Virtual Beauty Buzz, St. Louis Press Club, Neiman Marcus – a film by Miran Halen

Virtual Beauty Buzz, by Neiman Marcus and St Louis Press Club, was filmed and produced by Co-chair Miran Halen who went behind the scenes to film and collect clips from others to give us a more in-depth look at what it looks like to put together a Zoom event during a pandemic.

By the time Halen was done collecting, she had hours of material to present and ended up with a short documentary under seven minutes that has been said by critics to be “Very Entertaining” and “Fun to Watch” to name a few. She told a story about the Beauty Buzz event beyond the Zoom screen and what it entails to put one together.

St. Louis Press Club & Neiman Marcus Beauty Buzz Raises Over $12,000 for Journalism Scholarships

Jasmine Huda, Fox 2 News anchor and reporter, was the emcee for the show along with 100+ viewers from all over the United States. The exclusive online event aired on September 12, 2020 and was coined with the phrase “Bright Eyed and Ready to Face the Day.” This little soiree happened to raised over $12,000 for local students seeking scholarships for journalism.

We were all taught how to put on make-up and were given tips on skincare from beauty experts at Nieman Marcus who featured products such as Bobbie Brown, Chantecaille, and La Mer.

This years Beauty Buzz was a success beyond what was expected. We can’t wait for the trail-blazing Miran Halen and her posse from the Press Club have in store for next year’s Beauty Buzz.

Our sincere thanks to our incomparable Beauty Buzz co-chairs Phyllis Langsdorf and Miran Halen for their incredible leadership during this difficult time. This year’s Beauty Buzz was truly a success thanks to their leadership as well as our event sponsors and our partner for the last 10 years, Neiman Marcus.
William Greenblatt, President of St. Louis Press Club

Credits and Attendees
Joan Lee Berkman Publicity Chair Beauty Buzz
Meghan Gunn Scholarship Recipient St. Louis Press Club
Jasmine Huda Celebrity Emcee Anchor/Reporter, KTVI Fox 2
William Greenblatt – Photographer President & Treasurer St. Louis Press Club
Phyllis Langsdorf Co-Chair Beauty Buzz
Miran Halen Co-Chair Beauty Buzz Film Producer/Director/Editor Photographer/Videographer
Cheryl Dimauro Neiman Marcus St. Louis
Lindsey Barile Neiman Marcus St. Louis
Laura Schnarr Executive Director St. Louis Press Club
Glenda Partlow Executive Director St. Louis Press Club
Alice Handelman Advisory Chair Beauty Buzz
Special Thanks to: Fox 2 News, Gazelle, Ladue News, St. Louis Jewish Light, Town and Style, Classic 107.3

Fox Theatre: Until We Meet Again!

Rainy days in the Grand Center Arts District is like a giant shower for all the beautiful buildings to get clean once again. Afterwards the smell of rain inundates the air, a comforting and universal smell that lets us know that some things haven’t changed and that maybe, hopefully some kind of normalcy may be right around the corner. The marquee on the Fox Theatre echoes this hope with the phrases Only Intermission and Until We Meet Again! Like a lost love, we all yearn for this. Until then….

Jefferson Arms becoming Marriott AC Hotel, Downtown St. Louis

The Jefferson Arms Hotel in downtown St. Louis is going to be renovated into a Marriott AC Hotel for starters. It will be redeveloped by Dallas-based Alterra Worldwide. The 13-story building at 415 North Tucker Boulevard will feature new restaurants, office space. The top two floors will be for residential units and about 240 hotel rooms will occupy the rest of the building.

HISTORY: Hotel Jefferson was a 13-story hotel that opened in time for 1904 World’s Fair and was converted into apartments in the 1970s.

AC Hotel Jefferson Marriott (Jefferson Arms Hotel)
415 North Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63106

Bulter Building Apartments, Downtown St. Louis coming soon

The historic Butler Brothers building at 1717 Olive Street is just a few blocks away from the Major League Soccer Stadium currently under construction in Downtown St. Louis. There are plans to renovate the Butler building into apartments by Development Services Group.

