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Business Briefs: Dec. 2

PLACES

Heavy Smoke opening
Owners Chris Schafer and Chad Brewer celebrated the grand opening of Heavy Smoke BBQ’s first brick-and-mortar location with a ribbon cutting on Friday, Nov. 6. (Source: GSTCCC)

Heavy Smoke BBQ, located at 4270 North Service Road in St. Peters, opened for business on Nov. 6. The business began its life as a competitive BBQ food truck in 2017 and this is its first brick-and-mortar location. They offer both dine-in or carry- out options.

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Peggy O’Neal’s Consignment Gallery recently opened for business on Nov. 9 at 1650 Bryan Road in Dardenne Prairie.

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Swade Cannabis has opened for business at 146 Jungermann Road in St. Peters. They offer locally grown, hand-harvested and cured flowers. Their staff can provide guid- ance, product recommendations and educa- tion on cannabis use at the client’s pace.

AWARDS

Mercy Health has been named one of the ‘Most Wired’ organizations in health care for the 17th year, according to an annual digital health survey developed for information technology health care execu- tives. Mercy also earned Level 9 rankings in acute, ambulatory and long-term care categories, indicating it performs in the top 9% of 30,000-plus health systems sur- veyed, according to the College of Health- care Information Management Executives. The group’s annual survey assesses how effectively health care organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.

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Cedar Lake Cellars Winery recently donated $1,500 to the Mid America Teen Community Emergency Response Team, whose members have volunteered for years at the winery’s events to help ensure visitor wellness. The Mid America Teen Community Emergency Response Team is a 501(c)(3) public charitable organization that has earned the distinction as the No. 1 Emergency Preparedness Youth Program in Missouri, and No. 1 Child and Youth Emer- gency Preparedness Program in America. Their members are trained in providing emergency medical aid, searching for and rescuing victims, assisting people with spe- cial and functional needs, preparing for acts of terrorism, and collecting disaster intelli- gence to support first responders.

PEOPLE

Hotel development, management and investment firm Midas Hospitality recently promoted Nora Harris to director of sales at its Courtyard by Marriott St. Peters location. Harris will focus on maximizing profits while ensuring customer satisfaction for new and existing clientele. Harris previously served as the hotel’s senior sales manager.

EVENTS

The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and Industries holds its membership luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at Whitmoor Country Club, 1100 Whitmoor Drive in St. Charles. Registration is $20 in advance; $25 after the Friday before the event and includes lunch. Preregistration is required online at ofallonchamber.org or by calling Cathy Bounds at (636) 240-1818. Social distancing will apply.

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The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual awards and recognition luncheon 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday Dec. 16 at Whitmoor Country Club, 1100 Whitmoor Drive in St. Charles. The event will recognize volun- teers, incoming/outgoing board members, and Susan Sommer will be passing the gavel to incoming chair, Tanner Smith. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for guests. Register early to receive $5 early registra- tion discount. For more information, email Lori Tainter at lori@gstccc.com.

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