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There is more than one hill where St. Louisans can find outstanding Italian cuisine. The “Little Hill” in the heart of Ballwin, located at Holloway Road and Manchester Road, is home to Candicci’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. Bob Candice, a 30-year veteran in the Italian food scene, has carved Candicci’s a new place into the West County landscape, filling a void for true homemade Italian cuisine. “The atmosphere is casual, warm and inviting, the wait staff is friendly and efficient, prices are reasonable and the food – excellent.” Candice said. The dinner menu boasts more than 20 different pasta dishes, steak, veal and chicken entrees. The new and extensive wine list complements the menu. “But if you haven’t tasted the pizza, you are missing a delicious treat,” Candice said. “You name it – thin, handtossed or deep-dish – you won’t be disappointed.” For lunch, Candicci’s offers everything from wraps and burgers to great salads and sandwiches, as well as pastas. There always is something special happening at Candicci’s. Each day

features unique food and drink specials. Live music fills the air on Thursday through Saturday evenings, combining a festive atmosphere with outstanding food. The inviting bar area and newly remodeled patio are great gathering places for happy hour or after dinner. Catering is an integral part of Candicci’s’ business offering private parties, large or small, on or off the premise. Candicci’s is a one-of-a-kind restaurant, where Candice can be found around the restaurant chatting with the customers and assuring that their food and visit are memorable. In the Italian tradition, he truly makes the customer feel at home. “Visit Candicci’s soon for the ultimate Italian experience.”

Candicci’s Restaurant & Pizzeria 100 Holloway Road • Ballwin Restaurant, Catering & Delivery (636) 220-8989

Midwest Music Central Painful waxing is a thing of the past – along with the high expenses of traditional waxing services. Known for its high-end, yet reasonably priced, full-body waxing services, European Wax Center is a second-generation, family-owned salon without the “ouch factor,” for which traditional waxing methods are known. “My wife always complained about how painful waxing was, and she hated the irritation afterward,” said owner Dennis Lowery, who co-owns the salon with Brad Frame. “So when we discovered the European Wax Center’s virtually pain-free approach, bringing it to the St. Louis area was a no-brainer.” The key is a four-step process that cleanses, protects, waxes and rejuvenates the skin. The wax, specially formulated in Paris exclusively for European Wax Center, is alcohol-free, has a low melting point and is applied by licensed estheticians at warm bath water temperature. The wax then sets as one continuous elastic layer, adhering only to the hair follicle, not the skin. Because of its strength and elas-

ticity, the hard wax can be removed without adhesive strips, which cause discomfort and redness. Best of all, clients are invited to try it out for free. “Women receive a complimentary bikini line, eyebrow or underarm service on their first time in,” Lowery said, “while men are treated to no-cost eyebrow, ear or nose hair removal.” The relaxing, luxurious space, which offers a mini retreat, cannot be beat. European Wax Center has become a nationally recognized brand, with 240 locations across the country and a recent international expansion into Canada. Today, guests recognize European Wax Center as an industry leader in providing guests the ultimate waxing experience. European Wax Center 1640 Clarkson Road • Chesterfield (636) 536-0777

The quest to buy a piano or organ ends at Midwest Music. Manager Bob Gray is there to answer all questions about the purchase. The store sells primarily pianos, organs and digital pianos. “Midwest and I make the perfect musical match,” said Gray, who is widely known in music retailing as “The Music Man.” Bob Gray began piano lessons at age six, added drums until age 11 and then switched to the cello. In his youth, Gray played with orchestras and symphonies. Gray was the personal pianist for August Busch III, played for all Cardinal functions and in the Cardinal Club until Mark Lamping left. Gray still performs at receptions, country clubs, events and parties. He specializes in the Big Band era, has a repertoire of more than 1,000 songs from memory and a CD “Stairway to the Stars.” Having amassed 59 years of experience, Gray wants to share his knowledge with his customers. “I love taking a piano apart to show

customers all the intricacies of tone and touch,” said Gray, who literally knows the instrument inside and out. “It’s so important to know the salesperson who is helping you select the piano for your home.” Gray has sold more than 20,000 pianos and organs in the St. Louis area and also offers piano appraisals. He is one of eight people chosen to write the “Orion Piano Blue Book,” which is considered the authority for piano valuation standards For help with a piano or organ purchase, Gray is the man, and Midwest Music is where he can be found. Midwest Music Central 17702 Chesterfield Airport Rd. Chesterfield (636) 536-2889 • (314) 409-0787 Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. and Sat.; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thurs.

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LeaderOne Financial Corporation started in Kansas in 1992 as a small local mortgage lender. Since then, it has grown into a lending powerhouse. Its highly qualified mortgage bankers originate and service more than $100 million in conventional and government loans with offices in 18 states. Partner Chris Sander, who has over 18 years of lending experience, became involved with LeaderOne Financial because of the wealth of knowledge and expertise amongst its partners, as well as their commitment to innovation and integration of new technologies. “I joined LeaderOne Financial because it is a company that is on the cutting edge of the industry. Not only do we provide an unparalleled commitment to our clients, but we also develop and implement innovative programs to help our realtor partners close more business too.” When asked about how they address the two, Sander said, “Our business model is about reciprocation.

At Lexington Design & Furniture, clients are guaranteed quality. Owner Cate Riebold opened the unique store a little more than a year ago in the hopes of creating a shopping environment similar to a home – with good designs, a comfortable atmosphere and friendly people who care. “I wanted to build a business based on trust and integrity,” Riebold said. “Already I’ve had clients who give me a hug for helping them create a beautiful home.” A full-service design firm, Lexington features superior upholstery by Lexington Home Brands and Key City Furniture, with lifetime warranties on their seat cushions, frames and springs. In addition, Lexington’s Simply Amish collection, also guaranteed for life, offers a standard of excellence with America’s richest hand-finished hard woods. “We also do a really nice combination of new and vintage accessories as well, offering something a little different and giving clients that one-of-a-kind

When we work with a client, we make sure that they get the best deal available and at the lowest cost possible. When working with realtors, we make sure that we come to the table with things that add value to their business, which in turn, helps them close more deals.” That philosophy has paid quick dividends; LeaderOne Financial was recently named one of the fastest growing companies in the country by INC. 500 and has also been named the most technologically advanced mortgage lender for the past five years in a row. Professional, ethical and innovative, LeaderOne Financial caters to the individual client with its one-of-a-kind services. LeaderOne Financial Corporation 10420 Old Olive Street Road, Suite 208 St. Louis (314) 222-5500

feel that they are getting something original,” Riebold said. Accessories can be purchased off the floor or specially ordered. In addition, Lexington’s exclusive interior design service is complimentary with purchase. Beautiful and affordable custom window treatments, extensive fabric choices as well as re-upholstery also are available. Most of Lexington’s products are made in the U.S. and offer excellent warranties. The store has no sales – it sells at low everyday prices. The family-owned store is small but offers endless possibilities for helping to create or make over anyone’s dream home. “We opened in a challenging time, but we’ve made it through our first year, and it’s been great,” Riebold said. Lexington Design & Furniture 13275 Manchester Road • Des Peres (314) 821-9700 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. – Sat.


What happens when an enthusiastic little league champ puts a baseball squarely through your kitchen window? Or spring cleaning reveals glass fogged by trapped moisture and mineral deposits? Nancy Hannold and the team at Inst-I-Glass of St. Louis can turn these major problems into minor inconveniences! Inst-I-Glass delivers unmatched service with instant insulated glass fabrication and same-day glass replacement services for home and office. Why wait weeks for glass? When you call Inst-IGlass, you’ll be surprised to learn about the fast turnaround, not to mention their excellent quality and reasonable prices. Nancy knows that this economy has increased interest in preserving rather than replacing. Inst-I-Glass specializes in restoring the energy efficiency and appearance of existing windows and doors, helping her customers avoid the expense and hassle of full replacement. Insulated glass conserves energy, so once a window has been properly restored, it can have many years of useful life remaining. Glass replacement saves time and money, and prevents

Thrive Church is a brand new church and will launch on Sun., Aug. 21 in a unique setting at the Des Peres 14 Cine. Lead Pastor Jason Bowman wants to help people thrive. “We have experienced how to live life to the fullest even in difficulty and want to share that life-giving, lifechanging opportunity,” Bowman said. “We are a new church that’s real, fun, relational and life giving. We desire to inspire the spiritual and skeptical.” Thrive Church has one simple mission: to see lives changed. “Thrive Church exists to see people encounter the incredible life God offers in all areas of life – finances, marriage, careers, parenting and even recreation,” Bowman said. “Simply put, to thrive is to pursue God’s best version of you.” Thrive Church accomplishes its goal in several welcoming ways. Its Weekend includes two one-hour Sunday services at 9 and 10:20, designed to inspire people from all backgrounds.

Nancy Hannold

unnecessary waste in the landfill. Most estimates are given by phone, another time-saver. A uniformed technician is dispatched to the customer’s location in a well-marked manufacturing truck. Because the factory comes to the customer’s location, Nancy’s team is able to complete many jobs in as little as one hour! Their customers don’t have to worry about taking time for multiple appointments. Technologies pioneered by Inst-I-Glass have cut delivery from a couple of weeks down to mere hours. Inst-I-Glass customers avoid production delays, costly board-ups, and time off work for multiple appointments. For free estimates or fast service, call Inst-IGlass! Inst-I-Glass of St. Louis For Service in St. Louis & Metro East: (636) 279-5315 or (636)290-8037

Small Groups are offered and have a variety of interest-based groups, which allows the church to connect and find people with which to enjoy life. Growth Track is a four-session plan offered every month that covers the essentials and discovers the potential in every person. The Dream Team is an extraordinary group of people doing unprecedented things. “After discovering some of your unique abilities in our Growth Track, we will give you the opportunity to use your gifts to serve others as part of our Dream Team in our music, logistics, kids, small-group and greeter ministries,” Bowman said. Everyone is encouraged to come live their purpose in life at Thrive Church. Thrive Church 12701 Manchester Road • Des Peres (314) 686-4535 One-hour services: 9 a.m. & 10:20 a.m. on Sun.



Monogram it, personalize it, promote it, design it, imagine it – UniQue Ideas ‘N More can create it. A gift shop specializing in personalized items, custom apparel, spirit wear, home décor and gifts galore, UniQue Ideas loves combining quality and creativity with imagination for any age, holiday, special occasion, event or organization. At UniQue Ideas ‘N More, “nothing says love like a personalized gift.” Locally owned and operated by two moms, Michele VanTuyl and Gina Burlison made their passion a reality three and a half years ago when they opened UniQue Ideas. Today, they continue to do what they love, creating their own as well as fulfilling others’ “unique ideas.” UniQue Ideas offers everything from embroidery and vinyl lettering to monogramming and screen-printing. Custom gifts and apparel, personalized birthday, baby, wedding and anniversary items, school spirit wear, purses, totes, monogrammed jewelry and candy bar wrappers are specially designed for any event or occasion. Also available are personalized glassware and ceramics,

Founded in 2001, College Nannies & Tutors is the nation’s largest resource for customized nanny and tutoring services. Combined with strong and dedicated local offices, College Nannies & Tutors is committed to building stronger families and has the passion and means to provide a nanny or tutor precisely targeted to each family’s unique needs. “By allowing College Nannies & Tutors to handle the details of employing your nanny or tutor directly, you can enjoy hassle-free child care or tutoring without the legal paperwork and worries,” Rebecca Wilson, executive director, said. “Having a College Nannies & Tutors professional custom chosen for your child is a great way to enhance your family’s quality of life.” Child care offerings include summer nannies, on-call nannies, full-time or part-time nannies, after-school nannies, parents’ night out nannies, academic tutors and college test prep tutors. Now also is a great time for families to start thinking about after-school plans for the 2011-2012 school year. Nannies are available for full-time, part-time and on-call/emergency care. After-

window, wall and car decals and complimentary gift-wrapping, a service UniQue Ideas loves to provide to its customers. Even if something is not purchased at UniQue Ideas, clients are welcome to bring in their own items for personalization. UniQue Ideas monograms with embroidery, vinyl and thermal lettering and also prints custom T-shirts, signs and banners, team uniforms and business attire. “We provide our customers that personal touch you don’t usually find anywhere else,” VanTuyl said. UniQue Ideas ‘N More 2075 B Bentley Plaza • Fenton (636) 825-1229 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mon., Tues. & Thurs.; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wed.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fri.; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat.

school nannies can assist with picking up children from daycare or school, transporting them to activities, starting homework or even doing meal prep for family dinner. “Your family’s weekday needs can be customized into a specific job description for your dedicated nanny,” Wilson said. College Tutors are current college students, college graduates and teachers that are at the top of their classes and chosen professions. They are successful students themselves and have positive attitudes and energies that provide the right kind of role model for a student. “We look forward to continuing to build stronger families and would love to answer any questions you have,” Wilson said. College Nannies & Tutors 5988 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Suite 231A St. Charles (636) 926-2681

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Whether it is a quick cup of coffee on the run or a lingering morning sipping tea, Wehrle’s Peace, Love and Coffee is the place to be. The coffee shop, located on the lower level of Chesterfield Mall, offers a variety of coffees and teas to tickle the palate of the choosiest coffee connoisseur. “Our mission is to earn the loyalty of our customers and grow our family business by providing a variety of highquality products, along with superior customer service, for an overall great coffee experience,” owner Dana Wehrle said. Customers can stop by for a coffee in the morning or stay for a while and take advantage of free Wi-Fi. Wehrle’s Peace, Love and Coffee also sells whole bean coffee from around the world. The coffee is roasted fresh weekly and can be purchased for home or business use. “Our bags of whole bean coffee make

With enough dedication and determination, anyone can learn how to fly. At Air Associates of MO, adults as well as children can take advantage of its services, which include flight training, aircraft rental, aircraft sales, aircraft maintenance and aircraft management services. Conveniently located at Spirit of St. Louis Airport, Air Associates features modern, clean facilities and the latest in the high-quality aircraft – the Cessna Skycatcher. “Your outlook on life will be forever changed the first time you take the controls of a Cessna aircraft, flying through the air, far above the ground,” Owner Tom Cargin said. Cargin has been a pilot since he was 17 years old and is an accountant by trade. His business brought him back into aviation when he expanded Air Associates of KS to St. Louis in 2009. General Manager Lisa Lynch has been managing the Chesterfield office since its opening after working at previous flight schools in Illinois and Indiana for

a great gift,” Wehrle said. Customers looking for a cooler treat can try the shop’s new special snow cones. “We sell shaved ice in a climate-controlled atmosphere, perfect for cooling,” Wehrle said. “The entire family can find something here.” People are encouraged to check out the shop’s Facebook page at facebook. com/wehrles, where they can learn about special offers, discounts and new treats. “We believe small family-owned businesses are the backbone for this great country we live in and take immense pride in serving our community,” Wehrle said. Wehrle’s Peace Love and Coffee 97 Chesterfield Mall • Chesterfield (636) 532-6500 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon. – Sat.; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun.

the past 15 years. As a team, they love every minute of it. Air Associates’ student curriculum is Web-based, so students can study anywhere. In the next year, Air Associates also is seeking FAA Part 141 approval, which will allow it to lower its student training requirements. Air Associates’ maintenance facility provides a wide range of maintenance services on single and twin engine aircrafts. “Anyone can get into flying, professionally or recreationally,” Lynch said. “It’s not something you have to go away to a university to study.” Challenging, rewarding and exciting, learning to fly is a gift that will last a lifetime. Air Associates of MO 18600 Edison Ave. • Chesterfield (636) 536-1341 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., every day

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where art and imagination come to the surface

Since 2000, the New England lighthouse at Cape Albeon, an independent and assisted senior living community in southwest St. Louis County, has signaled the best of retirement living. Dedicated to helping its residents maintain their independence and passion for life, Cape Albeon features warm and inviting living spaces surrounded by nature’s best. A fun, friendly and exciting culture is built through senior-specific programs and amenities. “Our goal is to provide a safe, comfortable, and worry-free senior life that offers residents all the comforts of home,” said Pat Weltig, marketing director. Cape Albeon offers retirement cottages and apartments, assisted-living apartments and personal care services in a lovely, 18-acre neighborhood nestled between two scenic lakes. The Harbor houses spacious one- and two bedroom independent living apartments with full kitchens, walk-in closets, a patio or porch and washer/dryer

hookups. Harbor residents enjoy a fitness center, indoor pool and spa, large dining room with a vaulted ceiling and fireplace, library, activity rooms and a chapel with a spectacular lake view. At The Village, Cape Albeon’s assisted-living apartments, residents enjoy exercise classes; make new friends over delicious, nutritious meals; attend church and take bus outings. A 24-hour caring staff assists residents with medication management, housekeeping, laundry, transportation and much more. There are no high-pressure sales at Cape Albeon. Visitors can schedule a tour and have lunch with residents to discover why they enjoy living there. Cape Albeon is a not-for-profit community locally operated by St. Andrews Management Services. Its tradition is rooted in faith and service to others. Cape Albeon 3380 Lake Bend Drive • St. Louis (636) 861-3200

Ron and Dan Koch

Gateway Custom Surfaces is a familyowned and operated company that specializes in custom concrete overlays, custom showroom floors, bar tops and epoxy coatings. “We have a wide array of applications to fit nearly all commercial and residential jobs,” owner Dan Koch said. Gateway’s services include but are not limited to decorative concrete, acid stain, stamped concrete, stained flooring and pool deck finishes. Its real specialty lies in creating a one-of-a-kind surface for each and every one of its clients, with no job being too big or too small. With a combined 15 years of experience in the field, Gateway stands behind its work 110 percent and works hand in hand with each and every builder, contractor, architect and homeowner to ensure a surface that is sure to grab the attention of anyone that sees it. With its Residential Flooring Solutions, ideal for living spaces, basements, sunrooms, laundry rooms and more, homeowners can have worry-free flooring for

years and decades to come. “We have the manpower and equipment to handle 30,000-square-foot warehouse floors and are noteworthy for our attention to detail.” Gateway also is an expert at Decorative Concrete Exterior Finishes, ideal for sidewalks, pool decks, driveways and more. Gateway offers virtually unlimited designs, patterns textures and color options and can create an authentic look and feel of any stone, brick, tile and even wood. “We are truly artisans when it comes to creating one-of-a-kind concrete surfaces,” Koch said. “Attention to detail, expertise and an eye for design are all things that we take tremendous pride in, and we’d love to work with you to help perfect your home.”

