This recently restored second floor loft apartment is located on Main Street in Historic Sainte Genevieve. The first floor is the home of Rust, a beautiful retail shop as well as Cafe Rust, a weekend pourover coffee/tea and pastry shop. The apartment has a private front and rear entrance and features an alcove with seating facing Main Street. The apartment offers a spacious country kitchen with stove/range, refrigerator/freezer, cabinetry, seating as well as dishes, pots/pans, coffee maker, blender, toaster and microwave. The two private bedrooms offer a queen and a full. The large, artistically lit and beautifully decorated living room offers two full couches and extra seating. The dining room off the kitchen and living room seats six comfortably. The bathroom offers a tub/shower, vanity and commode with shelving for toiletries. Other apartment features include, closed in sun room, ample closet space and back stairs leading to an enclosed shared garden.
Sam Conlon, third generation artist, raising fourth generation artist, moved to Ste. Gen. in 2000 from San Francisco. Sam has always made her way with innovative and unique jobs. She is a former street performer, worked in retail for Patagonia and was a professional footbag "Hacky Sack" player to name a few. Sam is a 25 time World Champion as well as a member of the Footbag Hall of Fame. Fifteen years ago, Sam passed through Ste. Gen. and fell in love. Thus began this leg of her unique journey. While not fully appreciating what she would actually sell, she bought her first building on that visit and Only Child Originals was born. Sam creates one of a kind jewelry as well as many other forms of art. Her current obsession is art created from reclaimed materials. Sam then purchased Sadie, a brick building from the 1900's. Sadie was filled in 2012 with the materials from a 100 year old barn that she tore down with a friend. The materials have morphed into incredible luminaries, decorative shelving and gorgeous tables now sold in her third historic building known as Rust. Sam is a hard working single mom who is teaching her son to explore his creative side just like her mother offered her young daughter. Sam brings vitality and creativity to each endeavor in her life and invites you to escape into her world for a little while. Her roommate and business partner Shannon supports and reminds Sam of daily necessities and balances out the art and life part. Shannon owns Cafe Rust and has a similarly unique approach to the concept of a "job". Shannon spent 22 years as a professional gymnastics coach and aquatic director. She would love to be a full time student and has degrees in art, art history, sport exercise science and sport behavior science. Like Sam, Shannon fell in love with Ste. Gen. and decided to join Sam in her amazing world and has not looked back. Together, they hope to offer you a unique and memorable experience
Shannon McBride and Sam Conlon purchased this apartment in 2013
Ste. Gen offers Sam an opportunity to live the artist dream. Where else can an artist own one historic building let alone three! Sam wanted to expand her first shop, Only Child Originals, and discovered that is was cheaper to buy the whole building than to rent just the shop space. The proceeds from Rust go directly to the restoration of all three of her historic buildings. The Rust apartment is a culmination of a year long labor of love, as well as sweat and a little blood. Sam would be happy to show you the before and after video :)
Rust's location could not be more ideal. Being in the heart of the historic district allows you to get lost in your imagination. Whether it is the architecture, the vibe, the nostalgia, the serenity or the friendly and welcoming locals. In this overworked, fast paced, ever changing world it is comforting to know that a safe, serene town like Ste. Gen. is alive, well and right here patiently waiting for you.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!
I booked this apartment over a coffee shop in downtown St. Genevieve for a cousin reunion weekend. The apartment suited our needs perfectly. It was spacious, airy, clean and quaint. Two bedroom, with a pull out couch and two extra couches. One bathroom with shower/tub. Large kitchen with about everything you would need. The only thing we couldn't find there was a cutting board. A dining room and a back porch with a sunrise view. We also had access to the front stoop for "porch sitting", and the back yard for a bonfire.
Our hosts were Sam and Shannon who were always around and very personable. Shannon does the baking in the coffee shop downstairs (and she's very good at her job ) and Sam is a terrific metal artist and her work is used all around the apartment.
From this location, we were able to walk anywhere in downtown St. Genevieve, and drive a little over an hour to Elephant Rocks State Park and the Johnson Shut ins. And wineries.. well we would have needed an extra day at least to hit all of them. But our favorite was Chaumette winery.
