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• Fashion • Gift Guide • Events • Recipes Holiday 2017


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Table of Contents Publisher’s Note

FutureScape 8. Inventing a Better Future

Found on Page 4

10. UBER 12. Ralph Barrale: The Man. The Mission. The Museum 18. Stop Heroin

Dynamic Duo


18. Michael & Karen Thomson


Glad Hearts

20. BOLD Beginnings to BIG Dreams - United Services 23. Andrews Clubhouse 24. Arts & Literacy Festival 26. Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles - Celebrating 20 Years

Home Sweet Home

32. Heidi's Hints 37. Ask the Expert: Winter Wedding DĂŠcor


42. Festive Style 50. Designer Spotlight: Designers of Fashion Week 2017




60. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year


66. Blanton Construction 68. Educating Our Youth 71. Beyond the Best


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Cover Image Credits

Cover Layout Design: Jeanne Strickland On the Cover: Photography: Lance Tilford Styling & Wardrobe: Kelley Boster, ReFash Studios and Galina Angheluta Hair & Makeup: Tamara Tungate | Model: Lauren Thomas Holiday 2017


Publisher’s Note It’s about “community” ...this issue of StreetScape, that is. There are so many great events happening throughout the area this holiday season. Your family and friends will no doubt make some fun new memories. The St. Charles CVB has a listing of 10 of those events inside this issue. One of the main reasons StreetScape Magazine exists is to highlight all of the positive aspects of our community, and what makes that an easy task is the hundreds of awesome non-profit organizations in St Charles County. We feature a few of those in this issue, including Habitat for Humanity, United Services, Willows Way, and BCI. Our own annual community event, Beyond the Best Business Awards, honors 50 of the area’s top leaders each year. The Honorees of the October 23rd event are featured inside. Don’t hesitate to reach out to any or all, congratulating them for their many professional and civic contributions! Have a wonderful holiday season... I’m sure I’ll be seeing you around. Thomas P. Hannegan Publisher & Founder, StreetScape Magazine


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FUTURE The future can seem pretty bleak.

Lately, it seems like we have a new hurricane every week.Visit any local school, and you’ll see an entire generation physically attached to their phones. Read an article about the future of employment, and you might believe we’re all a few months away from competing for jobs with a vastly superior robot. The Kardashians replicate themselves like creatures from a ’50s horror movie, and Kid Rock is running for the United States Senate. It’s a long list. But the future isn’t fixed, and it isn’t inherently bleak. The future is what we make it—it’s something we literally build with our brain, hands, and heart. That’s the principle that guides Inventor Forge, a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 2016. The idea behind Inventor Forge is the same one that led to the creation of TechShop in St. Louis, located in the Cortex Innovation District. Both Inventor Forge and TechShop are MakerSpaces. These spaces are created to give tinkerers, innovators, and inventors access to the tools, equipment, and collaborators they need to make their ideas come alive. Somewhat like the garage Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple in, only much bigger and better resourced. They conduct basic, intermediate and advanced technology classes, as well as host fun activities like multiplayer video-game parties and board game nights. Inventor Forge is always looking for new members interested in STEM/STEAM or who just need a place to do a project. George Fetters, Larry Brown, and David White started Inventor Forge in early 2016 when he began teaching intro-level Arduino and Raspberry Pi classes at several libraries throughout St. Charles County. If you aren’t aware of what Arduino and Rasp8 StreetScape Magazine

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berry Pi are, don’t feel bad. Simply described, they are kits that teach basic computer programming and electronic circuitry using small circuit boards that look sort of like something the smart kids in a movie like Goonies would play with. Inventor Forge grew quickly. In July 2016, they opened their first location on Jungermann Road and started hosting workshops and open-house nights. In August of that year, they were invited to attend a Nation of Makers event in Washington, D.C. In March 2017, they added a second location and more equipment at the St. Charles County EDC Business and Community Partners facility on Mid Rivers Mall Drive, courtesy of a grant from the Missouri Technology Corporation. They continue to add more classes, more equipment, and more members. We humans have the capability of shaping our own future. We aren’t a passive species, doomed to helplessly sit by while robots, Kid Rock, and hurricanes do their thing. But shaping a better future isn’t a metaphor, a bland campaign slogan, or something that will just happen on its own. It takes real work, such as spending Wednesday nights figuring out how to solve little problems using a Raspberry Pi kit before you can figure out how to solve bigger problems using something far more powerful. In other words, the future, as always, belongs to the nerdy kids (and grownups) who love creating, building, and innovating. They are the ones who will ensure the future isn’t as bleak as we sometimes think it will be. And in St. Charles County, you can find some of those future-shapers at Inventor Forge at 235 Jungermann Road, Suite 112, in St. Peters, or at the St. Charles County EDC startup facility at 5988 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters. ¤

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When you think of sounds, what comes to mind? Perhaps the sound of birds chirping or rain against a window. Maybe it is the sound of waves crashing against rocks, or the sound of the seagulls passing over the beach. Or leaves crunching beneath your feet, a crackling open fire or thunder. Many of us retreat to places for the sole purpose of listening to our favorite sounds, whether it is to relax, or be entertained by our favorite band. Think for a moment of sounds you hear every day that you do not think about. Now think for a moment what your life would be like without sound. What if you could not hear your baby cry, or a fire alarm? It is hard to imagine what our lives would be like if we could not hear. It is sometimes easy to forget that people who are deaf or partially deaf did not have wide access to technologies until recently. Nationwide telephone relay services began in the 1990’s. Similarly, built-in closed captions for television caption decoder systems were not required until the late 1990’s. Over the last 40 years, assistive listening technologies, real-time captioning services, internet captioning applications, movie caption display systems, and a wide range of relay services that provide access to the telephone network, digital televisions with digital captions, and video remote interpreting services have been introduced, tumbling communication barriers and allowing people with hearing disabilities to have full participation in nearly all aspects of American life. In 2015, Uber introduced an app developed specifically for the deaf and hard-of-hearing drivers. With 10 StreetScape Magazine

an estimated 70% of the deaf and partially-deaf community unemployed or underemployed, Uber hopes to empower people with new economic opportunities. According to Charity Jackson, Uber Public Affairs spokesperson, the “design process started from extensive conversations with our deaf and hard-of-hearing partners, which helped identify frustrating interactions with the app in the driving experience. In coordination with the National Association for the Deaf, we designed new features to make it easier for these drivers to earn money using Uber.” These updates incorporate suggestions and feedback from our partners as well as the National Association of the Deaf, the nation’s leading non-profit advocating for economic empowerment for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. These services are available for Uber driver-partners in the U.S. and globally. Among the new features in place are options such as the ability to receive flash alerts, in lieu of a sound, when a new ride request comes in, as well as the option to communicate with riders exclusively via text messages. Any driver interested in these features can simply sign into their account and turn these features on. “By providing features that specifically assist members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, we are continuing to focus on making Uber a product that is accessible for everyone,” Jackson said. The 2010 Missouri Census states that roughly 10% of the population is deaf or partially-deaf, with approximately 100,000 residents residing in St. Louis County. “We have received positive feedback from both riders and drivers about our in-app accessibility features. We are always glad to hear that the

The app will add an extra prompt for riders to enter their destination and lets them know their driver is deaf or hard-of-hearing.

The Uber Partner app signals a new trip request with a flashing light in addition to the existing audio notification.

features made booking a ride or earning a flexible income a reality for a member of the local community. Driver-partners who are deaf and hardof-hearing across the U.S. have collectively earned more than $10 million — all by helping people get around their communities,” Jackson explained. In conjunction with The Greater St. Louis Association of the Deaf (GSLAD), MT & Associates, LLC, Uber held a presentation for the public to answer questions on the features now available to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. According to Shelly Tisius, Owner/President/Interpreter at MICS5-Master/NIC, “Not having barriers to employment means that the Deaf community has equal access to jobs. This is not only morally/ethically right but also elevates the use of public funds to support fully capable workers who simply cannot hear.  An Uber driver who attended the event spoke of how, for once in his life, he felt equal to others. Equal access is not only a financial benefit to public funds but it has an invaluable impact on the self-esteem, autonomy, and civil rights of Deaf Americans.” 

The option to call a deaf or hard-of-hearing driver is turned off; riders are instead given only the ability to text if they need to provide special instructions for pickup.

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In September 2016, Uber was recognized by the Ruderman Family Foundation as one of 18 companies leading the way in supporting people with disabilities, including the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. To spread the word on Uber’s accessibility options, Jackson explained they “rely on a combination of in-app messages, emails to driver-partners as well as in-person support at our Greenlight Hub locations across the country to let driver-partners know about the various resources available to them. Uber is committed to continuing to build solutions that support everyone’s ability to easily move around their communities. We are constantly innovating our technology to increase mobility choices in all cities where we operate.” ¤ Holiday 2017


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At age 93, Ralph Barrale continues his mission to make sure we never forget what those in our military have done for us. In 2008, it was Ralph’s vision that saw the creation and implemention of Veterans Memorial Park in Lake Saint Louis. A statue of a soldier guards the memorial, with its year-round water feature. "We are very proud of the Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies and other patriotic events that take place there. Another labor of love for Ralph was establishing the Veterans Memorial Parkway. "It was my honor to work with every city from St. Charles to Foristell to have the service road renamed Veterans Memorial Highway. It took two long years to convince every city to go through the complications of changing the name and addresses, but it worked and I am proud of Veterans Memorial Parkway, " smiles Barrale. Ralph Barrale was born to a proud St. Louis Italian family on January 22, 1924. Working at a defense plant, Ralph joined the United States Army in May of 1943, just 19 years old. He proudly served his country as a Private in the Army for 36 months. "In August of 1944, I landed on Utah Beach as part of the First Army," said Ralph. "We never slowed down and I fought in France with the Third Army and in Holland with the First Army." The fighting for Ralph and the Army continued with the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest on the German-Belgian border. Ralph was upgraded to Private First Class after the war. "The flashbacks still come to me every once in a while - from the intense fighting, the never ending artillery fire, the constant bombs and the strafing from planes," admitted Barrale. "However, I must say that the hardest memory that never goes away is when it snows here - the cold. It was the coldest German winter in 100 years during the Battle of the Bulge and we only had summer uniforms. I never saw more snow or felt colder in my entire life and now, when I see the snow and feel the cold, there are times when I also remember the blood in the snow," said Ralph. As a member of the 821st Combat MP's, Ralph was a member of the troops who entered the Dachau concentration camp after its liberation and he also served as an MP at the police station during the Nuremberg trials. As a "Man on a Mission," Ralph continues to battle on with his ambitious mission of establishing a local Veterans museum. While the world has many "dreamers,” Ralph is a "doer" and his long-time vision of a St Charles County Veterans Museum has come a long way in the last few years. "There is a vital need for a Veterans Museum in Saint Charles County," states Ralph. “Current and future generations of County residents need to know what happened well before many of them were born. To see, feel and hear the sacrifices the men and women of our armed forces endured to maintain the freedoms and liberties we have today can only be understood in a museum, not simply from a history book that is scanned quickly in schools," replied Ralph in his most serious tone. "Our first, and most important step for a veterans museum was to secure a building," stated Ralph. "I quickly learned that buildings are hard to find, especially when you are looking for a building at the lowest cost

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possible, and when I say low, I really mean low," smiled Ralph. After some fruitless efforts in that search for a building, Ralph attended a Veterans Job Finding Program at O'Fallon City Hall. Always ready to talk about his museum vision, Ralph took the opportunity to meet O'Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy and to share his ideas. "I could tell that Hennessy was listening intently while I talked with him, and when I finished a big smile came over his face," chuckled Ralph. Without hesitation, Hennessy said, "I might just have a building for you Ralph. Be patient, I’ll see what I can do because I want that museum to be right here in O'Fallon, the middle of St. Charles County." The building Mayor Hennessy was hoping to use for the Veterans museum was the former City Annex on East Elm Street. Presently being used by the Parks and Recreation Department, the only way this building would become available is through the passage of a Parks proposition on the ballot in 2016 to allow for additional facilities and freeing up the East Elm Street space. The O'Fallon Parks Action Team (OPAT) and the Saint Charles County Veterans Museum Team took their marching orders and began to work for p The hard work by both committees, many great residents and the full support of every member of the O'Fallon City Council, Prop Parks passed by 59.7%. Based upon a final 10-0 vote by the O'Fallon City Council, the City Annex building was made available to the Saint Charles County Veterans Museum Committee with the promise of an extremely fair lease. Now the work has begun. Fundraising efforts are now starting with meetings with every Veterans organization, county businesses, civic groups and individual residents. "Although we will soon be signing a lease with the City of O'Fallon for $1 per year, we are going to be responsible for a percentage the operation of the building, insurance, utilities, etc., so fundraising is very important to us," stated Ralph. It is the feeling of Ralph Barrale and all members of the St. Charles County Veterans Museum Committee that a high percentage of residents of the County have military memorabilia boxed away. Whether a uniform, a flag, medals, military records, photos, etc., it is the hope of the committee that a strong marketing effort will result in these items being loaned or donated to the museum. What better way could there be to display the military memorabilia of the families in St. Charles County than in a museum just a few miles from their home? "I learned the true meaning of liberty during World War II as I witnessed first hand the lack of liberty of those we fought to free from German rule," stated Ralph. "Unfortunately, we take for granted the freedom and the liberty of our lives and I am certain that the museum we are creating will provide a true understanding to all that visit it." To make donations of military memorabilia for the museum, contact Ralph Barrale at 636-332-4696 or text Jim Frain at 314-780-1811 or email ¤


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Progress West Hospital Unveils Newborn Intensive Care Unit Written by Scott Beck Photos courtesy of Tony Schanuel

The Childbirth Center at Progress West Hospital has introduced a Newborn Intensive Care Unit, enabling the hospital to provide care for premature babies born at a gestational age as young as 32 weeks. The new unit features eight newborn ICU beds and state-of-the-art technology. It also features a unique layout that promotes family-centered care. “We are so excited to be able to keep infants with complications and premature infants right here in St. Charles County-closer to their parents and extended families,” said Dr. Cassandra Pruitt, Washington University associate professor of pediatrics and pediatric medical director for Progress West Hospital. According to recent medical research, keeping mothers and their babies together is one of the top factors in helping NICU babies and mothers recover more rapidly.

