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Spring in the Air

Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo


A Career in Flight

Regional “forefather” Richard Hrabko

High-end garage spaces coming to Chesterfield





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Spring in the Air

The return of the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo.


A Career in Flight

Regional “forefather” Richard Hrabko.


18 Potpourri 2

Business Spotlights


And the Winner is...


Why Join the Chesterfield Chamber?

New Member Mini Profiles

Executive Director’s Column

Chairman’s Column

Redefining the idea of the ‘man cave.’


Boring Beetle

31 Faster, Higher, Stronger


Legacy of Sustainability


Dierberg’s Markets: The Chesterfield Connection

Park Place

Families and fans converge in and around the city for the Maccabi Games.

32 Athletic Healer


News from the City

News from the City

Chesterfield History

News by the Numbers

Chesterfield chiropractor has traveled the world to compete and support world-class athletes in competition.

News Briefs from Chesterfield


The Big Event

34 Boom Town


Business Directory Updates

Business leaders heard positive news at the Chesterfield Chamber’s second economic development summit.


Community Event Highlights

Chamber Membership Directory

40 Who’s Out & About in Chesterfield?


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New Member Spotlights Get to know some of the businesses that have joined the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce since the last edition of Out & About. 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons

are the reinvention of the barbershop, providing custom-crafted haircuts and other grooming services in a relaxing environment that has been specifically designed for men. Barbershops that historically provided great service in a male “sanctuary” have all but disappeared. Value chains offer low prices, but the cuts are inconsistent and the environment and experience are unfulfilling. Our professional stylists and barbers provide more than custom-crafted haircuts. They also offer great advice on men’s style, trends and grooming products. We make sure we give everyone who steps through our door the time, attention and courtesy that they deserve. We offer a full menu of services, including custom-crafted haircuts, straight-razor shaves, waxing pedicures and more. We believe that when men look better, they feel better and perform better. Give us the chance to show you how truly confident you can be with better grooming services. Call Joe Bryan, 636-778-2700. 1723 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield. eighteeneight.com Debra K. Schuster & Associates is an elder law

firm dedicated to providing comprehensive legal services in estate planning and issues pertaining to incapacity, advanced age, disability, special needs and mental illness. It is the goal of our entire staff to treat our clients with compassion and respect. Our therapy dog Fabio is always close by for those who benefit from his calming presence. From the preparation of durable powers of attorney and wills to complex adult guardianships, trust matters and Medicaid asset preservation, we help our clients identify and evaluate their options and choose the solution that best suits their needs, goals and values. If necessary, we meet our clients at their homes, skilled nursing facilities or wherever they need us to go. Call 314991-2602. 1120 Olivette Executive Parkway, Suite 220, St. Louis. Contact dschuster.com. Embrace Home Loans has

more than 30 years of finding the right loans, fast. Finding a mortgage designed just for you is precisely what we do. In fact, it’s all we do. If you’re looking to purchase a new home, refinance an


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existing mortgage or consolidate high-interest debt, look no further than Embrace. It’s what we’ve done for tens of thousands of customers during 30 years in the business and it’s what we believe makes us one of the fastest growing lenders in the nation. So, you can count on Embrace Home Loans to exhaust all options to get you the right loan, fast. Call Jeff Kaune, 636-812-3004. Excel Orthopedics was founded by Dr. Christopher Lenarz in 2013. Dr. Lenarz is a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon and board-certified independent medical examiner. He has advanced training in the treatment of shoulder and elbow problems, including work and sports injuries, degenerative conditions and fractures. Excel Orthopedics recently opened a new office in Chesterfield Valley at the Boone’s Crossing Exit. More information: excel-orthopedics.com. FFG offers trusted counsel to business owners and executives who value customized and proactive financial planning. By leveraging our industry expertise, fact-based analysis and client collaboration, we provide long-term peace of mind through thoughtful consideration of each client’s individual needs. After all, your plan should be as unique as you are. Put FFG in your corner as your trusted resource in planning. Schedule a conversation with us and see how we can help you evaluate and achieve your aspirations. Call Jeff Jeffers, 314-821-0500 (o) or 314-695-1837 (m). Friends of the St. Louis University Liver Center was formed by a group

of grateful St. Louis University Liver Center patients and their friends and families in 2003. Since its inception, the organization has raised more than $3.5 million to benefit the research efforts of the worldrenowned St. Louis University Liver Center. All money raised stays in the St. Louis community to perform lifesaving research and treat patients from all walks of life, in St. Louis and across the country. The Friends host fundraising and networking events each year. We invite any business to sponsor an event, or donate an in-kind item in support of our fundraising efforts. Call Leisa Duff, executive director; or Christine Melton, event coordinator, at 314-576-3078. 14323 S. Outer 40, Suite 200, Chesterfield.


Concert @ Faust Park!


Each season, the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce hosts a Summer Concert Series in Faust Park. Beginning in June, thousands of spectators come out to the park to enjoy live music and entertainment under the stars. Faust Park opens at 5:30 p.m. for seating and all concerts are from 7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Beer, wine, soda, water, popcorn, and candy are available for purchase along with area restaurants offering food at affordable prices.

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Jay Wolfe Toyota of West County is the No. 1

Toyota dealership in St. Louis for 2015 and a president’s award winner. We would like to invite you into our dealership to provide you with an experience like no other. We’re here to serve you whether you are looking to purchase a new vehicle, a pre-owned vehicle, or have your current vehicle serviced (we welcome all makes and models to our service department). We have an exciting new complimentary advantage program where we offer four years no-cost maintenance, one-year tire, wheel and windshield protection on all new vehicles, and much more. You can enjoy Jay’s Bistro, where we serve complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Starbucks coffee is always hot, the kid’s room is always open for your children to play, and the massage chairs are here for your comfort. Jay Wolfe Toyota of West County is excited to be a member of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and we invite you into our dealership today. Call 877-859-0286. 14700 Manchester Road, Ballwin. toyotaofwestcounty.com

Lipic’s Engagement ’s mission since

1863 has been to help organizations increase their value through the creation of an engaged culture. An engaged culture retains the best employees, attracts great prospects and develops leaders for the future. We accomplish this mission by using a variety of tools to measure, communicate, educate and recognize employees throughout their careers with the organization. Call 314-775–2500. 10030 Big Bend Road, St. Louis. lipic.com.

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insured radon mitigation and testing company serving the St. Louis metropolitan area. We are members of AARST (American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists) and fully certified through NEHA-NRPP (National Environmental Health Association). For radon testing, mitigation or a free on-site estimate, call Mark Manfrede, 314-681-1822. MTM is one of the nation’s largest

and most experienced transportation management companies. Since 1995, we have partnered with state and county governments, Medicaid- and Medicare-managed care organizations, and health care facilities to ensure patients have access to health care services. Over the past several years, we have also introduced new service offerings, including home- and communitybased service coordination, call center operations, ambulance management and functional assessments and travel training. Our mission is to partner with


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clients in developing innovative solutions for accessing health care, increasing independence and connecting community resources cost effectively. With these key goals in mind, we have one overarching vision: Communities without barriers. Visit mtm-inc.net. Old Time Servicing Company is the sole distributor of Dippin’ Dots ice cream for the St. Louis metropolitan area. We provide Dippin’ Dots ice cream for events of any type such as fairs, festivals, bar and bat mitzvahs, graduations, weddings and many more. We also provide Dippin’ Dots ice cream to locations such as pools, water parks, sports concession stands and fun centers, as well as many other retail locations. Contact Ben Favier, 314-4357599, or favierben@gmail.com. Papa Murphy’s Take N Bake Pizza is fresh made, fresh baked,

fresh pizza. At Papa Murphy’s, we are fresh fanatics. We come in early to make our dough fresh from scratch, grate our 100 percent whole-milk mozzarella every day and hand slice our veggies—handmade fresh since 1981. Today, we continue to focus on what has made Papa Murphy’s the fifth largest pizza company in the United States. Call Jeff Rawson, 314-401-0942. Parc Provence is a memory

care, assisted living and skilled nursing community that promotes the physical and cognitive abilities of senior adults. The dynamic approach to person-centered care enables each resident to retain dignity and a sense of wellbeing. This unique approach to care begins with a competent, qualified staff. Activity, nursing and therapy professionals are trained in rehabilitation, restorative therapies and memory care. Music and art therapists, and more than 80 activities a day, seven days a week, also add to the cutting-edge approach to care. Since opening in 2004, families that have been a part of the Parc Provence experience continue to recommend this unique program and excellent customer service. Parc Provence is part of the locally owned, nationally recognized Gatesworth Communities, leading the way in providing area seniors with a wide variety of quality services for more than 30 years. Call Karen or Cindy at 314-5422500. parcprovence.com. Rachel Williams State Farm Agency is a growing

State Farm agency offering auto insurance, home insurance, health insurance, business insurance, life insurance and bank products. We are honored to be part of the Chesterfield community. Call 314-485-8990.

