Public hearing to raze Waldbart Florist building, replace with urgent care facility is tonight

The Richmond Heights Planning and Zonning Commission is set to hold a public hearing on a proposal to raze the building at Clayton and Big Bend, to be replaced with an urgent care facility; the meeting is Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. at city hall. According to the proposal to the city of Richmond Heights, the property is now under contract for purchase by TAUC Porperties, the owner of Total Access Urgent Care facilities. The redevelopment would replace the one which now houses Waldbart Florist and Jon Paul Designs — it would “raze the existing derelict building” according to the proposal. The proposed building has “many nice architectural design features to complement the area,” the proposal says.

Development would replace Waldbart Florist, Jon Paul Designs

Richmond Heights plan and zoning is set to meet on August 24 for a public hearing for an urgent care facility on the southwest corner of Big Bend and Clayton. The building would replace the one there now, displacing two longtime Richmond Heights businesses. Waldbart Florist and Jon Paul Designs and Collectibles would be forced to move (which  both plan to do if needed) if the city agrees to let the building owner demolish it and replace it with a new Total Access Urgent Care. Waldbart Florist has been at the location 50 years; Jon Paul Designs and Collectibles about 25. The fourth generation Waldbart is the owner of the florist.

Del Pietro’s to open at former Riverbend Restaurant spot

The former Riverbend Restaurant & Bar and Harvest, at at 1059 S. Big Bend, is set to be Del Pietro’s, a recreation of Del Pietro’s House of Pasta, which opened on Hampton in 1976 and closed in 2011, according to St. Louis Magazine. Mike Del Pietro is the son of the owners of the original. He’s been thinking about doing another Del Pietro’s for years, he told St. Louis Magazine.

Parker’s Table to offer (not just any) lunch, grow into space next door

Around the middle of this month, Parker’s Table (at Oakland and Yale in Richmond Heights) purveyor of wines, beer and specialty foods, will be offering lunch to go made onsite by Salume Beddu. Salume Beddu’s retail business, including sandwiches, salumi, salsiccia, and sides (according to Facebook) will move to Parker’s Table from its location on Hampton, where it’s been since 2010. Salume Beddu will offer will offer antipasti, bruschetta, salumi and other sandwiches, according to shop owner Jonathan Parker. Parker’s Table will also be expanding into the space next door for events, Parker said. He said the expansion will go at a “glacial” pace, which is how he likes it.

Pie Five Pizza shutters

Pie Five Pizza Pizza Co., which opened in the Menards development in Richmond Heights in July 2016, appears to have permanently closed. Hand-lettered signs on both doors say: “We are closed”

A Penn Station sub employee, next door, said  Pie Five closed on Thursday last week. According to Google, the Richmond Heights location and the one in Chesterfield are both permanently closed. According to Nation’s Restaurant News, the company is in legal and financial trouble. In March the source reported Pie Five closed nine restaurants in Chicago and Minnesota amid a lawsuit from a franchisee who claims the company provided misleading information about sales and profitability, also, a franchisee of locations in Indiana, Illinois and Iowa has sued the chain over disclosures regarding sales and profits.

‘Float clinic’ opens in Richmond Heights

A ‘float clinic,’ the Wise Float Clinic, has opened in Richmond Heights, according to the owner, Jessica Wise, in an email to 40 South. From Wise: Floating is a way to enter a state of deep mental and physical relaxation. Research shows relief from stress, muscular pain, arthritis, insomnia, PTSD, and sports recovery. Floating enhances meditation,  memory, and creativity, and can provide a “natural high”. One-hour floats can now be booked online at

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