Page 1


20 I business profiles I 

JANUARY 25, 2012 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE

NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM

CLAY & COTTON K

I

R

K

W

O

O

Clay & Cotton Kirkwood is like no other boutique. Specializing in colorful home décor, including area rugs, furniture and accent pieces, Clay & Cotton provides the look that everyone will be asking about. The other half of the business includes comfortable, semi-casual women’s clothing featuring name brands, such as Bryn Walker, Nic + Zoe and Tyler Boe, to name a few. Owner David Schreiner opened his first two stores in Kentucky. Two years ago, he opened a location in Kirkwood, opening up a whole new market for St. Louis. “A special connection to St. Louis stems from growing up here and having family living in and around Kirkwood,” Schreiner said. “This was a great opportunity to strengthen the connection to the city where I grew up.” The store also features great hostess gifts, tabletop items, bedding and scented candles. “There is certainly a wide variety of categories,” Schreiner said. “Our home

furnishings combine function and style – two things that always can live in harmony.” Clay & Cotton also offers in-home staging services for its area rugs, along with free delivery to the home. “We try to get to know each of our customers and help them through the decisions,” Schreiner said. Colorful, comfortable and beautiful, Clay & Cotton strives to make the shopping experience fun and as helpful as possible. Store Manager Karen May also has a long history of success in both the women’s apparel industry and is a great resource for advice on clothes or home décor. “Let your home be your voice for your inner soul and discover all the possibilities,” Schreiner said. Clay & Cotton Kirkwood 159 West Argonne Drive • Kirkwood (314) 394-1400 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon. – Sat.; Noon to 4 p.m. on Sun. www.clayandcotton.com

At St. Clare of Assisi School, children successfully learn on the foundation of faith. Open for 33 years, St. Clare of Assisi is a parish elementary school in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, accredited by the Missouri Chapter of the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Agencies. The program services students from ages 3 to eighth grade, with a half-day or extended day option for kindergarten. Currently serving 428 students, St. Clare of Assisi’s goal is to educate children to be responsible citizens with a strong Catholic identity witnessing their faith. “We also have an extremely high number of parent volunteers that we utilize, and we have a very supportive school board,” said Principal Marie Sinnett, who is in her 12th year at St. Clare of Assisi and was named the 2010 Distinguished Principal for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. More than half of the teachers have

master’s degrees, and both teachers and teaching assistants are committed professionals who want to see each child succeed. “The school community is dedicated to proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in all its words and actions,” Sinnett said. Innovative classrooms contain SMART Boards and updated technology, and in addition to the traditional classroom, St. Clare of Assisi has an art lab, a science lab, a library and a computer lab – all dedicated to enhance learning. “Our curriculum is strong, and our children graduate and go onto the high school of their choice and are fully prepared to be successful in life,” Sinnett said. Come tour our school at our Open House on February 1, 2012. St. Clare of Assisi School 15642 Clayton Road • Ellisville (636) 227-8654 www.saintclareofassisi.org

Making Life Easier SM Compassionate Home Health Care Services

“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 www.homehelpersstl.com

At Great Southern Bank, customer relationships are top priority. Providing a comprehensive line of financial products, Great Southern is a great partner to help with your financial needs or to grow your small business. In addition to Creve Coeur and Des Peres locations, you will find four other full-service banking centers in the St. Louis Metro area, with a brand new branch that recently was opened in the Affton area. “Building winning relationships with our customers is our mission,” Regional Manager Mary Dunavant said. “You can always count on our experienced team to understand what really matters to you.” Great Southern operates 104 retail banking centers in Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. Convenient access to banking services is paramount to customers, and Great Southern understands that. Same-day credit on deposits made by closing time on Monday through Friday and 24-hour access to your money are made possi-

ble by offering extended banking hours and Mobile, Internet and Telephone Banking services. Understanding what really matters to its customers is a major focus for Great Southern Bank. The Bank partners with its customers to determine what matters most to them. This allows Great Southern to develop a much more effective relationship with its customers. “We are proud to be a part of this community,” Dunavant said. “We are always looking for ways to utilize our exceptional service to help our community grow as well.” Stop in today to learn what Great Southern has in store for you or your business. Great Southern Bank 12500 Olive Blvd. • Creve Coeur (314) 569-4799 11698 Manchester Road • Des Peres (314) 569-4747 www.greatsouthernbank.com


JANUARY 25, 2012 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE

NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM

I business profiles I 21

West County Flooring

The Lipowicz Law Firm, LLC

Marie D. Lipowicz

In practice since 2010, Marie D. Lipowicz’s main area of practice is family law. Lipowicz handles divorce, paternity actions, custody cases, motions to modify, grandparent visitation cases, orders of protection and guardianships, and she provides her clients with dedicated, efficient, legal services at competitive rates. Lipowicz graduated in 2005 from St. Louis University School of Law and has focused her legal career on family law. She is a certified Guardian ad Litem and has experience in all aspects of family law litigation, from filing the case through trial or settlement. Lipowicz truly enjoys helping her clients through their most difficult times and strives to provide them with real solutions and solid legal representation. Lipowicz is licensed in Missouri and currently practices in Jefferson, St. Charles, Franklin and St. Louis counties as well as St. Louis City. She is also admitted to practice in the Eastern

District of Missouri, United States District Court. Lipowicz offers an initial consultation at no charge and personally answers her phone to ensure all current and prospective clients receive immediate, personal assistance. Lipowicz also handles traffic cases and expects to expand her practice to include Bankruptcy in the near future. She is a member of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and The American Bar Association and volunteers each year as a mock-trial evaluator in the Missouri High School Mock Trial and College Mock Trial Competitions. The Lipowicz Law Firm, LLC Marie D. Lipowicz Attorney at Law Offices in Ballwin and St. Louis (314) 718-3252 18 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon. – Fri. marielipowicz@rocketmail.com

Nancy Hannold

Wind blasting through a broken window can seem like a catastrophe during winter! Even old foggy double pane glass has lost its energy efficiency and can leave you feeling chilly. Nancy Hannold and the team at Inst-I-Glass of St. Louis can turn these major problems into minor inconveniences! Conventional glass shops need a couple of weeks to replace glass, but Nancy’s team specializes in prompt service and convenient scheduling, bringing her customers top quality at an excellent value. Most jobs are completed in a single service call! Inst-I-Glass specializes in restoring the energy efficiency and appearance of existing windows and doors. “We enjoy helping our customers avoid the expense and hassle of buying new windows for the entire house,” says Nancy, “New insulated glass conserves energy, so once a window has been properly restored, it can have many

years of useful life remaining. Restoration saves time and money, and reduced landfill burden.” Most estimates are given by phone, another time-saver. A uniformed technician is dispatched to the customer ’s location in a mobile manufacturing facility. Because the factory comes to the customer’s location, Nancy’s team is able to complete many jobs in as little as one hour! Customers avoid production delays, costly board-ups, and time off work for multiple appointments. For free estimates or fast service, call InstI-Glass!

Inst-I-Glass of St. Louis For Service in St. Louis & Metro East:

(636) 279-5315 www.instiglass.com

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.

Pets are part of the family and should be treated as such. Pet Supplies Plus carries over 10,000 items to help pet owners treat their pet as one of the family. Pet-lovers are delighted when they see the wide selection of pet food and pet care products that stock the shelves of Pet Supplies Plus, which offers a wide selection of name brand food and treats, including the largest holistic line in the area, toys and supplies for most pets as well as small animals, reptiles and fresh water fish. Opened in 2008, Pet Supplies Plus is locally owned and operated by Jeanne and John Sullivan. The store is the favorite pet store in the area. Customers are willing to travel the extra distance recognizing the values and service provided. Jeanne has years of retail experience, nutrition expertise and pet knowledge. Holly, Tyler and the entire staff have the pet knowledge and experience to assist customers, whether they are

inquiring about food or maintaining an aquarium. “This is the plus in Pet Supplies Plus,” Jeanne said. “We provide customer service and products that bigger chains and supermarkets do not readily have. If you’ve have concerns about your pet, we may have simple recommendations. We share other pet owners’ experiences and want your feedback because we care about pets and want to learn from your experience.” Senior Citizens is every Wednesday, when customers 60 and older (born in 1952) receive 10 percent off their purchase. Pet Supplies Plus hosts pet adoptions and vaccination clinic events regularly on weekends.

