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January 2020

IN THIS ISSUE 2 :: New Members 3 :: January Luncheon 4 :: Renewing Members 5 :: New Resident Mailing 7 :: Annual Awards 7 :: & Dinner Auction Gala 8 :: Lunch & Learn 8 :: Member Discounts 9 :: Board Spotlight 9 :: Member News 11 :: Member Events

SAVE THE DATE January 1 Office Closed January 9 :: Thursday Joint Membership Meeting with Lemay Chamber Orlando’s Event Center 11:15 am-1:00 pm January 15 :: Wednesday Economic Development Meeting Affton Chamber Office-lower level 9:00 am January 15 :: Wednesday New Resident Inserts Due Affton Chamber Office 1:00 pm January 20 Office Closed January 28 :: Tuesday Ambassador Committee Meeting Affton Chamber Office 10:00 am February 1 :: Saturday Auction & Awards Dinner Gala Andre’s South Banquet Center 5:30 pm

MISSION STATEMENT The Affton Chamber of Commerce exists to support the business and general interests of the greater Affton area, and to provide opportunities to network, advertise, and educate its member businesses.


Nicholas Heintz 11040 Lin Valle, Unit Q (63123) 314.795.4137 www.stlouislawnmowers.com 2 Bros That Mow started in our very own South Saint Louis neighborhood with nothing more than a old push mower, trimmer & blower. They came up with the name to basically stand out from the competition and to put a smile on someone's face. With a lot of hard word, dedication & customer service focus it began to grow. Today the company services residential & commercial accounts all over the Saint Louis City and County area & have upgraded to all commercial grade lawn care equipment.


Yvonne Merlotti 1401 S. Brentwood Blvd., Suite 625 Saint Louis MO 63144 314.730.1000 x104 www.9milegarden.com Opening Spring 2020 at 9375 Gravois Road. 9 Mile Garden is a family-focused entertainment district and home to Missouri’s first food truck garden. Bring your friends, kids, dogs, and out-of-town guests to the only place you’ll find a feast of everyone’s favorite local food and drinks alongside outdoor movies, live music and performances, community events and more.


Richard & Rebecca Lykins 1716 South Broadway (63104) 314.405.8420 www.gratefulpetsstl.com Grateful Pets is conveniently located in Soulard, just minutes from Lafayette Square, and Downtown St. Louis. They offer all-inclusive spa services for dogs and cats, as well as professional dog training and day care services. Contact them to schedule an appointment for grooming or a complimentary training evaluation. Or, you may simply drop off your dog during business hours to participate in their day care fun.



Michael Ehrlich 3910 Bowen St. (63116) 314.881.1952 www.crawfordbutz.com As the Commerical Department Manager of Crawford Butz Insurance, Mike Specializes in Commerical Insurance with an emphasis on restaurants, contractors and risk management. He is also knowledgable about and licensed in Property and Casualty as well as Life and Health insurance.


Michelle Massey 10938 Cedarberry Place (63123) 314.486.9488 www.masseytuckpointing.com When it comes to your St Louis business or residential tuckpointing project, chimney sweeping/ repair and brick and stone repairs, we are your trusted St Louis contractors. Licensed, bonded, insured, OSHA trained, and drug tested, you can be sure that our professional tuckpointers don’t cut corners and will do the job on time, on budget, and right, the first time. We know our craft, possess all licensed scaffolding and lift certifications, and require all our employees to remain industry current and educated through continuing education.


Eben Shantz 7908 Alaska Avenue (63111) 314.638.6040 x212 www.modernimports.com Modern Auto Parts is one of the oldest and yet most “Modern” recycler in the United States. Started in 1924 in St Louis Missouri, we are a family owned and operated business in our third generation of helping customers get the parts they need at the prices they like. After years of handling only imports, we now have a huge inventory of used or recycled auto parts for both foreign and American cars.


Bob Stephens 9915 Gravois Road (63123) 314.843.4888 www.plastilitesignsstl.com From sales to installation, all done in house, with the latest manufacturing techniques and guaranteed quality installations...EMC, LED, cabinets, neon, lights, flag poles, and service.