SCORE is the largest

nonprofit national business organization in the country, providing free counseling and mentoring to small businesses and startups. SCORE is a partner with the Small Business Administration, with 11,000 volunteers nationwide in 300 chapters. SCORE volunteers are retired and semi-retired business professionals with a wide variety of business experience and knowledge. Call Bob Boles, 636-3946715. 1101 Carman Road, Manchester. score.org or stlouis.score.org.

Split Safe has a unique tool that can be added to any dolly to increase load capacity by up to 100 percent. Very convenient, very compact and ultra-durable. Delivery drivers reduce their number of trips by up to 50 percent. Increase your load’s stability by adding these fully detachable bars to your dolly today. Save time. Save energy. Save money. Call Michael Green, 314-305-5984. Summit Flooring & Turf

is a family owned, fullservice flooring design center. We are also an authorized supplier of SYNLawn synthetic grass, used for state-of-the-art putting greens, tees, driving ranges, playgrounds, patios, decks, rooftops, pet areas, landscape areas and indoor sports. Whether it’s a large facility or in your basement, we customize. We offer the longest warranty in the industry today. On the flooring side, we offer hardwood, porcelain/ceramic tile, laminate, vinyl, commercial and residential carpet. We are a Mohawk Color Center Elite and a Karastan carpet and rug dealer. We are dedicated to excellence in providing the highest quality and service to exceed client expectations. Our company is based on family traditions and principles and we take pride in developing lasting relationships. Call Paul Held, St. Louis territory representative, 816-591-7917.

St. Louis Bridge Center was established as a nonprofit in 2012 as the premier place in St. Louis to enjoy the game of duplicate bridge. We host games of up to 75 tables for players of all skill levels in a well-lit setting. Amenities include computer-generated hands, automatic scoring pads and soon, hand records, free snacks, coffee and iced tea. Light lunches are available for purchase. The bridge center teaches classes, including the ACBL Bridge Series, Adult Beginner’s Bridge and Learn Bridge in a Day. We also host nationally recognized teachers and authors, including Barbara

Seagram (scheduled to return June 3-5), Audrey Grant, Jerry Helms and Larry Cohen. Come with or without a partner. Call 314-569-1430. 8616 Olive Blvd. stlouisbridge.org. St. Louis Retirement Advisors

specializes in helping people 55 and older plan for a successful retirement. As a boutique Chesterfield company, we get to know our clients very well and make sure every one of them has enough income to maintain their dignity and independence in retirement. We help our clients make better decisions on a variety of issues such as Social Security planning, Medicare planning, investment planning, beneficiary planning and tax planning. Call Gregg Gonzalez, 636-530-9977. 133 Chesterfield Business Parkway. Retirestl.com. Veterans Economic Communities Initiative has

targeted 50 cities nationwide and Heidi Schoen is an economic liaison working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the VEC. There is no cost to use the VEC and it’s a robust sourcing tool to find veteran job seekers. The VEC has many components, including familiarizing employers with the Veterans Employment Center. A VEC demo with Heidi is a convenient way to learn more about the benefits of the VEC. Contact Heidi Schoen at 314-3992034 or heidi.schoen@va.gov. vets.gov/veteransemployment-center.

Zykan Exteriors STL is a licensed, bonded and insured general contractor that does everything from building new homes to interior painting. Its most sought-after work comes from homeowners looking to repair or replace their roof, siding and/or gutters. We also know how the insurance claims process works and can take that headache away from the homeowner. Often, we find storm damage and can get the work covered by the homeowner’s insurer. At the end of the day, we’re here to help people get their homes looking beautiful, while not breaking the bank. We also offer different financing options, many with zero percent interest, same-as-cash, which means we can help more people than ever before. Call Fred Zykan or Matt Lovetto at 636-345-6873 or 618-806-6911.

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And the winner is... Chamber award winners embody the best qualities of the Chesterfield community by how they contribute.


ne of my favorite duties each year is taking time at January’s general membership meeting to recognize some of the true leaders in Chesterfield’s business community. Each year, the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce presents awards to a host of people and businesses for their contributions in a variety of ways, either through their volunteer work, their service to the Chamber or to their overall contributions to our city’s way of life. This year, our award winners are recognized for everything from their can-do attitude and takecharge work to more than four decades of volunteerism in the service of improving the business climate in Chesterfield. Jamie Boydston, Chesterfield Business Person of the Year. This award is given in recognition of a person

who has shown continued support and progressive growth as a business leader. This individual has supported the Chamber through sponsorship, attendance at events, volunteer time and energy throughout the year.

Landmark Signs/Mike Butler, Business of the Year.

This business is recognized for continued involvement and commitment to the Chamber of Commerce. This award is given to a business for their outstanding support of the Chamber events and programs, through sponsorship and volunteerism. R.B. Clark III, Spirit of Chesterfield Award. This

Nora Amato and R.B. Clark III

award recognizes someone who has had a positive cultural and economic impact on the Chesterfield Community. This individual represents the Chesterfield community on behalf of the Chamber.

Bill Chaplain, Task Master Award. This award recognizes a winner’s tireless efforts, energy and leadership among Chamber members. This individual has led committees through events and programming on behalf of the Chamber.

Nora Amato and David Connor

David Conner, Service Award. This award recognizes a

member’s involvement and dedication to the Chamber. This individual has served a committee or committees through events and programming.

Dan Bowers, Volunteer of the Year. This award

recognizes a volunteer who shows support and dedication to the projects and activities of the Chamber. This award is given to a Chamber volunteer who has gone above and beyond the norm in service and dedication to the Chamber.

Jarrett Fleming, Chesterfield Young Professional Award. This award recognizes a member of the CYP

group who works tirelessly to promote and involve younger members through activities and programs in support of the Chamber. We were pleased to recognize this year’s award winners at the Chamber’s monthly General Membership meeting on Jan. 20 at Meadowbrook Country Club in Ballwin. Congratulations and thank you to all the winners of our 2015 awards. Now, let’s start generating nominations for our 2016 winners! Nora Macalady Amato is the executive director at the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce. Reach her at 636-532-3399 or email nora@chesterfieldmochamber.com.


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Why Join the Chesterfield Chamber? The biggest chamber in St. Louis County is a great place to make connections. But even more than that, it can give you the satisfaction of actually creating those connections.


n late January, I attended Major the Chamber’s monthly DeBerry business after-hours event, where I spotted a man in the back of the room, surveying the crowd, figuring out who he should meet. He was obviously new to the event and, as it turns out, new to the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce. I introduced myself and learned he was an employment recruiter, specifically focused on recruiting physicians. Instantly, we had something to discuss. Turns out that just days before, I’d met Dr. Randall Moore, president of Mercy’s Virtual Care Center in Chesterfield, who spoke at the Chamber’s economic development summit (see page 34)—and invited members to contact him for a tour. Connection made. When people ask me why they should join the Chamber, that’s the sort of story I like to share. There’s the satisfaction of making a connection between two strangers—strangers you know will have an instant connection once they’re introduced. There’s the satisfaction of seeing a connection you made grow into something productive for both parties. There’s the joy of seeing someone find a job because of an introduction you made. “I have a vast network of people I never would have met if I wasn’t a member,” Major DeBerry told me. He’s the assistant vice president/branch manager at the Lindell Bank branch on Long Road. “The biggest thing is the network of lifelong friends here in the Chesterfield-St. Louis community I will carry with me for the rest of my life.” His connections have certainly produced customers, but they’ve also allowed him to get more deeply engaged in the community: as a volunteer with Pedal the Cause; with the annual spring Chamber of Commerce golf tournament; and as a board member with Stages St. Louis.


