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Spirit of Halloween Painting Contest

Add some Halloween spirit to Frenchtown by joining the window painting contest hosted by the Frenchtown Heritage Museum. How it Works Sign up using the registration form between September 14 and September 30 Include all team member names of those who will be contributing (teams are made up of 2-10 people) If you need a printed…

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St. Charles Trolley Starts July 3

The St. Charles Trolley is resuming their route from July 3 to December 20, 2020! Hop on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a 35-minute narrated loop of St. Charles, including 11 stops along the way. Trolley rides are offered for free!  

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St. Charles Farmers Market to Open June 6

The St. Charles Farmers Market, hosted in the Foundry Art Centre lot in Frenchtown, is set to open Saturday, June 6! After the opening day, the farmers market will be open every Saturday from 7 a.m. until 12 p.m. The market features locally-grown produce, jellies, jams and more! Once open, they ask that all attendees…

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COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

As a community, we’re thinking of all of our residents and local businesses during this challenging time. The St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce has put together a list of COVID-19 resources, including business guidance, loans, county updates and more. Access the Resource Here ›

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Community Update – COVID-19

The Frenchtown community hopes everyone stays safe and healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you need any assistance with shopping for essential items or would like someone to check in on you daily, the Historic Frenchtown Association is willing to help. Call the Frenchtown Museum at 636-724-2106, leave a message with your name and phone…

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Public Art Company is Giving a Space for Fellow Creatives to Get Inspired

Looking for a creative place to work? Check out Public Art Company. Located at 1100 N. 2nd Street, Public Art Company is a creative agency, screen printing shop, marketplace selling local products and a destination for the community to come work. The front section of the building is open to the public to come work,…

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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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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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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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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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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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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 Spring of 2020 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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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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St. Charles Trolley Operating Daily from 11 am – 8 pm

All aboard the St. Charles Trolley! Hop on and off at any of the 11 designated stops, included Frenchtown. You’ll also enjoy a complimentary narrated tour of the area. Operating Daily from 11 am – 8 pm Click here to view the new information and the new route.

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Indoor Rock Climbing Gym in St. Charles

Rock Climbing Gym Climb So iLL to open location in St. Charles The new gym will be in historic Frenchtown’s Steel Shop building and is set to open by end of summer 2019. Their next location is also on The National Register. Parallel to the river, the building sits behind the Foundry Art Centre. Source:…

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Pride St. Charles – First Pride Parade!

Pride St. Charles 2019 Festival - Frontier Park

We are excited to announce the First Pride St. Charles Pride Parade! We are celebrating our 5th Anniversary and want to make it a complete celebration. Our theme is Reflections… Looking Back, Marching Forward. We want you to be a part of this HISTORY MAKING year. This is going to be an amazing celebration of community,…

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Frenchtown Audit Report – Hyett Palma

2018 Hyett Palma Study Recommendations & Suggestions We are excited to share with you the recommendations and suggestions from the Hyett Palma study in this below linked 2018 assessment. Hyett Palma is the community development agency we engaged to provide the outside counsel and best recommendations for our Frenchtown revitalization efforts. This report is an…

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