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Business briefs: June 6


Sylvan of Lake St. Louis celebrating the grand opening of its Civic Center Drive location.

Sylvan of Lake St. Louis recently grand opened its 141 Civic Center Drive location. With over 35 years of experience, Sylvan Learning provides personal learning for students in grades K-12. Sylvan’s programs include study skills, math, reading, writing and test-prep for college entrance and state exams. In keeping with today’s educational standards, Sylvan also provides students with STEM activities in robotics, coding and engineering.

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Dents Express, 223 Hughes Lane in St. Charles, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the company’s first location in June. Company president Matt Wilson opened his first Dents Express in West St. Louis County in 1992. In 2001, Dents Express expanded to St. Charles and Wilson has said even more expansion is likely in the next five years. In addition to paintless dent removal, Dents Express repairs hail and minor body damage.

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Owners Sam Cusumano and Tony Valenti celebrated the one-year anniversary of Valenti’s Market & Deli with a ribbon cutting this spring. Valenti’s Market & Deli is located at 105 North Main Street in Historic St. Charles and features Dietz & Watson meats.

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Third Wheel Brewing, located at 4008 N. Service Road in St. Peters, has been named one of the top 50 new breweries across the United States and Canada, according to the most recent edition of BeerAdvocate, the leading craft beer publication and online beer community. Third Wheel Brewing offers a wide range of beer styles from pilsner to “crazy big stouts” as well as a wide range of pub fare perfect for pairing. 

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Owner Lisa Smart Moore celebrated the grand opening of her new boutique, Lavender, Lace & Bling with a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, May 8. A women’s clothing boutique, Lavender, Lace & Bling is located at 1055 Venture Drive in St. Peters.



Jim Karas, is the new franchise owner of Christian Brothers Automotive, 8496 Mexico Road in St.Peters. Christian Brothers Automotive prides itself on providing high-quality, honest automotive care as part of a nationwide organization that boasts more than 150 franchisees and 35 years of service. Karas offers his customers 41 years of car repair experience.


Bill Brink [left] receiving the 2018 Business of the Year award from Scott Tate, president and CEO of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce and Drew Weber, president of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year award was presented to Bill Brink, of Classic Sign Services.  Finalists for the award also included business owners Daniel LaGarce, of Budget Heating, Cooling & Plumbing and Jeremy Turner, Lawn Doctor of Midcounty-St. Charles. Other award recipients included Bean Blossom Maternity, Retailing Award; City of St. Charles School District, Service Award; The Boeing Company, Manufacturing/Industrial Award; L.E.D.R. Recycling, Sustainability Award; and Blind Ambition, Jack Heck Award.


The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce holds a Cycling Clinic and Guided Ride at the Streets of St. Charles, lower level Drury Hotel parking lot, from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12 [rainout date Thursday, June 14]. Admission is $10 per person and includes clinic conducted by a biking professional and light appetizers at Mission Taco following the ride. Participants will be responsible for purchasing their own beverages. All bike styles are welcome but, on the Katy Trail, bikes with wider tires work best. Participants are asked to bring a water bottle and helmet.

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The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries hosts a Business After Hours, presented by Busey Bank, 1700 O’Fallon Road in St. Charles, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12. Register online at ofallonchamber.org.

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The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries hosts a Lunch ‘n’ Legislators event from noon-1 p.m. on Friday, June 15 at Rendezvous Cafe & Wine Bar, 217 S. Main St. in O’Fallon. Register online at ofallonchamber.org.

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