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Major’s role at Stages began with a Chamber connection he made during his participation with the Chamber’s Leadership Chesterfield program in 2015. This program gives 20 participants a well-rounded look at every aspect of how our community functions. It’s also worth noting that the people who attend Chamber networking events—the monthly coffees, membership meetings, afterhours events and more—are also movers and shakers. They’re decision-makers within their businesses, the types of people you want to know if you’re trying to build your own business. The connections, of course, are the biggest benefit. The benefits go beyond that. Advertising and sponsorship opportunities abound. Members can reach other members directly through our vast email list. Ribbon-cuttings provide great exposure for new businesses, exposure to other big players in the community. Business owners can find educational opportunities ranging from how to use social media to refreshers on insurance regulations affecting their employees and more. As I said earlier, it’s as much about giving as getting. I’d take the satisfaction of making a connection between two people every single day of the week if I could. Tricia Whelan is chairman of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and a vice president at Lindell Bank, responsible for growing the bank’s loans and deposits. Contact her at 636449-4000 or twhelan@lindellbank.com.

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Boring Beetle The Emerald Ash Borer—which attacks and kills Ash trees—has been confirmed in West St. Louis County. Chesterfield is working to reduce the number of Ash trees. By Mindy Mohrman, City Arborist/Urban Forester


he Emerald Ash Borer is an exotic wood-boring beetle first discovered destroying Ash trees in Michigan in 2002. Since then, the beetle has been found in parts of Ontario, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. The Emerald Ash Borer kills Ash trees by damaging the sapwood and preventing fluid transport throughout the tree. Once infested, trees usually die within three to five years. Ash trees are the only species at risk from this insect. The city of Chesterfield has long been aware that there is a large population of Ash trees in public right of way, typically the area between the sidewalk and street. In preparation for a possible beetle infestation, city staff has worked since 2010 to

An ash tree showing symptoms of an Emerald Ash Borer Infestation.

remove dead and declining Ash trees, reducing their population from 36 percent of our total street trees to 28 percent. However, approximately 6,700 Ash trees remain along city streets. As the Ash borer population expands, the beetles will kill them all, creating a public safety hazard as infested trees become brittle and fall apart. The city is implementing a program to systematically remove all Chesterfield’s public Ash trees within the next seven years. After we remove all Ash trees that are dead, declining or showing evidence of an Ash borer infestation, we will strategically schedule subsequent removals. Please be patient as we work through this devastating event. If a tree in front of your home has been scheduled for removal, you will be notified by mail before the removal takes place. If you have a declining Ash tree on city property adjacent to your home that you would like considered for removal, call 5374000, or fill out an online work request: http://www. chesterfield.mo.us/report-a-problem.html The city’s Residential Street Tree Planting program assists homeowners who would like to plant an approved replacement tree within city right-of-way to improve the overall health of our urban forest. Find more information online: http://www.chesterfield. mo.us/residential-street-tree.html Learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer and the city’s Ash tree action plan, visit: http:// www.chesterfield.mo.us/ emerald-ash-borer.html

An Emerald Ash Borer shown in scale with a penny.

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Legacy of Sustainability Chesterfield’s Earth Day celebration reaches its silver anniversary with activities April 30. By Libbey Tucker


Both pages: Photo courtesy of the city of Chesterfield

any of us are just gaining the habit of daily recycling or considering how our actions affect the environment. But a group of Chesterfield residents has been dedicated to sustainability and preserving our natural resources for more than 25 years. The Chesterfield Citizens Committee for the Environment began as the “recycling committee” and was spearheaded by recently retired city council member Mike Casey around 1990. “When we first started the recycling committee, our focus was providing recycling services to the residents because, at the time, our trash hauler did not offer that,” Casey said. “It was well received and the efforts of that committee over time have led to curbside recycling and even yard waste over the years.” Darcy Capstick has chaired the CCE for more than 20 years and is the driving force behind many of the initiatives of the committee. “Our Earth Day celebrations go back to what was initially an Arbor Day celebration. We gave away native trees, and we continue to do that at Earth Day now,” Capstick said. She estimates the city has given away more than 12,000 trees at Tree Day and Earth Day events. This year, with residents’ help, the committee inventoried centennial trees, or trees at least 100 years old. They counted nearly 95 trees, based on circumference and species guidelines from the Missouri Department of Conservation. A “horse-

Bob Ernst, Donna Pecherski, and Jeanne Clausen, members of the Chesterfield Citizens Committee for the Environment, at the 2015 Earth Day Festival.


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chestnut” tree located in Faust Park is estimated to be 340 years old! Chesterfield’s Earth Day celebration has now grown into a full-blown festival at Chesterfield Mall, with an outdoor drive-thru recycling area that accepts almost anything that can be recycled (check website for guidelines) and an indoor event with nearly 50 vendors. Participants learn about recycling, solar projects and composting and also buy native plants, “upcycled” items, jewelry and art. Cub Scout Pack 597 will host a shoe collection drive for the Waterman Shoe Project inside. Ceremonies include recognizing property owners of centennial trees. Entertainment includes an “insect hotel” demonstration by Perennial STL, where participants can learn hands-on how to make a viable insect house. Also, African drum dancer and storyteller Kunama Mtendaji will stage a special interactive performance. IF YOU GO: April 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chesterfield

Mall. Indoors, near the lower level center court; outdoor drive-thru recycling in the parking lot near Sears and Macy’s. Contact chesterfield.mo.us or 636537-4000.

Libbey Tucker is community services and economic development director at the city of Chesterfield. Reach her at 636-537-6721 or ltucker@chesterfield.mo.us.

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Dierbergs Markets: The Chesterfield Connection The massive grocer’s roots run deep in the community—as well as its commitment to public service.

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Amelia and William F. Dierberg Sr. in 1935.

to protect 13,000 acres along the Missouri River in Bonhomme Township (Chesterfield). He also served as clerk of the Lake School Board and a member of the Creve Coeur Farmers Club. In 1929, Dierberg Sr. turned the grocery business over to two of his sons, William Jr. and Fred. William Jr. married Genevieve Catherine Deerling and they had three children. Fred married Leone Ficke on Sept. 13, 1931, and they also had three children. The brothers had been working in their dad’s store from the time they were big enough to be helpful and they continued this tradition with their own children. This store moved to various locations in Creve Coeur until 1967, when William Jr.’s son Robert (Bob) opened a second Dierbergs Market in Chesterfield. The new store was 4 miles west of the Creve Coeur store at the corner of Olive Boulevard and Woods Mill Road. The day before the Jan. 25 grand opening, a massive tornado touched down just west at River Bend Estates. However, the store was left unscathed and opened on schedule. A year later, Bob married Sharon Martel, whom he met during one of her shopping trips to his store. Today, Bob serves as chairman of Dierbergs Markets Inc., while his son Greg is the CEO; daughter Laura Dierberg-Padousis is vice president and secretary; and son Brian is in management. Bob’s grandfather, William Sr., died July 17, 1945; his father, William Jr., died in October 1973.

This page: Top photo courtesy Dierbergs Markets; Bottom photo courtesy Chesterfield Historic & Landmarks Preservation Committee. Opposite page: Photo courtesy Carole Dierberg Stroud


ierbergs Markets is one of three family-owned supermarket chains in the St. Louis metro area along with Schnucks and Straub’s. Founder William F. Dierberg Sr. was born Aug. 23, 1876, and later, at age 14, began his career as a blacksmith when his family moved to Lake, Mo.,—present day Chesterfield near Hog Hollow Road. He took a job in Mr. Zierenberg’s blacksmith shop, located next to Zierenberg’s general store, known as 18-Mile House. When Zierenberg returned to his native Germany for a yearlong visit in 1910, Dierberg left the blacksmith business to manage the store. When Zierenberg returned, William moved his family to Creve Coeur and entered the retail merchandising business with H.M. Koch. Koch’s store was located in the “Creve Coeur House,” which had been in existence since 1854 and became the first Dierbergs Market when he bought out Koch in 1914. Dierberg’s Chesterfield experience contributed to the development of his first market— even though it was located in Creve Coeur. On Feb. 5, 1899, William Sr. married Amelia Rosenfelder and the couple had seven children. Besides dealing with his large family and running his business, William also found time to devote to civic pursuits. In 1922, he helped organize the St. Louis County River Improvement Association in an effort

The corporate headquarters was originally housed above Bob’s store until a second store at Clarkson and Baxter roads opened in Chesterfield in July 1988. The corporate offices then moved to a site on Elbridge Payne Road (off Chesterfield Parkway East) until 1999 when they relocated to Swingley Ridge Road. Today, 25 Dierbergs Markets employ 4,000 people in stores located throughout the St. Louis region—and one at the Lake of the Ozarks. Many Chesterfield customers are staunch Dierbergs shoppers and the store’s owners have been loyal to Chesterfield. This is evident from the founder’s work and civic activities in the early 20th century to the present day location of two stores and corporate headquarters in Chesterfield. Ann Chrissos is a member of the Chesterfield Historical Commission and chaired the committee that produced the 2011 book, “Chesterfield, Missouri: From Untamed Wilderness to Thriving Municipality.” She bases her columns on multiple sources.

