YOU’RE INVITED to celebrate and sample the very best of St. Charles County By Sarah Gerrein Brand Ave. Studios Contributing Writer
he residents of St. Charles are proud of their river city, with its unique historical heritage and entrepreneurial spirit. The city is a quaint community full of charm and prides itself on its local businesses. For the past 20+ years, readers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Suburban Journals have asked their readers to vote on what they love. To celebrate, winners of the 2018 Best of St. Charles are invited to attend the inaugural Sample St. Charles event on Thursday, Dec. 13. Over 100 winners are celebrated in categories ranging from arts and entertainment to music, food and drink and so much more. Four national businesses were also recognized as the best of St. Charles for their contribution to the area. Congratulations to Best Western Plus The Charles Hotel, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, St. Charles, Mo., Residence Inn by Marriott, O’Fallon, Mo. and Rural King, Wentzville, Mo., for showcasing local business friendliness from a nationwide chain. The inaugural Sample St. Charles event will be held at The Foundry Art Centre, located at 520 North Main Center in St. Charles from 5:30 p.m. — 9 p.m. The event will include live music by The Whiskey Raccoons, a photo booth and food and drink tastings from the local bars and
restaurants including: Baked! Cookie Café, Beer Sauce Shop, Cardinal Sin Vodka, Chandler Hill Vineyards, Duke’s BBQ Shack, Elbee’s Garlic, Monical’s Pizza, Montelle Winery, PRP International, Small Batch Winery, Sugarfire Smokehouse, The Shack, Third Wheel Brewing and more! Don’t miss out on the chance to experience the best of St. Charles, all in one place at this one-of-a-kind event! Tickets include all tastings and free parking and are available for $20 in advance at stltoday.com/ourevents or at the door tomorrow for $25 each.
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BEST OF ST. CHARLES 2018 WINNERS BUSINESS ANTIQUES Blooming Daisy Marketplace is a home decor store located in historic Cottleville featuring local artisans, vintage goods, unique fashions and so much more. Visit squareup.com/store/ blooming-daisy-marketplace for more information. Runners-up: Butterfly & Moon, The Homestead, Joys Collective Market, Toys of Our Youth
APPLIANCE STORE AAA Home Services, an awardwinning repair service company, specializes in not only appliance repair
and sales, but has expert technicians in HVAC, electrical and plumbing. AAA is dedicated to customer satisfaction and has won many awards over the years including the Best of St. Charles Service Awards. AAA prides itself on knowledgeable service and support. Visit aaastl.com or call (636) 707-1804 for more information. Runners-up: Armstrong Central Vacuum, Happy’s Appliances
AUTO DEALER — NEW Pundmann Ford opened its doors in 1925 in St. Charles, right on the corner of Jefferson and Second streets, and was one of the first automobile dealerships in the area. Pundmann Ford’s motto is “Welcome to the Family” and
emphasizes their customer-centered approach to business. Pundmann also offers full service at their state-ofthe-art Quick Lane facility. Visit pundmannford.com for more information. Runners-up: Bommarito Cadillac, Lou Fusz Subaru – St. Peters, Marshall Ford, St. Charles Nissan
AUTO DEALER — USED Bommarito St. Peters Pre-Owned Supercenter has been serving the St. Louis community for more than 40 years, offering a large selection of preowned vehicles. Customers can browse the selection online by vehicle type, price range or certified pre-owned. Visit bommarito.com or call (636) 928-2300 for more information.
Runners-up: Lou Fusz Subaru – St. Peters, Marshall Ford, St. Charles Nissan, Travers GMT Auto Sales West
BANQUET FACILITY New Town Event Planning was established in April of 2006 to meet the growing demand of residents and visitors alike who wished to hold a special event in New Town, St. Charles. Whether you’re interested in the classic town hall or elegant chapel with 20- foot ceilings, New Town provides the perfect setting. The venues at New Town provide a unique option for that special day. And the true town setting will take guests back in time, allowing for a charming atmosphere with restaurants, shops, endless canals, lakes, fountains and
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more. Visit newtowneventplanning. com or call (636) 288-7332 for more information. Runners-up: Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles, The Christy, Old Hickory Golf Club, Pezold Banquet and Meeting Center
BOOKSTORE Main Street Books is a locally-owned independent bookstore that has been serving the St. Charles area since 1993. In addition to books, patrons can purchase a multitude of gift items including greeting cards, bookmarks, journals, card games and children’s toys. Main Street Books also coordinates several author events per month, both at the store and with the St. Charles City-County Library District. Visit mainstreetbooks.net or call (636) 949-0105 for more information. Runner-up: Rose’s Bookhouse
BRIDAL SHOP Boulevard Bride is a boutique-style store that strives to make all customers feel welcome and at home. They offer bridal gowns in a wide range of prices and are proud to offer couture gowns that are exclusive to Boulevard Bride. They also offer bridesmaid dresses, mother’s dresses, suit and tuxedo rentals, prom, homecoming and special occasion gowns. Schedule an appointment online at boulevardbride.com or call (636) 561-4030. Runners-up: Cleo Bridal, Wedding Gallery – St. Charles, White Traditions Bridal House
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Since 1939 the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce has worked to create a strong local economy by actively promoting the St. Charles/St. Peters region. The chamber provides extensive networking
opportunities, serves as the voice of business and supports a pro-business legislative agenda. Visit gstccc.com or call (636) 946-0633 for more information. Runners-up: Cottleville Weldon Spring Chamber of Commerce, O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce, Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES Happy Camper Clothing Co., located on Main Street in St. Charles, offers locally designed t-shirts, handmade items and accessories for your home. It is a great place to pick up local St. Charles apparel and gifts. Visit their store at 510 S. Main Street or visit their Etsy shop at etsy.com/shop/happycampertees. Runners-up: Blooming Daisy Marketplace, MOss Boutique, The Pretty Pelican, Undefined Boutique
