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Business Briefs: Aug. 7


Smokee Mo’s St. Louis

Smokee Mo’s St. Louis is now open in its newest location at 110 Meramec Station Road in Manchester. The restaurant offers traditional smokehouse barbecue, as well as vegan barbecue. Kimmswick’s Blue Owl Bakery desserts are coming soon. To complement the vegan entrees, vegetarian and vegan desserts also are forthcoming. Holiday and event catering is available.


Gateway Design Studio, LLC, a professional planning, landscape architectural and environmental design firm located in Ballwin, announced the completion of the Pine Lawn Community Park project. The highlight of the project is the transformation of vacant, derelict buildings into the 3.3-acre Pine Lawn Community Park – a new neighborhood park and hub for community activity that includes a playground, walking paths and a multipurpose field. The project also includes the transformation of a half-mile stretch of Pasadena Boulevard into a new walkable environment with sidewalks, street medians, and a roundabout. 

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HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum St. Louis has announced that the Mid-America Transplant Foundation has donated $34,800 in grant funding to help support its Recycle Life Project. This new initiative is designed to educate and reinforce the importance of preventive care and healthy life choices, while introducing the topic of organ and tissue donation in a way that is fun and easy to understand. The grant funding will also be used to ensure that the program is accessible to all by providing hundreds of admission scholarships to low-income students. 


The Missouri Association of School Business Officials announced the election of Patty Bedborough as its new board president. Bedborough is the chief financial officer of the Parkway School District. She developed a zero-based budgeting process to ensure efficient use of resources through sustainability efforts and redevelopment of open positions. Bedborough received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her master’s in business administration from Missouri Baptist University. 

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Erika Schenk recently was elected to The Fulton School’s board of trustees. Presently the general counsel and vice president of compliance at World Wide Technology, Schenk also serves on the boards of the Missouri Historical Society, The Commerce Funds, CharacterPlus and Forest Park Forever.

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Alliance Technologies LLC has announced that Ballwin resident Curt Kinney has joined the firm as vice-president of business advisory services. As the leader of the new Alliance Business Advisors, Kinney brings four decades of business executive leadership and experience to area business owners. 


Balaban’s in Chesterfield will cease operations Aug. 10.

Balaban’s earned best of award of excellence for its wine cellar in the 2019 awards from Wine Spectator, the international magazine considered one of the world’s authorities on wine. In 10 years of operation in Chesterfield, Balaban’s has earned Wine Spectator awards each year with eight of those annual awards the best of award of excellence. The best of award of excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, appropriate to their cuisine and appealing to a wide range of wine lovers.  In other news, the restaurant announced July 22 that owners Brian Underwood and Steve McIntyre have sold the restaurant, which will cease operations on Aug. 10. Karen Halper, owner of Patty Long Catering, the Mahler Ballroom, Enchanting Embellishments and Mary Ann’s Tea Room, purchased Balaban’s and plans to move it back to its central West End roots.


The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce hosts its general membership meeting at noon [doors open at 11:15 a.m.] on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, 2645 Generations Drive. Bring your business cards for speed networking. Admission is $30 for members; $35 for guests. A $5 discount applies for registrations through Aug. 19; 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, Aug. 22 at The Wildwood Hotel, 2801 Fountain Place in Wildwood. 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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