Take a trip to Africa without leaving O’Fallon


A ribbon cutting ceremony was held with the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce on October 26, welcoming Ogbah’s African Market to O’Fallon. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Linda Ogbah Faas, Owner of Ogbah’s African Market, has quite the unique story.

Although she was born in the United States, Linda was raised in Nigeria. She first came to O’Fallon in 2005 to escape the devastation that was caused by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. At the time, she was working for Harrah’s and was given a choice of several cities to which she could relocate, and the St. Louis branch seemed like a great choice. Linda settled into O’Fallon and enjoyed her job, but couldn’t help but wonder if there was something more for her, so she joined the United States Navy.

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Aldi re-opens store in O’Fallon

The store on Highway 50 re-opened for business this morning.

Shoppers are flocking to the newly reopened Aldi in O’Fallon. It opened for business on November 13 after five weeks of being closed for renovations.

The store has been closed since October 8, and employees had been working at other area stores, but the doors opened at 9 a.m. for business on Monday morning, just in time for O’Fallon shoppers to stock up for Thanksgiving.

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Tye-Dyed Iguana offers volunteer opportunity for teens


Annie displays and interacts with one of the Tye-Dyed Iguana’s many snakes (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Rebecca Bugger)

Owner Matt Smallheer and the team at the Tye-Dyed Iguana have launched a new volunteer program for 12-15 year old boys and girls. The job is plain and simple:  hold the animals and learn how to care for them.

During the store’s busiest times, the staff is often helping customers while others would like to interact with the different animals.

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Elite FT and Vetta Sports come together for a one of a kind athletic experience


Last week was an exciting time for Justin McMillan, owner of Elite FT.

In the past, Elite FT has worked consistently with O’Fallon Parks and Recreation as well as the Kixx Soccer club, as well as other aspiring athletes in the O’Fallon community. In a new endeavor, Justin and Elite FT have decided to work with O’Fallon’s Vetta Sports and offer indoor training twice a week year-round.

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O’Fallon Aldi to be closed five weeks for remodeling

Area shoppers will have to make alternate plans for over a month while the Aldi in O’Fallon temporarily closes it’s doors. The store, located at 1635 West U.S. Highway 50, will be undergoing renovations.

Aldi officials confirmed that the store would be closed for five weeks, beginning on October 8, and that they would reopen to the public on November 13.

The grocery, owned by the Albrecht family, is known for it’s deep discounts and exclusive brands. They have grown considerably since it’s beginning in Germany in 1961, and first United States store in 1976. It’s estimated that by 2018, there will be 2,000 stores across the U.S.

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New sports clothing and fan shop offers something for everyone


Owner Cheryl Woodberry carries a wide variety of clothing and collectibles at her sports fan shop, Shopjersey & More. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Rebecca Bugger)

Shopjersey & More, the area’s newest one-stop sports fan shop, has absolutely everything that a sports fan could ask for; and if they don’t carry what you are looking for, they’ll try to find it for you.

There are jerseys, of course, but the store also sells hundreds of different styles of hats, team décor, coats, t-shirts, drinkware, car decals, high end team-themed watches and jewelry, and more. If you can root for your team with it, there’s a pretty good chance that Shopjersey & More will have it.

Shopjersey & More isn’t a new business, in fact, owner Cheryl Norine Woodberry opened the original Shopjersey store in North St. Louis in 2004 when she retired from the military.  When she was stationed in Korea, Woodberry always noticed the plain dressed soldiers wearing jerseys and all sorts of sports themed outfits. She wondered where they had gotten them from, so she visited one of the local boutiques and knew right away that she wanted to open something similar in the United States.

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Chamber hits the links for 20th Annual golf tournament

This year marks the 20th O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce golf tournament.  The tournament has continued to grow every year since it began.

About six years ago, the Chamber began to max out the number of teams they could easily accommodate in the tournament. Far Oaks Golf Pro Doyle Moffitt suggested at that time that the Chamber should have a morning and an afternoon session.  They began to offer two sessions in 2012, never dreaming that they would max out both sessions, but they came close to doing that this year.

Doyle also suggested that the Chamber not just have two sessions, but they have two separate tournaments, which they did this year. Feedback from teams is that they love having two tournament options on one day.

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Fall is a time to party at Cambridge House


Cambridge House residents Donna Hall and Barbara Emanuelson were outside dancing and enjoying the event. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Rebecca Bugger)

Cambridge House of O’Fallon held their annual Fall Festival on Friday. Residents and visitors were treated to food and drinks from the Cardinals Food Truck, a cake walk, lots of prizes sparkle face painting, booths, vendors, and everyone resident’s favorite, Jay Dover and the Park Avenue Trio.

Residents Donna Hall and Barbara Emanuelson were outside dancing, even with the 95 degree temperatures.

“We look forward to the music every year.  The band plays a lot of jazz and Motown, it’s really the best part of the festival,” said Hall.

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Come on out to the Lebanon-wide Leon Church Memorial Yard Sale

1. Two living room rocking/swivel chairs, full-size mattress and box springs (barely used), and more at 549 Shady Lane, Lebanon – Sept 15 and 16.