Gateway Custom Surfaces (636) 229-6550

MidAmerica Skin Health & Vitality Center John Lancia worked in banking for 11 years before he decided to do something more fun – serve delicious, self-serve frozen yogurt with a smile. “Years ago, I would visit my cousins in Sicily, Italy and sit in the town square eating gelato and drinking espresso and thought, ‘one day I’m going to do just this,’” Lancia said. In January, he opened Lancia Frozen Yogurt, which serves a variety of delicious fat free frozen yogurt flavors, as well as a 5-percent butter cream chocolate and vanilla ice cream for a little more indulgence. Over 50 toppings, ranging from fresh fruits and cereals to nuts and candies, are available to choose from daily. “We make the product in the store, which makes it creamier, like ice cream,” Lancia said. Lancia Frozen Yogurt prides itself on being locally owned and only serving fresh, locally made products. It also

serves fat free, gluten free and sugar free options as well, in addition to a full espresso bar and free Wi-Fi. “Being first generation from Sicily, we had to create a hangout that offers premium espresso drinks to complement the sweet frozen treats,” Lancia said. He calls Lancia Frozen Yogurt his “happy place.” “We’re not a chain, and our products are not pre-made,” Lancia said. “It’s the best product out of all the different frozen yogurt places in the area, and I hope to have it in the family for years to come.” Lancia Frozen Yogurt 14844 Clayton Road • Chesterfield (636) 527-6664 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Mon. – Thurs.; 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Fri. – Sat.; Noon to 11 p.m. on Sun.

MidAmerica Skin Health & Vitality Center is a state-of-the-art medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology practice located on the campus of St. Luke’s Hospital, which strives to help patients understand and treat their medical skin conditions (skin health), as well as learn about lifestyle choices and cosmetic products/services that can help keep skin looking youthful (skin vitality). MidAmerica’s owner, Dr. Joseph A. Muccini, is a board-certified dermatologist with more than 20 years of experience in medical and surgical dermatology. Complementing his medical expertise, Muccini offers many cosmetic services and procedures, including non-invasive skin-tightening Ulthera treatments; Laser/IPL reduction of wrinkles, sun damage, spider veins, and excess hair; and, coming in August, non-invasive Zerona body contouring treatments for excess fat reduction. His practice also features premier cosmetic dermatology products, including Botox, Juvéderm, Latisse, Vivité, SkinCeuticals, and jane iredale. The company’s aesthetician provides chem-

Joseph A. Muccini, M.D.

ical peels, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, waxing and other services. Dr. Muccini has been active in the development/use of technologies and techniques to evaluate human skin pathologies and cosmetic characteristics and has authored numerous articles on the subject. He holds undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard and Columbia, respectively, and underwent postgraduate medical training at Harvard teaching hospitals Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women’s, Boston Children’s, Beth Israel and Deaconess. He also completed an internship in general surgery, fellowship and residency in dermatology and a fellowship in cosmetic surgery. Muccini is a member of the AAD, ASDS, AMA, Missouri Derm Society and St. Louis Derm Society, where he serves as president. MidAmerica Skin Health & Vitality Center 222 S.Woods Mill Road, Suite 475N Chesterfield (314) 878-0600



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At Great Southern Bank, customer relationships are top priority. They provide financial products that make life easier, more rewarding, or best of all, both. You’ll find full-service banking at the Creve Coeur and Des Peres Banking Centers with a wide selection of products and services for your personal and business needs. “Giving customers ‘More for your money’ isn’t just a tagline”, said Regional Manager Mary Dunavant. “Every day you can count on our experienced banking team for personal service assisting you to meet your financial goals.” Great Southern operates 76 retail banking centers in Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. They understand convenient access to banking services is paramount to customers, such as receiving same day credit on deposits made by closing Monday-Friday. Or by offering twenty-four hour banking choices so customers can access their money at their convenience by Internet, ATM or telephone. They’re lending at Great Southern.

It’s easy to find the right loan with the help of professional lenders like Kendra Young and Carrie Carrigan, or new team member, Donna McCallister, mortgage loan officer for the West County area. “Put my home loan experience to work for you,” said Donna. “I’m backed by the resources of a company that has helped people achieve their dream of homeownership since 1923.” “We’re proud to call West County home,” said Mary Dunavant. “We make banking convenient with all the exceptional service Great Southern has to offer.” Stop in today to learn what they have in store for you or your business. Great Southern Bank 12500 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur (314) 569-4799 11698 Manchester Rd., Des Peres (314) 569-4747

In 1868, George Frederick Schrader founded Schrader Funeral Homes when he expanded his coffin-making business. Schrader offered funeral services, hearses and carriages, along with related services. But mostly, the families in the community found that the then-new Schrader Funeral Home offered comfort during their time of loss and that the services were designed with respect, dignity and care. Little has changed in the past 143 years. Schrader Funeral Homes and Crematory still puts the wishes and concerns of families first and ensures that each family’s wishes are met. As the oldest business in Ballwin – and the oldest family-owned funeral home in the St. Louis area – Schrader Funeral Homes feels a strong responsibility toward the community it serves. That is why Schrader offers grief support services, use of the Schrader library, advanced planning as well as the Schrader Sunshine Club social group. Schrader is a full-service, family-

owned funeral home, offering traditional services, cremation services and a complete selection of funeral goods and merchandise, including caskets, vaults and urns. They are proud to be the first funeral home in St. Louis County with their own on-site crematory and Family Center. As an avid supporter of many local charities, community events, churches and other organizations, it is easy to see why Schrader means so much to the area. For generations, the Schrader family has understood that a funeral should honor the deceased and provide comfort for grieving families. Schrader Funeral Homes and Crematory staff does just that and is there to serve families in their time of need. Schrader Funeral Homes and Crematory 14960 Manchester Road • Ballwin (636) 227-5511 108 North Central • Eureka (636) 938-3000

PET SUPPLIES PLUS BaumHouse design At BaumHouse design, clients can enjoy a beautiful home and leave the worrying up to the professionals who love taking creativity to the next level. BaumHouse design provides a turnkey service to its clientele, from initial basic concept design to the finished remodel of the home, with an emphasis in customer service, quality of products and attention to detail. All design plans are unique to the specific customer. “We listen to the goals of the proposed project –use of the space, desired results and budgetary guidelines – to create the perfect design for any home,” Owner/Designer Julie Baum, ASID, said. A financial analyst before returning to college for interior design, Baum has ten years experience designing; three years ago, she opened her kitchen and bath showroom where walk-in customers are welcome. “Creating beautiful kitchens or baths and working within the confines of a client’s budget combine the best of

both worlds,” Baum said. The BaumHouse design team consists of degreed interior designers who are dedicated to continually advancing their knowledge base of new products and techniques, always considering the health, safety and welfare of the consumer. They also strive to better the environment through the use of ecofriendly products to achieve the highest standards of excellence. BaumHouse design’s ultimate goal is to provide its customers with a worryfree renovation experience every time. Satisfaction is crutial. “We provide the essential elements of the home, refined to near perfection,” Baum said. BaumHouse design 11 Vance Road • Valley Park (636) 225-9000 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. – Fri. Evenings & weekends by appointment

Pet owners are delighted when they see the wide selection of pet food and pet care products at Pet Supplies Plus. Offering name brand food, treats, toys and supplies for all pets at everyday, low prices, Pet Supplies Plus carries the largest line of natural holistic food and treats in the area. Fresh water fish, small animals and reptiles also are available. Opened in 2008, Pet Supplies Plus is locally owned and operated by Jeanne and John Sullivan and is recognized as the favorite pet store in the area. Jeanne is at the store most days. She and the knowledgeable, courteous staff. Service is the plus in Pet Supplies Plus. “We provide customer service that big chains and supermarkets do not readily offer,” Jeanne said. “If you have questions about your pet’s diet or condition, we are happy to help you. And don’t forget to bring your pet.” Pet Supplies Plus is delighted with its new additiont of grooming services, by

Kennelwood™ Pet Resorts, within the store. “Kennelwood™ offers the same superior customer service as us, and we are glad to have them,” John said. “To see before and after looks of the pets serviced are extraordinary.” Senior Citizen Day is every Wednesday, when customers 60 and over receive 10 percent off their entire purchase. Kennelwood™ Pet also extends the same offer, at the Pet Supplies Plus location only (not valid with other discounts, offers or specials).

Pet Supplies Plus 15311 Manchester Road • Ballwin (636) 686-7181 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tues. & Thurs.; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mon., Wed., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun.

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Cardinal Ritter Senior Services takes pride in its exceptional services that help seniors who need it. Inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services was created in 1960 as a Catholic Charities agency to assist senior adults, providing an integrated continuum of quality housing, residential, health care and supportive social services for senior adults throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The agency provides services to improve the quality of life for senior adults by promoting and providing social, health and housing programs and services in the St. Louis area. “Some of the unique things we offer are a continuum of care for senior adults, that begins with opportunities for them to give back to the community and on to services that make it possible for them to stay at home longer, examples are Homemaker Service & Adult Day Programs,” CEO Sister Suzanne Wesley said.

When President/Owner Jeff Minnis is not programming, he is running Jeff Computers, the leading source for all computer solutions. “Since we are locally owned and operated, we offer faster and better quality service,” Minnis said. “We can fix almost any computer problem, and we also custom build desktop and laptop computers.” Jeff Computers is a worldwide solution for information technology needs, offering laptop and computer repair, both new and refurbished desk and laptops, Clear super fast 4G wireless Internet, Cricket Android phones and Cricket basic unlimited phones. Jeff Computers also recently released an easy backup program to help users keep their data safe. Jeff Computers’ innovative services also include the sale and installation of the brand new ultimate connection – Clear Internet – the first network built for today’s on-the-move lifestyle. It offers speeds four times faster than 3G and is available in virtually every corner of St. Louis. Clear is designed with the Internet in mind and goes places


As a Catholic faith-based agency of the Catholic Charities Federation and proud member of United Way, the agency has been recognized locally and nationally for its work on behalf of senior adults. “We also have a fully staffed social service department that helps senior adults put together resources already in place with their needs,” Wesley said. A majority of its independent facilities with services is for low-income seniors. CRSS has 3 assisted living facilities and a skilled nursing facility available as well. “What is very important to us is compassionate, high-grade quality of care as well as providing services needed to keep seniors independent in the least restricted setting possible for as long as possible,” Wesley said. “We work hard because we truly care.” Cardinal Ritter Senior Services 7601 Watson Road • St. Louis (314) 961-8000

Wi-Fi cannot. It delivers an Internet connection anywhere – at home or on the road. Minnis also is the creator of the popular StudyX, the easy and fun software program used by educators and students alike to help students focus and study for tests. Minnis’ computer knowledge and personalized computer services allows Jeff Computers to fix any problem with a laptop or desktop as well as acquire any new parts. “We are one of the few companies that can solve all of our customers’ needs, and our computer website service offers quick repairs online,” Minnis said. Jeff Computers’ trained and experienced technicians guarantee both quality and reliability for the highest quality of service around. Jeff Computers 14366 Manchester Road • Manchester (636) 256-7901


Everyone learns in his or her own unique way. Greenways Academy is an online school that serves students who may need a little help getting through a course or those students who are accelerated learners. “We help students develop a love for learning, a desire for knowledge and the ability to succeed,” Greenways President Jerry Boomer said. The school offers a fun, supportive and flexible atmosphere with patient teachers who are determined to provide the best learning experience for each student, with classes offered for students in fifth through 12th grades. Programs offered include high school, middle school, credit recovery and tutoring. “Some of our students have difficulty excelling in a traditional school setting because of medical conditions, learning disabilities, psychological issues or unique scheduling needs,” Boomer said. Greenways can help anyone, however. Patti Greenburg, Greenways founder & Director of Education, started the program in the basement of her Ladue home. Since then, it has grown to

“Let our family serve your family” is the tagline used at Cauble & Harre Wealth Management, Inc., a fee-only registered investment advisory firm owned and operated by Liz Cauble and Peter Harre, a brother and sister team. Collectively, Cauble and Harre have more than 30 years of experience in investment management and financial planning. Cauble is a Certified Financial Planner™ recipient, and Harre is a CFA Charterholder. Both designations show real commitment to their respective industries. “We enjoy managing investments and creating integrated financial plans to better allow our clients to reach their financial goals,” Cauble said. As an independent, fee-only firm, Cauble & Harre Wealth Management, Inc. is paid only by its clients, not from the products it sells. “We are committed to our fiduciary responsibility to put our clients’ interests first. They deserve nothing less,” Cauble said. “The financial planning work requires time and energy, and because it is not product oriented, it

become a St. Louis based premiere education institution with more than 250 local students and 3,100 worldwide. Greenways’ mission is to motivate, educate and advocate for every student to see positive results. Accredited by four of the U.S.’s most rigorous accreditation programs, including the North Central Association (NCA), the Commission on International and TransRegional Accreditation (CITA), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NACS), students at Greenways succeed because they are self-motivated, possess strong reading comprehension and have a desire to learn about new topics. “We provide a fun atmosphere for the students to excel within: with personalized attention and a supportive community, students do not fall through the cracks,” Greenburg said. Greenways Academy 981 Gardenview Office Parkway Creve Coeur (314) 432-7534

creates a framework that helps our clients continue to make decisions down the road.” Cauble and Harre does not take custody of client assets. These are held with a well-known brokerage firm. When hired to manage assets, they develop a plan that addresses the risks relevant to the client’s specific situation and goals. Because Cauble & Harre Wealth Management, Inc. is a small firm, clients enjoy direct access to its owners. Their short-term goal is to partner with 60 to 70 families and help them reach their financial goals. “We strive to develop long-term relationships with our clients,” Cauble said. Cauble & Harre Wealth Management,Inc.