“We in the Childbirth Center at Progress West are extremely proud of the new Newborn Intensive Care Unit,” said Jane Bruegenhemke, Clinical Nurse Manager, Women and Infants. “By having the expertise and technology to care for high-risk mothers and premature newborns, we are able to keep more moms, babies and families together.” The new unit is staffed with a team of neonatologists and pediatricians from Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, as well as Washington University maternal fetal medicine specialists. The team of physicians work with the patient’s own obstetrician to coordinate care for high-risk pregnant mothers. The team also includes neonatal nurses with advanced training to take care of prematurely born babies. The Childbirth Center at Progress West Hospital features large, private suites designed to meet the entire spectrum of birthing needs, from labor and delivery to recovery and postpartum, with accommodations for an overnight guest. Other amenities for families include dining on call and free Wi-Fi. ¤

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Michael & Karen Thomson Dynamic Duo

Written by Amy Armour Photos Courtesy of the Thomson Family

And Michael said ‘OK.’ So, Karen signed them up at midnight on New Year’s Day. They hadn’t really trained for the race, so when attending the safety meeting, they got a little nervous.

Karen Thomson didn’t want a big party for her upcoming 60th birthday. She wanted to race down the Missouri River in a canoe with her husband, Michael, in the 12th annual MR 340. The 340-mile kayak and canoe race started on the Missouri River in Kansas City on August 8th and ended on August 11th in St. Charles. About 35 percent of those who enter the annual race, after training and planning, don’t finish it. “It’s a race. It’s not a float trip,” said Karen. For many, this may seem like an unusual way to spend a birthday—but for the Thomsons, it’s just another adventure on the road of life. Karen is a marathon runner and Michael has completed several half-marathons. The couple has backpacked and camped across the country in many national parks. Embracing an active lifestyle, they also enjoy fishing and skiing. The couple runs each morning on the Katy Trail or Bangert Island in St. Charles. For years, they’ve been watching the canoes and kayaks come into St. Charles during the annual Missouri Race 340. “Last year, with our grandson, James, we went down on a Friday night and watched them come in,” said Karen. “I was turning 60 this year and I told Michael that I didn’t want a big party; I want to do this race.”

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“Our kids were kind of mad at us for doing this because they said we aren’t ready,” said Karen. “Everyone has land crews…but we didn’t so we loaded everything into the canoe, giving us an extra 150 lbs.,” said Michael. The Missouri River only goes about three miles an hour, so reaching each checkpoint required some heavy paddling. “They have a boat called the Reaper, and if the Reaper passes you at a checkpoint, you’re done,” said Karen. “The first day they try to weed a lot of people out.” “Karen became quite the paddler,” said Michael. “There’s an art to it.” The couple reached the first checkpoint with just seven minutes to spare. By the second checkpoint, they had 15 minutes before the Reaper Boat would catch up. “We got out of the canoe at about 9 p.m., ate a sandwich and I told Karen we need to get back in and paddle all night,” said Michael. And the couple paddled almost non-stop, sleeping for only a total of seven hours from Tuesday to Friday night. The first night Michael and Karen slept on a sandbar for a couple of hours. The second night they made the top of a boat ramp their bed. On the third night, the couple took shelter from the rain and slept for a few hours underneath a pavilion in Hermann.

“We didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into,” said Karen. “And my son John said, ‘mom, you’re too stubborn to quit.’ ” Sleep deprivation and total darkness were the hardest parts of the race for Karen and Michael. With only seven hours of sleep over several days, it wore on them. And one night there was no moon for several hours and the couple paddled in complete darkness, hoping not to miss a channel. Karen said it was absolutely beautiful to see the Missouri countryside. “The best part of the trip was probably when we went under Highway 70 in Rocheport and it was a beautiful morning,” said Michael. “We finally took the time to stop and make a cup of coffee.” The Thomson’s completed the Missouri 340 Race in 81 hours and 18 minutes, well before the 88-hour race time limit. “Those kayaks would zip around us,” said Karen. “No record, but we finished.”

The couple learned a lot after their first experience. One, it helps to have a land crew. Two, don’t bring near as much food because each town sold food as a fundraiser. And three, don’t expect to sleep or relax. “People asked us if we fought, and I told them there was no time to fight,” said Karen. “Big shout out to the volunteers and the organizer. It was an amazing race.” The couple has created a partnership in all areas of their life. And it started with the family business—Thomson Printing. “In my previous life, I was a graphic designer and Michael was my printer,” said Karen. “When I met him I just thought he was so considerate.” That was over 30 years ago. The couple has now been married for more than 30 years, and has three grown children and two grandsons. Thomson Printing, a mid-sized commercial printer and web development company, can handle business printing, small books, catalogs, points of purchase, and promotional items. “If he can’t do it, he will find someone who can,” said Karen. Personal attention sets Thomson Printing apart from the competition. “I’ve worked with many a printer in my day, and he will go above and beyond,” said Karen. “Michael really takes care of his customers.” Thomson Printing has offices in both St. Charles and the Central West End. Five years ago, the couple’s son John joined the company and runs the web development side of the business. “Around here, we try to make it a very enjoyable experience,” said Michael. Karen also works in the print shop “enough to be a nuisance.” But she also teaches at Lindenwood University, in the non-profit school and the accelerated degree program’s Communications Department. She also does workshops and training. Early childhood education is a topic close to her heart, and she is active with the St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Council. “I’m very passionate about early childhood,” said Karen. “I feel strongly about investing our time and our money in the 0-5 age range because it’s the most rapid rate of development in a human being’s life. I always say, ‘if you want to change the world, start with early childhood.’ ” In her spare time, she runs marathons. Karen and her son John are working on running a marathon in each of the 50 states. As of press time, the two have completed marathons in 46 states, most recently in Portland, Oregon. Michael and Karen are involved in the community, often giving donations anonymously, or offering assistance and price breaks to local nonprofits. “Michael’s very humble. He’s very sweet and charitable,” said Karen. “Many times he will give, and tell them he doesn’t want his name on it…really just wanting to be a meaningful part of the community.” So, will the couple brave the Missouri River again next year? “I thought it was really great fun,” said Karen. “I’d do it again.” Michael is a little more hesitant. “I’m still deciding,” said Michael. ¤

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BOLD beginnings to BIG dreams

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Serving 150 children annually, the United Services Organization for Children was created out of a heart for advocacy and compassion for children with disabilities. In 1975,The United Cerebral Palsy Association and St. Louis Hearing and Speech, along with committed parents and other professionals in the community, began their search for a way to provide assistance to children with disabilities in St. Charles County. With the help of grants through the United Way, this non-profit dream found a foothold, and the United Services for Children was born.Through the efforts of the United Cerebral Palsy Association and St. Louis Hearing and Speech, the organization was officially incorporated in 1977. As the needs of the community grew, this faithful organization rose to meet them. In 2013, an outpatient program was established named “Uncommon Grace Pediatric Therapy.” Uncommon Grace offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, aqua therapy and feeding therapy. Children ages birth through eight years old are eligible to receive these services. In addition, these therapy options are available to both groups and individuals, with coverage provided by most insurance companies. For children ages 18-36 months, early intervention programs are also offered through United Services. Children in this age range, who have been diagnosed with a delay or learning disability, will partner with their parents and specialists to tailor a program that meets their specific needs. Social, motor, and language development skills are just a few of the services attainable through this program. In addition, there are a wide variety of valuable resources and programs that offer support services to the parents and siblings of children with disabilities. United Services for Children casts a wide net as it looks for children, adults, and groups that could benefit from assistance, compassion,

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and understanding of the unique challenges that those with disabilities face on a day-to-day basis.Tens of thousands of children have been impacted by their involvement, and this organization looks to help tens of thousands more.The future is promising as United Services continues to dream big and advocate well for the young disabled members of the community.

This desire for advocacy has spilled over into a new initiative for the organization. The Midwest Children’s Museum would be a space unlike anything presently available in the St. Charles area. The owner of The Meadows retail center, Meir Cohen of Cohen Equities, has offered United Services for Children a gift of three acres to build the museum in Lake St. Louis. The City of Lake St. Louis has also approved for two acres to build a park on the museum campus.  The Midwest Children’s Museum would provide year-round play and enjoyment for children, designed with complete accessibility so that children and adults can share the experience together, devoid of limitations.The space itself would provide a play environment, educational spaces, multicultural opportunities, and activities for all generations.The physical space would be suitable for those with a wide range of disabilities including wheelchair accessibility, and experiences for those with sensory issues. In efforts to become further educated regarding the functioning and feasibility of this museum, members of the organization have visited over 50 children’s museums across the country and attended a variety of conferences, to determine the best way to make this hope into a tangible reality.   At this time, steps are being taken to determine the feasibility and magnitude of the Midwest Children’s Museum. If you wish to inquire more about this project, donate toward the museum, or contribute toward other future or present programs, do not hesitate to reach out to Denise Liebel, President & CEO of United Services for Children at 636.926.2700. ¤

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Boone Center Inc. (BCI) officially opened its new break room with a ribbon cutting on Monday, August 7th. The new space, named Andrew’s Clubhouse, honors former BCI employee Andrew Norton. “We were so fortunate to have Andrew for three years,” said BCI Director of Programs, Katie Jones. “His positive attitude was contagious. And his family is doing really amazing things to honor his memory.” After Andrew’s death in December 2015, his family started Andrew’s Hugs, a foundation named to commemorate the warm bear hugs Andrew was known for. The foundation donates money to organizations that enrich the lives of adults with disabilities. Over the past 13 months, Andrew’s Hugs has donated $40,000 to BCI as a way to celebrate the success and happiness Andrew found while working there. “When we started earmarking these donations for the break room, we knew it had to have a Cardinals theme to honor Andrew's passion for the team,” said BCI CEO, Tony Spielberg. The new break room features a 36-foot Busch Stadium mural by local artist Zack Smithey, St. Louis Cardinals memorabilia, red lockers, a microwave island for warming lunches, and new refrigerators, tables, chairs, paint, flooring, televisions and sound system. Many local businesses stepped up in support of the project including Rawlings, True Manufacturing, Lowe’s Pro Services, and RBO PrintLogistix. A grant from the City of St. Charles partially funded the new lockers. “This new break room is already bringing so much joy to our employees,” said Speilberg. “The generosity of the Norton family is just amazing, and we can’t thank them enough.” For more information on BCI, visit For more information about Andrew’s Hugs, visit ¤

About BCI Boone Center, Inc. (BCI) works to enrich the lives of adults with disabilities and their families by providing a choice of productive and fulfilling employment. BCI was founded in 1959 by two women driven by a desire to better serve employment needs for individuals with disabilities. Today, BCI employs 400 adults with disabilities at its production facilities and through its competitive employment programs. The nonprofit is a national advocate for employment and vocational training for adults with disabilities.

