Bridging the Gap Between Donor and Nonprofits

Charitable-minded individuals want to help those less fortunate while supporting causes dear to their hearts.

Cocktails Are Go!

Matt and Beth Sorrell run a fun business focused on the chemistry of mixing drinks. Their passion for fine libations started with delivering in-home cocktail tastings, parties and events. The couple now executes their "Cocktails Are Go" magic through bartending services, teaching classes, consulting with bar and restaurant owners, handling personal liquor shopping for clients and conducting libation education programs.…

5 Helpful Tips for Realistic Budgets

Gather numbers. To create budgets, examine habits, discuss with a professional financial adviser, and think like a business wanting "profit" left once everything comes in and goes out. Use your pay stub to calculate your take-home after subtracting health insurance, 401(k) and taxes. Next, determine expenses from housing, food, daily commutes and recurring costs. Subtract those recurring costs from take-home pay. 

In 2020

When experiencing setbacks, don’t spend unnecessary energy dwelling on them. Beating yourself up for perceived failures will not help you succeed. Pick yourself up and reset your mindset. If it helps, say, “I forgive you; you'll do better next time,” out loud to yourself. Start over each day in a fresh way. Check out a book regarding forgiveness at Chesterfield's Library. 

The Magic of Winter

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. And time sure has flown by this year as we can’t believe we’ve put together the final issue of Chesterfield Lifestyle in 2019! It seems like just yesterday we were sitting down to write our January letter to all of you—talking about resolutions and renewal—and … Continued

December 2019 Around Town

Wings of Hope Partners With Samaritan Aviation Serving New Guinea Chesterfield-based Wings of Hope, the humanitarian, non-profit aviation charity based at Spirit of St. Louis Airport, now is partnering with Samaritan Aviation to serve the basic medical needs of the people of Papua, New Guinea. Samaritan Aviation uses floatplanes to run medevac missions. The SA team answers emergency … Continued

Kindness, Respect Model Graces New York City

Local model Grace Strobel has been to the Big Apple and the Windy City lately, living her dream as a model. She appeared on The Today Show with co-anchor Hoda Kotb, was a guest emcee for the Susan G Koman Fashion Show sponsored by Ola Hawatmeh, and will be an Obagi Ambassador in their marketing campaign for SkinClusion.  

Saettele Jewelers Celebrates 73 Years in St. Louis

Saettele Jewelers marked its 73rd anniversary with the future in mind. Co-owners Gus and Gary Saettele hosted a multi-million dollar inventory sale at 279 Lamp & Lantern Village, and raffled a fabulous Hearts On Fire diamond necklace valued at $4,500. “It’s important to stay current,” says Gus Saettele. Gary Saettele says the sale enabled room for their new collections 

Chesterfield Police Offer Explorer Progam

Chesterfield Police Department officers provide a Police Explorer Program for those between the ages of 14-21. During Explorer classes, students get specifically planned and supervised opportunities to learn the skills it takes to be a law enforcement officer while being in an enjoyable, supportive environment. Anyone interested in this free program should email CommunityAffairs@Chesterfield.MO.US. Photos courtesy … Continued

Dogs & Décor: A Special Ethan Allen Support Event

The Ethan Allen team at 16860 Chesterfield Airport Road just hosted their first-ever Dogs & Décor event in support of The Feral Companion, a no-kill organization that specializes in shy, feral dogs that often don't do well when thrown into traditional control facilities or shelters. All raffle sales and donations at the event went directly to The … Continued

Spirit of St. Louis Airport Founder Dies at Age 90

Paul Haglin, founder/developer of Spirit of St. Louis Airport, died on Oct. 17 at Delmar Gardens-Chesterfield. He was a McDonnell-Douglas aerospace engineer, and an avid private pilot. He used his inheritance to buy the land and develop the airport in the area of Chesterfield known as Gumbo, which opened in 1965. St. Louis County purchased the airport in 1980.

Local Company Owners Clean Homes of Women in Cancer Treatments

Jordan and Carly Black, owners of Two Maids & A Mop of Chesterfield, recently partnered with the nonprofit Cleaning For A Reason to provide free home cleanings to women and their families undergoing cancer treatment. For more details, call 636.259.2656.

Stéphane Denève

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s new music director-designate, Stéphane Denève, arrived in the Gateway City to open the symphony's new season in September. As the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s 13th music director, he's leading the second-oldest orchestra in the United States. It's been more than a decade since a change in the group's directorship occurred.

Holiday Trip to New York

It seems like it's always "showtime" in New York City. And one local theatrical enthusiast enjoys leading visitors there to show off The City That Never Sleeps, especially during the December holiday season. 

Seniors, Family Feel at Home in Wildwood

As difficult as it is to witness, parents do get older. And there may be a time when you have to consider an assisted living, or a memory care facility. With such a difficult transition, for both parents and adult children, one property is doing its best to make this life change as seamless as possible.

