Life in the Fast Lane

As you enter Fast Lane Classic Cars, you’ll find neon signs lining the walls next to dozens of classic cars in rows with the light hitting them just right to see the fresh detailing work making you feel like you just traveled back in time. “You don’t have to be a classic car person to…

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Frenchtown’s Custom Shirt Destination: Awe Shirts

When you walk into Awe Shirts you’ll be greeted with the sight of friends and family sitting and working in the back of the shop while laughing and catching up. This Frenchtown shop is owned by friends Carolyn Aubuchon and Shannon Hancock. They specialize in custom T-shirts and other apparel like shorts and hoodies. The…

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Kende’s Printing Survives the Flood of ‘93, Now Thrives as a Local Printer

Inside the walls of Kende’s Printing, machines are running and employees are working hard to print up to 750,000 envelopes in a single work day. This local shop has the ability to cover large and small needs for printing, numbering, folding and glueing. Owner Ken Lafser has had businesses in five different locations in the…

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Frenchtown Revitalization Task Force Visits Waterloo

The Main Street of Waterloo, Illinois is filled with small shops, unique restaurants, community events and local microbreweries. Restaurants, bars and microbreweries like Hopseller, Stubborn German, Vintage Wine Bar, Uncle John’s RRR Bar, Shorty’s Smokehouse and Bean Tree Cafe are what make the dining and nightlife stand out in this small city. Their modern decor…

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Secondhand Chic Gives Back to Pups in Need

When the first Friday of the month comes around, a line wraps around North 2nd Street in Frenchtown. Eager customers are waiting outside of Secondhand Chic Marketplace to get first pick at the month’s selection. Owner, Laura Morrison, opens the door and waits at the counter for about 20 minutes during the calm before the…

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Foundry Art Centre Artist Spotlight: Natalie Schloss, Art on the Spectrum

As you walk down the aisle of the Foundry Art Centre, you’ll discover glass windows showcasing artists at work using mediums from cloth to clay. As you walk through the doors of Studio 5, you’ll find walls and tables filled with iconic scenes from the St. Louis and St. Charles areas. It’s no surprise the…

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Receive a Free STL Cake Pop with Food Donation

Beginning Wednesday, June 19, STL Cake Pops will be collecting non perishable and unexpired food products in return for a free, original cake pop. All of the products collected will be donated straight to the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery who sent out a Facebook post on June 14 showing how empty their pantries are and…

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Climb So iLL Set to Open in the Fall in Frenchtown

With tall ceilings and plenty of space, the old Steel Shop here in Frenchtown is the ideal spot for Climb So iLL’s newest location. The modern-style indoor rock climbing gym is set to open their new location at 650 North Main Center in suite 105 later this year. Currently, they have a location at 1419…

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White Traditions Bridal House Creates a Stress-Free Environment for Brides to be

White Traditions Bridal House brings family and friends of brides together down in Frenchtown for an exciting day to shop for the perfect dress. The bridal house sells a variety of on-trend wedding gowns from sizes 6 to 28 in a no-pressure environment where brides have the luxury of enjoying the dress shopping experience. The…

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STL Cake Pops is Making Frenchtown a Little Sweeter

Baking up an endless supply of treats for the community, STL Cake Pops is a Frenchtown gem located at 198 Tecumseh Street. Their specialty– creating custom and character cake pops. STL Cake Pops is not your traditional bakery. They focus on creating custom orders for weddings, corporate parties, gifts and other events. They also host…

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Planning and Zoning Recommendations Approved by City Council

UPDATE: The St. Charles City Council unanimously passed the proposal for changes to the Code of Ordinances for the Frenchtown Historic Commercial District (FHCD) at their June 4 meeting. –––– The City of St. Charles Planning and Zoning Commission approved changes to the Code of Ordinances for the Frenchtown Historic Commercial District (FHCD) at their…

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St. Charles 250th Celebration

St. Charles and Frenchtown celebrated the Sestercentennial Saturday, May 18, 2019. The area took a leap back in time and down memory lane through special events that highlighted the history of the area. See photos from the parade below.

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