DIY STUDIO Imagination Pottery Studio is a family business that was established in 2015. Imagination offers paint your own pottery and clay handbuilding, as well as classes and events in the studio. You can also host your next party or group outing with them. Imagination Pottery is a fun, relaxed and creative environment to create memories with you and your loved ones – one paint brush at a time. Visit their website at imaginationpotterystudio.com. Runners-up: Farm Table Creative, Pinot’s Palette Lake St. Louis
FLORIST Parkview Gardens Florist & Greenhouse has progressed from cut flowers and vegetables grown outdoors to 11 greenhouses with a variety of plants throughout the seasons. In the spring, bedding plants, pansies, perennials, and hanging
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baskets are available. Mums and pansies are popular in the fall, and there are thousands of poinsettias for Christmas. Each and every season, they look for new plants and creative ways to keep the love of flowers and the art of gardening thriving and growing in the St. Charles community. Visit parkviewgardens.com or call (636) 946-7641 for more information. Runners-up: Buse’s Flower & Gift Shop Inc., Dunn’s Florist, The Flower Stop, Walter Knoll Florist
FURNITURE The White Hare, owned and operated by a mother-daughter duo since 2003, provides the St. Charles area with unique home décor and gifts. They offer in-home accessorizing including furniture, rugs, artwork and more, and will even come to your home and take measurements and photos while working to redesign your space. Call
the store for more information at (636) 441-1111. Runners-up: Design On A Dime, Mueller Furniture
GIFT SHOP Blooming Daisy Marketplace is a home decor store located in historic Cottleville featuring local artisans, vintage goods, unique fashions and so much more. Visit squareup.com/store/ blooming-daisy-marketplace for more information. Runners-up: Happy Camper Clothing Co., LoveMyBackyard, Toys of our Youth, The White Hare
HARDWARE STORE/SUPPLIES Hackmann Lumber and Home Centers has proudly served the St. Charles community for over 70 years. They provide personalized and experienced service for builders, contractors and DIY homeowners. They carry lumber,
hardwoods, doors, windows and power tools, as well as outdoor patio and landscaping supplies. Visit their store located on South St. Peter’s Parkway or visit hackmannstl.com for more information. Runners-up: Brewer’s True Value Hardware, Chic Lumber & Design Center, Jehling Hardware, Schneider True Value Hardware
HEALTH FOOD O’Fallon Nutrition is a local source for supplements, herbs, sports nutrition and other natural products since 2002. The family business strives to help the St. Charles community be well and live well. You can be sure that there is always a knowledgeable staff member on hand to assist you in selecting products for you and your family. For more information, visit their website at ofallonnutrition.com or call (636) 240-5283.
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Mark Twain Hobby Center has been supplying the public with quality hobby products since 1976 in historic Saint Charles. The store specializes in radio control hobbies, plastic and wood scale model kits, model railroading of all scales, micro hobby tools, modeling supplies and accessories, wood ship kits, model rocketry, die cast static model kits and science and school project supplies. Visit hobby1.com or call (636) 946-2816 for more information. Runner-up: Missouri Artists on Main
HOME DECOR The White Hare, owned and operated by a mother-daughter duo since 2003, provides the St. Charles area with unique home décor and gifts. They offer in-home accessorizing including furniture, rugs, artwork and more, and will even come to your home and take measurements and photos while
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working to redesign your space. Call the store for more information at (636) 441-1111. Runners-up: Blooming Daisy Market, Design On A Dime, The Homestead, LoveMyBackyard
times, reserved seating and more! Visit bbtheatres.com or call their Wentzville location at (636) 327-7155. Runners-up: AMC Streets of St. Charles, Marcus Cine 18, Regal O’Fallon Stadium 14
anything of value purchasing as well as loans for those in need of quick cash. St. Charles Pawn Shop & Zander’s Jewelry also has a large jewelry collection for sale. Visit their website to learn more at stcharlespawnshop.com.
Randy’s Jewelry is conveniently located in the heart of St. Charles County, a half-mile north of I-70 on Main Street in downtown O’Fallon. Randy’s Jewelry stands behind every piece of jewelry they sell. Their rigorous inspection process guarantees a quality piece of fine jewelry. If the jewelry ever fails due to a manufacturer defect, Randy’s Jewelry will repair or replace the item at their expense. Visit randys-jewelry. com or call (636) 978-1953 for more information. Runners-up: Butterfly & Moon, Krekeler Jewelers Inc., Roemer Originals, Walters Jewelry Inc.
Bogey Hills Vision Center has been a leading provider of eye care in St. Charles since 1981. Their experienced optometrists offer comprehensive eye examinations and specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of eye diseases, conditions and problems. They use advanced diagnostic technology and vision correction products and are committed to improving the quality of life of patients through enhanced vision. Schedule an appointment online at bogeyhillsvision.com or call (636) 946-1176. Runners-up: The Eye Shoppe, Midwest Eye Associates, Regional Eyecare Associates
Schnucks has a convenient in-store pharmacy located in St. Charles, Missouri. You have the option to have your prescription filled where you shop, while you shop. Schnucks Pharmacy also offers home or office delivery for a nominal fee. Other services include free blood pressure testing. Learn more by visiting nourish.schnucks.com/ pharmacy or call (636) 946-0123. Runners-up: The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, Powers Healthmart Pharmacy, Wharf Healthmart Pharmacy
LIQUOR STORE Friar Tuck, located in O’Fallon, Missouri, is a unique purveyor of wine, beer, spirits, brewing and winemaking supplies, hand-rolled cigars, fine cheese, glassware, wine racks, accessories, keg beer and much more for all your entertainment needs. They also offer various tastings on select weekends throughout the year. Visit friartuckonline.com for more information. Runners-up: Beer Sauce Shop, Bombay Wines & Spirits, Dad’s Bottle Shop, Gabi’s Liquor