Home of Mr. and Mrs. William Dierberg and family, located on the north side of Olive Street Road, east of the Zierenberg Mercantile Store in Lake, Missouri.

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News by the Numbers A collection of Chesterfield-focused news tidbits.


Square feet covered by the Veterans Honor Park near the Chesterfield Amphitheater. The city and the monument’s planning committee are ready to begin construction on the project, designed to provide a place for honoring, learning about and reflecting on those who have served in the military. Groundbreaking is expected this summer. (See the April-June 2015 edition of Out & About for more details.)


Dollars in unpaid dues from the city of Chesterfield to the St. Louis County Municipal League. The city council voted in late January to withdraw from the organization over a dispute in how sales tax revenues raised within municipal boundaries are distributed, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Above: An artist’s rendering of the planned Veterans Honor Park near the amphitheater in Chesterfield.

Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation has argued vociferously against the region’s existing system for distributing sales tax revenue.


The average credit score for Chesterfield residents, the 24th best in the nation and the highest in Missouri, according to a survey by credit reporting website WalletHub. The highest possible credit score is 850.



The story of Green Trails Elementary students Karis, Ella and Nawaal struck a chord with viewers on Facebook.

Combined “likes” and “shares” on Facebook for a Parkway School District video depicting the cross-cultural friendship of three girls at Green Trails Elementary. “What if our differences brought us closer together instead of tore us apart? Meet three young girls who have developed a special bond,” Parkway shared on its Facebook page.

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Left: Rendering courtesy of the honor park planning committee, Student photo courtesy Parkway School District) This page: Chesterfield Athletic Complex photo courtesy of the city of Chesterfield. Student photos courtesy Parkway School District


A worker paints a logo on one of the fields at the award-winning Chesterfield Athletic Complex.

The number of times the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex has received Pioneer Athletics’ “Fields of Excellence” award, recognizing exemplary teamwork and dedication to field crews. Pioneer Manufacturing Co. makes athletic field marking paint and striping equipment. Chesterfield’s complex was one among 82 facilities nationwide to earn the award.

36/2,400 Perfect scores on the ACT and SAT college entrance tests. Parkway Central High produced two perfect scores: junior Maddy Scannell on the ACT and senior Sharanya Kumar on the SAT. About 1.6 million students take the ACT; 1.7 million take the SAT annually. Of those, about 0.04 percent score perfect on the ACT, 0.02 percent on the SAT.

Maddy Scannell

Sharanya Kumar


Years since St. Luke’s Hospital admitted its first patient, on Feb. 28, 1866. Celebrations include a free health fair on June 4, 8:30-11:30 a.m., on its main campus. The hospital has grown from a single location to 25 throughout St. Louis and St. Charles counties. The Chesterfield location opened in 1975. More health screening details at stlukes-stl.com. April - June 2016 | Out & About


The Wine & Jazz Festival runs from mid-afternoon till late evening on June 25.

The Big Event Chesterfield event highlights for the next several months. Find comprehensive listings on these sites. chesterfieldmochamber.com chesterfield.mo.us newsmagazinenetwork.com chesterfieldamphitheater.com Art in the Park Summer Workshops Regional artists will create live art in front of all attendees, who will have the opportunity to bid on the art at the end of the night. Entertainment includes live music, light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The event is free to attend and the proceeds benefit the Chesterfield public art projects. RSVP at the contacts below. April 9, 6-10 p.m. | City Hall, 690 Chesterfield Parkway West 636-812-9523 | smani@chesterfield.mo.us | chesterfield.mo.us

Chesterfield Chamber Golf Classic

Join us for the Chamber’s 26th Annual Golf Tournament, a great day of golf, food, and fun—and our limited spots sell out quickly. Golfers of all skill levels are welcome, with many competitions throughout the day. A great day of golf that provides members with a relaxing opportunity to entertain customers and clients, and to network with other Chamber members. The tournament supports the Chamber’s programs that allow us to fulfill our mission of offering opportunities for networking, education and communication. A portion of our proceeds benefit a charity within the Chamber. Persimmon Woods | April 25, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. | 636-532-3399 info@chesterfieldmochamber.com

25th Chesterfield Earth Day Festival

This festival is one of the region’s largest Earth Day events and offers a convenient recycling drive-thru, eco-friendly and up-cycled products, information exhibits, plus cultural entertainment. The Chesterfield Citizens Committee for the Environment hosts the free 25th Chesterfield Earth Day Festival. April 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Chesterfield Mall. | 636-812-9500 chesterfield.mo.us

21st Annual Parkway Golf Tournament & Party

Shotgun start at noon. $125/golfer includes lunch, greens fees, carts, refreshments, prizes and dinner. June 17 Bear Creek Golf Club, Wentzville. Register online: ParkwayAlumni.org.


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Open the door to your creativity and discover your artistic side. Melt into the beauty of the outdoors while observing the atmospheric conditions and changes. The Art in the Park Summer Workshops will introduce a new art form each week in free workshops. Call to register in advance; a maximum of 12 students for each workshop, which runs from 9 a.m. till noon. Watercolor, May 19 | Collage, May 26 | Photography, June 16 Central Park Lake Gazebo | 636-812-9500 | chesterfield.mo.us

Chesterfield Chamber 40th Anniversary Celebration

Join us in celebrating the Chamber’s four decades of service with musical entertainment from Groovethang. Food trucks will be on hand for dinner and snacks. June 2, 7-9 p.m. | Chesterfield Amphitheater | 636-532-3399 info@chesterfieldmochamber.com chesterfieldmochamber.com

Chesterfield Chamber’s 29th Summer Concert Series

Join us for our 29th annual Summer Concert Series at Faust Park. Kicking off the season is the Bob Kuban Band, followed by a wonderful fireworks display, courtesy of the city of Chesterfield. Food and beverages available for purchase at each event. Bob Kuban Band, June 7 | Griffin and the Gargoyles, June 14 Rockin’ Chair, June 21 | Spectrum, June 28 | Fanfare, July 12 Volcanic Ash, July 19 | Mirage, July 26 | Trilogy, Aug. 2 TBD, Aug. 9 | Billy Peek, Aug. 16 Faust Park, 15185 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series

Bring your friends and family to one of the area’s best outdoor venues and enjoy the sounds of regional and national acts performing onstage at the beautiful Chesterfield Amphitheater. All performances are free; featured acts begin at 7:30 p.m. and opening acts start at 6:45 p.m. Creedence Forever (Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute), June 4 Silver Bullet (Bob Seger tribute), June 18 Revelation (Journey tribute), July 16 | Queens Blvd, July 30 Chesterfield Amphitheater | chesterfieldamphitheater.com 636-812-9500

Both pages: All photos courtesy city of Chesterfield

The Live Art Project

Chesterfield Wine & Jazz Festival

The Wine & Jazz Festival, the Midwest’s finest outdoor jazz festival, has an exciting lineup that showcases the best in contemporary, straight-ahead and fusion jazz. Enjoy a variety of wine, great food, and fireworks. Free to attend. June 25, 3:30-10:30 p.m. | Chesterfield Amphitheater chesterfieldjazzfestival.com | 636-812-9500

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration

The biggest and best fireworks show in the metropolitan area, presented by the city of Chesterfield and sponsored in part by Sachs Properties and Chesterfield Mall. The main viewing area will be in the west parking lot near Dillard’s and Macy’s at Chesterfield Mall. A free concert at 7 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 4, 7 p.m. | Chesterfield Mall

ADDITIONAL BIG EVENT INFO We’ve shared some of the highlights from around the community. Don’t miss these regular events by your Chesterfield Chamber. Business After-Hours 5-7 p.m.

