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8 RANDOM MUSINGS from Gerry Mandel


10 Integrating Home Technologies with One Control 12 Stone and Tile Floors Looking Dull? Ugly Grout? 14 Custom Closet and Home Office Solutions 15 Radon is a Silent Killer 16 The Basement Egress Window 18 The Pleasures of Year-Round Outdoor Living


20 A Relaxing Spa for Feeling Better and Better Health 22 New Dental Technologies Offer Better Outcomes 24 Improve Bone Density, Muscle Strength and Balance 26 Reaching Your Weight Loss and Fitness Goals 27 Aging Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult 28 What Would You Want for a Loved One in Senior Living? 29 Hypnosis Can Be Your Key to Change 30 Taking the Stress Out of Getting an MRI 31 Mold in Your Home Can Threaten Your Health 32 The Proven Alternative to Knee Replacement Surgery


35 Homeowner Discovers a Better Option than Painting 36 Does Your Home Have Damage from Wind or Hail? 37 Does Your Home Have Uneven Concrete Surfaces? 38 Add Beauty, Intrigue and Enjoyment with Landscape Lighting 40 Relax, Refresh, Rejuvenate with Your Own Natural Water Habitat 42 Fall is a Great Time to Plant Trees and Shrubs 44 Save Money by Renewing Your Outdoor Furniture 45 Keeping Wooden Roofs Beautiful


46 Fall & Early Winter Activities & Events 47 Exciting Vacations in South & Central America 48 John Robinson: I Should Have Been Nicer to Amtrak 50 Reclaim Family Time at Innsbrook 52 Learn Horsemanship and to Play Polo 54 World-Class Golf in a Magnificent Setting


55 Achieving Your Goals When You Sell Your Business 56 Technology Is Great, Except When It Doesn’t Work! 58 A Book that Should Be in Every Home in St. Louis

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Inspired by a passion for conservation and a love for reconnecting people with the outdoors, Bass Pro Shops Founder and CEO, Johnny Morris set out to create a world-class destination in the heartland of America. The result . . . the awardwinning Big Cedar Lodge. Located in the Missouri Ozark Mountains, overlooking Table Rock Lake, it is a breathtaking destination filled with beautiful accommodations, spectacular dining and adventure for all ages. Big Cedar Lodge offers 260 well-appointed accommodations in its collection of lodges, cozy cottages and private log cabins. All are outfitted with plush, cabin-style décor and offer all the privacy needed for a quiet and relaxing vacation retreat. Don’t be surprised if you are visited by their Cookie Lady! Recently named the #1 Resort in the Midwest by Travel and Leisure magazine for the second year in a row, Big Cedar Lodge offers the perfect getaway for groups of all types. Whether guests choose to relax in the 18,000 sq. ft. Cedar Creek Spa, or hit the links on one of three nationally acclaimed golf courses (see article on page 54), the resort offers something for everyone. You can learn more at www.bigcedar.com.

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Arts & Thoughts



Disappearing Letters, Distinctive Mailboxes: A Conundrum The mail. Now that’s a word which has changed in meaning and importance. The mail used to be eagerly anticipated. The mailman (before there were mailwomen) might bring good news from a distant relative, expressions of “I miss you” echoing a romantic evening, a note of congratulations or “send money, please” or “You’re invited to help us celebrate…” The thrill of the unopened envelope was a daily possibility. Think about the last time you received an actual letter in the mail. Been awhile, right? I’m talking about words-written-ortyped-on-stationery-in-an-envelope-witha-stamp kind of mail. I think the last real letter I got was from my cousin Myron, who passed away four years ago. He needed a loan. It went unanswered. I don’t count letters from Hillary and Donald and Claire and Whitey Herzog as real letters. Sorry, guys. Those also go unanswered. This lack of a written diary of our daily lives worries me. What will future historians be able to cobble together about us? Only little parcels of information from emails, tweets, instagrams, and Facebook comments. Not a lot to go on. I have a book of the letters of Abraham Lincoln. Also of Tennessee Williams. The latter is actually more than I want to know about Tennessee. Here’s a historical fact: Two former presidents - John Adams and Thomas Jefferson - exchanged 150 letters between 1812 and 1823. This, incredibly, followed twelve years of silence between them caused by a bitter political feud. But once they made up, the letters flowed like Sam Adams beer. That’s an average of one letter per month, more than I used to write to my mom when I was in the army. But we still hold expectations of getting a letter in the mail. I’d even like to get another one from Myron. Actual fact: The sole representative of the people who deliver the mail is the National Association of Letter Carriers. That’s really their name. Founded in 1889, they claim to be “the only force that fights to protect the interests of city letter carriers.” This is not a complaint about our postal service. I think they do a terrific job. I just think the NALC might

seem more up-to-date with a relevant name. Maybe National Association of Postage-Paid Carriers. Just a thought. While I’m on the subject of mail: Consider the lowly state of the mail box. Maybe even yours. As you drive down your street, notice the mail boxes. It seems everyone buys theirs at the same store. A redundancy exists that chills the soul. I don’t understand it. People spend big money on their homes, yards, patios and pools and driveways and - yes, even their awnings and trees. But mailboxes? Bland and black, ignored and ill-conceived, even though we visit them every day. There are a few exceptions. Not far from my house live two families who I don’t know but greatly admire. They exhibit pride in their mailboxes. They have impeccable taste, a sense of worth and, yes, a sense of humor. They have discovered that your mailbox can say a lot about you. Their mailboxes transcend the utilitarian into the realm of art. I doubt if they get more personal letters than the rest of us. But that isn’t the point. Chances are their mailboxes are stuffed with the same materials we get - flyers, brochures, magazines, statements, overdraft notices, lost dog postcards. But it doesn’t matter. Unlike people, it’s what’s outside that counts. It’s the messenger, not the message. They were called letter carriers. Then the letters disappeared. Now they are postal workers. They do their job well. But I wonder how many of them miss the thrill of delivering a personalized envelope, hand written, of imagining the delight they bring as they listen for that shout, “The mail’s here!” And the letter awaits, in that distinctive mailbox that says, “I still care.” Gerry Mandel is a free-lance writer and video/biography producer. He also writes two blogs, which he invites you to enjoy. They are HeyYouHoser.blogspot.com, and TimeWithCharlieChaplin.blogspot.com. Your comments are welcome. clm


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Integrating All Your Home Technologies with Just One Control

ith each of the great new technologies for your home, you also get individual remote controls and more apps for your smartphone provided by each technology. To control your home security, thermostat, lighting, pool and home entertainment, a homeowner already has five or more separate remotes or apps. As you update, add systems for your home, or make plans for technology in a new home, there are several things to consider. Clearly you will want durable systems with quality installation and maintenance availability for years to come. However, adding these new automation options doesn’t have to mean adding more remotes and confusing new controls. Our company, The SOHO Shop, works with the innovative Control4 technology to integrate all of your home functions into one smartphone application. Because Control4 can join over 7,500 individual products from hundreds of different manufacturers, homeowners have a greater choice in the technologies that they can integrate into their home, so it feels more like a technology renovation rather than a complete overhaul as each one integrates seamlessly into your Control4 system. Control4 performs functions as simple as playing home music and as complicated as pool and spa temperature control. Automation can simplify the controls in a home, orchestrate the grand complexity of a home theatre or prepare a company with a business boardroom. The combinations are endless, and so is the service. With Control4 on your smartphone, you have control while at home or away. We established The SOHO Shop to serve homeowners with the latest technologies to make life easier and overall more enjoyable. We work with each client individually to deliver proven design, programming and support services for their systems. In the last year, The SOHO Shop has been named a Control4 Diamond Dealer, making it one of the top-rated dealers of Control4 in the world. The SOHO Shop has so consistently provid-

ed design, service and support at this level, it has been awarded Lifetime Pinnacle dealer status, setting us above the rest. The SOHO Shop’s management team brings together decades of experience from various disciplines. When you work with The SOHO Shop you are doing business with a company that has the technological experience to design and install a state-of-the-art residential or commercial technology control system that will be easy for you to control, and we will be there to service your system years from now. Bryan Jefferson, Jennifer Jefferson and Scott Mosher are owners of The SOHO Shop, a locally Disabled Veteran-Owned whole-home automation company. This anomaly, a moralbased, reliable, hardworking company, didn’t just come from nothing. Both Bryan and Jennifer are US Marine Veterans who spend time intentionally giving back to the community. Jennifer is a team leader for the FOCUS Marines foundation and Bryan, also involved in FOCUS, teaches entrepreneurship classes and mentors those looking to start businesses. Scott is involved in many activities that enrich the community. Most recently Scott has involved members of The SOHO Shop in Meals for A Million, a food packing drive that will pack One Million nutrient-rich meals over the course of a weekend that will be passed out to those in need. The SOHO Shop is accredited by the Better Business Bureau of St. Louis and has recently been awarded the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for exceptional ethics and service to their employees, customers, suppliers and communities. The SOHO Shop has exceptional ratings on Angie’s List and is a member of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce. For a no-obligation consultation in your home, you can call The SOHO Shop at (636) 442-1616 or contact them from their website at www.thesohoshop.com. clm



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Stone and Tile Floors Looking Dull? Ugly Grout?


ost stone or tile damage can be corrected. Whether it’s dull, stained, suffering water spots, cracks or chips, the problem can be addressed. A true stone professional will work with you to assess the root cause and to formulate a strategy to avoid a recurrence.

