Past Business Awards Winners
2018 CREVE COEUR BUSINESS AWARDS
The City of Creve Coeur Economic Development Committee (EDC) recognized the winners of the third annual Creve Coeur Business Awards during a ceremony on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. at the Venture Cafe: 39 N located at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 N. Warson Road.
This year’s winner is a small business with a big heart. Jon Tomas Salon and Spa has devoted countless hours and resources year after year to raise money for local charities. This past October, they donated bright pink hair extensions in support of cancer research, donating proceeds to the Siteman Cancer Center, which has medical offices throughout St. Louis, including one right here in Creve Coeur. In total, they have raised over $10,000 for the Siteman Cancer Center while also matching more than $2,000 in contributions. The staff’s endless generosity and initiative to give back to the Creve Coeur community exemplifies what the Heart of the Community Award is all about.
Michael Donini (left), manager, accepted the award for Heart of the Community on behalf of Jon Tomas Salon and Spa from Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz (middle) and Creve Coeur Economic Development Committee Chair, Sekhar Prabhakar (right).
Arvegenix has been in Creve Coeur since 2013, located right here in the 39 North AgTech Innovation District. The Arvegenix team has been researching how to turn a common weed into a viable, profitable crop for Midwest farmers. This weed, called pennycress, can be grown during winter during a crop cycle when nothing else is able to grow. This company’s research shows that, by adding pennycress to their crop rotation, farmers could harvest the pennycress seeds as a new source for oil and animal feed while also preventing nutrient loss in their own soil that would otherwise happen during winter.
Jerry Steiner (middle), CEO, accepted the award for Most Innovative Business on behalf of Arvegenix from Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz (right) and Creve Coeur Economic Development Committee Chair, Sekhar Prabhakar (left).
Vanchi Properties was determined to “go green” by incorporating environmentally friendly features into their office building design, making it one of the most energy efficient commercial buildings in the Creve Coeur area. Instead of a traditional HVAC system, the building has a geothermal system that heats and cools the building using 22 tons of geothermal units, reducing energy costs by 30 to 70 percent. The building’s solar power system has over 60 solar panels positioned on the roof, estimated to offset 38,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
Saji Jacob (middle), CEO, accepted the award for Green Business on behalf of Vanchi Properties from Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz (right) and Creve Coeur Energy and Environment Committee Chair, Joseph Martinich (left).
Oishi Sushi is a staple in the Creve Coeur community for lovers of Japanese cuisine. Although known for their sushi, this restaurant has a diverse menu that incorporates fresh, high quality ingredients into all of their dishes. In fact, the name of this restaurant is a Japanese word that translates to mean “delicious." The winner of the Favorite Restaurant Award is determined by popular vote, and Oishi Sushi received the most votes out of all nominated restaurants, earning the Favorite Restaurant Award for 2018.
Mek Mccoomb (left), manager, and staff members Jai Cordes (middle) and Somkiet Jaroenngarm (right) accepted the Favorite Restaurant Award on behalf of Oishi Sushi.
2017 CREVE COEUR BUSINESS AWARD WINNERS
The City of Creve Coeur Economic Development Committee (EDC) recognized the winners of the second Creve Coeur Business awards with a ceremony on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Venture Cafe: 39 N. Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz announced the winners including:
HEART OF THE COMMUNITY AWARD 2017:
Since 1895, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of women, children and families through community service, advocacy, education and philanthropy in the St. Louis community. Five years ago, it moved to its current location at 295 N. Lindbergh, and has become a vital part of Creve Coeur. Through a variety of notable community service program and projects, the NCJW provides underserved populations without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability. Its vital programs and projects include providing children with school items and clothing, offering micro-lending program for low-income women who may not otherwise have access to borrowing funds to further employment opportunities, proving support to women of all faiths to move forward after the loss of a spouse, and assisting low-income women and domestic violence survivors with guidance, life-skills training and clothing to enter or re-enter the work force – all at no cost to its beneficiaries. The National Council of Jewish Women’s exemplary commitment to community service and advocacy in Creve Coeur and the greater St. Louis region exemplified the Heart of the Community Award.
