Local Real Estate Offices & Company Honors Military Veterans ALL year long with Freedom Wall & Military Program

IMG_6224Veterans Day is a special day that our nation reflects and honors those who have served or those currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. Veterans of World War I and II, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan have given so much preserving our freedoms and liberties. We felt that one day a year wasn’t enough and wanted to honor these amazing people all year-long.

Our Office and entire Company have such an appreciation and close bond with our veterans so last month (March 2016) our Military Wall (pictured above) honoring our Past, Present and Future Veterans was brought to life in our office and will show appreciation today and always to those who have served.

As a company Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties recognized we needed to do our part to pay it forward to these veterans.  We implemented the Select Military Scholarship Program for Veterans and their significant others. This program is designed to help make the transition from military work life to civilian work life a little easier for our Veterans. Our program offers a bundled set of services to assist Veterans and their spouses with the costs and their entry into the field of real estate. For more information visit- BHHS Select Military Scholarship Program

Every year during the Holidays we are a drop off location and supporter of the Marines, Toys for Tots Campaign.  If you want more information on this worthy cause, visit Toys for Tots…And yes, today and every is very special as we honor all our Veterans and we remember “Freedom Isn’t Free”

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Local Real Estate Office Keeps People Warm while waiting in line for FREE JingleFest Tickets…

We pulled up to our office this morning and there was a line of people in front of it. There were people everywhere. Could we have been so lucky that they were waiting in line to buys houses??? Has my dream FINALLY coming true??? They’re knocking down our doors to get to work with the best real estate office and agents in St Charles County…

Well they weren’t waiting to purchase a home, (sad face) but we met a lot of great people and were able to help spread a little warmth and cheer on this cold and rainy day… We decided to go out and meet the people braving the elements for a chance at FREE Jinglefest tickets and helped keep them warm, by offering our lobby to warm up, bathrooms and all the Hot Chocolate and Coffee they could drink… It was a lot of fun…

What is Jinglefest??? I’m glad you asked… Our neighbor a few doors down T…Mobile was giving away FREE Jinglefest tickets to the first 100 people who walked through their doors.. This is a great concert that is coming to The Family Arena Friday, December 12th from your friends at 92.3 WIL… “get your COUNTRY on!!!”

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For more info on the concert visit- http://www.wil92.com/jinglefest-2014/  or to purchase tickets visit Metrotix or visit the Family Arena Box Office at- http://familyarena.com/event/92-3-wils-jinglefest

For more info on the #1 Locally Owned and Operated Real Estate Company in St Louis come and visit us or just stop in for a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or to warm up on a cold winter day… We LOVE company…

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties Saint Charles County Office 6149 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Charles, MO 63304 or 636-720-1100

Happy Veterans Day- Local Real Estate Office Honors Veterans Today and Everyday

Veterans Day is a special day to reflect and honor those who have served or currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. Veterans of World War I and II, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan have given so much preserving our freedoms and liberties that we wanted to do something to show our appreciation for our past and present veterans.

Our Omemorial wallffice has such a close bond with our veterans and wanted to do something to show our appreciation year round. On my recent trip to Omaha, Broker/Owner of BHHS Select Properties Deb Colburn said, “I was moved when I saw a wall that said “Freedom Isn’t Free” the wall had pictures of their agents whom served or currently serving in the military…but not just the agents, it was agents family members who served…There was just something about it that really hit home and made me realize just how great it is to live in this country and it’s  because of these Veterans that we still have the freedom we experience everyday of our lives…”

So today on November 11th, 2014 our Military Wall (pictured above) honoring our Past, Present and Future Veterans was brought to life in our office and will show appreciation today and always to those who have served.

