Strange Donuts criticized, Shared Beer at Pizza Champ, Taste of Maplewood: in the news

Local online sources cover our local news. The Business Journals — Side Project Brewing to open new joint space with Pizza Champ
Feast Magazine — Shared by Side Project Brewing will open alongside Pizza Champ with a new patio in Maplewood on May 18
Fox 2 — Taste of Maplewood festival happens this weekend
KSDK — Maplewood Richmond Heights School District reinstates mask requirement for students
KSDK — Maplewood continues to get its kicks on Route 66
Riverfront Times — Pizza Champ Proves Every Night Should be Pizza Night [PHOTOS] | St. Louis – Riverfront Times
St. Louis Magazine — Shared by Side Project Brewing opens today in Maplewood in the same building as Pizza Champ
St. Louis Magazine — Strange Donuts receives accolades and social media criticism over the weekend
St Louis Post-Dispatch — Maplewood’s Kolar bounces back from rough outing to defend Seckman Invitational title

Women’s boutique to open Saturday in Maplewood, fast casual dining in the fall; 2 shops close

Forget Me Not Boutique, a women’s boutique, is planning a grand opening on Saturday, May 14, at 2718 Sutton Boulevard. The space was formally Elements of Design. Also, Rob Birenbaum announced on Facebook that BLK MKT Eats ( is coming to his property at 7356 Manchester Road in the fall. Rob said: “Interesting flavors and textures. Unexpected combinations.

Maplewood city manager lists budget priorities

Maplewood City Manager Michael D. Reese forwarded to 40 South a 2022-2023 budget memo that he sent to the Maplewood City Council on May 5. “It references how we’re investing in Maplewood residents, businesses, and planning for the future (including in public safety),” he said. 2022-2023 budget memo from Maplewood City Manager Michael D. Reese to the City Council:

TO: Mayor & City Council

CC: Department Heads

FROM: Michael D. Reese, City Manager

DATE: May 5, 2022

RE: 2022-2023 Consolidated Budget: Review of Strategic Budget Priorities and Fiscal Responsibility

We kicked off the 2022-2023 budget process with a town hall meeting on November 16, 2021 where we gathered input about the budget from the community. Then, we held a Strategic Budget Priority Work Session on February 1, 2022 where each Council Member and the City Manager shared two budget priorities. This prioritization process was very helpful and established a framework for city staff when devising the 2022-2023 budget.

Stone Spiral, C Oliver coffee shops close

Maplewood’s Coffee Crawl will have two less stops on the tour next year. Stone Spiral Coffee and Curios, opened for 15 years, and C Oliver, since 2019, have closed their doors. Stone Spiral, 2500 Sutton Boulevard, was open seven days a week 12 hours a day or more; less on Sunday, including an open-mic night that filled both rooms on Wednesdays. It cut its hours and staff when the pandemic came. A similar operation called Sweet Peaz is applying for a liquor license for the location.

Best place to live, best pizza, MRH golfer: in the news

Reported in online news recently:

Advantage News — Colleen Marie Lucy | Granite City Obituaries |  
Albany Herald — Best suburbs to live in America | Features |  
KSDK — Ask Allie: New reports of stolen mail from USPS drop boxes – KSDK  
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Skornia aims for strong senior season for defending state champion De Smet | Boys Golf …  
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — M-RH’s Kolar bounces back from rough outing to defend Seckman Invitational title | — Joseph Kiske Obituary (2022) – Saint Louis, MO – St. Louis Post-Dispatch – — Richard Patton Obituary (2022) – Saint Louis, MO – St.

City to install electric vehicle charging station

The city of Maplewood is having a dual port level 2 charging station installed at the Marietta parking lot, a city employee said Monday. It will be near the west entrance to the lot, and offered as a free service to residents and visitors. There will be a 2-hour charging limit. No other limitations, such as EV vehicle parking only, were mentioned.

Maplewood Ward 3 candidate Mary Killian shares ideas to help residents

Maplewood Ward 3 candidate Mary Killian has sent additional concerns of hers to be published. 1) I would like to see the city develop a central point, source or office where the citizens could find answers to questions or be directed to help. It could be manned by knowledgeable volunteers and overseen by a city employee. It could be a QR code that lists all the local resources for aid in solving their problems. I know that that 988 call centers will start in July to give aid with mental health problems, but this could be for tax assessment, food panty access, or lawn or home repair for the elderly. 2) We have an untapped resource of artists, writers and musicians, we citizens from various cultures and backgrounds.

Lee Wynn, Brentwood educator, alderman dies

Lee Wynn taught and coached in the Brentwood School District for 33 years, and served on the Brentwood Board of Aldermen a total of 24 years. He died on March 10, 2022. He was born on Wednesday, October 25, 1933. Services: Memorial at Alive Church, 1809 Des Peres Road, St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, May 21, 2022 with visitation from 10 a.m. until the Service at 11 a.m.

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Saint Louis Closet Co. donates over $3,000 to St. Louis cancer patients: press release

Through their giveback program, Closets for a Cause, Saint Louis Closet Co. officially donated $3,359.12 to the Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis. This nonprofit’s mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by the community. “We are thrilled to partner with Saint Louis Closet Co.

