June, 2012

Maplewood Business: Schaefer Shell

Schaefer Shell has been on the corner of Big Bend and Manchester for more than a decade. The first thing I noticed when walking into Schaefer Shell was the friendly atmosphere. The clerk welcomed me and asked how he could assist me while the owner, Gene Kohler, was explaining to a customer the work done on his vehicle. The employees have all been a part of the Schaefer Shell family for years and are skilled and knowledgeable at their trade. The crew boasts two ASE certified technicians and one apprentice that combine for years and years of experience that insure that your vehicle is in the best of hands.

Gene, who runs the day-to-day operations, has been working in the automotive industry his whole life. The one thing that I hear about him is that he is “honest”. To me the most important thing that I could ask for in dealing with a mechanic is honesty because I’m clueless when it comes to cars.

Many people have been concerned that the proposed move of the Quiktrip will hurt this long standing Maplewood business. Gene is not worried saying “We don’t sell sandwiches and they don’t do repairs”. Schaefer Shell considers itself first and foremost a repair shop that happens to sell gas. While they may not always be able to compete with other’s gas prices, they offer the only full service gas experience in Maplewood.

Whether you’re looking for repairs, an oil change, or just a place to check your tires and fill your tank, Schaefer Shell can fulfill all of your automotive needs. Head over to the corner of Big Bend and Manchester or give them a call at 647-7850.

June, 2012

Maplewood Business: St. Louis Salt Room

The Saint Louis Salt Room located on Sutton Blvd is exactly what its name entails: a room of salt. What is the point of having a room of salt? Owner Clay Juracsik started the business as he was looking for non-pharmaceutical methods to treat his daughter’s asthma.  The dimly lit room, filled with salt from floor to ceiling, offers a therapeutic and preventative experience that may help you cope with everything from asthma and allergies to stress and anxiety.

The practice comes from Russia and the Far East where they noticed that workers in the salt mines had reduced rates of lung disease. While no medical research has been done in the U.S. yet, it has been clinically tested in Russia to be 81.4-92.3% effective at providing long-term relief for asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and cystic fibrosis. The St. Louis Salt Room is the first salt spa in the Midwest, so you could be the first of your friends to experience the relaxing and beneficial experience that the St. Louis Salt Room has to offer. Give it a try and you may become a believer.

The St. Louis Salt Room is located at 2739 Sutton Blvd. For more information go to www.mysaltspa.com or call (314)647-22410 to see how the St. Louis Salt Room may benefit you.

June, 2012

Business Tips: 5 Reasons Not to Do Social Media Marketing

5 Reasons Not to Do Social Media Marketing

#1 – You have the writing skills of a coffee table. If you can’t provide relevant content (or hire someone to provide it), you probably won’t do well in the social arena. Engagement is a product of interesting, timely and relevant writing.

#2 – You don’t have any time. Social marketing takes time and effort, if you can’t invest the time it won’t work. It doesn’t have to be your time but it has to take SOMBODY’S time.

#3 – Your website hasn’t been updated since 2002. Social marketing comes last. If you don’t have a good site, good products and a business plan, you need to focus on the basics before implementing a social marketing program.

#4 – You don’t know how to use social sites. If you don’t have a Linkedin profile and a Facebook profile, and think twitter is something kids do after school, you probably need to get online and start using social. Before you set up a social marketing program learn how to use social media personally.

#5 – You actually believe there is no value in social media. One million plus groups on Linkedin, over 835,000,000 users worldwide on Facebook, millions of companies engaged on twitter and other social platforms, they could all be wrong. A passing fad, well most marketers don’t think so.


Thanks to Robert Fleming at the  eMarketing Association Network for the article. http://www.emarketingassociation.com/

June, 2012

Extra, Extra! June happenings in Maplewood

Extra, Extra
Chamber Member News, Events & Other Tidbits


Family Video: Celebrate your good grades! Have your kids bring in their report cards, anyone from preschool through college age, and they will receive free rentals for their A’s.


Monarch: This news was posted on Monarch’s facebook page, “We have decided to convert the existing space for use as a private event venue. We feel that MONARCH is the perfect venue for wedding receptions, charity events, cocktail parties with live music, and corporate holiday parties.”


Studio Forte: Ready to put your dancing shoes on? Classes start June 18th, from beginners to advanced Studio Forte can accomodate all dancers. They also have Dance Camps for the kids! Check them out atstudiofortestl.com.


Home Wine Kitchen: Welcomes Kate & Tom Monroe of Division Winemaking Company for their Inaugural St. Louis Winemakers’ Dinner on Sunday, June 10th. Featuring wines from their first two vintages, Chef Cassy will be creating a special, muti-course menu to pair with these wonderful wines. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Home Wine Kitchen Events

S.Carmody Photography: Is holding a Closing Reception on Friday, June 8th from 6-9 p.m.! Drop by for your last chance to check out the HumaNature Photo exhibit and enjoy folk/ Americana music.

Black Cat Theatre: The Black Cat theatre presents 9 Circles by Bill Cain on June 8th and 9th @ 8pm and June 10th @ 7pm. Tickets are $18 call 314.968.8070. Also check out Meramec Jazz on Wednesday June 13th. The even starts at 8 PM tickets tickets are $10at the door!


