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Taking the experience of purchasing a Porsche to the next level, the brand\u2019s Exclusive Manufaktur program promises hand-craftsmanship and total customization. The passionate team in the Exclusive Manufaktur division crafts personalized vehicles with immaculate attention to detail for Porsche customers around the globe. Each Porsche Exclusive model is filled with individuality and character.

As a company, Porsche focuses on the uniqueness of each customer. Through the Exclusive Manufaktur program, Porsche is able to offer more than 100 leather and stitching colors. When processing colors, Porsche claims perfection to one one-hundredth of a millimeter. Precision and personal design belong to Porsche\u2019s distinguishing features.

The shopping experience in the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur program is unlike any other. Customers work one-on-one with certified sales professionals at specified Porsche dealerships across the United States to determine every minute design detail. Locally, Porsche St. Louis serves as a Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur location, offering the brand\u2019s full range of customization options. Shoppers can design a personalized vehicle using Porsche\u2019s state-of-the-art car configurator software to make selections about the exterior paint color, wheels, seat colors, materials, accessories and more. The vehicle is then flawlessly crafted for the new owner at Porsche\u2019s headquarters in Germany. Porsche St. Louis is proud to offer this service in the St. Louis market. General manager James Drake says the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur program allows the local team to guide customers as they develop highly personal, one-of-a-kind dream cars.\u201cWe are proud to be one of the few dealerships in the country to offer this white-glove experience that honors the heritage of the Porsche brand,\u201d he says. \u201cIt is a privilege to help our customers create Porsches completely tailored to their individual tastes.\u201d The all-new Porsche St. Louis dealership, which opened in December 2016, serves as a destination for enthusiasts of the brand in the Midwest. The new 44,000-square-foot building features 17 service bays (including e-hybrid service stalls), three 66-foot climate-controlled indoor service reception lanes, a customer lounge, a boutique and an internet caf\u00e9 with complimentary Wi-Fi.

To see 2017 and arriving 2018 models or to configure your Porsche Exclusive vehicle, visit Porsche St. Louis.

Porsche St. Louis, 2970 S. Hanley Road, St. Louis, 888-377-4319, porschestlouis.com

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Wells Fargo Advisors has a respected history of providing expert financial advice, but perhaps its lesser-known legacy is just as noteworthy: contributing to the community. \u201cOur primary focus as a company is to create better outcomes for our clients,\u201d David Kowach, the president and head of Wells Fargo Advisors, says. \u201cWe have a 130-year history, and [being located] in St. Louis extends to creating better outcomes for the city. The St. Louis area is critical to our success. We\u2019ve got a responsibility to do our part to make it a better place.\u201d

As part of that mission, the company has made tremendous donations through partnerships with numerous local organizations, including Harris-Stowe State University, Gateway Greening and United Way. It also gives back on an individual level through multiple volunteer initiatives. \u201cLast year this firm and its team members gave away $8.6 million to support the community that supports us,\u201d Kowach notes. \u201cLast year, our team members spent 25,000 trackable hours giving back. We support economic expansion in the region through things like Forest Park Forever and the Regional Arts Commission. There\u2019s so much we can do to make our city better.\u201d

Recently the company announced it is investing another $5 million in strengthening the region through dozens of nonprofits working to improve lives.

Kowach describes how the financial firm determines the needs of the city. \u201cWe\u2019ve got bold goals in terms of how we can support and serve the community, divided into four areas: diversity and social inclusion, economic empowerment, environmental sustainability and elder financial protection,\u201d he explains. \u201cAs part of that, we promote philanthropic organizations that really make this city a better place. Think about the work we\u2019re doing with the Regional Arts Commission through a program that challenges young minds to embrace difference.\u201d

Addressing those needs can be daunting, but Wells Fargo Advisors meets the challenge head-on by recognizing shifts in the community. \u201cA lot of art programs are being cut from schools,\u201d Kowach comments. \u201cWe\u2019ve got to step in and decrease that void. We promote great cultural gems, like Jazz St. Louis, COCA and The Muny. We worked with United Way on financial education with six [local, underprivileged] schools. We helped 300 families open college savings accounts, which may not seem a massive change \u2013 but to them, it was huge.\u201d

After moving to St. Louis a decade ago, Kowach was struck by the widespread culture of reinvesting in the community \u2014 a natural motivation for St. Louisans. \u201cAs somebody who has had the experience of living in different places, I recognize St. Louis is a special place,\u201d he says. \u201cIt\u2019s a community that has such great assets. When I came here, I saw it wasn\u2019t just Wells Fargo Advisors wanting to do more. There\u2019s an energy in the atmosphere of people wanting to give back. It\u2019s part of corporate cultures; it\u2019s part of family cultures. And it is central to who we are as a company.\u201d

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At UMB Private Wealth Management, a focus on the client\u2019s story is priority.

