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Older adults are at the heart of everything Mason Pointe does each day. That singular focus has long been a hallmark of Mason Pointe\u2019s parent company, Lutheran Senior Services [LSS]. As a trusted not-for-profit in the senior living industry, LSS serves older adults through senior living communities, short-stay rehabilitation, in-home care, affordable housing, community-based services and outreach programs.

\u201cAs part of LSS, Mason Pointe is focused on service excellence,\u201d says Drew Redman, executive director at Mason Pointe, the newest LSS senior living community. \u201cWe\u2019re on a journey of continuous improvement, always learning best practices that we can share across the organization. That\u2019s how LSS continues to grow in its service to seniors.\u201d

For Redman, it is all about learning. His education in senior living began after his formal education ended. \u201cI had graduated from college knowing I wanted to be in healthcare,\u201d he says. \u201cMy grandparents lived in a nursing home, so I was interested in senior care. I was drawn to LSS because of its reputation. I reached out to the executive director at Breeze Park, another LSS senior living community, and that\u2019s where it all started.\u201d

Redman\u2019s entrance into the senior living industry began with an internship at Breeze Park. In his time there, he was continually impressed with LSS\u2019s dedication to residents and commitment to staff. In time, he would benefit from the latter, receiving training through the organization and finding new opportunities for growth. A short time later, he was promoted to administrator \u2013 first at LSS\u2019s Jefferson City communities and then at Meridian Village in the St. Louis metro area. He was later named director of clinical quality at the Home Office before assuming his current role at Mason Pointe.

In all LSS communities, Redman finds a common theme. \u201cThis is an organization that truly lives by Christian core values,\u201d he says. \u201cWe are faith-inspired and people-first. We always strive for service excellence, and we\u2019re responsible with the resources that have been entrusted to us. Most importantly, we serve with generous hearts. The fact that we are not-for-profit helps us check all those boxes, and it keeps our business plan and core values aligned. That\u2019s what has kept us growing for 160 years.\u201d

A 160-year tradition is nothing trivial. LSS understands senior living because it has helped to build the industry. Now one of the largest not-for-profit senior living providers in the country, LSS makes it a point to focus on the individual. Every resident of a senior living community, every client of home-and-community-based services and every guest of short-stay rehabilitation is part of the LSS story. All benefit from the organizational knowledge that has been built up over time.

To Redman, though, the organization\u2019s past matters less than its future. \u201cI am confident in the future of Mason Pointe,\u201d he says. \u201cSince we\u2019re not-for-profit, we constantly reinvest earnings back into our buildings, our programs and, most importantly, our people.

\u201cWe have one of the best staffing ratios in the industry, which means residents get lots of personal attention,\u201d Redman adds. \u201cOur certified nursing assistants, our housekeepers, the individuals who make and serve the meals...these are the people who are closest to our residents. These are the people who have the greatest opportunity to make them happy.\u201d

And that is what it is all about, he says. \u201cOur residents had wonderful, rich experiences before they came here. It\u2019s our job to make sure they have wonderful, rich experiences now. For so many of us at Mason Pointe, serving seniors is a calling \u2013 and a privilege.\u201d

Mason Pointe, 13190 S. Outer 40 Road, Town and Country, 314-434-3330, masonpointeliving.org

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Genovese Jewelers has a generational love for creating the perfect jewelry piece for the many families that walk through its doors.

\u201cThe engagement sale is most important for us,\u201d president Joe Genovese says. \u201cThat is the beginning of our relationship. We hope to have the couple as customers for their whole lives.\u201d

Genovese has been in the business since age 13, and now he is selling engagement rings to the grandchildren of his original customers. His deep affection for connecting with each client begins the moment he first meets with them.

\u201cThe best advice I can give is to stay within a reasonable budget,\u201d Genovese asserts. \u201cEvery day, I sit across from couples. One person has grand visions of the perfect ring, while the other sits next to them, sweating. I tell them, \u2018Don\u2019t worry. I\u2019m going to get a ring she or he loves in a budget that is comfortable for you \u2013 whatever that is.\u2019 And we do it every time.\u201d

All a client needs to describe is the shape of the center stone. From there, the expert designers determine the appropriate bandwidth and accent jewels. The team utilizes CAD (computer-aided design) technology to draw up a computerized concept, which is then forwarded to the clients for approval. That final design shoots to a 3D printer, which creates an exact model of the ring for couples to try on before it is even made.\u00a0 \u201cA lot of times, couples want to follow along [the design process] every step of the way,\u201d Genovese comments. \u201cIt\u2019s their special custom ring. And yet, it won\u2019t cost them any more money for me to design a custom piece than it does to pick one out of the case. This is all created on-site. Everything is done here; nothing is jobbed out.\u201d

The St. Louis-based company centralizes the design and production processes to better benefit clients, and the community at-large through job opportunities. Genovese has a lot of love for the city he calls home.

\u201cEach and every year, I invest significant money in the latest technology for manufacturing jewelry,\u201d Genovese adds. \u201cOur goal is to make the highest quality piece out there at the best price. Being so vertically integrated, we can custom-make that ring right here in the United States \u2013 in St. Louis.\u201d

Genovese Jewelers, 12460 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, genovesejewelers.com

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Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital does the incredible. The transitional care hospital not only attends to the complicated needs of its patients, but it also gives them back their childhoods.

