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Chris Daming launches Legal GPS at the CWE’s TechArtista

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Last month, Chris Daming celebrated the launch of Legal GPS, a proactive legal solution he created for use by entrepreneurs. The event took place at  TechArtista Co-working Environment. Daming, a former litigator, and his wife Lauren, a lawyer with Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, are shown above with their son Jude. Daming grew up in St. Charles, spent 4 years in the military and then attended DePaul University in Chicago where he met Lauren. Following graduation, they moved to St. Louis where they both earned law degrees from Washington University.
 
Three years ago, Daming left his work as a litigator with a local law firm to go into private practice as an entrepreneurs’ attorney.  “I was excited about the entrepreneur scene developing in St. Louis, and wanted to be part of it. But I could never have taken this leap without Lauren’s incredible support.”
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“Make something people want,” a popular theme in the startup community, is straight out of Daming’s playbook. When Daming opened his new office at TechArtista he discovered that entrepreneurs, “do it yourself-ers” by nature, relied on Google searches to get answers to their legal questions. They didn’t want to hire an attorney because they thought it would cost too much, or were intimidated to make the initial call. When TechArtista members would stop by his desk to ask a legal question, he would answer, but he realized they were overlooking a lot of other problems they hadn’t thought about. “They didn’t know what they didn’t know, and this could lead to costly legal mistakes,” Daming said.  He interviewed 100s of entrepreneurs in several co-working spaces to find what type of legal product they needed.
 
“It’s taken 2 1/2 years to build Legal GPS and there have been incredible highs and lows, but I can’t describe the relief to see it skyrocket so fast,” Daming said. A team of 9 has been working with Daming on the app, including 3 members of TechArtista (Jorik Ittman, Brandon Jones and Jeff Pusczek), and a professor of marketing at W. U.  “We are not trying to replace attorneys with Legal GPS, as there are definitely times when it is absolutely necessary to hire one,” Daming said. In fact, the app is designed to notify users when an issue requires a specialized attorney.
 
Legal GPS costs subscribers $35 a month, with a money back guarantee and no long-term contracts. The app uses a unique Legal Checkup to determine users’ needs and anticipate problems ahead. Users can look for a specific topic, such as how to start a company and hire a staff. Users can find contract documents and search the legal library on their own.

Daming hopes that before long every entrepreneur in St. Louis, and 50% of those across the country, will have access to Legal GPS. He is currently partnering with several local co-working spaces (TechArtista, Nexcore, Exit 11, and Multi-Pass at the OC) that are offering the app as a benefit to members.

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Finally, meet Templeton, the Damings pot-bellied pig, who’s sporting a Legal GPS tee at the launch party April 1. The family lives downtown and have gotten to know many of their neighbors when they take their unusual pet our for walks.  Pigs are hypoallergenic and, according to Chris, make wonderful pets. “Templeton has a complex personality. He’s quite a manipulator,” Daming said, “though I know exactly what he’s thinking.” I bet he’s thinking, like many people who’ve tried it, that Legal GPS is a really great idea. Build something people need, indeed.
 
For more information visit the website, or contact Chris Daming: chris@legalgps.com.

Central West End Veterinary Clinic offering dog training classes

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The Central West End Veterinary Clinic located at 4131 Lindell Blvd. (in the Lindell Marketplace) is committed to being a full service provider for pet parents and is now partnering with Jennifer Maurer, proprietor of PetImpact!, above, to bring local dog owners training classes.  This Saturday May 12, a series of 5 one-hour Positive Reinforcement Dog Training Classes for dogs of all ages, $120, will begin at 10:30 a.m.  Two additional series will be offered starting Saturday, June 2 at 11:30 a.m., and Monday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m.
 
Maurer has been an accredited pet trainer for 6 years. When training her first puppy, a Sheltie mix named Simone, above, she had great success using positive reinforcement training and saw how it created a true bond between dogs and humans.  She has since worked with almost 1,000 dogs in pet store environments (PetSmart), and in private in-home sessions.
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Here is a link to what will be covered in the 5-week course. Dog owners are given weekly homework assignments and there is a test at the end of the session. Maurer said she is committed to spending extra time with each participant to make sure the pet has learned everything on the training list. Upon completion, dogs will receive a “Dogstatic Degree,” and “will have become a well-balanced family member with excellent manners!” Future plans include a “tricks” class and one offering a Canine Good Citizen Certificate.
 
Shown in the photograph above is a proud graduate named Rex. Two other graduates Harper, left, and Kylo, right, are shown with their owners below.
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Each month Jen Maurer makes an impact by donating 10% of her profits to non-profit organizations in the community that make a difference in pets’ lives. Visit the website for information about March’s recipient, Pets for Vets.
 
Maurer is tremendously grateful to Dr. Pam Clary for allowing her to conduct Pet Impact! classes at the Central West End Veterinary Clinic (see original post on the clinic here). To sign up or for more information call 314.226.5609, email petimpact@outlook.com or visit the website: Petimpact.com. Private in-home classes are available upon request.

Shopping Local: A Valentine’s Gift Guide

After a bitterly-cold & grey January and equally bleak start to February, Valentine’s Day presents an opportunity to slough off the weather and warm your heart—and those of the ones you love—with a card or gift from a neighborhood business. Does anyone tire of hearing I love you?

