Rosé Day exceeds expectations

If you were wandering through the Central West End last Saturday afternoon you surely noticed groups of very happy people enjoying the inaugural Rosé Day, a benefit designed to highlight non-profits working to support and empower women in the St. Louis area. Approximately 700 guests visited 10 wine tasting stations located at area businesses which were paired with one of the organizations (see informational map here).

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1st photo: Around 4 p.m. I ran into c0-organizer Rick Ruderer, above right, shown with husband Edwin Massie, who reported that they had already replenished the supply of rosé at each station, as the number of tickets sold exceeded expectations.

2nd photo: Co-organizer Michael Powers, right, and philanthropist Kristen Thuy Liu holding Rosé Day passports, which were stamped at each location.

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From top: Attendees started the tour on Maryland Plaza where they picked up their Rosé Day passports, gift bags, and commemorative wine glasses. Second photo: from left, Cillah Hall, publisher of media sponsor Gazelle Magazine, and friends enjoying the afternoon. Bottom left: A guest photographed at Bar Italia with one of Bob Kramer’s marionettes, Bottom right: A group hug between stops.

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Top photo: Representatives from Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls were passing out information on Bar Italia’s patio. Middle: The crowd at Bar Italia. Bottom: Magdalene St. Louis, an organization that provides housing and business training for survivors of sexual exploitation and addiction, was located at Steel Wheels.

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Top left: Handcrafted by Bissinger’s hosted St. Louis Crisis Nursery. Top right: The Center for Women in Transition was paired with Llewellyn’s. Bottom left: Representatives from St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness were stationed in front of The Vino Gallery. Below right: A view of the crowd inside Vino Gallery.

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Top photos: Rosé Day at Coffee Cartel which was paired with Safe Connections, and right, a group selfie in front of projects + gallery. Bottom left: Senior Director of projects + gallery, Bridget Melloy, where Planned Parenthood had an informational table, lower right.

The afternoon seemed to be a win for everyone involved, from the organizers to the non-profit organizations to the many people who visited the neighborhood, some for the first time. Judging from the apparent success of the event, I would suspect there is a second Rosé Day in the future. I certainly hope so.

Snapshots from The Vino Gallery’s Rosé Day

 

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It was all about the color pink Saturday afternoon at The Vino Gallery’s 7th Annual Rosé Day, including the attire worn by proprietor Alex Head, above, his staff, some of the patrons, and members of Tom Solo and Friends band.

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The event started at 5 p.m. and quickly filled up with Vino’s fans eager to sample a large selection of the shop’s favorite rosés. Alex Head estimates that at least 150 people stopped by throughout the evening.

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The newest Vino Gallery employee, Aerin Soroka, is photographed above.

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The Vino Gallery’s Simon McCarthy, above, clearly relishing the festive vibe.Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink    The outside patio filled up quickly as did new seating areas, above, which were recently added to the gallery side of the shop.

The scene on the patio as the band, Tom Solo and Friends, sets up to entertain for the evening. Note the hot pink trombone.

The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson Ave., is one of many neighborhood businesses participating in this Saturday’s Rosé Day benefit in the Central West End.

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.