St Louis Businesses Recognized at Mayor's Luncheon

Celebrating Neighborhood Development

November 5, 2018 | 3 min reading time

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St. Louis, MO- The Mayor’s Business Celebration Luncheon was held on Friday, October 26, 2018 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand in downtown St. Louis. The honorable Mayor Lyda Krewson recognized businesses and organizations for their success in growing commerce and development in the City of St. Louis.

Among those honored was Stifel, who received a Mayor’s Award for their long commitment to helping businesses grow throughout the St. Louis area. Six businesses, including BJC Healthcare and ABNA Engineering received the award for Businesses of the Year. In total 56 organizations were recognized, including 28 neighborhood businesses.

In the category of Developers and Developments, Gateway Arch National Park, Habitat for Humanity and The Koman Group were three of ten companies and organizations who received awards for their dedication to the city’s real estate market. In addition, two organizations, Boundless Technologies and Drug Design Methodologies were recognized with the Innovation Award for continuing to establish the city as a startup and technology hub. And, four nonprofit organizations received Quality of Life Awards for their dedication to making St. Louis everybody in the city this year.

The luncheon, established in 2002, also is presented by St. Louis Development Corp. (SLDC), led by Executive Director Otis Williams. More than 1,000 guests attended this year’s luncheon.

“We are honored to celebrate and recognize the City’s businesses, developers, and nonprofit organizations that contribute substantially to our economy and quality of life,” said Otis Williams, Executive Director, St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC). “These businesses and organizations are essential to creating jobs, sustaining economic growth and building the foundation of our City and neighborhoods.”

Check out the video from Friday's luncheon (see below) in which community leaders share their thoughts on the importance neighborhoods.

Recipients of the 2018 awards were:

Businesses of the Year

ABNA Engineering

BJC HealthCare

David Mason + Associates 





Neighborhood Businesses of the Year

Ward 1 - Premier Cuts & Stylez

Ward 2 - Playboy’s Cappuccino Lounge & Restaurant

Ward 3 - Breeze Barber & Beauty

Ward 4 - Eternity Adult Day Care

Ward 5 - Fehlig Brothers Box & Lumber Company

Ward 6 - Crafted

Ward 7 - 4 Hands Brewing Company

Ward 8 - Wild Carrot

Ward 9 - Bridge Bread

Ward 10 - Urzi’s Italian Market

Ward 11 - Bar:PM

Ward 12 - Nonna’s Homestyle Foods

Ward 13 - The Heavy Anchor

Ward 14 – RUSSO STONE and TILE design

Ward 15 – The Blackthorn Pub & Pizza

Ward 16 - Russell’s on Macklind

Ward 17 - Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery & Bierhall

Ward 18 - Sho-Off Car Wash

Ward 19 - Sapporo 2 Sushi & Thai Restaurant

Ward 20 - Teatopia

Ward 21 - Harry’s Place Barber & Styling Salon 

Ward 22 - Buttons & Bows Preschool Development Center Inc.

Ward 23 - Biggies Restaurant

Ward 24 - Felix’s Pizza Pub

Ward 25 - Anthony Duncan Architecture

Ward 26 - A&B Phase II Car Wash & Detailing

Ward 27 - Hilltop Child Development Center

Ward 28 - Cassie’s Fragrance Boutique & Scent Bar


Developers/Developments of the Year

4220 Duncan

Chippewa Park

Cortex MetroLink Station 

Gateway Arch National Park   

Habitat for Humanity

Lewis Place 

Monogram on Washington

St. Ferdinand Homes II

Soldiers Memorial Military Museum

The Koman Group


Innovation Awards

Boundless Technologies

Drug Design Methodologies


Quality of Life Awards

Bloom Café

Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience

Deaconess Foundation


St. Louis Youth Jobs


Mayor's Awards

Annie Malone Children & Family Services



The Muny

Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis


About the St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC)

St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC) is an umbrella, not-for-profit corporation organized under Chapter 355 of the Missouri State Statutes with the mission of fostering economic development and growth in the City of St. Louis by stimulating the market for private investment in City real estate and business development and improve the quality of life for everyone who lives in, works in, and visits the City.  The mission of the SLDC is to stimulate the market for private investment in City real estate and business development and improve the quality of life for everyone who lives in, works in, and visits the City of St. Louis. If there are questions, please contact John Parker, Director of Corporate Communications and Media at 314-363-1102 or email him at

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