Home Is Where the Heart Is

 The concept of home is different for everyone.  For some, home is where the family is. It’s the place where weekends were—or still are—filled with baby snuggles, bedtime stories and Saturday morning cartoons. The place where the smell of bacon and pancakes fills the air on Sunday mornings, "do your homework before you go outside" is a daily mantra and…

Chesterfield Lifestyle Readers’ Choice 2017 Celebration

Chesterfield Lifestyle Readers' Choice 2017 winners were celebrated on February 7. Hosted at a Lombardo Home display by publishers Kelley Lamm and Gordon Montgomery, attendees enjoyed wine tasting, hors d'oeuvers, desserts, music and caricatures. Winners, representing 40 categories, were voted on by readers. Photography by Emily Rose Studios.

March 2018 Around Town

After evaluating a sample of 86 Missouri cities regarding the four key dimensions of family life and fun; education, health and safety; affordability; and socio-economics, WalletHub’s analysts recently ranked Chesterfield as the fifth best city in the state for raising families.

Chesterfield Scavenger Hunt

Where in the world were these diverse, local sights spotted in Chesterfield? Can you identify them all? Have you seen them recently? Photography by Julie Brown Patton. 

Springtime Organization

As we march out of the winter, many people get that sudden urge to organize. It's like, once we see little wrens gathering nesting materials, we too focus on our own nests: our homes.

Staging a Home Helps More than Curb Appeal

Before placing a house on the market, a little staging can go a long way toward dramatically increasing its appeal to a broader base of potential homebuyers.

Infuse the Art of Fine Living

Transforming bookcases and wall shelves into stunning displays can come from accentuating collections, hobbies, artwork, functional accessories or treasured tchotchkes. Whether your style is contemporary, traditional or eclectic, the Mary Tuttles team at 17021 Baxter Road in Chesterfield can help locate perfect home decor touches, such as the eight items spotlighted here.

Hometown Dishes

The wide-ranging menu of Bishop's Post, 16125 Chesterfield Parkway W., 
is stocked with traditional cuisine that people crave, including steaks, pasta and comfort classics, such as fried chicken, meatloaf and three types of macaroni and cheese. However, the menu offerings also include seafood and fish dishes with contemporary and boldly defined flavors.

From Sailboats to Libraries

Jeff Carapella, the man anchoring Custom Woodwork at 16814 Hickory Crest Drive in Wildwood, always loved the beauty of wooden sailboats and wanted to build them.

Dinner and a Movie Star

Think about it—how many people have generated as much positive energy and change across the mainstream of our lives than Oprah Winfrey? Even when she decided to leave her award-winning talk show after 25 years to start OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, few people questioned her drive, perseverance and tenacity to continue to touch the lives of those around her on…

Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House’s Fairy Gardening Session

The annual Fairy Gardening session at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Faust Park in Chesterfield produced fun results! Basics of miniature gardening, plant selection and creative containers were shared, and fairy furniture was on hand. Photography by Sundos Schneider, courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden.

The Maker Movement

When you think of the word “maker,” what comes to mind?

Frisella Nursery Open House

Frisella Nursery in Defiance hosted an annual holiday open house. Children made 
ornaments, while adults participated in a planter design workshop hosted by floral 
designer Marian Benenati. The event featured music by jazz pianist Bob Pickering and Childbloom Guitar Ensemble while guests enjoyed goodies from the nursery's Caffè Angelina. Photography courtesy of Frisella Nursery.

February 2018 Around Town

Chesterfield residents Susan and Bob Snyder transformed into a wonderful "Mr. and Mrs. Santa Paws" for two full days to encourage and pose with working canines who participate in the touch therapy, service dogs and courthouse facility programs of St. Louis-headquartered Support Dogs Inc. The Snyders modeled with a variety of dog breeds, ranging from 3-pound Yorkies to 174-pound mastiffs. Additional…

Meet Three Local Chocolate Makers

Chocolate and Valentine's Day go hand in hand. But have you ever thought about what you'd do if you had access to scrumptious chocolate 365 days a year? Three area chocolatiers face this happy dilemma every day.

