Maplewood P&Z votes to recommend tattoo studio

The Maplewood Plan and Zoning Commission on Monday voted to recommend to the city council that the owners of All Star tattoo studio be permitted to move their business from its current location in University City to 2801- 2803 S. Big Bend Boulevard. Most members of the commission, and two neighbors that spoke in the hearing, were mostly concerned with parking. One owner said there could be 10 – 12 cars parked there at any one time. Owners Nate Strautkalns and Alan Thompson said they plan to buy all three parcels and use the now empty lot to the north for a parking lot, which can accommodate 14 spaces, City Public Works Director Anthony Traxler said. Neighbor Susan Johnson said she wasn’t opposed to a tattoo studio but still wished it was opening on Manchester Road, though she said she preferred this to a Jack in a Box at that location.

Shop ‘n Save closing pushed up: it’s Saturday

As shoppers empty the shelves at the Maplewood Shop ‘n Save on Friday, word from an employee now is that the store will shut its doors for good at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 2. Residents haven’t have much time to adjust. The Union Local 655 told its members the store would close just two weeks ago. Then, the word was that the store would close its doors on June 15. If you’ve been waiting to go for a good price on your favorite item you might be too late.

Hearing planned for ‘vintage boutique’ in Maplewood; update: it’s been postponed

Some Maplewood residents received a notice in the mail for a planned ‘vintage boutique’ at 2714 Sutton Boulevard. Shana Watkins Photography moved from the location at the corner of Sutton and Marietta Avenue. Katie May has made a request for a conditional use permit for the shop. Maplewood Planning and Zoning will consider the request and hear citizens’ comments on June 4 at Maplewood City Hall. The commission will vote on a recommendation to the city council at the meeting.

Lease signed for new Taco Bell

Dan Lesseg, who owns the property in Maplewood where Tim Hortons built a shop and operated until it closed in December, has said Taco Bell signed a lease on Tuesday. The news that Taco Bell was moving there (2721 S. Big Bend Boulevard) from the 6660 Manchester Avenue location broke in April, when employees from there and other locations said it was impending. At the time an employee at the 6660 Manchester Avenue location said it would happen around November 2018. See also: Taco Bell taking over former Maplewood Tim Hortons location: employees, Maplewood neighbors meet Taco Bell reps: discuss noise, lights

 

Maplewood Shop ‘n Save discounts go deeper

The Shop ‘n Save in Maplewood, which is shutting its doors in mid-June, has gone to the next level of discounts, an employee at the courtesy counter said Wednesday morning. Some items have been discounted 20 percent. The discounts is now are 40 to 75 percent. See also: Maplewood Shop ‘n Save to close, Union Local 655 says, Shop ‘n Save’s closing date is set, employees say

So if you’ve been waiting now’s the time. FYI, the beer aisle was already getting sparse on Tuesday.

Maplewood biz owner takes part in Trailnet Bike to Work Day

The only Trailnet Bike to Work Day coffee stop in Maplewood Friday monring was at Zee Bee Market, manned by owner, Julio Zegarra-Ballon. At 8:30 a.m. he said he had seen seven bikers go by (in the rain). Two took the time to stop. He was serving coffee and scones from Foundation Grounds. Zegarra-Ballon said he plans to participate every year.

Taste of Maplewood Street Festival-Community Stage Performers Sought

The Mid County Chamber of Commerce is extending an invitation to local performers to apply for a spot in the 10th annual Taste of Maplewood Street Festival community stage line up on Saturday, May 19. One applicant will be selected and earn the opportunity to perform on the community stage, along with the other volunteer entertainment. No compensation is offered to performers on the community stage. The performer selected will have access to a covered bandwagon stage, sound, and sound technician. Performances may include music, storytelling, dance, magic, or any other special talent or skills.

Taco Bell taking over former Maplewood Tim Hortons location: employees

According to Taco Bell employees at various locations, the Taco Bell at 6660 Manchester Avenue, is moving into the former Tim Hortons location in Maplewood, at 2721 S. Big Bend Boulevard. One, at the 6660 Manchester Avenue location, said it will happen around November 2018. The Tim Hortons closed its doors in December, along with all other St. Louis locations of the franchise.

Rafferty Auto to leave Maplewood

Rafferty Auto Sales is moving from 7469 Manchester Road to 6855 Manchester Road, in St. Louis city, according to a banner at the business, and an employee. ‘Al’ at Rafferty Auto, speaking for owner Ted Rafferty, said they had a lease at the Maplewood location and wanted to buy, but found a better deal at the former Roger Wilson Motors location.

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.