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…

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

Back-to-School Fashion

Back-to-school season is a smart time to buy staple clothing and accessories that integrate effortlessly into existing wardrobes. However, it's also a time that some kids stress about exactly the right looks and outfits to have. Consider the following current fashion tips and trends before heading to school.

Lunch Box SOS

How many times have we stood in our kitchens the night before, or the morning of school for our children, silently pleading with ourselves to come up with a lunch that's both healthy AND creative? For those who would like their children to be delighted when opening DIY school lunches, read on!

Innovative Realty Team Opens in the Valley

One of the region's highest-selling realtor teams, the Kathy Helbig Group, opened the newest realty boutique firm in Chesterfield Valley at 703 Long Road Crossing Drive, Suite 5. Called Experience Realty Partners, the group specializes in residential buyers and sellers, applying personal approaches and innovative marketing techniques.

Star Wars Themed Bicycle Charity Spin

Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals hosted a Star Wars-themed bicycle charity spin on May 4 at CycleBar Chesterfield to benefit humanitarian and aviation nonprofit Wings of Hope. Since 1962, Wings of Hope's pilots have delivered food, medicine and resources to the world's poorest citizens, flying out of Chesterfield. Photos by Lauren Schultz.

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Dive into the pages of any good adventure book—or into the screen of a movie at the local theater—and you’ll quickly be immersed in captivating stories. You’ll be pulled into worlds of wizards fighting dark magic, pirates trying to seize control of ghost ships, a quest for revenge on a whale, a 1,100-mile hike for self-discovery and healing, the visit…

July 2017 Around Town

The city of Chesterfield recently received the highest ranking for the 2017 Best Cities for Seniors to Retire within the United States. The designation is based on analyses of 1,662 U.S. cities and towns by consumer data company GoodCall.

2017 National School District of Character

Parkway was named a 2017 National School District of Character, making it one of only four U.S. school districts honored with this recognition. Selection criteria is based on 11 principles of effective character education that reflect academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and community engagement. Photos courtesy of Parkway School District.

Starry Night

ummer nights sweep in clear skies that beckon stargazers of all ages. Finding a truly dark spot from which to view the cosmos is essential, and there are a couple of Chesterfield locations that fit the bill. Because it can take 40 to 60 minutes for human eyes to fully adapt to seeing in the dark, plan starry outings accordingly.…

Ranch Home Ready!

A fabulous atrium ranch home in pristine condition is waiting for someone to select it pronto at 1054 Keystone Trail Drive in Chesterfield because it's exceptional and move-in ready! It's easy to adore this house starting from the outside, given its professional landscaping on a half-acre lot, incredible decks, corner pergola and lovely lower patio. The yard is already outfitted…

Fly High in Chesterfield

Brave enough to swing from a trapeze? It's possible to do so in Chesterfield from 25 feet in the air at TrapezeSTL. Circus Harmony, a nonprofit organization that uses circus arts to motivate social change, opened St. Louis’ only Flying Trapeze Center this May for its second season at the Chesterfield Athletic Club, 16625 Swingley Ridge Road. Anyone who is…

With Just One Twist, You Could Have A Torn Meniscus

For those who have torn their meniscus, the telltale signs can present themselves in multiple forms: a popping sensation, swelling or stiffness, pain when twisting, bending or rotating the knee, difficulty straightening the knee, a sensation of the knee "giving way" or feeling as if the knee is "locked" in place.

Welcome Your New Publishers of Chesterfield Lifestyle

Because Chesterfield provides such an abundance of neighborhood opportunities and events spanning so many interests, it's easy to see why its citizens care deeply about the area and enjoy it so much. The two new publishers of Chesterfield Lifestyle are equally passionate about this community.

Summer Bucket List

Because July has 31 days, following are 31 Chesterfield-centric activities to explore for the month, or fit in over the rest of summer.

We Scream for Ice Cream

Delighting in ice cream flavors of cool mint, brownie batter, blackberry tart, blueberry sorbet, caramel fudge éclair, pistachio and yellow cake is a surefire sign it's truly summertime! Whether one gravitates to regular, nonfat, low-fat, no sugar added or low carb for ice cream, frozen yogurts, sorbets or smoothies, delectable options exist in and near Chesterfield.

A Great Month to be a Guy

As June arrives, we realize we’ve nearly made it through half the year—and wonder how that could be possible! It feels like just yesterday we were thinking about New Year’s resolutions and Valentine’s Day gifts. Now, we’re planning for summer—long days and warm nights, grilling, pools and everything else the year’s middle months bring along.

What You Need to Know About Concussions

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury often caused by impact to the head, neck or face. The injury is often caused by shaking or jarring of the brain inside the skull or from a force transmitted to the head from contact elsewhere on the body. Sports injuries are often associated with concussions. However, they can also occur after…

Choose Your Brew

Mix-and-Match the Perfect Six Pack for Summer

do it yourself

We're in love with Ben Uyeda, creative director/genius of #HomeMadeModern. He has an entire website (HomeMade-Modern.com) full of modern design projects that don't break the bank. Here's one of our favorite, a simple stool. Perfect for any room in the house, durable and affordable. Music to our ears.

Aunt Dru’s Old Fashioned Banana Bread with a Twist

One of the smells that remind me of my home is my Aunt Dru's banana bread. I make this when I want to bring back memories of my childhood, and I am sure it will for you as well.

Driving Forces

Graham Hill is the driving force behind the St. Louis Motorcars sales team. Born in 1962 in England, Graham moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1985. His first job in the American car business was with The Steering Wheel, a Maserati dealer on Sunrise Boulevard. In 1987, he answered a job advertisement and joined Bentley and Rolls-Royce Motorcars in Fort…

The Taste of Summer

Photography by Carly Ciardullo Watermelon Margaritas Makes: a pitcher of 6-8 drinks ingredients:  1 cup tequila 1/4 cup cointreau 2.5 cups of cubed seedless watermelon 3 cups limeaid 1 cup club soda juice of 2 limes garnishes: fresh jalapeno slices salt & sugar (equal parts) mixed for the rim lime wedge Place the watermelon into … Continued