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Pardon the Dust and Visit These Wonderful Downtown Businesses

One of the main ingredients that makes St. Charles such a great city is the businesses. We are so fortunate to have magnificent shopping, delicious dining, inspiring gyms and studios, and so much more. As you're venturing through downtown, you'll find a lot of these terrific businesses right on 1st Street and around the plaza, and right now, you'll also probably notice a bit of construction taking place, as well. Please be patient - exciting improvements are on the way! However, it is extremely important that we bring to light just how wonderful all of these businesses are, and to support them anyway that we can in order to help them continue to thrive.

Getting Around

While the construction may look a little bit daunting, we can assure you that making your way over to these businesses is still a breeze. To make it easy, we've made a quick video showing you just how simple it is getting around 1st Street and the Plaza that you can watch by clicking the picture below. Additionally, you can also view and download a map that will show you all the walkways, parking, fencing, and accessible drop off areas in the downtown area by clicking the other picture below, as well.

Explore the Businesses

Photos Courtesy of Alter Brewing + Kitchen

Alter Brewing + Kitchen is a brewery that knows how to create quite the craft brew - winning a plethora of awards throughout the years. Not only do they know their way around a beverage, but their cuisine is second-to-none, too. Have a drink along with a bite to eat from their Summer Menu, which is currently featuring an array of refreshing salads, like their Watermelon Mango Salad. Enjoy all of this while sitting-back, taking in the views of the Fox River from the comfort of their outdoor patio.

Photos Courtesy of Boutique Baby

Who doesn't want the very best for their children? You can be assured when you shop at Boutique Baby that you're getting just that. Parenting can be tough, not being quite sure what the very best apparel, toys, and accessories are - but the experts at the shop are here to help! Every product you come across thoroughly researched and personally tested by the owner herself. Plus, they have some wonderful clothing products for adults, too. That way, the whole family can match in style!

Photos Courtesy of Brunch Cafe

Starting off your morning off on the right foot will set the tone for entire day, and choosing to have that most important meal of the day at Brunch Cafe is a good decision every time. They serve up some "egg'ceptional" food, with a variety of dishes to choose from off their extensive menu. Order a stack of their fluffy pancakes, or switch to lunch mode and try one of their juicy burgers or wraps. Don't forget to pair it with a Strawberry Mimosa or a Bloody Mary. Why not? Every brunch is worth celebrating.

Photos Courtesy of Club Pilates

There are so many benefits of practicing Pilates - it improves mobility, strength, balance, and that's just the beginning of a long list! Club Pilates is committed to helping you achieve all of these improvements, that in turn, will help you live a happier, healthier, and a more fulfilling life. If you're not 100% sure about joining a studio, we've got some good news for you: when you register for your first class, it's free! So don't wait, and sign up today.

Photos Courtesy of Coroco Coffee

We all need a pick-me-up at times, and for many people the solution is coffee. Luckily, St. Charles has Coroco Coffee right downtown, and they are brewing up some of the best around. Try unique Lattes such as their Island Escape Iced Latte, or their White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Latte. Have it alongside a scone or a muffin and you will be more than ready to take on the day.

Photos Courtesy of The Diamondaire

St. Charles is filled with romance, with the picturesque views and some of the best wedding venues around, like the Historic Hotel Baker. It's only fitting that you show your partner some love with the gift of gems. The experts at The Diamondaire can assist you with whatever piece your looking for, including Engagement Rings, Earrings, and Chains, and more. To make that truly unique item, use their Design Online Center that allows you to make a customized piece of jewelry.

Photos Courtesy of FIT St. Charles

It's no secret that taking care of your body is important, so give it the very best by going to FIT St. Charles. Here, they offer the resources and the training that can help you along on your fitness journey - whatever it may be that you're trying to accomplish. When you walk in, you won't find rows of stationary bikes or ellipticals like you'll find at your typical gym. Instead, you'll find open space and the equipment you need to exercising using natural movements that you perform in day-to-day life.

Photos Courtesy of Forever Yogurt

You get more than just a cool treat to beat the heat at Forever Yogurt - you get the chance to build your very own culinary masterpiece. You start with the base, whatever your favorite flavor of Frozen Yogurt may be, and then you pile on countless amounts of different toppings such as fruits, candy, and cereal. This is the perfect "cherry-on-top" of a stop on the way home after spending an afternoon at one of the local parks or forest preserves.

Photo #1 Courtesy of Rachel Kawate, Photo #2 Courtesy of Fox Den Cooking

Sure, St. Charles has numerous unbelievable restaurants, but did you ever think to yourself "I wish I could make something like that at home?" Well, the good news is, Fox Den Cooking can help you out. Refine your culinary skills and sign up for a class where you'll learn to make a tasty dish, providing all the necessary kitchen equipment already there for you to use. Remember to come hungry because you'll get to eat everything you make!

Photo #1 Courtesy of Brigette Burgman of Nomadic Soul Photography, Photo #2 Courtesy of Gia Mia

Locally crafted, wood-fired Neapolitan style Pizza. That sounds good enough to make any mouth water. At Gia Mia, you can indulge in just that, along with one of their creative small plates, fresh pasta, antipasto, and hand-made mozzarella. If you're searching for your next new lunch spot, this is the prime place to go! They have a incredible lunch special available from 11am-3pm every day where you can choose a 7" wood-fired pizza and a great salad for only $13.

What's Your Favorite Way to Support Local?