As a company Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties recognized last year we needed to do our part to pay it forward to these veterans.  We implemented Select Military Scholarship Program for Veterans and their significant others. This program is designed to help make the transition from military work life to civilian work life a little easier for our Veterans. Our program offers a bundled set of services to assist Veterans and their spouses with the costs and their entry into the field of real estate. For more information visit- http://bhhsselectstl.com/careers/military-scholarship-program

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This year we have also joined the fundraiser to Adopt A Vet! For All the Holidays.  If you want more information on this worthy cause, visit www.SLVHC.org…And yes, today is very special as we honor all our Veterans and we remember “Freedom Isn’t Free”

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties Saint Charles County Office 6149 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Charles, MO 63304 or 636-720-1100

St Louis Area Wineries

You know you’re from St. Louis when ‘wine country’ means Hermann, Augusta or Ste. Genevieve. We’ve put together a collection of some of our favorite St. Louis area wineries. Enjoy!

Augusta Winery
High & Jackson Street, Augusta, MO 63332 Phone: 888-MOR-WINE

In 1988 the Augusta Winery was established by Tony Kooyumjian to produce the highest quality wine possible in the Augusta Viticultural area. The Augusta Winery features those high quality wines, ranging from dry dinner wines to sweet dessert wines. Numerous medals from around the country attest to the quality of these wines. Augusta Winery is centrally located in the historic town of Augusta, Missouri. In 1980 Augusta was recognized as the first U.S. Wine District, or Viticultural Area #1, because of its unique soil, climate, historical significance and quality of wines produced from grapes grown in vineyards that date to the 1800’s. Augusta vints its wines in small quantities so special care may be given to each lot. The Winery also features a tasting room, gift shop area with wine related items and locally produced cheese, sausages and bread available.

Blumenhof Winery
On Hwy 94 in Dutzow, MO 63342 Phone: 800-419-2245

Blumenhof Winery is located in the historic village of Dutzow, Missouri’s oldest German settlement (founded in 1832). The winery takes its name—”Court of Flowers” in German—from the Blumenberg family’s ancestral farm in northwestern Germany. Beginning with its first vintage in 1986, Blumenhof Winery has been dedicated to growing, producing and bottling a wonderful selection of Missouri-grown varietal wines from their own vineyards established in 1978. Winning state, national and international awards for several years attests to their quality and commitment. Tasting room and gift shop, along with inside and outside areas to enjoy their wines are also available.

Cave Vineyard
21124 Cave Rd., Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670 Phone: 573-543-5284

Cave Vineyard is a family owned establishment. It derives its name from the Saltpeter Cave, located on the property. The vineyard was established in 2001 and is tended to by our family to produce wine that we hope brings your family and friends together. The tasting room offers the opportunity to sample our fine wines and purchase hand-crafted quilts and products from local artisans. Share a bottle of wine in our natural cave wine cellar or enjoy our tasting room view overlooking the beautiful rolling hills of Ste. Genevieve.

Chandler Hill
596 Defiance Rd., Defiance, Missouri 63341 Phone: 636-798-2675

Chandler Hill is unique in that they offer a selection of the very finest wines from both California and Missouri. Their California varieties come from their vineyards on the sunny slopes of Napa Valley and the legendary Central Coast. They offer a tasting room, winery, marketplace and restaurant.

 

Charleville Vineyards & Winery
16937 Boyd Road, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670 Phone: 573-756-4537

Charleville Vineyards is a family owned vineyard. After harvesting grapes for seven years, Charleville opened its tasting room in early July, 2003. The property houses a tasting room and patio. You can sip their fine wines in a rustic country setting high atop a hill overlooking a panoramic view of some of the highest points in Ste. Genevieve County. Experience the essence of a working vineyard! The owners will be happy to share information about not only the wines but the grapes that make them so special. The vineyard is situated on a rolling hillside above the Saline Creek Valley. Charleville Vineyards is located off of Highway WW near Coffman in an area historically known as “Clearwater”, overlooking the Saline Creek Valley in Ste. Genevieve County MO.

