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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Life on the Road: How Two Frenchtown Entrepreneurs Travel the U.S. in Their Home on Wheels

McNeil Motorcars and That Detail Girl at 1801 N. 2nd Street focus their businesses around more than just car servicing. They say their hearts go to the people they work for and create a friendly, open environment in their shop. Shane McNeil of McNeil Motorcars and Krista Grabenhorst of That Detail Girl are using their love…

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Foundry Art Centre Artist Spotlight: Lydia Crespo, The Importance of Art in Society

Lydia Crespo spends her days in her studio at the Foundry Art Center with her ears filled with upbeat music and surrounded by an array of color and dye splattered across her workspace. Racks are stacked high with handcrafted clothing and accessories. Shelves hold an assortment of the produce used to create natural dyes. Crespo…

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250 Years of St. Charles: A Look Back at History

Immerse yourself in history now through Sept. 13 at the Foundry Art Centre with the 250 Years of St. Charles Exhibition, offering a look at the rich architectural history of the area. The exhibition is free to attend during Foundry hours in Gallery III. The exhibition was chosen in recognition of the 250th celebration of…

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Foundry Art Centre Artist Spotlight: Sofi Seck, Building a STEAM School

As you approach Studio 14 of the Foundry Art Centre, you see something completely different. Colorful, woven baskets sit on display and decorative bowls line the walls. There is a divider separating a portion of the room where the artist is at work. That artist is Sofi Seck. Originally from Senegal, Africa, she specializes in…

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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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