12977 N. Outer 40 Drive, Suite 213 Town & Country (314) 576-1112 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. – Fri. and by appointment



Emphasizing family and cosmetic dentistry, Kevin F. Postol, DDS, and his dental team comprise a small office of health-oriented professionals dedicated to providing quality service to patients. “My goal is to help people achieve lifelong overall health,” Dr. Postol said. For those who suffer from snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea, he also offers custom-tailored, removable oral appliances that are worn at night to keep upper airways open, usually eliminating the need for CPAP. “We can successful treat most mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea without the necessity for CPAP treatment,” Dr. Postol said. Dr. Postol earned his dental degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, served a residency at the University of Iowa and completed postgraduate hospital training in multiple areas of dental specialties. He is committed to continuous learning in new dental developments and practices and has received training in implant techniques and laser dentistry. He also offers six-month braces, pro-

At Take Note, clients can celebrate life’s little and big occasions with personalized creativity. With invitations, personalized stationery, note pads, favors and gifts for all occasions in an affordable price range Take Note has something for every special event in your life. Take Note provides a large array of choices and will help you compose exactly what you want to say with inhouse printing and no set up fees. This makes Take Note stand out from the rest, with pricing printed directly on the product, there are no surprises or hidden costs. This also enables a quick turn around. Greco understands the cost of a wedding and takes 20% off all wedding invitations. From the formal to the destination beach weddings and everything in between, Take Note has it. Just call to schedule your one-on-one wedding invitation consultation. Bridal showers, baby showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners

ducing straighter teeth and brighter smiles in less than a year. For those who are a bit fearful, Dr. Postol offers relaxation dentistry. When his team provides patients with quality dental treatment, the end result is a mutually rewarding relationship. The office is located in the neighborhood with convenient hours. Built in December to offer the latest technology, the office also offers green products whenever possible. “I look forward to meeting your acquaintance and providing you with personalized service that meets your needs,” Dr. Postol said. Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment Center Kevin F. Postol, DDS 15208 Manchester Road • Ballwin (636) 394-6044 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mon.; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tues.; 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wed. – Thurs.;

and birthday parties nothing is too big or too small and is available. Monogramming is also available from bibs and burp clothes to flip-flops, back packs and more. Don’t miss the cute baby gifts and keepsakes. With so much to see and touch, Take Note is worth the visit where you will receive friendly personal attention. A large selection of gifts in all price ranges is available for all occasions. Take Note hosts Ladies’ Night the third Thursday of every month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The night will include wine, cheese, soft drinks, prize drawings and special discounts. Don’t forget, follow us on Facebook for special friend discounts. Take Note 140 Chesterfield Commons East Road Chesterfield 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon. – Thurs.; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fri.; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat. (636) 536-5062

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Have you heard? Their name has changed! Our new name is Dream Play Recreation. After nearly 20 years as “Rainbow Recreation” the name was changed to allow them to represent a greater variety of top quality brands. Same Location, same ownership, same people, MORE FUN! Tim and Traci Albers, owners of Dream Play Recreation, continue with the philosophy that when customers walk into Dream Play’s huge indoor showroom, you will be able to choose from the absolute finest residential playground equipment that offer the best value for your dollar in every price point. When parents buy for their children they look for quality and safety. Dream Play now offer 3 brands of play sets and every play set they offer from the smallest to largest is built with 4”x4” and 4”x6” construction so you can be assured of long lasting durability and endless hours of fun. Now they are proud to represent Woodplay “The Original Redwood Playset Company”. Woodplay, which started in 1975, is the only major manufacturer of Play Systems that still builds their sets out of Redwood. Dream Play Recreation still carries

PNC Bank offers complete financial services – both personal and commercial – with full services including wealth management, small business, institutional asset management and treasury management. Although its history goes back 160 years, PNC consistently looks to its future with innovative banking ideas. An example is Virtual Wallet mobile banking, an online visual and interactive experience that gives full control of finances like never before. PNC has the strength of a large national bank while delivering exceptional local service. “We try to take the best of a large bank, and make it part of each community that it serves,” Rick Sems, president and CEO of PNC Bank in Missouri, said. PNC maintains a good neighbor policy through its special programs, sponsorships and philanthropy. It became the first major U.S. bank to design and construct branches based on green building standards and has more newly constructed buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council than any other company in the world. PNC also strives to enrich the quality

“The Best in Basketball”, Goalsetter Basketball Systems, and the worlds safest trampoline, the Revolutionary Springfree Trampoline, which must be seen and tested to truly appreciate how this product has changed the industry. In addition, you will now find the best of the Goalrilla Basketball systems line up and the new new Goalrilla trainer, an all purpose trainer for golfer, baseball/softball, soccer player, etc. in your family. ALL of these products are available for a “test Play” everyday. What continues to set them apart, in addition to the quality products, is the personal attention and service each customer receives. They now do ALL their own installs and from yard inspections to installs the staff at Dream Play work hard to ensure that each detail is addressed so very soon parents will hear nothing but laughter and squeals of delight coming from the back yard. Dream Play Recreation 17373 Edison Avenue Chesterfield Valley (behind Home Depot) (636) 530-0055

Rick Sems, PNC Bank president in St. Louis

of community life through arts and education, with employees continually striving to make an impact in the communities where they live and work. Maryville University partners with PNC as consultant for the Grow Up Great program, and in turn, PNC sponsors Maryville’s Speaker Series. PNC also started Arts Alive, another program to help St. Louis’ performing arts scene. In addition, it also partners with the Blues, Rams and Cardinals, and recently sponsored The High School All Stars Game at Busch Stadium. Strength, stability, expertise, advanced technology, a large local network, and community service – these qualities all served to pronounce PNC “Bank of the year in the U.S. in 2010” by The Banker magazine. PNC Bank Ballwin, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Eureka, Town & Country, Twin Oaks and Wildwood

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A good night’s sleep – that is what State Farm Insurance provides. A thorough review and expert advice will allow people to fully understand what they need and how best to protect what they have. Mikel Garrett, State Farm agent, has provided Good Neighbor Service for more than 28 years and will continue to do so for years to come. For personal service provided however the client wants it – that is how State Farm works. “We enjoy sitting down with insureds and prospective insureds to fully understand their needs and tailor a program that helps provide peace of mind,” Garrett said. “Our goal is for people to be able to make contact with us as easily as possible: in person, by phone, email or text. We do it all.” State Farm Insurance is the nation’s largest auto and home insurance company. Its agents are part of the community and truly understand the local issues people face every day. But, they always ask more about the client’s per-

sonal concerns so there are never any surprises. The Mikel Garrett State Farm agency provides: auto, home, renters, condo, boat, business, bonds, life, annuities, health, disability and long-term care insurance plus banking through State Farm Bank and investments through State Farm Mutual Funds. During these times when people want to make sure they are adequately protected, they are encouraged to visit someone who is local, lives locally and wants to tell clients the truth about what they need – not sell them a product. “Please let us know how we can help you with a good night’s sleep,” Garrett said. “You will rest easier.”

Diamond & Jewelry Brokers, Inc. was established in 1978 by personal jeweler Rocky Haddad. A second-generation jeweler, Rocky and his family have resided in West County for more than 35 years. This year marks their 34th year serving the community, a year with many changes in the Haddad family as well. Rocky’s wife retired from the Special School District of Rockwood after 30 years of service. In addition, his youngest son Alex graduated from Missouri State University and joined the staff, alongside eldest son Michael, both third-generation jewelers following in Rocky’s footsteps. In September 2008, Diamond & Jewelry Brokers earned its Master IJO Jeweler accreditation, one of only 850 handselected jewelers in the world to have done so, giving Diamond & Jewelry Brokers the privilege of buying diamonds directly from DeBeers Sightholders in Antwerp, Belgium and saving its customers thousands of dollars on engagement rings.

Although it is most known for engagement rings and custom designs, the fullservice store offers a wide range of services, from changing watch batteries to purchasing old jewelry and repairing broken chains. It also offers “Pray for Rain,” where it refunds engagement ring purchases if it rains 1 inch on the day of a couple’s wedding. In addition, the Haddad family is one of less than 20 families worldwide to sell the patented, 81-facet diamond, the Forever After Diamond. Diamond & Jewelry Brokers prides itself on building long-lasting relationships by offering products and services than can only be found in its showroom. “Our customers know jewelry,” Rocky said. “They are educated, and we are honored to have gained their trust and confidence.”

Mikel Garrett, Agent State Farm Insurance 16437 Village Plaza View Drive Wildwood (636) 458-5055

Diamond & Jewelry Brokers, Inc. 473 Lafayette Center • Manchester (636) 391-6622


In-Home Care Sharon Vermilye, RN and President of Angels On Duty, Inc. learned many things from her Grandmother. In 1996, Sharon’s family had to find a caregiver to help her grandmother through her final years at home. The “angel” they found formed a unique bond with the family and motivated Sharon to put her nursing experience to work for other families as well. Angels On Duty was inspired by this experience and is based on her Grandmother’s motto: It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice. Using this moral guide, Angels On Duty has become one of the 50 fastest growing companies in the region according to the St. Louis Business Journal. Sharon continues to expand on her 25+ years of experience in nursing and has built a staff of over 150 professional nurses and caregivers who share her desire to provide more than just daily care for the elderly. Sharon’s “angels” form relationships and attempt

When Brett Nejmanowski was in high school, he had a premonition of owning his own HVAC business, and he also had his own definition of what customer service should be: superior. “So, I needed a business to implement my strategy,” Brett said, and today, he is doing that as president of J.T. Dunn Heating & Air Conditioning, a business that provides indoor comfort, energy solutions, and superior customer service. Heating and air conditioning services and products provided by J.T. Dunn create a healthier, more comfortable indoor environment, and they also keep HVAC energy costs to a minimum, thanks to the use of technologically advanced products and expert, efficient service and installation. “We have business processes in use that ensure your heating and cooling system not only delivers maximum comfort but efficiency as well,” Brett said. Over the years, Brett’s definition of

Sharon Vermilye, Founder/President, Shelby Vermilye HR Assistant, Julie Vermilye, Clinical Manager, & Summer Smyka Staffing Coordinator

to enhance lives, while providing reliable and professional care. “It means a lot to the families we work with that I personally know what it’s like to struggle with the demands of caring for a family member while trying to maintain their own lives and families,” says Sharon. Angels On Duty, Inc. provides help with bathing, medications, meal preparation, housekeeping, exercising, companionship and much more. For more information on their services, job opportunities and what local families have to say about their “angels” visit their website or call. Angels On Duty Inc. 115 Civic Park Dr. • O’Fallon (636) 980-HALO (4256) (636) 294-WING (9464)

customer service – “superior” – has remained the same. He understands that when a customer has a heating or air conditioning problem, that customer wants a solution quickly. For that reason, J.T. Dunn Heating & Air Conditioning offers 24-hour service. “We have an ability to find the problem and create a solution faster and better than others,” Brett said. Customers can rest assured that those solutions are technologically advanced and efficient and provided by friendly technicians who strive for perfection. “My business goals are simply to create more efficient, more comfortable HVAC systems for the community at a fair price and to be able to give back to the community, to charities, and to the environment for the greater good,” Brett said. J.T. Dunn Heating & Air Conditioning 822 Horan Drive • Fenton (314) 809-3019



W WE E SS TT For the past 85 years, the Ryan family has served the heating and cooling needs of St. Louisans in a very personal and trustworthy fashion. It all started in 1926, when John L. Ryan opened his own heating business in south St. Louis. His son Jim followed in his footsteps, and Jim’s sons, Mike and Bernie now continue the tradition of personal service at Rhymes Heating and Cooling. Founded in 1993, Rhymes Heating and Cooling specializes in the sale, installation and service of all heating and cooling systems. Mike Ryan is the company’s president. His brother Bernie Ryan is sales manager, son Michael Ryan is installation manager, sons Stephen, Daniel and David Ryan are installers and Frank Ryan is service technician. Mike’s wife, Marian, and sister Pat, fill key clerical positions. Over the years, the business has changed greatly. With the advent of higher efficiency equipment also comes the need to employ highly trained tech-

Ellisville Weekday Preschool has been taking children on adventures for 37 years. “Our preschool experience is an adventure for a child with a series of rich and varied experiences,” Director Cindy Smith said. The nurturing, child-centered Christian preschool has a philosophy rooted in sound, early childhood educational practices. “Our preschool provides a time for children to be 2, 3, 4 and 5 years old – a time to grow, a time to be challenged, to experiment, to discover and to know the satisfaction of success,” Smith said. The school prepares children for the future in a loving and interactive environment. “Our preschoolers will be prepared for the next step in education as they develop physically, learn to work and play in a group, learn to follow simple directions and develop habits of attention to think clearly and solve problems on his or her level,” Smith said. The preschool staff is educated and

nicians. Rhymes Heating and Cooling is very proud of its highly skilled professional staff. When you purchase your heating and cooling system from Rhymes, you are asked to complete a customer survey to ensure that you are completely satisfied with your new system. Rhymes takes pride in their commitment to personalized service in that the customer comes first. If you long for a more “personal” experience when dealing with your heating and cooling contractor, call the Ryan boys, Mike and Bernie, at Rhymes Heating and Cooling. They will be there when you need them! The office, showroom and sheet metal shop is in Affton and their satellite office is in Ballwin. Rhymes West Heating and Cooling 15229-A Manchester Road, Ballwin 9701 Gravois Road, Affton (314) 638-8181 or (636) 391-1200

dedicated to its students. “Our strength lies in our staff – their professional competence, their professional dedication and their Christian commitment,” Smith said. Ellisville Weekday Preschool offers families a multitude of options to meet the needs and schedules of all families, with children from 6 months to 5 years old. “I love to interact with children while creating an environment where they can explore and create as they learn to think through their experiences,” Smith said. “I enjoy providing new, exciting activities to teach children, helping them to develop to their full potential.” Ellisville Weekday Preschool is hosting an open house for all families from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 21. Ellisville Weekday Preschool 137 Clarkson Road, Ellisville 636-391-6707

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Whether shopping for a single window treatment, redecorating the entire house or seeking the solution to a complex design challenge, Express Blinds & Draperies has the knowledge and expertise to help put it all together. Locally owned and operated since 1986, Express Blinds & Draperies takes its long-term commitment to the St. Louis area seriously and is proud of the American-made, professional products and services it provides. The ability of Felicia Cox at Express Blinds & Draperies to create the perfect window treatments for your home or office is unmatched. Exceptional and affordable solutions for all your window treatment needs will be met with Felicia’s polished design skills, the superior craftsmanship of Hunter Douglas Window Fashions, and the accomplished expertise of the installation department. Express Blinds & Draperies, an industry leading Hunter Douglas Window Fashions “Showcase” dealer, features the exclusive Alustra collection. For this collection, Hunter Douglas has thoughtfully coupled contrasting design elements – from colors and materials to shapes and textures – for a decidedly innovative perspective on incredible

No furniture compares to handcrafted Amish furniture made of solid, natural hardwood. Not only beautiful – it is designed to last. Amish Country Store President Vernon Poenitske left a career as a printer 35 years ago to satisfy a demand for quality furniture, and he never looked back. “Although it’s harder for small businesses to survive today, it is possible if you offer not only a quality and unique product but the service to go with it,” Poenitske said. Amish Country Store remodels homes using quality Amish-made cabinets, custom-made to meet the client’s needs, as well as furniture and a line of unique gifts and décor. “We have a wide variety of styles, stains and furniture to choose from,” Poenitske said. “All our carpenters have years of experience behind them. I receive so many compliments on the work my employees do for the customer.”

Felicia Cox, Interior Designer

window fashion design “I fully absorb myself in all window treatment design projects, but enjoy mostly the reward of seeing a client thrilled with a custom treatment created just for their home. Designing cornices and draperies allows me to tune into my creative side. I’m delighted by the different colors of fabrics, the feel of different textures and blending them all together in order to conceive a one-ofa-kind treasure,” she says. “I just want to listen to my customers and give everybody what they need. I am with the job from start to finish.” Express Blinds & Draperies is the sister company to Ooh La La Home Furnishings, which sells unique furnitureand accessories. Please call to set up your free in home consultation, or visit their newly expanded showroom and design studio. Express Blinds & Draperies 17701 Edison Ave. • Chesterfield (636) 532-3353

Thriving on the repeat customer and referrals, Amish Country Store is known by its clients as a pleasant place to shop, with honest, dependable, friendly staff and an abundance of distinct products not found elsewhere. Furniture and cabinets are all American made and available for every room in the house, from the bedroom and kitchen to the living room and bathroom. “The furniture of today will be the treasured antiques of tomorrow,” Poenitske said. “Come in and add your own little unique touch of quality.”

Amish Country Store 7580 Watson Road • St. Louis 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. – Fri.; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat. (314) 968-8900

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“There’s more to building a deck than just wood and nails,” said Aesthetic Design & Build, LLC Owner and Designer Daniel DuPuis. Since 1991, Aesthetic Design has been transforming and enhancing backyard lifestyles with beautiful decks, screen porches, shade structures, pergolas, gazebos, paver patios, outdoor fire pits and water features. “We do complete backyard packages – with a focus on design and function to bring it all together,” DuPuis said. Creative design and personalized attention are the prime reasons for Aesthetic Designs’ great success. “Most customers deal with me personally,” DuPuis said. Aesthetic Design offers a wide variety of materials. “Our Chesterfield showroom is over the top,” DuPuis said. “It’s one of a kind, displaying all the materials from many suppliers. Our products are chosen from the best manufacturers and suppliers that we can find. Customers can choose those products which meet their specific needs.” Aesthetic Design’s reputation is built



on fine service. “We provide outstanding customer service and design,” DuPuis said. “We have a grade A+ with the Better Business Bureau of St. Louis, and an A grading on Angie’s List. Over 80 percent of our past business came from referrals and repeat customers.” Aesthetic Design is set upon making a name that stands out from the rest. “Our creativity and attention to detail set us apart,” DuPuis said. “For the person who is looking for a company that can think outside the box and wants something unique and creative – I’m the man for the job.” Whatever a customer has in mind, Aesthetic Design can design and build it. Homeowners are encouraged to call for a free consultation. Hours and showroom are by appointment only, for one-on-one personal attention. Aesthetic Design & Build, LLC 741 Spirit of St. Louis Blvd. Chesterfield (636) 532-5008

Seniors Home Care: Specializing In Private Duty Care Since 1987

Service Discount Club is 100 percent free to join and 100 percent free to use. Service Discount Club is a St. Louisbased home services company that offers area homeowners discounted home services using reputable local companies. Specializing in bringing together value-oriented service contractors with the service needs of area homeowners, Service Discount Club is here to help and make the homeowner’s life a little easier. The membership-based Service Discount Club offers a simple tool to review contractor profiles. Homeowners receive a minimum of 10 percent off standard service rates with all participating contractors. A year ago, President Tom Paczkowski recognized an opportunity to offer area homeowners a means to save money without sacrificing quality of workmanship. Services range from large projects, such as roof and HVAC replacements, to small projects, such as plumbing and appliance repair. “Because of its success, a lot of real

estate agents are now using my company as a resource for their home services,” Paczkowski said. There is never a need for coupons, because discounts are available any day, any time. Service Discount Club is recognized by many large local realtors as an effective and efficient resource for home improvements and home repairs, with many reputable realtors profiled on its site. “It’s a matter of convenience, where people can access great contractors in the St. Louis area,” Paczkowski said. “Homeowners receive good service and save money at the same time if they use our contractors,it is truly a win-win situation” for homeowners and contractors alike. Service Discount Club 100 Chesterfield Business Parkway, Suite 200 • Chesterfield (636) 227-8000

Robert P. Rothenberg, DDS Kit Whittington, R.N., B.S.N., Founder

“I started SHC to provide a support system for older adults,” says Kit Whittington, R.N. and founder of Seniors Home Care. “SHC allows individuals who want the benefits of assisted living, but do not want to move out of their home, to stay in the comfort of their own homes and maintain their independence.” The range of services is reassuring to client families who find it difficult to raise their own families while trying to be supportive caregivers to their elderly parents. Those services have been designed around the needs of the older population; with companionship, medication reminders, transportation, shopping, light housekeeping, cooking, and personal care among the many services offered. SHC employs a full time, 24/7 nursing staff to assist clients and families with health related issues. A nurse meets with each client and conducts a detailed complimentary assessment. This evaluation is the basis for the


overall expectation of the client’s needs and provides the blueprint for addressing health objectives. Through carefully screened, bonded and insured employees, SHC is equipped with a caregiver team capable of achieving the needs of all clients. SHC offers flexibility ranging from a 30 minute QuickVisit™ to 24 hour care 7 days a week. A number of services are also offered to those in a nursing home, recovering from an illness, or who are hospitalized. SHC is a member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating and a winner of the Better Business Bureau Torch Award. “My goal is for older adults to be able to live with dignity,” says Whittington. “I believe SHC provides individuals just that; through the kindness and respect we show them.” Seniors Home Care Mid County 314-962-2666 Clayton • Ladue 314-863-2667 South County 314-894-2666

Robert P. Rothenberg, DDS office, is a full-service family care center with complete restorative and periodontal care for patients of all ages. Laserassisted dentistry also creates a more comfortable way for treatment, minimizing the need for anesthetic and is especially helpful with children. By utilizing the latest available technology, crowns can be delivered in one appointment, all x-rays are digital, Velscope cancer screening reveals precancerous conditions before they are seen visually, and beautiful smiles are created with Lumineers and other aesthetic options. “We always give patients options for treatment,” Rothenberg said. “We use new procedures to provide you with the latest in cosmetic and restorative dentistry and we pride ourselves in making patients feel comfortable and relaxed. Our investment in advanced technology means a long-term investment in your future, because state-of-the-art technology invites informed decision making and enables patients to make wise choices concerning their oral health.”

