Police warn of car theft scam

Maplewood police say a man and woman in a dark colored pick up have been seen in area parking lots trying to scam people to steal their cars. Police say the couple tells drivers their wheel is broken but it’s an attempt to steal their car. Police also think a white car is involved. Police warn not to speak with these people and to call the department immediately at (314) 645-3000. https://twitter.com/MaplewoodMOPD/status/974763266827268099

Maplewood restaurants go strawless; others use compostable, paper

When The Crows Nest posted on Instagram that straws would be given out on request only, the owner challenged other Maplewood restaurants to do the same. Now, so far, The Blue Duck, Thai Table (opening soon), Robota, and Reeds American Table have joined The Crows Nest in giving out straws only on request. Other Maplewood food establishments offer compostable (made from corn, not plastic) or paper straws. Traveling Tea has used only compostable straws since the day it opened, according to owner Katerie Mayer. Schlafly Bottleworks also uses compostable straws, Meyers said.

MRH students gather to remember 17 shot

On Wednesday at 10 a.m. a couple hundred Maplewood Richmond Heights High School and Middle School students gathered on the soccer field for a 17-minute remembrance of the 17 high school students and staff shot in Florida last month. They gathered around 17 white folding chairs, each with a white rose and a photograph of one of the victims.

After hearing about each of the victims, as students held up their photos, assistant high school principal, Deann Myers asked three questions, which she said came from the students: how they can impact the climate and culture in their own school, who do they talk to if they’re concerned about someone or something, and what do they do when they see someone not fitting in. “There were a lot of conversations about how to avoid any political talk, while expressing their concerns for everyone’s safety,” Meyers said. She said the feeling of not belonging and loneliness, which has seemed to be a constant in each of the shootings, is very critical to everyone at the school. Principal Kevin Grawer said the students had three or four meetings to plan the 17-minute meeting to respect the lives lost and possibly create some change.

Maplewood shop forced to move, finds new home within Maplewood

Elements Of Design Studio, a frame shop in the 7100 block of Manchester Road, is being forced to vacate, and has found a new location on Sutton Boulevard. The business is moving from 7182 Manchester Road to 2718 Sutton Boulevard. The business owner said the building owner hasn’t kept up with maintenance, resulting in the shop being closed for months at a time. They say the city of Maplewood stepped in after fining the owner multiple times with violations over the past three years, calling the building unfit for human occupancy. City Manager Marty Corcoran said Thursday that a judge didn’t condemn the building; the residents were ordered to vacate due to unsafe conditions.

Fair trade market to open in April

Zee Bee Market owner Julio Zegarra-Ballon announced on Twitter Wednesday that his second store, in Maplewood, is set to open April 21. The shop will carry accessories, apparel, jewelry, products for the home and kids, plus journals and cards, according to its website. His first Zee Bee Market is on South Grand. The new Maplewood store will be in the former Femme clothing shop location (7270 Manchester Road). See also: Award-winning chef set to open restaurant in Maplewood, Restaurant planned for former piano bar space

Book House not closing, despite appearance, owner says

Owner of The Book House (7352 Manchester Road), Michelle Barron, said that in spite of the east side of the shop’s storefront being emptied of shelves and (mostly) books, she wants everyone to know that, “We definitely are not closing!” The east side of the space is being made available for another tenant. Barron said they are still working on getting the back room sorted out and still need a lot of storage space and volunteers to help move boxes downstairs. The store-wide sale is over but clearance books are marked down. The children’s books have been moved downstairs.

Tobacco shop considers Maplewood move

The shop, HSB Tobacconist (6364 Delmar Boulevard, University City) is leaving it the Loop, blaming falling revenue due and a landlord’s demands, the the Riverfront Times reports. Jessica Bueler, whose father founded the tobacco shop in 1972 told the RFT she had been under a payment plan with landlord Joe Edwards. The recent trolley construction hurt foot traffic. As a result she had stopped paying her rent. She said told the RFT she owes Edwards about $30,000.

Correction: wine bar is coming

Brian Hobbs still plans to open a wine bar (at one time to be called Chateau Maplewood) possibly at the J&E Office City location — 7326 Manchester Road — in spite of contractor Patrick Jugo’s information that the buildout job was shut down in November, and this publication’s report that the wine bar subsequently wouldn’t open. Hobbs corrected 40 South through Twitter on Wednesday. Jugo had said the client had monetary issues and that he and the building owner are pursuing new tenant options. Hobbs was general manager at Bar Les Freres in Clayton for four and a half years before leaving to start up Chateau Maplewood. Maplewood city council approved the conditional permit in August 2017.

Maplewood bike trail still on the table

Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg said at the council meeting Tuesday that there’s still hope for the proposed Great Rivers Greenway (GRG) trail through the city. He said he and City Manager Marty Corcoran have a meeting with GRG on March 6 to discuss the biking and hiking trail through Maplewood, to run along Greenwood Boulevard. Greenberg said probably everyone knows that GRG had declined the federal funding (of $1.6 million) and the project is canceled for the time, and that there could be a solution at a future date. See also: Great Rivers Greenway rejects Maplewood proposal, Great Rivers Greenway giving Maplewood a 2nd chance

“There’s no hope of resurrecting the current project in its current form, however GRG has expressed desire to move forward with (the Maplewood) portion of the network. We’ll explore the possibility with them, letting them know there are certain stipulations to be acceptable to the city,” he said.

Timing could influence trail vote

Great River Greenway (GRG) has given the city of Maplewood until April 30 to decide if it wants to be a part of its trail system in St. Louis. The election to fill the vacant Ward 1 seat is April 3. After Maplewood told GRG it would proceed with the group’s plan for a trail along Greenwood Boulevard, with stipulations, and GRG said the city’s demands forced them to pull the plug on a $1.6 million federal grant — GRG gave Maplewood until April 30 to agree to the plan, for next year’s budget. See Maplewood’s letter to GRG
See the GRG letter to Mayor Greenberg and the city council

If the council considers GRG’s proposal after the election — if it does at all — the new council member could swing the vote.