Lease signed for new Taco Bell

Dan Lesseg, who owns the property in Maplewood where Tim Hortons built a shop and operated until it closed in December, has said Taco Bell signed a lease on Tuesday. The news that Taco Bell was moving there (2750 S. Big Bend Boulevard) from the 6660 Manchester Avenue location broke in April, when employees from there and other locations said it was impending. At the time an employee at the 6660 Manchester Avenue location said it would happen around November 2018. See also: Taco Bell taking over former Maplewood Tim Hortons location: employees, Maplewood neighbors meet Taco Bell reps: discuss noise, lights


Maplewood Shop ‘n Save discounts go deeper

The Shop ‘n Save in Maplewood, which is shutting its doors in mid-June, has gone to the next level of discounts, an employee at the courtesy counter said Wednesday morning. Some items have been discounted 20 percent. The discounts is now are 40 to 75 percent. See also: Maplewood Shop ‘n Save to close, Union Local 655 says, Shop ‘n Save’s closing date is set, employees say

So if you’ve been waiting now’s the time. FYI, the beer aisle was already getting sparse on Tuesday.

Maplewood biz owner takes part in Trailnet Bike to Work Day

The only Trailnet Bike to Work Day coffee stop in Maplewood Friday monring was at Zee Bee Market, manned by owner, Julio Zegarra-Ballon. At 8:30 a.m. he said he had seen seven bikers go by (in the rain). Two took the time to stop. He was serving coffee and scones from Foundation Grounds. Zegarra-Ballon said he plans to participate every year.

Taste of Maplewood Street Festival-Community Stage Performers Sought

The Mid County Chamber of Commerce is extending an invitation to local performers to apply for a spot in the 10th annual Taste of Maplewood Street Festival community stage line up on Saturday, May 19. One applicant will be selected and earn the opportunity to perform on the community stage, along with the other volunteer entertainment. No compensation is offered to performers on the community stage. The performer selected will have access to a covered bandwagon stage, sound, and sound technician. Performances may include music, storytelling, dance, magic, or any other special talent or skills.

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.