Allison Babka


As editor-in-chief of, Allison Babka covers all things St. Louis but especially relishes tackling the arts scene, social justice, geeky fandoms and quirky personalities. A longtime features journalist, her work has appeared in regional publications, on national blogs and on big-name brand websites. Interviewing interesting people about their creative “spark” is her life’s passion, and meaningful conversations often make her cry. Caramel and “Star Wars” are her true loves. Favorite spot in St. Louis: Central Library. Learn more at


Shifting Gears

Mike Weiss believes that St. Louis could become one of the hottest cycling destinations in the country -- and the…

Mike Weiss of Big Shark

Fresh From the Vine

Tony White’s locally grown tomatoes are the not-so-secret ingredients in many St. Louis chefs’ acclaimed dishes.

tony white holding box of fruit

Puppy Power

Fitness trainer Kim Gray built her wellness business for St. Louisans who love spending time with their pets.

Kim Gray and her poodle Oscar

The Business of Basketball

Khalia Collier has transformed the St. Louis Surge into both a competitive team and an economic driver.


Through Human Spaces, Lisa Rokusek is exploring how people can learn from each other with empathy and purpose.


Sweet Dreams

La Patisserie Chouquette co-owner and executive pastry chef Simone Faure has become the maven of macarons in St. Louis.


Innovation Destination

OPO Startups founder Randy Schilling boosts Main Street St. Charles by connecting local tech, retail and service communities.

Randy Schilling

Planting Seeds

Angi Taylor found meaningful work in St. Louis’s growing agriculture industry.