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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Americas Best Value Inn & Suites-St.Charles...................... 31 Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital................Inside Front Cover Best Western Plus-The Charles Hotel................................. 34 Boulevard Dental Care ................................................... 31 Breeze Park-Lutheran Senior Services............................... 13 City of St. Peters................................................................ 9 Coldwell Banker Gundaker-Sandra Meranda...................... 3 Comfort Suites................................................................ 32 Economic Development Center of St. Charles County........... 3 Elm Dental Care................................................................ 1 Elm Point Animal Hospital.................................................. 6

This is a Town Square Publication created and produced for the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce 2201 First Capitol Drive, St. Charles, MO 63301 Phone: (636) 946-0633 Website: CopyrightŠ 2016 Town Square Publications 155 E. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005 Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The Chamber and Town Square assume no responsibility for misinformation. Please contact the Chamber with any additions or corrections. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission of the Chamber and Town Square is prohibited. Chairman, CEO and Publisher Douglas K. Ray President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Stone Director Scott Ray Production Manager Joe Nugara

Emmaus Homes.............................................................. 17 Extreme Pawn................................................................. 31 Frontenac Bank............................................................... 11 Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau........ 33; Outside Back Cover Hardware of the Past....................................................... 36 Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet........................................ 31 Hope Lutheran Church and Preschool............................... 24 Jones Eye Care and Surgery, Inc...................................... 17 Mercy............................................................................ 15 Mount Carmel Senior Living............................................. 17 New Frontier Bank............................................................ 2 Pallardy Heating & Air Conditioning Co........................... 11 Rec-Plex/City of St. Peters.................................................. 4 Spencer Creek Dental Care.............................................. 16 SSM Health - St. Joseph Hospital..................................... 13 State Farm Insurance - Oien............................................ 11 St. Charles City-County Library District............................... 4 St. Johns Bank ............................................................... 31 St. John United Church of Christ....................................... 24 Streets of St. Charles-Cullinan Properties, Ltd.................... 35 TownePlace Suites-St.Charles............................................. 4


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WELCOME From the Chamber................................. 5

IMPORTANT CONNECTIONS Know Who to Call................................ 6

BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC PROFILE St. Charles County Is an Economic Leader in Metro St. Louis.... 8 Demographics & Fast Facts................... 10

HEALTH CARE SSM Health - St. Joseph Hospital........... 12 Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West Hospital................. 14 Mercy Kids........................................ 15 Comprehensive Care and Active Retirement......................... 16

EDUCATION Regional School Districts....................... 18 Higher Learning.................................. 20

HOMES & NEIGHBORHOODS Great Variety, Great Locations............... 22

WORSHIP Community of Faith.............................. 24 2


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Play Hard, Live Healthy........................ 25 Sample Regional Spirits........................ 27 The Rivers: Then & Now....................... 28 Outdoors and on the Trail..................... 29 Shop & Dine...................................... 30 Local Attractions.................................. 32 Celebrate With Us.............................. 34 St. Louis Attractions.............................. 35


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GREATER ST. CHARLES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE With nearly 800 members, the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce is the St. Louis region’s second-largest Chamber, representing the communities of St. Charles and St. Peters and unincorporated areas of St. Charles County. For more than 75 years, the Chamber has worked to protect the interests of local businesses and the community. Please use this magazine as a resource to learn about all the great things our communities have to offer. If you have any questions or need a referral for a product, service or assistance in your relocation, we are here to help. 2201 1st Capitol Drive St. Charles MO 66301-5805 636-946-0633


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n behalf of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, I want to welcome you to our community. For more than 30 years, St. Charles County has been one of the fastest-growing counties in Missouri. With a population of more than 380,000, St. Charles County has grown into the third-largest county in Missouri, with the highest median household income in the state and an unemployment rate below both the state and national averages. Over the years, the Chamber, along with business and community leaders, has worked hard to ensure that the future remains bright for St. Charles County. As a result, St. Charles and St. Peters are no longer places where commuters just sleep — they are communities where people live, work and play. We have a diverse economy with numerous employment opportunities, abundant recreational activities, great health care and top-notch school

districts, plus a growing number of national and locally owned shopping and dining options. City or country, historic or new, indoor or outdoor, affordable or priceless — no matter your preference, we have it all. Thank you for your interest in the St. Charles County Community. Whether you are here for a visit or here for life, we hope you find our community to be the inviting and vibrant place we’ve worked so hard to create. Sincerely, Scott Tate, President & CEO Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce


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Area code is 636 unless otherwise specified.

S T. C H ARLES C OUNT Y GOVER NMENT 201 N. Second Street, St. Charles, MO 949-7900 | Airport............................................................... 949-1839 Assessor............................................................. 949-7425 Circuit Clerk....................................................... 949-3080 Community Development....................................... 949-7345 County Council................................................... 949-7530 Dispatch and Alarm.............................................. 949-3042 Election Authority................................................. 949-7550 3250 Elm Point Industrial Dr. St. Charles, 63301


Dr. Michael Little, Dr. Daniel Lange and Dr. Mark Petty

Community Health & the Environment....................... 949-7400 Executive............................................................ 949-7520 Finance............................................................. 949-7465 Highway............................................................ 949-7305 Parks & Recreation............................................... 949-7535 Pet Adoption....................................................... 949-7387 Prosecuting Attorney............................................. 949-7355 Public Administrator.............................................. 949-7315 Public Health...................................................... 949-7400 Recorder of Deeds............................................... 949-7505 Sheriff............................................................... 949-0809 Transportation..................................................... 949-7490 Workforce Development........................................ 255-6060

CI TY OF ST. CHARL ES 200 N. Second Street, St. Charles, MO 949-3200 | Administration..................................................... 949-3262 Animal Control.................................................... 949-3395 City Clerk.......................................................... 949-3282 Collections......................................................... 949-3212 Community Development....................................... 949-3222 Convention & Visitors Bureau.................................. 946-7776



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Economic Development ........................................ 949-3231


Finance ............................................................ 949-3208

Missouri Driver License Examination Office 2495 Raymond Drive, St. Charles 940-3320

Fire Department .................................................. 949-3250 Mayor’s Office ................................................... 949-3268 Municipal Courts (and Prosecuting Attorney) ............. 949-3378 Parks & Recreation .............................................. 949-3372 Police ............................................................... 949-3300 Public Works/Engineering .................................... 949-3237 Street Department ............................................... 949-3363 Waste (Allied Waste) .......................................... 255-6142

Missouri Department of Revenue Licensing Office 2499 Raymond Drive, St. Charles 946-4456 - OR 4217 S. Old HIghway 94, St. Charles 441-6074

Water Plant ....................................................... 949-3366



You can register at any of the following sites:

One St. Peters Centre Boulevard, St. Peters, MO 477-6600 or 278-2244 |

• County Election Authority’s Office


• Community College

Animal Control ................................................... 949-7354 Building Permit/Inspections ....................................ext. 1670 Business License ..................................................ext. 1232 Citizen Action Center ...........................................ext. 1225 Community Development Block Grants .....................ext. 1366 Cultural Arts Centre .............................. 397-6903 ext. 1623 Economic Development .........................................ext. 1305 Emergency Management .......................................ext. 3522 Health & Environment .......................................... 970-1456 Municipal Court ..................................................ext. 3280 Police (non-emergency)......................................... 278-2222 REC-PLEX/Recreation ........................................... 939-2386

• Public Schools • Libraries • City Halls • Vehicle Registration Offices • State Offices providing public assistance See, call the County Election Authority at 949-7550, or email questions to election@ for more details.

ECONOM I C DEV EL OP M ENT ORGANI ZATI ONS Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce 2201 1st Capitol Drive, St. Charles 946-0633 |

Streets ...............................................................ext. 1340 Trash/Yard Waste ............................................... 970-1456 Utility Billing .......................................................ext. 1217 Water/Sewer .....................................................ext. 1573 NON-CITY UTILITIES Alliance Water ................................................... 281-2858 AmerenUE ...................................................800-552-7583 AT&T ..........................................................800-464-7928 CenturyLink Communications ...........................800-201-4099 Charter Spectrum ..........................................800-211-4450 Cuivre River Electric Cooperative ........................... 441-7410

St. Charles County Economic Development Center 5988 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Charles 441-6880 | City of St. Charles Economic Development 200 N. Second Street, Third Floor, Room 300, St. Charles 949-3231 | City of St. Peters Economic Development One St. Peters Centre Boulevard, St. Peters 477-6600 ext. 1305

Ducket Creek (sewer) ........................................... 441-1244 Laclede Gas Company ..................................800-887-4173 Missouri American Water ...............................866-430-0820


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s one of the largest economies in the St. Louis region and the state of Missouri, St. Charles County has proven itself to be a dynamic and attractive community for businesses of all sizes, from global giants to local entrepreneurs. Crucial to the area’s success are business-friendly principles such as low tax rates, competitive operational costs, a highly skilled workforce, proximity to important markets, first-rate infrastructure, low cost of living and abundant local amenities. For decades, this award-winning area has been investing community capital in fostering excellence in public and higher education, has created more than 23,000 acres of public parkland and other recreational facilities, and has built more than $600 million in local transportation infrastructure improvements. Thanks in part to this concentrated focus on pursuing progress, St. Charles County had 2.4 million square feet of new commercial development completed or underway in 2014. During first quarter 2016, the community’s unemployment rate was also impressive, falling below 4 percent — which is back to pre-recession levels. Some of the largest business projects recently completed in the community include the 614,000-square-foot expansion of the General Motors Wentzville Assembly Plant, the 400,000-square-foot phase II of the Streets of St. Charles mixed-use commercial and residential campus, and a host of other industrial, institutional and retail developments. From one end of the


community to another, new hotels, new restaurants and new attractions are opening through the year to serve the growing population base. “Greater St. Charles is one of the most desirable places to live and work,” said Scott Tate, president of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. “Municipalities throughout the community make it easy for businesses to open. Strong business organizations in the county and recent legislation passed by pro-business legislators have made St. Charles County and the State of Missouri great places to do business.” Another indicator of success and consumer confidence is our continued upswing in retail shopping in the community. For 2014, St. Charles County set a new record with nearly $5.4 billion in retail sales. That was a 7.41 percent increase over the previous year and the highest ever for the area. Today some 9,000 companies are thriving in St. Charles County. International titans here include Boeing, Coca-Cola, Sysco, Citi, MasterCard Worldwide, General Motors, Verizon, Enterprise Holdings and many more. There are also countless local success stories as homegrown entrepreneurs make a name for themselves here, across America, and around the world. Hometown business heroes include LMI Aerospace, Patriot Machine, BoardPaq, Flat World Supply Chain, Client Services, Ungerboeck Software International, Synergetics USA and others. First-class education, continuing education and advanced studies are foundational to current and future prosperity for individuals, families


