Penzeys to close temporary location on Monday, return to original spot on Manchester in Maplewood

Penzeys Spices plans to close down its current store location in the Schnucks mall and reopen at its original location, at 7338 Manchester Road, five days later. A fire in the second floor of 7342 Manchester Road last August resulted in smoke and water damage to several businesses in the block. As a result Penzeys moved across the street while its original store was being renovated. The temporary location, two doors from Schnucks, is closing on Monday, May 20; the store will reopen on May 25 at its original location, building owner Rob Birenbaum confirmed.  

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Internet of Things & Security

What is the “Internet of Things” and why should it be important to me? Many of you may have heard of the term “Internet of Things”, but may not be sure exactly what it refers to.  The last 20 or so years have seen a massive boom in advances in technology, specifically many consumer devices that connect to the web, from nanny cams to wireless doorbells, smart speakers (such as Alexa and Google Home), and Internet connected thermostats, among many others. It is estimated that there will be 20.4 BILLION IoT Devices by the year 2020, and that every second another 127 devices are connected to the Internet.  This doesn’t even include the estimated 2.87 billion smartphone users that would be online by the same year.  Originally it was just computers that would connect to the Internet – but now we live in an Internet of Things or IoT era. So now that we are in a world where today’s children wouldn’t even understand NOT having the Internet, most kids know more than their parents – and many elementary schools now have smartphones
So what does my smart fridge, nanny cam or WIFI light-bulb
have to do with security and why is it important?? With advances in technology, it’s not uncommon for people to get a new computer every 5 years, or a new smart phone every 2-3 years – and new “smart” home devices or other IoT devices are being made each day.  While the United State has a number of safeguards in place to protect our privacy, and the handling or data, etc.

Maplewood business owner hopes to become marijuana dispensary

A Maplewood business owner hopes to become a medical marijuana dispensary when it becomes possible, KSDK has reported. Voters approved the sale of medical marijuana in November. Kelly Christensen has been in business about a year selling hemp products at Canvas Boutique and Dispensary in Maplewood, in the 7100 block of Manchester. Many of her products contain CBD — or Cannabidiol; it comes from the hemp plant, a close relative to marijuana. Both plants contain Cannabinoids, but marijuana is high THC, while hemp is rich in CBD.“Business has been awesome.

Sole Survivor to open in new location, other relocations and openings

In Maplewood, Penzeys Spices has moved temporarily to 7345 Manchester Road (three-month lease, an employee said) and Fantasy Shop has moved to 7329 Manchester Road — both in the mall with Schnucks on the north side of Manchester Road. Also in Maplewood, Sole Survivor is set to open in its new location at 7401 Manchester on Friday, and Taco Bell opened two weeks ago at the former Tim Hortons location (2750 S. Big Bend Boulevard).  

Penzeys Spices in Maplewood moves to temporary location

Beginning Sunday, Nov 11 Penzeys Spices in Maplewood will operate out of a new temporary location — 7345 Manchester Road, across the street from their usual spot and two doors down from Schnucks (between Nu Fashion Beauty and Clarkson Eyecare), the store has announced. It’s the planned location through the holidays while repair work continues following a fire above the store in the 7300 block of Manchester Road in August that caused smoke and water damage.

Maplewood Penzeys recouping from fire: reopening date uncertain

Penzeys Spices, in the 7300 block of Manchester Road, opened soon after a smoke and water damage from a fire in August in a second-floor business  forced its closing, but closed again for repairs. A source has said it’s hard to know when the store might reopen, but progress is being made and they might have a better idea within a week or so. The source added that it’s certain that Penzeys will reopen in its current space in Maplewood. A sign on their door says for now to visit the Penzeys store in Chesterfield.

Maplewood business to move to larger space a block away

Business is growing for Maplewood business, Sole Survivor Leather, so owners Steve and Kay Rye began a search for a larger showroom with more inventory space. They found it at 7401 Manchester Road — the northwest corner of Manchester and Sutton — the business announced Sunday. They’ve been in business since 1968. They moved to Maplewood  (7312 Manchester Road) from University City in 2015. The business is expecting to open in the new space on or before November 23, Black Friday this year.

Leopard Boutique announces Maplewood opening

Join Leopard Boutique on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7407 Manchester Rd. in Maplewood to celebrate the grand opening of its Maplewood store. It’s their third in the area. From their press release: Founded on the principal of providing a positive boutique experience for women, Leopard continues to aim for excellence via its promise to redefine femininity for the modern woman.

‘Brentwood’ to be removed from dealership name in Maplewood

A staff member of the city of Maplewood’s public works department convinced the former Volvo Cars Brentwood to remove ‘Brentwood’ from the exterior of its building, soon to be renovated. The dealership, at 7700 Manchester Road in Maplewood, is undergoing renovations to its interior and exterior. The exterior design was approved, minus ‘Brentwood,’ by the Design and Review Commission in May. It began in Brentwood but moved to Maplewood approximately than 20 years ago. The building east of the current showroom will become a separate showroom for luxury cars; it’s now being worked on.

