Kitchen Conservatory coming to Brentwood

The business offering cooking classes from beginner to gourmet, Kitchen Conservatory, is moving from Clayton to a new location in Brentwood on Manchester Road — the location of the now demolished Brentwood Lanes and the smaller contiguous lot to the west. The lot to the west is the one next to Gene-Del Printing at 9019 Manchester Road, with the oak tree that the Brentwood Optimists has used for years for its summer barbecue and Christmas tree lot in December. The tree was knocked down.

For the record: council member resigns, chief of police named

Maplewood city council member, Shana Jones announced on Facebook, Sept. 23, that she was stepping down from the council. As of today. I have step down as a Councilwoman of Ward 1 in Maplewood. Even though I don’t have the title of Councilwoman it want stop me from Serving my community as I been doing for the last 10 years.

AT&T internet down for a week or more in a section of Maplewood, resident reports

A Maplewood resident reports that around 9:30 Wednesday morning a street crew at Piccadilly Avenue and Oxford Boulevard chopped through a large bundle of fiber optic cable providing Internet service for AT&T customers. Many residents south of Greenwood Boulevard in Maplewood have reported the outage. Technicians were dispatched to homes to check individual modem statuses, only to find that the outage is not due to customers’ needing to restart their modems. One Maplewood resident was told that the repair could easily take a week or more.

Former Brentwood mayor supports naming new street after founding family

Brentwood resident Barry Williams recently began promoting the naming of a new street in Brentwood after the city’s founder Thomas Madden. The street will be the entrance to the new Brentwood Park, south of Manchester in the area currently being developed. Former mayor Karen Kintz, who is a descendant of Thomas Madden, contacted
Mayor David Dimmitt in support of the proposal after learning of it. With her permission, this is Kintz’s letter to Dimmitt. Dear Mayor Dimmitt:

It has come to my attention there is a movement to name a proposed street in
the new Brentwood Park development in honor of my great-grandfather, Thomas
Madden.

Brentwood resident: name a street after the city’s founding family

Brentwood resident Barry Williams last month sent a letter to Brentwood Mayor David Dimmitt suggesting a way to honor Brentwood’s founding family, the Maddens. He says that nothing in Brentwood bears the family’s name since the city stripped it from the annual Maddenfest festival. Maddenfest began in In 1979 when Brentwood celebrated the 60th Anniversary of its incorporation. The name of the festival was changed to Brentwood Days in 1995, went back to Maddenfest in 2012, and has since reverted back to Brentwood Days. Williams suggests a new street to be built at the intersection of S. Brentwood Boulevard and Russell Avenue be named after the founding family.

Maplewood Jack in the Box closes

The Maplewood Jack in the Box closed permanently on Monday. That’s according to an employee on the site, signs in the windows, and Google. The location, at 7520 Manchester Road, is owned by Foodmaker Inc. It was built in 1970 according to county records.

Petition to stop forced sale of properties on Manchester Road in Brentwood circulated online

An online petition to attempt to stop the forced sale of multiple businesses in Brentwood has garnered 1,877 signatures as of Sunday, October 2. Green Street Real Estate Ventures, assisted by the city of Brentwood, intends to purchase all the properties along a three quarter-mile  stretch of Manchester Road for redevelopment. The petition:
The developer Green Street Real Estate Ventures assisted by the City of Brentwood, MO intend to purchase all the properties along a 3/4-mile commercial stretch of Manchester Road for a $400 million redevelopment project by negotiation and if that does not work, the use of eminent domain. We feel this is a gross misuse of the law and a classic example of the wealthy taking a now desirable plot of land from local businesses. This is the classic political and social question, “Can you fight City Hall?”

This raises many concerns to our business community.

MRHMS Cardboard Boat Regatta 2022

Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School held its annual cardboard boat regatta, and shared a YouTube video of the event. https://youtu.be/IumY7XdForU

Press release: Saint Louis Closet Co. Donates $3,125 for Connections to Success, Provides Resources and Training for Those Living in Poverty

MAPLEWOOD, Mo. – Saint Louis Closet Co. donated $3,125 to Connections to Success through their Closets for a Cause giveback effort. These funds will go toward the nonprofit’s Personal and Professional Development Class, which provides job readiness training, mock interviews, connections with employers, professional clothes, and transportation assistance. This amount is a direct result of a percentage of gross sales made throughout August 2022.

Carl’s Drive-In has expansion plans, and more in the news

Carl’s Drive-In owner has plans for a burger and ‘entertainment destination’ in Winghaven, St Louis Magazine reports. KSDK — Maplewood pool becomes a ‘dog dish’ one day each year – KSDK

Sauce — Locoz Tacoz Taqueria is opening a brick-and-mortar in Maplewood this winter

St. Louis Magazine — Carl’s Drive-In owner wants to create a new burger-and-entertainment destination in Winghaven

In the news: Richard Fister obituary

Richmond Heights resident Richard Fister has died at 90, and more in the news. KMOV — Shots fired in Richmond Heights neighborhood during car break-ins – KMOV

KSDK — 22-year-old is arrested in connection to Valley Park dispensary break-in – KSDK

St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Richard Fister Obituary (1931 – 2022) – Kirkwood, MO – St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Legacy.com

Both westbound lanes on Manchester Road at Hanley to open tonight

Tonight (September 19) crews should be reopening most of Manchester Road on both sides of Hanley Road near the Black Creek bridge, starting at about 9 p.m., MoDOT Communications Specialist Andrew Gates reported today. At 9 p.m., crews will reopen both westbound lanes, one eastbound through lane and the eastbound left turn lane.  The remaining eastbound through lane, the eastbound right turn lane and sidewalk will not open until further work is completed.  That is expected to happen about a month. MoDOT’s work to replace the Black Creek Bridge began in June. See MoDOT’s photos of the project here.

