Friday, November 21, 2008

What We've Gained

Just so as to not be entirely gloom and doom, here's a quick look at some of the firms that downtown has GAINED in recent years:

Adamson - Moved from Clayton.
Asynchrony Solutions - Moved from Earth City, grew from 18 to 85 employees.
Gateway CDI - Moved its employees in Sunset Hills downtown.
Hardee's - Moved from North Carolina.
Hughes Group - Moved from Clayton.
Jacobs Engineering - Consolidated its Earth City office downtown.
Larson Allen - Moving from Des Peres.
NSI - Moved from Maryland Heights.
Osborn & Barr - Moved from Clayton.
Rosemann & Associates - Moved from Maryland Heights.

Adamson, Hughes, Osborn & Barr and NSI are particularly exciting newcomers. They all operate within the same general industry - creative services - and could signal the rebirth of downtown as a center for advertising, PR and other services after the loss of such firms as D'Arcy, Arnold Worldwide/Simmons Durham, Advanswers, etc.

Unfortunately, the firms downtown has picked up don't quite offset the losses it has suffered. Centene could have brought about a major shift in momentum, but unfortunately, we'll have to hope that someone else can fill the void. We need more firms to follow in the footsteps of those listed above and join the downtown revolution.

1 comment:

Sherry Torregrossa said...

We are not a large firm but intend on growning; our goal is to support the downtown St. Louis community with a service that is vital to an established neighborhood: a veterinary hospital, pet salon, boutique and doggy day care. I recently opened '12th St. Animal Hospital & Boutique'; here's some info, you are welcome to come by and visit. Our adress etc = 12th St. Animal Hospital & Boutique, 412 N. Tucker, St. Louis, MO 63101, 314-621-7387, www.12stpet.com.

12th St. Animal Hospital is the only full service veterinary hospital serving downtown St. Louis, Soulard, Lafayette Square and Benton Park. We embrace cutting edge technology to provide the best treatment options available for our patients, with a gentle and compassionate touch.

12th St. also offers upscale doggy day care where your best friend can romp for a full day. Your pet will receive constant love and attention while you are away, in a facility that has a pet stylist and veterinarian available.

12th St. has a pet salon which will pamper your fuzzy friend as if entering a spa experience and they will come home looking ready for the show ring! We are the only grooming salon in downtown St. Louis and most surrounding areas that has a pet stylist with a veterinarian on staff.

Our Feline Four Seasons is our upscale boutique hotel for cats. It is state of the art and will make your feline friend feel that they are the ones that have taken a vacation!

12th St. Boutique offers a warm friendly environment where you and your four legged loved one is always welcome to visit. We offer a variety of upscale holistic and organic diets as well as superior and personalized products that cannot be found anywhere else in the Midwest.

We offer a number of other services as well. We offer pet sitting, dog walking from your home, delivery service and we have a critter cab that can pick up and deliver your pets for your convenience.

Please come by and visit and enjoy the fun atmosphere with your furry companions!