Maplewood names new fire chief: press release

After an extensive national recruitment process, Peter C. Marsac has been appointed as Maplewood’s new Fire Chief. Marsac was serving as the Interim Fire Chief following the retirement of Terry Merrell in July of 2021. He will oversee the Fire Department’s $3.3 million budget and 20 employees. Marsac has worked with the City’s Fire Department for 22 years, where he has served in various leadership positions since 2000 when he was hired as a firefighter/paramedic. In his most recent position as the Assistant Chief, he was responsible for the department’s daily operations, special operations, and public relations.

Report of “shots fired” in Maplewood

Acting Maplewood Police Chief Matt Nighbor reported on Friday to Maplewood block captains of a report of shots being fired near the 2400 block of Laclede Station Road. He said on Wednesday, February 23, at approximately 11 p.m., officers responded to the 2400 block of Laclede Station Road for a report of “shots fired”. Maplewood police officers located several shell casings in the area and soon identified the individual(s) responsible for the shots fired. He said based on the initial investigation, the incident started as a domestic related matter which escalated into an altercation between two men. Soon thereafter, at least one of the men discharged a firearm during the altercation.

Former Maplewood Mayor James White dies; visitation to be at J.B. Smith

Former Maplewood mayor, James P. White, died on February 24, according to posts on social media and direct contact with a neighbor of the White family. White served two term as mayor of Maplewood, 2009-2017. Prior to that he served as Maplewood Police Chief. See his obituary here. Visitation will be held at J.B. Smith Funeral Home in Maplewood on Thursday, March 3 from 2-8 p.m. A Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church on March 4 at 10 a.m.

Barry Greenberg, who followed White as mayor, mourned his passing on Facebook.

Some businesses moving, others moving in (or out)

Some Maplewood businesses are moving within Maplewood, some are moving in, and some are closing. Sole Survivor has moved from the corner of Manchester and Sutton just 500 feet east, to 7358 Manchester, next to Great Harvest Bread and La Cosecha Coffee. To the other side of Sole Survivor is the empty spot left by the closed Las Palmas. A media company is moving into the vacated spot on the corner, according to a contractor on the site.  


In another move Flying Tiger Motorcycles has vacated their showroom and consolidated into their space just east of the showroom.

Maplewood Ward 3 seat: candidate Nick Homa

In the Maplewood City Council, Ward 3 council member Jenny Schmidt is not running for reelection. Two residents filed for the seat and will be on the ballot on April 5. They are Nick Homa and Mary Killian (see her info here). Both have sent information to 40 South. This is information that Nick Homa sent.

Maplewood Ward 3 seat: candidate Mary Killian

In the Maplewood City Council, Ward 3 council member Jenny Schmidt is not running for reelection. Two residents filed for the seat and will be on the ballot on April 5, 2022. They are Mary Killian and Nick Homa (see his info here). Both have sent information to 40 South. This is information that Mary Killian sent.

Maplewood Ward 1 city council seat on ballot in April: 2 candidates

In Maplewood’s Ward 1, longtime city council representative Karen Wood decided not to run for the seat. Two residents are running for the position: they are Matt Coriell and Shana Jones. Both have Facebook pages for their campaigns stating their reasons for running and positions. The election will be held on April 5. In Ward 2 Eric Page is running unopposed.

In the news: MO attorney general sues Brentwood, MRH school districts over masking; Schnucks ranked

In the news recently,  Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is suing several school districts, including Brentwood and Maplewood Richmond Heights, to halt what he calls their unlawful mask mandates. Fox 2 — Missouri American Water to invest $52 million in new pipes for St. Louis County – FOX 2

KSDK — Missouri attorney general sues St. Louis area school districts over mask mandates – KSDK  

KSDK — Brazilian steakhouse chain closes Saint Louis Galleria location – KSDK

Riverfront Times — Schnucks Stores in the St. Louis Area, Ranked


Saint Louis Closet Co. Donated Over $3,000 to St. Louis Arc, Providing Services People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

According to a press release: Through their giveback program, Closets for a Cause, Saint Louis Closet Co. donated $3,129.44 to  St. Louis Arc. Their donation will go directly toward the nonprofit’s Employment Services program to help people with disabilities prepare to enter the workforce. This program offers in-person classes and training for job skill development, mock interviews, life skills, interpersonal communication, one-on-one job coaching, and pre-employment training.

Pizza Champ/Side Project Brewing to open in Maplewood

Pizza Champ—from Elmwood restaurant in Maplewood (2704 Sutton Boulevard)—is set to open in early 2022 at at 2657 Lyle Avenue. It will will split the new building with Shared by Side Project Brewing. That’s according to several St. Louis-area sources. The restaurant will have a 60-seat patio that will be enclosed during the winter, and also a drive-thru window for picking up both pizza and beer, according to Feast.

Thai/Laotian restaurant to open in Maplewood: St. Louis Magazine

Thom Chantharasy, owner of Robata restaurant in Maplewood, is reopening Han Lao, a Thai/Laotian restaurant he opened, then closed, on Strassner Drive in Brentwood, according to St. Louis Magazine. It’s due to open in spring. The location is set for 7219 Manchester Road, across Manchester from his other restaurant, Robata. The new spot will combine a 25-seat café, and a market selling sushi-grade fish, Asian spices, vegetables and meats, as well as bubble tea.