The financial institution\u2019s advisors understand that each client is different, so a \u201cone size fits all\u201d approach doesn\u2019t work for everyone. UMB\u2019s wealth advisors take the time to get to know their clients and understand what\u2019s important to them both financially and for the rest of their lives.

Christopher Schroeder, senior vice president and senior wealth advisor, says there are three key things to keep in mind when choosing a financial planner. The first of these is experience. In trusting someone to help manage finances, Schroeder says, you want someone who can navigate the process. Throughout the process, the advisor should uncover specific issues and goals for the client and come up with strategies to achieve the goals.

\u201cUMB addresses this approach with our understanding that every client has a story, and we make that our focus,\u201d Schroeder says.

The second criterion an advisor should satisfy is knowledge.

\u201cFinancial planning is more than just investments,\u201d Schroeder says. \u201cA financial planner needs to be able to understand the other important things in clients\u2019 lives, like the family dynamic, retirement objectives and charitable planning.\u201d

A financial planner should also have the resources to help his or her client accomplish goals. At UMB, Schroeder says, the advisors work with a team of experts to ensure that clients have everything they need to accomplish their goals. He says they look at how often a plan will need to be updated and reviewed, knowing that financial planning is a fluid process.

The UMB private wealth management team in St. Louis lives, works and volunteers in the greater St. Louis area. Schroeder says that their clients are working with individuals who have many years of experience in their area.

\u201cThey truly enjoy the work they do in helping clients execute their goals,\u201d he says. \u201cOur team is able to deliver a comprehensive plan that is focused on their story.\u201d

UMB provides comprehensive banking solutions through more than 100 banking centers in eight states. In the private wealth management sector, Schroeder says they\u2019re able to partner with people across the bank as a whole.

\u201cWe\u2019re fortunate to get to know people in different lines of the business,\u201d he says. \u201cThese are folks that provide services right here in our community. And that\u2019s what makes it fun to come in to work every day.\u201d

UMB Private Wealth Management, 314-612-8048, umb.com/privatewealth

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At The Gatesworth, growing old doesn\u2019t mean you have to sacrifice living life to the fullest. The Gatesworth community strives to give residents the ability to stay active at every age, all based on a foundation of respect and kindness.

\u201cIt wasn\u2019t easy giving up my own home,\u201d resident Suzanne Wohl says. \u201c[Yet] within 24 hours of walking in The Gatesworth, the staff all knew my name. From the concierge to the wait staff in the dining room to management, they are the kindest, most considerate people you can imagine.\u201d

Wohl discovered an environment that surprisingly felt like a home away from the one she had known. \u201cIt\u2019s a friendly atmosphere,\u201d she describes. \u201cI live in a beautiful apartment. It\u2019s warm and comfortable. I go out to my balcony every morning, where there\u2019s a bird nest of cardinals in the bushes. And every morning, the mommy and her three little birds come out on my balcony to say hello. It\u2019s unbelievable.\u201d

The difficulty in aging often comes with losing independence \u2013 the freedom to live and participate as you want. Yet, at The Gatesworth, residents have a say in how they live. \u201cI am an active person, certainly mentally,\u201d Wohl shares. \u201cI occasionally take an exercise class. I\u2019ll walk up and down the stairs, and try not to take the elevator. I try to keep my mind as occupied as possible.\u201d

One of the ways she keeps active is through an in-house diverse lecture program called Questers. \u201cQuesters focuses on a wide variety of subjects, including literature, philosophy and government. The Gatesworth brings in professors from Saint Louis University and Washington University, and each class lasts about an hour.\u201d

From pursuing passions to enjoying live entertainment, residents are able to stay engaged through various activities on a buzzing campus. \u201cEvery Tuesday afternoon, we have a singing group of 10 to 18 people, with a marvelous director running it, Robert Denison,\u201d Wohl notes. \u201cWe do two concerts a year, and we\u2019ll sing music from The Music Man next. I [also] teach Shakespeare once a month to about 35 to 45 people. We\u2019ve done all the great plays, comedies and tragedies. We have a great time. The next one in September is Hamlet.\u201d

Even though The Gatesworth has built a community that serves as a place to live, eat, stay active and socialize, it also gives residents an opportunity to stay involved in the larger St. Louis community. \u201cThe Gatesworth has wonderful transportation that takes you to the grocery store, to the church or synagogue, or even out to the casino in St. Charles, if you want to gamble,\u201d Wohl notes. \u201cThey take you anywhere you want to go. We\u2019ve been to Chaumette Vineyards, Montelle Winery and the theater. If you want to go to a restaurant, you can sign up \u2013 and off you go. Recently, 30 to 35 of us went to Vin de Set. It was wonderful just to sit outside and overlook the city. We go out to dinner at least once or twice a month.\u201d

Dinner \u201cin\u201d at The Gatesworth also proves to be an event itself. \u201cThe food here is phenomenal,\u201d Wohl says. \u201cThe best thing happens on Friday nights: happy hour. It\u2019s great to get together with people from the east and west wings in [this kind of] social atmosphere, with piano players providing entertainment.\u201d