Best of Chesterfield

McArthur's Bakery Cafe
Four locations: 13700 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63017; 158 Long Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005; 3055 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63125; 210 N. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122

Dinner and a Movie Star

St. Louis has created many an artist in its last 150+ years, but few as renowned for roles in both television and film as the Mad Man himself, Jon Hamm.

Best Way to Get Preapproved for Home Mortgage Loans

As spring nears, more people become eager to purchase new homes. But along with the excitement of new homeownership typically comes the anxiety of getting a mortgage. Steve Strick, CEO of The Strick Group Powered by Gershman Mortgage at 16253 Swingley Ridge Road in Chesterfield, says he and his staff can help eliminate the guesswork of getting preapproved for such…

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

A New Year’s Change

Welcome to 2018. If you’re flipping through these pages and are wondering whether you’re in the right place, you are! With 12 fresh months at our feet, we’ve opted for a new year of renewal, reflection and change here at Chesterfield Lifestyle.

Chesterfield Holds 21st America Recycles Day

Clearing out for a new year meant Chesterfield's 21st America Recycles Day was another big success. Hosted by volunteers of the Chesterfield Citizens Committee for the Environment, hundreds of participants drove through the collection stations at Central Park this fall. Photography by Julie Brown Patton.

Stone Soup Galleries

Gifts, workshops, artists' receptions and original art parties can be experienced at Stone Soup Galleries, a coalition of regional artists at 263 Chesterfield Mall. Owned by jewelry artist Cory Lawson, the store reflects painters, ceramicists and photographers as well as glass and fabric artists. Photography courtesy of Stone Soup Galleries.

January 2018 Around Town

Chesterfield residents Bernice Thompson, 81, Hellen Carpenter, 81, and Dr. Will Carpenter, 85, were honored at the 15th annual Ageless Remarkable St. Louisans Gala sponsored by St. Andrews Resources for Seniors System.

Four Ways to Get Fit in 2018

Listed at the top of some New Year's resolutions are innovative workout concepts to mix up traditional training methods while still getting results and making fitness fun again. Options to consider include strength training, drumsticks as exercise tools, ropes and high-intensity interval options.

Dinner and A Movie Star

My professional acting career started when I landed the role of Leslie on "Smart Guy." Then, in 2001, I got my break in movies playing Yvette in "Baby Boy." 

Sym•Bowl’s Scrumptious Grain-Free Cookies

Thanks to Gregory Owens, chef and co-owner of Sym•Bowl eatery at 137 Chesterfield Town Center, for creating and sharing the following healthy cookie recipe. Along with co-owner Becky Schoenig, their three restaurants are known for locally sourced, fast-casual menu options that include paleo, gluten-free, autoimmune, vegan and vegetarian options.

Yoga to the Rescue!

Jennifer Hojnacki leads Valley Yoga, which she says has the most beginner-friendly yoga sessions in Chesterfield. Indeed, she and instructors at Valley Yoga specialize in gentle yoga and offer classes that benefit every body type, regardless of age, fitness level, size, flexibility or limitation. They provide yoga classes, private lessons and workshops, as well as a new student special rate.

New Year, New Looks

I tching to incorporate new decor or new colors into your home for the new year?

What’s Your Temptation?

There's always one constant that remains true about being a personal trainer: We're onstage at all times. Whether it's our physical appearance, attitude, knowledge or experience, we're rarely given the benefit of the doubt, which is rightfully so, given our profession aims largely around living a healthy lifestyle ourselves and helping others achieve that same goal. It goes back to…

The Missouri Immigrant Experience:  Faces & Places

Visit “The Missouri Immigrant Experience:  Faces & Places,” a new art exhibit in the Chesterfield City Hall lobby, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), until December 30. It's a collaboration with “Liberta: Sculpture Series” from Fine Art Ltd. and the Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates. Photography by Julie Brown Patton.

A Season of Giving

As we turn the page of this year’s calendar to December, it seems like it was just yesterday we were singing carols, unwrapping gifts and toasting to 2017. Now—as unbelievable as it may seem—it’s time to do it all over again.

Sixth Annual Barktoberfest

Four-legged and two-legged "party animals" enjoyed the sixth annual Barktoberfest hosted by Humane Society of Missouri 
volunteers at Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Doggie polka and costume contests yielded prizes, along with treats. Tickets benefitted the 
Rescued Pet Trauma Fund. Photos courtesy of Humane Society of Missouri.