For the stone or tile surfaces in your home, it makes sense to contact a local specialist to discuss what can be done to restore them, and how to maintain them day-to-day. A brief dialog can extend the life of your stone and tile and save you from costly errors. The good news is that most problems are repairable and cost substantially less than replacement. Proper selection and application of a sealer can reduce or prevent damage from stains and water. A ColorSeal treatment of your sanded grout can not only restore your original grout color but also topically seal it to better resist future stains. Many glass and tile cleaners will actually dissolve grout, leaving a rough spot. Fortunately, even this can be repaired. Grout repair and sealing are part of the repair and restoration process. Experienced stone and tile craftsmen can provide pointers on how to maintain your stone and tile surfaces to keep them looking like the day they were installed. Your ceramic, porcelain, marble, granite, terrazzo, limestone or travertine will look new when your great-grandchildren come to visit generations from now. Don’t give up on your stone, tile or grout. For expert advice and restoration, you can call the professionals at MARBLELIFE-Groutmasters at 888-254-9488 or visit their website at www.marblelife-stlouis.com. clm


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Radon is a SILENT KILLER You can’t see, smell or taste it . . . and it may be in your home.


adon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Radon is drawn into homes from the surrounding soil, through foundation cracks and other openings. Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. These particles can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime. It’s estimated that radon causes over 21,000 deaths each year in the U.S, and it is now the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. About one in three homes in the Midwest has detectable levels of radon, but you can protect the future of your family’s health by addressing radon risks now. RADON TESTING You can purchase a do-it-yourself testing kit, or hire a radon measurement specialist to do it. If you are buying or selling a property, it is recommended that a licensed professional conduct the test to furnish a certified radon level report.



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RADON MITIGATION If your radon levels are found to be elevated, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you have a qualified radon mitigation contractor reduce your radon levels. Air drawn through cracks in your foundation that contains radon needs to be redirected. One or more holes are drilled in the concrete basement floor and connected to a PVC pipe that directs the air up to a fan unit that draws and vents it safely away from your home. Other cracks, spaces and joints are sealed to keep radon from entering. Within thirty days, retesting is done to make sure that the system is effectively removing any radon from your home. A leader in radon mitigation in our area is Woods Basement Systems, Inc. They can provide you a radon testing kit for just $22.00, including lab fees. Woods is also is certified to provide radon mitigation, to make your home a healthier, safer environment. You can call them to discuss radon at 866-735-1890, and you can learn more about their radon services at www.betterbasementvalue.com. clm

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It is important to know your local residential building codes for egress. St. Louis County building permit requirements state that all basement bedrooms must have one window for emergency escape with a sill no more than 44 inches above the floor and a minimum clear opening area of 5.0 square feet. The emergency escape window must be operable from the inside without need for special knowledge, tools, or extra force beyond that required for a normal window. But don’t just think of the basement egress window as a requirement. It can also add natural light and ventilation and with an expanded window well it can be an attractive feature, with flowers and plants on the terraced steps. The overall enhancements of safety, light, ventilation and more attractive appearance add to the value of your home. One company that is expert in structural basement improvements is Woods Basement Systems. They will be happy to give you a free estimate to install a basement egress window in your home. You can call them at 866-7351890 or learn more at betterbasementvalue.com. clm


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The Pleasures of Year-Round Outdoor Living Furnished living spaces enhance enjoyment of the four seasons


recent survey of American homeowners and those living spaces into the existing home. These outdoor retreats are actively looking for a house produced some surpris- constructed for frequent high traffic use, and to be worry-free ing findings. One of the biggest was the long after completion, Heartlands uses the most desire for outdoor living spaces. It was durable exterior rated products. This passion for the No. 1 “must-have,” even among those who live quality is shared by co-owners Dick O’Brien, Adam in climates where outdoor areas can’t be used comTwellman and Jake Halloran. pletely year-round. Here in St. Louis, our weather alHeartlands Building Company has enhanced Heartlands Video lows you to live outdoors for more than half the year, many of St. Louis County’s finest homes, and will plus those winter days when we wonder if spring is work closely with you to develop a design, work arriving early this year! plan and a fixed price for your dream project. You These outdoor spaces are not just patios, decks or gardens. can call Heartlands for a free an-home consultation or an They are furnished outdoor retreats, providing convergence be- appointment at their showroom in Chesterfield Valley at 636tween indoor and outdoor living. They are similar in size, de- 728-0003. You can learn more about them and view a galsign, features and quality materials to the adjacent indoor spaces lery of their screen rooms, decks, homes and additions at that feel both expansive to nature and intimate at the same time. www.heartlandshome.com. clm To maximize year-round enjoyment, many additions can be made such as: covering outdoor areas, adding ceiling fans, inWHAT HEARTLANDS CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY stalling outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, cozy seating, and often “I had a vision in my mind of what we wanted, but as can include complete outdoor kitchens. Full wall-size screens much as we’ve enjoyed this room, it has exceeded and solar shades protect from bugs and the sun, and then can be our expectations. I don’t think we’ve ever spent this retracted to open up completely to the outdoors. much time outside as we have since we had the room In the St. Louis area, one company that has been leading this built. When we come home from work we go out to our trend to creative outdoor living spaces is Heartlands Building screen room and relax. It’s like coming home to a mini vacation.” – Bob and Marty Lutter Company. Since 2002, Heartlands has become known as a designer and builder of custom outdoor living areas, with over “We’ve never seen any other outdoor living area that re2,000 satisfied customers. Their success is fueled by their pasally compares to ours. We have a wonderful addition to our home that meets all our needs and wants. We absosion for delivering quality. lutely love everything about it and receive so many compliLarry Brost, founder of Heartlands, focuses on listening to ments on it. It's such a fun and relaxing place to be and we customers and working with their ideas for how they would like couldn't ask for anything better!” – Brett and Missy Lewis to use outdoor living areas. “Customer thoughts and desires are “We visited the Heartlands website and showroom, met compiled into a design document and eventually into building with owner Larry Brost, and were immediately impressed. plans. They can’t always visualize the final product, but they can It gave us hope that we could achieve our backyard describe how they plan to enjoy their outdoor areas, ranging from dreams. We just love to spend time in the backyard now. date nights to barbecuing to entertaining family and friends.” It’s so relaxing! We never imagined how dramatic the difference would be.” – Matt & Rhonda Liesenfeld Customers are pleasantly surprised that their design is exactly what they wanted. Larry believes in fully integrating outdoor 18 | COUNTY LIVING magazine | WWW.COUNTYLIVINGMAG.COM

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Health & Fitness

The Relaxing Way to Feeling Better and Better Health With a Master Spas Therapeutic Spa or Swim Spa


here are plenty of things you know that you “should” credits instruction in the swim spa with helping him develop the do to be healthier, but there is one very enjoyable best freestyle stroke of his career. option that can improve your health, help you sleep While the aerobic benefits of swimming are well known, a better, feel better and enhance your outlook on life. Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa by Master Spas is for more A therapeutic spa than just swimming. The buoyancy of or swim spa at your home is an the water removes 90 percent of the affordable enhancement to your stress that land-based exercising places family’s well being that you can on the body, making it the ideal place to use every day. Before bed, a recover from hip, knee or back surgery. soothing hot water massage in The powerful therapy jets help to relieve a therapeutic spa is a peaceaches and pains. The standing therapy ful respite when you can relax cove brings that powerful therapy to and reflect on all that is right. It hard-to-reach places such as the lower calms you down for a peaceful back, hips and legs. night’s deep sleep. A swim spa The adjustable continuous current provides those benefits, and and temperature, full range of moenjoyable ways to achieve yeartion and lack of impact make the round fitness. And Master Spas Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa offers the advanced design and ideal for year-round fitness exercises, MICHAEL PHELPS SIGNATURE SWIM SPA technology that has perfected jogging in place, usboth options. ing a kickboard or The Master Spas Therapeutic Spas rowing kit with resisimprove circulation, relieve joints, tance bands. soothe aching muscles and melt away The exclusive dealtension. The Xtreme Therapy Seat wraps er for Master Spas you in comfort while delivering hydroand Michael Phelps thermal therapy with its unique jets. The Signature Swim Spas, Xtreme Therapy Cove provides a comas well as Infrared plete therapeutic massage of lower back, Saunas in St. Louis is hips, thighs and calves. An optional surSpas and More! LLC round sound system allows you to enjoy with over 300 Swim music through the water. Five unique Spas and 1,800 Masspa lines offer over 40 models to choose ter Spas currently inLEGEND SERIES SPA from. Master Spas has a spa to fit stalled. As they say, any needs. “We put the Aaaahh Master Spas worked for 30 years in Spa.” Their large 6,000 square foot Showroom/Distribution to perfect the spa experience. Center has over 20 hot tubs, spas and swim spas on display, Each design is master crafted to starting as low as $3,995. You can call to arrange for your own achieve enhanced, innovative ther“wet test” appointment in a Master Spa or a Michael Phelps apy and ease of operation through Signature Swim Spa. high tech advancements in conSpas and More! stocks a complete struction, performance, insulaline of parts and supplies to support tion, filtration and heating. Master Spas and other brands. SerIn 2010 Michael Phelps and his coach Bob Bowman vice personnel are factory trained on were introduced to the top-performing Master Spas swim all products they sell. They are the spa. They loved the Wave Propulsion System and its adbi-state’s only Certified Spa Dealer by justable SwimNumber System. But for a unique athlete Spasearch Magazine and are a BBB Aclike Michael—who is tall and has long arms—the swim credited Business. area needed to be made deeper and longer, and the Wave PropulYou can visit their showroom at 12957 Gravois Road off Highsion System needed to be 40% faster so Michael had a speed that way 30 and Rahning Road, one mile west of I-270 in Sunset Hills, would be challenging in his everyday workouts. The result of their from 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday. Website is www. suggestions is the Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa. Michael spasandmorestl.com and phone number is 314-843-7727. clm 20 | COUNTY LIVING magazine | WWW.COUNTYLIVINGMAG.COM