PARTNERS Diamond...Dane Huxel - State Farm Agent, J & J Construction & Remodeling, Sharpshooter Pit & Grill

Speaker: Suzanne Sierra, St. Louis Mosaic Project The St. Louis Mosaic Project, is a regional initiative of the World Trade Center-St. Louis and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. Mosaic’s mission is to attract and retain the foreign-born who move to St. Louis to work or study. Their goal is to help them feel welcome and Suzanne will share how they do that and things our members can do to be welcoming.

Thursday, January 9 11:15 am Registration - 11:50 am Lunch Orlando’s Event Center 4300 Hoffmeister, 63125


$18 members | $23 non-members

register at afftonchamber.com by January 3

2020 MEETING SPONSORHIPS AVAILABLE ... $100 one luncheon attendee | 3-5 minute “commercial” at meeting exclusive rights to place materials on tables | recognition on all promotional materials Call the Chamber office if you're interested!


Family Owned & Operated since 1950 Residential & Commercial Sales & Service on All Major Brands Free Estimates on New Equipment Financing Available Maintenance Agreements 24 Hour Emergency Service

314-631-5300 636-464-7837

9900 Gravois Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63123


PARTNERS Platinum...Great Southern Bank, Harster Heating & Air Conditioning, Mercy Hospital South


Thanks to the following businesses and organizations for renewing their memberships. Year joined is in parentheses. Listed renewals are November 22-December 26).

Affton Education Foundation (1988) Affton Fire Protection District (1984) Affton Historical Society (1974) Affton Plaza JV, LLC (2009) Affton School District (1973) Affton Veterinary Clinic (2009) Affton White-Rodgers Community Center (1998) Arina's Alteration and Tailor Shop (2003) Bayless School District (1995) Bethesda Health Group (2015) C.E.S. Pest & Termite Control, Inc. (2000) Callahan's Tuxedo, Alterations & Travel Co. (2010) Cecil Whittaker's Pizza (2000) City of Lakeshire (2010) Cor Jesu Academy (2003) Crestside Heating & Cooling (1988) Crown Vision Center (1998) Dill, Bamvakais & O'Keefe, PC (1973) Eden United Church of Christ (1999) Edward Jones-Roper (2009) Federhofer's Bakery (1975) Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union (2012) Gravois Kiwanis Club (2002) Green Park Senior Living Community (2000) Indian Hills Swim Club (2007) Indox Services (2018) INSITE ADVICE (2018) Jardon Accounting & Tax Service (2001)

Peggy Keilholz (2015) Kenrick's Meats & Catering (1982) Kona Ice of Arnold (2017) Lois Mans Farmers Insurance Agency (2016) Lots of Curb Appeal, LLC (2002) Marlborough Trails Apartments (2004) Melanie Layer Creative, LLC (2016) Midwest BankCentre (2005) Monuments of St. Louis (2001) O'Connor Insurance (2011) Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes (1999) Plumbing Engineers, Inc. (2010) Precision Garage Door of St. Louis (2017) John Remelius (2011) Royale Orleans Banquet Center (2012) Saint Louis Carpenters J.A.P. (2003) Save-A-Lot Reavis Barracks (1999) Servpro (2013) Simon Says Early Childhood Center (1999) Sinak Plumbing Co. Inc. (2018) St. Louis BBQ Store (2018) State Farm Insurance-Luechtefeld (2001) STL Auto Care (2013) StL Economic Development Partnership (2005) The UPS Store-Grasso Plaza (2005) Traffic Safety, Inc. (2000) Unique Journeys, LLC (2009) Will Electronics, Inc. (2004)



See the newsletter insert for more details. Interested in this enhancement to your membership? Contact the office!

were mailed the first week of November. Your annual investment is due January 1.

If you don’t receive yours, please contact the office.

Interested in showcasing your business? Host an event before or after hours! You provide the location & light refreshments. We’ll promote the event!

You can also: Invite customers and vendors to attend! Have a drawing or give-aways! Contact the Chamber office if you’re interested.


