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Love is in the air in the Lou!

Mike & Tabitha’s Entry

About a year ago, I met Tabitha Meyer. She was new to living in Downtown and hadn’t yet discovered all of the great things to do in the city. As a downtown resident and very big advocate for all things local, I took this as my own personal challenge and offered to show her all of my favorite places and things about St. Louis.

The following year has resulted in us not just falling in love but us each showing each other a completely different and beautiful perspective of the river city. Whether it is volunteering to cook meals at the Ronald McDonald House, cleaning up parks in Soulard and working a water station at the Rock n Roll St. Louis Marathon, or putting on events like An Under Cover Weekend and the Indie Rock Ice Cream Social, attending downtown parades and festivals, and taking our dog on a walk along the riverfront, our combined interests have given us both a greater sense of pride in the city that we live in.

On September 18th I took Tabitha to the location of our first date, Off Broadway, and asked her to be my wife. And in less than a year from today we will have an unbelievably St. Louis-centric wedding in downtown. Ceremony at the Campbell House Museum, reception at Off Broadway, local food trucks, invitations and favors made by local artists, and of course a wealth of great St. Louisans to help us celebrate.

All of that said, we are incredibly proud of our city and this contest is a wonderful opportunity for us to start our family on the right foot and have a platform with which to gush about our love for St. Louis.

A little about the folks in the video…

Mike Cracchiolo is one of the owners of The Firebird (a downtown St. Louis concert venue) and has been a great friend for many years. We have been partners in crime on too many events and ventures in the local music scene to count and we were so happy to be able to include him in our video. Mike’s interview was shot in the back room of The Firebird while the local band One Lone Car played in the club.

I met Matt Sebek when we both spoke at Social Media Day at Busch Stadium last year and we have become fast friends ever since. Matt is a great advocate for St. Louis and he’s easily one of our favorite neighbors downtown. Matt’s interview was shot on the roof of the Ely Walker Lofts with a great view of The City Museum in the background.

Rosa Mayer moved to St. Louis not quite two years ago and when the job that brought her here was coming to an end, she emailed Mayor Slay with a plea for him to help give her ideas on how to stay in St. Louis. Through this, her name got passed on to me and I was immediately impressed with her overflowing enthusiasm for her newfound home. I quickly hired her on at my fledgling upstart, Saint Louis Coworking, and she has been deeply involved in city culture ever since. Rosa’s interview was shot at the 8th Street entrance to City Garden.

The song “Gimme A Chantz!” by the St. Louis band, Sleepy Kitty was used with very generous and excited permission. They have a fantastic new record out on Euclid Records, a St. Louis-based record store and label, and we are so thankful that they allowed us to use their song in our video.

Thanks so much to everyone who helped us with the making of this video and a very special thank you to Mills Properties and the Laurel Building for the chance to submit. The Mercantile Exchange is something that we are incredibly excited about for downtown and it would be an amazing place to live.

63 Responses to “Love in the Lou”

  1. MegHoulihan
    28 October 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Awesome video! It’s so apparent to everyone who knows your two (or follows you on twitter) how much you love the Lou and each other! You deserve to win this!!!

    • shirley grafton
      28 October 2011 at 12:07 pm #

      Congratulations Tabitha and Mike, glad to see you so happy Tabitha…best wishes always for a happy life together…. Shirley & Don

  2. Allison Babka
    28 October 2011 at 9:43 am #

    This is wonderful! Mike and Tabitha are awesome people who love all facets of St. Louis, and they and their friends have done a great job of showcasing that in their video. They’re not lying when they say they’re St. Louis-centric – literally everything they do is to improve the city and its image. I’m so proud to know them!

  3. Beverly Tomko
    28 October 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Being born and raised in the City of St Louis, I think this is a fabulous tribute to our great city, and there is no couple more deserving than Mike & Tabitha for their dedication to and participation in all that is good in the Lou!

  4. Eric
    28 October 2011 at 9:56 am #

    As someone still out on the county due to a busted housing market, this video reinforced the fact that all the miles I put on my car going from home to the city are worth it.

