Sunday, February 17, 2013
Maplewood's Community Development Director gave the magazine's editor a lengthy rebuttal to a comment about the city.
A recent Maplewood-Brentwood Patch article described how Maplewood Community Development Director Rachelle L'Ecuyer took issue with an article in St. Louis Magazine. The article included the line, "With Mezzanine and Monarch Restaurant closing in the past year, Maplewood’s boom seems to have slowed." L'Ecuyer wrote a two-page letter to the editor of St. Louis Magazine, that the line "dealt Maplewood a groundless blow." Later, she received a letter from Editor-in-Chief Jarrett Medlin. "As you've noted, Maplewood truly is a wonderful community," Medlin wrote. He said the magazine is planning to run an excerpt of L'Ecuyer's rebuttal. The excerpt is in the February issue's Feedback section. "I thought Mr. Medlin was very nice about the whole …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
A line in St. Louis Magazine's November issue drew a response from Maplewood's community development director, who called the sentence a "pointless and off-putting message."
In a St. Louis Magazine article highlighting downtown Maplewood's retail options, one sentence didn't sit very well with Rachelle L'Ecuyer, the city's community development director. The article, which ran in the magazine's November issue, included the line, "With Mezzanine and Monarch Restaurant closing in the past year, Maplewood’s boom seems to have slowed." L'Ecuyer responded by submitting a letter for the magazine's February issue. In it, she wrote about the city's evolution into a "walkable historic downtown" over the past decade. She noted that the city contains only two vacant storefronts in downtown Maplewood, compared to more than 10 about seven years ago. She also wrote that Home Wine Kitchen was named "2012 Restaurant of the …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Previews of concerts, Let Them Eat Art and other Maplewood events were emailed to subscribers of the city's email list.
Previews to several weekly events are attached as PDFs to this article. They're distributed each week by Rachelle L'Ecuyer, community development director of Maplewood. To subscribe to the weekly email, or for more information about the events, visit the city's website. And don't forget to 'Like' Enjoy Maplewood on Facebook.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Folks came from all over to walk Maplewood's streets, and sample great coffee and other goodies.
The third annual Maplewood Coffee Crawl pulled coffee-lovers from Chesterfield to south St. Louis city. It was sponsored by the Maplewood Special Business District and Feast Magazine. They had room for 500, and hit that number days before the event. Maplewood businesses Cheryl's Herbs, Foundation Grounds, Kakao Chocolate, Stone Spiral Coffee and Currios, Schlafly Bottleworks, Turner Center for the Arts, and Vom Fass took part, featuring a coffee roaster or in the case of Cheryl's Herbs, several teas. Kakao Chocolate had samples of chocolate to pair with coffee. See more photos at Maplewood-Brentwood Patch Facebook (Like it!) Community Development Director for Maplewood, Rachelle L'Ecuyer, called the event a walkable tour celebrating …
Monday, April 2, 2012
An email blast from city hall informed Maplewood residents that they could pay for city fees with spare mulch.
Call me gullible, but Sunday's announcement that the city of Maplewood would waive city fees in exchange for spare mulch excited me. Rachelle L'Ecuyer, Maplewood's community development director, sent out an email blast on Sunday that noted, "The mild winter created a mulch shortage for Maplewood. The situation has become so dire that the city staff had an emergency meeting today regarding a serious lack of mulch to use for city parks and trees in the treelawns." The email continued with information on how residents and businesses could potentially exchange pounds of mulch for dollars. (Our morning newsletter is packed with local news, photos, events and blogs. Learn more here: www.maplewood-brentwood.patch.com/newsletters.) Finally, a …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Eight Maplewood women business-owners were recognized for being in business 20 years or more.
Maplewood has more than 25 percent women-owned businesses, and eight of those have been in business more than 20 years. On March 2, those businesswomen were recognized at Maplewood’s 6th annual Women Making History event. More than a hundred came to the event, at host, Moosylvania Marketing, for the fun and food, and to honor the Maplewood businesswomen. Women-owned or managed restaurants, such as Home Wine Kitchen, Imo’s Pizza, Stone Spiral, Porter’s Chicken, Encore Baking Company and Las Palmas offered food on Moosylvania’s bottom floor. That’s where people congregated before and after the ceremony, which was in the lobby, upstairs. See more photos at the Maplewood-Brentwood Facebook page. Rachelle L’Ecuyer, Maplewood’s director of …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The long-standing Maplewood institution is set to close March 11 as owners look for a smaller location.
Monarch is one of the best restaurants in St. Louis. Everyone knows that, and we all assumed it would be around forever, eagerly waiting to impress our out-of-town family and friends with its cutting-edge menu and locally-sourced ingredients. Times have changed for the Monarch crew, however, and owners Jeff Orbin and Aaron Teitelbaum have found they can no longer keep up the enormous building, and subsequent costs, at 7401 Manchester Road. Current economic circumstances are keeping St. Louis diners closer to home and lower-priced restaurants, the owners said, and there's not much they can do about it. They will close the restaurant's doors on March 11. In a recent press release, Orbin and Teitelbaum stated: "We couldn't be more proud of …
Friday, December 2, 2011
The collection of non-perishable food items will run until Dec. 16.
Maplewood City Hall is serving as a drop-off point for residents who wish to support Operation Food Search. The organization is seeking non-perishable food items, notes a Nov. 28 email newsletter sent by Rachelle L'Ecuyer, community development director of Maplewood. The city asks that you don't bring glass containers. City officials will collect donations until Dec. 16, the email notes. The city hall lobby is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Operation Food Search is an organization that distributes free food to those in need while also teaching about nutrition and participating in green initiatives, the website notes. If you want to contribute but are unable to visit city hall, L'Ecuyer stated she would make alternative …