PARTNERS Gold…The E & A CFO Group, Tammy Luechtefeld - State Farm Agent Silver…Gapsch CARSTAR Collision Center

Dave Schneider of Woodard Cleaning & Restoration for serving on the Board of Directors. Rich Whited for helping prepare the December newsletter mailing. Jeff Waldman of Bethesda Health Group for dropping off Thanksgiving goodies to the Chamber office!

Restaurants | Churches | Financial Institutions Service-Based Businesses or any member trying to reach new customers:

You provide 200 half-page inserts & $40 and we do the rest! New Resident Mailing is sent quarterly to new homeowners in 63123 welcoming them to our area. Drop off 200 half-page* inserts & $40 by 1 pm on Wednesday, January 15. *Have so much to tell new Affton residents that you need a full sheet? Simply double the price ($80) and fold the sheets (in half or tri-fold)!

Cindy Tiefenbrunn of Cindy’s Photo, Jim Eye of Indox Services, Amira Kujundzic of Midwest BankCentre for dropping off yummy Christmas treats to the Chamber office! J & J Construction and Remodeling for hanging the Christmas lights on the office building. Everyone that sent the office a holiday card!

Our Condolences to Lois Mans of Lois Mans Farmers Insurance Agency for the passing of her mother. St. Louis County Police Department and the family of former Chief Jerry Lee for his passing.

4324 Weber Road Affton, MO 63123

(314) 631-2440 kenricks.com home of...

Meats • Catering • Prepared Food

10% Discount any Full Service or Delivery for over 25 people Affton Chamber member businesses only


PARTNERS Bronze...Cindy’s Photo, Commerce Bank, Syberg’s: An Eating & Drinking Company


December Membership Meeting December 12, 2019

Thanks...    

Royale Orleans Banquet Center for the delicious lunch. Meeting Sponsor: Affton Plaza Greeter Charlie Merx, Merx Flooring . Photos provided by Cindy’s Photo

L to R: Amira Kujundzic, Midwest BankCentre; Santa Claus; Laurie Maus, Midwest BankCentre

Dana Boyland, St. Louis Altenheim & Santa Claus

Visit https://cindysphoto.shootproof.com/ gallery/11285474 to view more photos from luncheon!

Thanks to Mike Bamvakais, Dill, Bamvakais & O’Keefe PC, for serving as the 2019 President of the Affton Chamber Board of Directors

Sponsored by:

L to R: Matt Hagen, Sam’s Club; Wes Gardner, Metro PCS; Gerard Schmidt, ServPro

L to R: Yvonne Merlotti, Affton Plaza; Rob Smith, Gapsch Carstar Collision Center; Santa Claus—Rich Whited, Lisa Rackley & Mandy Montgomery, ACC; Cindy Tiefenbrunn, Cindy’s Photo

JC Wheeler, Village of Wilbur Park & Santa Claus

A special thank you to

Rich Whited for visiting the December Membership Luncheon as Santa! Cindy Tiefenbrunn, Cindy’s Photo for taking and printing the Santa photos!

The 50/50 amount of $56 was won by Rich Bath, Fran Ann Engraving. L to R: Dr. Tara Brooks, Affton Veterinary Clinic; Tammy Luechtefeld, State Farm Insurance; Dana Boyland, St. Louis Altenheim; Gerard Schmidt, ServPro; Alex Knebel, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties


Dana Boyland, St. Louis Altenheim and Rob Smith, Gapsch Carstar Collision Center each won a prize donated by ServPro. Want to see your name mentioned here? Attend a meeting, buy 50/50 tickets & win OR donate an item for the 50/50 drawing.

PARTNERS Diamond...Dane Huxel - State Farm Agent, J & J Construction & Remodeling, Sharpshooter Pit & Grill

Affton Chamber of Commerce

Annual Awards & Dinner Auction Gala Presented by:

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Sponsor Advertise Attend Donate Volunteer

Andre’s Banquet Center 4254 Telegraph Road

Maximize your exposure! Sponsorships begin at $100 Reach potential buyers! Ads begin at $25 $40 per person includes dinner, open bar & bid number Donate a product or gift certificate to find new customers!

