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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.
Just because you have to drive carpool or shlep around a bunch of kids doesn’t mean you can’t have a vehicle that is sporty, attractive and fun to drive.
Tim Schoen is the CEO of a company called Brew Hub, which he expects to play a significant role in the expansion of the craft beer industry in the United States. His wife, Diane, is the GM; and both were execs at the ‘old’ Anheuser-Busch.
The Coca-Cola formula. The Nike swoosh. The NBC chimes. Intellectual property (IP) is all around us. And the law can protect it through patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, trade dress and right to publicity. But as the nation moves toward an information economy—where information is an intangible asset—the ever-expanding IP field is becoming more vulnerable. “Because of the Internet, it is so easy to obtain other’s IP,” notes Emmett McAuliffe of Riezman Berger.
Anyone can drive up in a truck and say they will fix your creaky stairs, leaky pipe or questionable electrical wiring. But hire the wrong handyman, and that new paint job in your family room might turn into more trouble—and a bigger mess—than you bargained for. We turned to local handymen Dave Dothage of Aspen Home Maintenance and Greg Filley of Kirkwood Handyman for recommendations on the best questions to ask before your job is started, to make sure it gets done right.
If Maryville University isn’t top-of-mind when you’re thinking about St. Louis’ great universities, you might want to re-think that list, says university president Mark Lombardi. “St. Louis deserves another great university; and the good news is, they’ve got one—it’s Maryville University.”
As the end of summer draws near, we face the inevitable: back to school. If your kids are tired of riding the school bus—or are headed to college—transportation may be one of the items on your back-to-school list.
What do you think of when you hear the word ‘diesel?’ Though Americans were traumatized by a colossal diesel failure by GM in the late ‘70s, Europeans have embraced diesels for their better gas mileage and durability.
Story: Lear, the elderly king of Britain, has decided to retire and to divide his kingdom among his three daughters. Goneril, the eldest, and middle daughter Regan are overly effusive in expressing their love for Lear, but young Cordelia simply says that she dutifully loves him as a daughter should love a father. Angered by Cordelia’s low-key approach, Lear disinherits her. When his faithful lord Kent tries to reason with him, Lear banishes Kent from the kingdom.
EarthDance has breathed new life into Missouri’s oldest organic farm. The nonprofit is sustainably growing food, farmers and community one person at a time, through hands-on education and experience at the former Mueller Farm.
Orlando’s has grown to be one of the biggest catering operations in St. Louis, and through the generations, the one thing that hasn't changed is family.
Parents make lots of sacrifices for their kids: soccer games, recitals, braces and the family truckster. Fortunately, family vehicles have progressed since Chevy Chase's Vacation in a Ford station wagon.
After the initial veil of financial hysteria lifted, the economic chaos of 2008 made a little more sense. Area professionals, as well as recent study results, weigh in on what we should do from here.
Story: Katha has a high-powered job in the city that keeps her in high-stress mode. Her husband Ryu is a plastic surgeon who seems always to be on the run. One day, when Katha by chance meets a dapper fellow named Dean on the street and inquires about his ‘retro’ look, he hands her a brochure about the Society of Dynamic Obsolescence.
In celebration of Earth Day this month, we focus on electric/hybrid automobiles. Though some may think electric cars are something new, from about 1900 to the late 1920s, there were a number of electric cars built and sold in America, including Milburns, Bakers and Detroit Electrics. They were mainly driven around town by women who didn’t want to deal with the oil, gas, fumes and shifting of an internal combustion engine.
Kim Eberlein (Volunteer Leadership)
Story: Mrs. Sorken, title character in the first skit, greets the audience to inform us about protocol and purpose behind the experience of attending the theater. She’s lost her notes, so she relies upon her somewhat scattered memory to give us a quick history about theater, drama and ancient Greeks, and how closely Dramamine is tied to drama. Who knew?
Every year, a small college in northern Michigan compiles a list of words and phrases to eliminate from everyday vocabulary due to misuse, overuse and/or annoyance. In years past, words as mundane as ‘amazing’ or as trendy as ‘LOL’ made the list. Personally, I am of the opinion that any spoken text abbreviation should be banned. Do people realize that actually saying ‘by the way’ is shorter syllabically than ‘BTW?’
The father-and-son team of Bob and Steve O’Loughlin is going non-stop, working to create or redesign the next the next big St. Louis hotel ‘experience.’ In the past couple of years, the tandem has been even more successful than usual. The highlights include opening the hugely popular Three Sixty atop their Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark and re-energizing the storied Cheshire Inn. At the same time, they made major purchases: Among them, the Marriott St. Louis Airport, Westport Plaza and one of the crown jewels of St. Louis, Union Station—yes, Union Station!
Entrepreneur Jason Jan admits he’s a little camera-shy. “I prefer to be humble,” says Jan, a husband and father of three children—two boys, ages 5 and 8, and a 7-month-old daughter.
When Doug Schukar founded DAS Acquisition, the parent company of USA Mortgage, in 2001, the firm opened its doors with 55 employees. Today, the company boasts a 475-member workforce, with a thriving concept revolving around its loan officers. “We find the ‘A players’ in the industry and build around them,” explains Schukar, the company’s president and CEO. “They have to have a keen knowledge of the business, which is forever changing; they have to be excellent communicators; and they have to be phenomenal problem-solvers.”
As you may have heard, the former home of Busch's Grove will finally get a new tenant this year. The folks from EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery will be opening a second location in the space in early summer. The restaurant will offer more than 20 local microbrews on tap, a full cocktail list and an extensive selection of fine wines by the glass, including EdgeWild label wines and non-EdgeWild label wines. The menu will focus on smaller plates, and will also have a selection of entrees similar to those on EdgeWild’s current menu featuring plenty of local purveyors.
In today’s economy, the success of a business is far from guaranteed. We honor local companies and institutions who are celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2012.
The year 2012 was tumultuous in many respects, so perhaps fittingly Wicked is the title of the production that brings down the curtain on the last 12 months. A record drought plagued the St. Louis area, temperatures sweltered in an elongated summer and the area’s economy staggered toward a slow but steady recovery. All of this took place in the face of impending doom predicted centuries ago by the Mayan calendar.