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The Fountains of West County echoes the sentiments of a picturesque, white-picket-fenced community, where neighbors know each other by name, and everyone seeks to be helpful and happy. \u201cWhen you walk in, it doesn\u2019t feel like a hotel \u2013 it feels like home,\u201d regional director Julie Sanford says. \u201cEvery resident has their own personality, which you can see throughout the community in each entryway.\u201d

\u201cResidents are very active,\u201d Sanford describes. \u201cWe offer transportation 7 days a week, to doctor appointments, a variety of local stores and, of course, planned activities. Just recently, our lifestyle director had a full bus with trips to to Fairmont Park and a riverboat cruise. She continues to keep our community upbeat.\u201d

The Fountains opened an assisted living and memory care addition in January 2015, expanding the campus\u2019 capabilities and providing the staff with specialized training. \u201cOur new memory care neighborhood focuses on providing meaningful days to residents with Alzheimer\u2019s and dementia-related diseases,\u201d Sanford notes. \u201cIt is important to us to offer families and their loved ones options for aging within the campus. We also are breaking ground this summer on an addition to our independent living community, which will open in the early fall 2018. It will give residents more options with larger apartments and upgraded amenities, including washers and dryers. There will be new community spaces, including a multipurpose craft room, card rooms, a social center and a Starbucks coffee bar for residents.\u201d

The most important part of the health care community is its foundation of local ownership, which determines the best ways to expand based on what residents need most.

\u201cThe owners are on-site and accessible to the staff and residents,\u201d Sanford says. \u201cOur owners are involved in the day-to-day operations, allowing our team to provide 100 percent resident-centered care.\u201d

Co-owner Janie Gammon has always been a part of health care communities, which has strongly influenced her life pursuits. \u201cMy parents had a residential facility,\u201d she shares. \u201cI have a background in nursing. This has been a passion of mine for nearly 40 years. Residents are like family to us.\u201d

Gammon\u2019s straightforward dedication has passed onto the staff. \u201cWe want residents to live [according to] their own lifestyles,\u201d Sanford states. \u201cWe provide meals, outings, in-house events and shows.\u201d The energetic vibe is evident throughout the campus, allowing each person with a desire to live his or her best life.

The Fountains of West County, 15826 Clayton Road, Ellisville, 636-779-2600, fountainsofwestcounty.com

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Changing up people\u2019s expectations was on order for Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill when it took on a new owner. \u201cUpon the change of ownership in December 2016, we embarked on improving the menu first thing,\u201d that new owner, Greg Georgas, says. \u201cThe food at Stir Crazy has been [excellent], but it lacked variety. So we\u2019ve added food people will like every day and not just every month or so.\u201d

For regulars who already have a few favorites on the menu, these new additions mean a lot more choices, allowing customers to try something different every day of the week. With a wider assortment to sample, occasional visitors to the restaurant are likely to become regulars. \u201cWe\u2019ve added a lot more to munch on,\u201d Georgas shares. \u201cDuring the daytime, Stir Crazy gives people the opportunity to have a great lunch in a fun atmosphere. Dinner is great for families and their children, who can enjoy seeing the fire woks burning and food being cooked.\u201d

The fire woks he speaks of are Stir Crazy\u2019s biggest draw. The open kitchen concept allows dining to become a spectacle as families admire the flames flying high and chefs tapping their utensils on the cooking surface. Currently, the special menu additions appear in only three locations across the nation. \u201cThe restaurant service needs to be [at a certain level], and Creve Coeur qualifies,\u201d Georgas explains. He highlights another appeal of the Pan-Asian restaurants. \u201cThe Fresh Market Bar is filled with the freshest vegetables we can find,\u201d he says. \u201cYou get to choose your own, along with either shrimp, beef or chicken protein; add noodles. Then, we cook it up for you and bring it to your table.\u201d

Lunch specials include the all-you-can-eat market bar for $9.99 on Monday through Friday. \u201cWe also have a new South Sea Super Mega Margarita, with everything you can think of in 25 ounces for only $5,\u201d Georgas says. \u201cWe\u2019re excited to own the Stir Crazy brand! It\u2019s a national brand in the making.\u201d

WHAT TO TRY

Appetizers: Chicken Yakitori, Duck Tacos, Foie Gras Beef Sliders, Boom Boom Shrimp or the Shrimp Shumai.

Specialties: Oriental Chicken Salad, Vietnamese Pho Sho Soup or the Ahi Tuna Poke with ginger-lime sauce.

Grilled: Japanese Steak with two 5-ounce filet mignon medallions.

Creve Coeur Pavilion, 10598 Old Olive Street Road, Creve Coeur, 314-569-9300, stircrazy.com

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After breaking ground in July 2016, Stonecrest of Town & Country is open for business. The community officially welcomed its first residents at the end of April, and the community\u2019s staff and owners are working hard to provide a warm and unique experience for all who enter the doors.

The community is composed of 60 private apartments in assisted living, including studio suites, one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom suites. In addition, the memory care neighborhood contains 26 more suites with a secured courtyard.

Linda Iken-Robertson, Stonecrest of Town & Country\u2019s executive director, says she and her staff have been waiting to get the doors open since before they broke ground last year, and she\u2019s excited to show the St. Louis community what Stonecrest of Town & Country has to offer.

