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.

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.

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…

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.

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. 

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.     

Cheers to the New Year

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

Furry Fashionistas


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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fall into October

The changing of the colors from vibrant, summery greens to autumnal yellows, rusty oranges and dark reds. The shorter days spent at school and outside and the cooled-off weather after those dreaded dog days of summer.

October 2017 Around Town

Chesterfield police officers have designated a "safe exchange zone" in the city hall parking lot, which offers a meeting place for any legal exchange of goods or transactions. This zone is great to use for internet-initiated buy/trade/sell exchanges. Police officers say the area is well-lit and monitored by surveillance cameras. They add the zone often is used for amicable exchanges…

American Girl Outlet Sale

American Girl fans and those seeking doll-related holiday gifts were happy when Chesterfield Mall hosted an American Girl Outlet Sale from August 4-14. The sale offered significant savings on dolls, accessories and outfits. Chesterfield Mall shoppers photos by Teri Voyles.

Chesterfield Lifestyle Event

Goodie bags, appetizers, cocktails, prizes and music infused the party hosted by the Chesterfield Lifestyle team on August 30. 
Advertisers, readers and supporters gathered at Bishop's Post's patio in Chesterfield for a wonderful celebration of the magazine specifically inspired by the Chesterfield community!

109 Birthday Cupcakes

It's not every day someone gets to celebrate a "century" birthday, let alone more than that! But Ruth Brummel Stewart, a 23-year resident of Friendship Village Chesterfield, reveled in a community celebration and a whole lot of cupcakes for her 109th birthday on July 15.

What’s Brewing?

Slipping into autumn without sipping into it is tough for most people. So, let's take a peek at what new beverages are in store for October and upcoming colder months. Coffee brewed at Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company at 17211 Chesterfield Airport Road comes from high-quality green, unroasted coffees from farms and co-ops around the globe. Kaldi's baristas in Chesterfield proudly…

10 Things to Know About Storage Units

To make space in homes for upcoming holidays, October is an ideal time to box up and store items. Brian Wofford, operations director of Storage Masters at 16824 Chesterfield Airport Road, says now is a perfect time to "take back" attic space, extra rooms and garage.

The Perfect Tailgate

Just like playing a great game of football takes preparation, impressive tailgating celebrations and foods require strategy. Some people even consider tailgating a daytrip, which provides a little extra creativity pressure for organizers.

How to Carve Attention-Getting Halloween Pumpkins

The art of carving pumpkins gets more creative every year. Chesterfield residents are fortunate to have a local carving expert available for assistance at Art Unleashed Inc. This expert shares tips on how to whittle pumpkins that "will get your neighbors' attention."

What’s Your Style?

What's Your Style for Home, Decor, Festivals and Clothing? 

September is a super time to rethink the styles we surround ourselves with, and whether we'd like to make any adjustments or outright changes to coincide with the changing season. So how do you express yourself in clothes, your home and decorations? No matter your style, this issue has some tips…

AR Workshop Opens

AR Workshop, a new paint and wine DIY studio bar opened at 135 Chesterfield Towne Center. AR Workshop offers classes, private parties and retail shopping. Owners Anna White and Sarah Jones say canvas wall hangings, custom pillows, wood-framed signs and Lazy Susans are favorite class projects. Photos courtesy of AR Workshop.

September 2017 Around Town

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.

Parties Off the Parkway

During the summer, Chesterfield residents celebrated with Parties Off the Parkway in Chesterfield's Central Park once a month on select Thursday evenings. Events consisted of food trucks, spirited beverages, yoga, live music, farmers markets and art for kids. Each month focused on a different experience. Photos courtesy of the city of Chesterfield.

A Stylish Conversation

Style is not the same as fashion. Indeed, style is more important at Bespoke Apparel, where two generations of haberdashers are eager to assist men with custom clothing designed to make individual personas come alive. At Bespoke Apparel, stylish menswear reflects quality clothing items that are timeless and unique, not as fleeting as fashion wear tends to be, due to…

Home Sweet Fashionista

One of the most straight-forward places to start with home makeovers during autumn is the front door. "Homeowners really are unlimited in the statements they can make through the appearances of doors. But the majority of people have never bought doors before, so the task can seem daunting," says Mike Rachocki, owner of The Scobis Company, a Chesterfield-based custom wood…

Fall Fashion Picks

Velvet blazers are now a "hot," fall fashion clothing item. Sparkly boots are in style. Chocolate brown is the new winter neutral. And, Elle magazine asserts that fall 2017's top runway trends are "Americana vibes, a powerful way to wear red, and vintage-inspired everything." So, what do local women's clothing boutique owners also suggest for this fall?