West County Flooring 15425 Manchester Road • Ballwin (636) 386-8539

Pet Supplies Plus 15311 Manchester Road • Ballwin (636) 686-7181 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon. – Sat.; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun. www.petsuppliesplus.com


26 I business profiles I 

At Med Resources, clients receive the personal attention they deserve. Med Resources is a full-line home medical equipment company that offers products and services for clients requiring respiratory, orthotics and mobility equipment. Expert clinical support staff is among the best and brightest in the region and has built a reputation for providing the finest home medical equipment available. Today, Med Resources has grown into one of the largest fullservice providers of medical equipment in the area. In 1995, Jeff Braun combined his passion for the medical field and his previous experience working with equipment to make the business a natural fit. With great prices and a caring staff, the state-of-the-art facility in Chesterfield provides you and your loved ones the opportunity to see and test the items prior to purchase. “The foundation of what we do

JANUARY 25, 2012 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE

revolves around the people that we have,” Braun said. “Our business is selling products, but it’s still a people business, and we’re so lucky we have such a great team on board.” A member of the Missouri Association for Medical Equipment Suppliers (MAMES), VGM Groups National Network of homecare providers and the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, Med Resources participates with most insurance plans, is a Medicare provider and will coordinate insurance billing for covered items. “We place a high priority on helping our clients live a more independent life,” Braun said. “When you come to us, you’re in good hands.” Med Resources 1688 Clarkson Road • Chesterfield (636) 530-4500 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mon. – Fri.; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat. www.medresourcesinc.com

NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM

St. Louis Safety, Inc. is a local, woman-owned business and a full-line stocking distributor of personal safety protection items, industrial safety equipment and safety signs. Dedicated staff takes the time and effort to research custom items as well as to furnish your everyday safety needs. St. Louis Safety is a distributor for most of the major, well-known manufacturers of safety equipment and stocks the highest quality safety products that meet the needs of its large industrial customers as well as small businesses, contractors and individuals. At St. Louis Safety, “Safety is our only business.” Staff has a combined 100 years of experience in the safety industry. The advantage of using St. Louis Safety as your safety supplier is its extensive product knowledge, competitive pricing and reputation for excellent customer service. St. Louis Safety has the ability to respond quickly to customer needs. Contractors who have a job starting or are working on a job and find they need a critical item

can either come in and pick it up at the warehouse or have it delivered to the job site the same day. St. Louis Safety has been located in Chesterfield Valley since 1989. In July 2011, the business moved into a new, larger location, doubling its warehouse space to help meet the demands of its growing business. St. Louis Safety invites you to come by, meet the staff and view the products in the showroom. There is no minimum order, and walk-ins are always welcome. St. Louis Safety accepts all major credit cards. Focused, knowledgeable and dependable, you can count on St. Louis Safety to deliver every time. St. Louis Safety, Inc. 17993 Chesterfield Airport Road • Chesterfield (636) 537-9111 (800) 735-2345 www.stlsafety.com

Art-Biz Gallery

At The St. Austin School, parents know their children are in good hands. A small pre-kindergarten to eighthgrade private elementary school, The St. Austin School is a new independent school devoted to a classical education imbued with the Catholic faith. Experienced and dedicated teachers are professionals and work to instill each child with a love for learning and the skills of critical thinking and careful reading, which allows the student to succeed and excel in secondary schools of the highest caliber. “We truly do believe that parents are the first and most enduring educators of their children,” Director of Admissions and Communications Danielle Morgenthaler said. “Our role is to extend this fundamental family environment to our school.” Small class sizes and low studentto-teacher ratios provide teachers with the opportunity to know their students

as individuals and to maximize their inherent gifts. Academically challenging and nurturing, The St. Austin School teaches the message of Christ through traditional teaching methods. “Our mission statement is taken from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, ‘to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ (Ephesians 3.8),’” Morgenthaler said. “We wish to develop the natural love of God in the hearts of the children so that they may seek Him above all things and find joy in worshipping Him in the beauty of holiness.” The St. Austin School currently is enrolling for the 2012-2013 academic year. The St. Austin School 1755 Des Peres Road • St. Louis (314) 580-2802 www.saintaustinschool.org

After being in the art business for 16 years and selling from her home, Marilyn Borgmann opened Art-Biz Gallery in 1996. Full of artwork for everyone and every place, Art-Biz offers a diverse selection of artwork, ranging from traditional to contemporary. Art-Biz is the only Thomas Kinkade dealer in St. Louis. With a vast selection of highly affordable artwork available, Art-Biz features numerous local artists, folk artists and masters, such as Cao Yong. Other artwork includes hand-painted oils, photography, etchings and engravings, sports, open and limited editions, giclees, serigraphs, wildlife, cast paper, mixed media, St. Louis prints and handcrafted jewelry. “Not only do we have a diverse selection of artwork, we have artists available who can create a custom piece to your needs,” Borgmann said. “We can work in oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal or mixed media, whether it’s enlarging a favorite print from a catalog picture, changing its colors to match your decor, taking a print and transferring it

to canvas or creating portraits of people or animals from photographs – we can do it all.” Art-Biz also has an extensive catalog library of artwork and offers free research for that hard-to-find print. Ready-made frames are available as well as custom framing. “We have framed everything from simple art to sports jerseys and even tiger whiskers,” Borgmann said. “There are so many possibilities.” She said one of the many things ArtBiz prides itself on is customer service. “Our customers become like family,” Borgmann said. “You experience that commitment when you walk in the door and are greeted by a friendly ‘Hello.’” Stop in to pick up a free Thomas Kinkade 25th Anniversary print today, while supplies last. Art-Biz Gallery 14632 Manchester Road • Winchester (636) 256-9994 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tues. – Sat. or by special appointment www.artbizgallery.com


JANUARY 25, 2012 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE

NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM

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 Carol DiSanza, Executive 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 studio, indoor pool and spa and beautiful lakeside dining room with a cozy fireplace, library, club room and a chapel for religious services. 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.

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

Nancy Barrett, ASID Interior Designer/Owner

Cape Albeon 3380 Lake Bend Drive • St. Louis (636) 861-3200 www.capealbeon.com

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. “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. Many of my clients prefer to work with me in stages and I have new 3D imaging available to show a visualization of the finished results.” Decorating Den Interiors (636) 519-4090 www.BeautifulRooms.info

I business profiles I 27

Bonhomme Presbyterian Church is a mission-oriented church “where faith grows.” A 1,500-member community established in 1816, the church is committed to spiritual learning and service to the community. The church’s mission programs, from local to national to global, offer members the opportunity to put their faith in action through service. “We really want to be of service to people in the community, the city of St. Louis and to other places in the world,” Senior Pastor Tom Pfizenmaier said. One example happened this past Christmas when the church raised $65,000 to build a school in Ethiopia. The church offers many classes for folks of all ages covering the basics of Christianity. For those who are ready to go a bit deeper in their studies, the Bonhomme Academy offers credit toward an Academy Certificate. The church is excited about Minister of Outreach Don Everts’ new book, entitled “The Missional Christian” released this summer.

Indigo Joe’s Sports Pub & Restaurant is the hot spot in Wildwood where friends and families of all ages go to have a great evening out. In fact, there is even more to cheer about in 2012 as West News Magazine has voted Indigo Joes as the “Best Happy Hour” restaurant in the area!! It was several years ago that owners, Brett Beiter, Kurt Beiter & Jeff Wiess envisioned opening a neighborhood restaurant where families could watch their favorite sports teams while enjoying a delicious, reasonably priced meal. Consistency is everything in the food and entertainment business. Four years have passed now since Indigo Joe’s made a commitment to the community to provide a consistent quality product. As an upscale sports pub and restaurant, Indigo Joe’s offers a variety of menu items. Head Chef Mike Sano recently built a new menu that includes crowd-pleasing appetizers, signature salads, ½ lb angus burgers, wraps, pizzas, steaks and tender smoked baby back ribs. The customers have given the new menu offerings rave reviews!