  • Visiting the St. Charles Farmer's Market

  • Dining at the Restaurants in Town

  • Shopping at the Local Stores

  • Taking Staycations in St. Charles

Photos Courtesy of Ginger Root Hair Salon

There's no better time than now to revamp your style, so make an appointment at Ginger Root Hair Salon today! They take exceptional care of both men and women's hair, and offer a variety of services that will give you that brand-new fresh look. From cuts to coloring and even bridal consultations, their friendly and experienced staff will make you feel like a star every time you leave the salon.

If this is the year that you're planning on a wardrobe makeover, then you have to stop by Jeans and a Cute Top Shop for your next upgraded look. Everybody knows that a fashionable wardrobe starts with that perfect pair of jeans, and this boutique has plenty of stylish options that can help you accentuate your best qualities. Aside from jeans, they also carry jackets, tops, accessories, and has a pre-loved section where you can find that upscale clothing without that upscale price tag.

Photos Courtesy of Kilwins

When you're strolling down 1st Street, you're bound to get a whiff of some sweet smells. Chances are, that smell is coming from Kilwins. For over 75 years, they have been "wowing" customers with their famous Mackinac Island Fudge, "The Perfect Caramel Apple," chocolates, and other scrumptious treats. While you're there, you'll find many many of these confections being made right before your eyes. When you take a bite of their delicacies, you'll undoubtedly taste the high-quality difference of their handmade products.

Is there really ever a bad time to have Mexican food? If you're looking to indulge in traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist, La Mesa Modern Mexican is for you. They are cooking up some very thoughtful, unique fare that you can't find any where else - like their Carnitas Tacos where they use Slow Roasted Pork Mexican Style in Coca Cola. Go visit for your next Taco Tuesday and enjoy the depths of the flavors and explore the largest selection of tequila in the suburbs.

There are a lot of ways you can have a nice evening out on 1st Street, but if you're looking for a remarkable date spot, you can never go wrong with taking your partner to La Za'Za Trattoria. This restaurant knows how to serve up Northern Italian Food, and has been doing so in St. Charles since 1995. What really makes this place stand out, however, is the fact they make you feel like family every time you sit down to dine. Featuring pastas, steaks, and an impressive wine selection and more to choose from, this is the perfect spot to spend any special occasion, making it a meal that you surely won't forget.

Photos Courtesy of McNally's Irish Pub & Kitchen

Dishing up the flavors of the Emerald Isle right here in St. Charles. We are fortunate to have a business in town like McNally's Irish Pub & Kitchen - a go-to spot for appetizing Irish cuisine and one of the best Guinness's around. Try the classic Fish n' Chips or Bangers and Mash inside their splendid pub setting. Don't forget to stop by with some friends on Tuesdays at 7pm to take part in their Pub Trivia, which is always a guaranteed good time.

Photos Courtesy of MION Artisan Soap

At MION Artisan Soap, they believe that when it comes to personal wellness, it's important to use a clean and simple approach to the items that you consume daily. That's the reason that everything they sell only contain high-quality ingredients - without the use of preservatives, parabens, artificial colorings and perfumes. Along with their artisan soaps, you'll also find fantastic candles, bath accessories, pet products, and even more outstanding wellness merchandise.

Photos Courtesy of Moto iMoto

Moto iMoto has an exceptional "East meets West" dining experience that never fails to blow away their guests. From an impressive selection of premium Sake to their superior Asian favorites and Sushi, there's something for everyone regardless of their palate. If you're searching for a new spot to unwind after a long workday, we highly recommend stopping in their Lounge and Bar area for Happy Hour from 3pm-6pm for deals on libations, small plates, and classic and signature sushi rolls.

Photos Courtesy of Smallcakes

Nothing compares to the enticing aroma of freshly made desserts, and Smallcakes has mastered the art of baking cupcakes that taste even better than they smell. With tons of styles baked daily (that you can view here), it can be hard to choose which ones to savor. Brace yourself: one bit and you'll be hooked, so do yourself a favor and sign up for their Loyalty Program so that you can earn free goodies after you spend a certain amount.

Photos #1 Courtesy of Brigette Burgman of Nomadic Soul Photography, Photo #2 Courtesy of the Steel Beam Theatre

A pillar in the St. Charles community, the Steel Beam Theatre has been delighting guests with their engaging and passionate performances for over 20 years. They feature phenomenal professional theatre, and also youth stage with the mission to educate and foster interest in the performing arts. To view the upcoming shows and events at the Steel Beam Theatre, please click here.

Photos Courtesy of The Tiny Kitchen

If exquisitely decorated and incredibly delicious treats is what you're looking for, look no further than The Tiny Kitchen. Their custom orders, including cookies, cakes, and cupcakes, are guaranteed to be the star of any event. This summer, you can even attend their classes to learn how to make your own delectable confections or message them to arrange a private decorating party for you and your loved ones. Trust us, it's an activity that everyone will love.

Take a break from the stresses of your daily life and relax with a glass of wine and superb cheese and accompaniments at Vintage 53. Their large menu of wines, cocktails, and craft beers is sure to delight your taste buds, and you can pair your drink of choice with cut-to-order charcuterie. Planning to visit with a large group? Vintage 53 has stunning grazing tables, ideal for groups of 20 or more. If you're hosting an upcoming event, their to-go trays of charcuterie are guaranteed to impress your guests.

Needless to say, the excitement is building on the 1st Street Plaza, and sensational improvements are coming soon! To stay up-to-date with the progress of this expansion and to find more information on what's to come, please click here.

Summer in St. Charles means STC Live! is in full swing. Click here to view the upcoming STC Live! music performances coming up every Wednesday and Friday night from now until the end of August.


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