Brentwood residents knock down gas station plan

About 55 to 60 Brentwood Ward 1 residents told some Brentwood Boulevard property owners Tuesday night at city hall they don’t want another station. Ward 1 aldermen David Dimmitt and David Plufka invited the owners — a father and son, with SGE, Inc. — to speak to residents before proceeding with the project. It hadn’t reached city hall yet. Ward 1 resident Barry Williams was there and reported to 40 South that the owners of the Milton Building (2025 S. Brentwood Boulevard) had bought the Brentwood Bible Church on Lawn Avenue and the parking lot in-between, planning to build a 24-hour gas station on the three lots. Williams said lots of people spoke in the meeting and none were in favor of the project, but it was civil; the property owners were given a chance to present their plan.

Brentwood Radio Shack to close

After 41 years in business, the Brentwood Radio Shack (2518 South Brentwood Boulevard) is closing. The corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday for the second time in two years, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The store survived the first round of cuts, but not the second. An employee there on Saturday said its last day is March 31.

For-profit college in Brentwood closes suddenly

Missour College, at 1421 S. Hanley Road in Brentwood, closed without notice to its students — who were months from graduation — earlier in November, according to KSDK. The for-profit school announced on Nov. 2 around noon that it would be ceasing operations immediately. Students said everything was business as usual on Tuesday until around lunchtime. Students studying to become a dental hygienist told KSDK they were on an accelerated 18 month program not offered anywhere else in the area, and the money and classroom experience will not count for anything in any area school.

Spices, premium olive oil in new Brentwood shop

The 1890 Marketplace, which opened in May at 8711 Manchester Road in Brentwood, offers ‘ultra-premium’ olive oil and spices. An employee there said the olive oil meets higher standards than the USDA standards. The store also offers a variety of flavored olive oil, made from the ultra-premium, including butter flavored and the most popular — garlic flavored. They also offer more than 80 spices from different countries. The house blend is the most popular, according to the employee, who said she uses it in her fried rice.

Brentwood company buys 50 acres

The Brentwood company, SeedGeeks, an independent, urban farm and heirloom seed company, owned by Marc and Angela Adler, announced on Facebook Monday they have purchased 50 acres — at an undisclosed location — to grow the business. It began in the Adler’s backyard. On Facebook: “It’s been a looong search…with some major ups & downs. At times, we thought it was impossible to find what we were looking for. But, today, we’re so happy to finally announce that we’ve closed on a beautiful 50 acre tract of land that will soon become the new home of SeedGeeks heirloom seed farm!

Monday’s flooding caused $300,000 in damage, Brentwood says, and its response

Again, on Monday, Brentwood experienced flooding from Deer Creek along Manchester Road between Hanley Road and Brentwood Boulevard. Black Creek flooded too, swamping the Hanley/Manchester intersection. A house on Ruth Avenue suffered damage when the flood collapsed its foundation. KMOV reported that businesses there are tired of the flooding, and some are considering leaving. Roads flood in Brentwood, Maplewood, Rock Hill; power outages too
Floods recede in Brentwood, Maplewood; park still a lake (Dec.

Laundromat to take Shoe Stop location

The owners of Shoe Stop, at 2590 S. Brentwood Boulevard are set to close the location at the end of the year and sell the building. A franchise laundromat, CD One Price Cleaners, from Westchester, IL, is set to close on the building in January and begin the buildout in February; owner, Pinakin Patel, said Monday night it should take about 90 days. Brentwood officials approved the deal Monday night. The buildout will include removal of the pole sign and installation of a monument sign. The peaked roof in the back will be built over to make it square, according to the architect, John Pfaff.

Brentwood business closing: power tools on clearance

Power tool and building supply store, Hydraflow (8125 Brentwood Industrial Drive) is closing due to retirement and everything must go by Aug. 31, they’ve posted on Craigslist. The store is open Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Hydraflow started in business serving painting contractors in 1961, and expanded into power tools in the 1980s, according to its Facebook page. 

Some of the items on clearance sale:

Power tools, parts, and accessories
Paint sprayers, parts, and accessories
Paint sundries
Ladders
Hand tools
Flooring supplies
Safety equipment and accessories
Abrasive blasting equipment, parts, and accessories
Pressure washers, parts, and accessories

Wright Leather sign comes down

The Wright Specialty Leather Co. sign — on large tiles and masonry on the building at 8300 Manchester Road currently under demolition — have come down as well. The sign had remained above the front door. It was the last of the building to be knocked down. Saturday morning it was in a pile of rubble.

Wright family to claim sign; building almost gone

Not much remains of the building that once housed Wright Specialty Leather Co. at 8300 Manchester Road. The company was owned by the grandfather of Ed Wright Jr., retired Brentwood High School teacher. Employees of the wrecking company said the Wright family planned to claim the sign above the door. They said they have the ‘H’ and the ‘T’ on the site. The sign was uncovered in June as workers began demolishing the building.

Coffee roaster moving to Brentwood

Coffee roaster Stringbean Coffee Company is planning to move from Fenton to Brentwood’s industrial park, according to the Riverfront Times. Owner Peter Cohen expects to begin operations in Brentwood in October. He told the RFT the new space is four times as big as their current location. The roastery has become a staple in the local coffee community, recognized for its commitment to ethically and sustainably sourced beans, the RFT says. It was the RFT’s pick for the area’s “Best Coffee” in its 2015 Best of St.