Worship services are held Sunday mornings for Traditional and Contemporary services, and beginning on Feb. 25, Contemporary Saturday night services will be held. “This will be a way to try and reach out to people for whom Sunday morning just doesn’t work,” Pfizenmaier said. The church also is implementing a new program, Word in Life, a new approach to spiritual formation. “This is a new thing for us and a way for people to dig a little deeper into their own lives,” Pfizenmaier said. One of the oldest Presbyterian churches west of the Mississippi River, Bonhomme Presbyterian Church is a place where people care about one another. “We are internally vibrant, knowing and growing in the mind and heart of Jesus,” Pfizenmaier said. Bonhomme Presbyterian Church 14820 Conway Road • Chesterfield (636) 532-3486 www.bonpres.org

Brett Beiter Owner, Melissa Messmer Manager, Michael Sano Chef

Indigo Joe’s of course also offers a full bar with 20 ice cold beers on tap. The 33 High-Definition TV’s makes watching your favorite sporting event feel like you are actually there in person. Tuesday night trivia is a weekly attraction for customers and don’t forget live music at least twice a month. Indigo Joe’s is a place where customer satisfaction is a priority. The enthusiastic staff will go out of their way to make sure everyone is having a great time. Don’t forget February is “Customer Appreciation Month.” In honor of our 4 years in business and to celebrate our loyal customers we will feature live music every weekend and offer amazing daily food and drink specials. Indigo Joe’s Sports Pub & Restaurant 16721 Main St. • Wildwood (636) 458-4900 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Mon. – Sat.; 11 a.m. to midnight on Sun. www.ijswildwood.com


32 I business profiles I 

JANUARY 25, 2012 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE

NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM

HEATING & COOLING CO.

SI N

C E 1 89 5

The Welsch Furnace Company (now Welsch Heating and Cooling Company) was founded in 1895 by current president George “Butch” Welsch’s great-grandfather. Welsch Heating and Cooling is proud to be celebrating its th 117 anniversary. “Our company is committed to providing quality service to each of our customers. That’s why when you call us you will always be answered by a live person - no menus! We believe that if you are willing to make the effort to call us, we should be willing to make the effort to take your call and be prepared to take care of your needs,” Butch Welsch said. “With our company, our customers are not just numbers. We value every one of our customers and will do everything we can to make certain they are satisfied. We are extremely proud to have served customers in the St. Louis area for over 117 years, and we are still very dedicated to make sure that we serve you properly.”

Welsch has assembled a staff of professionals unparalleled in the St. Louis area. Their office and sales staff alone has over 350 years of combined experience in the industry. Welsch only offers trusted and superior product lines. Names such as Lennox, Bryant, American-Standard, Geocomfort and Rheem are industry leaders in quality and dependability. This combination of experience, superior customer service and top of the line equipment are what has kept Welsch Heating and Cooling Company at the top of the industry for over 100 years.

Welsch Heating & Cooling Company 2175 Welsch Industrial Court St. Louis (314) 872-8070 www.welsch-heatcool.com

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

Photo Courtesy of Custom Cupboards

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. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat. Evenings & weekends by appointment www.baumhousedesign.com

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

With more than 146 years of successful operation, Commerce Bank offers financial strength and stability. Attesting to this, Commerce Bancshares, Inc., was ranked No. 7 in Forbes’ (12/13/2011) list of America’s Best Banks for 2011. Commerce is also rated number seven on Bank Director magazine’s 2011 Top 150 Bank Performance Scorecard. Commerce operates as a supercommunity 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 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 to give back to the community. In fact,

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 www.ThinnergyMD.com

the West County management team serves on the Boards of 13 not-for-profit organizations in the community.” Commerce Bank is a subsidiary of Commerce Bancshares, Inc., a $20.6 billion regional bank holding company. For more than 146 years, Commerce Bank has been meeting the financial services needs of individuals and businesses through the Midwest region. Chesterfield, 1699 Clarkson Road Creve Coeur, 12275 Olive Street Ellisville, 16303 Truman Road Eureka, 203 E 5th Street Fenton, 487 Old Smizer Mill Road Manchester, 14317 Manchester Road Maryland Heights, 12633 Dorsett Road Town & Country, 1090 Schnucks Woods Mill Plaza Twin Oaks, 858 Meramec Station Road www.commercebank.com


JANUARY 25, 2012 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE

NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM

Diamond & Jewelry Brokers was founded in 1978 by 2nd generation jeweler Rocky Haddad. Conveniently nestled in the Dierberg’s shopping center at Manchester & Baxter Rd, the family operated diamond business is now in its 34th year of service in St. Louis. Although they are most known for selling diamonds and engagement rings, they are also one of St. Louis’ most powerful buyers. Many people don’t know they also buy diamonds, gold, and estate jewelry every day. Diamond & Jewelry Brokers is all about building relationships, and sometimes maintaining that relationship is not only about selling, they buy, trade, design, repair, and appraise jewelry. “Honesty is the name of the game,” says founder Rocky Haddad, “that’s how I got to where I am today, and people can simply shop around to see the difference we work so hard to create.” In 2008, Diamond & Jewelry Brokers received the Master IJO Jeweler accreditation, which is based on a strict code of ethical standards , and is also the world’s

largest diamond and jewelry buying group. “We are a family business with more buying clout than large chain stores, and we love when customers shop around and learn for themselves how we are positioned to sell diamonds,” says Michael Haddad. “We buy diamonds directly from DeBeers diamond cutters every day, saving our customers thousands on a once in a lifetime purchase.” Rocky’s wife recently retired from the Special School District of Rockwood after over 30 years of service. His two sons Michael and Alex Haddad, have embraced the family business and now work alongside Rocky as 3rd Generation jewelers. Anthony Haddad, now solely owns Yummi Image LLC, a multi-faceted marketing agency that handles the advertising campaigns for Diamond & Jewelry Brokers and other local businesses. Diamond & Jewelry Brokers, Inc. 473 Lafayette Center • Manchester (636) 391-6622 www.diamondaa.com

I business profiles I 33

Fifty years ago, voters approved establishment of the Junior College District of St. Louis-St. Louis County. Today, St. Louis Community College is the largest community college district in Missouri and one of the most influential community colleges in the nation. Since 1962, more than 1.2 million people have come through the doors to pursue higher education, career preparation, professional development and personal enrichment. Yet, STLCC continues to measure success one student at a time. There are four campuses and two education centers in St. Louis and St. Louis County to serve the higher education needs of the area. The Wildwood campus opened in 2007 to serve the growing West County area. Students can complete an associate’s degree in general transfer studies, business administration, communication arts (advertising/public relations), fine arts/ arts education or teaching. They also can take the prerequisites required for programs offered at the other campuses. The college strives to provide a quality

learning experience, offering students the chance to take classes close to home and transfer easily to a bachelor’s degree or the career program of their choice. A unique partnership between STLCC and University of Missouri-St. Louis offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration, elementary education or liberal studies from UMSL right on Wildwood’s campus. STLCC-Wildwood has experienced instructors, small class sizes, free tutoring services, and a full-service library. Students can develop their academic resume by participating in Student Government, Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, honors programs, study abroad and service learning projects. The campus also has clubs and special events that help students connect with each other outside the classroom. At STLCC, students achieve success in a vibrant, supportive learning environment. St. Louis Community College-Wildwood 2645 Generations Drive • Wildwood (636) 422-2000 www.stlcc.edu/ww

Enhancing the bond between your pet and family

Roy’s Auto Repair is the cornerstone of auto repair in West County. Family owned for more than 30 years. Roy’s is widely known for its honesty and quality work. “We want our customers to be able to drop off their vehicles and feel assured that we will take care of them in a timely manner and at a fair price,” said Steve Johnson, operations manager and son-in-law of owners Roy and Carol Esslinger. “You don’t have to worry about high-pressure sales tactics here; just come in for what you need and leave with exactly that.” Roy’s offers minor to major repairs on all domestic and foreign models. Its highly trained technicians, with more than 100 years of combined experience, are ASE-certified in eight areas of repair, including engines, brakes and transmissions, heating and A/C systems, to mention a few. They are continually trained and tested, so customers can be confident that their vehicles are in good hands. Equipped with the latest in diagnostic testing equipment,

Roy’s staff can tackle any automotive issue and correct it the first time. Roy’s is a licensed Missouri State Safety and Emissions Testing facility. So when it’s time to renew your license plates, give Roy’s a call. Roy’s Auto Repair is a member of the Better Business Bureau and is a AAA-authorized repair facility. Its A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and Super Service Award from Angie’s List show that the customers always come first. Roy’s Auto Repair was recognized as the Business of the Year for 2011. At the same time, Senator Jane Cunningham and the Missouri Senate recognized Roy’s Auto Repair for its excellence in business.

Roy’s Auto Repair 14305 Manchester Road • Manchester (636) 391-6844 Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.– 7 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. www.roysauto.com

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 www.positivepawstraining.com


36 I business profiles I 

JANUARY 25, 2012 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE

NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM

Robert P. Rothenberg, DDS 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.”

