One of LN’s favorite people, Woman of Achievement honoree FRAN ZAMLER, has embarked on a new business venture with her husband, STEVE. The couple has unveiled Elegant Eyewear in Creve Coeur, billed as a superstore for reading glasses and sunglasses—and the largest in the country. Elegant Eyewear carries a number of national brands and more than 12,000 pairs of reading glasses in its 3,000-square-foot store in Creve Coeur Plaza.
Congratulations to Villa Duchesne junior BRITTANY GREEN, the winner of the Missouri Girls Tennis Championship this past weekend. Brittany won the first round, 6-1, 6-0; and then prevailed in the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-0 score. For the semi-finals, she scored 6-0, 6-1 to advance; and won the final match, 6-0, 6-2. With her win, Brittany becomes the first Villa tennis state champ in school history!
St. Louisan CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER will host an inaugural event next year to support a future women’s pavilion at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center in Richmond Heights. ‘A Night with Cedric and Friends’ will be held Oct. 25, 2014 at Peabody Opera House to benefit the pavilion, which will be named after the comedian’s mother, ROSETTA BOYCE KYLES, a cancer patient at the hospital. DAVID and THELMA STEWARD will serve as co-chairs for the event, which will feature Cedric’s celebrity friends as entertainment.
Top honors for ST. LUKE’S HOSPITAL: A national hospital quality study has ranked the Chesterfield institution among the top five percent of hospitals nationwide for overall cardiac services, overall pulmonary services and neurosurgery. The ranking comes from online consumer resource Healthgrades, which also recognized St. Luke’s as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals earlier this year.
If tonight is TV night…tune in to ABC’s Shark Tank to see St. Louis business partners TIM BARKLAGE and KEVIN TIBBS of Better Life go for a most unusual swim. The CEO entrepreneurs, who launched their line of plant-derived, natural cleaning products in 2007, will face the ‘sharks’ (venture capitalists), in hopes of inspiring one of the show’s investors to propose a deal. Shark Tank’s Nov. 1 episode airs at 8 p.m., St. Louis time.
Meet me at the Fair…FAIR SAINT LOUIS, that is! Next year, ‘America’s Biggest Birthday Party,’ including the 137th Veiled Prophet Parade, will move to Forest Park. The parade, which will feature 18 hand-built floats, 750-plus costumed performers and the efforts of more than 1,000 volunteers, is scheduled for July 4. Fair Saint Louis runs July 3 to 5. Ongoing construction on the Arch grounds prompted the change of venue.
St. Louis is one of six cities selected to host NAVY WEEK in 2014. The event, held Apr. 28 to May 4, is one of the Navy’s signature outreach programs. The week-long celebration will coincide with the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show, and will include exhibitions from the Blue Angels and Leap Frogs (the Navy parachute team), among others.