The only issues we might have had...the apartment is one flight up and I have old knees, there is a train that runs through town often, and that includes nighttime. And we were lucky in that we had perfect weather here in October, and we were able to be comfortable with windows open and a fan now and then. So I suppose if windows were closed, the train would be less noticeable, but the train also gave us something to laugh about. But there is an ac unit in one area of the apartment, I'm just not sure how that would work in very hot weather. And this is an old building that dates back to the 1800's, so I'm not sure how well it heats. But our fall visit was wonderful. I highly recommend. And as I'm typing this review, the sunrise is just getting prettier!!
The apartment was perfect. We felt right at home. The lighting was amazing. Waking up in the morning to the smell of fresh pastries was definitely an added bonus. Not to mention the iced coffee right down the stairs. We hope to stay there again sometime. I would recommend this place to anyone.
WILL NEVER BOOK A PLACE AGAIN VIA VRBO!!!!! First and last time.....
Wonderful place right above Cafe Rust. Plenty of space and such a nice place to stay. Sam and Shannon were great hosts too!
My wife and I stayed in the "Rust" united owned and operated by Shannon and Sam for two nights. The apartment is spacious, clean, old but nicely remodeled, convenient, accessible to the historic district/shops/restaurants, and a fun place to stay. The apartment/loft is right over the restaurant so you wake up smelling the coffee and sweet rolls baking. Parking is on the curb, right in front of the unit. You must met and get to know both Shannon and Sam, that helped make our stay even more personal and certainly enjoyable. Shannon runs the "Rust" café and the food is great. Sam runs the jewelry store just three buildings away. Sam also makes all the jewelry and is a metal artist, which you must see to appreciate.
Working with Shannon and Sam was very simple and straight forward from the reservation thru the check out and key return. We have rented many places and the cost is certainly fair and reasonable.
The unit can sleep six in beds, and could sleep a couple of children on the two couches. There is no cable or TV, (there is a TV and DVD player) but for us that was great, we don't need that when we try to get away from everything. If you have more than two people, be aware it has only the one bathroom. It is not accessible for anyone with a major physical disability, due to the stairs. There is a smoking back porch, and a back yard available with fire pit and chairs. If you review the photos on file, that is exactly what you will see when you arrive.
Ste. Genevieve is a very old historic town, the oldest established community west of the Mississippi. The old buildings, the many shops, art & antiques, will keep you busy for days. In the immediate area there are ten or more wineries for sampling and food at most. The scenic drives between and the scenic locations also make for an enjoyable experience touring the wineries.
We recommend the "Rust" for anyone looking for that unusual but memorable experience. Thanks Shannon and Sam for making our stay great.
Roscoe & Valerie
Ste. Gen is a great town, rich in history as well as rich with fascinating people. The Rust apartment sits in the middle of Main Street surrounded by great shops, restaurants and art. Take a stroll and visit Sam at Only Child Originals, Kara at Simple to Sassy, Joy at Arts and Antiques, Gary at the Spirit Haus, Terrri at Art is Life, Kelly at the Show-Me Shop and Kay at Studio 221. After having a coffee or tea with a bite of sweet from Cafe Rust, enjoy chocolate with Nicole at Sweet Things, a great salad and sandwich with Janece at Stella and Me, a thick steak sounds great with MaryBeth at the Audubon, some homemade onion rings with Jerry at the Anvil, a slice with the Mayor at Sirros or have some liver dumplings at the Old Brick. If wine gets your taste buds tingling, there are many to choose from in the area just follow the Route De Vin! How about a little hiking in Hawn State Park. The trails are breathtaking and enjoyed by all abilities. History buff? You have come to the right place! Sainte Genevieve is steeped with history and offers guided tours of houses dating back to 1792. The Bolduc House, a National Landmark, offers an opportunity to live the French Colonial life with period costumes to boot. The town offers many events and festivals throughout the year and are enjoyed by all. The French Militia marching down Main is a sight to behold. I can hear the cannons now! Artists are everywhere in Ste. Gen. The 4th Friday Art Walks followed by the after party is not to be missed. Music can be heard in the streets with talent around every corner. Jour De Fete is held in August and brings craftsmen and artisans out onto the blocked streets. If this is your scene, book your room early for the second weekend in August. Other festivals include the French Heritage Festival, the Christmas Festival, the Chocolate Walk, Romancing the Grape, Jour de la Tere, Ecole de Soldat, the Garden Walk, Bolduc Day and don't forget the July 4th Freedom Celebration. Sainte Genevieve is a treasure in Missouri and offers a calm, peaceful, wonderful getaway with fascinating people, great food, unique art and great wine. See you in Ste. Gen!
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