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Swing for the fences with Mr. Fence

Mike Pope, owner of Mr. Fence, has more than 20 years of experience building fences – and he can tackle projects of all shapes and sizes.  “I’ve been building fences my whole life,” said Mike, who is licensed in St. Charles County. The fence expert learned the business from his father and, six years ago, he branched out on his own to open Mr. Fence. Priding himself on honesty and attention to detail, Mike offers his clients only the best. Mr. Fence offers customers the very best prices for a high-quality performance fence.  “You’re not getting a salesman,” said Mike. ...

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Pizza nearly 60 years in the making

Established in Illinois in 1959, Monical’s Pizza has a long-standing reputation for its food, atmosphere and “some of the friendliest service around,” as Monical’s Pizza of O’Fallon manager Rex Hoover says. Monical’s Pizza of O’Fallon opened two years ago as the restaurant’s first Missouri location. Rex, who has been with Monical’s for 24 years, said the restaurant is known for its thin crust, which contains yeast, giving it added flavor; the pizzas are then hearth-baked on a pizza stone, something that hasn’t changed since the restaurant’s beginnings nearly 60 years ago.  “It’s not the easiest way to do pizza, but ...

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A food and beer lover’s paradise in O’Fallon

Jonathan Patrick fell in love with the restaurant industry before he was even old enough to drive. Now he’s the executive chef and, with Mike Holtrup, co-owner of Mike’s Grill + Tap in O’Fallon. Mike’s Grill + Tap is known for its 24 craft beers. Year-round, visitors can taste the Angry Irish Wife red ale that was created by O’Fallon Brewery specifically for Mike’s Grill + Tap. For a light libation, Patrick recommends the Goodwood Spruce Tip IPA or Kirkwood Station Blackberry Wheat; for a darker stout, the Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat is the way to go.  “We try to go ...

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Give kitchen and bathroom cabinets a facelift

Cabinets can fade, crack, warp and tarnish. If your kitchen or bathroom is long overdue for a facelift, call Mid-America Cabinet Refacing. This locally owned business has been refreshing customers’ homes for 18 years throughout the St. Louis area. Their professional team of licensed, bonded and insured contractors handles cabinet refacing and even replacement.  “We got into the business because all-new cabinets were so expensive,” said Kevin Sulin, owner. “We found an alternative to ripping out your cabinets with cabinet refacing.” When replacing kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, countertops and tile often must be replaced as well. “We found a lot ...

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State-of-the-art skin care

MidAmerica Skin Health & Vitality Center, a state-of-the-art medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology practice on the campus of St. Luke’s Hospital, strives to help patients understand and treat their medical skin conditions [skin health], as well as learn about lifestyle choices and cosmetic products/services that can help keep skin looking youthful [skin vitality]. Owned and operated by Dr. Joseph A. Muccini, a board-certified dermatologist with more than 20 years of experience in medical and surgical dermatology, the company offers traditional medical and surgical dermatology appointments as well as premier cosmetic services, products and procedures to help patients keep looking vital ...

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Helping St. Charles County sleep better

As a factory direct showroom for the Serta, iComfort, Simmons Beautyrest, King Koil and iDirect, Mattress Direct offers the same products as a regular mattress store, but at a factory direct price – meaning customers get the lowest possible price every day. Mattress Direct partners with mattress manufacturers and their suppliers to bring the complete mattress catalogs from top brands to the public at a price significantly less than retail stores. From mattresses to pillows and power bases, Mattress Direct has handpicked the most reliable and high-performing products on the market. If a product doesn’t have a proven ability to ...

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Just Cruises & More has moved!

The owners of Just Cruises & More have relocated their office to operate out of their home. The business’ phone numbers and e-mail addresses remain the same. The entire staff of experienced and knowledgeable agents are working from their homes as well. This change allows Just Cruises & More to offer the same personal touch that its customers have grown to expect for the past 27 years.  Since moving to a home-office, owners Linda and Jerry have added a state-of-the-art phone system to get customers quickly to the agent of their choice. If the agent is unavailable, customers can leave ...

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