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Business Briefs: April 17

Before and after pictures of The Big Chief Roadhouse in Wildwood, which is celebrating its 90-year anniversary in its historic building.


The Big Chief Roadhouse, 17352 Manchester Rd. in Wildwood, is celebrating its 90-year anniversary as a historic landmark. The structure dates to 1929 and has served multiple uses, from a cottage court to its current use as a restaurant with two full-service bars, separate dining room and a covered patio since 2012. Today, a 9000-square foot garden at the rear of the property provides fresh produce. The meats, sourced from local farms, are still cut and smoked in house. For more information, visit

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Sunnyhill, Inc. announced its new status as a Better Business Bureau [BBB] Accredited Charity Seal Holder. After completing a thorough review process, Sunnyhill has met BBB’s Standards for Charity Accountability. Standards ensure that an organization has proper governance and oversight, a method to measure organizational performance and effectiveness, sound financial stewardship and practices and complete and accurate fundraising and informational materials.

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The Home Builders Charitable Foundation [HBCF] presented a $15,000 donation to Abby Kim, donor relations manager, for Rainbow Village Properties. The donation will help fund an outdoor pavilion at Rainbow Village’s Wolff Community Center campus, which includes 13 accessible homes and 68 residents. The pavilion will be a safe and accessible space for residents, families and visitors. The Home Builders Association [HBA] is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The HBCF, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

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Pathfinder Church [formerly St. John’s Lutheran Church] recently celebrated the grand opening of its PlayDifferently Sensory Room with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house. The Sensory Room is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to help regulate a child’s sensory system and their motor system. The room currently is open during service times but will expand its hours to include Saturdays.


Michelle Tucker has been selected as United Way of Greater St. Louis’ next president and CEO as of April 2. Tucker previously served as president and CEO of Epworth Children and Family Services but has been active with United Way over 20 years as a member of its community investment committee and its Women’s Leadership Giving Society. She also held voluntary leadership positions as a cabinet member of United Way’s Charmaine Chapman – African American Leadership Giving Society, campaign chair of the Chapman de Tocqueville Society and co-chair of the 20th anniversary Charmaine Chapman Society Gala.

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Van Well

Alliance Technologies, LLC announced that Ellisville resident Michael Van Well has joined the firm as manager of client services. With 20 years related experience, Van Well will help manage IT and network management solutions for clients. He graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and is certified with the Information Technology Infrastructure Library Foundation. 

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David Steward II, current chair of the Nine Network Board of Directors, has been elected to the board of trustees of America’s Public Television Stations, a nonprofit organization supporting public television systems across the country, in Arlington, Va. Steward also founded The Lion Forge, LLC, a St. Louis-based, transmedia studio.


The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce hosts its 2nd Annual Blossom Bolt Run/Walk from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 at the intersection of Long Road and Edison Avenue in Chesterfield. The 5K [3.1 mile] run is an out and back course. A half-mile Sprout Sprint for children ages 10 and under begins at 9 a.m. Admission is $30 until April 19, and $35 on Race Day. To register, visit or call (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

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The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce hosts its general membership meeting, sponsored by West Newsmagazine, at noon [doors open at 11:15 a.m.] on Wednesday, May 15 at Wings of Hope, 18370 Wings of Hope Blvd., in Chesterfield. Jim Canada, of Alliance Technologies, will discuss networking; Leadership Chesterfield graduation also included. Admission is $30 for members; $35 for guests. A $5 discount applies for registrations through May 10; a $5 surcharge applies to day-of walk-ins. Walk-ins will not be guaranteed a meal. Register online at or by calling (636) 532-3399. 

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