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Business Briefs: Nov. 1

By: Emily Redington


FOB Cottage Florals, located at 272 Lamp and Lantern Village in Town & Country, is celebrating 15 years in business. Owner Kay Wallace takes pride in offering finishing touches to help customize clients’ homes. FOB Cottage Florals specializes in artfully designed, custom, permanent botanical floral arrangements for the home or office. In addition, the boutique offers fashion jewelry, wall decor, lamps, tables and tabletop accessories.

Owner Kay Wallace of FOB Cottage Florals

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USA Mortgage/DAS Acquisition Co. LLC recently hosted a golf event at Greenbriar Hills Country Club that raised $15,000 for the KeiraStrong Forever Foundation, an organization that focuses on supporting families who are confronting pediatric cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.

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St. Luke’s Hospital has received seven five-star ratings in the areas of cardiac care, critical care, gastrointestinal care and surgery, and pulmonary care from Healthgrades. According to the national hospital quality study, St. Luke’s achieved five stars in 2017 for its quality in valve surgery, coronary interventional procedures, heart attack treatment, pneumonia treatment, colorectal surgeries, bowel obstruction treatment and respiratory failure treatment.

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Datra Herzog, owner of The Inn at St. Albans, has selected KemperSports to manage her St. Albans holdings. Located adjacent to land overlooking the golf courses at The Country Club of St. Albans, The Inn serves as a private event and boutique lodging destination. The firm also was selected to manage The Country Club of St. Albans, which is recognized as one of the premier private clubs in St. Louis.

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Balaban’s has received its third consecutive three-star rating from The World of Fine Wine as well as a Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator for six consecutive years. Balaban’s ranks as one of only two restaurants in Missouri to win both awards for three consecutive years.

Balaban’s owner Brian Underwood


Creve Coeur resident Ed Schmid recently joined Meramec Valley Bank as a vice president in the commercial lending department. He specializes in small business financing and investment property lending. Schmid has worked in banking for nearly 36 years and has held various positions. The role at Meramec Valley Bank allows him to focus on the community and helping smaller businesses that often are not eligible for loans from larger banks.

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Advanced Practice dermatology nurse and business owner, Dr. Cynthia Ann Fleck, recently was awarded the President of the United States Gold Medal Volunteer Service Award for providing the community and nation with over 800 service hours in less than 12 months. Fleck, a Creve Coeur resident and Chesterfield native, has served on the board of directors of The American College of Clinical Wound Specialists and the Save a Leg, Save a Life Foundation as well as the Department of Health & Human Services advisory board for Southeast Missouri State University. She is president and CEO of Cynthia Fleck & Associates, LLC, a medical/surgical/biotech/legal consulting firm located in St. Louis.


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Creve Coeur-based Hubbard Radio-St. Louis Vice President and Market Manager John Kijowski recently was named one of Radio Ink’s Best Managers in 2017. He was recognized for the award based on the success of the stations and properties he manages, including New Country 92.3, 101 ESPN, 106.5 The Arch and 2060 Digital. Kijowski was the only St. Louis radio professional recognized with the 2017 award.



A First Thursday Coffee is from 7:30-9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2 at Accelerated Wealth, 14755 N. Outer Forty Road, Suite 514 in Chesterfield. The event is free for chamber members and $15 for guests. For more information, call (636) 532-3399 or email info@chesterfieldmochamber.com.

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A CCW [Connecting Chamber Women] cooking class event at Dierbergs Market, 1080 Lindemann Road in Des Peres, is from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2. Learn how to lighten up your seasonal parties with some healthy appetizers. $36 for chamber members; $42 for non-members. For more information, call (636) 532-3399 or email info@chesterfieldmochamber.com.

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A First Friday Coffee is from 7:30-9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 at Costco, 301 Highlands Blvd. Drive in Manchester. Members and non-members are welcome to attend. Contact Deb Pinson at (636) 230-9900 or dpinson@westcountychamber.com for more information.

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A Chesterfield Young Professionals meeting is from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at Amp Up Action Park, 13901 Manchester Road in Town & Country. $25 for chamber members; $35 for guests. Price includes go-karts and laser tag. Ropes course available for an additional $8.

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The West St. Louis County Working Warriors veteran’s group meets from 9-10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at The Sheridan at Chesterfield, 16300 Justus Post Road in Chesterfield. Members and non-members are welcome at this free networking event. Register online at westcountychamber.com or call Deb Pinson at (636) 230-9900 for more information.

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A West County Young Professionals happy hour is from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9 at Walnut Grill, 1386 Clarkson-Clayton Shopping Center in Ellisville. Members and their guests are welcome. There is no fee; individuals pay for their own lunch. Register online at westcountychamber.com or call Deb Pinson at (636) 230-9900 for more information.

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