April Member in the Spotlight


Adam Kruse
The Hermann London Group

Name: Adam Kruse

Title: Broker/Owner, Hermann London Real Estate Group

Education: High School: De Smet  College: Mizzou   Degree:  Masters of Accountancy

Family: Parents live in Lake St. Louis, Brother and his wife and son live in O’Fallon, and my lovely girlfriend lives right here in beautiful Maplewood Missouri

Hobbies/Interests: Helping friends create and build new businesses, making short films,competitive pistol shooting, working out,juicing,finding any reason to celebrate with friends and family, camping

Motto: Life/Be Nice to everyone, Have Fun every day, Pursue your dreams now Business/Today’s Realtor for Today’s Market OR entire lyrics to Miley Cyrus’s “It’s the Climb” (dont judge me, just read them)

3 Words to Describe You: Honest, Happy, Hardworking

Favorite Maplewood Business(other than your own): Hands down 100%, The Post.

Contact Adam Kruse at his office at 7350 Manchester,via email , by phone at 802-0797 or visit Hermann London Real Estate Group’s website.

Chamber Seeks Community Stage Entertainment for the Taste of Maplewood Street Festival

The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce is extending an invitation to local performers to apply for a spot in the 6th Annual Taste of Maplewood Street Festival on Saturday, May 17th. One applicant will be selected and earn the opportunity to perform on the Community Stage, along with the other volunteer entertainment.

The performer selected will have access to a stage, sound, and sound technician. Performances may  include music, storytelling, dance, magic, or any other special talent or skills. Individuals under the age of 18 can be considered, but the application must be submitted by a parent/guardian and onsite supervision is required.

For consideration, please fill out the application and submit via email to director@maplewood-chamber.com no later than April 11th. Questions and additional information should also be sent via email.  A decision will be made on or before Friday, April 18th and all applicants will receive a response.

Taste of Maplewood Street Festival Community Stage Performance Application

5 Things to Consider Before April 15th

Tips shared with us by Chamber Member, Jennifer Ridgeway of Edward Jones.

Time flies, especially when you’re facing a deadline. According to the Internal Revenue Service, about one-third of Americans file their taxes at the last minute. Unfortunately, procrastination can lead to stress. Here are five tips to help comfortably manage the next few weeks for a less stressful tax season.

1. Get organized. Those two words alone sound overwhelming, but what they really mean are “get your paperwork together.” This is not necessarily a difficult step, but it can be time consuming. Use this Tax Return Checklist as your guide. Set a goal to check off one or two items on this list each day. That way, no one day is overwhelming, and you’ll be well ahead of the game when it comes time to complete the tax returns themselves.

2. Decide if you need help from a tax professional. Consulting a tax professional is a personal decision. It may be worth your while if you find yourself confused during the “get organized” stage. Additionally, tax professionals can bring expertise to the table that may benefit you: knowledge of the ever-changing tax code helps them find all possible deductions and potential strategies to lower your tax exposure next year and beyond. Financial professionals often work together, so you can likely get a referral for a qualified tax professional from your Edward Jones financial advisor.

3. Make your 2013 IRA contribution. Making use of tax-advantaged savings opportunities is important. And one of the best opportunities is to fund your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) before the April 15 tax deadline. For 2013, the maximum IRA contribution you can make is $5,500 ($6,500 if you are age 50 or older by the end of the year).

4. Consider filing electronically. Electronic filing works best if you expect a tax refund. Because the IRS processes electronic returns faster than paper ones, you can expect to get your refund three to six weeks earlier.

5. Commit to reinvesting your tax refund. If you anticipate a refund, think ahead to the best way to use it. Many people choose to invest some or all of that money. Your financial advisor can help you identify investment options to benefit you and your family – your rainy day fund, a college savings plan or your retirement fund, for example. If you build a specific plan for your refund now, you’ll be less likely to let that income slip through your fingers.

As you may know from years past, the closer we get to tax season, the busier calendars get. Avoid the crowd and call Jennifer about opening or funding an IRA, finding or working with a tax professional, or building a long-term tax-advantaged strategy.

Jennifer C. Ridgeway
Financial Advisor | Edward Jones
Office: (314) 352-8484 | jennifer.ridgeway@edwardjones.com

Taste of Maplewood Vendor Information


Thank you for your interest in being a vendor at the 6th Annual Taste of Maplewood Street Festival on Saturday, May 17th! With thousands of people attending the Taste of Maplewood Street Festival each year, there is no better place to promote and sell your products and services.

The Taste of Maplewood (TOM) is a one-day street festival held on Sutton Blvd., just South of Manchester. Maplewood restaurants, retail boutiques, community organizations have booths on the street where they are able to promote and sell their wares and/or services.  Vendors purchase booth space from the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce and may sell and/or promote their products and services.  Vendors keep all proceeds made on the day of the event.