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Written by Melissa Whitwam, MFA Photography by Michael Schlueter

The idea for the St. Charles Arts and Literary Festival was born in early 2016 during a very fortunate lunch introduction. Having recently heard of a similar festival, Mrs. Dianne Garrison knew that the St. Charles community deserved a similar experience. She introduced Erica Land, Executive Director of the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation, and Melissa Whitwam, Executive Director of the Foundry Art Centre. With the Foundry’s beautiful venue space, the Library Foundation’s many relationships, and both organizations’ missions to benefit our community through art and literature, it was immediately decided that this event not only was possible, but necessary. The two teams began working to make this event a gift to the community and a showcase for the literary, visual, and performing art talent in the area. They invited authors, poets, visual artists, illustrators, merchants, and musicians to fill the Foundry Art Centre’s Grand Hall with vendor tables. Groups like the St. Louis Poetry Center, as well as individual authors, all shared their art with the public. In the main galleries, the Foundry presented “Context II”—an exhibition about the overlap of visual and literal arts. On the main stage, three talented local musicians performed and speakers took the stage between their performances. St. Charles’ SugarBot Sweet Shop and Course Coffee kept guests’ appetites sated as they took a break in the “Book Nook” to read their latest purchase from one of the authors, or gift from the Library Foundation, who provided tables of free books for guests to take home. While all this excitement and interaction made the event a success, there was one visitor that made the day extra special for the Arts and Literary Festival’s youngest guests: Daniel Tiger! Dianne Garrison, the creator of the model for the Daniel Tiger Trolley Ride Event stated the idea grew from their two year old grandson's love for Daniel Tiger. Dianne noticed most of the Daniel Tiger stories included a trolley, whose likeness was similar to the St. Charles City Trolley. After much planning and coordinating, arrangements were made to bring Daniel Tiger to our neighborhood and let him and his young friends make a day of riding our city’s trolley and reading stories. Mayor Sally Faith generously supported this project and took a trolley ride herself to show off our neighborhood. Even St. Charles EMT and Fire Departments stopped by to share the fun. They allowed guests to see the insides of their ambulance and fire truck and gave everyone at the Festival another example of how our community works together to make every day a beautiful day in our neighborhood. The day’s events brought together an amazing group of talent, creativity, and curiosity. This inaugural St. Charles Arts and Literary Festival is only the first; preparations are already beginning for next year’s community and cultural events. The St. Charles City-County Library Foundation and Foundry Art Centre are extremely grateful to share these gifts with the community and look forward to seeing more happy guests soon! ¤

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Written by Linda Stroud Photos Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County

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Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County (HFHSCC) is celebrating 20 years of building decent, affordable housing for families in need. And the celebration is well deserved. Starting out as a “hand-tomouth” operation with little more than enthusiasm, determination and a desire to serve, this organization is having an impact on the lives of families in St. Charles County in a very tangible way. But it’s been quite the journey from desire to serve to where they are today. Then… It all started in 1996, when the Rotary Club of St. Charles was looking for a hands-on way to serve and support their community. Member Ron Hollis returned from a Rotary International convention with the idea that starting a St. Charles affiliate of Habitat for Humanity would be the perfect way for them to serve the community. A group of Rotarians agreed and met in an upper-room office space on 5th Street to organize and determine what was needed to get their first build going. Habitat International provided some guidelines on family selection, pricing, etc., but the group also called upon Habitat Saint Louis, already an established affiliate, for advice and guidance as they went about the process of selecting a family, acquiring the land, writing their by-laws to apply for affiliate status and making the daunting task of building that first home possible. For their first build, they selected a single mother, with three children under the age of ten, who was living in the basement of a house in St. Charles in hazardous conditions. At that time, they needed $50,000 and a general contractor to build this family a decent house, so Hollis set out to get both. He contacted 25 sponsors and received enough $2,500 donations to complete the project. He then convinced a man named Bill Hunsicker, owner of St. Charles Exteriors at the time, to come on board and act as general contractor. With funds and a contractor in place, the call went out for volunteers to help with the first build. It was a “what do we need next” discussion at Thursday afternoon meetings, scrambling to get the materials delivered, building on Saturday with an all-volunteer team

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Raising a wall of the first St. Charles Habitat for Humanity Home. existence. But they were able to establish as Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County in 1997 and complete their first home in February 1998. Now… Fast forward to 2017 and you’ll see an organization that has persevered through many challenges, learned, evolved, and grown. Today HFHSCC is organized, efficient, and self-sustaining. To date, they have completed 77 houses, with five more slated for completion this year. They’ve developed great relationships with the communities they build in. And they’ve cultivated a solid reputation for building quality homes for families in need who become a valuable part of their new community. Leah Crowe, Awareness and Appreciation Coordinator for HFHSCC, points out that Habitat isn’t just about building safe, affordable homes for their partner families to live in, they also help the families be good neighbors and transition to homeownership successfully. The families, who are chosen through an application process, agree to certain requirements laid out by Habitat guidelines and are personally invested in their new homes. Each family works with a volunteer advocate through the entire program and is required to put 350 hours of “sweat equity” into their home as part of their agreement. Family members also participate in financial education and homeownership workshops, which are completed during their build. Crowe points out that most of the families have never owned a home of their own before, so the workshops help them be good neighbors by teaching them how to care for their yard and who to call when something needs repair, among other things. And what they learn about managing their finances sets a strong foundation for financial stability for the family going forward.



Once each house is completed, community sponsors, volunteers, the family and their friends all gather for a ceremony to bless the home. Everybody gets the chance to see the results of the months of hard work and wish the family well as they start their journey as homeowners. And Crowe emphasizes that the families are actual homeowners. “People often think that Habitat gives away homes. But the families we build the homesfor will actually purchase the homes once they’re completed. They have a mortgage and pay taxes, just like any other homeowner. We say the only thing we give away is an opportunity.”

The ability to offer that opportunity, however, requires resources. One of HFHSCC’s greatest resources is the volunteers who generously donate their time. They still rely on an all-volunteer workforce led by a foreman to build each home, though they do contract out the skilled-trade tasks like electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. Individuals and groups from all walks of life work side-by-side with the homeowners on every build. Habitat offers corporate sponsorship days where volunteers come out of the office and donate their time as a group. They have some great gentleman, known as the “Wednesday Crew,” who come out regularly. And they even have all-women teams, working under names like Chip & Nails, Boa Constructors, and Hammers & Heels, who frequently help at build sites. In terms of financial resources, The ReStore, located in St. Peters, is the financial engine of the organization, according to Jim Durney, who serves on HFHSCC’s board of directors and has been a longtime supporter of Habitat’s mission. The ReStore takes in donations of household goods and a long list of other items, which are then sold to the public at fair prices. Proceeds from the sales cover the overhead, including salaries for the administrative team and the cost of operating the ReStore. This is great, because it means that 100 percent of anything left over, along with any additional monies


that come in from sponsors, donors and events can go directly into construction and the home building program. Habitat St. Charles also hosts an annual Celebration of Trees Gala as their premier fundraiser. Held in November each year, gorgeous Christmas trees and wreaths, designed by professional decorators who volunteer their time, are featured in the evening’s silent and live auctions. The evening also includes a program where Habitat families share their inspirational stories of how Habitat has impacted their life. For Chris Hoffman, board member, past board president and co-chair of the annual event, the Celebration of Trees is so much more than just a fundraiser. “It’s the one time a year where we can get together, celebrate everything and express our gratitude to those who make it all happen.” Making it all happen translates to Habitat’s goal of providing safe, decent, affordable housing for families in need in St. Charles County and bringing stability to their lives. For Hoffman, that means helping people be successful in whatever their journey is. Sometimes a family’s journey puts them on a path where they just need the chance to get back on track, which is exactly what Habitat St. Charles provides. And the success stories are many. Durney remarks, “Some of our best success stories are the ones that are no longer living in the homes Habitat built. They were able to get to a better place in their lives because of the opportunity they were given and have improved their situation. That’s success, when you’ve given the opportunity for a better life.”

Raising a wall for a more recent St. Charles Habitat for Humanity Home. A team building for St. Charles Habitat for Humanity.

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The Written by John Clark, CEO, MasterClock, Inc.

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Today’s world values a quick turnaround more and more – businesses that used to take decades to build can now pop up in a few years and brands that have been around for seemingly forever can suddenly vanish. The dynamics of maintaining a family business brand over multiple generations in this environment are even more complex and come at you much faster – how do firms manage to successfully make the transition and continue to succeed? “I don’t like the word ‘dynasty,’ but that’s what it is. It’s not just a business. There’s a lot going on in the background.” ~Jake Dyson, heir apparent to James Dyson of Dyson vacuums According to the Harvard Business Review, almost 80% of businesses globally are family-owned. Of these, only about 30% successfully make the transition from founders to descendants and continue to operate successfully into the second generation. Given the vast number of family-owned businesses out there and the tremendous reliance the global economy has on them to support employment, these odds don’t seem very comforting for the millions of individuals employed by these businesses. These odds were at the front of my mind a few years ago as I took over as second-generation management of our family business, Masterclock, Inc. When I made the decision to pursue a role in the family business, I initially did it out of an expectation and hope that I could build from the foundation my parents had laid for the organization. Growing up, most of the business lessons I learned in school were put in context by the dinner-time conversations my family always had regarding the business and how it was going. “This is John – he’s the heir apparent for Masterclock” …I got so used to hearing this introduction to vendors and customers during my first few years at Masterclock that I almost became numb to what it actually meant. In my own mind, I was supporting the family business and trying to learn as much as I could as quickly as I could from my aging parents. To many of those working around me, I was (probably) their future boss and was under many watchful eyes to determine if I had the required capabilities, capacity, and most importantly – commitment. The same Harvard Business Review study referenced above surveyed executives at both family-owned businesses (FOB) as well as non-family owned businesses (NFOB) and found that the FOB’s were lagging behind NFOB’s on a variety of succession planning factors: LACK OF GOVERNANCE AND IMPLEMENTATION OF BEST PRACTICES. At Masterclock, we held a yearly Board of Directors meeting where we would look to discuss the current activities of the business and review our priorities for the upcoming year. For the most part, these meetings were extremely short and were done primarily to maintain compliance with the requirements of our governing documents. As our family was in constant communication, the meetings became mostly symbolic and were not used for thorough review and laying out priorities. In an NFOB environment, there’s less room for assumptions and more focus on the function of the Board of Directors meetings than just ensuring the form is adequate. The Harvard Business Review study found that NFOBs were more thorough in their review and application of best practices and good governance, and laid out performance expectations that were practically non-existent within our firm. LESS SUCCESSION PLANNING FOR CEOS An aging founder or management team without a succession plan in place can lead to a lot of questions and anxiety for both staff and partners alike. Conversely, when a relative or descendant

at a FOB is named as the likely successor solely because of the genetic link, those same staff members and partners can be just as worried. I’ve seen companies flounder for years while the next generation takes their time deciding whether to be involved and committed to the goals of the organization or pursue their own paths. The family component can prevent an objective decision from being made in the best interest of the business and can lead to a lack of alignment of organizational goals and family dynamics. These scenarios can eat up organizational focus and cause tension within the group – staff isn’t sure who to listen to or what to expect and the organization is not actively identifying other individuals who could potentially fulfill organizational responsibilities and continue to drive the business forward. Without a clear, structured succession plan, families with multiple potential successors can end up with inter-family squabbling that can distract from the thorough, objective review required to identify who’s the best candidate. EVEN LESS SUCCESSION PLANNING FOR DIRECTOR POSITIONS. At Masterclock, our Board of Directors was my parents and myself. The hope of “keeping it in the family” led us to exclude outside advisors and experts who could have provided valuable guidance and review of our practices and expectations. Without these auxiliary inputs to the conversation, our ideas and perspectives were limited to our own outlooks and we were not learning from the mistakes other companies have made. NFOBs are more likely to utilize their directors for guidance of the business and ensure they are properly organized, resourced, and aligned with the needs of the business. Alongside the superior utilization of directors, the succession planning for director positions creates more continuity of the operations of the business and ensures the management team will continue to be supported by relevant and knowledgeable directors. “Tradition is like a bow. The more we stretch the bowstring, the farther we can throw the arrows of modernity and innovation.” ~Giovanni Ferrero, third generation CEO of Italian chocolate maker Ferrero International SA Four of the most common triggers that can lead to the failure of a family business transition can be summarized by the four D’s – 1. Disagreement | 2. Disability | 3. Divorce | 4. Death Alone, any of these factors can drive a wedge into proper decision making – in combination, they can be disastrous for the business and those affected by it. While there’s no way to predict when any of these will occur, the data shows that FOB’s who acknowledge the risks and apply best practices and governance to properly prepare are more successful than those who don’t. Even when things don’t go as planned, uniting as a family to keep focused and stay the course can drive success out of any scenario. Working together as a family to overcome these hurdles can have tremendous rewards for the family and those employed by them. “It has been a long ride to get to the point we are today. I am extremely proud that my son, John Clark, has chosen to be President and CEO of the company. Working with family members can be challenging but it has brought us forward in the marketplace as well as in our mother/son relationship. I wouldn’t want it any other way.” ~ Mary Clark, Chairwoman of the Board of Masterclock, Inc. While keeping the business in the family can be a daunting and challenging task, the upside is tremendous. Families around the world continue to beat the odds and keep their organizations ticking even during changing times. We hope to do the same! ¤

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Home Sweet Home There is something special about the end of the year. When the skies are getting grayer and the weather gets colder, we count our blessings, dust off the dining room table and entertain friends and family at home. Holiday traditions frequently center on food. Thanksgiving HAS to include Grandma’s stuffing recipe IN the turkey, green bean casserole, and a layered cranberry salad. It wouldn’t be the same without them. Those traditional foods remind us of happy times together. The same goes for decorations. Repeating our own holiday traditions like the smell of pine, or the sparkle of lights, make the time together a joyful one. In decorating your table this year, start with your traditions, but try getting a little creative with them.

