Saturday, May 25, 2013
Francesca and Frank Blunda, who lived in Fenton after moving back from Italy, recently opened Francesca’s Pizzeria & Italian Ristorante in Freeburg, Ill.
A woman born in Crestwood moves with her family to Sicily, gets married, moves back to Fenton, and decide to run an Italian restaurant together. Sounds pretty ideal, right? Francesca and Frank Blunda opened Francesca’s Pizzeria & Italian Ristorante in Freeburg, Ill. after a year of looking for the perfect space, Belleville News-Democrat reports. Why didn't they join the fine selection of authentic Italian restaurants on The Hill? “There was no Italian restaurant in Freeburg and that pushed me,” Francesca told the paper. Learn more about the couple's efforts on Belleville News-Democrat.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Y Bark Alone is the first of two pet sitting businesses headed to the Sunset Hills-Crestwood area. The cities are also working together to build a dog park for residents.
Sunset Hills is getting closer to having its own doggie day care center. Patches Ellis is readying Y Bark Alone, 10390 Watson Rd., between the former ColorArt building and Family Pet Hospital for daytime care of dogs. Before open Ellis will have installed additional fencing around the property and rubbing flooring indoors to contain noise. Accommodations have been made with Family Pet Hospital to use their parking lot for the influx of traffic during popular drop-off and pick-up times. The facility will not offer overnight boarding. Join Sunset Hills-Crestwood Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter. A second day care and boarding facility called Love Unleashed is coming to Crestwood. The facility at 9221 Watson …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The soda fountain and restaurant opened Monday in the former home of Dr. Jazz on Gore Avenue.
A Sunset Hills couple is helping the soda fountain make a comeback in Webster Groves. After Dr. Jazz closed on Gore Avenue earlier this year, Fizzy's began to move in a few months after the space was up for lease. Owner Michelle Bray and her husband, Tom, said they've made a point to hit soda fountains on their travels across the country, and wanted to keep the idea behind Dr. Jazz. Fizzy's opened Saturday, just in time for business from Webster Grooves music festival attendees, which took place along Gore Avenue. "We're hoping to be a place where kids can come after school, or people can visit from down the street on their lunch break," Michelle told Patch. "We love the soda fountain and Webster's a great place." Join Sunset Hills-…
Monday, May 20, 2013
Take a peek inside the new restaurant opening in Kirkwood Station Plaza Monday.
Crushed Red is wrapping up preparations to open in Kirkwood's Station Plaza. The restaurant is the second location in St. Louis, next to the parent Crushed Red in Clayton. Powell Kalish with Crushed Red told Patch the restaurant would open Monday, serving up create-your-own salads, soups, pizzas and "shareables" (appetizers). Kalish said they will also serve beer and wine, and host happy hours. Take a look at Crushed Red's menu here. Crushed Red will be open at 140 South Kirkwood Road Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The space was formerly occupied by Pazzo's Pizza, closing its doors in January after about a year in business. Prior to Pazzo's, La Salsa and Johnny Rocket's also had a try at …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The South County Center store will be the company's fourth to open in the St. Louis area, and the closest for South County residents.
Dick's Sporting Goods is coming to South County Center. There have been weeks of speculation that mega-sporting goods store was going to set up shop at the mall. However, Patch had been unable to verify the information with Dick's or South County Center. Patch reader Justin Stafford contacted us on Wednesday saying the spot that the yearly carnival normally occupies had been fenced off and ground has been moved. He was wondering what was going on. Thursday night, Stafford submitted the attached photo. Representatives from Dick's and South County Center on Friday were unable to discuss the specifics of the new store, but say more information will be available soon. This will be Dick's fourth location in St. Louis. The company's other stores…
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A Walmart Neighborhood Market on at Tesson Ferry and Butler Hill roads is not needed, not wanted and too disruptive, says petition drive coordinator Maryann Gregory.
When Patch mentioned that a Walmart Neighborhood Market was being proposed near the intersection of Tesson Ferry and Butler Hill roads, some readers were less than enthused. "We are one of the youngest couples in the area and we don't want Walmart to ruin the quiet lifestyle my elder neighbors have.. We love using Schnucks and also if we need something from Walmart there are already 3 locations within mins!!!!" reader Mike Bockhoff said. Now a "sweet little old lady from Mayberry" is fighting to keep the retail behemoth away from her neighborhood. "We don't need another grocery store in this area," Maryann Gregory said. "We don't need the traffic. We don't need the noise. We don't need our property values to decline." Gregory also said a …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The store will help residents moving into Lutheran Senior Services get rid of unwanted household items.
The Crestwood Board of Aldermen approved a new resale shop on Watson Road on Tuesday evening. Hidden Gems, 9051 Watson Rd., will be operated by Lutheran Senior Services. The resale shop will help those moving into LSS's housing to get rid of their unwanted items, said director of human resources Joy Brother. Profits will help LSS "assist clients, patients and residents who need financial assistance for their care," according to a call for store volunteers posted on Patch. Approximately 75 percent of merchandise will be furniture and household items, with some clothing and accessories, she said. The project won’t require any building renovations. The request passed unanimously, despite some flack at a previous board meeting about the …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Do you think the increased popularity (and presence) of thrift shops is specific to Crestwood--or is it happening across St. Louis?
Are you concerned with the quality of new businesses coming to Crestwood? The city has already seen some additions to the business community in 2013: Culver's, The Barn, Pole Position Raceway and a Savers thrift store. See which businesses came to Crestwood and Sunset Hills in 2012: Year in Review: New Business in Crestwood and Sunset Hills The Board of Aldermen will soon vote on a proposed resale shop called Hidden Gems at 9051 Watson Rd. Hidden Gems profits would benefit Lutheran Senior Services to "assist clients, patients and residents who need financial assistance for their care," according to a call for store volunteers posted on Patch. The store will offer some clothing but focus largely on housewares, Alderman Tim Trueblood said …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Patch took a tour inside Crestwood's new indoor go-kart track, Pole Position Raceway.
Mike Johnson, owner of Crestwood's new Pole Position Raceway St. Louis, said there's been a steady crowd of curious customers trying out his electric go-karts since its opening on March 18. It took just a few months to transform the 56,000-square-foot Value City department store into an indoor track. The renovated facility includes tracks for adult and youth riders, arcade games, and rooms for meetings and special events. Karts can travel up to 45 mph, though their acceleration is much faster than the average car. "(If you keep it floored) you will hurt yourself," Johnson previously advised Patch. "Be prepared to hit the brakes." During a tour of the new facility on Friday, Johnson added a second piece of advice: don't be timid about using…
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The cities have made significant steps to bring in amenities for pet owners, including the approval of a dog day care and boarding facility in Crestwood this week.
A new doggie day care and boarding facility called Love Unleashed is coming to Crestwood. The facility at 9221 Watson Industrial Park will offer both day care and overnight boarding for dogs. An indoor and outdoor dog park can be utilized by residents for a membership fee, owner Weston Ackermann said. Pop-up kennels will be used for overnight accomodations and the outdoor area will be protected by a 6-foot vinyl fence. The facility will be open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekends. The outdoor dog park will be open 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on weekdays and Saturday, and 12-4 p.m. on Sundays. The Crestwood Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the request on Tuesday. Ackermann's wife, Jennifer, works at the Watering Bowl on …