Once Films


Cheerleaders for St. Louis since their inception, Once Films is a documentary-style commercial production company that champions the stories of both leaders and underdogs, locals, eccentrics, community-centric groups, passion-driven people, characters, companies large and small, nonprofits, and just about anyone willing to take a risk and forge their own path. With a studio in the heart of Midtown, their work exists at the crossroads of original content and advertising, blending the best of both worlds. Discover more at oncefilms.com.

Once Films Crew


A Cornerstone of Culture

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis celebrates 20 years of art and growth in the Grand Center Arts District.

Opera for All – Part Two

With its first-of-its-kind New Works Collective, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis brings representation and previously unsung stories to the stage.

Opera for All – Part One

A national and international jewel, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis brings world-class opera to the metro in welcoming and accessible…

2023 Year In Review: 25+ Inspiring
St. Louis Stories

From community transformers and restaurateurs to inspiring artists and innovative startup founders, take a look back at this year’s STLMade…

Photo of St. Louis looking toward the Arch around sunset

Friendship, Faith and Futures

Pastors Ken and Beverly Jenkins opened community development hub R&R Marketplace in Dellwood with the aim to change lives.

One of a Kind

From the depths of the caves to its 10-story slide, City Museum continues to find new ways to delight and…

2022 Year In Review

Take a look back at this year's STLMade stories.

Planting Roots

Noboleis Vineyards and Root Food + Wine draw St. Louisans to the natural beauty of Augusta.

Fine Print

At Central Print, Marie Oberkirsch passes on the art of traditional letterpress printmaking to future generations, while using the craft…

Float On

From the Boathouse to the Mississippi, Big Muddy Adventures offers St. Louisans a chance to connect with the region's waterways.

Notes of Community

Soul artist turned community facilitator Brian Owens helps lift up young creatives in St. Louis.

Hive Mind – Part Two

A team of local scientists work together on how to improve produce yields in urban orchards and community gardens.

Hive Mind – Part One

With the goal of helping community gardens produce more fresh food, scientists from six different St. Louis institutions are collaborating…


With unique bus and walking tours throughout the metro area, Amanda Clark helps people see St. Louis differently.

Turning the Tables

David Stine crafts one-of-a-kind wood furniture for restaurants and homes around the country, all made from fallen trees on his…

2021 Year In Review

Take a look back at this year's STLMade stories.


In Fox Park, nonprofit Rung for Women helps women take their personal and professional lives to the next level.


With Refab, Eric Schwarz gives new life to St. Louis' past by repurposing the pieces of its architectural history.

A Home for Art

In Gravois Park, St. Louis Art Place Initiative has completed the first of 20 units of single family housing at…


Local farmers and entrepreneurs build their businesses and a strong community through the support of St. Louisans at the Tower…

Building the Future

Dream Builders 4 Equity aims not only to transform Hyde Park in the next five years, but also to serve…

The Courage to Dream

Dream Builders 4 Equity empowers young St. Louisans to achieve their goals.

Dreaming Big

Michael Woods and Neal Richardson knew a new approach was needed for real estate investment to make lasting change in…

What’s Possible

Marian Middle School students find inspiration for their future in the history-making election of the first Black female vice president, Kamala…

Preserving the Past, Shaping the Future

Michael Allen pushes back against the traditional view of preservation, and wants St. Louisans to embrace and appreciate all parts…

Starting Up

St. Louisans on why they chose to start their businesses here — and why they’ve flourished.

Into Existence

Nationally-recognized artist and St. Louis native Aaron Fowler shows his work in St. Louis for the first time in a…

Full Circle

Okunsola M. Amadou is improving health outcomes for Black women with a wraparound model of care at Missouri's first equal…

Brewing Community

St. Louis brewers find new ways to connect with beer lovers and continue their businesses during the pandemic.

Novel Tees

In St. Peters, Shirt Kong is Screenprinting T-Shirts to Support Small Businesses throughout the Metro Area.

‘Round and ‘Round

For 50 years, Mathew and Niah Foggy have built community while circling the roller rink at Skate King.

Man and woman standing at skate rental counter

Home(Town) Brew

Here in one of the nation's top beer cities, St. Louis brewers are shaping the industry's future.

A man pulls a beer tap in a brewery

Making a Mark

In creating custom wood pieces through Mwanzi Co., Jermain Todd is taking the St. Louis maker movement around the globe.

Jermain Todd produces custom wood pieces at Mwanzi.

Call of the Wild

For Kari Musgrave, honing her veterinary skills at the world-class Saint Louis Zoo is a dream come true.

portrait of st. louis veterinarian

Urban Oasis

Theo Smith thought he’d become an urban planner, but Kennedy Forest in Forest Park beckoned.

Sweet Dreams

La Patisserie Chouquette co-owner and executive pastry chef Simone Faure has become the maven of macarons in St. Louis.


Masters of Light

Just as their great-great grandfather did, Aaron Frei and his siblings are coloring St. Louis with hand-crafted stained glass.

Emil Frei

Cool Rider

Sump Motorcycle owner and mechanic Mike Henneberry just might love your bike even more than you do.

Sump Motorcycles

Planting Seeds

Angi Taylor found meaningful work in St. Louis’s growing agriculture industry.

Barrelling Along

Creating barrel-aged beard oils helped Jeremy Allen Stanton rediscover his fire.

Family Matters

Angie Smart is an accomplished violinist with the St. Louis Symphony – a career her son Theo Bockhorst might want,…

Angie Smart and Theo Bockhorst rehearse in the green room at Powell Hall.