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and businesses in the area. Nearly 43 percent of county residents are college graduates, and the community has an abundance of exemplary public, private and trade schools and institutions of higher learning. These include Lindenwood University (a member of the NCAA Division 2), St. Charles Community College, St. Louis Art Institute, Webster University at WingHaven, Midwest University, Vatterott College, Ranken Technical College – Wentzville Campus, and the Lewis & Clark Career Center. With an estimated 2014 population of 375,008, more than 90,000 new residents have moved to St. Charles County since 2000, making it the fastest-growing part of metro St. Louis. In light of explosive residential and commercial growth in the area, it is easy to see why the three-sided convergence of Interstate 70, Highway 94 and Interstate 64 (aka Highway 40) has long been nicknamed “The Golden Triangle.” Meanwhile, the community celebrated the realization of a 20-year dream when the long-awaited, $118.2 million Highway 364 Phase III extension opened in late 2014. This new cross-county corridor provides an important link from Highway 94 in the St. Charles/St. Peters area to Interstate 64/ Highway 40 in the Dardenne Prairie/Lake Saint Louis area. Nominated for a national award because of its innovative design and unique, governmental cost-sharing model, Highway 364 is drastically improving traffic flow and opening new areas for residential, recreational and commercial development. “St. Charles County is quite literally a great place to grow your business and your life,” said Greg Prestemon, president and chief executive officer of the Economic Development Center of St. Charles County (EDC). “We encourage you to visit and see why so many people and companies have decided to make this their home in the American heartland.”


WORLD-CLASS WORK FORCE + MIDWEST VALUES! The St. Peters difference? The people, the work ethic. We're here to make your business better.

• Great schools & neighborhoods • Top-rated customer services for businesses and residents–at low tax rates and a top bond rating. • Conveniently located at the heart of St. Charles County.

OPO STARTUPS Located in the newly renovated “Old Post Office” building, the 10,000-square-foot OPO Startups facility provides regional digital startups with affordable workspace and access to mentors, potential investors, programming, educational resources and a community of local entrepreneurs. Partners include Charter Spectrum, Lindenwood University and the Missouri Technology Corporation.

• 1,283 acres of parkland, 20 miles of paved trails and 300-acre 370 Lakeside Park with fishing and camping.

OPO offers three membership levels, all of which include fiber Internet with Wi-Fi, coffee and snacks, shared conference rooms, OPO workshops and programming, and a wellness center. Monthly Startup Wednesdays offer a regular schedule of valuable events. First Wednesdays are for local entrepreneurs to meet one another in a collaborative environment over pizza and beer. Second Wednesdays feature stories and conversations with accomplished founders from the St. Louis region. On Third Wednesdays, leading executive coaches and management consultants, entrepreneurs, and business advisors speak. And on Fourth Wednesdays, entrepreneurs can connect with angel and startup investors. For more information, visit OPO Startup’s website:

• World-class Rec-Plex recreation/fitness center. • Nationally-recognized local health care providers. • Thriving business climate welcoming new companies growing our hometown businesses. • 636.477.6600 GSTCCC.COM

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405,657 360,485


Renter Occupied Units 19.5%



Owner Occupied Units 95.4%









$100,000 2018 PROJECTION

$97,783 $80,000



Graduate Degree 11.9%




$40,000 $36,829 $31,094 $20,000


Grade 9–12 5.1%

High School Graduate 27.1%

Bachelor’s Degree 22.9%




Some College, No Degree 22.5%


All information provided by the St. Charles County Economic Development Center



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ST. CHARLES COUNTY FAST FACTS • In 2015, the Progressive Policy Institute ranked St.

• In 1970, fewer than 100,000 people lived in

Charles County among the top 25 counties in the US for

St. Charles County. Current U.S. Census estimates

tech job growth.

place the local population above 353,000, with nearly 67,000 people moving here since 2000.

• St. Charles County covers 561 square miles of diverse terrain that includes riverbanks, bluffs, forests and planned development.

• More new residents moved into St. Charles County than anywhere else in Missouri from 2008 to 2009, according to the U.S. Census. The community attracted

• St. Charles County is located at the confluence of

5,772 new residents in that year.

the “Mighty” Mississippi River and the “Big Muddy” Missouri River, the fourth-largest river system in the world.

• The Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles is the most popular tourist site in metro St. Louis, with approximately 10 million visitors each year.

• St. Charles County served as Missouri’s first state capital from 1821 to 1826 and was the starting point for Lewis

• St. Charles County is the starting point for the 225-mile

and Clark’s famous Corps of Discovery Expedition in

Katy Trail State Park and is the most popular section of


the system, attracting 111,000 users in 2009, nearly 40 percent of all trail users in Missouri.

• The “first free school” west of the Mississippi River was the Academy of the Sacred Heart, established by Sister Philippine Duchesne in St. Charles in 1818.

• With eight data centers located along the Highway 40/I-64 “high tech” corridor in St. Charles County, the local area has one of the largest concentrations of IT

• The largest park in St. Charles County is the 7,000-acre

facilities in metro St. Louis.

August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, known locally as “Busch Wildlife” and popular for trail users, fishing, hunting and family outings.

• At more than $7.5 billion in annual total assessed valuation, St. Charles County is ranked third in the state after St. Louis County and Jackson County.

• St. Charles County is home to the Weinstrasse, or Missouri Wine Road, which boasts the highest

• Accounting for 6.2 percent of Missouri’s total economy,

concentration of wineries in the state and was the first

St. Charles County is ranked third in the state after

American Viticultural Area (AVA) designated by the

St. Louis County and Jackson County.

federal government. • The 10-block, 200-year-old Historic Main Street in St. Charles is Missouri’s first and largest historic district and one of the largest in the United States.


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SM Health has been caring for families in St. Charles, Warren and Lincoln counties for more than 125 years and remains committed to meeting the evolving needs of its community. We continue to expand and enhance services, recruit outstanding physicians and caregivers, and upgrade our existing facilities to provide an exceptional patient experience to those we serve. In the complex world of health care, residents have made it clear they want care that is convenient, coordinated and personalized. SSM is actively engaged in developing an innovative model of care in which we partner with patients to manage and achieve their personal health and wellness goals. Three strategic capital projects will lay the framework for this innovative model of care in this region. The plan calls for two new ambulatory health care facilities to be built in close proximity to Highway 70. One will be built on the campus of SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – Wentzville, while the other will be built at the recently acquired property formerly known as the Columns Banquet Center in eastern St. Charles. These facilities will be developed into destination outpatient centers that dramatically improve the patient experience. They will provide convenient access to expanded primary and specialty services and state-of-the-art imaging services. Specifically for the eastern outpatient center, there will be focus and disease management “centers of excellence” that satisfy the full


range of patient needs. Offerings will include dedicated heart health and diabetes clinics, with an emphasis on providing educational resources for these clinical areas. The third component of this regional investment is a complete campus redesign at SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital - Lake Saint Louis. Some of the recently completed projects at this campus include the installation of a new telemetry monitoring system, construction of a second C-section room, and a new ground-floor cafeteria and conference area. Work has begun on the construction of a three-story patient tower that will enable all-private patient rooms for the entire campus. A key piece of this project at SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital - Lake Saint Louis includes the completion of a centralized outpatient diagnostic testing center, which will bring together ambulatory services such as cardiology, vascular, neurology, laboratory and other vital outpatient services in one convenient location. Pharmacy services will also be expanded as part of this plan. These capital investments will support SSM Health’s vision of being a high-performing, fully integrated health delivery network and will continue to support SSM as the region’s health care leader in quality, access and innovation. We are proud and excited to have the opportunity to serve our region’s health care needs in an innovative and transformative way that keeps the needs of our patients at the center of everything we do.


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ince 1980, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital (BJSPH) has proudly served the acute health care needs of St. Charles County. As part of the BJC HealthCare family, Barnes-Jewish specializes in a broad range of services, including emergency care, surgery, cardiology, pulmonology, women’s health, endoscopy, neurology and stroke, diabetes services, orthopedics, sleep and breathing, therapy services, wound care, and more. Access to award-winning Siteman Cancer Center is also on the campus. Almost 900 employees and more than 400 physicians bring the best medicine close to home. BJSPH has received prestigious recognition at both state and national levels, including, but not limited to:

• Top 100 Hospitals by Healthgrades America’s Best Hospitals™ (2015). • BJSPH ranked safest hospital in the St. Louis metro region by Consumer Reports (2012). • Professional Research Consultants Excellence in Healthcare 5-Star Awards for the Emergency Department (2011, 2012); Obstetrics (2012); Outpatient Services (2011, 2014); Outpatient Radiology (2011); Outpatient Surgery (2011); Outpatient Surgery (2011); Outpatient GI/ Endoscopy Services (2011: also “Top Performer” for Outpatient GI/ Endoscopy Services; 2014). • Top Ten Hospital on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” list for the St. Louis metropolitan area (2011).


• HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award (2009, 2010): Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital is “Ranked Among the Top 5 Percent in the Nation for Outstanding Patient Experience by HealthGrades.” • Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks Award (2009) Ongoing community programs, screenings, support groups and educational opportunities include free community education programs for cancer prevention and screening, heart health, diabetes, sleep disorders, obstetrics and gynecology issues, GI disorders, urologic health, sports medicine for coaches, sinus and allergy conditions, flu and pneumonia, and home safety. The Showcase on Seniors program offers men and women 60 and older access to monthly educational seminars, health screenings and a host of networking opportunities. Opened in 2007, Progress West Hospital focuses on elevating the health care experience. Each member of the team embraces a patient-centered care philosophy — doctors, nurses, lab technicians, imaging specialists, pharmacists and more are considered caregivers. Progress West’s broad range of services and specialties include emergency medicine, gastroenterology, imaging, occcupational and physical therapy, cancer care, women and infant services, pediatric care, surgery, award-winning heart care, wound care, sleep lab, and more. To further support this level of care, Progess West joined with St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital to give patients world-class care that’s backed by the resources and support that come with being a BJC HealthCare hospital. Siteman Cancer Center recently broke ground on a $11 million expansion at their facility at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital. At Progress West, you are more than a patient — you are a guest, and the staff are privileged to serve you.


