City Hall Yanks Leash on Airedale Antics/Moosylvania Design Ideas

The Maplewood business had big plans with Moosylvania, but someone should have checked with city hall sooner.

owner Tony Phipps is a little disappointed.

He was looking forward to redesigned storefront windows, courtesy of Maplewood marketing firm, . For the second year, summer interns at the firm have

Airedale Antics' windows were to be covered with yellow paper with a dog cutout on one side and a bird sitting on a cat’s back on the other. Too late, Phipps found out about a Maplewood ordinance that states that 25 percent of a storefront window can be covered, and no more.

They also had ideas of extra signage below the windows: there's an ordinance against that too, Phipps said.

Some of their ideas can be put into practice, like a redesign of the interior, so it's not a total loss.

"It's a work in progress," he said.

One thing that won't change is the upright piano in the front window. Moosylvania's plan was to move it to the back.

His daughter plays it, and she doesn't mind where it is, and besides, "that sucker is heavy," Phipps said.

Phipps said they are looking for a good piano teacher. Any ideas?

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William August 24, 2012 at 01:55 PM
So what's the deal? Some of these ordinances are puzzling. If a small business owner wants to limit sight through their storefront in a tasteful and creative way, why should the city care? Safety I get. But when we start getting into aesthetics, the ground starts getting slipperier--we now are at the very heart of the things that make a business distinct when compared to their competition. Maplewood prides itself in being "pro-business" but red tape is very expensive, especially to small businesses. I would personally hope that the city would adopt an approach that is based on the LEAST amount of hoop-jumping as possible. It would be interesting to see how many permits the average business in Maplewood has to secure in a given year.
Meghan Winkelmann Woodlief August 24, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Our golden doodle Madigan loves going to Airedale Antics for her baths and grooming! She also loves to just pop in because the employees sneak her treats! Conveniently enough I used to teach piano before moving to Maplewood and had been looking at starting up again after we got settled in the area... I might have to work out a lessons/dog grooming deal! :)
Lincoln Douglas August 24, 2012 at 07:06 PM
This should actually serve as a good lesson for the students: always check city ordinances before proposing the work, especially for commercial clients. You don't have to agree with the rule, but you have to know it exists. Covering the windows entirely with yellow paper is maybe not a great idea, anyway. To William, I would suggest that aesthetics are at best a secondary reason for the rule. For example, the police cannot patrol the business district effectively if storefronts are completely opaque (although I'm not sure how the Salt Room gets away with it). Also, compared with St Louis City, doing business in Maplewood is a walk in the park. Maplewood is very much pro-business, and I don't hear any business leaders complaining. Any town with a Wal-Mart is inherently pro-business.
Gary K Lee August 24, 2012 at 07:23 PM
If they have trouble finding a piano teacher, there are excellent piano faculty at Community Music School of Webster University. The faculty have been screened with a sample lesson (teaching audition) and background check. Their biographies are on the faculty list webster.edu/cms. (Disclosure: I teach cello there but not piano.) There may be some piano teachers with studios in Maplewood - maybe someone else knows. Or, the lady above who may get back into piano teaching.
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