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Business Milestones: Through the Years

Business Milestones: Through the Years

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!

McCaughen & Burr Fine Arts, 175 years

As the oldest continuously operating art gallery west of the Mississippi River, McCaughen & Burr has a longstanding history of expanding and enriching the St. Louis art scene. “We have been blessed throughout the years to have managed to keep the gallery in the family,” says owner Scott Kerr. “Our clients, including private collectors, museums and institutions, have welcomed us into their families.”

Through the years, the Webster Groves-based gallery has worked closely with the city’s finest institutions and artists, including notable painters Charles M. Russell, Oscar Berninghaus and Joseph Meeker.

Today, McCaughen and Burr specializes in American and European paintings and prints from the 19th and 20th centuries, with a focus on works by local and regional artists.

The Service Bureau, 85 years

Three generations of area families have supported The Service Bureau.

The nonprofit stationery and fine gift shop offers custom-printed paper goods, home decor, jewelry and accessories at its signature storefront along Clayton Road in Ladue. The organization also provides dances for kids in sixth through 12th grades, with the younger grades receiving instruction.

Profits from the shop, as well as the dances, benefit local charities through the nonprofit’s foundation, which last year donated more than $82,000 to about 40 organizations, including City Academy and Aim High.

With St. Louis’ help, The Service Bureau continues to grow its shop, dance programs, and in turn, proceeds for local charities, notes executive board VP Maria Clifford. “We have many loyal customers who have gone to the dances as children, and then continued to support the shop in their adulthood by ordering stationery, wedding invitations and baby announcements.” 

Mari de Villa, 55 years

Generations of local families have called Mari de Villa home.

The senior-living community, founded by Joseph and Georgana Linneman in 1960, became Missouri’s first retirement center. What began as 26 rooms, now exceeds 140 rooms, and spans more than 22 acres in Town & Country.

The current campus offers all levels of senior care, from independent to assisted living, 24-hour skilled nursing, and memory care, as well as on-site amenities ranging from a private clubhouse to chauffeured transportation.

President Fred Wiesehan and his wife Mary Kay, who serves as VP, live on the property to ensure the highest level of service for guests. “What’s most rewarding,” Wiesehan notes, “is the high number of second- and third-generation family members who have become guests after their parents or grandparents were guests here years ago.”

Melanie’s, 30 years

For 30 years, Melanie’s has proudly served many of the same clients and their families.

The shop’s wide array of affordable statement jewelry and monogrammed accessories has made it a St. Louis favorite for daughters to mothers and grandmothers. “We offer jewelry, accessories and gifts—a good selection at great prices—tailored to our customers’ lifestyles,” says owner Melanie Bascom.

Staff members, who have serviced the shop for seven to 25 years, get to know the customers and what they want, Bascom notes. And those relationships have allowed the business to grow to larger locations four times through the years.

As Bascom plans to retire within a year, she will pass on the torch to manager Tamara Netsch. “Tamara came on board with us for her first job when she was 15,” Bascom notes. “She now has 16 years of retail experience, and will bring some new and exciting views to Melanie’s.”

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, 25 years

Locals and celebrities alike have flocked to The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis for elegant accommodations and exemplary service for a quarter of a century.

Since 1990, the luxury hotel has catered to VIPs with 300 upscale suites boasting private balconies that offer stunning views of the St. Louis skyline, and amenities ranging from gourmet meals to massage services.

Last fall, the storied establishment unveiled a luxurious million-dollar makeover of its ballroom, lobby and pre-function area. To further celebrate its anniversary, the hotel soon will offer a special Silver Anniversary overnight package, as well as a 25th-Anniversary Signature Martini, a special-edition Silver Afternoon Tea, and a 25th Anniversary event set for The Lobby Lounge.

With its award-winning combination of timeless tradition and modern luxury, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is poised to continue hosting local to national guests for years to come.

The Curtain Exchange10 years

For clients in need of custom curtains quickly, The Curtain Exchange of St. Louis is at your service.

The full-service design firm specializes in window treatments, curtains, shades, shutters and blinds. Peacock Alley bedding and custom bedding also are offered. “We also can help you with all aspects of your design projects, including custom pillows, furniture, rugs, paint selection and wall coverings,” explains owner Ellen Ross.

The Curtain Exchange continues to grow each year, providing design services to luxury condos in Clayton, as well as residents throughout St. Louis and across the country. “What sets us apart from other companies is that we can have custom curtains made in 10 to 14 business days,” Ross notes.

Savvy Surrounding Style, 5 years

Savvy Surrounding Style’s roots are deeply planted in the St. Louis community. The locally owned and operated company offers residential and commercial design services with clients’ style, scope and budget top of mind for every project.

Through working with local residents and businesses, and participating in special events, such as the Table Top Tour, the Holiday Walk and the Ladue News Show House, the design firm has garnered numerous awards.

Owner Diane Fogerty says the community has embraced Savvy’s design philosophy. “The community has used our design consultations to make their home uniquely theirs,” adds Becky Gale, director of operations and accounting. “Our high-end home furnishings always help complete the project.”

Other businesses celebrating a milestone anniversary this year include:

JA Glynn, 70 years

Stone Hill Winery, 50 years

A Growing Place, 40 years

YLANG YLANG, 30 years

Plaza Advisory Group, 30 years

Geotechnology, 30 years

Agape Construction Company, 30 years

Renaissance Financial, 20 years

Infinity Laser, 15 years

Bloomin’ Buckets, 10 years

Provision Living, 10 years

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