MOVIE THEATER B&B Theatres Wentzville Tower 12 was recognized in 1999 by the National Association of Theatre Owners as one of the oldest family-owned circuits in the Midwest. They show a wide variety of movies while providing comfortable, reclining seats and Grand Screens. B&B also hosts birthday parties that may include party rooms, private show
OUTDOOR LIVING Cottleville Farm & Home Supply is located west of St. Louis off Routes 364 and 94, and stocks anything you can think of for work and play. They are a farm equipment showroom, home supply store, agricultural center, clothing outfitter and more rolled into one. As the leading farm supply store in the Midwest, Farm & Home Supply is there for you when you need them. Visit farmandhomesupply.com for more information. Runners-up: Hackmann Lumber & Home Center, Thies Farm and Greenhouses, Wm. Nobbe & Company
PAWN SHOP St. Charles Pawn Shop & Zander’s Jewelry is a family-owned and -operated business that has been servicing the community of St. Charles, Missouri for 39 years. They offer services including gold, top dollar jewelry and
Runners-up: DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, Von Maur
TOBACCO STORE/VAPE STORE Dirt Cheap is your one-stop party shop offering a full range of your favorite cigarettes, vapors, beer, liquor, wine and party supplies – all on the cheap! Dirt Cheap also has unique deals and promotions for its customers. Visit dirtcheapfunfun.com on the first day of the month to see the drink of the month recipes. Runners-up: Mirage Liquor Market, Stingray Vapors, Vapor Wize Midwest
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Design On A Dime is St. Charles’ No. 1 stop for new and used home furnishings, home décor and collectable treasures. Design On A Dimehas a passion for beautiful, high quality furniture and decorative pieces. Decorative item lovers alike trade in their gently used pieces and take home a new, or new-to-them piece. Visit designonadimeconsign.com or call (636) 949-5959 for more information. Runners-up: Grace’s Merry-Go-Round, Music Go Round St. Charles, Savers, Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Bright Start Academy started in 1996 and has provided quality and affordable preschool and childcare services to children ages six weeks through 12 years. Their goal is to ensure your children are reaching their optimal learning potential by providing dedicated, professional educators and the best possible learning environment. Bright Start Academy has been voted Best Child Care in St. Charles County eight times. For more information, visit brightstartstcharles. com or call (636) 916-3500. Runners-up: Creative Corner Childcare Center & Preschool, Little Guppy Child Development Center, The Goddard School, St. Peter Early Learning Center
Famous Footwear is your place for athletic and casual shoes for the whole family with hundreds of name brands. You’ll find styles for women, men and kids from brands like Nike, Converse, Vans, Sperry, Madden Girl, Skechers, ASICS and more! Famous Footwear is a leading family footwear destination for the famous brands you know and love. Visit famousfootwear.com for more information.
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, established in 1791, shares a deep sense of community among their members. The church welcomes all; celebrates unity, diversity, and traditions; uses God’s gifts to serve and teach others. Call (636) 946-1893 or visit borromeoparish.com for more information. Runners-up: St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Sts. Joachim & Ann Catholic Church
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Starz Cheer and Athletics offers a variety of skill appropriate levels and age groups to accommodate your cheerleader. Starz offers a wide variety of classes including stunt workshops, cheerleading and tumbling classes and open gyms. Learn more at starzcheerathletics.wixsite.com/ scastarz or call their studio at (636) 385-6608. Runners-up: Angie’s Studio, Fusion Dance Center, LittleBits Gym, Performing Arts Center, Rokita Dance Center
FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT Great Skate Roller Skating Rink located in St. Peters, Missouri, is fun for the entire family. Whether it be child parties, adult parties, skating lessons, field trips, roller hockey and more, Great Skate has something for everyone. There is also an arcade, games and concession stands available. Learn
more at greatskaterocks.com or call (636) 441-2530. Runners-up: Kokomo Joe’s Entertainment and Escape Rooms, Pinot’s Palette Lake St. Louis, Rockin’ Jump O’Fallon, Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park
FIRE DEPARTMENT Wentzville Fire Protection District’s mission is to be dedicated to the community by providing the best possible fire prevention, suppression and emergency service in a fiscally responsible manner. They provide high quality, professional service with competent, trusted, well-trained, dedicated and respected people as leaders and firefighters. They also offer programs such as community outreach and public fire education. Contact them at (636) 332-9869 or visit wentzvillefire.org for more information. Runners-up: Central County Fire &
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FIRST DATE LOCATION Main Street St. Charles is full of historic ambiance, local pubs, coffee houses, shopping and riverfront strolls. The brick-lined streets on Main Street is on the Nationally Registered Historic District and offers something for everyone. Visit discoverstcharles.com for more information. Runners-up: Plaza Lanes Bowling Center, Prasino, The Rack House Kitchen Wine Whiskey, Rizzo’s Bar & Grill
course consists of beautiful waterfalls, spectacular views and an abundance of aromatic flowers and majestic trees. Visit bogeyhillscc.com to request a membership or call (636) 946-6250 for more information. Runners-up: Bear Creek Golf Club, Missouri Bluffs Golf Club, Old Hickory Golf Club, Whitmoor Country Club
St. Charles Christmas Traditions is a place where Christmas past and present become one, where storybook characters come to life before your very eyes, and where the typical hustle and bustle of the holiday season melts GOLF COURSE away and allows you to enjoy the Bogey Hills Country Club was founded yuletide sights, sounds and magic of in 1962 and is a family-owned and yesteryear. This 40-year tradition is an -operated private country club. Bogey annual monthlong festival celebratHills Golf Course is the No. 1 walkabout ing the best of the holiday season. course in St. Charles, and stays in spec- Visit discoverstcharles.com/events/ tacular condition all season long. The christmas-traditions to learn more.
