Shop ‘n Save closes pharmacy

The pharmacy in the Maplewood Shop ‘n Save closed permanently on Monday, an employee said. All prescriptions have been transferred to the Maplewood CVS. One customer said she got a call from Shop ‘n Save about the change. It hasn’t been announced what will go into the space.

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.

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.

Candy shop owner backs out — not coming to Maplewood

Sherry’s Snacks will not be coming to Maplewood at the former Mirror Image Life Fitness location (2718 Sutton Boulevard), according to Kirsten Caywood, former owner of Mirror Image Life Fitness. The snack store went before Maplewood Design and Review in January for approval for an awning sign. The shop has an Alton, IL, location, selling candy, ice cream, soda floats, nachos and chocolate, according to its Facebook page. Caywood said she is still paying rent on the space and would love to find a new leasor. Call Kirsten if interested, 314-488-6441.

Public Works Department Efforts, Like Clockwork

Next month, the Mid County Chamber of Commerce will recognize the hard work and tremendous efforts of the Public Works Department in Maplewood and Richmond Heights. They are the community’s “angels in orange”. The Public Works/Parks Department keeps our streets, sidewalks, and parks landscaped, plowed, salted, mowed, clean, and watered. In the blazing heat and bitter cold, their work continues- hanging holiday lights on busy streets, planting trees in residents yards, and putting out logistical fires throughout our communities. If we compare our city operations to a clock, the Public Works Department serves as the inside gears, wheels, and springs, the stuff that makes the clock tick.