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In Dentistry, Newer Technologies Offer Better Outcomes


ne of the reasons why I enjoy the practice of dentistry so much is that BY DR. ADAM BIRK, DMD there are significant, ongoing technology improvements that make the work more gratifying. New materials, diagnostic and procedural technologies enable us to provide more accurate, long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing dental solutions, while assuring patient comfort and safety. I would like to share with you just a few of these that make your dental outcomes and in-office experiences better than were available even just a few years ago. Implants are permanent replacements for missing teeth or those likely to need replacing, whether an individual tooth in a narrow space or for anchoring a full arch bridge or denture of replacement teeth. The newer implant designs and procedures for implanting them provide more accurate placement which produce a much better appearance, speech and feel in a shorter time. Originally, implant anchors were cylindrical polished titanium with an external hex screw. The success rate of these initial implants approached 94%. However, their initial staSINGLE-TOOTH IMPLANT bility was not always ideal. An additional concern was screw loosening, which could result in fractured screws or damaged implants, as well as increased patient discomfort, complications and office visits. The advent of tapered implants and more aggressive threads allows for greater implant stability and a higher success rate, especially in poorer quality bone. Changes in implant shape and their surface texture have made these procedures more predictable, with success rates over 98%. Patients are well served because there is a reduction in the number of surgeries as well as treatment time, a win-win for both dentist and patient. Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging provides 3-dimensional scans right in the dentist’s office that give

dentist and patient a clearer picture of the quantity and quality of jaw bone to anchor the implant prior to surgery. Previously, surgeons operated at a disadvantage because the bony anatomy could not be determined pre-surgery. CBCT enables better planning of the procedure and selection of the implant size to use. Patient safety is improved, because vital structures are identified in three dimensional images prior to surgical care. Patients are better informed, allowing them to more actively participate in the treatment. On a computer screen, implant placement in the patient's bone is visualized prior to the procedure. A guide is made from the patient’s scan and will be used on the surgery date to guide the implant into the perfect position. Patients appreciate the ability to see their treatment in advance. Zirconia crowns represent another breakthrough in tooth restoration. These are all-ceramic crowns that have quickly become the preferred material for dental restoration. Unlike traditional porcelain crowns, in which porcelain is fused onto a metal substructure, there is no metal in a Zirconia crown. These materials are more translucent, and can blend in with the adjacent teeth. Previous porcelain materials were popular CBCT SCANNER for cosmetic dentistry in more visible front teeth, but they were not as hard as zirconia and had a tendency to break or chip. In the past, molar crowns were all-metal, either gold or other metals. However, as all ceramic crowns have become stronger in recent years, all-metal crowns are not as widely used. Porcelain fused to metal have been the most widely used crowns over the past 10 years. The disadvantages are the metal must be covered with an opaque porcelain to hide the dark metal color, giving the tooth a look that is not translucent like real teeth. Also, a benefit of a zirconia crown is that there is no dark metal line at the gum line as the gums recede. Dr. Adam Birk is owner of Westport Dental, located in the 77 Building in Westport Plaza. Dr. Birk employs these and many other advanced technologies to enable more accurate, safe, longlasting and aesthetically pleasing dental solutions, while assuring patient comfort. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Birk, you can call his office at 314-434-7300, or visit their website at www.westportdentalstl.com. clm


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Health & Fitness

Improve Bone Density, Muscle Strength and Balance Ten-minute session, once a week, provides measurable results.


ecent research shows that standard exercise isn’t nearly as effective as had been traditionally believed for strengthening bones. A peerreviewed study in 2012 determined that to increase bone density faster than one is losing it requires osteogenic loading, which is resistance of at least 4.2 times one’s body weight. Based on this research, Dr. John Jaquish in 2011 designed devices to create the ideal set of resistance triggers to achieve these results. His patented machines provide brief osteogenic events that together take less than 10 minutes a week, yet are powerful enough to stimulate new bone. When done properly, osteogenic loading also triggers muscle development that is qualitatively different than from conventional exercise. Myofibrils are proteins within muscle cells that are responsible for contracting muscles. Only structural fatigue of muscle cells through high-resistance loading stimulates increased density of myofibrils, thereby strengthening the structure of muscle cells. The relationship between bone and muscle strengthening is important, because the central nervous system will not allow muscles to become stronger than the skeletal system can handle. When you strengthen the skeletal system with osteogenic loading, you also unleash the true potential of your muscles. Developing skeletal strength and bone density enables you to get more out of strength training. In 2012, wellness company OsteoStrong began offering Dr. Jaquish’s patented osteogenic loading system in centers across the

US. To date thousands of people have experienced the benefits. A ten-minute sweat-free session in four different positions — loading the chest, leg/hips, core and spine - triggers an adaptive flexing response in bones and connective muscles. This is done in safe positions self-imposed for maximum impact. The system improves overall strength, balance and posture, without fatigue or soreness. This system can yield improved bone density, muscle strength and balance. What’s more surprising is that it works for people of all ages. World-famous author and philanthropist Tony Robbins has taken a big interest in OsteoStrong and is convinced it will become a global phenomenon. He has personally experienced this system and at age 57 says he’s in the best shape of his life after adopting it. He is convinced that nothing else can develop strength of bones and muscles with such minimal effort. Athletes, weekend warriors, and those well into their senior years are all benefiting greatly from the OsteoStrong system. For those looking to increase bone density and prevent fractures, it may be the answer. TONY ROBBINS PARTNERS The first OsteoStrong WITH OSTEOSTRONG center in the St. Louis area Entrepreneur, author and selfis in Creve Coeur at 12333 help guru Tony Robbins is known Olive Blvd, just west of for his dedication to fitness. Tony Highway 270. You can call has been a long-time user of them at 314-300-6902 to osteogenic loading, and is now schedule your free first a partner with OsteoStrong. Tony session, which includes a says, “I’ve improved my body’s complimentary Hydrostrength by 164% in the past 10 Massage. You can learn months, and I am in better shape more about OsteoStrong, than I have ever been.” In addition view members’ testimoto making a commitment to help nials and schedule your grow the brand, he has contracted complimentary session at to open three OsteoStrong facilities http://www.osteostrongstof his own. louis.com. clm


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Health & Fitness

What Is Keeping You from Reaching Your Weight Loss and Fitness Goals? BY BRET KLIETHERMES


The three keys to help you achieve improved health, fitness and appearance.

et’s face it: most of us 3. The BIGGEST solution: would like to improve Accountability. I have dissome part of our health covered that the ultimate and fitness, with weight secret to getting the results loss usually being at the top of you want is finding a coach the list. We are barraged with apwho understands you and peals that a pill, fad diet or a speprovides you with an effeccial machine will solve our weight tive weight loss and exercise loss problems in no time flat. But program, guidance, motiyou know by now that it’s simply vation, support… but most BEFORE AFTER not that easy. If you are lookof all, a coach who shows ing for the real way to reach and Wally Balden lost a total of 38lbs. and dramatically lowered his blood pressure you how to do it, and holds maintain desired weight and fit- and cholesterol. you ACCOUNTABLE! I’ve ness, the answer is in these three solutions: proven it over and over again. On this page is one of my clients who has had great success. 1. Incorporate a complete exercise and nutrition program and commit to it. Eat 4 to 6 small healthy meals per day If you have been frustrated by past attempts to achieve your and perform a combination of aerobic and resistance train- goals on your own, then I would recommend that you not waste ing exercise for 40 to 60 minutes 3-6 times a week. Take out another single day. I have helped dozens of clients achieve their your calendar right now and identify the days and times each goals and I can help you, too. week for the first 12 weeks for when you will commit to exerBret Kliethermes is owner of Strong Human Fitness LLC, a percising. Then it will become habit! sonal training company that offers Complete Fitness Programs to 2. Learn to Progress. Believe it or not, doing the same routine help his clients reach their personal health and fitness goals. Bret over and over again will actually decrease your fitness gains. has a Bachelor’s of Science in Health & Wellness Promotion from You must learn how to progressively improve and fine-tune Missouri State University, is a Certified Strength & Conditioning your efforts for maximum weight loss and fitness results. Specialist and Professional Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Bret offers both private and semi private training to fit all budgets and schedules. For a no obligation, no pressure consultation to discuss your goals and programs you can call Bret at 314-691-9040, email bret@stronghumanfitness.com, or visit www.stronghumanfitness.com. Bret works with clients at The Fitness Partner Inc., a boutique gym located at 14528 South Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield 63017. For 22 years, the Fitness Partner has offered members a more private alternative to the large box gyms that are often noisy and overcrowded. Owner/operator Randy Stone has more than 25 years of personal training experience, knows all members by name, and can be found in the gym 6 days a week. The Fitness Partner is also a proud supporter of the Joshua Chamberlain Society, a grassroots 501c3 that provides long term support to severely wounded veterans and their families from the greater Saint Louis area. clm 26 | COUNTY LIVING magazine | WWW.COUNTYLIVINGMAG.COM

