Cards & Chocolate
Stacy Stahl, Founder
In her search for new ways to be thoughtful, Stacy dreamed up something that was more than a card but less expensive than a gift. She combined gourmet chocolate with cheeky greeting cards to create the aptly named Sweeter Cards and based her brand here in St. Louis.
Shawn Askinosie, Founder
Former criminal defense attorney Shawn Askinosie turned his love of chocolate into a company with a focus: to treat their business partners with fairness, dignity and respect. And best of all, you can taste the difference, says this Springfield, Missouri–based confectioner.
Steve & Veronica Baetje, Cofounders
Baetje Farms’ barn was built in 1912 and still stands today on their farm in Bloomsdale, Missouri. In 2006, they added the first cheese plant onto it. Now, they make their delicious cheese with milk from goats they feed locally grown alfalfa hay, whole grains — and even warm herbal tea in the cold winters.
Smoothies, juices, tonics & coffee
Angela Zeng, Founder
Angela Zeng struggled with the lack of plants in American foods when she came to America from China in 1996. As a doctor of pathology, she and her husband, a doctor of oncology, were determined to make a plant-based beverage — and they did exactly that. Karuna beverages now creates delicious, plant-based prebiotic smoothies, juices and coffee beverages in St. Louis.
Rain Crow Ranch
Whisnant Family, Owners
Rain Crow Ranch is run by the Whisnant family, who owns and operates the family farm in the rolling hills of the southern Ozarks near Doniphan, Missouri. The farm has been producing beef since 1882 and continues to do so today. Their grass-fed beef, pasture raised pork and pasture raised poultry are Animal Welfare Certified Step 4 by Global Animal Partnership.
Two Men and a Garden
Salsa and Pickles
Joel Austin & John Sikorski, Founders
Using seasonally available produce, Two Men and a Garden started when a couple of neighbors merged their backyard gardens. Since then, they have teamed up with several local farmers and distributors who continue to supply them with deliciously fresh produce with which they make their delicious salsa and pickles.
We Love Local
Loving our local growers, artisans, makers, entrepreneurs and producers is something that just comes, well, naturally. After all, our local community has been one of our most important ingredients — it's been that way since the doors opened to our very first store.