a community of creatives
Just north of Historic Main Street St. Charles, Frenchtown is a growing arts district home to artisan coffee, antique shopping, unique wedding vendors, and much more. When you're looking to get away from the norm, visit Frenchtown and rediscover history, creativity, and community!
Upshot Coffee shirts designed & printed by Public Art Co
Creatives and business owners can find creativity and community at Public Art Co, a design agency (and so much more) that welcomes visitors to enjoy a community workspace as they create. Creatives will also love the folks next door at Driftwood Music, whose refurbished guitars and other instruments are music-making pieces of art. Driftwood also hosts intimate concerts featuring a myriad of amazing local artists.
Coffee nut? Or is it bean... anyway, you'll fall in love with the globally sourced and locally roasted beans at Course Coffee Roasters. Course is a micro coffee roastery that is obsessed with the art of coffee, including the unique stories and flavors of each region it comes from. These are seriously cool beans. If you're into coffee you will also love Sha's Coffee Beans, Tea Leaves, and Things. This family-owned shop has coffee beans of all kinds, as well as spices and hot sauces that'll add pazazz to any of your favorite dishes.
Bo's Antiques and Art
The antique/vintage shopping in Frenchtown is some of the best around- make it out on the first weekend of the month for Secondhand Chic's monthly marketplace. This huge market has the best prices in town. Just down the street, Black Cat Antiques is another treasure chest. Antique toys as well as the ever-so-craved vintage pyrex dishes have been sighted regularly in this little antique shop. For repurposed and reimagined finds, Grass Valley Roots is your store. Here you can get a cup of coffee while you browse unique and newly painted vintage items, updated to fit right in your modern home.
Exciting new things are happening in this historic arts district, including The Steel Shop, a 30,000 square ft climbing gym by Climb So iLL, and La Bella Vie, a new cafe and wine bar. Climb So iLL at the Steel Shop will open in July of 2020, and La Bella Vie will follow in August.
Keep an eye on this small, inspiring community. These are just a few of the great businesses here, and this district is something special. There are always great things to look forward to in Frenchtown!
For more information about the businesses and events in Frenchtown, visit frenchtownstcharles.org
For information regarding the history of Frenchtown, visit historicfrenchtown.org
Author: Mary Van Winkle