Do you remember what school lunches were like? During my high school years at Cor Jesu Academy, certain days (like toasted ravioli and hot-from-the-oven chocolate-chip-cookie days) attracted more attention than others--a sure bet the line would be longer than usual.
Elizabeth Anne Gerhart & Michael Gregg Benner
More than 15 years ago, while serving in the Air Force, Chris Burnette decided he needed a hobby. Would fishing, woodworking or learning how to play the guitar work? Not for Burnette. “I was curious about how to make moonshine,” he remembers with a laugh. “So I called my grandma."
In the realm of wedding planning, there is nothing more beautiful or exciting to be a part of than a well-done Christmas wedding. The romance of a wedding, and the awe and majesty of Christmas combine to provide memories that are unequaled.
Before the annual stroll around The Galleria in search of holiday gifts both selective and silly, it’s time to contemplate what occurred on local stages in the past 12 months.
Story: A performing troupe under the direction of a Leading Player presents the tale of a young man named Pippin for its audience. We are told that the story will unfold in a series of segments under such titles as “Home,” “Glory,” “The Flesh,” “Revolution,” “Encouragement” and “Ordinary Life,” followed by an all-stops-out grand finale in which Pippin will perform an act of derring-do.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, croons the golden voice of the late Andy Williams on radios and store sound systems every holiday season. Yet you may feel more like writing your own song: It’s the most crazy, busy, stressful time of the year.
Local artist Theresa Disney recently opened The Funhouse Gallery, which will display her work. The first exhibit, The Art of the Circus, features Disney’s circus-themed work, including painted furniture, paintings and 3-D sculptures. Guests at the recent grand opening enjoyed circus-themed drinks and food, as well as a performance by Clownvis Presley.
Midst the deposit slips and cashier drawers, banks are full of tellers and managers, executives and board members—and at Reliance Bank, there even are ambassadors. Tom Brouster, chairman of the board and majority owner, refers to the members of the Reliance Bank advisory boards as “ambassadors for our bank—they are our eyes and ears in the community.” And this exclusive group of community members just got a little larger, as the bank recently formed its new Women’s Advisory Board.
Spotlighting a different veteran each month, First Bank and Greater St. Louis Honor Flight kicked off its ‘Tribute to the Greatest Generation’ program by recognizing World War II veteran Robert Bareford during a recently St. Louis Blues game. Fans enjoyed a video honoring Sgt. Bareford, and cheered as, in uniform and with four generations of family members, he waved to the crowd on the jumbotron. Each time the Blues score first during a game this season, First Bank will donate $104 to Greater St. Louis Honor Flight.
Indulge your sweet tooth and help endangered animals with Cupcakes for Conservation, a partnership between Sweetology and the Endangered Wolf Center. Visit the Endangered Wolf Center website (endangeredwolfcenter.org) or the Sweetology website (sweetology.com) and purchase a Cupcakes for Conservation kit, which includes four ready-to-design cupcakes, supplies for decorating them, a wolf cookie-cutter, and information about wolves. Proceeds from the sale of these kits will go directly to helping wolves.
Long a standard-bearer of Persian food in St. Louis, Cafe Natasha remains an anchor of the vibrant and eclectic food scene on South Grand Boulevard while continuing to innovate with creative food and drink.
Story: Walter Lee Younger lives with his wife Ruth, son Travis, sister Beneatha and mother Lena in a rundown, cramped apartment on Chicago’s South Side. It’s 1959, and Walter spends much of his time dreaming about a better life. He had an opportunity to go into business with a friend years earlier, but Ruth talked him out of it. That business subsequently flourished, leaving Walter frustrated with his job as a chauffeur but determined to move forward with plans for a liquor store.
The holiday season brings images of family—and shiny, sparkling gifts—to mind, making local jeweler The Diamond Family sound as if it were made specifically for the occasion. But the name isn’t for show—this business has been family-operated since 1978. Co-owners Michael Haddad and his brother, Alex, are in the third generation of running the business.
Donut fans, take note: Popular food truck Vincent Van Doughnut is in the process of opening a brick-and-mortar location in Clayton at 12 North Meramec Ave. in the former Pomme space. Look for an opening sometime in the next month or so. We'll keep you posted.
Ample living space, good flow, fun outdoor areas, bountiful storage… The perfect family home has many qualifiers and can be hard to find. Payne Family Homes has spent years perfecting the design of the family home; and its final layout and design concepts—a group of home plans called the Louis Collection—will be built and customized in the Vintage Grove neighborhood in Wildwood and The Forest at Pevely Farms in Eureka.
The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled its first-ever temporary exhibit: Stan Musial: 'The Man' Off the Field. Displays include artifacts from the Cardinals, as well as items on loan from the Musial family.
This year’s Dancing with the St. Louis Stars, to take place Jan. 24 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, will feature a cocktail hour, dinner and a short program before the main event: dance performances by Mark Trudeau, Benjamin Akande, Norma McGehee, Tishaura Jones and Tim Jacobs.
With its wood floor, deli case, sandwich counter and plentiful selection of candies, Hanneke's Westwood Market and Catering was established in 1914. According to Glendale Historical Society, it is the oldest business in Glendale.
Millions of small businesses around the country are discovering that Small Business Saturday is a great way to kick-off the holiday shopping season. It also is a wonderful way for customers to support local small business and help boost their city’s economy.
STACEY ABELES has been hired as director of special events for the March of Dimes Missouri Chapter. She previously worked at Gateway to Hope and The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.
As we surround ourselves with family and friends this holiday season, we also take the time to enhance our homes with beautiful touches to make these cherished moments even more memorable.