Taco Bell taking over former Maplewood Tim Hortons location: employees

According to Taco Bell employees at various locations, the Taco Bell at 6660 Manchester Avenue, is moving into the former Tim Hortons location in Maplewood, at 2721 S. Big Bend Boulevard. One, at the 6660 Manchester Avenue location, said it will happen around November 2018. The Tim Hortons closed its doors in December, along with all other St. Louis locations of the franchise.

Rafferty Auto to leave Maplewood

Rafferty Auto Sales is moving from 7469 Manchester Road to 6855 Manchester Road, in St. Louis city, according to a banner at the business, and an employee. ‘Al’ at Rafferty Auto, speaking for owner Ted Rafferty, said they had a lease at the Maplewood location and wanted to buy, but found a better deal at the former Roger Wilson Motors location.

Shop ‘n Save closes pharmacy

The pharmacy in the Maplewood Shop ‘n Save closed permanently on Monday, an employee said. All prescriptions have been transferred to the Maplewood CVS. One customer said she got a call from Shop ‘n Save about the change. It hasn’t been announced what will go into the space.

Maplewood restaurants go strawless; others use compostable, paper

When The Crows Nest posted on Instagram that straws would be given out on request only, the owner challenged other Maplewood restaurants to do the same. Now, so far, The Blue Duck, Thai Table (opening soon), Robota, and Reeds American Table have joined The Crows Nest in giving out straws only on request. Other Maplewood food establishments offer compostable (made from corn, not plastic) or paper straws. Traveling Tea has used only compostable straws since the day it opened, according to owner Katerie Mayer. Schlafly Bottleworks also uses compostable straws, Meyers said.

Maplewood shop forced to move, finds new home within Maplewood

Elements Of Design Studio, a frame shop in the 7100 block of Manchester Road, is being forced to vacate, and has found a new location on Sutton Boulevard. The business is moving from 7182 Manchester Road to 2718 Sutton Boulevard. The business owner said the building owner hasn’t kept up with maintenance, resulting in the shop being closed for months at a time. They say the city of Maplewood stepped in after fining the owner multiple times with violations over the past three years, calling the building unfit for human occupancy. City Manager Marty Corcoran said Thursday that a judge didn’t condemn the building; the residents were ordered to vacate due to unsafe conditions.

Fair trade market to open in April

Zee Bee Market owner Julio Zegarra-Ballon announced on Twitter Wednesday that his second store, in Maplewood, is set to open April 21. The shop will carry accessories, apparel, jewelry, products for the home and kids, plus journals and cards, according to its website. His first Zee Bee Market is on South Grand. The new Maplewood store will be in the former Femme clothing shop location (7270 Manchester Road). See also: Award-winning chef set to open restaurant in Maplewood, Restaurant planned for former piano bar space

Book House not closing, despite appearance, owner says

Owner of The Book House (7352 Manchester Road), Michelle Barron, said that in spite of the east side of the shop’s storefront being emptied of shelves and (mostly) books, she wants everyone to know that, “We definitely are not closing!” The east side of the space is being made available for another tenant. Barron said they are still working on getting the back room sorted out and still need a lot of storage space and volunteers to help move boxes downstairs. The store-wide sale is over but clearance books are marked down. The children’s books have been moved downstairs.

Tobacco shop considers Maplewood move

The shop, HSB Tobacconist (6364 Delmar Boulevard, University City) is leaving it the Loop, blaming falling revenue due and a landlord’s demands, the the Riverfront Times reports. Jessica Bueler, whose father founded the tobacco shop in 1972 told the RFT she had been under a payment plan with landlord Joe Edwards. The recent trolley construction hurt foot traffic. As a result she had stopped paying her rent. She said told the RFT she owes Edwards about $30,000.

Correction: wine bar is coming

Brian Hobbs still plans to open a wine bar (at one time to be called Chateau Maplewood) possibly at the J&E Office City location — 7326 Manchester Road — in spite of contractor Patrick Jugo’s information that the buildout job was shut down in November, and this publication’s report that the wine bar subsequently wouldn’t open. Hobbs corrected 40 South through Twitter on Wednesday. Jugo had said the client had monetary issues and that he and the building owner are pursuing new tenant options. Hobbs was general manager at Bar Les Freres in Clayton for four and a half years before leaving to start up Chateau Maplewood. Maplewood city council approved the conditional permit in August 2017.