Wohl has found happiness in a place that allows her to thrive \u2013 and she\u2019s delighted to take part in all of The Gatesworth\u2019s offerings. \u201cYou can sit in the atrium and socialize,\u201d she says. \u201cIt\u2019s wonderful to talk and get to know the history of fellow residents and to find out they did all these amazing things. It\u2019s a wonderful place to live \u2013 it truly is. If you are older and want to remain independent, this is the place to be. As much as you want to do, you can do it all here.\u201d

The Gatesworth, One McKnight Place, St. Louis, 314-993-0111, thegatesworth.com

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From left: TJ Kingsbury, Marcos Sanchez, Joy Johnson and Tyrone Washington help provide pre- and post-release services to Academy participants. Props and staging by Exclusive Events.

Through Concordance Academy of Leadership, inmates are offered sure footing as they step back into their communities. \u201cPeople don\u2019t fully realize how great of an impact recidivism has on many aspects of our lives,\u201d president and CEO Danny Ludeman says. \u201cThe reason our prison system is full is because people keep going back in over and over again.\u201d

According to Time magazine, a 2015 study by Child Trends revealed one in 14 children have parents who were or currently are behind bars. Yet the effects felt on society are far more invasive.

\u201cHow our lives are intertwined is massive,\u201d Ludeman explains. \u201cIt\u2019s one of the biggest expenses our tax dollars go to: providing support for inmates\u2019 families, public safety and crime rate [reduction]. When you look at job growth in the region, it is clearly impacted by the number of people coming out of prison with felony convictions, which depresses the employment number in St. Louis. Seventy-seven percent of people coming out of prison are re-arrested. This is a very large and silent population. [Re-incarceration] hurts good people, our economy and public safety.\u201d

Concordance Academy strives to drastically lower that percentage with a bold new program that takes an in-depth approach to transitioning inmates to life outside of prison. Working with three area prisons in Bonne Terre, Pacific and Vandalia, participants are enrolled in the 18-month program, which incorporates substance use counseling, life skills training, education, job readiness and employment.

The organization is hosting St. Louis\u2019 biggest Halloween party to raise funds for this innovative solution. \u201cOur goal is to raise $1 million net,\u201d Ludeman states. \u201cWe want this to be the signature event for Concordance as we continue to shine a light on the issue of reincarceration. It\u2019s a fun, festive way for the community to help support our participants as they return home.\u201d

Ludeman says the toughest part of the process undoubtedly falls on the participant. \u201cIf ever I thought I had power over anything, this has shown me how powerless I am at affecting a person\u2019s heart,\u201d he confesses. \u201cMore than anything, I believe, if there isn\u2019t internal change, anything we do will be temporary at best. It requires a change of attitude and desire from the participants to change their lives. They have so many pulls \u2013 families want their time and money, status on the street is an extraordinary pull. Staying focused on your own treatment and development plan takes an incredible amount of discipline.\u201d

Concordance Academy goes beyond the norm by investing in participants\u2019 lives before they even leave prison, helping them create an integrated, holistic \u201clife plan\u201d that focuses on three core areas \u2013 behavioral health and wellness, education and employment, and community and life skills. It\u2019s giving them a future worth the fight.

Concordance Academy of Leadership, 1845 Borman Court, Maryland Heights, 314-396-6001, concordanceacademy.org

Third Annual Concordance Gala: A Halloween Soiree

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis | Oct. 21 from 6 to 10 p.m.

St. Louis’ premier Halloween bash includes a VIP lounge, an auction, raffles, dinner and live music. Don your best black and gold or come in costume – and party with purpose. Purchase a ticket or sponsorship at concordanceacademy.org/gala.

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CEO Danny Ludeman

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Claire Flowers traveled quite a bit for work. As a woman on the go, she was throwing away her pumps every three to four weeks. They just couldn\u2019t handle the stairs, escalators and rough pavement that were everyday parts of her lifestyle. Frustrated with the lack of shoes on the market that were comfortable, fashionable and durable, Flowers set out to make a shoe that was.

\u201cInitially, I was just going to find a manufacturer to make me 10 pairs of shoes, but there weren\u2019t any here in the States,\u201d she says. \u201cAbroad, I found out the minimum order number was too high.\u201d

However, as Flowers\u2019 friends and family started hearing about her mission, they expressed interest in a similar product. Eventually, she had a big enough order to get one run of shoes manufactured.

In December 2014, she launched her first round of production at an event in St. Louis\u2019 Central West End. The debut collection featured a classic pump shape with a 3\u00bd-inch heel in a variety of colors and was a success. The line of shoes includes features like memory foam insoles, heel caps to protect the wearer from getting stuck in grates, treaded nonslip soles and even protective heel plates.

