Saint Louis Closet Co. donates over $3,000 to Toys for Tots; gives to new charity each month

According to a press release, Saint Louis Closet Co. is donating $3,022 to the St. Louis Area Toys for Tots through their giveback initiative, Closets for a Cause. The designer, manufacturer, and installer of custom closets and organizational systems’ donation will support the nonprofit in providing toys, books, and other gifts to less fortunate children. This amount is a direct result of a percentage of gross sales made throughout December 2020.

MRH School District: new superintendent of schools named

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District announced Wednesday that Bonita E. Jamison, Ed.D, will become the next permanent superintendent of schools. Dr. Jamison comes to MRH from the Ferguson-Florissant School District, where she currently serves as the Executive Director of Integrated Supports and Accelerated Learning. She brings with her more than 19 years of experience in urban, suburban and charter school districts. Her first official day at the helm of MRH will be July 1, 2021. The MRH Board of Education is planning multiple public opportunities to engage with Dr. Jamison in the coming months.

MRH seeks info to help provide meals for non-MRH students

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District is committed to serving nourishing, quality meals to ALL children, including non-MRH students, 18 and under during the school year, according to a representative. The school district is currently gathering information to help prepare for an upcoming change in meal distribution. The goal is to provide a separate meal distribution time specifically for families that are not participating in the MRH on-campus learning. This includes, but is not limited to, MRH semester-long virtual learning students, families with preschool children, and siblings that do not attend MRH. Please visit and complete the short form to shape the process.

New candidate announces run for MRH Board of Education

Amber Withycombe, a parent of two Maplewood Richmond Heights students, and Director of Institutional Giving for the Saint Louis Art Museum, has announced she is running for the MRH Board of Education. She provided this statement about her candidacy for the Board of Education. Richmond Heights resident Rachel Goltzman is also running, and incumbent Ralph Posey has also filed. Amber Withycombe’s statement:
Dear neighbors,

I am excited to announce my candidacy for the Maplewood Richmond Heights Board of Education in the April 6 election. Our school district plays a central role in the vitality, stability, and diversity of our community.

Commercial building renovations taking place in Maplewood

Renovation work is taking place at two commercial buildings in Maplewood, on Manchester Road and S. Big Bend Boulevard. Cool Stuff moved out of 2301 S. Big Bend Boulevard in October, buying their own building in the the 5700 block of Manchester Road. They’re now doing business as Cool Stuff Period. According to the city of Maplewood, Smart Rentals property management is renovating the building for their use. The former Nix & Associates building in the 7200 block of Manchester road is undergoing masonry repairs to the east and south sides of the building.

In the news: MRH graduate obituaries

Two graduates of Maplewood Richmond Heights died recently, among other news of the area. Arkansas Democrat Gazette — Frances Irene Cypert (obituary, MRH graduate)
Boca Beacon — Dorcas Amos (obituary, MRH graduate)
KMOV — WATCH: Sweet moment between Richmond Heights boy and sanitation worker
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Man shot by Maplewood store clerk indicted on federal armed robbery charges
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — 2020: A year to remember in photos by David Carson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Messenger: An email string offers new light on criticism of St.

Reports: Maplewood store clerk shoots would-be robber

A clerk at Boost Mobile in Maplewood, at 7222 Manchester Road, shot a would-be robber at about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other sources have reported. The robbery suspect, Malik Dorsey, 21, from north St. Louis County, survived the shooting, Maplewood police Chief Steve Kruse told the Post-Dispatch. Alton Telegraph — Store clerk shoots robbery suspect in Maplewood

Associated Press — Store clerk shoots robbery suspect in Maplewood

FOX 2 — Maplewood Boost Mobile clerk shoots attempted armed robbery suspect

KMOV — Would-be-robber shot inside Maplewood business was wearing ankle monitor from previous robbery


Work begins on new house at Flora and Sutton, plus a mystery

Work has begun on a new home at Sutton Boulevard and Flora Avenue on the  corner of the house with burned down in 2012. The Maplewood Design and Review Board reviewed two conceptual ideas at the May 14, 2020 Maplewood Design and Review meeting. Owners of the lot, Dhruv Kar and Ritika Sahai-Kar submitted the drawings. See the meeting notes here: D&R staff report. See also: Maplewood History: 7396 Flora Avenue

And there’s a mystery: a grave marker is stuck in the dirt at the construction site — “Buster – The Best Dog.”

Reported: Richmond Heights tenants uprooted in rehab

St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Bill McClellan, and the publication, STL Reporter have reported on an apartment building in Richmond Heights, 7703 Wise Avenue, that had a change of ownership, affecting the tenants in the process. They report that no permit from the city was applied for when work to rehab a vacated unit had begun. Also that the construction company began the work without an asbestos inspection, then the company’s inspector wasn’t certified, then a following inspector found no asbestos. A tenant then took samples to the county health department from her apartment which were found to contain asbestos.

