Bolyard’s to move into bigger space, Living Room to expand

Chris Bolyard, owner of Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions (2810 Sutton Boulevard) said Wednesday that his shop will be moving into the larger, former Dubliner restaurant space, across the street at 2733 Sutton. The Dubliner was a victim of the Covid 19 shutdown, closing its doors in April.  Bolyard has started the demolition phase of the buildout. Also, Nate Larson, owner of Living Room Coffee & Kitchen, next to Bolyard’s current spot, said he plans to take advantage of Bolyard’s move, beginning renovations to expand the café into the larger space as soon as it’s empty.

Cousin Hugo’s closes, and more in the news

Cousin Hugo’s Bar & Grill has closed its doors after 82 years. Owner Tommy Bahn told St. Louis Magazine it’s a good time to hit “pause.” Fox 2 — Maplewood woman speechless after receiving new minivan from her credit union
KMOV — Long-time Maplewood bar and grill closing due to COVID-19
KSDK — Maplewood mom says some neighbors want her grab-and-go donations table gone
KSDK — St. Louis mom’s alternative to timeouts turns into multimillion-dollar business
Leader Publications — Robert Lee McKinney, 89, Hillsboro

Missouri Records Failing Grade In Workplace Safety: What Are Employers Getting Wrong? 

In the National Safety Council’s recent report, Missouri ranked last in three areas: home and community safety, road safety, and workplace safety. The state was one of 26 states that did not earn a passing grade in workplace practices, as judged by the National Safety Council. Businesses in the state have been in the press over the years for its incidences of worker accidents and lack of safety precautions in the workplace. In 2015, Hussanman’s Corp was found guilty of safety violations by OSHA that resulted in an employee’s death and a $272,250 penalty. Another incident occurred in 2017 when Arrow Plumbing LLC was found guilty of providing inadequate safeguards and employee training.

Maplewood History: Citizens Bank of Maplewood

Just when you think you know everything, one like this comes along.  Quite a while ago I did a series of posts about the Bank of Maplewood.  Matter of fact here are the links if you’d like to take a look at them again. Bank of Maplewood – Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Three (continued). If you didn’t look at any of those links at least look at Part Three, will ya?  In Part Three an image from the 1915 Maplewood Directory and a letterhead are shown that make it clear the bank was not still in its original location at the NE corner of Oakview Terrace and Manchester. This story is actually about the Citizens Bank of Maplewood.  Notice that the name is almost the same as the Bank of Maplewood.  Just one word was added.  Just why was this new bank formed is a question that one of the banks longest serving members, Mary Piles, is trying to solve.  I’m curious, too.  Why did these folks feel like they needed another bank only one block away from the one they already had?  What about the Swinks?  John was the president of the Bank of Maplewood and the owner of the building in 1904.  Robert was involved in the start up of Citizens Bank.  Were those guys brothers?  Were the banks competitors? Those are a few of the unknowns to us.  Perhaps some of my readers will be able to shed some light on this?

Cousin Hugo’s Closes Doors In Maplewood After 82 Years: What Can Businesses Do To Get Back To Normal?

As of September 8th, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis Metropolitan area reduced their customer capacity by 50% of the permitted occupancy to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to
Days before these new restrictions became effective, Maplewood’s oldest and most storied bar and grill, Cousin Hugo’s, closed its doors. Months after the coronavirus shut down Maplewood, owner Tommy Bahn reopened Hugo’s for delivery and takeout only. He then reopened the dining area in July.

 Asador del Sur opens, Elmwood delivers pizza; more in the news

Area news in the press recently. Fox 2 — Tim’s Travels: Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream
Good Food St. Louis — Asador del Sur, a Tastes of South America on Manchester
KMOV — Taste of Maplewood kicks off Wednesday, but with a different look
Riverfront Times — St. Louis Restaurant Openings and Closings: August 2020
St. Louis  Magazine — Asador del Sur opens tonight in Maplewood

Maplewood couple launches raw pet food business

Maplewood resident Stephanie Ojeda and her husband have launched a raw pet food business — Raw Paw Feast, according to a press release. Raw Paw Feast, a premium raw pet food company, underwent its official launch in September after a successful soft rollout in late August. Founded by husband and wife team Danilo and Stephanie Ojeda, this Hispanic and Black-owned business aims to change not just how, but what dog and cat owners feed their pets. “The majority of pet owners feed either dry kibble or canned wet food,” Stephanie said. “Most pet owners don’t even realize that raw pet food is an option – and even fewer understand the true benefits of a raw diet.”

