GODFREY, IL – The RiverBend Growth Association team maintains its membership growth trend once again, with another four members in recent weeks. The organization’s newest members are AJ Stotler Photography, Columbiana Country Store, Designs by DoubleDown, and SIHF Healthcare.

AJ Stotler Photography is owned and operated by professional photographer Amanda Stotler. With studios located at 124 Front Street in Alton, Stotler is an American portrait artist who specializes in emotive, controlled lighting studio photography. Her photographic portraiture work is available personally and professionally, for individuals and families.

Stotler’s website notes that “her magazine-quality work has been leveraged by executives and behind-the-scenes heroes to honor lifetime achievements and fuel industry-wide change.”

For more information about services available at AJ Stotler Photography, visit online at https://ajstotlerphotography.com/ or call (618) 593-2468.

Columbiana Country Store is located at DeSherlia Landing in Grafton. Owner and Executive Chef JoDell Langdon offers a variety of homemade baked favorites: Cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip cookies, carrot cake, and fudge brownies just to name a few. Langdon further offers seasonal favorites such as pulled pork, holiday pies and fresh pecans.

Langdon has perfected her recipes over years of restaurant and catering experience. “Now you can enjoy these unique and delicious flavors every week,” she says, while also noting: “Watch for special items with every new season!” Membership in the RiverBend Growth Association, Langdon says, is something that stems from a desire to participate in a regional chamber. “I hope to gain exposure for my catering business,” she adds.

To learn more, call (618) 535-9808, or follow the Columbiana Country Store on Facebook  You may also visit online at https://shop.marketwagon.com/collections/vendor/3122?redir=true.

Designs by DoubleDown provides customers with quality custom apparel from a focus on creativity, imagination and innovation through its online shops. Formerly JLS Designs, the company now thrives under the enthusiastic leadership duo of Jamie and Joe Downer, dedicated to delivering custom apparel for every occasion.

The company provides custom, full-color t-shirts and apparel for clubs, schools, teams, and special occasions. Designs by DoubleDown support teams from Alton to Wood River and create custom designs for special occasions including bachelorette parties and weddings.

“Having lived and worked in the Riverbend community most of my life, I understand the unique needs of our customers,” shares Jamie Downer, the original proprietor. “We stand as a local partner, dedicated to bringing personalized visions to life.

“Regardless of if it’s a one-off or specialty design, or if your project can’t meet the minimum requirements of some larger shops, we can help fulfill your needs, with our Direct-to-Garment or Direct-to-Film printing options,” Downer notes.

Downer also shares that their business is one that embraces innovation by collaborating with other local businesses in the area. “This is about being more than just a business, it’s about creating connections within the community and building a network that fosters growth and unity. We prioritize partnering with local small businesses, aligning with our culture of ‘Support Local – Shop Small,’” she says.

She explains further, saying, “This spirit allows us to extend our services and offerings beyond the traditional scope, ensuring that we remain at the industry’s cutting edge. Our eagerness to expand our network enhances not only our company but also positively impacts our local community. Our membership in local associations underscores this commitment, assuring our clientele of our dedication to quality, collaboration, and local growth.

“Joining the RBGA underscores Designs by DoubleDown’s commitment to small business empowerment and local networking. It provides a platform for connecting with like-minded businesses, sharing insights, and fostering collaboration. This affiliation further enhances our local impact, supporting our culture to fortify small businesses, and further solidifying our relationships within the community, ensuring sustainable growth and mutual success.”

Visit Designs by DoubleDown online at https://designsbydoubledown.com/ online or call (618) 972-1875 to learn more. You can also find and follow them on Facebook.

SIHF Healthcare has multiple locations in the Riverbend region, including on the campus of St. Louis Regional Airport at 2 Terminal Drive, Suite 8, East Alton; and Alton locations at 2615 Edwards Street and at 4 Memorial Drive, Suite 210. They recently opened a third Alton location on the OSF Healthcare campus as well.

Healthcare service providers at the Airport/East Alton location include Dorothy Charles, M.D., and Heidi Fields, FNP-C , Family Medicine; Anthony Chin, DMD, and Rebecca Coalson, DMD, Dentists; Rutendo Nkomo, M.D., Christopher Suhre, M.D., and Anupama Vallala, M.D., Pediatrics; Afshan Sultana, M.D., Behavioral Health; and Nanthini Suthan, M.D., Internal Medicine.

Family Medicine provider Yolanda Suber, FNP-C, AGNP-C, sees patients at the Edwards Street location in Alton.

At the Memorial Drive location in Alton, SIHF healthcare professionals include Emilia David, M.D., Pediatrics; Felecia Ernst, FNP-C, Darcy Graham, FNP, Jamie Hardman, M.D., and Geoffrey Turner, M.D., Obstetrics and Gynecology; Christal Gabrielson, LCPC, Sharon Jameson, PMHNP-BC, Oghenero Olomukoro, PMHNP, Jagannath Patil, M.D., and Brianna Phillips, LCSW, Behavioral Health; Mena Metias, M.D., Family Medicine; Bryan Steele, M.D., Family Medicine, Internal Medicine; and Sambasivam Suthan, M.D., Internal Medicine.

SIHF Healthcare’s Director of Communications & Strategy Beth Ann Gailey also works from this location. “SIHF Healthcare believes everyone should have access to quality care regardless of their ability to pay. SIHF Healthcare strives to be your Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) – where your healthcare is our primary focus,” notes the SIHF spokesperson.

“As a patient at SIHF Healthcare, you’ll have a dedicated, ongoing relationship with a primary care provider. He or she will help you get to where you need to be both physically and mentally. Your provider leads a team that takes responsibility for providing healthcare for you that is personalized, comprehensive, compassionate, and efficient,” their spokesperson further notes.

SIHF Healthcare accepts most insurance plans and offers a sliding fee scale so that everyone can access quality care. Accessibility to healthcare is furthered by SIHF Healthcare through its offering of healthcare service through locations across communities, large and small, so that more people can have quality, affordable care close to home.

Partnering with the RBGA through its membership is something that SIHF Healthcare will allow them to be further involved in the community. “We just opened a new center on the OSF campus, making three SIHF Healthcare locations in the Alton area and additional locations in the surrounding areas. By joining the RBGA, we hope that we can get involved in the community and gain additional knowledge of what the community needs,” says Gailey.

For more information about SIHF Healthcare and the services they provide, visit online at www.sihf.org. You may also call (618) 258-0485 for the East Alton facility, (618) 462-4342 to reach the Edwards Street location in Alton, or (618) 463-5905 to reach the Memorial Drive site in Alton.

The RiverBend Growth Association is the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization for the 11 communities known as the Riverbend. For more information about the Growth Association, visit growthassociation.com online or call (618) 467-2280.