2014 Celebrity Food Contest: Restaurants and specialty food stores will battle for bragging rights to have one of their offering be among the “Best Of The Taste of Maplewood”. Categories include Best Unexpected Flavor” , ”Best Sweet Tooth” and “Best Overall Taste of Maplewood” and ”Best Cocktail/Mocktail”. Celebrity judges will include: Catherine Neville, Feast Magazine, Nancy Stiles, The Riverfront Times  and one more.



There are three types of Vendors: Non-ProfitRetail, and Restaurant

Step 1- Review 2014 Vendor Guidelines & 2014 Vendor Q&A

Step 2- Register and Pay Online Here  or continue with steps below

      Complete the Vendor Registration Form-2014 TOM Registration Form

If you need electricity, complete Step 3

If you are selling food, complete Step 4

If you are selling alcohol, complete Step 5

If none of these apply, skip to step 6

Step 3- Complete the Electricity Requirement Formclick here
If you do not request electricity-it will NOT be available to you for the event

If you are selling food, complete Step 4

If you are selling alcohol, complete Step 5

If neither of these apply, skip to step 6

Step 4- Complete the Temporary Food Establishment Application-click here
This is required by the St. Louis County Health Department-application should be returned to them by May 1)Note: If you are selling  food, you may be required to attend a mandatory meeting the 2nd week in May.

If you are selling alcohol, complete Step 5

If not, skip to step 6

Step 5- Complete the Application for Temporary Caterer’s Permit-click here
This is required by the Missouri Division of Public Safety: Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control. Application should be returned to them by May 1. Note: Once you are a registered TOM vendor, the Chamber will notify the City of Maplewood to release the City approval letter & City license (items 3 & 4 on the Caterer’s Permit checklist-scroll down on the link above to
view checklist.)

Step 6-Submit Vendor Registration Form and Electricity Form (if applicable) to the Chamber Office by May 2nd. Submit documents by mail: 2915 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, MO 63143  email: director@maplewood-chamber.com  fax: 314-781-5397

Maplewood Police Department Seeks Prestigious “CALEA Accreditation”

PatchMaplewood PoliceThe Maplewood Police Department could soon become part of an elite group of law enforcement agencies to undergo and successfully complete the CALEA accreditation process.

CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) is considered to be the “Gold Standard in Public Safety” and is granted to agencies that voluntarily seek accreditation and successfully demonstrate that they’re complying with 188 standards set by CALEA. The lengthy process and state-of-the-art standards makes accreditation a highly prized recognition that only select agencies in the nation receive. Achieving accreditation ensures that agencies are using industry practices which factors into lowering professional liability insurance.

The Maplewood Police Department is entering the final steps of achieving accreditation which involves an on-site examination by CALEA assessors scheduled later this month. Part of the assessment includes a public information session where members of the community are invited to offer comments about the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards (a copy of the standards is available for review at the Maplewood Police Department). The public session will be held on Tuesday, April 1st at 5:00 p.m. Individuals may also provide comments by telephone 314.502-0006 on April 1st from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Sergeant Michael Martin is spearheading the accreditation process for Maplewood and is available to answer questions at 314.646.3617. Also, a press release with more information about the process and the public session can be viewed below.

On behalf of the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce, we recognize and thank the Maplewood Police Department for the time, effort and hard work put into this over the last three years to ensure that they’re best at what they do (although, we already knew!)


Member in the Spotlight-Meet Cheryl Hoard

Cheryl_2_28_2014Name: Cheryl Hoard

Title: Owner of Cheryl’s Herbs

Education (High School, College, degrees,): Lindbergh High School, St. Louis Conservatory of Music, University of Wisconsin at Madison, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Family: I live a 15-minute walk from the shop with my husband, Jeff, my 90 year old mother, Lenora and our Pekingese, Jasmine and our cat, Mittens.

Accomplishments: Beginning in 1980, I spent 11 years as Principal French Horn of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Besides playing daily with the orchestra, that meant frequently soloing with the orchestra, teaching horn at all the major Hong Kong Universities, performing chamber and solo recitals and recording extensively with the orchestra as well as for movies, TV, and popular Chinese recording artists. I have had the privilege of being an extra horn player with the St. Louis Symphony for the past 20 years and still extensively freelance in the St. Louis area.

I also traveled throughout Asia and observed first-hand the Asian herbal way of life. I had long practiced an herbal way of life. It was this life-long fascination with herbs which lead me and my husband to open our first Cheryl’s Herbs in Hong Kong in 1991. Later that year we moved the business to St. Louis and in 2004 we opened in Maplewood.

