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The Glass Workbench—a stained-glass and glass-making specialty store—began as a family-owned enterprise in 1975. Back then, owners Glen and Joanne Bishop chose an old-style building on South Main Street to create their shrine to the age-old art of glassmaking. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the building's 2-foot-thick Burlington limestone walls enclose the shop's inventory of supplies and books about glass arts. They also house mosaic stained-glass artworks by Julie Bishop Day, Glen and Joanne's daughter, who developed the stepping-stone technique for glass decoration. Local crafters take advantage of glassmaking workshops and admire the work of the staff's resident artisans, whose custom stained-glass pieces portray nature imagery and legendary moments in history such as when Ben Franklin invented Windex.


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318 S Main St
Saint Charles,
MO
US

Launched 5 years ago, Mattress Source has grown from a plucky family-run enterprise to a regional institution, soothing aching backs and brightening up dream times with masterfully engineered mattresses of all makes and types. Models from brands such as Simmons, Corsicana, Restonic, and Spring Air enrich the third of your life spent asleep and the eighth of your life spent practicing trust falls with thick, long-lasting constructions designed to support and relax the body. The inventory promotes deep sleep and good health through a range of mattress types, from the strong, nonsagging innerspring design to the pillowy comfort of sheets of memory foam and latex.

1320 Bass Pro Drive
St. Charles,
MO
US

At The Great American Diving Company, swimmers and scuba enthusiasts plunge into a 10-foot-deep, custom-built training pool heated to a balmy 85 degrees. Under the guidance of PADI-certified instructors, students in Open Water Diver classes learn to breathe and explore beneath the surface, opening the doors to continue underwater education and obtain certification or finally put to rest a fear of really big puddles. Divers can gear up for their next expedition in the shop, and the staff also leads scuba trips to diving locales.

122 N 5th St
Saint Charles,
MO
US

Knit and Caboodle is a full-service yarn shop in Historic St. Charles, MO. We offer thousands of yarn, with supporting patterns, books, needles, accessories and roving for spinning and felting. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help and inspire.

330 S Main St
Saint Charles,
MO
US

Independently owned Sage Books promotes page flipping by curating a collection of new and used books while also peddling fair-trade jewelry, incenses, and accessories. Customers can unravel best-selling titles such as Kathryn Stockett's The Help ($16) or Jennifer Eagan's A Visit from the Goon Squad ($14.95) to break free from the literary predictability of cereal boxes. Jodi Picoult's Sing You Home ($16) chronicles a character's path down a career as a musical therapist, and Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone ($15.95) whisks readers from Addis Ababa to New York on an adventure rife with medical anecdotes and romanticism. Rifle through the selection of used books ($1–$15), and stash keepers in a fair-trade tote bag ($24). Or kindle a pack of incense ($2) to mask the scent of burning pages caused by reading at a friction-generating speed. Patrons can also feel free to pull up a chair and make use of the shop's free WiFi.

1128 North 2nd Street
St. Charles,
MO
US

The Fantasy Shop owners Dave and Kelli Wallace and their friendly staff escort culture enthusiasts through a chasm of comics, games, and merchandise. New single-issue comics ($2.99+) and trade paperbacks detail the adventures and misadventures of favorite heroes, antiheroes, and sea mammals posing as high-school students. Revel in the hexagonal pursuits of the two-player Hive ($31.95) or the little victories of Munchkin ($24.99), or select another game from a vast entertainment cavalcade of European- and American-style board games. Dungeons & Dragons Player Handbooks ($34.99) prepare Tiefling warlocks for spelunking and malicious encounters with falling rocks, and Magic: The Gathering booster packs ($3.99) aid deck-builders with instants, summons, and new-card smells.

2426 W Clay St
Saint Charles,
MO
US