$40 per ticket tables of 8 or 10 available Doors Open & Silent Auction 5:30 pm Open Bar begins at 6:00 pm Buffet Dinner Served 6:30-7:30 pm Live Auction begins at 8:15 pm Awards Ceremony following Auction

Help us make this night special by volunteering!

~see newsletter insert for more details~

Major Sponsor Wall of Wine Sponsor

Jewelry Raffle Sponsor

Supporters First Responder Sponsors

Financial Resolutions LLC The UPS Store-Grasso Plaza

Section Sponsors

Design & Print Sponsor Farmers Insurance-Lois Mans Agency Invitation & Program Sponsor Indox Services Official Photographer Cindy’s Photo PARTNERS Platinum...Great Southern Bank, Harster Heating & Air Conditioning, Mercy Hospital South


Shop Chamber Members! See more offers and details at afftonchamber.com Add your offer to this list by emailing mandy@afftonchamber.com Ad Source One—10% discount. Crown Optical—10% off all eyeglasses, contact lenses, sunglasses & accessories. Not valid with insurance or other discount plans. The E & A CFO Group—One month free payroll or other accounting service with 1 year commitment. Call for free quote. F2 Garage Door Solutions—Free safety inspection for garage door and garage door opener! Fran Ann Engraving—10% off purchase from store. John G’Sell DDS—10% discount off services. Gateway Alarm, Inc.—Receive 3 months free monitoring with a new system. Gateway Tree Care—10% off services. Insite Advice—Free Extended Internet Marketing Analysis ($300 value) Precision Garage Door of St. Louis—Free tube and tune-up with any repair service. St. Louis Bone and Joint Center—FREE Consultation/Exam and Report of Findings.

Thursday, January 23 12:00-1:00 pm Affton Chamber Office lower level 9815 Mackenzie Road Learn how to market and grow your business with FREE resources from the St. Louis County Library. Discover market demand, find potential clients, create mailing lists, analyze competitors, access legal forms, explore grants, and more! Most of these digital resources can be accessed from the convenience of your office or home.

presented by Mel Lambert, Reference Librarian

RSVP at www.afftonchamber.com Registration strongly encouraged to help our presenter customize to your needs.


PARTNERS Gold…The E & A CFO Group, Tammy Luechtefeld - State Farm Agent Silver…Gapsch CARSTAR Collision Center

We asked our new Board members to answer a few questions so we can get to know them better. Watch for more spotlights in the months to come.

Photo provided by Cindy’s Photo.

If you have hired someone, received an award, or added to your family, send it to mandy@afftonchamber.com by the 15th of the month for publication in the next month’s newsletter.

Happy retirement to Jan Butler of Victory Speech Therapy & Autism Consulting.

Affton Veterinary Clinic Writing poetry and spiritual devotions. Spending time with my husband and our two dogs, Merlin and Tyrion. The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday. -Matty Mullins Napa.

Seeing how the chamber really helps businesses grow. I really love the support from the board.

Treasurer Dane Huxel presents the donation check to the Backstoppers from the Fall BBQ. Thanks to everyone that stopped and donated!

To help bring in young entrepreneurs and business owners to help our chamber be even more versatile.

PARTNERS Bronze...Cindy’s Photo, Commerce Bank, Syberg’s: An Eating & Drinking Company


