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Take St. Louis’ Little Free Libraries, for example. On p. 34, contributing writer Drew Gieseke details how these colorful little lending libraries spread joy around the metro with the help of a handful of local organizations, volunteers and generous individuals excited to share their new favorite reads with curious passersby. On p. 11, staff writer Charlotte Renner offers a crash course on starting a nature journal. If you have a spare notebook and pen lying around, the rest of the materials can be found in your backyard – from pretty petals and leaves to press between the pages to the inspiration for your own written reflections. If you have a little one in tow, take inspiration from Ready Readers’ latest children’s literature pick, “Where Did the Turtles Go?”, introduced by contributing writer Sheila Oliveri on p. 16. St. Louis author Katie Lerwick walks young readers through a trip to the metro’s own Forest Park, where its inhabitant turtles await the start of spring.

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By Maggie Peters > Photos courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum


xperience the sights and smells of spring with creative works by St. Louis’ best floral designers at the Saint Louis Art Museum’s Art in Bloom celebration. This beloved tradition will return from March 1-3 and features 30 stunning creations inspired by both classic and contemporary works exhibited throughout the museum. “The pieces are chosen by a team of the museum staff members who try to compose a wide range of artwork that represents the breadth of the collection,” explains Amanda Thompson Rundahl, the director of learning


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and engagement at SLAM. “There are some old favorites, [but] we also want to highlight work that hasn’t been featured [yet] so patrons can experience art that is new on view, or new to the collection, this year.” “As an interior decorator and designer, the Saint Louis Art Museum collection has always been a source of creative inspiration for me, as well as a foundation for my fine art and decorative arts education,” says Ken Stuckenschneider, co-chair of the Art in Bloom Preview Party. “It’s fascinating to see how the florists re-interpret the artwork into a floral creation that will last only a few days.” “Where else in the world can you soak up some of the world’s greatest artwork for free? It’s a rare treasure I love to help support and safeguard,” adds graphic designer and co-chair, Cheree Berry. “Plus, I had the most fun chairing SLAM’s Pop Peace Love Gala in 2018, so I jumped at the chance to chair the Art in Bloom Preview Party. The Festival is a mustsee every year. Come for the explosion of living color during those waning dreary winter days – or for the floral attire alone!”

The Art in Bloom Preview Party will take place at the museum on Thursday, Feb. 29, and includes a first look at the exquisite arrangements, as well as live music and fine food and drinks for all attendees. Preview Party tickets are available at slam.org/bloomparty. “Art in Bloom inspires so many creative floral designs, guided by the unique artworks assigned to each designer,” says Stuckenschneider. “The Preview Party is such a fun way to meet the designers next to their arrangements, listen to their interpretation and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings.” Additionally, the evening will feature renowned New York floral designer Doan Ly and her firm a.p.bio. Ly will also be giving a talk on Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m., and her floral design, titled Forsythia Fields, will be on view the entire weekend. Plan your visit now and enjoy spring with Art in Bloom! Saint Louis Art Museum, One Fine Arts Drive, 314-721-0072, slam.org




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By Dr. David Anderson

any youth sports have become year-round activities. With so much constant activity, it’s important for young athletes –

especially girls – to take precautions to protect

their knees. Adolescent girls whose bodies are

are rapid growth, knee alignment problems and

more than boys, ranging from a mild stretch of

repetitive athletic activity.

the ACL to complete tears, sometimes with torn

Alignment problems, such as knock-knees,

cartilage. ACL injury causes knee instability

can result in improper position and tracking

and makes athletics and even daily walking

of the kneecap. With the natural looseness of

difficult. Studies reveal a high rate of arthritis

girls’ tendons and ligaments, this can be the

and knee replacement in these patients as

cause of pain and instability. The kneecap could

adults. ACL reconstruction surgery is a highly

dislocate and require emergency treatment.

effective treatment and may prevent long-term

Exercises to restore balanced muscle

problems. During surgery, the damaged ACL is

strength and flexibility are effective, and a

replaced, usually with the patient’s own tendon

brace may be helpful with both patellofemoral

tissue from the knee area.

pain and alignment problems. Activities might need modification, but most patients can

ACL surgery is rehabilitation, which lasts about

continue sports participation. Girls with very

six months. Only with dedicated effort can

changing are more likely to have knee pain than

unstable kneecaps, however, may

their male counterparts.

require surgery. In some cases,

The most common types of knee problems

patellar malalignment left

are patellar (kneecap) pain; instability and

untreated can lead to

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and require requiring

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knee replacement

Patellofemoral pain is usually behind the kneecap or adjacent to it. Your child may

The most important part of recovery from

later in life. Evidence shows

notice swelling, perhaps with the knee giving

that girls sustain

out or momentarily catching, particularly after

ACL injuries at

exercise. Common contributing factors in girls

least four times

patients return to their pre-injury level of sports participation. Dr. David Anderson is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon with Mercy Children’s Hospital St. Louis with over 25 years of treating sports knee injuries in young athletes.

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By Charlotte Renner

pending time outdoors and journaling are two great activities on their own, but put them together, and you get something magical. Read on for our guide to nature journaling in St. Louis.


