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
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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.  

Steak ‘n Shake had ‘underground electrical problems’

Folks driving by the Maplewood Steak ‘n Shake Thursday night saw that it was totally dark, while everything else on the strip was lit up. There were concerns it was shut down — it’s not. Later in the evening a sign was posted saying it was a power issue. Friday morning around 9:40 an employee said “underground electrical problems” caused the problem last night, and the power had just returned.

Maplewood P&Z OK’s antique store, group home

Maplewood Plan and Zoning on Monday OK’d a conditional use permit (pending approval by city council) for an antique store to operate at 7405 Manchester Road. The spot was a barber shop for 17 years (Yokley’s), then a gift shop (My Happy Place), then considered for an Asian fusion restaurant (Kim Cheese) — they backed out. They also approved a conditional use permit for a single-family house at 7406 Flora Avenue to be used as a group living facility/group home for Loretto Volunteers. From the Loretto Volunteers website, “The Loretto Volunteer Program pairs volunteers with social justice organizations for a formative year of service.  Through meaningful work and communal living, volunteers live out the Loretto Community’s mission to work for justice and act for peace – guided by the core values of social justice, community, simplicity and spirituality.” Yokley’s, Aikido spaces new rent ‘reasonable’

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.