24-7 Animal & Pest Control; Affton Plaza; Commerce Bank; Dill, Bamvakais & O’Keefe, PC; Harster Heating & Air Conditioning; John G’Sell, DDS; Merx Flooring; Syberg’s-An Eating & Drink Co.; The UPS Store-Grasso Plaza; Woodard Cleaning & Restoration Affton Veterinary Clinic Farmers Insurance-Lois Mans Agency Cindy’s Photo America’s Incredible Pizza Company; Cindy’s Photo; Farmers Insurance-Lois Mans Agency; Gapsch Carstar Collision Center; Indian Hills Swim Club; J & J Construction and Remodeling; Mitchell James Salon; Jeff Durbin, Servicemaster Lois Mans, Farmers Insurance-Lois Mans Agency; Capt. Melissa Webb, St. Louis County Police-Affton Southwest Precinct; Suzanne Welker, The Comic Grind. Jake & CJ Baretich, J & J Construction and Remodeling; Greg Mans, Farmers Insurance-Lois Mans Agency; Linda Moder, volunteer; Mike Sinamon, student volunteer; Cindy Tiefenbrunn, Cindy’s Photo; Becca Townley, student volunteer; Jack Webb, St. Louis County Police; Rod Welker, The Comic Grind; Rich Whited, PenTech Computer Services.

Muschong Team

Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Homes

Crestview Senior Living

Not pictured...3rd Place Winner: Unique Journeys Team


PARTNERS Diamond...Dane Huxel - State Farm Agent, J & J Construction & Remodeling, Sharpshooter Pit & Grill

Winter Gear Drive Now through January 31, 2020 Visit any St. Louis County Library branch and donate new warm hats, gloves, mittens or scarves to help local kids and teens in need. Benefiting The Little Bit Foundation.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENT TO OUR CALENDAR! If it is submitted by the 15th of the month, it will be published in the next month’s newsletter.

Did you know the Calendar is one of the most visited pages on our website? Need help posting? Contact mandy@afftonchamber.com.

PARTNERS Platinum...Great Southern Bank, Harster Heating & Air Conditioning, Mercy Hospital South


PRSRT STD U.S. Postage

AFFTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE www.afftonchamber.com 9815 Mackenzie Road Affton, MO 63123-5424




2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Officers President President-Elect

NOVEMBER 2019 • New Member: M Ehrlich, LLC • Held November Membership Meeting • Annual Board Planning Session • Held annual Trivia Night • Visited St. Louis Altenheim for a future meeting. • Committee Meetings: Ambassadors, Annual Awards, Community & Business Expo, Economic Development

• Member Communication: 4 E-Blasts (5

members participated) and a Monthly E-News.

• Website: 1,083 page views (548 unique visits);

top visited pages: Member Directory, Calendar, and History of Affton; 10,162 impressions of banner ads on website & member’s area with 149 click-thrus.


Vice-President Secretary Treasurer

Carrie Carrigan Great Southern Bank Marty Carr Deca Realty Co. Inc. Cindy Tiefenbrunn Cindy’s Photo Erica Chandler Affton School District Dane Huxel State Farm Insurance

Directors Michael Bamvakais Jake Baretich Keith Brooks Dr. Tara Brooks Alex Knebel Lois Mans Yvonne Merlotti Charlie Merx Rich Whited Ex-Officio Chief Nick Fahs Capt. Melissa Webb Lisa Rackley Mandy Montgomery

Dill, Bamvakais & O’Keefe, PC J & J Construction & Remodeling Sharpshooter Pit & Grill Affton Veterinary Clinic Farmers Insurance Agency Affton Plaza Merx Flooring PenTech Computer Services Affton Fire Protection District St. Louis County Police-Affton Executive Director Office Assistant

Saturday, February 1, 2020 5:30-10:30 pm Andre’s Banquet Center 4254 Telegraph Road St. Louis, MO 63129 Presenting Sponsor Dane Huxel

 Presenting Sponsorship


Exclusive Sponsorship

- (8) Tickets to Auction, Seating at Reserved Table premium location - Inside Front Cover Ad (7½” w x 9¾” h black & white) in Auction Program - Logo on Invitation and all promotional material - Signage at Event, Recognition in Media (newsletter, website, etc.)

