September 2015 Around Town 1



Calling ALL Chesterfield pet owners; your pets want to be famous! To have your pet(s) featured in our upcoming annual “Pets” issue, please submit high resolution photos (2-4 photos) and a short bio on your pet(s.) Multiple pets may be submitted. Bios should include your pet’s name, age, breed, likes/dislikes and any other interesting information about your pet you wish to provide. Send photos and bios to Editor Libby Mullen at


Readers! We want to celebrate with you the recent passing (August) of Chesterfield Lifestyle’s First Anniversary. We will extend email invitations to 30 readers and their guests to attend a complimentary Happy Hour at Bishop’s Post on September 29th from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Email Denise Sundvold at with “Bishop’s Post Happy Hour” in the subject line.  An invitation for two will be emailed to readers whose names are drawn from the entries received. Don’t delay; send that email today and  you will be entered to have a chance to enjoy delicious comfort food, refreshing beverages, a prize drawing and an opportunity to meet and socialize with other Chesterfield Lifestyle readers, supporters and our staff.


“Welcome Club?”  What’s that?  Who are they?  What do they do?  Welcome Club-Gateway to Friendship is a social organization for adults who are looking to meet new people, make new friends and participate in fun local activities. The Club has been active in the St. Louis Metropolitan area for more than 20 years and members encourage Chesterfield Lifestyle readers and area residents to join in the fun.

Welcome Club is a social organization that also selects two local charities each year for which they raise money. Chosen charities for the fiscal year 2015-2016 are Rebuilding Together: St. Louis and Lafayette Industries. Welcome Club’s major fund raiser is a holiday luncheon and auction in December every year.

Monthly luncheons are held and feature a variety of speakers; the speaker for the September luncheon will be the Weatherbird artist from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Past speakers have covered a wide range of topics including differing areas of St. Louis history, decorating, fashion, feng shui and the history of baseball. Welcome Club is always open to new suggestions for speakers.

What are your interests? Book discussions? Bowling? Tennis? Playing cards? Mah Jong?  Antiquing? Day trips? Golf?  Welcome Club offers all of these activities and more. They have more than 15 card groups, two book clubs as well as bowling, tennis and golf groups. In the past couple of years they have enjoyed the Lantern Festival at the Botanical Garden, a guided tour of Busch Stadium, pool parties, winery trips, Super Bowl parties and a trip to Fairmount Park horse races.

For more information, please contact the Welcome Club president, Jean Hoskins at 314.307.7223 or or like them on Facebook. Welcome Club members are always looking to meet new friends.


Dr. Matthew Pennell is originally from Jacksonville, Illinois, but has called the St. Louis area home for the past four years. He graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science – Kinesiology. While finishing his undergraduate degree, Dr. Pennell served as a life coach and personal trainer for Strong Survivors, which is a rehabilitation program for cancer survivors.

After graduating from SIU-C, Dr. Pennell attended Logan University in Chesterfield, where he received a doctoral degree in Chiropractic. Following graduation from Logan, he joined Performance Chiropractic in Chesterfield. Performance Chiropractic serves as the official team chiropractor for the St. Louis Rams, St. Louis Blues and Washington University Athletics. Dr. Pennell interned in the process of completing his Master’s degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation in August 2015 from Logan University, and is currently interning with the St. Louis Rams Elite Football/Performance Academy in Chesterfield Valley.

In his spare time, Dr. Pennell enjoys playing golf and teaching boxing classes at Title Boxing Club in Rock Hill and Chesterfield. Recently, he became the youngest member of the YMCA West County Board of Advisors and joined the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce.

Matthew Pennell, D.C.

Performance Chiropractic

#4 West Dr. Suite 100

Chesterfield, MO 63017

P: 636.536.3622

C: 217.883.0846


Fall Festival: Family Conge

The Chesterfield community is invited to Barat Academy’s Annual Fall Festival Family Congé, on Friday, September 11, from 4-7 p.m. At Barat Academy Congé is a time to celebrate the opening of a new school year with the Chesterfield community in a carnival like atmosphere. Enjoy an evening of delicious food, music, carnival games, inflatables and the ever popular Food Trucks!  The Barat National Honor Society will host a blood drive to benefit the American Red Cross. For more information on this event visit:

BAE Mini-Mudder for Kids 4-14

Parents of young children are always looking for new and fun adventures around town. Head out to Barat Academy on September 26, to participate in a Mudder event that is just for kids aged 4-14. The BAE Mini-Mudder is an adventure obstacle race for kids that will test their grit and endurance, all while having the time of their lives getting dirty! Why should parents have all the fun? New in 2015, the Mudder offers a longer course and FOAM. The first wave begins at 11 a.m. and the event runs until the last wave finishes. Visit: to register and find information about this awesome event just for kids.


Orangetheory Fitness, the energizing group interval fitness concept that is sweeping the nation, will open its newest location on September 14th in the Drew Station center. Orangetheory Fitness is a one-of-a-kind, group personal training workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, Orangetheory Fitness’ heart-rate-monitored training is designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. Led by skilled instructors, participants use a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, SBT Suspension Training and free weights, burning an average of 900 calories per class. The result is the Orange Effect–more energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours post-workout. The studio is located at 1674 Clarkson Rd. To learn more, visit the location between 11 a.m.-7 p.m. during the week, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the weekend, or call the studio at 314.384.9025.


We apologize for an error that was made during the printing process in the “Decorate Close to Home” article in our August 2015 issue. The caption for the picture that features the executives of The Queens’ Jewels was incorrect. It should read ” Janine Vires & Candice Cherry.” Candice Cherry is the CJO (Chief Jeweled Officer)  of The Queens’ Jewels and Janine Vires is the CJFO (Chief Jeweled Financial Officer) of the company which makes unique and beautiful jeweled wine glasses. Check out the collection on Facebook @ The Queens’ Jewels.  For more information or to order, call 314.616.1904 or send an email  to:


August’s Mystery Picture is a photo of the red metal sculpture tucked away in the parking lot entrance to the U.S. Bank building at the northwest corner of Baxter and Clarkson Roads. It was so tucked away that for the first time, in over a year, no readers were able to correctly identify last month’s Mystery Pic.

A special thanks to all of our readers who took the time to write; keep those guesses coming!


Each month a Mystery Picture will be included at the end of Around Town. The Mystery Picture is a photo of something in Chesterfield; the picture may depict a close-up view or be taken from a unique vantage point. The answer to “What is it?” will be included in the next month’s issue of Chesterfield Lifestyle, along with a new Mystery Picture to solve. Readers are encouraged to submit one guess per month to The first readers to submit an email, correctly identifying the subject of the Mystery Picture, will be given the opportunity to have their name included in the next month’s issue.  Chesterfield is home to many hidden treasures, and we want to encourage you to always be exploring and discovering new things around town!