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Business briefs: July 5


PLACES

With a new name, décor and menu, The Rack House Kitchen Wine Whiskey, 5065 Hwy. N in Cottleville, is no longer simply a winery. Featuring upscale American comfort food, an extensive whiskey menu and a comprehensive wine list, it is a destination for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. The location also boasts a ventilated cigar lounge.

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Jess MIA Collections, a boutique specializing in sophisticated women’s apparel and accessories, recently opened at 6260 Mexico Road in St. Peters.

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The Battlegrounds canned food drive benefitting Operation Food Search.

The Battlegrounds recently held its ninth bi-annual mud race and collected 1,585 pounds of food for Operation Food Search. The donation is valued at more than $2,600 and represents enough food to feed 396 people for one day. Additionally, proceeds from the race, totaling $4,000, were donated to the nonprofit.

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In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, Easterseals Midwest partnered with Valvoline Instant Oil Change and raised $15,000 to raise awareness and support for children, teens and adults with autism.

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Employees from Cuirve River Electric Cooperative receive 2017 Tree Line USA utility award.

For the 16th consecutive year, The Arbor Day Foundation has named Cuivre River Electric Cooperative a 2017 Tree Line USA utility for its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care.

 

PEOPLE

Suiter

Murphy Company has promoted St. Charles resident Kevin Suiter, P.E., to vice president of estimating. Suiter is a registered professional engineer with 23 years of experience. Suiter currently serves as vice president of the St. Louis chapter of the Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association and is a longtime board member and former treasurer of the organization.

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Adam J. Smith, Cottleville resident and Allstate exclusive agency owner, has been named an Allstate Premier Agency for 2017 for having demonstrated excellence in delivering an accessible, knowledgeable and personal customer experience while achieving outstanding business results.

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The United Way of Greater St. Louis has added St. Charles resident Ed Bryant as its vice president of stakeholder engagement. In his new role, Bryant will oversee United Way’s youth development impact efforts through the programs Ready by 21 St. Louis and East Side Aligned. In addition, Bryant will serve as United Way’s liaison with national, state and local Missouri government entities and legislators.

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Brown

The Board of Trustees of the St. Charles City-County Library District announced the retirement of Library Director Jim Brown, who served as the district’s director for more than six years. He joined the District in 1984 as manager of the Kathryn Linnemann Branch and was named the manager of the Spencer Road Branch in 1989, where he served until his appointment as library director.

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Haney

Cedar Lake Cellars recently promoted Morissa Haney to wine manager.  Her responsibilities include hiring, training and supervising staff.  Haney will assist customers with their wine selection, as well as work directly with Cedar Lake Cellars’ culinary team to pair wine and food. Prior to her promotion, Haney served as assistant wine manager.  She has more than 15 years of food industry experience, including management and customer service, and has worked at Cedar Lake Cellars since 2010.  Haney is a certified pre-sommelier from the Mid-American School of Wine in St. Louis.

 

NETWORKING & EVENTS

The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries hosts a free Business After Hours for chamber members from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11 at Jan’s Travel & Cruise, 7326 Village Center Drive in O’Fallon. Appetizers and drinks provided. Register online; call (636) 240-1818 for more information.

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The Greater St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries co-host an Egg & Issues end-of-session legislative breakfast event at Whitmoor Country Club, 1100 Whitmoor Drive in St. Charles from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11. All St. Charles County legislators have been invited. Contact Scott Tate at scott@gstccc.com for more information. Cost is $20 for members, registration by July 7; $25 thereafter. Guest rate is $30.

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A Small Business Revenue Roundtable is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12 at Midwest Bank Centre, 1st Floor Conference Room, 2299 Technology Drive in O’Fallon. Panelists will facilitate a strategy sounding board for small- to mid-sized business owners and managers in attendance. Call (636) 530-3665 for more information.

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A NetSquared of St Charles County Meet-up takes is from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12 on Chic Lumber Co. & Design Center, 2625 East Terra Lane in O’Fallon. NetSquared gathers together nonprofits and activists, tech leaders and funders, and everyone who’s interested in using technology for social change. Ask questions and learn about websites, social media, software usage and discounts, and hardware and software technical help. The meet-up is free. For more information, call (314) 556-0656.

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A BIZ BREW meeting is from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12 at P. F. Chang’s Restaurant, 400 Lombard St. in St. Charles. Enjoy beverages, snacks and conversation with fellow chamber members and guests. Call (636) 946-0633 for more information. Free to attend, P. F. Chang’s offers happy hour specials.

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