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Inside-out knowledge of carpentry

While some services fade in and out over time, the need for masterful carpentry and fine craftsmanship has continued to stand the test of time. When looking for a skilled craftsman to take on any woodworking or carpentry needs, look no further than Joe Overman, founder of Affordable Carpentry. With 20 years of experience, Joe provides a wide array of carpentry, all with a low overhead cost. Joe specializes in many interior and exterior jobs, including the installation of trim, framing, crown molding, chair rail, wainscoting and more. Joe can also do projects like stairs and doors, in addition to ...

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There’s no time like the present to plan for your future

Anticipating your future income and the lifestyle it will allow are critical components of retirement planning. But the lack of an estate plan could potentially undermine your carefully laid retirement plans. Taking care of this crucial task provides peace of mind so you can truly enjoy your retirement. TuckerAllen can help. Their process is easy, and their fees are fixed. TuckerAllen is a law firm dedicated to helping individuals and families determine their estate planning needs, specifically wills and trusts. “There are a lot of decisions made during the estate planning process that are also important to consider for retirement,” ...

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Ballet brings joy, teaches discipline

Dancers of all ages and skill levels will find a home at the Saint Louis Ballet School. Registration is open now online, and classes begin August 5. Administrator Tanya Strautmann, who danced professionally with St. Louis Ballet for 16 years, praised the art as something that “helps you in your entire life.” “It teaches you a discipline, how to achieve certain goals,” Tanya said. “Most students in ballet class are actually doing really well in school, because they have that discipline in ballet class. Every day you’re coming in and doing the same steps over and over again, but you’re ...

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Buying ‘as-is’ homes and properties since 1999

Robang Properties, LLC prides itself on being a local, family-owned, general contracting company that has been buying “as-is” homes and properties since 1999. Robang Properties Owner Michael Robinson said the company was started as a way to help families in the Greater St. Louis area who are faced with foreclosure or unwanted properties. Perhaps a homeowner needs to sell their home in a short amount of time, or perhaps they are looking to get a home that needs excessive repairs off their hands. Robinson said Robang Properties buys houses regardless of their condition. Whether it be fire damage, water damage, ...

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The perfect paint job for any lifestyle

The perfect coat of paint is the finishing touch that makes a space feel like home. For those looking for a business that can mix craftsmanship with design expertise, locals don’t need to look further than Life Styles Painting. Based out of Wildwood, Life Styles Painting is painting and staining service on a mission to provide quality results by using the finest products for durability and endurance, all while staying within a client’s budget. “We’re small enough to care, but big enough that we get the work done,” owner Karen Diethelm said. “We pride ourselves in staying on schedule and ...

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Is your child struggling in school?

With anxiety, depression and bullying on the rise in schools, many children are struggling to get themselves to class. A change in environment can be what is needed for a student to get back on track. EYC Academy is a nonprofit private school originally conceived by a team of local educators with a vision was to bring outstanding, one-on-one private education to intermediate and secondary students. “The one thing that is huge for me about EYC is the ‘Why?’” Lou Reuss, EYC Academy’s head of school, said. “We believe that education can be different. We believe that every child can ...

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Timeless furniture resale boutique

Classic furniture, home décor and collectibles deserve a repeat performance. Encore Consignment Gallery is an upscale boutique specializing in gently used home furnishings too timeless to be discarded. Store owners Maureen Strobeck and Barb Lampe opened the gallery six years ago to fill a niche in the furniture resale market for West County. Their success has allowed them to expand to a second location at 10821 Manchester Road in Kirkwood, which opened in Fall 2018. “There’s been an attitude change about resale. People realize there are beautiful things out there, so why buy new?” asked Maureen. The gallery caters to ...

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Where tradition never goes out of style

Food traditions and service make and maintain a restaurant’s success. Such is the success story of Sprio’s, whose locations on Woods Mill Road and Bluestone Dr. in St. Charles have remained consistent for over 40 years and continue to deliver family restaurant heritage defined by quality dining experiences.

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Add home value with landscaping, tree care

A love of trees runs deep in the Allen family. Gary and Diann Allen have owned Allen’s Tree Service, Inc., since 1978. Gary is following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, and his daughters, son and grandson are following in his. The Allens are proud of their family’s commitment to excellence, their internationally certified arborists and their membership in leading arborist associations. “We are one of nine tree care companies in the state of Missouri to be accredited by the Tree Care Industry Association,” Gary explained. Hiring an accredited tree care company offers peace of mind. Accredited organizations must ...

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Big beer, even bigger experience

As of 2019, Eureka became home to Missouri’s only Melvin Brewing location. The Wyoming-based “brewpub” was founded with the mission to providing exceptional beer experiences without compromising on fun or quality. The new Eureka location is a full-service bar and restaurant with an entire brewery inside. General manager Kevin Gannon also served as the general manager at Thai Me Up, a Melvin brewpub in Wyoming. In-house brewer Eli Pasciak specializes in brewing an array of hazy IPAs, American sours and even barrel-aged beers. Hungry for a bite to pair with your brew? Melvin Brewing has you covered there too. The ...

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