April 28, First State Bank, 16640 Chesterfield Grove Road, Chesterfield. May 26, Two Blind Guys, 17714 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield. June 30, TBD.

Chesterfield’s Fourth of July celebration centers on Chesterfield Mall, with events starting at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

General Membership Meeting, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with lunch

April 20, Old Hickory Golf Club, 1 Dye Club Drive, St. Peters. May 18, The Landings at Spirit Golf Club, 180 N. Eatherton Road, Chesterfield. June 15, United Methodist Church of Green Trails, 14237 Ladue Road, Chesterfield.

First Thursday Coffee, 7:30-9 a.m.

April 7, Chesterfield Montessori 14000 Ladue Road, Chesterfield. May 5, St. Luke’s Urgent Care, 17421 Chesterfield Airport Road,

Movies Under the Stars Experience the unique atmosphere, sights and sounds of watching a movie outdoors on the giant inflatable screen at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. Bring out the family for this great event that is returning for its fourth year. The free movies begin at dusk. The Good Dinosaur, June 10 | Minions, June 24 | Inside Out, July 22 Chesterfield Amphitheater | chesterfieldamphitheater.com | 636-812-9500

Another year of free movies at the Chesterfield Amphitheater starts June 10 with “The Good Dinosaur.”

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U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team from the 2014 air show.


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Spring in the Air By Kurt Greenbaum

The return of the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo makes science and engineering soar while celebrating milestone anniversaries for two American institutions.


ir ships of all stripes—the fastest, the loudest and the largest—will be on display in flight and on the ground when Chesterfield greets the return of its air show May 14-15. The Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo returns after a year off and with organizers promising a new experience along with the thrills. “It really is building on the successes and

the learning from when we brought it back in 2014,” said Paul Guse, air show spokesman and a communications director for The Boeing Company in St. Louis, which is the premier sponsor of the show. The 2014 show drew 125,000 spectators to the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in western Chesterfield and thrilled audiences over the two-day period, but was marked by enormous traffic jams on Highway 40 and

Photos by Dan Bowers


A selection of confirmed flying performances and aircraft displays. More at spirit-airshow. com or 314-529-1963. • U.S. Navy Blue Angels • Canadian Forces Snowbirds demonstration team • Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet • USAF F-22 Raptor demonstration • Skip Stewart in the Pitts S-2S biplane • P-51D Mustang • Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker • Rockwell B-1B Lancer • U.S. Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry • Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Texas Raiders” • Boeing B-28 Superfortress “FiFi” • Douglas AD-5 Skyraider • Vought F4U-5N Corsair

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REGIONAL CONNECTIONS Two of the Blue Angels pilots who will thrill Chesterfield audiences have connections in or near the St. Louis region.

uated with a Bachelor of Science degree in ement in 2003. After flying for commercial years, Ryan reported to Naval Air Station , Florida, for officer candidate school and was n Ensign in the U.S. Navy. d to NAS Pensacola for aviation indoctrination completed primary flight training in the T-34C NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and completed training in the T-45A Goshawk at NAS He received his wings of gold in November

Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, Line Division Officer, Naval Air Training and Operation Procedures Standardization Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Landing Signals Officer. While assigned to VFA-14, Ryan completed deployments in the Western Pacific and Middle East aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in support of Operation Enduring and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ryan joined the Blue Angels in September 2012. He has accumulated more than 2,200 flight hours and 300 carrierarrested landings. His decorations include two Strike Flight Air Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various personal and unit awards.

long lines to enter when visitors finally parked. Organizers ended up honoring Saturday tickets on Sunday for fans who never made it through the gates on the first day. The event raised $100,000 for veterans’ and children’s charities around the St. Louis area. “There are things that we’re replicating and things we’re building on—parking in particular,”

ported to Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (VFAg Eagles,” at NAS Lemoore, California, for

Young fans check out the cockpit of a smaller plane at the 2014 air show. 28

Lt. Ryan Chamberlain is from Bloomington, Ill., and earned a bachelor’s in aviation management from Southern Ca Illinois University, Carbondale. The lead solo pilot joined the Blue Angels in September 2012. He has completed deployments in the Western Pacific and Middle East aboard U.S.S. Nimitz (CVN 68) and U.S.S. John C. Stennis (CVN aptain Jeff Kuss is a native of graduated from Durango High Sc 74) in support of Operation Enduring and Operation Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colora Iraqi Freedom. a Bachelor of Arts degree in Econo


commissioned a Second Lieutenant through the Officer Candidate Course The Basic School at Marine Corps B complete training. Jeff reported to Naval Air Station ( for aviation indoctrination in July 2007 flight training in the T-34C Turbo Christi, Texas, and completed advan Goshawk at NAS Kingsville, Texas. gold in November 2009. Jeff then reported to Strike Fighter the “Rough Raiders,” at NAS Lemo training in the F/A-18 Hornet. He re Attack Squadron 312 (VMFA-312),

Guse said. “We’re all coming together with lessons learned and a great new plan.” St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger praised organizers to creating an event that positions the state and the region so favorably. “This event combines the finest pilots and aircraft in the world with an exposition of regional science, technology, engineering and math initiatives that help St. Louis County maintain its position as Missouri’s leading economic engine,” Stenger said. Organizers have worked closely with local law enforcement and other community organizations to speed entry in and out of the event. The show also will highlight the special place St. Louis has in aviation history, and offers a preview day on May 13 for students, focusing on the STEM aspect of the event—science, technology, engineering and math. “When we thought how to have an event based on STEM, flying is science,” said John Bales, director of the Spirit Airport. “The preview day is open to schools that apply ahead of time. They’ll have access to the STEM Pavilion, with 31 stations. We’ll welcome school districts from all over the region—public, and private—along with some home-schooled students.”


The Blue Angels. The U.S. Navy’s high-speed, high-energy, close-quarters flight demonstration


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Photo by Steve Schulte

Lt. Matt Suyderhoud is from Honolulu, but earned his bachelor’s in aviation science from St. Louis University. Lieutenant Ryan Chamberlain, USN He flies right wing for the Lead Solo Blue Angels, which he joined in September 2014. He has completed two deployments aboard U.S.S. John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and U.S.S. Ronald (CVN initial 76), and flew in support training in the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet. He reportedof to Operation n Chamberlain is Reagan a native of Bloomington, raduated from Central Catholic High School Strike Fighter Squadron 14 (VFA-14), the “Tophatters,” at NAS Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. nded Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Lemoore, in October 2009, where he served as Public Affairs

U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team from the 2014 air show.

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IF YOU GO The 2016 Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo May 14-15. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Cost: $15 before May 1; $25 after May 1 or at the gate. Free for military personnel with a valid ID and children age 6 and under. Location: Spirit of St. Louis Airport, 18270 Edison Ave, Chesterfield. Parking: On the airport grounds. Organizers urge arriving early. Restrictions: No food or drink allowed; bags will be searched on entry. No tents or canopies. More details at spirit-airshow.com or 314-529-1963.


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team is back again, celebrating the occasion of its 70th anniversary. The team gave its first flight demonstration in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1946, flying single-engine F6F Hellcat prop fighter planes. Today’s Blue Angels fly St. Louis-built Boeing F/A-18 Hornets. 100 years of Boeing. The local name will be prominent throughout the event as the title sponsor of the air show celebrates its 100th anniversary throughout the year. “Boeing is tightly woven into the fabric of aviation heritage in the St. Louis region,” Bales said. “We are proud to once again have the Boeing name associated with this event.” Two “new” planes. Visitors to the air show will get to take gander at the only flying B-29 in the world. The Boeing-made four-engine bomber was flown primarily during World War II and the Korean War and its wings could nearly span a football field. Spectators can also see a flight display by a Chance Vought F4U-5N Corsair fighter from WWII, known to Japanese pilots as the “whistling death” for the sound it made in a dive. Neither has appeared at the Chesterfield event before.

Donations to charity. Proceeds from the not-for-profit Spirit of St. Louis Air show will be donated to local charities. “This is really more than a traditional air show,” Guse said. “The early stages of space were really founded here. This community has a great tradition in aviation.”

STEM Expo Pavilion. Sponsored by another large local company, MasterCard, the pavilion highlights the science, technology, engineering and math initiatives of academic, business and not-for-profit institutions in the St. Louis area.