Chaumette Vineyards & Winery
24345 State Route WW, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670 Phone: 573.747.1000

The rich and romantic heritage of France runs deep at Chaumette Vineyards in the heart of Sainte Genevieve County. Here, just a few miles from the historic river port, amid graceful hills, luxurious views, and carefully tended vines sits a proud addition to America’s quality vineyards. Chaumette is located on 310 acres of lush meadows and quiet splendor. Enjoy the sophisticated rural experience with original art in the Gallerie De Vins, on a tour of the Vineyard or Winery or in one of several wine classes. Chaumette is located off Highway I-55, (exit 150) at Highway 32, go west 100 feet to Highway B, then South for 14 miles to Coffman. Take Highway WW approximately 2.5 miles to the winery.

Cottleville Wine Seller & Wine Garden
5314 State Hwy N. St. Charles  MO 63304 Phone: 636-244-4453

The Cottleville Wine Seller house has it’s roots deep in Missouri history. Constructed in 1849, the building was erected on Plank Road, now called Highway N. Lorenzo Cottle was the founder of Cottleville. The land was owned by his father, Dr. Warren Cottle. He was the first in the country to build a mill in the early 1800′s. You can still find some of the stone throughout old town Cottleville.In 1849 the nearby metropolis of Saint Louis, with a population of 63,000, was the jumping-off place for Forty-Niners eager to make their fortune in the gold fields of California. In 1849 the first President from Missouri took his place in the White House. Senator David R. Atchison, the Pro Tem of the Senate, was named to fill the vacancy between the resignation of James Polk and the inauguration of Zachary Taylor. Atchison’s term lasted only one day–a Sunday–because Taylor refused to be sworn in on the Sabbath for religious reasons. The historical house has weathered over 160 years of civil and international wars, depressions, political turmoil, and recessions, culminating in its modernization and renovation in 2008.

  

Crown Valley Winery
23589 St. Rt. WW, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670 Phone: 573-756-WINE

Nestled in the rolling hills and scenic views of Coffman in historic Ste. Genevieve County, Crown Valley Winery is a gem to behold with over 300 acres of which 120 are vineyard. The architecture and interior features unique materials such as hand-carved oak doors with reclaimed stained glass, copper and wrought iron crafted by local artisans, leaf stamped copper bars and church pews from the 1930’s. Live musical guests play most weekends. Also available are winery tours, tastings, a banquet facility, a deli, gift shop, and indoor/outdoor seating.

Hermannhof Vineyards
330 East First Street, Hermann, MO 65041 Phone: 800-393-0100

HermanhofHermannhof’s ten magnificent stone cellars and charming brick superstructure are among the 100 early Hermann buildings placed on the National Register of Historic places. Construction of a brewery/winery commenced in 1848 and was completed in 1852. In 1974, the Hermannhof Cellars were purchased by the Dierberg family and renewal began. Today, all the cellars are utilized in premium wine production of 15,000 cases. These historic cellars contain casks made from white oak from the forests of France and Missouri. For a truly memorable experience, The Inn At Hermannhof features spacious, historically decorated guest rooms with luxurious amenities.

 

Montelle Winery
On Hwy 94 in Augusta, MO 63332 Phone: 636-228-4464

Montelle Winery is located atop Osage Ridge just 1½ miles east of Augusta, Missouri. It commands a magnificent view of the Missouri River, the Village of Augusta and the surrounding farms and vineyards. Montelle Winery is a combination of Montelle Vineyards, founded in 1970, and Osage Ridge Winery, founded in 1984. The present owner, Tony Kooyumjian, acquired the winery in 1998. Winner of numerous awards, Montelle has achieved fame for its superb dry and semi-dry table wines. These wines include Seyval, Vidal, Vignoles and red wines such as Chambourcin, Cynthiana and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their semi-dry wines are popular as well as their German-style white wines. They are also noted for their rich dessert and fruit wines.