Aging Doesn't Have to be Difficult BY PATRICIA BAUER, NP-C



Learn from Wildwood Integrative Healthcare

ur bodies are remarkable works of nature! Think about the last time you cut yourself: a small cut healed in only a few short days without intervention from you. How did that happen? In youth, the body grows and repairs effortlessly. It bounces back from insult and overuse quickly. There is energy to spare. As we age, our systems become slow to recover. A twisted ankle is painful for months or years, knees and backs ache with both use and rest, chronic pain slips in. Digestion can become compromised. There can be headaches, fatigue and brain fog. A diagnosis of disease can be devastating. Aging is difficult. But what if there was a different way? As a nurse practitioner I was trained in health promotion and disease prevention. I opened Wildwood Integrative Healthcare to be able to treat my patients like I would want to be treated – gently. I focus my care on maximizing the body’s ability to heal itself by correcting nutritional deficiencies, balancing hormones and helping patients implement positive lifestyle changes. I spend time with each of my patients getting to know them and together we form a plan for healing. There is no reason we can’t enjoy good health as we age. I offer the following therapies to help you achieve vibrant health: Bio-identical Hormone Replacement addresses imbalances and deficiencies in estrogen, progesterone and testosterone effective in treating symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, migraines, low libido, lack of energy and loss of muscle tone. Intravenous Nutrient Therapy combines vitamins, minerals and other nutrients for delivery directly into the bloodstream. Nutrient depletions can be caused by poor diet, consumption of excessive amount of calories, sugar or alcohol, smok-

ing, stress, etc. IV infusions can quickly rectify imbalances. Ozone Therapy corrects oxidant stress that accompanies chronic disease. Ozone is a form of oxygen that stimulates immune cells to produce infection-killing hormones. Ozone therapies are safe and effective with no side effects. Ozone can be administered topically, into joints and intravenously. Prolozone Therapy relieves chronic pain in muscles and joints. It is an injection of a local anesthetic followed by ozone. The combination relieves pain and inflammation, while promoting the body’s ability to heal. Prolozone injections treat joint pain (knee, hip, shoulder...), osteoarthritis, neck and back pain, plantar fasciitis, sciatica and sports-related injuries. Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation is a safe, natural therapy that utilizes the antibacterial properties of light to destroy pathogens in the blood. Fragments of the disabled infecting agents create a personalized vaccine-like reaction once returned to the patient’s bloodstream, heightening the body’s immune response. HOCATT, our new multi-modality ozone and infrared sauna, is arriving October 2017. Call for more information and special pricing. Patricia Bauer is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. Her passion is the study and use of gentle natural therapies that promote health. She received both her BSN and MSN from BJC-Goldfarb School of Nursing in St. Louis. Bauer is the owner and lead clinician of Wildwood Integrative Healthcare, located at 16111 Manchester Road, just west of Clarkson. To learn more or schedule an appointment call 636-489-2000 or visit www.wildwoodintegrativehealthcare.com. clm FALL 2017 | COUNTY LIVING magazine | 27

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What Would You Want for Your Loved One in a Senior Living Community? Chances are very good that you will find it at Cape Albeon.


early every family will at some time need a different living option for a senior or elderly loved one. It could be an older adult or couple who still want to live independently but not the maintenance chores of having their own home. Or an elderly family member whose daily living needs can no longer adequately be provided at home.

more and enjoy life more. The cuisine is a true point of distinction, and family members often bring friends to enjoy meals with them in a private dining room for those occasions. Cape Albeon is a caring community that also offers top-quality transitional memory and respite care. It is a not-for-profit member of the St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors family, a highly re-

In either case, families would certainly want their loved one to be in comfortable, attractive and safe surroundings where all their needs would be met. Also important are the availability of amenities and programs that would enable them to continue pursuing interests and activities that contribute to their quality of life. Ideally, it would be a community able to accommodate their changing needs over the coming years, instead of having to search again. Cape Albeon is a complete senior living community in a beautiful park-like setting reminiscent of a New England village, right in the heart of St. Louis County. Founded seventeen years ago, it is a Life Plan Community, offering living options to accommodate the changing needs of residents over the years they are there. Independent living at Cape Albeon is offered in both beautiful retirement apartments in The Harbor building, and in individual picturesque lakeside cottages. Both offer the combination of complete independence along with support of the Cape Albeon community, including fine dining, indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness facility, library, salon and more. Housekeeping, recreational and social activities are provided, as well as transportation for trips, shopping, and cultural events. Assisted living care for those with greater needs in everyday living is provided at The Village at Cape Albeon, a one-story building on a quiet lane. The Village offers comfortable accommodations in a beautiful home-like setting. Dining room, living room, chapel, enclosed courtyard and outdoor lake scenery encourage gathering, social interaction and quiet contemplation. A nurse and well-trained aides attend to the needs and condition of assisted living residents. A full calendar of activities and events on the Cape Albeon campus, as well as group outings to points of interest contribute to the quality of life and provide residents with plenty to look forward to. By encouraging residents to participate, staff empower them to do

spected senior service provider founded in 1961. Cape Albeon is a member of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ, and welcomes all faiths. They also offer Passport to Travel, a program with other UCC communities throughout the United States that enables residents to lodge free of charge at a sister community of their choice for up to two weeks. Cape Albeon residents can experience the excitement of new cities with the welcoming hospitality that feels like home, simply for the cost of their own travel and incidentals. Locations include Phoenix, North Carolina, West Bend, Seattle, Tennessee, Michigan and more. Cape Albeon is located just west of the intersection of Big Bend and Dougherty Ferry Roads. To learn more about Cape Albeon, you can call (636) 861-3200 to arrange a visit and tour, and you can visit their website at www.CapeAlbeon.com. clm



Hypnosis Can Be Your Key to Change would like to take the mystery out of hypnosis as an effective therapy for enabling behavior change, by explaining how it works. Your c on s c i ou s mind contains your active thoughts, and the subconscious mind contains information that you act on. The unconscious is like a big filing cabinet that holds a record of everything you’ve ever experienced. All BY JOAN KRUEGER, your habits, behavCERTIFIED HYPNOTHERAPIST iors, responses, reactions, memories and emotions are stored there, as though there is a file for each. Hypnosis is the process of communicating with the subconscious mind. Before a hypnosis session, your therapist should ask specifically what behavior you would like to change. This identifies the file that you are currently working from. Hypnosis gets the subconscious part of your mind to open up so that a new file can be added about how you want to function. For instance, if you want to be a nonsmoker, change your eating habits, or be more confident. After the session, your mind has new information to begin to work from instead of working from the old information. With hypnosis you can’t make someone do something they don’t want to do. For hypnosis to work, the subject must willingly accept the change, because the conscious mind is still very aware of what is going on. At all times, the subject has complete power of selectivity, reacting only to suggestions that are reasonable and pleasing to them.


Joan Krueger has a private practice with an office in Kirkwood. Many individuals have achieved their goals, both personally and professionally, through guidance they have received in her hypnosis sessions. About 80% of people who Joan hypnotizes to stop smoking will quit after just one session. You can contact Joan to discuss how hypnosis could help you achieve positive change in your own life by calling her at (314) 962-7558, or visiting her Web site at www.jfkhypnosis.com. clm FALL 2017 | COUNTY LIVING magazine | 29

Health & Fitness

Taking the Stress out of Getting an MRI When traditional MRIs make you uncomfortable, an Open Upright MRI may help you get the scan you need.


RI scans can be stressful – even if you’re not usually claustrophobic. The traditional “tube-style” MRIs are often the ones to cause the most anxiety. There are also “open” MRIs – that help some feel comfortable enough to get a scan. But for those who struggle to get through an exam on an open MRI, there’s an alternative. While an open MRI scans you lying down, an Open Upright MRI scans you seated or standing. The machine components are located on either side of you, and there’s nothing overhead. You can easily see in front of you. Sometimes you can watch TV as a distraction. For many, the design of the Open Upright scanner makes the difference in getting the scan they need. One patient, Penny, says traditional MRIs make her feel ill. “I feel sick to my stomach. I am really claustrophobic,” she states. But Penny had a completely different experience with an Open Upright MRI. She could see the technologist, Travis, and talk to him. “He was in the room with me. I could see him, and it was okay,” she adds. “We’re trying our best to help out so we can get them on to their next part of treatment,” notes Travis, “because a lot of

times they can’t move on.” He says an MRI is the gold standard because it shows much more detail. And the Open Upright MRI works for nearly all of his patients. He asserts that 99% of patients tell him they’d come back if they needed another scan. With a doctor’s referral, you may schedule an appointment for an Open Upright MRI in Creve Coeur, by calling 314.291. OPEN (6736). For more information about the Open Upright MRI or about the high-field open MRI scanner at Ellisville, you can visit myCDI.com/StLouis. clm


Mold In Your Home Can Threaten Your Health

Don’t delay addressing the problem, or it could get worse.


old has received a great deal of media attention in recent years. The effects of mold on our bodies are just now being understood and while rare, serious health effects from exposure do occur. Black mold can cause allergic reactions that include runny noses, itchy and watery eyes, coughing, sneezing and throat irritation. This can develop into asthma and obstructive pulmonary disease. When moisture is present, molds can grow on virtually any substance, and people are more susceptible to the health effects when it occurs indoors. Prompt attention to water damage or visible mold can often keep a minor problem from becoming major. It is important that experts in interior mold are called in when it is first suspected to determine the scope of the damage as well as action plans for removal. One company with extensive experience in mold inspection and remediation is St. Louis Cleaning & Restoration, formerly known as Steamatic of St. Louis. Their technicians and environmental professionals have the experience and tools to assess

mold damage and also the cause, including ambient moisture and humidity problems. They will determine if a loss is indicated, the scope of work required and a cost estimate for removal. Once the estimate is accepted, work can begin quickly. St. Louis Cleaning & Restoration has experience working in collaboration with insurance companies and has earned their trust and respect. They use only the highest quality HEPA filtration equipment and state-of-theart technology to treat and abate fungal contamination. Technicians will first stabilize the environment to control moisture levels if necessary. Areas with heavy mold growth will be cleaned, sanded, HEPA vacuumed or removed as necessary. If there is microbial growth within your air system, their technicians will use their proprietary equipment to clean and treat the system with an anti-microbial solution. If you suspect a mold problem in your home or place of business, you can call St. Louis Cleaning & Restoration at 314-384-5707, and you can learn more about their services at www.stlcandr.com. clm

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Is Knee Pain Making Your Life Miserable? Consider the Proven Alternative to Knee Replacement Surgery What causes osteoarthritic knee pain?

Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic joint condition. The cartilage or cushion between joints breaks down, leading to pain, stiffness and swelling. The arthritic process often begins as the joint fluid of the knee starts to break down with age. Like the oil in your car’s engine, joint fluid lubricates and protects tissue within the joint and cartilage that covers and cushions the ends of knee bones. As lubrication decreases, friction increases and cartilage starts to break down and wear away. Once bone is exposed, bone spurs can develop and the knee joint no longer glides as it should, making simple movements difficult and painful. If nothing is done to increase the quality and quantity of joint fluid, breakdown of the cartilage accelerates—leading to disabling bone-on-bone arthritic knee pain. The Alternative to Knee Replacement There is one proven, patented treatment program available in the St. Louis area that has helped reduce or eliminate pain without surgery or long-term pain medications -- even for those who have sought treatment elsewhere without success. Associated Physicians Group provides a nationally acclaimed, evidence-based and patented program that has treated more than 7,800 patients. Many already had bone-on-bone osteoarthritis and still found real relief without surgery. Their program has an 87% success rate, defined as significant or complete reduction of pain with no knee replacement needed.

The Associated Physicians Group program has three phases: Accurate Diagnosis This begins with a detailed medical consultation, ortho pedic exam, X-rays and evaluation by a licensed physical therapist specializing in knee arthritis. Pain Relief Your treatment team identifies the best pain relief modalities for each patient. One example is the unloader brace, providing stability, support and dramatic pain relief by unloading pressure from the bone-on-bone side of the knee. This enables patients to once again participate in activities they have been unable to do. This brace also opens joint space to make treatment more effective. Prevent & Restore APG’s program also aims to inhibit further deterioration of the knee joint, restore function and build strength, so patients can participate in activities they enjoy. Viscosupplementation is a procedure in which lubricating fluid is injected into a joint. This stimulates natural production of thick viscous joint fluid in the knee for long-term pain relief and restored quality of life. Unlike steroid injections that simply provide short-term pain relief, viscosupplementation fluid remains in the joint and improves function within it. At APG, these injections are visually guided using a fluoroscope (live motion x-ray) and dye, to ensure precise placement into the proper joint space. APG’s licensed therapists use physical therapy to enhance beneficial effects of viscosupplementation. This helps develop thick joint fluid that cushions the knee, inhibits accelerating joint damage, and reduces pain and inflammation. Their specialized progressive physical therapy works with the fluid injections to improve range of motion, flexibility and strength, while reducing inflammation. Increased motion stimulates natural lubrication of the knee. While it does not eliminate osteoarthritis, it can significantly reduce pain and stiffness, enabling patients to return to activities they enjoy. Associated Physicians Group is a health care practice focused on improving patients’ quality of life. Their team approach combines the expertise of medical providers, licensed physical therapists and advanced high-tech rehabilitation equipment. Physicians from leading medical institutions across the US have come to APG for training on this program. APG accepts most major insurances, including Medicare, TriCare and Essence. Associated Physicians Group is located at CityPlace 5, 845 N. New Ballas Road Suite 120 in Creve Coeur. You can schedule your free consultation by calling 314-200-0997, and you can learn more about this program at www.associatedphysicians. com/programs-services/knee-pain/ clm


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Landscapes & Exteriors

Homeowner Discovers a Better Option Than Painting Friends’ advice made a big difference for two of his homes



hris Berry and his family had lived in the stucco and stone home they built in Sunset Hills about 11 or 12 years when it again came time to paint the exterior. As he was planning to have the job done, Chris learned from some good friends about an alternative to painting that they encouraged him to consider. One couple lived in an older home nearby that he had always admired. And his sister and her husband had a condominium at Lake of the Ozarks with a lot of exterior cedar siding that previously had required repainting every few years. What these friends had in common was that instead of having to paint on regular basis, they had discovered a better solution that is warrantied for 25 years. It is a different product and a different process for exterior finishes, a very durable ceramic coating called Rhino Shield. Chris really liked the idea of not having to paint his home again, and he found the warranty very appealing. So he called Rhino Shield for an inspection and estimate. He was impressed by their comprehensive approach to not just coating, but fully protecting his home. Once they started the job, Chris really gained an appreciation of the Rhino Shield difference. First they completely power-washed the exterior, replacing boards as needed. He liked that he didn’t have to separately hire a carpenter to do repairs needed. They then coated every crack with a 60-year elastomeric caulk. They thoroughly masked all of the stone surfaces before applying an adhesive prime sealer to the stucco that waterproofs and also bonds to the coats of durable ceramic finish. Chris said that when the job was finished, the home looked brand new. He never knew that painted stucco could look that good. There is a clean crisp vibrancy to the finish, a thicker, richer look than paint. He also had comments from friends and neighbors who complimented him on the appearance.


As it turned out, Chris and his family moved from that home just a few years later, so they personally didn’t get the full benefit of the 25-year warranty. However, when they sold their home, not only did it still look great, but they found that the transferrable Rhino Shield warranty was an impressive selling point. They moved to a townhome complex nearby, and soon Chris was recruited to join the homeowners’ board. One immediate project they faced was the need to restore the exteriors of their Tudor style buildings. They had been thinking about adding siding, but were concerned about the cost. Chris suggested that they consider Rhino Shield. The other board members had seen his previous home and liked the look and quality of the job. So they got bids on painting, siding and Rhino Shield. The other board members decided not to use siding, and they really liked being able to get out of the cycle of repainting every few years. They agreed that Rhino Shield would be a sound investment, and hired them to do the exterior coating. Chris was especially pleased that the same crew that had worked at his house would be doing the work on the townhomes. He had found them to be very methodical, respectful and responsive to his requests. That project is currently underway, and should be completed by the time you read this. When it’s time for an exterior finish for your home that will really last, you can call the professionals at Rhino Shield for a free inspection and estimate at 877-257-4466. They are rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau, and consistently win Super Service awards locally and nationally. You can visit their website www.87725RHINO.com for videos, photos and testimonials from other homeowners in this area who have discovered the difference Rhino Shield makes on their homes and also commercial properties. clm

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Does Your Home Have Damage from Wind or Hail?

A Consumer Advocate works for you, not the insurance company.







Consumer Advocate gives you a voice in the claims process by assessing and informing you of the true condition of your home’s exterior, before you file a claim. They also offer assistance when you believe the insurance company has missed damage, or if they have devalued or minimized your claim. Homeowners in the St. Louis area are certainly aware of the severe weather we have experienced over the past few years. It is important to understand that damage to homes and businesses is not always obvious and may not be easily detected by the average homeowner – especially high on the roof.

DAMAGE FROM HAIL AND SEVERE WINDSTORMS Photos on this page show typical damage that can occur from hail and severe windstorms. Impact holes and tattered edges of cedar shingles, denting on a roof vent cap, a dented gutter downspout and a torn window screen help verify hail impact. Hail damage to asphalt roof shingles includes tattered edges, shingle loss, extreme granule loss and penetration holes. Damage from severe winds to asphalt roofs includes lifting, tearing and even missing shingles. A driving hailstorm can also dent the fins of an air conditioning unit. When the wind gets under asphalt shingles and lifts them, it can pop the glue tabs and nails, causing shingles to tear, not lie down and re-adhere. Damage to shingles can reduce their useful life and also expose cracks where water can penetrate, making the roof vulnerable to future leaks and more severe exterior and interior damage. If the roof is compromised in this way, it is important that it is completely replaced rather than patched or partially replaced, since there are very likely other areas where the damage is not as obvious. Damage to gutters can cause leaks that rot the soffits where they are attached or cause water to pour down to the foundation or fill window wells, causing further problems.



Damage to air conditioning fins can impair operation, reducing airflow and raising the refrigerant temperature, leading to lost performance and reliability. IMPORTANCE OF A SECOND OPINION To determine damage, insurance companies will send an inspector to your home, right after the storm or up to several months later. Inspectors often miss these signs of damage, causing claims to be denied or limited to only what the inspector has seen. It is important that homeowners have an advocate who can provide a “second opinion” in the event that their insurance company denies or limits their liability to lesser damage than actually exists. Someone who can guide you through the claim process to make it easier, and assist in getting the maximum benefit your policy allows. Aspen Touch is a roof restoration, consulting and design company. It is a local, third-generation contractor and advocate for homeowners, with expertise in storm damage and repair, including not just roofs but also siding, gutters, windows and more. Aspen Touch helps homeowners streamline the insurance process, while assuring that you get the maximum benefit your policy allows. Many homeowners have found that damage to their roofing, siding and gutters have met their insurance companies’ criteria to authorize full roof replacement. Before contacting your insurance company, you can contact Aspen Touch for a free evaluation and consultation on your home’s exterior and any storm damage. They are fully insured, and have helped numerous homeowners acquire new roofs, siding, gutters and repairs to their properties affected by storms. You can reach their experienced inspectors at 636-458-8878 or by email at aspentouch.rick@gmail.com. You can learn more on their website www.aspentouch.com. clm


Does Your Home Have Uneven Concrete Surfaces- Walks, Steps, Patio, Pool Deck or Driveway? These are unsightly and also tripping hazards that could cause injuries.