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ids grow up so fast, and Mercy is growing right along with them with the opening of a new facility focused solely on childhood needs — Mercy Kids Mid Rivers, 4525 Mid River Mall Drive in Cottleville — making it the first-of-its-kind in St. Charles County. Mercy’s focused on making your family’s health care as convenient and close to home as possible. Services at Mercy Kids Mid Rivers include pediatricians and the pediatric specialties of gastroenterology, neurology and sports medicine. Because 10 to 15 percent of children benefit from therapy at some point, child psychiatry and child/adolescent counseling services are also available. Additional offerings include Mercy Kids Therapy and Development Center, with autismrelated programs, a pediatric rehabilitation gym, educational and screening programs, community education, and lab services. In addition to specialty care, the facility is the new home for Mercy Clinic Pediatrics-Mid Rivers (formerly St. Charles County Pediatrics) with six Mercy Clinic pediatricians and two pediatric nurse practitioners. For treatment without an appointment, walk-in care is a great choice with Mercy Kids Convenient Care. Patients up to age 21 will be seen by a highly experienced pediatric nurse practitioner for the same cost as a doctor’s office co-pay. No appointment is needed. Mercy Kids Convenient Care is perfect for the treatment of minor injuries and illnesses such as coughs and colds, sinus infections, sore throat, rashes, pink eye, upset stomach, and urinary tract infections when a primary care physician isn’t available. For those with Mercy Clinic physicians, your child’s doctor can view details of the visit within the electronic health record to stay connected in your child’s care. Hours are 2 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. When more serious issues arise for anyone in the family, there are two Mercy Urgent Cares in St. Charles County — at 107 Piper Hill in St. Peters and 300 Winding Woods in O’Fallon — open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For simple cuts, puncture wounds, abscesses or sprains, strains and fractures, our urgent care locations are also available with no appointment needed. There might be a time when your child needs care in a hospital setting. With the completion of the Route 364/Page Avenue Extension, Mercy Children’s Hospital — on the campus of Mercy Hospital St. Louis — is the closest full-service children’s hospital for St. Charles County residents. Along with care for kids, Mercy Clinic physicians for the whole family are available throughout St. Charles County. For more information about services near you, visit

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hile having major hospital services close by is reassuring, residents in the communities of St. Charles County are also fortunate that a host of non-emergency health care services exists very near their neighborhoods. Of course, everyone’s ultimate goal is to stay healthy and active. In addition to the treatment and preventive care offered by our wealth of medical practitioners, St. Charles County is a great place to stay fit and active. This robust offering of easyto-access health care services and family-friendly fun makes St. Charles County a great place to raise a family, as well as to retire.

dental clients, whether treating very anxious patients, those who may not have seen dentists for some time, or patients with complex medical conditions that require specialized care. Optometrists in St. Charles County are experienced in treatment and counseling for everything that impacts eye health: nutrition, exercise, social habits, medications and systemic diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. In addition, eye care centers in the region offer large boutique selections of frames so that your outlook will be both sharp and stylish.



Several urgent care facilities serve St. Charles County, including Mercy Urgent Care Center, St. Luke’s Urgent Care, Concentra Medical Center, SSM Health Urgent Care, and Total Access Urgent Care. Urgent care centers are intended to provide treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, or when patients can’t wait to see their primary care physicians. In other words, they’re there when you need them. A vital service provided by regional urgent care facilities for newcomers to St. Charles County is knowledgeable referral to local physicianas for follow-up care and therapy.

D E N TAL AND EYE C A R E There are many options in Chamber-member dental care facilities. Offering the latest technical innovations, like digital X-rays and laser cavity detection, St. Charles County dental professionals’ goal is to give patients the best dental experience than you’ve ever had. Experienced, caring professionals in the area have a long track record of meeting the unique needs of

Programs and assistance for children with special needs can be secured from United Services. United Services for Children is a nationally accredited, nonprofit organization that provides developmental learning and pediatric therapy services to children of all abilities. Specializing in serving preschool-age children, they are recognized leaders in providing educational and therapeutic programs for children with special needs. Meanwhile, the families of adults who have cognitive or other developmental disabilities can turn to Emmaus Homes, a private, nonprofit organization supported by the United Way, to help their loved one lead a spirited and enriching life. Another important service for many families, Preferred Family Healthcare in St. Charles can help with prevention and comprehensive mental health treatment for people recovering from behavioral disorders, substance abuse and addictions.

HEL PI NG HANDS FOR SENI OR S One type of care doesn’t fit all when it comes to long-term and rehabilitative care. The circumstances of each patient are different and change over time, so providers in St. Charles County offer a wide range of options for seniors who need a helping hand — often available under the same organizational umbrella so that as the patient’s needs change, their provider can remain consistent. Long-term rehabilitation, nursing care, assisted living and memory care services — including Alzheimer’s — can all be secured in one location at the unique Villages of St. Peters campus. Additionally, continuum of care, with options ranging from independent living to skilled nursing, are also available on the Mount Carmel Senior Living campus. Seniors who wish to stay in their own homes also have options. At-home assistance is provided through a variety of home health service organizations, including Assistance Home Care, Martha’s Hands, Cooperative Home Care and Visiting Angels of St. Charles.



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AN ACTIVE RETIREMENT Today, retirement is less an ending than a beginning. And the St. Charles region is a great place for a new beginning, offering a full and rich lifestyle with plenty on offer for younger retirees and their families, from fun with the kids to the specialized services the aging parents of retirees may need. You’ll find outdoor recreation, from fishing and boating on two regional rivers to hiking and biking in local community and state parks. Historic St. Charles offers charming downtown shops, while several regional centers offer all the national chain and big-box retailers a power shopper could desire. If it’s a day for the adults, a tour of the local wine trail is a great choice, or you can try your luck — it’s sure to be good — at the Ameristar Casino. If you’ve got the grandkids for a day or weekend, you’ll love the many family-friendly attractions, including the Saint Louis Zoo, Grant’s Farm, The Magic House or Six Flags. Expand your horizons at a variety of visual and performing arts venues, or take a class at a regional college or university. The St. Charles region offers retirement at your speed, whether you prefer life in the fast lane or leisurely relaxation.

The leader in retirement living. Come see for yourself. Assisted Living & Skilled Nursing Rehabilitation Center Medicare & Medicaid Certified Outpatient Balance Testing & Therapeutic Treatment New O’Fallon location at the former Villa Theresa Haven facility on the St. Mary’s Campus now known as Mount Carmel Senior Living - O’Fallon

723 First Capitol Drive St. Charles, MO 63301 We are located two blocks from SSM St. Joseph’s Hospital

636.946.4140 ext. 107 or GSTCCC.COM

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City of St. Charles Fort Zumwalt R-II Francis Howell R-III Orchard Farm R-V

C  IT Y OF S T. C HA R LES S C H O O L DIS T R IC T 400 N. 6th Street, St. Charles MO 63301 636-443-4000 •

• Approximately 5,100 students. • Earned “Distinction in Performance” 2006–2013. • Earned Commissioner’s Award for Promising Practices in Professional Development. • Preschool Program for ages 3 and 4 at all six elementary schools. • One Intermediate School (grades 5–6); one Middle School (grades 7–8); two High Schools (grades 9–12). • A+ Program at both High Schools. • Success Campus; Lewis & Clark Career Center; Juvenile Justice Center • Preferred Family Health Care. • Adult & Community Education. • Parents as Teachers. • $7.5 million in bond projects in 2014, including $3 million on safety and security features.

F O RT ZUMWA LT R - I I S C HOOL D IS T R IC T 555 E. Terra Lane, O’Fallon, MO 63366 636-240-2072 •

• Serving 18,300 students in 24 schools inboundaries of 136 square miles. • The fourth-largest district in the bi-state region, with 1,371 teachers, 1,271 support staff and 70 administrators.


• Scored 95.4 percent on state Annual Performance Rating. • Averaged 22.5 on ACT. • Scored above the state average on all End of Course Exams. • The FZSD Class of 2014 was offered a grand total of more than $30 million in scholarship money.

F RANCI S HOWEL L R- I I I SCHOOL DI STRI CT 4545 Central School Road, St. Charles MO 63304 636-851-4000 •

• The district encompasses over 150 square miles in the southeast corner of St. Charles County and is one of the largest school districts in the Missouri. • Three early childhood centers; 10 elementary schools; five middle schools; three high schools; one alternative high school; one alternative education school. • Total enrollment of 17,047. • Student-to-teacher ratio of 19-to-1. • Attendance rate of 95.9 percent. • FHSD graduation rate 94.0 percent; state average is 87.3 percent. • Scholarships dollars earned by students in 2013–14: $23,107,908. • 81.5 percent of graduates attend college. • FHSD average ACT score is 23.2; state average is 21.8. • Average years of experience of teaching staff 13.7; 80.3 percent of teachers hold advanced degrees.


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O  R C H AR D FA R M R -V S C H O O L DIS T R IC T 2165 Highway V, St. Charles, MO 63301 636-250-5000 •

• Embodies approximately 1,800 students. • Encompasses approximately 125 square miles. • Two elementary schools; one middle school; one high school; an Early Childhood Center under design/construction. • Created on February 14, 1959, having combined 15 smaller schools into what was previously the St. Charles R-V School District. • Recognized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a “Distinction in Performance” school district. • Accredited by AdvancED. • Has designated A+ High School. • Received national recognition from ACT, Inc., for continued improvement of composite ACT scores, earning the Red Quill Award and Red Quill Legacy Award, with an ACT composite score that ranks No. 2 out of the 12 high schools in St. Charles County. • Is a “Project Lead the Way” district, with a complete engineering, biomedical and computer science program at the high school level. • Committed to technology integration in the classroom. All high school students are issued a laptop to enhance their educational experience. • Cultivating students who are inquisitive, responsible and productive citizens of a global society. • Mission is to achieve educational excellence for all students.

PRIVATE EDUCATION OPTIONS Campbell Montessori School

3880 Shady Springs Lane, St. Charles, MO 63301 636-477-8200 • This school was founded to introduce Montessori education to the local area. It opened in June 1989 as St. Charles Montessori Academy. In addition to classrooms and a library, the campus includes a kitchen, stage, multipurpose room, natural playground, nature trails, Miriam’s Meadow, a greenhouse, a Greek theater and an amphitheater. It serves children 18 months through 12 years old.

Duchesne High School

2550 Elm Street, St. Charles, MO 63301 636-946-6767 • A Catholic, college preparatory school serving young men and women in grades 9 through 12. We are affiliated with the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and our students come from parishes and schools throughout St. Charles and St. Louis counties. Although we are committed to a program of academic excellence, our broader goal is to inspire in our students a lifelong devotion to learning, a devotion that will serve them in making informed choices and in making a difference in the world.