Oxygen Therapy

Increasing numbers of patients are surviving cancer thanks in part to sophisticated and targeted radiation treatments. And although their cancer has been successfully treated, some patients experience adverse effects from radiation even years down the line.

Farm Fresh

In any previous year, a Chesterfield-associated article about farm fresh items obviously would have highlighted the city's iconic Rombach Farm and Pumpkin Patch. Alas, this summer, Rombach family members closed their operations indefinitely. For decades, the business at 18639 Olive Street Road offered produce, hayrides, children's activities, a country store and lots of photo ops. Through teary eyes, many Chesterfield…

Fall Festivals

Fall is an especially wonderful time to take in festivals. This month dangles choices of interesting events, all of which spark magic into the transition of a new season.

If You Can Read This, 
Thank a Teacher

With the celebration of local men in June and adventures in July, this summer already has been quite an eventful one. We had so much fun, it’s hard to believe it’s almost time for it to end. But, as the song goes, school’s out for summer (we’ll just go ahead and skip that next line declaring school out forever). And,…

Flat Out Fridays

Get ready to stomp divots at brand-new, nearby polo events. Exciting, first-ever Flat Out Fridays social polo matches were held during June at the newly opened Southern Spring Farms Polo Club in Eureka. Located at 2550 Highway FF, the club's spectator capacity is 2,000. 
Photos by Julie Brown Patton.

Lifelight Youth Theater Presented Suessical

Lifelight Youth Theatre presented "Seussical Jr." June 1-3 at Westminster Christian Academy, 800 Maryville Centre Drive in Chesterfield. 
Pre-show events included a Seussical carnival in the lobby and reception with local restaurants that Friday. Straight from Broadway, 
this musical was one of LifeLight’s biggest shows ever. Photos by Angel Stahr.


A "TRY-atholon" held June 17 perfectly encouraged kids ages 3 to 6 years to get active outdoors. Attendees brought their own bikes and helmets for a bike/run/swim competition at Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex. The swimming portion included an inflatable slide with a splash pool. Photos by Lisa Bobrzynski.

August 2017 Around Town

Dine and donate to a wonderful cause on August 24 during Saint Louis Crisis Nursery’s “Celebrity Waiters Night 2017.” At West County Center, three restaurants, BRAVO!, J. Gilbert’s, & McCormick & Schmick’s, are taking reservations for the annual campaign. All proceeds received in special red envelopes that night from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. will benefit the organization’s mission of…

Step Into the Soulful Music World of Local Live Artist Ted McCready

Professional entertainer Theodore "Ted" McCready first discovered music while shadowing his band music director father, singing in the church choir with his mother and strumming his first guitar chords during lessons from a school nun. Starting with playing piano at age 5, he picked up music naturally. The St. Louis native is now known as one of the best performers…

Attributes of Today’s Effective Teachers

"A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge and wisdom in pupils," proclaimed author and educator Ever Garrison. During annual back-to-school periods, memories surface of how those teacher-inspired compasses and magnets still guide adulthood decisions. But, given today's complex U.S. educational environment, what attributes do "good" teachers embody according to societal norms? And, what trends and…

Local Music Venues

Calculating the true benefit of live music within a community is somewhat like trying to place a value on spirituality. Music simply taps into certain creative parts of humans that need to be awakened once in a while, jolting us to live in the moment. After all, U2's globally revered lead singer Bono believes "music can change the world because…

Prevalence of Prediabetes and your Power to Prevent It 

You may consider yourself lucky if you’re not among the 9 percent of Americans who have diabetes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you are in the clear. An estimated 1 in 3 people have prediabetes. Health efforts have often focused on preventing diabetes, but we now know that even being prediabetic—a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than…


To celebrate the end of summer, why not hop aboard a train to relax and discover the fun of other Missouri cities wholly connected by the same whistles and wonder? Tuck away electronic devices and gaze at superb Show-Me sights, second by second, clack by clack. There's comfort in the rhythm of a train. It keeps stretching, and so does…