Maplewood house historically known as Woodside is for sale

Maplewood’s oldest home, known as Woodside, built in 1848, is being listed for $899,000 by Coldwell Banker. A Richmond Heights couple bought the house in 2016 and has renovated it throughout. Its address is 2200 Bredell Avenue. See the listing, including photos here.  

See also:

Maplewood History: Pre-Restoration Images of Woodside
Maplewood History: The Historic Papers of Woodside 1838-1914
Maplewood History: Woodside and the Rannells Family
Richmond Heights couple buys Woodside

See all 77 references to Woodside in 40 South by entering Woodside in the search box.

Tempo, by Hilton, planned at Clayton and Brentwood: CityScene STL

After years of trying to find a developer for the empty lot on the southeast corner of Brentwood Boulevard and Clayton Road, there are now plans for a 10-story Tempo by Hilton Hotel, CityScene STL reports. The 210-room hotel would be the first “Tempo” branded hotel in St. Louis and the state of Missouri. CityScene STL — Tempo Hotel, First in Region, Planned at Clayton Road and Brentwood Boulevard

Popcorn/candy shop coming

The business, Blissfully Popped, is coming to 7318 Manchester Road, according to the poster in the window. Blissfully Popped is on Instagram at @sbcandybuffets on Twitter at @_sbcandybuffets and on Facebook at @sbcandybuffets. https://twitter.com/_Sbcandybuffets/status/1247603992743591938?s=20&t=CIXk0KKqX4-Ba7ZD-6X4zw

Brentwood aldermen approve full slate of features for Brentwood Bound playground

Brentwood aldermen in a special meeting on Wednesday approved all proposed features of a “destination” playground as part of the Brentwood Bound project, estimated to cost between $5.7 million to $7.3 million, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Thursday. The bid for all proposed features in the playground includes a winding water feature, rock climbing wall, zipline and overlook boardwalk. Alderwoman Kathy O’Neill and Alderman Jeff Gould were the only two not to vote yes on all the features. St.

Brentwood to consider “adventure” playground as part of Deer Creek floodplain overhaul

Brentwood aldermen are planning a special meeting on Wednesday to consider adding upgrades to a playground in the Brentwood Bound project floodplain. The project has a base cost of $4.7 million, not including already purchased equipment, and $1.6 million in possible upgrades, the Post-Dispatch reported. St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Brentwood leaders want a destination playground. Can the city afford it?

Looking Meadow Coffee Co. plans to open at former Stone Spiral spot: in the news

After some initial interest in the former Stone Spiral in Maplewood for a Sweet Peaz café, it now looks like Looking Meadow Coffee Co., a Tower Grove Farmers’ Market vendor of vegan-friendly coffee drinks and baked goods, plans to open there in the beginning of 2023, according to Sauce Magazine. 

KMOV — Local brazen shoplifting spree part of national crime trend

Riverfront Times — Everything We Saw At The Pig and Whiskey Festival in Maplewood [PHOTOS]

Sauce — Looking Meadow Coffee Co is opening its first storefront in Maplewood in early 2023

St. Louis American — Request for bids [for fountain at Greenwood Park, 3600 Commonwealth Ave.]

Traffic change on Manchester Road in Brentwood; pedestrian tunnel about half-way finished

MoDOT Communications Specialist Andrew Gates on Wednesday shared some information on a traffic switch on Route 100 (Manchester Road) near Mary Avenue  expected within two weeks. The report:
Crews have finished about half of the work on the pedestrian walking tunnel that will go underneath Manchester Road.  To work on the other half, crews will be shifting the eastbound and westbound lanes near Mary Avenue from the two lanes on the north side to the freshly paved lanes on the south side of Manchester Road.  We anticipate this to happen just before Labor Day weekend. This should not significantly impact the flow of traffic through the area.  Access to Mary Avenue will remain unchanged.  Drivers heading to Dorothy or Ruth Avenue will need to access the roadway from Florence Avenue, as they will not be able to access those streets from Manchester Road during this stage.  

Locoz Tacoz to open in Maplewood

The Mexican restaurant Locoz Tacoz plans to open soon at 7374 Manchester Road in Maplewood, according to its Instagram feed (@locoz_tacoz). The spot is the former Jimmy John’s shop, which closed last year after 14 years at the location. Locoz Tacoz closed its Morganford Road brick and mortar location in the spring, according Feast. It has also been a food truck.