HBA History

The Hill Business Association was organized in 1996 “to promote and maintain a prosperous business community on the Hill; to develop and provide an attractive commercial component to compliment the residential character of the area; and to establish and encourage a fraternal spirit for the membership.”

As such the HBA has been active in promoting the Hill as an ideal place to locate or expand a business. It has been a vehicle for new business owners to become acquainted with other business people in the area.

Awareness & Initiatives

The HBA determined that the while the Hill is well known around the metropolitan area and the country, people often had trouble getting there or finding a particular business. As a result the HBA has endeavored to increase regional awareness of the Hill and its activities. To address this situation, the HBA, with assistance from the City of St. Louis, has installed light pole banners and trash receptacles throughout the area.

In addition, the HBA erected a Hill identification monument. The HBA publishes a brochure which is distributed to 120 local hotels and tourist locations to help identify the Hill and points of interests.


The HBA has worked with the Hill 2000 Neighborhood Association to make the Hill more attractive to both the business and residential communities.

The HBA has enabled businesses conduct open houses to showcase and promote their business to the Hill community. In a very short time, the HBA has become an integral part of the Hill.


Chris Saracino
Chris’ Pancake & Dining
Vice President
Dea Hoover
Are We There Yet? Tours
Alex Wolk
Diane Sinn
BMO Harris Bank
Ann Marie Lumetta
Team Member
Joe Barbaglia
Southwest Auto Parts
Team Member
Charlie Gitto, Jr.
Gitto’s Restaurant
Team Member
Miguel Carretero
Team Member
Charlie Gitto
Gitto’s Restaurant
Team Member
Karen Mariani
Lo Russo’s
Team Member
Bob Ahrens
Family Resource Center
Team Member
Diane Urzi
Urzi’s Italian Market
Team Member
Anthony Devoti
Team Member
Bob Ahrens
Bertarelli Cutlery

Additional Information

For additional information about the Hill Business Association
and its activities please contact us at:

The Hill Business Association
1935 Marconi Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110