Past Business Awards Winners
2020 BUSINESS AWARDSThe City of Creve Coeur Economic Development Committee is proud to announce the winners of the fifth annual Creve Coeur Business Awards! This year’s winners were recognized during an awards ceremony on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at the Creve Coeur-Olivette Chamber Membership Luncheon.
Heart of the Community Award 2020
Robin's Angels (2 Cityplace Dr.)
The Heart of the Community Award honors a Creve Coeur business or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to the community by making a positive impact in Creve Coeur. Margaret Collins first noticed a need for more caregivers in the community after a family member became sick with cancer. Her solution was to start her own business called Robin’s Angels in 2016 that provides at-home healthcare to the elderly and disabled. She now employs 26 caregivers and two nurses, who work to serve the Greater St. Louis area, including St. Charles, Lincoln, Pike and Warren County. Collins had always pictured herself as a CFO, not CEO—but now, as a business owner, she enjoys having the freedom to spend more time with the caregivers and families that she serves. Robin’s Angels also goes above and beyond to give back by hosting annual appreciation events for her staff, clients, families and friends—as a “thank you” for letting her care for their family.
(Pictured: Margaret Collins, CEO of Robin’s Angels, accepts the award for Heart of the Community from the City of Creve Coeur.)
Most Innovative Business Award 2020
Food Raconteur (Home Business)
The Most Innovative Business Award honors a Creve Coeur business or organization that has demonstrated innovation, unique achievements or significant advancements in their field. This year’s winner started his business in 2016 after he quit his high-level marketing job to “follow his heart” and become a private chef. Whether it’s a meal for two or two hundred, Chef Ashok Nageswaran of Food Raconteur uses flavors from around the world to create custom catered meals that tell a story, ensuring that each guest knows the uniqueness and effort behind each dish. To date, Chef Nageswaran has prepared meals featuring cuisine from over 73 countries. But it’s about more than just the delicious food—he uses food to bring people together, creating conversations over a shared experience. Although the pandemic has limited the number of big catering events this year, it has also brought new opportunities for Food Raconteur, which has recently began hosting virtual cooking lessons that are gaining global popularity.
(Pictured: Ashok Nageswaran, Private Chef and Founder of Food Raconteur, accepts the award for Most Innovative Business from the City of Creve Coeur.)
Green Business Award 2020
Markwort Sporting Goods Company (1203 Ambassador Blvd.)
The Green Business Award recognizes a Creve Coeur business that has made sustainability an integral part of its business practices. Markwort Sporting Goods Company has a strong history of environmental initiatives. One of their biggest achievements to date has been a packaging redesign for one of their best-selling products, a softball safety mask. They took on the difficult task of redesigning the packaging to remove all use of plastic, creating a new packaging design that instead uses a single piece of recyclable cardboard. Reducing waste is important to this business, which is why they continue to explore new ways to package their products in an environmentally friendly way. Their warehouse also uses smart thermostats and LED lighting in order to reduce their overall energy use. Markwort Sporting Goods Company was also one of a handful of businesses to receive Green Business Certification from the City of Creve Coeur earlier this year, a recognition only presented to businesses that meet a certain standard of green business practices.
(Pictured: Brett Markwort, General Manager of Markwort Sporting Goods Company, accepts the Green Business Award from the City of Creve Coeur.)
Favorite Restaurant Award 2020
Anis Hyderabad House (12637 Olive Blvd.)
Nominated by its customers and selected by popular vote, the Favorite Restaurant Award honors a Creve Coeur restaurant with outstanding food and service. This year’s winner specializes in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes with South Indian, North Indian, Tandoori, Indo-Chinese, and Mughlai traditional homestyle cooking. Anis Hyderabad House is known for its efficient and friendly service, providing a “home away from home” for its guests. Their welcoming environment combined with their delicious and authentic cuisine keeps customers coming back for their most popular dishes, such as chicken tikka masala, reshmi kabab and chilli paneer. Since opening in Creve Coeur in 2013, Anis Hyderabad House has been applauded and recognized by the community, receiving a five star rating at the St. Louis Festival of Nations and receiving “Best Bite” recognition at the Taste of St. Louis Festival.
(Pictured: Anil Reddy Jukanti (left) and Anitha Reddy Jukanti (right), owners of Anis Hyderabad House, accept the Favorite Restaurant Award from the City of Creve Coeur.)
2019 BUSINESS AWARDSThe City of Creve Coeur Economic Development Committee recognized the winners of the fourth annual Creve Coeur Business Awards during a ceremony on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the Creve Coeur–Olivette Chamber Membership Luncheon. The winner for each category was announced, including:
HEART OF THE COMMUNITY AWARD 2019
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital has been a member of the Creve Coeur community since 1969, providing highly specialized care to the St. Louis region—but this organization stands out for the many ways they give back to the community. During the past year, these health care professionals have offered hundreds of free flu shots and health screenings, donated more than 400 gifts to the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, and have partnered with the Parkway School District to offer shadowing opportunities to students interested in the health care field.
Pictured: Trish Lollo (right), President of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, accepts the award for Heart of the Community from Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz.
FAVORITE RESTAURANT AWARD 2019
GREEN BUSINESS AWARD 2019
Selected by popular vote, this year’s winner is new to Creve Coeur, opening just last fall. Within that short amount of time, Poké Munch has quickly become a fan favorite in the community. They are known for their fresh, flavorful dishes that are both healthy and delicious—made with high quality ingredients, and with high quality service to match. Poké Munch was also awarded the Green Business Award for its proactive steps to make sustainability a part of its business practices. This business has incorporated numerous environmentally friendly features into its building, including a power-saving tankless water heater, high-efficiency water faucets, and recyclable and compostable dinnerware.
MOST INNOVATIVE BUSINESS AWARD 2019
The Yield Lab
The Yield Lab is a part of the growing 39 North Ag-Tech district, and is working to connect entrepreneurs with agriculture technology companies. This company reviews hundreds of applications per year, but only selects about a half-a-dozen companies to invest in as part of their accelerator program. Beyond the initial investment, this accelerator program also provides the selected companies with dedicated staff members to help shape their market strategy and introduce them to the market. For their efforts to revolutionize the agriculture industry, the Yield Lab was awarded the Most Innovative Business Award.
Pictured: Matt Plummer (right), principal at The Yield Lab, accepts the award for Most Innovative Business from Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz.
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.
Pictured: 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.
Pictured: 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.
Pictured: 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.
Pictured: 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.
Pictured: 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.
Pictured: 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.
Pictured: 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.
Pictured: Mike Jaudes, Owner and President of The Fitness Edge, accepts the award for Heart of the Community from Creve Coeur Economic Development Committee Chair, Sekhar Prabhakar and Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz.
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,
Pictured: Shaukat Rangwala, Senior Vice President of MOgene, LC, accepts the award for Most Innovative Business from Creve Coeur Economic Development Committee Chair, Sekhar Prabhakar and Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz.
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.
Pictured: Joe Futrell, Co-owner and General Manager of the Post Sports Bar and Grill in Creve Coeur, accepts the award for Favorite Restaurant from Creve Coeur Economic Development Committee Chair, Sekhar Prabhakar and Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz.