She already had the stove, so Shelley Donaho jokes, “I bought the house to go with the stove.” Before becoming the keeper of one of St. Louis’ architectural gems, Donaho had visited the house before—she had even met the previous owner. Designed by Ernst Janssen, the 12,000-square foot historical marvel was originally built in one year’s time for $49,500; these days, if using the same quality of materials, that isn’t even enough money to repair the exterior railing.
Chef and restaurateur Ben Poremba has made quite a name for himself in the local culinary scene in recent years. His places—Elaia & Olia, La Patisserie Choquette and Old Standard Fried Chicken—have brought a wide range of good food and drink to St. Louis. Poremba’s efforts have garnered him plenty of attention locally and beyond, including being named a semi-finalist for the James Beard Best Chef: Midwest award in 2014, and as one of 10 chefs who vied for Food & Wine magazine’s People’s Best New Chef: Midwest title that year, as well.
When you pick up a book, it can take you to another world: You could become a county sheriff charged with protecting the life of a controversial politician, or a teenage theme park guide who is suddenly tasked with stopping Disney’s most evil villains—or maybe even Peter Pan meeting Captain Hook for the very first time. And author Ridley Pearson, whose works include the adult suspense series Risk Agent, Walt Fleming and the children’s Kingdom Keepers and Starcatchers series, among others, has built almost 50 worlds where adults and kids alike can escape.
Dr. Robert Bergamini chose pediatric oncology as his medical specialty almost 35 years ago because he knew it was challenging: He saw it as an opportunity to care for sick children and their families, part of "doing the complete job of providing care for the entire family unit," he explains. And while you may assume working with cancer-stricken children would be emotion-ally draining, when asked how he copes, Bergamini pauses and then says simply, “We have fun.”
In your 20s, saving for retirement likely is far from top of mind. Even as you get married, have kids and move up in your career, it still may seem part of the distant future. But local financial professionals recommend making investing a priority—at every stage of life.
Autographed St. Louis Cardinals photographs line the walls of Richard Mark’s office—an impressive collection any Redbirds fan would envy. But if you look a little closer, you’ll see what’s especially unique about the custom-framed shots: They all include an Ameren billboard in the background, a special nod to the local executive's career.
Brittany Butts believes music soothes the soul: Wise words coming from a 16-year-old living with sickle cell disease. The teen has taken her negative experiences battling the illness and turned them into a positive message through song, with the help of the Kids Rock Cancer program.
It was fate that led Lisa Dolan to become a wedding photographer. When she graduated college, several of her friends had gotten engaged and asked her to capture their big days. “I just fell in love with it, and the rest is history,” she recalls.
Taking their small-scale Christmas village to a whole new level, second-graders at Mary Queen of Peace became architects, civil engineers and train engineers to design and build an urban, rural and suburban village. The village was displayed in the hallway for other students, faculty and families to enjoy.
Two renowned dancers are coming to St. Louis. Antonio and Kirven Douthit-Boyd are retiring as principal dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to become co-artistic directors of dance at COCA.
I met Michael Staenberg the same day Stan Kroenke announced his plans to build a stadium in Los Angeles. Staenberg and Kroenke co-founded THF Realty and built it into one of the biggest property development companies in the country.
Twenty years ago, I received my first-ever Valentine's gift as a newlywed: My husband presented me with a 2-pound, 5-week-old black-and-white beagle we named Corky Ann.
This 6-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $2.395 million.
From preparing meals to planting flowers and painting houses, the Veiled Prophet Organization’s (VP) Maids of Honor Project is making a positive impact on the community. Funded by the VP Foundation, the program annually has averaged almost 400 volunteer dads and daughters, and about 2,500 hours of community service in recent years. LN spoke with five of these outstanding young women, who debuted in this year’s ball, about their volunteer work.
If you could recommend one New Year’s resolution to improve health and wellness, what would it be and how would you achieve it? That’s the question we asked several local experts, and their responses may help guide you toward a healthier, happier year:
“If you’re an athlete of any kind, and you listen to your coach and follow the game plan, usually you win,” says Asher Benrubi, better known as radio and TV personality Smash, as well as the front-man of The Smash Band. Benrubi took that philosophy with him when he signed up to work with weight-loss coach Charles D’Angelo, and it paid off in a big way—100 pounds big, that is.
Following auspicious reigns as the Veiled Prophet Queen of Love & Beauty, these young women have been traveling the world—and making a difference. LN recently caught up with four former VP queens.
The new season of PBS' Genealogy Roadshow premieres this month, and will feature the St. Louis Public Library and St. Louis Union Station as the backdrop for two locally based episodes.
With so many choices—and more wines being imported than ever—choosing a wine can be a gamble. Spending more may increase your chances of getting a superior sipper, but with a little guidance, both value and quality are well within reach.
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.
We all like to imagine that we have 'good' taste. For many, it's a true statement; and for some, not so much. There are, however, people who have passed through this world and are the definition of arbiter of good taste: Rachel Lambert Mellon, known as 'Bunny,' was one of those people.
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: Dr. Ruth Westheimer is known as a sex therapist who, at age 86, is still dispensing advice to an ever-present audience interested in matters of human bondage. That is the familiar scholar-turned-celebrity Dr. Ruth.
Breathe in. And out. Focus on the breath entering and leaving your body...again… This is all it takes to begin a basic meditation practice. When your mind wanders, gently bring it back to your breath.