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Olivino carries ultra-premium extra virgin olive oils (EVOO) from around the world and balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy. The store carries gourmet food items and gifts, along with specialty items such as rubs, salts, seasonings, olives, pasta, and a variety of unique serving dishes. Patrons are invited to sample the oils and balsamics from the tasting bar prior to purchasing. Olivino offers gifts and gift baskets for all occasions. Instead of the traditional fruit basket or candy basket, show your appreciation for business associates, clients, employees, friends and family with heart-healthy gifts that are distinctive, local and memorable. Need an idea for unique corporate gifts? Want to bring something special to your next party that any host or hostess will really appreciate? Stop in and choose from one of our themed baskets or let us help you make custom creation of your own! Olivino also hosts themed Teach & Taste Events as well as customized private party events. You can find out about the scheduled events on Olivino’s Facebook pages and website. To inquire about or schedule a private event, call one of the stores and they will be happy to help you put together a tasty and memorable event. 1650 Beale St #167 1650 Beale St, St Charles, MO 63303
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Runners-up: Festival of the Little Hills, Legends & Lanterns, St. Charles Oktoberfest, St. Charles Pride Festival
MUSICIAN/BAND/ ENTERTAINER Contagious is a five-man band that has been entertaining the St. Louis area since 2000. Contagious is a premier rock band that creates a party atmosphere while performing cover songs that are nearly identical to the original. Their sound embodies their name – contagious. Learn more about the band at clubcontagious.com. Runners-up: A.D.D, Dr. Zhivegas, Shaughn Uebinger, Trixie Delight
PLACE FOR VISITORS Main Street St. Charles is full of historic ambiance, local pubs, coffee houses, shopping and riverfront strolls. The brick-lined streets on Main Street is on the Nationally Registered Historic
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POLICE DEPARTMENT The St. Charles County Police Department (SCCPD) serves approximately 373,000 residents within 587 square miles and 800 miles of public roads are protected by SCCPD 24 hours a day. The department is comprised of 130 commissioned law enforcement professionals and 57 civilian personnel with duties ranging from traffic enforcement to neighborhood-directed patrols to piloting the Metro Air Support helicopters. Visit sccmo.org for more information. Runners-up: Lake St. Louis Police Department, O’Fallon Justice Center,
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PRESCHOOL Bright Start Academy started in 1996 and has provided quality and affordable preschool and childcare services to children ages six weeks through 12 years. Their goal is to ensure your children are reaching their optimal learning potential by providing dedicated, professional educators and the best possible learning environment. Bright Start Academy has been voted Best Child Care in St. Charles County eight times. For more information, visit brightstartstcharles. com or call (636) 916-3500. Runners-up: The Goddard School, St. Charles Presbyterian Church, St. Peter Early Learning Center, Youth In Need
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RESTAURANTS 24-HOUR Since 1991, Gingham’s Homestyle Restaurant has been a staple of the St. Charles community. It is one of the few restaurants that serve a full menu 24 hours a day. Whether you crave pancakes at dinner time or the famous house salad in the middle of the night, Gingham’s is there to serve you. Visit ginghamsrestaurant.com or call (636) 946-0266 for the menu and other information.
BAKERY Heaven Scent Bakery has been meeting the dessert needs in O’Fallon since 1995. They began as a small donut shop and have evolved their menu to meet all dessert requests. From wedding cakes to custom birthday cakes and even ice cream, Heaven Scent’s mission is to serve quality products to all its customers. Their drive through is open 24 hours for anyone with a late night sweet tooth. For more information visit heavenscentbakery.com or call (636) 240-8311. Runners-up: Midtowne Market, Old Town Donut Shop, Paul’s Donuts, Sucrose Bakery
BAR & LOUNGE The Brass Rail encompasses a comfortable neighborhood feel. Whether it be a date night or a quick bite after your kid’s soccer game, the Brass Rail serves handcrafted food and delicious drinks — welcoming you with open arms and full plates. Voted best in Missouri, be sure to try their famous crab cake served with Cajun Remoulade. Visit brassrail1.com to see the full menu or call (636) 329-1349 for more information. Runners-up: Exit 6 Brewery, Prasino, The Rack House Kitchen Wine Whiskey, Shamrocks Pub and Grill
BARBECUE Sugarfire Smoke House will delight your taste buds with unconventional, unique and adventurous flavor combinations. Start off with a delicious appetizer of smoked fried artichokes or pork belly hush puppies followed by the Big Muddy – a Sugarfire specialty – or a smoked brisket cheesesteak. Traditional barbecue fare is also available. Visit sugarfiresmokehouse.com or call (636) 724-7601 for more information. Runners-up: Big Woody’s BBQ, Dukes BBQ Shack, Ethyl’s Smokehouse & Saloon, Hendrick’s BBQ, Lil’ Mickey’s Memphis Barbeque, Stumpy’s Bar-BQue
for any craft beer selection. See what’s on tap at friendshipbrewco.com or call (636) 856-9300 for more information. Runners-up: Exit 6 Brewery, Third Wheel Brewing, Trailhead Brewing Co., Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade
Shack Breakfast & Lunch puts the “good” in “good morning”. Shack serves up fun and delicious dishes that you won’t find anywhere else. From your traditional eggs, hash, toast and protein, to burritos that can “Make a Grown Man Cry,” to boozy cocktails, they’ve got everyone covered. Shack also offers private event space after hours to make your parties a little more fun, as well BREAKFAST as a full gluten-free menu. Visit their website at eatatshack.com to see their Shack Breakfast & Lunch puts the “good” in “good morning”. Shack serves full menu or call (636) 385-6388 for more information. up fun and delicious dishes that you Runners-up: Chandler Hill Vineyards, won’t find anywhere else. From your traditional eggs, hash, toast and protein, Prasino, The Rack House Kitchen Wine Whiskey, Yo! Salsa to burritos that can “Make a Grown Man Cry,” to boozy cocktails, they’ve got everyone covered. Shack also offers BURGERS private event space after hours to make The Tattooed Dog, an extension of the original Burger Ink. Food Truck, is your parties a little more fun, as well serving up “Upscale Dive Grub” – aka as a full gluten-free menu. Visit their their twist on classics. Some of Chef website at eatatshack.com to see their Josh’s favorite burgers include the Maui full menu or call (636) 385-6388 for Burger, the Jalapeño Burger and the more information. Porkonator, all with their own unique Runners-up: Allin’s Diner, Gingham’s toppings, cheeses and sauces. Pair your Homestyle Restaurant, Lady Di’s Diner, food with one of their delicious cockPrasino tails, or ask your server what beer is on BREWERY tap. After dinner, indulge with a fried Friendship Brewing Company’s Oreo or fresh-baked cookie for dessert! mantra is “beer can help good friends View their full menu at thetattooeddog. have good times, together.” There is com. plenty to go around – Friendship BrewRunners-up: 909 Public House, ing offers at least 25 rotating taps (with Culpeppers Grill and Bar, Prasino, room to expand) with at least five house Shamrocks Pub and Grill beers available at all times, plus local, CHEESECAKE regional, national and international Clayton’s serves fine dining cuisine guest taps as well. The Benefits Bistro with a casual atmosphere, casual dress features a small menu focused on code and casual prices. Their famous simple, approachable and creative Pimp Cheesecake is a fan favorite – a offerings that are the perfect pairings
