Toasty Subs is open

Toasty Subs, at 3001 South Big Bend Boulevard, opened on Friday. Owner Alex Liu on Monday said (despite the name), sushi is featured more than subs. He said previously that sushi would come later but it’s on the menu now. There’s dining on the patio or inside. The drive-thru isn’t open yet.

Correction: Raising Cane’s to open June 6, not June 1

Commercial real estate agent, Bill Barnes, told 40 South on Thursday that the St. Louis Business Journal posted the wrong opening date for the Maplewood Raising Cane’s — the correct date is June 6, not June 1. 40 South quoted the Business Journal’s wrong date. It’s since been corrected. The restaurant is planning a grand opening on June 6 at 9:30 a.m. Barnes said.

Deer Creek clothing store to close

Rue 21 store — clothing and accessories for young men and women — is closing its Deer Creek location. It’s one of four in the St. Louis area and 400 nationwide to close. The company said in a statement that “as part of our ongoing business transformation into a more cost efficient operator, we are closing unprofitable stores across our fleet in order to focus on our many hundreds of highly profitable locations,” USA Today reported last week. The Deer Creek store is set to close sometime between June 18 to 25, an employee said.

3rd tenant signs for Maplewood building

The building at 7401 Manchester Avenue in Maplewood (often called the former Monarch restaurant building), under renovation by developer David Schlafly, has its third tenant. St. Louis-based Goebel & Co. Furniture, founded in 2011, is opening a retail storefront there, nextSTL reports. Goebel specializes in hand-made residential and commercial furniture.

KSDK visits Tapped in Maplewood, explains self-pour concept

KSDK news Show Me St. Louis visited the newly opened Maplewood restaurant known for having serve-yourself taps — it’s mostly local craft beer, as well as some wine and one tap for cold coffee. Owner Ryan Reel (along with his wife, Lindsay) said the staff is paid a higher than average wage ($15/hour) so tipping isn’t expected. Any tips given go to charities. In the first month all tips will go to Artists First, in Maplewood.

New soccer store opens in Maplewood

A new soccer gear store, OMG Soccer, opened in early May in the former Miriam Trading Post location, 2171 S. Big Bend Boulevard. Owner Yama Barekzai says he went to Gateway High School in St. Louis and played four years at UMSL. He traveled around, following his dad, to India, Pakistan, Russia, Spain and other countries, growing up. He said it wasn’t much fun, but he played a lot of soccer.

Toasty Subs to open this month

St. Louis Magazine recently quoted 40 South from 2014, where it was said that Toasty Subs, at 3001 S. Big Bend, “never opened and never will.” That was a year after the signs went up with no progress. St. Louis magazine now says,”never say never,” and that Toasty Subs will open soon.

Airedale Antics began as Airedale Antiques, marks 10 years

Airedale Antics, started in St. Charles as Airedale Antiques, co-owner Sheri Phipps said at the store on Saturday, at 7316 Manchester Road in Maplewood. She and her husband, Tony, were opening an antique furniture restoration shop on First Street in St. Charles and loved their Airedales, so they named it Airedale Antiques. They’d take the dogs to work and it would be first in the phone book she said.

Stringfest was rain or shine: good thing

Maplewood’s third annual Stringfest, on Saturday, was billed as rain or shine. Not by choice, musicians played inside in downtown shops Saturday afternoon as it rained steadily outside. Folks still came. Harpists were featured, but others such as a string quartet, kids on classical guitars, and various other groups on stringed instruments entertained folks that came out. The city of Maplewood Special Business District sponsored the event.

Stringfest, Bookstore Day, Airedale Antics 10th on Saturday; Active Aging Expo Monday

Dodge the rain this Saturday for these fun events in Maplewood. The Active Aging Expo is Monday at The Heights. Saturday, April 29

Stringfest in downtown Maplewood — 4 to 7 p.m. — More than a dozen roaming musicians and maverick harpists will perform on the streets of Maplewood. Enjoy food and drink sold on the sidewalks by Maplewood’s award-winning food purveyors. Visit your favorite shops for open houses.

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.