Living Word Christian School

1145 Tom Ginnever Avenue, O’Fallon, MO 63366 636-978-1680 • Families from all across St. Charles and St. Louis counties — in fact, from 41 different area zip codes, covering more than five counties — take advantage of the exceptional education available at Living Word Christian School. Living Word has two campuses in St. Peters, a preschool that serves 2-year-olds through 4-year-olds, and an elementary campus that serves kindergarten through 5th grade. The middle school, serving 6th through 8th grade, and the high school, serving 9th through 12th grade, are both in one convenient location in O’Fallon. Living Word integrates Christian truth into all courses and activities. Qualified teachers — many with advanced degrees — teach over 80 different classes, including languages, computer courses, food sciences, biology, chemistry, physics, and in-house college credit courses for co-enrolled students.

United Services for Children

4140 Old Mill Parkway, St. Peters, MO 63376 636-926-2700 • United Services for Children is a nationally accredited, nonprofit organization that provides developmental learning and pediatric therapy services to children of all abilities. Specializing in serving preschool-age children, United Services is a recognized leader in providing educational and therapeutic programs for children with special needs, equipping them to succeed as they enter kindergarten. Approximately 500 children are served annually.


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L I N D E N W OOD UNIVER S IT Y 209 S. Kingshighway, St. Charles, MO 63301 636-949-2000 •

Founded in 1827, Lindenwood is an independent, four-year liberal arts institution firmly rooted in Judeo-Christian values. The beautiful and historic 500-acre campus, lined with majestic linden trees, is situated in the heart of St. Charles. Lindenwood offers more than 200 degree programs to more than 16,000 students through values-centered programs that lead to development of the whole person. Lindenwood strives to be the pre-eminent representative of a new category in higher education — the teaching university, dedicated to producing and continually improving a learning-oriented campus culture. At Lindenwood, that culture includes a commitment to a campuswide general education program that draws from the full range of the university’s curriculum; education of the whole person; development of critical thinking skills and a problem-solving orientation; character education; and the encouragement of social responsibility. Lindenwood is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

S T. C H ARLES C OMMUNIT Y C OLLEGE 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, MO 63376 636-922-8000 •

St. Charles Community College (SCC) is a public, comprehensive twoyear community college offering associate degrees and certificate programs


in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. The fourth-largest of Missouri’s 12 community college districts, St. Charles Community College is the choice of nearly one in four St. Charles County high school graduates. The beautiful 12-building campus has won architectural awards for its innovative, contemporary “educational village” design.

VATTEROTT COL L EGE - ST. CH A RL ES 3550 W. Clay Street, St. Charles, MO 63301 636-366-4363 •

Vatterott College is dedicated to providing students opportunities to gain the hands-on skills necessary to achieve their educational goals. Vatterott serves a diverse student population across 19 locations in nine states, as well as a vibrant online community. Each of these institutions takes pride in serving both the student population and the local communities that help continue the Vatterott tradition. Vatterott’s St. Charles location offers programs for careers in business management, medical fields, computer systems, electrical and mechanical trades, cosmetology, and personal fitness training. Students benefit from industry-current equipment, financial aid for those who qualify, student support services, library services, career assistance, small classes, student computer labs, and companion Web access.


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W E B S T E R UNIVER S IT Y Westport Campus 11885 Lackland, Suite 600, Maryland Heights, MO 63146 314-968-5955 • Winghaven Campus 2299 Technology Drive, Suite 300, O’Fallon, MO 63368-7344 636-561-2400 •

Based in St. Louis, Webster University is the only Tier 1, private, nonprofit university with campus locations around the world, including metropolitan, military, online and corporate, as well as American-style traditional campuses in North America, Europe and Asia. Their two convenient local campuses — Westport and Winghaven — offer courses in a variety of business disciplines, and Westport also offers courses in computer science and information technology.

MARY V I L L E UNIVER S IT Y 650 Maryville University Drive, St Louis, MO 63141 314-529-9300 •

Founded in 1872, Maryville University is one of the oldest private institutions in the St. Louis region. Located on a scenic 130-acre campus boasting miles of walking trails, Maryville is a coeducational university whose 5,100-plus students represent 50 states and 32 countries. The university offers than 70 degrees at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. Ninety percent of faculty hold Ph.D. or terminal degrees, and with an average class size of 15, students are assured of receiving personalized instruction from the top instructors in their fields. Maryville offers more than 70 clubs and organizations and participates in NCAA Division II athletics.

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ne of Missouri’s most vibrant communities, St. Charles enjoys a host of local, big-city amenities with plenty of small-town charm. It’s a place where residents can expect a high quality of life, and our housing industry offers plenty to choose from. “There is every type of housing available in St. Charles County, no matter what you or your family’s needs might be,” said Coldwell Banker Gundaker agent Sandra Meranda. From Old Town’s historic homes to new construction, St. Charles County provides a wide selection of options sure to meet your tastes, budget and expectations. According to Meranda, the average home price for 2014 came in at $182,000, but there are houses in every price range, whether you’re in search of a starter home or a lavish luxury home. The county features so many distinctive communities to choose from, including St. Charles, St. Peters, O’Fallon, Dardenne Prairie, Lake Saint Louis, Wentzville, Cottleville, Weldon Spring and New Melle. And within these communities are distinctive neighborhoods for home buyers to consider. “Every community has positive aspects and neighborhood features that stand out,” Meranda said. Montecito subdivision in St. Peters is a prime example of a neighborhood offering premium new homes. The development includes a lake, walking trails and exterior maintenance services for residents – all near major highways, shopping and recreational facilities. New luxury apartments, such as Residences at Streets of St. Charles, offer plush urban development in an integrated mixed-use setting. This building offers nine floor plans, balconies, terraces, heated pool, hot tub,


fire pit, barbecue stations, business center, clubhouse, private 24-hour fitness center, tanning bed and even a dog grooming parlor. Meranda noted that the neighborhoods of O’Fallon, Lake St. Louis and Wentzville are currently seeing the majority of St. Charles County’s new development. “These will be the areas that experience the largest amount of growth this year,” she said. “New construction has picked up tremendously in the last two years.” As for St. Charles County’s strongest selling points, Meranda pointed to the region’s low crime rates, educational opportunities, and endless list of sights and activities. “There are plenty of things to do and see – St. Charles has many great bike trails, highlighted by the KATY trail and connector trails,” she said. The county has created several parks over the course of the last decade, she added. “There are now 10 parks across the county offering a wide range of activities and services. We have two dog parks too!” With its locally owned shops and restaurants, Main Street St. Charles serves as a focal point and tourist draw. Many of its buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The First Capitol of Missouri and the starting point for the Lewis and Clark expedition can also be found along the Main Street/Riverfront area. St. Charles County is a great place to retire, too. “The low cost of living and housing are big draws for retirees in our county,” Meranda said. “Another major factor is the excellent health care facilities and hospitals that are in St. Charles and St. Louis counties. Our health care alternatives in our region are world-class.” No matter what you’re looking for in a residential property, there’s no doubt about it: St. Charles is a great place to call home.


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The Missouri River was a major thoroughfare in the first decades of the nineteenth century. After the first steamboat appeared on the river in 1819, even more people traveled along the river passing by St. Charles. Many of those who wrote about their travels to the upper Missouri and even to the Rocky Mountains noted their impressions of the town. By the 1830s, when the following two writers passed by St. Charles, it was evolving from a tiny settlement to a thriving town with new brick structures and factories complementing prosperous farms.

Edmund Flagg, The Far West (1836-37)

Many moved to St. Louis—the population of the city more than tripled during the decade — as it became an entry point to the west. Among those was Edmund Flagg (1815-90), a lawyer and writer born in Maine who was later diplomat serving in Berlin and Vienna. He published The Far West as a series of essays about wanderings around Illinois and Missouri. Two excerpts appear here. “The evening of my arrival at St. Charles I strolled off at about sunset, and, ascending the bluffs, approached the old ruin.... The view from the spot is noble, and peculiarly impressive at the sunset hour. Directly at your feet lies the village, from the midst of which come up the rural sounds of evening; the gladsome laugh of children at their sports; the whistle of the homeplodding labourer; the quiet home of gossips around the open doors; while upon the river’s brink a huge steam-mill sends forth its ceaseless ‘boom, boom’ upon the still air. Beneath the village ripples the Missouri, with a fine sweep both above and below the town not unlike the letter S; while beyond the stream extends its heavily-timbered bottom: one cluster of trees directly opposite are Titanic in dimensions.” “. The view of St. Charles from the opposite bank of the Missouri is a fine one. The turbid stream rolls along the village nearly parallel with the interval upon which it is situated. A long line of neat edifices, chiefly of brick, with a few ruinous old structures of logs and plastering, relics of French of Spanish taste and domination, extend along the shore; beyond these, a range of bluffs rear themselves proudly above the village, crowned with their academic hall and a neat stone church, its spire surmounted by the cross. Between these structures, upon a spot somewhat more elevated, appears the basement section of ‘a stern round tower of former days,’ now a ruin …”

Prince Maximilian of Wied, Travels into the Interior of North America (183

Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied (1782-1867) was a German prince and ethnographer who traveled the American West in 1833-34. Unlike his earlier expedition to Brazil, Maximilian hired an academically trained artist Karl Bodmer to create paintings to illustrate his Travels (published in 1840); they are among the most vivid portrayals of the Mandan and Hidatsa tribes in present-day North Dakota on the eve of being decimated by smallpox later in the decade. Below is his description of St. Charles, just after leaving St. Louis and visiting William Clark. “. Next morning we reached St. Charles, on the N.E. shore, one of the oldest French settlements on the Missouri, consisting of about 300 houses, where the massive church, with its low tower, has a very good appearance. The environs of this scattered village are rather bare, but there were many European fruit trees in blossom. Most of the houses are built of wood, but a modern part of the place is of brick. On an eminence rising behind it, stands an old stone tower, which formerly served as a defence against the Indians.”

Kimberly Elfrink is a student at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, where she is majoring in history.


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he faith community in the St. Charles County region has a rich Catholic tradition dating back to its earliest French settlers. But it also features congregations representing a wide variety of denominations and beliefs. Lutheran, Churches of Christ, Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist and others of the Christian belief are represented, and there is a synagogue for those of the Jewish faith.

S T. J O H N UNIT ED C H U R C H O F C HR IS T Founded in 1868, St. John United Church of Christ in St. Charles is part of the national United Church of Christ. Offering two Sunday services as well as a wide array of programs, organizations and worship experiences,

St. John is happy to greet visitors of every age, and casual attire is welcome. Recorded and live services are available online.

