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Reliance Bank is defying the sluggish economy. Following a two-year turnaround and a $31-million capital campaign led by chairman Tom Brouster, the personal and business banking institution has expanded its leadership team and set its sights on the 2014 opening of two new branches—in Frontenac and The Grove.
The United States can predict the prison population by analyzing third-grade reading scores. Just ask Susan Nall, who explains how investing in education can decrease money used to correct social problems and mental health issues.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will open its first-ever St. Louis location next month in Town & Country. The restaurant, in Town and Country Crossing, will feature award-winning wines in a Napa-style tasting-room setting, as well as contemporary American fare. Opening is set for Dec. 12.
The love for donuts in the Lou continues unabated. The latest purveyor of these sweet treats to make the scene is the Vincent Van Doughnut food truck, which hit the streets this month. The mobile bake shop will be selling a variety of classic favorites, as well as custom creations out of Clyde, a vintage 1960 Ford Grumman Olson step van. Find out where the truck will be next via Twitter @vinvandoughnut.
Colonial Marketplace is transforming into a winter wonderland, just in time for the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping season. Beginning this week, lights, greenery and an abundance of holiday specials have begun to welcome shoppers to the recently remodeled boutique and dining destination on the border of Clayton and Ladue.
This just in…USA Today has declared the Four Seasons St. Louis as one of the top hotel breakfasts in America. In its latest Daily Meal ranking, the newspaper lists the Four Seasons’ Cielo restaurant at No. 6, citing its Belgian waffle with cappuccino mascarpone cream and pralines and the crème brûlée French toast with blueberry compote, as well as the egg-white frittata and the chocolate bomboloni (Italian filled donut). Congratulations to hotel general manager Alper Oztok and his team!
Jack Straub and his son, Trip, are looking at the old snapshots that hang on the walls inside the Straub’s Markets office in Clayton. One picture shows a long row of telephone operators taking calls for home delivery service: All are wearing bulky black headsets with thick cords fitted over coiffed hairdos, their legs are crossed and they’re flashing big 1940s smiles.
LADUE • The Ladue City Council on Monday approved a contract with Laynco Construction Services for $2.098 million for reconstruction of the city’s Firehouse No. 2 at 9911 Clayton Road.
Daring color is in the air this fall. F. Schumacher is calling fuchsia this season’s ‘it’ color and the perfect upbeat alternative or complement to neutrals.
Longtime restaurateur Kim Tucci, founder of The Pasta House Co., is among those being honored by Paraquad at its upcoming AccessibleSTL Shine the Light Awards for his work to promote a fully accessible community for people with disabilities.
KRISTEN NORDSTROM has joined STAGES as a GM and will oversee day-to-day operations for administrative staff. Nordstrom is a graduate ofWebsterUniversity and has worked as a dancer, choreographer and educator. Former STAGES managing director RON GIBBS is now the director of human resources.
Happily, we have a bevy of openings and coming-soons to report: Heavy Riff Brewing Company has opened its doors on Clayton Avenue in Dogtown. Baida, a new Moroccan eatery, has opened for business at 3191 South Grand Blvd. Blueprint Coffee is now roasting and serving up fine beans in the U-City Loop. Ferraro's Jersey Style Pizza has a new location that recently bowed at 7704 Ivory Ave. in South City. And Element, the latest from Guerrilla Street Food's chef and co-owner BRIAN HARDESTY, is now serving at 1419 Carroll St. Meanwhile, look for a new location of Five Star Burgers to open in Kirkwood by the end of the year at the former Culpepper's spot on South Kirkwood Road. The first St. Louis Five Star opened in Clayton just last year and has been garnering much acclaim from critics and customers alike.
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Congrats to CHUCK FRIEDHOFF, the newly appointed chef de cuisine at Butler’s Pantry. Friedhoff has served in a variety of kitchens around town, including handling the executive chef and food-and-beverage manager duties at Persimmon Woods Golf Club, and serving as executive chef at J. Buck’s in Clayton.
Customers and employees of On the Run honored baseball legend Jackie Robinson at Busch Stadium with a check for $53,000 to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The St. Louis Cardinals, On the Run and Anheuser-Busch joined forces to raise money for the national, not-for-profit organization, which offers college scholarships and support programs for disadvantaged students of color. Pictured: Representatives of On the Run present the $53,000 check.
The third annual Ladue News Show House opens to the public next month. This year’s Show House, 23 Lenox Place in the Central West End, is filled with details of Old World craftsmanship and touches of Gilded Age elegance.
From Tony Award-winning musicals and Grammy Award-winning performers to classic and contemporary art, take a first glimpse into St. Louis’ fall entertainment season.
The folks who own the local Potbelly Sandwich Shop franchise have announced they'll be opening a second location at 12 S. Bemiston Ave. in Clayton in late October. The space previously housed the long-running The Fatted Calf, which closed earlier this year.
Chesterfield Arts has appointed three new members to its staff: JENNY DONALDSON, exhibition coordinator; KIM FURLOW, director of marketing; and BRUCE PRESTON, director of development.
CLAYTON EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER celebrated its first full year of operation with a summer picnic. Since opening last summer, the preschool has doubled in size to serve 100 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. The picnic was held on CECC's campus in Oak Knoll Park, and children celebrated with Kona Ice snow cones, barbecue and more summer fun. Pictured: A CECC student dances in a cloud of bubbles courtesy of Tekno Bubble Bus.
Bring on the pageantry… A Ballwin woman is the new Ms. Missouri Senior America: SONJA NELSON-STOUGH impressed the judges with her talent, playing on the hammer dulcimer, as well as with her evening gown presentation and private interview. Nelson-Stough will go on to compete in the Ms. Senior America Pageant in October in Atlantic City.