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.
So much beer news! In honor of their 23rd anniversary, the folks at Schlafly have unveiled a new brew, Imperial Topaz IPA. The beer was introduced at a pair of recent anniversary parties at The Schlafly Tap Room and The Schlafly Bottleworks.
Take a moment and ask yourself: Have there been times—as you were going about your day—that you felt dizzy, or felt a sudden pain, but then ignored it in favor of finishing the tasks at hand?
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?
Just because there’s a chill in the air doesn’t mean you can’t still get out and support local purveyors. The Schlafly Farmers Market at The Bottleworks in Maplewood is moving indoors for the winter months for all of your local shopping needs. Shop from 8:30 a.m. until noon on the following Saturdays: Dec. 20; Jan. 24; Feb. 28; and March 28. More info is available at schlaflyfarmersmarket.com.
Many spectacular parties have been immortalized in books. From The Great Gatsby to Pride and Prejudice to Little Women, get-togethers live on inside their bindings. Now, take your nose out of the novel and experience a real-life celebration surrounded by books: The St. Louis Public Library’s (SLPL) 150th anniversary celebration will kick-off at the upcoming A Novel Affair Gala.
Story: Bo lives a quiet but adventurous life with her parents in the middle of nowhere, somewhere in New Mexico. The “Land of Enchantment,” however, can be challenging for the home-schooled Bo, who yearns for amenities such as indoor plumbing and modern communication devices.
There are those in this world who dream to no avail, and then there are those whose dreams become reality—even if only for a while.
Perhaps you purchased the right painting at the right time. That is a possible outcome of investing in collectibles—and so is having a basement full of Beanie Babies.
Sara Tenenbein’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37. That alone was a red flag for Tenenbein, a writer and blogger. After discovering that she carries an inherited mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which is linked to increased risk of ovarian and breast cancers, Tenenbein opted for a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction in order to reduce her breast cancer risk. She also revamped her lifestyle to support ongoing health and wellness.
The St. Louis area is packed with historic dwellings and buildings. We recently spoke with Landmarks Association of St. Louis executive director Andrew Weil to find out more about some of the properties the organization protects.
The ‘ballet barre’ used to be just for dancers. And it was no coincidence that those dancers had amazing bodies. Now, an increasing number of women and men are discovering ‘barre workouts,’ which bring the principles of dance movement to an exercise-class environment. Yet experts emphasize that barre workouts are not just for people with dance experience.
In support of the expansive, publicly funded St. Louis County Library (SLCL)—which includes its headquarters and 19 branches—there is the SLCL Foundation, which works to fill in gaps in funding and other resources.
"You become the victim of identity theft just by living in the world," says Detective Andrew Soll, a certified fraud examiner with the Saint Louis County Police Department. "There are lots of things you can do to protect yourself. I shred all my statements and I'm really careful. But if Bank of America gets hacked--or the IRS gets hacked--then, your information is out. Or if your card was swiped at P.F. Chang's or Michaels, and it was sold on the Internet for $8--there are a hundred ways for your identity to be compromised."
Location No. 2 of Mission Taco Joint is now open for business at 908 Lafayette Ave. in Soulard. The new spot features the same menu of hand-crafted, south-of-the-border fare as the original restaurant in the Delmar Loop.
You can hit two birds with one stone, but what about a family's worth of footwear in one shopping trip? According to fourth-generation family business Laurie's Shoes, the answer is yes, and the time to strike is now, during the back-to-school season.
This month’s column marks a milestone: the first time we review two cars that are purely electrically powered. What makes this even more remarkable is that both cars are sophisticated, stylish vehicles offering everyday practicality—and even a decent helping of performance.
You can have a will without a trust, but not a trust without a will—and you surely can have assets without either plan, but it is not advised. Does the world of estate planning leave you a bit bewildered? We asked local attorneys to specifically weigh in on trusts.
People are living longer, often creating more time to enjoy retirement. But with these additional golden years also comes the need to finance them. That’s why local financial advisers remind older adults that it’s never too late to plan for retirement.
The first-ever summer edition of Clayton Restaurant Week (CRW) takes place Monday, July 14, through Sunday, July 20. The participating establishments include Bar Napoli, Bocci Wine Bar, Cardwell’s, C.J. Muggs, Coastal Bistro & Bar, Crushed Red, Jimmy's On The Park, Oceano Bistro, Pomme Café & Wine Bar, Pomme Restaurant, Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar, Roxane, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. Each restaurant will offer a special three-course dinner promotion for a fixed price of $25 per person, plus tax and tip. CRW patrons also have the option of adding a $5 ‘Extra Helping’ donation to their dining bill to benefit Operation Food Search. More info is available at claytonrestaurantweek.com.
Make plans to attend the St. Louis International Children's Film Festival this summer. Two former St. Louisans are the featured guests: Brad Schiff (Coraline, The Boxtrolls) and Shawn Krause (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Up).
St. Louis may be known as a sports town, but Jill McGuire says that the Gateway City should be thought of as something else—an "arts town."
Northwestern Mutual is much more than an insurance company. Throughout the past 20 years, the firm has significantly expanded its capabilities to deliver comprehensive financial planning in addition to its solid, 150-year foundation of insurance management.