One of my favorite parts of my job is talking to our clients about their goals. Sometimes their objectives are specifically related to money; at other times, not as much. Either way, understanding where clients want to go (their goals) allows us to help them get there (through careful planning).
In my family’s case, one goal we have set is to see our hometown St. Louis Cardinals play in a different city each summer. This is usually my favorite yearly trip. A few weeks ago, we had an opportunity to go to Chicago to see the Cardinals play the White Sox. We spent time on Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier, and other “tourist” spots. We were also fortunate to see our Cardinals pull out a 3-0 victory.
This year’s trip was especially memorable because we combined it with visiting some of our favorite long-time clients, Larry Baumann and Dana Brehm. While not from Chicago, Larry and Dana made it their goal years ago to have a place in Chicago. After they both retired, they realized that goal and have a beautiful home there.
Numerous studies have shown that making your goals known to others increases your odds of achieving them. We love doing our part in helping clients achieve their goals. And if you aren’t tracking your goals, please let us know. We’d be happy to help.
St. Louis or Houston? Places To Go, People To See
We sure had fun last July, sharing some history from Houston and St. Louis. Who knew at the time that Hurricane Harvey was on its way? Today, we’d like to reinforce that we remain as proud as ever of our respective hometowns, where there are still plenty of places to go and things to do when you come visit. Of course, we hope your first stop will be at our local Hill Investment Group office, so we can join you for a personalized tour.
Foodies (Where to even begin?!)
- Houston – Etoile Cuisine et Bar, Café Annie, Tiny Boxwoods, Kiran’s, Pondi Cheri, Local Foods, Southwell’s Burgers, beef BBQ at Roegels, El Tiempo (Matt’s favorite), fajitas at Lupe Tortilla, and many, many, many more.
- St. Louis – Tony’s, Bar Les Freres, Paul Manno’s, Winslow’s Home, Claverach Farms, Truffles, Stone Soup Cottage … let’s not forget BBQ – Sugarfire, Pappys, and Vernon’s.
- St. Louis – The St. Louis Municipal Opera (The Muny) – America’s oldest and largest outdoor theatre. The Muny turns 100 years old in 2018, while its president and CEO Dennis Reagan (our very own John Reagan’s dad!) celebrates his 50th year as a member of the Muny team.
- Houston – The Miller Outdoor Theatre – open year-round due to Houston’s usually mild climate, our treasured venue experienced only minimal damage from Hurricane Harvey.
Parks and Recreation
- Houston – Besides the Miller Outdoor Theatre, Hermann Park is home to the Houston Zoo, several museums, a golf course and plenty of space for hiking, biking or just chilling out.
- St. Louis – Host to the 1904 World’s Fair (with several original structures still intact), Forest Park is the original “Meet me in St. Louis” venue and among the country’s largest urban parks, hosting the Muny, the Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and so much more.
The Green Scene
- St. Louis – St. Louis is home to the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Established in 1859 as one of the nation’s oldest botanical gardens, it offers stunning public displays, as well as a world-class research library of rare botanical books and specimens.
- Houston – While at Hermann Park, you can take in the formal McGovern Centennial Gardens and an exotic Japanese Garden before skipping over to Memorial Park for a run, a round of golf and a burger at Beck’s Prime.
For the Young or Young at Heart
- Houston – What kid (or inner child) doesn’t get a large charge out of space rockets? Space Center Houston should be just the ticket for the entire family to have a blast in our fair city.
- St. Louis – The name may seem plain, but St. Louis’ City Museum was just voted #1 among Trip.Com’s 2017 Family Tribe Top Attractions. All recycled, all interactive, all imaginative – there’s nowhere else quite like it. (PS: Houston Zoo was voted #5; not too shabby either.)
Batter Up! (St. Louis and Houston)
So, we’ve already mentioned that my HIG colleagues may sometimes sit on opposite sides of the field when the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals face off. But we thought it would be nice to wrap today’s installment by pointing out that our two favorite teams share common ground as well. Most notably, Astros’ current GM Jeff Luhnow came to the team by way of the Cardinals’ administration. And lucky for us, Luhnow is a friend and a fan of Matt Hall’s Odds On, regardless of where he calls home … not unlike all of us here at HIG!