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New York style cheesecake, drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce, topped with fresh strawberries and bananas foster flambéed. Check out their full menu at claytonrestaurant. com. Runner-up: Culpeppers Grill and Bar
CHINESE Mandarin Garden’s creative menu features a variety of specialties prepared only with the highest quality ingredients available. If you’re in the mood for delicious food, fast, friendly service and a warm and welcoming ambiance, then stop by Mandarin Garden today. Check out their website at mandarin-garden. com. Runners-up: 88 China, Green China, Happy China Restaurant, Hong Kong Restaurant, Hunan House
COFFEE SHOP Coffee is Picasso’s Coffee House’s masterpiece, but they are artists of much more. In addition to making a mean cup of coffee, fresh bakery items and 100 percent real fruit smoothies, they also serve lunch. In the evening, visit for after-dinner drinks, live entertainment and local art exhibits. Check out picassoscoffeehouse.com to learn about all they have to offer. Runners-up: Alpha & Omega Roasting and Coffee Bar, The Bridge Coffee House, Crooked Tree Coffee House, St. Louis Bread Co., VB Chocolate Bar
DESSERTS Grandma’s Cookies boasts handmade, home-style cookies just like Grandma used to bake. A variety of flavors are available from their cottage located on Historic Main Street. Call (636) 9470088 to place an order. Runners-up: 909 Public House, Cottleville Cookies and Cream, Sucrose Bakery, VB Chocolate Bar
DONUTS Heaven Scent Bakery has been meeting the dessert needs in O’Fallon since 1995. They began as a small donut shop and have evolved their menu to meet all dessert requests. From wedding cakes to custom birthday cakes and even ice cream, Heaven Scent’s mission is to serve quality products to all its customers. Their drive through is open 24 hours for anyone with a late night sweet tooth. For more information visit heavenscentbakery.com or call (636) 240-8311. Runners-up: Donut-King, Midtowne Market, Old Town Donut Shop, Paul’s Donuts
FARM-TO-TABLE Stone Soup Cottage is an intimate, fine dining restaurant open to the public only a few nights a week, offering a six-course tasting menu and wine flights. The prix fixe menu changes every month and offers an opportunity to embrace classically prepared
European fare, focusing on the regions of southern France and northern Italy. Check out their reservation calendar at stonesoupcottage.com or call (636) 244-2233 for more information. Runners-up: Clayton’s, Cork and Barrel Chop House and Spirits, Prasino, The Rack House Kitchen Wine Whiskey
FRIED CHICKEN King Edwards Chicken will fry up just about anything, but chicken is king here. Stop in for their mouth-watering chicken dinners with a variety of sides. They accommodate large orders as well as catering services. Call (636) 946-3660 to place your order. Runners-up: Chandler Hill Vineyards, Chicken Coop, Hobos At The Legion, Midtowne Market
HAPPY HOUR Llywelyn’s Pub is serving up Celtic fare and world-class spirits in the heart of historic downtown St. Charles.
Llywelyn’s offers daily chef specials to make sure you can try something different every day. They offer over 32 beers on tap and over 30 bottled beers. Their happy hour has drink specials on select draft beers and domestic bottles, premium well cocktails and house wines. Visit llywelynspub.com/ st-charles to learn more. Runners-up: 909 Public House, Bemo’s, Mission Taco Joint — Streets of St. Charles, Prasino
HOT WINGS B. Hall’s Family Grill is a local familyfriendly sports bar that has been open since 2002. Known for having the best wings in town, B. Hall’s offers a wide variety including their King Wings, which are non-breaded and dipped in their famous King sauce, and Merle’s Wings – hand breaded and tossed in hot sauce. Brad’s Wing Platter will feed your entire crew. Check out more wing flavors and the rest of their menu at
bhallsrestaurant.com. Runners-up: Big A’s On the Riverfront, Culpeppers Grill and Bar, Mattingly’s Sports Bar & Grill, Show-Me’s Sports Bar & Grill — O’Fallon
ICE CREAM Since 1983, Fritz’s Frozen Custard has been serving up fresh, smooth and creamy frozen custard with a smile in three St. Charles County locations. They rotate a special flavor of the day in addition to their regular vanilla and chocolate offerings with an endless list of topping options. Grab a quart to go and also order in bulk for your party or fundraiser. For the flavor calendar and menu, visit fritzsfrozencustard.com. Runners-up: Cottleville Cookies and Cream, Doozle’s Frozen Custard, Riverside Sweets, Silky’s Frozen Custard
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MEAT MARKET/BUTCHER Mannino’s Market has been hand cutting meats since the late 1930s and a butcher is always on hand to deliver special cuts of meat. The deli and bakery sections offer freshly prepared items and specialties as well. To learn about all of their offerings as well as the catering menu, visit manninosmarket. com or call (636) 441-7755 for more information. Runners-up: C. Rallo Meat Market, Hwy P Market and Meats, T-Bones Natural
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MEXICAN El Maguey Mexican Restaurant serves up classic Mexican food including burrito and enchilada specials, fajita and steak platters, quesadillas and vegetarian specials. They also serve margaritas, beer and wine for adults to enjoy. There is something for everyone at El Maguey. Visit them at 1151 S. Duchesne Drive or call (636) 949-8848 for more information. Runners-up: El Agave, El Tio Pepe Mexican Restaurant, La Carreta Mexican Restaurant, Yo! Salsa
NEIGHBORHOOD BAR Shamrocks Pub and Grill serves American food with an Irish attitude. Their smoke-free Irish pub consists of a mixture of modern culinary ideas and traditional Irish dishes with a twist. Shamrocks also has 26 beers on tap and over 30 dessert martinis. Visit
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OUTDOOR/PATIO DINING McGurk’s Public House is bringing Ireland to O’Fallon. McGurk’s has all the available Irish beer and spirits and serves lunch and dinner. In addition to typical pub grub, McGurk’s offers wonderful steaks, assorted fish entrees, pasta specialties, and several delightful traditional Irish dishes. Great food, drink, and entertainment on their outdoor patio make McGurk’s a memorable stop. Visit them at 108 S. Main Street in O’Fallon, Missouri or call (636) 9789640 for more information. Runners-up: Cork and Barrel Chop House and Spirits, Old Mill Stream Inn, Plank Road Pizza, The Rack House Kitchen Wine Whiskey
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PIZZA Plank Road Pizza combines fresh and unique flavor combinations with a fun and eclectic atmosphere that will make you want to return again and again. They offer specialty pizzas, local brews and an outdoor patio. Place your order online at plankroadpizza.com. Runners-up: Monical’s Pizza, Pio’s Restaurant, Pirrone’s Pizzeria, Stefanina’s Pizzeria and Restaurant