Total Access Urgent Care president explains why they’re now not coming to Maplewood

When Total Access Urgent Care backed out of its plan to come to Maplewood at a former car lot, Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg explained his view of the decision, and described a conversation he had with the company’s president, Dr. Matthew Bruckel. Bruckel, though, wasn’t asked for his view — why his company decided not to come to Maplewood after all. He wasn’t happy about that. See also: Urgent care is out on Maplewood lot; it’s to be a car lot again

He saw the article as negative to his company, and gave his phone number in a comment on the article so he could give his side. He did that in a phone call on Friday.

Maplewood Taco Bell to open in October – November

The new Taco Bell coming to the west end of Hazel Avenue, at S. Big Bend Boulevard in Maplewood, could open in late October according to a construction worker on the site, or early to mid-November according to Bell American Group Director of Real Estate Bob Lach. The new Taco Bell was announced in April. It will replace Tim Hortons, which closed its doors in December 2017, along with all other St. Louis locations of the franchise.

Side Project Brewing plans to open 3rd location

As reported in the Webster-Kirkwood Times, Side Project Brewing will be part of a mixed-use development on a seven-acre property at Rolling Ridge Nursery in Webster Groves. The $25 million development is to include a total renovation of the 26,000-square-foot Rolling Ridge building (60 N. Gore Avenue) including a coffee shop, brewery, restaurant and apartments according to the Times. 

William Barnes, principal at NAI DESCO, said Webster Groves will be Side Project’s third location. The brewery’s two Maplewood spots are staying. He said he’s representing Side Project owners Karen and Cory King on the lease. “It is a beautiful building and unique redevelopment,” Barnes said.

Schnucks hiring for new Maplewood store

Hiring for the new Maplewood Schnucks store has begun. The store is due to open in August. Interviews are at the store location, 7345 Manchester Road, beginning Thursday, July 26, and continuing Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. until the store is staffed. Apply online before interviewing at the store at:

These positions are being hired: bagger, janitorial, checker, floral clerk, meat clerk, produce clerk, deli clerk, center store clerk, bakery clerk, overnight baker, seafood clerk and liquor clerk. See the Schnucks Maplewood Hiring Flyer here

New window and door appear in downtown Maplewood

Workers cut through an exterior wall on Wednesday, making a holes for a new window and door for the future Elmwood restaurant in Maplewood. The windows and door will be on the Sutton Boulevard side of the new restaurant, with a new address: 2704 Sutton Boulevard. Inside, workers have removed the old bar and stage. See also: Restaurant planned for former piano bar space

Drawings for Maplewood Total Access Urgent Care submitted

Drawings of a Total Access Urgent Care are with the Maplewood building department and will be considered by the Design and Review Board on Thursday. Brian Herr, Maplewood building inspector, said that the drawings are conceptual — not a site plan. It will still need to go through planning and zoning and the city council. The building is in consideration for 7469 Manchester Road, site of the former Rafferty Auto Sales. The board will also consider:

Just Practice Yoga, 3518 Greenwood – window display sign
Taco Bell, 2750 S. Big Bend – wall and pole sign
Schnucks, 7355 Manchester – wall and ground sign
Messenger Church, 2150 Yale – wall sign
Chateau Maplewood, 7326 Manchester Road – window display sign

Her also said Thai Table restaurant (7403 Manchester Road) is ready to begin hanging drywall on its buildout.

Another good sign in Maplewood

Chateau Maplewood’s buildout is progressing in the former J&E Office City location, 7326 Manchester Road, looking at its Instagram posts. Owner Brian Hobbs told Maplewood plan and zoning last August the wine bar will have about about 20 tables and a wine bar for eight. He said then that he plans on serving lunch, dinner and desserts, but the focus will be on wine. The Mid County Chamber of Commerce plans to move its office to the second floor of the building. See also: Here’s a good sign

Front Window. #enjoymaplewood #wine @hobbspartyof3 @brianhobbswine

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One step closer! #EnjoyMaplewood #wine #walnut

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Shelving installation! #wine #EnjoyMaplewood #walnut

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The shelves are staying: Shop ‘n Save employees

One thing known about the now-vacant 57,575 square foot space (per leasing info) is that the shelves are staying. That’s according to some Shop ‘n Save employees wearing corporate badges when the store was closing. Rumors have been floating about the future of the site. One local grocery chain — Schnucks — when contacted, didn’t confirm or deny anything — just: “In keeping with company policy, we don’t comment on rumor or speculation. As always, if we have news to announce regarding future locations, we will share it at the appropriate time.”