\u201cWe think of ourselves as the link between the acute care hospital \u2013 where children are born prematurely, or cared for after serious accidents, injuries and illnesses \u2013 and home, where families take on the challenges of caring for children with medical complexities,\u201d describes Dr. Nick Holekamp, VP and chief medical officer.

Ranken Jordan is unique on a national scale because of its custom-designed property, which assists pediatric patients up to age 21, and sometimes beyond.

\u201cOur model of care, Care Beyond the Bedside, gets children out of bed, so they can access everything an able-bodied child can,\u201d says Holekamp. \u201cThrough play spaces and off-campus trips to the mall, movies, bowling alley and more, we brighten patients\u2019 attitudes and help them to feel better. We also show families that it is possible to maneuver in the real world, even with limitations and disabilities.\u201d

Ranken Jordan is in the process of creating a wheelchair-accessible baseball diamond on its campus, as well as the world\u2019s only outside nurses station, which will allow patients to fully participate without having to go back to their rooms for medications or feedings. Another way in which patients can stay active is through a weekly session with a devoted community member.

\u201cKevin Corn, a PGA golf professional, donates his time, once a week, to showing children the game of golf,\u201d shares Holekamp. \u201cHe inspires patients to try something new that physically helps them and is also fun. It\u2019s been a real bonus to be able to provide that \u2013 and it is just one example of our many programs.\u201d

This summer, Ranken Jordan will host its annual golf tournament to raise funds and awareness for its Care Beyond the Bedside treatment. The event, which will take place at Norwood Hills Country Club on July 23, also makes a point to incorporate the children. In addition to the fundraising event, the hospital is benefitting from a large endowment of $1 million, courtesy of The Saigh Foundation.

\u201cSupporting and investing in the healthcare needs of children is core to our mission,\u201d says JoAnn Hejna, executive director for The Saigh Foundation. \u201cWe\u2019re so proud to fund this endowment. One goal of ours is to spark additional growth for the Care Beyond the Bedside program and more for the children at this hospital.\u201d

The foundation supports area youth through education and healthcare initiatives, making this partnership a perfect match \u2013 and it could not come at a better time.

\u201cThe population of children in need of additional care is growing,\u201d says Holekamp. \u201cAll of the major hospitals are doing a better job at saving more lives. Now, there is a growing need for transitional care. We opened our new location 2004 with 34 beds. We have expanded to 60 beds and are staffing up to be able to take as many children in need of this kind of care as we can. Our in-house slogan \u2013 \u2018more hope, more healing\u2019 \u2013 speaks to exactly that.\u201d

Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, 11365 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, 314-872-6400, 866-845-6400 (toll free), rankenjordan.org

2018 Annual Golf Tournament

In memory of Phillip W. Mull Jr.

10:30 a.m. Monday, July 23, 2018 at Norwood Hills Country Club\u00a0

For more information, call 314-872-6512 or visit rankenjordan.org/events/golf.

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It\u2019s only been a year since Stonecrest of Town and Country opened its doors, yet the staff and residents of this assisted living and memory care community already consider themselves family.

\u201cWe have an incredible culture here,\u201d proclaims Linda Iken-Robertson, executive director of Stonecrest of Town and Country. \u201cIt\u2019s all about family. Our committed and compassionate staff take this community on as their own home. Our residents have become family.\u201d

That connection is what sets Stonecrest of Town and Country apart from other senior living communities. That, and a host of luxurious appointments, amenities and stimulating activities. Stonecrest of Town and Country\u2019s assisted living complex offers studio, one-, and two-bedroom suites, while its Bridges Memory Care wing accommodates private and companion suites. Featuring upscale details, like stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, these spacious apartments boast lofty ceilings and abundant light that filters in through large windows.

Residents of Stonecrest of Town and Country also receive weekly laundry and housecleaning services. And, although every apartment includes a kitchen space, the chef-driven Culinary by Choice dining program takes away the hassle of meal preparation and clean-up. Whether you crave breakfast for dinner or dessert for lunch, the restaurant-style dining room\u2019s Anytime Dining options make it possible.

The community\u2019s location in the heart of Town and Country, across from the Town and Country Crossing shopping plaza, also affords residents easy access to numerous restaurants, boutiques and big-box stores. \u201cThere\u2019s a very neighborhood-like feeling here,\u201d emphasizes Iken-Robertson. \u201cEverything is within walking distance.\u201d

Of course, Stonecrest of Town and Country\u2019s complimentary transportation also makes traveling near and far for off-site activities a cinch. During the month of June, residents will be able to attend Music on the Promenade, a series of outdoor concerts taking place in the Town and Country Crossing complex every Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.

\u201cStores from around the plaza set up booths and, typically, there are fireworks,\u201d details Iken-Robertson. \u201cWe drive residents to the concerts and then take them home afterward.\u201d As a board member of the Town and Country-Frontenac Chamber of Commerce, Stonecrest of Town and Country and its executive director will participate in the June 15th concert, featuring music by Breach of Peace.

Stonecrest of Town and Country residents have much to look forward to in June. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, the community will host its first annual Family Fun Festival in celebration of its one-year anniversary. At this family picnic, there will be a barbecue with live music and entertainment. The community will also have lots of kids\u2019 activities, including horse-and-carriage rides, a petting zoo, a bounce house and a game area.