Bulter Building Apartments, Downtown St. Louis coming soon

Built in 1906, the massive structure has over 700,000 square feet that spans an entire city block. Originally built for Chicago-based Butler Brothers wholesale firm, the building is still in good shape even though it has been vacant for the last ten years.

Green Street anticipates exponential growth for 2021

MWM Staff, February 23, 2021 metrowiremedia.com

After only one year in operation and battling the restrictions of a pandemic, Green Street Building Group, the in-house construction team of Green Street St. Louis, was able to grow its revenue to $20 million.

Led by veteran construction expert, Paul Giacoletto, the firm begin 2021 with a backlog of $150 million and a pipeline of approximately $100 million. In October 2020, they also completed the acquisition of HDA Architects.

“We are thankful to Paul for orchestrating the acquisition of HDA and are already enjoying the combined opportunities the partnership creates,” said Kevin Morrell, principal of Green Street St. Louis.

“The synergy across our companies is going to allow us to do some pretty spectacular developments this coming year and beyond.”

Green Street Building Group began construction on Green Street’s and HDA’s new headquarters in January 2021 at 4565 McRee Avenue, in the city of St. Louis, near the intersection of McRee and Vandeventer Avenues.

The 64,000-SF redevelopment will include Bar K, the first St. Louis dog park and entertainment facility, in addition to the combined offices of Green Street and HDA. The $19.7M project will be complete in October 2021.

January 2021 also found Green Street Building Group breaking ground on Terra At The Grove (www.terra-stl.com), a $60.2 million Fitwel certified, mixed-use development that consists of 307-unit apartments located at 4500-4540 Swan Avenue one block south of Manchester Avenue near the Cortex Innovation District and BJC/WashU medical campus.

Units will be a mix of studio, 1- and 2-bedroom options, along with four levels of secure garage parking. Additional amenities include a 52,000 SF courtyard and pool, walking/bike paths, bike storage/bike repair area, dog park and pet washing stations, electric car charging stations, a business center, outdoor elevated terraces, barbeque areas, club and movie rooms, game room, convenience store, a social/demonstration kitchen, fitness and yoga studios, on-site remote working areas, playground, and privately leased office spaces.

Adjacent to Terra is Union At The Grove (www.union-stl.com), a $40 million groundbreaking infill housing project between Newstead and Taylor Avenues, just east of Kingshighway. Through partnerships that include Greater St. Louis, Inc., IFF, and Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corp. (WUMCRC), the project will provide over 80 workforce-target rental units thereby offering attainable housing to the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood. Green Street Building Group will begin construction in February 2021 with a scheduled completion date of summer 2022.

“The creation of Green Street Building Group allows us to execute multiple, complicated projects at one time through streamlined construction schedules and communication,” said Phil Hulse, founder and CEO of Green Street St. Louis. “We have so much to look forward to in 2021.”

In addition to construction services for Green Street, the Building Group will soon announce partnerships with third party opportunities and is pleased to promote the recent hire of Annalise Lyons, business development manager for Green Street Building Group.

Ballpark Village to add Spark coworking space in PwC Pennant Building

Lisa Shackelford, February 23, 2021 MetrowireMedia.com

This spring, The Cordish Companies will open their third collaborative flex workspace community for Spark Coworking on the ninth floor of The PwC Pennant Building in Ballpark Village.

Spark St. Louis comes to St. Louis on the heels of its 2016 flagship location, Spark Baltimore, in the heart of downtown Baltimore, Md.; and Spark KC, which recently opened in the fall of 2020 within Two Light Luxury Apartments in Kansas City Mo.’s Power & Light District.

The coworking community will be operated in partnership between the St. Louis Cardinals and Spark Coworking.

“We are thrilled to add Spark St. Louis to the evolving and growing community in Ballpark Village,” said Bill DeWitt III, president of the St. Louis Cardinals. “Spark will be an ideal collaborative workspace for local residents, nearby companies and the entire St. Louis entrepreneurial community.”

