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Vess Soda Docu-Series, “St. Louis Made”, to Highlight the Best of St. Louis

A four-part documentary series highlighting the best in St. Louis’ food, music, fashion, and art will be debuting with a premiere block party event at Byrd & Barrel on May 26 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

ST LOUIS, MAY 26, 2017 - Vess Soda has teamed up with St. Louis’ own, Jon Alexander, to give viewers a look into what makes the city so enchanting and unique. Beginning May of this summer, the four-part docu-series, St. Louis Made, will release on a monthly schedule through August. The first episode will be available online on May 27, following a premiere event at Byrd & Barrel on May 26 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

There’s a vast amount of talent within the city of St. Louis that flies under the radar. Vess and Jon Alexander collaborated to create a well-balanced and eclectic view of the city’s culture through a visual work of art. The series will showcase food, fashion, music, and key tastemakers in the St. Louis area, with every business and person featured having originated from St. Louis. Notable features in the series include: Staci Static of Old School 95.5, Sarah Stallmann, writer, wardrobe stylist, and board member for the St. Louis Fashion Fund and Jeff and Randy Vines, owners of STL- Style/Style House.

Topics covered include stories of St. Louis’ DIY spirit, where followings and careers are built from scratch, how collaboration is at the forefront of a now bustling creative scene and what the future looks to hold for the city of St. Louis. The features range from experienced vets to newcomers who are difficult to ignore. Combined, these two generations of innovators are creating a St. Louis that we can all be proud to be apart of.

About Vess Soda:

Vess Soda was founded in 1916 by Sylvester Jones who named the soda “Vess” after himself. After the stock market crashed in 1929, the company was purchased by marketing genius Donald Schneebarger. Under his ownership, the company vastly expanded and created several new flavors, many of which are still produced today. Vess Beverage assets and division, Vess Specialty Packaging Company, was purchased in 1994 by Cott Beverages. Today the company is the only soft drink manufactured and distributed primarily in the St. Louis, and has recently began being distributed in Canada as well. Vess has over 12 different flavors available to purchase in local grocery stores, gas stations, and various restaurants in the area.

About Jon Alexander:

Jon Alexander is a Full Sail University graduate who achieved his B.A. in Film Production and developed a passion to strike change in his audience mentally, emotionally and spiritually. By utilizing his personal role in the community of St. Louis, he offers a deeper look at just what St. Louis has made around him. While currently working as a freelance filmmaker and photographer, Jon has previously held positions as an Associate Producer at The Nine Network of Public Media and an adjunct professor at Webster University.


If you’d like more information about the documentary series, please contact Jon Alexander                             / 314-392-1015
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