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St. Louis Health Leaders Working Together to Respond to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic brings unprecedented challenges to our region, front-line caregivers and administrative leaders from BJC HealthCare, Mercy, SSM Health and St. Luke’s Hospital remain united in our mission to support the St. Louis community. We are working in close partnership with local and state health departments and our academic medical institutions, Saint Louis University and Washington University Schools of Medicine. We remain confident that knowledge, vigilance and cooperation will enable the St. Louis community to weather the COVID-19 pandemic together. BJC, Mercy, SSM and St. Luke’s are collaborating, with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and Missouri and Illinois health departments, to give community members access to factual, current information and quality care connected to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.




COVID-19 testing

Social distancing

Hospital visitor policies

Testing is important to get a clear understanding of how COVID-19 is moving through the region, to reduce the risk of exposure in the community and to determine the appropriate level of care for patients who may be infected.

One of the most important tools to limit the spread of disease is “social distancing” — or increasing the physical space between people. Staying at least 6 feet away from others lowers your risk of getting COVID-19.

BJC, SSM, Mercy and St. Luke’s have adjusted our policies to help protect patients, staff and visitors by limiting the number of people visiting a patient at one time. In addition, visitors to high-risk areas, such as oncology or transplant, may have additional restrictions.

Following guidelines from the CDC, at this time only those who meet specific criteria will be tested for COVID-19 to make sure limited testing resources are available for those who need them most. Criteria for testing may change as community risk changes.

• working from home

Should you be tested? Call your health care provider, the local health department or local hospital to be screened for testing if: • you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19: fever, cough or shortness of breath AND • you’ve traveled to an area with a known COVID-19 community outbreak within the past 14 days OR • you’ve been exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 or who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 Or take the virtual screening on SSM Health’s site, SSMHealth.com/covid19. BJC, Mercy, SSM and St. Luke’s have set up drive-through testing sites in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Franklin County and St. Charles County in Missouri and St. Clair County in Illinois for patients who have been screened and meet the criteria for testing. Collections are by pre-screening only.


Some ways to practice social distancing include: • socializing online or on the phone • canceling or postponing parties, reunions, trips or other social events • avoiding the gym, playground, dog park or other places people congregate Although it can be difficult mentally, physically and financially, limiting restaurants and bars to carry-out/curb service, closing some businesses, canceling festivals and events, and limiting social contact is proven to slow epidemics and save lives. And, as the situation unfolds, guidelines will continue to change.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON COVID-19 AND RELATED ISSUES, CALL OR VISIT: Missouri Department of Health 877-435-8411 Illinois Department of Health dph.illinois.gov/covid19 FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov who.int/emergencies/diseases/ novel-coronavirus-2019 bjc.org/coronavirus mercy.net/covid19 ssmhealth.com stlukes-stl.com

Some of our larger facilities are limiting the number of entrances to the buildings. Check the hospital’s website (in the box below) or call before your planned visit to find the updated visitor policy. As the situation evolves, policies will likely continue to change. Elective procedures and doctor visits BJC, Mercy, SSM and St. Luke’s are reducing the risk to patients by canceling or rescheduling elective surgery, procedures and screenings. An elective procedure is defined as one that can be postponed without causing harm to the patient. Patients also will be asked to reschedule preventive and elective visits, such as yearly physicals, well-woman exams or routine follow-ups. Many of our professionals are set up to provide telemedicine or online visits. Call your provider’s office or visit their website to see if this is an option. Pulling together As health care leaders, we are working with a sense of calm caution on behalf of our patients, visitors and each other by working with our employees regarding travel restrictions and screening, canceling or postponing events, and encouraging team members to use technology to virtually attend meetings and stay connected with colleagues in other parts of the country. Together we can minimize the risk and keep the St. Louis area strong in the face of this challenge. Your cooperation matters.



Arts & Culture:

DINNER TO GO With COVID-19 unfortunately precluding Mark Bretz’s theatrical reviews, Dinner & A Show for a time becomes Dinner to Go, in which writer/photographer Mabel Suen introduces LN readers to her favorite takeout/to-go options, like Kalbi Taco Shack.



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Brittany Sarhage, who owns Rudy’s Flower Truck, chats with Andrea Smith, LN’s digital editor and staff writer, about ways to keep a rosy outlook and how to incorporate fresh flowers into your home on the regular with her floral delivery service.

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Take part in the future of medicine and contribute to the city’s growth through SSM Health Foundation – St. Louis’ campaign to construct the new SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. Starting on Page 8, meet the project’s benefactors and learn the significance of this evolutionary medical facility. Pictured: John Alberici, chairman of the board at Alberici Corporation; Diane Brockmeier, president and CEO of Mid-America Transplant; and farmland investor David Orthwein, all benefactors of SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. Photo by Sarah Conroy.

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Local broadcasting titan Frank Cusumano seats LN readers in the bleachers in Jupiter, Florida, to assess the 2020 Redbirds.

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EDITOR FIND THE HAPPY. It’s an important goal, especially in uncertain, fragile and even scary times such as these. That happiness can come from anywhere and, often, from the simplest of pleasures – like, say, perusing your favorite weekly magazine. Start by sparking some joy during your week at home with a fresh floral delivery from the locally beloved Rudy’s Flower Truck. Starting on Page 21, digital editor and staff writer Andrea Smith talks to owner Brittany Sarhage about the most cheerful ways to incorporate flowers into your home and how she hopes to brighten the metro area right now. Or take just a minute to immerse yourself in nostalgia during a tour of the St. Louis Cardinals’ spring training experience starting on Page 36, led by local expert Frank Cusumano, as he gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s team and the Redbirds to watch the closest once the baseball season figuratively steps into the batter’s box. Whatever you do, do not miss our newly revamped column by LN regular Mabel Suen, Dinner to Go, in which she’ll be giving readers her top local restaurant recommendations for curbside, takeout or delivery each week, starting on Page 42. As always, stay healthy out there, friends. All the best,

Editor’s Corner The word around town As COVID-19 changes our reality from day to day, we want to keep you informed, entertained and even inspired. So visit laduenews.com and our social media pages daily for even more content you need right now, including ways to support our community and small businesses, as well as tips on taking care of yourselves and those you love during this time.

