I'm the editor and publisher of 40 South News. Previously I was an editor for the AOL-owned Patch.com in St. Louis. At various times I edited Patch sites in Clayton, Richmond Heights, Brentwood, Maplewood, Shrewsbury, Affton and others. Before that I shot and wrote for the Principia School, in St. Louis. I live in Maplewood with my wife, Nancy.
The Conoco station turned liquor store on S. Big Bend Boulevard is set to open in early February. It’s ‘Big Bend Liquior,’ according to the signs in front. Maplewood officials in August approved a package liquor license, including sales on Sunday and special package tasting license for the store, set to replace the former Conoco station at 3600 S. Big Bend Boulevard. An employee said Thursday that the store would open in about three weeks. The business’s owner, Gaurang Bhavsar, had operated a Conoco station there for three years, and told the council in August that it wasn’t making enough money as a gas station.
Concours Auto Sales has had used car lots in Maplewood (7212 Manchester Road) and a block away in St. Louis city (7125 Manchester). The lot in Maplewood has closed, an employee has said. According to Maplewood ordinance, the city will grant no more than one license for a used car lot for every 3,000 inhabitants of the city or any fractional part. Full service dealerships and leasing agencies that lease least 50 new vehicles a year are exceptions.
The former Alex Waldbart Florist building, at 7000 Clayton Road, is undergoing asbestos remediation in preparation for demolition, which is to start next week according to Total Access Urgent Care employee Joe Godfrey. Alex Waldbart Florist moved to 7801 Clayton Road this month. It closed in Richmond Heights at the end of 2017. Godfrey said limited parts of the building will be salvaged. The new Total Access Urgent Care is due to open in September.
An Ellendale neighborhood resident who lives near the Greenwood-Canterbury intersection in Maplewood said at the Maplewood City Council meeting on Jan. 9 that drivers often make rolling stops there, and asked for Maplewood Police to patrol the spot. He also said cars can hit speeds of up to 50 mph on Greenwood. The speed limit on Greenwood and Canterbury is 25. It’s also 25 on Ellendale Avenue.
Two Maplewood police officers were accidentally stuck by hypodermic needles while struggling to arrest a suspect on Friday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The suspect, Brian Smith, 38, had jabbed his boyfriend with with the same needles and held him captive in his home in the 7600 of Jerome Avenue. Police told the Post-Dispatch the victim was Smith’s boyfriend, that they had met online about two years ago. The victim, 62, told police that Smith had used the syringes to inject meth.
Mirror Image Life Style Fitness (2718 Sutton Boulevard) closed at the end of 2017, with its owner saying what’s next will be exciting. Looks like it’s going to be a snack shop. Sherry’s Snacks went before Maplewood Design and Review last week for approval for an awning sign. There’s a Sherry’s Snacks in Alton, IL, on Facebook, with this description: “Your Sweetest Destination! Come visit us for all your “sweets” needs!
The anticipated restaurant, Del Pietro’s, at 1059 South Big Bend Boulevard in Richmond Heights, is in the build-out stage — currently it’s in unpainted wall board — judging from a peek inside from a front window on Friday. St. Louis Magazine (via editor George Mahe on Twitter) reported in December that owner Mike Pietro had tried to open in December, but said then that late January is realistic.
It was reported that Femme, at 7270 Manchester Road, shut its doors on Saturday. Just one rack of assorted clothing remained on the floor on Sunday. The store began clearance sales in December, including racks and shelving.
A car owned by a Strange Donuts employee, stolen from in front of the shop in Maplewood early Thursday morning containing about 500 donuts, was returned later in the day, apparently missing only a few donuts, according to a Tweet by Strange Donuts. The car contained donuts for the store’s Kirkwood location — about 500. Maplewood Police said Monday that a suspect was identified, however the victim has declined prosecution.
Maplewood shop, The Book House, will lose about half its space on the first floor due to the building’s owner (Red Brick Management) deciding to open up the east side of the first floor to another tenant. The book store uses the front of the east side for its children’s book section. The space behind that is used for storage. The store is having a clearance sale as a result.
Richmond Heights Police reported on Facebook that at 2:30 p.m. on Friday Richmond Heights officers responded to the Galleria Shopping mall for a call of a shot fired in the parking lot. The department’s preliminary investigation revealed that Nordstrom loss prevention employees had been watching three men they suspected of shoplifting. The suspects left the store and were walking to their vehicle when a silver vehicle, occupied by one man, pulled up and shot at them twice. The car left the area as the suspects entered their vehicle and left the area as well. It does not appear that any of the shoplifting suspects had been shot.
Jean Carnahan wrote about two Richmond Heights spots in her Good Food St. Louis blog, St. Louis Public Radio reported on a now lost Brentwood neighborhood, Coach Frazier returned to MRH, and more. Good Food St. Louis — Starrs: Wine, Cheese, Coffee, Meat & Fish Shop
Good Food St.