While their company may be new, their experience with raw feeding is not.

Parents Scouting info event planned with social distancing at Ryan Hummert Park

Typically every fall leaders of Maplewood/Richmond Heights Cub Scout Pack 362 spend time in the schools recruiting youngsters to join, according to the MRH Pack 362 Cubmaster. That won’t be happening this year, so as an alternative they’re planning a meeting in Ryan Hummert Park. Join the leaders of Pack 362 at Hummert Park in Maplewood on September 15 at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about Scouting, the MRH pack, and how your son or daughter can benefit from outdoor experiences, fun, and learning through Scouting. This is a parent’s meeting, children are welcome, but there will not be kid-friendly programming at this event.  Please RSVP at as we will provide a Zoom link in case of inclement weather. Be sure to maintain social distance and wear a mask.  Also please bring your own chair or blanket to comfortably spread out at the park.

Maplewood History: Walter, Charles and Assorted Notters

Walter Notter lived in what would one day be Maplewood as early as 1892. He lived with his parents at 7516 (or possibly 7511) Woodland. His WWI draft induction notice says Woodlawn but other records show Woodland. In 1930, Walter and Lillian bought a house at 7237 Bruno for ten dollars.  A handwritten deed seems to attest to this fact.  They raised four sons, Charles, Edward, Joseph and Donald, all of whom served in the military.  Charles, the oldest, served during  WWII. (Correction: Should read, He served immediately after WWII.)  His son, Edward, has very kindly shared these images with us. I would like to thank Ed Notter and the Notter family for sharing these items with us.  It is very hard to imagine what it must have been like to live in our community in the past.  These images make it a bit easier. We are in to September already.  This fact causes this summer person to worry.  Soon we’ll again be inflicted with the annoying coolness.  I know, I know, a lot of you claim to enjoy it including one very close member of my own family.  Just keep it to yourself and wear your masks.

$2.2 Million Defective Drug Lawsuit Filed in Missouri

A lawsuit alleging serious defects in hyoscyamine, a drug used to treat stomach and intestinal problems, has resulted in a judgement of over $2.2 million in St. Louis County Circuit Court, St. Louis Business Journal reports. Hyoscyamine is produced and distributed by Virtus, a niche pharmaceuticals company based in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. It’s important that Brentwood, Maplewood, and Richmond Heights residents taking any medication stay up to date with the latest safety issues, lawsuits, and recalls in order to protect their health, such as this lawsuit.

Maplewood History: Where was the Laclede Station?

Most of us in this area are very used to hearing the three words – Laclede Station Road – always together. How many of you ever stopped to think just what and where was this Laclede Station? Laclede was an early property development in what is now the western part of Maplewood. The Laclede Station appears to have been one of the original stops on the Pacific Railroad (later called MoPac) which was completed through what would become Maplewood in 1853. The search for a photograph of the Laclede Station is another Holy Grail of Maplewood history that I’ve been searching for.  From my research thus far I know that Laclede Station was in existence as early as 1855.  This is no doubt why images of it are hard to come by.  Photographs were extremely scarce that long ago.  I suspect that all evidence of the original location was wiped out when Hanley Road was extended south of Manchester and joined to Laclede Station Road just north of Cousin Hugo’s.

Asador Del Sur to open Wednesday in former Reeds American Table spot

Rob Birenbaum, the owner of the location where Asador Del Sur plans to open soon in Maplewood, says the restaurant owners had planned to open in the Spring. Birenbaum said on Facebook that the restaurant plans to open Wednesday. Q: What’s more nerve-racking than owning a restaurant during the pandemic? A: Trying to open one!!! My newest tenants, wife and husband team, Maria Giamportone and Daniel Gonzalez, made the decision in late 2019 to move from Miami to St.

Fox 2: Mauhaus Cafe is struggling, more in the news

Fox 2 reports that Maplewood’s cat cafe, Mauhaus, is close to shutting its doors. Also in the news, Boardwalk Waffles has relocated, and two were killed in a crash on Friday. Fox 2 — St. Louis area’s first-ever cat cafe on the brink of going out of business
Fox 2 — Tim’s Travels: Ways to celebrate National Vinyl Record Day
Fox 2 — Maplewood man claims $100000 Missouri Lottery scratchers ticket  
KSDK — Retro vibes, more flavors and a bigger space at the new Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream
KSDK — 2 killed after car crashes into building in Richmond Heights  
KSDK — Delivery driver’s car stolen outside police station in Richmond Heights  
St. Louis Magazine — Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream opens tomorrow in bigger, brighter space in Maplewood

Shop selling ‘everything sweet’ to take former Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream location

On Friday, two days after Boardwalk Waffles moved out of 7326B Manchester (to relocate to its new spot at 7376 Manchester), a new owner was beginning work for the small location’s new business. Shannon MacMiller plans to open a shop selling “everything sweet,” she said, including pies, cakes and cookies. Her sons and a friend were beginning the buildout work. MacMiller hopes to open in the middle of September.

