P&Z: office moving Brentwood to Maplewood; tiny houses considered

An office space on Sutton Boulevard that has been an office for a long time according Maplewood Assistant City Manager Anthony Traxler, is set to change hands soon, to continue as Thrivent Financial, moving from Brentwood. Andrew Bolin, with Thrivent Financial, plans to buy 3008 Sutton Boulevard and move his financial planning business into the first floor of the building on Sutton. The second floor has tenants. Bolin said his current office is 800 square feet and there’s no room for growth. Two employees will move into the new office and Bolin said he hopes to expand to eight.

Now is the time to treat ash trees for emerald ash borer: arborist

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is hitting the area, and a local arborist says now is the time to treat trees. Greg Wilson, an arborist with Davey Tree in Brentwood, says campers moving firewood — lots of it ash wood that carries the beetle — is one way the tree disease spreads. Adult beetles also fly from tree to tree. The states have quarantined moving firewood but policing it is impossible, Wilson said. He said a wave of beetles is coming.

Brentwood Sports Authority may close after all

Sports Authority Inc. will no longer reorganize, as previously planned in March, which would have saved the Brentwood location from closing — a fate other area locations faced. Sports Authority now is abandoning plans to reorganize, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. Sports Authority employees: Brentwood store not closing

A company lawyer said potential bidders are reviewing assets but there is no guarantee any of the stores not previously planned to close will stay open — that list includes the Brentwood location at 8340 Eager Road. See the the full post in the St.

Colt building for sale

8300 Manchester Road, vacant since 2012, is now on the market with Intelica CRE. It was foreclosed on in 2012 for $600,000, according to St. Louis County records. It was appraised in January 2015 at $595,000. Colt Safety, an online retailer of  safety products, once occupied the 30,000 square foot building.

Brentwood OfficeMax to close

Almost exactly one year after the OfficeMax at Brentwood Pointe closed — May 16, 2015 — the Office Depot at 8730 Manchester Road, in Brentwood, is set to close as well. An employee at the Brentwood store said the closing/consolidation was a result of competition from other big box office supply stores. She was telling customers to visit Office Depot stores in Richmond Heights and Kirkwood. The Office Depot at 8730 Manchester Road is set to close on May 14. The Brentwood Pointe OfficeMax closed following the merger of OfficeMax and Office Depot.

Brentwood police searching for shoplifting, assault suspects

Brentwood Police are searching for three suspects in a shoplifting and assault at the Carter’s store in Brentwood Promenade, according to the department’s blog, posted on March 18. The women entered Carter’s the store on Friday March 4, police say. The women took several items of clothing and left the store. A store employee tried to prevent them from leaving, and was sprayed with a chemical irritant. The women left the area in a purple or maroon colored car with Illinois license plates.

Teson Farms lot is for sale

Elmer Teson was putting up for sale signs Wednesday afternoon at the site of the former family business, Teson Farms, at 8419 Manchester Road. It went out of business five years ago this summer. Teson said the big boxes put them out of business. The lot is ready for development; the house was demolished and removed last month. Teson said it’s about three quarters of an acre and they’re asking $425,000.

Area restaurants make Post-Dispatch top 100

St. Louis Post-Dispatch food writer Ian Froeb has come out with his STL 100 — the top St. Louis restaurants. Three are in Maplewood, one is in Brentwood, one is in Richmond Heights, one is just south of Maplewood and one is just west of Brentwood. In Maplewood, Acero made #19.

Brentwood salon, auto repair shop listed for sale

A 2,500 square foot Brentwood salon is on the market for $114,000 on BizBiySell. It’s identified as being just north of Manchester Road on Brentwood Boulevard. According to the listing, the sale includes 16 cutting chairs, four wash stations and three blow drying stations. All equipment is only three years old. From the photo in the listing, it appears to be Cheveux, at 2514 S. Brentwood Boulevard.

Sports Authority employees: Brentwood store not closing

Some area Sports Authority stores may be closing as early as March, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Wednesday. The company plans to file for bankruptcy, closing 150 to 200 of its 450 stores nationwide. An employee at the Brentwood store (8340 Eager Road) referred the Post-Dispatch reporter’s question to its corporate office. Sports Authority, owned by private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners LP, declined to comment to the reporter.

Teson Farms set to be demolished; update: work begins

Teson Farms nursery, at 8419 Manchester Road, which closed in July 2011, is set to be demolished within the week, according to a post on Facebook via the Next Door website. The city hand delivered a condemnation notice to the owner, who has until Feb. 15 to demolish the building. According to St. Louis County records, $21,153.01 are owed in taxes on the building for 2014 and 2015.

Flying Tiger Motorcycle shop dog Griffin dies

Maplewood shop dog, Griffin, at Flying Tiger Motorcycles, died recently, Flying Tigers reported on Facebook. Griffin loved to lie in the sun at the front door so he could greet whoever that walked in. Flying Tiger said on Facebook, “BIG shout out and Thank you to Chad and Stephanie McFarland @ The Elements of Design Studio for framing this beautiful picture of the best shop dog who ever lived, Griffin. Also, a big Thank you to Brad Sarno for taking this beautiful image of our furry friend, it truly captured his spirit, and to Bobby M. for printing it. We miss you Griffin!!”

