The Mid County Chamber of Commerce recently named their 2018 Annual Award recipients. The awards will be presented at their 32nd Annual Dinner Auction, Superheroes and Villains, on Friday, October 12. Event details can be found on the event website. Discounted tickets are being offered through September 21st. Business Person of the Year- Richmond Heights
Kay Basta, Barb Summers Real Estate
Selling the communities of Maplewood and Richmond Heights as the best place to live, work, and play, is a family tradition for Kay Basta. Barb Summers Real Estate, originally founded by Kay’s mother and now operated by Kay, has been in Richmond Heights for over 50 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. http://40southnews.com/hopefully-big-rock-is-the-solution-to-traffic-problem/
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.
A Maplewood business owner posted a photo of a Schnucks truck in the parking lot. The store is set to open on Aug. 22. https://www.instagram.com/p/BmL_BWnADBK/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=69jcvm3ozlgd
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: https://nourish.schnucks.com/careers/
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
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 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.
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
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.”
The now closed Maplewood Shop ‘n Save lost its sign on Tuesday. It closed on Saturday with the final discount hitting 75 percent for everything in the store. So far no word about the future of the location. See also: Shop ‘n Save closing pushed up: it’s Saturday, Shop ‘n Save only store leaving Maplewood Square employees say
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.
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.
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.
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 (2750 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