Mount Pleasant Winery
5634 High Street, Augusta, MO 63332 Phone: 636-482-4419

George Munch, who came to the area with his brother, Frederick, from Germany, founded Mount Pleasant Winery in 1859. He established the winery in an area that reminded him of his homeland. Today, Mount Pleasant is the largest grower of grapes in the Augusta Appellation with over 60,000 vines. Approximately 4,800 of these are vinifera – Chardonnay and the Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Other varietals include Vidal Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Rayon d’Or, Vignoles, St. Vincent, Chambourcin, Couderc, Chardonnel, and Cynthiana. Enjoy wine tasting and then settle down on the patio with its majestic view and enjoy a bottle of wine and maybe some bistro food from the Augusta Grocery. During the winter months you can enjoy romantic candlelight dinners, or more lighthearted evenings at a murder mystery dinner theater.

Sainte Genevieve Winery
245 Merchant Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670 Phone: 573-883-2800

Located in the historic district of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, the oldest French settlement west of the Mississippi, is Sainte Genevieve Winery. A special connection is felt with the French through their rich history and their wines. The winery is located in a beautiful 5,000 square foot, turn-of –the century home. Sainte Genevieve Winery is a family owned and operated business that was established in 1984.

Stone Hill Winery & Vintage Restaurant
1110 Stone Hill Highway, Hermann, MO 65041 Phone: 800-909-WINE

Since its establishment in 1847, Stone Hill Winery has undergone significant and inevitable changes. From early success as the nation’s second largest winery to the catastrophic times of Prohibition, from its use as a mushroom-growing facility to the resurgence of Missouri’s wine industry, Stone Hill Winery has evolved into a world-class winery. Today, perched dramatically on a hill overlooking the beautiful German town of Hermann, Stone Hill Winery & Restaurant is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Missouri Wine Country. Each year Stone Hill welcomes thousands of visitors who enjoy not only the award-winning wines and juices but also the region’s Old-World hospitality and surrounding beauty. Stone Hill’s visitors enjoy spectacular scenery from the winery’s Conservatory on the inside to the commanding view overlooking the town of Hermann on the outside. For more traditional surroundings, guests may dine in casual comfort at the adjacent Vintage Restaurant, where hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and German specialties are lovingly served with European flair. Once the winery’s original stable and carriage house, this beautifully restored building features a private room for lunch or dinner, and special group menu selections are available.

Sugar Creek Winery
125 Boone Country Lane, Defiance, MO 63341 Phone: 636-987-2400

Travel scenic highway 94, also called the Missouri Weinstrasse (wine road), and the first stop you find is Sugar Creek Winery. This area, one of the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi, including the winery grounds, was part of the original land grant given to the frontiersman Daniel Boone to settle the area. Old vineyards have been replaced with current popular varietals such as Vidal, Cynthiana, Chambourcin and an exciting new varietal Chardonel, a hybrid of Chardonnay and Seyval Blanc. The winery also contracts with other Missouri grape growers to meet production requirements. Whether you enjoy the outside terrace, gazebo, or the cozy indoor parlor turned tasting room; Sugar Creek offers a wonderful way to spend a relaxing afternoon. The inviting atmosphere of Sugar Creek Winery & Vineyards welcomes everyone to come & enjoy their favorite wines, cheese, sausage, and snacks along with a small gift shop.

 

 

St. Charles County Offers Residents Free Christmas Tree Recycling

xmasrecyclingAre you wondering what to do with the Live Christmas Tree now that Christmas is behind us??? Give it back to the environment by recycling your tree so it can be turned into mulch or a fish habitat. St Charles County Residents can Recycle it at numerous locations throughout St Charles County for FREE…

Please remember to remove the tree stand, all decorations and any plastic bags or coverings before bringing it to one of these recycle locations below.