This step might seem obvious, but it’s something to have fun with – and at its heart, nature journaling should be fun. Our pick is the large journal at Civil Alchemy; its hardbound cover, hand-blocked prints and lined pages make for the perfect blank slate for your nature-writing journey. And if you have an empty journal lying around at home, that’s perfectly fine, too. We’re all about using what we already have. Civil Alchemy, 8154 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, civilalchemy.com

STEP 2: GET OUTSIDE Nature journaling can be done anywhere outdoors – your neighborhood park, favorite hiking trail, nearby state parks and even your own backyard are great places to start. If you need a few ideas, we’ve got you covered:  Powder Valley Conservation Area in Kirkwood (paved hiking trails, education center)  Queeny Park in Ballwin (dog park, hiking trails, recreation center)  Blackburn Park in Webster Groves (playgrounds, bird-watching)  Lone Elk Park in Valley Park (wildlife viewing, hiking trails)

STEP 3: OBSERVE So you’ve got your journal, you’re out in the wild … now what? Start by writing down details like the date, weather and location. Take a moment to sit and observe what’s going on around you. Write down what you see – a dog running through a field, a caterpillar making its trek across the dirt or leaves blowing in the wind. Are the birds chirping, or are branches scratching against each other? How does the air around you feel? Write down everything that comes to mind. Let your senses do the work.

STEP 4: ADD YOUR SPIN ON IT The sky’s the limit when it comes to what to include in your nature journal. See a cool leaf or flower on the ground? Tape it into the journal. Find an interesting bark pattern on a tree? Sketch it out in your journal. Take some photos with your family while you’re out? Print them out and put them in the journal. If you’re poetry-inclined, jot down some lines while you’re at it, or keep writing down your experiences.


Remember that nature can shape us just as much as we shape it – as long as we let it.

After you’ve had your day in the sun – or rain and snow, fun in nature knows no bounds – pack up your journal and take what you learned home with you. Research the things that stuck out to you and learn a little more about your environment. Share your findings with friends and family, or use it as a teaching opportunity with your kids. Stay connected to the mindfulness you accessed while nature journaling; it might help ground you in everyday moments. And lastly, remember that nature can shape us just as much as we shape it – as long as we let it. LadueNews.com < FEBRUARY 2, 2024


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BEST By Maggie Peters > Photos courtesy of Paul Rottler, MD


f your New Year’s resolution is to look and feel your best, but you don’t know where to start – look no further than Dr. Angela Hulsey. Hulsey, alongside Dr. Paul Rottler and their talented staff, offer a wide variety of aesthetic surgical and medical spa procedures that put your care first. “Any procedure I offer not only provides an aesthetically pleasing outcome, but also positively impacts self-confidence,” Hulsey says. “The rendered benefits are best perceived by each patient. This is something I take the time to sort out during each consultation.” Procedures offered include face and neck lifts, laser facial resurfacing, breast reduction, liposuction, cellulite reduction and more. MedSpa services such as fillers, laser hair removal and hydro-facials are also available. Additionally, the office of Paul Rottler, MD is offering a special from now until March 31, where you can add liposuction to any procedure for half off. “I endeavor to achieve the best, most dramatic results while minimizing the interventions necessary to achieve those goals,” Hulsey says. “I believe less is more, and strive for natural appearing outcomes.” A St. Louis native, Hulsey is a University of


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Missouri alum for her degree in Biological Science, as well as for medical school and her Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency. She explains that she takes the time to get to know each patient’s view and needs and then provides them with honest recommendations and an individualized plan of care, adding that, as a woman in the field of plastic surgery, she feels she can really connect with her patients. “I understand where my patients are coming from on a personal level,” she says. “I endeavor to further distinguish myself from other surgeons in my holistic, whole-body approach. For example, a lymphatic massage after an abdominoplasty significantly enhances post-operative recovery.” The office of Paul Rottler, MD is also helping women interested in breast cancer screenings this spring by hosting the Mercy Mobile Mammography Van on April 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those interested can call 314-251-6300 option 0 to schedule an appointment. Hulsey concludes that she, Rottler, and all the staff at Paul Rottler, MD strive to provide the foremost care and expertise: “Each patient is special, and should be treated as such.” Dr. Angela Hulsey at the office of Paul Rottler, MD, FACS, 314-966-8880, dr-rottler.com

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Winter Wonderings


eady Readers invites you to recall the

By Sheila Oliveri

Over time, our protagonist learns that the pond and

innocence of childhood and reawaken a

its inhabitants change with the seasons. One cold day,

sense of wonder for the natural world by

she arrives to find no trace of her beloved turtles, a nod

reading “Where Did the Turtles Go?,” a new

to the book’s title. Alleviating readers’ fears, she explains

book written by St. Louis author Katie Lerwick and

that the turtles are resting under big rocks and slippery

illustrated by Caroline Kraus. Through this story of

logs, sleeping deep inside the sticky mud at the edge of

a child’s explorations in Forest Park, Lerwick and

the pond, awaiting the sights and sounds of spring – the

Kraus invite readers to engage with environmental

signal that it’s time to return to the water.

cues that feed children’s connection to, and

Lerwick’s text marries seamlessly with Kraus’

understanding of, the world around them.

digitally painted photographs, which depict serene

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“When the grass is green, and the yellow and purple

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interesting placement on the page, combined with

chirping in the tall, tall trees, we go see the turtles.” We

the use of varying sizes and colors of text, lend a

follow our young guide along her route, “Out the door, down the stairs, across the street, over the bridge, past the man reading on the bench, and into Forest Park to see the turtles.” Journeying towards the destination, readers experience the park through the child’s eyes, noting colors, sounds and aromas along the way.