Candy shop owner backs out — not coming to Maplewood

Sherry’s Snacks will not be coming to Maplewood at the former Mirror Image Life Fitness location (2718 Sutton Boulevard), according to Kirsten Caywood, former owner of Mirror Image Life Fitness. The snack store went before Maplewood Design and Review in January for approval for an awning sign. The shop has an Alton, IL, location, selling candy, ice cream, soda floats, nachos and chocolate, according to its Facebook page. Caywood said she is still paying rent on the space and would love to find a new leasor. Call Kirsten if interested, 314-488-6441.

Public Works Department Efforts, Like Clockwork

Next month, the Mid County Chamber of Commerce will recognize the hard work and tremendous efforts of the Public Works Department in Maplewood and Richmond Heights. They are the community’s “angels in orange”. The Public Works/Parks Department keeps our streets, sidewalks, and parks landscaped, plowed, salted, mowed, clean, and watered. In the blazing heat and bitter cold, their work continues- hanging holiday lights on busy streets, planting trees in residents yards, and putting out logistical fires throughout our communities. If we compare our city operations to a clock, the Public Works Department serves as the inside gears, wheels, and springs, the stuff that makes the clock tick.

Big Bend Liquor to open next week: employee

An employee at Big Bend Liquor (3600 S. Big Bend Boulevard) said the store could open late next week. He said the shop would carry beer, wine and liquor. Signs posted at the location in January had misspelled liquor, spelling it ‘liquior.’ The new sign has the correct spelling. Next door, the previous laundromat is empty.

The Book House has a deadline to vacate children’s section — seeking volunteers Feb. 15 and 16

Owner of the Book House bookstore, at 7352 Manchester Road, Michelle Barron, has said that Red Brick Management, the owner of her building, has given her until March 1 to vacate the space in the front of the store, which is now the children’s section. Barron is using the space behind the children’s section for storage — many boxes of cataloged books which she says isn’t a simple thing just to hire movers to move. That will have to be emptied not long after the front. The children’s books will be moved to the basement, where additional florescent lights and shelves have been installed. The store is planning to move books on the afternoons of Feb.

Handmade, fair trade & sustainable market coming

The Zee Bee Market, specializing in handmade, fair trade and sustainable products, is set to open in the former Femme clothing shop location (7270 Manchester Road), which closed in mid-January. 

The new shop will carry accessories, apparel, jewelry, products for the home and kids, plus journals and cards, according to its website. The owner, Julio Zegarra-Ballon, opened his first Zee Bee Market on South Grand. He came to the U.S. from Peru in 1990. In addition to helping artists and crafts people overseas, the store plans to donate a percentage to a nonprofit in St. Louis during a week in each month.

Concours Auto closing Maplewood lot

Concours Auto Sales has had used car lots in Maplewood (7212 Manchester Road) and a block away in St. Louis city (7125 Manchester). The lot in Maplewood has closed, an employee has said. According to Maplewood ordinance, the city will grant no more than one license for a used car lot for every 3,000 inhabitants of the city or any fractional part. Full service dealerships and leasing agencies that lease least 50 new vehicles a year are exceptions.

Snack shop coming to Maplewood; work begins on Elmwood

Mirror Image Life Style Fitness (2718 Sutton Boulevard) closed at the end of 2017, with its owner saying what’s next will be exciting. Looks like it’s going to be a snack shop. Sherry’s Snacks went before Maplewood Design and  Review last week for approval for an awning sign. There’s a Sherry’s Snacks in Alton, IL, on Facebook, with this description: “Your Sweetest Destination! Come visit us for all your “sweets” needs!

Femme clothing store closes

It was reported that Femme, at 7270 Manchester Road, shut its doors on Saturday. Just one rack of assorted clothing remained on the floor on Sunday. The store began clearance sales in December, including racks and shelving.

No charges for Strange theft

A car owned by a Strange Donuts employee, stolen from in front of the shop in Maplewood early Thursday morning containing about 500 donuts, was returned later in the day, apparently missing only a few donuts, according to a Tweet by Strange Donuts. The car contained donuts for the store’s Kirkwood location — about 500. Maplewood Police said Monday that a suspect was identified, however the victim has declined prosecution.

Landlord drastically cutting Maplewood shop’s space

Maplewood shop, The Book House, will lose about half its space on the first floor due to the building’s owner (Red Brick Management) deciding to open up the east side of the first floor to another tenant. The book store uses the front of the east side for its children’s book section. The space behind that is used for storage. The store is having a clearance sale as a result.