\u201cWe would love for prospective residents and their families to come and meet our staff,\u201d Iken-Robertson encourages. \u201cWe want them to get to know Stonecrest of Town and Country, and to see what a wonderful place it is to call home.\u201d

Stonecrest of Town and Country, 1020 Woods Mill Road, Town and Country, 636-549-8021, stonecrestoftownandcountry.com

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\u201cAt Stonecrest of Wildwood, it\u2019s our mission to ensure that residents are comfortable, healthy and thriving,\u201d declares Doreen Scarfino, community relations manager at the newly opened assisted living and memory care community.

Although it operates senior living communities in Town and Country and Clayton, Stonecrest is still relatively new to the St. Louis area. With the recent opening of Stonecrest of Wildwood, the Kansas City-based company aims to fill a void in senior living care west of St. Louis County. \u201cStonecrest of Wildwood sits at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, and blends city and country living in a comfortable setting,\u201d says Scarfino. \u201cWe\u2019re located farther west, where it\u2019s quiet and serene.\u201d

On April 23, Stonecrest of Wildwood welcomed its inaugural wave of residents with orchids, enthusiasm and personal tours of their new home. \u201cWe had been in the building here alone for a while, so we were anxious for them to arrive,\u201d enthuses Scarfino of the first four women who moved into the assisted living complex. The community\u2019s house pet, a border collie named Henry, was also on hand to greet the newcomers with a friendly woof and sniff.

Comprised of 49 private studio, one- and two-bedroom suites, Stonecrest of Wildwood\u2019s first two floors are devoted to assisted living. The building\u2019s secured third floor, which numbers 32 studio and shared suite apartments, is home to the Bridges Memory Care household. With 14 current occupants, and more arriving in June, Stonecrest of Wildwood will be able to serve up to 94 residents at double-occupancy.

Featuring high ceilings, grand picture windows and luxurious accents, like granite countertops, the community\u2019s apartments are modern, spacious and bright. Residents are treated to a host of amenities, including a 24-hour on-site nursing staff, laundry and housekeeping services, and complimentary transportation for doctor\u2019s appointments, grocery shopping and other off-site activities.

One of the community\u2019s most popular features is its chef-inspired Culinary by Choice program. Overseen by executive chef Jason Goza, Stonecrest of Wildwood\u2019s restaurant-style dining room serves three meals per day from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. \u201cResidents can eat whatever they want at any time,\u201d notes Scarfino. \u201cIf they\u2019d like, they can have breakfast for dinner, which isn\u2019t always possible at other communities.\u201d

The pet-friendly complex also boasts outdoor living spaces, a fitness and wellness center, a media center and a retail salon, which offers massage therapy treatments. The community\u2019s prime location in the Wildwood Town Center also provides additional activities for residents to enjoy. This summer, they will be able to shop at the local farmers\u2019 market on weekends, as well as attend Music on Main, Wildwood\u2019s monthly outdoor concert series.

\u201cWe\u2019ve already seen a lot of participation from the Wildwood community,\u201d adds Scarfino. \u201cWe\u2019re part of the Wildwood Business Association and we often incorporate area businesses into our events. We like to keep everything local.\u201d

On Thursday, June 28, Stonecrest of Wildwood\u2019s executive director, Susan McClenahan, will be joined by the mayor of Wildwood, representatives from the West County Chamber of Commerce and others to celebrate the community\u2019s grand opening. From 4 to 6 p.m., local community members, residents, family and friends will be treated to an evening of live music, cocktails and delectable eats, prepared by Goza. The official ribbon-cutting will take place at 4:30 p.m., thereby cementing Stonecrest of Wildwood as the area\u2019s premier community for vibrant senior living care.

Stonecrest of Wildwood, 251 Plaza Drive, Wildwood, 636-284-2609, stonecrestofwildwood.com

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It\u2019s not a stretch to say that most people would prefer to be their own boss at work, if given the choice. But, most people don\u2019t have the experience, wherewithal or tenacity to do so. Most people aren\u2019t Michelle Spirn.

After spending more than two decades practicing family law at St. Louis-area firms, Spirn decided that the time was right to venture out on her own. With a small but committed team that includes associate Alexandra D. Johnson and paralegal Anna Denslow, she officially launched Spirn Family Law, LLC on December 1, 2017.

\u201cI have very strong ideas about the way law should be practiced and decided to start my own firm while I am still energetic and brave enough to take on the challenge, yet also mature enough to feel confident in my business decisions,\u201d maintains Spirn. \u201cI thought it was now or never.\u201d

The determination that propelled Spirn to establish her own firm is also what has made her such an effective advocate for clients, many of whom are dealing with sensitive situations like prenuptial agreements, divorce, child and spousal support negotiations, and custody arrangements. \u201cFamily court actions are emotional, especially when children are involved,\u201d acknowledges Spirn. \u201cMy job is to stay calm and help my clients focus on their goals. There is no typical family court action and, therefore, no typical outcome. I try my best to prepare my clients to be patient and to trust the process, knowing that I am fighting for them.\u201d

During her career, Spirn has learned that this fight doesn\u2019t always have to play out in the courtroom. \u201cMy firm is well-connected in the legal community,\u201d she notes. \u201cThis enables us to accomplish a lot informally, which saves our clients time and money. I have found that sometimes the most effective way to move a case forward is simply to call the opposing counsel to see what can be agreed upon.\u201d