  5. Scott
    28 October 2011 at 10:12 am #

    Great video – You guys are St. Louis!

  6. Trisha Posey
    28 October 2011 at 10:32 am #

    Mike and Tabitha are always gushing about their love for St. Louis and their love for each other. They have helped me discover many STL gems that I would never have known about without them. They are absolutely the best choice to win this contest!!

  7. Terrie Case
    28 October 2011 at 10:33 am #

    I’ve lived in St. Louis County all of my life, but love the City of St. Louis ~ the skyline, Busch Stadium, the eclectic restaurants, etc. I met Mike Tomko a few years ago through one of my co-workers and have since enjoyed following his activities and love for the City of St Louis on Facebook. Whenever I have a question about the city, want to know about a new restaurant or venue, etc. I send a message to Mike and he not only responds with one suggestion, but normally has several for me! St. Louis needs more young people like Mike!

  8. Chris Reimer
    28 October 2011 at 11:06 am #


    You guys <3 STL, and I love you. Thanks for making this video. Oh yeah, any video with Rosa rules!

  9. Lauren
    28 October 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Mike and Tabitha rock! The city isn’t just where they live – it’s a big part of who they are. You can always find them spreading the word about great events, great music, eateries, and happenings in the neighborhood. They’re involved, influential, and would be the perfect choice to WIN this contest!

  10. Valerie McDonough
    28 October 2011 at 11:29 am #

    I have travelled to St. Louis so many times throughout the years, for business and to visit family. St. Louis has a warmth all its own, from such nice and welcoming folks to the great food and festivities. Mike and Tabitha did such a great job capturing my feelings and why I love St. Louis so much. There is something for everyone! Maybe someday I can be a resident too! Hey and great, great pictures.

  11. Jenny Mayberry
    28 October 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    What a great tribute to STL. Reminds me of so many reasons I LOVE living in STL!

  12. Cheryl Barr
    28 October 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    Love the video and I love going downtown to the Lou. There is so much to see and do. One year, when our kids were little, we did a mini-vacation to downtown St.Louis. We stayed at the Hilton, took the boys through the Arch, walked along the riverfront, went to a ballgame, rode the horse & carriage and had dinner at Old Speghetti Factory on the Landing. As adults, we take them to some of the many great restaurants around town. St.Louis is our home and always will be!

  13. Amy Foley
    28 October 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    No doubt Mike loves St. Louis more than anyone I know. And what’s not to love? This is an amazing city. Without question, these two should win.

  14. Mary Payne
    28 October 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    What an awesome video Mike and Tabitha! You capture the true essence of what it means to be a St. Louisan and your love shines bright! I was born and raised in St. Louis but have since moved away. I love to visit and have also taken many mini vacations downtown. On a recent visit, we were wondering what unique local restaurants we should try. Mike Tomko came to our rescue. I was amazed at the list he compiled for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, etc. He not only listed names, addresses and phone #’s, he gave a personal review of each location and also offered his favorite dish recommendations. To be able to do that and willing to do that, is a true lover of St. Louis! I think Mike and Tabitha are the perfect representation of Lovin the Lou and your best pick to win this contest.

  15. Pam Moore
    28 October 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    Wow! What a great video. I was born and raised in St. Louis. It made me want to take my camera and head out this weekend to see some of our great sites. Wish we could have shown this video to all of St. Louis’ baseball visitors this week.

  16. Craig N
    28 October 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    This is an awesome video! Mike and Tabitha represent St. Louis in an amazing way. You make St. Louis proud and an even better place. These are the kind of people you would love to have as friends and neighbors. You deserve to win this all the way! Great job Mike and Tabitha!!!

  17. Beth Carroll
    28 October 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    Great video! I love the pics at the end!

  18. Cathy Kitsch
    29 October 2011 at 9:29 am #

    Great video! Love all of the references to and pictures of St. Louis. Congratulations to you both! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Tina Summers
    29 October 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    AWESOME video! If you don’t live in St. Louis now, after watching this video you will want too! Mike and Tabitha captured it all…our city is beautiful and we need to keep it thriving and growing! Thanks for helping to promote a great city! Finding love to top it off…icing on the cake you two!!

