Dau Furniture, St. Louis’ oldest furniture store,
has been serving the community for 125 years.
What’s even more impressive is that the business
boasts an uninterrupted history of having a Dau
family member at its helm.
Last year, when her father retired, Cara
Dau Allen and her brother became the fifh
generation of Daus to run the business. Though
Allen has modernized the business with a web
presence and digital marketing, she hasn’t
strayed from Dau Furniture’s credo: treat
customers like they’re one of the family.
“We serve our customers better than any store
in town, and we have done so for generations,”
Allen says. “We have always carried a quality
product that we can stand behind. Anybody can
sell you a sofa. We pride ourselves on being able
Dau Furniture has a rich and storied history of
giving back to the community it calls home. The
company has recently established its own charity,
Sweet Dreams St. Louis. every time Dau Furniture
sells a mattress or a bed, the store donates a
mattress to the Home Sweet Home Foundation,
which connects nonprofit partners in the region
with donated furniture and household items for
local people in need.
“A child in the foster system might not be able
to get back to their family or be placed in a foster
home if the home isn’t furnished, especially if
they don’t have their own bed,” Allen explains. “It
shines a light on the importance of a mattress
and how a mattress can unite families.”
It also makes the case for how a single family-
owned furniture store can help unite an entire
“We are helping to furnish hope in the St. Louis
community one mattress at a time,” Allen says.
THE CONNECTOR C A R
Hearing a kid play an instrument for the first time. Listening to a
marching band rouse a halfime crowd. Seeing a child listen intently
during a local orchestra’s free concert.
It’s all music to Bill Harvey’s ears.
Harvey has been in the music business ever since his days at the
University of Cincinnati, where he was a trumpeter in the school’s
marching band. Today, he is the owner of Buddy Roger’s Music, a
Cincinnati institution for more than 60 years.
The store specializes in supplying and repairing instruments for
school bands and currently works with more than 200 schools in the
area. But Harvey’s commitment to music goes far beyond just selling
instruments and accessories to schools.
“We spend thousands of dollars every year supporting school
music programs and community music groups in Cincinnati,” he
says. “We partner with many organizations in Cincinnati to provide
educational experiences for kids, sponsor events that promote the
arts, and encourage students to join their school band.”
It pained Harvey to see students who wanted to get involved but
couldn’t aford an instrument. knowing that once-used instruments
ofen languished in the backs of closets, untouched for years,
Harvey began a program called Lonely Instruments for needy kids
(LInks) encouraging people to donate their old instruments to
children who otherwise couldn’t aford them.
“This program has made it possible for under-resourced kids
to pursue an activity that they might not have been able to
discover,” he says proudly. “There are students now in college
for music education who started their musical journey on a
BUDDY ROGER’S MUSIC, CInCInnATI, OH