In addition to working on actions to modify judgments related to custody or financial support, Spirn and her firm are also prepared to challenge rulings on behalf of their clients. The team pursues appeals when, as Spirn explains, \u2018\u201dwe believe that the trial court has made an error or misapplied the law.\u201d

Because the law is so dynamic, Spirn works diligently to stay current and informed about the legal issues confronting her clients. She maintains an active presence in the field through frequent speaking engagements and memberships to professional organizations, like the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

For Spirn, family law is ultimately a calling, one that\u2019s been reenergized by the formation of her new firm. \u201cI have always found great satisfaction in guiding clients through a very difficult time, and seeing them emerge stronger on the other side,\u201d she says. \u201cI smile every day walking in the door and have never looked back!\u201d

Spirn Family Law, LLC, 7700 Bonhomme Ave., Suite 325, 314-451-1700, spirnfamilylaw.com

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What is the tradition behind the name John Ryan, you ask? The Ryan Tradition testifies to a 50-plus-year legacy of excellence in the real estate industry. That experience translates into top-rate client service, and a reputation for buying and selling the most extraordinary homes in the St. Louis area. \u201cOur work culture is based on the Golden Rule,\u201d describes Ryan. \u201cAlways treat clients, coworkers and other agents the way you would like to be treated.\u201d That formula seems to be working. Explore what his team has to offer.

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10 Edgewood Road

Located in Ladue, 10 Edgewood Road has you feeling like you\u2019ve arrived at the Hamptons. Spread across almost 4.5 acres, the excellent exterior offers adjoining decks, multiple brick terraces, a covered outdoor room and a pool. The interior reveals a hearth room and breakfast area adjoining the family room, which boasts a 14-foot cathedral ceiling, fireplace and arched windows. The kitchen features top-of-the-line appliances, as well as limestone and granite accents. The lower level proves enticing, with a recreation area, wine room, arcade and more. This $4.45 million home, with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, is the best kind of escape.

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8 Edgewood Road

With an immaculate stone fa\u00e7ade, gables and green spaces, exploring the Ladue property at 8 Edgewood Road is like stepping onto the grounds of an English country house, complete with a croquet pitch. This stonework continues inside, with the home\u2019s grand center hall, which rests beneath a 24-foot cathedral ceiling. Sophistication catches you at every turn, with reclaimed elements blending into the aesthetic. The living room showcases a stone fireplace alcove, beamed ceilings and French doors that lead to the sunroom. The marble kitchen opens to the dining, garden and family rooms. Select your favorite vino from the wine room, then relax inside the marble bath of the incredible master suite, with his-and-hers closets and a beamed cathedral ceiling. The $3.25 million property, with five bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, will make you feel as if you are on holiday.

The Ryan Tradition, 9651 Clayton Road, St. Louis, 314-941-0572 (John Ryan), 314-993-8000 (office), theryantradition.com

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As many homeowners can attest, your house will let you know when it\u2019s due for an update. Original amenities prove no longer convenient, styles fade over time \u2013 even the stuff below the surface, like plumbing and electricity, will alert you that it\u2019s time to become better acquainted. Mosby Building Arts, a local design build firm, takes the necessity of home renovations and adds enjoyment to the process.

Designer Jake Spurgeon talks about the company\u2019s formula for success: \u201cIt boils down to the incredible level of trust that we have with our clients, and to being able to create that relationship from the beginning. [That\u2019s how] we\u2019re able to work together on project goals.\u201d

When Spurgeon was invited to help a couple make over their kitchen space, it evolved from a simple cabinet replacement to an entire facelift, with some elements remaining, including the newer countertops and granite waterfall island.

\u201cI had a strong relationship with this particular client, a husband and wife who work together,\u201d Spurgeon describes. \u201cIt was nice to meet with them to discuss their ideas and share design plans.\u201d

Most discussions centered on how to make the kitchen flow, so that it would be conducive to entertaining. The home was designed by St. Louis architect William Bernoudy, apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright, to which Spurgeon wanted to pay significant respect.

\u201cThis home has a lot of original pieces,\u201d he shares. \u201cThe homeowners had, in the past, added a second floor that fit the style of the house. I stressed to them that the kitchen was very 1980s and didn\u2019t fit in with that period. We made the kitchen open like the rest of the home, with some modern touches.\u201d

Maintaining the space\u2019s modern elements, while designing the new open layout, challenged the Mosby designer to get creative. \u201cI was able to push a little further to give the space what it deserved,\u201d Spurgeon notes. \u201cWe made sure the client got that wow factor at their investment level.\u201d

The new space incorporates original elements, including the molding, baseboards and sliding wood windows. \u201cWe also patched and refinished the floor,\u201d Spurgeon adds. \u201cWe purchased bar stools for the island with wire and little leather seat pads, which were perfect for the period.\u201d

The team at Mosby understands what each home needs to elevate its style and purpose by acknowledging the strength of its current build.

\u201cWe had a ton of fun designing it,\u201d Spurgeon enthuses. \u201cThis was my first project with them. I\u2019m actually chatting with the clients now about their master bathroom because they loved the kitchen so much. The kitchen evolved into such a great space for entertaining family and friends. From the waterfall island to the backsplash, the modern elements we added really brought that wow factor to the space.\u201d

Mosby Building Arts, 645 Leffingwell Ave., Kirkwood, 314-909-1800; Exteriors by Mosby, 314-909-8383; Right Kitchen & Bath, 314-909-1820, mosbybuildingarts.com

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Three women, two generations, one booming domain. Marta Gaska always dreamed big, but she never imagined how her ambitions would influence those around and closest to her.