Coffee shop reopens following employee problems

Dennis Keller, owner of  The Brentwood Perk (2944 S. Brentwood Boulevard) drive-thru coffee shop, said an employee who didn’t show up for work forced a shut-down. On Wednesday Keller messaged 40 South News through Facebook that the shop has reopened after a two-week shutdown, and he’s trying to get customers back. “The employee we had never showed up to work and no one was showing up for interviews, so nobody to work shop during the week,” he said. “If things don’t pick up we are done for, probably sometime in March. We have an employee for now, might hire one more.”

Revel Kitchen plans soft opening

Revel Kitchen plans to open its second location, next to Mai Lee Restaurant on Musick Memorial Drive, next month. Revel Kitchen specializes in paleo, vegetarian, pescatarian (fish, not meat) or any other healthy diet preference. Its first location — still open — is on Cherokee Street, in St. Louis. Owner, Simon Lusky began by cooking paleo meals for the St.

X’s on doors in Brentwood: not necessarily bad

The weekend’s rain, which caused Deer Creek to flood over Manchester Road in Brentwood, came right up to businesses doors, but not in, according to a barber at Kings & Queens Barber And Beauty in the 8500 block. That business, and every other on the block, had or still has, an orange X spray-painted on the front door. It only means Laclede Gas has inspected the gas lines for leaks following the flood and everything is OK, the bartender at the Sideline said. Some of the businesses are closed for unrelated reasons. Time for Dinner is closed for a scheduled break.

In the news: lots of Maplewood food, coffee, tea…

Maplewood definitely leads the area in media mentions this week. Lots of it has to do with food: fried chicken, tea, coffee, wine, spices, chocolate, olive oil and vinegars… Here’s what 40 South News found in the news this week on Brentwood, Maplewood and Richmond Heights. Maplewood

Feast Magazine — 15 Great Gifts for the Food-Lover in Your Life — Penzeys Spices, Kakao Chocolate, Vom Fass
Feast Magazine — Traveling Tea’s Kateri Meyer on Her Passion for Good Tea — says life is too short to drink bad tea
Fox 2 Now — 14th annual Christmas Tree Walk tonight in Maplewood
Huffington Post — What Happened When One High School Started An Open Conversation About Race — MRH’s Student Group on Race Relations
L’Arche USA — St. Louis to Open Second Home
Riverfront Times — For Schlafly Bottleworks’ KT Ayers, Cooking Is a Lifelong Affair
Riverfront Times — The Picky Eater’s Guide to Reeds American Table

8318 Manchester Road demolished

The building at 8318 Manchester Road was demolished this week, the Brentwood Historical Society reports.  In the last few years, it was owned by the city of Brentwood.  The Street Department occupies the rest of the property, according to the historical society. For many years, it was home to Herold Grocery, and later Herold Sports Shop. It was owned by Ed and Lillian Herold. Before the city purchased the building, it was home to Luttrell Upholstery.

Brentwood parking lots infamous in St. Louis

Two Brentwood parking lots got top mention in a recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch article about the most aggravating in St. Louis. “When we put out a query asking which local parking lots are the most aggravating, a few immediately rose to the top of reader responses in frequency and ire: The Promenade at Brentwood, West County Center and Brentwood Square.”

See also: Promenade lot makes list of worst in St. Louis

Parking lots at Loughborough Commons, Telegraph Plaza, Grasso Plaza in Affton, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre and any Walmart are also mentioned.

Yelp, Alive names top neighborhood coffee shops: Brentwood, Maplewood

Alive Magazine partnered with Yelp recently to list their highest-rated coffee shops in 28 St. Louis neighborhoods — Brentwood and Maplewood were included. “These coffee shops have topped the coffee category in their neighborhood based on the number of reviews and star rating,” according to Alive Magazine. In Brentwood, the magazine named Brentwood Perk as the top shop. Ray’s Doughnuts, St.

Metro Lighting supports endangered energy efficiency program

Metro Lighting — with a large Brentwood location — has saved Missouri residents and businesses more than 20,000,000 kWh annually through the ActOnEnergy program, Nick Frisella,  the company’s energy efficiency program manager and director of sustainability (also a Maplewood resident and Maplewood Sustainability Commissioner) says in a blog on energy conservation. He says that’s equivalent to powering approximately 1,900 Missouri homes per year — saving Metro Lighting customers more than 1.2 million dollars a year. But that’s now in danger, Frisella says. The  Missouri Public Service Commission unanimously rejected Ameren’s energy-efficiency program extending for another three years a program that has put more than $100 million toward energy efficiency and saved some 1 million megawatt hours of power. “This is the ActOnEnergy program for both residential and business incentives for energy efficient upgrades.