2. The Knolls Subdivision, 10917 Fallowfield Dr., Lebanon, IL  62254. Computer Desk, Bakers Rack, Lots of dishes, Clothes, Storage Bins, Lots of misc items —  too many to mention – you will have to see it.

3. Yard sale on Saturday Sept. 16 only. Yard equipment, pots, books, cookbooks, and misc. at 408 Parkview Dr.

4. Huge Yard Sale! – Lots of Baby Items. 706 Leann Drive, Lebanon. Saturday, September 16th only – Starting at 7 am. Baby Clothes, Toys, and much more!

5. Yard Sale Sept.14,15 and 16th..Washer and Dryer, rugs, household items, toys and furniture. 555 Roger Dr. in Lebanon.

6. 513 N. Hunter. Household, Antiques.

7. Yard Sale – Sept. 14, 15, 16, 8 a.m. – noon. 1015 College Road. Baby items, gas fire place, misc. Some new items.

8. 121 N. Pearl. We will have a football table and a Victorian Screen Door for sale among other items.

9. 113 S. Monroe, Lebanon. Sept. 15 & 16. Young men’s clothes, Xmas & Hall.; glassware; oil lamps; twin beds; linens; and more.

10. 913 Belleville St. Sept. 15 & 16. HUGE SALE. Antiques, tools, furniture, toys, glassware, old doors, wardrobe crowns, table saw, apothecary cabinet, different items each day. 50+ years accumulation.

11. Yard sale at 210 W. Dee St. in Lebanon. A lot of misc things! Come see us!

12. 721 Mary Jane. Collectibles & stuff. Sept. 14, 15, 16.

13. 114 Wakanda Drive in front of State Farm. Friday/Saturday only. Furniture. Household items. Wedding dress & decor. Kids stuff. And more.

Come out and shop the deals in Lebanon, Illinois!

Here comes the Bridal Parlour


Bridal Parlour owner Heater Craft prides herself on offering a unique, personalized experience for brides.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Rebecca Bugger)

SHILOH – Bridezillas beware, there’s a new sheriff in town and she comes with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health.

That’s right, Bridal Parlour owner Heather Craft didn’t always aspire to be at the forefront of bridal fashion. In fact, she started out in North Carolina (you’ll definitely notice a little accent when you speak with her) with big plans to conquer the world of Counseling and Mental Health. However, almost immediately after graduating with her Master’s, Heather was hit with burnout.

The wife of a Marine who relocated to the O’Fallon area for his job, Heather decided that she would use her counseling skills in a totally different arena, bridal fashion.

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St. Elizabeth’s expects 200 births by 2018


Manager Molly Fassbinder is very excited about the amount of donations that were received. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Rebecca Bugger)

If you haven’t seen the construction, road blocks, or huge signs, St. Elizabeth’s hospital is expecting.  The new facility is due to open on November 4th.  What better way is there to celebrate the anticipation of the big day other than a Community Baby Shower?  On Saturday, September 9, 2017, the first viewing of St. E’s new baby was available and open to the public. The Bundles for Babies event was held at the Women and Infant Center and offered tours of the new maternity facility, as well as a meet and greet with some of the staff as well as informational packets and prizes.

“We are excited for the new facility.  It’s so beautiful and all of our nurses just love being a part of this experience for people.  It is designed in a way that we can put so much more focus on family bonding.”

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Bridal Parlour holds a ribbon cutting

O’FALLON – The O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce joined the Bridal Parlour at 3630 Green Mount Crossing in Shiloh on August 24th to celebrate their grand opening with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

This new business provides local brides with an intimate experience when seeking their wedding day attire. With a focus on modern and bohemian styles, this intimate boutique brings a fresh perspective to the region. They can easily be reached to make appointments through their website or by phone and are open Tuesday through Saturday. You can reach them at 618-622-0880 and follow them on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thebridalparlour) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/thebridalparlour/).

Ribbon cutting celebrates U.S. Congressman Mike Bost’s O’Fallon office

O’FALLON – The O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce was on hand on August 22, 2017 to join U.S. Congressman Mike Bost, 12th District of Illinois, in celebrating the new location of his 302 West State Street, O’Fallon, office.

U.S Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) celebrated the opening of his new Metro East congressional office at 302 West State Street in O’Fallon.  The new location provides convenient access from I-64 for constituents traveling from across the Metro East region. Casework and constituent outreach, which had been coordinated at Bost’s previous office location in Belleville, have been transferred to the O’Fallon location.  Bost also continues to manage an office in Carbondale, as well as satellite locations in Alton, Granite City, and Mount Vernon. Information about constituent services provided by Rep. Bost’s offices can be found at bost.house.gov.

Auffenberg brings Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM Truck to Automall

O’FALLON – Auffenberg Dealer Group is proud to announce the arrival of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and RAM Truck, brand of automobiles to O’Fallon and surrounding areas.

Jamie Auffenberg, President of the Auffenberg Dealer Group, has expanded his automotive footprint, by bringing back the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and RAM Truck dealership to 176 Auto Court, in the St. Clair Automall. Auffenberg Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Truck, will carry the full line of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and RAM Trucks offered to North America, as well as provide service and parts.

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