Donkey Discord

Christmas in St. Charles gets a commercial sheen

To Scott, Wood and the proprietors of Boone's Lick Trail Inn, this expanded vision is polluting the street's simple, successful concoction of Huck Finn history and mom-'n'-pop commerce.

"The mall paradigm just doesn't work here," says Wood.

"I operate a quaint bed and breakfast," says McEntire. "Others want a Laclede's Landing atmosphere that attracts a much younger crowd. And that's not where I'd like to see our district go."

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