Sams Carpet Cleaning: Serving the Community for 35 Years

Driving around the St. Louis metropolitan area you will find bright yellow vans that read “Sams” across the side. Inside the vehicles of this Frenchtown, business is trained and dedicated professionals who devote their time to creating clean spaces for the community. Local resident, Jeff Sams, started this business 35 years ago with a cleaning…

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Course Coffee Introduces Coffee Roasting From Around the World to Frenchtown

As you step into Course Coffee, you’re greeted by the smell of freshly roasted coffee, the sound of community chatter and the sight of handpicked vintage furniture and decor. This newly-opened shop is located at 1218 N 2nd street. Course Coffee is run by the owner, Brandon Runk, his wife Sarah Runk and his cousin-in-law…

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Grass Valley Roots Opens New Coffee House in Frenchtown

Frenchtown is now home to a shop where you can grab a hot cup of coffee and a fresh pastry. Grass Valley Roots at 903 N. 2nd Street, has now expanded their vintage finds shop to include this local coffee house. Community Uplifting In May 2018, owner Laura Henry opened the doors to Grass Valley…

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An Inside Look at Roses & Mint’s Newly-Opened Frenchtown Studio

The smell of fresh flowers fills the air as floral artists craft arrangements inside Roses & Mint Florals located at 810 N 2nd Street. The Roses & Mint team, led by owner Kira Mulvany, creates fine, custom floral designs for a variety of events and brides to be. In August 2019, their studio opened in…

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Community Planning Workshops Lead Frenchtown Revitalization

On Thursday, Dec. 12, citizens interested in the revitalization of Frenchtown participated in a community planning workshop at Climb So iLL, a new rock climbing gym slated to open in early 2020 in Frenchtown. The workshop was hosted by a team of design consultants selected by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments. They’re providing their…

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Frenchtown Welcomes Home Interior Shop

What was once a vacant warehouse now stands as a new, modern storefront for Grateful Thread Interiors at 221 Franklin Street. Owner, Jill Ryan, decided to move her drapery, upholstery and interior design business from New Town to Frenchtown two months ago to add retail space. Wishing for Something More After studying various forms of…

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Holiday Weekend Getaway to Frenchtown

Need a holiday getaway? Frenchtown has you covered. With plenty of places to grab treats and shop, we’ve created a quick itinerary for a weekend visit to historic Frenchtown St. Charles. Day 1 | Settle In Drive out on a Friday evening to the Victorian House at 709 N. 4th Street. This bed and breakfast…

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Artist Spotlight: Laura Hohn, Building Connections Through Art and Small Business

Foundry Art Centre studio artist, Laura Hohn, was first exposed to art at a young age by her grandmother who was a painter. After visiting an art festival and seeing a potter, she begged her mom to buy her some clay to start creating pottery of her own. This was the start of finding and…

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Frenchtown is Great Streets’ Next Project – First Meeting Dec. 12

Earlier this year, the efforts to revitalize Frenchtown took a step forward when East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the metropolitan planning organization for the St. Louis region, selected Frenchtown as the location for the next Great Streets project. East-West Gateway’s Great Streets projects focus on showing communities how to expand in a way that enhances…

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Mirage Photo – A Passion of Two Friends

What started out as friendship for Shawn Traman and Samantha Iverson soon turned into a local business called Mirage Photo. The two spend their days shooting portraits, events, and weddings around the St. Charles area. Their building at 1128 N. 2nd Street serves as a creative space where they can meet with clients, shoot photos…

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Artist Spotlight: Ann Croghan, Expressing Her Faith Through Art

As Ann Croghan, a Foundry Art Centre artist paints with a full palette of colors in studios 15 and 16, she listens to gentle Christian music in the background. Starting as a child, she fell in love with colors, starting with memorizing all 120 colors of the Crayola crayon box. The idea that red-orange and…

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Mosaics Fine Art Festival: Celebrating 25 Years of Sharing Art With the Community

At the end of every summer, Main Street is filled with booths of local artists offering their work to the local community to shop and explore. From Sept. 13-15, the Mosaics Fine Art Festival will be celebrating its 25 year anniversary. Where Art and Education Collide In 1992 the Mosaics Art Festival Association was established…

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