ou may have tilting concrete steps or sidewalks, driveways or patios where a seam has turned into a step, or repeated cracking in sections of concrete slabs. These problems are often the result of a shifting or a weak soil base or erosion. In the past, contractors relied upon mud jacking or slab jacking to level concrete that had settled over time. This involves pumping concrete slurry under the settled slab to raise it, hoping that the settlement won’t continue. But that requires large holes in the concrete - about the diameter of a soda can. It can take an entire day to cure and the mixture itself is heavy – about 100 pounds per cubic foot, which can lead to further sinking. There is now a great alternative called PolyLEVEL™, which uses a lightweight polyurethane mix that expands to fill the void beneath sunken concrete. This not only results in a solution that lasts longer, but also it looks better because it is less destructive to the applied surface. PolyLEVEL requires a much smaller hole – about the diameter of a penny, cures in 15 minutes and weighs much less – about two pounds per cubic foot. It lifts concrete slabs to a level position with less weight and disruption than the legacy mud jacking or slab jacking process. The result is a safe, secure and level concrete slab. In the St. Louis area, Woods Basement Systems is the authorized contractor for PolyLEVEL concrete lifting. They will inspect your concrete walk, steps, pool deck, patio or driveway and provide an estimate to have your sunken concrete slab lifted with PolyLEVEL. To meet with one of their concrete repair experts, you can call them at 866-735-1890 or learn more at www.betterbasementvalue.com. clm

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Landscape and Architectural Lighting Add Beauty, Intrigue and Enjoyment to Your Home and Yard


ou have undoubtedly had the experience of driving down suburban streets on dark nights and seeing in the distance, dramatically standing out against the dark sky, the glowing image of a home beautifully lit by outdoor lighting. As you get closer, you see the highlighted architectural features gracefully showcased by precise accent lighting, or sparkling foliage in the yard – glowing trees, bushes, plantings, water features, or softly lit pathways. As much as you might appreciate how gorgeous these lighted homes look, to really understand the appeal of custom outdoor lighting, you should talk to homeowners who have it at their homes. They will tell you that the lighting provides a magical experience they enjoy every night and also early in the morning before the sun comes up. Custom outdoor lighting highlights a home’s special features, adding curb appeal, intrigue and enjoyment for the homeowner, visitors and those who drive by. The lighting becomes part of the unique signature of the home; it changes with seasonal foliage and evolves as the plantings grow over the years. Here are some ideas to inspire you to take advantage of the benefits of custom outdoor lighting at your own home. ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING Architectural lighting emphasizes the unique built features of your home and yard. Targeted lighting can accentuate entryway arches, door frames, and columns. Lighting can call attention to statues, sculptures, outdoor gazebos, water fountains, all normally enjoyed in daylight but that become truly magical when highlighted at night. GARDEN, LANDSCAPE & PATHWAY LIGHTING Have you ever enjoyed your garden in the evening? With landscape lighting

you can. Flowers have a different glow, pathways feel majestic. Up-lit trees and bushes look like glowing sculpture, and with seasonal changes and movement in the wind they become living pieces of art. Shrubs, flower beds and paths can be softly illuminated at ground level. Or “moonlighting” - lights high up in trees aiming down onto walkways, patios or yards provide dramatic effects and improve safety and security for visitors and family. DECK AND PATIO LIGHTING Entertaining at night is more festive with landscape lighting, and having your deck or patio well lit allows the party to last longer and makes the evening more memorable. Steps are safer and guests are more at ease. SUBMERSIBLE LIGHTING The sounds of a waterfall, pond, or stream are relaxing and refreshing. Now imagine lights dancing off the reflections, or the glow coming from a pond. And your swimming pool,

with improved lighting in and surrounding it becomes your own private Blue Lagoon. When it comes to landscape and architectural lighting for your home, experience counts. Jeff Mitchell Lighting is the St. Louis area’s most experienced professional outdoor lighting provider. Since 1997 they have installed and maintained lighting systems at many of the finest homes and most visible public attractions in the St. Louis area. They also provide turnkey service installing, removing and storing custom Christmas lighting. Jeff Mitchell Lighting has excellent references from their enthusiastic customers, and their passion for providing quality fixtures, creative designs, professional installation and customer service continues to show year after year. You can learn more about them at www.jeff-mitchell-lighting.com. If you would like to schedule a design consultation or simply need information, you may call Jeff Mitchell Lighting any time at 314-665-2500. TF7 clm


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Relax, Refresh, Rejuvenate Create a Natural Water Habitat that will enhance your lifestyle


magine yourself swept up in a daydream, trying to escape the frustrations of the day. You close your eyes and fill your head with thoughts of that favorite vacation to the lake, the ocean or the mountains. The tranquil sounds of nature and the water sooth your soul and instantly melt away all your stress. The memory is so vivid you can actually hear the trickling movement of the water, and dragonflies singing in your ear. You slowly open your eyes and realize that those sounds of nature are echoing from your own personal aquatic paradise. You look around your yard in amazement at your gorgeous waterfall and flowing stream cascading into the pond below decorated by a variety of luscious aquatic plants. The majestic Koi seem to almost float through the crystal clear water as they eat from your hand. You think to yourself. . . This is Paradise! . . . Life is Good! Nothing brings people together more than water. Having a professionally designed, eco-friendly, low maintenance water feature installed at your home not only improves the environment, but also your lifestyle. The next time you need a break from the rat race, consider enhancing your life with a custom aquatic paradise of your own. And it gets even more relaxing than that. As you imagine your lush water feature, picture yourself and your family right in there yourselves, communing and swimming with nature. These are not murky, smelly ponds, but lush waterscapes where plants thrive, beautiful koi playfully swim, and are pristine enough that you can get in and enjoy a swim. The water quality of these swim ponds, when designed and built correctly, and with minimal maintenance, makes them a great alternative to a traditional swimming pool that will give you enjoyment all year round. Welcome to the world of natural swimming ponds, where growing plants and natural filtration make it possible to enjoy

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Fall is a Great Time to Plant Trees and Shrubs

hen planted in the fall, trees and shrubs push their energy into their root systems, which will continue to grow over the winter. This produces brighter, healthier growth above ground in the spring. Here are some terrific options for adding to the health and appearance of your yard. Trees When planning where to put trees, consider available moisture in the soil, as well as sun and shade conditions. Evergreens and conifers like dry conditions, while river birch, black gum and paw paw trees need more moisture. Evergreens, including pines and blue spruces, and also cherry trees, like full sun. Paw paw, a native tree species, prefers shade. The arbor vitae can take some shade, and hemlocks like even more. If you want to attract butterflies, some trees are a big draw. The paw paw is the host plant for the zebra swallowtail butterfly caterpillar. Tiger swallowtail butterfly hosts are cherry trees and wafer ash.





Flowering and Berry-bearing Shrubs Shrubs provide nice color for your yard. The pinky winky hydrangea gets 4 to 5 feet tall and makes a nice border for a patio. It sports pink clusters in mid-summer, and its dried flowers can be used in floral arrangements for the Holidays. Bayberry is an evergreen that bears white berries in the fall. Winterberry holly is a deciduous shrub that loses its leaves in the fall, then produces bright red berries retained until Christmas. The leaves on autumn brilliance serviceberry turn a bright sunset orange in the fall. Steve Calloway is owner of Garden Green Horticulture Service. They help homeowners select the plants, trees and shrubs that best meet their aesthetic desires and will thrive in their sunlight, soil and moisture conditions. They also revitalize and restore gardens, to help homeowners with changes that will make their yards better year after year. You can call or email Steve for a complimentary consultation in your yard, to identify your plants and advise on how to keep them healthy and looking their best. You can reach him at 314288-5036 or garden_green@live.com. clm 42 | COUNTY LIVING magazine | WWW.COUNTYLIVINGMAG.COM

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Save Money by Renewing Your Outdoor Furniture


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County Living Magazine Late Fall -Winter Activities & Events


ake advantage of these wonderful annual events. Make this the year you get out beyond your own neighborhood and enjoy the special festivals and entertainment events across the St. Louis metro area.

Innsbrook Fall Home Tour

Daylight Savings Time Ends

Christmas Traditions

October 7 noon-4pm Innsbrook Resort innsbrook-resort.com

November 5, 2am

November 24-December 24 Main Street St. Charles historicstcharles.com

St. Louis Jewish Book Festival

Holiday Parlor Tour December 10 Lafayette Square lafayettesquare.org

Wolf Fest

November 5-19 Jewish Community Center stljewishbookfestival.org October 21 Endangered Wolf Center

Veterans Day Parade November 11 Downtown St. Louis

Legends & Lanterns

Gardenland Express and Garden Glow November 18-January 1, 2018 Missouri Botanical Garden mobot.org

Sunday, Friday Saturday Oct 21-22 & 27-29 Main Street St. Charles historicstcharles.com

Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade November 23 Downtown St. Louis christmasinstlouis.org

Whitaker International Film Festival

Kirkwood-Webster Turkey Day Run

November 2-12 Various venues cinemastlouis.org

November 23 Kirkwood Farmers Market kirkwoodmo.org/turkeydayrun

Hanukkah begins December 12 First Day of Winter

December 21 Christmas Eve December 24 New Year’s Eve Concert

December 31 St. Louis Symphony Powell Hall slso.org


Exciting Vacations in South and Central America Experience ancient civilizations, natural beauty, wildlife and world-class cities.