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Here are six important pieces of a great holiday table: 1. Start with a table cloth. If you don’t own one, rent or purchase a plain white or ivory machine washable table cloth. It will be easy to add layers to it for any holiday. Measure your table with all of the leaves in it so that your table cloth is large enough to cover the entire table with at least a 10” drop on each side. The longer the drop, the more formal the table will look. I like to rent linens from Weinhardt party rental where a 60 x 120” plain linen is only $6.25 to rent, and I don’t have to wash it or iron it! They also have many other decorative options to choose from. 2. Dress up a plain or solid color table cloth with a “topper”. This can be as simple as a piece of fabric purchased from the local fabric store, or a rented luxury linen topper. For a round table, purchase 1.5 yards of a fabulous fabric. This will give you a 54” square table topper. For a rectangular table, purchase a length of fabric as long as half your table + 12”. Cut the fabric down the middle lengthwise and sew the two strips together. You now have one long table runner to put down the middle of the table. If necessary, you can hem the edges. 3. I also like to use chargers underneath the place setting. This is another opportunity to add color to your plain linen, and it helps keep the linen a little cleaner. Chargers can range from $1.00 each for a plastic one at discount stores, to $50 each for fancy glass, metal, or wood chargers. (You can rent those too for $2.00 each). Round placemats also do the trick but take up more room on the table.

5. Always have some kind of centerpiece, but it doesn’t have to be a floral arrangement. Centerpieces at family tables should not be more than 12” high so that your guests can see the people across the table from them (unless the tall segment is narrow enough to see around). For a rectangular table you can layer greenery on top of your runner, then add votive candles or pillar candles of varying heights, and mix in ornamentation in contrasting color or texture. For ornamentation choose either pine cones, fruit (apples, oranges, or squash), or shiny Christmas ornaments. 6. Now all that is left is your china, crystal and flatware. At this point your table will look so fantastic, that it won’t matter if you use Grandma’s Christmas china or your everyday plates. When planning your table, do try to keep in mind the color scheme and level of formality of the plates you will use so that the rest of the table décor is consistent. ¤

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4. Napkins are another opportunity to add color to the table top. You can either give them a fancy napkin fold, or use a napkin ring to dress them up. Napkin rings can be as simple as a piece of ribbon or trim tied around the middle. I love to use fabric napkins because they make the occasion seem that much more special and provide enough fullness for a napkin ring. If you elect to use paper napkins, splurge on the thicker rectangular folded dinner napkins which come in a variety of colors at the party store.

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1. Make A Plan

The most important advice is to develop a plan with your real estate consultant. The selling process can feel overwhelming sometimes and having a plan is the key. Your agent can help you with the following: • Determining when to list • Setting a price • Selecting what to keep and what to leave behind • Determining repairs or work that need to be done • Staging your home • Planning your next move • Determining the terms that are most important to you in an offer

2. Timing is Everything

Knowing the right time to sell – financially and emotionally – can make a big difference in both your selling experience and the listing price. Historically, the Spring and Summer months have the most real estate closings, but that doesn’t mean you have to sell only during that time. If your home is priced well, it will sell in any season and any market. There is a buyer for every home. Buyers looking in off-peak times tend to be more serious and ready to purchase.

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3. Set a Realistic Price from the Beginning

Your home will get the most buyer exposure immediately after it’s listed, so pricing it right at the start is very important. Many sellers want to ask the famous question, “If I price it over market value, won’t that be better so I have some room to negotiate because buyers always start an offer under list price, right?” WRONG!! A home that is priced right at the fair market value very rarely sells for less than that. Pricing it competitively will maximize the demand for your home. When demand is high and the supply is low, sellers don’t have to negotiate much! Building in negotiating room can backfire. Buyers are very savvy, they understand the market value and this strategy usually leads to low showings, low offers, or a price reduction shortly after being listed. You may end up with an even lower offer than if you would have priced it correctly from the start. Rely on your agent as a trusted adviser, especially about pricing and marketing your home.

4. Look at Your Home Through the Eyes of a Buyer For a moment, think back to when you were looking for a new home and what made you want to buy your current home. You’re going to need to leave behind your emotions and make tough, reality-based decisions about improving, pricing and marketing. Your agent will guide you through this process and will likely suggest you de-personalize, fix little things you’ve been putting off, and freshen up the interior and exterior. This will help you appeal to a broad audience of buyers, so please don’t take offense to your agent’s suggestions.

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Shifting your mindset from homeowner to home seller will also help you decide which belongings to keep, store, sell or give away. Some pieces might be perfect for staging your home; your agent can offer advice and even connect you with a professional home stager to help make those decisions. Decluttering and de-personalizing your space are essential so home shoppers can envision making the space their own. It’s not always easy to have potential buyers – strangers – tromping through your space and looking at everything with a critical eye. If you plan to live in your home while it’s on the market, you’ll need to keep it spotless and show-ready. That can be tough, especially for young families. But the better it shows, the faster it goes and the sooner you can start living like a normal family again! ¤

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Have you ever wondered how the custom of marrying in the month of June became so popular? The tradition dates back to the Roman times festival celebrating the deity Juno and his wife Jupiter, who was the goddess of marriage and childbirth. June is also a perfect time for fresh flowers. So it should come as no surprise that the most popular month for weddings is June. Interestingly, September and October weddings have increased in recent years. If you are planning a wedding between June and October, prepare to wrestle for an available venue as you complete with other brides. But if you are adventurous and considering winter nuptials your choices may be wide open. “He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter…In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity.” – John Burroughs, “The Snow Walkers”, 1866. With that being said, let’s think about some decorating options for those chilly months. If December or January is your chosen month, it is totally appropriate to have a group of decorated fir trees adorning the scene, decked out in nothing more than twinkling white lights. Of course you don’t have to stop at lights. There are simple ways to dress up the trees with items similar to what can be used in the table decorations, sparkly glittered white branches, oversized snowflakes and icicles. Make use of every glistening, jeweled décor you can rustle up. If the ceiling allows for it, dangling glimmering snowflakes and other ornamentation from fishing line are in order. Mirrored trays, crystal votive cups and candleholders, white winter patterned table runners, clear glass vases filled with iridescent glass ornaments with tall dazzling branches are just perfect for eliciting “OOHS and AHHHS” at your winter wonderland wedding. Wedding flowers can be equally as enchanting in the winter. Draping pine, crystal and pearl picks that shoot out of the flowers, wintery dusty miller and any version of white or off white flowers will be perfect with the surrounding décor. But don’t be afraid to shake it up with brilliant reds as well along with the sparkling accents. Pine sprays can be lavished around the wedding cake and any other place you need a touch of winter green. Just because it’s a winter wedding doesn’t mean you have to go with a glistening snow theme. Today’s brides have popularized the more rustic/organic looks for their weddings and there is no shortage of decorations available to create this look. Line the walkway up to the church or reception with brown paper bag luminaries filled with sand candles setting on top of a simple pine spray. Lanterns are among the most sought after decoration for guest tables. Choosing the more rustic styles in wood and metal will be perfect surrounded by ponderosa pine cones and fir sprays. Galvanized cone shaped trees nestled around the lanterns would be simple and ideal. Not all decorations need to over the top in order to be charming. If you have access to a huge sleigh or carriage, drape it with pine and use it to create a wonderful showstopper by stacking it with the wedding presents. You may need to have an attendee handle this detail so each gift gets its proper attention. Set up a pine tree or two in the backdrop, a tall lamppost lantern nearby and you will have a fantastic landscape for photo ops. However you present your winter wedding it will surely be a welcome diversion from the chill outside. So whether you go upscale and sparkly or earthy and organic, your guests will be thrilled to have something special to do at a time when we don’t typically frequent the outdoors anyway. And let’s not forget how much more fun it will be to go on your honeymoon in the middle of winter! ¤

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Written by Amy Armour Photos courtesy of Dance Pizazz

Swing, Tango, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, and Salsa to name a few. McElvain and McAllister also participate in competition dancing - in the American Style Rhythm Dances which include Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, and Mambo. Ballroom dancing is lots of fun—but it’s also a great way for people of all ages to get in shape and stay fit. “Dancing has many positive health benefits and is a wonderful activity that benefits the mind, body, and spirit. Dancing will improve your health and fitness, mental acuity, and social connections,” said McElvain.

Nikki McElvain was working as a marketing manager when she decided she was done sitting behind a desk all day. The former roller skating competitive dancer decided to share her love for dancing by starting a new business—Dance Pizazz. “For two years, after working my full-time job during the day, I went to the studio evenings and weekends to teach lessons to get Dance Pizazz started,” said McElvain, who opened the studio in 2008. “After a few months of opening, I realized how much dancing changes lives and that alone is a huge motivation to keep the studio growing.” Located in St. Peters, Dance Pizazz currently has 10 instructors on staff who have helped thousands of students over the years have fun while learning to dance.

McElvain said dancing is a great social activity and studies have shown that socializing and dancing with friends can contribute to high self-esteem, increased self-confidence and a more positive outlook. “Dancing reduces stress and tension, so over time one can feel an overall sense of well-being. If dancing gets your heart rate up, it can be a good form of aerobic exercise, which is good for your heart in general,” said McElvain. All of the instructors are specially trained and certified and can put clients in touch with today’s most popular dances to make them a comfortable social dancer or a competitive hobby dancer. The studio’s main pledge is to make dancing fun and easy while helping individual clients achieve personalized dancing goals— whether it’s getting back in shape, making new friends, meeting someone special, gaining a little extra self-confidence or even becoming a competitive dancer. “It is our experience that every student has different needs, preferences and time schedules but everyone has the ability to be a good dancer with enough time,” said McElvain.

Opening the studio changed her life in more ways than one. In 2012, Michael McAllister stopped by the studio looking for shoes, and ended up leaving with a job. “He was hired on as an instructor, but soon got promoted to manager,” said McElvain. McAllister became more than an employee... as the pair got engaged earlier this year. Though the couple is yet to be married, McElvain and McAllister have already shared many “first dances.” “We perform live Wedding Dance demos to the songs that couples bring in who are working on their first dance.” said McElvain. Dance Pizazz was voted the Best Wedding Dance Lessons in 2016 and 2017 by The Knot, My Wedding, Wedding Wire, Thumbtack, and Lessons. com.

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“The choice is yours and we’ll help you achieve your goals because each lesson is taught step-by-step at your own pace,” said McElvain. “For almost a decade Dance Pizazz's Method of private, group and practice sessions has helped people from all walks of life to become confident on the dance floor.”

The current studio is located at 124 Jungermann Rd in St. Peters. But because the success of Dance Pizazz continues, according to McElvain, they we will be expanding to a bigger ballroom in the next year. “That will be great!” she concuded. ¤

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Many of us lead busy lives, and we don’t have hours to spend at the gym. So, how do you get the most out of the time you have? How can you be most efficient with your workouts and actually get closer to the results you want? Whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, or just be healthier, resistance training should be at the forefront of your fitness routine. Resistance training, also known as strength training, involves muscles working against a force (weight), which causes the muscles to contract. The goal is to increase the strength, mass, and/or endurance of the muscles involved, but it’s not just for body builders. Everyone can experience benefits from this style of training. IMPROVE BODY COMPOSITION. Resistance training strengthens your muscles. As your muscles become stronger, they grow. (Ladies, don’t worry. You will NOT get bulky!) As you develop more muscle, your metabolism increases, and you burn fat more efficiently. Over time, your body composition changes and your body fat percentage decreases. BURN MORE CALORIES. When you do cardiovascular exercise, such as running, your body burns calories during the activity. Once you stop the activity, you stop burning calories. On the other hand, when you do resistance training, you burn calories during your training and afterwards. Following strenuous activity, several processes take place in order to restore your body to its resting state. This is known as EPOC, excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or afterburn. In other words, your body is burning calories while you’re doing nothing!

