PIE OH MY
MUDDLED PIG GASTROPUB
FLYING TIGER MOTORCYCLES
GUS’S WORLD FAMOUS FRIED CHICKEN
THE SILVER LADY
newly renovated buildings (Schlafly Corporation is not affiliated with Schlafly Beer) that also houses a coffee roaster, Art House Coffees. Art House Coffees beans and brews are sold at Living Room, home to delicious baked goods and other delights. A wonderful pairing, Great Harvest Baking Co. and La Cosecha Coffee Roasters share a welcoming space on Manchester and while it’s a great place to start the day with a cup of fresh brewed coffee and a cinnamon roll, lunch is offered, too, and one can stock up on pantry supplies. Special occasions call for special attention to detail, make an appointment with Encore Baking Co. for a hand-crafted, made to order specialty cake. Let’s not forget the candlestick maker, Maven, offers an array of scented candles and a line of cosmetics, bath products and grooming products for women and men. This spring, Maven launched soap making classes that give customers an opportunity to have a real hands on experience. More events are offered at Sole Survivor, leather crafters, where you can find shoes, purses and belts all made by hand. Vom Fass and Larder Cupboard, both offer classes and tasting events featuring regional producers of products ranging from honey to gin to cheese to Big O Liqueur, a Maplewood business with an off-site production facility. Overall, Maplewood is home to more than 25 businesses with on-site development and production. While this seems like a trend, owner-operators have used Maplewood as a springboard for launching their products for years. Saint Louis Closet Co., celebrating 25 years in business, started with a 10,000 square foot building that housed a tiny sales and manufacturing facility.
Bursting at the seams, the company developed a stunning new facility around the corner on South Big Bend. That building now houses a world class showroom, sales center and manufacturing facility propelling the company to serve not just residential clients but to also develop a corporate level clientele. A rising star in the indie business world is Tiny Little Monster, a t-shirt design. Their website tells you, “We screen print, embroidery, and DTG right here . . .” What the website doesn’t tell you is that the company started in an apartment in Maplewood and now boasts a manufacturing facility and a retail shop (all in Maplewood). At first glance, one may detect a competitive market place. How can there be more than one baker or coffee roaster or brewer? The key is the style, character and process; something that is unique and different in each shop. Collaboration is more common here in the production of uncommon goods. Walking down Manchester and Sutton, one has the opportunity to taste, smell, touch and experience this and often times the products created by one craftsperson are often made with products from several businesses. Kakao Chocolate is mixed into a Pie Oh My! pie, Schlafly beer is baked into a Great Harvest Bread Co. bread and at Bolyard’s Meat and Provisions, Maven whips up a hand lotion from beef tallow by adding essential oils. Looking for a special item? Just ask the shopkeeper. If they don’t have what you are looking for, they will send you down the street to their neighbor. Looking for more than just shopping? Just come over to Historic Downtown Maplewood and have an experience. UT UPTOWN MAGAZINE
Published on Jul 10, 2016