The Elegant Child

Continuing a legacy of love and learning, Debbie and Chip Rowland, (right) founders of The Elegant Child in Wildwood, with Learning Center Director Kathy Wolfe and Assistant Director Jim Steimley.   


After 30 years of caring for children through their school, The Elegant Child Early Learning Center, the Rowland family will pass on those responsibilities to Premier Early Childhood Education Partners. Debbie Rowland said the company understands the value of a family-owned business and will continue its legacy with the guidance of director Kathy Wolfe, assistant director Jim Steimley, our wonderful administrators and “our amazing teachers who will continue to love nurture and teach the children.” The Elegant Child Early Learning Center will also keep its name and location at 513 Strecker Road in Ballwin. To learn more, call (636) 458-4414 or visit

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Olympia Gymnastics held a formal grand opening on Oct. 14 at its new facility located at 79 National Way Shopping Center. Founded in 1979, Olympia Gymnastics provides children classes in gymnastics, ninja and tumbling, as well as birthday party rentals.

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a Little Hi fast food burger joint opened on Oct. 23 at 15069 Manchester Road in Ballwin. A mini version of the High-Pointe Drive-In,  a Little Hi exclusively serves Hi-Pointe’s signature burgers, fries and shakes and is open seven days a week from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. a Little Hi is brought to you by your friends from Hi-Pointe Drive-In and the team behind Sugarfire Smokehouse and Chicken Out.

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The Saint Louis Zoo awarded its 2022 Conservation Award and three other awards at the 31st Annual Marlin Perkins Society Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Receiving the Conservation Award was Belinda Low Mackey, who operated the Grevy’s Zebra Scout Program and the Grevy’s Zebra Trust in northern Kenya. Ken Johnson, who began his “second career” volunteering at the Zoo in 2009 after retiring as president and CEO of AAA Auto Club of Missouri, received the Individual Award. Lodging Hospitality Management received the Corporate Award. The Henry A. Jubel Foundation, which was instrumental in the construction of Michael & Quirsis Riney Primate Canopy Trails, received the Foundation Award.



Brinkmann Constructors promotes Brian Satterthwaite to chief executive officer and Tom Oberle to president as the national company continues to grow. Founder Bob Brinkmann, 73, formerly CEO, remains engaged as chairman of the board for the company he launched in 1984. Since 2010 Bob Brinkmann served as CEO, Satterthwaite as president and Oberle as executive vice president.

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Nathan Charnes, PGA of WingHaven Country Club, was elected Secretary of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America on Nov. 3 at the 106th PGA Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Charnes becomes the first PGA Member in the history of the Gateway Section to be elected to National Office and will eventually serve as the Association’s 45th President in 2027 and 2028.