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Beauty supply store opens; local business now offers life coaching

Elure, a beauty supply store in Fairview Heights, is located near the Family Dollar off of Lincoln Trail.
Elure, a beauty supply store in Fairview Heights, is located near the Family Dollar off of Lincoln Trail. cbischel@bnd.com

A new beauty supply store has opened in Fairview Heights.

Elure Beauty Supply opened July 17.

The store, which is independent and minority-owned, features a wide selection of beauty products, owner Samantha Carter said. The store also has a membership program, which offers discounts on supplies to students and professional cosmetologists for a base fee.

Carter, who’s been a business-owner for nine years, also owns Salon Patrice in O’Fallon.

Elure is located at 10251 Lincoln Trail, Suite 12, near Family Dollar.

The store, which can be reached at 618-213-8377, is open:

▪  Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

▪  Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

▪  Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Edge Chiropractic and Wellness offers ‘Life Coaching’

Heidi Westra Brocke, owner of Edge Chiropractic and Wellness in O’Fallon, has completed her coaching certification. A toxic relationship awareness and healing specialist, Brocke now offers ‘Life Coaching’ for clients who may need assistance with organization, goal setting and making themselves a priority in their own lives.

Brocke is also a chiropractor, nutritionist and acupuncturist. For more information, call 618-632-2000 or visit the, “Coaching with Dr Heidi,” Facebook page.

Illinois American buys water district

Illinois American Water has purchased the Forest Homes-Maple Park Public Water District, which adds approximately 500 customers to the company’s customer base in the Alton District.

In November, water district residents voted to dissolve the water district, and supported the water district selling the water system to Illinois American Water. The Illinois Commerce Commission approved the sale for $900,000 in June, according to a news release.

Illinois American Water began its partnership with the water district in the 1980s, by providing water to the district on a sale-for-resale basis, the news release said.

“We have a strong legacy and presence serving Forest Homes-Maple Park Public Water District and the surrounding area. Illinois American Water has been delivering reliable water service to customers in the Alton District for more than 135 years,” said Karen Cooper, senior manager of field operations and production said in a statement. “Through this acquisition, we will expand our existing footprint and help ensure local residents have access to a long-term, reliable water supply for years to come.”

Solar company recognized as top contractor

StraightUp Solar, a St. Louis-based solar panel installation company with offices in Swansea, Bloomington and Springfield, was ranked as one of the top solar contractors in the United States, according to Solar Power World magazine.

StraightUp Solar ranked 272 out of 500 solar contractors and was the highest ranked out of any in Missouri. It installed 1,874 kilowatts of power in 2016, according to the magazine.

“As a father, a physician, and a concerned citizen, I am inspired by the growth of solar in our communities and our increased awareness of the benefits of solar energy,” Dane Glueck, who founded the company, said in a news release, “whether those benefits are environmental, economic, or energy security.”

Deli Star hires 5 employees

Fayetteville-based Deli Star Corp., which produces cooked meats for sandwich companies and food service operators, has hired five new employees: Jeanne Gannon as director of quality; Ben Gehrs as senior process engineer; Jessica Meyer as finance manager; Luke Siegel as project manager; and Dan Kuester as process engineer.

Gannon previously served with Troverco Inc., AdvancePierre Foods and Landshire; Gehrs previously served with Spartan Light Metals and Toyota; Meyer has experience with accounts payable and receivable, budgeting, payroll and auditing; Siegel previously served in Deli Star’s quality control department; and Kuester recently graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he earned a mechanical engineering degree.

BND reporters Mike Koziatek and Joseph Bustos contributed to this report.

Casey Bischel: 618-239-2655, @CaseyBischel

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