St. Peters:

  • Laurel Park (upper parking lot), off McClay Road
  • St. Peters Golf & Recreation Center, 200A Salt Lick Road
  • St. Peters Earth Centre, 115 Ecology Drive

Open 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday thru Saturday, Dec. 28th to Jan. 18th.

Wentzville-

  • Progress Park (parking lot), 968 Meyer Road…Open 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., from Dec. 26th to Jan. 18th
  • Quail Ridge Park (Group Picnic Area), 5501 Quail Ridge Parkway… Open 7 a.m. to sunset, Dec. 26th to Jan. 22nd

O’Fallon:  

  • Civic Park (upper parking lot), 400 Civic Park Drive
  • O’Fallon Sports Park, 3589 Highway K

Locations open from dawn to dusk, Dec. 26th to Jan. 13th

Lake St Louis-

  • Founders Park, 7 Freymuth Road…

Open during daylight hours, Dec. 26th to Jan. 13th.

St. Charles County-  

  • Recycle Works Central, 60 Triad South (St. Charles)
  • Recycle Works West, 2110 East Pitman Avenue (Wentzville)

Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, Dec. 26th to Jan. 22ndxmastreerecycling

To further assist the community this season, the Recycle Works West and Recycle Works Central locations offer free recycling of non-foil gift boxes, wrapping paper and unwanted Christmas tree lights for St. Charles County Residents.

For more information on recycling efforts within St. Charles County, please call 636.949.1800.

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Pass on the Holiday Cheer and Help Children in the Process…

Crisis Nursery Tree 13One of the greatest things about the holiday season besides the food, shopping, gifts and family gatherings is the raised awareness for the less fortunate. People struggling with their health, hunger or the homeless. We donate time and raise money year round for various local and national charities as an office, but come together every holiday season to do something for the people right here LOCALLY in our community. Once again this year we have decided to donate to the Children’s Crisis Nursery of St. Louis.

Please join us and pass on the Holiday Cheer!!! It’s officetree1very easy to donate and won’t break the bank. Once again we will be decorating our office Christmas tree with hats, gloves and scarves. You can come by the office (6149 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., St Charles, MO 63304) to drop off your donations and hang them on the tree in our office lobby. It’s that simple!!! After the holidays are over ALL the donations will be given to the Children’s Crisis Nursery.2008bannercrisisnursery

The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery is committed to the prevention of child abuse, neglect and provides emergency intervention, respite care and support to families in crisis through: Short-term care for young children in a safe and nurturing environment

  • Helping families resolve crisis
  • Offering resources for empowerment, ongoing support and parent education.
  • Community outreach and awareness
  • Advocacy for children and families.

Thank you in advance for your donations and Happy Holidays and New Year…

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Prudential Select Properties Salvation Army Bell-ringing Day, December 3rd

bell ringing...This holiday season Prudential Select Properties is teaming with The Salvation Army for a PSP Bell-ringing Day. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, at locations near each branch office, the PSP staff and agents will be volunteer to ring the Salvation Army’s signature red kettles and collect funds that will provide essential goods and services to struggling St. Louisans 365 days a year.

The Salvation Army’s red kettles are a tradition of the holiday scene in St. Louis, with donations that aid at-risk children, adults, seniors, and families in our community. Volunteers are encouraged to wear their work logos, play instruments, sing, and most importantly – have fun sharing the holiday spirit. A large number of Salvation Army programs operate solely because of the time and donations we receive through the Tree of Lights red-kettle campaign.

Below you will find the location where each office will be bell-ringing. Please stop by and see us!

Jefferson County – Schnucks – Richardson Road

North County – Walgreens – Hazelwood

South County – Walgreens – Lemay Ferry & Forder

Ballwin/Wildwood – Schnucks – Manchester Road

Town & Country – Schnucks – Woods Mill Center

Clayton – Macy’s Galleria

Des Peres – Schnucks

Home Office – J.C. Penney’s – West County Mall

O’Fallon/Wentzville – Shop N Save – Dardenne Prairie

St. Charles County – Schnucks – Mid River and Highway N


Note: The Troy office has scheduled a Bell-ringing Day for a separate date.