Dr. Rothenberg first got started in the dentistry field because he liked helping people and has always been good with his hands. Since 1973, he has served the West County area with his expertise in dentistry. He received his dental degree from Washington University and is a member of many respected, professional dental organizations, including ADA, Missouri Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and is a diplomat in The World Congress of Mini mally Invasive Dentistry. “We care about your health, and we realize each individual has different expectations, needs and concerns,” Rothenberg said. “We are looking forward to providing you with the most modern dental care available.” Robert P. Rothenberg, DDS 49 National Way • Manchester (636) 391-6990 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mon.; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tues.; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wed. – Thurs.



At the Jewish Community Center, doors are open to everyone. For more than 130 years, the J has served the St. Louis community through first-rate health and cultural experiences. As an interactive, multigenerational gathering place, the J’s two state-of-the-art facilities are outfitted with modern and cutting-edge fitness centers, indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities, early childhood education centers, family activities and much more. Personal trainers are nationally certified, offering more than 100 group exercise classes a week, which are provided free with membership. Several smaller group training options for people of all fitness levels are offered as well. “We offer the finest in fitness in an open and welcoming setting,” Ben Sandmel, spokesperson, said. “We are known for our excellence in programming, ranging from the enormous youth basketball program every winter to the award-winning New Jewish Theatre.” New members are encouraged to set

up their free Fitness Assessment upon joining the J. “If you’re looking to improve your life and become more active, we can get you set up with the appropriate trainer and customize a program to suit your needs,” Sandmel said. The J over the years has earned a variety of awards, including being voted the No. 1 Gym in St. Louis on the Fox 2 Hot List Contest in 2010. The New Jewish Theatre also has received numerous Kevin Kline Award nominations, winning six awards. “Come and bring friends and experience the J and all it has to offer,” Sandmel said. Jewish Community Center 16801 Baxter Road • Chesterfield 2 Millstone Campus Drive • Creve Coeur (314) 432-5700 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Mon. – Thurs.; 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fri.; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. – Sun.

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At Cedar Lake Cellars, customers enjoy excellent wines, microbrews, live music and healthy, delicious food in a tranquil, charming environment. “Our amazing products, services, people, unparalleled beauty and easy accessibility to I-64 are just a few of the many reasons to come and experience such superb excellence,” owner Carl Bolm said. He grew up in the area and fell in love with its beauty. He began renovating the 20th century farm and in 2010, opened Cedar Lake, which offers a variety of handcrafted quality wines with its namesake – from Missouri to California. Cedar Lake also has “wines of the world,” from highly regarded wine regions. Premium Missouri wines are handcrafted locally in the spirit of Missouri wine country, with French-American hybrid and native grapes blended for superb balance, taste and aroma. Cedar Lake’s Wine Country Café offers a full menu of appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches. Live music featuring local performers

is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday nights and includes drink specials and a free appetizer bar. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Cedar Lake hosts live music with top regional acts. Cedar Lake also features a beautiful event center that can hold hundreds of people, whether for a wedding, engagement, corporate retreat or team building. Catering staff can tailor a variety of menus to exceed the client’s expectations, whether it is for a formal sitdown dinner or barbecue. “Our entire operation is down-home, and we make it easy for our customers to get what they want without jumping through hoops,” Bolm said. Cedar Lake Cellars 11008 Schreckengast Road Wright City, Mo. (636) 745-9500 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. – Sun.

St. Louis Wholesale Hot Tubs It is never too early or late to plan for the future. At Clark Hourly Financial Planning, LLC, the client is extremely valued and is the one making the decisions. For nearly 20 years, financial planner Michele Clark, CRPC®, has helped individuals and families with their finances. A ChARteRed RetIReMent PlAnnIng CounseloR (sM) and former stockbroker, Clark completed the educational requirements as a candidate for CeRtIfIed fInAnCIAl PlAnneR™ certification. “one of the things I enjoy most is taking the mystery out of finances for people, breaking it down into easy-tounderstand terms, so that they know what they need to do to achieve their goals,” Clark said. Providing financial advice on an hourly, as-needed basis, Clark hourly financial Planning allows for a lot of flexibility. The firm covers financial planning in the areas of retirement, employee benefits, college education, legacies, investments, debt reduction and savings and market vulnerability. As a fee-only, independent firm, all

Michele Clark, CRPC®

compensation comes directly from the firm’s clients, so that they can trust its undivided loyalty. no third-party fees or sales commission is accepted. “It allows us to work with you on a personal, one-on-one level to create truly customized plans for you and your unique situation,” Clark said. Whatever a client’s financial concerns, Clark hourly financial Planning has the experience to develop the right financial plan. “Don’t let the busyness of today prevent you from planning adequately for the future,” Clark said. “Instead, meet with us to discuss your financial goals, then let us invest the time and talent needed to create a custom plan for you.” Michele Clark, CRPC® Clark Hourly Financial Planning, LLC

17295 Chesterfield Airport Road Suite 200 • Chesterfield (636) 375-1813

With more than 28 years of experience in the industry, Jerry Cook, owner of St. Louis Hot Tub Warehouse, knows what it takes to provide quality hot tubs and accessories at the best prices. Recently, the business moved to a new location down the street, doubling the size of its facility and inventory. Much of the company’s success comes from competitive spirit, established relationships with hot tub manufacturers, better-than-retail pricing and zero commission sales so customers can experience huge savings. St. Louis Hot Tub Warehouse is so certain of its low prices that if it is unable to beat a competitor’s price, it will pay the difference between its price and any valid written offer on any comparable hot tub or sauna. Services at St. Louis Hot Tub Warehouse include repairs to all hot tub brands, hot tub removal and moves. The company also buys and reconditions previously owned hot tubs. All work is performed by trained, experienced technicians and is backed by warranties. “We do everything hot-tub related,”

Cook said. “With our low overhead, buying power, large inventory selection and immediate delivery, our prices and services cannot be beaten by anyone.” When it comes to having the knowledge to help customers make the right hot tub selection, selling the best products at the lowest prices and providing first-rate customer service long after the sale, there is no question as to which company has the competitive edge. “I will out-perform my competition when it comes to service after the sale, and I will not be beaten on price,” Cook said. St. Louis Hot Tub Warehouse 16329 Westwood Business Park & Drive Ellisville (636) 394-4600 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon. – Fri.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat.; Noon to 4 p.m. on Sun.

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Mid Rivers Music

Mid Rivers Music is a full-service music store selling quality instruments, accessories, and sheet music and books, while providing rentals for school bands and orchestras with a full line of school-approved instruments. Individual private lessons and on-site repairs of instruments are also available to help customers of all playing levels. “We like to cater to school-age people and prepare them for a great future in music,” John Sherwin said. At Mid Rivers Music, parents can rent an instrument to see if it is a good fit before purchasing. Renting offers students an opportunity to try an instrument before purchasing. Our focus is school-aged students who are preparing to experience the enjoyment of music. If the instrument is a good fit, 100 percent of the rent will go towards the purchase of a new instrument. “This is pretty unique. It’s a good

idea for parents who don’t want to buy something immediately,” Sherwin said. In 1995, Mid Rivers Music was founded by John and Peggy Sherwin to give St. Charles County residents a store to supply their music playing needs. “We want to continue the tradition of making music live in the St. Charles County area. Listening to customers’ needs and providing excellent customer service are the goals set for Mid Rivers Music,” said Sherwin.

Mid Rivers Music Instruments 355 Mid Rivers Mall Drive St. Peters (636) 970-3385 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon. – Fri.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat.

With more than 25 years in design experience, no project is too big or too small at Enchanting Embellishments, an interior design store that offers an eclectic arrangement of items from traditional to contemporary. With two full-time professional interior designers, three full-time floral designers and a certified gemologist on hand, Enchanting Embellishments performs commercial, residential and design services and can help make any project unique and charming. “We work as a team and produce a project that is eye pleasing to all clients,” CEO Karen Halper said. The store offers one-of-a-kind gifts, accessories and specialized jewelry and clothing. Also available are oil paintings, home accessories, as well as furniture, drapery and upholstery services. Popular brands include Massoud Furniture, Charleston House, Benetti’s Italia, Marge Carson and Michael Amini Furniture Designs. Enchanted Embellishments can add

simple touches to any room or use an already created blueprint. With handselected fabrics, a plethora of wood for furniture and specialized draperies, anything can be customized for the client to be able to personalize a space and turn a house into a home. “We go the extra mile to create a unique look for each client,” Halper said. “We pride ourselves for the continued client relationships and friendships we have built through the years.” Personable, unique and talented, Enchanted Embellishments staff provides a one-on-one personal touch with each client so that no two homes are the same. “Stop by and say hi to one of our staff and see why we are the best kept secret in St. Louis,” Halper said. Enchanting Embellishments, Inc. 12133 Manchester Road • Des Peres 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon. – Sat.; Noon to 5 p.m. on Sun. (314) 821-5557

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The Crack Team since 1985 has served the St. Louis area as a local leader in the foundation repair industry, treating thousands of cracks and leaks each year. Tom and Cindy Ely, The Crack Team’s owners since 2006, said, “We provide foundation repair and waterproofing services to residential and commercial customers in St. Louis and Franklin Counties.” Last year marked The Crack Team’s 26th year in business. The Crack Team has built its reputation by providing quality repairs and world-class customer service. Cracks happen. Whether in a basement or garage, cracks are a fact of concrete and can alarm even the savviest of homeowners. Fortunately, most concrete cracks pose no structural concern and can be repaired easily, quickly and at affordable prices. The Crack Team uses multiple types of resins to inject cracks. Their exclusively formulated TeamSeal, TeamFlex, and TeamFill products are used to effectively waterproof concrete foundation cracks. Most work is done inside the home using noninvasive, clean methods. A structural component can also be added to the repair using Carbon Fiber prod-

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ucts when necessary. “We use state-ofthe-art technologies to provide a reliable and cost-effective solution for our customers’ needs,” Tom Ely said. “Our goal is simply to provide the best quality and customer service in the industry.” Elys’ franchise in Eureka is A-rated on Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau with no complaints. The Crack Team has the solution for concrete or block foundation cracks, sump pump drain systems, and leaning or bowing walls. Most importantly, The Crack Team provides free estimates and a “Life of the Structure Warranty.” Call today to find out why thousands of realtors, inspectors and homeowners rely on The Crack Team for their foundation repair needs each year. The Crack Team 1699 W. 5th Street, Suite K • Eureka (636) 273-1150 (877) CRACK-TEAM 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday -Friday

Brewers Flooring has been in business since 1982 and is still owned and operated by the Brewer family – Dan, Linda, Mike and Kristen. “We are all professionals and design experts in the flooring industry,” Dan Brewer said. Brewers Flooring is knowledgeable of its products and knows how a customer wants to be treated. When customers first enter the showroom, they are first very impressed with the displays and selections, packed with everything from the entry-level products to the most unique and finest in the industry. There are no high-pressure sales tactics used, no tricks or gimmicks, such as free this and free that, and no inflated prices to then offer huge discounts. Brewers Flooring values the intelligence of its customers. “We still run our business the same as when we opened our doors 28 years ago, treating every customer with honesty and respect and offering competitive prices and professional installa-

tion,” Brewer said. Brewers Flooring strives to have the best customer service and satisfaction in the industry. Even though customers have probably seen its ads throughout the years, Brewers Flooring takes great pride in the fact that most of its business is still by word of mouth referrals. So if looking for new flooring, whether it be carpet, tile, vinyl, ceramic, hardwood, or now the newer luxury vinyl tiles, customers owe it to themselves to stop by the showroom for an experience unmatched by the competition. Brewers Flooring also does kitchen backsplashes, tub and shower enclosures, interior doors, baseboards and countertops. Brewers Flooring 200 Meramec Valley Plaza Valley Park Corner of Hwy. 141 & Marshall Road (636) 225-8350



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Allen Roofing & Siding Lee Allen’s unwavering commitment to outstanding customer service and to his profession served as the foundation of his establishing Allen Roofing & Siding Company in 1972. Learning the industry one job at a time, he worked hard to build the firm into the highly respected local provider of quality exterior products it is today. The steady growth of the company, linked to serving its expanding customer base, has resulted in the addition of an Illinois location. The firm has also enhanced its services through the formation of Allen/Carpenter Contracting as a division of Allen Roofing & Siding. Whether it’s new or existing residences, businesses, schools, churches or public buildings, no job is too large or too small for Allen Roofing & Siding to handle. In fact, it is now one of the largest and most experienced exterior product companies in the entire metro area. High quality products, including roof-

ing, siding, doors, windows, guttering, soffit/fascia, and more are the first component of an outstanding exterior. The second is having the expertise to install them properly – at Allen Roofing & Siding you get both. Lee Allen and his team’s focus on outstanding service has led the company to be recognized as one of the top 100 Contractors in the Midwest by “RSI Magazine.” He is also lauded for his support of local charitable efforts. Allen Roofing & Siding guarantees satisfaction, has financing available, is fully insured and is on the approved list to handle claims by most major insurance companies. Call (636) 391-1117 today for a free estimate.

Frank and Ann Mahler have welcomed customers into their donut home for over 16 years. Today, joined by their daughter Kelly and son-in-law Chris Brown, Ann and Frank continue to create the quintessential mom and pop donut shop where everyone who walks through the door feels like part of the family. Frank, Chris and their team of fryers create much of the true donut experience, making superior donuts and other sweet temptations by hand every day. The Donut Palace offers over 40 different kinds of donuts daily including long johns, glazed, oldfashioned, jellies, twists a variety of cake donuts and their signature Apple Fritter which can satisfy the hungriest of appetites. In addition to their hand crafted donuts. For the coffee aficionado, The Donut Palace proudly serves Douwe Egbert premium gourmet coffee, cappuccino,

lattes, espressos and steamers where each cup is brewed fresh upon being ordered. Customers love walking through the Donut Palace doors where the owners along with Sarah, Kathy and the weekend crew know many of them by name or by the donut they like. The Donut Palace of Ellisville is happy to announce they are expanding. The new look will provide a more family-friendly atmosphere with added space and increased seating offering a more extensive product line of cookies, muffins, brownies and more. Look for a Grand Re-Opening celebration coming soon!

Allen Roofing & Siding Company 525 Old State Road • Ellisville (636) 391-1117

The Donut Palace of Ellisville 37 Clarkson Road • Ellisville (636) 527-2227 3:15a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon. – Sat. 3:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sun.