\u201cOver the past year, we\u2019ve been able to paint this picture of what [Stonecrest] would look like, and I think that\u2019s what\u2019s made it so successful already,\u201d Iken-Robertson says. So far, she adds, the residents have been \u201cloving it.\u201d

The smooth opening is thanks to many, including Stonecrest of Town & Country\u2019s move-in coordinator, who helps new residents coordinate and execute their move-in. The move-in coordinator takes \u201cso much stress\u201d out of the moving process, Iken-Robertson says.

Once residents move in, their Stonecrest of Town & Country experience is completely tailored to them.

\u201cWe are completely resident-centered,\u201d Iken-Robertson says. \u201cIt\u2019s one of our top priorities. If a resident wants to go zip lining, we can make it happen.\u201d

One of the key highlights of Stonecrest of Town & Country is its award-winning Dining by Design program. The program offers restaurant-style ordering and service, so residents aren\u2019t limited to certain foods or dining times.

\u201cThe food is made to order, and the restaurant-style service gives residents the opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere and the company around them,\u201d Iken-Robertson says.

The community also offers a program called Vibrant Life, which includes seven components for a more balanced life. Stonecrest of Town & Country is able to provide a full calendar of activities and outings, and residents can also enjoy a library, game room, movie theater and fitness center.

Residents at Stonecrest of Town & Country don\u2019t have to worry about utilities or housekeeping, since the services are included. Staff members are also available 24 hours a day, should a resident need any assistance.

Stonecrest of Town & Country is managed by Integral Senior Living.

\u201cWe\u2019re open and can\u2019t wait to show everyone what we have to offer,\u201d Iken-Robertson says.

Stonecrest of Town & Country, 1020 Woods Mill Road, Town and Country, 636-234-3153, stonecrestoftownandcountry.com

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\"Genovese\"
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Genovese is a familiar name to St. Louisans. With a tradition for supporting the city that has helped it to flourish, Genovese Jewelers continues to be at the forefront of consumers\u2019 minds when it comes time to find or design that dream adornment \u2013 and that\u2019s thanks to a family who has built their business around providing for their hometown.

\u201cOur commitment to local charities has stayed consistent. We\u2019ve helped literally hundreds and hundreds of them,\u201d president Joe Genovese says. \u201cWe\u2019re very proud. Not only are we making jewelry in the U.S., we\u2019re making it right here in St. Louis. We employ 30-plus employees and give them full benefits. They spend zero dollars, and [we make sure] we\u2019re taking care of St. Louis families.\u201d

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Beyond that, innovation has proven a steadfast methodology for the company. \u201cWhen my father opened in 1981, we did not manufacture jewelry in-house,\u201d Genovese shares. \u201cWhen I turned 18, he came to me and said, \u2018We\u2019re going to start making the jewelry.\u2019 I asked how, and he said, \u2018Figure it out.\u2019 It\u2019s been a long road, but we truly have \u2018figured it out.\u2019\u201d With three full-time computer-aided design drafters, two 3-D printers and one computer numerical control milling machine running each day, Genovese has turned that vision into a worthy investment.

Trends often influence clients\u2019 requests, and Genovese is happy to oblige, finding opportunities to individualize.

\u201cWe\u2019ve seen this big shift over the years of either stacking rings and bracelets or layering necklaces,\u201d Genovese comments. \u201cEvery famous designer around the world [is] coming up with these. In the fashion industry, we\u2019ve seen yellow and rose gold. When we stack, we combine different types of metals and [create] all kinds of different shapes, with everything uniform or symmetrical. It\u2019s given us the opportunity to do one-of-a-kind stacked rings. When it comes to necklaces, there is such versatility. They can be worn at three different lengths, doubled or tripled to fit any neckline \u2013 and that has been huge for us.\u201d

Genovese lists stacked bangles among his favorite pieces. \u201cI love the combination of rose, yellow and white gold, with diamonds \u2013 and even mixing in black diamond stackables, too,\u201d he says. \u201cAs fast as we make them, we sell them. It\u2019s a wonderful problem to have.\u201d Homegrown and stronger for it, the Genovese family wants their city to thrive in the way their jewelry business has, and so they continue to show appreciation however and whenever they can.

12460 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314-878-6203, genovesejewelers.com

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A sprawling Ladue estate, fitted with the finest features, epitomizes the type of grandeur people have come to expect from a name like Coldwell Banker and The Ryan Tradition. The reputable agency has taken on a new identity for its upper end properties, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury. Yet as this impressive property proves, business is as strong as it\u2019s ever been, as the company continues to deliver the very best in luxury real estate.