\u201cI started [in the fashion business when I was] very young and it was tough,\u201d Gaska recalls. \u201cI\u2019m fortunate to have two two amazing women \u2013 my daughters \u2013 following in my footsteps. It\u2019s so encouraging. My kids have such a passion for this, and I know that, even if I step away tomorrow, my business will not change in any way, thanks to them.\u201d

A humble upbringing instilled savvy sensibilities in this family\u2019s matriarch, and, today, Gaska owns and operates Marta\u2019s Boutique in Ellisville. Her daughters, Lauren Musgrove and Tania Rakel, manage the operations of Gaska\u2019s second store, MOD, which spans across St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri, with six locations.

\u201cMarta has inspired me in business by showing that you must put 100 percent forward every single day,\u201d Musgrove says. \u201cShe came from little-to-nothing, from growing up with dirt floors to creating a fashion empire. My loved ones motivate me.\u201d

In business for 35 years, Marta\u2019s Boutique offers a timeless appeal. With name brands and dedicated service, the shop has proven to offer an irresistible combination to women, ages 30 and older. MOD also delights shoppers, with on-trend items, reasonable prices and multiple weekly deliveries of new goodies to peruse.

\u201cEven though we are a younger company, most of the girls on the MOD team started with us and have stayed,\u201d Musgrove boasts. \u201cIn order for women to grow, other women have to believe in them. We\u2019re all about growing the individuals within our company. Kailey Vojas was our first employee. We interviewed her while sitting on folding chairs and told her, \u2018The sky\u2019s the limit with this company. If you believe in us, we believe in you.\u2019 She is now our head buyer.\u201d

Musgrove has learned her own invaluable lessons from running a business. \u201cPut your heart into it,\u201d she advises. \u201cEvery time you feel as if you are failing, [think of it as] the next step forward. Put everything in a positive light and look at it as a learning experience.\u201d

Gaska\u2019s story epitomizes the American dream. She became successful through her own tenacity and vision, and she now shares that spirit with her family and other female entrepreneurs.

\u201cHave perseverance and patience,\u201d Gaska encourages them. \u201cSometimes, things don\u2019t go right and you can\u2019t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Know it will turn around. If you have passion and stay focused, I believe you can succeed.\u201d

Marta’s Boutique, 1352 Clarkson Clayton Center, Ellisville, 636-227-8831, facebook.com/martasboutiquestl

MOD, 871 S. Arbor Vitae, No. 102, Edwardsville, Illinois, 618-659-9797; 1650 Beale St., No. 160, St. Charles, 636-493-9696; 8827 Ladue Road, Ladue, 314-996-9143; 110 N. Clay Ave, Kirkwood, 314-288-9884; 2307 State Highway K, O’Fallon, 636-272-1191, modontrend.com

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Perhaps you noticed it around tax season, when you needed to pull out financial files. Or maybe when the winter weather finally broke and sunny skies demanded you don more breathable clothing. Whatever the case, sorting through the clutter to grab what you need proves time and time again to just not be worth the trouble.

Jay Kamps, co-owner of NewSpace Home Organization, breaks down the importance that organization can make in your daily life. \u201cThink of it: every single morning, you go into your closet to get started for the day. Every single night, you change [to go out or for comfort or for bed]. You use it as a transition room. Having an organized home and everything in its place can literally save you hours each week. Consider the time saved over a lifespan. Having the right organization system can really change your life.\u201d

Launched in 1984, NewSpace mastered the art of home organization under the direction of Bob Fox. With new ownership, that foundation of customization is now refortified in NewSpace Home Organization.

\u201cWe\u2019re not a franchise, so every job we do is customized to our client\u2019s needs,\u201d Kamps states. \u201cOur craftsmen and custom woodwork shop are what differentiate us from other companies. We have the ability to build exactly what you want. We can custom design and build organization for any space in your home, including pantries, laundry rooms, home offices, garages, entertainment centers, bookcases and Murphy Wall-Beds.\u201d

Exceeding client expectations is the company\u2019s highest priority. From an initial call until the completion of a new space, and well beyond, the NewSpace Home Organization team is there for its clients. Repeats and referrals drive the company\u2019s business, in large part because its team consistently strives to exceed expectations through superior service and a lifetime guarantee.

Delving into your individualized organizational needs, NewSpace Home Organization engineers a visual concept utilizing 3D software technology. A designer will visit the client\u2019s home to capture pictures of the space as it is and to witness how each client operates within their living environment. That environment is then reconceived in 3D to give you a look at your space, using virtual reality.

\u201cTechnology plays a big part in what we do,\u201d Kamps explains. \u201cOnce you say, \u2018Yes! That\u2019s the design I want to go with\u2026I love it,\u2019 our manufacturing team gets to work.\u201d After the valued client input, an approved plan is then sent off to manufacturing, where a computer sorts, drills and creates each individual design.

