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 today, two days after Thanksgiving, and is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on.
Are you hoping to avoid the frenetic rush at the big box stores? Then today is the shopping holiday with many merchants throughout Chesterfield and West County celebrating Small Business Saturday. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Chesterfield. Ruth Greco runs Take Note, a store in Chesterfield Valley that specializes in custom stationary and personalized gifts, and said small businesses owners play an important role. "I think that a lot of small businesses are local owners and it's important to support your local area," she said. "I think it keeps the money in the area. Whatever I …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Several local companies are available to hang Christmas lights on your house. They take them down after the holidays are over, too.
For some families, "decking the halls with boughs of holly" is a warm and fuzzy Christmas tradition, with all family members participating in decorating the Christmas tree and otherwise putting out all of the home holiday decorations. But there's not a lot of "fa-la-la-la-la-ing" involved for the person standing on a metal extension ladder on a cold and windy day, untangling stubborn strands of Christmas lights and attaching them to the gutters. Some companies have made a business out of a sometimes irritable task of stringing Christmas lights on your home. Green Print Lawncare is a Barnhart lawn service company in the spring and summer, but it hangs lights during the holiday season as a way to make money and to keep it's lawn service work…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The list was released by OpenTable.com and based on 5 million user reviews of 15,000 restaurants.
Chesterfield steakhouse Annie Gunn's has been named one of the top 100 restaurants in the country for American cuisine by OpenTable. An online site for placing reservations and posting reviews, OpenTable released the list last week based on 5 million user reviews of 15,000 restaurants. Annie Gunn's has received 209 reviews with an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. The steakhouse started its life in 1937 as the Smokehouse Market when what is now known as Chesterfield Valley didn't have much beyond cornfields. Chef Lou Rook III helms the restaurant and aims to create "irresistible cuisine with a sophisticated country life accent," according to Annie Gunn's website. Another St. Louis restaurant, Niche, was also named to the list. …
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Chesterfield. Ruth Greco runs Take Note, a store in Chesterfield valley that specializes in custom stationary and personalized gifts, and said small businesses owners play an important role. "I think that a lot of small businesses are local …
Monday, November 19, 2012
See what local residents are saying about Chesterfield restaurants.
The Restaurant Review Round-Up is exploring that most famous of Japanese delicacies this week and getting its chopsticks around Oishi Steakhouse and Sushi. The sushi joint is located in Chesterfield Valley near the Wehrenberg Galaxy 14 Cine and the name comes from the Japanese word for "delicious." That seemed to be a sentiment shared by many Patch readers, as Oishi was voted "Best Sushi" in the Patch 2012 Reader's Choice poll. The restaurant's website said its focus is using fresh, flavorful dishes with a striking presentation. Sushi dishes range from staples like salmon, tuna and yellowtail to rarer specialities like sea urchin and fatty tuna. (Connect with your community by signing up for Chesterfield Patch's free daily newsletter, …
Check out photos of some of the newest businesses in town.
The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce held ribbon cuttings recently for two of the area's newest business, Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse and Team Z MMA.
This West County store is the fourth St. Louis area location for Appliance Discounters. There is also one in Webster Groves.
Appliance Discounters opened its fourth St. Louis location this month off Manchester Road in Ballwin. Located at 15425 Manchester Rd., the store sits in Ballwin Plaza. Owners Denise Bradley and Tony Slyman are brother and sister. They've been in business for three-and-a-half years in the St. Louis area. A ribbon cutting was held last week to officially welcome the store to West County. This new location is in addition to the company's Webster Groves, St. Charles and Arnold locations. Bradley tells Patch this new location is close to their homes and a strategic move. "We were kind of at every area in St. Louis and we felt like we had to come out here," Bradley explained. "We just wanted to be out here because it's the right geographic area…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Check out some of the top Chesterfield-centric pages available on Facebook.
The following list is in no particular order. And we're adding to the list as readers suggest more in the comments below. Know a really great Chesterfield-related Facebook page missing from the list? Tell us in the comments section! And don't forget to "like" Chesterfield Patch on Facebook or subscribe to our free daily email newsletter.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The barbecue joint has missed its initial re-opening date of Nov. 12 but has said on Facebook that they are just waiting on a couple of final inspections.
PM BBQ relocation to a bigger space is nearly complete, although the Chesterfield restaurant has missed its originally re-opening date of Nov. 12 The barbecue joint is moving just down the street from its original location in the Town Center shopping plaza at the corner of Long Road and Edison Avenue to a smaller strip of shops facing Long Road, according to the Riverfront Times. It's the same complex that houses the International Taphouse and as the RFT points outs, this could be a great arrangement for bargoers, as iTap allows outside food at all of its location. A sign posted on the door of the new location Tuesday afternoon read "one more week," while the restaurant has stated on Facebook Nov. 9 that they were waiting on a few more …