For 35 years, Lafayette Christian Preschool has been providing heartfelt Christian education and helping shape young minds with a warm and friendly learning environment. LCP started as a backyard vacation bible school. Through the love and dedication of a handful of people, it has continued to grow in educating the young children of West County. “We provide a well-balanced schedule of work and play,” Director Anna Weaver said. The integrated, faith-based curriculum is developed specifically to enrich early learners between the ages of 2 and 5 years old in the areas of emotional, social, spiritual, physical and academic development. “We want each child to develop selfconfidence with the knowledge that they are special in the eyes of God,” Weaver said. “We believe every child is a unique creation with their own

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. www.rothenbergdds.com

individual patterns of growth. Knowing this, our teachers keep the curriculum current and challenging so that each child can feel successful in their first learning experiences.” The best part of LCP, Weaver said, is “hands down, our staff,” which treats children as if they were their own. Staff and faculty are dedicated Christian women who treat children with respect and celebrate individuality with backto-basics character development. “Our staff understands the trust it takes to put your child in someone else’s care,” Weaver said. “We honor and respect that and will do everything possible to provide comfort and security to both the child and the parent.” Lafayette Christian Preschool 115 New Ballwin Road • Ballwin (636) 230-9726 9 a.m. to noon, Mon. – Fri. www.lafayettechristianpreschool.com

For 94 years, family-owned Meramec Valley Bank has been serving West County. Customers at Meramec Valley Bank not only receive competitive rates and friendly service, but also have the confidence of working with experienced, local decision-makers who actually know and support the community they serve. Committed to the local community, Meramec Valley Bank recycles the deposits it gathers locally back into the west county community by lending to local businesses, and supporting local schools and non-profit organizations. With a strong local foundation, Meramec Valley Bank provides personal services that simply aren’t available to regular folks at larger banks. Meramec Valley Bank has a full-range of services for small businesses and families. The bank offers all the basic deposit products, plus great Internet Banking tools including bill-pay, remote check deposit, and E-statements. Competitive consumer lending, mortgage lending and business banking

For 54 years, the West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce has been all about customer service. Covering eight municipalities, including Ballwin, Clarkson Valley, Ellisville, Manchester, Twin Oaks, Valley Park, Wildwood, Winchester and parts of unincorporated West St. Louis County, the West County Chamber is constantly improving and growing. The West County Chamber is a professional organization dedicated to representing its members, promoting and enhancing businesses, advancing community interests and overall quality of life. Membership in the Chamber has many advantages as well: Businesses receive a free listing in the annual directory; new members receive a free spotlight in the monthly newsletter; and events such as business card exchanges, open houses, the Chamber Golf Classic, Trivia Night, Business Expo and the annual Holiday Party offer networking opportunities and an opportunity to meet fellow business owners and operators. “We provide a multitude of effective and friendly networking events for our Chamber members,” President Lori Kelling said. The West County Chamber strives to be a leader in supporting West St. Louis County’s

services are all available for you. Most importantly, Meramec Valley Bank can deliver outside the box solutions. Banking is easy when it fits in the big bank cookie cutter, but the needs of many customers are often more complex. Listening to you and thinking with you are critical, and Meramec Valley Bank promises both. The Bank prides itself on its strong heritage of building long-term relationships through management continuity, extraordinary listening, consideration of alternatives, and attention to detail. Meramec Valley Bank is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. “Go Local and Bank Smaller.” Discover how your community bank can provide a world of service. Meramec Valley Bank 199 Clarkson Road • Ellisville 35 Marshall Road • Valley Park (636) 230-3500 www.meramecvalleybank.com

Carla, Lori & Deb

economic development, to continue growth in membership and services and to be seen as a focal point for networking among West St. Louis County businesses, cities, schools and other community organizations. The West County Chamber has grown 57 percent in membership within the past five years, making it one of the fastest growing Chambers in the area. Friendly, energetic and professional, the West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce continues its motto of “caring for and exceeding the needs of our businesses.” The West County Chamber is good business – because it is good for business. For more information or to become a member, call or go online today. West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce 15965 Manchester Road, Suite 102 Ellisville (636) 230-9900 www.westcountychamber.com


JANUARY 25, 2012 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE

NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM

Beautifully situated in Wildwood, Ridgefield Arena, celebrating more than 40 years in business, offers picturesque bridle trails, exceptional boarding services and lots of extra amenities. Since 1970, the family-owned and operated business has been among the area’s premier boarding and horse facilities. Spectators enjoy an airconditioned lounge and fireplace for viewing the indoor ring, as well as patios for viewing the two outside rings. Ridgefield Riding Academy exists for horses and the people who love to ride. English and Western riding lessons are offered for children and adults. “We have an all-encompassing program for all aged riders beginning at age 6,” said Ridgefield owner Tracey Gentry Ryan, who was born into a family that trained and showed horses. “Customers range from recreational riders to competing at rated hunter jumper shows and reining shows. Our facility is well established and has produced many successful riders, instructors and champion horses.”

Frank and Ann Mahler along with their daughter and son-in-law Kelly and Chris Brown, have welcomed customers into their donut home for over 17 years. The Donut Palace of Ellisville has expanded providing more space for the entire family while maintaining their mom and pop values. The Donut Palace of Ellisville introduces the Creative Cookie Kitchen. Inspired by childhood memories of her grandparents decorating holiday cookies and riding out thunderstorms with dad and a glass of milk, Kelly continues to share her love of cookies with you in the The Donut Palace of Ellisville. From the original melt-inyour-mouth chocolate chip to the made-from-scratch hand-decorated taste-as-good-as-they-look sugar cookies, along with other family favorites like gooey butter, coconut macaroons, lemon shortbread, oatmeal, black forest, to name a few, Kelly’s Creative Cookies are sure to please any crowd young or old, big or small. They also remembered your fourlegged friend with made-from-scratch

The academy has two excellent riding instructors, Stephanie Petersen and Annie Vibbert, who know how to put the “fun” in horseback riding and teach riders with all levels of experience. Ridgefield Arena summer camps are June 26-29, July 17-20, July 31-Aug. 3 and Aug. 7-10 and offers an advanced clinic from June 12-14. Adult clinics, birthday parties and three charity horseshows are hosted each year as well. Horse shows dates are April 2829, June 2-3 and Sept. 22-23. Whether providing lessons to a novice rider or teaching an experienced rider a new technique, Ridgefield Arena strives to “produce great riders and share the love of horses.” Ridgefield Arena 1410 Ridge Road • Wildwood (636) 527-3624 www.ridgefieldarena.com

dog treat cookies like Peanut Butter StarDog Treats and SnickerPoodles. Stop by and purchase some today! The Donut Palace of Ellisville continues to offer over 40 different kinds of handcrafted donuts daily including long johns, glazed, oldfashioned, jellies, twists, a variety of cake donuts and their signature Apple Fritter. The Donut Palace proudly serves individually brewed Douwe Egberts premium gourmet coffee, cappuccino, lattes, espressos and steamers. The Donut Palace of Ellisville & The Creative Cookie Kitchen knows how to party. They offer cookie decorating parties or a space to host your celebration with sweet treats to enjoy. Call or stop in for details. 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.

