A harpoon, a handlebar and a couple of soup cans—this is how Dr. J. Tracy Watson, a SLUCare orthopedic surgeon at Saint Louis University Hospital, describes the new device he uses to help ‘jack up’ a short leg and restore symmetry to those who’ve either been born with a severe leg-length discrepancy or had an accident, such as a compound fracture, that caused one leg to become shorter in the healing process.
St. Louis' arts community is gearing up for a big season of live shows this fall! We went straight to the top and asked local arts and entertainment leaders what they're most excited about in the upcoming season:
Story: Fresh out of prison, Percy Talbott arrives in the middle of winter in the town of Gilead, Wisconsin in the 1990s, a place she selected based on a photo she saved from a travel book. Sheriff Joe Sutter meets her and, though puzzled why anyone would want to settle in the depressed hamlet, arranges for her to work at the Spitfire Grill, the only restaurant in town.
On a cold January night in 1997, Ellie Zografakis did not watch her favorite TV show—and that’s when the story of the Nutriformance began. That night away from the tube would lead Ellie to Dale Huff, her future husband and business partner. "I decided to not watch Melrose Place on a Thursday night because I needed to get my career going, “ Ellie recalls. “(Dale) was the head of a sports nutrition networking group, and I knew I needed to become part of this group. We started meeting, and I found out Dale and I had some of the same goals.”
For most homeowners, a pool is a once-in-a-lifetime purchase, notes Bret Wood, residential pool designer at Westport Pools. That's why a cookie-cutter design just won't cut it, he says. "I don't recall ever designing or building the same pool twice. Pools are as unique as their owners and the site."
Young or old, rich or poor, technophobe or technophile, living in the U.S. or in the Middle East, they all use Twitter. Conservatively speaking, there are more than 630 million Twitter users today, and that number grows by another 130,000 users daily.
"You become the victim of identity theft just by living in the world," says Detective Andrew Soll, a certified fraud examiner with the Saint Louis County Police Department. "There are lots of things you can do to protect yourself. I shred all my statements and I'm really careful. But if Bank of America gets hacked--or the IRS gets hacked--then, your information is out. Or if your card was swiped at P.F. Chang's or Michaels, and it was sold on the Internet for $8--there are a hundred ways for your identity to be compromised."
Ask almost anyone who knows Dan Farrell, senior VP of sales and marketing for the Cardinals, to tell you something about him and the first thing they’ll probably say is that he is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet in St. Louis.
The Acropolis has stood in Athens for more than 1,000 years. That symbol became the inspiration for the name and philosophy behind Acropolis Investment Management. “We liked the idea of a strong, safe place that serves as the citadel during good and bad times,” says David Ott.
St. Louis' 250th birthday isn't the only milestone of the year: Plenty of area businesses are celebrating 25, 50, 100 or more years of service to local customers. We congratulate them on their decades of success!
It's an odd conundrum: They say a wedding is 'your big day,' but to brides taking on the challenge of planning, it may be more like 'your big year of hard work.' That's where local wedding and event planning company Absolutely IN! comes in, offering services to help brides through the many areas of the matrimonial celebration.
As an interior designer, each night as I fall asleep I pray that “people with money will wake up with good taste, and people with good taste will wake up with money.” I do jest, but there is something to be said about the Victorian era, when people’s fortunes seemed to demand that they build some sort of monument to their wealth—and no expense was spared to ensure that it was detailed with the finest of the fine, from the cellar to the attic. That time period reflected a real respect and appreciation for those who were experts in fine carpentry, hand-painted finishes, custom furniture and passamenteri, that in many ways, has been lost today, not because people don’t care, but because our desire as a nation to have instant gratification overrules the joy of the journey to beauty.
Pencils, paper, protractors… As the first day of the new school year approaches, more than 90,000 students in St. Louis don’t know where their classroom supplies will come from. But many area nonprofits are working to change that.
You can hit two birds with one stone, but what about a family's worth of footwear in one shopping trip? According to fourth-generation family business Laurie's Shoes, the answer is yes, and the time to strike is now, during the back-to-school season.
When St. Louisan Julie Longyear founded Blissoma, her holistic skincare and apothecary company, 10 years ago, she was met with some resistance for her all-natural approach. “People asked, Why would I want to do that?” she recalls. But these days, natural skincare is more than just a fringe movement, and the job of educating the public on its benefits has gotten a lot easier. We recently caught up with Longyear to discuss the evolution in the industry.
Story: Fanny Brice, a homely young Jewish woman from the Lower East Side of New York City in the early 20th century, is determined to succeed in show business despite her lack of head-turning looks. With considerable faith in her voice and comic skills, she auditions for a role with impresario Florenz Ziegfeld and His Follies on Broadway.
It’s impossible to say just how many dogs Patty Krosch has walked in her 14 years as a Humane Society of Missouri volunteer. She shows up in extreme heat, pouring rain, and on holidays. “The dogs still need to get out,” she says.
If actions speak louder than words, knowing how someone spends her time may be the most telling aspect of the individual. Family law attorney Susan Hais, of Hais, Hais & Goldberger, spends hers focused on her clients.
You can have a will without a trust, but not a trust without a will—and you surely can have assets without either plan, but it is not advised. Does the world of estate planning leave you a bit bewildered? We asked local attorneys to specifically weigh in on trusts.
Q&As can be an important part of a presentation. It is an opportunity to interact with your audience. Questions give you—the speaker—an opportunity to show more of your expertise, as well as feedback on what you can better cover in your next presentation.
Marilyn Bush recites a favorite quote by author and activist Alice Walker: The most common way people give up power is thinking they don’t have any. Bush, senior VP at Bank of America, is dedicated to empowering women to form strong relationships with each other while contributing to the community.
Story: Last year, St. Louis Actors’ Studio introduced its LaBute New Theater Festival, a four-week offering of new, one-act plays receiving their world premiere at the Gaslight Theater. STLAS founding director William Roth and others collaborated with noted playwright Neil LaBute, who agreed to lend his name to the festival and also to write an original work, The Possible, which premiered at the inaugural event in July 2013.
When founding the original 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in Southern California a decade ago, the owners looked to an unusual source for the business’ name. “Harry Brearley was the inventor who figured out that the addition of 18-percent chrome and 8-percent nickel to steel eliminated rust, and allowed for a better-looking and better-performing product: stainless steel,” says Joe Bryan, owner of the newly opened 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in Creve Coeur. It was those proportions that inspired the name 18|8. “The salon strives to transform its clientele to look and perform their best. A man who looks better and feels better about himself performs better.”
The Sherwin-Williams residential Colormix 2015 forecast is filled with optimistic stories that reflect a brightened outlook and provide fresh color combinations to inspire creativity.
St. Louis has a rich community of artisans who are creating their own natural soap and body care products right here in town. We talked with Kathleen Behrmann, of Buddha Body & Bath, about how she got her start in this booming field.