f you ask anyone who has taken a vacation to South or Central America to tell you about their trip, be sure to give them plenty of time to answer. There isn’t another part of the world that offers the cornucopia of sights, active adventures and warm interactions that travelers enjoy in that part of the world. Globus® and Monograms® Tours offer many options that include the major attractions, expert tour guides, behind-the-scenes local experiences and VIP access at most desired attractions. Here are just a few of the highlights not to be missed: Peru is a must-visit, with ancient sites including the 15th century Inca citadel Machu Picchu, perched on a mountain ridge 8,000 feet above sea level. In Lima and Cusco you will find state-of-the-art museums documenting the even older Chicalyo and Moche civilizations. Stroll through markets gizing in the hot springs. A nature hike for local wares, meet Pervian families and in The Monteverde Cloud Forest offers a sample the delicious cuisine. vast array of amphibian, bird, mammal Ecuador is one of the smallest yet most and plant species. biodiverse countries in South America. OfThere are other advantages to Latin fering a panorama of scenery and climates, America tours. Temperate climates make including the Galapagos, volcanic islands travel a year-round opportunity. First class straddling the Equator in the Pacific Ocean. accommodations are included on all tours There you will see animal species found no- and intra-tour air travel is included in tour where else on earth that were studied by pricing. Airfares from the US are very reaCharles Darwin and contributed to his the- sonable, and destinations are in US time ory of evolution. The Galapagos are a treat zones, so there is no jet lag. for families, a living zoo with no barricades, To learn more about these and other offering the opportunity to learn about eco- Globus and Monograms South and Censystems and how species adapt. It is a pro- tral American tours, or to book your tected destination with a limited number of own adventure, you can contact the protourists allowed each year. fessionals at TravelPlex, the St. LouisCosta Rica is becoming a fabased leaders in leisure travvorite destination for Ameriel. Their journeys always excan tourists, known for its ceed their clients’ expectabeaches on both the Caribbean tions. You can reach them at and Pacific, rainforests, volca(888) 962-7488, by email at SA Tours noes and wildlife. Tours include vacations@travelplex.com, or many active options – horsevisit them on the Web at www. back riding, hiking, zip lines and TravelPlex.com/countyliving. guided volcano walks to an enerclm FALL 2017 | COUNTY LIVING magazine | 47


Arts & Thoughts


I Should Have Been Nicer to Amtrak

f you were vying to be the spokesperson for Macy's or Dillard's or Nordstrom’s, you’d say nice things about the retailer in your job interview. Common sense. That's why my approach to win the Amtrak job was so stupid. In my interview, I told a true story. It all started because I wanted to win a free ride. Amtrak was searching for journalists to share their travel experiences, and promote ridership. The program, called Amtrak Residency, would turn bloggers loose on long-distance trains to tell tales of travel and adventure. The railroad would give each writer a rolling office in a sleeper car equipped with a bed and desk. Amtrak would pick up the tab. “We hope this experience will inspire creativity and most importantly fuel your sense of adventure!” Amtrak said in its call for journalists. Sweet deal. See America. Tell stories. Of course, Amtrak assumed the bloggers would say nice things. And that was my downfall. Even though the promotion would attract thousands of budding rail bloggers, I thought Amtrak would appreciate my honest insights. Regardless, I figured my odds were much better than Powerball. I love Amtrak, and could tell a trainload of positive stories. But I stuck to my strategy. I would win the job by fearlessly telling an


unvarnished story about Amtrak travel. It was a stupid mistake, I admit. This is my story: At Centralia, Illinois, Cheryl and I jumped aboard the City of New Orleans, headed south. (Cue the music in your head). At Memphis, a group of fraternity spring breakers joined the trip and settled in the club car for a night of partying and bobbin' in their coolers for cold Buds. The conductor came through our coach, said they were looking for somebody to play the piano back in the club car, where the students had begun to

yodel and howl. Well, shoot, I knew the chords to “Wooly Bully.” I volunteered. We had a rollicking time, drinking and hollering out songs. Somebody put a tip jar on the piano, and by the end of the night, when the last frat boy had fallen as the City of New Orleans rolled through the darkness, I wandered up the narrow aisle through a gauntlet of snores back to my seat, where I soon fell asleep in a semi-recumbent position. When I awoke, the train was stopped. Broken down. It was hot and stuffy, and the dead-calm air was tainted with the peculiar odor that happens when conductors won't let fraternities with hangovers step off the train. The City of New Orleans became a long skinny aluminum cannelloni with three hundred people stuffed inside. We spent six hours on a siding outside Grenada, Mississippi, waiting for a repair train to reach us and restore power so the electric toilets would flush again and the air conditioner would come back on and blow away the urine smell. The club car snack bar was closed since they had no electricity to microwave cellophane sandwich packages, or take a debit card. The day was Mississippi hot, sticky as a Tennessee Williams stage play. I looked out the window into a swamp where a dozen unmistakable bumps with alligator eyes poked just above the water. We sat there for hours, sweating buckets while our New Orleans time slipped away like Willie Nelson promised it would. The train ended up breaking down two more times, and when it finally rolled into New Orleans, we'd lost a third of our short weekend. Needless to say, my story didn’t win me the Amtrak job. Wonder if TWA or the St. Louis Rams are hiring? Read more road tales in John’s two books--A Road Trip Into America’s Hidden Heart and Coastal Missouri--available at Left Bank Books. Read more of his stories at http://johndrakerobinson.com. clm


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Weekend Getaways

Enjoy Autumn Leaves and Lake Living at Innsbrook Fall Home Tour


isitors are invited to experience the captivating beauty of a Midwest autumn at Innsbrook’s Fall Home Tour on Saturday, October 7 from noon to 4 p.m. Guests will explore some of Innsbrook’s most stunning properties – from luxury lakefront homes to charming cedar-filled chalets nestled amid the trees. It’s the perfect way to step outside of everyday life, relax and see all the Innsbrook lifestyle can offer – all just 30 minutes west of Chesterfield. Make a day of it and stop by the Clubhouse Bar & Grille, Innsbrook’s on-site public restaurant, for Home Tour Happy Hour or a delicious dinner after the tour. Inspired by the picturesque ski chalets sprinkled through the hills of Aspen, Colorado and infused with family and naturecentric Midwest values, Innsbrook is becoming the premier getaway for more and more St. Louis-area families with every passing year. Innsbrook has evolved to suit the needs of today’s young families, busy commuters, active retirees and all those in between, yet has always kept a firm hold on its roots – those anchored in family and nature.

Innsbrook residents can hike one of the numerous nature trails for an invigorating walk through the woods, or let the kids splash around in the new community swimming pool overlooking the outInnsbrook video door concert field. Fish the day away or simply sit back and enjoy the view from the privacy of your own deck. Innsbrook offers fun on the water at a tranquil pace, with its more than 100 lakes and plenty of opportunities for paddle boarding, fishing and peaceful pontooning, made possible by the community’s no-gas-powered boating rules. Hide away with your loved ones and create your own fun with a nature-themed scavenger hunt, family fishing tournament or campfire stories by the lake. Or, leave the entertainment up to Innsbrook’s “professionals of fun” who put together a thrilling summer music series, engaging kids' camps and workshops, and art and learning opportunities for adults. So get ready to sit back, relax and escape to Innsbrook, where data plans are optional, but family time is required. Explore more at www.innsbrook-resort.com/fall. clm


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Learn Horsemanship

and to Play Polo from Experts Diego Gross and Tina Natorp share their expertise and horses at Buckaroo Polo.


iego Gross and Tina Natorp both grew up on horseback, and each has played polo competitively for over 25 years for top teams all over the US. Their many championships and trophies attest to their love for and expertise in competitive polo, and they still play matches here in St. Louis most weeks during the season. Now they are applying their horses and expertise at their company Buckaroo Polo, where they train people of all ages and riding experience in the basics of care and grooming, horsemanship and to play polo. While it takes considerable experience and skill to play at their level, it is a game that many riders can enjoy. Diego is the trainer, offering private instruction, small group lessons and he also conducts trail rides in the wooded properties around their ranch near Eureka. Diego begins instruction for riders with basic understanding of horses – how to respect and approach them, being confident and safe around them, how to groom, saddle and bridle. It is important to learn how to communicate with the horse, to signal the rider’s intention and properly direct it. He prides himself on his ability to match a potential owner or rider with the right horse. Diego can tell you about buyers who didn’t take the care to really understand a horse before buying

it, and wound up very disappointed with their purchase. He offers his expertise to consult buyers on horses they are considering for purchase, and provides training for problem horses and their owners. For select horses requiring a longer training regimen, he may offer to board the horses at his ranch to work with them for a few weeks or months. Buckaroo Polo is a family ranch where kids and adults are all welcome. What distinguishes their training from other riding schools or stables is that even beginners don’t get the greenest instructor or the worst horse. All instruction is by Diego himself, and every horse is a thoroughbred trained to be comfortable around other horses and people, and responsive to hands-on touch. If you or your children of any riding experience would like to learn the basics of horseback riding, or to play polo, or if you need expertise for purchasing or training a horse, you are welcome to call Diego Gross at Buckaroo Polo, located just 12 minutes from Six Flags. Diego will provide a horse matched to the rider, tack and helmet to get started. You can reach him to set up an appointment by calling or texting 636-393-9900, or by email at buckaroopolo@icloud.com. clm


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World-Class Golf in a Magnificent Setting Big Cedar Lodge is becoming known as America’s next great golf destination.


