Another long line for beer in Maplewood

Another long line in Maplewood for beer — Side Project Brewing on Thursday afternoon released its Anabasis, in bottles (750 ml). According to Side Project: “Anabasis is a Barleywine that was brewed with American malts and hops, but fermented with a strong English Ale strain. This Barleywine was aged for 18 months in a single Wine and Cheese Place Blanton’s barrel before being bottle conditioned for several more months before being released.” Last month beer lovers lined up for blocks for another Side Project beer.  

Maplewood city denies racism; willing to defend itself in court

Maplewood City Manager Marty Corcoran said in a call to 40 South on Thursday that the city is willing to defend itself in court against an allegation that one of its ordinances is racist. Corcoran said the suit doesn’t mention a specific case; is general allegations. He said the 10-year-old ordinance is “proper” and the city “vehemently” denies acting in a racist manner. (See the complete ordinance on the city website.)

The charge was filed two weeks ago by Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council with the Missouri Human Rights Commission, and was dismissed, which is standard procedure.

Maplewood candidate not advertising; walking the streets instead

Maplewood mayoral candidate Barry Greenberg says he has no yard signs — limiting his campaign to walking the streets and handing out flyers. Greenberg sent to 40 South for publication:
As a candidate for public office, having just experienced the most recent presidential election and the millions of dollars spent on (often misleading) campaign advertising, I have decided not to spend any money on yard signs or other advertising. I have limited my campaigning to walking the streets, knocking on doors, handing out my informational flyers and talking with citizens about my qualifications and what is important to them. I also rely on the people I speak with to share their thoughts with their neighbors. I have not accepted campaign contributions that have been offered nor have I in the last 14 years that I have served as an elected official.

Man steals iPhone at Walmart, gets caught

Derrick L. Cartwright, 37, of Florissant, was charged with a Class C felony of receiving stolen property in the theft of an iPhone from the Maplewood Walmart, according to court and police records. The victim reported that her iPhone, which had her driver’s license and a credit card contained in its case, had been misplaced while she was shopping at the Walmart store in Maplewood. The phone and case were valued at $550. A review of surveillance video showed a man picking it up from the ground near the exit. The victim sent a text message from her daughter’s phone to her stolen phone, offering a $500 reward for the return of the phone.

Steak ‘n Shake had ‘underground electrical problems’

Folks driving by the Maplewood Steak ‘n Shake Thursday night saw that it was totally dark, while everything else on the strip was lit up. There were concerns it was shut down — it’s not. Later in the evening a sign was posted saying it was a power issue. Friday morning around 9:40 an employee said “underground electrical problems” caused the problem last night, and the power had just returned.

Police substation opens at Lowe’s

On Tuesday the Maplewood Lowe’s Store held a dedication for a new Maplewood Police substation, according to a post on Facebook. The new substation will provide an office for police officers for completing reports, while offering onsite police assistance to the store, patrons and the business community.  

Also — As part of the planned Mid County Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Spirit Week, March 20-24, an event is planned to honor First Responders (Police and Fire) in Maplewood and Richmond Heights. Look for an event on March 21 from 8-9 a.m. at Citizens National Bank. Tim Hortons will provide donuts and coffee.

Maplewood mayoral candidates meet in debate

Around 90 came to the Maplewood Richmond Heights theater Tuesday evening to hear candidates for mayor of Maplewood, Patrick Jugo and Barry Greenberg, debate in a League of Women Voters forum. Both candidates were polite — not interrupting and not going over their time limits. They agreed on many questions, which came from the audience. They were asked about Maplewood’s strengths and weaknesses. Greenberg said the weakness is there are no facilities for aging in place.

Maplewood P&Z OK’s antique store, group home

Maplewood Plan and Zoning on Monday OK’d a conditional use permit (pending approval by city council) for an antique store to operate at 7405 Manchester Road. The spot was a barber shop for 17 years (Yokley’s), then a gift shop (My Happy Place), then considered for an Asian fusion restaurant (Kim Cheese) — they backed out. They also approved a conditional use permit for a single-family house at 7406 Flora Avenue to be used as a group living facility/group home for Loretto Volunteers. From the Loretto Volunteers website, “The Loretto Volunteer Program pairs volunteers with social justice organizations for a formative year of service.  Through meaningful work and communal living, volunteers live out the Loretto Community’s mission to work for justice and act for peace – guided by the core values of social justice, community, simplicity and spirituality.” Yokley’s, Aikido spaces new rent ‘reasonable’

Soccer store to open in Maplewood

According to a press release dated March 7, Hilliker Corporation, a St. Louis owned and managed commercial real estate company, recently helped lease the former Miriam Switching Post’s store to an expanding Los Angeles soccer company. OMG Soccer will move into the 5,800-squarefoot space at 2171 S. Big Bend in Maplewood in March. OMG Soccer will sell soccer equipment, clothing and gear to individuals and teams at colleges, schools, and clubs. The store will cater to indoor and outdoor soccer for kids and adults both at the store and online.

Little Caesars pizza to open Wednesday

Little Caesars pizza, in the Shop ‘n’ Save plaza in Maplewood is set to open for business on Wednesday, March 8, an employee said on Tuesday. The address is 7329 Manchester Road. The Maplewood Design and Review Board is set to review a sign for the Little Caesar’s at its meeting on Thursday.

Alfa Romeo, Maserati dealership opens

According to a press release dated March 3, Jim Butler Alfa Romeo and Jim Butler Maserati dealership opened in early March in Maplewood. From the release: The dealerships had been temporarily located at Jim Butler Auto Plaza in Crestwood while construction was underway for the new facility. “Our goal is to provide the best luxury experience that drivers will find in St. Louis,” said Brad Sowers, co-owner and president of Jim Butler Auto Group. “The time is right for people to discover the thrill of being behind the wheel of an Italian luxury car.