Habitat for Neighborhood Business
July 2021 Newsletter
The July 2021 issue of the Habitat for Neighborhood Business newsletter features HNB entrepreneurs Patrice Willis, owner of Pour Patty's, a specialty lemonade business, and Livinia McCoy, owner of Gourmet Soul, a soul food, catering and event venue. HNB-SLU chair Tom Stern is featured this month, bringing his years of experience at Gershman Commercial Real Estate and his experience serving on Boards in the St. Louis area, to help HNB grow. HNB also welcomes our newest SLU business student intern, Elyse Lewandowski. We also included a list of the 46 HNB businesses, with contact information, so that you have a resource to patronize and help support the success of the minority businesses that participate in the HNB program.

If you have an interest in supporting Habitat for Neighborhood Business, as a
mentor, industry consultant, or donor, contact Gladys Smith, Ph.D., Program
Director, at 314-341-0868.
HNB Entrepreneurs of the Month
Patrice Willis - Pour Patty's
Patrice Willis is a St. Louis native and owner of Pour Patty’s LLC. Patrice has been a servant, community volunteer, and quiet champion for the underserved for many years. Patrice has served on the Board and several committees in the Forest Park Southeast (The Grove) neighborhood. The seed to serve and entertain was planted during her childhood by working in her grandmother’s non-profit and catering businesses. When Patrice was asked to create non-alcoholic drinks for her friend’s restaurant, it was a no-brainer and very exciting. Challenge accepted and exceeded!

Due to the demand for Patrice's lemonade, Pour Patty’s was born! Pour Patty’s is a beverage company that specializes in making freshly squeezed lemonade. Fresh fruit and herbs are used to create unique flavor combinations that surprise her customers’ taste buds. Patrice had been making this special lemonade for years and it never occurred to her to sell it. This unintentional business owner is extremely humbled by how Pour Patty’s has been received and supported. The last ingredient listed on each label is love. Patrice hopes to keep spreading the love one sip at a time!

To talk to Patrice about her specialty lemonades, contact her at 314-503-7144
Lavinia McCoy - Gourmet Soul
Chef Lavinia McCoy is a dynamic and accomplished caterer and event planning professional with experience in non-profit and corporate markets. She graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, College of Culinary Arts with a degree in Culinary Arts. It’s evident that Chef Lavinia’s ongoing commitment to excellence laid the foundation for her inevitable success. In 2015, she opened the restaurant Gourmet Soul to pursue her passion and showcase her incredible cooking skills.

Gourmet Soul LLC is a soul food restaurant, catering, and event venue built on the foundation of quality food and impeccable service. They cook with creativity, infusing ingredients both common and extraordinary to fascinate and delight the taste buds of their customers. Gourmet Soul is best described as an Urban Soul Fusion!

Gourmet Soul is a proud St. Louis restaurant that is committed to supporting its community’s social causes and outreach efforts. They are also very intentional about supporting other small businesses and entrepreneurs.

If you would like more information about the great food at Gourmet Soul, click below.
HNB Board Member of the Month
Tom Stern - HNB Board Member
Tom Stern serves as Chairman of Habitat for Neighborhood Business - St. Louis University and has been an HNB Board Member for more than a decade. He began his association with HNB as a consultant on the design and construction of HNB 's shopping center on MLK Drive. Tom has thoroughly enjoyed working with a very committed Board of Directors, St. Louis University Chaifetz School of Business Deans, as well as HNB-SLU Program Director Gladys Smith and HNB-N Executive Director Linda M. Jones. 

Tom is Executive Chairman of Gershman Commercial Real Estate, the largest independent commercial real estate firm in St. Louis with more than six million square feet of properties under management. He has served as President of The Jewish Center for the Aged and the Commercial Division of the St. Louis Area Real Estate Board. Tom has been a Board Member of The Missouri Growth Association, The Evans Scholars Foundation/Western Golf Association, the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, and the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

We applaud Tom Stern as the HNB Board member of the month!
HNB Intern - Elyse Lewandowski
Our newest HNB Intern, Elyse Lewandowski is a rising senior at Saint Louis University. She is studying Finance with minors in Data Analytics and International Business. Elyse is originally from St. Cloud, Minnesota. Outside of HNB, Elyse is the president of both the SLU Dean's Student Advisory Board and a business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. She also volunteers at Campus Kitchen, an on-campus food program at SLU. In the future, she would like to start her own nonprofit that focuses on financial literacy and economic equity for marginalized groups. Elyse stated, "I'm really excited to start with HNB and look forward to learning a lot from the business owners in the process." HNB welcomes our newest SLU intern, Elyse Lewandowski!
Donate to HNB Today Through Amazon
Amazon will donate 0.5% of your Amazon purchases to Habitat for Neighborhood Business when you buy your Amazon products through their website for donations smile.amazon.com. Consider Habitat for Neighborhood Business each time you buy a product through Amazon and let Amazon’s donation help minority entrepreneurs in the city of St.Louis. 
HNB Businesses - Products and Services Available
Small businesses have struggled due to the shut-downs of the COVID-19 pandemic. The HNB entrepreneurs are still operating their businesses and we encourage you to consider HNB entrepreneurs for your products and services. Listed below are HNB participating businesses and contact information. Check them out!