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Leading by Example By Amanda Dahl | Photos by Sarah Conroy Rendering supplied by SSM Health Foundation - St. Louis


SM Health ministriies are significan antt to to St. S Louis uis, represen enting the faith th attached to healing while continuing to build a comprehensive health community across the Midwest. Today, SSM Health constructs the future of medicine with SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, made possible by the SSM Health Foundation – St. Louis and local benefactors. Corporate partner John Alberici, chairman of the board at Alberici Corporation, recognized the mission of this construction project as one closely aligned with his own. “We have a foundation made up of both family and corporate interest,” he details. “We work for a lot of educational and medical facilities that are charities. When we come together, there’s a sweet spot you share because your missions overlap.” Constructing the teaching hospital requires innovation, which Alberici has achieved through melding medicinal and educational purposes through functional design. For example, alcoves exist outside each patient room, allowing for teaching moments that won’t interrupt flow of care. “A healthy community thrives,” Alberici says, believing the hospital will be considered a city landmark. “The healthier the community, the more it grows. We’re investing in ourselves.” While Alberici constructs the pioneering hospital, Mid-America Transplant tends to its vital programming. “As stewards of the gifts given through organ and tissue donation, we believe in giving back to the communities we serve,” states Diane Brockmeier, president and CEO of the company. “Mid-America Transplant partners with programs and organizations aligned with our mission to save lives.” The Gift of Life room, funded by Mid-America Transplant, provides a private area for families during the donation process. “Our ability to save lives through organ and tissue donation is made possible by their heroic decision, and the Gift of Life family room is one

way we can support these families in a time of unimaginable grief,” Brockmeier shares. Another focus for the organization is supporting those who conduct innovative research in the field of donation and transplantation. “We are proud to support SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital Transplant Center through the Mid-America Transplant/Jane Beckman Endowed Chair,” Brockmeier adds. “This collaboration ensures we have world-class medical professionals working each day to save more lives through organ donation and transplant care.” Philanthropy ensures the completion of this state-of-the-art medical facility. David Orthwein was drawn to the project because it pairs well with his legacy of investing in strategic, mission-oriented and inclusive campaigns. As the great-great grandson of Adolphus Busch and great-grandson of William Orthwein, he is a successful farmland investor who follows a giving philosophy based on honesty. A stalwart Catholic, Orthwein’s gift will build the hospital’s two-story chapel as an expression of his faith. This sacred space will welcome patients, visitors and staff, offering respite and solitude, as well as community and comfort through prayer, sacrament and faith sharing. “David’s gift will make a difference,” says Paul R. Ross, president of SSM Health Foundation – St. Louis. “His investment in our community and staff, as well as in future generations of health care experts so that we can continue to serve all in our region, is significant.” Support for the hospital is evident throughout the community, with corporations and individuals taking part to improve the city and lead by example. Enterprise Holdings Foundation has followed suit. “SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital directly impacts thousands of lives each year,” notes chairperson Jo Ann Taylor Kindle. “The new academic medical center will further enhance this important part of the city and ensure

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the growing health needs of our community can be met.” The Mabee Foundation also found this project to be a natural fit. “The Mabee Foundation funds projects that expand existing services, start needed services and/ or serve underserved populations,” explains executive director Michael Goeke. “The expansion of the hospital’s emergency department checked many boxes for us and we are honored to be a part of this much-needed project.” SSM Health continues the legacy of its founding sisters, who arrived in 1872. As is the case with the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital’s physicians, nurses and caregivers carry out this mission by responding to the emergent needs of patients and the community. Support of community leaders and corporations in building the future of medicine helps them to be responsive. Thanks is owed to numerous other benefactors and the leadership efforts of SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital’s campaign chair, Dr. Jerry Dwyer, a cardiologist at St. Louis Cardiology Center, co-chair Derrick Martin, president of the St. Louis region at iHeartMEDIA Markets Group, and the campaign task force, comprised of board members, SSM Health executive leaders, and SSM Health Foundation – St. Louis staff and volunteers, who collaborate fundraising initiatives for this vital community project. You too can help build a brighter tomorrow for St. Louis and beyond. To learn more about the SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital campaign, please call 314-523-8044 or visit givetossmhealth.org. SSM Health Foundation – St. Louis, 12312 Olive Blvd., Suite 100, St. Louis, Missouri 63141, 314-523-8044, givetossmhealth.org

John alberici

Down the street from Ameren’s St. Louis headquarters, the development of the new hospital would be an outstanding contribution to strengthening corridor connectivity in our community. The project serves to bolster job growth, improve medical research and development capabilities, and enhance working conditions for those in healthcare. – WARnER BAxTER Ameren’s CEO

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis



Photos and story by Christina Kling-Garrett

onald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis’ board of directors hosted its annual Cornerstone Society Celebration at Palladium Saint Louis late last month. Guests mingled, enjoying cocktails and heavy appetizers, and listened to music by The Owen Ragland Quartet. Board chairperson Deb Vogt welcomed guests before presenting the Cornerstone Society awards, recognizing three exemplary partners: Mark and Mary Kohlberg received the individual award, Operating Engineers Local 148 received the organization award, and Emerson received the corporation award. After the presentation of awards, president Dan Harbaugh spoke, as did retired vice president of development Frank Cognata. Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis provides comfort, care and other support for seriously ill children.




