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Hometown business profiles of local businesses in the Webster-Kirkwood Times & South County Times circulation areas.
Hometown business profiles of local businesses in the Webster-Kirkwood Times & South County Times circulation areas.

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 July 26 - August 1, 2013 Webster-Kirkwood Times
Find High-Quality, Hand-Knotted RugsAt Ageless Rug Treasures
Ageless Rug Treasures has been sellinghand-knotted rugs in Webster Grovessince 1997. Owner Matthew Bay runs thebusiness, along with his mother, Marynell,and his wife, Lulu.“You will always be assisted by a familymember,” he said.Bay fell into the rug trade shortly aftercollege when he happened to pass a ruggallery.“I was immediately struck by lightning,”Bay said. “The glowing colors, spectaculardesigns, even the smell of wool captivatedme. I asked for a job and received one doingthe manual labor.” After working at the storefor several years, “I took the plunge andopened my own gallery.”Ageless Rug Treasures specializes inhigh-quality, hand-knotted rugs in a widerange of colors, patterns andstyles from classic to casual tocontemporary. It can take twoor three weavers as long as sixto eight months to create one8- by 10-foot rug.“Building inventory is veryexpensive and requires years of time,” Baysaid.Over the years his business has not only
grown, but it has also changed. Bay rst
stocked primarily traditional rugs. Now heoffers “just about any style one could dreamof.”
At rst just a few interior designers
patronized the shop. Now a large part of thebusiness is with designers. And customerscan view the inventory on the Ageless RugTreasures website.Bay enjoys the challenge of selectinggorgeous rugs that meet his qualitystandards.“These rugs also must be something I’m
condent someone will fall in love with,” he
said.Customers tell Bay that no one elsehas the selection of rugs, inquantity as well as uniquenessand beauty, that he does.Customers also appreciate theopportunity to take a rug homefor a one-night trial beforemaking a decision.
From left: Matt Bay, Meera, Marynell, Lulu Bay and dogs Danny and Boo.
14 N. Gore Ave. • Webster Groves • 314-918-9256
Greentree Pharmacy Where PatientsAre More Than Just A Prescription
With more and more small pharmaciesbeing bought out by big chains, GreentreePharmacy in Kirkwood is bucking the trend.Paul Hueseman, Pharm.D., opened theindependently-owned business in November2012 in the heart of downtown Kirkwood.“Growing up in Kirkwood, I have a lovefor the community here and saw a huge defi-cit in Kirkwood that we did not have a com-munity pharmacy that was independentlyowned,” said Hueseman, whose father also isa pharmacist.He started his career in pediatric phar-macy at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital.Prior to starting Greentree Pharmacy,Hueseman was a partner in BellevuePharmacy, a compounding pharmacy.Greentree offers prescription and over-the-counter medications, Medicare Part Dprescriptions, diabetes products and supplies,supplements and orthotics. Greentree alsoprovides special services, such as customflavoring of medications forchildren and pets; medica-tion therapy management(MTM); special packagingfor medication adherence;refill synchronization; a weight-loss pro-gram; and flu shots and immunizations.The pharmacy serves Kirkwood resi-dents, physicians and those from area grouphomes and assisted-living communities.The 301 S. Kirkwood Road location has along pharmaceutical history. Built in 1918,the building was first occupied by RoyThompson’s Pharmacy until 1943. SidneySmith Pharmacy then took over and remaineduntil 1983.Hueseman enjoys applying that home-town touch and gets satisfaction from talkingto his patients about their medications andtheir condition “to empower them with moreinformation in order to be healthy,” he said.“Our patients are more than just a pre-scription to us — they are our friends andneighbors,” he said. He said they appreciatethe time he takes to talk to them.Customers are invited to visit the phar-macy’s website at www.greentree-rx.com.Greentree Pharmacy is amember of the Health Martnetwork of independentpharmacies.
