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Business Briefs: June 27


The Elegant Child celebrates its 25th anniversary.

The Elegant Child, 513 Strecker Road in Wildwood, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in early childhood education. Owners Debbie and Chip Rowland launched The Elegant Child after searching for childcare for their children. When they couldn’t find the right solution, they built it. The family-owned school has served thousands of families, and now, some of its first-time students are current teachers. 

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Mathnasium of Kirkwood is now under new management. Anton and Nina Makalintal currently own and operate Mathnasium of West County [in Town & Country], Mathnasium of Clayton-Ladue and Mathnasium of St. Peters-Cottleville. The Makalintals have enjoyed success of their locations and positive reviews from their customers.

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The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has selected the University of Missouri to receive a $1 million, five-year grant in support of the Inclusive Excellence initiative. As one of 33 colleges selected in 2018, Mizzou will contribute to the initiative by improving efforts to engage all students in science—regardless of their backgrounds.

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The first three Mercy-GoHealth sites opened to patients this month in Kirkwood Square at 10700 Manchester Road. The second and third locations – at 11445 Olive Blvd., near the intersection of Olive Boulevard and Craig Road in Creve Coeur and 409 Lafayette Center in Manchester – will open by the end of the month. All centers will be open seven days a week, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Mercy has announced that it will construct a new 70,000-square-foot, two-story, stand-alone cancer care center on the St. Anthony’s campus in South County at an estimated cost of $54 million. The facility will include a connector to the hospital and is expected to open in the summer of 2019.

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For the eighth consecutive year, St. Luke’s Hospital has received the Healthgrades 2018 Outstanding Patient Experience Award. The distinction places St. Luke’s among the top five percent of hospitals nationwide based on an analysis of patient experience data. 


Psychological Associates, a consulting company that applies behavioral science to business performance, recently named Jeff Lefton as chief operating officer. He has worked at Psychological Associates for nearly 20 years in various capacities. Prior to this position, he served as vice president of client services. Lefton earned his MBA in marketing, finance and entrepreneurship from Washington University in St. Louis – Olin Business School and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tufts University.

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Cedar Lake Cellars, located at 11008 Schreckengast Road in Wright City, recently named Angela Mazzola as its events manager. Prior to this promotion, Mazzola served as the winery’s events coordinator. She has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 10 years. Mazzola earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Fontbonne University.

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Ashwin Patel [center] receives the AACC Business Owner of the Year Award

The Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis [AACC] has recognized Seema Enterprises owner Ashwin Patel as the AACC 2018 Business Owner of the Year. Ashwin and his wife, Raksha, own Seema Enterprises and Seema World Travel. Patel also was involved in founding the Hindu Temple of St. Louis and Mahatma Gandhi Cultural Center in Town & Country. 

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Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm headquartered in St. Louis, has promoted three St. Louis team members. Rob Forney, AIA, LEED AP, was recently promoted from senior project architect and manager to director of healthcare and government. Jim Stotlar, AIA, LEED AP O+M, GGP, who joined the firm in 2015 as a project architect, has been promoted to project manager. He has diverse experience in federal, healthcare, commercial, education, retail and residential projects. Promoted to marketing coordinator, Sarah Kreider brings over nine years of experience in marketing and graphic design.

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United Way of Greater St. Louis has announced that Dr. Mark S. Wrighton, chancellor at Washington University, and Jeff Fox, chairman and CEO of Harbour Group, will serve as co-chairs of the 2018 annual community campaign.


The West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce holds a General Membership Meeting Luncheon from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., on Thursday, July 26 at The Wildwood Hotel, 2801 Fountain Place in Wildwood. Hear from surrounding cities on updates around the region. Admission is $25 for members, $30 for non-member guests. There is a $5 surcharge for registration less than 48 hours and walk-ins. To register, call (636) 230-9900 or visit westcountychamber.com.

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The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce holds a First Thursday Coffee on from 7:30-9 a.m. on Thursday, July 12 at Digital Doc, 16897 Chesterfield Airport Road in Chesterfield. Admission is free for members and $15 for non-member guests. Register online at chesterfieldmochamber.com.

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