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Our Cornerstone Society members are our friends, our partners and our foundation. These generous individuals and organizations go above and beyond to help provide a home away from home for the families we serve, and we couldn’t be more grateful for their support. FRANK COGNATA, FOUNDER OF


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St. Louis Mardi Gras Foundation

MAYOR’S MARDI GRAS BALL Photos and story by Diane Anderson


uests at the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball recently dressed to impress. The gala featured costumes, music, decorations and dancing that recalled similar festivities in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Monies raised at the local taste of Mardi Gras – with its fine dining, dancing and entertainment – supported a worthy cause: supporting community improvement grants for St. Louis’ downtown and its storied Soulard neighborhood. Jazz music filled the air, and The Funky Butt Brass Band added to the mood. Fox 2 TV personality Katherine Hessel emceed the event.




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William Watson, Amanda Case

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Marcia and Joe Ambrose

The weekend activities surrounding Mardi Gras bring in $20 million to the city. A great city has to have a great party. LYDA KREWSON, ST. LOUIS MAYOR

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st. louis psYchoanalYtic institute By Maggie Peters



Founded in 1956, the st. louis psychoanalytic institute (stlpi) promotes education, treatment and community in the metro area. stlpi is the only accredited source for psychoanalytic training in the region, and many of the center’s faculty members are also private practice psychoanalysts. “psychoanalysis looks deeper into relationships and how people tick,” explains tedi macias, former board president for stlpi and this year’s spring Fling honoree, alongside her husband, ed macias. “You’re not looking at what people do and how they behave but why. it helps you be more empathetic to others.” tedi macias discovered stlpi in the 1980s when she took a class the organization offered on looking at literature through a psychoanalytic lens. The deeper look at relationships resonated with her, leading her to take classes on child development to further her career in early childhood education and later to join the board. tedi macias adds that one of the stlpi’s goals is explaining to people what psychoanalysis is in 2020. “You can take classes, you can have short-term psychotherapy. The st. louis psychoanalytic institute reaches out into the community working with schools – whenever there is something going on like a disaster, it can go out in the community and help people.”

tedi macias considers her work with stlpi to be behind-the-scenes, but was incredibly honored to be recognized by the institute for her contributions. “i just think it’s great,” she says. “it’s good to recognize people in the community who aren’t analysts – the people who can spread the word about what [the organization does] to help people.” tedi and ed macias will be honored at a future institute event for all their support and leadership in the community. ed macias is the former head of the board at casa de salud, a health care resource for the st. louis immigrant community. The organization has a mental health collaborative founded in part by stlpi. “my interests, my husband’s interests, and the institute’s [interests] really intersected,” tedi macias says. stlpi’s website offers information for students of psychoanalysis looking to continue their education, community members interested in lectures and seminars on mental health topics, resources for people looking for mental health treatment, and more. “[stlpi’s] main mission is to train psychoanalysts,” tedi macias says. “There are so many things you can gain from learning about yourself and others. i want more people to know about the institute.” she concludes, remembering a recent scholarship lunch with stlpi: “a young man said by learning about himself he could be more helpful to other people. That’s the message of the institute.”


St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, 7700 Clayton Road, Suite 200, St. Louis, 314-361-7075, stlpi.org

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By Nancy Robinson

‌ here’s so much to love about T multitasking home décor, like these beautiful hand-blown glass pieces that pull double duty as both art and accessories.

St. Louis native and master glassblower Doug Frates presents Webbed Nesting Bowls. These gorgeous, one-of-a-kind hand-blown pieces range in size from 6 to 18 inches and come in a variety of unique shapes and patterns. (archframing.com)

The Angeli vase in lilac is crafted with two layers of mouth-blown glass skillfully joined into a single orb with ripples and waves that dance across the surface. The Angeli references Italian design of the early 1970s. (bungalow5.com)

The Ring bowl is a broad, shallow bowl of handblown glass elevated on a brass base. The glass is made without a mold and shaped while hot on the glassblower’s pipe. The extra thick glass allows for the lip of the bowl to be cut and highly polished. (sklo.com)

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Design Speak

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Photos courtesy of C&M Interiors

S‌ ince 2015, the C&M Interiors team has been creating clean-lined contemporary spaces for clients throughout the metro area. Most recently, though, they’ve launched a stunning shop of fine furnishings, styled online as the duo’s “Shoppe.” “The items we gravitate toward are not cookie-cutter,” says C&M Interiors’ Maria Hogrefe of the Shoppe. “We are carefully crafting the design of each reimagined piece so anyone can have true designer products in their home.” The products in question will be available to view at the duo’s University City studio on request. “We encourage anyone interested in purchasing our products to come view them first to see the attention to detail that we have carefully added to each piece,” says Channing Krichevsky, Hogrefe’s partner. “By appointment only, we also work with clients on small-scale projects to reimagine existing heirlooms. They may need assistance in selecting a fine fabric, trim, or refinishing the wood, for example. We make it a one-stop shop for those looking to add new life to something they already own and cherish.” Ladue News recently caught up with Krichevsky and Hogrefe about their Shoppe. What inspired you to launch the C&M Interiors Shoppe? CK: We had a desire to develop a curated resource where clients and viewers alike could purchase one-ofa-kind products with a C&M design aesthetic. Maria and I love to hunt for unique finds on a local and national level, but often, the treasures we find need a little love. With this Shoppe, we have the opportunity to share the objects we love most with our community! Tell us about the products that can be found in the Shoppe. C&M: Found objects and vintage furniture pieces with refinished materials and new upholstery can be found in the Shoppe. We love the concept of revitalizing unique chairs, tables and much more by giving them an updated appearance to extend their lifespan and help them find a new home. We are big proponents of utilizing found pieces while mixing with new furnishings in many of our clients’ homes, as well as our own. How would you describe the overall aesthetic of the Shoppe collection? MH: We would describe the Shoppe’s aesthetic as

