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St. Louis Magazine

St. Louis Magazine

August 2021

A locally owned and operated company, we create informative, beautiful publications that serve as the local authority on what is so great about the Gateway City. Through our pages, St. Louisans can connect with their city in a whole new way.

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SLM Media Group
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
as missouri turns 200, what’s your favorite spot in the state beyond st. louis?

“Ozark National Scenic Riverways, early fall, on a weekday when nobody else is out there. You might as well be in the 1700s.”—Nicholas Phillips, Senior Editor“I genuinely love Branson, tourist trap and all. I’ve spent more vacations in its rolling hills, theme parks, and cutesy shops than I can count (and have the old-time family photos to prove it).”—Samantha Stevenson, Managing Editor“Railwood Golf Club outside of Jefferson City is a well-kept, affordable, and remote course with elevation changes to have some fun with. Its proximity to CoMo is a plus.”—Kevin A. Roberts, Staff Photographer We want to hear from you Share your thoughts, including story ideas, upcoming events, and feedback about this issue by emailing jmedlin@stlmag.com. We look forward to hearing from you!…

3 min
from the editor

THE WOLVERINES. That’s the nickname of the group of visionary doctors and scientists that best-selling author Michael Lewis describes in his new book, The Premonition. The moniker is a reference to the 1984 film Red Dawn, in which a small crew of high school classmates fends off a foreign invasion. “For more than a decade the seven doctors had come together each time a biological threat presented itself,” Lewis writes. “MERS, Ebola, Zika: They’d all been involved in each of those outbreaks, one way or another, behind the scenes.” On January 8, 2020, one of the team’s members, Carter Mecher, noted the alarming reports about a new coronavirus. He quickly worked alongside his comrades to extrapolate the ghastly impact, likening it to a spreading brush fi re. He reflected on the…

3 min
pocket protector

LAST FALL, SAMANTHA LEE WENT for a run downtown. She stopped at 10th and Locust. It was a gray day, and St. Louis—along with the rest of the country—was bracing for the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Streets were closed off, and businesses looked empty. No one was around. ¶ “I think that most people would probably be sad about it,” Lee says. “But I saw so many opportunities.” Lee is a designer by trade, with a background in interior design. But she’s always had a passion for work that would impact the masses. After that run, she started sketching. She thought about doing some kind of programming on the street, maybe a temporary activation event to draw people out and help businesses, or hosting a dinner outside. But COVID-19…

1 min
pocket poll

In the last issue of The Big Think, St. Louis Magazine’s biweekly newsletter focused on civic issues, we asked: You’ve got a vacant lot, funding, and a big vision for a little park. What are you including in your pocket park? Our readers weighed in—here are the results. Want to sign up for The Big Think? Visit stlmag.com/newsletters and subscribe with one click. FOOD TRUCKS I’m always hungry. A GARDEN One that will rival MOBOT’s GAMES I won’t turn down a game of Frisbee. YOGA Namaste all day. LIVE MUSIC I want a mini concert experience.…

2 min
monkey kingdom

SOME OF US ARE EXCITED to see the Saint Louis Zoo’s new Michael and Quirsis Riney Primate Canopy Trails exhibit, opening July 12, through the eyes of a child. Heidi Hellmuth, curator of primates, also gets to see it through the eyes of the animals. In the runup to the opening, the zoo’s staff has been transitioning groups of primates into the $13 million exhibit, which consists of eight habitats, tunnel connections, and more than 100 different living situations when combined with the Primate House. The goal: to keep things fresh and the animals engaged. “One thing that is hard to do when you’re taking care of animals is have an animal wake up in the morning and say, ‘I wonder what today is going to bring,’” Hellmuth says. “This…

2 min
live and learn

Chuck Cohn knows how it feels to flail. As a junior at Washington University in St. Louis in 2007, his pursuit of a degree in finance and entrepreneurship was nearly derailed. Cohn had two problems: He didn’t understand calculus, and he couldn’t find the one-on-one attention that he needed to figure it out. Yet from his profound exasperation, an idea was born: an online education platform that made tutoring cheap and easy to access. Cohn worked on the project in an entrepreneurship class and eventually turned it into a full-fledged company, Varsity Tutors. Fourteen years later, its Clayton-based parent company, Nerdy, which Cohn also founded and runs, is the region’s first tech unicorn after it announced plans to go public in January in a transaction that valued it at $1.7…