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n December 2023, Saint Louis University and research partners were awarded $5 million from the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator Program to continue the development of Inclusio: a new, AI-driven technology that enables anyone to find and create accessible content. The funding will help Inclusio’s team develop, test and launch the product for public use. “Inclusio creates a future where content can be accessed in multiple ways – through sight, sound and touch – using whatever platform is preferred,” says Jenna Gorlewicz, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean of Research and Innovation in the School of Science and Engineering at SLU. “[It makes] accessible content is so easy to generate and find, [it can be done] from content inception rather than as an afterthought.” Inclusio is a software platform that enables users to find, create and consume accessible content in whatever medium they prefer. Inclusio’s research team absorbs multiple input data formats (including text, image Photo of Jenna Gorlewicz courtesy of Saint Louis University files and files from other platforms such as Desmos) and delivers it across both mainstream platforms (mobile and web apps) and popular assistive platforms like embossers or braille. Gorlewicz says that alternative text descriptions and embossed or The result is information that individuals can access anytime, anywhere raised dot solutions like braille are the best-case and in any form they wish. The process also solutions for educational material conversion. enables teachers and content providers to Unfortunately, these resources are often not rapidly generate inclusive content that works available for BLV individuals. across widely adopted platforms. The key to this “Harnessing the power of people and AI approach is accessibility. technologies working together, Inclusio will “Inclusio’s technology helps blind and low significantly lower the barriers to creating vision individuals access content in the classroom accessible content by reducing the time and and the workplace, particularly in disciplines such resources needed to do so,” Gorlewicz says. “This as math and science,” Gorlewicz says. “It also helps enables any individual – including individuals with teachers focus on teaching by reducing the time BLV – independence in creating accessible formats.” required to convert content into accessible formats While Inclusio’s core mission serves and enabling them to meet diverse student needs. individuals with BLV, the technology actually And it helps content providers like publishers enables content to be rapidly personalized and generate content that will be accessible and prepared based on individual learning styles and inclusive for diverse learners.” preferences. With the NSF’s $5 million award, the Inclusio’s programming pairs artificial – JENNA GORLEWICZ team will be able to expand access for learners intelligence with a human-centered, iterative around the world. design and development approach that cuts “We’re architecting a future where we can costs and saves time for educators. Content move beyond access to inclusion, impacting the conversion can take up to 9 to 12 months and can cost tens of thousands of dollars for entire textbooks. Likewise, teachers educational landscape and opening up new workforce opportunities for persons with disabilities,” Gorlewicz says. of students with visual impairments or paraprofessionals are often expected to manually create accessible formats for their educational materials despite Inclusio, inclusio.io limited resources and time.


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Russell Kraus, St. Louis (1918-2009), I, Russell, 1948, oil on masonite, signed, framed

friday's auction features over 100 lots of jewelry and furs, highlighted by a 4.48-carat pear-shaped diamond. saturday's auction features over 400 lots of paintings, prints, and sculpture including works by j.g. brown, dawson-watson, kathryn cherry, russell kraus, bernard peters, gayle hoskins, ernest trova, fred conway, ivan summers, ed boccia, bernard villemot, dale chihuly, jim budish, saunders schult z, anders zorn, emil bistram, frank howell, jim dine, peter max, jasper johns, george rodrigue, and werner drewes; a large collection of art glass by sam stang; victorian sterling baby rattles; fine furniture from the missouri history museum; asian decorative art; mcm furniture; pottery by santa fe artist cathra-anne barker; tiffany glass; a rare vase by taxile doat, and more.

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60 Daryl Lane, St. Louis 63124 • 3 Bedroom/3 Baths NEW PRICE $995,000

PLAYFUL By Nancy Robinson > Photos supplied

In the mood for some design fun? These pieces complement one another with just the right amount of playfulness. Hudson Valley Lighting’s banks Chandelier takes its inspiration from the mod designs of the 1960s. Twelve sleek metal shades are arranged in a circle, and each shade features a hand-applied gold leaf interior and either a white or black outer finish. The alternating shades have two bulbs each that are directed both upward and downward to fill the room with light. The chandelier’s diameter is 34.5 inches. (metroelectricsupply.com)

Sellers are excited & ready for new homeowners to love this house as much as they do! This updated all brick ranch on cul-de-sac in Ladue school dist. has stunning entry that opens to bright living rm w/bay window & gas frplc. Connecting formal dining rm. Kitchen features white 42” cabinets, granite counters & breakfast bar that opens to hearth rm w/floor to ceiling stone gas frplc, buit-in bookcases & sliding glass door. Beautiful hrdwd flrs. Spacious bdrms w/able closets. New windows ‘21. Newly resurfaced Pebble-tech in-ground pool surround by lrg patio, decorative iron fence & brick pillars.



