who don’t live here have misinformed beliefs about what this neighborhood is like,' she said. 'That could deter some businesses from opening here.'"
Blissoma was honored to be included in this exceptional piece of writing that offers a kinder, more accurate depiction of our often maligned neighborhood. We're proud to be a change-maker, job creator, and active, positive resident of this misunderstood area. There is hope for Hyde Park and it is in every person who chooses to believe in something better and offer their time and effort to make it so.Read the full article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website.