 Major Sponsorship


- (4) Tickets to Auction - Half-Page Ad (7½” w x 5” h black & white) in Auction Program - Signage at Event, Recognition in Media


Exclusive Sponsorship

- (2) Tickets to Auction - Quarter-Page Ad (3½”w x 5” h black & white) in Auction Program - Signage at Event, Recognition in Media

(newsletter, website, etc.) Designed for company desiring to support but unable to attend

 Volunteer Table Sponsorship


- Half-Page Ad (7½” w x 5” h black & white) in Auction Program - Signage at Event, Recognition in Media (newsletter, website, etc.) Designed for company desiring to support but unable to attend


Limited Sponsorship - (2) Tickets to Auction - Business Card Ad (3½” w x 2” h black & white)

in Auction Program - Signage at Event, Recognition in Media (newsletter, website, etc.)

 Supporter Sponsorship


- Signage at Event, Recognition in Media

(newsletter, website, etc.)

 Wall of Wine Sponsorship


- Full-Page Ad (7½” w x 9¾” h black & white) in Auction Program - Signage at Event, Recognition in Media

 Section Sponsorship

(newsletter, website, etc.)

 Jewelry Raffle Sponsorship

 First Responder Sponsorship


Exclusive Sponsorship

- (2) Tickets to Auction - Quarter-Page Ad (3½”w x 5” h black & white) in Auction Program - Signage at Event, Recognition in Media

(newsletter, website, etc.) Designed for company desiring to support but unable to attend

 In-Kind Resource Sponsorship

- Quarter-Page Ad (3½”w x 5” h black & white) in Auction Program - Signage at Event, Recognition in Media

(newsletter, website, etc.) Designed for company offering their resources for: Printing (Auction Invitations & Programs, Awards Programs), Flowers

(newsletter, website, etc.)

Deadline for inclusion in Auction program is Friday, January 17, 2020 ** Ads for Program will appear in Black and White. Please email ad in a JPEG or image file **

Name____________________________________________ Business Name_________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________________________________________________________ City _____________________

State ______

Zip ________

Phone _______________________________________

MC, Visa, Discover, AmEx # _____________________________________________Exp. _____________ V-Code_______

Send completed form and payment to: Affton Chamber of Commerce, 9815 Mackenzie Road - Affton, MO 63123



NEW: Area Job Fair

Wednesday, April 15 4:00-6:30pm

Affton High School Commons 8309 Mackenzie Road 63123

Reserve your sponsorship or table by March 16 to be included in: Flyers, Posters, Newspaper Ads, Buckslips & Social Media Sponsorships Available for $350!

Includes Prime Location, Logo on Ads & Electric

Exhibitor Booth - $150 (Non-members $275) Afftonchamber.com info@afftonchamber.com 314-631-3100

AFFTON COMMUNITY & BUSINESS EXPO Sponsor / Exhibitor / Job Fair Registration Form

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Affton High School Commons (8309 Mackenzie Road, 63123) Vendor set-up from 2 - 3:30 p.m. // Vendor networking from 3:30 - 4 p.m.

 Major Sponsor : $350 • • • •

One (1) booth in “prime” location Logo on all promotional materials (if paid by March 2) Business name in newsletter and on website Electric (optional; if needed, no additional charge)

 Bag Sponsor : $75 • •

Limited to Chamber members Company logo on the bag distributed to all attendees

Priority Sign-Up for Inclusion in Ads: March 16 Registration Deadline for Sponsors & Booths: April 6

 Restaurants & Caterers • • •

Limited to Chamber members Must provide 400 samples available to visitors Please list the food and/or beverage that you will serve:

 NEW Job Fair : $0 • •

Table placed in designated Job Fair area. Participant agrees to provide applications (paper or online) and is not allowed to solicit customers.

 Exhibitor Booth

Please check all that apply:  $150 Affton Chamber Member Booth  $275 Non-Chamber Member Booth  $100 Home-Based Business Booth (can be split between two businesses)  $0 Churches & Schools (fee waived if event is promoted to congregations and families)  $25 Electric (limited number of booths available with electricity) For the purpose of booth placement, will you have a display of 3-feet or taller? (does not apply to job fair)  Yes  No





Address Total Enclosed: $

Sponsored by:

Drop off or mail to: Affton Chamber of Commerce 9815 Mackenzie Road St. Louis, MO 63123 Call or Email: 314.631.3100 or info@afftonchamber.com

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