HNB is growing! We now have 46 businesses in the HNB program.

Diversity Gallery LLC Natural Hair Products Web Page
Joe-Jo's Fish and Chicken Carry Out Restaurant  Web Page
God First Religious Specialty Items  Web Page
Cardinal Home Health Care Services LLC Web Page  
Samplings by Ms Deb LLC Carry Out Restaurant  Facebook Page

KDZ Demolition and Construction LLC  Web Page
SHR Builders LLC Construction 314-280-2092 
Bryan Young's Catering Kitchen Catering Web Page

It's A Gamble Production Film producer, writer Web Page
Brooks Family Entertainment Bounce Houses Web Page
Institute of Personal & Professional Development LLC Individual and Family Counseling  Web Page
The Mary Ann Network TV Show Production  Facebook Page
The Royal Court Event Center Special Events Planner Facebook Page

KG Bookkeeping and Tax Preparations Services 314-210-7326

Gill Industries LLC Vehicle fuel additive Web Page

Create Community LLC Corporate and Event Training Web Page
Personal Touches by Jeanetta, Inc. Special Events Decorator Facebook Page

KJ Styles LLC Specialized Barber Shop 314-240-8959

Travel Angel Planner Travel Agency Web Page

Gregory's Healthy Alternatives LLC Colon Hydrotherapy Web Page

Personal Home Health Services Home Health Care 314-664-1100

EAS Financial Service Tax Services 314-553-9292

Children Are Unique Academy LLC Day Care Service Web Page

SILLYBLES Game for groups 314-402-1750

DJ Owe Disc Jockey 314-688-3627

J Murphy Construction Construction Consultant 314-207-9701

SoHeart LLC Addiction Recovery Service Web Page

Fleur De Lis Development Corporation Real Estate Development 314-249-5957

Healthful Beauty LifeSpa & Wellness Health and Wellness Boutique 314-439-6636

Jon Que Barbecue Grill Sales 314-443-6753

Blue Realty Real Estate Company 314-324-6272

Softest Touch Full-service Beauty Bar 314-484-9599

Eminence Financial Consulting Credit counseling 314-249-3985

Fancy Girl Event Planning Event Planning and Catering 314-437-3470

R&W Logistics & Escort Shipping and Escort Freight 314-267-2140

Clean Cycle Lounge LLC Laundry Services 314-600-8618

Mykiel Rose LLC Beauty Product Sales 314-240-8959

BeauTee Inside Out Retail Clothing & Decor 314-482-2361

Buddy's Auto and Tire Repair Auto Repairs 314-659-0587

Paton Redevelopment Series LLC Property Redevelopment 877-649-4770

SPOTS Enterprises LLC Property Redevelopment 314-550-2301

Counseling and Educational Center LLC Counseling Center

Gourmet Soul LLC Soul food restaurant, catering, event venue 

The Butler Group LLC Film production 314-479-2938

Pour Patty's LLC Beverage business 314-503-7144

Against the Grainz LLC, Hair care and grooming services, 314-719-6701
HNB Staff
Linda M. Jones
Executive Director
Gladys Smith, PhD
Program Director
Elyse Lewandowski
Finance Intern
Samantha Schmidt
Marketing Intern
HNB Board Members
Tom Bailey - Urban League of Metro St. Louis, VP Development

Steven Barron, Vice President - Phillip H. Barron Realty, President 

Doug Brown, Chairman - Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Waterway Wash, WingHaven, Retired Executive/Principal

David Copeland, Secretary/Treasurer - Rubin Brown LLC, Retired CFO

Terry Donohue, Chief Information Officer - Enterprise Rent-A-Car Retired Executive

Steven Frank - Plancorp, Vice Chairman
Brooks Goedecker - St. Louis Midtown Redevelopment Corporation, Executive Director

Barnali Gupta, Ph.D. - Edward Jones Dean of the Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University

Robyn Heidger - Enterprise Bank & Trust, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Inclusion

Mark Higgins - Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, Professor of Accounting

Christopher Pickett, Legal Counsel - Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC, Officer & Chief Diversity Officer

Thomas Stern, HNB-SLU Program Chair - Gershman Commercial Real Estate, Executive Board Chairman

Rick Sullivan - Strategic Advisors LLC, President

Lynette Sledge Watson - Missouri Small Business Development Center, Business Development Manager

Richard Weinstock, Mentor Executive - Boeing Company, Retired Executive
HNB Sponsors
Commerce Bank
The Pettus Foundation
Guy B. Jaffe and Judy Schwartz Jaffe Charitable Foundation
of the St. Louis Community Foundation
Black Communities Investment Initiative of the
St. Louis Community Foundation