The Night Before

The countdown to camp is officially almost over. Excited kids, and parents, anxiously anticipate the beginning of a memorable and fun-filled summer experience.

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Making smart, safe choices in selecting the right summer camp

By SHANNON IGNEY As winter’s thaw approaches, the signup sheets for summer camp flood the mailbox and dominate “water cooler” conversations. This annual ritual of researching and selecting the best camp can be daunting to say the least, but for parents of first-time participants, it can be simply overwhelming. To find a camp that best meets the needs of an individual child, Dr. Rachel Dickerson, a St. Luke’s Hospital physician, suggests following the child’s lead. “It is always a good idea to choose a camp that will build upon a child’s interests,” Dickerson explained. “It can be general, like choosing ...

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Artistic space for exploring and developing creativity

Whether it’s wheel throwing or hand building, Wildwood Green Arts invites adults to come get their hands dirty at the newly constructed ceramics studio. No matter the project, the ceramics studio is a warm and welcoming place to wile away some hours and learn – or hone – ceramics based skills. Novice and intermediate adult classes begin the week of September 12. During each 6 week session the accomplished in-house artists/instructors will demonstrate and assist with a variety of pottery techniques, including wheel throwing, hand building, tile making and sculpting, as well as surface decoration and glazing. Designed to  nurture ...

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Unique decor, gift and floral boutique

Twelve years ago, Sarah Corrigan and her mother, Mary Kay, felt there was a real demand in the community for a unique decor, gift and floral boutique. They soon joined forces to start The White Hare, offering distinct home accessories, gifts and an extensive, top-notch floral selection. The store’s extremely popular in-home accessorizing service caters to the personal desires of the client to help with a new space or simply add finishing touches to an existing one. “We come to your home, talk to you about what areas you would like to work on and then we take pictures and measurements,” ...

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Bathroom remodels for over 30 years!

From powder rooms to shared baths to luxury master suites, each bathroom in the house has its own unique set of standards and needs – and Tile & Bath Service, Inc. knows bathrooms from the inside out. “Our company has been doing bathroom remodels exclusively for more than 36 years,” said owner Charles Motycka. “We employ our own skilled craftsmen who implement our high standards of quality, so our customers have the benefit of their experience. We do not use subcontractors.” The company spends all its time working on just bathrooms, with knowledge and expertise in the field being the ...

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St. Louis’ Premier Gun Store, Range & Training Center!

The Range St. Louis West is a full service indoor shooting range, retail store, gun repair and preparedness training facility. The brand new state-of-the-art building has a 20 lane range which is clean and bright with a top-of-the-line ventilation system. The 4-foot wide lanes are divided into three separate bays, one of which can be used as a tactical shooting bay. The retail store has a huge selection of guns and ammunition, holsters and magazines, bags and all other accessories. The two large classrooms can accommodate large and small groups for educational courses as well as private events. Additionally, there ...

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Putting a smile on a kids face

Swingset Factory Depot is in the business of making it fun to build backyard playgrounds. From start to finish the professional staff strives for customer satisfaction in the products and services they provide. Whether it is a swing set, a trampoline or a basketball hoop, Swingset Factory Depot has the equipment needed to transform most any backyard into a wonderland. The playground equipment carried by Swingset Factory Depot is crafted with 100 percent redwood and cedar and customers are encouraged to experience the products first hand at their showroom where play is nonstop. Customers will find a huge selection and ...

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Protection and peace of mind

A good night’s sleep – that is what State Farm Insurance provides. A thorough review and expert advice will allow people to fully understand what they need and how best to protect what they have. Mikel Garrett, State Farm agent, has provided “good neighbor service” for more than 30 years and will continue to do so for years to come. For personal service provided however the client wants it – that is how State Farm works. “We enjoy sitting down with insureds and prospective insureds to fully understand their needs and tailor a program that helps provide peace of mind,” ...

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Spiro’s house dressing now available

For more than 30 years, patrons of Spiro’s Restaurant have enjoyed the consistent superb quality of its mouth-watering Greek dishes. One of the menu items customers return for again and again is Spiro’s Greek Salad, topped with a delicious House Salad Dressing originally created by first-generation owner Tom Karagiannis who, with his younger brother Harry, owns Spiro’s West and St. Charles locations. The recipe for Spiro’s House Dressing hasn’t changed over all those years, by customer demand. In fact, the dressing has such a loyal and devoted following that second-generation family member Tim Karagiannis recently received his father’s and uncle’s ...

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Transforming houses into dream homes

Signature Kitchen & Bath is a family-owned, full-service kitchen and bath remodeling company that since 1976 has been transforming people’s houses into the homes of their dreams. Its parent company, Lami Wood Products in St. Peters, also owns Elite Stone & Marble and California Closets and produces its own custom cabinet line. “Because of these unique partnerships, we offer a more inclusive and thorough experience for our clients,” said James Cline, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. That experience begins with a meeting during which the company’s experienced and knowledgable designers meet with the client to get an idea of ...

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