I business profiles I 37

If a loved one needs assistance with some daily activities to remain independent in his or her home, you can place your trust in Martha’s Hands. Martha’s Hands Home Health is on a mission to serve with compassion. Martha’s Hands provides quality, compassionate, private duty home health care. Assistance that Martha’s Hands can provide includes bathing, grooming, dressing, meal preparation/cleanup, medication setup and reminders, light housekeeping, laundry, errand running, mental stimulation, companionship and spiritual support. Eileen and John Hedrick founded Martha’s Hands more than 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 founded Martha’s Hands. Since its founding in 1997, Martha’s Hands has become one of the most

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 27th 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

respected private duty agencies in the area. With it’s unique care model, Martha’s Hands has provided over two million hours of service. Martha’s Hands continues to strive for high standards and is actively involved with the National Private Duty Association and the Missouri Alliance for Home Care. Martha’s Hands also supports the local community through volunteering and supporting the Alzheimer’s Association, Memory Care Home Solutions and the Kirkwood/Des Peres Chamber of Commerce. So if you ever need guidance through the maze of elder care issues, place your trust in Martha’s Hands. Martha’s Hands Home Health 12813 Flushing Meadows Drive, Suite 250 Town & Country (314) 965-4350 www.marthashands.com

Carbon Fiber products when necessary. “We use state-of-the-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 www.thecrackteamstl.com


40 I business profiles I 

JANUARY 25, 2012 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE

NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM “Never Paint Again” “The Ultimate Paint Job”

BY MIDWESTERN COATINGS, INC. By Midwestern Coatings, Inc. An Authorized Rhino Shield Dealer

241 Old meramec Station Rd. • Manchester, MO

With The Laura MacDonald Team, clients can rest assured they are receiving expert advice and helpful resources from a trustworthy team. Well-known in the St. Louis real estate market for its straightforward, simple approach, The Laura MacDonald Team is an exclusive buyer/seller agent that takes the stress out of process. Consisting of five dynamic women who have a high energy level and are known for their strong attention to detail, The Laura MacDonald Team has created a 7 item strategy which has been a huge success in a home purchase/sale, working with The Laura MacDonald Team. The team includes Office and Closing Manager Mary Ann Ricker, Customer Service Director and Buyer’s Agent Linda Basile, Virtual Assistant Jeanine Cloontz, Buyer’s Agent Liz Whitworth and Team Leader Laura MacDonald. Owner Laura MacDonald in 1995 was a seller herself before she decided to create a team and join Gundaker Realtors. “I experience all the emotions one goes through selling a home,” MacDonald said. “I also experienced frustration from

lack of communication, so I wanted to get into the business and change the standard practice.” The Laura MacDonald Team’s primary focus is residential, and the team represents clients from first-time home buyer, move up, downsizing relocation, new construction and personal transitioning. “Our success is directly attributed to the fact that we have policies and procedures that are entirely focused on achieving our goal or aggressively marketing your home in a manner that will produce a contract,” MacDonald said. Energetic, detailed and ambitious, The Laura MacDonald Team offers an unconditional guarantee and makes buying and selling as easy as ever. “If you are not satisfied with our efforts, we’ll make it right – guaranteed,” MacDonald said.

There are many retirement communities in the St. Louis area, but Gambrill Gardens in Ellisville has a significant edge on the “competition.” “We are simply the best value in West County,” said Linda Young, director of marketing and sales for Gambrill Gardens, a not-for-profit senior living community that serves individuals of all economic backgrounds. “We offer as many programs and services as most retirement communities, if not more, but we do it at phenomenal prices.” Two-thirds of Gambrill Gardens’ apartments are federally subsidized, and the other one-third offers the most affordable rents in West County. Wellness is the focus of Gambrill Gardens’ community service program, which includes a wellness nurse, a chaplain, a recreational therapist and a social worker. A beautiful, 200-seat chapel serves all faiths. Activities are abundant and varied, and two buses ensure mobility for those who no lon-

ger drive. Gambrill Gardens is situated on 24 lovely acres, and soon they plan to open a licensed Assisted Living program so residents can enjoy a continuum of care. As a not-for-profit community that has operated for 32 years, Gambrill Gardens relies largely on word of mouth to attract residents. “Along with current residents and their family members who send us referrals, I am often amazed by the number of people who call me or drop by who knew former residents,” Young said. “They remember how happy they were and are happy to send folks here when they are looking for a place to live or a place for a loved one. I think of those past residents as my ‘referring angels.’”

1100 Town and Country Crossing Drive Town & Country (314) 605-2896 www.thelauramacdonaldteam.com

Gambrill Gardens Senior Living Community 1 Strecker Road • Ellisville (636) 394-2992

Like its namesake and logo, the armor-clad skin of a rhinoceros, Rhino Shield Ceramic Coating is one tough “animal.” “It’s an awesome product. There’s nothing tougher,” Darrin Crook, owner of the Rhino Shield dealership in Manchester, said. “I got into this industry because of the high quality of the product.” Rhino Shield Ceramic Coating is a durable, maintenance-free wall coating with a flexible and tough surface – so tough, in fact, that it comes with a 25-year non-prorated transferable warranty. The product can be sprayed, brushed or rolled on and offers excellent adhesion and bonding. “It bonds completely to aluminum, cedar, block, brisk, Masonite, stucco and wood,” Crook said. The long-lasting coating also waterproofs, insulates and soundproofs; offers superior mold and mildew resistance; and provides ultraviolet ray reflectivity. It comes in many colors and will not chip, crack or peel.

At Tee’s Golf Grill, golfers can enjoy more than 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,” Ben Rassieur IV, one of the founders, said. “The simulators inject some interactive entertainment into an evening out, 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 ambience. Conveniently located in Chesterfield Valley, the restaurant serves fresh and updated versions of your favorite bar fare. The menu features items ranging from buffalo-style hot wings and half-

Darrin, Sandy, Kirstie & Carter Crook

The product also is environmentally safe and rates a Class A fire rating by BASF Laboratories. “Our product has been recommended for outstanding performance and durability by BASF Test Labs,” Crook said. “Rhino Shield was chosen to cover the War Memorial in Pearl Harbor, the Nascar Wind Tunnel in Charlotte, N.C., and all of the Wal-Mart distribution centers. Locally, we’ve coated many homes, and commercially, we’ve done seven Firestone stores, including the ones in Ballwin and Manchester.” Rhino Shield is the benchmark by which all other competitors are measured. Over time, Rhino Shield will save time and money, making it a very wise investment indeed. No paint, no vinyl, go Rhino. Rhino Shield Ceramic Coating (877) 25RHINO or (314) 239-7947 www.getrhino.com

pound burgers to flatbread pizzas and barbecue smoked in-house. The pizzas offer a variety of toppings, and the burgers offer beef, chicken, lamb and salmon. To add to the outstanding menu deals, the restaurant also has five daily lunch specials under $7 and drink specials all day every day. You are also invited to join Tee’s Golf Grill for company outings, private birthday & bachelor parties and special events, such as Super Sunday, March Madness, Father’s Day and during games of our local sports teams. No matter what brings you to Tee’s Golf Grill, you are sure to have a grand time. “Bring your sticks, your appetite and your ‘A’ game to Tee’s, where it’s ‘Tee Time Any Time,’” Rassieur said. 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.; www.teesgolfgrill.com


JANUARY 25, 2012 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE

NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM

eside k a L

Children’s Acad

I business profiles I 41

em y

Formerly Lakeside Child Care Center

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. Lakeside is locally owned and family operated 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. 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 the Lakeside Lightening girls’ softball team. After 19 years in service, Lakeside was completely renovated last spring. The renovations made Lakeside brighter and more attractive. Check out Lakeside’s website to view pictures of the renovated academy. You can also like Lakeside on Facebook. “Teaching and nurturing children prepare them for a successful future,” Laura 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. www.lakesidechildrensacademy.com

Concierge Automotive Services is not a typical car dealership. There is no car lot to visit and no salespeople trying to get rid of whatever car is available. Through a distinctive new business approach, Concierge Automotive offers “white glove concierge” treatment to each of its clients by providing wellresearched information on “like new” vehicles. It allows the client to make all the decisions at their own individual pace but performs all the work of acquiring a vehicle from start to finish, including trade-ins, competitive financing, full line of accessories, extendedwarranties, and much more. The Concierge Automotive team consists of Managing Partner Stephen Cancila, New Partner John Hennessey and Partner John Doty. “We are a unique new way to purchase a vehicle that really hasn’t been tried before,” Cancila said. “We don’t push anything on you or try to make you buy anything. We move at the speed of the client; it really depends on what they want.” Cancila, who has been in the automotive industry for 20 years and counting, left the dealership environment and opened Concierge Automotive in Ches-

terfield Valley to provide exceptional customer service on an entirely new level. Angela Getman, who recently purchased a car, said Concierge Automotive “makes the car-buying process so easy and carefree for the buyer.” Concierge Automotive is excited to celebrate its first year in business, giving clients the chance to leave the dealership behind and making the car purchase a pleasant experience with no pressure. “In the end, we feel that when the client hires us, they should be able to sit back and relax,” Cancila said. “Then let us do what we do best – take care of all their automotive purchasing needs – from desire to delivery.” Concierge Automotive Services 17826 Edison Avenue Chesterfield (636) 536-2966 www.CASCarsOnline.com

West County Executive Suites

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.” Mikel Garrett, Agent State Farm Insurance 16437 Village Plaza View Drive Wildwood (636) 458-5055 www.mikelgarrett.com

