Maplewood Penzeys recouping from fire: reopening date uncertain

Penzeys Spices, in the 7300 block of Manchester Road, opened soon after a smoke and water damage from a fire in August in a second-floor business  forced its closing, but closed again for repairs. A source has said it’s hard to know when the store might reopen, but progress is being made and they might have a better idea within a week or so. The source added that it’s certain that Penzeys will reopen in its current space in Maplewood. A sign on their door says for now to visit the Penzeys store in Chesterfield.

Man suspected of robbing two Maplewood stores

Maplewood Police detectives believe the man suspected of robbing a GameStop store in Tower Grove South on Wednesday, as reported in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, also robbed two Maplewood stores. The detectives suspect him of robbing Boost Mobile, 7222 Manchester Rd. at approximately 4 p.m. on Friday, October 19, and also the GameStop at 1821 Maplewood Commons Dr. on October 10. The suspect is a “black male wearing a camouflage long sleeved shirt with yellow writing on the front, blue jeans and a multi-colored green baseball cap,” according to the Post-Dispatch, which also has a photo.

MRH students, Parker’s Table: in the press

In the press this week: an MRH student writes in the St. Louis American, Blaze Pizza to open; Parker’s Table, and more in the news. Fox 2 — Schnucks recalls chicken salad due to possible listeria contamination
Good Food St. Louis — A Place at Parker’s Table
KMOV — Local doctor pleads guilty to more sex crimes
KSDK — Child injured in school bus crash on I-64
National Public Radio — Last Year, The Flu Put Him In A Coma. This Year He’s Getting The Shot
Pizza Marketplace — Blaze to open Missouri, California stores

Roadwork all over Maplewood: just one is a city project

Of all the roads now under construction in Maplewood, just one is a city of Maplewood project. That’s Roseland Terrace, and it’s scheduled to be done in the next week or two, city director of public works, Anthony Traxler, said Friday. He said MO American Water has had numerous roads under construction for months. A water company crew member on Lyndover Place said Friday that the water mains are being replaced, with the mains for each building being connected. The work adding a turning lane and new sidewalk at S. Big Bend Boulevard and Manchester Road is a St.

Another MRH student wins ‘Athlete of the Week’

Maplewood Richmond Heights junior volleyball player, Abby Kaufman, has been named a St. Louis Post-Dispatch Athlete of the Week; that’s a week after MRH junior cross country runner was named for the honor. Kaufman led the Blue Devils to wins over conference rivals Crossroads and Brentwood, helping them go undefeated (10-0) in clinching their first SCAA conference championship since 2005, the Post-Dispatch reported. She served a perfect 47 of 47 for the week, earning 35 points. She had eight kills against Brentwood.

Windows installed at Elmwood restaurant: Update

A crew was working on installing new large windows Thursday morning at Elmwood restaurant in Maplewood, set to open this fall. Update: the windows are installed on Friday. One said, believe it or not, the opening isn’t far off. The new windows face Sutton Boulevard. A new door will also be installed on the Sutton side.

Sunnen Station apartments 80% leased

Cozad Commercial Real Estate has said that its new apartment development, Sunnen Station, in Maplewood, is nearly 80 percent leased. Maplewood Planning and Zoning approved the project in 2015. At that time it was to include 58 1-bedroom and 174 2-bedroom apartments ranging  in rent from $1,000 to $1,600 per month.

Area residents running for state rep; election is Nov. 6

A Maplewood resident and a Richmond Heights resident are running for State Representative, District 83, which includes parts of Brentwood, Maplewood, Richmond Heights, Webster Groves and the city of St. Louis. The election is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Andrew Bolin, from Maplewood, is running as a Libertarian.

Schnucks recalls chicken salad: possible Listeria contamination

KTVI Fox 2 news reported on Wednesday that Schnucks on Tuesday recalled Santa Fe Chicken Salad that had been sold at 32 St. Louis area Schnucks deli departments, including the stores in Brentwood, Maplewood and Richmond Heights. 

Schnucks made the recall after a supplier notified the grocer that corn used in the product may be contaminated with Listeria. Schnucks customers who bought Schnucks Santa Fe Chicken Salad (UPC: 82676695142) should return the product for a full refund, Fox 2 reported.  