John Ryan of The Ryan Tradition talks about the appeal of this latest offering from the famed agency, 44 Overhills Drive. \u201cNew construction is very appealing because you get the most modern elements \u2013 and people are looking for that,\u201d he says. \u201cWith this house, there is an opportunity to have something exceptional. You are looking at the most sophisticated level of features with a whole house sound system, extensive customizable lighting, full security, high-end appliances, current kitchen and bath fixtures, custom cabinets and the finest materials. It\u2019s the latest and greatest.\u201d

The 4-bedroom, 4 full-bathroom and 4 half-bathroom stone estate showcases smart design and sophisticated style. \u201cDesigned by one of St. Louis\u2019 prime architecture firms, Dick Busch Architects, its style is classic \u2026 meant to look like it\u2019s been around forever,\u201d Ryan shares. \u201cAs you go through the house, the spaces have a traditional feel to them due to the millwork and ceiling heights, but its finish is more contemporary.\u201d

Top of mind for designers with this $5.2 million property was marrying splendor with convenience to create an extraordinary setting for residents and guests. \u201cThe main-floor master suite features a beautiful bedroom, with 12-foot ceilings and huge his-and-her closets,\u201d Ryan shares. \u201cThe bath features exceptional marble treatment, a Baccarat chandelier, a freestanding tub and a heated floor. The main spaces all easily connect, with a design centered on the terrace and pool. The saltwater pool has two waterfalls, a pool shelf and lighted bubbler, plus a saltwater hot tub. The 800-square-foot covered outdoor living space is connected to the house and includes a pass-through wet bar to the hearth room, giving it a real resortlike feel. If you were just dropped right here, you couldn\u2019t be sure whether you were on vacation or at home.\u201d

That feeling of being on holiday describes the approach of the agency, which continues to set the bar for luxury real estate. \u201cColdwell Banker has been a leader in the prestigious luxury real estate market dating back to 1933,\u201d Ryan says. \u201cThe brand has evolved into the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury program. The Ryan Tradition is synonymous with luxury real estate. We have specialized in the St. Louis luxury market for more than 50 years, highlighting communities like Clayton, Ladue, Frontenac, Huntleigh, and Town and Country. Last year, we had the top sales in the Clayton and Ladue School Districts. Since 1991, we\u2019ve had $970-plus million in sales and are leading the market in highest-priced sales and highest average price.\u201d

9651 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314-941-0572 (direct), 314-993-8000 (office), theryantradition.net

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In 2016, Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital\u2019s annual golf tournament saw record-breaking statistics: 63 foursomes, more than 300 guests and nearly $150,000 raised.

This year, Ranken Jordan is setting the bar even higher.

The 2017 golf tournament will take place on July 24 at the Norwood Hills Country Club. As always, the event will kick off with a ceremonial tee shot for differing abilities. Ranken Jordan CEO Lauri Tanner says this year\u2019s ceremonial tee shot will feature a few Ranken Jordan inpatients and outpatients to help showcase the hospital\u2019s work.

The children are part of Ranken Jordan\u2019s golf-as-therapy program and work every week with PGA professional Kevin Corn.

\u201cOur golf pro [Corn] has volunteered his time for seven years now,\u201d Tanner says. \u201cHe\u2019s a trailblazer and golf leader for teaching children how to play. He not only teaches kids but kids with different abilities, too.\u201d

On Wednesday afternoons at Ranken Jordan, Corn comes in to help teach the hospital\u2019s inpatients and outpatients about golf. He was recognized earlier this year for his work with the hospital, and he received the U.S. PGA Golf Founder\u2019s Award in January at the PGA Show in Orlando.

Tanner says Corn has helped the kids with their game and helped get their parents involved so the whole family can play together.

\u201cWe\u2019re seeing more kids from our program wanting to play in the tournament itself,\u201d Tanner says. \u201cThey\u2019re so proud of what they\u2019ve been able to accomplish and want to help raise money for other kids.\u201d

Tom Ackerman is the tournament\u2019s master of ceremonies again this year, and Tanner had nothing but praise for the job he does. \u201c[Ackerman] does such a fabulous job,\u201d she says. \u201cI closed my eyes last year and thought I was in Augusta at the Masters Golf Tournament.\u201d

The annual tournament helps to fund the hospital\u2019s programming and to continue its mission of bridging the gap between traditional hospital treatment and home treatment.

Right now, Ranken Jordan is halfway through constructing an expansion that will enable it to take in twice as many children. The hospital broke ground on the 78,000-square-foot expansion this past October and hopes to have a grand opening ceremony at the end of January 2018.

\u201cThere\u2019s a great need for this level of care in our community and in the country,\u201d Tanner says. \u201cWith this expansion, we\u2019ll be ready to take on twice the amount of kids in a year.\u201d

Currently, Ranken Jordan treats more than 600 children each year. It has a 34-bed inpatient program and several outpatient programs that help care for children in the greatest way possible.

Tanner has high hopes for this year\u2019s tournament and knows the supporters and fans of the hospital\u2019s work will help fill the courses out at Norwood Hills Country Club.

To register for the tournament or learn more, visit rankenjordan.org/events/golf or call 314-872-6512.

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Retirement is a well-earned rest. What should be a relaxing time in one\u2019s life, though, can be fraught with complications. Opportunists are swindling elders out of their money, disabling vital members of communities. One financial firm has taken on the task of protecting the population from elder financial abuse, which costs older adults in the United States an estimated $2.6 billion annually. \u201cThe three main challenges seniors face today essentially include making sure you have enough money, how to spend that money and protecting it from any major threats,\u201d Ron Long, director of Regulatory Affairs and Elder Client Initiatives at Wells Fargo Advisors (WFA), says.