Since 1995, Chesterfield franchise owner Nancy Barrett, ASID, has been creating “beautiful rooms” for delighted clients. Barrett has maintained a business philosophy of providing excellent design service, on projects large and small, tailored to the client’s needs and wants. “I usually operate like a retail store that comes to you,” Barrett said. “I carry a complete line of furniture, flooring, window treatments, wall coverings and accessories. Or, I can just provide hourly design advice.” Barrett carries an impressive list of interior design credentials. The former graphic artist is a professional member of American Society of Interior Designers and the past chapter president. She was named the Field Manager of the Year for Decorating Den Interiors. Her work has been featured in many books and magazines, and she has received design awards for six consecutive years. Barrett first offers a complimentary consultation to assess the client’s

Studio 703 is the place to go for a contemporary, urban look. Located in the heart of Chesterfield, with a new location in Manchester, and co-owned by Bob Pitts and Shawn Summers, Studio 703 is a complete hair salon that also offers on-location styling and makeup for weddings on special occasions, as well as photography. The experienced stylists at Studio 703 come from all different parts of the country, with most having worked in major fashion cities, such as New York, Los Angeles and Paris. They keep up with cutting-edge trends to provide sophisticated haircuts, colorings, updos and makeovers. “Clients consistently comment as to how nice it is to come someplace where, no matter who they go to, they feel confident they will come out with a pleasant experience,” Summers said. “We have the sophistication of the East Coast and the trends of the West Coast.

Nancy Barrett, ASID Interior Designer/Owner

desires for their home or office. She asks a lot of questions to determine their needs and personal style preferences. She suggests a plan of action for the best way to create the space of their dreams within their investment allowance. For those who purchase items from Barrett, there is no design fee. “I can take care of everything from concept to installation,” Barrett said. “Many of my clients prefer to work with me in stages, sometimes one room or even one window treatment at a time. My goal is to make any experience easy and enjoyable for my clients. I use my design expertise and experience to help them avoid costly mistakes and make the most of their decorating dollars.” Decorating Den Interiors (636) 519-4090

We are committed to providing a high level of service for Studio 703’s clients at a fair price.” In addition to their everyday services, the salon regularly provides editorial styling for ALIVE Magazine photo shoots, and there are stylists featured weekly on the KPLR midday show for all beauty needs. So stylists know how to get the latest look for any hair type. The salon also offers “junior” hairstyles for the younger St. Louisan. No matter what people are used to or where they come from, they can get the great service and contemporary or classic styles they expect. Studio 703 703 Long Road Crossing • Chesterfield 14276 Manchester Road • Manchester (636) 536-6770

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With more than 145 years of successful operation, Commerce Bank offers financial strength and stability. Attesting to this, Commerce Bancshares, Inc. was ranked No. 3 in Forbes Magazine (1/18/2010) list of America’s Best Banks for 2009. In December, 2010, Forbes again named Commerce a top 10 Bank in the country for the second year in a row. Commerce operates as a super-community bank – large enough to provide a wide range of financial products and services and yet deliver them like a community bank with personal service. Offering a full range of financial products, including business and personal banking, wealth management, financial planning, brokerage, trust and investment services, Commerce is able to provide financial solutions to meet the specific needs of each of its customers. As a customer-driven company, Commerce Bank goes beyond offering financial advice and services to consumers. According to Angie Schreck, senior vice president and Group Manager, West Region, “Commerce employees share a strong commitment to volunteerism, and support countless organizations and initiatives in an effort

Madison’s Dancewear prides itself on customer service and an unparalleled selection of merchandise for the dancer, gymnast, skater and all-around girly girl. In 1993 Madison’s opened its doors in Ellisville and in 2002 moved to a 2400-square-foot boutique in Chesterfield Valley – by far, the largest store of its kind in the area. As soon as customers walk through the door, friendly and knowledgeable staff is available to assist them with all of their dance needs. From the basic supplies to the guilty pleasure purchases, Madison’s has it all. While Madison’s works with dance teams and organizations from all over the St. Louis area and provides them with custom care, they also attract customers from all over the city, as well as throughout the state. With more than 50 vendors, the store features well- known dance lines, such as Capezio, Bloch, Motionwear, Gaynor Minden Pointe Shoes and many more,


to give back to the community. In fact, the West County management team serves on the Boards of 13 not-forprofit organizations in the community.” Commerce Bank is a subsidiary of Commerce Bancshares, Inc., a $19 billion regional bank holding company. For more than 145 years, Commerce Bank has been meeting the financial services needs of individuals and businesses throughout the Midwest region. Commerce Bank Chesterfield, 1699 Clarkson Road Creve Coeur, 12275 Olive Street Ellisville, 16303 Truman Road Manchester, 14317 Manchester Road, Ballwin Town and Country, 1090 Schnucks Woods Mill Plaza Twin Oaks, 858 Meramec Station Road, Village of Twin Oaks Fenton, 487 Old Smizer Road

to add variety and uniqueness to the boutique. While dancewear is the store’s specialty, it also is constantly on the lookout for new and unique items for all walks of life. For a new bundle of joy or tiny tot, Madison’s carries a wide selection of items from Mudpie, Posh and a Wish Come True. The items in the store are constantly changing to give way to new merchandise arriving daily. With the new dance season just around the corner, dancers are encouraged to stop by to check out what is fresh and new to keep them on their toes. Madison’s Dancewear 161 Long Road, Suite 100 Chesterfield (636) 537-5456 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m. Fri. & Sat. Extended Shopping Hours begin Monday, August 15


Adults looking for a refreshing new drink this summer can check out Menrathwine Slushee. Laszlo Corporation has combined delicious fruit flavors, paired with quality wines, resulting in a refreshing 5-percent alcohol wine slushee called Menrathwine Slushee. It is available in 11 flavors, from Pinot Lemonade to Cherry Cabernet to Strawberry Blanc. The Menrathwine Slushee can be purchased by the glass at Cottleville Wine Seller, Andria’s Steakhouse, Braddens Restaurant, Creve Coeur Lake House, Rendezvous Cafe, and Cedar Lake Cellars. “The quality of wines used in the formulation of Menrathwine Slushee are key to customer satisfaction. The public frequents establishments that carry our product,” President/ CEO Les Suhayda said. Customers also can bring home a Menrathwine Slushee in 32-ounce containers for home use. For a convenient location, check the company’s website. Laszlo Corporation, which opened in 2002, also imports award-winning

For those who have tried nearly every diet and failed, Thinnergy Medical Weight Loss offers a proven program, supervised by caring, compassionate physicians. Drs. Amy Miller and Elizabeth Laffey are board-certified doctors who create a weight loss program for each person’s specific needs. “One diet doesn’t fit all,” Laffey said. “We believe you will lose weight only when you have medical, emotional and behavioral support tailored just to you.” Miller and Laffey factor in diabetes, hypertension, mobility, low thyroid and other medical concerns to devise a personalized diet and exercise plan. Unlike diet books or over-the-counter remedies, Thinnergy doctors can prescribe appetite suppressants, energy increasing injections and natural metabolism booster supplements that help shed pounds quickly and avoid plateaus. They also create a behavior modification plan for each individual’s

international wines from Hungary to local customers. Some of the award-winning wines include Cezar 2007 Le Patron Red, Taste of Chicago “Best Wine in Class”; Cezar 2007 Grand Select Merlot Bronze Medal Award Winner in the French Challenge Du Vin Wine Awards Bordeaux Class, and Cezar Grand Select Cabernet Sauvignon Silver Medal Award in the Brussels International Festival. The Menrathwine Slushee will be featured in local festivals and events in the future. Laszlo Corporation currently is doing trials at Busch Stadium’s Dugout Concession Stand, third base line, and has received corporate approval from Six Flags to contact all 12 amusement parks across the country. Laszlo Corporation 5988 Mid Rivers Mall Drive St. Peters (636) 447-1312

Shera Dalin lost 27 pounds and two dress sizes with Thinnergy Medical Weight Loss.

lifestyle. “As mothers and working women, we know how hard it is to stay healthy,” Miller said. “That’s why we focus on our patients’ individual issues to achieve their goals and be healthy.” Thinnergy offers a no-obligation initial consultation that includes a body composition; fat, water and muscle analysis; and a diet plan to meet goals. An accelerated, quick-loss plan also is available for those who have fastapproaching weddings, reunions, cruises or other events. “Whether you have 10 or 100 pounds to lose, looking great and feeling good definitely can be part of life again,” Laffey said. Thinnergy Medical Weight Loss 13100 Manchester Road • Des Peres (314) 543-4044



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West County Flooring At the new Tee’s Golf Grill, golfers can enjoy over 40 courses from around the world while feasting on delicious menu items, imbibing cold drinks, and escaping the elements. “While our golf simulators are definitely the draw, we have a comfortable dining room featuring a menu that could support a stand-alone restaurant,” says Ben Rassieur IV, one of the founders. “The simulators inject some interactive entertainment into an evening out, not much unlike bowling or billiards. But they exist in a much needed updated atmosphere.” Tee’s Golf Grill is the ultimate yearround golf experience for golfers of every skill level, combining a full-service dining experience that combines a sports bar and grill with indoor golf. Think of it as the casual dining area at a golf club. The décor and gentle ping of golf balls create a unique ambiance previously only available at golf clubs. Only here there are neither dress requirements nor membership dues. Conveniently located in Chesterfield Valley, Tee’s Golf Grill serves fresh and updated versions of your favorite bar fare. The menu features items ranging from Buffalo style hot wings

(or their grilled counterparts) to halfpound burgers to flatbread pizzas back to BBQ smoked in-house. The pizzas offer a variety of toppings and the burgers offer beef, chicken, lamb, and salmon. Even the favored toasted ravioli gets a face lift. The Tee’s Ravs feature a braised beef ravioli hand breaded in house and served with homemade marinara sauce. And the Salmon Burger is a bit of a misnomer, it’s actually a grilled salmon filet served on a bun with a cucumber-avocado mixture and lemon-tarragon aioli No matter what brings you to Tee’s Golf Grill, you’re sure to have a grand time. “Bring your sticks, your appetite, and you’re A-game to Tee’s, where it’s Tee Time Any Time,” says Rassieur. Tee’s Golf Grill 103 Chesterfield Valley Drive • Chesterfield (636) 489-2848 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun. – Wed.; 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., Thurs. – Sat.;

A fine floor makes the home, sets the tone, catches the eye and sweeps people off their feet. West County Flooring, has been in the Ballwin Plaza for eleven years and offers a unique floorshopping experience for one and all. More than 2,000 square feet of its even larger space are dedicated to actual floor displays that allow customers a walk-on-it experience. There are dozens of hardwood choices, a carpeting bonanza, and ceramic tiles, laminates and vinyls. It is all there in a dazzling array of styles and colors. Showcasing fine quality and making it your one-stop floor shop, West County Flooring is staffed by professionals who facilitate every aspect of a floor purchase, from design advice to installation. Owner Russ Johnson, who has more than three decades experience in everything from tiles to laminates, has packed the store with every different need and floor-choice. Carpeting still captures nearly half the

floor-shopping population but laminates have gained ground and are very popular, offering beautiful looks, easy maintenance and great warranties. Ceramics are durable, versatile and allow gorgeous custom design. Hardwoods in both American species and exotics in 3” and 5” widths have been a great success. Johnson says nearly all projects are professionally installed, and Do-It-Yourself projects will get expert advice and guidance. One hardwood system requires no nailing! West County Flooring employees it own installers and makes certain each one is fully trained and certified. Custom orders are available. Open six days a week, West County Flooring is a full-line flooring store that demystifies the magnificence of the perfect--and doable--floor for your home. West County Flooring 15425 Manchester Road • Ballwin (636) 386-8539


Whether it is a simple home repair, major remodel or home addition, Schilling Contracting is equipped to do the job well. “We handle all phases of construction, from electrical and plumbing to drywall and finish woodwork,” Owner Mike Schilling said. Schilling’s newest company, The Trim Team, can complete all of the finish woodwork, such as crown molding, desks, beautiful bookcases, and fireplace mantles. “Our knowledge of differing wood species and stain applications allows us to deliver beautiful piano grade finishes on our woodwork,” Schilling said. The West County company has been servicing its customers for 22 years, providing homeowners with the opportunity to enhance their home with beautiful, functional kitchens, remodeled bathrooms or deck additions. No project is too small or too big for the company that prides itself on customer service. “I always enjoyed working with my hands and building things,” Schilling said. “After college, I had the opportunity to start my own company,

“Veterinary care in the comfort and convenience of your home”


and I took it. It’s not work if you enjoy what you are doing.” About 95% of the company’s customers are referrals or repeat clients, with some utilizing Schilling Contracting for 20 years. The company prides itself on providing quality, expert workmanship on every job. “A level of trust takes years to build,” Schilling said. “We work very closely with our customers, and many of our customers become our friends.” Schilling is known for providing customers with imaginative and creative solutions to enhance all aspects of a home remodeling project. Their low overhead allows the company to be able to offer their customers competitive pricing. Schilling Contracting is fully insured and carries worker’s compensation. Schilling Contracting/The Trim Team 568 Hickory View Lane • Ballwin (636) 288-6659 is a full-service mobile veterinary practice that provides personalized, professional and compassionate veterinary care in the comfort and convenience of the client’s own home. Drs. Jaime Plappert Waltman and Brad Waltman believe that the level of knowledge, compassion, experience and care that MobileVet brings far exceeds expectations. “Home visits are very convenient for the multiple-pet household, animals that don’t travel well, families with children and the elderly,” Plappert said. MobileVet was designed for both dog and cat owners. “Many times, pets are nervous and/or scared in a veterinary hospital and are not themselves, but when we visit them at home, they are much more relaxed and comfortable,” Plappert said. All of this makes the veterinary experience much more pleasant. Meeting both the owner and the pet in their home allows the ability to spend as much time as needed. MobileVet care includes vaccinations, dental procedures, surgical procedures, blood work

and much more Prior to opening MobileVet in 2009, Plappert and Waltman spent many years of practice in emergency veterinary medicine. In the fall of 2010, they also opened a traditional veterinary clinic, Crossroads Veterinary Hospital, in Defiance, Mo. “This was always our plan to have both a mobile veterinary practice along with a free-standing clinic,” Waltman said. “We feel that this offers clients and patients a complete full range of services.” “Our clients realize and take advantage of both services and hospitals that are available,” Waltman said. “With all of our clients, we feel that we are an integral part of their family and love the close relationships we have with all of our clients and patients.” MobileVet (314) 566-6545

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Are you looking for a get together where Conservatives discuss issues that affect our lives? A Missouri River Township Republican Club meeting (MRTRC) is such an event. It is a political club whose primary purpose is to educate and inform voters about political issues and candidates. MRTRC has presentations from current elected officials at county, state and federal levels. It also invites future candidates for federal, state and local offices. MRTRC hosts open meetings to provide participants the opportunity to share their views about various issues. Current local issues discussed include schools and taxes in addition to other local and state issues. “We discuss anything that affects people in the West county areas, either tax-wise or policy-wise,” Vice President Jane Jokerst said. She said specifically, there is an issue coming up on the upcoming November ballot regarding voter ID information, which Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

Serving the entire bi-state area, Indoor Comfort Team is a locally owned and operated energy conservation company, which helps keep people comfortable and reduces energy consumption in their homes. Indoor Comfort Team ensures that customers are cool in summer and cozy in winter. From heating and A/C to water heaters and whole home energy audits, Indoor Comfort Team has it covered. “We guarantee 100-percent customer satisfaction,” Adam Rahmanovich, owner, said. “Customers are our top priority. We want to create a longtime client relationship.” With more than 32 years in the business, Indoor Comfort Team knows what is best for its clients. “Our purpose is to provide consumers with superior, professional service, high-quality, innovative products and effective, energy-saving and comfort solutions for their home comfort needs,” Rahmanovich said. Their team of employees is very important, too. They are industry trained and certified, drug-free, insured and bonded. “We hire, train, motivate and reward



vetoed. “I don’t know that we can overcome his veto, but it’s still on the ballot, and it will be affecting all of us,” Jokerst said. Informative, educational and pertinent, MRTRC is an excellent way to meet like-minded individuals who share the same values and beliefs, in addition to meeting elected officials who are working for the community. “We promote family-oriented, limited government values and would love for other West County citizens to join in on our efforts.” MRTRC meets on the second Saturday of every other month. Upcoming meetings include Sat., Aug. 13 and Sat., Oct. 13 at Dunn & Miller Law Firm, located at 13321 N. Outer Forty Road in Chesterfield. Meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Missouri River Township Republican Club (314) 993-8652