The 30,000-SF workspace will provide companies – from entrepreneurs and startups to established businesses seeking alternative collaboration space – an affordable and efficient way to conduct their businesses and engage their teams. The space will feature dedicated and nondedicated workstations, 80+ private offices and five suites. In addition to monthly memberships, Spark will also offer daily passes.

“Our vision for Spark Coworking is to provide the local entrepreneurial community with an affordable, appealing and flexible way to locate and grow their businesses,” said Shervonne Cherry, director of community & partnerships for Spark Coworking.

Spark St. Louis shares the same commitment to become an integral part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of St. Louis and the state of Missouri with a focus on economic development and providing first-class amenities to its members.

“We are very excited about the addition of Spark St. Louis to the tenant list at Ballpark Village,” said Otis Williams, executive director of the St. Louis Development Corporation.

Spark’s unique location in Ballpark Village provides an exciting opportunity for supporting the global shift in how people work and live. 

“Based on their operations in Baltimore and Kansas City, we know they will provide first class amenities to the growing number of companies looking for shared working space in St. Louis,” Williams said.

Additional, top-of-the-line amenities include:

  • 24/7 swipe card access to workspace
  • Convenient parking
  • Dedicated on-site community manager
  • Access to high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Dedicated mailbox and concierge mail service
  • Unlimited access to print, scan and copy center
  • Online reservation system for AV-equipped meeting rooms
  • Branded office signage
  • Access to a community kitchen and lounge spaces
  • Member kitchenette
  • Nitro coffee and tea bar
  • Craft beer and wine for member happy hours
  • Podcast studio
  • Gender neutral restrooms
  • Meeting rooms and private phone call space
  • Dedicated training room
  • Outside terrace
  • On-site mother’s room and wellness space
  • Corporate workspace plans
  • Access to special programs and member events
  • Access to exclusive member perks and discounts

“We are incredibly proud to welcome Spark St. Louis to Ballpark Village,” said Mike LaMartina, chief operating officer for Ballpark Village. “Companies in St. Louis, like everywhere, have experienced drastic changes in their use of office space. Spark St. Louis will offer a convenient new option for office, meeting and collaboration space in the heart of downtown St. Louis, providing its members incredible access to the wide variety of amenities we have in our neighborhood.”

For more information on Spark St. Louis, visit www.spark-stl.com.

About Spark Coworking

As a catalyst for advancing entrepreneurship and technical innovation, Spark Coworking aims to provide entrepreneurs, creatives and innovators with community and creative space – allowing ideas to ignite and transform into successful companies and organizations. Spark offers the unique pairing of hospitality and entrepreneurship by featuring concierge-style amenities and entrepreneur-focused support, with membership options that range from mailbox memberships and dedicated desks in shared workspaces to private offices and custom-built office suites. Spark is located in two up-and-coming startup hubs: Spark Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland, and Spark Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri. For more information, visit www.spark-kc.com and www.spark-bmore.com.

About Ballpark Village

Ballpark Village is a vibrant mixed-used neighborhood adjacent to Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis, MO. The downtown district houses over 20 premier dining, entertainment and retail venues; 127,000 square-feet of Class-A office space; a 216-room upscale hotel, Live! by Loews – St. Louis; a 29-story, 297-unit luxury residential community with direct views into Busch Stadium, One Cardinal Way; a two-level, state-of-the-art fitness facility, Onelife Fitness; and public gathering space including the Together Credit Union Plaza. Ballpark Village is proud to provide guests with a variety of curated experiences including food and beverage tastings, live music, sports-watching, festivals, community days, family-friendly activities, cultural programs and special events year-round. For more information about Ballpark Village, visit www.stlballparkvillage.com or engage on Facebook (STLBallParkVillage), Instagram (@bpvstl) and Twitter (@BPVSTL).

