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Business Briefs: Feb. 6


Julie Bracewell

Julie Bracewell, owner of Home Helpers of St. Louis, for the fourth year in a row, has received the Best of Home Care Provider of Choice Award. This award is given to home care providers who receive the highest satisfaction scores from their current clients. As such, they are a best-in-class agency for quality in-home care.

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Dean Mutter

Dean Mutter has joined Nine Network of Public Media as vice president/chief development officer. He is responsible for managing funding development and implementing revenue models across Nine Network. Mutter will also manage client development for V9 Digital, Nine’s production studios, video digitization and film restoration center.

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Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, will become the 13th president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in early April. He has been the top professional leader of Federation since 2012. Prior to joining Federation, Rehfeld achieved distinction as a scholar. He was a tenured professor in political science at Washington University in St. Louis.


Electro Savings Credit Union donated $100 for every goal scored off a corner kick by the Saint Louis FC [Football Club] to the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Foundation, which improves soccer facilities throughout the area and provides equipment for youth soccer activities. Electro Savings Credit Union representatives presented the check for $1,000 in November.

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Employees of Chicken Salad Chick, 17215 Chesterfield Airport Road in Chesterfield

Chicken Salad Chick celebrated its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 15 at 17215 Chesterfield Airport Road. The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and West Newsmagazine were present for the festivities. This marks the restaurant’s 105th franchise after opening its first store by a single mom in 2008. The Chesterfield restaurant is the first Missouri location. 

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Cara and Ryan Dau

A fifth generation of the Dau family is taking over the day-to-day operations of the longtime West County furniture store located at 15424 Manchester Road in Ellisville. Ryan Dau, the son of current owner Paul Dau and great-great-grandson of company founder Ferdinand Dau, will serve as the company’s operations manager. His sister, Cara Dau, will serve as its customer relations manager. Paul and his wife, Theresa, will continue to own the company while shifting the operational responsibilities over to their children. Dau Furniture Company also is updating its brand to offer more price points and custom options. To launch this new chapter in the company’s history, the store will host a special Kick-Off Event from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.on Saturday, Feb. 9.


David Molina, executive chef and St. Louis Sugarfire Smoke House restaurant partner, turned two classic sandwiches, the Cuban and the Reuben, into a $10,000 culinary cuisine creation. Molina out-stacked nine other food champs to be crowned the 2018 World Sandwich Champion in the World Food Championships this past November. His creation earned him a spot to compete at WFC’s Final Table challenge to be held this spring. 

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VOYCE, a United Way agency, recently honored exceptional individuals in the field of caregiving at its Caregiver Awards Luncheon. Ninety-three caregivers were nominated for the awards. A total of 18 local people, including three women from West County, were given awards for their embodiment of compassion, care and respect for the rights of those receiving long-term care. The local 2018 Annual Caregiver Award recipients include Cindy Catlett, hostess, Friendship Village of Chesterfield and Deborah Christopher, LPN, MSW, GCM, clinical director Homer Schmitz Memorial Clinic, St. Andrew’s Senior Solutions. The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Cynthia Miller, dietary aide, Manor Grove.


The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce hosts its general membership meeting at noon [doors open at 11:15 a.m.] on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Top Golf, 16851 N. Outer 40 Road in Chesterfield. Admission is $30 for members; $35 for guests. A $5 discount applies for registrations through Feb. 15; a $5 surcharge applies to day-of walk-ins; walk-ins will not be guaranteed a meal. Register online at chesterfieldmochamber.com or by calling (636) 532-3399. 

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The West St. Louis Chamber of Commerce hosts its general membership meeting from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 at The Wildwood Hotel, 2801 Fountain Place in Wildwood. Chief Mike Krause, of Metro West Fire Protection District, will be the guest speaker. Admission is $25 for members; $30 for nonmember guests. There is a $5 surcharge for registration less than 48 hours prior to the luncheon and for walk-ins. To register, visit westcountychamber.com or call (636) 230-9900

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