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elevate the presentation of your seasonal accents with MacKenzieChilds’ weather-resistant Courtly Check pedestal urn. Crafted of durable fiberglass and resin, the decorative urn is hand-painted with the company’s signature motif. There is a drainage hole in the bottom, so you can fill it with live plants as well. (bdaviscompany.com)

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Powder Room Perfection By Alecia Humphreys > Photo by Megan Lorenz, Design by McCoy Design Studio

Step inside this powder room designed by Amy McCoy, owner and lead designer of McCoy Design Studio, and witness the wonder of powder room perfection. “There is an understated beauty in this room that I love,” McCoy says. “You will notice that none of the details are too fussy. Instead, they’re soft and work in harmony with each other to create a lovely room.” The space was inspired by European interiors and incorporates natural stone at the forefront of the room with a fabulous floating sink. But McCoy’s favorite elements of the space can be found in the details. “I love the way we designed the

applied molding on the walls,” McCoy says. “We framed out the space for the mirror and floating stone custom sink, and complimented the wall detail by adding that concave curve to the Carrara backsplash.” This creates a classic, timeless feel. “I think the applied molding details and rich color of the walls make the room feel like it could have been designed today or 50 years ago,” McCoy says. “The design is exemplary. I think the project was a success in both design and execution, as both have to work in tandem.” McCoy Design Studio, mccoydesignstudio.com

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TOP WOMEN IN REAL ESTATE Lynn Andel and Julie McDonald

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List Well. Buy Smart. That’s the AndelWhite & McDonald Real Estate Group mantra, focusing on the things that matter to you. Today, when personal assistance and knowing how to successfully maneuver in a challenging market is even more important, count Lynn Andel and Julie McDonald to always have your best interest at heart!

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314-323-4036 (direct), 314-725-5100 (office), lauramccarthy.com “Combining personal service with professional expertise, my experience in real estate goes back many years to when I wrote Distinctive Properties stories for Ladue News,” says Lucyann Boston. “When I’m not working with clients, I volunteer at the Missouri Botanical Garden and write monthly garden stories for St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles magazine.”

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From castle to cottage to condo, whether you are just starting out, are downsizing or need a change, Jackie Chehval can guide through every aspect of the process. With her experience and service, she will be there to help you find the house you want to call home.

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“Empowering your dreams of home ownership, I am dedicated to delivering unparalleled service as your trusted residential real estate agent,” says Terry Burr. “With a focus on integrity, expertise, and personalized care, my mission is to guide you through every step of the journey to find the perfect place to call home.”


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“After receiving my real estate license, I knew Laura McCarthy was where I wanted to be,” says Ellen Dolan. “Laura McCarthy historically has had a presence of selling and buying marquis homes. With my local expertise of St. Louis and agency support, I am successful in selling homes in the areas that I love to live in.”

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Missy Fish makes it her goal to give every client legendary service that is responsive, efficient, and memorable. She considers exceptional care for her clients coupled with her knowledge of the industry and ability to uncover and share key data points to be her ‘superpower’ as an agent. This has earned her the designation of a Top agent for Laura McCarthy from 2017 to 2023.

emily O’Hagan has almost two decades of real estate expertise in St. Louis and is a Certified relocation Specialist, adept at discreet transactions through various entities. With extensive industry relationships and a successful track record, O’Hagan’s honesty, loyalty, and exceptional communication has resulted in a significant number of repeat clients.

The Gellman Team

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The amazing women of the Gellman Team are vital to its success: 527 families served and $243 million in sales in 2023, and 63 families and $33.7 million already under contract for 2024. additionally, they support organizations like Women on a Mission, Nurse for Newborns, St. Jude’s Children’s research Hospital and Susan G. Komen.

Cathleen O’Meara and Kathe DeGrand, earning top agent status in 2022 and 2023, are lifelong friends who have channeled their strong teamwork and individual strengths into creating a dynamite real estate team ready to provide personalized top-quality service to every client. Together, they have sold homes in all price ranges and areas.

Jill Malley Cohen

Laura McCarthy Real Estate 314-277-9568 (direct), 314-725-5100 (office), lauramccarthy.com Jill Malley Cohen has spent most of her 39 years in real estate as a top producer at Laura McCarthy real estate. Her energy, enthusiasm and attention to detail has served her well in providing expertise to the benefit of buyers and sellers. Jill is passionate and dedicated to her clients’ success.

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TOP WOMEN IN REAL ESTATE Rossini Real Estate Group

Tracy Sheffler

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Integrity and trust are at the heart of the Rossini Real Estate Group. Having worked with clients across multiple price points throughout St. Louis’ central corridor, they believe in putting their clients first by being available when needed, listening to their clients’ interests and delivering exceptionally personalized service.

