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Business Briefs: April 3

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St. Louis-style barbecue restaurant Smokee Mo’s is under construction with plans to open this spring in Manchester. Located off Manchester Road, just a block west of Hwy. 141 at 110 Old Meramec Road, it offers traditional barbecue fare, but will have select items specific to this new location. It offers whole hog catering and will serve Blue Owl Restaurant desserts. 

PLACES

Recently, Total Access Urgent Care [TAUC®] served its millionth patient. Emergency medicine physician Dr. Matt Bruckel founded TAUC in 2008 with a mission to provide fast, friendly and affordable healthcare in every community. After serving over one million patients and expanding to 21 communities, TAUC helped over 280,000 patients in 2018. 

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Representatives from St. Louis Attorneys Against Hunger present a $25,000 check to Meals on Wheels of Greater St. Louis.

St. Louis Attorneys Against Hunger, an initiative of The Bar Association of St. Louis [BAMSL] distributed $75,000 to three organizations that help feed the hungry in the metropolitan region.

The BAMSL Board of Governors donated $25,000 to each of the three recipients. The following accepted the donations on behalf of their respective organizations:

 • Jane Nix, president, Meals on Wheels of Greater St. Louis

• Lucinda Perry, director of strategic initiatives, Operation Food Search

• Mary Kitley, chief development officer, St. Patrick Center

 BAMSL and the Saint Louis Bar Foundation in 2017 initiated the St. Louis Attorneys Against Hunger program, which unites lawyers in the St. Louis community to help in the fight against hunger in the area. BAMSL Secretary Hon. Carol Jackson chairs the St. Louis Attorneys Against Hunger Committee.

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On Sunday, March 10, St. John Church celebrated its name change to Pathfinder Church with a ribbon-cutting and an unveiling of the church’s new logo and heritage wall. The church, located at 15800 Manchester Road in Ellisville, has been named as one of America’s 100 Fastest-Growing Churches  by Outreach Magazine. 

Pathfinder Church unveils its new logo at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 10.

PEOPLE

Lewis Rice welcomes Lindsay S. C. Brinton and Meghan S. Largent to its St. Louis office. The two attorneys will lead the Firm’s Fifth Amendment Takings & Eminent Domain practice. Their primary focus is representing landowners across the country to pursue takings claims – often what is commonly referred to as rails to trails takings – against the federal government.  Additionally, Brinton will represent clients in litigated and non-litigated business disputes and Largent also will focus her practice on appellate litigation and commercial disputes.

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Marsha Benney, CPA, has been promoted to chief operating officer of Midwest BankCentre. Benney previously served as executive vice president-chief risk officer. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business/management from Southeast Missouri State University and belongs to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Risk Management Association. Benney also serves on the Grace Hill Women’s Business Center advisory board and on Fontbonne University’s cybersecurity and computer science advisory board.

EVENTS

The Town & Country-Frontenac Chamber of Commerce hosts its general membership networking luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 at Cooper’s Hawk, 1146 Town & Country Crossings. Admission is $25 for members; $30 for nonmember visitors. To register, visit tcfchamber.com or email twildman@charter.net.

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The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce hosts its general membership meeting at noon [doors open at 11:15 a.m.] on Wednesday, April 17 at Old Hickory Golf Club, 1 Dye Club Drive in St. Charles. Ameren will present on IT Security and Ransomware. Admission is $30 for members; $35 for guests. A $5 discount applies for registrations through March 22; 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, April 25 at The Wildwood Hotel, 2801 Fountain Place in Wildwood. Jeff Koziatek, founder and president of Core Authenticity, 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, call (636) 230-9900 or visit westcountychamber.com.

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