PUB & GRILL McGurk’s Public House is bringing Ireland to O’Fallon. McGurk’s has all the available Irish beer and spirits and serves lunch and dinner. In addition to typical pub grub, McGurk’s offers wonderful steaks, assorted fish entrees, pasta specialties, and several delightful traditional Irish dishes. Great food, drink, and entertainment on their outdoor patio make McGurk’s a memorable stop. Visit them at 108 S. Main Street in O’Fallon, Missouri or call
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SANDWICHES/DELI Mannino’s Market has been hand cutting meats since the late 1930s and a butcher is always on hand to deliver special cuts of meat. The deli and bakery sections offer freshly prepared items and specialties as well. To learn about all of their offerings as well as the catering menu, visit manninosmarket. com or call (636) 441-7755 for more information. Runners-up: 909 Public House, Culpeppers, Pickleman’s Gourmet Café, Valenti’s Delicatessen and Marketplace
SEAFOOD Clayton’s serves fine dining cuisine with a casual atmosphere, casual dress code and casual prices. Clayton’s offers a wide selection of seafood,
including their famous Scallops St. Jacques – grilled sea scallops with garlic, white wine and chives, as well as other favorites such as shrimp Sophia, shrimp scampi and a grilled salmon fillet. Ask your server about their catch of the day. Check out their full menu at claytonsrestaurant.com. Runners-up: Prasino, Spiro’s Restaurant, Stone Summit Steak & Seafood, The Rack House Kitchen Wine Whiskey
SPECIALTY Grandma’s Cookies boasts handmade, home-style cookies just like Grandma used to bake. A variety of flavors are available from their cottage located on Historic Main Street. Call (636) 9470088 to place an order. Runners-up: Carousel Chocolates & Popcorn, Pretzel Stop, Soulard Gyro, Wicked Greenz
SPIRITS/DISTILLERY Cork & Barrel Chop House and
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SPORTS BAR Big A’s On the Riverfront, established in 1989, is located in Historic Downtown Saint Charles, MO. Big A’s On the Riverfront takes pride in their fast and reliable courteous service, quick preparation and overall fun atmosphere. Their versatile menu consists of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps, pizzas, chicken, entrees and more. They also have a large selection of beer and wine, as well as weekly happy hours and nightly
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STEAK Tony’s on Main Street, located in the middle of St. Charles’ Main Street Historic District, prides itself on being casual dining with fine food. Their menu features a wide variety of American foods, including their delicious, hand cut steaks such as the filet mignon, ribeye and steak and lobster combo – all topped with Tony’s signature steak butter. See their full menu and specials at tonysonmain.com. Runners-up: Clayton’s, Cork and Barrel Chop House and Spirits, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, Tubby’s Pub & Grub
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WINERY Chandler Hill Vineyards is a Tuscan-inspired winery in the heart of Missouri. Located in Defiance and open year-round, the winery offers a large tasting room, a deck with a vineyard view as well as a full-service restaurant and event space. Visit on the weekends for live musical performances. Visit chandlerhillvineyards.com or (636) 798-CORK to learn more. Runners-up: Balducci Vineyards, Defiance Ridge Vineyards, Montelle Winery, Sugar Creek Winery
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CATERING Mannino’s Market has been hand cutting meats since the late 1930s and a butcher is always on hand to deliver special cuts of meat. The deli and bakery sections offer freshly prepared items and specialties as well. To learn about all of their offerings as well as the catering menu, visit manninosmarket. com or call (636) 441-7755 for more information. Runners-up: Frenchtown Catering,
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COMPUTER SERVICES EPC, Inc. is proud to feature one of the largest retail showrooms for off-lease, business computer equipment in the Midwest. They have many deals on used computers and used laptops. EPC also carries a wide selection of printers, LCDs and other IT equipment. Contact EPC for more information at (636) 4431999 or visit their website at epcusa. com. Runners-up: Computer PRO Unltd., J.J. Micro LLC IT Consulting, St. Charles I.T., Jacob Jarmuszkiewcz of Web.Com
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DAY SPA Belleza Salon’s mission is to make sure you feel comfortable and welcome. Belleza’s stylists include hair extension experts, surface cutting and pro, Coppola Keratin Smoothing, Brazilian Silk certified professionals as well as color experts who stay current with popular trends like ombré and balayage using an organic color line. Belleza also offers other salon services such as eyelash extensions, microblading, makeup and bridal services. Book now on their website at
bellezasalonandspa.com or call (636) 300-3437. Runners-up: Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles, David Anthony Salon & Spa, The Face & The Body Spa & Salon, Salon De Christe — Cottleville
DRY CLEANER Starcrest Cleaners is truly a leader in the dry cleaning and laundry industry. The Starcrest Experience provides customers with remarkable customer service and unmatched amenities, all while delivering a superior product every time, guaranteed. Starcrest Cleaners is a privately held, family-owned operation that manages every aspect of their business. For more information visit starcrestcleaners.com. Runners-up: American Cleaners, Apple Cleaners, First Capitol Cleaners
FEED & FARM SUPPLIES El-Mel INC is proud to be a retailer of the STIHL product line. As
an independent dealer, El-Mel can provide many specialized services. They offer fast, professional service for your STIHL equipment after the sale. Your equipment comes fully assembled and ready to use, and staff can give you in-store safety and operating demonstrations to help you get started on your tasks as soon as you get home. Visit elmel.stihldealer.net for more information. Runners-up: Charlie’s Farm & Home True Value, Mordt Tractor, Rural King, Two Rivers AG
FITNESS CENTER Team Branch Fitness & Training is dedicated to helping individuals of all fitness levels achieve their fitness and health goals. Team Branch is open daily and some of their services include boot camps, yoga classes, small group training and personal training. They also offer nutrition guidance as well as online training and workouts. For
FUNERAL HOME At Baue Funeral & Memorial Center, there is a difference in cremation, funeral and burial options because family members are not limited to pre-packaged choices. Baue offers the ability to create a life honoring tribute as unique as the loved one’s life. This allows the family member to create a service that fits their family’s preferences, traditions, customs and budget. Visit baue.com or call (636) 940-1000 for more information. Runners-up: Hutchens-Stygar Funeral & Cremation Center, Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions – St. Louis, Paul Funeral Home, Pitman Funeral Home
consultations, call (636) 346-8231 to schedule time to visit the gym. Runners-up: Bloom Fitness Studio, Emerge Fitness Training, Headstrong Complete Fitness, PrimeTime Personal Training