With gas prices increasing and budgets tightening, local satellite offices are becoming the trend with many office workers in today’s market. Savings in time, money and effort as well as the avoidance of risks in traveling down road construction corridors makes offices close to home an attractive option in today’s economy. Not to mention in today’s office environment, “Co-working Spaces” are the up in coming trend. What are “Co-working Spaces” you may ask? Loosely defined, a co-working space is a site where independent professionals and freelancers-anyone with workplace flexibility and mobility-can come to work. The space generally includes certain office amenities like Wi-Fi, printers, conference rooms and even coffee. West County Executive Suites features more than 30 private Executive Offices, some are less than $225.00 per month. The West County Executive Suites is West County’s stress-free, affordable way to office. Office personnel such as insurance agents, real estate and mortgage brokers, manufacturers’ representatives and other office professional industries requiring a minimal amount of professional office space will find the newly configured

120- to 250-square-foot units very affordable, convenient, all inclusive (excluding your phone) and well-priced in the West St. Louis County market. Wi t h m a n y o f t h e i n t e r i o r office suites prices starting at less than $225 monthly, exterior suites starting under $325 per month, you’re sure to find the price a comfortable and convenient with your business strategy. Clients also will appreciate the three conference rooms, a secluded break room, copy and mail area, all of which they may utilize free of charge. Additional amenities include a professionally decorated reception and waiting area, the availability of high-speed Internet, WI-FI and a minimum of two phone lines per office, free local faxing and 24- hour office access seven days a week. Offices usually can be acquired within the same day, and leases range from six months to two years. St. Onge Management & Exchange West County Executive Suites 15620 Manchester Road • Ellisville (636) 451-2725


44 I business profiles I 

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

Clearing fogged insulated glass is now easier than ever with the innovative Crystal Clear process. For a fraction of the price of new windows, Clear Window Technology can quickly remove trapped moisture from failed insulated glass and restore clarity and lost insulating value. The technique has been in use in Canada since 1989, and Clear Window Technology brought it to the U.S. in 2005. Certified technicians use precision tools to clean the interior of the glass and introduce valves to enable the window to expel moisture. The valve allows vaporized moisture to vent to the outside and keeps additional moisture from accumulating. As a result, the window looks great and supports the natural cycle of evaporation. “We use only environmentally friendly chemicals which are harmless to people, pets and plants. As a result, some windows have too much damage for the process to work,” said Dennis

JANUARY 25, 2012 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE

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

McHugh, who co-owns Clear Window with Susan McHugh. “In those cases, we can replace the damaged glass with a superior insulating glass that uses ‘warm edge’ technology, leaving the existing frame in place. The seal is so good that it carries a 20-year warranty against failure. We’ve replaced over 80,000 pieces of glass with this type of seal and can count the failures on one hand.” Complete window and door and patio door replacement are available through their Air Shield division, a Better Business Bureau Accredited business that has been supplying quality replacement products, including Andersen, since 1983. Free evaluations are provided, and all products are backed with a 20-year warranty. Clear Window Technology (314) 966-2666 www.clearwindowtech.com

NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM

Everyone knows a friend or family member who has joined a gym, showed up a few times and quit because they were confused, scared or unsure of where to begin. At Blue Ocean Fitness, staff teaches their clients exactly what they need to do so they never have to face that situation again. “Having been involved in the fitness business for almost 10 years now, I became increasingly frustrated at the poor standards in our industry,” Owner John Farkas said. “Personal training standards were poor, and good training programs with qualified instruction was almost impossible to find. Blue Ocean Fitness was created to put the focus where it belongs, which is on the client.” Specializing in semi-private (one to three people) and group (four to 12 people) personal training allows staff to assist clients in reaching their goals without the expense of working individually with a trainer. “We don’t feel like you need someone standing over you counting

Most auto services have started specializing in only a few services, making it harder to find a reliable, onestop shop for quality automotive repair. MasterTech Auto Service is available to work with all makes and models and has been serving the West County area since 1995. Owner Pat Rawie has over 35 years of experience in the field. He started working with cars at a young age and is now a Certified Master Technician, in addition to being Missouri statelicensed to perform emissions repair. “We’re not real big, so we can offer a more personalized service to folks,” Rawie said. “We’re really good at working with people and trying to help them with their automotive problems.” MasterTech is AAA-approved, has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is a member of the West County Chamber of Commerce and the Automotive Service Association. Mastertech diagnostic technicians are extremely knowledgeable about the current advances in technology and have the most updated equipment to

your reps; you can do that on your own,” Farkas said. It does not matter what your current exercise level is or if you have prior injuries. Blue Ocean Fitness workouts can be varied for all individuals. “Our metabolic resistance training system allows us to get clients moving, feeling and looking better in record time,” Farkas said. Fun and friendly, Blue Ocean Fitness’ sole focus is on its member’s results. “Your body is something you have to live with every day, and it affects everything you do,” Farkas said. “There is nothing more rewarding than helping people feel, move and look their best.”

Blue Ocean Fitness 125 Long Road, Suite C • Chesterfield (314) 952-9496 www.blueoceanfitness.net

work with cars, new and old. “People don’t realize how much technology has advanced,” Rawie said. “In years past, they didn’t have navigation units and voice-activated controls. Heating/air conditioning systems also have gotten more technical. At MasterTech, we have ongoing training to keep with the latest technology.” MasterTech Auto Service’s honesty, professionalism and technical ability are what make them stand out among the rest. “We can track down the repair right away,” Rawie said. “At other places, it might sit on a lot for a while before they even take a look at it. We offer personalized service so you receive a fast turnaround.” MasterTech Auto Service 16109 Manchester Road • Ellisville (636) 230-5115 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon. – Fri.


JANUARY 25, 2012 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE

NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM

When you need in-home care, you do have a choice. “Algonquin Nurses Home Health Care was started with the goal of providing quality in-home care to loved ones,” CEO Steve Tamboli said. “A family-owned, local business, Algonquin Nurses has been serving the Greater St. Louis and surrounding areas since 1987 when our mother, Mary Tamboli, and I started Algonquin Nurses.” Twenty-five years later, Algonquin Nurses has grown into four divisions – Private Duty, Medicaid, Medicare and Consumer Directed Services – with four Missouri branches. “Our clients’ happiness is our No. 1 priority,” Private Duty Director Carolyn Hansel said. “Our goal is to keep a loved one in their home as long as possible by offering services that will do just that.” Algonquin Nurses makes sure your loved one is eating properly and encourages compliance with all medications. The care also provides the freedom to enjoy activities outside the home by providing transportation to church activities, doctor’s appointments, grocery and personal shopping and help

Eight and a half years ago, Sarah Corrigan and her mother, Mary Kay, felt there was a real demand in the community for a unique decor, gift and floral boutique. They soon joined forces to start The White Hare, offering distinct home accessories, gifts and an extensive, top-notch floral selection. The store’s extremely popular inhome accessorizing service caters to the personal desires of the client to help with a new space or simply add finishing touches to an existing one. “We come to your home, talk to you about what areas you would like to work on and then we take pictures and measurements,” Sarah Corrigan said. “We then schedule another day when we return with a selection of items specifically for your space. It’s that easy.” In addition, the store carries the best quality floral and merchandise available while maintaining a good price for its loyal and dedicated customers. Custom floral design is another popular service that keeps customers coming

with the routines of maintaining a home. “If you are on Medicaid, we offer services to make your life a little easier, such as light housekeeping, running errands, assistance in bathing and grooming, companionship, medication reminders, meal prep and so much more,” Mark Tamboli said. Medicare Administrator Anne Keathley said Algonquin Nurses offers many services that are unique in the in-home care industry, such as Beyond Balance, where a physical therapist assists patients that are susceptible to falls; Health Light, for those who suffer from Diabetic Neuropathy; and Low Vision Rehabilitation Services, for those with glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. If you want to stay in your home, but need some assistance, give Algonquin Nurses a call for a free consultation. Algonquin Nurses Home Health Care (314) 822-8158 Medicaid: (314) 822-2974 Medicare: (314) 822-3736 www.algonquinnurses.com

back. Seasonal and everyday decorating classes are offered in store and always sell out immediately. “We emphasize customer service and getting our clients exactly what they want and need,” Corrigan said. “We are always changing and striving to have the most creative displays and newest product out there. It’s not uncommon for a customer to come to the store three times in a month, and it looks different each time.” The White Hare moved to a larger location one year ago that nearly doubled its space to 7300 square feet, enabling the store to carry more variety, larger stock and offer more classes. “We strive to have every client leave the store with a positive experience,” Corrigan said. The White Hare 6121 Mid Rivers Mall Drive • St. Peters (636) 441-1111 www.thewhitehare.com