classic contemporary. Channing and I are making an attempt to highlight our personal aesthetic through the offerings that are available in the Shoppe. Sometimes it’s as simple as creating a custom pillow with a custom upholsterer just because we love the

fabrics. We want to share our aesthetic and brand with the community. How often are you hoping new products will be added? C&M: We plan to continue adding product throughout the year and hopefully longer. We noticed a demand in the desire for custom pieces in the furniture and décor market, as well as a curated place to shop for aesthetically pleasing items. Viewers can expect to see a variety of custom pillows, decorative accessories, artwork by local artists and reimagined furnishings as we develop them. It takes our local craft partners time to help us bring certain pieces back to life, but that’s the fun in the process.


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hat if buying flowers were as essential as buying your weekly bread and milk? Picking up a bouquet “is a simple and affordable way to just bring a little bit of joy to your life,” says Brittany Sarhage, owner of Rudy’s Flower Truck. Sarhage says people in the metro area tend to purchase floral arrangements only on special occasions or as a kind gesture toward someone else, but welcoming flowers into your own home regularly has a number of benefits. Primarily, it’s a fun way to spruce up your space without spending too much time or money. “Putting flowers in your home, making that normal, can really just be buying a few stems of your favorite flowers and putting them, you know, maybe in your bathroom or putting a few of them in your kitchen or maybe by your bedside table,” Sarhage explains. For the restless decorator, fresh florals present an opportunity to constantly change up décor in small ways. “As seasons change, so do flowers,” Sarhage says.


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For fans of colorful arrangements, springtime is the perfect occasion to brighten your space with pops of blue and yellow, Sarhage says. Other spring trends include abundant pastels and softer hues. Think bundles of tulips resembling a basket of Easter eggs. Stems of pampas grass or blooming spring branches alone in a vase make a statement, as do bold colors that might not typically “go together,” like reds and purples. “Some of our favorite uncommon flowers right now are burgundy ranunculus, eryngium (blue thistle), and anything tropical, such as proteas or anthurium,” she adds. For those who prefer a more minimalist look, a variety of greens – such as eucalyptus, sword ferns or nagi – mingling with white flowers provides a neutral color palette. Sarhage opened Rudy’s Flower Truck in 2018 without any professional floral work experience. She drew inspiration from a similar mobile florist venture she found on the internet, and she says she honed her craft through experience. “As I started working the truck more, I started playing with flowers all the time, and I think experience is your best teacher,” Sarhage says. “It’s just playing

with things, experimenting with different color palettes, different flowers, different designs.” The 1958 Jeep Truck totes fresh blooms and provides a flower-picking experience that inspires customers to get creative. They can customize a bouquet by choosing whichever individual flowers suit their fancy, or seek expertise from Rudy’s knowledgeable staff. Sarhage has been sharing her tips and tricks at workshops and on Instagram (@rudysflowertruck). Scrolling through Rudy’s Instagram feed, which has a following of 12,000 people, is like strolling through a well-kept garden. Arrangements for various occasions are scattered about: wedding florals, romantic bouquets and minimalist bundles. A helpful highlight on Rudy’s Instagram profile gives viewers expert insight into specific flowers like dahlias, zinnias, amaranthus and more, making each word seem less foreign. Sarhage says she hopes Rudy’s educational efforts will foster a greater appreciation for flowers in the metro area. Rudy’s also aims to make purchasing flowers more convenient. “As adults,

we’re really busy, and things can slip our mind,” Sarhage says. “What’s great about our subscription service is that you preorder however many bouquets that you want delivered, and then we deliver them at the date and the time that you want them delivered, so you’re not having to think about it.” Subscriptions differ, with options for weekly or biweekly delivery for a duration of one, three, six or 12 months. Each bundle of fresh flowers typically comes prearranged by one of Rudy’s floral designers, but Sarhage says customers can request certain colors or flowers ahead of delivery. Daily delivery adds to Rudy’s convenience factor as well. Sarhage says the truck has stayed mostly within the city of St. Louis over the last couple of years, but by the end of this year, Rudy will roam throughout the entire metro area. Truck season kicked off March 7 and will run through mid-December. To keep up with Rudy’s stops and the flowers available this spring and summer, follow along on Instagram or visit Sarhage’s website. Rudy’s Flower Truck, 314-446-9659, rudysflowertruck.com