Eat Rite Diner 7th & Chouteau St. Louis Closed

Eat Right Diner on S. 7th and Chouteau Ave. in downtown St. Louis permanently closed its doors in December 2020. Joel & Shawna opened it in 2017 and revived the famous eatery. The restaurant was doing better than before the pandemic. They posted the letter below on their official Facebook on December 19, 2020. (2017 – 2020)

Eat Rite Diner at 7th and Chouteau in downtown St. Louis. credit craig currie
Eat Rite Diner at 7th and Chouteau in downtown St. Louis. credit craig currie

St. Louis, we are deeply saddened to announce we have permanently closed our doors downtown. We want to thank all of the patrons who have supported and dined at the Eat Rite Diner since we took ownership in 2017. Our opening day, the Cardinals Home Opener, in 2018 kicked off a refreshed and rejuvenated Eat Rite Diner.

The start of 2020 was predicted to be the diners best year yet. Our sales were setting the tone for a phenomenal year. Unfortunately, that did not last long due to the pandemic. We thank all of our employees that worked for as long as they could or were allowed to. And a special thank you to our last standing employee who stuck with the diner from the beginning of our ownership to the last day, Mitraya Dixon aka “Mickey”.

You never know what the future holds! Goodnight St. Louis and remember to Eat-Rite or Don’t Eat at All.
– Joel & Shawna


Eat-Rite Diner is located at 7th & Chouteau just a few blocks south of Busch Stadium on Route 66. We our Famous for our Smashed Burgers & the Iconic Slinger! Our food is made fresh right in front of your very own eyes! We serve breakfast & lunch all day!

Eat Rite Diner
622 Chouteau Avenue (10.75 mi)
St. Louis, MO, MO 63102
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One Metropolitan Square, tallest building in St. louis

One Metropolitan Square Building is the tallest building in St. Louis with 42 floors and 181 meters tall. Built in 1989, this goliath features corporate offices and a Grand Lobby that has 22,000 square feet of restaurants and shops. It’s an urban sanctuary for people wanting to relax in an upscale environment with lots of space.  ​​

One Metropolitan Square Building
Metropolitan Square LLC
One Metropolitan Square,
St. Louis, MO 63102

NumberBuildingCityFloorsHeight Year
1One Metropolitan SquareSt. Louis42181m 1989
2One AT&T Center909 Chestnut St. St. Louis44179m1986
3Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse111 S 10th St. St. Louis28170m2000
4US Bank Plaza505 N 7th St. St. Louis35 148m1976
5Laclede Gas Building720 Olive St. St. Louis31122m1969
6Southwestern Bell Building1010 Pine St. St. Louis26122m 1926
7Civil Courts Building10 N Tucker Blvd. St. Louis13118m1929
8100 Above the Park100 Kingshighway Blvd. STL36117m 2020
9Bank of America Plaza800 Market St. St. Louis31117m1981
10600 Washington600 Washington Ave. STL25 fl114m1985
11Park East Tower4909 Laclede Ave. St. Louis26101m2007
12Queeny TowerSt. Louis1998m1965
13One Cardinal Way1 Cardinal Way, St. Louis2998m2020
14The Tower at OPOP411 N 8th St. St. Louis2595m2010
15Park Plaza Apartments212 Kingshighway Blvd. STL2794m1931
161010 Market Street1010 Market St. St. Louis2090m1982
17Millennium Hotel St. Louis Tower200 S 4th St. St. Louis2888m0968
18Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis999 N 2nd St. St. Louis1988m2007
19The Gentry’s Landing400 N 4th St. St. Louis2887m1965
20Mansion House Apartments300 N 4th St. St. Louis2887m1965

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport by Holland Construction Phase II

Written by Lisa Shackelford Feb. 19, 2021 at MetrowireMedia.com

Holland Construction Services is beginning the second phase of the $30 million MidAmerica St. Louis Airport terminal expansion project in coordination with the airport’s owner, St. Clair County.

Holland began preparations for Phase 2 in January 2021, after completing Phase 1 of the four-phase project in 2020, relocating the facility’s gas service and starting work on building the exterior shell for the expanded terminal building.

The 41,000-SF expansion is part of the airport’s four-phase Passenger Terminal Modification project. The new space will include a new security screening area, two additional boarding bridges, a service animal relief area, family restrooms, a nursing room, an expanded departure lounge, added room for concessions and renovations to accommodate people with disabilities.

