Accident, not break-in, caused broken window at New Balance store

While thieves broke through the front window of the Sprint store in Richmond Heights Tuesday night, it was an accident that caused the broken window at the New Balance store on Big Bend Boulevard, not far away, according to an employee. He said around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday a man apparently stepped on the gas when he meant to hit the break, and crashed — with a noise ‘like a bomb’ — through the front window. There were no injuries.

New business licenses; new chamber name

Maplewood Chamber of Commerce director, Jeannine Beck, said in the December newsletter to members that the chamber, which has included Richmond Heights since January 2016, will officially change its name to Mid County Chamber of Commerce in 2017. The members approved the name change in August. The rebranding is the final step to unite businesses in Maplewood and Richmond Heights under one chamber of commerce, Beck said. A new logo and a website ( — not up yet) will be introduced in January 2017. The businesses below have obtained a business license in Maplewood or Richmond Heights — it doesn’t necessarily mean they have opened.

Chamber Member in the Spotlight – Big Shark Bicycle Company

Maplewood Chamber of Commerce features a different business each month. This month it’s Big Shark Bicycle Company. 

Business Name:
Big Shark Bicycle Company

Mike Weiss

How would you describe Big Shark Bicycle Company? We are a full service cycling store that caters to almost every niche surrounding bicycles: recreation, training, competition, family bikes, triathlon, mountain biking, commuting. We are super active in the St. Louis athletic community and have a belief that we have to give to get.

Noodles & Company to open

Noodles & Company has announced it will open a new location in Richmond Heights at 1624 South Hanley Road. The grand opening is Nov. 21 at 10:30 a.m.

The first 50 guests to walk through the door during the grand opening will receive a certificate for a free Noodles dish of their choice, once a month, for one year. The restaurant offers seating for 75 guests inside and 24 outside on the patio. Dunkin’ Donuts opens by Menards, Pearle Vision moves from Brentwood
Marriott Hotel, retail, restaurants coming in Richmond Heights
New Maplewood, Richmond Heights business licenses
Walk-in medical service opens

Before the grand opening, on Nov.

Hotel, retail, restaurants coming to Richmond Heights

Richmond Heights officials on Monday night passed the first reading of five bills related to approving a hotel plus mixed use — the Crossing at Richmond Heights — to be built on 6.4 acres at Highway 64/40, South Hanley Road, Dale Avenue and The Heights. Summit Development Group president, Scott Reese, said after meeting the five-story Courtyard Marriott is the only piece that’s determined; they’re negotiating with retailers and restaurants. The 16,000 square feet of retail will be geared toward business travelers. He said they hope to close on the property in January and start construction in mid-February. The retail is set to open in fall 2017, the hotel in spring 2018.

New Maplewood, Richmond Heights business licenses

The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce in its November newsletter listed the new businesses licenses in Maplewood and Richmond Heights — the chamber now includes both cities. A business listed hasn’t necessarily opened. Alchemy Acupuncture & Wellness, LLC, 7700 Clayton Road #720, Richmond Heights
Blissful Spa Surroundings, 7750 Clayton Road # 103, Richmond Heights
Dunkin’ Donuts, 1754 S. Hanley Road, Richmond Heights
Gossip Girl, 2125 St. Louis Galleria, Richmond Heights
New Destiny Child Care, 3732 Cambridge Avenue, Maplewood
Peak Brain Institute, 7750 Clayton Road #303A , Richmond Heights
Rebecca Turner, 7750 Clayton Road # 205, Richmond Heights
Salon Clayton View, 8825 Eager Road, Richmond Heights
Treats Unleashed, 1620 S. Hanley Road, Richmond Heights
Wallis Petroleum #505, 3033 S. Hanley Road, Maplewood

New chamber members

Neil Suthar, Foundation Grounds Coffeehouse & Cafe, Maplewood
Karen Gulick, Grubbs and Associates, Maplewood

Upcoming chamber events

November 9, Ribbon Cutting, Grubbs and Associates
December 2, Christmas Tree Walk, Downtown Maplewood
December 2-13, 12 days of Shopping Small

Walk-in medical service opens

The fifth area Our Urgent Care medical center opened at 1201 S. Big Bend Boulevard  with a ribbon cutting Tuesday in Richmond Heights. The opening was on the tenth anniversary of the opening of the first. The service is a “true alternative to hospital emergency rooms and other ‘chain’ or hospital-owned urgent care centers,” according to a press release. Our Urgent Care is an Urgent Care Association of America certified facility, with 14 highly trained, licensed providers who have extensive emergency department experience specializing in both general and pediatric care. The hours of the walk-in location is 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

New business licenses in Maplewood, Richmond Heights

The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce reports new business licenses in Maplewood and Richmond Heights. These 12 business obtained licenses recently; it does not necessarily mean they have opened. ADT LLC, 1155 Saint Louis Galleria | Richmond Heights
Cardinal Catastrophe Services, Inc., 3008 Sutton Blvd. | Maplewood
Cina Structural Integration, 7750 Clayton Road # 99 | Richmond Heights
Grubbs and Associates, LLC, 7372 Marietta Ave. | Maplewood
HR2 Harrington Russell Home Rehabs, 3241 Walter Ave.

Chamber Member in the Spotlight – Gabbit LLC

Maplewood Chamber of Commerce features a different business each month. This month it’s Gabbit LLC. 

Business Name:
Gabbit LLC

Co- Founder:
Corey Jones

How would you describe Gabbit LLC? Gabbit provides business class phone service to small businesses and non-profit organizations in multiple cities around the US.  We pride ourselves on saving our clients money (40% to 60% versus the phone and cable companies) while providing more than 110 FREE features on our network. Our goal is to build a customized solution for each client that allows them to serve their clients in the manner they desire. Plus, no calls to far off call-centers; we provide local service by Gabbit employees in every city we operate.

ScholarShop set to close Richmond Heights store

Both ScholarShop stores, including the one at 8211 Clayton Road near Richmond Heights, are set to close in mid-2017, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Revenue from the nonprofit resale business has declined in recent years, Faith Sandler, executive director of the Scholarship Foundation told the Post-Dispatch. The stores raised more than $1.3 million a year in its peak, but last year was down to $900,000 toward the foundation’s annual $7 million budget. The ScholarShop suffered because of the state of retail in general, Sandler told the Post Dispatch.

Craig’s view: Audio restoration biz cuts through the noise in Richmond Heights

Whether it’s an old family recording or audio for an upcoming case, Clayton Studios can fix you up. Clayton Studios, at 1126 S Big Bend Boulevard in Richmond Heights, offers audio restoration and enhancement of such items as old family reel-to-reel recordings, audio cassettes and microcassettes, phone messages, vinyl records, even wire recordings. They restore, enhance and digitize the sound quality of old cassettes, microcassettes, wire recordings and phone messages, as well as audio from VHS, Betamax or camcorders. You hear the old voices and sounds of your family and friends on crackle-free digitized media. Production Coordinator Steve Moore gave an example.