Janet Droege has come full-circle. She lives on the same property where she grew up—only in a new house built a year ago to replace her childhood home. Janet and her husband, Dr. Bill Droege, owner and president of Esquire Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, each grew up in Richmond Heights and believe it is a great place to raise their own family. Their daughters, Molly, 16, and Madeline, 14, attend Clayton H.S. and Immacolata Catholic School. Janet’s mother also lives in her own quarters on the property. And the Droeges’ two Shih Tzus, CiCi and Chloe, complete the family. Janet told us more about what she and her family love about life in Richmond Heights.
What’s the best kept secret in Maplewood/Richmond Heights?
It is really is like an old town where everyone knows everybody. There are multiple generations of many families that have stayed in this area.
What are your favorite gathering spots in your neighborhood?
We love to eat at The Piccadilly at Manhattan, as well as Michael’s Bar & Grill—they actually know us by name. And OR Smoothie & Cafe is a great place to catch up with a friend. Bill loves Bikram Yoga in Richmond Heights. And Saratoga Lanes in Maplewood is a great spot to just stop in and bowl a game, play pool or chat—we always see someone we know.
What’s your family’s favorite neighborhood tradition?
Bill Stead Softball Tournament at St. Luke’s field every summer—it’s been going on for about 30 years and everybody comes to catch up with old friends and their families. It goes on for three days.
Ellen Casey, Prudential Alliance Realtors
Richmond Heights is truly a cultural melting pot. You have all races and ages here, and everyone gets along with one another. The area has a great family feel, and the location is convenient to Clayton, as well as downtown. All of the neighborhoods have wonderful community camaraderie and unique housing—from historic homes with character to houses that you can make your own.