For the next installment in our ongoing interview series, Dabble Talks, we caught up with c0-owner of YuMe Angelina Fasano. YuMe, a select shop fusing vintage items from Tokyo and handmade crocheted/knitted goods, will also host classes on how to knit, crochet, and do origami.

YuMe is located across the street from Whiskey Ring off Cherokee Street, attached to Bespoke and is currently offering an intro level origami course Feb. 3.

How long have you been living in St. Louis and when did you decide to open YuMe?

I have lived in St. Louis for 2 1/2 years. We came up with YuMe about 6 months ago.

For those that haven’t heard of YuMe, what was the inspiration behind the shop and how did you come up with the name?

Inspiration behind the shop was to do something unique in St. Louis, and to provide a space for the community to come together while creating something themselves.

YuMe translates to dream in Japanese. This truly has been a dream for us.

If we walked into YuMe what would be the first thing we would see? 

Between the artwork, vintage Tokyo clothes, and handcrafted goods, it’s kind of a tough call.

There’s a significant Asian population in St. Louis, and your mother was Korean, but there is not a lot of representation in the Cherokee Street area. How did you decide on Cherokee?

We have both evolved with this community, and knew we wanted to be here when we decided to open. It feels good to share aspects of Asian culture with the neighborhood.

YuMe had a soft opening that looks like it went very well, but at the moment you’re not actually open for business. Is that correct, and when will you be open regularly?

We reopen Jan 8th/Thursday. Our weekly hours are ThursdayFriday 1pm -7pmSaturday 12pm-7pm. And Sunday 12pm-4pm.

As a recent transplant myself, I’ve found a lot to love about St. Louis. What are the main things that keep you here?

The amazing people I have met, especially in the Cherokee and South Grand neighborhoods. I love the sense of family and community that I feel everyday.

What are some of your favorite places to eat Korean food in St. Louis?

Seoul Garden in St. Anne (near the airport), for traditional and all you can eat Bulgogi (Korean style BBQ). Asian Kitchen, off Olive is quite delicious too.

I also love U City Grill in Delmar Loop, right behind Cicero’s.

Since YuMe is going to be teaching and hosting classes with Dabble can you talk a little bit about what those classes will look like and how you started teaching in the first place?

We will be offering classes on how to knit, crochet, do origami, and make simple dishes. The classes are for those who have no idea where to start, and are looking for a comfortable, welcoming environment to learn new skills.

I love knitting, crocheting, and just making things. I do it in public, and often hear how people say how they would love to learn how to do the things I enjoy doing in my free time. That’s how I started these classes.

Is there anything else about YuMe, yourself or St. Louis that should be included in this interview?

Since I’ve moved to the city, it’s been welcoming and allowed me to grow as individual. Being able to start our dream job and to feel the immense support from the city is amazing.

What’s your best piece of advice? 

To work hard and to make well thought out decisions when it comes to making the best of your time.