In addition to being an herbalist and registered aromatherapist, I have twice been president of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. I was a contributing author for Llewellyn’s 2009 Herbal Almanac, aromatherapy consultant for Time Life Books, lecturer for Washington University Medical School, St. Louis University Medical School, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis University School of Social Work, St. Louis Community College, Meramec and Missouri Botanical Garden.

I continue an active schedule of lectures, workshops, seminars, private teaching sessions, business consultations and in-store demonstrations of the subjects of aromatherapy, herbalism and alternative health. I have written numerous articles appearing in various national magazines and newspapers and have been a featured guest on numerous television and radio programs.

Motto: Let it begin with me.

Favorite Maplewood Business (other than your own): I have so many favorites in Maplewood I couldn’t possibly choose just one!

City of Maplewood Special Business District Hosts 8th Annual Women Making History Event

The Chamber received the following information from event coordinator Rachelle L’Ecuyer, Community Development Director for the City of Maplewood

Maplewood’s 8th Annual Women Making History presents “Women Building Business” a panel discussion and networking event.  The event is on Thursday, March 6th, beginning at 5:30 p.m at Moosylvania Marketing, (7303 Marietta). The event is free is but space is limited and registration is required no later than February 27.

Register online at www.cityofmaplewood.com/wmh-registration

Meet the Panel
Moderator, Mary Kausch, owner of HR etc!, has over 30 years of experience in business development and the HR industry. Mary’s enthusiasm for helping others is unmatched and her spirit is uplifting. She helps managers and leaders understand the Engagement Partnership—what is required for employees to be their most productive. Her belief is that when employees thrive, so does the company and its managers.

Panelists include:
AnneMarie Greene, Executive Vice President at Moosylvania Marketing, offering clients marketing consultation in digital strategy, branding and promotions.

Susan Spitz-Morrison, Principal of Consultra Business Coaching, is like a personal trainer for your business, helping you move your business to the next level by creating alignment between goals and activities and building team effectiveness.

Patricia A. O’Herin, Senior Vice President Market Leader, PNC Financial Services Group
at PNC Bank.

Many thanks to our host, Moosylvania Marketing and beverage sponsor, Maplewood Chamber of Commerce.

Find out more about the Maplewood Special Business District by visiting their website


Chamber Business Awarded High Honor By Industry Leader

Crazy Walls of Maplewood Receives
Best Of Houzz 2014 Award


DeirDre Krotz, Owner of Crazy Walls

SAINT LOUIS,MO February 4, 2014 – Crazy Walls of Maplewood, MO has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The Decorative Painting and Specialty Painted Wall Finish Boutique was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

Unique and Beautiful painted finishes for your home or business.  Crazy Walls loves helping our clients solve their design challenges with custom painted finishes.  We only do specialty finishes and focus on the painted finishes regular painters don’t do..  Specialty Painted Finishes is all we do and it shows.  We would love to work with you.  Check out our Houzz profile or website www.crazywalls.com for more information.  We are proud of the recognition from the Houzz users and they have been great business partners since we joined the community.

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Crazy Walls among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.” With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like DeirDre Rohr, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

About Crazy Walls
Crazy Walls specializes in unique painted finishes for homes and businesses.  Work directly with the artist that will design and install a finish for your  project.  Walls are not the only thing we paint. Crazy Walls has beautiful solutions for cabinetry, furniture, columns, fireplace mantles, range hoods, specialty ceilings and much more.  Call Crazy Walls today for a complimentary consultation.  314-265-7762

Plan Introduced Will Decrease Unemployment Taxes For Businesses in 2015

The Chamber received this letter from the office of Senator Scott Sifton regarding the recent increase in unemployment taxes.

The letter explains the situation and when business owners can expect some relief.

Chamber letter

February Member in the Spotlight-Meet Kurt Kerns, V Three Studios LLC


Kurt Kerns

V Three Studios LLC

Owner – V Three Studios LLC – Architecture + Interactive

B. Arch – Kansas State University ’92

Thrilled to be married to Bonnie Blume for 17 years with 3 children ranging from 4 to 14.

Co-Founder of Gravity Kills, a St. Louis based band that released 3 albums in the 90s. The stats…Co-wrote, recorded & produced 3 records that sold over 1 million worldwide, 3 videos on MTV, 5 motion picture soundtracks, 1000 shows in 16 countries and had more fun than should be allowed.

I have a laundry list but here’s one…Take what you do very serious but don’t take yourself serious.  Always be able to laugh at yourself!

Here are 4 -
Court Jester
Creative + Disciplined
Mentor (not a “boss”)
Lucky Father

FAVORITE MAPLEWOOD BUSINESS (other than your own)           
That’s tough but I probably mostly frequent…
Foundation Grounds, Schlafly’s and Eddie’s Guitars.  Coffee, Beer and Rock N Roll…what more could you want in downtown Maplewood?