Sarah Scheu

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Sarah Scheu first joined The Gellman Team as a buyer specialist in 2015, and since then has become Chief Growth Officer. Scheu is an exemplary leader whose passion lies in empowering not just the team’s agents, but agents throughout the community, arming them with the essential tools, skills, and mindset for success.

Penny Schneithorst

Laura McCarthy Real Estate 314-280-7747 (direct), 314-725-5100 (office), lauramccarthy.com Penny Schneithorst has been with the brokerage since 2019. She was named a top agent in 2021, 2022 and 2023 and has continued to build her knowledge base of anything and everything related to property. Schneithorst is often praised for her patience, quick responses, large database of contacts, and top-notch negotiation skills.


A top producing sales associate with Laura McCarthy Realtors since 1997 and multi-million-dollar producer, Tracy Sheffler strives to secure optimal deals for clients, ensuring an enjoyable and stress-free experience. Committed to attentive listening, she aims to find perfect matches for their needs. Her dedication includes delivering topnotch service with a focus on patience, perseverance, and persistence.

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“Developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything I do both personally and professionally,” says Mary Ellen Stephens. “My dedication to exceptional customer service and willingness to go the extra mile assures my clients the best results every time.”


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Story and photos by Mabel Suen

or South City dwellers like Kevin Haskins, Stella Blues has long served as a staple of their social lives. Since Chun Choe took over ownership in 2012, the eclectic watering hole has welcomed people from all walks of life with its supply of cold drinks and tasty bar food. Haskins – a regular at the Tower Grove South tavern since its reopening – went from working on the line there to leaving the industry altogether to face sobriety. A few years later, when Choe rang him up to say he’d be retiring and needed someone to take over the kitchen, Haskins knew he’d found his true calling. “It was a no-brainer for me … to get back to what I loved and wanted to do,” Haskins says. Mr. Choe, as regulars fondly call him, leaves the bar side of the business to his son Paul, who hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the beverage program while partnering with Haskins to carry on his family’s tried-and-true Korean cuisine in the kitchen. The duo took over the business together in May 2023. “Kevin is a young guy, and it’s really refreshing to see that enthusiasm and the deep respect he has,” Paul Choe says. “Watching him develop has been amazing.”


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Chun Choe

Kevin Haskins and Paul Choe

Since last spring, Haskins has refined the menu under the radar and created new dishes along the way. “I’ve always loved the food here. It’s always been my favorite spot to go eat,” Haskins says. “Mr. Choe created a great product. We’re paying homage to him and carrying on that legacy, perfecting all the dishes he had and just taking it to the next level with some spices and flair from my own journey.” Haskins has worked in the food industry for the past 18 years at area restaurants like The Original Crusoe’s, Olive + Oak, Guerrilla Street Food and The Wood Shack. For him, landing back in the kitchen at Stella Blues feels like a homecoming. “The atmosphere here always felt like a melting pot,” Haskins says. “Everyone’s welcome, and I’ve always loved that part of it.” Guests can order Haskins’ perfected takes on longtime Stella Blues staples such as bulgogi rice bowls and The O.G. (Kychun Wings), or doublefried Korean fried chicken tossed in a soy sauce

and arbol chile-infused sweet, spicy glaze. Each item has subtle new twists, such as a bulgogi quesadilla with an extra layer of crispy cheese. Additions include classic smash burgers, made up of ground chuck patties with crisped edges, topped with fixings such as grilled onions and served on potato buns. Haskins hopes to introduce even more fresh ideas into the fold going forward. For now, however, he’s happy to cook up beloved favorites for Stella Blues regulars and newcomers to enjoy. “I’m super proud of the burger and everything that’s coming in the future as well as upholding the standard of quality food,” Haskins says. “They’ve had a great product the entire time, and it’s super important to me to give it the respect it deserves.” “The people on the south side really embraced my dad and welcomed him,” Paul Choe adds. “We’re really grateful for everyone’s support all these years and hope to keep everything that people love about Stella Blues going for years to come.” The kitchen at Stella Blues is open Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday through Saturday from noon to 1 a.m., and Sunday from noon to midnight. Catering is also available via Instagram message. Stella Blues, 3269 Morganford Road, St. Louis, 314-762-0144, instagram.com/stellagrill_stl





By Mark Bretz Photos courtesy of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis


n October 2023, just one month after The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis began its 2023-24 season, the non-musical professional company made a sobering announcement: The Rep needed to raise $2.5 million through ticket sales and philanthropy by the end of 2023 to continue producing work in the second half of the season, and they couldn’t do it alone. Thankfully, the St. Louis community stepped up to do what it does best – support one of its own. On Jan. 4, The Rep stated that it had hit 80 percent of its original goal with $2 million raised. A “Rally for The Rep” holiday benefit, featuring Hollywood star and St. Louis native John Goodman, raised over $150,000 and helped lift the spirits of Rep supporters in the process. The event also allowed The Rep to move forward with its next production, “Moby Dick,” which will be performed at the Loretto-Hilton Center on Webster University’s campus from Feb. 6 to 25.

