The spotlight was on St. Louis’ Shapiro Supply metal company this week, thanks to an appearance on American Pickers, History Channel’s hit reality show. The episode featuring STAN and SAM SHAPIRO shows the father-son duo taking ‘pickers’ MIKE WOLFE and FRANK FRITZ on a high-speed golf cart tour of their 3-acre ‘indoor metal mart.’ American Pickers, which follows Wolfe and Fritz as they visit junkyards, basements and barns across the country, is among the Top 10 most watched shows on cable.

More Must-See TV…If you’re a fan of the MTV self-improvement show MADE, keep an eye out for the Aug. 16 episode, which will feature a local high school student and her ‘coach,’ Byrd botique owner JULIE STOTLAR. The object of the show is to help young adults reach their goal of becoming actors, singers, athletes, etc. with the help of an expert in their chosen field. We’re told Stotlar’s protégée (a self-proclaimed tomboy) spent the summer shopping and getting styled in her quest to become a fashion runway model.

Congratulations to the UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS and chancellor TOM GEORGE on reaching its $100 million Gateway for Greatness Campaign goal two years early! The campaign, which began in 2005, is chaired by Express Scripts topper GEORGE PAZ (BSBA ’82). Money raised by the campaign will be used for scholarships, professorships, programming and improvements to facilities.

THE MAGIC HOUSE has been awarded a prestigious grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. The $119,150 grant will be used to develop and implement the museum’s ‘Growing Our Own’ project, which expands training programs for young adult volunteers and staff.

Play ball! Those attending HABITAT FOR HUMANITY’s third annual ‘Hall of Fame’ event Aug. 12 will get a chance to live every baseball fan’s dream. Guests can opt for a private tour of Busch Stadium, dress in the team locker room and have batting practice on the field. They also get to hang out with retired Cardinals players at a ‘9th inning’ cocktail party. For tickets, call 371-0400 or email

Ladue News salutes one of its own: Designer ALAN E. BRAINERD is the recipient of the 2010 Community Service Award given by the William T. Kemper and Commerce Bancshares foundations. Brainerd will be feted at a luncheon later this month, and a contribution in his honor will be presented to St. Andrew Resources for Seniors.

Catching zzzzzz’s…Congratulations to JAMES WALSH, executive director and senior scientist at St. Luke’s Sleep Medicine and Research Center. He’s the new president of the Sleep Research Society, a leading scientific and academic organization for sleep researchers in the U.S. Walsh previously served as president of American Academy of Sleep Medicine and chairman of the National Sleep Foundation.

Iraq War vet and Department of Veterans Affairs physician JAMES TOOMBS has launched, a Web site that provides veterans with a forum to post stories and pictures relating to their military service. Toombs, who was deployed to Iraq three times with his National Guard unit, says he created the site to preserve a part of our nation’s history. The first posts are about Toombs’ grandfathers, who both served in Word War II. There is no fee or registration required to post on the site.

By now you’ve probably seen the sign touting the soon-to-be-opening NORDSTROM RACK store in Brentwood. The 34,000-square-foot space at Brentwood Square will house the state’s first Nordstrom Rack, the department store chain’s clearance outlet. We’re told everything remains on schedule for a Sept. 23 opening.