Frequently Asked Questions
Did you know that when I first heard about STLT, I thought it had something to do with organs?
Yes. So we’ve heard ;)
This is the friendliest city in the world where no one wants to be my friend. What gives?
Indeed. But rest assured there is another world in St. Louis too, and you just found it.
What happened to my membership? Do I still need one for entry?
The recurring membership structure was retired at the end of 2015 and is no longer required. A small entry fee is applied for each event. Guests of employer programs or acting STLT Peer Hosts do not have an entry fee.
Someone keeps trying to send me to STLT social events, but I am afraid to go by myself or stand in the corner alone.
Our gatherings are created specifically for attendees coming on their own, so there is no need to bring someone with you. In fact, this is where wing-friends are found. People there will engage with you the second you walk in. It’s weird (in a good way).
It looks like we're going to be leaving St. Louis; but wish we had known about this earlier. Can we attend anyway?
Coming or going, you will be most welcome among friends who understand; whatever your feelings or frame of mind.
I’ve tried to meet people out in St. Louis before; but frankly, everyone always seems to know each other already.
This time, it’s not going to feel like you’ve stumbled into the wrong high school prom. Promise.
I’m from here, but my loved one is not. Should we come?
Yes. If your significant other would appreciate a few friends and connections of his or her own, by all means, this is the place.
Isn’t this just for singles / couples / families / young people / old people?
Not at all. We can handle a multi-generational room with people in different life stages if you can.
Because I grew up in St. Louis, I can’t go, right?
Quite the opposite. Our events are about mentality, not origins. Key to the success of almost any newcomer is the adoption and/or friendship of a local. Re-Plants (returning natives) too comprise of roughly half the attendees.
I am from nearby St. Louis, but feel like a newcomer. Don’t I have to be from far away?
It’s not a distance competition. (Plus we ran out of thumb tacks for the office wall map some years ago). Many attendees are from the surrounding the region as well.
I am here for an extended stay but have no intention of being a permanent St. Louis resident. Are you only interested Transplants here forever?
Absolutely not. It’s every bit as important that we’re here for those in St. Louis for extended stays, travel, visits, etc. Wherever you land in the world, we hope you can look back on a fond memory or friendship found during your time in St. Louis.
I've lived here a while already; so I’m not a newcomer anymore, right?
Whether you've been in town 30 minutes or 30 years, no one is disqualified on this end. Whatever your stage of arrival, those looking for new friends are always welcome.
The whole idea of socializing at the end of a long day sounds exhausting. Ever do anything on weekends?
Painless as we make these events, we understand (more than anyone) the daunting prospect of socializing at the end of long day. We tried weekend events for many years, but found attendees would rather relax, run errands or make plans one-on-one during that time.
Can you have family events where we bring the kids and meet other parents?
For many years, there were tents, parks, live farm animals, ponies, games, and nannies on site. But parents can relate to best laid plans of scheduling with little ones... So grab a sitter or make it a date night. No doubt the chance for individual play dates will arise.
I am passionate about the kind of work STLT is doing and want to be a part of it, but is there another way to contribute besides going to the socials?
Yes. Many in the STLT network, including several who play an enormous role, have never been to an event. Inquire here about volunteer opportunities.
I was really going to STLT events for business networking. Is there still a way for my business (or that of a friend's) to reach Transplants?
Business introductions are always welcome apart from socials (we’re always looking for great businesses eager to serve newcomers). Please reach out to us separately to share your product, service and/or organization. (Here too is a list of great networking options more in line with business endeavors: Venture Cafe, BNI, Network After Work).
Have you guys been to Venture Cafe?
Yes; We encourage anyone who's interested to attend Venture Cafe and hope that you do.
My parents moved here and don’t know anyone else in St. Louis. Won’t they be out of place?
Nope. We aren’t kidding about it being a multi-generational room, appropriate and comfortable for everyone. But if Grandma has plans next Saturday and can’t babysit, don’t get mad at us.
I am really only here to catch up with an existing friend; haven’t seen him or her for a while.
We love seeing you, but please touch base outside events to “catch up” with a specific party.
I forgot to RSVP! Can I still attend or bring guests?
Of course. While we really appreciate timely RSVPs (as a courtesy to our host venues), it is not required for entry. We’ll be there to welcome you and/or sell tickets at the door for any last minute guests and first-time attendees.
I'm a client of STLT through my employer. Do I have to buy tickets?
Nope! Employee recipients of an STLT program have free entry to Transplant Socials. Tickets are only required for members of the public who want to join in the fun. We do appreciate an RSVP so we know to expect you, though.