It's our favorite time of year! Here at Daily RFT, there's nothing we like better than recognizing the people, businesses and projects making St. Louis a better place to live.
Our 2014 Best Of Awards came out this week, and we're celebrating in a week with a party at the MOTO Museum. You're invited, and since you're a loyal Daily RFT reader, we'll cut $10 off the ticket price. Just enter the discount code STLBEST when checking out on our Ticketfly events page, and you'll only have to pay $15 per ticket to see performances by 18andCounting, Coreyography and iLLPHONICS and taste food samples from Cleveland-Heath, Scottish Arms, Shaved Duck, Triumph Grill, Twin Oak Wood-Fired Pizza & BBQ, Wang Gang Asian Eats and Wheelhouse.
But our Best Of winners deserve more recognition than an epic, once-a-year party. Keep tabs on some of the biggest movers and shakers in St. Louis every day by following them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
We sure do.
Here are our top picks for social media accounts you should be following:1. Best Local Cartoonist: Yale Stewart
We gave Stewart the award for best local cartoonist because we love his Harvey Award-nominated webcomic JL8, where he draws DC Comics superheroes as elementary school children. Stewart tweets pictures of the characters straight off the drawing table along with a few other random tweets and doodles that are sure to make an entertaining addition to your feed.
Just listening to music and doodling. I dunno. pic.twitter.com/BvxwROyxN5— Yale Stewart (@YaleStewart) September 22, 2014
2. Best Local Poet: Henry Goldkamp Goldkamp's latest work is a unique and powerful example of what a poet can do with other people's words. By setting typewriters up all over the city, he gathered the anonymous thoughts, joys, sufferings and obscenities of the people of the Lou, and he's releasing them in his upcoming book, What the Hell is St. Louis Thinking? Every once in a while, he Instagrams one of those typewritten messages, like a digital note in a bottle, waiting to be read and experienced.3. Best Local Boy Gone Bad: Mayor Francis Slay
We had to give Slay this award for organizing the surreptitious marriages of four gay St. Louis couples. Slay is an avid tweeter, and you'll know by the hashtag #fgs when what he tweets comes from his very own fingers. 4. Best Local Girl Made Good: Patricia Bynes
The Cards are not likely to win every game for the rest of the season, but that would be easier for our civic nerves. #fgs— MayorSlay.com (@MayorSlay) September 17, 2014
Bynes' Twitter feed has been indispensable ever since unrest erupted in Ferguson, where she serves as a committeewoman. Follow her on Twitter if you want up-to-date news from Ferguson with a heavy dose of realness and shade. 5. Best Local Website: 40 South News Best Citizens: STL Lost Pets "Angels"
Setting fires at businesses that had NOTHING to do with the memorial fire is beyond unproductive. It is ugly. It isn't even revenge— Patricia Bynes (@Patricialicious) September 24, 2014
When a pet is reported missing in St. Louis, the STL Lost Pets Angels spring into action. Like matchmakers, they compare reports from animal-service agencies, Craigslist postings and other missing-pet announcements to help owners bring their puppies and kitties home. If you own a pet, you should follow along. You never know when you'll need their help.
Yadi is missing in south St. Louis city! http://t.co/aux3QFQm6Z— STL Lost Pets (@STLLostPets) September 14, 2014
7. Best Florist: Flowers & Weeds Love beautiful photos of wild flowers, terrariums and more of mother nature's splendor? Follow Jessica Douglass, the founder of Flowers & Weeds, on Instagram to see what she designs.