Dave Wirthlin, Tim Roebuck, Jeff Bornefeld & Tuan Nguyen

As residents of Ballwin, owners Dave and Terri Wirthlin are proud to also be a part of the Ballwin business community. After a complete renovation of the building and property a couple of years ago, Meineke Car Care Center has become a prominent auto service center in the West County area. Meineke has significantly evolved over the years. In the past, it used to specialize in only exhaust repair. Later, it started performing under car repair as well. Now, Meineke services the complete vehicle, bumper to bumper, including tires for a convenient, onestop shop and even offers state safety and emissions tests, along with engine diagnostics with its honest, friendly and professional services. Meineke also is a nationwide company, offering national lifetime warranties with locations from coast to coast. Meineke Ballwin has the most up to date, state-of-the-art equipment to be

able to repair and service all types of vehicles, including the latest in alignment capability with a zero clearance lift for extremely low to the ground vehicles. They hire ASE-certified technicians, and for the past six years in a row, have been the recipient of platinum service awards – the highest award to earn for customer service. With the addition of Jeff Bornefeld as manager, with 25 plus years experience in the tire and auto service industry, and Dave and Terri Wirthlin, with 30 years as Meineke Dealers, the staff is well qualified to address all automotive needs. Meineke Car Care Center 14935 Manchester Rd. Ballwin, MO 63011 (636) 394-9023 Mon. – Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Making Life Easier SM Compassionate Home Health Care Services

our employees based on integrity, personal responsibility and commitment,” Rahmanovich said. “Indoor Comfort Team is a good place to work. Everyone wins. If our employees are happy, they’ll make our customers happy too.” “Extras” include free estimates, manufacturers’ promotions, senior and military discounts, a first-year free maintenance program with any new installation and a 24/7 emergency service on all brands. Plus, customers are charged by the job, not by the hour. The Indoor Comfort Team goal is to exceed expectations. When it comes to a new system installation, it can design and install any type of heating, cooling or indoor air quality system to fit each customer’s home and budget. There are never high-pressure sales – simply comfort and energy-saving solutions, personal attention and high-quality service. Indoor Comfort Team (636) 787-7555 24/7 available service

“At Home Helpers, our commitment is to care for each client as if we are caring for a loved one in our own family,” owner Julie Beckwith said. “We continually nurture and grow this relationship to make sure their loved one is happy, healthy and well cared for.” Home Helpers ensures that its clients needs are being met 24/7. “Calls after office hours are personally answered by either my RN case manager Denise Denton or me,” Beckwith said. “Our clients really appreciate knowing that there is someone available to handle their needs and that they don’t have to deal with an answering service.” A free in-home assessment is always provided for the family. Then a personalized care plan and schedule is tailormade to provide the best possible care plan. A free introduction with the caregiver always is offered. Care can continue even if the client is hospitalized or in a skilled facility. If other services are needed, Home Helpers has a good network of community resources to offer. All caregiver applicants are thor-

Julie Beckwith, Owner

oughly screened, bonded and insured. Only experienced caregivers, who are compassionate, caring, reliable individuals and who have good references, are hired. Ongoing training, such as CPR and Alzheimer’s training, are always provided to the caregivers. Home Helpers guarantees its rate for current clients, with no additional charges for nights, weekends or for an additional person who needs help in the household, as long as one caregiver can safely provide that care. Beckwith is a Home Helpers Platinum Group member, providing national peer support for other agencies, a member of the Better Business Bureau, Missouri Alliance for Home Care, Chamber of Commerce, Social Worker and Long Term Care Organization. Home Helpers of St. Louis 128 Enchanted Parkway, Suite 206 Manchester (636) 391-0000



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Bella Gente Salon Kathy and Dennis Kucik, proprietors of Bella Gente Salon, had a vision to start their own salon. Both had worked for years in the hair design industry – Kathy as a hairdresser and Dennis as a product salesperson. So eight years ago, they built a salon from the ground up, making Bella Gente Salon an oasis of comfort at reasonable prices. Their daughter, Allyson, who has six years of salon experience, joined them. “We wanted to create a fun and wonderful workplace for our staff, and we built a place that is comfortable and pleasant for our guests,” Dennis said. The exceptional care that went into the design of Bella Gente is apparent at every turn. The client service area is kept private, and individual lockers are available to ensure the security of each guest’s personal belongings. Twelve independent styling stations are positioned in a semi-private arrangement, and the color room is separate from the

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styling floor for added privacy. Every effort has been made to ensure that guests bask in a luxurious, relaxing experience. Each shampoo chair has a built-in massage, which Dennis termed “vibrasauge,” and manicure stations include a huge selection of polishes as the sound system plays an eclectic variety of music. An exceptional line of products, including Redken, Pureology, L’Oreal, Glo, Pevonia and OPI are offered. Bella Gente’s loyal staff provides a haven to which guests can escape their everyday stresses and unwind. Bella Gente brings forward the beautiful person in you. Bella Gente Salon Chesterfield Commons Plaza 212 THF Blvd. • Chesterfield (636) 536-2002

Cheryl Johnson startedUp Johnson RealFor $500 Front and 1/3 of 1% at Close: ty in 2005 to rescue homeowners, real Full Service MLS Listing Listing At Your House Showcase Guidance on Pricing estate and banks fromListing expen- been voted St. Louis Magazine’s Five Listing House Showings sive and unnecessary real estate List on Google, Zillow, Yahoo, AOL, Star BestContracts in Client Satisfaction and has Negotiate Coordinate Paperwork commissions. Cyber Homes, Oodle, Trulia & More placed onAllthe St. Louis Business JourStaging Consultation Order Title & Arrange Closing Her real estate brokerage helps con- nal’s High Producing Real Estate know its tough At Johnson Realty, sumers trimWeanywhere fromto 3sell toin7today’s per- market! Agents for four consecutive years. help St. Charles and St.essenLouis County homeowners like you cent in feeswewithout sacrificing “The secret to my company is that we sell their homes faster and for less with our unique plan. Our tial services and customer support know how to deal in large volume, approach to selling homes combines the best of Discount needed inhybrid successful transactions. which allows us to charge low fees,” and Full Commission Agents, with the “What we Brokerage are is a hybrid of traditional Johnson said. of a For Sale By Owner. brokerage,Freedom ‘discount’ brokers and for The public has seen several area real sale by owner,” Call forBroker/Owner details: EvelynCheryl Krazer, estate brokerages close with the recent Broker/Sales Johnson said. “We have a small upfrontManager market downturn. 314-283-1501 fee to help cut costs on ourMobile: wide-range “Once people are aware they can sell 314-726-3174 marketing campaigns, andOffice: in-turn are their home for, oftentimes, more money able to charge a nominal fee at closing. and faster than average without sacriNinety-nine percent of our ourstate-of-the-art clients paywebsite Check out at: ficing expertise and support, they use a combinedOffices total ofinaround 3 percent at us to sell and then to buy,” Johnson Town & Country and NOW in Lake St. Louis the closing table to both Johnson Real- said. “We’re just the smart alternative ty and the brokerage that represents the t o p a y i n g f u l l c o m m i s s i o n . ” buyer.” Johnson Realty is locally owned and Johnson Realty provides essential ser- operated and licensed in the State of vices, such as in-home listings, price Missouri and Illinois. guidance and advice, staging, continuing marketing advice and support, Johnson Realty showings, contract negotiations, Cheryl Johnson, broker/owner inspection assistance, title ordering Cell: (314) 565-5720 coordination and Buyer Agency Office: (314) 726-3174 services. cheryl@ For the past six years, Johnson has


Woodlake Podiatry Group is proud to announce its newest associate, Dr. Leland Jaffe. At Woodlake Podiatry, Drs. Howard and Leland Jaffe strive to provide the best care possible for their patients. Since all patients have different needs, the Woodlake Podiatry Group uses an individualized approach to care for healthy maintenance, as well as to treat diseases and ailments that affect the foot and ankle. “We emphasize healthy lifestyles and use both conservative and surgical treatments in order to maximize our patients’ activities of daily living,” Dr. Leland Jaffe said. Surgical and non-surgical treatments include Achilles tendon, ankle instability, ankle sprains, arthritic foot and ankle care, athlete’s foot, bunions, calluses, corns, crush injuries, diabetic foot, flat feet, fungus toenails, geriatric foot care, hammertoes, heel spurs, ingrown toenails, neuromas, planter fascitis, sports injuries and warts. Dr. Howard Jaffe, former director of podiatric surgery training at St. Mary’s

Katherine Anderson, Owner & President

Health Center, was trained in New York and came to St. Louis to complete his surgical residency in 1977. In addition to treating his pediatric and geriatric general practice patients, he has a deep interest in diabetic foot care and sports medicine and keeps current on the latest podiatric medical advances. He also is a surgical instructor to podiatry residents at the Frontenac Surgery and Spine Care Center and Des Peres Hospital. Dr. Leland Jaffe was trained in one of the most respected surgical residency programs in Chicago and served as chief resident for all three post-doctoral years. He has extensive experience with complex reconstructive procedures and has an interest in sports medicine. “We are eager to work with you to maintain your foot health,” Dr. Howard Jaffe said.

Woodlake Podiatry Group Dr. Howard Jaffe, DPM Dr. Leland Jaffe, DPM 1585 Woodlake Drive • Chesterfield (314) 434-7430

When Katherine Anderson and her late husband, Reuben Anderson, were newlyweds living in St. Louis, the couple dreamed of owning their own company. In those days, when Katherine prepared meals, Reuben often joined her in the kitchen, adding a pinch of this or that to the pots on the stove. In 1981, in response to the enthusiastic encouragement of family and friends who had sampled their collaborative culinary efforts, the Andersons made their dream a reality and founded Andy’s Seasoning, Inc. Today, Katherine is owner and president of the company, which distributes its products nationally. The facility recently doubled in size to 27,000 square feet to keep up with growing demand for the company’s products. Andy’s Seasoning offers exceptionally delicious breadings and seasonings made from a unique blend of herbs and spices that enhance the flavors of fish, beef, chicken, vegetables, soups and salads. Andy’s Seasoned Salt, Fish Breadings, Chicken Breadings, Seafood

Tempura Batter, Vegetable Breading and Cajun Breading are staples in the kitchens of discerning cooks who appreciate their delightful flavors and time-saving convenience. Because Andy’s Seasoning products can be used when baking, broiling or frying and come in varieties that include mild, hot ‘n’ spicy, low sodium, and no msg they are very versatile. Easy-to-follow directions are included, and an assortment of recipes using Andy’s Seasoning products can be found at andysseasoning. com. Throughout the years, Andy’s Seasoning, Inc. has remained locally owned and products are locally manufactured. The company has firmly rooted itself in the St. Louis community. Locally, its products are sold at Schnucks, Dierbergs, Shop ‘n’ Save, Sam’s and WalMart. Andy’s Seasoning, Inc. 2829 Chouteau Ave. • St. Louis (314) 664-3004

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Wildwood’s talk-of-the-town restaurant is a reinvention of its owner, Beth Williams. “I decided to reinvent myself, and Table Three is the result,” Williams said. “I call it Table Three because it’s my third restaurant venture.” Table Three is Williams’ first dinner venue. Designed to be upscale yet casual, its stunning décor is contemporary French. Diners can choose from three separate rooms inside or take a seat on the large patio, which features a fireplace and bar, soft couches for relaxation and assorted cocktail and dining tables. “Table Three is kind of a fusion of contemporary and traditional,” Williams said. “I wanted to bring all those years of catering to the table, and you can be a little bit more creative at dinner.” Chef John O’Brien offers only the freshest American contemporary cuisine. Among his creations is the Sea Bass Provencale, a pan-seared, golden-crusted 8-oz. filet, deglazed with white wine, artichokes, tomatoes and kala-

Serving patients ages 13 and older from head to toe, Wildwood Internal Medicine specializes in general internal medicine, geriatric care and nursing home care. Office dermatological and cardiovascular services are available as well. Patients know they can count on a family-friendly atmosphere and excellent staff who listens and truly cares about each individual. “We pride ourselves on following the values and morals of Christianity and every day implement its positive ideals and thoughts into our careful and trustworthy practice,” Dr. Wiedner said. After completing his residency at St. John’s Mercy Medicine in 1989, Dr. Wiedner worked for an internist in the St. Louis area until opening his own office in Grover in 1992. In 2009, he moved a mile west to his new location in Wildwood and has been there ever since. Wildwood Internal Medicine participates in many health plans, including Essence, United Health Care’s Secure Horizons and GHP’s Gold Advantage.


mata olives. Another favorite is the T3 Tenderloin Filet, a grilled 8-oz. tenderloin of beef on prosciutto stuffing served with T3 steak compound butter. Table Three truly sets the standard for fresh fish, quality meats and produce. Entrees offer everything from beef, lamb, chicken and seafood. Live entertainment is featured on Fridays and Saturdays, but reservations are strongly recommended. Full-service catering and takeout are available, but these days, Table Three is the place to be. “Come join us,” Williams said. “Your table is waiting.” Table Three 16765 Main Street • Wildwood (636) 458-4333 Lunch: Tues. – Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner: Tues. – Sat., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun., 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Brunch: Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Late-Night menu: Fri. & Sat., 10 p.m. to midnight; Bar closes: Tues. – Thurs., 11 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 1:30 a.m.

Dr. John F. Wiedner and Michele Times, ANP

Wildwood Internal Medicine has incorporated the Sage Intergy Electronic Health Record System, a long-time provider of quality medical software offering greater expandability, which includes a Patient Portal to allow patients to access their private, confidential lab results online. Since the arrival of Michele Times, nurse practitioner, Wildwood Internal Medicine has been able to provide additional services, including same-day physicals for scouting, camp, sports and school. “We at Wildwood Internal Medicine are here to help our patients achieve better health so they can enjoy a full life,” Dr. Wiedner said. Wildwood Internal Medicine John Wiedner, MD 16759 Main St., Suite 203 • Wildwood (636) 458-4800


Town & Country Veterinary Hospital (TCVH) brings a progressive health care option to West County pet owners. Dr. Stacey Wallach and her team are committed to compassionate care and emphasize preventative medicine as the key to a pet’s health. TCVH provides dogs and cats with a wide array of veterinary wellness services and evaluates their health through regular wellness exams. With advanced technology, including full body and dental digital radiology, radio surgery and complete, in-house surgical and blood work capabilities, TCVH has everything a pet owner needs to keep a pet healthy and active. “Pets are members of our families and deserve the very best care,” Wallach said. “It is important to me that we provide a full scope of services and preventa­tive­ medicines­ in­ a­ first-class­ facility to ensure that your pet is cared for and comfortable.” The hospital uses diagnostic tools to help identify and treat each pet’s medical condition. TCVH also uses the latest digital radiology technology, similar to

Celebrating Life Cake Boutique helps people celebrate the special occasions in their lives. Serving custom-made birthday, anniversary, shower and wedding cakes, Celebrating Life does it all. Also available are cake bon-bons, cake pops, petit fours, custom decorated cupcakes, decorated sugar cookies, individual cake slices, volcanoes, cake chimneys and gooey butter cakes. Owner Sue Thrasher opened Celebrating Life two years ago in the hopes of turning her passion of creating beautiful cakes that taste good into a reality. From a sculpted groom’s cake to a multi-layered graduation or sparkling anniversary cake, a Celebrating Life artist can design a fabulous, one-of-a-kind cake. “Artistically, we excel above our competitors because we do sculpted specialty cakes that no one else does,” Thrasher said. Celebrating Life also has the only cupcake bar in the county, baking everything from scratch daily and never freez-

Dr. Stacey Wallach with Jeb and Stuey

the equipment used in human hospitals, in order to diagnose each pet with an on-site laboratory for processing. “We offer dietary solutions, obedience counseling and provide complete pet dental care,” Wallach said. “We are­ confident­ that­ your­ pet­ will­ be­ comfortable and relaxed during their visit to TCVH. We are extremely proud of our facility and look forward to continuing to serve our clients and meet new patients and their families.” Dr. Wallach makes regular KSDK News Channel 5 appearances during the 9 a.m. newscast on Sundays, offering pet health information and education, which can also be viewed on their website. Town & Country Veterinary Hospital 1016 Town & Country Crossing Drive Town & Country (636) 227-PETS (7387)

ing its cakes. “There are not many cupcake bars where you can come in and choose the cake flavor, icing and topping and have it built for you while you wait,” Thrasher said. Celebrating Life also has a decorating room, offering cake-decorating classes and tea parties for little girls and is available to be rented out for birthday parties or special events. No matter what the customer is in the mood to indulge in, all cakes are artistic, creative and delicious at Celebrating Life. “We take on any customer request that other cake shops are afraid to attempt,” Thrasher said. “And we do it tastefully.”

Celebrating Life Cake Boutique 2430 Taylor Road • Wildwood (636) 458-7727 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tues., Wed. & Thurs.; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fri.; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat.



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Radiance Dental For more than 30 years, Quality Glass Tinting, Inc. has served the St. Louis area and beyond. A charter member of the International Window Film Association, Quality Glass Tinting is nationally recognized as an industry leader and innovator. President Robert Kersten was introduced to the industry during the oil crisis of the 1970s. “Skyrocketing energy costs were a big problem just as they are today,” Kersten said. “We sell high-quality glass tinting products for homes and businesses to lower energy cost and reduce fading.” All employees are certified installers and fully insured. Solar-control window films lower energy costs, reduce glare, hold glass together in the event that it would break, reduce fade, and control hot spots. Security films, which can protect people from flying shards of glass in the event of a tornado or storm, recently

have been in high demand. Automotive window films block heat, reduces glare, help hold glass together in the event that it would break, reduces fade, and provide privacy. Graphics for a business also are available. Quality Glass Tinting manufactures digital printed films and graphics for vehicle wraps. “You have to continually introduce new technologies to stay ahead of the competition, and we do, Robert said. It’s no wonder Quality Glass Tinting is the leading glass tinting company in the Midwest.”