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A Career in Flight By Rachel Warren-Stauffer Regional “forefather” Richard Hrabko has been a linchpin in the history of two major St. Louis airports—and the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce.


he 40th anniversary of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce has come fast for former chairman Richard “Dick” Hrabko. “One day, you’re 26 years old with a young family,” said Hrabko, 77, one of the Chamber’s founding members. “Then, suddenly, 50 years have passed. It amazes me sometimes.” Hrabko fondly remembers the first meetings in 1976 when “a handful of us got together at the urging of (founding chairman) R.B. Clark III and decided the area was growing and needed representation of the business community.” Hrabko finds it rewarding to watch Chesterfield continue to “grow and prosper—and know that I contributed to its success.”

Photos courtesy of St. Luke’s Hospital

Never afraid of hard work

Born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1938, Hrabko spent seven years in the U.S. Navy, from 1956 to 1963, as an airborne radar controller, aerial navigator and air traffic control supervisor, eventually flying more than 250 missions in the north Atlantic. Hrabko moved to St. Louis in 1964 to take a job as an air traffic controller for the developer of the Spirit of St. Louis Airport—the first employee of a yet-to-open airport. And the first person Hrabko met upon moving to the area was Clark. “He worked at a small, little country bank. It was the only bank in the area and I opened an Richard Hrabko account there,” said Hrabko, who moved up the ladder until he was named general manager at the airport, which grew under his leadership to employ more than 3,000 people. In the midst of his blossoming career, Hrabko thought it a civic duty to become involved with the fledgling Chamber. Hrabko believes the general camaraderie of the Chamber helped attract new members. “Our parties were legendary,” said Hrabko, who served as the Chamber’s third president. “People wanted to join in fear that they may miss out on something great.”

It was also an exciting time for Hrabko at work, albeit challenging. Perhaps the greatest challenge came in 1980, when the airport was sold to St. Louis County and he became the first director of aviation for the county. Serving the new city—and beyond

In 1988, the city of Chesterfield was incorporated and Hrabko was appointed by the St. Louis County Council to serve on the first city council. He was elected three times and spent more than six years on the council—five years as president pro tem. Hrabko believes former Chamber President Joan “Joanie” Schmelig deserves 90 percent of the credit for the Chamber’s continued success in the years following the city’s incorporation. Schmelig, who died in 2011, was “a born leader,” said Hrabko. “She was a legend.” Hrabko believes incorporation and a strong Chamber provided much-needed community stability after the Flood of 1993, which flooded the airport as well as a hundred businesses in the Chesterfield Valley. “We were part of a city and had tremendous resources to help recover the Valley,” said Hrabko. “The Chamber was very helpful in the recovery process.” By 2004, this avid golfer could have easily turned in his briefcase for more tee time. Instead, Hrabko answered the call of the mayor of St. Louis and accepted the additional role of interim director of St. Louis Lambert International Airport. He ran both airports until a permanent director was named in 2005. Two years later, St. Louis’ mayor called again asking Hrabko to become the St. Louis airport’s permanent director and CEO, which he did until he retired in 2010. Recalling it as the most rewarding challenges of his career, Hrabko notes that he took on the job in the airport’s “darkest hour, after American (Airlines) pulled most of their flights and St. Louis was no longer a large hub airport.”

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John Bales, Hrabko’s successor as director of aviation at Spirit of St. Louis Airport, refers to him as a “forefather” of the community. “The city of Chesterfield, Chamber of Commerce and especially the Spirit of St. Louis Airport owe a great deal of gratitude to Richard Hrabko for his foresight, leadership and visionary intellect leading us all to success,” Bales said. Still serving in retirement

Hrabko, who still enjoys following politics, continues to serve the community as an advisory board member of Commerce Bank, a board member of Wings of Hope, a commission member of the St Louis Airport Authority, and an executive board member of the St. Charles Economic Development Center. He lives in O’Fallon with his wife, Cynthia. He has three children, five grandchildren and one greatgranddaughter. Hrabko believes the vision he and the original Chamber members first shared for the City of Chesterfield 40 years ago has been realized. “Hundreds of businesses have moved into Chesterfield,” he said. “It should continue to prosper if everyone works together. The Chamber needs to remain a big part of it.”


Front Row: Linda McCarthy, Ed Politte, Butch James, Jody Hiller, Jerry Rogers, Cindy Rieger, Carrie Turner Second Row: Donna Spradley, Dave James, Kevin Hemenway, Scott Wilson, Tori Ketcherside, Catherine Ratz


Front Row: Ed Politte, Jerry Rogers, Butch James Second Row: Dave James, Kevin Hemenway, Scott Wilson

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Park Place When ‘The Place’ opens in Chesterfield, its high-end garage spaces will offer collectors premium spots to show off cars and other collections, redefining the idea of the ‘man cave.’ By Rachel Warren-Stauffer

Image courtesy of The Place


nce upon a time, a man’s home was his castle. As his kingdom expanded, King Dad was relegated to a man cave: a smaller piece of the palace where he could keep his most beloved treasures, like pool tables, oversized TVs and unfinished car restorations. When The Place first announced off-site man cave units would be coming to Chesterfield, a fleeting thought may have evoked pity for local dads. Would these generically titled garage condos (far removed from their manor’s grounds), give guys a sinking feeling of isolation?

Then The Place released photos of its 35 potential man caves and concerns shifted to whether or not King Dad would ever want to come home. Turns out, The Place isn’t generic at all. It’s exclusive. “We wanted to give it that private club-type feel,” said Steve Stodnick, co-owner of The Place. “It’s something a little secretive—and not very descriptive: ‘Where do you keep your collection? At the place.’ ‘I’ll meet ya down at the place.’” Stodnick, along with Randy Wild of Paragon Certified Restoration, a fire and water restoration company on Spirit Valley Drive next to Spirit of St.

A rendering of The Place, now under construction in the Chesterfield Valley. Get more information at the website: theplaceinchesterfield.com.

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Construction is underway at The Place’s location at 600 Spirit Valley East Dr. in Chesterfield. Owners hope to hit a spring grand opening if weather cooperates.

Louis Airport, are the developers for The Place. These luxury condos for high-priced toys redefine the word “garage.” Far from a basic, cold cement enclosure, these units are mezzanine-ready, boasting extra high ceilings, keyed and insulated Steel Man garage doors, emergency exit and security lighting, fire sprinklers, Wi-Fi and utility hookups—including 100-amp electrical service. Although decorating these digs is the owner’s responsibility, The Place can help match their customers with preferred vendors for installations such as heating and air conditioning units, hydraulic lifts and custom cabinetry. While the inside of these cushy caves will vary by owner, the same high level of exterior security will be enjoyed campus wide. “If you own any collection, you want it as safe as possible, said Stodnick. “We’re offering tilt-up concrete walls, 24-hour gated keycard access, and Wi-Fi with cameras that you can log into over a VPN network on your smartphone. We feel it’s the safest option.” The idea of housing high-priced cars, motorcycles, boats and recreational vehicles in swanky spaces isn’t new. Similar luxury garages can be found in posh communities from Florida to California. Stodnick believes this $7 million project will be right at home in Chesterfield. “We considered a few sites, but the demographics for the area where we’re building were best suited for this project,” said Stodnick, who anticipates The Place will be at two-thirds capacity by the end of the year. Stodnick is hopeful The Place will meet its spring grand opening deadline, “but we’ll see what Mother Nature has to say about that.”           Of course, these condos aren’t for the faint of wallet. Prices range from $103,833 for the more modest, 747-square-foot unit to a whopping $581,020 for their most enviable 4,180-square-foot corner unit. There is also an annual maintenance fee of about $1.25 per square foot. (For example, an 800-square-foot unit will have a maintenance fee of about $1,000 per year.) Although its too late for folks to get in on the

proverbial ground floor—the most economical units have already been reserved—the “penthouse” units are still available. In fact, 22 of the the 34 units are still vacant, several with views of Spirit Airport from clerestory windows. One man’s sticker-shock is another man’s savvy investment, according to Stodnick. “Our 800-square-foot unit is $111,200. That’s the size of a large, four-car garage.” Stodnick said. Building a comparably sized garage with the same quality of building materials “wouldn’t be cost-effective compared to that same size unit at The Place.” But space alone isn’t the only reason luxury garages are growing in popularity across the country. “We offer owners a highly secure, controlled environment and they’ll meet other people who share their passion and interests,” Stodnick said. “The camaraderie and environment fostered by these private communities has become the ideal solution.” To help the community mingle, The Place will offer a lounge all owners can use if they want to entertain outside their individual unit. It will feature a bar-type area, TVs, pool and pingpong tables, couches and restrooms. Hoping to create a more country club-like atmosphere, Stodnick said The Place plans to host events such as charity car shows, car-and-coffee outings, car cruises, quarterly owners’ gatherings, etc. For those whose piggy banks can’t bear the weight of full ownership, unit leases at The Place are an option. Meanwhile, Stodnick also notes it’s a misconception that man caves are just for men. “We actually have two owners where the women are the owners of the “toy car” and they wanted the space as much as the husband,” said Stodnick. “Man cave,” you say. They say, “lady lair” or “dame den.” Whether or not The Place ends up with more dame dens than man caves, Stodnick and Wild are just happy they’ll all be housed in Chesterfield. “Chesterfield is a great community boasting some of the best attractions in St. Louis County,” Stodnick said. “It’s the place to be.”

