St. Louis, known as the Gateway to the West, may have a “flyover” connotation in other parts of the country, but did you know St. Louis is one of the best places for start-ups, affordable housing, and award-winning free attractions?
St. Louis is 19th on the 30 Hottest Cities for New Business, and 23rd (out of 182) in 2018’s Best Large Cities to Start a Business.
As a small business and IT company in St. Louis, Anderson Technologies is thrilled to be a part of this thriving community!
If you’re a small business owner in St. Louis, what’s not to love about this city?
Sitting on the great Mississippi River is the Gateway Arch—the tallest man-made monument in the United States. The architecture and construction make the Arch unique, and St. Louisans are proud of it. If you’re looking for a beautiful view of this river city, take a tram to the top!
Forest Park is probably the second most well-known location in St. Louis. This backbone of city life is home to many of St. Louis’ free attractions and claims 500 more acres than New York City’s Central Park. There you’ll find the History Museum, Art Museum, The Muny outdoor theater, and the renowned St. Louis Zoo, which continues to hold its place in the top 10 zoos in the United States.
The elegant Powell Hall, where music lovers from all over the Midwest come to enjoy concerts, is home to the award-winning St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. The Fabulous Fox Theater, exquisite and not far from the Hall, hosts Broadway shows and concerts.
Sports lovers are all over St. Louis. The Cardinals baseball team is held in high regard. The St. Louis Cardinals have been in the World Series four times in the last 13 years, and only the Yankees have won more World Series than they have. The St. Louis Blues hockey team also has a broad base of loyal supporters. Red and blue t-shirts and jerseys, depending on the season, are seen all over the city.
The St. Louis Science Center is another major attraction. The Science Center itself is free, but it also hosts amazing exhibits from the Smithsonian and other organizations. From the dizzying OMNIMAX theater to agricultural experiences like the “Let It Grow” exhibit, the Science Center provides creative learning experiences that almost every local child has grown up visiting on school field trips or on a day of educational family fun.
Jefferson Barracks is a little south of St. Louis. It is an active military installation and has a civil war museum and national cemetery where veterans from every American war are buried. Cahokia Mounds, in Illinois, is just across the river. Cahokia is the Midwest’s native ancient civilization site that was larger than present-day London during its peak.
St. Louis is also home to quirkier attractions like Laumeier Sculpture Park, Turtle Playground, and the City Museum, where kids (and adults) can jungle gym through a 600,000 square foot building, go down a 10 story slide, and absorb interesting aspects of the city’s culture.
The sidewalks that line St. Louis’ small businesses bustle with friendly Midwestern faces. Most St. Louisans will look a stranger in the eye as they pass on the street and ask them “How’s it goin’?” and comment on the weather. St. Louis has a diverse population, so you’ll also find many different types of great food. Toasted ravioli and gooey butter cake are St. Louis specialty treats, and we like to claim the invention of the waffle cone at the 1904 World’s Fair. We also enjoy internationally-acclaimed barbecue and tender pork steaks as we watch thunderstorms roll in over the horizon.
And we can’t forget St. Louis Bread Co.—the original name and home of Panera.
While Missouri tends to be known for its humidity and hot summer temperatures, spring and fall are lovely with wildflowers and changing leaves. The old aphorism “If you don’t like the weather, just sit tight for a minute” rings true here. Missouri’s weather morphs with the winds and sometimes likes to fit all four seasons into a week—or a day! Plus the much-maligned humidity fosters brilliant green landscapes, lush trees, and thick grass.
Winter brings ice skating and sledding down snowy hills in Forest Park. Summer means lazy weekends on the rivers or lakes. With fall comes festivals and hiking or leaf-gazing walks through Tower Grove Park. In spring there are fun outdoor adventures at the Botanical Gardens, the Zoo, and Grant’s Farm.
The St. Louis area is a great place to play and stay and a wonderful place to run a small business.
Our St. Louis IT company couldn’t ask for a better home.