Maplewood History: Loose Lips Sink Ships

The words in the title of this post are familiar to many of us boomers who had parents who lived through WWII.  It was the slogan on a war era (1942-45) poster cautioning the Americans at home not to discuss things related to the ongoing battles in Europe and in the Pacific with anyone.  The enemy has ears everywhere was the message. I suppose if I thought about this at all, I thought that sure you’d have to be careful in big cities, on the coasts, if you lived near any military installations or factories that supplied the military or especially if you had family members serving in different parts of the world that you communicated with.  If anything I suspect I thought that the government overemphasized this threat in order to impress it on the few people who might be in a position to make this mistake. There was a rumor of Nazi spies here in Maplewood that I had heard from several folks, notably Tom Bakersmith.  I hadn’t found any evidence of this kind of activity but I had made a post about it and it occupies a short chapter in my new book, Maplewood History – Volume Two.  What follows is the first page from that chapter.  

I wanted a few examples of posters that had carried warnings of situations like this one for this post. I was surprised at how many of them could be easily found.  The National Archives has a huge collection.

Maplewood History: Gerry Vazis’ Red Album of Photographs – Part Two

The occasionally unruly crowd that follows this space has reacted very positively to the first installment of Gerry Vazis’ images from her red album.  There are many more to take a look at so let’s try it again. I don’t need to remind my regular readers that we are seeing these images courtesy of Mary Piles, who curates a large collection of historic images for her employer, Citizens National Bank of Maplewood and Greater St. Louis (6 locations).  Thank you, Mary. I have about nine more images of this 1936 fire but I’m getting off the subject which is the Vazis Red Album.  I think I’ve run all of these images of this frozen disaster in the past but I’m not exactly sure under what title.  If I find it later, I’ll link to it here. There is just one more image from the Red Album that you haven’t seen.  Here it is.

City asks group helping food-insecure neighbors to remove mini pantries on city property; they start a petition

The group calling itself MapleGOOD, started to help food-insecure residents of Maplewood during the pandemic, is being asked by the city to removed three of the mini-food and hygiene pantries they stock around the city. The pantries were discussed at a recent city council meeting and council members were concerned about liability to the city. MapleGOOD started a petition to tell the city the pantries should stay. Sign the petition here. The deadline to sign is 1 p.m. Aug.

In the press: Boardwalk Waffles to move to prime Maplewood corner, famous STL chef selling Richmond Heights home

Maplewood’s Boardwalk Waffles moving to Manchester and Sutton; St. Louis County restaurants learn to deal with new restrictions, and more in the news. Feast — Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream to Reopen in Larger Space in Maplewood on Aug. 15
KMOV — ‘Seems like we’re battling our own government;’ Restaurant owners react to new StL Co. restrictions
KMOV — Safety of shopping malls questioned after deadly shooting inside St.

Maplewood History: Gerry Vazis’ Red Album of Photographs – Part One

Gerry’s Red Album survived the conflagration that destroyed the Golde’s department store and the Citizens Bank in 1966.  It had been stored in the bank vault.  It contains 21 images spanning from 1949 until 1962. All of the images are dated.  That’s handy.  Nearly all of them have some information with them such as the location or a title. Once you have seen these images, perhaps you can tell me why this album was kept in the vault.

Gerry’s last name was Vazis.  Maybe the title should read “Vazis’s?”  And I said “was” because I am assuming she (see comment below) is no longer with us but I don’t know that for sure. We are indebted to Mary Piles, the curator of the historic images at Citizens National Bank in Maplewood and Greater St. Louis (6 locations), for allowing me to copy this album.  Thanks, Mary!

Saint Mary Magdalen School plans in-person restart

Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are making plans for returning to in-person learning. Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School will be returning on August 20 and prioritizing the health of the children. Saint Mary Magdalen has been working diligently over the summer to clean and disinfect all areas of the school for the safe return of the children. A Coronavirus operations/safety plan handbook has been developed outlining all of the precautions that will be set in place.