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Faster, Higher, Stronger Chesterfield will be the hub for thousands of young athletes, their families and fans converging this summer in and around the city for the Maccabi Games. By Rachel Warren-Stauffer


or Josh Horwitz, March Madness will be a little late this year. “It feels like you’re playing in March Madness,” said Horwitz, a sophomore at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. “In club basketball, you have tournaments every week. But this—this is once a year.” Horwitz, 15, is preparing for the upcoming 2016 JCC Maccabi Games, to be hosted in Chesterfield and around the St. Louis area, July 31 through Aug. 5. The JCC Maccabi Games are an Olympic-style sporting competition for Jewish teenagers held each summer in North America. The Games, which began in Memphis, Tenn., in 1982 with just 300 athletes, now boasts multiple host cities and more than 6,000 Below: Paige Wallis (in white) takes the jump ball in a Girls’ Basketball game in Milwaukee at the 2015 JCC Maccabi Games

participating teens each year. Athletes ranging from 13 to 16 years of age compete in baseball, basketball, dance, flag football, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and table tennis. “This is the last year I’ll be eligible to compete, so I’m really excited,” said Horwitz, who played basketball for the St. Louis delegation last year in Milwaukee, Wis. “I really want to win gold this time.” It’s been more than a decade since St. Louis last hosted these regional games and more than 1,200 athletes, from 38 states and countries, are expected to participate. Lynn Wittels, president and CEO of the Jewish Community Center in St. Louis, is excited to see the Maccabi Games return to the Chesterfield area. “The JCC Maccabi Games represent a wonderful opportunity for teens to engage with other teens from across the country and around the world in an event that includes athletic competition, evening social events and a day of community service,” Wittels said. St. Louis previously hosted the event in 2003, 1996 and 1993. Organizers expect an estimated 1,000 people to serve in volunteer roles for the Games. The economic impact of the Games will approach $5 million, according to Wittels. “Although not all activities are being hosted in Chesterfield, Chesterfield is core to so much of what we will be doing during the week of the Games,” said Wittels. There are six overall co-chairs for the 2016 Games, including: Jonathan and Jennifer Deutsch; Dave and Donelle Roberts;Marc Wallis; and Wittels’ husband, Bud. “We also anticipate that a great many of the 1,000 visitors who are expected to come to St. Louis to watch the Games will stay in and around the Chesterfield area, so we would expect restaurants, shops and various other entertainment venues to benefit from the Maccabi Games.” Other host cities this year are Columbus, Ohio, and Stamford, Conn. Although several Chesterfield facilities will be used to host the various competitions, Wittels is careful, for security reasons, not to disclose specific locations and times for the activities. Fanchon Auman, director of sports, recreation and aquatics at the JCC and games director for this

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event, said organizers are “trying to keep all the athletic venues close together to avoid long rides to competitions.” The games, designed to cultivate a deeper understanding and instill an appreciation of Jewish values within Jewish youth, are open to all Jewish teens, regardless of how they observe Judaism. Whether their background is Orthodox, Traditional, Conservative or Reform Judaism, Auman said, “It’s amazing to observe the comfort level of each of the athletes. They enter an event that everyone has one thing in common: They are Jewish and that makes them very comfortable with each other.” Recent studies suggest young Jews are looking for non-traditional ways to express their Judaism and learn more about their heritage. “One of the best ways to do that is to use the platform of athletic competition to bring Jewish teens together,” said Wittels, whose own two children, Danny and Alison, competed in past Maccabi Games as soccer players. This is a sporting event. And, of course, the athletes participating would like to win in their various competitions. Still, Auman believes the compassion, courtesy and respect demonstrated by athletes during the Maccabi Games is a refreshing change from many competitive events.

In addition to the sporting competitions, all athletes will participate in a food service project for JCC Cares, packaging more than 150,000 meals to be donated to area food pantries. After long days of competition and service, there are planned evening social events for participants to unwind and make new friendships. One of Auman’s best memories is when she hosted Israeli athletes for the 1996 Games. “They were sitting around listening to music with my daughters comparing the Israeli version of the songs to the American version.” Auman has seen participation in the Maccabi Games strengthen the athletes’ Jewish faith long after closing ceremonies. Horwitz agrees the Maccabi Games helps build friendships. “There are even some kids from St. Louis I didn’t know really well before the games last summer,” said Horwitz. “Now, we hang out all the time.” “The Maccabi Games infuse a sense of Jewish peoplehood,” Wittels said. “It’s a sense that there’s a Jewish world that extends far beyond the world we know in our own communities—for the athletes.”

Opportunities are still available for individuals and businesses to serve as hosts, volunteers and sponsors. A capital campaign with a $700,000 goal is also underway. Visit maccabistlouis.org for more information.

Athletic Healer A Chesterfield chiropractor has traveled the world to compete and support world-class athletes in competition.

By Rachel Warren-Stauffer


r. Brian Laiderman makes people feel better for a living. In his free time, he pretty much does the same thing. Recently, Laiderman, 30, a chiropractic physician and owner of the Optimal Performance Center in Chesterfield, took his good deed-doing global. As one of five physicians caring for Team USA athletes at the 13th Pan American Maccabi Games in Santiago, Chile, from Dec. 27 through Jan. 4, Laiderman lent his expertise in musculoskeletal injuries to treat Jewish athletes from all over the United States. The Pan American Maccabi Games, sponsored by the Latin American Maccabi Confederation, are held every four years in a country in the Americas. They’re


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designed to encourage Jewish pride, strengthen Jewish bonds, and create a heightened awareness of Israel and Jewish identity within the Jewish communities of the Americas. Some 4,000 Jewish athletes from more than 20 countries participated in the Pan American Maccabi Games, representing North, Central and South America, Israel and other countries throughout the Diaspora. Each day of the Games, Laiderman treated 20 to 30 athletes for various injuries, including tendinitis, tendinosis, sprains or strains of the extremities, shoulder impingement syndrome, hip musculature weakness, musculoskeletal neurological deficiencies, headaches and stomach irritation—often because of traveling. “It is a powerful thing to feel so loved and have

Above: Boys from various St. Louis teams get together and cheer on the Girls’ Basketball team in Milwaukee at the 2015 JCC Maccabi Games Right: Teens from the St. Louis Maccabi Delegation stop and pose before the Opening Ceremonies for the 2015 Games in Milwaukee.

moments of freedom when you are the minority of religions,” said Laiderman, a member of the United Hebrew Congregation in St. Louis. “Just feeling safe, loved and appreciated is beyond an understatement.” For athletes like Jillian Carroll, one of Team USA’s leading scorers on the women’s field hockey team, Laiderman’s help was a game-changer after four years of pain in her right leg that is typically aggravated by exercise and athletics. “I was told that years of field hockey have led to imbalances in my body, and it would be best if I limited myself to only certain movements and stop competing in sports. Of course, being an athlete, that was not good enough,” said Carroll, who traveled to Chile to compete, but walked off the field in pain after the first game. After an assessment from Laiderman, and one treatment, Carroll was able to compete without pain. She scored three goals and had one assist in a 4-0 win over Chile. That win helped the U.S. women’s field hockey team earn the silver medal. “I actually have never felt so good,” she said. “I’m so thankful for his help, and for helping me play to my

full potential.” Laiderman, a graduate of Indiana University and Logan University, has lived in Chesterfield since he was 7. He opened his Chesterfield practice in May 2012. “I was extremely proud to serve these Olympiccaliber athletes,” said Laiderman, who is the first chiropractic physician to be hired onto the official medical staff for Team USA. “I am excited to represent my profession with an opportunity to expand chiropractic into a full integration with all levels in specialties of sports medicine.” Laiderman also helped serve in the World Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2013. There’s no slowing down for Laiderman, who will serve the medical board and staff for the 2016 JCC Maccabi Games in the St. Louis region July 31 through Aug. 5. “Competition can teach us a lot about ourselves,” he said. “We might learn more from our failures, but they ultimately make us stronger and better, and prepare us for future competition.”

