ST. LOUIS — Alongside the Cherokee Road hall genuine Mexican eating places stand subsequent to bars, artwork galleries, music venues, clothes shops, vintage furnishings shops and, inevitably, tattoo parlors.

Now an actual property firm is providing free hire for six months to a enterprise that matches in with the environment.

“We’re hoping to tip the scales in favor of creating an inconceivable, unlikely, or experimental idea attainable. We’re in search of creatives, risk-takers, bootstrappers, pot-stirrers, entrepreneurs, and scrappy DIYers to mild up 900 sq. ft of Cherokee and make their mark,” the corporate making the provide, South Facet Areas, mentioned in its announcement.

The enterprise to obtain the free hire will probably be chosen via a contest. The applying course of started Tuesday and can finish on March 31. 5 finalists will probably be introduced in early April, with the winner chosen by the Cherokee Road Neighborhood Enchancment District on April 20.

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The winner is not going to be required to stay within the house past the preliminary free six months.

All retail or experiential companies are eligible, both new or current, although South Facet Areas will give further weight to corporations seeking to be in a brick-and-mortar location for the primary time.

The free-rent provide is in a storefront at 2616 Cherokee Road, which is being renovated by South Facet Areas. Most lately a Hire One retailer, the constructing may have 9 items together with house for 3 small companies on the primary flooring.

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