ocated in the heart of the United great golf destination. States is an unexpected hideaway Building on these sporting traditions, for golf enthusiasts, nature lovers every April the world’s most distinguished and relaxation seekers alike. golfers and sportsmen descend upon the Situated on 4,600 acres surrounding Ozark Mountains to compete in the Bass the pristine Table Rock Lake, Big Cedar Pro Shops Legends of Golf Tournament Lodge is a remote haven of natural beauty. at Big Cedar Lodge. Unlike other PGA This sprawling resort features countTOUR Champions events, when these reless outdoor activities for all types. One of markable players come to Missouri, they MOUNTAIN TOP COURSE DESIGNED BY GARY PLAYER the grandest encounters with the beauty do a lot more than just golf. The tourof the Ozarks is through the game of golf. nament poses a unique pro-am format Inspired by a commitment to conservawhere golfers also bass fish on Table Rock tion, Johnny Morris, Founder of Bass Lake, compete in shotgun sports at Bass Pro Shops and Big Cedar Lodge, set out Pro Shops’ Shooting Academy, and fly to create one-of-a-kind golf experiences fish for rainbow trout at Dogwood Candesigned to highlight the magnificence of yon Nature Park. It’s quite a spectacle. So the region. much so that a photo of Jack Nicklaus netARNOLD PALMER DRIVING RANGE Big Cedar is now home to three reting a rainbow trout was the most popular markably unique courses. Buffalo Ridge photo on the PGA TOUR’s Facebook page Springs is an 18-hole course ranked by last year. GOLF Magazine as the #1 Best Public Beyond golf, the world-class attractions Golf Course in Missouri. The course has at Big Cedar Lodge offer countless opbeen artfully reimagined by Johnny Morportunities to explore the great outdoors. ris and renowned golf course architect One of these magnificent destinations is a Tom Fazio. Designed to pay tribute to the 10,000 acre nature park, Dogwood Canarea’s early settlers, roaming buffalo can yon Nature Park. You can do everything FALLS LODGE be found grazing on native prairie grasses from horseback riding to fly fishing while that surround the course’s boundaries. marveling at views of captivating waterTop of the Rock, designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer falls and canyon walls. For the shooting enthusiast, the Bass Pro and Johnny Morris, offers some of the most breathtaking views Shops Shooting Academy is a 1,200 acre-hilltop facility that alin the Ozarks and is the first and only 9-hole, par-3 course to be lows you to engage in a variety of shooting disciplines. included in official PGA TOUR tournament play. In the words Amidst the rolling hills, rugged terrain and spectacular lake of PGA TOUR Commissioner, Tim Finchem, “If there was ever views lay secluded accommodations with inviting details like a par-3 course worthy of PGA TOUR tournament play, Top of real-wood burning fireplaces and private balconies. Guests can the Rock is it.” also enjoy luxury experiences like a day at Cedar Creek Spa, an Adding to the extraordinary game of golf at Big Cedar, the 18,000 square foot spa complete with indoor grotto pool and new Mountain Top course designed by Gary Player just opened ice room. to the public on August 31st. This new facility offers spectacular Whether you are looking for a golf getaway or just an opviews from the 13-hole course and the restaurant perched high portunity to unplug, unwind and reconnect with nature, look in the Ozark hills. no further than Big Cedar Lodge. Escape to the Ozark MounTwo new golf courses are currently being constructed – an 18tains of Missouri and discover why this world-class destinahole course designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw that is set tion has been named the Number 1 Resort in the Midwest by to open in 2018 and the first ever public golf course designed by Travel + Leisure Magazine for two consecutive years. You can call Tiger Woods that will open in 2019. With these developments, 800-BCLODGE or visit www.bigcedar.com today to start planBig Cedar Lodge is quickly becoming known as America’s next ning your stay. clm 54 | COUNTY LIVING magazine | WWW.COUNTYLIVINGMAG.COM

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A Business Broker Can Make the Difference

ike most business owners, you probably think from time to time about selling your business – to retire, start or join another business, pursue other things on your “bucket list” or out of necessity. However, a recent survey of business owners found that over 80% either do not have an exit plan or have a vague plan that has not been documented or communicated. Like any other major business decision, to effectively sell your company or professional practice takes thought and planning. What holds back most owners are that they are so busy running their businesses, and they do not know how to do it because they have not sold a business before. Fortunately, there are professionals whose job it is to provide hands-on help, working step by step through the process to a successful sale. An experienced business broker starts by asking questions in confidence that determine the best timing and price at which your business can be sold. They work through a valuation, which reflects how your company relates to the current local market. Working together, you and the business broker mutually agree to a fair market sale price. The next step is to plan for marketing your business by determining one or more likely buyer profiles to target. The broker will create both a generic information release to share with prospective buyers that does not contain confidential information or the name of the business. There will also be a proprietary information package to share in confidence with prescreened buyers. The broker will also create a marketing plan for positioning and advertising your business to the most likely buyer prospects. What distinguishes the most successful business brokers is their ability to get the attention of these best buyer prospects.

A broker who has the reach of a substantial list of qualified buyers and a referral network has a great advantage for finding the right buyer to pay the price you want for your business. They will handle the screening process and discreetly introduce prospective buyers to your business in its most favorable light. The broker will facilitate your negotiations with the buyer, assuring they understand your desired terms and conditions, assist them in preparing their offers and deliver directly to you all bona fide offers to buy your business. Finally, the broker organization will ensure that the closing requirements are addressed – working out contract contingencies, providing a neutral attorney to monitor the closing, produce all forms needed for completion of the sale and collect deposits. Selling a business is a major financial step and can also be a major lifestyle change for the owner. You want to work with an experienced team as you take these important steps that will shape your future. Jeff Bach is an established business broker at the Saint Louis Group, which for over 40 years has been by far the most successful business broker organization in this area. With access to their network of over 7,000 qualified buyers, Jeff offers the best opportunity to help you successfully sell your business. He only gets paid when you sell your business. Valuations are free and are the starting point to knowing when it is the right time to sell your business. Jeff can also help qualified buyers find and buy a business that meets their goals. You can contact Jeff for a free, confidential, no-obligation discussion about selling your business or buying a business at 314-941-8530, or by email at jeffbach@saintlouisgroup.com. clm

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Technology Is Great – Except When It Doesn’t Work! If you’ve had home computer problems and found it difficult to get them solved, here’s an innovative solution.

Twenty years ago, frustrated with how poorly her new home computer was working, Dede Catsavis looked for someone that could come out to her home to fix her computer and set it up properly so it would work the way it was supposed to. Unfortunately, Dede could not find any business that provided that service. In fact, every repair place that she contacted wanted her to lug her desktop computer (and all its parts) into their store and leave it there for several weeks to get it fixed. That’s when Dede decided to take matters into her own hands, realizing that there was a need for speedy in-home computer repair. Shortly thereafter She formed Computer Tutors – the first local, woman-owned, on-site computer repair service. The hallmark of Computer Tutors is to provide clients with much-needed convenient in-home computer repair that also

provides troubleshooting, diagnostics, maintenance, installations and training. They not only work on computers, but in addition they can help with any of your tech devices like smart phones, TVs and more. Their services are convenient because they come directly to your home – days, evenings or even weekends at no extra charge. For you, this means convenience: there’s no driving, hauling, waiting or frustration, only to find that sometimes things aren’t fixed. They come to your house and fix things on the spot. Since 1997, Computer Tutors has provided onsite computer services to thousands of clients. Well over half of the Computer Tutors clients have been with them for over a decade because they know they can trust them with their computers and in their homes. When you call Computer Tutors, you’ll talk directly to the owner or to one of their three patient and proficient DEDE CATSAVIS is founder computer techs, withand owner of Computer Tuout a bunch of recorded tors. For 20 years they have messages or outsourced provided computer services to phone support. Their thousands of satisfied, happy techs give you their cell customers. phone numbers and they Computer Tutors works take calls from clients. on both Windows and MAC They will even help you computers, setting up home over the phone for free networks, eliminating viruses if possible. If not, then and also will help with any of they offer same or next your other electronics. day service and will alYou can reach them by ways solve your problem. phone at 314-608-7920, and you can learn more about them Finally there’s a service at www computertutors.net. that takes your frustration away! clm


Finest Custom Table Pads at Factory-Direct Prices The way to assure perfect fit for table pads is for the provider to visit your home to accurately measure and show you sample colors and textures to match your table and dĂŠcor. Custom Table Pads & Linens, an independent St. Louis dealer, provides the finest custom American-made table pads at factory-direct prices. They measure at your home or business, and show you a choice of 23 vinyl tops and 5 velvet bottoms. Perfect fit is guaranteed. Pads are heat resistant to 550o, moisture and warp resistant. Patented hidden magnets minimize separation and slippage on your table. Custom Table Pads & Linens also sells country club quality table linens and accessories in hundreds of colors and textures, with the look and feel of cotton linen at a fraction of the cost.

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Not Your Typical Road Trip

For Your Information

This Book Should Be in Every Home in St. Louis


County Living columnist

John Drake Robinson won an


for his unique travelogs based on his books.

Coastal Missouri and A Road Trip Into America’s Hidden Heart

In this age of interstates and instant gratification, Robinson took the long way around the state, with his only constant companion: his car. “. . . we’ve dodged rabbits and turtles, texters and drunks. We’ve slid sideways in sleet, jumped curbs and low-water crossings. We’ve passed every pun on every roadside marquee, every time and temperature sign, every clip joint and carny barker and corn dog vendor, every barbeque shack and TexMex taco stand. And we’ve stopped at most of ‘em.”


Available at: Left Bank Books and other fine bookstores. Or on Amazon.com

Read more stories at johndrakerobinson.com/blog

any of us who have lived in the St. Louis area our whole lives don’t know much about our own history. We learn in school about world history, US history and facts about Missouri government, but very little is taught about the history of our own county. And newcomers to St. Louis generally know even less about the area. To help all of us feel more connected to our own community, County Living Publications has re-published The History of St. Louis County, Missouri by William Lyman Thomas, a 100-year old book that documents our history from the earliest settlers through the Civil War and into the first decade of the 20th century. It documents what life was like 100 years ago here - the towns, neighborhoods, schools, churches, social societies, government, businesses, transportation and amusements of the period, and thousands of the people who were active in these endeavors. This is a quality softbound book of over 500 pages, with more than 100 historic photographs. Now available at: Amazon.com Book House in Maplewood Campbell House in Downtown St. Louis The Louisiana Purchase Gift Shop at Missouri History Museum Main Street Books in St. Charles Museum of Transportation Gift Shop in Kirkwood St. Louis Genealogical Society in Maplewood World News in Clayton For more information, you can visit www.StLCountyHistory.com clm



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