CHAM BER- M EM BER CONGREG AT ION S Church Of The Shepherd 1601 Woodstone, St. Charles 636-441-2434 •

Hope Lutheran Church and Preschool 1975 Old Highway 94 South, St. Charles 636-946-8922 • 866-986-9369

St. John United Church of Christ 405 S.Fifth Street, St. Charles 636-946-0961 •



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hy is St. Charles County consistently ranked among the healthiest counites in Missouri? It stems from the abundance of fitness and sporting options offered throughout the area. In 2015, St. Charles County placed second in the state in a national study for its “Health Outcomes” and “Health Factors” categories. It came as no surprise, as this is the sixth consecutive year that St. Charles County has appeared among the top three Missouri counties. “Health Outcomes” rankings reflect how long people live (mortality) and how healthy people feel (morbidity). “Health Factors” rankings are based on the community’s health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic conditions, and physical environment. Created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute, the rankings are based on public data collected from vital statistics and government health surveys, including figures for premature deaths, obesity rates, binge drinking, smoking, access to healthy foods, unemployment, high school graduation rates, pollution, access to primary care providers and self-assessed health status.

A healthy community is an active community. Keeping the community active is the goal of parks and recreation teams in local city governments, and their offerings make it easy for residents to find year-round activities that they enjoy and that will also help them stay fit, with dance and gymnastics programs, athletic fields and leagues for all ages, swimming facilities, biking trails, fishing, and much more. People who like to combine exercise with healthy eating will also want to check out the community garden program. The slogan of St. Charles County Family YMCA’s aquatics program is “Everybody in the pool!” — and staffers mean it. Participants are encouraged to squeeze more performance from their bodies. For example, the motto of the Y’s Stingray competitive team for swimmers aged 5 to 21 years is: “It’s not how much you gave, it’s how much you gave after you give it your all!” The St. Charles County Family YMCA also offers a double-court air-conditioned gymnasium, fitness center, indoor track, dance center and group exercise studios, as well as a whirlpool and sauna facilities.


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tand aside California: the Midwest is emerging as top wine country in the United States, and enthusiasts of the grape will find our local wineries offer not only the best in award-winning vintages, but a scenic tour of the region’s rolling hills. Indeed, there is much to savor as you sip. A tour of the Historic Missouri Wine Country will take you through beautiful parks and along the Katy Trail. You can tour the region’s historic sites, like the Daniel Boone Home, and if you time your visit right, choose from a variety of local events and festivals. Dining options, from fine and fancy to down-home country cooking, also await along the way, and when it’s time to turn in before hitting the trail again tomorrow, you’ll find accommodations from full-service hotels, to quiet campsites, to quaint bed-and-breakfasts. The wineries dotted throughout the Historic Missouri Wine Country provide the chance to experience a large variety of wine styles. If your palate leans more to hops than grapes, you’ll also find fulfillment at one of the many breweries in the area. Local vineyards and breweries offer a variety of extras too, like dining, spectacular terrace views, tasting rooms, gift shops and more. Visit for more information on the wineries and activities in Historic Missouri Wine Country, as well as a calendar of upcoming special events.


Laszlo Corporation - Menrath and Cezar Wines

Cedar Lake Cellars

5988 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters 636-447-1312 •

11008 Schreckengast Road, Wright City 636-745-9500 •

This winery and event venue covers 170 picturesque acres. The elaborate tasting room offers an array of local and international fine wines as well as domestic and imported bottled and draft beers, local craft beers and Cedar Lake Red Ale. Cork & Rind 555 First Capitol Drive, St. Charles 636-896-4404 •

This shop features wine, spirits, artisan breads and cheeses, and craft beer. Cork & Rind also offers classes, tastings, and a wine club so you can experience everything their store has to offer. Design2Brew 9995 Winghaven Boulevard, O’Fallon 636-265-0751 •

Design2Brew is a fully licensed retail wine making and brewing center and supply store. Customers can schedule classes; purchase supplies and equipment to make beer, wine, mead or cider at home; or brew their own craft beer or fine wine right in the store.

Laszlo Corporation specializes in traditional Hungarian wines. Their vintages are served at locations throughout the St. Charles region. The Tap Restaurant & Brewery 3803 Elm Street, St. Charles 636.724.4242 •

The tap is about amazing and creative American inspired dishes and one of the largest selections of beer, wine and spirits to satisfy any libation. Sugar Creek Winery & Vineyards 125 Boone Country Lane, Defiance 636-987-2400 •

Featuring a beautiful hilltop setting overlooking the Missouri River, Sugar Creek Winery is owned by Ken and Becky Miller, with son Chris Lorch serving as winemaker and director of winery operations. Chris spent years working in Napa California developing his winemaking skill resulting in the quality, award winning wines that Sugar Creek produces today, including varieties for every palate, from dry to berry-flavored sweet wines and dessert wines.


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o other rivers can match the majesty and history of the Mighty Mississippi or its tributary, the Missouri, the longest river in the United States. Flowing from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and connecting to the West via the Missouri River, the Mississippi has been a vital transportation artery and water supply for regional people for centuries, starting with several Native Americans tribes, who depended on the Mississippi for transportation, clean water, and mussels and fish. Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto arrived at the river in 1541, and French explorers Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette, followed in the 17th century. In the mid to late 1700s, the Mississippi marked the border between British territory, to the east, and Spanish territory, to the west. By 1803, France had obtained the land west of the river, which was sold to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. In May 1804, Lewis and Clark set off from this region on their famed Corps of Discovery Expedition. The Mississippi was essential to U.S. growth during the Industrial Revolution, was a key strategic resource during the Civil War, and is still the primary source of drinking water for millions of Americans today. Flowing north and east from the Rocky Mountains before turning south in Montana, the Missouri River drains nearly one-sixth of the area of the United States. First fully explored by Lewis and Clark, the Missouri River Basin extends from the Rocky Mountains eastward across the northern plain and prairie states to the basin of the Mississippi, covering 529,300 square miles in the United States and Canada.


Today, while they still continue as major tranport arteries feed rich agricultural regions, the rivers have an expanded role, providing hydroelectric power and serving as major recreational attractions in the St. Charles region. The Mississippi supports a wide array of fish and wildlife and is a major migratory flyway for many species of birds, offering great bird-watching opportunities for enthusiasts, especially at Confluence Point State Park, which includes a trail that leads to the point where the Mississippi and the Missouri rivers meet as well as interpretive panels that focus on the rivers and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Also located on the confluence, the 4,300-acre Columbia Bottom Conservation Area offers hunting, fishing, hiking, biking and bird watching. Boating and yachting on the Mississippi is a great way to unwind, and the river’s island beaches create a unique setting where recreational boaters often hold parties and gatherings. Boating enthusiasts in St. Charles County have access to the river through a number of marinas. The Yacht Club of St. Louis rests on the Dardenne Slough, sheltered from the main channel by Bolter Island. It offers members an elegant dining room, as well as a riverside patio. The club also provides live entertainment, including jazz, blues, reggae, classic rock and soul bands. Further downstream, Palisades Yacht Club is a public boating and social club located in Portage Des Sioux. Visitors get a panoramic view of limestone cliffs across the river in Illinois, and can dip into the pool. Members dock and store boats there. The shrine to Our Lady of the Rivers can be seen downstream. John’s Boat Harbor is a full-service marina, including docking, dry storage, ramping and repairs. The ebb and flow of life in the region truly revolves around its two great rivers.


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hile having facilities and activities so close to urban action, St. Charles County also has equally great offerings off the beaten path. Whether interested in a half-hour stroll or a rigorous excursion, residents and visitors can enjoy camping, hiking, outdoor swimming, fishing, hunting and historic site touring — all in the county’s backyard.

AU GU S T A. B US C H MEMOR IA L C O N S E RVAT ION A R EA The 6,987-acre August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area serves as the St. Louis regional Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) office and includes a multifaceted visitor center. Fishing and hunting licenses are available at the Busch Area, whre you can wet a line in 32 fishable lakes and ponds. The lakes are stocked in the winter for year-round fishing. An on-site vendor provides bait, tackle and snacks to those fishing between April and September. Boat rentals are available during this time as well. Managed deer hunts — both firearm and archery — provide a nearby outlet for hunters. Other outdoors draws for visitors include hiking, picnicking, birdwatching areas, a shooting range, an archery range and prairie restoration spots, including native wildflowers during certain seasons. The staff hosts owl prowls, fall color walks and spring frog walks. Grounds are open to the public until 10 p.m. The Busch Area visitor center is open weekdays year-round, except for state holidays. Activities are available for groups by reservation. Topics include aquatic ecology, forest ecology, reptiles, birds and trees. Visitors can also enjoy free exhibits and nature programs or gaze at a 1,300-gallon aquarium.

W E L D O N SPR ING C ONS ERVAT ION AREA/ W E L D O N SPR ING HOLLOW NATURAL AREA Next door to the Busch Area is the 8,398-acre Weldon Spring Conservation Area, offering excellent mountain bike trails and access to the Missouri River. It is a mostly forested area with pasture, cropland and some wetlands and glades.

The Weldon Spring Hollow Natural Area is 385 acres of upland and bottomland rugged topography, including limestone cliffs and bluff escarpments.

CI TY AND COUNTY PARKS AN D GREENWAY S Multi-use trails in St. Charles County that permit horseback riding as well as hiking and biking are open at Broemmelsiek Park and Indian Camp Creek Park. The city of St. Peters offers 20 miles of trails, connecting parks and greenways with the City Hall and Cultural Arts Centre area. Meanwhile, the city of St. Charles offers trails of various lengths and surfaces in 11 different parks plus the paved, 3.81-mile hike and bike Boschert Greenway. Other regional trails also play major roles in the area’s recreation and transportation options. Centennial Greenway is a 20-mile track that connects people to nature as an off-street bicycle and pedestrian trail and linear park. When complete, it will run from St. Charles County to downtown St. Louis. Great Rivers Greenway is a special district working in St. Charles County, St. Louis County and St. Louis City. Created in 2000 by a vote of residents to deliver on the promise of a clean, green, connected St. Louis region, the district’s transformative projects include The River Ring, an interconnected network of trails that spans from St. Charles County to the downtown St. Louis riverfront. Another popular spot is the St. Charles Trailhead of the Katy Trail, on which outdoor enthusiasts can bike, run or hike along river bluffs and wooded areas. The Katy Trail State Park is a Missouri state park and a 225mile recreation rail trail that runs from St. Charles, near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, to Clinton, about 75 miles southeast of Kansas City. Commonly known as the Katy Trail, as it follows the right-ofway of the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, it is the longest Rails-toTrails trail in the United States.


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hen it comes to retail, St. Charles has it all. Our region boasts a robust selection of shopping and dining venues, from national-brand retailers in Mid Rivers Mall to small businesses on Main Street. There’s plenty to explore in St. Charles County, so put on your walking shoes and let the shopping spree begin!