I business profiles I 45

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

At Xenon International Academy, beauty is taught at the highest of standards, and the industry is looking for committed professionals who fit those standards. More than 7,000 graduates strong, Xenon Academy is committed to providing programs that deliver quality training within a convenient time frame. A full-service salon and spa, Xenon Academy offers cosmetology, esthetics and manicuring programs to hardworking students who want to reach their full potential. “We are very interested in the success of our graduates,” Assistant Director Andrea Emel said. “We strive to maintain a reputation for professional facilities and progressive curriculum that reflects current industry standards.” Licensed educators are available and want to see their students succeed. “You will have the advantage of learning beyond the normal expectation of a beauty school,” Emel said. “Our services are unique because all are

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 new spacious 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 www.candiccis.net

The Xenon Team

performed by students under the direct supervision of a licensed instructor. We also have 10 product lines to fit any budget.” Xenon Academy trains with only the highest level of quality salon professional products and tools, while featuring advanced machines, international qualifications and the American Crew program. Loyal, accredited and professional, Xenon Academy’s goal is to provide a quality training program and to continue to provide exceptional salon and spa services to the community. Xenon International Academy currently is accepting applications for new students. Xenon International Academy 15435 Clayton Road • Ballwin (636) 394-7335 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mon., Fri. & Sat.; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tues., Wed. & Thurs. www.xenonintl.com


48 I business profiles I 

Christopher Kling, M.D., is a board certified dermatologist who specializes in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology for adults and also in pediatric dermatology. He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgeons. “I enjoy helping people of all ages, utilizing both my interpersonal and surgical skills,” Dr. Kling said. “I especially enjoy getting to know the entire family, as all ages have something to gain from my expertise in the treatment of many different skin problems, like acne, warts, eczema, rosacea, changing moles or skin cancer.” Recently relocating his practice to a state-of-the-art facility at Wildwood Town Center, Dr. Kling is experienced in the latest cosmetic treatments, including BOTOX® and a variety of filler materials for unwanted wrinkles and sclerotherapy or laser treatments for unwanted leg veins. An in-office medical aesthetician performs microdermabrasion, facials

JANUARY 25, 2012 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE

and chemical peels to assist in treating acne and uneven skin tone. “My patients don’t have to wait weeks or months to see a dermatologist,” Dr. Kling said. “Most patients can call and schedule an appointment within days, and I try to keep a few openings for same-day appointments so I can see the more urgent problems, too, like poison ivy, shingles or painful cysts. Patients really appreciate that they can get in quickly if they need to be seen soon.” Dr. Kling has an excellent bedside manner, and as the father of three young children, is great with kids. At Town Center Dermatology, every member of the family receives prompt, professional care with a compassionate, personalized touch. Town Center Dermatology Christopher Kling, M.D. 16759 Main Street Suite 201 • Wildwood (636) 821-1661 www.towncenterderm.com

NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM

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, 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. Registration fees will be waived through February 29, 2012. The Centre at Conway Casa dia Montessori 13725 Conway Road • Chesterfield (314) 434-3300 www.namontessori.com

o We d it all

We and ht do it rig

Not everyone’s fitness goals are the same. Grown from the idea that fitness has become too generic without individualized fitness goals for the individual, Illuminate Gym is a private boutique training gym that offers people the opportunity to work one on one with a personal trainer to achieve their unique fitness goals. Clients receive a variety of training methods and services, along with the tools they need for success in and out of the gym. There is no membership requirement and no hidden fees. “With this industry on the rise, I felt it only fitting to open a cutting-edge facility here in West County,” said owner Len Woolfenden, who has been a successful entrepreneur for many years and has always been an advocate of a healthy lifestyle through fitness and nutrition. Illuminate Gym does a full assessment with each client, who receives a personal program to follow through with a variety of techniques and workouts. State-

of-the-art equipment complements the upbeat, energizing and rewarding atmosphere – where clients can get serious results. Illuminate Gym also is the first personal training gym to offer “HOT” (High Oxygen Training) training, which helps clients build lean muscle and boost their metabolism in 30 minutes. “It’s ideal for everyone,” owner Len Woolfenden said. Faculty also offers cardio, suspension training, plyometrics, resistance training and much more. “Our goals are your goals, from losing weight to getting toned or even nutritional advice and meal planning,” Woolfenden said. “Our success is proven through our clients and trainers.”

Illuminate Gym 1761 Clarkson Road • Chesterfield (636) 462-0212 www.illuminategym.com/chesterfield

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 29 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


JANUARY 25, 2012 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE

NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM

I business profiles I 49

Car Care Center

Bistro 1130 is an intimate French Mediterranean Bistro tucked away in the Town and Country Shopping Center. Owned and operated by Mikki Jones since 2010, she has made it her priority to serve only the highest quality ingredients to her loyal customers, who insist on coming back time and time again for traditional French cuisine. “General Manager Jason Ledbetter also has wonderful experience and is putting on some wonderful wine tasting dinners each month,” Jones said. Bistro 1130 recently welcomed aboard Chef Kevin Geary Taylor, who features succulent food from all over the south of France, incorporating distinct flavors and ingredients, which result in a mouthwatering explosion of taste in each bite. However, menu selections change every season, so there is always something new. “The Bistro is a classy, relaxed dining experience with a charming ambience, excellent customer service and a very reasonably priced menu,” Jones said. A wide selection of hors d’oeuvres,

salades, soupes, poissons, viandes, pates and desserts are features on the menu. Guests also can enjoy a full bar with an extensive array of fine French and American wine selections, as well as exceptional cocktails and martinis. Bistro 1130 also offers a warm environment for private parties and special occasions, with a touch of elegance and French flare. The Bistro has the space to seat up to 45 people comfortably inside, with additional seating in the bar area and outdoor patio. Visit their website www.bistro1130. com.

Bistro 1130 1130 Town and Country Crossing Drive Town & Country (636) 394-1130 Tues-Thurs: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri-Sat: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Closed Sunday & Monday www.bistro1130.com

Economy Car Care Center has been providing Valley Park with complete auto repair on all domestic and import vehicles since 1981. As an employer of ASE certified technicians, Economy Car Care Center provides their customers with complete auto repair. Economy Car Care Center strives on professionalism, honesty, and integrity, demonstrated through its membership in the Better Business Bureau and by the fact that it is Valley Park’s only AAA approved auto repair shop. Owner Marc Pemberton purchased Economy Car Care Center in February, 2007, offering 23. years of automotive knowledge and professionalism to the Valley Park community. Pemberton emphasizes the importance of maintaining an honest, trustworthy, local repair shop where customers are greeted with a warm smile and friendly face, keeping in mind his goal of taking the fear out of auto repair. Economy Car Care Center’s mission statement, “to provide our customers the best possible service at a fair price and to treat each vehicle as if it were our own,” assures customers that Pemberton and staff specialize in customer satisfaction in

terms of friendliness, timeliness, and professionalism. Serving Valley Park for 31 years, customers have grown to trust Economy Car Care Center as a reputable automotive repair shop. Joe from Manchester, Missouri emphasizes that “[Economy Car Care Center] has fixed my car when others couldn’t. I am happy to finally find an honest shop with good mechanics.” Jenny from Ballwin, Missouri calls attention to the fact that “Marc and his staff are the best. Being a woman, I never feel as if I am being taken advantage of.” Pemberton is proud to make a difference in the community through excellent automotive repair. For more information, please visit their website at www.economycarcarecenter.com. Economy Car Care Center 26 Meramec Station Rd. • Valley Park (636) 225-4500 Mon.- Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday closed www.economycarcarecenter.com

PENICK CONSTRUCTION CO. Adventure Learning Center is celebrating 17 years! The locally owned and operated preschool was founded by Christine Fechter-Zerjav to address the need for quality child care in a family oriented setting at affordable tuition rates. Christine attributes her success to her excellent teachers and curriculum. Supportive families drive off the beaten path for all of the fun adventures and the south city location transports children. Adventure Learning Centers are state licensed facilities for children 6 weeks to 14 years of age and are currently underway with NECPA (National Early Childhood Program Accreditation). Services include morning pre-school, full day services, hourly care and transportation for school age children. Their year round programming is designed to promote social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. In addition to their educational curriculum they offer Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, yoga fit and weekly trips to the library, along with book clubs and field trips any child can enjoy. Special programs such as Infant/