“While this is a four-phase and multi-year expansion project, the public will be able to see it progress quickly as the exterior shell of the new space is built,” said Steve Teipe, Holland project manager.

“We’re excited to see the airport and Allegiant Airlines continue to grow and we’re proud to construct an addition that all of Southern Illinois and the St. Louis metro area can utilize.”

“The expansion is monumental for the airport, especially when you consider how far it has come over 20 years,” said MidAmerica St. Louis Airport director Bryan Johnson.

“Holland was selected as the general contractor for this project because of their credibility, reliability and reputation within the industry. This project will allow travelers to have a smoother, more comfortable, and convenient experience traveling through our airport, and we’re excited to see its completion.”

Construction on Phase 2 of the expansion project will be complete within a year with a cost of around $13 million of the $30 million total. Once complete, additional phases in the plan include improvements to the original terminal itself, including electrical work and other interior updates.

Completion of the fourth and final phase is expected by late 2023.

McCarthy moves Headquarters to bigger office on Manchester Rd. in St. Louis

By Metrowire Media LLC, February 17, 2021

McCarthy Holdings Inc., one of the nation’s leading construction companies and the largest general contractor in St. Louis, has moved into a state-of-the-art office at 12851 Manchester Road in St. Louis, Mo.

The move comes after a more than half a century stay at their previous space, which was 30,000 SF smaller than its new space.

McCarthy Holdings will occupy the building’s third floor and the Central Region of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. will occupy the second floor.

“We are delighted to renew our more than 105-year-long commitment to keeping our national headquarters in St. Louis,” said Scott Wittkop, president and chief operating officer of McCarthy Holdings.

“Our new space offers significant flexibility and collaboration, enabling us to better serve clients and the community, improve the workplace experience for our employees, as well as to accommodate future growth opportunities,” Wittkop said.

McCarthy, in collaboration with building owner Franklin Partners, completed extensive interior and exterior renovations prior to McCarthy’s recent move in. These efforts included demolition and renovation of all interior space, façade cleaning and resurfacing of parking.

Highlights of the new space, designed by Christner Architects, include a grand central staircase connecting the second and third floors to encourage a healthy workplace, large conference and training facilities, abundant flex space to facilitate cross-team collaboration and shared amenities such as a fitness center and micro mart café.

A sophisticated construction technology suite features smart screens and three-dimensional (3D) Virtual Reality (VR) technology that can give clients and partners an immersive visual experience and help project teams streamline the decision-making process.

In addition, the new office includes expansive collaboration space for hands-on demonstrations and hosting students interested in learning about a career in the trades, which is critical to the future of the construction industry, as well as the local St. Louis economy.

“How construction projects are delivered has evolved significantly. Our new space will allow us to more effectively utilize technology and enhance collaboration to deliver successful project outcomes,” said John Buescher, McCarthy Central Region president.

Various accommodations have been made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the health and safety of employees and guests. The building’s existing HVAC system was upgraded to a state-of-the-art air treatment system designed to neutralize pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and mold, as well as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This system also includes a MERV-13 filter system that can be programmed to optimize the system’s capacity for fresh air changes.

In addition, workspaces were arranged to maximize social distancing. Plexiglass divider screens ensure adequate separation between individuals in various work areas, and panel heights between workstations in the open office areas were increased by 16 inches. All finish materials and surfaces were selected with a focus on the ability to effectively clean and disinfect all touch points, counters and furniture.

Located on 11 acres with an underground garage, the building was originally constructed in 1996 for AT&T.

Gas Station Wine Bar Café Ladue…soon?

A Wine Bar & Café will soon reside in the former Ladue Automotive Repair and gas station if city authorities approve the the patio and alcohol permit. Ladue Auto Service resided at 301 South Warson for over 35 years and is located in the middle of the upscale residential section of Ladue.

Gas Station Wine Bar & Café
301 South Warson
St. Louis, MO 63124 | Google Maps