Stolen donut delivery car returned the same day

A car owned by a Strange Donuts employee that was stolen from in front of the shop in Maplewood early Thursday morning containing about 500 donuts was returned later the same day, apparently missing only a few donuts, according to a Tweet by Strange Donuts. The car had been running and unlocked, and contained the supply of donuts for the store’s Kirkwood store — about 500. The stolen car was not the fully decaled Strange Donuts Smart car. It was the employee’s personal car an employee at the shop said Thursday night. She also said it was returned later in the day.

Maplewood Aldi will be super busy for 5 weeks

The Maplewood Aldi store will be very busy the next five weeks, an employee said Saturday — the crowd is coming from University City. The University City Aldi, at 7701 Olive Boulevard, is closed until mid-February for interior remodeling. Employees and customers at the Maplewood store said they’re all coming here. An employee said that everyday in Maplewood has been busy since the remodeling began a week ago. She called it a “war zone”.

Maplewood Tim Hortons shuttered

Tim Hortons in Maplewood (2721 S Big Bend Boulevard) closed its doors for good at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Employees said they’ve known about the closing for about a week, but couldn’t say why. One said she plans to work at Raising Cane’s, across the street. Another said he has some options, including Raising Cane’s. The Maplewood Tim Hortons was the first St.

Maplewood shop employees get bonus from novelist James Patterson

Five employees of The Book House in Maplewood are among 300 book stores nationally to receive grants from novelist James Patterson, totaling $350,000, as part of his Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program, according to the American Booksellers Association. Patterson partnered with the ABA to distribute the funds, which were awarded to individual booksellers in amounts ranging from $750 to $1,250. The grant application asked one question: “Why does this bookseller deserve a holiday bonus?” Patterson personally selected winners from bookstores all across the country. Patterson said, “This holiday season, in particular, underscored how deserving these booksellers are — many of the recipients came from stores that dealt with major damage from hurricanes and wildfires, in addition to the challenges they faced in an ever-changing retail environment. These bonuses are my humble acknowledgment of their commitment to putting books into the hands of readers, and I hope these grants make a positive difference in their lives.”

American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher said, “James Patterson continues to demonstrate his extraordinary commitment to literacy and independent booksellers.

Restaurant planned for former piano bar space

The corner space at Manchester and Sutton, most recently Live Juke Joint Piano Bar, will be subdivided with an entrance added at Sutton. A two-man team with impressive credentials plan to open a restaurant there in spring/summer. Chris Kelling, former dining room manager of The Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa Valley, and Adam Altnether, former chef for the St. Louis Cardinals and Gerard Craft’s Niche and Pastaria, have announced their new restaurant, Elmwood. Altnether told Sauce Magazine: “It’s going to be a modern American bistro with some global influences.

Maplewood business closing — what’s coming is “exciting”

Kirsten Caywood has operated her fitness business, Mirror Image Life Style Fitness (2718 Sutton Boulevard) since 2012. She’s closing the doors at the end of December. She said it started to slow down this year. “It started to show signs, not to sound spiritual, that maybe this was coming to a close,” she said. December 29 will be her last day open.

Condos to be ‘commercial’ condos; more from Maplewood P&Z

Maplewood Planning and Zoning OK’d a commercial condominium on Monday. That’s a commercial condo, not one where people live. Maplewood zoning administrator and assistant city manager, Anthony Traxler, said knew there would be confusion. In a commercial condominium, more than one business can jointly own facilities, similar to condominiums where people live. Two lots of the Sunnen Station Redevelopment Plat were consolidated to form the condominium.

2 Tim Hortons close over state sales tax, but not Maplewood

Two St. Louis Tim Hortons restaurants closed over the Thanksgiving weekend — neither one was the Maplewood shop, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Show Me Hospitality, the franchisee that opened its first Tim Hortons in 2015, in Maplewood, had its sales tax license revoked in June. The shops on Tucker Boulevard and in the Central West End’s Cortex district were closed.

Shops set records on Small Business Saturday

Employees at several independent businesses in Maplewood said sales during Small Business Saturday (the Saturday following Thanksgiving) was as good or much better than last year, or any other day.Karen Smith, an employee at Get the WORD Out (7405 Manchester Road), said the store better than doubled its sales for any day in its history. The shop is a non-profit that helps to pay for care and school fees for kids in Kenya. It opened this year in Maplewood. Employees at 0ther stores, such as Great Harvest Bakery, La Cosecha Coffee and The Book House (all in the 7300 block of Manchester) also said sales on the day were at least as good as last year’s Small Business Saturday. They’re all looking forward to a busy Maplewood Christmas Tree Walk, on Friday evening.

City experiments at traffic light fix

This summer drivers heading north on Sutton Boulevard at Manchester Road noticed that the new windows at 7401 Manchester Road reflected the signal lights for east-bound Manchester traffic, creating a possibly confusing situation. In early August the windows were covered with paper. Building owner David Schlafly said the paper was a test. He said at the time that the Maplewood building department is either installing a louver on the light or relocating it to fix the problem. He said the paper on the windows was to help with with the city’s tests.

Maplewood ranks high on national ‘hipster’ list

Maplewood (ZIP code 63143) has been ranked 14th nationally on a National Association of Realtors’ list of “hipster” places to live — beating out cities such as Eugene, Oregon, and Minneapolis. Hipsters, according to the study, are “those who embrace the indie culture and tend to embrace lifestyles of artisanal coffee and avocado toast.” Maplewood has at least half a dozen shops to find ‘artisanal coffee.’ The director of economic research for realtor.com® said hipsters have a knack for getting it right. “Based on our research, there’s clear evidence that ‘hipster’ popularity — in markets like Austin, Texas — has led to mainstream interest and higher home prices over time,” said Javier Vivas, director of economic research for realtor.com®.

Piano bar space back on the market

Live Juke Joint Piano Bar, at Manchester and Sutton, closed in July after a year and a half in business. The space is back on the market. Before the Live Juke Joint Piano Bar, the spot was the Blind Tiger restaurant, the Jumpin’ Jupiter cabaret, and Jive and Wail piano bar. Red Brick owns the building and is listing the 5,500 square foot space it at $16-20 PSF.