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Prudential Select Properties St Charles County Agents Raise over $700 dollars for LOCAL Children Charities

oldnewsboy2013For the past 9 years on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, Prudential Select Properties St Charles County Agents volunteer, rain or shine, on one of the coldest days of the season to strap on their aprons to support LOCAL children’s charities by selling newspapers in Suburban Journals Old Newsboy Day.

Getting up before well before dawn this morning, they converged on their intersection at Hwy N and Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St Charles to start selling papers for nothing more than a simple donation. The donations collected today go to an important cause and support  more than 270 LOCAL charity programs for children.

It was amazing to see the community come together this morning. Thank you to all the generous contributors who slowed down their cars, rolled down their windows and donated as little as a quarter all the way to $20 dollars for a newspaper.

I also want to say “Thank You” to Jacob Gould, Mike Simms, Steve Majesky, Kyle Hannegan, Rick Colburn and Stephanie Parson for getting up very early this morning, braving the rain, dodging traffic and selling those newspapers. Your efforts helped raise over $700 dollars benefiting LOCAL children’s charities. Take a bow! Job well done!

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Preserve Your Pumpkin Carvings and Keep Them Looking Fresh

pumpkinPreserve your pumpkin carvings for weeks after Halloween…

With Halloween fast approaching, share this on you and your friends  page so you can remember to do this at carving time.

After you scoop out and carve your pumpkin, dip it in a large container of bleach and water (use a 1 tsp:1 gal mix). The bleach will kill bacteria and help your pumpkin stay fresh longer. Once completely dry, (drain upside down), add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to a quart of water. Brush this solution onto your pumpkin to keep it looking fresh for weeks.”

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween from your friends at Prudential Select Properties St. Charles County Office & 365 Things to do in St Charles Missouri…

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How to Safely Open a Champagne Bottle

Champagne bottles contain pressure as high as 90 pounds per square inch.

chambottleA champagne toast is a great way to welcome 2013, but be mindful as you uncork the bottle: warm bottles of champagne and improper cork-removal techniques cause serious, potentially blinding eye injuries each year.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology warns that champagne bottles contain pressure as high as 90 pounds per square inch – more than the pressure found inside a typical car tire. This pressure can launch a champagne cork at 50 miles per hour as it leaves the bottle, which is fast enough to shatter glass. Unfortunately, this is also fast enough to permanently damage vision.

Champagne cork mishaps can lead to a variety of serious eye injuries, including rupture of the eye wall, acute glaucoma, retinal detachment, ocular bleeding, dislocation of the lens, and damage to the eye’s bone structure. These injuries sometimes require urgent eye surgeries like stitching of the eye wall or repair of the orbital structure, and can even lead to blindness in the affected eye.

For a safe celebration, follow these EyeSmart tips on how to properly open a bottle of champagne:

  • Chill sparkling wine and champagne to 45 degrees Fahrenheit or colder before opening. The cork of a warm bottle is more likely to pop unexpectedly.
  • Don’t shake the bottle. Shaking increases the speed at which the cork leaves the bottle thereby increasing your chances of severe eye injury.
  • Point the bottle at a 45-degree angle away from yourself and any bystanders and hold down the cork with the palm of your hand while removing the wire hood on the bottle.
  • Place a towel over the entire top of the bottle and grasp the cork.
  • Twist the bottle while holding the cork at a 45 degree angle to break the seal. Counter the force of the cork using downward pressure as the cork breaks free from the bottle.

If you do experience an eye injury from a champagne cork, seek immediate medical attention from an ophthalmologist – an eye physician and surgeon.

Press release submitted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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Wishing you a very Safe and Happy New Year filled with success and happiness. Happy New Year to you and your family from Prudential Select Properties St Charles County Office, 636-720-1100