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One of these days, Laura Dierberg-Padousis vows she’s going to find the time to learn how to cook. For now, her only ‘specialty’ is macaroni and cheese. You see, even though she’s a member of one of the prestigious grocery family names in St. Louis, she’s been a little busy since she graduated from Villa Duchesne in ’93.
Ample space, high ceilings and top-of-the-line finishes are the norm for homes landing in the multi-million dollar market. Homes sitting on a double-lot can have even more appeal. Forty minutes outside of St. Louis sits an estate made for any luxury neighborhood, featuring one large perk most definitely not available in the city: 154 acres.
You’ve been working hard to achieve your financial goals, dreaming of the days when you will be able to enjoy retirement. But are you doing enough now to ensure you can maintain your accustomed lifestyle into the future? Here, local financial advisers share the most important factors when it comes to setting aside money today for a brighter tomorrow.
Five years later, the real estate market is bouncing back. After overcoming the high foreclosure rates of the 2008 recession and its unstable aftermath, area experts and residents again are showing signs of confidence in the housing market.
Stored away in bins, at the back of racks or deep inside display cabinets are those hidden gems the most stylish of people always seem the find—that scarf no one else could pull off, those distinctive earrings, that lust-worthy bag. If it’s uniqueness you’re after, shopping at vintage, resale or consignment stores may be the missing piece of your shopping routine.
Any city is bound to have a few desirable nooks and crannies, but according to these real estate professionals, St. Louis is jam-packed with ideal neighborhoods. Before you buy, see which areas these agents prefer and why.
After the initial veil of financial hysteria lifted, the economic chaos of 2008 made a little more sense. Area professionals, as well as recent study results, weigh in on what we should do from here.
Let's face it. Nobody really knows which investments are going to be sure-fire winners. Even the savviest financial gurus tell horror stories about seemingly reasonable ventures that inexplicably went south.
You voted, we listened! Ladue News readers know what they like; and with this year's Platinum List, you've made your voices heard. This list compiles the best of St. Louis.
With the enactment of the American Taxpayer Relief Act on Jan. 2, your 2013 tax return may look very different from last year’s. We asked local tax and financial experts to share some reminders for 2012 and advice for maximizing your tax outcome in 2013.
In a whirlwind of just five short years—and four locations—business partners Maddie Earnest and Patrick Horine have made their mark on the St. Louis food scene with Local Harvest Grocery, Cafe and Catering.
Money can be an uncomfortable, negative or even taboo topic for families. So when it comes to parents telling their children about an inheritance, local financial advisors say ‘the right time’ is different for every family.
From hors d’oeuvres to decorations, these local party planners and caterers offer their recommendations for the perfect autumn gathering.
St. Louis husband-and-wife team John and Kelley Barr have opened a second store on Maryland Plaza in the Central West End. The store will operate in the Maryland Plaza location at least through December 2012.
You submit your 2011 tax return and eagerly await the refund coming your way, contemplating all the possible ways to use the money. But don’t get too excited—while receiving a large tax refund may seem like a monetary windfall and bonus to your finances, it’s actually not a great idea from a planning point of view, says Delo Advisors owner Sherry Delo. “Just think about who has the money for an entire year—the federal government. It has no opportunity to increase in value during that time and is not a great way to save money.”
Nick is a second-tier American investment banker being held hostage by Islamic militants. So, Bashir, his primary captor contact, decides a $10 million ransom must be paid, even though Nick says he can only come up with $3 million.
History will note that the Busch beer barons were always at home in St. Louis, and now the next generation, William K. Busch, is trying to make some history of his own. His William K. Busch Brewing Company rolled out its signature brands last fall with Kräftig Lager (pronounced Krehf-tig) and Kräftig Light. From everything I’ve heard—and tasted, I might add—Kräftig (the German word for ‘powerful’) is on its way to being a huge success.
Stanley and Arlene Browne, owners of Robust Wine Bar, have lived in University City for eight years. Arlene works as marketing/public relations professional and Stanley, a certified sommelier, is the wine columnist for Ladue News. The couple has two children—Molly, 6, and Max, 3.
When considering a home renovation, the kitchen can be the room in the house that provides the largest return on investment. And because St. Louis has been a traditional market when it comes to the heart of the home, tried-and-true design elements are strongly recommended by local experts.
I’m noticing a certain phrase sneaking into our vocabulary. It pops up in almost every conversation, regardless of the topic. You can be debating which fast food menu item is the healthiest or kvetching about a boring workout. You can be chit-chatting about the stock market or trying to remember the name of the band that sings that stupid song that’s been running through your head for a week. The response is always the same: There’s an app for that.
Black currant, vanilla, cedar, chocolate and mint; full-bodied, structured and robust: These are words which commonly describe cabernet sauvignon, the varietal that has come to be known as ‘the noble grape.’
It’s the final week of 2011, and I, for one, am ready to ring in 2012. Everything this year just seemed a little out of whack. Yes, the Cardinals won the World Series, but even that seemed a little hinky—as if Loki were skipping through the outfield blissfully making players drop balls. The weather was wacky, the stock market was crazy, black was white, up was down.
Opening a business is never easy. Then, the money, sweat equity and the stress of trying to establish a profitable endeavor is enough to discourage anyone from keeping their doors open. That’s why we are celebrating the history and secrets to success of several local companies who have reached milestone anniversaries in 2011.