This open-air plaza also includes a farmers market, street performances, concerts and other outdoor events. Check out their calendar of events online for details. Recently, The Meadows announced a major expansion with plans to include a hotel, movie theatre, and additional retail, dining and entertainment options.



With Mid Rivers Mall conveniently located off Interstate 70 in St. Peters, it’s easy to target the shopping center as a one-stop leisure destination. The mall includes department and specialty stores, combined with scrumptious places to eat and the Wehrenberg Mid Rivers 14 Cine for the “dinner and a movie” crowd. Recent renovations brought excitement to Mid Rivers Mall, via new flooring, updated interior colors, paint, energy-efficient lighting upgrades and new amenities that included soft seating areas and holiday decor. In late January 2015, the mall announced plans to welcome two new offerings: Francesca’s and Planet Fitness. According to a CBL Properties press release, Francesca’s “offers whimsical and eclectic collections ranging from trendy clothes and handbags to shoes, jewelry and gifts.” Planet Fitness, which will open in early spring, will offer unlimited fitness training and access to a wide selection of cardio and strength equipment for just $10 a month.

For a unique flair to shopping, head to St. Charles’ 14-block, 200-yearold Historic Main Street. One of Missouri’s largest historic districts, it lies close to the Missouri River and the region’s frontier history. The brick-paved street leads to more than 75 one-of-a-kind shops along with 25 restaurants and pubs. Shoppers can find framed art, antiques, clocks, collectibles, stained glass, garden flags, quilts, silk florals and decorating accents from every period, in addition to original clothing designs, shoes, monogrammed items, leather goods, handbags, jewelry and a wide range of accessories made by local artisans. There’s even an independent bookstore in the district. Specialty food options also abound in the Historic District, with spices, seasonings, mixes, hot sauces, extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, handmade chocolates, fudge, toffee, Italian cookies, ice cream and would you believe? Chocolate covered bacon!



The Meadows in Lake Saint Louis, St. Charles County’s newest shopping destination, is home to more than 30 shops, including big names like VonMaur, Bed Bath & Beyond, Nike, Old Navy, Ann Taylor LOFT, Chico’s.

The Historic Frenchtown District offers a haven for antique lovers, with a half dozen unique stores dotting the beautiful neighborhood. Whether the style is Americana, Victorian, 1904 World’s Fair, Depression-era or mid20th century, shoppers will find authentic furniture, glassware, linens and antiques. Frenchtown also boasts an eclectic mix of other shops, including bridal boutiques, salons, florists, and photographers. With the largest



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concentration of French Colonial architecture in the Midwest, the district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

D I N IN G S A MPLER St. Charles is fortunate to have so many locally owned and out-of-the-ordinary restaurants. Locals flock to Concetta’s Italian Restaurant for homemade, delicious Italian fare. The beloved family-owned restaurant, which opened its doors in 1985, has a cozy, congenial atmosphere, making it the perfect place for a dinner date or an evening out with old friends. Concetta’s draws on old family recipes to serve an assortment of beef, chicken, veal and seafood specialties with homemade sauces and dressings. The Tap is a restaurant and brewery that offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Their “scratch” kitchen turns out homemade recipes, signature dishes, unique appetizers, fresh salads, delicious sandwiches, and great burgers and pizzas, and they offer an inspired selection of domestic and craft beers, including three beers that are brewed in-house. The establishment even offers a cutting-edge personal table tap system that allows you to pour your own beer at your table, and all beers are served in nucleated glassware. The venue features a 30-foot ice rail in the main bar and is home to the world’s largest keg smoker. Local residents can satisfy their cravings for St. Louis-style pizza at Pirrone’s Pizzeria. There’s a reason Pirrone’s pizzas taste so fresh: the establishment doesn’t use pre-made crusts, making every pizza to order. The St. Peters location features a full-service bar and great deals during local team games, such as half-price appetizers and drink specials.

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T H E ART S George Washington said that arts are “essential to the prosperity of the State and to the ornament of human life.” In this spirit, a rich tradition of arts innovation and virtuosity in St. Charles County contributes in many creative ways to the area’s prosperity. The Foundry Art Centre hosts free performances and community concerts in St. Charles. It also has classrooms for adult and children’s workshops, as well as summer camps. The facility includes 5,200 square feet of Smithsonian-caliber exhibition space to host national exhibitions. Special touring exhibitions involving a variety of media, curated exhibits and juried competitions are displayed in the galleries. It also houses local artists’ studios and has space to rent for special events. Since the Missouri Ballet Theatre was founded in 2009 in St. Peters, its supporters have brought first-class dance to the community and educational performances for thousands of local youths. The stated goals for the theatre, as set by its board of directors, are to achieve distinctive collaborations with area arts organizations, performers and musicians to explore the

fusion of movement with other forms of artistic expression; to provide a platform for well-trained and focused professional dancers to flourish in a stimulating and creative environment; and to espouse artistic enrichment through educational outreach, youth participation and charitable partnerships. The J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts opened in 2008 in St. Charles on the campus of the Lindenwood University. The center includes two sizes of theaters and an art gallery. The facility, which is used by performing arts and communications students, features classrooms, a costume shop, two dance studios and faculty offices. The center is the home of the university’s School of Fine and Performing Arts and hosts national touring shows. St. Peters’ Cultural Arts Centre at City Hall welcomes artists and musicians of all skill levels — young children through seniors. The facility’s features include a performing arts theatre, thematic art shows, exhibits, gallery space to rent, art classes, summer art camps, space to rent for special events, dance troops, a Saturday Writers Group and a Friends of the Arts membership organization. Theatre buffs can also head to the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building on the campus of St. Charles Community College for the college’s Center Stage Theatre and Young People’s Theatre productions. The Family Arena in St. Charles also hosts a diverse schedule of concerts by some of the world’s most renowned recording artists. Performances include the biggest names in genres ranging from hard rock to oldies to contemporary Christian music.

NI GHTL I FE While strolling Main Street in St. Charles you’ll find a variety of unique watering holes where good food, cold libations and, on weekends, live musicians or disc jockeys provide a little mental vacation from the stress of the work week. Llywelyn’s Pub, located in a renovated bank in the historic section downtown, offers an amazing selection of beers and spirits as well as Celtic food and music events with Irish flare. Customers at the

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Old Mill Stream Inn Restaurant and Beer Garden can catch live entertainers when not listening to the juke box. Trailhead Brewing Company offers a friendly micro-brewery atmosphere with delicious food, five different year-round handcrafted beers and creative seasonal brews to choose from. Big A’s and R.T. Weiler’s on North Main offer both lunch and dinner options, while Quintessential Dining & Nightlife bumps local entertainment up a notch with live music on multiple levels at this establishment. The restaurants and movie theater at the Streets of St. Charles also make it a popular locale for the weekend “dinner and a movie” crowd. Try Bar Louie or Prasino for dinner and nightlife, Dewey’s Pizza or Pieology before or after a movie and rest assured you’ll never walk away hungry from Tucanos Brazilian Grill. Other dining options opening in 2016 include P.F. Chang’s, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, and Noodles & Company. Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles features slot and video machines, plus live game tables — and the casino is open for 24-hour gaming, every day. Look to this casino for favorite games such as blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, let it ride, three-card poker and pai gow poker, as well as current specialty games. As the first American Automobile Association Four Diamond hotel in St. Charles, Ameristar’s suites are luxurious with oversized baths, sunken living rooms and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Missouri River or the city of St. Charles. Every room contains exquisite amenities designed to exceed guests’ expectations, making the resort a great getaway spot. Whether diners are craving king crab and champagne in an elegant setting or just hoping to grab a quick sandwich, Ameristar offers several onsite, dining options. Additionally, live entertainment is routinely booked there.

Haines told local media the team’s owners wanted to have high-quality soccer while also providing entertainment. “We have some music throughout the game, mascot, in-game promotions and more. Not all our fans are soccer fans, so we want to cater to as many people as possible. It’s important that people have fun. The more fun kids have, the more they will want to participate.” Another hit in St. Charles County are the River City Rascals, a minor league baseball team based in O’Fallon. The Rascals are a member of the West Division of the Frontier League and play home games at T.R. Hughes Ballpark. With a free kids’ club and a summer reading program to promote childhood literacy, these professional players also have a Silver Sluggers Club for people aged 50 years and older. Several former Major League Baseball players have been

on the team’s coaching staff. The Family Arena is also home to indoor football and basketball.

S P E C TAT OR S PORT S Indoor soccer via the St. Louis Ambush team jazzes crowds at the Family Arena. The Ambush period is the latest chapter in the long and eventful history of professional indoor soccer in St. Louis, which started in 1979. On many weekends, local soccer fields and indoor sports complexes are packed with young players; it’s a given they enjoy cheering on this professional team. “Our goal is to get involved with the local youth soccer clubs and encourage more kids to play soccer. Having professional soccer players as role models should have a great impact on the youth players,” said Andrew Haines, one of the team’s co-owners, when they purchased and relaunched the group in 2013. GSTCCC.COM

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urprises loom around every corner, on sidewalks, down each country road and off major highways when one is discovering St. Charles County. The area not only offers plenty of ongoing activities, but is also known for seasonal traditions and special festivals.

S T. C H ARLES R IVER F ES T Dive into summer at the St. Charles Riverfest. This celebration in July is hosted by the city of St. Charles and includes a morning parade. Food, beverage and product vendor booths are available, and live music begins in the evening. Attendees enjoy spectacular Fourth of July fireworks at night along the banks of the Missouri River in Frontier Park.

FE S T IVAL OF T HE L I T T L E H I LLS Crafts, specialty food and entertainment fill Historic Main Street and Frontier Park for three days each August in St. Charles during the Festival of the Little Hills, also known as Fête

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des Petites Côtes. Hundreds of crafters selling from the following categories are usually present: wood, metal, fine art, photography, fabrics, pottery, ceramics, candles, soaps, florals, plants, jewelry, leather, textiles, porcelain, acrylic, stones, clothing, gourds, wire, glass, wrought iron, mixed media, home décor, homemade foods and folk art. Free shuttles run from several city locations to the festival’s grounds. Members of The Festival of the Little Hills Scholarship Foundation award five $1,000 scholarships each year.

C EL EBRATE ST. P ETERS Each September, attendees grab lawn chairs, blankets or towels and head to Celebrate St. Peters, an event with multiple types of bands, entertainment, carnival rides, games, craft booths, free fun for kids, fireworks and vendors. The Missouri Arts Council provides some funding for this event, so it also includes storytellers, puppet shows, magic programs, musicians and theatre groups. The event includes a race around the lake at 370 Lakeside Park, as well as a fun run/walk. Medals go to the top three race finishers, male and female, in eight age groups. The fun run is part of the Let’s Move! national initiative to fight childhood obesity; participation medals and commemorative water bottles go to the first 200 registered participants.

