Photographer: Steven Danner
Edited by: Myra Grady
“Often I will get asked from people if I “get tired” of wearing a suit all day every day…the simple answer is NO; you can never be over dressed, and if someone tells you that you are, well, I consider that a compliment.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is the wardrobe. It is an ever-changing style and personal image in one’s life. I trusted Dakota to make something special before my wedding day for our rehearsal dinner celebration…and needless to say I will be a repeat customer and will continue to find what my next “look” will be.
"I am working on a startup with a few partners and have noticed that you would be hard pressed to find anyone else with the level of concern over detail than Dakota. Once in his shop and after a quick discussion you can tell that he is already on his way to a very successful career. If one understands and demands proper quality, just get under one of Dakota’s magnifying glasses and see what you are about to get in to…perfection.”
Having been a ‘lifer’ to St. Louis there are many dynamics that have made me want to stay: my wife and our family, community outreach, Mercy and the Beer scene are all pluses. There is also nothing better than a proper pour of aged bourbon.
I prefer [bourbon served] neat, and a well-aged bourbon can use a few drops of Kentucky mineral water to “open it up." I started my Bourbon collection after being introduced to the Weller and Orphan Barrel – Rhetoric 22 bottles (to be exact). I could also say the same about wine after drinking some “blue chip” Zinfandels from Turley.
Hannegan offered this parting encouragement to the men of St. Louis:
"Get involved, give back, support other local entrepreneurs, and build a network of trust with “the team” around St. Louis. We all need to do our part in the future success and viability of OUR city & home by being positive influences. I challenge others to look internally as to what you can do through your work or personal channels to make a difference…sitting on your heels and “being too busy” is one of the most laughable excuses I hear regularly.
Stay busy. Stay focused. Stay positive. Make it happen."