We remain encouraged and motivated to continue producing world-class theater for the St. Louis metro area. – Danny Williams

Danny Williams, managing director of The Rep, says the company has now raised 85 percent of its current $2.5 million goal, with just under $400,000 to go. Williams says that “Rally for The Rep” immensely boosted the fundraising effort. “We reached out to John Goodman through some mutual friends,” he says. “He responded right away wanting to help. To have his support meant a lot to everyone here at The Rep. He understands and appreciates the need for regional theater in our culture.” “Rally for The Rep” also included Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, St. Louis City SC soccer player Nicholas Gioacchini and Chicago-based singing trio The Lovettes. “We are entertainers first and foremost,” Williams says. “We wanted to put on a show that would inspire the community. It was exciting to feel the buzz in the room that night. Other St. Louis celebrities like Sterling K. Brown and Jenna Fischer recorded two wonderful videos we shared on social media to drum up support.” Right now, Williams shares that The Rep is deep into the 2024-25 season planning process and aims to announce a 2024-25 season in March 2024. He added that a final decision on whether the previously announced 2023-24 season-closing production of “August: Osage County,” scheduled to be performed in March, will be made in early February. “Successful fundraising for The Rep and support from the community has bolstered the company,” Williams says. “We remain encouraged and motivated to continue

producing world-class theater for the St. Louis metro area. My hope is that organizations with vested interests in the success of St. Louis will seriously consider an investment in the arts and culture here.” Williams adds: “Budget permitting, The Rep plans to bring the Steve Woolf Studio Series back online at the Emerson Theatre in the LorettoHilton Center. We are also planning all mainstage offerings at the Loretto-Hilton Center for the 2024-25 season.” Meanwhile, Williams continues to wear several leadership hats at The Rep, helping steer it through its current challenges. “I have embraced the opportunity to lead The Rep in this time of transition, but I’m not doing it alone,” he says. “I have the support of an amazingly talented and dedicated staff.” The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, 130 Edgar Road, St. Louis, 314-968-4925, repstl.org LadueNews.com < FEbRUARY 2, 2024




‘Rockin’ at the Rite’ Concert Story and photos by Bryan Schraier


n January, guests braved frigid temperatures to gather together inside the Scottish Rite Cathedral for a night of rock and roll – including performances by headliner SuperJam. The LIGHT Foundation, in association with The Song Society, held its “Rockin’ at the Rite” event, in which all proceeds went to benefit children served by both organizations. Founded in 2016, TLF collaborates with nonprofit entities like TSS to provide youth and families affected by medical life changes with therapeutic songwriting, recording and performance opportunities. TSS is led by a diverse group of board-certified musical therapists, singer-songwriters, recording experts and medical professionals.

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‘Rockin’ at the Rite’ symbolizes an intentional partnership between two nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering children through the therapeutic power of music. This collaboration holds deep significance as it unites The LIGHT Foundation and The Song Society under a shared objective: to offer life-impacting opportunities to children in need. The intentional synergy between our organizations exemplifies a commitment to inspiring the voices of children, making it an incredibly impactful endeavor. This benefit concert truly connected us all on a journey of LIGHT and Song, and of course, a rockin’ good time! – Sabrina Cockerham, TLF DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR


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Tom Bayne, Bob Cockerham, with Kaylee Muertz

Tracy Sandheinrich, Tom Eschen


Jaime Kennington, Destiny Bushway, Beckett Krieg and family, Tracie Sandheinrich

Tom Bayne and Bob Cockerham

Stacy, Sabrina and Bob Cockerham

Jaime Kennington

Destiny Bushway

Kaylee Muertz

Tessa Chenoweth, Johnny Knop, Sean and Sandy Wright, Dusty and Chelle Sanders, Lucas and Ashly Walls

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10th Anniversary Gala Story and photos by Christina Kling-Garrett


ateway Korea Foundation held its “Harmony in Diversity” gala recently at the 612 North event space. Founded in 2013, GKF was the dream of Korean immigrants to St. Louis like Dr. Chung C. Nahm, who helped form the Korean American Association of St. Louis. The “Harmony in Diversity” gala featured food by 612 North owner and Korean American restaurateur Munsok So; an auction and raffle drawing; and musical entertainment by renowned Korean opera singers Jiyoung Savage, Eunmi Shin Yang and Yungbae Yang. The 10th anniversary event was emceed by 5 On Your Side anchor and founder of the Very Asian Foundation Michelle Li and GKF board member Liz Lenivy. The Korean Consulate in Chicago sponsored the event, and Consul General Junghan Kim attended.

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Diversity is paramount to the development and progress of any culture or society. Korea is a nation that is over five thousand years old with a rich heritage. The rich tradition and culture Korean Americans bring to St. Louis continues to enhance the multi-cultural development and diversity of thought in our beloved St. Louis!