Toddler “Sign Language”, “Literacy Link” and our “Focus Curriculum” have been well received and successful! The children have extra focus on reading and computers with their “Language Arts - Computer” classroom. The parents appreciate the high scores on assessments and early childhood screenings. Adventure Learning Center believes in only offering a learning environment taught by caring, degreed and experienced educational instructors. To achieve this goal, they work with the Child Day Care Association. In addition, they are a member of the USA Child Care and Missouri Child Care and Education Association. The center has received outstanding licensing reviews. Enrollment is underway for spring and Exploration Camp! Adventure Learning Center Ballwin 636-394-0600 South City 314-353-1026 www.adventurelearningcenter.com

Is 2012 the year you decide to upgrade the appearance of your home? If it is, then look to Penick Construction Co. Bill Penick, owner, has been in business in the St. Louis area for 21 years. If a referral is needed, just ask. Bill can provide hundreds of referrals from satisfied customers in the West County area alone. One could be your neighbor! Penick Construction Co. is the exclusive dealer for the Generations line of thermal windows, doors, and insulated vinyl siding. Not only are these J.D. Power award winning products trusted for their quality and value, they also come with a Double Lifetime warranty. If you sell your home, the new homeowner receives the full warranty for only $50.00. This is beneficial to both the buyer and seller. Penick Construction Co. also offers Soffit, Fascia, Gutters, Leaf-Free gutter cover, Roofing, and Fiberglass and Steel entry doors that are the best the industry has to offer. In addition to the

highest quality products, Penick Construction Co. offers a 10 year warranty on their expert installations. Penick Construction Co. is an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating and a member of the Eureka Chamber of Commerce. They have also been recognized by Norandex/ Reynolds with the Master Craftsmen award. This award is given to those contractors who have met and exceeded their commitment to customer satisfaction. If you are in the market for a professional residential remodel, call Penick Construction Co. for a free estimate or visit www.penickconstruction.com today!

Penick Construction Co. (636) 938-6330 www.Penick-Construction.Com


52 I business profiles I 

JANUARY 25, 2012 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE

NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM

Seniors Home Care: Specializing In Private Duty Care Since 1987

Seniors Home Care is proud to be celebrating its 25 years serving St. Louis. SHC began when Kit Whittington was the primary caregiver for her grandmother, who had been diagnosed with cancer. Kit was the only family available to assist with her care and because she also worked full time, acting as the primary caregiver grew increasingly difficult both physically and emotionally. She knew this was an unsustainable lifestyle and hired an independent caregiver to assist. She soon discovered that her grandmother was not receiving the level of care she deserved. “At the end of the day, I checked on her and to my disbelief, I discovered the caregiver had simply not shown up. My grandmother had missed her doctor’s appointment and much needed meal. It was a debilitating moment; we were both in tears.” In 1987, Kit started SHC to provide a family support system for older adults. SHC employs an around-the-clock nursing staff to assist clients and families with achieving their unique goals

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

Kit Whittington, R.N., BSN

and needs. All nurses and caregivers are carefully screened, bonded and insured employees (not contractors). All employees undergo drug testing, a thorough background search and complete a training program which includes basic nursing skills, as well as physical therapy applications. SHC offers flexibility of care ranging from a 30 minute QuickVisitTM to 24/7 care. The array of services assures clients’ families they are able to care for both their parents, and their own families. SHC has received an A+ rating and the Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau. “My own feelings of helplessness and a desire for a higher quality of life for my grandmother motivation behind SHC. I’ve built the company on a solid foundation of consistent, compassionate care for all clients.” Seniors Home Care Mid County (314) 962-2666 Clayton • Ladue (314)863-2667 South County (314)894-2666 www.seniorshomecare.com

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 www.indoorcomfortteam.com

At MIND, the Midwest Institute for Neurological Development, there are no textbook answers for how to treat a child. “MIND does not use canned protocols for diagnoses, such as ADHD,” Program Director Meghan Finnegan said. “Everything we do is completely tailored to the individual child based on his or her needs.” MIND provides brain-based therapy and neuro-academic therapy to children with a variety of neurobehavioral and neurodevelopmental disorders, including ADD/ADHD, autism,Asperger’s,Tourette’s, motor tic issues, sensory integration issues, TBI, learning disabilities, etc. The average program for a child lasts 12-16 weeks, three times a week. No medication is utilized, and the progress a child makes has a permanent impact. “What we’re really looking for is the root of the issue from a physiological standpoint,” Finnegan said. “Our concern is what’s going on inside the child’s brain and how the areas of the brain are communicating with one another. Once we pinpoint the trouble area, we can tackle the

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 comfort wax, 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-

issues with brain-based therapy.” MIND is the Midwest’s first and only brain-based treatment and educational center dedicated to evaluating and managing neurological disorders. “For a lot of kids, this is combining the need between neurological and academic,” Finnegan said. “We have certified teachers and special education instructors who work with children, not from a tutoring standpoint, but teaching them skills using what we know about these kids neurologically. At the end of the day, what we want is to really instill confidence in kids.” Life changing, unique and personalized, MIND’s biggest goal is to let each child reach his or her potential to be able to succeed. MIND – Midwest Institute for Neurological Development 144 Chesterfield Commons East Road Chesterfield (636) 537-9800 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mon. – Fri.; 9 a.m. to noon on Sat. www.mi4nd.com

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 300 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 www.waxcenter.com


JANUARY 25, 2012 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE

NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM

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

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 www.jeffcomputers.com

Owner David Mixon

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 www.trustymaidservice.com

I business profiles I 53

Elizabeth Irwin, owner of Klutch, lives out her dream every day of dressing the community with the very latest in women’s fashion. With designs ranging from contemporary chic to stunningly timeless, Klutch is a contemporary women’s clothing boutique offering jeans, dresses, shoes and accessories. It also offers quality designer lines, many exclusive to Klutch, such as Bailey 44, Wildfox, Hardtail, Rich & Skinny and Miss Me. “This is something I have always wanted to do,” Irwin said. “I grew up watching my dad with his own company. Fashion is my passion, and I love helping women find something they absolutely love.” When you come to Klutch, you walk away with more than the latest designer lines but also an experience. Knowledgeable and friendly staff knows fashion and offers excellent advice and 100 percentcustomer satisfaction - guaranteed.

This is the chance for young professionals to get involved. The West County Young Professionals is a meaningful networking organization founded by the West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce for dedicated, talented young professionals in the region ranging in age between 21 and 40 years old. The group was formed last year in the hopes of bringing young, career-minded individuals together to provide them with opportunities to develop socially, professionally and civically. “This group is to offer a networking and business tool to help young professionals develop their professional skills, develop their professional networks, really get involved with the community and hear about things going on in the community,” Chair Missy Muñoz said. WCYP has two ongoing events to get potential and active members involved, including a bimonthly Lunch ‘n Learn, which brings in speakers to talk about specific topics young adults can use as tools in their professional lives. An upcoming topic is how to utilize social networking to your advantage.

“Many of the women who shop here have also become close friends,” Irwin said. “We also pride ourselves on being able to pick out clothes that will be right for your shape. Many customers will even call ahead before coming in and have us start a dressing room with ideas we think would be great for them.” St. Louis Magazine voted Klutch the 2011 A-List Winner for Best Handbags, and ALIVE Magazine voted it the 2011 Hotlist Winner for Best Place for Celeb Looks. “We want to be unique so your outfit stands out,” Irwin said. Klutch 1126 Town & Country Crossing Drive Town & Country (636) 220-6110 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon. – Fri.; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thurs.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat. www.klutchstyle.com

“The other event is an afterhours event, which is more of a networking in the evening setup, where we try and bring young professionals together to network but also provide an activity that helps them break the ice when networking,” Muñoz said. On the other side, she said, WCYP would like to reach out to the community to set up young professionals with volunteer opportunities. “This is a tool employers could provide to their young employees as well,” Muñoz said. Membership is free to young professionals who work or own a business that is a member of the West St. Louis County Chamber. For everyone else, the cost is $40 a year. Sign up today to advance your professional and personal life to the next level. West County Young Professionals 15965 Manchester Road, Suite 102 Ellisville (636) 230-9900 www.westcountychamber.com


WEST_BusPROFILES_012512  

profiles, st. louis county

Advertisement
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you