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‌Studio Branca has proven once again that its team is on the cutting edge of hair trends. The metro area salon took two top honors at the recent L’Oréal Professionnel Color & Style Trophy, the longest-running hair competition for professionals in the world. Team members Anna Andrews, Callie Andrews, Carrie Auchly, Reese Bond, Maggie Haberberger and Alis Mergenthaler won the Future Trend category by coloring, cutting and styling a bright, bold bob of fiery deep red fading to orange and yellow. Additionally, the team’s Callie Andrews, Sarah Blackburn, Madison Coffman, Desiree Drury and Jessica Peanick were awarded runner-up in the competition’s New Talent category. To pick these award-winning stylists’ brains about what’s hot in hair color for the spring and summer seasons, LN recently caught up with Mergenthaler, Bond and Auchly. Describe the hair color trends for this spring and summer. AM: One of the biggest trends is strawberry blondes. … People are starting to warm up their color – apricot blondes, golden blondes and strawberry blondes are making their way back. For brunettes, rich dark, dark browns and black to almost black are making a comeback. Tell us about what’s on-trend in haircuts. AM: As far as cutting, it’s the shag. … The modern Rachel [à la the beloved Friends sitcom]. Also trending are bangs and baby bangs! Ladies are either adding length with the newest trend – hand-tied weft extensions – or going way short with pixies. What tips do you have for summer and spring hair color? RB: Ask your colorist for the newest methods of coloring – foilyage mixed with balayage – to achieve the most-wanted look of the season. … Also, remember less is more to achieve this look. What hair care products do you recommend for colored locks? RB: The new L’Oréal Professionnel Blondifier shampoo and conditioner help keep new highlights bright, not brassy, and healthy. Always use a conditioning mask instead of regular conditioner, and always comb through a leave-in conditioner

post-shower [to] protect your hair, even if you’re just airdrying, and repair any damage from natural or chemical causes. Share your hair care tips for frequently colored manes during spring and summer weather. CA: Spring is a perfect time to really focus on the health of the hair. Color inevitably stays longer in healthy hair. … [Use] a reparative shampoo, mask and leave-in. In summer, we tend to spend more time outdoors. A leave-in with a UV [ultraviolet light] protectant is a must for colored hair. My personal favorite is L’Oréal’s 10-in-1 spray – so many benefits in one product!


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By Alecia Humphreys | Photos courtesy of Paprika Paperie and Heather Mohr Photography

A locAlly bAsed boutique brings customized celebrAtion essentiAls to life.


hat started as creating custom labels for her husband’s bottles of home-brewed beer resulted in a true labor, or rather, label of love for Jessica Jacoby – Paprika Paperie. “Paprika Paperie is a design boutique with a passion for celebrating all of life’s special moments,” Jacoby says. “Years ago, my husband used to, before kids, brew his own beer, and I would make fun little labels for the bottles and he would give them out to friends and family. Around Father’s Day, I had this idea about designing a full line of beer labels that pertained to dads so people could give them as gifts.” One such set of Father’s Day beer bottle labels pertains to the grilling guru with such sayings as “Dads like you are rare,” “You’re flippin’ awesome” and more, while there are more basic beer labels that say, “Dad you’re rad,” “World’s greatest dad” and more. Jacoby says the Father’s Day lines were such a success, it inspired her to keep creating personalized products and launch Paprika Paperie in 2017. “Since then, it has become a full-time job,” Jacoby says. “I’ve always loved graphic design, and I’ve always kind of done it on the side. … I really love to spread joy through my products.” Products per the Paprika Paperie Etsy page number 90 customizable creations – from beer and wine labels to cigar bands, scratch-off cards and coupons – that celebrate any milestone you can think of. “The beer and wine labels are great for birthdays,” Jacoby says. “Weddings are a big part of the products I offer, too. They make a great gift for couples as a way to celebrate all the marriage milestones, like for an anniversary, first fight, first baby. I have one that’s more tailored toward the bride when she gets newly engaged and


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that’s really nice, too.” is going down the path and fun of wedding planning. As for the future of Paprika Paperie, Jacoby says she is always dreaming up new “I guess they relate to milestones that we all celebrate, whether it be a birthday things and has a goal to add new products to the site this year. or a first-time dad, a wedding, an engagement, moving into a new home – that is “I just love the idea of creating something that someone else will give as a gift pretty popular. So they all celebrate different milestones and occasions that we face and that will bring joy to the person that receives it,” Jacoby says. “So, yes, my love in life.” language is definitely gift-giving. This is the perfect thing for me to be doing.” The top three bestsellers on the Paprika Paperie Etsy page comprise (a) beer bottle labels for the first-time dad, which feature such sayings as “This one is for the 3 a.m. feedings,” “This one is for the sleepless nights,” “This one is for the dirty Paprika Paperie, paprikapaperie.com diapers” and more; (b) new-mom wine labels that feature fun sayings like “It’s a pump and dump kind of day,” “Naptime is jessi ca j aco my happy hour” and more; and (c) personalized beer labels for by groomsmen proposals. “Everything is completely personalized,” Jacoby says. “I do all the designs myself and personalize them all myself, so I pay really close attention to all the details to make sure they come out looking fabulous.” Jacoby personalizes and produces all her products in her in-home studio and says it takes approximately two business days to mail orders. Once customers receive their customized creations, Jacoby recommends removing all original container labeling for best results. “It gives it a truly customizable look and feel,” she says. “That being said, I have had a lot of customers choose not to remove the original labels for whatever reason, and they have been perfectly happy with the results. It comes down to personal preference.” Detailed instructions for label removal are included in each package, along with a note saying labels should only be added to roomtemperature bottles. “The sticker doesn’t adhere as well,” Jacoby says of the temperature instruction. “[But] all of the labels are printed on a very special paper where they can be, after you apply them to the bottles, chilled in the fridge or put on ice like you would a normal bottle of beer or wine, so – Jessica Jacoby

