Soccer store to open in Maplewood

According to a press release dated March 7, Hilliker Corporation, a St. Louis owned and managed commercial real estate company, recently helped lease the former Miriam Switching Post’s store to an expanding Los Angeles soccer company. OMG Soccer will move into the 5,800-squarefoot space at 2171 S. Big Bend in Maplewood in March. OMG Soccer will sell soccer equipment, clothing and gear to individuals and teams at colleges, schools, and clubs. The store will cater to indoor and outdoor soccer for kids and adults both at the store and online.

Little Caesars pizza to open Wednesday

Little Caesars pizza, in the Shop ‘n’ Save plaza in Maplewood is set to open for business on Wednesday, March 8, an employee said on Tuesday. The address is 7329 Manchester Road. The Maplewood Design and Review Board is set to review a sign for the Little Caesar’s at its meeting on Thursday.

Alfa Romeo, Maserati dealership opens

According to a press release dated March 3, Jim Butler Alfa Romeo and Jim Butler Maserati dealership opened in early March in Maplewood. From the release: The dealerships had been temporarily located at Jim Butler Auto Plaza in Crestwood while construction was underway for the new facility. “Our goal is to provide the best luxury experience that drivers will find in St. Louis,” said Brad Sowers, co-owner and president of Jim Butler Auto Group. “The time is right for people to discover the thrill of being behind the wheel of an Italian luxury car.

Jimmy John’s is remodeling not closing

The windows at Jimmy John’s, in Maplewood, were papered over recently; it’s because the fast food restaurant is remodeling, said a man hard at work in the store on Sunday. He said it’s been open 10 years and is time for sprucing up. He said it might reopen on Thursday. The location changed hands in July 2015.

Artwork vandalized in Maplewood

The sculpture of a woman/book case — ‘Words into Dreams’ — in front of The Book House, 7352 Manchester Road in Maplewood, was apparently vandalized Thursday night. An employee, Mark Gould, found her in pieces when he arrived Friday morning. He said parts were removed and replaced randomly. For instance a Barbie Doll’s head was removed and moved. The book store filed a report with Maplewood Police.

48-tap restaurant shooting for April opening

Tapped, the self-serve tap restaurant moving into the former Pizza Story location in Maplewood, 7278 Manchester Road, is progressing on its build-out, per Twitter at @TappedStL. The city OK’d the restaurant’s liquor license in September. Owners Ryan and Lindsay Reel, of Richmond Heights, plan to use the iPourIt tap control system. The 48 taps will include wines, coffee, tea if they can find someone who kegs it and all local craft beers, to start out. They said there are lots of local breweries to choose from, and seven more set to open this year.

Studio Forte reopens, unannounced tenant next door

Studio Forte dance studio left its first location in Maplewood, on Sutton Avenue, in March 2016, with owner Lindi McDonald Wimmer-Brown saying she would reopen, hopefully in Maplewood. In September she announced the new location, 3526 Greenwood Boulevard. The building needed renovation, and Studio Forte had a soft opening in December. McDonald Wimmer-Brown said she wanted to keep a low profile, as other parts of the building are being rehabbed. She said she is working on signage, and hopes to have a ribbon cutting soon.

New space available at slightly higher rate

Schlafly Corporation (real estate, not brewery), through the name, Dardenne Development, bought 7401 Manchester, at the corner of Manchester and Sutton in May 2016 for $950,000, according to St. Louis County records. The Blue Duck restaurant has opened in the building; the rest is under development and available for lease. Schlafly is asking $22 per square foot for the retail space, which includes delivery of a white box space, custom entry, 14-foot ceilings and 30+ parking lot. See more details here.

Laundromat moving in Maplewood

The laundromat at 3620 S. Big Bend Boulevard, the Big Bend Coin Laundry, will close when the new one opens at the old QuikTrip location, 3010 S. Big Bend — it’s the same owners, according to an employee in the current location. She was folding clothes there at around 8 a.m. on Thursday. She said the owners are looking forward to the larger building and parking lot. The current laundromat shares a lot with Porter’s Fried Chicken and The Cue billiard hall.   She said more, larger (100-pound capacity) washing machines are planned.

New Maplewood laundromat confirmed, toasty subs return

Contractors are at work at two corners of Big Bend Boulevard and Flora Avenue. The former QuikTrip is planned to be a laundromat, according to a contractor on the site on Monday. He said his boss told him he’d be working there for five months. He said several neighbors have told him they’d rather have a restaurant. Across Big Bend, a Toasty Subs sign has returned.

The line in Maplewood on Saturday was for beer

Folks waited in line for hours Saturday morning for a new beer from Maplewood’s newest brewery — Side Project. It was Pulling Nails 6, selling for about $35 for a 750ml bottle. Brent Yard, of St. Louis, said he came simply because it’s a Side Project beer. “It will sell out.

Work begins at old QuikTrip

Plywood doors and a full dumpster at the former QuikTrip location in Maplewood on Big Bend Boulevard signify that at last the building may be used. QuikTrip moved from there to Manchester and Big Bend on June 4, 2014. QuikTrip real estate manager, Alan Renner, said two years ago he heard it was going to be a laundromat with possibly some additional retail. No word yet what’s happening now. Watch for updates.