All of the company\u2019s manufacturing work takes place at the NewSpace Home Organization headquarters, located just five minutes from downtown Clayton at Page Ave. and 170. Not only does the company manage its own manufacturing, but its expertise is also undeniable. Its home organization designers average 15 years of experience at the company.

\u201cWe strive to live up to our reputation every day,\u201d Kamps says. \u201cI guess you can say we\u2019re passionate about home organization and custom woodwork \u2013 and about providing product designs that enable people to get organized and live a higher quality of life.\u201d

NewSpace Home Organization, 1960 Innerbelt Business Center Drive, St. Louis, 314-423-3200, newspace.com

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St. Louisans can now swing open their shutters, sit out on patios and watch the world bloom. Spring may have taken its sweet time this year, but it\u2019s finally sprung \u2013 and Katie\u2019s Pizza & Pasta Osteria is making the most out of every minute.

\u201cThe bounty of spring and summer is exciting for a chef-driven menu,\u201d owner Katie Collier gushes. \u201cWe\u2019ll have something [new] every few weeks. Right now, we\u2019ve got morel mushrooms and green almonds. Next week, we\u2019ll do asparagus. We get so much energy from [the season]. Spring is where you can get really creative \u2013 and it is fun.\u201d

The Italian eatery is known for its farm-to-table style serving, with pasta noodles made from scratch, and fresh vegetables and herbs often grown on-site in the patio area.

\u201cThe new seasonal menu started [this month],\u201d Collier tells. \u201cWe brought back favorites, like our famous watermelon salad and our ricotta-stuffed fried squash blossoms \u2013 and even something from the original Katie\u2019s Pizza on Clayton Road: prosciutto wrapped spring rolls. It\u2019s filled with amazing vegetables, like pea shoots, Ozark mushrooms, fresh mozzarella and basil, and topped with balsamic. It\u2019s just so bright and refreshing.\u201d

The newest items making an appearance include a crab and corn risotto, topped with Osetra caviar, and an artichoke carbonara, garnished with pea shoots. Even the cocktail menu received an update, with fresh-pressed juices and lots of herbs. Sip on a pineapple Mai Tai, with tarragon, or fresh-pressed watermelon juice. The lavender lemonade also promises heavenly refreshment.

\u201cI\u2019m obsessed with food and ingredients, and menu development,\u201d Collier confesses. \u201cI get inspiration from my guests, as well as places all over the country and the world. I love putting incredible ingredients together and creating a magical dish. And I love seeing how creative chefs [build] their menus, design their restaurants and serve their guests.\u201d

Collier takes all that inspiration and infuses it into her own restaurants. \u201cMost of my kitchen staff has been with us since we opened,\u201d she shares. My chef de cuisine, Jake, has been with me for almost five years. We all care about hospitality. Everyone understands the food and is approachable. We share our personalities and create memories.\u201d

That warmth extends to the patios at both locations, which currently boast tropical plants and flowers, alongside the herb and vegetable gardens. With live music every night, the temptation to linger outside this spring proves irresistible.

\u201cWe go all out for patio season,\u201d Collier says. \u201cWe want you to feel transported to a magical place by creating a great experience for you to enjoy inspired food.\u201d Bon app\u00e9tit.

Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria; 9568 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314-942-6555; 14171 Clayton Road, Town and Country, 636-220-3238; katiespizzaandpasta.com

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\u201cHere, you\u2019ve got a region so fragmented,\u201d John Gaskin III describes of St. Louis and its surrounding areas. The chair of St. Louis County NAACP\u2019s annual Freedom Fund Dinner, who also serves on the National Board of Directors, points to the recent incident at Nordstrom Rack in Brentwood for further proof. At the store, three young black men were accused of shoplifting while they looked at (and purchased) items for prom.

\u201cThat\u2019s not a good reflection of our region,\u201d Gaskin says. \u201cThis year\u2019s Freedom Fund Leadership Dinner theme, \u2018Strength in Diversity,\u2019 is about embracing everyone. We have to go back to the basics. We have to appreciate and understand our diversity.\u201d

For St. Louis County NAACP, that understanding must be present in every sector.

\u201cWe are establishing strong alliances with our urban school districts,\u201d Gaskin shares. \u201cWe work hard to ensure they maintain accreditation, and to have a real partnership that supports the teachers, parents and students.\u201d

\u201cWe also work with companies on diverse hiring,\u201d Gaskin adds. \u201cPeople of color are not just washing bathrooms or floors, they are also in management. We work with construction companies to ensure people of color also receive a fair share of the major projects in St. Louis, like with contracts for things taking shape here, such as NGA and Ballpark Village.\u201d

In addition, the local chapter collaborates with financial institutions, like Wells Fargo and Edward Jones, on financial literacy to ensure quality housing is made available for those with a lower income \u2013 all in an effort to ensure the growth of St. Louis and society.

The annual Freedom Fund Leadership Dinner unites community leaders and celebrates individuals who work toward diversity and inclusion. Jake Bain, an openly gay college football recruit, will receive the Jackie Robinson scholarship for his \u201ccourageousness, tenacity and bravery,\u201d Gaskin III lauds. After sparking protests from the notorious Westboro Baptist Church, the John Burroughs School alum inspired hundreds of locals to gather in support of the LGBTQ community, catching the attention of national news.

Other honorees include Bob Fox, founder of NewSpace, and Maxine Clark, founder of Build-a-Bear Workshop, for their criminal justice reform and immigration rights work; and Charles Pearson, superintendent of Normandy Schools.