At Radiance Dental, patients are proud to leave with a smile. Providing general dental and cosmetic services for the entire family and individualized care for each patient, Radiance Dental focuses on patient comfort and preventative care as its main priorities. Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces, is one of the many products offered at Radiance Dental. The brand new office is at a convenient location and designed to provide a calm, soothing atmosphere with state-of-theart equipment and digital X-rays. Dr. Emily Elster earned her dental degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine and is an active member of respected dental associations, including the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. “I find it rewarding to not only help people improve their oral and overall health but also to improve their confidence through helping them achieve the smile they’ve always

Radiance Dental

Radiance Dental

Quality Glass Tinting, Inc. 232 Vance Road, Suite 106 Valley Park (636) 391-3888 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mon. & Fri.; By appointment on Sat. Digital Graphics

wanted,” Elster said. She and the rest of Radiance Dental’s team of dental professionals have undergone a series of continuing education courses to keep updated on the latest dental techniques and industry standards. “Being a dentist allows me to help people and improve their oral and overall health, and that is truly rewarding to me,” Elster said. “I love having a positive impact on my patients’ smiles.” Radiance Dental accepts most insurance plans and is proud and excited to be a part of the Chesterfield community.

Radiance Radiance Dental Dental 1642 Clarkson Road • Chesterfield

(636) 728-1540 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mon.; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tues.; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wed.; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thurs.; 8 a.m. to noon on Fri.

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Reflection Tile & Grout Care makes homes and businesses sparkle. Owner Yancey Burgess saw the opportunity to provide a trusted tile and grout service for homeowners and businesses alike. So in 2010, he opened Reflection Tile & Grout Care, a muchneeded service that clients can count on. Exceptional services include cleaning and sealing tile and grout, re-grouting, broken tile repair and grout color stain/ change. “We can transform the tile and grout areas of a home or business back to a new look in a short time for a fair price,” Burgess said. A specialty of Reflection Tile & Grout Care’s is re-grouting showers. “So if you have tiled showers that start to look moldy and dirty and need a spruce, we can make it look new again,” Burgess said.

Also available is tile and grout sealing to prevent mold and dirt from happening. Reflection Tile & Grout Care serves commercial properties, such as convenience stores and fast food restaurants, making bathrooms shine to their full potential. “A lot of times, places just do a routine cleaning, but it’s not getting fully clean the way they’d want it,” Burgess said. “We can go above and beyond expectations as to what clean means.” Affordable, effective and honest, Reflection Tile & Grout Care staff works hard so the customer does not have to. Customer satisfaction is guaranteed. Reflection Tile & Grout Care St. Charles (636) 352-1226 Website coming soon

Operated for nearly 20 years under various names as an important part of Spirit of St. Louis Airport, Spirit Pilot Shop re-opened its doors in May of 2009. As the only retail outlet of its kind in the greater St. Louis area, Spirit Pilot Shop offers a wide variety of general aviation products, including aviation charts, books and training aids, clothing, luggage and more. It has also begun carrying a variety of iPod and iPad accessories and adapters for the tech-savvy pilot. The shop is an FAA Chart Agent, offering a chart subscription service with discounts and bulk pricing, and is certified as a CATS, FAA testing site. Before Spirit Pilot Shop re-opened its doors under current ownership, pilots and crews of private and corporate aircrafts resorted to purchasing goods on the Internet with little assurance that

their orders would arrive without problems or costly shipping fees. “At Spirit Pilot Shop, if we do not carry the product you are looking for, we will do our best to get it for you or help you find it,” Lara Harris, co-owner of Spirit Pilot Shop, said. The owners continue to prepare food for Executive Approach Catering – their corporate and private aircraft catering business – with Spirit Pilot Shop as the administrative base for the operation. It is the only aircraft catering service on the Spirit of St. Louis Airport field and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, serving everything from fruit trays to five-course meals for hungry travelers. Spirit Pilot Shop 521 Spirit of St. Louis Blvd. • Chesterfield (636) 530-9013

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For years, Rich Markow, owner of, had been a passionate watch enthusiast. Three years ago, he left his former profession to enter the Internet watch business, selling his personal watch collection first. “My avocation has become my vocation,” Markow said. Luxury Time for Less sells men’s and ladies’ new and pristine pre-owned, high end and entry level watches for discount prices via the Internet and select St. Louis area jewelry stores. The company offers excellent prices on complete inventory because of a low overhead and strong inventory network. What is special about Luxury Time for Less is that it offers products that otherwise might not be available in the St. Louis area. Clients are not exclusive to St. Louis, though. They live around the globe. Markow prides his business on offering personal attention to each of his clients. He said his goal is to bring another option to the buyer for

Martha’s Hands Home Health is on a mission to serve with compassion. Martha’s Hands provides quality, compassionate private duty home health care. Eileen and John Hedrick founded Martha’s Hands over 30 years ago. While a nursing student, Eileen was taught compassionate care by the Sisters of Mercy emphasizing total wellness. Because she wanted to maintain those high standards, Eileen turned to her husband for expertise. Since the 1980s, John had been building his own successful engineering firm. With Eileen’s focus on high quality standards and John’s ability to s e t - u p a c o m p a n y, M a r t h a ’s Hands started in their basement in 1997. While actual family members have joined the company, the Hedricks consider all of their employees like members of their family, working to continue Eileen’s original mission of “Love through Service.” Known for quality and compassionate service, Martha’s Hands has grown to become one of the premiere private duty home health agencies in St. Louis, expanding to include a second office

acquisition of fine timepieces. Luxury Time for Less has successfully found specific, quality watches not already listed on the Web site. The company can provide a detailed history of every watch on sale to ensure authenticity and legitimacy. Credit cards are accepted and encouraged on the Web site, providing additional protection for the client, and prices are always shown to make the process as easy as possible. Free overnight/next day shipping is yet another plus for the client. The company even has a liberal return policy and will pay for return shipping for an unsatisfied client, a rare occurrence. Also available are grandfather clocks, vintage watches, pocket watches, custom cufflinks and jewelry to complement a favorite timepiece. (314) 965-TIME (8463)

in St. Peters to better serve their St. Charles County clients and caregivers. Assistance that Martha’s Hands can provide include: bathing, grooming, dressing; meal preparation/clean-up, medication set-up and reminders, light housekeeping, laundry, errand running, mental stimulation, companionship and spiritual support. Martha’s Hands additionally offers programs like Just For Moms. This program provides assistance with the family’s daily activities for expecting and new moms. Martha’s Hands also is offering Home Dentistry services. Instead of going to a dentist, Dr. Dennis McCaffrey offers basic dental services in the comfort of home. Martha’s Hands 12813 Flushing Meadows Dr., Suite 250 Town & Country (314) 965-4350


If you are looking for an oasis to escape the summer heat, perhaps a visit to The Island Bar in Winchester Plaza is just the thing to break up the midsummer “blahs.” The Island Bar owner Cathy Poole prides herself on making sure there is always something afoot in her local pub. “It’s all about having fun,” Poole said. “Why else would anyone stop in?” Attractions include Cinco De Drinko (Happy Hour pricing all day on the fifth of every month), weekly Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Karaoke nights and Trivia on the third Tuesday of every month. The curious should stop by and see what Friday Frenzy is all about. Each provides opportunity for everyone to have a great time. A good-spirited debate is always to be found as well, with topics ranging from favored Keno numbers to the Cardinals’ starting lineups, providing entertaining banter on a daily basis.

While the décor is unique and the atmosphere relaxing, there is more to The Island Bar’s charm than palm trees and pirate ships. The true difference is in the people running the bar. “I have the best staff anywhere around,” Poole said. “I could not ask for a more professional or friendly crew to help me run things.” Hospitable bartenders take care of the bar and their customers as if they were personal owners of the business. Seeing the same customers repeatedly speaks volumes for the overall friendly, family feel of The Island Bar. “Stop by soon and see for yourself,” Poole said.

The Centre at Conway strives to give parents the peace of mind they deserve, providing a foundation for each child’s future through the art of learning. The school offers children ages 6 weeks through kindergarten a safe, educational environment, with a diverse list of classes open Monday through Friday year round. Children will have the opportunity to take advantage of The Centre’s Spanish classes or Summer Fun program, packed with a fun, interactive curriculum, including computer and aerobic classes, field trips, swimming and music outside of the Montessori curriculum. The Centre is state-licensed and as part of Montessori Child Care is one of the most culturally diverse Montessori schools in the area, with staff and children from around the world. “We specialize in catering to our children with excellent teachers and a clean, loving environment for them to learn,” Richard Deeba II, president of The Centre at Conway, said.

Deeba joined the family business, which started in 1976, with his father, and now runs the school alongside him. “I love the philosophy The Centre offers, allowing me to come to work every day with a smile on my face and an aspiration to help children in the growing process,” Deeba said. The Centre at Conway staff is dedicated to each child’s education, and some have been with the school for more than 20 years. The school offers superior child care with competitive rates. “Child care is a huge decision for parents, and we want to make them as comfortable and secure as possible that they made the right decision to come to The Centre at Conway,” Deeba said.

The Island Bar 14560 Manchester Road • Winchester Winchester Plaza Suite 28 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., Mon. – Sat. (636) 527-9790

The Centre at Conway 13725 Conway Road • Chesterfield (314) 434-3300



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Hearing Health Care Center Hearing Health Care Center utilizes the latest in advanced technology to provide the best in hearing care for all of its patients. Owned by Carol Bergmann, the Center provides comprehensive audiological testing for individuals 3 years of age and older. Each patient at the family-owned and operated business receives personalized attention and treatment from an on-staff audiologist. “Helping someone to hear again is so rewarding,” Bergmann said. “We give back what they have been missing. It makes us feel good to see people hearing things they haven’t heard in a long time.” The office also provides hearing aid screenings, evaluations, fittings and post-fitting counseling. A wide array of hearing aids is available in a variety of sizes and circuit options. The newest device is the 100% invisible, extended wear hearing aid, the Lyric. Wear 24 hours a day while showering, sleeping and exercising. In addition, the Center

is well stocked with information and supplies for hearing aids and other assistive listening devices. Because Hearing Health Care Center has relationships with multiple hearing aid manufacturers, the company is able to offer each of its patients the optimal hearing aid to meet his/her individual needs. Dr. Alison Benner, Dr. Kate Sinks and Dr. Colleen Edwards, have doctorates in audiology. Keeping up with the service on a hearing aid has never been so easy. The Center offers free service on each patients’ hearing aid every three months. “We care how you hear,” Bergmann said, “and we will work with you until you are satisfied.” Hearing Health Care Center Ellisville Richmond Heights • St. Charles (636) 391-9622

Specializing in basement finishing, Richbuilt Basements has been serving homeowners in the St. Charles area and surrounding communities since its establishment in 1989. Before launching the business, Rich Kempa, owner and founder of Richbuilt Basements, worked for more than 15 years as a designer and draftsman at consulting engineering firms. Today, Kempa operates his business from a home-based office. Richbuilt Basements specializes in complete basement remodeling. Originally, Kempa handled projects from start to finish by himself, but over the years, his business has grown substantially. “Now, with multiple crews and the same employees for more than 10 years, we work as a team to complete projects in a timely manner,” Kempa said. “Our goal is simple: to achieve customer satisfaction.” To reach that goal, Kempa said, he

and his team make sure to keep the lines of communication open at all times, provide customers with straightforward answers to all of their questions, show respect for each customer’s home and property, emphasize cleanliness and deliver worry-free completion of every project. To date, Richbuilt Basements has completed more than 160 basements. “We know how to get the job done right the first time in a timely manor and at the right price,” Kempa said. “We take care of everything – from framing to electrical, from plumbing to ductwork, from floor to ceiling, from theaters to family rooms, from painting to pantries and everything in between.”

Richbuilt Basements O’Fallon (636) 978-3479 or (314) 713-1388

Enhancing the bond between your pet and family

Positive Paws Pet Training believes that strengthening the communication between your dog and family is essential in creating a healthy bond and achieving acceptable behaviors. Kim Gracner, owner of Positive Paws Pet Training, has educated owners and changed behaviors of over 2,000 dogs. Positive Paws Pet Training opened in 2006, and offers in-home customized training programs tailored to achieve your goals and your dog’s needs. Kim believes that training in the dog’s environment is most successful for behavioral change. “Problematic behaviors typically occur within the home environment. Since dogs need leadership and proper structure, the family plays an important role in the training process”, Kim says. It is essential for your dog to understand your expectations for successful training. The programs at Positive Paws Pet Training are structured to teach all ages and breeds. Whether you’re just acquiring a new puppy, attempting to manage your strong-willed adolescent, or striving to maximize your adult dog’s potential, Positive Paws Pet

Training can help. In addition to basic cues, everyday issues such as house training, jumping, digging, nipping, and excessive barking are addressed. Programs are offered for more challenging issues such as aggression, fear and anxiety. The method of training is as important as the cues which are taught. Positive Paws Pet Training practices positive techniques. Kim advocates that dogs learn more readily from rewarding methods. Kim is a Certified Canine Behavior Counselor, Certified Pet Dog Trainer, member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Association of Companion Animal Behavior Counselors, and Better Business Bureau. Kim has two four-legged family members: Brandie, a Chocolate Labrador Retriever, and Baxter, a Golden Retriever. Positive Paws Pet Training (636) 352-3104

At Sarah’s Cake Shop, cakes and desserts not only look good, but also they taste even better. A locally owned custom cake and dessert shop, Sarah’s Cake Shop has a daily cupcake menu, in addition to bitesize desserts. It also makes cakes for birthdays, special occasions and weddings. “Our focus is on delicious food and excellent service, using only the best ingredients,” owner Jill Umbarger said. From day one, cakes have always been bigger – 5 inches tall, with four layers of cake and three layers of filling – and cupcakes always are baked fresh every morning. “We have seven pastry chefs that work in our kitchen, and they are very passionate about sweets,” Umbarger said. “We are constantly trying new recipes and coming up with different flavor combinations.” If a client with an allergy or intolerance to an ingredient comes through the door, Sarah’s Cake Shop is ready to get creative.

After being open for seven and a half years, Umbarger aspires to expand Sarah’s Cake Shop’s dessert options, hoping to create more space in front of the cake shop for more customers to be able to sit and enjoy their desserts. “I am always looking to change and get better at what we do, and I am very lucky to have a team of chefs who can help make Sarah’s the best that it can be,” Umbarger said. Sarah’s Cake Shop now has the first Mobile Cake Van in St. Louis, carrying four or five daily flavors every day. To find where the van is each day, follow Sarah’s Cake Shop on Facebook, Twitter or the company’s website. Sarah’s Cake Shop 10 Clarkson Wilson Centre Chesterfield (636) 728-1162 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mon. & Tues.; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wed. – Sat.

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Attorney at Law, LLC

Attorney Laurie Knight is there for her clients when they need her. Available to ensure that individuals and families receive fair legal representation and that everyone has equal access to the judicial system, Knight is trustworthy, knowledgeable and compassionate – and determined to help where she can. Her general law practice includes services dealing with adoption, bankruptcy, family law, juvenile law, estate planning, probate law and traffic law. “I offer quality legal services at an affordable price, with a personal touch,” Knight said. Knight earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Saint Louis University and later attended the University of Missouri School of Law. She is a member of The Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis and the Jefferson County Bar Association and is on the board for the Open Space Council for St. Louis.

Life is a party. A new family salon, located in the Chesterfield Valley, Shear Celebrations Family Salon & Party Center offers a relaxed, comfortable environment to celebrate oneself. Services include great girl parties, affordable haircuts for men, women and children, highlights, coloring, waxing, hair bling and feather extensions. When you need to be picture perfect, the salon offers airbrush makeup, tanning and special occasion styling. Whether it’s for senior pictures, weddings, dances or any time you want to celebrate yourself. Any of these styling services are available on site. When celebrating something special, clients can book a party in one of Shear Celebrations’ three party rooms and can choose from any of five custom parties for a daughter’s special day, including a Princess Party, a Diva/Rock Star Party, an American Girl & Me Tea, a relaxing Spa Party or a Fantasy Party. Basic parties are all-inclusive, range in price from $225 to $275 for 8 girls and feature everything from dress-up,

“I enjoy working out different solutions to problems,” Knight said. “Trying to make what’s best for every individual can be a challenge and a reward at the same time.” Knight is a lifelong resident of the tricounty area and understands the needs and values of the residents in the area. She covers all areas of St. Louis County, St. Louis City, Jefferson County and Franklin County. “There is such a wide variety of different legal areas that I can work in, and I love that it’s quite different each day,” Knight said. “My goal is to help simplify what is often a confusing and difficult situation and to provide a solution that meets the needs of my clients in an efficient manner.” Laurie A. Knight, Attorney at Law, LLC 3 Hilltop Village Center Drive • Eureka (636) 587-2733

makeup, hair undo’s, painted nails, cupcakes, drinks, invitations, karaoke, dancing and red carpet fashion show. Platinum parties, which range in price from $375 to $395 for 8 girls, include all the basic party features plus a ride in a pink stretch limo to or during the party, pizza, a gift bag shopping spree and a group picture with custom frame, plus an opportunity to make lip gloss, pucker powder, or a visit from a princess. Individual spa services are available for that special girl starting at $19.95. All that is left to do is sit back and enjoy. So whether it is a little princess or rock star’s birthday or simply a relaxing day out, anyone can celebrate life at Shear Celebrations. Shear Celebrations Family Salon & Party Center 17409G Chesterfield Airport Road Chesterfield (636) 675-9919

Fetch! Petcare of West St. Louis County is a professional pet-sitting, dog-walking company that offers quality pet services including private dog walks, multiple daily visits, overnight in-home pet sitting, dog boarding, pet taxi, yard waste pickup, medicine administration and soon will also be offering off leash group exercise! The Fetch! Pet-sitting Team provides a cost effective, reliable and less stressful alternative to kenneling your pet. As we like to say at Fetch! “We’ve got your tail covered” Jane Peacock said. “I hear people say from time to time that a dog can easily make it 8-10 hours without a potty break during the day” owner Peacock said, “That concerns me because more than likely that means the dog is not drinking enough water and that can’t be good for their kidneys or overall health. I certainly couldn’t last that long and a dog would be happy with just one short break!” That’s what the team at Fetch! Petcare are here for!

