Welcome to our annual Most Dynamic St. Louisans edition! We are thrilled about this year's group of honorees, each of whom, in one form or another, have contributed to the vibrancy of the city we love.
Frontenac Bank has hired KIMBERLY WEISHAUPT as senior VP of business development, and NEAL ALSTER as the Investment Professionals’ financial adviser.
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.
Twenty years ago, four friends formed a fiduciary wealth management firm out of a lone Clayton office. Today, that firm’s focus on doing right by its clients has helped it grow to seven locations around the nation and $24.7 billion in assets under management.
It’s a three-digit number that can affect your ability to buy a house, fund an education or even pay for groceries without the hassle of cash. No matter your net worth, knowing and maintaining your credit score is an important aspect of keeping your finances in order—but there are mistakes you may be making that can damage your rating.
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.
A letter promoting a work-from-home opportunity. An email explaining you inherited a fortune overseas. A phone call over spring break asking for bail money. Scams are as varied as they are numbered—and that number is high.
It’s no secret that the cost of college in the U.S. is rising. Although amounts can vary widely, a four-year college education can be more than $150,000, according to CollegeBoard’s 2014 Trends in College Pricing report. That could be a major contributor to why grandparents are increasingly stepping up to help finance their grandchildren’s education: A recent study by Fidelity Investments shows that 53 percent of grandparents are saving, or plan to save for such costs, while 90 percent report that they would do so if asked. We spoke to Sean McClanahan, a VP at Fidelity and head of its Ladue office, about the study.
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.
You spend one-third of your life sleeping—so why waste time dozing in a mediocre space? Three design pros have recommendations on where to invest when perfecting your bedroom.
When a box of chocolates simply won’t do, there always is the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift: fine jewelry. These lavish investment pieces from local jewelry stores are sure to leave even Cupid a little weak in the knees.
Your beautiful home is only enhanced by the windows and doors that surround the space—that is, unless these areas are more dreary and dull than light-filled and lovely. The professionals have a few tips for upgrading your windows and doors.
If you’re looking for a healthy and delicious way to start 2015, consider whipping up a smoothie. These popular blended drinks are a great way to introduce more fruits and vegetables into your diet. We asked two local dietitians to share their tips for creating fast, easy, healthy smoothies.
Are you ready to buy a new home in the new year? Before you place the 'for sale' sign in the yard and start house-hunting, take a look at what local real estate agents have to say about the outlook for the housing market in 2015.
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.
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.
Story: War is raging in Europe, but novelist Charles Condomine enjoys the good life at his English country estate. Wishing to include an element of the occult in his next book, he invites Madame Arcati, a local eccentric who claims she is a medium to the spirit world, to his home.
This movie is exactly what you expect. I say that with a kind of psychological surety because this film is sort of a cinematic Rorschach test: You see what you want to see. If your faith is unshakable and your fandom unwavering, this is a brilliant setting-of-the-stage for the big finale: the less-spectacular but still awe-inspiring fireworks before the grand finish. If you're a little less invested, you might find this third Hunger Games installment to be like watching a lit fuse as it slowly burns toward dynamite without ever getting there.
What’s that, you say? You’ve got your living room set up just the way you like it? That may be so, but home design is an ever-evolving art, and any room—however perfect—could stand to be freshened with a new piece from time to time. These statement pieces will make your guests stop and marvel, no matter your budget.
When Covenant House Missouri hosted its first ‘Sleep Out’ three years ago, the executives and civic leaders who signed up for the fundraiser experienced for the first time what it’s like to be homeless—a reality faced by some 2,000 St. Louis youth every night. “I’ve been a social worker for more than 30 years now,” says Sue Wagener, executive director of the nonprofit that works to get homeless youth off the streets. “I’ve been in some really poor areas, and I’ve seen a lot. But I really was not ready when I slept out the first year. It’s dark and it’s 2 a.m., and there’s silence—you can only hear the night noises. It struck me that I didn’t realize the advantage of cardboard—my feet would drop off the cardboard and start freezing. Then, in the distance, I heard a gunshot.”
To date, the Ebola virus has infected approximately 9,000 people and killed at least 4,500 in several West African countries. The numbers continue to rise exponentially. The Centers for Disease Control says in a worst-case scenario, the infected numbers could balloon to 1.4 million by mid-January.
Unfortunately, the percentage of marriages ending in divorce is increasing. If the numbers are to be believed, as much as 55 percent of all marriages end this way.
It’s safe to assume that when you visit a high-end department store, the staff will go the extra mile to make the shopping experience a memorable one. But if you’re looking for a bit of extra attention—whether it’s help finding a gown for an upcoming gala, seeking out versatile styles to complete your suitcase for a trip to the coast, or a complete seasonal wardrobe overhaul—a number of local stores offer designated personal shoppers who can lend their undivided attention to your search.
We're lucky here in St. Louis to have no shortage of good new restaurants. Many of these get a decent amount of press, especially when there are well-known folks involved. The Purple Martin is somewhat of an exception to this.