Clayton, while nice, possesses an antiseptic quality that doesn't exactly scream "CREATIVE!" It's more like a suburban office park with a street grid. Creative companies belong in creative environments, the kind you can only find in places with character - places like downtown St. Louis. You just can't replicate downtown's level of stimulation in the burbs.
The Hughes Group and Adamson know better though; they both gave up their Clayton offices for a better working environment downtown.
A quick look at the Business Journal's listing of St. Louis' largest advertising agencies shows that six are located in or near downtown Clayton:
DDC Advertising & PR - 222 S. Central - $19.50 psf
Coheision - 10 S. Brentwood - $23.00 psf
Geile Leon Marketing Communications - 130 S. Bemiston - $15.00 psf
Weintraub Advertising - 7745 Carondelet – ?? psf
Black Twig - 771 Bonhomme - $23.75 psf
These buildings and their surroundings are boring. And expensive.
Here are some other creative firms with unexciting locations:
Momentum - Richmond Heights
MediaCross - Brentwood
Imap Advertisting - Chesterfield
Drone & Mueller - Creve Coeur
Turec Advertising Associates - Creve Coeur
Zeis Group - Des Peres
Ervin Marketing - Olivette
It's firms like these that belong downtown, where their employees will