Two St. Louis Tim Hortons restaurants closed over the Thanksgiving weekend — neither one was the Maplewood shop, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Show Me Hospitality, the franchisee that opened its first Tim Hortons in 2015, in Maplewood, had its sales tax license revoked in June. The shops on Tucker Boulevard and in the Central West End’s Cortex district were closed.
Employees at several independent businesses in Maplewood said sales during Small Business Saturday (the Saturday following Thanksgiving) was as good or much better than last year, or any other day.Karen Smith, an employee at Get the WORD Out (7405 Manchester Road), said the store better than doubled its sales for any day in its history. The shop is a non-profit that helps to pay for care and school fees for kids in Kenya. It opened this year in Maplewood. Employees at 0ther stores, such as Great Harvest Bakery, La Cosecha Coffee and The Book House (all in the 7300 block of Manchester) also said sales on the day were at least as good as last year’s Small Business Saturday. They’re all looking forward to a busy Maplewood Christmas Tree Walk, on Friday evening.
This summer drivers heading north on Sutton Boulevard at Manchester Road noticed that the new windows at 7401 Manchester Road reflected the signal lights for east-bound Manchester traffic, creating a possibly confusing situation. In early August the windows were covered with paper. Building owner David Schlafly said the paper was a test. He said at the time that the Maplewood building department is either installing a louver on the light or relocating it to fix the problem. He said the paper on the windows was to help with with the city’s tests.
Maplewood (ZIP code 63143) has been ranked 14th nationally on a National Association of Realtors’ list of “hipster” places to live — beating out cities such as Eugene, Oregon, and Minneapolis. Hipsters, according to the study, are “those who embrace the indie culture and tend to embrace lifestyles of artisanal coffee and avocado toast.” Maplewood has at least half a dozen shops to find ‘artisanal coffee.’ The director of economic research for realtor.com® said hipsters have a knack for getting it right. “Based on our research, there’s clear evidence that ‘hipster’ popularity — in markets like Austin, Texas — has led to mainstream interest and higher home prices over time,” said Javier Vivas, director of economic research for realtor.com®.
Live Juke Joint Piano Bar, at Manchester and Sutton, closed in July after a year and a half in business. The space is back on the market. Before the Live Juke Joint Piano Bar, the spot was the Blind Tiger restaurant, the Jumpin’ Jupiter cabaret, and Jive and Wail piano bar. Red Brick owns the building and is listing the 5,500 square foot space it at $16-20 PSF.
A request for a new Thai restaurant passed Maplewood planning and zoning Monday night unanimously. The owner of Basil Spice Thai Cuisine on South Grand, Somying Fox, is planning the new restaurant at 7403 Manchester Road; to be called Thai Table, according to plan and zoning commission member Sandi Phillips. The request will go to the city council next.
Sassybear, the Airedale Terrier owned by Tony and Sheri Phipps, owners of Airedale Antics pet supply store, passed on three to four weeks ago. Sheri Phipps told 40 South that news after reading last week that Pepper, of Scheidt Hardware, owned by Bob Scheidt, had died. Phipps said a memorial has been in the shop since she passed. Sassybear was the Airedale Antics shop dog for many years. Airedale Antics is at 7316 Manchester Road.
The new showroom for Goebel & Company Furniture, at 7401 Manchester Road, gives a view of the intersection at Sutton Boulevard. The hand-built furniture is made in St. Louis. The building was formally (several years ago) the Monarch Restaurant. Developer David Schlafly bought and renovated the building.
Maplewood’s Great Harvest Bakery is on the market, according to its owner, Steve Jawor. Jawor has owned the Great Harvest for more than a dozen years. It was in Olivette before moving to Maplewood, at 7360 Manchester Road. Jawor said he’s taking offers. The Kirkwood Great Harvest as been on the market for several months.
Maplewood Pawn owner Gian Vianello has announced that after almost 60 years he’s closing the doors for good. On Facebook Vianello said the shop, at 7407 Manchester Road, was opened in 1958 by Jerry Bearman and managed by Fred Schuver. “They taught me how to do the right thing. They retired. Now it’s my time,” Vianello said.
A longtime owner of three commercial buildings in the 7300 block of Manchester Road has sold them all, according to a tenant. Sole Survivor owner Steve Rye said Friday that T. Rohan — owner of 7310, 7312 and 7314 Manchester Road — has sold out and plans to move out of 7310 Manchester Road. Rohan ran his interior design business on the first floor until he moved upstairs in 2014 and eventually leased the street level space to Larder & Cupboard. Rye said the new owner plans to renovate the upstairs of the buildings and lease them out for offices.
The Live Juke Joint Piano Bar closed in July after an approximately year and a half run at the corner of Manchester and Sutton. The sign is now down. Red Brick Development employees were removing the sign Friday morning. One said, “Mr. Rothschild told us to take it down.” (Pete Rothschild owns Red Brick.) They also said they were sorry they didn’t have a new sign to put up.