Dinner + a Movie = Date Night

With the holiday season upon us and families coming together from both near and far, what better way to take a break from all the shopping, gift wrapping and constant cooking before Santa arrives, than to enjoy a night out with Dinner + a Movie! And whether a night out is just the two you, or with the whole family in tow, there is a “happening…

Dinner + a Movie = Family Night

With the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season right around the corner, we think now is the perfect time to slow things down a bit, surround yourself with family, and friends, and enjoy a quick and easy meal that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

The Life of a Hometown Hero

When most people hear the name Albert Pujols, several things come to mind. He is one of Major League Baseball’s greatest players; he led the Cardinals to two World Series championships; he signed the world’s 10th-largest sports contract ($240 million) with the Los Angeles Angels before the 2012 season, leaving the St Louis Cardinals after 11 successful seasons. But according to…

It’s Not Just About Baking—It’s About Tradition

The end of the year is all about family and tradition. For Cathy McReynolds, CEO and owner of Lacefield Music, making her orange cut-out cookies brings her back to her childhood and baking with her mother and sisters during the holidays.

How to Read More Books

Reading more books is a goal I set for myself this year. I have a habit of playing on my phone before bed, so I decided to start reading 10 pages a night.  Here are five simple tips that have helped me with this goal!

Thanksgiving Confessions

 Cory Lawson Stone Soup Galleries  One year, my sweet potato casserole caught fire in the oven and came out charred black. That's when I learned putting marshmallows on sweet potatoes was like putting fuel on your casserole!  Shannon Smith Cancila Special School District of St. Louis County teacher and Marquette High School 

November 2019 Around Town

Ready to Trot Before Turkey? The official 20th Annual Chesterfield Turkey Trot is a great way to exercise before indulging in big meals. The 5K run for all ages begins at 8:30 a.m. with a 3.1-mile loop course of Chesterfield Parkway and around Chesterfield Mall.  Long-sleeve T-shirts are guaranteed to all registrants who sign up … Continued


As November rolls around, we’re eagerly awaiting the approach of Thanksgiving, the holiday season and time spent with our loved ones. The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us—remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished in months past; looking back on turkey disaster stories, mornings watching the Thanksgiving Day parade … Continued

Midwest Vein Center and Medical Spa Launches In Chesterfield

Midwest Vein Care and Medical Spa staffers recently held an open house with giveaways, refreshments, demos and specialists addressing products, services and treatments for varicose and spider veins, skin tightening and wrinkle smoothing. Giveaway winners included Tara Loveless with a Tribella package (valued at $2,500) and Nicole Manley, who won 20 free units of Newtox and an Epionce skin care basket.

Maryville University Hockey Center Opens in Chesterfield

The Maryville University Hockey Center opened with a ribbon-cutting, facility tours, free public skating, food and games. Maryville University is the largest leaseholder of the facility, which is owned/operated by the Chesterfield Hockey Association. Additional hockey team users include Chaminade College Preparatory School, Saint Louis Priory, Marquette, Lafayette and Parkway West high schools. Photography by GiGi Wagner Photography

Time to Shine: Humane Society of Missouri

Attendees had a howling good time at the spectacular Glow in the Park Balloon Glow Dinner at the Great Forest Park Balloon Race benefiting the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Fund. The event provided luxurious front-row seats to the Balloon Glow. Guests also enjoyed cocktails, dinner, live music and a silent auction. Photography by Mike Bizelli

A Special Relationship Takes Flight

Surrounding the recent Spirit of St. Louis Air Show and STEM Expo in Chesterfield, Her Majesty’s Government and Her Majesty’s Armed Forces spent significant time investing in building economic, diplomatic and military connections on the ground and in the sky.

Autumn Adventures

For years when a bit of a different twist is desired for November festivities, a number of interesting "Show-Me" destinations await. Consider exploring how various pockets of Missourians honor and celebrate this holiday season. 

Adapted Homes for Heroes

Specially adapted, one-of-a-kind smart homes to be constructed for two, regional catastrophically injured policemen were announced Sept. 11 at TAC Air in Chesterfield. The homes are made possible by actor/humanitarian Gary Sinise’s (“Lieutenant Dan” from the 1994 hit movie Forrest Gump) foundation and his Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment (RISE) program.

In the Kitchen with Emmy Lou Styles

In a rush for breakfast this month because of busy fall schedules? Don’t skip breakfast! Chesterfield life and style blogger, Emily Martinez from Emmy Lou Styles shares this quick make-ahead "Sheet Pan Pancake" recipe that the whole family will enjoy!

Tracking the Tastes of Italy

Is it really an Italian meal if pizza or pasta isn't included? Well, in Sicily, Italy, they might say memorable meals center around olive oil from olives plucked from their yards, fresh-baked bread, sausage-eggplant sandwiches, swordfish and really great wines from hand-picked grapes. 

Backstoppalooza Brings Big Benefits

Backstoppers’ representatives put on another amazing concert and annual party at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. This incredible event now will be known as “The Ed Nestor Memorial Backstoppalooza,” in honor of Chesterfield Police Captain Ed Nestor, who not long ago lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Backstoppers’ funding goes to family members of regional, fallen heroes … Continued

Welcome, Officer Celia Saavedra!

