Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Pottery Hollow moves to the heart of Downtown Kirkwood with its first Missouri location.
Pottery Hollow, a do-it-yourself art studio, is scheduled to open its first Missouri location Monday at 116 North Kirkwood Rd., next to the Rusted Chandelier and Dewey's Pizza in the location formerly occupied by Barry Sales Engineering, Inc. (Sign up here for the FREE Patch Newsletter to get business news delivered to your inbox.) Pottery Hollow customers select pottery and put their personal touch on items by painting them. Owner Travis Giger sees Kirkwood as a perfect location for the kid-friendly business. "Kirkwood is a great area to grow our business because of all the shops and small businesses. People walk around a lot and Kirkwood is very family friendly," owner Travis Giger said. Giger said kids ages 3 and up should enjoy the …
Friday, November 30, 2012
The restaurant moves into the space formerly occupied by Trattoria Branica in the Woodbine Center. Head chef and owner Paul Buzzetta talks about his approach to food and his new Kirkwood location.
Paul Buzzetta, head chef and owner of Sapore Italian Cafe, couldn't be happier with his decision to move his restaurant to Kirkwood. The restaurant opened its doors the week before Thanksgiving in the space formerly occupied by Trattoria Branica in Kirkwood's Woodbine Center. "I fell in love with this location," Buzzetta said. "It has the fountain, the patio and that local restaurant feel. It doesn't feel like a strip mall." Buzzetta reports that business has been good even though the restaurant has yet to advertise its presence in Kirkwood aside from a sign outside the eatery. Visitors to Sapore Italian Cafe can expect fresh ingredients and the knowledge that they are in the hands of an experienced and authentic Italian restauranteur. …
Sunday, November 25, 2012
The ripple effects of the collapse of Hostess Brands hit Patch towns around St. Louis as employees lost their jobs last week.
If your company said it must cut wages and benefits or it will go out of business, would you believe it? That is really at the crux of the drama that played out over the 10 days surrounding Hostess Brands, the makers of iconic bakery names such as Twinkies, Ho-Hos and Wonder Bread. That drama hit close to home in the days leading up to the Thanksgiving weekend when stores in Manchester and St. Charles that sell Hostess foods abruptly closed their doors, leaving employees wondering what would happen next. That came after news that the company could not come to terms with its bakers union. Without an agreement over 8 percent cuts in wages and 17 percent cuts in benefits, the company said, it would have to shutter its doors and liquidate the …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Kirkwood. "Downtown Kirkwood has been championing concept (of shopping local) for four years, but it's really gotten to be a much larger thing when American Express got involved and put some of their media money behind it," said Donna Poe, …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Antona Brent Smith, a Kirkwood resident and president and chief creative officer of a Kirkwood-based communications and marketing group, attended the award-winning program that supports diversity in corporate America.
Antona Brent Smith, a Kirkwood businesswoman and Kirkwood School District parent, was invited to attend the PhD Project Conference Nov. 14-16 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. The PhD Project is an an award-winning program to create diversity in management. The PhD Project was created in 1994 to address the severe under-representation of African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans in management by diversifying the front of the classroom-the business school faculty. A diverse faculty encourages more minorities to pursue business degrees, thereby increasing the pool of minority applicants for positions in today’s multicultural corporate environment. Qualified candidates are invited to this two and a half-day annual conference where…
Friday, November 16, 2012
A schedule of activities and list of deals offered by Downtown Kirkwood businesses as part of this year's Holiday Walk.
The Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District is hosting it's annual Holiday Walk Saturday. Fun starts at 9:30 a.m. when Santa pulls into the Kirkwood Train Station, and Downtown Kirkwood merchants are offering a ton of deals. Here's a look at the Saturday Holiday Walk specials and with information provided by merchants. Alpine Shop: 20% Off Almost Everything in the Store this Saturday for the Holiday Walk. (All weekend long, too!) BLUSH Boutique: 30% off all Outerwear & serving complimentary Apple Cider & Gingerbread cookies Brando Jewelry and Fine Handgoods: To keep your shopping peppy, we will be serving hot Cafe Kaldi (mmm... yummy...) in-store 10am-6pm. To keep your wee ones happy, we'll be making Paper Snowflakes! In-store with …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Personalization Station can put a memory on just about anything.
Since 1968, Arch Engraving has put a personal touch on items for businesses and organizations, like schools, sports teams and churches. But over the years, owner Bill Collier realized something. The personalization business, can be, well, more personal. Personalization Station, a branch business of Arch Engraving opened Oct. 26 at the corner of Kirkwood Road and Jefferson Avenue in the retail space formerly occupied by an AT&T store. "We've always been focused on businesses as as our main customer base," Collier said. "Over years, we've had a good number of consumer clients, but we never really marketed to them." The store, which is connected to Arch Engraving, can personalize anything for the everyday shopper. For instance, the store …
Each week, we will nominate a new restaurant for you to review, because you're the local expert.
When it comes to restaurants, Kirkwood, Des Peres, Glendale and Oakland have it covered. Many restaurants in the area are cherished community gems and the dining scene is always growing with new eateries. Each week in Friday Food Critic, we put a different restaurant on the chopping block. You tell us how you feel about it, what dishes are good, who has the best drink specials and so forth. This week's restaurant is One 19 North Tapas Wine Bar. To review this restaurant, simply click on its name. You'll be directed toward its community listing in our business directory, where you can rate them on a five-star system or write a personal review. Let the reviewing begin! Other Featured Restaurants:
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Residents will see a locally owned and operated pharmacy in the heart of Downtown Kirkwood.
Pharmacist Paul Hueseman is hard at work putting the finishing touches on the newest business to join Downtown Kirkwood's shopping district, Greentree Health Mart Pharmacy. The locally owned and operated pharmacy opens Monday at 9 a.m. The pharmacy will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be closed Sunday. The pharmacy is located at 301 South Kirkwood Rd. in the retail space formerly occupied by Hobby Station next to Grapevine Wine and Cheese. There is off-street parking behind the pharmacy and a rear entrance from the parking lot. Opening a pharmacy in Kirkwood is a dream for Hueseman. He is a lifelong resident of Kirkwood and graduated Kirkwood High School in 1992. In fact, …
Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to answer questions about healthy teeth and dental hygiene in the latest installment of Ask the Patch Pro.
It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comments section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions. This week, since Trick-or-Treaters just finished filled their bags full of sugary treats, we're talking all about healthy teeth. Patch wants to help you get your questions answered, but we needed some help. We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts: If you have a question for the dentists, ask below in our comment section and one of our experts will answer! If you consider yourself a local expert and would like to be added to the list, let us know! email@example.com