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St. Louis-Based Rio Syrup Company Keeps the World in Snow Cones

Categories: Summer Guide

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Photo courtesy of Flickr/Corby Ziesman

You're kicked back on Honolulu's Waikiki Beach. Your toes are wriggled into the sand as palms sway in a languid breeze, and the sapphire water goes on for eternity. No Bud Light for you. The scene is a veritable commercial for a Blue Hawaiian or piƱa colada, coconut-centric drinks probably made with fruit from the very trees that stretch overhead. St. Louis lies a world and several time zones away.

But even in Hawaii, the corner of 23rd and Chestnut is closer than you think. Much closer.

Downtown St. Louis' Rio Syrup Company ships its ready-to-use syrups, concentrates, preservatives and food coloring for snow cones, slushes and sodas to locations as far flung as the Philippines, Costa Rica, Singapore and all 50 states. Including, yes, Hawaii.


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10 Great Free Events in St. Louis This Summer

Categories: Arts, Summer Guide

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Photo by Kelly Glueck
Winter is a trying time in St. Louis. December's gray, gloomy days turn into frigid, unforgiving nights as our collective Vitamin D deficiency threatens to turn us into a horde of pallid, paunchy zombies. We hole up in our homes, only occasionally risking the elements to trek out for the necessary provisions.

As April approaches, we wake from our slumber and reemerge to renewing spring rains. The vibrant, verdant city we'd all but forgotten comes back into focus, and we begin to reacquaint ourselves with the outside world.

By summer, those strong enough to have endured the Midwestern winter are rewarded with a packed roster of arts and entertainment events -- a schedule that can go toe-to-toe with just about any city in the country.

See also: The Cheapskate's Guide to Summer in St. Louis

Here are our picks for the ten best free events in St. Louis this summer.

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The Cheapskate's Guide to Summer in St. Louis

Categories: Summer Guide

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In some cities "cheapskate" is a dirty word. But here in St. Louis -- a city frequently featured on clickbait lists as one of the cheapest in America -- we wear that distinction as a badge of honor. Let other urban giants have their $9 microbrews and double-digit museum entrance fees. We have our own Picassos -- and they're free, year round (except on Mondays).

So suck it, Chicago, and come on a little adventure with the Riverfront Times for your best, cheapest summer ever in 2015.

See also: 10 Great Free Events in St. Louis This Summer


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6 Aquatic Adventures to Help Beat the St. Louis Heat This Summer

Categories: Summer Guide

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Jason Deem
Anne McCullough on the Mississippi near the Chain of Rocks Bridge

All week long we're rolling out content from our Summer Guide 2014. In it you'll find all the best ways to enjoy the season in and around St. Louis. Click here to read the rest of the guide or pick it up in print at the red Riverfront Times box nearest you.

According to the Farmers' Almanac, it's going to be another hot Missourah summer. There is no better way to beat the heat than to jump in the car and head out for some aquatic adventures. Whether your idea of fun includes jumping from cliffs, lounging on a deck or wending your way downriver with a cold one, we've got you covered.

See also: 6 Ways to Spend Summer Making St. Louis a Better Place

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6 Ways to Spend Summer Making St. Louis a Better Place

Categories: Summer Guide

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Courtesy Gateway Greening
Volunteers for Gateway Greening under the arch.

All week long we're rolling out content from our Summer Guide 2014. In it you'll find all the best ways to enjoy the season in and around St. Louis. Click here to read the rest of the guide or pick it up in print at the red Riverfront Times box nearest you.

If you want to spend the summer getting drunk and watching baseball, that is your St. Louis right. But if you want to get up off of that thing and work for the city we want and dream of this summer, that is truly St. Louis values in action.

We've compiled a list of very different volunteer experiences, from working with dogs, to helping salvage reusable material from condemned buildings, to becoming a Summer Guide yourself by helping an immigrant settle into life in the Gateway City. What follows are six ways to make your summer in St. Louis truly unforgettable.

See also: St. Louis is the 9th Best Place in America to Own a Dog

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