Signs of potential fraud, Long notes, include insufficient funds or duplicate payments, and a sudden distrust of family members paired with a desire to change powers of attorney or beneficiary designations. \u201cWells Fargo Advisors started having concerns about elder financial abuse because challenges kept coming up in reports,\u201d he says. \u201cThen, 2010 happened \u2013 and the first of the baby boomers turned 65. As a firm, we got calls with clients in distress or suffering from a diminished capacity, due to dementia or Alzheimer\u2019s. We saw troubling signs, such as large sums of money being withdrawn from accounts \u2013 behavior that wasn\u2019t characteristic of those clients. We didn\u2019t have many tools to work with at that time because privacy rules prevented financial advisors from reaching out to close family.\u201d

Long describes the difficulties of working within the limitations of the law during this difficult period. \u201cIn cases of potential abuse, the laws did not allow us to hold a transaction,\u201d he explains. However, those limitations did not deter WFA from creating solutions to positively impact clients. Long began pushing for changes in state laws, finding success in Missouri and a growing number of states.

\u201cWe\u2019ve reached across both sides of the aisle to Democrats and Republicans, who listened to our concerns and agree the state could do something,\u201d Long says. \u201cWe had great cooperation from the Alzheimer\u2019s Association, among others. In 2015, a rule was passed that [allows], if there\u2019s suspicion, limited outreach to trusted individuals and gives us the right to hold a suspected transaction for up to 15 days. We then notify the state securities division and adult protective services.\u201d

This process brought about a tremendous change in the way financial firms are able to safeguard clients and, therefore, the community. \u201cThis should happen more often,\u201d he declares. \u201cThe folks who regulate industry \u2013 everybody \u2013 working together to get these rules passed \u2013 rules that [impact] the country. Missouri was the first state. A number of other states are trying to put that forward \u2013 and we will be part of that effort.\u201d

The proactive policy is the result of one committed financial firm, which challenged roadblocks that might interfere with protecting its clients. \u201cAt WFA, we now have a dedicated department approaching these types of cases,\u201d Long states. \u201cThe team [determines whether to] make a referral to adult protection services and the securities division or, in extreme situations, the police. In 2016, of about 2,300 cases, 1,000 were referred on [to the proper people]. The team also educates our folks every year through required training, making sure all are aware of key signs and how to report [cases].\u201d

Long reminds people to play their part in protecting seniors. \u201cFolks work hard all their lives to prepare for retirement. [Elder financial abuse] is a tragedy the community should try to prevent. It\u2019s simply the right thing to do. And it can be a cost to the community, when that money ends up elsewhere. If you see something, say something.\u201d

Of course, the first level of protection begins at home. \u201cStay active, stay involved \u2013 and avoid isolation,\u201d Long advises seniors. \u201cLet calls go to voicemail, so you know who to call back. Never give anyone money over the phone. Talk to trusted family members. Let them know the status of your funds and where they are kept. Set up a power of attorney or trust documents, and [list] trusted individuals.\u201d

WFA has proven that, when everyone comes together, schemers don\u2019t stand a chance.

Wells Fargo Advisors, One N. Jefferson, St. Louis, wellsfargoadvisors.com

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Being able to move independently about your home can be a challenge for someone with disabilities. With this in mind, accessible design aims to meet the needs of people with disabilities and make their abodes more functional for their daily lives.

At Mosby Building Arts, designers and architects are able to offer accessible design solutions that make it possible for clients to stay in their homes for a lifetime, regardless of what life may bring.

Brian Yount, an AIA-registered architect and Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) with Mosby, won a Chrysalis Award in 2015 for his design of an accessible kitchen.

Yount\u2019s client was a man in a wheelchair in Belleville, Illinois, who had bought a condominium in 2002. The home was mostly functional for his needs, but the kitchen wasn\u2019t best suited for him. Yount\u2019s kitchen rework included cabinet lifts that can be lowered or raised at the touch of a button, along with a deep-drawer dishwasher with a single drawer built right into the countertop. The sink\u2019s faucet is motion-sensitive, triggered by hand movements, and all base cabinets have easily accessible pullout trays.

\u201cOur goal was to make it a beautiful yet usable space for him,\u201d Yount says. \u201cWe were fortunate to have the people at Chrysalis recognize it.\u201d

Mosby also won a Chrysalis Award this year for an accessible master bathroom in Kirkwood. The bathroom, which had contained a high vanity and small shower, was not fitting for a man in a wheelchair. The Mosby team dismantled the entire room down to the stud walls and then moved all of the plumbing to one wall. The design team created a huge roll-in shower with a variety of handhelds and body sprays, along with a giant rain head. On the other side, they put in a full body dryer. The client has a progressive disease that limits his movement, and it was taking an hour and a half for his wife to help him bathe. This redesign cut the shower time in half.

\u201cAt Mosby, we\u2019re all striving to listen to what our clients\u2019 needs are, not just give them a boilerplate solution to their own challenges,\u201d Yount says. \u201cThe key component to me in CAPS is somebody who can solve those physical challenges and create beautiful designs at the same time. I think our team is talented in that regard.\u201d

To learn more about Mosby and its accessible design capabilities, visit mosbybuildingarts.com.

Mosby Building Arts, 645 Leffingwell Ave., Kirkwood, 314-909-1800, mosbybuildingarts.com

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From left are Kortney Christensen of business owner services, with investment bankers Doug Rubenstein, Kevin Sullivan and Shelby Schagrin.

In 2008, as the United States was in the depths of the Great Recession, a financial services firm rose from the ashes. Seeing that financial institutions were overlooking the most important aspect of their businesses \u2013 clients and financial advisers \u2013 Tad Edwards started Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.