Ellen Alper (second from the left), Executive Director, Darien Arnstein (center), Immediate Past President, and Heather Silverman (second from the right), Program Director, accept the award for Heart of the Community on behalf of the National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis Chapter from Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz (left) and Creve Coeur Economic Development Committee Chair, Sekhar Prabhakar (right).
MOST INNOVATIVE BUSINESS AWARD 2017:
PayCom launched in 1998 as one of the nation’s first web-based Human Resources and payroll technology companies. It has been in Creve Coeur at 2 City Place since 2010 and has other locations across the nation. From the beginning, this company has been committed to the ongoing development of a single database that lowers labor costs, drives employee engagement and reduces exposure. It provides businesses with one solution to effectively manage the entire employment life cycle, from recruitment to retirement, and its cloud based true single-application software, one-to-one customer service model, and sky-high information security management standards and certifications sets it apart. PayCom’s innovation in cloud-based capital management software to help businesses streamline employment processes exemplified the Most Innovative Business Award.
Allie Steiner (center), Executive Business Consultant at PayCom, accepts the award for Most Innovative Business from Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz (left) and Creve Coeur Economic Development Committee Chair, Sekhar Prabhakar (right).
FAVORITE RESTAURANT AWARD 2017:
Pumpernickles Deli is a wonderful family owned business. The owner and his two sons and daughter have created an atmosphere in their restaurant that is second to none. It’s been said this is a place where everybody knows your name. The wait staff are excellent and always greet their customers with a smile. The food is delicious and portions are plentiful whether you’re having the corn beef sandwich, the matzo ball soup or an omelet. Rumor has it, you will leave satisfied and if you’re not a regular customer, you will quickly become one. Pumpernickles' warm and inviting atmosphere, exceptional wait staff and management and delicious food exemplify the Favorite Restaurant Award.
Harlan Levin (second from the left), President of Pumpernickles Deli, Richie Levin (second from the right), manager, and Blair Levin (right), manager, accept the award for Favorite Restaurant from Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz (left) and Creve Coeur Economic Development Committee Chair, Sekhar Prabhakar (center).
2016 CREVE COEUR BUSINESS AWARD WINNERS
The City of Creve Coeur Economic Development Committee (EDC) celebrated the first Creve Coeur Business awards with a ceremony on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. The event was sponsored by Wexford Science and Technology. At the ceremony, Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz announced the winners including:
HEART OF THE COMMUNITY AWARD 2016: The Fitness Edge
The Fitness Edge has inspired members of the St. Louis region to improve their lives since 1991. Through their friendly staff and motivating environment, they encourage their clients to improve their health and wellbeing and achieve their fitness goals. They have been recognized locally and nationally as a premier training facility including being named one of Men’s Journal Magazine’s Top 100 Trainers in America two years in a row. Their exemplary work in personal training and athletic programs, their commitment to the health of their clients, and their ability to inspire lifestyle change exemplify the Heart of the Community Award.
MOST INNOVATIVE BUSINESS AWARD 2016: MOgene
MOgene has been contributing to Creve Coeur’s thriving life science industry since 2012. They have established a solid reputation as a genomics service provider to academic, government and industrial research groups and institutions. Their research has provided a vast array of innovative solutions including tools for personalized medicine, allowing doctors to prescribe more targeted and effective treatments, as well as research to develop technologies that convert natural gas into liquid fuel for transportation. With a mission to provide “best in class” services to its partners to bring critical solutions to agriculture,
FAVORITE RESTAURANT AWARD 2016: The Post Sports Bar and Grill
The Post Sports Bar and Grill has provided the Creve Coeur community an excellent location to gather and cheer on their favorite sports teams since 2013. Its two St. Louis locations have received multiple recognitions including CNN Top 101 Sports Bars in America. Their relaxing yet energetic atmosphere and exceptional service and attentiveness set this restaurant apart as a preferred neighborhood gathering place.