New beauty supply store opens in Maplewood

A new beauty supply store opened recently in Maplewood in the 7400 block of Manchester Road, with a Mid County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on Nov. 17. The owner, Felicia Cann-Hanson, supplied this press release. Maplewood NOW has a beauty supply store —Hair and Beauty Restore By Asylum is located at 7407 Manchester Rd. Maplewood, Mo 63143.  The grand opening, ribbon-cutting and all, for Hair and Beauty Restore was Tuesday November 17 with Mayor Barry Greenburg presenting the key to the city and remarks from representatives of the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce and Maplewood’s Community Development Director, Laura Miller.

In the news: Insurance company denies Richmond Heights claim: $1.6 million in lost tax revenue due to virus

Richmond Heights City Manager Amy Hamilton said an insurance company wrongly denied the city’s claim, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Also, a Maplewood butcher, and brewer received national attention. Fox 2 — After weighing safety concerns of dining in a tent, Maplewood restauranteur makes tough call to close
Fox 2 — Restaurants on both side of the St. Louis city-county border weigh in on upcoming county COVID restrictions
KMOV — Local businesses prepare for possible civil unrest following Tuesday’s election
KMOV — Cori Bush heading to Capitol Hill
KMOV — Toys for Tots kicks off toy drive in Maplewood
KSDK — 2 St.

Title company renovating, to occupy, former comic book shop location

The building in the 7200 block of Manchester Road that once housed the comic book shop, The Fantasy Shop, and a nails salon is being redeveloped by Gateway Title Company, which will occupy the building, according to a source familiar with the location. The title company also owns the building. The Fantasy Shop has moved to 7329 Manchester Road, near Schnucks.

School board member Nikylan Knapper announces run for mayor of Maplewood

Maplewood resident and MRH School Board member, Nikylan Knapper, has announced she is running for mayor of Maplewood, facing off against incumbent Barry Greenberg. The election is in April 6. She supplied the following announcement. Dear Community Members,

My name is Nikylan (Na-Kai-lyn) Knapper and I am running to be the next mayor of Maplewood. While some community members know who I am through my volunteer work for the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District, many may not.

Toys for Tots’ Drive Coming to Saint Louis Closet Co.

Saint Louis Closet Co. is once again serving as a drop-off site for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots’ program, according to a press release. For the tenth year in a row, Saint Louis Closet Co. will be serving as an official drop-off site for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots’ program. This year, they will be accepting toys from Monday, Nov.

In the news: best shops, honored educator

A bike shop and a Chinese restaurant in our area made it onto the RFT annual ‘best of’ list, and the St. Louis American has honored the MRH superintendent. KSDK — 2 St. Louis County school districts staying virtual into January
KSDK — Man admits to using online marketplaces to rob victims of iPhones
Riverfront Times — Best Bike Shop 
Riverfront Times — Best Chinese
St. Louis American — Salute to eight excellent educators: from district superintendent to Early Head Start master teacher

Bolyard’s moving, expanding; and more in the news

Several local news outlets report that Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions is moving within Maplewood, while adding a full kitchen and seating for a restaurant. Feast — Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions to Expand in Maplewood, Featuring More Menu Items, an Open Cutting Room and More
Fox 2 — Subway employee uses dustpan to fend off armed robber
KMOV — As pandemic leads to restaurant closures across US, St. Louis sees dozens of new restaurants open
KSDK — Vacation canceled? Some refunds are taking months to process
KSDK — Man drives himself to Galleria after being shot in Richmond Heights
Riverfront Times — Boylard’s Meat & Provisions Is Expanding, Adding Restaurant
Sauce — Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions will move to bigger space down the street in Maplewood next year
STL Jewish Light — Arline Kalishman obituary
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Missouri’s first Amazon 4-star store opens in St.

Bolyard’s to move into bigger space, Living Room to expand

Chris Bolyard, owner of Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions (2810 Sutton Boulevard) said Wednesday that his shop will be moving into the larger, former Dubliner restaurant space, across the street at 2733 Sutton. The Dubliner was a victim of the Covid 19 shutdown, closing its doors in April.  Bolyard has started the demolition phase of the buildout. Also, Nate Larson, owner of Living Room Coffee & Kitchen, next to Bolyard’s current spot, said he plans to take advantage of Bolyard’s move, beginning renovations to expand the café into the larger space as soon as it’s empty.

Cousin Hugo’s closes, and more in the news

Cousin Hugo’s Bar & Grill has closed its doors after 82 years. Owner Tommy Bahn told St. Louis Magazine it’s a good time to hit “pause.” Fox 2 — Maplewood woman speechless after receiving new minivan from her credit union
KMOV — Long-time Maplewood bar and grill closing due to COVID-19
KSDK — Maplewood mom says some neighbors want her grab-and-go donations table gone
KSDK — St. Louis mom’s alternative to timeouts turns into multimillion-dollar business
Leader Publications — Robert Lee McKinney, 89, Hillsboro

 Asador del Sur opens, Elmwood delivers pizza; more in the news

Area news in the press recently. Fox 2 — Tim’s Travels: Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream
Good Food St. Louis — Asador del Sur, a Tastes of South America on Manchester
KMOV — Taste of Maplewood kicks off Wednesday, but with a different look
Riverfront Times — St. Louis Restaurant Openings and Closings: August 2020
St. Louis  Magazine — Asador del Sur opens tonight in Maplewood