Maplewood Public Library: Invites you to attend several events in June. On June 11th, They Only Come Out At Night, will feature a guest speaker from MO Conservation Department from 6:30-8p.m. to educate people on nocturnal animals and their habits. Later in the month on June 21st from 7-8:30 p.m., the library will feature Summer In The Shade with a presentation by Wally Cammarata, a Master Gardener at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Learn how to keep your gardens growing in the summer heat. On Thursday June 28th, from 7-8:30 there will be a speaker from the Alzheimer’s Association to give you information about warning signs for Alzheimer’s disease.Check out their other programs at their website www.maplewood.lib.mo.us or visit their Facebook page.


Do you have news to share? If you want your company news promoted in the newsletter or on the website, simply send the information in a Microsoft word document, ready for print tonbettger@maplewood-chamber.com.


June, 2012

Ribbon Cutting for Orbit Pinball Lounge 6/19

Thanks to the Maplewood-Brentwood Patch for the picture
Photo Credit: Maplewood-Brentwood Patch

Orbit Pinball Lounge is now open! Come down and play The Simpsons, Southpark, Star Wars and many other pinball games. Soon Orbits will host a skeeball league on Monday nights. Orbit features food, drink and games to patrons age 21 and over.

Join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, June 19th at 5:15 PM.  Following the ceremony, Orbit will host the Business After Hours. Come down and check out Orbit and socialize with us!

Orbit is located at 7401 Hazel Avenue (at Sutton Boulevard), Maplewood, MO 63143.


Hours of operation:

  • 5 a.m. – 1 a.m., Monday- Saturday
  • Closed on Sunday

Phone: 314-769-9954

June, 2012

Dr. Laurie Smith Berger, DC

Directly across from the Chamber of Commerce on Sutton Blvd is the charming building owned by eclectic chiropractor, Dr. Laurie Berger. She has been in practice for 31 years with 14 of those years here in Maplewood. “My practice offers a wide array of techniques and approaches to help identify and remove the barriers which prevent the body from healing itself. I enjoy working with individual patients and the generations of a family from prenatal care to issues of aging. Each patient expands my appreciation of the healing process by bringing their unique problems, insights, and opportunities.”

Dr. Berger’s patients are quite diverse. Teachers, musicians, seniors, families, high school athletes and allergy sufferers of all ages bring her their individual challenges. She offers acute as well as ongoing health maintenance care for everything from frozen shoulders, sciatic pain, carpal tunnel, sprains and strains, to migraines, irritable bowel, allergy complications of autism, adrenal fatigue, menopause, etc.

2918 Sutton Blvd. is the work place of several practitioners whose specialties in psychology, counseling, healing touch and cranio-sacral therapy all contribute to a diversity of healing resources. Walk by, read the sign, and maybe pick up some literature. Dr. Berger is licensed and/or certified in Chiropractic and Pediatric Chiropractic, Applied Kinesiology, Acupuncture, Meridian Therapy, N.A.E.T. (allergy elimination technique), and Homeopathic Medicine. Visit her website at www.LaurieSmithBergerDC.com.

June, 2012

Business Directory Coming Soon

Plans are underway for the production of the 2012-2013 Maplewood Business Directory! The directory is distributed to every Maplewood home and business. The directory is also requested regularly by visitors and individuals wishing to conduct business in Maplewood. The Chamber provides this valuable resource free of charge.

To ensure all contact information is accurate, all businesses are encouraged to update/confirm current business and contact information with our office. Simply fill out the form available here and return to our office.

Once again, we have advertising opportunitiesfor those who wish to highlight their business in the directory. Your advertisement ensures that your business stands out among the rest. If you wish to promote your business in the Maplewood Business Directory, return the form to the Chamber Office by August 3, 2012.

Please feel free to contact the Chamber at 314.781.8588 or nbettger@maplewood-chamber.com with any questions.

June, 2012

Taste of Maplewood A Success!

The Taste of Maplewood was once again a success! On Saturday May 19th Maplewood residents and visitors came out to enjoy a beautiful day filled with fun, food, and drink in Maplewood. The Taste of Maplewood expanded to accommodate more vendors this year than ever before.

In addition to many vendors doing well in their booths many local establishments enjoyed increased business from the crowds that the Taste of Maplewood brought into the city. The benefits of the Taste will not be limited to just that day, however, as many visitors explored new food, shopping, and dining experiences and will return to share their discoveries with friends and family throughout the year.

We are looking to expand on this year’s Taste of Maplewood by following up next year with an even stronger showing. Next year we will raise the stakes for our restaurateurs by having a contest to determine the best food at the Taste of Maplewood!

Once again the 2012 Taste of Maplewood was a success that is sure to keep the city on the forefront of people’s minds as a great destination to dine and shop!



June, 2012

Ribbon Cutting at Tint Tech

Congratulations to Tint Tech on their one year anniversary! We hosted a ribbon cutting for Tint Tech on Friday, June 1st. The company specializes in car window tinting. Check them out on the photos section of the website and our Facebook page!