New soccer store opens in Maplewood

A new soccer gear store, OMG Soccer, opened in early May in the former Miriam Trading Post location, 2171 S. Big Bend Boulevard. Owner Yama Barekzai says he went to Gateway High School in St. Louis and played four years at UMSL. He traveled around, following his dad, to India, Pakistan, Russia, Spain and other countries, growing up. He said it wasn’t much fun, but he played a lot of soccer.

Toasty Subs to open this month

St. Louis Magazine recently quoted 40 South from 2014, where it was said that Toasty Subs, at 3001 S. Big Bend, “never opened and never will.” That was a year after the signs went up with no progress. St. Louis magazine now says,”never say never,” and that Toasty Subs will open soon.

Airedale Antics began as Airedale Antiques, marks 10 years

Airedale Antics, started in St. Charles as Airedale Antiques, co-owner Sheri Phipps said at the store on Saturday, at 7316 Manchester Road in Maplewood. She and her husband, Tony, were opening an antique furniture restoration shop on First Street in St. Charles and loved their Airedales, so they named it Airedale Antiques. They’d take the dogs to work and it would be first in the phone book she said.

Stringfest was rain or shine: good thing

Maplewood’s third annual Stringfest, on Saturday, was billed as rain or shine. Not by choice, musicians played inside in downtown shops Saturday afternoon as it rained steadily outside. Folks still came. Harpists were featured, but others such as a string quartet, kids on classical guitars, and various other groups on stringed instruments entertained folks that came out. The city of Maplewood Special Business District sponsored the event.

Stringfest, Bookstore Day, Airedale Antics 10th on Saturday; Active Aging Expo Monday

Dodge the rain this Saturday for these fun events in Maplewood. The Active Aging Expo is Monday at The Heights. Saturday, April 29

Stringfest in downtown Maplewood — 4 to 7 p.m. — More than a dozen roaming musicians and maverick harpists will perform on the streets of Maplewood. Enjoy food and drink sold on the sidewalks by Maplewood’s award-winning food purveyors. Visit your favorite shops for open houses.

Internet business moves within Maplewood

Seafoam Media, an internet marketing company, is moving its office from a second floor in the 7300 block of Manchester Road to a larger space on Sutton Boulevard. Owner, Nikki Bisel, said on Thursday that the company has grown from five to ten employees in a year and that there’s room for growth in the new location — the former Once Upon A Bash spot at 2732 Sutton Boulevard.

New Maplewood restaurant set to open in May

Tapped, the new restaurant moving into the former A Pizza Story space in the 7200 block of Manchester Road, is set to open in early May, St. Louis Magazine reports. Tapped will make use of the wood-fired pizza oven they inherited. Also on the menu: chicken artichoke sautée, bourbon-glazed wings, meatloaf, toasted ravioli with tomato-bacon jam, fish ‘n chips, and sandwiches, according to St. Louis Magazine.

Raising Cane’s set to open in June

Maplewood Raising Cane’s construction manager, Jerry McClain, said by email on Thursday that the opening date for the new restaurant is June 6. The new Raising Cane’s is at 2707 S. Big Bend Boulevard, at Manchester Road. Officials discuss Raising Cane’s: setbacks, signs, scrubbing the smell
Officials OK Raising Cane’s
Schaefer Shell demolished — Raising Cane’s coming

Farewell to Mayor Jim White

I don’t know how many times that I have heard some version of, “Why would anyone want to serve on City Council?” in recent months. I think most of us would agree that serving in local government is a relatively thankless job. The two vacant council seats that went unopposed seem to speak volumes. Collectively, the Council dedicates hours and hours of time on issues that affect the lives of citizens and businesses, listening and researching every possible angle before making decisions. Ninety-nine times out of 100, their efforts go unnoticed.

Vintage clothing store not a thrift shop — $900 sweaters from the 1980s

The owner of the vintage clothing store, Reset Vintage Apparel, Bruce Schwerdt, set to open at 2607-C Bellevue Avenue pending approval from city council, describes his merchandise as “a uniquely curated selection of collectable clothing, shoes and accessories ranging from the 1980s to the early 2000s.”

In his description of the store for the city council agenda for the April 11 meeting, which will have its first reading for the store on Tuesday, Schwerdt says the store isn’t  a thrift store or resale shop. The items will be “collectable and vintage,” selling at a higher cost than when they were originally released. He says the current market for vintage clothing is at an all time high. Select T-shirts that originally sold for $10 to $15 now sell for $20 and up. Jackets that originally sold for $30 to $50 now sell for for $75 and up.

Not-for-profit antique, global goods shop to take Manchester location

An antique shop, Get the Word Out — Vintage, Antiques, Global Goods is set to move from Glendale to Maplewood, replacing My Happy Place, 7405 Manchester Road. Owner Karen Smith, of Webster Groves, said in her application to the city that it will specialize in higher-end items and new and handmade goods she brings from Kenya. The shop is a not-for-profit, with the money going to pay for kids in Kenya to go to school, and to help women there start and maintain small businesses. See more on its Facebook page and website.

Another long line for beer in Maplewood

Another long line in Maplewood for beer — Side Project Brewing on Thursday afternoon released its Anabasis, in bottles (750 ml). According to Side Project: “Anabasis is a Barleywine that was brewed with American malts and hops, but fermented with a strong English Ale strain. This Barleywine was aged for 18 months in a single Wine and Cheese Place Blanton’s barrel before being bottle conditioned for several more months before being released.” Last month beer lovers lined up for blocks for another Side Project beer.