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Boom Town Business leaders heard positive news about the business of health care, the growth in office space and the hot retail environment at the Chesterfield Chamber’s second economic development summit. By Kurt Greenbaum


n older Washington, Mo., woman named Naomi was patient No. 1 for the newly opened Mercy Virtual Care Center in Chesterfield. To keep her healthy, she relied on the services of a dozen doctors, numerous medications and multiple hospitalizations, according to Dr. Randall Moore, president of Mercy Virtual. Costs for her care ran in the range of $9,500 a month, he said. Since starting to work with Mercy Virtual five months ago, Moore said Naomi hasn’t seen the inside of a hospital. Doctors and nurses monitor her virtually and consult frequently using web video connections and other online tools. The cost, Moore said, is now more like $1,000 a month. “She’s playing bingo and bossing around her kids,” Moore told a group of Chesterfield businessmen and women gathered Jan. 27 for the second annual

Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Summit. The event brings together movers and shakers from the community to discuss the trends and forces affecting the local economy. Moore addressed the “changing face of health care” in his presentation, noting that the system as it’s built is more like a “sickness care system” than a health care system. Hospitals profit by illness, by the tests and procedures that patients require. The system should really be built around paying for outcomes, Moore said. The virtual care center employs 400, Moore said. Mercy has invested several hundred million dollars into virtual care over the past 10 years, and expects it to grow. “We’re trying to show what’s possible,” he said. “We’re combining our capabilities across the country.”

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Brian Voyles, general manager of St. Louis Premium Outlets; Colleen O’Neill, general manager of Taubman Prestige Outlets; and Adam Glosier, senior vice president at Colliers International discuss the retail environment in Chesterfield.

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David Kelpe, senior vice president at Cushman & Wakefield; and Robert A. Busch, senior vice president of Gundaker Commercial Group address challenges in Chesterfield’s market for office space while Mike Henja moderates.

The health care section of the half-day summit was just one among several presentations addressing Chesterfield economic issues such as the retail environment, office space and workforce readiness among students. OTHER SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS

Outlet malls still strong. Representatives from the two outlet malls in the Chesterfield Valley reported continuing strong business. Colleen O’Neill, general manager of Taubman Prestige Outlets, said 60 percent of their business is from the St. Louis metro area, “more from the metro area than we expected.” Both outlet malls said they expected to expand soon. O’Neill noted her mall has 140,000 square feet of space west of the existing facility available for a phase two, but plans on a timeline are not yet public. Similarly, Brian Voyles, general manager at St. Louis Premium Outlets said an 80,000-square-foot phase two is planned, with another 20 tenants, though specifics are not yet ready to be announced. Destination locations. Adam Glosier, senior vice president for commercial real estate company Colliers International, said the Chesterfield Valley has truly blossomed into a destination—not only for shoppers, but for retailers, who want to be there. Likewise, the area of Olive/Chesterfield Parkway north and south of Interstate 64 is “my single favorite area in all of St. Louis” for its attraction to retailers. He said he has four tenants who only want


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to locate in that region at this time. Lost the war. Last year, the retail panel included a representative from the Chesterfield Mall. Not so this year. Glosier said the mall has “lost the war,” with per-square-foot sales down $50 to $75. “Retail follows retail,” he said. “Everyone wants to locate near the places that attract people. They want to be in the middle of it all.” Healthy office market. Chesterfield office rental space is booming. Experts said the city’s 6.97 million square feet of office space make it the second largest office market in the region behind downtown St. Louis. And the market was hardly fazed when RGA opened its 405,000-square-foot headquarters and MiTek moved into its own 99,000 square-foot-building. Those moves threw tens of thousands of square feet of rental space back into the market, which was quickly absorbed by businesses like Centene and Edgewell Personal Care, the spinoff of Energizer Holdings. “It really speaks to the health of the market that it could absorb those two additions,” said David Kelpe, a senior vice president at real estate services company Cushman & Wakefield. The only concern on the horizon for office space? “We’re not attracting anything new here” in terms of new businesses, Kelpe said. “That’s what we really need to see. A lot of the growth has been organic, out of what we already have.”

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Who’s in Chesterfield If you’re Out & About at any of the places, events, stores, services or restaurants in Chesterfield, we want to know! Email us your pictures to outandabout@ chesterfieldmochamber.com to be considered for the next publication.

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Back row L to R: Leitha Macalady, Mary Macalady, Jan Boehm, Cambria Ernstrom, Gloria DeCampi, Tracy Alter, Janet Strate, Kathy Sellenriek Front Row: Nora Amato Karen Macchi, Pattie Imboden, Maureen Wilson

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LEADING THROUGH BIOLOGY: Understanding the Connection Between Hormone Balance and Decision Making Story by: Gary Johnson, M.A. MBA


n recent years, a significant amount of research has been conducted on the impact hormones have on decision making. To better understand this research, I interviewed David Jansen, Clinical Director of the Low T St. Louis. Johnson: Can you tell us about your organization? Jansen: Low T St. Louis is dedicated to helping men and women balance their hormones. We specifically treat low testosterone. Johnson: What is the impact of low testosterone specifically as it relates to decision making? Jansen: There are many impacts. Low testosterone can cause depression, loss of sleep, weight gain, lack of concentration and decreased drive. Johnson: At what point will low testosterone become noticeable? Jansen: Peak testosterone occurs at about the age of 30. It tends to decline about 1% per year thereafter. This would historically create low testosterone at the age of 70. We have however, noticed an acceleration of this decline in recent years. There are studies that are showing that our testosterone levels today are lower than they were for our grandparents. Johnson: Why is that? Jansen: A lot of theories. Stress, lack of sleep and our diets seems to be the most frequently mentioned as possible contributors. Men restore their hormone levels as they sleep and levels are higher in the morning than in the afternoon. Poor restorative sleep can cause hormone levels to be lower. This can become cumulative. Johnson: What about stress? Jansen: Stress increases the hormone cortisol which in effect decrease testosterone. Much of our food today is processed and this too has been theorized to have an impact on our body’s levels of hormones. Johnson: If someone is diagnosed with low testosterone what does that mean? Jansen: Normal range of testosterone range from on the low end of normal in the 200 range to as high as 1300. That is a huge range. We have found patients that fall within the normal range but have a low

amount of free testosterone. If this is low it means that is not readily available for use by the body. Johnson: So my big question is what impact does low testosterone have on decision making? Many leaders have a lot of stress on them. This stress can lead to increases in cortisol and also could be leading to poor sleep. If this is true, you mentioned that this could be affecting their level of testosterone. Can you talk about that? Jansen: Yes. We have seen this with many of our patients. There has been a significant amount of research done on this very topic. Patients that have higher levels of testosterone have been shown to be less risk averse and therefore make less decisions based on fear. Concentration levels have also been shown to increase with higher levels of testosterone potentially helping decision makers make better decisions overall. There has also been a correlation to more balanced moods having an impact on how they respond to employees and customers. Johnson: Can women have low testosterone? Jansen: Yes, they can. If this is low it can have a lot of the same impacts as it has on men. We do treat women as well. Treatment is more complex but we are doing a complete and comprehensive hormone replacement program in our Omaha location and that will be coming to St. Louis by the first of the year. This means we are treating more than just testosterone for our female clients. Johnson: Are there risks associated with testosterone treatment? Jansen: Yes. If anyone tells you there is not risks you should be concerned. Those risks can be managed and I strongly suggest you seek out only those professionals that follow strict protocols on treatment and testing. Working out, eating right and getting the right amount of sleep are all great ways to naturally manage your hormone levels but treatment by a professional for the right patient profile can aid this significantly. Dave can be reached at www.lowstl.com.

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