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Why Strategy Fails By Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande and Chuck Feltz


very year, companies invest the time and efforts of their brightest and highest-paid talent to produce their strategic plan. As with any investment, the companies expect a return or yield from this effort and the plan that comes from it. Although no team aspires to create a strategy that fails, time and again, too many companies struggle to execute and optimize strategic planning. The four most common reasons for such struggles – and subsequent failures – can be boiled down to the following. Bad Foundation. A grounding in opinion and inaccurate assumptions can doom a strategy from the start. Facts matter. Flawless execution won’t overcome a strategy grounded in unrealistic assumptions. The most powerful question a team can ask themselves when they complete planning remains “What do we absolutely have to believe to be confident our plan will succeed?” Execution Confusion. Many organizations develop a knack for planning, but far fewer excel at the execution required to translate planning into value. Having more planned than accomplished suggests mistakenly equating planning with execution. Truly effective planning must yield a specific and accountable

plan for execution, grounded in the key assumptions of that plan. Vision Disconnection. A well-developed strategy answers the question “How will we achieve and monetize our vision?” An effective, intentionally designed vision forms the context for all decisionmaking. Do you have a clear, compelling vision? If not, get one. Evidence abounds that no more powerful engagement tool exists than a compelling vision driven by employees who see how their everyday activities matter in a purpose greater than themselves. The answers to “Why will we win?” and “What does it look like when we win?” must be explicit, not implicit. Message Dilution. A brilliant strategy that can’t be understood by those who must execute it is no better than no strategy at all. Do you know where strategic messaging breaks down in your organization? Is your strategic communication structured with clarity and absorption in mind, and do you audit the “stickiness” of your communication across your organization? Strategy development ranks as a high-cost, highintensity investment that can produce significant returns and benefits for leaders and their teams who diligently accentuate the odds in their favor.


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s of Monday, March 16, the day I write this, most socialization in our country has shut down by government request. The COVID-19 pandemic has so many ramifications that self-quarantining at home, while not a minor inconvenience at times, seems a surmountable task for the greater good. Finding store shelves empty of toilet paper and hand sanitizer is nothing compared to the separation many families are feeling from loved ones. I especially think of wives, husbands and their almost-adult children thousands of miles from each other, just trying to get home. Whether taking business trips, enjoying spring break vacations or studying for a semester abroad, many are flocking to airports to escape infection all over the world. Video footage of O’Hare International Airport in Chicago this weekend showed the impossibility of observing the 6-foot social distancing requirement during such arrivals, as well as severely lengthy coronavirus testing wait times. As a mom and a wife, I empathize. Many years

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ago, before the immediacy of cellphones, I remember anxiously awaiting, with our 3-year-old, my husband to return from an extended business trip. I even wrote him a poem describing the worry I felt. I never sent it; I didn’t want to bother his work. My husband arrived home two days later, safe. It seems silly now to have ever worried, especially as we currently face a pandemic unlike any of us have likely ever witnessed. I cannot fathom the amplified anxiety of those currently distant from their loved ones. Throughout this time, be sure to remember empathy in your communication with all. Maintain open communication with those you love. Contact your at-risk neighbors to lend support and assistance as best you can. May we overcome the threat of this virus soon. And most importantly, may all your loved ones return home safely and well to you.


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The Birds Bird for Spring By Frank Cusumano | Photos by Tony Chambers

Take a behind-the-scenes look at St. Louis Cardinals spring training this year.


t’s 8 a.m. in Jupiter, Florida, on a ballfield containing just three men – a mentor and two students. Sweat’s already dripping down their shirts. This onehour period of self-imposed work has just one goal: to get better. They don’t have to be there. They want to be there. So Kolten Wong and Paul DeJong are picking up ground balls from guru José Oquendo. Just three men – but three men who want to make Cardinals baseball better. Wong just won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2019. Last season, he played the best second base in St. Louis since Tommy Herr in the ’80s. But he’s not content yet – not a bit. “You think I am done?” he says. “I am just getting started.” In fact, after the morning workout mentioned above, Wong doesn’t like the way his arms move when he runs, so he asks a trainer to get video of him running sprints. Together, the trainer and the 29-year-old professional use the footage to make Wong a more efficient runner, proving that as a player, he keeps striving toward improvement a full seven years into his career in the majors. Matt Carpenter is usually the first player at the complex every day during 2020 spring training. In my opinion, he’s probably the most scrutinized Cardinal on the roster – and he’s clearly at a crossroads in his career. Last season, Carpenter’s average was 43 points off his career average, and his slugging percentage was 70 points lower. He felt so bad about this performance that he did something a professional athlete rarely does – he apologized. Today, he’s added 5 pounds of muscle, while keeping his body weight the same. Carpenter’s approach to hitting? “I tried to get back to where I was as a hitter and hit to all fields,” he explains. “I just want to be a tough out and not so one-dimensional.”

Beyond a view of the standout work ethic of these players, spring in Jupiter usually involves perhaps no better scene than the bullpen sessions in the back of the complex. That’s where you’ll see 38-year-old Adam Wainwright throwing to 37-year-old Yadier Molina. Back in 2006, Wainwright threw to Molina to clinch the division, the National League Championship Series and, of course, the World Series. Counting playoffs, Wainwright and Molina have had 278 starts together. Judging by last season, they could have another 30. Molina hit a steady .270. Wainwright won 14 games and was the Redbirds’ best pitcher in the postseason. Wainwright might be the best talker on the team, so it comes as no surprise to have him sum up spring training best. “What a tremendous blessing it is that I can play this game of baseball,” he says. “I come down to spring training every year, [to] this beautiful place, and to play baseball, this game I loved since I was a kid, for a living. It’s just a tremendous blessing. I am relishing that right now. I am having so much fun. When it stops being fun, I’ll quit.” Spring training is also always the prime time to see the phenoms. I still remember Albert Pujols’ first spring training. He was not supposed to make the team. He’d had only one season of minor league experience under his belt – but his potential was off the charts. Then Bobby Bonilla got hurt. On the final weekend of spring training, during a hard rain, Pujols hit a homer so far it landed in the offices. Someone grabbed Tony La Russa’s arm in the dugout and said, “You have to keep this kid.” That someone was Mark McGwire. Then, after the game, while La Russa was walking to his car in the parking lot, his dad said the same thing: “You have to keep this kid.” Pujols, of course, eventually became the best hitter in the organization since Stan “the Man” Musial. This year’s phenom is outfielder Dylan Carlson. John Mozeliak, the Cards’ president of baseball operations, called him the best prospect since Oscar Taveras. He can play all three outfield positions extremely well. He runs; he throws; he hits for power and average. He may not be in St. Louis when the season starts, but when he arrives, he’ll likely stay for a long time. “I feel like I can get better at every aspect of my game,” he says humbly. “I feel I can evolve into the most complete player I can be. My goal is try and get better each and every day.” It’s a club that did very little in the offseason to improve itself with trades and free agents. But this team believes that with the way they pitch, the way they play defense and the way they improve their hitting, they can win the division again. Most of the experts don’t agree at all. They have the 2020 Cards projected to be just a .500 team. I disagree. If the hard work and dedication shown at spring training mean anything at all, this team will win the division. Editor’s Note: In the days and weeks to come, consult the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and social media for the Redbirds’ revised scheduling due to COVID-19-related postponements.