Paul Hueseman, Pharm D and owner
301 S. Kirkwood Road• Kirkwood •394-2404
Shop Sugar Magnolia For The PerfectBra & Specialty Lingerie
Sugar Magnolia Boutique, WebsterGroves’ specialty lingerie and bra shop, fea-tures custom-fit bras and offers loungewear,intimates, bridal, burlesque and maternitylingerie, as well as hosiery, jewelry, soapsand candles.“I have always loved lingerie, but after 13years of marriage and three children, I didn’teven recognize my own body,” said shopowner Lisa Davis.Left frustrated by the lack of options andthe difficulty in locating a proper-fitting bra,Davis founded Sugar Magnolia in February2012. The goal was a unique specialty shopthat provides a personal experience, as wellas an array of sizes.“We’re trying to fill the void between aboring bra shop and a swanky adult store,”Davis said.While Davis has a true passion for linge-rie, store manager CarrieDalton brings a fresh cre-ative flair to the store, mak-ing them a dynamic duo.“We are changing theway women feel about themselves, one bra ata time,” Davis said.Recent research showed that about 80percent of women are wearing the wrong brasize. An ill-fitting bra can cause neck, backand shoulder pain.“At Sugar Magnolia, you will be fitted byone of our specialists and given the knowl-edge to help you understand why a great fit-ting bra is so important for every woman – nomatter her size,” Davis said,Customers say they love the array of brasizes from cup sizes AA to N and band sizesfrom 28 to 50. The shop also carries lacy,silky, risqué and romantic styles, plus specialmade-in-the-shop garters which are givenaway with each lingerie purchase.“Whether you’re seeking the perfect gift,a custom special order, space for a party, or abasic everyday bra, you can expect a com-fortable, highly personal-ized shopping experience atSugar Magnolia,” Davissaid.
From left: Lisa Davis and Carrie Dalton
38 N. Gore Ave. • Webster Groves • 314-395-9159
A special advertising sectionfeaturing locally-owned & operatedbusinesses
Webster-Kirkwood Times July 26 - August 1, 2013
Webster Eye Care GoesBeyond 20/20 Vision
Webster Eye Care is looking forward tothe return of Lesa Klein, O.D., to the opto-metric practice.It began in 1992 when Gail Doell, O.D.and Harvey Mack, O.D., purchased anestablished private optometric practice. Ayear later Dr. Mack sold his half to LesaKlein, O.D., who was a partner until 2002.Cheryl Davidson, O.D., joined the practicein July 2000. Dr. Klein is rejoining thepractice effective Aug. 13. While Dr. Kleinwas away, the practice added two optom-etrists: Lisa Schembri, O.D., and BethHenderson, O.D.“We are a full-service optometric prac-tice dedicated to providing the highest-quality vision care for children and adultsin a friendly, comfortable and professionalatmosphere,” said the partners. “With ahighly trained staff and state-of-the-artequipment, we go beyond ‘20/20.’”Services include optical dispensingwith fashionframes, contactlenses, includinghard-to-fit prescriptions, bifocals, astigma-tism correction and other special chal-lenges.“We pride ourselves on taking care of those ‘hard-to-fit’ glasses prescriptions orcontact lenses,” said Davidson. “We usethe newest technology to diagnose macu-lar degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts andother eye diseases.”Other services include: comprehensiveeye examinations; contact lens fitting;treatment of eye diseases, including glau-coma, conjunctivitis, dry eyes and ocularallergies; urgent care for eye injuries andinfections; binocular vision assessments;interdisciplinary consultations; a full-ser-vice optical dispensary with designerframes, such as Ted Baker, Nine West andMaui Jim sunglasses; and up-to-date lenstechnology.Customers say they appreciate the factthat Webster Eye Care is a locally-ownedbusiness wherepatients arefamily.
From left: Dr. Lesa Klein, Dr. Lisa Schembri, Dr. Gail Doell and Dr. Cheryl Davidson.(Not pictured) Dr. Beth Henderson.