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AVOID PLATEAUS. Your body adapts to the stresses you put on it. If you consistently do the same activity over and over, your body will stop responding. This is what happens if you spend 20 minutes on the treadmill, at the same pace, three days per week, for several months. To continue seeing benefits, the only answer is to increase the intensity, or increase the time. But again, your body will continue to adapt, and there are only so many minutes in a day. With resistance training, on the other hand, it’s much simpler to avoid plateaus. As you get stronger, you continue to challenge your muscles by increasing the training volume (reps x sets x weight) and/or varying the exercises. You can break through plateaus without having to dedicate more time. REDUCE RISK OF INJURY. As we age, we lose a small percentage of bone and muscle each year, if we don’t do anything about it. Resistance training increases muscle mass and can stop, prevent and even reverse bone loss! Strong bones and muscles are less likely to be compromised under stress, making you less susceptible to pains and injuries. Greater bone density can also improve balance, decreasing your risk of falling. GAIN CONFIDENCE. This one, you will just have to take my word and experience it for yourself. After three years of running 4+ days per week and taking several aerobics classes, I was frustrated to see no change in my body. I hired a coach who taught me how to lift, and my life was forever changed. If you want to get the most out of your workouts, and actually start seeing results, ditch the treadmill and pick up some weights. It’s one of the greatest things you can do for your health, your physique, and your overall well-being. For more information, contact: Courtney Tucker,

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ReFash Studios caters to the style-savvy demographic who are “shopped out” and bored with the repetition of mainstream stores and “me-too” styles. ReFash Studios’ mission is to make next-level style and everyday-glam clothing choices accessible and available.  ReFash combines popular styles of the past with new ideas and inspirations from current day. Often upcycling once beautiful vintage gowns and jackets that are no longer wearable, they create truly oneof-a-kind statement pieces that offer unlimited new styling options and an eye-popping “wow factor”. ReFash Studios’ signature has to be their “trophy” jackets and distressed denims, followed closely by a variety of flirty new layering pieces and cocktail attire.  #wearableart #ecofashion #ooak #dresshappy

SYDNEY NELSON Sydney Nelson is currently studying fashion design at Lindenwood University, with an emphasis in studio art and graphic design. Her interest for fashion began at a young age when she developed a love for vintage clothing. Her penchant for styles of the past and her passion for promoting environmental sustainability in fashion brought her to St. Louis from her hometown in Central Illinois. 

ELYSE FLORES Elyse Flores, Senior at Lindenwood University, majors in fashion design and art history. She received awards at the 2016 fall fashion show for her patternmaking as well as the Lectra Corporation Fashion Design Award. Outside fashion and art, Flores enjoys her time running for the Lindenwood cross-country and track teams and partakes regularly in reading, yoga and naps.

Katrina Bennett is the owner of Katrina Z'Chori, a women's fashion brand specializing in one-of-a-kind hand-dyed Resort/Readyto-Wear apparel that make great handcrafted gifts for friends and family. Katrina graduated from Lindenwood University with a MFA in Studio Art/Emphasis in Fashion Design where she also taught fashion sewing and pattern making courses. In 2010 she launched the Katrina Z'Chori brand while teaching at Lindenwood, but eventually left to work her business brand full time. Katrina says there are many challenges with building a fashion brand, but she has finally found her niche in producing beautiful hand-dyed clothing. Visit and be sure to follow Katrina Z'Chori on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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From New York Fashion Week Award Winning designer and milliner to consecutive St. Louis Annual Forest Park Forever Hat Luncheon winner to creating promotional designs for Lady Gaga, Dianne Isbell, founder of HATS by DI-Anne, is a busy lady. Her creations have been worn not only nationwide but also worldwide for horse races, weddings and other special events. She also has the distinction of having one of her designs selected for a year-long display in the Kentucky Derby Hat Museum. Dianne’s one-of-a-kind designs are the perfect combination of excitement, elegance, uniqueness, sophistication, beauty and high fashion. She lives by her desire to design and create the perfect hat or fascinator which makes each and every woman feel even more beautiful than she already is.

Jasmine Brown is a St. Louis native, whose passion and natural talent for fashion developed at an early age. She furthered her fashion endeavors at the University of Missouri Columbia where she studied Textile and Apparel Management with an emphasis in Product Development. After partaking in numerous fashion events and gaining a clientele, Jasmine launched Designs By J. Stocking in 2013. As the CEO, she aspires to empower others through fashion and create the ultimate experience for her clients. By bringing elegance to the forefront, she specializes in creating sophisticated and classy couture garment.

Cameo Deboré Phillips is the owner and designer of Cameo de Boré Clutches. Cameo's mantra is to do all things with a sophisticated lady-like style and grace, the essence of her brand. She was dissatisfied not to find what she needed in the marketplace, so she designed and created her own clutch. It needed to be oversized; to be in scale with a woman who has height and curves. It wasn't long before others noticed, and she took Cameo de Boré Clutches to the next level. In 2012, Cameo began selling her clutches, and since then her designs have been featured in various places such as fashion shows locally and in other states. Celebrities, gospel singer Tasha Cobbs, and Emmy award winner Shaun Robinson have rocked her clutches on red carpets. Her clutches can also be purchased at select boutiques, they've also been shipped to Germany, Japan, and Canada.   Cameo serves as a Professional Advisory Committee member at the Art Institute of Saint Louis and recently launched a highly anticipated luxury bridal and special occasion clutch line. Based out of St. Louis, Cameo de Boré continues to stretch the boundaries of creativity in the accessory industry. Find her at & on Facebook.

TRANG NGUYEN Trang is not a stranger to the fashion industry, since she grew up with a slew of family members who are talented seamstresses that taught her the painstaking and meticulous work required for each piece of clothing. To pursue her dreams, she attended Lindenwood University and graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design. The label TRANG NGUYEN focuses on reinventing classic silhouettes that transition from day to night. Modern, luxurious, and flirty - her line is for the woman who values quality, originality with a twist, and has an eye for exquisite detail. Established in 2012, her line is designed and made in the U.S.A.

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"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street: fashion has to do with the ideas, the way we live, what is happening."--Coco Chanel. The brand Barbara Bultman is a revolutionary crossroad of style for the fearless woman. She is inspired by things that are all around her and things that affect the world. A native to St. Louis, she graduated from Lindenwood University with a BFA in Fashion Design and a minor in Studio Art in May 2015. A few of her biggest accomplishments are earning the title Designer of the Year at Phoenix Fashion Week 2016, and Pins and Needles Designer of the Year in 2015. Barbara likes to create pieces that are structural, sophisticated and detail-oriented, while still showing the silhouettes of the female body. Her line began being sold on EVINE Live in October along with her boutique Dare II Wear. She also creates one of a kind jewelry pieces for both men and women. She sees fashion not as labels, but as a way people can express themself without saying a word. As she likes to say, “Dare II Wear.”


Shaunice Walton is a self-taught St. Louis based fashion designer and entrepreneur. Shaunice had been in love with fashion and creating since a young age. She always knew that a career in the fashion industry was what she wanted to pursue. KISSED KOUTURE designs are created with fabrics such as sequins, feathers, lace and etc to do more than just wear but to also make each and every woman wearing it, feel and look as beautiful as the garment.

After a life spent in several apparel related industries, St. Louisan Paulie Gibson created a contemporary menswear brand organically & passionately inspired by men in his everyday life. "There is a commonality in all of the close relationships, that allows me to create for very different people - who're all going to the same place."  Paulie launched his first sellable collection under his label with a showcase with local organization RAW: Artists. Simultaneously, Paulie Gibson was selected for the Phoenix Fashion Week Emerging designer program, where he was purchased by retail giant While in Phoenix, the brand began to garner the attention of the celebrity stylists in Los Angeles, and within two weeks had his first showing at STYLE Fashion Week, Los Angeles. The following season the collection returned to SFW where he completed his second showing which was filmed & featured on America’s Next Top Model Cycle 20. In addition to ANTM, Paulie Gibson has been worn to the Grammy’s, VMAs, movie premieres, music videos and published in numerous publications. Paulie hopes for this brand to global reach while maintaining a STL home base.

Ideas from the North is a knit wear company inspired by classic Scandinavian colors and silhouettes with a focus on one of a kind sweaters and sustainable sourced fibers. The designer Ameli Skoglund Blaser works with the fibers and surface of the materials to create texture and depth to each garment. Ameli has several years of industry experience in production and technical design and are now teaching design at Lindenwood University. Her 2018 collection Weft & Warp is inspired by the dynamic of a weave. The tension and interaction between the different directions of the fibers as well as the mythology of the weaver.

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"Abby Mrachko will earn her BFA in fashion design next spring from Lindenwood University, where she also competes on their national championship winning synchronized swimming team. Her evening collection was inspired by mermaids and the fantasy world of the deep sea, and she hopes to have created looks that are both elegant and edgy."



Aleah, orginally from York, Nebraska, is attending Lindenwood University as a 5th year Senior, majoring in both Fashion Design & Graphic Design with intentions of graduating in May 2018. A member of Kappa Pi Kappa Honorary Arts Fraternity, she won Best Intermediate Collection, 2015. She especially enjoys the early stages of hand sketching & illustrating. Upon graduation she aspires to design full time within the fashion industry.

SKIF has been a staple of the 'made in St. Louis' movement since its launch in 1994 by designer Nina Ganci, whose vision and early investment in fashion in STL created a thriving, collaborative design studio that specializes in knitwear. The collection consists of easy and creative pieces that showcase the artisanal spirit that is SKIF. The garments are free-spirited in style and in their nature—un-sized, undone. "Every Body Is A Sweater Designer" once you wear it, it becomes your own style.

Qun Liu grew up in the coastal city of Behai in southwest China. Art has been the center of all her life as a painter and fiber artist. Qun started the fashion brand Q Liu at 2013. Q Liu's style draws on a variety of multicultural influences and natural friendly fabrics.

The founder of Liviara, Kara Gatto, is inspired by the spirit of the American woman, who knows what she wants and how to acquire it. The collections explore both sides of femininity, from the soft and sensual to the regal and rebellious. Every well-appointed piece empowers women to be daring in expressing individual sexuality. Highlighting the unique form of the female body and spirit, the impeccably tailored fit of the collection inspires confidence in every woman by embracing and flattering her figure. Whether light and romantic or dark and erotic, each piece is made with exceptional care and attention to detail. The entire collection is carefully created in the United States at Liviara’s own manufacturing facility in founder Kara Gatto’s hometown, St. Charles, Missouri.

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What started out as a hobby for a stay-at-home mom has turned into a blossoming business empowering mothers across the country.

Jennifer Bonacorsi was a special education teacher, before deciding to stay home to raise her children. As a mom of four young girls, Jennifer was interested in finding a hobby while Maci, Claire, Mia and Claudia napped during the day. Her husband Bret Bonacorsi worked in the corporate world and travelled frequently, so Jennifer was looking for a creative outlet. “I had a friend teach me how to make a bracelet and then I taught myself how to make earrings, necklaces, pendants, watches and rings by taking apart jewelry and remaking them,” said Jennifer. “As I would make my jewelry and wear it, ladies were wanting to buy it off of me.” Every time she took her girls to dance class, preschool or the park, Jennifer was getting attention from her handmade jewelry. It continued to gain popularity and her hobby grew into something beyond a way to spend her free time. “My businessman husband was watching this happen,” said Jennifer, who had no previous experience making jewelry. “He said you should do home parties and let people design their own jewelry.”

Jennifer took the leap and started her first company U Design Jewelry in 2004. Launching the business from her basement, Jennifer took her jewelry design to the next level hosting home parties and helping shoppers design and make their own jewelry. She then expanded to teach sales reps—which she calls ‘designers’—how to create the jewelry and have home parties of their own to earn some extra income. After a year of running the business from her home, Jennifer outgrew her space and moved into the Economic Development Center business incubator in St. Charles County where the company spent eight years. Her husband Bret, who has a corporate background in national sales, joined Jennifer in the business endeavor. “That company was approximately 10 years old when the economy changed and beaded jewelry was not the trend any longer and the reps were not wanting to make the jewelry,” said Jennifer. “Towards the end of U Design we added personalized pieces to our line and that really took off.” But Jennifer said she could see a definite shift that needed to happen—and that was to provide a kit that the jewelry would already come made to the customer so the design reps would no longer have to make the jewelry. “We had ladies that wanted to wear and sell our jewelry but when I would say, Great, I will schedule a time to train you on how to make it…they were no longer interested,” said Jennifer. In July 2013, jBloom was launched. All of the jewelry—from earrings and bracelets to necklaces and charms—is still designed by Jennifer. But jBloom designers do not have to make the pieces—only sell and wear it. Designers can get started selling jBloom by purchasing a kit for $99 or $199. “Our focus is on helping other women grow and succeed,” said Jennifer. “The definition of Bloom is ‘the greatest period of productivity and prosperity cultivated for its beauty’. jBloom’s unique personalized jewelry is

the tool that we get to use to help women who may need a social outlet, extra income for their family, or they may want to take full advantage of our leadership program and go to the top of our commission structure.” Jennifer said there is something for everyone at jBloom.