Over the past few years, she focused on high heels and kitten heels. This fall, however, she’s expanding the line to include flats, boots and loafers. Those interested in being the first to see and purchase the new line can attend a launch event at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Union Station. To learn more and RSVP, email laurie@claireflowers.com.

In addition to shoes, Flowers has created a line of leather dresses with the same mindset. She wanted a dress that could transition from work to play and that would travel well. She created a timeless leather shift dress with a removable, washable satin lining to avoid leather cleaning costs. Once exclusively custom-made, her dresses are now ready to wear and are sold at the Fur and Leather Centre. In 2018, she plans to expand into different types of apparel, like shirts, and to mix textiles with the leather.

Whatever she\u2019s working on, Flowers has made it her mission to make sure it\u2019s quality, durable, comfortable and fashionable. As her brand continues to grow, she isn\u2019t slowing down. With a focus on timeless quality fashion over trendy fads, Flowers is certainly putting her best foot forward.

Claire Flowers, 314-485-7137, claireflowers.com

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At The Wilson School, preparing youngsters with the skills they\u2019ll need for the future is the mission. For more than 100 years, teachers and faculty have been doing just that.

Thad Falkner, the head of school, says that The Wilson School students learn 21st-century skills. They think critically, problem-solve, are creative and collaborate with one another.

\u201cWe were founded on the idea that an education should be just as much an experience as knowledge,\u201d Falkner says.

The small school has fewer than 200 students in grades pre-K through sixth. Each grade has one class with two teachers, \u201cdeliberately.\u201d

\u201cIn smaller classrooms, quality teachers excel, and students\u2019 talents are recognized and celebrated,\u201d Falkner says.

Wilson students represent 22 different countries from around the globe and consistently rank in the top 10th percentile nationally in achievement testing. When they graduate from Wilson, they are accepted to excellent secondary schools and even go on to attend the most competitive universities down the road.

The school\u2019s motto, \u201cMake Your Mark a Good One,\u201d (often referenced as MYMAGO) promotes character, ethics and healthy interaction with others. Falkner says that Wilson graduates live the school motto in daily interactions with their peers, family and the community.

\u201cWith MYMAGO, we take a different connecting theme and wrap it around school activities. This past school year, the theme was respect,\u201d Falkner says. \u201cWe give students an opportunity to demonstrate the theme, so they\u2019ll take on a project to share at a schoolwide assembly.\u201d

Several months ago, The Wilson School faculty took on the challenge of creating a \u201cportrait\u201d of a Wilson graduate.

\u201cWhen a student leaves us, what do we want them to leave with?\u201d Falkner says they debated.

What they came up with was a student who is curious, poised and confident, creative and collaborative, open-minded and kind, and ready for the world. Wilson graduates consistently demonstrate empathy, helpfulness and good citizenship.

\u201cThrough integrated learning, students make connections and solve complex problems. We believe the result of our approach is that we achieve our mission of preparing students for success in an ever-changing world,\u201d Falkner says.

The Wilson School, 400 De Mun Ave., Clayton, 314-725-4999, wilsonschool.com

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The 70s staged a comeback in the past couple of years \u2013 but Mellow Mushroom knew this decade\u2019s influence would never end. When it launched back in the day, the brainchildren behind the classic Southern pizza embraced the hippy culture and turned it into a restaurant chain to perpetuate that mellow state of mind.

\u201cWe opened July 25 of last year and the whole restaurant is like an artistic piece, from the exterior design to the interior,\u201d co-owner John Burke says. \u201cWe have statues of different themed characters, like \u2018The Wizard\u2019 who is carved from wood and sits in the center of our restaurant. Around each corner, there\u2019s something unique and interesting.\u201d

Those original characters represent the founders. Each comes with their own name and personality attached, from Mel O. Mushroom, who searches for \u201cthe ultimate groove,\u201d to Wizard, who boasts musical talent on a bass guitar. \u201cA large metal sculpture of Mel, holding a mug of beer and a slice of pizza, welcomes everyone into the courtyard,\u201d Burke describes. These larger-than-life artworks create an ambiance that is both eclectic and laidback.

Of course, the main draw is the delectable stone-baked pizza pie. \u201cWe have specialty pizzas in a hand-tossed style \u2013 our most popular \u2013 with gluten and allergen-free items available,\u201d Burke says. \u201cThe House is our deluxe and has everything on it. The Maui Wowie is pesto-based, with pineapple, chicken, bacon and banana peppers. One of our top-selling items is our pretzel bites, made from the signature pizza dough and cut into bite-sized pieces; then, served with a handmade beer cheese sauce.\u201d

Using a flavorful spring water crust, the pie creations at Mellow Mushroom include all high-quality and fresh ingredients. \u201cIt\u2019s a fun restaurant with great, quality food,\u201d Burke shares. \u201cThe restaurant itself, while upscale, is certainly approachable. The outdoor beer garden, with bocce courts, is a great setting for a date or night out with the family. We have a lot of local breweries showcase their beer, and generally try to pair the weekly samplings with live music in our courtyard, with an outdoor bar.\u201d

The Atlanta-based founders succeeded at marrying two great passions for excellent food and enjoyable art. \u201cTheir passion was truly creating the best pizza they possibly could,\u201d Burke explains. \u201cAs they became successful at making great pizza, their love of art became possible to pursue. Each location is unique \u2013 no two stores have anything similar in structure or design. Here, we used local artists to decorate and provide our d\u00e9cor. We\u2019ve created a funky, artistic vibe.\u201d The founders grew a decade of inspiration into a lifetime of success.