7954 Big Bend Blvd. •
Webster Groves • 962-7580
Linek Plumbing:Now In Its 97th Year 
Three generations of Lineks have beenrunning Linek Plumbing Co. since 1916. Thebusiness, founded by Frank and Henry Linek,was known in the early years as LinekBrothers Plumbing Co.Frank and Anna Linek’s sons, Joe andBill, followed their father into the plumbingprofession. In the 1960s, under Bill’s influ-ence, the company expanded their scope of work to include larger commercial jobs, allthe while maintaining and improving theservice and remodeling field.The company moved from St. Louis to itspresent location in Webster Groves in 1970.Now sons Bill and Jim and Joe’s son Johncarry on the longstanding tradition of qualityand exceptional customer service which theylearned from their fathers.Over the years, Linek Plumbing hasgrown from a two-man shop to a thrivingfull-service business that currently employs19 plumbers, laborers and office staff.The company handles residential and com-mercial work, including repairand remodeling, water heater installation,back flow preventers, and sewer and draincleaning and repair.From single-bathroom bungalows to cus-tom homes with a wide variety of bath andkitchen configurations, Linek Plumbing hasan experienced team of plumbers and officestaff on hand to suit any need.Linek Plumbing Co. is known for itsfriendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff andits exceptional service.“We get a lot of satisfaction in return fora job well done,” said Jim Linek. “We areproud of the quality and dedication of all ouremployees and their desire to be the best.”Linek has union plumbers and is a mem-ber of ASPE, PHCC and St. Louis PlumbingIndustry Council. Bill Linek has served onthe council’s board several times.Linek plumbers are familiar with the spe-cial needs of historic homes, and are expert atinstalling new, energy-efficient plumbing fix-tures in homes and commercial operations of all shapes and sizes.
Top photo, from left: Bill Jr., John, Bill Sr., JimCirca 1948 photo, from left: Bill, Frank (father), Joe
24 Kirkham Ind. Dr. • Webster Groves • 314-962-0956
Stay On Top Of Latest Home RemodelingTrends With Riggs Construction
What’s hot in the world of home designand remodeling today, and what classiclooks will stand the test of time? RiggsConstruction & Design has the answers!Since 1959, Riggs has helped homeown-ers in Kirkwood and Webster update theirhomes by incorporating the features andcomponents needed by today’s families, andcreating floor plans to maximize functionand flow. Staying on top of the latest prod-ucts and trends through continuing educationhas allowed Riggs to provide the best solu-tions for clients.“Here in Kirkwood and Webster, we havehome styles of all types, from historic tomid-century modern and everything inbetween,” said Amie Riggs Swarts, co-own-er of Riggs Construction & Design. “It’simportant to know what products are avail-able and what modern features will be mostappropriate for the home and the homeown-er’s needs.”Whether the home-owner is looking for aminor facelift, a com-plete transformation orpreservation of the home’s historic integrity,knowing what products to select is a keycomponent in creating the space.“Riggs holds extensive knowledge of thetrendy, the tried-and-true, new technologyand the latest twists on traditional compo-nents,” said Swarts. “Clients rely on us tohelp them make wise decisions, whether it’sthe style of kitchen cabinets or countertops,or the best choices for energy efficiency. Wemarry that selections know-how with designand construction expertise, extensive profes-sional certifications and service excellenceto make clients’ remodeling dreams a reali-ty.”To help homeowners stay on top of thelatest trends, Riggs publishes a regular seriesof tip sheets and blogs on riggsconstruction.com. Topics range from paint color selectionto outdoor living tips and aging in place.“Through our website, we hope to shareour family’s knowledgeon products and trendsand help families say‘Yes I can’ to remodel-ing,” said Swarts.
