New Maplewood restaurant to open Feb. 14

Chris Rayburn, co-owner of The Blue Duck, in Washington, MO, plans to open the second Blue Duck, at 7401 Manchester Road, on Tuesday, Feb. 14 — Valentines Day, he said Friday. He said to expect the kitchen to be closed two hours before closing time each day. Drinks, desserts and small appetizers should be available. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 11 a.m. – midnight

Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The Blue Duck is in the back of the building at Manchester and Sutton that David Schlafly is rehabbing.

Asian-fusion restaurant backs out

There will be some shuffling of tenants in the 7400 block of Manchester Road, as two backed out and one closed. Kim Cheese, an Asian-fusion restaurant approved for 7405 Manchester Road that My Happy Place recently moved out of, decided not to move in, according to building owner Dan Slavin. He said the numbers it didn’t work; a kitchen needed to be built.

At 7415 Manchester Road, on the corner, where Craft Beer Cellar was approved but then backed out, architectural firm RDG Planning and Design is moving in. Slavin said it’s a national firm. RDG will occupy the former My Happy Place during the build-out of their space.

Soccer shop coming to Maplewood

A soccer gear shop, OMG Soccer, is planned for 2171 S. Big Bend Boulevard, the former Miriam Switching Post spot before it moved to 292 Hanley Industrial Court. The owner said Tuesday he plans to open in a couple months. The website,, isn’t set up yet, he said.

Little Caesar’s Pizza coming

The build-out for a new Little Caesar’s Pizza in the Shop ‘n Save mall has begun. The space next to it is available. Maplewood officials OK’d the conditional use permit for the Little Caesar’s in September.

Maplewood groundhog doesn’t see her shadow

Maplewood Molly, Maplewood’s Groundhog Day representative, did not see her shadow, meaning an early spring. It was Maplewood Molly’s first prediction. She’s been sheltering through the winter in her cardboard home at Traveling Tea, 2707 Sutton Boulevard. Traveling Tea owner Kateri Meyer announced Molly’s prediction of an early spring on Thursday morning. During the month of January at many Maplewood businesses, folks predicted Molly’s prediction, as they made a  donation to the Missouri Wildlife Rescue Center.

Maplewood taproom named best in Missouri

Maplewood’s Side Project Cellar, at 7373 Marietta Avenue, has been named the best taproom in Missouri, by RateBeer, according to a recent Tweet from Side Project. A year ago RateBeer ranked Side Project the eighth best brewery in the world. Side Project Brewery opened it’s brewery to the public, at 7458 Manchester Road. Maplewood brewery adds barrels
Side Project Cellar lease extended into 2020s


Good signs in Maplewood

Two food-related businesses in Maplewood have posted signs. One opens on Saturday, the other, “soon.” Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream posted a sign outside, confirming what has already been announced, that it’s opening on Saturday, Feb. 4, at noon. They posted on Facebook recently that they aced their St.

Just one owner of Maplewood biz now

Maplewood business, Larder & Cupboard, is now under one owner. Cindy Higgerson took full ownership of Larder & Cupboard from partner, Brian Pelletier, on Jan. 27, according to a Facebook post. Higgerson has been managing all aspects of the business from the beginning, and will continue to bring in small-batch and made in-house products like cultured butter, boiled cider syrup, and other specialties, and host classes and events, the post says. Pelletier is the owner of Kakao Chocolate.

Roof work forces Maplewood businesses to close temporarily

Katie Kelly, owner of Shanti Yoga (second floor of 7346 Manchester Road) had to cancel classes on Friday, through next week, due to noxious fumes being used to install a new roof, she said Friday afternoon. Kelly said no one wants to do yoga with fumes filling the studio. She said the building owner, Red Brick, gave her two days notice. She said a massage therapist also had to cancel appointments.  

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Maplewood to pay Shop ‘n Save for use of lot

Maplewood will pay the owners of the Shop ‘n Save shopping center about $40,000 a year to allow shoppers in the business district to use its lot, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The city negotiated a 10-year agreement with Brixmor property group, City Manager Marty Corcoran said in an interview with the Post-Dispatch after the city council meeting on Tuesday. The deal covers the 134 parking spaces facing Manchester Road and the first row behind those spaces. It works out to 82 cents a day per parking space, Corcoran said.

Maplewood business owner supports home for disabled: it’s in danger of closing

Michelle Barron, owner of The Book House, in Maplewood (7352 Manchester Road), also supports a foster home for at risk youth called Kirkham House, in Webster Groves. It’s also a supported family group home for disabled young adults. Barron says the home (not her business) is in danger of foreclosure and the residents may be homeless in less than 60 days. She has started an online fund-raiser called Help Us Save Kirkham House. After The Book House moved from Rock Hill in 2014 they’ve been focused on getting re-established at the new location, and haven’t had the resources to contribute to the house — partially funded through book sales and donations.