Meet the Creepy Vintage Baby Doll Exploring St. Louis One Birthday Cake at a Time
Johnny's owners (parents?), Travis and Gina Sheridan, are taking him on a tour of the 250 birthday cakes strewn about the region in honor of the city's sestercentennial.
"Over 250 years St. Louis has really evolved, and sometimes, when you're in the midst of it, you don't see that," says Travis Sheridan, who moved to St. Louis in 2012. So he's joining his wife and their vintage doll (Sheridan doesn't like the term "creepy") on an adventure. "Even for legacy and long-term St. Louisans, the ability to discover new corners and new neighborhoods is a great benefit."
The couple dedicated two days last weekend to cake-spotting with Johnny. They found 29 cakes, mostly downtown and in Missouri's wine country in Augusta. On their way to find a cake in south St. Louis County, the couple says they stumbled upon the beautiful grounds at Kenrick Glennon Seminary.
"If there weren't a cake to look for, we probably never would have found this," says Sheridan.
The Sheridans aren't the only ones on a travel kick for St. Louis' birthday. They've already met other people doing the same thing, including a couple in their seventies who've photographed themselves with 38 cakes.
"I love that people are having fun with this," Sheridan tells Daily RFT. "It's a great conversation starter. It's fun to walk around and meet other people interested in exploring the city."
The Sheridans are also snapping pics (and Instagraming them) at each cake, but Johnny is the one getting the face time.
"We were like, yeah, we don't have to be in [the picture.] We have this vintage doll," Sheridan says. "It's a face that was made for Instagramming."
See more photos of Johnny Slouch with cakes and find out how he came to be the Sheridans' on page 2.