Physical trainers Lisa Palmer, Marc Palmer and Nate Palmer opened their fitness studio, PerforMax Fitness Professionals, one and a half years ago. “My husband, Marc, and step-son, Nate, are both scholarship athletes,” Lisa Palmer said. “They’ve always talked about opening a training studio together. We’ve all maintained an interest in physical fitness, and the timing was finally right.” PerforMax is a one-on-one, private personal training studio offering customized overall fitness counseling and nutritional guidance. The focus is on the three main components of fitness: cardiovascular training, weight training and nutrition. At PerforMax, a personal partnership develops between trainer and client. Together, they will reach the client’s health and body image goals, regardless of his or her lifestyle. With a customized program for every age group and every level of physical ability, PerforMax offers guidance to people wanting to get in better shape, lose weight,

Peacock also said “ Leaving a dog out in a fenced backyard doesn’t necessarily mean that a dog is getting enough exercise”. Regular walks whether daily or a few times a week alleviate boredom, provide an outlet for excess energy, help maintain a healthy weight, decrease accidents and destructive behavior and contribute to a calmer, healthier and happier pet” Fetch! Petcare of West St. Louis County is locally owned , insured and bonded. All of its sitters are experienced and background checked. Fetch! Petcare is the largest cage-free, professional pet-sitting company in the country. It offers a customer satisfaction program as well as access to pet friendly discounts and special offers to its clients. Fetch! Petcare provides peace of mind! Fetch! Petcare of West St. Louis County (636) 549-8610

L-R: owners Marc Palmer, Lisa Palmer, and Nate Palmer

recover from injuries or improve themselves as athletes. “We’ve trained people of all levels and ages, from children to seniors,” Palmer said. There are no membership fees and never any wait for equipment. Results are guaranteed. PerforMax also offers weekly boot camp classes as well as TRX classes. In addition, nutritional counseling is offered to all PerforMax clients. PerforMax Fitness Professionals is committed to creating positive change in clients’ lives, bodies, health and general well-being. The current summer special includes three sessions for $120. PerforMax Fitness Professionals 1208 Town & Country Crossing Town & Country (636) 220-8818



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Morgan LeFay’s Mr. Handyman of St. Louis-West County can solve all home repair headaches. Completing all major and minor home repairs in a quick and efficient manner, Mr. Handyman takes care of everything and works hard to help cross off that growing to-do list. Mr. Handyman’s residential services include drywall repairs, deck maintenance and repairs, plumbing and electrical repairs, floor installations, kitchen and bath remodeling, gutter protection installation and cleaning, roof and siding repairs and more. No job is too small or too large. Insured and bonded, Mr. Handyman is the largest employer of professional handymen nationwide. Each contractor has over 15 years of experience, in addition to regular company training, which makes for consistent, quality work that is done right for the first time, every time. Technicians also have passed a background check and will show up in a distinctive uniform, providing peace of mind to the client. Mr. Handyman can provide potential

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home repair suggestions that make for more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly homes. “Professional, safe, reliable handyman services – on time, every time – that’s our guarantee,” said Fitzimmons, who opened his franchise in Oct of 2008. Before that, he worked for 28 years in the television production industry. Located in West County, Mr. Handyman is an active member of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce. “Our goals are to grow the business in a tough economy, provide excellent service and do the job right the first time,” Fitzimmons said. “Our services are guaranteed 100 percent and can be tailored to fit your schedule.” Mr. Handyman of St. Louis-West County (636) 530-1663 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon. – Fri.; Night and weekend hours available StLouisWCo/

Morgan Le Fay’s Tapas Bar & Lounge is a distinctively different neighborhood bar and a cozy spot to enjoy deliciously handcrafted tapas. The lounge features a combination of soft seating and bistro tables, which are perfect for a first date, a night out with friends or a client lunch date. With its brand new summer dinner menu, featuring 12 new dishes that range anywhere from the ginger pork polenta cake to bruschetta with cilantro lime goat cheese with cherry tomatoes, Morgan Le Fay’s allows diners to relax and indulge. The lunch menu includes New York deli-style sandwiches, fresh salads and house-made soups, while the dinner menu offers unique dishes ranging from toasted ravioli to goat cheese with warm pitas. Chef Ryan Lynch also is willing to customize any order to please any palate that comes through the door. Morgan Le Fay’s can cater parties of any size or bring the party to another

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premise. Wednesdays are Ladies’ Nights, and one Wednesday a month, Morgan Le Fay’s has a Pampered Princess party, with makeover artists, jewelry and tarot card readings. Friday and Saturday nights include live music with Morgan Le Fay’s’ Motown house band. Also, Morgan’s Le Fay’s’ Happy Hour is a great way to wait out traffic on Route 141, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, offering halfprice appetizers, including breaded mushrooms, quesadillas and sliders and remarkable drink specials. “You really have to experience Morgan Le Fay’s, the best kept secret in West County,” Lynch said. Morgan Le Fay’s Tapas Bar & Lounge 14314 S. Outer Forty Town & Country (314) 317-9181 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., Mon. – Fri.; 4:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Sat.

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The Ellisville Community Farmers’ Market is a gathering place for the community. A producer-only market, the Farmers’ Market asks its vendors to bring in only what they grow, produce or handcraft themselves. Local vendors bring their seasonal produce, locally branded food items, handmade artisan wares and other handcrafted items. In addition to produce, the Farmers’ Market also offers local honey, eggs, jams, breads, herbs and other food items. Also offered are a kid’s tent, cooking demonstrations, a cheese class just finished and a canning workshop will be offered later this summer. George and Rene Sackett, owners and market masters, have always had a passion for fresh, local, seasonal, homemade and homegrown food. They met some local farmers over the past few years and wanted to support these food producers. “When the opportunity arose for us to re-open, restructure, relocate and continue the existing market, and to keep it in our community, we took it,” Rene Sackett said. We are getting a lot of

positive feedback. Our vendors and volunteers strive to make the market a friendly, welcoming place.” The advantage of getting food at a farmers’ market is giving people the opportunity to get to know who produces the food they put on their table. The food is so fresh and tasty as well as being more nutritious than conventionally grown, mass-produced food. “We offer the market-goer a festive, fun atmosphere to shop and then relax and enjoy freshly made food and drinks while they stay for a bit and listen to live music,” Sackett said. “We would like to encourage the community to consider the market as a destination each week.” Ellisville Community Farmers’ Market Bluebird Park 225 Kiefer Creek Road • Ellisville (314) 435-9445 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through October

At Lakeside Children’s Academy, families can feel confident they are starting their child off on the right foot. State licensed for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years, Lakeside provides affordable, convenient programs for more than 150 infants, ones and twos, preschool, pre-kindergarten and schoolage children, with before and afterschool care included. Summer Camp Extravaganza (packed with mini-camps and field trips) is available for 10 weeks during the summer, and transportation to local elementary schools is provided daily throughout the year. Families also should take advantage of Lakeside’s Grandfriends Program, promoting intergenerational and social activities for children 3 years of age and older at Cape Albeon and Garden View Care Center. Lakeside is locally owned and familyoperated by Sue and Laura Hockensmith, a mother-daughter team. The loyal and experienced teachers are CPR-certified and strive to meet the needs of each child. Teachers are trained and educated regarding the current trends in child care.

Lakeside is affiliated with the West County Chamber of Commerce, Valley Park Business Association, National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Child Day Care Association. Lakeside also takes an active involvement in the community through its sponsorship with the Lakeside Lightening girls’ softball team. After 19 years in service, Lakeside was completely renovated in the spring. The renovations made Lakeside brigher and more attractive for children and families. Check out Lakeside’s web site to view pictures of the renovation academy. “Teaching and nurturing children prepares them for a successful future,” Laura Hockensmith said. “I love knowing that we’re making a daily impact on every child.” Lakeside Children’s Academy 1230 Dougherty Ferry Road Valley Park (636) 225-4800 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Mon. – Fri.

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Since 2003, Trusty Maid Service has been providing hundreds of residents with superior, dependable residential cleaning services. The business is all about giving homeowners the opportunity to spend more time with family and friends and to relax and enjoy a home that sparkles. “Since we are not a franchise, we have the flexibility to listen to our clients and employees, and to continuously improve our service,” Owner David Mixon said. “All of our efforts are based on keeping our clients happy.” Much of Trusty Maid’s success is due to the trained team of friendly, professional cleaners who work hard to exceed expectations by attending to every detail, working quickly and efficiently in teams of two, and using premium cleaning products to protect the health of clients and the environment. Each cleaning visit ranges from dusting to deep cleaning the necessary household appliances and floors, mak-

ing a clean home a happy home. Trusty Maid Service offers detailed cleaning programs on a weekly or semi-weekly basis. Long-term contracts and commitments are not required, because at Trusty Maid, the aim is simply to keep clients happy and satisfied, one cleaning at a time. Onsite price quotes and estimates are free. Trusty Maid Service is bonded and insured; every employee must pass a background check, have a clean police record and a validated address history. “We always strive to live up to our name,” Mixon said. “We are proud of the many clients who retain our services year after year. Much of our business now comes from client referrals.” Trusty Maid Service: The name says it all. Trusty Maid Service Chesterfield (314) 576-5400



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Pounds and Inches Away offers a revolutionary approach to weight loss through the HCG program. Although the HCG diet has been receiving a great deal of attention lately, it actually is not a new concept. The use of HCG as a diet aid was first discussed in a report that Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, a British physician who was studying obesity, published in 1954. Dr. Simeons found that small amounts of HCG did more than simply help his patients lose weight. HCG helps to naturally lose fat from problematic areas such as belly, back, arms and hips in his patients’ bodies, even if they did not engage in exercise while on his low-calorie diet. He also observed that his patients could drastically reduce their caloric intake without experiencing irritability, hunger pangs, headaches or weakness while taking HCG. Today, an increasing number of dieters, who have given up hope in their journey to permanently losing weight, are turning to HCG to help them lose those unwanted pounds and inches. Some of the Pounds and Inches Away locations also use technology by Advanced Healthworks to help people

get to their goal. Ten minutes on Advanced Healthworks’ Vibe Trainer Pro, a Whole Body Vibration (WBV) machine engages users in vibration ©2010 Granitethat Transformations. exercise, produces benefits comparable to those gained in a one-hour workout, because 97 percent of muscles are put to work to keep the body balanced. Today, more than 700 medical studies have been published on the technology. Health benefits of WBV include improved circulation, increased muscle strength and flexibility, better core conditioning, improved range of motion, enhanced metabolism, increased bone density and more. The technology has been used to improve problems with osteoporosis, diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia, incontinence, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease and other conditions. To get slim and stay that way, people are encouraged to call Pounds and Inches Away today. Pounds and Inches Away Chesterfield: (636) 519-4000 Creve Coeur: (314) 434-8446



Opened more than two years ago, West County Nissan has quickly earned a reputation for being an easy, no-hassle place to buy a Nissan or pre-owned vehicle. Co-owners Bill Haegele and Jeff Garlich, both West County residents, immediately set a “red carpet for everyone” policy. This philosophy has paid off with high customer satisfaction, which also is reflected in strong sales. “It’s simple,” Garlich said. “This is where we live. Why wouldn’t we want our neighbors and friends to enjoy a stress-free experience? Bill and I have only worked in the automotive business, so we know how customers want to be treated. We make sure we deliver.” Already carrying one of the largest Nissan inventories in the area, sales continue to grow by doing things the right way. In order to meet the demands of a rapidly expanding dealership, West County Nissan is about to move to a brand new state-of-the-art facility. The 50,000-square-foot building on seven acres of land just down the road in Ballwin will be the largest Nissan deal-

ership in the Midwest. What will never change, though, are the standards the partners set for customer satisfaction. With large inventories of new and pre-owned cars, it should be easy to continue to deliver exactly what customers want in both product and service. “Advertised prices are true prices, no games necessary,” Haegele said. “We respect the customer in that way.” Other unexpected extras that are standard at West County Nissan include an exclusive, “Powertrain for Life” coverage plan with any new Nissan or qualifying pre-owned vehicle. Garlich and Haegele invite all to come and see the new location with all the little touches designed for the comfort their customers. West County Nissan 15908 Manchester Road • Ellisville (888) 384-2901

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“It’s just a formality, really,” said Ralph Pfremmer, proprietor of The Wolf Public House, what was originally named the Lone Wolf Coffee Company back in 2008. The café opened in the height of the recession, in the early hours and in the midst of a severe snowstorm. Things have continued to evolve from a small coffeehouse to a favorite St. Louis “public” place. “Re-naming The Lone Wolf Coffee Company The Wolf Public House was a critical step toward our plan to open several more restaurants,” Pfremmer said. “We have more to offer than just coffee, and the branding needed to reflect that.” Friends of The Wolf can still find the same great food, coffee and spirits while sharing breakfast, lunch or dinner. “The name change has just as interesting a story behind it as the hundreds of pictures and artifacts on the walls,” Pfremmer said. Customers say that in order to adequately describe The Wolf, one must

come in and “be” The Wolf. The music keeps guests coming back. Check out The Wolf’s Open Mic Night or Blues Artist Appreciation Night, featuring house band, Jimmyleg and the Browndogs. Other artists include Alvin Jett and the Phat noiZ, the Rockin Jake Band, the Jeremiah Johnson Band, Melissa Neels, Rough Grooves and many more. Pfremmer and his partners in Pfoodman Holdings, LLC own The Wolf Public House. Offices are headquartered on the third floor of what neighbors now call “The Wolf Building.” Pfoodman Holdings, among other things, develops food service brands and dining service programs for private secondary and higher education institutions. Clients include Lindenwood University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Chaminade Preparatory School and others. The Wolf Public House 15480 Clayton Road, Suite 220 Ballwin (636) 527-7027

WEST COUNTY PET CARE Blue Ribbon Realtors owner and broker David Klotz always has enjoyed going through open houses with his wife, Susan, to gain ideas for improving their own home. Now, he is in the business of showing others through some of the finest homes in the St. Louis market. Founded more than 10 years ago, Blue Ribbon Realtors is a residential real estate brokerage that caters to the executive and luxury segment of the local real estate market. “We focus on the central corridor of St. Louis County, specifically on Ladue, Town & Country, Frontenac, Clayton, Country Life Acres, Des Peres, Creve Coeur and Huntleigh,” David said. “Our offices are there, and our agents are there.” The Blue Ribbon Realtors office is in Mason Woods Village in Town & Country, in the heart of the areas that they serve. Individuals who are in the market to purchase or sell a home in St. Louis County’s central corridor will find that

Blue Ribbon Realtors offers strong advantages over other real estate brokerage firms. The company is locally owned and operated by a St. Louis native who has a strong familiarity with the area and a high level of involvement in the community. Blue Ribbon Realtors is right sized so that clients receive highly personalized service. Klotz is involved in the day-today business at his brokerage. “We are committed to the St. Louis community and the real estate market in particular,” Klotz said. “Even during these tough economic times, Blue Ribbon Realtors brings the knowledge and experience to our community to fulfill the American Dream of home ownership.” Blue Ribbon Realtors 13422 Clayton Road, Suite 207A Town & Country (314) 993-4488

When pet owners call West County Pet Care to take care of their beloved animals, an experienced, trusted, responsible pet-lover comes to the door – not someone who has little experience with animals – to help make sure pets are in good hands. “I’ve been doing this for years, and I’m not just the neighborhood kid taking care of your pet,” Owner Dave Nachtweih said. “I love what I do and want to help where I can.” With many long-term, regular clients, West County Pet Care takes care of pets in the owner’s home. Although care mainly consists of dogs and cats, West County Pet Care serves clients with every kind of animal, ranging from chickens to horses. Nachtweih was raised in a family with many animals and has always had an interest in providing care for them. “My grandfather had a farm and had hunting dogs and working dogs, and my father bred beagles, as have I,”

Nachtweih said. So when he retired, West County Pet Care sounded like the perfect solution. “I love being around dogs, and when I retired, it seemed to be a great idea for a business,” Nachtweih said. For two years, he has served the area with his quality services. His friendly, personalized care includes no additional charge for up to three pets. Services are strictly for the West County area. Completely insured, West County Pet Care is a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. “I love animals, and I know what I’m doing,” Nachtweih said. “I can give you peace of mind that your pet is in good hands while you’re away.” West County Pet Care 643 Castlecliff Road • Ballwin (636) 394-6852 • (314) 401-5516 Open 24/7


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