Chesterfield officials and residents recently welcomed the city’s newest police officer, Celia Saavedra. Officer Saavedra has prior experience in law enforcement.

Mobile Fall Desserts

St. Louis's "original cupcake on wheels" anchors from Sarah's Cake Stop in Chesterfield, but the business's truck can be seen in a variety of regional spots via Sarah's Cake "Stops."

Food, Glorious Food!

Are you hungry, Chesterfield? We’re sure you will be when you read—or should we say devour—this issue, the most drool-worthy one of the year: the Foodie issue! We love to indulge and scour the streets to be introduced to the most delicious places, people and plates. We found plenty of material to fill these pages and feed your soul. … Continued

Modern Beverage Brands

Products of a regional beverage manufacturer are featured in more than 25,000 restaurants, hotels, casinos, bars, clubs, universities, institutions and vacation venues around the United States.

Your Boobtique

As a real estate appraiser, Jaime Zografos is used to being detail-oriented. As a breast cancer survivor, Jaime learned the true value of harnessing strength together with others. So, now she's pooling her experience to give back to other women and their supporters by providing a nonprofit for cancer survivors, an online store for items that are helpful after breast…

Worth the Trip to Cottleville

Chef Carl McConnell and his wife, Nancy, searched for many years to find the perfect location to open their intimate, fine-dining restaurant. Nestled in the heart of historic Cottleville, Stone Soup Cottage took root in 2009, and Carl and Nancy opened their doors, set their tables and welcomed their diners into a unique culinary world to explore—one that changes every 30…

Mentoring for Independence

Imagine finishing high school with high hopes of success but being completely on one's own at age 18 without the support of parents or a family to provide guidance toward achieving future goals.

Brunch + a Matinee = a Day Date!

We are switching it up in the month of October, as with the chillier weather heading our way, maybe we should venture out to enjoy Brunch + a Matinne = a Day Date!

Falling for Plaid

October is here! And with it comes chilly weather, colorful leaves, and cozy fires to snuggle next to. But, the change in weather does not mean you have to redecorate your entire house to fit with the season.

Living Large with Lamborghini

There's no doubt about it—when a Lamborghini sails by, heads turn.

Dinner + a Movie = Date Night

Dinner + a Movie = Date Night is sending you out for an evening of unforgettable ambiance and old-world charm. Let's start our evening off right, at a very nostalgic steakhouse in Frontenac.

Luxury Apartment Living

The proof of satisfaction is truly in the varied details deliberately infused into the new Watermark at Chesterfield Village apartment complex. Some would even call it resort-style living!

Sprinkling Style into Events

Brian Bax, owner of Bax Illustration started drawing caricatures in 2006 while working at Six Flags-St. Louis in a booth owned by Tom Richmond, who is an illustrator for Mad Magazine. Brian then decided to set the standard for live event caricatures by creating a uniformly talented group of artists. Now he has a growing team of 20-plus caricaturists in St. Louis, Kansas City, Memphis and San Diego.

September 2019 Around Town

Chesterfield’s Own Ninja Chesterfield Police Department’s own Officer Johanna Flushing was set to appear on American Ninja Warrior on NBC in July. The Ninja Warrior competition she participated in was taped in Cincinnati, Ohio. She made it to the Ring Swing, but her run didn’t make the final episode. Regardless, she’s a local ninja hero. Local Girl … Continued

Styles in September!

In the fashion world, the September issue is the most anticipated arrival of the year. It’s the unofficial first look at this season’s fashion trends and predictions for the upcoming year. It’s the issue fashionistas can’t wait to get their hands on. So it is with much excitement that we present you, dear reader, with … Continued

Fifty Cheers to The Old Spaghetti Factory

Have you seen The Old Spaghetti Factory’s limited edition, 50th-anniversary commemorative glasses that are free when purchasing regular-sized Italian cream sodas? Dine at the Chesterfield restaurant, 17384 Chesterfield Airport Road, established in 2004. Also available for kids 12 and younger is the Spaghetti Factory’s Kid’s Birthday Club, including their free birthday meal. PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE OLD … Continued

Experienced New Regional ZipTour Yet?

Have you experienced Hidden Valley Resort's new ZipTour in Wildwood? Guests can explore the whole property on a ZipTour or take a scenic lift ride on weekends and walk down to the lodge on one of the designated paths. Guests can see the Gateway Arch from the top! Reservations can be made online. Photos courtesy of Hidden Valley

Cardinals Swing for Charitable “Big League Impact” in Chesterfield

St. Louis Cardinals' Adam Wainwright and his teammates hosted a community fundraising campaign at Top Golf, raising $52,000. A total of 200 people attended, including 18 Cardinals. Operation Food Search was one of the beneficiaries. Waino and teammates are supporting the #AllWin campaign, pledging $1,820 per regular season win to Crisis Aid and Operation Food Search. Photos by Valdez Photography