September 2017 Around Town 9

Midwest Regional Bank Opens Locally

Midwest Regional Bank recently opened a Chesterfield location at 17290 N. Outer 40 Road. Like MWR Bank’s other branches, this location has commercial and retail bankers and offers customers complimentary coffee and fresh-baked cookies in its Wi-Fi cafe. Midwest Regional Bank has operated since 1894 and has assets of $500 million-plus.

Play Your Art Out At SLTRC Studio

The First Friday Kids Club at the St. Louis Teachers’ Recycle Center studio within the Chesterfield Mall is available for free from 9 a.m. to noon the first Fridays of each month. Studio managers partner with Whole Foods Market on these select Fridays. To participate, stop by one of two Whole Foods Market locations—Town & Country at 1160 Town and Country Crossing Drive or Central West End at 4577 W. Pine Blvd.—to pick up a complimentary play pass.

Take the pass to the Chesterfield Studio on these dates: September 1, October 6, November 3 and December 1. Friday dates for 2018 are January 5, February 2, March 2 and April 6.

Children must be at least 3 years old to use this pass, and studio managers say the oldest person to play there so far has been 103 years old.

St. Luke’s Hospital 
Honors Desloge Family

The new outpatient services building on the west campus of St. Luke’s Hospital was named the Mr. and Mrs. Theodore P. Desloge Jr. Outpatient Center Building B in appreciation and recognition of the couple’s lead gift to the hospital’s Advancing Excellence with Exceptional Care Campaign. Construction of the $40 million five-story, 106,000-square-foot building adjoins it to St. Luke’s Building A, which opened in 2008.

Chesterfield Valley 
to Get Katy Trail Sculpture

A $15,000 grant from Missouri American Water was received by St. Louis ArtWorks to create and install a sculpture near Boone’s Crossing at the Katy Trail in Chesterfield Valley. Through a summer apprenticeship program called BloomWorks, teaching artists from St. Louis ArtWorks are training teens to create the sculpture, which will depict the Missouri River Watershed. Other partners in this project are Great Rivers Greenway and Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

Beyond Self Storage 
Goes Above and Beyond

West St. Louis County residents have a new storage company dedicated to state-of-the-art amenities, including drive-thru loading, 100 percent climate control and advanced security systems. Beyond Self Storage opened across from Chesterfield Commons and off I-64 at the Boone’s Crossing exit.

A variety of unit sizes is available to meet various household or commercial storage needs. Beyond Self Storage has an on-site professional management staff as well.

Chesterfield PR Firm 
Gets Top Designation

Solomon/Turner Inc., a multimedia St. Louis public relations firm located in Chesterfield, was named one of the top public relations firms in St. Louis for 2017 by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. This is the ninth consecutive year Solomon/Turner received this recognition.

New Bike Stop Café Serves Up 
Coffee, Eats, Rental Bikes

Cycling enthusiasts and hungry visitors now have a new spot at which to eat near the Great Rivers Greenway’s Chesterfield Monarch Levee trail. Bike Stop Café owners, the husband-and-wife team of Tony Caruso and Jodi Devonshire, opened their second location at Taubman Prestige Outlets. Their other eatery is in St. Charles. Now, the couple’s two food locations are connected by 18 miles of bike trails.

Bike Stop Café’s menu items include quiches, bread, vegan muffins and specialties, such as the Lewis & Clark wrap with feta, organic field greens, tomato, olives, red onion and pesto. Devonshire’s “famous recipe” healthy peanut butter balls also are available, and breakfast is served all day.

Chesterfield Mall 
To Host Vintage Days

Save the dates of October 20-22 for Vintage Market Days on the Chesterfield Mall parking lot, 291 Chesterfield Mall Drive. Participants can shop for vintage-inspired jewelry, clothing, heirlooms and repurposed items. Food trucks and live music are planned. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Adults are $5 each. Children 12 and under may attend the market for free.

See you at Taste of 
St. Louis September 15-17

This year’s Taste of St. Louis has exciting, new additions, along with crowd favorites: masterful battles on the Culinary Stage, interactive vendor exhibits, giveaways and the Kids’ Kitchen. One new offering is a pay-to-play fun zone for all ages.

For the first time in 13 years, event producers have an all-St. Louis music lineup with performances from Dirty Muggs, Grovethang, Jeremiah Johnson Band, Marsha Evans and The Mighty Pines.

“I couldn’t be happier about the musical talent we’re bringing to this year’s event,” event producer Mike Kociela says. “We have incredible musicians that cover all genres from rock, blues and jazz to pop, reggae, bluegrass and funk!”

The Music Stage, with its new location directly across from Restaurant Row, will be a primary festival focus this year. All shows will be free to attend.

As always, the Taste offers an impressive and eclectic mix of restaurants, hailing from The Hill to South City to Chesterfield to Clayton with delectables from Cork & Barrel Chop House, Ices Plain & Fancy, Sugarfire Smokehouse, Mission Taco Joint, Prasino, Aya Sofia Restaurant and Rock & Brews.

How about a trendy, high-end, handcrafted cocktail with your favorite bites? Favorite beers and fine wines also will be available.

Another new event is Vintage Market Days offering “The Village,” with one-of-a-kind art, creations, clothing and jewelry.