“The secret to jBloom’s success is sharing my faith and not hiding it. From day one, I knew that would be my #1 priority. And the coolest part…because of that, jBloom has attracted the neatest tribe of women who are the biggest cheerleaders for each other,” said Jennifer. jBloom continued to grow, and moved out of the Economic Development Center in October 2016 and into its current location at 2103 Parkway Drive in St. Peters. “We went from a 2,000 square foot office space to 12,000 square feet,” said Jennifer. “And we are growing rapidly, which is very exciting.” The new space allows designers to check out all of the latest jewelry in person which is on display at the entrance of the shop. Currently, jBloom has approximately 30 employees and over 1,500 designers in almost all of the states across the country. jBloom is adding 120 new designers from across the country each month. “We are on track to double this year,” said Jennifer. “The plans for the future is of course to keep this momentum going, and stay on top of current jewelry trends.” One of the unique and always popular features of jBloom jewelry is personalization. “We can put any saying, quote, child’s name, dates, scripture on a piece of jewelry as long as it fits within the guidelines we provide,” said Jennifer. “We also have a very versatile line of jewelry… our charms come with a spring ring attached so that you can move your charms from your necklace to another necklace or bracelet. You can create many different looks just by moving your charms and personalized coins from piece to piece.” jBloom recently launched the 2017-2018 Catalog and Jennifer has many favorites, from the soft leather wrist cuffs and the tiny memory bottle charms to the fun tassels that remain on trend. But keeping her children’s names close to her heart is one of her most beloved characteristics of the jBloom jewelry. “What I will always love most about jBloom is being able to put my girls names on my jewelry along with my favorite scripture, Philippians 4:13, I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me,” said Jennifer. jBloom continues to blossom, offering women across the country an opportunity to earn extra income or provide a social outlet to grow. “One of my favorite quotes, “a flower doesn’t compete to the flower next to it, it just BLOOMS,’” said Jennifer. “ That is what we do at jBloom.” ¤

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Get Holiday Ready! Written by Ashley Grover, Stylist/Hollywood Blonde Salon Style Photos below courtesy of Hollywood Blonde Salon

The holidays are around the corner, so it’s time to make that important change in your life...your hair color! Here is some fashion-forward advice from the stylists at Hollywood Blonde in St. Charles Trends like balayage and babylights are still wildly popular but why not try switching it up to reflect the colors you see around you? Reds and coppers are making their way around town; everyone will be wearing them this season. We love them and think you will also. Want a more understated look? Try one of the trending pastel hair colors, perfect for your holiday party! From Redken’s Global Colorist Justin Isaac, “With the current climate of the world, hair color is an opportunity for self-expression, so you’ll continue to see vibrant shades -whether it be a full head of rainbow color or a more subtle pastel -grow in popularity.” Whatever color you choose, add dimension, flat, single process color is not what we will be seeing much of this season. Consult with your stylist to determine which look best suits you.

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I love what the holidays bring each year! But I mostly love the wonderful food that comes with Thanksgiving and Christmas! If you're like most people you probably have two separate menus for Thanksgiving and Christmas but while I might change a few menu items there is always a fried turkey, cornbread dressing, and a red velvet cake. We've been frying our turkey since we've been married, about 29 years, and while it sounds like it's a hard task, it's really pretty simple. Patience and common sense are key when you decide you want to fry a 15-20 pound bird in a deep pot of hot oil, but if you do it successfully you will never bake another turkey, in fact, I've never baked a turkey!

The cornbread dressing is a southern holiday staple that you will see on virtually every table in the south during these fall and winter celebrations. My granny made some of the best I’ve ever had and most of the recipes for it have been passed down

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for generations, including mine. And it’s so moist and tasty that I just know you’ll love it!

Red velvet cakes are also a southern tradition. I see red velvet cakes and cupcakes all over the country, but the recipe that my mother-in-law used is the best I’ve ever had. My husband made it a condition of our marriage that I learn how to cook it like she did (well, not really, but he surely does love it!). It comes out moist and firm without being too “thick” like a lot of the other recipes I’ve seen. And I’ve learned over the years to double the icing amount to be sure a get a good coverage. The nuts in the icing are a must for us, but they can easily be left out if you have concerns about allergies, or just picky eaters. These three dishes are staples for our family at the holidays. Give them a try and I think you will feel the same. Happy Holidays and Happy Eating!

1 (12 to 15 lb.) whole turkey 2 containers Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning The juice of 3 lemons 1 stick butter 3 gallons of vegetable oil (Some people prefer peanut oil, but the vegetable oil works as well and is less expensive).

You will need a large turkey pot and outdoor burner to fry the turkey. Thaw the turkey and remove the giblets. Melt the butter and add the juice of the lemons. Brush the butter and lemon mixture over the entire turkey. Sprinkle heavily with the Tony Chachere’s inside and out making sort of a crust all over the turkey. Some will fall off but keep piling it on. Cover tightly with foil and refrigerate overnight. When you remove it the next day add more seasoning to try and cover as much of the turkey as you can. When ready to fry put the oil in the pot and heat up to 350 degrees. You will a hook to place through the turkey in order to lower into the pot. Most pots come with the hook. Ease the turkey down in the oil, making sure to go very slow as the hot oil will splatter all over and could burn you. The turkey should not touch the bottom of the pot, but be suspended in the oil. Fry for 3 ½ minutes per pound; when turkey will float freely it is done. Remove from oil and allow to cool a bit before slicing. 60 StreetScape Magazine

Southern Cornbread Dressing

2 cups self rising cornmeal 3 cups chicken stock, (up to 4 cups) 1 cup self rising flour 1 tsp. sage ¼ cup vegetable oil 1 ½ cups buttermilk 3 sticks butter, (1 stick softened for the cornbread) 6 eggs (boiled) 4 stalks celery finely chopped (I use food processor) 5 chicken legs deboned 1 onion finely chopped (I use food processor) Salt & Pepper, to taste

For cornbread: Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cornmeal and flour in a bowl and 1 stick of softened butter, vegetable oil, buttermilk and 4 eggs in another bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. Pour batter into a well greased hot cast iron skillet and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool. In a large bowl, crumble corn bread, then set aside. Salt and pepper the chicken legs and submerge them in water. Cook until done and debone. Add the chicken, onion, celery, chopped eggs, sage, salt, pepper and the additional 2 sticks of butter melted to the cornbread mixture. Mix well. Pour the chicken stock over the cornbread mixture until it is well saturated. You will want itto be a bit runny,as it can tend to dry out, add more as needed. Transfer to a well greased baking dish. Bake at 350° until dressing is cooked through, about 45-60 minutes.

Cake 2 c. Wesson Oil 1 tsp. vinegar 2 ½ c. cake flour 1 tsp. Baking soda 1 ½ c. sugar 1 tsp. salt 1 c. buttermilk 1 tsp. vanilla 2 eggs 2 oz. red food color 2 Tbsp. cocoa

Red Velvet Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and pour into 3 floured and greased 9 inch cake pans. Bake about 25 to 28 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Cool on racks forten minutes. Turn out and cool completely before icing.

Icing 1 box confectioners sugar 1 tsp. Vanilla 1 (8 oz.) cream cheese 1 c. chopped pecans 1 stick butter (unsalted) Mix cream cheese and butter. Gradually add sugar until well blended. Add vanilla and nuts. Note: I typically double the icing recipe. Holiday 2017


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StreetScape: What inspired you to become a chef?

I started working in the restaurant industry when I was 16. Throughout high school and college, I bussed and waited tables simply to earn extra money. It was in New Orleans, where I went to school, that I got my first cooking job at a made-from-scratch burger joint. We had a waiter who had been in the business for a long time, and he would come up to me during lulls and have me describe flavors to him. At first, it drove me crazy. But after a while I started realizing how nuanced food can be, and how much goes into making a good meal. It was around that time that I realized how much I loved the environment of being in a restaurant. I love the smell, the pace, the constant buzz of activity. If there was anything I would be happy doing every day, this was it.

StreetScape: What is your background?

My first cooking job was flipping burgers and cutting french fries on Oak Street in New Orleans, LA. I was given the opportunity to work at a few sister restaurants that gave me a taste of finer dining and the atmosphere that comes with it. After I finished college, I moved back to St. Louis and attended the Culinary Institute of St. Louis at Hickey College. There, I met Chris Desens, who was an instrumental part in forming my understanding of what it really means to be a chef. He helped me find a job with Chef Dan Holtgrave at Old Warson Country Club, and that is where I really learned how to cook and work as a team to produce something that I found meaningful and important. I was eventually able to work my way up to a management position on the Garde Manger station, where I led a small team in producing all of the cold food for the kitchen. This experience got me ready to take on the management position I'm currently holding at R.T. Weiler's.

StreetScape: At what restaurant can our readers taste your creations? R.T. Weiler's, 201 N Main Street, St. Charles 63301

StreetScape: What kinds of foods are you known

for? I love simple food done well, and R.T. Weiler’s is known for freshly-made comfort food. We want everyone to feel

welcome. Whether it’s fried chicken or a killer reuben, we aim to satisfy your craving for that favorite dish that mom used to make. We also recently started a brunch menu. On Saturday and Sunday mornings you can come catch a soccer game or fuel up for holiday shopping with a hearty, homestyle breakfast.

StreetScape: What’s your specialty?

I still consider myself to be a student in the cooking world and strive to find ways to expand my understanding of different foods and cooking styles. And while I appreciate the craft of fine dining, my interest is in producing comforting, delicious meals. I believe that food should be familiar, and I want you to leave R.T.'s happy and full.

StreetScape:What are the newest trends in dining?

This is a hard question to answer, because by the time people read this article a new trend may be emerging. However, I think the move towards using fresh, local products underlies most of the newer trends. People enjoy having a connection with their food, knowing where it came from and the people that produced it.

StreetScape: Do you have any final advice for

our readers? I would encourage people to find their favorite recipes and look deeper into them, because understanding food goes deeper than memorizing some ingredients and measurements. Research the history of the dish, the science of why it’s made that way, and you’ll have an even greater appreciation for it. For example, I love sandwiches. Really, anything in a pile is good in my book. But I learned recently that they became popular in the 1700s by John Mantagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich. He is said to have invented them so that he could eat dinner with one hand and not have to leave his gambling table. Food has history, and that’s part of the reason why I love this job. ¤

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Making Strides Locally & Globally Written by Amy Ward | Photos courtesy of Blanton Construction, Inc.

St. Charles County based Blanton Construction completing notable work both in St. Charles with the new Lindenwood Library and Academic Resources Center and thrilled to have been a team member on two projects selected as finalists for the ULI Global Award. Twenty-five extraordinary developments from around the world have been chosen as finalists for the 2017 Global Awards for Excellence as selected by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) for the best development and use of urban land. The ULI, which was established in 1932, is a nonprofit research & educational organization whose mission is “to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide”. Two of these twenty-five projects had major construction participation by one long time St. Louis area construction firmBlanton Construction. The two projects that were in this elite listing from around the globe are Ballpark Village, adjacent to Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals in downtown St. Louis and Brickell City Centre in Miami, FL. The stats on these projects are as follows: Ballpark Village- Developer: The Cordish Companies, Designer: Design Collective, Jeffrey Beers International. On this project Blanton Construction was responsible for over half of the interior finish. The venues completed by Blanton are: Live Nation, the centerpiece and main gathering area; Fox Sports Midwest; PBR a Cowboy Bar, the Budweiser Brew House Restaurant and the Budweiser Beer Garden and Roof Top Deck. Brickell City Centre- Developer: Swire Properties, Inc., Designer: Arquitectionica. This entire development was estimated to be worth over one billion dollars when complete and encompass 5.4million square feet including 565,000 square feet of retail shopping. Blanton Construction completed the gorgeous 105,000 square foot, three story flagship Saks Fifth Avenue store which is the retail anchor and opened in November of 2016.

contain imagery representing a grove of linden tress, which are native trees from which Lindenwood University takes its name. What is so special about this glass it that it provides sunlight control via the use of solar sensors. The glass controls the sun’s glare and heat yet allows those inside the building to see outside clearly. This “magic” glass stops much of the heat that would normally radiate through window glass and it minimizes the ultraviolet rays too which will be a great help in preserving the gorgeous interior finishes on the LARC. There are seven hues shown in the glass which include shades of gray, green and blue that make up the tree images. The tinted changes in the varying hues are subtle with the objective being to create a grove of trees that those inside the LARC can identify against the backdrop of nature in the existing trees on the Lindenwood campus. While all agreed the building is a stunning addition to the campus, what faculty and staff are most excited about is the new learning opportunities this building presents to the students. Besides the gorgeous “magic glass”, the LARC houses a multimedia theatre, a student academic support office & student spaces where students can meet to work on projects together as well as a Starbucks Coffee shop on the ground level and the LARC is also home to the university’s IT department. The building does an excellent job of combining high tech interior with the stately and historic look that Lindenwood University in St. Charles is well known. The LARC is 100,000 square foot, three story, four-level facility and is the largest in the development that has taken place in the last 15 years at the university. Prior to building the LARC building, Blanton has completed approximately $250 million worth of

