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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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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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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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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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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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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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