The city of Creve Coeur’s Economic Development Committee has recognized winners in the sixth annual Creve Coeur Business Awards. They are:
Heart of the Community Award
Congregation Shaare Emeth was recognized for playing a significant role in telling the story of Dr. Howard Phillip Venable. In 1956, Dr. Venable and his wife, Katie, purchased land in Creve Coeur to build their home; however, the city acquired their land by the power of eminent domain and later turned the land into a park. City and court records show that the people leading this effort were motivated by bigotry and racial animus and sought to prevent the Venables from building their home in the city due to their race.
When members of Congregation Shaare Emeth discovered the history behind the park, they stepped forward to do what they could to right this wrong. The dedicated and persistent efforts of Congregation Shaare Emeth directly led to the park being renamed in 2019 as the Dr. H. Phillip Venable Memorial Park. This fall, the city will host a park rededication ceremony in honor of Dr. Venable and his family.
Most Innovative Business Award
This year’s award highlights the innovative efforts of two Creve Coeur physicians, Dr. David Katzman and Dr. Jennifer DeLaney, who recognized the need for a safe, comfortable and reusable device to protect healthcare workers from exposure to infection, which led to the development of a Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR) of their own design. The device they created has a loose fitting hood, a fog-free face shield, and an air filter that filters 99.97% of aerosol particulates greater than 0.3 microns. The CDC rates the device to be at least 2.5 times better at preventing exposure than an N-95 mask.
Green Business Award
O’Connor Insurance was recognized as the winner of this year’s Green Business Award for making sustainability an integral part of its business practices and taking significant steps to create an environmentally friendly office space.
Favorite Restaurant Award
Nominated by its customers and selected by popular vote, Orzo Mediterranean Grill is known for its Mediterranean flavors with seasoned proteins and fresh, locally sourced vegetables. In addition to offering healthy delicious dishes, owners Nick and Laura Cowlen also host community give-back days where a percentage of sales is donated to a nonprofit organization.