Sung Choe, Mimi Kim, Liz Chung, Judy Draper, Judith Lieu, Liz Lee, Charles Lieu, Young Hie Kromm

Miran Halen, George and Judy Draper

Sueza Tachoe, Seon Choo Kim, Duk C. Kim, Young Hie Kromm


Liz Lenivy, Jordan Garrido, Steve Lenivy


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Princess Hollywood



withWolves By Drew Gieseke Photos courtesy of The Endangered Wolf Center

Photo by Michelle Steinmeyer

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ature needs wolves. Although they might seem intimidating or bothersome, wolves play an indispensable role in maintaining a healthy environment. In Eureka, Mo., the Endangered Wolf Center is dedicated to fighting these misunderstandings through research and conservation – all while introducing people to the vital role wolves play in our ecosystems. “Since wolves are shy and elusive creatures, little was known about their true nature when stories like 'Little Red Riding Hood' and the 'Big Bad Wolf' were created,” says Sarah Holaday, the Endangered Wolf Center director of animal care and conservation. “These misconceptions about their behaviors have been detrimental, both for them and to our native ecosystems.” Since 1971, the EWC has worked with critically endangered wolf species, like the American Red Wolf and Mexican wolf, to support global conservation efforts through breeding, education and research. Visitors are invited year-round to witness the conservation center's work firsthand and learn about the important role wolves play in a healthy ecosystem. In addition, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit performs innovative research to aid in conservation decision-making and help reintroduce endangered species to their native habitats. According to Holaday, nature depends on keystone species and apex carnivores to “survive and thrive.” Wolves are both, meaning their native ecosystems depend on them to keep prey animals at balanced population levels. Since wolves feed primarily on old or injured prey like deer and elk, they help prevent the spread of disease and sickness to other native populations and humans. These balancing efforts make a significant impact on often-delicate ecosystems. “In Yellowstone National Park, when wolves were reintroduced, a ripple effect of positive environmental changes was seen and studied,” Holaday says. “Since herds moved around more regularly with wolves present, the vegetation could regrow and provide an important habitat for songbirds, beavers and other species.” Located 20 minutes southwest of St. Louis at the Washington University Tyson Research Center, the EWC offers different types of tours and experiences for visitors, including behind-the-scenes tours, photography tours and a Keeper for a Day program, where


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visitors can shadow keepers as they take care of endangered wolves and foxes. Each offering is guided by an EWC educator, so visitors always have an educational, interactive experience and often leave with newfound appreciation, respect and compassion for these endangered species. One of the most popular experiences is the Endangered Species Tour. “Accompanied by one of our knowledgeable educators, guests walk about a mile to see our resident canids, which are members of the dog family, from around the world,” Holaday says. “This includes wolves, foxes, African painted dogs and South American maned wolves. During the tour, guests learn why these animals are endangered and how they can help ensure their survival.” The EWC also hosts popular events throughout the year that combine fun (and often seasonal) themes with educational wolf tours and experiences, including a speaker series and puppy showers for the birth of new pups. Preceding the Puppy Shower in March is Valentail’s Howl, a unique celebration of love that not-so-coincidentally coincides Visitors at Endangered Wolf Center > Photo by Victoria Ziglar with wolves’ breeding season in February. The adults-only event offers opportunities to learn about wolf courtship and mating habits – and even ends with a “spectacular symphony of howls” from the resident wolves. These events and experiences – all of which can be booked online – are designed to bring people closer to these beautiful creatures. Through education and familiarity, the EWC hopes that every visitor who sees, hears and learns about wolves will have a new appreciation for how interconnected nature is with our own well-being. “Our vision is a world where endangered wolves and other wild canids exist and thrive in their native habitats, and where they’re recognized and valued for their vital roles as leading members of a healthy ecosystem,” Holaday says. “We can’t fulfill that mission without our visitors and supporters gaining a deeper understanding of these misunderstood animals.” Endangered Wolf Center, 6750 Tyson Valley Road, Eureka, 636-938-5900, endangeredwolfcenter.org

Mexican wolves Winston & Cabara Pictured to the right as pups and below as adults Photos by Michelle Steinmeyer



Littlest Libraries By Drew Gieseke > Photos courtesy of St. Louis Chamber of Commerce


You’ve probably seen a Little Free Library before – the charming book-lending boxes seem to have materialized in every St. Louis neighborhood. The little libraries operate using a “take a book, share a book” honor system that serves as a serendipitous way to find your next favorite read. Believe it or not, these Little Free Libraries are often connected. We sat down with St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce executive director Sandy Brooks to learn more about this unique program connecting St. Louis readers book by book.

What is the Little Free Libraries program? “Little Free Libraries is a national program focused on building community, inspiring readers and expanding book access. Their mission is to be a catalyst for building community, inspiring readers and expanding book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led Little Free Library book-exchange boxes.”

When did Little Free Libraries first debut in St. Louis? “There are multiple Little Library stewards in the region, not just one program. Some of the libraries are created, filled and maintained by individuals while others are maintained by organizations. The St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce worked with Care & Action for Racial Equity and the St. Louis Association of Community Organizations to create 16 Little Free Libraries placed around North St. Louis City. We placed 10 on the Hodiamont Tracks and one in Baden.”

How is the program funded? “The national organization receives funding from foundations, donations and sales of the little libraries. St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce received Little Free Library donations from the national organization. C.A.R.E. received donations of materials and labor from local donors, among others.”

