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Courage & Grace holds ribbon cutting, plans second location

courageandgrace2017O’FALLON — The O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Courage & Grace DIY Painting Studio. Courage & Grace at 300 W. State St. in O’Fallon.

“We are so excited for Jennifer Adank, sole owner of Courage & Grace. Jennifer has made some really great changes to her already fun storefront,” said Chamber Executive Director Debbie Arell-Martinez.

Courage & Grace is a wood painting studio where customers can create a project to display in their home. In January 2016, Adank, a mother of three and a military spouse, was able to grow her home-based business into the storefront on State Street. In the past year, Courage & Grace has had more than 5,000 pieces created in the studio. Many of the pieces have helped fundraisers for local community organizations such as O’Fallon Police Department “Shop with a Cop”, Gateway Pet Guardians, Partners for Pets, Faith Lutheran Programs for Young Children and various Scott Air Force Base groups.

Public workshops as well as private parties are available by reservation via their website The O’Fallon studio is able to accommodate large groups up to 34, perfect for birthdays, bridal showers, bachelorette parties and team building.

A second permanent location is set to open mid-May 2017 in Edwardsville at 102 E. Vandalia St. Both locations allow patrons to bring in food and drink to set the party. People can choose from more than 100 designs and 50 paint colors and get assistance through each step of the process to create a wall worthy piece.

“Being able to take something that I love and share it with everyone, has truly been a dream come true,” said Adank. “I never imagined that I’d meet as many wonderful people as I have since starting this journey. Owning a small business is a challenge, but with three growing little boys and military life, things can get a little crazy. Being able to have our whole family work in this together, down to having my boys paint sample signs, is the biggest blessing. I’m beyond grateful for the support of our families, friends and local community. O’Fallon has welcomed us and we look forward to the growth and many improvements happening around downtown. We love calling this place home.”

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– From the Illinois Business Journal

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