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or unique Asian fusion food, look no further than Kalbi Taco Shack. The family-owned eatery in St. Louis’ Benton Park neighborhood offers Asian cuisine with a Mexican twist and currently offers hungry area residents both curbside pickup and delivery. On-the-go customers can choose from offerings that include tacos, burritos, quesadillas, rice bowls, bánh mì, Vietnamese coffee and bubble tea. Co-owner and Hong Kong native Sue WongShackelford spent her formative years living in south St. Louis with a mother and father who made a living cooking at Chinese and Polynesian restaurants, respectively. At Kalbi, Wong-Shackelford works with her daughters, Olivia and Sierra, and husband, Mark Shackelford, to create a one-of-a-kind menu. “Growing up, my parents incorporated a little bit of everything in their cooking, from Chinese and Vietnamese to Korean and Japanese cuisine,” Wong-Shackelford says. “They cooked using different counterparts from each country, and we incorporated that here. From the marinades to the sauces and slaw, everything’s house-made and fresh.” The eatery’s name combines the following: kalbi (Korean barbecue beef short ribs), the Mexican culinary tradition from the west side of Cherokee Street, and a play on the family’s surname. Together, the Shackelfords create each item on the menu to order, from scratch. “Despite the name, we have much more than just Korean tacos,” Wong-Shackelford says. “I want to

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offer a sampling of all types of Asian flavors, from Taiwanese bubble tea and Japanese teriyaki to Chinese rice bowls and Korean kalbi.” From the menu, pickup/delivery customers can select an entrée style – tacos, burritos, quesadillas, rice bowls or bánh mì – and then choose a protein. Options include the restaurant’s namesake boneless beef short ribs, sweet-and-spicy chicken, teriyaki chicken, sweet-and-spicy pork, panseared cod, sweet-andspicy jackfruit or sautéed tofu. Each item comes garnished with given fixings, such as Asian slaw, house aioli and fresh hand-cut vegetables. Additional highlights include items with breakfast spins, like a bacon, egg and cheese taco, as well as a brunch burrito. The latter comes with two crispy slices of bacon, scrambled eggs, sautéed peppers and onions, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, crispy hash browns, spicy bowl sauce and Kalbi aioli, all in a grilled tortilla. Drinks include Vietnamese hot or iced coffee, as well as bubble tea in flavors such as mango, strawberry, milk tea and coconut. Those wishing to place a to-go order should call Kalbi Taco Shack and pay by plastic over the phone. On arrival, customers either can have an order brought to their vehicle or can knock on the eatery’s door for pickup. Postmates delivery is also available via the restaurant’s website.


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High Low! By Bryan A. Hollerbach | Photos courtesy of High Low

St. Louis’ Grand Center Arts District welcomes a new facility courtesy of one of the area’s preeminent cultural foundations.


he Kranzberg Arts Foundation recently extended its thriving cultural outreach for the metro area by launching a multipurpose event space puckishly dubbed High Low. High Low joins the foundation’s other facilities in St. Louis’ vibrant Grand Center Arts District: The Big Top, the jubilantly tent- and circus-centered venue; The Dark Room, the dining/gallery/entertainment mélange; The Grandel, the theatrical, culinary and entertainment combo; The Kranzberg, the conjoined “black box,” studio and gallery; The Marcelle, the theatrical and dance facility; Sophie’s Artist Lounge, the meeting place for local artists and their patrons, devotees or both; and .ZACK, the multiuse arts behemoth that contains a whopping 50,000 square feet. According to its mission statement, High Low seeks to “offer a venue for freedom of expression through [the] spoken and written word” in a “space which encourages creativity and literacy, where art can start and stand out.” SPACE – Architects, Designers + Builders (the design-build company owned and led by architects and headquartered in St. Louis) oversaw the physical creation of High Low, which sports a gorgeous brick façade replete with black-framed windows. With hours running from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, High Low basically comprises a quartet of components that effectively provides much-needed infrastructure for cultural entities and endeavors, particularly in support of often cash-strapped nonprofits:


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• Library/Café. A noncirculating library features a rotating collection of books, journals and other publications “meant to inspire, educate and elevate,” according to the website. Local artists, educators and organizations generate themes for the collection, generally chosen to encourage communitarian discussion here. The café, meanwhile, houses the third location of Blueprint Coffee and showcases fast-casual food service by James Beard Award nominee Rob Connoley, the chef/owner of nearby Bulrush (as well as the creator of the now-closed Squatter’s Café). • Gallery. Glass-paneled display cases populate a temperature- and humidity-controlled 600-square-foot gallery boasting professional lighting to cast attention on collections and to host rotating exhibitions dedicated to the literary arts. The annually juried exhibitions also can expand into a performance space that contains an additional 2,000 square feet. • Listening Room. Such literary arts-focused activities as poetry readings, storytelling and book signings take place in this 150-capacity dedicated space featuring state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, a full-service bar and a professional box office. It also can house expanded gallery exhibitions, installations, traditional and chamber music, and special events. • Resident Offices. A dedicated office suite serves the facility’s current resident companies: River Styx literary magazine, Shirley Bradley LeFlore Foundation/ Creative Arts & Expression Lab, St. Louis Poet Laureate Jane Ellen Ibur, St.