  20. George
    30 October 2011 at 11:17 am #

    Love the video and it is great to see young people attracted to the city as I was over 35 years ago.

  21. Katie Golden
    30 October 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    Tomko Bombko and Tabitha are an amazing example of all things STL. LOVE them and their video!

  22. Josh Foley
    31 October 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    Mike and Tabitha are great people. Their love for each other and their love for their hometown is great as well. I don’t think I know anyone else who has as much love for The Lou, or all the other folks who make it what it is. I think Mike and Tabitha embody all the fun, the cool, and the good that Saint Louis has to offer. They should definitely be the winners.

  23. sandra lee
    1 November 2011 at 10:33 am #

    if you want to embrace our beautiful city then simply engage with our very own tomko special Mike & Tabitha! they are fantastic, passionate & beautiful people who have love for one another and where they spend their days….in the 314! Love this video and they offer the glimpse of awesome at our city! love them xoxo mrs lee

  24. Betsy Kloeckener
    2 November 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    This was the MOST wonderful video I have seen to represent St. Louis. I LOVE this couple, their take on St. Louis, their love story, the music…it has it all!!

  25. Lisa
    2 November 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    Awesome video! Really enjoyed the pics! Congrats to both of you …..amazing video, and beautiful love story!

  26. Nancy
    2 November 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    Love this video!! Great reminder of the pride I have in being born, bred and will always be living in STL.

  27. Cyndie
    3 November 2011 at 7:34 am #

    WOW! One question?

    What do you get when you take one highly knowledgible, creative, enthusiastic, dynamic personality and introduce them to another person with the same ongoing qualities?

    This video answers that question!

    Of course, undeniably, THE AMBASSADORS of ST LOUIS, Michael and Tabitha!! I would love to follow these two through the streets to find what St. Louis truly has to offer!

  28. Nick Bankhead
    3 November 2011 at 10:02 am #

    A true STL love story. Wait. If this turns into a Sleepless in St. Louis kind of thing…I’m so directing it…I see a social media spin in this flick…let’s do lunch!

  29. Amy Burger
    4 November 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    I can’t think of a more “St. Louis” couple. So happy for you guys and thanks for reminding us every day what a great city this is and how much there is to do :)

  30. Rosa
    4 November 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Good Luck!

  31. Melody
    4 November 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    Love it! I hope Tabitha and Mike win and can’t wait to read their blog posts :) Great video!

  32. Gary G
    4 November 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    Awesome video. I’m convinced. Fuggetabout Webster Groves, I’m moving into the city.

  33. Melanie Gottlieb
    4 November 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    great video! You guys are seriously cute and the picture perfect “lou” couple. Thanks for sharing all your fave spots!

  34. Suzanne Moak
    4 November 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    What a great video! This couple is definitely all about loving the City. I’ve known Mike for several years since he helped coordinate the outdoor music fest, The Lot, in downtown St. Louis for Metropolis.He has a wealth of info about the little known places and is very involved in the community. Just the type of people we need here. Good Luck with this contest and Congrats on your engagement!

  35. Andy S.
    4 November 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Fantastic video. Great job guys. You two are such great advocates for our amazing city!

  36. Brian
    5 November 2011 at 7:22 am #

    Way to sell it, kids. You’d have made me wanna move here! From here!

  37. Jenn
    5 November 2011 at 11:47 am #

    Great video, guys! Good luck!

  38. Zach Becker
    5 November 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    I’ve only known Mike and Tabitha for a short time but in that time their love for STL comes out in nearly everything they do. Mike is one of the most well connected and helpful people I know, from the faithful daily blog about his cat Robert to his willingness to help the little guys. As much as they love this city it’s time that they know how much this city loves them.

  39. Tricia S
    6 November 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Great video guys! You really captured the hearts of true STL fans. Hope you get all you want this coming year and many more to come. Good Luck!

