Visit our INCUBATION page to learn more about how we help start-up ventures at The Milton Schoolhouse. 

Coming Soon! HeartScoopStudio and The Rogue Theatre!


Maeva's Coffee is community venture created by Joel and Meredith Elliott. Since it's opening in 2014, Maeva's has been a foundational part of our neighborhood's revitalization. Maeva's is open Mon-Thurs 7am-9pm, Fri/Sat 7am-10pm, and Sun 8am-3pm.

To learn more about this exquisite destination for all things tasty, visit the website or follow on Instagram


Bobbi Brooks is a license massage therapist with over decade in experience. In the spring of 2013, she launched her practice inside The Milton Schoolhouse. Milton's core of volunteers worked together to turn an abandoned classroom into a serene haven to showcase Bobbi's talents.

Bobbi specializes in deep tissue and prenatal massage, but offers a variety of seasonal services to accommodate new and returning clients. Learn more about Massage at Milton and schedule your appointment for a little relaxation and renewal in your life. 


Carrie Carpunky began pursuing family photography in her in-laws basement- but soon found the enormous demand for her talents imposing on their hospitality. As her business grew, she sought a studio that could accommodate her current needs but also give her room to expand her style. She established her studio in the Milton Schoolhouse in the summer of 2012- and has been delighting customers every since.

Carrie is an endlessly sunny spirit whose joie de vivre splashes over into her incredible family photography. See her work and get in touch with Carrie here.  


After spending five years in the wild of Los Angeles, Edward Scott returned to his native Alton and chose The Milton Schoolhouse as the new location for his studio. Edward Scott specializes in building editorial and commercial modeling portfolios for aspiring models- as well as creating fresh looks for those seeking to update their current repertoire. His work is beyond amazing.   Check out his magazine quality work and schedule an appointment to shoot here or call him at 618.530.1577.


Meredith Elliott founded Elliott&Moose as a formal umbrella for the marketing, branding, and design consultation she has been providing to small businesses since 2012. She is also the author of this site's E&M Business Writings; a local voice on all things entrepreneurship and community business. 

To inquire about availability, please call 217.971.3627. 


Rona Leah Portraits specializes in elegant, timeless portraiture of women. Her gorgeous work is unparalleled in quality; Rona Leah's photography is an art form all on its own. While she does shoot on location in the greater St. Louis and Chicago area, her indoor natural light studio is available year round at The Milton Schoolhouse. To see more of her amazing work and to schedule an appointment for your own special day, see her website and follow her on Facebook


ShamPooches Pet Grooming is located on the ground floor of the Milton Schoolhouse. Conveniently located near Maeva's Coffee, this sweet and sassy pet salon is the perfect place to pamper your pooch! Owned and operated by expert groomer Alicia Jeffreys. To schedule an appointment, call 618.419.3833 or send them a message on the ShamPooches Facebook Page


Alton's first and brightest party bus company is ready to make your event awesome! Have an birthday, bachelorette/bachelor, wedding, or anniversary coming up? DJ and Jamie are ready to fire up their converted school buses, Miss Big Booty Judy and the Drunkin' Pumpkin, to make your event and unforgettably fun time for your crew. DJ and Jamie started their party bus company as a part-time endeavor in 2013 and it has since exploded into a full time operation. During the week, you'll see their buses parked at The Milton Schoolhouse- but on the weekend you'll spot them all around the Riverbend filled to the brim with party people. For pricing and booking information, see their Facebook page or call 618.785.6219. 


Midwest Electric is owned and operated by Dan Mustain- a wonderful licensed electrician who relocated his offices to Milton in 2010. No project too small or large, Dan Mustain can be found around the riverfront area on simple residential fixes and large commercial projects alike. He and his son Rusty have tackled most all of the electrical rewiring in Milton's massive structure during our renovation, and the quality of his work shines. Down to earth and always friendly, you can contact Dan for your next project here or call him at 618.789.4565.


Looking for great lawn or gardening service? That's Scott's passion!

Scott Wright decided to base his company out of The Milton Schoolhouse in the summer of 2014. His excellent work and competitive pricing have set him apart in the sea of local companies. Call Diversified today at 618.402.2487 for a quote on your next big project OR on regular lawn maintenance for your residence or commercial property.