About Perennial

A 501(c)3 social enterprise, Perennial is a community workshop and store in St. Louis, MO that offers educational programming in creative reuse to diverse populations and sells handmade DIY kits and tools for reuse projects.
Perennial’s mission is to build a creative culture of sustainability in which discarded items are transformed in to valued and cherished resources. We turn trash in to amazing items and teach the community to do the same!

Our Mission

Build a creative culture of sustainability in which discarded items are transformed into valued and cherished resources.

Our Goals

  • TEACH people to think and act creatively and responsibly by providing opportunities to develop do-it-yourself skills and learn to reuse objects and reduce waste
  • DIVERT waste from landfills
  • FOSTER thoughtful and sustainable consumer experiences
  • GENERATE revenue through our classes and store to support opportunities for underserved populations to engage in the creative reuse process

Our Board

  • Margaret McDonald, President

    Vice President  |  Director of Interiors, HOK

  • John Cowling, Director
  • Tiffanie Walton, Treasurer

    SAP Business Anaylst, Anheuser Busch – InBev

  • Jennifer McCorkell, Director

    Management Assistant, CarMax

  • Katie Carpenter, Director

    COCAbiz Program Manager, COCA

  • Claire Wolff, Director

    Director of Community Development, Grace Hill Settlement House

  • Jennifer Disbennett, Director

    Portfolio Reporting Consultant, Matter Family Office

  • Lisa Johnson, Director

    Facilities Project Leader, Edward Jones – St. Louis

  • Robin Avila, Director

    Freelance Graphic Designer


About Our Space

Perennial’s workshop is located in South St. Louis and is an inspirational space for the community. Volunteers helped transform and build out the workshop entirely with found materials. The space houses a small retail shop, full woodshop, reuse studio, and a full selection of reclaimed materials for your upcycling needs!


Community Workshop Program

Perennial’s workshop is open to the general public during Community Workshop hours. During this time, the space is open for folks to work on personal reuse projects with access to Perennial’s tools, creative reuse experts, and salvaged materials.

Find out more about Community Workshop here: What is Community Workshop?


Open Hours

Stop by the shop any Thursday, Friday, or Saturday 11am-5pm to check out the space, register for upcoming workshops, or shop Perennial-made goods or reclaimed materials.

What You Can Do at Perennial

  • Attend a class
  • Have a private event or party
  • Shop for eco-friendly projects supplies like Milk Paint
  • Shop for Perennial-made DIY Kits and Tools
  • Root through our salvaged materials and purchase some for your projects

Rent the Space

  • Commercial Use
  • Have a private party
  • Photoshoots
  • Filming
  • etc.

Email for more information and pricing



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