\u201cThere is no city in this nation that can compete with us if we use our diversity to our strength,\u201d Gaskin promises.

St. Louis County NAACP, 7605 Natural Bridge Road, Suite 103, St. Louis, 314-389-1552; National Headquarters, 4805 Mount Hope Drive, Baltimore, 877-NAACP-98; naacpstlcounty.org

83rd Annual Freedom Fund Leadership Dinner

Thursday, June 21 | 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:45 p.m. dinner

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, 999 N. 2nd St., St. Louis

Visit naacpstlcounty.org/freedom2018 to purchase tickets or make a contribution.

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Confidence may build from the inside out \u2013 but remaking your outward appearance can certainly give you a boost. Your chest may not hang like it used to or surgery scars may have you feeling insecure. Occasionally, curves prove too much of a burden to bear, causing pain in the lower back and beyond. That\u2019s when West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University steps in.

\u201cMany women feel a boost of confidence after cosmetic breast surgery,\u201d Dr. Marissa Tenenbaum says. \u201cIt can help them to feel more youthful or like an improved version of themselves.\u201d

It\u2019s not surprising that many women opt for breast augmentation, the most common type of surgery requested, although breast lifts, corrective breast cosmetic surgery and breast reductions are also popular choices.

Dr. Terry Myckatyn delves into how the practice makes women\u2019s bodies work for them. \u201cFat can be harvested from areas typically treated with liposuction, such as the abdomen, flanks, inner or outer thighs, or the bra roll area,\u201d he describes. \u201cThe fat is processed \u2013 by separating it from other tissues and fluids \u2013 and concentrated. Then, it is reinjected in small amounts through tiny incisions into the breast. We often combine implants with fat to create a more natural, smooth look for patients.\u201d

\u201cNewer implant technology has dramatically improved the choices women have,\u201d Tenenbaum adds. \u201cIt really allows us to tailor our patients\u2019 results [according] to their wishes.\u201d

Patients of the practice are highly satisfied with their cosmetic breast surgery results, leading to a better fit in clothing and an increase in self-esteem.

\u201cIt is important to seek out a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, with experience in the specific area of cosmetic breast surgery,\u201d Myckatyn reminds. \u201cMake sure you are comfortable with them and their strategy, and that they discuss realistic expectations with you. Everyone is different \u2013 and a personalized strategy is best.\u201d

When it comes to strategizing a custom solution for correcting that image you see in the mirror every day, the experienced doctors at West County Plastic Surgeons have you covered.

West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University; West County, 1020 N. Mason Road, Suite 110, St. Louis; Central West End (by appointment only), 4921 Parkview Place, Suite 6G, St. Louis; 314-996-8800, westcountyplasticsurgeons.wustl.edu

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A career is not always a calling. For some people, the 40 hours clocked in the office each week are only a means to an end, an obligatory interruption from their real lives. Not so for Ken and Lori Heise, co-founders of Heise Advisory Group, an independent retirement planning firm in St. Louis. Because they forge such personal relationships with their clients, helping them navigate retirement doesn\u2019t feel like work to the Heise\u2019s. Meeting with clients is more like spending time with family and friends.

Family forms the fulcrum of Heise Advisory Group. Indeed, it\u2019s what prompted Ken Heise to enter into the financial services industry in 1990. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he dreamed of following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by becoming a truck driver. He instead became the first member of his family to attend college, earning a bachelor\u2019s degree in architectural engineering. \u201cI always liked building things,\u201d Ken Heise says. \u201cSo, I became an architectural engineer and turned it into a successful career in construction management.\u201d

It wasn\u2019t until his parents decided to retire that Ken Heise found his true life\u2019s work. \u201cI began helping them sort through things and fix some of the mistakes that had been made over the years,\u201d he explains. \u201cIn the process, I found my true passion.\u201d

Shifting from engineering to finance, Ken Heise spent years working in the insurance industry for companies beholden to larger institutions. \u201cThe promise of independence was always supposedly there, but it never really was,\u201d he maintains. \u201cIn that system, no matter how hard you try to do the right thing for your client, the sales and product pressure from the parent company is always present.\u201d

In 2005, Ken Heise met his future wife, Lori, at a conference in Chicago. Having worked in the insurance industry since 1989, Lori shared Ken\u2019s commitment to guiding families through complex financial matters and life events. Together, they formed Heise Advisory Group in 2007, in part because they both sought to offer independent, unbiased and, importantly, individualized retirement advice to clients. \u201cWe wanted to be independent and to eliminate the conflict of interest of a parent company pushing clients in a certain direction,\u201d declares Ken Heise. \u201cThat\u2019s a huge separator for us. We\u2019re 100 percent independent, family-owned and St. Louis-local. We work for our families \u2013 meaning our clients \u2013 and no one else.\u201d

That autonomy, paired with a family focus, translates into a firm that is truly invested in families and their financial \u2013 and overall \u2013 well-being. \u201cWe are looking to build long-term relationships with clients,\u201d emphasizes Lori Heise. \u201cWe get to know their dreams, what\u2019s important to them and what kind of legacies that they want to leave. The only way to provide a thorough retirement plan is to know and to understand clients like family.\u201d

In order to create a comprehensive retirement plan for clients, Heise Advisory Group developed a five-step process, the first of which is a \u201cvision meeting.\u201d In that initial consultation, \u201cit\u2019s not about us,\u201d stresses Lori Heise. \u201cIt\u2019s about getting to know more about them.\u201d During the 90-minute session, the group\u2019s advisors meet one-on-one with clients, listening to their dreams and concerns.

