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.
Everyone’s got a past. But, of course, some are just naturally more interesting than others. Three area realtors opened up to LN about how they got to where they are today, and how they transfer the skills they gained in previous careers to give them an edge in real estate industry.
If You’re a Presenter, It’s Time to De-Clutter!
More and more stories are sprouting up about people returning to their roots and to the ‘old way’ of doing things. There’s a growing feeling in the marketplace that buying local is a good thing, and some have even left successful careers behind to become producers for that local market.
As an interior designer for some 30 years, I pride myself on researching and studying ‘the greats’ who have helped to shape the design world. I thought I had a pretty comprehensive awareness of all the talented people in this industry, yet I somehow missed one: George Stacey.
Don't let the name fool you: There's more in store at The Curtain Exchange than just curtains. "We're much more than window treatments," says owner Ellen Ross. "We are a full-service design company."
Every day, we communicate with the people around us in various ways: We make business phone calls, create plans for the future, and tell our loved ones how much we care. “The voice is very important—communication is key to interacting with other people; and those who can’t communicate get isolated. It affects their whole way of life,” says Dr. Randal Paniello of Washington University’s Voice and Airway Center. “Voice problems are quite common and they’re nothing to be ashamed of. But there are effective treatments for most, if not all, different types of voice problems once we make a diagnosis.”
The best kind of leader is the one who leads by example, and so this weekend we pay special tribute to our fathers—some of the best leaders of them all. These hard-working gentlemen show us through their words and actions what type of person we should strive to be. Happy Father’s Day, dads!
You see their names and faces everywhere—on ‘SOLD’ signs in front yards, in the pages of Ladue News and maybe even around your neighborhood. But how much do you really know them? Here, some of the area’s top realtors share how they got into the business, advice for home buyers and sellers, and a tidbit or two about their favorite way to spend a weekend.
Hutton Wilkinson, probably best known as the head of Tony Duquette, Inc., started out as the legendary designer’s protégé before going on to gain fame on his own as a decorator to the privileged class.
Busch, Danforth, McDonnell—these are some of the names that put St. Louis on the map. And then, there is Imo, the barons of provel, and the name that’s synonymous with St. Louis-style pizza.