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Business Briefs: March 24


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Celebrating Rec Hall STL’s grand opening are owners Mark Musselman, Luke Wade and Chris Honstain (center) along with St. Charles City and County officials, members of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce and other dignitaries. (Source: GSTCCC)

Rec Hall STL has opened their new facility at 800 S. Duchesne Drive in St. Charles.  Rec Hall STL features lawn games such as cornhole, bocce ball, giant Jenga, ping pong, scrabble and other social game activities all inside their 33,000-square-foot venue. An over 21 venue, entry is a per person cover charge with multiple bars inside. For more information, contact (314) 207-5331 or visit rec-hall.com

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Royal Bancshares Inc. recently announced that the company has entered into an agreement to acquire Saints Avenue Bancshares Inc., and its banking subsidiary Saints Avenue Bank. Saints Avenue Bank maintains offices in St. Charles and Hannibal, Missouri, among other locations. 


Grind + Growth – a nonprofit economic development organization focusing on minority business ownership – recently named Gwen Logan-Craig as the winner of its pitch competition that included a $10,000 grant as the grand prize. Logan-Craig founded M.V.T. Virtual Learning in the summer of 2020 to help children of early learning ages through elementary school create strategies to become successful lifelong learners. Second place winner Jajuana Patrick, owner of Eve Marie e-boutique, received a $2,500 grant, and third place winner David Williams, owner of valet trash service Grab N Go Trash received a $1,000 grant. 


Valley Insurance Agency Alliance, a family of over 130 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Illinois, recently appointed Josh Coffman as alliance coordinator and Denise Wilkerson as personal lines specialist. In this position, Coffman will manage the technology, system processing, and analytic programming. Wilkerson will provide personal policy rates and quotes to both new and existing customers.

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Meghan Schmitz was recently named as director of resident services for Avalon Park, an independent living neighborhood opening at the northwest corner of Gutermuth Road and Hwy. 364 in Cottleville. Schmitz will be responsible for achieving and maintaining resident census goals and facilitating the successful transition of residents into this brand-new community for active adults age 62 and over. 

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Danny Pogue has been promoted to president-commercial, retail and consumer sales at Midwest BankCentre. Formerly executive vice president-commercial banking, his focus has expanded from regional commercial lending and treasury management to include consumer/small business lending and sales as well as all retail branches. 


The Community and Children’s Resource Board of St. Charles County recently announced its Children’s Trust Fund license plate grant awardees for 2021. The Child Center was awarded $4,000 for Teen Safety Matters staff training and supplies, Community Living, Inc. received $2,275 for recreation equipment for its respite center, Crisis Nursery received $1,850 for transportation and car seats, and Our Lady Inn was granted $4,000 for food expenses.  


The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and Industries holds its membership luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27 at Old Hickory Golf Club, 1 Dye Club Drive in St. Peters. 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.

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