I'm in the market for a handmade steel commuter, and would prefer to stay as local as possible to the St. Louis area. I've sniffed around locally, and didn't turn up anything obvious, so I will also consider builders who are a close via Amtrak (Kansas City, Chicago, Springfield,…um, Little Rock, etc).
I'm looking for a full four-season commuter—something I can portage up/down stairs, handle potholes & curbs, ride in rain/snow/ice, and carry a bit of a load.
Know of anyone who would be excited about helping with that? At this point, I've expanded "local" to include Kansas City, Chicago, & Indy. I'd appreciate any pointers!