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GYMNASTICS CENTER Stacey’s Gymnastics upholds a mission to promote the sport of gymnastics in a safe, fun environment that helps build strong bodies and confident minds. Non-competitive gymnastics classes offered include Toddler Time, Twinkling Starz, Rising Starz, Shooting Starz and Boys Gym-Fit. Visit their website at staceysgymnastics.com for pricing and other information. Runners-up: Gymquarters Gymnastics Center, Mid-America Gymnastics Academy, Northside Gymnastic Academy
HAIR SALON Belleza Salon’s mission is to make sure you feel comfortable and welcome. Belleza’s stylists include hair extension experts, surface cutting and pro, Coppola Keratin Smoothing, Brazilian Silk certified professionals as well as color experts who stay current with popular trends like ombré and balayage using an organic color line. Belleza also offers
other salon services such as eyelash extensions, microblading, makeup and bridal services. Book now on their website at bellezasalonandspa.com or call (636) 300-3437. Runners-up: Beauty World Salon & Spa, Lavish Salon Inc, Red Rose Salon, Salon De Christe — Cottleville
HEATING & COOLING Since 1977, Jerry Kelly Heating & Air Conditioning has been founded on the prospect of delivering unmatched work at an affordable price, while making lasting relationships with friends and neighbors. Jerry Kelly offers 24/7 service, a 12-month buy back guarantee, NATE certified technicians and 100 percent satisfaction to their customers. Visit jerrykelly.com or call (636) 7578506 for more information. Runners-up: Academy Air, Elite Heating and Cooling, Hoff Heating & A/C Inc., Renaud Brothers Heating & Cooling
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Home Care provides non-medical companion in-home care services and T.R. Hughes Homes is one of the top home builders in the St. Louis, Missouri homemaker services to adults and seniors who want to remain at home area, and especially in St. Charles. Hundreds of satisfied families live in T.R. with help, instead of struggling to meet their own needs. They also serve those Hughes homes and the company was recovering from surgery, new and recently voted the No. 1 home builder expectant mothers and other homein St. Charles County for the 11th time. bound or bedbound residents. Visit From the moment you step into the assistancehomecarestlouis.com or call display home to the moment you open the door to your new home, T.R. Hughes (636) 724-4357 for more information. Runners-up: Mederi Caretenders, Right Homes will be there every step of the way – ensuring a stress-free experience. at Home, Seniors Helping Seniors For more information visit trhughes. HOME IMPROVEMENT com. HandyVets is a veteran-owned Runners-up: Fischer & Frichtel, Lomcompany specializing in a wide range bardo Homes, McBride Homes, Payne of commercial and residential property Family Homes maintenance and repair solutions. HOME HEALTH CARE HandyVets provides commercial and residential property maintenance, Assistance Home Care is a St. Louis area, family-owned and -operated home repair and improvement services care agency that was opened to provide including indoor and outdoor projects of large and small scale. One hundred care for those wishing to age in the percent of their technicians have served comfort of their own home. Assistance
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in the United States military and are now ready to service your home or business. Visit handyvetsinc.com or call (314) 392-0853 for more information. Runners-up: Beseda Flooring, JM Construction / JM Kitchen and Bath, LSL Finishes, Striking Renovations
HOSPITAL Since opening their doors in 2007, Progress West Hospital’s goal is to elevate your health care experience. Progress West approaches medicine through a model of patient-centered care that allows everyone they treat to feel confident, secure and safe. Their broad range of services and specialties include women and infant services, pediatric care, surgery, award-winning heart care and more. Visit progresswest. org to learn more. Runners-up: Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – St. Charles, SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital — Lake Saint Louis
furniture cleaning and hard floor cleaning. Cottage Care guarantees instant quotes, no contracts and no reschedule fees. Visit their website to learn more at cottagecare.com/locations/st-charles or call (636) 537-5375. Runners-up: Midwest Softwash & Pressure Wash, Partners in Grime, Sparkling Clean Maid Service
LAW FIRM The Small Business Law Center is a different kind of law firm, tailored to the needs of small business owners. The Small Business Law Center deals effectively and affordably with a myriad of legal and other issues that come with running a small business. Visit thesmallbusinesslawcenter.com or call (636) 244-5252 for more information. Runners-up: Flesner Wentzel, Frahm Law Firm LLC, Lance Law Firm, Shannon Norman Law
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Wm. Nobbe & Company is a familyowned business that has proudly served Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis/St. the area’s agriculture community since Charles is located just minutes from 1907. Wm. Nobbe sells a wide variety downtown St. Charles. Drury Plaza of new products – from John Deere, to serves free breakfast daily as well as Honda, Ventrac and more. They also free hot food and cold beverages every offer used equipment including but not evening at their 5:30 p.m. Kickback©. limited to tractors, planters and sprayOther amenities include free Wi-Fi, an ers. See their virtual showroom and indoor and outdoor pool and whirlpool, other products and services on their a 24-hour fitness center and more. Book website at wmnobbe.com or call (636) a room at the Drury Plaza at drury493-0288. hotels.com/locations/st-louis-mo/ Runners-up: Hansen’s Tree Service & drury-plaza-hotel-st-louis-st-charles. Environmental Resources, Parkview Runners-up: Best Western Plus The Gardens Florist & Greenhouse, Polecats Charles Hotel, Country Inn & Suites by Tree Service Radisson, St. Charles, MO, Residence LOAN COMPANY Inn by Marriott St. Louis O’Fallon From start-up and working capital to HOUSE CLEANING restructuring and expansion, First Cottage Care of St. Charles offers State Bank works with companies several housekeeping services in St. to customize a loan package to meet Charles and the surrounding areas your business needs. Stop by one of including kitchen cleaning, dusting, our five local banking centers, call vacuuming, bathroom cleaning, 636.940.5555 or visit fsbfinancial.com
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Let Tucanos Catering Take The Hassle Out Of Your Holiday! Tucanos experienced chefs have labored over our open-flame grills to create savory holiday catering packages that are sure to please all of your special guests so you can have free time to create holiday memories instead of dinner. No matter the size of your needs ( 2 or 200) Tucanos has the perfect options to fit your tastes and demands, whether its luscious full meals, party platters or our famous made-from-scratch desserts. Pick up our catering menu or go online to build your holiday feast, then call in your holiday catering order. Now everyone can sit back, eat, and enjoy the holidays, including yourself. To ensure the best service, catering orders should be placed at least 48 hours in advance. Delivery & Pick-Up are both available. Please call for details. Some restrictions apply.
