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Business: Now open in Chesterfield

Sandy Kessler (third from right) and the staff of the Sandy Kessler Agency.

Sandy Kessler (third from right) and the staff of the Sandy Kessler Agency.

Now open in Chesterfield

Members of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce assisted in a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration on Oct. 17 for the Sandy Kessler Agency, a new State Farm Insurance office that recently opened in Chesterfield. The agency is located at 15539 Chesterfield Airport Road, just east of Long Road.



Friendship Village has  named Jill Frein as project manager to oversee expansion and renovation projects at its Chesterfield and Sunset Hills senior living communities. At Friendship Village Chesterfield, Frein will oversee development of a new villa triplex along Olive Boulevard and will initiate combining apartments in existing buildings.

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Janie Evans has joined Pulaski Bank Home Lending as vice president and senior loan officer at its Creve Coeur office, located at 1 Pulaski Center Drive. Evans, a St. Louis native, brings more than 21 years of mortgage lending experience to the position.



Puppingham Palace, a new business offering daycare for dogs along with grooming services, a pet boutique and private event facilities, has opened in Wildwood. A grand opening celebration will be held at the facility and parking lot, located at 16540 Manchester Road, from  noon-4p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8. The public and their pets are invited.

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Balaban’s, located in the Dierbergs Marketplace at Clarkson and Baxter roads, marks the fifth anniversary of its reopening in Chesterfield with a series of special events this month, beginning with a Chateau Montelena wine dinner to be held on Sunday, Nov. 16. The restaurant also celebrates its 40th anniversary, having opened as Café Balaban in 1972 in the Central West End.

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First Bank has become the new bank at the JA BizTown “mini city” in Chesterfield. A longtime supporter of Junior Achievement programs, First Bank’s sponsorship continues its commitment to teaching children about entrepreneurship, personal finance and work readiness.



The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) honored three area leaders in medicine and business at the 2014 Alvin K. Stolze Humanitarian Award Dinner, held Oct. 25 at The Sheldon Concert Hall. Mercy President and CEO Lynn Britton and Dr. Robert Bergamini of Mercy Children’s Hospital were presented with Medical Legacy Awards for their commitment to treating childhood cancers; Larry Otto, president of Bank of America in Missouri, received the organization’s Philanthropy Award.



The West County Chamber of Commerce holds a First Friday Coffee on Friday, Nov. 7, from 7:30-9 a.m. at Lindenwood University’s Wildwood Campus, 16743 Main Street. Members and non-members are welcome. Members may register online at; non-members should call the chamber office at 230-9900 or email Deb Pinson at

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The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce  holds a Business After Hours networking event on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 5-7 p.m. at the Homewood Suites Hotel, 840 Chesterfield Parkway West. The event is free for chamber members and $15 for non-members. Visit  to register or contact the chamber office at 532-3399.

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Civic group Progress 64 West hosts the 27th Annual Excellence in Community Development Awards Banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 26, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 16625 Swingley Ridge Road in Chesterfield. “Passing the Torch to a New Generation” is the event’s theme. Tickets are $85 per person, or $695 for a table of eight; several levels of corporate sponsorship also are available. To register and pay, visit and click on the registration link; for information about sponsorships, visit the website or contact Jim Susman at 314-997-3390 or


Countryside MontessoriCelebrating 50 years

Jenifer Hanser, owner and director of Countryside Montessori School, and her staff are celebrating the school’s 50th anniversary in 2014. Countryside offers a variety of Montessori-based early education programs for children ages 8 weeks through kindergarten. The school is located at 12226 Ladue Road in Creve Coeur.



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