St. Louis is the new hotbed for startups. Recently recognized as the No. 1 startup city in America by Popular Mechanics, the Gateway City is brimming with support for entrepreneurs in a host of industries, from manufacturing, energy and technology to healthcare.
Majestic unicorn fritter. Chicken and waffle. Peanut butter and marshmallow cake. Jason Bockman and Corey Smale, the masterminds behind Strange Donuts, are as unique as their culinary creations.
Sheri Sherman’s life as a community volunteer began innocently enough, some 30 years ago, when she was asked to be on the board of the Ethical Society preschool, which her children attended. “I had no experience, and someone said, You can be the vice-president, because the vice-president doesn’t really do much and you can develop,” Sherman recalls. “Soon after I started, the board president resigned, and the executive director quit at the same time, so I was thrown in deep water right away.”
St. Louis increasingly is being recognized as a Mecca for enterprising and innovative business owners. Major news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and MSNBC have all hailed the Gateway City as the destination for startups.
From unrest in Ferguson and the acquisition of a St. Louis-based company, to the economic impact of the Cardinals’ post-season run and the launch of two major business incubators, 2014 was a big news year for the St. Louis region.
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.
Story: In 1938, 8-year-old Berry Gordy Jr. witnessed the thrill his parents experienced when American boxer Joe Louis defeated German fighter Max Schmeling in a heavyweight bout. Gordy Jr. was determined to bring happiness to others in a way much like he saw in his parents’ faces at news of that epic boxing event.
What reminds you of home? To the many St. Louisans transplanted across the country and around the world, one top yearning I hear about the most is for the food. Whether it be St. Louis-style pizza, toasted ravioli, gooey butter cake or Ted Drewes, there is nothing that relives the memory of home like its signature fare. Fortunately for us here, the taste of home is just a farmers market or grocery store away.
With so much online information at the consumer’s fingertips, the challenge for today’s influential, high-end interior designers is to ferret out truly unique and hard-to-find furnishings for the most discerning and fashion-forward clients.
Little House on the Prairie's Melissa Gilbert is putting her own spin on home-cooking, and will appear at a book-signing and discussion at Maryville University later this month.
This week's opening of a new grocery store in the Delmar Loop as part of The Lofts at Washington University project is noteworthy on so many levels. The store, United Provisions, is from the same St. Louis family who owns the popular Global Foods Market in Kirkwood, where adventurous chefs like me can find polvoron candy and banana ketchup from the Philippines, among other international delicacies.
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.
When it comes to decorating with accessories, clear crystal is a no-brainer. Because it’s colorless, there’s no need to match a restrictive palette. And in terms of style, these accents fit in beautifully almost anywhere.
Paul and Laura Miller of 20 Minutes to Fitness are entrepreneurs who have figured out that the key to a certain kind of success is ‘total failure’—muscle failure, that is.
Passion drives Tony Thompson. Whether he’s leading a board meeting, mentoring students or creating music, Thompson—the Kwame Building Group, Inc. board chairman—adds his intense enthusiasm to each undertaking.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Louis Susman recently presented at Webster University’s Speaker Series. Susman, an American lawyer and former team manager of the Cardinals, spoke about the history and future of the transatlantic alliance.
Skincare entrepreneur and Ladue High School alum Lauren Padawer is ready to take her company to the next level. She’ll be appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank to bat for Alaska Glacial Mud Co., which she owns and operates from Cordova, Alaska.
The sign welcoming guests to Big Cedar Lodge says, Folks been havin’ fun here since 1921—and there’s no arguing that! From horseback riding and campfire wagon tours to kayaking, water-skiing and fishing; and even sand volleyball, ‘dive-in’ movies and yoga hikes, the 800-plus-acre resort, nestled in vast Missouri Ozark wilderness, is a playground for every man, woman and child.
Join Ladue News this holiday season in bringing hope and joy to others. LN’s Holiday Wish List Drive will collect items for Food Outreach, which provides nutritious meals and nutrition counseling to St. Louisans living with HIV/AIDS or cancer.
One of LN’s favorite people, Woman of Achievement honoree Fran Zamler, has embarked on a new business venture with her husband, Steve. The couple has unveiled Elegant Eyewear in Creve Coeur.
Stephanie Kantis is a bona fide St. Louis success story. LN recently spoke with Kantis about her Ladue roots, advice for fellow entrepreneurs and her most sought-after venture to-date.
The Saint Louis Zoo has plenty to be excited about, including the $15-million polar bear habitat, which is set to open in 2015. Construction on the 40,000-square-foot McDonnell Polar Bear Point began last month. When completed, it will more than double the space of the zoo’s old polar bear habitat, and house an adult male and female bear, as well as a couple of cubs. Among the features of the new space is a seamless transition from sea to coastline to land, allowing the bears to swim, dive, rock-climb and dig in the sand. There also will be a 22-foot visitor viewing window and an Arctic cave room for viewing the bears as they swim in a 13-foot-deep pool. The habitat also includes a state-of-the-art life support system that recirculates and treats exhibit water, saving the zoo some 2.3 million gallons of water each year.
This husband-and wife team met while living in Chicago, worked together on organic farms in Australia and New Zealand and now runs St. Louis vegetarian food truck Lulu's Local Eatery, complete with truck-rooftop garden.
Julie Macklowe, a former Vogue magazine ‘It Girl,’ was a hedge fund manager for 12 years before she broke into the beauty industry. With experience managing more than $500 million in investments, she launched her company with an exclusive partnership at Bergdorf Goodman, but soon learned that she could offer better prices—without changing her products—if she moved to other retailers. The products are now offered at Soft Surroundings, where LN caught up with Macklowe on a recent stopover in St. Louis.
Story: Elle Woods has her life buttoned down and mapped out. She’s a proud Delta Nu sorority girl who has just graduated with a degree in fashion design from UCLA and fully expects to marry her long-time boyfriend, Warner Huntington III. So, it’s a shock to the system when Warner takes her to a fancy restaurant, where he informs her that he is dumping her in order to be with a more “serious” woman, Vivienne Kensington. The two of them are enrolled in Harvard Law School, so Elle is relegated to the past.