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
You can skip the Black Friday lines by completing your holiday shopping during Small Business Saturday in Clayton and across St. Louis.
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 Clayton and Richmond Heights. Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally owned stores to help boost the economy and their communities. Participating businesses include: For a complete …
"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.
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
Whether it's Thanksgiving, Christmas or another holiday, when shopping for wine, visit a local wine shop where experts are on hand to help you select the perfect vintage.
Patch asked local wine experts what they would recommend for holiday gift giving and was suprised to get the same answer. “What do they like to drink?” In the world of wine, there’s no one perfect bottle. The best gift wine is given with ample thought towards the recipient. Do they like sweet dessert wines or a bold Cabernet Sauvignon? Would they like a bottle from a far away land, or one from their favorite local Missouri winery? When pushed, wine experts will reluctantly give a few recommendations. But they’d much rather talk with you in person where they can show you around the shop and point out popular or underappreciated wines. Straub’s (Clayton, Webster Groves) “The hottest category in wines are pinot gris from Oregon,” said Chris …
Spending your Turkey Day in St. Louis and looking for a family-friendly activity? Skip the Black Friday lines and watch a movie on Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving 2012 in Clayton and Richmond Heights is quickly approaching, which means it's time to stuff your face with pumpkin pie, play with Thanksgiving crafts and watch some NFL football. And unless you're preparing for Black Friday deals, Turkey Day also serves as a great day for movie-goers. If you decide to stay home, Moviefone published a list of the Top 21 Films About Thanksgiving for you to consider. But if you're looking to go out with family and friends in Clayton or Richmond Heights, be sure to check listings at AMC Esquire 7, Galleria 6 Cinemas or Hi-Pointe Theatre. Here's a list of movies that are opening the week of Thanksgiving: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II Anna Karenina Silver Linings Playbook Life of Pi …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Make this year's Thanksgiving dinner a little easier. Consider cooking a little less and doing part of, or the entire, Thanksgiving Day feast as a carry-out.
For Thanksgiving 2012, the question for many remains. Are you cooking this holiday or not? Perhaps the better question is: How much of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner do you plan on cook yourself? With over-extended schedules, cooking anything, let alone Thanksgiving dinner, has become an overwhelming task. Thankfully there's help. If you can’t or don't have time to cook, you can buy local takeout turkeys and more. Chefs, caterers and grocers have taken note and are ready to provide the elements of a Turkey Day dinner for the time-crunched, weary and/or culinary challenged. “People don’t have the time to cook like they used to,” said Joe Weinmann, co-owner of Kenrick’s Meats and Catering who explained how he offers his customers a variety…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Seoul Taco, which just opened a storefront in the Delmar Loop, Cha Cha Chow and Guerrilla Street Food were all honored.
The Daily Meal just released its 101 best food trucks in America 2012 list. Three St. Louis area mainstays have made the cut. Seoul Taco, Cha Cha Chow and Guerrilla Street Food were on the list. Here's where they landed on the list: The number one truck in America, according to the list, is Kogi BBQ in Los Angeles. In October, the Huffington Post reported that food truck dining is not just the latest fad but is a trend that will be sticking around. Seoul Taco recently opened a brick and mortar store in the Delmar Loop. Guerrilla Street Food was just featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. To see video of the show, click here. Maplewood recently OK'd a 6-month trial period for food trucks. Speedway Eater was the first to …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
The new restaurant opened Thursday.
Chef Gerard Craft's Niche opened at 7734 Forsyth Blvd in Clayton on Thursday. According to the Riverfront Times, the new location stands next-door to Craft's Pastaria. The hours posted on Niche's website are 5-9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more on Niche and Pastaria, see our previous stories:
Friday, November 9, 2012
The Clayton toy shop has toys for babies to grown-ups.
LagoonaMagoo Toys, at 8107 Maryland Ave., in Clayton, is now open for your holiday shopping. Owners, Shawnta’ Ray and her husband, Rick Harmon cut the ribbon on Thursday. Ray said she’s been in the toy business 17 years. See more photos at Clayton-Richmond Heights Facebook (Like it!) Their shop was at St. Louis Mills until Feb. of this year, and relocated to Clayton for a more central location, Ray said. “We cater to birth to adult,” she said. “We have fun products for your fun uncle as well as new babies. We have the newest, innovative toys and old classics. We’ll always have Slinkys.” Also in Patch: