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Lavinia McCoy started Gourmet Soul because the pieces fit together; the timing, the funding, and of course the love that goes into her cooking.

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This week we're chatting with the guys behind Upshot Coffee and Beets & Bones on the ups and downs and the coming. 

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The female-owned company started at the farmer’s market but now you can find their teas in stores across the country.

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For “Big Muddy” Mike Clark, the rivers have always fascinated him, but it was his first ‘source to sea’ trip that made him realize it was something he could do for a living.

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The custom embroidery shop by Abbey Eilermann started with a love for color and the idea that every day should be a party.

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They started as a vendor at the Soulard Farmers Market and now they’ve opened up their own brick and mortar cafe.

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The craft distillery is housed inside a former fast-food restaurant, but when you open the doors you're greeted by the team creating some of the best spirits in the entire country.

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Rick joined us in the podcast to talk about what makes a pizza St. Louis style, the perks of working with his wife and sons every day and the bold moves he took to expand the business and get Dogtown Pizzas in the freezer aisles of all the major stores in St. Louis.

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Many industries have taken a massive hit thanks to COVID-19, and the hospitality industry is no exception. While it's been challenging, Butler's Pantry has history on their side.

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2011 was a year for craft beer. In this episode we chat with the people behind Perennial Artisan Ales as they open a second location. 

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St. Louis is a city filled with the old and the new, and at Firecracker Press on Cherokee, they work to capture both.

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City Museum, created by artist Bob Cassilly, opening in downtown St. Louis in 1997, and hasn't stopped changing since.

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After starting in the St. Louis dining scene in the early 1990s, David Kirkland took his turntable talents to the west coast as a DJ in San Fransisco. Even as a member of the Bay-area music scene, he never lost his passion for the kitchen.

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Twinkle Brews Candle company started over the love of craft beer and the desire to capture the taste and smell, even after the beer is gone.

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This pandemic has been incredibly hard for all of us but the members of the Red and Black Brass Band are lifting the spirits of St. Louisans through their music. 

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We delve into how gooey butter cake was invented and how the brother-sister duo make one of the most famous St. Louis classics. 

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Andrew Brewer has built a small eatery empire in Cottleville. Not even 30 years old, the owner of Plank Road Pizza, Cottleville Cookies and Cream, and 1798 BBQ has established some of the best restaurants in the region while seamlessly blending into a historic small town in St. Charles County.

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When Krupa and Sid Panchal moved to St. Louis from Bombay, India, they craved the food of their homeland. There are a lot of great Indian restaurants in St. Louis but the Panchals were looking for the street food they loved.

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When Krupa and Sid Panchal moved to St. Louis from Bombay, India, they craved the food of their homeland. There are a lot of great Indian restaurants in St. Louis but the Panchals were looking for the street food they loved.

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Taco Circus is serving up Austin-style Tex Mex on The Hill. Christian Ethridge brought his love of tacos from his home state of Texas. The taqueria first opened in the Bevo Mill neighborhood in 2015 and moved to a larger space on Southwest in the fall of 2019.

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On a nearly one-acre flower farm in the middle of South City, you'll find more than 70 different kinds of flowers growing. When Mimo Davis and Miranda Duschack discovered the property almost a decade ago it was in shambles.

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At Bulrush, the space and food feel modern, but the inspiration for the food is hundreds of years of history rooted in the Ozarks.

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For 20 years, the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis has worked to make the Bard more accessible. For their 20th season, the long running festival will put on a performance of Much Ado About Nothing. The festival’s executive producer Tom Ridgely sat down with us to discuss how they continue to shake things up.

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Downtown St. Louis’ latest boutique hotel features a rooftop pool, nods to the buildings’ history and a restaurant with Chef Evy Swoboda at it’s helm.

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A new year brings new beginnings and no one knows about starting fresh like Zahra Spencer and Telie Woods. The two had dreams of opening a beachfront joint in Zahra’s home island of St. Thomas, then Hurricane Irma hit.

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In two days, St. Louis will unveil its new aquarium at Union Station. It's part of a comprehensive makeover of the downtown attraction, and the aquarium is the biggest piece of that renovation.

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'Tis the season for holiday traditions, and we wanted to know what some of Meet St. Louis' most popular guests do to celebrate.

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Adam and Jason Tilford moved around a lot growing up. From the East Coast to the West Coast, their dad was in the Coast Guard and it took them across the US.

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When Scott Ellinger opened up his restaurant The Brass Rail in O’Fallon, he didn’t have enough money to change the sign. So he kept the name of the previous restaurant.

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When Lisa Dolan couldn’t find the clean beauty products she was searching for, she created her own. That was the birth of Lark Skin Co.

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Steve Albers is used to waiting. He waited his entire life for his beloved Blues to win a Stanley Cup and he waited years to open his brewery, Center Ice.

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“If it’s not a ‘F*** Yeah!’ for me, it’s a ‘No.’” In a storefront in Historic St. Charles, Sugarbot Sweet Shop serves ups some of the area’s best treats.

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For Travis Howard and Tim Wiggins, hospitality is top of mind at their restaurants Yellowbelly and Retreat. The two concepts are wildly different, one a tiki-inspired seafood restaurant with an emphasis on rum cocktails, the other a modern American gastropub with a rustic vibe.

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Housed in a once vacant and crumbling gas station, Utah Station is breathing new life into a building and a vegan menu.

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In 1983, Behshid and Hamishe Bahrami opened The Little Kitchen in Downtown St. Louis as a way to support their new baby girl, Natasha. They started out on a convention oven and an electric burner, serving up Persian food for downtown workers.

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50 years ago, a group of Wash U grad students opened up a book store. It was full of anti-war books, Rolling Stone magazines, and all kinds of reading material that you couldn't find anywhere else.

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Caiti Carrow runs Jasper Paul PR, the hospitably public relations firm representing some of the very best in St. Louis’ food scene. From iNDO, to Retreat, and Yellowbelly, to Schlafly and Nathaniel Reid, their clients aren’t just receiving attention in St. Louis but across the country.

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Zoe Robinson opened her first restaurant at 23 and she hasn’t stopped.

A pioneer in the St. Louis restaurant scene, she has created some of the beautiful spaces in St. Louis, from I Fratellini to Bar Les Freres.

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Mac's Local Eats took St. Louis by storm with their incredible burgers in 2017, quickly building a reputation for having some of the best food in town.

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Mitch Frost took a look around The Grove and realized something: There were no late-night food options. Despite many of the bars in the neighborhood being open until 3 a.m., if revelers wanted to grab some grub before heading home, they were largely out of luck.

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Abbey Spencer started off like many brewers, by brewing at home.

Her first batch was pretty good, the second? Undrinkable. But the success of the first drove her to keep trying.

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If you haven't eaten in one of his restaurants, you've certainly heard of them. Rooster, Bailey's Range, Chocolate Bar, Bridge, Small Batch; they're all St. Louis staples.

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For more than a decade, Reine Bayoc has been serving up love and magic at her Shaw bakery. SweetArt started as a crazy dream, a dream that has seen serious success. People line up to the door to try what she describes as vegan soul food.

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The award-winning furniture maker uses his family's 500 wooded acres in rural Illinois. David Stine is behind furniture found in several restaurants and hotels around the area. 

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When Mike Johnson turned 40, he was ready to get out of the restaurant business for good. But instead he decided to give a BBQ restaurant a shot. Now Sugarfire Smokehouse is a huge hit in St. Louis and around the country.

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Blues City Deli is one of the most beloved sandwich spots in the city. The line outside the shop every day at lunchtime can tell you that

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When Charles Glenn auditioned to sing the National Anthem for the St. Louis Blues, his microphone went out two words in. He kept singing without it, and he was so good they hired him anyway.

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At the corner of Main Street and Mill Street in Festus sits one of the most popular breweries in the region. Main & Mill Brewing Company opened in 2014 and quickly grew in popularity for their unique beer and culture of spreading craft beer.

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Nick Bognar is young and hungry. He started working in the kitchen of his mom’s Ballwin restaurant Nippon Tei at 16, and ever since then he’s dreamed of opening his own restaurant.

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There aren't many 100-year-old businesses, but St. Louis is lucky to have a century of great food thanks to Gioia's Deli.