The St. Louis-based firm has a 130-year family legacy behind it, dating back to the late 1800s. When Edwards founded his firm, his vision was to establish a place where clients were put first.

\u201c[The firm] is a family,\u201d he says. \u201cEvery decision we make, we ask ourselves how it\u2019s going to affect our clients. It\u2019s not about us \u2013 it\u2019s about how we can help accomplish their goals and dreams.\u201d

Benjamin F. Edwards is a privately owned company that has grown exponentially since its founding. The firm now has 63 branches in 26 states.

\u201cWe have assembled a phenomenal team of like-minded people who share the same values and vision,\u201d Edwards says. \u201cFrom the start, we knew it was essential that we be equipped to serve the needs of all investors \u2013 from those just starting out to those with sophisticated needs and challenges, like business owners.\u201d

Edwards and his team were true to their vision. Today, the company has a product and service platform able to handle investment needs from the basic to the complex.

Offering Business Owners Strategic Alternatives

Doug Rubenstein, executive vice president, chief operating officer and director of capital markets, also works on the investment banking side of Benjamin F. Edwards. The investment banking group helps small- and middle-market companies and their owners evaluate strategic alternatives, including mergers, acquisitions and even the sale of the company.

\u201cOur process is about being patient, thoughtful and understanding the mindset of the business owner,\u201d Rubenstein says. \u201cIn the event that a company decides that they want to sell, our job is to find the optimal buyer and get them to the finish line for a successful transaction.\u201d

Rubenstein says in most situations, the sale of a business is the single biggest transaction of a business-owning client\u2019s lifetime, and it\u2019s something that needs to be handled delicately and professionally. \u201cWe\u2019re happy to sit with our clients early, when they\u2019re just beginning to think about alternatives,\u201d he says. \u201cIn fact, as you start your business, you should be thinking about what your exit will be, whether it\u2019s selling or passing it on to heirs. We\u2019re here to help manage the entire transaction.\u201d

Executive Services: It\u2019s More Than Investment Banking

Before a client is ready to sell that business, people at Benjamin F. Edwards like Kortney Christensen, executive vice president and director of sales and marketing, are available to help business owners. Among her responsibilities, Christensen oversees the firm\u2019s executive and business owner services area.

Christensen says Benjamin F. Edwards has built a team of experts with decades of experience on matters important to business owners, including people who have worked for years in executive compensation, corporate retirement plans, insurance \u2013 including \u201ckey man\u201d \u2013 and estate planning.

\u201cWe are in a position to help business owners with whatever their needs are,\u201d she says. \u201cWe take a tailored approach to each situation. These aren\u2019t one-size-fits-all solutions. We work with business owners as their businesses evolve, whether they have short- or long-term planning needs.\u201d

Edwards concurs, noting that the company\u2019s different areas of expertise help clients of all kinds achieve their business goals.

\u201cWe not only have a very experienced investment banking team, but we have what [Christensen] has: A higher net worth client and executive services team. All of these people involved add value to our clients and their adviser,\u201d he says.

Exciting Future

The future of Benjamin F. Edwards is bright. Edwards says he and his team are continually working to preserve the decades-long tradition of mutual trust and respect the company is built on.

\u201cWe\u2019re a very forward-looking firm,\u201d he says. \u201cWe have the opportunity of a lifetime here to continue a legacy that has stood the test of time and deliver meaningful and informed advice and service to our clients.\u201d

Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., 1 North Brentwood Blvd., Suite 850, St. Louis, 855-382-1600, benjaminfedwards.com

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We make residences our own and build homes to create a sanctuary for ourselves and loved ones. Kitchen fires, leaks in the pipes, infestation from mold and other disasters damage not only properties but peace of mind. ULTIMA Disaster Restoration seeks to restore both our homes and our sense of comfort.

\u201cOur ultimate goal is customer satisfaction,\u201d Shawn Khalil, VP of operations, says. \u201cWe understand there are others out there people could go to. So, we go above and beyond, bringing all of our experience and knowledge to the table to provide clients with the confidence [of knowing] they made the right choice.\u201d

The full-service restoration company deals with fire, water, mold and storm damage issues. Its experienced crew of multicertified experts is adept at surveying damage, determining the source and finding long-term solutions. \u201cWe have a strong work ethic and are dedicated to our customers,\u201d Khalil states. \u201cWe do anything and everything to really make sure they are taken care of. Communication is key to ensuring customers understand our process.\u201d

Customers can trust they will be informed every step of the way as the company keeps them apprised of any developments throughout the process. ULTIMA also stays upfront about interactions with insurance companies. This kind of transparency from beginning to end elevates the service experience and makes the company stand apart from others.

At the community\u2019s beck and call, ULTIMA has situated itself in the most advantageous spot, with the aim of responding immediately when problems arise. \u201cWe have facilities on both sides of the river. We positioned ourselves that way, so we could respond quickly \u2013 typically, in 30 to 45 minutes,\u201d Khalil shares.