  40. Phil Ecker
    7 November 2011 at 9:32 am #

    I know when I think St. Louis, I think Mike Tomko!

  41. Barbara Gianino
    7 November 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Your Grandfather “Lucky” requested I look at your video and vote for you if I agreed with you. I too am proud of St. Louis and its citizens. The city is in good hands with people like the two of you. Happy marriage.


  42. Angie
    7 November 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Great video! Happy to see the Love of the Lou shared :)

  43. Lucky B.
    7 November 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    Michael loves the city, lives in the city, promotes the city, is a great ambassador for the city and could really do a great job representing the Laurel building. He has lived for years in the city on the Hill and downtown proper.

  44. Jason Robison
    7 November 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    These two individuals are truly beautiful people and represent the interests of St. Louis with all of their heart. They both stay immersed in St. Louis things and when I need to know what is going on in St. Louis these two always know what is going on!

    Superb and very well done video!

  45. Aaron Vaught
    7 November 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    Nice job summing up all that St. Louis has to offer! It’s a city of hidden treasures, especially for a young couple. My wife and I love living here too!

  46. Nancy Koehler
    7 November 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    Mike and Tabitha are a great couple. This video shows how they feel about our great city. They put heart into all they do to lift up the city and will be excellent ambassadors for the Lou.

  47. April Martin
    7 November 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    Great Video! Mike and Tabitha have showed the beauty of living in the Lou and found love here! They are a beautiful example of how great it is to be here in the STL.

  48. Daniel Fahrner
    8 November 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Well done! Mike is literally the sole reason I got hip on STL culture. Give these folks a platform and they will do wonders. Promise.

  49. Kelli
    8 November 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Great video! Always like seeing you, MIke!! Love your view and presentation of STL. Good luck.

  50. Kathy Turner
    8 November 2011 at 11:32 am #

    So sweet, great to see how much we all love St. Louis!!!

  51. Dianne, Bill and the boys
    8 November 2011 at 11:50 am #

    People love to complain…about the weather, about problems (theirs and the city’s), about just about anything! Kudos to Michael and Tabitha to show all of us why there’s so much to celebrate in here in the Lou! No worries about the future of our great city when there are examples of young couples who have so much to offer and they’re choosing to live in and love the city that has ALWAYS had so much to offer them! You get back what you give and due to people like Michael and Tabitha our city’s future looks bright–where ARE those shades? :)

  52. Katie Cannady
    8 November 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Best wishes to you both. You surely hace shown what makes St. Louis, shine above all other cities!!!

  53. Tom Heugele
    8 November 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    This was incredably well done and reminded me of the many reasons I am proud to say St. Louis is my hometown. What a great job and couple Good luck in their future together.

  54. Christine Liszewski
    8 November 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Great video! As I was watching and recognizing all the places you highlighted, it reaffirmed my belief that St. Louis is a great city to live in. But what really shone through is what a cute couple you two make! Your enthusiasm for each other and this city were obvious. Congratulations and best wishes.

  55. cathy rivers
    9 November 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    Such a great video Guys! Mike since the day I met you years ago you always talked about your love of Saint Louis. I can see why! You both deserve a great spot and free rent!

  56. Shannon Myers
    9 November 2011 at 11:09 pm #

    What a great and fresh way to look at the city of St. Louis. Very creative and artisticly done! KUDOS!

  57. Tracy Fisher
    12 November 2011 at 1:20 am #

    Excellent video! Congrats and best of luck to you both.

  58. Corrina Vratny
    13 November 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    I can’t think of any couple who better represents and “gets” St. Louis. This video is a great tribute to the city we all love. Way to go Mike and Tabitha!

  59. Kris Schindler
    30 November 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    Mike and Tabitha tell a touching personal story and demonstrate a knowledge of Love in the Lou on more than a superficial level. What I like most about this video (which also happens to be my favorite of all the ones I’ve watched) is that it covers so much ground and introduces me to what’s under the surface in St. Louis. St. Louis seems to me like a very livable city, that I hope to at least visit in the next year.


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