Mellow Mushroom, 3811 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Sunset Hills, 314-473-1135, mellowmushroom.com

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The right-hand ring grew as a fashion statement that symbolized independence and growing spending power for women in the early 2000s. Today, it still proves a significant style choice \u2013 and in St. Louis, Genovese Jewelers has cornered the market on it.

\u201cAbout 15 years ago, we saw this big shift from women receiving jewelry as a traditional gift given by their husbands for an anniversary or birthday to women buying jewelry for themselves,\u201d president Joe Genovese says. \u201cWe had to become fashion-forward. With the majority of women working, especially since that surge 20 years ago, they no longer have to ask permission from their husbands to purchase jewelry. They make the money now to buy it themselves.\u201d

Right-hand rings at Genovese are reasonably priced, too \u2013 anywhere from $300 to $3,000. The true value, though, comes with the design. \u201cWhat came into style back then is still [relevant] today: an ornate, open design, with filigree and width,\u201d Genovese describes. \u201cA right-hand ring can\u2019t be bread-and-butter, no three-stone diamond ring. It has to be unique and with a little bling. Typically, right-hand rings are made of white diamonds. In the past few years, we\u2019ve done a tremendous amount with yellow and rose gold as well.\u201d

Genovese Jewelers, one of the largest jewelers in the country, has a history of innovative design and an incomparable selection. Genovese believes the difference in the company\u2019s service is evident from the moment you first walk in the store. \u201cA core behavior of every salesperson is to greet [customers] quickly and warmly, and offer a beverage, whether it be a beer, wine, Champagne or soft drink,\u201d he says. \u201cWe encourage the customer to look around. Once seated, we pull out all the pieces related to what they are looking for, so they can try them on. In those rare occasions when one doesn\u2019t look good on, we\u2019re honest and tell them.\u201d

That kind of transparency throughout the process, from sketch to computer-edited and wax design to finished product, ensures clients get exactly what they want. \u201cWe do a rough drawing [based on] what they want, like something a 3-year-old drew, and it always amazes them that we create this beautiful piece of jewelry based off of this terrible picture,\u201d Genovese says. \u201cThe process can go anywhere from a week to three weeks. You get something of tremendous value for less money than you can find anywhere else in the states or overseas \u2013 and it\u2019s manufactured right here in St. Louis.\u201d

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

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MISSION

Burns Recovered sets out to assist survivors by supporting medical facilities, educating the public and more. \u201cOne of the things burn survivors struggle with is getting back to a level where they feel more themselves,\u201d executive director Lynn Huelsmann shares. \u201cOur goal is to see every survivor live life to the fullest \u2013 without fear, limitation or insecurity.\u201d

HISTORY

Formed in 1983 by a group of burn survivors, alongside members of the Mercy Medical Center\u2019s burn care team, Burns Recovered sought rehabilitation for survivors at a level more than skin-deep. One of the significant ways the nonprofit organization seeks to heal is by building confidence in young survivors through a camp, where children can feel comfortable in their own skin.

\u201cThe woman who started the Burns Recovered camp is a friend of mine,\u201d Sheri Sherman, event co-chair of the upcoming More Than a Fashion Show, says. \u201cHer husband was severely burned when their car blew up in their driveway. She developed this camp \u2013 and not one child has to pay for it. They get to experience first-time friendships.\u201d They don\u2019t have to be afraid to go to the public pool.\u201d Funds raised through events, such as the upcoming fashion show with Neiman Marcus (see sidebar), go to essentials for campers, scholarships for higher education and adventures throughout the year.

\u201cThis year is our 21st camp for youth, ages 6 to 17, who have survived a severe burn injury,\u201d executive director Lynn Huelsmann says. \u201cOver 21 years, we\u2019ve helped more than 1,000 kids. Many of them have moved on to become counselors and stayed engaged in the community.\u201d

COMMUNITY IMPACT

Huelsmann explains the most important part of helping survivors to rehabilitate after a severe burn: \u201cThe first, and most urgent, need for burn survivors is peer support. Immediately after a burn, survivors are trying to wrap their minds around not just the physical trauma but also the mental challenge. Other survivors go to the burn unit to offer support as co-survivors. This gives an immediate level of hope, showing there is definitely life after injury.\u201d Burns Recovered also educates the community on burn prevention.