OKTOBERFEST Oompah through the Saint Charles Oktoberfest each fall. As “Gemütlichkeit” (good

company and food) for the whole family, this event celebrates community and German heritage. Located in beautiful Frontier Park off Riverside Drive, sandwiched between the Missouri River and the historic downtown district, attendees can witness or participate in a parade, brat eating contest, charity walk, Wiener Dog Derby, fun run and antique car show. Bands from Germany, as well as from the St. Louis area, provide nonstop entertainment each day of the festival. Some attendees also look forward to shopping on the cobblestone streets of Historic South Main and enjoying yesteryear crafts, restaurants, antiques or art galleries. With free admission and an improved children’s area, this festival is a fabulous, family favorite.

CHRI STM AS TR A D IT ION S Experience the holiday traditions of yesteryear during this annual festival in Historic Saint Charles. This old-fashioned Christmas event features Victorian carolers as well as classic characters from Christmas legends around the world and is ideal for people of all ages. Festivities run from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve.

FOR M ORE I NFO RM AT IO N For a calendar and more information about regional, featured events, see www. Visitors even can secure a self-guided walking tour detailing nearly 20 historical highlights found in downtown St. Charles.


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ith St. Louis just a short drive away, St. Charles residents have a wealth of entertainment, cultural and sports offerings at their fingertips. That’s the beauty of where we’re situated — when you need a break from small-town life, our proximity to the city makes it easy to escape for some urban excitement.

FAM ILY FUN The Gateway Arch

Take a 630-foot ride to the top of the worldfamous Gateway Arch monument and make a stop at its base at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial to see where Lewis and Clark set out on their historic expedition. Recently, the Arch and the grounds surrounding the Arch underwent some major renovations. For more information, visit Saint Louis Zoo

Enjoy observing furry, flying, featherless and fishy creatures at the Saint Louis Zoo, one of the nation’s leading zoological parks. The recent additions of Sea Lion Sound, a new polar bear exhibit (2015) and updates to Rivers Edge make the zoo more popular than ever for locals and visitors. Take guided tours with interactive displays, or ride on the Emerson Zooline Railroad. A children’s petting zoo, dining and souvenirs complete visits.

Grant’s Farm grants-farm

Encounter animals through personal feeding experiences at Grant’s Farm. Visit the majestic Budweiser Clydesdales and take carousel rides. Shop for collectibles and souvenirs, catch live concerts or see animal shows before eating onsite. The Magic House

Imaginations run wild at the Magic House, the region’s first interactive children’s museum. All sorts of fun and educational activities keep all ages occupied. Special events include magical story time, free family nights and fitness first Fridays. Butterfly House

Admire more than a thousand live, tropical butterflies flying freely in the glass conservatory at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Watch a butterfly emerge from a chrysalis, or interact with them in the Butterfly Garden. Take a class, shop or plan a private party on the Emerson Lakeside Terrace. City Museum

Housed in the 600,000-square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural

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marvel made out of unique, found objects. The brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly, a classically trained sculptor and serial entrepreneur, the museum opened for visitors in 1997 to the riotous approval of young and old alike. Six Flags

Visit Six Flags St. Louis theme park for fast rides, live shows and concerts. You can meet favorite cartoon characters, enjoy paintball and have fun in the sun at Hurricane Harbor Water Park. Group discounts are available for youth groups, company outings and family reunions.

CULTURE Saint Louis Art Museum

Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the principal U.S. art museums, visited by a half million people annually. Admission is free through a subsidy from a cultural tax district. The Art Museum collects, presents, interprets and conserves artwork; educates and elevates the human spirit; and preserves a legacy of artistic achievement. Missouri History Museum

Founded in 1866, the History Museum showcases artifacts from St. Louis, Missouri and national developments. Permanent and traveling exhibits provide various perspectives. Audio tours, community events, shopping and dining options complete the historical experiences.

PROFESSI ONAL SPORTS Professional sports teams in St. Louis give fans plenty to cheer about. The St. Louis Cardinals ( are 11-time World Series winners and perennial post-season contenders, making them one of the most successful franchises in Major League Baseball history. Since entering the National Hockey League as an expansion team in 1967, the St. Louis Blues ( have employed some of the greatest players in ice hockey history. Home games are played at the Scottrade Center.

NEI GHBORHOODS TO VI SI T Just short drives away are other nifty neighborhoods. Famous for its authentic Italian dining is the charming community known as The Hill ( The Delmar Loop ( is an entertainment and shopping district packed with bars, eclectic restaurants, live music venues, vintage clothing boutiques and a Hollywood-inspired walk of fame featuring St. Louis celebrities. As “the best of urban eclectic,” Central West End ( aficionados say it holds the area’s finest restaurants, bistros, bars, pubs, shopping and entertainment. Others head to The Grove (www.thegrovestl. com), a vibrant and diverse business and entertainment district where the television show Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s is taped.



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t. Louis may be best-known as the Gateway to the West, but it’s also a gateway to great cuisine. In fact, more than one St. Louis dining establishment has become a favorite not only with locals, but with the nation, via television programs on the popular Food Network.

TED DREWES: (BEST THING I EVER ATE; AMERICA’S BEST; MAN VS. FOOD NATION ): When it’s time for a frozen treat, Ted Drewes can’t be beat. Ted Drewes Sr., a local tennis star, opened his first St. Louis frozen custard store in 1930. With two locations today, Ted Drewes Jr. carries on the tradition with trademark treats that include the delicious hot fudge sundae and, since 1959, the “concrete,” a malt or shake so thick that it is served upside down.

BLUEBERRY HILL (DRINKING MADE EASY ): Opened in 1972, this landmark restaurant, bar and music club has featured regular performances by rock-and-roll legend Chuck Berry, as well as appearances by such luminaries as Ed Sheeran, the Lumineers and Grandmaster Flash. But Blueberry Hill is famous for much more than its live music, great food and extensive bar. Owner Joe Edwards has filled the site with a variety of colorful, eye-popping pop-culture and music memorabilia collections.

SWEETIE PIE’S (DINERS, DRIVE-INS & DIVES; ALSO HAD ITS OWN SHOW ): Former backup singer for Ike and Tina Turner, Robbie Montgomery is the chef and moving force behind Sweetie Pie’s, which serves up made-from-scratch soul food from recipes Robbie’s mother taught her when she was just a girl. Diners delight in Southern favorites like fried chicken, sweet tea, short ribs, collard greens, banana pudding and much more.

SUGARFIRE SMOKEHOUSE (BBQ PITMASTERS): When it comes to barbecue in St. Louis, there is no place better than Sugarfire Smokehouse. Recognized as the best BBQ in St. Louis by the Riverfront Times in 2013, Sugarfire Smokehouse has grown from their original location in Olivette to 6 locations throughout the St. Louis metro area in just a few short years - including 2 in St. Charles County. GSTCCC.COM

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Attorneys Brown & Crouppen, P.C. Vikki Sparks 1361 Bass Pro Dr. St. Charles, MO 63301 (314) 561-6226

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Auto Body Bell & Osborn Auto Body Len Canter 107 N. Gatty Dr. St. Peters, MO 63376 (636) 278-6700

Auto Body Painting & Repairs Jungerman CARSTAR Toni Donius 1505 Jungermann Rd. St. Peters, MO 63376 (636) 939-4199

Auto Dealerships Lou Fusz Subaru St. Peters Debbie Venice 4440 N. Service Rd. St. Peters, MO 63376 (636) 397-2012

Auto Repairs & Services Meineke Dwayne Griffey 2315 W. Clay St. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 940-7294

Automobile Dealers Lou Fusz Chevrolet Debbie Venice 5120 N. Service Rd. St. Peters, MO 63376 (636) 397-2000

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Banking 1st Advantage Bank Christy Grafton 240 Salt Lick Rd. St. Peters, MO 63376 (636) 970-0440 greg.smith Central Bank of St. Louis Lily Hunter 2996 Hwy. K O’Fallon, MO 63368 (636) 736-3054 mike.kammerzell Central Bank of St. Louis Samantha Cherry 3700 New Town Blvd. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 736-3030 samantha.cherry Citizens National Bank Mark Delcourt 2145 Bluestone Dr. St. Charles, MO 63303 (636) 724-2026

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Vantage Credit Union Jamie Smith 1077 Cave Springs Blvd. St. Peters, MO 63376 (314) 298-0055

Banquet Centers Grand Opera House Banquet Center Greg Upchurch 311 N. Main St. St. Charles, MO 63301 (314) 406-3783 Come experience the beauty of this classic venue, with historic architecture and a view of the Missouri River. Return to Main Street Saint Charles, where your memories will last forever.

Boutiques April’s on Main April Feldwerth 222 N. Main St. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 395-7605 Complete home dŽcor from artwork to couches to rugs. Jewelry, clothing, baby accessories, home furnishings, candles, lamps, wedding gifts and much more. We are a complete home and gift store.

Bowling Plaza Lanes/Tubby’s Pub ‘n Grub Ben Toebben 506 Droste Rd. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 724-1350 www.plazalanesbowlingcenter. com

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United Methodist Church of the Shepherd 1601 Woodstone Dr. St. Charles, MO 63304 (636) 441-2434 Church of the Shepherd is on a mission of leading people into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Worship with us on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m., and Sundays at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

Computer & Computer Equipment — New/Repairs/Services Computer Pro Unltd. Sharon Wheeler 2011 Golfway St. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 669-6776

Computer Services Safe Mode Justin Hoeft P.O. Box 452 Cottleville, MO 63338 (314) 867-3060

Concrete Contractors Property Services Industries, LLC (PSI) Matthew D. Rupp — Owner 1349 Charlestown Industrial Dr. St. Charles, MO 63303 (636) 443-1349 Since 1998 PSI has specialized in the renovation of commercial parking lots, warehouse flooring, building repair/maintenance, retaining walls and snow removal. We have an A+ rating with the BBB.

Convention & Meeting Services & Facilities

St. Charles Convention Center Kristin Bowen 1 Convention Center Plz. St. Charles, MO 63303 (636) 669-3000

Engineering GBA Daniel Shane 225 S. Main St., Ste. 200 O’Fallon, MO 63366 (636) 240-2444

Financial Services

The St. Charles Convention Center opened in April of 2005 and has exceeded the expectations of show organizers and event attendees alike as one of the finest fullservice convention venues in the St. Louis Metro Area.

Counseling — Health Lutheran Family & Children’s Services of MO Jerry L. Marks, Ph.D., LCSW Regional Coordinator 3670 W. Clay St. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 949-5522 Services and programs include: Counseling, adoption services, crisis/unplanned pregnancy assistance, foster care, child care, youth mentoring services, disaster relief services, and advocacy on behalf of children and families.

