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July 29 - August 11, 2016

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July 29 - August 11, 2016 West End Word | Page 7 Tom Streib and Kevin
July 29 - August 11, 2016 West End Word | Page 7 Tom Streib and Kevin
July 29 - August 11, 2016 West End Word | Page 7 Tom Streib and Kevin
July 29 - August 11, 2016 West End Word | Page 7 Tom Streib and Kevin
Tom Streib and Kevin Bridick Streib Company: The Solution For Electrical, Lighting, Home Theater &

Tom Streib and Kevin Bridick

Streib Company: The Solution For Electrical, Lighting, Home Theater & Security Needs

Since forming his electric service company in 2004, Tom Streib has continued to evolve his business. Today, Streib Company offers services, including electrical, lighting projects, home theater and security. In 1995 when he entered the field, he dreamed of owning his own business. In 2004, that became a reality. The business grew “from being one man in a truck in 2004

to 55 people and 30 service vehicles on the

road today,” Streib said. “We’ve found that by continuing to evolve in our processes and

invest in our training, we continue to provide

a great product and service to all of our

customers.” Opportunity allowed the addition of Streib Media in 2007 and Streib Security in 2008. “Because electric work touches so many other parts of an efficient and comfortable home, it was important that Streib should expand into areas of technology solutions that clients were taking an interest in,” Streib said. Streib Electric division is a full-service electrical contractor providing services for

residential and commercial customers. The Media Systems division provides custom installations of home theater, media rooms and home automation. The Security division specializes in security, lighting, sensors, alarms and cameras. “Our vision statement is ‘to create opportunity through developing lasting

relations,’” Streib said. “We all enjoy meeting new customers and contractors and building

our relationship with them.” Customers pick up on the company spirit. “We have a great energy throughout the company,” Streib said. “Everyone here bleeds Streib red. We are relentless in being the solution for all of our customers’ needs and I believe that shows.” At Streib clients are an extension of the family, “and we always take care of family.” Streib Company is BBB accredited;

a

member of Independent Electrical Contractors and the Home Builders Association; and recipient of the 2013 Super Service Award from Angie’s List.

of the 2013 Super Service Award from Angie’s List. 9225 Watson Industrial Park • St. Louis

9225 Watson Industrial Park • St. Louis • 487-7474

www.streibco.com

Serendipity Gallery Promotes Local and Regional Art In Casual, Inviting Setting Rose Hagan left the

Serendipity Gallery Promotes Local and Regional Art In Casual, Inviting Setting

Rose Hagan left the law profession to enter the creative world of art. In 2013, she opened Serendipity Gallery, along with gallery manager and sister-in-law Lisa Anne Houdyshell, also a former lawyer. “We wanted to create a place in St. Louis where local and regional artists’ work could be displayed and sold in a casual and inviting setting,” said Houdyshell. “Art — whether you wear it or display it on a table or wall — should be affordable, and the process of buying it should be fun.” The gallery features locally created ceramics, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, paintings, photography and glass. Customers are drawn to the gallery’s unique and engaging décor of repurposed items. The cash register is made of barnwood, industrial wire spools serve as display tables, and one light fixture is made of industrial bakers’ whisks. Serendipity boasts the only Art-o-Mat ® in St. Louis. The vintage 1940s cigarette machine has

been repurposed to dispense small original pieces of art, each available for $5.53. The Art-o-Mat ® is one of only 200 worldwide, stocked by works from some 3,000 contributing artists. Hagan and Houdyshell are always looking for innovative ways to promote their artists. This year, they are approaching local corporations and encouraging them to support local artists by purchasing art as holiday gifts for their clients. The gallery operators enjoy “sharing the amazing work of our artists and finding the perfect match for our customer or the occasion,” Houdyshell said. “It is a great way to spend the day.” They also like being a part of St. Louis’ small business community, meeting many talented and interesting people. Serendipity’s next monthly art event, “Dilations of Nostalgia,” will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12, featuring paintings by J.B. Nearsy.

6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12, featuring paintings by J.B. Nearsy. 6161 Delmar Blvd. Suite 101

6161 Delmar Blvd. Suite 101 • St. Louis

314-449-6400 • www.serendipity-gallery.com

Flance Early Learning Center Nurtures Children Through Innovative, Quality Care Flance Early Learning Center is

Flance Early Learning Center Nurtures Children Through Innovative, Quality Care

Flance Early Learning Center is the new kid on the block in the childcare arena, having opened in June 2014 to provide preschool education for children ages 6 months to 6 years. The center was founded as a partnership between LUME Institute, real estate developer McCormack Baron Salazar, and Urban Strategies Inc. Flance provides innovative, quality care and education through the LUME Approach. Using the LUME Approach and the nationally recognized Creative Curriculum, Flance seeks to understand and nurture the whole child, from the inside out in three major developmental areas: literacy and language, emotional and social, and values and character. Since its opening, Flance has grown and is still growing, enrolling children and hiring teachers. The center serves about 75 children, but has the

capacity for 154 in 13 classrooms. The year- round school is housed in a Silver LEED-certified building, conveniently located near downtown

neighborhoods. This fall, Flance is building and growing their own community garden in partnership with Urban Harvest STL. For their families, Flance hosts cooking and gardening classes in partnership with HOSCO and Urban Strategies. The facility also includes a demonstration kitchen

to advance health and nutrition, and an adventure playground with water features and bridges. “Our teachers and staff are here to support and help educate all our families,” said Development Associate Michelle Oschner. Flance is overseen by a 12-member board of directors and run by Center Director Mark Cross, Program Director Edda Reviol, Center Support Manager Ashli Paige and Director of Operations Kenisha Stallings. Flance uses a mixed-income model by providing quality childcare to a socio- economically diverse population. Federal and state assistance is

available for qualifying families, and limited tuition assistance may be offered on a case-by-case basis.

tuition assistance may be offered on a case-by-case basis. 1908 O’Fallon St. • St. Louis, MO

1908 O’Fallon St. • St. Louis, MO 63106

314-881-0881 • www.flancecenter.org