With one computer and seven employees, three St. Louisans launched Plaza Advisory Group in a 1,000-square-foot office in Clayton. Thirty years later, the financial firm has grown to 15 employees in a 5,000-square-foot office—overseeing approximately $1 billion in assets.
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.
The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis has announced its 2015 Media Persons of the Year. The honorees for the June 11 gala are...
At age 30, Jack Holmes says his blood was “a toxic mixture of fatty sludge.” His doctor recommended he work with a weight-loss coach—specifically, Charles D’Angelo. Since starting in April of last year, Holmes has shed 165 pounds; he is now merely 15 pounds shy of his goal weight.
Local college graduates are headed to some of the country’s most-buzzed about businesses, from Facebook and Google to Boeing and Capital One.
Throughout your lifetime, you’ve worked hard building your wealth. Now, it’s time to leave a legacy through your greatest passions. But whether you plan to give to health care, education or the arts, how can you ensure your gift makes the biggest possible impact?
Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the International Photography Hall of Fame (IPHF) is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of photography, as well as relevant educational aspects of the art form.
Some of St. Louis’ most cherished companies are celebrating a milestone anniversary this year. Join LN as we honor these tried-and-true local establishments. Cheers!
Story: Addison Peddigrew, a man of color, differs from most of his race in rural Kentucky in 1843 in that he is free. Kind of. He’s among roughly 2 percent of the black population in Kentucky at that time who were not considered slaves in the ‘border state’ that had both pro-slavery and anti-slavery constituents. Directly north, however, was the free state of Ohio, to which runaways desired to escape.
Her spark was fading—that’s what Kathy Boyd-Fenger says brought her to Logos School.
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.
WildSmoke, the smokehouse and bar that opened in Creve Coeur last January, has closed its doors. But the hiatus is a temporary one: The owners and executive team—the same group of folks behind EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery in Chesterfield—are planning to open a new concept in the WildSmoke location later this spring after some renovations and revamping. The new place will be called EdgeWild Bar & Grill, and it’ll be a spin-off of the restaurant, featuring a large central bar and focus on traditional bar food, appetizers, sandwiches and regional fare. Chef AARON BAGGETT, executive chef of EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery, will oversee the kitchens of both restaurants.
If you’re reading this column, or or have read previous ones, you probably have an interest in public speaking and presentation skills. Good! And if you’re already speaking where you work, or before associations and chambers, great! Your goal in 2015 is to deliver more and better presentations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When you prepare for your retirement, the focus is making sure you’ll be taken care of. But, are you ready to take care of someone else—such as an aging loved one—during that time?
The country’s oldest outdoor musical theater already is gearing up for an exciting 100th anniversary season in 2018, and while The Muny’s artistic director/executive producer, Mike Isaacson, deeply appreciates this St. Louis institution’s history, he is focused squarely on its future. “We’re not creating ‘museum theater,’ ” he says. “Yes, it’s a historic experience—you’ll always have the stage, the trees, the stars and the ritual. But the work on stage has to feel like it’s about the present. The future is what’s interesting to me; and the way we tell stories, and the technology we use need to be present-tense and future-tense. I want the audience members to look at the creativity on stage and say Look at this...and this is us.” To Isaacson, The Muny is a proxy for the city, and when it’s exciting and cutting-edge, it’s akin to the Cardinals winning the World Series—when everyone feels good about St. Louis.
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.
Dr. Samuel Achilefu received the 2014 St. Louis Award for his contributions to medical research and optical imaging technology, specifically for his invention of cancer-detecting glasses that were successfully used in surgery.
Story: Theo Freeman struggles to make ends meet. He’s a small businessman who owns a TV and stereo repair shop, which you might guess isn’t doing a bang-up business in the age of flat-screen televisions and iPads. Still, he perseveres with the help of his wife Georgette and their son Sunny.
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.
Demispheres filled with Honey Caramel, Cinnamon Honey Ganache, Salt Caramel and Winter Mint Ganache. Honey Foam, Box Turtles and Dark Chocolate Almonds with Cocoa Powder. These are only some of the sweet rewards resulting in the very worthy journey of chocolatier Rick Jordan, who set up shop in Chesterfield in July 2011.