The winners are to be announced at the Fall/Winter 2017 meeting in Los Angeles. Locally, the official grand opening & ribbon cutting ceremonies for the Lindenwood Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) built by Blanton Construction, were held on September 16, 2017. All those in attendance on the Lindenwood University St. Charles campus were very interested in the special electrochromic glass; also known as “smart glass or electronically switchable glass”. This is a specialty art glass that can be used to create unique lighting. It was used in the large windows which 66 StreetScape Magazine


work for Lindenwood over that 15year period. The building association between Blanton Construction and Lindenwood University began when Blanton founder Ben Blanton served on the University’s board of directors. At the time, Dennis Spellman was the President of Lindenwood and he had big plans for expanding the university. After plans to build the first new residence hall on the site stalled with the contractor initially chosen, Ben Blanton agreed that his company would build the dormitory if there were no overhead & profit on the project. That started a long relationship between Blanton Construction and Lindenwood University and Blanton still builds everything for Lindenwood that same way – “without overhead & profit”. As President of Blanton Construction, Jeff Blanton puts it “we have been blessed to be part of Lindenwood’s expansion and what it has done for St. Charles.” Other buildings constructed by Blanton Construction over the past

15 years with which you might be familiar are: The Spellman Campus Center, Evans Commons, Lou Brock Sports Complex, Harlen C. Hunter Stadium, Hyland Arena, the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts and eight residence halls. Blanton Construction has been happy for many years now with its frequent work with LePique and Orne who was the architect for the new LARC as well as the Harlen C. Hunter Stadium. LePique and Orne have been in St. Charles since 1916 and both LePique and Orne along with Blanton share a real love for taking historic venues and bringing them into modern times while keeping the feel very historical. The just recently opened LARC is yet another example of that. We appreciate the trust that Lindenwood University has placed in us to keep their campus looking very historical all while keeping up to the minute with technology and learning facilities that attract students from all over the United States and abroad. ¤

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Educating Our Youth “Bullying is smoke; courage is fire”


~Benjamin Disraeli

Rob Ciampoli, Headmaster, Andrews Academy Lake St. Louis

"Bullying” is one of the hot topics in education lately, in large part due to the speed at which news (especially bad news) spreads across the internet. Bullying, to be sure, is a problem, but some recent studies reflect positive news, at least with elementary and high school age students.

will be “punished” by taking away their computer, cell phone, tablet, etc. they may not report future bullying to you.

As reported in the journal Pediatrics, a study of more than 250,000 students in Maryland over the last ten years found that some types of bullying have decreased significantly - physical bullying, verbal bullying, spreading rumors and cyberbullying. Along with the actual bullying activities, reports of perpetrating bullying and or witnessing bullying decreased significantly as well. Why?

•If the activity is indeed bullying (as defined above), you should contact the school and inform the principal of the situation. Again, stay calm. School administrators want to know about these types of activities but the way in which parents report bullying can help or hinder the process. Parents demanding action through anger and threatened recrimination and lawsuits slows down the process. Work with, not against, the school administration.

We don’t know.That is perhaps the most surprising finding. Maryland school districts had no anti-bullying programs! There was no active attempt by school officials to design curricula to prevent bullying. It just slowed down dramatically on its own, with a major decrease starting in 2010. That doesn’t mean bullying isn’t an on-going issue. Cyberbullying, while diminishing, is extremely damaging because once it is on-line, it is there forever and it can spread like wildfire. While it is difficult to ignore a ten year study of 250,000 students, if it is your child being bullied, all the studies in the world don’t offer much solace. So if your child is truly being bullied, what options do you have? *Stay calm. Don’t react emotionally or vindictively. Bullying means repeated physical, electronic or social aggression. One or two mild taunts on the playground are normal and how your child finds ways to react to this teasing is part of growing up. *Take it seriously if your child is reporting that they really are being cyberbullied but don’t deny them access to technology. If the child feels he or she

•At our school, like many others, there is a designated person with whom the bullied child can talk.This person has the interpersonal skills to help the child deal with the bullying. •Parents have a right to ask for a written blueprint to deal with the situation, even if it is a simple three point plan. Something in writing keeps everyone focused on the issue. •Remember that a key component of dealing with bullying is standing up to bullies, especially with allies who will confront the bully as a group.This takes courage but most “bullies” will fold like a deck of cards once challenged. Children are learning to treat each more humanely, with or without a curriculum or plan.There is hope that over the long arc of history, we are evolving into “improved” versions of our previous selves. Try to remember that when your eyes smart from the smoke of the news, if you have the courage to watch it! ¤

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Zach Tucker is on a crusade to change the world. As the founder and CEO of Good Meets World, Zach and his team provide a revolutionary monthly service that enables businesses to give back with every sale. Since launching in December of 2016, Good Meets World has generated over $50,000 in donations to St. Louis and St. Charles charities and their team is on a mission to reach $1,000,000 by 2019. Zach has a diverse background rooted in small business development and philanthropy. His previous company, a Chesterfield-based LED lighting company, was listed as the 182nd fastest growing company in America on INC. 500. At this company, Zach created a giving program that led their sales to change the lives of hundreds of struggling Missouri families, which sparked invitations to speak at the White House and the Paris International Climate Change Summit. In 2016, Zach was named one of St. Louis’ 30 under 30 for his business and philanthropic efforts and was a two-time Invoking The Pause grant recipient. He is also the Midwest Chapter Director of the national non-partisan group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), and founder of the E2 Emerging Leader Program.

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Zach has been published in The St. Louis Business Journal, Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post Dispatch, and Columbia Daily Tribune. When he isn’t building Good Meets World, you can find him volunteering, fencing, or spending time with his wife and best friend, Courtney. The couple just celebrated their 1st-year anniversary.

Mark Hollander currently serves as the Executive Director for Vision St. Charles County Leadership, after recently retiring from 35 years in the banking business. He started as a teller at Community Federal Savings & Loan at Mark Twain Mall in 1981 and finished out his banking career as a Business Banking Relationship Officer at UMB Bank covering all of St. Charles County. Mark is a lifelong resident of St. Charles and has a passion for his community. He has volunteered for several non-profit organizations--Community Living Inc. (former Board Member and Chairman of the Board), The O'Fallon Family YMCA (Board Member), The American Cancer Society (Relay for Life volunteer), VISION St. Charles County Leadership (Graduate, Board Member and Former Chairman of the Board), Faith Chapel Church (Advisory Board and Board Secretary) and The Sparrow's Nest Maternity Home (Current Board VP and Treasurer). Mark was recently honored as the 2016 VISIONARY of the Year by VISION St. Charles County Leadership, by Streetscape Magazine’s "Beyond The Best" Class of 2016, and by Community Living as the 2017 Legacy Award for his dedication to helping persons with disabilities. He is also a certified instructor for Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University and has helped direct more than 200 families in the program toward personal financial stability.

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Congratulations to the Beyond the Best honorees are leaders that are advocates and activists. They are amazing people that make significant, positive changes to our community and our neighborhoods. Each year StreetScape is very excited and extremely proud to recognize those in our metro region that share their time, talent and treasure.

Lisa Alessi

Kurt D. Andersen

Class of 2017 Jill Aul

Geriatric Care Manager Care Choice Care Management

Vice President of Commercial Banking Midwest BankCentre

President St. Charles PFLAG

Jennifer Cobb

Sarah Corrigan

Michael G. DiSalvo

Founder Team Gateway to a Cure

Chris Hoffman Board of Directors

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County

Susan Mathis

Owner The White Hare

Robert Hussey

Agent/Owner The Expert Realty Company

Vicki McCain County Director

CEO CenterPointe Hospital

St. Charles County Head Start/ Early Head Start Youth in Need

Mike Sommer

Tony Spielberg

CPA/Owner Sommer & Associates

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CEO Boone Center Inc.

Financial Advisor Krilogy Financial

Michael O. Johnson, MD

Todd Barnes

Executive Director

Community Council of St. Charles County

Jim Durney

Bob Engert

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County

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Financial Advisor Edward Jones

Val Joyner

Martha Garcia Kampen

Physician SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital

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Public Affairs Officer

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Christa Montgomery

Physician Barnes-Jewish St. Peters & Progress West Hospitals

District Director Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer

Jeff Strickland

Zach Tucker

Insurance Agent State Farm

Shelley Barr

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Danieal Broz

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Linda Haberstroh

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Maggie Lowe

Valerie Kotys Luther

Blake Rapert

John M. Schneider

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Food & Beverage Manager Family Arena

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Christy Weber

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to Celebrate It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As the weather in St. Charles cools down the holiday excitement heats up. Business owners and local organizations are preparing for the holiday season and all that entails, from the Christmas lights lining the trees on Main Street St Charles to the luminarias lining the sidewalks in downtown Augusta, we’re all decked out in our holiday finest. The St. Charles region knows how to create magical moments so both visitors and residents should prepare for a memorable December. Don’t miss out this year, disciver the holidays and all the exciting ways you can celebrate with your family. Visit

Celebration of Lights November 24 to December 30 • Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon, MO

With over a million twinkling lights and scenes in historic Fort Zumwalt Park, “Celebration of Lights” is the perfect way to kick-off your holidays. Each scene in the park is designed and funded by local organizations, churches, and businesses, so stop in for a drive through the park or an old-fashioned Holiday Stroll.Visit for event details.

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November 24-26, 30 and December 1-3, 7-10, 14-24, & 26-30 • Rotary Park, Wentzville, MO The City of Wentzville invites you to explore a one-mile light display that features large illuminated commercial scenes and tunnels of twinkling lights. This is a great way to experience the magic and joy of a winter wonderland. Please visit

Saint Charles Christmas Traditions Opening Ceremony November 24 at 11:00am, South end of the Katy Depot in Frontier Park, St. Charles, MO ®

We know that you’ll still be recovering from your Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends, but gather everyone up for the opening day of Saint Charles Christmas Traditions.® This will be the 44th opening day for the Festival and with even more Legends of Christmas making St. Charles their holiday home, you’re sure to run into a few of your favorites and most assuredly Santa and Mrs. Claus.Visit for a complete list of Festival Events.

Christmas Traditions Sundays with Santa November 26, December 3, 10 & 17 at 9:00am • Foundry Art Centre ®

Enter a winter wonderland of creativity where you just might meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, Jack Frost, or Tiny Tim on your journey to meet Santa Claus! Listen to carols along the way as you make special holiday crafts to take home. A small continental breakfast will be available as you play with friends and get a photo taken with Santa. Space is limited for this brand new event, so visit to get your tickets.

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Annual Christmas Candlelight Walk December 1 & 8 at 5:00pm, Downtown Augusta, MO

Experience the magic of Christmas during the Annual Christmas Candlelight Walk in Augusta. You’ll feel like you stepped into a Norman Rockwell painting as you wind your day down the corridor of over 1,500 luminarias that welcome you to the sights, sounds, and smells of ‘Christmas yesteryear’ in this charming district.Visit for all of the event details.

Christmas Candlelight Walk December 1-2 & 8-9, Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park, Defiance, MO

Head out to the Historic Daniel Boone Home in Defiance to experience a night of warmth and beauty. Step back in time to witness Christmas Traditions of the past at the annual Christmas Candlelight Tour. The village comes alive as guests experience the practices of different cultures and how the holiday was celebrated on the frontier in the early 1800s.Visit with Daniel Boone himself as he reminisces of winters past, enjoy hot apple cider, listen to traditional carols, and hear holiday tales both familiar and new as you make your way through the historic park, illuminated with thousands of candles. For tickets and information, please visit

Las Posadas December 2 at 6:30pm, South Main Street, St. Charles, MO

This gathering will begin at the corner of South Main and Boone’s Lick, where you’ll witness “Mary and Joseph” as they attempt to “find a room at the inn” for the coming birth of their baby.You’re invited to watch from the sidewalk or follow the parade to Frontier Park with a lighted candle in hand for this time-honored Christmas Story. Please visit for more information.

Defiance Christmas Festival December 2, Defiance, MO

Defiance will be kicking off the holidays with the Dashing through Defiance 5K Fun Run/Walk at 9am followed by the Defiance Roadhouse Breakfast Buffet, a Wine Country Christmas Market, Santa Photos at Robin’s Nest, and a Christmas Parade with floats, cars, dogs, horses, and pets. It’s a full day of Christmas Fun in Historic Missouri Wine County. For more information, like them on Facebook at

Santa’s North Pole Dash December 2 • Frontier Park, St. Charles, MO

This is the 7th Annual Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce Santa’s North Pole Dash! Think of it as your opportunity to gather with a thousand of your closest ‘Santa Friends’ to run or walk off your Thanksgiving Turkey! Starting on Riverside Drive and winding its way through Historic Main Street, this great event culminates with a pancake breakfast and “Santa Shops Here Deals” on Main Street. For race registration and information visit www.

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Closing Ceremony and Santa Send-off

December 24 at 1:30pm 1000 South Main Street to the Jaycee Stage in Frontier Park, St. Charles, MO As the 44th Season of Christmas Traditions® comes to a close, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to say farewell to your favorite Christmas friends as they gather in Frontier Park for a cheerful Closing Ceremony. This will culminate in the annual Santa Send-Off, where you can cheer on Santa and Mrs. Claus as they board a horse-drawn carriage to head back to the North Pole in preparation for the big night! Go to for all of the Christmas Traditions® festivities.