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She first took the stage as Annie at the Ozark Actor’s Theater at age 10 and was officially hooked. St. Louis-area native Taylor Louderman is now taking Broadway by storm, playing Regina George in Mean Girls.

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St. Louis is full of incredible places, but the heart of the city is Forest Park.

Nearly twice as big as Central Park, the incredible space available to residents and tourists alike is maintained by thousands of volunteers and a staff dedicated to keeping one of the most special places in country beautiful.

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Fauxgerty is a woman-owned, sustainable fashion company based in St. Louis and started in a Central West End apartment in 2013. Since then, owner Chrissy Fogerty has expanded the brand with the help of her husband Jon to create a company that puts thought behind every jacket, skirt and blouse.

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Matt McGuire is no stranger to successful restaurants. From Monarch, to Herbie’s, to Brasserie and Niche, he has made a name for himself at some of the city’s best restaurants.

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The owners, chefs and bartenders at Olive + Oak put their heart into everything they do. Their customers are treated more like family and if you sit at the bar, you’ll feel like you’re in bartenders Morgaine Segura and Charlie Martin’s living room.

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Block by block, Grand Center continues to grow into the arts destination of St. Louis. And if it’s up to Chris Hansen, it will be a destination known world-wide. The executive director of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation says the community-driven organization is dedicated to creating spaces for artists to thrive.

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From the halls of the White House to a storefront on South Grand, Martin Casas is always working to make an impact on his community.

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They’re considered the pioneers of the food truck business here in St. Louis.

Brian Hardesty and Joel Crespo hit the streets with their renovated truck featuring Fillipino-inspired food in 2011 and they haven’t stopped since.

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Rain, snow or sunshine, you never know what to expect with a St. Louis Mardi Gras. But for 40 years, St. Louisians have braved whatever the elements have to offer to celebrate in the streets of Soulard.

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What started with the renovation of one building in University City has evolved into the restoration of hundreds of buildings across St. Louis.

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You might not know it from the outside of the dated strip mall, but Yolklore is serving up some of the best breakfast not just in St. Louis County but across the region.

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You may not know the name, but you definitely know their work. Space LLC has designed and built some of the most well-known spots in St. Louis.

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WellBeing Brewing Company has, by any measure, the most success in their first year of any St. Louis brewery ever. They're in 26 states, part of dozens of festivals around the country, and are adding customers by the minute.

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Say hello to the trendy new juice bar in The Grove. Jordan and Kayla Bauer landed on the idea when they were on their honeymoon in Hawaii, realizing it was a niche missing in their hometown of St. Louis.

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Fried chicken and family are two of the things Rick Lewis credits with his success. The James Beard-nominated chef and owner serves up southern cuisine at Grace Meat & Three in The Grove Neighborhood.

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Nathaniel Reid's love of food has taken him around the world, but he came home to open his own restaurant.

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The first Kaldi's opened in the Demun neighborhood in 1994, since then it has grown into one of St. Louis most well-known coffee brands. Kaldi’s Coffee’s director of marketing Frank McGinty shares the evolution of the specialty coffee company.

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Edo Nalic arrived in St. Louis as a refugee, having come to America from war-torn Bosnia. He met his wife Loryn while in the U.S., and the two always knew they wanted to build something together, especially in the food industry.

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Owner Betsy Blancett-Nacrelli left her corporate job to follow a passion. What started inside her St. Louis home has now grown into a company that sells jewelry all over the country.

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How many people would walk away from a six-figure job to chase a dream?

Tamara Keefe faced that choice a few years ago and decided to leave the corporate world behind and take a shot at making ice cream.

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It's been said a million times at the end of long, adventurous nights, and it never happens. But Brad Lobdell and Sean Conroy actually did it, and now they have THE beer bar franchise in St. Louis.

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Seven generations of Eckerts have farmed in the area for 175 years, and now their land is visited annually by thousands of people.

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In an often male-dominated industry, Alisha Blackwell-Calvert is breaking stereotypes. The St. Louis native is the beverage director at Reeds American Table in Maplewood. As a certified sommelier, prepping to take the exam to become an advanced sommelier, Blackwell-Calvert is earning national attention.

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Welcome to the oldest organic farm west of the Mississippi! Earth Dance Farms grew from an acre of rented ground to one of the nation's most recognized spaces for agricultural education.