As the temperatures turn up this time of year and the onslaught of rain from spring ensues, ULTIMA encourages the community to take the first step in protecting properties. \u201cTake advantage of our free mold inspection,\u201d Khalil encourages. \u201cMold is responsible for the majority of problems we encounter [this time of year]. Our visual inspections allow customers to get ahead as we try to locate the source of the problem, which can save them a lot of money in the long run. We can steer them in the right direction before [the issue] becomes a big problem.\u201d

ULTIMA strives to stay ahead of competitors in more ways than one. Researching the top gadgets out there to determine how best to combat serious property damage allows the team to repair and restore with pure confidence, knowing they have located and effectively negated the source of a problem. \u201cWe use the latest and greatest technologies [to repair homes]. Our moisture detecting and infrared imaging equipment allow us to pinpoint sources of damage that have occurred or may occur in the future,\u201d Khalil says.

By staying in the know with groundbreaking technology and effective training, ULTIMA restores customers\u2019 peace of mind much in the same way it repairs homes. When disaster strikes, people have come to trust in the business to help them rebuild the place that makes them feel safest. Thanks to attention to detail and a dedication to each job, this company is leading the way in restoration. For Khalil, though, he expects to see it achieve even more. \u201cI see ULTIMA becoming a household name \u2013 the go-to company for any type of damage done to a home or property.\u201d

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Art on the Square continually is ranked the nation\u2019s best juried art show for a reason. Not only does it unite artists from all different mediums and locations across the globe, it achieves what few can: It unites the community while creating a welcoming atmosphere where patrons can connect with artists.

\u201cHave you ever noticed how, when you go to a gallery or museum, you start whispering?\u201d Patty Gregory, executive director of Art on the Square, asks. \u201cSome people may feel a little intimidated [at venues like that], but at art shows in a city venue or on the street, people feel comfortable.\u201d Local, national and global talents are on hand, thrilled to converse with passersby as they take in the beauty of each unique piece.

The show makes art accessible \u2013 and even more so with the option to obtain Art Cash year-round. \u201cIf you are gifted $200 in Art Cash and you see a piece at the show that costs $400, to some people, it may now seem like it only costs $200. That\u2019s the beauty of Art Cash,\u201d Gregory explains. \u201cWe have a wide range of price points because we are a community show. We want people to come out, bring family and friends, and enjoy themselves!\u201d

With a huge showing of artists, both from the area and from around the world, many mediums are represented. (Find a full listing online.) \u201cThe highlight of everything, of course, is the artist \u2013 and we have artists coming from all over,\u201d Gregory shares. \u201cEstella Fransbergen from Pimento, Florida, was born in South Africa. She studied there, as well as in Italy and America. She\u2019s in galleries in Florence, Italy, and the Daytona Museum of Art. She started in pottery but considers herself a sculptress now. [Fransbergen] starts with the torso of a woman\u2019s body because she believes that is the soul. She then adds skirts. What\u2019s really interesting is how she incorporates metals, and precious and semiprecious stones, like Swarovski crystals, into the dresses. Thousands and thousands of strands of silver, stones and beads. It\u2019s ethereal. It\u2019s an expression of the human form \u2013 that is the beauty of her work.\u201d

From city sculpture tours and artists demonstrations to the design stage and student involvement, there is much to enjoy. \u201cSome people, after meeting at the fair, have reunions [each year],\u201d Gregory says. \u201cIt\u2019s like visiting old friends. This really is the kind of show for everyone. We\u2019re really looking forward to another wonderful year.\u201d

Art on the Square, P.O. Box 23561, Belleville, Illinois, 618-233-6769 or 800-677-9255 (visitor information), 618-444-3802 (general information), artonthesquare.com

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Art on the Square is back for another year of community celebration, ready to continue wowing visitors from both near and far. The expansive, award-winning art show taps into the creative side of people from all age groups.

The Children\u2019s Art Garden boasts photo ops with Disney cutouts. Kids can get crafty with Sugar Doodles, decorating cookies, or design a canvas square, which will later be combined to make a giant flower mural. \u201cThe Saint Louis Zoo is doing a great group project, creating a larger-than-life grizzly bear out of recycled wood chips, which, when completed, will be on display at the zoo,\u201d Art on the Square executive director Patty Gregory says. \u201cThere is an educational aspect to it as well, since kids will learn about grizzlies and get to express their wishes for the species.\u201d

In addition, the annual high school competition gives students a chance to earn $250,000 in scholarship money from Lindenwood University. \u201cWe are featuring 43 southern Illinois schools, with close to 300 applications,\u201d she details, explaining how the competition encourages careers in the arts. \u201cSeveral artists have even kept in touch to mentor students when they go on to college.\u201d

A unique attribute of Art on the Square is its teaching approach on how to incorporate art inside one\u2019s own home. \u201cWe have an interior design stage, which is one of the great things that separates us from other shows,\u201d Gregory says. \u201cThis year\u2019s speaker is HGTV\u2019s Design Star Jennifer Bertrand. She will take a blank room, fill it with furniture and show people how to [integrate] different pieces of art in their homes.\u201d

Of course, around every corner, a new treasure awaits visitors, with artists of every kind sharing what drives them to create. Gregory highlights a few. \u201cJennifer McCurdy has collections in 16 museums across the country, including in the Smithsonian,\u201d she says. \u201cSylvester Robinson from Chicago makes fabulous handbags, using beautiful colors and leather, and incorporating woodblocks. We\u2019ve never had Kendra Bennett before, and she\u2019ll be well received. She takes artistic tissue paper and fits pieces between glass and frame to look like a picture. It\u2019s absolutely beautiful.\u201d

Even with talents from South Africa to South Carolina, the real beauty found at Art on the Square is the sense of community. From city sculpture tours to local businesses getting involved, everyone is thrilled to take part in this one-of-a-kind show. \u201cWe\u2019re all volunteers,\u201d Gregory shares. \u201cAnd we do it out of love for our community.\u201d

Art on the Square, P.O. Box 23561, Belleville, Illinois, 618-233-6769 or 800-677-9255 (visitor information), 618-444-3802 (general information), artonthesquare.com

Art on the Square May 19-21

Friday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Belleville Public Square, Belleville, Illinois

For more information and to catch the free shuttle, visit artonthesquare.com.