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a. Men's Citizen Signature Series Automatic Watch 5 yr warranty $800 Walters Jewelry | 636.946.7352 _________________

b. Alpenlux Charcoal Luxurious Fleece Jacket by Kühl $129 Thro's & Michelle's | 636.723.7100 _________________

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e. 18.21 Man Made Wash, 3 in 1- $27 18.21 Hair Spray- $27 18.21 Clay- $27 18.21 Pomade- $27 The Beardly Man Comb- $6.95 The Beardly Man Brush- $6.95 The Beardly Man Beard Balm 2oz- $9.95 The Beardly Man Beard Balm 5oz- $24.95 The Belleza Barbershop Gift Card- Available in any denomination Belleza Salon | 636.300.3437

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d. White-gold Tanzanite and Diamond Ring $2250 Zander's Jewelry | 636.946.6618



b. 3 Stackable white - gold bands $1950 Zander's Jewelry | 636.946.6618

e. Cashmere Perfume 30 ml $26 | 3 oz. $40 Bathhouse Soapery and Caldarium | 501.525.7627



c. 18k White Gold Sapphire & Diamond Pendant $2500 Walters Jewelry | 636.946.7352

f. .25 Emerald Cut Diamond Ring- GIA rated $8000 Walter's Jewelry | 636.946.7352

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h. Ponchos- Variety of Colors $29 Nic Nac Stop | 636-493-9626

k. bareMinerals The Hidden Treasure $46 Belleza Salon | 636.300.3437



i. Ladies Hats - Felt, Fleece & Knitted $9.95 - $19.95 Nic Nac Stop | 636-493-9626

l. Paint The Town- $24 Go Nude or Make a Statement- $35 Something to Talk Apout- $20 Belleza Salon | 636.300.3437

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a. Rewined Candle Wine Under the Tree $27 Provenance Soapworks | 636.577.1972 _________________

b. Poinsettia -Assorted Sizes & Varieties $9.95 to $85 Parkview Gardens | 636.946.7641 _________________

c. Gift Cards Any dollar amount Parkview Gardens | 636.946.7641

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g. Lavendar Relaxation Kit $45 Provenance Soapworks | 636.577.1972

i. Bloody Mary Set $49.99 April's on Main | 636.395.7605

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b. & c. Knitted Character Hats -Baby, Children & Adults Sizes $15.95 Nic Nac Stop | 636-493-9626 _________________

d. Mud Pie Boy's Vest $36.99 April's on Main | 636.395.7605

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a. Wood Signs-Sports & Inspirational Sayings $18 Nic Nac Stop | 636.493.9626 _________________

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It hasn’t been a straight path for Kathryn Shipley and her music career, but over the last few years, she has sprung to life as she has grown and succeeded in her pursuits. As a kid in Louisiana, MO, Kathryn said she hated singing and never showed much interest in church. “I would always act like I had a sore throat or something was wrong with my voice to get out of singing,” Kathryn remembers.Yet, she was always around the music business. For a couple of years, she managed a highschool rapper and a DJ; her niece is an entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles; and her nephew is a worship leader in Atlanta. So music was part of her life for years, but it was never her making the music. About six years ago, she moved to New Town. Saint Charles Christian Church was across the street from her house. Because of recent circumstances in her life, and a strong nudge from a good friend, she felt compelled to visit one Sunday. Once she started attending, she was invited to start singing at the church and enjoyed it. She volunteered there for several years before moving on to her new church home at Harvester Christian Church. Through a series of events, she felt like God was pulling her to use her talents to pursue music on a bigger level. She began a partnership with Bongo Boy Records in December 2016 and was asked to record a song called “Shine Your Love,” written 88 StreetScape Magazine

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by Gar Francis. After entering several contests, the awards began rolling in. The song won the “Best Song of the Month” award from SongwriterUniverse Magazine and Kathryn won “Best Vocalist of the Month” from SingerUniverse Magazine. Kathryn went on to win Artist of the Year in the Gospel/Country Gospel category at The Josie Music Awardsin Nashville-the world’s largest event that celebrates artists in the independent music industry--on September 17, 2017. Two of her songs have been committed to be on the ballot for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Regarding her future, Kathryn related the excitement she felt as she got to sing recently for a large women’s conference by saying, “This is what I was meant to do, so I’m in. Let’s go!” Kathryn has a new song out called “Those Eyes,” which she co-wrote with Gar Francis, of Bongo Boy Records.

Discover more about Kathryn and her music by visiting her online. Music page: Record label page: Facebook page:

ART. Be Original

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going It Alone Celebrating the Lone Moviegoer Written by Lance Tilford | Wayward Critic Logo Design by Benjamin Tilford

Ah, the holidays! When family from near and far can gather together and do the one thing you can stand to do with each other for long periods of time (i.e., more than an hour): eat and watch movies! Maybe you’ll settle on a movie marathon that will make every generation happy. Start with the classics: It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street. Weepy, life-affirming, soul-expanding, bona fide “yes, I believe!” masterpieces. Then bring in some magic for the kiddos with How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Polar Express. Then take a little break to let everyone retreat to their own little screens and watch bad Christmas pranks on YouTube. Regather with new bowls of popcorn and whiskey (yeah, mix it up!), the little kids all snuggled off in Sugar Plum land, and chase all those old sentiments with a stiff dose of Scroogery including Bad Santa and Krampus. That’s 12 solid hours of Christmas movies. Your eyes will be blurrier than the tree lights after too much egg nog. It’s too much movie-binging, too much wishing your uncle would stop with the critical commentary already. It’s too much family. We make so much of togetherness during precious holiday hours; but what of the lonely, those away from home, those with no family? Movies often act as proxy for family, especially in times when culture and society are screaming the virtues of kith and kin. Ditch them for a couple of hours! Have you ever gone to the movie theatre on a major holiday by yourself? True movie aficionados relish that viewing experience where they can sit alone, uninterrupted by questions and commentary, and lose themselves in the landscape of the film. And, have all the popcorn to themselves.

Movies can carry a lonely soul away, lift them out of the empty house, their woes faded by immersion into raunchy comedy, spaced-out fantasy, or the greater problems of characters far more pathetic. Or they can be an escape for an over-encumbered parent in desperate need of a break. Are laughs and tears richer when shared with someone, or do they go deeper when you absorb the full impact by yourself? For me, it’s always the latter. I watch movies alone (at least the first time) because it’s a richer, deeper experience; for the same reason I read books by myself. I’m dining alone…the movie may be junk food or it may be a nutritious feast, but it’s all for me. I remember spending one Christmas Day alone in a movie theatre watching Schindler’s List; the movie was of course depressingly bittersweet, a celluloid inoculation against smarmy cheer. I left the Chicago theatre and the snow had just started falling. The silence afforded by that journey from movie seat to car seat was a meditative balm for absorbing the movie and the powerful emotions it unleashed. Here’s to the movie theatre on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day…the safe haven for the lonely, or for the escapees of family mayhem. The dark interior where a melancholy soul can escape the pressure of festivity, culture’s unrelenting drive to make “family” and togetherness the only paradigm that soothes the spirit. Here’s to “going it alone” on the holiday and coming out with some real peace. ¤



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McAuley Playground Opening August 25 • McAuley Playground, Cottleville

The McAuley Playground, an Unlimited Play Inclusive Playground, next to Mercy Kids Mid Rivers was officially dedicated Friday, Aug. 25. The name was chosen in recognition of Sister of Mercy Founder Catherine McAuley, who had special concern for children and women who were poor and underserved. The dedication of Hansen’s Park and McAuley Playground recognized the hard work by so many to make this park and playground possible. The playground, funded entirely by donations, is a partnership between Mercy Kids, Unlimited Play and the City of Cottleville. Mercy donated the site to Cottleville, which will maintain the park following the dedication. Like all Unlimited Play playgrounds, it’s a place where limitations are forgotten and differences are celebrated.

A. The ribbon cutting including the Hansen family. B. McAuley Playground C. Sister Claudia Ward, RSM, having fun on the playground. D. McAuley Playground

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Society Academy of the Sacred Heart Bicentennial Kick-Off September 16 • Academy of the Sacred Heart

Three hundred alumni and friends of the Academy came together to share their love for St. Philippine Duchesne and the heritage of her first school in America at the “Home to the Heart” bicentennial kick-off party in September. They filled the Academy’s historic rooms and hallways to visit with friends, recall special places and spaces, delight in the archival display, browse in the Bicentennial Boutique and Shrine Gift Shop, and enjoy bountiful hors d’oeuvres and treats. In addition, Jane Cannon was on hand to sign copies of her Academy history, "Two Hundred Years: A Legacy of Love and Learning"










A. Ann Wappelhorst, Admissions and Alumni Director Lisa Tebbe B. Alumni Maddy Schnurr and Kay Schnurr, Laura Lashley and alum Zoe Grotjan C. Faculty and friends look at historic house journals D. John and Mary McClure E. Dr. Susan Dempf, new Head of School, addresses Home to the Heart guests while Religious of the Sacred Heart look on. F. A toast to the Academy’s next two hundred years G. Principal Marcia Renken, faculty member Joanne Budny H. Dale Kluba, Ed Sanchez I. Jane Cannon signs a copy of her recently published history of the Academy: Two Hundred Years, A Legacy of Love and Learning. J. Academy parents Nathan White, Drew Williams, Tom Burns

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StreetScape Presents "Romancing the Runway" September 27, 2017 • The Foundry Art Centre • Photos by Alan Wang

StreetScape Magazine presented our annual event "Romancing the Runway!" And, with this year's event being held at The Foundry Art Centre in Historic Downtown St. Charles, it was even more magical! Two nights of fabulous boutique shopping and fashion on the runway - each night featuring a different set of boutique shops, designers and fashions.

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Art of Wine

October 5, 2017 • EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery • Photos by Michael Schlueter St. Charles-based non-profit Willows Way showcased unique artwork from its clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities at its fourth annual "Art of Wine" fundraising event on Oct. 5 at EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery in Chesterfield, MO. Event attendees had the opportunity to view and purchase approximately 50 original photographs and paintings created by participants in the organization's innovative Mentor Arts Program and St. Charles Photography Club, with the artists receiving 100% of the proceeds from their art sales. For more information about Willows Way, visit








A. An Art of Wine attendee poses with Willows Way client Ellen W., the photographer behind this asparagus-inspired photograph. B. Art of Wine attendee Larry Norber (left) grabs a photo with Willows Way artist Nahoma W., who created the painting he purchased. C. Willows Way client Ellen W. (left) enjoys the event with Willows Way Community Resource Coordinator Jackie Lovett D. Willows Way client and photographer Tony M. (left) pictured with his photography mentor Lori Biehl E. Attendees at the Art of Wine had the opportunity to view and purchase artwork created by Willows Way clients participating in the organization’s Mentor Arts Program and St. Charles Photography Club. F. Willows Way Community Resource Coordinators Jelena Fliehman (left) and Britney Tresch at the Art of Wine G. Willows Way clients and artists featured at the Art of Wine from left: Nathan L., Patrick F., Nahoma W., Bethany M., Kevin H., Carolyn L., Ellen W. and Tony M. Seated: Erin J.

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Lloyd & Company 13 Mercy 62 Michele Berra Financial 16 Mid Rivers Music 9 Midwest BankCentre 65 Midwest Women Business Owners 64 MOss Boutique 7, 82, 83 Nic Nac Stop 83, 86, 87 Old Mill Stream Inn 13 Oma's Barn Home & Garden 31 Parkview Gardens 78, 84 PrimeMyBody 89 Provenance Soapworks 84, 85 Quackers Waterproofing q 34 Rendezvous CafĂŠ & Wine Bar 16 Schlueter Photography 90 Siteman Cancer Center 2 SSM West 25, 31, 39, 65 St Charles County Historical Society 19 St. Charles County Parks 78 St Charles CVB back cover State Farm-Strickland/Swift j, 65 STL Buy & Sell Realtors 30 STL Language Arts 13 Streets of St Charles 79 StreetScape Studios 55 String Along With Me 54 Sugar Cubed f 7 The Kyle Hannegan Group 35 The Potted Plant 89 The Rack House Kitchen Wine Whiskey 9 The White Hare 54, 84 Thros and Michelles 41,81 Walters Jewelry 70, 81, 82 Yo! Salsa 31 Zanders Jewelry 82, 90


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UPCOMING EVENTS For more information, call 636-255-0270 or visit our website |

FILM SERIES Free and open to the public

October 27 | Harry Potter & the Sorcererʼs Stone | 6 PM December 17 | Elf | 4 PM

NUTCRACKER TEA Ticketed event | Discounts for FAC members

December 3 & December 10 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM “QUILT NATIONAL” EXHIBITION $5 Admission | Free to FAC members.

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