Resident files to run for Maplewood City Council

Maplewood resident, Eleanor Pardini, has announced on Facebook that she filed Tuesday morning to run to represent Ward 2 on Maplewood City Council. The election is on April 2, 2019. Pardini said in her post that she’s a senior lecturer and the assistant director of environmental studies at Washington University. She moved to St. Louis 14 years ago with her husband, Chris Dunn, a high school math teacher.

Mid County Chamber of Commerce cuts its own ribbon

Mid County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jeannine Beck cut the ribbon at the chamber’s own new location on Tuesday. The chamber has moved from its location on Sutton Boulevard to 7326A Manchester Road.

Fall Festival at Concordia Lutheran

Enjoy games, prizes, refreshments and more at the Concordia Lutheran Church Fall Festival at 7391 Sarah Avenue, Maplewood, on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Ameren crews to bury fiber optics in 80 Richmond Heights yards: council meeting

Richmond Heights Mayor Jim Thomson began the city council meeting Monday with a moment of silence for Alice Provaznik, who died Sunday, Oct. 7 (see an obituary at Bopp Chapel).  She was married to Richard F. Provaznik, a former Richmond Heights mayor, who died in 1995. Chief of Police Doug Schaeffler awarded Officer John Baumgartner with his second life-saving award. Baumgartner administered the department’s narcan spray to save a subject’s life at the Bread Company at the Galleria on Aug. 24.

MRH student on bike collides with car: could have been worse

A Maplewood Richmond Heights seventh-grader ‘suffered minor injuries’ Monday morning, Oct. 8 after colliding with a passenger vehicle at the intersection of Martini and Rannells avenues, according to Maplewood Police. MRH director of communications, Ed Rich, sent a letter to MRH parents that day:
The Maplewood Police Department and paramedics arrived quickly, as did principal Mike Dittrich and the boy’s father. He was treated and was cleared to attend classes today. This collision could have been much, much worse.

Maplewood business to move to larger space a block away

Business is growing for Maplewood business, Sole Survivor Leather, so owners Steve and Kay Rye began a search for a larger showroom with more inventory space. They found it at 7401 Manchester Road — the northwest corner of Manchester and Sutton — the business announced Sunday. They’ve been in business since 1968. They moved to Maplewood  (7312 Manchester Road) from University City in 2015. The business is expecting to open in the new space on or before November 23, Black Friday this year.

Ghouls, skeletons arrive

Some Maplewood Ward 3 yards are ready for Halloween, a little more than two weeks away. Watch out! See also: 2nd-grader begins work on ‘scariest yard on the street’

Negative number of rapes in Maplewood, Carl’s in the news

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch explains how police stats show a negative number of rapes in Maplewood. Also an MRH student is the P-D Athlete of the Week, and more, in the press. Belleville News Democrat — Mattress Firm declares bankruptcy, but the Fairview store will stay open
Good Food St. Louis — Carl’s Drive In: Nostalgia in Every Bite
KMOV — Community host benefit concert to support Maplewood business destroyed by fire
KPLR — SSM Health to offer free flu vaccinations Saturday
Ladue News — Art & Soul: Timothy Wagner
SBJ — Mattress Firm files for bankruptcy, will close hundreds of stores

Leopard Boutique announces Maplewood opening

Join Leopard Boutique on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7407 Manchester Rd. in Maplewood to celebrate the grand opening of its Maplewood store. It’s their third in the area. From their press release: Founded on the principal of providing a positive boutique experience for women, Leopard continues to aim for excellence via its promise to redefine femininity for the modern woman.

Richmond Heights playwright to present one-act plays

“Survivors” is the title of four original one-act plays dealing with the passage of time and the death of a loved one, by Richmond Heights resident, C.J. Zander. ‘Cards Lose’ is about a baseball fan’s tribulations. ‘Her Story’ features a disgruntled widow. In ‘Afterlife’ three men struggle to understand the death of a woman. ‘Some Other Time’ is about the reunion of three high school friends and how time has changed them.