Department Stores Walmart Doug Moon 1661 Jungermann Rd. St. Peters, MO 63304 (636) 447-4450 Walmart Bill Belobraydic 2897 Veterans Memorial Pkwy. St. Charles, MO 63303 (636) 947-8732

Educational Material Resource Leftovers, etc. Sandra ODell 1759A Scherer Pkwy. St. Charles, MO 63303 (636) 946-9779

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Fire Protection Engineering/Contractors Dreyer Investment Corp. dba Bi-State Fire Protection Corp. Kelsey Wilson 241 Hughes Ln. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 946-0011

Floor Coverings Basye’s Flooring, Inc. Randy Basye 4091 N. St. Peters Pkwy. St. Charles, MO 63304 (636) 939-3666 www.saintcharles.abbeycarpet .com

Funeral Homes & Directors Alternative Funeral & Cremation Services Karen Lonning 2115 Parkway Dr. St. Peters, MO 63376 (636) 498-5300 www.alternativefuneralcremation .com We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity. Paul Funeral Homes, Inc. Bryan Paul 240 N. Kingshighway St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 724-0283

General Contractors

CDN Contracting, LLC Tom Dorsey 1247 Jungermann Rd. St. Peters, MO 63376 (636) 447-1467 Insurance restorations for your roof, siding, gutters and windows. We work together, on your behalf, with your insurance company. If you suspect damage, call us FIRST!

Hardware — Retail Schneider True Value Marita Malensky 9 Main St. St. Peters, MO 63376 (636) 278-4461

Health & Wellness

Mercy Urgent Care Find a convenient location at: Open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Treating minor medical conditions.

Home Automation/ Network Consulting The SOHO Shop 3333 Rue Royale, Ste. 2 St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 442-1616 We are here for all of your home automation needs, lighting control, climate control, audio/video, and security integration. Making one button do it all. Contact us today!

Home Health Services Visiting Angels of Greater St. Charles Roy Snyder 6067 Mexico Rd. St. Peters, MO 63376 (636) 244-3777

Hospitals Zykan Exteriors STL Fred Zykan 4652 Seeburger Rd. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 345-6873 Zykan Exteriors STL is a local family-owned construction company specializing in roofing, siding, guttering and general construction. Repairs, replacements, insurance claims and non-insurance work. Protect your most important investment, your home! Financing available.

Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital Doug Pytlinski 10 Hospital Dr. St. Peters, MO 63376 (636) 916-9711 For more than 35 years, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital has provided accessible, world-class health care to St. Charles, Warren and Lincoln Counties.


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SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital — St. Charles 300 First Capitol Dr. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 947-5000 SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital — St. Charles has been serving the health care needs of its community for more than 130 years. It’s been designated by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and Level II Trauma Center.

Hotels/Motels/ Extended Stay

Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa Kathryn Szwargulski Two Convention Center Plaza St. Charles, MO 63303 (636) 946-5544 x2050 www.stlouisstcharles. Embassy Suites St. Louis-St. Charles hotel offers space and a quality touch. Located just one mile from the Main Street of historic St. Charles, the hotel provides a great base for visitors to St. Louis.

TownPlace Suites by Marriott — St. Charles Robyn Niedringhaus 1800 Zumbehl Dr. St. Charles, MO 63303 (636) 949-6800 robyn.niedringhaus Completely renovated, March 2016! Recognized as the #1 extended stay, mid-price hotel by Business Traveler News for the last three years. Select from our spacious studios, or one- and two-bedroom suites, and live like you.


Value Place Jack Sagley 2100 Old Hwy. 94 S. St. Charles, MO 63303 (636) 916-0001 extended-stay-hotels/ locations/missouri/st-louis/stlouis-mo-st-charles This clean, affordable extended-stay hotel is just 20 minutes from the heart of St. Louis. Guests will appreciate the close proximity to fast and sit-down dining options.

Information Technology Services Waves Co. IT Solutions Dave Schnardthorst 1001 Boardwalk Springs Pl., Ste. 111 O’Fallon, MO 63368 (636) 866-0480


American Family — Rob Hamann Agency, Inc. Rob Hamann P.O. Box 277 St. Peters, MO 63376 (636) 928-4565 Taking care of business means taking care of you. That’s why I’ll work hard to assist you in selecting the appropriate insurance coverage that meets your unique needs.

American Family — Brad Keller Insurance Brad Keller 3346 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. St. Peters, MO 63376 (636) 441-1222 As your American Family Insurance agent, I believe there’s more to insurance than the policy itself. It’s about providing dependable protection and service. That’s why earning your trust is my policy.

St. Charles Financial Services, LLC/Webb Insurance Agency Michael Webb 571 Jefferson St. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 946-0001 x22 In depth knowledge on how property/casualty insurance works with life insurance and the ability to put together a solid foundation for your family’s financial stability.

Jewelers — Retail Walters Jewelry, Inc. Tom Wapelhorst 230 N. Main St. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 724-0604

Magazines Streetscape Magazine Judy Peters 223 N. Main St. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 448-2074


The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy 488 S. Fifth St. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 949-5593 We’re proud of our history of dedication to the idea that quality care means more than just prompt filling of prescriptions.

Physical Therapists

SSM Physical Therapy Diana Daniel 1551 Wall St., Ste. 110 St. Charles, MO 63303 (636) 669-2345 SSM Physical Therapy is the premier provider of comprehensive outpatient physical and occupational therapy services in the St. Charles area. Specializing in the treatment of sport and orthopedic injuries.


St. Charles Sports & Physical Therapy Dennis Roth 3639 N. St. Peters Pkwy. St. Peters, MO 63376 (636) 441-7500 droth http://stcharlesphysicaltherapy .com St. Charles Sports & Physical Therapy understands the value of comprehensive evaluations and individualized treatment plans. When our physical therapists see patients for the first time, they thoroughly examine them with a “hands-on” approach.

Printers CCL Label (St. Louis), Inc. Stan Dultz 208 Spring Dr. St. Charles, MO 63303 (636) 946-2439

Fratelli’s Ristorante Joe & Tom Alagna 2061 Zumbehl Rd. St. Charles, MO 63303 (636) 949-9005 Serving delicious, freshly made Italian food in a friendly, casual setting for over 35 years, Fratelli’s is proud to share our family recipes with you. Hooters Brent Holmberg 4061 Veterans Memorial Pkwy. St. Peters, MO 63376 (636) 447-5559

Retirement & Life Care Communities & Homes

Real Estate Appraisers 24 Hour Appraisal Group Jacob Geringer P.O. Box 86 Cottleville, MO 63338 (636) 284-7791 24 Hour Appraisal Group is a locally owned and operated residential appraisal company operating in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Real Estate Management Park Express, LLC/ The Medve Group, Inc. Glenn Barnd 9050 Natural Bridge Rd. St. Louis, MO 63121 (314) 427-7275 lmeinershagen

Windsor Estates of St. Charles 2150 W. Randolph St. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 946-9891 Continuing care retirement community in historic downtown St. Charles offering independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing and rehabilitation. Call us for your senior health and housing needs.

Schools — Colleges & Universities Vatterott College Robert Donnell 3550 W. Clay St. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 940-4100

Rental Service Stores & Yards Fund Ways of Missouri Don Boschert 5118 Blase Station Rd. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 250-4200


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Schools — Pre-K to 12

Fort Zumwalt School District 555 E. Terra Ln. O’Fallon, MO 63366 (636) 240-2072 The mission of the Fort Zumwalt School District is to assure that its students, regardless of ability or economic level, are provided an education in such a positive and safe learning environment that all reach their potential.

Screen Printing

Global Products International, Inc. LaDonna or Russ 21 Cherokee Dr. St. Peters, MO 63376 (636) 939-1622 Global Products, Inc. was incorporated in 1995 and is a premier provider of promotional items, fundraiser items, logo apparel, and merchandise to organizations of all shapes and sizes.

Social Services & Welfare Organizations

Living Word Christian School James Drury 1614 Willott Rd. St. Peters, MO 63376 (636) 970-2398 x4 Our mission is to assist Christian families in equipping students with a Christ-centered education, empowering them to impact the world for the glory of God.

Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles County Craig Leavell 1211 Lindenwood Ave. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 946-6255 Crider Health Center 102 Compass Point Dr. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 723-8500 1032 Crosswinds Ct. Wentzville, MO 63385 (636) 332-6000 Crider Health Center, part of the Compass Health network, offers medical (adults and pediatrics), dental and behavioral health care in its whole-person approach to ensure all health needs are addressed.

Storage Orchard Farm R-V School District Dr. Tom Muzzey 3489 Boschertown Rd. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 250-5000 Orchard Farm School District serves approximately 1,800 K-12 students in Northeastern St. Charles County. Enthusiastic teachers and engaging curriculum combined with supportive parents and ready-to-learn students make Orchard Farm a great place.

Storage Masters Dodie Wingerter 2601 E. Terra Ln. O’Fallon, MO 63366 (636) 219-7226 Our facilities feature stateof-the-art security with 24hour cameras surveillance, individually coded key pad entry, lighted driveways and raised concrete floors for increased visibility.

Tax Return Preparation H&R Block Tax and Business Services Karieanne Bourgeois 3724 Monticello Plaza Dr. St. Charles, MO 63304 (636) 300-3587 constance.mcgehan

Technology SmartCare Scott Mosher 3333 #2 Rue Royal Saint Charles, MO 63301 (636) 866-0670


Cedar Lake Cellars Richard Sterck 11008 Schreckengast Rd. Wright City, MO 63390 (636) 745-9500 Over one hundred and seventy picturesque acres and two lakes surround this unique winery and event venue in the heart of Warren County, Missouri.

Travel Agencies Just Cruises & More.... Linda Bosch 521 Salt Lick Rd. St. Peters, MO 63376 (636) 970-2581

Utility Companies Ameren Missouri Julie Feast 2100 Bluestone Dr. St. Charles, MO 63303 (800) 552-7583

Sugar Creek Winery & Vineyards Becky Miller 125 Boone Country Ln. Defiance, MO 63341 (636) 987-2400 Nestled in the heart of Missouri Wine Country on a lofty river bluff rising from the Katy Trail, Sugar Creek Winery is the perfect experience.


Elm Point Animal Hospital Drs. Daniel Lange, Michael Little & Mark Petty. 3250 Elm Point Industrial Dr. St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 757-7350 Dedicated to nurturing companionship one pet at a time by offering medical, surgical, boarding and grooming services in one location with staff on premises 24/7.


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St. Charles County MO Chamber Profile  
St. Charles County MO Chamber Profile