ARTful Valentine gifts from CWE-based Kristen Kempton, FINK (fashion+art):

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From left:  Valentine paper, “perfectly imperfect,” hand-printed on recycled paper, $15. Hand-printed, hand-made, one-of-a-kind Valentine tees, $150 to $165. Pick-up is free, use coupon code STL at checkout, shipping available too.

Kristen Kempton, FINK (fashion+art). Visit website for info, or pillboxproductions@gmail.com.

Crafty finds at Bowood Farms:

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From left: Meri Meri pink garland on wooden spool, 15′ for $22; 12 fancy party sticks, $12; star garland, $12; Milagros hearts (in clear cup), $4, all Valentine cards, $5. Lower right: 12 heart-shaped cake toppers or swizzle sticks; “I Like You” stickers, 10 sheets for $8; xoxo stickers, 6 sheets for $6.  Middle: “Be Mine” heart-shaped purse, $14. In cabinet from left: Package of 3 party favors, includes tattoos & confetti, with room to add your own treats, $14; “lips” garland, $14. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed The Vino Gallery lululemon Left Bank Books Kristen Kempton jeni's iheartfink Handcrafted by Bissinger's di Olivas Central West End Cassie's Candle Fusion Studio Bowood Farms

Stop by Bowood Farms Flower Bar on February 14, where you can create your own hand-tied Valentine’s bouquet, $30. Click here for details.

Bowood Farms, 4501 Olive Street, (314) 454-6868.

 Share libations from The Vino Gallery:

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From left: For Valentine’s Day, proprietor Alex Head chose a great, juicy Mariella Román, a red blend of Zinfandel, Petit Sirah & Barbera, $23; a dry, “little bit sweet” 2016 Robert Weil Weingut Reisling, $24; and from the Champagne region, Cuvee des 2 Soeurs, a well-made grower champagne, $45.

The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson Ave., (314) 932-5665.

De-LOVEly deliciousness from Jeni’s, below.

jeni’s, 389 N. Euclid.

More deliciousness from Handcrafted by Bissinger’s:

From left: 28-piece Valentine’s Classic Collection, $46; Right: 2-tiered Bissinger’s Ballet Ballotin, 47 pieces for $68.

Handcrafted by Bissinger’s, 32 Maryland Plaza, (314) 367-7750.

From di Olivas: Valentine’s dinner for two (or more)

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di Olivas proprietor Robert Pallenja has been singing the praises of a new Busiate pasta from Italy, $8.99, each time I have stopped in his shop. He featured the pasta in a bacon, mushroom and cream dish he demonstrated recently at cooking class in the shop’s kitchen. Another dish on the menu that evening was linguini with shrimp. lemon zest, and basil. You can substitute the Garlic & Basil Pasta, $7.99 above for linguini, and you might check out the Orecchiette $8.99, while you’re there.

Both recipes can be found here.

di Olivas, 115 B N. Euclid, (314) 367-OILS

Pet LOVERS selections from Treats Unleashed. Woof, woof!

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Treats Unleashed, 22 N. Euclid, (314) 889-0966

For young book LOVERS:

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Join Storytime’s Cliff at Left Bank Books tomorrow morning at 10:30 for a special Valentine’s Celebrity event with St. Louisan Amy Sklansky, author of Sweet Hearts, $8.99. There will be cookies and crafts too.

Among the other Valentine’s selections are Valensteins by Ethan Long, $16.99, Love from Peter Rabbit, $8.99, Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood, $16.99, and What the World Needs Now is Love by Burt Bacharach & Hal David, illustrated by Mary Kate McDevitt, $9.99. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed The Vino Gallery lululemon Left Bank Books Kristen Kempton jeni's iheartfink Handcrafted by Bissinger's di Olivas Central West End Cassie's Candle Fusion Studio Bowood Farms

For young adults, the staff at LBB hearts:  Romona Blue by Julie Murphy, $17.99, “a love triangle unlike any you’ve ever read…the movie Chasing Amy but so much better”; Tash hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee, $18.99, “absolutely delightful, funny, smart and made my heart fuller”; This is Not a Love Letter by Kim Purcell, $17.99, “engrossing tense tale about love, loss & survival”; Meet Cute, $17.99, “ridiculously cute short stories by all of your favorite authors.”

Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, (314) 367-6731.

LOVE hydrating beauty products from Cassie’s:

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Crabtree & Evelyn Rose Water & Pink Peppercorn hydrating body wash, $22, soap, $10, and hand therapy, $24.

Cassie’s, 316 N. Euclid, (314) 454-1010.

“Let us define Valentines,” lululemon’s Valentine’s campaign:

 

The lightweight “define” jacket comes in teal shadow, left, redwood, right, and black (not shown), $128.  Matching “wunder under” 7/8 tights “fit like a second skin,” $98.

lululemon, 26 Maryland Plaza, (314) 454-6857.

Celebrate Valentine’s at Candle Fusion Studio, 4742 McPherson Ave., tomorrow and again Wednesday, February 14 from 6 to 9. Couples are invited for an evening of hands-on creativity and adventure, $55 for two. Click here for more info. Reservations are recommended, (314) 250-2272.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.