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125 Years For Thros

Providing Quality Fashion For Men Since 1898 From Main Street St. Charles

One local clothier company staff can say its business is truly a family affair, given it's being operated by the fourth generation of the same lineage.

After being founded on Aug. 20, 1898, the Thro Clothing Co., staff became known for providing first-class customer service, quality clothing and striking fashion accessories. Today, that's still the welcomed reputation and present promise of the shop, now called Thros. 

Current Thros' president, Rose Thro Wells, says they sell top-quality men's apparel for every occasion, including shoes, sportswear, golfwear, sports coats, bow ties and hats. As great-granddaughter of co-founder, John B. Thro Jr., Rose has a keen sense for matching shoppers' personal styles. She shares store ownership with Frank Netsch, great-grandson of the other co-founder John B. Thro.

"We have everything from Hart Schaffner and Marx suits, to denim and Tommy Bahama, to keep customers looking their best," Rose assures.

As fall gets underway, Rose says sweaters and vests for layering will be popular. They also offer tuxedo rentals and Boy Scout needs from their St. Charles location at 229 N. Main St. 

Earlier this year, the Thros' team received a proclamation regarding the business's long-standing contributions from St. Charles Mayor Daniel Borgmeyer. The original location was 137 N. Main St. The store was relocated to its current location during 1979. They also were recognized by St. Charles Main Street Foundation representatives with a community development award.

Another family-related enterprise, Michelle's, operates from the same location, spearheaded by Frank. Michelle's was launched in 1965 by Frank and Rose's father, J. Maurice Thro, to offer women's finest dresses, sportswear and accessories, such as jewelry, watches and purses. "Our sizes range from size 4 to 16, and our clientele enjoys free alterations on all full-price purchases, including our selection of evening wear and mother-of-the-bride dresses," Frank adds.

Operation hours for Thros and Michelle's:

  • Mondays through Fridays: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays


  • Photo by Gordon Montgomery
  • Photo by Gordon Montgomery
  • Photo by Gordon Montgomery
  • Photo by Gordon Montgomery