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Upon entering the workforce as a marketing writer, Kathy Birchfield figured out immediately something different was needed to set her career on fire. \u201cRight out of college, I quickly found my personality was not designed to be in an office from 9 to 5, doing the same type of work every day,\u201d she says. \u201cI enjoy meeting different people and, each day, having a new and different challenge.\u201d

She dove into the real estate business and, after two decades, is still positive in her decision. Currently an agent with Dielmann Sotheby\u2019s International Realty, Birchfield regards that radical choice as proof that her intuition is invaluable. \u201cTrust your gut,\u201d she stresses. \u201cHave enough confidence in yourself, your abilities and knowledge to do what you think is right in [each] situation, whether it be pricing, negotiating or any other part of the transaction.\u201d

Birchfield has watched technology transform the way agents interact with clients. While recognizing technology\u2019s value, she thoroughly researches trends and changes in the market to ensure accuracy in her assessments. \u201cBuyers and sellers trust me with one of the most important events in their lives,\u201d she notes. \u201cIt is important to make a personal connection with them. Oftentimes during the buying and selling process, you are involved in some of the most intimate moments and conversations of [your clients\u2019] lives. I want them to feel comfortable enough to share information with me to help guide them through the next phase of their lives.\u201d

Ultimately, Birchfield remains guided by her intuition, with integrity serving as her cornerstone. She continues to find success and contentment in her career choice. \u201cYou want clients to remember you \u2013 to have good memories of you and the process through which you took them. When you conduct yourself with the utmost moral and ethical standards, you always know you\u2019ve done right by your clients.\u201d

Contact Kathy Birchfield by visiting 8301 Maryland Ave., Suite 100, calling 314-725-0009 or going online at sothebysrealty.com.

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For more than 100 years, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has been working toward a goal of ensuring the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of the United States and eliminating race prejudice. Aligned with that goal is the theme of this year\u2019s NAACP of St. Louis County Freedom Fund Dinner: \u201cRise Together.\u201d

The 81st annual Freedom Fund Dinner will take place on June 22 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis and will honor and celebrate a variety of community leaders who have supported diversity, inclusion, social justice and the advancement of civil rights across Missouri.

This year\u2019s dinner will honor former governor Bob Holden, Steven and Holly Cousins, Lodging Hospitality Management, The Links, Incorporated, James \u201cJimmy\u201d Williams of Estel Foods Inc., Ken Franklin, Laurna Godwin, Jason Hall, Dr. Tina Clark Scott and the Honorable Gina Walsh.

NAACP national board member John Gaskin III says the honorees are regional players who have played \u201cpivotal roles\u201d in a variety of areas, whether it be civil rights, litigation, business or civic duty. He also notes that the funds raised at the yearly dinner are critical to continuing the group\u2019s mission.

\u201cThese funds allow us to continue the great work we\u2019ve been doing,\u201d he says.

Freedom Fund Dinner chairperson James \u201cJimmy\u201d Loomis notes that last year\u2019s dinner saw record attendance and funds raised.

\u201cWe have no doubt that this year will set a new standard for Freedom Fund Dinners across the country,\u201d he says.

Loomis has high hopes for the future of the NAACP, both the national and St. Louis County branches.

\u201cNow more than ever, it\u2019s important to stand up,\u201d he says. \u201cWe need organizations like the NAACP who are going to be protectors of civil rights. I couldn\u2019t be more proud of this group.\u201d Esther Haywood, president of the St. Louis County NAACP, had similar sentiments for the group of people she works with and those being honored at the dinner.

\u201cWe are truly grateful and humbled by the historic generosity of our region\u2019s business and civic leaders for their support of our dinner each year,\u201d she says.

NAACP of St. Louis County, 7605 Natural Bridge Road, Suite 103, St. Louis, 314-330-7410, naacpstlcounty.org

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So much can happen in a century. But Rossman School in Creve Coeur has stood the test of 100 years, providing extraordinary education to kids age 4 through sixth grade. In summer 2016, the school began its yearlong celebration of this milestone, kicking off the party with a family picnic in September. Since then, the school has hosted a variety of events, including its big gala, a day of service and a spirit week in March.

Pat Shipley, Rossman\u2019s head of school, says the school was started in 1917 on the foundation of rigorous academics, and this is still a focus today.

\u201cOne hundred years later, we\u2019re that same school with a strong commitment to our academics,\u201d Shipley says. \u201cIt\u2019s part of the fabric of our school. We also live by our guide-words of honesty, respect, kindness and responsibility. Everybody knows those guide-words, from the youngest to the oldest students. It\u2019s a commitment for all of us.\u201d

The independent, coeducational prep school has around 225 students from 30 different ZIP codes. Shipley says Rossman is an \u201cintentionally small\u201d school, which allows the teachers and staff to get to know the students well and meet their academic needs during their years at the school.

