The SOHO Shop takes work and living spaces into the future

After high school, Bryan Jefferson joined the US Marine Corps, where in a six-year career, he earned several medals, served as presidential guard for former president George H.W. Bush, and learned the tenets of leadership. He brings the same level of determination and progressive thinking he learned in the armed forces to his role as…

Veterans Home Care helps vets claim benefits

As Edith Sperling’s cancer progressed, her daughter, Bonnie Laiderman, became her caregiver. Late in her mother’s illness, Laiderman learned of a Department of Veterans Affairs benefit called Aid and Attendance, which can pay for personal care services. Edith, the widow of a Korean War veteran, would have qualified. Yet, by the time Laiderman applied for…

AccuCare prioritizes client’s needs and comfort

Jacqueline Phillips describes herself as a natural care giver. “It’s in my blood. I’ve just always thought being able to help other people in some way just makes sense,” said Phillips. In pursuing her passion to help people, she started her career as a general surgery nurse at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. Here,…

JC Car Care & Tire TORCH Award Profile

Decades ago, Jack Sims, owner of JC Car Care & Tire, had a revelation about customer service that changed his entire perspective. Sims was working as a mechanic at a Florissant, Mo. auto shop when his girlfriend, soon to be wife, brought in her car for a checkup. Sims noted that the alternator belt was…

The Pinball Company operates at peak performance

Most Casual gamers consider pinball to be synonymous with nostalgia, high scores and fun. But Nic Parks thought of pinball as synonymous with profits. “I worked for a retailer in St. Louis that sold pinball machines and arcades in the back corner of the store,” said Parks.  I recognized there were not many places to buy these…