Thursday, February 28, 2013
Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to answer your questions about starting a business in the latest installment of Ask the Patch Pro.
It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comments section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions. This week we're talking business. Thinking about starting your own business, but not quite sure where to start? Patch wants to help you find answers to your questions this week, but we needed some help. We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts: Have a question? Ask our experts in the comment section below!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
No, there's not a catch. SCORE's experienced mentors will help you take your business to the next level.
When it comes down to it, behind just about every small business is an entrepreneur hoping to turn their passion into a paycheck. But, as many wise business advisers have noted: Hope is not a strategy. Business owners need support to turn dreams into reality. That's why Patch is pleased to announce a new partnership with SCORE, a nonprofit organization with 12,000 business experts nationwide who provide free mentoring to small business owners. The partnership makes sense because we believe that when local commerce grows, the whole community gets stronger. Patch already provides free listings for local businesses and other tools to help build local brands. Whether you're a 10-year-old jewelry designer or a 79-year-old who carves wood knives…
Thursday, November 24, 2011
The stores, sales and strategies you need to optimize your all-night shopping blow-out.
Here’s a new holiday tradition to try: Say grace, eat turkey, head to the mall. Black Friday sales start at midnight this year at some of the regions biggest stores, including Walmart, Target, Kohl’s and Best Buy. We’ve read through the ads and compiled everything you need for the best all-night holiday shopping blow-out possible. And for each sale, we've highlighted the items we think would make the best gifts (at the best prices!) Check back on Black Friday for updates and tips, and if you hit the sales, tag your tweets with #BlackFridaySTL or mention @StLouisLindsay. And don't forget: Black Friday sales are already starting online at popular big box stores. Best Buy said they've already sold out of popular $80 TVs and $150 laptops, but …
The program, on Nov. 26, aims to provide an alternative to the Black Friday shopping blitz at national chains.
- Joe Scott
Thursday, November 24, 2011
The second annual Small Business Saturday is two days after Thanksgiving, and seems to be gaining momentum with customers and locally owned businesses. The effort is a way to focus attention on small businesses and regain a portion of the shoppers who flock to big box and chain stores on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. “I think there’s a backlash against some of the big corporations and more people are shopping at locally owned businesses,” said Jeff Weintraub, owner of The Silver Lady, with stores on the University City Loop and in the Central West End. There are some great deals at small businesses, especially on Small Business Saturday, Weintraub said. What's the deal? American Express and Patch are partnering to offer a deal to …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Midnight openings, tech-savvy toys for kids, and a preview of a few Black Friday deals.
This year’s shopping extravaganza will suit early birds and night owls alike. More stores are opening at midnight on the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday by many retailers. Stores at Mid Rivers Mall, as well as Best Buy, Target and Kohl's will pull their doors open at midnight on Nov. 25. A few stores in Lake Saint Louis’s shopping center, The Meadows, will also be opening at midnight, including Aeropostale, Charming Charlie, Claire’s, Maurices and Victoria’s Secret. Andrea Schwartz, vice president of media relations for Macy’s, said this will be the first year Macy’s stores have opened this early. “This is really what the customers have been asking for,” Schwartz said. Schwartz said Macy’s employees have acted as …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Dino's Pizza, a new authentic Italian restaurant open in St. Peters on Mexico Road, offers unique menu items.
St. Peters residents now have a new place to dine on authentic Italian cuisine. Dino’s Pizza Italian Restaurant and Café, located on Mexico Road, opened in October. The eatery is a full-service Italian restaurant, serving everything from pizza by the slice, to pasta dishes to appetizers and breads. The restaurant offers carry-out, has a few tables for dining in, delivery when available and also offers full catering. “People can expect to get food that is like what’s served on The Hill here in St. Peters,” Dino’s owner and chef, Tony Borrelli, said of the menu. Borrelli said some of the things that make Dino’s unique are the Sicilian pizza, garlic sticks and, with the exception of a few appetizers, everything on the menu is baked, not fried…
Friday, September 9, 2011
Portrait photographer Dave Seidel strives to make all his photography subjects comfortable in front of the camera.
When looking for a photographer to take a family portrait or senior pictures, it's important to not only find someone with expertise, but also someone who can put their subjects at ease. “It’s all about making people comfortable when having their portraits done,” said Dave Seidel of Dave Seidel Photography. While making his clients feel comfortable is an important part of his job, Seidel said there are a couple things that make his studio unique—one of which is getting to know his photography subjects before the shoot. He said he spends time with his clients, before they ever step in front of camera, in order to learn about their personality. His philosophy is to custom-design his work toward each family and individual, and he tailors the…
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Mary's Morsels and More carries a variety of baked goods and also serves breakfast and lunch items.
Mary Reynolds, owner of Mary’s Morsels and More, makes items traditionally found in a bakery, while also offering a variety of food. The eatery carries coffee cakes, gooey butter cake, pies and large cinnamon rolls, with all the items baked fresh daily. Breakfast and lunch are also served six days a week. The baker has been making goodies professionally for 13 years, but said she began baking in childhood. “I’ve been baking for friends and family for years,” Reynolds said. Over the years, she has perfected her recipes to include a lot more than cakes and pies. Reynolds said Mary’s Morsels and More carries several signature items, including old fashioned cheesecake and apple dumplings. The eatery also offers breakfast sandwiches, biscuits …
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Amante Jewelers recently relocated their jewelry store from the West County area to St. Peters.
Many people visit a jeweler when they’re shopping for that special piece of jewelry or when their favorite trinket is in need of repair, but a certain amount of trust is needed between a jeweler and the customer. Juan Ramirez, owner of Amante Jewelers, said he understands how crucial that relationship is. “Everything is built on trust and within the first 10 seconds when someone comes in, they know if they’re going to do business with you,” he said. For Ramirez, a good relationship with his customers is built through rapport and making sure all their needs are met. “Everyone says ‘We give excellent customer service,’ but we’re truly not happy until the customer is happy,” said Ramirez of his business philosophy. Ramirez, who served in the …
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Saint Charles Coffee House, located on the corner of McClay Road and Jungermann Road in St. Peters, is not your typical coffee house. Expect to find a variety of food, drinks and entertainment at this eatery.
Traditionally, coffee houses are known for being a mecca within the communities they serve, and a local St. Peters coffee house is no exception. "We're almost like a quasi-community center," said Jack Heckenkamp, owner of Saint Charles Coffee House. Heckenkamp runs the family-owned business together with his wife, Julie and their daughter, Melissa Schiller. The coffeehouse gets their coffee beans from local micro roaster, Chauvin Coffee based in St. Louis, which uses an old European-style gas roaster, guaranteeing a full-flavored brew. Saint Charles Coffee House offers a variety of coffee and teas, and also serves a selection of food, such as soups, salads, sandwiches and even pizza. The business also has private banquet rooms available to…