Every year, the organization teams up with Neiman Marcus at Plaza Frontenac to host a fashion event unlike any other. \u201cNeiman Marcus puts on a world-class fashion show \u2013 something you would find in Paris or New York \u2013 with campers participating,\u201d Sherman shares. \u201cKids of various ages speak about their camp experiences. People are extremely moved by their words and the truly life-changing effects of the camp. You likely won\u2019t see a dry eye in the house.\u201d

Kate Duryea, event co-chair, looks forward to a fun evening with friends. \u201cI was drawn to this organization because of the women who organized it and what it does for the children in our community,\u201d she says. \u201cPeople can look forward to a great evening that touches your heart.\u201d

Huelsmann believes Neiman Marcus is the perfect partner because the company recognizes beauty both inside and out. \u201cYour external being is your wrapping paper, and as people get to know you, they see the gift underneath,\u201d she says. \u201cA medical professional will tell you a burn injury is one of the most difficult, painful things to overcome emotionally, physically and mentally. To overcome these shocking injuries takes courage, bravery and resilience \u2013 and we [at Burns Recovered] play a small role in that process, if we can. It is a privilege to serve such incredible people.\u201d

WHAT/WHEN/WHERE

5th Anniversary More Than a Fashion Show

Sept. 7 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Neiman Marcus St. Louis at Plaza Frontenac

Sponsored by:

Bengelina Hospitality Group

Berger, Cohen & Brandt, L.C.

BrickTop\u2019s

Destination Pictures

DeZign to Sell

Giovanni\u2019s Kitchen

Marvin & Mickey Goldman

J. Hope Enterprises LLC

Ladue News

Chase & Lynn McKeague

Neiman Marcus

David & Annalee Nissenholtz

Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Mary & Sandy Pomerantz

Peggy Ross & Pam Toder

Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream

Don & Sheri Sherman

Sweetology

West End Grill & Pub

Wolfson Family Foundation

Zodiac

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Lilly Pulitzer, an American Resort Wear brand, cultivates a lifestyle, still proving it inspires today as much as it did when first hitting the fashion scene. \u201cCreated in the late 1950s, Lilly Pulitzer [has] a heritage and aesthetic based on the Palm Beach resort lifestyle,\u201d Lori Ann Malugen, owner of Pink Magnolia, says. \u201cIt is unique among women\u2019s brands because of its multigenerational appeal. The \u2018Lilly Girl\u2019 lifecycle begins with infants and continues through grandmothers.\u201d

Pink Magnolia is a Signature Store that specializes in the brand. \u201cSignature Stores are independently owned and operated, and excel in the area of customer service,\u201d she explains. \u201cPink Magnolia carries 100 percent Lilly Pulitzer women\u2019s apparel, offering almost every style made in each of the four seasons, including accessories, gift and girls\u2019 apparel.\u201d

The boutique also fosters a community for Lilly fans. \u201c[I\u2019m] grateful to the community for their continued support,\u201d Malugen says. \u201cI\u2019ve always believed in giving back. Pink Magnolia supports community charities and organizations.\u201d

Malugen’s team goes above and beyond to show appreciation for customers. “Our staff will call customers when new product arrives, special order an item and gift-wrap free of charge, as well as offer hassle-free returns from lillypulitzer.com and bridal party savings,” Malugen states. “The store has a Loyalty Points reward program to continue thanking its customers. This program is getting updated and becoming even better! Pink Magnolia offers an excellent customer service experience. We assist with customer history, regarding sizes, previous purchases, et cetera – and above all, we always share our love for this unique brand.”

The impact on customers is perhaps most evident in one of Pink Magnolia\u2019s top customers, Leslie Kotiza. \u201cMaybe I was born to be a merchant; maybe it was fate,\u201d Kotiza says. \u201cI [only] know this for sure: I loved retail from the beginning. I have worked and been a customer at Pink Magnolia for 10 years \u2013 and every time I walk in, it is like coming home. Lori Ann and the rest of her staff are like family, and we pride ourselves on treating customers in the same way.\u201d Today, she and her entire family, including her daughter and three grandchildren, sport the Lilly line (as seen below).

\u201cComposed of women of all ages, the Pink Magnolia staff all share the same love of the brand,\u201d Malugen states. \u201cOur staff is knowledgeable and appreciates the history and uniqueness of the brand. Pink Magnolia is a Lilly-loving family \u2013 and the customers can see, hear and feel that genuineness in the store.\u201d

Pink Magnolia, 9810 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314-997-6161, pinkmagnoliashop.com

Customer Appreciation Celebration

Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22

\u201cWe are celebrating customers with gifts, balloon-popping surprises, a raffle and tasty treats with yummy drinks,\u201d Lori Ann Malugen, the owner of Pink Magnolia, says. \u201cWe\u2019d like to thank our customers for their support and choice to shop small!\u201d

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The Laura McCarthy Real Estate team is constantly striving to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and the real estate business. With a recently remodeled office, the company\u2019s agents are working together in a more collaborative space, rather than in isolated rooms.

