Few things are more fitting than the transformation of a retired St. louis City Metro bus, the same vehicle synonymous with our citizens unafforded and in need, and returning it to those communities to fill another void with something desperately needed. STL MetroMarket is a nonprofit who recognized the absence of sources for healthy, natural foods in food desert communities and by means of a retired, retrofitted city bus they've found a way to bring it to them.
In collaboration with the founders of STL MetroMarket, the idea was collective, not only did the people in these communities deserve to have these resources available to them, they also deserved a beautiful and comfortable space to shop.
The interior of the bus is completely hand crafted using blacksmithing, woodworking and metal fabrication. The shelving was created using live edge wood, custom steel and oak produce shelving and reclaimed wood planks. The rear wall Is treated in burlap, trimmed in iron and accented by our Hinge And Bracket shelves and a vent cover created from a weathered grey barn door. The beautiful, natural reclaimed wood flooring was salvaged in rural Missouri and a handmade burlap curtain greets the exit of the bus.
We are artists foremost, and the checkout counter is an example of the transformative pieces we create. A thick two-tiered countertop made of reclaimed wood adds curvature to a seating area trimmed in Iron and steel, faced off with a torch painted copper mural and finally carving out a place for our signature forged copper leaf on the surface.
A time lapse video capturing the transformation of the St. Louis MetroMarket from beginning to end.
St. Louis based artist Noah MacMillan designed a mural for the exterior of the bus telling its story and purpose for the communities it serves.