 Amie Riggs Swarts and Bill Riggs
212 North Clay Ave. • Kirkwood • 821-7646
Best Home Furnishings Proud To BeMade By Americans In America
The owner of the Best Home Furnishingsshowroom in South Towne Square not onlytakes pride in his business, he takes pride inhis country.Carl Boyer, owner and manager of thestore since 2007, said customers appreciatethe fact that the store’s products are“American-made by Americans in America.”Best Home Furnishings has been in thebusiness for 50 years, selling furniture made insouthern Indiana. The family-owned companystarted as Best Chairs, and today it has becomethe world’s largest chair manufacturer.The South County showroom carriesquality living-room furniture and accent fur-niture, including chairs, glider rockers, officechairs, recliners, sofas, love seats, sectionalsofas, ottomans and accent tables. Best HomeFurnishings also offers over 700 custom fab-ric and leather options socustomers can find theperfect sofa or chair for the living room orhome office.The products are made using domestickiln-dried hardwood frames and the finesthigh-density foams. Recliners use Leggettand Platt mechanisms, of Carthage, Missouri.Customers can select the perfect furniture intheir chosen fabric, and the factory will buildit in three weeks or less.“This is the only factory-direct store any-where in the world for the world’s largestchair manufacturer,” Boyer said.The Best Home’s factory ships to 38countries and 2,000 retailers in the U.S., cov-ering all 50 states. The St. Louis showroom isthe first factory-direct store for Best. It deliv-ers all over the to St. Louis, St. Louis metro-politan area.Boyer finds satisfaction by “making St.Louis homes more beau-tiful,” he said.
From left: Carl Boyer, Cory Prsha and Ed Schneider.
11182-B South Towne Square • 314-894-9922
Lindbergh & 55 South County  behind Denny’s
 July 26 - August 1, 2013 Webster-Kirkwood Times
Back & Neck Care Center Celebrates29 Years In Webster Groves
“At the suggestion of my uncle, Mr.Gus Lamar, former resident and teacher atWebster Groves High School, we startedour practice in Webster Groves. We havenow served the community for the last 29years in the same location, making us theoldest established chiropractic practice inthe area,” said Dr. Joseph Lane, owner of the Back & Neck Care Center of WebsterGroves. “My father, brother, and I builtthis business from the ground up,” said Dr.Lane.Dr. Lane is a licensed chiropractic phy-sician, a certified acupuncturist, and waspreviously awarded the prestigious honorof Chiropractor of the Year in the State of Missouri. Previously, Dr. Lane receivedthe Philanthropic Businessman of the Yearaward, and in 2005, the OutstandingBusiness award, both from the Chamber of Commerce forhis CommunityService. Hereceived his degree from Logan College of Chiropractic and upon graduation, wasgiven one of two Clinic AchievementAwards for his expertise in the field.Dr. Lane would like to acknowledgehis patients who participated in the annual“Coats for Kids,” “Adopt-a-Family” and“Fan Fare” campaigns throughout the pastyear. “Through their kind donations andgenerosity we have helped the childrenand families in the Webster Groves areaand Webster-Rock Hill Ministries, admin-istered by Ed Johnson.”In the operation of his practice, Dr.Lane relies on the expertise of his assis-tant, Terri. With over fifteen years of experience, she handles insurance billing,medical records, and some advertisingand marketing tasks. He also counts onLaura to manage the schedule and Lisato assist withphysical therapy.
From left: Dr. Joseph T. Lane, his wife Cindy, daughter Lauren, son Mike and Mike’s fiancé  Lauren Cass
Back & Neck Care
of Webster Groves
604 E. Lockwood • Webster Groves • 314-968-4696
Whether shopping for a single windowtreatment, redecorating an entire house orseeking the solution to a complex designchallenge, Show Me Blinds & Shutters inKirkwood, a gallery store for the Hunter-Douglas brand, can help.Show Me Blinds has been offering salesand installation on a wide range of windowtreatments since 1996.Veteran design consultants MarciaHermann and Libby Blake can help custom-ers select from limitless combinations of color, texture, fabrics and function during afree home consultation.Every order is customdesigned, measured andmade. Bob Starr and TomTintera perform the instal-lations.Show Me Blinds wasone of the first Hunter Douglas Gallery®stores established in the United States 10years ago. All Hunter-Douglas products aremade in the U.S.A.
The connection with the well-known Hunter-Douglas brand gives the store the aura of a“small business with big values.”
Customers love that Show Me Blinds is asmall family business in Kirkwood.For the staff, the best aspect of theirwork is seeing homeowners’ excitementafter their new window treatments havebeen installed.Customer satisfactionis an important part of thebusiness.
From left: Gary, Bob, Libby, Terri, Marsha, Barry and Tom.