Louis Poetry Center, St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis and UrbArts. Directly, this area also will house a writers-in-residence program developed in partnership with those resident companies and designed to uplift local and international writers alike. Rather cannily, the café, by design, may tempt casual visitors based on thirst, hunger or both. Its current menu lists various espresso drinks, other caffeinated concoctions (like iced and loose-leaf tea) and specialty libations, as well as a limited selection of noshes – among them oatmeal, yogurt, a squashcarrot grain bowl and that staple of an old-school “country breakfast,” a fromscratch biscuit topped with sausage gravy. After tempting visitors’ foodie instincts, High Low hopes to entice them to explore its other areas, which already are promising an extensive variety of activities. At the moment, due to COVID-19, scheduling there remains indeterminate, but High Low’s online calendar already extends through next January. Not too shoddy for such a newbie on the area cultural scene. High Low, 3301 Washington Ave., St. Louis, kranzbergartsfoundation.org/high-low, 314-533-0367 Editor’s Note: Due to COVID-19, the Kranzberg Arts Foundation has temporarily closed all of its facilities, including High Low, through May 11 at the earliest.

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The Wine Life WHAT I AM DRINKING NOW… By Stanley Browne

‌2017 BERAN Grape: 100% Zinfandel Location: Sonoma County, California Owner: Copper Cane Wines and Provisions Winemakers: John Lopez and Joseph Wagner Approximate Retail Price: $22 Website: beranwines.com TASTING NOTES: Color: Deep ruby with hints of burgundy Aroma: Lush, ripe berry fruits, cocoa, spices and a hint of earth Taste: A well-balanced zinfandel; good, strong dark fruit on the palate, with rich spices of pepper, nutmeg and cocoa, moderately strong tannins and a long finish


n 1972, Charlie Wagner and his son, Chuck, started a little winery by the name of Caymus Vineyards that made cabernet sauvignon. As early as 1973, Caymus had already earned its place

on the map as a top wine producer, with its 1984 and 1990 vintages being honored with the Top Wine of the Year Award by Wine Spectator. Caymus remains the only winery to earn this honor twice. Over the years, three of Chuck Wagner’s four children joined him in winemaking and began to expand winemaking to other varietals under other labels. Together, all the wineries came to be known as Wagner Family Wines, a true family legacy. Chuck’s son, Joseph Wagner, eventually started his own wine business, Copper Cane Wine and Provisions, separate from the umbrella of the Caymus empire. Under Copper Cane, Joe Wagner makes Belle Glos pinot noirs and has started other labels in the same tradition as Caymus of one varietal, one label. Elouan showcases his Oregon pinot noir and chardonnay. Quilt constitutes his Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon, with Steorra his sparkling label out of Russian

River Valley. Finally, Beran boasts zinfandel from both Napa Valley and Sonoma. Since its debut in 2013, the Beran Sonoma County zinfandel has maintained a reputation for big-bodied, heavily fruity, rich, velvety-textured wine. This zinfandel is not for the meek; it definitely represents the more robust virtues of this varietal. That said, the 2017 vintage actually tastes a little lighter and costs less than its previous vintages. Though it still maintains its quality and taste, the price reduction makes it a perfect treat to carry by the glass. Food Pairings: Accompany this wine with barbecue (the Beran website actually recommends St. Louis-style ribs), charcuterie, spicy tomato sauce like amatriciana, blue cheeses and duck.


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18420 Rieger Road Wildwood • $1,599,000 Wayne Deen 314-409-0068

182 South Mason Creve Coeur • $949,900 Laura Arnold & Vicki Cutting 636-448-7824/314-409-0887

806 Courtwood Lane Ballwin • $615,000 Sue Kelly 314-602-3533

1686 Timber Hollow Drive Wildwood • $395,000 Kathy & Mary Gettinger 636-284-0990/314-378-3178

928 Summerset Parc Lane Fenton • $1,599,000 Kristi Lindgren 314-541-8650

15136 Isleview Drive Chesterfield • $397,500 Kristi Lindgren 314-541-8650

259 Stablestone Drive Chesterfield • $370,000 Kristi Lindgren 314-541-8650

11816 Craig Manor Drive St. Louis • $569,900 Courtney Kallial 314-599-3797

5350 Lancelot Drive Weldon Spring • $969,000 Teddy Johnlikes 314-452-1885

602 Loughmor Pass Weldon Spring • $699,000 Teddy Johnlikes 314-452-1885

new LiSting!

JuSt LiSted!

6 Hansen Manor St. Charles • $1,350,000 Teddy Johnlikes 314-452-1885

1805 Spring Mill Creek St. Charles • $729,000 Teddy Johnlikes 314-452-1885

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340 Galahad Drive Weldon Spring • $899,000 Teddy Johnlikes 314-452-1885

4119 Austin Bluff Court St. Charles • $729,000 Teddy Johnlikes 314-452-1885

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