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for more information. Runners-up: Integrity Mortgage Corporation of Missouri, Missouri Valley Federal Credit Union (MOVFCU), St. Johns Bank
MARTIAL ARTS Community Karate Center offers martial arts classes for children and adults of all levels of experience, specializing in Traditional Shotokan Karate. They also offer private lessons, as well as self-defense courses for small
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groups and corporate organizations. The instructors at Community Karate Center are experienced and certified in CPR. Read about the instructors or see their class schedule at communitykaratecenter.com. Runners-up: Champion Martial Arts, Hapkido-USA Martial Arts & Fitness, Kuk Sool Won, Master Y Kim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do, World Martial Arts Academy
MASSAGE Salon De Christé – Cottleville offers the ultimate beauty experience provided by highly trained professionals in a caring and comfortable atmosphere. Their massage therapy services include deep tissue, fusion stone, prenatal massage, elemental nature massage and more. Visit their website to see all the services they offer at salondechriste. com or call (636) 939-2229 for more information. Runners-up: Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles, Beijing Foot Spa, The Face and the Body Spa & Salon
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First State Bank Mortgage is a full service mortgage lender with an experienced staff offering first-time homebuyer loans, refinancing and new home building loans. Stop by one of our seven metropolitan area offices, call us at 636.940.5555 or visit fsbfinancial. com to learn how we can help you realize the dream of home ownership. Equal Housing Lender.
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Runners-up: Integrity Mortgage Corporation of Missouri, Saint Charles Mortgage LLC, USA Mortgage
NAIL SALON Nail Crew is a full service nail salon offering spa pedicures, manicures, acrylic, gel nails, and facial waxing. They also offer custom designs that are guaranteed to please any customer. Visit them at 8 Plaza 94 in St. Peters or call (636) 922-3900 for more information. Runners-up: Liz Nails, M & D Nails, Think Pink Nail & Spa, US Nails
PET SERVICES Elm Point Animal Hospital offers a boarding facility for both dogs and cats. Their staff is available 24/7. Amenities include a standard run or kennel with blanket, daily feedings, four walks per day, daily inspection by a veterinarian and daily sanitizing of kennels. Visit elmpointvet.com or call (636) 757-7350 for more information. Runners-up: Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital, McCauley Animal Clinic, Tender Care Animal Hospital, The Yuppy Puppy Pet Spa, Yadi’s Yummies
PLUMBING SC Hosack Plumbing & Excavation is a family-owned and -operated business with over 25 years of experience serving residents and property owners in the St. Louis area. The professional plumbers at SC Hosack provide a full line of home plumbing repair and maintenance services. Their team can assist you with all manners of above ground and underground installations, repairs and replacements. Call (636) 696-3384 or visit their website at hosackplumbing. com. Runners-up: AAA Home Services, Academy Air, Certified Plumbing & Drain Specialists, LLC, Drain Masters
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REAL ESTATE AGENCY Susan Brewer Service First Real Estate offers the area’s finest homes available for sale. As a leader in the luxury home market, Susan Brewer Service First Real Estate has developed the Gallery Collection to provide a resource for luxury home sellers and buyers by utilizing custom signs, luxury home-focused websites and upscale marketing plans. Visit service1sthomes. com or call (636) 936-8600 for more information. Runners-up: Expert Realty Company, Move Realty, The Boehmer Team, Weber Elite Realty
ROOFING RP Contracting is a local contractor you can trust. RP Contracting is a locally-owned, fully insured exterior contractor specializing in roofing, siding, and gutters in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. Whether you need a small roofing leak repaired or a whole new exterior makeover, the team at RP Contracting is there to help. Call and schedule a free estimate at (636) 265-1158 or visit rpcontractingllc.net for more information. Runners-up: Archway Storm Restoration, Nolan Exteriors, Signature Exteriors and Roofing, United Roofing
TRAVEL AGENCY/ DESTINATION SPECIALIST Travel Leaders/Jan’s Travel and Cruise Ltd. was established in 1986 and is locally- owned and -operated with two locations available to serve their clients. They have knowledgeable agents in Kirkwood and O’Fallon that support their clients before, during and after their travel. Visit travelleaders-janstravel.com or call (636) 561-2626 for more information. Runners-up: Classic Travel and Cruises, Just Cruises & More, Ronda Helton — The Travel Connection Group, The Cruise & Travel Planner
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