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.

Former Waldbart Florist building demolition to begin Monday

The former Alex Waldbart Florist building, at 7000 Clayton Road, is undergoing asbestos remediation in preparation for demolition, which is to start next week according to Total Access Urgent Care employee Joe Godfrey. Alex Waldbart Florist moved to 7801 Clayton Road this month. It closed in Richmond Heights at the end of 2017. Godfrey said limited parts of the building will be salvaged. The new Total Access Urgent Care is due to open in September.

Del Pietro’s in wall board stage

The anticipated restaurant, Del Pietro’s, at 1059 South Big Bend Boulevard in Richmond Heights, is in the build-out stage — currently it’s in unpainted wall board — judging from a peek inside from a front window on Friday. St. Louis Magazine (via editor George Mahe on Twitter) reported in December that owner Mike Pietro had tried to open in December, but said then that late January is realistic.

Total Access Urgent Care now owns Waldbart Florist building

The building at the corner of S. Big Bend Boulevard and Clayton Road changed hands recently. Alex Waldbart Florist and Jon Paul Designs and Collectibles previously were tenants there; it’s now owned by Total Access Urgent Care, which plans to demolish the building and replace it with a new Total Access Urgent Care business. The florist shop’s last day in business was Dec. 31. The urgent care business gave them through the year to complete the holiday season.

Crossing at Richmond Heights: what’s coming

The Crossing at Richmond Heights, under construction at Dale Avenue and Hanley Road will include a Marriott hotel, a Red Robin, and five other businesses, according to an employee in a Brinkmann Construction trailer on the site. In addition to the Marriott Courtyard, a Red Robin restaurant will occupy an outbuilding on the west side of the property, along Hanley Road. The shared building will house a Starbucks, a Cyclebar fitness business, a Vitality Bowls Superfood Cafe (according to Google it’s already open, see below), a Firehouse Subs and a Blaze Pizza. The employee said the soonest something might open would be the Red Robin, in April or May.

Waldbart Florist closes, to reopen in Clayton

Waldbart Florist closed at 7000 Clayton Road on New Year’s Eve, never to reopen at the location again. It was there since the 1960s. The owner found out in August that the building is set to be demolished and replaced with a new Total Access Urgent Care business. Waldbart Florist is set to reopen at 7801 Clayton Road on January 8.

Del Pietro’s to open in January: STL Magazine

St. Louis Magazine reported in June that a recreation of Del Pietro’s House of Pasta, which opened on Hampton Avenue in 1976 and closed in 2011, was planning to reopen in the former Riverbend Restaurant & Bar and Harvest, at 1059 S. Big Bend. There have been questions about how that’s coming along. St. Louis Magazine editor George Mahe responded on Twitter that owner Mike Pietro tried to open this December, but now says late January is realistic.

Richmond Heights honors Telle Tire’s 75th

Richmond Heights officials, at the council meeting on Monday, recognized Telle Tire, for its 75 years in business in Richmond Heights. It started out on Hoover Avenue, before moving to its current location at Big Bend and Dale. Alex and Aaron Telle are the fourth generation to own the business. Their father, Mark, retired in 2008 and Aaron became president in 2009. The fourth generation officially took over in 2010.

Waldbart Florist moving to Clayton

Alex Waldbart Florist is moving to Clayton next year. The florist has been at 7000 Clayton Road since the 1960s. The owner found out in August that the building is set to be demolished and replaced with a  new Total Access Urgent Care business. Waldbart Florist will be open through December 30 this year, and will reopen at 7801 Clayton Road in January. See also:

Alex Waldbart Florist sign dates to the ’30s
Public hearing to raze Waldbart Florist building, replace with urgent care facility is tonight
Development would replace Waldbart Florist, Jon Paul Designs

Was hard to stop the new urgent care business, official said

Richmond Heights Deputy Mayor Matt Casey said after the council meeting on Tuesday, when officials OK’d a new Total Access Urgent Care, replacing Waldbart Florist and Jon Paul Designs, that it was “difficult to stop the re-development.” He said residents talked about it being a historic building, but that wasn’t enough to save it. “In my mind, it’s not on an historic register anywhere, but it is iconic, and believe me, I would love to see it preserved,” Casey said. “We can only operate within the rule book, and it’s difficult to hinder or stop a private transaction like that.” Asked if the other older buildings in the blocks south of the corner could also be razed for re-development, Casey said those buildings also have no historic status or protection.

Richmond Heights OK’s urgent care business, Waldbart Florist demolition

The Richmond Heights City Council on Tuesday let stand planning and zoning’s decision to allow an urgent care business to buy and demolish the building on the southwest corner of Clayton and Big Bend — replacing it with a new Total Access Urgent Care. Any council member could have made a motion to review the decision at a later date, but none did. Deputy Mayor Matt Casey (Mayor Jim Thomson was absent) said he had received quite a few emails opposing the new business. He also noted that the city wasn’t involved in the sale of the building, which went on the market in 2015 and was sold in 2016 to Total Access Urgent Care. He said no tax incentives are involved.

Richmond Heights P&Z OK’s new urgent care facility

The Richmond Heights planning and zoning commission on Thursday OK’d a developer’s plan to raze the building on the southwest corner of Clayton and Big Bend for a new urgent care facility — Total Access Urgent Care. The vote was 6-2, city building/zoning commissioner, David Reary said on Friday. He said the commission understood the feelings of residents who want to let the existing building stand, which houses longtime businesses Waldbart Florist and Jon Paul Designs, but that wasn’t what was before the city. The development required no rezoning; no special use permit for the occupancy. He said the city doesn’t get involved in private contracts or negotiations.

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.