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.

Richmond Heights officials approve new restaurant

Richmond Heights officials on Monday approved a permit for a new restaurant at the corner of Ethel Avenue and Big Bend Boulevard. Ha Tron, Richmond Heights resident and owner of Beautiful Nails, in Richmond Heights, got city approval to open a Vietnamese restaurant at 7494 Ethel Avenue. In his application, Tron said he bought the house, and the property to the south for a parking lot, in 2012. He said he couldn’t remodel the property for the past three years because of MSD sewer work. He plans to offer Vietnamese rice dishes, noodles, sandwiches, coffee, beer and wine for lunch and dinner, according to his application.

Penn Station East Coast Subs cuts ribbon

Members of the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce helped the new Penn Station East Coast Subs cut the ribbon on the Menards corner in Richmond Heights on Tuesday. Pie Five Pizza opens, Penn Station to be next door

The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce joined with the Richmond Heights Chamber in January; in August the members approved a name change to ‘Mid-County Chamber of Commerce,’ with the tagline, ‘Serving the Communities of Maplewood and Richmond Heights.’ The change hasn’t officially taken place, according to the chamber.

Former Missouri First Lady is a food blogger, likes new Richmond Heights restaurant

Jean Carnahan, Missouri’s First Lady during the 90s and the state’s first woman U.S. Senator now blogs as the Adventurous Gourmet. Her blog is called Good Food St. Louis. Carnahan recently wrote about a visit to Boundary, the former The Restaurant at the Cheshire. She finds the name boring (referring to being on the boundary of the city/county), but loved the food, which she describes as social.

Maplewood Chamber of Commerce welcomed 3 new businesses in July

The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce welcomed three new businesses to Maplewood and Richmond Heights in July. Springboard  Studio produces simple, elegant commercial interior designs, inspired by the client and painted by the designer to create great spaces. Visit their website or call them at 314.761.1015. The Knowledge Cafe is the only in-person, Autodesk authorized, architectural design software training center in town. Visit their website for more information.

Business owner opposes chamber of commerce name change

A Maplewood business owner and member of the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce is opposing a proposed name change for the chamber. The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce incorporated the Richmond Heights Chamber of Commerce in January, and chamber members are now being asked to vote to approve a name change to designed to reflect that: Mid-County Chamber of Commerce. A two-thirds majority of the membership is required. They have until Aug. 10 to vote.

2 new Richmond Heights businesses coming

A sub shop and and an urgent care storefront are coming to Richmond Heights. Penn Station East Coast Subs

Penn Station East Coast Subs is opening a restaurant in Richmond Heights, according to a release — aiming for August 10. The restaurant will be located at 1774 South Hanley Road. It’s next to Pie Five Pizza, which opened in July. Penn Station features grilled sub sandwiches and cold deli sandwiches made to order.

22 new businesses licenses in Maplewood, Richmond Heights

The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce (which serves both Maplewood and Richmond Heights), in its August newsletter, listed businesses that have recently obtained businesses licenses. The Maplewood and Richmond Heights chambers joined together in January 2016. The combined chambers will soon have a name that reflects this. The chamber says being listed does not necessarily mean a business has opened. Also, a  business license could also be issued when a business changes hands, such as Scheidt Hardware, which is well over 100 years old.

Reopen the Manhassett Village Store, resident says

Brentwood resident, Barry Williams, said he has fond memories of going to the old Manhassett Village Store, which is the only building left standing, on Eager Road, after the former Manhassett Village was demolished. Now he’d like to see it reopened as a store. In June, Williams sent a letter to Forrest Bailey, the president and CEO of Draper & Kramer, the owner — since 1939 — of the Manhassett Village site, to try to convince him to do that. Dear Mr. Bailey, I lived near the Manhassett Village in St. Louis County, Missouri, as a boy in the 1960s, and one of my favorite destinations in those years was the apartment complex’s quaint general store, the Village Store, located at 8915 Eager Road.

Pie Five Pizza opens, Penn Station to be next door

Pie Five Pizza Co. opened its doors on Friday at 1778 Hanley Rd in Richmond Heights, near Menards. Pie Five offers 11-inch pizzas, in under five minutes with the toppings of your choice (up to 30) — any pizza is $7.49. The hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. every day. According to a press release, Dallas-based Pie Five Pizza Co.

Nominations open for Business Person of the Year, Citizen of the Year

The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual Business Person of the Year and Citizen of the Year awards. Winners will be announced in late summer and recognized at the 30th Annual Gala on October 14. This year the awards will be given to Maplewood and Richmond Heights recipients. The chambers were combined this year. The Business Person of the Year needs to be a member of their respective chamber of commerce.

$5.5 million property sale included in Richmond Heights budget

The planned sale of 4.5 acres at the northeast corner of Hanley and Dale from the city of Richmond Heights to Summit Development was included in the 2016-17 city budget, according to city manager, Amy Hamilton. The lot is under contract with Summit Development Group for $5.5 million, Hamilton said. Hotel planned for Richmond Heights; Menards outbuilding update
4.5 acre site under contract with Summit Group

A hotel, restaurants and retail space are planned for the property. No specific hotel has been named. Planning and zoning was to hold a public hearing on a preliminary development plan for 8015, 8111 and 8131 Dale Avenue at its May 19 meeting, but it was postponed.