\u201cThere are many opportunities our teachers have to get to know each child, like eating lunch with them and monthly gatherings for our School Family Program,\u201d Shipley says.

The March 11 gala was truly a night to remember for the Rossman family. It was the perfect opportunity for current and former members of the Rossman community to gather and celebrate what 100 years means to the school.

\u201cIt was such a fantastic evening,\u201d Shipley notes. \u201cWe had about 340 people present who have a special attachment to Rossman.\u201d

Though the year of celebration draws to a close this summer, Rossman still has plans for a Distinguished Alumni Awards presentation this fall. These awards are presented every five years to men and women who exemplify the values taught by Rossman: leadership, citizenship, creativity, humanity and love of learning. Past recipients include Kimmy Brauer, Senator Thomas Eagleton, Bill Orthwein, and the Buck family: Carole Buck, Joe Buck and Julie Brooks.

Rossman\u2019s small, close-knit community helps to build lifelong relationships between the school and many of its alumni. The centennial celebration provided unique opportunities for these former students to engage with current students. For instance, members of the school\u2019s 100th graduating class interviewed alumni from across the decades. To see what alumni had to say about their alma mater, visit rossmanschool.org/interviews.

As for the future, Shipley says she believes the school is \u201cperfectly positioned\u201d to launch into the next 100 years. With a five-year strategic plan, the faculty, staff and families of the school are ready to get started on the next century.

Rossman School, 12660 Conway Road, St. Louis, 314-434-5877, rossmanschool.org

Rossman School Alumni Spotlight

Brian Bauer | Class of 1995

\u201cRossman coaches students in ways to better themselves and prepares them for success later in life. I left Rossman with self-confidence, critical-thinking skills and a drive toward further learning and self-improvement that has served me well. With the right mix of inspiration and STEM education, current students will be able to work wonders in areas such as biomedicine, software, manufacturing, energy and space exploration. Their seats at the table are already starting to form; they just need the drive and education to be ready when they get there.\"

Brian Bauer is a systems engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab with more than a decade of research and design experience in the fields of space systems engineering, high-altitude ballooning and autonomous systems. As fault protection/autonomy lead, Brian played a critical role in saving NASA\u2019s New Horizons mission in July 2016 when communications suddenly stopped days before the spacecraft\u2019s encounter with Pluto.

Erin Engelhardt Orf | Class of 2000

\u201cThe \u2018Rossman Rules\u2019 \u2013 kindness, honesty, respect and responsibility \u2013 were deeply instilled in me while I was at Rossman. Having those core values influenced what I wanted to do, who I wanted to become and my desire to give back to my community.\u201d

Erin Engelhardt Orf is a pediatrics resident at St. Louis Children\u2019s Hospital. A graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, she also is a former emergency medical technician and Washington University research technician. As director of the Engelhardt Family Foundation since 2010, Erin leads the foundation in its mission to support a number of causes, including education and the arts.

Lanny Jones | Class of 1955

\u201cAt Rossman, I had what I now know to be the single most important educational experience of my life: I learned to read. And I was taught by teachers who gave me the confidence to be curious and keep on reading. Books help the inner self make sense of the outer world, and for me, with unreliable hearing even as a little boy, reading was a particularly valuable tool in learning to grasp the world with confidence.\u201d

Lanny Jones is an award-winning author, former head editor of Money and People magazines and the winner of the 2015 Time Inc. Lifetime Achievement Award. Under Lanny\u2019s direction, Money won three National Magazine Awards, and People launched three new magazines: Who? Weekly, InStyle and People en Espa\u00f1ol. A professor of advanced nonfiction throughout his career, Lanny\u2019s book Great Expectations: America and the Baby Boom Generation coined the phrase \u201cbaby boomer.\u201d

Jessica Goldberg | Class of 2011

\u201cIn addition to fostering a lifelong love of learning, the rigorous academic program at Rossman inculcates time-management skills, organizational strategies and invaluable study habits necessary to thrive in a challenging and competitive secondary school. Additionally, Rossman\u2019s superlative character education program lays the foundation for its students to act honorably, responsibly and independently.\u201d

Jessica Goldberg, a John Burroughs School senior, co-founded Performing for Pencils at just 15 years old. The nonprofit organization provides disadvantaged students with the supplies they need to be successful learners by hosting an annual high school community talent show that has raised more than $73,000 in three years. For her work with Performing for Pencils, Jessica was recently honored with the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award and the Princeton Prize in Race Relations.

Ben Woods | Class of 2000

\u201cRossman, perhaps most importantly, taught me to write clearly. My teachers gave me the creative and analytical skills, which, honed at John Burroughs and later Vanderbilt, allowed me to pursue a career as a journalist despite having no formal training. Rossman also stresses the importance of empathy and respect for others. Only by valuing others as equals was I able to embrace the people and culture of Cambodia, a country still reeling from decades of colonialism, genocide and war.\u201d

Ben Woods recently returned to the U.S. after six years in Cambodia, where he was a journalist and later executive editor of The Cambodia Daily newspaper, as well as a photographer embedded with Cambodia\u2019s main opposition party. Now marketing director for the Camping and Education Foundation, Ben numbers among his accomplishments completing a 1,000-mile five-man canoe expedition to the Arctic Ocean in 2013.

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