Kathy Beilein, the company\u2019s president, noted that the brick-and-mortar design the company previously had become obsolete.

\u201cIt was built giving agents individual space where they could write contracts, etc.,\u201d she says. \u201cBut it\u2019s morphed into agents wanting collaborative space where they can work together. It\u2019s all about having a computer and all of the technology at their fingertips through the process.\u201d

Since the paperwork involved in buying or selling a home has all become digital, this new technology-focused remodel makes the process easier for both the agent and the buyer/seller.

Beilein says more desks have been added, along with two large worktables where employees and clients can spread out. If, however, an agent needs to make a private phone call or meet with a client, there are also seven private rooms.

\u201cThe attitude has shifted to being more about collaboration over isolation,\u201d she says. \u201cAgents want to have a space where they can hear what\u2019s going on and brainstorm about properties.

\u201cWe used a local architect for the basic plans and had a space designer out of New York finalize the rest,\u201d Beilein continues. \u201cShe had really good ideas and had her finger on the pulse of what the office of 2020 looks like instead of 2010. We\u2019re ahead of the game with what she helped

us do.\u201d

Being ahead of the game is important in a real estate market that\u2019s been tight lately. Beilein says though the first quarter was quick-moving this year, the market is suffering from having supply in the right price range or not having the right type of home the buyer is looking for. She says she has seen many buyers looking for ranch houses and properties under $400,000.

\u201cThat price range is what\u2019s been driving the market,\u201d she says. \u201cThe first-time buyer market is going crazy, too. It\u2019s been stronger than I\u2019ve seen in seven or eight years.\u201d

At Laura McCarthy, Beilein says staff members are \u201cvery cognizant\u201d of the kind of agent they align themselves with and, because of that, have a team that\u2019s informed, savvy, responsive and hardworking.

\u201cWe have the best agents in town,\u201d she says. \u201cYou want someone who is going to be there for you and give you the answers or be able to get them for you. Those are the kind of people we have here at Laura McCarthy.\u201d

Laura McCarthy Real Estate, 29 The Boulevard, St. Louis, 314-725-5100, lauramccarthy.com

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Porsche St. Louis has a whole new look and feel. Less than a year ago, the company opened a new, more modern dealership on South Hanley Road. The all-new dealership serves as a true destination for enthusiasts of the automotive brand in the Midwest. The 44,000-square-foot building features 17 service bays, three 66-foot climate-controlled indoor service reception lanes, a customer lounge, a boutique and an Internet caf\u00e9 with Wi-Fi.

National automotive company indiGO Auto Group formed Porsche St. Louis in 2015 after acquiring and merging Plaza Porsche and Parktown Porsche. In December 2016, the dealership was moved to a temporary location on Manchester Road while the new facility was under construction.

It proved to be worth the wait. indiGO Auto Group chairman and CEO Todd Blue says St. Louis deserves the outstanding Porsche facility.

\u201cI\u2019m so grateful to have the opportunity to share our company\u2019s passion for Porsche with the great city of St. Louis,\u201d Blue says.

Since the dealership\u2019s opening, Porsche St. Louis has become a Porsche Flagship dealership and a Porsche Premier Dealer, which allows the location to offer additional bonuses for customers. As a Porsche Flagship store, Porsche St. Louis participates in the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur program, which provides a platform for customers to order fully customized models.

The Premier Dealer designation is awarded to those Porsche dealerships that best embrace the Porsche business model, which includes the principles of achieving the highest performance in brand utilization, excelling in product representation and developing key Porsche business drivers. In following this model, Premier Dealers succeed as independent entities that routinely exceed the expectations of their customers.

\u201cTo attain Premier Dealer status in indiGO Auto Group\u2019s first full year in business of operating Porsche St. Louis when our focus was to rebuild the customer ownership experience in St. Louis is an acknowledgment of our indiGO team\u2019s hard work and a clear message that the wonderful and passionate car community in St. Louis was craving for the Porsche brand to be represented with respect and celebration,\u201d Blue says.

Shopping at Porsche St. Louis is a white-glove experience like no other. The store and the staff embrace the heritage of the Porsche brand to make car buying both exciting and enjoyable. To stay up-to-date on Porsche news and upcoming events, follow the dealership\u2019s blog and Facebook page.

