Tuesday, May 14, 2013
See what the Crestwood and Sunset Hills boards will be discussing at their May 14 meetings.
Tuesday night the Crestwood Board of Aldermen will have their first discussion on mall redevelopment with its four newly elected members. Board members will review an agreement with PGAV Planners for planning services. The previous board appointed Centrum Partners as the site's developer last year, but declined to move forward with PGAV for planning services. If the agreement is approved, the city will be able to move forward in deciding whether to grant Centrum Partners tax assistance to fund the project. The total redevelopment cost is estimated at $121 million, with a proposed $34 million tax increment financing (TIF), a transportation development district (TDD), and community improvement district (CID) Browse Patch's coverage of the …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The Marketplace Fairness Act was approved in the U.S. Senate, and is headed for the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would require merchants to collect sales taxes on online purchases.
It's called the "Marketplace Fairness Act" and supporters say it levels the playing field between online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores by requiring online merchants to pay sales taxes to the states, counties and localities where they have done business. Opponents include anti-tax activists and retailers who say it will be overly burdensome—in fact, nearly impossible, they say, to keep track of the tax rates and tax requirements for the myriad of taxing agencies where they may be doing business. The Marketplace Fairness Act passed the U.S. Senate 69-27 on Monday. Next up, the legislation goes to the GOP-led House. President Barack Obama has previously said he supports the bill. Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, voted for …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The cost to the bank has been "significant," an executive said.
Customers of Commerce Bank should keep an eye on the mail. You're likely getting new debit cards, even if you didn't ask for one. Clayton-based Commerce Bancshares confirms that customers throughout the region are getting new cards as a precaution following a security breach at Schnucks grocery stores around the area that compromised customer financial data. Carl Bradbury, Commerce's Director of Consumer Products, wouldn't identify Schnucks by name in an interview Thursday but did acknowledge "a large event" where cards were considered compromised, prompting the move. The decision to re-issue does not mean that a customer's card was necessarily compromised, but that it was used during a time period where others were. Bradbury also said …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Our fans on the Sunset Hills-Crestwood Patch Facebook page have been thinking - what business should move in to the now-vacant St. Louis Deli space on Watson Road?
No one wants to see empty storefronts, especially on a popular corridor like Watson Road. That's why we asked our fans on Facebook: What business would you like to see move into the St. Louis Deli space on Watson Road? Patch was just at the deli in February to find out how the people behind St. Louis Deli to find out how they were adjusting after their first full month in business. Yesterday, we posted that St. Louis Deli was closed for good. Here are some of the best answers: Three people said they'd want to see another Taco Bell move back into the space, but Wendy's was offered as another fast food option. Sally Tippett Rains said she was sad to see all the businesses closing on Watson Road and asked folks to keep talking about new …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Patch is teaming up with Crystal Anderson, owner of Olneya Restoration Group, this week to get all of your questions answered.
It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week readers get to interact with professionals by asking questions on a wide variety of topics. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions. This week, Patch teamed up with Crystal Anderson, owner of Olneya Restoration Group, to get all of your home repair questions answered. Have a question? Ask below in the comments section! More about Crystal Anderson: Crystal Anderson is the owner of Olneya Restoration Group. Olneya Restoration Group, headquartered in Maryland Heights, provides experienced roofing, siding, window replacement, insulation, water removal and drying services and 24/7 emergency restoration services to homeowners and commercial …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
An organized movement of strikes began in St. Louis and is spreading across the region. Employees at McDonald's in North St. Louis County, and Jimmy John's took to the picket lines Wednesday. Employees at 20 fast food locations will strike Thursday.
People peacefully gathered and marched in front of a Ferguson McDonald's Restaurant today. You could hear the group of about 100 chanting during the strike," We started from the bottom and now we're here; $7.35 just ain't fair." There was also, "We want change and we ain't talking about pennies." As well, a whole host of additional songs. But for all the people smiling, the subject at hand was serious. The crowd gathered as part of a movement to unionize fast food restaurants throughout the St. Louis Region. Employees at the Ferguson McDonald's, located at 9131 W. Florissant, stood outside in plain clothes around 3:45 p.m., and protested for respect through better pay and improved working conditions. Shannon Garth-Rhodes, spokesperson with…
The Watson Road restaurant opened in December.
A relatively new Watson Road restaurant is now closed. In February Patch sat down with the people behind St. Louis Deli to find out how they were adjusting after their first full month in business. Wednesday RFT's Gut Check reported that the restaurant has posted a "Thanks all for ever sign," indicating they've served their last burger. What did you think of St. Louis Deli? Tell us in the comments. Catch up on Crestwood and Sunset Hills restaurant news:
Joe Faszl can show you Nemo and more at his salt water aquarium emporium in Sunset Hills.
Those interested in starting a salt water aquarium hobby can do no worse than to watch the Disney/Pixar movie "Finding Nemo," says Joe Faszl, owner of SeaScape Studio, 3802 S. Lindbergh, Sunset Hills. Faszl's store is packed with aquariums, featuring denizens of the deep swimming around in tanks that include coral and other amenities. No mermaid figurines or pirte treasure chests were evident, but those may be tucked away out of sight. What Faszl DID have were dozens of clean and spiffy salt water tanks that hold exotic fish from around the world. His advice for beginners starting a salt water aquarium? Watch "Finding Nemo" is based on knowing what kinds of fish will do well and what species new aquarium owners gravitate toward. Nemo …
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The indoor go kart track is off to a fast start.
Name: Mike Johnson, 39, owner of Pole Position Raceways Business: Pole Position Raceways features indoor go karts for individual racing or in groupds. The facility is open for group events and parties, corporate events and team building activities and for other public events and races. It is located at 8800 Watson Road Family: Johnson and his wife, Cheryl, have two children - Connor, 8, and Olivia, 5 Professional experience: "I've been racing cars my whole life and I have experience owning my own race teams in the Grand Am Series." Community Involvement: Member of the Crestwood Sunset Hills Chamber of Commerce. Comments: "Business has been very good. We've had a lot of good feedback, a lot of good response and a lot of happy customers. We …