April, 2012

Girls on the Run Seeks Volunteers

Girls on the Run is a life-changing, experiential learning programs for girls age 8-14 years old. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development. Help us celebrate the many girls from across the St. Louis Metropolitan area and their achievement by volunteering or running at this event!

 Girls on the Run 5k – Be your own Superhero
Saturday, May 12 Downtown St. Louis near Soldiers’ Memorial
Fun Run at 8 a.m. 5k at 8:30 a.m.
Visit www.girlsontherunstlouis.org to register to run or sign-up to volunteer.

April, 2012

Entertainment for kids and adults at Black Cat Theatre

Black Cat Theatre is one of Maplewood’s gems! Whether you are looking for entertainment for date night or something different to do with the kids, Black Cat Theatre has it all.

Below, we’ve listed a few of their upcoming events.

Black Cat Theatre Event Line Up



APRIL 14  CAT CARNIVALE – Annual benefit dinner, live auction, entertainment, band and dancing.


Piwacket Childrens Theatre Event Line Up

Musical Fairytale Theatre for Children (40-min shows) highlighting character education designed to give a greater sense of self through creative theatre, music and dance.

Up this Month is Puss N Booth with a lesson on ingenuity

Show times are as follows: Wednesday, April 18 at 10:30, Thursday, April 19th at 10:30, Saturday, April 21st at 11:00, Thursday, April 26 at 10:30


April 28    Spring Family Festival Arts and Crafts, Games, Treats, Balloon, Jeff the Juggler and a showing of Puss N Boots


For details on these events and others, including ticket information, visit the Black Cat Theatre online at www.blackcattheatre.org




April, 2012

Hot In the Kitchen

When we moved into Maplewood back in 2009, people thought we were a kitchen appliance store…or selling granite tabletops.  Who would blame them with a name like Hot In The Kitchen?  But we are neither…we’re a next-generation of a Marketing Agency.

Three partners came together with a dream to meld great people with strong ideas, and  Hot In The Kitchen is the realization of that dream.  We believe in the power of thinking big, without having to act big. We bring together amazing talent, specially chosen to fit each and every marketing project. To our clients, we provide meaningful, strategic direction, along with rich, creative ideas and solutions that drive results.

With over 75 years of combined experience among us, we’re able to work smarter and leaner. Business is always evolving, and we love what we do. Every day is a chance to define our clients’ brands with fresh, new thinking. It’s always Hot in the Kitchen. Forward thinkers welcome.

Special Fare…Marketing, Branding and Positioning, Training, Process Construction & Implementation

Hot In The Kitchen…Strategy, Vision, Hot Coffee. Feel free to come by for a cup anytime.

Hot in the Kitchen is located at 3118 Sutton Blvd. Contact them at 314.646.1468 or visit their website to view their work.


April, 2012

Chamber Opposes Food Trucks at Planning & Zoning Meeting

Last month, the Chamber Board voted to take a position that opposes food trucks in Maplewood.  We sent a letter to the Planning and Zoning Commission, and gathered over 35 signatures in support of our position. Additionally, we encouraged restaurants and retailers to write letters to the Commission as well.

The Planning and Zoning Commission met last night and gave the public an opportunity to voice their opinion. Representatives from Home Wine Kitchen, The Crows Nest, Jimmy Johns and The Post Sports Bar and Grill all spoke about the detriment that food trucks will have on their business. Rob Birenbaum, Commercial Property Owner, also spoke about his interest in protecting his tenants from the negative impact of food trucks. It should also be noted that Birenbaum led the charge in bringing awareness of the food truck issue to the Chamber, businesses and other organizations. Finally, Bill Berthold, President of the Chamber, spoke to communicate the Board’s position and presented the signatures that had been collected. The public portion concluded without any favorable support for  food trucks in Maplewood.

Ultimately, the Planning and Zoning Commission opted to take no action on the matter,thereby, upholding the current ordinance that food trucks are not allowed in the City of Maplewood. There is still a possibility that the issue may come before the Maplewood City Council, who have the authority to change the business code to allow food trucks into Maplewood.