Monday, December 3, 2012
Acero made the Zagat top 10 restaurants in St. Louis.
A Maplewood restaurant made it into this year's prestigious Zagat’s 2013 America’s Top Restaurants survey. It's Jim Fiala's Acero. Acero and other other local restaurants were listed in a compilation of 1,822 of the top restaurants across 46 states, ranked by more than 225,000 diners. In a Patch readers' poll Acero took second to Cicero's Restaurant in University City and in Oct. 2011, the Riverfront Times named Acero the best Upscale Italian in St. Louis. Here's the other nine in the top 10 St. Louis restaurants in the Zagat list. Zagat doesn't rank them in order. From St. Louis Business Journal: Zagat creates user-generated restaurant reviews for eateries worldwide. Its surveys include ratings about food, decor, service and cost. It also…
Saturday, December 1, 2012
A fax from Jefferson City hit Maplewood City Hall late Friday afternoon.
Friday, November 30, 2012
A fax from Jefferson City hit Maplewood City Hall late today.
For the second time this year, Jumpin Jupiter owner Jim Callahan received a business license revocation notice, then paid the overdue state taxes to keep the doors open. Callahan didn't show up at a business license revocation hearing on Tuesday, and the city revoked his license. City Manager Marty Corcoran gave Callahan until 5 p.m. Friday to show proof that taxes have been paid. Jumpin Jupiter partner Brandy Dunn came in person to city hall at 4:35 p.m. to ask if a fax would do the job, and Corcoran told her he had to have proof in his hand by 5 p.m. A fax from the state arrived at city hall at approximately 4:50 p.m. Friday. Dunn had no comment at the time. Callahan posted a photo from Jefferson City this afternoon on his personal …
The club sets up the "S" Gauge train set each holiday season.
About 15 American Flyer "S" Gaugers of the St. Louis Area continued a 23-year tradition on Thursday, setting up hills, trees, buildings and three train train tracks in the Citizens National Bank lobby in Maplewood. Once completed, anyone can push the button to run the three vintage trains around the tracks for 15 minutes. See more train photos on Maplewood-Brentwood Patch Facebook. Organizer Moe Berk said the group has set up the trains downtown at 7th Street and Locust Avenue for 25 years. He said each person there is just listening to the 11-year-old boy inside of them. He said their motto, 'for the fun of it,' covers a multitude of sins.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Since owner Jim Callahan wasn't at the revocation hearing, legally there's no proof he knows about it.
It appears Jumpin Jupiter will be open Thursday night because the owner, Jim Callahan has not received the notice of his business license revocation yet. He dodged a bullet by not being at the license revocation hearing on Tuesday, where the city attorney determined the business should close for not paying state taxes. Maplewood City Manager Marty Corcoran said it appears he will receive the notice tonight, when Jumpin Jupiter opens, and won’t open Friday. "It would be like you being told you can’t do something, but you don’t know about it yet, and so you go ahead and do it, and then you get in trouble," Corcoran said. "Being honest, I believe he’ll be open tonight. That will be the last time he will be open," he said. There is still the …
Chairs were on the tables, but performers were on the stage Wednesday night. Owner Jim Callahan said on Facebook they are open, despite the business license revocation Tuesday night.
Performers, no more than half a dozen, were rehearsing on the Jumpin Jupiter stage Wednesday night. There was no audience. This could be seen from the window on the Sutton Boulevard side of the club around 11:30 p.m. Technically they weren't supposed to be there, Maplewood City Clerk Karen Scheidt said Thursday morning. She said technically, because Jumpin Jupiter's business license was revoked for nonpayment of taxes on Tuesday, but the papers haven't been served yet. Scheidt said she would tell the appropriate authorities in city hall about the sighting. The Jumpin Jupiter Facebook page stated on Monday: FINAL Performance of the "Absinthe Follies" Burlesque is this Friday and tickets have been going like mad! Don't miss your chance to …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Jumpin' Jupiter has lost its business license for the second time since June for nonpayment of state taxes.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
On Tuesday, Jumpin' Jupiter lost its license to do business in Maplewood.
Jumpin' Jupiter has lost its business license for the second time since June for nonpayment of state taxes. The first time, owner James Callahan told the city council he was working it out with the state, and would remain open, which he did. Tuesday night, neither Callahan nor anyone else came to represent the business. Like Maplewood-Brentwood Patch on Facebook! Maplewood City Council listened as city attorney Craig Biesterfeld and city clerk Karen Scheidt went through the legal motions. It took nine minutes. City Manager Marty Corcoran said business revocation hearings are rare in Maplewood, and this is the first time an owner didn’t show up that he knows. Corcoran said Callahan would be served the papers to vacate, most likely on …
Sunday, November 25, 2012
The ripple effects of the collapse of Hostess Brands hit Patch towns around St. Louis as employees lost their jobs last week.
If your company said it must cut wages and benefits or it will go out of business, would you believe it? That is really at the crux of the drama that played out over the 10 days surrounding Hostess Brands, the makers of iconic bakery names such as Twinkies, Ho-Hos and Wonder Bread. That drama hit close to home in the days leading up to the Thanksgiving weekend when stores in Manchester and St. Charles that sell Hostess foods abruptly closed their doors, leaving employees wondering what would happen next. That came after news that the company could not come to terms with its bakers union. Without an agreement over 8 percent cuts in wages and 17 percent cuts in benefits, the company said, it would have to shutter its doors and liquidate the …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
"Small Business Saturday" is November 24---the antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So be thankful this long holiday weekend and patronize some of my favorite small businesses to fill your holiday wish lists.