What is the process for installing a little library in your neighborhood or a specific area? “Some Little Free Libraries are converted from shelving or other furniture; others are made by local individuals – either on their own or with plans from Little Free Libraries – and some are purchased through the organization. Sometimes encroachment permits may be needed to place the library on public land, but many people place them on their property, similar to mailboxes. “LFL has a grant program for some areas known as ‘book deserts,’ such as parts of St. Louis. Once built and stocked, the steward can register a library on the map maintained by the national organization and receive emails with upcoming opportunities to stock their little library.”

organizational donations, while others apply for book opportunities through LFL. Others work with C.A.R.E., Scholastic, Ready Readers and several local booksellers.”

Who are the volunteers? “Volunteers can be individuals who choose to put up the libraries and maintain them, or they are organizations such as C.A.R.E., SLACO and St. Louis Arts Chamber.”

How do you come up with the colors and designs for the libraries? “Designs are individually chosen. The ones [the Arts Chamber installed] have the colors and design developed for the seven neighborhoods along the Hodiamont Tracks that are repeated in other artwork in the area. “Some companies use their brand colors. At one school, the children used their hands to paint butterflies and tulips for the little library in their butterfly garden.”

What has the reception been like for this program within the community? “Reception for our LFLs has been fantastic. The libraries are not vandalized, the books are used and the boxes are refilled every week or two. When we put out our first call for books, over 1,000 new and gently used appropriate books were donated.”

How can our readers get involved with the program? “We maintain a Read in Color wish list on our Amazon page. Books can be donated directly to the St. Louis Arts Chamber by emailing me at sandy@stlartschamber.org.”

Who donates the books to the libraries?

St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce, stlouisartschamberofcommerce.org

“If a grant from LFL is obtained, a starter set of books is included. Some people add books to their libraries through personal or

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Black History Month By Ashley Klein



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February is Black History Month, and St. Louis offers ample opportunities to celebrate, learn and reflect all month long. Here is just a selection of the many events and organizations commemorating Black history around the metro. MUSIC This year, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s IN UNISON Chorus will celebrate 30 years since its founding. The ensemble of 120 singers performs music from the African diaspora throughout the year, and they have a special concert in the works for Black History Month. Grab tickets to the Lift Every Voice concert, which will play at Stifel Theatre on Feb. 23, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. Further explore music history and discover the root of America’s sound at the National Blues Museum, located downtown and open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A 45-minute self-guided tour through the museum’s evergreen exhibits takes you from blues music’s beginnings in the early 1900s to its mainstream success in the ’60s to its relevance today.

Still by Wangechi Mutu, courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum

THEATER & FILM Kenyan-American artist Wangechi Mutu’s video, Wangechi Mutu: My Cave Call, is running at the Saint Louis Art Museum from Jan. 12 to March 31. On Friday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m., SLAM will host African Film: A Conversation, featuring a screening of Mutu’s video and a discussion about trends in African cinema followed by a Q&A. Learn from accomplished local filmmakers and narratives of African American experiences in film at the St. Louis County Library’s Black History Celebration Film Festival on Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Florissant Valley Branch. From Feb. 14 to March 10, The Black Rep will perform FLY, a one-person dramatic comedy in which an African

American man awaits a celestial occurrence that he believes will grant him the ability to fly. The Black Rep will also present Race in America: Past, Present and Future, a performance with music and poetry, at SLCL’s Lewis & Clark branch on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

HISTORY & COMMUNITY The Griot Museum of Black History is a year-round resource; its permanent galleries immortalize the stories of Black people in the St. Louis metro throughout history. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Feb. 1 and 2 from 6 to 8 p.m., the Griot will host a new panel series – the Changemaking Through Coalition Symposium – in which a keynote speaker and panelists will discuss issues that relate to community well-being, including health care and neighborhood inequities. On Feb. 22 at 5 p.m., the Missouri Historical Society will host 5 On Your Side’s anchors at the Missouri History Museum as they speak with Black St. Louis citizens about their experiences and perspectives on race. The History Museum will also host a panel to discuss Black History and the Disability Rights Movement on Feb. 29 at 5 p.m. Saint Louis Story Stitchers, a local art collective and youth violence prevention program, is hosting a Black history-focused edition of its live podcast StitchCast Studio LIVE! on Feb. 27 from 6 to 9:30 p.m., with historian and educator John A. Wright Sr. joining as a guest. Each Friday in February, SLAM curators will offer free tours spotlighting different works by Black artists in the museum’s permanent collection. Tours start at 11 a.m. For younger kids, check out SLAM’s Family Sunday – Celebrating Black Artists on Feb. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. Families can enjoy hands-on activities and, at 2:30 p.m., join a 30-minute tour of relevant artwork in the museum. Starting Feb. 1, check out SLCL’s Black History Month Scavenger Hunts at the Bridgeton Trails and Florissant Valley branches – and get kids excited to learn about Black history all month long. Check out Black-owned businesses in the metro and discover shops, eateries and services you’ll be returning to all year.


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