R.J. Hartbeck


R.J. Hartbeck is a commercial photographer based in St. Louis. His brand of storytelling is informed by his love for street photography and the belief that photos should be used as a way to connect with one another. His work has been featured both online and in print for various brands around the country. A passionate advocate for entrepreneurship, he enjoys helping people bring their new projects and ideas to life. Favorite neighborhood: Tower Grove East. Learn more at rjhartbeck.com.

R.J. Hartbeck


4 Hands For Hands

4 Hands Brewery adds a new product to its beer and spirit offerings – hand sanitizer.

4 hands van delivering hand sanitizer on market st

Creating Through Crisis

Mee Jey, an immigrant artist from India, tells community stories through her art in St. Louis and abroad.


‘Round and ‘Round

For 50 years, Mathew and Niah Foggy have built community while circling the roller rink at Skate King.

Man and woman standing at skate rental counter

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

That’s a Ringer

Home to the National Horseshoe Pitchers Hall of Fame, St. Charles County has become one of the country’s top regions…

Quail Ridge Horseshoe Club

Spilling the Beans

Estie Cruz-Curoe’s Cuban-style black beans at del Carmen Foods are filling a delicious niche in the St. Louis food scene.

del Carmen beans header

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.

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

Night Moves

Ranked No. 1 in nightlife, St. Louis is drawing attention for its fun, affordable ways to hit the town.

Nightlife - We Love St. Louis sign

Career Center

New industries in St. Louis are helping to fuel Missouri’s rise in employment opportunities.

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.


Masters of Light

Just as their great-great grandfather did, Aaron Frei and his siblings are coloring St. Louis with hand-crafted stained glass.

Emil Frei

Midwest Millennials

Post-grads are learning that St. Louis’s low cost of living means more money for business and leisure.

T-rex building

Moving Forward

Historic St. Louis gems are earning new appreciation for marrying the past with the future.

Education for All

Through EdHub STL, Sherita Love helps educators shake up their classrooms and eliminate barriers for students.

Sherita Love Stands

Planting Seeds

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

Game On

With dozens of studios, courses and events, St. Louis is becoming the nation’s next video game development hot spot.

Graphite Lab employees