A Dollar Tree mystery

Dollar Tree in Deer Creek didn’t open this morning, according to a report to 40 South. A local resident got there at about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, and there was a woman making a phone call to the company. The company was aware, but no one had put a note on the door saying the store hadn’t opened. Apparently the manager didn’t show up and employees couldn’t get in. After hanging around for a while the resident called the police.

Live Juke Joint Piano Bar shuttered: Facebook, Yelp

According to Facebook and Yelp posts, Live Juke Joint Piano Bar in Maplewood has closed permanently. A Facebook post says it closed on July 22. Partners Andrew Graefe, and Phillip “Spanky” Manaois to open the restaurant/bar at 7376 Manchester Road, in November 2015. Back to approximately 2010, the corner has been the Live Juke Joint Piano Bar, the Blind Tiger restaurant, the Jumpin’ Jupiter cabaret, and Jive and Wail piano bar.  

Conoco station, laundromat changes in Maplewood

The pumps and awning at the Conoco station at 3600 S Big Bend Boulevard were removed on Tuesday. On Wednesday just the station remained. So far, no information to share on the plans. The Big Bend Coin Laundry, next to the Conoco, at 3620 S. Big Bend Boulevard, is still in operation, while its replacement (Maplewood Wash House), at 3010 S. Big Bend is under construction. An employee with the general contractor said it might be finished in one or two months.

‘Chateau Maplewood’ wine bar passes P&Z

Maplewood planning and zoning Monday night approved a new wine bar/restaurant, with retail wine by the bottle at the former J&E Office City location — 7326 Manchester Road. Owner, Brian Hobbs, was the general manager at Bar Les Freres in Clayton for four and a half years, a job he left two and half weeks ago, he told the commission. Hobbs plans on calling the new wine bar Chateau Maplewood, he said after the meeting. It will have about about 20 tables and a wine bar for eight. He plans on serving lunch, dinner and desserts, but the focus will be on wine — a “full wine experience,” he said.

Maplewood P&Z to consider restaurant/wine bar

The Maplewood planning and zoning commission is set to consider on Monday a new restaurant in the 7300 block of Manchester Road. The commission will hear citizens’ comments on a request by Brian Hobbs for a conditional use permit and a liquor license  to operate a restaurant/wine bar and retail shop at 7326 Manchester Road, according to a notice sent to residents nearby. The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at Maplewood City Hall on Aug. 7. 7326 Manchester Road is the former address of J&E Office City, in business in Maplewood for 40 years.

3 businesses aiming to open September 1

Three businesses are working to open on September 1 in Maplewood in the building on the northwest corner of Manchester Road and Sutton Boulevard, according to August Schlafly, agent with Schlafly Corporation. He said the building is now full. The Blue Duck restaurant already opened there earlier this year (the door is on Sutton). Aiming for September 1 are: Goebel & Co. Furniture, mStoner (a design agency in Chicago opening an office here), and a hair salon.

Maplewood firm to use caboose for office

Seafoam Media, a marketing firm in Maplewood, moved recently from an upstairs office on Manchester Road to 2732 Sutton Boulevard, and owner Nikki Bisel loves an extra that came with the new space — a caboose. The new office is next to Maya Cafe (which reopened in March 2015). Maya owner Jay Schober once had plans for the caboose. Now, Bisel said it would be a neat place to meet with clients. The caboose is right behind Seafoam, and Bisel hopes to use it either for her office or as a meeting room/quiet space.

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.