JBloom where Planted

What started out as a hobby for a stay-at-home mom has turned into a blossoming business empowering mothers across the country. Jennifer Bonacorsi was a special education teacher, before deciding to stay home to raise her children. As a…

Nikki McElvain was working as a marketing manager when she decided she was done sitting behind a desk all day. The former roller skating competitive dancer decided to share her love for dancing by starting a new business—Dance Pizazz….

Karen Thomson didn’t want a big party for her upcoming 60th birthday. She wanted to race down the Missouri River in a canoe with her husband, Michael, in the 12th annual MR 340. The 340-mile kayak and canoe race…

Since he was a young child creating airplanes and landing strips with Legos, Harold Hogarth has used his mind and his gift for building outside the box to create helpful inventions. “I’m a natural. I can go into a…

Breast Cancer

Laura Corirossi performed a self-breast exam every morning in the shower. On November 3, 2016, Corirossi rolled over in bed and felt a lump the size of a marble in her breast. “I was frantic and I got in…

Most families call an apartment, a house,  or condo a home.  Several individuals have made a home in the most unlikely place—under a bridge in St. Charles County. A group of men and women have set up camp underneath…

Jeff and Susan Sams take partnership to an entirely different level. You could say that Jeff and Susan Sams are one of those great love stories you’ve read about. The St. Charles couple has been happily married 27 years,…

By the time she was 10 years old Jessie Gilroy was pouring through her mom’s old cookbooks in search of new recipes. “I started cooking when I was really little. I’ve just always loved cooking, and I can’t imagine…

A love of art has been passed down a generation at the LaGallerie in St. Charles. What started as in-home art parties grew into an art gallery which has been a beacon of culture in Historic St. Charles for…