December 2017 Around Town

Staffers at Coldwell Banker Gundaker Town & Country office hosted a mouse race event this fall to benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses. The races were held at the St. Nicholas Family Life Center. The event included a silent auction and mouse roulette. Through charity, Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home environment and resources to families who are in St. Louis…

Decoding the Holidays

‘Tis the season to be jolly, right? That is, until party season starts and we all have to not only find the time to pick the perfect outfit for our annual holiday shindigs, but we have to figure out what in the world to wear. Among office parties, ornament exchanges, Christmas cocktails at the neighbors, family dinners and more, the…


West St. Louis County's many festivities will put even the biggest Scrooge in the holiday spirit. 

Cheers to the New Year

"Let's toast to continued expansion of recreational opportunities in Chesterfield." —Councilmember Barry Flachsbart, Ward 1

Furry Fashionistas


That’s A Wrap

Like most things in life, presentation is key. Of course gift wrapping falls under this rule. Here's our 6-step life hack to wrapping like a professional. So say goodbye to amateur presents plagued with gift wrap gap or crumpled corners, and say hello to perfection.     

What’s in Your Cookie Jar?

When national Cookie Exchange Week occurs December 4-8, will you make your favorite cookie recipes? Because cookies come in all flavors, shapes and sizes, it can become addictive to trade them.

Giving Back Through Dogs

Beth Freeman is passionate about paying it forward. Her Saint Bernard therapy dog, Sasha, agrees and lives by that mantra as well. This devoted duo visits people of all ages in hospitals, long-term care facilities and at special events—people who need unconditional acceptance, hairy hugs and a few slobbers along the way.

Veterans Honor Park

Visited Chesterfield's new Veterans Honor Park yet? November 11 would be the perfect date to observe this special spot for remembering and appreciating those in the U.S. armed forces who preserve freedom. At 631 Veterans Place Drive, it's open during regular park hours. For information or to donate, visit VHP.Chesterfield.MO.US.

RISE St. Louis Business Conference

RISE St. Louis Business Conference was hosted September 8 at the Institute for Health Education at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield 
by West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce staffers. Keynote speakers included Chris Robinson and Richard Flint. 
Photos courtesy of Simply Organized, St. Louis.

A Time to be Thankful

Thankful: It’s a word that gets tossed around a lot this time of year, as November arrives and we begin realizing 2017 is drawing to a close. Although the month of November typically marks the winding down of the year, it's also a season of beginnings. Given that, a portion of this month's publication is devoted to some ideas about…

Keys to Aging Gracefully?

Experts accentuate that successful aging comes from accepting changes and finding meaningful activities. While turning older can bring emotional land mines and fear of losing independence, gerontologists indicate attitude truly matters regarding victory in aging.

10 Tips to Help Keep Joints Healthy 

As we celebrate each passing birthday, we all hope to be mobile and active and to maintain our independence and quality of life. Missouri Baptist Medical Center offers these suggestions:

November 2017 Around Town

Chesterfield resident Susanne Evens, founder and CEO of AAA Translation was selected as a 2017 Immigrant Entrepreneur award recipient at the St. Louis Mosaic Project’s annual award ceremony that celebrates St. Louis community leaders. She established her Chesterfield-based foreign language translation and global consulting firm in 1994, which now offers services in 150-plus languages.

Thanksgiving Traditions

"We have a wonderful family get-together, and I love to make a recipe called 'orange cranberry surprise.' We also look forward to my mother-in-law's pumpkin pie made from scratch," Betty says.

Senior Life Brings New Beginnings

People rarely outgrow a desire to be fashionable, so older life is the perfect time to perform a customized lifestyle makeover, starting with makeup and clothing. Hyper-trendy items that change with seasons may not seem appealing, but fashion is more than trends.

Young Chefs

Autumn becomes an amazing time to teach children a greater appreciation of baking and cooking.

Boutique Realty

Ever since Boutique Realty's team moved their office to Chesterfield three years ago, they've spread strong roots and have been making a huge splash in the real estate market with their modern, technology-centered, creative and service-oriented approach to real estate sales.