Antiques shop planned for Big Bend location

An ‘antique, vintage and collectible store’ is planned for 2301 S. Big Bend Boulevard. Maplewood Planning and Zoning is set to vote on a recommendation for the shop at its July 5 meeting, at city hall at 7 p.m., according to a city notice on the door. The commission will also hear citizens’ comments. Ronnie Vinton made the request for planning and zoning to consider the store. Maplewood City Council will hold a public hearing on the matter at its meeting on July 11.

Yoga studio opens new location in Maplewood

Calliope Massage Studio, which has operated out of 7346 Manchester Road, has moved to 2104 Bellevue Avenue. Shanti Yoga first opened at 7346 Manchester Road (upstairs). Now other businesses are sharing the space. Calliope Massage Studio and Kathryn Stinson, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) have both made the move, to join Foundations Massage and Wellness at the new location. See also: Business combine purposes at new Maplewood location

Live fiddle music in Maplewood, and a book for sale

Howard Wight Marshall, author of the new book Fiddler’s Dream: Old-Time, Swing, and Bluegrass Fiddling in Twentieth-Century Missouri, will hold a book signing on Friday, July 7 at 7 p.m. at The Book House, 7352 Manchester Rd. The program will feature live fiddle music from local musicians, according to a press release. Howard Wight Marshall is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Missouri and former director of the Missouri Cultural Heritage Center. He is also the author of Play Me Something Quick and Devilish. This book explores and documents the heritage of traditional fiddles and music in Missouri, with emphasis on the 1920s-60s, decades of great change in cultural traditions, in daily life, and in styles and repertoires of fiddle music.

Business combine purposes at new Maplewood location

Two Maplewood businesses that operated out of 7346 Manchester Road plan to combine their services at a Bellevue Avenue location, according to a press release. Calliope Massage Studio and Kathryn Stinson, LPC have expanded operations from 7346 Manchester to join Foundations Massage and Wellness at 2104 Bellevue. Though operating as three businesses, the owners plan on working toward the common goal of offering a safe, client-focused space to assist in alleviating and easing various types of pain. By providing a variety of tools for care, this collaboration hopes to reach a wide spectrum of the community. “Each client is the expert on their own life and experience, and building a good working relationship means honoring each individual’s expertise and hard-won knowledge,” says Kathryn Stinson.

Salon owner moving from Clayton to Maplewood

Maria Arobasso lived in Maplewood until the fourth grade. She now lives in Affton, but is returning to Maplewood as the owner of Modesta Salons. Arobasso has been a hair dresser in a rented space at Salon Lofts in Clayton for 10 years. Starting July she’ll have her own address, at 3528-1 Greenwood Boulevard in Maplewood. She said one of her old employees returned and said he wanted to work with her, and that gave her the motivation to start looking for a space of her own.

Blue Duck gets so-so reviews

The Blue Duck restaurant (2661 Sutton Boulevard), in Maplewood, was poorly reviewed in the Riverfront Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently. Both say the restaurant tries too hard. Post-Dispatch reviewer Ian Froeb picks apart the Blue Duck’s DLT (duck, lettuce and tomato), the ginger-braised duck quarter, lamb chops and the smoked-trout tartine — concluding, to say they “fail to deliver on what you promise if you give your restaurant a name as whimsical as the Blue Duck: singular, memorable fun.” The Riverfront Times, in its headline, says the Maplewood location “lays an egg.”

Toasty Subs is open

Toasty Subs, at 3001 South Big Bend Boulevard, opened on Friday. Owner Alex Liu on Monday said (despite the name), sushi is featured more than subs. He said previously that sushi would come later but it’s on the menu now. There’s dining on the patio or inside. The drive-thru isn’t open yet.

Correction: Raising Cane’s to open June 6, not June 1

Commercial real estate agent, Bill Barnes, told 40 South on Thursday that the St. Louis Business Journal posted the wrong opening date for the Maplewood Raising Cane’s — the correct date is June 6, not June 1. 40 South quoted the Business Journal’s wrong date. It’s since been corrected. The restaurant is planning a grand opening on June 6 at 9:30 a.m. Barnes said.

Deer Creek clothing store to close

Rue 21 store — clothing and accessories for young men and women — is closing its Deer Creek location. It’s one of four in the St. Louis area and 400 nationwide to close. The company said in a statement that “as part of our ongoing business transformation into a more cost efficient operator, we are closing unprofitable stores across our fleet in order to focus on our many hundreds of highly profitable locations,” USA Today reported last week. The Deer Creek store is set to close sometime between June 18 to 25, an employee said.

3rd tenant signs for Maplewood building

The building at 7401 Manchester Avenue in Maplewood (often called the former Monarch restaurant building), under renovation by developer David Schlafly, has its third tenant. St. Louis-based Goebel & Co. Furniture, founded in 2011, is opening a retail storefront there, nextSTL reports. Goebel specializes in hand-made residential and commercial furniture.

KSDK visits Tapped in Maplewood, explains self-pour concept

KSDK news Show Me St. Louis visited the newly opened Maplewood restaurant known for having serve-yourself taps — it’s mostly local craft beer, as well as some wine and one tap for cold coffee. Owner Ryan Reel (along with his wife, Lindsay) said the staff is paid a higher than average wage ($15/hour) so tipping isn’t expected. Any tips given go to charities. In the first month all tips will go to Artists First, in Maplewood.