At least 65 percent of Americans own a smartphone—that's almost 200 million people. Someone once referred to smartphones as “the cigarettes of our decade," if you consider how some people think it's rude or impolite to whip it out when company is around. Using a smartphone regularly also could lead to chronic health problems (text neck, anyone?), and could potentially kill (see below). But, we digress.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
JERRY CRYLEN has joined Wexford Science + Technology, a BioMed Realty company, as senior director of development.
You want to be with your children on every holiday, every birthday and every weekend—but your soon-to-be-ex-spouse feels the same way. When deciding on a custody agreement, there may be areas where both you and your ex want different things. The question is: How do you know when to be firm and when to be flexible?
Do you remember what school lunches were like? During my high school years at Cor Jesu Academy, certain days (like toasted ravioli and hot-from-the-oven chocolate-chip-cookie days) attracted more attention than others--a sure bet the line would be longer than usual.
More than 15 years ago, while serving in the Air Force, Chris Burnette decided he needed a hobby. Would fishing, woodworking or learning how to play the guitar work? Not for Burnette. “I was curious about how to make moonshine,” he remembers with a laugh. “So I called my grandma."
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: A performing troupe under the direction of a Leading Player presents the tale of a young man named Pippin for its audience. We are told that the story will unfold in a series of segments under such titles as “Home,” “Glory,” “The Flesh,” “Revolution,” “Encouragement” and “Ordinary Life,” followed by an all-stops-out grand finale in which Pippin will perform an act of derring-do.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, croons the golden voice of the late Andy Williams on radios and store sound systems every holiday season. Yet you may feel more like writing your own song: It’s the most crazy, busy, stressful time of the year.
Story: Walter Lee Younger lives with his wife Ruth, son Travis, sister Beneatha and mother Lena in a rundown, cramped apartment on Chicago’s South Side. It’s 1959, and Walter spends much of his time dreaming about a better life. He had an opportunity to go into business with a friend years earlier, but Ruth talked him out of it. That business subsequently flourished, leaving Walter frustrated with his job as a chauffeur but determined to move forward with plans for a liquor store.
With its wood floor, deli case, sandwich counter and plentiful selection of candies, Hanneke's Westwood Market and Catering was established in 1914. According to Glendale Historical Society, it is the oldest business in Glendale.
Millions of small businesses around the country are discovering that Small Business Saturday is a great way to kick-off the holiday shopping season. It also is a wonderful way for customers to support local small business and help boost their city’s economy.
STACEY ABELES has been hired as director of special events for the March of Dimes Missouri Chapter. She previously worked at Gateway to Hope and The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.
Remarkably, if you were to come across a wish list from 2013, many of the items would not be found on this year’s list. In one year, the technology/gadget landscape changed.
Imagine traveling back to a time when pristine French furniture and decadent Danish dinnerware filled stunning Scandinavian castles. With Davidson Scandinavian Antiques, the dream of owning these rare pieces for your own home can become a reality.
Story: The times are tough in County Kildare, Ireland, and business hasn’t been good at the convenience store run by married couple Aiden and Dee. In fact, they’ve been forced to rent out their house and move their family of four into the back of their small store to make ends meet.
The Amy Studebaker Design team transformed a pleasant, but nondescript second-floor bedroom into a glamorous lady’s dressing room, filled with antique and vintage French furnishings—or those that simply look the part. With its two east-facing windows, the room is bathed in morning light, making it a cheerful spot that’s ideal for putting on makeup and getting dressed.
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