Allison Babka

Storyteller of the quirky.

United States of America

As a freelance features writer and editor in the Midwest, I'm committed to highlighting the people and ideas
that make our world interesting -- especially if there's a little quirkiness involved!
I also write boring marketing stuff, but you'll have to ask me about that elsewhere.

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Cover Stories

Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times: Ferguson Coverage

As web editor for the Riverfront Times, I coordinated digital coverage and photography during one of the most important series of events in the nation.

Riverfront Times
Guitar Zero: The Search Is on for St. Louis' "Air" Apparent

St. Louis has birthed its share of musical luminaries over the years, from the early rock and R&B of Chuck Berry and Tina Turner to the blue-eyed soul of Michael McDonald and hip-hop of Nelly and Chingy. But there is one genre that no St. Louis performer has yet to conquer.

Features and Neato Stuff

Ladue News
Born to Brew: Billy Busch of Kräftig

"You know what? Anyone who wants to try a Kräftig Light, give 'em one on me," Billy Busch tells the waitress at Hammerstone's. The Soulard bar is filled with regular diners and professionals taking their lunch breaks on a sunny day, and many eagerly accept the offer of free beer.

Riverfront Times
Sex and the Symphony: Ben Folds Explains Why Orchestral Music Is the Best Aphrodisiac

Ben Folds has a notion that may help orchestras around the world draw new ticket buyers. "People, this will get you laid," the renowned alt-rock pianist declares. Folds, who performs with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra April 12 and 13 as part of its Live at Powell Hall series, has made his respect for orchestras known throughout his career.

Alive Magazine
From Bean to Bar: Shawn Askinosie of Askinosie Chocolate

Many people claim that chocolate is essential to life, especially as a savory morsel melts on the tongue, warmed before sliding down the throat and sending dopamine to the brain. For Shawn Askinosie, it's no exaggeration. The founder of Askinosie Chocolate uses his entire chocolate-making process - from bean to bar - to provide education, construct partnerships and strengthen communities around the world.

Alive Magazine
The Cheshire In St. Louis Shares 3 Secrets For Planning The Perfect Wedding

A wedding is a beautiful celebration of love - something that the couple and their guests will remember forever. But every memorable wedding takes planning and coordination, which may feel overwhelming at times. We teamed up with the wedding experts at The Cheshire , a charming luxury hotel in St.

Ladue News
Well Preserved: Marvels of Millwork

Like many children, 10-year-old Bill Hays was pulled into helping his father build and fix things around the house. Little did he know that the experience would help him become one of the most respected millwork specialists in St. Louis as an adult. "Yeah, it was forced," Hays says with a laugh.


Riverfront Times
Cardinals Security Kicks Out Fan on Star Wars Night... For Having a Stormtrooper Mask?

Most Jedi and Sith enjoyed the first-ever Star Wars night at Busch Stadium yesterday, but one woman felt like she was being oppressed by Palpatine's Galactic Empire when she was kicked out of the stadium for wearing a mask. Julie Sweetin, a nurse at a local hospital, spent two hours crafting her Stormtrooper costume to wear during the St.