Swade Cannabis Lights up the Delmar Loop
Swade Cannabis has opened its flagship dispensary in the eclectic Delmar Loop and is now celebrating the lighting of another (soon-to-be) iconic sign on the legendary city side of Delmar. Swade has had a supportive arm in Joe Edwards, whose creative vision, risktaking, and leadership have helped transform The Delmar Loop into one of the most vibrant restaurant, shopping, arts & entertainment districts in the United States. Joe owns the abandoned church that Swade calls home. “The cultural heart of St. Louis is the music industry and Delmar is one of the most iconic entertainment districts in the country, commented Kevin Riggs, President at Swade. “Everything we have done to make this dispensary inviting came from Joe Edwards’ visionary lead. We knew that we wanted to be in the center of the exhilarating music, art and cultural scene that The Delmar Loop provides and couldn’t be more appreciative of Joe’s support and guidance. We are simply here to compliment the area and bring as much to the neighborhood as they have already brought to us and know that this signage will be one more recognizable image on this already spectacular block.” Swade commissioned David Hutson with Neon Time LLC to design this masterpiece. “The new Delmar SWADE neon sign is a real one-of-kind,” says Hutson. “It is destined, I think, to become a neighborhood icon that brightly represents the top-notch operation that is SWADE and pays homage to the flavor of the streetscape in this vibrant district.”
Each Swade location holds a bit of history, and Swade Delmar is no exception. Cissell Mueller Construction, Inc (CMCI) worked as the General Contractor for both the building remodel and the tenant finish. This structure is an old abandoned brick Church with years-old fire damage from sheltering the communities homeless, and water damage from rain after decades of being uninhabited. Principal architect Meg Holmes, of MIN+ Architecture and Aaron Bunse, excitedly jumped in after Swade leased the space, and together, they adapted the project into a destination retail experience. With all historic restorations, there are many State and Federal standards that a project must meet to ensure preservation of a building’s heritage. CMCI closely collaborated with Kiku Obata, the architects for the Joe Edwards and the church, and MIN+ Architecture, to highlight key historical features while evolving the function and design into a modern St. Louis destination once historical approval was received. The historical component of the design and construction of this project was what truly made it stand out from its sister Swade projects. Some of these features include: innovative brass lighting, waterjet cut brass signage, branded brass floor inlay and an artistic interpretation of an original terrazzo floor medallion as an overhead, illuminated, stained glass print.