Allison Babka


As the founding editor-in-chief of and current contributor to, 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


Power Drive

28 communities around the region joined together to donate nearly 15,000 pounds of food and personal care items to the…

Superhero Delivery

Martin Casas of Apotheosis Comics is making sure that St. Louis residents have plenty of comic books and drinks to…

A World of Knowledge

Attorney Nalini Mahadevan is helping St. Louis corporations attract and retain top international talent for the region's growing industries.

Nalini Mahadevan

Home(Town) Brew

Here in one of the nation's top beer cities, St. Louis brewers are shaping the industry's future.

A man pulls a beer tap in a brewery


Downtown Edwardsville is thriving, thanks in part to the musicians and events Al Canal brings to the restored Wildey Theatre.

Al Canal at the Wildey Theatre

A Global Community

As the St. Louis region recruits top international talent to its companies, Susan Gobbo is building a support system for…

Susan Gobbo of the International Spouses Meetup Group

Autumn Action

The St. Louis economy gets a yearly boost from an array of spectacular fall sights and cool-weather activities, including Oktoberfest.

Couple walks one of the paved trails of Cliff Cave Park, in South St. Louis County.

Road Trip

Brothers Nick and Irfan Sinanovic are innovating the trucking industry through their rapidly growing, St. Louis-based company Vega Transport.

Nick Sinanovic in a Vega Transport Truck

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.