\u201cA lot of times the hardest part for clients is defining their dreams,\u201d reveals Ken Heise. \u201cWe spend a lot of time helping families realize that they have to determine their dream and then put a price tag on it. What does your monthly budget need to look like in order to do everything that you want to do? The answer to that question forms the basis of everything moving forward.\u201d

Once families arrive at an answer, Ken and Lori Heise guide them through the rest of the retirement planning process, which includes assessment, strategy and implementation.

\u201cOur practice is holistic,\u201d declares Lori Heise. \u201cWe handle everything, from income planning to investment, tax, healthcare and estate planning. It\u2019s a complete package.\u201d

Unlike other financial advisory institutions that prioritize investment planning, Heise Advisory Group concentrates on income planning and is particularly attentive to market volatility. \u201cThe purpose of any investment plan should be to support the income plan,\u201d advises Ken Heise. \u201cEveryone likes to focus on returns, but it\u2019s not about those at retirement. It\u2019s about managing volatility. It\u2019s paramount to understand that finances work differently after you give up your paycheck. The impact of decisions made and losses incurred on a retiree, or someone who is entering retirement, is game-changing.\u201d

The fifth and final step is what the pair refers to as the \u201clong-term fun relationship.\u201d \u201cWe host a lot of client events and parties, and we go out occasionally for dinner with our clients,\u201d says Lori Heise. \u201cThat relationship is everything to us. We want to add value to each other\u2019s lives and have fun together.\u201d

These two goals often converge at the firm\u2019s gatherings, many of which support local charities like Angel\u2019s Arms and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. \u201cWe\u2019ve orchestrated annual trivia nights and a team for the annual Walk for Wishes for the Missouri Make-A-Wish chapter,\u201d says Lori Heise, who\u2019s been a wish-granter for the organization for more than three years. \u201cIt feels good to be able to give back to the community and to have our families \u2013 our clients \u2013 excited to participate with us. Our clients are the most kind and generous people.\u201d


Investing involves risk, including the potential loss of principal. Any references to protection and lifetime income generally refer to fixed insurance products, never securities or investment products. Insurance and annuity product guarantees are backed by the financial strength and claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company. Investment advisory services offered only by duly registered individuals through AE Wealth Management, LLC (AEWM). AEWM and Heise Advisory Group are not affiliated companies. AW05183024

Heise Advisory Group, 12444 Powerscourt Drive, Suite 235, St. Louis, 314-909-1116, heiseadvisorygroup.com

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Stepping onto the green, one discovers a stillness \u2013 a moment devoted to considering your next move. A time to reflect on which club is best for your shot. A period to evaluate the distance between where you stand and your ultimate goal. The First Tee of Greater St. Louis takes this powerful moment and expands on it, introducing additional benefits to area youth.

\u201cWe teach life-skills educational programming and healthy habits through the game of golf,\u201d executive director Michele Miller South explains. \u201cWe take what you learn on the course and apply it to every day, such as critical thinking.\u201d

The innovative program is currently available at 63 area elementary schools through physical education classes. The nonprofit organization has access to six golf courses, where it hosts three sessions each year. For $50 a session, children try their hand at the sport \u2013 and learn invaluable lessons along the way.

\u201cIn golf, you\u2019re made to stop, anticipate and respond,\u201d South says. \u201cYou have to think about the next shot you want to take, which club to use and how far the ball will go. Children can use those decision-making skills [elsewhere, like] when considering whether to go out shopping with friends the night before an English test. When things aren\u2019t going well on the golf course, you have to learn to manage your emotions, think things through and make a good choice.\u201d

Game play is not limited to just those who can afford the price tag. \u201cWe never turn a child away because they can\u2019t pay,\u201d South assures. \u201cThose who are unable to pay can use our scholarship fund. We also provide college scholarships to seniors in our program. In the last three years, we\u2019ve given out six college scholarships.\u201d

Membership to The First Tee of Greater St. Louis is open to youth ages seven to 17 and also serves those with special needs, including autism and Down Syndrome. Youngsters between the ages of five and six can enroll in \u201cLittle Linksters,\u201d which introduces them to the organization\u2019s nine core values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. Older members receive additional training, with on-course play.

\u201cWe served 40,000 children last year through our green grass, National School and outreach programs,\u201d South says. \u201cThis year, we are [on schedule to serve even] more children.\u201d

The First Tee of Greater St. Louis, 5163 Clayton Ave., St. Louis, 314-533-6400, thefirstteestlouis.org


2018 Golf Fore!

Kids Golf Tournament & Auction

Monday, June 11, with 10 a.m. shotgun start

Norwood Hills Country Club

$375 per person or $1,500 per foursome

\u201cThis is going to be a great day,\u201d executive director Michele Miller South says. \u201cEighteen holes, tons of food vendors, a lot of celebrities \u2013 and [KSDK\u2019s sports director] Frank Cusumano emceeing.\u201d

Visit thefirstteestlouis.org/2018-golf-fore-kids-golf-tournament-auction to register.

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