Porsche St. Louis, 2970 S. Hanley Road, St. Louis, 888-377-4319, porschestlouis.com

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As classic as a black-and-white film, saying, \u201cI do,\u201d inside the beautiful ballroom of an elegant hotel still remains a picture-perfect way to be married. \u201cThere\u2019s a misconception that having your wedding at a hotel can be very expensive,\u201d Sarah Johnson, director of sales and marketing at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis, says. \u201cBack in the day, that may have been true, but we are able to work within a range of budgets.\u201d

At the Sheraton, weddings may range from small to big, with a versatility in floor plans and a list of valued vendors at hand. \u201cWe have a number of vendors we trust to do a great job,\u201d Johnson shares. \u201cBased on what the bride and groom want, we get them in touch with the vendors, so they can morph the space into the couple\u2019s vision.\u201d

That initial consultation begins with the Sheraton\u2019s wedding specialist. \u201cOur catering manager, Deedy Johnson, takes a consultative approach with couples,\u201d Johnson says. \u201cShe guides them through [the space], learning how they envision it \u2013 down to every detail \u2013 and finding the best way to create that.\u201d

The Sheraton ensures its staff stays up to date on the latest and greatest happenings in the wedding world. \u201cDeedy can step up and say, \u2018I\u2019ve seen this on the East and West coasts. You\u2019d be the first to do that here,\u2019\u201d Johnson explains. \u201cShe attended a conference in LA and brought back a suggestion, a doughnut wall, which has been a huge hit. It\u2019s the little things she keeps up with that can really make the bride and groom\u2019s night special.\u201d

From trendsetting details to the meal served on each plate, the hotel focuses on personalizing each couple\u2019s wedding. \u201cSmaller weddings don\u2019t always, but sometimes [do], have smaller budgets,\u201d Johnson notes. \u201cIf a couple really loves the venue, but their budget isn\u2019t matching the menu prices, we are happy to sit down with them and have our chef [present] new offerings. We always do a tasting for the couple.\u201d The hotel even specializes in kosher events, being one of only five venues in St. Louis to offer a dedicated kosher kitchen.

\u201cUnlike some freestanding venues, all of your [extras like] linens, flatware, the bar and dance floor are here,\u201d Johnson says. \u201cElsewhere, they could be an additional cost. We offer it all.\u201d Set aside a block of rooms for your out-of-town guests, who will appreciate the hotel\u2019s convenient location to shopping, restaurants and more, and make your affair one to remember. The Sheraton proves the hotel wedding is never going out of style. \u00a0

Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis, 7730 Bonhomme Ave., Clayton, 314-719-4303, sheratonclaytonhotel.com

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For 60 years, Old Newsboys supporters have worked tirelessly to help hundreds of local charities.

The campaign, which was founded in 1957, is a volunteer-driven charitable project of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. To date, Old Newsboys has raised more than $20 million for local charities. Last year, campaign supporters raised nearly $700,000 for more than 200 charities in St. Louis. Billy Busch, this year\u2019s chairman, has even higher hopes for this year.

\u201cWe\u2019d love to raise close to a million dollars this year,\u201d he says. \u201cWe\u2019re helping provide care for kids and their basic needs, whether they don\u2019t have a toothbrush or shoes or school supplies.\u201d

This is Busch\u2019s second year as chairman, though he\u2019s no stranger to the Old Newsboys community. His father, Gussie Busch, chaired the campaign just 10 years after its founding.

\u201cMy favorite part of this campaign is meeting the people involved,\u201d he says. \u201cSharing a common goal as a team with all of these wonderful people who have the passion and desire to give back to St. Louis charities is great to see. People here really care about St. Louis and its children.\u201d

In addition to the 2017 goal of $1 million, Busch hopes to pass the chairperson reins on to someone new next year.

\u201cWe\u2019re always trying to find new people to get involved with the organization,\u201d he says. \u201cI\u2019m hoping to find someone [to be the 2018 chairperson] who\u2019s very passionate about these kids and giving back to St. Louis.\u201d

He doesn\u2019t anticipate this being a problem, though, since the organization has so many supportive and well-connected people involved.

\u201cWe\u2019d love to get more organizations behind us,\u201d he says. \u201cNew sponsors and new honors will help us reach that goal of $1 million. I know we can do it.\u201d

Every Thursday before Thanksgiving, supporters of Old Newsboys hit the streets of St. Louis for a special part of the campaign: Old Newsboys Day. This Nov. 16, thousands of volunteers will sell a special issue of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper written by local high school students. The special edition highlights\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 the regional charities that benefit from Old Newsboys funding.

\u201cOld Newsboys Day is the biggest day for our campaign,\u201d Busch says. \u201cEveryone is busy and has a lot going on, but when you see how much the people in this organization truly care about what they\u2019re doing, it\u2019s so gratifying.\u201d

This past spring, Old Newsboys was able to allocate the money raised in 2016 to local charities. Some of these included Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, St. Louis Crisis Nursery, Voices for Children and many more. The money is distributed to small nonprofits in the form of grants. Old Newsboys focuses on helping nonprofits that have small budgets and limited resources.

\u201cI\u2019m very lucky and fortunate to be the chairman of such a great organization,\u201d Busch says. \u201cTo give back to children in need is something I truly love doing.\u201d

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