 Show Me Blinds & Shutters:“Small Business With Big Values”
933 S. Kirkwood Road • Kirkwood • 314-909-1177
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Kirkwood Plumbing Proudly ServingCustomers For Over 25 Years
Kirkwood Plumbing is celebrating morethan 25 years of proudly serving Kirkwoodand the surrounding area.Since starting their business at the rolltopdesk in the basement at their Kirkwoodhome, Paul and Debbie Schaefer have grownKirkwood Plumbing into a full-serviceplumbing company with licensed plumbersproviding 24-hour emergency repair service,new construction and sewer lateral servicesthroughout the St. Louis area.This year has been a blessed one for thecompany and the Schaefer family.Debbie Schaefer has successfully been juggling her KWP responsibilities with herpassion for helping others, after returning tonursing part-time. Paul Schaefer has man-aged to spend more time with hismother, who celebrated her 90thbirthday this year. The Schaeferscelebrated their son Brad’sgraduation from Truman StateUniversity and daughter Reneebecoming a new homeowner in— where else — Kirkwood.Kirkwood Plumbing has been blessedwith a dedicated team working for themthroughout St. Louis County and in theiroffice at Grand and Harrison avenues.The company is thrilled to welcome itsnewest team members: Becky and Greg.Becky is assisting Diane, a 12-year KirkwoodPlumbing veteran, in the office. Greg isbeginning his five-year apprenticeship underMaster Plumber Paul Schaefer and will beattending Ranken’s Plumbing Program thisfall. Interested qualified applicants are invit-ed to inquire about Kirkwood Plumbing’semployment opportunities by emailingofficemanager@kirkwoodplumbing.com.The Schaefers want to pay it forward andthank all of their loyal customers. They willdonate $10 to the charitable organization of the customer’s choice when they mentionreading this article in the Webster-KirkwoodTimes when scheduling their next servicecall.Built on a tradition of service and quality,Kirkwood Plumbing, serves both commercialand residential customers.
 Back row, from left: Brad Schaefer, Mike, Becky, Brian. Front row, from left: Jake, Greg, Deb Schaefer, PaulSchaefer, Diane, Mike. Not pictured: Jason.
KirKwood Plumbing
248 Grand Avenue • Kirkwood • 966-4772
Boxed Lunches and CateringAt Great Harvest Bread Co.
Tom and Judy Honigfort recently cele-brated their second anniversary as owners of Great Harvest Bread Co.The couple opened the bakery in May2011 and have been carrying on the commit-ment to baking handcrafted, fresh wholegrain breads and sweets, as well as cookies,scones, muffins and bars.In addition to serving lunch Mondaythrough Saturday, Great Harvest providesbread to The Magic House Picnic BasketCafé; delivers bakery-made mixes, hot cere-als and granola to Schnucks in Des Peres;and operates a booth at the KirkwoodFarmer’s Market on Saturdays.“Our boxed lunch and catering businessis also catching on,” said Judy Honigfort.“Before we opened, a potential customerasked us about providing boxed lunch-es, it was an area we put on theback burner until we got ourbusiness up and running.”“Since then, we havedeveloped and refined ourcatering menu to reflect whatwe do best; sandwiches show-casing our phenomenal, wholegrain breads, delicious sweets, and fruit andvegetable trays. The options are unbelievablyfresh and wholesome.”At Great Harvest, the staff mills thewheat daily on a hammer mill right in thebakery and bakes it into breads and sweetswithin 24 hours.“Fresh wheat means fresh product,”Honigfort said. “We start baking here everymorning at 4 a.m., handcraft each product,and sell it fresh from our shelves, often stillwarm.“Our production area is out in the open sothat customers can see that everything beginsand ends here. Nothing is shipped in frozen,or pre-made,” she added.Baking onsite goes over well with cus-tomers, who often comment on “the smell of our bakery when they first walk in,”Honigfort said. “Customers areinvited to our bread board,where they are offered a gen-erous, free slice of whateverhas come out of the oven thatday.”
Tom and Judy Honigfort 
125 W. Argonne Ave. •
Kirkwood • 821-1848

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