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Business Briefs: Oct. 16


Barry Hyatt Jeweler in Creve Coeur is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

It’s a golden anniversary for Barry Hyatt Jeweler. But while the company is celebrating 50 years of exceptional customer service, its staff has more than 75 years of combined expertise in jewelry design and repair. “I grew up in my dad’s store,” said current owner David Hyatt, who is a third-generation jeweler. David took over the family business in February and is committed to maintaining the company’s dedication to traditional jewelry making practices. Stop in at 12360 Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur or check out hyattjewelers.com to learn more. 

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To help meet the dental health needs of children and adults, Delta Dental of Missouri awarded $116,000 in grant funding to four organizations in St. Louis. The grant funding was awarded to Give Kids A Smile [$75,000], St. Louis County Library Foundation [$10,000], Nine Network Public Media [$20,000] and Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri [$11,000]. 

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Havertys Furniture, located at 320 THF Blvd. in Chesterfield, opened in late August. Havertys was founded in 1885, and in its early history served St. Louis from 1891 to 1908 making deliveries in horse-drawn wagons. Today, the store continues its long tradition of offering hand-crafted furniture in a variety of styles from contemporary to mid-century modern to traditional and more. Stop in to view its showroom of furniture and home decór and learn about its free in-home design services.


Laura Ritthamel is the new executive director of McKnight Place Assisted Living & Memory Care. Ritthamel has been with The Gatesworth Communities since 2014. Ritthamel will now direct all day-to-day operations and oversee more than 150 employees. 

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Stacy Muehlher, who has worked in senior-living communities for the past 20 years, has been hired as The Gatesworth’s new director of leasing.

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Chesterfield resident Sue Wallace recently joined the USO of Missouri, Inc. as its director of corporate partnerships and major gifts. She previously worked for Aquinas Institute of Theology and Missouri University of Science & Technology.

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Tami Lash Brown has been named executive director of The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, which is scheduled to open in December. Brown comes to St. Louis from her position as general manager of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium in Ohio. 

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Missouri Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr has named Rep. Dottie Bailey to the Education Commission of the States. The commission serves as a partner to state policymakers by providing personalized support and helping education leaders come together and learn from one another.


State Rep. Bruce DeGroot has been honored with two legislative awards for his work to improve justice in the state. The awards, presented by the Missouri Bar and the Missouri Judicial Conference, are for DeGroot’s work during the 2019 legislative session. Additionally, both DeGroot and State Rep. Dean Plocher were recognized with a 2019 Legislative Award from The Missouri Bar. Each year, The Missouri Bar presents Legislative Awards to elected officials who have made significant contributions to legislation that affects the administration of justice and the integrity of the judiciary. 


The West St. Louis Chamber of Commerce hosts its general membership meeting from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 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.

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