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Business Briefs: Dec. 16


DigiCan Printing with Governor Parson
Governor Mike Parson attended the announcement of DigiCan’s grand opening in St. Charles. (Source: GSTCCC)

DigiCan Printing, a manufacturer specializing in custom beverage cans, announced it will invest more than $8.6 million to establish its U.S. headquarters in St. Charles. The company’s direct-to-can printing technology is the first of its kind in the nation. DigiCan will create 25 jobs in the area with plans to add more jobs in the future. DigiCan used the Missouri Works program, an incentive tool to help companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation. 

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My Family Counseling & Integrative Wellness celebrated the opening of its new O’Fallon location, 1137 N. Main St., Ste. 2, with a ribbon-cutting on Thursday, Dec. 3. They offer family, marriage, and individual counseling as well as chiropractic and massage services.

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Creations Smoothie & Juice Bar is new and open for business at 225 Salt Lick Road in St. Peters. They specialize in crafting smoothies without fillers like extra water or ice. They also offer menu fare like tacos and salads. With two other locations in Georgia, this is Creations’ first and only Missouri location. A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the new location was held on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

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La Belle Vie / The Café at Frenchtown recently opened at 1200 N. Second St. in Saint Charles. A coffeehouse and breakfast and brunch restaurant in the mornings, La Belle Vie serves a variety of salads, sandwiches and small plates, along with a variety of wines and cocktails in the afternoon and evenings. La Belle Vie also features live music and a designated area for private gatherings.

La Belle Vie
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for La Belle Vie / The Cafe at Frenchtown took place on Dec. 2 and was attended by owners Mark and Melissa Hollander, St. Charles Mayor Dan Borgmeyer and staff with the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. (Source: GSTCCC)


Cindy M. Bernsen was recently named as the new vice president of accounting and finance of the Boone Center, Inc. In this position, she will work with key officers, managers, and the board of directors to ensure the financial well-being of the organization. BCI is a nonprofit that specializes in employment and training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to joining BCI, Bernsen worked as the vice president of finance and accounting for Soft Surroundings. Bernsen will work alongside Susan Cutler, BCI’s chief financial officer, until Cutler’s retirement effective Dec. 31.

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Kevin Kast, a healthcare professional, and Tom Chulick, a former banking executive and president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, recently launched Ascent Senior Care. The new company develops, manages and markets senior living facilities based on the shared vision, commitment and combined expertise of Kast and Chulick. Ascent’s first of its three planned communities is Avalon Park, a 124-unit, $20 million independent living neighborhood under construction at the northwest corner of Gutermuth Road and Hwy. 364 in Cottleville. The community is slated for a summer 2021 opening.  

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Mike Sides from Sides Realty Group and Keller Williams Realty West recently completed Luxury Home Marketing training offered by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. The institute’s training gives real estate professionals the knowledge, skills and resources to serve affluent buyers and sellers of high-end properties. The completion of this training also provides Sides with membership into The Institute, which connects his team to resources to successfully market luxury residential listings and find qualified buyers for high-end property in the St. Louis and St. Charles communities.

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