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Business Briefs: June 10


The St. Charles Community College English Language and Culture Institute [ELCI] received its five-year initial accreditation from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation [CEA]. They were the only Missouri community college awarded this honor and one of only seven total CEA accredited programs in Missouri. The institute helps non-native English speakers improve their reading, grammar, composition and speaking skills.


The Bayer Fund awarded Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service a $10,000 grant for the nonprofit’s weekly Client Choice Food Pantry, which will be used to purchase fresh fruits, dairy, meat, dry goods and other special dietary items. The pantry serves 125 households weekly but has seen a 20% increase in need since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pantry distributes food and hygiene items to low-income households. 

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The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery received a grant for $50,000 from the Bayer Fund, which will be used for the Crisis Nursery’s Food and Nutrition Program. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Bayer Fund increased its grant by $10,000 from past years. In addition to providing food for children who stay at the nurseries, the grant will allow the Family Empowerment Program staff to continue making porch drop-offs of food bags to families in the program. Saint Louis Crisis Nursery serves children in five locations, including three in the St. Charles County region.

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Through its charitable foundation, the St. Charles REALTORS® provided help to the 33 families who lost their homes in the Turnberry Place Apartment fire in April. The St. Charles REALTORS® Housing Foundation provided a $200 gift card to each of the families who lost personal belongings in the recent fire. The St. Charles REALTORS® Housing Foundation was formed in 2016 with the goal of protecting the housing needs of the families of St. Charles County.


Missouri State Rep. Dean Plocher has been appointed to the Study Committee on State Governance Plocher’s goal is to identify and evaluate procedures in maintaining continuity of government during public health emergencies.


Schlafly Bankside has opened in Historic Saint Charles in the former Trailhead Brewing Company location. [Source: Schlafly Brewing Company]

Schlafly Bankside opened its brewpub at 920 South Main Street in Historic Saint Charles in the former Trailhead Brewing Co.  location. Bankside is Schlafly’s third brewpub in the St. Louis area. It is open for limited dining and curbside pickup during the pandemic. Reservations and online orders are encouraged.

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Two Chicks Vintage Marketplace, 205, N. Main St. in Historic Saint Charles, opened its second- floor warehouse. With over 8,000 square feet, Two Chicks offers vintage home décor, farmhouse finds, custom painted furniture and upcycled pieces from over 20 vendors.

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